Moving To Ottawa
Congrats! You are moving to our beautiful city where you will find plenty to do: visit hisorical sites, view amazing museums, catch a sports game or go to the countryside to do some apple picking!
First you have to find a great home that suits your needs whether it's close to work, close to good schools, close to certain amenities, etc...that's where I can help! Every year I help buyers find the perfect home in various parts of Ottawa and it surrounding areas. Whether you are looking for a downtown condo, suburban house or countryside retreat I have you covered.
Work Relocation - DND, RCMP & Federal Employees
You have received your posting orders and you are being transferred to Ottawa, now what? This may be your first relocation or you may be a seasoned veteran at moving every few years. During our first contact I will ask you several questions such as: where in the city will you be working, what type of home and neighborhood are you looking for, what type of school do you wish your children to attend, what important ammenities do you need to live close to, etc. I will begin our search and send you all homes that match your needs for several weeks/months leading up to your scheduled trip and we can update your search as many times as needed before your visits or official House Hunting Trip (HHT). I will clear my schedule whenever you come in town to visit homes since we are on a tight timeline.
When you come on your official HHT I know time is of the essence so I like to front load your visit and it isn't uncommon for me show members 20+ homes on the first day to create your top 3 choices. If we don't find anything that works for you then it's back to the drawing board and we readjust our search for the next day. Should we find the perfect home we will then negotiate a great deal for you and have an inspection done by day 2 or 3. My goal is always to have members be done by day 4 so they can enjoy the sightseeing in the city! Need IRP approved inspectors? I have great ones. Need IRP approved lawyers? Got them! Wondering about good schools? I'll point you in the right direction. I have you covered from start to finish...I even drive you around town so you can sit back and enjoy the different neighborhoods while I point out important landmarks that might affect your everyday life.
Personal & Work Related Moves
You have decided to move to Ottawa for personal reasons or perhaps your company is transferring you to our vibrant city. You have many things to do for this move and you may not be sure of what areas of our city will work best for you...that's where I come in! Allow my years of experience to get to work for you and find you the perfect home. Together we will create a search and adjust, tweak, modify it until we find you the home of your dreams!
Recent Relocation Buyer Reviews Of Marc
“Marc went out of his way to ensure our home search and purchase went smoothly. He worked hard to ensure our offer was accepted and kept us informed of the progress with realistic expectations. As this was our 7th home purchase, Marc was by far the best realtor we have ever had the opportunity to work with. When we are ready to sell, Marc will be our only choice and I would highly recommend him to anyone looking to make the transition a much easier experience.”
“We had the opportunity to work with Marc to purchase a house in Nepean. We are a military family who moved from Manitoba to Ottawa and it was our first time moving to Ottawa. Marc was fantastic. Initially we did most of our work via email and phone. Marc was very quick to answer our questions and send us updates. Marc was able to send us new listings based on different search parameters from the various sections of the city we were looking in. These small personal touches greatly assisted us with understanding the Ottawa market. Once we arrived in Ottawa Marc dedicated a significant amount of time to show us around and show us the houses we were interested in. He was quick to pass on updates on homes before they were available on the MLS site. He gave us honest advice when we decided to put an offer on a house again helping us to understand the market and not to overpay for a home. Marc was with us during the home inspection, offering us insights on what we should discuss with the seller upon conclusion of the inspection. He moderated a meeting with us and the seller to ensure we had all of the right information we needed to confidently lift the restrictions in place when we made our offer. During the pre-closing walk through Marc again made sure all of the small details were taken care of and nothing was looked over. Marc was great to work with, we would highly recommend him and when we move again our first call will be to him.”
“Marc was an absolute pleasure to work with from start to finish. We were moving from a different city but he made the transition easy by providing us with great information on the different areas of the city as well as the subdivisions within them. We were looking for a quick turnaround on a sale as we had already sold our previous house; when we found properties that we wanted to view, he was consistently available to assist us. The information and guidance he provided on properties and the home buying process was exceptional. If you are looking for a reliable, knowledgeable and professional realtor, Marc Parenteau should be at the top of your list!”
Pat & Jenn Lavoie
“Marc went above and beyond for us and we are so happy to have found him. We moved to Ottawa from another province and were unsure which area we wanted to purchase in. He spent countless hours showing us houses in all neighbourhoods and always had lots to say about each area to help us with our decision. I would absolutely use Marc again and would recommend him to anyone seeking a professional, smart and all around good person as your realtor.”
“I've moved six times in the last twelve years and this move/home purchase was by far the smoothest. Marc took the time to understand my wants/needs when looking for a new home. With my work, I have 5 working days to find, purchase, and close on a home. Marc wasted no time. He was patient considering the amount of homes I wanted to see since I was new to the city. The ease of drafting an agreement and closing on a home was very much appreciated. When I am due to sell my home in Kanata, he will be the realtor that I choose. He had a game plan and it was worth investing in. Thanks again.”
"My wife and I moved to Ottawa from Winnipeg MB , I am in the military, so we had a tight deadline of 1 week to purchase a new home in a City we did not know. A friend of mine recommended Marc, from the start he understood our time deadline and that we wanted to see as many homes in our price range within a short space of time. Marc organized our home visits in a logical manner so that we were not bouncing all around the City. He was also very frank with us regarding the houses resale value, knowing that I would more than likely sale the new home in the next three years when the military posted me to my next location. When we found the right home, Marc remained in touch and arranged for some upgrades to be done at our new home while we were packing our old house up. Marc actually paid some contractors out of his own pocket while we were driving across Canada to complete the Reno's. I found Marc to be an extremely knowledgeable real estate agent who was more concerned about the well-being of my family than making a large commission. Marc knew that we were going to throw away the washer and dryer in the new home, he contacted me to explain that a first time home buyer with a new baby had just purchased a home when their dryer broke down, he asked me if I would sale my dryer to this young couple. We gave them the dryer, having been in the same predicament when we were young. Again this shows how Marc goes above and beyond the call of duty to help his clients. We will definitely recommend Marc to anyone buying or selling a home and we will have him list our home when it’s time to move again. Thanks Marc!"
Shane & Joann
"Marc was friendly, informative, super fast with his responses, didnt clutter me with homes that werent my style, helped me find a home i LOVE and remained professional and ethical throughout the entire bidding process. Excellent realtor and a former CFL (Go Riders!) player so clearly he's a winner."
“We were immediately at ease with Marc. He had challenges dealing with the two of us from two different cities as we were preparing to come on our house hunting trip, including last minute changes to areas of the city in which we were looking. He handled them all with grace and humour, and helped reduce our concerns.
Once we arrived in Ottawa, we were immediately comfortable with Marc. It was as if we had all known each other for years; making the entire process smoother and more fun. He understood what we were looking for, and where in the city would best fit. He showed us homes that made sense for our budget and lifestyle, and we were able to quickly narrow down our choices. Once we made an offer, he fought hard on our behalf to get us the best deal and we couldn’t be happier with our home.
I feel like we gained a great home and a new friend.”
"Marc Parenteau is an excellent Real Estate Agent and I would highly recommend him to anyone. My experience with Marc was nothing but positive. He made the entire process of buying a house easy and stress free from start to finish. I found him to be very professional, respectful, knowledgeable and had total confidence in his abilities. In the end he helped me to find the perfect home here in Ottawa and when the time comes, I will be turning to him to be my real estate agent”
“If you are looking for someone that is extremely knowledgeable about the real estate market and the Ottawa area, Marc is your man. We were settling for nothing but the perfect move in ready home in an area we loved and Marc found it!”
“As a government employee on a house hunting trip from another province, we had 5 days to buy a house. Leading up to our trip, each week, Marc sent us listings that matched our preferences. When the time came, he took our list and made all the arrangements. Marc was extremely accommodating and a wealth of knowledge. He dedicated the week to us as he understood our time limits. He guided us through the offer, inspection and finalizing the deal in just 4 days.
Marc was there at closing and helped correct some issues with the seller. Once we had moved in, he dropped by with a card and house warming gift. We will enlist Marc to sell our house when it is time to move again. We highly recommend Marc to be your realtor.”
Michael and Sara
“Our experience working with Marc was very positive. From the very beginning, Marc was an excellent communicator and was very attentive to our wants and needs. We made full use of his web based listing previews since we were moving from out of province and it allowed us to have a focused, efficient and successful trip to purchase when ready. Marc was extremely open, friendly, and accommodating when we arrived on site. He was very attentive while we viewed various homes and helped further tailor our searches based on our feedback after each viewing resulting in no time wasted. Marc was an excellent advocate on our behalf and we intend to work with him again on our next move.”
Joel & Melanie
"Marc went above and beyond for us and we are so happy to have found him. We moved to Ottawa from another province and were unsure which area we wanted to purchase in. He spent countless hours showing us houses in all neighbourhoods and always had lots to say about each area to help us with our decision. I would absolutely use Marc again and would recommend him to anyone seeking a professional, smart and all around good person as your realtor."
"We were 5 hours out of town looking for a property within 45 min to Ottawa. We sent Marc out many times to try and review the home before we made our travel. Marc was so pleasant to work with, his advice was solid and very sincere, he never gave up on us as purchasers. The end result was we found our beautiful Waterfront Home in Calabogie and I know this would never have happened without Marc as our team leader. Thanks Marc you are the best agent we have ever dealt with in all my years of owning and selling homes. I would have had him as our listing agent too but the 5 hour commute would have been a little far lol. I would strongly recommend Marc as an outstanding agent."
Jan Grant & Steve Milburn