Posts by Amanda

Ottawa Real Estate Springs into Fall

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 class, down 43 per cent from a year ago, and 279 in the condominium-property category, a decrease of 49 per cent from May 2019. The five-year average for May unit sales is 2,048.
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From Summer Blues to Harvest Hues: Simple Ways to Transition a Backyard

Daylight is dwindling, temperatures are dropping; it’s time to cover up the grill, toss the flowers and retire the patio furniture to the garage, right? Not so fast! Remember that backyard appeal can be just as important as curb appeal to potential buyers – all year long. With proper appointing, the backyard can remain a central hub all the way through the fall. Here are five easy ways to spice up any backyard to impress buyers, while simultaneously transitioning it from summer to fall. Say goodbye to vibrant petals – and hello to burgundy blooms! Beautiful summer flowers have long
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Maintain the Staged Look While Your Home Is Listed

The home stager has left. Your house has never looked better. How on earth are you going to keep everything looking so flawless for showings—especially if you have children and pets? There are plenty of things you can do to make your life easier during the selling process. Here are some helpful tips for keeping a well-staged home in tip-top shape, even as you’re still living in it.
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How a Home Office Can Increase Appeal for Homebuyers

With housing inventory remaining tight in recent years, RE/MAX agents are diligent about keeping up with the trends to help clients buy and sell properties in this competitive market. “Remote-friendly” workplaces are one of those rising trends. In fact, according to 2018 data, nearly 8 million people worked at home in 2017. “In my experience, the home office is an integral part of the millennial homebuying criteria,” says Chris Krzemien with RE/MAX Experience. If you think it might be time to get to work (pun intended) on sprucing up – or creating – that home-office space, here are some tips to
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Fall Home Maintenance Checklist

You’re still reveling in the heat of summer, but believe it on now, winter is coming. Once September hits, you’ll want to start working your way through this fall home maintenance checklist. Ensuring that your home’s cold-weather systems are running efficiently will save you money and major headaches in the long run.
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Millennial Homebuyers Want a Yard of Their (Pet’s) Dreams – Here’s How Sellers Can Appeal to Furry Friends

What could beat out an updated kitchen as the most important feature millennials are looking for when buying a home? Recent research from the National Association of Landscape Professionals shows that a nice-sized lawn is the No. 1 priority among those born between 1981 and 1996. Seventy-three percent of millennials currently own a pet and, according to a 2018 realtor.com survey, 75 percent of pet-owning millennial homebuyers surveyed said they would pass on a home, no matter how good it is, if it didn’t meet the needs of their pet. If you plan to boost your home’s curb appeal and backyard before
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Property Ownership 101: Investment Property Ownership

While investing in real estate is very lucrative, any novice investor is destined to face some pitfalls along the way. Rental properties can provide investors with the constant cash flow that they need to succeed as a distinguished investor. However, without the proper guidance and know-how, aspiring investors can make several mistakes that may cause some serious headaches. You might be experienced in purchasing homes but becoming an investor in rental property involves different nuances compared to becoming an experienced home buyer. When starting out as a novice property investor, any advice can help you make a well-informed decision for
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These Environmental Upgrades Could Save Money… and the World!

With all this talk of climate change, it’s easy to forget that it’s more than just a catchy phrase. The earth’s temperatures have reached a historic high, and natural habitats, resources and wildlife are experiencing a rapid decline. In honour of World Environment Day, here are some environmental upgrades that home-owners and prospective buyers can prioritize when purchasing and renovating, to help create a more sustainable future! What Role does Real Estate Play in Global Warming? In Canada, heating and electricity make up 45 per cent of greenhouse gas emissions. On top of that, studies show that cement alone is the source
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