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Potential buyers are going online to check out properties long before scheduling an actual visit to the home or attending an open house. So, the old saying “First Impressions Matter” is now largely dependent on what photos and videos are made available through online sources.

A professional photographer or videographer can make a huge difference when putting your house on the market. Along with the advice of a great Realtor, here are some things to keep in mind when preparing your home for a photo or video session:

We’ve got you covered with some handy checklists for indoor and outdoor preparation. Stick them
to your fridge for inspiration, but don’t forget to take them of come photo time.




August Events in and around Ottawa - OttawaRealTalk - First Ottawa Realty

What's Happening this August  

Glengarry Highland Games - August 3-4 - Maxville     

The highland games are a long-standing 70 year tradition in the Ottawa area. Events include the Tartan Ball, fiddling and piping, golf tournament, heavyweight sports, live musical performances, and whiskey tasting.

Capital Ribfest - August 2-5 - Ottawa City Hall

One of the first signs that it’s Capital Ribfest...the amazing smell emanating from the Downtown Core. If you love food, you need to give Capital Ribfest a try. There are more than enough vendors to get your fill of juicy, succulent Ribs. Some Ribbers even have vegan options available. After enjoying the great food, it’s a short walk over to Sparks Street for the Busker Festival.

Ottawa International Busker Festival - August 2-6 - Sparks Street

This is a Coldwell Banker First Ottawa Favourite. You never know what you’re going to find walking around Sparks Street during Buskerfest. Fire Eaters, Mimes, Aerial Performers, Balloon Artists… the list just goes on and on. What makes it even more fun, is that there are performers from all over the world; Japan, New Zealand, Argentina, and India all have buskers in this year’s festival.

Navan Fair - August 9-12 - 1279 Colonial Road, Navan

Going strong since 1945, it makes sense that the fair's motto would be “Here we Grow Again”. Aside from a ton of carnival ride, games, and agricultural competitions, a large crowd is drawn to the fair to see the musical performances. Damien Maze, The River Town Saints, George Canyon, and Chad Brownlee are headlining this year.

Casino Du Lac Leamy Sound of Light Fireworks Competition - August 4-18 - Canadian Museum of History

The United States, Spain, Germany, and China are competing for best fireworks show this year, and every show is bound to be pure magic. If you’ve never experienced the Sound of Light Competition, you’ve got to check it out (the kids especially love it). If you can score tickets, we recommend watching the Grand Finale. This year’s finale is superhero inspired and will illustrate the never-ending battle of good vs. evil.

A Taste of Manotick Street Fair - August 18th - Manotick Main Street

Local businesses will line Main Street showcasing all that the Vibrant Village of Manotick has to offer. Lots of entertainment, live music, street performers, car show all on Manotick Main Street from 4pm to 8pm. An incredible lineup this year include the talented crooner, Johnny Vegas. Come join the fun.

Westboro Fuse - Street Festival - August 18-19 - Westboro Village

Richmond Rd in Westboro is closing down for two days of local-business-sponsored fun and live entertainment. During Westboro Fuse, you can enjoy Street Yoga, Dueling Pianos, Chess in the Streets, a pop up outdoor cinema, and music video dance party at sundown. That doesn’t even crack the surface.

Gatineau Hot Air Balloon Festival - August 30-September 3 - Baie Park, Gatineau

This spectacular event happens just across the border every year, and it’s always so much fun. While you’re sure to catch a peak at the balloons in the sky from the downtown core for free, paying the $30 dollars for admission is well worth it. This year’s festival includes a silent disco, amusement park, go-karting, and tons of musical performances.



Ottawa Real Estate Market Stats June 2018

Ottawa Real Estate June 2018 Facts and Stats by Coldwell Banker First Ottawa Realty

Ottawa Farmers Markets by Coldwell Banker first Ottawa Realty

Why are Our local Farmers’ Markets so Important?

Well it’s that time of year to check out all the local farmer’s markets. Visiting our local market's is a common weekend excursion for many families. Picking up the freshest, locally grown vegetables and fruits and wandering the many stalls is a wonderful Saturday or Sunday morning outing. Farmers’ Markets are pretty popular and here's some reasons you consider checking them out.

Better Food

The obvious reason local markets are popular is because the food they sell is simply better and fresher. Farmer’s harvest at the peak of flavour and deliver to consumers directly. No shipping, chemical processing, and no sitting in storage somewhere. This food is as real as it gets — fresh from the fields.


Our children have little connection with our food supply. How food is grown is an unknown to most children. Supporting your local farmers’ market means you can educate them about how we get our food and the difference in eating food that goes from crop to table in a matter of hours.

Try something new

Local markets have an amazing array of items that you might not see in the run of the mill grocery store like:

Vendors also showcase locally prepared cheeses, baked goods, jams and pickled vegetables to just name a few.

There is often also items like raw milk, fresh eggs, gluten free baked goods for families with allergies and other food concerns.

The Best Reason 

It is a great place to meet up with friends, bring along the kids, and just get a taste of small town life in the midst of our busy lives. Obviously Ottawa is very lucky with our wonderful Byward Market outdoor marketing. But we thought to give you a few links to some other farmers markets for you to enjoy!

For a little farther away, check out this link to Farmers Markets Ontario.



Canada Day in the Capital

Happy Canada Day!  

Looking for Canada Day festivities in the ara.  The gang at Coldwell Banker First Ottawa Realty have rounded up a list of the events happening around the Capital.


Major’s Hill Park - Starting at 10:00 a.m.

The party starts early at Major’s Hill Park, with live art competitions, musical performances (including one from The Launch’s Elijah Woods X Jamie fine), VIA Rail Miniature Train Rides, Escape Manor Experience, and more all starting at 10am.

Parliament Hill - Starting at 8am

Parliament Hill is the place to be on Canada Day. The entire day is filled with musical and cultural performances. This year’s headliners include The Arkells, Lights, and Ruth B. The night concludes with an explosive fireworks display.

Canada Day in the Capital

Canadian Museum of History - Starting at 9am

Just across the bridge, in Hull, The Canadian Museum of History has a whole day of fun planned. Massive trampolines, get up-close and personal with a live animal exhibit, Free Admission to the museum, musical workshops, Family Dance Fiesta, and it’s a great place to peak the fireworks.

For a complete list of activities downtown, click here


Petrie Island, Orleans - Shuttles starting at 11am

The Petrie Island festivities this year promises magic shows, musical performances from Bytown Lights and the Box Boys, a volleyball tournament, inflatable kidzone, and tons more. For more information, click here


Clark Fields Park, Barrhaven - Events starting at 8am with the seniors breakfast, parade of flags, FREE cake, and performances from Steph La Rochelle and Kelsey Hayes. Full Schedule and line-up here

Walter Baker Park, Kanata - the party continues for the whole weekend with live shows, salsa classes for kids, Canada Day Road Race, and finishes off with fireworks at 10pm on July 1st. This massive event pulls in close to 35,000 people a year and is sure to be a great time. More information here

Sacred Heart School Grounds, Stittsville - Starting at 1pm on July 1st A petting zoo, great food from local Stittsville favourites, Face painting, and live shows. These are only a few of the exciting things you can look forward to finding at Canada Day in Stittsville. Don’t miss the amazing fireworks show that goes off at 9:45 p.m. sharp.  More info here


Watson’s Mill, Manotick - 8am to 5pm Enjoy a ton of carnival games, arts and crafts, live shows, and more. The event is held at the beautiful scenic Watson’s Mill. You can find more information here (

Osgoode Community Centre, Osgoode Village - Starting at 2pm hosts a ton of fun activities, including a petting zoo, Amazing Race, Parade, and musical performances from Rory Gardiner, and the Trevor Alguire Band. The day finishes off with a fireworks display starting at 10pm  Full schedule and information can be found here (

Whether you plan on heading out to your local Canada Day Celebrations or enjoying a Backyard BBQ with friends and family, on behalf of the team at Coldwell Banker First Ottawa Realty, we’d like to wish you a Happy and sSafe Canada Day Long Weekend!


Ottawa Real Estate Market Stats for May 2018

Ottawa Real Estate May 2018 Facts and Stats by Coldwell Banker First Ottawa Realty

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Ottawa June Events in the city

June Events Around Ottawa

It’s June, and that means that we’re rounding up a list of the most exciting things to do in Ottawa and the surrounding areas. From Craft Beer Festivals to Touch a Truck, there is something for everyone, and we’re encouraging you to get out there and explore what Canada’s Capital has to offer. Our company Realtors and staff will be around town checking out these events just like you. 

Orleans Craft Beer Festival – June 7-9 – 255 Centrum Blvd, Orleans

“BEER. FOOD. MUSIC. FRIENDS.” Is the tagline that the Orleans Craft Beer Festival stands by. Tickets start at only $20, and it gets you access to live music, a ton of local craft breweries, and delicious food including a First Ottawa Realty favourite… Meatings Barbeque.


Latin Sparks Block Party – June 9 – Albert Island

Live performances, dance lessons, food trucks and bars. This outdoor Latin dance party has every making of a great night out with friends. Tickets start at 25 bucks, and doors open at 9 pm.


Mothercraft Ottawa’s 11th Annual Touch a Truck Fundraiser – June 10, Lincoln Fields Shopping Centre


This one is fun for the whole family whether you have little ones or if you’re looking for an excuse to bring out your inner child.  Over 45 large vehicles to explore, and all of the proceeds will go towards supporting at risk expecting mothers.


Glowfair Festival – June 14-16 – Bank Street

Glowfair Festival is a cultural experience unlike any other. It takes place across 10 city blocks in the Bank Street area and includes a silent disco, glow yoga, and a block party. This year’s musical line-up includes Virginia to Vegas and Karl Wolf.


Italian Week – June 6-25 – Preston Street

Italian Week features a huge religious procession that winds through its streets, a Mardi Gras type celebration and wonderful samples of Italian food and music.


Tim Horton`s Ottawa Dragon Boat Festival – June 21-24 – Mooney`s Bay Park

The Ottawa Dragon Boat Festival is a yearly success in Ottawa, and its 25th year is sure to be even more amazing. With over 200 teams competing in the races and free musical performances from huge bands like Hollerado and Broken Social Scene, there is something for everyone to enjoy. Also, admission is completely free.


Escapade Music Festival – June 23-24 – TD Place Landsdowne Park

Some of the world’s top rising and established international artists spotlight the best in electronic dance music. Headliners include Alesso, Kaskade, Armin Van Buuren, and more.


TD Ottawa Jazzfest – June 21- July 1 – Downtown Ottawa

Wrapping up the month of June, we have one of Ottawa`s oldest musical events, Jazzfest, which features some of the world`s most celebrated jazz musicians. Chaka Khan and Herbie Hancock are headlining this year. Click here for a complete line-up and tic

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