Ottawa Homes

Ottawa 2018 Market Outlook by RE/MAX

The average home is expected to increase in value by 3.5% in 2018.  First time home buyers and the Move Up buyer are expected to drive the demand in Ottawa for 2018.  The Ottawa real estate market is expected to be balanced.

I wouldn't hold my breath on the market being balanced.  If inventory levels continue to be light, and demand high, I suspect we will see a similar type of market in the spring of 2018 - a lean towards a sellers market.  

If you are giving ANY thought at all to making a move in 2018, please contact me via text or email, I believe there are opportunities to maximize your real estate investments and we can discuss why and strategies.  text or call 613-270-9559

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Holiday Contest - Best Dressed Christmas Tree

It's holiday CONTEST time and we would like to challenge all of our clients, friends, and families to a Best Dressed Christmas Tree competition. THE PRIZE - two box seats for the Senators vs. Tampa Bay game on January 9, 2018 at 7 pm in a BOX
SUITE @ Canadian Tire Centre. Go SENS Go!!!

We also have a $75.00 gift card to HomeSense up for grabs - read below on how to be entered for that draw too.

To Enter:
1. Like our facebook page & share this post.
2. Send the picture of your Christmas tree to either admin@homewithlorie.com or via Facebook messenger to our page by December 11.
3. Once we post our album on December 12 you have a week to get your photo as many votes as you can by tagging friends and sharing the contest. We will contact the winner on December 18th to give them their tickets.

How to get the HomeSense gift card:
1. Like our facebook page & share this post.
2. Tag 3 friends on this post who you know have beautiful trees and may want to enter the contest.

 

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The Team is humbled by a testimonial from a very satisfied client...thanks for the kind words

When my wife and I began searching for our first home, we could not have imagined meeting realtors willing to be as invested in our lives as Lorie and Michael. By the time we met these two, we had been scanning potentials on our own for a while. Finally settling on a house we wanted to visit, when we went into our bank for pre-approval they insisted that we use Lorie and her team for our search. This is the first time I've ever been able to say that I appreciate a bank. 

Within a few days we visited the house and began working out an offer. We won! ... But unfortunately upon inspection we decided the house was not for us as it needed too much work. Devastated, my wife and I decided to take a break from our search. We wanted to move, but as this was the first house we had seen in our price range AND our style, we worried that it would be a while before another popped up. Ever patient, Michael and Lorie worked with our quirks and gave us some space ... but never gave up. During these two or three months away, Michael checked in several times and continued sending homes he thought would be of some interest. They weren't the realtors I expected. I thought they would only help us if we were buying right away - isn't that how they make money? 

Within a few months, we were ready to actively search again. Soon enough we found another house. Stunning. Everything we wanted and very close to our price point. After seeing a couple others we decided we would put in an initial offer. Though not accepted, in the ensuing back and forth Michael negotiated an incredible deal! Without giving away exact numbers, he dropped asking by eight percent! If you're buying a home, you know that this can amount to a nice sum of money. 

Anyway, at this point we signed the dotted line and began the inspection process. There were some problems. We would need the price lowered even more to be able to afford fixing them. My wife and I instantly worried this would mean we would lose the house. After the last house, this one seemed to follow suit. But Michael would not be bothered. And while I have no idea how he did this, within a few days he negotiated the final pay price to over eleven percent off asking. Again, decent sums of money here!
 

That being said, Lorie, Michael and the rest of the team go beyond merely negotiating. As I mentioned before I was surprised how non-pressured I felt through the entire process. Rather than seeing us as dollar signs, I truly felt as though they were interested in who we were as a couple. They spent the extra time getting to know my wife and I. It was easy to express ourselves and what we were worried about or what we wanted. Even though their work is done as we've bought the home, they continue to check in and see how moving prep is going. They're even providing moving boxes! I could drone on and on, but here's the important bit I want to say: While Lorie, Michael and the team are, in my mind, the best realtors in Ottawa, what's more important (at least to us) is that they are incredible people as well. Selling or buying, I will always use The Lorie Ann Warren Team!