Military Blog

Buying a Rural Property on your HHT

  Most military clients purchase in residential neighbourhoods. They are typically quicker to re-sell and offer more services. However, Ottawa is fortunate to have some great estate lots that are close to the city and also within a short drive to the new DND at the Nortel campus. Surrounding areas like Carp, Almonte, Ashton, Greely, […]


  Are you getting ready for your house hunting trip in Ottawa and looking to book a hotel? We have partnered with two Kanata hotels: the Fairfield Inn and Town Centre both by Marriott. They are offering exclusive rates to our military clients. Call Julie at 613-415-6981 she is the manager at both properties. The […]

Market Update for April

April turned out to be the best month for unit sales since 2010!  Members of the Ottawa Real Estate Board sold 1,714 residential properties in April through the Board’s Multiple Listing Service® system compared with 1,567 in April 2015, an increase of 9.4%.  The five-year average for April sales is 1,568. Also in April, 3,644 […]

Fire shuts down the Louis St. Laurent Bldg

The Louis St. Laurent building in Gatineau, just outside of Ottawa, was closed after a fire there more than a week ago.  That closer affects 1,800 DND military and civilian employees who work in that building. People are, for now, working from home or some other location (telework), are sharing desks in other military locations, […]

Owning Two Homes after my HHT

What happens if I own two homes after my HHT? Hopefully this is not a situation you find yourself in when you relocate to Ottawa. However, if you have purchased a home and closed on that property there are some important things to note: Actual and reasonable expenses associated with maintaining two residences are reimbursed provided that […]


Most military families are familiar with a house hunting trip (HHT). However, in some cases a Destination Inspection Trip (DIT) may be in order. This allows one to inspect the replacement residence; inspect purchased property finalize school arrangements; arrange specific medical requirements/specialized care; or make administrative arrangements related to the pending relocation. The major differences are […]

New West End DND Location

With the new DND location coming to the west end of Ottawa it has created a shift in where CAF members are living. As someone who specializes in military relocation, I have helped many clients relocate to the city. Over the past 3 years my clients have been desiring to live in the west-end suburbs […]

Posting Season

This is shaping up to be one the busiest posting years in recent memory. The budget looks good and I have many military clients on the move.  At the moment we are all in real estate limbo. Everyone knows they are moving in or out but don’t yet have their official message. I am told these […]

Ottawa vs Gatineau: The Great Debate

When relocating to Ottawa there is lots to consider. Some clients are always debating between purchasing in Gatineau or Ottawa. I have put together some information for you to consider. Living in Ottawa means living in the National Capital Region (NCR), which includes Gatineau, Quebec. Gatineau is so oft-ignored, but people who’ve lived in Ottawa […]


One question that is often asked of me is Why specialize in military relocation? The answer is quite simple. The people I have been fortunate to work with over the past 11 years have been incredible. There is lots of repeat business if you do a great job too. I have had one military client move to […]