By: Penny Torontow

15 Point Moving Day Checklist

Tags: Moving, Buying, Selling, Checklist, Movers, Transport

Did You Know that June 30th is the busiest moving day of the year?!   Here is a 15-point checklist to help you complete your move with as little stress as possible! 1.  Double-check all closets, drawers and shelves, in addition to the attic and garage to ensure they are empty.   Be sure to empty the pantry, fridge and stove in your kitchen, as well as your medicine cabinet...Read More

By: Penny Torontow

Halloween Trick or Treat Safety Tips

Tags: Halloween, October, Trick or Treat, Safety, Have Fun

Halloween is a fun night for family and friends to have a good time together.    Here are a few tips to keep everyone safe... 1.  Plan a Route in Advance:  Stick to streets that are well-lit and that you are familiar with.  Be sure to carry glow-sticks or a flashlight to help kids see and be seen, and stick to sidewalks or paths when possible.  If children are going ...Read More

By: Penny Torontow

Finding the Home That's Right For You

Tags: Buyer, Buying a House, Assist2Sell

For many homebuyers, finding the right home to buy is usually the most difficult step of the process.  Before you start searching, consider these 4 important factors. 1.  How much house can you afford? Get pre-approved for a mortgage to help you define your price range.  Make a list of your expenses you will have when you become a homeowner, including any condo fees, property taxes...Read More

By: Penny Torontow

March Resale Market Springs into Action

Tags: Spring, March, Sales, House Prices, Homes in Ottawa

Members of the Ottawa Real Estate Board sold 1,166 residential properties in March through the Board’s Multiple Listing Service® system, compared with 1,200 in March 2015, a decrease of 2.8 per cent. The five-year average for March sales is 1,220. “We are definitely seeing a resale market increase from the previous month, with 256 more properties sold in March over February,&rdquo...Read More

By: Penny Torontow

Extra Day in Leap Year causes jump in Sales in February!

Tags: February, 2016, Sales, House Prices, Ottawa

Members of the Ottawa Real Estate Board sold 911 residential properties in February through the Board's Multiple Listing Service® system, compared with 850 in February 2015, an increase of 7.2 per cent. The five-year average for February sales is 908. "Although the weather was very unpredictable this month, with many highs and lows and several winter storms, the Ottawa resale market ...Read More

By: Penny Torontow

Why You Need A Trusted Real Estate Professional in Your Corner

Tags: Real Estate, Seller, Buyer, Information

If you're in the market to buy or sell your home, it's important to have a capable advocate in your corner to help you navigate through the real estate process.  Here are just a few things we can offer when you are thinking of getting into the real estate market. WHAT WE CAN DO FOR BUYERS: 1.  Lead you through the Buying Process. Whether you're buying your first home or you...Read More

By: Penny Torontow

Record-breaking December, contributes to a strong 2015—

Tags: December, 2015, Sales, Real Estate

Members of the Ottawa Real Estate Board sold 703 residential properties in December through the Board's Multiple Listing Service® System, compared with 638 in December 2014, an increase of 10.2 per cent. The five-year average for December sales is 653. The total number of residential and condo units sold through the Board's MLS® System throughout all of 2015 was 14,658, compared wi...Read More

By: Penny Torontow

List During the Holidays

Tags: Listing, Ottawa, Clients, Buyers, Sellers

    I’ve been in the real estate business in Ottawa a long time and every year I hear the same thing from other Real Estate Salespeople: "everything shuts down in Ottawa during the holiday season.  You might as well put off selling the house until the  holidays are over and save your energy." I don’t know who the first real estate salesperson wa...Read More