Hello! I’m Kristin and I am the newest member to the BREL team as a bona fide Real Estate Agent [insert all of the happy in all of the world here]. I love my job, my colleagues and am honoured to be working with one of the best teams in Toronto.
Let me tell you how I got here. It’s important. I spent the first part of my marketing life in publishing. Newspapers, magazines and books. Print was my whole world. I was lucky (& talented) enough to hold senior marketing positions at some of the biggest brands in Canada and the world. But something was missing. I come from a real estate OBSESSED family. When I was a kid our Sundays were spent at open houses. My parents built their real estate portfolio by moving often and up.
My fiercest goal at age 21? Saving up enough so that I could buy my childhood home on the Bluffs. Sad news: it got torn down & replaced by a monster home before I could afford it. First real estate lesson? Act as reasonably fast as you can or lose out.
I jumped at the chance of an opportunity of a lifetime to work with the BREL team. Up until then, real estate was just a weekend hobby. Now it is my life, 24/7. I am lucky to call my job my passion. I give everything I have for all my clients; from marketing to negotiating the best deal possible I deliver.
My husband I were looking to buy a second property – a condo – in Toronto to be closer to my husbands office. Even though we’ve bought property before this is the first time it was a second residence. We researched agent reviews online and decided to give the BREL team a call. Kristin was in touch with us quickly and after viewing a few properties we decided on the area and waited a few weeks until one came on the market. Kristin helped us negotiate a great deal over Christmas and New Year and helped us find a law firm who was able to do a 3 week closing for us (FeldKalia – who were also awesome to deal with) All in all it was a positive experience.
We look forward to dealing with Kristin on our next real estate transaction.
– Ann L.
My wife and I recently worked with BREL to find our first home in Toronto. The Toronto market was grueling and we fought through multiple bidding wars over a six month period before finding our home. The BREL team was with us the entire time, always available to coach us through the process and offer professional sound advice when we needed it.
– Tyler & Tara
My partner and I had an absolutely wonderful experience working with the BREL team. The time came when we needed to sell our first home. Based on their excellent YELP reviews we decided to “interview” BREL. Melanie and Kristin met us at our house and clearly and concisely laid out their process. We knew right away they were the team we wanted to work with. The entire process of getting our home ready and on the market was smooth and painless. Kristin had everything laid out and planned and we sailed right along. She was always available to answer any questions and the team helped us with everything from making sure our dog was out of the house during showings to storing our “clutter”.
We would not hesitate to anyone looking for an honest, hardworking firm to sell their home!
– Kristin G.
Moving from Belgium to Canada with two small children is quite daunting for any family and trying to look for an apartment/house in a place where you have NO IDEA is really scary. Kristin has been our angel-in-disguise and helped us find a great house in the cutest neighbourhood in our budget. She not only knows everything about Toronto, she is just a bundle of energy and sunshine and gives her clients 110% that it’s very hard to get depressed about not finding the right house! We got in contact with her in the beginning of 2015 and when we went to visit Toronto last week, she jumped on our wagon and guided us through the city, and helped us find the perfect place for us and our two little kids. She also did research for us for schools and daycare before we visited every potential pad, which was just amazing. She really cares about you being at home in the city. Thank you Kristin, for everything! I feel like I have found a great Canadian friend already! Highly recommended to anyone who wants to rent/sell/buy in the region of Toronto– you will not regret getting to know her!!
– DaHae L.
Working with Kristin was extremely convenient and a pleasure.
Having trouble renting out my unit as I am an overseas investor and am not on the ground to chase up potential tenants, I opted to use the professional services provided by the firm.
Extremely professional and fast, had a solid option of tenants in a matter of a week. Very impressed with the speed and honest advice provided by Kristin and would definitely recommend using her again.
Keep up the good work!
– Saeed A.
It has been such a pleasure to get to know Kristin! Through her, I found a wonderful, gem-of-a-rental that suits me perfectly. Kristin was well-informed about Toronto’s rental market, professional and courteous at all times, and very helpful while I navigated viewings, leases, and negotiations. I recommend her and the BREL Team highly.
– Gaya A.
My fiancee and I recently moved from Ottawa to Toronto and found ourselves completely lost when looking for an apartment. Kristin went out of her way to help us navigate the market and even went to showings on our behalf while we were still in Ottawa, saving us multiple trips to Toronto. She was able to find us a spacious unit with a beautiful kitchen, a huge balcony and a great view of the lake. Needless to say, we’re very happy with the service she provided for us!
– Lauren & Mike
Kristin was tremendous in helping us find our dream rental! Her professional support and advice made apartment hunting a pleasure. Kristin was professional, friendly, and motivated. She was extremely knowledgeable of the market and considerate of our all of needs. She went above and beyond our expectations by scheduling meetings at our convenience, after work and on weekends. Kristin took care of everything and made the process of renting a condo quick and effortless. For that, we’re extremely grateful!
– Anna & Kurt
Hi Kristin – just wanted to send you a quick note of thanks for helping us with the apartment. We’re all moved in now and loving it here! My previous landlord is currently looking to rent my old apartment. I hope you don’t mind me passing along your name to him. Not sure what he has in store, but you were great so I know he’d be in good hands. All the best!
– Colin E.
I initially put in a web request for more information on April 14th (did a Google search and found your site) and that same night Kristin reached out to offer her assistance. From that point on she asked all the right questions and tailored our searches on the MLS based on weekly, if not daily changes from us. We finally met Kristin this past weekend and she completely exceeded our expectations. I’m not one to write reviews normally, but this experience stood out from others.
My husband and I are relocating from Washington, DC and are completely new to Toronto. Kristin took a lot of time explaining the different neighborhoods and showing us a variety of places in each. By the end of the day on Saturday, she had a really good sense for what we liked and did not like and it felt as if she had worked with us for over a year!
We initially thought we would want a condo but given our reactions to the ones we saw, Kristin suggested seeing some apartment homes. In the end we found a space within a huge house, which is something we never would have thought would appeal to us. Kristin’s advice and suggestions were invaluable to us as newcomers to Toronto. We are giving her a lot of credit, because we didn’t give her much time at all to find us a place but somehow she managed to find us exactly what we wanted. Kristin’s made this relocation much more manageable and enjoyable.
Based on this experience, if the rest of your team works as hard as Kristin, I would highly recommend the BREL team! Looking forward to our move!
As someone who recently relocated to Toronto from New York (via Vancouver), the BREL team far surpassed my expectations and then some.
Specifically, Kristin Shensel is skilled, professional, attentive and reliable. She described each unit in detail and held my hand step-by-step since I was skeptical after 10 years of unreliable brokers and hidden fees in NYC. Since we were corresponding from different cities, it’s important to note that all photos and descriptions accurately depicted square footage and amenities and my questions were answered with candor.
Frankly, I am surprised this type of service is available to renters–my landlord seconded my enthusiasm when we all exchanged keys so clearly Kristin built rapport all around. Bravo BREL, you are all true professionals.
– Shireen L.
As a first-time seller, bringing Brendan and the BREL team on board to sell my condominium was probably the best decision I could have made. They made what could have been a confounding and frustrating experience into a relatively painless one.
From the start, Brendan and Mel brought a wealth of knowledge and experience to the table. They had a great understanding of our building and the neighbourhood, and were able to answer all of our questions about the process. BREL’s team of cleaners, stagers and photographers were on hand to ensure that the condominium looked its best for viewings — and at no additional cost to us!
We had the opportunity to work with several members of the BREL team — Brendan, Mel, Kristin and Mike — and found them all to be friendly, professional and incredibly easy to communicate with. We received regular updates about viewings and agent feedback, and the BREL team was there to walk us through it every step of the way.
We have been singing the BREL team’s praises to everyone we know, and they are the only agents we would work with on any future real estate transactions. Thanks again, guys!
– Umair Q.
I have worked with other real estate agents in the past, but no one has compared to Kristin. We managed to find the condo of my dreams only a 5 minute walk from work… and the best part: it was way under budget. Kristin worked tirelessly for weeks and managed to get us the unit under asking price. I am going to recommend Kristin to anyone looking to buy, sell or lease property in the GTA!
– Massine B.