Ottawa, ON Real Estate News

By Sylvie Begin
(Keller Williams Ottawa Realty)
Bonjour! Je suis heureuse d'être enfin impliquée avec ActiveRain mon équipe m'a aidé a installer ma bio, des photos, des fonds et m'aidera avec blog postant plusieurs fois par semaine. Grande Nouvelle! J'ai un nouveau site internet, www.sylviebegin.com!  Visitez s'il vous plaît à plusieurs reprises comme nous modernisons chaque page.  Récemment les Maisons de Parc de Glabar ont été actualisées avec nouveaux liens, une photo et une recommandation.   J'espère que vous reviendrez pour vérifier mon blog à plusieurs reprises et vous y trouverez des renseignements et des articles qui seront intéressants a lire.  Sylvie Begin, BrokerKeller Williams Ottawa RealtyDirect: 613-788-2113Office: 613-236-5959   I am excited to have finally signed up for ActiveRain having been inspired by a day long se...
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By Roch St-Georges, Real Estate Agent | Agent Immobilier
(EXIT Realty Matrix LTD., Ottawa, ON)
Here are Ottawa MLS Stats published by OREB for the month of October 2009. Members of the Ottawa Real Estate Board sold 1,202 residential properties in October through the Board’s Multiple Listing Service® system compared with 964 in October 2008, an increase of 24.7 per cent. Of those sales, 270 were in the condominium property class, while 932 were in the residential property class. The condominium property class includes any property, regardless of style (i.e. detached, semi-detached, apartment, stacked etc.) which is registered as a condominium, as well as properties which are co-operatives, life leases and timeshares. The residential property class includes all other residential properties. “Once again we saw record-setting sales numbers for the month of October. This brings our sa...
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By Lara Kaplan, Ottawa Real Estate Questions
(Keller Williams Ottawa Realty)
Do you require  3 bedroom homes in Ottawa ? Or  4 bedroom homes in Ottawa ? I often get asked a question by my Buyers whether they should buy 3 bedroom homes in Ottawa or spend a few thousand extra dollars and buy 4 bedroom homes in Ottawa.My answer is that "It depends on your family's needs and current expansion plans" because if you have 2 children currently but are planning to expand the family, then rather buy one of the lovely 4 bedroom homes in Ottawa now than go through the trouble of selling, paying real estate commission, buying ,paying closing costs and losing money a couple of years down the line,so if you can afford it, go for 4 bedroom homes in Ottawa now.Today I had a client who had this exact debate.She could buy one of the 3 bedroom homes in Ottawa for $290 000 or one of...
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By Roch St-Georges, Real Estate Agent | Agent Immobilier
(EXIT Realty Matrix LTD., Ottawa, ON)
The neighborhoods of Overbrook and Castle Heights are located minutes from Downtown making them attractive neighbourhoods in Ottawa. During the month of October 2009...9 homes we're listed on the Ottawa MLS in Overbrook and Castle Heights Of these homes 6 homes have already sold! 2 of them are still conditional. Are you wondering "When is a good time to sell your Ottawa home?"... On average homes sold in 3.5 days!!! ...As you have probably figured it out. NOW is a great time to sell your home. Call me today to sell your home 613-889-7732 Stats: OREB (District 3501,3502, 3503, 3504) Looking for a home in Ottawa? Want to sell your current home? Visit my Ottawa Real Estate website at www.rochstgeorges.com Direct: 613.889.7732 | Office: 613.837.0011 Wondering how much your neighbors sold fo...
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By Christiane Lafleur
(Keller Williams Ottawa Realty)
The beauty of social networking... on Friday while I was on Twitter I spotted a tweet by Christine Tripp of Tripp Photography. "Looking 4 something 2 do 4 Halloween today? Support CHEO, Win prizes, eat & have photos taken! Fun 4 All http://bit.ly/2T1j9U" Since I was lucky enough to have Halloween day off, I decided to go take a visit w/ my son a.k.a Little Indian.  Her new studio is located at 6151 Eighth Line Rd near the corner of Boundary Rd and Russell Rd in Carlsbad Springs.  As we were walking up there were all kinds of decorations awaiting us :) Inside it only got better!  We began by just playing around, since my son had to get comfortable; It was also my opportunity to make a donation to CHEO - I love giving back!  There were munchies, candy, drinks and great hospitality too. A ...
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By Roch St-Georges, Real Estate Agent | Agent Immobilier
(EXIT Realty Matrix LTD., Ottawa, ON)
Wondering how the Real Estate Market in Sandy Hill is doing? Wondering how many homes sold vs how many homes got listed during the month of October 2009? We saw 8 new listings on the MLS for the month of October in Sandy Hill Of those new listings 3 already sold! On average homes in Sandy Hill sold within 6 days! Stats: OREB (District 4003 & 4004- Sandy Hill) Looking for a home in Ottawa? Want to sell your current home? Visit my Ottawa Real Estate website at www.rochstgeorges.com Direct: 613.889.7732 | Office: 613.837.0011 Wondering how much your neighbors sold for? | Beat Other Buyers to Hot New Listings  
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By Roch St-Georges, Real Estate Agent | Agent Immobilier
(EXIT Realty Matrix LTD., Ottawa, ON)
There has been lots of activity in Quartier Vanier (Ottawa) during the month of October 2009. On average homes sold in less than 6 days. During the month of October 9 homes sold in Vanier, 2 of them are still conditional sales finally, 7 homes got listed during the month of October 2009 in Vanier, Ottawa You've guess it... Now is a great time to sell you home in Vanier! Call me today 613-889-7732 Looking for a home in Ottawa? Want to sell your current home? Visit my Ottawa Real Estate website at www.rochstgeorges.com Direct: 613.889.7732 | Office: 613.837.0011 Wondering how much your neighbors sold for? | Beat Other Buyers to Hot New Listings  
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By Roch St-Georges, Real Estate Agent | Agent Immobilier
(EXIT Realty Matrix LTD., Ottawa, ON)
Green Weeks at the University of Ottawa is now on. Be sure to attend one of the many events events organized by sudents of the University of Ottawa this month. Here are a few events organized during the month of November 2009: The Free Store - No need to buy... Everything is free! Feel free to pick up a couple of items or drop of some of your unused clothes, kitchen tools, bedroom accessories and school supplies. Muggy Mondays - Free cofee! All you need to do is be green and bring a reusable mug to drink it! Green workshops - Nothing like getting your hands dirty! Take part in one of the many workshops organized by the students. (Vermi-Composting, Balcony Gardening and more...) Guest Speakers - Have lunch while hearing some of the most fascinating stories visit the schedule to view gues...
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By Darryl Bandoro
(The Mortgage Group - TMG)
With interest rates still at record lows, many of our clients are finding that it's the perfect time to purchase a home, or refinance and unlock built-in equity. Starting November 1st, we've made doing business with The Mortgage Group even better! How? Upon closing we'll give you our $500 gift. But HURRY! We must close everything by December 31st for you to be eligible for the gift. Do you know a friend or family member who is looking at purchasing a home, or refinancing? Refinancing can be a great way of unlocking equity if you're looking to: Lower your monthly payments Go on a dream vacation Do home renovations Pay for your children's education Get cash for Christmas ...and much more To see how refinancing can save you cash, click here. HURRY! THIS IS A LIMITED TIME OFFER! We will giv...
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By Lara Kaplan, Ottawa Real Estate Questions
(Keller Williams Ottawa Realty)
One of the most frequently asked Ottawa Real Estate Questions on everybody's mind this week, has to be "What will I do to prepare my kid for Halloween in Ottawa this weekend ?" Well Halloween has a lot to do with real estate as it involves the kids coming to knock on strange doors and so I have taken a few tips from the Ottawa Police Website that I thought might help the parents this Halloween: CostumesIt is important that when helping a child pick out a costume, safety should be the main concern. Wear a light-coloured or bright costume, reflective tape or arm bands to heighten visibility. Wear a costume that is properly fitted to reduce the chance of tripping on it. Select a costume that is constructed from flame-retardant materials. Make sure your vision is not restricted. Consider co...
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By Christiane Lafleur
(Keller Williams Ottawa Realty)
For today's blog post I'm going to change my usual topic of conversation from Real Estate to my Ottawa Family Dentist - Dr. Chantal Plant. A little background information on myself... when I was 16 yrs old my dentist was performing a simple procedure (getting rid of a cavity) and I guess he "forgot" to freeze me... well... I felt pain like I've never felt before and that particular experience scared me enough that I did not return to the dentist for ten years!!! Yes I know you are probably saying OMG - but maybe that can explain how much it affected me. During my Real Estate career I met a great Realtor who's wife was a dentist in Ottawa; her name is Dr. Chantal Plant. Finally after 10 yrs (and 1 achy tooth) I picked up the phone with my shaky hand and made the call. It started with a g...
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By Lara Kaplan, Ottawa Real Estate Questions
(Keller Williams Ottawa Realty)
One of trhe Ottawa Real Estate Questions I always get asked is "what is the best season to Sell my house ?" And this is one of the Best Ottawa Real Estate Questions a Seller can ever ask me, because I always tell them two things:- 1.You should sell your home when everyone else is NOT Selling their home i.e. reduce the competition when there are not a lot of homes for Sale.That is when it is a "Seller's Market" like is the MARKET CONDITIONS right now in the Ottawa Real Estate Market, because now there is a shortage of homes for Sale and still a fair amount of Buyers due to favourable interest rates, and so the best time to list your home right now is in the WINTER.This is when the serious buyers come out to buy homes and treat themselves for Christmas !! 2.Sell your home FIRST before you...
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By Roch St-Georges, Real Estate Agent | Agent Immobilier
(EXIT Realty Matrix LTD., Ottawa, ON)
The flu season has kicked in and this year with the H1N1 everybody is looking for a clinic where they can get their flu shot in Ottawa. Vacination clinics are now open up until November 27h. Visit the City of Ottawa website at Swine Flu Influenza Clinic for a full list clinics as well as obtain more information about who's most at risk of contracting this flu. For a full list of reported cases in Ottawa visit this link. Please be patient while waiting in line at these clinics. Looking for a home in Ottawa? Want to sell your current home? Visit my Ottawa Real Estate website at www.rochstgeorges.com Direct: 613.889.7732 | Office: 613.837.0011 Wondering how much your neighbors sold for? | Beat Other Buyers to Hot New Listings  
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By Lucas Smith, DND/IRP Relocations
(Doctors Professional Services)
About 30% of my clients are DND/military clients who are relocating to Ottawa for the first time. My biggest challenge that I find for my military buyer clients is narrowing down a neighbourhood to search! Most CFB's are smaller with Victoria, Edmonton and Halifax being the exceptions.  When my DND clients say that they want to be within a 30 minute drive to work that would ecompass a lot of areas and a ton of listings! To help learn a little bit about Ottawa neighbourhoods I've decided to do a series of blog entries about individual Ottawa neighbourhoods.  This can be used as an archive of sorts and will feature some street shots of the neighbourhood.  I'm also hoping to publish it to my website eventually as well to benefit my other clients. Hopefully this will be of some use and I'm ...
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By Roch St-Georges, Real Estate Agent | Agent Immobilier
(EXIT Realty Matrix LTD., Ottawa, ON)
A haunted castle, 600 fellow gouls and goblins, killer live dance band, fabulous prizes and a great cause -- the 3rd Annual Great Pumpkin Charity Ball is shaping up to be the best ever! Get your tickets now or forever dig your grave. Net proceeds this year go to the Ottawa chapter of the Canadian Cancer Society. * GRAND PRIZE: Gorgeous leather chair from Polanco Furniture ($2899) * Live Band: 52 Gigs Rock’n’roll Dance Band and DJ "Sound Syndicate" * Big Party: 600 people; 2 levels -- sweet! * Theme: "Anything Goes" and we mean "Anything Goes" * Costume Prizes: Prizes for best, funny, sexy and scary costume * Silent Auction: Great prizes to bid on -- bring that wallet! * Cool Stuff: 50/50draw, Snacky-Snacks, Sovenier Photo Booth by Janna Glenn Photograpy; Tarot card readings by Dragon's...
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By Lucas Smith, DND/IRP Relocations
(Doctors Professional Services)
If there is one thing I love in life, its food! If you're looking to try a new restaurant in Ottawa this evening, why not check out www.restaurantthing.com More specifically http://restaurantthing.com/ca/on/ottawa/ This website has been around for a long time and as such has a lot of user reviews of local area restaurants. Like other opinion based sites, all reviews must be taken for what they are, but there are a few serious reviewers that I have grown to trust. What's my favourite Ottawa Restaurant? Allium Restaurantthing.com reviews http://restaurantthing.com/ca/on/ottawa/listing.php?ID=946 Website  http://www.alliumrestaurant.com Having just moved to a new neighbourhood we had to abandon our old favourites for delivery and take-out but have discovered a few with the help of this sit...
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By Christiane Lafleur
(Keller Williams Ottawa Realty)
There are 2 sides to every offer negotiation and it seems like Sellers and Buyers always want to how HOW MUCH will be negotiated off the purchase price.  To be honest, as Realtors we cannot answer that question because there is no 1 answer... a home currently on the market will sell for a price that a Seller is willing to accept and a Buyer is willing to pay for. Negotiating for your new home can be a very stressful and exciting time; the great part is that you don't have to have the pocker face - your Realtor does! They are there to guide you in everything you do.  If you're a Seller we'll evaluate neighborhood comparables and examine your homes upgrades vs. other past sales. We will also take a close look at how long you've been on the market as well as the supply and demand at the ti...
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By Roch St-Georges, Real Estate Agent | Agent Immobilier
(EXIT Realty Matrix LTD., Ottawa, ON)
Last night was our annuel pumpkin carving contest between friends and family. There are no real rules other than the 2 hours time limit. Last year we had won first place but this year we feel short of the podium. Here are our two pumpkin entries for last night I think we did a great job :) Here are the winners...
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By Roch St-Georges, Real Estate Agent | Agent Immobilier
(EXIT Realty Matrix LTD., Ottawa, ON)
Looking for things to do during the month of October? How about doing a Haunted Walk Tours downtown and in the Byward Market. Ottawa Haunted Walk Tours are great for outings with friends and family. Located on Sparks & Elgin in Ottawa the company founded in 1995 offers a variety of historical walking tours where guests learn about Ottawa's ghost stories and darker history. Location: Sparks & Elgin StreetPhone: 613-232-0344Website: www.hauntedwalk.com
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By Lara Kaplan, Ottawa Real Estate Questions
(Keller Williams Ottawa Realty)
One of the Ottawa Real Estate Questions I never have to ask myself is whether my CELL PHONE is a necessary tool in my business !! Well if you do not own a cell phone or a Blackberry or equivalent devise, you simply cannot be in this business.Yet new traffic laws from October 26th are coming into effect whereby you can get a $500 fine for talking on your cell phone whilst driving.Apparently this fine kicks in from February 1st 2010.I for one am going to struggle with this new rule, using the time on the road to return calls etc, however I am certain that this rule is  A GOOD THING as many road accidents are caused by a lack of focus on driving and I certainly do not want to be responsible for an accident involving anybody including myself.So a word of warning to all Real Estate Agents in...
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