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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Recent Blog Posts

Start your new year off right by creating home renovation goals to complete by the end of the year. Think of projects that could help with the functionality of your home, could improve the value when selling, or just projects that you've put aside. 


Need some inspiration? Compare what your home needs to this list of top projects and get ready to start your first New Year’s reno task!


Exterior improvements: Installing outdoor lighting, planting trees for privacy, creating a new walkway, or spreading fresh mulch are all small projects that can help maximize your property. Choosing to update your landscape will also help with first impressions of your home when it’s on the market.


Bathroom remodel: Creating a functional space in your bathroom, while also making it clean and esthetically pleasing is a big plus for your home’s value. Try adding new fixtures and lighting, upgrading the vanity and storage, replacing flooring and painting to freshen up the space. 


Outdoor living space: Patios, wooden decks, outdoor kitchens and fire pits are all considered an additional outdoor living space. If you have the property for an outdoor add-on, you can improve the chances of selling your home faster, all while enjoying your new outdoor oasis.


Basement remodel: A finished basement adds usable space to your home, but when looking at increasing your value, be mindful of how defined your space is. Keeping it open concept and easily changeable for a buyer to create different uses for the space is more appealing than a room that has to be used a certain way. 


Window replacement: Replacing and adding new windows to your home can be a big and costly job, but it can have a higher return rate, depending on the design. Choose windows based on the style to match your home and opt for framing and glass that’s more energy efficient. Not sure which ones to replace? Pick windows in rooms that are used most often, like your kitchen or living room to get you started.


Speaking of kitchens, if you can afford a kitchen remodel, this project is among the most popular updates for a home. But if you’re renovating to sell, you’d be better off giving your existing kitchen a refresh rather than a full update as your choices for style and materials may not be what a buyer wants. It’s common for an owner to update the kitchen to sell only to have the new owner rip it out and re-do it. But if you’re doing it mostly for you, a new kitchen will give you much enjoyment.


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The holidays are here and all across Ottawa sparkling Christmas lights are lighting up the night sky. Take your family on a mini road trip across the city to see light shows, drive-through visits and small communities lit up to celebrate.


  • Winter Lights Across Canada: Parliament Hill is lit up with a multimedia projection show featuring moving lights and soundtracks to match, showcasing Canadian landscapes. After viewing this show, you can head to the downtown core to view thousands of sparkling lights spread throughout Confederation Park and other sites that make up the Pathway of Lights. This outing is the perfect way to check out what the city has to offer in the most magical way. 


  • Magic of Lights: Pile the family into your car and head to Wesley Clover Park for the Magic of Lights drive-through experience. With over a mile of themed light displays from prehistoric creatures to larger-than-life objects, you can enjoy this show completely from the comfort of your car. Heads up: Be prepared for a bit of a wait in line. This is a popular event.


  • Ottawa’s Christmas Market: The European-style Christmas market at Lansdowne Park showcases 35 local vendors, making it the perfect spot to buy last-minute gifts and support local creators. On top of that, sparkling lights are strung across the venue and large holiday-themed ornaments are on display to get that perfect Insta-worthy photo. Afterwards, you can explore the area and check out shops and restaurants that also display their own Christmas spirit. The market is open until the 23rd.


  • Alight at Night: If you’re up for a drive, the Alight at Night Festival at Upper Canada Village has over one million sparking lights on display along heritage buildings, trees and fences. This one-of-a-kind holiday experience is worth the drive and is sure to get you excited for the holiday season. 


Festive lighting can be found all over the city – even in smaller neighbourhoods! Drive around your community and hunt for the best Christmas lights. Two to consider are Taffy Lane in Orléans (a long-time attraction for Christmas-light-loving families) and the Turcotte family home in Stittsville, which has attracted thousands since 2020 for its over-the-top movie-themed displays. This year’s version, which is a fundraiser for the local food bank, is based on the movie Elf.


We hope your holidays are filled with laughter, fun, and joy with the people who surround you. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

 

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Before the snow starts to fly, take advantage of the towns that are close to the city and the fun, family-friendly activities they offer. Gather up your gang this weekend and head out to one of these must-do adventures.


  • Camp Fortune: Located in Chelsea, Camp Fortune is the ultimate year-round adventure destination. Offering an aerial park with zip lining, mountain bike trails to explore, a mountain coaster (monorail track) through the forest to ride, and slopes for skiing and snowboarding in the winter, there is so much for the whole family to do. Lessons are available for adults and kids to learn how to safely hit the slopes. 

 

  • Parc Omega: This drive-thru park will have you face-to-face discovering some of Canada’s wildlife and it’s only a short drive to Montebello to check it out. Elk, caribou, bison, deer and more will greet you at your car in hopes of being fed carrots. Along the way, you can stop at the shops, picnic areas, hiking trails that weave through the forest, or check out the wolf sanctuary to see them in their natural habitat.


  • Fallowfield Tree Farm: Heading west to Stittsville, you’ll find the perfect year-round farm with fun for the whole family. Whether you’re still shopping for a pumpkin to keep fall alive or ready to cut down your own Christmas tree, the Fallowfield Tree Farm can help you. Wagon and sleigh rides, fresh produce, cut-your-own Christmas tree farm, and event party rooms are just a few of the activities offered at this farm!


  • Upper Canada Village: Discover how life was in the 1860s at Upper Canada Village, where you’ll find vintage buildings, farm life, trade work, mills and more. Learn about the site, experience the different transportation methods in the village and walk through a living history museum. Get ready to learn and explore.


  • Chutes Coulonge Adventure Park: A little further away from Ottawa is Chutes Coulonge Adventure Park, located in Mansfield-et-Pontefract. This park has a mix of everything; obstacle courses, canyon zip-lining and more. Walking trails throughout the park will bring you to beautiful waterfall views and artefacts from their museum. Although now closed for the season, it opens again for the Festival of Lights in December with illuminated walkways, bonfires, hot chocolate and visits with Santa.


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