August 2018
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Happy August Everyone!

As the summer zips by us, so goes the real estate market in Ottawa.  The new, and more onerous mortgage rules and the higher interest rates haven’t seemed to make up for the lack of available listings, so it’s still a strong market for sellers both freehold and condos.  

On top of the light rail starting later this year, and limits on height restrictions for condos being tossed aside, it makes for a very interesting marketplace. 

What will Ottawa look like just a few years from now?  Very likely quite different, especially in the Lebreton Flats/Preston/Dow’s Lake area and by each of the new light rail hubs where the skylines will reach new heights and take some of the focus away from Centretown.  Exciting times for sure!
Wishing you a wonderful end of summer!

If you're ever wondering about the value of your property or curious about he recent sales in your neighbourhood don't hesitate to call or email us. We're always happy to check it out for you.

Thanks again for all of those referrals - they're much appreciated!  



The Strong Ottawa Market Continues

Condo resale numbers remained strong in July, and  average prices are better than July last year.  

Freehold properties are showing very strong increases in average prices, both July-to-July and year-over-year.  The number of sales is also up, but only moderately, and this is likely a reflection of less properties being available to buy.  

Visit our website for more info, including month-by-month graphs which give a clearer picture. more...


CMHC moves to make it easier for self-employed to get a mortgage

CMHC said self-employed people make up about 15 per cent of Canada's population, but they may have difficulty qualifying for a mortgage because their incomes may vary or be less predictable.

Changes unveiled in July by the federal mortgage insurance agency are aimed at giving lenders more guidance and flexibility when it comes to self-employed borrowers.

"Genworth and Canada Guaranty have long allowed more liberal proof of income," such as more flexible documentation requirements, RateSpy said in an online post. 

"But, unlike the recently announced CMHC changes, these insurers require the borrower to have been in business for at least two years, in order to benefit from this flexibility."  [They will likely adjust to the CMHC changes too.] more at CBC...


   What Has 15+ Bedrooms, 10 Baths and No Heating?

Gosford Castle in Northern Ireland is for sale.  For £500,000 you can own this property that is well known as Riverrun from Game of Thrones season 3.  

In 2006 the castle was bought by Gosford Castle Development Limited who put forward a £4m proposal to restore the Grade A listed building into 23 luxury residences.

The portion of the castle being marketed for sale at this point has been partially developed in places with a view to convert the space into 6 luxury apartments with each boasting an average space of 3500sq ft and with some offering roof top gardens.  

A potential purchaser could also invest with a commercial direction in mind as the buildings have been used previously as a hotel and as a movie set for the world famous ‘Game of Thrones’ TV show. more...


Robot Spider?  iPhone Protection!

German design student Philip Frenzel has designed an iPhone case that springs open to stop your device from smashing when you drop it.

The ADcase — the AD stands for active dampening — hides four spring-loaded legs that only pop out once the phone case is in free fall.

They curve outward in either direction from the four corners of the device, creating a 30-millimetre buffer between the phone and the ground.

Click to see the video of the prototype in action! more at Dezeen...



Stylish Comfort for Entertaining & Relaxing 4 bedroom in family oriented Findlay Creek. Living room, main floor family room, and huge rec room downstairs. Double garage, mud room, and kitchen with wall of pantry. Master bedroom has full ensuite and walk-in closet, and 3 more bedrooms upstairs. 
705 Long Point Circle   $584,000

Renovated Backsplit in Hidden Gem of a Neighbourhood Quiet street in Brookfield Gardens. Renovated kitchens and baths, 3 bedrooms, 1.5 baths. 1 block to shopping and transit on Bank Street, carport and fenced rear yard.
2565 Traverse Drive  $289,900

1.63 Quiet Country Acres Serious opportunity to create a dream property on this beautiful 1.63 acre lot.  A large circular drive brings you into this expansive very private property. Several structures on the property all in need of repair, but salvage or replace and have a beautiful property.
1599 Lavigne, Hammond   $150,000

Bungalow on 11 Acres in Greely. "Rural countryside" zoning allows for many uses.  Perhaps a kennel, a hobby farm, or just space to live.  House and outbuildings need work, but good bones to most of it.
6929 Gallagher Road   $289,900  

Spacious Ground Floor 2 Bedroom Condo 1/2 block From Light Rail station! 980 sq ft in this bright corner unit with large terrace, on the quiet side of the building. Easy access from the main entrance - no need for stairs or elevator. Freshly painted, new laminate flooring, underground parking.
104-151 Bay Street  $282,000

Purpose built triplex 1 block from Superstore, Riverain Park, The Rideau River, the Rideau Sports Centre, and the foot/bike bridge to Sandy Hill.

1407 Square feet of luxury including the balcony provides you with two bedrooms, a den and two full bathrooms. Custom kitchen, heated bathroom floors, underground parking, in-suite laundry, gas stove, fireplace and BBQ.
201-364 Cooper  $620,000
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