Client Reviews

As first-time home buyers we weren't sure what to expect from a real estate agent, but Bill was extremely professional, patient, and open-minded with us. We knew our budget and what we were looking for in a home and Bill did his best to show us everything he could in a very competitive market. We appreciated the continuity in his communication - responding to our emails, texts, and phone calls very quickly and keeping us in the loop every step of the way. We highly recommend Bill, especially to first-time home buyers, as he made a very challenging process manageable. We plan to use him again for our next real estate adventure!

The Thompson Family

We arrived to Vancouver Island on a mission – to find a house in one week so that we could start our new lives in Canada as soon as possible. We had contacted several brokers from the MLS system and we had no idea which broker or agency would be able to help. Our initial viewings with another broker proved unproductive; the broker was not really paying attention to our needs and we arrived to Osborne Realty on a Saturday afternoon quite discouraged. Bill originally showed us the listings we had asked him to show and while they were interesting, they really were not for us. We did look at one property that was already under offer and it had several positives, but by the following Tuesday, the subject conditions had been removed and we had nothing. We asked Bill to think about our needs and our desires and by Wednesday Bill had found something that was not yet on the market, but was due to be listed within the next 30-45 days. We fell in love with the waterfront home immediately, but (and there are usually those buts) the price was above our budget and as a non-resident I knew we would have difficulty securing a mortgage.  I have been in the real estate business for more than 25 years as a developer and a broker myself and it is rare that you find a broker as responsive as Bill. The negotiation took some six weeks and throughout the process, Bill was able to find the answer to every question we had. Sometimes he found the answer in the municipality, other times he prevailed upon his private contacts to find us answers to important questions. Finally, we signed an agreement but we still needed third-party financing and Bill came up with several alternatives and we were able to obtain a mortgage with a local credit union at a favorable rate. There may be other fine brokers in Duncan or in the Cowichan Valley but we would only use Bill again because of his professionalism and frankly, because of his willingness to take the extra step on behalf of his clients. If you want to be sure you are getting the best real estate brokerage service, we would use Bill McGowan every time.

Howard and Jana Barnes

My husband and I have been working with Bill McGowan on selling our home since September. I have been very impressed with Bill’s work as a realtor. He is very knowledgeable about local real estate matters. Bill knows the Cowichan Valley really well, both the properties and the people. He has also developed a group of real estate peers with whom he can consult for even more information and ideas. One of Bill’s best qualities is his steady, sensible nature. He considers his/our actions carefully with an eye to what is the best for all concerned. Real estate transactions can be quite emotional for both buyer and seller. Bill is always ready with sound advice about the best way to handle those tricky communications with the “other side”.  Bill is also not afraid to get his hands dirty. He has gone into our woods in the rain looking for property-line pins. He has offered to help me make property improvements on several occasions.  Additionally, Bill unfailingly communicates with us. He follows up on any questions or suggestions that we make; we always know where we stand. I believe him to be completely honest and straightforward – a man you can trust. I am completely comfortable in recommending Bill McGowan as a realtor. I don’t think you could do any better.

Dawn Sare

Ben and I wanted to let you know how much we appreciate all that you have done for us. You did such a wonderful job helping us find our first home 4 ½ years ago that we knew we didn’t  want anyone else but you to help us find our second home. Your dedication to us was wonderful. You were always there when we needed you to answer questions or to show us homes during times that were convenient for us. You were always just a phone call away. We love our new home and we are so glad that you were there to share this with us. We probably won’t be moving for a very long time, but if it comes about that we do, we will settle for no one other than you to help us. Thank you!

Carla and Ben

Sorry this is so long in coming but as you can imagine we have been busy moving. John and I wanted to give you a BIG Thank You for all your hard work. You found us the perfect house. We love it. You did not just wait for houses to come on the market. No, you actually went out looking for us. You worked really hard and because of YOU we found OUR house. It has everything on our wish list and more. Thanks again Bill and we will certainly make sure anyone we speak to will know what kind of agent you are. You WORK for your clients. We know you are busy helping other clients but come by and visit sometime.

Kathy and John Meredith

Although there are many Realtors around, there are few that go above and beyond the way Bill has done for us. Bill represented our interests solidly and advised us honestly throughout our search. Once we had found the house we wanted, he did not push or rush us into buying, as has been the experience of some of our acquaintances. Bill pulled together all the papers necessary, followed through on our sometimes unusual requests for information and made solid recommendations for supporting us on many fronts as we closed on the house we knew we wanted.  Thank you Bill, for your services and your friendship. Your name came to us from friends and we send that recommendation out to the world.

Arnim and Tobi (New Maple Bay Residents)

We are so happy that we had Bill represent us as our real estate agent. He understood what we were looking for and was always very understanding and patient in what can be a very stressful time especially moving from Nova Scotia. He explained things very well and guided us along the way. He kept us well informed throughout the process and overall we are very pleased with his work. Thank you Bill!

Michelle Dorey/Peter Yorke

A few years ago we had the pleasure of working with Bill McGowan as the realtor selling our waterfront acreage in Mill Bay. It was a complicated listing, with covenants and restrictions that made it a challenging project for us and him. Throughout the process Bill was patient and professional, provided creative ideas for improving our chance of selling, reviewed our listing information when needed and provided timely feedback on any inquiries or showings. He was successful in negotiating and completing our sale involving parties in three different locations. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend Bill McGowan to my friends and would refer any real estate questions to him.

Laurel Lornie

Gale and Roger Smith

We were very satisfied with having Bill as our Realtor. He always responded quickly to our inquiries and he was able to arrange showings on short notice. We appreciated his knowledge of the area and the market. We always felt Bill had our best interests as his priority. He definitely exceed our expectations.

Mrs. and Dr. Levy

Despite a complex mortgage situation that required a lot of extra work on Bill’s part, we felt in wonderful hands. We liked his honesty, knowledge of the area and people, and professionalism. We will use Bill again in a heartbeat and highly recommend him to all.

Jody and Alex Anzarut

Bill was incredibly responsive and helpful with our real estate needs. He offered great flexibility to accommodate our busy schedule. Thank you Bill for your support and expert assistance!

Sue and Tom Langridge

If you are looking for a knowledgeable, reliable, and friendly real estate person, Bill is your guy. He work 24/7 for you. He is very personable and has great organisation skills.

Barron Moo

Bill is an absolute pleasure to work with. We chose to list with him based on his experience and knowledge of the market and, just as importantly, based on his responsiveness and his amicable nature. I would not hesitate to recommend Bill to anyone wishing to buy or list a property.

Georgina and Lawrence

We thoroughly enjoyed our recent house-selling experience in Cowichan Station, thanks to Bill. He was diligent in doing market research to help us sell our unusual property, and was encouraging while still being realistic. He was also good about keeping in touch with us during the whole process, and was prompt in responding whenever we had questions or requests. And a bonus: Bill knows the Cowichan area well--from the ground and from the air!

Deirdre O’Neill

I would highly recommend Bill McGowan to help you sell your home. Selling a home can be one of the more stressful ventures that one can endure. In my experience, Bill brought to the table clear advice. He made himself available at any time to answer even the smallest questions. I found his presence to be very calm, cool, and collected, making a difficult process as smooth as possible. I would refer any of my friends and family to Bill.

Ali and Chris

Hi Bill, We have been meaning to say THANK YOU so much for your lovely card and farm store gift certificate, you have been an amazing real estate agent and we are so happy with the way things have worked out. We are over our heads in the move/renos but very excited and enjoying our time at our new home. Blessing and thanks again Bill!


Your efforts in selling the condo are greatly appreciated. I already knew you to be a realtor and person of integrity. I learned that you also have many hidden talents such as plumbing! Thank you so much for your wise counsel and over-the-top efforts!

Teri, Don and Lorne

Thank you for all your patience amidst our period of indecision! Special people can turn an ordinary day into an extraordinary one! Thanks again and again – you made my day!

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