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2016 proves to be a record-breaking year for Ottawa resales

Members of the Ottawa Real Estate Board sold 715 residential properties in December through the Board’s Multiple Listing Service® System, compared with 703 in December 2015, an increase of 1.7 per cent. The five-year average for December sales in 656. The total number of residential and condo units sold through the Board’s MLS® System throughout […]

Safe Snow & Ice Removal

Keeping driveways and walkways clear is essential for winter safety, but did you know that thousands of people end up in the emergency room every year due to injuries acquired while shoveling? Muscle strains, falls, and even heart attacks are not uncommon when people approach winter yard work without taking the proper safety measures. If […]

Inventory levels trending downwards in November

Members of the Ottawa Real Estate Board sold 995 residential properties in November through the Board’s Multiple Listing Service® System, compared with 986 in November 2015, an increase of 0.9 per cent. The five-year average for November sales is 939. The condo market appears to be on the rise now, a welcome change compared to […]

Second Thoughts on Open Floor Plans

In previous eras, an impressive home was one with many rooms, each intended for a separate family activity. But in the past fifty years, builders have realized that, by designing connected spaces with fewer interior walls, they can fit more usable living space into the same square footage. Open floor plans are popular with many […]

5 Ways to Make a New House Feel Like Home

Moving into a new house is an exciting occasion and the chance for a new beginning. At the same time, a new house may not instantly feel like home. It takes time to settle into your new surroundings and make a place your own. Here are five of our favourite tips to speed up the […]

Condo sales lead the way

Members of the Ottawa Real Estate Board sold 1,214 residential properties in October through the Board’s Multiple Listing Service® System, compared with 1,159 in October 2015, an increase of 4.7 per cent. The five-year average for October sales is 1,130. While residential sales are identical to that of October 2015, condominium sales have soared – […]

How to Navigate Real Estate when Blending Families

When things are going well in a relationship, the desire to cohabitate is nearly inevitable. However, when you each have kids from previous relationships, and separate homes and finances, it’s easy to get cold feet. With blended families representing one out of every eight two-parent families in Canada, clearly love finds ways! Read on for […]

Little House on the Property: Ottawa’s Coach House Proposal

Are tiny houses about to start popping up in Ottawa backyards? If proposed new zoning bylaws gain solid footing, it will soon be legal to build and rent small separate dwellings, referred to as ‘coach houses’, under certain conditions. These units may offer solutions to many dilemmas facing homeowners and buyers, such as the need […]

The Psychology of Interior Design

When you think of interior design, what comes to mind? Many of us picture paint chips and fabric swatches, but there is so much more to design than achieving a certain aesthetic for your home. In fact, design psychology is growing in popularity as a field of study. In the 1990s, Dr. Susan Lee Painter […]

September was another active month

Members of the Ottawa Real Estate Board sold 1,371 residential properties in September through the Board’s Multiple Listing Service® System, compared with 1,241 in September 2015, an increase of 10.5 per cent. The five-year average for September sales is 1,171. Units listed in both residential and condominium property classes continue to decline, from 2,076 listed […]

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