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We are excited to welcome Mr. Mark Carney as an addition to Royal LePage's leadership team at Brookfield. Mr. Carney will bring with him plenty of knowledge and experience as he is an internationally renowned financial executive and an advocate for economically sustainable climate change action. Brookfield...

Guide to Successful Home Selling You are preparing your home for showing and are wondering, “What will potential purchasers be looking for?” The answer is easy. Their priorities will be virtually identical to those you would have if you were looking for a home. Click here to read...

With the cooler fall temperatures approaching, it's time to start prepping your air conditioner. To ensure the unit is in good condition for next year, below are some simple ways to maintain your AC unit. Monitor Temperature Gauge Keep an eye on the thermostat to see if...

OTTAWA, September 3, 2020 - Members of the Ottawa Real Estate Board sold 2,017 residential properties in August through the Board’s Multiple Listing Service® System, compared with 1,725 in August 2019, a year over year increase of 17 per cent. August’ sales included 1,576 in...

Note: red squares represent all properties listed or sold by Joan Smith since 1996. Click Here to view a full list of homes we have sold in your neighbourhood! Your home is usually your biggest investment in your life. Friends and neighbours might tell you they love...

No doom and gloom in store for Canadian real estate. The market for July was strong and we are expecting the market to continue being strong and generally follow the opening of the economy. The prices of homes have improved year over year, an average 15.7% increase...

OTTAWA, August 7, 2020 - Members of the Ottawa Real Estate Board sold 2,189 residential properties in July through the Board’s Multiple Listing Service® System, compared with 1,838 in July 2019, a year over year increase of 19 per cent. July’s sales included 1,646 in...

In an interview with The Financial Post, Phil Soper, CEO of Royal LePage, and Sotheby's CEO Don Kottick touched on the current real estate market and highlighted the major role that housing inventory will play after the pandemic eases. Phil Soper said that home prices rely...

A Reserve Fund Study is a forecasting tool designed to help the Condo Board prepare for major repair and replacement projects for a property. It determines how much money needs to be in the fund to ensure that the repairs can be paid for in...

Lasting memories are built in neighbourhoods where the amenities match your lifestyle. When your kids grow up, what will they remember about their childhood neighbourhood? Was it the playground where they met their first friend? The park where they learned how to ride a bike? There are...

According to the Royal LePage House Price survey and Market Survey Forecast, the price of a home in Canada increased by 6.8% year-over-year to $673,072 in the second quarter. Demand surged in many markets once provinces allowed regular real estate activity to resume. Royal LePage...

OTTAWA, July 6, 2020 - Members of the Ottawa Real Estate Board sold 2,052 residential properties in June through the Board’s Multiple Listing Service® System, compared with 2,096 in June 2019, a year over year decrease of 2 per cent. June’s sales included 1,622 in...

We hope you’re enjoying the summer so far. Things are slowly starting to get better and it’s encouraging to know that our collective efforts over the past few months are paying off. While we’re not out of the woods yet, we are seeing progress. As things continue...

We have fantastic Summer weather this weekend to celebrate the Fathers in our lives. Win Dad's heart and make him a meal he will love!  The Food Network posted an article with 50 Father's Day recipes that we wanted to share with you! Click Here to...

We are all in this together and doing our very best to conduct business safely. The market in April was slow and we were all getting used to the necessary changes. The good news is May has been much better and hopefully the market will strengthen as we continue...

OTTAWA, June 3, 2020 - Members of the Ottawa Real Estate Board sold 1,345 residential properties in May through the Board’s Multiple Listing Service® System, compared with 2,410 in May 2019, a decrease of 44 per cent. May’s sales included 1,066 in the residential property...

The marketing of a home today has the added bonus of the website. It is necessary to show off your home with excellent pictures to promote top activity. This is accomplished by having good staging. Click here to view examples of houses we have staged to...

The Victoria Day long weekend is here and the weather will be great to enjoy some quality time outdoors. The long weekend this year will be different, but there is still plenty of things you can do to make the most out of it. This week...

One of the most important and easiest ways to increase your property's value is to have great curb appeal. Below are some tips to help you get started. Have a good strategy. Choose a design with diversity, but don't clutter the entire yard with high-maintenance plants....

In these tough times, there are lots of women and mothers in less fortunate situations. Emergency women's shelters across Canada providing safe shelter to women and children fleeing from domestic violence have been greatly affected by the Covid-19 pandemic. Operational costs for shelters are up...

OTTAWA, May 5, 2020 - Members of the Ottawa Real Estate Board sold 913 residential properties in April through the Board’s Multiple Listing Service® System, compared with 2,025 in April 2019, a decrease of 55 per cent. April’s sales included 700 in the residential-property class,...

Once you have attracted potential buyers into your home with curb appeal, and impressed them with cleanliness and absence of clutter, the next step in obtaining the best possible price for your home is to develop a plan so that you can react to offers...

Mortgages are still being funded, but lenders are being extra careful right now particularly when it comes to income.  Don't be surprised if your mortgage provider asks for all income documents to be provided as part of the application process.  Also, don't be surprised if...

United Counties of Prescott-Russell have decided to proceed with a $36 million partnership to build an "innovative food hub". This hub will be used for processing and distributing meat and vegetables from farms in the area for local and national markets. Councillors voted in favour...

According to the Royal LePage House Price Survey and Market Survey Forecast released April 14, 2020, the aggregate price of a home in Canada is expected to remain stable through the COVID-19 pandemic. Below are some points from the Royal LePage House Price Survey and Market...

Spring cleaning isn't just for inside the house, take it outside and get some fresh air. Cleaning up the outside of your home and getting ready for Spring can get you motivated to plant and grow your favourite herbs and vegetables, and spend more time...

OTTAWA, April 3, 2020 - Members of the Ottawa Real Estate Board sold 1,525 residential properties in March through the Board’s Multiple Listing Service® System, compared with 1,507 in March 2019, an increase of only 1.2 per cent. March’s sales included 1,170 in the residential-property...

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought many challenges to everyone's lives, and especially to the local businesses in our community. Many businesses have had to close or adapt to serve their customers.  To help Ottawa's economy and support our resilient businesses you can: Buy locally when possible. ...

Join our community and make some noise to show appreciation for all essential workers in Ottawa! On Wednesday evenings starting at 6:30pm, step on to your porch and bring your pots, pans, bells and whistles and cheer loud to show your support. This is a city-wide...

During these times of uncertainty, we hope you and your family are staying healthy and safe. Covid-19 has had a great impact on us all and our routines have had to make an adjustment. We are trying our best to follow the instructions from our...

To say we live in interesting times is an understatement! As volatile as the stock market has been, so has the mortgage market. Over the course of the last two weeks we have seen the five year fixed rates as low as 2.29% and then bounce...

OTTAWA, March 4, 2020 - Members of the Ottawa Real Estate Board sold 1,141 residential properties in February through the Board’s Multiple Listing Service® System, compared with 1,002 in February 2019, an increase of 13.9 per cent. February’s sales included 835 in the residential-property class,...

International Women's Day is a day to recognize the achievements of women and girls around the globe, and to reflect on the progress made towards achieving gender equality. We celebrate all of the amazing individuals who have played a role in raising awareness and advancing...

Enjoy the Family Day weekend with family and friends, it is a great time to spend some quality time with your loved ones. If you are still searching for activities to fill up your long weekend, we have included some ideas below.  The strength in the market...

Looking for something to do with your special someone for Valentine's Day? We have included below some events and activities to enjoy with your date.   Winterlude Get bundled up and explore the sites and events at Winterlude including carved ice scupltures and skating on the Rideau Canal...

How do you ensure your home goes from "For Sale" to "Sold"? One of the most important things to do is to make some low cost improvements. We have included a few suggestions to prepare your home for sale.  Advice - Your home should be clean and tidy...

OTTAWA, February 5, 2020 - Members of the Ottawa Real Estate Board sold 780 residential properties in January through the Board’s Multiple Listing Service® System, compared with 817 in January 2019, a decrease of 4.5 per cent. January’s sales included 558 in the residential-property class,...

Nobody likes to think about a situation where you may have to sell a loved one’s home after they pass away. It is good to be prepared and knowledgeable about selling property as an Executor in the event that you are put in the situation. The...

As 2020 is now here, you might be making plans and thinking about what the new year will bring for you and your home. You may be thinking of doing some renovations or redecorating. Perhaps you are even considering making a move in 2020, or...

Are you spending extra money on upkeep? Homes already cost a lot of money to maintain. Here are a few mistakes you may be making in your home. 1. Not customizing the temperature. To keep your energy costs low, it may be a good idea to invest...

OTTAWA, January 6, 2020 - Members of the Ottawa Real Estate Board (OREB) sold 761 residential properties in December through the Board’s Multiple Listing Service® System, compared with 660 in December 2018, an increase of 15.3 per cent. December’s sales included 534 in the residential...

The most famous phrase in real estate is "Location, Location, Location". We know that buying in the right neighbourhood is one of the most important factors when starting your home search. Housing developments are continuously popping up, and the City has some great schools, parks, and...

Still looking for something fun to do on New Year's Eve?! Check out the events below! - Casino Lac-Leamy Ring in the New Year at the Casino with live entertainment, free shows, the midnight countdown and loads more surprises! Enjoy a night to savour at the casino...

As 2019 is coming to a close, we wish you, your family and friends all the best for the New Year. We want to thank you for your continued support and trust in 2019 allowing us to have another amazing year! We are excited for...

Bundle up and come on down to York street Plaza this evening to celebrate the unveiling of the new OTTAWA sign! Enjoy hot chocolate, sleigh rides and choir music. Mayor Jim Watson, Councillor Mathieu Fleury and Mr. Michael Crockatt, President and CEO of Ottawa Tourism,...

Residents, local businesses, Mayor Jim Watson and Somerset Councillor Catherine McKenny celebrated the reopening of Elgin Street on Monday, December 16. Elgin Street is a popular destination for Ottawa residents offering great dining, shopping and entertainment, and we're happy to have it back! Elgin Street has been...

We want to thank our clients for your continued support and trust in 2019 allowing us to have another amazing year. We are delighted to announce that we have received the Royal LePage Chairman's Club award based on GCI for 2019, representing Royal LePage's Top 1%...

Toronto, ON, December 12, 2019 –According to the Royal LePage Market Survey Forecast, Canadian home prices are expected to see healthy appreciation by the end of 2020, driven by low single-digit appreciation in both the condominium and detached home segments. The decline in high price...

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