There are many qualities and skills that go into being an excellent real estate professional- integrity, in-depth community and market knowledge, market savvy, effective negotiation skills and a high-quality professional network, all of which are hallmarks of how I work.
That said, in my experience as a Stratford real estate professional, I’ve also found that providing the very best service is essentially about putting my clients first. This means keeping myself accessible, being a good listener as well as a good communicator, and responding quickly to your needs.
This “client first” philosophy has always been my approach and it requires me to continually improve my skills and ways of doing business. In addition, I’ve found that the latest technologies are enabling me to do everything I’ve always done, only much more quickly and efficiently. They’ve also helped me to extend the range of services I provide to my clients.
So when you decide that you’d like to buy or sell a home in Stratford areas, please contact me.
Julie grew up in Stratford and surrounding area but moved to Toronto to attend York University. She did a year exchange at Keele University in England, where she met her husband. Julie earned a double major in History and Communications and worked at CTV Bell Media in entertainment programming. Julie worked closely with media sales, marketing and promotions departments; buying, selling and scheduling programs for Canadian television.
After 10 years in Toronto, Julie and her husband moved back to Stratford with their two daughters. They have always loved what this city has to offer and are proud to call this community “home”!
Julie looks forward to helping you make your dreams come true in buying, selling or investing in real estate.
GARY VAN BAKEL
Hi, I’m Gary. I’m passionate about real estate and assisting my clients throughout each transaction – whether you’re buying or selling residential, new construction, investment or commercial properties.
As a member of the Sutton Group First Choice Realty management team, the extra support I receive from a full-time Business Coordinator and a family Real Estate Team, empowers me to provide excellent support to my clients throughout each transaction and beyond.
I’m also involved in many business ventures within the community, including being Vice Chair of the Perth Community Futures Development Corporation Investment Committee, President of Dominion Lending Centres First Capital Inc mortgage brokerage, General Manager of BHN Properties, and Director of Cambria Commercial Corp.
An active member of the community, I know the importance of giving back to support local success and growth. I enjoy volunteering as a coach for minor hockey and crossfit as well as supporting and sponsoring various initiatives carried out by important organizations such as the Canadian Cancer Society.
Thanks to many years spent connecting within the community in both my real estate and mortgage brokering capacities, I can recommend great lawyers, appraisers, home inspectors, surveyors and planners – or any other professional service you may need – to ensure you have your bases covered when buying or selling. It’s my pleasure to help you build your team of experts!
I embrace all the latest technology as I realize you don’t always have time for a call or meeting. In many situations, a quick text or email is all we need to ensure we’re moving your transaction forward as quickly as possible while always focusing on preserving as much of your hard-earned money as possible.
A true people person, my business is built on relationships and referrals, so I always put my clients and your goals at the forefront of every interaction.
I look forward to working together! Answers to your questions are just a call, email or text away.