August 2014 - Green energy

August 2014 - Hammer Home News

Dear Friends

I can't believe the summer is almost over!!

As some may know, Rachel decided to build a team earlier this year and I was fortunate enough to join her as a Salesperson. For those that I have not met, my name is Dana Palombo. After finishing school with a mechanical engineering degree I found that wasn't the life for me. Rachel and I met at a networking event for real estate in March of 2012, and as they say, the rest is history. I am very excited to work with everyone, and I thank those I have already met for the positive experiences.

While I worked in the field of engineering I was an energy engineer, specializing in saving money by reducing energy consumption in commercial buildings. This is something that I can easily translate into tips for homeowners to reduce their energy.

Considering my past life, I'd like to share a tip with everyone today. I know I am guilty of leaving phone chargers, laptop chargers, etc plugged in ALL the time, even when I am not charging anything. Have you ever felt these chargers and noticed how warm they are? That shows that they are consuming energy (it is called phantom or vampire loads) ... The best way to save this energy is to unplug them while you are not using them. The second best option, is to use a surge protector with a timer. That way you will only be sending power through these plugs for certain periods of the day. For example, if you usually charge your devices over night, have the surge protector timer set from 11pm to 8am.

I'd be happy to answer (or find you the answer for) all of your green energy questions, please don't be shy!



Ottawa home sales second-highest on record in July

Ottawa Citizen - Robert Bostellar, August 7, 2014 - Ottawa’s real estate market warmed up in July, putting sales so far this year on par with 2013 despite a slow start.

The Ottawa Real Estate Board said its members sold 1,445 existing homes and condos in July, an 8.2-per-cent rise over the 1,336 sales in July 2013. 

Board president Randy Oickle said the month was the second strongest July on record, trailing only the 1,578 sales of July 2009.

“This year is shaping up to be another strong and stable year for the Ottawa market, despite the lacklustre sales in the first few months,” Oickle said in a release issued Thursday.


Feature Listings
6822 Breanna Cardill Street

Welcome to 6822 Breanna Cardill in Greely. Take in the country air in this one of a kind stunning modern end unit townhome. This is a beautifully upgraded Magnolia model from Olympia Homes, a 3 bedroom, 4 bathroom home at over 2000 ft2.

22 Peary Way

Welcome to 22 Peary Way, a 3 bedroom and 2 bathroom multi-level townhome. Easy to care for tiled entry way and lower level stairs. Good sized living room with hardwood floors and views of your low maintenance, private interlocked backyard.

6716 Jeanne D'arc Blvd  Unit a

Welcome to this sweet two bedroom two bathroom condo, steps from public transit, shopping, schools and walking distance to the Ottawa river path.

736 Nakina Way

Welcome to 736 Nakina Way, a generously sized 3 bedroom and 3 bathroom Richcraft Carlisle LE, built in 2007, that shows like a true model home.

356 West Ridge Drive

Bright 4 bed home on a corner lot. Many upgrades in the home, including granite foyer, hardwood in living room and dining room, and ceramic tiles in kitchen and bathrooms.!


This Month's Trivia Question:
How many listings do I currently have on my website that are under $200K?

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

Email your answers to

Only one winner per household will be awarded a gift card and all previous winners must wait a minimum of 30 days before being able to win this trivia question.

Thank you and good luck!


Last Month's Trivia Question:
In which one of the 4 listings above am I sitting outside on the front porch for my video tour?

The Answer was: 736 Nakina Way

Congratulations to: Amy P., Melanie D., Dawn, Chantal W. and Ben G. were the first to correctly answer last month and win a $10.00 gift card to Starbucks.

Rachel Hammer, Broker

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