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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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Design Trends to Expect in 2019

Design Trends to Expect in 2019 Out with the old and in with the new! A perfect catch phrase to summarize what trends you want to welcome into your home and which ones you ought to escort out. Do you want to expose the hardware in your bathrooms? Thinking of renovating your kitchen? Are you contemplating a new and exciting colour to paint your master bedroom? Don’t stress over it! There are a lot of great ideas floating around and we have the scoop on all of them. Let’s start with one of the most essential rooms in a house,
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Greet Winter with a Smile

Greet Winter with a Smile It doesn’t take much to catch the blues when winter comes knocking on your door. What does it have to offer besides lots and lots of snow? It’s hard to keep an open mind about the chilly season once the holidays are over but don’t fret. You can greet it with optimism by livening up your living space. This way you’re not only welcoming winter but also creating a fun and festive area for your family and guests to enjoy. Say goodbye to those dull and dreary days when you looked out the window and
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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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Living the Minimalist Life

Living the Minimalist Life Minimalism is a trend that has really taken off in recent years, with many people trying to live with as few material goods as possible. Ultimately, minimalism is the promotion of the things we value along with the removal of objects that distract us; in other words, if you don’t use it, you don’t really need it taking up space. Many argue that these principles can help you live a more mindful authentic and happy life, in that you don’t waste time or money on things that are not truly valuable to you. A guru in
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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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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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A Glimpse Into Another Time: Historical Homes in Ottawa

A Glimpse Into Another Time: Historical Homes in Ottawa When walking in certain neighbourhoods in the city, it is impossible not to feel as if you have stepped back into another era. The era of Victorian homes, and 1920’s architecture. History swells around you as you take in the magnificent details of these properties. How different that time was from today, and how different our homes look in modern times. How necessary it is to preserve these historical gems. At what cost, and what benefit does a heritage registry have to the owners of these iconic properties? Simply put, heritage
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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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