“Dear John”


This is the third time I have worked with John to close a real estate transaction over the past few years. John not only approaches his work professionally and knowledgeably, but he injects his own enthusiasm, love of the tri-city area, and commitment to working in a way which emphasizes the integrity of all involved with the transaction.

Even in this market where the ‘seller’ has the advantage, John went above and beyond to use various strategies to market my home. He was committed to establishing great communication with me and offered consistent updates throughout the process to ensure that I knew exactly what was happening. As a result I was able to get significantly over my asking price.

John is a truly knowledgeable professional, who not only brings a significant level of experience, dedication and commitment to the process but a personal enthusiasm and friendliness that eases the stresses of the real estate process!

– Jennifer A. Psychometrist M.A PHD(can)


My husband and I had been looking for years to move out somewhere quiet, away from the city, and some place where he can escape and work on things. We were also looking at downsizing to a smaller house now that the kids have moved out.

In the summer he finally decided to get the help from a Realtor, John, and sure enough, in no time John found this cozy little home out in the country with everything we both wanted. John really paid attention to the details and what we were looking for, as trust me,

my husband was really picky. John found us this little paradise, a beautiful property with a small bungalow exactly with all the things we both wanted. He was able to sell our house within a week so we were able to buy this beautiful place. We are now living our dream!

Thank you John and Tina for all the work you put into this to make our dream come true!

Mitch & Danielle



We originally bought and recently sold a condo with John’s help. He’s a great guy to work with. He’s knowledgeable, experienced, and above all, trustworthy. We loved the condo he originally found us and we felt we got it at a good price. Years later, when it was time to sell, he gave us great advice with respect to cleaning, staging and freshening the place up. John knows what buyers are looking for. The pricing strategy he recommended worked. The unit sold fast and we sold above asking price! We will definitely be using John again.

Thank you for all your help with the condo.  I am really happy that the estate paperwork is almost finished.






Thank you so much once again for your expertise and professionalism in the sale of my home.

I must say I was quite sceptical after dealing with another real estate company for 90 days that you would be able to sell my home. To my surprise not only did you sell my home for above asking price, but you were able to accomplish this in 3 days after you listed the house!

I also wanted to thank yourself and Leslie-Ann for keeping me informed every step of the way through emails and phone calls etc. You both restored my faith and confidence in the real estate profession. I will definitely be referring everyone I know to you, as you have proved you are the one to get the job done!

Thank you thank you thank you! I am so relieved the stress has been taken off of me, now I can enjoy my new home.

Take care

Kellie M.



We were really pleased that our home sold in only three days and with multiple offers!  John did a great job in getting the house sold – and it was clear that his experience, market knowledge and deep networks paid off for us.  Thanks John!

Marv & Christine F.



Dear John,

On behalf of my parents, we would like to say THANK YOU for all your help throughout the years. I know it was not easy for you.  You have put a tremendous amount of your time and effort into helping us. You were very professional, helpful, and above all, VERY patient with us.

Thank you again for sticking by us throughout the whole process,

Jenny L.



Hello John,

I just wanted to thank you for the excellent work you did in helping us find our dream home. You were able to be patient with us while we waited and did not pressure us into anything we didn’t want to do. You were very flexible and worked around our schedule for showings and other appointments.
Your professionalism and attention to detail ensured that nothing was overlooked. It was very clear to us that you have been doing this for a long time and have had a number of happy customers.
Thank you so much for your friendliness and excellent service. You can be assured that we will recommend you to others who are in search of the best real estate agent in town!
From the Happy Couple,

Brian & Lisa



Like many other homeowners trying to sell their property I did some research on the many options that were available before listing my house for sale. I contemplated between listing with an agent or trying to sell privately. I interviewed a number of real estate agents before I met John. The other agents I interviewed brought their standard marketing materials and sales pitches. John was the last agent I interviewed. He brought a sales strategy, a game plan, and a timeline for selling my house quickly for fair market value. I immediately felt comfortable with John’s friendly personality, professionalism, and knowledge of the KW area.

My house was an older bungalow in a unique neighbourhood. Estimating the market value of my property was difficult and I believed that it was going to be a challenge to sell. At first I was skeptical of John’s market evaluation but his enthusiasm and confidence quickly had me convinced. I put my doubts aside and put my trust in John’s knowledge and experience. I am so glad I did because in just 2 days I received multiple offers at more than asking price. John was able to negotiate a selling price far more than what I would have expected if I had sold privately and he made the whole process quick, smooth, and stress free.

Without any hesitation, I would highly recommend John to anyone looking to sell their property in the KW area.

From a very happy customer,

Mike D.



Dear prospective K-W home buyer,

I’m writing this letter to introduce John Fishbein, who recently acted as our real estate agent. At the beginning of this year, I started a new job in Waterloo, and my wife and I needed to find a house as quickly as we could to avoid months of lengthy commuting – but it also needed to be the right house for our young family.

I’d heard about John through friends in the K-W area. I gave him a call, and we set up a Saturday meeting. I had given John a few general parameters about our housing desires in advance, and John set up a serious of viewings. At the end of the day, we put in an offer on an excellent home that we’d seen, and we were thrilled to have it accepted.

Our experience with John throughout the process was extremely positive. He was professional and prompt. He seemed to have an intuitive sense of the type of home and neighbourhood that was a good fit for us. During the viewing, he had the ability to size up homes quickly and point out both strengths and weaknesses. He had indepth knowledge of the pros and cons of the various neighborhoods. And he successfully managed the difficult balance of sharing his informed opinions with us while still giving us ample space to develop our own impressions and make our own decisions.

I thoroughly enjoyed my experience with John, and would recommend his services to anyone looking for a new home in the K-W area!


David J.


Dear John,

Jeff and I would like to thank you again for helping us find our dream house. Honestly, we did not expect or believe in a “dream” house, as all my friends told us that it does not exist. Of course, they are all surprised now. You make the whole process quick and easy. We really appreciate your help.

Our case is a bit special. We were still in Vancouver when the house hunting started. At that time, we had no idea about the Kitchener-Waterloo market. We called a couple of agents. It was a difficult decision for us, as we know how important it is to have a good agent. Without meeting them in person, you just cannot be sure about it. However, we chose John eventually because he is very organized. He always answers the phone; if not, he will call you back in a couple of minutes. A strong intention of time is key to us (out of towner + first-time buyer). Obviously, we made the right choice.

In the following month, John and LA updated the list of available houses everyday given our preferences. After knowing a bit more about KW, we decide to visit. John rearranged his schedule and make sure he can accompany us during the entire time. Although it was a weekend, John managed to show us 15 houses in two days. We made the offer to our house on the second day, which was just listed the previous night. We consider ourselves very lucky, but it is John who sees the value of the house right away and helps us choose the right price. Without his professional and fair judgment, the deal will not be sealed so smoothly.

This is not the end of the story yet. John also recommended us the house inspector, the lawyer, the insurance agent, and the sub-contractor. We end up using all and had great experiences with each of them. In particular, our sub-contractor finished our basement in three weeks with a very honest price. Just as John said when we first saw this house, finishing the basement right can add so much value to it. John’s knowledge, vision, and network make our dream house come true.

Thanks again for all you’ve done.

Kay and Jeff
Professor, Economics Faculty


Hi John,
Perry and I just wanted to thank you for the amazing job you did in selling our house.

We can’t believe that it is over! It all happened so fast. We also wanted to say that we are very pleased with the way you handled all the negotiating process and how you worked for us all the way to the end of the deal.

We don’t know what the future has for us, but we are certain that if we ever needed to sell our new house in Listowel it would be you we would be calling!


Perry and Miriam S.




Thank you so much for making selling a home, so surprisingly easy. Your advice and professionalism made it seem effortless. I’m glad I took the time when I accessed your website, that turned out to be one of my best decisions.

Once again, thanks very much.

Robert & Jean T.



Dear John,

Thank you so much for helping us with the recent sale of our house in Waterloo. We are extremely happy with your proficiency and professionalism during the sale, and pleased that we made a right choice to ask you to represent us for the sale.

I’d received a job offer from the United Nation’s Environmental Programme which required us to move to Bangkok in October. You provided us with very valuable advice and information on how we could handle the long-distance property sale when we first met in late September. There was a fairly good offer before we left Waterloo for Bangkok, but you did not push us to accept it. After we relocated to Bangkok in October, we had frequent email exchanges, and telephoned as well as faxed when needed, regarding the property sale. Everything was handled effectively and professionally. To our surprise, you helped us sell our house very quickly at a price very close to our expected price with a closing date exactly when we wanted!

We are very grateful to you for your hard work and professionalism. We will definitely recommend you to our friends in the future.

Yours truly,

Wanhua Y. & Huaiming Z.
Head Lawyer, UN Environmental Department Asia
Bangkok, Thailand


Dear Adrian,

I would like to send you a letter regarding the positive experience my wife and I had working with John Fishbein. During our initial meeting with John and thereafter, he presented a down-to-earth attitude which impressed us, and made us feel very comfortable working with him. Unlike many other realtors we have been approached by, John was not pushy, and genuinely listened to what we wanted as sellers, and the time-lines we wanted to work within.

It was our goal to sell our home fast, and John said he thought he could do it within one week. At first we were skeptical at this confidence, but we did indeed have multiple offers and our house sold within a few days. During the negotiations, John did well to advocate for us all sellers, and remove any inclination of “game playing” from the deal. We had several fair offers, and the deal firmed up within a week.

John’s role was to sell our house under our requested conditions quickly. He did this efficiently and effectively. His knowledge of the area and experience in the field was helpful in getting a quick but fair sale for our house.

I would recommend John to anyone who is looking for a realtor in the KW area.

Sean & Rachel C.


Hi John, I just wanted to let you know how great it was to see the house sell for the full asking price in less then 24 hours after it was posted on your site!

After having tried to sell myself privately for over 2 months, my situation changed and I knew I needed to contact the pro’s. With your professionalism and dedication to my needs still fresh in my mind from when you helped me buy my house. I had no reservations in calling you up straight away.

My house sold for significantly more then what I had been listing it for privately so that was great. It was a pleasure doing business with you again…. you and the whole RE/MAX team really know your stuff!

From a very happy customer,

Brenda R.


We have had the good fortune to work with John Fishbein in both purchasing our new home and in selling our former one.

Throughout the search process, John effectively kept us informed about prospective properties, and was quick to respond to our requests to view them. Once it came time to place an offer, John was decisive and demonstrated expert instincts through these negotiations.

In selling our home, John’s expertise once again served us well. He gently assessed the strengths and weaknesses of our property and worked with us to set goals for our sale. His advice at this time was valuable and helpful. John worked tirelessly to sell our home – when meeting with buyers from out of the region, he provided information on our part of the city that helped reinforce the positive image of our property.

The selling process to a turn for the bizarre when our property was selected to be featured on Property Virgins, an HGTV programme. This involved John putting in a marathon 6-hour shift at the home while the film crew worked. In the end, John’s willingness to go the distance paid off – we received an offer at the end of the filming day, and we were further impressed by John’s canny ability to negotiate the best price on our behalf.

Through all of our experiences, he displayed an impressive work ethic, and we are grateful for his work on our behalf.

Jill and Duncan N.


We are writing to express our appreciation for the exceptional representation John Fishbein provided us in acquiring our first home. John came highly recommended by several friends, and we were equally impressed with his skills and integrity.

Throughout our search, John was diligent, informed and genuine. He guided us smoothly through our first home buying experience, and answered our many questions with patience and knowledge. He demonstrated an amazing ability to negotiate fairly and firmly. Without these negotiation skills, and his willingness to act quickly, we would likely have missed the opportunity to make a successful offer. His perseverance served us well.

We are thrilled with our new home, and extremely grateful to John for his hard work and skilled support. We will confidently recommend John Fishbein in the future, and contact him again should the need arise.

Yours truly,

Krista & Troy V.


Dear John:

We would like to thank you for your professional assistance in purchasing our property in Waterloo this spring.

Being almost 2000 kilometers away from Waterloo, it was essential that we have a prompt, efficient and alert agent, someone who knew what our needs and limitations were. You certainly fit our requirements!

Your assistance in representing our needs and interests was invaluable. You promptly returned our calls and gave us good, honest advice on the local market conditions. We also appreciated your attention to detail and providing us with references to various local service providers from who we could choose.

We would highly recommend your services to others especially for those who may be purchasing from a distance or individuals new to the Waterloo area.


Gavin & Debbie L.


Dear Mr. Baas,

I am writing this letter to tell you how pleased I am with John Fishbein’s efficiency and professionalism during the recent sale of my mother’s house in April of this year. I was working in Australia when an emergency arose with my elderly mother’s health and I was forced to relocate her to Victoria Place, a retirement lodge in Kitchener. It soon became obvious that she could no longer live in her house and I wanted to sell the house quickly and at a fair market price. I spoke, faxed and exchanged countless emails with John from Australia, Mexico, Hawaii and Vancouver, B.C. He was just terrific to deal with; very personable but very professional too. He was extremely knowledgeable and was always able to answer my questions. I felt very confident that he was handling the house sale and that’s pretty remarkable considering that I was thousands of miles away from our first contact in February until the house sold in April. He did exactly what I wanted; he sold the house quickly and at a fair market price.

I trust that you and Re max recognize his worth and see that he is a very valuable asset to the Remax organization

Heather C.


Dear John:

Thank you for selling our house. Who would of imagined selling our house in one week! We appreciate all your time, efforts and advice you gave us. Your positive attitude was reassuring and made the sale happen!

I remember you taking the time a year ago when we were just contemplating moving and advising us. Then it seemed like a dream when we listed it this year and it was sold in a week. Your energy and talents will never be forgotten. If anyone ever asks us who to get to sell their house, the answer is clearly-you! Better yet we would tell them before they have a chance to ask.

July 30th, 2001, was the highlight of our summer-the day you sold our house. The next day we were able to buy the house we wanted, thanks to you. The excitement you expressed to us, reflects not only are you good at your job but you like what you do. You genuinely understand how people feel buying/selling their home.

Thanks again for treating us with professionalism and warmth. You are the best!

Keep in touch,

Teressa & David W.


Dear John

Thanks so much for helping us with the purchase of our new home – we love it! Thanks also for continuing to send us homes on a daily basis even though it took us over a year to finally take the plunge. You’re both very patient and never gave up on us when most other agents I’m sure would have. Finally thank you for acting so quickly when it came time to submit the offer. I’m sure the other offer that was coming in would have forced us to pay thousands of dollars extra had we not beat them to it. You are both extremely professional and it means a lot to be able to rely on someone when it comes to such an important transaction.


Russ & Juliette H.



Hi John,

Peter and I wanted to put into words our sincere appreciation for the professional service that you provided to us with both the purchase of a new home and the sale of our existing home. We are very much looking forward to moving into our new house and are very thankful for your hard work in selling our existing home and securing a “too-good-to-be-true” offer.

I appreciated your enthusiasm maintained through both the purchase and sale of our house. Since we have two small children it was sometimes difficult to organize open houses and Realtor visits, you demonstrated sincere understanding for the children’s schedules and were very understanding regarding the clutter of toys.


John, on a personal note thank-you for keeping me very informed regarding Realtor comments and potential Purchaser comments; it helped to keep me reminded of how hard you were working for us.

I realize that we are not finished all of our dealings at this time, but Peter and I are so pleased with the offer we received for our home that we wanted to send this letter off to you.

Diane & Peter H.



I am writing to let you know what a fine employee you have in John Fishbein. This young man is by far the most enthusiastic and resourceful real estate sales representative that my husband and I have ever met.

In a recent transaction, in which we purchased a townhouse jointly with our son and his wife, John demonstrated great initiative in seeking out an advantageous mortgage arrangement for us and in responding to our unique needs as clients. He put a lot of time and effort into a transaction that, in relative terms, earned him a small commission.

We certainly appreciate John’s interest and concern; our only regret is that due to geographical distances we cannot ask him to be our agent as we attempt to sell our home in Orillia! We will certainly recommend John Fishbein to our friends and, should the need arise, seek out his services in the future.

Please extend our heartfelt thanks to John.

Pam G.



You are a very good representative for Re/Max! I would like you to know that we realize you did everything in your power to sell our property, especially in the short time frame given to you. I do not think any other agent would work as diligently as you. The frequent open houses, advertisements, good contacts paid off for us. Not to mention your dedication and thoughtfulness to your client helped ease the stress during a very trying time.

We wish you continued success in your real estate career and yes, we would recommend you!

A very satisfied customer.

Betty & Joe S.


Dear Re/Max Twin City,

Graham and I wanted to make sure we wrote a letter to compliment John Fishbein about the amazing job he did selling our house.

Our house had several strikes against it: small lot, right beside an alleyway, UFFI and in a neighbourhood with a colourful reputation. As you can imagine, we were very frustrated after having our house listed with another real estate company for nine months. We had 32 showings and absolutely no results. We were a little skeptical of John’s confidence and enthusiasm. We were amazed when, two weeks later, he sold our house and, on the first day of looking, found the house we had always hoped for! It has the location, lot size and house that we wanted. We were also impressed watching John negotiate the highest possible price for our house and the lowest price for our new home. I thought our involvement would end there but then he offered to contact the lawyer to get us the best rates for legal services.

John put up with us when we were frustrated and skeptical and turned us into believers that he is the hardest working real estate agent around. I am writing this letter to share with you my sincere belief that there is no other agent capable of doing the job that John has done for us. We tell everyone we know about his amazing work and we wish him continued success.


Sue & Graham L.


Dear John,

If this were a movie, no one would believe it is a true story. One real estate agent – well dressed, polished presentation, but let’s call him Mr. Mediocre – comes in and has me convinced that my house will go for no more than $129,900.

Then you enter the scene – no frills, but earnest and keen. We debate the asking price for over an hour. You eventually persuade me to raise my price by $5,000.00. Bold move. To prove your point, you hustle me down the block to see another competing house. We finalize the listing at 10:00 that night. Still, after you leave, I’m thinking I’ll probably end up getting something near the lower price, if lucky.

But the following afternoon, less than 24 hours later, you bring in a customer and then an offer – at $134,000 – over 99% of the higher asking price! Wow, you know how to prove your point!

Now that the sale is official, I’m please to admit that you were right.

That all happened fast. It happened so fast, I regret not having more opportunity to watch you in action. As a professor of communication, I found your communications style down-to-earth, refreshing, infectiously enthusiastic, and of course persuasive. I like how you were excited about my house. When you first saw it, you could see its full potential – how it would make a good home for someone. You show your love for your profession.

You mentioned you also love reading. Not that you need it, but I’ve enclosed a business writing text – this author is recognized as one of the best in the field. Enjoy.

Thanks for all you’ve done.

John K.


Have I thanked you ???

If not,(and even if I have, it bears repeating!) here goes: you
have done an absolutely remarkable job of easing my stress, and at
the same time, doing a superb job of disposing of my condo. Your
perceptions of the market, and the perspective buyer are remarkable,
swift and sure. Plus, you’ve been a good friend.

Nona G.


Being new in the Kitchener/Waterloo area, when it came time to buy a home, we weren’t sure where to start. We had references from friends who lived in the area, but none of them were glowing. So, we resorted to searching for an agent online, and eventually found John’s website, www.kwhome.com.

We contacted John via email at first. He immediately went to work for us despite never meeting us. He took the time to ask questions about our family and what type of neighbourhood we’d like to be in. With this information, he began presenting house listings to us that he felt would be a good match.

What convinced us to sign on with him is that he displayed a genuine interest in helping us out. Living an hour out of town and having a newborn baby made it very difficult for us to get into the city for any extended period of time to look at houses. As such, we relied on
John to do a lot of the legwork for us.

Within 3 weeks of initally meeting John, we had found the house of our dreams, well within our price range, and in the perfect neighbourhood. John took control of the negotiations and got us a great deal on our new home.

Without an ounce of hesitation, we highly recommend the Realtor Services of John Fishbein.”

Rocky & Sara J.


Hi John,

I wanted to write to say thanks for all your help. You were able to make the whole home buying process less overwhelming and a lot less intimidating for someone doing this not only for the first time but on their own.

I trusted your opinions and valued your recommendations. You did not push but gave honest answers and allowed me to have the space and the information to make the best decision.

You negotiated an excellent price for my new home and I am extremely happy.

Thanks again for your time, your boundless energy and enthusiasm.

Tanya W.


Dear John,

Thank you for the excellent work you did on our behalf in selling our property at 121 University Ave. in Waterloo. You were able to secure a top selling price for the home in an amazingly short period of time that saved us the challenges of extended showings.

Your attention to detail and extensive network of relationships is clearly an asset in the work you are doing and was of great benefit to us. Your assistant, L.A. was very professional and ensured that communication was thorough and timely.

Thank you again for your excellent service. We will highly recommend you to others interested in a quality real estate agent in the Waterloo Region!


Randy & Marge F.



Dear John,

Thank you for the excellent work you did on our behalf in selling our property at 121 University Ave. in Waterloo. You were able to secure a top selling price for the home in an amazingly short period of time that saved us the challenges of extended showings.

Your attention to detail and extensive network of relationships is clearly an asset in the work you are doing and was of great benefit to us. Your assistant, L.A. was very professional and ensured that communication was thorough and timely.

Thank you again for your excellent service. We will highly recommend you to others interested in a quality real estate agent in the Waterloo Region!


Steve & Michelle R.

Dear Mr. Baas,

We are pleased to be writing to you today to express our appreciation for the efforts of one of your agents, John Fishbein in regards to the sale of our home.

When we decided to purchase a new home we were faced with the task of preparing our older home (1920’s) for sale. We had many jobs to attend to and John willingly took the time to come (more than once) and give us guidance, and feedback on what needed to be done. He encouraged us at times when the job seemed unending, and he patiently answered our many questions. John was not afraid to be direct with us, in his own kind way, and to gently push us to get the best results.

While it took us longer to accomplish the task, the end result was a beautiful home that sold in only one week for almost 98% of our asking price! We were thrilled that John was able to find a buyer for us that quickly!

We have been very pleased once again by the professional manner John demonstrates, and with his knowledge and wisdom regarding the real estate business. Should the need arise, we will surely use John’s services again, and we will continue to recommend him to family and friends.

Roger & Mary S.