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Get Ready for New Mortgage Rules October 27, 2016

Recently approved government policies have a big impact moving forward on securing a mortgage. Most of the legislation is aimed at the explosive Vancouver and Toronto markets where foreign buyers play a major role in the real estate market, but the new rules will impact residents. The main crux is...

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Homeowner Safety Tips for Halloween October 20, 2016

Witches, zombies, ghouls, oh, my! Halloween is frightfully fun time of year, but the mischievous nature of the holiday invites serious trouble for homeowners. Whether you’re handing out treats or retreating somewhere else, there are steps homeowners should take to protect their homes and their freaky visitors. Make a Clear...

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September 2016 Ottawa Real Estate Statistics October 15, 2016

September sales in Ottawa real estate continued the year-over-year upward trend reported for most months of 2016. Members sold 1,371 residential units, including condominiums, apartments, and townhomes, a 10.5 per cent increase over September of last year. “Again this month, we have broken the record for residential and condominium units sold,...

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November Ottawa Real Estate Update October 10, 2016

Ottawa Real Estate experienced another record-breaking month in October 2016. The Multiple Listing Service (MLS) reported 1,214 sales last month, a 4.7 per cent jump from last year. The five-year sales average is 1,130 residential sales. The condominium market segment led the way for the record-breaking month, posting 257 closed transactions....

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Why You Should Sell Your Home in the Fall October 5, 2016

Spring and Summer may be the busiest season in terms of sales volume and number of available listings, but cooler weather shouldn’t discourage sellers. Fall is an excellent time to list your home and make a move! Besides the obvious advantage of packing and loading, when it’s not sweltering outside,...

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Ottawa: An Intriguing Market for Foreign Homebuyers and Investors September 28, 2016

Homebuyers from Vancouver and Toronto would be shocked at what $400,000 can purchase in Ottawa. Compare a three bedroom, two bathroom detached home with a garage, an ensuite master, and basement to a one bedroom, one bath just over 600 sq ft apartment in Vancouver. For families wanting to put down...

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Five Ways to Pay Your Mortgage Early September 25, 2016

Dreaming of paying off your mortgage early? Take the steps to make it a reality. With a little research into your options and by understanding small changes lead to big results, you can decrease the amount of projected time it will take to pay off your debt without winning the...

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August 2016 Ottawa Real Estate Statistics September 15, 2016

Ottawa real estate is on pace for a record-breaking year after strong residential sales in August. The Ottawa Real Estate Board (OREB) reported 1,484 transactions in the Multiple Listing Service (MLS) last month, a year-over-year bump of 16.3 per cent. “This has also been the best August on record ever for...

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How to Compete in a Hot Market As a Buyer September 8, 2016

Ottawa’s real estate market may not be as competitive as other areas in Canada, but that doesn’t mean local buyers are immune to bidding wars. What do you do in a market where homes are sold quickly? What if your desired home has multiple offers? There are steps buyers can...

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September Events in Ottawa September 1, 2016

Enjoy the fading summer temperatures by getting outside across Ottawa this September. Some of Ottawa’s most popular area events take place this month painting the skies with spectacular displays of sound and color. Gatineau Hot Air Balloon Festival Take to the skies the first weekend of September with the colorful display of...

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