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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 […]

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 […]

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