Are you ready? Are you prepared to enter the Hunger Games competition of the Vancouver real estate market? You’re going to need help to survive. When house prices are measured relative to local incomes, the Vancouver metropolitan region is the third most expensive place on the planet (behind Hong Kong and Sydney, Australia). Often we jump ahead of Sydney to be the world’s second most pricey spot. In this town, finding the right home is a dream, and a nightmare. You’ll need a guide.
There are more than twelve thousand realtors in this region, but there’s only one name you should consider: Susan Ninow.
We’ve only been involved in three real estate transactions in our lives, but each has marked a major turning point in family circumstances and planning for the future; in turn, this meant that any realtor working with us had to work hard. Perhaps you, dear reader, are a billionaire investor for whom this market is easy to navigate with higher bids to get anything you want; not for us. Getting the right home here has required a lot of patience and planning, and looking at quite a few different kinds of properties across many different neighbourhoods. Susan has been our guide through each of these transitions.
Ever since we met her more than a dozen years ago through the recommendation of a close, trusted friend and colleague, we’ve gained ever deeper appreciation for Susan’s skill, patience, and unparalleled strategic sophistication in helping you find just the right place in a complex, competitive landscape. She listens. She renlly listens, carefully, to understand what you need. She works hard for you. She is patient when you need time and space to evaluate alternatives, yet she is lightning when necessary to respond to speedy shifts in local market conditions or to negotiate the finer points of a particular transaction. She knows the market: you could spend endless hours late at night sifting through hundreds or thousands of MLS entries, or you could learn much more in a ten-minute conversation as Susan narrates historical development patterns and the latest trends in the region, across B.C. and Canada, and the varied transnational ties that shape this fascinating, dynamic comer of the world. Her knowledge of the regional market is so vast that you can trust every aspect of her advice: in every neighbourhood, on every street, she is able to give you the most detailed assessment of the suitability of a particular home for your needs — right now, as well as in the near future when, for example, yet another round of rezoning a few blocks away will yet again reshuffle the landscape of property
speculation, land assemblies, and condo tower construction in this turbulent metropolis.
Get ready for your journey, your adventure, your magical mystery tour of the joys and fears of Vancouver real estate. You’re going to need a guide, a counselor, perhaps even a therapist. You’re going to need Susan Ninow.
J.K. Dhillon, RPN
E.K. Wyly, PHD
We worked with Susan Ninow when my fiance and I were looking for our first place. She was recommended to us through my coworker as being very good with relationships and understand what you're looking for. The response time is extremely quick and she lets you know if there's something that might cause her to respond with a different time frame.
When we first met Susan in January of 2020, she took the time to go through her history and success with housing sales. Then it was a series of setting up a system to view listings that were within your scope of what you were looking for. She is very honest and will tell you when something doesn't work out. She has shown clearly that she would rather sell you a good place than make multiple sales with you - it's not about the quick buck for her. An example of this is when we were looking at a townhouse complex where everything was seemingly what we were looking for; she saw that the floorplan had it so that the washroom in a neighbouring unit was up against the master bedroom in the unit we were looking at. This is not something we would have been able to catch as novice home buyers. Even if a place wasn't up to her standards, she would show us listings so we could get an understanding of what was available.
Susan really took the time to understand us and never handed us off to another person. In a booming market, this meant a lot to us. We heard horror stories of how friends were interested in working with a specific real estate agent only to get punted off to several different team members who weren't all on the same page. Then COVID-19 hit and we went into a period of time where we paused looking for places. Occasionally, Susan would still send us listings to look at. Then one magical day in June 2020, we knew she had sent us the one. She was able to help us through the process of buying a place, from recommending a home insurance broker to a home inspector.
If you're looking for someone who has the experience, can leverage her network of professional relationships and is direct, then Susan is someone that you'll want to work with. We highly recommend Susan Ninow as a real estate agent.
V. Woo and A. Tan
Having just sold our home in a changing market we are most appreciative of the guidance received from realtor Susan Ninow.
Selling your home can be an arduous task, requiring help from a professional who will give good advice and be a calming presence as needed.
We found Susan to be honest and hard working and would highly recommend her.
P. and L. Levelton
We would like to recommend our Realtor, Susan Ninow, to anyone looking for outstanding service and guidance.
Susan has an exceptional work ethic and extensive knowledge of all aspects of her profession. She has a wide network of colleagues and makes herself available at all times. In our recent professional contact with Susan, she successfully arranged the sale of our condominium at a good price. Three years ago she also efficiently handled the sale of our house. We have much appreciated her understanding of our specific situation and her patience and thoughtful counsel. We always felt that Susan had our best interests at heart and we were very satisfied with the results.
We hold Susan in high regard both professionally and personally and would recommend her to anyone looking for a highly qualified Realtor who gets results.
D. and F. Raderecht
I would like to thank you for all your hard work, time and effort you put into selling my home. I feel the experience for me was educational in watching a professional at work. I would recommend or have you as agent if another house purchase was in my future.
I can now start “happily” a new chapter in my life.
We cannot say enough good things about Susan’s work for us. We heard about Susan through a business contact whom she had helped purchase his first home. She immediately gave us a thorough listing of what we should be looking for in our future home once she knew where we were hoping to live and what sort of space we were looking for. Susan quickly developed a list of candidate properties for us to visit, and took us on tours of them over several weekends. As we got to know more of what we liked out of the places we had seen, our list was refined down. It was very easy to see when new properties that matched what we were looking for came on the market through the online account she set up for us.
When we finally found our new home, we won a bidding war on it, contingent on a removal of subjects. Susan worked hard to get us in touch with a mortgage specialist who gave us an excellent rate and quick approval, and she gave us peace of mind as we put down our deposit. Not even the onset of the COVID pandemic could stop our closing and move-in, and we are so grateful to Susan for getting us into our spacious new place. If we ever do decide to move, we will be definitely looking to her for assistance!
E & Brown