Buying real estate can be a valuable investment.  Unless you are living somewhere for free, you are paying rent-which we all know is just money downthe drain. So if you are able to be approved for a mortgage, then the smartest thing you can do is put that money towards home ownership. Some of you may feel that some of the current world economics make that an impossible goal; however, if you are dedicated to keeping a great credit score, or even just dedicate the next 6 months to improving upon the score you have, you will be able to find extremely reasonable mortgage rates that will enable you to afford a home of your own.

Ottawa Valley-Ontario's Adventure Playground

The Ottawa Valley is the area that stretches from Ottawa westward to the wilderness of Ontario's famous Algonquin Park. Half of the Ottawa Valley is wilderness with pristine waterways, rolling woodlands and breathtaking views.

Nestled between the shores of the Rideau Canal and the Rideau river lies the neighbourhood of Old Ottawa South – a beautiful neighbourhood that’s abounding with history, character and charm. Defined as being north of the Rideau River, south of the Rideau Canal, west of Riverdale Ave and Main St and east of Bronson Ave, Old Ottawa South is a place with so much to offer its residents and visitors alike.

Graced with abundant parks and open space, Barrhaven real estate is one of the newest suburbs developed along the Greenbelt. The community of Barrhaven has helped fuel the rapid residential growth the area has experienced; the Barrhaven Town Centre retail complex provides residents a combination of big box stores and a variety of other commercial establishments, including Re/Max Affiliates Realty Ltd. Indicative of sizable growth experienced in Barrhaven, many smaller shopping malls now dot the landscape. High-tech employers began a migration in the area in the 1990s as highlighted by corporations like JDS Uniphase and Nortel. Recently, the RCMP announced Barrhaven as the new home of their National Headquarters.

Before putting your Ottawa home on the market or listing with an Ottawa real estate agent, savvy Ottawa home sellers obtain a Comparative Market Analysis, also referred to in the real estate industry as a Home Evaluations or CMAs. You’ve probably received direct mail letters or post cards from local real estate agents about Home Evaluations. These pitches offer you a free report to tell you how much your home is worth. Ottawa real estate sellers can use our Geoff and Bobbie McGowan Ottawa Home Evaluation to figure out home pricing.

Barrhaven On The Green Community Barrhaven On The Green is a thriving, breathtaking community located between Jockvale, Greenbank and Strandherd, on the southern side of the Barrhaven area. There are numerous National VIA rail system routes that stop at the nearby Fallowfield station, giving Barrhaven On...

Chateauneuf is a community rich in history and culture, located just south of St. Joseph Blvd, north of Innes road, east of Orleans Blvd and west of Duford Drive, it is centrally located to many of the Ottawa area communities, making for quick commutes to area entertainment, shopping and dining.

Ottawa Area Resale homes sold more quickly in February

It is amazing that the first 3 months of 2011 have flown by so quickly! Here is an update on the Ottawa real estate market that many Ottawa area home sellers and Ottawa area home buyers will be excited to hear. Not only are Ottawa homes for sale staying strong, Ottawa neighbourhoods have also become extremely popular over surrounding township neighbourhoods. Reviewing our stats show that February had many more sales than January, and thus far March is on par to beat the February numbers. The following information is from an announcement the Ottawa Real Estate Board released earlier this month:

The Beacon Hill Ottawa real estate area is roughly defined as being south of Rockliffe Pkwy, north of Hwy 174, east of Blair Rd and west of Shefford Rd and Hwy 174, the neighbourhood of Beacon Hill is a lovely place to call home. Beacon Hill neighbourhood is nestled right along the shores of the Ottawa River, and is home to all kinds of great local amenities and resources. Without a doubt, those living in the Beacon Hill area have everything they need right at their fingertips.

Ottawa Realtor

As an expert Ottawa homes Realtor, I know what is important to many of the families that move during the holidays-making the holiday seems as normal and "home like" as possible. Part of ensuring your holiday Ottawa real estate relocation helps your family quickly feel "at home" and make new memories is to jump into some of the Ottawa community events.