Beat The Spring Rush!

Contrary to what most people think, one of my favourite times of the year to sell homes is during the  winter months. Every year it seems that we can hardly keep up with the number of buyers purchasing between November and the end of March. We have even completed deals on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve!

One of the most prevalent myths out there is that homes don’t sell in the winter. As a matter of fact, the one I am sitting in right now, we bought in January 2000. That was definitely during the winter.

It is very true that most sellers wait until Spring before putting their home on the market, but why wait?

For one thing you never know if the snow will end early or if it will be one of those seemingly never ending winters. You can’t predict how many Spring-like days that you will have to market your home.

Let’s look at this past year, one with a long drawn out winter.

Between December 1, 2016 and March 31st 2017 we saw 3877 homes sell in the Ottawa Real Estate Board. Now that is definitely a lot of homes!

For those that were waiting for Spring, they saw 9079 homes go on the market between April 1st and June 30th. No matter how you look at it, that is a lot of competitors!

Once we get into the month of October, a lot of homes go off the market because owners think that they can’t sell in the winter months. But we just proved that reasoning wrong. If however, you are on the market then, you have far less competition. Fewer competitors, means more showings and a better chance for you to sell.

Not only that, but buyers have to get serious, because they don’t have a lot to choose from as well.

Think about it- do you want to be on the market when the maximum number of competitors are out there, or when there are fewer competitors.

True, your real estate agent has to be on the ball too and know how to market homes in the winter, but that is what we are here for. If you are thinking about selling, shouldn’t you give us a call? We offer a FREE Home Market evaluation with absolutely no obligation on your part.

Think about it- fewer competitors or lots of competitors?

Check out this short video HERE

If you would like more information, call or text the Beardsley Team at 613-897-6839.

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 EXCLUSIVE service guarantee on www.BeardsleyTeam.ca.

How Is The Market Doing? January to October 31 2017

Everyone who owns a home or who might be thinking about buying one needs to keep track of the market in their area. “How Is The Market doing?” is probably the most asked question that we get on any day of the week.

The Ottawa region covers a huge area and both the urban and rural sections contain many different communities. While it is impossible to mention all of them here, we have made it easy for you to take a quick look at a few and it will give you a general idea of market conditions.

  VIEW THE VIDEO HERE

If you don’t see one that interests you here, it’s easy to get the numbers… just call or text 613-897-6839 and we will be happy to look them up for you. Its FREE and there is no obligation on your part.

You can also join our VIP club and get the statistics for your area as soon as they come out, just email BeardsleyTeam@outlook.com and provide your name, email and preferred area and every month you will get an update. Again , it is FREE with no obligation on your part.

For more information, CALL or TEXT 613-897-6839. Bev and Keith Beardsley, sales representatives and also Seniors Real Estate Specialists with Keller Williams Solid Rock Realty (Brokerage). We serve the many rural communities that surround Ottawa as well as the City of Ottawa. Check out our client testimonials and our exclusive service guarantee on www.BeardsleyTeam.ca

 

This Home Has so Much to offer- Great Location, Quiet Street and Much More!

Would you like to live on a quiet street and have the convenience of being close to work? Then come on home to 720 Luc St., a home that offers just that and much more, including no rear neighbours. The downtown core and many government departments are just minutes away plus there is shopping nearby as well.

Enter in through a double set of doors and enjoy a large foyer with ceramic floors. Plenty of room for guests to take off winter coats and boots. The ceramic tile makes clean up easy! Move into the living room and you can’t help but notice the gleaming hardwood floors, large windows and a fireplace to cozy up to in the winter. The living room-dining room is open concept offering a variety of options, but definitely room to entertain family and friends.

Start the day off right in your large eat in kitchen which features an island breakfast bar, a ceramic backsplash, ceramic tiled floor, stainless steel appliances loads of cupboard and counter space, plus a pantry!

Three good size bedrooms upstairs offer plenty of room and cupboard space and the ground level room can be a bedroom with an ensuite, or a home office, den or it could be a potential in-law suite with a separate entrance and bathroom ensuite.

If you have teenagers, the early morning family rush is made easy with 3 bathrooms.

Add in a private backyard, side raised sitting balcony and this house has it all. For more information, come take a look at 720 Luc St in Castle Heights.

Bev and Keith Beardsley, sales representatives and also Seniors Real Estate Specialists with Keller Williams Solid Rock Realty. 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.

First time buyer? Down-sizing?

This recently renovated 3 bed bungalow is located in the great family friendly community of Metcalfe. Enjoy easy commuting distance to downtown Ottawa, Kemptville and more. Move right in, all the work has been done for you. This home is freshly painted and features an updated eat-in kitchen with new ceramic flooring and backsplash plus loads of counter space and cupboards. Check out the updated 5 pc bath room with a great shower, his and her sinks and new ceramic tiles. Three full-sized bedrooms plus a mudroom to the rear deck which has a laundry tap hook up. There is a huge family room which is great for entertaining with so much room you could even add a home theater. If you need a place to work, there is an oversized garage with a work area and a drive through rear door. Another bonus-no neighbours on two sides. You are close enough to walk to schools, shops, post office etc. Great opportunity for first time buyers, seniors downsizing or investors. Quick possession possible. Stove and a/c sold “as is”.

Bev and Keith Beardsley, sales representatives and also Seniors Real Estate Specialists with Keller Williams Solid Rock Realty. 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.

 

Age Friendly Communities

There is a new term emerging in real estate and it is “age friendly communities” and as the baby boomer generation ages it is something to consider.

Essentially these are communities that encourage and are designed to allow seniors to stay in their home longer. It doesn’t matter the style of home IE detached, condo etc, what matters is the layout of the community and the home.

These homes need to be age friendly with a layout that encourages seniors to move around them while having minimum maintenance costs.

These communities are designed to encourage engagement by all members, and encourage social interaction; volunteerism and these communities are flexible enough to meet the needs of people of all ages. They encourage walking for health and pleasure, offer bench seats for resting or chatting and easy access to restaurants and banks etc.

It is interesting to note that many of these basic requirements already exist in quite a few rural communities around Ottawa, although improvements, often of services is still needed.

Next time you are looking to move, remember to check the walkability number which is often found on real estate search pages.

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

How Is The Market Doing?

Good Day!

The latest real estate numbers are out for the Ottawa Board and the numbers are still pretty good.

1,387 residential properties sold in September through the Board’s Multiple Listing Service® System, compared with 1,365 in September 2016, an increase of 1.6 per cent.

The condo market continues at a rapid pace with sales increasing since February, with the average increase per month coming in at 25.5 per cent. September’s sales included 311 condos and 1,076 in the residential properties.

“The Ottawa market is showing signs of stabilizing after the record setting spring and summer. Although properties continue to sell much faster in comparison to this time last year, our market is still balanced, though trending toward a Sellers’ market.  

The average sale price of a residential class property sold in September in the Ottawa area was $416,464, an increase of 8.2 per cent over September 2016. The average sale price for a condominium-class property was $261,548, an increase of 3.9 per cent over September 2016. “The most active price point in the residential market continues to be the $300,000 to $399,999 range, accounting for 36.2 per cent of the market. While the most active price point in the condo market, between $150,000 and $249,999, accounts for 51 per cent of the market.” *

*From the Ottawa Real Estate Board September release.

Some sales numbers for this year up to the end of September: Last year shown in brackets. Note those with a ** are in areas served by 3 real estate boards and it can take longer for recent sales to show.

Russell 73 (70) Embrun 143 (101) Limoges 89 (66)

Metcalfe 35 (25) Osgoode 45 (50) Vernon 4 (13)

Greely 143 (119) Kemptville (N. Grenville+Merrickville) 266 (244)

Chesterville 27 (28) Winchester 44 (38)

N Dundas (excluding Winchester and Chesterville) 87 (62)

S Dundas** (including Morrisburg and Iroquois) 132 (128)

Cardinal** (including Spencerville and Edwardsburgh-Cardinal Twp) 90 (124)

Orleans 1652 (1475) Barrhaven 1266 (1081) Elmvale Acres 140 (117)

Riverside South 254 (191) Findlay Creek/Deerfield 185 (114)

Hunt Club 143 (151) Greenboro-S Keys-Hunt Club Park 278 (245)

If you don’t see an area that you are interested in or if you wish a further breakdown of the numbers for an area, please give us a call at 613-897-6839.

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

 

 

WHAT TYPE OF HOMES ARE SELLING IN KEMPTVILLE-NORTH GRENVILLE?

 If you are a home owner, what type of homes are selling in your local area is important to you. This article will give those of you interested in the Kemptville-North Grenville area a quick overview. This covers MLS districts 801-803.

Overall this year is better than last with many different price ranges selling and the styles of homes tend to reflect what is more readily available in this area.

Keep in mind that the Ottawa region is having one of the best years that we have seen in a long time. In many areas we are seeing what we refer to as a sellers’ market, IE there is less than 6 months’ supply of homes on the market. How does this area compare?

Last year at this time we had 210 sales, this year we have 235 sales. A nice jump in sales for the area. This does include some new home builders who advertise on the MLS system. A sale is a sale and resale have to compete with the builders and they can.

While I am writing this, we have 153 active properties in Kemptville-North Grenville, so approximately 5 months’ supply of homes IE this is a sellers market.

That is not a lot of homes and indicates good selling opportunities for sellers with a better chance of getting a higher price and a quicker sale.

Price Range: this year compared to last year at this time:

Under $300,000 = 73 sales, last year 89

$300,000-$400,000 = 67 sales, last year 74

The drop in sales under $400,000 is partially due to lack of supply, there simply aren’t enough homes in this price range on the market to meet demand.

$400,000-500,000= 60 sales, last year 34 (a definite shift in the market)

$500,000-600,000 = 19 sales, last year 13

$600,000+ = 11 sales, last year 4 (a definite shift in the market)

What type of homes are selling this year compared to last year? Last year is shown in (number). 

Two Story= 62 (58)   Bungalows 127 (92)   HiRanch 13  (25)   Split 11 (17)

These numbers pretty much reflect the availability of these homes in this area, IE there are a lot more two story and bungalows than splits and hiranch.

If you are thinking about selling, now is the time to do it. You will have the opportunity to get a higher price while inventory is low. Don’t forget the spring market will see a flood of new homes enter the market. Right now the shortage of homes works in your favour. If you are buying, with interest rates creeping up you don’t want to miss out on the opportunity to own the home of your dreams.

As always, use an agent that you can trust and someone who puts your interests first while offering top notch service.

The Beardsley Team is here to help you out and to offer advice and answer your questions.

For a FREE, no obligation, market evaluation of your home, give us a call at 613-897-6839. If you are thinking about buying this year we also offer a FREE no obligation buyer consultation.

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

WHAT IS SELLING IN METCALFE-OSGOODE-VERNON?

If you are a home owner, what is selling in your local area is important to you. This article will give those of you interested in the Metcalfe-Osgoode-Vernon area a quick overview. Metcalfe is MLS district 1602 and Osgoode is MLS district 1603 and Vernon is MLS district 1604.

Overall this year is better than last with many different price ranges selling and the styles of homes tend to reflect what is more readily available in this area.

Keep in mind that the Ottawa region is having one of the best years that we have seen in a long time. In many areas we are seeing what we refer to as a sellers’ market, IE there is less than 6 months’ supply of homes on the market. How does this area compare?

Last year at this time we had 24 sales in Metcalfe, 45 sales in Osgoode and 12 sales in Vernon. This year we have 33 sales in Metcalfe, 43 sales in Osgoode and 4 sales in Vernon. A nice jump up for Metcalfe, pretty much break even in Osgoode and a drop in Vernon, but keep in mind last year Vernon sales were exceptionally high. This does include new home builders who advertise on the MLS system. A sale is a sale and resale have to compete with the builders.

While I am writing this, we have 17 active properties in Metcalfe, so approximately 8 months’ supply of homes, 19 in Osgoode or 8.6 months’ supply and 6 months in Vernon.

That is not a lot of homes and indicates good selling opportunities for sellers with a better chance of getting a higher price.

Price Range: this year compared to last year at this time:

Metcalfe sales in 2017

Under $300,000 = 5 sales, last year 6

$300,000-$400,000 = 12 sales, last year 10

$400,000-500,000= 10 sales, last year 6 (a definite shift in the market)

$500,000-600,000 = 5 sales, last year 1 (a definite shift in the market)

$600,000+ = 1 sale, last year 1

Pretty much every price range is selling.

Osgoode Sales in 2017

Under $300,000 = 12 sales, last year 11

$300,000-$400,000 = 16 sales, last year 17

$400,000-500,000= 8 sales, last year 16 (a definite shift in the market)

$500,000-600,000 = 6 sales, last year 2

$600,000+ = 1 sale, last year 0

Vernon Sales in 2017

Under $300,000 = 3 sales, last year 7 (a definite shift in the market)

$300,000-$400,000 = 0 sales, last year 4 (a definite shift in the market)

$400,000-500,000= 1 sale, last year 1

$500,000-600,000 = 0 sales, last year 0

$600,000+ = 0 sales, last year 0

What type of homes are selling this year compared to last year? Last year is shown in (number). Totals are for all 3 towns combined

Two Story= 25 (21)   Bungalows 43 (35)   HiRanch 8  (13)   Split 7 (9)

These numbers pretty much reflect the availability of these homes in this area, IE there are a lot more two story and bungalows than splits and hiranch.

If you are thinking about selling, now is the time to do it. You will have the opportunity to get a higher price while inventory is low. Don’t forget the spring market will see a flood of new homes enter the market. Right now the shortage of homes works in your favour. If you are buying, with interest rates creeping up you don’t want to miss out on the opportunity to own the home of your dreams.

As always, use an agent that you can trust and someone who puts your interests first while offering top notch service.

The Beardsley Team is here to help you out and to offer advice and answer your questions.

For a FREE, no obligation, market evaluation of your home, give us a call at 613-897-6839. If you are thinking about buying this year we also offer a FREE no obligation buyer consultation.

Bev and Keith Beardsley, sales representatives and also Seniors Real Estate Specialists with Keller Williams Solid Rock Realty (Brokerage). We serve Ottawa and the many rural communities that surround the city. CALL or TEXT 613-897-6839. Check out our client testimonials at www.BeardsleyTeam.ca 

How is the Market in Embrun and Limoges?

 If you are a home owner, what is selling in your local area is important to you. This article will give those of you interested in the Embrun-Limoges area a quick overview. Embrun is MLS district 602 and Limoges is MLS district 616.

Overall this year is better than last with many different price ranges selling and the styles of homes tend to reflect what is more readily available in this area.

Keep in mind that the Ottawa region is having one of the best years that we have seen in a long time. In many areas we are seeing what we refer to as a sellers’ market, IE there is less than 6 months’ supply of homes on the market. How does the Embrun-Limoges area compare?

Last year at this time we had 98 sales in Embrun and 65 sales in Limoges. This year we have 133 sales in Embrun and 80 in Limoges. A nice jump of 213 combined sales, up from 165 sales last year. Do keep in mind though that this does include new home builders who advertise on the MLS system. A sale is a sale and resale can compete with the builders.

While I am writing this, we have 118 active properties in Embrun and 52 active in Limoges.

That works out to roughly 7.8 months’ supply of homes in Embrun and 5.7 months supply in Limoges. That is not a lot of homes and indicates good selling opportunities for sellers with a better chance of getting a higher price.

Price Range: Embrun and Limoges, this year compared to last year at this time:

Embrun in 2017

Under $200,000 = 20 sales, last year 8 (a definite shift in the market)

$200,000-$300,000 = 32 sales, last year 42 (a definite shift in the market)

$300,000-400,000= 76 sales, last year 42 (a definite shift in the market)

$400,000+ = 10 sales, last year 7

Pretty much every price range is selling in Embrun.

Limoges in 2017

Under $200,000 = 6 sales, last year 6

$200,000-$300,000 = 28 sales, last year 21

$300,000-400,000= 46 sales, last year 30 (a definite shift in the market)

$400,000+ = 5 sales, last year 8

Pretty much every price range is selling today in Limoges.

What style of homes are selling this year compared to last year? Last year is shown in (number)

Embrun: Two story 65 (50)               Bungalows 31 (29)     Hiranch 8 (6)                       Split 6  (6)

Limoges: Two story 36 (30)               Bungalows 31 (23)     Hiranch 8 (7)                       Split 2  (2)

These numbers pretty much reflect the availability of these homes in this area, IE there are a lot more two story and bungalows than splits and hiranch.

If you are thinking about selling, now is the time to do it. You will have the opportunity to get a higher price while inventory is low. Don’t forget the spring market will see a flood of new homes enter the market. Right now the shortage of homes works in your favour. If you are buying, with interest rates creeping up you don’t want to miss out on the opportunity to own the home of your dreams.

As always, use an agent that you can trust and someone who puts your interests first while offering top notch service.

The Beardsley Team is here to help you out and to offer advice and answer your questions.

For a FREE, no obligation, market evaluation of your home, give us a call at 613-897-6839. If you are thinking about buying this year we also offer a FREE no obligation buyer consultation.

Bev and Keith Beardsley, sales representatives and also Seniors Real Estate Specialists with Keller Williams Solid Rock Realty (Brokerage). We serve Ottawa and the many rural communities that surround the city. CALL or TEXT 613-897-6839. Check out our client testimonials at www.BeardsleyTeam.ca 

What Is Selling In Greely This Year?

If you are a home owner, what is selling in your local area is important to you. This article will give those of you interested in the Greely area a quick overview.

Overall this year is better than last with many different price ranges selling and the styles of homes tend to reflect what is more readily available in Greely.
Keep in mind that the Ottawa region is having one of the best years that we have seen in a long time. In many areas we are seeing what we refer to as a sellers’ market, IE there is less than 6 months’ supply of homes on the market. How does Greely compare?

Last year at this time we had 112 sales in MLS district 1601 (note Greely does overlap into MLS 1605 and this area has not been included, meaning sales are even higher). This year we have 126 sales and conditional sales to date. A nice jump of 14 sales for a community the size of Greely.

While I am writing this, we have 89 active properties in MLS 1601 which is the main Greely area. That works out to roughly six months’ supply of homes. That is not a lot of homes and it really makes a difference when we look at the different price ranges.

Sales this year compared to last year at this time have been as follows:

Under $300,000 = 17 sales, last year 12 sales (a definite shift in the market)
$300,000-400,000= 25 sales, last year 16 (a definite shift in the market)
$400,000-500,000= 17 sales, last year 24 (another big shift)
$500,000-$600,000= 22 sales, last year 16 (positive movement)
$600,000-$700,000= 22 sales, last year 18 (Another positive increase)
Little change in the following price ranges
$700,000-$800,000= 11 sales, last year 13
$800,000-$900,000= 7 sales, last year 6
$900,000-$1 million= 5 sales, last year 4
$1 million plus=3 sales, last year 4

What is on the market today?

Under $300,000= 9 homes,  $300,000-$400,000= 5 homes,  $400,000-$500,000= 4  $500,000-600,000= 11,     $600-700,000=14,       $700,000-800,000= 15             $800,000-900,000=9,      $900,000-$1million=8,       $1 million plus= 12

If you are below $500,000 there isn’t that much competition out there at the moment. The $500,000-$700,000 price range has 25 active which might seem a like a lot, but so far this year we have seen 44 sales in that narrow price range compared to 34 this time last year.

What style of homes are selling this year compared to last year? Last year is shown in (number)

Two story 39 (44) Bungalows 63 (53) Hiranch 4 (3) Split 7 (4)

These numbers pretty much reflect the availability of these homes in Greely, IE there are a lot more two story and bungalows than splits and hiranch.
If you are thinking about selling, now is the time to do it. You will have the opportunity to get a higher price while inventory is low. Don’t forget the spring market will see a flood of new homes enter the market. Right now the shortage of homes works in your favour.

If you are buying, with interest rates creeping up you don’t want to miss out on the opportunity to own the home of your dreams.

As always, use an agent that you can trust and someone who puts your interests first while offering top notch service. The Beardsley Team is here to help you out and to offer advice and answer your questions.

For a FREE, no obligation, market evaluation of your home give us a call at 613-897-6839. If you are thinking about buying this year we also offer a FREE no obligation buyer consultation.

Bev and Keith Beardsley, sales representatives and also Seniors Real Estate Specialists with Keller Williams Solid Rock Realty (Brokerage). We serve Ottawa and the many rural communities, including Greely, that surround the city. CALL or TEXT 613-897-6839. Check out our client testimonials at www.BeardsleyTeam.ca