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"Watson promises lower property tax increases"

OBJ Staff, Published on September 19, 2014Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson was elected in 2010 on a promise to keep tax increases to 2.5 per cent, and on Friday he said he wants to better that number if he’s re-elected in October.Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson. Mr. Watson said he will limit any increases to two per cent a year. The 2014 increase came in below that at 1.9 per cent. “We need to stay the course by ...

August Sales Back to Flat

The report Out Says,  "Average sales for Ottawa in August" As summer winds down everyone is hoping for a Fall Flurry to bolster the years production. The president of the Ottawa Real Estate Boards says this in hs report: Members of the Ottawa Real Estate Board sold 1,203 residential properties in August through the Board's Multiple Listing Service® system, compared with 1,216 in August 2013, a ...

The Best Schools?

Finally the summer is over and the kids are headed back to class.  Despite the cooler temperatures this summer, I hope everyone has had an amazing time! I am reminded of one of the most common questions that newcomers to Ottawa ask me: "Where are the best schools?"   It doesn't matter if you're moving to Ottawa or within it, I can help!  The first step is to go to The Fraser Institude ...

City moves to restore development charge for affordable housing

The city is proposing to restore and slightly increase the portion of development charges that are earmarked for affordable housing. Since the introduction of the 2009 bylaw, the city has collected $189 for every single- and semi-detached home built. The charges are among those collected from developers to pay for things such as roads and transit, and the cost is usually passed on directly to consumers. ...

Paying down your Mortgage

Did you know that each extra payment put on your mortgage will reduce the principal mortgage balance and will help pay off your home faster.  Therefore you will pay less interest on your overall mortgage amount.

Fantastic Month July 2014 is almost Record Shattering

With a slow start to the year mostly due to the harsh winter it seems the Market has finally caught up. The numbers for July look like these as reported by the President of the Ottawa Real Estate Board. Here is what Randy Oickle has to say about the past month: Members of the Ottawa Real Estate Board sold 1,445 residential properties in July through the Board's Multiple Listing Service® system, compared ...

Strandherd-Armstrong Bridge NOW OPEN

It has been a long time coming, but the Strandherd-Armstrong Bridge is now open!  With the ribbon-cutting ceremony taking place at on Saturday, July 13th, 2014, the communities of Barrhaven and Riverside South are now connected over the Rideau River!  The new bridge is another option for people to cross the Rideau River and will improve traffic conditions on other bridges.  ...

Are these things in Your Garage?

I came across this article today and thought maybe I wouldn't be the only one learning something new. I have at least 3 of these things in my garage: a fridge which indeed has trouble in extreme cold and heat and a pantry with canned goods which I have had for years and paper products stored in there too! Read what Woman's Day has to say about other things not to have in the garage. -Woman's Day ...

Welcome to 5026 Carlsbad Lane

Looking for a home to fit your growing family!! Welcome to 5026 Carlsbad Lane http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nY45jRFC1rM Listed by Stephen George, 613-862-0306.

Great Starter Home $208,000

Cute as a button, this two bedroom, 1.5 baths with parking. Main level features livingroom, diningroom with door to back yard, kitchen and powder room, upper level two bedrooms and full bath. The basement is finished with plenty of storage. Hardwood floors, newer furnace, central air 2011, evestrough 2013 Call Diane DeCooman 613-863-7449