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#TenYearChallenge

Recently social media has been filled with people taking the #TenYearChallenge. The premise is simple, share your profile picture from 10 years ago side by side with your current one. It’s a fun way to look back at the past and see how much we have all changed. We thought it would be fun to take our own #TenYearChallenge and see how things stack up in Ottawa Real Estate  compared to ten years ago. Setting the Stage: Ottawa in 2009 2009 in Ottawa had its highs and its lows. Larry O’Brien was mayor and some of the highlights for the
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Holidays on a Budget: A Financially Friendly Guide to “Decking the Halls”

The holidays are just around the corner, and we will soon be covered in a blanket of snow, with marching bands leading parades, and Santa’s village bringing long lines to the malls. While the excitement builds up, we are often left wondering how we can possibly save money or limit our spending without compromising the spirit of the season. With just a few practical tips and tricks, embracing the magic and togetherness of the holidays without breaking the bank is not only a practical goal, but attainable as well. Here are a few budget friendly ways to “deck the halls”
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Readying Your Family for an Emergency

Readying Your Family for an Emergency September 21st, 2018 is a day our community won’t soon forget. The stories we’ve heard from those affected by the tornadoes that touched down in the City of Ottawa-Gatineau were nothing short from terrifying; the photos we’ve seen from the storm’s aftermath have been undeniably bone-chilling. It has been a devastating reality that the residents of our nation’s capital weren’t quite ready to face as thousands upon thousands of families were left without power – and, worse – homes. Yet, in the same breath, we have witnessed some incredible acts of heroism and unity
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September Newsletter

Fall tips for the perfect spring garden Autumn is the perfect time to lay the groundwork for a gorgeous spring garden. Experts say this time of year is critical for how your yard will look year-round. 1. Early in the fall, repair dead spots on your lawn by digging straight down, as deep as necessary to remove all the soil containing roots. Fill the hole with new soil and stamp down to turf level. Seed the area with a mix that matches your existing grass. Be sure to water regularly for the seeds to germinate and sprout. 2. For bountiful
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August Newsletter

New tax on Ottawa Airbnb Rentals  Airbnb users are now paying a tax on their nightly rental in Ottawa. Airbnb will collect a 4% “municipal accommodation tax” on all Ottawa listings. The tax will then be remitted to the City of Ottawa to help support Ottawa tourism. Ottawa was the first Ontario city to enter into a Municipal Accommodation Tax collection agreement with Airbnb. In January, the City of Ottawa imposed a 4% Municipal Accommodation Tax on hotel rooms in Ottawa. The money is used to support the tourism industry. Airbnb has an agreement with the province of Quebec to collect
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Reverse Mortgages: What to consider when considering a reverse mortgage

Reverse Mortgages What to consider when considering a reverse mortgage… Reverse mortgages allow homeowners to use the equity in their home as a loan, it’s a  financial strategy that is getting more common. This may be in part because a large segment of Canadian Baby Boomers (born between 1946-1964) “is on strong financial footing and on a clear path to being mortgage-free, if not already.”  But what exactly is a reverse mortgage, and how does it work?  Let’s examine the concept of a reverse mortgage, and some of the benefits and downfalls. What is a reverse mortgage? A reverse mortgage is a
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Cool Gadgets For Your Home

Cool Gadgets For Your Home Simplified, households are no longer what they used to be from a technology standpoint. Sure, we all fondly recall the memories we had as kids growing up in our childhood homes: watching the same six channels on repeat, listening to our favourite CDs (or cassette tapes … or records), using a – dare I say it – land line, and so on. But in the last five, ten, fifteen years, our beloved homes have advanced – arguably for the better. Today, we have gadgets that are solar powered, touchscreen, and even voice controlled – simplifying
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Turn your Vacation into a Staycation: Activities for families in Ottawa

Turn your Vacation into a Staycation: Activities for families in Ottawa  Summer is a wonderful time to spend a little quality time with friends and family; things are more relaxed, the kids are out of school and you won’t have to worry about a last minute snow storm interfering with travel plans (well here’s hoping!) . But organizing a family vacation, especially when you have young children, can be stressful (just think of the Griswalds). The packing, planning, stopping, driving, – the list could go on and on. Have you ever arrived at your destination tired, wishing you’d just stayed home?
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Turn your Vacation into a Staycation: Activities for families in Ottawa

Turn your Vacation into a Staycation: Activities for families in Ottawa  Summer is a wonderful time to spend a little quality time with friends and family; things are more relaxed, the kids are out of school and you won’t have to worry about a last minute snow storm interfering with travel plans (well here’s hoping!) . But organizing a family vacation, especially when you have young children, can be stressful (just think of the Griswalds). The packing, planning, stopping, driving, – the list could go on and on. Have you ever arrived at your destination tired, wishing you’d just stayed home?
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May Newsletter

Bidding wars intensify as Ottawa homebuyers hit perfect storm Fewer properties, more buyers, new sales tactics combine to create unprecedented sellers’ market. Houses in Ottawa’s hottest neighbourhoods are selling at record prices as buyers compete in a market plagued by a shortage of resale homes. That shortage, combined with growing demand and a shift among realtors toward a more aggressive sales strategy, is creating ideal conditions for bidding wars the likes of which the capital has never seen. Just last week, a townhouse near Strandherd Drive and Fallowfield Road in Barrhaven that was listed at $310,000 attracted 33 offers. The
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