After more than a decade of saving, my partner and I decided to start looking for our first home during the COVID-19 pandemic. We had moved from a condo on Queen West in Toronto to a shared bungalow on Main St. in Hamilton just a few years prior, to give us an opportunity to put away as much in savings as we could. Who knew when we were ready to make the largest and most significant purchase of our lives, we would be in the midst of a global pandemic and a massive boom in the housing market but we figured, if not now, then when?
After spending fruitless weeks filtering through Zolo listings, Cathy Whittaker, Real Estate Agent with Royal Lepage was referred to my partner and I. We were true beginners and had no idea of what to expect through the process of searching for and eventually buying a home. Cathy was exceptional. She was attentive, thoughtful, kind and knowledgeable.
My partner and I work long hours and our schedules were often inflexible but Cathy always accommodated our schedule and made the search for our forever home her priority.
As we viewed home after home, Cathy helped us pinpoint exactly what and where we were looking for. The more we saw, the closer we got to finding our dream home. At times we weren’t sure we ever would. Cathy was forever optimistic and supportive.
The housing market was overwhelmingly competitive. We had to act quickly. Cathy was always made us her priority and was always happy to do so. She explained all documentation required in great detail and patiently guided us through the offer process has step by step.
It was an absolute pleasure spending time with and getting to know Cathy during our search for our first home.
It has been almost 9 months since we moved into our home and we could not be happier. It is perfect for us. We look forward to spending many, many happy years here, growing our family, enjoying this beautiful neighbourhood and becoming a part of this kind and welcoming community.
We are so grateful for Cathy’s advice, patience and expertise that made the lofty dream of homeownership by a young couple a reality for us! I will absolutely be recommending her to everyone I know looking for a home.
Thank you, Cathy! We’ll look forward to having you over for cocktails in the backyard this summer!
Jenna & Kevin