I used to change jobs every few years. After getting a project or business set up and working well….I moved on. I got bored. My resume is a strange read…. From heading up marketing in industrial development in Southern New Brunswick…..to management in a retirement home……..to management in Heart & Stroke Foundation….to teaching High School…..to a tour company startup… No straight or connecting lines there at all!

It is 17 years since I started in real estate. Why so long? Because each new client is a new job! And the entire business keep changing….be it the market or technology….it never gets stale.

It is important to explain how our process works and how my passion for marketing and responsiveness enters into the business transactions on a daily business.  Over our next few newsletters be sure to check out our highlighted topic of the month on the way we work.




Our Process: Every Listing is Different

This is one of the key reasons that I never get bored! We sit down each week and review the market and how it relates to the sale of that particular house. While the process that many realtors have is to do a price-reduction of x% after 2 weeks on the market and X+% after 3 weeks and so on…..our approach, meaning myself and Barbara, is to assess the analytics  and the market in that area each Monday. What do the numbers say? What does the feedback say? How do we address this? Then we implement a plan for that particular week for that particular property. This could include social media advertising, adjusting MLS information, agent tours, automatic confirmation days and more. That being said, we are consistently coming up with new marketing ideas to keep our marketing fresh, current and appealing!

Never hesitate to ask us if you have any questions about the selling process and the listing of your home.

Listing Spotlight: 4 Brookbend Crescent

We have a new listing at 4 Brookbend Crescent that is in the ideal location for so many reasons! Do you work at DND, in the Kanata Hi-Tech Corridor or at the Queensway Carleton Hospital? If the answer is yes you are just minutes away from any of those by bus, car or even bike. Now, while you are close to work…it won’t feel like it when you get home because this house is situated on a lovely lot backing onto a ravine and a creek giving you a peaceful oasis to relax in after a long day.

Not only is the house on a beautiful lot and in location that provides a great commute but it is surrounded by amazing amenities. There is something for everyone around Brookbend Crescent. If you love an active, outdoor lifestyle there are so many trails and pathways including the Trans Canada Trail and Andrew Haydon Park right on the water with beaches, rec centre and more. These are just a 5 minute walk away. Plus cycle the Capital Pathway, also just minutes away. Also, right across the street is an outdoor pool and tennis courts. Are you or your children riders or interested in horse shows? Well…Wesley Clover Parks is right around the corner with its numerous shows for you to attend. Like movies…shopping…restaurants? All a short drive away down Carling Avenue.

This home’s location affords you with the ability to find amenities to suit everyone’s needs…there is something for everyone in the family! CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE ABOUT THIS LISTING. 

VanKleek Hill is the Place to be for Events

VanKleek Hill is one of our favourite spots just outside of Ottawa Proper and one of the biggest reasons is the sense of community that is so apparent and the events that the community organizes together. Here are some of the upcoming ones we are really looking forward to:

Window on the Past – Taking place on July 29 at 10:00 am and July 30 at 6:00 pm, this event gives you the opportunity to relive the colonization period, the spirituality and the values of the half-bloods ancestral traditions. Take part in many activities, view exhibitions and taste delicious food!

The VanKleek Hill Fair – Beginning in about a month and running from August 17 to 20th, this traditional county fair offers all that you would expect and more…a midway, vendors, horse shows, petting farm and much more! On top of this there is loads of entertainment and a demolition derby. If you’re a fan of fairs be sure not to miss this one as it is one of the oldest agricultural fairs in the province!

Beau’s Oktoberfest – A great event to attend come the fall on September 22 and 23, people wait all year for this amazing event. This award winning event celebrates the delicious craft beer and food made at one of Ottawa’s most famous breweries. Grab your Lederhosen and drop in for a stein!

Why do we know so much about events happening in VanKleek Hill?? Because we have a beautiful listing just a minute outside of the town centre. It is a lovely Century home on 111 acres with stables, dressage ring, paddocks, hay barn, hay field and even an airplane landing strip. In fact…you can even walk from here to Beau’s for Oktoberfest…or just a nice lunch or dinner every day of the year! This is a wonderful opportunity to live in an area with a huge sense of community, an hour from Montreal and an hour from Ottawa but surrounded by so many amenities such as great restaurants, boutiques, schools, greenspace and more. CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE ABOUT THIS LISTING.

Recipe of the Month: Blackened Pork and Strawberry Salad

What’s better than strawberries at this time of year? And a refreshing salad that utilizes the barbecue? Yes please! 



  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 3 Tbsp white balsamic or white wine vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp honey
  • 2 Tbsp fresh basil
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • Salt and pepper

Spice Rub

  • 1 tsp each smoked paprika, salt, pepper, dried oregano and thyme leaves
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 pork tenderloin


  • 4 cups strawberries, halved
  • 3 and 1/2 cups romaine lettuce, torn
  • 2 and 1/2 cups salad greens
  • 1 sweet yellow pepper, cut in strips
  • 1 carrot, julienned
  • 1/2 greenhouse cucumber, halved and thinly sliced
  • 1/4 red onion, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh basil
  • 1/2 cup toasted, sliced almonds


  1. In large bowl, whisk together dressing ingredients and set aside.
  2. In a small bowl combine paprika, salt, pepper, oregano, thyme, cayenne and garlic. Rub oil on pork and rub spice mixture all over. Cover and refrigerate for one hour.
  3. Place strawberries on greased grill pan over medium heat and grill with lid open until starting to soften, about 5 minutes. Set aside to cool.
  4. Increase heat to medium high and place pork on greased grill. Grill, covered, turning once until meat thermometer inserted into the thickest part registers 160 degrees, approximately 12 to 15 minutes. Tent with foil and let rest 10 minutes and then thinly slice.
  5. On individual plates, arrange romaine, greens, pepper, carrot, cucumber, onion and basil. Add strawberries and pork. Drizzle with dressing or serve on the side. Sprinkle with almonds.

Forbes Avenue, My family’s street

I remember when my boys were small and we were out-growing our semi-detached on Castlefrank Road. I would bicycle through the area of Kanata known as Katimavik thinking…this is where we will move next. I would chat to people out on their front lawns or walking on the street where I knew that I wanted to move to next……Forbes Ave. I got to know the street well before we even bought our next house there months later.
I loved that neighbourhood and became immensely spoiled. My boys could play road hockey in the street. I could call to them in the park at the end of the street, Youngs Pond Park, and call them to come home. They could skate in the pond in the winter on the pond in that park (with the Beck’s calling out to them when it was time to go home) or play basketball in the park at the other end by the Hungerford Apartments.
That they could walk to school was a tremendous bonus. We were a one-car family at that time. I could walk to the grocery store, to church, to the doctor and dentist office. We really didn’t need a car. (This WAS, needless to say, pre-realtor days, when I taught grade 13 at night school).
Bike-riding was an adventure that allowed you to bike for kilometers, encountering playgrounds of all types, schools, pools, tennis courts and tunnels. All through Katimavik from one end to the other.
It is a delight having an old neighbour’s house for sale now on the street. It makes it so easy to promote this as a wonderful family area when you have experienced it first hand with your own family. Be sure to share the link to this lovely home that we have FOR SALE HERE  with someone that you know that wants to raise their family in the wonderful neighbourhood of Katimavik!