Military Blog

Brookfield Reduces rates for Ontario Realtors

Effective Jan 1st/2017 Ontario Realtors will be paid less from Brookfield on all listing sales. This is on top of the already reduced rates they introduced a few years ago. This rate drop may have an impact on the services Realtors in Ottawa can offer to a military client on the listing side of the […]

CFB Fairwinds?

Maybe the title of this blog is a slight exaggeration, but the Stittsville community of Fairwinds is very popular with military families.  Just this year I have had 4 military families decide to purchase a home in this location.  The reason is VALUE.  The neighbourhood has a unique combination of newer construction, open floor plans, […]

Military Couple Climbs the Property Ladder

In August of 2015 I had the pleasure of working with Erick and Mandy for the fourth time. One of my favourite clients! They originally relocated to Ottawa from the Petawawa base about 9 years ago. They bought a small townhouse in Kanata. It was the perfect place for them at the time. A few years […]

Ottawa Posting Tips

If you have been posted to Ottawa this year and are relocating to the city I have a few tips for you. As you may know, DND headquarters is moving from its current building in downtown Ottawa to Nepean (Ottawa west) to take over the Nortel campus. This is a major project and will happen […]

Ottawa House Hunting: Tips for Success

Ensuring your House Hunting Trip (HHT) is successful is my top priority. A standard HHT is 5 days and 5 nights for which you and or your spouse  travel to the new location to find your new house. Having planned many Military HHTs within Ottawa, I have created a checklist to help prepare you for your […]

DND’s new $1-billion Facility Falls Short on Security

As per an article in the Globe and Mail (Friday, Sept 2, 2016), the new $1 billion headquarters is not secure enough to house top secret intelligence work and sensitive military operations.  The facility at the old Nortel campus does not meet the security standards of Canada’s international intelligence allies. After years of delay, the […]

2016: A Banner Year for Postings

This year was one of the most active posting seasons we have had here. I had the opportunity to work with some wonderful military clients relocating to Ottawa. Every HHT is different. Just to give you an idea where my 2016 Ottawa HHT clients have purchased so far: Fairwinds, Stittsville   4 clients  By far […]

Repeat Clients: A Good Thing

It has been such a pleasure to have worked with so many  military clients who have been posted into or out of Ottawa over the years. This year was a busy relocation season.  I had the opportunity to help long-time clients Anny & Martin sell their Ottawa home.  It was the fourth time they have used […]

Considerations for your Ottawa HHT

3 important considerations for your Ottawa HHT 1) Resale: It is important to find an Ottawa home that is going to resell quickly and easily if/when you get posted out of Ottawa . Make sure there are no potential resale obstacles. This could be large power lines, busy street, or unusual layout. Exceptions to these issues […]

Just Posted to Ottawa?

Posted to Ottawa? 3 things you need to know about our Real estate market: 1) Ottawa is one of the most stable housing markets in Canada and the world. Being a capital city we are fortunate to have a strong public service sector. Our average weekly income earnings are also among the highest in Canada. […]