"There are so many appropriate descriptors for Michael Dowling and my recent real estate experience with him. Words that come to mind immediately include “diligent, attentive, responsive, resourceful, creative, energetic, personable, honest, ethical, helpful, and savvy”.
Michael is an exceptional person and real estate agent. Many agents talk about “service,” but Michael is service personified – before, during, and after the sale. He is truly Mr. Service. As a Realtor myself (20+ years in Los Angeles), I am a tough client and critic. I have interacted with scores and scores of agents over the years, and I can honestly say that Michael is exceptional and unique. In addition, he made the entire process from start to finish pleasurable and as enjoyable as possible. I highly recommend Michael to both buyers and sellers."
~Stephen Baker, Keller Williams/Beverly Hills
"Michael was a big help with navigating the real estate landscape of Vancouver, especially since I am not a native of the city. He was helpful without being pushy and his many reliable contacts around town made the transaction efficient and easy. Even following the purchase, he was constantly following-up to make sure the move was going smoothly and that small details that may have been overlooked were taken care off. Thanks Michael!"
~ Douglas Vandor - 3X Canadian Olympian, Rowing
"Good sales are characterized by three Ps- Presentation, Pricing and Profile. Some agents give the message it is all about appearance—presentation is what sells a home. Others say it is all about cost—price is what sells the home. Then there are those that indicate a sale is tied to marketing—profiling is what sells the home. Michael Dowling is unique in that he approaches all three of these areas with diligence and thoroughness. He came into our home and gave us a list of a dozen presentation issues that needed to be changed. He carefully assessed the local market and proposed a price that maximized a sale. Finally he spent time, money and energy to target the appropriate buyers for our particular home. Having an agent who works really hard, is incredibly personable and has obvious competence was a great gift to us and it all came to together in a sale. We have simple advice—hire him!"
~ Rod and Bev Wilson - College President & Artist
"Congrats Michael on your 2012 Award - You are the Best!! I sing your praises to anyone I think might be interested - my experience was TOP NOTCH and I certainly appreciated your knowledge,insite, tireless commitment and resourcefulness - all of this with a Cheery Disposition, makes for a totally relaxed & confident experience for me. I expect to see you accepting an award at the end of 2013 too!"
~ Patricia Petrie - Sales Professional, Home Fashion Industry
"Michael will always be in my memory as someone who participated in a turning point in my life. Michael played a part in a very helpful and positive way. He really helped us out of a nasty situation. You will always remember those people that help you out in life. It is a blessing and a curse that we have to live lives where there are people that stand out over others. Michael is one of those standout people in my life. He helped a brother out big time!"
~Greg Brown - Technologist
"Our father moved to a Care Home and we needed to sell his house. A colleague recommended realtor "Michael Dowling", and I am so glad she did. Right from the start Michael steered us in the right direction, preparing for the sale. He recommended areas for house improvements, so we didn't waste any time or money. After a month of clean-up and repairs we were finally ready. Michael did a wonderful job listing and showcasing the house to its fullest potential. About 150 people came through three Open Houses in a week. This resulted in a quick sale, and the house went for a whopping $90K over the asking price! This sounds like a record to me...great work Michael!
We were so pleased with his service. He made a stressful situation seem like fun! And his charm and sense of humor kept us laughing all the way! Thank you so much Michael. We will be sure to tell all of our friends and family about you. You're the best!"
~Tracy and Richard - Flight Attendent & Construction Manager
"Michael Dowling is a one in a million human being, and I am sure that there is not a single real estate agent out there who would go the extra mile to sell my home as Michael did . Michael stepped into the role of father, brother, counsellor and honestly, handyman. He went so far above and beyond what was expected, and in doing so lessened much of the burden, responsibility and anxiety that I was going through. I was in a situation where I needed rescuing, and that is what he did. He put his wide array of competencies to use, and worked extremely hard behind the scenes to get the house looking perfect for me. His professionalism, confidence, kindness and caring put me at ease, and helped me put my faith and trust into his abilities. And am I glad I did! I not only got great support from Michael throughout the sale of our home, but I got extremely quick results - in a time where the market is slowing down, he managed to sell my home in 10 days! My experience with Michael was exceptional, and I know that choosing him to sell my home was one of the best choices I have ever ever made, I have, and will continue to refer him to anyone I know buying or selling a home. Thank you Michael, I am so very grateful!"
~ Nancy Lawrence
"On behalf of Rita and myself, I would like to thank you for all you have done for us in the recent purchase of our condominium. We have received nothing but exceptional and outstanding services from you. What impressed us most was the after-sale service that you did not have to, but did provide, such as plumbing, electrical etc.. which is unheard of these days.
Thank you, also, for the lovely gift basket, the first and only time we ever received from any real estate agent even though we had purchased and sold houses a few times in Winnipeg and Saskatoon.
We have already recommended you to a friend of ours who is looking to by a condominium and who may decide to cancel an agreement with another agent due to unsatisfactory service.
Likewise, we will not hesitate to refer you to any of our friends and acquaintances should they be looking to engage in a real estate transaction.
With your sunny and friendly personality and second-to-none services, we are confident that you will continue to be very successful in your well chosen career. Please feel free to use us as reference.
With our warmest regards. And your mental telepathy is fantastic, as I was going to call you for the thing you called me about. I can't thank you enough for going well over and above the service provided by a realtor. Rita and I are extremely happy and grateful and will express this to REMAX via an email. Have a great day. I'm convinced that your "Service for Life" is true!"
~Joe & Rita Silva, Retired International Bankers
"Michael Dowling helped me like no realtor has been able to up until now. He asked why I was thinking of selling, he got the whole picture. We didn't just talk about finances and real estate, we talked about life. When he recommended that I sell, I knew it was the right decision for my life, not just my finances. Two weeks later, my place was sold to the right buyer. He wasted no time and got us all working to make the sale happen as quickly as possible. I am eternally grateful for his enthusiasm, wisdom and inspiration."
~Sarah Enright, Graphic Designer
Jamie and I just wanted to thank you soooo much for your incredible help and hard work. You made the entire experience easy and stuck by us through everything and was always there. We can not express how grateful we are to have someone so kind, thoughtful and professional helping us on our journey to buying our first home."
~Sincerely Melanie and Jamie xxoo, Care Practitioner & Construction Worker
"We were new to buying real estate and were unsure where to start. Once we started working with Michael Dowling we were relieved to find out how smooth the processes of buying our first apartment was. Michael was very knowledgable of the market and of different apartment buildings in the city. It put us at ease and made us confident that we were buying the property that was right for us. He was honest and commited to find a home that met our needs. We are very happy with our puchase and confident that in the future we will seek the service of Michael again."
~Allison Frers & Carlos Altamirano Teacher & Hospitality Professional
It's always a little scary, but very exciting buying a new home. All your hard work and extra effort made everything go smoothly. Your personality and warmth made us feel completely at ease. We love our new place and would recommend you to anybody!"
~ Aaron & Nadja Brown IT Technologist & Insurance Adjustor Administrator
"When I met Michael Dowling and suggested that I might be interested in selling my apartment, I found a Realtor unlike any of the other 40 or 50 I have dealt with during the years. He didn't rush me to get a listing or promise that he'd get me an inflated price, as others had. When I did list he walked me through how to present my apartment the best way including a needed paint job (For which he found me the painters) When I needed a cleaner he found me one. He completely took over and I didn't have to do anything; he did it all. He sold my apartment in 7 days at 99% of the asking price and then he dealt with the coveyancing and all the legalities. When I looked for another place to buy he provided me with 66 places to consider and picked me up, took me to see the ones I was interested in, and brought me home (no other realtor had ever done that for me) until we found the one I liked and then he did all the work of making an offer, dealing with finances and lawyers without my having to run around doing all that as I had done previously when I had been dealing with other realtors. I have confidently recommended Michael to other people and know that they will get the best of service from him as I have. Without a doubt Michael Dowling is a Realtor out of the ordinary and I can highly recommend him with the sure knowledge that he will do a superb job for you as he did for me."
~ Pat Henson, Retired Private Investigator and Hotel Owner
"When my spouse and I learned that we were moving to Vancouver, a wave of emotions struck us: joy, relief, exhilaration and concern. The thrills of discovering a new city and starting a new job inevitably accompany an anxiety towards your new home. We called five local real estate agencies and assessed over 20 star realtors, but only one stood out: Michael Dowling. From the moment we spoke with him, he immediately earned our trust with his earnest and forthcoming answers. He carefully took the time to discover exactly what we were searching for and worked tirelessly to obtain it. When we flew to Vancouver he operated around our busy schedule and accommodated us in every way possible. As an honest, trustworthy and hardworking realtor with a strong sense of integrity, we could have asked nothing more of Michael Dowling. He was the perfect realtor for us."
~Dr. Matthew Chen & Spouse
"If you were in the market for either buying or selling your home, I would strongly recommend Michael. Not only is he an excellent agent, he makes what could be a stressful procedure seem so much easier. He has the expertise and energy to get the job done efficiently and always goes the extra mile to ensure that all the bases have been covered. I don’t know how I would have gotten through this major event without his unfailing dedication and ever-ready sense of humour. Thanks for everything Michael, you truly are a unique human being and it’s been a pleasure doing business with you!"
~Wendy Briggs, Retired Canada Post HR Analyst
Your patience, kindness, and understanding has left a lasting impression on us! You are so cool. Thanks again for all your hard work and efforts in helping us acquire our new home. We couldn't have done it without you.
~ Lisa, Joe, Sage, Esme and Romeo (our dog) too!, Teacher
"Michael's enthusiasm and listening skills were incredible as he negotiated an unbelievably low price for my new home purchase. I have already recommended his expert service to my friends!!"
~ Lynn Currie, Professional Sales Executive
"Michael Sold my North Vancouver home in less than a week at full listing price and found and helped negotiate my new home purchase at under list price! I have already recommended him to my associates and will continue to do so!"
~ K. Davis, Business Person
"Michael has helped me on several transactions this year and his strength in negotiations is excellent. He is tough and I like that, as I felt he truly represented my interests to achieve maximum appreciation on the sales and the terms I wanted. Yet his friendly, enthusiasm is highly contagious, I really enjoy working with him - he has become a good friend, and I feel great referring him to my friends when they are buying or selling real estate."
~ Paula Ford, Business Person
"I have worked with many realtors in the past and have bought and sold homes in the US and having moved here recently, I was not sure about which realtors to use. I Met Michael on one of his listings and we instantly hit it off! As an American here I felt lost, but Michael found me a home! I liked his friendly, helpful, yet professional way about him and I ended up buying his listing and let him sell my other home. I also referred him another friend's listing which he sold and I will be sending a lot more business his way as he has the right attitude that I appreciate. Thanks Michael - how about that racket ball game?"
~ J. Smith, Teacher
"During my sisters fight with cancer and then her passing Michael proved invaluable to me. He took care of the listing and sale, kept me informed of the market and the pricing of the condo. He also found cleaning people for the condo and a mover to bring her belongings back to Calgary . I am a realtor myself but his special care and service in making this transaction easier for my sister and myself was something I will never forget. Having someone you can trust when there is distance involved is a comforting feeling. I will definitely use Michael again for future real estate referrals."
~ Denise Staples, GMAC RE Cochrane, AB, Top Realtor
"Michael took my listing at the start of the New Year when the market is “dead” and showed great persistence in finding all the qualified buyers, ending with a great deal".
~ C. Elliott, lawyer
"It has been a real pleasure working with Michael in the sale of my apartment in North Vancouver. Michael is extremely professional and responsive. Most importantly, he achieves results and in a timely fashion. I got a serious offer within 2 weeks of listing my apartment with Michael and the sale was completed 5 weeks of initial listing. All this was done while I was based outside of Vancouver and traveling a lot in the meantime. I would definitely work with Michael again and would also highly recommend him."
~ M. Ng, Entrepreneur
"Michael was extremely thorough, showing me a wide variety of properties in my price neighborhood. He allowed me to take my time and find the place that best fit my needs and taste. Michael had all the local knowledge I needed in order to invest in a property that will prove to be a valuable asset down the road. I love living in the North Vancouver home that I eventually chose and I know that as my needs change I have something of value to move up from".
~ C. Koch, Sales Professional
"If you are looking to sell your home or buy a new home Michael Dowling is the best choice. Always willing to go the extra mile, Michael is about making sure you get what you want, not making a quick buck. He works hard to ensure the place you choose is the right one for you. He is about people. Michael is an extraordinary example of professionalism. You will be in good hands. I was".
~ Kit. Hayward, Film Business Owner
"Being first time home buyers, Michael made us feel so at ease and comfortable with the whole buying process. He really took the time to explain each step, and spent time on the details, so we were clear with the progression of our deal. Michael’s experience, professionalism and overall character were a pleasure to deal with throughout this experience and we would highly recommend him for anyone considering buying or selling real estate. We will be using him for our next move!"
~ B. Johnson & B. Gilbertson, Sales Professionals
"When we planned to buy a new house and sell our old one, we need an aggressive real estate broker for that to happen. And we did the right thing by letting Michael Dowling do the job. We were not disappointed."
~ Zaldy and Josie Cruseus, Small Business Owner
"Thanks to Michael Dowling for his help in selling our family motel on Cortes Island , a very difficult commercial property to move until we listed it with Mr. Dowling”
~ Rex & Lisa Weyler, Co-Founder of Greenpeace, Hollyhock Retreat and Shared Vision Magazine
"We have had the pleasure of knowing and working with Michael Dowling for the past 3 years. To us, Michael has been a refreshing change from many realtors as he not only loves to sell homes he genuinely loves the interaction with his clients. People seem to really feel his enthusiasm and that gave us confidence in dealing with him because Michael is the type of individual people seem to want to do business with. We noticed his attention to detail and how he left no doubt how much he cared. His positive attitude and approach gave us a great deal of confidence. When we sold our last home interviewing several listing agents left us feeling completely discouraged. Ultimately we found ourselves taken by Michael’s self assured ways and determination to succeed for us. The choice was clear. Michael recognized we had some experience in real estate as well, accepted our input willingly and combined that with his considerable talents to remove our fears and worries and produce an acceptable deal. Michael does what it takes to buy or sell a property. He is honest, hard working and very charming while displaying the utmost integrity. He has always been a complete professional, while remaining extremely personable. We would not hesitate to recommend Michael to our friends, and in fact have already done so on several occasions."
~ Gary & Rita Bridger, Owner's Dress4Less
"I used Michael Dowling for the purchase of my condominium in 2004. I found him to be efficient and totally professional, and would not hesitate to use him again should I sell or purchase a new home."
~ Rosalind Dawes, Paralegal
"We recently engaged Michael Dowling to assist us in finding and purchasing our new home, and we were exceptionally pleased with the service he provided. We strongly recommend Michael if you are purchasing a home in the downtown area. At our first meeting, Michael took the time to understand what is was that we were looking for. Over the course of two to three months, Michael showed us multiple listings so that we could narrow our search, evidencing his knowledge of the downtown area and of buying residential property in general. When we chose our property, Michael negotiated exceedingly hard on our behalf, both in obtaining for us the price we wanted, and in settling with the vendor the few deficiencies that we discovered after we moved in. Michael is very responsive, and his service went far above and beyond our expectations".
~ G. Davis and C. Hooge, Corporate Lawyer
"Michael is an excellent example of a 21st century realtor, always on, always responsive, always working on finding you your dream home. Even in a red-hot Vancouver market, Michael was able to respond to us day or night and provided the exactly right mix of services and assistance that we needed. Not to mention that Michael’s endless supply of contacts ensures that you get a great deal on everything from home-inspection to appliances. Two thumbs up!"
~ S. & D. Batkin, Corporate Lawyers
"Michael Dowling is an outstanding, charismatic, friendly, and attentive realtor. He had my place on the market for 1 week and it was sold with the subjects removed for a higher price than I had hoped for. Michael was a joy to work with and he is so professional and knowledgeable of the market… The best word to describe Michael is that he is simply “amazing.”"
~ James Finlayson, Top Professional Sales Executive
"As first time home buyers in Canada we feel very fortunate to have found Michael as our realtor. From the first day he guided us through the process of buying a home without pressure with his charismatic personality. Under his guidance we were not only taken to view properties but he also provided practical solutions to modify the planning of homes that would accommodate our needs, expectations and budget. After 6 months of perseverance and patience we found our ideal home. However Michael’s service did not stop after closure. He sourced services such as moving and installation as well as being just a phone call away for advice when we came across surprises associated with new home ownership. Lately he attended our first Strata AGM ensuring that our rights as owners were addressed. These facts are testament to the services provided by Michael Dowling and therefore we would thoroughly recommend him as a realtor to anyone interested in buying a home."
~ Gethin and Marrisa Owen, Dentist and Doctor, UBC
"As a first-time home-buyer, the idea of purchasing can be very intimidating. Michael unceasingly went the extra mile to walk me through the process, and ensured I was comfortable each step of the way. His aggressive negotiating approach was not only impressive, but effective. Having someone as trustworthy as Michael on my side was unbelievably reassuring, and he always had my best interest at heart – both personally and financially. I would, without question, recommend him to anyone entering the real estate market."
~ Gina-Lee Gatto, Institutional Securities Sales, Large Securities Firm
"Michael, You are a fantastic person and I feel that I owe you so much. Your guidance and advice have been great. I am touched by the level of service you give and want to wish you all the best at this holiday time and going forward. I will absolutely keep you in mind if and when an opportunity present itself to pass your name along to someone else in need of real estate advice."
~ Biljana Manoljovic, Senior Financial Planner, Canadian Charter Bank
"As a first time buyers in Canada, when we started to look for a house we had no idea what to expect. Michael was introduced to us by our good friends and since day one he was very helpful. He started with a very detailed explanation of the whole process, what to expect, where to look, then patiently listened to all of our requirements. It took us a pretty long time to find the perfect house but we found it and are very happy with it. During the whole searching process, Michael was very patient and for each property we'd chosen he provided us with a detailed description and helpful information. But what we appreciated even more was the guidance and help after we found the house. Michael introduced us to a good lawyer, home inspector, contractors, even a good store with appliances. We would and will without hesitation introduce Michael to anyone interested to buy a home. Thank you Michael."
~ Marian, Martina and Martin, Software Engineer, Administrator, Son
Thank you so much for taking the stress out of finding a new home and for making it so much fun! From the first time we met, you put me at complete ease and I knew I was in good hands. Your around the clock personalized service, knowledge, and attention to detail was very much appreciated. You aren't just good at what you do, you are great at what you do and I would recommend you in a heartbeat! Beyond being a fantastic realtor, you are a truly wonderful person and it was a pleasure getting to know you. I wish you continued success in every area of your life and would be happy to use your services again in the future."
Hugs and happiness!
~ Jenni, Mom/Entrepreneur
"We recently sold our late mother's townhouse, Michael J. Dowling was our Realtor. Michael was referred to us thru a family member who sold his condo with Michael. From day 1, Michael greeted us with energy and a positive attitude. He met us with paperwork and suggestions even before he knew if he would be hired. Most impressive of all was Michael's Marketing Plan...he had a well laid-out scedule that he followed without hesitation. In the end, the townhouse was sold within 5 days and significantly over the asking price! What we thought might be a long process was anything but that! This quick and efficient sale certainly lightened the burden of losing our dear mother. Michael was readily available for folow-up questions and continues to be so friendly and approachable. We will gladly recommend Michael to any of our friends who plan to sell or purchase property. Thank you Michael, for making an onerous task, anything but that!
~ The Lemiere Family.