How's the market?
"How's the Market?" is the question I'm asked more often than anything else. One of the reasons I chose real estate for my second career, after 19 years in the high tech sector, was that it's something people care about.
From the start, I had been writing the occasional email newsletter. I didn't want to send one too often for fear of annoying people with too many emails.
I found out, though, that my readers loved the newsletter, and anytime I bumped into one of them, they would ask me when I'm publishing the next one.
In March 2012 I woke up and realised that providing hard facts and analysis of the Ottawa Real Estate market was a valuable service that people really craved.
I find that the Ottawa Real Estate Board's monthly news release tends to bend over backward to put a positive spin on the statistics. Kind of like the stereotypical real estate agent who always says the market is great and it's time for you to (buy, sell, invest) - whichever one they believe you're thinking about doing at the time.
Ottawa Real Estate Monthly (OREM)
If you're looking for the facts, and some insights into what those facts might suggest about the market, "good" or "bad", this is the newsletter for you.
It's an edgy, informative, and (I hope) entertaining read, focused on facts and data, information about new developments, legal and financial issues in real estate, plus the occasional story about the crazy things that happen out there helping people buy and sell real estate every day.