AskElliott – Mark Knows Niagara!
Mark was born and raised in St. Catharines, and graduated from Governor Simcoe Secondary School in the City’s north end. He went on to study visual arts at York University, where Mark graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree with specialized honours as a studio major, in the visual arts. Mark continues to work as a visual artist to this day and lives and works from his studio in downtown St. Catharines. Mark began his business career in Toronto as a Gallery Assistant at BAU-XI Gallery and later, at U-Frame-It Ltd. in Toronto, where he designed and constructed franchise stores across Canada and managed the company’s flagship picture framing shop and art gallery in Yorkville.
Mark Returned to St. Catharines in 1980. As a business person for over thirty years in the city, Mark is well known for his award winning home décor store, Elliott & Company House and Garden, which was named Overall Canadian Retailer of the Year in 2005 by the Canadian Gift and Tableware Association. The award highlighted the excellence in customer service, commitment to community, and innovation in retail, that Elliott & Company was renown for.
Mark became involved in municipal politics in 2006, and represented St. Patrick’s Ward in central and west central St. Catharines, as a City Councillor, until 2018. Considered one of the principal architects of St. Catharines downtown revitalization, Mark led in the creation and implementation of the Creative Cluster Master Plan to rejuvenate the City's urban core and led the design, development and construction of the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre, the largest infrastructure project in the history of the city. He is an advocate for new urbanism and has been the champion of urban forestry, active transportation, accessibility and arts and culture. In 2019, Mark was awarded the Making A Difference Award, at the St. Catharines Arts Awards, held by the City of St. Catharines, for his commitment to and advocacy for the St. Catharines Arts and Cultural Communities. Mark has sat on over 36 local committees, boards, task forces and commissions within our community!
As a full-time Realtor, Mark is knowledgeable in the history and dynamics of our community and its neighborhoods and has a great understanding of provincial and municipal planning, zoning and by-laws. He was named as one of the Top 10 Realtors in St. Catharines, in the St. Catharines Standard’s Reader’s Choice Awards, in 2019 and 2020. An excellent communicator, his work ethic is te design, development and construction of the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre, the largest infrastructure project in the history of the city. He is an advocate for new urbanism and has been the champion of urban forestry, active transportation, accessibility and arts and culture. In 2019, Mark was awarded the Making A Difference Award, at the St. Catharines Arts Awards, held by the City of St. Catharines, for his commitment to and advocacy for the St. Catharines Arts and Cultural Communities. Mark has sat on over 36 local committees, boards, task forces and commissions within our community!
As a full-time Realtor, Mark is knowledgeable in the history and dynamics of our community and its neighborhoods and has a great understanding of provincial and municipal planning, zoning and by-laws. He was named as one of the Top 10 Realtors in St. Catharines, in the St. Catharines Standard’s Reader’s Choice Awards, in 2019 and 2020. An excellent communicator, his work ethic is tempered with honesty and integrity and he is fully committed to the interests of his clients. Through his years as a leading Retailer, City Councillor, and Realtor, Mark has developed a large base of relationships within the community. Let Mark’s extensive connections, excellent knowledge and strategic marketing and negotiating skills work for you… whether you are buying or selling!
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"Our family had just moved to Niagara from Vancouver and were looking to buy our first home. While we were looking, we were living with family and the region went into total lockdown due to covid 19. Needless to say, the situation was stressful and we wanted to get our family settled as soon as possible.
Mark Elliott was recommended to us and he immediately put two terrified first time home buyers at ease. Mark's knowledge of Niagara neighbourhoods and the architectural styles in them, was invaluable. We were primarily looking for a 2 story century home in downtown St. Catharines or Thorold, and still being totally green at the real estate game, we were professionally guided through the whole process. Mark was able to identify any issues with the houses we looked at. This ranged from foundation stability, to up to date plumbing, to asbestos, long before a home inspection was considered, saving us valuable time and money. In addition to Mark's expertise he also provided emotional support. He seemed to have a sixth sense for when we were feeling deflated by the process and never failed to pick up the phone and reassure us of our house hunting strategy and get us back on track.
He not only helped us find a gorgeous home that was exactly what we were looking for he also humoured us when we were scoping out alternatives to our initial search requirements. His patience and professionalism transformed a desperate situation into a truly enjoyable one. If you’re looking for a realtor in the Niagara Region look no further than Mark Elliott.”
B. and C. Walls - 2020
“It was a pleasure working with you regarding the sale of my Condo last June - from listing to closing. Friendly without compromising dedication to professionalism. Through this you became a trusted friend whom I unreservedly recommend.”
B. Napaul - 2016
“I just wanted to let you know how stress free our experience was selling our home with Mark Elliott. We were so apprehensive about listing our home. We had a horrible experience leading up to listing the home. Losing our Father, 2 1/2 years going through probate, trying to keep up with the house...all was incredibly overwhelming. We chose Mark on a whim because we saw his name on Beamer Ave. I met with him and right away he seemed genuine and cared about what I had to say. He WANTED to help. I explained this to my husband and he thought it was too good to be true but when he met him, he felt the same "real" feeling. Mark went way above what we have heard any realtor doing... Our time line schedule was nicely laid out and easy for me to follow, which created a low stress process. And all Mark's hard work paid off...4 days and $6,000 over asking price. Signed, sealed and delivered!!!! He delivered key and probate papers to the lawyer himself. Couldn't ask for anything more. I will definitely recommend Mark to anybody looking to buy or sell a house. And he will be the first one I call when selling the other house!!! I couldn't thank him enough for making this a smooth process in a difficult situation for us.”
N. Larmet-Stevens - 2017
“You've probably heard hundreds of times how difficult it is to move to a new city and downsize. Since our move May 12, we have had lots of challenges. We look back and realize the the only smooth and truly enjoyable part of this process was at the beginning - looking for our new home. Our Realtor, Mark Elliott, was the perfect fit for us. He had from the beginning, a level hand on our needs and desires, a listening and attentive ear, a smile and sound advice. We feel that Mark went an extra mile in nailing the condo which we finally chose. Mark's support and work on our behalf, from the beginning through to moving day, will always be appreciated.”
S. and G. Sinnicks - 2017
“If you are looking for a real estate agent in the Niagara region who knows the area like the back of his hand (he grew up here), who is dedicated to making St. Catharines a great place to live (he is a city councillor), and most of all will work harder for you than any agent I've ever met, Mark Elliott is your guy. I cannot say enough about Mark's professionalism, dedication, affability, knowledge of the market and integrity. He started off as a real estate agent, and in the process of finding us the right house, became a friend.”
D. Sawyer - 2017
“We can’t wait to move in! Your support in this process was amazing Mark! Love your collaborative approach to working with clients and other realtors. To those thinking of buying or selling, we highly recommend Mark if you are looking for an honest, open, hard working realtor who is looking out for your needs!”
P. Turnbull - 2018
“I want to thank you for the work you did to get my uncle’s Niagara Street property sold, my family and I really appreciated it. We felt you understood the property and saw its possibilities and that is what made the difference. I’m sure the new owners will love the place like my uncle did. All the best in the New Year!”
M. Vann - 2018
"When my mother passed earlier this year, I was tasked with selling the family home in North St. Catharines. I invited three real estate agents, each of whom had been recommended to me, to review the property and provide a recommendation for required upgrades and selling price. Of the three agents, Mark Elliott of McGarr Realty provided the most in-depth analysis of market conditions and selling prices in the area. Mark’s suggested listing price was $20,000 higher than one agent and $45,000 higher than the third agent. We signed with Mark and adjusted the listing price upward by a further $30,000 to reflect the strengthening of market conditions in the area. The house sold in two weeks and Mark further helped us stickhandle through the negotiations with the buyer who was somewhat difficult. Mark was extremely professional throughout the entire process and I felt that he was 100% focused on getting us the best price for our property."
H. Whitcomb - 2019
"I am writing to provide a glowing review of Mark Elliott's outstanding service as our Realtor. By way of background, my husband and I are located in the Northwest Territories and we were looking to purchase our retirement home in Niagara-on-the Lake. This has now been completed thanks in large part to Mark's willingness to go above-and-beyond for us. We essentially bought our house sight unseen due to our remote location. I was very comfortable in doing so because Mark was always able to provide quick answers to my myriad of questions. He even did the final walk-through for us in our absence as we were so comfortable with his judgement and professionalism. Mark has been the epitome of a professional in all of his dealings with us and I would highly recommend him.”
D. & M. Mageean - 2019
"Mark Elliott is a stellar Realtor. As a client, I felt his representation could not have been better. Not only does he have the expertise needed to handle a sale, he also has the ethical stance so important in an agent. He responded quickly to emails and completely to questions. He worked hard, putting in the time to provide a thorough, detailed, and attractive listing. His communication with me was clear and immediate at every stage of our business together and I had every confidence that Mark was looking out for my interests at all times. Both professional and compassionate, he is a person I would recommend without reservation."
A. McKay - 2019
"When we decided to sell our house, we interviewed a few real estate agents. Mark stood out from the very first meeting. He presented us with a business plan and explained how the process would work in detail. He did an exceptional job in promoting our home, using many different types of media. When offers were presented, he led us through multiple rounds of negotiation to get to a price we were comfortable with. After selling, Mark sent us numerous properties to consider, until we found the right one. His knowledge and expertise of the area helped us find our new home. Selling and buying a home can be a stressful situation; Mark made it smooth and effortless. We’ve recommended Mark Elliott to everyone we know. He's a true professional and a genuinely nice person. We think you'd be hard pressed to find a better Realtor."
C. & D. Prudhomme - 2019
"Mark is an attentive, responsive and understanding realtor. During the stressful times of both selling and purchasing a home for my parents, Mark's professionalism and expertise in the market was invaluable. At the height of the Covid-19 crisis and with little choice in having to sell a property, Mark helped us, followed protocol and got the job done safely. Negotiating and finalizing the details was handled smoothly and with intention based on our needs and wishes. I am grateful for his help in navigating this process and would wholeheartedly recommend him. Many, many thanks."
L. Sinnicks Adamopoulos - 2020
"Professional. Prompt. Pleasant. Personable. Mark is all these things and more!
We have had the pleasure of working with Mark to sell a property and in the search for something new. When you call, he calls back. When you email, he replies quickly. We would absolutely recommend him to anyone needing a real estate agent.
Thank you Mark for all you do!"
J. & L. Peets - 2020