Real Estate Broker of Record
Much has happened since the summer of 2002 when I became a licensed realtor. My wife and I have had 2 children, moved once (about 200 metres across Central Park West), travelled a bit and learned a considerable amount about being a self-employed realtor.
I was born in Ottawa (Grace Hospital), the product of parents from each side of the Ottawa river. We lived in in the country (close to North Gower) for my first decade, and then the west end of Ottawa for the remainder of my childhood. I attended Bell High School and then eventually graduated from Carleton University with a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Systems Engineering in the mid-90’s.
A few years at BNR (Nortel) in Ottawa before the adventure started. Connie and I moved to Istanbul, Turkey for just over a year with Netas/Nortel, and then to Friedrichshafen, Germany to work at Nortel/DASA for 3 years. Great times — we met wonderful people along the way, many of whom ended up in Ottawa around the same time as us in 2001.
In summer 2002 I started as a real estate salesperson at a large real estate brokerage located in the Glebe. I made a lot of friends there, grew a team of realtors to what would be considered a high level of success, but eventually found that it was probably not the best fit for me in the long run.
In January 2013 we started Ottawa Urban Realty Inc. A boutique real estate brokerage that was mostly based on repeat and referral clients.
I have found over the years that there is a core of people that REALLY appreciate my knowledge/experience, honesty and work ethic. Most of those people have become clients for life. They contact me for most of their real estate and mortgage questions and often refer me to family and friends. If you are one of those special people, THANK YOU, please know that I appreciate your trust and will do my best to always protect and expand it whenever possible. Your support of my business with the occasional referral of friends and family has been wonderful.
If you are reading this as a potential client, wondering what I’m all about, I’d be happy to have a frank discussion at your convenience. I’m also always happy to provide references from past clients.
You may find that I am quite different than what you expect from a realtor.
Jean Marc Bornais
Jean Marc Bornais, newest member of Ottawa Urban Realty Inc., is a 15-year residential real estate industry veteran. He is a graduate of Brock University in St. Catharines (Business & Sociology) Jean Marc Bornais exemplifies integrity, energy, and creative service in every detail of your real estate transaction. Jean Marc grew up in a military family. He quickly became accustomed to and very interested in the hunt for the perfect home with their several postings.
He started off working in IT with a local company and while doing so worked on his hobby of renovating/restoring old homes. Passionate about homes, the move into Real Estate in 2003 was a natural fit. In his free time, Jean Marc loves to be outdoors and active with his family or taking in a local venue or trying a new restaurant.
His specific areas of expertise include space utilization, project/renovation costs, and financial structuring. Jean Marc himself has personal experience with rental properties, lot severances, design and renovations.
With Jean Marc’s passion and enthusiasm for homes and renovation you are certainly in the right hands.
Marketing & Strategic Support
Connie has been mostly behind the scenes, but continually supporting and advising Dan through the many phases of his real estate career. Through over a decade at a large real estate brokerage, running a medium-sized real estate team, to the the decision to start out on our own in 2013 with Ottawa Urban Realty, Connie has been a source of wisdom, business & marketing advice and even a great help in the office and with the staging of homes.
Born in Guelph, but raised in Ottawa, Connie went through french immersion in school and graduated with a degree in Economics from Carleton University. After a few years working in the public service she moved on to complete extensive yoga and health studies.
Connie and Dan were married in June of 1999 after living abroad (Istanbul, Turkey and southern Germany) for a few years for Dan’s work at the time (BNR/Nortel). A few years later they were ensconced in the the Glebe and starting a family — Malcolm and Ella.