Prevent dissapointment: understand our current housing shortage!

By: Jen Alvarenga

Prevent dissapointment: understand our current housing shortage!

Tags: Sellers market, Ottawa Housing, Ottawa Real Estate, Low inventory, House shortage, Remax Hallmark, RealEstating Co, Jen Alvarenga, Leo Alvarenga, Shadi Bultaip, Ottawa Bienes y Raices, Real Estate Ottawa, ESPAÑOL

Key Takeaway: the current workings of The Law of Supply and Demand in Ottawa from the eyes of an Ottawa Real Estate Agent. In Ottawa, this years' increase in price across all property types has been like no other we've seen in recent years. We used to hear stories about bidding wars and unconditional offers in Vancouver and Toronto, however, in Ottawa that would only h...Read More

What I learned at the Ottawa Real Estate Forum (Part I)

By: Jen Alvarenga

What I learned at the Ottawa Real Estate Forum (Part I)

Tags: Ottawa, Real Estate, New Real Estate Developments, Ottawa Housing Market, RealEstating, REITs, Ottawa Government

I was fortunate to attend the Ottawa Real Estate Forum in October. This is a full day event which offersvaluable insights on the market trends, statistics, investment strategies, and opportunities in our National Capital Region.   I wanted to share my notes with you so that you too, can stay connected and up to date with where the City is headed. I’ll be putting together a second set of...Read More

5 Things to Learn from Open Houses (for both buyers and sellers!)

By: Leonardo Alvarenga

5 Things to Learn from Open Houses (for both buyers and sellers!)

Tags: BUYING SELLING TIPS

For years we used to think that open houses were not effective in selling a house. It was until recently that we started to believe in open houses. “They’re just for the curious neighbours” is what most people say. But there are plenty of reasons to attend open houses,  whether or not you are looking to buy. And why not be honest, that you’re a neig...Read More

I treat my clients' money as if it were my own.

By: Jen Alvarenga

I treat my clients' money as if it were my own.

Tags: Business

If you know a little about me or my family, you’d know that I come from a very hardworking family. My parents didn’t have half of what I was blessed enough to have. I remember when I used to go shopping with my mom when I was little: EVERY single time…she would always ask for a discount —no matter where we went, a locally owned company, a big retailer or franchise, you nam...Read More

For Sale By Owner- FSBOs (you will want to read this)

By: Leonardo Alvarenga

For Sale By Owner- FSBOs (you will want to read this)

Tags: Selling

Did you know that most people that list their homes on their own end up selling with an agent?? My question is: why not try the other way around? Hiring a Realtor costs you ZERO dollars upfront. A lot of paperwork explained, some discussion and a few signatures is all it takes! You don’t pay anything unless we succeed in selling you home….so again: why would someone do it th...Read More

We should be saving energy as of YESTERDAY!

By: Leonardo Alvarenga

We should be saving energy as of YESTERDAY!

Tags: Tips

  Don’t forget, hydro prices are increasing….so make sure you turn off those lights you’re not using starting TODAY to avoid a hike on your bill! Here’s an interesting video by Hydro Ottawa —-a little longer than I would like but very informative! Jen Alvarenga Jen is a Sales Representative with skilled negotiating techniques who offers your property...Read More

Home sales in Ottawa increased by 10.6 per cent in April

By: Leonardo Alvarenga

Home sales in Ottawa increased by 10.6 per cent in April

Tags: BUYING IN-THE-KNOW

Ottawa housing market increases sales in April MLS home sales in Ottawa increased by 10.6 per cent in April compared to the same month last year. New figures from the Ottawa Real Estate Board show that there were 1,570 homes sold in the month which builds on last year’s figure and beats the five year average for April (1,531). David Oikle, President of the board says that buyers were ou...Read More

CONDO-yay or CONDO-nay?

By: Leonardo Alvarenga

CONDO-yay or CONDO-nay?

Tags: buying

I can’t tell you the number of people I meet who are debating if they should purchase a condo. The most popular question tends to go along these lines: “Isn’t buying a condo a bad investment right now? There are so many condo buildings being built at the moment”. I always say, its a matter of lifestyle and for most condo-buyers such decision is dictated by LIFESTYLE rather...Read More

How to read an Ottawa MLS Listing

By: Leonardo Alvarenga

How to read an Ottawa MLS Listing

Tags: IN-THE-KNOW TIPS

  When my clients are ready to buy a home, we look beyond the pretty pictures and start paying attention to all those words and acronyms found in MLS listings. They tend to give all the details on what we really want want – and need – to know. Not fun? Perhaps. Necessary? Absolutely! Digging into the Details If condo maintenance fees seem high, we must look at the field which t...Read More

Sales Price vs. Listing Price

By: Leonardo Alvarenga

Sales Price vs. Listing Price

Tags: buying selling

With so many homes listed in the market and the ease of access the internet has provided us, agents, sellers and buyers spend hours screening through MLS listings…we have so many options and ways of comparing homes and investment properties! I’ve been on several listing appointments this year and so many of my prospect clients want to sell their home for no less than what their neigh...Read More

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