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We have seen a strong seller s market since January 1st of this year, low interest rates coupled with a lack of home inventory in Ottawa and the impending HST introduction has caused a sellers delight and a buyer’s nightmare. For 2 months homes have been priced high and bidding wars have pushed prices higher than anticipated and higher than the Ottawa market can sustain. Just recently home buyers have seen the increase in price as out of control and will likely put a slow end to this sellers market. With the temperature warming and the spring market upon us, (2 comments)
4 bedroom, 4 bathroom home boasting all the bells and whistles. High ceilings, crown mouldings, textured walls with rounded corners with pristine maple hardwood and tumbled marble throughout. Gourmet kitchen with loads of cupboards and top of the line appliances. Soaring ceilings in living room with roaring fireplace flanked by oversized windows. Master bedroom retreat with his/her closets, covered balcony and luxurious five piece ensuite bath and whirlpool tub. This home also features a walk out lower level. Click HERE for more details (2 comments)
paul rushforth: The Power of Social Media & The Kindness of Strangers - 12/30/09 11:10 AM
I recently joined Twitter on the recommendation of a friend of mine, Kelli Catana (@kellidaisy). I was a little skeptical at first about Twitter but once I got the hang of it I really enjoyed it. I have made some great connections with people and have discovered a lot interesting people and businesses in my community. But it was just recently that I discovered how powerful Twitter can really be and how generous of a community it really is. Our office recently signed on to be part of The Ottawa Food Bank Drive Away Hunger Campaign. As we were nearing the end of (9 comments)
paul rushforth: The New Networking Philosophy - 12/04/09 03:32 PM
It has often been said that, it's who you know, not what you know that can make you successful. In order to be great at sales, regardless of the industry, you needed to get out there and network. Salespeople were taught to go to networking breakfasts, lunches, seminars, charity functions, business meetings, even church; all in an attempt to meet more people and make themselves known. All of this is still not bad advice necessarily (although I can not say that I endorse the idea of someone attending church if their only purpose is to attract more clients- seems kind of wrong, (0 comments)
Green is the new black. It seems that everywhere you go these days you can’t escape this new environmental trend. Green cars, green cleaning products, green clothes, green food, it’s become one of the hottest ways to advertise and create a buzz in new products. Of course, the real estate industry is not immune to this new phenomenon. Many people are looking at greener homes, from renovating and installing environmentally friendly floors, to Energy Star appliances to just making small changes to decrease the amount of heat and hydro being used. Now, you can even have an entirely green (0 comments)
So you’ve taken the steps to setup an investment property to unlock your financial freedom. Now how do you find a reliable and responsible tenant that you can trust? Tenants are protected and it can be very difficult to get rid of a bad tenant. Here are a few tips on finding the right tenant the first time around: 1. Create a list of questions. Tenants will call to find out information about the property, but you should always a have a list of questions yourself, like why are the moving? Do they have pets? How many people (0 comments)
paul rushforth: Catering to the Trendy Professional! - 11/13/09 03:16 PM
There has been a boom in new condo developments in Ottawa in the past couple of years, as many people look to live closer to the urban centres. Many of these new buildings have been planned by well known local developers, such as Minto, Claridge, Ashcroft, Richcraft, and Domicile, to name a few. However, there is a new player in town, who's specialty happens to be the more contemporary big city loft, Urban Capital. Urban Capital has been developing in Toronto, Montreal, Quebec City, and New York, in addition to Ottawa. They started with the East Market Lofts, then moved on to new ground, (0 comments)
paul rushforth: Oil Heat - Should You Be Concerned? - 11/11/09 03:55 PM
One of my clients is currently debating changing their heating system from an oil furnace to a natural gas system. Oil has been very reliable for them so far, but the tank is now 31 years old, and it's time to get a new one, or risk future issues. A leaking fuel oil tank is a serious fire and environmental hazard, and cleaning up a spill from a fuel oil tank is expensive. In some cases, a cleanup can cost more than the property is worth, so the best medicine is preventing an issue in the first place. More than 40% of (1 comments)
paul rushforth: The Internet Has Changed the Face of Real Estate - 11/09/09 09:35 AM
The world wide web has changed our day to day living, and real estate is not immune to these changes. Searching for homes can be done from your living room and at a much faster rate than in previous years. Before the introduction of MLS.ca, home buyers relied heavily on paper advertisements to search for homes. The internet has created a much fiercer market, with thousands of websites to advertise listings and offers being sent at neck-breaking speed leaving some buyers in the dust. Launched in 1996, MLS.ca is now ranked 119th as the most viewed website by Canadians receiving millions (0 comments)
paul rushforth: To Flip or Not To Flip? - 11/06/09 01:47 PM
I have noticed a trend lately, with lower interest rates combined with media attention focused on the so-called "recession", that potential investors are calling, looking for a property that they can do a "flip" on- that is, buy a property in poor condition, perhaps a bank repossession, fix it up, and sell it for a quick profit. The challenge that I am finding is that, many of these people have no idea what they are looking to get into, and often don't have the funds or necessary skills to be able to pull it off. They have watched a few episodes (1 comments)
paul rushforth: Open Houses - Do They Really Work? - 11/04/09 02:32 PM
For many people listing their homes, one of the first questions they ask me is, "will you be doing an open house"? Very often, we will hold off on hosting an open house right away. The truth of the matter is, that very rarely will hosting an open house result in their home being sold to one of the visitors. Most people who are seriously shopping for a home will be looking on the internet to view the pictures, and will call to make an appointment to view the home, rather than wait for an open house. Often, the visitors to (2 comments)
paul rushforth: Open Houses - Do They Really Work? - 11/04/09 02:31 PM
For many people listing their homes, one of the first questions they ask me is, "will you be doing an open house"? Very often, we will hold off on hosting an open house right away. The truth of the matter is, that very rarely will hosting an open house result in their home being sold to one of the visitors. Most people who are seriously shopping for a home will be looking on the internet to view the pictures, and will call to make an appointment to view the home, rather than wait for an open house. Often, the visitors to (0 comments)
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