Recently, clients of mine referred me to friends of theirs who were looking to buy an investment property downtown. More often than not this is how I meet new clients. Most people are just more comfortable working with someone who has been recommended to them by somebody they trust.
My clients told me their friends were a nice couple looking to buy a 3-unit investment property, but were finding it difficult. I met the couple at a house I chose in the Roncesvalles neighbourhood. Immediately we hit it off. The house was very close to what they wanted and over the next hour, while reviewing the house and learning about each other, we established a relationship and formed a strategy to move forward. I talked with them about their investment goals and about what they were flexible on and what they weren’t. I provided feedback on their options and the best neighbourhoods within their budget. We determined the features of their ideal property including its layout, condition, location, and what the mitigating factors were that would ultimately determine how much money they would invest.
We stood outside the house long after our appointment was done, discussing these factors and using the Roncy house as our muse. The couple confided in me that they were previously working with an agent that a family member had recommended. The agent was experienced and had a good reputation, but didn’t ‘get’ them. The couple loved living in the city and were Torontonians at heart. There were conscious of the environment and when possible, they would cycle or use transit to get to meetings and social engagements. Something didn’t sit right with them when the agent would pull up in a big SUV and always dress inappropriately formal for showings.
Buying and selling real estate can be highly personal for some, but also strictly business for others. I work closely with my clients to understand their personal needs while also protecting their best interests.
Fast-forward 35 days and the couple is signing the winning offer on a large, detached, 3-unit investment property in an upcoming neighbourhood. A moment after walking out of the listing broker’s office, they mention to me that I actually made the process of buying a property in Toronto enjoyable. We hug it out.
This is one example of a client’s experience and the reason why for the last 10 years I have continued to help good people buy and sell real estate in this great city. I hope this story tells you a little bit about me. Feel free to stop by my office or give me a call to chat further. You may also reference the reviews on my Google Business page.
Recognizing his passion and fascination for real-estate early at a young age, Montreal-born and raised in Toronto, Alan has worked hard to facilitate growth and development in throughout this city.
With a degree in Architecture from the University of Toronto, Alan started his profession designing high-end vacation homes in Aspen, Colorado. He has since worked for leading architecture and design firms across the U.S. and Canada, spending the last six years at Toronto design firm Hariri Pontarini Architects as a Senior Project & Design Manager working closely with many of Toronto’s condominium developers.
Having worked with Toronto’s premier condominium design firm, as well as serving on numerous condominium boards, Alan’s fingerprints are all over Toronto’s most popular condo developments and communities. His years of experience reflect a deep understanding of the inner and outer workings of condominium living in Toronto.
Today, Alan continues his pursuit of designing quality living from a unique perspective at Art House | Unique Real Estate. His architectural expertise, insider knowledge and design acumen assist savvy Torontonians in cultivating their own personalized living environment. Alan’s critical eye and detail-oriented approach to design has translated to honest and knowledgeable advice for his clients.
We welcome you to meet with Alan at the Art House office in Kensington Market and experience his expertise first-hand. Come see how he can help you realize your next ideal property today.
"Simply put, Alan is an excellent real estate agent. Alan understood very quickly our expectations. He showed a high degree of professionalism and was extremely efficient! He is as sympathetic as serious man and give very valuable advice and guidance. Alan found THE perfect apartment for us in a very short time frame. He did more than his job. He was definitely our man and wish you he will be yours."
Nick helped my husband and I source out our condo and purchase our first home in the GTA. Nick was approachable, knowledgable and was always great at getting back to us right away with any questions we had. His thoroughness in finding out our "want and needs list" and providing us with information on the neighbourhoods we were looking at helped ease our minds and make the buying process much more enjoyable. If you are looking for an agent that has your best interest in mind hire Nick.
Nick is a pleasant respite from the traditional hard selling real estate agent. His approachable demeanour and professionalism immediately imbue you with confidence when making this oh so important purchase. We had pretty specific needs about purchasing a multi-unit house to allow rental income while also providing an adequate apartment that my brother and I could share while we pay off our mortgage. It was clear from the beginning that Nick was not just out for a sale, but was intent on finding the right fit for our requirements.
Nick is great to work with. We went to him because we knew that he would understand our desire and need--he would "get it", and assist accordingly. We weren't interested in expending time on loads of properties, we were interested in a focused search that fit our criteria. Nick "got it" and the search was quick and easy for us. Things came together nicely and we jumped. We moved at the very last minute and he accommodated without issue. More than happy to recommend Nick!
After months of viewing over a hundred rental units without luck, a friend recommended Nick Horton. Nick helped me to make the right decisions about where to buy and what to be looking for. Within a month we found the perfect free standing house in a vibrant, up-and-coming neighbourhood. Nick was patient, honest and hard-working. I would highly recommend his services!
I have worked with Nick for my last 3 moves and was extremely happy with him for each one! He took the time to sit down and figure out what type of place would suit me best, and worked around my schedule for showings. He was also very helpful in the negotiation phase working to make sure I was happy with the deal. Will definitely use for future real estate (and advice) needs.
As a first time home buyer Nick helped us from beginning to end. He spent the time taking us through countless properties (from condos and lofts, to single family homes) until we found one that fit all our needs and wants. I would not hesitate to recommend him to anyone and will be calling him when it's time to sell.