A few notes from satisfied clients:
"Kevin Starling is our Realtor for All Seasons! He worked patiently with us in our search for a new home seven years ago. At the end of three months of dedicated looking, we had decided to give up the search for a while as we had found nothing that appealed to both of us. Kevin, still calm and positive, came one more time to have a look at one last home. It turned out to be just the one--- in a quiet mountainside neighbourhood with a peaceful view of ocean and islands . We both knew quickly that this was the one!
Kevin also sold our Uplands home for us. As we have aged, we have found we are now having to deal with some physical and social limitations. No problem for Kevin. He walked us through each step of preparation to get our home in shape for selling. He has a helpful list of folks to recommend for assistance in each stage of clean-up----from tree pruning, power washing, window cleaning, roof moss removal, hauling, to carpet and indoor cleaning. In a few short weeks, our place was ready. Before listing, Kevin had an outstanding aerial video, photos and excellent brochure developed to show our place in the best possible presentation. We were delighted with the results. By the end of the first day it was put on the market, our home was sold. It went for a price above our asking. Thank you Kevin. We greatly appreciate your patient, friendly, and calm demeanour. We plan to be back when we absolutely have to downsize to level ground and walking distance to get our groceries. See you then." Dave and Mary M.
"(We could write so much more, Kevin! Thank you for everything! We love our house.)
If you are looking for a caring, knowledgeable, professional, and honest real estate agent who is working for YOU, Kevin Starling is the perfect choice.
Professional and experienced, Kevin Starling gave us asked for advice on how to sell our condo. We followed Kevin's excellent advice faithfully and subsequently had our first serious sale offer, at asking price, secured within 10 hours of the listing going live. Incredible. By following his advice, we sold our place so quickly that we didn't even need the open house he was prepared to host!
Kevin was exceptionally patient with us as we took longer than most to find our perfect home. He was conscientious and respectful of our position as first time house buyers. Kevin took the time to listen to what we were truly looking for in a home. We felt that he understood our wants and needs, and worked solely with us, and our best interest, in mind. Doing research on properties of interest, he saw potential opportunities and pitfalls that we would not have, and we are grateful for his foresight and honesty. Due to his experience and expertise, Kevin saw into the future. He recognised a property as an investment as well as a place to call home.
Flexible, reliable, and friendly with consistently timely responses, we truly felt as if we were working as a team with equal investment. Ultimately, he listened to our needs and supported us to find our absolute dream home.
We couldn't recommend Kevin Starling more highly." Lisa Maria S & James T
"We have used the Kevin Starling’s Real Estate expertise on three different occasions. He assisted us with the sale of our elderly parent’s condo and again, with the sale of our home and the purchase of another, this past summer. We found Kevin to be very professional and we appreciated the pleasant manner in which he conducted business on our behalf.
He gave us realistic and, ultimately, accurate estimates for what we could expect to receive from the sale of our properties. He also provided excellent coaching in regard to preparing both properties for sale. Initially, I didn’t see the importance of some of his suggestions, but as we began searching for a new home and saw other homes for sale, I soon understood the importance of the advice he had given us.
We also found Kevin to be an excellent negotiator and we have no doubt that without his skills, in a challenging market, we would not have been successful in the bid on our new home. We have no hesitation in recommending Kevin to anyone who is either buying or selling a property." Dave and Joanne S.
We engaged Kevin Starling as our agent to represent us when we decided to sell our home and move up-Island.
Kevin gave us a pre-listing recommendation “to-do” list to improve the value and marketability of our home. He gave us suggestions and helped us prioritize our decisions and budget. Also in the pre-marketing stage, Kevin gave suggestions and recommendations on the pricing and staging of our home. He gave us balanced information on the risks/rewards of pricing higher or lower and showed us the market comparatives in our area.
We were so pleased with the marketing of the home: the photographer’s 360 degree pictures and “dollhouse” views were amazing. Kevin went through the house in advance of the photo shoot and with his professional photographer to ensure that each attribute was captured. The photographer did formal pictures, 360 degree views and interactive floor plans. The results really showed our home at its best.
When it came to reviewing the multiple offers we received, it was clear that Kevin had his finger on the pulse of our real estate market. He is an exemplary negotiator and we credit him with the above-listing selling price of our home.
"We recommend Kevin Starling unreservedly – he is an amazing real-estate agent. Kevin exceeded our expectations. His pre-sale advice; pricing and marketing strategy; and negotiating recommendations were excellent. His selling expertise place him in the highest echelon of his field." Brent and Allison E.
Kevin Starling, a Pemberton Holmes Realtor, aided us more than once to buy and sell residential property. Communication, in-depth knowledge and attention to details are a few of Kevin’s key assets that we appreciated. We called Kevin when we thought our clean and tidy home was ready to be put on the market. As we went through the house room by room, Kevin made specific suggestions and took time to explain why he made them.
Kevin guided us through our challenge of “de-cluttering”. I think by Kevin’s fourth de-personalize and de-clutter inspection, his cheerful “Keep going, you’re getting there” finally became cosmetic advice to update the décor with paint and to remove specific items. Furthermore, Kevin’s assistance with staging details turned our house into an irresistible home that was only on the market a short time. If you need a realtor, we highly recommend Kevin Starling. Rick L. and Lyn C.
"Kevin Starling is an awesome realtor. My husband and I knew Kevin through other family business and we knew he was such an honest, professional, caring person, we asked him to be our realtor to sell our investment home in Sooke, BC. We had tried to sell the house the year before but received absolutely no interest, although it is a beautiful newer family home. When we got Kevin on the job we could not believe how much interest he generated, and each time he was at the house to take clients through, he recorded comments and contacted us to discuss the little things. We set up a couple of weekends to meet him at the house to do some minor cosmetic changes, painting and micro cleaning and light bulb changes and Kevin showed up with his tools and paintbrushes and great ideas and he led us, where we all worked together, to make the little things perfect. Never knew a realtor to get his hands dirty… and really care. He was with us every step of the way and the house, in a tough market, sold within a very short time. Can't thank him enough :)" Mark and Susan R.
"First, we wish to Thank You for your ‘Professional and Courteous’ assistance with the purchase of our new home. In understanding that our situation was somewhat unique and complex, finding the ‘right fit in the right area for the right price’ was not an easy task in such a timely manner.
Of all the experiences with many Realtors over the years, I had yet to meet / work with one (until you) where I would not hesitate to refer to my friends and family. Your diligence and value-added ‘extras’ ... not only unexpected, but greatly appreciated. Please feel most welcome to share this with future clients, as we cannot overstate your Personable, Knowledgeable, Professional and rare to find such “above and beyond” Service." Thanks again, Sincerely, Scott, Kelly and Janet Z.
"Thanks again for all your help and patience in finding us the perfect place to live for this next phase of our lives. Did you know that your career was that important to folks like us? We just wanted to let you know how much we appreciated you. You have been our `Super` Realtor for at least 2 years. You have been very patient with us while we transitioned from Alberta to BC. Always willing to take the extra time to send us yet another place to look at! Anytime you need us to be a reference for you please do not hesitate to contact us." Ray & Glynnis B.
"I want to thank you so much for selling one of my houses so fast… only 6 weeks in a slow market. As you know, I have tried many times to sell that property and tried many different companies with no sale. The simple things, like being on time, the knowledge of the surrounding properties and pricing my property not only for a fast sale but for as much as I can get for the property. Key factors which will sell the property faster shows how other Realtors couldn’t do what you did. I have other properties to sell and will be calling YOU!" Peter K.
"I was really pleased with Kevin Starling's enthusiasm and commitment to finding me my place. As the buying Realtor, Kevin was great at keeping me informed and was prompt with correspondence. He listened to my needs and wants in a new home, and had good intuition with regards to what really fits with my lifestyle. Kevin Starling works very hard, making you feel like you are his most important client. Certainly, if you're new to the area, Kevin also offers great advice and information on anything you would need or want to know about Victoria and surrounding neighbourhoods!” Carly C.
"Kevin Starling is a great Realtor. I’m new to town so he showed me the area and steered me away from the risky buys... I’m in the military so I only had 1 week to look around before I bought. He worked hard each day to go through the selections I had seen... He has a great knowledge of the city of Victoria and always found listings for me to see even with the short notice I gave. He greatly exceeded my expectations and made my first experience buying a home a pleasure. I highly recommend Kevin to anyone buying in the Victoria area." John D.
“We were extremely pleased with the service we received from Kevin. Kevin showed great dedication to getting our property sold. He provided us with useful suggestions and advice and we appreciated his professionalism and expertise. His feedback from potential buyers was always timely and thorough. We were very satisfied with the end result and would definitely list with Kevin again.” Laurie W.
"I was very happy with Kevin Starling's services as my agent, as he is very professional and knowledgeable. He gave me very sensible and practical advice on how best to present my property to potential buyers. He put in a lot of time and effort on showings and open houses, and gave me regular feedback on showings and the state of the market in my area. I would have no hesitation in recommending his services to sellers or buyers." Michael B.
"Just a quick note to thank you for going an extra mile for me when I bought my new home.
I expected competence and diligence from you. I was pleasantly surprised when you went farther and took care of several details that arose from buying my new home that I thought were only tangentially related to the actual purchase. I am referring to you acting as liaison between me and all or the parties involved in the renovations I needed. Without you as my point man, coordination of the contractor, strata and engineer involved would have been much more difficult. You are a real professional. Thank you." John B.
I would highly recommend Kevin Starling as a Real Estate Agent. Kevin made the process of selling my mother’s condo simple and easy. He helped us through every stage of the process in a pleasant, easy going way that helped us feel comfortable. At the same time, I was confident that he was doing everything possible to move the property.
Kevin provided me with up-to-date and, ultimately, accurate market information regarding similar properties that had recently sold. Kevin was patient, supportive, and respectful of our learning curve, as we made the decisions about the listing price and found our way through the accompanying paperwork.
As it was an older condo, his advice about cleaning, repairing and staging the property was invaluable. Once his suggestions were completed, even I was surprised by the results.
Kevin then went to work to sell the property. He prepared a professional brochure and internet marketing materials. He conducted open houses and kept me regularly informed about the status of the listing. His communication was excellent and I was confident to make further decisions based on always being ‘in the loop’ about the listing.
Best of all, the condo sold in a timely manner and for what I expected. I would not hesitate to recommend Kevin Starling, without reservation, to anyone who needs a Real Estate Agent. Respectfully... Dave and Joanne S.