Monthly Archives August 2016

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 process. Take a Walk. Feeling disoriented in your own neighbourhood can create a sense of unease. Take a walk or drive around your community to get your bearings. Where is the nearest park located? How do you get to the closest grocery store? Is there
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Considering Your Lifestyle When House Hunting

Buying a home is one of the biggest financial decisions you will ever make. As a result, making a smart and focused decision requires an analysis of your unique needs, allowing you to find a home that suits not only those needs but also your lifestyle. In addition to the physical attributes of a home, such as the number of bedrooms and total square footage, you should consider your lifestyle when choosing a home. Evaluate these factors on your next house-hunting adventure. Commute Time Your dream home might not be a dream if a lengthy commute comes with it. After
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Voice Control & Connected Devices Fuel Home Automation

Connected devices hooked up to the Internet are advancing home automation in a way that helps you make your new home a clean, energy efficient and welcoming place. The key to controlling the devices can be a smartphone, tablet or computer.  As you bring devices under your control and make your home a Smart Home, get them to interact with one another, you can also help them work together to improve your living environment even more. Voice automation, which involves controlling connected devices with your voice, makes it possible for you to direct many changes. Through a virtual assistant, the
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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 remote work opportunities result in happier, healthier employees who are more productive and more engaged. The shift to remote work has also saved companies millions of dollars in reduced real estate and operating costs. Even businesses that require employees to work on-site have begun implementing
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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 seeing the typical summer slowdown in July compared to June’s record-breaking numbers. Units listed in both residential and condominium property classes have declined throughout the year, which has affected overall inventory levels. The number of active listings at the end of July 2016 is down
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4 Helpful Tips for Purchasing Home Insurance for a New Homeowner

  Owning a home for the first time is incredibly exciting. After all, you have a space that is completely yours to decorate, spend time in and simply enjoy. However, with the rewards of homeownership also come the responsibilities, and people who are buying their first houses will discover that they suddenly have a whole slew of necessary to-dos. One of the most important things for a new homeowner? Buying a home insurance policy for the new house, which will not only protect the structure of the house, but also the things in it, should anything happen to it. If
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