Below are some of my Client Testimonials

By: Véronique and Cyprian

Looking to buy and sell a house in the current market is difficult. Joanne was a constant well of information and advice as we navigated old and new builds. Always ready to answer a call and willing to give it her all, we had all the confidence in Joanne's abilities. This was our second time using Joanne's services and each time we have walked away satisfied and without any regrets. She is a professional, polite and an honest agent who will strive to make her clients happy with whatever decision they may choose. We couldn't have done it without you, thanks Joanne! Patrick and Alanah We bought a home with Joanne in one of the most challenging markets: mid-spring 2021, during the covid-19 pandemic, with at least 30% price increases, bidding wars, and between two lockdowns. She helped us get a home we love, for a reasonable price (!!!) Not only is Joanne professional, but she is fun to work with, has a wonderful personality and is very approachable. She was always very quick to answer all our questions, even over the weekends and holidays, and helped us through every challenge, like driving all the way to the east end to do a virtual visit for us. Thanks so much Joanne!

By: Beatrice

Joanne was recommended to me by a family member and I so glad they did! I'm a first time buyer who was looking for a condo downtown Ottawa. Joanne listened to my list of 'wants' and 'needs' for a property and she had great insight on what buildings would be a good fit for me. Her 20 years of experience definitely helped me to find condo options that checked all my boxes! I always felt listened to with Joanne and I never felt pressured to make a offer on a condo I didn't think was a good fit. Joanne helped me to submit a competitive bid and I purchased a beautiful condo. I would definitely recommend Joanne because of her experience, her connections in the industry, and her personality. Thanks Joanne!

By: Scott and Noreen Linke

Joanne Hutchinson was introduced to us by a co-worker when we were looking for a second home in Canada. We are U.S. citizens. We had a unique situation, and very special requirements. She completely understood the parameters of our requirements and found us “the perfect” condo. Over the eight years that we owned this condo she kept in touch, both as a professional and as a friend. Because of this, she remained knowledgeable of our unique situation. With the continued challenges brought on by the pandemic and the inability for us to travel into Canada to use our home, she correctly sensed our desire to sell and made the inquiry. We didn’t see how it could be accomplished because we were unable to enter Canada. Joanne went above and beyond expectations to enable us to complete the sale. We had several big hurdles to overcome, such as some small repairs, cleaning, staging, selling our furnishings, and arranging for the return of our personal property. She personally took care of all these issues. She had all the right connections and resources to get the work done. She also connected us with an excellent attorney to handle the sale. Without her tremendous help, there was no way we could have accomplished the sale of this property. We have worked with many agents throughout the years and have never come across the level of professionalism, proficiency, and trustworthiness that Joanne displayed. We would highly, and without reservation, recommend Joanne as “the best” real estate agent for anyone, in any situation.

By: Billy and Rachel

Joanne had sold tow houses for us, her work ethic is second to none. Joanne is such great professional and provided the best service possible. Joanne made everything so smooth while selling our homes. Thanks Joanne

By: Fei and Tingting

We recently purchased our dream home from Joanne. Throughout the purchase, Joanne was extremely helpful and responsive, making the purchase experience pleasant and stress-free. We would recommend Joanne to anyone looking to buy or sell their house, not only is she extremely knowledgeable but also a pleasure to work with

By: RH

I was greatly impressed by Joanne’s friendly demeanor when our sons were on the same hockey team. A couple of years later, when I needed help finding an investment property I didn’t hesitate to contact her. From location selection to negotiating price to renting out the place, every step of the way, Joanne provided excellent advice, her professionalism and attention to details made my experience so pleasant, I have never looked anywhere else when I need help in the real estate market. She is understanding and patient, my needs are met every single time, I would highly recommend Joanne Hutchinson

By: Marie-Claude et Jean-Sébastien

Vendez votre maison avec Joanne et paquetez vos Advils sans crainte! Joanne est rassurante, efficace et rapide, l’agente idéale! Notre maison a été vendue en 3 jours à 30 000 $ de plus que le prix demandé. Milles mercis, Joanne! Sell ??your house with Joanne and pack your Advils without fear! Joanne is reassuring, efficient and fast, the perfect agent! Our house was sold in 3 days at $ 30,000 over the asking price. Many thanks, Joanne!

By: Jo and Malcolm Maclean

It is without hesitation that we irrevocably recommend Joanne Hutchinson to assist and guide you through he buying or selling process. On buying a home in Ottawa, we only had a short time to complete, Joanne quickly identified our needs and accurately identified homes to match those needs. As a result, we found our ideal home straight away and she assisted with a quick closing. On selling, unknown territory for us and compounded again by a short timeline, Joanne was superb. From the beginning she provided informed and researched advice to simplfy the process. With an accurate assessment of the market she engaged her team to stage and photograph our home to show it off at it's best. As a result, we had a very quick sale. Joanne works with tireless dedication and enthusiasm and never hesitates to answer your queries and concerns, however many you may have, and reduce the associated stress. She will be an undeniable asset to your buying and/or selling experience. Thanks Joanne! Jo and Malcolm.

By: Bryan and Danielle Walsh

Joanne made buying a cottage very easy. She has vast knowledge of the industry, a fantastic personality and is very professional. She arranged everything for us from start to finish so that we didn’t have to worry about anything. We will enjoy our cottage for many years to come! Thanks Joanne!

By: R & D. S

We cannot say enough good things about Joanne. She was an excellent realtor who honestly answered our questions and made us feel at ease with our purchase decision. She took the time to show us the neighbourhoods and point out the location of amenities she knew we were interested in. After looking at a few houses, she had a good idea of what we wanted from a house. Joanne showed us other houses on the market that she knew we would like even though we did not place them on our short list. One of them was the perfect house for us and we bought it. Joanne was professional, friendly and knowledgeable and we would definitely work with her again.

By: Kerry and Derek

Following a years’ worth of looking on our own for a resale home with the right criteria, we began working with Joanne following an open house we attended. Joanne listened to what we had to say, we built a relationship with Joanne and she grew to know exactly what we were looking for. We continued to look for the right home together. Joanne found what she thought was the right fit, we looked, confirmed that it was and closed the deal in a very short amount of time. Joanne was working with many potential buyers and found a buyer for our home in hours! A very positive experience, dealing with professionals that understand the market and could make things happen.

By: Liz and Craig

Joanne agreed to become our real-estate agent after one long distance phone call. Based on that call she developed a thorough understanding of what we were looking for in a home and immediately began forwarding vetted MLS listings for us to consider. When the time came to view properties she proved to have a deep knowledge of the strengths and weaknesses of the various builders in the area, the history of the neighbourhoods and the details of future developments that might have an impact on our decision. In short, she was able to do more than find us a house, she found us a home, a school and a neighbourhood – and she did most of this on a long weekend. She is a great realtor.

By: Cathi

When faced with the enormous task of selecting our new home, there was no question that without Joanne’s dedication, we would not have found our dream home. Thanks to Joanne’s understanding of our family’s space requirements, a strong market knowledge of home selling features paired with current real estate availability and tireless efforts to show us many, many properties and give sincere and concrete guidance every step of the way, we were able to land a home in our desired area that had all the amenities on our wish list. Joanne not only helped us make a real estate transaction – she was instrumental in helping us select a home that is a haven to retreat to at the end of the day and one that will furnish many family memories for years to come. In the future we would not hesitate to team up with Christine and Joanne again and we highly recommend them for all your real estate endeavours!

By: Cathi

From the outset of our relationship with Joanne, we knew we had made the right choice of realtor to assist us with purchasing our first home. Joanne was able to quickly have a comprehensive understanding of the type of home we were looking for. In a matter of 3 days we reviewed listings, toured homes and made an offer on a home that was accepted. Joanne always went that extra mile…literally, as she drove half-way to where we were staying outside of the city to meet us to sign papers so that we would not have to make a long drive into Ottawa. As well, she toured us around the neighbourhood so we could have a sense of where our children would go to school, what amenities are available in the area, and even where our son would play hockey once the season began. It is without hesitation that we would refer anyone to Joanne!

By: Smiths

Joanne worked with us to sell our home and buy a new one. She was not only competent and professional but made the whole process enjoyable. We looked forward to hearing from Joanne as she kept us up to date through all the steps involved in buying and selling. We always felt we could call Joanne at any time if we had any questions. Joanne has a very friendly and approachable manner and we feel she really cares about the people she works with. G & G

By: Rob

My wife Erin and I would like to thank Joanne for her supreme effort and for sincerely going well beyond the call of duty! Joanne helped us sell our home as well as purchase our new home. As soon as Joanne knew we were ready to sell, she had our home ready and on-line with pictures within hours. She made herself available to us, no matter what the hour, to make our purchase and sale a priority. Not only did she make the process simple and enjoyable, but she put us in contact with all the people we needed to connect with in renovating our new purchase! Well beyond the job description Joanne. We’re so happy with our new purchase that I doubt we’ll be calling on you any time soon, but when it’s time, that decision is already made! Our very sincere thanks for all of your help Joanne!

By: Kelly and Jeff Harvey

Given the stressful nature of choosing the perfect house within a limited timeframe, our choice of Joanne Hutchinson as our agent was not only extremely positive but instrumental in choosing the ‘right’ home for our family. Majors Kelly and Jeff Harvey

By: Doug and Marg Dalziel

Joanne very readily and capably responded to our initial inquiries, based on a friend’s personal reference. Her manner was then-and has remained ever since-genuinely friendly and engaging. She was knowledgeable and professional in every way, yet always managed to explain information to us, her clients, in clear and uncomplicated language. The sense of trust that must, of necessity, exist between agent and client very quickly established itself, thanks in very large measure to Joanne’s reassuring ways. Joanne puts forward a perfectly credible and trustworthy presence-one that we found immediately made us the entire focus of her efforts. On several occasions, such efforts also went well beyond what we would consider her obligations as our real estate agent, and her advice on the those occasions was appreciated and put to good use. The care and attention that she put into the offer which we eventually presented to purchase a new home in Stonebridge demonstrated a skill and marketing sense that achieved exactly what we required, and probably saved us money we would have otherwise been willing to spend to obtain the home we wanted. In closing, we can state with confidence that Joanne has very simply help us achieve our dream. We will, without question, be recommending her to friends and acquaintances for years to come. Doug and Marg Dalziel

By: Brian and Sharon Irwin

Without a doubt, Joanne, you have exceeded all of our expectations in an agent. Your personalized approach, extensive knowledge and professionalism, combined with your strong commitment to truly understanding your client needs, truly sets you apart from the rest. Brian and Sharon Irwin

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OTTAWA — The number of homes sold nationally rose 11.3 per cent in November compared with a year ago but the picture varies significantly by region, said the Canadian Real Estate Association.

By: Canadian Press

OTTAWA — The number of homes sold nationally rose 11.3 per cent in November compared with a year ago but the picture varies significantly by region, said the Canadian Real Estate Association.

A major rebound in sales in the Greater Vancouver Area and continued growth in the Greater Toronto and Montreal regions propped up sales, while the Prairie cities of Calgary, Edmonton, and Regina saw declines.

Overall, there were 37,213 homes sold through CREA's MLS system, up from 33,437 in November 2018.

The increase in sales came as the national average price for a home sold in November was about $529,000, up 8.4 per cent compared with a year ago. Excluding Greater Toronto and Greater Vancouver, the average price was around $404,000, up 6.9 per cent compared with last year. The MLS home price index rose 2.6 per cent year over year to $638,300.

Price gains also saw regional variances, with the Greater Vancouver benchmark price down 4.59 per cent from a year ago and Prairie home prices also down, while Greater Toronto saw gains of 6.52 per cent, Greater Montreal had gains of 8.72 per cent, and Ottawa registered gains of 11.45 per cent.

"Sales continue to improve in some regions and not so much in others," said Jason Stephen, president of CREA in the release.

In its updated outlook, the association says it expects home sales this year to total 486,800, while it says the national average price is on track to rise 2.3 per cent.

That compared with an earlier forecast for 482,000 home sales for 2019 and a 0.5 per cent increase in the national average price.

Prices rose as the number of newly listed homes slid 2.7 per cent, driven primarily by fewer new listings in the GTA.

Nationally there is 4.2 months of inventory, the lowest recorded since the summer of 2007. The inventory, which represents how long it would take to liquidate current inventories at the current rate of sales activity, is well below the long-term average of 5.3 months.

For 2020, CREA says it expects home sales to rise 8.9 per cent next year to 530,000. The national average price is forecast to rise 6.2 per cent to $531,000.

TD economist Rishi Sondhi said he also expects rising sales in 2020 from job growth, population gains and a mild boost from government programs for first-time home buyers, though he notes there is some room for caution.

"This view rests on financial conditions remaining accommodative. The backup in bond yields since September, if sustained, could offer some downside risk to our forecast."

He said the recovery in home sales, especially helped by the Greater Vancouver Area's 55.9 per cent jump, would yet again support fourth quarter economic growth.


When you think of the best timing of selling your home, winter might not be the first season that comes to mind! Aside from the freezing temperature outside, people are often preoccupied with the holiday season! However, there are many reasons why you should consider selling your home during the winter.

If you want to sell your home during the winter but are hesitant, here are five reasons to do it!

1. The buyers are serious.

Unlike popular belief, demand does not really go that low during winter. And while it is not the peak buying season, the buyers that will encounter are much more serious and motivated. The buyers you will encounter during winter are often in a rush, are ready to make offers, and plan on moving in before or after the new year. This is a great advantage for sellers because you don’t have to waste your time with buyers who are just looking.

2. There Is less competition.

You won’t have that much competition if you sell your home during winter. Many people decide against listing their homes during winter and wait for Spring instead. With less competition, it will be easier for your listing to stand out. You’ll be able to have a higher chance at attracting buyers and selling your home much quicker and at a better deal for you.

3. Loans are processed quicker.

For lenders, winter is a time when the inventory is smaller and they have more time to process loans. Since loans can be processed more quickly than other seasons, your selling process will be much smoother and your road to closing will be faster. If you or your buyer is in a rush to close the home before the new year, your buyers will not have s problem processing their loans.

4. You can get better deals.

Since there is less competition and buyers are much more motivated during this season, you can definitely negotiate better deals with your buyers. According to Redfin, listings during winter actually sell faster and for more money. Make sure to stage your home, create a good and sound contract, and have it inspected so you can put a premium on its price. You can take advantage of serious buyers and try to sell your property at a higher price and better payment terms.

5. It’s a great way to start the year.

If you’ve been wanting to sell your home or if there’s an inevitable reason to do it, doing it before the start of the year is definitely the best time. The end of the year is the perfect time to let go of your property. It is the perfect timing for Spring where you’ll be able to move on and start anew without carrying any pieces of baggage from the year before.

Selling your home during the winter, whether it’s because of financial reasons, relocation, or if it’s an investment property you’ve been holding on to, is a decision that you will be thankful for when Springtime comes.

If you think that it’s best for you to wait for Spring or Fall to sell your home, you better think again. While there are many factors that can contribute to your listing being sold, winter can definitely be a good time to sell it if you give it a chance. Keep these five reasons in mind the next time you hesitate on selling a home during winter!