Monthly Archives August 2012

Bel Air Heights – $489,000

Wow! Renovated 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom split level family home with no rear yard neighbours. This special home features an open concept floor plan with hardwood floors, a finished and versatile lower level, and so much more! Mature & private 55′ x 100′ lot! 60-90 day / TBA possession. Highly recommended @ 1193 Whitmore Avenue! (more info)
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Kanata Lakes – $529,000

Beautifully maintained 4 bedroom, 2.5 bathroom Coscan built family home with 9′ ceilings, main level family room overlooking the kitchen/eat-in area, and a main level den too! The large master bedroom boasts a balcony which is also accessed from another bedroom too! Many features include 5 piece ensuite bathroom, hardwood flooring, oversized 2 car garage, double-sided gas fireplace and more! Child friendly @ 86 Insmill Crescent! (more info)
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Weekly tip – Concrete stains?

Need to lift a nasty grease stain off your patio? Dump a generous amount of dishwasher detergent over the spot and let it sit. After a while, rinse it away with boiling water, then repeat the process.
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Barrhaven – $379,000

Impressive 3 bedroom, 2.5 bathroom single family home with no rear yard neighbours! Recent updates include a newly renovated kitchen, renovated bathrooms, new gas furnace & central air, updated windows, new roof, and so much more! Hardwood floors throughout main and second levels, too! Bright & spacious @ 40 Raftus Square! (more info)
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Buying Real Estate for Your Child

For parents faced with the prospect of their children attending a post secondary school in another community, city or province, and finding suitable living accommodations for their loved one can be somewhat daunting… and trying to find that perfect home away from home can sometimes be an impossibility. An alternative, when taking into consideration the cost of living in residence or renting a room that offers no return on your investment, is buying a home or condominium that your child can share with other room mates. The cost to carry the mortgage, taxes, maintenance, heat and hydro can mostly be
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Rae Lanoy

“Dear Jeff: I want to thank you very much for your help in selling my condo. You made it easy for Bob & I. It is greatly appreciated.”
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Ottawa Real Estate Statistics

The Ottawa Real Estate Board reported an increase in unit sales in July by 3.4% over July 2011. This is in line with the five year historical average for sales in the month of July (1,360). The average sale price was $337,518, a small decrease of 1.2% compared to July 2011. New listings were down from the previous month but up from July 2011 and the listing inventory was also down from June but up from July 2011. The sales to listing inventory ratio dropped from seller’s market territory to 21%, which indicates a Balanced Market. The days on market
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Making a Claim in Small Claims Court

The information provided below is not legal advice, and it may not apply in every situation. Before making a claim, there are a number of factors you may want to consider, and a number of pieces of information you will need to collect. 1. You Will Need the Legal Name of the Person or Business. You will need to know the legal name of the person or business and a current residential or business address. It is necessary to have the correct information about who you are suing to properly prepare and serve your claim, and to enforce a judgment
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Septic Systems and What You Need to Know Before You Buy

It is imperative when considering buying a home that is serviced by a septic system that the system be inspected by a professional septic engineer. Initially this inspection may seem costly, however it can save you thousands of dollars in future repairs or replacement costs. The cost to replace or upgrade a system is far greater than installing a new one on a virgin site. The cost for replacement can be as high as $20,000. to $30,000., sometimes more, depending on how much damage the old system has done to the soils in and around the system and surrounding property.
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Steady summer sales in the Ottawa housing market

Members of the Ottawa Real Estate Board sold 1,366 residential properties in July through the Board’s Multiple Listing Service® system, compared with 1,321 in July 2011, an increase of 3.4 per cent. The five-year average for July sales is 1,360.July’s sales included 304 in the condominium property class, and 1,062 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. “The number of
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