10 Points That Will Take You To Your New Home Part 2

A short introduction to buying your home VIDEO

Last week we looked at the first steps that you should take when planning to buy your new home. They included 1. Plan Ahead   2. Select an agent you trust to help you 3. Know who represents your interests 4. Know where you want to live and 5. Know what you can afford

This week we will cover the next steps that you should take to make your house hunting experience successful and rewarding.

  1. ARRANGE YOUR FINANCING. Talk to your realtor about the options available to you. This can include the advantages of using a lender such as a bank or using a mortgage broker. Make sure your credit is in order and items on your credit file are accurate. Take advantage of the yearly ability of a consumer to check their file for free at both TransUnion and Equifax. Take steps to correct mistakes. Talk to your lender. Have your preferred lender pre-approve you so that you know what you can afford. This is an essential step before you put an offer in on a home and it can help to focus your search on the proper price range. 
  1. ASSESS YOUR NEEDS. What are your “must have” items and “would like” items for your new home? If you are buying this home with another person, spouse etc.; try to get some agreement on these items. For example, do you really need a 4th bedroom or a two car garage? Do you want a two story home or a bungalow?
  1. SIGNS, ADS, OPEN HOUSES. If you haven’t already lined an agent up (see point 2 from last week); use this part of the process to help to decide on who you want to work with and to narrow down your search. Once you have picked your agent, they can get you all of the information that you need and arrange for you to see the house. This way you won’t have dozens of agents calling you every time you go online and ask for information or every time you sign into an open house.
  1. FIND THE RIGHT HOME. Keep your eye on what you type of home you want. Bev and Keith will help you with this. We also have an exclusive “Rate this Home” form that helps you to see how homes you have seen rate against each other. Try to ignore the existing décor. Imagine how you would decorate it. 
  1. UNDERSTAND THE NEGOTIATION PROCESS. Bev and Keith will gladly sit with you and review the process and the terminology that you will encounter. Be informed BEFORE you put in an offer. Understand the clauses you will be using, the types of inspectors that you might need, what happens when there is a counter offer, how does the deposit work and much more.

It’s also very important to remember that no one should be pressuring you or arm-twisting you to put an offer in on a property. In all of our years in this business, we have never found that to be necessary and we can guarantee that it won’t happen when using the Beardsley Team.

Follow these TEN steps and above all enjoy the experience! Check out the “Buyer” section of our web site www.BeardsleyTeam.ca for additional FREE videos that will help you to get started on your home buying journey.

Bev and Keith Beardsley are sales representatives and also Seniors Real Estate Specialists with Century 21 Action Power Team. They serve both the City of Ottawa as well as the many rural communities that surround the city. Check out their client testimonials and their “Buyer” and “Seller” SERVICE GUARANTEE on www.BeardsleyTeam.ca. Call or text 613-897-6839. They can be found on Facebook at @BeardsleyTeam or @OttawaCountryHomes

 

 

10 Points That Will Take You To Your New Home (Part One)

PREPARING YOURSELF  

Introduction to Buying: VIDEO

1. PLAN HEAD

Buying a home is exciting, but it is important to plan ahead. Get organized. The more time you spend doing this the easier it will be.

2. SELECT A PROFESSIONAL SALES REPRESENTATIVE

Our goal is to save you money. The Beardsley Team has access to the latest housing information, new homes coming on the market and we know the process to follow from financing to what inspections you should be doing before your deal goes firm. Bev and Keith encourage you to look up their client testimonials; ask if you can call their references. Do your homework. You want someone who puts your interests first. Find a realtor that you trust.

3. KNOW WHO REPRESENTS YOUR INTERESTS? What does a realtor mean when they talk about client service and customer service? What are their obligations to you?

4. KNOW WHERE YOU WANT TO LIVE. Sounds simple, but it is not. How long will it take you to get to work? What is the mix of housing? Where are the local schools? Check out our buyer advice and free videos for buyers on our web site www.BeardsleyTeam.ca there is a lot of invaluable information there.

5. DETERMINE WHAT YOU CAN AFFORD. How much cash do you have for a down payment? If selling a home, how much equity do you have? How much can you afford per month? 

Check out the buyer section of our web site www.BeardsleyTeam.ca for FREE VIDEOS that will help you to get started on your home buying journey

Watch for Part Two which will be published in the next few days.

Bev and Keith Beardsley, sales representatives and also Seniors Real Estate Specialists with Century 21 Action Power Team (Brokerage). We serve the many rural communities that surround the city as well as the City of Ottawa itself. Check out our client testimonials and our service guarantee on www.BeardsleyTeam.ca. Call or text 613-897-6839. Facebook: @OttawaCountryHomes

 

 

 

 

How Is the Market In Chapel Hill? Year End Results!

Today, we will give you a quick update on a very popular area in Orleans. We will take a look at what is selling in the communities of Chapel Hill and Chapel Hill South.

 First, let’s take a quick look at the overall Ottawa numbers as both the December and the year-end sales results are now in for the Ottawa Real Estate Board and the numbers are very impressive. 2017 was an excellent year.

771 residential properties sold in December through the Board’s MLS system, compared with 711 in December 2016, an increase of 8.4 per cent. The five-year average for December sales is 687.

The total number of residential and condo units sold through the Board’s MLS® System throughout all of 2017 was 17,083, compared with 15,526 in 2016, an increase of ten  per cent. Overall, residential sales volume was up 16 per cent.

In the above south end communities, we had 259 sales of all types of housing in 2017 compared to 205 in 2016. This is a very nice increase in sales.

The 259 sales breaks down as follows:

Chapel Hill 111 sales         Chapel Hill South  117 sales

Homes- 189

Condos-70 of which 90 were apartments

This consisted of:

137 detached homes, 82 Townhomes, 3 Semi-detached, 20 Stacked, 17 apartments

Made up of: 210 2Story, 15 3Story, 12 Bungalows, 1 Hi Ranch, 1 Split level, , 2 Other types

What were the price ranges?

Under $300,000= 54 sales (mainly townhomes and stacked units)

$300,000-400,000= 89 sales (mainly townhomes)

$400,000-500,000= 72 sales

$500,000-600,000= 27 sales

$600,000 plus= 17 sales

There you have it, a quick summary of the market for all of 2017.

If you have any questions; or if you would like to find out more about this section of Ottawa; or if you have questions on the Ottawa market, Call or Text 613-897-6839. We will be happy to help you out.

If you know anyone who is thinking about buying or selling have them give us a call, we will be happy to help them out as well. If you are thinking about selling this year, we offer a FREE, NO OBLIGATION market evaluation of your home.

Bev and Keith Beardsley, sales representatives and also Seniors Real Estate Specialists with Century 21 Action Power Team (Brokerage). We serve Ottawa and the many rural communities that surround the city. Check out our client testimonials on www.BeardsleyTeam.ca. Call or text 613-897-6839.

How Is the Real Estate Market In Greely? Year End Results!

Today, we will give you a quick update on a very popular town just outside of Ottawa and within easy commuting distance of the city. We will take a look at what is selling in the community of Greely. But first, let’s take a quick look at the overall Ottawa numbers as both the December and the year-end sales results are now in for the Ottawa Real Estate Board and the numbers are very impressive. 2017 was an excellent year.

According to a board press release, 771 residential properties sold in December through the Board’s MLS® system, compared with 711 in December 2016, an increase of 8.4 per cent. The five-year average for December sales is 687.

The total number of residential and condo units sold through the Board’s MLS® System throughout all of 2017 was 17,083, compared with 15,526 in 2016, an increase of ten  per cent. Overall, residential sales volume was up 16 per cent.

The main MLS® code for Greely is 1601, there is another area surrounding Greely which is code 1605. Today we will only be looking at district 1601.

In Greely, we had 153 sales of all types of housing in 2017 compared to 139 in 2016. There were an additional 17 sales in the surrounding area. A quick summary can be found on a video HERE.

2017 further breaks down as follows: total sales of 153 equals

Homes- 153   Condos- 0

House sales break down as follows:

Detached homes= 141, Townhomes 11, Semi-detached 1

Two-story 48, Bungalows 80, Hi Ranch 6, Split level 8 plus 9 mobiles plus 2 other types

What were the price ranges in Greely?

Under $400,000= 51 sales

$400,000-500,000= 19 sales

$500,000-600,000= 30 sales

$600,000-700,000= 22 sales

Over $700,000= 33 sales

There you have it, a quick summary of the Greely market for all of 2017.

If you would like to learn more about this community view a video HERE.

If you have any questions; or if you would like to find out more about Greely; or if you have questions on the Ottawa market, Call or Text 613-897-6839. We will be happy to help you out.

If you know anyone who is thinking about buying or selling have them give us a call, we will be happy to help them out as well. If you are thinking about selling this year, we offer a FREE, NO OBLIGATION market evaluation of your home.

Bev and Keith Beardsley, sales representatives and also Seniors Real Estate Specialists with Century 21 Action Power Team. We serve the many rural communities that surround the city as well as the City of Ottawa itself. Check out our client testimonials and our service guarantee on www.BeardsleyTeam.ca. Our Facebook page is @OttawaCountryHomes. Call or text 613-897-6839.

How Is the Real Estate Market In Osgoode-Metcalfe-Vernon? Year End Results!

Today, we will give you a quick update on three very popular towns just outside of Ottawa and within easy commuting distance of the city. We will take a look at what is selling in the communities of Osgoode-Metcalfe-Vernon. But first, let’s take a quick look at the overall Ottawa numbers as both the December and the year-end sales results are now in for the Ottawa Real Estate Board and the numbers are very impressive. 2017 was an excellent year.

According to a board press release, 771 residential properties sold in December through the Board’s MLS® system, compared with 711 in December 2016, an increase of 8.4 per cent. The five-year average for December sales is 687.

The total number of residential and condo units sold through the Board’s MLS® System throughout all of 2017 was 17,083, compared with 15,526 in 2016, an increase of ten  per cent. Overall, residential sales volume was up 16 per cent.

In the above communities we had 99 sales of all types of housing in 2017 compared to 105 in 2016. The slight drop was due to Vernon which had a superb year in 2016. Last year there were also 35 additional sales in the immediate area surrounding these communities.

The 99 sales break down as follows:

The first number is the 2017 sales; the second number is the 2016 sales

Osgoode 56/55   VIDEO    Metcalfe    38/37    VIDEO   Vernon 5/11

2017 further breaks down as follows: total sales of 99 equals

Homes- 99   Condos- 0

House sales break down as follows:

Detached homes= 96, Townhomes 2, Semi-detached 1

Two-story 31, Bungalows 49, Hi Ranch 9, Split level 8 plus 2 other types

What were the price ranges in these three towns?

Under $300,000 29 sales

$300,000-350,000= 14 sales

$350,000-400,000= 18 sales

$400,000-500,000= 23 sales

Over $500,000=14

There you have it, a quick summary of the Osgoode-Metcalfe-Vernon market for all of 2017. If you would like to learn more about these communities view these videos: Osgoode        Metcalfe

If you have any questions; or if you would like to find out more about these towns; or if you have questions on the Ottawa market, Call or Text 613-897-6839. We will be happy to help you out.

If you know anyone who is thinking about buying or selling have them give us a call, we will be happy to help them out as well. If you are thinking about selling this year, we offer a FREE, NO OBLIGATION market evaluation of your home.

Bev and Keith Beardsley, sales representatives and also Seniors Real Estate Specialists with Century 21 Action Power Team. We serve the many rural communities that surround the city as well as the City of Ottawa itself. Check out our client testimonials and our service guarantee on www.BeardsleyTeam.ca. Our Facebook page is @OttawaCountryHomes. Call or text 613-897-6839.

How Is the Real Estate Market In Embrun-Casselman-Limoges? Year End Results!

Today, we will give you a quick update on a very popular area just outside of Ottawa. We will take a look at what is selling in the communities of Embrun, Casselman and Limoges.

First, let’s take a quick look at the overall Ottawa numbers as both the December and the year-end sales results are now in for the Ottawa Real Estate Board and the numbers are very impressive. 2017 was an excellent year.

According to a board press release, 771 residential properties sold in December through the Board’s MLS® system, compared with 711 in December 2016, an increase of 8.4 per cent. The five-year average for December sales is 687.

The total number of residential and condo units sold through the Board’s MLS® System throughout all of 2017 was 17,083, compared with 15,526 in 2016, an increase of ten  per cent. Overall, residential sales volume was up 16 per cent.

In the above communities, we had 315 sales of all types of housing in 2017 compared to 269 in 2016. This is a very nice increase in sales. A short video of this years sales can be found     HERE

The 315 sales break down as follows:

The first number is the 2017 sales; the second number is the 2016 sales

Embrun  159/126       Casselman    54/52       Limoges 102/91

This further breaks down as follows: total sales of 315 equals

Homes- 282

Condos-33

House sales break down as follows:

238 detached homes=118 Two-story, 81 Bungalows, 22 Hiranch, 13 Split level plus 4 other types

What were the price ranges?

Under $300,000 106 sales

$300,000-350,000= 106 sales

$350,000-400,000= 56 sales

Over $400,000= 22 sales

There you have it, a quick summary of the Embrun-Casselman-Limoges market for all of 2017.

If you have any questions; or if you would like to find out more about these towns; or if you have questions on the Ottawa market, Call or Text 613-897-6839. We will be happy to help you out.

If you know anyone who is thinking about buying or selling have them give us a call, we will be happy to help them out as well. If you are thinking about selling this year, we offer a FREE, NO OBLIGATION market evaluation of your home.

Bev and Keith Beardsley, sales representatives and also Seniors Real Estate Specialists with Century 21 Action Power Team. We serve the many rural communities that surround the city as well as the City of Ottawa itself. Check out our client testimonials and our service guarantee on www.BeardsleyTeam.ca. Call or text 613-897-6839.

How Is the Market In The South End Of Ottawa?

Today, we will give you a quick update on a very popular area in Ottawa. We will take a look at what is selling in the communities of Findlay Creek, Riverside South, Greenboro, South Keys, Hunt Club Park, Blossom Park and Hunt Club.

 First, let’s take a quick look at the overall Ottawa numbers as both the December and the year-end sales results are now in for the Ottawa Real Estate Board and the numbers are very impressive. 2017 was an excellent year.

771 residential properties sold in December through the Board’s MLS system, compared with 711 in December 2016, an increase of 8.4 per cent. The five-year average for December sales is 687.

The total number of residential and condo units sold through the Board’s MLS® System throughout all of 2017 was 17,083, compared with 15,526 in 2016, an increase of ten  per cent. Overall, residential sales volume was up 16 per cent.

In the above south end communities, we had 1159 sales of all types of housing in 2017 compared to 968 in 2016. This is a very nice increase in sales.

The 1159 sales breaks down as follows:

The first number is the 2017 sales, the second number is the 2016 sales

Findlay Creek/Deerfield Village   216/146      Riverside South   308/228     Hunt Club   189/183

Greenboro-South Keys-Hunt Club Park   341/296     Blossom Park   105/115

his further breaks down as follows: total sales of 1174 equals

Homes- 831

Condos-343 of which 90 were apartments

House sales break down as follows:

384 detached homes (319 Two-story, 51 Bungalows, 3 Hiranch, 8 Split level)

351 Townhomes

96 Semi-detachedtownhomes)

What were the price ranges?

Under $300,000 337 sales (including 305 condos and 27 townhomes)

$300,000-400,000= 431 sales (292 townhomes)

$400,000-500,000= 190 sales

$500,000-600,000= 132 sales

$600,000-700,000= 62 sales

Over $700,000= 41 sales

There you have it, a quick summary of the South End market for all of 2017.

If you have any questions; or if you would like to find out more about this section of Ottawa; or if you have questions on the Ottawa market, Call or Text 613-897-6839. We will be happy to help you out.

If you know anyone who is thinking about buying or selling have them give us a call, we will be happy to help them out as well. If you are thinking about selling this year, we offer a FREE, NO OBLIGATION market evaluation of your home.

Bev and Keith Beardsley, sales representatives and also Seniors Real Estate Specialists with Century 21 Action Power Team (Brokerage). We serve Ottawa and the many rural communities that surround the city. Check out our client testimonials on www.BeardsleyTeam.ca. Call or text 613-897-6839.

How Is the Market In Orleans? With a focus on Avalon, Nottingate and Springridge.

Today, we will give you a quick update on a great family friendly community that is located in Orleans. First, let’s take a quick look at the overall Ottawa and Orleans numbers as both the December and the year-end sales results are now in for the Ottawa Real Estate Board and the numbers are very impressive. 2017 was an excellent year.

They show:
· 771 residential properties sold in December through the Board’s MLS system, compared with 711 in December 2016, an increase of 8.4 per cent. The five-year average for December sales is 687.
· The total number of residential and condo units sold through the Board’s MLS® System throughout all of 2017 was 17,083, compared with 15,526 in 2016, an increase of ten per cent. Overall, residential sales volume was up 16 per cent.
Orleans had a very active market with solid results in 2017. Total sales in Orleans of all types of housing saw 1953 sales in 2017 compared to 1758 sales in 2016. This was a nice increase. This short Video will summarize the Orleans market for you.

Orleans remains popular with its easy access to the 174 and 417 plus the large variety of housing styles from older right up to new builds. Prices are very attractive for first time buyers and for those looking to buy up into a slightly larger home.

A good example of what I am talking about is MLS district 1107. This is roughly from Innis Rd south to Brian Coburn and 10th line over to Trim Road and includes such popular communities as Avalon, Nottingate and Springridge. In 2017, there were 594 sales in just this one MLS district and of these 522 were residential properties and 72 condos. These condos (52 of them) are what is referred to as stacked units.

The 522 residential sales (excluding the condos) included:

245 detached homes (209 were two story, 35 bungalows, 1 was a three story)
261 row homes (townhomes)
16 semi-detached homes
Total sales for the district of 594 broke down as follows:
Under $300,000 113 sales
$300,000-350,000 207 sales
$350,000- $400,000 65 sales
$400,000-500,000 126 sales
Over $500,000 91 sales

It is interesting to note that of the 240 sales under $350,000, 236 were townhome sales. Is it any wonder young families are attracted to this area?

If you have any questions; or if you would like to find out more about this section of Orleans; or if you have questions on the Orleans market, Call or Text 613-897-6839. We will be happy to help you out.

If you know anyone who is thinking about buying or selling have them give us a call, we will be happy to help them out as well. If you are thinking about selling this year, we offer a FREE, NO OBLIGATION market evaluation of your home.

Bev and Keith Beardsley, sales representatives and also Seniors Real Estate Specialists with Century 21 Action Power Team (Brokerage). We serve Ottawa and the many rural communities that surround the city. Check out our client testimonials on www.BeardsleyTeam.ca. Call or text 613-897-6839.

How Is The Market In Russell? Year End Results!

Today, we will give you a quick update on a great family friendly town that is located just outside of Ottawa.

First though, let’s take a quick look at the overall Ottawa numbers as both the December and the year-end sales results are now in for the Ottawa Real Estate Board and the numbers are very impressive. 2017 was an excellent year.

They show:

  • 771 residential properties sold in December through the Board’s MLS system, compared with 711 in December 2016, an increase of 8.4 per cent. The five-year average for December sales is 687.
  • The total number of residential and condo units sold through the Board’s MLS® System throughout all of 2017 was 17,083, compared with 15,526 in 2016, an increase of ten  per cent. Overall, residential sales volume was up 16 per cent.

The Russell market continued on its steady pace in 2017. The town remains popular with its easy access to the 417 (approximately 20-25 minute commute to the 417/174 interchange). With new subdivisions opening up and a great mix of homes in all price ranges, Russell is a popular destination, especially for young families looking to buy a lot more home than they can afford in the city.

In 2017, there were 83 sales in Russell. A pretty good number for a town this size.  A quick video summary can be found HERE

The sales included 77 homes and 6 condos. The home sales were divided up as follows:

Of the 77 sales all but one were detached homes. There was one semi-detached that sold.

The 76 single family homes included the following sales:

  • 36 two story homes
  • 31 bungalows
  • 4 hiranch
  • 5 split levels

A look at the sales by price range shows why the town is so popular with young families and first time buyers.

  • Under $300,000      13 sales
  • $300,000-350,000   25 sales
  • 350,000-400,000     25 sales
  • $400,000-500,000  15 sales
  • $500,000 plus          5 sales

With 38 of the 83 sales falling within the price range of what many buyers would pay for a town home in the city, you can see why Russell remains popular.

If you don’t know Russell, this short video will give you a better idea as to the types of homes found in Russell. VIDEO

If you have any questions or if you would like to find out more about this great town, Call or Text 613-897-6839. We will be happy to help you out.

If you know anyone who is thinking about buying or selling have them give us a call we will be happy to help them out as well.

Bev and Keith Beardsley, sales representatives and also Seniors Real Estate Specialists with Century 21 Action Power Team (Brokerage). We serve Ottawa and the many rural communities that surround the city. Check out our client testimonials on www.BeardsleyTeam.ca. Call or text 613-897-6839.