We decided to sell our 24 year residence in Richmond quite suddenly, after seizing an opportunity in Victoria. Over the past dozen+ years we knew Jay and Brenda as neighbours, and as responsible community members. Their daily scheduled walk with their lovely German Shepherd passed our front door, and with that contact came friendly chats – nothing whatsoever to do with real estate! When we needed straight and realistic answers concerning our move, Jay was the logical choice. He was merciless in stating what we needed to do, and soon a 20' storage locker was overflowing. We heeded his advice on what was appropriate and he did talk us out of some unnecessary modifications – and we thank him for that. Our home was listed, with 4 offers on paper within about 72 hours. As we were closing a property on the other end, we went with Jay and Brenda's advice and completed our transaction.
We liked their analytical approach, with no false expectations. Everything was concluded in a very thorough and professional manner, and we remarked numerous times that we just wished we had Jay watching out for our best interests on the Victoria side of the water! We can, without any hesitation, recommend this team for the kind of old fashioned real estate service when the agent actually listened to the client without simply resorting to a spread sheet of recent transactions. They brought the concept of service right back into the equation. Thank you, Jay and Brenda!
Bryce Gibney and Lynne Baker
There are many Vancouver realtors.... But there is only 1 Jay Banks. That's why, as many of his clients can attest, Jay is #1 for us all.
Jay is extremely detail oriented & fact based, which inspires consumer confidence. He is conscientious and goes beyond " due diligence ". Jay is a realtor/ research analyst, with a great personality rolled into one.
Jay's experience and market knowledge translates into success each and every time.
One feels very confident when Jay is on the job!
After trying to sell my home, unsuccessfully, for two years, I decided to hire Jay Banks. He had come to my door several times over a few months and I was so impressed with his gentle persistence that I thought he may be just as determined in selling my home as he was selling his services. I was right.
It took a while but Jay did sell our home. And then the fun began. We started shopping for a new place to move into. What impressed me the most was that Jay was the voice of reason that I needed when looking for the ideal place for my son, our four-legged companion and myself. Rather than rush me into a quick purchase, he ensured that I was aware of any caveats associated with the properties I was looking at. He was by far the most thorough, ethical and trustworthy real estate agent that I have ever worked with.
As I move into our beautiful new townhouse next week, I thank Jay for his stellar professionalism!
I can with complete honesty give Jay the highest possible recommendation as a real estate agent. Re/Max Crest Realty Westside are very fortunate to have on their team, as you will be if you hire him.
Due to the death of my brother and my appointment as an Executor along with my nephew, Calvin Wrench, I had to arrange the sale of two houses, one in Richmond and the other in Delta. I anticipated that this would be somewhat difficult, as I live in West Vancouver. Luckily, after interviewing three agents, I struck pure gold. It was not a difficult decision to select Jay for the task at hand as he was head and shoulders above the other agents.
Jay first of all removed all my concerns about having to travel back and forth, as he always came to West Vancouver to meet me when required for any reason. He handled difficult issues with the tenants in the rented house in Delta in an extremely caring and sensitive manner. He had to deal with illness that occurred and difficulty in showing the home because of this situation. He was so extremely patient and compassionate in dealing with all the difficulties involved, like temporarily cancelling the listing and relisting at a later date.
In addition, in all of the many complication that can arise in the completion of such sales, we found Jay to be always not only the perfect gentleman, but always considerate, patient, confident and just the individual that you would want to handle the important business of selling your home.
When we finally made the decision to buy our first home, there were so many important choices to make. Finding the right realtor was essential. Our family has used Jay Banks in the past and highly recommended him. From our very first meeting with Jay, we knew it was the right fit.
We felt very comfortable with Jay and could tell that he truly cared about helping us find the perfect home. It is truly remarkable how much knowledge Jay has and how thorough he was in walking us through each step.
He was excellent at listening and observing our reactions as we looked at different places so he could have a strong understanding of what we were looking for. Anytime we needed to reach Jay or had any concerns, he was always available and happy to help. Buying our first home is the biggest decision we have had to make and we are very thankful to have had Jay there to guide us through it.
"We connected with Jay Banks through Linkedin just before we
moved back here from California 3 years ago. After 2 years of getting
familiar with Vancouver we decided to hunt for our home. The first
thing we needed to find was an agent and of course the first person we thought of was Jay. As an artist, first impression, through Jay's
profile photo in Linkedin, was of a very reliable person. Later it
proved our sixth sense. Engaging Jay as our agent was a blessing.
There was a comfort zone with his personality and professional style
that made our entire purchasing experience pleasant. His quick response and patience is second to none. We are pleased that after nearly one year of hunting, finally we found our ideal townhouse in a great neighborhood in
Lynn Valley. We would highly recommend Jay. Thank you again, Jay."
Relocating from Toronto to Vancouver was an exciting new venture in our lives, but the thought of purchasing a home in a city we'd only ever vacationed in was a task best left for professionals!
Working with Brenda and Jay helped us demystify the process.
After meeting us and learning about our preferences and 'must-haves', they rightly suggested that we look to live on the north shore. They showed us a variety of homes ranging in price-points and location, and while they were quick to offer us the advantages of each property, they never once rushed us into making a purchase. Once we narrowed down our search to two exciting properties, we worked with Brenda and Jay to help us decide which one was best for us and our growing family.
One year and a half later, we have happily settled into our new dream home on the west coast! Thank-you Brenda and Jay for your support in this process, and for stopping by from time to time to see how we are doing! We think of you as our neighbors and wish you the best of success in helping others achieve what we have!
What can we say about Jay Banks other than he is absolutely wonderful.
Jay Banks is a very thorough and conscientious gentleman. He did indeed start by listening to us and finding out what it was we were looking for.
He is not an aggressive salesman as some can be but rather is very helpful. He made sure that we saw every property that we expressed interest in and let us make our own decisions.
Jay was also very helpful when it came to the clearing out of our former property. He went so far as to personally take some of our things away for us.
Business matters aside, Jay is also a very nice person who is easy to talk to and has a good sense of humour.
Thank you, Jay!
We first explored the Vancouver market four years ago with a plan to retire there from Winnipeg in six or seven years. We could not have been more fortunate than to have Brenda and Jay looking after us. At that time we knew little about Vancouver and simply wanted to get a foot in the market with a one-bedroom condo that could be easily rented until we could find a larger two-bedroom. We gave Brenda our wish-list via email and when we flew to Vancouver a couple of weeks later she had a full day's schedule of viewings in the west end, the area she assured us would best meet our needs.
Though what she had lined up for us certainly piqued our interest, we were a little reluctant to purchase on our very first visit. However, what she learned from us that day made our return visit to Vancouver two weeks later very productive. Not only had she arranged viewings for a number of condos that included the one we ultimately purchased, she also helped us find both a property manager and a mortgage broker. And she had been right about the location, the condo has been rented for the entire four years without any problem.
When we contacted Brenda again to search for our own retirement two-bedroom this year, she knew exactly what we wanted. We landed in Vancouver on a Saturday morning. Over lunch, Brenda suggested viewing a condo that she thought would interest us in the area. It was perfect, meeting all our needs and falling within our price range. We put in an offer that same day without looking at a single other property. But that was only the beginning. Because we are in Winnipeg, Brenda and Jay stepped up to take care of everything from doing the walk-through prior to possession, to following up with the developer in making sure the deficiency list was
properly addressed, to doing the final walk-through on our behalf and getting the keys and appropriate forms and documents to our property manager (the same one they helped us find four years earlier and who agreed to manage our new condo). And they found a buyer for our one- bedroom within two weeks. Being in another city, we really appreciated how they kept us fully informed as both transactions progressed, helping to smooth the whole process.
We cannot express how happy we are to have found two such dedicated, thorough, and competent professionals. They have provided us regular market updates over the last four years and much good advice. We have moved beyond a simply professional relationship to a friendship we hope to continue after our move to Vancouver in a couple of years. We highly recommend Brenda and Jay.
Jay was recommendeded to us and we will most certainly recommend him to others...
As much as we loved calling Steveston our home for eight years, Vancouver seemed to be calling us back.
Jay showed us several houses that met our description, but once we found the perfect home in Vancouver's South Hill neighbourhood, there was no looking back; all we needed to do was sell our condo!
As first-time sellers, we weren't sure what to expect in today's market. Thanks to Jay's hard work, within six weeks we had an offer we accepted. Jay truly had our best interests in mind throughout the entire process.
Sold our home on Friday and bought the new house on the following Monday!
Jay sold my mom's house in the "monds" so she recommended him when it was time for us to upgrade. He understood the emotional attachment my mom had to the house and he listened to her concerns. Mama liked that Jay did not push and let her go through the process of selling without making her feel pressured.
When it came for us to upgrade, Jay walked us through the process and was very professional. We had many questions and he was thorough in answering all of them and explaining to us what we did not understand. I felt good that my questions were taken seriously. What we really liked about Jay is the personal service.
When we bought our first home, we were assigned to "the assistant" so we were pleased when Jay dealt with us personally. He came over to our home to discuss business unlike our experience with an agent for our first home who asked us to go to her house and do business there!
When we told Jay that we are very specific with the area we want to move to, he understood. Believe me, people looked at me funny when I told them the specific area I was interested in. I had specific boundaries but Jay understood.
Location, location, location. Yes, we found the house we want, within three days of selling our home, in the right location, the right specifications and best of all, the right price!
We just referred Jay to a friend of ours who wants to upgrade. That's how pleased we are with Jay and his services.
Thank you Jay!
Joey and Emelyn Tolentino
"I can't even put into words how totally happy I am in my new place!!
When I think back on when I very first saw the posting for it - I was just hanging out with two of my kids in Montreal and they looked at the pictures and really urged me to respond to the posting......and how it has all gone since that night......it's really feeling like a dream still!!
My kids can't believe how nice the condo is....they all have their own sets of keys now! My electric scooter is working out so well, I don't think I will ever own a car again, and all that savings I can put into paying off the mortgage much faster!
Hope you and Brenda are doing well, and we'll keep in touch!"
On March 1st, 2014, John and I put an offer on a new townhouse. The offer was subject to the sale of our home, but we didn’t have a realtor. The sales manager said she would connect us with a realtor who she felt would complement our personality. This is how we met Jay. Jay listened to all of our concerns and his laid back demeanor built our confidence. We signed a contract to sell our home March 3rd. He showed our home by appointment only and gave us enough time to arrange to be out of the house 1.5 hours at a time which made it very convenient for us. We received an offer March 13th and the subjects were removed by March 28th.
We can’t thank Jay enough for his hard work and dedication to selling our home.
"It was a pleasure to work with Jay. He's professional, knowledgeable and kind.
Jay assisted me to sell my aging Mother's Condo. He explained everything well to my Mother and helped her feel included in the process of listing her Condo.
Thank you, Jay!"
Obvious choice for showing, selling and buying another home: Vancouver REALTOR® Jay Banks
I am writing to you in regard to Mr. Jay Banks. Over the past several years we have received several packages of information on the real estate market from Mr. Banks and we were impressed by his low key persistence and broad market knowledge. When we finally decided to relocate Jay became the obvious choice to assist us in showing, selling and buying another home. We found him to be extremely helpful, very flexible and attentive to our needs and concerns and he has always presented himself as a top level professional with a wide range of helpful suggestions and advice. All of which has made the rather burdensome operation of moving my wife, three kids, and a very large dog much easier than expected. In essence, we told him exactly what we wanted, what we could afford and he delivered "on time and on budget" as we say in our industry.
We will not hesitate to incorporate his services in the future if required and will certainly not hesitate to recommend him to our friends and business associates as required.
"Warm and friendly manner made selling our home and buying another quite enjoyable and stress free"
Maple Tree Lane, Blundell, Richmond B.C.
It was our pleasure to have dealt with your agent, Jay Banks. His warm and friendly manner made selling our home and buying another quite enjoyable and stress free.
Jay kept us well informed as to every aspect of what was happening and his confidence and assurance that "it could be done" were very reassuring.
We were particularly impressed with Jay's meticulous attention to detail and dedication to our requirements. He is most certainly a credit to your profession.
Our sincere thanks to Jay for a job well done!
"As first-time sellers, we definitely had many decisions to make and issues to resolve. Jay listened."
Jay's motto is "I start by listening". He really does listen to his clients. As first-time sellers, we definitely had many decisions to make and issues to resolve. Jay listened to our concerns, asked us questions which helped clarify the issues, and offered scenarios and examples. Jay's advice during these discussions, both gave us comfort and confidence, and led to a comfortable seller-REALTOR® relationship where we felt very confident about his actions representing us.
Jay is also very knowledgeable about the other properties for sale in our area. He gave us honest and realistic assessments of the positives and negatives of each property, and how ours rated in comparison. We have also seen how Jay has remained connected to the community, and continues to monitor the housing market.
We found it easy to work with Jay and would emphasize how diligently and hard he worked on our behalf. Through his effort we were able to achieve a sale within three days. We believe Jay unequivocally earned his commission and would certainly recommend him.
Dream home bought with Vancouver REALTOR® Jay Banks
I am writing to you to express our sincere happiness and gratitude with the services that you have provided to us in both the sale of our home and the successful search for our new "dream" home.
With such specific criteria of location, the search for our new house was not an easy assignment for you. We really appreciate the time and effort that you put into finding us several great choices, which culminated in the purchase of the "dream" home. We were impressed that you has such a detailed knowledge of all the areas of greater Vancouver that we looked at, unlike some realtors who are more "geographically bound".
Your assistant in arranging the home inspection within hours of the offer enabled us to complete the purchase in less than 24 hours.
We will recommend your services to all of our friends if they want a reliable, dedicated, friendly and very professional REALTOR® who listens to their desires and goes out of his way to find them the home of their dreams.
"Recommending Jay to everyone we know who is thinking of buying or selling real estate"
Williams Road, Richmond, BC
We are writing to tell you of the great service and results we had in listing and selling our home with Jay Banks of your office. Jay was referred to us several years ago when he helped us buy our home on Williams Road in Richmond. He stayed in touch regularly over time and we called him when we were thinking of selling. He spend time assisting with ideas for preparing our home for the market. Given the difficulties over the past year of selling a property in our price range we appreciated learning what buyers were looking for and set about fixing things according to his advice. Thanks to this work our home was well-received by the realtors and buyers.
Jay kept in touch with us, giving us feedback on all the showings. He was also proactive in promoting our property with realtors and the public. His confidence in our home showed when of all the offers we received, the two that he brought were the highest in price with the best terms and conditions. We were able to reach agreement with one of the parties whom I understand discovered our home through Jay's internet presence.
We appreciated Jay's use of technology. During and following the sale of our home in Richmond he kept us informed through e-mail of new listings in White Rock and Tsawwassen. We were kept up to date in a very timely manner. With Jay we found a lovely rancher in Crescent Beach and we look forward to our move there. We will be recommeding Jay to everyone we know who is thinking of buying or selling real estate.
Congratulations Jay on a job well done! Our son Justin has not stopped praising your efforts on the sale of his house. He said you were ahead anticipating all that happened. It must have been a difficult one to negotiate. I believe Justin is honest & has integrity & know that he expects the same of a realtor or business associate. That was why I convinced Justin to use you. Your years of experience have also served him well.
Wally & I have great faith in you & are so pleased it has worked out well.
Thank you Jay.
Donna and Wally
Having sold our family home after the last of our children moved out, it was time to downsize to a condo. We chose Jay, who had been our neighbour for many years, as we thought his experience in the Richmond market would help us make this big change. Jay showed us a variety of options and provided insight into the market and the history of buildings we looked at. He was unfailingly polite and patient with us as we narrowed down the area, options and features we wanted. When we finally zeroed in on the condo we wanted, Jay followed up on many details and pursued the seller’s rather reluctant agent on a few things that needed to be addressed. We would certainly recommend Jay to other buyers and sellers of real estate. You can count on him to stay calm, cool and collected while getting all the details looked after.
In working with Jay to buy our first home, we found him to have superior knowledge of virtually all aspects of real estate, from trends in the market to particular details of various locations to suggestions for improvements. He took the time to understand our needs and always acted in our best interests. His realistic but positive attitude helped us navigate a very difficult housing market. We are very happy to have had Jay as our agent and wouldn’t hesitate to recommend him to anyone buying or selling a home.
After long consideration, we recently decided to sell our Seafair house and move our family into Steveston Village. We elected to work with Jay due to his successful history of selling (many!) other houses on our street/neighbourhood over the years. It was an excellent decision. Jay was thorough, professional and pleasant and worked effectively with our quick timeline, managing to get us through selling and buying within a couple of weeks. We couldn't have asked for anything more.
Jay is a superb listener: answering all our questions clearly and elaborating further when needed.
He only showed us properties within our budget and matching our specifications for size, location etc. Jay didn't try to show us properties which would have been over our budget. Jay is very personable, friendly, has a great sense of humour and is very empathetic. We did not feel rushed when discussing all aspects of the sale and purchase of the properties. He is an honest and genuine person.
Jay was always very easily accessible by cell phone and email.
We appreciated Jay always being willing to include family members in the process at our request. Jay made excellent suggestions regarding enhancing the saleability of the property, but always showing respect for our abilities to do the little extras for showings. We never felt pressured to make unnecessary or expensive renovations.
Jay is extremely knowledgeable about the local real estate markets, especially sales, purchases, etc. He was always very supportive of our wishes regarding listing price, counter-offers, purchase price offers etc., offering sound advice based on his experience in real estate.
Jay came with high recommendations from extended relatives and we were not disappointed. He definitely exhibited all the excellent qualities of a superb realtor.
We would certainly recommend Jay as a realtor to friends, family, relatives, etc.
"I think Jay is great! He has the patience of Job. He listens. He’s very helpful and polite as well as easy to get along with.
I highly recommend him to anybody who needs an excellent realtor."
Jay Banks presented himself in a professional calm manner, was most knowledgeable of the Seafair real estate market and considerate of all our needs and personal circumstances.
Jay Banks did a great job in advising us on when to put our house for sale and on the best listing price for us in this market. Also he kept us informed weekly of market activities and recent sales.
We are extremely pleased with the price and the time in which Jay Banks sold our house. We are happy and highly recommend Jay Banks as a real estate agent to anyone.
Although we loved our home in Richmond's Seafair area, we knew that it was time to make a move. All of our children and grandchild had moved from the Richmond area and now it was our turn.
We recently had the pleasure of working with Jay Banks to sell our home of nearly 30 years and to buy another home in South Surrey. Jay's demeanor, caring nature and vast knowledge made the whole process very easy and seamless. We were confident from the very beginning knowing that Jay really "heard" us and had a good idea what we wanted.
When we listed our Seafair home, Jay held an open house, advertised and even distributed flyers throughout the neighbourhood to help market our home. A couple of weeks on the market, many showings and lot of hard work on his part led to the sale of our home.
Then, with Jay's help on to the purchase of another home. We really appreciated Jay meeting us on short notice or giving us a call as soon as something new popped up on the market, not to mention the updated listings he sent to our email! We looked at several homes until we found the one that was right. From the moment we walked through the front doors we knew that we had just entered our new home. Once we found our new home he again walked us through the process, this time the purchase of a home. Between the sale of our existing home and purchase of our new home Jay helped us make the transition almost effortlessly.
Jay's dedication and understanding not only to his job, but also to the needs of his clients is superior to none. In all our dealings with Jay he has been very thorough and professional. We enjoyed every moment with him through the entire journey. We cannot thank him enough for all he has done. He is an exceptional real estate agent who is dedicated and who truly listens to and cares about the people he is working with. We would highly recommend him to anyone who is considering the selling and/or the purchase of a home.
Thank You for all your work Jay, it all came together so well!
12 years ago, Jay helped us find our home, so when it came time to sell, we did not even think of calling anyone else. Jay has been extremely helpful in explaining the whole process, and was always available to answer any questions that arose. He made the stressful process of showing, negotiating and selling our home very comfortable, and always with a smile and good humour – even when the hour grew late! Thanks so much for helping us to move on to the next stage of our lives!