August 2013 - Homes used for illicit purposes

August 2013 - Hammer Home News

Dear Friends,

The summer has come and gone and then came back. Hope you are all enjoying yourselves and doing well.

This month I took a great article from the Ottawa Real Estate Board regarding information on homes used for illicit purposes. Below you will even find a link to the list of dismantled marijuana grow operations.

Enjoy the read and the rest of your summer.

An increasing number of houses in communities across Canada are used as indoor marijuana growing operations, or “grow ops”. The houses undergo significant structural changes in order to be used to grow the plants; these changes can compromise the integrity and inhabitability of the house, and can require major repairs and renovations to correct. The average cost to repair a home previously used as a grow op is $41,000, according to the Insurance Bureau of Canada.

The Ottawa Real Estate Board successfully lobbied the City of Ottawa and Ottawa Police Services to create a “Grow Ops Registry” where the addresses of houses that have had search warrants executed and drug operations dismantled are published online. This service began February 1, 2008.

The list of Dismantled Marijuana Grow Operations can be found here.



How Long Is Too Long for Boomerang Kids to Live With Their Parents?

Each generation has its own distinct personality and challenges, and the millennials are no exception. Millennials were the last set of babies born during the 20th century, and they are a much larger and more diverse group than baby boomers. As this generation settles into the new economic realities of adulthood, many are returning home after college to live with their parents while they pursue their careers and transition into independent adulthood.

In part, this trend is influenced by the challenging job market and stingy economy. According to
recent findings from the Pew Research Center, the number of young adults living at home, or "boomerang kids," is at an all-time record high. Many experts agree the economy, including rising debt from student loans and the high cost of living, is the driving force motivating these kids to live at home. But another interesting explanation is the generational mindset shift happening as well, as there is now less of a stigma for young adults to live at home with their parents.

As a psychotherapist, I'm fascinated by cultural shifts in what we consider acceptable and how those beliefs influence our behavior and mental health. The boomerang kid phenomenon is particularly interesting because it is changing how we as a society view homeownership.


This Month's Trivia Question:
Ever wonder why land is called "Real Estate"?  The term "Estate" literally refers to the land and buildings on the land BUT what Latin word does "Real" derive from?

a. Earth
b. Exchange
c. Person
d. Thing

The first five individuals to respond correctly will win a $10.00 gift card to Starbucks. Email your answers to

Last Month's Trivia Question:
What Oscar-winning 1999 best picture about two neighboring American families was filmed in the interior of two actual homes located 12 Miles apart?

The Answer was: "American Beauty" starring Kevin Spacey and Annette Bening.

Congratulations to Amy, Lori, Maxime, Jamie and Jason were the first five to correctly answer last month and win a $10.00 gift card to Starbucks.
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