September 2013 - How to have a successful home inspection

September 2013 - Hammer Home News

Dearest friends,

During one of my most recent open houses, a fellow by the name of Rob Cormish came to introduce himself to me. He is a Home Inspector, but not just any Home Inspector, one with tremendous amount of experience and knowledge about the home inspection industry. We both seem to share the same values about meeting and exceeding our clients expectations and as luck would have it he has a great website I thought I would share with you all,  HomeXam Inc.

Rob has teamed up with Robert Simpson of Discovery Home Inspections. Their philosphy is simply and smart : Two sets of eyes help your client get a thorough report and get the job done faster and more effectively.

Rob thought I might be interested in the articles on their website to help my clients have more successful home inspections. Of course, I asked for permission to share them with you in this month’s newsletter, so here goes:

  • For anyone who wants a straightforward explanation of “The Purpose of a Home Inspection”.

  • Providing Buyers with “Tips for a Good Home Inspection”. It gives several points on getting the most value out of the experience and making it easier for everybody.

  • Home Inspection Guide for Sellers” that gives tips on how to get a house ready for an inspection that has fewer defect items. It’s organized from simple one minute fixes up to more involved handyman items. Why have a home that’s harder to sell because it unnecessary defects. A little attention to details and a client’s home will be more attractive to buyers. It comes with a Checklist that clients can use themselves.

  • And why not dispel a few “Home Maintenance Misconceptions”.

Hope you all enjoy some or all of this information and I wish you all a happy and safe Fall season!



Home price index for Ottawa hits all-time high

Ottawa-area home prices increased slightly in August, according to a survey of prices in the area, helping push the indexed average for the region to an all-time high.

The Teranet-National Bank National Composite House Price Index, which tracks changes in the average prices of homes, rose 0.2 per cent during the month of August.

That’s a 0.3 per cent increase when compared to the same period last year.

Housing prices in the region have increased 43.47 per cent since June 2005.

That’s behind the national average, which has seen prices rise 59.12 per cent since that time period.

The national average, based on prices in Canada’s 11 largest metropolitan areas, also reached an all-time high.

It increased 0.6 per cent in August, a 2.3 per cent increase over the year before.


This Month's Trivia Question:
Urban 'blight' has been a traditional problem in large cities around the world. What is the term for the deliberate improvement of homes or other properties in urban areas to bring up the property values?
a) Gentrification
b) Fenestration
c) Bootstrapping
d) Velarizing

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:
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?

The Answer was: Thing. 

Congratulations to: Cheryl Macaulay, Amy Pitchers, Rebecca Rottenberg, Candice Najum, Cassandra Cairo were the first five to correctly answer last month and win a $10.00 gift card to Starbucks.
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35 Stradwick Avenue

Welcome to 35 Stradwick Avenue, the is the first time this unique and charming home with amazing pride of ownership throughout has ever been placed on the market.

32 - 3691 Albion Road

Charming 3 Bedroom 2 Bat end unit condo in truly move in condition.  Freshly painted, brand new berber carpets, hardwood in the bedrooms, very spacious bedrooms with a walk in closet in the master bedroom...

910 Schooner Crescent

Enjoy this completely move-in and beautifully maintained Richcraft Charleston,  three bedrooms including a master bedroom large and spacious with a nice walk-in closet and full ensuite bathroom, separate shower and overized roman tub.

2j - 310 Central Park

Stop renting and enjoy this spacious 1 bedroom and den condo in Central Park. Hardwood thru outwith nice size kitchen, dining, living room, in-unit laundry and balcony gives this place a little of everything you need.

8-510 Stonefield Private

Bright and spacious LEED certified condo, approx. 1095sqft, 2 bedroom, 2 bath and den. Built 2010, Brio II model sunny southeast facing top floor end unit.

63 Tiverton Drive

Great value in this freshly painted semi-detach with all the right finishes. Hardwood and tiles throughout (no carpeting), spacious living/family room, open concept bright kitchen, main floor laundry/mud room conveniently located beside back door to large private backyard.


Rachel Hammer, Broker

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Thanks so much Dana & Rachel for your assistance with our house purchase in Ottawa - we really valued your knowledge of the Ottawa housing market. Your offers to attend the home inspection, pick up our keys, and be our eyes and ears in Ottawa when we couldn't was greatly appreciated.
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