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Reflections on Canada 150

Canada Day is usually a big event in Ottawa; it is the nation’s capital after all, but this year was an even bigger celebration owing to 2017 being the 150th anniversary of Canada’s founding. In order to celebrate this momentous event, Ottawa pulled out all the stops to throw a Canada Day celebration that people won’t soon forget. The public turned out in record numbers to celebrate Canada Day in Ottawa this year, and the celebrations were also awash in celebrities. Justin Trudeau was in attendance, as were Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall, and Governor General David Johnston (who joined the Prince for a ceremony to mark the end of his term as the Queen’s representative). Other celebrities included Rick Hansen, Chris Hadfield, and musicians that included Bono and The Edge of U2 fame, and Canadian legend Gordon Lightfoot, who performed for the massive crowd of revellers. Besides the star-studded performers and attendees, Canada Day 150 was in many ways a larger version of what people see every year. A citizenship ceremony was held in the afternoon, so that those involved could enjoy the festivities as full Canadian citizens. The celebration included many food trucks that were offering Canadian favourites such as beaver tails and poutine. There were even Tim Horton’s trucks on site to deliver a much needed dose of hot coffee for tired or cold revellers. Besides the ubiquitous food trucks there were activities for all ages, and the night was capped off with an enormous fireworks display that was one of the largest in Ottawa’s history. Fifteen thousand individual fireworks were launched from five different locations across the city, lighting up the sky in an unparalleled pyrotechnic display. That doesn’t count the many fireworks that were fired skyward by enthusiastic citizens across the country of course, each determined to add their own lights to the celebratory glow. Despite the impressive spectacle, not all was “sunny ways” this Canada Day. In fact, the sun was barely in attendance, and rain was a constant and unwanted companion to people who were out to celebrate the 150th. The drizzle created puddles and ponds throughout Parliament Hill, and this combined with very long security lines to dampen the enthusiasm of some attendees. There were a few non-weather related faux pas as well, including the prime minister seeming to forget the province of Alberta during one of his speeches, and groups of protestors there to denounce the celebrations. However, despite the issues most of those who attended the celebration had a good time, and are likely looking forward to next year’s big Canada Day bash with enthusiasm. The post Reflections on Canada 150 appeared first on Team Realty. Source: Blog

Ottawa Real Estate Market Snapshot July 2017

The latest reports from OREB on the Ottawa Real Estate market show that in many areas the market is showing no signs of a significant summer slowdown.   The condo market continues to gain momentum as is the”lifestyle” market which includes homes over the $750,000 price range.   Average prices are up in most neighbourhoods across the city, with central and central-west neighbourhoods seeing a bigger jump in average sale price as compared to Ottawa east.   Savvy buyers are noticing that even though Ottawa is trending towards a seller’s market in many neighbourhoods it’s still a good time to get into the market, particularly with prices on the rise.  With stories of price increases in Vancouver and Toronto in the recent years they may be very smart to do so.  While statistics are useful in establishing trends they don’t necessarily reflect specific properties or neighbourhood trends.  If you have questions about buying or selling, we always love to chat about real estate, please email us at info@teamrealty.ca or contact a member of our sales team. Below is the latest news release from the Ottawa Real Estate Board Condo sales drive the Ottawa resale market in July OTTAWA, Aug 3, 2017 – Members of the Ottawa Real Estate Board sold 1,530 residential properties in July through the Board’s Multiple Listing Service® System, compared with 1,490 in July 2016, an increase of 2.7 per cent. The five-year average for July sales is 1,446. “The Ottawa resale market continued its steady pace into mid-summer, with condo sales really bolstering the market this past month,” says Rick Eisert, President of the Ottawa Real Estate Board. “We’ve actually been seeing this positive trend since February. The condo market had been in a slump for the past few years because it was overbuilt. Some owners who had difficulty selling their condos rented them instead, thereby decreasing supply. Now as rental leases are coming due, combined with evidence of stronger condo sales, these owners are placing these units back on the market for sale. Meanwhile, residential sales have remained virtually the same in comparison to this time last year.” July’s sales included 332 in the condominium property class, and 1,198 in the residential property class. “The number of new listings coming onto the market continues to be on the lower end of the five-year average, especially where residential units are concerned,” explains Eisert. “Inventory levels continue to tighten, however the choice for buyers continues to be decent, with both entry-level properties and higher-end properties available, particularly in the condo market.” “Cumulative days on market has been holding pretty steady throughout the course of 2017,” says Eisert. “However, when compared to numbers from 2016, residential properties in July 2017 are selling almost 22 per cent faster and condos just over 11 per cent faster than July of last year.” The average sale price of a residential class property sold in July in the Ottawa area was $420,335, an increase of 5.3 per cent over July 2016. The average

Beating the Winter Blues

It’s winter time in our Nation’s Capital! The New Year is well underway, and as we’ve carefully selected our resolutions (and have spent the majority of these last few weeks trying to abide by them) we reminisce on the post-joys of Christmas and the excitement of a New Year. However, regardless the amount of joy in our hearts and happiness in our homes, the cold weather tends to overstay its welcome far too often. Admit it, we’ll soon catch ourselves wishing for less snow, warmer weather, and oodles upon oodles of sunshine. Wishful thinking, I’ll say. Truth is, we live in Ottawa – and let’s face it – Ottawa is just simply cold. This said, however, our City just so happens to be celebrating its 150th Anniversary this year, and has planned for an endless list of fun-filled, family-friendly, wintery activities that are sure to help kick those winter blues. We’re very lucky to be home to the largest outdoor skating rink in the world: The Rideau Canal Skateway. Measuring a whopping 7.8KM in length, this skateway is a great way to spend your mornings, your afternoons, or even your late evenings with family and friends. With its location being so centralized in the heart of our beautiful City, it’s both an “ideal place for a romantic stroll or a playful day with the kids”. Don’t have skates? Don’t worry! Skate rentals are one of the many services that the Canal has to offer alongside, of course, it’s many change rooms and food/beverage kiosks where you can indulge in what many of us consider to be our City’s dynamic duo: a beavertail and warm cup of cocoa. (Touring the ByWard Market instead? Awesome. Keep an eye out for these delectable goodies around town!) After a good skate or two, why not enjoy the rest of the activities that our Capital has to offer at our largest winter celebration: Winterlude. Officially underway, Winterlude has been a “unique way to celebrate Canada’s unique northern climate and culture since 1979”. You’ll welcome the Ice Hog Family as they travel once again to our City, as they do each year. Bring your family along and pay them a visit at the Snowflake Kingdom in Gatineau. From there, you’ll walk among the many ice sculptures that are created for the ice sculptor competitions, and frolic in what’s considered to be North America’s largest winter playground. Winterlude 2017 wraps up on February 20th – won’t want to miss out! Follow this link to the event’s website for more details. Maybe you and your family appreciate a good, healthy challenge or two once the snow falls – kudos to you! If your family is one for the slopes (and perhaps even a small weekend getaway) then you’re in luck! Ottawa is surrounded by multiple snow hills and downhill skiing sites that are bound to keep you and your loved ones busy and buzzing with adventure this winter. Pack up the car and head to Mont Cascades, Mont

First Time Homebuyers Government Incentive Programs

    Thinking of buying your first home? If so, it may be time to get on with it, especially considering the possibility that interest rates will rise. Using government incentive programs that encourage first time homebuyers to enter the real estate market, you can realize additional savings. And, mortgage financing has been almost free for some time, but economic signals point to those costs rising.   Mortgage rates may increase   Several factors are threatening to push Canadian mortgage rates higher even as the Bank of Canada tries to hold its overnight lending rate down. Fixed mortgage rates are linked to long-term Canadian government bond yields, which are tied to U.S. bond yields. Those rates have risen since September as investors have come to expect the U.S. Federal Reserve to boost rates based on the U.S. economy.   Borrow from yourself   The Canadian government’s Home Buyers’ Plan (HBP) allows first time home buyers to borrow up to $25,000 from their RRSP for a down payment to buy or build a qualified home, tax-free. If you purchase with someone who is also a first time homebuyer, including your spouse, you can both access $25,000 from your RRSP for a combined total of $50,000.   The HBP is considered a loan, so if you participate in the Plan, you must repay the amount you withdrew within a 15-year period, in the amount of 1/15 per year. If you repay less than that amount, the difference is added to your taxable income and you are taxed at the applicable rate.   Reduce your income tax   The federal Home Buyers’ Tax Credit helps recover closing costs (legal expenses, inspections, land transfer taxes) so you can save more for money for a down payment. At current taxation rates, it works out to a rebate of $750.   If you buy in Ontario, there is another rebate of up to $2,000 available to help offset the land transfer tax. In Toronto, you can also receive a rebate up to $3,725 for municipal land transfer taxes.   With the current economic uncertainty and the advantages of government incentive programs, now may be the right time for first time home buyers to lock in a mortgage at the low rates and buy a home. The post First Time Homebuyers Government Incentive Programs appeared first on Team Realty. Source: Blog

Packing Tips for a Clever Move

Moving soon? What to do? How to do it? Here are a few packing tips to help in my article from the magazine Power2DoIt – Just click on the link below for more! Packing Tips for a clever move

Realtors can help you find a rental property, really?

Did you know a Realtor can help you find a rental property? In most cases at no cost to you! Read my article in Power2doit to know more or contact me to discuss your options 613-612-HOME (4663) – Click on the link below for the article!   Realtors can help you find a rental property, really?

Buying a home and planning on moving sooner than later?

Buying a home that is not your forever home but perfect for now! Read my article in Power2DoIt by clicking on the link below for some valuable tips on how to proceed for a profitable investment. Buying a Home and Planning on Moving Sooner than Later

Relocation Tips

Relocating to a new area, moving to a different province or country, take a moment to read my article in “Power 2 Do It” E-magazine by following this link below http://www.power2doit.com/2015/10/01/relocating-tips/

Feel Good Day – Purse Philanthropists

Feel good day today, I joined a great group of ladies this morning who worked hard at delivering purses and bags full of basic necessities to establishments helping women in needs, you can do it too any time you want just ask me how. It is fun and so helpful…

Rented property to returning clients

Rented property to returning clients It is always a pleasure to work with the same families again, fantastic feeling to be trusted, thank you very much to my clients and congratulations on renting your new home, wishing you a smooth transition!

Pumpkin deliveries

Pumpkins delivery to my clients and families who referred me, thank you so much for your trust, I truly appreciate it, lots of them to go will take a few days!

Real Estate Referrals and Relocation Services between Canadian Provinces and International Countries!

Relocations in Real Estate are quite frequent and families are often in need of someone they can trust to assist in their new adventure. I have personally lived this experience 4 times and understand the needs and challenges revolving around this transition. If you are in the Military, Retail, Government or any field leading you to Ottawa, I would be privileged to assist with your Real Estate needs in this life changing experience. I am honoured to collaborate with Realtors with referrals in order to offer personalised attention to their clients. I have the pleasure to provide services in English and French. If a relocation is in your future, I would gladly inform you on some of the beauty and benefits this region has to offer and guide you towards a gentle transition to or from Ottawa.

Open house on Weekdays?

Open house on Weekdays? Open house on weekdays? Perfect way to have the most exposure! As the holidays are in full throttle and weekends are precious, weekday open houses are fantastic to ensure you are not missing the opportunity to showcase your home to all potential buyers. After all some of them are gone camping, boating, out of town or just want to host a BBQ. Let me know how I can take care of your best interest and sell your home!

Half Moon Bay property in Barrhaven just SOLD

Half Moon Bay property in Barrhaven just SOLD, Congratulations to the seller, I am very happy for you – such a nice experience to work with you! All the best in your new life!

Canada Day

Happy Canada Day Relax, have fun and just enjoy!

Open House or Not?

Open houses have multiple benefits, take a peek at my article to know more! Come visit me anytime, I would be delighted to answer any of your Real Estate questions and help you achieve your goals! http://www.power2doit.com/2015/06/28/hosting-an-open-house-or-not/

Real Estate Services in English and French

Services in… English If you are looking to buy, sell, rent, find a tenant, relocate, invest or get informed in Real Estate. Contact me for a personalised service 613-612-HOME (4663) and French Si vous etes a la recherche d’une maison ou si vous voulez vendre, louer, trouver un locataire, si vous devez etre re-localiser pour votre emploi ou si vous etes un investeur en immobilier. Contactez moi pour un service personalisé 613-612-HOME (4663)

St-Jean Baptiste

Bonne fete de la St-Jean-Baptiste a tous mes confreres de travails, amis et famille au Québec

Happy New Year – Bonne Année

Wishing you a fantastic year 2016 filled with health, happiness & tons of success! Je vous souhaite une année fantastique remplie de santé, joie et succes!

Furniture placement

Before     After Placement of furniture can make a big impact on a room. It can create an atmosphere, give the impression of spaciousness and surely make you feel welcome. Consult a professional and learn the best way to utilize all your space.

Hang-Up Help Out

Such a Successful Event In the Community It feels good to have donated to such a wonderful event. The community came together and a lot of hard work was involved by fabulous people. Congratulation on a rewarding project and making so many people happy!

2014 Denim Day Auction

  I am very proud to have contributed to the 2014 Denim Day Auction which raised $46,543. The Ottawa Hospital announced that they will be naming their new Mammography Room after Royal LePage. Wonderful honor and fantastic team.

Update – Decorate

    Refreshing a room can be as easy as new bedding, painting and removing the wall paper. Stay up to date and feel rejuvenated. Furniture placements also helps to make a room feel more functional, comfortable and larger.

De-Clutter

Spend some time sorting your belongings, after all you will have to do it when you move, be ahead of the game. Toss – Recycle – Store – Keep Be sure to remove your valuable possessions so they are not compromised by an unfortunate accident or theft. It will be a quicker move and such a relief. Present your home like a designer would after all they are your competition!      

Accessories

Accessories can provide a nice way to rejuvenate your home for an inexpensive price. A little trip to your favorite home décor store will be a breath of fresh air during this busy time and the best part is the fact that you get to keep all your new accessories for your future home and start new. Fashionable designs always interest the young and trendy buyers, be pro active and capture all buyers interest.

Maintenance

Why take a chance? Be ready! A clean and well maintained home is always ahead when it is time to sell. Be pro active and inviting. Buyers will lower their offer on a property they feel need extra attention. A little work can limit the value of a price reduction. Scrub everywhere especially the kitchen and bathrooms, hygiene is a must. Paint the baseboards or touch up the walls, refresh the caulking, at the end of the day anything less appealing will be noticed and everything defective will be found by the home inspector.  

Curb Appeal

  Spring is in the air, ensure to showcase your home with flowers in bloom in planters or beautiful seasonal flowers in the garden. Empty pots will not provide a memorable first impression! Potential buyers might drive by to pre-select the properties they would like to visit. Be part of the favorite homes and impress!

Join me in this community event to help provide families with school supplies. Mark your calendars August 17th from 10:00 to 1:00

Real Estate & Home Staging

Real Estate & Home Staging – Follow the link below for my article in Power 2 do it about Real Estate & Home Staging a winning partnership http://www.power2doit.com/…/real-estate-home-staging-a-win…/

Real Estate & Home Staging A Winning Partnership!

Take a moment to read my latest article by clicking on the link below. It will give you some tips on how to be prepared to sell your house. It was wonderful to collaborate with Arlene Moore Dorey from Power 2 do it. Enjoy! Power2doit.com Nicole Rosenfeldt Article

SOLD

Always nice to have a kind message like this posted on your Facebook site, it was my pleasure to work with you as well. Congratulations! Thank you Nicole Rosenfeldt for all your hard work and dedication. You are an excellent realtor! J

Real Estate Moving Tip of the day

Tip of the day: Are you moving? Here is a great way to pack your wine glasses or tall fragile objects. Obtain empty wine boxes at the liquor store with dividers and slide the glasses in the box instead of the wine bottles, no tissue or wrapping required safe easy and voila moving in style!

Another property rented

I had the privilege to work with a wonderful young couple in the last few days and helped them find a fantastic rental property where they can enjoy nature near by with their chocolate Lab – CONGRATULATIONS – Truly enjoyed working with you M & E

Happy Mother’s Day

Have a fantastic mother’s day weekend, cherish all the lovely ladies who have made a difference in your life and enjoy precious moments with your children!

Home Staging has great benefits

Hire a stager to optimize your space A well presented space is inviting and WILL make the difference between your home and the comparable ones in your neighbourhood. Quite often it is the final touch you need to seal the deal…

Tips of the month – January 2015

Four tips to help you get the best deal when refinancing your mortgage & 7 quick tips to create a home office you’ll actually want to work in Click on the link below to know more and contact me if you would like some information on the market – Happy New Year, all the best for 2015, health and lots of success! Your Realtor Helping You Achieve Your Real Estate Goals and Dreams. file:///C:/Users/Owner/Downloads/Rosenfeldt%20(14).pdf  

Kitchen “the heart of a home”

Make sure it beats at its full potential. This can make or break a deal. Always have it clean and with an immaculate presentation like this showhome I designed for a new home builder.

Kitchen investment and renovation

Investment The kitchen can be a big investment but it will be your strongest return when you sell and your most appreciated room in the house. If you have to spare some money. Do it on other rooms. Removing this wall, updating the cabinets and counter tops were an amazing improvement for this property. Notice the impact in these before and after pictures. Design by Nicole Rosenfeldt      

Networking for a Cure

It was so nice to join a fantastic group of people with a common interest to find a cure for cancer tonight, I had the pleasure to meet new professionals and like minded individuals. Great event Maple Soft Center Team & Allison!

Make a difference in how visitors analyze your home

Take the time to put yourself in the buyers shoes, would you purchase your home in its actual state? Is it clean? Does it need evident repairs? Is it move-in ready, and if not is it priced accordingly? Is the furniture in proper scale to give a comfortable impression of space? Are the rooms used to their maximum potential? Is it still cluttered? If some answers are not what they should be, spend time and save your investment – Prepare your home to sell for the best price possible

Storage

Storage isn’t always a better investment In order to have a huge shower, this storage was removed and the functionality of this bathroom has been improved and impacted the value of this property in a positive way.  

REAL ESTATE HELP

Just a click away   Type your questions, click and send. Please know you can contact me anytime to find out the best way to prepare your home for sale, answer any concern you may have after the transaction is completed. Understand the market as a first time buyer, there is no questions to small, always feel free to ask. I am working for YOU!

Fining your new home or selling your property

Looking for Real Estate Services? Realtors make the process easy for you. We have access to properties before they are on the market, through collaboration with our co-workers we can provide connections to multiple buyers and sellers. When you hire us you receive access  to all our connections, and the support of a professional brand Royal Lepage!   Save your time and let ME work for you!

Snowsuit Fund Ottawa

What a pleasure to help at the Snowsuit Fund of Ottawa   I had the pleasure to meet lots of new people and help kind families, way to go, great team! 225 Donald St #134, Ottawa, ON K1K 1N1 (613) 746-8719    

Victims Of Violence Canadien Centre For Missing Children Celebrates 30 Years

Victims Of Violence Canadien Centre For Missing Children celebrated 30 years of service for Canadians – It was my pleasure to attend this event and pay my respect to a great organization. If you are looking for an association to sponsor. I recommend this particular one as they have made a lot of changes in our Government laws to protect the victims and the rights of people who have gone through difficult life changing events. Call them to find out how you can help. 340-117 Centrepointe Dr, Nepean, ON K2G 5X3 613-233-0052

Royal Lepage Toy Mountain Sponsor

I am proud to have donated for this wonderful cause and sharing the happiness with the children, please give generously! Follow the link below for more information http://ottawa.ctvnews.ca/video?clipId=498179&binId=1.1487308&playlistPageNum=1

You Never Get a Second Chance to Make a First Impression

Selling your home? Read my article in the Ottawa Life Magazine where I had the opportunity & pleasure to write for Brandelyn Cameron-Martin Brandelyn Cameron’s Style Profile focuses on local Ottawa Experts. Nicole Rosenfeldt shares why Home Staging is essential for a memorable first impression in Real Estate. In today’s world, competition is fierce. Selling a home is no longer about hiring a Sales Representative and installing a sign on your front lawn. It is about working with a knowledgeable and professional Realtor who has a team, including yourself, to present your property to give the most memorable first impression. Home Staging is a huge part of the Real Estate process. While most of us live very busy and demanding lifestyles, the taste and the practicality of your family should be set aside while in the process of selling a home. The reality is you are competing with new home builders who have all the latest finishes and designer services. In order to be ahead of the competition, you must prepare your home to be desirable in the eyes of the general population. This is accomplished by using neutral tone colours, keeping your house organized, but most of all, clean and uncluttered. Practicality becomes secondary to presentation and personal lifestyle needs are temporarily on hold during the selling process. It will be a challenging period especially for families with little ones, but keep in mind photographers are not magicians. They can use fantastic lenses and flashes, but their cameras usually do not have an app to remove the dirty laundry, toys everywhere or the broken window. Take a minute to fix paint damage or loose baseboards. Anything unappealing will be in the buyer’s eyes a detriment to the value of your home and they will question how well you maintained the property. A little time and hard work can save you big dollars and surely avoid too many complications at the home inspection stage. If you know something is defective or in poor condition, the inspector and the buyer will notice it too. Why encounter unnecessary complications or risk losing a sale? Home Staging is a process and has many levels of tasks to complete to achieve a successful transaction. Most of the work is inexpensive, but in some instances, there might be a cost in order to obtain the best value for your home or return on investment. Your goal is to avoid price reduction or simply be on the market for as little time as possible. The more involved you are personally, the better your results will be! A Real Estate transaction is a team effort by skilled and hardworking individuals, choose well and ask relevant questions. Be ahead of the game and leave a fantastic first impression. Many home buyers search for their homes through pictures featured on MLS or during a visit where your property is showcased in the best light possible. A picture is worth a thousand words and the potential future owner of your

showcase your counter top space

Keep it simple and functional Keep it simple and functional, home staging is about showing your asset, do not fill up counter tops… It will show there is room to work, especially if space is limited!!

Happy Halloween

Wishing you and your loved ones a fun, safe and yummylicious Halloween, enjoy!

Furniture for small space

Utilize furniture with storage to fight clutter and small spaces. The result is stunning and so much more functional. Drawers on bed are a wonderful way to maximize your storage.

Fall Open Houses Are Fun

I love hosting Open Houses during the Halloween season, you provide treats during the showing and get to cheat and have some too! If you prefer a private visit, I will bring your very own goody bag. Have a sweet day!

Investment Properties

Purchasing an investment property can be a challenging task. Ensure it will be in a desirable location. Consider the following items for an attractive rental property: *Close to public transit such as bus stops, also airport *Near by University *Proximate location to Government buildings, services and places of work *Close to Shopping centers, malls, grocery stores *Easy access to hospitals, and health care centers There is an impact on a large variety of factors in Real Estate, be pro active and well prepared to have a successful experience and rewarding results.