December 2015 Newsletter

Tis the Season… For Giving!

Turns out the holiday season is when we find people most in need. Royal LePage Team Realty’s fearless leader, Kent Browne, is one of the most generous people we know and our company is helping out several charities this season. Our own team was happy to pack up knapsacks for homeless teens and boxes for local… Read More >>

November 2015 Ottawa Real Estate Board Market News

News for condo and residential sales was really good in November! Read on!  

Should I Insure My Art?

Do you fancy yourself a bit of an art collector? Maybe you love local galleries and have picked up a piece or two over the years? Perhaps you have inherited art from a family member or friend? It is critical to keep an inventory of your collection, no matter how big or small it is…. Read More >>

2015 National Association of Realtors Conference

Could you guess that 92% of home buyers begin their search online? Probably. But did you know that nearly half of those buyers will then drive or walk by the property before contacting an agent? After that, some are most likely to Google the property for more information. This all happens before us Realtors even… Read More >>

Insights from CMHC

Our team attended this year’s annual CMHC Housing Outlook Conference on November 5th and its three presenters shared lots of valuable information on both current and future housing. We thought we would share just a few of the more insightful tidbits, but the CMHC website is an invaluable resource for further info. Should I move or… Read More >>

Say NO to Another Home Owner Tax

With new proposed legislation from the Ontario government to allow cities to charge an additional Municipal Land Transfer Tax, home buyers will be forced to pay $10,000 in total land transfer taxes on the average priced home in Ontario – nearly double the amount they must pay now. If this sounds as distressing to you… Read More >>

October 2015 Ottawa Real Estate Board Market News

October’s inventory levels have brought us back into balanced market territory. Residential sales are steady and growing over this time last year, while condo sales remain flat. The election is over and we are optimistic about good results for both buyers and sellers in the remaining months of this fall market!        … Read More >>

Are You A Real Estate Junkie?

So, you are a real estate junkie – Checking MLS several times a day, examining every detail of your dream home, and encountering the odd nightmare, too. In 2003, I, too, became a junkie. It was a hot market in downtown Ottawa and I was leaving the suburbs – sacrificing the garage, powder room and… Read More >>

Behind the Scenes with Gusto TV

Last month, we wrote a blog with some photos from the set of Gusto TV filming at our listing at 383 Dominion! Now our client Daniel was gracious enough to write this guest blog entry about his experience having them film in his stunning home. Read on…   What’s it like to have a television show and crew… Read More >>

Is This Attic Worth Renovating?

  Do you have a large attic space that you’ve always wondered about finishing and making into a useable living space? It can certainly be a great idea and may add value to your home, but there are some important things to consider before taking on a project like this. We think that one of… Read More >>

September 2015 Ottawa Real Estate Board Market News

The fall real estate market is strong out of the gates! September saw record sales in the number of of properties sold. While average days on the market is slightly higher currently sitting at 93 days, prices remain steady with a modest half a percent higher over the same time last year (for residential class… Read More >>