We came from abroad to scout for a house in the Calgary area with hardly any knowledge of the area and none of the housing market. Simon Strydhorst was strongly recommended to us by friends who had worked with him before and who held him in the highest regards. They were 100% right.
Within an hour of contacting Simon by email we received his response. Five days later our scouting trip had resulted in a signed purchase contract with terms and conditions negotiated beyond our wildest expectations. We now live in the house since September 2020 and every day call ourselves fortunate that we got it. And all thanks to Simon’s professionalism.
When we first met, Simon instantly established trust, which turned the stress of looking for a house in fact into a fun project. He quickly understood our drivers and was able to identify options with us that could be potential fits. While sensitive to our wishes and needs, he did not shy away from warning against bad ideas. This, and his tough but fair negotiation skills and his research into the background of properties we visited saved us a lot of money in the end and overdelivered on our expectations. Moreover, he had made sure we had explored the full range of options fitting our interests, so we knew that we had not overlooked some attractive alternative.
Throughout the process, Simon went the extra mile as a standard, providing help wherever we needed (and as foreigners we needed it a lot!), like in finding a bank, coordinating the technical home inspection, and taking care of the pre-possession inspection we could not do ourselves. And to make us feel welcome in the home from day one, he added the personal touch of a welcoming basket – just one of those personal gestures that make him stand out in our eyes.
In summary, Simon is extremely knowledgeable, very personable, not pushy, sensitive to a client’s needs and constraints, completely reliable, and an expert negotiator. We would not even think about going with someone else a next time. Simon, many thanks!