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Low Inventory Could Leave Some Buyers Out in the Cold

Members of the Ottawa Real Estate board sold 712 residential properties in January through the Board’s Multiple Listing Service System, compared with 664 in January 2017, an increase for 7.2 percent. The five-year average for January sales is 638. While January is typically the month we see the lowest number of listings come onto the […]

Mortgage Before Marriage: Buying a Home with a Partner

A growing number of Canadian couples are choosing common-law partnerships over marriage. According to recent census data, nearly 20% of households in Canada now include a common-law couple, and studies by Canadian mortgage insurers indicate that a quarter of all couples with mortgages are now unmarried. While it is certainly not the same as marriage, […]

The Health Effects of Urban Green Space

Those of us who live in the Ottawa region treasure our urban park lands and the woods and wilderness nearby that give us amazing opportunities for recreation and adventure. While we sense that our urban green spaces make us happy, there is mounting scientific evidence to support the idea that living among ample trees and […]

Neighbourhood Spotlight: Ryan Farm

Ryan Farm is one of the many desirable west end Ottawa neighbourhoods in which we frequently list homes for sale. Bounded by Woodroffe and Rowley Avenues on the west and east and by Lotta Avenue and Meadowlands Drive on the north and south, the neighbourhood has seen substantial growth and change in recent years. With […]

Setting Up A Home Exercise Space

Whether you are planning to start a new exercise regime this New Year or to break up your boring gym routine, having a space to exercise at home can be a lifesaver during long winter days. A dedicated home gym is a luxury few of us can afford, but with a few simple and affordable […]

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

Members of the Ottawa Real Estate Board sold 771 residential properties in December through the Board’s Multiple Listing Service System compared with 711 in December 2016, an increase of 8.4 percent. The five-year average for December sales is 687. The average sale price of a residential-class property sold in December was $434,098, an increase of […]

Inspired. Grateful.

I am honoured to again receive the prestigious National Chairman’s Award with Royal LePage, representing the top 1% nationally. This accomplishment could not have happened without your continuing endorsement. Thank you

Welcome Guests with a Well-Appointed Guest Room

Hosting friends and family is one of the joys of the season. Preparing in advance can make it less stressful to receive visitors anytime. Whether you have a dedicated guest room or a more improvised arrangement for overnight guests, there are many things you can do to make hosting headache-free for you and your family. […]

Neighbourhood Spotlight: Arlington Woods

East of Greenbank and west of Knoxdale Road, just north of West Hunt Club, sits Arlington Woods, a small residential neighbourhood that is part of the larger Trend-Arlington area of western Ottawa. Originally part of the City of Nepean, which amalgamated into the City of Ottawa in 2001, the area was developed by the Campeau […]

New Mortgage Rules for 2018

Starting January 1, new mortgage lending rules will require borrowers to undergo a financial ‘stress test’ to prove they could afford their mortgage if interest rates were to increase. Currently, buyers who provide less than 20% of their purchase price as a down payment are required to insure their mortgages. They must purchase mortgage insurance […]

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