Posts by RISICA

Little Ways to Make a Difference

10 Tips for a More Eco-Friendly Home Being eco-friendly doesn’t need to be hard or even expensive. There are little things that we can all do around the house that can have a significant impact on the environment. It doesn’t need to happen overnight but every step counts in the journey towards preserving our planet. Here are 10 simple things that you can do around your home to make a difference: Turn the thermostat down a degree or two in the winter, and up a degree or two in the summer; your energy consumption will go down as will your
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Eco-Friendly Listing of the Future

What would an eco-friendly dream home of the future look like? Here’s what we imagine! While it is great to dream, check back next week for great ideas of things that you can do in your home to make a difference. Welcome home to the eco-friendly home of your dreams! Upon first glance, this home may not seem all that different from the rest of the neighbourhood but the green details promise to impress. This home will save you money on utilities, provide great resale opportunities as eco-friendly upgrades add value, and will leave you feeling good as you reduce
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Ottawa Real Estate: May 2019 Market highlights

Highlights: Total properties sold : 2,423 in May through the Board’s Multiple Listing Service® System, compared with 2,271 in May 2018, an increase of 6.7 per cent. May’s sales included 1,869 in the residential property class, an increase of 4.6 per cent from a year ago.  554 in the condominium property class, an increase of 14.2 per cent from May 2018. The five-year average for May unit sales is 2,167. Average sale price for a condominium-class property was $297,731, an increase of 5.8 % over May 2018 Average sale price of a residential-class property was $493,691, a rise of 6.4%
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Why Summer Can Be a Great Time To List Your Home

Everyone knows spring tends to be the real estate “busy season” but that doesn’t mean that you are too late to list your home now that we are coming into summer. Summer can be a great time to list, specifically in the greater Ottawa area. Buyers purchase homes year round and there are certainly advantages to listing your home in the summer. Here are 6 reasons why summer is the perfect time to sell your home: 1.Active Buyers are More Serious. Although there may not be as many buyers in the summer, active buyers tend to be more serious when
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Importance of Community

The word community can mean different things to different people. It can simply be a name to define a certain geographical area or neighbourhood, or it can mean a lot more. For many people, finding the right community is much more than location; it’s finding a neighbourhood with like minded people, amenities of interest, or even just a place that feels like home! Everyone is different and there are many factors that affect our sense of community; this is why the City of Ottawa has so many distinct areas. It is important to consider community in your home search and
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Post Flood 2019: What to do as the Water Recedes

In the last few weeks, parts of the Ottawa area have seen record flooding and with the water slowly receding, it’s now time to think about the next steps. Whether you are a homeowner affected directly or just want to lend a helping hand, there is still a lot that will need to be done. Here is what you need to know, but for the most up to date information on everything flood related, it is important to check www.ottawa.ca regularly for updates. Homeowners Affected by Flooding:   Keep Sandbag Walls Up for the Time Being – with heavy rain
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Ottawa Real Estate highlights & Market Snapshot April 2019

Ottawa Real Estate Highlights April 2019: There’s been an upward pressure on prices due to the continuing lower supply levels (residential supply is down 18%, and condo inventory is down almost 40% from last April 2018 according to the latest OREB stats). However these price points are “still well under the Canadian average, and our residents tend to be in comfortable financial situations due to secure employment and a thriving local economy.” [President of the Ottawa Real Estate Board]  who also notes that  “Certainly, the stunted supply is likely responsible for the multiple offer situations we are experiencing, but the reality
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Selling Your Home Yourself May End Up Costing You

It may seem tempting, to try and save money on commission, to sell your home yourself but it’s important to consider all the factors. In a lot of cases, sellers who choose to go this route do not come out ahead so let’s look at why.   What are You Really Saving? Let’s use as an example a 5% commission of the sale price of your home that you may pay to a full service real estate company for their services. When you list your home for sale with a Real Estate Professional, what you may not know is that
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Getting Ready for a Move

As the end of April approaches, many people in Ottawa are preparing to move. Whether you bought or sold in the busy spring market, it’s time to start packing! Packing is often everyone’s least favourite task in the moving process but just remember, there is a light at the end of the tunnel; before you know it you will be in your new home! Here are some helpful hints to guide you as you prepare for closing day. Start Now! Even if your move is not for a few months, and it may seem difficult to start, the more you
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Buying in a Seller's Market

If you are thinking of selling, the current low inventory and rising prices in Ottawa may make right now seem like the perfect time but it may seem like a different story if you are looking to buy. Whether you are looking to buy your first home or looking to up or down size, it may seem like a very challenging time to purchase a home. Not to worry though, with some creativity and careful planning, there are ways to easily navigate this market with your Realtor®. Here are 5 helpful hints for buyers this spring: Work with a Realtor®
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