Monthly Archives May 2018

Neighbourhood Spotlight: Briargreen

Carved out of forest and farmland in the later 1960’s to early 1970’s, Briargreen is a neighbourhood in Ottawa’s west end, noted for its many mature trees and well-maintained properties with ample yards, many with swimming pools. Located in College Ward is what was formerly the city of Nepean, Briargreen contains detached and semi-detached homes in a variety of styles that reflect the period of the area’s development. Ottawa’s verdant Pinecrest Cemetery creates the northern boundary of the neighbourhood, shielding it from the traffic of Baseline Road. With only two access streets, Briargreen is well-insulated from through-traffic, but it is
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Buying a Home: What The Extras Cost

Contracts and rentals to consider in home ownership When it comes to buying a home, there are always additional fees to be considering when you make an offer. Typically, a first-time home buyer needs to be aware of the costs associated with buying a home – legal fees, mortgage rates, home insurance, closing costs, property taxes, land transfer fees…But what about those little extras not everyone considers? The contracts and rentals associated with the home such as furnaces, hot water tanks, and in some locations even your septic tanks – and what that could cost you. The main point is
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The Walls Have Eyes – And Maybe Ears

Real Estate Listings and Surveillance Systems Have you ever wondered if a house you’re looking at, might also be looking at you? Well, you’re not alone. It’s a common question when it comes to real estate listings regarding home surveillance systems, or “nanny cams.” Although there is technically no legal position preventing homeowners from having their surveillance system, it can’t help but feel a little creepy to consider that the seller may potentially be watching you as you look at their home. Some homes may have signage stating that there is video/audio surveillance. However, it is not always required depending
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Hot Market in an Icy April

Members of the Ottawa Real Estate Board sold 2,032 residential properties in April through the Board’s Multiple Listing Service System, compared with 1,788 in April 2017, an increase of 13.6 percent. The five-year average for April sales is 1,704. April sales included 416 in the condominium property class and 1,616 in the residential property class. The average sale price of a residential-class property sold in April in the Ottawa area was $455,212, an increase of 4.2 percent over April 2017. The average sale price for a condominium-class property was $269,294, an increase of 0.3 percent from April 2017. While sales
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3 Tips For Making A Major Homeowners Insurance Claim

3 Tips For Making A Major Homeowners Insurance Claim Home insurance is one of the costs that come with home ownership. You pay your premiums to your insurance company and when disaster strikes, you expect that they will pay for most, if not all of the bill.  But will they? Here are 3 tips to help you get the most out of your homeowner’s insurance claim.   Know your limits, deductibles and what your coverage includes. Depending on your policy, your insurance company may or may not cover things like water damage. By reviewing your policy, you’ll know how much you
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Hot Real Estate Market in an Icy April

Empty attachment or post type not equal ‘attachment’ The Spring market continues to buzz in Ottawa real estate, with the number of sales up over 13% in April in spite of inventory levels being down 23% over this time last year.  Home buyers are seeing more competition, which is good news for sellers.   Certainly we are seeing more multiple offers and higher sale prices, however, with prices still reasonable compared to income in Ottawa real estate these factors aren’t stopping buyers. Hot Real Estate Market in an Icy April  May 3, 2018 Highlights from the Ottawa Real Estate Board  
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Frugal Family Fun in Ottawa

Frugal Family Fun in Ottawa Did you know that entertaining and enjoying time together as a family does not need to cost a lot of money? Its true-despite what parenting magazines and social media ads would like to have you believe. Yes, there are activities that cost more than others, but there are also a lot of inexpensive and even FREE activities you can do instead.  In fact there are many free options available that you may have not even known about! One example of a free & fun outing is visiting one of the many museums around the Nation’s
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