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 16: Lucky Egg
The sun is shining and despite more lockdowns, the local and national real estate markets continue to accelerate as buyers compete to get on the map.
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Here's the April 2021 Market Update. Change is in the Air!
April’s Resale Market Starts Strong and Sputters
May 5, 2021
Members of the Ottawa Real Estate Board sold 2,402 residential properties in April through the Board’s Multiple Listing Service® System, compared with 911 in April 2020, an increase of 164 per cent. April’s sales included 1,859 in the residential-property class, up 166 per cent from a year ago, and 543 in the condominium-property category, an increase of 155 per cent from April 2020. The five-year average for total unit sales in April is 1,830.
“As the typical spring market ramped up, April was poised to be the strongest on record with over 3,200 new listings of properties for sale. Most of these properties entered the market before the province’s stricter lockdown order was announced midway through the month. At that point, the trajectory sputtered, and while it continued to be active, it followed a noticeable decline as Sellers responded to the government’s resolution to reduce the spread of Covid-19,” states Ottawa Real Estate Board President Debra Wright.
“Nevertheless, the number of transactions managed to surpass unit sales recorded in previous Aprils, and we presume the figures would have been even higher in different circumstances,” she adds.
“As I had cautioned last month, the percentage increases over 2020 figures are vastly skewed due to the first State of Emergency last spring, which had initially slowed down the real estate market. Thus, the 155 to 166 percent increases in unit sales are simply not valid results. We recorded 2,026 sales in April 2019 and 2,024 in April 2018. These figures provide a more reasonable comparison, which is a 19% increase in overall sales compared to those pre-pandemic years.”
April’s average sale price for a condominium-class property was $427,145, an increase of 30 per cent from last year, while the average sale price for a residential-class property was $743,204, an increase of 42 per cent from a year ago.With year-to-date average sale prices at $734,682 for residential and $418,792 for condominiums, these values represent a 35 per cent and 20 percent increase over 2020, respectively.*
“These accelerated price increases boil down to a lack of supply and will continue to be a challenge for Buyers until more inventory becomes available – it’s fundamental supply and demand economics. Certainly, April’s substantial increase in new listings, 19% higher than the five-year listing average and over 400 units more than the previous month, gives us cautious optimism. When the Stay-at-Home order concludes, we hope that pent-up supply will bring some much-needed housing stock to the resale market,” suggests Wright.
“However, there are many factors at play which make it difficult to forecast the path of Ottawa’s real estate market: interest rate modifications, the skyrocketing cost of building materials, the Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions (OSFI) proposal to increase the mortgage stress test, changing consumer perspectives with some Buyers opting to move to outlying communities and Quebec, etc.”
“On the one hand, record low interest rates, increased household savings, a strengthening economy, and a continued focus on living space during the pandemic are all factors that bolster demand, while steady price growth is encouraging more Sellers to list their home. On the other hand, some people are truly struggling and small businesses are closing their doors. It’s complicated, it’s out of balance, and the course of our local market is not entirely predictable at this time,” Wright concludes.
OREB Members also assisted clients with renting 1,458 properties since the beginning of the year compared to 947 at this time last year.
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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