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5.Tone it down:

Our personal tastes in décor vary greatly however when photos are taken of a home and you have strong colors on the walls what you see is the colors and not the house or room. Highly recommended is choosing to repaint rooms that are richly or boldly colored (especially main rooms) to a more stylish neutral tone and that is not necessarily white.


Earthy tones and rich mid tone neutrals create a backdrop that makes the rooms look large and inviting without being stark. Even a deep earthy tone can be lovely as long as there is little else in the room to clash with the colour and a good piece of art work to set off the room.



 6. Outdoor spaces:


Whether you have a yard or a small balcony you want to create an atmosphere that invites a buyer to enjoy the spaces. Decks should be cleaned and stained, Flower pots placed as accents on patios and decks, grass cut and gardens weeded (you don’t want it to look like it is high maintenance ). Play up small spaces with a café table and chairs ( even a place setting) so a buyer sees that  it is a lovely place to have a coffee or a glass of wine”


Many times a garden extends the indoor space – if you are selling in the summer have the door open so it is easy to walk right out into the terrace or garden.

An easy fix to privacy issues or to disguise items that are not as visually appealing the use of potted cedars , grasses or trees works wonderfully with out spending a fortune.


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EXCELLENT VALUE  23 PRIMROSE” NOW SOLDvirtual-tour-147516-25-1401952256-enlargevirtual-tour-147516-12-1401952247-enlarge

Three floors of Style, Charm and Sun filled Space.

contact us  for private viewing. Julie or Stephanie 613.859.6599 or 613.296.6708


Hidden behind the large trees and the white clad exterior is a simply charming and stylish home that is much larger than it looks. An extensive renovation has turned this home into an open and sun-filled home that is great for all kinds of lifestyles. Executive couples and singles will love the gourmet kitchen (stainless steel appliances and an eating banquette


Open living spaces for entertaining , and the families and gardeners  will love the yard. Everyone will enjoy the  garage. The main bathroom has a soaking tub and oversized walk in shower, heated tile floors and a large vanity.

The smallest bedroom  opens to a front treetop balcony. The rear bedroom (master ) has a 2pc en-suite or use the third floor as master and redo the adjacent room into a closet.


South west private yard  for summer relaxing.

The basement is excellent for storage  and could be further finished to provide a great exercise room. The laundry and another bathroom are also in the basement, a raised tub ideal for washing down th doggie. Great location. Walk to everything.




NOW SOLD Glebe – Walking score 100.


70 Third Ave . Priced at $595,000.00


On the Avenues just between the Canal and Bank St. with all  shops not to mention the Lansdowne  Development with its shops, activities and parkland.

This is a spacious and charming half double. Open living room and dining room with bay window and high ceilings. Main floor family room  and renovated kitchen with butlers pantry and butcher block eating island . The kitchen opens to a lovely screened porch that is ideal for bug free summer dining.

The master is spacious and runs across the front of the house. There is another bedroom, an open den ( with closet  so a wall could be put back up to make into a nursery) and then a very pretty sunroom, south facing with 2 walls of windows. There is large bathroom and a main floor powder room that also provides a laundry area.

The basement is high and dry and great for storage.

Low hating costs and roof redone in 2014


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Lisgar Collegiate Book sale

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JUST found out about this  I am so happy to support this school and others in book sales. This is Lisgar Collegiate  first ever and I wish it a huge success.

For more information, or to donate books, please contact

this is from the Ottawa Family Living Site:

 Looking for a good book? Students at Lisgar Collegiate Institute are hosting the school’s first ever Used Book Sale this month. A vast collection of items—ranging from books of all genres to magazines and records—will be sold and prices begin as low as 50 cents!

The sale is taking place in the cafeteria at the high school, located at 29 Lisgar Street, and it stretches over two days, from 4 to 9 p.m. Friday March 27 and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday March 28.

Money raised from the sale will go towards supporting young entrepreneurs in skill-building activities and competitions. As well, it will help pay for training supplies and materials required to help prepare future members of the Lisgar Business Venture Club.

A portion of the money being raised will go towards Lisgar’s arts and literature magazine, Ambrosia, which features up and coming artists and writers from communities across Ottawa.

Lisgar has always been a cornerstone of the community. Located in downtown Ottawa, the school has long been known for its positive influence in the city through events such as Trivia Night and Doors Open Ottawa tours.

Lisgar’s 2015 book sale will once again showcase the school’s “good neighbor” image through a weekend of fun, enriching activities. Not only will there be thousands of books to browse through (hopefully everybody will find an interesting new book to read), but there will additional activities such as a bake sale.

In addition to that, well-received Ottawa author Phyllis Bohonis will be coming in to read from her upcoming book Tomorrow’s Promise.

Members of parliament from both provincial and federal branches of government are expected to make appearances at the book sale as well.

Everybody is welcome to attend. Parking is limited – the closest bus stations are Mackenzie-King Rideau and Campus Station.


See you there .





4.Cleaning: This is something that is so important.  Most people do not think it is that much fun to do. Even though we think our homes are clean using a cleaning company just before you go to market or the photo shoot is worthwhile. Photos and video’s take close-ups of such things as taps and flooring so everything should sparkle. Even if a kitchen or bathroom is dated, if it is clean it makes a huge difference in the eyes of a buyer.

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3.Open those closets and cupboards:  Buyers will look in your closets and pull out built in drawers. Closet space is a big selling point for buyers so show your closets off to full advantage  aim to have around a quarter of the space open for the impression of spaciousness.  Not every one has huge closets or California closets but even a small closet can be made to look spacious and useful.









now sold – 227 SUNNYSIDE AVE.  $679,000.00

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A perfect home in many ways for an executive couple or family. The spaces are generous, modern and charming.
Lovely home that is well located with easy access to all the amenities of not only Old Ottawa South but the Glebe and the new Lansdowne Development not to mention the Canal at your doorstep . The exterior is handsome with a private laneway, pretty garden and porches. The rear yard is large, private with a deck, large flagstone patio, fully fenced and landscaped.


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The rooms are accented by hardwood floors , an abundance of custom cabinetry, crown mouldings and high ceilings . The colours are neutral earth tones and creams accented by white tiered mouldings. The dining room had been placed at the front of the home open to the living room making for excellent entertaining spaces. The kitchen is fantastic with an abundance of wood cabinetry and granite counter tops. Heated floors, brushed steel top quality appliances and an eating area overlooking and opening to the deck/patio/garden. There is a main floor powder room as well.

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The second floor bedrooms are of ample size with good closet space and lots of built ins The main bathroom has been luxuriously and stylishly renovated with heated floors and spa like appointments . There is a huge walk in closet ( custom designed and built ) for all your clothing needs. A den opens to the front porch and has the access to the 3rd floor staircase.

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The third floor is ideal as either the master suite or as a family room. With its ensuite bathroom and skylights it makes for a very lovely space. Not to mention the roof terrace that is accessed from this room. Treetop views . A bar fridge and coffee maker would be a perfect fit in a dormered corner and make this space ideal for morning coffee of evening cocktail. 



Garage sale-Owners Renovating – everything must go- house content sale

 Sunday march 15th Noon till 3 p.m.  14 Central Ave – Golden Triangle

hosted by : Don Patterson  owner of Estate Matters. 6138621921 20150308_102326

Owners wish to sell the contents and appliances as well as kitchen cupboards etc… everything must go. Excellent opportunity to buy good quality at very low prices.

gently used couches, dining room set, beds, side tables, bookcases, chairs, coffee table., appliances include  Bosch dishwasher, ge profile cooktop , AEG built in oven , full size stackable  GE washer/  dryer , dishes, paintings, tv, cd players, bbq, fish tank and equipment, carpets, kitchen cupboards ( perfect for a laundry room or small rental apt.,   …….

Come early!







ALL THE WORLDS A STAGE: part 1- a  series of 10  points for getting ready to go to market .

‘Staging is preparing a home for sale so the buyer can mentally move in”

“Depersonalizing a home has now become essential to creating a welcoming atmosphere for potential buyers’

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The internet has changed the way people buy and sell homes and that has made how a home shows more important than ever.

First impressions have always been important and now with U-Tube  videos , internet ads, Facebook , social media  and multiple interior photos on web sites a buyer visits your home  before stepping though the front door. The impression that those photos make are very important and that comes down to what is broadly known as staging.

From cleaning to styling, from fluffing to decluttering, to moving furniture to renting furniture, staging can come in many different forms and levels. Professional stagers and real estate agents can provide you with a number of varied services and advice.

Sometimes it can overwhelm a homeowner when starting the process but some simple points can help de stress the process.

I am going to mention only  10 points a few at a time that always have remained true with buyers and sellers through the years.

  1. Curb appeal: this is something you always hear but it is amazing how many of us neglect our front entrance. Buyers may do a drive by, you want a good impression. So, paint or stain the front steps, rail, and porches, paint the front door a colour that accents the home, replace old house numbers and mailbox.  A planter of flowers or seasonal decoration is always nice.  A new doormat is nice, It all says “welcome home” to  a buyer and shows pride of ownership.

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2. Clear away Clutter:  “Remember Less is More”:  Counters, tops of furniture, tables, desktops, closets, bookcases should be purged of anything you no longer want and personal items such as family photos and personal collectables should be put away or stored. You can bring all those things back once the house has sold, the idea of space is important in the eyes of a buyer. Furniture can be rearranged to make rooms look larger and pieces removed, or new ones added.



Sometimes you may have to rent a storage locker for a while but it is worth it. I know that it is “your taste and style’ however you are trying to appeal to as many potential buyers as possible so a clean palette is important for them to see the house properly with their things.  To be continued….


NOW SOLD -Copeland Park Family Home-$439,000.



Wonderful location on tree lined crescent. The floor plan allows for super entertaining space in the  sun filled and fireplace warmed  living room that is open through to the  dining room and then out into the expansive garden yard. The Kitchen provides a working area with an abundance of cupboards and a large family eating area. Main floor powder room and door for easy access out o the garage. Hardwood floors.


The second floor provides  4 bedrooms and a full bathroom. Good sized rooms and all accented by hardwood floors. Lots and lots of closet space.

The basement is the place to go for informal entertaining and family  play areas. a fireplace warmed family  room and a play room  large enough for a pool table ( just happens to be one there)  .  7.1 high ceilings. There is a gas burning fireplace. An extra bedroom or den as well as laundry and a shower complete the area.

Lovely landscaped lot 65 x 103.66 for children to play in, doggie to run in and for you to garden. Fenced and private. Large garage provides lots of space for kids stuff ad sports equipment as well as the car.

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