Home Staging Tips

By: Irene Bilinski

Home Staging Tips

Tags: Ottawa Real Estate, Ottawa Homes, MLS Ottawa

Start with your curb appeal. Go beyond cutting the grass and consider planting flowers. Think of this as drive by appeal – look at the front door - does it need a new paint job? Next, get a new welcome mat and make sure the house numbers are visible from the street. Maintain the yard and garden by weeding deadheading, removing debris and pruning dead branches. Add a bird bath or bird feed...Read More

De-Cluttering For Home Style

By: Irene Bilinski

De-Cluttering For Home Style

Tags: Ottawa Real Estate, Ottawa Homes, MLS Ottawa

Let's face it, most of us don't have a closet like the one in that picture. We wish we did though, so let's get the the space you have a little more organized. Whether you're moving into a condo or would love your home to just be a lot less cluttered, let's get your home a lot more organized and winter is actually the perfect time for this since most of us are indoors anyw...Read More

Where To See The Best Christmas Lights In Ottawa

By: Irene Bilinski

Where To See The Best Christmas Lights In Ottawa

Tags: Ottawa Real Estate, Ottawa Homes, MLS Ottawa, Christmas Lights In Ottawa

Ottawa has a huge variety of Christmas Light Shows and Displays. Take look Nov. 21-Jan 4: Take a drive through Wesley Clover Park a magical family night Magic of Lights™ is a unique and dazzling drive-through holiday lights experience to celebrate the season. Pile everyone into the car and experience Magic of Lights from the comfort of your own car as you wind through the sparkling path. At...Read More

Will A Pre-Approval Letter Help You Buy A Home?

By: Irene Bilinski

Will A Pre-Approval Letter Help You Buy A Home?

Tags: Ottawa Real Estate, Ottawa Homes, MLS Ottawa

Let's start out with What A Pre-approval letter Is. It is a letter from your mortgage lender that states you are qualified for a specific amount of a loan. There is nothing more heart breaking than falling in love with a home and then realizing it is out of your reach financially. It also may also help secure the home you love above competitors that weren't pre-approved and ...Read More

The Bidding War - Can You Win It?

By: Irene Bilinski

The Bidding War - Can You Win It?

Tags: Ottawa Real Estate, Ottawa Homes, MLS Ottawa

In an ideal world as a home seller, a bidding war is exactly what you dream of. But is it really?  Should you as a home seller walk away from a war? Does it all boil down to a gut feeling or is there a strategy involved? How can a seller maximize the benefit of a multiple bid?  An experienced agent is well aware that there are two basic options that work when selling a home. T...Read More

How To Adjust To The Climate Change In Canada

By: Irene Bilinski

How To Adjust To The Climate Change In Canada

Tags: Ottawa Real Estate, Ottawa Homes, MLS Ottawa

 Yes, there is climate change, it must be Mother Nature sending us a message. In Canada, we’re experiencing some pretty wild weather swings, from super cold winters to hot and humid summer heat waves.  Increased warming is occurring across the world, but here in Canada, on average, we have double the global rate. The climate changes are the new normal...Read More

What To Look For When Buying A Cottage.

By: Irene Bilinski

What To Look For When Buying A Cottage.

Tags: Ottawa Real Estate, Selling Your Home When You Have a Pet , Ottawa Homes, MLS Ottawa

This is the time of year most people who are looking for a cottage as a place to go to on weekends and for holidays, but also as a place to retire to one day. Before you start looking at cottage/land for your summer getaways, check out some of these tips below . . .  What To Look For When Buying A Cottage. 1. Create a 'wish list,' a 'want list' and a 'must-have list. Ar...Read More

Purchasing A Home In A Flood Zone

By: Irene Bilinski

Purchasing A Home In A Flood Zone

Tags: Ottawa Real Estate, Selling Your Home When You Have a Pet , Ottawa Homes, MLS Ottawa

We don’t think about floods in the Fall and Winter months but we sure do when we hear or read the news and find out about local areas that are under a flood watch.  During any season it may not be visible to you that the home you are looking at is actually in a flood zone. We have some questions for you to ask your realtor even if the area looks pretty dry when you're seeing it...Read More

The Perfect Place for Seniors To Call Home Again

By: Irene Bilinski

The Perfect Place for Seniors To Call Home Again

Tags: Ottawa Real Estate, Selling Your Home When You Have a Pet , Ottawa Homes, MLS Ottawa. Seniors Downsizing Ottawa, Real Estate Agent For Seniors

Moving can be exciting and stressful at the same time. For seniors who may have spent a lifetime in their previous home, leaving memories behind and moving into new, unfamiliar place and can emotionally difficult and often, even scary. Being considerate and understanding about the worries of a senior is paramount. Offering an elderly person moving tips, especially for things like their valua...Read More

“Home Viewings – Someone May be Listening

By: Irene Bilinski

“Home Viewings – Someone May be Listening

Tags: Ottawa Real Estate, Selling Your Home When You Have a Pet , Ottawa Homes, MLS Ottawa

Whether the security audio device was installed previously or just installed by the home owner, It was brought to our attention that some sellers are being sneaky and using these devices to find out what buyers are saying about their houses.  So, I’ve been telling buyers to keep their thoughts to themselves and we can talk after we leave the house.   “Home Viewings – So...Read More