“We have known David and Shen for a few years, they were the agents that handled the sale of two of our family properties. We find them to be very good at, and very thorough, in staging properties for sale. After all you only have one chance to make a favourable first impression.
They are also very responsive to their clients, all calls are returned ASAP and all requests are addressed promptly. We have grown to appreciate their professionalism, in particular, their effective yet non aggressive style. There is nothing that puts off clients more than a pushy agent.
On top of being a team of effective realtors, they are very nice easy going people too.”
Frank & Dora
“We would like to express our deep appreciation to you and Shen for buying and selling our property. You both have made a strong impact on us at our initial meeting due to your pleasant personality and a positive attitude. In dealing with you we have always found you approachable, extremely patient and courteous. You are not only our agent, but a true friend. We recommend you highly to all our friends. Keep up your good work!”
My wife & I were first time home buyers. We had been quite helpless in looking for our first own home, given our lack of relevant knowledge and the stories of how people made wrong decisions because of some bad agents who care only making money for themselves.
We were so lucky to be introduced to Shen through one of our closest friends. Since the beginning, Shen knew we knew nothing about real estate; she gave us extra time and patience in educating us on how to pick a house of our own, rather than rushing us into buying. At the very beginning stage, she was even attentive to our impulse as first time buyers to jump into buying. Instead of taking advantage of our immaturity, she gave her advices on what we needed to take into serious consideration so that we would not regret.
Finally in our anniversary last year, we bought a house that matched our expectations so perfectly that my wife and I took it as a gift from God. Honestly, we love it as much as our most treasured collection item.
Throughout the process, we have felt so well-supported and our best interest safeguarded by Shen’s professionalism and conscientiousness.
Dave and Shen provided us with the expertise, trust and confidence that we needed in an agent. We found someone who would lead us through the stressful process of buying and selling property by educating us in how the current market conditions, and advising our decisions based on our needs and wants. They treated us with respect and patients which was key to making us comfortable and in the end we were extremely happy with the quick sale of 2 properties and the purchase of our dream home.
David is not only a great realtor, he is a great friend. He put our needs first by helping us negotiate an extra $3,000 off of our mortgage even though this would be of no benefit to him and we did not even ask him. He has continuously kept us updated on the real estate environment in our neighbourhood and has organized events inviting us to his home as a friend to meet others in the neighbourhood. David truly goes out of his way to help his clients!
Shawn and Bridget Saulnier
“There are more than 10,000 real estate agents in Southern Ontario. Many of them are good at taking orders but few are equipped to act as an advisor on a matter of real estate investment value.
David spent 10 plus years in mergers and acquisitions for Asian business leaders. In our view, this experience gives David a unique perspective on business, investment and negotiation that is uncommon in the real estate profession generally.
David has a gentle and warm confidence that helps him succeed with people. As a client he makes you feel secure with next steps as he carries you through each phase of a transaction without you feeling rushed or pressured.
David earns his fees and his value is easy to discern.”
Kiernan and Wendy Stringer
Few things are as nerve-wracking as selling your house. And finding the right realtor is no less daunting. Dave and Shen more than came through for us. They were professional, informative and present. They offered cost-efficient suggestions that transformed our house into one that was quite desirable. In the end, our house sold quickly, and for well over the asking price. We heartily recommend them.
Ken and Irene Lee Newton
Buying and selling a home is one of the most stressful things we have done, but with your help, our house was sold in 5 days and we are now happily settling into our new “forever home”.
I suspect we were some of your most difficult clients ever, and we truly appreciate your responsiveness to answer our endless questions about the market and the process. The patience you showed to educate us on our unrealistic expectations of what we could afford and to narrow down the style of house and neighbourhood we wanted was amazing. Your no-pressure input while we toured house after house helped us to make the best decision at every turn.
Your sincerity and genuine concern for us was clear and we would not hesitate to recommend your expertise to other friends and family.
p.s. Shen did such a beautiful job of staging our old place that we were tempted to stay! Perhaps she can come and “stage” our new house?
“I first met David at an open house where he was the listing agent. Months later, I went to another open house where David was again the listing agent. After talking to David the second time it became clear that David was knowledgeable about homes, real estate and in particular, the area I was interested in. I decided to sign up with David in my search for a home, and I did not regret it. David was honest and professional, the two most important qualities that I was looking for in a real estate agent. David was also always available, which is important as real estate needs are somes time sensitive and since many decisions occur outside the regular 9-5 business hours. In the end I ended up purchasing a home in the area I wanted, with the backyard setting that was important to me. We were in a multiple offer bidding situation, and I believe it is the little things that David did in order to secure the deal. I would recommend David to someone looking for a professional real estate agent.”
“We would like to thank Dave and Shen for their excellence customer service. Their expertise and commitment to their clients made the daunting process of selling our home and buying a new home into a very positive experience. Not only did they find us the perfect house for our growing family, but they also provided the most helpful advice that got our previous home sold in one day!”
Donald and Gillian Lam
We bought our townhouse as our starter home….15 years and two children later, we found ourselves bursting at the seams. Although we loved our neighbours and our neighbourhood, our home was no longer accommodating our needs. We made the difficult decision of putting our home up for sale.
After touring our townhouse, Shen and David made suggestions as to how we could prepare for the upcoming showings. We discussed our plan of action, including how we would stage our space and time frame.
What we appreciated most was the personal interest they took in making sure that we were comfortable with every aspect of our sale. They were respectful of our hectic schedule and our requests. They were available and accessible whenever we had questions or concerns or needed to make changes to our plans.
From beginning to end, our experience with James So Realty was a very positive and successful one!
David So helped me buy a condo this past spring and I definitely recommend David to anyone who wants to buy a good home they truly like.
David’s father, Mr. James So, has helped my parents buy their house about 10 years ago and because of the confidence and trust he inspired, and Mr. So’s overall helpfulness, I naturally turned to Mr. So as well. Mr. So warmly recommended his son, David.
David has been infinitely patient, very diligent and extremely pleasant to work with. I took many months to decide, but I did buy a condo I am really happy with. And, once I did make up my mind, David proved to be a great negotiator, very astutely bringing the price down at each step.
It was a very successful and pleasant experience, and I recommend David with all confidence.
Ascot and Dannie Chang
Dear Dave and Shen,
We want to thank you for your help, expertise and professionalism in selling our family home in Bayview Village. We were very happy with everything you have done, taking care of details, big and small. You provided us with the information we needed to make an informed decision in pricing our home. You walked us through the entire process, from home staging to marketing our home and closing the deal. We appreciate you answering all our questions in an honest and sincere way throughout the process.
You made what could have been a stressful selling process much easier and helped us address possible issues before they could become problems. In the end, we were happy to sell over the asking price.
Thank you for taking care of us, we will recommend you to our friends and family for their real estate needs.
Ryan and Jen
We used Dave when looking for a home in Toronto, and couldn’t have been happier. Here’s a couple things that stand out about Mr. So.
1) He has all the facts. Basic comparables anyone can do, but Dave looks deeper into what the value and potential of a property value could be. He looks at homes from perspectives you wouldn’t have considered.
2) He tries to talk you out of buying a house. Seems like a silly thing to do for a real estate agent, but Dave truly has your best interest at heart. When he brings all those different perspectives, he has a critical eye, since Dave wants to be absolutely sure you are going to be happy with your purchase.
Put these things together, and you have a true trusted advisor!
Graham and Erika
David was an outstanding guide for us as first-time buyers. He was patient with our questions, he noticed things that we never would have, and his knowledge of the neighbourhood was invaluable. He always goes above-and-beyond. David’s commitment to us has continued even after the purchase of our home – he is our “go-to” guy when looking for trusted referrals. We would whole-heartedly recommend David, and would certainly use his services again in the future.
Dan and Wendy
Dave is a great agent who was professional and candid in feedback during our search for a condo. We’ve since recommended him to others and would gladly work with him again in the future. He is very familiar with the downtown real estate landscape and was always easy to reach, many thanks Dave!
This past year we purchased and sold our home(s) in East York and David was our real estate agent. David helped us with getting our house ready for the market by getting contractors to provide quotes. He also helped coordinate the work to make sure it was done in a timely manner. Shen assisted with identifying what types of renovations we should do to maximize the value of our house, she helped us choose colours and finishes for our home and made sure it was staged in an appealing way.
Throughout the process, they took care of the little details such as helping us hire a pod storage, getting cleaners in, respected the fact that we still had family and work commitments and made the hardwork of getting a house ready much easier. In the end, we sold our house in a week and we believe it was due to Dave and Shen’s collective efforts that got us a quick sale and a high price.
I have just purchased a condo unit with the help of David So and I am very happy that I used him as a broker. He is very careful in his work and very knowledgeable about all aspects of real estate, including market trends, costs of potential renovations, etc. It was obvious from the beginning that his goal was not just to help me buy an apartment. Instead, he wanted to make sure I find something where I will be happy to live in the long term, and will be comfortable buying, at the best possible price. He didn’t rush at all, recommending that we wait until a unit appears that truly matches all our criteria. After this unit appeared, he managed the negotiations very smoothly. He was always very helpful, for example offering to pick up the keys for me on closing day to save me a trip to the lawyer’s. I would highly recommend him to anyone looking to buy a home.
David and Grace
Dave So is an amazing realtor to work with. He was knowledgeable about the housing market, quick to respond to our many (sometimes inane) inquiries, and a great person to work with. One of the best qualities about Dave is that he always has the best interests of his clients in mind. His philosophy of future-proofing (finding a property that not only fit our needs now and in the future, but would also have great resale value down the road, should we decide to move) proves that he only wants the best for his clients. He worked tirelessly to ensure that we got the best experience with him, and best price for our property (both purchasing and selling). He asked insightful questions, took into consideration things that we hadn’t even thought of, and was able to help us parse out what exactly we needed/wanted. We started the purchasing journey with a list of must-have criteria, which shifted and changed along the way thanks to Dave’s guidance. As a result, we now have a home which looks quite different from our original list, but fits our needs better and is superior in many ways- we couldn’t be happier. He also went above and beyond his role as a realtor, rolling up his sleeves and getting sweaty to help us move an oversized old couch out of our little condominium to prepare it for showing. Shen is also amazing. She has a keen eye for staging and gave us clear instructions about how to showcase our property. Dave and Shen provided the necessary furniture, linens and props to make it feel homey and attractive to prospective buyers. As a result of working with Dave and Shen, we have become close personal friends with their family, and we cherish their continual advice and support for questions we have related to home ownership, maintenance, renovations, etc. We highly recommend Dave and Shen as realtors- they make a great team and were invaluable in our journey of buying and selling.
Denise and Josh
Dave and Shen were great to work with. They really took the time to understand our unique needs, likes and dislikes to help us find the perfect place…twice! Their experience and understanding of the neighbourhood and housing market gave us the insight we needed and helped them determine solid strategies for buying, selling, and negotiation. They made sure we analyzed things from all angles and had all the facts before making a decision. They were our voice of reason and kept us grounded when emotions ran high. Throughout the buying and selling process, we felt that they always had our best interest in mind and were able to fully trust in their experience and strategies.