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 

Jenna & Kevin, Ancaster

After my Mother's passing I was referred to Catherine through a family acquaintance who suggested she would be the perfect real estate agent to assist with the sale of our long time family home

During our initial meeting,  Catherine impressed us with her knowledge of the local market & her marketing strategy.  We listed the house in February 2020 & even amid the initial chaos of Covid-19 Catherine was able to successfully market the property, show the house to prospective buyers & effectively negotiate the multiple offers received.

Throughout the entire process, Catherine kept us updated, responded immediately to any questions we had & had us complete all paperwork in a timely & efficient manner. Her experience, professional demeanour & advice made us feel confident we were in good hands!

We would not hesitate in recommending her to others requiring assistance in navigating the housing market.

Thank you Catherine!

John F., Toronto

My Mom & I made a difficult decision to leave our home in Burlington to move closer to my sister & her family.  Both of us have pretty serious health problems - my Mom is 86 & I have severe mobility issues.  It isn't too much of an understatement to say Cathy was thrown into a situation fraught with emotion & uncertainty.  Her gentle, supportive manner immediately set us at ease & we were confident she would go to any lengths to get us the best possible offer for our home.  Within a week, we had a firm deal in place.  Mom & I will always be grateful to her for her genuine, efficient manner that took so much pressure off of the two of use when we needed it the most!

Jennifer K., Burlington

Being a first time homebuyer, I had a lot of questions during the home buying process. Cathy was very knowledgeable and was able to provide insight into all of my questions.
She was always willing to work on short notice to find the best property out there, and always went the extra mile to ensure a smooth process.

Highly recommend Cathy to anyone who is looking to purchase a condo or house.

Mike L., Toronto

I am glad to have worked with Cathy to purchase my first home. She was there for every step of the process. Before beginning to look at listings, Cathy sat down with me to understand what I was looking for, my budget, things I might want in a home (and things I didn't). She also provided me with a detailed first-time home buyers package and went over items specific to first time home buyers, and how they worked. From there, Cathy set me up on her portal where I was notified of new listings that fit my criteria. When I saw a house I liked, I let Cathy know and she set up showings, making sure they worked with my schedule. Cathy attended all of the showings with me on a number of weekends and evenings (even once when she could barely walk- what a trooper!). She helped me to evaluate pros and cons of each property, really working through whether I wanted to make an offer. Cathy was very thorough explaining the offer process and going through all of the paperwork with me before I signed. When I successfully had an offer accepted, Cathy continued to work closely with me to ensure the mortgage broker had all the necessary information, paperwork, etc. and to set up a building inspection so that I was fully comfortable. When we needed a return visit to the house and Cathy was unavailable, she still made it work with my schedule by having another agent attend and help out.

Overall, Cathy was very accommodating of my schedule, while ensuring she was very thorough with me so that I was comfortable with the entire process and was able to secure a great first home.

Thank you Cathy!

Maddy C., Burlington

Having lived in our home in Oakville for almost 20 years, we knew many real estate agents in the area. When it came time to sell our home, there wasn't a question in our minds as to who we would work with to get the job done.
In buying, we were open to so many options, we weren't sure if that made Cathy's job easier or harder. She assured us it made it easier, but maybe that's just part of her charm. She was so attentive to every need, every question, even the late night texts that I'd ask her to answer in the morning. At the end, everything happened so quickly with the sale of our home and the purchase of our new condo, it was a whirlwind. On closing day, when most people might be in a bit of a tailspin, we were as calm as could be, knowing that Cathy has made sure we'd covered all of our bases.
We hope not to have to use her again in the near future as we are in love with our lakefront condo, but if we had to, again, there would be no question!

Dana & Mike P., Burlington

Since we made the decision to relocate to Oakville Cathy has been working with us to find just the right place.  Cathy has been a pleasure to work with, a good listener, attentive and responsive to our needs, always professional.  But what really stands is her willingness to go the "extra mile" in making time for us, in researching properties and in finding innovative ways to help us locate the right property.  We would enthusiastically recommend Cathy to anyone requiring the services of a real estate professional!

B & C Humphrey

When I first approached Cathy to help me find a new home, I had a good idea of what I wanted.    And then I revised my wants.  And then back to my original wants again. Cathy's patience, good nature and professionalism were never ending.  She presented me with numerous options, always within the range that I set.
Buying a house for the first time on my own, I was quite intimidated by the whole process.  I warned Cathy she was going to have to hold my hand throughout.  And she did just that.  She explained the whole process to me and gave me a written Checklist of what to expect.  We texted and talked constantly through the search, the offer process, the home inspection and the final purchase.
The bottom line?  Cathy helped me find a home that is perfect for me;  the right size, the right features, the right location, at the right price.  I love, love, love my new place!  Somebody asked me the other day if I found my "forever" home.  I certainly did.  And I'll always be grateful to Cathy for finding it and delivering it to me.

Paula M., Mississauga

Dear Cathy,

I wanted to send this letter of appreciation to you as I don't know what I would have done without your help and support in helping me find my new place during a very personal, difficult time.

You were always quick to get back to me when I had questions, you always made yourself available to take me to look at properties no matter what time of day, and you were so professional and patient with me when we were preparing all the legal paperwork.

You are one of the best real estate agents I have had the pleasure of working with and anybody who works with you will NOT be disappointed!

I wish you lots of success! 


Florence A., Oakville