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OTTAWA REAL ESTATE BLOG

Every week we update this blog with great information for Ottawa real estate buyers and sellers. You will find tips and advice on buying or selling a home, current issues that are affecting the Ottawa real estate market and monthly market stats.

For buying and selling, check out Buying Your Home and Selling Your Home. You will find guides, answers to frequently asked questions and neighbourhood information. If you have any questions about the Ottawa real estate market, give me a shout!

There are so many options when buying a home that may need a little bit of work.

Buying a Fixer Upper or Move-In Ready Home: Which One Is Right For You?

January 9th, 2018

Fixer Upper vs. Move-In Ready: Which One Is Right For You? When it comes to buying real estate, you want to make sure the property you purchase is the right fit for your needs. For some buyers, purchasing an older home that needs some work is their ideal situation. For others, buying a home that is move-in ready is the only op...

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New mortgage rules will affect first time home buyers as well as move up buyers as of January 1, 2018. Read to find out more.

Why all the fuss about mortgage pre-approval

December 6th, 2017

WHY ALL THE FUSS ABOUT A MORTGAGE PRE-APPROVAL?! Updated Jan /18: New year, new rules. As of Jan 1st, new borrowers (with or without 20% downpayment) and those who are refinancing existing mortgages (wanting to add money for a reno, for example), are going to have to pass a stress test in order to qualify. Want to talk about it? Give me...

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This Is Why Your Home Isn’t Selling

November 21st, 2017

THIS IS WHY YOUR HOUSE ISN’T SELLING You Have a MARKETING Problem if… Few people are making appointments to see your home.  The photos are terrible (clutter, weird angles, blue light) or non-existent. Your agent thinks online marketing simply means having your house on MLS. You Have a SHOWING Problem if… Buyers can’t get...

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5 Reasons You Need To Get Pre-Approved

November 15th, 2017

5 Reasons Your Agent Wants You Pre-Approved Before Showing You Homes Ever had an agent deny to show you a home because you weren’t pre-approved for a mortgage? Shopping for a home before getting pre-approved for a mortgage is like walking into a grocery store without a wallet. You may have the desire to buy, but you lack the a...

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Don't forget your pets when preparing your Ottawa home for sale.

Have You Gone Nose-Blind?

June 19th, 2017

Have You Gone Nose Blind? You might be nose blind to your pet’s smell. Potential buyers won’t be. Selling a home with pets? Having pet odors inside your home can turn off potential home buyers and keep your home from selling. It doesn’t have to be a dog, cat or hamster. I brought clients into a house that had a fish tank in EVERY ...

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How much is my house worth in Ottawa?

How Much Is My House Worth in Ottawa?

May 12th, 2017

HOW MUCH IS MY HOUSE WORTH? “How much is my house worth in Ottawa?” is a very popular question these days. What exactly goes into pricing a home? Historical Sales   The best predictor of the future is the past. When pricing a home, real estate agents and appraisers will look at recent sales on your street and in your nei...

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Home Buyers – Should You Buy With The Listing Agent?

March 31st, 2017

SHOULD YOU BUY WITH THE LISTING AGENT? Scene #1: You walk into an open house and fall in love. You spend the entire 2 hours talking to the agent who  seems super nice and attentive. The agent asks if you want to put an offer on the home. It seems like the agent represents you because he knows so much about you, right? WRONG.   Scene #2...

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Ottawa is NOT Like Toronto

March 23rd, 2017

Ottawa Is NOT Like Toronto (Especially when it comes to real estate) My sister in law, Tina Carbonara, is a realtor in Toronto. We talk shop all the time but our work lives couldn’t be any different. I love hearing about all of her real estate adventures and the craziness that is the Toronto real estate market. My experiences here...

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You Can’t Beat The Market

March 8th, 2017

YOU CAN’T BEAT THE MARKET WHEN BUYING OR SELLING YOUR HOME There’s this thing called THE MARKET. It’s a place where Buyers and Sellers meet to exchange something. I regularly come across Buyers and Sellers who think they can beat the market.  Sellers who price their home too high won’t get any showings. Buyers who are looking fo...

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Selling Your Home

Things Nobody Tells You About Selling Your Home

February 17th, 2017

THINGS NOBODY TELLS YOU ABOUT SELLING YOUR HOME Selling your house is a lot of work and it’s stressful (but I’m here to help). Here are things that will happen when you list your house for sale: Buyers will see your home for the first time online.  Motivated buyers are online, obsessively checking listings, multiple times per day. If...

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6 Signs You’re In The Market To Buy A Home

January 26th, 2017

6 Signs You’re In The Market To Buy A House Are you buying a house?  Here are the signs: 1 – The first thing you do in the morning is check your Property Matches email.   2 – You talk about hardwood floors, asbestos and lead pipes at parties.   3 – You visit realtor.ca daily in case your own Realtor is hiding pr...

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Looking for Buyers in Ottwa

January 17th, 2017

If You Want To Go Somewhere… If you want to buy a home, call an expert. Listen to someone who has helped others reach their home ownership goals. Why have your own Realtor?   Being “represented” means:  you have an ADVOCATE. We ask questions and get to know you so that we understand how to best help you, support you and p...

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