Monthly Archives January 2018

SPRING into ACTION: Sellers

SELLERS Now’s the time to spring into action if you’re a prospective home seller. Getting your home prepared for the spring market now, will help you move quickly and efficiently  when the time comes to list. Spring is the optimum time to sell a home, as the largest numbers of buyers are actively searching for a new home during the months of April, May, and June. If you’re looking for tips, tricks, and ideas to get your home market ready, then you’ve come to the right place! Purge & Pack: What better way to clear out the winter blues, than
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The Health Effects of Urban Green Space

Those of us who live in the Ottawa region treasure our urban park lands and the woods and wilderness nearby that give us amazing opportunities for recreation and adventure. While we sense that our urban green spaces make us happy, there is mounting scientific evidence to support the idea that living among ample trees and vegetation can have a significant positive impact on our heath and life-expectancy. Research has demonstrated that women who live in greener neighbourhoods tend to give birth to healthy, high-birth-weight babies. Residents of such neighbourhoods tend to exercise more, leading to lower rates of obesity and
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SPRING into ACTION: Buyers

BUYERS Spring hasn’t begun to crack through the winter thaw, but that doesn’t mean there’s time to wait if you’re planning on purchasing a home this spring. Be prepared for the Spring Market, and ensure your home buying experience is a great one by organizing your paper work, mortgages, ideal houses, and pricing ahead of time. Spring into this home-buying season ready to buy, so that house you’ve been dreaming of, doesn’t land in the hands of another buyer. Credit Check A credit score is a numerical representation of your credit report, and having good credit is like gold when
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Neighbourhood Spotlight: Ryan Farm

Ryan Farm is one of the many desirable west end Ottawa neighbourhoods in which we frequently list homes for sale. Bounded by Woodroffe and Rowley Avenues on the west and east and by Lotta Avenue and Meadowlands Drive on the north and south, the neighbourhood has seen substantial growth and change in recent years. With expansions at Algonquin College and development nearby along Merivale and Baseline Roads, many young families have been attracted to Ryan Farm for its convenient location and attractive properties, including single detached homes, duplexes, and smaller-scale condos. Local residents have been working recently to revive their
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Moving to Ottawa? The Real Question is "Why Not?"

There’s no doubt about it, Ottawa has topped the list of real estate markets to watch in 2018. With it’s ever growing communities, and variety of opportunities for all ages, Ottawa ranks among the world’s most desirable cities to call home. With is diverse neighbourhoods, excellent education system, distinct seasons, and constant opportunities for entertainment, Ottawa gives individuals lots of reasons why they should move here. The real question is: Why not move to Ottawa? The National Capital city is very clean and green, offering unparalleled health services, economic securities and affordable housing options. In a study released by Statistics
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Setting Up A Home Exercise Space

Whether you are planning to start a new exercise regime this New Year or to break up your boring gym routine, having a space to exercise at home can be a lifesaver during long winter days. A dedicated home gym is a luxury few of us can afford, but with a few simple and affordable touches, you can set up an exercise space in your home to keep you moving and motivated until spring. If you are just starting an exercise routine, start small. Rather than invest in a large piece of exercise equipment that you may not enjoy in
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An Era of Change: 2018

An Era of Change: 2018  Canadian real estate is in an era of change.  2017 closed with a bang, as we saw some of the largest increases in real estate prices in nearly a decade. The curiosity now turns to 2018, and what can we expect to see in Ottawa, and across Canada. Ottawa is climbing the list as a hot spot for home buyers this year, joining popular cities like Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver.  Ottawa may hold an even higher interest for buyers, where real estate prices are significantly lower than areas such as Toronto and Vancouver. The pool of potential home
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A Strong Finish for Ottawa’s Real Estate Market in 2017

Members of the Ottawa Real Estate Board sold 771 residential properties in December through the Board’s Multiple Listing Service System compared with 711 in December 2016, an increase of 8.4 percent. The five-year average for December sales is 687. The average sale price of a residential-class property sold in December was $434,098, an increase of 3.4 percent over December 2016. The average sale price for a condominium-class property was $255,335, a decrease of three percent from December 2016. The total number of residential and condo units sold through the Board’s MLS System throughout all of 2017 was 17,083, compared with
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Inspired. Grateful.

I am honoured to again receive the prestigious National Chairman’s Award with Royal LePage, representing the top 1% nationally. This accomplishment could not have happened without your continuing endorsement. Thank you
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A Strong Finish for Ottawa’s Real Estate Market in 2017

2017 was quite a year in the Ottawa Real Estate market; record breaking numbers in units sold (condominium sales up over 22%) and double digit (percentage) increases in average sale price in several neighbourhoods, Canada 150 (or should we say Ottawa 150?!) was anything but average! Below we’ve included the latest news release from the Ottawa Real Estate Board.   Please note: average sale price information can be useful in establishing trends over time but should not be used as an indicator that specific properties have increased or decreased in value. The average sale price is calculated based on the total dollar volume of
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