Richard Verrier - Comox Valley / Courtenay REALTOR / Comox Real Estate Team
Five Star Service with a Very Unique and Infectious Laugh!
(Anna writing, this could get personal!)
Let me tell you about Richard… I’ve known Richard for over fifteen years. He’s one of my best friends and I know he’ll feel a little exposed by this bio (he has a shy side despite his hospitality background.)
Why does this matter to you?
Richard is the most dedicated REALTOR® I know.
Read on, I’m certain you’ll agree…
Richard worked as a Selling Partner with The Anna Jorgensen Team from 2006-2012 and continues to work with me (Anna, unlicensed Marketing Consultant) under the new umbrella Comox Real Estate Team. Richard moved to the Comox Valley from the hospitality scene in Vancouver in 2005 to work with me (though it was really just an excuse to take advantage of the Vancouver Island recreational lifestyle…hmm...) Anyway, after having worked many years behind a bar throwing bottles in the air a la Risky Business and waiting tables in top restaurants like Canoe Club on the waterfront in Granville Island and Provence in Yale Town, he’d had plenty of practice charming and persuading patrons to allow themselves to indulge. Richard LOVES people; and because that comes across, they love him.
Richard has an innate need to ensure the people he works with have the best experience possible when buying or selling a home and he truly, truly goes the extra mile. He’s a people pleaser. Yes, you’ve heard that before – but we’ve got evidence!
(Let’s be clear here, he goes the extra mile for clients; for friends, well… there’s only so much time in the day, see funny end note.)
The Evidence is Clear aka Some Real Life Real Estate Examples:
Richard’s version of early bird is rolling out of bed at the crack of 7:00am ish. He’s in the office by 9:00/9:30 every day and pretty much breathes real estate until he crashes in the evenings in front of his laptop browsing MLS® listings (what a geek!)
That’s the set up for our story…
Richard was working with really busy out of town clients (owned and ran a few businesses) who had a son attending North Island College and wanted to invest in real estate instead of paying rent while achieving an education. (Fortunate to have parents with the ability to do this!) They had only half a day to get a feel of the market and see how good of a deal the condo they’d discussed was. There was only one way – see it! Their 3:30pm flight turned into 5:30pm so Richard scrambled to rearrange his whole tour (not easy or fun as a last minute thing – cranky sellers and REALTORS®!), pick them up at the airport, show them condos (that they would either like or understand why he didn’t think they were appropriate – Richard knows the market), drop them off at the hotel (we’re at 9:30pm by now), pick them up at 5-5:30am (he couldn’t quite remember, too early and he probably only had one coffee), and take them back to the airport. They bought the original condo he recommended.
I can tell you one thing right now: Even when I used to show homes, I wouldn’t be driving you to the airport at 5:00am – and I’ve had two coffees by then!
“I feel if my clients can commit to investing time, and of course money, in real estate and working with me, I can commit to them…. I’ll be honest I did go back to bed after.”
Not convinced yet?
We had a house listed in the mid-range when competition was fierce; we got a short notice showing. Everyone in the household was at work so no one was able to take Buddy, the dog, out. Buyers need to be able to focus on the house not the owners over friendly dog (“He’s a real peach,” RV) and if possible never say “No” to a showing. Cut to next scene: Richard and Buddy go for a nice walk in the rain while the buyers view the property (They were with their REALTOR®.) (He also turned all the lights on, of course.)
Need more? You’re a toughy. Read on. This one is my favourite, it’s written in Richard’s words; I’ve done some grammatical editing… I’ve got to be good at something besides marketing…
“I had a young couple moving here from the mainland on a budget and although he was starting a new job in the Comox Valley he was only qualified for a limited amount but luckily there was still a lot of inventory in their price range. I broke down areas and each day were able to focus on houses that might work, then come up with a short list then decided which would be plan A, then plan B and so forth. I met them at a coffee shop grabbed some Americanos and off we went.
After the first day they were quite discouraged being on such a tight budget; they weren’t feeling any houses that we’d seen (it was only the first day and I knew we’d find something). Second day went in a little community that would be perfect for their lifestyle and has good value. Half way through the day we came to a listing with a low commission rate. (Anna, say what you have to say to keep us out of real estate jail.)
(A little side bar for you folks that don’t know how real estate works. We have something in real estate called the Competition Act which states regardless of ones business model everyone is entitled to have their property shown without bias regardless of commission payable. REALTORS® can go to real estate jail if they avoid these listings or try to set commission rates. Tsk tsk.)
Anyway, this alternative brokerage listing was on our tour and half way through the day we came upon this listing. I opened the door and before walking in knew this was the house for them. They walked in and after a short period they knew this was the house for them, too. I find most of the time people know with in a few minuets whether a home makes them feel good; everything else is just the details.
Summer is a busy time and my clients were staying/visiting Campbell River. Unfortunately their parents weren’t of the fax generation so I had a nice little trek to Campbell River several times to get signatures during the negotiations. (In real estate, verbal acceptances aren’t legal for a binding contract – only once all signatures or initials on any changes are present is it binding.) Due to lack of interest and time on market I was able to negotiate a great price for this home. I found a place that makes them feel good and now they can focus on the task at hand…enjoying the Island.
I take pride in the fact that I always work in the best interest of my clients and always try and help them achieve their goal whatever it may be. I ran into them at the airpark while we were all walking our dogs and they still love their home!”
It’s clear Richard will never let you down, he works in the best interest of his clients often at his own sacrifice. He’ll go out of his way to turn on lights, open windows for fresh air for vacant properties, returning later to make sure lights are out, windows closed. Part of the reason his service is so spectacular is because he still thinks there’s room for improvement. You tell me.
Some additional interesting things to know about Richard…
• He wears a suit and tie to work, he’s very professional (but add to that: big city jeans and fancy schmancy shoes - read: west coast chic.) Don’t expect a hug on your first meeting.
• He works every day, all year, but not all day. Because Richard puts ALL his energy into servicing his clients, he takes mini breaks to enjoy the gems of the Comox Valley and recharge his batteries. He often says, “Why would I go on holiday when life in the valley is a holiday?” (When he's not in a tie, he's in flip flops at the beach with his dog, Maggie, or on a snow board at Mt Washington.)
• You can call / text him any time direct on his cell 1-250-702-1063 anytime. Did we mentioned: ANY TIME?
• You can email him anytime and it goes to his cell firstname.lastname@example.org He replies quickly. His spelling is atrocious.
• When you get past the professional, yet warm, exterior, you’ll see the fun loving side and may hear the infamous and infectious laugh.
Anna and Richard at Starbucks (our second office) talking in general (either about real estate, relationships or life in general):
Anna: “…but you’re not really that nice as a friend…” (I’d asked him to water my plant when I was away. After a lot of huffing and hesitation, he agreed. I had even dropped it off to him.)
Richard: surprised silence… contemplation… realization… infamous laugh - hug… Roll credits.
We would like to take this opportunity to thank Richard for his professional, friendly and all round wonderful service in being our realtor. Richard helped us sell our house during a time when the housing market is not at its best and then also had the task in helping us purchase our forever home.
The experience we had with Richard was very positive during what can be a very stressful time. We bought a house 3 years ago and realized it wasn’t the right house for us so this time we wanted to find the perfect house, it had to tick all the right boxes, that’s not an easy job to take on!! Expectations were high but Richard gave us so much advice, listened to us and guided us through this process. This was all achieved through Richard’s experience and expertise.
We now have our forever home which we will hopefully be in for a very long time, we couldn’t be happier.
So thank you Richard for all you have done, we thoroughly appreciate your hard work, patience and direction. We would without hesitation recommend Richard to anyone who is looking to buy or sell their home. Your experience with him will be a great one during this new phase in your life.
Many thanks Richard
I really appreciated your professionalism with regards to dealing with my oh yeah but what about this and what about thats'...you were a very calming source of strength throughout the deal...your ability to connect two complex parties the buyer and seller was truly masterful-something that is not wasted on me...you have a client for life in me now. I would not hesitate to highly recommend your services to all of my friends and family!
Thanks again Richard.
Anna's team SELLS right away! Two houses! (via Facebook!)
First, thank you so much for the dinner gift certificate (and thank you, Anna!). Dave and I will definitely put that to good use after all this unpacking. We would like to thank you for the above and beyond service you have provided us since "Day 1". Your professionalism and listening to what we wanted was top notch. Having a good sense of humour, especially with us, was icing on the cake. You made our house hunting trip and home purchase as stress free as it can possibly be. We will never hesitate to recommend you or anyone from the Anna Jorgensen team for anyone wanting to sell or buy in the Comox Valley. Please don't hesitate to use us as a reference if needed. We look forward to many happy years here in our wonderful home and in the Valley.
We wanted to take this opportunity to express our gratitude with your team colleague Richard Verrier. With a couple of months of reflection in our new home;Richard's exemplary job he wielded was just short of a miracle. He helped sell an older home through a tumultuous market, located ever-changing housing targets for his clients, and all with a smile and a solid handshake with each and every visit. He has an intrinsic love for his job!
We will happily recommend Richard Verier to anyone looking to buy or sell a home and look forward to using his services again.
Richard was our salesperson when we purchase our home. We were very pleased with the service he provided during our search for a new home, the negotiation process and many things he did us between the time he offer was finalized and when we took possession of our home.
Some of the things we liked about Richard were:
- He was very attentive to our needs and strove to find us a home that would suit our needs while not trying to pressure us into a purchase;
- He was very reactive to our selection of a home and acted quickly to secure an offer that we could live with;
- During the "subject to" period he was able to have a home inspection done speedily, help us with interim financing, and ensure that insurance could be placed when needed;
- During the period between the final offer and possession of the home he took care of many necessary details and answered miscellaneous requests quickly and cheerfully;
- He was able to get us into the house a day earlier than expected so that we could stoe preliminary shipment in the garage, making it very convenient for us He provided excellent after service following our move into our new abode;
All in all Richard kept his word when he said, "once you buy the house my work has just begun
Richard is an excellent representation of [Anna]. He went above and beyond!
We will happily recommend Richard Verrier to anyone looking to buy or sell a home and look forward to using his services again.
We would like to thank you and your team for their considerate and professional help. Especially, we would like to thank Richard Verrier for his thoughtfulness throughout a stressful venture. Richard was most attentive and helpful. If he wasn't 100% sure of something he made sure the answer was provided. We would not hesitate to recommend you and your staff to anyone looking to purchase or sell their property. When we decide to buy another property we will be calling you to handle the purchase! Thanks, again!
Hi Richard, I wanted to THANK YOU so much! You and the team at Coast will be my first recommendation for anyone looking for a realtor! Thanks for the amazing service that you provided. Thank you so much!
Have bought real estate 7 times...my previous agent in Vancouver referred me to Anna's team at Coast Realty. They were GREAT-wouldn't change a thing!
We specifically selected the Anna Jorgensen Team because they have an agent who represents buyers' interests. Richard Verrier is that person and he is easily the finest realtor we have ever worked with.
Richard has the latest market and pricing data, an insider’s sense of the various neighbourhoods, and outstanding interpersonal skills. Most importantly, he took the time to really listen to our needs and wishes. He then proceeded to find us the PERFECT home.
I can unconditionally recommend Richard as the person to help you find your next home.