Author Archives: Peggy Blair

More CMHC rule changes July 1st — bad news for buyers

So, CMHC is once again making it harder for buyers to borrow money. My guess is that this is due to fear of buyers not being able to manage debt because of the pandemic, but it strikes me as a … Continue reading

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Planning a post-pandemic wine cellar? More great wines to consider! (Part 2)

I’m planning what the contents of my post-pandemic wine cellar should look like (can’t hang on to wine long enough right now to cellar it). Yesterday I posted most of the great wines that my Twitter pals recommended but I … Continue reading

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Planning a Wine Cellar? Here are some great wines to consider (Part 1)!

Okay, so  I am planning my post-pandemic wine cellar. I don’t have one currently. I’m going to put in Rosewood’s White Rabbit and Cave Spring’s Dry Riesling, and  Three Dog Winery Doghouse Red. My daughter sent me four bottles of … Continue reading

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What kinds of homes will people want to live in post COVID-19?

I had a Mother’s Day chat with my daughter and we talked about how people may change the way they think about homes when this pandemic is over. For one thing, if you don’t have to do it, who would … Continue reading

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Ottawa’s hot housing market and COVID-19

Always nice to be interviewed by the CBC for an article about the Ottawa real estate market and thanks to Hallie Cotnam for reaching out! Glad my colleagues agree with me that with the extra-tight inventory and a smaller but … Continue reading

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Predictions for the post-COVID-19 housing market! #Ottawa

It is not easy to predict the future; it’s always a lot easier to predict the past. But here are my thoughts about what is going to happen to the Ottawa real estate market, post-COVID. I thought it was worth … Continue reading

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A Happy Real Estate Story!

As you may know, realtors are considered essential services in Ontario because there are still people who have to find or sell homes. In Ottawa, despite the pandemic, the market is even tighter than ever, because there are fewer listings, … Continue reading

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What’s happening with the Ottawa Real Estate Market? # COVID-19

I’m sure you are all wondering what impact COVID-19 is having on what was a super-heated real estate market. I have some buyers waiting it out, hoping for bargains. So far we haven’t seen that. Inventory is even tighter than … Continue reading

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COVID-19 Q and As: Why are Realtors still listing houses for sale?

The question raised by a Twitter pal is: “Why are realtors still listing houses and why are they considered ‘essential services’”? Great question! I confess, I didn’t think we would be exempt from the shutdown, but there was a lively … Continue reading

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COVID-19 Q and A: Should I take a low offer now or wait this out?

I got this question from “Frank” on the blog and thought it was worth answering: “If you were a seller who already purchased a home in this market 90 days out, would you recommend waiting until mid-April to re-list, accept … Continue reading

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