Thursday, December 9, 2010

QWest - Another Succesful Launch for the Bennett Pros!!

Another successful evening for the Bennett Pros! With line-ups starting at 9am, excitement and anticipation built throughout the day! The night ended with 30 condos being sold in only 2hrs!

Stay tuned for more exciting launches to come in 2011!

Below is the Ottawa Citizen's features article on the evening.

Condos sell fast at site of former convent
Hundreds of buyers vie for 42 units
By Sneh Duggal, Ottawa Citizen December 9, 2010

More than 30 apartments were sold Wednesday night after the release of a condominium that is to be part of the controversial development at a former convent site.

At least a couple of hundred investors and home buyers turned up to inquire or get a stake in the 42 units that were part of the initial release of the condominium Ashcroft Homes plans to build at 108 Richmond Rd. The building is expected to be ready for occupancy by 2013.

"We've had a year of very intense public consultations. It's great when you finally launch the project and you get such a big reception," said David Choo, president of Ashcroft Homes. "We're launching it on a very cold December night in Ottawa and yet still we have such a large reception for the project. That's encouraging."

The condo will be part of the proposed Q West development near Richmond Road and Island Park Drive. Ashcroft bought the 2.2-hectare site from Les Soeurs de la Visitation, who were unable to maintain the aging building.

Ashcroft plans to build more than 600 units on the surrounding grounds.
Individuals wanting to purchase a suite in the building were required to put down a $1,000 deposit Wednesday evening.

About 60 per cent were first-time home buyers, 30 per cent were investors, and 10 per cent were individuals wanting to downsize from their current residences, said Ashcroft consultant Marnie Bennett of Bennett Real Estate Professionals. Some of the units are being sold fully furnished.

Bennett said about 28 people are still on the waiting list. She said she noticed a lot of young people at the launch and thinks it is because of the pricing.

The cheapest units were listed at about $217,000, with prices going up to about $500,000.
"It's really price-driven; in Westboro, that's incredible," she said.

Yan Li, 25, was looking to purchase his second property. While his first, a condo at Centrepointe, was bought as an investment, Li said he is undecided about whether he would do the same with one of the Ashcroft units.

"This one really appeals to me -- if I do go through with it, it will be a tossup as to if it's a rental or whether I (move in)," he said.

Johanne Belisle, 53, and her husband, John Martin, 64, put down a deposit for a two-bedroom apartment. They are buying the unit as an investment, but said they might eventually move in.

"My husband is retired -- eventually we'll probably look to downsize," Belisle said.

Bennett said the development is going to provide residents with a community-living experience, especially with a central courtyard. She said there is a plan to have an arts theatre, a restaurant and a spa in the former convent.

"We have a lot of green space, a heritage building -- it's going to be very festive here," Bennett said. "It's a lifestyle that you're buying, it's not just a floor plan."

Ashcroft plans to release more of its units in January.

In recent months, some community members have voiced opposition to the development, stating that the proposed buildings are too high and that neighbours do not want a road to cut through the Byron Avenue linear park.

Li said he thinks Ottawa needs to build up, not out. "I'm in support of the project, provided that no heritage site is demolished," he said.

Bennett said while change is often difficult for people to accept, she thinks more people will be on board with the project once they start to see it unfold.
The community went before the city's planning and environment committee on Nov. 16 to voice their concerns.

© Copyright (c) The Ottawa Citizen

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Tuesday, December 7, 2010

BENNETT BUZZ - What Industry Leaders Are Saying About the Bennett Pros

Hard work, loyalty, dedication, and a positive frame of mind, has helped the Bennett Team reach the Top of Ottawa’s Real Estate market and industry leaders have taken notice!

“Wow Marnie! Such a wonderful story! I cannot tell you how amazing this is and how much we all truly respect what you’ve accomplished.It’s a real honor to be in business with you! Onward....”


Gary Keller – Co-founder and Chairman of the Board – Keller Williams Realty, Inc.

“Marnie! I've thought about you a lot since meeting you. I was wowed by your real estate practice. You definitely have built one of the most impressive real estate businesses I've ever seen. Congratulations on that!

I'd love to see your office sometime. We really appreciate being in business with you, and can't begin to express adequate kudos for all of your success!

Please stay in touch and let me know if there's ever anything I can do to help or support you!”

Mark Willis – CEO Keller Williams Realty, Inc.


For more information on the Bennett Team and how they can help you buy or sell your next home visit www.bennettpros.com

Ottawa Real Estate Conditions - Looking HOT HOT HOT!!

Here are two informative articles from this Saturday's December 4th, Ottawa Citizen.
Enjoy!

Condo market lifts Ottawa prices
Ottawa Citizen December 4, 2010

Buoyed by a strong condominium market, Ottawa housing prices increased 3.4 per cent to $324,218 in November compared to the same month last year, says the Ottawa Real Estate Board.

Condo prices jumped 17.4 per cent to $265,704, far outpacing the 0.6 per cent increase in residential-class properties to $342,154.

The board said 942 residential properties were sold through its MLS system, compared with 913 in November 2009, an increase of 3.2 per cent.

"Both the residential and condo classes showed slightly higher sales than last year, selling prices increased at nearly the same rate and the number of properties available for sale rose from a year ago as well,'' said Pierre de Varennes, the association's immediate past president.

Year to date, condo prices have risen 13.1 per cent, and residential properties 7.6 per cent.

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Golden neighbourhoods
Home price increases inside the Greenbelt outstripped their suburban and rural counterparts
By Robert Bostelaar, Ottawa Citizen December 4, 2010

Homes within the Greenbelt -- and especially in some key Ottawa neighbourhoods -- gained far more value in the past decade than their suburban and rural cousins, a City of Ottawa analysis reveals.

And the appreciation gap could widen further as city intensification policies and downsizing boomers bring more people into central Ottawa.

The downtown price surge, which Ottawa shares with many other North American cities, won't be a surprise to anyone who watches real estate ads.

But the City of Ottawa data, presented to a Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation conference last month, reveals both the extent of gains and which areas are hottest.

Across Ottawa, the value of the average home rose 92 per cent between 2000 and 2009, city planning official Court Curry told the conference. That increase pushed the average price to $321,267 from $167,246 -- well above the decade's cumulative inflation rate, which is pegged by the Bank of Canada at 21.6 per cent.

Some neighbourhoods far surpassed the average rise.

Westboro, the trendy Richmond Road district that is home to bike shops and bakeries, old houses and new condos, was the biggest winner, pushing up average prices by 164 per cent. The average price in Westboro jumped to $457,253 last year, from $173,414 in 2000.

Courtland Park-Rideau View, a neighbourhood south of Baseline Road and east of Fisher Avenue, was second with a 159-per-cent rise in values, taking the average price to $336,626 from $130,208.

Next was Chinatown-Little Italy-Mechanicsville (157 per cent) and two Westboro neighbours: Wellington Village (155 per cent) and Highland Park (129 per cent).

Even Vanier, a mixed commercial and residential district east of downtown that has earned its share of negative press, appreciated more than the Ottawa average, at 129 per cent.

So if these areas appreciated more than the average, which neighbourhoods came in below the 92-per-cent figure? Neither the city nor the Ottawa Real Estate Board, the source of the data, would say.

Given the close-to-the-bull's-eye positions of the big gainers, however, it's probably safe to assume that the slower areas are in the outer rings of the amalgamated city.

Curry was willing to predict which areas could show the biggest increases, residential and commercial, in the coming decade. These neighbourhoods line Ottawa's planned light rail transit (LRT) route, of which the first phase, from Tunney's Pasture through downtown to Blair Road, is expected to begin operating by 2019. The line will tunnel under central Ottawa and have 13 stations.

A projected annual ridership of 76 million, almost double the ridership on the current bus transitway, should spur "significant positive effect on the value of lands around stations," he told the conference.

Even before LRT construction starts in 2013, a boom in condominium projects, spurred by the city's housing intensification strategy, is encouraging young professionals, baby boomers who have consolidated their households, and others to live downtown.

Within two blocks of Rideau and Cumberland streets, for example, 1,200 housing units are under construction or completed and another 670 are planned, boosting the area population by 3,100.

"That's the equivalent of the town of Almonte," Curry said.

Some 2,100 units are under way or complete in the downtown-Centretown district, with another 2,000 units planned. In Westboro, 505 units have been added and another 1,110 are proposed.

Still another hot area is Little Italy by the Carling station for the O-Train, forerunner to Ottawa's LRT service. There, 725 new dwellings will accommodate as many as 1,200 incoming residents, while new office and retail space will provide up to 1,650 jobs.

"We really think that Little Italy and the whole Somerset (Street) area is a sleeper," Curry said.
The general rise in property values is good news for homeowners, less good for buyers -- especially first-timers facing increasingly high initial and monthly payments to get on the property ladder.

Ottawa broker Pierre de Varennes, however, suggests that wage hikes in the past decade have helped buyers keep pace with the price increases.

As well, with a six-decade record of steady but moderate increases in resale values, Ottawa remains the second least-expensive large Canadian city in which to buy a home, he noted in an interview. Montreal is the cheapest.

"From that perspective, Ottawa tends to be a relatively safe place to invest in home ownership, relative to some other Canadian cities," said de Varennes, who just completed a term as president of the Ottawa Real Estate Board.

"We're not vulnerable to the large swings as may be seen in, for example, Calgary, Edmonton, Toronto, Vancouver."

As in other cities, he says, the downtown should continue to be desirable to older buyers who want to be in walking distance of shops -- especially if they have health problems that could limit their ability to drive in coming years. Others are simply tired of daily traffic jams.

"They're willing to pay a little more for convenience -- the time-savings. Certainly there are people who have moved in from the periphery, and that may allow them to go from two cars down to one, or three cars down to two."

For first-time buyers seeking a "starter" home, rising downtown prices could steer them to neighbourhoods outside the Greenbelt, where larger townhouses or even single-family homes are attainable.

More affluent first-timers, "especially if they're being helped by mom and dad," tend to gravitate to the downtown.

"They tend to be young professional people. They're not necessarily, in their first property, interested in mowing the lawn, that sort of thing, because they're focused on their career.
"They're looking to be closer to the nightlife, the activities, and be in a condo," said de Varennes.

© Copyright (c) The Ottawa Citizen
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Home Smarts - From Ottawa's New Homes and Condos Part 14

Marnie Bennett is the exclusive real estate expert columnist for New Homes and Condos. Pick up your FREE copy at news stands and distributors throughout the city of Ottawa. See below for her new column "Home Smarts" and learn everything there is to know about real estate.
















Email your questions to mbennett@bennettpros.com
Or for more information on Ottawa Real Estate visit http://www.bennettpros.com/

____________________________________________________________

Marnie Bennett formed her boutique real estate marketing firm after meeting, with remarkable success, as an award-winning realtor and as Executive Vice-President of a market-leading custom home builder. Bennett & Company provides a full range of services to real estate developers, builders, property managers and investors. Marnie is a broker with Keller Williams Ottawa Realty, and team leader of Bennett Real Estate Pros a top-producing five-star team, providing five-star treatment.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Home Smarts - From Ottawa's New Homes and Condos Part 13

Marnie Bennett is the exclusive real estate expert columnist for New Homes and Condos. Pick up your FREE copy at news stands and distributors throughout the city of Ottawa. See below for her new column "Home Smarts" and learn everything there is to know about real estate.



















Email your questions to mbennett@bennettpros.com
Or for more information on Ottawa Real Estate visit http://www.bennettpros.com/

____________________________________________________________

Marnie Bennett formed her boutique real estate marketing firm after meeting, with remarkable success, as an award-winning realtor and as Executive Vice-President of a market-leading custom home builder. Bennett & Company provides a full range of services to real estate developers, builders, property managers and investors. Marnie is a broker with Keller Williams Ottawa Realty, and team leader of Bennett Real Estate Pros a top-producing five-star team, providing five-star treatment.

Home Smarts - From Ottawa's New Homes and Condos Part 12

Marnie Bennett is the exclusive real estate expert columnist for New Homes and Condos. Pick up your FREE copy at news stands and distributors throughout the city of Ottawa. See below for her new column "Home Smarts" and learn everything there is to know about real estate.






















Email your questions to mbennett@bennettpros.com
Or for more information on Ottawa Real Estate visit http://www.bennettpros.com/

____________________________________________________________

Marnie Bennett formed her boutique real estate marketing firm after meeting, with remarkable success, as an award-winning realtor and as Executive Vice-President of a market-leading custom home builder. Bennett & Company provides a full range of services to real estate developers, builders, property managers and investors. Marnie is a broker with Keller Williams Ottawa Realty, and team leader of Bennett Real Estate Pros a top-producing five-star team, providing five-star treatment.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Home Smarts - From Ottawa's New Homes and Condos Part 11

Marnie Bennett is the exclusive real estate expert columnist for New Homes and Condos. Pick up your FREE copy at news stands and distributors throughout the city of Ottawa. See below for her new column "Home Smarts" and learn everything there is to know about real estate.




























Email your questions to mbennett@bennettpros.com
Or for more information on Ottawa Real Estate visit http://www.bennettpros.com/

____________________________________________________________

Marnie Bennett formed her boutique real estate marketing firm after meeting, with remarkable success, as an award-winning realtor and as Executive Vice-President of a market-leading custom home builder. Bennett & Company provides a full range of services to real estate developers, builders, property managers and investors. Marnie is a broker with Keller Williams Ottawa Realty, and team leader of Bennett Real Estate Pros a top-producing five-star team, providing five-star treatment.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Home Smarts - From Ottawa's New Homes and Condos Part 10

Marnie Bennett is the exclusive real estate expert columnist for New Homes and Condos. Pick up your FREE copy at news stands and distributors throughout the city of Ottawa. See below for her new column "Home Smarts" and learn everything there is to know about real estate.




















Email your questions to mbennett@bennettpros.com
Or for more information on Ottawa Real Estate visit http://www.bennettpros.com/

____________________________________________________________

Marnie Bennett formed her boutique real estate marketing firm after meeting, with remarkable success, as an award-winning realtor and as Executive Vice-President of a market-leading custom home builder. Bennett & Company provides a full range of services to real estate developers, builders, property managers and investors. Marnie is a broker with Keller Williams Ottawa Realty, and team leader of Bennett Real Estate Pros a top-producing five-star team, providing five-star treatment.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Home Smarts - From Ottawa's New Homes and Condos Part 9

Marnie Bennett is the exclusive real estate expert columnist for New Homes and Condos. Pick up your FREE copy at news stands and distributors throughout the city of Ottawa. See below for her new column "Home Smarts" and learn everything there is to know about real estate.




















Email your questions to mbennett@bennettpros.com
Or for more information on Ottawa Real Estate visit http://www.bennettpros.com/

____________________________________________________________

Marnie Bennett formed her boutique real estate marketing firm after meeting, with remarkable success, as an award-winning realtor and as Executive Vice-President of a market-leading custom home builder. Bennett & Company provides a full range of services to real estate developers, builders, property managers and investors. Marnie is a broker with Keller Williams Ottawa Realty, and team leader of Bennett Real Estate Pros a top-producing five-star team, providing five-star treatment.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Home Smarts - From Ottawa's New Homes and Condos Part 8

Marnie Bennett is the exclusive real estate expert columnist for New Homes and Condos. Pick up your FREE copy at news stands and distributors throughout the city of Ottawa. See below for her new column "Home Smarts" and learn everything there is to know about real estate.
Email your questions to mbennett@bennettpros.com
Or for more information on Ottawa Real Estate visit http://www.bennettpros.com/

____________________________________________________________

Marnie Bennett formed her boutique real estate marketing firm after meeting, with remarkable success, as an award-winning realtor and as Executive Vice-President of a market-leading custom home builder. Bennett & Company provides a full range of services to real estate developers, builders, property managers and investors. Marnie is a broker with Keller Williams Ottawa Realty, and team leader of Bennett Real Estate Pros a top-producing five-star team, providing five-star treatment.

Home Smarts - From Ottawa's New Homes and Condos Part 7

Marnie Bennett is the exclusive real estate expert columnist for New Homes and Condos. Pick up your FREE copy at news stands and distributors throughout the city of Ottawa. See below for her new column "Home Smarts" and learn everything there is to know about real estate.



















Email your questions to mbennett@bennettpros.com
Or for more information on Ottawa Real Estate visit http://www.bennettpros.com/

____________________________________________________________

Marnie Bennett formed her boutique real estate marketing firm after meeting, with remarkable success, as an award-winning realtor and as Executive Vice-President of a market-leading custom home builder. Bennett & Company provides a full range of services to real estate developers, builders, property managers and investors. Marnie is a broker with Keller Williams Ottawa Realty, and team leader of Bennett Real Estate Pros a top-producing five-star team, providing five-star treatment.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Home Smarts - From Ottawa's New Homes and Condos Part 6

Marnie Bennett is the exclusive real estate expert columnist for New Homes and Condos. Pick up your FREE copy at news stands and distributors throughout the city of Ottawa. See below for her new column "Home Smarts" and learn everything there is to know about real estate.


























Email your questions to mbennett@bennettpros.com
Or for more information on Ottawa Real Estate visit http://www.bennettpros.com/

____________________________________________________________

Marnie Bennett formed her boutique real estate marketing firm after meeting, with remarkable success, as an award-winning realtor and as Executive Vice-President of a market-leading custom home builder. Bennett & Company provides a full range of services to real estate developers, builders, property managers and investors. Marnie is a broker with Keller Williams Ottawa Realty, and team leader of Bennett Real Estate Pros a top-producing five-star team, providing five-star treatment.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Home Smarts - From Ottawa's New Homes and Condos Part 5

Marnie Bennett is the exclusive real estate expert columnist for New Homes and Condos. Pick up your FREE copy at news stands and distributors throughout the city of Ottawa. See below for her new column "Home Smarts" and learn everything there is to know about real estate.






























Email your questions to mbennett@bennettpros.com
Or for more information on Ottawa Real Estate visit http://www.bennettpros.com/

_____________________________________________________________

Marnie Bennett formed her boutique real estate marketing firm after meeting, with remarkable success, as an award-winning realtor and as Executive Vice-President of a market-leading custom home builder. Bennett & Company provides a full range of services to real estate developers, builders, property managers and investors. Marnie is a broker with Keller Williams Ottawa Realty, and team leader of Bennett Real Estate Pros a top-producing five-star team, providing five-star treatment.

Friday, June 25, 2010

Home Smarts - From Ottawa's New Homes and Condos Part 4

Marnie Bennett is the exclusive real estate expert columnist for New Homes and Condos. Pick up your FREE copy at news stands and distributors throughout the city of Ottawa. See below for her new column "Home Smarts" and learn everything there is to know about real estate.



Email your questions to mbennett@bennettpros.com
Or for more information on Ottawa Real Estate visit http://www.bennettpros.com/

_____________________________________________________________

Marnie Bennett formed her boutique real estate marketing firm after meeting, with remarkable success, as an award-winning realtor and as Executive Vice-President of a market-leading custom home builder. Bennett & Company provides a full range of services to real estate developers, builders, property managers and investors. Marnie is a broker with Keller Williams Ottawa Realty, and team leader of Bennett Real Estate Pros a top-producing five-star team, providing five-star treatment.

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Home Smarts - From Ottawa's New Homes and Condos Part 3

Marnie Bennett is the exclusive real estate expert columnist for New Homes and Condos. Pick up your FREE copy at news stands and distributors throughout the city of Ottawa. See below for her new column "Home Smarts" and learn everything there is to know about real estate.

Seeing Beyond the Sticker Price: Additional Fees on New Homes
Published in the June 5th, 2010 issue of New Homes and Condos

Most of the homebuyers who walk into my office are savvy enough to know that a new-home sticker price is not the end of the financial story. They expect some additional fees; however, the details of those fees tend to blur together. I like to prepare my clients by outlining these costs in simple terms.

Although most builders absorb the majority of these fees, it is important to have a sense of what they are (as they can make a big difference to your bottom line). Don’t be shy: ask your builder’s representative which costs are included.

Sales Tax
- Many of my clients confess to being confused by Ontario’s new Harmonized Sales Tax (HST), set to begin July 1, 2010. Until this date, 5% GST (but no PST) will continue to be applied to new homes. Afterwards, the HST, which totals 13% of the purchase price, will be applied to new homes. However, new home buyers will receive a rebate of 6% on the first $400,000 of the purchase price. It is important to note that many home builders currently include GST in the price of the home. If HST is included in the price of the home, the government rebate will be payable to the builder, not to you.

Land Transfer Tax
- This provincial tax is applied to both new and resale homes. It’s somewhat of a complex structure and it depends on the value of the land. As an example, a $300,000 home will require a land transfer tax of $2975. First time homebuyers are eligible for a rebate up to $2000.

Utility & Meter Connection
- These usually cost approximately $600.

Municipal Lot & School Levies
- These fees, which cover a wide range of municipal services, are typically absorbed by the builder. However, any new levies that arise before closing may be passed on to you.

Tarion Corporation Warranty Fee
- This mandatory warranty protects homebuyers against construction defects and failure to fulfill terms of the purchasing agreement. This is normally covered by the builder.

Legal fees
- Most lawyers charge between $1000 - 1500 for their services.

Mortgage Processing Fee
- Ask your mortgage institution if they will waive this fee.

Moving costs
- These vary greatly, depending on the number of movers hired, possessions to be moved and distance to be traveled.

Reviewing additional costs isn’t the most exhilarating part of new home hunting. But I can assure you: the better informed you are, the happier you’ll be with your final decision.

Email your questions to mbennett@bennettpros.com
Or for more information on Ottawa Real Estate visit www.bennettpros.com

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Marnie Bennett formed her boutique real estate marketing firm after meeting, with remarkable success, as an award-winning realtor and as Executive Vice-President of a market-leading custom home builder. Bennett & Company provides a full range of services to real estate developers, builders, property managers and investors. Marnie is a broker with Keller Williams Ottawa Realty, and team leader of Bennett Real Estate Pros a top-producing five-star team, providing five-star treatment.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Hottest April on Record for Ottawa Resale Housing Market

Ottawa, May 5,2010 :

Members of the Ottawa Real Estate Board sold 1,841 residential properties in April through the Board’s Multiple Listing Service® system compared with 1,591 in April 2009, an increase of 15.7 per cent. Of those sales, 425 were in the condominium property class, while 1,416 were in the residential property class. The condominium property class includes any property, regardless of style (i.e. detached, semi-detached, apartment, stacked etc.) which is registered as a condominium, as well as properties which are co-operatives, life leases and timeshares. The residential property class includes all other residential properties.

“Last month’s sales blew away the record for April, which is always one of the busiest months of the year for our market,” said Board President Pierre de Varennes. “The increased sales activity may be partially due to buyers trying to avoid the impending HST and the mortgage changes that came into effect on April 19, but also demonstrates that consumers feel confident about our local economy,” he added.

The average sale price of residential properties, including condominiums, sold in April in the Ottawa area was $332,979, an increase of 11.6 per cent over April 2009. The average sale price for a condominium-class property was $254,220, an increase of 17.4 per cent over April 2009. The average sale price of a residential-class property was $356,617, an increase of 11.7 per cent over April 2009. The Board cautions that average sale price information can be useful in establishing trends over time but should not be used as an indicator that specific properties have increased or decreased in value. The average sale price is calculated based on the total dollar volume of all properties sold.

The Ottawa Real Estate Board is an industry association of 2,590 sales representatives and brokers in the Ottawa area. Members of the Board are also members of the Canadian Real Estate Association.

The MLS® system is a member based service, paid for by the REALTOR® members of the Ottawa Real Estate Board. The MLS® mark symbolizes the cooperation among REALTORS® to effect the purchase and sale of real estate through real estate services provided by REALTORS®. MLS® commercial and residential listings are available for viewing on the Board’s internet site at www.OttawaRealEstate.org and on the national websites of The Canadian Real Estate Association at www.mls.ca and www.ICX.ca.

Information about listings and open houses is also available in the Board’s weekly newspaper, Ottawa Real Estate Guide, available free at 700 locations across the Ottawa area.

For more information on the Ottawa Real Estate Market visit our website at www.bennettpros.com

Trademarks are owned or controlled by The Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA) and identify real estate professionals who are members of CREA (REALTOR®) and/or the quality of services they provide (MLS®).

View From the TOP - No. 1 Sales Team in the Ottawa Market

MARNIE BENNETT IS ONLY LOOKING UP
Published in the May/June issue of outfront magazine, A publication of Keller Williams Realty, Inc.

What does it take to become the top-producing team for Keller Williams Realty? Marnie Bennett, associate with the Ottawa market center and Ottawa’s 2009 Businesswoman of the Year, has a pretty good idea. Ranking as No.1 for the first quarter of 2010, with $693,683 in GCI, Bennett’s winning strategy is a combination of experience, creativity and skill.

Read below for the full published article.






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Home Smarts - From Ottawa's New Homes and Condos Part 2

Marnie Bennett is the exclusive real estate expert columnist for New Homes and Condos. Pick up your FREE copy at news stands and distributors throughout the city of Ottawa. See below for her new column "Home Smarts" and learn everything there is to know about real estate.

Your New Home Search: Zeroing in on “The One”

Published in the May 22nd, 2010 issue of New Homes and Condos

When I’m getting to know new clients, I sometimes sense that they’re feeling overwhelmed by all the options on the new home market. While approaching the home search with an open mind is helpful, it’s equally important to recognize the aspects of a home that are truly important to you. Compromise is often part of the process, but there are always a few items that are simply non-negotiable – and, believe it or not, it can take a bit of soul-searching to discover what they are.

I like to sit down with my clients and have an in-depth conversation about their practical needs as well as their “dream home” ideals. The following questions can help to unearth some key priorities:

Life Stages - Families evolve, and it’s wise to consider the future as well as the present. Do you plan to have children? Do you have teenagers who will be moving away soon? Are you close to retirement? Will you need a home that can accommodate different stages of life? These questions can go a long way in helping you decide what type and size of home will best meet your needs.

Lifestyles - The way your family works and plays is fundamental in choosing a neighbourhood. How much commuting are you willing to do every day? How much will your commuting costs be? While houses are generally more affordable outside of the city, the costs of gas and perhaps a second car can add up quickly; sometimes spending the extra money for a more central location is balanced by savings elsewhere.

Examine – honestly – how you spend your leisure time, whether it’s playing sports, visiting cultural hot spots, exploring nature or cocooning with the family. How close would you like to live to extended family and friends? How important are good schools, recreation facilities and walking paths?

Size Requirements - How many bedrooms and bathrooms are needed? Do you need space for a hobby, storage or home office? A family room? A two-car garage?

Special Features - These can range from the indulgent to the absolutely necessary. Do you want air conditioning, a fireplace or a swimming pool? Do you require certain features to accommodate family members with special needs? Are you interested in saving energy, enhancing indoor air quality and reducing environmental impact?
We all have different priorities. Ask yourself which ones are closest to your heart, and the right home will follow!

Email your questions to mbennett@bennettpros.com
Or for more information on Ottawa Real Estate visit www.bennettpros.com
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Marnie Bennett owns a boutique real estate marketing firm known as Bennett & Company, providing a full range of marketing services to real estate developers and builders. Marnie is also a broker and the team leader of the Bennett Real Estate Professionals with Keller Williams Ottawa Realty. The Bennett Pros are the leading real estate team in Ottawa providing 5 star services, with five star treatment.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Summer Festivals in Ottawa

The Bennett Pros want to ensure that you have a fun and exciting summer in Ottawa!

Here is a great list of festivals to be held around the city this summer! Whether you enjoy savory foods from around the world or listening to talented musicians on a gorgeous summer day, the nations capital has an array of festivals and events that will keep you entertained all summer long. CLICK on the links below to receive full details about each event.

The Canadian Tulip Festival - May 7 to May 24

International Children's Festival - May 26 to May 30

Race Weekend
- May 29 to May 30

Italian Week
- June 10 to June 20

Westfest - June 11 to June 13

Festival Franco Ontarien - June 17 to June 20

Fringe Festival
- June 17 to June 27

Ottawa Dragon Boat Festival - June 18 to June 20

The International Chicken and Rib Festival - June 23 to June 27

The Ottawa Jazz Festival- June 24 to July 4

Cisco Ottawa Bluesfest - July 7 to July 18

Hope Beach Volleyball - July 10

Chamber Music Festival - July 24 to August 7

Ottawa Busker Festival - July 29 to August 2

Lumiere Festival
- August 7 to August 21

Greekfest - August 12 to August 22

Folk Festival - August 13 to August 15

SuperEX - August 19 to August 29

Capital Pride - August 20 to August 29



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Thursday, May 13, 2010

Home Smarts - From Ottawa's New Homes and Condos

Marnie Bennett is the exclusive real estate expert columnist for New Homes and Condos. Pick up your FREE copy at news stands and distributors throughout the city of Ottawa. See below for her new column "Home Smarts" and learn everything there is to know about real estate.

Opening Yourself to the Possibilities:
Choosing the “Home Type” That’s Right for You

Published in the May 8th issue of New Homes and Condos

Buying a new home is an exciting process with a happy outcome – but to be perfectly honest, it can be a bit of a roller coaster ride. In reality, few of us are able to find our dream home, delve into our bottomless pockets and move in the following day.

After 29 years in the real estate business, I’ve noticed certain patterns in home-buying behaviour. While most clients have a fixed idea of the type of home they want before they begin searching, it’s surprisingly common for buyers to change their minds mid-search. One client may realize that they’re not as eager to mow a large lawn as they’d thought; another may discover that the detached home they’d dreamed of is beyond their means.

I encourage my clients to become familiar with the different property types on the market, and to keep an open mindset as possibilities are everywhere!

Condominiums
- Condos are often purchased by single people and couples without children, with good reason! They offer a maintenance-free style of living that’s ideal for those with busy work and social lives. However, the owner pays a monthly maintenance fee for the privilege known as condo fees. Condominiums tend to come with smaller or no outdoor spaces, but they usually have an abundance of lifestyle amenities such as fitness studios, home theatres, hot tubs, roof top terraces and party rooms – an important consideration for downsizers and active singles.

While we often associate condos with downtown high-rises, they are increasingly popular in suburban areas; they may be townhomes, semis or even detached homes, and are common in adult-oriented gated communities. Condominium is actually a legal definition referring to the method of ownership, not the type of building. When you purchase a condo, the interior space of your home belongs to you. “Common elements” such as elevators, recreational facilities and outside grounds are jointly owned by you and the other homeowners in your condominium community.

Detached homes
- A fully detached home provides the most privacy and, often, the most space of any home type. New detached homes are commonly built on lot sizes between 35 and 60 feet, although some new home builders – particularly custom home builders – may offer larger lot sizes.

Semi-detached homes
- A semi-detached home is joined to another home on one side. If you’re having trouble finding a detached home in your budget, you’re likely to be pleasantly surprised with some of the semi-detached homes on the market. They often offer similar layouts and features for a lower price, due to lower construction costs and marginally smaller lot sizes. If privacy is a concern for you, be sure to tour the builder’s homes to observe how sound travels from one home to the next. Most modern semis and townhomes provide good sound insulation.

Townhomes
- Like semi-detached homes, town homes often offer more than you might expect. Many condominium townhomes are “executive-style”, boasting high-end finishes. Condominium terrace townhomes are “stacked”, with upper units providing a large balcony or roof-top patio instead of a yard. Non-condominium townhomes, known as “freehold”, offer more freedom to change the landscaping and outer appearance of your home.

In my next column, I’ll address some practical ways to narrow your new home search. Until then, happy hunting!

Email your questions to mbennett@bennettpros.com
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Marnie Bennett owns a boutique real estate marketing firm known as Bennett & Company, providing a full range of marketing services to real estate developers and builders. Marnie is also a broker and the team leader of the Bennett Real Estate Professionals with Keller Williams Ottawa Realty. The Bennett Pros are the leading real estate team in Ottawa providing 5 star services, with five star treatment.

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

SOHO Lisgar Priority VIP Launch - What a Night in Ottawa

7:30am is the exact time the first eager SOHO Lisgar VIP purchaser waited patiently in line for the doors to open. As the line-up slowly grew throughout the day, the apparent hype about this unique luxurious condo inspired building by Mastercraft Starwood was confirmed. When such a unique product was offered, in such an ideal location, Ottawa residents flocked to reserve their DREAM CONDO.

With each unit custom designed by the acclaimed Gluckstein Design, including 9 ft. ceilings; Floor-to-Ceiling and Wall-to-Wall Windows: Designer Kitchens with lacquer cabinets concealing AEG appliances; caesarstone counters; marble bathrooms with 5 ft. glass enclosed showers with rainshower head and an amenities package including an outdoor lap pool and hot tub; outdoor kitchen; home theatre; Dalton Brown Gym and many more, the DREAM CONDO concept was surely delivered.

An overwhelming one thousand people had registered for the SOHO Lisgar VIP Priority Launch. However with the amazing success of SOHO Parkway (which only has 2 suites left!) the Bennett Real Estate Professionals were not surprised to see such a large growing Ottawa SOHO fan base.

The surprise did come when at 3:00pm the growing Ottawa SOHO fan base and future purchasers, were lined up as far as the eye could see down Lisgar St., pouring onto Bank St.

The evening turned out to be a great success with the Bennett Team taking well over 150 reservations!

There are still many opportunities left in this amazing complex! For more information on this development or to get the inside scoop on the next cutting edge condominium launch contact the Bennett Real Estate Professionals at www.bennettpros.com

Here are a few photos capture during the evening.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Increase Your Wealth Through Real Estate Seminar - Ottawa ON

Whether you are a first time home buyer, moving up the Ottawa property ladder or an investor, we will show you how to develop the mind set of a millionaire investor! With over fifty years of combined real estate knowledge coupled with industry exclusive relationships and hands on experience of investing in real estate, make the experience gained through our program truly BETTER WITH BENNETT. We will show you how to increase your wealth through real estate including using your RRSPs to invest in real estate. Our next seminar will take place on April 28th at 7:00pm. Register ONLINE to receive full details.


Success Stories

"Just a quick note to say we have rented our Loretta property. So now with Pinecrest rented, Loretta rented, London rented and closing in Hamilton next week and it being rented. I guess we are just about ready for our next new adventure. Wow, four rented units and it only took me 2 years to finally pull the tigger on the first purchase. We are sure glad we started this venture and we are equally glad we are going to continue to grow, before long we'll blink an eye and our portfolio will start to look like yours. What does Marnie keep saying - PASSIVE INCOME PASSIVE INCOME...Talk to you soon."
- Brian


"It’s amazing what can happen in a couple of weeks. Thanks to your patient guidance, some encouragement from your team, and great financial support from Liliane, my wife and I have decided to invest in two condos, one at Wellington and Island Park, and one ay Chateau Royale in Hamilton. I truly appreciate the time you’ve taken to work with me and look forward to making more investments with you and the amazing Bennett Team.Wishing you all the best!"
- Sam


Due to the overwhelming demand our registrations are on a first come, first served basis.


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Tuesday, April 13, 2010

24th Originals Ottawa Spring Craft Sale - Staging Your Home


Join us-Marnie Bennett and Kristi Blok this weekend for a special presentation at Lansdowne Park for the 24th Originals Signature Spring Craft Sale.

Staging Your Home.

Presented by the Bennett Real Estate Professionals and KIKI Interiors. Marnie Bennett and Kristi Blok will be on stage to show you how you can increase your home’s value through the latest staging techniques.

Saturday, April 17th at 3pm & Sunday, April 18th at 1pm

STAGING YOUR HOME INCREASES YOUR HOME’S VALUE!

For more information on Staging and other topics related to real estate visit our website at www.bennettpros.com

Monday, March 22, 2010

Ottawa Citizen Article - re Hotel and Residences

This past Saturday the Ottawa Citizen posted an introductory article about the new re Hotel and Residences. This stunning luxurious condo/hotel is a unique concept to Ottawa and will present a new standard to high-end living.

Luxe living by the Hill

Posh boutique hotel and condos are designed for the diamond and Mercedes set who value a clear view of Parliament Hill
by Sheila Brady, The Ottawa Citizen, March 20th 2010

David Choo is on a roll. Earlier this month, the president of Ashcroft Homes unwrapped plans to restore and develop the stone convent and prime Westboro property that was home to the Soeurs de la Visitation.

Now the fiery spark-plug is set to launch a posh boutique hotel and condos on Sparks Street designed for the diamonds and Mercedes crowd.

Re Hotel & Residences will become Ottawa’s priciest piece of real estate, pushing a business-residence combo that has flourished in Toronto, Vancouver and large, international cities.

A six-storey building with ground-level retail shops will front on Sparks Street Mall, while an 18-storey building will open to Queen Street. The $100-million project, which promises an intimate interior courtyard,

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Thursday, March 18, 2010

Sneak Peek - re Hotel and Residences

Luxury hotel/condo will be a downtown Ottawa icon

re Hotel & Residences brings new life to Sparks Street


Ottawa, Ontario - March 16, 2010Ashcroft Urban Developments announces the official launch of re Hotel & Residences, a unique and exciting project in Ottawa’s central business core. Part boutique hotel, part luxury condominium, re heralds a revival of Ottawa’s historic Sparks Street. re will be to 21st century Ottawa what the Ch√Ęteau Laurier was to the 20th – an iconic architectural landmark, a meeting place for politicians, business people and trendsetters, and an exclusive retreat at the very heart of everything that matters in the capital. More than just a building, re Hotel & Residences is a visionary concept, and the winner of a national competition sponsored by the National Capital Commission. Pioneered by David Choo of Ashcroft Urban Developments, re sets a cosmopolitan standard for beauty, luxury, elegance and fine living in keeping with Ottawa’s standing as a G8 capital.


The setting
Few national capitals boast Ottawa’s natural setting. Our stunning Gothic Revival Parliament Buildings, set on a bluff high above the majestic Ottawa River, are framed by the natural beauty of the ancient Gatineau Hills. Because the condominiums will occupy only re’s upper floors, views will be stunning. And because of its unique location in the heart of Ottawa’s Parliamentary Precinct, it’s a view that will forever remain unimpeded, changing only with the seasons. A setting of unparalleled beauty and a front-row seat overlooking Parliament Hill: This is only the start of what re Hotel & Residences has to offer.


The concept
A stay at re Hotel & Residences will be no less stunning than the views. From the building’s elegant lines to the sumptuous appointments of its suites, every detail has been thought through by architect Roderick Lahey of Roderick Lahey Architects, Inc. and by Cecconi Simone Inc., an interior design firm. The hotel will be an oasis of luxury, where every amenity will be available to guests. And because of the pairing of hotel and condominium, every condominium resident will have access to all the hotel’s services, from the concierge to the restaurant.


The hotel
Imagine stepping out of your hotel and into the very centre of power. The House of Commons, the Senate, the Supreme Court of Canada; the offices of the Prime Minister and major government departments and agencies; the headquarters of dozens of national organizations – all are only steps away. Well rested after a night in a room where in which every element has been carefully chosen, you are ready to tackle your day’s work. The hotel’s attentive and knowledgeable staff attend to mundane details, leaving you free to concentrate on business.

When your work is done, relaxation is close by. The National Arts Centre, the National Gallery of Canada and the nightspots and award-winning restaurants of the ByWard Market or busy Elgin Street are an easy amble away. Closer still are re’s spa, its sixth-floor lounge, and its own trend-setting restaurant.


The condominium suites
re’s residents get more than a superb location and an iconic view: They get an elegant and refined urban lifestyle. Every suite will be provided with finishes of the highest quality, including Euro-style ‘spa’ bathrooms, hardwood or porcelain flooring, and kitchen appliances by Gaggenau and Bosch. Residents will enjoy urban living at its absolute best. And when they have guests, the condominium tower’s 12th floor Sky Lounge will be THE place to gather.


For more information contact the Bennett Team at susan@bennettpros.com

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Thursday, January 21, 2010

Bennett Open House Marathon Weekend



Come join the Bennett Real Estate Professionals and GO TRAVEL DIRECT for an exclusive Open House Extravaganza!

Attend one of the following Open Houses this weekend and you could be entered for the chance to WIN an ALL INCLUSIVE TRIP for 2 to PUNTA CANA!

Whether you’re searching for the perfect home for yourselves or as an investment, this weekend provides an amazing opportunity to view current homes for sale and enter for a chance to WIN a WINTER GETAWAY!

Find an Open House in your neighbourhood:

Featured Open House

Neighbourhood: Centretown
275 McLeod St. (New and Heritage Condos)
View the Newly Built, Professionaly Decorated Model Unit
Starting in the $290’s
January 23rd and 24th from 2-4pm



Other Open Houses

Neighbourhood: Centretown
PH807-320 McLeod St. (New Luxurious Condos)
Starting in the $440’s
Sunday January 24th from 2-4pm

Neighbourhood: Byward Market
1402-180 York St. (Beautiful Custom PH with 47’ Terrace)
$674,900
Sunday January 24th from 2-4pm

Neighbourhood: Overbrook
River Court Lofts-(New Georgian Inspired Condos)
108-55 Ontario St.(Model)
Starting in the $360’s
Sunday January 24th from 2-4pm

Neighbourhood: Queensway Terrace South
49-1250 Pinecrest Rd. (Completely Renovated 2bed+den)
$225,000
Sunday January 24th from 2-4pm

Neighbourhood: Crystal Bay
12 Rocky Point Rd. (Custom Luxurious 4bed, 4bath, Bungalow)
$949,000
Sunday January 24th from 2-4pm

Neighbourhood: Greely
6661 Woodstream Dr. (Beautiful 3bed, 2bath)
$569,900
Sunday January 24th from 2-4pm

Neighbourhood: Barrhaven
15 Halley St. (Newly Renovated 4bed, 3bath)
$359,900
Sunday January 24th from 2-4pm

Complimentary desserts will be served at each Open House.
Don’t miss this great opportunity! Find your DREAM HOME or WIN a trip for 2 to Punta Cana!
See you there!

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