Q&A

Grape Vine Home Marketing was the original, private seller marketing company most people in Ottawa are familiar with. They operated in Ottawa for over 30 years. Since 2010, the company has evolved to include a fully licensed brokerage, Grape Vine Realty (formerly The Usher Group), which now offers all the services under one umbrella. We’re very proud to continue the tradition of helping people sell their homes, whether privately or with a Realtor’s® support, while saving them thousands in commission fees!

We provide for-sale-by-owner listings, called Mere Postings, through OREB’s MLS® System, however, we also offer Realtor® Represented real estate for both sellers and buyers at exceptional value. See our Listing & Buying offers at the top of this page and feel free to contact us for more information!

Yes, our REALTORS® are fully licensed and very experienced. Grape Vine Realty and our Sales Representatives can provide any and all residential real estate services, for selling and buying, that you can get from any other brokerage in Ottawa.

That’s a false perception. All brokerages have the same access to the same marketing tools to promote their listings. When one of our listings goes on Realtor.ca®, it will also be published across dozens of websites automatically, including REMAX.ca, point2homes.com, kijiji.ca, royallepage.ca, purplebricks.ca, ottawarealestate.ca, and dozens more.

What’s more, our Realtors® are very experienced in and knowledgeable of the Ottawa market. Grape Vine Realty has always been a local, Ottawa-based company, who’s Realtors® are members of this community, just like you. Not being a national brand gives us the freedom to be flexible with our services, and to focus all of our energy on the concerns and care of our fellow Ottawans.

You need to ask yourself if a few glossy feature sheets are worth the thousands of extra dollars you’d pay in commission with a big brand, when you can trust the experience, integrity, transparency and value you’ll find at Grape Vine Realty.

Yes, you can certainly request a specific Realtor® you’d like to work with! Just give our office a call or send us an email with your request.

If you take the For-Sale-By-Owner package, you don’t need to offer a specific commission to buyer agents, but you must comply with the Rules and Regulations of the Ottawa Real Estate Board, which require you to allow a Realtor® who has an interested buyer to show the property.

And many of our customers still sell their property privately, meaning they didn’t have to pay any commission at all.

With our Sold in 5 package, our brokerage offers you the flexibility to offer a commission as low as 2% to buyer Realtors®.

Real estate licenses are provincially regulated, and Grape Vine Realty is only licensed to trade in Ontario.

Good photos are one of the top three things you want to do right when listing your property for sale. While we understand that you may want to get the ball rolling quickly, we do recommend that you let the Grape Vine Realty Sales Representative take the photos. They have good cameras and are very experienced at taking real estate photos. Also, the photos are taken during your consultation appointment and don’t delay the listing of your property, as long as you have your property photo ready.

We don’t currently offer For-Sale-by-Owner rental listings. If you would like to have one of our Realtors® post a rental listing for you, you can engage their services for a commission of one month’s rent. Contact us for further details.