Upgrade Your Life By Downsizing Your Home

By: Steve Sicard

Upgrade Your Life By Downsizing Your Home

Tags: HOW TO DOWNSIZE YOUR HOME, DOWNSIZING IN OTTAWA, OTTAWA REAL ESTATE, RELOCATING IN OTTAWA

Some families enjoy living in a large house, but maintenance costs and efforts are a burden for others. This is particularly true when your children have grown up and moved out. However, if you have spent years living in your home, have celebrated occasions, have created memories, and know life at home, it can be stressful and emotional to make a move, even if downsizing makes perfect sense for yo...Read More

WHEN TO DECIDE AND HOW TO GET YOUR HOME READY FOR SALE

By: Steve Sicard

WHEN TO DECIDE AND HOW TO GET YOUR HOME READY FOR SALE

Tags: SELLING YOUR HOME IN OTTAWA, OTTAWA REAL ESTATE, HOW TO SELL A HOME

Are you thinking about selling your home? Even if you adore your property, there may come a time you may wonder if you should sell it.There are a variety of reasons why you would want to. Plus, these reasons aren't always obvious, so if you're debating whether or not to sell your home, there are some obvious signs that it's time.   IT’S A SELLERS MARKET Consider one of the m...Read More

Thinking Of Moving To Orleans? Here's What To Know About This Charming Town

By: Steve Sicard

Thinking Of Moving To Orleans? Here's What To Know About This Charming Town

Tags: ORLEANS REAL ESTATE, SINGLE FAMILY HOMES FOR SALE IN OTTAWA, OTTAWA REAL ESTATE MARKET, OTTAWA FIRST TIME HOMEBUYERS

Orleans, known for its strong French-speaking population, is a low-cost Ottawa suburb that has flourished since the 1970s. Real estate in Orleans is divided into a number of unique neighbourhoods, each having its own special attraction. Newer subdivisions are being created as the city's southern and eastern boundaries continue to grow, providing a wide range of housing options. With so many al...Read More

The Selling Process for Homes in Ottawa

By: Steve Sicard

The Selling Process for Homes in Ottawa

Tags: Real estate in Ottawa, Selling a home in Ottawa, Homes for sale in Ottawa, Home selling process

If you've been thinking about selling your home in Ottawa, chances are you've already gone through the process of buying a home and may recall the complexity that came along with it. The home selling process is not much different. However, that doesn’t mean you can’t try to make it as simple and stress-free as possible.    If you are lucky enough that you won't be...Read More

Ottawa's May 2021 Market Update

By: Steve Sicard

Ottawa's May 2021 Market Update

Tags: Real Estate, Market Update, Ottawa

As we start to move towards summer, the real estate market continues to boom in Ottawa. March 2021 saw record sales for a third month in a row, and lending costs continue to favour buyers as well.   Another Record Month In their latest market report, the Ottawa Real Estate Board indicated that sales in March 2021 were up 166% from a year ago. While it is true that the global uncertainty did i...Read More

2021 Spring Cleaning Tips and Tricks

By: Steve Sicard

2021 Spring Cleaning Tips and Tricks

Tags: Real Estate, Cleaning, Spring

We are well into Spring 2021, and that means it’s time to take stock of the impact winter had on our homes, and prepare them for warmer weather. Here are a few tips to consider. They may help save you money in the long run. Check for damage to the exterior foundations and driveway When water gets into cracks and freezes, it expands and can cause damage to concrete foundations and driveway...Read More

Ottawa's 2020 Real Estate in Review

By: Steve Sicard

Ottawa's 2020 Real Estate in Review

Tags: Real Estate, Ottawa

After a very unprecedented year, let’s take a look back at the market trends leading up to the end of 2020. Ending Strong Last month, Ottawa’s real estate market maintained its resilience in spite of the pandemic, seeing record sales in Ottawa, and eclipsing last year’s totals. It’s believed this is in part thanks to low borrowing costs and enthusiastically competitive bu...Read More

Virtual Open Houses in Ottawa

By: Steve Sicard

Virtual Open Houses in Ottawa

Tags: Virtual Open Houses, Ottawa, Real Estate

These changing times have had an immeasurable impact on all Canadian industries, and real estate is no exception. The need for physical distancing and stay-at-home protocols make conducting business as usual difficult. Shutting down the Ottawa real estate industry entirely would have huge consequences on the economy and the public. Luckily, on April 2nd, the Provincial Government deemed real esta...Read More

By: Steve Sicard

COVID-19 and Ottawa Real Estate

Tags: Real Estate, Covid-19, Ottawa

I would like to take the time to express my wish that you are all well and are finding ways to get through this. It is a strange and challenging time for us all. As many of you may now know, Real Estate is one of the services that has been identified as essential. We as an industry have ways to help those who need to buy or sell their homes, while minimizing risks of obtaining the virus and follo...Read More

Your Credit Score, Your Mortgage Rate, and You

By: Steve Sicard

Your Credit Score, Your Mortgage Rate, and You

Tags: Real Estate, Credit Score, Mortgage

The concept of a “credit score” or “credit rating” can be confusing for anyone, especially those preparing to purchase their first home. It’s important to know how your credit score might impact your mortgage rate, but also, what you can do to improve your score before you start looking to get a mortgage. What is my credit score? Credit scores are determined by cred...Read More

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