A home is much more than an investment in Ottawa Real Estate; it’s where you live. Your home is your place of refuge and respite from the job, commute, and other obligations. So when you buy a house, you’re also buying a lifestyle. The question that every home buyer needs to ask is: is this home going to fit the lifestyle goals I’m seeking? Or does it create challenges that may bring more unwanted stress into my life?
Homeowners clearly appreciate that where a house is located and the amenities of the neighbourhood can be even more important than the number of bedrooms or bathrooms it has. For some, it’s essential that their new home be close to public transit so that multiple cars aren’t necessary. Others require proximity to schools so their children can avoid the need for busing or being driven to class every day. Some people cycle to and from work and other activities; in a city such as Ottawa, where our network of cycling paths is extensive and still growing, it’s a real and sensible option.
The City of Ottawa’s e-Map application, which is located on www.ottawa.ca, is a terrific resource for prospective Ottawa Real Estate buyers to do some preliminary research about the surroundings of a potential new home. The e-Map allows users to zoom in on a street or community, and then toggle various overlays on and off to see what’s located nearby. For example, the area around the intersection of Baseline Road and Greenbank Road, in the city’s west end, is home to numerous schools, many parks offering facilities for soccer and softball, several child-care centres and a hospital, and is close to roads that have dedicated cycling lanes. Now, that’s the kind of information that can really make a difference in a family’s interest level in a particular neighbourhood, especially if they are newcomers to our city. That’s not to say that the number of bedrooms and bathrooms or the size of the backyard shouldn’t also be important factors influencing the home you choose to purchase.
Everyone should make a list of “must-haves” when shopping for a home; these are the things that will allow you to live your desired lifestyle. If you love to cook, don’t compromise and buy a house with a kitchen layout you hate (unless you’ve got the will and the cash to renovate). If you love to entertain out-of-town guests, make sure you’ve got that spare room (and possibly an extra full bath). For others, a fenced yard for the beloved family dog might be essential. The point is, every family’s list will be different.
Once you have a good idea of which areas you might like to live in, and what your housing needs are, then it’s time to work with me to find that perfect home for your lifestyle? As a REALTOR® specializing in the Ottawa Real Estate market I have access to the MLS® system, where I can conduct a customized search of homes for sale in your favoured neighbourhoods that also possess your “must-have” home features. Saving you time and energy, making your home search simpler and faster – that’s what a REALTOR® can do for you.