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Spring Market Continues to Blossom!

Members of the Ottawa Real Estate Board sold 1,795 residential properties in April through the Board’s Multiple Listing Service System, compared with 1,711 in April 2016, an increase of 4.9 percent. The five-year average for April sales is 1,613. Sales activity is indicating a trend towards a seller’s market. Lower inventory, combined with increased demand, […]

Cleaning Without Chemicals

Whether you are preparing your home for sale or just performing regular cleaning and maintenance, you probably have a collection of cleaners and chemicals to help get the job done. But as more and more people experience allergies to strong chemicals and sensitivities to the powerful odours and perfumes they contains, it is worthwhile to […]

Neighbourhood Spotlight: Glabar Park

Glabar Park is a quiet and conveniently-located neighbourhood in Bay Ward, in Ottawa’s west end. Bounded by Maitland and Fairlawn Avenues to the east and west, and Carling Avenue and the Quensway to the north and south, Glabar park is easily accessible to many of the west end’s major arteries. A variety of shopping outlets […]

Moving Tips from Frequent Movers

Next to losing a job or grieving a loved one, moving can be one of life’s most stressful experiences. So how do military families, mobile executives, and others manage to do it on a regular basis? By having systems to stay organized and reduce the stress. If you are planning a move this spring or […]

March Resale Market

Members of the Ottawa Real Estate Board sold 1,485 residential properties in March through the Board’s Multiple Listing Service System, compared with 1,160 in March 2016, an increase of 28 percent. The five-year average for March sales is 1,240. Unit sales for March marked the second-best on record, only 13 units down from the record […]

Planning for an Accessible Future

Universal or inclusive design is the idea that products and buildings should be planned and built to be useful to as wide an audience as possible, regardless of their ability or age. It is an increasingly common consideration in home-building, and one reflected in recent changes to the Ontario Building Code that increase accessibility requirements […]

Is spring in the air?

Member of the Ottawa Real Estate Board sold 1,011 residential and condominium properties in February through the Board’s Multiple Listing Service system, an increase of 11.2% compared with February 2016. The average sale price of a residential – class property sold in February in the Ottawa area was $417,374, an increase of 8.5% over February […]

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 […]

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 […]

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