Author Archives: Peggy Blair

My favourite condo townhouses in Ottawa for under $ 400K

Right now, if you have a budget under $ 400K, it’s hard to find a freehold townhouse. But you can find a beautiful condo townhouse (often called a “row unit”)  in a beautifully managed complex for well under $ 400K. … Continue reading

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Cala Custom Woodworks – and some suggestions for Christmas!

Yes, I know: the Hallowe’en decorations aren’t even up yet and here I am talking about Christmas. But that’s because I ran into a really nice bunch of people in Stittsville making some great products that are perfect for gift … Continue reading

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Why is the Ottawa real estate market so hot right now?

Originally posted on Kiss and Sell:
The Ottawa real estate market has always kind of marched to the beat of its own drummer. We are insulated from the highs and lows of markets like Toronto and Vancouver because of the…

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Dealing with Difficult Condo Boards

A friend of mine wants to know how to deal with condo boards. The question itself implies that he isn’t happy with his own board, so I’m going to assume that his board is difficult. This is a common complaint, … Continue reading

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How does LRT affect property values?

A Twitter pal asks: “How much do you think proximity to LRT stations will affect prices in the short and long terms?” Great question! The answer depends on the proximity of the property to the new station during and after … Continue reading

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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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