Monthly Archives December 2017

Ring in the New Year, Ottawa Style!

Ring in the New Year, Ottawa Style! 2017 is coming to an end and it’s been an epic year of celebrating Canada’s 150. Ring in the New Year with one of the incredible events happening all over the city! Click here for the full list of events.  
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2017 Recap!

2017 was an amazing year for Real Estate in Ottawa! Records were broken and property values continue to increase. As the year comes to a close, let’s take a look back at some of the highlights with our Top 20 Blog Posts of 2017! #20 – Understanding Multiple Offers This year the Ottawa market became more competitive than ever before and multiple offers have become far more common. Here are some helpful hints to help you navigate multiple offers! #19 – Pets and Real Estate New research emerged this year showing that more and more homeowners are making housing decisions
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Buying without a Realtor

Buying a house is a big investment, so it is natural to look for ways to save money wherever possible. Some buyers and sellers may assume that they can stretch their budget further if they handle the entire purchase themselves. Doing this may seem like a good way save you money, but can also lead to problems and higher costs in the long run.  As a buyer, hiring a Realtor typically does not cost you a cent; your Real estate agent will be paid from the commission on the sale of the home. Hiring a professional who is on your
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The Week Before Christmas at a Glance

Events Happening in Ottawa Dec 18th – 24th Christmas is just around the corner, which means that there’s only a few shopping days left. Hopefully, you’ve got that covered and have time to enjoy some of the amazing things happening around the city this week! Click here for the list of events.  
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Winter: Time to keep the heat IN, and your costs DOWN

As winter begins to cover the ground with snow, we Canadians are aware, there’s much more coming our way than just a light dusting. Shoveling snow, spreading salt, and digging out your frozen car, are just some of the “joys” winter may bring to you this season. As the costs of heat and electricity continue to rise, Jack Frost will be nipping at your pocketbook, wanting to extend his winter chills to the interior of your home. If you’re hoping to keep the cold outside, and your heating costs down, the best thing for you to do is to get
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How an in-law suite can add value to your house

Looking for a way to increase the value of your home or simply a way to give your parent or in-law their own space? Living in a multi-generational household can have its challenges, but adding an in-law suite to your home can create a better home dynamic, give privacy, and increase the worth of your house. Click here for more.  
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DreamWorks Animation: The Exhibition

December 8th, 2017 – April 8th, 2018 Ever wanted to get a behind-the-scenes look at how digital animation really works? Or what the creative process behind your favourite movies, like Shrek or How to Train Your Dragon, really looks like? From December 8th, 2017 to April 8th, 2018 you can take the whole family to the Canadian Museum of History to see the exciting DreamWorks: Animation Exhibition. Click here to take a look at what to expect!
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Christmas in the Capital

December has arrived! And with it, for many, comes the anticipation of holiday activities, traditions and celebrating with family and friends. We’ve been lucky to have had some truly incredible events in the Ottawa area this year, but it’s not over yet!   As Canada 150 comes to a close, there are a multitude of Christmas events that are taking place all over our City, allowing us to commemorate the end of one year, and the start of something new with our family and our friends. Here’s a taste of what’s happening in Ottawa this holiday season: Alight at Night at
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Mild Winter? Yes, Please!

White Christmas, followed by mild winter, says Environment Canada Tired of cold, endless winters? You’re in luck! This year Ottawa has an excellent chance of a white Christmas, probably followed by a winter on the mild side, Environment Canada says. Click here for the full article.  
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Ottawa Real Estate Latest Market Snapshot

It’s hard to believe November is over but here we are!  If you’ve been following Ottawa real estate you’ll know it’s been a busy 2017 and December will likely be no exception.  With the new mortgage rules coming into play in a few short weeks, many buyers are motivated to have firm deals completed before January 1st, 2017. We’ve included the latest news release from the Ottawa Real Estate Board below.  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.
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Ottawa Real Estate Latest Market Snapshot

It’s hard to believe November is over but here we are!  If you’ve been following Ottawa real estate you’ll know it’s been a busy 2017 and December will likely be no exception.  With the new mortgage rules coming into play in a few short weeks, many buyers are motivated to have firm deals completed before January 1st, 2017. We’ve included the latest news release from the Ottawa Real Estate Board below.  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.
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From Smart Phones to Smart Homes

Smart phone technology is readying us to embrace the connected home   Integrating technology with the home, and home automation are not new ideas. But, today consumers are embracing Smart Phones and technology more than ever, and it seems to be paving the way to homes functioning with a tap of a finger. Is that why “smart homes” are suddenly a big topic in today’s technology market? Click here for the full article.  
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What to do this Weekend

Things to do in Ottawa this Weekend! Looking for something fun to do? In spirit of the eventful year our capital has had so far, there’s even more great events for you to partake in this weekend! Like the Santa Shuffle 5K Fun Run at Lansdowne, or outdoor skating at the SENS Rink of Dreams. Click here for the full list of this weekend’s events!
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