Another Happy Client

I have been working with a first-time home buyer lately who is a nurse.  We got into talking about our careers and how in both lines of work you really have to love what you do.  I love what I do.  Of course the hours are long and  some days are much better than others but in the end, there is nothing better than helping people reach their real estate goals.  Yesterday I received this email from a past client.

Hello Marnie,

First please except my sincere apologies for the delay in sending this e-mail.

I would like to express my deepest thanks for the selling of 276 Tivoli Private  which allowed me to purchase 934B Pinecrest Road.  I realize that this would not have happened had it not been, for the innovative approach taken by you and your team  during the time when the real estate market took a downward spiral.

The dedication of Tyler Laird and his unique way of listening to the customer was most appreciated and you are fortunate, to have someone of his caliber, as part of your team.  Not only was he a salesmen, but at times a counsellor and rose to the challenge of each of these roles.  It was due to his persistence that I now have, a home that I thoroughly enjoy and might I say, love.

Should you ever want customer participation as part of you ad campaigns I would only be happy to do so.  We never know what lies in store of us but I do know that should I ever sell or rent out my home it will be done with Bennett Real Estate Pros.

Sincerely one satisfied customer,

Barry Hollywood


Gotham – Batman Might Be Your Neighbour

Ok, so I know Bruce Wayne a.k.a. Batman was forced to leave Wayne Manor and move into a sweet down town condo while he rebuilds after that devastating fire. I don’t think Bruce  will be making the move to our humble city any time soon,  however that doesn’t mean a place fit for a hero can’t be built for the rest of us.  Enter Gotham.  As I have mentioned in earlier posts Ottawa’s condo market is booming.  Gotham by Lamb Development Corp, will soon too be joining the party.  Gotham will be located on the Southwest corner of Lyon and Gloucester and will offer 17 storeys of  1, 1.5 and 2 bedroom luxury condominiums .  To be invited to the exclusive launch or to stay up to date on all other developments follow me on Twitter @TheTylerLaird or send me a quick email.  Thanks for reading.

First-Time Homebuyer Tax Credit

The costs associated with purchasing a home, such as legal fees, disbursements and land transfer taxes, can be a particular burden for first-time homebuyers who must pay these costs, as well as save money for a down payment. To assist first-time homebuyers with the costs associated with the purchase of a home, the Government of Canada introduced a FTHB Tax Credit in 2009 — a $5,000 non-refundable income tax credit amount on a qualifying home. For an eligible individual, the credit will provide up to $750 in federal tax relief.  For more information click here.

Just Listed – 429 Somerset Street West Unit 107 – Reduced $254,500

Gas prices getting you down?  Who needs a car when you can walk to all downtown Ottawa has to offer! This walk up condo is perfect for a couple or young professional. Live near all the excitement! Walk to work, festivals, fine dining, great coffee shops and so much more. Won’t last long!  Call me for more information or to schedule a showing.

It’s SOHO Yo!

The condo market in Ottawa is with out a doubt booming and there are ton of options. Some examples are 101 Richmond, 111 West and Qwest by Aschroft, 131 Holland and HOM by Domicile, Tribeca and Claridge Plaza by of course Claridge, the Merit by Charlesfort, Central Phases 1, 2 and 3 by Urban Capital and of course, my personal favourites, SOHO Parkway, SOHO Lisgar and SOHO Champagne.

For over 50 years, Mastercraft Starwood has developed, constructed, acquired and managed over 10,000 homes, townhouses, condominiums and hotels throughout Canada with a market value over $1.5 Billion. Mastercraft Starwood is the developer of Toronto’s finest boutique hotel, The SoHo Metropolitan Hotel, and Toronto’s first five-star hotel, The Hazelton Hotel.

Having developed in Ottawa in the past, Mastercraft Starwood in 2009 gave Ottawa their first taste of the “SOHO” brand with SOHO Parkway and like a drug we were hooked. With sleek modern architecture by Rod Lahey, hotel inspired amenities and standard finishes that crushed even the competitors top upgrades, it was a no brainer.  No one else was offering, Quatz counter tops, integrated appliances by AEG, Miela and Leibher, floor to ceiling windows, and marble bathrooms fit for the Las Vegas strip all in the same unit.  So when doors opened on opening night it was pandemonium.  Eager home buyers looking to get a piece of the action had been in line for hours and by the time the doors closed that evening, almost every unit had been spoken for.

Things were not much different in the spring of last year, when SOHO Lisgar was launched.  All of the dejected customers who were unable to get their hands on hotel inspired living in westboro, now had a second chance here to finally get one.  Again, SOHO Lisgar had the same high quality materials and standards demanded by their boutique hotel clientele – well heeled jet setters, movie and rock stars, and C-level executives (CEOs, CFOs, COOs) – who want living spaces equivalent to the comfort of their expensive homes. SOHO Lisgar was pretty much sold out by days end.  Demand is still so great that SOHO Lisgar has just released four more floors, which bring back all of the original floor plans from the initial launch date that were sold out.

So whats next for the SOHO brand?  SOHO Champagne and SOHO Italia, coming soon.  For more information on SOHO or to be registered for the exclusive launch of SOHO Champagne where only a 125 people will be invited and where the first 25 purchasers will receive an iPad 2, send me an email or give me a quick call.  Thanks for reading.  Have a great day!

Sold – 193 Urbancrest Private

Highly sought after Monarch National floor plan. Located in desirable Stonebridge on a premium lot, this spacious three bed,three bath, 1862 sqft town home is the definition of LUXURY!  Tons of upgrades including finished basement with fireplace, gleaming hardwood floors,ceramic tiles in front foyer, kitchen, bathrooms and laundry room, subway backsplash. Great starter home!  For more pictures and information on the area, please visit