REAL ESTATE POSTS

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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Ottawa home sales jump 12% in March

Ottawa Business Journal Online, April 5th 2018 Ottawa’s residential real estate roared back to life in March with a double-digit increase in sales and an eight-per-cent increase in average house prices, according to the Ottawa Real Estate Board. “Properties that are priced well are selling quickly,” said OREB president Ralph Shaw in a statement, adding that homes are spending an average of 43 days on the market, down from 54 days in March 2017. Ottawa realtors sold 1,660 residential properties last month, up 12.3 p...

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All About Condos

Modern apartment buildings in Richmond, British Columbia, Canada. When it comes time to buy a home, more and more people are making the decision to buy condos instead of a freehold home. Condos can be a great option if they match up with a buyer’s lifestyle, but it is important to do your research and know the differences between a freehold home and condo before you make the final decision of which to purchase. There are many different types of condos but they all have one thing in common: shared ownership of at le...

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The Benefits of Great Credit

The benefits of great credit are endless, but Buffini compiled a helpful list of points and tips on how to increase your credit rating. Click download for more information. Download

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March Market Snapshot

Buyers Get a Jump on the Spring Market taken from the Ottawa Real Estate Board  April 5, 2018 Members of the Ottawa Real Estate Board sold 1,660 residential properties in March through the Board’s Multiple Listing Service® System, compared with 1,478 in March 2017, an increase of 12.3 per cent. The five-year average for March sales is 1,339. March’s sales included 358 in the condominium property class and 1,302 in the residential property class. “Inventory continues to fall below normal average, but we are still se...

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Top 5 ways to turn your bathroom into a spa-like retreat

Looking to create a relaxing oasis in your home? What better way to unwind than making a calming sanctuary out of your bathroom. Giving yourself simple luxuries can help decrease stress and provide you with a relaxing escape from the hustle and bustle of the day-to-day. Click here to see the top 5 ways to turn your bathroom into a luxurious spa-like sanctuary.  

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Buyers Toolkit – Springtime

Buyers Toolkit – Springtime Spring is in the air, and the real-estate market is ramping up for the beginning of buyers’ season.  Things tend to move faster in the spring and houses for sale are often sold shortly after they are listed.  As a potential home buyer, it is important to be prepared as possible before you start looking at potential homes – that way, the chance of losing your “dream home” to another buyer is greatly decreased. You may be wondering … “What are some of the important things that can help you...

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Technology is Evolving to Make Our Homes Smarter Than Ever Before

Technology is always evolving, and that new tech is making homes smarter while making life easier. Homes can be outfitted with seemingly futuristic gadgets such as smart ovens that help you be a better cook, smart mattresses that help you track your sleep, and mirrors that let you virtually try on clothing in the comfort of your own home. Not only incredible tech like that, but smarter lights, smarter security, and smarter basic home functions that can save you money and keep your safer. Click here to see what̵...

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Spring is here, bring on the Mudroom!

Though the people of Ottawa are thrilled to see the beginnings of a sleepy Spring take place (and the snow melt), they are less thrilled with the mess it brings into their homes. A well-designed mudroom can help limit the slushy, muddy mess and keep your home cleaner and fresher. Click here for tips on creating a high-functioning mudroom.  

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Landlords and Legalization: What budding weed laws may mean for Landlord

Landlords and Legalization: What budding weed laws may mean for Landlords With the legalization of marijuana on the horizon, property owners of rental units are wondering what that will mean for them. As all the rules and regulations surrounding cannabis use have yet to be ironed out, it’s only natural that landlords are beginning express concern, or in some cases excitement surrounding the opportunities legalization will present. The legalization of medical cannabis passed in 2001, but as Canada moves forward to ...

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The Ottawa Home and Garden Show

Spring is on its way, and what better way to get ready than to go to the Ottawa Home and Garden show this Thursday, March 22nd – March 25th at the EY Centre. Get great ideas on how to get your home and yard ready for the new season. Click here for more information.  

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March Home Maintenance Checklist

Even though it doesn’t feel (or look) like Spring, the first official day of the new season is tomorrow! Help maintain your home and get it ready for the warmer weather by completing some of the indoor upkeep. Click here to see your March Home Maintenance list.  

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Tomorrow is St. Patrick’s Day!

  From Celtic events, to beer-related festivities, to film festivals, Canada’s Capital loves to celebrate Irish culture in honour of St. Patrick’s Day. Soak up some Irish culture on and around St. Patrick’s Day at the following events and activities. Sláinte!   Click here for all the events  

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10 Creative Ways to Declutter Your Home

  The idea of living a simplified, uncluttered life with less stuff sounds attractive to many. They have considered the benefits of owning fewer possessions: less to clean, less debt, less to organize, less stress, more money and energy for their greatest passions.   They are ready to declutter but some get quickly tripped up by the very next question… where in the world do I begin?   Click here for a list of 10 creative ways to declutter your home

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Getting Started on Your Home Renovation Project – 7 Questions to Ask

It’s that time of year where people are thinking about renovations and freshening up their home. Renovating your house can be a long and time consuming project, but to help you stay on track with your reno goals, there’s a few questions you need to ask yourself first. Click here to get on track with your reno goals.  

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Wanted: Ottawa Homes for Sale

Wanted: Ottawa Homes For Sale When the calendar rolled over into 2018 many real estate experts across Canada were speculating the housing market to “cool off” with  tighter mortgage rules and higher interest rates impacting home buyers.  While that may be the case in other real estate markets,  in the Ottawa Real Estate market the biggest factor in February’s 2.8% drop in the number of sales (year over year), is that listing inventory is scarce. “There is no doubt our sales number would ha...

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Celebrate International Women’s Day with Canada’s top women in business!

March 8th 2018 is International Women’s Day. Come celebrate the contributions of women to business and the economy with Canada’s top women in business. Listen to great guest speakers, network and learn how to we can all work together to advance gender equality in business. Get inspired by outstanding women in politics, industry and entrepreneurship. Click here to get your tickets today.  

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New Mortgage Rules – Renewing and Refinancing

New Mortgage Rules – Renewing and Refinancing January 1st, 2018 Canada’s new mortgage rules came into effect and it was big news. These new rules appear to have the greatest impact on those looking to qualify for a new mortgage but if you are looking to renew or refinance your mortgage, you may be impacted as well. At the centre of the new rules is a stress test requiring applicants to qualify at a rate at least 2% higher than the rate they will be paying, regardless of the down payment they are making on the home...

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What’s Happening in Ottawa this Weekend

Looking for something fun to do to kick off the first weekend in March? Ottawa has lots of fun activities, live music, sports and events for the whole family this weekend. Enjoy Disney on Ice Dare to Dream with the kids, a night of live music with your friends, or a sugar rush from the Maple Fest – there’s something for everyone! Click here to plan your weekend fun.  

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Looking to Buy? Spring into the Spring with a New home + Neighbourhood.

The promise of warmer weather is upon us, and it’s the perfect time to be looking for a new home. The best way to decide if an area is right for you is to explore it! Whether you’re looking for an area with the best schools, emergency services, within walking distance to museums, or has plenty of parks – Ottawa In My Neighbourhood is a great place to narrow down your search. Click here to explore your next neighbourhood.  

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List of Fun March Break Activities

March break is just around the corner, but luckily there’s many events to keep you and your children occupied! There’s several fun activities taking place, some during both the Ontario and Quebec March Breaks, like the Funhaven Family Centre, Camp Fortune, Escape Rooms and more. Click here to plan your next March Break Family Adventure.  

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How to Protect your Home from the Melting Snow

With the warmer weather and rain that we’ve been having, an awful lot of snow has been melting. This can lead to flooding and other damages to your property, which can be very expensive to fix. Instead, focus on preventative measures to ensure that your home won’t become damaged, instead of spending money to fix it after the fact. Click here to learn how to prevent flooding from the melting snow.  

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10 romantic, fun and unique ideas for an Ottawa Valentine’s Day!

  Happy Valentine’s Day! Looking to celebrate your love with flare today? Ottawa has several romantic activities and events you and your partner can take part in. Treat yourselves to couples spa treatments, gourmet meals, or a comedy show – the options are endless. Click here to see Ottawa’s Valentine’s Day events.  

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Don’t wait until the last minute, plan your Family Day Weekend now!

Family Day is Monday February 19th, which means there’s a long weekend ahead! There’s plenty of activities and events going on in the capital this week and weekend to choose from. Don’t wait until the last minute, plan your fun-packed weekend now! Click here to see the full list of events and activities.  

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