Monthly Archives February 2017

Your Winter Purge

Whether you are staging your home for sale, packing for an upcoming move, downsizing, or just trying to keep clutter under control, winter is a great time to purge closet, cabinets, attics, and basements. Reducing your belongings makes it easier to keep your home clean and organized, and especially of you have a move on the horizon, streamlining your storage will literally lighten your load. Weeding through clothing, cookware and collections is less overwhelming when you have a game plan. Here is a tried-and-true method that many of our clients have used to prepare their homes for sale. First, completely
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Why Move? A Look into Canada's Homebuyers

How many times have you moved (so far) in your lifetime? Once? Twice? For a brief time while in school? Work? Or have you moved far too many times to even count? What about those times that you have moved from one place to another, were they on your own? Were they with your family? Your partner? A few friends? And did you live in these homes for long enough to consider it a home? Sure, the vast majority of us may answer differently to each of these questions, but we do share one common factor: the overall experience. Truth
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The Bank of Mom and Dad: Living as Millennials

  It’s no secret: the cost of living is expensive. Regardless of who we are and what we do, we live and breathe steep living costs day in and day out. It’s a fact of life: if we’re not saving our pennies, we’re spending them; if we’re not paying off one bill, we are another. It’s the never-ending cycle of our (financial) lives. Enter: mom and dad. For the vast majority of us, mom and dad means home; and home is where the heart is, after all. It’s become a common trend among many baby boomers to take part in
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Neighbourhood Spotlight: Centrepointe

Centrepointe is an attractive residential neighhourhood in Ottawa’s west end, within the boundaries of Baseline Road to the north; Pineview, Mapleview and Wycliffe Crescents to the south; Woodroffe to the east; and near Marble Arch Crescent to the west. Located in College Ward, in the former city of Nepean, this area provides the convenience and activity of an urban neighbourhood with the relative quiet and bucolic appeal of a more suburban setting. Among Ottawa’s newer residential neighbourhoods, Centrepointe was farmland until the 1980’s, when the land was sold to one of Ottawa’s major developers, Minto Construction, who built a variety
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Canada Celebrates 150 Years!

  The milestone has arrived – our country’s 150th year. What better time than now to stand proud and represent our Nation as a united community? We are very fortunate to be living in Ottawa – our Capital. We’ve certainly come a long way since our founders first settled here 190 years ago. Originating as Bytown, Ottawa was initially built to house labourers who had been recruited to help build the Rideau Canal. Times have changed between then and now. We are no longer considered the “town that fun forgot” nor are we solely known for being “the highway to Montreal“.
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2017 resale market off to a great start

Members of the Ottawa Real Estate Board sold 667 residential properties in January through the Board’s Multiple Listing Service system, compared with 598 in January 2016, an increase of 11.5 percent. The five-year average for January sales is 614. The average sale price of a residential-class property sold in January in the Ottawa area was $394,001, an increase of 1.9 percent over January 2016.
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2017 is off to a great start!

Update below from the Ottawa Real Estate Board  2017 resale market off to a great start OTTAWA, February 3, 2017 – Members of the Ottawa Real Estate Board sold 667 residential properties in January through the Board’s Multiple Listing Service® system, compared with 598 in January 2016, an increase of 11.5 per cent. The five-year average for January sales is 614. “The year is off to a great start, with sales up over this time last year, and well above the five-year average,” remarks Rick Eisert, President of the Ottawa Real Estate Board. “Residential-class resales supported this increase, with a 16.6
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Beating the Winter Blues

It’s winter time in our Nation’s Capital! The New Year is well underway, and as we’ve carefully selected our resolutions (and have spent the majority of these last few weeks trying to abide by them) we reminisce on the post-joys of Christmas and the excitement of a New Year. However, regardless the amount of joy in our hearts and happiness in our homes, the cold weather tends to overstay its welcome far too often. Admit it, we’ll soon catch ourselves wishing for less snow, warmer weather, and oodles upon oodles of sunshine. Wishful thinking, I’ll say. Truth is, we live
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Snow Bird Home Security Tips

Savvy travelers know that if you are heading south this winter, you will only be able to truly relax and unwind if you make sure that your home is safe, secure, and looked after while you are gone. Hiring a housesitter is a great way to make sure everything runs smoothly in your absence, but there are many simple precautions you can take to keep your home secure while you are away: Know Your Neighbours Safe neighbourhoods are created by neighbours who know each other and are concerned for each others welfare. Checking in your neighbours regularly will keep you
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