In late March 2017 we decided to sell our Kits townhome of 14 years, step out of the market and downsize. The timing seemed right and we were ready for a change—but where to start? Finding the right realtor had to be our first and probably most important decision, so we did our research and interviewed our shortlist. In the end it was clear that the David Richardson and Sarah Starling team was the right choice. And from the minute we signed to the day we sold and all the way to completion a short 3 months later, we have been thrilled with our decision! The guidance, support and practical help we received in preparing for the listing and open houses right through to handing off the keys, far exceeded our expectations. All of our many phone calls, emails and texts were responded to quickly and completely with patience and good humour. The wow factor for us was the service package that David and Sarah provide at their own cost that goes well beyond industry standard: powerwashing, planting, 2 housecleanings, 2 junk removals and carpet cleaning, all in addition to a staging consult, expert photography, professional floor plans, etc. Their entire extended team of suppliers are just as professional and personable as David and Sarah are. On the money side, David’s experience and knowledge really paid off. In a fast changing market he advised not to fix on a list price until right before we went to market, but still applying his benchmark rule that the right price will sell any property in any market within 3 weeks. That proven approach gave us great peace of mind…and an accepted offer within 11 days of listing! Thank you David and Sarah! We have been raving about you to friends and family and will recommend you without reservation to anyone who asks.
~ M. & H. Collins, Kitsilano
June 14, 2017 David, Sarah: As we reach the closing date of the selling of our house in Kitsilano of 31 years, we want to thank you for the efforts you have made to reach this end. I dare say, it wasn’t the easiest of sales, because of the introduction of the surtax just before the house went on the market. We chose your services because of the combination of our long-standing relationship (i.e. you represented us 31 years ago when we purchased the property), and the assistance you provided us in preparing the house for sale. Such services, including continually sending your gardener over to spruce up the grounds, staging flower pots and junk removal, arranging house-cleaners for open houses, free interior staging advice, oil tank inspection, some in-house repairs, professional photography and generally holding our hands during the months were invaluable (and saved us a bunch of money, too)! Mostly, both of you were kind and thoughtful; indeed, we see your enterprise as being a valuable asset to the community and the suppliers you choose to help with these services. And at no time did we feel pressured to lower the price we were asking – in fact, you appeared to treat the negotiations as if this was your own house. We thank you both for your professionalism, and look forward to that glass of wine together to toast a job well done!
~ D. & N. Mendell, Kitsilano
"Thanks again for everything with the sale of our house. We are thrilled. David - your calm and confident attitude; and Sarah - your organization and prompt response, took the stress out of the process for us. Let's have a glass of champagne in our new house soon! "
~ J. & J. OConnor, Kitsilano
"As you know, I got the keys today for my new kits townhouse and I am so happy! I wanted to say a huge thank you for making this purchase and experience so easy and stress-free. You all have been very helpful, and have really gone beyond the call of duty to be available to answer questions and guide me along the way. I feel like your extensive experience and knowledge of the market, and your interest in listening to what I needed, really made the difference. Plus, having you work as a team, has given me so much more than I expected — I am truly grateful. If there is another opportunity for me to buy or sell, I’d work with you again in a heartbeat. Actually, you made it fun! Thank you!"
~ K. Currie, Kitsilano
"We had to sell quickly as we were moving out of province. David said: “Focus on moving. Don’t worry about anything. I will take care of it.” We followed his advice and our place was sold in a week, and way above list price! The photos were superb! David is honest, tells it as it is, and is easy to work with. Thanks so much David and Sarah!"
~ LA. & V. Ebacher, Kerrisdale
"My wife and I have now experienced your excellent, cheerful and expert service twice in the past 19 years and we must tell you that in both cases it has been an easy and delightful adventure for us. You and Sarah are the most cheerfully obliging and helpful people to deal with and believe us that we mean this sincerely. A job well done David. Much appreciated."
~ L. & A. Shimerl, Kitsilano
“We have sold several homes over the years, but never has it been as smooth and successful a process as it was with David and Sarah. Their level of professionalism is absolutely tip top! From their prep list, to maintaining open and clear communication, to a very successful bid that resulted in a sale far beyond our expectations, we can only laud them to the highest possible level! We would recommend David Richardson to anyone looking to make a successful sale of their home.”
~ J. & C. Van Der Lieck, Kitsilano
“My husband and I recently bought a duplex, and sold the Kitsilano home we've lived in for 23 years. We were really pleased with the service David provided. His calm, reassuring manner made a stressful process easier - we even had a few laughs along the way. David definitely knows the "art of the deal". We did better than we thought we’d do on the home we bought and the one we sold, and I’m pretty sure the entire process broke some sort of land speed record. Also,the extra services he provided including cleaning and landscaping were really helpful. We would recommend David to anyone looking to buy or sell.”
~ R. & M. Fuller, Kitsilano
“David sold my neighbour's house after just one agents' mid-week open last year with multiple offers above asking. The quick sale and hot market inspired me to contact him this year as I wanted fast action with minimal stress. Downsizing and moving is one of the most important milestones in one's life. When I finally decided to sell my house (after calling it home for 27 years), I wanted an experienced and knowledgeable realtor to help me with this process...one who knows the community well, a high achiever with expert marketing skills whom I can rely on. Not only did David meet the requirements but he also offered extraordinary complimentary services which provided stress free preparation for the open house and sale. He provided staging, housecleaning, landscaping and disposing of junk and trash pre- and -post sale...which provided much relief and was an immense help. It also included oil tank removal certification, measuring/drafting of floor plan and awesome photography. The whole process was methodical, and the services offered were professionals in their field, very customer focused ready to make my property shine. I was elated with 15 offers (after just one weekend of open house) and sold for over the asking by Monday. That was exactly my objective. So impressed with David, I did not hesitate to recommend friends to him. Thanks David!”
~ Y. Wong, Kitsilano
Thank you so much for your financial and overall support of our tournament. Thanks to you players from across the province were able to enjoy a wonderful 9 day tournament and host banquet that they will remember all of their lives. With our sincere thanks
~ Host Committee, Jericho Baseball, 2015 LLBC 9/10 Provincial Championship
Thank you for sponsoring The AC Milan Junior Camp 2015. Your contribution was greatly appreciated and helped us to run the best youth soccer camp Vancouver has ever seen! The event was a great success and next year it will be an even bigger event. Please accept our most sincere thanks for your support.
~ M. Sklavenitis, AC Milan Jr. Camp, Vancouver
After living in our Kitsilano home for over 30 years, we decided to sell. We found David and his team provided excellent service in the marketing and successful sale of our home. We would welcome David’s assistance in any of our future real estate transactions.
~ G. & D. Collins, Kitsilano
David and Janet helped us sell our Kitsilano home in the Fall of 2014. We were grateful for their organized, systematic approach to listing our property. We have young children and the prospect of preparing for sale was very daunting - until we had David and Janet's handy guide in hand and began their step by step process, using their trusted professional landscaper, photographer and cleaning service. David's negotiation tactics were excellent and achieved very good results for us. He also proved to be bold and adaptable to market conditions, using his experience to list our home at an attractive price which garnered multiple offers. When we were searching for a new home, we definitely appreciated Janet's patient and perceptive approach. Her kind guidance and practical perspective on westside life kept us from becoming overwhelmed during the emotionally charged process of moving our family. David's long record of generous charitable contributions to our community, particularly children's programs and facilities like West Side Family Place and the Carnarvon Playground, was a meaningful and compelling reason to call and meet with him and Janet - and we were so glad we did.”
~ The Warnett Family, Kitsilano
Words cannot express the gratitude we feel for everything you have done for our parents these past couple of months. What could have potentially been a really stressful and difficult time in their lives (leaving their Westside home of nearly 50 years, and moving to a waterfront condo) became instead a time of joy, excitement and an overwhelming trust in you and your team. It really felt like you became an instant part of the family, and you treated our parents as you would your own loved ones. We will recommend you without hesitation, and we can't thank you enough for the impeccable service, knowledge and care you gave during the entire process of selling our parents’ home, and finding them a new one that is perfect for them. A million thanks.
~ M. & O. Kassis, Point Grey and False Creek
Well done! Another sale that proves that you know exactly what you are doing and that your system works well. We could not be happier. I can’t get over the price we received and I know that was due to your expertise. Thank you for all of the service people you provided getting the house ready. It worked very well.
~ J. Livingstone, Kitsilano
We wish to thank you and your team for the excellent service provided for the successful sale of our beloved house.
~ F. Fok, Point Grey
Thank you to David for his assistance in the sale of our house. The sale was completed in a very short time thereby preventing a stressful situation. David's conduct was both businesslike and professional in every way.
~ F & M Crane, Kitsilano
David Richardson, quite frankly, is the best REALTOR… Ever. Working with Dave was an absolute pleasure. His successful practice is a result of his keen insight into the Vancouver real estate scene based on years of experience. Dave’s outgoing personality and outstanding communication skills made selling and buying a house fun. He knows what his clients want and helped us find our dream house. Overall, Dave is knowledgeable, professional, experienced, respectful, hardworking and dedicated. I can honestly say that David Richardson is the best real estate agent we have ever worked with.
~ M. Kapelus, Kitsilano
David's 30 years of experience in real estate was clearly at work when he negotiated the best possible price for our house. To top it off, Dave was simply wonderful to work with, and a major comfort as we made our way through the highly emotional process required to sell our house.
~ Anonymous, Dunbar
David consistently gets to the important ‘stuff’ in residential real estate. He truly has a knack for getting at what his clients want and need. And the connections he has built up over years of experience helps enormously in facilitating a quicker sale. All this is why I have engaged David to sell 5 properties for me. I highly recommend him.
~ P. Pandit, Kitsilano
We didn’t want to wait around. Dave’s experience, understanding of what we wanted, and what a fair price would be in our market resulted in a quick sale and satisfaction all around. This was a welcome outcome for an elderly couple like us.
~ A & F McCormick, Kitsilano
During our renovation, we occasionally needed advice regarding what would improve the resale value of our home. David was always happy to answer our questions or drop by to offer his opinion even though he was not yet our realtor. When we decided to sell, Dave provided a stager, landscaper and cleaner, amongst other services – many that we did not expect; this greatly reduced the stress during an emotional process and we wound up selling for much more than expected
~ L. McDonnell & J. Hebden, Kitsilano
Now that the dust from our move has finally settled, I wanted to thank you formally for everything that you did for us. You went far beyond the call of duty – you provided services that I’ve never experienced with other realtors. Your team was amazing – they all made selling our house so much easier. However, what was really incredible was how you came through for us when we encountered problems with the purchase of our new home. You helped us out before, during and after the move into our new house. You were absolutely amazing. For everything that you did for us, we are tremendously grateful. Thank you for everything. You are welcome in our home anytime.
~ K. Rehbein, Kitsilano and Point Grey
David Richardson, Vancouver real estate Rock Star
~ M. Radivojevic , False Creek
David and his team made the daunting challenge of selling our home of 40 years and purchasing a new home, a pleasure! What a great team! All members of the team were professional, helpful, yet truly understanding of the pressures that such a process of moving would entail! And David skillfully managed all the various dealings so that we were able to get the new home we wanted
~ The Khalsas, Kitsilano
David Richardson is a big-hearted individual who shows his commitment to community through his annual support of the many fundraising events for our Vancouver Thunderbird Minor Hockey Association. His very generous sponsorship is greatly appreciated.
~ Ed Wong, Director Vancouver Thunderbird Minor Hockey Association
David is a generous and caring philanthropist who has donated substantially to West Side Family Place for many, many years. His commitment to young children and their families enhances early childhood development, strengthens families and builds community.
~ Diane Ash, Executive Director West Side Family Place
I have been associated with David Richardson in business, fund raisers and simply as good friends, for 25 years. In the 40 or so years of my own business, David is undoubtedly one of the most honourable businessmen I have had the pleasure of dealing with. As chairman of The Hellenic Community of Vancouver’s Gold Plate Dinner, I am also so very thankful to David who has annually been one of our top five supporters - helping us raise more than $ 2.5 million.
~ Terry Sklavenitis, Hellenic Gold Plate Dinner
On behalf of the staff, students and parents of Carnarvon Elementary School, I would like to thank David Richardson for his generous donation to help with the replacement of our playground. Carnarvon is a wonderful school in the heart of a vibrant community. David’s donation has brought us one step closer to creating a play space for all of our children.
~ Sue Stevenson, Principal Carnarvon Elementary School