Happy clients are most important to us! Here’s what some of our clients have to say about working with us.

“Excellent knowledge of the neighbourhood – impressive speed in response to e-mail inquiries.”

– Buyer

Ingrid has represented me on numerous transactions over the years always adding tremendous value to the buying and/or selling experience. I have full trust in her capabilities, advice and knowledge to protect my best interests.

– Seller/ buyer.

“We appreciate your involvement, perseverance, interest and sensitivity towards the sale of our home. We have total confidence in you. We really like Les’s personal touch ( eg: conversations, bringing “sold” sign over, open house, responding to Bryce’s 1000 emails etc.)”

– Sellers and Buyers

“I thank you from the bottom of my heart. You guys are the best ever! If anyone is listing or selling, I will be your number ONE support”.

– Seller

“Great team! Best in their class and best in the ‘hood!'”

– Seller

“While we were impressed with the whole selling experience, Leslie really came to the table with the actual negotiation of the sale. We really valued her input at this level.”

– Sellers

“They delivered on their promise to both manage the sale process and concurrently be sensitive to the needs of a senior living in the house, a recent widow.”

– Seller

“We started the process of selling with another agent and ended up coming back to you after being thoroughly disappointed in him. We appreciated the straight talk about the value of our house, it was always easy to reach you, and you navigated the buyers hurdles expertly.Your professionalism and experience really shone through.”

– Seller

We had a great experience going through the buying process. We are very grateful to Joe for guiding us through this journey by being very helpful, professional and giving us all the support we needed during that emotional time. It was a very smooth transaction. Joe represented both us as the buyers and the seller’s. All was presented and done in a very professional and ethical manner and to our satisfaction. A great experience!

-Buyer

“A pleasure to write a rave about Leslie and the Battle Team. I first encountered Les about 18 years ago and was impressed with her warmth and knowledge. She has since helped me in and out of three properties and each transaction was managed with great market intuition and quickly concluded. She manages any bumps leading with her client’s best interests. I did, once, ‘stray’ and engage another agent, to my great regret. It did not compare favourably to the Battle experience from start to finish. Returning to the Battle fold, Leslie was entirely forgiving and got right to work with her great humour and confident market savvy. I would recommend this team without hesitation. Laurie Graham.”

– Seller

After careful consideration, I enlisted the services of Dan Stevens, Royal Lepage, in the sale of my mother’s property earlier this year.
Dan arranged for a minor cleaning/staging, a home inspection, selling timetable, always promptly answering all queries as to the very carefully choreographed sales process. As a lawyer, I appreciated his candour and disclosure and professionalism. As a daughter and caregiver to an elderly parent, I was also impressed with the sensitivity he brought to the table with respect to the sale of Mum’s beloved home.

As a result of this team-oriented approach, “offer day” bore fruit in the form of numerous offers and a “top dollar” sale.

I therefore wholeheartedly endorse Dan for your real estate needs.

-Seller

“When you are packing and selling your childhood home, it is difficult. Joe and Leslie’s hard work, involvement and sensitivity towards the sale made me realize how fabulous they are as a team. Quick responses to unforeseen circumstances and working day and night to get the home sold, will always be remembered!”

– Seller

“The Battles: Unwavering professionalism, excellent service, solid skills – have referred several times and never been disappointed.”

– Buyer

“They took charge! Dynamic and sensitive—they dealt with every detail no matter how minor!”

– Seller and Buyer

“They helped us prepare the home for its maximum showing potential without having to incur unnecessary staging costs. They capably handled offer night in a manner that showed us their years of experience in the business. We came away with what we felt was the best price possible and was far in excess of our expectations.”

– Sellers and Buyers

“We were not happy with our previous REALTOR® – A top name in the business who promised and never delivered. Leslie had a refreshing vision of our house and what needed to happen to allow it to sell. Her vision and initiative got our house sold!”

– Seller

“Joe was amazing! Kind, thoughtful and very patient. I was extremely happy with the entire process.”

– Seller

“Leslie represented us for a purchase of a home for my family. She was professional, friendly and made us very comfortable throughout the process. She genuinely cared about our needs and made sure to address each of my families concerns as we moved forward. She was a joy to be around and her cheerful spirit really helped uplift our overall experience. It is with pleasure that I would recommend Leslie for any real estate transaction”

– Buyer

“Your support this year, is all the more valued”

– Marilyn Field, Founder and President, Dare Arts Foundation Inc.

“Sunnylea Junior School thanks the Battles for their generous donation toward our fair. Once again—you have come through for us and as always, we thank you. Wonderful to be able to count on you both, as strong supporters of our school environment.”

– Sunnylea Fair Committee

“We would like to extend our heartfelt thanks to you for your dedication and support in making our company what it is today. Beyond our commercial success, we can all feel pride for the selfless manner in which so many members of the Royal LePage family generously contribute to making Canada’s communities healthier and happier places to live. Warmest wishes to you and all the best for the year ahead. Congratulations on your 10th year accomplishment as a member of our prestigious Christmas Club.”

– Phil Soper, President, Royal LePage

“Lambton Kingsway Junior Middle School would like to thank Leslie and Joe Battle for their generous contribution yet again to Spring Fest. This is your 14th year supporting us!!! We were able to raise enough money on the day to support our school literacy, music, athletics, computer and arts programs for the upcoming year. Without the support of our community partners, such as yourselves, the school’s environment would not be as enriched, and we thank you.”

– Lambton Kingsway Springfest Committee

“Thank you very much for your donation and participation again in the Boulevard Club Gives Back, 2009. With your help, we were able to surpass our previous year total and will donate $10,500 to each charity. Because of your kindness, we are able to make a difference in the lives of many. Thank you again.”

– The Boulevard Club Gives Back Committee, 2009

“Leslie Page Battle helped create the Gatehouse June 20, 1998–the first house of its kind in the history of Toronto. Thank you.”

– Arthur Lockhart, The Gatehouse – “A safe place where everyone has a voice”

“Dear Leslie, Thanking you once again for your contribution to our Annual Park Lawn Fair. Your help is always appreciated and the kids had a terrific time! Thank you again—your help does not go unnoticed!”

– Jane Watson

“Thank you Leslie and Joe Battle for your generous support of our season. We were extraordinarily grateful for your past support. As well, we greatly value your links established to this community organization. With our red jerseys, your logo stood out brilliantly and noticeably. Royal LePage, Leslie and Joe Battle represent quality and reliable customer service.”

– Susan Dubiel, Islington Rangers. U-11 Rep Team

Globe and Mail, March 22, 2018, By: Carolyn Ireland

Palmerston home buyer disparaged for paying $600,000 over asking
Agent says naysayers fail to factor in the emotional draw a property can have…

Palmerston

Palmerston

In early 2018, the Toronto-area real estate market has become a far more genteel place than it was at this time last year. Sellers no longer have an iron grip on desperate buyers and negotiations between the two sides are common.
But that doesn’t mean that some eye-popping sales aren’t still happening. Competition is still fierce for singular properties.
One sale last week was labelled a “blood bath” by some market watchers, who were merciless in their deprecation of a buyer who paid $600,000 above the asking price for 822 Palmerston Ave. in the city’s west end.
Leslie Battle of Royal LePage Real Estate Services Ltd., who represented the buyer, finds the comments vexing. “Everybody has different motivations and it’s not always money,” she says.
The detached, two-storey house near Bathurst and Dupont streets was listed with an asking price of $1.822-million. After a week of showings and buzzing open houses that included a food truck parked at the curb, 13 bidders put offers on the table.

‘Everybody has different motivations and it’s not always money,’ agent Leslie Battle says of her client’s decision to make an offer of $2.417-million.
When the top three were invited back for a second round. Ms. Battle asked her client what she would like to do. “I want the property – go do what it takes,” the buyer told her. At the end of the night, the sellers accepted her offer for $2.417-million.
What the naysayers fail to factor in, Ms. Battle says, is the huge emotional draw of a particular property.
In this case, the buyer is downsizing and wanted to return to the Seaton Village neighbourhood where she raised her kids and still has friends. She also loved the home’s interior, which had been renovated without removing all of the charm and quirkiness, Ms. Battle says.
She says they arrived at the final price by looking at such factors as the number of bidders and the current low inventory. The only other nearby detached that sold in the past year went for more than $2.7-million.
The house, with three-plus-two bedrooms, includes a separate suite above the double garage. That suite could provide the potential for rental income if the owner wants to apply for a permit in the future, she points out. “That’s often the case with buyers, they’re buying a little bit of potential.”

Ms. Battle adds that since her client had sold another house, she has much more flexibility in deciding how much to pay than someone relying on debt. She says it’s much tougher for first-time buyers or others without a lot of equity.
One aspect that seemed to bring out snark in the comments was the food truck serving up mac and cheese and other comfort foods. But Ms. Battle says that attraction did nothing to sway her client. “I don’t care if she has five food trucks and Santa on the roof. We can’t pull offers out of thin air.”
Alex Brott of Sage Real Estate Ltd. represented the sellers. The food truck was her idea. She says the Palmerston house was the ideal location because she could have the truck parked in front of the driveway without taking away parking from neighbours who park on the street.
“It was a ton of fun,” she says. “I think it made the people who came back for their second visit or their third visit stay a bit.”
Ms. Brott says she set the asking price for 822 Palmerston slightly below her estimate for market value. She wanted to draw a large number of house hunters without making the list price insanely low.
“The market will dictate what’s it’s worth,” she says. “What I didn’t know was that it was everyone’s favourite house in the neighbourhood.”
Ms. Brott says there were some low-ball bids in the first round and the others were spread across a range, but the top two bids were very close at the end. “The person who won the deal won by a painfully small margin.”
In addition to practical matters such as the parking, Ms. Brott says potential buyers appreciated the character in such elements as the arches and curves of the plaster walls. A wide front porch faces Vermont Square Park across the street. “The emotion that that house brought out was fascinating. It had such a warm vibe. It was unusual. But not the unusual you want to back away from.”
Many agents are anxious to see if listings will become more plentiful after the Easter and Passover holidays. Ms. Brott says demand is high – particularly among move-up buyers.

Brott, who represented the sellers, says potential buyers appreciated the character in such elements as the arches and curves of the plaster walls.
Listings are relatively tight, however, and sales in the Greater Toronto Area in February plummeted 35 per cent from the same month last year. Many are predicting that March sales will also come in far below March of 2017.
David Madani, senior Canada economist at Capital Economics, warns that he sees signs of a national house price correction. He believes the country may face a debt-driven deleveraging process this year. He calculates that the seasonally adjusted household debt-to-income ratio stood at 170 per cent in the fourth quarter, down from what was probably the peak at 170.2 in the second quarter of 2017.
The economist says that heavily-indebted households found out last year that a modest rise in interest rates can lead to significantly higher debt servicing costs.
His bigger concern is that these large debts may have been used to finance speculation in real estate and bid home values up to what he considers ridiculously high levels.
“Although household assets have risen in value faster than debt, they are highly variable, whereas debts are fixed,” he points out.
Ms. Battle says the current fervour in downtown Toronto neighbourhoods is partly driven by the lack of listings. Sales in areas farther out of the core are moving more slowly. But while year-over-year February sales fell in the GTA, early 2017 was a phenomenon, she says. “Our previous February was off the charts. That was an anomaly.”
Ms. Battle has participated in six offers in the past 10 days, in price segments ranging from $600,000 to $2.4-million. All six have sold in competition, she says. It’s particularly difficult for people trying to enter the market.
She senses that a lot of sellers are hesitant to list because they are waiting to see how this market shakes out.
As such, market conditions remain difficult for buyers who want to get into prime pockets, she says. “As far as first-time buyers go, it’s a miracle they hang in sometimes.”

Source

Q Magazine, 2017

+ OUR HAPPY CLIENTS

Happy clients are most important to us! Here’s what some of our clients have to say about working with us.

“Excellent knowledge of the neighbourhood – impressive speed in response to e-mail inquiries.”

– Buyer

Ingrid has represented me on numerous transactions over the years always adding tremendous value to the buying and/or selling experience. I have full trust in her capabilities, advice and knowledge to protect my best interests.

– Seller/ buyer.

“We appreciate your involvement, perseverance, interest and sensitivity towards the sale of our home. We have total confidence in you. We really like Les’s personal touch ( eg: conversations, bringing “sold” sign over, open house, responding to Bryce’s 1000 emails etc.)”

– Sellers and Buyers

“I thank you from the bottom of my heart. You guys are the best ever! If anyone is listing or selling, I will be your number ONE support”.

– Seller

“Great team! Best in their class and best in the ‘hood!'”

– Seller

“While we were impressed with the whole selling experience, Leslie really came to the table with the actual negotiation of the sale. We really valued her input at this level.”

– Sellers

“They delivered on their promise to both manage the sale process and concurrently be sensitive to the needs of a senior living in the house, a recent widow.”

– Seller

“We started the process of selling with another agent and ended up coming back to you after being thoroughly disappointed in him. We appreciated the straight talk about the value of our house, it was always easy to reach you, and you navigated the buyers hurdles expertly.Your professionalism and experience really shone through.”

– Seller

We had a great experience going through the buying process. We are very grateful to Joe for guiding us through this journey by being very helpful, professional and giving us all the support we needed during that emotional time. It was a very smooth transaction. Joe represented both us as the buyers and the seller’s. All was presented and done in a very professional and ethical manner and to our satisfaction. A great experience!

-Buyer

“A pleasure to write a rave about Leslie and the Battle Team. I first encountered Les about 18 years ago and was impressed with her warmth and knowledge. She has since helped me in and out of three properties and each transaction was managed with great market intuition and quickly concluded. She manages any bumps leading with her client’s best interests. I did, once, ‘stray’ and engage another agent, to my great regret. It did not compare favourably to the Battle experience from start to finish. Returning to the Battle fold, Leslie was entirely forgiving and got right to work with her great humour and confident market savvy. I would recommend this team without hesitation. Laurie Graham.”

– Seller

After careful consideration, I enlisted the services of Dan Stevens, Royal Lepage, in the sale of my mother’s property earlier this year.
Dan arranged for a minor cleaning/staging, a home inspection, selling timetable, always promptly answering all queries as to the very carefully choreographed sales process. As a lawyer, I appreciated his candour and disclosure and professionalism. As a daughter and caregiver to an elderly parent, I was also impressed with the sensitivity he brought to the table with respect to the sale of Mum’s beloved home.

As a result of this team-oriented approach, “offer day” bore fruit in the form of numerous offers and a “top dollar” sale.

I therefore wholeheartedly endorse Dan for your real estate needs.

-Seller

“When you are packing and selling your childhood home, it is difficult. Joe and Leslie’s hard work, involvement and sensitivity towards the sale made me realize how fabulous they are as a team. Quick responses to unforeseen circumstances and working day and night to get the home sold, will always be remembered!”

– Seller

“The Battles: Unwavering professionalism, excellent service, solid skills – have referred several times and never been disappointed.”

– Buyer

“They took charge! Dynamic and sensitive—they dealt with every detail no matter how minor!”

– Seller and Buyer

“They helped us prepare the home for its maximum showing potential without having to incur unnecessary staging costs. They capably handled offer night in a manner that showed us their years of experience in the business. We came away with what we felt was the best price possible and was far in excess of our expectations.”

– Sellers and Buyers

“We were not happy with our previous REALTOR® – A top name in the business who promised and never delivered. Leslie had a refreshing vision of our house and what needed to happen to allow it to sell. Her vision and initiative got our house sold!”

– Seller

“Joe was amazing! Kind, thoughtful and very patient. I was extremely happy with the entire process.”

– Seller

“Leslie represented us for a purchase of a home for my family. She was professional, friendly and made us very comfortable throughout the process. She genuinely cared about our needs and made sure to address each of my families concerns as we moved forward. She was a joy to be around and her cheerful spirit really helped uplift our overall experience. It is with pleasure that I would recommend Leslie for any real estate transaction”

– Buyer

+ COMMUNITY SERVICE

“Your support this year, is all the more valued”

– Marilyn Field, Founder and President, Dare Arts Foundation Inc.

“Sunnylea Junior School thanks the Battles for their generous donation toward our fair. Once again—you have come through for us and as always, we thank you. Wonderful to be able to count on you both, as strong supporters of our school environment.”

– Sunnylea Fair Committee

“We would like to extend our heartfelt thanks to you for your dedication and support in making our company what it is today. Beyond our commercial success, we can all feel pride for the selfless manner in which so many members of the Royal LePage family generously contribute to making Canada’s communities healthier and happier places to live. Warmest wishes to you and all the best for the year ahead. Congratulations on your 10th year accomplishment as a member of our prestigious Christmas Club.”

– Phil Soper, President, Royal LePage

“Lambton Kingsway Junior Middle School would like to thank Leslie and Joe Battle for their generous contribution yet again to Spring Fest. This is your 14th year supporting us!!! We were able to raise enough money on the day to support our school literacy, music, athletics, computer and arts programs for the upcoming year. Without the support of our community partners, such as yourselves, the school’s environment would not be as enriched, and we thank you.”

– Lambton Kingsway Springfest Committee

“Thank you very much for your donation and participation again in the Boulevard Club Gives Back, 2009. With your help, we were able to surpass our previous year total and will donate $10,500 to each charity. Because of your kindness, we are able to make a difference in the lives of many. Thank you again.”

– The Boulevard Club Gives Back Committee, 2009

“Leslie Page Battle helped create the Gatehouse June 20, 1998–the first house of its kind in the history of Toronto. Thank you.”

– Arthur Lockhart, The Gatehouse – “A safe place where everyone has a voice”

“Dear Leslie, Thanking you once again for your contribution to our Annual Park Lawn Fair. Your help is always appreciated and the kids had a terrific time! Thank you again—your help does not go unnoticed!”

– Jane Watson

“Thank you Leslie and Joe Battle for your generous support of our season. We were extraordinarily grateful for your past support. As well, we greatly value your links established to this community organization. With our red jerseys, your logo stood out brilliantly and noticeably. Royal LePage, Leslie and Joe Battle represent quality and reliable customer service.”

– Susan Dubiel, Islington Rangers. U-11 Rep Team

+ PRESS

Globe and Mail, March 22, 2018, By: Carolyn Ireland

Palmerston home buyer disparaged for paying $600,000 over asking
Agent says naysayers fail to factor in the emotional draw a property can have…

Palmerston

Palmerston

In early 2018, the Toronto-area real estate market has become a far more genteel place than it was at this time last year. Sellers no longer have an iron grip on desperate buyers and negotiations between the two sides are common.
But that doesn’t mean that some eye-popping sales aren’t still happening. Competition is still fierce for singular properties.
One sale last week was labelled a “blood bath” by some market watchers, who were merciless in their deprecation of a buyer who paid $600,000 above the asking price for 822 Palmerston Ave. in the city’s west end.
Leslie Battle of Royal LePage Real Estate Services Ltd., who represented the buyer, finds the comments vexing. “Everybody has different motivations and it’s not always money,” she says.
The detached, two-storey house near Bathurst and Dupont streets was listed with an asking price of $1.822-million. After a week of showings and buzzing open houses that included a food truck parked at the curb, 13 bidders put offers on the table.

‘Everybody has different motivations and it’s not always money,’ agent Leslie Battle says of her client’s decision to make an offer of $2.417-million.
When the top three were invited back for a second round. Ms. Battle asked her client what she would like to do. “I want the property – go do what it takes,” the buyer told her. At the end of the night, the sellers accepted her offer for $2.417-million.
What the naysayers fail to factor in, Ms. Battle says, is the huge emotional draw of a particular property.
In this case, the buyer is downsizing and wanted to return to the Seaton Village neighbourhood where she raised her kids and still has friends. She also loved the home’s interior, which had been renovated without removing all of the charm and quirkiness, Ms. Battle says.
She says they arrived at the final price by looking at such factors as the number of bidders and the current low inventory. The only other nearby detached that sold in the past year went for more than $2.7-million.
The house, with three-plus-two bedrooms, includes a separate suite above the double garage. That suite could provide the potential for rental income if the owner wants to apply for a permit in the future, she points out. “That’s often the case with buyers, they’re buying a little bit of potential.”

Ms. Battle adds that since her client had sold another house, she has much more flexibility in deciding how much to pay than someone relying on debt. She says it’s much tougher for first-time buyers or others without a lot of equity.
One aspect that seemed to bring out snark in the comments was the food truck serving up mac and cheese and other comfort foods. But Ms. Battle says that attraction did nothing to sway her client. “I don’t care if she has five food trucks and Santa on the roof. We can’t pull offers out of thin air.”
Alex Brott of Sage Real Estate Ltd. represented the sellers. The food truck was her idea. She says the Palmerston house was the ideal location because she could have the truck parked in front of the driveway without taking away parking from neighbours who park on the street.
“It was a ton of fun,” she says. “I think it made the people who came back for their second visit or their third visit stay a bit.”
Ms. Brott says she set the asking price for 822 Palmerston slightly below her estimate for market value. She wanted to draw a large number of house hunters without making the list price insanely low.
“The market will dictate what’s it’s worth,” she says. “What I didn’t know was that it was everyone’s favourite house in the neighbourhood.”
Ms. Brott says there were some low-ball bids in the first round and the others were spread across a range, but the top two bids were very close at the end. “The person who won the deal won by a painfully small margin.”
In addition to practical matters such as the parking, Ms. Brott says potential buyers appreciated the character in such elements as the arches and curves of the plaster walls. A wide front porch faces Vermont Square Park across the street. “The emotion that that house brought out was fascinating. It had such a warm vibe. It was unusual. But not the unusual you want to back away from.”
Many agents are anxious to see if listings will become more plentiful after the Easter and Passover holidays. Ms. Brott says demand is high – particularly among move-up buyers.

Brott, who represented the sellers, says potential buyers appreciated the character in such elements as the arches and curves of the plaster walls.
Listings are relatively tight, however, and sales in the Greater Toronto Area in February plummeted 35 per cent from the same month last year. Many are predicting that March sales will also come in far below March of 2017.
David Madani, senior Canada economist at Capital Economics, warns that he sees signs of a national house price correction. He believes the country may face a debt-driven deleveraging process this year. He calculates that the seasonally adjusted household debt-to-income ratio stood at 170 per cent in the fourth quarter, down from what was probably the peak at 170.2 in the second quarter of 2017.
The economist says that heavily-indebted households found out last year that a modest rise in interest rates can lead to significantly higher debt servicing costs.
His bigger concern is that these large debts may have been used to finance speculation in real estate and bid home values up to what he considers ridiculously high levels.
“Although household assets have risen in value faster than debt, they are highly variable, whereas debts are fixed,” he points out.
Ms. Battle says the current fervour in downtown Toronto neighbourhoods is partly driven by the lack of listings. Sales in areas farther out of the core are moving more slowly. But while year-over-year February sales fell in the GTA, early 2017 was a phenomenon, she says. “Our previous February was off the charts. That was an anomaly.”
Ms. Battle has participated in six offers in the past 10 days, in price segments ranging from $600,000 to $2.4-million. All six have sold in competition, she says. It’s particularly difficult for people trying to enter the market.
She senses that a lot of sellers are hesitant to list because they are waiting to see how this market shakes out.
As such, market conditions remain difficult for buyers who want to get into prime pockets, she says. “As far as first-time buyers go, it’s a miracle they hang in sometimes.”

Source

Q Magazine, 2017

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