Joanne Bandstra | 604-807-4290

Testimonials

When choosing a real estate professional, get to know their history!

Below, you'll find information that will help you get to know me better - from awards and credentials I've achieved, to references from past clients.
 
I consider the satisfaction of my clients to be my greatest achievement, and take pride in my high volume of repeat business and referrals.

Call me today - I'd love to add you to this growing list!

Above and beyond

Thanks for all your help Joanne! From bringing boxes for packing, helping sort and arranging for the pickup of un-needed items and furniture, I could not have done this alone! My children live far away and I had no one to help me with all the work of downsizing. You and your team of helpers went above and beyond - you were a Godsend and I cannot thank you enough. 

Janet

Easy and stressfree!

Mary Lewis had been my realtor for years and I am thankful that she chose you to carry on her qualities of good service and exceptional customer care. Thank you for your professional assistance in helping me to make the difficult and stressful transition as easy as possible re the house sale.  It went very smoothly!
Gratefully,
Marilyn

two weeks

Joanne was fabulous. We were in need of a home fast and she was on top of it! We went to many viewings, she always squeezed us in and worked around our busy schedules. Joanne responded promptly to all our texts, emails and calls. We found our dream home in less than two weeks thanks to Joanne.
Jumean & Amanda Loungsay 

Twice in a Year!!
I have had the pleasure of using Joanne twice with-in the last year. The first time we were in a hurry to sell as we had already purchased a new home. We called Joanne and she helped us come up with a fair market price and we sold 8 days later! A year later we had to sell our new home due to a work transfer. Once again we called Joanne. We sold within a month! We had multiple offers, for which Joanne provided professional and expert advice. I would recommend Joanne to anyone who is looking to buy or sell a home.
Sheila  
Sell our rental property!

In the current economic conditions, selling a home is not as easy as in times past. Joanne's graciousness and professional handling of every weird turn the process wanted to take was such a relief! She looked out for my interests and concerns throughout. I felt extremely well cared for as she guided the complicated transaction without a slip and with endless patience. She was on top of every detail and went the extra mile many times with no indication ever of being put out. I am definitely spoiled by her quality of support. Anyone buying or selling their property, call Joanne first! You won't find better care anywhere else.
Lorraine

Sell it FAST!
Joanne's slogan "Service that exceeds expectations. Always" is absolutely true! Joanne was relentless in selling our house for us.  She was an excellent listener and communicator all while literally doing EVERYTHING she could to get our house sold quickly and for the right price! She went out and found a buyer for our home instead of waiting for them to come to us.  Joanne, to say the least is an extremely hard working real estate agent who is proactive and deliberate in approaching the sale of a home from as many angles as possible so as to get her clients needs met whatever they may be. I wouldn't want to be in any one else's hands.
Jennifer Kleiber
Moving from out of Province
Joanne Bandstra was integral in our search and purchase of our current home here in Chilliwack. We were moving in from another province and did not wish to waste time and money on renting temporarily while we looked in Chilliwack for a home that suited us.We contacted Joanne and let her know of our moving situation and wish list and she gamefully stepped up to the task of going to each house we had seen over the internet that showed promise as well as sending us new listing updates .
      Joanne did not just go to the houses and give her opinion of their condition etc, she took detailed video and photos and sent them to us so we could make a better informed choice,this did include revisiting some homes for a second viewing and taking our family members, living locally in BC, to see the homes.
       Joanne was very helpful in getting the home inspection done for us as well as very prudent in getting the purchasing paper work and  the necessary legal personel working to make the final steps in purchasing as easy as possible without us having to come to BC prior to our actual moving date, we will definitely use Joanne again in all future real estate transactions.
 
                                                           T. Huizenga
Buy, Sell... Buy, Sell

Four transactions in less than 2 years and Joanne was there for them all!  We met over a phone call!  We had a delightful conversation; she was respectful and fun to talk to.  Several months later I found myself thinking about selling and wondering if there was an opportunity to downsize my mortgage in the current market.  Joanne's fridge magnet came to the rescue!  Together we explored options, even before I had actually decided to sell. We placed my condo on the market and sold to the first person who came to view it.  We went out the next day and purchased my new home! Joanne took care of everything while I went on vacation!

Barely a year later I decided to sell again. The story was basically the same with a change of details.  Again we sold quickly! Joanne helped me find a place that is enabling me to pursue my personal goals for the future.

Having a person like Joanne supporting me on the home-seller/home-buyer journey made the trip a lot of fun.  She listened to what I wanted and always got me the information that I needed in order to make my decisions. 

She even supplied me with packing boxes and picked them up again after the move.

If you want to have fun doing something that is often stressful I'd recommend Joanne!

Erica T

Thanks for making it easy!

We used Joanne last January and sold our house quickly and for more money than we were expecting! We were very pleased with her professionalism- she was informative, honest and down to earth. She had our best interest in mind and got excited when we were excited. We would recommend her to anyone. Selling a house can be a stressful situation, but Joanne made it a smooth process. " Jordan and Stephanie Pringle

Moving out of town
Joanne did a great job selling my townhouse for me. She is friendly and personable and worked hard to create a good selling experience. Where I had questions, she found answers. She used her expertise to identify what price I could reasonably expect to obtain, and what would be the right listing price for the market. With her help, I sold my home after only one week on the market! The buyer is happy, and I'm happy. Excellent job Joanne! 

Joyce C.

Green Acres
We chose Joanne to list our acreage and we were not disappointed.  Joanne proved to be energetic and enthusiastic. Her honesty and sense of humor were very refreshing. She worked hard to find the right buyer and we were very pleased with the results and no headacres! We highly recommend using Joanne as your realtor, it will be a positive experience for you as it was for us. 
L & C
Retiring to Ontario
What can I say!  You impressed me with your tenacity, energy and zest in everything you do.  Your positive attitude coupled with an astute knowledge of the local situation was instrumental in a successful offer being made within 16 days of listing.  As a recently retired member of the Canadian Forces I don’t give false praise, your work ethic was exemplary and you kept me informed at all times of things I needed to know.   Good Show!
 
Sincerely,
Brian Porter CD, Sgt (Ret’d)
Mission, BC   
Unconventional Working Relationship that Works!

I can’t say enough good things about Joanne’s knowledge of the market and work ethic.I had used two previous realtors with two different agencies to sell my condo with no luck.I was unable to be hands on with the sale as I’d already relocated from Abby to Ontario for work.  Lucky for me, a friend told me about Joanne and when I was ready to list again I couldn’t think of a better person to have on my team! Joanne and I communicated purely through text, email andFacebook,saving me the cost of longdistancecharges. What seemed to me a daunting task, trying tobreak free of the property that was tying up my money in BC, was but a challenge Joanne was willing to take on and overcome. She was always reachable and had answers to any questions I posed to her.I honestly can’t thank her enough for making things so easy on me.I would highly recommend her to anyone looking to list a property.

Mandi M

Long distance purchase

My husband and I planned to retire to Abbotsford in the spring of 2013.  Since we live in Ontario, and visits to BC are infrequent, we got started early (summer 2011) so we could get a sense of where we'd like to be.  Joanne walked us through those first steps; listening carefully to what we were looking for.  Back in Ontario we stayed in communication and kept checking MLS.  We found a great home and Joanne confirmed that it was as great as we thought it was....and thanks to her, we have purchased our perfect retirement home.  What a thrill it was when Joanne handed us the keys!  Thank you! We would recommend Joanne to anyone!

Kate & Byron Jordan

Stress Leads the Way (or does it!)

Next to death and divorce relocating ones personal residence tops the chart in the stress category of a persons emotional history. We have been in this situation several times, as we have moved from one province to another several times over the last forty years. Recently we completed what I hope will be our last move as we have reached the senior citizen classification in our life. Having Joanne Bandstra as our real estate agent proved to be one of the smartest decisions we have made during any of these moves.

Joanne’s commitment to her clients is definitely unmatched in the industry. From the time we listed our condominium with her until we were located in our new dwelling Joanne was outstanding. Her knowledge of the market, description of the property, and tips on displaying our home, along with her strategic marketing plan, effectively sold our condominium very close to our asking price and for several thousand dollars more than comparable units in the building had sold for during the last few years. Let me assure you that having a person with Joanne’s passion, perseverance, and market insight negotiating the details of our sale took an enormous amount of stress off of our plate at a time that stress was bubbling over in our personal lives.

Now with the sale completed did Joanne’s commitment to us end here? Let me tell you it did not, Joanne went way above and beyond what is required of a real estate agent. She brought a significant amount of boxes to us, spent hours helping us find a new place, and even arranged for the thrift store to pick up the things we didn’t want to move! Joanne exemplifies the word service in the phrase “outstanding customer service” as well we have become personal friends with this amazing agent.

Bruce and Janet Tremblay

Buying an investment
I am writing this note for a friend as well as real estate agent.
I met Joanne last summer. I was not actively looking for a home for an investment however, I found a home for sale and it was listed by Joanne. As all of my previous real estate transactions with realtors have not been good experiences, I was reluctant to call her. I did call her for information on this property and she was readily available. 
Joanne was very friendly (Not overbearing) and very informative. I arranged to meet with her, and I was very impressed with her knowledge and willingness to find answers for me.
This was not a straight forward transaction as she was the agent for both parties. She went over the top and had to work very hard to make this sale work. The house was very run down and needed a tremendous amount of work. She helped me with arranging inspections as well as gave me names of individuals who could help me with the necessary renovations. When I was not available to meet with prospective worker’s for estimates she went in my place. She spend hours of her own time to make sure that everything was upfront for both the seller as well as myself.
I would definitely hire Joanne in any future real estate transactions and have referred her to anyone I hear looking for property.
Joanne has absolutely changed my opinion of real estate agents and her colleagues should thank her for that. She is genuine, honest and trustworthy.  In my opinion she represents the golden rule, (be thy brother’s keeper).
Good Luck in all your future endeavors, Joanne.
Keep in touch.
Helene
Finding the perfect home!
When we saw our home we knew we are going to buy, there was only one person we immediately called- Joanne.
She patiently showed us house after house & listened to our needs and wants. I really appreciated the fact that she did not just want to sell a house to us, but encouraged us to make our own decisions and respected our budget. She was truthful, honest and never tried to push up our budget. She always looked out for our best interest and whatever she did not know, she found out for us. We could call her all hours and she always responded quickly to our enquiries and requests. One day we drove by an openhouse and although we did not plan to get a town home, we fell in love with it! Joanne had built such a positive and confidence based relationship with us, that we immediately called her to assist us in purchasing out home. Everything went smoothly and I recommend her services to everyone who wants a stress free home sale or purchase experience. Joanne not only has excellent client relationships, but I can testify that she walks the extra mile.
G & M Theron
Seamless!
It was a pleasure working with Joanne! 
She sold our home quickly and went far above and beyond the call of duty to help us every step of the way. The entire process was seamless and by the end of it, we had gained a friend.
We will definitely use Joanne again!
F & L Bertalan
 
Thanks for all your help during a difficult time

My mom chose Joanne to sell her home. When she passed away, Joanne helped me stay the course my mom had set. She helped me understand real estate and all the lingo. She was always there,day or night, when I had what I thought was a dumb question. I'll always remember her patience with me and will never forget the grace she brought. She knows her job well and I followed her direction as it was my mom's wish also. Thanks Joanne, you were so great to work with! Patti Bryce

I highly recommend!

Great Realtor: I decided to list the house when I found out that my husband was developing some serious health issues. I searched the internet and interviewed several agents. I found Joanne to be very proactive and professional in our initial meeting. I was very impressed with her knowledge of the market. She is very easy going and easy to talk to. You need someone like that when you are under enormous stress about making major decisions such as selling your home and also with my own personal challenges I faced as I could not rely on my husband's opinion anymore. I would recommend Joanne to anyone as I know she will look after you when it comes to selling and buying a home. She even brought boxes! Thank you for everything - I would never use anyone else, and am recommending you to everyone I know!

Lois Gamble

Joanne Bandstra
Office:604-807-4290
Lighthouse Realty Ltd.
#260, 2655 Clearbrook Road
Abbotsford, BC
V2T 2Y6 CA