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Apr 16

Reno Project Series: Kitchen on a Budget

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Earlier in April I wrote a blog called Considerations for Renovations: Increasing the Value of Your Home.  In that blog I outlined some basic things you should consider prior to getting to starting on a major renovation, including preparing your budget, selecting a good contractor,... [ more ]
Apr 9


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Over the past several months, my Featured Ottawa Neighbourhood Series has focused on a specific area on the south bank of the Ottawa River running along Richmond Road and Wellington Street West.  Wellington Village is bordered to the west by Island Park Drive, to the East by Holland... [ more ]
Apr 2

Considerations for Renovations: Increasing the Value of Your Home

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Are you thinking about making some investments in your home to increase its value?  If your answer is yes, there are many things to consider before getting started, from the exterior to the interior of the home.  For the exterior, you can update the sidings, add new a porch or patio,... [ more ]
Mar 26

Selling This Spring: Tips and Tricks

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If you are considering listing your house for sale this spring, there are several things you can do to enhance the appeal of your home and prepare it for sale both inside and out. Curb appeal The first thing a potential buyer will see is the exterior of your home.  This is your... [ more ]
Mar 21

Urban vs. Suburban Ottawa

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Photo Credit: Apt613   Planning on moving soon? So what will it be…urban or suburban?  What is the difference anyways?  These terms simply refer to where people live relative to the densely populated core of a city.   However, there are some key... [ more ]
Mar 16

GUEST BLOG: 'Conditonal on Financing'

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What to expect during the “Condition to Financing” period. Hi everyone.  I hope you enjoyed the last read about what to expect after applying for a mortgage (  This next article is about what to expect... [ more ]
Mar 12


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A couple of weeks ago, I wrote a blog all about the Ottawa community of Westboro, where I mentioned that there is often confusion between the neighbourhoods of Westboro, Wellington Village, and Hintonburg.  This week’s blog will focus on the Hintonburg neighbourhood - a creative,... [ more ]
Mar 5

Spring Forward!

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Unless you’ve been living in an igloo, you may have heard that this past February in Ottawa has been the coldest February since 1979 (Winterlude’s inaugural year). The average temperature this past February was -16.8, almost 4 degrees colder than the historical average of... [ more ]
Feb 27


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Former Westboro Town Hall. Image Credit: “Westboro Ottawa” by P199. Westboro is a community that is located approximately 5 kilometres west of downtown Ottawa. Generally speaking, it is bordered by Island Park Drive to the East, Golden Avenue to the West, Carling Avenue to the... [ more ]
Feb 23

Ottawa Dog Parks

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(photo courtesy of my wife, and Elliot has granted permission for his photo to be used) Thinking of moving soon?  Do you have a furry friend that will be moving with you?   We tend not to think about it when choosing somewhere to live, but finding a Fido friendly... [ more ]
Feb 12


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Image Credit: Strandherd-Armstrong Bridge by Saffron Blaze - Own work. Riverside South (formerly a part of the city of Gloucester) is a family oriented suburb in Ottawa located about 25 minutes south of downtown along the east side of Rideau river.  The community is bounded by Leitrim... [ more ]
Feb 5

Winterlude Guide 2015

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One month has passed since New Year’s Eve and 2015 is shaping up to be a great year.    The Bank of Canada’s target for the overnight lending rate dropped to 0.75 percent on January 21, spurring the major banks to follow suit and reduce their mortgage rates. ... [ more ]
Jan 24

**GUEST BLOG** How does the the Mortgage process work?

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As part of my role as a Real Estate Broker, I provide contacts of my partners for my Buyers & Sellers. Everything from Painters to Lawyers, to Inspectors and Financing Professionals. To help my clients, I've begun reaching out to my Preferred Partners for their insights on their part in... [ more ]
Jan 2

Thank You...for 2014!

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I wanted to take a moment before 2015 really begins and say 'Thank You' to all those who helped to make 'MJL Real Estate' a success in 2014: My Wife: For her support, and smile when I come home from a long day of calls and never-ending paperwork. You keep me... [ more ]
Dec 24

Where will you be on New Year’s Eve in Ottawa?

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2014 is coming to a close, and as usual - it’s a time for family, friends and fun. For those of you that have recently bought a home, you are likely celebrating for the first time in your new place.   Many of you are still contemplating minor touch-ups or navigating major... [ more ]
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