Monthly Archives March 2017

Missed the Home & Garden Show Last Week? Here’s what’s new for 2017

Indoors-and-out ideas from the Ottawa Home & Garden Show MEGAN GILLIS, POSTMEDIA Ottawa Citizen Online Published on: March 23, 2017 | Last Updated: March 23, 2017 9:45 AM EDT Whether it’s a high-tech tower to grow herbs in your kitchen or a backyard campfire at the touch of a button, blurring the line between home and garden is a “huge trend” we’ll be seeing more of in 2017. “A lot of people are looking at maximizing their living space and making outdoors feel like inside and inside feel like outside,” explained Robert Johnstone, manager of the Ottawa Home & Garden Show Click here
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Here’s a smart way to protect yourself from higher mortgage rates

Rob Carrick The Globe and Mail Published Tuesday, Mar. 28, 2017 4:34PM EDT Last updated Tuesday, Mar. 28, 2017 6:12PM EDT   Recent home buyers, your financial priority for the next few years is clear. Pay down your mortgage. Give the tax-free savings account and registered retirement-savings plan a brief rest and pay down your mortgage. I contradict myself here. In a June, 2014 column, I argued that people were obsessing over paying down their mortgages in a way that could cause them to neglect retirement savings. Now, particularly in high-priced cities such as Toronto and Vancouver, mortgages are the more serious worry.
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THE OTTAWA RESIDENTS’ GUIDE TO MAKING THE MOST OF 2017

Published on March 26, 2017 in the Ottawa Business Journal Online   “This is the year to be a tourist in your own town. Take advantage of the resources at OttawaTourism.ca to learn about all the amazing events and to make plans – get to know your city all over again.”   2017 HIGHLIGHTS   Click here for a sampling of what you can enjoy in Ottawa this year
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"Oh I Forgot to Tell You…"

Picture this, you have just taken possession of your dream home. You did your due-diligence; the property passed the home inspection with flying colours and your research shows the neighbourhood is safe and has great schools. You are chatting with a new neighbour only to find out that your brand new home was once the site of a violent crime or a drug operation, or that it is thought to be haunted! Would this bother you? What can you do? Did the previous owners fail to disclose something that they were legally obligated to? When selling a home, known physical
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Pets and Real Estate

Pets are a very important part of many Canadians lives. In 2014, it was estimated that 57% of Canadians owned pets which equates to approximately 7.5 million households. In many cases, our pets become part of our families to the point where terms like “pet parent” and “fur baby” are used to define this unique relationship. But what impact do pets have when it comes to real estate? Buying a Home with our Pets in Mind Pets affect our choices in real estate. When we buy a home, we consider the needs of our family, which often enough includes our
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Ottawa road closures for Saturday’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade

  By Sarah Dea, CBC News Posted: Mar 09, 2017 2:08 PM ET Last Updated: Mar 10, 2017 4:03 PM ET Motorists should expect delays Saturday as the City of Ottawa closes downtown streets for the annual St Patrick’s Day parade. Although the parade does not begin until 11 a.m., westbound lanes on Laurier Avenue between Nicholas Street and Elgin Street and lanes along the parade route will be closed from 7:30 a.m. until noon. The parade begins at Ottawa City Hall and will travel west on Laurier Avenue, turn left on Bank Street and end at Marché Way near Lansdowne Park, where businesses will remain open. Roads will reopen as the parade passes. The city
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