Buying in a Seller’s Market

If you are thinking of selling, the current low inventory and rising prices in Ottawa may make right now seem like the perfect time but it may seem like a different story if you are looking to buy. Whether you are looking to buy your first home or looking to up or down size, it may seem like a very challenging time to purchase a home. Not to worry though, with some creativity and careful planning, there are ways to easily navigate this market with your Realtor®. Here are 5 helpful hints for buyers this spring: Work with a Realtor® As a buyer, a seller’s market can be quite challenging, especially if you want to go it alone. Working with a Realtor® ensures that you have an expert in your corner to navigate everything from multiple offers to ensuring that you have access to all the listings that may be of interest as soon as they hit the market. The best part is that as a buyer, in almost all cases the Buyer’s Representatives fees are covered by the seller so it won’t cost you a cent. Yo...

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Tidying Up: The Joy of Purging

Earlier this year, Netflix launched Tidying Up with Marie Kondo, a wildly popular series based on Marie Kondo’s bestselling book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up. The series outlines, in a step by step guide, the Konmari method of cleaning and organizing and it has had everyone talking (and purging!) Second-hand stores have seen a surge of donations unlike they have ever experienced before and people are saying goodbye to many of their possessions with hopes of finding joy living in a more minimalist lifestyle. Whether you are preparing your home to list or just want to de-clutter, purging can be incredibly satisfying and the core principles of this method seem to work for a lot of people. Let’s take a look at what it’s all about. The Konmari Method The Konmari Method is based around the concept of joy; if an item or belonging no longer brings you joy, it is time to let it go. You will keep only things that truly matter but also thank the items that you are letting go of for their...

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Ottawa Real Estate March 2019

OTTAWA REAL ESTATE HIGHLIGHTS: Higher Prices, Fewer Residential Sales

Tightness of listing supply is significantly reducing days on market,  properties are selling very quickly.   The latest statistics are out from the Ottawa Real Estate board!   here are the highlights… 1,511 residential properties were sold in March through the Board’s Multiple Listing Service® System, compared with 1,654 in March 2018, a decrease of 8.6 per cent. 1,136 in the residential property class, a drop of 12.4 per cent from a year ago, and 375 in the condominium property class, an increase of 5 per cent from March 2018. The five-year average for March unit sales is 1,402. The average sale price of a residential-class property sold in March in the Ottawa area was $480,143, a rise of 7.2 per cent over March 2018. The average sale price for a condominium-class property was $290,181, an increase of 5.2 per cent from this month last year.* The average sale price of a residential-class property sold in March in the Ottawa area was $480,143, a rise of 7.2 per ce...

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FAQ – Multiple Offers Simplified

A few years ago, multiple offers were a somewhat rare situation in the Ottawa real estate market, but have become common recently in certain neighbourhoods and for certain types of homes. Multiple offers can seem overwhelming but in reality, there is nothing to worry about! Whether you are looking to buy a home that has garnered a lot of interest or are looking to sell your home in this hot market, our Royal LePage Team Realty Realtors® are here to guide you through this process.  Our training and experience will ensure that your interests will be protected. Read on to find out more. What are multiple offers and how do they work? If more than one party has submitted an offer on a particular property at the same time,  this is a multiple offer situation. In this case, all offers are presented to the seller and the seller has several options available to them. The seller may choose to accept one of the offers, they may counter back one of the offers, they may reject all of the offers or ...

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Infill Homes

As Ottawa continues to grow, more and more infill homes are popping up in key neighbourhoods around the city. Infill homes can sometimes be a contentious issue within a neighbourhood but they can also improve the housing stock, add value to the community, slow urban sprawl, and replace older and outdated homes with more modern and appealing options. What are Infill Homes? In the natural progression of any city, the city’s core contains the oldest buildings with new construction occurring along the periphery where there is space available. Infill is the practice of building new homes in already developed neighbourhoods or lands by either tearing down the existing home, building on a vacant lot, or splitting larger properties to allow for additional units. These homes are very popular as they allow for modern living in a brand new home, without the commute that comes with living in the suburbs. The Benefits of Infill Construction The building of infills provides new and modern construct...

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Ottawa Neighbourhoods to Watch

Spring Market: 4 Neighbourhoods to Watch As the spring real estate market in Ottawa heats up, here are some neighbourhoods that will certainly be of interest to home buyers. Each of these communities has something unique and different to offer so there is something for everyone.  No matter what community you are looking at, don’t forget to hire a Realtor® to help you find your dream home (and make sure that you get it for the right price!) Bells Corners – Re-imagining an older neighbourhood With the opening of the Department of National Defense Headquarters at Carling Avenue and Moodie Drive, Bells Corners is seeing unprecedented growth with many DND employees choosing to live, lunch or shop in the area. This growth has even had the Bells Corners BIA executive director declaring that the area is “the next Westboro”. Housing in the area has also been on the rise. There is a 2000-unit housing development in the works off of Robertson Road and property values are seeing slow and st...

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Why Use a Full Service Realtor®?

The decision to buy or sell a home is a big one; there is so much to think about and do! A home is likely the largest investment you will ever, or have ever, made in your life and it’s important to have someone you can trust to make the process as smooth as possible and offer expert advice. A Royal LePage Team Realty Realtor® offers full service support which ensures that you will have experience, knowledge, and expertise in your court every step of the way as you navigate your next move. Most importantly, a full service Realtor® will be there to guide you when things get tricky and ensure that your assets are protected. Full Service for Buyers You want to find the right home, in the right location, at the right price and a Royal LePage Team Realty Realtor® can help ensure all these things while making sure there is minimal hassle. Your Realtor® will work with you to determine your wants and needs, time frames, and financial boundaries in order to find you the perfect home. Once you ha...

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Ottawa Real Estate Market 2019

Ottawa Real Estate Update: February Buyers Snap Up Limited Inventory

FEBRUARY 2019 Ottawa Real Estate MARKET HIGHLIGHTS  Buyers Snap Up Limited Inventory! HIGHLIGHTS (RELEASED BY THE OTTAWA REAL ESTATE BOARD MARCH 5TH, 2019) Total properties sold: 1,005 residential properties sold on MLS® compared with 978 in February 2018, an increase of 2.8%  756 in the residential property class, a rise of 3.8% over Feb 2019 249 in the condominium property class, a decrease of 0.4 % from February 2018. The five-year average for February sales is 949. “February has been a strong month, and with year-to-date unit sales 8% higher in both the condo and residential categories, it is looking very favourable for the spring market,” states Ottawa Real Estate Board’s 2019 President. “Days on market continue to decline, and although inventory has fallen to its lowest level in many years, we are still managing to satisfy demand even with 900 fewer listings than this time last year,” he adds. “If we had more supply, our unit sales would be even greater.” “If you ar...

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Spring Cleaning – Get the Kids Involved

As the warmer temperatures begin to roll in, there is no thought more prevalent than the beginning of spring cleaning. Spring is a time when all the forgotten places of winter begin to come to light, and there is nothing more refreshing than refreshing your home. A major topic these days is how to involve your kids in spring cleaning, especially in a way that is fun and engaging for them. The hope is to get your kids involved and wanting to help clean, not only to teach them the value of hard work, and the importance of cleaning up after themselves, but to get you an extra pair of hands (or two) to get this project done faster. What then, are some of the best ways to get your kids involved in this years’ spring cleaning? Make sure tasks are age appropriate – Make it a game! Obviously, the tasks that you can involve your kids in does depend on their age and ability, however there are so many ways to make cleaning fun and get kids of any age involved in the process. To begin with –...

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#TenYearChallenge

Recently social media has been filled with people taking the #TenYearChallenge. The premise is simple, share your profile picture from 10 years ago side by side with your current one. It’s a fun way to look back at the past and see how much we have all changed. We thought it would be fun to take our own #TenYearChallenge and see how things stack up in Ottawa Real Estate  compared to ten years ago. Setting the Stage: Ottawa in 2009 2009 in Ottawa had its highs and its lows. Larry O’Brien was mayor and some of the highlights for the year included Kiss playing at Bluesfest and the first state visit by American President Barack Obama (he made headlines with an impromptu stroll through the Byward Market). Everyone was buzzing about the engagement of Mike Fisher and Carrie Underwood, who called our great city home at the time, and the Olympic torch that passed through the city late that year on its way to Vancouver. Transit was also a big news story, but not because of LRT delays or safety i...

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Embrace Winter: Go for a Skate!

This winter has been a challenging one for everyone; whether it’s the treacherous commutes or never-ending “snow days”, it can be hard to see the light at the end of the tunnel! Instead of focusing on how many more cold days lie ahead, try embracing the season for all that it has to offer. Skating is a truly Canadian activity but many of us haven’t laced up our skates since we were kids. Ottawa has many great ways to enjoy this winter sport in the great outdoors so get out and enjoy winter while it lasts. The Rideau Canal Ottawa’s most famous skating rink (and possibly most famous landmark), the Rideau Canal is the world’s largest skating rink. Running from the Mackenzie King Bridge to Dow’s Lake, this 7.8km skateway weaves its way through the city and is completely free to use. The canal is open from January to late February or early March (depends on the weather) and there are many great events that take place during that time, most notably Winterlude which is on now. Rink of Dreams ...

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Ottawa Real Estate hightlights

Ottawa Real Estate Update: January 2019 Record-Breaking Home Sales!

January 2019: Record-Breaking Home Sales! February 5, 2019 Highlights Members of the Ottawa Real Estate Board sold 820 residential properties,  an increase of 15.8 % over January 2018. 611 in the residential property class, a rise of 14.2% over January 2018 209 in the condominium property class, an increase of 20.8% over January 2018 $432,829 was the average sale price of a residential-class property,  an increase of 1.5 percent over January 2018. The average sale price for a condominium-class property was $283,990, an increase of 7.7 percent over January 2018. Most active price point for residential-class sales was $300,000 to $449,999, accounting for nearly 42.5 percent of January’s sales while 22.7 percent of sales were in the $500,000 to $750,000 price range. Most active price point for condominium-class salse was $175,000 to $274,999 remained the most prevalent price point in the condominium market, accounting for 54.1 percent of the units sold. “January is typically one of the ...

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President and CEO of Royal LePage Named Most Influential Canadian in Residential Real Estate

For the sixth year in a row, Swanepoel Power 200  (SP200) has named Phil Soper, President and CEO of Royal LePage, the most influential person in Canadian residential real estate. The SP200 is the definitive ranking of residential real estate leaders across North America. Soper was ranked 11th overall, rising three positions from last year. With over 17,000 agents nationwide Royal LePage – a proudly Canadian company – is the largest real estate in brokerage in the country. Soper has been at the helm since 2003 and has used his passion for writing and previous experiences as a student leader and his career at IBM to propel the company to where it is today. He is Canada’s most-quoted real estate leader and believes that it is Royal LePage’s Canadian values, policy of authenticity, and smart PR practices that have led to the company’s success. Soper’s leadership spreads to his community involvement which includes the head of  Royal LePage Shelter Foundation and various other ...

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Home Inspections: What You Need To Know

A home is quite likely one of the biggest purchases of your life and you want to make sure that you know what you are buying. While the home may have looked perfect to you, there may be underlying issues that are only visible to a trained eye. For this reason, it is important that you include a home inspection in the conditions of your offer. You should never judge a book by it’s cover and the same is true for home buying. Condition of the Sale Typically, when you find a house you love, your Realtor will draw up an offer, referred to as an Agreement of Purchase and Sale. This document will outline everything from the dollar amount of the offer, closing date, deposit, inclusions, as well as conditions. Conditions are items that must be completed in a set amount of time to make the deal firm. In most cases, the conditions are for the benefit of the buyer and include things like securing financing and insurance and, of course, a home inspection. This will allow you to ensure that you know...

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The Benefits of Home Staging

Defining Home Staging You may hear your Realtor suggest home staging in order to increase its chances on the market. Before you brush off the idea and assume you don’t need it, you should understand what it is and how you can benefit from it. Home staging is more than decluttering and depersonalizing your home, it’s when you hire professionals to reinvent the living space for new potential buyers. Home staging professionals know how to lay out a home in an optimized way and in most cases work with the furniture and accessories that you have. Small adjustments can sometimes have a huge impact! Let your home appeal to buyers Your home is perfect to your taste and everyday life but it may not have the same impact on buyers. Keep in mind that we often showcase our “stuff” in our home but when it’s time to list, we want to showcase the home not the things that don’t come with it. Our homes are filled with memories that may mean a lot to us but may distract the buyer and make it difficult fo...

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New Year, New Home

How do you know if you’re ready to move? Besides deciding that it’s something you want to do in the new year, and planning for the big transition, how can you be sure it’s the right call? Has your family grown too big for the house? Perhaps it’s not by choice but due to work. Are you interested in downsizing? Here is a checklist you might want to review before you go looking for a new home. Looking For More Space? Homeowners often change properties because they outgrow it, this comes with starting a family, or expanding it. Whether this means having children or adopting pets, more family members means there is a demand for more bedrooms, more bathrooms and more living space. Possibly a bigger yard for your canine to run around in, a double garage because your kids have purchased vehicles of their own, a spacious loft for your home office, and what have you. Debating Downsizing Millennials are pursuing a minimalist lifestyle and Baby Boomers are seeking manageable homes. Both paths ...

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Market Snapshot: Ottawa Real Estate December 2018

That’s a wrap: Ottawa Real Estate Market December 2018! As 2018 wrapped up, the inventory shortage has had a ripple effect; while residential sales were down slightly, it also fueled the condominium market. Overall, 2018 was another stellar year in Ottawa real estate!  If you’re thinking of making a move in 2019, we know real estate. We’d love to chat! Another Stellar Year for Ottawa’s Real Estate Market (excerpts below were taken from the Ottawa Real Estate Board’s news release January 4th) January 4, 2019 663 residential properties were sold by REALTORS® in the Ottawa Real Estate board compared with 765 in December 2017, a decrease of 13.3% Year to date activity increased by 2.4 % from 2017. The total number of residential and condo units sold throughout all of 2018 was 17,476, compared with 17,065 in 2017. Residential property class sales decreased slightly to 13,418 from 13,478 in 2017 and condominium property class sales were up 13.1 % with 4,058 units...

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Winter in Ottawa

Festivals and Events to Keep You Busy This Season Winter may seem like the perfect season to curl up on the couch and binge-watch your favourite Netflix series, but that would also mean missing out on a multitude of engaging and culturally diverse activities in the Ottawa and surrounding area. Read below for a highlight of this years winter events and festival lineup; before you know it, you will be kicking off your slippers and throwing on your snow gear to take part in these engaging winter activities: Christmas Lights Across Canada – December 5th – January 7th The 34th edition of Christmas Lights Across Canada will be up for display from December 5th to January 7th. Enjoy a stroll downtown and enjoy the magical winter lightscapes multimedia show projected onto the buildings on Parliament Hill. This is a free event that takes place each year and is sure to captivate audiences of all ages. Sens Rink of Dreams – December 1st – March (weather permitting) The Sens...

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Holiday Showings?

If your home is currently on the market, or you plan on listing in the next few weeks, here are some things to consider when it comes to showings. The Ottawa real estate market is still quite active this year so you want to ensure that you put your best foot forward for potential buyers. Embrace the season and work closely with your Realtor to get your home sold! Holiday buyers tend to be serious buyers The holidays are a chaotic time of year for everyone so keep in mind that people who are booking showings at this time are likely serious buyers with motivation; most casual searchers will likely take a break at this time of year and pick up their search in the new year. It may seem daunting to get ready for a showing at this busy time of the year, but keep in mind that it may be worth it. Holiday decor in moderation It is a beautiful time of year and you can certainly take advantage of this in the staging of your home. Incorporate your holiday decor all around your home to give it a wa...

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As Markets Across Canada are cooling, the Ottawa Real Estate Market Remains Strong & Steady

The Latest Ottawa Real Estate Trends – November 2018 While most markets across Canada are cooling, Ottawa’s market performance is strong and steady as it has been for many years.  Ottawa’s housing affordability and high employment levels shelter us somewhat from the dramatic swings that can cause instability.  Sales were down 5.4% from November 2019, however experts say that wouldn’t have been the case if inventory was higher. Average sale price can be useful in establishing trends over time but should not be used as an indicator that specific properties or areas have increased or decreased in value. The calculation of the average sale price is based on the total dollar volume of all properties sold. Price and conditions will vary from neighbourhood to neighbourhood, if you’re interested in trends and numbers  for specific Ottawa areas we’ve got market reports available, please reach out info@teamrealty.ca    Ottawa: One of Canada’s Real Estate Anomal...

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Keep Jack Frost Out and the Heat In

How to minimize your heating costs this winter As frosty temperatures fill the air, and snow begins to cover the ground, there is a lot to think about when it comes to your heating bill. As the cost of heating your home rises in the colder months, it’s time to think about what you can do within your home to reduce some of these costs. Here are some tips and tricks that can help you to reduce the cost of keeping you and your home warm this winter: Take advantage of the solar heat – During the day, use the solar heat to your advantage by opening blinds and curtains to allow the natural light and heat to warm up your house. At night, be sure to close these curtains to help insulate your home against the cold. Between 10-25% of heating loss in the winter can be attributed to windows, so it is important to insulate windows and cover windows with blankets at night if they don’t have window coverings installed. Install plastic window treatments – In order to reduce the amount of heat l...

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