It has been a great pleasure to assist so many wonderful people with the largest financial transactions that most will make, and we’re happy to be able to leverage our contacts and high-tech backgrounds to achieve superior results.
We have been able to help people buy, sell, and rent homes more than 440 times over the years. Our expertise and procedures result in our sellers consistently selling for a higher percentage of asking price and in less time than the average in the Ottawa market.
Born just outside of Montreal and then finished high school in the tourist haven that is Niagara Falls. I moved to Ottawa to get a degree at Carleton University in 1974 and I’m still here.
My partner Steve Langlois and I have been together since 1979. We both worked in the high tech field for many years and in our spare time we bought, moved into, and fixed up many houses and condos. We also developed real estate web software and websites for many realtors.
Because we had so much interest in the real estate field, I decided to get my real estate license in 2005 and joined the wonderful firm of Royal Lepage Performance Realty. Within the first year I was doing it full time and moved away from the high tech field. Two years later Steve also got his licence to be able to join me in the business.
We’ve been working as a team ever since and loving it.
Our tech knowledge has proven very useful for creating and managing our own websites to ensure that the properties we sell for clients appear prominently in the search engines. I also continue to manage several other websites for friends and non-profits, including a website I created years ago when my mother moved to town – www.ottawaseniors.com I started it to help her find activities to keep busy, and it continues to be very successful. It stays at the top of the search engines and gets around 80,000 visits a month, bringing local seniors together with over 1200 services and many different activities. I still run that site today as a hobby and all of my real estate listings automatically get displayed on that site in addition to my real estate site to give them that much more exposure, which results in all listings displayed high up in Google.
Being involved with the seniors site has given me the means to build up a great network of complementary services that I can direct to those who need them, particularly when it comes to downsizing.
In addition to being awarded the Royal LePage Lifetime Award of Excellence I have received the Royal LePage Diamond Award and the Royal LePage Director’s Platinum Award in recognition of his being in the top 3% and top 5% of Royal LePage agents in the Ottawa market. You can see more details here.
I am a member of many professional organizations including the Ottawa Real Estate Board (OREB), the Ontario Real Estate Association (OREA) and the Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA), plus the National Association of Realtors (NAR) and NAGLREP, the National Association of Gay and Lesbian Real Estate Professionals.
The contacts, ideas, and resources are invaluable for me to provide great help to both my Seller and Buyer clients. They are also useful in building referral contacts for clients transferring cities.
While having the web knowledge certainly helps when it comes to marketing properties in today’s fast-paced market, it’s really the personal service and interaction that’s the more rewarding part of this business. If I can be of any assistance to you in planning your next real estate transaction, or answer any questions for you, please give me a call today at 613-238-2801!