“Working with Nick was great! As first time home buyers we were unsure of what we were getting ourselves into, but with his help, we enjoyed the whole process. There was never any pressure and Nick always made him self available for us. He went above and beyond our expectations and without him, we wouldn’t have gotten the house we wanted!”
Adrienne & Dave G.
We met Nick several years ago now and he has driven all over Ottawa and the National Capital region, West Carleton and Renfrew County to humour our every whim in the ongoing search for “our perfect place”. Every time we met with him, he came prepared with additional data about the property that wasn’t available on the listing so that we had greater insights about the home and surrounding area. He asked lots of questions so that he got to know us as individuals and what our aspirations were for our next home. Recently, we made the decision to sell our townhome and of course, he was the first person that came to mind. Nick is extremely organized and ensures that you’re equipped with the most current market information you need including comparables and a recent sales history of homes in your neighbourhood. He puts the interests of his clients front and centre and will provide advice, but lets you make the choices that are right for you. Buying and selling a home is a major undertaking and he knows the importance of being responsive and available to answer questions during “off hours”. If you’re looking for an accommodating, professional and fun agent to work with, I encourage you to reach out to Nick. He makes things happen!
Erin and Carlos
“I met Nicolas at a busy Open House I was attending and from the brief conversation we had, I felt Nick was very genuine and caring. When it came time for me to seriously search for a new home, I reached out to Nick. Obviously not expecting him to remember who I was exactly since I am sure he met A LOT of people that day, but Nick responded almost immediately and not only did he remember me, but he remembered meeting my dad, who was with me at the open house, and even remembered my daughter’s name! Nick is attentive, thoughtful and positive. But most of all, he is honest. And that, to me, was the most important factor in knowing that I had found the right realtor for us. Being newly separated and a single mom, I needed to feel like I had someone on my side. Someone to look out for us, and who cared and genuinely understood the hardships I was facing in this crazy seller’s market. Nick was every bit of that and more! Never once did I feel rushed. He always made time and even though I had to put the house hunting on hold for a short while, he was checking in on me and my daughter and always showed that he cared. Nick has proven that there are REAL, caring realtors out there that truly enjoy what they do for other people, and he has restored my fate in this industry that can be so cutthroat and deceptive in the public’s eye. Nick has NEVER once made me feel like I was a number or a transaction for the purpose of filling his own pocket. To the contrary! He went above and beyond for us, and I will always be so grateful to him. We ended up winning a bidding war that got me my new condo. Without his experience and recommendations, in this market!? I could never have done it without him! Because of Nick, I can now start over and make a beautiful home for my daughter. I will be recommending Nick to everyone looking to buy or sell with the best “REAL”tor 😉 Merci mille fois Nicolas!!!”
Isabelle C. & Magalie C.
“If you are seeking a true professional in the real estate industry, Nick is the best! When I moved to Ottawa to start a new job, I needed to quickly find a place to live. Nick was extremely genuine, supportive and trustworthy. He helped guide me toward some neighborhoods and listings that would suit my situation. With such a strong seller’s market, I was concerned but he always made sure I had up to date information so that I could quickly adjust to changing circumstances. When the time came to make an offer, he developed a strategy with me. He was always available and took the time to check in with me to answer questions and/or resolve any issues, even while on vacation! There were times when I didn’t think I was going to be successful but Nick encouraged me to have faith. His optimism is infectious! Nick, always had my best interests at heart and treated me and my dog like family. His honesty and integrity are hard to come by and for me, it made all the difference in the world. I strongly recommend Nick to anyone!”
Gina F. & Charlie the pup
“Nicolas is an amazing Realtor! He is knowledgeable about the market, listens to your concerns and definitely goes the extra mile. He constantly kept us up to date on the status of things and was available 24/7 if we had any questions or concerns. He exceeded all of our expectations. I recommend Nicolas to anyone looking to buy or sell their home.”
“As first time home buyers in today’s crazy market, I thought the process of buying a home would be extremely difficult. Nick made sure that that wasn’t the case, and always made sure that we were fully informed every step of the way. He is a genuine, caring guy who always looks out for your best interests. The house we fell in love with had multiple offers and he stepped up to make sure that ours was the most appealing. He always made us feel like we were his top priority and always stayed true to his word. We are so thankful for Nick!”
Sara N. & Dave D.
“Nick sold a home three doors from my residence in Barrhaven late February. I took a chance, gave him a call, he returned my call promptly and arranged to meet. First thing that struck me about Nick, he didn’t go into the sale pitch; rather asked about me, my situation and how he can best help me moving forward. I knew from that initial contact, he was the right fit for me. That was end of February. Great, let’s sell. Nope – we’ll wait till mid-March when Spring starts, weather outside cooperates and buyers start looking. I thought great, hit the market when everyone else is competing for the buyer market. But he knows what he’s doing. How best to describe Nick? Simple, genuine, friendly, caring (you see it in his eyes and face when listening to your circumstances), a thorough professional who simply offered his services. He is someone that anyone can develop a friendship with in moments. A seasoned listener. He treated me as family. In my case, selling my home was related to separation, one I didn’t initiate. Never easy, nor pleasant for the parties involved. Nick saw to include my ex girlfriend, made the point to praise her tastes in furniture, décor, offered the services of a stager to provide ideas to prepare the home, making her feel part of the process. On day of pics and video, he arrived early, toured the house, paying attention to every detail, complemented the work and preparations done, even emailed my ex girlfriend which was a nice touch. Only a caring person would do that. March 15, the home hits MLS at noon. We’ve implemented the recommendations provided making the point he didn’t want us spending money for nothing and I left Nick to work his magic with the photographer. Everyone who saw the photos, 3D video and home layout were impressed immediately WWW.47PEPPERRALL.CA . Nothing but positive comments on a job well done for the internet site. Not my first home sale or purchased, but certainly the best pics, video and approach to advertising I’ve ever experienced. He knew when to put house active on MLS, all he asked, keep it picture ready for showings and it will sell itself. Viewings start same day and the next day, more viewing requests. Sunday’s open house was a zoo (poor guy) with at least 50 people going through the house. He was tired at day’s end. Still smiling, upbeat and confident. Monday still more visits, 4 one after the other in the afternoon and I’m supposed to review offers that evening as per his plan. I’m thinking not going to happen that fast, it just hit the market. It’s almost time to go to his office and still no word. Then, the text “come down now, offer coming in”. Off I go to meet him. I get to his office, he’s smiling, says “you’ll be happy” but offers nothing more. “I’m waiting for another offer coming in soon” he tells me. He’s in and out of the office, making calls, doing what he does best. Asks me to be patient, I could tell he’s relishing the back and forth with Realtors. Tells me about how he met Magnus Ver Magnuson (I enjoy strong men competitions from TV so I knew who he was). What a story. What a father I’m thinking to myself as he glows telling me the story behind that picture in his office. I’m also telling myself, we’re talking as if we’ve known each other for a lifetime. He truly was my best fit as a Realtor. Finally, the final offers are in, time to present them to me. He’s smiling, high fiving. His plan, strategy that he had in mind from day one worked like a charm. I accepted an offer well above asking. He did so because he believed and respected my attitude during this difficult period in my life and wanted to ensure I was going to enjoy moving forward and a new beginning with my daughter. Nick doesn’t know me from Adam, but he “truly” treated me like a friend, family actually. I’m fortunate to have met him, to call him my Realtor, a friend and would recommend you to call him NOW. I can only speak highly of Nick to everyone who needs the best. Thank you Nick. You are a true friend.”
“Nicolas is an amazing and reliable real estate agent. Right from the first meeting he was attentive to what I wanted and provided me with so much information. When he says call anytime or if you need anything he truly means it. I messaged him on Valentine’s Day of all days knowing that he had dinner plans with his wife and instead of replying the next day or after dinner he replied within seconds of my message. I cannot say enough good things about him. He talked to my boys who weren’t very happy with the move and reassured them they’d be ok and made them smile . You will not regret choosing Nicolas Blackburn to represent you.”
“Nick’s dedication, enthusiasm and patience has no limit! We were so fortunate to have Nick in our corner. We met Nick by chance when we were trying to find a rental for our move from France to Ottawa. After a few months as tenants we decided to open a new chapter and purchase our home. Accommodating to our challenging situation (as new comers and first time home buyers), Nick gave us sincere and great advice and went out of his way (including a bidding war) to help us find the perfect home. Being optimistic yet realistic, stress-free, understanding, reliable & honest Realtor, Nick went above and beyond! His professionalism is truly an asset (as French we nicknamed him “the canadian Stéphane Plaza”!!), but Nick as a person is a gem! We look forward to remaining friends with him in the years to come.”
Marion & Martial V.
“Nick has been an outstanding representative for my wife and myself. He is an honest, truly caring and hard working representative. We were so fortunate to have Nick in our corner. The purchase of our new home was a new experience for ourselves. Nick took us by the hand and walked us through the entire process, this was so reassuring to us. He took the time to sit down with us on an ongoing basis to carefully explain and resolve any issues we were faced with. He truly went up and beyond the call of duty. Nick,thank you so much for being there for us when we needed reassurance. We would not have found the house of our dreams had it not been for your constant support and persistence. We strongly recommend Nick for any real estate needs. His honesty, integrity and strong support is such a breath of fresh air in this day and age.”
Denis B. & Noella E.
“I put my trust into my agent Nicolas Blackburn and it was worth it 100%. I had a very limited to find a home because my family home was put up for sale in a very short period of time. Nick helped find my home. His dedication, enthusiasm and patience has no limit. I couldn’t be in better hands thanks Nick.”
“Nick is one of the most genuine, honest, and caring people we will ever have the pleasure of meeting. As first time homebuyers, we had no clue what we were doing or where to start, but Nick guided us through every step of the way. He taught us what to look for, what different terms meant, and always happily answered our (many) questions and encouraged us to ask more. Nick was also incredibly patient with us: being eager to find our first home, we’d bombard Nick with listings, and as though it was magic, he’d have showings setup for that day or the next. Trying to find a home during a ‘Seller’s Market’ was, in all honesty, a little stressful. But Nick always remained optimistic and provided us with valuable advice and friendship, constantly reassuring us that finding our first home was just around the corner. And when our future home did pop up on our radar, Nick scheduled a showing and had our offer in and accepted before it was even listed! Nick really does go above and beyond and treats his clients like family. He made us his priority and was always a text or phone call away. We couldn’t have found our first home together without him, and will be forever grateful for his guidance and friendship. We look forward to remaining friends with him in the years to come. Without a doubt, there is no other person I’d recommend to help you find your home! Thanks Nick!!”
Katherine G. & William M.
“Nick was our Realtor for nearly 2 years, and going forward will be a friend longer still. He has been incredibly accommodating to our challenging situation (distance relationship, uncertain move time-frames based upon employment, etc.), and has endeavoured to both learn, and work around employer-related limitations. Without sacrificing an ounce of honesty, Nick was consistently optimistic, which was incredibly valuable during the prolonged process of purchasing a home. He was willing to offer frank advice when it was needed, and when he was unsure on a point he was diligent in seeking out accurate information. We would, unequivocally, recommend Nick to prospective buyers in the Ottawa’ish region. Even if we were to ignore all the “big” things he did (managing the sale/purchase – including a bidding war! – assisting with quality inspectors/lawyers, dozens of house showings, and more), the “little” things made a world of difference, from the tidbits and updates when conditions shifted, the Christmas wreath (prior to us ever purchasing anything!), and our first [terrific!] photograph of our new home being framed and delivered upon closing of the sale. Nick has been there for us, 110%, and has gone far above-and-beyond what we have come to expect from realtors. He is a credit to his profession, and a terrific person in general. If you’re thinking of either buying or selling, he is definitely someone you’ll want to consider, first and foremost!”
Steve S. & Audrey C.
“We met Nick by chance when we were trying to find a rental for our move from Toronto to Ottawa. Although we knew nothing about the city, and were likely going to be renting long term, Nick treated us like royalty driving us around, looking at tons of options and being there for us 24/7. When it was time to purchase our forever home (earlier than expected!), Nick was fantastic through the entire process. From providing detailed comparables prior to sending the offer, dealing with a complicated buying situation, and being optimistic yet realistic the entire time, we could not be happier with the service that Nick provided. We will recommend Nick to anyone looking to buy in the Ottawa area going forward.”
Carly H. & Ryan H.
“We generally don’t write reviews online but we have to write a review for Nick because of exceptionally splendid experience we had while selling our townhome with Nick. We will divide our review in 3 parts covering different facets that potential home buyers/sellers like us might be interested in. Nick as a person: Nick is one of the most genuine and hard working person I have met. He is very approachable, friendly and everything you want your real estate agent to be. He knows when to be your best friend and when to be your Realtor which I think is one quality that sets him apart from other agents in the market. He came highly recommended from a colleague of mine and I am glad to say that he is worth the recommendation and much more. He is a thorough professional who is very knowledgeable about real estate buying/selling and above all commands a very good reputation among his colleagues. This is no surprise to me considering how easy it is to talk to him. He treats you like you are the most important person in the world to him. He was/is very responsive to our calls and always messaged us to check on us frequently. He thinks about scenarios as if he is your own family member which he becomes by the time he finishes the real estate transaction. You know that this guy is in this business for the long run. He is a gem of a person. Nick as realtor: Nick comes into his own when it comes to real estate. I know this might seem very cliche but I was skeptic about real estate agents until I met Nick. He turned me into a believer. He knows Ottawa area in general and Barrhaven in specific like the back of his head which allows him to price the house at an opportune amount. This in my mind is the most important aspect and expertise that exceptional realtors like Nick employ to create a win for their clients. I must say that we were extremely fortunate to have chosen Nick. His guidance in terms of when to put the house on the market is on point. The other thing we really liked about Nick was his trust in us in setting the place up. He provided us feedback when needed or when we asked for it. This allowed us to get involved in the selling process and he made us his team in a way. He showcased real wizardry when it came to getting people for showings and open house. We had 20+ showings in three days before the open house !!. We even had extra showings even after the open house. This is what a seller hopes from a realtor and Nick exceeded our expectations on this aspect. All of his efforts translated to double digit offers on our property which blew our mind away. All along the way he was there to help us guide through the process. He looked at our best interest and told us which offer we should accept and why. In the end, we accepted an offer that had no conditions on sale and had the best possible price that again was beyond our wildest imaginations. Reasons for choosing Nick as realtor: After going through the whole process, we think it is simple: You want a realtor who takes the stress away from you whether buying or selling. All that we had to do was clean to house, make it presentable and be away from house during showings. That’s all that Nick asked us to do. He did not allow us to spend money on doing things that won’t matter. This speaks volumes about his ability to sell the house as is, another mark of a great realtor that he is. Bottom line: If you have read this review so far just call him already. You will not be disappointed. He has earned us as lifetime clients and we will go all out recommending him to family and friends.”
Ravneet D. & Harjot D.
Royal LePage Team Realty
1723 Carling Ave
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