Jun 10

Steve Jobs Crazy & Why Zoocasa Failed

By Bruce Brown | Buying And Selling

I’ve read quite a few posts on social media this week, mostly from real estate salespersons and brokers, making observations about Rogers Communications’ decision to shut down the “online real estate brokerage” Zoocasa. Most of the observations I’ve read have felt self-serving; not very objective.

Mar 09

House Not Selling? Seven Reasons Why

By Bruce Brown | Buying And Selling

Why is Your House Not Selling? Here are seven unexpected reasons that I see every day. 1. You’re preaching to the choir. Yes, that’s a mixed metaphor. Although people often mix up the expression like this, I mean it this way. When people use the expression “You’re preaching to the choir” they mean to say that you […]

Jan 15

Ottawa House Prices 2014

By Bruce Brown | Market Updates

A couple of months ago I decided to carve up the City of Ottawa into a few big chunks to help understand house prices and condo prices in different parts of town. Of course, where you draw the lines is somewhat subjective and could be debated all day long, but I think for the purpose […]

Jan 13

Ottawa Home Price Index 2014

By Bruce Brown | Market Updates

You often read about average home prices in Ottawa or Canada as a whole. You’ll read, for example, that house prices on average were 1.6% higher in Ottawa in 2014 than in 2013. For the past 5 or 6 years there have been regular reports of average home prices in Canada escalating to the point […]

Jan 10

Ottawa Real Estate Statistics 2014

By Bruce Brown | Market Updates

Overall, 2014 looked a lot like 2013 for real estate in Ottawa, with a few differences. With an entire year of data to work with, I thought we’d take a look at last year in Ottawa real estate from three different angles: looking at the graphs of 9 key statistics that I put together every […]

Jul 24

Rules of Thumb – How Far Can They Take You?

By Bruce Brown | Investing

A client of mine who is mulling over the idea of acquiring some real estate for investment purposes, started doing some reading on her own and came across a piece about rules of thumb.  She read, in addition to other bits of wisdom, that: The rule of thumb is that the purchase price of investment […]

May 22

Unabsorbed New Construction – Prices Up $75K Over 2012

By Bruce Brown | Market Updates

I was just reading CMHC’s latest housing market statistics report, covering new housing starts across Canada, broken down by Province and municipality, through April 2013.  Overall the number of starts is down slightly from 2012, on pace with 2011.  But there was one statistical category that really stood out to me:  in the “unabsorbed single […]

Mar 05

Older or Newer Condo – Which Is A Better Investment?

By Bruce Brown | Investing

Whether buying strictly as an investment or as a new place to hang their hat, my clients often ask me if a new or re-sale condo apartment is a better investment.  Well, there are actually two slightly different versions of this question that I hear frequently: is a brand new condo purchased from the builder […]

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