Life and the City | Toronto Real Estate Team

Here’s a look at what recent and past clients and associates have said about working with us!

"Laura is an amazing real estate agent. I literally saw over 100 condo units over a 9 month period before choosing the one that I live in. She was extremely patient during the process and didn't push me to buy anything I didn't want. She also has very comprehensive knowledge on the real estate market. I would definitely work with her again and recommend that you do too!" - Tricia, 2017


"I've had the pleasure of working with Laura to find my first home and I could not be more pleased! She is extremely helpful, knowledgable, and informative on all my questions, and as well as that she is fun. She always gets back to me promptly and is very efficient. I'll strongly recommend her to all of my friends and family if they're looking for a place in Toronto!" - Shelby, 2017


"Miranda and her team were great to work with. I am/was a first time buyer looking to get a 1 bedroom condo. I was pointed to Miranda through a friend who used Life and The City to get their first house. Although my budget and experience in the housing market were modest in comparison, Miranda took the time to carefully walk me through everything I needed to know and set-up viewings for places I didn't find on my own while doing various website searches. On top of that, the team introduced me to their affiliated mortgage broker who secured me a great deal (lower rate than what my own bank would give me) and who equally worked to sort through not only what I'd need to for a down-payment, but what expected taxes and condo fees would run me. I would definitely recommend the team. Buying in Toronto is incredibly stressful, so having someone to hand-hold me through the process was a massive help." - Christian, 2017


"Exceptional! As a referring agent, I have had the pleasure of observing first hand the exceptional - skills, hard work, hands on approach of this talented team! Superior service in every way! My clients enjoyed working with Laura and her incredible team and I was kept abreast of the listing and selling process, from the beginning until the conclusion of the sale! SOLD! A seamless process with meticulous consideration to her clients needs and detail. Goal oriented with successful results! 5 stars! Highly recommend!" - Debra, 2017


"Working with Miranda was a great experience from start to finish. She handled all aspects of the sale from recommending what updates would be worthwhile to suggestions of trades people to do the work. Their 10 hours of labour is also a great addition to their service. She was available at any time for multiple phone calls! She provided calm and insightful advice throughout the process, making it much less stressful. We got over asking and we would highly recommend Miranda and the Life in the City team!" - Bronwen, 2017 


"We have worked with Miranda a few times now and will always return for her expertise, friendless and professionalism. Miranda works hard for her clients and for that we are always grateful. She is the first person I would recommend to any friends or family looking to buy/sell." - Kathleen and Ben, 2017 


"Dear Laura, we wanted to thank you for all of the assistance you provided to us in purchasing and then renting our condo in Toronto. We appreciated your patience, your organizational skills and especially your ability to follow up and work with other agents and others involved in both the sale and rental process on our behalf!" - Toby and Joel, 2017


"It was great working with Miranda! We were very particular buyers in a crazy housing market, and she was amazingly patient with us as we worked toward finding a home. She was a great negotiator, was always responsive and accessible, and gave us fantastic advice throughout the process. I recommend the Life and the City team to anyone looking to buy or sell a home. They know their stuff!" - Nicole, 2017 


"Would not have got my dream house without the Life and the City team!! Highly recommend working with this team. Buying a house in this market is stressful at best. They were there every step of the way. They made it fun and easy!" - Mary, 2017


"I would highly recommend Miranda. She was very personable and took time to know about my house hunting needs. Her understanding of the local real estate market and the neighborhoods is exceptional. She always shared her perspective and knowledge, she discussed options and insured to make the right decision. She is a good negotiator and was by my side through out the transition process. Thank you Life and the City Team!!" - Isaac, 2016


"With the exceptional work by Miranda we were able to sell our Condo and purchase a beautiful home!! Miranda and the Team of Life and the City are very professional and attentive to every detail. Miranda added her magic touch and made all this possible in just 10 days. Her negotiation skills and expertise are unparalleled!!. Miranda continues to update us weekly on the happenings in our area and most importantly always asks about our family!! She is a wonderful and caring person!!! Thank you Miranda for looking after our family!!" - Lena, 2016


"Two houses and ten years later, Miranda continues to be responsive to our questions. She never fails to respond quickly and has managed to keep in touch with us through all these years. She has made the process of buying and selling our homes very easy and painlessly, offering sound advice from pricing, negotiating, staging, and selecting. It has been a real pleasure working with Miranda and her team." - Stan, 2016


"The experience of both buying and selling my house with Miranda was outstanding. She negotiated a below-asking price when I bought and five years later when I sold the house, Miranda got me a price that was well above asking. The best part of the whole experience, however, was the service. Miranda was always available to answer my numerous questions. She gave me great advice when staging the house and the contractors she recommended were excellent. I wholeheartedly recommend Miranda and Life and the City." - Michael, 2016


"When I was moving to Toronto, I asked my real estate agent for recommendations for agents that he trusted. He came back to me with Laura Golbeck's name and I went with her. I was not disappointed! She was very responsive, flexible, knowledgeable and friendly. I couldn't have asked for a better guide through Toronto's challenging real estate market. When I settled on a place to buy, she walked me through the process and even connected me with a lawyer. I would recommend Laura to anyone who is looking to buy in Toronto." - Jessie, 2016


"My experience with Life and the City was very positive. As a first time home buyer I was nervous about the process and not once did I feel rushed or pressured into a purchase. I never felt like I was just "a sale". Miranda went beyond her position as "just my realtor" by helping understand the process of the purchase as well the costs associated with a home (the things you do not always know as a long term renter)." - Shannon, 2016


"To buy a property is a very big step at any stage in life, but it is more so when you have to do it on your own for the first time at age 40. Laura Golbeck came to me highly recommended and she did not disappointed at all! Of course, when I decided to sell my property and acquire a new one I knew to call Laura right away. Her professionalism, attention to detail and to the needs of her client, not counting lending a sympathetic ear to my everyday stories, is bar none. Suffice to say that without her, this process would’ve been very, very stressful and way less successful; we managed to secure a place in my chosen location and with my daughter’s chosen amenities! 

Laura, you are a gem! You’ll be hearing from me next time that I need to buy or sell, for sure!” - Arturo, 2016


“My husband and I met Miranda by chance at an Open House that she was showing. We liked the house but wanted an income suite which that property could not provide. I also was looking to shorten my commute to work. Miranda suggested some other communities we could check out and drew us a map on a piece of paper to guide us in our continued exploration. That could have been the end.

Three years and 2 property purchases later we probably will be keeping in touch with Miranda for years to come. For one thing she listens. Then she holds what we say lightly and allows us to explore options then follows them up. Most important she keeps in touch without being overwhelming.

The first property we bought through Miranda took about a year and lots and lots of viewings. We changed our mind from one property to the next and sent Miranda as many properties that we wanted to see as she sent us. Eventually we decided to stop searching and just pick one. Even after we bought that property we changed our mind again. Miranda helped us get it rented and kept working with us to find something else we liked better. We weren’t happy with the property managers we found on our own so the following year we got Miranda’s input in our current selection which is working out so far.

Once again we searched for a property with an income suite. We found another property – with no income suite. Whilst gently pointing that out Miranda got us a viewing and we went back again when she told us there was an Open House. Miranda gave us a call on the day the property was accepting offers and let us know no offers were in. We bought that property and have created an income suite. For this property Miranda helped us decide which renovations made sense in our area, directed us to a great photographer and some websites to compare rental prices nearby. She checked in to see how things were going, giving encouraging advice to keep our spirits up until we got that ‘right’ tenant. Of course we sought Miranda’s advice when we were screening the applicants.

We totally respect Miranda’s opinion and know she does likewise. We really recommend Miranda as a responsive realtor, who may well become your lifelong real estate advisor.”

Carmen and Ray, 2016


“The Life and the City team was such an incredible team to help me find my very first home. I was in a situation where I had an extremely tight timeline to purchase and she did not let that phase her once.They were confident that we were going to find me the perfect space and that I was going to fall in love with it. We then set up a night of looking at condos, and it was only my 4th condo that I looked into – that I ended up choosing.

I got the perfect location, the perfect price point but more importantly the perfect home that was exactly what I wanted. The Life and The City team were so helpful, knowledgeable and professional. I would highly recommend that if you are looking into purchasing a home or condo, they are the team you call first.

Being so happy and comfortable in my new home can absolutely be attributed to the team. Thank you so much Laura and Miranda! You are both AWESOME!” -  Leala


The Life and The City team is a very knowledgeable, experienced real estate team who managed to source my new residence within two weeks in a very competitive market – Toronto. They are detail-oriented, timely, thorough, competitive, with a very pleasant demeanor. They listen and strategically focus in on meeting all of your needs. I highly recommend them to anyone looking for properties in the GTA area…you will not be disappointed!” - Bruce


“The Life and the City team's commitment to customer service was exemplified from our very first conversation, to our first meeting, right through to today – one month after my closing. They worked relentlessly at making me feel comfortable and confident as a first time home buyer, and made themselves completely available to answer any of my questions or concerns. What truly impressed me, and exceeded all of my expectations, was that their attention made me feel like I was her only client – they valued me. They met the demands of my limited budget, ideal area, and identified and understood what was important to me in finding my first home. Their combination of enthusiasm, industry knowledge and commitment to my goals resulted in successfully purchasing my first condominium in Toronto. Life and the City truly is an outstanding team, and I look forward to working with them again.” - Jenna


“Working with Laura and Miranda was an absolute delight. As first-time homebuyers, we had plenty of questions, worries, and fantasies. Laura dealt with each in turn, listening patiently, sharing expertise collaboratively, and empowering us to enter the world of home ownership with confidence and ease. They were focused and tireless in guiding us to make our goals concrete and make our dream of home ownership a reality. They are professional and personable and a ton of fun to work with. We enjoyed every minute of our search and are thrilled with the results that they worked so impressively to achieve.” -Susan and Ashley


“We would like to take the time to say how much we appreciated Laura and Miranda's services. They are very professional and well organized. They were responsive throughout the entire process. It was always a pleasure talking or meeting with them. They inspire confidence and gave us great advice. We appreciated their experience and would highly recommend them. Thank you very much, Laura and Miranda.” - Amélie and Marc


“The Life and The City team offers professional, informed and expert advice.The team has closed two transactions for me in the past 18 months, to my complete satisfaction. Always looking for ways to improve their service and advice, and always with the client’s needs in mind, Laura and Miranda are tremendous partners for any client.” - Doug


“Laura and I started our real estate careers at the same time. Since both of us were experienced business professionals, we shared the same values and focus on our new careers. Laura is a true professional, managing her business in a way that demands respect and shows genuine care for her clients. I highly recommend Laura as a real estate and business professional.” - Penny Kavanagh, Sales Representative, Royal LePage Estate Realty


“The Life and The City team was absolutely the right match for us! We were concerned, cautious, and careful first-time buyers who had nothing but nerves and questions, and the team took extremely good care of us. They were extremely knowledgeable of their craft and the areas we were shopping in, and more importantly, were kind and patient with us the whole way through. We always felt that Laura and Miranda had all of our concerns and best interests at heart, and they proved this through and through (even AFTER we had moved in). Highly professional, highly personable – I would highly recommend Laura and Miranda to anyone in the market.” - Jon and Floris


“Laura Golbeck provided outright professionalism, congeniality, and was very flexible which suited our needs. She is an asset to have when you are looking to relocate; I would highly recommend her services to anyone who is in the market to find a new home.” - Annie and Pamela


“Life and the City is a hardworking, professional team who takes the time to get to know who their clients are. We are very happy to have purchased our new home in Toronto with them and will strongly recommend their services to our friends and family. Most notably we appreciate their patience and efforts in securing us the perfect home for us.” - Aosa and Anthony


“I’m so pleased that Laura represented us as we bought our new home and sold our existing home. Laura is professional and knowledgeable, and I felt like I could ask her anything, anytime. House hunting and selling with an infant and toddler is not easy, but Laura made it as painless as possible. She was flexible and worked around our kids’ schedules. I can still picture her sitting on the floor of our son’s bedroom reading him books while the photographer was downstairs taking pictures. I feel very happy with how the house hunt and sale went and I would highly recommend Laura.” - Jen and Brent



“The Life and The City team
provided excellent service in helping us find and buy our new home in Toronto. Their calm and professional attitude put us at ease and made the “house hunting” process a much more pleasurable experience. Laura was a great sounding board and gave candid comments on various properties which was really appreciated. Their genuine concern in assisting us was evident and we felt we were dealing with trusted friends rather than real estate agents. I would highly recommend them to anyone looking for professional and dependable realtors.” - Tom and Patrizia


“Hi Laura, thanks for your assistance in moving us all on to a new beginning. Moving can be difficult and I thank you for your suggestions and attention in helping us sell our home. I will certainly recommend your services and particularly in the Beach area as only a neighbour can really understand a neighbourhood.”- David


“The Life and the City team’s service both during the time I was buying and after was beyond what I expected. Their attention to customer care was notably genuine. The attention to detail from their customer service team was superior and much appreciated. This was my 6th home I have purchased. I have always used a different agent; the Life and the City team was by far the best yet! I will use them in the future (if needed) and have already recommend them to others.” - Kathy


“Laura Golbeck is an amazing real estate agent. She worked very hard and found me a home that is just perfect. She was patient and really understood my needs. She also thought of every little detail so the whole process from beginning to end was stress-free. I would highly recommend her to anyone buying a home.”Simcha


“Working with the Life and the City team to both sell our old house and buy a new one was a great experience. The team was friendly, professional and helped with all the little details you might overlook during such a busy and hectic time. I would recommend Laura and Miranda to anyone wishing a personal and enjoyable selling and buying experience.” - Pete and Angie


“You never know what to expect when you enter the market in search of your first home. But with the Life and the City team on our side we didn’t have to worry about a thing. Their knowledge of the business, understanding of our needs and financial situation, flexibility to work around our schedules, and simplistic approach to explaining the entire process left us feeling comfortable and confident. Once we found the house we wanted, their approach to the bidding process and bidding war that followed was flawless. Not only did they represent us well in front of the sellers and other agents, but they managed to secure the house for us (against 6 other bidders) within the price we wanted. We have since moved into our first home and couldn’t be happier. We will definitely use them when it is time to move again, and would recommend them to any young professional searching for an confident, knowledgeable, easy going team who takes care of the little things and always has their clients' best interests in mind.” - Jamie and Tyler


“Working with the Life and the City team as a first time home buyer was a very rewarding experience. Laura and Miranda are knowledgeable about the real estate market and have the ability to make complex issues understandable. They were able to recommend various other professionals from mortgage brokers to lawyers and make the entire home buying process easier. I found them to be very patient with inexperienced buyers. They were also willing to take on the challenge of a tighter budget and demanding requirements in a seller’s market. When I found my new home I knew that it was never a place I would have found on my own. I would highly recommend the Life and the City team as a team for whom every client is a priority. Laura and Miranda are exemplary realtors who care that their clients find a place they want to call home!” - Jeanine


“I used the Life and the City team to buy my first house and sell my existing condo. When I bought my condo, I did it without an agent, so this was my first experience with the whole process.

I loved working with the team. They were very personable and I always felt like I was their only client. I was on a pretty tight budget when buying my house, so there were several times I got pretty discouraged, but Laura and Miranda never gave me time to wallow - they just kept sending me more listings, making more appointments and kept insisting that my house was out there and we would find it! They also kept reminding me not to settle, because this was going to be the biggest purchase of my life.

When I did find my house, they let me know that they felt the house was overpriced, and we could try going in at less than asking and make it conditional on a house inspection. When the conditional offer was signed, the house inspector (which she was able to provide a reference for) found the house was in need of some serious work - including a new roof. The team was able to go back to the owner and argue them down further on price, and in a matter of days had saved me about $15,000 on the price of the new house. All I had to do was sit and wait for them to call and find out how low they could get them to go.

After I had signed off on my new house, the team went straight to work selling my condo. I was a little nervous because it was getting close to Christmas and they had warned me that the market usually cools off around the last two weeks of December. They walked through my condo with me and gave me some tips on how to stage it. I took a couple of days to make the necessary changes and within a day or so, they had my condo listed in a number of different real estate publications and had a link to my MLS listing on their email signatures. They also set up an open house and a date to take all of the offers in one night. Not only did the Life and the City team have my condo sold in less than a week, they were also able to sell it for about 10% over asking - which was also the highest any condo similar to mine had sold for in my building.

Since then, the team has stayed in touch with me to see if I needed them to recommend a mortgage specialist, to make sure my lawyer had received all the necessary paperwork and just to make sure I wasn’t feeling too overwhelmed and still excited for my moving day.” - Rachel


“Dear Laura and Miranda, I wanted to take the time to tell you how great it has been to work with both of you in getting my place. Your professionalism is outstanding and your level of commitment is unparalleled, I was truly impressed. I will definitely recommend your services to anyone!!” - Arturo


“Not only did the Life and the City team help me to find a place in my unreasonably short timeframe, they found one that met or exceeded all my requirements – a place that I would never have found searching on my own. The whole process was virtually painless. Life and the City is a team who can actually add value to your transaction, rather than just broker the deal. Highly recommended.” - Malcolm


“The Life and the City team has proven time and time again, that they put the client first and is relentless in ensuring their goals are achieved.” - Doug


“I just wanted to say thank you for all of your time and effort. Your willingness to work with me throughout all of my indecision’s says a lot about your professionalism and you as a person. I’m sure Veronica couldn’t agree with me more. Thank you Laura!” - Jason


“Miranda and Laura's professionalism and attention to detail is above and beyond other agents – they told me exactly what I needed to do to get the highest value for my home and we sold it in 2 days for 100% of asking price. We have since done 2 more deals with the Life and the City team and are extremely happy!” - Anthony


“The Life and the City team was extremely attentive to our needs throughout the whole process, and their optimism and encouragement made our house-buying experience a positive one. The team demonstrated a lot of patience and determination in finding us the “right” home, and we are thrilled with the outcome. Thanks Miranda and Laura, for making us happy home owners.” - Helen and Steve


“Being a first time home buyer, I needed someone to walk me through the whole process. The Life and the City team did just that, ensuring that I felt confident with every step. Within weeks they had found the perfect condo for me and I had made an offer. Their commitment to making this experience fun, educational and efficient was incredible and their friendly demeanor put me at ease immediately.” - Chloe


“My husband and I thank you for the great service that you’ve provided for us. You’ve been so helpful finding the right home for us, we definitely will recommend you to our friends who are looking for the professional agent, who is kind and has lots of patience! We also thank our friend Ramon for recommending you to us. Once again, thank you for your great effort!” - Sofia and Marcos


“It has been a real pleasure working with the Life and the City team. They have demonstrated outstanding marketing skills and have sold my condo with a high level of professionalism, clearly differentiating them from other selling real estate agents.

Laura and Miranda clearly understood my needs and priorities and worked around them in order to complete a successful sale. Their attitude let me rely on them and trust that my interests were being well represented. They were seriously involved and kept me updated as to the status of the selling project on a weekly basis.

The team uses ALL available resources to market a place, resulting in a high number of showings, well above expectations. I look forward to working with them in future real estate projects.” - Alvaro


“Buying your first house is supposed to be a stressful time but thanks to the Life and the City team, that wasn’t the case for me. Their commitment to heling me find the right home was demonstrated in every interaction we had. When it is time to trade up I’ll definitely be calling the Life and the City team again! Thanks for all your help!” - Judi


“We were extremely pleased to have the Life and the City team sell our condo. There was never a moment that we didn’t feel like her number one priority and our condo sold for 102% of asking price!” - Iona and Tom


“From the onset of meeting Laura at an open house, she proved to be extremely personable and professional with a valuable degree of knowledge and expertise of the housing market in our area. She assisted us in preparing our home for sale by providing ideas and offering suggestions for set up of furniture and decorating ideas. Her positive and energetic approach helped to ensure successful open houses. Laura would regularly meet with us to go over details and provide us with updates regarding the open houses and always held our best interests at hand. Her persistent and active involvement in getting potential buyers to come see the house helped us to sell our house. We would highly recommend Laura Golbeck to anyone interested in selling their home.” - Alice and Joe