About Serge Guenette


Throughout my career, I have always considered that the key to success is turning passion into profession. This has fueled my work ethic from day one; I believe it is the reason I quickly became one of the city’s top-producing bilingual REALTORs, and I suspect it is why people tell me my positive attitude is infectious.


My job is to listen to you; to understand your needs and priorities, and to use my expertise to help you realize your real estate goals. My objective is to provide you with the best possible advice to help you make confident and informed decisions. By following this simple formula, I have helped hundreds of individuals, families and businesses find exactly what they were looking for, and have built long-term relationships with so many homeowners.


To give you your edge in the market, I believe it is important for me to invest in personal and professional training. I keep up to date with the latest trends and techniques in real estate so that your strategy is always effective, and I am a consistent and reliable source of information.


Merging my background in internet marketing with over 20 years’ experience working with multi-unit investments and condos, residential and commercial properties, I provide unique market insight (and perspective – watch this!) and an innovative property marketing approach. As a Master Certified Negotiation Expert (MCNE), you can be confident that when your property reaches ‘sold’, you will have gotten the best deal possible.


It would be my pleasure to meet with you and discuss your needs in either official language.


Recent Blog Posts

What better way to experience Ottawa than with your four-legged best friend? The city is full of dog-friendly shops, patios, greenspaces and festivals, all awaiting the arrival of you and your pup. Grab the leash, treats and water and make your way to one of these dog-friendly locations.

 

  1. Retailers: A variety of retailers, from clothing shops to hardware stores, allow leashed dogs. If you’re looking to take your pup to an outdoor equipment store, try Cabela’sSAIL or MEC. Are home improvement stores more your thing? Canadian TireHome Depot and HomeSense have you and your four-legged friend covered. For clothing stores, head to Tanger Outlets (check with the individual retailers first!) and Winners.

 

  1. Patios & breweries: If you’re looking for a date night out that includes your pup, there’s no better place to go than a dog-friendly patio or brewery. Tavern at the GalleryThe King EddyNCC BistroBicycle Craft Brewery and Stray Dog Brewing are just a few accommodating patios and pubs.

 

As for cafés, both food- and coffee-related, Dreamland CafeJoe the Dog Cafe and The Carp Custom Creamery (serving pet-size ice cream!) are perfect for you and fluffy.

 

  1. Outdoor spaces: Ottawa is blessed with greenspaces and outdoor activities that are pet-friendly. If you’re looking for a dog park, check out Bruce Pit or Conroy Pit. For heading out to hike, Gatineau Park is completely dog-friendly, as long as your pup is leashed. 

 

Want more of a downtown adventure? Major’s Hill Park or doing the Haunted Walk will give both you and your dog the ultimate outing.

 

  1. Festivals & events: Usually big events won’t allow dogs, but there are a few Ottawa events that do! Of course, the ByWard Barket is a must for your pup. This day is dedicated to your dog, filled with special pet businesses, dog events and fashion shows and vendors to spoil your dog. 

 

For other popular Ottawa events, bring your pup to the Canadian Tulip Festival or many of the Capital food festivals like Ribfest.

 

When taking your pup to any business around Ottawa, always be sure to clean up after them, keep them hydrated and leashed and enjoy your time out with your furry friend.

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Having a spare room is a blessing and a curse; you can create a unique and usable space to enjoy or it can quickly become a messy dumping ground where the door always remains shut. Transforming your spare room can not only add more functionality to your home, it can also help declutter other spaces. 

Ready to change up your spare room but aren’t sure what you should turn it into? Here’s a list of five options that will help turn your spare room into something unique for your family.

Guest bedroom: If you like to entertain guests and host parties or are looking to grow your family in the future, a guest bedroom may be your best option. An extra bedroom gives guests privacy, comfort and a dedicated space over having to pull out air mattresses and sofa beds when they stay the night. 

Planning to sell in the future? A guest bedroom can help add value to your home and increase the selling price.


Home library: Collections of books and knickknacks can start to drown out other shelves and rooms in your home, so why not dedicate a space just for them? Creating a relaxing reading room with bookcases, comfy seating, appropriate lighting and art on the walls can give you the perfect oasis to escape with a good book.


Family game room: Instead of taking over your living room or dining room table during family game nights, head to your spare room. This entertainment space could be used by both the adults and children in your home, so make sure to feature games and stations for the whole family to enjoy. Add in a drink cabinet, a table and storage units for games and puzzles, and a speaker system for music while you entertain.


Multi-purpose room: Creating a multi-purpose room can help minimize clutter in other rooms and combine tasks or interests together in one space that works for your family. Whether that may be adding a sofa bed with storage and workout equipment or creating a workspace for working from home and art studio supplies, a multi-purpose room can be anything you imagine. 


Walk-in closet: Every fashionista’s dream is to have a walk-in closet; a spare room makes that possible! Turning a spare room into a walk-in closet pulls messy drawers and thrown-together closets out of the bedroom and gives them space to breathe. It can include dressers, closets, hooks and other storage spaces for your clothing. Complete the space with oversized mirrors, a vanity and bench, and some artwork. 

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Gardening in the city, regardless of how small a space you have, is possible! Urban gardening is the perfect way to utilize your space, whether that’s an apartment balcony or a small corner in your backyard, to bring to life the garden you always dreamed of having.

 

Not sure where to start? Our beginner urban gardening guide offers step-by-step tasks to lead you to your very own green space. 

 

  1. Find your location: Whether you build your garden in your own home or choose to plant vegetables in a local Ottawa community garden, picking a location to plant is your first step. Consider asking yourself questions related to the space: Where can you plant and maintain your plants easily? Does the space have sunlight (a must for most vegetables and herbs)? Will the space fit all the plants you hope to have? Once you’ve answered these questions and found your location, you’re ready to move to the next step. 

 

  1. Choose what to grow: Now that you have chosen a location for your garden, it’s time to choose what flowers, vegetables or herbs you wish to grow. In Ottawa, it’s possible to grow a variety of plants outside from spring through fall and the choice of what to plant really comes down to personal preference. Most flower bulbs, plant seeds and starter plants have information on when to plant, but if you are wondering when to start growing vegetables, check out the Ottawa vegetable planting guide. (The May long weekend is generally the time most planting is done, but you can plant earlier or later depending on the plant.)

 

  1. Prepare your materials and space: There are a few starter items you’ll want to get your garden underway. Consider purchasing containers, fertilizer and potting soil, a watering can, garden shovels, clippers and signs to label your plants. If you are growing in a smaller apartment space, consider hanging baskets or a plant box to make use of the vertical space available. 

 

  1. Purchase and plant: Now that your space is set up, the last step is purchasing the seeds, bulbs and starter plants you need to create your urban garden. Make sure to read the instructions for each before you buy, as all flowers and other plants differ in how much water, sunlight and care they need. For instance, if you have a south-facing balcony, you should probably avoid shade-loving flowers.

 

  1. Maintain and enjoy: From being surrounded by nature and eating fresh food, to boosting your mood and reducing stress, gardening has many benefits. Once your urban garden is finished, all you have left to do is maintain it — weeding, watering, pruning or dead-heading, harvesting — as needed and, most of all, enjoying your new pastime.
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