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The Season of Giving – Gift Ideas for all the Homeowners in your Life

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 ...

Ottawa Real Estate Market Snapshot November 2019

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: ...

Picking a Condo that Matches your Lifestyle

Picking a Condo that Matches your Lifestyle

While many people once shied away from condominiums, today, this home-owners option is 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, ...

Ottawa Real Estate Snapshot:  October 2019 

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 ...

Condo Living – Is it right for you?

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 ...

First Time Home Buyer Incentive – Need a Little Help?

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 ...

What can we expect from the Fall Real Estate Market in Ottawa?

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 ...

Is that House Haunted?

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 ...

Having Your Home Listed Over the Holidays

Having Your Home Listed Over the Holidays

If you are planning to sell your home in the next few months, it is wise to plan to maximize the sale of your home. As the temperatures are cooling and the days are getting shorter, we are starting to think of the coming fall and winter seasons.  We will also start to think of ...

Ottawa Real Estate Update: September 2019

Ottawa Real Estate Update: September 2019

Ottawa Real Estate update September 2019 The fall real estate market in Ottawa is in full swing with strong numbers showing no signs of a slow-down in spite of the upcoming election. Condo prices have recovered (and are moving upward) in the Ottawa Real estate market and sellers are jumping back in to take advantage. ...

Luxury Style on a Budget

Luxury Style on a Budget

Do you check out luxury listings on Carriage Trade and become envious of the homes that you see? Luxury homes are often the epitome of style but you can bring some of that style into your own home without breaking the bank. Using these creative ideas, any home can feel like a luxury dream home! ...

Ottawa's Most "Luxurious" Neighboourhoods

Ottawa's Most "Luxurious" Neighboourhoods

Ottawa’s neighbourhoods are diverse and most offer something for everyone. If you are looking for luxury, it’s all around us with little pockets throughout the city. Large lot sizes in rural areas and even within the city allow for beautiful large custom homes and these opportunities are popping up everywhere! Below you will find a ...

Coolest Luxury Upgrades (and what they cost!)

Coolest Luxury Upgrades (and what they cost!)

Luxury homes offer just that – luxury – and many of them feature a variety of amenities to make life easier and add convenience. Here are the top 10 sought-after amenities for luxury homes compiled from interviews with Royal LePage agents across the country. Just in case you’re interested in upgrading your current home, estimated ...

What is Carriage Trade?

What is Carriage Trade?

You may have heard the name “Carriage Trade” tossed around but what does it mean? If you are looking to purchase or sell a luxury property, the Carriage Trade designation by Royal LePage will ensure that your property gets the right exposure to the right people or will aid in your search by seamlessly providing ...

Ottawa Real Estate Market update: August 2019

Ottawa Real Estate Market update: August 2019

Ottawa Real Estate Market update: August 2019 (September 5, 2019)  If you’ve been following the Ottawa Real Estate market it probably won’t come as a surprise that both unit sales and prices were up last month, in spite of continuing issues with low supply. Heading into the fall months we don’t see any signs of ...

Find Sold Prices Online!

Find Sold Prices Online!

At Royal LePage Team Realty, we are thrilled to announce that we are the first major brokerage in Ottawa to offer a Virtual Office Website where users can now have access to more information than was ever possible before. With a simple click, anyone with an email address will now be able to access sold ...

Beyond the Sign: Price It Right

Beyond the Sign: Price It Right

When a home is listed, it needs to be at the right price in order to ensure that you get what you deserve for your home. There are a lot of factors that go into pricing a home and your Royal LePage Team Realty agent will help guide you through the process to ensure a ...

Beyond the Sign: Knowledge

Beyond the Sign: Knowledge

You wouldn’t get your car fixed by anyone other than a mechanic and you definitely wouldn’t let anyone other than a doctor perform a medical procedure on you but would you consider buying or selling a home without an expert in your corner? Buying or selling a home is likely one of the biggest transactions ...

Beyond the Sign: Marketing

Beyond the Sign: Marketing

There is a lot more to selling home than putting a sign on the front lawn. A sign on the lawn is definitely a great marketing tool but the reach is limited. Did you know that your Royal LePage Team Realty Realtor® is able to leverage a variety of marketing strategies and tools to ensure ...

Real Estate Market Snapshot: Hot Market in a Scorching July

Real Estate Market Snapshot: Hot Market in a Scorching July

The Ottawa Real Estate Board recorded the highest number of July sales in 15 years! Real Estate Market Trends and Highlights July 2019 1,842 residential properties sold on MLS® in July 2019, compared with 1,605 in July 2018, an increase of 14.8 per cent. 1,382 in the residential-property class, up 12.3 per cent from a ...

What's in a Name? A Street Name That is….

What's in a Name? A Street Name That is….

Have you ever gone for a walk around your neighbourhood and stopped to think where the street names may have come from? In Ottawa alone, there are almost 10,000 unique names for streets and this number grows almost every day! Street names come from a variety of sources and can have significant meaning or none ...

O Canada – Bring Some Canadian Style Home

O Canada – Bring Some Canadian Style Home

Every July, Canadian’s come together to celebrate our amazing country but now that the fireworks are over, you can show your Canadian pride at home. There are many options for decor that is truly Canadian; whether it’s iconic and historic brands or patterns and imagery, there is something for everyone when it comes to Canadian ...

Market Snapshot: June 2019 Ottawa Real Estate update

Market Snapshot: June 2019 Ottawa Real Estate update

Market Snapshot: June 2019 Ottawa Real Estate update. Condo Sales Continue to Dominate Resale Market | Ottawa Residential Average Sale Price Climbs over $500K for the first time ever! ...

Canadianisms Around the Home

Canadianisms Around the Home

On Canada Day, we must take a moment to think about what makes us truly Canadian. Put on your thinking toque, grab a caesar, double-double, or pop, while we consider some of those truly Canadian terms that we use around the home almost every day. But fear not, there’s no need to cause a kerfuffle; ...

Ottawa's Eco-Friendly Communities to Watch

Ottawa's Eco-Friendly Communities to Watch

While lots of work is being done at all levels to ensure that the City of Ottawa as a whole is as eco-friendly as possible, there are a few communities that are leading the way. Everyone can make a difference, no matter where you live, but these neighbourhoods were designed with the environment in mind. ...

Little Ways to Make a Difference

Little Ways to Make a Difference

10 Tips for a More Eco-Friendly Home Being eco-friendly doesn’t need to be hard or even expensive. There are little things that we can all do around the house that can have a significant impact on the environment. It doesn’t need to happen overnight but every step counts in the journey towards preserving our planet. ...

Eco-Friendly Listing of the Future

Eco-Friendly Listing of the Future

What would an eco-friendly dream home of the future look like? Here’s what we imagine! While it is great to dream, check back next week for great ideas of things that you can do in your home to make a difference. Welcome home to the eco-friendly home of your dreams! Upon first glance, this home ...

Ottawa Real Estate: May 2019 Market highlights

Ottawa Real Estate: May 2019 Market highlights

Highlights: Total properties sold : 2,423 in May through the Board’s Multiple Listing Service® System, compared with 2,271 in May 2018, an increase of 6.7 per cent. May’s sales included 1,869 in the residential property class, an increase of 4.6 per cent from a year ago. 554 in the condominium property class, an increase of 14.2 ...

Why Summer Can Be a Great Time To List Your Home

Why Summer Can Be a Great Time To List Your Home

Everyone knows spring tends to be the real estate “busy season” but that doesn’t mean that you are too late to list your home now that we are coming into summer. Summer can be a great time to list, specifically in the greater Ottawa area. Buyers purchase homes year round and there are certainly advantages ...

Importance of Community

Importance of Community

The word community can mean different things to different people. It can simply be a name to define a certain geographical area or neighbourhood, or it can mean a lot more. For many people, finding the right community is much more than location; it’s finding a neighbourhood with like minded people, amenities of interest, or ...

Post Flood 2019: What to do as the Water Recedes

Post Flood 2019: What to do as the Water Recedes

In the last few weeks, parts of the Ottawa area have seen record flooding and with the water slowly receding, it’s now time to think about the next steps. Whether you are a homeowner affected directly or just want to lend a helping hand, there is still a lot that will need to be done. ...

Ottawa Real Estate highlights & Market Snapshot April 2019

Ottawa Real Estate highlights & Market Snapshot April 2019

Ottawa Real Estate Highlights April 2019: There’s been an upward pressure on prices due to the continuing lower supply levels (residential supply is down 18%, and condo inventory is down almost 40% from last April 2018 according to the latest OREB stats). However these price points are “still well under the Canadian average, and our ...

Selling Your Home Yourself May End Up Costing You

Selling Your Home Yourself May End Up Costing You

It may seem tempting, to try and save money on commission, to sell your home yourself but it’s important to consider all the factors. In a lot of cases, sellers who choose to go this route do not come out ahead so let’s look at why.   What are You Really Saving? Let’s use as ...

Getting Ready for a Move

Getting Ready for a Move

As the end of April approaches, many people in Ottawa are preparing to move. Whether you bought or sold in the busy spring market, it’s time to start packing! Packing is often everyone’s least favourite task in the moving process but just remember, there is a light at the end of the tunnel; before you ...

Buying in a Seller's Market

Buying in a Seller's Market

If you are thinking of selling, the current low inventory and rising prices in Ottawa may make right now seem like the perfect time but it may seem like a different story if you are looking to buy. Whether you are looking to buy your first home or looking to up or down size, it ...

Tidying Up: The Joy of Purging

Tidying Up: The Joy of Purging

Earlier this year, Netflix launched Tidying Up with Marie Kondo, a wildly popular series based on Marie Kondo’s bestselling book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up. The series outlines, in a step by step guide, the Konmari method of cleaning and organizing and it has had everyone talking (and purging!) Second-hand stores have seen a ...

OTTAWA REAL ESTATE HIGHLIGHTS: Higher Prices, Fewer Residential Sales

OTTAWA REAL ESTATE HIGHLIGHTS: Higher Prices, Fewer Residential Sales

Tightness of listing supply is significantly reducing days on market,  properties are selling very quickly.   The latest statistics are out from the Ottawa Real Estate board!   here are the highlights… 1,511 residential properties were sold in March through the Board’s Multiple Listing Service® System, compared with 1,654 in March 2018, a decrease of 8.6 per ...

FAQ – Multiple Offers Simplified

FAQ – Multiple Offers Simplified

A few years ago, multiple offers were a somewhat rare situation in the Ottawa real estate market, but have become common recently in certain neighbourhoods and for certain types of homes. Multiple offers can seem overwhelming but in reality, there is nothing to worry about! Whether you are looking to buy a home that has ...

Infill Homes

Infill Homes

As Ottawa continues to grow, more and more infill homes are popping up in key neighbourhoods around the city. Infill homes can sometimes be a contentious issue within a neighbourhood but they can also improve the housing stock, add value to the community, slow urban sprawl, and replace older and outdated homes with more modern ...

Ottawa Neighbourhoods to Watch

Ottawa Neighbourhoods to Watch

Spring Market: 4 Neighbourhoods to Watch As the spring real estate market in Ottawa heats up, here are some neighbourhoods that will certainly be of interest to home buyers. Each of these communities has something unique and different to offer so there is something for everyone.  No matter what community you are looking at, don’t forget ...

Why Use a Full Service Realtor®?

Why Use a Full Service Realtor®?

The decision to buy or sell a home is a big one; there is so much to think about and do! A home is likely the largest investment you will ever, or have ever, made in your life and it’s important to have someone you can trust to make the process as smooth as possible ...

Ottawa Real Estate Update: February Buyers Snap Up Limited Inventory

Ottawa Real Estate Update: February Buyers Snap Up Limited Inventory

FEBRUARY 2019 Ottawa Real Estate MARKET HIGHLIGHTS  Buyers Snap Up Limited Inventory! HIGHLIGHTS (RELEASED BY THE OTTAWA REAL ESTATE BOARD MARCH 5TH, 2019) Total properties sold: 1,005 residential properties sold on MLS® compared with 978 in February 2018, an increase of 2.8%  756 in the residential property class, a rise of 3.8% over Feb 2019 ...

Spring Cleaning – Get the Kids Involved

Spring Cleaning – Get the Kids Involved

As the warmer temperatures begin to roll in, there is no thought more prevalent than the beginning of spring cleaning. Spring is a time when all the forgotten places of winter begin to come to light, and there is nothing more refreshing than refreshing your home. A major topic these days is how to involve ...

#TenYearChallenge

#TenYearChallenge

Recently social media has been filled with people taking the #TenYearChallenge. The premise is simple, share your profile picture from 10 years ago side by side with your current one. It’s a fun way to look back at the past and see how much we have all changed. We thought it would be fun to ...

Embrace Winter: Go for a Skate!

Embrace Winter: Go for a Skate!

This winter has been a challenging one for everyone; whether it’s the treacherous commutes or never-ending “snow days”, it can be hard to see the light at the end of the tunnel! Instead of focusing on how many more cold days lie ahead, try embracing the season for all that it has to offer. Skating ...

Ottawa Real Estate Update: January 2019 Record-Breaking Home Sales!

Ottawa Real Estate Update: January 2019 Record-Breaking Home Sales!

January 2019: Record-Breaking Home Sales! February 5, 2019 Highlights Members of the Ottawa Real Estate Board sold 820 residential properties,  an increase of 15.8 % over January 2018. 611 in the residential property class, a rise of 14.2% over January 2018 209 in the condominium property class, an increase of 20.8% over January 2018 $432,829 was the ...

President and CEO of Royal LePage Named Most Influential Canadian in Residential Real Estate

President and CEO of Royal LePage Named Most Influential Canadian in Residential Real Estate

President and CEO of Royal LePage Named Most Influential Canadian in Residential Real Estate For the sixth year in a row, Swanepoel Power 200  (SP200) has named Phil Soper, President and CEO of Royal LePage, the most influential person in Canadian residential real estate. The SP200 is the definitive ranking of residential real estate leaders ...

Home Inspections: What You Need To Know

Home Inspections: What You Need To Know

A home is quite likely one of the biggest purchases of your life and you want to make sure that you know what you are buying. While the home may have looked perfect to you, there may be underlying issues that are only visible to a trained eye. For this reason, it is important that ...

The Benefits of Home Staging

The Benefits of Home Staging

Defining Home Staging You may hear your Realtor suggest home staging in order to increase its chances on the market. Before you brush off the idea and assume you don’t need it, you should understand what it is and how you can benefit from it. Home staging is more than decluttering and depersonalizing your home, ...

New Year, New Home

New Year, New Home

How do you know if you’re ready to move? Besides deciding that it’s something you want to do in the new year, and planning for the big transition, how can you be sure it’s the right call? Has your family grown too big for the house? Perhaps it’s not by choice but due to work. ...

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