“Bruce Johnson is the consummate realtor, and his lovely wife Mary, the ultimate staging professional. Together they make a powerful team!
From start to finish, Bruce’s vast experience and knowledge, along with his accurate and honest assessment of property values provided an invaluable source of information. He knows so much about the area, other comparable properties for sale and quality home construction. He expertly guided us through the challenging process of preparing our home to be sold, placing our house most advantageously on the market at the best price, and assisting us in finding and buying our beautiful, new home. While we were away on vacation, Bruce swiftly and effectively negotiated a deal on our house and had it sold in one week at full asking price! We were absolutely thrilled, as he sent us the papers to sign, helping us every step of the way over the phone, and making the whole process so easy, even from a long distance. He even arranged for a local RE/MAX in California to help with the signing process.
We were worried that we would not find the right house in the short amount of time available before closing. Bruce reassured us that the right house would soon present itself, and soon, there were two we could not decide between. Bruce goes the extra mile. He stayed with us until later at night, accompanying us as we drove miles between our top choices of houses, sitting with us in each home, and patiently going over the pros and cons.
If you list with Bruce, you are very lucky to receive free staging. Mary Johnson truly has a gift, when it comes to professionally staging a house. She completely transformed the space and lifted the energy through her knowledge of the ancient art of feng shui to a peaceful, relaxing, spa-like feeling. Mary spent a great deal of time preparing an extensive list for us that looked daunting at first glance. However, we are glad that we followed it conscientiously, because in the end, it had a huge impact on selling the house so soon. She chose neutral, uplifting and calming paint colours to brighten up key rooms, pointed out where repairs were needed, and guided us with great sensitivity and care in finding beautiful and elegant accent pieces, which now adorn our new home. She also found the perfect front door and garage door colours, and offered valuable tips on sprucing up the outside. There must have been over 100 emails exchanged, mostly initiated from us, as she thoroughly and thoughtfully answered all of our questions in great detail. Our home looked like a cover shot in a Better Homes and Gardens magazine spread and so serene, that we questioned whether or not we really wanted to move out. We are having Mary stage our new house, just to make sure our new home becomes as gorgeous a retreat as our last. She calls it, “Staging for Living.”
The greatest part of this amazing real estate team is the people they are. Bruce and Mary are so engaging, fun and positive. But what is most appreciated, is their sincerity and honesty, which are indeed rare in today’s world. Your life will be richer for having known them, and their professionalism is unsurpassed.”
“Working with Bruce and Mary Johnson actually made both selling our home and buying a new one an exciting and pleasant experience for my husband and myself! Trusting their advise and experience was the best thing we did!
Our home had been on the market prior to working with them with absolutely no interest. We soon learned that it was not our home that was unappealing, but the way it was marketed. After listing with Bruce, our home was sold in under two months for above asking price!
Bruce also went completely above and beyond to help us to purchase the home of our dreams! Although we know that they had many clients to work for while we were with them, they always made us feel as though we were their only concern: responding to questions via texts and e-mail IMMEDIATELY, no matter what day or time. We always felt as though we were important and that they were there for us.
Bruce and Mary are honest, trustworthy people who are AMAZING at what they do…making peoples dreams come true!!!
Thank you Bruce and Mary, we are forever grateful.”
“Life, being life, sometimes it gives us lemons and sometimes it gives us chocolate… As much as I enjoy lemonade, I love chocolate. Life gave me the gift of chocolate when I walked into the RE/MAX office in Wasaga Beach and met Bruce Johnson. I had just listed my home of 20 years in Calgary with the intentions of moving to Wasaga Beach to be closer to my family. Bruce took me to several places that were for rent and when I realized that I preferred to purchase, he began to show me various areas of the town. I quickly decided that I liked the Wasaga Meadows area and we went to see three listings in that complex. I liked them all but I still had my home for sale in Calgary. After I returned home, Bruce kept in touch with me and advised me when the homes I had viewed were sold and also what homes had just been listed. Just as my home sold, he sent word that one in Meadow Lane was available and it was in the area that I liked. Since I was unable to come to see it, Bruce took the time to go to this home and video it for me. It was like being here and viewing it myself. I put an offer in on it and it was accepted. As I was not arriving in Wasaga until after the closing date, Bruce arranged to have the inspection, walk through and all utilities changed to my name for me. Bruce made my move at this end so easy for me (if only he had come out and helped me pack up in Calgary!). Since moving here, I have found the neighbours and everyone I have met to be friendly and welcoming and I know that I am going to enjoy living in Wasaga Beach. Thank you Bruce and Mary for bringing your girls to visit and for your assistance and advice. And thanks too for literally bringing the gift of “chocolate” that evening…!”
“In the past 10 years my wife and I have been assisted by Bruce in the buying and selling of 3 homes for a total of six transactions with him. In each instance he caused the stress level to be significantly lower than it should have been. He is incredibly intelligent with regards to the real estate business in general, and phenomenally knowledgeable about the Georgian Bay areas properties. He was always available to us, and provided needed insight and feedback throughout each process. He even offers follow-up care. The only problem in dealing with Bruce is that he will ruin your experience with other agents. Recently my mother moved from Niagara to Barrie utilizing two agents, one there and one here. My expectations of what they could do were so high (due to my dealings with Bruce) that I was very disappointed. Oh, they did the usual stuff like put ads in the paper and arranged showings, but that was it. They didn’t offer meaningful input, and most noticeably missing was following up after the transaction to make sure she was happy. It is the small things that make differences in one’ s life. Bruce, you look after ALL the small things that your clients shouldn’t worry about. That is what makes you our agent for life!”
And more from past years…
“I think you have a very wonderful way of expressing yourself and you are in the RIGHT BUSINESS! I feel you and your lovely wife Mary make a great team.” Edith McDonald
“Bruce became my agent quite by chance–the poor sucker who happened to be on call one Sunday afternoon–when I decided that I could not possibly wait another minute to own a property at The Beach. Always the voice of reason, Bruce convinced me, this unknown crazy woman on the other end of the phone, that I did not need to hop in the car and drive the two hours right that very second. From that moment on, Bruce had an easy way of making me feel more like an old friend than an eccentric client. Although that did not keep him from reminding me on occasion that by the time we managed to find a place, in what turned out to be more than a year later, I would have driven him sufficiently over the edge that I would owe him a case of Gibson’s finest! Through it all though he was always a companion to my rambling late night email requests for MLS numbers. The one person I could count on to reply with a quick wit even at 2 a.m. A willing participant in discussions as to why The Cottage Gods seemed to be displeased with me, as my dream cottage remained elusive. He was a co-conspirator in the name game for various properties we saw: “The Swiss Chalet, The Shacks of La Playa Nuevo and the infamous Ugly Mushroom House,” which is a story unto itself. Ask him about it one day, if you want to see just how far around his head can spin! He even managed to win over my somewhat sceptical husband by refusing to conform to the usual more formal agent attire, choosing instead to wear shorts and sandals to show us properties. I will never forget the day we found the What-a-Saga Beach House. He was so excited to have sealed the deal for us, practically hopping from one foot to another as we talked strategy. His strategy worked, as finally the Cottage Gods were smiling on us. It was a short-lived feeling though, as eight days later it became apparent that any favour bestowed on us was to help protect us from the tragedy that the universe was about to deliver. It was after my husband’s sudden passing when Bruce proved without doubt that he was not only an agent beyond compare but also a true friend. He handled the details of the closing seamlessly with the utmost of respect and professionalism, working to ensure nothing would stand in the way of what was to become a much needed escape to my own little slice of Paradise. He even kept his promise to my late husband and made sure that our beach house had a fire pit, a gift we will enjoy for years to come. Bruce became my agent by chance, but it is by choice that I now call him my friend. I would recommend him without hesitation.” Susan Wong
“We found Bruce to be very professional, friendly and patient. We were first-time homebuyers, so Bruce had his work cut out. He never pressured us and he always followed up with us on all our requests and questions.” Jennifer Page and Paul Curran
“Bruce is very professional and helpful, not high-pressured. His service is excellent—he does more than sell a home.” Ron and Donna Gosselin
“I think Bruce’s greatest ability is to make his customers comfortable enough with him to be brutally honest. That’s important when it’s a money matter. Bruce is very friendly, and he takes the time to listen to your needs and tastes. He has a lot of energy!” Dave and Carolyn Harris
“Dear Bruce, Our experience with you was much better than many agents we have dealt with. You showed us exactly what we wanted to see instead of what you felt we could afford. Keep up the great attitude and wonderful service!” Malcolm and Wendy McFarlane
“Bruce is extremely friendly and easy to talk to and shows genuine concern for all his clients’ needs regarding real estate. He cared about what we wanted, protected our interests, and we are very happy in our new home.” Andy and Dorothy Traill
“Dear Bruce, A great big thank-you for all your time and patience with us. Your dedication and genuine friendship helped us find just what we were looking for. Very early on you were not only our “Agent” but became our friend. Thank you for welcoming us to Wasaga Beach with the lovely baskets and an original Johnson birdhouse!” The Vivona Family
“Bruce is very accommodating as far as meeting at special times and places. I appreciated his efforts & extra time spent with us since we were from out of town. Service was always excellent and all information was complete and explained efficiently. Bruce’s personality is unsurpassed!” Michael and Natalie Padden
“WOW” is the first word used by everyone who walks into my freshly painted house. Mary not only helped us pick really great colors but explained why they would be so great for our personalities. This made us much more confident to take a leap for a fresh new look and that it would be the right choice for us. We genuinely love our new look and are so thankful to Mary for making it happen. She truly is a house whisperer.” Steve and Stephanie Scholte
“When we finally made the commitment to sell our home we turned to Mary for her expertise in home staging. We firmly believed in the process and wanted to set our home apart from the rest of the housing market. After Mary’s initial assessment she provided us with an extensive list detailed by room and exterior improvement opportunities. At first we were overwhelmed but through dedication and hard work we tackled the list and immediately started to appreciate the transformation that was taking place. Mary supported us though the process with guidance and assistance and more than a few words of encouragement! We highly recommend Mary’s staging magic to everyone.” The Vandeputtes