Referrals are now deeply ingrained within our society. I recommend that prospective Buyers or Sellers should request at least 5 to 10 excellent referrals from a Realtor of choice. A Realtor’s testimonials are, in many ways, a snapshot of their performance through the eyes of their clients over the years. Carefully reviewing a Realtor’s testimonials are one of the best ways to decide whom to choose to enter into legal contract with to either buy or sell real estate in this very competitive market.
The following testimonials are 100% client written – I specifically request clients to be completely honest in their testimonial writing. Therefore, when new or prospective clients read these testimonials, they get an idea of the type of service that I provide. Please note that all of my past and present clients are available to speak with you directly – simply ask me to put you in touch with any of them and they can go into more detail with respect to my services…enjoy!
“We met Agent Gus purely by chance as he was working in our neighbourhood and knocked on our door seeking support for his nearby project. We spoke about his project and he had credible answers and supporting data to all our questions…this signalled that he had done his homework. We then parted company until two days later.
We had already sold our home and were in the process of finding a new home but didn’t let Gus know that we were considering making a realtor change. I spoke to my wife and suggested that we both meet Gus first to see if there was a fit and if there was, to engage him to help us find a condo or town home.
We were impressed because he knew virtually all the projects that we had already visited but what really got our attention was that he knew the history and future plans of most buildings or projects, so this gave us much more insight. In addition, using a program he had built he helped us see how common element fees could be an indicator of whether or not a unit was under or over valued, not only today but into the future so for a numbers guy like me, this was a bonus!!!
We ultimately found a town home that drew multiple offers but once we factored in the impact of common element fees, we knew where our ceiling offer was. We bid, we won, thanks Agent Gus.”
Clayton Soon Alderwood, Toronto
“We made the decision to sell our one bedroom condo and upgrade to a house to start a family. We have got to know a number of realtors over the years but none which we felt extremely comfortable with until we met Gus. After attending an open house which Gus was hosting we immediately got a good vibe from him and asked him if he would be our realtor to help us sell our condo and find a house which met our requirements and was within our budget.
The first step was to put our condo on the market and after just 3 weeks Gus managed to have a sale agreement in place which we were more than pleased with.
We then communicated with Gus our home requirements, he kept a very tight eye on the competitive Toronto market and constantly updated us with new listings. Gus was extremely flexible in working around our busy work schedule to take the time to go and view various properties, nothing was inconvenient for him which made the process so much easier for us. After 3 weeks Gus found the ideal property for us and it was evident he took on board all our requirements as the property was exactly what we were looking for and well within our budget. Gus spent a lot of time researching the area and provided us with data of past sales and what the average home price was in the area to make sure we were not paying excessively over the average, He even managed to negotiate the sale with the home owner for below asking price which is unheard of in Toronto.
From meeting Gus at an open house he was a stranger to us, after getting to know him well handling the sale of our condo and helping us find our new home we trust him completely and we now consider him our friend. We recommend Gus to all our friends who are looking to buy or sell a home, in our eyes we honestly do not believe there is a realtor out there who is as professional, knowledgeable and trustworthy as Agent Gus”
Paul McAloon and Breege Hanna Mimico and Rockcliffe-Smythe, Toronto
“We had a great experience working with Gus. He assisted us in finding the right condo for our growing family, and renting our previous one which we kept as an investment. This was our first time buying a resale property and Gus provided all the support and information we needed, with thorough advice for every step of the process. Gus has great attention to detail, and is always readily available to respond, be it through a conference call, a showing, or to provide contacts from his network for additional services. He is also an attentive listener and would always take our feedback into consideration during the buying and renting process.
Working with Gus has been a pleasure and we look forward to working with him again in the future.
Thank you Gus.”
Daniela Zen and Daniel Veltri Bridle Path-Sunnybrook-York Mills and Mount Pleasant West, Toronto
“I recently went through the process of selling my rental condominium in Mississauga. I reside in Vancouver and therefore needed a realtor that I could trust to not only manage the sale but to also project manage pre-sale renovations and to keep any eye on the place in general. Agent Gus fit that list of requirements and exceeded my expectations.
Gus introduced me to a very good general contractor to oversee the renovations as well as to numerous other service contractors (e.g. plumbing, cleaning, waste disposal). All of these contacts ended up doing great work and provided excellent value. Gus also handled project management and oversight of these contractors.
I came into this process having no background in the area of selling real estate and therefore needed someone like Gus who could apply his extensive experience to the sale of my property. Which he did in a very professional and practical manner and with integrity and a sense of humour. Gus conducted a full pricing analysis (within the building, the immediate neighbourhood and the surrounding region) prior to setting an asking price. At the end of day, the apartment sold in under a month and at the highest price ever for a unit in that complex.
I would recommend Gus to family, friends and anyone who needs professional assistance in buying or selling a property.”
Brendan Killackey (New Westminster, BC) Applewood, Mississauga
“When we decided to sell our house after 17 years, we knew finding the right agent was critical in helping us achieve both the price and terms we were hoping for.
From the initial consultation, we knew Gus was the right fit. Not only was he extremely knowledgeable of the market but he also took the time to get to know us and showed genuine concern in helping us achieve our goals.
His attentiveness and enthusiasm eased the stress of preparing to put our house on the market. He was decisive in walking us through what needed to be done and prepared wonderful and effective marketing materials when we were ready to list.
Our house sold after only 6 days on the market for over asking price. Gus managed the transaction with skill and professionalism.
We were thrilled with the results and are happy to recommend Gus to our family and friends for all of their real estate needs.”
Anna Ceraldi Zin and Peter Zin New Toronto, Toronto
“It came to us rather suddenly, when my husband and I decided that it was time to look for a more suitable home for our family. With two little children at home, we did not wish to face the many new construction projects about to embark on our calm Bloor West street. With heavy heart for leaving our community, and uncertainty about how to go about selling and buying in the competitive market at the time, we consulted Agent Gus.
We knew right away that Gus was perfect for this tasking this job. Not only was he very knowledgeable about the market, but he understood what it took to get our house listed within our tight timeline of 10 days. His relentless energy, positive attitude, vast network of service connections, and ever-present lending hand, kept us going full speed ahead in the right direction.
And while the staging and selling was going on, Gus was also continuously supplying us with new and existing listings, eager to take us out for showings. With his flashlight in hand, Gus was very diligent about every detail of each visited house; every nook and cranny.
Anticipating a quick sale of our current house, we looked forward to new beginnings. We were confident that Gus would guide us toward the perfect new home for our family. In the end, we sold our old house and signed an offer for our new house on the same night.
Our hard work paid off, and Agent Gus made this challenging and daunting endeavor a very smooth and enjoyable experience.
Thank you Gus for the passion and care! (…and for the pizza you brought over on that rainy moving night) :)”
Alexandra Pavlova Chow and Dominic Chow Lambton Baby Point and Islington-City Centre West, Toronto
“Gus, Claire and I want to thank you for your very generous gift, and guidance through the acquisition process in this very significant milestone in our lives. We are extremely excited, and looking forward to the work and challenges ahead. Sincerely, The Ramos Family.”
The Ramos Family Lambton Baby Point, Toronto
“For anyone meeting Gus Skarlatakis, there can be no doubt that he has vast real estate knowledge. He is the consummate professional in all things real estate, acting with speed, constant initiative, and attention to detail. What is more striking, however, is the sheer understanding of us and our needs as clients that he established. This ability to be patient and attentive is what makes him stand out in the crowd. Thank you, Gus!”
Yar and Katherine Nazarowicz Willowridge-Martingrove-Richview, Toronto
“The service I received from Agent Gus was exceptional! I could not have asked for a better Realtor to guide me through the process of renting out my condominium. Agent Gus’s experience and patience served me very well. His local market knowledge was invaluable and helped with getting me the maximum rental income. Agent Gus is a true professional and in a class by himself.”
H. Jon Gill, Owner, Global 1 Packaging Bay Street Corridor, Toronto
“I recently had the pleasure of having Gus work as the listing agent for my property. He was always professional and efficient, but at the same showed genuine concern for my family, and very obviously had our best interests at heart. He is extremely hardworking, diligent, and informed. He took the time to do extensive research and to thoroughly explain all of our options. I would definitely recommend Gus Skarlatakis to anyone who was seeking to list their property.”
Sarah LeMay, President, Evymama Toronto
“We used Agent Gus to list our townhouse for sale and also to act as our buyer representation with our wonderful new house purchase. He was deeply involved in all aspects of both processes.
With respect to selling our townhouse, he organized the staging and marketing, he helped co-ordinate our moving, and he was always confident in our ability to sell quickly and for a good price. He was very professional in the negotiation process and was always thinking of our best interests.
With respect to helping us find a new house, he was readily available for visits and always remained professional and patient when we requested multiple visits to many of the same properties – in fact, he was supportive of that, as he wanted us to be very certain of our decision. In the end, he helped us find and purchase our dream home.
Even after we moved in, he continued to give support for anything we needed. I strongly recommend him as real estate agent.”
Dr. Marcelo Cypel and Dr. Tatiana Simon Mount Pleasant and Leaside, Toronto
“As a builder and developer, our choice of real estate agent is critical to our success. Gus is more than just our agent—he’s a partner and a trusted friend. His hard work and sound judgment have led to several profitable ventures for The Kingsbridge Group, and he continues to update us regularly on new real estate opportunities (unlike the agents you need to chase down to make sure they’re still working for you). Agent Gus is the guy you want in your corner when it’s time to buy, sell, or develop property in the GTA.”
The Kingsbridge Group Greater Toronto Area
“Gus sold our home in one week, over asking price, with very favourable terms on closing. He is extremely knowledgeable and high energy. He worked with us on getting our home ready, offered many tips and demonstrated an expertise in real estate that resulted in our home being sold quickly. Gus showed an ability to negotiate and navigate through the complexity of selling a home which has put him at the top of my list to use again.”
Robert Bourke Lambton Baby Point, Toronto
“My wife and I really appreciated Gus’s honesty while looking at different houses and always looked out for our best interest. He always gave us the pros and cons of purchasing a house/condo and kept us “in the loop” with regards to any property we were looking at. Anytime I called Gus he was there to help and would not hesitate to meet up with us when we needed him there for advice. It always feels great when you know you can depend on someone any time of the day, and who is just a phone call away. We thank Gus for helping us with every step in purchasing our last property, and look forward to meeting with him again soon.”
Kosta and Lindsay Walker Waterfront Communities, Toronto
“We had an excellent experience dealing with Gus and he did an outstanding job for us.
Firstly, we were overseas and thus begun communicating via email and video conference call. Gus was prompt and responsive, providing us long-distance, with a thorough review of the Toronto real estate market.
Secondly, we only had a two week window in which to find a home. Gus drove us around for three days and always made us feel like we were the only people he was working with. He was thorough, patient, available, knowledgeable and a pleasure to deal with.
Thirdly, we were looking for a great neighborhood with a large home to comfortably accommodate our family. Gus helped us get exactly the home we wanted and at the price we were looking for. He handled the offer and closing process, and went to bat on the issues that were important to us.
Gus will definitely be someone I will use again. It is a pleasure to state that if anyone needs a great realtor, I know just the person…Agent Gus!”
Sean and Emmy Kelly L’Amoreaux, Toronto
“Gus was extremely helpful in finding just the right fit for us. We are now empty nesters and wanted the condo in downtown Toronto. There were many to choose from but we had a particular area in mind and Gus was quite patient in getting our “Must Have” list satisfied. He avoided unnecessary showings which would not fit our criteria. I felt all the appointments were within our “criteria list” but although they did fit, for whatever reason, we moved to the next. When we walked into the one we purchased, we knew it right away. It was the place we could see us living in. Gus checked all the options available along with Condo costs and was very thorough in this process. His knowledge of the condo industry instilled confidence that we were, in fact, making the right choice/decision. All through the process Gus was available to discuss any questions or concerns especially when in the Offer stage, to establish decisions moving forward. Gus was recommended to us and we thank them for putting us in touch with a true professional. Word of mouth is the best endorsement.”
Angie Benetis and David Nash Waterfront Communities, Toronto
“As my real estate agent, Gus greatly surpassed all of my expectations. I found him to be knowledgeable, quick to react, professional and always reliable.
I am a very busy single professional who needed a new home in a relatively short period of time. I had a list of “must haves”, a demanding schedule, and was not able to meet during normal business hours. Gus took all of this in stride and made it very easy for me to find a place that I continue to fall more and more in love with every day. Gus took the time to provide an extensive analysis of the options and quickly became my trusted advisor. When things were not presented to us as they should have been, Gus was not afraid to “go to bat” for me and to ensure things were done right. I always felt that he was looking out for my best interests and I was able to depend on him completely without reservation. He was readily available whenever I had a bit of free time (which was usually late at night or on weekends) and even drove me around for viewings.
I could not have found my new home without his help and highly recommend his work to everyone I can. Not only did he find me a great place – he also made the process easy and fun! ”
Darcy Ammerman, M.A., LL.B. Waterfront Communities, Toronto
“Due to a marital breakup, my husband and I had to sell the home my children and I lived in for 9 years. I can honestly say that hiring Gus as our realtor made a huge difference. Not only did Gus provide his guidance and expertise throughout, I discovered from the get-go that he went over and above to make things more manageable.Every step along the way, Gus provided generous amounts of time and feedback to achieve solutions that ultimately resulted in an efficient sale that far surpassed our expectations. He was hands-on with respect to tasks I knew he didn’t have to be; he constantly weighed in on details that would have otherwise been ignored and assisted in any way he could.
Quality and reason was never compromised, Gus is a solution provider with a commitment to excellence.
After the sale, it was time for me to find a new home for the my two kids and I. As a single mother raising a physically challenged son and a teenage daughter, I had many new challenges. Finding a suitable home was one of the more daunting ones; I was overwhelmed with the multitude of details necessary to get there and how we would cope with the added stress. Gus found a great home for us and negotiated quite favourably on my behalf. I would recommend Gus wholeheartedly without hesitation and will certainly hire him again.”
Linda Canning Lambton Baby Point and Islington-City Centre West, Toronto
“When we decided it was time for a new home to fit our expanded family (3 young kids) we knew finding the right real estate agent would be crucial to having both a good buying and selling experience.
Gus was referred to us, and from our first meeting, it was clear our best interests would be his utmost concern. He quickly developed a rapport with us and our children; they were always happy to see ‘Uncle Gus’. We knew what we wanted and through the process Gus helped us understand what we needed. He is very knowledgeable, always accessible, minimizes stress, and is very patient. He was prepared to work with us for however long it would take to find the right home; it happened quicker than we thought and the offer process was effortless, even though it was a bidding war. Then, when we had to prepare our house for selling, it was all hands on deck and once again Gus over extended in many ways. He was very strategic and attentive to all the details of selling. We were very successful and thrilled with the outcome.
The ‘deals’ may be closed now but our experience with him has opened a lifelong relationship. We would highly recommend Agent Gus. Thank you Gus for everything!”
Jules and Melanie Evely Princess-Rosethorn and West Humber-Claireville, Toronto
“Gus was extremely important in moving to our second home in Toronto. We wanted a bigger house that could accommodate all our belongings coming from abroad. He understood what it was exactly that we needed and had the patience to go through all the listings, showing us as many places as possible, as well as having the professionalism to deal with other brokerages, until we got the right place. We are very pleased with Gus’s work and we do recommend him to anyone who needs real estate service. We will certainly have Gus as our agent whenever doing real estate business in Toronto”
Dr. Clarita Margarido and Jose Bacellar Sunnybrook-Don Mills, Toronto
“Gus was very helpful in finding me my first home. It was exactly what I wanted and it was the first listing that he showed me and I got it right away. I was very happy with Gus’s work and now I tell all my friends who need real estate help to call him because I trust him. Thank you.”
Edna Mendoza Mendaje Lawrence Park South, Toronto
“Working with Gus on purchasing a new house and selling our old one was a rewarding experience. At every point in the buying and selling, Gus kept us informed and made all the implications very clear. We’d never had a real estate agent who had helped us so much in this regard! We really appreciated it. Not only do we feel we now know much more about the nature of real estate, but we also felt comfortable discussing our ideas and our concerns with him along the way. Gus helped us focus our vision of what we wanted in a new home and advised us on how to turn our old home into a neutral, marketable space. Gus is easy to talk to, a very knowledgeable advisor and an excellent real estate agent. We highly recommend him—and would definitely hire him again!”
The Rowat Family Erin Mills and Sherwood Forrest, Mississauga
“Gus is extremely knowledgeable about the real estate market. This combined with his being very thoughtful and thorough in the advice that he gives makes him an excellent real estate agent. Would most definitely use Gus again and will continue to recommend Gus to any of my friends who are looking for an agent who puts your interests first.”
Stan Kolenc Lambton Baby Point, Toronto
“When we began searching for our first home, we had a fairly clear idea of what we were looking for, but no idea on how to accomplish it. Agent Gus was not only extremely knowledgeable about the practical side of buying a home, but was very diligent in making sure the home we were interested in was a good value, and a good investment decision. When it came to the negotiation, strategy was key in our deal, and Agent Gus excelled during this process. After a whole week of offers and counter-offers, we came to a favourable agreement and officially became homeowners! Agent Gus’s continued support during the inspection, the various post-purchase visits, and financing acquisition, was extremely helpful and detailed. His wealth of knowledge, flexible availability and genuine confidence helped us to reach our goal without any doubts along the way. Thanks Agent Gus!”
Matt Humphreys and Heidi Turner Riverdale, Toronto
“We had a great experience with Gus when we were looking for a condo in Toronto. He carefully studied our preferences and presented many options in the price range which made us feel comfortable to make a decision without the feeling that we might have lost a good opportunity. He showed us many good opportunities. All his expertise in negotiating with owners and other agents helped us to achieve a good deal and in the right time. He gave us advice about many things that we should pay attention to and we reached the best cost-benefit deal. Gus, thank you so much for all your patience, attention and consideration for my family.”
Ana Marcondes and Leandro Motta Waterfront Communities, Toronto
“We were selling a rental condo heading into a slow summer season and wanted out quickly. Gus made sure we were well prepared by bringing in an excellent stager at a very reasonable price and suggested areas that needed to be fixed up in the unit, while still keeping cost in mind. The condo market in the area had already begun to drop dramatically and while we had some offers, they fell below the price we were willing to accept. We decided to rent the unit while still keeping it on the market in an attempt to stimulate some activity. Gus brought us a renter with good credit but when he was checking their reference, he did such a great job of selling the unit, the reference ended up buying the condo!
In the end, everyone was happy. We sold the condo at a good price, the buyer got an immediate return on investment since the renters were secured and the renters got a landlord that they already had a relationship with.
Gus is also great with kids and made a real bond with our three-year-old son during his many visits to our home to go over paperwork. We will definitely use Gus again in the future and would highly recommend him to anyone looking for an agent who goes above and beyond and adds a personal touch.”
The Durkacz Family City Centre-Square One, Mississauga
“My husband and I relocated from overseas to Toronto in 2009, and into a small downtown condo. With the addition of our second son, we rapidly felt the lack of space and asked Gus to help us track down a house for our expanding family. As first time home buyers, and since our family was new to Toronto, we needed a lot of advice before we even started looking at homes. Gus proved himself to be extremely knowledgeable about the whole home search process, and had a great knowledge of many different neighbourhoods in Toronto, which ultimately helped us to choose the areas where we began our search. Within a couple of weeks we had found our dream house, and Gus confidently and articulately negotiated for us, securing us an excellent price on our home. Upon request, he recommended us to an excellent lawyer whom we used and were very satisfied with, and organized the home inspection for us also.
We were extremely pleased with the level of professionalism and exceptional personal service from Gus, and wouldn’t hesitate to recommend him to any other person looking to find an agent prepared to work hard, and serve their clients’ best interests.”
The Nguyen Family Trinity-Bellwoods, Toronto
“When my wife and I decided to start looking at buying our first home for our young and expanding family (2 kids, 2 dogs, 2 cats) we agreed that the most important part of the process was to find a real estate agent whom we could trust to provide a very high level of expertise and service.
We subsequently canvassed our friends and family for recommendations and although we met a number of seemingly well qualified and experienced professionals, Agent Gus really stood out amongst his peers as someone we could implicitly trust to best guide us through this process. As a two professional household, our time is more valuable than our money and Agent Gus totally committed himself to getting to know us by first seeking to understand our needs and limitations, styles and tastes, then proceeded to educate us about the process of buying a home, market realities, managing the emotions of the process…in short, he invested a considerable amount of his time on the front-end so as to avoid wasting our time later on. Notwithstanding the time and energy he put into getting to know us, he is genuinely committed to providing the best counsel to his clients and is extremely open and honest; it was very apparent that he viewed our best interests as being in his best interest and he quickly gained both our trust and respect.
We would recommend Agent Gus without hesitation to anyone who asked.”
Marc and Jen Knez Richview, Etobicoke, Toronto
“Buying a first home can be a daunting experience, but having Gus on our side gave us the confidence to meet this challenge with optimism. We’re continually impressed with his knowledge and his ability to break down the numbers, and his detailed attentiveness to our needs that helped us narrow our search, a must for a busy working couple. My wife and I would recommend Gus without reservations to anyone looking to buy a home.”
David Bernardi and Kaoruko Sawabe Mimico, Toronto
“I was looking for a larger sized property lot for the purposes of tearing down and building a new home in the 2400 to 2600 sq. ft. range and I didn’t want to pay any more than was needed. Agent Gus found quite a few suitable properties, all in good locations with good prices, and ultimately I felt that I ended up making the right choice in the end. It really was nice to have plenty to choose from. He also helped out tremendously in advising me to negotiate a very low interest rate to finance the construction costs, much better than I could’ve done on my own. I learned a lot from the whole experience. I’m definitely going to use Agent Gus in the future. Thanks again and best wishes.”
Dave Benedetti Lakeview, Mississauga