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Ottawa Real Estate Market Snapshot

Ottawa Real Estate Highlights December 2019 Record-Breaking 2019 Closes Out Decade Another record breaking year in both the number of sales & average prices! The average sale price of a residential property crept up over $500K during several months in 2019, with the annual average sale price settling at just below $490,000. As we head into 2020 we anticipate that the prices will continue to increase, however even then, the Ottawa area real estate market remains one of the most affordable major cities in Canada.                             Highlights
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All I want for Christmas is a HOME

Buying a house is an exciting time, and whether you are just entering the market or you are a seasoned buyer ready for your next move, investing in real estate is a smart decision. To some, the Realtor App could be considered the Tinder of the Real Estate world, swiping past sub-par matches looking for the one who really might be worth the work. While looking at homes seems to be a logical first step, it may not. Some steps should be taken to ensure that you are prepared to be as competitive as possible when in a multiple offers
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The Season of Giving – Gift Ideas for all the Homeowners in your Life

Coming up with gift ideas for the people in your life can be difficult sometimes.  We have put together a gift-giving guide for those people that have moved into a new home or a new condo.  Perhaps you are the one that has moved this year if so we included some ideas for little gifts for your new neighbours around the holiday season.   Homeowners Buying gifts for the new homeowners in your life can be an exciting gift to shop for and the possibilities can seem endless! Toasters, towels, and linens at every corner! If your homeowner hasn’t registered
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Ottawa Real Estate Market Snapshot November 2019

Weather isn’t Cooling the Resale Market!  Highlights from the Ottawa Real Estate Board December 4, 2019 Ottawa Real Estate Highlights November 2019 UNIT SALES Members of the Ottawa Real Estate Board sold 1,288 residential properties in November through the Board’s Multiple Listing Service® System, compared with 1,161 in November 2018, an increase of 10.9 %. Residential: 958 Up 10.5 % from November 2018 Condo: 330 Up 12.2 % from November 2018. The five-year average for November unit sales is 1,133. “Even with the typical winter slowdown, Ottawa’s home resale market still experienced a relatively brisk pace in November. Our inventory is
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Picking a Condo that Matches your Lifestyle

While many people once shied away from condominiums, today, this home-owners option is heavily sought out by people of all ages and lifestyles. Condominiums are popping up in all neighbourhoods, with amenities that cater to the needs of people with all types of wants, needs, and abilities. Whether you are a working professional, young family, retiree, live an active lifestyle or require accessibility accommodations, appealing features offered by many of these condominiums are making this home-buyers option an appealing and competitive one. As with the growing market of condominium homeowners, the variety of notable features offered under the fees are
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Ottawa Real Estate Snapshot:  October 2019 

Ottawa Real Estate Snapshot:  October 2019 Based on information from on the Ottawa Real Estate Board November 5th, 2019 Properties Sold Total properties sold: 1,607 an increase of 16.9% over October 2018 1,211 in the residential-property class, up 15% over October 2018 396 in the condominium-property category, up 23% over October 2018 The five-year average for October unit sales is 1,319. “New listings are down, inventory remains scarce, and yet more homes changed hands this October than in the past decade and a half,” reports President of the Ottawa Real Estate Board. “It’s perplexing at first; however, when you consider
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Condo Living – Is it right for you?

After a few flat years, the Ottawa condo market started picking up steam in 2016 and continues to be a popular choice for Ottawa buyers today. Lower inventory levels and higher prices in the residential market have helped to increase activity in the condo property class.  According to the Ottawa Real Estate Board “September [2019] sales included 436 in the condominium-property category, an increase of 26.4 % from September 2018”.  There are many advantages to owning a condo, maintenance is a big one.  Typically, condo dwellers have little or no external maintenance.  Not only is there no grass to cut
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First Time Home Buyer Incentive – Need a Little Help?

With the recent federal election  there has been a great deal of discussion around the Liberal Government’s incentive for First-time Home Buyers which was effective September 2, 2019.  The Government of Canada has allocated $1.25 billion over the next three years for this program.  The incentive is designed to help first-time home buyers find an affordable home.  Finding an affordable home has proven to be a challenge for first-time home buyers and especially younger Canadians.  The lack of inventory has affected the availability of affordable housing options. This has made the cost of housing as a percentage of gross income
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What can we expect from the Fall Real Estate Market in Ottawa?

In Ottawa, we talk about the Spring market and the Fall market as being the two busiest seasons to buy and sell real estate in Ottawa.  Our Spring market started earlier this year and instead of slowing down over the Summer it continued to be strong throughout the Summer months.  Throughout the year we have seen consistent growth in both listing prices and sale prices.  In June, the Ottawa residential average sale price climbed over $500K for the first time ever!  There is also great news for condominiums. Now that condo prices have bounced back, more condo sellers are deciding
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Is that House Haunted?

Stigma and Real Estate Would the fact that property is believed to be haunted affect your decision to purchase it?  If a property had been the location of an unspeakable act, would that change your opinion on it? Picture this, you’ve just found the home of your dreams and have put in an offer.  Of course you’ll want to make sure that there’s nothing wrong with the home before you firm up so who are you going to call? Ok, so it’s probably your home inspector and not the ghost-busters, however it may surprise you that according to a recent
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