Monthly Archives November 2017

What Canadian home buyers need to know NOW about the upcoming changes to Mortgage rules

What home buyers need to know before 2018 As of January 1, 2018, Canadian homebuyers will have to meet stiffer requirements in order to qualify for a mortgage with a federally regulated mortgage lender. Why are the Mortgage Rules changing? As Canada’s financial “watchdog” OSFI believes these new rules will decrease the risks for Canadian households with significant debt if and when the interest rates rise. Are you a Confused by the upcoming changes to the mortgage rules? Don’t panic. Our very own Kent Browne, Owner and Broker at Royal LePage Team Realty, sat down with Mortgage Broker York Polk 
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Why it doesn’t always PAY to sell your home yourself

With today’s hot real estate market, it may be tempting to consider listing your home yourself, without the assistance of a real estate professional; it is often seen as a way to increase profits since no commission will need to be paid out but in reality, this is not often the case. If you choose to sell your home “For Sale By Owner”(FSBO), there are many factors to consider including additional costs and stress, so it is always advisable to list with a Realtor who knows what they are doing; you may actually make more money by doing so! Here
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Making a Smart Purchase in a Seller’s Market

While Ottawa’s real estate market remains more balanced than some other large Canadian cities, increasing condo sales and a tightening inventory of available homes means that, in many Ottawa neighbourhoods, sellers will have the advantage in real estate negotiations. If you are interested in making a purchase in such a market, it is especially important to work with an experienced real estate professional whose negotiation skills and local knowledge will give you an edge as a buyer. Getting the home you want can be a challenge in a competitive real estate environment, but there are still things you can do
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Residential Landlord Rules: An Update

Over the past year, there have been many significant changes to the rules for Residential Landlords. These changes may seem overwhelming, but we are here to help; if you have any further questions, do not hesitate to contact a Realtor. Outlined below are the major rule changes as well as an understanding of how they may affect you as either a landlord or a tenant. September 2016 – Terminations for Domestic Abuse New rules have been put in place involving the termination of a lease in the case of domestic abuse. The landlord no longer has the ability to challenge
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Resale prices climb in October!

Members of the Ottawa Real Estate Board sold 1,243 residential properties in October through the Board’s Multiple Listing Service System, compared with 1,214 in October 2016, an increase of 2.3 percent. The five year average for October sales in 1,165. We continue to see the resale market outpace last year’s performance, which included 261 in the condominium property class, and 982 in the residential property class. Condominium sales continue to drive the overall residential sales market, with a year to date increase of 21.4 percent over the same time period last year. Year to date, there has been an increase
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Ottawa Real Estate Update: October Market Snapshot

posted November 2nd, 2017 by the Ottawa Real Estate Board “Leaves may be falling, but the real estate market is not” OTTAWA, Nov. 2, 2017 – Members of the Ottawa Real Estate Board sold 1,243 residential properties in October through the Board’s Multiple Listing Service® System,compared with 1,214 in October 2016, an increase of 2.3 per cent. The five-year average for October sales is 1,165. “As we enter the 3rd quarter of the year, we continue to see the resale market outpace last year’s performance, which was also a stellar year,” says Rick Eisert, President of the Ottawa Real Estate
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New Mortgage Rules for January 2018

Are you a Canadian homeowner? A first time home buyer? Do you see yourself purchasing a home for your family in foreseeable future? If you’ve answered “yes” to any of these questions, or have considered tapping into the real estate market in the New Year, keep reading! The time has come, once again, for the Canadian mortgage rules to change. Effective January 1st , 2018 the Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions (OSFI) will be implementing new mortgage regulations that may ultimately reduce purchasing power on conventional purchases and refinancing of all homes. Of course, as word of these new
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Ottawa Tops the List of Best Places to Live in Canada

For the second year in a row, MoneySense Magazine has ranked Ottawa as the #1 place to live in Canada. This news is hardly a surprise to those of us who love the Capital City. Ottawa has low unemployment, a healthy median income of $91,000 per year, and a less frenzied real estate market than other large Canadian cities, MoneySense says. Considering historic upgrades to public transit, access to excellent health and medical services, and ever-expanding opportunities to enjoy world-class arts and culture, and it is no wonder that Ottawa is such a desirable place to call home. MoneySense used
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