The following testimonials were written by just some of my happy sellers and buyers. They have all been kind enough to give me permission to show you their correspondence. Their letters and words are very gratifying. It seems that my down-to-earth and honest approach has earned me many friends and satisfied clients! What is a client?? There is only one boss - it's the client.He or she pays every salary and decides if ANY business will be a success, large or small.
Your clients will buy everything you have or will have: your home, your car, your children's education and your vacation. Your client pays all your bills and pays them in exact proportion to how they are treated.
Doing an exceptionally good job will not only bring more joy and satisfaction, it will not only get more cliets, it will keep the clients you've got and ensure a continuing livihood.
To work with Peter makes the process of stepping into a new life all that much more exciting. Knowing you have the most qualified professional, looking out for your wants, needs and for your best interest, takes away the stress of searching, finding and handling the dealings of buying property. I knew what I wanted and with his guidance, I was able to obtain exactly that, in one week!
It has been 5 years since Peter helped me find my dream condo on Granville Island. I recently called him for assistance, for a value assessment, appraiser, etc. He not only spent days researching relevant information presented in more than 10 emails , numerous phone calls at all hours of the day but also gave fantastic referrals and made sure he did all that he could to assist me, as fast as he possibly could! Life is always easier when you have a somebody who knows everybody, fighting your battles for you.
This comes to no surprise, being in high end sales myself, I would never settle for anything less but the best and most qualified. Thanks again Peter for everything you have done for me over the years.
David Forward - Diamante Luxury Golf Homes - Cabo San Lucas
Eugene and I would like to thank you so much for all your help in the search and purchase of our new penthouse in Vancouver. Working with you ‘long distance’ so to speak, was so simple. You were right there whenever we had questions, and tended to any problems or concerns we might have had, with alacrity. There is a fine line between one’s being enthusiastic and energetic and being pushy and aggressive. It's a line you have mastered well. If and when we purchase any other property in the Vancouver area, we will most certainly contact you and hope you can act as our agent again. Hope to see you when we are in Vancouver at the end of the month.
Appreciatively, Lili and Eugene Walsh - Tucson AZ
"Dear Peter, Thank you so much for your continued support, advice and guidance in the real estate market from Whistler to Vancouver. You are a true professional, listening to what the client wants, adding objectivity and the "real" picture. You not only have a pulse on the market, but you seem to possess an uncanny intuition. We have so valued our relationship these past few years and wish you continued successes as we know we shall be a part of these as well!"
Ann d'Eon, President
ADI Meetings & Incentives, Inc and Past SITE International Officer and Board of Director Arizona
"Peter Colls made parting with our beloved Whistler townhouse easy... given that he got us the highest price paid for a townhouse in our complex before or since! Not only did he get us the best price, he was able to do so in less than 24 hours. Striking the market at just the right time is a combination of science - do the research - and then gut level instinct. Peter has the professional expertise and knowledge as well as the personality and determination to get the best for his customer every time. I have no hesitation in recommending him to you whether you are buying or selling a home in Whistler. He knows the market and will act to get the best value for his customer. And, he's really fun to be around! What a combination. No wonder that he has won the Platinum ReMax award so many times. He's a winner!"
Dr. Sharon Manson Singer, PhD
President and CEO Canadian CashCard Systems Inc. Victoria BC
"Over the years Peter has unhesitatingly provided me with up to date, accurate and in depth information on the Whistler market. It would be very difficult to fine a harder working realtor and I highly recommend him to anyone buying or selling in any area Peter serves. You will not go wrong with Peter working for you.
Gordon Alteman - Real Estate Lawyer and Author West Vancouver
"Peter came highly recommended by a friend of mine. After we explained our requirements, Peter showed us exactly what we were looking for. We subsequently completed on a house that we not only love very much but has also doubled in price. Peter's advice was spot on. Of course when he contacted us sometime later with another good idea, we took this seriously and in fact bought another property in the Four Seasons. This too has proved to have been a sound investment. Not only is Peter our sole expert for West Coast property, he has also become a friend. I would not hesitate in recommending him to anybody who wants to learn more about Vancouver/Whistler property."
Simon and Helen, (and Ollie, Millie, Max and Ella) Waterson, Eban International Ltd. - Financial Human Resources, Hong Kong
" We were interested in selling our studio unit and getting a larger 1 bedroom unit in Whistler. Peter did a great job in finding a unit that met our needs and in our price range and then, in less than two weeks, sold our studio and got top dollar for it. All aspects of these transactions were handled in a professional and timely manner and Peter's advice and guidance were greatly appreciated."
Paul Pallan, BC Children's Commissioner, and Elka Nowicka Victoria BC
We looked for Whistler property for over 5 months before the perfect place became available. Peter had heard through the grapevine that the unit was up for sale before it even hit the MLS. He rushed over to the unit, took several digital photos, emailed them to us and immediately called to make sure that we saw the photos right away and before the other realtors in town were aware of the not-even-entered-yet listing. We put together an offer that afternoon which was ultimately accepted. Two days later, after inspecting and approving the unit to close the deal, Peter met with us for over 4 hours that evening to go over the building Strata AGM reports, financials, and the myriad of paperwork involved in purchasing vacation real estate in Canada. This was the type of “hand holding” service that is above and beyond the call-of-duty including following up with us the entire time we going through the transfer of funds during the financial transaction to make sure that no deadlines were missed nor any transaction "shorted" due to fluctuations in exchange rates that could have negated the deal. If it hadn't been for his initiative and quick reaction, we would have missed this rare opportunity to own our dream vacation home which has also appreciated VERY handsomely in value!
Peter is an incredibly hard working and dedicated real estate agent. We actually think he is a workaholic. He also did a great and efficient job for family friends who we later referred to him. He's been in the Whistler area for so long that he knows when property is a good value or overpriced, and truly WORKS in your best interest! Best of all, he is now not just our agent but a good friend too. Peter Colls ROCKS!
Troy and Betty Werelius - Seattle, Washington
"Our overall experience with Peter can be summed up in one word: Wonderful!!!!
Peter is the consummate real estate professional - honest, confident, hard working, an expert in his market, and full of integrity.
When we bought our property in Whistler, his advice was laser-precision accurate. He gave us an honest assessment of the current market conditions and what we could expect as US Citizens buying an investment/vacation property in a very hot Canadian market.
During our search Peter listened closely to our requirements and adjusted his search accordingly. We never looked at a property that didn't meet those requirements, yet at the same time we realized Peter was trying to present all of the available options based on our needs. Ultimately he found us the perfect property.
A one-hour drive through Whistler with Peter - of which there were many - provided a wealth of invaluable information and what ultimately proved to be an accurate assessment of present and future real estate values.
As US buyers in Canada we felt well advised and in good hands regarding tax and ownership issues. If Peter didn't have an answer to a specific question regarding those issues, he made sure, through his network of contacts, that we got that answer.
As we narrowed our choices down and ultimately made a decision on a specific property - Peter once again shined -- in a very hot real estate market he was able to secure our offer by making several calls to lock our offer and beat out a competing bid by what turned out to be a few hours.
At closing Peter went the extra mile to make us feel at home in our new Canadian vacation home by not only filling the hot tub before our arrival but also negotiating the purchase of a pair of antique wooden skis that we had admired and had belonged to the previous owners. It didn't stop there. Peter made us feel that we were part of the Whistler experience; inviting us to parties, ski days on the "hill", and introducing us to future friends and neighbors.
It couldn't have been more perfect -- we enjoyed two wonderful years/seasons in Whistler and then sold our property for a 100% profit in 2003, with Peter.
Cheers to Peter!"
Joel & Elizabeth Lantz, Principle, SayAloha Digital Media, Inc. Bellevue, WA
"Peter Colls real estate service and market knowledge are second to none! We were encouraged by 3 of our friends to go in on a high-end town home in equal quarter shares in a pre-construction phase. We knew nothing about the market, but in a one day visit were essentially within minutes of signing the deal. We felt we should at least see what else that kind of money could buy. We had seen Peter's ski-caricature in a magazine and called him out of the blue, late afternoon on a Sunday. I explained very clearly our situation and the great likelihood that all we were doing was using him to understand the market and validate our decision. Peter met us after hours and listened carefully to what we were doing and what advantages were in it for us. He then very sincerely said that it was a great property, the "deal" was well structured and if that was what we wanted, we'd likely be very happy having already negotiated a fair deal. Rather than try to compete in ANY way with that, he instead focused on giving us a quick education on the entire market (different types of property, deals, structures, locations, etc.) and literally took hours to take us to and through many a property so we could clearly understand the market. At each, he would extol the virtues and relative distinctions, listen to how that related to our lives and needs, and then press on to continue helping us build our knowledge.
At the end of this process, he most sincerely said that given our feedback, he believed that we'd already found the right place. That 4 friends were going in together, the independent titles of a quality 1/4 share made sense, and at least we would then be "in the market" and when our lives offered more time to be in Whistler we could ponder other types of property. At that we said goodbye. We thought "what a nice and enjoyable man, generous sharing of knowledge...too bad he won't get a thing out of it!".
As our transaction proceeded, the fact that the listing agent for the property was acting as the sales agent became a concern. I felt we needed someone's expertise to ensure that the transaction went smoothly. Without a moment's hesitation, we called Peter. He stepped in, made all of the confusion disappear, dramatically reduced the amount of time we had to deal with the details...and helped us negotiate the final, important points.
Having purchased eight properties, I can comfortably say that Peter's market knowledge and real estate transaction expertise are first rate. All details are managed with a minimum of fuss by us...and he knows how to work every aspect important to us. Interestingly though, we would quickly tell you that it is the manner in which Peter worked with and understood our needs that really set him apart. He was remarkably intuitive in assessing our needs relative to the market. Of course it doesn't hurt that he's immensely funny, deeply sincere and honest. We will no doubt work with Peter again and would welcome the opportunity to discuss our experiences with anyone who is considering doing business with him. We can say from experience that who you choose as a realtor, really does make a difference."
Dean A. Sleeper CEO, AccessVia, Inc. Seattle
Hi Peter; Sorry to hear you are leaving Whistler, I thought I'd send a quick note to thank you for your solid advice, and honest treatment of us in our four real estate transactions with you. Though we only met you twice in Whistler on an annual visit in 1999, this was enough comfort for us to successfully conclude four sales of our various properties electronically and by telephone from England and Australia. This included the sale of a difficult tenant in a detached home and three condominiums in Whistler Village, one of which was a re-sale for a substantial profit on a unit you sold us the previous year. Your advice certainly assisted us in beating what was at the time a bull stock market! Good luck in Vancouver!!
Thanks and best regards,
Mark Turnbull Semi Retired IT guy and VERY fast skier (now that I have more days in annually than you!)
What to say about Peter Colls: From the enthusiasm, to the experience, to the sheer excitement he has for helping people. The knowledge and experience Peter has shared with me, both pre and post sale put me at ease and continues to put me at ease when looking for property and finding out information on market trends and pointing me in the right area for my next investment. The down to earth, honest and enthusiastic manner which Peter greets you with put me at ease with leaving him in control of finding my first investment flat whilst I was on the other side of the world. From a first time buyers point of view there would be no hesitation in recommending Peter to help you part with you much beloved money. Now that Peter has moved down to Vancouver I will gladly use him in the future to find a property in the city.
Regards, Kursten Smith, Soundman, and world traveler, with the band "Oasis" and dozens of other similar acts
Hello Peter; I felt it was high time I sent you a note thanking you again for the fine job you did for us in selling our Whistler townhouse this year. Having worked for many years in the offshore markets for clients who require a very high quality of service, integrity and expectation that their needs are fully met I expected a similar approach to the sale of our property. I can say without reservation that you provided this. You maintained a good dialogue and kept us fully informed as to the market as it changed while we awaited a sale. I also appreciated the advice and help you provided in making the place attractive to potential buyers. In many ways it was sad to see it go but after so many years enjoying the skiing, hiking and everything Whistler had to offer it was to time move on. You helped to keep these memories intact by ensuring the sale went so smoothly. I would have absolutely no reservation recommending you to prospective buyers or sellers and I would expect that you will continue to be one of the top in your field within the Vancouver real estate market. Best wishes and continue the good work.
Jim Williams, Retired Executive North Vancouver
Peter, You have been a great help when I was looking for a place in Whistler. I found you prompt, courteous and always available. I would have no problem using your services again. Thank you,
Roberto Aquilini, Principle, Aquilini Investment Group, Vancouver