CENTURY 21 Goldleaf Realty Inc., Brokerage*
- 210-1980 Ogilvie Road
Ottawa, ON K1J 9L3
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As a CENTURY 21® Real Estate professional, I am dedicated to providing you with the highest quality service possible. My personal knowledge of the local Real Estate market is combined with the power of the CENTURY 21 brand - the most recognized name in Real Estate today.
Let me assist you in finding your dream home, in a neighbourhood that is right for you, and in the price range you want. Or if you are interested in selling a property, I also have the expertise to help you get the fastest sale possible and at the best price.
I look forward to the opportunity of working for you!
Ottawa is a fantastic place to call home. The pace of living can be as fast or as slow as you like. For a city of just over one million, the attractions, services and recreational options Ottawa has to offer are a pleasant suprise. From well planned suburbs buffering the greenbelt to many walkable and liveable neighbourhoods inside the greenbelt, there is a lot to choose from when deciding where to buy a home and put down roots.
I have been a full time sales representative with the Ottawa Real Estate Board and Century 21 for 25 years. During that time I have gained substantial experience in the resale real estate market in Ottawa and surroundings in residential, income and investment properties. Representing both buyers and sellers over those years I have a strong working knowledge of many of the unique features that make each neighbourhood a little different from the other. I offer this knowledge to my clients and deliver it on a personal level.
When you choose to work with me I will provide you with personal service and easy access through the most up-to-date communication methods available with a focus on face-to-face interaction. Real estate is a visual and tactile product that you must experience in person to really get to know whether or not a property is the right fit for you. My goal for the clients I represent, whether a buyer or a seller, is to be easy to reach through talk, text, e-mail and other touch-base media. If you have a question or a concern, you can contact me directly so that I can answer the question or address and solve the issue in a timely fashion. I thoroughly enjoy the profession that I have chosen and strive to be up-to-date on changes within the industry, market conditions and price points of properties in the many neighbourhoods around the city.
I have access to proven professionals in finance, legal services, inspection services, trades and retail that are all part of the process of buying or outfitting a home. These contacts are a value‑added service that I offer to past and present clients should they find they need them.
As a full time real estate sales representative, my overall goal when contracted to work for you is to make sure that the process is fully understood, enjoyable and that the final outcome is that the home that you finally decide to make yours is the right fit for your lifestyle, situated in a location that works for you and satisfies the goal you had when you undertook the process of investing in real estate, that being a house to call home.
My family moved from Montreal to Ottawa in 1968. They chose to settle down in Blackburn Hamlet. As one of six children living in a typical Blackburn split-level house on a big crescent lined with similar homes filled with kids, I always thought that it was a great neighbourhood in which to grow up. I started my education at Glen Ogilvie Public School, worked my way through Emily Carr Middle School, and graduated after five great years at Gloucester High School. It was a great ride. During high school, my buddy John referred me to his manager and I was hired at the McDonald’s on St Laurent Boulevard in Ottawa’s east-end for my first real job, babysitting and paper routes left happily behind. Working in this team environment with a constantly changing crew of really great people, I was able to pay for the lifestyle of a teenager: concerts; albums; going out and putting gas in the family station wagon that I was allowed to drive. I had a blast. After graduating from Gloucester High School, I was offered and accepted a promotion to management with all of the great training that McDonald’s offers its employees. This was an exciting and challenging learning experience, invaluable to anyone who is a self-starter and which has proven extremely useful to me as I worked my way through life. After five years and five locations where I met loads of great people, some of whom are still friends today, it was time to move on. After a short stint at The Bay as a manager at the now defunct Bay Cafeteria, I went back to College at Algonquin in the Architectural Technology program with the goal of attending the University of Ottawa’s architecture program. Having taken drafting all through high school and spending many hours weekly drawing my dream house, I was now in a field that I knew I wanted to be in. Although my art skills proved wanting, my desire to be in the real estate field did not. I began researching and looking around for other options in the industry and decided to take the real estate licensing courses and get into sales. After successfully completing the courses and looking into the various companies, I decided to join Century 21 as a sales representative. Having worked for McDonald’s, a highly visible brand and leader in its field, I wanted to join an organization that represented the same in real estate. Century 21 in Ottawa offered that brand.
As I was finishing up my course, I ran into a friend from McDonald’s days who had just graduated from university and started work as a contractor. He had bought a few income buildings and was anxious to keep on going. Together, we picked up an old house in Westboro Village, a sleepy west-end neighbourhood. The house was on a double lot which we saw as a great opportunity for an infill. It wasn’t long until we got to work. In order to pay the mortgage, we decided to make it into a rooming house which I would manage, an undertaking I do not recommend to the uninitiated. After a really tough year filled with problems, the rooming house became too difficult to manage. Consequently, I moved into the house with a good friend and I discovered the charms of Westboro, long after the seniors who raised their families there and long before the nouveau Westboroites who are busy transforming the area into the more populated and dynamic area some consider the place to be. My business partner and I, with the help of a graduate architect friend from the Carleton University Architecture program, designed, planned and built a super attractive double attached to the now renovated single home. At the same time as working on this project and all the while selling real estate, we picked up properties in Little Italy and in the Hintonburg converting them into multifamily dwellings with all relevant permitting taken care of. These areas, though not well thought of at the time, are now quickly gaining in popularity and price.
I lived happily in Westboro for nearly 20 years. I was lured to Centertown by a large condo in a gracious older brick building but found the condo lifestyle not suited to someone like me who had never lived in an apartment style setting before. In 2010, I found and bought a great little house in Little Italy which had belonged to the same family over forty years. The Little Italy area is undergoing a renaissance. The location allows for a great walking environment, a few minutes to Dows lake, the canal, a short 15 minutes to center town and less than half an hour to the heart of the market. An influx of younger people and new families busily upgrading their homes is a huge plus and the wide array of restaurants and eclectic shops and services really enhance the West Centertown lifestyle.
A big part of why I enjoy real estate sales is that I can use my knowledge of the diverse and unique neighbourhood and housing styles that the City of Ottawa possesses. I am also able to use my many years in the business with sales of urban, suburban and rural homes as well as investment real estate to assist someone debating the options on where to focus their search. When I combine this with my hands-on experience in renovating older homes and my personal experiences of living in diverse styles of properties I find I am able to help my clients make an informed decision that they will be happy with. I often find that by taking the time to listen to what a client says to me I can match them with a house and an area that while not quite what they had in mind turned out to be the perfect choice and in the end what they were really after all along.
I have found people who hire a real estate sales representative like myself seek out that level of knowledge and experience. I can become a guide that can offer options to explore a wide variety of choice locations and homes that can fulfill the end goal of just the right area to invest in and the right house and put down roots, one that best matches their needs and wants.
I have been a full time Real Estate Salesrepresentative for close to 25 years. Starting after college in renovation and small project construction I not only sold real estate I also bought and renovated it. I have a very strong knowledge of the City of Ottawa including where to invest and live. I have also been involved in successful sales of bars,multi family income buildings, restaurants and small businesses along with leasing. I love working with folks who are out to find their first or next new home or first or next investment property. The influence that I have as a proffessional is rewarded when past Clients refer friends and family to me or stay in the home we found together for a very long time.