My wife and I have recently completed the sale of a property we owned. This sale was handled by Arthur Parks and his wife Mary.
I would have to say that, in all the real estate dealings we have had over the last 40 odd years, we have never experienced such professionalism as we have during this last sale. The Parks organization is on top of the deal from inception till completion. They are willing to spend a lot of their personal time in exposing one’s property to the buying public, utilizing good quality advertising and open house engagement with clients.
Constant attention to detail and keeping us as clients “in the loop” as the deal progressed was the high standard of care we received.
In addition, Mary and Arthur possess wonderful personalities and are so pleasant to deal with.
We can truthfully say that we call them friends, not acquaintances, at the end of this process.
We will never turn to another company in the future should we need real estate services.
Well done, Mary and Arthur !
Catherine and Tom Millar, Peterborough, 2018
Thank you Arthur. You were more than helpful in the recent sale of our house in Peterborough. You showed a deep knowledge of real estate and understood exactly what needed to be done to enhance the appeal of our large property. You provided excellent advice and personally oversaw and ensured that painting, landscaping, house dressing and photography were all done in time to meet the scheduled listing date. That we were out of town throughout the entire process made your dedicated service even more extraordinary to us. We very much appreciated your honest professionalism and friendly, common sense approach. The fact that the house sold in a couple of weeks proves that our trust in you was well founded.
Thanks again, Debbie Lewin and Ben Walmsley, Peterborough, 2017
Arthur Parks , a Kawartha's real estate agent, did an outstanding job of introducing us and the two younger generations in our family to the area. Special thanks to his wife Mary for her extra efforts in attending property access for inspection prior to closing. Arthur has spent many years enjoying the Kawartha’s. He enthusiastically shares his in-depth knowledge of available recreational and dining opportunities and is always ready to suggest contacts for local trades/services when requested. Arthur was immediately attentive to our requests and congenially resolved points of contention. He personally facilitated property access both prior to sale and following the home sale prior to closing. We look forward to many idyllic years with family and friends as members of the Kawartha community. Thank you Arthur for helping us to find such a wonderful setting.
Howard and Mary Lampe, Lakefield, Ontario, October 25, 2017
Arthur was referred to my wife, Mary, by a business associate from Toronto. We met Arthur at our home on Clear Lake and within the first half hour, it was clear to both of us that he was our man to deal with. We met his wife Mary a day later. They both have every quality one needs to do business with. They don't waste time and their advice and experience is unmatched. Besides the house on the lake, we had a condo to rent and we listed that with Arthur. It was rented within a week. Arthur always kept us updated almost on a daily basis and at times hourly. This family makes a great team. Although we have not met Meghan yet, we have no doubt that she is like her parents. Mary and Arthur will remain our friends.
Mary and Nick Lalani, Lakefield, 2017
We finally decided to leave our country home and move closer to our daughter in Ottawa. We first looked for agents close to our home but we were disappointed that they seemed more focused on selling cottages on the lake rather than our home on the river. Leslie found Arthur by looking at various agents web sites in our region and we found the Chestnut Park brokerage out of Lakefield to have a fabulous site that was modern and a pleasure to navigate. We called Arthur to see if he was interested in listing our home and asked him how his team could help us, Arthur said he would meet with us the first thing tomorrow. The following morning Arthur not only came to our home to meet us for the first time but was well prepared with research he’d done on our home and the surrounding areas. We were astonished that he must have burnt the midnight oil to be fully prepared for his first meeting with us. Needless to say that between Arthur’s professional and respectful approach that made us very comfortable with him we also found his honesty and transparency to be very refreshing. He fully explored our property and every detail of our home to come up with a list of cosmetic upgrades that would help move our home in this rural market. Arthur did his part by taking professional photos as well as a multimedia layout, advertised in multiple locations and boards and personally sat through our open houses. We sold our home in 2 weeks which is ridiculously fast since the average home not on lakefront can take several months. We highly recommend Arthur and Chestnut Park Realty for those who want to have someone who really cares and has the experience and professional skills to boot.
Kenneth and Leslie Kerrigan, Apsley, 2017
Meghan and Arthur, I have bought and sold a few houses to date and, without a doubt, this was the best real estate experience I have encountered. You are very knowledgeable, efficient and pay great attention to detail. You are the most hard working agents I have met. I will use your services again for all my future real estate encounters. Thank you once again.
Stephen Jorgensen, Woodview, North Kawartha's, 2017
I met Arthur Parks during one of the most difficult times in my life - my husband and I were separating and selling our matrimonial home. Arthur was extremely respectful of both our situations, keeping us both informed of all progress on the sale of the house. Arthur made sure our home was shown to its fullest potential, beautiful photography and advertising, made for a great offer and final sale of the home. Arthur has also helped me to find my new beautiful home for my new start and is someone I now consider a great friend. Thank you Arthur and Chestnut Parks Real Estate for all you do!
Shelley Jorgensen, Lakefield, 2017
Meghan and Arthur, We are lucky to have both of you as our real estate agents. Thank you for your professional help, patience, insight and kindness. Thank you for helping us find our home in Canada. We could not have purchased this home if it was not for you.
Frank and Jane Wang, South Rosedale, Toronto, 2016
It has been a great pleasure working with you, Arthur and Meghan - you guided us through an absolutely spectacular purchase - all we could have hoped for - and your advice was bang on every step of the way. Thank you.
Frank Denton and Joan Nagy, Bobcaygeon, The Kawartha's
We had looked at so many condos, with so many agents, but none seemed quite right. Then we met Meghan with her "attention to the details" approach. She handled all the negotiations with the landlord, even after the lease was signed. This is a temporary move for us; so next year there is no question, we will be asking for Meghan's help again. We feel fortunate to have worked with such a caring professional.
Dallas and Steve Petroff
Recently we decided that after 35 years in our house it was time to look for a condo. The result is that Arthur and Meghan Parks orchestrated both the condo search and the sale of the house.
The second condo Arthur found is the one we bought and it is just what we wanted, so the search was brief and a big success. They sold our house very quickly. This Father/Daughter team did a wonderful job for us and we would certainly recommend them to our friends.
David and Valerie Christie, Lawrence Park to Yonge/St Clair, Toronto
Arthur and Meghan, Congratulations on both your hard work and stick handling through messy situations. You are without a doubt a cut above the rest. We appreciate all your help and guidance. Thank you.
Angela Wong and Dr Tat Wong, Forest Hill to Lawrence Park
Arthur and Meghan Parks far exceeded our expectations. We recommend them highly as competant and hardworking professionals. Thank you Arthur and Meghan.
Kevin and Myrna Haverty, Bloor and Sherbourne
I first met Arthur at an open house some years ago. I found him both agreeable and attentive, and bore him in mind until I was ready to sell my own house. I was glad I did. He and Meghan started showing me condos four months before my house went on the market. They worked so diligently on my behalf that the day after my house was listed, it sold -- for more than the asking price. And on the same day, through them I bought the just-right condo -- for less than the asking price.
Dinah Arthur, North Rosedale to Bloor and Church
I highly recommend Arthur to anyone who is buying or selling a home. Arthur helped us sell two homes and buy one. Arthur provided wise counsel throughout both processes – he is an excellent listener and a great reader of people, which for us meant seeing homes that we were very interested in, and providing us with excellent advice to speed through the negotiation process on selling while achieving what we wanted in terms of timing and price.
Margaret Sanderson, Lawrence Park
Meghan and Arthur, I wanted to take a minute and thank you both for the incredible job you’ve done the past few weeks. Your advice on every level was spot on and the attention you devoted to helping make this happen in a short amount of time was absolutely five star. I can’t thank you enough!!
Andy Crosbie, Mt Pleasant Village to Annex
Hi Arthur, This is to thank you for the exceptional service and value creation in the sale of our home at 21 Albertus Avenue. You and Meghan were outstanding from the time we interviewed you for the contract to the completion of the sale. The marketing that resulted in hundreds of interested parties over a short period of time is an example of your focused results. Thanks so much for an outstanding effort that led to the “over asking” sale, within five days, of our home. Only the best,
Tom and Suzanne Blake, Lytton Park
Arthur and Meghan were a real joy to work with. They make a great team and were very responsive in a timely and professional manner. They are a hard working team that always has their client’s best interest in mind. Would highly recommend them.
Bryan and Teresa Trudel, Hogg's Hollow
Our family has known the Parks for many, many years and Arthur’s experience in the Real Estate market is second to none. Selling a house can be a stressful and sometimes complicated process but Arthur and Meghan made it seem easy. They were extremely dedicated in getting our house sold and were always available to answer our questions or address our concerns. They constantly kept in touch with us and updated us daily on any news or progress. It has been a great pleasure working with such a professional and hardworking team! Thanks Arthur, Mary and Meghan!
Corina Scott-Fisher & Louise Scott-Fisher, Lawrence Park
Team Parks (Arthur and daughter Meghan ) exhibited a high degree of professionalism at all times. Any questions or concerns we had were patiently explained and answered promptly with well thoughtout advice. Because of their thorough preparation, attention to detail and experience, what we initially thought could be a potentially stressful situation had a very satisfying and quick result. The team of professionals they utilized to market our home were of the highest standard. Their knowledge and experience in our neighborhood, both historical and current trends, made the pricing decision straightforward and their sales strategy was very effective. Arthur demonstrated his experience, responsibility and calmness throughout the actual offer/acceptance process. Their website provides an excellent illustration of the high level of service they provide and his successful track record and accomplishments are well deserved. We would highly recommend Arthur and Meghan to anyone thinking of buying or selling their home.
Bob and Jane Wilton, Rosedale to Spadina and St Clair
Arthur and Meghan recently helped us sell our Lytton Park home and the experience was seamless and very effective. Arthur's deep experience gave instant comfort, and their attention to detail and follow-up was impeccable. We very much felt that we were an active part of the process, yet could rely on Arthur for any sales strategy advice needed in the decision making, and also on the ancillary support to get our home ready and well marketed through the process. Special praise is due for bringing the perfect balance of flexibility in meeting our needs, while firmly pointing out the essentials of getting the job done. We are very comfortable recommending this team with enthusiasm. Thanks to both.
C. Needham, Lytton Park
Arthur made our home buying experience excellent. Once we decided to build versus buy, he helped us identify the right neighbourhood and builder. He stayed in contact with us throughout the build phase to ensure that we were satisfied. Whether you are buying a resale or building a new home Arthur will provide a great experience.
Gary and Sylve Whitfield, Bennington Heights
After almost 18 years of expatriate life in New York and London, my family and I decided to return to Canada and resume our lives as “Torontonians”. As I began looking at properties in central Toronto, it had seemed apparent to me that although the some neighborhoods have not changed in terms of their desirability and prestige, the aspects of what makes a house “sellable” in such locations was something of a moving target. I felt I needed to be educated in this regard before committing to a purchase in the target areas. When considering spending a substantial amount of money (and of my net worth) on a property, my instincts told me to study the market further and understand what is selling and why before I made any commitment to purchase. It is easy to react emotionally when buying a house but common sense needs to be the driver for such a big decision.
Over a process of 6 months, Arthur Parks of Chestnut Park Real Estate helped educate me on what I knew I didn’t know and a few things I didn’t know that I should know about Toronto real estate. Besides curb appeal and envisioning my family living in the house, I learned more about what appeals to buyers, what renovations and modifications I should consider in terms of potential resale in the future. Understanding the big picture helped me develop my own model of valuing the houses in the areas I had been looking at. As all markets tend to be cyclical, it made me nervous thinking that a house purchase at this time could be at the wrong time, particularly if the valuation was too aggressive given the current market.
Arthur has become a trusted advisor. He clearly operates with a high standard of integrity, patience, and responsibility when making any recommendations about property to his clients. After many cumulative hours of questions and discussions I got to a point where I felt I understood what kind of relative value analysis applied in the areas I was looking in. I made a decision to purchase a property that ticked all my boxes at a market price that made sense in the current market because I felt well educated. I believe the property also has
potential for further upside if the economy were to continue to grow at the current pace. After 6 months and many many viewings, I made a decision to purchase a property that just came on the market that same day. After an hour viewing it, Arthur assisted me in acquiring the property within 24 hours and quite possibly avoiding a multiple offer situation which we believed could happen given the lack of supply in this particular neighborhood.
Post contract exchange, Arthur not only helped with legal and insurance referrals, he committed more time to help with choosing builders, electricians, decorators, etc., He also made the time to discuss ideas and deploy his 30+ years of experience to make sure I was on the right track and properly looked after by the different trades people. His referrals and advice proved to be very valuable to me as an uninformed home buyer as I could have easily have been taken advantage of.
It has been and continues to be a pleasure working with Arthur. Our professional relationship has become one of mutual friendship and respect. I plan to continue to seek his advice for all the planned improvements of my house for years to come. Arthur is an individual that truly loves his job and excels at providing service, above and beyond the call of duty, to his clients, both past and present.
Conrad Santos, Moore Park