Ottawa Real Estate News from Ron DeCaen May 2016   
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Ron DeCaen
Sale Representative

Action Power Team Ltd. Brokerage
15-1420 Youville Drive
Ottawa, Ontario
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Major home repairs are the last thing you want to deal with when the nice weather hits.  Our feature article offers an easy to follow spring maintenance checklist that'll help keep your home in tip-top shape.

There are also some great ideas on how to start your own vegetable/herb garden as well as a few tips on how to spring clean your smartphone.

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


In this issue...
Ottawa Real Estate Market Report 
Second best April on record for Ottawa sales!

Members of the Ottawa Real Estate Board sold 1,714 residential properties in April through the Board’s Multiple Listing Service® system, compared with 1,567 in April 2015, an increase of 9.4 per cent.  The five-year average for April sales is 1,568.

“The Ottawa resale market continued its steady pace upwards in April, making it the best April for unit sales on record since 2010,” says Shane Silva, President of the Ottawa Real Estate Board.  “Units sold are up 548 since March, increasing in both the residential and condominium property class.”

April’s sales included 264 in the condominium property class, and 1,450 in the residential property class.  The condominium property class includes any property, regardless of style (i.e. detached, semi-detached, apartment, townhouse, 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.

“In April, 3,644 homes were listed, up 13.8 per cent since March, and down by 2.8 per cent over April 2015,” says Silva.  “Inventory levels at the end of the month remain healthy heading into, what is normally, the most active month of the year for Ottawa Real Estate Board Members.”

The average sale price of a residential-class property sold in April in the Ottawa area was $403,603, an increase of 0.2 per cent over April 2015.  The average sale price for a condominium-class property was $261,017, a decrease of 1.8 per cent over April 2015.

“The hottest segments in our market for April were sales in the $300,000 to $400,000 price range, followed by the $200,000 to $300,000 price range,” says Silva.  “Residential two-storey and bungalows have the highest concentration of buyers in March.  In addition to residential and condominium sales, OREB Members have assisted clients with renting 937 properties since the beginning of the year.”

Doors Open Ottawa 
Doors Open Ottawa celebrates our community’s heritage!

On June 4th - 5th, over 100 of Ottawa’s historically, culturally and functionally significant buildings will open their doors to the public as part of Doors Open Ottawa.

Celebrating its 15th anniversary, Doors Open Ottawa is the second-largest Doors Open event in North America.  Some of buildings that will be featured include Earnscliffe (the Official Residence of the British High Commissioner), the Royal Canadian Mint, the National Gallery of Canada and the Connaught Building.

This fun event is the perfect way to discover how Canada’s capital has become the beautiful city it is today.  Oh, and did we mention there’s no charge for this event.  Hope to see you there!

Top 10 Spring Home Maintenance Tips 
Spring's the perfect time for taking care of outdoor maintenance!

The arrival of warm weather signals fun in the backyard with friends and family.  The last thing you want to deal with are unexpected home repairs so here’s a list to help keep you on track:

  1. Clear away debris and dead foliage from flowerbeds.

  2. Inspect hose connections to ensure there aren’t any leaks.

  3. Replace damaged window screens and weather stripping.

  4. Clean your fireplace and/or wood-burning stove and flue.

  5. Make sure your lawn mower, weed wacker and other tools are in good working order.

  6. Clean and repair your patio furniture and inspect your deck for loose or rotten boards.

  7. Trim back shrubs and vines that are growing near your air conditioning unit and dryer vent.

  8. Inspect and clean your gutters and make sure downspouts drain away from your foundation.

  9. Patch up any cracks you find around your foundation and driveway before they spread further.

  10. Inspect your roof for cracked or missing shingles and trim branches that hang over top of your roof.

Proactive home maintenance helps prevent small issues from getting out of hand.  Your home is a huge investment and minimizing repair bills will help you realize your highest rate of return.  When you're done, you'll be able to relax and enjoy the lazy days of summer knowing that everything's been taken care of!

A Guide for Growing Your Own Veggies 
Eating local doesn't get any closer than your own backyard!

There’s nothing more delicious than a summer meal made from sun ripened vegetables and herbs from your own garden.  Here are a few things to keep in mind if you're thinking about growing your own veggies this year:

  1. Small & Sunny - Start with a small area if it’s your first year.  Make sure it’s a sunny spot and if you’re really short on space, use pots or window boxes.

  2. Planned Planting - Plan your garden according to your family size.  Food prices are on the rise so it makes cents to grow produce that’s expensive to purchase at the store.

  3. Go Organic - Growing your own produce is the best way to ensure your vegetables aren't full of chemicals.  It's also less expensive, more convenient and very rewarding.

  4. Succession Success - If you stagger planting times for a single crop or plant a different crop after one has harvested, you'll enjoy a continuous supply of fresh vegetables throughout the season.

  5. Child's Play - Gardening with your kids is a fun learning experience that will inspire them to try new veggies.  Pumpkins are great as they can decorate their very own jack-o-lantern at Halloween!

Not only is gardening cost effective and fun but it’s also an excellent stress reliever.  Your local nursery will have a variety of seeds, plants and other tools to help you get started.  If this is your first year gardening, make sure you keep notes on which vegetables do well so you can plan ahead for next year.

Smart Cleaning for Smartphones 
Most of us forget to clean up after of our most trusted companion!

Studies have shown that a smartphone is actually more contaminated with germs than a public toilet seat!  Gross, right?

Cleaning every day with a microfiber cloth will reduce dirt, grime and bacteria.  There’s some debate on whether a homemade solution of alcohol and water is safe as some “experts” say it may harm your phone while others say it’s fine.

To be on the safe side, you can purchase a cleaning solution made specifically for smartphones that will remove all the nasty germs.  For the serious germophobes, there are chargers that will completely sanitize your phone while it charges!

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