real estate ottawa: 7 Home Buying Tips You May Not Know About - 01/10/19 08:22 AM
We don't want you to lose the home you've fallen in love with before you buy it because like most home buyers, they haven't considered the tips below. 
1.    Not checking out the neighborhood (morning, afternoon and evening & on a week-end).  The information you will gather can determine if it’s the area for you.  Talk to a few neighbors.
2.   Buying when you are not ready – ready meaning having a pre-approval for a mortgage, ready to commit, and not moving in a year or two.
3.   Not buying the right size of home – Do you really need a 4 bedroom, 4 bathroom home with … (0 comments)

real estate ottawa: Your Front Door Can Add Major Curb Appeal - 03/11/18 02:13 PM
TO ADD CURB APPEAL TO YOUR HOME – Repaint your front door.  If, however, painting or refinishing your old door isn’t in the cards, you may need to invest in a new one. You’ll find a broad selection of entry doors at lumberyards, home centers and door specialty shops. Many manufacturers allow you to specify the number and types of panels, glass options and colors — but these doors need to be specially ordered and often take up to two months for delivery. You might also order a handcrafted wood door through a local millwork shop, with the knowledge that customization … (2 comments)

real estate ottawa: Give Your Curb Appeal A Boost - 03/11/18 02:11 PM
DRIVE WAY -  Is it all cracked and not so black?  Maybe it’s time to think about having it refreshed.  Get a quote – it might be cheaper than you think. If you want to refresh it yourself – google how to do it RIGHT – new sealer will not stick to oil. WHERE IS THE SIDEWALK – When walkways, sideways and driveways are hidden by grass and weeds it’s time to take out those tools and manicure your front lawn.  Nothing more attractive than a green lawn. PLANTS, SHRUBS, TREES – all … (1 comments)

real estate ottawa: 5 Simple Ways To Upgrade Your Kitchen - 01/06/18 05:46 AM
You don't have to spend a fortune to update your kitchen and give it a fresh look. You can make an impact in no time with these five simple ideas:
New hardware: Changing handles and pulls to a more modern and decorative option is one of the easiest updates you can give to your kitchen. It's a quick job and really makes a difference in the entire space.
Paint the cabinets: New cabinets can be quite expensive, so painting them instead is a great inexpensive option. Choose a premium quality self-priming paint in a durable eggshell or semigloss finish. Remove hardware, clean and sand the … (1 comments)

real estate ottawa: Getting Pre-approved Is More Important Than Ever - 01/06/18 05:26 AM
With interest rates on the rise and many housing policy changes over the past year, it's more important than ever for first-time home buyers to have their mortgage pre-approval in hand when beginning the search for a new home.
There are a few reasons why getting pre-approved is so important as you begin the journey towards home ownership. For one, it takes the guesswork out of house hunting! There's no sense in viewing and falling in love with a home you can't afford. You can streamline the process and keep only true contenders in the running when you are aware how much … (3 comments)

real estate ottawa: WHAT HAPPENS THE DAY YOU TAKE POSSESSION OF YOUR HOUSE - 11/02/17 12:12 PM
This is a very important day for both the buyers and sellers.  This is the day that the transfer of ownership happens.
1. Make sure that your lawyer has copies of all the documentation that you received from your lawyer when you purchased the property i.e. survey, deed and also provide your lawyer with the current property tax bills.
2. Do not cancel your house insurance policy until you have heard that the deal has closed. Also, if you are moving out more than 30 days before closing, you need to notify your insurer that the home will be … (1 comments)

real estate ottawa: What Does Freehold & Condominium Really Mean? - 11/02/17 11:59 AM
There are several types of homes available – there are a few categories but condominium or freehold are the most common.
Condominium can be a townhouse or apartment and the interior of each unit belongs to you and the outer portion of the unit is part of the common elements. The common elements include the building, and land on which the condominium has been built. There are condo fees and they vary with each condominium corporation depending on the by-laws that apply. Speak with your real estate agent to obtain all the details of each condominium unit you are interested in purchasing. Usually, taxes are … (0 comments)

real estate ottawa: 4 Important Tips For Buying A Home - 10/03/17 05:19 AM
Before starting the process of searching for a home, find out how much you can afford COMFORTABLY – No point of being house broke.

1. Meet with a couple of mortgage brokers to discuss your budget. 
2. Ignoring One's Basic Needs
So many buyers don’t know or aren’t sure about what exactly they are looking for in a home. Visiting Open House properties gives you an idea of the style you might like but there’s more than the house. You’ve heard the expression LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION well that’s one of the most important things … (0 comments)

real estate ottawa: Tips So Buyers Will Love Your Home - 05/06/17 05:14 AM
If you've ever bought a used car from a car dealership you'll notice that any used car they sell has been given a lot of TLC. The reason they do this is so they can attract buyers and get the best price for that vehicle. We believe we are getting a well maintained car because of how nice it looks in the lot.  As a homeowner, you want to make the best impression on home buyers when they come to view your home just like the people who sell used cars.  Here some tips that will help attract more buyers and … (1 comments)

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