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Turn your Vacation into a Staycation: Activities for families in Ottawa

Turn your Vacation into a Staycation: Activities for families in Ottawa  Summer is a wonderful time to spend a little quality time with friends and family; things are more relaxed, the kids are out of school and you won’t have to worry about a last minute snow storm interfering with travel plans (well here’s hoping!) . But organizing a family vacation, especially when you have young children, can be stressful (just think of the Griswalds). The packing, planning, stopping, driving, – the list could go on and on. Have you ever arrived at your destination tired, wishing you’d just stayed home?
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Lawn Maintenance

Lawn Maintenance Let’s face it: as Canadians, we love our lawns. Living in Ottawa, and having minimal lawn exposure due to our famously unpredictable weather patterns, we love our lawns even more. In fact, we take pride in them. In conjunction with benefiting the environment, a green lawn is a healthy lawn. They’re less susceptible to weeds, pests and drought, as well as known to help better the quality of our air and our soil – and it’s easy enough to achieve with a little determination and care. Here’s how: Water deep and mow high: according to the Government of
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Hidden Gems of Riverside South

Hidden Gems of Riverside South Riverside South: our community, our neighbourhood, our home. We know the ins and outs like the back of our own hands; the best restaurants, the best shopping districts, even the best parks and/or walking trails with even better views. But, no matter where we reside, we’re always open to discovering a few hidden gems that we might not have otherwise known about – that’s where we chime in. In fact, we’ve done our homework! Here’s a taste of what we’ve discovered in your neck of the woods: Zizi’s Kitchen and Wine Bar: open for lunch,
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Frugal Family Fun in Ottawa

Frugal Family Fun in Ottawa Did you know that entertaining and enjoying time together as a family does not need to cost a lot of money? Its true-despite what parenting magazines and social media ads would like to have you believe. Yes, there are activities that cost more than others, but there are also a lot of inexpensive and even FREE activities you can do instead.  In fact there are many free options available that you may have not even known about! One example of a free & fun outing is visiting one of the many museums around the Nation’s
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What Home Buyers Should be Looking for When Viewing a Property

You’ve done your research, found the perfect Realtor, crunched the numbers, created your list of must-haves and now it’s time to start the exciting process of HOUSE HUNTING! When you’re looking at homes for sale it isn’t always easy to look beyond the cosmetics.  Not to worry, we’ve created this handy graphic to help home buyers to stay focused. Empty attachment or post type not equal ‘attachment’
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What Home Buyers Should be Looking for When Viewing a Property

You’ve done your research, found the perfect Realtor, crunched the numbers, created your list of must-haves and now it’s time to start the exciting process of HOUSE HUNTING! When you’re looking at homes for sale it isn’t always easy to look past the cosmetics.  Not to worry, we’ve created this handy graphic to help home buyers to stay focused.
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Landlords and Legalization: What budding weed laws may mean for Landlord

Landlords and Legalization: What budding weed laws may mean for Landlords With the legalization of marijuana on the horizon, property owners of rental units are wondering what that will mean for them. As all the rules and regulations surrounding cannabis use have yet to be ironed out, it’s only natural that landlords are beginning express concern, or in some cases excitement surrounding the opportunities legalization will present. The legalization of medical cannabis passed in 2001, but as Canada moves forward to legalize the use of cannabis across the country, there are many different views surrounding the changes. With multiple angles to
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It’s a Wonderful Day in the Neighbourhood: The importance of Good Neighbours

It’s a Wonderful Day in the Neighbourhood: The importance of Good Neighbours We can all recall the famous song from Mr. Rogers, “It’s a beautiful day in the neighbourhood, a beautiful day for a neighbour…” and of course, we know this childhood song rings true. But just how important is having good neighbours when it comes to buying a home? More important than you may think. The quality of your home life can depend greatly on whether you have good neighbours around you, or not. Neighbours who are trustworthy, take pride in their homes, and are generally friendly and considerate people
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Landlords and Legalization: What budding weed laws may mean for Landlords

Landlords and Legalization: What budding weed laws may mean for Landlords With the legalization of marijuana on the horizon, property owners of rental units are wondering what that will mean for them. As all the rules and regulations surrounding cannabis use have yet to be ironed out, it’s only natural that landlords are beginning express concern, or in some cases excitement surrounding the opportunities legalization will present. The legalization of medical cannabis passed in 2001, but as Canada moves forward to legalize the use of cannabis across the country, there are many different views surrounding the changes. With multiple angles to
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Millennials in the Market

MILLENNIALS: CHANGING MARKET EXPECTATIONS & TREND REALITIES When it comes to the future in real estate, all eyes fall to the millennials, who are just beginning to be seen on today’s markets. With the millennial generation however, we are seeing a shift in the previous real estate trends from purchasing a primary residence, to investing in vacation property. What is it about the millennial generation today that has us seeing such a change in the markets? The millennial generation is the first generation to be in our technology-based society as adults, and to have grown up with both eras. Alongside
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