Success Stories

Philippe and Brigitte Cossette

Joe Salazar was professional, courteous, efficient and honest from our first meeting to closing.  He found out exactly what I was looking for and guided and advised me in my first purchase of an income property.  He was stellar in the negotiating process and got us a great deal well below asking price.  He was realistic yet tenacious in the negotiating process.  He knew when to be assertive and when to be patient.  Thanks to Joe, we are the new owners of a fourplex which is is proving to be an excellent purchase and investment!  Thanks again!  

Natalie and D’Arcy Bush

"Thank you Joe for the amazing experience we had under your leadership! Selling our home and buying a new one was such a positive and rewarding process. We were impressed from the very first encounter.

There are so many things we appreciated… for example, your warmth, genuineness, knowledge and experience, sense of humour, competitive approach, professionalism, regular housing reports, wonderful suggestions to stage the house, and excellent advice regarding pricing, to name a few.

We never felt pressured to do anything we were not willing or ready to do. You were patient and you cared… not only about us but our kids as well. You made it exciting for them and they felt part of the process and that goes a long way when you are transporting your world from one place to another.

And it didn’t stop there… after all was said and done, you followed up, checked in to see how we were doing, remembered birthdays and holidays, etc. You just have that special touch and we are so grateful for everything you have done.

I would recommend your services to anyone entertaining the idea of buying or selling a house. We had confidence in you and you delivered. A++"

Tracey Tabone & Mark Zimmer

"As first time home buyers, Joe really made the whole process extremely easy. He not only found us our first home, but also found us a great mortgage broker. He walked us through the whole process and made sure we got everything we wanted in a home for the best price. Joe is very professional and hard working, but he is also friendly and a lot of fun to be around. After we closed on the home, he also offered us assistance in decorating and gave us advice on how to improve resale value if we ever choose to move. Without hesitation, I would recommend Joe to anyone looking for a reliable realtor." 

Sabine Daniel, City of Ottawa

"I just had to write you about how thrilled I am with my recent home purchase in Navan! Joe provided top-notch service throughout the entire process, and it was a pleasure working with him to find my dream home.

The Search – Joe quickly zeroed-in on exactly what my needs were. He proved to be very knowledgeable about the market and made himself available whenever looking at potential properties despite my time schedule.

The Offer – As a previous Quebec homeowner, there are so many differences and details when buying a property in Ontario. Joe kept me informed every step of the way and managed all those details extremely smoothly. When a first-choice home came available, we were able to move swiftly to negotiate and close the deal quickly.

The Closing – He made the whole process flow smoothly in professional manner from beginning to end.

I recommend Joe without hesitation! He is efficient, sincere, sharp and very professional. These abilities set him apart from the crowd of everyday agents. You truly make Real Estate look “easy”!" 

Marilyn Bernier (CF member)

"In less than a month, I got the price I was looking for. Responsive and professional, Joe offered a service above my expectations and I would not consider going anywhere else in the future."

Josh & JoAnne Schmid, (CF member)

"A huge thank-you to Joe. We listed our home with them and sold within the week. His expert staging advice and impressive photo/ video/ advertising strategies were above and beyond anything we could have hoped for. Very responsive to our questions and helpful. He is a proved professional.

Bryan & Amber, Halifax (CF member)

Joe, first and foremost, from the bottom of our hearts, Amber and I thank you greatly for all your help. You made our experience in Ottawa not only pleasant but enjoyable and very VERY accommodating.  You relieved any stress or worry we may have had and kept us informed every step of the way.  That being said, it's more than we have ever experienced with a Realtor, as both myself and Amber have both been homeowners before.


From the day we landed Joe met us at the airport, with balloons no less, everything went according to plan and you explained everything to us in such detail that there was no way we could have possibly not known what was going to happen.

Not only did we find a place, we found "the" place and it couldn't have gone any smoother. The entire process from start to finish was one we will both remember for the rest of our lives.

Your knowledge was huge and without your expertise, we would have been in a whole different spot than we are now.  You really pulled it off and came through for the both of us, helping realize our dream! We are overjoyed to be coming to Ottawa. Amber and I speak every day not only to each other, but to everyone we know leaving the area and you

have our highest regard.  You clock in at our best experience thus far and again, cannot thank you enough! Please don't lose touch and we look to seeing you both upon our arrival

to Ottawa. Thanks again.

Mike Yates, Ottawa Carleton District School Board

I have to say thanks for everything. You were awesome. I will definitely recommend you to anyone looking to buy or sell a home. Your service, skills and expertise was amazing. I will also be looking to contact you in the fall as I will be looking to purchase again around that time.

Tony, Carol, Eric and Ryan Williamson (CF member)

Are you moving to Ottawa? Finding a house to purchase is easy... finding the right Realtor is the really hard part. My Wife and I were fortunate enough this spring to meet Mr. Joe Salazar, Sales Representative for Royal LePage Performance Realty.  As a member of the Military, and with only 7 days in Ottawa to make a significant purchase of a new home, Joe’s approach to business ensured my family and I were well looked after from the moment we arrived in the city. He took the time to get to know us personally, considered our family’s needs and wants in a new home, then tailored the selection of possible homes to suit our taste. From the moment the house hunting began, Joe was beside us all the way, offering sage advice and answering all our questions with decisive, experienced answers. Once we had selected our home, Joe and his iPhone instantly connected us to the City’s finest Mortgage Specialists, Home Inspectors and Lawyers; in effect taking all of the worry out of the home buying process. With Joe’s help, my family and I have purchased our dream home in Ottawa. Carol and I strongly recommend to anyone moving into the Ottawa area to give Mr. Salazar a call… he’s “Not Your Average Joe.” 

Robyn Blom

As first time home buyers, working with Joe was a great experience.  After meeting with my husband and I, Joe knew what we were looking for, and he set up home viewings in a quick and efficient manner.  We particularly benefited from his home buying binder which contained valuable information on everything from home inspections and lawyer referrals to tips on the home-buying process. We would not hesitate to work with Joe again when purchasing a home in the future.

Tim, Julia, Sarah & Ryan Picotte

I arrived in Ottawa at the beginning of March. My first weekend here, I took advantage of the numerous open houses that Sunday and visited 8 different properties. I was hoping to get an idea of the housing market and connect with a real estate agent. I explained my story to each agent I met. I had been transferred to the Orleans area and my family (still in Toronto area) would be joining me at the end of school. I gave some info about my house needs and went on my way. That same evening,.. I heard from a couple of agents via email. The basic nice to have met you, let us know if we can be of service. Joe was one of those emails but he had taken the time to compile a short list of potential properties that met my criteria. A follow-up email and I was viewing houses! Joe was patient and informative. He saw what i reacted to and tweaked the criteria to narrow down the choices. He sent me daily updates of new listings that matched my search and willingly took me to see my selections. When my wife arrived from Toronto, Joe set the time aside to show her the houses we thought were potentials. To make a long story short, we bought a great home with Joe’s help. I have no doubt we would not have fared so well without his experience and talents! I know we will be happy with our purchase! Thanks Joe!!!!

Pete & Nancy Taylor (CF member)

Our home buying experience with Joe Salazar was outstanding. From the moment we met Joe at an Orleans Open House, we were convinced he was the right realtor for us. He was always available, never pressured us and offered expert advice along the way. His knowledge of the Ottawa market was invaluable as we viewed numerous homes in our search for the right property. Joe made the buying experience very easy for us and we would certainly recommend him to anyone in the market for a home in Orleans.

Dominique Hansen-Vigier & Hazim Dawood

Working with Joe to sell our home has been a pleasure. We interviewed several agents but Joe was truly different from the rest. He gave us honest facts without ever being "pushy". He helped us to show our home for all of it's potential and sell it for the price we wanted - it was sold after just 2 visits! Joe truly represents his clients' best interest and made us feel more like friends than clients - our kids still talk about him! 

We have already recommended him to our family and friends as the top agent of choice in Ottawa. Thanks Joe!

Chris Bucar (CF member)

I was very impressed with Joe's professionalism and customer service.  He made my home buying experience very enjoyable.

André Dubois

Thanks for everything Joe. I would recommend you to anyone that is looking for a home. It was a great experience to deal with you. I could not believe how fast you did work trying to find me a new place to stay in a such a short notice.

Thanks again Joe.

Brian and Caroline

Joe seemed very caring as he was checking things around the house to make sure everything was all right before we moved in. 

Joe was very friendly, punctual, and helpful throughout the buying process and we are extremely excited to move into our very first home together.

I really appreciate that and that shows a lot. I also wanted to thank you for the very lovely housewarming gift. It's the little things that make a difference. 

So we both just wanted to thank you again for everything.

Fiona and Justin Tapp

We really enjoyed working with Joe Salazar to find our first home, he was very prompt in answering queries by e-mail or phone and we could always get in touch with him easily. Joe had great advice for us and helped us through the process, he was always positive and cheerful and made the entire process less daunting, he fixed any problems or worries quickly and professionally, we strongly recommend him as a real estate agent.

Thanks :)

Mario and Christa Fowler

We moved to Ottawa from Newfoundland and were fortunate to end up with Joe as our real estate agent. Joe was very helpful and respectful of our needs right from the time we first spoke up until we closed the sale of our house. He even picked up the keys from our lawyer on closing day because we were out of town. He helped us get a home inspector for the inspection and a contractor for renovations.

Joe kept us informed and answered every time I called with a question or a request.

If I enter the real estate market again, I will definitely be giving Joe a call. I agree with his slogan. He is definitely "Not Your Average Joe."

If you plan on a home purchase in the Ottawa area, give Joe a call.

Shari Burrow, Split Second Courier

I really do not know what to say, other than it was a pleasure working with you.  We had asked about certain thing that we were looking for in our new home, and you provided us with many options.   You even went above and

beyond with the way you sent us the information.  We were in Thornhill and going to make a large move to the Ottawa Valley. You were very accommodating when we found 2 homes that we thought would be ideal, and set up showings both on the same day so that travel would not be an issue. If anyone one wants to chat to either Keith or myself about our experience, we would be more than happy to assist.

Thanking you again for all of your attention to detail.

Richard Mongeon, Ontario Hydro

It is with great pleasure that I write a short testimonial of my experience with Joe. After meeting you at the property on Concession 8, it didn't take me long to figure out that I was dealing with an agent who had experience and who was truly a professional. You were very knowledgeable about what to look for in an old home vs a newer home.  As a first time home buyer, those were all the things that I wanted to hear. You were the first of many agents that had impressed me. During the next couple of weeks I had decided that I wanted to be represented by you. You demonstrated nothing but professionalism, by being punctual for all of our appointments, returning all my phone calls and texts in a timely fashion, and how they say (being on the ball). I will recommend you to all my friends who are looking to buy or sell. I appreciate all the hard work that was put into this to make my purchase as pleasing as possible. With many thanks.

Stephane Beauliere

You’re patient and understanding. I appreciate the help you gave me in finding my first home which I love! I will definitely send customers his way. Merci Joe!

Vous êtes patient. J'apprécie l'aide que vous m'avez donné à trouver ma première maison que j'adore ! Je vais certainement envoyer clients son chemin. Merci Joe !

Pete and Nancy Taylor Orleans, Ontario (CF member)

Joe was a true professional from start to finish during our home sale. He gave us valuable advice on important tips to stage our home for the sale. His low pressure approach and personal commitment were very welcome during this somewhat stressful time.  Our Open House was a huge success as it generated lots of interest and best of all; a “SOLD” sign on our lawn in less than 72 hours! We would highly recommend Joe Salazar to any of our friends, family, or acquaintances.

Laura Lawrence, CMHC Ottawa, Ontario

We listed our property with Joe several months ago, and from the very beginning, he was courteous, respectful and attentive to our needs. He provided sound information to give us a good understanding of the current real estate market. Further, he sited good comparables so that the list price was competitive and fair. He never discarded our take on things and provided timely feedback after every showing. Joe closes every circle, and is very thorough. We were very pleased with the service we received and would recommend him to anyone. He truly is not your average Joe. 

Sylvia Bordeleau

We had met Joe during an open house he was hosting in the area in which we were interested in purchasing. We really thought that he was helpful and friendly. In this process, we were in the midst of trying to sell our current home. At first, we tried to sell on our own. During this time, several realtors approached us; however, there was something calming about dealing with Joe compared to those we met. In the end, we decided to hire a realtor to sell our home. Joe made the selling process effortless - it was sold in 5 days. 

Susan Charron

I want to thank you for everything you did for me in helping me to find my new home. Although I owned a home before, I never had to go through the process of looking for a home. It was my in-laws home so it was a simple matter of off to the lawyer to sign the papers.

At 60 years of age and alone, the prospect of buying a home was scary to say the least. You’re quick, friendly smile, confident and reassuring manner put me at ease right from the start.
You always went out of your way to ensure that the place I chose would be the best fit for me. When the first two places we looked at turned out to be on the top floor of a building with no elevators, you were so apologetic and visible upset at "wasting my time" that I felt so sorry for you. Actually I was very impressed with the fact that you had taken the time to arrive early and check the places out and didn't believe you had "wasted my time" since we all felt, from the number of the units, that they would be on the main floor.
You were always quick to point out the problems I might have or why a place we looked at might not be best "fit" for me. When I felt guilty because I didn't feel that a place we looked at was what I wanted even though it as very nice and I was wasting your time, you were quick to reassure me that it was no problem and that was all part of the "fun" of finding a place.
That is what you made this experience, "FUN".
I am so thankful that my daughter and her husband (Donna and Mike) had recommended you. As it turned out, my experience was even better than what they had said, and
they were very impressed with their experience.
I can't thank you enough for turning a "scary" process into something I really enjoyed. Whenever I hear of someone looking for a place or thinking of moving I tell them of the wonderful experience I had and, if they want a good experience, they MUST contact you.