Using The Ottawa MLS

3 11 2013

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Re/max Ottawa Realtors

Are you searching the Ottawa MLS for your perfect Ottawa community real estate? The search can be frustrating when you come across sites that won’t let you search without “signing up” for their newsletters, or creating an account that requires your contact information before you feel ready to commit to one Realtor or another.

NO Hassle Guarantee

That is why our expert Ottawa Realtors at Ottawa Real Estate don’t make you jump through hoops to learn the information you need. On http://www.ottawa-homes.com, you can search for homes, use our handy forms, and read our important home buying, home selling and relocation tips whenever you need. We understand that you may be just starting your inquiry to buying Ottawa homes, or perhaps you just aren’t quite ready to team with experts and we respect your privacy always.

Ottawa MLS Home Search

If you are not ready to team with the Bobbie and Geoff McGowan Expert Ottawa Realtors, then don’t worry! You can still use and access all of the invaluable information our website offers-including full use of the Ottawa Multiple Listing Service. Our Ottawa MLS search features allow you to find homes based on size, amenities, locations, and more! All from the comfort of your home or office, without having to sign up for any unwanted contact from our team.

Expert Ottawa Real Estate Agents

When you find a home you are interested in, or even decide on what Ottawa  neighbourhoods really call to you,  feel free to contact us anytime to learn more, set up a viewing, or even just go on a neigbourhood tour to view the amenities and area lifestyle.  We are here to assist you in making your lifestyle dreams of Ottawa home buying come true and we are here to represent your best interest throughout the entire process. When you team with expert Ottawa Realtors for your Ottawa home buying, you know that you will get the best advice and guidance through the whole process.  We want to be your Realtors for Life.

Until next time,

Geoff





How To Pick Your Ottawa Realtor

1 10 2013

Find The Ottawa Realtor For You

Buying Ottawa real estate is one of the biggest and most important decisions of your life. Not only will it be a huge financial commitment, but potentially you are choosing the home and neighborhood you might spend the rest of your life enjoying.

The best way to make sure your big step goes smoothly is to select the right Ottawa real estate agent to fit your needs. While there are many Ottawa home buying agents out there, it is critical you find someone with whom you can communicate well and who will give their all to helping you buy-or sell-Ottawa real estate.

Find The Right Ottawa Realtor

Not only will your Ottawa real estate agent be guiding you to potential homes, they will also be assisting in guarding your legal interests when facing tough negotiations or confusing contracts, so while you want to choose someone you connect with, you also want to choose someone who is an expert in Ottawa real estate. One of the best things to do? Interview more than one specialist and then compare them to see who fit your needs the best. Below you will find my tips on how to choose the right REALTOR for you.

Ottawa Real Estate Experts

Here are my tips to guide you on your Ottawa home buying journey:

  • Identify at least three licensed real estate professionals.
  • Interview the real estate professionals you have identified. Having a conversation with the person is a good way to find out if your personalities and goals match. Ask them any and all questions you have; bring a list of your questions with you so you won’t forget anything. Most importantly-are they listening to your wants and needs?
  • Find out about their marketing connections/what they will be doing to find you the right home
  • Select a strong negotiator. Ask your Ottawa REALTOR whether he or she has ever been in a tough negotiation and how he or she negotiated a fair price.
  • Compare interview notes. Think about each agent, and decide which one is right for you. You should choose someone aggressive, but who doesn’t make you feel anxious or pressured.
  • Talk money. Usually the seller foots the bill for a real estate professional’s commission, but don’t assume this will be the case. Ask point-blank what your financial obligations are throughout the process. Your Ottawa real estate agent at Ottawa-Homes.ca has the knowledge and experience to provide you with a smooth, hassle-free transaction.
  • Before signing a contract, know that the term “Disclosed Dual Agent” often means that the real estate agency does not represent your interests 100 percent. Try using an agent like Ottawa-Homes.ca Buyers Agent Bobbie McGowan, to represent you.
  • Buyer agency agreements are common, but be careful. What if the Realtor doesn’t follow up with you? What if you don’t get along? What if the agent doesn’t understand your needs? Remember that a buyer agency agreement is negotiable, and you can help negotiate the specific terms.
  • Ask for references from your REALTOR. This shouldn’t be a big deal; it’s a last-step investigation that could confirm or reject your impression of the agent.
  • Find an Ottawa area real estate agent who is savvy about technology. Through the online tools available to agents these days, you can expect nearly immediate e-mails about new property listings and quick replies to your queries.

Contact Bobbie and Geoff McGowan, Your Expert Ottawa Realtors

Learn more about what our team of expert Ottawa Realtors will do for you, and you’ll quickly see why we are the experts at Ottawa home buying. Are you ready to search the Ottawa MLS for your dream home? Be sure to take advantage of the information, tips and free guides offered at Ottawa-Homes.ca.

Until next time,
Bobbie





Manor Park Ottawa Community

24 09 2013

familyManor Park Ottawa Real Estate

Manor Park is home to an active community association, which strives to provide a safe and vibrant community for its residents, and to make the neighbourhood a wonderful place in which to live. Within and around Manor Park you’ll find 18 private, public and Catholic school choices, as well as parks, community activities, restaurants, shopping, walking trails and entertainment for everyone!

Manor Park Ottawa Schools and Entertainment

York Street Public School, Immaculata High School and Lisgar Collegiate Institute; as well as six places of worship, various recreational opportunities including the Rockliffe Lawn Tennis Club, the St. Laurent Complex, The Rockliffe Golf Driving Range, and various swimming pools, cycling paths, and more; and with the help of Ottawa’s OC Transpo bus route 7, which travels right through Manor Park, those in the neighbourhood can take advantage of all that the area has to offer.

Relocate to Manor Park Ottawa

In addition to Manor Park’s fantastic schools, parks, churches and recreational sites, the neighbourhood offers families practical resources like banks, restaurants and grocery stores, as well as great outlets for fun in terms of Manor Park’s after-school program for kids, Movie Night in the Park, Christmas caroling and sleigh rides around the Christmas holidays, and so much more. Without a doubt, Manor Park is an Ottawa neighbourhood with so much to offer people of all ages.
So if you’re thinking about investing in Ottawa real estate and you want to call Manor Park home, get in touch withOttawa realtors Geoff and Bobbie McGowan and let them work with you. These great Ottawa real estate agents will provide you with fantastic complimentary relocation packagesmarket evaluations and other great reports, and will ensure that you get top dollar for your home; so why not make the easy choice and call Geoff and Bobbie McGowan today.

 

Until next time,

Bobbie





Ottawa Home Staging

14 08 2013

living roomAre you a current  home owner who is thinking about selling your Ottawa property anytime soon? If you are, then you will benefit from our topic today: Home Staging, should you do it?

As an expert Ottawa REALTOR, I’m going to tell you why it is important to stage your home-and most importantly, stage the living room of your home, before listing your property.

Ottawa Home Selling Tips

The market shows that staged homes tend to sell faster and for a higher price than non-staged homes. Why? The reasons are clear and simple:

A staged home will make a property feel more warm, inviting, and emphasizes space and light in the home so home buyers can visualize living there.

It is not necessary to stage the entire home, but it is especially important to stage those rooms on the first floor, since home buyers tend to form an opinion about the home withing the first several seconds of stepping inside.

Here are some things you can do to create warmth and  a focal point in the room, whether it’s a mirror over the mantle or candles or something else.

  • Add a rug to the room to help set the scene and create a sense of warmth
  • Set plants in the room. Vegetation signals warmth and life.
  • Set out knickknacks in odd-numbered groupings, like 3 or 7.
  • Use brightly colored accents, such as pillows or flowers.
  • Use smaller furniture to make the room feel bigger
  • Use lamps to bring light to dark corners of the room
  • Avoid blocking windows, which are a great source for natural light

All of these tips have the effect of making your living room feel warmer, more welcoming, larger and more open-which is exactly what today’s Ottawa home buyers are searching for in their new home!

Ready to Sell Ottawa Real Estate

Are you ready to list your Ottawa home for sale with expert Ottawa REALTORS? Contact us today to learn about our diversified marketing plan and how we will target the right home buyers to get strong offers quickly for your Ottawa home.

 





Ottawa Spotlight Events October

2 10 2012

Welcome to the Remax Ottawa Real Estate Blog, your source for everything and anything about Ottawa neighborhoods, Ottawa real estate, and things to do in our wonderful city. The month of October is a fantastic time to get out and about in Ottawa, explore our wonderful communities, and learn about upcoming events.

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Ottawa MLS Home Search

1 09 2012

Are you searching the Ottawa MLS for your perfect Ottawa community real estate? The search can be frustrating when you come across sites that won’t let you search without “signing up” for their newsletters, or creating an account that requires your contact information. Here at Ottawa Real Estate, we understand that you may be just starting your inquiry to buying Ottawa homes, or perhaps you just aren’t quite ready to team with experts.

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Ottawa Crystal Beach Real Estate

8 08 2012

Ottawa Crystal Beach Neighbourhood

Loosely defined as being south of Carling Ave, east of Moodie Dr, and north and west of Corkstown Rd, the neighbourhood of Crystal Beach in Ottawa‘s west end is a fantastic place to call home. This beautiful family-friendly neighbourhood nestled along the shores of the Ottawa River is a

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