I am very fortunate we have lived on the Westshore for the past 20 years. Witnessing its transition into a vibrant community with a great mix of recreational amenities and business development has proven to be a wonderful and safe place to raise my children. My real estate sales experience has given me the opportunity to promote all areas of Victoria to people of all ages and lifestyles. I am proud to say, many remain friends today. I look forward to making many more!
How Brad Does Business
Whether it's buying/selling homes or any other business activity - Integrity is the Essence of Everything Successful! This is my motto - not just in business, but in life. I remain committed to caring about the 'person' before the 'client' and will never look down on someone unless it is to give them a hand up. Any agent can complete an easy deal that doesn't become problematic. But a good one sticks with his client through those deals that become challenging.
You will NEVER see my face on the back of a bus! My business is generated by referrals. This means my ultimate goal is to make my clients so happy that when their friends/family need a realtor, they don't recommend just any 'ordinary' one, they refer me!
Initially I took an interest in one of Brads listings. As he showed me through the property he accommodated my curiosity and more importantly my need to view specific aspects of the home that were important for me to evaluate. Brad talked forthrightly about the market in the area and I immediately felt he was a source, a resource. That’s when I sought out his contact info. Right away I put him to the test asking him to research info on sales of residences with secondary suites in a defined neighbourhood. I had asked another realtor this same question one week earlier and that agent had been very friendly and smiley but only came up with a general statement about how few homes of that nature were on the market. Brad, however, came back to me within 48 hours with a comprehensive packet of information I poured over and reviewed in depth. Brad stepped up, and did the work. He was prepared to pay-it-forward.
Brad earned my respect and as a result, he earns my business.
We finally came to the realization that we needed to sell our house. After interviewing several realtors, we made the decision of hiring Brad to sell our home in which we lived for 44 years.
Our property has development potential so we felt we required a person who had the experience of negotiating with developers as well as family oriented prospective buyers and would dedicate his time and effort to this task professionally.
Brad fulfilled our hopes beyond our expectations. He put a great deal of effort into ensuring that our property was well represented as a house of value and spent numerous weekends hosting open houses without hesitation.
We had several offers that were not fulfilled due to lack of financing by the potential purchasers. Brad basically sat with us in assuring that speed bumps can occur and to not be discouraged. His tenacity paid off as the sale of our property was just completed.
What really impressed us about Brad was his ability to quickly respond either by text or phone when we attempted to contact him. This a unique quality of Brad's as my experience in today's world is that it takes hours, if not days, to get a response from someone.
We now consider Brad a friend rather than just a sales person.
It was a pleasure dealing with Brad and we wish him the best in his future endeavours and would not hesitate of acquiring his services if ever required.
Good Luck Brad and it was a pleasure working with you.
Barry & Claire Werbowski
July 7, 2016
We met Brad at an open house. When we arrived, he was in the middle of talking to some other prospective buyers. Distracted, he quickly smiled as we introduced ourselves and told us he'd be with us shortly.
A few minutes later he came and found us and remembered our names, an impressive feat considering his mind had been elsewhere when we'd said hello. You'd think most realtors would be good about remembering names but the vast majority that we encountered at open houses didn't bother. He gave a good pitch on the house he was trying to sell, and came across as a nice guy and a hard worker.
So when it was time to get serious and start looking at places in earnest, Brad stuck out to us as someone who we thought would go the extra mile.
We were right, and he was awesome. A few stand-out points:
- He was always very quick to respond to our texts and calls. Even at really strange hours!
- He made things happen whenever we needed them to happen. He was fast and efficient and as soon as I'd send him a place, he'd be on top of finding out everything he could and setting up a showing.
- He was never late, always punctual.
- He was good at pointing out potential expensive maintenance problems in houses we were looking at, which was the kind of advice we needed being first time home buyers with zero knowledge about how houses work.
- He was super nice and easy to get along with.
- On days when we were putting offers in on homes, he was in constant contact with us throughout the day, giving updates and keeping us informed.
- He was all over the details: Setting up home inspections, arranging for extra consultations from contractors, emailing lawyers and calling the city for additional info on permits. We didn't have to worry about any of it.
All of this was made even more impressive knowing how crazy busy he must have been with other clients as well, considering the red hot real estate market in Victoria during the time we were house hunting.
In the end we landed a house that had multiple offers on it, including an unconditional one. Thanks to some smooth talking from Brad, our offer was accepted over the unconditional one. Best feeling in the world.
We'll totally be calling Brad up the next time we're buying or selling. A great guy to have in your corner for sure!
Rose and Ben
July 8th, 2016
I met Brad Forrest at one of the local kiosks in a downtown shopping mall. I was at the early stages of considering selling my house and downsizing to a condo. I had a short conversation with Brad who was friendly and who provided me with some information on considerations I should make with respect to how and when to jump into the market. I gave him my contact information and moved on not sure at that stage when I was going to list and who I was going to use as my agent.
Brad followed up with me a little over a month later to see where I was with my decision to sell and whether he could offer any more advice. In having the discussion with him, I knew right away that Brad was the guy I needed to be my agent and it was clear to me that he knew the market, the timing and the strategy as to getting my house on the market for sale and getting a value consistent with my expectations and in a reasonable time frame.
I am so impressed with how hard he worked for me and how results oriented he was. He got me the price for my home that I was hoping to achieve plus a bit more. Throughout the whole process he was professional, energetic, honest and most importantly, he had the patience and calm that helped me make the important personal decisions I had to make without ever feeling that I was under duress.
The bottom line is that Brad took care of business and met every personal objective I had and I am recommending him to my friends and professional colleagues as a guy that gets it done.
By the way Brad also was instrumental in finding the right fit condo for me. I cannot overstate how pleased I am with the whole experience. Thank you Brad, I no longer look at you as my agent, I count you as my friend!
Performance Review - Brad Forrest February, 2014
I have recently had the privilege of using Brad Forrest as my listing realtor to sell my townhouse in Victoria, BC.
Brad's motto is "Not Your Ordinary Real Estate Guy". This is an underestimation of his value in this business!
He advertised my home as "Not Your Ordinary Townhouse" This was very complimentary to me, and put my property on a higher level playing field, when comparing to other townhouses. He hired an expert to measure the proper square footage, and another expert to take complimentary photos inside and out for advertising. Already he demonstrated that he is not your ordinary real estate guy.
He began open houses and our first offer came in. After all was said and done, the buyer changed her mind, with a difficult reason. Brad was very professional and optimistic. Soon the second offer came in. There was plenty of questions to answer and a very thorough inspection by the buyer. Brad spent many hours, days and it turned into weeks, researching the answers and attempting to make all parties happy. He continually used professionalism and optimism with me and all the parties concerned, even though there was plenty of temptation to stop and move on. In the end, the buyer was satisfied and we finally came to the closing agreement. This was a very difficult sale from his point of view and mine, and yet, Brad kept the momentum and we ended in agreement with the buyer. I have never experienced a house sale as involved and tedious as this.
Brad is persistent and finds answers in difficult situations. He has experts everywhere to consult with on any matters that may come up. You can rest assured that your legal and municipal matters will be completely looked after. He is a master at his professional work and will take all matters seriously however his sense of humor kept me going throughout this tedious process. For that I'm forever grateful, and can highly recommend his services.
To Whom it May Concern,
We are writing this letter to give Brad Forrest our highest recommendation as your realtor. We had the pleasure of working with Brad to find the perfect investment property. He was immensely helpful in narrowing down exactly what our needs and wants were regarding property type and location. Brad was always on top of every new listing that came available meeting our criteria, ensuring that we never missed an opportunity. Brad was readily available, always very punctual and communications were flawless.
When the perfect property for us became available Brad contacted us immediately stating that he had found a great house. We went to see it that morning. The house was exactly what we were looking for. On Brad’s recommendation we had an offer in shortly after viewing as he knew this house would sell fast. We did however offer a fair amount less than the asking price. Thanks to Brad’s dedication and vigilance the offer was accepted that day. There were several back up offers on this property awaiting the outcome of our subject to’s. Brad was great at getting all the information we needed from city hall, the selling realtor, our lawyers, the current home owners and the house inspector to complete the sale of the home. To our delight we now have the perfect income property that is generating income within 3 weeks of purchase. Brad was instrumental in this process, we could not have done it without him.
We want to thank Brad for all of his hard work in helping us build our financial future. We will be using him for any future real estate ventures, and highly recommend him to all of our family and friends. And to anyone out there looking for a wise, honest and hard working realtor - look no further than Brad Forrest!
Allison and Julian Caron
As first-time home buyers we were looking for a Realtor who would be patient and honest with us. We found this in Brad and so much more. He is not your typical flashy sales-type realtor: he relies entirely on word of mouth, and it shows! Almost every person we met in the industry who knew Brad had nothing but the best things to say about him.
Throughout the entire process we felt that he was truly looking out for our best interests. He always arrived early for our meetings and showings, he came very well prepared to answer all of our questions, and gave us honest opinions on the properties we viewed. We never once felt rushed.
When we finally found our dream home, Brad made sure we were completely informed on all aspects of the home buying process and that we were 100% comfortable with the decisions we were making. We could not be happier with our home buying experience and with our first home! We are so happy we found Brad and we will be highly recommending him to all of our friends and family.
- Nicole & Zac Brown
Brad was recommended to us and we couldn't have been happier about it. We were out of town buyers on a tight schedule and unfamiliar with the areas we were considering. Brad was more than accommodating. He fielded concerns, offered wise perspective, and introduced us to island living. What could have been a stressful process, turned into great memories.
We loved Brad's honesty, attentiveness, flexibility and professionalism. He listened, paid attention and got things done. He dealt with two very different personalities, the impulsive one who wanted things done 5 minutes ago and one that needed to see all the options before making a proper decision. Good on Brad! Not easily done!
Thanks to Brad, we found our forever home and gained a friend. xoxoxo
Marni & Kris
Brad provided great expertise and service when helping me find my condo. His focus, patience and knowledgeable suggestions paved the way to not only finding the right place but assisting with the negotiations and mitigating the final closing.
Thanks Brad, I’d refer you to everyone.
We met with many realtors while we were searching for our dream home. After we met Brad, we knew we found someone we could trust. Not only did he not pressure us, he encouraged us to take our time to find our dream home. He made the buying process very very simple and stress free. Brad was there for us at all times, even when we had questions at 10 pm. After the purchase, he’s still there for us. We would highly recommend him to anyone looking for a home!!!
Thanks for being so easy going Brad!!!
- Macon, Crystal, and Bernie the Beagle
Brad's performance as our realtor was outstanding. He came recommended by our financial advisor and made purchasing our first home easy and painless for my wife and I. Brad has three qualities that particularly stood out in my mind during the process.
First, he was always available and easily reachable. He maintained contact, keeping us informed by email, text, or phone of any properties he felt we would like or that met our search criteria, and replied promptly to all messages.
Second, his easy personal and interactive style. Brad never put any pressure on us during the search and viewing process. He paid attention to our descriptions of what we wanted in a home, showed us appropriate houses and made suggestions and recommendations based on what he knew of us.
Third, he has in depth trade knowledge. Brad's strong grasp of the local housing market allowed him to provide us with relevant insight into how properties were priced, basic cost of renovations and the potential of rental suites.
Additionally, Brad always kept a very flexible schedule, as we needed to accommodate my shift work. He was always punctual and well-prepared for viewings and is a professional, friendly and confident realtor. I highly recommend Brad if you are looking to purchase, and I fully intend to contact him again when I purchase my next home.
Jay and Becky Stott
October 9, 2013
Our “home finding” journey began with meeting Brad at the Westshore Mall Royal LePage real estate outlet. My husband Lucky and I were browsing at the homes, and we were so casually approached and just asked if we wanted to join the email listings of current houses that were on the market. At the time we didn’t even know if we were in a financial situation to buy, but Brad literally helped us through every process along the way.
His efforts are superb, never has excuses to show a listing (even if he knows it may not be the right one) and consistently put up with us for many, many months, to ensure we found what we absolutely loved. What makes our situation unique is, the home we ended up loving was a “foreclosure sale” ... we found out quite soon, that this was going to be a new process for all of us. The process itself is not easy and yet the irony of this story is, that I had actually asked Brad how foreclosure sales work from the first day I met him, and, ... he replied, “ohhh very long and very painful!
Brad was committed, caring and helped make the entire process seamless and took care of everything from A to Z. Brad is an ‘extraordinary’ realtor and has now become my families’ friend. I have absolutely no problems recommending Brad to anyone who needs any real estate assistance!
From the bottom of our hearts ~ Thanks for helping us buy our first home and we look forward to having you help us buy our next one.
Pam and Lucky Chandla
Nov 18, 2013
Dear Brad: I want to thank you for your professional and friendly approach to assisting me in purchasing my new condo. Your extensive experience and knowledge helped answer all the questions I had about strata living and the processes involved. Your attention to detail and follow through really impressed me. Your diligence with the review of strata minutes, depreciation report and building inspection provided me with all the information I needed to make an informed decision. I look forward to the final closing and the move to my new home.
Thank you for being an outstanding realtor!
September 3, 2013
Brad Forrest acted as my realtor in Victoria while I was living in Vancouver. I required somebody who is experienced and very knowledgeable. I found Brad to be both.
Brad had a good understanding of what I required in a property, he was very thorough and created a good selection of properties to view with my needs in mind.
When we finally found a property to our liking and the time came to negotiate I found Brad concise and well prepared. I trusted him when he said Mitch I think we can get you a few dollars off the price. The thing all purchasers want is to save a few more thousands and that he did for me.
He was incredibly helpful when suggesting the proper people to contact in Victoria regarding the inspection and legal matters.
So without hesitation I would recommend Brad’s services to anyone looking to buy real estate in Victoria. My family now resides in a beautiful home that Brad made possible.
He was very flexible to our schedule and as accommodating as possible when we wanted to see a listing on short notice. Brad was always excited to see each listing and we never felt like we were wasting his time.
Each time we went out Brad would have at least one extra listing we overlooked to ensure we didn’t pass up something that matched our criteria. This is how we found our home.
The home we bought was not on our favourites list. Brad saw the potential and lined up a viewing for us. When Brad saw how excited we were he lined up a few other very similar listings to let us ensure this was the house for us.
Brad didn’t finish his job the moment we signed the agreement. He took it upon himself to do the extra due diligence and researched the zoning, building inspection, neighbourhood, and closing costs. Although the contract was signed, Brad didn’t feel his job was done. He wanted to make sure we were purchasing a home he knew we would be happy in for a long time.
Brad continues to be a friend of ours to this day, calling from time to time to see how we are and what is new. We would recommend Brad to any of our friends and felt extremely lucky to have had Brad as our realtor.
Aaron & Jackie
Sept. 25, 2013
My journey with Brad started nearly a year and a half before I purchased my first home. We met while Brad was working at the Royal Lepage kiosk at Westshore Mall. At the time I knew it would still be some time before I was prepared to purchase, yet Brad answered any questions I had. He offered to send me market updates so I could get a better feel for what the market looked like in regards to what I wanted. Brad continued to keep in touch with me from time to time. Then when the time came that I was ready to purchase he was there to help and educate me as this was my first time making such an important decision. Brad never made me feel pressured he always made me feel comfortable and at ease as if I we friend not just another client. Then when we found the right home Brad continued to fight to get me the best possible deal, saving me thousands negotiating the price. I couldn't imagine having anyone other than Brad to help me navigate this journey.
Nov 1, 2013
We would like to take this opportunity to express our sincere appreciation for the efforts you put forth in helping us in the purchase of 882 Sunridge Valley Drive. We have dealt with many realtors before and in our opinion you are the tops and we would recommend your services to anyone.
Joe & Mary Correia
Nov 25, 2013
We met with many realtors while we were searching for our dream home. After we met Brad, we knew we found someone we could trust. Not only did he not pressure us, he encouraged us to take our time to find the home of our dreams. He made the buying process very, very simple and stress free. Brad was there for us at all times, even when we had questions at 10 pm. After the purchase, he’s still there for us! We would highly recommend him to anyone looking for a home!!! Thanks for being so easy going Brad!!! GO HABS!!!
Macon, Crystal, and Bernie the Beagle
"You can purchase a house to occupy, or you can invest in a home to live"
Brad was very helpful and understanding from the first time we met. We did not intend on purchasing a home so quickly,but were surprised to get such a great deal with the perfect location and everything we wanted. Of course finding ‘perfect’ does not come without a fight. Every obstacle that stood in our way Brad knocked down. He put in the extra time researching the property and even went door to door to find out information in the neighborhood. He also referred us to a great Lawyer and Mortgage Specialist. Any fear we had about buying a home drifted away with Brad’s expertise. We are especially happy that we didn't settle for less because Brad wouldn't have it any other way. Brad didn't just run off after the sale,as he has kept checking in on us to make sure everything is good with the place. We have become great friends with Brad and our friendship will grow for years to come (even though he is a Maple Leaf fan).
Marlee Reiswig & Matt Williamson
Brad is definitely not your ‘ordinary’ realtor – he is an outstanding one! More important to him than the ‘business opportunity’, is the opportunity to establish strong, sincere relationships with people. Brad put time and effort into helping us search for a home, but never put any pressure on us to purchase, or to list our current one. We found many homes that we could have purchased, but in the end we decided to stay in our current one as the timing just wasn’t right for us. Brad was not offended or upset in any way, nor did he seem annoyed that he had spent a great deal of time showing us homes. He remained genuinely committed to caring about us as ‘people’ and not just as ‘clients’. We would definitely refer Brad to our friends and family and one day when we are ready to sell our home, we will list with him.
Richard & Kim Jordison
I’ll be forever grateful that circumstances led me to have you as my Realtor. Your tireless efforts and skills in presenting details led to an easy and successful sale of my house (sold in one day) and a purchase of an excellent condo. Thank you very much for all your hard work on my behalf and my best wishes to you in your personal and business goals.
Yours Sincerely,Alan Ross
This letter is one of thanks to you Brad for the time and effort you put into being our realtor. From the moment you put the for sale sign in front of our house you were committed to helping us through each step of the way. There were some unexpected opportunities , one of them being our house selling while we were away on vacation. You were consistently in touch with us long into the night via text messaging and faxing paperwork back and forth to our resort making sure that everything was taken care of quickly, correctly, and professionally. Before we even returned, you were busy looking into houses for sale that suited our needs. We spent quite a few nights searching together but not finding "The House" with time running out until we needed to move, we were becoming all the more frantic to find a home for our family. But you Brad, remained calm with each and every house you took us to until we thought we had found the one. Afraid that we would miss out we put down an immediate offer... only to have 3 other families put down better ones. We were heartbroken..... but as you said there is a silver lining behind every cloud..... 2 days after we lost that house, you arranged for us to see a home that had just that morning come to the market. From the write up it sounded perfect and when we walked through the door we knew we were in "The House".... we were home.... You knew it as much as we did. By early afternoon we had put in our offer.... you fought for us late into the night as the sellers wanted to wait to accept our full price offer until after the upcoming open house. With your push they finally accepted our offer late that evening with an added invite to the open house the next day so the listing realtor could meet you, "The toughest pitbull of a realtor", he has had the pleasure to work with, and the family you were so committed to find the perfect house for.
It has been 2 years since we moved into our home and we love it more everyday. We appreciate all the time and energy you put into us. You bent over backwards to work with our schedules and were always patient with our questions while completely understanding our needs. Thank you so much for all you did. Please feel free to share this letter with future clients of yours so that they have a better understanding as to the amazing service they will receive with having you as their realtor.
Dwayne and Sheena Wark
Brad helped us buy the place which was absolutely perfect for us. He was very polite and was available to show us all of the listings which we were interested in viewing. Brad was also very professional and has a very pleasant personality. We were extremely happy with the work that Brad Forrest did for us and we would recommend him to any of our friends.
Al & Nicky Davies
Selling and buying a house was an enjoyable experience with Brad. He took us to every house we wanted to look at anytime we wanted, until we found the one for us. He made selling our house a breeze. I think it sold within 2 weeks of it being on the market. If you want a good, honest realtor I highly recommend calling Brad.
Chris and Kinza Aubrey