REAL ESTATE POSTS

An Era of Change: 2018

An Era of Change: 2018  Canadian real estate is in an era of change.  2017 closed with a bang, as we saw some of the largest increases in real estate prices in nearly a decade. The curiosity now turns to 2018, and what can we expect to see in Ottawa, and across Canada. Ottawa is climbing the list as a hot spot for home buyers this year, joining popular cities like Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver.  Ottawa may hold an even higher interest for buyers, where real estate prices are significantly lower than areas such as...

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‘Shortage’ of homes for sale pushes Ottawa property prices up 6.8% in Q4: Royal LePage

‘Shortage’ of homes for sale pushes Ottawa property prices up 6.8% in Q4: Royal LePage The Ottawa Business Journal, online, Published January 10th 2018 Low inventory levels and a last-minute rush to beat tougher Canadian mortgage rules helped push the average price of a home in Ottawa to $442,533 in the final quarter of 2017, Royal LePage said Wednesday. The real estate firm’s latest house price survey said the average price of a home was up 6.8 per cent, year over year – four perce...

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The 7 Home Design Resolutions That Will Make You Happier

Make 2018 the Year of Happier Homes New Year’s resolutions don’t just have to be for you – they can be for your home too! Whether you’re looking to be more organized, incorporate bolder designs, or are finally ready to update an area that drives you crazy, there’s ways to tackle any resolution. Click here for full article.  

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A Strong Finish for Ottawa’s Real Estate Market in 2017

2017 was quite a year in the Ottawa Real Estate market; record breaking numbers in units sold (condominium sales up over 22%) and double digit (percentage) increases in average sale price in several neighbourhoods, Canada 150 (or should we say Ottawa 150?!) was anything but average! Below we’ve included the latest news release from the Ottawa Real Estate Board.   Please note: average sale price information can be useful in establishing trends over time but should not be used as an indicator that specific properties...

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11 Ways to a New, Fresh Home

 11 Ways to a New, Fresh Home It’s a New Year, so why not freshen up your home? Find 11 unique ways to completely update the look of your home. Click here for the full article.  

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Ring in the New Year, Ottawa Style!

Ring in the New Year, Ottawa Style! 2017 is coming to an end and it’s been an epic year of celebrating Canada’s 150. Ring in the New Year with one of the incredible events happening all over the city! Click here for the full list of events.  

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2017 Recap!

2017 was an amazing year for Real Estate in Ottawa! Records were broken and property values continue to increase. As the year comes to a close, let’s take a look back at some of the highlights with our Top 20 Blog Posts of 2017! #20 – Understanding Multiple Offers This year the Ottawa market became more competitive than ever before and multiple offers have become far more common. Here are some helpful hints to help you navigate multiple offers! #19 – Pets and Real Estate New research emerged this year showing that ...

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Buying without a Realtor

Buying a house is a big investment, so it is natural to look for ways to save money wherever possible. Some buyers and sellers may assume that they can stretch their budget further if they handle the entire purchase themselves. Doing this may seem like a good way save you money, but can also lead to problems and higher costs in the long run.  As a buyer, hiring a Realtor typically does not cost you a cent; your Real estate agent will be paid from the commission on the sale of the home. Hiring a professional who is ...

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How an in-law suite can add value to your house

Looking for a way to increase the value of your home or simply a way to give your parent or in-law their own space? Living in a multi-generational household can have its challenges, but adding an in-law suite to your home can create a better home dynamic, give privacy, and increase the worth of your house. Click here for more.  

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DreamWorks Animation: The Exhibition

December 8th, 2017 – April 8th, 2018 Ever wanted to get a behind-the-scenes look at how digital animation really works? Or what the creative process behind your favourite movies, like Shrek or How to Train Your Dragon, really looks like? From December 8th, 2017 to April 8th, 2018 you can take the whole family to the Canadian Museum of History to see the exciting DreamWorks: Animation Exhibition. Click here to take a look at what to expect!  

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Christmas in the Capital

December has arrived! And with it, for many, comes the anticipation of holiday activities, traditions and celebrating with family and friends. We’ve been lucky to have had some truly incredible events in the Ottawa area this year, but it’s not over yet!   As Canada 150 comes to a close, there are a multitude of Christmas events that are taking place all over our City, allowing us to commemorate the end of one year, and the start of something new with our family and our friends. Here’s a taste of what’s happening in...

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Mild Winter? Yes, Please!

White Christmas, followed by mild winter, says Environment Canada Tired of cold, endless winters? You’re in luck! This year Ottawa has an excellent chance of a white Christmas, probably followed by a winter on the mild side, Environment Canada says. Click here for the full article.  

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Ottawa Real Estate Latest Market Snapshot

It’s hard to believe November is over but here we are!  If you’ve been following Ottawa real estate you’ll know it’s been a busy 2017 and December will likely be no exception.  With the new mortgage rules coming into play in a few short weeks, many buyers are motivated to have firm deals completed before January 1st, 2017. We’ve included the latest news release from the Ottawa Real Estate Board below.  Please note: average sale price information can be useful in establishing trends over time but s...

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Ottawa Real Estate Latest Market Snapshot

It’s hard to believe November is over but here we are!  If you’ve been following Ottawa real estate you’ll know it’s been a busy 2017 and December will likely be no exception.  With the new mortgage rules coming into play in a few short weeks, many buyers are motivated to have firm deals completed before January 1st, 2017. We’ve included the latest news release from the Ottawa Real Estate Board below.  Please note: average sale price information can be useful in establishing trends over time but s...

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From Smart Phones to Smart Homes

Smart phone technology is readying us to embrace the connected home Integrating technology with the home, and home automation are not new ideas. But, today consumers are embracing Smart Phones and technology more than ever, and it seems to be paving the way to homes functioning with a tap of a finger. Is that why “smart homes” are suddenly a big topic in today’s technology market? Click here for the full article.  

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What to do this Weekend

Things to do in Ottawa this Weekend! Looking for something fun to do? In spirit of the eventful year our capital has had so far, there’s even more great events for you to partake in this weekend! Like the Santa Shuffle 5K Fun Run at Lansdowne, or outdoor skating at the SENS Rink of Dreams. Click here for the full list of this weekend’s events!  

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Ottawa: Project Give 2017

This holiday season, help give hope and health to those in need in Ottawa. This Friday, Dec 1 join CBC Ottawa for their annual charity drive, Project Give in support of the Ottawa Food Bank. Click here to see how you can donate.  

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Considering selling your home over the holidays?

Are you thinking of selling over the holidays? Putting your home up for sale during the winter holiday months can seem… daunting, to say the least. Present shopping, decorating, and family can be overwhelming on their own without throwing in open houses, getting ready to move, looking for buyers and finalizing a sale. However, there are a lot of benefits to selling during this time. Check out this blog on why it’s a great idea to list over the winter holidays!

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Make this a Merry Christmas!

Make this a Merry Christmas! It’s Toy Mountain time again! Together we can brighten the life of a child, and make them smile this Christmas! Drop off your new, unwrapped toys at my office: 12B-6081 Hazeldean Rd., Stittsville ON  

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Ottawa’s Exciting Grey Cup Festival

November 21st – 26th Grey Cup Events This Sunday, the Calgary Stampeders and Toronto Argonauts will go head-to-head in the 2017 Grey Cup final in Ottawa! Leading up the big game comes the 105th Grey Cup Festival. The lineup includes tailgates to family fun, and offers both free and ticketed entertainment. Click here for the list of Festival Events.  

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Why it doesn’t always PAY to sell your home yourself

With today’s hot real estate market, it may be tempting to consider listing your home yourself, without the assistance of a real estate professional; it is often seen as a way to increase profits since no commission will need to be paid out but in reality, this is not often the case. If you choose to sell your home “For Sale By Owner”(FSBO), there are many factors to consider including additional costs and stress, so it is always advisable to list with a Realtor who knows what they are doing; you may actually make ...

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Ottawa Winter Survival Guide

Ottawa Winter Survival Guide: Tips & Tricks Well, that time of year we all dread has snuck up on us chillingly fast. Here are some Winter Survival Tips on what you should carry with you to help get you through. Whether you’re new to Ottawa or have simply erased any and all previous winter memories, this list can help you out. Click here to see Ottawa’s Winter Survival Guide.

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Christmas Lights & Santa Claus Parades in Ottawa

What to do this Weekend Looking for something fun to do this weekend? Here’s a list of events happening from Santa Claus Parades to Christmas Lights. Join in the festivities and make the most of your weekend! Click here to see the full list.  

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Cozy Cold Weather Hacks

Ottawa Winters can be daunting, as we look forward to deep freezes and endless snowy months. Looking for ways to warm up your winter? Try these winter life hacks to make the Ottawa winter a little less frosty.   

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Ottawa: Where to Commemorate Remembrance Day

The National War Memorial will be the site of the largest commemoration of Remembrance Day in Ottawa, but there are many other functions throughout the city. Click here to see the full list of ceremonies.   

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Leaves may be falling, but the real estate market is not

Leaves may be falling, but the real estate market is not News Release November 2nd 2017, OREB “As we enter the 3rd quarter of the year, we continue to see the resale market outpace last year’s performance, which was also a stellar year,” says President of the Ottawa Real Estate Board. Click here for the full News Release.

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Keeping You Safe on Halloween

The night is quickly approaching when the streets will be filled with ghosts and goblins, not to mention princesses and fairies. As always, there are a few important Halloween safety guidelines that should be observed to ensure the night runs smoothly. Click here for spooktacular safety tips.

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Kemptville – Charming newly renovated 1860s solid brick home

223 JACK STREET Kemptville, Ontario K0G1J0 Charming newly renovated 1860s solid brick home located on a large corner lot in Old Town Kemptville. This 2-storey, 3 bedroom, 1.5 bath home has been extensively renovated including gutting the brick portion of the home and installing new framing, insulation, electrical, duct work, drywall, and trim on both floors and new hardwood and tile floors on the main floor; making a nice marriage of the old and the new! A large eat-in kitchen makes for quick mealtimes...

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The Role of a Realtor – Buyers

  Buying a home is one of the largest, and most expensive, decisions you will ever make.  You want to make sure that you have covered all your bases in order to avoid any costly mistakes. One of the best ways to avoid any potential pitfalls on the road to home ownership is to talk to someone who knows that road well, and no one knows it better than a realtor. Hiring a realtor means that you have an expert at the entire house buying process there to help you through each step, and means less stress and trouble...

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