Ian Ponting's Blog Posts

What’s the “Emotional” Return on Investment of a New Home?

Chances are, you’ve heard the expression, “Your home is your biggest investment.” For most homeowners, that’s true. So, when you’re shopping for a new home, it’s

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Should your Home be in “Move-In” Condition when you Sell?

Imagine you’re shopping for a car. You find one that’s a suitable model, a recent year, and hasn’t been driven a lot. The price is right, too. But, there’s a caveat.The paint

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DIY Tips for Making Lawncare Easier

Keeping your lawn, flowerbeds and shrubs looking great enhances the “curb appeal” of your property. However, it can also be a lot of work! Here are some do-it-yourself tips for making

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Can You Afford the Home of your Dreams?

Daydreaming about owning something you can’t afford can be fun. Whether it’s a diamond-encrusted watch from Tiffany & Co., or the latest Lamborghini, even the thought of trying one

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Moving Yourself vs. Hiring Professionals

When you buy a new home and moving day is looming, it can be tempting to consider doing the move yourself. After all, by not hiring a moving company, you’re saving money. It is true, the DIY

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How to Make your Home Sale “Smooth Sailing”

When you plan to take a journey somewhere, you hope it will be smooth sailing all the way. That simply means the trip will be relatively trouble-free, and without stress or hassles.Well, selling

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Ensuring Fast Delivery when Shopping Online-

If you're like most people, you hope that you’ll receive your online orders within a few days. Sure, a purchase might occasionally arrive later than expected. That's just the reality of online

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Should You Worry about Competing Listings?

Imagine you've been waiting for the right moment to sell your home and you're finally ready to pull the trigger and list it. But, just as you're about to put up the sign, you notice that a few other

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The Role of Carrying Costs when Buying a New Home-

When searching for a new home, many buyers will focus only on the list price and what they may need to offer to get the property. For example, a buyer might think, “We can get this house for

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Selling Later in the Year? Start the Process Now-

IImagine you want to take the “trip of a lifetime” this fall. Would you leave it until the summer to start planning, booking dates, and generally getting ready? Probably not. A trip like

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How to Light your Home for an Evening Viewing-

When you’re selling your home, you may find buyers who want to see it later in the evening, when it’s dark outside. In that circumstance, effective home lighting becomes more important.

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5 Tips for Preparing for a Sale

There are numerous reasons why you might need to sell early in the year. Perhaps you even need to sell this month! Whatever your reasons, preparation is key. Make the right moves now and your sale

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Your Spring Yard Sale Checklist-

Thinking of having a yard or garage sale? It’s a great way to dispose of unwanted items and other clutter, especially if you’re thinking of moving. In addition, yard sales have a charm

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6 Affordable Ways to Boost your Home's Curb Appeal

When buyers come to see your home, the first thing they notice is how your property looks from the curb. That first impression is powerful and lingering. If buyers don't like what they see, it can

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Get your Spring Cleaning Done in Half the Time-

Spring cleaning can seem like a great idea until you actually get started. Then it often turns out to be more work than expected!  The good news is, there are proven techniques to make the job

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5 Tips for Preparing for an Early-in-the-Year Sale

There are numerous reasons why you might need to sell early in the year. Perhaps you even need to sell this month! Whatever your reasons, preparation is key. Make the right moves now and your sale

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Get your Spring Cleaning Done in Half the Time

Spring cleaning can seem like a great idea until you actually get started. Then it often turns out to be more work than expected!The good news is, there are proven techniques to make the job easier

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When to Increase your Budget when Shopping for a Home

When you set a budget for a new home, you’re obviously hoping — maybe even expecting — to find the ideal property within that price range.  But, it doesn’t always

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The Role of Carrying Costs when Buying a New Home

When searching for a new home, many buyers will focus only on the list price and what they may need to offer to get the property. For example, a buyer might think, “We can get this house for

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Selling Later in the Year? Start the Process Now

Imagine you want to take the “trip of a lifetime” this fall. Would you leave it until the summer to start planning, booking dates, and generally getting ready?Probably not. A trip like

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How to Light your Home for an Evening Viewing

When you’re selling your home, you may find buyers who want to see it later in the evening, when it’s dark outside. In that circumstance, effective home lighting becomes more important

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Paperwork to Get Together in Preparation for Selling your Home

When preparing your home for sale, you need to fix things up, declutter, perhaps slap a fresh coat of paint on a few walls. That’s all part of getting your property ready for buyers.But there

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How to Determine the Best Features of your Home

What is it about your property that stands out? What will buyers like most about it? What are your home’s most enticing features?Answering those questions will help you determine which

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4 Reasons Why Buyers Get Turned Off by an Otherwise Ideal Property

When prospective buyers view your property, you hope they will think it’s the perfect fit for them. It might well be. However, there are things that can get in the way of a buyer recognizing

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Getting the “Inside Scoop” on a Listing

Throughout the history of journalism, reporters would pride themselves on getting the “inside scoop” on a story. In fact, that’s where that expression came from.So imagine you;

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Finding and Buying a Great Home in a Hurry

Imagine if, for whatever reason, you suddenly needed to find and buy a new home in a hurry. What if you had just a few weeks?If you’re like most people, your first instinct might be to panic.

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What to Look for when Watching a Walk-Through Video

Walk-through videos are becoming increasingly popular. The seller’s agent simply films a tour of a home, often including commentary, and then makes the video available to prospects.When you

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Should You Accept the Highest Offer for your Home?

Imagine a kid running a lemonade stand. He’s selling his product for 25 cents a cup. He’s doing okay. Sales are good. Then someone comes up to his stand and says, “I’ll give

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Pulling Together the Records you Need when Selling

Imagine you’re viewing a home for sale. You venture to the basement, check out the furnace room, and notice the water heater. Is it owned or rented? As a potential buyer, you’d want to

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Easy Ways to Keep your Home “Show Ready” when Selling

After your home has been cleaned from top to bottom, it’s natural to want it to stay that way. Don’t you wish you could just wave a magic wand and the place would clean itself?

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When You Can’t Paint Them All: Prioritizing Rooms

As you may know, a fresh coat of paint is an inexpensive way to make your home look great to buyers. But, what if you don’t have time to paint the entire place? Here are three areas you should

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Will You Need to Lower your Price to Sell your Home Quickly?

If you want to sell an item quickly—say, a couch—you can post it online, stick a super-low price tag on it and, chances are, it will be gone by the end of the day.So it’s

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Kitchen Improvements for under $100

Is it really possible to improve your kitchen’s look for about the cost of a takeout gourmet dinner with the family?Obviously you’re not going to be able to do anything major, such as

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August Real Estate Sales Activity-Ottawa

Members of the Ottawa Real Estate Board sold 1,572 residential properties in August 2021, a decrease of 22 per cent from August 2020.  The average sale price for a condominium-class property

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How Important are Good Listing Photos?

There are two trends impacting real estate photography that you should know about if you’re thinking of selling this year.First, more than ever before, buyers are relying on pictures to decide

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Keeping Mice Out of your Home

There’s no doubt about it. Preventing mice from entering your home is much easier than evicting them once they’ve moved in. If you take just a few simple precautions, you can avoid the

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Is Getting into your “Dream” Neighbourhood Doable?

Is there a neighbourhood you drive through occasionally and think, “Wow. I’d love to live here. What a fantastic area”? Why don’t you take that thought any further? Maybe you

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April’s Resale Market Starts Strong and Sputters- Courtesy of the Ottawa Real Estate Board May 5, 2021

Members of the Ottawa Real Estate Board sold 2,402 residential properties in April through the Board’s Multiple Listing Service® System, compared with 911 in April 2020, an increase of 164

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First Impressions Count Making your Main Floor Show Well

Where do buyers form the most lasting impression of a home for sale that they visit? On the main floor!When buyers view a property, they often spend a lot of time on the main floor, thinking and

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Buying the Home Everybody Wants

When you’re shopping for a home, you may become interested in a propertyfor sale that someone else is also considering. In fact, there may be severalother buyers entertaining the idea of

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February Resales Snapped up Quickly

Courtesy of the Ottawa Real Estate BoardOTTAWA, March 3, 2021 - Members of the Ottawa Real Estate Board sold 1,390 residential properties in February through the Board’s Multiple Listing

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Can I do this myself?-

Before any home improvement project, there is inevitably a time you might ask “Can I do this myself?” While it can be tempting to tackle a reno solo to save money, consider the following

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Royal LePage Q4 2020 House Price Update

Courtesy The Royal LePage 2021 Market Survey Forecast can be found at rlp.ca/2021-forecastOttawa sees double-digit home price increases in final quarter of 2020 Strong spring market,

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Ottawa’s Resale Market Thrives Despite Pandemic

Courtesy of The Ottawa Real Estate BoardOTTAWA, January 6, 2021 - Members of the Ottawa Real Estate Board (OREB) sold 1,002 residential properties in December through the Board’s Multiple

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Ottawa’s Resale Market Tracks Upward into Fall-Courtesy of the Ottawa Real Estate Board

OTTAWA, October 5, 2020 - Members of the Ottawa Real Estate Board sold 2,329 residential properties in September through the Board’s Multiple Listing Service® System, compared with 1,547

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What’s the “Lifestyle” Score for your Home?

In the business world, a phrase that’s often used is ROI or Return On Investment. It refers to the regular gain (or loss) you’re getting from a particular asset relative to its cost.

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Temperatures Cool, but Not Ottawa’s Resale Market-

Courtesy of the Ottawa Real Estate Board-September 2020OTTAWA, September 3, 2020 - Members of the Ottawa Real Estate Board sold 2,017 residential properties in August through the Board’s

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The Ottawa market returned to an upward trend in July

The Market rebounded well beyond expectations. Compared with July 2019, we experienced a year over year increase in residential properties sold by 19 per cent.New inventory continues to be

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July Sales Mirror Ottawa’s Weather…Hot!

Courtesy of the Ottawa Real Estate BoardOTTAWA, August 7, 2020 - Members of the Ottawa Real Estate Board sold 2,189 residential properties in July through the Board’s Multiple Listing Service

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Steady as She Goes in Ottawa-

Multiple offers and bidding wars still in play. I'm noticing a lot more litings coming.

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June’s Resale Market Rebounds-Courtesy of the Ottawa Real Estate Board July 6, 2020

OTTAWA, July 6, 2020 - Members of the Ottawa Real Estate Board sold 2,052 residential properties in Junethrough the Board’s Multiple Listing Service® System, compared with 2,096 in June

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