REAL ESTATE POSTS

Events Happening in the Capital this Week

Ottawa Italian Week Festival Event Date: Jun 6, 2018 – Jun 25, 2018 Location: Little Italy, Preston Street Ottawa Fringe Festival Event Date: Jun 14, 2018 – Jun 24, 2018 Location: 12+ venues downtown including and surrounding Arts Court, 2 Daly Avenue Ottawa Ribfest on Sparks Street Event Date: Jun 20, 2018 – Jun 24, 2018 Location: Sparks Street Tim Hortons Ottawa Dragon Boat Festival Event Date: Jun 21, 2018 – Jun 24, 2018 Location: Mooney’s Bay Park – 2960 Riverside Drive Summer Solstice Indigenous Festival a...

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Buying a Home: Step by Step

Buying a Home: Step by Step  Buying a home can seem like a daunting task in the beginning. There are so many options to consider, let alone finding that dream home. You may be wondering what the main things to consider when you’re going to buy a house, and how the process works? With so much information surrounding the housing market, we’ve created a short step-by-step process to help you with all your home buying needs! Finances The daunting and confusing aspect of buying a home always lands in the f...

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A Critical Key Step for Sellers: Give Your Potential Buyers a Home They Would Want

If you’re selling your home there are several steps that should be taken care of before holding an open house. What is important is giving your potential buyers a home that they would want to live in, and can see themselves in. With that in mind, there are a few important factors to keep in mind, such as: making repairs, deep-cleaning your home, and making your home more efficient (i.e. heating & cooling). Click here to discover the necessary steps you should take when selling your home.  

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Turn your Vacation into a Staycation: Activities for families in Ottawa

Turn your Vacation into a Staycation: Activities for families in Ottawa  Summer is a wonderful time to spend a little quality time with friends and family; things are more relaxed, the kids are out of school and you won’t have to worry about a last minute snow storm interfering with travel plans (well here’s hoping!) . But organizing a family vacation, especially when you have young children, can be stressful (just think of the Griswalds). The packing, planning, stopping, driving, – the list could go on and on. Hav...

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Neighbourhood Snapshot : Carlington is an Ottawa Community to Watch

When you buy a home, it’s more than just the house itself, you’re really buying into a lifestyle, and becoming part of a community.  The Ottawa and surrounding area has a lot to offer and there may be “hidden gems” that you hadn’t considered.  We’re excited to introduce a new series of blog posts dedicated to giving readers the inside scoop on some great Ottawa neighbourhoods, starting with Carlington!  Welcome to Carlington! Nestled in the heart of the city, Carlington is a comm...

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Ottawa Market Update

The following are highlights from the Ottawa Real Estate Board’s latest News Release read the full story Members of the Ottawa Real Estate Board sold 2,279 residential properties in May through the Board’s Multiple Listing Service® System, compared with 2,294 in May 2017, a decrease of 0.7 per cent. The five-year average for May sales is 2,041. May’s sales included 485 in the condominium property class and 1,794 in the residential property class. “Although our overall inventory stock is down in both the residentia...

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This Weekend is Westfest!

Ottawa’s favourite FREE music and arts festival is June 8th – 10th with over 30 acts and over 100 Canadian artists. An exciting experience that will delight those that attend with beautiful and inspiring art, and phenomenal music performances. Head on over this weekend to support the development and work of Canadian artists! Click here for full event details.

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6 of the Best Ways to Secure Your Home Before Going on Vacation

With summer fast approaching, you may be planning some much needed vacation time. We prepare for vacations by doing things like making lists of what to pack and making sure we have the proper travel documents. But have you thought about the security of your home while you’re away? Vacation-proof your home before you leave town to give you peace of mind and to ensure that your home is secure while you’re not there. Click here for an article from Mike Holmes with 6 of the Best Ways to Secure Your Home Before Going on...

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Buying a Home: What The Extras Cost

Contracts and rentals to consider in home ownership When it comes to buying a home, there are always additional fees to be considering when you make an offer. Typically, a first-time home buyer needs to be aware of the costs associated with buying a home – legal fees, mortgage rates, home insurance, closing costs, property taxes, land transfer fees…But what about those little extras not everyone considers? The contracts and rentals associated with the home such as furnaces, hot water tanks, and in some locations ev...

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A list of Ottawa Farmer’s Markets

Who doesn’t love a great Farmer’s Market? Fresh fruit, veggies and baked goods can be found in abundance all over Ottawa. From our urban markets, to rural and even Gatineau, there’s one close by! Click here for the list of Farmer’s Markets.  

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Getting Your Pool Ready for the Summer

With summer just around the corner, it’s time to get your pool ready, if you haven’t yet! From opening your pool for the season to monthly pool maintenance, you’re covered with this checklist. Click here for the Pool Maintenance Guide.  

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Annual Great Glebe Garage Sale is Happening Tomorrow!

Saturday, May 26 from 8:00 Am – 3:00 PM the Annual Great Glebe Garage Sale will take place. People from across Ottawa (and further) come to the event to enjoy the bargains, great finds and atmosphere. Click here to for more information on the Annual Great Glebe Garage Sale!  

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Things to do in Ottawa this long weekend!

Looking for something fun to do this weekend? Ottawa has a host of events and activities for you to choose from. With something for everyone, you’re sure to have fun! Click here to discover what’s happening in the capital. 

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The Best Deck Designs, Layouts & Ideas For Your Backyard

The days for spending time on the deck are finally upon us here in Ottawa! If you’re looking for great design and layout ideas to make your backyard your own personal sanctuary, Lowe’s has great concepts that will suit your needs. Click here for more.  

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8 Fun Mother’s Day Activities in Ottawa

Mother’s Day is this Sunday, May 13th and there’s lots to do in the Capital to celebrate how great Mom is! Take her to the Tulip Festival for beautiful sights or to the the House of Targ for arcade games and brunch – whatever Mom likes, there’s something happening in the city that she’ll love. Click here for 8 fun ideas for Mother’s Day in the Capital.  

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Skipping Home Inspections a Major Red Flag for New Buyers

When you are planning on purchasing a home, one of the most important things to have done is a home inspection. Many buyers don’t think it’s necessary, or is too expensive. But, having a thorough walk-through of the property will help pin point problems early on and save you money down the road. A home inspection will look beyond the cosmetics of the home and take a serious look at the home’s systems (HVAC, wiring, plumbing) and structural aspects, like the roof. Click here for more information on...

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3 Tips For Making A Major Homeowners Insurance Claim

3 Tips For Making A Major Homeowners Insurance Claim Home insurance is one of the costs that come with home ownership. You pay your premiums to your insurance company and when disaster strikes, you expect that they will pay for most, if not all of the bill.  But will they? Here are 3 tips to help you get the most out of your homeowner’s insurance claim.   Know your limits, deductibles and what your coverage includes. Depending on your policy, your insurance company may or may not cover things like water damage. By...

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3 Tips For Making A Major Homeowners Insurance Claim

3 Tips For Making A Major Homeowners Insurance Claim Home insurance is one of the costs that come with home ownership. You pay your premiums to your insurance company and when disaster strikes, you expect that they will pay for most, if not all of the bill.  But will they? Here are 3 tips to help you get the most out of your homeowner’s insurance claim.   Know your limits, deductibles and what your coverage includes. Depending on your policy, your insurance company may or may not cover things like water damage. By...

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Hot Real Estate Market in an Icy April

The Spring market continues to buzz in Ottawa real estate, with the number of sales up over 13% in April in spite of inventory levels being down 23% over this time last year.  Home buyers are seeing more competition, which is good news for sellers.   Certainly we are seeing more multiple offers and higher sale prices, however, with prices still reasonable compared to income in Ottawa real estate these factors aren’t stopping buyers. Hot Real Estate Market in an Icy April  May 3, 2018 Highlights from the Ottaw...

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May is Bike to Work Month

May is Bike to Work Month in Ottawa, create a healthier and happier commute to work. Sign up and track your bike commutes to work for a chance to win prizes! Click here for more information.

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Understanding Property Taxes

Property taxes are a necessary part of owning property in Ontario. Anyone in Ontario who owns land or a property has to pay a certain amount of tax to the municipal government. Although these taxes are unpopular, as all taxes are, property taxes are important because they are the main revenue source for Ontario’s municipalities. Property taxes are separate from other forms of taxes, and the amount that each person owes is based on a unique assessment for their particular property and the tax rate of the municipalit...

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Ottawa Home Prices See Healthy Growth in the First Quarter of 2018

Continued demand and shortage of listings intensifies pressure on Ottawa home prices. The aggregate price of a home in Ottawa saw a healthy increase in the first quarter of 2018, rising 4.7 per cent year-over-year to $437,243, according to the Royal LePage House Price Survey released April 13th. Click here for more information on the Ottawa Real Estate Market.  

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Understanding Property Taxes

Property taxes are a necessary, though disliked part of owning property in Ontario. Anyone in Ontario who owns land or a property has to pay a certain amount of tax to the municipal government. Although these taxes are unpopular, as all taxes are, property taxes are important because they are the main revenue source for Ontario’s municipalities. Property taxes are separate from other forms of taxes, and the amount that each person owes is based on a unique assessment for their particular property and the tax rate o...

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Renovation Inspiration for the Floors in your Home

Renovations can be expensive, that’s why finding inexpensive ways to add your design stamp to your home is key. Though there are areas in your home that you shouldn’t pinch pennies (like electrical work and plumbing), there are some projects you can find innovative work-arounds that look expensive. Click here for inexpensive renovation inspiration!  

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What Home Buyers Should be Looking for When Viewing a Property

You’ve done your research, found the perfect Realtor, crunched the numbers, created your list of must-haves and now it’s time to start the exciting process of HOUSE HUNTING! When you’re looking at homes for sale it isn’t always easy to look beyond the cosmetics.  Not to worry, we’ve created this handy graphic to help home buyers to stay focused.

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What Home Buyers Should be Looking for When Viewing a Property

You’ve done your research, found the perfect Realtor, crunched the numbers, created your list of must-haves and now it’s time to start the exciting process of HOUSE HUNTING! When you’re looking at homes for sale it isn’t always easy to look past the cosmetics.  Not to worry, we’ve created this handy graphic to help home buyers to stay focused.

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Spring Home Maintenance Checklist

Spring is finally here and that means there’s some work to be done to the interior and exterior of your home! Making sure your roof, windows, chimney, foundation and walls are in good condition and haven’t been damaged during the winter season is very important. Click here for Spring Home Maintenance tips.  

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Ottawa PoutineFest Starts this Thursday!

Looking for something fun (and delicious) to do this week? The Ottawa PoutineFest starts Thursday, April 19th and goes until Sunday, April 22nd at Ottawa City Hall. Click here for event information.  

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Clean, Clean, Let it be Spring!

Spring Clean-Up Time in the Capital As spring speckles and the snow begins to melt, it’s time to get busy cleaning up our capital after Jack Frost’s long hold over us. Littered across this beautiful city, left out in the winter’s cold we’ll find discarded coffee cups, old cigarette butts, stray plastic bags and papers – the list could continue ad infinitum. Something about winter’s frozen grip seems to allow this build up of trash, so it’s only natural that the sun’s welcomed melt brings along with it a much neede...

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What to do in a Power Outage

As winter refuses to leave Ottawa, and pelt us with a big ice storm/freezing rain, it has left many without power due to several Hydro poles down in areas across the city. Click here for more information on what to do before, during, and after a power outage.  

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All About Homeowner’s Associations

When looking to buy a home, there are many options. Last week, we took a look at condos as compared to freehold properties but what about a freehold home with a homeowner’s association? In many cases, a homeowner’s association can appear very similar to a condo but this is not actually the case. It is very important to understand these differences before buying into a home with a homeowner’s association. Differences Between a Condo and Homeowner’s Association If you purchase a condo, you are purchasing your unit al...

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The National Women’s Show Kicks-Off this Weekend

With over 200 exhibitors and 20,000 attendees, the National Women’s Show is sure to be the ultimate girl’s day out! Enjoy the fun features of the event, such as food and wine sampling, celebrity guests, complimentary makeovers, and travel inspiration. Click here for event details.  

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