Referral Letters/Testimonials

From our first meeting with Ian we knew he was the ideal Realtor for our needs. Ian’s approach is thorough to the last detail. We felt as if we were his number one priority, even though we knew he had other clients. Our experience was not short of challenges, but Ian fully supported our decisions and “had our back” at all times. He is honest, professional and very personable.

We have already recommended Ian to our family and friends and we look forward to working with Ian again.

 

Dev and Mary Lou B.


Selling and buying a house is an exciting, but sometimes unnerving process to go through. Joan and I want to thank Ian for his unwavering professionalism, expertise and support of us in the decision to move from our home of 30 years. He guided us through the many stages of selling/buying including the gathering of wishes for a new residence, setting an attainable selling price, and negotiating the purchase of our new home. We couldn't be happier with the care and concern Ian demonstrated throughout this period in our life and would not hesitate recommending him to our family and friends...in fact we have already done so to the great satisfaction of of those involved. Again, thank you Ian for your valued experience and for your friendship.
 
 

Keith and Joan D.


Hi Ian. We’d like to thank you very much for handling the sale of our home in South Oakville and as such we are absolutely delighted to provide you with the highest recommendation possible. In truth, we’re just now reading through the many wonderful endorsements by your clients, all of whom appear as thrilled as we are with their decision to have you handle their Real Estate requirements. We believe one’s gut instinct should work in selecting you as a very honest and straight forward Real Estate professional. However, for those that need more assurance then we’re certainly very happy to add our names to your personal endorsements as we all share the same high opinion of you and the service you provide.
 

Bill and Sue S


As everyone who has bought or sold a house can attest, the stress that comes with the whole undertaking can cause one to wonder if it was such a smart idea. Well, within a matter of minutes after engaging Ian Hallford to look after our selling and buying needs, we knew that we were in good hands. 
 
Ian is a straight forward, market knowledgeable and ethical individual who is sincere in his wish to represent his client to the best of his ability. We don't think that it is possible to ask for more than that. 
 
 

Chris and Mary Jo


We interviewed several agents before deciding on retaining Ian to sell our house.  What sold us on Ian was his confidence, his high level of service commitment, and his depth of knowledge regarding the market conditions in our neighborhood.  He kindly listened to all of our issues and concerns from the beginning to end regarding the sales process, and he acted professionally and efficiently to allay all of them. Ian's marketing plan was terrific, effectively selling our house in only two days after it listed and at the price we were expecting! I would highly recommend Ian if you really want your house sold!

Phil and Carol


We would like to thank you for your support in selling my father's home. As you know this had to be done to accommodate both families and we appreciate your meeting with us to discuss how to proceed accordingly. We found that your expertise in guiding us through the sale was right on. You also went to bat for us when the other Realtor came back with deficiencies that were put forward by the buyer's inspection report. 
 
Meeting to discuss the sale and a number of emails back and forth made the process very easy and we appreciate all the time you spent on it. The house sold in about six hours with a fast closing date which helped us immensely in closing out the Estate and putting everything in place.
 
Thank you again for your support and experience on our behalf. We would recommend your services to anyone wanting to sell in your area.
 
Regards,

Elizabeth and Paul T.


When preparing to sell our Oakville property and choose a realtor we listed those attributes that were important to us. These included a person that was honest, hard working , successful and who really cared about his clients' welfare.
 
Ian Hallford met all of these requirements and as expected did a top notch job in presenting and selling our house for more than the asking price within just three days.
 
Without reservation we recommend him to you.

Milne and Shirley B.


It had been over 25 years since we had bought and sold a house, so we were concerned about finding a good agent to help us in this market that we knew very little about.

My mother-in–law wanted to sell her 3 bedroom Oakville home and move to a condo nearby. We interviewed Ian and right from the professional hand shake we found in him a personable, caring and extremely knowledgeable real estate agent that we could wish for.  Ian listened to us and took care of us like we were family. He presented an impressive, well developed plan and carefully laid out steps toward our goal to sell the house. He was dead on in his suggestion of a listing figure which resulted in the house selling within 1 day significantly above the list price. This allowed for more flexibility in the later purchase of a beautifully situated condo.

Throughout the process, where we expected pressure, anxiousness and worry, Ian consistently provided clarity, assurance, patience and honesty. His suggestions in setting up the house to be sold were invaluable in showing the house to the best advantage and ultimately to a quick sale. He kept us well informed in a timely manner and used our time efficiently in screening new condos.

We could not have had a more smooth transition in the sale and purchase. He knows his job and excels at it! We would highly recommend Ian and would not hesitate in using his services again.
 

Katharine, Steve and Inge K.


"Knowledge, experience, professionalism, honesty, caring, diligence—these are all qualities Ian brings to his work, and they were all very evident from our first meeting to discuss the sale of my father’s home in Oakville.

I was a first-time seller, having arrived from out of province to do the job, apprehensive and uncertain, not knowing anything about the local market. Ian listened to my explanation of our situation, and quickly grasped my wants and needs. He outlined the process, offered realistic assessments of the market and the house, and, in so doing, transformed the sale—in my mind—from something complex, stressful, and difficult into something much simpler and quite doable, even enjoyable.  That is when I knew we had the right person for the job, that the sale of the house would be smooth, efficient, and successful with Ian. And it certainly was.   

Whenever I had a question, Ian was readily accessible and willing to talk, offering many valuable suggestions. He went out of his way to be helpful. He was quite flexible and willing to work around our tight schedule, too, which made things so much easier for us.
My father’s house sold in just a few days for close to the asking price, and we were quite pleased with that outcome.

From start to finish, it was a real pleasure to work with Ian. I would strongly recommend him to anyone who is looking for a truly outstanding real estate agent."

 

Lyn H.


"After living in our house for more than 47 years, we made the decision to sell. We chose Ian Hallford as our listing agent because of his excellent professional reputation, his knowledge of the Oakville real estate market, and in particular, his familiarity with our area. Never having sold  a house before, we were reassured by Ian's relaxed manner, and by his thorough explanation of his marketing plan. Always, our ideas and preferences were taken into consideration.

Ian works with an excellent team - his office people are both efficient and friendly; he provided a consultation with a stager who gave us very helpful advice; the photographer's pictures contributed to the very effective brochure distributed at showings and the Open House.

Ian himself was most helpful in many ways, answering all our questions, and even lending signs and tables for our garage sale! When it came to hearing offers, Ian walked us through the process beforehand, and his calm, relaxed demeanour was very appreciated. After successful negotiations, (we received more than asking price) Ian continued to guide us through to completion of the sale.

Our experience throughout was very positive, and we thank Ian for making it so. We have spoken to friends and neighbours about how pleased we were, and recommend Ian to anyone in need of an accomplished and affable real estate
professional."

 

Name withheld upon request


“We are experienced in the trials of house selling and purchase; our recent move has been the 6th in our 43 years of marriage. Ian Hallford’s personal and professional assistance with these current sale/purchase transactions has ensured the most comfortable of our many relocations across Canada.

Ian was our obvious choice for realtor because of his understanding of the evolution of our Oakville neighbourhood; his record of reliability; and research-based knowledge of the marketplace. Ian recommended a marketing strategy, consistent with the prevailing marketplace; made our expectations clear to potential purchasers; conducted negotiations openly and responsibly on our behalf; and, concluded the sale for the asking price. The sale was negotiated to provide an adequate duration for us to explore relocation options and effortlessly acquire our new home.

Ian's insight guided his approach to sourcing alternatives and our selection of a new home, with his help: a well-priced, great value with remarkable potential. Our purchase, also negotiated by Ian, provided for an adequate period between the two closing dates for renovation at the Burlington location, prior to move-in.

Linda and I highly recommend Ian Hallford for his high ethical and professional standards, as well as his dedication to resolution of our needs and expectations, both essential in supporting his skill as a realtor.”

         

Peter and Linda M.


“We can’t thank you enough for all the time you spent with us looking for a house. We sincerely appreciate your time availability and professionalism. We can never repay your time, but please accept this as a small token of our appreciation. Best wishes.”

             

Sam and Nadine H.


 “Thank you Ian! Your professionalism and compassion were a refreshing change from our previous realtor. Our home had been on the market for months before we signed on with you, and you sold it

within a week for more than we hoped to get! And the process and paperwork of actually selling the house couldn't have been easier. Whenever the conversation turns to real estate I don't, and will never, hesitate to mention your name. Thank you most sincerely once again!”

           

Malcolm and Colleen R.


“Ian offered valuable advice at every step of the way and provided experience in his real estate knowledge. Ian made the selling of our home and the purchase of our new home very smooth. We would recommend Ian to anyone who is looking to sell and buy for all your real estate needs.”   

          

Jack and Betty H.


"Your professionalism was amazing but it is your wit and humour which added levity to the often talked about problems we had to deal with. We do feel, though, that your role in the sale of our house involved you wearing too many hats to not receive credit for. A realtor helps with the sale of the home, but you also acted as a mediator, landlord representative, counsellor and general liaison. 

All in all, you were amazing and we were never going to flinch if, at any time, you told us that something was beyond your scope as a realtor. I trust this will not be the end of a fantastic relationship. Professionally, you will get every possible referral we can think of."  

          

Tim and Lana S.


“I wanted to thank you for the time and effort you put into finding me the ideal house. Working with you was extremely gratifying. I greatly appreciated your ‘no pressure’ style and your ability to understand my exact needs when searching for a home.”  

          

Don M.


“I am writing to thank you for all your effort to help in successfully selling our house. With your advice, we were able to do the things necessary to maximize the sale potential of our property. In summary, I sincerely appreciate your professional service and all the personal help that you gave us.” 

          

Bruce R.


 “With great pleasure we take this opportunity to express our sincere gratitude to Ian for his professionalism, his friendly attitude and dedication. Ian promptly put all the selling tools in place to expedite the sale of our house. Consequently, Ian sold our house within five weeks at the price we expected to sell it for. Normally selling your home can be very emotional but Ian made it a smooth event for my wife and me.”  

          

Pierre and Lise L.


 “We found your knowledge of the market and professionalism throughout the entire process made the purchase of our home much easier and we would not hesitate to use you as our Realtor again.”  

          

Bruce and Lise L.


“We wish to thank you for the excellent way in which you handled the sale of our home - from its listing, the open houses, through to its sale. We were extremely happy to receive the great price that we managed to get for our home. We thank you for this and the satisfaction you gave us for always being available when we needed to speak with you.”   

          

Richard and Helen S.


 “I would like to thank you for selling our home and finding us another home so quickly and efficiently. Your commitment to our family made the transition very simple. Your excellent knowledge of the housing market helped us sell our home and find the beautiful place we live in now.”  

         

Manuel and Maria S.


 “I would like to express my heartfelt thanks for the effort you put forward on my behalf concerning the sale of my property. I look forward to conducting business with you again in the near future.” 

          

Mike P.


 “Ian is honest, hard working and always available to answer your questions. He is a professional, dedicated and moral man. Our home was marketed to perfection and sold in a week. Ian was also our agent for the new home we purchased. Once again, we received outstanding service.”  

          

Rosemary and Mato S.


 “Just a quick note to let you know how thrilled we are with our new home purchase. You certainly handled both our sale and purchase with true professionalism. Your enthusiasm made what would normally be a stressful sell/buy process a great experience. Your negotiation skills for both transactions were beyond reproach and we truly appreciate your customer focus. Thank you so much for being our ‘rock’.”  

            

Adrian M. and Sandy R.


 “When we first talked to Ian, we decided right away he was the right agent for us. He is honest, caring, hard working and very professional. He sold our house for a very good price even in this difficult market. He was also our agent for the house we purchased. He went above and beyond in helping us with the smooth closing of the house we purchased. Thanks Ian for all your work, and we’re looking forward to working with you in the future.” 

          

Haritha S. and Wayne W.


 “The selling of our home was a very new and trying experience for us. Thank you for your guidance throughout the process. We will not forget the foresight and wisdom you showed us every step of the way in the purchase of our new home. You have made the whole real estate experience so pleasant.”   

          

Karen and Larry S.


“We were impressed by Ian’s personal service and commitment provided in the sale and purchase of our homes. This was particularly noticeable after experiencing how realtors focus more on selling than being a partner with us - the homeowners – during this often stressful time of life. Ian was always prepared to give of his time to explain the real estate market and to understand our issues and concerns. We appreciated also the continued sincere assistance provided after the home sale.”

          

Jennifer and Steve B.


“I would like to personally thank you for handling the sale of my home in Coronation Park as well as finding me this lovely new home for my family. In a sea of advertising you stood out as an honest, sincere choice to list our home with. It turned out to be the best decision we ever made. Your attention to detail, knowledge of the market and in particular our neighbourhood allowed us to arrive at a suitable listing price and sell our home within 90 days! Your virtual tour and impeccable brochure put our home front and center amongst over 60 other homes for sale in the over one million dollar range.

I will highly recommend you to family and friends that need the services of a real estate professional. You deserve all the accolades you have earned! The cream truly rises to the top.” 

          

Kevin G.


"We just wanted to thank you so much for your very generous gift. We finally got to The Bay on the weekend and bought ourselves a new TV with it! We are thoroughly enjoying our new home. Thank you for helping us find it and for all your patience with the sale of our home. All the best for the new year." 

         

Pam and Dave G.


“We would like to express our complete satisfaction with the services provided by Ian. We met Ian during an open house he was conducting and were immediately impressed with not only his knowledge and professionalism, but with the time and care he gives people, even complete strangers such as ourselves. Ian put us at ease and made us so comfortable that we began working with him to find us a new home. 

His ability to listen to his client’s needs, merged with his real estate skills, helped narrow down our search and find the house we wished to purchase. Ian was also very helpful in the sale of our previous home. His suggestions and strategies made the sale of our home a quick and painless process. Happily, we received multiple offers and sold our house in a day for over the asking price. 

We would highly recommend Ian to anyone that is looking to either buy or sell a home. We always felt that he had our true interests first and foremost.” 

          

Paula and Danny S.


“We first met Ian at a showing and were impressed with his friendly, professional manner, and knowledge of the market. When we found the house we wanted, it was an easy decision to have Ian represent us in our purchase. At the same time we had Ian represent us in selling our house and were extremely pleased with his knowledge, advice, and of course the result - he got us over asking price! We would recommend Ian to anyone looking to buy or sell a house in the Oakville area.” 

           

Brett & Emily S.


“It was a pleasure to deal with you on this move. I feel that you provided us with the best service that we have ever had from a Realtor. We are very pleased and it will be my pleasure to recommend you to anyone I can.”               

Keven R.


“Ian is a jewel among Real Estate agents. He was efficient, caring and considerate in every possible way. My home was listed and sold, with the new owner taking possession in under 90 days, with very little disturbance to me and so much help from Ian.”  

          

Doris H.


“Moving to a new city, my wife and I were apprehensive about finding a house that would be affordable and adequate to meet the needs of our growing family.  Ian painstakingly drove us around Saturday after Saturday showing us house after house, all the while never pressuring us or encouraging us to go too far over our budget. This was a new and unfortunately rare experience with real estate agents for my wife and me. 
 
In the end Ian not only found us the perfect house for a price we could manage, but he also became a friend.  Still missing our Saturday morning “dates” with Ian we would highly recommend him to anyone who is looking for a real estate agent who is full of integrity and can add a whole lot of calm to the stressful task of finding a new home."
 

Chris and Kari S.


“Ian Hallford was recommended by a friend, and we were very glad of that.  There are so many agents to choose from, and it is challenging to know that you are making a good choice when so much depends upon it.  We felt that Ian always had our interests at heart, and gave us his best advice, without consideration of what he might hope to get out of the transaction.  

We also liked that he was the one who would sell our house, rather than that being delegated to a more junior person.  We asked for a realistic price that would allow us to sell in a reasonable timeframe, and unlike so many other homes that you see on the market priced far too high, that sit there endlessly undergoing price reductions, we felt that Ian did good research for our area and our price was bang-on.  Our house sold quickly, at a full price that we were happy with.  

We were extremely happy with the marketing program that Ian used and felt that the house got excellent exposure, including the front page of the Burlington Post, beautiful full colour photo packages for interested buyers, and a lovely online listing and virtual tour and photos.  Ian also provided a complementary consultation with a home stager.  We put that advice to very good use – we all think we know what staging and de-cluttering means, but this was a real eye-opener for me, and I’m sure that it positively influenced the price we got.

Ian gave good advice during the negotiation, and we had confidence in his recommendations.  We would definitely use Ian as our realtor again. If you want someone who will personally do a great job of selling your house, contact Ian!”                       

           

Linda and Donal O.


“If you need a Real Estate Agent you need Ian Hallford. Just give him a call at 647-299-SOLD (7653). It’s that easy. We did and it was the best move we ever made and it could be yours. You will find that Ian has a very pleasant and relaxed nature, but with a determination to achieve your goal that is second to none. We are glad that we chose Ian to guide us smoothly and successfully through the process (of listing and selling our home).”



          

John and Gwen C.


“Thank you for all your help selling Dad's house. As I said, Dad had always wanted to use you and had your promotional material around the house. As soon as I met you, I thought your personality was a good fit with ours. Thank you for all your advice, suggestions and help with selling the house. In the end, it was easy for us. Thank you so much for the gift certificate for The Bay. We will buy something to remember you and Dad and the selling of West Lynn Road!”         

          

Pat and Jill F.


"I am writing to say thank you again for the wonderful experience of working with you for the purchase of our first home. You exceeded our expectations in every regard of what we wanted from our real estate agent - from your insightful recommendations, to your excellent service in getting back to us right away, and for the simple fact that you truly tried to understand our wants and needs so you could deliver suitable listings for us to view. 

We never felt like you tried to push for a sale or that you wasted our time with homes that were widely off the mark. Knowing that we had an agent who we could trust enabled us to feel comfortable and certain in our eventual purchase. And just as important you were a lot of fun, which enabled us to enjoythe entire process of finding our dream home! Thanks again and feel free to pass along my recommendation to any prospective clients."  

          

Matt and Courtney R.


“I had the privilege of selecting Ian as my real estate agent to sell our house in Oakville recently, and in turn successfully seek out a new house for me in Burlington. Ian is very professional and patient, and he understands the housing market very well.  One aspect of his market knowledge is his ability to look at the future potential value of houses I was looking at. He is excellent at respecting your needs, while still having the insight of knowing the ‘must haves’ the home seeker is looking for. 

I would recommend Ian to anyone who is looking for a real estate agent who has the qualities listed above and would not hesitate to use him in the future should I decide to move."

          

Dennis Y.


“After successfully selling my home, and following an exhaustive search viewing approximately 50 homes, I  finally found ‘the one’. This was a result of Ian’s patience, calm presence, professional expertise and his constant reassurance that I was in good hands. This I knew to be true!  Thanks Ian”  

Donna A.


"I'm writing to say how much my mother and I enjoy the new home you helped us find. It was wonderful having you as our real estate agent. You always listened to what we explained as our "needs" and "wants" and helped us select just the right place to make us happy."

 

Gartly W.


"We found our first and present home with the help of Ian and are pleased to write about this positive experience. The houses Ian had made appointments for us to view very clearly showed that he had listened carefully to our wish list in terms of qualities we were looking for in a home, including price, size, location and layout. Not only was he professional in his approach and knowledgeable about homes and neighbourhoods, but also friendly and fun to visit homes with. It was certainly a stroke of luck that we found you from one of your signs as your attitude and approach to purchasing a home made all the difference."

 

Kim and Marc R.


"Ian is an excellent agent who surpassed our expectations. He really listens to your needs and preferences. Unlike other agents we've worked with who say what you want to hear to get a deal to happen, we asked for, and he gave us his honest opinion. Ian's attention to detail and availability made us feel like we were the only people he was working with at the time. We have recomended Ian to our family members who will be doing a real estate transaction soon, and we plan on contacting Ian again in the future when we have a need."

 

Jason and Maggie S.


"Courtney and I would like to thank you for everything you've done to make the sale of our home as painless as possible; it has been a pleasure working with you and we wouldn't hesitate to do so again in the future if the opportunity arose."

 

Courtney and Carl O.


"Thank you for all your help through the process of buying my first home. You made everything so easy! "

 

Christy L.


"I just wanted to say thank you for all your help and hard work selling the house. I appreciate your professionalism and dedication to finding the right buyer for the home. "

 

Shona W.


"Upon hiring the services of Mr. Hallford, my wife and I were very impressed with his local knowledge and expertise in the Halton region. Needless to say, our home was sold for 99% of the asking price within 72 hours of listing. I would unhesitatingly recommend the services of this gentleman and his company. "

 

Charles and Roberta M.


"I have known Ian for more than 15 years and have always found him to be a hard working,honest and conscientious individual. His knowledge of the market and of the Real Estate industry places him in an elite class of Realtors. I would not hesitate to recommend Ian to anyone looking for a Realtor to help them buy or sell their home."

 

Don A.


"Ian has a great deal of commitment to his work and to the satisfaction of his customers. His calm approach and complete understanding of our needs was really helpful while we were dealing with a stressful situation. He took time to explain what was possible and what potential problems we could face without making our situation seem impossible. I highly recommend Ian for your real estate needs."

 

Amy M.


"Thanks very much. Guenther and I wanted to let you know how much we appreciated your dedication and hard work of selling our home and helping find us a suitable condo. I know it was not easy as there were many issues."

 

Margaret and Guenther C.


"When we had to sell our Oakville home, we interviewed a number of top local agents. We wanted an agent who was honest and ethical. We wanted an agent that genuinely liked and appreciated our home. We wanted an agent who knew the area well and, at a time when almost every buyer searches the on-line listings, we wanted an agent who was able to advertise our home effectively on MLS.

I checked Ian's listings on MLS, and I was impressed. They were well written, with good clear good photos and everything you want a prospective buyer to see. Ian Hallford was recommended to us by my sister in-law. She described him as "highly ethical, very honest and a genuinely nice person." After I met with Ian, I knew my sister in law's assessment was spot on and we asked him to represent us.

Ian worked very hard on our behalf and brought us buyers who love the home as much as we did. We are more than happy to give him a very high recommendation. Thank you Ian for all your help and support. We wish you continued success and happiness in the future."

 

Fiona and Paul S.


"Thank you for your assistance in selling my home in Oakville, my Uncle's home in Toronto and the purchase of our new home in Mississauga. You have a reputation as a true professional, and you proved that you know the market exceptionally well. I found it reassuring that you were always easy to reach and that you were receptive to any questions I had.

As I said to you often during the process [of selling and purchasing] I am glad that you were on my side and I am not sure that I could have done it without you. Many of our friends and family were so impressed with your service that they have your business card on file, ready to call you when they make a move. I am happy to recommend you to anyone considering buying or selling a home."

 

Wendy S.


"Thank you for your outstanding professionalism, and also for the gift certificate. Have a great year."

 

Jackie K.


"Ian, we wish you continued success at Royal LePage and we really appreciate all of your hard work and patience with us during the buying and selling process. You can be sure that we will refer you to anyone that we know either buying or selling their home. Thanks again! "

 

Susan and Steve A.


"Thank goodness my husband goes for a morning walk every day, as he noticed Ian Hallford's sign on a home which was for sale on our street. When we decided to sell one of our income homes, I interviewed 3 salesmen, one being Ian. At the conclusion of interviewing all 3 gentlemen, I knew Ian was the right fit. My initial impression of Ian when we met was very positive and impressive. His professionalism, punctuality and great smile were deciding factors. When the offers came in and it was time to negotiate, Ian was very supportive, honest and direct, resulting in a sale within the month. Ian Hallford is definitely a repeat to do business with, very compassionate about his career and his clients and I definitely recommend him. "

 

Marisa S.


"We are very pleased to recommend Ian Hallford as an outstanding real estate agent. We were referred to Ian by a friend who was very satisfied with the excellent service Ian had provided him in finding a new home. We are happy to say we were not disappointed. Ian is an experienced representative who helped us find exactly what we were looking for.

As we were relocating from outside the GTA, we were unfamiliar with the market and took some time to decide what type of home would meet our needs in a price range we could afford. Ian was able to make worthwhile suggestions and offer insights without pressure as we toured various properties. When it came to negotiating a price on our dream home, Ian’s advice and experience was invaluable. He was available, professional and trustworthy. He helped us to compare the cost of the home with others on the market and develop a strategy to get the best value for our money.

What could have been a stressful process for us was made much easier! We are glad to recommend Ian Hallford to anyone who is looking for a new home. We have found him to be a man of knowledge and integrity. Sincerely, "

 

Sheldon and Sheila D.