How Is The Ottawa Real Estate Market Doing This Year?

We have reached the half way point this year and it is a good time to take a quick look at how the market is doing. One thing that you may have noticed is that there doesn’t seem to be as many “For Sale” signs out there. This is the result of two factors- low inventory and of course a higher than average sales volume.

Check out these numbers and you can see that the market is performing better than normal.

Ottawa Real Estate Board 2017 Residential Sales Numbers January  667, +11.5%                    February 1010, +11.2%            March 1485, +28% April 1795, +4.9%                           May 2300,  +19.9%                   June  2162, +8.9%

No matter how you look at it, those monthly numbers are pretty good.

Still not sure, check out the detailed statistics on our web site. We have put together twelve short one minute videos on various communities so that you can see what is happening. See these videos HERE

If you are thinking about selling “catch the wave” now as no one can predict how long this positive cycle will last.

Give us a call at 613-897-6839 and we will be happy to offer you a FREE, No Obligation market evaluation of your home.

CALL or TEXT 613-897-6839 or 613-552-0851. Bev and Keith Beardsley, sales representatives and also Seniors Real Estate Specialists with Keller Williams Solid Rock Realty (Brokerage). They serve the many rural communities that surround the city as well as the city of Ottawa. Check out their client testimonials and service guarantee. www.BeardsleyTeam.ca

Great News!

The Ottawa real estate scene has seen an interesting development as the Chaisson Real Estate Team has expanded into Ottawa.

One of the most successful real estate teams in North America, they can be found on both sides of the border. They are presently the number one Keller Williams real estate team in Canada for sales. They have been in the top 3% of sales in Canada since 2003 and last year they were number two in Canada and nineth in all of North America. I say this not to impress you, but to impress on you that they sell a lot of homes.

They have approached a select group of agents in the Ottawa area who they feel meet their high standards of customer service, skills, training and dedication and formed CRT/Ottawa under Keller Williams Solid Rock Realty.

We are pleased to announce that after several weeks of discussions both Bev and I have accepted positions with CRT/Ottawa. The team will consist of seven very successful full time agents plus five administrative staff. We have NOT changed companies. We are still Keller Williams Solid Rock Realty, one of the Ottawa areas most successful real estate companies.

What does this mean for you?

If you are a client now: no real change on the surface. Your interaction with us remains unchanged. We are still here for you-exactly as before.

Below the surface we think that you can only benefit.
CRT/Ottawa brings to the table:
• a full time marketing team
• new marketing ideas
• excellent buyer generation potential
• top notch internet presence
• excellent training for their agents
• state of the art real estate programs for agents
• excellent administrative staff to free up our time so we can spend more time on the sales side and less time doing paper work and administrative work.

If you or someone you know is thinking about buying or selling this year please give them our name. We will be happy to help them out.

Bev and Keith Beardsley, sales representatives and also Seniors Real Estate Specialists with Keller Williams Solid Rock Realty (Brokerage). They serve the Ottawa region including the many rural communities that surround the city. Check out their client testimonials on www.BeardsleyTeam.ca. Call or text 613-897-6839 or 613-552-0851.

Catch The Wave

It has been a busy five months across the city of Ottawa and in many of our rural towns.

To quote the Ottawa Real Estate Board release, in the month of May:

“Members of the Ottawa Real Estate Board sold 2,300 residential properties in May through the Board’s Multiple Listing Service® System, compared with 1,919 in May 2016, an increase of 19.9 per cent. The five-year average for May sales is 1,946.

“Not only was May 2017 the best May on record for unit sales, it also surpassed the record for highest unit sales in a single month ever; blowing the previous record out of the water by 315 units,” says Rick Eisert, President of the Ottawa Real Estate Board. “One of the reasons for these stellar numbers can be attributed to the condo market, which has really helped strengthen the whole market over the past several months. This is quite evident in May, where units sold increased by 44.6 per cent over May 2016.”

May’s sales included 444 in the condominium property class, and 1,856 in the residential property class.” (Ottawa Real Estate Board Press Release)

We have put together a few short videos that summarize the market in part our rural areas and three urban areas. If you don’t see your town, or community, call text or email us and we will be happy to give you the numbers for your area.

You can find these videos on https://www.beardsleyteam.ca/market-statistics.html

If you want to catch the wave and buy or sell this year, call Bev and Keith at 613-897-6839 or 613-552-0851.

Bev and Keith Beardsley, sales representatives and also Seniors Real Estate Specialists with Keller Williams Solid Rock Realty (Brokerage). They serve the Ottawa region including the many rural communities that surround the city. Check out their client testimonials on www.BeardsleyTeam.ca. Call or text 613-897-6839 or 613-552-0851.

HOME BUYER TIP #4

To help you out on your home buying journey, the Beardsley Team has put together some tips that will make the buying process more understandable and less stressful. These tips work for all price ranges and for every style of home, plus these tips work equally well with buyers of every experience level. Our aim is to make this process enjoyable and help you to find the home of your dreams.

Today we are looking at BUYER TIP #4

Stop looking at fixer-uppers.

Every year we are contacted by folks looking to find an ideal fixer-upper. For the most part it is younger couples who are operating on a shoe-string budget and hoping to buy more home than they can realistically afford on their budget.

Their aim is always to find one that is beat up, needs a lot of work and over time renovate it and maybe flip it down the road. We have all watched home reno shows and it looks so easy.

It can and often does get very expensive. You need deep pockets before you buy the home. Costs tend to escalate quickly and there are often hidden defects that you can’t see when walking through a home. Don’t forget these home reno shows make the process look pretty easy, but they are using experts to do the work. Also don’t be fooled by how they show the cost of renovating the home simply added to the price. That is rarely the case. $1 spent is not $1 added to the house when you sell it. That is a mistaken assumption that many people renovating or rebuilding a home make and it is often a mistake sellers in general make. Just because a new kitchen cost $10,000 doesn’t mean you can add that to the price of the home. If you want to go down this road, send us an email at BeardsleyTeam@outlook.com and ask for a copy of our home renovation cost return sheet.

Don’t forget you still have to live somewhere. Can you afford to work on this home while still living in another?

If you are going to finance this project, talk to your mortgage specialist and review your options, costs etc. If you don’t know a mortgage specialist, we have some on our main Beardsley Team web page under the “Real Estate Resources” tab.

There are a few exceptions. If you work in the construction field or have good friends or family members with the needed skills and they help out for free; this option might be a little more viable for you.

While on the surface a fixer-upper is definitely cheaper, know exactly what you are capable of doing yourself, get some estimates as to costs and have cash reserves for those unexpected construction surprises.

For most people it is a great dream, but generally it is a lot easier to buy what you can afford now, build your equity and down the road buy the home of your dreams.

Bev and Keith Beardsley, sales representatives and also Seniors Real Estate Specialists with Keller Williams Solid Rock Realty (Brokerage). They serve the Ottawa region including the many rural communities that surround the city. Check out their client testimonials on www.BeardsleyTeam.ca. Call or text 613-897-6839.

BUYER TIP #3

To help you out on your home buying journey, the Beardsley team has put together some tips that will make the buying process more understandable and less stressful. These tips work for all price ranges and for every style of home, plus these tips work equally well with buyers of every experience level. Our aim is to make this process enjoyable and help you to find the home of your dreams.

This blog is part three of our tips for home buyers. Part one and two are already up on our blog. There is also additional information on our main web page www.BeardsleyTeam.ca where you can find all of our buyer tips plus the free videos that go with them.

We have already looked at the importance of focusing your home search on just a few areas and why it is important to sit down with a mortgage specialist so that you know your financial limits before you start to do some serious searching.

This tip is pretty simple.

Stop clicking on agent after agent to ask questions about various properties you see on the internet and find one agent who you think will do a great job for you. A good agent will sit with you, go over what you have seen, what you are looking for and they will help you to plan your search. The internet is great for a home search, but after a while all those homes you click on night after night, just becomes a confusing and often frustrating mess in your mind. All of you who have been doing that before reading this article now exactly what I am talking about.

To begin with don’t always believe the agent who says they are a specialist at this or that or a certain neighbourhood or how great they say they are… check them out. Go to their web site, look up their client testimonials. Have an informal chat with them and get a feel for whether or not you can work with them. Buying a home will be a very large financial investment and possibly quite stressful. You want to work with someone who you trust, who will not twist your arm just to make a deal. You want someone who puts your interests first.

For additional information watch the video VIEW NOW

Bev and Keith Beardsley, sales representatives and also Seniors Real Estate Specialists with Keller Williams Solid Rock Realty (Brokerage). They serve the Ottawa region including the many rural communities that surround the city. Check out their client testimonials on www.BeardsleyTeam.ca . Call or text 613-897-6839 or 613-552-0851.

2407 County Road 16, Casselman: Country Living At Its Finest

Are you dreaming about a home in the country?

Are you looking for your dream home in the country? Do you want a few acres, privacy and a home that you can move into without spending a lot of money fixing it up?

We found it for you! Escape the noise and stress of the city. Come on home to your very own piece of paradise and enjoy country living at its best.

2407 County Road 16 (just outside of Casselman) is a beautifully renovated and upgraded  country home. Best of all you can move right in, the work has already been done for you.

This is a four bed home sitting on 4.4 acres with a protected conservation area across the road. Enjoy the privacy and quiet while sitting on your wrap around porch, stone patio or upper balcony.

There is a lot of room in this home which features a country size kitchen, main floor laundry, main floor family room and a large living room and separate dining room. On those days when you want to entertain there will always be lots of room for your guests to mingle.

This home has a huge recreation room on the second floor. Use this room as your exercise centre, home office or put in a home movie theater or entertainment centre.

With loads of storage space, a fabulous pantry, gleaming hardwood floors, upgraded windows and insulation and original mouldings this home has to be seen.

An added bonus is a newer septic, high quality metal roof, a heated oversize 2 car garage plus  barn for horse or cattle.

Sit out on your stone patio and enjoy the peace and quiet or use your pool after a hard day’s work. Come take a look and see for yourself, you won’t be disappointed!

A short video can be found HERE

2407 County Road 16
Sitting on 4.4 acres across from a conservation area

To see this great home or for more information, CALL or TEXT 613-897-6839 or 613-552-0851. Bev and Keith Beardsley, sales representatives and also Seniors Real Estate Specialists with Keller Williams Solid Rock Realty (Brokerage). They serve the many rural communities that surround the city as well as the city of Ottawa. Check out their client testimonials on www.BeardsleyTeam.ca 

HOME BUYING TIP #2

Please NOTE: Effective January 1st, 2017, Ontario has doubled the land transfer tax rebate for first-time home buyers from $2,000 to $4,000. That means that a first-time home buyer will pay no provincial tax on homes sold for $368,000 or less. This is great information for rural Ottawa as the vast majority of homes available to first time buyers will fall under that price point. It is also great news for first time buyers looking at purchasing a condo or townhome.

To help you out on your home buying journey, the Beardsley team has put together some tips that will make the buying process more understandable and less stressful. These tips work for all price ranges and every style of home. These tips work equally well with buyers of every experience level. Our aim is to make this process enjoyable and help you to find the home of your dreams.

This blog is part two of our tips for home buyers. Part one is already up on our blog. There is also additional information on our main web page www.BeardsleyTeam.ca.

Read over the points below before you go out to see your very first home or drop into an open house. The good news is that these buyer tips will work for even the most experienced buyers:

Tip #2 Get Pre-approved
One of the most important questions that you need an answer for is what can you afford in today’s market? Prices change, markets go up and down, interest rates and regulations change. If you looked last year, chances are you need to update your status. If you have never been pre-approved then this is a crucial first step.

Lots of different web sites have mortgage calculators and they will give you a very rough idea of what you can afford, but the only real way to know for sure is to talk to a reputable lender. This can be a bank, trust company or one of the independent mortgage brokers who work with many different lenders including the various banks. We have some on our web site, but if you are not sure give us a call.

By doing this at the beginning of your search, you will know your maximum price range and that may help to define your area of search as well. The last thing that you want to do is to put in an offer and have it accepted as “conditional on financial approval” and then find out that you can’t get the mortgage that you need.

One other very important tip: Once you are pre-approved don’t go and buy items especially large cost ones like a car or appliances until you have moved in. These items could cause a last minute change of your credit score and impact your approval.

One of the first questions that an agent will ask you is “Are you pre-approved?” We need to know that you are looking at what you can afford as they will help us when we search for you.

For additional information watch the video VIEW NOW
Once you know your real numbers, you are prepared to do some serious looking. Give us a call and let the Beardsley Team take care of your house hunting experience.

Bev and Keith Beardsley, sales representatives and also Seniors Real Estate Specialists with Keller Williams Solid Rock Realty (Brokerage). They serve the Ottawa region including the many rural communities that surround the city. Check out their client testimonials on www.BeardsleyTeam.ca. Call or text 613-897-6839 or 613-552-0851.

Home Buying Tip #1

Effective January 1st, 2017, Ontario has doubled the land transfer tax rebate for first-time home buyers from $2,000 to $4,000. That means that a first-time home buyer will pay no provincial tax on homes sold for $368,000 or less. This is great information for rural Ottawa as the vast majority of homes available to first time buyers will fall under that price point. It is also great news for first time buyers lookin g at purchasing a condo or townhome.

The Beardsley Team Buyer Program

With our Spring weather just around the corner, many of us are thinking about making a move. Some will be looking at downsizing into something more manageable, others will be looking to up-size to give their family more room and some will be thinking about purchasing a condo.

Are you ready to compete with the thousands of other buyers who will be out looking for a home at the same time as you? Are you getting stressed out about the process? Are you worried about how to get started? To help you out, the Beardsley team has put together some tips that will make the buying process more understandable and less stressful. These tips work for all price ranges and every style of home. While these tips are geared to the first time buyer, they work equally well with those who have bought before. Our aim is to make this process enjoyable and help you to find the home of your dreams.

Read over these points before you go out to see your very first home or drop into an open house. The good news is that these buyer tips will work for even the most experienced buyers:

BUYER TIP #1. Pick a neighbourhood or town that you would like to live in. Forget about browsing the internet for now. Drive and check out the area. See what it offers. Try to focus on only one to three neighbourhoods maximum. That will help me to focus on specific features that you want in your area of choice. Drive around those neighbourhoods at least three times at different times of the day and on weekends. See what is going on there. Check the commuting time to your place of work. Are these neighbourhoods still your top choices? For additional information watch the video VIEW NOW

Enjoy our first buying tip. If you have any questions or comments, please let us know. We love answering questions and if we can help you out, then you have made our day.

Bev and Keith Beardsley, sales representatives and also Seniors Real Estate Specialists with Keller Williams Solid Rock Realty (Brokerage). They serve the Ottawa region including the many rural communities that surround the city. Check out their client testimonials and EXCLUSIVE GUARANTEE on www.Beardsleyteam.ca. Call or text 613-897-6839 OR 613-552-0851.

A Kemptville Keeper-See Why!

Start off right in this well-built three bed bungalow in Kemptville. This home is located at 609 Clothier East on a quiet circle in a family orientated neighbourhood and it has a lot to offer everyone. It is priced in the $200,000s

If you are a first time buyer, you get a very affordable home in a great community. You can keep your mortgage costs down and over time upgrade items that reflect what you want, not what others before you felt they needed to do. You can pretty much move right into this one. A nice large living room awaits you, perfect for entertaining or family gatherings. There is an eat in kitchen with pass through to the living room. Perfect for when chatting with guests or for keeping an eye on young children. The three bedrooms are more than adequate in size and the master bedroom has a large walk in closet that offers extra storage space. There is also a four piece cheater bathroom with access to the master bedroom. If you are starting out and need appliances, this home comes with four plus a microwave. There is a huge basement that awaits your finishing touches. Divide it up and put in a rec room, an office, a sewing room or craft room; the options are unlimited.

An added bonus is the large lot which offers plenty of space for children to play or for you to relax and enjoy after work. There is also a children’s park just around the corner.

If you are a senior this is an opportunity to downsize into a well-built home in a quiet neighbourhood. You are still close to everything that Kemptville offers. The Old Town, restaurants, shopping and the #43 highway are all close by.

If you are an investor looking for a property to use as a rental, you have a very nice home with long term maintenance items already done for you.

This home has an air exchanger, a new natural gas furnace (only months old) and the roof was done in 2013.

Check out the photos, drive by for a peek and if you want to see this home or if you need more information, CALL or TEXT 613-897-6839 or 613-552-0851 or email BeardsleyTeam@outlook.com.

Bev and Keith Beardsley, sales representatives and also Seniors Real Estate Specialists with Keller Williams Solid Rock Realty (Brokerage). They serve the Kemptville area and the many rural communities that surround the city as well as the city of Ottawa. Check out their client testimonials on www.Beardsleyteam.ca.

KEMPTVILLE SOUPFEST: A GREAT TASTING EXPERIENCE ON A COLD DAY

Soupfest 2017 is just a memory now but it was quite the experience. Thirteen local area chefs and restaurants participated and they deserve a big thank you from all of the hungry folk who sampled their soups.

The Beardsley Team tried all thirteen and we have to say that it was tough to rank them as they were all so good. But rank them we did because there was a “People’s Choice” award where we all got to vote for our first choice soup. Around our table there was a lot of divided opinion as to who ranked first and every one was someone’s first choice.

Keith’s top three were:

1. Fiddle Head Soup from the Georgian Dragon in Brockville

2. Seafood Chowder from the Castleview in Kemptville. It was so close to being my  number one

3. Cheddar Brie Pumpkin Soup with a pecan oat crumble from Lock 17 in Kemptville

Bev’s top three were:

1. Fiddle Head Soup from the Georgian Dragon in Brockville

2. Fire roasted Cauliflower and Canadian Gouda with red pepper sauce and a grilled crustini from     Hardstone’s in Kemptville

3. Cheddar Brie Pumpkin Soup with a pecan oat crumble from Lock 17 in Kemptville

All of the soups were amazing and the chefs deserve a big round of applause for participating. It was also a great opportunity for us to meet the various chefs and fun to see who does the cooking in the various restaurants. In addition to the above restaurants these restaurants also participated with some fabulous soups:

Aquatopia Café from Carp: Spinach Celeriac Soup with Kale chips                                   

Brewed Awakenings from Kemptville: Dill Pickle Soup

The Crusty Baker: Mushroom and Smoke Soup

South Branch Bistro from Kemptville: Black Bean Mole Soup

Nakhon Thai from Kemptville: Thai Sukiyaki Soup

Yellow Canoe Café from Merrickville: Thai Coconut Sweet Potato Soup

McIntosh Country Inn from Morrisburg: Horseradish Cheddar Soup

Chuckles Jack from Smiths Falls: Saffron and Curry Leaf Chicken Soup

The Mill Tavern from Manotick: Butternut Squash with Caramelized Pears and Smoked Bacon and Crème Fresh

Even with the large number that turned out, the lines moved quickly and there was plenty of seating. The volunteers deserve a big thank you as does TLC Ministries for putting on a great event.

In our business we do a lot of driving throughout the area and often at lunch time or dinner time we are looking for a place to eat, we know that based on this event we have a lot of excellent restaurants that we can visit on a regular basis. A great day and what could be better than soup on such a cold day. Thank you Kemptville Soupfest!

The official list of winners:

Peoples Choice Award
1. Castleview Fine Dining
Seafood Chowder
2. Chuckles Jack
Saffron&Curry Leaf Chicken Soup
3. Yellow Canoe
Thai Coconut Sweet Potato

Culinary Judges Awards
Best Soup
1. Georgian Dragon Pub
Fiddle Head Soup
2.Hard Stones &Grill
Fire Roasted Cauliflower &Cdn Gouda
3. Lock 17
Cheddar Brie Pumpkin Beer Soup with a pecan oat crumble

Most Creative Soup
1.Georgian Dragon Pub
2. Castleview Fine Dining
3. Hard Stones &Grill

Best Presentation
1.Aquatopia
Spinach Celeriac with kale chips
2. Castleview
3. Chuckles Jack