7 Things You Should Know When Buying an Ottawa Home

15 12 2014

ottawa home buying 10If your number one Christmas wish this year is to purchase a new home on the Ottawa real estate market, then we are here to help!

Today, I’m going to tell you the top 7 things that you should know when buying a home in Ottawa.

These tips will ultimately safe you time, money and maybe even a little bit of heartache on the local housing market.

7 Tips for Buying an Ottawa Home

Don’t invest in a home if you don’t plan to stay long. The longer you can commit to staying in a home, the greater your chances are of getting a great profit on the property when you sell. After all, there are transaction costs associated with selling a home and so, it helps if your home is worth more when you sell it than when you bought it if you want to at least break even.

Start building your credit now. You’re likely going to need a mortgage when you buy a new home. So make sure your credit history is as good as possible. Also, a few months before you start looking for a home, you should consider getting copies of your credit report and making sure all the facts are correct. If you find an error, make sure you correct it immediately.

Be realistic about the home you can afford. Generally speaking, it’s reasonable to invest in a home that is about 2.5 times your annual salary. But it helps to use a mortgage calculator to narrow down exactly how much you’re comfortable spending each month on a mortgage.

Even if you can’t put 20 percent down, you may still qualify for a loan. There are a number of public and private lenders to choose from who offer low-interest mortgages that usually ask for only a small down payment.

Get professional help. Yes, it’s true that you can access home listings for yourself on the internet these days. But if you work with an experienced and qualified real estate agent, you have a better chance of finding a home that suits your needs for the long term – not to mention getting a home for a great price!

Get pre-approved before you start house hunting. That way, when you find a home you’re interested in purchasing, it will be one less step you have to take. Plus, home sellers like to negotiate with buyers who have been pre-approved because it means they are serious home buyers.

Hire a Home Inspector. Once you find a home you’re interested in, make sure you get the home inspected. This will let you know if there are any issues with the home that you can’t see with the naked eye. This will help you feel more confident about whether it’s a sound buy or not.

Helping You With All of Your Ottawa Home Selling Needs

For more valuable Ottawa home selling tips, make sure to contact us today. We would love to assist you by sharing our years of experience with you and also providing you with valuable home selling tools.

Until next time,

Geoff





9 Tips for Effectively Staging Your Ottawa Home for Sale

15 09 2014

Ottawa home sellingAs the weather grows colder, home sellers on the Ottawa real estate market can expect buyer activity to slow down a bit.

This is a common occurrence each year. After all, school is back in session and buyers with families aren’t likely to want to upset that schedule. Plus, the warmer weather during the summer months just lends itself better to more activity and house shopping.

Still, just because we’re entering the fall months doesn’t mean that your chances of selling your home are completely dried up.

Today, I’m going to share with you 9 home staging tips that I believe will help you attract interested and qualified home buyers and help you seal the deal on your property.

How to Attract Interested and Qualified Home Buyers in Ottawa

Here are some ways you can effectively stage your home for sale:

Boost curb appeal. Power wash your home’s siding and walkways, replace your house numbers with some that are easy to read, mow your lawn, wash the front windows and consider repainting the porch floor. All of this will leave a great first impression for buyers.

Make your home sparkling clean. This means sweeping the floors, scrubbing the baseboards and vacuuming the carpets. This may be an arduous task but trust us – it’s worth it.

Declutter your home. Get rid of any excess furniture or junk to make your home feel larger and more appealing. Consider getting a temporary storage unit or – even better –donating your items to a charity.

Walk the line between Clean and Lived In. You want your home to be clean but you don’t want it to be so immaculate that it feels more like a museum than a home. After all, you’re trying to encourage the buyers to envision living there themselves. So consider adding a few elements back to your home once you’ve delcuttered, such as a vase of fresh-cut flowers or fresh produce on the counter. Just don’t overdo it!

Set the scene in your dining room. Help the home buyer envision living there by setting the table and creating a little vignette for them. It’s a great way to create ambiance and make your home more alluring.

Arrange your furniture like a professional stager. Generally speaking, symmetrical arrangements work well in living rooms. Make sure to pull the furniture off the walls and use pairs to make it seem like a great place to sit and enjoy deep conversation with loved ones. Remember, it’s all about making the buyer feel comfortable living there.

Stick with neutral colors. Yes, lime green and bright red may seem fun to you but the idea behind home staging is to appeal to the masses. So pick rich midtone neutrals like mocha or greige. You’ll be glad you did.

Make a gender-neutral master bedroom. You never know what the family status will be for the prospective home buyer who visits your home. Maybe he’s a young bachelor or it’s a married couple with four kids. Thus, make sure the master bedroom is as gender-neutral as possible in order to appeal to all home buyer types.

Avoid Pet Odors. Yes, we understand that you love Fido but that doesn’t mean everyone will love him – or his smell. So make sure to be extra vigilent when it comes to preparing a home for sale where a dog has previously lived. Vacuum and wash all surfaces, steam clean the rugs, and hide away the pet toys and doggie bones. Don’t worry, it’s only temporary!

Let’s Get Your Ottawa Home Listed Today!

Now that you have some expert home staging tips under your belt, you are ready to list your property on the market!

Contact us today to learn some more valuble advice that will further enable you to get the price you want for your Ottawa home.

Until next time,

Geoff





How to Pass Your Ottawa Home Inspection, Part 1

10 02 2014

Ottawa home inspectionsThere’s a lot that happens between the time that someone makes a purchase offer on your Ottawa home for sale and the time that you attend the final closing on your property.

And that means that there’s a lot that could go askew as well.

Today, we’re going to tell all the Ottawa home sellers out there the best way that they can prepare for the home inspection phase of the home selling process.

Selling Your Ottawa Home on the Market

Before a home buyer ever signs on the dotted line at closing, they’ll more than likely want to conduct a home inspection to ensure that they know what they’re buying.

For a lot of home sellers, this can be a particularly stressful time because, if there is something gravely wrong with the home, it could mean the end of a deal. Luckily, there are ways to prepare for the inspection to ensure your home gets a favorable review.

Here are six areas in your home that I recommend you check out before the inspection ever happens. If there are problems in these key parts of your home, get them fixed beforehand!

Water control problems: Often, these problems are most evident in the basement and crawlspace because there is a general smell of mildew that wafts through the air. This is a red flag that moisture levels are out of whack. To reduce those levels, cover any exposed area with plastic and also make sure to check out your home’s drainage system to make sure it’s working properly.

Mold and Mildew: Nowadays, nearly every home buyer is aware of the negative health effects of mold and mildew. And they may not want to have anything to do with a home that’s found to have these issues. Get them fixed before the inspection.

Troublesome Roofs: Home buyers pay a lot of attention to the health of the roof – in part because it’s the home’s protection from the elements and in part because they’re so costly to repair or fix. Thus, take extra care in ensuring that your roof is in the best condition possible. That means checking for deteriorated shingles as well as rotting materials underneath the shingles.

Plumbing Issues. Who wants to deal with the headache of a leak, especially given that it has the potential to cause some serious (and costly) damage to your home. To check to see if your home has a leak, mimic what the inspector is likely to do during the inspection, such as checking water pressure in the bathroom and running the dishwasher. Then if you find a problem, fix it!

Electrical Issues. Most likely, the home inspector is going to be checking for inadequate electrical panels as well as circuit breaker configurations. So check out these key areas first.

Housing Utilities. This may include the home’s heating and air conditioning systems, the foundation and the various appliances in the home. Get these checked out before the inspection to make sure they’re in proper condition and unlikely to raise any red flags with the inspector.

Providing You Helpful and Insightful Home Selling Advice

We hope you found today’s Ottawa real estate blog useful as a potential home seller. We love helping make the home selling process easier for individuals wherever possible.

For more expert help on navigating the market as a home seller, please contact us, your dedicated Ottawa REALTORS®. When you do, we’ll be able to provide you with valuable home selling resources and insightful real estate advice.

Until next time,

Bobbie





How to Stage Your Ottawa Home This Holiday Season

10 12 2013

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Are you thinking about selling your home over the holiday season? If so, then you’re sure to find today’s Re/Max Ottawa real estate blog helpful!

Today, I’m going to tell you about how local home owners can properly stage their Ottawa homes for sale so that they attract plenty of interested and qualified buyers in Ottawa.

Staging Your Ottawa Property

First, when you’re staging your home over the holidays, you want to make sure that you give your home a thorough cleaning. You also want to make sure that you remove any excess clutter as these items can crowd rooms and make your home feel smaller to the home buyer, which is usually not a good thing.

That said, you may also want to seriously consider the size of your Christmas tree if you have one. While big trees are lovely, they also tend to dwarf rooms. Instead, opt for a smaller tree this year in homes that your ultimate Christmas present is that you’re able to sell your home!

Setting the Scene

Next, set the mood by setting out a few selectively placed holiday decorations. Although you don’t want to overdo it, you do want to get the buyer in the holiday spirit so that they start envisioning their own family waking up on Christmas morning in your home. So put a wreath on the door, hang some mistletoe and string some lights.

Don’t forget the other four senses! Hint at the holidays by putting out some cinnamon sticks or playing some soft Christmas music. You may even want to bake some cookies and set them out for the prospective home buyers to enjoy. It’s all about making the home buyer feel at home so that they’ll want to make your Ottawa home their own!

Encourage Feedback

Finally, encourage home buyer feedback by setting out comment cards near the door. This way, even if they don’t end up making an offer on your home, you’ll know what they liked and what they didn’t like about your home. This will make you better prepared for future home showings!

Selling Your Ottawa Home With Us

If you’re thinking about listing your home anytime soon on the Ottawa real estate market, please contact us, your dedicated Ottawa REALTORS®. As experienced Ottawa Re/Max professionals, we would love to help you with all of your home selling needs by offering valuable advice as well as providing you with useful home selling resources.

Until next time,

Bobbie





Using The Ottawa MLS

3 11 2013

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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





ReMax Ottawa Final Closing CheckList

6 06 2013

remax ottawa real estateMany Ottawa Real Estate Sellers  believe that most of the work is done once they receive a signed purchase offer from the buyer; however, it is important to note that there are still some vital steps to follow between the time that the buyer makes a purchase offer and the time you walk out of the final closing.

From inspections to appraisals, there are a lot of steps to take in between, for example, when preparing for the final closing, it is extremely helpful if you follow these steps.

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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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