Monthly Archives June 2018

Happy Canada Day Weekend!

  An epic weekend of festivities awaits you as we highlight Canada Day on three official sites! Join us in expressing Canadian pride and a common sense of belonging to such a diverse country on June 30 and July 1. Fun-filled activities and live entertainment will pump up the crowd for sure! There will be something for everyone to enjoy on Parliament Hill, at the Canadian Museum of History and at Major’s Hill Park. Don’t miss out! Click here for more.  
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Why summer is a good time to move…  

Why summer is a good time to move…   School’s officially out for summer!  If you’re like us, you’re probably thinking beaches, holidays, cottages… any activity that will get us out to enjoy the warm weather…but it can also be a perfect time to move!  While there might not be as much real estate activity in July as there is in May, it may surprise you to find out that June, July and August are busy months in Ottawa real estate, especially in recent years.  The weather is fine and there are still a lot of great opportunities to buy
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Ottawa Public Health advising residents to take precautions during the Canada Day weekend heat wave

Shad Qadri, Councillor Serving the community of Stittsville within the City of Ottawa A special Early Notification for Extreme Temperatures has been issued by Environment and Climate Change Canada for the Ottawa area, as very hot temperatures are forecast starting Friday June 29 and for the Canada Day weekend. A heat warning is issued when the temperature is expected to exceed 31°C during the daytime and the nighttime temperature will not be cooler than 20°C or a humidex of 40 C is forecast for two consecutive days. Extreme heat can cause dehydration, heat exhaustion, heat stroke and even death. Seniors, infants, young children, outdoor workers and
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Keys to a high-performance home

  A high performance home isn’t just energy efficient. It provides a healthier environment for you and your family. Turn your attention to durability, value and health. But how is this done? When the home is built to be air tight, you need a method of cycling in fresh outdoor air, while exhausting the warm, moist air generated in your home by living in it (especially in kitchens and bathrooms). Enter the Heat Recovery Ventilator (HRV) which adjusts the temperature of the outdoor air to match your home, while expelling the moist indoor air. An HRV doesn’t perform the function
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Events Happening in the Capital this Week

Ottawa Italian Week Festival Event Date: Jun 6, 2018 – Jun 25, 2018 Location: Little Italy, Preston Street   Ottawa Fringe Festival Event Date: Jun 14, 2018 – Jun 24, 2018 Location: 12+ venues downtown including and surrounding Arts Court, 2 Daly Avenue   Ottawa Ribfest on Sparks Street Event Date: Jun 20, 2018 – Jun 24, 2018 Location: Sparks Street   Tim Hortons Ottawa Dragon Boat Festival Event Date: Jun 21, 2018 – Jun 24, 2018 Location: Mooney’s Bay Park – 2960 Riverside Drive   Summer Solstice Indigenous Festival and Competition Pow Wow Event Date: Jun 21, 2018 – Jun 24, 2018 Location: Vincent Massey Park   TD Ottawa
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Buying a Home: Step by Step

Buying a Home: Step by Step  Buying a home can seem like a daunting task in the beginning. There are so many options to consider, let alone finding that dream home. You may be wondering what the main things to consider when you’re going to buy a house, and how the process works? With so much information surrounding the housing market, we’ve created a short step-by-step process to help you with all your home buying needs! Finances The daunting and confusing aspect of buying a home always lands in the finance department. Mostly because finances on a large scale become
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A Critical Key Step for Sellers: Give Your Potential Buyers a Home They Would Want

If you’re selling your home there are several steps that should be taken care of before holding an open house. What is important is giving your potential buyers a home that they would want to live in, and can see themselves in. With that in mind, there are a few important factors to keep in mind, such as: making repairs, deep-cleaning your home, and making your home more efficient (i.e. heating & cooling). Click here to discover the necessary steps you should take when selling your home.  
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Turn your Vacation into a Staycation: Activities for families in Ottawa

Turn your Vacation into a Staycation: Activities for families in Ottawa  Summer is a wonderful time to spend a little quality time with friends and family; things are more relaxed, the kids are out of school and you won’t have to worry about a last minute snow storm interfering with travel plans (well here’s hoping!) . But organizing a family vacation, especially when you have young children, can be stressful (just think of the Griswalds). The packing, planning, stopping, driving, – the list could go on and on. Have you ever arrived at your destination tired, wishing you’d just stayed home?
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Ottawa Lawn Care

Our yards are often a point of pride, and need some extra love and care. Looking for tips and tricks to ensure a beautifully maintained lawn? Click here for lawn care tips!  
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Neighbourhood Snapshot : Carlington is an Ottawa Community to Watch

When you buy a home, it’s more than just the house itself, you’re really buying into a lifestyle, and becoming part of a community.  The Ottawa and surrounding area has a lot to offer and there may be “hidden gems” that you hadn’t considered.  We’re excited to introduce a new series of blog posts dedicated to giving readers the inside scoop on some great Ottawa neighbourhoods, starting with Carlington!  Welcome to Carlington! Nestled in the heart of the city, Carlington is a community to watch. This neighbourhood has lots of amenities along with easy access to the Queensway making travel
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This Weekend is Westfest!

Ottawa’s favourite FREE music and arts festival is June 8th – 10th with over 30 acts and over 100 Canadian artists. An exciting experience that will delight those that attend with beautiful and inspiring art, and phenomenal music performances. Head on over this weekend to support the development and work of Canadian artists! Click here for full event details.  
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Home-Grown Issues: The impacts of home-grown marijuana and legalization

Home-Grown Issues: The impacts of home-grown marijuana and legalization Many Canadians are awaiting this July 2018 with much anticipation, as Bill C-45 will allow the legalization of marijuana, including their ability to grow up to 4 plants within their residence. However, without the proper protections and awareness in place this new legislation could cost home owners thousands, or even their mortgage. The increase of private residence grow-ops that will begin following legalization is a major concern for the real estate industry. Experts say that everyone from “buyers, to sellers, to real estate agents, and home inspectors” will be affected by
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Ottawa Real Estate Market Snapshot: May 2018 

  The following are highlights from the Ottawa Real Estate Board’s latest News Release read the full story Members of the Ottawa Real Estate Board sold 2,279 residential properties in May through the Board’s Multiple Listing Service® System, compared with 2,294 in May 2017, a decrease of 0.7 per cent. The five-year average for May sales is 2,041. May’s sales included 485 in the condominium property class and 1,794 in the residential property class. “Although our overall inventory stock is down in both the residential and condo market, the number of listings coming onto the market this month is typical
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6 of the Best Ways to Secure Your Home Before Going on Vacation

  With summer fast approaching, you may be planning some much needed vacation time. We prepare for vacations by doing things like making lists of what to pack and making sure we have the proper travel documents. But have you thought about the security of your home while you’re away? Vacation-proof your home before you leave town to give you peace of mind and to ensure that your home is secure while you’re not there. Click here for an article from Mike Holmes with 6 of the Best Ways to Secure Your Home Before Going on Vacation
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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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A list of Ottawa Farmer’s Markets

Who doesn’t love a great Farmer’s Market? Fresh fruit, veggies and baked goods can be found in abundance all over Ottawa. From our urban markets, to rural and even Gatineau, there’s one close by! Click here for the list of Farmer’s Markets.  
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