Author Archives: Peggy Blair

Thinking of investing? Ottawa is a GREAT place to be a landlord right now.

With low inventory across the city (we are down 27% in residential listings and 41% in condo listings), prices are shooting up. And because of new mortgage rules making it harder to borrow,  lot of prospective buyers, particularly first time … Continue reading

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#BeeSmart #BeeFriendly #SaveOurBees – why you should sign the petition!

There were photographs that circulated on Twitter recently of  verges in the UK that had been planted with wildflowers instead of grass. Here are some courtesy of the British Beekeepers Association:   Not only do these alternative plantings look stunning, … Continue reading

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The Federal Government’s New Loan Plan for First Time Buyers: Good Idea or Not?

The federal government announced a new plan to to help first-time buyers on Monday:  here are some details and also some questions that are yet to be answered. To qualify for the program, the first-time buyer must have an annual … Continue reading

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Should I sell first or should I buy? Strategies in a hot market!

The Ottawa real estate market is hot, hot, hot. We are wayyy down on inventory. Sellers are afraid to list in case they can’t find a home they love. They’re also worried that they can’t afford to carry two homes … Continue reading

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Finding a great tenant!

I am a landlord myself and I sometimes am asked by clients to help them find a tenant. I am constantly meeting people who are not happy with the calibre of tenants they’ve had, and who have had to do … Continue reading

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Renovating an investment condo: my budget! (and great news – it’s RENTED!!!)

So, finally had a chance to sit down and figure out my costs of this renovation. I had a $10K budget. I’m still waiting for a final invoice from Alex that will include drywall repairs to the powder room, but … Continue reading

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The impact of Staging: Before and After shots of my new listing

I have a new listing in Laurentianview that needed a little updating to get it ready for sale. We had a very small budget. I decided the money was best invested in a little paint and dry wall repairs (just … Continue reading

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