Penny Harris is a successful Real Estate Broker with Coldwell Banker First Ottawa Realty Brokerage in the Ottawa/Stittsville area. Her stellar reputation is built on exceptional customer service, attention to detail, superb negotiating skills and an extensive knowledge of the Ottawa market. “Do it right or don’t do it at all” is one of Penny’s favorite expressions and is reflective of her core values.
Her introduction to real estate was more by accident than by design. When she and her husband went house shopping for their first home in 2005, she felt the support was lacking and decided to take matters into her own hands. In typical Penny fashion, she ended up doing much of the legwork herself and discovered her love for real estate – she was hooked! Shortly after, she left her job as a production underwriter, obtained her real estate license and threw herself into her new career. She’s never looked back.
Penny treats her clients the way she would like to be treated, carefully guiding them through the entire process and making it as easy and stress-free as possible. She understands that for most people, a home is the largest purchase they’ll make in their lifetime and treats it with befitting reverence. “I don’t sell properties, I sell homes” says Penny. This attitude obviously reflects in her interactions with clients because their testimonials speak of her as being ‘more than a REALTOR®’ and ‘bringing a personal touch’ to her work.
Clients also speak of Penny’s dedication and strong work ethic. She attributes this to her upbringing in the small fishing town of Grand Bank, Newfoundland. At age 14 she began working for her father, helping out with general admin duties for his small advertising cable channel. At 16, her father asked her to meet with a client and, donning her best business attire and a professional demeanor far beyond her years, she met with the client and made her first sale.
Penny is married to Craig, a computer engineer, and is mother to two active kids – Paige and Nathan. She embraces her role as chauffeur and hockey/soccer/gymnastics/Brownie/Beavers mom but saves an evening a week during the summer for one of her favorite sports. She’s captain of the ‘Chicks with Sticks’ Dragon Boat team and describes her time on the water as “pure joy,” no doubt a throwback to her Newfoundland roots.
She also believes strongly in giving back to the community and has been involved in fundraising and volunteer activities for various foundations. Several times a month during the school year, she serves up hot lunches at her children’s school.
Buying a Home?
Your satisfaction is Penny’s top priority. She takes the time to listen and understand what her clients need so she can focus on best-fit properties and facilitate the search for your dream home.
Selling a Home?
With her knack for showcasing homes, strong negotiation skills and the marketing tools she has at her disposal, Penny will get your house sold quickly and for top dollar.