Steady as she goes for September real estate sales in Ottawa

From the Ottawa Real Estate Board September/October 2014 “Members of the Ottawa Real Estate Board sold 1,133 residential properties in September through the Board’s Multiple Listing Service® system, compared with 1,118 in September 2013, an increase of 1.3 per cent. The five-year average for September sales is 1,103. “Our community is fortunate to enjoy one … Steady as she goes for September real estate sales in Ottawa Read More » ...

Square Footage of Homes… Why Such a Mystery?

  When it comes to measuring square footage for a home or condominium it’s not so easy! Buyers always ask their sales representative for information on the square footage of the home they are considering buying and realtors always want to know approximately how many square feet exists in the home or condominium they are … Square Footage of Homes Why Such a Mystery? Read More » ...

Campaign Launched By Provincial Realtors to Stop the Spread of Another Costly Home Owner’s Tax

Help us in an effort to “Say no to another home owner tax” – It is our mission to help prevent the spread of a new municipal land transfer tax (MLTT). This tax is in addition to the Land Transfer Tax a consumer already pays to the province when purchasing real estate and this provincial … Campaign Launched By Provincial Realtors to Stop the Spread of Another Costly Home Owner’s Tax Read More » ...

Royal LePage Team Agent’s Love Their Neighbourhoods and Want to Recognize Those that Make it a Great Place to Live!

  Your Royal LePage Team Agents from across Ottawa and surrounding areas want to recognize those individuals that make our communities such a great place to live. Collectively they have created a Contest to allow for you to tell them about your “Great Neighbour”. Tell a  Royal LePage Team Agent  About Your Great Neighbour and … Royal LePage Team Agent’s Love Their Neighbourhoods and Want to Recognize Those that Make it a Great Place to Live! Read More » ...

Spring is an Exciting Time to Buy a Home!

Finally it feels like Spring has arrived and with it comes an increased desire by consumers to start looking at the potential of buying a new home. If the home buying bug has taken a nip at you this spring, consider enlisting the services of a Trained Real Estate Professional who can ultimately save you … Spring is an Exciting Time to Buy a Home! Read More » ...

Royal LePage’s New Mobile App Breaks Industry Barriers With Draw-and-Search Feature

Royal LePage, in partnership with award-winning mobile agency Plastic Mobile, recently announced the launch of the Royal LePage mobile app for Canadian house hunters. Available for iPhone, the new app is simplifying the property search process down to the swipe of a finger. The app’s innovative Draw-and-Search feature allows users to easily zero in on a specific … Royal LePage’s New Mobile App Breaks Industry Barriers With Draw-and-Search Feature Read More » ...

Thinking of selling? Get educated about market conditions specific to YOUR home.

Our local Ottawa real estate board regularly publishes information about market conditions in and around the city. And while this information is useful, the data is based on statistics compiled from ALL home sales regardless of age, style, neighborhood or price point. As such, it may not necessarily reflect the conditions specific to YOUR home. … Thinking of selling? Get educated about market conditions specific to YOUR home. Read More » ...

Ottawa Residential Housing Price Increases between 1956 and 2013

As the Nation’s Capital, Ottawa has always been a great city in which to buy real estate, whether for home ownership or investment purposes.  Over the years, when the rest of the country was experiencing dramatic downturns in their real estate markets, Ottawa seemed to be insulated and the housing market remained steady. This historical … Ottawa Residential Housing Price Increases between 1956 and 2013 Read More » ...

Now Sellers Can Choose Their Commission Rate

Today more than ever, consumers have choices when it comes to what commission rate they will pay when listing their home for sale.  From flat fees to full service fees, and many options in between, it seems that consumers are spoiled for choice.  But if you’re considering listing your home for sale, you simply must … Now Sellers Can Choose Their Commission Rate Read More » ...

Condominium Living

An Ideal Lifestyle for Some People Wanting Freedom and Forced Savings for Repairs and Replacement So you want to purchase a home but don’t want to spend your weekends mowing the lawn or shoveling snow.  Then condominium living may be just what you’re looking for! With a condominium, you own your individual unit in a … Condominium Living Read More » ...

Mortgages today offer a new form of hidden savings!

  In years past, when Canadians faced an array of higher interest rates, the majority of the home owner’s monthly mortgage payment at the beginning of the mortgage went to paying down the interest, leaving the principal relatively untouched. The following chart shows just how much the interest rate can impact monthly mortgage payments, the … Mortgages today offer a new form of hidden savings! Read More » ...

Why January is a GREAT time to list your home for sale

  So it’s January, it’s cold outside and there’s snow everywhere. You’re anxious to sell your house, but you think January can’t possibly be the best time for that. Your family and friends all agree that April is a much better month to put your house on the market. So you wait. and wait . … Why January is a GREAT time to list your home for sale Read More » ...

Buying Real Estate for Your Child

For parents faced with the prospect of their children attending a post secondary school in another community, city or province, and finding suitable living accommodations for their loved one can be somewhat daunting and trying to find that perfect home away from home can sometimes be an impossibility. An alternative, when taking into consideration the … Buying Real Estate for Your Child Read More » ...

Making a Claim in Small Claims Court

The information provided below is not legal advice, and it may not apply in every situation. Before making a claim, there are a number of factors you may want to consider, and a number of pieces of information you will need to collect. 1. You Will Need the Legal Name of the Person or Business. … Making a Claim in Small Claims Court Read More » ...

Septic Systems and What You Need to Know Before You Buy

It is imperative when considering buying a home that is serviced by a septic system that the system be inspected by a professional septic engineer. Initially this inspection may seem costly, however it can save you thousands of dollars in future repairs or replacement costs. The cost to replace or upgrade a system is far … Septic Systems and What You Need to Know Before You Buy Read More » ...