Many people feel that Investing in real estate and becoming a landlord is too much responsibility and work. The answer to this is that it depends on the type of property, and how you set up the management of your investment property. In general condos have less maintenance to be concerned with relative to a freehold townhouse or single family home. If you really want to step back from actively managing your investment properties then maybe hiring a property manager is the right choice for you. The following article discusses this and one person's experience in more detail ...
Colleen Lyle Real Estate Team / Trinity Stone Realty Inc.'s blog
Ottawa Market update for Residential and Condominium Homes - December 2021 compared to December 2020.
Here are the numbers for Ottawa Residential and Condominium homes and the comparison of average days on market, average selling price, and properties sold from December 2021 and December 2020.
Information sourced from the Ottawa Real Estate Board.
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Home prices continue to rise, and many of our first time buyers are having a hard time finding a home that they can afford. For some we have recommended changing their search to include condos that are more within their budget but even those are highly competitive among buyers. One way to get ahead of other buyers is to work with a proactive realtor who will keep you on top of new listings before other buyers see them and give you that edge.
Here's a great article describing more about the Home Buyer's Plan and how to borrow from your RRSP to buy a home.
Here is the Canadian Real Estate Association's prediction on the 2022 real estate market for the country. Ottawa being a strong market will continue to see rising house prices, and competition from buyers due to low inventory.
Should you wait until spring to list your home? Traditionally spring has been the strongest real estate market with many sellers waiting until then to list their homes. With home buyers currently outnumbering home sellers, the ongoing low inventory of homes for sale has created a seller's market and has driven up prices. This current market situation has disrupted the wait until spring market thought, with sellers currently benefitting from multiple offers, and often having their home often being sold over asking.
With the increase in home prices over the past year, we've had a number of new investor buyer clients work with us. Some are using the new increased equity in their existing home to finance their new investment property purchase. Between the projected property value increase for 2022 plus having a tenant help pay off the mortgage, investment properties are an attractive option. A good article on the suject can be found at...
Since the start of the pandemic more people have been working from home than ever before. We've seen a trend of people selling their home in the city in order to move out to their cottage, or to a quieter country property since there was no longer a need for commuting into the office (or at least not as often). A good article on this subject can be found at...