Ottawa, ON Real Estate News

By Mary Caird & Dan Salhany
(Keller Williams Ottawa Realty)
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By Lara Kaplan, Ottawa Real Estate Questions
(Keller Williams Ottawa Realty)
One of the Ottawa Real Estate Questions I often get asked is whether Real Estate is a great investment for a Retirement Plan.Well how could I honestly answer "no?" One of the more significant Ottawa Real Estate Questions is really whether Real Estate should be a part of your investment portfolio, or exclusively be your Retirement Plan ? Well I guess that depends on the individual.Accumulating 4-5 properties throughout your working life , say between ages of 35-50 with tenants to pay the Mortgages is a good strategy considering that in 25 years time (age 60-75) these properties should be paid for and the rental income will be passive, albeit taxable income.  On the other Hand investing in the stock market and RSPs is a balanced approach favoured by many.One of the great things about Otta...
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By Lara Kaplan, Ottawa Real Estate Questions
(Keller Williams Ottawa Realty)
One of the Ottawa Real Estate Questions I often get asked by buyers from out of town, is "What is there to do for Active Families in Ottawa or Gatineau ?"So today my blog will be about 10 great things for Families to do in Ottawa/Gatineau, some activities are season dependant ! 1.Skate down the Rideau Canal in Winter 2.Cross Country Ski on Mer Bleu(Orleans) and Gatineau Park Trails or take a Fall Walk along the same trails. 3.Eat at the "Boathouse" on Rockcliffe Parkway in Spring and Summer and watch the watersports go by. 4.Visit the "Nordik Spa" in Chelsea,Gatineau for lunch and a massage and a spa AFTER a morning  down-hill skiing at Camp Fortune 2 kms down the same road.YESSSSSS...........R E L A X !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 5.Have a curry or pumpkin soup in Chelsea,Gatineau at one...
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By Mary Caird & Dan Salhany
(Keller Williams Ottawa Realty)
In the Ottawa Real Estate Market, we the industry professionals have a common prayer, "Oh Lord bring back the good market and I promise not to waste the opportunities this time."  Well it would appear that our prayers have been answered with the latest Seller's Market however not without its penance.  Consider this: for every dollar lost in the market is a dollar gained by someone else.  More often we here investors lementing over lost opportunities that they wished they would have jumped on or kept longer as prices soar.  It is all a matter of perspective as failing to plan or lack of action by planning to fail can be deadly to your financial future.  With inflation rates expected to rise, doing nothing is not an option.  In our opinion, there has never been a better time to buy real e...
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By Mary Caird & Dan Salhany
(Keller Williams Ottawa Realty)
Mary Caird and Dan Salhany of the Caird Salhany Team at www.myottawarealestate.com, are taking Orleans by storm.  As husband and wife, Mary and Dan combine strengths and 45 years of real estate experience to offer Buyers and Sellers a first class service you can trust.  As a proven team, with proven systems and proven results, their mission is to always strive to provide their clients with the best terms and conditions. Mary and Dan are highly skilled negotiators who are able to increase demand for your property and maximize your return on investment.  Consistent contact with their clients, ongoing training and a keen sense for assessing and strategizing a win-win plan for your transaction have been just some of the hallmarks to their success. If you are contemplating a move, or conside...
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By Christiane Lafleur
(Keller Williams Ottawa Realty)
Working with a professional... home stager! When you decide to put your home on the market there is alot of work that needs to be done! Once it goes up for sale it's important to understand your home now becomes a product. Home Staging is a great way to highlight the best qualities of your home and de-emphasize its flaws. A professional Home Stager will turn your home into a model, to appeal to the broadest range of prospective buyers. The goal is to make people feel like they could live there, and the best way to do this is to "neutralize" the surroundings. When you have your home professionally staged you get RESULTS! A quicker sale at a higher price. Now I have to admit that for some homeowners this could be alot of work - decluttering, cleaning, painting, moving furniture, arrangin...
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By Roch St-Georges, Real Estate Agent | Agent Immobilier
(EXIT Realty Matrix LTD., Ottawa, ON)
I woke up the other day with another great idea. I quickly jumped to my computer and performed a search online to find out if it had already been used in the real estate sector. My Conclusion: It hasn’t yet! I’ve decided to share it with you hoping that we start to see more and more people using it. Here’s my commercial listing here in Ottawa, Ontario Now people go by see the “For Sale” or “For Lease” sign in the window come up to the window of the unit for lease take down the number and call me up for information on the property. Now, most questions you get from these calls are: Price? Term of Lease? Square Footage? Then some of them might be interested in viewing it. Here’s how things can be different… Let’s take the “For Sale” or “For Lease” sign again and let’s add something to it c...
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By Roch St-Georges, Real Estate Agent | Agent Immobilier
(EXIT Realty Matrix LTD., Ottawa, ON)
I was talking with other realtors recently about time spent updating our status on networking sites. I was suprised to see how many were actually signing into all their accounts one by one individually to post their updates. All I got to say is "I'd rather use that time elsewhere"! I just had to share with them Ping.fm a great website that I use which allows me to update my status on multiple networking sites with one click. You simpy sign up to Ping.fm then connect your multiple accounts such as Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Del.ici.ous... to it! The process to set everything up is pretty straightforward. One of the best features I like about Ping.fm is that you can submit your posts (or status updates) using GTalk. This is great when im on the road and have my Blackberry with me. I can...
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By Mary Caird & Dan Salhany
(Keller Williams Ottawa Realty)
Orleans Realtors of Choice...... Mary Caird and Dan Salhany of the Caird Salhany Team at www.myottawarealestate.com, are taking Orleans by storm.  As husband and wife, Mary and Dan combine strengths and 45 years of real estate experience to offer Buyers and Sellers a first class service you can trust. As a proven team, with proven systems and proven results, their mission is to always strive to provide their clients with the best terms and conditions. Mary and Dan are highly skilled negotiators who are able to increase demand for your property and maximize your return on investment.  Consistent contact with their clients, ongoing training and a keen sense for assessing and strategizing a win-win plan for your transaction have been just some of the hallmarks to their success. If you are ...
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By Mary Caird & Dan Salhany
(Keller Williams Ottawa Realty)
Seller's Market Creates Challenges For Both Ottawa Buyers and Sellers Seasonally, the house hunting biz slows during the winter months when most people are settled in for the school year and physically viewing homes with proper day light means buyers have to book off work and tour during the day.  Despite the intermittent rain, the Ottawa Real Estate Market has been smoke'n hot even as the fall leaves turn colour and the mercury drops.  So the age old question remains, when contemplating a move in this Seller's Market "Should I Buyer of Seller First"??? I have a few thoughts on the subject that are worth factoring into your decision.  First of all, now if definitely a good time to under take a residential purchase and/or sale. If you Sell first and agree to a quick closing, where will y...
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By Mary Caird & Dan Salhany
(Keller Williams Ottawa Realty)
An Immaculate End Unit in Hunt Club 336 Briston Pvt. $189,900 Great opportunity to own an affordable Richcraft home in a convenient local.2 bed, 2 bath upper end unit w/ bay window, eat in kitchen & dining areas are great for entertaining, 5 appliances, cozy wood fireplace, 2 window A/C's, 2 balconies, & skylight.Open concept loft style master bedroom gives you tones of room to enjoy. For More Information Please Visit tp://tinyurl.com/yjvf5cl
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By Lara Kaplan, Ottawa Real Estate Questions
(Keller Williams Ottawa Realty)
One of the Ottawa Real Estate Questions I often get asked by new Realtors coming into the Business is, "how important is it to be tech-savvy in Real Estate ?" And one of the Ottawa Real Estate Questions some Realtors might ask of themselves is, "can I still be a successful Agent without using technology ?"  Well the answer could possibly be that "success" means different things to different people, some Agents may see success meaning 12 Sales per year, to other Agents, success means 100 Sales a year.Perhaps the greatest advantage of technology is the LEVERAGE it gives you to extend yourself from behind a computer. Of course it probably takes more energy to work out exactly how to optimise the social media networks (A HOT BUZZWORD RIGHT NOW FOR SURE !) than it takes to sell somebody's ho...
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Low-maintenance living in Ottawa? It's here! The future... as it was promised to us on the silver screen... all that "far-fetched" high-tech goodness... is here my friends! It all reminds me of Sean Connery (my fave Bond) smoothly cueing the mood lighting and the make-out music. Not that his mojo really needed any help from props... The easy-to-live-with genius of Smart Condo manages everything effortlessly– energy use, lighting, even ‘mood’ and entertainment. Control everything conveniently: music, home theatre entertainment, lighting, room temperature, your fireplace – all with one remote control you already know how to use. Audio stream where you want, to any room in your home. There’s even an email alert. Programming is a snap with features that go way beyond thermostat, lighting an...
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By Mary Caird & Dan Salhany
(Keller Williams Ottawa Realty)
For anyone who has not yet attended an event at this newly constructed venue, I urge you to do so at your earliest convenience.  Not unlike the Centrepoint Theatre, the newest venue for the Performing Arts feels like a downscaled version of the NAC without the usual challenges presented by traffic, and downtown paid parking.  We recently attended LOST FINGERS on Thursday evening (Dan's Birthday).  We had discovered their music over a year ago and found this Quebec Trio with New Orleans quick time and quirky slowed-down versions of  highly recognizable cover tunes from the 80's, was not just over the top talented but highly entertaining and funny. The house was packed at $35.00 per head which in our opinion was an out right steal.  We predict, this group is going straight to the top and ...
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By Lara Kaplan, Ottawa Real Estate Questions
(Keller Williams Ottawa Realty)
One of the Ottawa Real Estate Questions I often ask of myself is how come is it that Sellers would prefer to give their home to the Agent who sold them the house, BEFORE they will offer it to the Agent who keeps in constant contact with them, even if the previous Agent has not contacted them for several years.Surely one should be interviewing which Agent has one`s best interests at heart, and this is surely the Agent who is in constant contact with you, as opposed to the one who made commission through you 2 years ago and has disappeared in the interim.Of course, there is always the Agents who DO KEEP IN TOUCH with their customer base, as do I, but of all the Ottawa Real Estate Questions that amaze me the most, it has to be loyalty to an Agent who does not deserve it.If you appreciate h...
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By Roch St-Georges, Real Estate Agent | Agent Immobilier
(EXIT Realty Matrix LTD., Ottawa, ON)
Own a home in the Altavista area of Ottawa) and want to know if now is the time to sell? Here's the September 2009 report for Alta Vista Ottawa There was 6 homes listed for sale in Alta Vista, Ottawa during the month of September 2009. Of those home listed in September 2 sold in that same month and 1 has a conditional sale Overall it was a good month for the Altavista Real Estate Market. Looking to put your up for sale in Alta Vista? Call Roch Today! 613-889-7732 Yellow : Conditional Sale | Red : Sold | Green : For Sale Here are all areas included in this report: (Districts : 3605,3606,3607) Altavista; Faircrest Heights 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 Wo...
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By Roch St-Georges, Real Estate Agent | Agent Immobilier
(EXIT Realty Matrix LTD., Ottawa, ON)
Homes in Barrhaven (Ottawa) are selling fast! The Real Estate Market in Barrhaven Ottawa is alive and well! Here's what happen during the month of September 2009. There was 79 homes listed for sale in Barrhaven, Ottawa during the month of September 2009. Of those home listed in September 42 sold in that same month. Talk about a great month for the Barrhaven Real Estate Market.Looking to put your home for Sale in Barrhaven? Call Roch Today! 613-889-7732 Yellow : Conditional Sale | Red : Sold | Green : For Sale Here are all areas included in this report: (Districts : 7701,7702,7703,7704,7705,7706) Barrhaven; Pheasant Run,Barrhaven; Knollsbrook,Barrhaven; Cedargrove; Fraserdale,Barrhaven; Heritage Park,Barrhaven on the Green,Barrhaven/Longfields/Davidson Heights Looking for a home in Ottaw...
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By Roch St-Georges, Real Estate Agent | Agent Immobilier
(EXIT Realty Matrix LTD., Ottawa, ON)
I just had to blog about this great company located in Ottawa, ON called Anchor ClimateCare. Anchor ClimateCare is a full service company providing home comfort in the Ottawa area. Now this company offers many services surrounding heating/cooling products as well as fireplaces. My personal experience has been with their protection plan that I currently have on my furnace at my personal residence. Apart from converage on the furnace itself this plans allows me to have maintenance work done 2 times a year... What makes this company so great that I wanted to share it with you? Their Customer Service!!!!! I must say that the customer service offered by this company is like no other. This starts from when you place a call to their office in Orleans. The receptionist is so friendly, happy and...
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By Lara Kaplan, Ottawa Real Estate Questions
(Keller Williams Ottawa Realty)
One of the Ottawa Real Estate Questions I often get asked is "what is the best time to buy Property?" Well I guess it depends on your personal circumstances, but I think if one can , it is always a good time to buy property TODAY.Especially in the Ottawa market where if you wait a year the property will most likely go up by 5% , so on a $300 000 Property, putting off your decision to buy for a year could cost you $15 000. And have you ever pondered on the thought, "what is the best time to do something you really do not want to do ?"Like your tax return (minor stress) or getting divorced after a period of much unhappiness(major stress).Well I would tell you what my late Grandfather used to say, and that was that "procrastination is the thief of time".For a chat about life or property,pl...
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By Roch St-Georges, Real Estate Agent | Agent Immobilier
(EXIT Realty Matrix LTD., Ottawa, ON)
Since this summer Ottawa based company Mountain Road Productions have been taking in submission to be part of the new HGTV show called Real Estate Rookies. I have spoken to Sonja Osberg at Mountain Road Productions and has told me that there is no current date set for submissions deadline. This means you can still get your stuff ready and follow these steps to send it in. What they are looking for: We are looking for people who are excited about a promising future in real estate, but are still taking pre-licensing courses or have just recently become licensed. Whether it is a change in direction or a first career, we will follow you along this new road from the classroom into the real world as you learn the tricks of the trade and develop what it takes to close the deal. Please mail or ...
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