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Where is your contractor? Is he still around? Where did he go?

February 16th, 2017

Where is my contractor!! We hear so many stories from many angry customers. The contractor has been selected and hired. The homeowners will give money to the contractor and then the contractor is nowhere to be found. He might come in once in a while to show some progress and maybe ask for more money but their intention is not to get the work done, it's just to get extra money without having t ...

Why hire a Realtor when you can use a lawyer

February 13th, 2017

A few weeks ago I was in a large room and I overheard someone talking and he said "Why did you hire a Realtor? All the Realtor does is put it up and MLS and that's it, you can just use a lawyer instead."

I was close enough to hear their conversation but I did not want to join the conversation. I was very surprised to hear his words as this person is also involved in the Real Estate industry. T ...

Let's figure out these mortgage terms

February 10th, 2017

You're buying a home, you're getting a mortgage but what are all these people talking about? You talk to a Realtor and they start talking about Buyer Rep's, NOF's, APS and whole bunch more terms. Then you get to talk to the bank or mortgage broker and the same thing happens with them! All you want to do is buy a home, move in and be happy!

Guy Bourque from RBC will explain a little more abou ...

Selling my home with social media, good or bad idea

February 9th, 2017

Is selling your home on Social media worth the time? Let's look at the numbers:

- Facebook has over 1.86 billion active users
- Instagram has 600 million users
- YouTube is the second largest engine
- Twitter has over 500 million tweets per day
- SnapChat has 100 million active daily users with 6 billion videos views per day
- Pinterest has 110 million monthly users



Selling a home is all about t ...

January 2017 Ottawa Stats

February 8th, 2017

It looks like the Ottawa Real Estate stats are out for January 2017. Have the prices gone up, down or are they stable? Were there more transactions this January over last January? What about the five-year average. Find out all the details in the video below. 

 

If you have been thinking of buying a home, today might be a good day to start your home search. Buying a home is not something t ...

What time will I get my keys?

February 2nd, 2017

Today is the day you get your new home. Everything is in place, all you're doing is waiting for the keys. So what time will you be getting the keys to your new home? One of the most asked questions by home buyers. Don't expect to get your keys first thing in the morning. Many steps need to be taken care of on the day of completion. Expect to get them later in the day. If you are hiring movers ...

Is there snow on your gas meter?

January 31st, 2017
If there is, you should clear it off. This can avoid any potential issues with your gas meter. Take a few moments to take a look at it to make sure it is not covered with snow and ice. Be careful removing the snow and ice. You do not want to kick your meter or be rough with it. This could cause A LOT more issues! If you are like most people we don't walk around the house in the winter time. 



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Don't forget about the equity in your home

January 27th, 2017

When you first purchase a home, everybody tells you to try to pay down your mortgage as fast as possible. Thi is certainly great advice! But then what do you do with the equity in your home? How can you benefot from all the hard work you've put in over the past few years it took to pay ff your mortgage? Do you just let it sit there?



There are so many opportunities out there that YOU could be ...

Do I still need 20% down to buy a house

January 24th, 2017
We hear all kinds of stories out there about buying a house. Some still think that you need the 20% of the sale price as your downpayment. You DO NOT need 20% down, however if you do it is very good as your mortgage payments will be lower and you will save on the CMHc fees. This could certainly be beneficial in the long term. 




You can still buy a home in Ottawa with only 5% down. In my opinio ...

What about my mortgage application

January 20th, 2017
Most home buyers will require a mortgage to purchase their next home. We know we need a mortgage, but what do we need to get all the paperwork ready for that mortgage application? Guy Bourque from the Royal Bank will go in details with the required information. 



Buying a home is a big decision. Having the right people on your team will make the home buying process much easier and a lot more fu ...
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