Monthly Archives April 2012

New listing! Centrepointe – $995,000

Where to begin? This is absolutely one of the most spectacular homes in Centrepointe! Large all-brick four bedroom custom Minto built R2000 home with private entrance to Centrepointe Park! Large principal rooms, main level den, oversized garage, inground pool/hot tub with w/outdoor washroom/shower and so much more! Fully fin. lower level w/oversized windows! Updated shingles! 90-120 day poss. Simply incomparable @ 31 Northgate Street! (more info)
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An interesting article about interest rates…

It’s time to start planning your rising interest rate escape plan. Rates aren’t on the increase just yet. But the Bank of Canada on Tuesday indicated — central banks always indicate, they never say — that economic conditions are improving enough for it to start looking for an opening to raise rates from today’s freakishly low levels. One year from now, it’s quite possible rates will be higher than they are now and climbing. (click here to read the full article, from The Globe and Mail)
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Weekly tip – Water your plants, while you’re away!

Poke a small hole in the side of a plastic bottle, near the bottom, and fill it with water. Place it on the soil beside your plant. The slow drip will provide steady moisture while you are away. Use a 12-ounce bottle for small plants; for large houseplants or outdoor plants use a 2-litre bottle.
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Spring has sprung an increase in residential sales

Members of the Ottawa Real Estate Board sold 1,396 residential properties in March through the Board’s Multiple Listing Service® system, compared with 1,240 in March 2011, an increase of 12.6 per cent. The five-year average for March sales is 1,276.March’s sales included 277 in the condominium property class, and 1,119 in the residential property class. The condominium property class includes any property, regardless of style (i.e. detached, semi-detached, apartment, stacked etc.), which is registered as a condominium, as well as properties which are co-operatives, life leases and timeshares. The residential property class includes all other residential properties. “Along with the
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Ottawa Real Estate Statistics

The Ottawa Real Estate Board reported on Wednesday that sales increased year over year by 12.6% in March compared to March last year.  Condominium sales were down by 7% while residential class sales were up by 19%.  The average sale price for March was $353,684 which was an increase of 2.1% over March 2011 and was virtually unchanged from February 2012.  There was an increase in new listings taken in the month and the listing inventory is higher than normal. The sales to listing inventory ratio indicates the market has edged just into seller market territory.  Typical of this time
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A thought…

“The greatest results in life are usually attained by simple means and the exercise of ordinary qualities. These may for the most part be summed in these two: common sense and perseverance.” – Owen Feltham
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Weekly tip – Shower head blockage?

Mineral deposits build up in your shower head and block the flow of water. – Fill a plastic sandwich bag with vinegar. Pull the bag up so that the shower head is completely immersed in the vinegar. Use a rubber band to attach the bag. Leave it to soak for several hours or overnight. Remove the bag, and if necessary, use an old tooth brush and toothpicks to clean all of the holes.
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New listing! Britannia – $530,000

Well-maintained owner-occupied duplex w/lower level in-law suite in a choice location, with nearby access to the river & Britannia Park. Main & second level three bedroom units feature an open-concept floorplan w/hdwd floors & an eat-in kitchen! This property also features a double det. garage (’07) w/additional parking, tar/gravel roof (’06), updated electrical panels, lower level walk-out & more! Home and income @ 2864 Haughton Avenue! (more info)
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