My favourite vacation is…
To answer this question, I'd have to say all of them. If anybody asked me, I would tell them my two favourite things in life other than spending time with family and friends, are food and vacations/new experiences; but usually they go hand in hand, so I guess I have four favourite things! Perhaps it's because I don't take many vacations, so when I do, I take as much out of them as I can!
One day I’d like to…
Take the ultimate Canadian and American road trips as determined by algorithms. Combined, driving about six hours per day, the road trips would take four months or so, but I would gladly stretch that out! The road trips make a point of hitting every province, territory and state that are accessible by road. A few destinations on my bucket list include Lake Louise in Alberta, anywhere in the Yukon, Peggy's Cove in Nova Scotia, the French Quarter of New Orleans, Glacier National Park in Montana and of course, the Grand Canyon in Arizona.
A fun fact about me is…
I will try just about anything once, and if I don't enjoy it, I'm likely to try it one or two more times just to make sure I'm not missing out.
If I had a theme song it would be…
This is such a difficult question to answer because so many songs have influenced me over the years and music has been a sort of escapism for me throughout my life. That being said, I'll choose Drake White's "Simple Life", simply for the very obvious meaning behind the song. I really am just a fan of the simple life.
My dream home would be…
A modest house with enough space to comfortably fit a big family, resting on acres of land just on the outskirts of town. A welcoming backyard, with a large deck for entertaining, a huge fruit and vegetable garden, think my own version of a Niagara-on-the-Lake orchard, and a hockey rink. Include a big circular driveway so I can accommodate my family and friends, and a large garage so I don't have to clear snow off my car in the winter and I'm a happy girl!
The accomplishment I’m most proud of is…
A little out of the box, but I'm most proud of the personal and emotional growth and self-realizations I've made over the years. I've learned to not dwell on the past or fret the little things and to consider every point of view before making judgments. Nobody is perfect, but everybody has good in them, sometimes you just have to look a little deeper or spend a little more time.
Jen Bedard’s history of proven success is founded on her incredible work ethic, local knowledge, and the exemplary level of customer service and dedication she provides each of her clients. Jen's motto, "Selling with Integrity" and her slogan, "I sell homes, not gimmicks" are what set her apart from the bunch. You can always count on Jen to work with your best interest in mind and to provide you with honest, thoughtful and thorough service every step of the way. Jen loves being a part of the team at McGarr Realty and began her career there as a personal assistant to an all-star real estate sales team. It was in this position she honed the skills which help her thrive as a realtor today.
A well-connected Niagara local with insightful market knowledge, Jen is very active within the community. Passionate in her mission to give back, she enjoys volunteering her time to help causes dear to her heart. Every year, she organizes an annual cupcake party to fundraise for the Lincoln County Humane Society. She helps out with the NHL Benefit Tour to benefit Help a Child Smile and also donates her time to the Sickkids Foundation’s Great Cycle challenge. An avid lover of the outdoors, it is not uncommon to find her hiking, biking, skating or socializing at a local festival.
Always honest, up front, and easy to reach she also finds it rewarding to help guide her clients through the real estate process. Very detail oriented, her overall approach is extremely thorough to ensure a smooth transaction. She understands that buying or selling a home can often feel overwhelming, and it is important to have an expert with you every step of the way.
When marketing a home, Jen utilizes the widespread reach of social media in combination with her local network, the latest technology, as well as print media to provide the best possible exposure. For those looking to move, she is adept in matching home buyers with the perfect property. She is familiar with the intricacies of unconventional transactions and able to handle difficult negotiations with tact. If you are seeking someone with experience, dedicated to strive for the highest standard, Jen is the right choice for you.
"What can we say about Jen that will allow one to see how pleased both Fred and myself are with the excellent service that she provided to us! So many things in fact!
We met Jen several months prior to our finally finding the house that we were looking for. Make no mistake, Jen’s work was cut out for her! We had a very long list of boxes that we wanted/needed to be checked off if we were going to be able to consider a house. When we met Jen at an open house, we had not yet put our long time family home on the market in Hamilton. We were in the midst of preparing it for sale … heart wrenching for me, but we were about to retire and needed to downsize.
So Jen spent an initial first day with us, introducing us to the Niagara region in several areas as we were not certain exactly where in the region we wanted to eventually live. Over the next few months, while we prepared and put our house on the market, she took us to view homes between Lake Ontario and Lake Erie and everywhere in between. I personally had an inground pool on my wish list. I really didn’t feel that we would be able to find a home that would fit all our demands AND a pool … but Jen never gave up on my little dream … she of course advised us to look at all possibilities with or without the pool, which we appreciated as anyone who has purchased a home knows that one must be flexible and consider all options and be open minded yet firm in your expectations.
Jen was ever so patient with our search. As it turned out, our house in Hamilton due to its uniqueness took quite a while to sell, and in that time period Fred and I changed our search criteria a few times in terms of area. One would think that would test Jen’s patience ... but no! She took it in her stride and kept the search going. At that point we were feeling very appreciative of the time she had thus far spent with us. We do believe truly that she had gone above and beyond the call of duty when it came to her time that she so graciously gave us. We are very aware that we are probably her longest searching clients!
In the end, we are SO very pleased with the house we finally found! It checks off ALL the boxes! (My husband is now going to be my new pool boy!)
There are no words that would suffice to thank Jen for all the time and hard work she put into our house search. Moving from one city to another that you are not familiar with is rather overwhelming and you worry about whether you are making the right decision. But Jen’s extensive knowledge of the Niagara region and always keeping our needs and desires in mind really culminated in our purchasing this new home for us. It is the perfect place for us to be as we move into this new chapter of our lives.
Thank you so very much Jen for being there for us! It has been quite an experience and we are thankful you were the one to lead us through. Should any prospective clients happen to read this endorsement, we want to voice that they would find in you a very hard working realtor who keeps her clients’ needs and desires topmost in her endeavors to achieve whatever goals they have in mind. We can say with absolute certainty that whether they are selling or buying, you are most worthy of their consideration."
- Lisa and Fred Bridgeman
"Jen was fearless at any challenge that came her way when selling and buying our property! We had the pleasure of working with Jen for not only the Sale of our Property but in the purchase of our new property as well. She is a true professional that takes her passion for real estate very seriously. She is honest, dependable and 100% authentic. I have been following her career as an agent and I was confident that using her as our Real Estate agent was the right choice. Selling our first house and finding our “forever home” was an emotional experience for us, filled with highs and lows, but when it came down to the hard work, Jen got it done and SOLD! She negotiated to get us our dream home and knew exactly how to make it happen. We are very grateful to have Jen as our Real Estate Agent and we can’t thank her enough for making everything happen!! I HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS WONDERFUL WOMAN!!"
- Carlie Merritt
"Jen Bedard was a great fit for us trying to find our first home. She was very flexible when arranging house viewings and always available to answer our questions. She has great passion for what she does and always acted in our best interest throughout the whole home buying process." - Trudi Miller
"Amazing! So helpful, patient, knowledgeable, understanding, and compassionate but determined all at the same time! Jen knows the importance of the perfect home and understands that each family needs that "just right" home that they can call theirs. Thank you for being so helpful and patient! We love our home and couldn't have done it without your expertise. I highly recommend Jen Bedard to everyone." - Ashely Drysdale
"She is a determined, reliable, authentic person who genuinely cares about her clients. She is so personable and an attentive listener, just an overall delight! Family is very important to her so she will work her hardest to find the right home for your family. I highly recommend her!" - Heather Carson
"Jen is great at paying attention to detail. She has a friendly and outgoing personality and her professionalism is outstanding. Thanks being there for us!" - Margaret Daley
"Jen is a pleasure to be with. She listens to what your dreams in a home are. She is a kind, caring person and very easy to talk to. I would recommend her to anyone." - Amber Miller
"Jen Bedard truly cares about people. She is committed, conscientious and diligent. She is friendly, bright and cheerful. She loves her career and it shows." - Tracey Coates
"Jen is hard working, driven and a go getter. She's caring and compassionate and a great listener, she'll work with you to find what you're looking for. She see's details that we don't know to look for. I 100% trust Jen to take me though the house hunting process! Thank you for everything you did for me! It'll never be forgotten!" - Sarah Banks
"This is a woman who works hard while maintaining her integrity and upholding the importance of strong family values. She is trustworthy and tenacious. Her humour and sunny disposition is just the icing on the cake." - Jocelynne Deville
"There is no pressure with Jen, she is friendly and interested in helping you find the right house. She provides you with information/tips to sell your house and provides a free home evaluation. Trust Jen with your home - buy or sell, you'll be happy with the results." - Tricia Clausen
"Jennifer is relentless! She won't stop until you have found exactly what you're looking for (with her help of course). Jen drove us around in her little orange Chevy to about 50, or maybe 60 houses, until we settled on one we really liked and within our (limited) budget. On our fourth outing with Jen, I actually wondered if she will continue helping us, got a little embarrassed and gave her my really sad pouty look and said "we need to see more". Jen accommodated us for several more outings. At our home of choice, Jen negotiated the price for us, and got the deal exactly right. We asked for additional discounts - and she got that too. Not bad! Jen is quite knowledgeable in her field, and guided us through all the steps with a top notch level of professionalism. She is very easy to get along with. Her sense of humour was a good foil to my dry off the cuff style. Jen is good at what she does and I would recommend any real estate business without hesitation." - Salim Essop and Fahmida Ebrahim
"Jen exceeded my expectations. Lots of patience, and picks up on what you're looking for quickly. She found me a move-in ready home within a few weeks of meeting and I couldn't be happier. She also helped accommodate a quicker than average closing date given my upcoming vacation plans. Thanks Jen!" - Andrew Wroblewski
"Thank you Jen for your professionalism and patience to have our parents' home sold for a satisfying price. It was not an easy situation, but you never flinched and were always available when we needed to speak with you. You always had the best interests of our parents in mind. Thank you." - Gisela Gingras
"Thanks for the great job you did in selling my house. I chose you to list my house with you because of the market report you mailed to people which I thought showed real initiative. You exceeded my expectations in every way and you sold my house very quickly at a fair price. I would recommend you to anyone who wants a good real estate agent. I sincerely thank you for what you did for me."
- Ian Cooper
"What a wonderful experience dealing with Jen Bedard! She was perfectly on point for us. Selling our home, from the unbelievable write-up for the feature sheets, to perfect pricing to make our home sell fast for over asking! I highly recommend her for the sale of ANY property. We will definitely be using her again if we move!" - Ian and Jackie Anderson
"Working with Jen was such a pleasure! We had very specific search parameters for what we were looking for, and Jen was always attentive and aware of our needs, only focusing on what would ultimately work for us. When we felt like we wouldn’t find what we needed, her patience was unparalleled. She had every confidence that we would find what we needed and we did! Thank you, Jen, for understanding us and working with us so patiently. We will definitely be using you in the future and referring our family and friends!" - Stefanie Mockridge
"I wish to thank Jen for her wonderful service in selling our Family Home in just three weeks. It was great working with her, she made it easy, with no stress whatsoever." - Kim Gerbrandt
"Jen Bedard did an amazing job selling my house. She sold it in about 3 weeks. Jen also helped me find a place. I would highly recommend her if you are planning on buying or selling a house." - Mark Copsey
"Jen is a real estate superstar! My fiancé and I were referred to Jen by our mortgage broker Carey Benvenuti and it’s been such a pleasure working with her! Jen was truly invested in finding us our family home. Jen listened to what we wanted and was patient with us as we viewed a bunch of houses until we found the perfect one. The whole process was overwhelming as we were first time homebuyers, but Jen put us at ease by guiding us through all of the steps and teaching us about the housing market. She’s always a quick message away to help whenever we need. Her fun personality and professionalism is something that will stick with us for years as we are very appreciative of her services and highly recommend her to anyone looking to buy or sell a house!" - Meghan Meechan
"My parents just recently used Jen to sell their house. I recommended her and they were not disappointed at all. She was very accommodating and knowledgable on the real estate market. Not only was the house sold quick, but she gave suggestions throughout the process so that it wasn't confusing. By the end of the sale, she will feel like a longtime friend because of her down to earth personality and honesty. I definitely would not hesitate to recommend her again and use her services in the future." - Hayley Gaudet
"Thank you Jen for a great and easy sale of our house. We were very comfortable with you driving the bus on this. All Jen's recommendations and advice helped make this sale smooth and simple for us. Jen is very helpful and professional, always a text or call away. Very impressed with all shes the work does that goes into the sale of a house. Will definitely recommend to everyone!" - Bridget Rapchuk
"On a very cold day this past January, my husband and I found ourselves at McGarr Realty and introduced to Jen. We live outside the province but have been searching for a place to retire. Jen generously gave of her time to speak with us; determine what we were looking for and even set up a viewing of one the houses we were interested in. She continued to go above and beyond the call of duty as she had to become our eyes and feet to search for our dream retirement home (we do not live close to St. Catharines). A few months later, we found it! Thanks, Jen." - Christine Prendergast