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#TenYearChallenge

Recently social media has been filled with people taking the #TenYearChallenge. The premise is simple, share your profile picture from 10 years ago side by side with your current one. It’s a fun way to look back at the past and see how much we have all changed. We thought it would be fun to take our own #TenYearChallenge and see how things stack up in Ottawa Real Estate  compared to ten years ago. Setting the Stage: Ottawa in 2009 2009 in Ottawa had its highs and its lows. Larry O’Brien was mayor and some of the highlights for the year included Kiss playing at Bluesfest and the first state visit by American President Barack Obama (he made headlines wit...

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Embrace Winter: Go for a Skate!

This winter has been a challenging one for everyone; whether it’s the treacherous commutes or never-ending “snow days”, it can be hard to see the light at the end of the tunnel! Instead of focusing on how many more cold days lie ahead, try embracing the season for all that it has to offer. Skating is a truly Canadian activity but many of us haven’t laced up our skates since we were kids. Ottawa has many great ways to enjoy this winter sport in the great outdoors so get out and enjoy winter while it lasts. The Rideau Canal Ottawa’s most famous skating rink (and possibly most famous landmark), the Rideau Canal is the world’s largest skating rink. Running...

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Ottawa Real Estate hightlights

Ottawa Real Estate Update: January 2019 Record-Breaking Home Sales!

January 2019: Record-Breaking Home Sales! February 5, 2019 Highlights Members of the Ottawa Real Estate Board sold 820 residential properties,  an increase of 15.8 % over January 2018. 611 in the residential property class, a rise of 14.2% over January 2018 209 in the condominium property class, an increase of 20.8% over January 2018 $432,829 was the average sale price of a residential-class property,  an increase of 1.5 percent over January 2018. The average sale price for a condominium-class property was $283,990, an increase of 7.7 percent over January 2018. Most active price point for residential-class sales was $300,000 to $449,999, accounting fo...

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President and CEO of Royal LePage Named Most Influential Canadian in Residential Real Estate

For the sixth year in a row, Swanepoel Power 200  (SP200) has named Phil Soper, President and CEO of Royal LePage, the most influential person in Canadian residential real estate. The SP200 is the definitive ranking of residential real estate leaders across North America. Soper was ranked 11th overall, rising three positions from last year. With over 17,000 agents nationwide Royal LePage – a proudly Canadian company – is the largest real estate in brokerage in the country. Soper has been at the helm since 2003 and has used his passion for writing and previous experiences as a student leader and his career at IBM to propel the company to whe...

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Home Inspections: What You Need To Know

A home is quite likely one of the biggest purchases of your life and you want to make sure that you know what you are buying. While the home may have looked perfect to you, there may be underlying issues that are only visible to a trained eye. For this reason, it is important that you include a home inspection in the conditions of your offer. You should never judge a book by it’s cover and the same is true for home buying. Condition of the Sale Typically, when you find a house you love, your Realtor will draw up an offer, referred to as an Agreement of Purchase and Sale. This document will outline everything from the dollar amount of the offer, closing...

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The Benefits of Home Staging

Defining Home Staging You may hear your Realtor suggest home staging in order to increase its chances on the market. Before you brush off the idea and assume you don’t need it, you should understand what it is and how you can benefit from it. Home staging is more than decluttering and depersonalizing your home, it’s when you hire professionals to reinvent the living space for new potential buyers. Home staging professionals know how to lay out a home in an optimized way and in most cases work with the furniture and accessories that you have. Small adjustments can sometimes have a huge impact! Let your home appeal to buyers Your home is perfect to your ...

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New Year, New Home

How do you know if you’re ready to move? Besides deciding that it’s something you want to do in the new year, and planning for the big transition, how can you be sure it’s the right call? Has your family grown too big for the house? Perhaps it’s not by choice but due to work. Are you interested in downsizing? Here is a checklist you might want to review before you go looking for a new home. Looking For More Space? Homeowners often change properties because they outgrow it, this comes with starting a family, or expanding it. Whether this means having children or adopting pets, more family members means there is a demand for more bedrooms, more bathroo...

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Market Snapshot: Ottawa Real Estate December 2018

That’s a wrap: Ottawa Real Estate Market December 2018! As 2018 wrapped up, the inventory shortage has had a ripple effect; while residential sales were down slightly, it also fueled the condominium market. Overall, 2018 was another stellar year in Ottawa real estate!  If you’re thinking of making a move in 2019, we know real estate. We’d love to chat! Another Stellar Year for Ottawa’s Real Estate Market (excerpts below were taken from the Ottawa Real Estate Board’s news release January 4th) January 4, 2019 663 residential properties were sold by REALTORS® in the Ottawa Real Estate board compared with 765 in December 2017, ...

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Winter in Ottawa

Festivals and Events to Keep You Busy This Season Winter may seem like the perfect season to curl up on the couch and binge-watch your favourite Netflix series, but that would also mean missing out on a multitude of engaging and culturally diverse activities in the Ottawa and surrounding area. Read below for a highlight of this years winter events and festival lineup; before you know it, you will be kicking off your slippers and throwing on your snow gear to take part in these engaging winter activities: Christmas Lights Across Canada – December 5th – January 7th The 34th edition of Christmas Lights Across Canada will be up for display from...

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Holiday Showings?

If your home is currently on the market, or you plan on listing in the next few weeks, here are some things to consider when it comes to showings. The Ottawa real estate market is still quite active this year so you want to ensure that you put your best foot forward for potential buyers. Embrace the season and work closely with your Realtor to get your home sold! Holiday buyers tend to be serious buyers The holidays are a chaotic time of year for everyone so keep in mind that people who are booking showings at this time are likely serious buyers with motivation; most casual searchers will likely take a break at this time of year and pick up their searc...

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As Markets Across Canada are cooling, the Ottawa Real Estate Market Remains Strong & Steady

The Latest Ottawa Real Estate Trends – November 2018 While most markets across Canada are cooling, Ottawa’s market performance is strong and steady as it has been for many years.  Ottawa’s housing affordability and high employment levels shelter us somewhat from the dramatic swings that can cause instability.  Sales were down 5.4% from November 2019, however experts say that wouldn’t have been the case if inventory was higher. Average sale price can be useful in establishing trends over time but should not be used as an indicator that specific properties or areas have increased or decreased in value. The calculation of the average sal...

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Keep Jack Frost Out and the Heat In

How to minimize your heating costs this winter As frosty temperatures fill the air, and snow begins to cover the ground, there is a lot to think about when it comes to your heating bill. As the cost of heating your home rises in the colder months, it’s time to think about what you can do within your home to reduce some of these costs. Here are some tips and tricks that can help you to reduce the cost of keeping you and your home warm this winter: Take advantage of the solar heat – During the day, use the solar heat to your advantage by opening blinds and curtains to allow the natural light and heat to warm up your house. At night, be sure to clo...

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Cannabis Legalization: One Month Later.

It has been just over a month since cannabis was legalized in Canada. Now that the hype and excitement surrounding the ability to buy recreational marijuana legally has settled, many of us are still left with questions surrounding these new laws and what this means for home owners, buyers, and sellers alike. Here is what you need to know about cannabis legalization and real estate in Ottawa:  Home Buyers and Sellers While it may now be legal carry, smoke, and grow marijuana plants, there are many things to consider when you are in the market of buying or selling your home. Recently,  a survey on “How Canadian Homeowners and Renters Really Feel About Le...

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Holidays on a Budget: A Financially Friendly Guide to “Decking the Halls”

The holidays are just around the corner, and we will soon be covered in a blanket of snow, with marching bands leading parades, and Santa’s village bringing long lines to the malls. While the excitement builds up, we are often left wondering how we can possibly save money or limit our spending without compromising the spirit of the season. With just a few practical tips and tricks, embracing the magic and togetherness of the holidays without breaking the bank is not only a practical goal, but attainable as well. Here are a few budget friendly ways to “deck the halls” without overspending: Decor Seasonal and Holiday decor is a good way to keep you...

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Getting Ready to Sell Your Home in Winter: What You Need to Know

Selling your home in the winter Real Estate market may seem undesirable to some, but it has many overlooked advantages that actually make the cold dreary season a potential sellers-market!  One thing found is that winter buyers are generally more serious, which makes complete sense, as most people don’t find joy in dawning winter-wear and bracing cold icy roads and weather just to check out the real estate market on a lazy sunday. Additionally, with fewer properties listed for sale, the market is smaller, making it easy to stand out in the neighbourhood. Keeping up with yard work and weeding gardens doesn’t pose a problem, and stringing some warm light...

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Ottawa Real Estate Market Snapshot October 2018

Highlights from the Ottawa Real Estate Board’s Latest News Release read full story Halloween has not Scared Away Home Buyers “October’s sales are truly indicative of the fast-paced market we have experienced for much of 2018,” points out Ottawa Real Estate Board President, Ralph Shaw. “In some pockets of the city, listings are not lingering on the market. Year-to-date average Days on Market (DOMs) are down 14% from 45 to 39 days for residential homes and 24% from 68 to 51 days for condominiums.” “However, lack of supply continues to be a major driving factor in Ottawa’s real estate market,” he adds. “If we look back to 2015 and 2016, our current ...

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Home Renovations with a great return on investment

Home Renovations with a Great Return on Investment

Home Renovations with a Great Return on Investment We’ve all been there: “I love our kitchen, but what if we added an island?” or “our en suite bathroom is great, but it’s missing a little colour” or even “our basement is so spacious, I wonder what it would look like finished”. Sound familiar? If you can relate with any of the above questions (or have debated a slightly different tweak to your home) then you’re likely well-acquainted with the idea of home renovations and how they can truly revamp a living space (or two). But what if we told you that there were home renovations you could take on that could actually add value to your home and give you a ...

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Fall Furnace Tune-Up

Fall Furnace Tune-Up As much as we may hate to admit it, fall is here. As the days get shorter and the air gets colder, the time of year when we switch from cooling our homes to heating them is upon us. However, before you switch your furnace on and start getting your winter blankets out of storage, it is wise to perform a routine inspection and maintenance of your furnace. You don’t want something going wrong in the middle of winter when you need heat more than ever. You can spend money to have a professional come and perform the inspection and tune-up, but you can also easily perform the task yourself. Step 1: Inspection Before anything else, give yo...

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Readying Your Family for an Emergency

Readying Your Family for an Emergency September 21st, 2018 is a day our community won’t soon forget. The stories we’ve heard from those affected by the tornadoes that touched down in the City of Ottawa-Gatineau were nothing short from terrifying; the photos we’ve seen from the storm’s aftermath have been undeniably bone-chilling. It has been a devastating reality that the residents of our nation’s capital weren’t quite ready to face as thousands upon thousands of families were left without power – and, worse – homes. Yet, in the same breath, we have witnessed some incredible acts of heroism and unity after such turmoil. Together, the residents, volunte...

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"Autumn Leaves are Falling; Home Prices are Not" | Ottawa Real Estate: Market Snapshot September 2018

Notable numbers in Ottawa: Market Snapshot September 2018 Have questions? Looking for specific neighbourhood stats? Message us, we’d love to help! Info@teamrealty.ca  October 3, 2018 via the Ottawa Real Estate Board “We continue to experience supply-side issues going into our fall market. The fact is, the number of residential sales would be much higher had we more robust inventory to draw from,” states Ottawa Real Estate Board President Ralph Shaw. “Condos continue to represent a greater proportion of year-to-date unit sales with a 15 per cent increase from this time in 2017.” September 2018 Notable Numbers in Ottawa Real Estate The average sale pric...

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"Autumn Leaves are Falling; Home Prices are Not" |Ottawa Real Estate: Market Snapshot September 2018

“Autumn Leaves are Falling; Home Prices are Not” |Ottawa Real Estate: Market Snapshot September 2018 Have questions? Looking for specific neighbourhood stats? Message us, we’d love to help! Info@teamrealty.ca  October 3, 2018 via the Ottawa Real Estate Board “We continue to experience supply-side issues going into our fall market. The fact is, the number of residential sales would be much higher had we more robust inventory to draw from,” states Ottawa Real Estate Board President Ralph Shaw. “Condos continue to represent a greater proportion of year-to-date unit sales with a 15 per cent increase from this time in 2017.” September 2018 Notab...

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What You Need to Know Before Listing your Home in the Fall

With this summer’s (extreme) heat behind us, and with nothing but clear skies and crisp fall months ahead, we ask you – what better time is there to sell your home? You’ve returned from your vacation, have sent the kids back off to school, and are patiently awaiting the carols of the holiday season. For now, your plate is (somewhat) clean. So, why not swap those hot summer months for a spot in this autumn’s red-hot real estate market? Here are a few helpful hints you can use to attract the fall homebuyer: Create that irresistible fall curb appeal: autumn is beautiful – arguably one of the most colourful times of year. From chrysanthemums to marigolds,...

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Kemptville Real Estate

Neighbourhood Snapshot: Kemptville “Green and Growing”

Life in Kemptville “Green and Growing” Kemptville, in the municipality of North Grenville, is one of the Ottawa areas blooming communities, fitting of the “Green and Growing” slogan! Offering a welcoming community, great schools, hospital, golf course, retirement residences, business opportunities, and an easy commute to Ottawa, its steadily growing popularity is no surprise! An easy 30-minute commute to Ottawa via the 4-lane, 416 highway Kemptville area could be considered a “bedroom community”, but it’s so much more than that! With the steady growth of population, as well as a recent boom in economic and real estate development, it should be a seriou...

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Protecting Your Home from Critters

As the cooler weather starts to roll in, we are all thinking of cozying up indoors and unfortunately our furry friends outside are also thinking the same. Wild animals are currently looking for warm spaces to call home for the winter months and unfortunately our homes can be an attractive target. When animals get into a home, the damage can be severe and costly to fix but fortunately, with some careful planning you can ensure that you are not welcoming some unwanted guests over the winter months. Ottawa is home to many different critters but let’s take a look at the most common and how we can prevent them from entering our homes. While you are doing yo...

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Frolic into Fall: Fall Maintenance Tips for Homeowners

Getting ready for fall can sound like a chore. Taking care of your home is a big responsibility, however with a few simple tips and tricks, getting ready for fall can be quick and simple. The important aspect of getting ready for fall is to ensure that your home is fall and winter read, and that all the appropriate maintenance has been performed to keep your home in top shape before the snow begins to fall. There are a few major things to remember when it comes to winter. The wind blows harder during the winter than it does at any other time of the year. This means, that it is also more damaging. Freezing water can cause damage to concrete, metal pipes...

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August 2018 Notable Numbers in Ottawa Real Estate

Ottawa Real Estate: Market Snapshot August 2018 We continue to see a healthy real estate market in Ottawa, with inventory levels are improving but still lower than we’ve seen in previous years.  Have questions? Looking for specific neighbourhood stats? Message us, we’d love to help! Info@teamrealty.ca  Summer Ends, Active Real Estate Market Continues… September 6, 2018 Ottawa Real Estate Board member sold 1,586 residential properties in August 2018, compared with 1,535 in August 2017, an increase of 3.3 per cent. The five-year average for August sales is 1,417. August’s sales included 1,188 in the residential property class, relatively...

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We appear to have a problem:The need to disclose known defects when selling your home

Every home has its’ own unique quirks and character, however, when it comes to purchasing said home, it is important that buyers are aware of any “quirks” that may actually be deficiencies. A deficiency in a home known to the seller is required to be disclosed to the buyer by law, ensuring that any future damage/repair costs cannot be something that the seller becomes liable for. When it comes to disclosing deficiencies in a home, there are two types of defects to consider – patent defects, and latent defects. A patent defect is an easily observed (obvious) defect. An example of a patent defect is a broken window, or door – this defect is visible immed...

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Reverse Mortgages: What to consider when considering a reverse mortgage

Reverse Mortgages What to consider when considering a reverse mortgage… Reverse mortgages allow homeowners to use the equity in their home as a loan, it’s a  financial strategy that is getting more common. This may be in part because a large segment of Canadian Baby Boomers (born between 1946-1964) “is on strong financial footing and on a clear path to being mortgage-free, if not already.”  But what exactly is a reverse mortgage, and how does it work?  Let’s examine the concept of a reverse mortgage, and some of the benefits and downfalls. What is a reverse mortgage? A reverse mortgage is a loan that allows you to receive money ...

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July 2018 in Ottawa Real Estate: Market Snapshot

July 2018 in Ottawa Real Estate: Market Snapshot Ottawa Real Estate Market Snapshot: July 2018:  We continue to see a healthy real estate market in Ottawa, with inventory levels are improving.  Have questions? Looking for specific neighbourhood stats? Message us, we’d love to help!!     A Sizzling Summer for Ottawa Real Estate [posted by the Ottawa Real Estate Board] August 3, 2018 Members of the Ottawa Real Estate Board sold 1,614 residential properties  in July through the Board’s Multiple Listing Service® System, compared with 1,524 in July 2017, an increase of 5.9 per cent. The five-year average for July sales is 1,501. Jul...

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The Search Is On – Listings: How the majority of buyers & sellers find listings in 2018

As the age of technology and the Internet continues to thrive, many industries have developed over the years to incorporate the constantly changing world of advertising and reaching potential clientele. Long gone are the days of people driving around on the weekends in search of potential listings, and fewer are checking the paper in search of their potential dream home. Despite these changes, the housing market is still booming and buyers and sellers alike are finding their future properties. The real question is, how has the search for real estate listings changed? The majority of that question can be answered with just one word: Internet. With mille...

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Neighbourhood Snapshot: Exploring Almonte

Under 30 minutes to Ottawa, Almonte is an Area Home Buyers Should Consider Most of us have heard the Mark Twain quote  “Buy land, they’ve stopped making it”,  there’s no doubt that investing in real estate is a great way to build equity.   As prices in the urban centres creep up, more Ottawa buyers are purchasing condos as a way to get into real estate investment.  We saw a condo boom in 2017 and the trend is continuing into 2018.  While this is a great option, if the condo lifestyle doesn’t appeal to you, you might consider bucking the trend of urbanisation, and choose to put down rural roots.  Not convinced?  If you love...

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Listed, Viewed, Sold! Steps in the home selling process 

Listed, Viewed, Sold! Steps in the home selling process   Selling your home is a big task, and an important one to pay critical attention to – as your house is typically your biggest asset. Ensuring that you’re ready to start this journey is key, and being as prepared as possible can ensure your house is sold for its’ top value. There are many important steps along the way when it comes to selling your house, and to take off some of the pressures, we’ve laid them out for you in this article. Find a realtor Your realtor is going to be your best friend when it comes to selling your home. They play a critical role in this process, and you want to be sur...

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Choosing a Realtor That’s Right for You

Choosing a Realtor That’s Right for You When it comes time for you to buy or sell your home, you’ll want to be sure that you have the guidance and support necessary for you to make a decision you’re most comfortable with. With that said, finding the right Realtor is just as (if not more) important as finding the right home. We know that by choosing Royal LePage Team Realty you are trusting us to ensure your real estate transaction goes smoothly and that your interests and investments are protected, our REALTORS® take this responsibility very seriously. Selling your home? Albeit a little overwhelming at first glance, the selling process can actually run...

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Airbnb: New regulations may change your investment

To Airbnb or not to Airbnb? New regulations in Ottawa  In the past few years, the trend of Airbnb has been sweeping the nation.  Airbnb gives property owners a platform to rent income properties and even their own homes as short term rentals.  With the homeowner in control of timing and rates, this can be a great way to off-set the costs of owning a property.   However, with the implementation of new taxes for short term rentals and with some condominium corporations changing their rules to disallow individuals from utilizing their units for such purposes, it may not be as profitable as it once was.   Knowing the facts will help you make an informed d...

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Ottawa real estate June 2018

Ottawa Real Estate Market Snapshot: June 2018 

June 2018 in Ottawa Real Estate: Market Snapshot Ottawa Real Estate Market Snapshot: June 2018:  The Ottawa Condo market is leading the way in units sold, up over 16% in the first half of 2018 compared to the same time period last year, experts say Buyers looking for affordable homes may be turning to the Condo market, due to the increase in price in single family homes.  Compared with 2017 Ottawa home sales in the $250-275K price point have decreased by 37%, and we’ve seen a 41%  decrease in the $275-300K price range. Have questions? Looking for specific neighbourhood stats? Message us, we’d love to help!!   News Release ...

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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 opportunities to buy and sell.  Stats show that houses (and people) are making moves during the warmer months and many buyers and sellers 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 finance department. Mostly because finances on a large scale become a stressful process for people. However, when it comes to organizing your...

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Fun things to do in Ottawa

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. Have you ever arrived at your destination tired, wishing you’d just stayed home?  If the answer is yes, you can take the stress out of your vac...

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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 community to watch. This neighbourhood has lots of amenities along with easy access to the Queensway making travel within the city a breeze. Sit...

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Ottawa Real Estate Market Snapshot: May 2018 

Ottawa Real Estate Market Snapshot: May 2018:  While inventory is still lower than normal, the number of listings coming onto the market this month is typical spring activity! Have questions? Looking for specific neighbourhood stats? Message us!! The following are hightlights 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 condo...

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