Posts by bhateja

Custom Built Homes vs. New Build Communities

Custom Built Homes vs. New Build Communities The time has come for you and your family to purchase a home. And with the decision to purchase brand-new, you’re tossed between one that’s custom built, or one that’s part of a new-build community. To be fair, there are pros (and cons) in going down either route, which can inevitably make this decision seem a bit difficult at the beginning. Rest assured, however, we’re here to help guide you in a decision that’s best fit for you: Custom Built Homes Choosing a home that’s brand new, and specifically built to satisfy your
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Pre-Inspections: It’s Better To Be In “The Know”

Pre-Inspections: It’s Better To Be In “The Know” Why get a pre-inspection before listing your home  Imagine this: You’re in the middle of closing a deal on your home, when the buyers’ home inspection discovers a major issue with your roof. The buyers want to renegotiate on the price, and are ready to walk away… The deal is falling apart – if only there was a way you could have known and fixed this before listing… Luckily, there is. Getting a pre-inspection could have avoided this whole situation.  The last thing you want to have happen when you’re selling your
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Buying a New Build Home

Buying a New Build Home There are new communities popping up all over the city these days and many Ottawa residents are choosing to invest in new build homes. New homes offer a wide variety of perks that you can’t get in the resale market including customization options and knowing that everything is brand new which means maintenance costs for the first years should be low; this is attractive to many buyers. One thing that many buyers don’t realize though is that you can work with a Realtor to buy a new home and in most cases, the builder will
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Grow Ops: The Good, The Bad, The Ugly

What it can mean for you to buy or sell a former Grow Op When it comes to legalization of marijuana, there are still many concerns on the table. These concerns range from taxation regulation to impaired driving charges, crime rates, and even property damages. The creation of a “Grow Op” inside a home has long since been surrounded by stigma, due to the damages it is likely to cause. With legalization rapidly approaching across Canada, many Canadians are anxiously awaiting their ability to grow up to 4 plants in their residence legally. With little precedent surrounding homes-turned-grow-ops, how will
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Summer Days and Cottage Nights

Summer Days and Cottage Nights Is buying a recreational property your right next move? Picture this: The sun is high in the sky, and warm on your back as you relax in the glorious summer weather. The barbeque is cooking, kids are playing in the water, and you have marshmallows ready to roast over an open fire later tonight. The water on the lake is calm, and a light breeze keeps the air just perfect. There are no emails blinking, no cell phones ringing – just peace and quiet at last. What a wonderful hideaway from the city you have
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Bitcoin and Real Estate

Bitcoin and Real Estate Bitcoin has been in the news a lot lately and most recently since it has entered the world of real estate in Canada. Although it is unclear at this point if any Canadian transactions have been completed in bitcoin, properties have started to appear with the option to purchase in bitcoin or even in one case, listed exclusively for sale in bitcoin. At this point, there are a lot of questions surrounding bitcoin and Canadian real estate and it is not immediately clear how this will be regulated. Ontario’s real estate regulatory body, the Real Estate
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Who Protects You When You Buy From a Builder?

Who Protects You When You Buy From a Builder? Everywhere you look it seems that there are new houses being built in and around Ottawa. Buying a new home may be more expensive in some cases but it is also a great way to ensure that you will not have to deal with any of the problems presented by an older home. New homes also tend to be built with energy efficiency in mind which can be cost-saving down the road. And best of all, you can often customize new homes to suit your own style and needs. However, buying
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Buy or Rent?

Buy or Rent? Contemplating between whether to rent or buy? You’re not alone in this debate. Millions of Canadians face this big decision in the real-estate market today, and we’re here to help you break it down.  What are the pros and cons of buying a home, versus renting one? What documentation do you need in either situation? Renting your Home  Renting a home is nowhere near as involved to that of buying a home, but it does come with its own advantages and disadvantages. Is renting a home the right choice for you? Advantages of Renting: Property maintenance The
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Major Developments in Ottawa: An Overview

Major Developments in Ottawa: An Overview In lieu of our country’s momentous anniversary this year, we’ve seen – and continue to see – several major developments and ongoing projects take place throughout our city. As residents of our Nation’s capital, we’re extremely fortunate to bear witness to these expansions as they build and re-shape the growth of our city. Here’s an overview of what people might be talking about in the news (or around your local watercoolers). Transit: a rather hot topic of conversation for Ottawa’s local residents and media channels alike. The O-Train Confederation Line, otherwise known as Ottawa’s
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Ottawa’s Amazon Bid Could Lead to Great Things for Our City

Ottawa’s Amazon Bid Could Lead to Great Things for Our City A huge business decision is currently being made, one that could have enormous economic benefits for Ottawa if it goes our way. Amazon, the company that we all know and order from, are looking to build a second North American headquarters. Cities from all over are lobbying to be the location of the new facility, including some particularly bold and strange attempts to get Amazon’s attention. The city of Tucson sent a 21-foot tall saguaro cactus to Amazon’s current headquarters, and other cities have created videos that claim to
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