We arrived back in Canada in March 2018, after 20 years in England, and began camping out in my brother’s basement in Orleans.
Fantastic as it was to be back with family again, we didn’t want to abuse their generosity.
The move across the pond was also intended to give us more house, with no mortgage.
But . . . .
In the 6 months since we’d first started scouting out Ottawa, the market completely shifted.
House supply dropped 75%. People simply weren’t selling. The buyer’s market had become a seller’s market. Prices were skyrocketing.
If we didn’t move fast, the dream wouldn’t happen.
That’s where Joelle came in. We’d met her several months previously when we were initially scouting out the move.
Joelle is 100% People Person. Chatty and competent. She knows her business, and she knows the Ottawa market.
We can’t have been the easiest of customers. We wanted to be near nature, and away from noise and busy-ness. We’d been living in one kind of house in the UK, and had to re-learn how to live in a Canadian house. But what did that look like? What did that feel like? We really didn’t know.
Joelle was very patient with us, and took us round to a lot of houses, all the way from Limoges to Kanata.
It took six weeks, but we got there. In June, 3 months after arriving back in Canada, we moved in. No mortgage, cash to spare, 5 minute walk from the river.
Much obliged, Joelle!
“I am extremely grateful for the amazing services Locke Real Estate provided during the process of selling my home and finding me the perfect home. I want to thank my Agent Cathy Joyce, you are the best!”
I would highly recommend Cathy as your agent of choice to buy or sell a home. She made the experience stress free, and never tired of my endless questions. Her industry knowledge adds value as did her recommendations to stage the home. Thanks Cathy and Team Locke. This was my 3rd time using their services and I look forward to the next time, let’s just hope it’s 10 years from now.
We would recommend Cathy to anyone who wishes to sell their home. She stood by us from the beginning and helped through all the steps. From the home staging to the final sell. You’ll definitely be our agent when we will be back in Ottawa.
With the help of Cathy Joyce from Locke Real Estate, I am officially a home owner. Cathy’s service was exceptional; she was easy to connect with, trustworthy and very professional. Her knowledge was extremely helpful throughout the whole process. I would highly recommend Cathy’s services.
I had seen Locke Real Estate signs in Orleans for many years so when it was time to sell my condo I decided to look up their web page. After reading many positive reviews I contacted Cathy Joyce. Cathy contacted me right away to set up the appointment. My boyfriend and I were so impressed with Cathy right from the start. Cathy was very well prepared and proved to us immediately that she had the knowledge and the experience that we were looking for. Cathy was a pleasure to work with. Communication was effortless, she was easy to talk and so quick to respond when I had questions. The result: My condo sold within three days of it being on the market for the amount that I was hoping for,
amazing! Thank you so much Cathy for making what I thought would be a very stressful experience stress-free! I will be recommending you and Locke Real Estate to friends and family.
I’ve used Samuel Barry as my agent for a few different properties in Orleans and the service has been excellent each time. He’s even helping me and my family with a new construction, providing great advice on features and add-ons that will maximize resale value down the road. I highly recommend Samuel and the entire Locke firm to anyone in need of an agent.
We were very impressed with many aspects of working with Sam. We felt that he really wanted us to be satisfied with our purchase and not just trying to sell a house
He really took the time to understand our needs, and at no point did we ever feel that we were being pressured in any other direction.
When we viewed a property with him, he looked very carefully and thoroughly through the property and helped us to identify any possible future problem areas. His experience and knowledge showed in what he was able to highlight for us and his understanding of the buying process.
Finally, he was always prompt and prepared for all of our viewings and meetings. I would highly recommend working with Sam to anyone.
Cathy Joyce at Locke Realty is an exceptional agent ! I was convinced that I was going to list with Com Free and reduce my cost of selling. I subsequently met with Cathy and decided to list with her instead. That was a very good decision. The value she provided was very evident from the start and I never looked back. She is a very knowledgeable agent and her many years of experience showed. She is a very honest and likeable person to deal with. In a very competitive profession where there is no shortage of agents willing to sell your house, Cathy is a breath of fresh air. I rate her service as outstanding. You won’t find better.
Dear Cathy, thank you for all your time, patience and guidance in helping us find our new home. We are extremely grateful for everything you have done. We hope this small token of our gratitude will adorn your home each Christmas as a reminder of the hope and friendship you have given us. Thank you and God Bless.
I had the pleasure of working with Joelle Allaire for the sale of my Orleans townhome. She is warm, caring and lovely. I could see that my interests as the seller, were at the heart of all our transactions with potential buyers, and she made sure that only serious offers were entertained. Her instincts were ‘bang on’ with respect to timing, as well as pricing of my home, and it sold for much more than I had originally expected! I would do business with Joelle again in a heartbeat, and I highly recommend her for all your Real Estate needs. She is a wonderful lady!
I sold my house in ONE WEEK this summer with the help of an exceptional team (Sam Barry and Catherine Joyce) !! They gave me very good advice for the home staging. They were professional and available ! It is known, being in good hands has the positive effect of reducing your stress and anxiety !
On top of that, Sam really help us to find the perfect house ! He listens and understands his client’s requirements. We are so happy in our new home. A BIG thank you !
Absolutely wonderful do deal with Joelle with her expertise knowledge & professionalism I would highly recommend Joelle to anyone looking for and real Estate agent.
We hired Cathy Joyce to sell our parent’s home in Orleans and found her to be a very professional agent, knowledgeable with the area, as well as sensitive and compassionate to our situation. She presented us with many comparables as well as her marketing strategies and was very easy to communicate with. When we had questions, she was there to answer them immediately and was very flexible with her schedule. She gave us great advice on staging the home which we followed and proved to be the best advice for a quicker sale. The sign went up on a Thursday and by the Saturday we had an offer that we were able to work with. We highly recommend Cathy Joyce for either buying or selling and know that many others will be satisfied clients as we have been.