We are a senior couple who were downsizing from a Lake property in the Kawartha’s. We chose Ottawa to be closer to family. We knew it was going to be a logistic challenge to find our next home 3-1/2 hours away from our present location, and also Covid restrictions were still being strictly enforced. A friend recommended Carole Evans to us, and we reached out to her. The call we placed was replied to within the afternoon and we valued listening to her description of the market and the scarcity of the type of home we desired. We decided to meet her the next week in Ottawa. Carole was a delight, very knowledgeable, sincere, and honest with her advice. She had made appointments for our first and second day with her. It was not the most encouraging time house hunting, but our connection had been made and we trusted her counsel, and to meet our needs. For about seven weeks our contact was via telephone or email. Carole had put us into a programme that provided listings of homes going on the market that she thought we might be interested in. There was a section where we could read her comments about the home and we could give her an idea of the pros and cons that we saw with a particular listing.
For six weeks, from a distance, Carole and her associate Barb kept us in the loop, and were always available to answer any questions we had. It was a sunny, early November day when Carole placed a call to us to say she felt she had found our next home. We trusted her enough to pack up and immediately leave for Ottawa. She was spot on, we walked in the front door and I knew this was our future home. We were only allowed a 30 minute visit due to Covid, and the next day Carole presented our offer to purchase.
We commend the team Carole and Barb to you with great confidence that you will be completely satisfied with their work ethic, and desire to put your housing needs first.
Barb and Carole made selling our house such a breeze! They are both extremely professional, experienced and thorough agents. They were always available to quickly answers any questions we had and were completely reliable throughout, making the entire process incredibly smooth. They are a fantastic team. Highly recommend.
It was truly a pleasure to deal with Barb & Carole. Their attention to detail, brilliant marketing strategies, high energy and enthusiasm, wealth of real estate knowledge and experience, and honesty and high ethical standards as well as their superior interpersonal skills and innovative ideas helped to make the sale such a huge success. Thank you both!
We absolutely loved working with Barb and Carole. They were very responsive to our questions and never too busy to take our calls. From holding our hands throughout the selling process to staging and cleaning the house - they do it all!
Twenty years ago, Carole was just as wonderful to work with as she found us our dream home to raise our 4 children in. It was a no brainer to call her back to sell it!
Barb and Carole simply came in like a whirlwind and organized us to sell our house - staging, photography, videography, drone footage - all within a day of meeting us and walking through our home.
Their marketing knowledge and that of the local market was excellent and we could not have done this without them - we sold our home for more than our asking price; what more could we ask?
All around an excellent experience and we would highly recommend them to anyone looking for a quality sales experience.
You will be hard pressed to find a better real estate agent.
Carole shows genuine interest in the goals of her clients and applies her extensive marketing experience for successful outcomes. In addition, you really get a sense that her whole team is behind her all the way.
We were so impressed by the tour video she produced; I wanted to buy my house all over again!
When all was done, we sold in just 2 days! And at a very good price.
I highly recommend Barb & Carole if you want results and strong market value. Many thanks to Carole and her team!
Barb & Carole helped us find our next home and sell our current home, all in 11 days!
Carole knew what we were looking for in our next house, and had established a search criteria for automatic notice when listings became available.
When the time came, a few days later, to list our house, Carole and Barb guided us as to what action we needed to take. They were always prompt in returning our calls, helped calm us down when we got stressed out and assured us that all was going according to plan.
Both Carole and Barb are knowledgeable about the current market and we relied on them totally to steer us in the process.
We would highly recommend Barb & Carole if you are in the market to either buy or sell.
We are so grateful for Barb & Carole’s dedication and great customer service. When we were looking for our house in Metcalfe a few years ago, Barb and Carole travelled across town with little notice.
Thanks to their help, we were able to get our dream home. We are super happy and highly recommend them!
Our experience with Barb & Carole was amazing. They were very open and honest during each viewing and really seemed to want to put us in “our” house, not just “a” house. We feel she bargained hard for us, and now that we have moved, we are even more appreciative of her services. We LOVE our new home!
After a two-year hunt turned up nothing but disappointment in the Toronto housing market, we made the decision to move our family to Ottawa in search of the perfect house and neighborhood. It was there we were fortunate enough to connect with Carole Evans and Barbara Dods who served as our amazing guides through the Ottawa real estate market, and as incredibly patient realtors to a picky pair of former Torontonians.
Carole and Barbara were not only very attentive to our wants and needs in a house, their exhaustive knowledge of Ottawa also allowed them to pre-screen and eliminate countless listings they knew would not suit our family.
They were also very accommodating of our busy schedules, working together to guide us through countless viewings in the late evenings, and never making us feel like anyone’s time was wasted when a home just didn’t feel like the one. They were confident the perfect home was out there for us, and their optimism made the long search an enjoyable process, even when we felt discouraged.
With Carole and Barbara’s help and diligence, we succeeded in finding our perfect house, and being first-time home buyers, they expertly guided us through what could have been an intimidating process by answering an endless list of questions and connecting us to others who assisted us through the final steps.
We don’t remember them ever wearing capes, but Carole and Barbara felt like superheroes, always going above and beyond to help this pair of Toronto ex-pats make their dreams come true here in Ottawa. We can’t imagine ever going through this process again without them.
Carole provided us realtor services this past fall to help us find our perfect first home.
She attended viewings with us all the way in Smiths Falls, taught us the details of what goes in an offer prior to submitting, offered her honest opinions on any property in terms of its investment value, flexibility to growing families, and upkeep.
She made us feel comfortable and confident in our choices. She is incredibly reliable and we would recommend her services to anyone looking for a home in the greater Ottawa area.
As we sit here in our new home enjoying our morning coffee, we reflect on the past weeks. From seeing and loving (and then buying) this home at first sight, to the selling of our then current home, it was a whirlwind! It all happened within a few days of each other!
Barb and Carole made it both exciting and yet seamless with their constant support and attention to detail.
We couldn't (and wouldn't) do it without them. We highly recommend this team!
In a seller’s market, our journey to purchasing our second home was a tough one. We are glad we had Barbara to help guide us through the process and we highly recommend Barbara and her team.
When we started our search, we met with many agents. One of them was Barbara. Something stood out with her, as it felt like she would be a partner in our purchase. One striking key element after meeting her is that she provided us with information we asked for right away. Many other agents said they would keep in touch with us regarding houses and they just did not ending up doing it or had to be reminded. A small simple gesture on Barbara’s part, but from that we knew that we could start building our working relationship with her and that she would be someone we could rely on. She immediately showed us that she wanted to better understand our situation and goals. From beginning to the end, Barbara was very quick to respond, attentive, keen, helpful and was available when needed.
As we got to know her though many showings – it was clear that she cared about her clients. We felt like she was a true partner, looking for houses and keeping an eye out for us. We looked at many different houses (turnkey, renovation houses), different price ranges, different areas and she continued to happily show us houses and provided extreme flexibility with our differing schedules. We always felt like we were her priority, even though we knew she had other clients. She was enthusiastic to show us the houses, had suggestions and solutions. She provided extremely high exceptional customer service and professionalism. Her experience kept us on track and made it a smooth process, right up to the close date.
We thank Barbara and team for their exceptional service.
We would not even consider selling or buying a home without Carole! She, and her entire team, made this otherwise overwhelming, emotional, and stressful experience seamless. The team is an extraordinary balance between utmost professionalism and kind, gentle care.
We were guided to make the right decisions for our family, and we are confident we got the right price for our house and found the perfect home just for us!
What does it take to be an amazing real estate agent?
Patience? Yes. Knowledge of the city? Absolutely. The capacity to give solid and truthful advice? You bet. Credibility? No question. And Carole Evans has it all – in spades. However, what Carole offers that goes beyond her personal and professional five-star service is her network.
We finalised the purchase of our new house after 11 PM on a Friday night, and the closing date was three weeks later. Daunting, to say the least, given the amount of work that needs to be done to close a house.
Carole lined up all the services we needed to get the ball rolling (inspector, lawyer, bank, etc.), and by noon the next day (a Saturday, no less), these professionals had all confirmed appointments with us in the coming days.
Although it was not our first house purchase, Carole and her network were there with us all the way, guiding and counselling us so that we didn’t miss any step. And we did finally close our house 3 weeks later.
Now, if that’s not a top-notch realtor who has access to a responsive and solid network of experts, we don’t know what is!