Military Blog

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. […]

Selling with Brookfield

  If you have been posted out of Ottawa and need to sell, finding the right agent to help you is going to be an important part of the process. I have been fortunate enough to be considered a military Realtor® – someone who specializes in this type of transaction. Having worked with 100’s of […]

Staging your Home

If you are selling your home in Ottawa, staging could plan an important part in how fast you sell and for what price.  When you get your posting message, it is important to get in touch with me quickly. I recently had some long-time military clients who wanted to use their final move to relocate […]

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 […]