Testimonials
WOW--that was fast! My home sold in just 8 days from listing to sale. Quick closing. Huge thanks to my agents Jan Lesser and Richard Houston for a job well done. They really know the Old North London real estate market. I could not be happier with the process or the outcome. Thanks for everything you did to make the sale of my home as stress free as possible. I appreciate your skill and your professionalism very much.

Kathy Ferguson
I have lived in my home in North London for over 36 years. When I listed with Richard and Jan they outlined their marketing strategy and then followed through exactly as outlined. My house sold in 5 days at $50,000 over the asking price. I only needed to ready my home for showing on 3 occasions which really made the sale process very manageable for me. Since the sale they have gone above and beyond expectations, have been there to explain and walk me through every step of the way and have provided assistance and resources in assuring that all sale conditions would be successfully met. Richard and Jan have taken an active role to make what would have been a very stressful process as easy and straightforward as possible. I would highly recommend them: they are a great team to work with.

Lisa Klinger
Jan and Richard sold our Old North home for us in the spring of 2014. We had never sold a home before and found the process daunting. Jan and Richard were terrific at guiding us through the process from start to finish. They suggested a strategy for listing and selling, followed up on all viewings and sold our house in a very timely fashion at a price we were happy with. They have an intimate knowledge of the Old North market which proved beneficial in the sale of our home. Without question, we would enlist Jan and Richard to help again and would recommend them to others.
Andrea and Tom DeKay
Richard and Jan -- what a pair of dynamos! We were skeptical when they outlined their strategy for selling our house. We didn't know them and weren't sure they had our best interests in mind. But we reluctantly took their advice, based on their intimate knowledge of real estate in Old North. We reasoned that we had to let go and trust to their expertise.

They proved themselves right in every aspect of the process. They sold our house for well over the asking price and did so even before it officially went on the market.

We could not have been more impressed with their forthright manner and whirlwind energy. They promised we were going to love them, and we do! 

Karen and Henry Zielinski
Jan is very knowledgable of the London market and in particular Old North.  Jan sold our home for us in 1999 and we trusted her to find a house for us in our absence while we were living in California.  She found us a terrific family home that we bought  sight unseen based on her recommendation and thoroughly enjoyed living there for the next 12 years. When we decided to relocate to Toronto in the spring of 2012, there was only one person we trusted with selling our house. Jan helped make what was a very stressful transition much more manageable.  Jan has incredible energy and works tirelessly for you to find a home or sell your home.

Jennet and Daniel Sandler
Jan and Richard are always there for you! They know their markets well. I have complete confidence in their abilities and for this reason, each time I decide to move there is not a second thought on whom I am going to contact to assist me with my sale or purchase. I know that they are direct, honest and caring realtors . My homes were always sold relatively quickly and they always negotiated well for me on the purchase side. I was a Bank Manager for 20 years and knew many realtors - I absolutely would recommend this team to anyone. Monica Maharaj.
Your home serves a dual purpose in your life. It provides shelter, refuge and is a gathering place for friends and family.  Your home also is a very valuable financial asset which often serves as a cornerstone in a families wealth.

Jan and Richard have a unique ability to address both of these roles as they work with you to buy and sell homes.
Their experience, ethical standards and keen sense of the market are only a few of the many reasons why I highly recommend them both.

Michael McDonald
First Vice-President, Investment Advisor
The McDonald Financial Group
"Our house sold in three days for well over the asking price.  That wasn’t an accident.  When Jan & Richard advised us on the purchase 7 years ago, they introduced us to a house they knew would be in demand when it came time to sell.
 
Likewise with the purchase of our new house; they steered us clear of the superficially attractive lemons, and brought us to a house that they knew would work for our family (and the next one after us). 
Jan & Richard combine a unique Old North real estate knowledge set (compiled one square foot at a time), with a deep understanding of the purchaser’s needs.  They don’t waste time trying to force square pegs into round holes.  And when the house is right, they get the deal done." 
 
Bradley W. Miller
Associate Professor
Faculty of Law
University of Western Ontario

Not long ago, my wife and I made the decision to sell our home and to purchase another one.
 
Typical of the situation, we both felt significantly overwhelmed by the task at hand.  We wanted top dollar for the house we were selling and we wanted an excellent fit and great value in our new home.  Simply put, we wanted it all!
 
I remember when we first met Jan and Richard to discuss the many important issues that lay ahead.  It was immediately clear to us that Jan and Richard (who work so well together) had wonderful ideas, an aggressive strategy and knowledge and experience that were second to none.
 
They took great care and much time to educate us about the current and relevant market.  With their help and expertise we became well-informed and confident sellers and buyers.  They helped us to feel empowered.  Could you imagine anything more important than that?
 
We can’t thank Jan and Richard enough for their untiring assistance throughout this process. Jan and Richard made this experience manageable, exciting and quite a lot of fun too.
 
I would be remiss if I didn’t also comment that, in addition to being great real estate agents, Jan and Richard also struck us as being wonderful people.  Jan, who we dealt with primarily, has such incredible energy and wit.
 
We are very fortunate to have had them working for us and we are genuinely happy to have met them both.
 
Damon & Erin Hardy
I know Jan Lesser as a member of our community and I have seen many of her real estate signs and have noticed that having a sign with her name usually resulted in a fast sale. Naturally, I asked Jan to help me with the sale of my family home.
 
I was so impressed with her conduct throughout the entire experience. She showed a lot of sensitivity, much understanding and passion towards how I felt about letting go of our family home of 25 years. Jan’s graciousness and professionalism put me at ease.
Since I did not live in london she looked after repairs for me and treated the home as if it were her own.
 
I will recommend Jan Lesser and her partner Richard Houston to anyone looking for excellent real estate representation. I was blessed to have Jan and Richard as my agents.
 
Shani Keypour
Jan Lesser has been my exclusive Real Estate Agent for the past thirty years. In all our dealings, I have always admired the wonderful way in which Jan handles herself in such a personal and yet professional manner. Her loyalty, honesty and integrity can always be relied upon. I am very grateful for her advice. In both encouraging or discouraging me in real estate deals, the markets have invariably proven her to be correct. Friends and family have also been very fortunate to come to know Jan and rely upon her services. I would not hesitate to recommend Jan to whomever wants to buy or sell a house. She is terrific!

Herb Van Waterschoot
School Principal
I have worked with Jan Lesser as my real estate agent for the past 20 plus years. She has more than 35 years experience in the field and is both knowledgeable and reliable. She is always on top of the market. This, combined with her tenacity and excellent ability to negotiate make her outstanding as an agent, To top it off, she is fun to work with and makes the experience an adventure.

John Riffel.
North London Properties Manager
Jan and Richard demonstrated a firm commitment to selling our home. We commend them for their competence, professional expertise, helpful advice, knowledge of the market and ongoing communication throughout the listing period.


Peggy & Lloyd MacDonald
Retired Teachers & Old North Residents
Jan and Richard demonstrated a firm commitment to selling our home.  We commend them for their competence, professional expertise, helpful advice, knowledge of the market, and ongoing communication throughout the listing period.
Peggy and Lloyd MacDonald
Retired Teachers & Old North residents
While renovating my century and a half old original manor house in London, I continually followed the sales and pricing of homes in the luxury market on mls.ca. For over a year, I saw one name repeatedly on homes of distinction, and that name was Jan Lesser When sadly I had to move to Toronto unexpectedly and leave my dream house, I phoned her. I was impressed with Jan's strategy on how she would market and sell my home, and to her credit, she was absolutely correct in both. The house was sold in the "down" market of fall 2008 within 2 weeks.
Results are what matters most. Jan delivers.

Bonnie Brooks
CEO The Bay
Jan and Richard helped with the purchase of our first home, and have guided us through our subsequent searches and moves. No one knows the Old North as they do, and few can hope to match their ideal blend of experience, contacts, people skills, practical advice, and common sense. Unquestionably "in your corner", they are experts at transforming what's usually regarded as a stressful process into something satisfying and pleasant - - even fun!

Ian Leach
Lawyer, Lerner & Associates
Jan Lesser and Richard Houston are Sutton Group – Select Realty Inc.’s top “team”, an honour they have held since they formed a partnership in 2005.   Individually, both Jan and Richard have been in the top ten of our over 100 sales representatives, each and every year.
 
Jan and Richard together have over 50 combined years’ experience in the real estate industry.    As a team, they bring professional expertise, integrity and individualized service to both purchasers and sellers.   Clients can be confident that their needs will be addressed to the highest standards of the industry.  
 
In today’s marketplace, clients often see the benefits of using teams for their real estate transactions, recognizing the value of “two for one”.  In the case of Jan and Richard, they are not just any “two”!   I would recommend either one of them individually without hesitation.  However, as team they deliver far more than the power of two!!!  Real estate success is also dependent on the ability to develop rapport with clients.  Jan and Richard have both the real estate savvy and compassionate personalities that allow them to build solid relationships with clients.  
 
Sutton Group – Select Realty Inc. each year recognizes an agent in our office who has demonstrated outstanding real estate service, is a team player, and is also involved in community work.   Both Jan and Richard have been the recipients of the prestigious Michele Montour Award, given annually to an agent who best embodies the above qualities.
 
It is a privilege to have both Jan and Richard on our Sutton Group – Select Realty Inc. team and I offer my highest endorsement of them both as a team for all your real estate needs.
 
Sincerely,
 
Bruce Sworik, Broker of Record
Sutton Group Select Realty Inc.
Past President, London St. Thomas Association of Realtors
Congratulations! 

You have selected Jan and Richard − London's most dynamic real estate team!  

We discovered this fact when we decided to sell our family home one week before the economic uncertainty set in.  With Jan and Richard's combination of incomparable professionalism and strong network of clients and realtors, they found prospective buyers in tough times and followed up on each and every viewing. 

Because of their diligence and tight monitoring, they defied the odds and SOLD our home within three months!  Best of all, there were no hitches along the way as Jan and Richard attended to every detail throughout the process.    

Heather & Jim Erskine
"Purchasing,as well as selling a home ,are both exciting and somewhat daunting.As a couple,we have used Jan Lesser and Richard Houston in four separate real estate transactions and negotiations.They bring  professionalism,energy,and pragmatism to the relationship.
 
In other words,as clients,we have been able to enjoy the excitement of a new move and yet remain calm with the knowledge that Jan and Richard will deliver...and they have,every single time."

Tracy & John St.Croix
Residents of Old North