Testimonials

Below are some of my Client Testimonials

By: B. Scott Cawfield, Professor of Business Administration Glendon College, York University scawfield@glendon.yorku.ca

My parents, George and Ina Cawfield, lived in a home on Abbeyhill Drive in Kanata, Ontario for 44 years. It was a comfortable home but with no major renovations over the years. My wife, Diana and I became responsible for the sale of the house in early 2018. In May of 2018, I looked for a sales representative and found SERGE GUENETTE OF REMAX HALLMARK REALTY GROUP.
Because my parent’s home was in Ottawa while my wife and I live in Ajax, Ontario there was a long delay in clearing the house. We did our best on weekends, however, many months turned into a year. Serge was always helpful, informative, and patient. He kept in touch every week, and I found Serge to have the very highest level of expertise in his field.
In May of 2019, Serge put the house on the market, got over 60 expressions of interest, 22 offers, and sold the house for $70,000 or 24 percent over asking price within a week. A Toronto real estate agent claims that he is the best in Toronto, and he is currently advertising that he may be able to get you the asking price for a home. Serge is not just a seller, rather he is an excellent business strategist, and his amazing record in sales success “speaks for itself”.
On a personal level, Serge is a pleasant, helpful and gregarious person, personal characteristics that I think are important in sales. I have no hesitation in recommending Serge and his assistant, Lise, to be your sales representative. You will not regret your decision to work with Serge Guenette. If you wish any more information, you can always write me at the address given below.

By: Christianne Racine Sept. 8, 2020

I chose Serge Guenette as my realtor because of his excellent reputation. He is a well-informed realtor. He was very patient with me and explained clearly the process for the sale of my condo. He had a strategy to sell my condo. He gave me good advice to prepare the unit. Working with him is Lise Legault who is in charge of staging. Serge and Lise are a good team and they did an excellent job. The video for the listing was just spectacular. I certainly would (and I have) recommend Serge as team member to sell your property. The whole experience was smooth and quick. The sale went exactly as predicted. It sold in one week. I sold my condo unit but I also made a friend. Thank you, Serge

By: Ed and Lucie Arvisais – June 25, 2018

We met Serge at an open house in our neighbourhood. He had previously left his door knob card at our place. We were 75-year old’s having not only to downsize but also to move to another area of the province. Over the next 5 months (starting in middle of winter 2017-2018)), he guided us through the decluttering process with a personable and respectful staging advisor and an incredible photographer. He was patient with us. He did a thorough evaluation of the market specific to our neighbourhood and presented it in a binder that echoed professionalism and knowledge. Selling a house with snow and ice is not easy. With his guidance, we got our price and closing date within hours of putting it on the market. This was and remains a “crazy” market with bidding wars and buyers competitive pressure. He was calm and supportive through it all. We recommend Serge as an honest, knowledgeable and aggressive realtor.

By: Annick L. Pilon – le 2 février 2018

Moi et mon fiancé avons fait l’achat d’une première maison avec l’aide exceptionnel de Serge. Cet agent est formidable, travaillant, dévoué et ne compte pas les heures pour satisfaire ses clients. Nous le recommandons à tous les acheteurs qui cherche quelqu’un à la hauteur.

By: Tracy Arnett – February 14, 2018

When you meet Serge, you will feel at ease and know that Serge has your best interest at heart. He is passionate about finding the right home or condo whether it takes 2 days or 2 months. He wants to ensure you have the right home. Serge’s smile and personality make the buying or selling experience so enjoyable. He has patience and expertise that are above and beyond a typical agent. You won’t be disappointed in calling Serge.

By: Lea Ann Ouimet - July 11, 2018

Serge is friendly, professional, attentive and attuned to the Ottawa housing market. He helped us sell our home quickly, with very minimal stress and I’m looking forward to working together as I search for a new place to call home!

By: Ed and Lucie Arvisais – June 25, 2018

We met Serge at an open house in our neighbourhood. He had previously left his door knob card at our place. We were 75-year old’s having not only to downsize but also to move to another area of the province. Over the next 5 months (starting in middle of winter 2017-2018)), he guided us through the decluttering process with a personable and respectful staging advisor and an incredible photographer. He was patient with us. He did a thorough evaluation of the market specific to our neighbourhood and presented it in a binder that echoed professionalism and knowledge. Selling a house with snow and ice is not easy. With his guidance, we got our price and closing date within hours of putting it on the market. This was and remains a “crazy” market with bidding wars and buyers competitive pressure. He was calm and supportive through it all. We recommend Serge as an honest, knowledgeable and aggressive realtor.

By: Francine Blanchette le 15 octobre 2018

Un travail Exceptionnel Serge Guénette, je t’ai confié un défi de taille avec toutes mes restrictions, et en seulement quelques semaines je signais le contrat de vente. Je veux souligner ma grande appréciation du service exceptionnel et professionnel que toi Serge et ton équipe m’a donné tout au long de la vente de mon condo. Lise a été formidable avec ses conseils pour la décoration, la photographe a su accentuer la beauté du condo et vous m’avez rendu la tâche des plus faciles à cause des signatures à distance. Tu as toujours été disponible, tant pour le suivi des visites ou pour retourner mes appels et répondre à mes messages texte, tu m’as vraiment bien accompagné tout au long du processus de vente et je t’en suis des plus reconnaissantes. Serge, ton équipe et toi formez une équipe du tonnerre fortement recommandable et je n’hésiterais pas à vous recommander à n’importe qui cherchant un professionnalisme et un service irréprochable. Merci Serge Guenette et ton équipe pour un travail hors pair.

By: Zach and Laura

A big thank you to you Serge and Christiane for all your help with selling the old and buying our new house. You were both professional the whole way through but not without a few laughs along the way! In record time, with the ink on the representation documents hardly dry we were surprised with, and accepted an offer to sell our house and couldn't be happier! Purchasing the new house then came right down to the wire but we lucked out with your impressive negotiating skills. Knowledgeable and quick to answer any and all questions we had–you both made this a smooth (as can be) process. We will definitely be referring you to anyone else who might be looking to buy or sell! Thank you both again!!

By: Sophie Hisko – March 7, 2017

We would (and have) recommend this team to anyone!

When my fiancé and I started our house hunt last Spring, my aunt quickly swooped in and convinced us to enlist the help of Serge Guenette and Christiane Lafleur (and probably helped us avoid certain disaster!) Convinced we could still do fine on our own (as first-time home buyers, HA! How naive!) we scheduled a meeting just to get more info. We are both SO glad we did. I wouldn't say they sold us a house... I'd say they helped us find our home, as cheesy as it may sound. My fiance and I work odd and opposite hours making communication complicated. Christiane was always so helpful by answering us at near-lightning speed, allowing us to be able to make informed decisions in the 5 or 10 minutes a day we had together. She also had plenty of contacts for other experts when we needed them, referring only the best! Even though we were first-time home buyers, Christiane's simple yet professional and informative emails were always easy to understand and helped us learn a bit about the process along the way. She also made sure to keep our file up-to-date to make sure our experience was always perfectly tailored! We viewed a number of properties with Serge and I have to say my favourite part was his honesty. My fiancé and I both expected a realtor to be a bit pushy in trying to "get the sale" so to speak, which is why we wanted to avoid using one. We never once felt pressured by Serge, at all! He was able to get a good feel of what we were looking for, and when we viewed homes that he knew we wouldn't be happy in, even if we didn't realize it on the spot, he would tell us. When we visited the home we would eventually buy, Serge could tell we were in love with it before we even reacted, just because he knew this was exactly what we were looking for. Serge and Christiane both worked with us on putting in that offer and the subsequent negotiations. They were with us until the very end and made sure we were comfortable and informed every step of the way! We moved in almost six months ago now and we couldn't be happier with our first home. Thank you, Serge and Christine, for helping us find the perfect backdrop to the life we've started. Two birthdays, one Christmas, and an engagement later and we are already building many memories! We would (and have) recommend this team to anyone! But even more so for first time home buyers who have no idea what they're doing but want to feel comfortable and well-looked out for!

By: Jo-Anne Ivey - August 25, 2018

Serge helped with a new house deal for my Mother.She trusted him and could not be happier with his professionalism and caring attitude. He is highly recommended by our family. He is a great person.

By: Marrisa Theresa – February 7, 2017

As first-time home buyers we were a little overwhelmed and unsure of where to start. Thankfully we were connected with Serge and Christiane. They were very friendly and helpful through our journey to buy our first home. They offered honest advice about the houses we saw and we never felt pressured to buy something we were unsure of. They helped connect us to all the right people and followed up with us step by step. We are so thankful for their help in finding the perfect first home for us. We couldn't be happier.

By: Anonymous

Even after our move you continued to support us. I want to take this opportunity to express my sincere appreciation for your great support to me during the recent sale of my home. I came to you because I needed to sell my home and a quick sale was essential. Even after our move you continued to support us. I would gladly recommend you to any of my friends who need a Realtor in the Ottawa area.

By: Anonymous

Tu nous afais vivre une belle expérience. Salut Serge. C'est nous qui te remercions. Au début on avait pas cru que tout se ferait, comme si ça aurait été planifié, et qu'on serait à Ottawa en deux mois. Tu nous asfait vivre une belle expérience. Quand j'entends un petit avion,je dis à Pauline, C'EST SERGE! MERÇI, à toi. PS: Le condo n'est pas assez grand... ou... ton bouquet est trop gros!

By: Taylor Jamieson – July 9, 2017

He will answer every single question you can think of! As a first-time home buyer Serge was absolutely amazing at making the whole process of finding/buying my new home as simple as possible. He will answer every single question you can think of (and believe me, I had plenty), is always available, and won't put on any pressure to make quick decisions. Thank you so much for helping me find my first home, see you again when I buy the next one!

By: Anonymous

They offered honest advice. As first-time home buyers we were a little overwhelmed and unsure of where to start. Thankfully we were connected with Serge and his team. They were very friendly and helpful through our journey to buy our first home. They offered honest advice about the houses we saw and we never felt pressured to buy something we were unsure of. They helped connect us to all the right people and followed up with us step by step. We are so thankful for their help in finding the perfect first home for us. We couldn't be happier!

By: Anonymous

We Also Enjoyed Working with the Stager! We recently sold our house with Serge Guenette and Christiane Lafleur within a couple of weeks from listing! Both Serge and Christiane were readily available to provide us with any information we needed. We also enjoyed working with the stager who made our home look great. We were able to obtain full asking price for our home and couldn''t be happier with the result. Serge also helped us find our new home. His professional approach was really appreciated. He always let us have plenty of time to look at each home, and was very helpful with his expert knowledge of the marketplace. Serge and Christiane expertly guided us through the offer stage of both our sale and purchase. We would highly recommend Serge and his team to anyone looking to buy a home in the Ottawa area.

By: Cindy Frechette and Mark Houlton

The Guenette Real Estate Group helps us find the home of our dreams. This summer, we began our initial search for a new property to combine our households. We had planned to take our time and search out a property over that met all of our requirements. As fate would have it, we came across a completely renovated home in Beaverbrook within the first three months of our search that we fell in love with. Serge skillfully helped us to develop a sound understanding of the value of the property, to execute our negotiation strategy and close on the home of our dreams – this despite a last-minute hiccup with our bank which required Serge’s delicate touch when we had to extend our proposed firm offer date with the anxious sellers. Having concluded the purchase of one home, the Guenette Team swung into action to help us to sell one of properties. From useful tips to improve the resale value of the property to professional staging support, expert videography and building interest in the property through targeted marketing – Serge and his team helped us to conclude the sale at the full asking price with no conditions and within hours of the release of the listing. We had a challenge establishing the list price for the sale of our property because of the renovation that had been completed which made comparables with neighboring properties difficult. While we may have been able to secure a slightly higher price, we managed to come away with the highest resale value in the neighborhood despite the reality of other listings on the street. Special thanks to Christiane Lafleur for the incredible support she provided us throughout our journey. From coordinating our initial meetings, helping us to develop our list of wants/needs, scheduling walkthroughs and putting us into contact with her extensive network of business and industry contacts, she took the stress out of the process with continuous and positive contact.

By: Guy et Suzanne Tremblay – le 13 mai 2018

La disponibilité, la connaissance des marchés et le professionnalisme de Serge Guenette n’ont d’égal que son engagement total et inconditionnel vis-à-vis son client. Notre transaction récente nous a démontré sans équivoque que Serge recherche l’intérêt du client et y parvient avec l’expérience acquise comme stratège et négociateur. Nous sommes entièrement satisfaits de ses services.

By: Léonard Lavoie – le 25 juin 2018

Honnête et dévoué! Monsieur Serge Guenette est l’agent que j’ai choisi pour vendre ma propriété sur la rue Cadboro, à Ottawa. Monsieur Guenette a fait montre d’un dynamisme et d’une efficacité remarquables. Tout au long des semaines qui ont procédé la vente, il m’a tenu régulièrement au courant de l’évolution de la situation et ne s’est pas laissé prier pour venir me rencontrer. J’ai apprécié au plus haut point sa probité et son honnêteté. Finalement la transaction s’est effectuée à la hauteur de mes attentes.

By: Denise Labbé - le 14 Aout 2018

J'ai beaucoup apprécié le professionnalisme, le savoir- faire et la facilité de communication de Serge. Son appui dans l'achat de ma nouvelle maison m'a beaucoup rassuré. Aussi son expertise m'a valu une vente rapide de mon ancienne demeure et ce au meilleur prix. Je remercie Lise, son associée, pour ses bonnes suggestions concernant l'aménagement de ma maison en guise de préparatifs à la vente. Aussi les photos étaient superbes. Je recommande fortement M. Serge Guénette et son équipe à tous ceux qui veulent entreprendre vente ou achat.

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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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