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TEAM LEADER – CEO / REALTOR®
My family likes to say, “We MacDonald’s have sawdust in our veins.” My great-grandfather helped rebuild the parliament buildings, my grandfather helped build the Bank of Canada, and my father worked on the CN Tower.
I knew from the moment I first visited one of my dad’s job sites as a child that I would follow in the MacDonald’s steel toe footsteps. Seeing the creation of important Ottawa landmarks, like the Rideau Centre and the Nortel Campus, sparked my lifelong passion for construction and real estate in general.
My name is Jason MacDonald, and as predicted by my family, I started my career as a builder. Fast forward many years, I am now a husband, a father, a real estate agent, and the owner of one of Canada’s Top 1% real estate teams/groups. My real estate business has been going strong for over 14 years. The sawdust is still in my veins, but I focus my skills and knowledge on smart real estate moves for good people in the Ottawa area.
Like many people, my career path was not a straight one. There have been many curves in the road that include a construction business, employment with high tech firms as a systems engineer and a Director’s position with Export Development Canada. But then I met real estate!
As a real estate agent, I feel gratitude every single day. I get to meet people and hear their stories. I work with them to find their dream home or help them make that sale that propels them to the next adventure. I’m in the business of making people happy!! And I do all that with the help of my incredible team of professionals at the MacDonald Property Group. Oh, and that team includes my lovely wife, Renee our esteemed Director of Marketing.
Family and community are at the core of most real estate transactions. My family is incredibly blessed to live in the welcoming and inclusive community of Barrhaven, where our two beautiful daughters can run down the street to go to school and feel safe. That’s why I give back every chance I get. I have been the Chair of the Barrhaven Business Improvement Area (BBIA) since 2013, an organization that is vital in supporting Barrhaven businesses and the community. You will also see my team and I regularly at local charities, fundraising or volunteering and generally having a good time.
Everyone knows that there is more to an excellent real estate agent than awards, but I thought you would still want to see them.
- Top 1% in Canada for Royal Lepage 2011 to 2017 – Chairman Award
- Top 1% in Canada for RE/MAX 2017 to present – Diamond Award
- Named Top 100 agents in Canada, Real Estate Professional Magazine
- Ontario-Canada 150 Inspiration Award for Community Leadership (2017)
- Federal Canada 150th Anniversary Medal for Community Service (2018)
These are just a few examples of our high degree of success, but enough about me. I’d love to get to know you. How can I help you and your family make some dreams come true? If you have any questions or are ready to buy or sell, I’m here to chat.
In 1994, My wife and I moved to Ottawa from Montreal to settle and raise a family, we have been sharing our love for Ottawa with clients ever since, particularly those who are new to the region. I love the size of Ottawa and that it is bilingual (as I am). It is big enough to have the amenities of a big city, restaurants and entertainment, but small enough that people are friendly and calm. You can be in a trendy downtown area one minute, and in the walking-hiking-biking trails of the Gatineau Hills in no time. The city has something to offer everyone.
Before pursuing my passion for real estate, I was a wedding and portrait photographer. I believe my training gave me a sharp eye for visual details when I’m helping a client buy a home or investment property or to prepare a home for sale. I love pointing out all of the features of a home and how they will benefit the buyer, the things that make one home more appealing than another. Most clients can sense a “connection” to their preferred home, and I like to explain to them why.
The biggest rewards of a real estate career include my client’s excitement when they find the right home for them, when I negotiate the best deal for them, but mostly when I get a referral. It’s confirmation of a job well done for clients who are so happy with my service that they can’t wait to have me to help their friends in the same way.
I have been involved in the sale of residential real estate since 2004, including resale, new home sales as well the acquisition of investment property both personally and for investor clients. I have owned and operated a property management company which allowed me to understand the unique needs of my investor clients. I pride myself in my attention to detail. Whether you are looking to buy or sell, I will first listen and understand your needs before setting out to make sure that those needs are met.
To better serve my clients, I am constantly upgrading my skills by returning to the classroom. I have completed many courses allowing me to better serve my clients, including Principles of Property Management, Principles of Mortgage Finance, Real Property Law, Win-Win Negotiating, Buyer Representation, the Professional Real Estate Brokers course and most recently I completed the MCNE – Master Certified Negotiation Expert course. I am a member of the Ottawa Real Estate Board, the Ontario Real Estate Association, the Canadian Real Estate Association.
With a passion for service across Ottawa, I am equipped to help you with your real estate buying and selling needs. As a proud member of the MacDonald Property Group, I carry the values of hard work, integrity, and outstanding client service into everything I do. My enthusiastic, can-do attitude and personable nature is ideal for identifying each client’s desire and skillfully guiding them to fulfill their real estate goals. I understand and appreciate the many unique benefits of living in The Capital with its unmatched beauty, culture, and family friendly activities.
Whether you’re selling or buying a home, I am the kind of Realtor® who you can always depend on. I love to connect with people on a deep level and go above and beyond for my clients, to ensure success and that they get what they want. What clients will love most about me is my low-pressure approach with them, yet tenacious demeanor on their behalf and my commitment from the beginning to the end of the transaction and beyond, and lastly, my ability to not just listen but to comprehend what the client wants to accomplish.
DIRECTOR OF MARKETING
I am the boss’s wife and mother of our two beautiful girls, Willow and Aspen. I have a diploma in Interior Design from Algonquin College and have had a career in the government doing office accommodations, facilities and project management involving space planning, office furniture acquisitions, small construction projects, employee moves of hundreds of people etc. for over 11 years. I had a role in implementing new workspace solutions for Treasury Board that reduced cost and space envelope that consolidated their 11 buildings to 2 (Workspace 2.0).
My mother has had multiple sclerosis for over 40 years which influenced me to look at space differently, always seeing it with an accessibility and innovative perspective, which is why I got into design in the first place. My father is a mechanic and he was also a crane and tower crane operator based in Cornwall and has done multiple projects in surrounding areas including Ottawa such as the University of Ottawa. He built the houses that I grew up in which began the love of housing, the design and construction industry.
I took a leave of absence from my job in the government in 2016 to raise the girls, but now that the little one will be starting school in September I was so ready to get back to work this year and be with adults! I am a very social person and have always had a passion for customer service. I love meeting people and getting to learn their stories which is why I was very interested in working with Jason and his team as they affect people’s lives directly. I love being a part of a dynamic team that is based on helping people with some of the biggest decisions that they will make in their lives!
In the past, on the side, I have had multiple creative side businesses such as a sewing business, Miss Mac Creations as well as a children’s and youth entertainment company. Naturally, it has been an easy transition to be in the creative field of Social Media and Marketing. I love creating designs and coming up with creative ways to market our company that I am so proud to support. I am making the transition from the client (yep that’s right, I met Jason as my realtor), wife, mother of our children and now employee!
I have lived in Barrhaven since 2006 and have never looked back. I absolutely love this community and am so happy to be raising our family here! Since I was raised bilingual in Cornwall, our kids go to Pierre-Elliot Trudeau school where I am part of the teacher-parent association to help in any way that I can.
WHAT CLIENTS ARE SAYING
– TARA M.