Becoming a real estate agent wasn’t first on my list if you asked me in high school what I would end up doing for a living. Perhaps that’s one of the reasons I love it so much. I stumbled upon the real estate world when I sold my beloved motorcycle to buy a 75 year old house Downtown Guelph when I was 25 years old. From there, I rented rooms to my family and friends and strangers in order to save enough and buy a second income property three years later. Somewhere along the way I found what I love doing… researching, touring, inspecting, buying and selling homes in Guelph and the surrounding area.
Even more of interest to me, honestly, is meeting and working with people. I really enjoy helping people and connecting with them over something that interests me as much as real estate does. Buying a house is the biggest purchase anyone will ever make and I have found a lot of satisfaction in this job as I am involved in a very intimate part of my clients lives. I have made many lasting friendships through my work and I anticipate making more in the future.
Most of my clients come from repeat/referral business. To me, that says a lot. It means my clients not only trust me, but also that there is a real relationship there. I don’t believe I could have any success in this career if my platform was to turn clients over quickly. I genuinely care about their experience and know that in the end this job is only rewarding for me if I know my clients are happy. I knew from the beginning of this career that I wanted to be people based and not numbers based.
Prior to becoming a real estate agent, I worked in bicycle shops, motorcycle shops, and taught motorcycle training at Conestoga College. I played in bands, landed the odd kick flip (many years ago) and have ALWAYS had a strong love for mountain biking. This part of Ontario is particularly good for mountain biking trails. On any given night, I can usually be found cruising the local trails on one of my bikes.
I really am very much myself in this job. I don’t try to be something I’m not. I am proud of the way I deal with clients and it truly comes from a place of treating people the way I would want to be treated. I’m always overly concerned about my clients being satisfied and I believe that it translates into a genuine experience for them. I have always felt that in addition to being knowledgable, educated and experienced, I also have to truly love my career to be successful and I think anyone who has worked with me can see that I really do.
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Mike was a pleasure to work with and very knowledgeable about the housing market and trends in our area. He provided us thorough information prior to and during the selling process. Subsequently our daughter has used Mike to purchase a home and we would definitely use and recommend Mike again.
My husband and I bought our first home in June of 2014. We began house hunting by attending open houses on our own, and happened upon Mike at an open house that he was hosting for a client. We knew quickly after meeting him that we wanted Mike to be our agent. Mike is not arrogant, or pushy, or a know-it-all, or a stereotypical "salesman" type of guy. On the contrary, he is an honest, professional, hard-working, humble individual who listens to what his clients want in a house. The character of those that we do business with is important to us and Mike has it in spades. He enjoys his job, he works hard at it, and it shows. By the end of our months-long hunt for a house and several offers later (we're rather particular and not willing to overpay for a house), Mike had become a friend that we could trust to guide us through the largest purchase of our lives. As newbies in real-estate, we were quite green. Mike did not pressure us on a single occasion. He gave us advice when we asked, and he made sure that we were truly comfortable with all of our offers (giving us his frank opinion as to whether he thought we had a chance, going over strategies, but never insisting that we should go higher). When we made our first offer on a house, we were under a tight time constraint, and Mike had mere minutes to get the paperwork signed and get to the house to present it. However, he could sense that we were not comfortable signing until we had read through all of the clauses of the purchase agreement. The time crunch didn't phase Mike one bit, he wasn't rushed, and he didn't express any sort of anxiety about the situation, he simply took us through the agreement clause-by-clause…and then rushed as fast as he could to the house. Another thing that we truly appreciated was that Mike quickly picked up on our comfort-level with respect to risk. While so many agents now seem to advise clients to put in offers without conditions, and to put forth offers that are exorbitantly higher than the value of a home, Mike cautioned us against both, advising us that there would always be another house (and he was right!). We always went in with conditions and we only ever offered what we were comfortable with. We bought a house that we are tremendously happy with, for a great price and in a downtown location - we couldn't have had a better (or more fun) first home buying experience. Thanks Mike!
We met Mike Von Dehn at an Open House when we were just beginning our house search. We knew right away that his honesty, attitude, knowledge of houses, the housing market, and specifically the housing market in Guelph and its different unique communities were what we were looking for. While we could only afford a house in Cambridge at the time, he helped us through that search and found us an amazing house. With Mike's knowledge and expertise he then helped us stage and sell that house a few years later in order to finally move to Guelph. We will never go with any other realtor again and I really encourage anyone (especially first time buyers) to go with him. He truly cares about this community (giving to local charities that support children) and his clients. Anyone who has ever tried to buy a house in Guelph knows that multiple bids often mean multiple disappointments. Mike felt all of those disappointments along with us, gave great advice, and ultimately landed us a house that we love so much. If you aren't sure of what realtor to go with, 100% go with Mike Von Denh at Trillium West. You won't be disappointed.