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While Stittsville has been growing in leaps and bounds into an active and bustling neighbourhood, those living in the area are committed to keeping it a community of caring people. Considered in spirit to still be a village, Stittsville offers its residents a warm, open...

A heat pump is an electrical appliance that takes heat energy from one place and moves it to another – just like a refrigerator. In summer, it moves heat out of the building, and in winter it moves heat into the building, even if it’s...

Happy Thanksgiving! At this time of year we like to reflect on all of the things we have to be thankful for. We are so grateful for our wonderful clients and to be able to live and work in this great city. Wishing everyone a very happy Thanksgiving long...

OTTAWA, October 5, 2021 - Members of the Ottawa Real Estate Board sold 1,607 residential properties in September through the Board’s Multiple Listing Service® System, compared with 2,314 in September 2020, a decrease of 31 per cent. September’s sales included 1,244 in the residential-property class,...

To make it easier for first-time homebuyers to get into the market, the federal government unveiled an incentive where the government contributes to the purchase of the home through a shared mortgage. This allows a potential homeowner to access 5% or 10% depending on whether...

For generations, Canadians have been asking themselves this important question: ‘Is it better to buy a home or rent?’ On the one hand, owning comes with more responsibility and higher monthly expenses, but offers more stability and a long-term investment. On the other hand, the...

Happy Fall! As Summer is coming to a close we are turning our attention towards the Fall. It is a beautiful time of year in our neighborhoods to enjoy walks, bike rides and outdoor activities. We are looking forward to a continued strong market. As reported by...

As the seasons change and we get ready for cooler weather: shut off exterior faucets and put away hoses check outdoor lights and replace bulbs check walkways, steps and railings for safety test smoke detectors, carbon monoxide detectors, fire extinguishers - check expiry dates, and...

Autumn is the perfect time to lay the groundwork for a gorgeous spring garden. Experts say this time of year is critical for how your yard will look year-round. Add enjoyment and selling features to your home with this fall garden checklist: Early in the...

If you are looking to open up a small space to give it a feel that is bigger than it’s footprint, these tested tips are for you. They work in any room and within any budget. • Use light colours on the walls to create a...

Buying an older property definitely has its advantages. The neighbourhood will already be well-established, so you’ll be able to get a sense of the community. The trees will be grown. The area will have a defined character. This combination of an older home and established...

OTTAWA, September 3, 2021 - Members of the Ottawa Real Estate Board sold 1,572 residential properties in August through the Board’s Multiple Listing Service® System, compared with 2,006 in August 2020, a decrease of 22 per cent. August’s sales included 1,175 in the residential-property class,...

What is a home evaluation and how can it help you? Home inspections, home evaluations and home appraisals all sound like the same word, but they are very different. Home evaluation: Your real estate agent will compare your property to other similar properties that have been listed...

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...

Hello Everyone As the Summer progresses so does the real estate market! The market is now stabilizing as the supply of homes on the market increases. Market prices appeared to peak in March and are now levelling out. This shows the strength of the Ottawa market...

OTTAWA, August 5, 2021 - Members of the Ottawa Real Estate Board sold 1,724 residential properties in July through the Board’s Multiple Listing Service® System, compared with 2,183 in July 2020, a decrease of 21 per cent. July’s sales included 1,312 in the residential-property class,...

Setting the right list price for a home is a mystery for many sellers. How do you begin to determine what buyers are likely to pay for your property? After all, no two homes are exactly alike. Yet, setting the right price is crucial. You...

Easy and effective ways to upgrade your outdoor space When making any home improvements or investing in renovations to your property, you want to ask yourself two important questions: Will I enjoy this upgrade while I live here? Will this project add value to my home? The...

Nestled along the TransCanada Trail and the National Capital Commission Greenbelt, Bridlewood is located in South Kanata. As Bridlewood grew, the new housing development of Emerald Meadows expanded to the South to offer a variety of homes: townhomes, detached 2 storeys and bungalows, and adult...

Hello Everyone, Happy Summer! Summer is here and we are all enjoying it! The real estate market is changing, more supply and not as many multiple offer situations. The sales prices are excellent and the rental market has strength. It is a good time to buy an investment property....

Many homeowners think that expensive solar panels and smart home gadgets are the only ways your household can adopt more eco-friendly practices. However, we’re here to tell you that there are simple tips anyone can implement at home to be a little friendlier to the...

OTTAWA, July 6, 2021 - Members of the Ottawa Real Estate Board sold 2,131 residential properties in June through the Board’s Multiple Listing Service® System, compared with 2,038 in June 2020, an increase of 5 per cent. June’s sales included 1,647 in the residential-property class,...

Morgan’s Grant is on the west side of March Road, and Shirley’s Brook and Briarbrook are situated on the east side of March Road. These neighbourhoods offer their residents the best of everything Kanata has to offer, including a large variety of homes to choose...

There are so many different ways to celebrate your dad on Father's Day. Picking out the perfect Father's Day gift and writing a sweet message in his card may be a given, but it's also important to make sure that your dad's special day is full of activities that'll...

With the summer drawing nearer and the weather getting nicer, it is a great time to get out and check out the fresh farmers produce at one of the local Farmers Markets.  Here are some of the local markets: Almonte Farmers Market In the parking lot of...

Happy Summer Everyone!  The weather has been delightful and certainly has helped preparing gardens and the exterior of homes for good curb appeal. Patience for buyers is the best advice in today's market. There are always new listings coming on, and remember to buy a less than perfect home...

OTTAWA, June 3, 2021 - Members of the Ottawa Real Estate Board sold 2,296 residential properties in May through the Board’s Multiple Listing Service® System, compared with 1,342 in May 2020, an increase of 71 per cent. May’s sales included 1,779 in the residential-property class,...

When you decide it’s time to install or replace a deck surface, you may find there are more choices than you had expected. There are many new materials and installation options that have come to the market over just the past few years. For example, in...

Imagine moving to a neighbourhood that has something you really want, like a nearby golf course, more wooded areas and walking trails, or a faster commute to work. How would that impact your lifestyle? Chances are, it would have a big impact! In fact, your choice...

It’s been long predicted, but the time has finally come when whole-home systems can provide a network to allow the electronic features and fixtures of your home to talk to one another. Often a family’s first such network involves controlling and sharing subscription services for...

Regardless of whether the overall housing market is up or down, there can be fierce competition when it comes to buying a home in a desirable neighbourhood. So, if you want to live in a “hot’ area, how do you gain an advantage? Here are some...

Hello Everyone, warmer weather is coming soon! An early May update on the market. The market has been an adventure for all. The number of sales in Kanata over $1,000,000 is certainly impressive. The townhomes have a large portion of the market and have exceeded seller...

OTTAWA, May 5, 2021 - Members of the Ottawa Real Estate Board sold 2,402 residential properties in April through the Board’s Multiple Listing Service® System, compared with 911 in April 2020, an increase of 164 per cent. April’s sales included 1,859 in the residential-property class,...

In these tough times, there are lots of women and mothers in less fortunate situations. Emergency women's shelters provide 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 and the...

Buying a home? How can Joan and her Real Estate Family help? Good brokers/sales representatives save you time and money. They know your community, they know what is important when buying and selling a home, and they know all the intricacies of the process, from finding a...

OTTAWA, April 7, 2021 - Members of the Ottawa Real Estate Board sold 2,285 residential properties in March through the Board’s Multiple Listing Service® System, compared with 1,514 in March 2020, an increase of 51 per cent. March’s sales included 1,705 in the residential-property class,...

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....

Kanata Lakes is popular with families and professionals, as it is centrally located in Kanata and in the district of many good schools.  A range of homes is offered from townhomes through to larger 2 storeys or bungalows and adult style bungalows....

Spring is around the corner! But with the arrival of blue skies and butterflies also comes the threat of flooding. Rapidly melting snow and frequent rain, especially on still-frozen ground, can mean more water than your home can handle. Even if you live in an...

Happy Spring Everyone!  It has been a tough winter for all of us. But as the days are getting brighter and Spring approaches it is also reassuring to hear the Ottawa senior care homes have been vaccinated. The market continues to be strong, and with continued low...

OTTAWA, March 3, 2021 - Members of the Ottawa Real Estate Board sold 1,390 residential properties in February through the Board’s Multiple Listing Service® System, compared with 1,134 in February 2020, an increase of 23 per cent. February’s sales included 1,028 in the residential-property class,...