Category Archives: Selling

Sellers, be prepared. It’s going to take longer than you think.

The new Ottawa Real Estate Board (OREB) statistics are out for December and they paint a picture of a slowing market. When I started in this business about four and a half years ago, it took an average 27 days to sell … Continue reading

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At the end of the day, it’s always about price.

I’ve often said that a well-priced, well-presented home will sell regardless of the market. The key part of that equation, though, is price. And when a market is slumping, it’s hard to know what an appropriate price is because the … Continue reading

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When you get a lowball offer, don’t be insulted-counter!

Sometimes sellers have an idea in their minds of what their homes are worth that’s a little inflated. As realtors, we can advise them what price we think they should list at, but at the end of the day, it’s their house … Continue reading

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For Sale by Owner: debunking some misconceptions

Ottawaliving.ca has some info on its website concerning FSBOs (that’s what we call For sale by owner listings, pronounced FIZZ-BOS). Some of it is great advice; some of it could use a little clarification. So here goes (my comments are … Continue reading

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Nice referral on Quora! Thanks!

I honestly have no idea who posted this answer; in fact, I’d never even heard of this social media site before, but wow – ever nice! I haven’t heard from this couple and hope they found themselves a great realtor. … Continue reading

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My new listing is staged and ready to sell! #CraigHenry

I have a new listing in Craig Henry: a beautiful three bedroom detached home in a terrific, family-friendly neighbourhood. This one didn’t require much to get ready: the owners had kept it very well maintained. They worked like crazy to … Continue reading

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Why you should hire a professional cleaner when you’re selling your home.

I see a lot of houses in the course of a week: the ones I’m listing, the ones I see at agent Open Houses and the ones I take my buyers through. The ones that often stick in my mind … Continue reading

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What’s the best time to sell my house – Part II

My last post suggested that the fall is the second busiest season of the year with the first being the spring. Fellow Ottawa realtor, Gord McCormick of Oasis Realty, disagreed and was kind enough to provide some board statistics concerning sales — … Continue reading

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When’s the best time to sell my house?

I can only speak for the Ottawa market, but spring is certainly our busy season. What I’ve noticed over the past five years is that spring comes a little earlier each year in terms of sales. These days the properties … Continue reading

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Can I sell my house myself? 10 things to think about before you decide.

Can you sell your own house? You can. You absolutely can. And there are lots of services out there that will help you do it; some will even put your listing up on MLS for a fee as a mere … Continue reading

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