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Estate Settlement for Renters


Gordon’s Downsizing & Estate Services Ltd. is a fully-licensed independent Real Estate Brokerage and for the past 40 years, we’ve been experts in selling seniors’ homes. Our 98% success rate proves that our approach is the best on the market. 

At Gordon's we deliver predictable results. Our experience has shown us that:

  • You don’t want your home on the market for months and you don’t want to sell it for less than it is worth.

  • Proper planning from the onset allows us to sell the house in less than 7-14 days.

  • A successful home transaction is about education not salesmanship. 

  • Ensuring our clients are up-to-date and educated on all aspects of the transaction (including anticipating all potential buyer questions) ultimately provides the smoothest process for all parties. 


We have proven thousands of times that this approach will generate the highest price for your property with the shortest waiting period. We don’t consider ourselves to be a real estate company, but rather a trusted partner in a major life transition. At Gordon’s, our relationship doesn’t revolve around the house, but rather our customer’s circumstance.

Some clients also choose to sell their property by auction. Although we don’t employ real estate auctions much anymore, our company has deep real estate auction roots having successfully sold over 2,000 properties by auction across Ontario. If you're interested in offering your property by auction, just ask. No one in Ontario has better answers.


See who you’ll be working with.


Our team provides certified personal property appraisals for probate.

Transition Services

Our experts review the assets, then build and execute a plan approved by the estate trustee (ship, sale, donate, etc.).

Project Management

Covers the care and distribution of your physical assets via managing providers (Auctioneers, Movers, Disposal, etc.).

Estate Settlement for Renters

If you don’t have real estate to sell as part of the estate, fear not. This service offers the same great service at an affordable price for executors and their estate administration support (estate lawyers, trust officers, etc.). Since 1956, we’ve established ourselves as experts in providing solutions for executors and their agents.  Included in this service are project management services to keep you on track, transition services for estate settlement and we’ll help you manage the 3rd party services as desired.


In general, this service is not available to those with property to sell who choose not to use our Brokerage to sell the real estate.  Over many years, we’ve learned that we often cannot properly manage a successful estate settlement project if a third-party realtor is selling the real estate.  Very simply, a third-party agent’s interest and experience are only related to selling the property.  They are neither equipped, interested nor financially accountable for making sure all of the elements of the estate settlement are seamless.  More often than not this leads to miscommunication and added stress and expense for you. You’re more likely to be unhappy.   When we sell property for an estate as part of our real estate and estate settlement service, our real estate commission supports your estate settlement services and helps guarantee your satisfaction across the many non-real estate activities we will perform and manage for you. If something doesn’t go well we have the financial resources to make it right and ensure your satisfaction.


Note: This service is currently available in limited regions.  However, we have partners across Ontario and would be happy to put you in touch with an estate settlement service provider if we cannot serve you directly.

Our Estate Settlement for Renters service is a great fit for you if you:

  • E-books
    Gordon's Downsizing Advice eBook Gordon's Guide for Executors and Estate Trustees Gordon's checklists for a stress-free move
  • PDFs
    Moving into a Retirement Community What we Do How it Works Managing an Estate Expert Team How to Talk to your Parents 3 Tips for Estate Trustee
  • Videos
    How we help Bob Rice - Downsizing is a Way of Thinking (client testimonial) Our Solution to Excess Stuff
  • Interviews
    99.3 CountyFM Downsizing Interview with Manson Slik Limestone Lens Interview with Barry Gordon
1. Needs & Contract Discussion

First, you’ll meet with our leadership team who will listen to you and help you to determine your goals and a plan of action. If you agree, you will sign a contract at this stage and pay a deposit.

2. Appraisals for Probate

We will prepare a certified general contents appraisal so the probate applications can be completed and your official status as executor of the estate is recognized by the Ontario court so that you may begin settling the estate on behalf of the deceased.

3. Project Discussion & Planning

Our team lead will meet with you to listen and review your goals as they relate to the Will and estate settlement.  They will then outline a plan that will deliver on your goals and get your feedback before taking action.

4. Project Execution

Your Team Lead & Transition Specialists will oversee all elements of the process so that you can focus on what matters: you, your family, the other professionals involved in the estate, your stakeholders, and the beneficiaries.  We manage the sorting, packing, cleaning, shipping, selling, donating, and disposal of the personal property.  We also schedule and manage any required third parties, such as auctioneers, shippers, cleaners, and waste disposal companies.

5. Invoicing and Client Feedback

Once your estate settlement has been completed, we invoice you for the remaining costs and gather any feedback you have for us.

What does the process look like?

Financial Highlights of Gordon’s Estate Settlement for Renters

  1. Flat fee deposit up front to cover our project management activities*

  2. Hourly fees for the Transition Services (as required by you)

  3. Managed third party services at cost (approved by you)

  4. Financial recovery on the sale of excess items (typically through MaxSold Inc.)

*Scope dependent.  Repeat clients who previously sold a property through Gordon’s are eligible for a discount on our standard project management fee.

Want to learn more about what we do? Check out the individual elements of our services.

If you’re ready to talk to our team about this service, contact us today.

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