Cape Breton Estates: Land of the Golden Arms

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Cape Breton Estates: land of the golden arms

"ABOUT THIS SITE" TESTIMONIALS

Thanks to all of you who have taken the time to let us know our attention to detail has not only not gone unnoticed but is much appreciated in some quarters!

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Wow and Hello to Tom’s wife! This is the best web-site I have ever seen for a Realty company!!! Absolutely stunning! After I have sold my yacht I will come and see Tom for a nice property! Hope my favorites are still available on the lake then! Best & Ciao Bernd

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Good Afternoon Tom, Just called in to express my respect for the effort you put forth into your listing, the time spent on your photo gallery alone is remarkable - truly commendable. I had spent 10 years in the Valley / BC with Commercial Real-estate and thought I did a reasonable job on presentation. It was not until I spent several hours over these last months exploring your listings, to appreciate the fact - you are indeed a one of a kind, a true perfectionist! I have gone back a few times to UNIQUE 200 ACRE ECOSYSTEM ON LAKE AINSLIE – I love it – it will be the first one on my list to purchase before the fall! I am proud to know you and to be working with you! Respectfully, Larry.

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Let me congratulate you and your wife on the level of detail you put into your listings. Particularly nice to see floor plans, community links, great maps including property maps, and the overview of Cape Breton. I particularly like the reasonably exhaustive photographic views you have built in. I know that real estate photography can tend to be a little deceptive, since you want to put the property's best foot forward, but from a purchaser's point of view, when you travel several thousand kilometres to visit "the perfect" new house, and discover the abattoir next door, which was conveniently just missing in the panoramic photo, its not only an expensive waste of everyone's time, but it permanently breaks trust with the realtor. You seem to have a good blend of boosterism (which is your job), combined with providing sufficient realistic detail so that people have a reasonable sense of what they are getting into before they jump on a plane. We are from Alberta which makes house hunting in NS expensive in time and money, so reality is a very important factor for us. There, you have been congratulated! Have a good day, Peter.

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Subject: Amazing listings. Mr. Childs, I spent some time last year looking at real estate listings on the internet, and have again been doing that in recent days.  I have just come upon your listings, and have to compliment you.  I have never seen such careful, thorough descriptions of property.  Your writing, together with  the photos, gives a sense of the properties unlike anything I have seen before.  Congratulations!  For any possible buyer, it is worth all the work you put into this. Stephen H.

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This website is absolutely beautiful. You have done a wonderful job. Best wishes, Barbara G.

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Your photography and attention to detail with the listings is amazing. Which leads to my reason for writing. What program or script do you use for your slide shows (if you don't mind sharing)? I could possibly use something like that for my web site. Kate

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Just want to let you know this web site is excellent! I love all the photos and careful descriptions. You really earn your commission! Mike - Lake Worth, Fl.

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Hi Tom, We can't thank you enough for the excellent job you did when presenting the 40 acres in Irish Vale.  Our family has walked the land and has sent us more pictures.  We'll be back home in two years for a visit and plan to retire on our property in about ten years time.  This is a dream come true for us. Thanks Again, wishing you and yours a happy long life. Sincerely.  Kathy & Everett

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Good afternoon. While we have lived in Canada for more than twenty years my family and I are still hoping to find that magical place which we can call home. We have lived in Ontario, Quebec, The Yukon and now in British Columbia but we still haven’t found that place. However, while surfing the Internet yesterday evening I came across your website and I felt that I have to send you an e-mail to commend you on your hard work in presenting Cape Breton through so many beautiful photos, to those of us who have not have the opportunity to visit this beautiful place. Although I am currently working as a Senior Management Consultant here in British Columbia I have been searching for a suitable position in Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba for past few months. I didn’t even think about the East coast. However, after looking at all the beautiful photos of Cape Breton my wife and I thought that it would be like a dream come true if we could move there. As a result, today for the first time I searched for opportunities in Cape Breton region....Best regards, Joseph M., BC

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I love your website, by the way.  It's the best, most informative realtor's website I've seen.  If only the regional school board's websites were as good; I'm getting quite frustrated trying to map properties for sale against school districts....Cheers,
Anne

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I have to tell you the other real estate sites for Cape Breton don't hold a candle to yours. I was looking at properties on other sites and found myself making lists of questions I have to ask the realtor - they were long lists. With yours I didn't have to do that and don't have to contact you to know whether the property suits us.

Would you be willing to take photos and write a report on another realtor's listing for us? Can you represent us? George (P.S. My daughter wants to meet your poodles.)

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Thanks for your prompt response - yes, please add me to your mailing list. You have done a fantastic job of photos and info on property - superb! Cheers, Greg S.

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Hello Mr. Childs, I have just spent an enjoyable evening and morning going through your property listings. Your Tour photos are magical. All the Best, Richard

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You have, without a doubt, the finest, most descriptive real estate website that I have ever seen, and your slide show of Cape Breton beats any tourist website in existence! Your photos are, simply, superb. I have been learning about Cape Breton Island and daydreaming about buying some waterfront property, there, over the last 5 or 6 years by studying the various real estate sites linked to capebretonisland.com, although I didn't run across your website until recently...
Marty O.

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I still think your web site is the best!!  I will monitor for potential sales to my associates......  you really never know!! My best wishes, joseph

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(CC to Tom by third party)
I will refer it to my friends to recommend that they add it to their list of favorites. When we saw Ingonish it was love at first site and we immediately decided to acquire the property.  We subsequently offered all-cash (full-price) without the benefit of being able to compare the price to that asked for other islands. However, since my wife and I are on the web daily we really did not make a sincere effort to check comps as we love Cape Breton / Nova Scotia.  Fortunately for us, the listing broker (Tom Childs, who we had never met) was a consummate professional.  He handled everything and all went very smoothly.

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Please keep the property page up as long as you like.  I believe the quality of the presentation would demonstrate the professional manner in which you market real estate.  And, as such, help you attract both listings and buyers alike.  Rob H.

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Wow, you have a great website!  Actually, I think it is the nicest real estate website that I have ever seen... Carmen D.

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Just wanted to let you know that I think that this site is one of the best I have ever seen/used.  I have been searching the internet for a retirement home for my husband and myself for the past two years and have not found a site that comes close to this one.  Thank you and keep up the good work. Debi Z.

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Hi Tom, My name is Annie R. and I came across your web site in the wee hours of this morning and felt the need to write and tell you that it's one of the BEST web sites I have ever come across while searching for Real Estate.

Everyone knows Real Estate hunting can be extremely daunting, specially for those of us who's dream is to move out of other provinces and back into a simpler and more rewarding lifestyles... E-mails to various agents afar never give you the information you're searching for, and in some respect, it always feeling like you're bothering them because you're not walking into their office and meeting them face-to-face.

The moment I entered your web site, I felt like I had just discovered an extension of my family. It speaks volumes of sincerity and kindness and seems to say "Pull up a chair by the fire and make yourself welcomed" .

I was so absorbed in reading, looking at a collection of beautiful photographs, taking tours of Nova Scotia and getting to know your family that I found the hours had passed and suddenly the sun was rising, and I hadn't gone to bed!. I was riveted!

Please accept my condolences in regards to your loss of your ever faithful and loving Ben... I grew up with Standard Poodles and they are remarkable companions and champions of making a family complete... Your loss is felt deeply in my heart.

Again, my sincerest thank-you's for a wonderful evening of browsing.... Yours Truly, Annie R. Waterloo, Ontario

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Tom: Just wanted to let you know I’m very impressed with your website.  We are considering purchasing waterfront/view property in Cape Breton (we have a cabin in the Highlands area near Tarbot) and I viewed your website while searching properties recently.  I’m also in the business as a RE/MAX agent here in the Dallas, Texas area, and I have an interest in real estate agent website design from a professional perspective as well.

Your website is the superior to any other site I have seen on line for the Cape Breton market and I believe you do an excellent job of showcasing your client’s properties.  I also enjoyed your photo essays and links to local information.  

Hope to meet you on one of our trips up your way.  Best Regards,  Will R.,. Allen, Texas, (and Tarbot, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia)

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First off:  you take WONDERFUL photos. Or the two poodles do by setting up a tripod, and remote. They've been known to do that. What are the dogs' names - they look like they are having a great time. Thanks for your terrific website - Jamie, in Connecticut

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Hi Tom, Thank you for the link. I think you have one of the loveliest websites I have visited. Your text is pure poetry and a pleasure to read. I will return to it, if only to read your descriptions.  Sharyl T.

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Mr. Childs; I came across your website earlier this week and am very impressed.  You have the very best realty website in Cape Breton that I have yet seen.  I live out-of-province so the maps and pictures and area information is so helpful.  I will continue checking your website for new listings. Excellent job. Jacqueline S.

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Hi Tom.  I wanted to say at the inception that your listing site is far and away the best of the lot up there and perhaps anywhere I've seen.  Plenty of photos and information - not just teasers to get folks to the property.  Very nicely done.  Thanks.  P. PS.  I like the fact that your poodles show up in most of the photos!

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Tom  - You have, without a doubt, the best real estate site I have ever seen.   I cannot believe that the big guys do not copy it line by line. I would like to have you add my email to your mail listing, so that I get info on current and new listings. 

We were on Cape Breton last year, and loved it.  Looking at the possibility of purchasing a property with or without a small home on it, to spend summers.  Must have great view, water preferably.  Long views OK.  Being within an easy drive of the neccessities, desirable. Thanks.............Mike R.

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We have high hopes that we you and your bride will have time to join us for dinner in Baddeck and or at the Lodge.

Tom, if you ever need a reference please fell free to give out my name, number and e-mail address.  Rest assured that I will convince any and all who contact me that you can walk on water. I have no doubt whatsoever that we would not have the land if you had not been involved.  Remember I have buying property for 30 years and have a lifetime of experience. 

Consequently, I think that I can speak with authority on the subject of professional brokerage. The area is blessed to have a skilled professional at work. Stay healthy. H.

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Hello from DFW - I have just added your site to My Favorites and will share with friends interested in CBI.  My mother was an Islander and my husband and I own 100 (+-) acres on Rooster Hill in North River on which we hope to build over the next few years.  If I may ask, is your home a Lindal or Linwood home? It is very similar to those we are looking at for the property. 

Sitting in 60-80 degree weather during the island's most recent winter I had found it difficult to envision living on the island during the winter, but your photographs certainly make me see the beauty (vs. the challenges) of winter on this very special island!  Thank you so much!  Best Regards,   Dona S.

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Dear Tom: Congratulations on a SUPER presentation!!!!!!!!!!! If I didn't own the land I might be interested in buying it myself. If the pictures were any better I might have decided not to sell it!!!!!!!!!!! In any case you have earned a profectionist's  highest compliment - I could not have done a better job myself. Bill

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WOW, YOU ARE GOOD!!  thanks, it looks great!! I know Michael spoke with Tom this morning but I also wanted to thank you both for the great presentation on your  website! Thanks for all your efforts. Hope you both have a great weekend! Many Thanks!! Elizabeth

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I've been reviewing various agent sites in Nova Scotia and came across yours a while back... I'm really impressed with your attention to detail on all the properties you have listed. You have my vote for the best property listing presentations in Nova Scotia, perhaps the country! Tours with Tom are also really excellent, and provide great additional insights into the area! Mark (Toronto)

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I've been looking at your listings online and just want to commend you on your extensive format. Your information is so detailed and your photographs are amazing. I've never been on such an efficient real estate website. I'm very impressed with the quality of your listings. Keep up the good work! - M.C.

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Hello - I have never written to compliment the author of a web page - however, I thought your Tribute to Ben was an exceptionally fine piece! Thank you Robert

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