I am proud to share this recent testimonial with you, received from Gord and Anne today, May 31st!
We were introduced to Shawn Gannaw by friends who attended an open house that he was hosting. They were aware that we were new to Barrie, were looking for a condominium to purchase and believed that he would be a good match for us in our search.
Our friends did a mutual introduction via email, as we were travelling through the southern United States. We exchanged initial emails and Shawn was able to get an idea of what we were looking for. We were not in a rush and expressed an interest in a property that might require some work. So he found several condominiums that met our requirements in size and price and he made appointments for us to view them and to spend an afternoon looking at the best alternatives that Barrie had to offer.
He had listened to our interest in a property that might require some extra work, and as luck would have it, he had heard of such a property from a co-realtor. The listing had just gone off the Market … it was a power of sale and had been on the market for several months, currently owned by the bank that held the mortgage.
Shawn had taken the time to go into the property, draw up a floor plan and take several photos. He sent all this info over the internet to us prior to our arrival in Barrie. We sat in our hotel room and perused the photos and the floor plan and decided that this was definitely an option in which we were interested. Once we viewed the property, we were certain this was the option we were going to pursue.
And so began about 5 weeks of negotiation. We submitted an offer to the bank, which was returned immediately. We submitted a second offer, which was ignored by the bank. Then we learned the property had been “sold” to CMHC. We were then asked to submit a third offer to the bank, which was promptly returned. CMHC completed their own appraisal, and then relisted the property as an MLS listing. We submitted a fourth offer to the new listing agent, and then accepted the counter offer from CMHC.
Through all of this, Shawn answered all of our queries, provided lots of historical information on the property and similar properties in Barrie that we requested, kept in close contact with us via email and phone, kept us updated with any new developments, met us at any hour of the day or night as the process dragged on. He even kept a photo of our “new home” on his cell phone as inspiration, and offered constant positive support.
We would be pleased to recommend Shawn to anyone looking for a realtor that is professional, personable, listens to his client and goes out of his way in trying to bring a successful resolution to their search for the perfect housing match.
We are now in our new home, and love it more every day. Thank you Shawn!
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