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Ottawa Real Estate - 04/11/11 09:09 PM
Orleans, ON is a suburb of Ottawa and growing daily. One of the questions, I frequently get asked - where do the people come from. Believe it or not from everywhere. People are transferred from other parts of Canada, the US and quite a few from Europe. This evening I was showing a couple of newer 4 bedroom, 3 bathroom house in the east end of Orleans and even though the house was on their short list, they felt it was too far from east - they would prefer the west end of Orleans. The east end has more traditional homes, (1 comments)
Ottawa Real Estate - 04/10/11 10:16 AM
Home inspections can turn up interesting issues. My suggestion when selecting a home inspector, get referrals, speak to a couple before making your final decision. Ask for years of experience, knowledge of construction, is he/she certified or just someone that had some business cards printed. Yesterday, one of my listings was inspected by someone that just wanted to show off. A little knowledge is more dangerous than no knowledge. First issue: One year old gas fireplace - starts with a remote, glass doors. Inspector wasn't familiar with a remote gas firepalce and told the buyers that the fireplace lacked controls and (1 comments)
Ottawa Real Estate - Relocation - 04/09/11 06:52 PM
Another type of gardening - Container gardens Can't convince yourself to work in garden beds, container gardens can be quite attractive and easy to do: Here are a few hints. Container gardens can brighten up a patio, deck, balcony. Use various types of pots in different shapes and colours. Ask the kids to help you paint old pails or coffee cans - for clusters of color. This could be FUN! Fill containers with bulbs and bedding plants. Place the containers on tables, ledges, along borders - use your imagination. Another alternative - hang the pots on hooks. Bring colour into your life. (0 comments)
Ottawa Real Estate - Buying your first home - 04/09/11 09:56 AM
Your tired of paying rent, you've scrimped and saved and ready to make the next move. So, you decide to visit Open House properties and new home builders and you start DREAMING of the possibilities. Here are a few things that you need to do before your start looking: 1. Visit your mortgage brokers and find out how much you can afford to spend on your first home. 2. Interview a few real estate agents to determine who you would like to represent you and provide you with comparative market analysis for the properties that end up on your short list. (1 comments)
OTTAWA REAL ESTATE - UPGRADE YOUR HOUSE - 04/09/11 09:45 AM
15 QUICK & EASY PROJECTS TO UPGRADE THE YOUR HOUSE Spring is here and you want to sell you house. There are many things that you can do and lets start with the outside. 1. Ins't the driveway supposed to be, you know BLACK! When people drive up to your house do they see a nice smooth driveway, or a gray slab of asphalt with cracks. If so, clean the surface with a pressure washer, let it dry. Apply sealer. Once it dries if it looks like it needs a second coat - JUST DO IT! 2. Has the sidewalk/walkway disappeared (0 comments)
OTTAWA REAL ESTATE - SENIOR SEMINAR - 04/09/11 09:37 AM
Yesterday, I hosted a Baby Boomer and Senior Seminar. We had a great turnout. The speakers, a mortgage broker, Murray Groen from Mortgage Brokers Ottawa.com; a financial advisor, Dan Levesque from Prosphere; a funeral home director, Guy Souligny from The Heritage Funeral Home; a lawyer, Stephanie Ruta of SR Legal Services all provided information for the guests. We had several representatives from various retirement homes and they also were able to give the guests lots of fantastic information about the various options available to them. Lots of interesting questions about the CHIP program (reverse mortgages); life annuities; pre-arranged funeral plans and what happens (0 comments)
OTTAWA, ON REAL ESTATE - 04/08/11 05:29 PM
Pre-liting inspection - What's the purpose? Here are a few benefits: 1. There will be no surprises when an offer is presented and the Buyers have an inspection done and come with a list of issues to either be fixed or asking for a price reduction. 2. You can ensure that the major components of the house are in good shape and if not, fix them or have them fixed before putting it on the market. 3. Disclosure an issue which permits the seller to reflect the condition of the house in the listing price. 4. For the buyers, a pre-inspection report (1 comments)
Ottawa Real Estate - Orleans, ON Restaurants - 04/03/11 09:17 PM
Over the last few years, Orleans, ON has grown from a small village that had one or two small restaurants into a huge suburb of Ottawa, On. . Orleans has the regular restaurants i.e. Boston Pizza, Montana, Kelsey's, one seafod restaurant, a few sport bars but what we are lacking is a steakhouse. there's a Moxie's under construction as is an italian franchise restaurant. These are all great family restaurants but once in a while the adults would love to get dressed up and do some fine dining. So lets hope that in the near future someone will hear me and we (0 comments)
Real Estate Agent - 04/02/11 07:00 PM
When deciding to put your house on the market - consult your real estate agent (REA) before starting any renovations to update your property. Your REA not only can provide you with an evaluation of your house but can recommend various trades people that can save you time, money and frustration. Personally, I know an excellent renovator, actually I know two great renovators, an electrician, a plumber, a flooring specialist, a painter, a decorator, a landscaper, etc. etc etc Your first step is to find out WHAT IS MY HOUSE WORTH? Your 2nd step is to find out WHAT CAN I DO (0 comments)
Sellers Beware - 04/02/11 10:01 AM
Ottawa Real Estate is going strong and property value is going up - EXCITING! for sellers. This week I received a call from a financial planner who told me that one of his client's was approached by a RA who told him that he could sell his property and that he had clients waiting with a fistfull of money. The Financial Planner called and asked what I thought. Well, I said, possibly this RA has speculators interested or developers but I think that the potential Seller should speak to another agent to do some digging. The potential Seller called me and (0 comments)
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