Steve's name was given to us by a friend of the family, and for our first selling, we lucked in!
With all the questions and unknown we had, Steve walked us through each step and his friendly, yet professional attitude made our stress disappear.
The icing on the cake is his ability to capture beautiful home photos with his high tech camera and his love for online networking (Facebook, Twitter....)
Steve SOLD our house in one week!!!!
Thank you Steve!"
~ Tracy Pitchuck-Ozon and Aiden Ozon
Referral DND Transfer
"Purchasing your first home is a stressful task.
Steve helped us find our dream country home and accommodated our busy schedule during our search. It was convenient for us to be able to contact Steve via text rather than phone call as an outdoor worker and shift worker. We saw a few duds (that we asked to view), and even when spirits were low, he assured us we would find one that would fit our needs.
Our search ended in Bonfield, Ontario (where we hadn’t even considered looking at first) on a beautiful treed 2 acre lot with a bungalow that exceeded the items on our wish list.
Steve helped us envision the updating possibilities of this house and explained the resale value of the home in that particular area as well (which also met the standards of Mum & Pops).
This was probably one of Steve’s most unique sales as a snow blower, a husky and a 50-year old grapefruit tree came with the house. We look forward to making this house our home and watching our yard grow as our first summer there!
Thanks for your help Steve!"
~ Danielle Loranger and Miguel Breton
First Time Home Buyers
" My wife and I are being posted to North Bay through the military. As anyone who is moving can attest to, it became very stressful.
Even from the beginning Steve Kotan was insightful, reassuring and listening to all of our needs. He was there at all times when we had questions to give the answers we were looking for and more. He detailed his plan from the start and began showing us houses right away through email. As emails passed, he began to realize just what we were looking for.
Once we came to North Bay to find the perfect house for us, he was able to interpret our wants and showed us the houses that "truly" applied to our family. Within the second day of our HHT we had found the perfect house we were looking for. Steve mad this journey fun and very exciting, at no time did we feel stressed or felt as though we would not find the house we were looking for.
Thank you Steve for all your work, you made this experience a pleasant memory."
~Warren Graham and Shannon McGuinness
Referral DND Transferees
"I thought I had better send you a letter of appreciation.
We had our cottage listed the past 2 years, with 2 different Realtors®. Never had an offer! Don't know if we even had a showing!
Through a recommendation of a friend, we were told if we want to sell property in the North Bay area, there is only on Realtor® to deal with and he is Steve Kotan.
So using this recommendation, we contacted you and discussed the price and listed the cottage on April 16, 2014.
On May 8th thewre was a showing. On May 10th we had an offer. On May 11th we had a deal. On May 16th the cottage deal closed and the new owners had the opportunity to enjoy the May long weekend in their new cottage.
Steve, I've bought and sold many properties over the years, but I've never seen a property list, sell and close in such a short time frame.
They say that 90% of the real estate is sold by 10% of the Realtors®. If this is true, you must be in the top 1%.
I have never been so impressed with a Realtor®!. You are the ultimate professional!
Thank you so much for the great job you did for us! Please use me as a referral if anyone questions your ability."
~ Peter and Donna Morgan
"We were recently transferred to North Bay. Our last move was not a great experience. This house hunt was GREAT because of the help we received from Steve Kotan.
Steve listened , then played back or summarized what we were looking for. His discussion helped us focus, all while leaving the path forward wide open. Steve can ease your mood with a story, a smile, or a laugh while being totally professional. Steve helped advise us on how to proceed on our house even though there was already an offer. He helped us make the right decision to successfully make the purchase with good advice and reducing the level of stress.
Steve knows North Bay. He gave us good choices on lawyers, house inspectors, insurance agents, right down to where we get our new BBQ converted from propane to gas.
Overall we had a great experience as Steve helped us find a home, not just a house. We highly recommend Steve Kotan for your real estate agent"
~ Peter and Connie Murray
Referred OPG Transferee
"We are writing to thank you for the time you spent with us during our house hunting trip to North Bay. You turned what could have been a stressful experience into an exciting new adventure for our family. Your enthusiasm for North Bay is contagious and we loved your guided tours through the city! Your expertise and knowledge helped us find the perfect home for our family and we are looking forward to starting a new chapter in North Bay.
We also want to thank you for working with Nina to sell our home in Thunder Bay. You spent your entire weekend looking after us and it was definitely above and beyond the call of duty, especially all those late night phone calls and meetings!
Things are progressing quickly. We have a few things to finish up here before we can call North Bay home. Thanks again for EVERYTHING!!! Scott is still working from the North Bay binder, so stop by anytime for “debriefing”."
~ Stephanie and Scott Hlady
Referred OPP Transferee
"My husband and I were referred to Steve Kotan through his colleagues in our former location. If we had to do the process all over again, we would not change a thing in terms of our purchasing agent. Steve is an easy going, fun person to work with. His knowledge of the North Bay market and his genuine interest in our needs and desires made buying our property a fantastic experience. Steve was patient and offered his professional advice during the entire process. We could not be happier with our investment or with the service we received from Steve.
We would definitely recommend Steve Kotan to others."
~ Isabelle Plasse and Phil Colwell
Referred DND Transferee
"Steve took all the anxiety out of being first time home sellers by being our professional guide through the listing and marketing of our home. His market knowledge and experience helped make our entire home selling experience a positive one. Steve`s efficient and helpful responses to the numerous questions we had throughout the process made us feel like valued and life long clients.
Steve lead the way with his use of technology to both market our property, and maintain contact with us throughout the sale. His photographs and attention to detail highlighted all the best features of our property for our listing. His network helped quickly create interest in our property which undoubtedly led to a quick sale.
More than anything else it was a pleasure to deal with Steve. We always felt he had our best interests in mind and that he took a personal interest in us as individuals. We would recommend Steve to anyone with any real estate need!"
~ Jeff and Melissa Burkitt
“Relocating to North Bay was much easier than we thought thanks to Steve’s exceptional service and truly genuine care in helping us with our home purchase. We were totally amazed at how he was able to anticipate what information we would need, even before we requested it. He is extremely knowledgeable & professional and was able to put us at ease while working on our real estate transaction from afar. Throughout the entire process he went above and beyond to quickly provide us with accurate information and made sure that we understood the process every step of the way. Most importantly to us – was the fact that we felt like we could really trust him. He really gave us a warm welcome to North Bay and we will recommend him to anyone we encounter who needs a real estate professional that they can count on to get the job done right for them!
Thanks Steve - you are the best!"
"I have worked with Steve Kotan over an eight year period and bought 3 houses with his careful advice, direction and knowledge. Steve has always managed to dissect our needs and source out the best listing that meets our needs and wants. Steve's passion and persistence as well as sense of humour, brings a sense of confidence that makes what could be viewed as a stressful time, to an enjoyable experience."
~ Julie Elizabeth Price
"As first time home buyers, we were unsure how to find and buy the perfect home for us. Steve, was recommended by a coworker and the referral sure paid off! He was able to locate the home we purchased in the second showing and guided us through the purchase process with a great deal of professionalism and ease. Steve has a clear understanding of the North Bay real estate market and has a healthy network of local connections which allowed him to find properties quickly that suited our needs. Not only did Steve find the home of our dreams and guided us through the negotiation process of a highly competitive and tricky purchase, he also recommended other agencies, such as a real estate lawyer, that he knew and trusted to compliment his superior service. When we were ready to sell this home, Steve provided us with excellent ideas on how to prepare the home for sale, created a professional and attractive listing flyer, and was able locate a buyer for our home very quickly. Our home buying and selling experience was painless and profitable because of Steve and his expertise in real estate. we highly recommend Steve to anyone who is looking to make the most of their experience in real estate, whether buying or selling."
~Chela Breckon and Ben Emes
Referral Buyer than Seller
"Thank you for all your hard work selling my house! I really appreciate your advice and found you to be professional and courteous.
During our conversations, I always felt at ease and confident that you had my best interest at heart. You took the time to explain in detail the positive and negative aspects so that I would have a glimpse of what a potential buyer would see when viewing my house.
I'd like to also thank you for taking over the transactions with the real estate agent for my new house.
What a weight off my shoulders!
I'm looking forward to moving so that I can spend more time with my grandchildren.
My neighbour was right when she gave me your name and told me that if anyone could sell my house it would be you.
My heartfelt thanks Steve!"