Jane Scott Sales Representative Remax Ottawa
Jane Scott Real Estate for Real People

Serving Ottawa and the Surrounding Area

RE/MAX Affiliates Realty Ltd., Brokerage

 

I was in the Kanata Staples Store yesterday admiring all the glittery pens, the pretty paper, and all those things that inspire, in me, a wonderful orderly universe. When, suddenly out of the corner of my eye, I saw beckoning, the Apple iPad Pro... the big one. Now I am a Blackberry girl from way back (yes, it is the keyboard), but I must confess that my heart gave a little extra thump when I saw that Apple iPad Pro...the big one. It was so shiny, so sleek, so light. I touched it. I lingered. I was smitten. Dragging myself back to the paper section I tried to focus on selecting my not-so-glittery pens and my not-so-pretty paper.

Despite being a Blackberry girl, I am also a techno-idiot and a luddite (...contradictions, I know). With the onslaught of technology in the Ottawa Real Estate world that is constantly bombarding us with new products and apps and marketing resources all the time, I was feeling extremely overwhelmed. I need my technological tools to be simple, efficient, mindless, so that I can focus on the business I love, that of buying & selling for my wonderful clients. My technology should not be holding me back. And it is. I decided to get smart and ask for help. With the first meeting with my new “Tech Guru Guy” it became quickly evident that I had made a number of bad technological decisions. For example I was using three different platforms: Microsoft, Android & Apple. Hmm...I didn’t even know what different platforms meant. You can imagine how the conversation with my “Tech Guru Guy” goes from here. And as an aside my “Tech Guru Guy” is a confirmed Apple aficionado. I wonder if that was a subconscious choice on my part, or not. Now that the Ottawa Real Estate Board and the MLS are supporting Apple, I see a shiny, sleek, light Apple iPad Pro ...the big one, in my future. I am definitely smitten.

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Recently, I was working with a lovely young couple who were looking to purchase a home in an Ottawa downtown neighbourhood. We found one that the young couple really loved. It was a very well maintained, good solid semi-detached little home in a very nice downtown neighbourhood with a list price of $499,000. It had hardwood floors throughout, an updated kitchen, an updated bathroom and lots of other desirable features. Its only drawbacks were that it had one bathroom, no garage, and was a block away from the Queensway.

The young couple felt that these drawbacks were not a deal breaker so we went ahead and prepared an offer. We then discovered that were were in multiple offer with 5 other buyers. We submitted our best offer and hoped for the the best. Unfortunately my young couple did not submit the winning offer.

The home was sold firm that very same day. It sold with no conditions and for $597,000. That is almost $100,000 above asking price.

Is Ottawa the new Toronto?
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