REAL ESTATE POSTS

Things To Do this Weekend in Ottawa!

  Looking for something fun to do this weekend? Ottawa’s got you covered! Many fantastic events and festivals will be taking place, such as the 4th Annual West End Food Truck Rally in Bells Corners and visiting Parc Omega with the family to learn about Canadian wildlife. Click here for full list of events.  

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Things to do in Ottawa this Weekend!

Happy long weekend! If you’re looking for things to do, Ottawa has plenty of exciting events and activities for you and the whole family! Check out events like the Northern Lights: Sound and Light Show, Capital Ribfest, and Casino du Lac-Leamy Sound of Light. Click here for list of events.  

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New Tax on Ottawa Airbnb Rentals

Josh Pringle, CTV Morning Live. Published Wednesday, August 1, 2018 2:51AM EDT  Airbnb users are now paying a tax on their nightly rental in Ottawa. Starting today, Airbnb will collect a four per cent “municipal accommodation tax” on all Ottawa listings. The tax will then be remitted to the City of Ottawa to help support Ottawa tourism. Ottawa was the first Ontario city to enter into a Municipal Accommodation Tax collection agreement with Airbnb. In January, the City of Ottawa imposed a four per cent Municipal Acco...

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Summer entertaining: Patio-party decor mixes old with new

It’s the season to host outdoor parties or events, and when it comes to creating a beautiful and cozy space for your guests – it’s all about eye-appeal. Keeping fresh flowers, playing with patterns, and treating yourself are some of the key must-haves for your patio party. Click here for full details.  

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Ottawa: Weekend Road Closures

CBC News: Traffic headache alert: Highway 417 closed this weekend, July 25, 2018 Plan your Queensway trips well in advance this weekend, because Highway 417 will be closed in both directions between Bronson and Carling avenues. Significant traffic impacts are expected during the closure, which is planned to start at 5 p.m. Saturday and end 11 a.m. Sunday. The closure is necessary for the demolition of the Harmer Avenue pedestrian bridge, which is set to be replaced over the next two years. Several eastbound on-ram...

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Lightning Safety on the Soccer Field

Here is a great video from Environment Canada that explains what to do in the case of lightning and how to access The Canadian Lightning Danger Map which represents areas at greater risk of being struck by lightning in the next ten minutes

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CMHC wants to make it easier for self-employed Canadians to get a mortgage

Are you self-employed and looking to buy a home? The CMHC is giving lenders more guidance and flexibility on determining whether a self-employed person qualifies for a mortgage. They are implementing changes in order to make it easier for self-employed individuals to obtain a mortgage, as these Canadians tend to have a more difficult time qualifying. This is due to incomes varying and being less predictable than those with salaries/are employed by a business. Click here for the full story.  

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Ottawa: Things to Do This Weekend

If you’re looking for something to do this weekend, the city has a plethora of events and activities happening! Whether you’re looking for a family event like the Ottawa Lebanese Festival or a great date night activity like the Outdoor Movies in the ByWard Market – there’s something for all. Want the full scoop? Click here!  

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Tips to Keep You Cool All Summer Long

It’s no exaggeration that this has been an extremely hot summer for Ottawa, and trying to stay cool has been a challenge! Overheating is unpleasant and exhausting, not to mention dangerous for your health, so it’s important to find ways to keep cool (especially if you don’t have AC or an AC unit in your home). Luckily, there are a few tips you can easily implement in your home that will drastically cool things down! Click here to discover tips to stay cool this summer.  

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HOPE Volleyball this Saturday!

HOPE Volleyball SummerFest’s 36th edition, sponsored by Big Rig Brewery, is this Saturday, July 14th at Mooney’s Bay! There’s lots of fun to be had by everyone. Watch the exciting games, check out the HOPE Mainstage to listen to the great lineup, all while supporting the community! Click here to download the event guide! Visit HOPE for more.  

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How to Fertilize Your Garden Organically

The Ottawa Citizen. Lee Reich, Associate Press. June 19th 2018 In gardening, whether you’re talking about pest control or fertilization, “organic” generally means natural. The word “organic” refers to “organic matter,” the linchpin of organic gardening and, traditionally at least, all good gardening. “Organic matter” is material derived from what is or was once living. Plants are most hungry for three nutrients — nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium — and organic fertilizers can supply them just as synthetic (chemic...

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Condo Sales Keep Market from Over Heating

News Release July 5, 2018 The Ottawa Real Estate Board Members of the Ottawa Real Estate Board sold 2,070 residential properties in June through the Board’s Multiple Listing Service® System, compared with 2,163 in June 2017, a decrease of 4.3 per cent. The five-year average for June sales is 1,914. June’s sales included 455 in the condominium property class, an increase of 11.5 per cent from June 2017 and 1,615 in the residential property class, a decrease of 8 per cent from a year ago. “The first half of 2018 has ...

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Ready for the 2018 Ottawa Bluesfest?

Looking for a fun music festival to attend this summer? Why not hit up the Ottawa Bluesfest, on until July 15th! See performers like Brett Eldridge, Foo Fighters, Blue Rodeo, Jethro Tull and many more amazing bands. For event details, click here.  

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Happy Canada Day Weekend!

  An epic weekend of festivities awaits you as we highlight Canada Day on three official sites! Join us in expressing Canadian pride and a common sense of belonging to such a diverse country on June 30 and July 1. Fun-filled activities and live entertainment will pump up the crowd for sure! There will be something for everyone to enjoy on Parliament Hill, at the Canadian Museum of History and at Major’s Hill Park. Don’t miss out! Click here for more.  

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Why summer is a good time to move…  

Why summer is a good time to move…   School’s officially out for summer!  If you’re like us, you’re probably thinking beaches, holidays, cottages… any activity that will get us out to enjoy the warm weather…but it can also be a perfect time to move!  While there might not be as much real estate activity in July as there is in May, it may surprise you to find out that June, July and August are busy months in Ottawa real estate, especially in recent years.  The weather is fine and there are still a lot of great...

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Ottawa Public Health advising residents to take precautions during the Canada Day weekend heat wave

  Shad Qadri, Councillor Serving the community of Stittsville within the City of Ottawa A special Early Notification for Extreme Temperatures has been issued by Environment and Climate Change Canada for the Ottawa area, as very hot temperatures are forecast starting Friday June 29 and for the Canada Day weekend. A heat warning is issued when the temperature is expected to exceed 31°C during the daytime and the nighttime temperature will not be cooler than 20°C or a humidex of 4...

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Keys to a high-performance home

  A high performance home isn’t just energy efficient. It provides a healthier environment for you and your family. Turn your attention to durability, value and health. But how is this done? When the home is built to be air tight, you need a method of cycling in fresh outdoor air, while exhausting the warm, moist air generated in your home by living in it (especially in kitchens and bathrooms). Enter the Heat Recovery Ventilator (HRV) which adjusts the temperature of the outdoor air to match your home, w...

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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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