- Marnie Bennett of Bennett Property Shop Realty, Brokerage
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Meet Marnie Bennett:
Broker, Real Estate Guru, Mentor & Public Personality
In the sometimes hard-nosed world of real estate, it’s a joy to work with a gifted practitioner who believes that business sense and a generous spirit can go hand-in-hand. Marnie Bennett is an educator, mentor and wealth coach to clients who seek to master the art of the wise real estate transaction.
As broker, founder, and shinning-star of the Bennett Property Shop Realty, Marnie Bennett has built a one-of-a-kind boutique real estate brokerage in Ottawa, Canada, whose business philosophy is based on exceptional personal service, leadership, industry-leading innovative policies, and practices. Marnie trains a team of 25 elite sales representatives, sharing her remarkable expertise with warmth, humour and outstanding results. The Bennett Property Shop Realty sales volume speaks for itself with over 9,000 homes sold for top dollar since 1994 and over $3.1 Billion in residential sales.
Along the way, she’s gathered a devoted following. Always comfortable in the public eye, Marnie has cultivated a strong identity as a print columnist, radio personality and internationally recognized public speaker. Such engagements allow her to share her knowledge with a wide audience base, including first-time homebuyers, budding entrepreneurs and high-ranking executives. Marnie is considered among the legal profession to be the leading expert witness for condominiums.
Passionate about her calling and deeply dedicated to her clients, Marnie Bennett doesn’t hesitate when asked about her multi-faceted career as mentor, marketer, broker and public figure.
“Some people feel boxed-in by their professions, with no room to breathe. I’ve never felt that way,” she says. “I’ve shaped my career in a way that allows me to explore my strengths – one of which is connecting with people. If there’s a chance for me to share what I know with others, I’ll jump at it.”
“For me, this is the best job in the world,” Marnie says simply; and we’d have to agree.
In the Limelight
Marnie’s substantial media presence sees her frequently sharing her knowledge in public forums. On television, she has been recruited by CTV News for commentary as a real estate expert, and by CBC News as an expert on the condo market. In print, she has written a nationally syndicated column, Property Talk, for CanWest Global newspapers, while her Home Smarts column appears regularly in New Home and Condo Guide magazine. And in radio, Marnie appears on the weekly show – Experts on Call - The Real Estate Hour aired by Bell Media stations.
In addition to her high profile in Canada, Marnie has become a popular speaker at conferences and workshops in the US and has received a number of international real estate awards including the prestigious “Daniel Passante Entrepreneurship Award” and the “Top Dog Award” from Craig Proctor Real Estate Systems in recognition as being the best and most productive agent in North America. With extensive knowledge of the American real estate market and a large network of international contacts, Marnie is well-positioned to advise on transactions abroad, as well as at home. She recently teamed up with Brian Tracy on the best-selling book “Ignite Your Life: The World’s Leading Entrepreneurs and Professionals Reveal to Their Secrets to Ignite Your Health Wealth and Success”. In 2015 she also co-authored “Death of the Traditional Real Estate Agent; Rise of the Super Profitable Real Estate Sales Team” another best seller!
Mentoring and Education
An ardent educator, Marnie uses many avenues to reach people at different stages of their personal financial journeys. Aspiring and established real estate investors are able to engage with her in intense, one-on-one mentoring sessions. As a wealth coach, she works closely with clients to design and execute custom-made plans of action. And for those dipping their toes in the waters for the first time, Marnie is continually creating educational opportunities that are fun, practical and easily understood.
Since 2008, Marnie has been educating the general public through a series of free specialty seminars called “Learn How to Increase Your Wealth Through Real Estate”.
As a self-made businesswoman who, as a child, witnessed the financial struggles of her single mother, Marnie is particularly passionate about helping other women discover their aptitudes for business, investment and entrepreneurship. To this end, she’s developed the “WOW [Women on Wealth] Workshops,” aimed specifically at the female demographic. In addition to inviting highly respected real estate analysts and experts to speak frankly to “ladies only” audiences, Marnie has added a component of informative entertainment in the form of “Invest and Dress for Success” fashion shows.
In recognition of her extraordinary teaching skills and business expertise, Marnie was recruited by Algonquin College to become a faculty member in the Business Department, teaching “Success Strategies” to young entrepreneurs.
Marnie has long been considered the “go-to gal” for condo and home developers who seek stand-out marketing strategies. Her reputation as a marketing dynamo is well-earned: to each new project, she brings a stream of stimulating ideas, together with the high-placed connections necessary to make those ideas come to life. In the 1990s, Marnie honed her skills during her tenure as Executive Vice-President of a highly successful custom home builder; as the company grew to gross in excess of $40,000,000 annually under her leadership, she became known as a fearless innovator of cutting-edge marketing approaches.
Recognition in the Field
Marnie’s extraordinary accomplishments have been recognized both within her home city and on the international playing field. Marnie has won over 20 marketing awards for innovative marketing strategies and creative advertising in the housing industry. In 2008, Marnie was named Ottawa’s Professional Businesswoman of the Year. In 2010, she was named the #1 Broker Worldwide for Keller Williams Realty International. She was the first woman to receive this high distinction. More recently, Bennett Real Estate Professionals won the 2011 Better Business Bureau Torch Award in the Professional Service category for Exceptional Customer Service and Marketplace Trust. Again in 2011, Marnie was named #1 Broker Worldwide for Keller Williams Realty International.
Public Roles & Philanthropy
Over the course of her consistently demanding career, Marnie has given her time to serve on the Board of Directors for the Ottawa Congress Centre as Marketing Director; as Director of the Ottawa Board of Trade; and as appointee to the Mayor’s taskforce on affordable housing.
On a personal level, Marnie’s love of athletics and national pride has spurred her to take an active role in the sponsorship of Olympic hopefuls. She and her family are also long-time supporters of young Canadian soccer and hockey players, billeting members of the Ottawa 67s and working for a renewal of soccer fields throughout Ottawa. “When you see these young athletes, they’re full of fire and hope,” she says. “It’s truly inspiring.” Spoken like a true mentor.