What clients have to say...
Let's put it this way: I've been Realtor myself for many years plus I'm a pretty picky person, who always find something to complaint about. So Derek and his team had a pretty hard task to make us happy while selling our house. You know what? They did! Knowing this business inside out I still had no reason to complain about anything, either it's a road sign, website presence, arranging showings, communication or anything else. Honestly, I was a little bit afraid, that being one of the top Realtors in Canada, Derek might put some pressure on us, especially because initially our asking price was a little bit high. But it wasn't a case, there was absolutely no pressure, just helpful information, which helped us to make a right decision and led to the sale of our house. We wouldn't hesitate to recommend Derek to my countless friends, even they are as picky as I am!
Derek sold our home for full asking price, $30,000 more than other agents said it would sell for, in less than a week. While Derek’s marketing plan was key to attracting prospective buyers, it was his powerful and persuasive negotiating skills that sold our home for full asking price. He made it happen!
We had previously listed our property with two other Realtors, and after careful consideration and interviews we hired Derek. Once we made the decision,we knew we were in good hands as the marketing plan from the start was vastly different, even doing a professionally edited UAV video. With the use of Derek’s in-house marketing professionals it was refreshing and definitely not the standard. As a business owner that has owned multiple car franchise dealerships, I know what it takes to get results and build a business. Even when we thought the deal was done, Derek could have easily had us sign the final conditions, but he went back and saved us another $750. This took effort and time, and not many people go to bat for clients like Derek did, without the need for personal gain. Choosing a Realtor is hard, finding one that cares about your outcome no matter the work involved is even harder. This is why I highly recommend Derek, as he will look after you.
After making the tough decision to sell my home, next came the search to find and hire an established real estate professional who would not only be an advocate in negotiating and navigating all parts of a sales transaction on my behalf but to also supply the creativity and wisdom of handling the distinctive marketing and networking tools necessary to find the right buyer. The result of my search and interviews of the top realtors at RE/MAX led me to Derek Gillette and his creative group. Knowing and understanding that the decision to list my home was not an easy one, Derek not only provided me with professional business experience but he also demonstrated conscious intention and true patience in guiding me through my many decisions, questions and concerns during the entire process from listing to sale. He was able to sell my home $60,000 above the other Realtors recommended price and delivered all that was promised and more. I cannot recommend Derek and his team of professionals enough.
My husband and I started working with Connie and the Derek Gillette Team while still living a long distance from our new desired location. Searching for a home out-of-town adds additional stressors to house hunting, which we didn't appreciate until faced with the where's, why's and what if's of purchasing our new permanent residence. Connie Hentschel assisted us every step of the way, with her professional but comfortable way that put us at ease. There was still stress to be sure but Connie made it much better with her support, sense of humour and positive approach. We'll always appreciate her for that. When we sell - it'll be Connie we call.
Connie, you have been the perfect real estate agent. You offered advise when we asked but allowed us, always, to form our own opinions about the properties we saw. You learned, from our reactions, what we wanted and found the perfect home for us. We are enormously grateful to you and very thankful that we found you. I don't believe that our move to Vancouver Island could have been as joyful without your presence. Derek Gillette Realty and you in particular have made our move so much easier.
Derek Gillette is head and shoulders above any agent we have dealt with through our experience in three countries. His tack, wisdom, and good communication combine with his expert knowledge of the current market and are bolstered by his infectious enthusiasm. His methods of presentation far exceed the norm yet at no added expense, and he closes the sale with excellent negotiation skills. Derek is unique and we could recommend more highly.
Derek and his team were amazing! They were professional and courteous with our tenant and the took care of all scheduling for the sale of our rental. Derek's superior negotiating skills got us over asking price in less than a week. We recommend Derek to all our friends and family.
Derek, we wanted to thank you for the excellent job you did in selling our property in Nanoose. As a professional that does photography and Real Estate services for Realtors® I found your style and teams boutique approach to fit with the way I work, your attention to detail and your custom approach was just what we needed and we would recommend your services to anyone wanting a different approach to Real Estate.
Derek Gillette was an absolute pleasure to deal with, from the moment we met Derek we felt that he was willing to do whatever we asked of him. Derek sold our home the day it went on the market and we proceeded with Derek’s help to look t0 many homes to purchase our next home. Derek was excellent.
Derek Gillette was a pleasure to work with - he kept us well informed and reassured every step of the way. His online presence, marketing tools and knowledge of the local market was second to none. We would recommend Derek to anyone looking to sell their home.
Derek explained the local real estate market very well and guided me through the selling and purchasing processes. I appreciated that Derek and Connie proceeded at the pace I wanted, and that they coordinated my house sale and townhouse purchase so well. The quality of their work and communication was excellent. I felt very confident that Derek and his team were looking out for my best interests. I highly recommend Derek Gillette to anyone who is thinking of selling or purchasing real estate in Nanaimo.
Thank you for all the assistance you and your staff have given me in the sale of my home. I was attracted to your company because of the sophistication of your marketing and believe I made an excellent choice. At our first meeting you quickly established a working relationship, explained the real estate process and showed me that you listened to my concerns. Once I listed I was immensely impressed by the MLS listing that you and Julie created. Everyone that I spoke to mentioned how beautiful and artistic the photos were. Throughout the sale I found you to be professional and diligent in finding and negotiating the contract on my house. Please thank Odessa for her wonderful ability to keep me up to date with what was happening and for her careful attention to detail. I am favorably impressed by the full service capability of your firm. Yours is an outstanding team that provides excellent service and I’m happy to recommend you to my friends.
We used Derek for the sale of our rental unit He, and his staff, were excellent – from the initial meeting where we discussed what needed to be done to the unit to get it ready for sale and equally important what didn’t need to be done – through the whole step by step process till the completion of the sale. We were gratified that Derek was able to ensure that all the subjects were removed by the deadline. We have great confidence in Derek and will use him again when we – eventually – downsize.
We appreciate your guidance to our queries when you have the opportunity. We can state that the Derek Gillette Team is by far the most unique and amazing real estate organization that we have encountered. And the results reflect the ingenuity, creativity, compassion and Teamwork. Thank Y’all so very much!! Tracie and Walter.
I have previously sold two houses on my own, and have done pretty well with that strategy, beating out what average realtors have told me I could make on the homes. That being said, after my recent experience with Derek Gillette, if I ever buy or sell a home in the Nanaimo market again, he will be my first call. I first listed the house myself and had a sale within 4 days. Unfortunately, the buyer was unable to remove all their financing subjects and for the sake of expedience, we decided to list with a Realtor. After meeting with Derek and a couple other realtors, he was my clear choice. He listed my house at a higher asking price than I had expected to sell the house at, and then generated multiple "above asking" offers within one day of listing. I am confident I received top dollar incredibly expediently. I cannot recommend his work enough. I'll certainly be recommending Derek Gillette and his team to anyone I know in the area.
After meeting several different Realtors and getting discouraged we decided to get in touch with Derek Gillette.He came highly recommended to us.We found Derek and his team to be very professional and well informed of the real a state market in our area. Derek came to our house to do a market evaluation, he even made suggestions on how to better stage our house. We had been in our house 33 years and had no idea how to sell it. Derek and his team helped keeping us informed and comfortable every step of the process. We would highly recommend Derek Gillette to anyone thinking about selling or buying a home.
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