Ottawa Real Estate News from Ron DeCaen August 2014   
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Ron DeCaen
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It’s important to thoroughly plan a timeline prior to moving day for your pet’s sake as well as yours!  This month’s article discusses a few ways to keep your pets happy during this potentially stressful time.

There are also some great ideas on how to easily transition your family into the “back to school” routine as well as a delicious, healthy frozen treat idea that you’re sure to love!

Thanks so much for checking out this month's newsletter.  Please get in touch if you have any questions or comments regarding the articles, or real estate in general -- it'd be great to hear from you!


In this issue...
Second Highest July Sales in Ottawa on Record 
Members of the Ottawa Real Estate Board sold 1,445 residential properties in July through the Board’s Multiple Listing Service® system, compared with 1,336 in July 2013, an increase of 8.2 per cent.  The five-year average for July is 1,317.

“Sales from this past month are the second best on record for July, only comparable to the 1,578 sales in July 2009,” indicated Randy Oickle, President of the Ottawa Real Estate Board.

“Also, strong sales in the past few months have brought year-to-date sales right on par with 2013.  This year is shaping up to be another strong and stable year for the Ottawa market, despite the lackluster sales in the first few months of 2014.”

July’s sales included 262 in the condominium property class, and 1,183 in the residential property class.  The condominium property class includes any property, regardless of style (i.e. detached, semi-detached, apartment, stacked etc.) which is registered as a condominium, as well as properties which are co-operatives, life leases and timeshares.  The residential property class includes all other residential properties.

The average sale price of residential properties, including condominiums, sold in July in the Ottawa area was $356,735, a decrease of 0.8 per cent over July 2013.  The average sale price for a condominium-class property was $261,663, a decrease of 5.3 per cent over July 2013.  The average sale price of a residential-class property was $377,791, a decrease of 0.8 per cent over July 2013.

“The average sale price is down slightly since last year, partially because there were six fewer properties sold in the over $1 million range this July compared to July 2013,” says Oickle.  “The price range of $300,000 to $349,999 had the highest concentration of properties sold, followed by $350,000 to $399,999 range, then the $400,000 to $449,999 range.  These numbers are indicative of first-time homebuyers still coming into the market, taking advantage of the continuing low interest rates.”

Make your Move, for Pet's Sake 
Like any family member, pets feel the stress of moving.

When moving, it’s important to organize ahead of time so that your pets will be comfortable.  Here are some tips that’ll ensure a smooth move:

  1. Plan Ahead - Create a detailed checklist ahead of time so that you can avoid any last minute stress that your pets will pick up on.

  2. Pet Doc - Ask your vet for a referral if you’re moving out of town and make sure all of the shots are up to date.

  3. Dog Tags - Remember to update all your pet’s tags and microchips with your new contact information.

  4. Keep them Calm - Have someone look after your pets on moving day but if that’s not possible, keep them calm by housing them in a quiet room.

  5. Doggie Bag - Prepare a well labeled and easily accessible overnight moving kit with everything you need to keep your pets happy.

  6. Butter ‘em Up - Keep outdoor cats inside for at least a week so they can get familiar with their new home.  Putting butter on their paws will help imprint the new house as home.

Moving can make pets extra anxious so try to keep to their usual routine as much as possible before, during and after the move as this will make the transition much smoother.  Once you’re all moved in, give them lots of extra TLC!

Back to School Survival Tips 
The “back to school” days are right around the corner.

Adjusting to “back to school” mode is simple if you prepare in advance and set up a regular routine.  Here are a few tips that’ll help make the transition a little easier:

  1. Back to Bedtimes - Your little night owls will benefit from having bedtimes rolled back a couple of weeks before school starts.

  2. Get Organized - Designate a central “information station” where schedules are housed and school notes can be processed.

  3. Adjust Chores - Responsibilities may need to be adjusted depending on the type of chore and change in morning routine.

  4. Plan Ahead - Get in the habit of doing as much as you can the night before.  The morning routine will be smoother if you lay out clothes and make lunches in advance.

  5. Stay Positive - Returning to school is an emotional adjustment for children so help them stay positive and ensure you’re available as much as possible.

Back to school doesn’t have to be about forgotten lunches, unlabelled belongings and lost permission slips!  With a little organization and planning, you'll be able to enjoy the rest of the summer knowing that September will be smooth sailing.

Frozen Grape Treats 
Frozen grapes make a refreshing snack on a hot summer day!

Grapes are a healthy food choice that contain potassium, pectin and vitamin C.  The best part about frozen grapes is that they’re a cinch to prepare!  Here's all you need to do:

  • wash and pull the grapes from their stems
  • pat dry with a paper towel
  • place on a cookie sheet and freeze
  • once frozen, store in freezer bags

Frozen grape treats are just like mini popsicles only they’re much healthier!  You can even use them as “ice cubes” in your summer drinks.  Enjoy!

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