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Lynn's Opinion & Tips

There is so much NOISE on the internet about everything you can imagine.  Here I will be giving you tips, strategies, trends and more about Real Estate and some of the communities in Lanark County.  Of course I’ll also be adding some things I’m doing from time to time for clients and community involvement.

Market Update March 2024

Market Insights Ottawa & Lanark County Real Estate Market Update March 2024 statistics are in for this quarter. Everyone is suspecting the market to increase with limited inventory. Price are steadily climbing. I am seeing multiple offers on properties but most still have financing and home inspections conditions. The rental market has taken off and very little rents less than $2000/month with most landlords …

My Top Ten Real Estate Challenges

Real estate can be a pretty exciting field, but let’s be real—it comes with its fair share of annoyances. From dealing with pushy agents to tons of paperwork, there are things that can make it a bit tricky. Tricky Listing Photos It’s so annoying when you see a cool house in pictures, and when you visit, it’s not what you expected. You were hoping …

Market Update February 2024

Market Insights Ottawa & Lanark County Real Estate Market Update February 2024 statistics are in for another month. The Bank of Canada held firm on it’s interest rate. This has actually given buyers more confidence in the market place and they are coming back. Perhaps realizing that the bottom isn’t falling out of the real estate market and if they want to invest now is …

Your Ultimate Guide: 20 Things to Consider When Buying a Condo

20 Key Considerations When Buying a Condo Hello future condo owner! If you’re thinking about getting a new home and are interested in a condo, I have listed 20 things to consider. Condos are like a mix of convenience, cool stuff, and living with a bunch of neighbours. But before you say yes to your new place, there are some things you should think …

Essential Tips for Buying Your Ideal Waterfront Property

Living near the water has a special charm that many people find hard to resist. The calm views, the soothing sounds of waves, and the chance to enjoy water activities make owning a waterfront property a dream for many. However, getting into such a unique piece of real estate requires careful thought and thorough research. I have listed some important factors to keep in …

Market Update January 2024

Market Insights Ottawa & Lanark County Real Estate Market Update January 2024 statistics are in for another month. Let’s dive into the real estate for the year in this local area over the last year. Year over year in 2023 in Lanark County we ended up with a 6% decrease and 8% decrease for Ottawa. Average days on market is 39 in Ottawa and …

Market Update December 2023

Market Insights Ottawa & Lanark County Real Estate Market Update December 2023 statistics are in for another month. We are still trending a decrease of 7% in Lanark County and a decrease of 10% in Ottawa compared to last year. Average days on market is 22 days last year and 42 days this year in Ottawa and 58 days in Lanark County this year. …

Market Update November 2023

Market Insights Ottawa & Lanark County Real Estate Market Update November 2023 statistics are in for another month. The Bank of Canada has finally seen economic activity slow and predict this will continue into the beginning of next year. Currently, they are confident we have seen the peak in rates. Thankfully this was/is the soft landing they were hoping for. It is projected that …

Understanding the Role of an Executor in Real Estate in Ontario

Selling a house as an executor can be a complex and challenging process, but with the right knowledge and guidance, it can be accomplished successfully. As the executor of an estate in Ontario, you have the responsibility to administer the deceased person’s assets, including their property. In this blog post, we will provide you with a step-by-step guide on how to sell a house …

Self-Employed and Buying a Home: Navigating the Mortgage Maze

Welcome, fellow self-employed professionals, to a blog dedicated to one of the most exciting yet challenging milestones in our lives – buying a home as a self-employed person! As self-employed individuals, we enjoy the freedom and flexibility that comes with running our own businesses. However, when it comes to obtaining a mortgage as a self-employed and buying a home, we often find ourselves facing …

Market Update October 2023

Market Insights Ottawa & Lanark County Real Estate Market Update October 2023 statistics are in for another month. So, here’s the deal: when we crunched the numbers, it turns out that the September market hasn’t followed the typical upswing we usually see. 📅🏘️ The number of homes sold in Ottawa and Lanark County were less year to date than 2022 and the average sales …

Selling Your Real Estate Property: What You Must Disclose

The Initial Consultation Getting Started: Preparing to Sell Your Propertyou’ve decided to sell your property, and you’ve invited me to discuss the necessary steps. During our consultations, we often sit around the kitchen table, discussing the market, paperwork, timelines, and the important matter of property disclosure. I’m known for my inquisitive nature, and this meeting is no different. I always ask one crucial question: …

5 Tips to Prevent Home Buyer’s Remorse

It’s an exhilarating journey that can sometimes be accompanied by a nagging feeling of uncertainty called home buyer’s remorse. But fear not! In this fun and professional blog, we will share five valuable tips to help you make confident choices and avoid the pitfalls of home buyer’s remorse. So let’s dive in and ensure your home buying experience is filled with joy and satisfaction! …

Market Update September 2023

Market Insights Ottawa & Lanark County Real Estate Market Update September 2023 statistics are in for another month. The summer was definitely busier than expected. The number of homes sold in Ottawa and Lanark County were less year to date than 2022 and the average sales price is trending at 9% less than 2022. It’s still a strong market. Some buyers are shying away …

The Housing Market Real Estate Rollercoaster

The Real Estate Housing Market Rollercoaster: Chasing the Market Down Like a rollercoaster, the real estate housing market can have ups and downs. Today, we’ll learn about what it means to chase the market down. So, get ready for a thrilling adventure! What Does “Chasing the Market Down” Mean? Chasing the market down is a term used in real estate. It describes a strategy …

Buying a Property with Tenants: A Joyful Journey into Landlording

Congratulations on taking the plunge into real estate investing! Buying a property with existing tenants can be a smart and exciting move, providing a unique set of opportunities and challenges. In this blog post, we’ll explore the upsides, downsides, and strategies for navigating the wonderful world of being a landlord to existing tenants. Let’s dive in! The Pros of Buying a Property with Tenants …

Market Update August 2023

Market Insights Ottawa & Lanark County Real Estate Market Update August 2023 statistics are in for another month. July was not as slow as expected with everyone on vacation. The rise in interest rates sent some pre-approved buyers in a frenzy to buy and close to hold their lower interest rate. So July did see a increase in sales over last summer. There was …

List Your Home: Why you Shouldn’t Hire a Friend

The Friend Trap and what it means. Ah, friendship – the magical bond that brings joy, laughter, and shared experiences. It’s no wonder that when we find ourselves in need of a favour, our first thought often turns to our dear friends. But hold on a minute! Before you rush to ask your best friend to list your home, let’s take a step back …

10 Front Door Colours You Wouldn’t Expect to Pop!

Popular Front Door Colours: Make Your Home Pop with Unexpected Shades Welcome to a colourful journey through the realm of front door makeovers! When it comes to popular front door colours, we often stick to the traditional hues like black, red, or white. However, it’s time to break free from the monotonous norms and explore some unexpected shades that will make your front door …

Market Update July 2023

Market Insights Ottawa & Lanark County Real Estate Market Update July 2023 statistics are in for another month. Again this month year to date in Ottawa and Lanark County there were fewer residential properties sold compared to the same time last year. There was a decrease of average sales price in Ottawa by 10% and 12% in Lanark County. This is exactly 2% better …

Adventures Near Ottawa – 10 Fun-Filled Ideas to Enjoy Summer!

    Summer is the perfect time to create lasting memories with your little ones. If you’re looking for adventures near Ottawa Valley area, you’re in luck! There are plenty of exciting activities and places to explore that will keep your kids entertained and ensure a summer filled with laughter and joy. From outdoor adventures to creative pursuits, here are 10 fantastic things to …

Karma Chronicles: A Seller’s Guide to Avoiding Real Estate Seller Mistakes

Today, we delve into the fascinating realm of karma in real estate and how to avoid seller mistakes. Selling a property can be an exciting yet nerve-wracking experience. While we all know the importance of making the right moves to seal the deal and avoiding seller mistakes, however, it’s equally important to be mindful of our actions and avoid any negative vibes that could …

Market Update June 2023

Market Insights Ottawa & Lanark County Real Estate Market Update June 2023 statistics are in for another month. Year to date in Ottawa area and Lanark County area there were fewer residential properties sold compared to the same time last year. There was a decrease of average sales prices in Ottawa by 12% and 14% in Lanark County. These percentages are less than last …

Selling your house during divorce: Navigating divorce waves

Divorce can be an emotionally challenging period for any couple. Moreover, when it involves selling a house during a divorce, the process can become even more complex. There are specific considerations and legal requirements that need to be addressed when selling a house during a divorce. In this blog post, we aim to provide a comprehensive guide on navigating the process and making informed …

Understanding the Essential Steps to Buying a House

Are you dreaming of buying a house? Congratulations! It’s an exciting journey that marks a significant milestone in your life. However, before you start browsing through real estate listings or visiting open houses, it’s crucial to understand the essential steps to buying a house. We need to determine your home buying budget for buying a house. By setting a realistic budget, you can ensure …

Market Update May 2023

  Market Insights Ottawa & Lanark County Real Estate Market Update May 2023 statistics are in for another month. In the last month there were fewer residential properties sold compared to the same time last year.There was a decrease of average sales prices in Ottawa by 14% and 19% in Lanark County.The low inventory and slow pace of new property listings are also affecting …

Full time realtors unleashing your path to success

When it comes to navigating the complex world of real estate, having dedicated full time realtors by your side can make all the difference. One crucial decision you’ll need to make is whether to work with a full-time or part-time realtor. While both options have their merits, this blog will focus on the advantages of choosing a full-time realtor. Their unwavering commitment and expertise …

Your Passport to Home Decor Inspiration on Instagram!

Are you seeking home decor inspiration to transform your living spaces into stunning havens of style and comfort? Look no further than Instagram, where a vibrant community of interior designers, magazines, and decor enthusiasts share their remarkable creativity. In this blog, we’ve curated a list of the top 20 Instagram accounts that offer a diverse range of styles and ideas to ignite your passion …

Market Update April 2023

Market Insights Ottawa & Lanark County Real Estate Market Update April 2023 statistics are in for another month. The market has seen a decline compared to the same time last year but inventory is still low and as the interest rates are starting to level out we are seeing a increase in buyers confidence and inventory starting to move quicker and some with multiple …

BUILD YOUR DREAM HOME 2023

Dream Home Contest We are having a BUILD YOUR DREAM HOME CONTEST Hey kids - we want to see what type of homes you will build. RULES Must be 16 years old or younger to enter How to enter:  Kids build your dream home out of anything you would like.  (Draw in on paper, lego, cardboard box, recycling, popsicle sticks, q-tips, sticks, crayons, chalk ...

Why Do Top Realtors Get Paid So Much Money?

Unlocking the Secrets Behind Their Success Real Estate agents, often known as Top Realtors, have a reputation for earning substantial commissions, prompting the question: Why do they earn such significant sums of money? If you’ve ever pondered this intriguing conundrum, you’re not alone! However, I’m writing about top agents who excel in their field because it’s the only industry I know of where someone …

Busting the Open House Myth

Busting the Open House Myth: Why They’re More Hype Than Sale Picture this: You’re looking to sell your house and the real estate agent suggests hosting an open house. The idea sounds exciting at first, with visions of potential buyers flocking in and placing offers on the spot. I thought the same thing.  So, for a year I did an open house the first …

10 Real Estate Agent Myths Debunked!

  Calling all aspiring real estate agents and curious minds! Have you ever wondered what it’s really like to be a real estate agent? Well, hold on tight because we’re about to bust some common myths that surround this exciting profession. Whether you’re considering a career change or simply seeking to gain a deeper understanding of the real estate industry, join us as we …

Your First-Time Home Buyers Guide

Welcome to your first-time home buyers guide! Purchasing your first home is an exciting milestone and a significant investment in your future. It’s a decision that requires careful planning, research, and consideration. But fear not! We’re here to provide you with a fun and professional roadmap to help you navigate through the process smoothly. So, let’s embark on this adventure together and turn your …

Upsizing: When Big Dreams Call for a Bigger Space!

Considering a bigger home? Whether you’re a young professional, a growing family, or just seeking change, it might be time to for upsizing of your home. Let’s explore signs and reasons for embracing a larger living space. Expanding Family, Expanding Joy Growing families bring joy but also the need for more space. To accommodate these precious moments, from nurseries to playrooms, upsizing provides the …

Got Kids? 10 Things to Look for When Buying a Home

Buying a new home is an exciting journey for any family, especially when you have little ones running around. As parents, finding a home that caters to the needs and safety of your children is of utmost importance. From spacious bedrooms to nearby schools and parks, there are several factors to consider when house-hunting for your growing family. To help you in your quest …

Is it Time to be Thinking of Downsizing Your Home?

Should you be downsizing your home? How do you know you’re ready to downsize? Here are some of the reasons why you may find it time to downsize. Mindful of Moving: Constantly thinking about moving may indicate a desire for change. Whether it’s a new location, a different environment, or a smaller space, this contemplation suggests a readiness for a transition. Dreams of Travel …

Making the move to Carleton Place or Beckwith?

Top Reasons why I live here: I'm from Newfoundland, and few will argue that they are the friendliest and nicest people you will meet. So, when we were looking to buy a home, I wanted a similar vibe and a smaller town to live in. A place where people would say "Hello" when you walk down the road. I liked Ottawa, but it didn't ...

Lunch Hangouts in Carleton Place

These are some of my quick favourite lunch hangouts. I just did the July “buy a lunch” at a local business in Carleton Place.  Every Friday, I purchased a gift certificate for the winner.  I hope if you didn’t win you still went and checked out the different places, checked out their Facebook pages and sent lots of love.   These and so many …

Things for Kids to do in Lanark County and Online

It’s been over a month and looks like another month of social distancing for sure in Lanark County.  I have complied a list of things for kids to do in Lanark County and online. There is so much information, training, zoom calls that some are in information overload.    You may have already sourced some of this info out but I have put together a list ...

Netflix Favourites

Ok, so I asked around and received everyone’s top shows and movies on Netflix. I personally have some catching up to do since we cancelled Netflix awhile ago and just re-started it. Read the list. and if your favourites are not listed, let me know and I can make another list. TOP T.V Shows recommended from some binge-watching friends. Homeland (click the links to ...

Buying in a rural area?

Growing up in a small remote town in Labrador, I never thought much of where the water came from, or anything else for that matter. Water flowed out of the tap and the toilet flushed when needed. We were on municipal services.....so, I have learned a lot living on a rural property in Beckwith, being a Realtor®, helping many families find their dream home ...

Tips for Buying & Selling during COVID-19

Resources for Buying/Selling/Offers during COVID-19 Pandemic The Ontario Government released the essential business for our current COVID1-19 crisis:  Essential Services in Ontario – #67 – Real Estate. You may be wondering why houses are selling on the market (and being listed daily). A seller may have bought a house right before the COVID restrictions took place and will need to sell their house to ...

How to Make Exterior Painting A Breeze

It is a new year and that may leave you wanting to make your home feel like new too. Nothing can make your home feel as fresh and new as an exterior paint job. Here are the steps to take to make painting the outside of your home a little easier. TAKE A DAY TO WASH THE EXTERIOR OF YOUR HOME Keeping your home ...

Keeping Your Stuff Safe While Your Home Is For Sale

When preparing to put your house on the market, usually your main concern is making your home look as appealing as possible. Cleaning every corner, fixing what needs to be fixed, and making sure it is a home others would want to buy. With all that in mind, prioritizing the safety of your home while it is on the market can fall to the ...

Is It Time to Update Your Bathroom?

Time to update your bathroom? Just like your bedroom, your bathroom should be a relaxing place. Whether you unwind in the shower or with a hot bath, making sure your bathroom is a place of comfort and not stress is key to making your home a happier place. Because it is a room you will definitely spend time every single day, these signs might ...

10 Staging Tips to Get Your House SOLD!

Ready to sell your house? Here are a few staging tips to get your home prepared for the market. When listing a home that costs hundreds of thousands of dollars, if not millions, you want to make sure it's presented in the best light. You wouldn't buy a $50,000 car if it was filled from top to bottom in someone's content and trash. This ...

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