2017-12-11 — How an in-law suite can add value to your house
Looking for a way to increase the value of your home or simply a way to give your parent or in-law their own space?
Living in a multi-generational household can have its challenges, but adding an in-law suite to your home can create a better home dynamic, give privacy, and increase the worth of your house.
2017-12-08 — DreamWorks Animation: The Exhibition
Ever wanted to get a behind-the-scenes look at how digital animation really works? Or what the creative process behind your favourite movies, like Shrek or How to Train Your Dragon, really looks like?
From December 8th, 2017 to April 8th, 2018 you can take the whole family to the Canadian Museum of History to see the exciting DreamWorks: Animation Exhibition.
2017-12-06 — Mild Winter? Yes, Please!
Tired of cold, endless winters? You're in luck! This year Ottawa has an excellent chance of a white Christmas, probably followed by a winter on the mild side, Environment Canada says.
2017-12-04 — From Smart Phones to Smart Homes
Integrating technology with the home, and home automation are not new ideas. But, today consumers are embracing Smart Phones and technology more than ever, and it seems to be paving the way to homes functioning with a tap of a finger. Is that why “smart homes” are suddenly a big topic in today’s technology market?
2017-12-01 — Things to do in Ottawa this Weekend!
Looking for something fun to do? In spirit of the eventful year our capital has had so far, there's even more great events for you to partake in this weekend! Like the Santa Shuffle 5K Fun Run at Lansdowne, or outdoor skating at the SENS Rink of Dreams.
2017-11-29 — Ottawa: Project Give 2017
This holiday season, help give hope and health to those in need in Ottawa. This Friday, Dec 1 join CBC Ottawa for their annual charity drive, Project Give in support of the Ottawa Food Bank.
2017-11-27 — Considering selling your home over the holidays?
Putting your home up for sale during the winter holiday months can seem… daunting, to say the least. Present shopping, decorating, and family can be overwhelming on their own without throwing in open houses, getting ready to move, looking for buyers and finalizing a sale. However, there are a lot of benefits to selling during this time.
Check out this blog on why it's a great idea to list over the winter holidays!
2017-11-24 — Make this a Merry Christmas!
It’s Toy Mountain time again! Together we can brighten the life of a child, and make them smile this Christmas!
Drop off your new, unwrapped toys at my office: 384 Richmond Road Ottawa, ON
2017-11-22 — Ottawa's Exciting Grey Cup Festival
This Sunday, the Calgary Stampeders and Toronto Argonauts will go head-to-head in the 2017 Grey Cup final in Ottawa! Leading up the big game comes the 105th Grey Cup Festival.
The lineup includes tailgates to family fun, and offers both free and ticketed entertainment.
2017-11-20 — Ottawa Winter Survival Guide
Well, that time of year we all dread has snuck up on us chillingly fast. Here are some Winter Survival Tips on what you should carry with you to help get you through. Whether you’re new to Ottawa or have simply erased any and all previous winter memories, this list can help you out.
2017-11-17 — Christmas Lights & Santa Claus Parades in Ottawa
Looking for something fun to do this weekend? Here's a list of events happening from Santa Claus Parades to Christmas Lights.
Join in the festivities and make the most of your weekend!
2017-11-15 — Cozy Cold Weather Hacks
Ottawa Winters can be daunting, as we look forward to deep freezes and endless snowy months. Looking for ways to warm up your winter?
2017-11-13 — Reopening: Canada Science and Technology Museum
The Museum will open its doors to the public at 9 a.m. EST on November 17, 2017. After an expansive 80.5 million invested on upgrades and repairs, expect an exciting and immersive heritage experience. Observe completely redesigned exhibits, a demo stage, and more artifacts on view than ever before.
2017-11-10 — Ottawa: Where to Commemorate Remembrance Day
The National War Memorial will be the site of the largest commemoration of Remembrance Day in Ottawa, but there are many other functions throughout the city.
2017-11-08 — Ottawa Real Estate Market Update
2017-11-06 — Leaves may be falling, but the real estate market is not
News Release November 2nd 2017, OREB
“As we enter the 3rd quarter of the year, we continue to see the resale market outpace last year’s performance, which was also a stellar year,” says President of the Ottawa Real Estate Board.
2017-11-03 — Don’t forget to change your clocks this weekend!
2017-11-01 — What to do when it Floods
2017-10-30 — Keeping You Safe on Halloween
The night is quickly approaching when the streets will be filled with ghosts and goblins, not to mention princesses and fairies. As always, there are a few important Halloween safety guidelines that should be observed to ensure the night runs smoothly.
2017-10-27 — Looking for something to do this weekend?
Ottawa has plenty of Spooky Halloween events and family friendly activities to keep you busy!
2017-10-25 — Canada's new budget numbers show booming economic growth — and booming spending
Published online Ottawa Citizen by Brian Platt: October 25, 2017 | Last Updated: October 25, 2017 8:43 AM EDT
OTTAWA — Surging economic growth has Canada’s government on track to lower its deficits, but it’s also committing billions of dollars in new spending, including an extra $5.6 billion pumped into the Canada Child Benefit program over five years.
“We’re very pleased with our economic situation, it’s what we would have hoped for.” Finance Minister Bill Morneau
An extra $1.8 billion is already booked this year in new spending since the spring budget, and starting next year, hundreds of millions will be spent on boosting two benefit programs: the Canada Child Benefit and the Working Income Tax Benefit.
2017-10-23 — OSFI sets new mortgage rules, including stress test for uninsured borrowers, find out more about how this will affect you
By Pete Evans, CBC News Posted: Oct 17, 2017 9:29 AM ET Last Updated: Oct 17, 2017 3:02 PM ET
Canada’s top banking regulator has published the final version of its new mortgage rules, which include a requirement to “stress test” borrowers with uninsured loans to ensure they could withstand higher interest rates.
The Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions (OSFI) released new guidelines for the mortgage industry on Tuesday. The regulator floated a similar version of these rules earlier this summer in draft form, but Tuesday’s release makes them official as of Jan. 1.
2017-10-20 — The fall Give Away Weekend will take place on Saturday, October 21 and Sunday, October 22, 2017
City of Ottawa website
The fall Give Away Weekend will take place on Saturday, October 21 and Sunday, October 22, 2017
Don’t put your unwanted stuff in the garbage. Set them out at the curb on Give Away Weekend. Tour your neighbourhood, community and city to find hidden treasures.
Examples of acceptable items
Books, CDs and DVDs Old furniture and small appliances Construction materials including drywall and hardware such as nails, bolts and screws Kitchen gadgets, dishes, cutlery, pots and pans Unwanted gifts
Please consider safety when deciding which items to set out to the curb. The Consumer Product Safety Bureau of Health Canada advises that used children’s items such as baby walkers, yo-yo balls, cribs, car seats, strollers, playpens, bath seats, mattresses, blinds, toys and other child-related items should not be placed at the curb for Giveaway Weekend.
Rules for setting out items
Place items at the curb Place stickers or signsPDF opens in a new tab or window on items with the word “FREE” Ensure any items you want to keep are away from your giveaway treasures or tucked away safely in your garage At the end of the day, bring any uncollected items back to your home Give Away Weekend etiquette
Respect other people’s property, don’t walk on people’s lawns and gardens Take only the treasures marked free at the curb We wish you best of luck in finding hidden treasures. It’s another way to reduce our waste and protect our most precious treasure – the environment
2017-10-18 — How to help your home withstand oncoming cooler conditions
Mike Holmes October 13, 2017 1:04 PM EDT
Even the best built home will need some maintenance to keep it as efficient as it can be. If you know your home has trouble keeping its heat when the temperatures drop, now is a good time to shore up your home’s defence against heat loss, so you stay warm all winter long.
2017-10-16 — CMHC explores cutting red tape to make it easier for self-employed to get a mortgage
The Canadian Press – Joanna Smith Oct 2, 2017
OTTAWA — The national housing agency is exploring ways to make it easier for entrepreneurs and new immigrants to buy a home by cutting some of the red tape required to prove they can afford to pay the mortgage.
“Right now, under our mortgage insurance policies, you have to be able to document income to get mortgage insurance, to a level of specificity that discriminates against new Canadians, because they can’t do that,” Evan Siddall, the CEO of the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp., said in a wide-ranging interview with The Canadian Press.
2017-10-13 — Ottawa Real Estate YTD Market Update
2017-10-11 — Thinking of selling your home?
2017-10-10 — Ottawa Real Estate Market Update
2017-10-06 — Steady September contributes to strong third quarter for 2017
News Release Ottawa Real Estate Board – October 4, 2017
Members of the Ottawa Real Estate Board sold 1,387 residential properties in September through the Board’s Multiple Listing Service® System, compared with 1,365 in September 2016, an increase of 1.6 per cent. The five-year average for September sales is 1,250.
“We are seeing no slowdown in the condo market. Sales have been increasing in this property class since February, with the average increase per month coming in at 25.5 per cent,” says Rick Eisert, President of the Ottawa Real Estate Board. “The boost in condo sales has impacted our year-to-date unit sale figures and is putting us on track for a strong year-end finish.”
September’s sales included 311 in the condominium property class, and 1,076 in the residential property class. “Inventory levels and the number of new listings continue to tighten compared to the same time last year,” explains Eisert. “REALTORS® are reporting substantial increases in attendance at open houses over the past few months. The low inventory and the late summer weather have certainly contributed to this increased traffic.”
“The Ottawa market is showing signs of stabilizing after the record-setting spring and summer. All indications suggest that it will be a typical selling season heading into the fall,” says Eisert. “Although properties continue to sell much faster in comparison to this time last year, our market is still balanced, though trending toward a Sellers’ market. The average increase in sale price has not skyrocketed, but rather has increased gradually due to more homes selling in the $450+ price range compared to last year.”
The average sale price of a residential-class property sold in September in the Ottawa area was $416,464, an increase of 8.2 per cent over September 2016. The average sale price for a condominium-class property was $261,548, an increase of 3.9 per cent over September 2016. The Board cautions that the average sale price can be useful in establishing trends over time but should not be used as an indicator that specific properties have increased or decreased in value. The calculation of the average sale price is based on the total dollar volume of all properties sold. Price and conditions will vary from neighbourhood to neighbourhood.
“The most active price point in the residential market continues to be the $300,000 to $399,999 range, accounting for 36.2 per cent of the market. While the most active price point in the condo market, between $150,000 and $249,999, accounts for 51 per cent of the market,” says Eisert. “In addition to residential and condominium sales, OREB Members assisted clients with renting 2,364 properties since the beginning of the year.”
2017-10-04 — Outdoor Family Fall Activities
Though the kids have gone back to school, evenings and weekends still provide ample opportunities for having fun.
Why not get the family together and enjoy the crisp, cooler weather? From nature walks among the fallen leaves, to bustling outdoor markets, the Ottawa region has something to entertain you and your little ones all harvest season long!
2017-10-02 — 7 Curb Appeal Tips for Fall
Make sure your house catches homebuyers’ eyes this fall with these stylish updates and landscaping ideas.
Highlight Your Front Door
Making your front door the focal point of your home’s exterior is a good tactic no matter what time of year you decide to sell your home. During the fall, a simple wreath of fall foliage and flowers can add an inviting touch. A fresh coat of paint in a vivid red can also make your entrance stand out.
2017-09-29 — Fall is here – Enjoy Fall Rhapsody starting September 30
Come and enjoy the spectacular fall colours on display throughout Gatineau Park. In addition to the popular spots in the Park’s southern sector, many other unique and fascinating places offer magnificent views — as well as being great spots to have a picnic in nature, take a walk in the woods or enjoy a bike ride.
2017-09-27 — Don’t miss the Ottawa Fall Home Show – starts tomorrow!
Find out what’s hot in home renovation, decoration, landscaping and outdoor living One of the largest fall home shows in Ottawa, Ontario, this show features landscaping companies, remodeling contractors, interior design companies, and more …
2017-09-25 — Heat wave continues into Wednesday: Here's how to stay safe
Though this extended summer may be nice for some, it still can present some risks as a Heat Warning was issued for Ottawa that will extend until Wednesday.
Extreme heat can effect anyone, though the risks are greater for children, pregnant woman, the elderly, and people working outside (among others). Be safe and continue to monitor the weather as it comes.
If you need advice on how to stay safe until this heat breaks, click here for an interesting resource with some great tips
2017-09-22 — It's fall...sort of!
It sure doesn’t feel like autumn, does it? But, nonetheless, today is the first day of fall.
With this summery weather though, we really have to ask what the rest of the year is going to look like as winter approaches. Does this unusual warm weather mean we’re going to pay dearly with a cold, bitter winter? According to Environment Canada senior climatologist Dave Phillips: Not so much!
"It is so Canadian to worry about winter before summery weather is even over."
Well, can you blame us?
"There is going to be something for everybody. There are going to be some melting days, there are going to be some freezing days, and some wind chill numbing days ... But I think it will make for maybe a shorter winter."
So it looks like it will be business as usual in Canada this winter, and we can all sit back, relax, and enjoy this weather while we have it!
You can find the original CBC article at http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/summer-fall-weather-winter-1.3771676 for the full interview, and check out last week’s blog for Fall home maintenance tips to make sure your home is ready!
2017-09-20 — Fall Maintenance Tips
Arguably one of the most beautiful times of the year! The weather has cooled and the leaves have begun to change, reminding us that winter isn’t all that far away.
Before the snow flies, our homes need a little TLC in order to ensure our warmth and safety over the months – yes, months – of winter. We’ve prepared a few tips on where to begin and what to include in your home maintenance checklist for the fall:
Inspect and clean out your eaves trough. In order to ensure a smooth and safe flow of water away from your home’s exterior and foundation walls, you’ll need to keep up with the maintenance of your gutters. So, before the leaves fly this fall, have your gutters cleaned, then covered with mesh guards to keep debris from returning.
Check the quality of your roof. Those of us who have lived in the Ottawa area for a number of years know that our winters are no walk in the park. We get a lot of snow, heavy winds and even heavier ice build-up. If you set aside some time before the cold snap to inspect your roof from top to bottom – checking for cracked and/or damaged shingles etc. – you’ll avoid such issues as a leaky roof over the winter.
Give your furnace a checkup. This is very important to do on an annual basis (especially before the depth of winter hits). This includes making sure that its overall performance is up to par, its filter is clean, and its thermostat works accurately.
If you use a snow blower, have it serviced. If you are considering hiring a snow removal company now is a good time do your research. Talk to your neighbours and ask for recommendations, read online reviews and contact the snow removal companies on your short list to ensure they meet your expectations. While price is always a consideration, reliability is especially important when it comes to those heavy snowfalls.
Unless you’re one of those hardcore grill-masters, accept the end of BBQ season. Don’t forget to cover yours up or store it away, clean its grills and burners, and disconnect the tank keeping it in a safe place.
Seal gaps where mice and other critters could enter. We all love nature but let’s keep the wildlife outdoors! Mice only need the tiniest gap to sneak into your house. With colder weather coming, they are looking for warm and lovely places (like your home!) to nest. Fill small holes and cover any larger gaps securely. If you aren’t sure which materials to use, check with your local hardware or home improvement store for advice on what will work best for the job.
Add weatherstripping around your windows and door frames. While many newer homes may not need this, if you have ever lived in an older home, weatherstripping applied around the frames of windows and doors can make a big difference in helping to keep the cold out and the heat, saving you money on heating costs and keeping your home cozy and dry.
Fireplace maintenance. Even if you aren’t a huge fan of winter, gathering around a cozy fire on a chilly day is the best! If your home has a wood-burning fireplace, arrange for a chimney cleaning and stock up and stack wood in a dry place. Making sure your chimney is cleaned, maintained and in working order before you start a fire is an important safety measure. If you don’t already have one installed, add a chimney cap to stop wildlife from crawling down your chimney. Gas and electric fireplaces may not require as much maintenance as wood-burning but should not be ignored, ensure that they are working properly and ready to use.
Clean up your yard. Put tools and furniture that won’t necessarily stand up well to the cold into storage. Cover and secure items that are too large to move. In fact, the fall is a great time to take on projects that are family-friendly: raking the leaves, organizing the toys, disconnecting the outdoor hose, and so on. Simple ways to get the whole family involved and ready for the winter!
Taking the time for fall home maintenance will help avoid unpleasant surprises in the future.
Enjoy a pleasant fall and winter, folks!
2017-09-18 — Ottawa’s population continues to increase, with western suburbs seeing largest growth in 2016
Published on: September 6, 2017 | Last Updated: September 7, 2017 5:52 PM EDT by Jon Willing
Ottawa continues to welcome new resident as the population steadily climbs and developers build new homes.
Commercial and industrial space vacancies inched up last year, but developers continued to add more space to the market.
All of the latest statistics are in the City of Ottawa’s 2016 development report, which was published this week.
The City of Ottawa’s population at the end of 2016 was 968,580, up by 0.8 per cent from 2015.
2017-09-15 — Lots of great things to do in Ottawa this weekend!
Although the summer season is wrapping up, there are still tons of great events happening in Ottawa this weekend! (Richmond Fair, City Folk, Northern Lights Show...)
Here is a list of activities happening in and around Ottawa this weekend, from September 15-17, 2017.
2017-09-13 — Brand new listing in Hunt Club!
This lovely condo townhouse has 3 bedrooms, 1.5 baths, a finished basement and is loaded with upgrades. At $189,900 it's the perfect starter home. Let me know if you have questions or would like to view!
2017-09-11 — Autumn is the perfect time to lay the groundwork for a gorgeous spring garden
2017-09-08 — Condo sales help set new record for August unit sales
News Release Ottawa Real Estate Board September 6, 2017
Members of the Ottawa Real Estate Board sold 1,538 residential properties in August through the Board’s Multiple Listing Service® System, compared with 1,481 in August 2016, an increase of 3.8 per cent. The five-year average for August sales is 1,343.
“Condo sales continue to strengthen the Ottawa resale market,” says Rick Eisert, President of the Ottawa Real Estate Board. “These numbers also assisted in setting a new record for the number of units sold in August, pushing August 2016 unit sales into second-place. In comparison to last year the number of condo units sold was up 22.1 per cent, whereas residential units have held steady with a less than one per cent decrease over this time last year. We are actually seeing very similar numbers to that of July 2017.”
August’s sales included 359 in the condominium property class, and 1,179 in the residential property class. “The number of new listings and inventory levels for the month of August continued their steady downwards trend compared to last year,” explains Eisert. “However, prices continue to remain relatively steady, especially in comparison to other markets in Canada. Over the past several years, Ottawa has been more or less on par with inflation rates.”
“While REALTORS® have reported fewer multiple offer situations in the past month, we are seeing Sellers receive asking price or very close to it,” says Eisert. “Cumulative days on market have tightened significantly since last year. Residential listings are selling almost 30 per cent faster than this time last year, and condo units are selling just over 10 per cent faster than last year. Although, keep in mind that while some areas within the Ottawa market are quite active, other areas of the city remain less active.”
The average sale price of a residential-class property sold in August in the Ottawa area was $420,335, an increase of 7.6 per cent over August 2016. The average sale price for a condominium-class property was $270,768, a decrease of 0.4 per cent over August 2016. The Board cautions that the average sale price can be useful in establishing trends over time but should not be used as an indicator that specific properties have increased or decreased in value. The calculation of the average sale price is based on the total dollar volume of all properties sold. Price and conditions will vary from neighbourhood to neighbourhood.
“The two most active price points in the residential market continue to be the $300,000 to $399,999 followed by the $400,000 to $499,999 range, combined accounting for 55.6 per cent of the market. Within the condo market, the most active price point was between $150,000 and $249,999, accounting for 49.5 per cent of the market,” says Eisert. “In addition to residential and condominium sales, OREB Members assisted clients with renting 2,153 properties since the beginning of the year.”
2017-09-06 — Back to School for Drivers and Pedestrians
Josh Pringle, CTV Morning Live Published Tuesday, September 5, 2017 2:58AM EDT
Ottawa Police will be testing motorists and pedestrians on the rules of the road during the first week of the school year.
As tens of thousands of students head back to school today, officers will be conducting School Zone Enforcement blitzes across the capital.
Ottawa Police have several tips for drivers and cyclists:
There are also safety tips for students and pedestrians:
Reduce speeds in school zones and be ready to stop at any time.
Watch for pedestrians! Slow down, drive carefully and watch for pedestrians and cyclists.
Obey school bus signals! Drivers must stop for buses when the bus is stopped with its lights flashing. Fines for not obeying the law range from $400 to $2,000 and six demerit points.
Avoid letting children walk to or from school alone. Talk to your neibhbours – there may be another child who needs a buddy to walk with.
Walk on the sidewalks, always cross at intersections and check for traffic before crossing the road.
Follow adult crossing guards, student crossing patrols and school bus operator’s signals.
2017-09-05 — Fall Staging Tips
Are you thinking of selling your home?
Fall is just around the corner. Here is an article with staging tips to help make your home appealing to prospective buyers
2017-09-01 — September in Ottawa begins with a busy Labour Day long weekend!
Here is a list of activities happening in and around Ottawa this weekend, from September 1-4, 2017.
2017-08-30 — Resale homes should carry energy use label by 2019, environmental groups say
By The Canadian Press
PUBLISHED: Aug 17, 2017 8:32am EDT
Listing your home for sale in Canada could soon mean you not only have to tell people how much it costs to buy it, but also how much it costs to run it. When 11 provinces and territories signed the Pan Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change in 2016, they agreed to look at requiring all existing buildings to have an energy label outlining how much energy the home or building uses as early as 2019.
2017-08-28 — Easing back into routines can also ease back-to-school jitters
POSTMEDIA NEWS, VANCOUVER SUN 08.23.2017
Headed back to school? Better get back into those routines now.
While the worries may seem trivial to adults, things like meeting new teachers and figuring out who to sit with at lunch can cause anxiety for students, Grade 1 through senior year of high school. But experts say it’s possible to ease those fears by easing into a routine before heading back to school in just under two weeks.
2017-08-25 — The last weekend of August is packed with fun activities in Ottawa!
Here is a list of activities happening in and around Ottawa this weekend, from August 25-27, 2017.
There is an abundance of festivals this weekend, including the Capital Fair (August 18-27), House of PainT Festival (August 24-27), the Hopped and Confused Beer, Music & Food Festival (August 25), the Palestinian Festival Ottawa (August 25-27), Baconpalooza (August 25-27), the Upper Gatineau Whitewater Festival(August 25-27), the Ottawa Lumière Festival (August 26), the North Lanark Highland Games (August 26), Westboro FUSE (August 26-27), and the Outaouais Gourmet Festival (August 27). Admission is FREE! to some festivals.
The best golfers of the LPGA Tour compete in Ottawa at the 2017 Canadian Pacific Women’s Open at the Ottawa Hunt and Golf Club from Monday, August 21 to Sunday, August 27!
Show your pride! Ottawa celebrates Ottawa’s LGBTTQ+ communities from Monday, August 21 through to Sunday, August 27 with Capital Pride. The festival includes a week of activities, wrapping up with the Pride Parade on Sunday, August 27. Expect road closures down Bank Street and on parts of Kent, Gladstone, and Laurier for the parade. Admission is FREE!
Head to Lansdowne to celebrate Ukrainian culture on Thursday, August 24 and Indonesian culture from Friday, August 25 to Sunday, August 27 as part of the Ottawa 2017 event Ottawa Welcomes the World. FREE!
Chow down on corn at the ByWard Market Corn Roast on Saturday, August 26 for cobs of corn and a laid-back afternoon of music! While in the area, visit Inspiration Village on its second-last weekend, as it wraps up on Labour Day, Monday, September 4.
Visit Major’s Hill Park on Saturday, August 26 for the Great Trail Cross-Canada Connection Celebration! The path formerly known as the Trans Canada Trail finally completely connects across Canada – celebrate with musical performances, food trucks, and lots more! FREE!
At Rideau Hall on Saturday, August 26 enjoy an outdoor screening of Bon Cop, Bad Cop 2 at Rideau Hall Movie Nights! FREE!
Cirque du Soleil: VOLTA wraps up at the Zibi site this weekend, with its final performance on Sunday, August 27.
Although sold out, it will be hard to miss the Ottawa 2017 event Canada’s Table on Sunday, August 27! The best chefs from across Canada will gather in Ottawa to cook for 1,000 guests seated at a 305-metre long table in front of Parliament Hill on Wellington Street. Road closures begin at 10:00pm on Saturday, August 26 and continue through to the very early hours of Monday, August 28, including Wellington Street from Bank to Elgin, and Metcalfe and O’Connor Streets from Wellington to Queen. Although sold out, check out the Canada’s Table Culinary Series or Agri 150 Series for more delicious events.
2017-08-23 — Ottawa viewed as Canada's safest city: Poll
Josh Pringle, CTV Morning Live Published Wednesday, August 23, 2017 7:06AM EDT Last Updated Wednesday, August 23, 2017 7:42AM EDT
Canadians believe Ottawa is Canada’s safest city.
A new Mainstreet poll looks at Canadian perceptions of safety in 15 major cities across the country.
Ottawa is viewed as Canada’s safest city. The survey shows 74% of Canadians say Ottawa is safe, while 14% say Ottawa is unsafe.
This is the second straight year Ottawa is ranked 1st for perceived safety. The survey notes Canadians believe Ottawa is safe despite the 5% increase in the crime rate last year.
Charlottetown was ranked second, followed by Victoria, Moncton and St. John’s.
Montreal was ranked 13th out of 15 Canadian cities for perceived safety, followed by Toronto at 14th. Canadians view Winnipeg as Canada’s most unsafe city.
2017-08-21 — Solar eclipse today: Everything Canadians need to know about the event
By Maham Abedi National Online Journalist, Breaking News Global News
Millions of people in North America will have the chance to view a solar eclipse as it moves across the continent on Aug. 21.
While several states in the U.S. will see a rare total eclipse, meaning the moon will completely cover the sun. The path of totality will stretch from Salem, Ore. to Chaleston, S.C. The total eclipse will last from 10:16 a.m. PT to 2:48 p.m. ET.
Canadians will see a partial eclipse, with the western coast seeing the most dramatic coverage of the sun.
People across the continent are gearing up to catch a glimpse of the event, which according to NASA will begin just past 9 a.m. PT.
2017-08-18 — Things to do in Ottawa this Weekend!
Summer fun in Ottawa continues this weekend!
Here is a list of activities happening in and around Ottawa this weekend, from August 18-20, 2017.
2017-08-16 — Do It Now! Tips To Get Ready For Back-To-School
Move over, summer–a new school year is coming!
With the start of school, families face new organization challenges.
School bells ring–and so do early-morning alarm clocks.
Paper piles swell as hand-outs and homework stream into the house.
Shorter autumn days bring a hectic round of sports, activities and events, and calendars fill with cryptic notes. Can the holidays be far behind?
Get organized now for the best school year ever! Use these ideas to prepare your home and family for the busy days ahead.
2017-08-14 — Making your home secure before vacation time
Making your home secure before vacation time
Now that there are only a couple of weeks left in summer, you may be thinking of squeezing in another vacation.
The last thing you want to do while enjoying a week at the cottage is worry about the shape of the home you’ve left behind.
Lose that stress by taking a few steps to make sure you are protected while you’re away from home.
2017-08-11 — Summer's not over yet! Here are some fun things to do this weekend!
Check out all the fun activities happening in Ottawa this weekend!
Here is a list of activities happening in and around Ottawa this weekend, from August 11-13, 2017.
2017-08-09 — Your Ottawa Real Estate Market Update
2017-08-08 — Condo sales drive the Ottawa resale market in July
Members of the Ottawa Real Estate Board sold 1,530 residential properties in July through the Board’s Multiple Listing Service® System, compared with 1,490 in July 2016, an increase of 2.7 per cent. The five-year average for July sales is 1,446.
“The Ottawa resale market continued its steady pace into mid-summer, with condo sales really bolstering the market this past month,” says Rick Eisert, President of the Ottawa Real Estate Board. “We’ve actually been seeing this positive trend since February. The condo market had been in a slump for the past few years because it was overbuilt. Some owners who had difficulty selling their condos rented them instead, thereby decreasing supply. Now as rental leases are coming due, combined with evidence of stronger condo sales, these owners are placing these units back on the market for sale. Meanwhile, residential sales have remained virtually the same in comparison to this time last year.”
July’s sales included 332 in the condominium property class, and 1,198 in the residential property class. “The number of new listings coming onto the market continues to be on the lower end of the five-year average, especially where residential units are concerned,” explains Eisert. “Inventory levels continue to tighten, however the choice for buyers continues to be decent, with both entry-level properties and higher-end properties available, particularly in the condo market.”
“Cumulative days on market has been holding pretty steady throughout the course of 2017,” says Eisert. “However, when compared to numbers from 2016, residential properties in July 2017 are selling almost 22 per cent faster and condos just over 11 per cent faster than July of last year.”
The average sale price of a residential-class property sold in July in the Ottawa area was $420,335, an increase of 5.3 per cent over July 2016. The average sale price for a condominium-class property was $267,641, an increase of 2.8 per cent over July 2016. The Board cautions that the average sale price can be useful in establishing trends over time but should not be used as an indicator that specific properties have increased or decreased in value. The calculation of the average sale price is based on the total dollar volume of all properties sold. Price and conditions will vary from neighbourhood to neighbourhood.
“Ottawa buyers are beginning to see prices climb in certain areas of the Ottawa market, so they are getting in on the market now,” says Eisert. “We continue to see an increase in the number of ‘lifestyle’ properties sold – the $750+ price range. As prices and the number of units sold in higher-end price ranges increase, so does the total sales volume. The condo market sales volume is up 32 per cent over last year, while the residential market is up by 16.5 per cent.”
“The two most active price points in the residential market continue to be the $300,000 to $399,999 followed by the $400,000 to $499,999 range, combined accounting for 56.1 per cent of the market. Within the condo market, the most active price point was between $150,000 and $249,999, accounting for 50.7 per cent of the market,” says Eisert. “In addition to residential and condominium sales, OREB Members assisted clients with renting 1,825 properties since the beginning of the year.”
Source: Ottawa Real Estate Board News Release Aug 3, 2017
2017-08-04 — Wishing everyone a safe and enjoyable long weekend!
Summer fun in Ottawa continues with great activities on this August long weekend!
2017-08-02 — Thinking of Selling this Fall?
2017-07-31 — Why Ottawa’s housing market steers a steady course
“People continue to buy and build homes in Ottawa, with more focus on the higher end of the market. We might not see the storm surges in pricing that Toronto does, but the market remains healthy and robust.”
(John Clark, published online at renx.ca 2017-07-27)
2017-07-28 — There are lots of great events taking place in our city this weekend!
La Machine invades Ottawa this week! Check out the larger-than-life dragon and spider that will roam Ottawa streets this weekend, as well as all the other fun activities on offer. Here is a list of activities happening in and around Ottawa this weekend, from July 28-30, 2017.
From Thursday, July 27 to Sunday, July 30, catch La Machine’s Long-Ma (the dragon) and Kumo (the spider) as they roam the streets of downtown Ottawa in a mixture of static scenes and walkabouts. Make sure to consult the schedule as well as be aware of road closure information. Visitors may want to make use of public transportation with the special OC Transpo Weekend Family Pass for $10.25 (up to 6 people with a maximum of two who are 13 years of age or older). This Ottawa 2017 event is a North American first and is sure to be one of the most memorable events of the year! FREE!
Ottawa 2017 presents Kontinuum: An Underground Journey Through Time running until September 14! Step inside the tunnel of the future Lyon LRT station for an immersive multimedia experience with amazing effects throughout! Tickets are FREE, but visitors must pre-select time slots online. Head to Parliament Hill to catch Northern Lights, the sound and light show. The FREE, bilingual show runs nightly until September 16. The show begins at 10:00pm in July, 9:30pm in August, and 9:00pm in September.
The Senior Pan Am Cup 2017 volleyball competition comes to the Robert Guertin Centre now through Sunday, July 30. Now through Thursday, August 3, enjoy Presdelicious on Preston Street with special three-course prix-fixe menus ($28 or $38) at participating restaurants to introduce visitors to the eclectic and delicious tastes of Little Italy.
Ottawa Chamberfest continues presenting chamber music across Ottawa in various venues this weekend, with the festival continuing until Friday, August 4. Harley Davidson celebrates its 100th anniversary with the Cruise The Capital 2017 National HOG Rally,Thursday, July 27 to Saturday, July 29 across the city with a ride on the morning of Saturday, July 29. From Friday, July 28 to Sunday, July 30 head to Chinatown for Night Market Chinatown! This summer night market will include food vendors, karaoke, a beer garden, and much more!
Learn about Thai culture at the Ottawa 2017 event at Lansdowne Ottawa Welcomes the World: Thailand! On Friday, July 28 enjoy traditional food, music, and more showcasing Thai culture. FREE!
Get your country on at the 25th Festival country du Grand Gatineau! Friday, July 28 through to Sunday, August 6, check out country music in the Casino du Lac-Leamy parking lot on outdoor stages in Gatineau, Québec.
Cheer on the Ottawa Fury FC as they play the Toronto FC II at TD Place, this Saturday, July 29. Don’t forget to share your pictures of this weekend on social media using #MyOttawa!
2017-07-26 — Rain got you down? Escape the Diefenbunker!
Looking for something different to do with all the rainy weather? The Diefenbunker and Ottawa’s premier escape room company, Escape Manor have partnered to launch the World’s Largest Escape Room. The experience will run Thursday through Sunday evenings and reside within the 100,000 square foot facility.
This elaborate endeavor will be themed around espionage…
2017-07-24 — 40 Summer Home Staging Tips For Sellers
First impressions have a significant impact on the buyers decision-making process. Prepare your home for its future occupants.
Use the following tips to stage your home to perfection and get more buyers interested in closing the deal on your home this summer.
2017-07-21 — Lots of events happening in Ottawa this weekend!
Ottawa is buzzing this weekend with all the fun events going on! Here is a list of activities happening in and around Ottawa this weekend, from July 21-23, 2017.
2017-07-19 — Have you had a chance to check out this must-see attraction yet?
This experience of sound and light is a thrilling thematic journey through Canada’s history. Combining bold digital technology with the architectural splendour of the Parliament Buildings, the show illuminates Canadian stories of nation-building, partnership, discovery, valour, pride and vision for a country. Key figures, events and achievements from Canadian history are brought to life using five distinct artistic styles. All are presented in spectacular detail, with stirring narration and an original score, against the backdrop of the Centre Block and Peace Tower.
2017-07-17 — Ottawa Real Estate Market YTD Market Review
Here is a look at the Ottawa Real Estate Market from Jan – June 2017.
If you are thinking of buying or selling, give me a call and we can discuss the activity in your neighbourhood!
2017-07-14 — How does the increase in the Bank of Canada Rate affect your loans?
By Solomon Israel, CBC News Posted: Jul 12, 2017 5:00 AM ET Last Updated: Jul 12, 2017 4:29 PM ET
After seven years of leaving its key interest steady or cutting it to near-historic lows, the Bank of Canada has finally increased its overnight rate by 0.25 percentage points to 0.75 per cent.
The overnight rate determines the rate at which banks lend money to each other on a regular basis. In practice, changes in the overnight rate get passed on to consumers through corresponding changes in interest rates on different financial products.
Here’s how the increase in interest rates could filter down through the kinds of loans held by Canadians:
2017-07-12 — Ottawa resale market proves strong in first half of 2017!
2017-07-10 — Ottawa ranked #1 as Canada’s Best Places to Live 2017!
by Mark Brown
July 4th, 2017 Online only
Where is the best place to live? Many Canadians are convinced they already know the answer: Wherever they are now. But as proud as we are of our hometowns, there are some cities that simply have it all. And for the second consecutive year that place is Ottawa.
Year after year, our nation’s capital excels on our list but we know there are naysayers out there. On the off-chance readers get the idea we have a soft spot in our hearts for the nation’s capital and played favourites, we shuffled the data a bit and used a tool to reweight our scoring system to see if Ottawa would be dislodged. It didn’t budge from its perch: Ottawa is unassailable as Canada’s Best Place to Live in 2017.
2017-07-07 — Ottawa real estate market heats up as Toronto cools down
CBC News Posted: Jul 06, 2017 4:09 PM ET Last Updated: Jul 07, 2017 11:13 AM ET
While sales plummeted last month in Toronto, Ottawa’s homes sales — and prices — jumped in June, according to figures released Thursday by the Ottawa Real Estate Board.
The number of homes resold increased by 10 per cent, to 2,162 in June 2017 compared to 1,985 properties for the same month the previous year.
“Since the announcement in April by the Ontario Liberal government of cooling measures in Toronto, it’s no surprise that the Ottawa market has been thriving,” said Ralph Shaw, president-elect of the Ottawa Real Estate Board.
In Toronto, home resale numbers plunged 37 per cent last money over June of 2016. And it’s not just the number of sales that’s rising — prices are going up too.
2017-07-05 — Ottawa Bluesfest starts tomorrow!
Bluesfest is one of the largest international music events in the world, with over 220 varied musical acts on several outdoor stages, attracting more than 300,000 music fans each year.
2017-07-04 — Get out and explore this summer!
The Capital Pathway network is a great resource for many activities such as cycling, walking, running and in-line skating, picnics and more.
2017-06-30 — Happy 150!
It’s going to be a busy weekend, with lots of crowds and festivities (as blogged about on Wednesday!) It’s going to be a tremendous experience!
I just wanted to wish everyone, who chooses to celebrate, a very happy and very safe Canada 150 holiday weekend!
2017-06-28 — The countdown to Canada's 150th birthday is on and there is no shortage of ways to celebrate in the Ottawa-Gatineau region!
2017-06-26 — Ottawa Home Buyers Don't Take Summer Holidays!
2017-06-23 — Summer Fun Guide
The Summer Fun Guide Event Calendar is your best place to find things to do in Ontario today, this weekend or next month. With loads of great events for singles, couples, and families, everyone can find a festival or event for a day off, a beautiful Sunday or a holiday.
2017-06-21 — HAPPY FIRST DAY OF SUMMER!
Here is a list of outdoor pools in the Ottawa area to help you beat the heat this summer!
2017-06-19 — Keep Your Home Safe While on Vacation
With summer just around the corner, you may be planning your summer getaway. Here is a great article with tips to keep your home safe while you are away
2017-06-16 — Thinking of building a deck?
Here's a great article to help you get started
2017-06-14 — How to maintain a healthy lawn in seven simple steps
2017-06-12 — May 2017: the best May on record for unit sales, and the record for highest unit sales in a single month ever!
2017-06-09 — There are lots of fun events happening around Ottawa this weekend!
There is the Ottawa Dog Festival, Italian Week, Dessertfest, Latin Sparks and so much more!
2017-06-06 — House prices climb 7.4 per cent in May as Ottawa market strengthens
JAMES BAGNALL, OTTAWA CITIZEN
Published on: June 2, 2017 | Last Updated: June 2, 2017 7:26 PM EDT
Real estate agents are finally getting a taste of spring — at least in some parts of the city. The average price for residential properties in Ottawa sold in May jumped 7.4 year over year to $436,600, the Ottawa Real Estate Board reported Friday. It’s the second month in a row that has seen prices increase in excess of seven per cent, suggesting Ottawa’s real estate market is strengthening in favour of sellers. Certainly agents are seeing multiple offers for new listings, particularly for single family homes in popular districts to the west and south of the downtown core. Toronto investors are now on the scene, hunting for real estate investments that don’t cost the moon. “I’ve had six clients from Toronto looking for properties,” said one agent who did not want to be named.
Certainly the number of transactions in Ottawa picked up in May.
“It was a rainy month,” said board president Rick Eisert. “It’s possible a lot of people couldn’t do outdoor things so they went shopping for houses.”
The board reported that its members sold nearly 1,900 residential units in May, up sharply from 1,600 a year earlier. The market for condominiums was even more active as real estate agents sold a record 444 units in May, compared to just 307 in May 2016, representing a surge of nearly 45 per cent.
“The condo market has really helped strengthen the whole market over the past few months,” said Eisert. “There were a lot of condos in inventory and people were happy to be selling them off.”
Even so, the prices fetched for condo sales were modest. They averaged $271,000 in May, up just 2.3 per cent year over year. A look at 46 districts tracked by the Ottawa Real Estate Board reveals some remarkable divisions across the city. A dozen areas recorded year-over-year gains in benchmark prices of less than 3.5 per cent for single family homes — and all but two of these were in the eastern sections of the city. These include enclaves such as Blackburn Hamlet and Orléans, home for thousands of Department of National Defence employees.
(The detailed district data uses a benchmark price developed by the OREB and other regional agencies. This tracks housing characteristics such as age of property, number of bathrooms and type of roof, which permits the creation of an index on which the benchmark price is based. The OREB claims it offers a more consistent view of underlying trends in the housing market.)
Real estate agents reported a significant shift in preferences among DND employees for homes closer to the department’s new headquarters in the west end of the city, especially for those who are being transferred into the city. While the DND headquarters move is running behind schedule, more than 1,000 workers have finally moved onsite, with 7,000 more due to arrive in the next two or three years.
Of course, many DND staff members will continue to work out of downtown office buildings — about half DND’s total local workforce will eventually be based at the new headquarters. This means DND’s influence over the housing market isn’t being felt entirely in the west. Some families are opting for homes south of the downtown core, which may account for some of the popularity of districts such as Hunt Club/Windsor Park (where single family homes sold for 20 per cent more in May compared to a year earlier) and Billings Bridge/Riverside (up 15 per cent).
A strengthening high-tech sector, much of it clustered in Kanata, is helping to drive up prices in western districts. But with online retailing specialist Shopify set to significantly expand its downtown operation, house prices in the south and perhaps even the city’s core could be set for a boost in the months to come.
Here is a great video from Environment Canada that explains what to do in the case of lightning and how to access The Canadian Lightning Danger Map which represents areas at greater risk of being struck by lightning in the next ten minutes.
2017-06-02 — Doors Open Ottawa – Explore Ottawa’s culture, history, and architecture for FREE June 3 and 4, 2017!
The City of Ottawa is proud to present Doors Open Ottawa, a free annual architectural event that celebrates our community’s built heritage. During the first full weekend in June, over 150 historically, culturally, and functionally significant buildings will be featured in honour of Canada’s 150th birthday! From Carp to Cumberland, over 80,000 visitors will explore some of the city’s most interesting places, and you’re invited!
2017-05-29 — Have you had a chance to check out the City of Ottawa 'In My Neighbourhood' application?
It is a bilingual, interactive map of Ottawa that offers a quick way for residents and prospective buyers to locate schools, libraries, parks, recreation facilities, events, and more.
2017-05-26 — Ottawa beefs up spending in federal budget for data collection on the housing market to provide a clearer picture on the conditions driving housing prices
The government will spend nearly $300 million over the next decade to collect data about the housing market. In particular, the Liberals have budgeted $39.9 million over the next five years so that Statistics Canada can compile information on foreign ownership of homes in Canada, as well as assembling data on the demographics of owners and how they are financing their home purchases.
With all the rain and flooding the Ottawa area has dealt with this spring, mosquitos are going to be a problem this summer. Here is a list of plants that when planted in your yard or in a pot near your porch, will help to keep these pesky bugs away naturally.
2017-05-23 — Not sure what to do with your tulips after they’ve bloomed?
HOW TO PLANT, GROW, AND CARE FOR TULIPS
Here is a great article that explains the best way to care for your tulips!
2017-05-19 — Looking for things to do this long weekend?
Here is a list of What’s On in and around Ottawa this May Long Weekend – including free, fun family & kids’ activities, live music, theatre, performing arts, sports and exhibitions.
2017-05-17 — 11 EASY AND BUDGET-FRIENDLY WAYS TO BOOST YOUR HOME’S EXTERIOR
The countdown to summer is on! That means it’s time to get your home’s exterior—including the front entry, deck, lawn and garden—ready. Follow these expert tips and tricks to boost your curb appeal, prep for outdoor entertaining and have your yard looking its best (even on a budget).
2017-05-05 — OTTAWA HOUSE PRICES UP 7.9% IN APRIL
JAMES BAGNALL FIRST POSTED: WEDNESDAY, MAY 03, 2017 04:14 PM EDT | UPDATED: WEDNESDAY, MAY 03, 2017 09:51 PM EDT
Ottawa’s housing market strengthened in the favour of sellers in April as average prices for residential properties jumped 7.9 per cent year over year to $435,900. Members of the Ottawa Real Estate Board sold nearly 1,500 properties in April, up 2.5 per cent compared to April 2016, the OREB reported Wednesday.
Staying indoors to avoid your own backyard? Most gardeners tend to bury their love of gardening due to fear of plant pollens and other allergy and asthma triggers.
But you don’t have to throw in the trowel! Stop and smell the flowers (minus the sniffles) with these tips from the experts at Allergy & Asthma SpecialistsSM.
2017-05-01 — The Tulip Festival is coming up May 12-22!
This year’s special 65th anniversary program offers activities at four official sites as well as breathtaking Tulipmania Fireworks set to music, guided tours, vintage military displays paying tribute to our veterans, and the WWII liberation of the Netherlands by Canadian troops; and restaurant and hotel special offers.
2017-04-28 — 2017 Ontario budget: 10 things you need to know
MATT LUNDY AND TOM CARDOSO
THE GLOBE AND MAIL LAST UPDATED: FRIDAY, APR. 28, 2017 12:18AM EDT
The Ontario Liberals announced the province’s first balanced budget in a decade on Thursday, an expected move that could be construed as the unofficial start to the 2018 election campaign.
Much of the budget covered several areas that have already been addressed – most notably, the province’s 16-point plan for housing reform. But it also unveiled several billion dollars of additional spending in health care, referred to as a “booster shot” by Ontario Finance Minister Charles Sousa.
2017-04-24 — An interesting look back at our city's past
A glimpse into our visual past reveals a nascent Ottawa very different from the one we know today
CBC News • Danny Globerman April 22, 2017
With Canadians celebrating a year-long 150th birthday party, CBC Ottawa is digging into the archives — our own and others — for the unusual, the revealing, and the historic images from our city's past.
2017-04-21 — Home inspectors welcome Ontario’s plan to regulate their industry
Published CBC.ca By Trevor Pritchard, CBC News Posted: Apr 16, 2017 5:00 AM ET Last Updated: Apr 16, 2017 5:00 AM ET
Home inspectors in Ontario are lauding new legislation that would require them to be licensed, have insurance, and abide by a code of ethics — and potentially face discipline if they don’t.
The Putting Consumers First Act, which was passed last week at Queen’s Park, will impose new rules upon one of the few professionals involved in real-estate transactions that have not been historically subject to provincial regulation.
“It’s terrific news,” said Michael Levitan, a home inspector who also teaches home inspection skills at Algonquin College in Ottawa.
“Right now home inspection is not a regulated industry,” Levitan told CBC Radio’s Ottawa Morning. “So if you hire a home inspector, you’re not exactly sure what’s going to happen during your home inspection.”
2017-04-19 — Enjoy Spring in Ottawa with these Family Outdoor Activities
As the weather gets warmer, it’s time to shed some of those cozy winter layers and head outside into the sunshine. Ottawa has several activities that lets the whole family take advantage of the warmer springtime weather. Whether you want to see new baby animals or you want to head out to explore the city on a bike, Ottawa has an attraction that is sure to delight. Explore some of the spring activities Canada’s Capital has to offer!
2017-04-12 — Wishing Everyone a Happy and Safe Easter this upcoming weekend!
2017-03-15 — 30 Days of Spring Cleaning Tips for a Sparkling Home
Now that Spring has arrived and we are waiting for the weather to warm up, it is a great time to get started on some spring cleaning.
Here is a great article that spreads the tasks over 30 days.