January 2019
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Happy New Year All!

So far this year the winter seems to have come in like a lamb.  I'm not complaining about that for sure, although i may have to get boots with cleats.  Last year we are pleased to say was one of our busiest, so it seems Ottawa has fared very well in spite of the proliferation of newspaper reports indicating Canada's real estate has turned down.  Montreal has had similar experience to Ottawa and I think that the only issue in Ottawa has been caused by lack of available listings which puts pressure on the prices to rise.

All indication are that it will continue into the start of this year, especially considering that the weather has been very cooperative with regards to ease of showings. This year there have been 262 of properties listed in the first 6 days of January.  Last year it was 268 for the same time frame.  Contrast that with years 2017 and 2016 which were 333 and 409 respectively and you can see the drastic difference.

Can't say for sure but looks like more of the same as 2018 where selling selling will be swift and competitive when the pricing is done properly, and buyers will be have to be quick to the mark and need to be strategic in their bids.

As usual thanks for all your referrals - we are always honoured to work with you and yours!


Get A Private Island Of Your Own

Yes, there is a magazine - and website - to showcase many of the private islands that are for sale.

From Madagascar to the Maldives, the Caribbean to Africa to Belize to the United States, and in almost every province in Canada.  The website lists 639 islands currently for sale, and 156 of those are in Canada.

Narrow down your search to only those that are historic or turn-key or have large acreage or income potential. And of course those that have their own airstrip or fly-in access. more...


December 2018 Ottawa Market Report

2018 has been a very good year for real estate in Ottawa.

Average sale price is up nicely for both freehold and condos, both year-over-year and month-over-month.

Lots of condo resales in 2018, which is terrific news after years of difficulty.  Big drop in sales in both categories looking at December-over-December, but when you look at the "months-of-inventory" charts... more...


Living Room Looks For 2019

We've seen quite the evolution of living rooms over the years. What used to commonly be a rarely-used room reserved for guests on special occasions has morphed into a kid-friendly hub of the home. So, what's next for this high-traffic space? 

A hybrid room? Vintage elements? Comfortable seating? Multi-purpose lighting!

Designers reveal the hottest design trends for your living room family room, media room, den—whatever you call it—in 2019. more...


Testing Your Home For Radon

(Article from
A coalition of national health organizations is urging Canadians to test their homes for radon, a naturally occurring - and cancer-causing - radioactive gas. The groups say radon is responsible for the deaths of more than 3,200 Canadians a year, which amounts to more deaths annually than car collisions, house fires, carbon monoxide poisoning and drowning combined.

“Many Canadians are unaware that radon is the leading cause of lung cancer in non-smokers,” says Pam Warkentin, executive director of the Canadian Association of Radon Scientists and Technologists.

The HeathCanada site lists a number of sites where you can buy a self-test kit.  I also found AccuStar Canada in BC which sells the kits (including reading of the test results) for $29.99 with discounts for purchasing multiple. [I just purchased, and I'll update you on the results in about 4 months - Steve.]  [Something not to get in a panic about because even if you high levels in your home, it's usually easily fixed for a few hundred dollars and also the Ottawa Area map visual shows overall Ottawa levels as not too bad - Eric] more at Health Canada...


$2,000 For A Cat Door In Vancouver

(Greg Rasmussen · CBC News )
Sometimes being energy conscious can mean geeking out on gigawatts, or studying the latest heat exchanger technology. But in this case, it involved splurging on a $2,000 cat door.

The super-insulated, radio-frequency-controlled designer cat passageway is one of many energy saving features in a super energy efficient house being built in West Vancouver.

"I was in Austria at a passive house conference, and it was amazing seeing all these building products being built," said home owner James Dean. "One was a cat door where you needed a certain insulation level, [it] needs to be airtight, and they have an actuator that opens the door for your cat." more...

[A search in Google showed many other similar options that cost significantly less.]


Opportunity to create your dream property on 1.63 Quiet Country Acres. A large circular drive brings you into this expansive very private - but not isolated - property. There are several structures, but all need work.
1599 Lavigne, Hammond  $150,000

In the heart of Centretown.  Beautiful condo apartment on a lower floor includes in-suite laundry, high ceilings, huge windows, gleaming hardwood, freshly painted and extra large balcony with gas BBQ hookup. Walk to everything - just move in and enjoy life in the city.
364 Cooper St, Suite 306  $412,000   SOLD

In the Golden Triangle. In the centre of everything. Walk to shopping, dining, entertainment, work & university. Across the Somerset footbridge to Light Rail. Very large & bright corner unit condo with 2 balconies, 2 bedrooms, and 2 full baths. Underground parking & in-suite laundry.
20 The Driveway #1101  $670,000   SOLD
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