Three Luxury Designations are the Latest Coup
for Real Estate Star Marnie Bennett
OTTAWA, ON. — February 16, 2017 — It’s been an eventful season for notable Ottawa real estate broker and commentator Marnie Bennett. The inspirational entrepreneur and media personality has long possessed an enviable knowledge of the luxury real estate market. Now she’s been recognized for her expertise with the bestowing of not one, but three, prestigious international Luxury Designations.
For both her understanding of the intricacies of this specialized market, and for her sheer luxury sales numbers, Marnie has been designated both a Certified Luxury Home Marketing Specialist and a member of the Certified Luxury Home Marketing Specialist Million Dollar Guild.
“Real estate professionals who have earned admittance to the Million Dollar Guild have specific upper-tier market knowledge, understand the unique needs of affluent buyers and sellers and are experts in their respective markets,” according to Amanda Hammer, Director of Membership at the Institute of Luxury Home Marketing.
In addition, Marnie has entered the chronicles of real estate distinction as a member of the coveted Who’s Who of Luxury Real Estate, a company that comprises only the top high-end real estate professionals worldwide, representing properties in over 68 countries. For more than a quarter-century, glossy editions of the Who’s Who magazine have graced the coffee tables of high-end clientele. Even more tellingly, the company website www.luxuryrealestate.com has traffic surpassing that of both Christie’s and Sotheby’s.
“It’s gratifying to receive this kind of recognition for something I feel so passionate about,” says Marnie. “Luxury properties are a niche market, and I take a lot of pride in having made a name for myself within that niche. When clients are looking to spend significant sums on a home – or a home away from home, as is often the case – I believe they want to be taken care of by someone with a strong luxury background; someone who’s both detail-oriented and who looks at things from an investment perspective.”
The new designations are just part of a remarkable run of success for Marnie, who has been busier than ever with several far-reaching projects. These include the exciting recent launch of the book “Ignite Your Life: The World’s Leading Entrepreneurs and Professionals Reveal Their Secrets to Ignite Your Health, Wealth and Success”. Featured alongside other champions in their respective fields, Marnie was honoured to tell her story with co-writer Brian Tracy. In sharing personal insights gleaned while on the journey of building her own brand, Marnie hopes to help readers to find the spark they need to achieve their deepest aspirations.
Yet another jewel in the Bennett crown is the upcoming U.S. opening of brokerage Bennett Property Shop Realty International. This project will see Marnie’s vision expanding to Miami, Florida, where the Bennett Pros will be working closely alongside Heafey Groupe on a pair of stunning, upscale ocean front condo projects.
In keeping with Marnie’s specialization in luxury real estate, The Bentley Edgewater in central Miami is nothing if not decadent with luxury suites priced from $329,000 to $2.75 million USD. In Fort Lauderdale, Bennett’s brokerage will be collaborating on The Conrad Hotel and Residences, a high-end, high-profile condominium-hotel hybrid that occupies a gorgeous stretch of beachfront property with luxury suites priced from $343,000 to $3 million USD.
Between her new designations, her new book and her new international ventures, Marnie Bennett has sparked her year off in a beautiful way.
About Marnie Bennett and the Bennett Property Shop Realty
Broker, team leader, founder, and shining-star, Marnie Bennett is an award-winning marketer who is one of Canada's most highly-regarded Real Estate marketing and sales consultants. Her team of 20 elite sales representatives routinely go above and beyond the call of duty. Buying, selling, investing or marketing; residential or commercial; new construction or resale properties: wherever your interests lie, the Bennett Pros have the expertise. The team’s sales volume speaks for itself, with over 10,000 homes sold for top dollar since 1994 and over $3.6 billion in residential sales.
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Marnie Bennett Signs Publishing Deal With CelebrityPress To Co-Author New Book
Marnie Bennett will team with Brian Tracy and several leading experts from various industries to release the new book, “Ignite Your Life: The World’s Leading Entrepreneurs and Professionals Reveal to Their Secrets to Ignite Your Health Wealth and Success” by CelebrityPress.
Ottawa, Canada – February 11th, 2016 – Marnie Bennett has joined Brian Tracy and a select group of experts and professionals to co-write the forthcoming book titled, Ignite Your Life: The World’s Leading Entrepreneurs and Professionals Reveal Their Secrets to Ignite Your Health Wealth and Success. Nick Nanton, Esq. along with business partner, JW Dicks, Esq., the leading agents to Celebrity Experts® worldwide, recently signed a publishing deal with each of these authors to contribute their expertise to the book, which will be released under their CelebrityPress™ imprint.
Ignite Your Life is a compilation of authors who have the key to success and wealth. The authors are top experts in a variety of fields with the core similarity: to help you to find the spark to ignite your life and achieve aspirations. Ignite Your Life is tentatively scheduled for release in early 2016.
About Marnie Bennett:
Marnie Bennett, featured as the only female Canadian author in Ignite Your Life, is an educator, mentor, and wealth coach to clients who seek to master the art of the wise real estate transaction. Known for her kind heart and generous spirit, she is highly committed to showing individuals how to maximize their potential in real estate.
As broker, founder, and shining-star of The Bennett Property Shop Realty, Marnie has built a one-of-a-kind boutique real estate brokerage in Ottawa, Canada, with a business philosophy based on exceptional personal service, leadership, innovative policies, and practices. With a team of 25 elite sales representatives, the sales volume speaks for itself—over 10,000 homes sold for top dollar since 1994 and over $3.6 billion in residential sales.* Today, she is also recognized on an international level for both her sales records and mentoring success.
Marnie has a substantial media presence, frequently making appearances on CTV and CBS news channels. She has written a nationally syndicated column, Property Talk, for CanWest Global newspapers, while her Home Smarts column appears regularly in New Home and Condo Guide magazine. She appears on a weekly real estate show, Experts on Call: The Real Estate Hour. Marnie has also co-authored two books:
- Death of the Traditional Real Estate Agent; Rise of the Super Profitable Real Estate Sales Team with Craig Proctor and Todd Walters
- Ignite Your Life with Brian Tracy
- #1 Sales Team Worldwide for Keller Williams Realty International (KWRI) Inc. for 2010 and 2011
- Daniel Passante Entrepreneurship Award
- 2008 Ottawa’s Professional Businesswoman of the Year
- Top Dog Award from Craig Proctor Real Estate Systems in recognition for being the best, most productive agent in North America
About Celebrity Press™:
Celebrity Press™ is a leading business, health and wellness book publisher that publishes books from thought leaders around the world. Celebrity Press™ has published books alongside Jack Canfield, Brian Tracy, Dan Kennedy, Dr. Ivan Misner, Robert Allen and many of the biggest experts across diverse fields. CelebrityPress™ has helped launch over 1500 best-selling authors to date.
Learn more at http://www.celebritypresspublishing.com
* Stats According to MLS and audited by Ginsberg Glutzman Fage Levitz LLP. Some minor variances may apply due to exclusive listings
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Local Realtor Co-Authors Book: “Death of the Traditional Real Estate Agent; Rise of the Super Profitable Real Estate Sales Team”
Ottawa, ON (Oct 16/2015) – Marnie Bennett, veteran top producer and team leader for the Bennett Property Shop Realty, Brokerage, has co-authored a new book. Death of the Traditional Real Estate Agent; Rise of the Super Profitable Real Estate Sales Team features the success secrets of the Top 1% of Real Estate Sales teams in North America in terms of productivity, efficiency and customer satisfaction.
This book introduces readers to mega agents who have true businesses built on turnkey systems and well organized teams. Stories of struggling real estate agents are common place but successful agents have carefully guarded their secrets, until now. This book is a tell all and blueprint for aspiring agents. As one of these successful, highly profitable Real Estate Team Leaders, Marnie shares the secrets of her rise to the top 1% of the entire industry – how she did it, and how other agents can copy their way to their own success.
While there have been many books written on this subject, the difference with this book is that it is authored by “doers” … agents who are not only writing about success, but living it every day.
“Some people are born to inspire, and Marnie Bennett is one of them. As a working mother of three, she’s a bona fide self-made woman – before recently opening her own firm, Marnie was the #1 Broker for Keller Williams worldwide for two years running. Being a champion for two years in a row takes dedication, hardwork, incredible organizational skills and leadership. That’s impressive. Between her head for business and gift for communication, it’s no wonder she’s also an incredibly effective real estate coach. As someone who’s known her for some time, I can tell you that Marnie’s passion is contagious.” said International Real Estate Coach, Craig Proctor.
The broker, team leader, founder, and shinning-star, Marnie Bennett, is an award-winning marketer who is one of Canada's most highly-regarded Real Estate marketing and sales consultants. With a team of 20 elite sales representatives who routinely go above and beyond the call of duty. Buying, selling, investing or marketing; residential or commercial; new construction or resale properties: wherever your interests lie, we have the expertise. Our sales volume speaks for itself with over 9,000 homes sold for top dollar since 1994 and over $3.1 Billion in residential sales.
For further information, photographs or to set up an interview with Marnie Bennett, please contact:
Jo-Anne Suitor, Broker of Record
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Ottawa Real Estate Agent Wins
Prestigious North American Business Award
TORONTO [Aug 19/14] – Marnie Bennett, a Broker of Bennett Property Shop Realty, Ottawa, Ontario, was awarded the prestigious “Daniel Passante Entrepreneurship Award” in a ceremony at the Toronto Hilton on Saturday, August 16 by Craig Proctor Coaching International.
ABOUT THE WINNER
An admitted workaholic, Bennett was #1 for Keller Williams International in 2010 (besting more than 80,000 other Keller Williams’ sales reps worldwide), before starting her own boutique agency in 2012; and has consistently ranked in the top one per cent of salespeople in North America for the last several years. She has a bachelor’s degree in law and economics, and even back in 1981, in her first year of real estate, she was one of the top agents in Canada.While Bennett’s drive took her far on her own, her real estate business more than doubled when she aligned herself with Craig Proctor Coaching. “I went to my very first Craig Proctor SuperConference in Los Angeles in May 2010,” said Bennett. “At that time, I was on target to be the #1 Agent for Keller Williams International - but if the truth be known, I was mainly using - but was far less than happy with - the “old school” real estate systems that just didn’t fill our brokerage’s unique needs. But I had done a lot of research into methods and systems that were being used by large and successful brokerages and discovered that the common denominator of the most successful agents in my market place was that they were all Craig Proctor students.”
Over the last four years, by gradually implementing and integrating Proctor’s Quantum Leap Real Estate Success System with some of her brokerage’s existing systems, and ultimately after joining Proctor’s elite Titanium Coaching group, Bennett rapidly grew her business doubling her sales after opening her own boutique brokerage in a beautiful heritage office building in downtown Ottawa. “We now have 40 people on our team; and in one of the toughest markets that I have ever experienced, we have grown our resale numbers by 58% over last year,” said Bennett.“If Marnie doesn’t inspire you,” said Proctor, “you’re tough to impress. We selected Marnie as the recipient of the Daniel Passante Entrepreneurship Award from among the brightest and best real estate agents from across North America because she exemplified the same huge energy, intelligence, entrepreneurial spirit, and dogged perseverance of the superb agent after whom the award was named.”
“I was completely taken by surprise and am thrilled and honoured to receive such a prestigious award and for being recognised for all my hard work and dedication. For the last 33 years, my goal has always been to offer the highest quality professional real estate services and to build the best real estate brokerage which provides my clients with what we call “5-Star Service” and I appreciate receiving this award as it shows that my colleagues recognize how successful we have been in taking care of our clients’ needs,” said a grateful Marnie Bennett.
ABOUT THE AWARDThe Daniel Passante Entrepreneurship Award was created in May 2012 in memory of an exceptional business leader and an inspiring Craig Proctor coach, Daniel Passante, who tragically passed away on March 25, 2012. The award is presented annually to the most innovative, inspiring, and successful team leader. Past winners include Realtors Len Wong in 2012 and Rick Brash in 2013.
Craig Proctor Coaching is an International Real Estate Success Coaching organization that has shaped the lives of over 30,000 Real Estate Agents across the globe. Founder and CEO Craig Proctor designed the Quantum Leap Real Estate Success System that underpins his coaching programs for his own highly successful real estate business, only recently devoting 100% of his time to coaching other agents worldwide. While an active agent (not a broker), Proctor consistently sold over 500 homes a year for annual GCI of almost $4 Million. He was twice named the #1 agent in the world for RE/MAX®, and was one of the top RE/MAX® agents in the country for 15 years. As a Real Estate Trainer, Proctor has coached more agents to Millionaire status than any other trainer. For more information, visit www.ProctorRealEstateProgram.comABOUT THE BENNETT PROPERTY SHOP REALTY, BROKERAGE
The Bennett Property Shop Realty is a one-of-a-kind international boutique brokerage in Ottawa, Canada whose business philosophy is based on exceptional personal service, leadership and industry-leading and innovative policies and practices. Bennett is an award-winning marketer and has become one of Canada’s most highly-regarded Real Estate marketing and sales consultants and strategists because her company provides a full scope of integrated services that are customized to produce the highest possible degree of success for each client. With a team of 25 elite sales representatives who routinely go above and beyond the call of duty, the Bennett Professionals have built a steadfast reputation for excellence in the nation’s capital where their clientele includes Ottawa’s buyers and sellers, countless investors (including Ottawans buying outside of Ottawa and foreign nationals investing in Ottawa properties), as well as local and international developers. Turning this business into a one-stop-real-estate-shop has proven to be no small feat for the Bennett team, but a challenge which Marnie Bennett and her team enthusiastically take on. With over 9,000 sales, and $3.1 billion in real estate sales, the Bennett Property Shop hands down is the number one choice among discriminating home sellers and buyers and real estate developers.MORE ABOUT MARNIE BENNETT
Marnie Bennett is one of the capital’s most prominent businesswomen, entrepreneurs and media personalities. Marnie’s personal life experiences have given her the ability to address women with insight, empathy and compassion, along with her trademark frankness.
From the beginning of her real estate career, Marnie’s sales numbers were among the highest in Canada – which results confirmed that this was the right fit for her particular gifts.Recognizing that there was an ignored by critically-important niche to fill in the Ottawa housing market, Marnie began her own boutique marketing and realty firm in 1994 – a company that rapidly became a “one-stop shop” for numerous local real estate developers, builders, property managers and investors. Her passion for encouraging women has found expression as she coaches her team members to develop and expand their talents, and as she mentors private clients to take control of their financial futures. But most rewardingly, she’s watched confidence levels steadily rise among clients who have taken part in her “Women on Wealth” (WOW) workshops, learning skills that help them to make the most of their hard-won earnings.
On the media front, unhappy with the “boys’ club” attitude of the local real estate radio show, Marnie began the first of two radio shows. In the first, Marnie offers real-world, practical and inspiring information and advice that is easily understood to a broad range (by both age and financial savvy) to listeners from different walks of life. In the second show, Marnie interviewed various local entrepreneurs to elicit their secrets for success and to inspire other would-be entrepreneurs “to get their ideas in motion”.
She’s also a frequent columnist in local newspapers and magazines, offering fresh, down-to-earth advice that often specifically addresses women home buyers at various stages of life.
In 2008, Marnie was named Ottawa’s Businesswoman of the Year.
In 2010 Marnie was named #1 Realtor Worldwide with Keller Williams Realty International distinguishing herself among 93,000 other sales representatives.
In February 2012, Marnie and her family opened a boutique real estate brokerage in downtown Ottawa - just steps away from Parliament Hill – The Bennett Property Shop.
The Bennett Property Shop is a unique real estate firm that provides their clients with “white glove 5-Star service” and meticulous attention to detail.
For further information, photographs or to set up an interview with Marnie Bennett, please contact:Jo-Anne Suitor
The second annual Ottawa Condo Show:
Putting buyers on the fast track
Ottawa, ON – May 29th 2013 – On Tuesday, June 18, the second annual Ottawa Condo Show will give potential buyers the rare opportunity to get an up-close look at a wide array of condo projects in the Ottawa region. From downtown high-rises to townhomes in Orleans, from entry-level bachelor pads to luxury penthouses, they’ll all be well-represented at the now annual event at 190 Lisgar Street, hosted by Bennett Property Shop Realty.
Attendance is expected to top that of last year’s inaugural show, which surpassed the 300 mark. For four hours, from late afternoon into the summery evening, builders from across the Greater Ottawa Area will be taking Bennett Property Shop up on the invitation to set up comprehensive displays and talk to the public about their brand-new offerings. Members of the Bennett team will oversee a booth dedicated specifically to resale condos.
Swift thinking saves legwork
Brought into fruition by the imaginative boutique realty and marketing firm, the idea for a condo show germinated during conversations among the sales and marketing teams. “We’d often talk about the demands placed on buyers to traipse all over the place, from sales centre to sales centre,” says Marnie Bennett a broker and the firm’s founder and head marketer. “If you’re not sure what exactly you’re looking for, shoppers’ fatigue sets in pretty quickly.
“We thought, if we could just get all those sales centres in one central location for one day, people would be able to comparison shop much more easily; then they could zero in on the one or two projects that really pique their interest.”
The fledgling show was an unmitigated success, with standing-room only at some of the educational workshops hosted on site. To judge from public reaction, buyers appreciated both the convenience of comparing projects nose-to-nose, and the exposure to projects they might have missed otherwise. “We had quite a few people expressing relief that we’d helped them put the condo shopping process on fast-forward,” says Bennett. “That was really gratifying.”
Condo Show gaining momentum to keep pace with industry
According to figures released by CMHC, April’s 301 apartment unit starts (comprised of both condos and rental apartments) have nearly doubled over last year’s count. The condo boom is reflected in this year’s Condo Show line-up: more builders are taking part this time around, with more projects represented. These will include condos in both pre-registration and pre-construction phases, as well as those offering immediate occupancy.
Bobsleigh champ sliding in to greet attendees
Four-time World Cup medaller Cody Sorensen will be on hand to meet the public, demonstrate his bobsleigh and talk about his Olympic aspirations. Team members at Bennett Property Shop Realty are proud to be Cody’s official sponsor, and they hope his presence at the show will encourage others to consider sponsoring Olympic hopefuls.
“Young athletes like Cody are tomorrow’s national heroes,” says Bennett. “But training is costly, while the financial compensation is peanuts. Our team believes in dreaming big—and it doesn’t get much bigger than Olympic gold.”
Gold medal savings
If eliminating the legwork isn’t enough of an incentive to attend, many Condo Show builders are offering exclusive savings – up to $10,000 in some cases – during the event. “We feel pretty confident that no one’s going to leave thinking that [the show] wasn’t worth their while,” says Bennett.
As they did last year, the Bennett team is hosting a series of workshops throughout the event, on topics ranging from financing to interior design. Pre-registration is encouraged, as tickets are limited.
It’s all happening at 190 Lisgar Street on Tuesday, June 18. Pre-registration and VIP passes are available for a limited time through the Bennett Property Shop web site at www.ottawacondoshow.com.
The new revolution in home selling and buying:
Introducing the new Home Service Warranty program
Ottawa, ON - March 18th 2013 - As different as one home buyer is from the next, there’s one thing that they invariably have in common: the experience isn’t easy on their nerves. A home is the single biggest purchase most Canadians – nearly 70 per cent, according to Statistics Canada – make in their lifetimes, and they want to get it right.
At the same time, the stress of waiting for the right offer can take its toll on sellers. While both parties in the transaction are generally eager to start the next chapter of their lives, uncertainty on both sides can make the journey less joyful than it should be.
That’s why Bennett Property Shop Realty is launching its complimentary Home Service Warranty program. After much research, discussion and thought, the Bennett team is convinced that it’s the best way to serve their clients.
“Buyers are spending hundreds of thousands of dollars over the long term,” says Marnie Bennett, Marketing Director and broker of the firm. “They’ve got their pocketbooks – and their hearts – on the line. It’s only natural that they’re going to have concerns, no matter how much they love a property. They’re wondering, ‘What if something goes wrong? What if the furnace conks out?’”
Today’s consumers have easy access to home inspections, and that means that buyers are much more likely to have a heads-up in terms of what may need replacing. But even an excellent home inspector can’t see through walls or tell the future. And, while mortgage experts recommend that home buyers have a contingency fund, a 2012 CIBC study shows that 40% of Canadian mortgage holders have no emergency savings. For this group in particular, even a malfunctioning dishwasher can deliver a blow.
For the team at Bennett Property Shop, it seemed natural to help their clients avoid these kinds of anxieties. “It’s in our interest to build great relationships with our clients,” says Marnie Bennett. “If something goes wrong with your home after you’ve taken possession, that matters to us. And if there’s something we can do to prevent added stress, we should take that step.”
While home service warranties offered by various banks and insurance companies are available to consumers, they have yet to gain a strong foothold in the Canadian market. This stands in contrast to warranty programs for newhomes and condos (such as Ontario’s Tarion program), which are mandatory in most of the country.
As Bennett points out, a buyer’s financial and emotional investment are the same whether a home is new or resale. From a common-sense perspective, it would seem that both new and resale buyers should be granted the same peace of mind. According to a poll by Gallup, eight out of ten buyers would prefer to purchase a warranted home; perhaps, Bennett suggests, it’s just a matter of time before home service warranties are considered a practical necessity.
While the coverage provided by Bennett Property Shop doesn’t apply to every component of a newly purchased home, it is surprisingly extensive: appliances, water pipes, roofs, furnaces, water heaters and air conditioners are all under warranty. Bennett explains, “If your air conditioner blows in the middle of a hot spell, you only pay up to a $50 deductible for the repair, and you’re good to go.”
It’s clear that Bennett Property Shop’s new program will benefit the buyer, but it seems that sellers also have something to gain. According to BusinessWeek magazine, homes with a warranty attract a higher selling price - between 2.2 and 3 per cent higher, on average. To put that in concrete terms: 3 per cent on a $300,000 home is $9,000 extra profit for the seller.
Statistics also suggest that homes with warranties sell up to 50 per cent faster than homes without. Considering that most of the stress associated with selling a house comes from waiting – usually impatiently – for the right offer, a speedier sale is a significant perk.
“I’m really excited about this new initiative,” says Marnie Bennett. “I know it will help our sellers, and I know it will help buyers, financially and emotionally. Instead of worrying about what might go wrong, our clients will be able to take that energy and direct it towards making a beautiful future.”