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Perennial Gardens: Beauty for Years to Come

Perennial Gardens: Beauty for Years to Come It’s that time of year; the garden centres and nurseries are open with plenty of stock and it’s time to get your gardens set up for the year. As you make your plans, consider incorporating more perennials as this will reduce your maintenance and make the whole process easier in years to come. What’s the Difference Between Perennials and Annuals? When it comes to flower gardens, there are two types of plants: annuals and perennials. Annuals, as their name would imply, will last you one season and will need to be purchased new
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Spring Starts Inside

Spring Starts Inside With the cold winter weather on its’ way out, it’s time to start thinking of how to prepare your home for the springtime market and let the light inside. Whether you’re looking to list your home this spring, or you’re just hoping to revamp your décor to have a brighter home, these tips are for you. It is important to note that springtime is a time of new beginnings, featuring lighter, brighter colours throughout the home. It’s time to let the warmth back inside after the cold winter months. When it comes to staging your home for
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The Walls Have Eyes – And Maybe Ears

Real Estate Listings and Surveillance Systems Have you ever wondered if a house you’re looking at, might also be looking at you? Well, you’re not alone. It’s a common question when it comes to real estate listings regarding home surveillance systems, or “nanny cams.” Although there is technically no legal position preventing homeowners from having their surveillance system, it can’t help but feel a little creepy to consider that the seller may potentially be watching you as you look at their home. Some homes may have signage stating that there is video/audio surveillance. However, it is not always required depending
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Why You Should Check Out That Open House!

Holding an open house is an option taken by many people who are trying to sell their home. Unfortunately, these open houses are sometimes not well attended. This is a shame, because an open house is a great opportunity, even if you are not currently looking to buy a house. Whether you are actively looking for a new place to live, or buying a home is a far-off dream, here are some good reasons to attend an open house: Get an Idea of Price – An open house is a great way to get an idea of how far your
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Ottawa Real Estate Market Snapshot July 2017

The latest reports from OREB on the Ottawa Real Estate market show that in many areas the market is showing no signs of a significant summer slowdown.   The condo market continues to gain momentum as is the”lifestyle” market which includes homes over the $750,000 price range.   Average prices are up in most neighbourhoods across the city, with central and central-west neighbourhoods seeing a bigger jump in average sale price as compared to Ottawa east.   Savvy buyers are noticing that even though Ottawa is trending towards a seller’s market in many neighbourhoods it’s still a good time to
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How to Make Sure Buyers Have a Great First Impression

How to Make Sure Buyers Have a Great First Impression Let’s face it, real estate is all about first impressions; buyers will only spend a limited time in a home and chances are they have made their decision in the first few minutes. We often tend to look at the bigger picture but sometimes it’s the small details that can make all the difference. Before you list your home, or before your next showing, take some time to go over this list to be sure to put your best foot forward for buyers! It all starts with curb appeal! The
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Coach Houses Coming to Ottawa

Coach Houses Coming to Ottawa It seems that Ottawa is buzzing about coach houses. A recently passed bylaw now allows homeowners to build small, self-contained units on the property of their existing home. Coach houses are also commonly referred to as tiny homes, micro homes, and laneway homes. There is an excitement in the air as people are already breaking ground around the city. Would a coach house be a suitable addition to your property? There are many properties in the West End of Ottawa that would be ideal for a coach house but if you live in a newer
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