While there are plenty of great resources available to help you narrow down what you’re looking for, and research the region or neighbourhood that may best suit your lifestyle, consider these benefits to hiring a real estate professional when buying your next home.
A REALTOR®1 will not only take the time to help you find the right property, but also assist you through the buying and closing process. By getting to know you they can make suggestions of similar properties in similar neighbourhoods that may be off your radar. They have their fingers on the pulse of communities across the region they cover. They will advise you through the offer process and once a bid is won, they can recommend trusted professionals to help you complete the transition.
Here are some benefits to consider:
ACCESS TO A LARGE NETWORK: A licensed real estate agent will have access to more available properties than the general public. Through their professional databases and relationships with other agents, a realtor knows what properties are coming on the market before they are posted, and may have other clients, or colleagues with clients, who are preparing to sell a home that fits your criteria. Some homes are sold prior to being listed and others are only publicly listed for a very short time. You could miss out on your perfect home.
NEGOTIATING: A realtor is a professional negotiator, and it is part of their job to get you the best possible deal on a property. They have insights into the local market, and with access to important data, they have a deep understanding of property values in a particular area at a given point in time.
NAVIGATING THE TRANSACTION: A real estate agent is an expert in their field, and having an experienced professional on your side will take the stress out of the critical paperwork that is necessary when purchasing a home. A realtor will guide you through one of the most significant and important transactions of your life.
ACCESS TO OTHER PROFESSIONALS: It’s always helpful to have referrals from friends and family when hiring a professional. Just as you may be referred to an agent, your agent can refer others to you. Real estate professionals have access to a large network of home inspectors, appraisers, contractors, financial advisors and mortgage brokers, and movers, to name a few. When you hire experienced experts, you get what you want the first time while saving time and money.
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It’s early February. COVID-19 is still present and accounted for with newer more contagious strains growing in numbers. Some areas are just starting to relax some of the strictest lockdown measures we have seen.
All of this and the Ottawa real estate market is booming. Both the rise in value and number of units have risen dramatically. The average house price in Ottawa is now over $677,197 up 31.2% over last January and units sold were up 21% over last January.
The stats are a little bit misleading as there was an unusual number of $1,000,000+ homes sold in January but even eliminating those home, the rise in value is still substantial.
Condos have not fared as well but have still had decent increases in value. These properties has increased a modest 12.8% to an average price of $380,366. However, the number of units sold has increased dramatically by 31.2% over last January. There has been lots of condos on the market which has kept the increase in value down but as the stats show, they are stating to get bought up and this can only lead to higher values.
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LEST WE FORGET.
It is the middle of October 2020 and we have once again realized an extraordinary real estate market! Many, many multiple offers, sale prices tens of thousands of dollars over asking price and most offers having no conditions whatsoever has been “normal” for most of the Spring and Summer market.
The big question always is, “Why is this happening?” There’s not one answer and a lot depend on location. Just outside of Ottawa in smaller towns and cities such as Arnprior, Smiths Falls, Perth and others, have all seen an increase in interest and value. The Corona pandemic has forced many people into working from home and have shown their employers that this method of working can be greatly beneficial to all. Many firms have decided to allow and even encourage their staff to continue to work from home either full time or for most of their working day. This has led to a surge in sale of properties that normally would be considered too far of a commute for work.
Within the city, the demand for house is still out stripping the supply although that seems to be changing right now. We are starting to see less and less listing coming on the market asking that offers be held off (no conveyance of offers) and starting to see less multiple offer situations. There are still plenty of multiple offers, but now we may see two or three offers on a property instead of eight to fifteen or more! This is somewhat expected as we move deeper and deeper into the Fall and approach the Winter months. Plus, a great deal of the demand has been satisfied. And there is a significant number of buyers who have just quit the mark out of frustration or affordability. It is still a buyers’ market and will remain so for the foreseeable future.
If you’re thinking of selling or buying, let us help you through today’s market which after over thirty years in the real estate business, has certainly been the most interesting and challenging!
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Here we are. The beginning of June and deep into the COVID-19 Pandemic. The Ontario government has announced that restrictions as they are now will stay in place until at least the end of June.
For many people this is bad news. Workers in all industries and professions want to get back to work or as close to normal as possible. For real estate agents the statistics are not good. Residential sales are down 43% and condo sales are down 49% (May 2019 compared to May 2020). These numbers are showing improvement as the combined sales (condo and residential) were 55% lower in April compared to a decline of 49% in May.
There is a silver lining. Prices have increase from 2019. Condo sale prices were up by 15.5% and residential class properties were up 11.2% in May alone. Year to date, prices have increased 13.8% for condos and 17.8% for residential properties. The shortage of new listings and delays in building new homes have cause prices to rise. 2019’s market was supper competitive as almost every home saw multiple competing offers. 2020 has not been as competitive but we are still seeing many, many competing offers. We have heard of up to 20 offers on one home even in this market.
Our summary of the market is this. If you are buying a home, make sure all your ducks are in a row. Get a reputable experienced agent, have your lender pre-qualify you in advance. Be open and honest with both your agent and lender. Make sure they have all the facts so that there will be no surprises when it comes time to put an offer in with no financing condition. Take a good look at the home you are thinking of buying. There’s a reasonable chance you may have to skip a building inspection if you want a shot at that home particularly if you are competing with other buyers. A seller will take a lower offer if there are no conditions over a higher offer with conditions. Be confident that you have a little extra money put aside in case issues with the home do come up after you move in.
If your selling! Well, for the most part, you are in the driver’s seat. BUT the basics still pertain. Keep your home exceptionally clean especially in the COVID-19 era. Check and make sure all your maintenance items are up to date. If there is an issue with your home (furnace or central air not working, sink leaking, roof leaking) and you are aware of these or any defects, you are required to disclose these facts. If it can be proved that you knew or should have known about a defect, you could be held responsible for repairs even after transfer of ownership. Make sure you are readily available to your agent. Make sure you have good access to email as most transactions today are handled electronically due to COVID-19. If your home is for sale do not go camping or to a cottage with no or very poor internet or data connection. Offers and negotiations will be happening fast and furiously.
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