Ottawa Real Estate News from Ron DeCaen September 2018   
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Ron DeCaen
Sale Representative

Action Power Team Ltd. Brokerage
15-1420 Youville Drive
Ottawa, Ontario
613.797.9366 (cellular)
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Inspecting your home each season decreases the need for expensive repairs. This month's article includes a fall maintenance checklist that will help keep your home in tip-top shape.

There are also some little-known uses for Epsom salt around the home as well as a few of the latest apps for all those proud pet parents out there!

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!

Ron

In this issue...
Ottawa Real Estate Market Update 
Summer ends but active real estate market continues.

Members of the Ottawa Real Estate Board sold 1,586 residential properties in August through the Board’s Multiple Listing Service® System, compared with 1,535 in August 2017, an increase of 3.3 per cent.

The five-year average for August sales is 1,417. August’s sales included 1,188 in the residential property class, relatively unchanged from a year ago, and 398 in the condominium property class, an increase of 10.9 percent from August 2017.

“Our real estate market has had a busier than usual summer season, and we are shaping up for a busy fall period as well,” affirms Ottawa Real Estate Board President Ralph Shaw. “An active market is likely to be the new normal for the foreseeable future,” he speculates.

The average sale price of a residential-class property sold in August in the Ottawa area was $433,684, an increase of 3.1 per cent over August 2017. The average sale price for a condominium-class property was $276,720, an increase of 2.2 per cent from August 2017.

“Ottawa continues to be an affordable place to buy property and is experiencing sensible price growth more in line with inflation. Our inventory is very low (18% off last year’s inventory level) but other than some pockets of the city, prices have not yet been significantly affected,” Shaw reflects.

“The reason we aren’t yet supply problematic, like some other markets, is that we have the ability to expand in all directions, stretching the buyer’s purchasing power. Within an easy 30-minute commute, there are surrounding communities with reasonably priced single-family homes and all the fundamental needs supplied within these neighbourhoods.”

The $300,000 to $449,999 range remains the most active price point in the residential market, accounting for 45 per cent of home sales while the $500,000 to $750,000 price range represented a robust 22 per cent of residential home sales this past month. Between $175,000 to $274,999 was August’s most active price point in the condominium market, accounting for almost 56 per cent of the units sold.

“The demand for condos continues to be a driving factor in the Ottawa real estate market, likely due to the lack of rental availability. This is helping ease the oversupply of condos we experienced in the past,” Shaw points out. “Hopefully this will encourage developers to move forward with their stalled condominium projects, especially if the light rail is a go in November.”

The Metcalfe Fair 
Rural tradition meets modern family entertainment at the Metcalfe Fair!

The Metcalfe Fair, which has been held every year since 1856, is one of the premier agricultural exhibitions in Ontario!

This fun-filled fall tradition, now in its 162nd year, is held on 24 acres of land in Metcalfe, Ontario which is just south of Ottawa at 2821 8th Line Road.

There will be a variety of family-friendly activities to enjoy including livestock and horse shows, a classic car show, demolition derbies, live entertainment, the midway and much more.

The Metcalfe Fair will be held between Thursday, September 27th and Sunday, September 30th so mark your calendars! There really is something for everyone so don’t miss it. Hope to see you there!

Fall Fix-Ups: Donít Let Your Home Fall Apart 
Stave off winter breakdowns by tackling tasks ahead of time!

Taking the time to regularly maintain your property is critical as it helps protect your most valuable investment.

It’s also much more cost effective to proactively fix small problems as opposed to fixing them once they're past the point of no return.

Regular maintenance should be part of your routine so here’s a fall home maintenance checklist to help keep you organized:

  1. Lawn Love - Rake up leaves and aerate/fertilize your lawn.

  2. Get Cracking - Fix any cracks or gaps you see in the driveway.

  3. Safety First - Test and clean your carbon monoxide and smoke detectors.

  4. Furnace Fix - Inspect your furnace filter and schedule a furnace tune-up.

  5. Roofing Repair - Check your roof for leaks and damaged shingles.

  6. Clearing a Clog - Clean leaves from gutters and test downspouts with a hose.


  7. Chimney Sweep - Inspect your chimney for obstructions such as bird's nests.

  8. Cool Weather Ahead - Check the weatherstripping on your windows and doors.

  9. Pest Proofing - Check your home's exterior for any holes that rodents could use to gain entry.

  10. Foundation Fix - Ensure water doesn't pool around your home as it can cause flooding and damage your foundation.

Preventative maintenance will help ensure small problems don't turn into big headaches that need professional attention on short notice. Just a little time and planning will help you maintain your home's value and you'll also save money each month as your home will be much more efficient.

Extraordinary Uses for Epsom Salt 
This versatile household staple has an array of surprising uses!

Most of us know that adding Epsom salts to your bath helps relax muscles and relieve stress but here are a few lesser-known reasons why you should always keep Epsom salt in your home:

  1. House Cleaner - Mix Epsom salt with dish soap to scrub off stains on tile and countertops.

  2. Splinter Hint - Dissolve a cup of Epsom salt in a tub of hot water and soak the affected area for a few minutes.


  3. Deter Critters - Spread a light dusting around garbage cans to deter pesky critters like raccoons as they hate the taste.


  4. Help Your Garden Grow - Sprinkle a tablespoon of Epsom salt before you plant your veggies and flowers as it acts as a magnesium fertilizer.

These are just a few of the many ways you can use this inexpensive, natural product that can be found at any drugstore. This mineral mixture has many more uses so make sure you stock up because once you’ve completed all that cleaning and gardening, you’ll want a long soak in the bath!

Pet Parenting? Yes, thereís an app for that! 
Pet Parenting? Yes, there’s an app for that too!

As proud pet parents, we’re always looking for ways to make our furry friends’ lives better.

There have been huge advances in smart home technology for pets but with these apps, all you need is your smartphone!

  1. PetCoach - This is perfect for new and seasoned pet owners. Whether you need a second opinion or it’s after hours for your vet, this app has all the answers!

  2. BringFido - This handy app lets you know which hotels, attractions and restaurants welcome pets so you won’t have to leave your hound at home.


  3. Dogo - This dog training app is based on positive clicker training. It’s fun, comes with a built-in clicker and monitors your progress. It will then personalize future training sessions according to your feedback.

Be a plugged in pet owner and let these handy tools help keep your pet healthy and happy. All apps are available for both Android and iOS and none of them cost a cent!



PS Are you sick of scouring the paper and MLS sites looking for homes?  Tired of playing telephone tag with agents only to hear the home's already sold?  Sit back, relax and let me do the work for you!  Just visit my website and check off the features you're looking for.  Whenever a home matching your criteria hits the market, it'll be automatically flagged and emailed to you so you'll never have to worry about missing your dream home.

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