Ottawa's dynamic real estate team!
Buying or selling a home is a big decision and we can guide you through the process.
House hunters can count on personal service, market knowledge and expert negotiation skills.
Seller's should note that marketing properties FOR SALE is our passion!
We use a modern and professional strategy that works.
Brad Gilbert - Broker
Bachelor of Commerce from McGill University, Marketing Major
Brad is a brilliant communications expert, committed to customer service excellence since 2013. As a real estate Broker, he has the utmost obligation to uphold trade standards and oversee team transactions. Driven by his passion for people and deep rooted values of honesty and integrity, Brad embraces positivity and creativity in the housing market and in life. Animated and ambitious, you will love his vision for your home.
Lindsey Merkley - Sales Representative
Lindsey brought her great energy and management skills to the team in 2016. She owns a dual role as Buyer Specialist and Marketing Coordinator. Lindsey is there when you need her most, offering delightful and efficient service! She is not afraid to share her valuable insight when you find ‘ the one ’. Rest assured that your real estate transaction will be facilitated by someone who really cares.
MAKEITHAPPEN E-Newsletter Volume 15: Positive Vibes Only
Lots of positive vibes to share in the latest edition of our e-newsletter: including upcoming chances to win a local pub giveaway, our pledge to take the Polar Plunge for Special Olympics Ontario and a fine piece of real estate for sale now!
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Here's Brad with the market update for January 2021, are you surprised?
Pent-up Buyer Demand Drives January’s Resale Market
February 3, 2021
Members of the Ottawa Real Estate Board sold 964 residential properties in January through the Board’s Multiple Listing Service® System, compared with 778 in January 2020, an increase of 24 per cent. January’s sales included 674 in the residential-property class, up 21 per cent from a year ago, and 290 in the condominium-property category, an increase of 31 per cent from January 2020. The five-year average for total unit sales in January is 786.
“Pent-up Buyer demand fueled the exceptional number of sales that took place in January even as the mid-month lockdown further restricted supply. Earlier in the month, listing activity increased, likely driven by those Sellers waiting until after the holiday season to put their properties on the market. However, once the Stay-at-Home Order was announced, Sellers pulled back (rightfully so) and the number of properties entering the market declined,” states Ottawa Real Estate Board President Debra Wright.
“Even though inventory is up from last month, it is still down substantially from last year at this time with 43% fewer properties on the market. This inventory shortage coupled with strong demand triggered a brisk pace to the market. We would have certainly seen higher sales numbers if there were more properties available because the demand is definitely there.”
January’s average sale price for a condominium-class property was $380,336, an increase of 13 per cent from last year, while the average sale price of a residential-class property was $677,197, an increase of 31 per cent from a year ago. Compared to December, the average price for residential-class properties has increased by 12 per cent, and the average price for condominium-class units is 7 per cent higher.*
“I would like to caution those looking at the increase in average prices this month and believing that property values are accelerating at an extreme pace. In January, there was considerable movement in the upper end of the market, which caused a bit of an anomalous outcome in average price percentages. For example, there were 63 sales in the $1M+ price range, while last year at this time, there were only 16 transactions. Sustained price movements are better reflected during the mid to latter part of the year, where trends begin to emerge, and comparisons can be drawn,” advises Wright.
“This leads me into my next point – market activity has curtailed, there is no question about that, with January resale numbers lower than what we saw in December. But the effects of this second lockdown will not be entirely measurable until the coming months, dependent on when the mandated Stay-at-Home Order is retracted. If the lockdown is extended, that could affect the market in the longer term; however, as we saw last year, the market was resilient throughout and is being driven by the needs of Buyers and Sellers,” Wright concludes.
In addition to residential sales, OREB Members assisted clients with renting 333 properties in January 2021 compared with 243 in January 2020.
Source: Ottawa Real Estate Board
Freezing for a Reason
On February 26, 2021, we did a home version of the Polar Plunge by sliding into a pool of freezing water. Boy was it cold! We did this live for your entertainment and to bring awareness and opportunities for Special Olympics Ontario.
Together, we raised $1,120 thanks to donations from friends, clients and supporters. Overall, this annual fundraiser campaign earned more than $330,000 in 2021. Your unwavering support for our adventures in real estate and beyond do not go unnoticed! Thank you.
If you would like to find out more about this great cause, click here.
Brad's Quarantine Kitchen
In classic chaotic fashion, @makeithappenbrad brings us to Bangkok with a #meatlessmonday family favourite: PAD THAI… Or 'Brad Thai'. 🌶️🌶️🌶️
Note: Use bean sprouts at the end, not brussel sprouts. And don't by shy with the chillis. Two could do!
🥡🥡 Wanna see more from our quarantine kitchen? 👨🍳
Meet the @makeithappenrealtors -- A Mini Series
Episode 1 : Why #makeithappen?
Inspired by the real housewives of @bravotv, allow us to re-introduce the team as we look forward to another busy season selling real estate!
Want more? See episodes 2-6 below!
Episode 2: Any advice for 1st time home buyers?
In this weeks’ clip we share some basics to help you break into the market. Lindsey’s tip may surprise you but we think it’s a no brainer!
Episode 3: What do we love about our job?
In this clip we discuss a few of our favourite things!
Episode 4: What do you recommend to sellers who are trying to get their house ready to sell?
Here is our #1 recommendation and there’s no time like the present!
Episode 5: How's the market?
In this clip we give our insight on the market and what you can do to get in on it!
Episode 6: Why choose you?
In our last clip we explain why you need a Realtor and more specifically us!
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