Ottawa’s Resale Housing Market-2019-RECORD BREAKING

January 7, 2020

Ottawa Resale Home Prices up 8.9 % in 2019 Ottawa’s resale housing market enjoyed a record-breaking year in 2019 in both average sale prices and the number of properties sold. In a press release looking back at our market in 2019, the Ottawa Real Estate Board reports the average resale price of a residential...

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WORKING WITH CLIENTS RELOCATING TO OTTAWA FROM ALL OVER THE WORLD

January 7, 2020

As a Realtor with 30+ years of experience helping clients purchase properties in Ottawa, I regularly receive referrals from relocation agencies who assist employees coming to the National Capital area. Assisting new commers (or those returning to the city) is my specialty as I am well versed on the needs of a variety of...

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Tis the Season

December 23, 2019

It’s that time of year when we take time to connect with family & friends and enjoy the holiday season together. As a Realtor in Ottawa for more than 30 years, it’s also a time when I go through the names in my “Rolodex” (OK, I’m dating myself) and think of how thankful...

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Why Ottawa is a great city for first-time homebuyers

December 17, 2019

Consider yourself fortunate if you live in Ottawa and have been putting aside funds towards buying your first home. For many years, Ottawa has been one of the most affordable large cities in Canada, with average resale home prices about half of what they are in Vancouver and Toronto, whether you’re looking for a...

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Don’t Feel Like Cooking Christmas Dinner?

December 16, 2019

Looking for a Christmas dinner in Ottawa without the hours of effort that go into preparing one? While many people love cooking for an annual family gathering, there are others who prefer to relax and leave the cooking to someone else. In Ottawa, as I tell my real estate clients who are...

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Ottawa Resale Home & Condo Prices Up 9 % Year-to-Date

December 5, 2019

Ottawa’s resale housing market saw a busier than usual November, with the number of sales above average for the month and properties selling quickly, partly because of continuing low inventory, the Ottawa Real Estate Board reports. In its news release on Ottawa’s market in November of 2019, the Board says its members sold 1,288 residential...

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Tips on Reducing Winter Heating Bills

November 18, 2019

With winter heading our way, the days are getting colder, darkness arrives earlier, and our hydro bills can increase over the season as we keep our homes warm and comfortable. According to Hydro Ottawa, heating our homes accounts for up to 60 per cent of the typical family’s energy use. So it makes sense to...

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TWO GOVERNMENT INCENTIVES FOR FIRST-TIME HOME BUYERS

November 14, 2019

With the recent re-election of the Liberal Government, it will be interesting to see if there are any changes to two programs designed to assist first-time buyers with the cost of purchasing their first home. Some financial experts have questioned whether the programs achieve the goal of helping young first-time buyers to get into the...

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Ottawa Resale Market Sees Hottest October in 15 years

November 5, 2019

Fall is sometimes the season when home sales start to slow down a little from the busy spring-summer market, but Ottawa’s hot resale housing market has just seen its busiest October in 15 years, with the number of properties sold up more than 15% over October of 2018. Average resale prices were...

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Electric Vehicles: A Q&A for Property Buyers

November 4, 2019

It’s not a subject that comes up every day when I’m helping a client buy a house or condominium unit in Ottawa, but with the increased concern for the environment, I’m expecting to meet more and more buyers who have purchased an electric vehicle or are considering one. These buyers will be looking for...

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