Here are stories about how I helped my clients:
We would like to share our experience over the past year trying to find our forever home. We lived in a condo in Mississauga but wanted to relocate closer to our daughter and our two baby granddaughters. Our search started on the Internet as we really did not have a location picked out... Only that we wanted to be closer to our daughter but not too far from our older daughter and her family especially our Grandson. We contacted Wilco via the Internet and he sent us a comprehensive Guide with all of the condos in Peterborough with price points and location. It also contained several pages of Community information. This was so helpful.... Despite all of this we still had not settled on where we wanted to be. We looked all along the 401 corridor Whitby, Oshawa, Bowmanville and Newcastle. We did not find anything that we felt would suit us and and discovered that we did not want to be along the 401....Wilco continued to send us emails of listings in Peterborough. There was absolutely never any pressure, just great information. After almost a year Wilco was still assisting us as we finally came to the decision that our new home would be in Peterborough. We came for an entire morning and Wilco toured us through the lovely city of Peterborough showing us all of the condo developments that he thought would suit us. We were looking for a condo bungalow. We returned home that day and listed our Mississauga condo. It sold in 4 days! We now were really on the hunt for our home. Wilco showed us several listings, several times on several different occasions and always made us feel comfortable. He said many times when we were unsure that he just wanted us to be happy with our decision. He was always very accommodating with his time to show us listings as we were traveling from Mississauga each time. He found us a home that we felt comfortable putting an offer on but there were multiple offers and we did not get it. We were so disappointed but Wilco was so encouraging and very shortly he found another listing for us in the neighbourhood we wanted. We put an offer in on it and it was accepted. Wilco worked hard for us. We were so happy and actually pleased that we hadn't been successful with the precious bid. The entire process working with Wilco was a very positive experience. He was so accommodating and offered to pick up our keys on closing day as we were not sure what time we would arrive from Mississauga. He kept in touch with us frequently during the process to keep us well informed. We have now been in our new home for 3 weeks. We love it and appreciate the experience we had with Wilco. He arrived at our new home to check in with us on moving day to make sure that all was as it should be...We highly recommend Wilco if you are looking to list or purchase a home. He is very professional and experienced.
Thanks Again Wilco,
Gordon and Debbie Williamson ( firstname.lastname@example.org )
The sale of one's home is never easy but the process of selling the farm, where we'd lived for more than thirty years, was a daunting proposition. We knew it was a special home that would appeal to a small sub-set of buyers - even among those looking for rural properties. We were fortunate to learn of Wilco Overink through his involvement with the New Canadians Centre and we were very pleased with all he did on our behalf. Wilco took time to get to know us and to experience and understand the property. He undertook careful research in order to help us to set our asking price. He was direct and realistic in advising us that, to achieve the price we hoped to realize, we would need to be patient. And, while several other agents dismissed us out of hand, indicating that our expectations were unrealistic, Wilco agreed to work with assurances that he would not pressure us in order to try to effect a quick sale. Wilco marketed the property based on the likelihood that our buyer would be from Toronto (or perhaps even outside of Canada). Great articles in Vertrek (a Dutch emigration magazine) and the on-line edition of Country Living magazine were among the innovative things he tried to get exposure for the farm. Wilco pre-screened those who asked to come through and he followed up with everyone, in some cases, tracking them for months if there seemed still to be interest. Wilco stuck with us and with our property believing, as we did, that the value was there, if only we could connect with a buyer looking for a unique and special home like ours. On the Canada Day long weekend we had back to back showings and received an offer the following Tuesday. Not content though, Wilco followed up with others who had shown interest that weekend and before long we were in a position of having competing offers. Working carefully and effectively with the prospective buyers and their agents, Wilco secured an offer of full asking price with very few conditions. Needless to say, we are absolutely delighted with the results and very grateful to Wilco for his fine work on our behalf. He is everything we could have hoped for in an agent; attuned to our needs, direct and confident in his advice, patient and a skillful and tenacious negotiator. Thank you Wilco!!
John Good and Doug Andrews, tel: 705-652-6637
As first time home buyers, we had many questions at each stage of the home buying process. Wilco was very helpful and patient and was always available to give input. Wilco was very knowledgeable of Peterborough and the surrounding towns, guiding us to areas where he felt our needs would be met and steering us clear of places they wouldn't. We had a handful of specific things we wanted in our home, and Wilco was very straight forward with us in terms of how we could attain them.
Overall, Wilco made the whole home buying process feel quick, efficient and easy! We highly recommend him to anyone looking for help finding their next (or first!) home!
Andrew Vandam and Brie Breton ( email@example.com )
During our recent home sale and the purchase of another house we found Wilco to be well informed of of the real estate market in this area and most importantly he was ever so patient as we went through a lengthy process, We have no hesitation in recommending him to our relatives and friends
Jim and Jane Gill ( firstname.lastname@example.org )
Wilco helped us find our home!
At first, we thought we were ready for a condominium lifestyle. We were looking for a home on one level so my father could move in with us. He is 86. Wilco showed us a couple of condos and also suggested some bungalows that might suit our needs. Wilco was very patient while we roamed from property to property and changed our minds several times (house/condo/price range ?) - I’m sure at times we seemed pretty indecisive (LOL!), but Wilco continued to provide us with options. It’s a crazy market out there. Wilco gave us good advice along the way and eventually, we settled on a three-bedroom condo that is perfect. It has a bedroom, bathroom, laundry room and computer room on the main floor for my Dad and a bedroom, bathroom, family room downstairs for us. And beautiful hardwood floors throughout! The price was right and the monthly condo fees are low – we couldn’t be happier with our purchase.
If you are looking for an agent who listens to your needs, makes suggestions when you are feeling stumped and is NEVER pushy - Wilco is your man!
Janine McDonald & Mike O’Brien (email@example.com)
A few years ago, I came across Wilco’s ad for condos within the City of Peterborough and instantly he responded professionally with a custom brochure of all properties available. After some time, I finally made the first step to start the search and I knew Wilco would be the right agent for me. Having been a renter for many years, I was very hesitant to step into the market due to being a sole income provider. Wilco was patient and with a list of criteria he went above and beyond to show me many properties. In the end, we found the perfect house and I couldn’t be happier!
Thank you again,
Lindsay Ferguson (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Wilco is a great real estate agent. He is extremely reliable and gets the job done. His commitment, work ethics and professionalism is phenomenal and I was extremely impressed with his knowledge and honesty. His dedication to getting me the right home left a lasting impression on me and made the buying process quick, very smooth and easy. He was up to date with the new additions and changes in the real estate market.He also knew exactly what needed to be done to increase the chances of my offer being accepted without putting me at a disadvantage. He was always available to answer my questions, provided me with all the necessary information including a professional presented buyer’s package, and went through the process with me step by step. Wilco always made time to accommodate my needs. He was considerate, understanding, and proved to be a very nice person to work with. He listened to what I wanted, delivered exactly what I wanted and was very patient with me throughout the whole process. It was very comforting to have someone that looked out for my best interest. He did an outstanding job and I would recommend him to anyone without hesitation.
Kaydian Carney (tel.nr. available upon request)
Brian and I would like to thank you for the many hours you spent helping us locate and buy a condo in Peterborough that matched all our needs.We have appreciated your emphasis on what we needed. Your information related to buying, selling, and what to look for was very helpful. From our first contact you were extremely helpful.
Mary Ann and Brian Bell (email@example.com)
When we decided to sell our cottage on Pigeon Lake, we wanted a realtor with knowledge and expertise and who would keep our best interest at the forefront. For those reasons, we chose Wilco. Wilco was great at suggesting small improvements to maximize the attractiveness of our property. And his use of photos to market the property was phenomenal. We found Wilco to be very professional, extremely dedicated and he kept us informed throughout the process. Not only was he successful in selling our cottage, Wilco helped make this event relatively stress free. I would not hesitate to use his services again and we highly recommend Wilco for all your real estate needs.
Sigi and Valerie Radke (firstname.lastname@example.org)
You understood the temperature of the East City market. You gently, yet clearly directed me to move forward. You intuitively understood my concerns ! You were always available, you followed up with questions. You did a great job selling my home and helping me buy a small condo. Thank you Wilco. I will refer you to friends and neighbours.
Katharine Murphy (email@example.com)
We just happened to find Wilco’s internet information regarding condominium information. His reply was prompt and quite informative. So we contacted him and he was very willing to meet with us and discuss the various options we had. To make a long story short, he showed us a number of possibilities and we finally were able to purchase the condo we wanted. Wilco is a hard worker and is very patient with us older people who need some direction. We highly recommend him to anyone who needs to get the right information and someone who is trustworthy. Thanks Wilco for all your hard work, perseverance and patience. It paid off for all of us.
Eldon & Donna Johnston (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Wilco has helped us twice with the buying and selling of properties. Wilco has given us logical and sensible advise and uses data to help us make an informed decision when buying and selling. We will hire Wilco over and over again.
Thanks Wilco !
Michael and Grace Salalila ( email@example.com )
Thank you for the huge effort and professionalism that you exhibited in selling our home. The property description and pictures used on your web site were second to none, as can be proven by the parade of interested buyers.
Good luck on future sales.
Bert & Colette Perkins (firstname.lastname@example.org)
“ Being 1st time home buyers we had many questions about the process of buying a home. With Wilco’s relaxed and professional approach the whole overwhelming ordeal was made easy and comprehensible every step of the way. We now have a good idea of what it takes to buy or sell a home and wouldn’t hesitate to hire Wilco’s assistance again. Thank you Wilco for your patience, understanding and help during this segue into the next chapter of our lives.”
Ryan Gage & Adrianne Flynn (email@example.com)
"When it came time to sell my home of thirty-seven years I chose Wilco Overink as my real estate agent. Wilco had sold the homes of two of my neighbours and they highly recommended him. He was kind enough to visit me twice before the actual listing to give me the information I needed to be an informed seller. He was very patient with me as I did the necessary "decluttering". The first day of the listing I was overwhelmed with five "showings" and two offers. My house sold in one day for more than I was asking!
Thank you Wilco !!!! "
Peggy McConnachie (firstname.lastname@example.org)
"If you are looking for a realtor that gets the job done, then look no further. Wilco Overink put our house for sale in the dead of winter and not only sold our house but
helped us purchase our new house all in 56 days! He is professional, personable and has a keen eye for details. We will always use and recommend Wilco in the future should we have any need.
Denis and Karen Corriveau (email@example.com)
"We had been looking for a business to buy for almost 2 years without much success. At least 3 deals died because of various issues. Working with Wilco was quite a different story. At the time we found and bought our new business, we were still in Europe. Wilco was our eyes, ears, advisor, negotiator and many more things all at once. Most importantly though were his additions and comments to the contract which has saved us a lot of agony. He is sticking out with head and shoulders above the realtor crowd.
Tess Steenberghe and Jeroen Kerrebijn (firstname.lastname@example.org)
"We met Wilco a couple of years ago and liked him instantly. Not only is he punctual we found out very quickly that he has an incredible knowledge of the Peterborough Housing market,As we livedover 5 hours away he sent a copy of all the new listings for us to peruse. This kind soft spoken man patiently answered copious questions while we struggled to decide what kind of house we wanted.At that point all we wanted was to live close to our daughter and family who lives In the west end.While we struggled to decide what we wanted, condo or home, 1 or 3 bedrooms, he patiently offered suggestions and showed uswhat we wanted to see,When we were not available to see something we were interested in Wilco would view it for us.He was honest with his reports and we knew we could count on him.Never did he say "buy this".I knew he would only be happy when we found the perfect home.
When we finally found exactly what we wanted Wilco aggressively negotiated a price for us that we're very happy with.
We consider Wilco not only our realtor but also our first friend in Peterborough.We recommend him highly to all we speak to from friends to staff at stores, new acquaintances in groups and activities we have joined etc.
Thank you Wilco, your professionalism is outstanding."
Susan and David Blakeney, 705-874-2242
"My wife and I were very new to the concept of selling our house. It was the first home we’d ever had and we were very nervous. Wilco made us feel at ease right away and never did we feel there was ever any “pressure”. About a year prior to listing our home, had received several monthly bulletins from Wilco about “Preparing Your House for Sale” and we had asked him if he could stop by and provide some input on what we should focus on. Together, we did a review and were able to create a list for ourselves. This was terrific as it gave us a year to prepare. When it came time to list, everything was already done and it went very quickly! Thanks again Wilco!"
Andy & Marion Morrison, (tel: 613-332-1486)
"Wilco was an amazing help to us when we purchased our first ever property. We were not even sure what we are looking for as we wanted to purchase a house to be a rental property. Wilco gave us detailed and professional advice from the beginning. He helped us think through step by step what we want, what would be best for us and what property would be the best option for us what we can afford.He was very patient as we came up always with different ideas and showed us the best options in each category. He was not only professional but effective and also funny. He always got back to us in no time. And finally he helped us find the property what we always wanted :) I would highly recommend anyone to get Wilco`s help who wants to sell or buy a property. Their dream will be in good hands."
Hajni Hos and Steve Ross, Norwood (email@example.com)
"Wilco was more than supportive during our first home purchase offering sound advice and wisdom for all the details from large to small. He immediately understood our needs and dreams while expertly and painlessly assisting us in finding our perfect home. We couldn't have asked for someone more professional, calm and intuitive. We would certainly recommend Wilco to any friends or family looking to buy in the area!"
Shane Smith and Jessica Penner, Norwood (firstname.lastname@example.org)
"After interviewing five real estate agents from the Lakefield/Peterborough area, I decided to choose Wilco because I was most impressed with the thoroughness of his initial presentation, and liked his relaxed, non-aggressive, but determined approach to selling my beloved lakeside cottage. It did not hurt that he has a highly-developed sense of humour. He was enthusiastic about advertising the property via his expertly taken gallery of photos, and his poetically-phrased description of the cottage; held a number of open houses, showing potential buyers around and keeping me up to date with developments on a daily basis. He even turned up to a "Septic Summit" at 7.30 one morning when my system was drained and checked for leaks. The cottage was sold within a few weeks for a price I found gratifying.
I had no hesitation in recommending Wilco to a number of my friends in the area who are considering selling their cottages"
Ian Henderson, Windsor, (email@example.com)
"Well, here we are on the other side of selling our house on Swanston Avenue. Once we listed with Wilco Overink everything moved quickly. We were glad to see all the interest and the lovely comments about our home, but sometimes it made us think we should be staying. Wilco said he would walk us through it. But I think in that six days from the time it went on the market we were running to keep up to him. Almost 50 years in our home and never selling before, he had his hands full. We are glad we chose Wilco to be our Sales Representative. He made us feel comfortable right from the first time he came into our home. We definitely would recommend Wilco to our family and friends. Thank you Wilco and God Bless You!"
Arnold and Carolyn Robbins, (tel: 705-745-6728)
I would like to express a very deep thank you for all your professionalism and care to selling our home in Lakefield. I have had it listed with another agent and privately and could not sell it. I was very impressed with the work you had done before you even had us sign with you, and all the updates and advertising you did. This being said, you were able to sell it within a month. Your advice, knowledge and personal care helped immensely to the quick and worry free sale. We are not from a rural area so there was a lot of information to selling that we were not familiar with, but you guided us and helped us even by going to the house to get us information needed instead of us driving two hours up there to get it. We really appreciate everything and thank you again for being a straight up honest agent."
Cathy and Terry Dudar, Toronto (firstname.lastname@example.org ; tel: 416-744-7245)
"When we met Wilco our home had been on the market for 2 summer seasons with various local realtors. Lots of those realtors are very active to get you to list with them but after that they freeze like water in winter. Despite the fact that Wilco was not from the area we felt he was the right man for the job. He is pro-active, accurate and thinks out of the box. Quick updates and feedback, we always felt he was on top of things and we could always reach him quickly. He is professional and looked for new and innovative ways to promote our home. Because of his tireless efforts our home sold quickly for the right price. We strongly recommend hiring Wilco to list and sell your home!"
Frank and Joan Dange, Fenelon Falls
"We are so glad we got in touch with Wilco!
As newcomers to Canada, we didn’t know where to start to find ourselves a nice home.
While waiting for our Visa, Wilco already did the research upfront and together we made a list of homes to take a look at once we would move to Canada. So when we arrived the only thing we had to do was visit the homes we were interested in! We came to know Wilco as a professional, accurate, helpful, quick way of handling kind of guy with a friendly personality. Give him your list of what you are looking for in a house,and he will find it! Just like he found us a nice and beautiful home to live in and start our new life in Canada.
PJ and Caroline Koole, Havelock.
"I recently purchased a condo in Peterborough with the help of Wilco. I couldn't have wished for a better real estate consultant. I met Wilco at a difficult point in my life where I had no place to call my own and wasn't at all sure which way my life was headed. I didn't know what to do and this caused me much stress and anxiety. Wilco helped me get back my strength and confidence. He has a very caring personality and his listening skills are awesome. He knew what I needed to get my life back on track. He went over and beyond the call of duty and helped me with everything. He became a friend. Thanks to him I was able to start the next chapter in my life, in my condo and in my new city. I strongly recommend him to anyone who needs help with buying or selling their home"
Els Fontyn, Peterborough
" Recently, I utilized Wilco's services for the purchase of a house. I was extremely delighted with both the services provided and the results achieved. With a definite emphasis on customer satisfaction, Wilco certaintly fulfilled all my expectations. Throughout the entire buying process, his approach was professional, personable, and supportive. At all times, I was confident that Wilco was working for me and protecting my interests (and not the seller's). Quite simply, Wilco was an excellent partner in the buying experience. I highly recommend Wilco to any potential property buyer."
Rolf Groepper, Buckhorn
" Wilco Overink is a licensed Realtor in Peterborough, Ontario. Despite his short career in the realty business Wilco has lots of knowledge about the local and regional real estate market and all related aspects. We found Wilco to be a calm and knowledgeable person with a very nice personality. On Thursday June 2nd, 2011 our family (father, mother, three daughters) immigrated to Canada. We had picked a few areas in Ontario as a possible future location to settle. Our goal was to find a suitable home within four to five weeks. Ontario is a large province in the Eastern part of Canada. Wilco is affiliated with Century 21, a real estate organization with offices throughout Northern America. The advantage is that Wilco has a widespread network outside his own area. Because of his enthousiasm, devotion and professional advice we were able to find a nice home in Ayr, a village south of Cambridge. On Monday July 11, 2011 we moved into our new home in Ayr."
Patrick Lucas and family, Ayr.
"We have come to experience Wilco as a person who is very accurate in all he does. He does what he promises, our needs are his first priority and his research is excellent. He is very pro-active and replies instantly to our questions and requests. He has a nice personality and as a newcomer to this country having a Realtor with whom we can communicate in our own language is very nice too."
Julia Frederiks and family, Nestleton Station.
CENTURY 21 United Realty Inc., Brokerage*