With more than 30 years of experience as a realtor in the Ottawa area, specializing in homes and condos in the city’s established neighbourhoods, I’m proud to report that my team, Nancy Benson and Associates, sold $32.5 million dollars in real estate in 2016, thanks to the much appreciated support of my clients.
As I explain to new clients, those three decades of experience and my high volume of sales have given me an impressive network of professional contacts. If you are buying or selling a home, my network can help give you a major head start on the competition.
If you’re a buyer: In addition to sourcing properties that are already on the Multiple Listing Service site (www.realtor.ca), I can often help you get ahead of other buyers in finding that perfect home, thanks in part to my contacts. This network includes fellow realtors, private sellers, new construction contractors and properties sold on an exclusive basis.
As a full-service office RE/MAX Hallmark Realty Ottawa (the largest single Realty office in the Ottawa area), my team and I “Nancy Benson and Associates “have access to an exclusive network of realtors who share upcoming listings that will soon hit open market, giving us a sneak preview.
These listings are pre-advertised to a core group of Realtors. The network has 742 members, who are then able to network quickly to sell properties, in some cases before they even hit the market.
With the booming market this spring in Ottawa, which is now seeing competing bids for homes in some areas, this means that if you are buying, I can give you a jump on other buyers when I spot something that seems suited to your needs.
If we see a situation where you are competing with other buyers for a property, I’m also able to draw on my long time experience to help you create an aggressive offer that has a good chance of winning in a multiple-offer situation.
Of course, we can’t win every time, but based on my transactions from this spring, about 8 out of 10 offers I have recently negotiated for buyers have been accepted, and I’ve helped happy buyers achieve their goals and get the home they wanted. To a Realtor, it’s wonderful to share in a client’s excitement to obtain that “dream home”.
If you’re a seller: Visit my listings page and have a look at some of my current listings, you’ll get a sense of the sophisticated look and presentation we offer to our sellers.
My team works hard to ensure we market our properties in a creative way so as to attract the most number of buyers possible. These include our professional photographs, virtual tours, presentation brochures that stand out as “one of the best presentations available” all to present your home in the best light and to achieve the best price possible.
As well, our property listings are pre-marketed to my buyer clients and other Realtors both in our closed network and throughout RE/MAX, giving them the first chance to see our listings before they hit the MLS market.
My website is one of the region’s highest ranking websites, which means my listings are seen by more buyers than many other sites as my programmers position details in the text of our listings so they stand out on the internet.
My listings are also part of one of the larger real estate networks in the world…RE/MAX with thousands of listings worldwide advertised on www.remax.ca. This site in 2016 had more visits than any other Real Estate franchise site, with nearly 17 million visits to the site, almost double the number of the next most popular site.
The site regularly draws visitors not just from Canada, but from the U.S, U.K., Australia and India, all looking for properties in Canada.
For my seller clients, we advertise your property on more than 50 websites. Because I work extensively with government and corporate clients who are re-locating to Ottawa for their work and have been referred to me by re-location agencies, your property is seen by many buyers far beyond our region.
All of this helps explain why my properties tend to sell for the best prices, and it also explains why we have such a quick turnover. If you’re looking for my signs on front lawns around town, they tend not to stay up for very long. That’s an achievement I’m proud of, and one that my team works hard to maintain.
If you’re interested in buying or selling property in the Ottawa area, you can contact me through my website, at www.nancybenson.com, or give me a call at 613-747-4747. I’d love to hear from you and chat with you about the Ottawa market.