In the Spring of 2017 I decided to sell my house, because I had accepted a job offer from Tokyo. The first thing I did was to look for the right real estate agents. I asked my friends and colleagues for references and interviewed several agents. They all seemed to be skilled professional (they are all established agents according to the references), but Julie and Bruce were outstanding amongst them.
First, Julie had an excellent strategy to boost the value of my house with her staging. After seeing some pictures of her work, I was convinced that my house would attract a number of potential buyers if I were to hire Julie. Second. Bruce made every effort to understand the market precisely, which helped me set the right asking price. Bruce did not give me his estimated price for my house on his first visit, although all other agents gave me a number immediately. This is because Bruce collects all the relevant information and gives a serious thought before he gives his estimate to his client. I fully trusted what Bruce said about the market.
Julie and Bruce are not only reliable professionals, but also the nicest friends of our family. They always cared about my wife and son, and they love Julie and Bruce very much. When the house was successfully sold above the asking price (!), I was so happy of course. But, on the other hand, it was sort of sad for me because we met Julie and Bruce less frequently since then… Just as importantly, I would strongly vouch for their integrity. Very honest, hard-working people. I recommend Julie and Bruce to you enthusiastically.Shintaro Yamaguchi (Seller)
I relocated to Hamilton for a new job moving from Saskatoon SK. Julie and Bruce were referred to me by my landlord. I was actually renting the house that she bought with their assistance. Julie and Bruce accepted enthusiastically to help me with my home search. A meeting was set within a few days to assess my criteria and budget, and up we went on the next weekend for the first home visits.
Julie and Bruce were exemplary in terms of availability, knowledge and patience. They were cognisant to the fact that I was new to Hamilton and that my sense of orientation would be second to none and taxied me all over town for home viewing. This was immensely helpful. They made a point to show me the area around the homes we were visiting outlining the features of the neighborhood. They know Hamilton very well and provided all sorts of interesting details about the city.
Having been born and raised in Montreal, it was always pleasant to be able to speak a few words of French with Julie who is also originally from Montreal.
I often had the privilege to have both Bruce and Julie accompanying me for home viewings. It was very useful to have three pairs of eyes assessing whether a home would fit my needs. Their different insight into a home (Bruce for how it’s built, how it’s priced; Julie for the layout, the luminosity, the location, furniture placement) was very informative and facilitated my decision process.
After numerous visits and three rejected offers in the highly competitive Hamilton real estate market, I can say we’ve been through a lot. I was getting discouraged by my unending home search but Bruce and Julie always remained positive and encouraging just as they were when we visited the first home together. They never put any pressure and were often the first to point out aspects of the home that would not be right for me.
Thanks to Julie and Bruce, I finally found the perfect house for me and this time without a bidding war!
All in all, I had a lovely experience with Julie and Bruce and I would highly recommend them for your real estate needs.Suzanne D.
We were lucky enough to meet Julie and Bruce in 2012, when selling our rental home, that we bought for our daughters while going to university. Their selling advice and research of the area around us proved to be invaluable. We sold our property in a few days with an offer over our asking price!!
When we decided to buy another rental property we could not think of anyone else that we felt could do a better job in helping us find our next investment. Even though we bought in Kitchener we could not have asked for a better team to help us get the best value for our money.
We highly recommend this DYNAMIC DUO!!!Caroline and David McNeice - Guelph, Ontario
Julie and Bruce
Bill and I just wanted to thank you for your excellent help with our recent purchase of a house in Hamilton. We appreciated Bruce’s knowledge of construction and how he pointed out various problems in certain homes, either structural, plumbing or electrical, that would have been either impossible or costly to fix. We were impressed with the knowledge of the market that they both possessed, which we had not been aware of. Julie was consistent in pointing out, not just the positive but also the negative aspects of each neighborhood we looked in, which was good to know, since we were not that familiar with life in Hamilton. Thanks again.
I have been buying and selling homes in the Hamilton area for 10 years, and I cannot explain how happy I was when I finally found Bruce and Julie. Initially, I felt like I didn’t need realtors, as my past experiences had not been positive. Working with Bruce and Julie changed that. I love the balance that they both bring to the table –> Julie and her eye for staging and the million little details, and Bruce for his market and pricing strategies. Together they are a powerhouse and perfect balance. If you are buying a home, expect that they will talk you out of many homes before you find the “perfect” one to make an offer on. Not because of aesthetics, or the commission they are making – but because they will find all the “details” that the untrained eye may not. They will investigate the market, the future trends, and the comparable properties objectively and at no point will their “need to close a deal” outweigh their moral obligation to provide great, honest service. I recommend Bruce and Julie to any prospective buyers/sellers that I meet.Natalie Laferriere
I am a real estate investor, who was looking for some “good buys” in the Hamilton area. I wanted to work with the best I could to ensure I bought only the best properties at the best price. Bruce and Julie have always really worked hard for me and they always find what I am looking for. I hired Bruce and Julie because I felt extremely comfortable with them. There was zero pressure, and they created a cooperative, positive, and team environment. They also have a very extensive knowledge of the real estate latest trends, and the market, given their lengthy real estate experience.
I am always tight on time, which both Bruce and Julie are aware of. They only show me the homes that meet my required criteria, and weed through the multiple listing to find me only the best ones. This shows me they are in tune with my needs.
Julie is also a fantastic stager which I account for a larger return on all the homes I have sold through them.
I am totally satisfied and would recommend them to others. Hands down – they are the best out there.David Distefano
I bought in Hamilton because I already had family and business contacts there and considered it a sound investment.
Your agency was recommended by a friend.
You and Bruce were both friendly, honest in your assessments and inspired confidence.
I would recommend you to anyone interested in Hamilton real estate and I would do it with enthusiasm.
After Barry and I both retired, we decided it would be a proactive step to not only downsize but find a townhouse bungalow with services such as snow removal and lawn maintenance. Bruce came recommended to us through another realtor as someone who was reliable and trustworthy.
Bruce and Julie did an excellent job of staging our home for us at no charge. The house never looked better! In addition, both Bruce and Julie were excellent communicators, ensuring we were kept in the loop at all times.
We have recommended Chase Realty to friends and neighbours.Marilyn and Barry Powell - Seller and Buyer Clients
When I wanted to sell my house, I interviewed three real estate agents. I picked Julie and Bruce. They were the most knowledgeable about the area. They advertised very promptly and were wonderful when helping me stage my home. Julie even went over and above keeping my gardens tidy. I would not hesitate to recommend these two wonderful agents whom I now call friends.Anne Jones
I had been living in Niagara taking care of my elderly parents and commuting to work in Hamilton for several years. My parents had passed and I decided it was time to eliminate my commute and move closer to my workplace.
I met Julie at an open house in Hamilton and was immediately impressed with her positive ‘can do’ attitude. She said that she and Bruce would love to help me find a home for my children and I.
So I happily agreed to engage Julie and Bruce in my home search.
Julie and Bruce provided me with many listings via email. I would let Julie know if I was interested in a particular property and she would immediately respond and set up appointment to view the property. Bruce often attended as well and provided his insight, pointing out details of value or concern. Julie and Bruce were not interest in finding just any home, but most interested in finding me the right home for my family and that was very important to me.
Julie and Bruce played a critical role in obtaining the home in which I now live. Even though there was a competition, Julie and Bruce kept it to a minimum by holding the seller to the terms as stated in the listing.
Julie was also kind enough to pick up my key and leave it in a lockbox on the door for when the kids and I returned home from Disney!
I would highly recommend Bruce and Julie when buying or selling a home.
Thanks Julie and Bruce!
I wanted to move to a new and interesting community that afforded me the opportunity to reinvent myself in retirement. When I had the opportunity to meet with Julie and Bruce I was impressed with their professionalism and ability to understand me needs. They showed me a variety of options that were intriguing to me (condos, duplexes, single family homes). They helped me think outside the box in terms of what neighbourhoods to look at and consider for purchase. They are a great team and really go above and beyond. If you are looking to purchase in the Greater Hamilton area, you cannot do better. Julie and Bruce are motivated to meet the needs of prospective buyers rather than seeking to maximize their own incomes.Cathy T. - Buyer Moved to Hamilton
You and Bruce have been exemplary in terms of availability, knowledge and patience! I couldn’t have had better professionals to help me with my home search.Suzanne D
My wife and I had an excellent experience dealing with Bruce and Julie. They are knowledgeable reliable and realistic It was pleasure from start to finish. Staged our house appropriately sign on the lawn promptly and had both agent and public open houses immediately. Our sale was smooth and I truly believe they were working on our behalf. I would gladly recommend Julie and Bruce to anyone looking for the ultimate professionals in our city.1