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Volume 16 | Number 1
TIPS FOR SAVING MONEY WHEN MAKING A MOVE
Moving Day can be a very difficult time, physically and emotionally – but it doesn’t have to be fiscally stressful as well – if you do some research and preparation beforehand. Many moving companies have an online moving calculator that allows you to approximately gauge what the final cost of the move will be. These digital tools will allow you to estimate your cost based on different variables, such as the number of rooms involved, number of boxes, if appliances are to be moved and other criteria. If you have time, check in with several different companies to compare their prices. Reputable firms will provide a quote that should aid you in selecting your mover of choice. By having used the online calculator you should have a basic idea of the costs involved, so if the quotes provided are far different you might need to do some further study – if time permits. One of the costs of moving are the supplies you use to pack up your possessions. Moving experts stress that one way to save money is to avoid buying moving supplies such as cardboard boxes, packing paper, pads and blankets and bubble wrap. If you know someone who has recently moved, consider asking them to save their boxes and any extra moving supplies for you. Also, retail locations are excellent places to acquire boxes when it comes time to pack up your treasured items. Another way to save money on a move is to reduce the amount of material to be moved. The best way to do this is to toss, donate or sell whatever you don’t need before moving.
GNOCCHI WITH SPINACH AND CHICKEN SAUSAGE
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INGREDIENTS : 1 package (16 ounces) potato gnocchi 2 tablespoons olive oil 1 package (12 ounces) fully cooked Italian chicken sausage links, halved and sliced
1 cup white wine or chicken broth 1 tablespoon cornstarch 1/2 cup reduced-sodium chicken broth 3 cups fresh baby spinach 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream 1/4 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
2 shallots, finely chopped 2 garlic cloves, minced
DIRECTIONS: 1. Cook gnocchi according to package directions. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat; cook sausage and shallots until sausage is browned and shallots are tender. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer. 2. Stir in wine. Bring to a boil; cook until liquid is reduced by half, 3-4 minutes. In a small bowl, mix cornstarch and broth until smooth; stir into sausage mixture. Return to a boil, stirring constantly; cook and stir until thickened, 1-2 minutes. Add spinach and cream; cook and stir until spinach is wilted. 3. Drain gnocchi; add to pan and heat through. Sprinkle with cheese.
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England’s Poet Laureate from 1850 until his death in 1892, Alfred Lord Tennyson was one of the most celebrated and popular poets of the 19th Century. Born in 1809 in Somersby, England he published his first volume of poems in 1830 and became one of the favourites of Queen Victoria.
THRESHOLD OF THE YEAR TO COME, WHISPERING, ‘IT WILL BE HAPPIER.’ -Alfred Lord Tennyson
LAWYER’S ROLE IN REAL ESTATE Working with a lawyer can be a real benefit when buying a home. Whether you are the buyer or the seller in a real estate sale, a lawyer is there to ensure all the procedures are handled properly and legally and are delivered on time to complete the transaction. If you’re the buyer in a sale, a real estate lawyer will take care of a variety of tasks, including but not limited to: - Review all legal documents including the Agreement of Purchase. - Ensure there are no liens, encumbrances or other financial issues attached to your prospective property. - Confirm Title Insurance for the property is in place and the property’s taxes are up to date. Finally, they will also see that all legal and financial obligations have been met prior to closing and be involved in exchanging legal documents and keys with the seller’s lawyer.
On the seller’s side of the transaction, a lawyer will perform many of the same tasks and will also deal with any potential title issues. The lawyer will also make certain all the negotiated financial and legal conditions of the sale have been completed and be there for the transfer of documents and keys from the buyer’s lawyer.
TO ENSURE YOUR PERSONAL DIGITAL SECURITY
The modern world and the vast advances made in digital communication, business and banking have revolutionized daily life beyond anything that was imagined even a few short decades ago. But the cost of this electronic convenience is the potential personal security risks, to your person and to your assets, this radical transition has created. To help head off any digital risks here are some steps to take to safeguard your online world. One the most basic yet essential steps everyone should take is to install a quality antivirus program on their devices, and to remember to keep it updated. It ’s surprising how often this procedure can be overlooked.
Another thing you should do is to fully investigate the features of the security tools that you do install on your electronic devices. Many common apps and programs have settings that add extra layers of security, but only if you’re aware of them, and have learned how to use them. Reading manuals, or watching tutorials may not be everyone’s favourite pastime, but taking that step might derail intruders eager to do you digital harm. If uncertain it ’s always easiest to talk with the persons who sold you the programs in the first place, their understanding of the product will no doubt exceed yours and might be able to provide you with security benefits you were not aware of.
BRAIN TEASERS Courtesy of www riddles.com 1. Can you write down eight eights so that they add up to one thousand? 2. What English word retains the same pronunciation, even after you take away four of its five letters?
3. What is it that given one, you’ll have either two or none? 4. George, Helen, and Steve are drinking coffee. Bert, Karen, and Dave are drinking soda. Is Elizabeth drinking coffee or soda? EASY SUDOKU #3
Answers: 1. 888 + 88 + 8 + 8 + 8 = 1000 2. Queue 3. A choice 4. Elizabeth is drinking coffee.
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Quiet December Caps Off Tumultuous Year
AVERAGE SALE PRICES
$655,839 residential DOWN 7.0% year-to-year
UP 9.0% year-to-year
466 PROPERTY SALES
135 PROPERTY SALES
Ottawa, January 5, 2023 – Members of the Ottawa Real Estate Board (OREB) sold 601 residential properties in December through the Board’s Multiple Listing Service® (MLS®) System, compared with 857 in December 2021, a decrease of 30%. December’s sales included 466 in the residential-property class, down 22% from a year ago, and 135 in the condominium-property category, a decrease of 48% from December 2021. The five-year average for total unit sales in December is 775. “Even with the normal seasonal slowdown, December’s performance was in stark contrast to the very active resale market that opened 2022,” says Ken Dekker, OREB’s newly installed 2023 President. “As interest rates and inflation both climbed, buyers retreated to the sidelines and began taking a wait-and-see approach. However, while it ’s quieter than the frantic pace we experienced in 2021, it is now a balanced market.”
The average sale price for a condominium-class property in December was $434,973, an increase of 9% from 2021. Months of Inventory for condominium-class properties has increased to 3.9 months from 0.9 months in December 2021. The average sale price for a residential-class property was $655,839, decreasing 7% from a year ago. Months of Inventory for the residential-class properties has increased to 3.7 months from 0.9 months in December 2021. December’s new listings (699) were 17% higher than 2021 (600) and down 56% from November 2022 (1,598). The 5-year average for new listings in December is 662. Statistics reflect market activity in DEC. 2022 | Source: OREB ® Ottawa Real Estate Board | Market values stated are of the average of Ottawa and surrounding region. Individual home market values will vary and are affected by factors such as location, size, interior and exterior condition. Please call to get an up-to-date evaluation of your home.
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Real estate, like every business, is so much more than paperwork, long hours and small details. It’s about relationships and building strong connections with clients that last throughout the years. We take pride in the relationships we have built and are building in our careers – We’ve met so many wonderful people and helped them make some of the largest financial transactions in their lives. We still try to contact all of our clients in person once or twice a year, and we love to hear from you too. It’s this personal contact that builds relationships and turns clients into friends. Accordingly, we have added you to our preferred client list and will send you a mini-magazine every couple of months to stay in touch. We hope you find the information inside interesting and useful and you think of us when you’re testing out a new recipe or project you read about in our magazine. Remember, we’re never too busy to talk real estate with you or someone you know and send our way. Real estate is our passion and relationships are our business, so feel free to drop us a note or give us a call when you have any questions about the local market or when something exciting happens in your life. We hope to hear from you soon. Sincerely, Ameenah & Fatimah Real Estate Agents P.S. If you would like to receive an electronic version of this mini magazine instead of this printed copy, please let us know.
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