How to ensure this bid war is won?

Do not base any offer in response to the list price. Usually in Toronto, list prices are designed to entice buyers in to view the property. They are usually not a reflection of what the seller will accept, nor are they an indication of market value. Being able to come up with the market value of a property quickly is a skill that is part science, part art. Then, knowing what to offer from there, keeping in mind the priorities of the sellers and the upper bracket of affordability is the last stage of coming up with a great offer designed to win.

In the buyer's words:

"On the purchase side Susan did a lot of research to guide me in deciding on an offer I was comfortable with, and presented me with multiple similar cases to illustrate what a fair price would be for a similar property in the current market. She was an excellent advocate during the sale and headed off a bidding war, resulting in my becoming the successful bidder.

I always felt comfortable asking Susan questions and trusted that she would offer good advice. She definitely has her client’s best interests at heart. If I ever have another reason to enter the real estate market I would not hesitate to work with Susan again."