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Canadians & Americans Recommend Diane Olson Team

Diane Olson and her team field hundreds of calls a year from Canadians and Americans anxious to sell and/or purchase Arizona real estate. Ask around — you may find a neighbour, friend or colleague who is happy to recommend the Diane Olson Team.

Referrals from clients happy to share word-of-mouth experiences


As Canadians, we planned to buy an investment (rental) property in the U.S. almost 7 years ago to start building equity in a market where we would consider spending our winters in retirement.    We took advantage of my husband’s business trip to look at properties in Arizona with Diane Olson’s team.  We bought that weekend and kept our property for just under 7 years, having just sold it last week.

I cannot say enough about the amazing buying and selling experiences we had with Diane Olson’s team.   They have a complete understanding of the Arizona market and the Canadian investor, are extremely well connected and operate so professionally and efficiently that the process was completely stress free.   During the buying process, we were able to see so many great options and received excellent advice in making our selection.   Diane’s team connected us with all of the resources we needed to be able to close the transaction from Canada and even introduced us to our property manager who found us a year round tenant right away.

When we were ready to sell, we did not even have to go to Arizona.  Diane visited our property immediately to assess readiness for the market and arranged for painting and minor repairs to be done immediately so that our home showed well and was listed within days.  Our home sold for top dollar within approximately a week and closed within the month.  During the process Diane was in constant communication with us.  The decisions were always ours, but we trusted her recommendations completely.

Owning a home in Arizona was a fantastic investment and we are so grateful for the support of Diane Olson’s team!

– Heidi & Sanjeev Gill
Markham, Ontario

Diane Olson was our Arizona Real Estate Agent.

What makes Diane different than other agents??? Diane is a very experienced real estate agent and has excellent market knowledge. She is very proactive too.

We originally bought our house sight unseen and totally trusted Diane. We had no issues at and had expert guidance throughout the process. Our AZ house turned out to be a great investment and vacation home. We’ve used it over the years and certainly enjoyed.  We decided to sell our house and do some traveling abroad.

Prior to going on the market Diane provided us an aggressive marketing plan which resulted in our house selling in one weekend, over list price and with the buyer waving the appraisal. We were able to negotiate the perfect close of escrow date and an added bonus we were able to sell all our furniture I separate bill of sale.

We couldn’t be happier with the guidance and expertise.  Her market knowledge at the time we purchased our house and again now that were selling our is superior.

As a Canadian selling, it is very nerve-racking not truly understanding the process. Diane made sure she fully explained the process of the Canadian seller and possible tax implications in advance of our house going on the market so they were no surprises.

Diane’s experience in real estate is a far above and beyond other agents . She thinks outside the box and we are so happy we hired her as our agent!  I highly recommend Diane….

– Linda & Tony Russell
Manitoba, Canada

Diane, Philip and I extend a great big thank you to you and Nichole for all your hard work. You truly are experts in your field. We are so appreciative that the house sold quickly and for top dollar, and for your combined efforts to manage all the hurdles to the completion of the sale.  You went above and beyond all expectations.

I think I mentioned that I attended one of your information sessions in Calgary years ago which gave me the confidence to invest in real estate in Arizona. Philip’s experience with the purchase of the home was facilitated well and the recommendations about the purchase at that time were excellent. We have been very pleased with our investment right from start to finish, thanks to you.

– Philip & Ursula
Alberta, Canada

“Buying a property, especially a cross-border property is a significant commitment in time and money, so it’s critically important to have the right assistance to get the job done quickly and efficiently. Diane Olson and her team did just that. They took the time to understand what we were looking for and helped us quickly narrow down the market.

We found an ideal home in an ideal setting, with all the features we wanted. But most importantly, the support and assistance provided by Diane and team did not end when the deal was done. Diane and Wendy continued to help us, providing crucial support and assistance beyond the close of the sale.

Finding a real estate agent is easy. Finding a real estate agent that goes above and beyond is not. Diane Olson and team are those kind of agents. Their service did not end with the close of escrow. They stayed in constant contact, helping us get settled and established in our new community. Their dedication to customer service is obvious, and their commitment to assisting their clients “beyond the sale” is what sets them apart from other agents I’ve worked with in the past.

I definitely recommend Diane Olson realty to anyone seeking to buy a property in the Phoenix area.”
– Mark R
Ontario, Canada

“Diane Olson team is awesome.  We used Diane’s team to purchase our condo in 2011 and her team’s knowledge of Arizona property areas was superior to completing our purchase.  Our condo was purchased in Chandler AZ where there is low crime and high ratings for schools making it a very desirable area to buy and sell.

This January we decided to sell and with Diane’s help we received top dollar for our listing.  We received two offers on the first day the listing went live on multiple sites.   The process for the sale was taken care of by herself and Nichole.  It was a win, win situation.

Diane always returns your telephone and texts in a timely manner, answers all your questions in a straight forward way, and is a master problem solver.  We highly recommend using Diane Olson Team Realtor.  Great job team.”
– Sharon & Rory
Manitoba, Canada

“Diane Olson was such a pleasure to work with in helping our family purchase a vacation home in Mesa, AZ.  She was extremely thorough and on top of things every step of the way.  She took the time to fully understand our need and worked diligently to find the property that filled our needs and wants. We had an amazing experience working with Diane and would highly recommend her.”
– The Lopez Family
Ontario, Canada

“Our Canadian realtor highly recommended Diane Olson for purchasing our new vacation home in Phoenix. From the time we contacted her via email, to the time we met her person for showings, and until the closing of the deal, it was truly a smooth and pleasant ride. She knows her job, she knows her territory,  and most important of all she is efficiant and pro-active. We greatly appreciate all her efforts as we got top value for our home. And that’s what it’s all about.”
– Shane Sharifi
British Columbia

“We have used Diane as our agent for several transactions since 2007, and just recently relied on her representation again with a new home build. Very fortunate we did , as the agent for our new builder was not well informed. We had several very significant issues that Diane was able to have adjusted in our favour. I’m sure the outcome would not have resulted in our satisfaction without the help and expertise Diane provided.”
– Rick & Lorrie Dobel


“My husband and I recently bought a home in Scottsdale with the help of the Diane Olson Team. We were most impressed with Diane’s commitment to finding us the right home. It wasn’t an easy task as we live in Canada. Diane would e-mail us listings that fit our criteria and when we found houses we were interested in, she would go to see the houses, face-timing us as she walked through them. She was very honest with us, pointing out both the pros and cons of the house, the street and the neighbourhood in general.

“When we were able to narrow the search down to a few houses, we flew to Phoenix where Diane took us to see them. When we selected one, she worked diligently to negotiate the best price. After the house appraisal she went back to the seller to renegotiate the price and after the inspection she worked with the seller to make sure deficiencies were repaired. Diane and her team made it easy to complete all the paperwork from a distance. Diane has also kept in touch to see if we are happy with the house.

“We have no hesitation in highly recommending the Diane Olson Team — the best real estate agency we have ever worked with.”
– Marilyn & Roar Tungland

“Diane Olson and her team provided outstanding service from the first time we met to discuss listing to the final sale of our home.

“The Team went above and beyond their responsibilities as realtors and added their personal touch by assisting us in liquidating our personal home assets. In our dealings with realtors we have never experienced this kind of service after the sale was completed.

“As Canadians we felt our needs and concerns regarding selling property in the US were met with exceptional expertise and knowledge.

“We would highly recommend Diane and her team to anyone in need of an honest and hard working realtor.”
– Gail & Kevin Shaigec

“Diane was awesome to work with as we purchased our winter home in the community of Estrella Mountain in Phoenix. She is very knowledgeable of the real estate market and all the details that Canadians need to know when purchasing a home in the US.   Her exceptional customer service and attention to detail created a positive experience. We highly recommend the Diane Olson Team to anyone that is looking to purchase a home in the Phoenix area.”
– Cindy & Keith East

“My experience in dealing with Diane Olson and her team was an excellent one. What could have been a stressful process was made effortless and seamless. Diane was instrumental in ensuring that my real estate deal was done in a way that ensured a successful outcome. Her help with dealing with my tenant and coming to a mutually agreeable arrangement was invaluable – along with referring and introducing me to a foreign exchange expert who assisted in converting my currency upon the completion of the sale.

“I have no hesitation in recommending Diane and her team and will definitely use her again should I decide to purchase real estate in Arizona.”
– Amanda Strong
British Columbia

“We first met Diane Olson in 2008 on a fishing exhibition about the affordable homes in Phoenix.  We had an idea what we were looking for and Diane asked all the right questions which put us in a brand new house in 6 months.  She made sure all our needs were met and we have never looked back.  Since 2008 we have had 3 other dealings with Diane knowing that she works hard to find us what we want.  All of Diane’s team is as professional as she is and we feel fortunate that we got the right realtor!”
– John and Shirley Bodie

“Diane and her team provide top notch service. Being from Canada, we relied on her and Nichole to leverage their network of resources to bring our property to “sale” condition. The work was done promptly, professionally and at a reasonable price.

“Based on the recommendations and advice provided as part of the sale process we received multiple offers and virtually full ask. We are very satisfied with their service and expertise and would highly recommend Diane and team!”
– Shane Warnez

“I couldn’t be happier with the service I received from Diane and Nichole.  They were diligent, proactive and extremely professional.  Diane aggressively researched and marketed my property, and throughout the process I felt extremely confident that she was looking out for my best interests.  I have no hesitation in recommending them 100%.”
– Ken L.

“It was an absolute pleasuring having dealt with Diane and her team! They were not only very organized and informative, but also very friendly as well! Thanks for everything!!”
– Rob Pambraun

“We have known Diane for a little over a year and she has helped us buy and sell an investment home and we just listed our home main home with her.

“We first contacted Diane because we were trying to purchase an investment home owned by Canadians.  These Canadian sellers had gone through two realtors and were on their third agent because they didn’t understand the sales process as a Canadian and appeared to be misinformed.  We really wanted to buy the home so we hired Diane to assist us with the purchase because she understood the process for Canadians even though we are not Canadians.  Diane had several conversations with the listing agent and his Canadian sellers explaining the process and what to expect.  Once Diane stepped in, the purchase went very smooth for all of us including the sellers who she didn’t represent but made it happen.”
– Phil & Kerri Hellyer
Mesa, AZ

2016 & Previous

“We have used Diane several times for both rental and personal residential purchases. She has been excellent at finding us great rental properties with good value appreciation. On the personal residential front, she was patient and insured we got a home that met our lifestyle and entertaining needs.”
– Gary & Trish Buckley

“We never felt pressured in any way and would have been lost without all the help of Wendy from the Diane Olson Team.”
– Bev and Bernie Wiens

“Our agent was patient, helpful and knowledgeable. She made buying our property in Mesa an enjoyable experience!”
– Bob & Nancy McCulloch

“The Diane Olson Team sure knows what Canadians love. We worked with the ‘energizer bunny’, Lara Wolf, who kept us focused on our goals/priorities. We wouldn’t have been able to move so quickly without the knowledge, dedication and trusted experience that she provided.”
– Cathy and Ed Nieroda

“Like most, we were trying to get the maximum for our Canadian dollar. We went to one of Diane’s seminars and were intrigued by Arizona! We can’t tell you how many homes we looked at including foreclosures and new builds. The title company said ours was probably one of the fastest transactions they had ever done. A great and memorable experience.”
-Allan and Evelyn Goodman

“We quickly learned that this is an ideal time for Canadians to purchase real estate in Arizona. The availability of beautiful new and previously-owned homes, the extremely reasonable (and negotiable) prices, the safe and welcoming neighbourhoods, and the strength of the Canadian dollar are all compelling reasons to buy now.”
– Gail & Andrew Bagnall

“When we contacted Diane Olson to assist us with a home purchase in the Phoenix area, she referred us to one of her agents who provided the best level of service we have ever experienced when buying a house.”
– John & Verlie Donald

“We had heard about Diane Olson’s top notch reputation for customer service and her talent at helping people explore what options might best meet their needs. Being a skeptic, we had to check things out for ourselves. We worked with Wendy from her team who really listened to our wishes and helped us narrow down our choices. We ended up buying a beautiful condo and are thrilled in every way.”
– Julie and Moses Sodomsky

“We decided that with the Canadian dollar on the rise and the market in Phoenix as it is that it was time to look at buying an investment property. Diane and her team were able to find the perfect home for us. Her service was outstanding and she gave accurate advice, always acting in a very professional manner.”
– Karen & Ross Read

“After networking with several people, we came across Diane Olson who was more than willing to answer any concerns and go the extra mile when purchasing our home. A year later, we purchased another property in Ahwatukee. Diane’s knowledge, honesty, and caring/considerate personality made our decision to purchase from her team again an easy one.”
– Laurel & Brent Lyon

“I really enjoyed working with the Diane Olson Team because they made the house purchase simple and stress free. I would recommend your team to any one of my friends because you were very helpful through the whole sales process and after it was completed you were always there to answer any questions.”
– Pat Temmerman

“Our networking led us to the Diane Olson team and to Lara Wolf who was knowledgeable, professional and a lot of fun. She was willing to spend as much time as necessary to make sure we found the right home in the right area from the right builder and at the right price…all of which she accomplished in just a few days!”
– Ray and Sandy Vosper

“Diane Olson had one incredible presentation and expressed herself in pure honesty, as if she was buying property for herself and making sure everything was right. That is how she treats the clients she deals with. With all the professional help we received, our dream of purchasing a beautiful home in Phoenix came true!”
– Rick, Pam & Angel Delorme

“Researching and buying real estate through Diane Olson was an investment that paid off handsomely. Not only did she refer us to properties that met our personal and financial requirements, she skillfully negotiated the price that was well below anything we would have done on our own. The final result was a great house, location and price!”
– Gerhard Schifke

“Tim and I attended your seminar in Winnipeg and found it extremely useful. It didn’t take long for our agent, Vicki, to zero in on what we were looking for. The area is great and so are the neighbours. We couldn’t have asked for more.”
– Tim and Kathy Nesbitt

“Thank you for your attentive and good service. Throughout our showing you did not push to sell but listened carefully to our needs and added suggestions. You responded well to our changing objective and the result was a quick and satisfying transaction, all in two days.”
– Dennis Toy

“She was there for us every step of the way and her follow-up was impeccable. In the end, the process was painless. We would recommend Wendy of Diane’s team without hesitation.”
– Richard and Beth Clark

“Perhaps the best word to describe Diane Olson is “stellar”. First, she knows the housing stock in the Phoenix area like the back of her hand. Her outstanding knowledge, extensive experience, focused approach, and her delightful personality made the entire process stress-free and yes, even pleasurable. And, due to her outstanding negotiating skills, we got our house at a truly phenomenal price! She never disappoints.”
– Nelly Rakita

“Having someone that speaks “Canadian” yet knows the Arizona real estate market inside and out, removed much of the anxiety and fear that can come with making a large investment in foreign territory. The dollar is strong and the market is hot and Diane is the realtor to help you own that warm vacation spot!”
– Taylor and Erliss Stobbe

“Great, great, great presentation. Very impressed. Hope you sign up a bunch of hot leads. No doubt you will. You are a terrific presenter. You really connect. Great info, lively and your credibility is terrific!
– Charles Adler

“I worked with Diane as a police officer in Winnipeg where she demonstrated her high degree of integrity and tenacity, which was reflected in her great work ethics. It quickly became evident that she brought these same traits and work ethics to her real estate profession.”
– Tony and Linda Russell

“We had a wonderful experience dealing with Diane and her assistance proved very beneficial with our negotiations and offers. From the moment we arrived in Phoenix, it was truly terrific. Buying a house can be a stressful process, but ours was really a pleasure and all things went smoothly because of Diane and the terrific people with David Weekley Homes.”
– Rick Dobel

“Our experience with Diane Olson was nothing but first-class. Her attention to detail and follow through was impeccable. She was always available to help with the process and lined us up with great people to help with maintenance and rental. It made the whole “Canadian” piece easy. We would recommend her services to anyone.”
– John & Hedy Heppenstall

“We were referred to Diane by friends who had purchased a home in Arizona, and from our first phone call to long after our deal had closed, Diane was (and continues to be) amazing to deal with. To say that she has gone above and beyond our expectations would truly be an understatement.”
– Marnie Groeneveld

“We are thrilled with our new David Weekly home and the entire buying experience with Diane. She took great care of us every step of the way. When you are buying property outside of Canada it is nice to be working with a professional who knows how things work on both sides of the border, eh! ”
– Dan and Karen Powell

“The entire purchase experience was excellent from start to finish. Diane was very knowledgeable, reliable, and accommodating and we would highly recommend her to anyone thinking of purchasing a home in Arizona. We not only gained the services of a Real Estate Agent – we also gained a friend!”
– Bonny Poitras

“Being a realtor myself, I appreciate working with other great realtors and Diane is one. Her efforts before, during and after our sale were excellent. She does everything but pay the mortgage. Don’t settle for less. Get Diane working for you!”
– Bryan & Shirley Waller

“We are incredibly grateful for the guidance and support Diane gave us when purchasing our property south of Phoenix. We love our location and can hardly wait to share our house with family and friends. We recommend Diane to everyone who asks about property in Arizona.”
– Brian and Maureen Campbell

“Diane’s knowledge and enthusiasm make her a great ambassador for Arizona. She made our purchase and move to Arizona a real delight!”
– Jo Ann and Don Wardrop

“We now own a beautiful home, with a mountain view, in Ahwatukee. We could never have accomplished this without Diane’s guidance, hard work and dedication. Diane was always there for us and still continues to be.”
– John and Sharon Bunka

“When Diane, who is Canadian herself, came to Regina to speak about real estate opportunities in Phoenix, we had to see what she had to offer. Three days later, we called Diane who was inbetween flights in the Denver Airport. She assured us she had time to talk right then and there. We purchased two condominiums and would like to thank Diane and Lara for making us feel confident in the process of purchasing our properties …pain free!”
Darrell & Heather Hanoski, Deer Valley

“We cannot say enough about all that Eileen has done with and for us.  She continues to go above and beyound and wwe are in awe!  She has become our friend and made the whole crazy process FUN.  We will be passing her name on to everyone we know.”
Sheryl & Marc Forest, Regina

“What a great experience with the Diane Olson Team!  We recently purchased a home and were helped every step of the way.  The list of vendors is awesome and everything was well beyond our expectations.”
Shirley & Colin Baldwin, Oxbow

“After several months of checking out listings on the internet, we felt we were ready to fly to Phoenix for the first time. The weekend could not have been better. We had two fun filled days and, by the end of the weekend, we had found the property we wanted. It couldn’t have gone smoother.”
Lynn & Leyone Kosokowsky, Saskatoon

“If you are Canadian, I would suggest 100% going with Lara and the Diane Olson Team. They are the only ones to go with as a Canadian buying property in Arizona. They know Canadians (Diane is from Winnipeg) and how to help Canadians and have a big Canadian network of clients.
Mike Vancha, Regina

“The process of purchasing a home was a positive experience from beginning to end. Denice kept us informed at all times and did a thorough job in listening and showing us numerous properties until we found just the right one. Denice made it easy: she guided us through the closing process and provided information on where to shop for furnishings and introduced us to a property manager.”
Rick and Laurie Brasnett, Saskatoon

“Diane came highly recommended and we looked forward to dealing with a realtor with Canadian roots. After three days, we had not found what we were looking for. Was Diane disappointed? Was she ready to move on to the next client? No. She never gave up looking even after we left for home. Several weeks later, Diane found our property. It met everything on our list, the price was right and we needed to act. Diane’s honesty and integrity had shone through from the moment we met her so we had no hesitation making the offer on the property sight unseen. The deal proceeded without a hitch and we now have our place in the Arizona sun.”
Evan and Doreen Howlett, Saskatoon

“The ads for the Diane Olson team caught our attention, in part, because Diane is a Canadian.  We attended her presentation in Edmonton which convinced us it was time to get serious about Arizona.  We were contacted in a timely fashion by Laura Keyser and were star struck with Estrella.  We felt really comfortable taking direction and suggestions from Laura.”
Fred & Eileen Filthaut, Edmonton

“It was fate that brought us Patti Maffucci from the Diane Olson Team.  Not only did she find us a great house in a great location, but she offered us professional advice and service.  Patti was always there when we needed her and went beyond expectations.  Thanks Patti for helping us find a great retirement and investment property!”
Kevin & Simmone Kerswell, St. Albert

“I just wanted to let you know how much I appreciated your help in purchasing our condo at the Vantage.  I had a great time and thank you for all your assistance in helping us get all the loose ends completed.”
Allan Harbour, Calgary

“We attended one of Diane’s seminars in Calgary where we learned the simplicity of the purchase process. Her team went above and beyond the call of duty to guide us through the purchase of two homes – one a long term rental in Ahwatukee, the other a vacation rental in Gilbert. We never felt alone in our quest for the right properties.”
Emile & Tammy Fremont, Calgary

“Our experience was completely painless and enjoyable. Not only did she give us piece of mind by connecting us with a home inspection company, she recommended Olympia Trust for exchanging our money which we benefited from as opposed to going through a bank.”
Kim and Jim Kelly, Calgary

“We would like thank Diane and her team for such a professional approach to customer service. Our experience of buying a home in Fountain Hills could not have been better.  We did run into a problem in the process of closing, which provided an insight into the connections, bargaining power, professionalism, market influence and tenacity that the Olson Team can bring to bear on behalf of their clients. We could not have hoped for more support and guidance in closing our purchase … it was extraordinary! You really over deliver on service!”
Lorne and Mary Wilson, Sherwood Park

“Rana from the Diane Olson Team met us at the airport, took great care of us and showed us all over the valley. We left feeling comfortable we knew where we wanted to purchase. When the unit at Eagle’s Landing came up, we hadn’t seen it but implicitly trusted Rana. So less than a month after our initial visit and after the paper work had been signed on both sides of the border, we are proud owners of property in Arizona!”
Lynden & Petra Dyjur, Sherwood Park

“I am sure we would have missed out on our property if it wasn’t for the quick and efficient efforts of Diane and her team. Their follow up was superb.”
Susan & Wally Seward, Canmore

“The before, during and after purchase care was absolutely incredible!”
Theresa Rocque and Ron Eng, Calgary

“Diane’s skill, commitment and service are second to none. From her interest in knowing her client, their expectations, lifestyle and budget, to how she approaches negotiation on their behalf is exemplary. Diane never forgets who her client is and always negotiates the very best deal for them.”
Judith Martel, Calgary

“When people ask me about Diane, I say she is the ‘real deal’ and would not hesitate working with her again. She is always a professional who has her clients’ best interests at heart.”
Ed Greenberg, Calgary

“We were confident Diane was working in our best interests throughout the entire purchase process and are incredibly satisfied with our home.”
Sandra and Michael Harris, Calgary

“As business people, we are aware of how important quality service is and we can definitely say Diane Olson and her team, specifically Rana, showed us a new high in this regard.”
Ellen & Wayne Page, Langley
British Columbia

“We really appreciate everything you have done for us to make our purchase one of the most pleasant transactions we have ever experienced.  Your outstanding marketing program answers every possible question to make an out of country purchase absolutely seamless.”
Chris & Dana Walton, Mission
British Columbia

“A big thanks goes out to Patti Maffucci and the Diane Olson team of professionals.  We put a tremendous amount of faith in Patti and she was there for us, which helped make our purchase a positive experience.  I really don’t know what we would have done without her.”
Fred & Darlene Hoffman, Vancouver
British Columbia

“We were immediately impressed with your insight and ability to glean our personal preferences within a very short time which greatly assisted us in finding a lovely home, all within twenty-four hours of formally meeting you. You simplified the process immensely.  Thanks for that!”
Karen Williams and Ted Holmes, Sicamous
British Columbia

“Please cheer on the likes of Tina (of the Diane Olson Team). She is honest and straightforward in her approach and has demonstrated a high degree of loyalty and trustworthiness to her work.  She gives real estate a gentler look.”
Lily Xie, Vancouver
British Columbia

“If you deal with Diane, you can expect to get straight up answers and her honest opinion. She also won’t disappear once you’ve signed on the dotted line. She’s a real gem and we feel lucky that she was there for us.”
Mark & Claire Knoop, Victoria
British Columbia

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