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The Health Benefits of Walkable Neighbourhoods

Walking is an easy and affordable form of exercise: it does not require special equipment or training, and you can do it almost anywhere. But it can be a challenge to incorporate walking into your everyday activities as exercise if you rely on a car to make your daily commute, travel to family activities, and […]

Buying a Home as a Single Parent

The idea of home ownership may seem daunting as a single parent, especially as home prices are on the upswing in many areas. But single people, including single parents, are owning homes in record numbers, and benefitting from these rising home values. According to Statistics Canada, more than one in four homes in Canada were […]

Downsize Your Stuff Without Downsizing Your Spirit

The decision to downsize your living space can land you big savings in costs and time. But the challenge of downsizing your stuff can be daunting. Careful planning, some healthy mental and emotional strategies, and arming yourself with a great team will help you look forward to a smooth transition to your new home. Build […]

Ottawa in Autumn: 5 Ways to Celebrate the Season

Not ready to say goodbye to summer? We hope this list of fun fall activities makes the transition a little easier. With beautiful scenery and plenty of local events, autumn is one of the best seasons to be an Ottawan. See the Leaves. Canada’s fall foliage is unparalleled. Even residential streets are transformed into an […]

Record-breaking year to date for Ottawa resales

Members of the Ottawa Real Estate Board sold 1,484 residential properties in August through the Board’s Multiple Listing Service® System, compared with 1,276 in August 2015, an increase of 16.3 per cent. The five-year average for August is 1,265. To date, this has been a record breaking year for units sold. The average sale price […]

Downsizing vs Upgrading: How Much Space Do You Need?

One of the first factors homebuyers should consider before exploring the market is size. How much square-footage is ideal for your family? Do you require a backyard or a two-car garage? How many bedrooms? Choosing the right amount of space is vital to ensure your home compliments your lifestyle and budget. When current homeowners are […]

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 […]

The Rise of the Home Office: How Remote Work Affects Home Buyers

Has house hunting also become office hunting? With technology becoming more advanced and more present in the home, the need for cubicles and meeting rooms is dwindling. A 2008 study by Statistics Canada determined that more than 1 out 5 university graduates work from home. Since then, the numbers keep rising. Employers have found that […]

Summer resales sizzle in a hot July

Members of the Ottawa Real Estate Board sold 1,491 residential properties in July through the Board’s Multiple Listing Service® System, compared with 1,430 in July 2015, an increase of 4.3 per cent. The five-year average for July sales is 1,717. Sales continue to outpace 2015 numbers both in monthly and year-to-date comparisons. However, we are […]

Record-breaking June for Ottawa resales

Members of the Ottawa Real Estate Board sold 1,985 residential properties in June through the Board’s Multiple Listing Service® System, compared with 1,691 in June 2015, an increase of 17.4 per cent. The five year average for June sales is 1,717. Year-to-date units sold for the first half of 2016 are also performing quite well […]

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