Welcome to the web site for Michael Gennis – Focus Properties!

I hope you find this web site helpful and informative. Feedback is of course always welcome…

A bit about me…

I am a lifelong resident of Ottawa, growing up in McKellar Park. I attended Broadview Avenue Public School, Nepean High School, and the University of Ottawa, where I received a Bachelor of Administration in 1981. I remember the Westboro of my boyhood with great fondness and after raising his kids in Barrhaven, I moved back to the area where I now work and live (well, close by – I now split my time between a home on Meech Lake and a condo loft in Little Italy).

I’ve never grown tired of this community. I get a real buoyant feeling from my deep connections to McKellar, Westboro, West Wellington, Hintonburg, Centretown, and other neighbourhoods in this fabulous city.

In addition to raising two amazing children, I have enjoyed a multi-phased business career – 27 years in telecommunications and the IT industry, followed by the opening of the Michael Gennis Gallery, a contemporary art gallery, in Westboro. Following the closing of the gallery in 2013, I set my sights on a career in real estate. For me, this is simply ‘doing what comes naturally’. I grew up immersed in real estate trading – my late father Max was a top agent in the 60s and 70s. He sold real estate for some of Ottawa’s then top builders/developers – Bill Teron, JP Chenier, Robert Campeau, and Bernard Garand. With regard to trading within my own portfolio, I have demonstrated a natural sense for investment value, neighborhood fit and good design. These skills, combined with a positive, helpful, and outgoing nature, have always served me well.

In the fall of 2014, I joined Sutton Group Premier Realty, working with Donald Abraham, who is a seasoned veteran in the Ottawa market. Interestingly, Donald’s and my roots have been intertwined for years. My dad Max and Donald’s parents were treasured friends. It seems only fitting that we work and generate success together. Our parents would indeed be proud.

As for the next step in my journey, I have begun course work which will lead to my obtaining a Real Estate Broker’s license, targeted for Q2 2016. I have also recently become a Certified Negotiation Expert (certified through the Real Estate Negotiation Institute), and will be completing courses towards my Masters Certification. These added skills, along with my well-honed talents in business development, sales and marketing and a passion for home design, construction planning, and real estate investment, enable me to deliver exceptional value to my clients.

Allow me to help with all your Real Estate trading needs, whether you’re buying, selling, or renting. My commitment to you is honesty, integrity and of course, the best possible service.