Monthly Archives March 2018

Buyers Toolkit – Springtime

Buyers Toolkit – Springtime Spring is in the air, and the real-estate market is ramping up for the beginning of buyers’ season.  Things tend to move faster in the spring and houses for sale are often sold shortly after they are listed.  As a potential home buyer, it is important to be prepared as possible before you start looking at potential homes – that way, the chance of losing your “dream home” to another buyer is greatly decreased. You may be wondering … “What are some of the important things that can help you stay on-top of, and ahead of
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Technology is Evolving to Make Our Homes Smarter Than Ever Before

Technology is always evolving, and that new tech is making homes smarter while making life easier. Homes can be outfitted with seemingly futuristic gadgets such as smart ovens that help you be a better cook, smart mattresses that help you track your sleep, and mirrors that let you virtually try on clothing in the comfort of your own home. Not only incredible tech like that, but smarter lights, smarter security, and smarter basic home functions that can save you money and keep your safer. Click here to see what’s new in the world of smart home technology.  
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Spring is here, bring on the Mudroom!

Though the people of Ottawa are thrilled to see the beginnings of a sleepy Spring take place (and the snow melt), they are less thrilled with the mess it brings into their homes. A well-designed mudroom can help limit the slushy, muddy mess and keep your home cleaner and fresher. Click here for tips on creating a high-functioning mudroom.  
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You Don’t Have to Wait to Start Gardening, Just Take it Indoors

It may be officially Spring, but it’s still fairly cold. You don’t have to wait for it to warm up, or even have the backyard space, to get started on your garden – you can start inside! A great solution to the temperature and space issues, or lacking a green thumb, is starting an indoor Hydroponic Garden. Not only will what you grow be available to you year round and accelerate plant growth, but you don’t need any soil. Click here for more information.  
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Landlords and Legalization: What budding weed laws may mean for Landlord

Landlords and Legalization: What budding weed laws may mean for Landlords With the legalization of marijuana on the horizon, property owners of rental units are wondering what that will mean for them. As all the rules and regulations surrounding cannabis use have yet to be ironed out, it’s only natural that landlords are beginning express concern, or in some cases excitement surrounding the opportunities legalization will present. The legalization of medical cannabis passed in 2001, but as Canada moves forward to legalize the use of cannabis across the country, there are many different views surrounding the changes. With multiple angles to
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The Ottawa Home and Garden Show

Spring is on its way, and what better way to get ready than to go to the Ottawa Home and Garden show this Thursday, March 22nd – March 25th at the EY Centre. Get great ideas on how to get your home and yard ready for the new season. Click here for more information.  
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March Home Maintenance Checklist

Even though it doesn’t feel (or look) like Spring, the first official day of the new season is tomorrow! Help maintain your home and get it ready for the warmer weather by completing some of the indoor upkeep. Click here to see your March Home Maintenance list.  
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Tomorrow is St. Patrick’s Day!

  From Celtic events, to beer-related festivities, to film festivals, Canada’s Capital loves to celebrate Irish culture in honour of St. Patrick’s Day. Soak up some Irish culture on and around St. Patrick’s Day at the following events and activities. Sláinte!   Click here for all the events  
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10 Creative Ways to Declutter Your Home

The idea of living a simplified, uncluttered life with less stuff sounds attractive to many. They have considered the benefits of owning fewer possessions: less to clean, less debt, less to organize, less stress, more money and energy for their greatest passions.   They are ready to declutter but some get quickly tripped up by the very next question… where in the world do I begin?   Click here for a list of 10 creative ways to declutter your home
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Getting Started on Your Home Renovation Project – 7 Questions to Ask

It’s that time of year where people are thinking about renovations and freshening up their home. Renovating your house can be a long and time consuming project, but to help you stay on track with your reno goals, there’s a few questions you need to ask yourself first. Click here to get on track with your reno goals.  
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Wanted: Ottawa Homes for Sale

Wanted: Ottawa Homes For Sale When the calendar rolled over into 2018 many real estate experts across Canada were speculating the housing market to “cool off” with  tighter mortgage rules and higher interest rates impacting home buyers.  While that may be the case in other real estate markets,  in the Ottawa Real Estate market the biggest factor in February’s 2.8% drop in the number of sales (year over year), is that listing inventory is scarce. “There is no doubt our sales number would have been much higher if we had more properties available for sale.  Buyer demand is there, but our
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Celebrate International Women’s Day with Canada’s top women in business!

March 8th 2018 is International Women’s Day. Come celebrate the contributions of women to business and the economy with Canada’s top women in business. Listen to great guest speakers, network and learn how to we can all work together to advance gender equality in business. Get inspired by outstanding women in politics, industry and entrepreneurship. Click here to get your tickets today.  
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New Mortgage Rules – Renewing and Refinancing

New Mortgage Rules – Renewing and Refinancing January 1st, 2018 Canada’s new mortgage rules came into effect and it was big news. These new rules appear to have the greatest impact on those looking to qualify for a new mortgage but if you are looking to renew or refinance your mortgage, you may be impacted as well. At the centre of the new rules is a stress test requiring applicants to qualify at a rate at least 2% higher than the rate they will be paying, regardless of the down payment they are making on the home. The new rules
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What’s Happening in Ottawa this Weekend

Looking for something fun to do to kick off the first weekend in March? Ottawa has lots of fun activities, live music, sports and events for the whole family this weekend. Enjoy Disney on Ice Dare to Dream with the kids, a night of live music with your friends, or a sugar rush from the Maple Fest – there’s something for everyone! Click here to plan your weekend fun.  
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