After finishing her university degree in geography and urban planning, Nancy began working for the Exposition Center (Government of Canada) designing exhibits and trade fairs. At that point, Nancy never imagined that she would use these business and people skills for her future career in real estate. With a background in urban planning, construction and renovation, her vast experience and knowledge has allowed her to assist clients to visualize and in some cases assists with planning renovations in their future home. When it comes to visualizing, Nancy has always had a knack for helping clients see the potential in their new space, whether it is a condominium, apartment or older home in one of the established neighborhoods throughout the city.
As a realtor with 30 + years of experience, Nancy operates a full-service office at RE/MAX Hallmark Realty in Ottawa Ontario. RE/MAX has offices throughout Ontario and International offices in most countries throughout the world. Under the trade name Nancy Benson & Associates, Nancy and her team have continued to be among the top realtors in the region (according to Ottawa Real Estate Board statistics) year after year.
As one of Canada’s Top Realtors she attributes her success to her ability to match buyers with just the right property. For her seller clients what sets Nancy apart from other realtors is the elegant and professional way she markets properties. Nancy and her associates pride themselves on their unique presentation and marketing skills.
WHO ARE NANCY’S CLIENTS…..
Nancy’s clientele is primarily Foreign Services Officers, Military, RCMP, numerous international investors and young urban professionals who have decided to make Ottawa home. Nancy also provides planning services for those soon to retire. Whether they are looking for a country retreat, a winter property in the south, or a cottage closer to home Nancy has a vast network of colleagues and professionals throughout the world! As a consistent top producer in her field with numerous awards for marketing and sales, Nancy is the go-to realtor for your next real estate venture.
Nancy Benson & Associates is a supplier to two major organizations offering relocation assistance to their employees: Brookfield Global Relocation Services (Brookfield GRS) and The MI Group who are the main contract companies for large corporations who move staff to the Ottawa Carleton area.
Brookfield works under contract with the Government of Canada and its various departments, the Canadian Forces (DND) and the RCMP to provide assistance in relocating to Ottawa. The MI Group is a relocation management company for the global corporate community. As a key supplier many of Nancy’s clients are referred by these organizations.
WORK, LIVE, & HORSEPLAY…..
So it’s no secret that I ride horses… just take a look at my Facebook feed, it’s full of horse pictures! For those who know me personally too you know that my horses are my “kids”. You might even catch me wearing the latest in equestrian fashion to the office, or hear the faint clip-clop of horse hooves in the background of a phone call.
As an adult amateur equestrian with a demanding career in a non-horse related profession, there are plenty of days where I have to squeeze in my riding before or after work, sometimes in the dark, and still there are other days where I don’t get to ride at all. But I strive to keep a balance of work and horses in my life as I truly believe that equestrian show jumping is more than just a way to reset my brain … it has also enriched my work in real estate in many ways.
The sport brings a sense of passion, focus and discipline into my life that has translated directly into my work in real estate. I’m able to put in many hours of work in order to achieve great results, and sometimes odd hours too. I have a clear and unwavering focus on the ultimate goal and I want to be the one to get there first. I take challenges head on and without hesitation … big jumps, tight turns, unusual listings, non-textbook buyers, or even unknown territories. Nothing will stand in my way of getting a job done and done right – with me its simply all or nothing.
Since taking up the sport I have been involved in many tournaments in Canada and the U.S.. I have competed several times at the Wellington Equestrian Festival in Florida, where I have been so proud to win placings among the top in the country. I have also had top rankings at major tournaments across Ontario. Of course, I love to compete, but another big reason that I attend these equestrian events is that it’s a great chance to meet lots of new and interesting people from all over the world!
Sometimes I simply make a new friend, but I sometimes get to help them explore what the Ottawa real estate market has to offer when they get curious. A few have even made the big move and call Ottawa their home now! I’ve also helped some Ottawans to move out of our great city and on to another … I have lots of stellar recommendations for other realtors in all corners of the globe, as I love to ask my new connections who their favourite local realtor is so that we might do business too some day. At this point I am very well versed when it comes to coordinating a long-distance or even cross-country move, and also when it comes to buying investment or vacation properties from a distance.
I am also very familiar with the variety of barns and training centres that operate in the National Capital Region, and perhaps I’ve even kept my horses there at one point. This insider knowledge of what makes a quality equestrian property also makes me a great equestrian Realtor. If you have land to sell with acreage to suit paddocks, pasture land, schooling arenas, or riding trails… for sure you should be giving me a call to discuss the best plan to do so! With the network of contacts that I’ve made across Canada and abroad in real estate and show jumping, it is often that a friend or professional contact I’ve made in one field can directly or indirectly help a friend or client from another!
MEET THE HORSES…..
Cracker and Britain are now enjoying their retirement after many years of competing together, and they now lounge in the grassy fields of Perth, Ontario. Tia Maria, who Nancy has shown with many wins in the hunter derbies, has since gone home to her owner. You might spot CanCan and Nancy in the show ring with numerous wins and championships in the Amateur Jumpers throughout 2021 & now into 2022.