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Andrew was our agent for a purchase that we made on a Condo in Equinelle in Kemptville. I found Andrew to be extremely knowledgeable in all aspects of the Condo purchase. Since our purchase was for investment Andrew was also instrumental in getting us our first tenant in just under a week and taking care of the paperwork for the rental. I find Andrew to be a dedicated and helpful realtor and I would not hesitate to recommend Andrew for any realty transaction. For our next realty transaction I would certainly entrust Andrew to take the helm. - Ginette & Mark

I cannot begin to articulate how amazing Andrew was as our realtor. Patience of a saint!! This man patiently humoured my unrealistic criteria for a home, and allowed me to realize on my own, that in this crazy housing market I would not find what I wanted for the price I wanted. After a long 2 years We finally found a home that we LOVE! During our 2 year search, never once did he make me feel as though I was wasting his time, or seemed annoyed that I was so picky, which was a difficult task even for my husband! I wanted what I wanted and together we finally found it! Andrew has such amazing people skills and has such a talent for his profession, absolutely amazing realtor! Probably being his longest running clients to purchase one home and all the time we spent together over the years, I feel as though not only did we find our forever home, but we also made a great friend along the way! Thanks for everything Andrew, you are AMAZING! - Robin & Tony

Andrew Moore is the most professional real estate person we have ever had. Andrew answered all the questions we had regarding our new property. We have had the pleasure of working with Andrew in the past with the sale of other properties we owned. I would highly recommend Andrew if you are looking to sell or buy properties in Ottawa. It’s so nice to see a young person who is so hardworking and available when one makes a request or needs to have any questions answered. Thank you so much Andrew! - Kristen & Cody

Andrew Moore is the most professional real estate person we have ever had. Andrew answered all the questions we had regarding our new property. We have had the pleasure of working with Andrew in the past with the sale of other properties we owned. I would highly recommend Andrew if you are looking to sell or buy properties in Ottawa. It’s so nice to see a young person who is so hardworking and available when one makes a request or needs to have any questions answered. Thank you so much Andrew! - Barbara & Darryl

I cannot say enough great things about Andrew and his team, from start to finish they beyond exceed our expectations. From listing our home and selling it within days with multiple offers – over asking price – to finding our new beautiful home in this tough market at a fair price. Every step along the way Andrew was incredibly helpful with all of our questions and concerns and handled everything very professionally. I would recommend Andrew and his team to anyone looking to buy or sell a home. You will not be disappointed. Thanks for everything Andrew, we truly appreciate it. - Jess & Kyle

We really enjoyed working with Andrew. On our house search we encountered a few obstacles. Andrew gave us valuable solutions and ideas to get us into a home we are truly enjoying. Thanks for all your hard work. We wish you all the best. - Karen & Ken

I would like to give Beth a big Thank You. It was amazing how my house deal all came to be… I was living out west, up north and had an opportunity to move closer to family. I was lucky, my sister introduced us me to Beth. While I was down for my interview we did a hail marry of looking for a place. We spent a whole day checking out all of the places available in my price range in the areas I wanted to see and packed on a lot of miles on her car. I am picky and I wanted home with character and charm. By the end of the day I was tired and not feeling that I had found anything close to what I wanted or where I wanted to be. I went back up North and browsed MLS. Wow, I found a house in the town of Merrickville, price was ok, had charm, character, and a great look. I immediately e-mailed Beth. It had just come on the market and I was interested in what she thought. As I was e-mailing her, she was e-mailing me on the same house. Freaky! Since I was not able to view it, I got my sister and Beth to preview it for me to get the feel of the place. I have never heard 2 people so excited as those 2 when they called me right after seeing the house. I know it was the winner, but I would not be there for a month. While I was waiting to move the home owner’s got offers but refused to take them until they met me. My sister and Beth made a great impression. Luv it!! I flew in on a Thursday night and the deal was done on Friday night. I had a great time with Beth, her knowledge of housing, and willingness to go above and beyond made my house buying adventure a breeze. - Margo

We met Andrew Moore through a mutual friend and he has been a blessing to us. Patiently helping as we searched for the perfect new home. Meeting us at odd hours and places due to our wonky schedules. We are days from moving into our new home and could not have done it without Andrew. We highly recommend him to anyone looking to buy or sell their home. He is one of the best and we wish him well. Thank you Andrew. - Suzanne & Steve

Andrew was fantastic to deal with. We had the pleasure of working with Andrew when we were looking for our first home. He made the whole experience fun and enjoyable. He was always available, extremely quick to respond and was very knowledgeable. We were on a time crunch to find a house. Andrew showed us lots of houses in a short period of time, and we were able to find our perfect house. I recommend Andrew to everyone I talk to and look forward to working with him again for our next purchase. - Emily & Corey

Big thanks to Andrew for landing our new home. Professional and prompt replies. - Shane

Moving from Northern Alberta to Ottawa was a very difficult transition owing to the extreme differences in these two regions of Canada. My family benefited by having Beth Bonvie as our real-estate agent because she was able to help us decide on a region to best suit our needs, to show us only homes that she felt genuinely suited us, and then to help us complete all aspects of the transaction in a professional and friendly manner. Her emotional intelligence was high and she offered unique guidance and advice on what she heard my children speaking about in terms of their preferences and this insight was of particular value in helping us choose the right house to suit the children as well as our financial needs. We loved working with Beth! - Nicole

After not having had the best real estate experience in the past, Miguel and I were apprehensive about whom to trust with the sale/purchase of our family’s home. Upon first meeting Andrew we knew we had found the right guy for the job. Not only was he passionate about his work but he was patient, kind and went above and beyond to help us not only sell our home in 4 days but purchase our new dream home. It’s so refreshing to work with someone so down to earth and personable. Thanks for everything Andrew! - Lori & Miguel

Andrew, I just wanted to say thank you for the help with purchasing this commercial property for my expanding business. Getting all those tricky answers for me and suggesting some fixes were really appreciated. Thanks for going the extra distance. We love it here. - Doug

We were very impressed by the knowledge and insight Beth provided in building our custom home. She went out of her way to meet with us for making product and material choices for our home design. Beth has extensive knowledge and experience regarding the inner workings of a home and was able to provide recommendations for light and plug placements. After our new home closed, we didn’t expect to hear from her again. However, Beth continued to be actively involved and assisted us. Because of the valued service we received, we used Beth’s real estate company to sell our condo. We were impressed by the glossy brochures, market analysis and web based slide show that Beth prepared for our resale. And the best part is that we sold our home for the priced we wanted for it. We really appreciate the value of advice and highly recommend Beth Bonvie for purchasing or selling your home. If you are looking for a knowledgeable and professional real estate agent, Beth is your woman. - Beverly & Paul

Andrew Moore sold my home quickly and at the asking price in a challenging market. His knowledge, creativity and attention to detail made the process simple and easy. Andrew has become my trusted advisor when it comes to real estate matters and I always recommend his services to friends and colleagues when they have a need. - David

We had a fantastic experience working with Beth as our real estate agent. Beth walked us through every step from preparing the offer to closing the sale and everything in between, practically and professionally. We were blown away with the amount of work Beth put in researching the current market in our area to attain a desirable but realistic listing price, and was always very quick to reply to any phone call, email or text message. We would choose to work with Beth again in a heartbeat! Thanks Beth! - Stephanie & Jeff

Thank you very much Andrew. The assistance you provided was first class from Day 1 and we couldn’t be happier with our new home. From the first time we discussed what our family was looking for in a home, until the day we moved in, you were there to help us, guide us and prepare us for what to expect next. We never felt any type of pressure and we know your advice was always based on our best interests. Through every step in the process we always felt like we were your top priority. The service you provided went well beyond what we expected from a realtor. Thanks again for everything. - Meghan & Paul

Beth has been an absolute joy to work with. When my wife and I started to look at new homes we were recommended by a family member to contact Beth; we took their advice and have been extremely happy with her ever since. Beth’s professional services, advice and recommendations helped us sell our house in a matter of days for $10,000 above our asking price (we were absolutely blown away). She then helped us find our dream home, ensured an effortless move and still works to this day to ensure that we are enjoying our home. She encourages an open line of communication and responds to questions in a timely manner, which was extremely appreciated. In short, Beth has always been friendly, courteous, professional and has gone above and beyond our expectations by adding her personal touches throughout our home selling and buying experience. We would highly recommend her to our family and friends. Thanks Beth! - Marley & Andrew

Moving overseas can be stressful, and the sale of a home just adds to the pressure. Beth Bonvie was recommended by a friend, who had just moved in the past year. We contacted her right away to see what she could do for us. Beth’s detailed knowledge of the local market and her ability to walk us through her listings research to provide us with our own options, immediately made us feel at ease. The effort she put into the promotion of our home, with professional staging and amazing pictures by her photographer (even drone shots), demonstrated her dedication to us as clients. Beth used every means possible to tastefully market our home. She was always easy to contact on short notice and quick to return messages, even when we were outside of Canada. She did not let the time difference stop her efforts, resulting in the sale of our home in a trying market. Her team is remarkable, ethical, and professional and Colleen is a gem…truly a pleasure to work with!! We will absolutely contact Beth Bonvie again when the time comes to buy/sell another home. A+++ - Paola & Chris

We can’t thank Andrew enough for helping us sell our home. A dedicated and true professional, we would highly recommend him to anyone looking to sell their house. We had nothing but confidence in his ability to take of our best interest. - Jessie & Andrew

We had the best experience working with Beth. She stuck with us even when our first house fell through and she helped us find our perfect home. I would highly recommend Beth to anyone looking for an agent. She is educated and helpful and we are happy to call her a friend. - Stephanie

When buying our first home, it was an incredible experience. We decided together to have Andrew Moore look out for our best interests and we were never disappointed! He always took in our considerations, was honest, and reliable! At any time we could call him or email him about any questions we had. Even though we have only just recently purchased our new home, we will always recommend and use Andrew Moore as our real estate agent! To those who will get Andrew Moore’s help, you will never be disappointed! Thank you Andrew! - Ashley & Jordy

Beth is amazing! She and her team did an excellent job of staging my house. Beth was very open and honest with what buyers are looking for. Using her wealth of knowledge, I was able to focus on what really mattered to get the house ready to be listed. I really can’t think of anything more that Beth and her team could have done and I would be happy to work with Beth again. - Christina

We have never enjoyed such a positive experience with a realtor. Hands down Andrew Moore is top notch. He went above and beyond our needs not only as home buyers and vendors, but also for our family on a personal level. His attention to detail, initiative, availability and flexibility are far superior to anything we have experience before. It is clear to us that Andrew loves his job, as well as his clients and puts 110% into his efforts. Thanks Andrew, you are at the top of our referral list!! - The Moreland Family

Beth went above and beyond anything we would have expected. She added so much value to our home-buying process, we can’t recommend her enough. As first-time home buyers trying to enter the market, and as someone that had spent (way too much) time on MLS, watching the market, and doing research, I initially thought we didn’t need a real estate agent if we got a home inspection. Beth proved me wrong. She filtered our home searches, which made the process more efficient and she taught us what other steps we needed to take to be able to move on a house quickly, which was necessary given the Ottawa market. She had us viewing the house we ended up purchasing as the “For Sale” sign was being placed on the front yard. She was very helpful during the offer-counter offer process and was very knowledgable of the Sale Agreement itself. On closing day, she also took care of several things that popped up unexpectedly, and coordinated with several other individuals to make sure everything closed on time. Her actions on closing day were exceptional; as my partner and I work full time and had limited ability to deal with the surprises, Beth and her team handled everything on our behalf. We can’t thank her or recommend her enough. - Rebecca & Gavin

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An Easy, No-Fuss Thanksgiving Dinner

Are you hosting Thanksgiving for the first time? Hosting family and friends can be overwhelming, but it doesn't have to be. Keep reading for a step-by-step guide that will help things go smoothly even if you're a rookie.



Make a Schedule

The key to a stress-free Thanksgiving is to plan ahead. Stick to a schedule to avoid any major hassles. We recommend the schedule below for Thanksgiving week:


Monday = Inventory


Tuesday = Shopping


Wednesday = Cooking


Thursday = Assembly + Reheat Food




Take Inventory

Take inventory of everything you have, including serving pieces, baking dishes, place settings and cutlery. Depending on how many guests you have, you may need to buy or borrow additional pieces.



Text Your Invite

Our motto for Thanksgiving first-timers is, "Choose the easy way." Skip the hassle of sending out formal invites, and send your guests a text instead. Try Punchbowl app, which has great seasonal holiday invites to choose from.




Spend Time on Prep to Save Time Later

Plan out your menu, and spend sufficient time on prepping all recipes to make things easier on Thanksgiving day. For a simple meal, stick to just the classics - turkey, roasted veggies, cranberry sauce, stuffing and dessert. Warm things up with a fall soup like curried butternut squash with fried sage.



Set the Table

On Thanksgiving morning, tackle setting the table. If you knock this off your list first thing, you won't have to give it a second thought the rest of the day. Add simple yet intricate details, like fresh sage wrapped in twine at each place setting.



Display a Candle Centerpiece

Arranging flowers is timely and costly. Skip the flowers, and display candles you have on hand instead. Incorporate texture by placing eucalyptus leaves in small vases, and place throughout your tablescape.



Make Easy Appetizers

A bruschetta bar is one of the easiest (and most delicious) appetizers. Place different spreads, such as cheese, olive, roasted tomatoes and feta salad, on a tray, and pair with crackers.



Set Up a Self-Serve Drink Station

Set up a self-serve drink station to avoid constantly refilling your guests' drinks. Provide cans of wine instead of bottles to avoid messing with a corkscrew, and offer non-alcoholic options like apple cider and sparkling water.



Give Everyone Their Own Bread Basket

Use little silver buckets to make mini bread baskets for each guest. This will prevent you from passing around or refilling a larger bread basket during dinner.



Partially-Homemade Cranberry Sauce

Maybe you have time to make cranberry sauce from scratch, but you most likely don't have the time. Make a partially-homemade sauce by mixing fresh or frozen cranberries with a can of cranberry sauce. Garnish with orange peel for color contrast.



Easy Roasted Veggies

Roasted veggies are a great item to include on your easy menu. Use one pan to roast a combo of your favorite fall vegetables. We combined and roasted colorful potatoes, carrots and radishes with butter and fresh thyme for 30-40 mins.



Cook Your Turkey the Day Before

Cooking a turkey is usually the biggest challenge for a Thanksgiving first-timer, so we recommend tackling it the day before Thanksgiving. Then, just set aside some time on the day of to reheat it. If you aren't up for cooking your own turkey, order a pre-cooked one from a local market, add fresh herbs and lemon slices and put it on your own serving platter. We won't tell your secret!



No-Bake Mini Pies

These cute pies don't require a recipe or any baking time. To make, buy pre-made pies from a local gourmet market, and cut out mini versions with a 2" biscuit cutter. Top with whipped cream.



Encourage Your Guests to Take Leftovers

One of the best things about Thanksgiving is the leftovers, so share the leftover love with all your guests. Set up a take-out station with inexpensive and grab-and-go containers or use berry containers from the grocery store.

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Home ownership remains a top priority for many Canadians. While buying a home is seen as a milestone and can improve your quality of life, most are hoping that their purchase will also be a sound financial decision. A recent study[1] has found that, for those who are able to secure a sufficient down payment, it is more financially beneficial to buy a home in Canada than to rent over the long term, in 91 per cent of cases analyzed. The scenarios assume the owner is able to provide a 20 per cent down payment.

“Canadians strongly value home ownership for many reasons. Not only is it a great source of pride, it is likely the largest and most significant financial investment most people will ever make,” said Karen Yolevski, chief operating officer, Royal LePage Real Estate Services Ltd. “Historically, home ownership has been very profitable for Canadians, many of whom have factored their real estate investments into their retirement planning. Owning a home is widely viewed as a means to save money and build equity.”

The study, by economist and housing market analyst Will Dunning, and sponsored by Royal LePage, uses price data for 278 scenarios (broken out by city and housing type) across the country and approaches the commonly-asked question ‘Is it better to buy or rent?’ from various angles – using historical data, future projections, and viewing home ownership as an investment.

“For many people, buying a home – especially the first – is a landmark event and one of the most challenging decisions we’ll make in our lives,” said Will Dunning, president, Will Dunning Inc. “It is a decision that  is usually based on a lot of hard work. This research tests a belief that is held by a lot of Canadians, that owning is better financially than renting. And, it finds that this belief is very often correct.”

While the total monthly costs of owning a home may be higher than renting, there is an important factor to consider. Mortgage payments comprise principal and interest, and the principal component can be seen as a form of saving, albeit forced saving. While the homeowner has to pay the full amount each month, the principal is not a true cost. What’s more, the interest component is largest in the first month and gradually decreases over the life of the loan, effectively increasing the amount of forced saving each month.

In 253 out of 278 cases studied (91%), the net cost of ownership (the total ownership cost minus the saving that occurs through principal repayment) is lower than the cost of renting. In the report, this factor is referred to as the ‘ownership advantage’. As of the second quarter of this year, on average the net home ownership cost was $769 per month less than the cost of renting an equivalent dwelling. In the nine per cent of scenarios where renting was more beneficial than buying, cases were concentrated in luxury homes in expensive neighbourhood pockets. Moreover, the monthly savings were minimal for this demographic at $245.[2]

“While Canadians do want their homes to appreciate, potential homebuyers will find it reassuring that significant price appreciation is not necessary for ownership to be financially worthwhile,” said Yolevski. “There are other benefits to owning a home, in addition to the financial advantages. Owning a property allows more freedom and stability than renting. As a homeowner, you do not have to worry about the landlord hiking up the rent or forcing you to move. And, homeowners have the ability to make a place their own, with renovations or decor. I believe most Canadians would agree that owning a home is as much about laying down roots in a community and making memories with family, as it is about financial security.”

The study tested various scenarios. This includes a mortgage renewal in five years, at an increased interest rate (3.62%, which is based on the highest interest rate seen during the study period from the fourth quarter of 2014 to the present). Even in that scenario, home ownership is expected to remain more affordable than renting in most situations.

“Although supply has reached historic lows and home price appreciation continues to trend upward, the findings of the report show that owning a home remains financially advantageous for most people. However, all Canadians would benefit from swift and material government action to solve the country’s housing supply crisis,” added Yolevski.

To varying degrees, Canadians think of their homes as an investment, and not just a place to live. The study calculated how home ownership might perform as an investment, making varying assumptions about how much values might change during the coming 10 years. The calculations found that even with a 10 per cent decline in home prices, approximately half of the homeowners studied would still see a positive rate of return on investment, while the other half would break even or see a modest loss as an investment.[3] If there is no growth in values, ownership would result in a positive rate of return on investment in a majority of cases. Other scenarios in which values rise show increasingly attractive rates of return. 

The analysis includes assumptions about the costs of buying and selling homes (closing costs, lawyers’ and real estate agents’ fees, and land transfer taxes), and the major ongoing costs incurred by homeowners (utilities, repairs, homeowners’ insurance and condominium fees, where applicable).

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Although it might not feel like it at the moment, fall and cooler temperatures are on the horizon. Summer’s reach may seem to extend into September, but before we know it, leaves will begin to fall, the wind will start to pick up, and sweaters will become a necessity.

Before fall hits in full force, consider taking care of the following home maintenance items. These are simple chores that can go a long way in protecting your home and your family during the cooler months. Completing them now, while they are less of a hassle, as opposed to in the future when you may be faced with turbulent weather and other obstacles, is a smart move.


Gutters

It’s a good idea to clean your gutters or eaves every few months. Dirt and debris can easily accumulate in these spaces over time, preventing water from properly flowing through them. Gutters exist to collect precipitation and move it away from the home. When rain can’t move through your gutters it will spill over onto your roof, which can cause leaks and water damage. Long story short, cleaning your gutters regularly can save you a lot of money and frustration.


Cracks/Windows

If you don’t seal foundation and window frame cracks in your home, you may notice autumn’s cooler temperatures sooner than your neighbours. Caulking cracks not only helps to keep warm air in and cold air out, it also helps protect your space from rodents looking for a winter home. Fall is the time when our furry frenemies start looking for places to survive the winter. Help make sure you aren’t unsuspectingly sharing your space by sealing cracks – or as rats/mice see them: entryways!


Smoke/Carbon Monoxide Detectors

Test your smoke detectors and carbon monoxide alarms. Here’s why: it’s really important! These devices save lives, yet they are so easily overlooked. To help make sure they’re functioning properly, they should be tested every month, and their batteries should be changed twice a year. 

Pro Tip: Change your smoke detector batteries when you change your clocks for Daylight Saving’s time. It happens twice a year, and you’re already going around your home resetting the clocks – it’s the perfect time to get it done.


Organizing Storage

Seasonal changes are the perfect time to get some organizing done. As you put away your summer clothes and bring your jackets and boots out of storage, why not switch other storage items around? You can restructure your storage spaces to bring upcoming holiday decorations to a more accessible spot, and move summer stuff to the back. It’s also a great time to assess your stuff. What summer items did you use or wear this season? What stayed on the shelf? Get rid of unused or unwanted items while the memories are fresh, instead of during spring cleaning when you’re excited about the potential of using/wearing these things during the warmer weather.



Once your maintenance is complete, it’s time to update the inside of your home for fall. Happy Fall Y’all!




Source: Ottawa Fall Home Show blog

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