We interviewed several realtors in the area before we sold our house in March of 2017. We were immediately impressed by Josie and Valerie’s professionalism and honesty. We entrusted them to represent the sale of our home and it ended up being one of the best decisions we’ve ever made. Josie and Valerie lifted all the stress of staging, pricing, dealing with multiple offers (and bully offers!) off our backs and they did it all with an unwavering calmness. They were in constant communication with us throughout the entire process and were proactive in laying out a strategic plan to maximize the sale of our home. Josie and Valerie’s experience, attention to detail and knowledge of the market left us delighted with the entire experience. We would highly recommend them for the sale of your home.
Curtis and Sarah Blakely
Choosing a Realtor is never an easy process. Everyone has friends and family in the business, but at the end of the day, you need to choose the Realtor who will best represent you.
At first, we picked Josie and Val because they rule our neighbourhood. You can't go down a street without seeing their sign. You can't go to an event that isn't sponsored by them. Although we didn't personally know them, it was immediately obvious that the community loved them on multiple levels.
After starting out with them, we quickly learned why over 50% of the neighbourhood is represented by their team.
Josie is a marketing genius, deeply analytical, with impeccable strategy. Val is sociable and can maneuver through a multiple offer situation with grace and style. The two make a perfect team.
From the first time you meet them, you quickly realize they don't treat this simply as a job. This is their passion and their craft. Josie and Val, you deserve your impeccable reputation.
Carlie Brand & Matthew Slutsky
After meeting with Josie and Valerie about a year ago, we were confident about partnering with them, because we were certain that we were in good hands.
Throughout the process, we always felt they were "on our side" by constantly looking after our best interest and never applying pressure. Whether it was talking us out of houses they felt were not suitable or gently nudging us when they felt they were, we were looked after at every step of the way.
Their experience and network is unmatched and, after a year of looking, they found us the perfect house that was not on MLS, allowing us to avoid the stress that comes with multiple offers. Then they turned around and sold our house for 15.5% above the list price in just a few days.
If you're looking for expert agents who will ensure the most successful, smooth and hassle free move, call Josie and Valerie. They truly are "realtors you can trust."
April Diker & Dean Solo
We did not intend to use Josie and Valerie but felt compelled to at least interview them considering their vast number of sold signs in the area.
It didn't take long into their presentation to appreciate what the buzz is all about. We realized there was no other realtor who could match their experience, vast network and marketing strategy - and we are so grateful we contacted them.
Throughout the process they were highly professional and exceeded our expectation. They are the most caring human beings who made us feel special by being attentive and highly responsive. Their proven track record and impeccable reputation speak for itself and we have become their biggest fans. If you're in the market to sell your house, do yourself a favour, call them.
Although between us we have bought and sold more than 30 properties over the years, selling the home our family lived in and loved for over 20 years brought a new twist to the selling process. We needed an agent who not only appreciated the emotional attachment we had to our home but could give us an unemotional, fact based evaluation based on market conditions.
We interviewed Josie and Valerie initially because of their dominance of our local market and positive reviews and results. Over the months following and before we went to market, they never pressured us to sign with them but kept in touch, letting us know how the market conditions were evolving. We decided to go with Josie and Valerie and agreed to heed their advice on pricing, staging and timing.
When we finally decided to sell, they set a target date and a list price to go on MLS. In the meantime their team helped us prepare the house for market in a gentle and respectful manner. Their advice to us to move out of the house the six days it was on the market was excellent. We didn't have to get out constantly nor watch people marching through our home. Their marketing strategy attracted large numbers of interested parties, both local and international. Their presence on social media is strong.
Although we were priced at $2,279,000 and thought a smaller pool of buyers would be available than for say a $1,000,000 home, Josie and Valerie were able to attract six good offers to the table. Of the six, we accepted an offer of $2,811,000. Obviously we were thrilled. Start to finish - six days.
We whole heartedly recommend Josie and Valerie as serious, honest, hard working, well connected Toronto agents who get the job done.
<p><p>This was my first home sale, so I needed someone with a lot of confidence and wisdom to get me through the process. I interviewed one other prominent agent my neighborhood. The contrast is immediate and striking – Josie and Valerie prepare an amazing pitch where they bring in all of the relevant comparables and discuss their recent sales to give you a sense of how they work, what variables come into play during even the most seemingly-straightforward house sales, and how they strategize. In just over an hour, I was impressed with their candor, their attitude, their strategic thinking, and their overall approach to real estate. They are clear, they do not hold back, and they are exactly the types of agents I needed to guide me through the process. They are also incredibly good listeners and will take the time to take in what you say, explain what they think, and let you make a decision after considering <em><strong>all</strong></em> factors at play.</p><br />
<p>I had full confidence handing over the keys (literally) to Josie. From the pricing to the marketing materials, the social media engagement to the showing process, I found it all much less stressful than I expected. I knew exactly how to get my house ready, and it paid off with all of the interest we had in the few days it was on the market.</p><br />
<p>But I must say that the most, absolutely mind-blowingly impressive moments in the whole experience was during the offer process – I was in awe with the way Josie handled all of the interest, but moreover, the way Josie bargained on my behalf. She made the offer process as painless as possible for all parties involved. When your heart is racing, she remains cool as a cucumber and rolls right through the options to get you the best outcome possible,</p><br />
<p>There are lots and lots of agents out there – it would be a mistake to go with anyone besides Josie and Valerie if you are in the St. Clair West area.</p><br />
Josie and Valerie: yin and yang, left brain – right brain, the perfect complement. Josie is focused, analytical and intensely driven. Valerie is calm, diplomatic and instantly likable. Both are brilliant and 100% dedicated to the client. I interviewed several listing agents but none impressed as much. The Josie Stern team was knowledgeable, professional, well-prepared and presented a clearly outlined and successful marketing strategy. In my research, I also found out through SemRush that their website was one of the most popular on Google for realtors in Toronto. Clearly, my listing would be getting the visibility needed to bring in the buyers…
Our relationship was great. We had excellent communication and my input was welcome at every step. Josie would respond to my emails within minutes, even while she was on the runway at Pearson airport or on a trip outside the country. To others I referred to Josie and Valerie as “the machine” owing to the many well-rehearsed (and brilliant!) procedures they implemented for every specific situation. The ultimate utility of this became apparent at the very end of our journey when after 3 days on market we faced a multiple “bully offer” situation. Amidst the chaos, Josie and Valerie stayed calm. They knew exactly what to do. They had faced this type of situation many times before and had evolved a specific process to follow. I also felt calm: I was confident and trusted them implicitly. After an exhausting day of negotiations, they presented me with the most perfect of deals. Thank you so much, Josie and Valerie, you are true superstars.
Based on word-of-mouth recommendations and the plethora of “sold” signs plastered with her name in our neighbourhood, we deliberately sought out Josie early on — while our plans to buy and sell were still simmering — to share her thoughts about our properties. We were instantly impressed by her no-nonsense professionalism as well as the breadth of her knowledge of the Toronto real estate market, which (as we all know) can be challenging to navigate. Josie listened carefully to our specific and unique needs as a family and then began sending us links to houses for sale.
The properties she sent us clearly reflected her understanding of what we’d told her. She did not flood our email with dozens of properties; instead, she selected only those that matched what we were looking for. She took us to several properties before we found the one we wanted. At each turn, she gave us candid, thoughtful, and wise advice. When we finally decided on a house, she executed the transaction with absolute professionalism and efficiency.
However, our admiration for Josie really grew once we began preparing our current house for sale. She sagely convinced us to stage and de-clutter our home (and set a reasonable price point); she outlined her marketing strategy in detail, and executed it exactly as she’d promised; she solicited and incorporated our suggestions seamlessly into the feature sheet and other marketing items, and both she and her assistant, Donna, received our many changes and corrections with patience and aplomb. She knew that we knew our home best. Though we relied completely on her wisdom as an experienced real estate agent, throughout the entire process, she treated us like business partners.
Perhaps most importantly, she and Donna were readily accessible at all times, responding to calls and emails within half an hour — especially impressive given the huge number of clients they serve. We were never left hanging; we never felt like someone else’s sale was more important than ours. On offer night, Josie once again demonstrated the quick thinking and unflagging, confident professionalism we had come to know as her trademark. As a result, we sold our house for a record price two days after our Open House — and we are thrilled.
Josie is calm and composed, but she is clearly a woman of action. She knows her market, she works hard for all her clients, and she is refreshingly honest and direct. No one who is fortunate enough to work with her will be disappointed.
Josie and Valerie were great! We were very impressed with their service and expertise.
The team were of great assistance getting the house to market. They assisted with house presentation tips and were available throughout the preparation stage. We were blown away with the speed of the process having sold within 2 days of listing and ahead of the open house.
Josie and Valerie believed in our house and surpassed our expectations on its value!
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<p>We knew when we met Josie and Valerie that they really understood what we wanted and needed to make our move South, a 10 year plan in the making, possible. They showed us the same passion, drive and consideration to take things slowly and only show us houses that made sense!</p>
<p>Now, one block from the school we wanted for our daughters and in our first choice of neighbourhood, we are beyond thrilled and excited to start this new chapter! We are forever grateful for their patience, attention to detail and for making this experience seem effortless.</p>
We bought this house from Josie and Valerie six years ago, our new house with them last month, and sold this house with them last night. Home sweet home sweet home! They understood what we wanted, knew how to find it, and encouraged us to focus on both the most important big issues and specifics. Then, they directed us on where to concentrate our efforts in order to sell at the best price. Professional and thorough at every step. Thank you to them and the whole Sutton team for all your care, attention, and hard work!
Josie and Valerie are outstanding at what they do. Throughout our (long) process of trying to find the perfect home, they remained attentive, committed and responsive. They put our needs first and championed our cause during the negotiation process in a way which is seldom seen in the industry.
When it came time to selling our home, the experience was quick and painless. Josie and Valerie's advice was decisive and solid and their intuition about the pricing and marketing of our home was bang on.
We are extremely excited to move into our new home and very satisfied with the result of our sale. Josie and Valerie are experienced and knowledgeable in their field beyond compare and we would recommend them without hesitation!
The real estate process can be daunting – both financially and emotionally. With a young family and a picky husband, we looked to Josie and Valerie to help us navigate both the sale-, and buy-side of our transaction. Within 3 weeks, we had successfully located and purchased the house of our future (below list price) AND staged and sold our current house (significantly above list price).
Josie and Valerie brought a great blend of professionalism and care to our account. We truly appreciated the time spent with us, understanding our specific tastes and priorities, and then quickly translating them into results. From choosing a price point to staging our house, we benefited from Josie’s realistic, no-nonsense approach to real estate sales. From selecting a target market to negotiating the terms, we benefited from Josie’s foresight and experience in real estate purchasing.
Bottom line is this - If you are looking to buy/sell your home within Hillcrest Village, it doesn’t make sense to go with anyone else. Her name recognition and local market knowledge gives you the best opportunity to meet your family’s objectives.
When we bought our home three years ago, I knew that when it came down to selling the house and buying our next home we were going to use the Josie Stern Team.
Josie and Val knew exactly what we were looking for and worked tirelessly to find it. When it came down to selling our home, it sold in just a few days.
Their experience, marketing strategies and knowledge of the industry are second to none.
Julian, Rebecca and Stella :)
Josie, Valerie and their team created the perfect scenario. They found our dream house and we procured it for less than asking in this frenzied seller’s market. It was another broker’s exclusive listing which Josie and Valerie heard about through their vast network of contacts. Then they implemented their marketing magic and attracted 7 offers and got 13% over list on our house. Their professionalism, experience and our trust in their proven formula produced results well beyond our expectations”.
As first time home buyers we were so grateful for Josie’s experienced advice about value, location and property potential. We really believed that she had our best interests at heart. She really listened to us and advised us to make a list of our needs and stick to it. As a result of her personal touch and diligence, she enabled us to purchase our dream house in this very competitive market without having to compromise.
Josie Stern’s name immediately came to mind when I set about choosing a realtor to sell my house. I had seen her name on dozens of sold properties in the Hillcrest area over the years. After meeting Josie and her partner Valerie Benchitrit, I felt confident about entrusting the sale of my home to them. I wanted only the best realtor to handle the sale of my home and I was not disappointed.
Josie and Valerie’s service more then exceeded my expectations. From start to finish, they were professional, knowledgeable and extremely helpful. They made excellent recommendations on preparing my home for the market. When I went out of town, they generously offered to keep an eye on my house. When it came time to set the asking price, Josie knew exactly how to find the “sweet spot”.
Josie and Valerie did a fantastic job marketing my home and they attracted many prospective buyers. Since this was my first time selling a home, they took the time to explain the offer process and other details of the sale process.
On the day that we met to discuss offers, Josie was amazing. She knew exactly how to handle the multiple offers and treated everyone involved in a professional manner.
As a result of the work of Josie and Valerie, my home sold in a few days at 126% of the asking price! Needless to say, I would highly recommend Josie Stern as the best real estate agent you can find in Toronto.
It was clear from the outset that Josie Stern was the only sales agent for our home. Josie recently sold our home in the Wychwood area for 18 per cent over the asking price. Her sales approach and consummate level of service made a potentially stressful and highly emotional experience seem effortless. Every step in the sales process, from preparing our home to negotiating top dollar, was masterfully managed by Josie.
We have to say that working with Josie on the sale of our home was nothing short of an exceptional experience. As everyone knows, the selection of agents for the Toronto market is enormous. We did our homework with very lengthy and in-depth research prior to approaching Josie to represent us as our real estate agent. We were hopeful that Josie would take us on as clients, and we were not disappointed in any way once she accepted.
Josie made us feel like we were her only clients throughout the whole process. Her vast knowledge, expertise, and professionalism outshone the competition. The sincere care and pride she takes in servicing her clients is outstanding. We can now relax and look forward to our retirement and will no doubt ask for her assistance to purchase a retirement property to realize our retirement plans.
I have had the exceptional pleasure of working with Josie and Val for the past 15 years. They have helped me sell or buy at least 5 properties. Their professional and unique approach as well as their warm personalities have brought me success in my real estate transactions. Each time I was impressed by their skill and winning style which left me as one very satisfied customer. They are intelligent, educated, professional and successful.
Each day as I drive in my neighbourhood, I am in awe at how many properties are listed with them and how quickly they sell. Many of my colleagues and friends have worked with them and share my opinion. Josie and Val are a winning team and their years of dedication to their business has brought them success, loyal clients and respect in the community. I feel proud to have them as professional allies and as friends whom I trust to get the job done in the most ethical and professional manner.
It took my husband and me a while to decide whether or not we wanted to move. When we finally realized we had outgrown our home, we knew we needed the right people to give us expert advice on the current housing market, ways to improve our home as well as how and where to find our 'forever' home.
We can truly say we got all that and more from Josie and Valerie. Josie and Valerie - a heartfelt thank you for sharing your knowledge and for being available at all times to answer all of our questions. Your service was outstanding and the key to making our real estate experience a success.
<p>When we recently purchased our home, we were very impressed with Josie’s patience, honesty, and professionalism. Our rather exacting requirements didn’t faze her at all, and her confidence that we would find just the right house encouraged us during the stress of house hunting. Likewise, when she helped us sell our previous home, her advice and promotional efforts were excellent. Josie has the ability, whether you are buying or selling, to make you feel as though you are her most important client. We highly recommend her services.</p>
In March 2009, the Toronto real estate market was in the doldrums brought on by the collapse of the US banking system. Fear gripped sellers and buyers and the market was at a standstill. Few people were thinking of trading up to a bigger house. Josie and Valerie met with my wife and me and presented us with a scenario that actually made sense.
They explained that it was cheaper to move to a bigger house now than it had been for years since prices had dropped about 15% in Toronto in the previous 6 months. We knew we would get less for our current house but trading up was more feasible because the house we wanted to buy had come down by more money so the spread to buy had actually decreased. Josie and Valerie also simultaneously had a buyer for our house which prevented the stress that would have been inevitable had we bought before we sold in what had become a buyer’s market. Josie and Valerie’s confidence that we were making the right move gave us the courage to take the plunge.
In retrospect, we are ecstatic with the outcome. We were able to successfully purchase a new house in a fabulous family neighbourhood which would have been otherwise out of reach for us today considering the rebound in Toronto real estate prices since 2009. Our new home has almost doubled in value since we bought it! Thank you Josie and Valerie — you’re the best!
For the last 9 years I have followed Josie Stern at many of her open houses in the area, and as time went by, I realized she was a highly professional realtor. The way she marketed and presented her sellers’ homes was masterful, and I knew that when the time came to sell my house I didn’t need to look further for the very best person to handle the sale of my own property.
She sold my daughter’s condo before my house and, even though it wasn’t a high end property, she went the extra mile to make sure my daughter got the best price in the least amount of time. The time frame for having one’s property on the market is also important as leaving it on for months is one of the most stressful ventures of any one’s life. Most sellers either want to buy a new home or they are leaving the country. How terrible to be in limbo for months! Not only do Josie and Valerie get the right price for one’s property but they do it as fast as anyone in the real estate field. She sold my daughter’s condo in five days and my large Victorian in 6. Both properties were entirely different and at both ends of the spectrum, but she handled both with just as much effort and skill. I have witnessed her listings going faster and for more money than any other single realtor.
Josie and Valerie have skills and expertise in this field that would be hard to find in any other realtor. I would highly recommend Josie and Valerie. If a seller listened carefully to their advice and allowed them to do their job, everyone involved would do very well. The key to success is to listen to professionals like Josie and Valerie who have years of experience and have about six or seven listings a month year in and year out. Josie and Valerie know their stuff inside out, and one should follow closely what they recommend. Working with them was truly fantastic and I highly recommend them. They are truly gifted in their line of business and work incredibly hard. I have to say, I am one of their greatest fans!!!
I have known Josie Stern for 15 years, during which time I purchased two houses and sold one with her. What continues to impress me about Josie and her partner Valerie is their sincerity and knowledge. Whether buying or selling, they have their finger on the pulse of the market and proceed with dedication. Their vast real estate experience allows them to give invaluable advice. I appreciate their straightforward attitude which is always combined with the human touch. They have shown themselves to be the consummate professionals with incomparable real estate savvy.
My wife and I worked with Josie Stern on the sale of our home at 502 Rushton Road. I have to say that throughout the process, no matter the time or day Josie was always available to answer even the smallest question.
The preparation of our home was a lot of work and I must admit that I wondered why all these things were necessary. Well, after my house sold for 100K above the asking price I knew why these things were necessary. Josie and her team executed everything to perfection from assisting with staging, arranging the home inspection and following up each day to ensure everything was going to script.
Josie’s professionalism is beyond match and you can tell that she truly loves the work she does and values every relationship she has made while doing her work. Even after my house sold we remain in touch and I call her at any time for real estate advice or for her opinion about real estate related matters.
I would not hesitate to refer anyone to Josie. Make no mistake if you want to sell your home and get top dollar while at the same time building a relationship with someone with over twenty years of real-estate experience, then Josie Stern is your person.
In preparation for my recent home sale, I worked with Josie Stern. She made this potentially stressful transaction easy and very successful. Josie is deeply knowledgeable and has an extensive, supportive network in the industry, and she helped me through the sale in a completely professional manner. As a first-time seller, I was not well informed about how the process works.
Josie patiently took ample time to educate me and thereby created a relationship of trust. On the marketing front, Josie carefully analyzed the marketplace and would not go to market until she thought the timing was optimal. Her approach to marketing my property was strategic, timely, and powerful. Without reservation, I recommend Josie’s services to anyone entering the real estate market in Toronto.
Josie is a gem! Selling your property is her priority! I had intended to list my property with another agent. But, by a fluke, I responded to one of Josie’s flyers. What a stroke of luck! When I first met Josie, she gave me the impression that only my property and I mattered to her at that time. I was impressed. After speaking with me, she did thorough research of the listing and selling prices of properties in my area and presented me with the facts along with some excellent but practical advice. She then listed my property and performed her marketing magic.
Josie was thoroughly committed to putting the time and energy into making sure that I got the best price. It sold for 11 per cent above the asking price. Josie is auspicious! She is the best! Follow her advice and you won’t go wrong.
I had been living in my home, which belonged to my family, for 54 years. I had known for a while that I must sell the house, but the decision to do so was a difficult one. This year, I was fortunate to have met Josie Stern. She helped me through the process of selling my home by literally holding my hand during this extremely trying time. I benefited greatly by her professional knowledge and expertise, her total honesty and integrity, and her caring personality. I am very grateful to have met her. She is truly a “dynamo,” and anyone would be fortunate to be represented by her professionally!
Josie, it was an absolute pleasure working with you! We had complete confidence that the sale of our home was in great hands. Your expert advice, professional service, and thorough marketing strategy came as no surprise given the number of homes in our area that continue to bear the Sutton Group “sold” sign with your name on it. What we didn’t anticipate were the incredible support and calming effect that came with your already solid business reputation. Not only did you sell our home in record time, but you also removed the stress from a process that is undeniably stressful. Small wonder you are number one in your field!
Moving from Brazil to Canada with no prior knowledge of the Toronto housing market could have proved a daunting and traumatic experience. However, we had the good fortune to have been introduced to Josie Stern. From the outset, Josie proved to be a truly exceptional realtor and a wonderful ally at a time when we most needed one. As a result, during a recent week’s visit to Toronto, Josie was able to find us our dream home, in the area of our choice, and still keep within our price range. Her professionalism, integrity, and many kindnesses to us set her apart, and we have no hesitation in recommending her services.
We recently purchased our first home with Josie’s assistance and would recommend her to anyone who is looking to buy or sell their home! She was very patient and respectful of our interests. Moreover, we tremendously appreciated the fact that she did not pressure us into buying a house until we were ready. In fact, in our first meeting, she told us that her main goal was to ensure that we found a house that we would be happy with and that was within our comfort range. To this end, she displayed amazing determination, creativity, and patience — all qualities that came together in our buying a fantastic home in the area of our choice!
Josie was the perfect partner in helping us sell our home. She was careful to listen to our needs and then took charge to make it happen (from staging through final sale). She exceeded our expectations and we would recommend her if you want top dollar for your home.
Josie’s intimate knowledge of our neighbourhood, and understanding the needs of both the buyer and seller, were key in ensuring the successful marketing and quick sale of our home. We were very pleased with her attention to the smallest detail and her responsiveness to our needs.
My husband Stephen and I fell in love with our 100 year old character home and felt very attached to the nooks and crannies of our charming abode. We knew selling to move back out west would conjure up mixed emotions and would be a stressful process. We first met Josie at an open house and we were amazed at how thoughtfully she interacted with each couple viewing the property. Over the next few years it never ceased to amaze us that all the properties in our neighbourhood with her FOR SALE SIGN read SOLD within days. We knew that when the time came we would rely on her to help our family be successful.
Recently we sold our lovely home and have Josie to thank for the absolute positive, seamless transaction that took place. We were fortunate to have a roaring bidding war on our hands. At a time when we could have fallen apart by the emotional pressure, Josie’s calm, professional and supportive disposition kept us grounded and guided to finalizing the deal. Josie was so respectful of all parties involved and negotiated on our behalf with absolute precision. Thanks Josie you are the perfect team player!
When my father-in-law told my husband and me that he wanted to move into a retirement home there was only one real estate agent I considered to sell his house. Not only had I seen Josie’s signs on many front lawns in my neighbourhood, I had also been receiving her numerous listings by email. From the moment we met I felt confident in her ability and trusted her 22+ years of experience. Her strategies and advice proved to be on the money as the house was sold in 6 days at over 109% of the asking price.
I just wanted to recognize you both for the great service you provided. You are highly recognized realtors and that was the reason why I requested your services. I asked other agents to evaluate my home, but felt their price was too high. I felt they were doing this to sign up with them. Your assessment of my home was realistic. Yes it’s always better to get as much as one can but it makes it more difficult when you have to drop the price.
I know buyers love our location, but I wanted to make sure my realtor took care of my needs. Once again, I would like to thank both of you for a great job and for building a great relationship in the little time we had. If I have any clients who need realtor services, I will definitely provide them with your name and number.