Reviews - Thyra McKilligan

“Thyra’s knowledge of the local real estate market and her experience in collaborating with other realtors proved to be invaluable. I am delighted to have accepted a fair price offer within 2 weeks of listing. Thyra took the time and had the patience to guide me through the many steps: pricing, staging, listing, marketing, analyzing and finalizing counter-offers and contract. Thyra’s professionalism combined with her friendly, straight-forward personality allowed her to offer advice and accept my decisions. I strongly recommend Thyra as a hard-working realtor, focused on helping her client achieve the best possible outcome.”

~ Trixi, Lions Bay, July 2019

“As a couple and family we’ve moved more than 12 times. Different states, different countries, sometimes different jobs. No matter the reason or distance, leaving a home and finding another is full of stress and possibility. We look to realtors to facilitate the transaction and provide some understanding about the location, if it is new. Less commonly, we’ve been fortunate to have worked with a few realtors who knew the transactional aspects, but were also conscientious and motivated to help. And then there is Thyra. Two years. Yes, two years of relentless house hunting, market research and education, objective feedback to our doggy assumptions, availability on par with your best friend, combined with the highest degree of care and aggressive representation, that we have ever experienced. Simple put: the best realtor on Earth…”

~ Tom and Mary H. Bowen Island

“There aren’t many realtors who are able to adapt to changeable market conditions particularly in tougher times when the market slows, however Thyra is one of them. Her experience and ability to understand and react to market conditions has meant that she has been consistently selling houses and helping buyers, despite the dramatic slowdown in the Vancouver real estate market over the last couple of years, to become one of the top performing realtors. We have found her professionalism, patience, personable approach and sheer hard work to be invaluable in getting the deal done. Thank you Thyra.”

~ Harry & Emma

“I am pleased to provide this reference for Thyra McKilligan. We have been working with Thyra for many months with a complicated three property transaction. This has required very competent skills that Thyra has demonstrated repeatedly. Numerous adjustments involving closing and possessions dates, dealing with changes in requests from both sides, and ensuring that all the paperwork was completed on time were some of the challenges she has fulfilled very professionally.

We thank her for her expertise and for the personality, she shared with us.”

~ Dr. Martin Pinaud, North Vancouver

"Our experience with Thyra was phenomenal. We were introduced to her shortly after we moved to Lions Bay. I knew immediately upon meeting her that she was going to be the Realtor we would choose when we decided to sell our home down the road. Our home needed some major renovations and she guided us in implementing which renos would be the most influential for our budget. We knew we would be selling in 2019 or later and in the fall of 2018 there was a significant shift in the market. Fortunately with Thyra's guidance we were able to choose a selling price that gave us the most for our investment. As we were feeling overwhelmed and increasingly stressed she assured us that we just had to "stay the course" and was always there to reassure us. We did sell for near our asking price after an initial adjustment and then the hunt was on for a new property. We found our new home, after lots of showings, that more than met our needs and at a good price that reflected the market at the time. We did well on both ends. Her experience was unsurpassed and much appreciated in a challenging market."

~ Carol & Reid Saari

"Thyra recently assisted us with the sale of my late father’s apartment in West Vancouver. Her advice and guidance was invaluable and made the whole process so much easier from start to finish. She worked hard on our behalf and kept us well informed of all developments. We can say from personal experience that Thyra is a skilled professional who knows the markets and is genuinely focused on providing the best possible service to her clients."

~ Owen & Sabine Jones

"Thyra guided us through the entire marketing process and provided us with a well informed analysis of the competition around us, what price range we were in, and our home’s strong and weak points. She also made recommendations to make our home more attractive to buyers and was very clear on what projects should be avoided, saving us both time and money. Her guidance on preparing our home to show at its best, was invaluable! Thyra was wonderfully skilled in dealing with counter-offers and helped us resolve issues by drawing on expert help. To sum up, a great real estate agent is money well spent!"

~ Peach and Paul Akerheilm

"Thyra has helped us buy and sell condos in North Vancouver, Vancouver and Surrey for over 12 years and is like family to us now. She is detail-oriented, and she always works with other agents and clients with integrity and respect.  She's counselled us through each sale patiently and treated each purchase as her own.  She is a super negotiator and truly goes above and beyond."

~Liz & D’Arcy Faulkner  

"Thank you so much for your professionalism in the recent sale of our house. You are extremely knowledgeable about West Vancouver and Lions Bay and that goes a long way in helping prospective purchasers and giving peace of mind to sellers. You were able to attract good traffice and attention to our listing. We would not hesitate to recommend you to our friends, neighbours and prospective clients as we were impressed with your integrity. You have our permission to share this information.
Thanks Again,"

~ David and Marybeth Poole,
Lions Bay

"So delighted that you've been our realtor. You provided us with exceptional care and professionalism. Your service was outstanding."

~ The Newlands

"Our experience with Thyra as our realtor could not have been a smoother one. We were selling our home of  40 plus years & Thyra guided us through the process calmly and professionally. She helped make the whole experience stress-free. We would highly recommend Thyra for any real estate transaction - buying or selling. She is very knowledgeable & professional." 

~ Pat & Greg Smith
Lions Bay, BC

"Thyra is competence personified.  She has proven that her judgment on timing, strategy, price, and presentation are completely on point so we would highly recommend her to anyone wanting to buy or sell a home.  And, as a bonus, she is great fun to deal with."

~Mark and Angela Betteridge
240 Kelvin Grove Way
Lions Bay

"Thyra is the consummate real estate professional in every respect. We are the grateful recipients of exemplary service on both the purchase and sale end of the real estate transaction as she shepherded us through the entire process from start to finish with knowledgeable and perceptive advice. We especially appreciated her scrupulous attention to detail, strategy, and communication which greatly eased our concerns and stress as did her core values of integrity and ethics. We will use Thyra’s services when the next opportunity arises and have absolutely no hesitation whatsoever in recommending the same to anyone looking for one of the best!"

~Don & Carollyne Beenham
Lions Bay and West Vancouver, BC

"We can't say enough about our wonderful experience with Thyra. After living in our home for 37 years we found the idea of selling, buying and moving very daunting. But at every step of the way, Thyra's response was: "Don't worry, I'll take care of that"  and she did. Thank you, Thyra for making this big life-change so easy."

Sincerely, Nancy and Bill Coutts

"It was a pleasure to work with Thyra McKilligan on the sale of our home. As a realtor, Thyra brings high professional standards and a strong sense of integrity to her work. During the stressful time of selling a home that you love, Thyra was able to see us through the process with care, calmness, and tact. "

~Chris & Alannah MacPhail
Lions Bay BC

"Thyra is one of those rare exceptional people. She does what she says she will do, on time and professionally. She listens, interprets, gives feedback to confirm then finds options for the client. She is strong, clear and completely trustworthy. When we move, she will get the listing and help us find our next home or project."

~ Mark Betteridge CEO
Discovery Parks

I am very happy with the level of service Thyra provided. I am a very tough customer and Thyra met my high standards. It took me years of searching before I found the right house and she was nothing but patient and professional. When I finally found the house I wanted, she really went the extra mile. If I were to buy or sell real estate in the future, I would absolutely use her services again.

~ Lisa Phillips

"Thyra has been my real estate agent on several transactions and has proven to be nimble, responsive, reliable and one of the best listeners I've ever met. From my experience, I can say that Thyra excels at helping her clients make an often difficult transition from one's current home to visualizing a new life in the next one. She's an amazing partner in these very important decisions."

~ Susan Davis

"Thyra has been nothing but professional and has found us the ultimate solution where our growing family will be very happy. I have probably used at least five different agents. Her attention to detail, thoughtfulness and knowledge of strata, neighbourhoods, financing and “closing the deal” has not been matched by any of them."

~ Gareth and Kristen Lloyd

"I am very glad to have listed with Thyra. She gave me a very candid and honest assessment of my property. As a result my place sold much quicker than the average selling time in the area and for a reasonable price. She always responded and addressed my concerns swiftly and professionally. I would definitely recommend her service."

~ Jay Davies

"We have worked with Thyra several times over the last ten years in both Lions Bay and West Vancouver and we wouldn't hesitate to recommend her to anyone looking for a realtor. Thyra's professionalism, integrity, depth of experience and commitment to excellence have made each experience very positive."

~ Keith & Kathy Gregson
West Vancouver

Thyra is one of those rare individuals who commits and completes on whatever she has agreed to do in a most professional manner. I found her to be an enthusiastic, honest, hard working realtor with a huge investment of time to attend and deal with any related matters. She is totally genuine in her care and concern for each and every detail. I would choose to work with Thyra at any opportunity!

~Connie Spiers

"It is truly a pleasure to provide my reference for Thyra McKilligan. 

 From the moment I contacted Thyra she was understanding, kind, respectful and professional in every way, during the listing and sale of my Lions Bay home!  Through the time spent preparing to list, then during the property listing and open houses, and finally to to the sale, closure & inspections of the property, Thyra was truly one of those rare gems, people do not often find.  Thyra is an experienced, motivated professional, with a great track record.  She is the consummate property match-maker who matches the home to it's best clients.  Thyra is one, who listened closely to my many questions and patiently dialogued back and forth with me, helping me understand the benefits my property had to offer, as well as the possible concerns potential buyers might have.  Thyra was always accessible and always communicative - I never felt isolated, alone or 'on my own' during the sale of my property. 

 Thyra was fabulous to deal with and extremely helpful throughout the entire process.  When an offer came on my property, there were no high pressure tactics, if anything, Thyra calmly helped me with the negotiating process and subsequent inspections, ensuring both parties had fair and realistic expectations.  At the end, both parties (Buyers and Sellers) felt good about the deal, which is testament in itself, to the good work Thyra provides.

 When you work through the real estate details with Thyra, she will leave you feeling confident and demonstrates that you have listed your home in the best of hands.  Thyra has an attention to detail that didn't go unnoticed when preparing to list my property and it was clear to me, she was passionate about selling her clients' homes and works extremely hard on your behalf to do so.  I must also add, that I was going through a difficult personal situation at the time and Thyra's caring, understanding and support helped me stay the course, and make it through what seemed like my darkest days. 

 Thyra demonstrates the highest standards of professionalism and deportment and exemplifies the qualities of responsible citizenship and upstanding character. She has a heart of gold, is my trusted advisor and throughout the process has become a very good friend. 

 I would not hesitate to contact Thyra, whether buying or selling a property.  She will be my first call again, when I do! "

~Cathy Yohimas
Director Client Operations & Project Delivery - Government Affairs
Ricoh Canada

"Thyra McKilligan is, in my experience of real estate marketing, outstanding. She expresses unlimited energy and enthusiasm for properties she chooses to ... pass to new owners.  Her gift - a natural insight into the personalities and needs of clients - is demonstrated by her desire to find suitable, appropriate agreements for BOTH parties in the transaction. 

Most valuable to me, a former resident of Lions Bay, was Thyra's complex, current knowledge of the unique character and seasonal marketing potential of specific areas within her focus of interest.  Her financial expertise was an obvious asset; her aesthetic judgement was impeccable in the staging and timing.  HER "choice" of buyers, potential and final, allowed this 30-year owner-lover of every tree, post, beam, and seasonal maintenance move ... to move on.  I recommend her services without reservation.  I particularly recommend her genuine honesty to anyone valuing the real estate assessment over the self-serving spin."
Danielle Wenkstern
80 Panorama Road from 1984 - 2014

"I found Thyra to be enthusiastic, professional, and very prompt with communicating with respect to any news or questions that I might have. I accepted her opinion on pricing, and thus was able to hold her accountable for her estimate of showing activity and interest, both of which lived up to her prediction. It was a very satisfying experience and I would recommend her services without hesitation."

~ Brian Lee

"I want to express our sincere thanks for everything you have done on my and Kristy's behalf over the past several months to sell our Lions Bay property. You really went above and beyond all our expectations at every step of the way.

This could have been a very difficult process, especially given that we needed to sell in what has been a buyer's market in the village. But througout, your knowledge of the local market, your patience and your consistent and solid advice gave us a tremendous amount of confidence going forward.

But what we have really appreciated are all the little things you do. From listing to close, the feeling that you were looking after us - dealing with nervous buyers, anticipating and dealing with the last minute details of our move, and so on. Your incredible attention to detail and willingness to help with even the smallest of tasks made the whole process so much easier, we can't thank you enough. We truly couldn't have asked for more.

So again, thank you Thyra, you're one in a million. I'll definitely be in touch when I'm ready to buy again."

~ Jeffrey B. Matthews

"It was a pleasure to work with Thyra as our listing agent in selling our home in Lions Bay. She was very knowledgeable about the market, proactive in terms of advertising, and facilitating numerous viewings. She gave us good advice regarding establishing listing price and presentation of the house for the best visual effect. We worked well as a team and were very pleased with the process."

~ Anne and Tom

"Thyra is the gift that goes on giving. Over the last number of years we have sold two houses and bought two houses with her at the helm. Not only is she extremely knowledgeable about the North Shore and Lions Bay markets but she is a real “people person” who truly listens to her clients and guides them through the Real Estate-selling storm to bring them safely to shore. Always easy to contact and quick to respond, she never seems to find any request too much trouble or “not her department”. Her calm self- confidence, sense of humour, and professionalism have saved probably our marriage and certainly our sanity through the sometimes stressful process of buying and selling our homes."

~ Mike and Kitty All, North Vancouver

"We were referred to Thyra by friends on the North Shore, and found her very open and extremely knowledgable about the area. Thyra went beyond basics with her service, and the additional contacts and information she provided were very helpful in making the whole process quite seamless. She considered our specific needs and indeed, brought us and the home that matched us well together."

~ Lisa and Jillian

"As you know, all we have is our good name in business. We were talking about you this morning on our commute (car-pooling due to weather!...only one 4x4 in the family!!!) and what a great agent you are....service... knowledge...and ethics - truly a rare combination these days! We were remarking how much we enjoyed buying our house through you and the great service you provided at all steps of our "journey".

Thyra McKilligan....the only name in Lions Bay and West Van real estate we would recommend!"

~ David and Meribeth

"Thyra is a hard working, dedicated agent, who we can always trust to represent us and our Real Estate needs with integrity, honesty, and professionalism.

We have had several opportunities to work with her, and we have always been happy with the results!"

~ Cindy Vance and Elke Brandstatter

"Thyra's proffesional service, good advice, positive attitude and banking background have been instrumental in the sale and purchase of several of our properties. Her love for her work is evident and she is always a phone call away..."

~ Art and Lisa