Archives: September 2009

Men Take More Time Deciding on a Home

Perhaps the stereotype that men tend not to “think things over” is just that… a stereotype. According to a survey by Coldwell Banker Real Estate, men took longer than women in deciding if a particular home was right for them. The survey states that 70 percent of women had their mind made up the same […]

Showing An Empty Home? Hire a House Sitter

These days, it is quite common for families or individuals to move out of their homes in order to make the “show and sell” process easier for prospective buyers and their real estate agents. However, it can be somewhat detrimental, at least for the successful sale of your property, to leave the premises entirely. An […]

Will Google Wave Change How Home Buyers Shop?

Savvy home buyers always hit the Internet first before they make calls to real estate agents. With all the information available on the Web, doing neighbourhood research, price comparisons and photo tours have become the norm for 84 percent of people who are house hunting. So, how can Google’s new application, Google Wave, change all […]

Opposition and Support for New Lansdowne Proposal

The redevelopment of Lansdowne Park in Ottawa’s Glebe neighborhood has been facing a certain amount of resistance. The park, which was tapped for redevelopment in 2007 after cracks were discovered in the stands at Frank Clair Stadium, has been the topic of debate at Ottawa city council meetings since last October. But with a project […]

Chapman Mills Welcomes New Green Condo Community

As living “green” continues to gain popularity, more affordable choices of sustainable housing are beginning to enter the market. One such development is the new project from Minto Communities. Stonefield Flats aims to be Canada’s largest Leadership and Energy Environmental Design (LEED) multi-family compound. The series of 10 buildings, housing 16 condos each, are being […]

Homeowner Satisfaction in Ottawa & Toronto

Consumer satisfaction company J.D. Power and Associates reported that homeowner satisfaction in Ottawa and the Greater Toronto Area has declined since last year. According to their data, Ottawa homeowners scored 638, on a scale of 1,000, down from 681 in 2008. Toronto homeowners scored 674, much lower than their score of 710 last year. The […]

Immigrants Helping the Canadian Housing Market

Native Canadians have always held the lead when it comes to homeownership, with immigrants usually trailing behind. But in the past several years, it seems as if Canadian immigrants are catching up. According to Scotia Economics, the percentage of Canadian-born residents owning a home went from 73 to 75 from 2001 to 2006. In complete […]

Finding a Realtor You Get Along With

Finding a realtor is relatively easy these days. You can flip through the Yellow Pages, search the Internet, pay a visit to your local real estate office, or ask a friend for a referral. However, the chemistry between you and your new realtor will be significant in ensuring a productive and successful relationship. Hiring a […]