A move is right up there with death and divorce in terms of the stress is can create for you and for your family.
In the case of a military relocation, you are likely moving to a new job, your family is moving to a new city, your kids to new schools – you may even be coming home from an international assignment. You have a very minimal amount of time to house-search and you likely won’t have much, if any, time off work for the move itself, leaving many of the details to your partner or to friends and family.
It is my goal to help you deal with all of the aspects of your move in order to make it a smooth and easy transition.
As a listed supplier on the IRP list for military members and having worked with many military members and company relocations, I understand how stressful a relocation can be. My goal is to provide you with the best service, a successful HHT and a relatively stress-free move.
Ottawa, the capital of Canada, is a city of approximately 1,000,000 people and stretches east, west and south of the downtown core (if you go north, you end up in Quebec!).
It is, for the most part, a public service city with the Federal Government being the largest employer though there is also a good-sized high tech component here. Many jobs, especially public sector jobs, require fluency in both English and French and the school boards offer several varieties of French immersion (early, middle and late).
Ottawa is a beautiful city with rivers, canals and parks, bicycle paths, ski hills within a 30 minute drive and lots of great restaurants, museums, and cultural offerings.
The housing market in Ottawa and area is a fairly stable market, mostly due to the stable nature of the workforce here. Prices climb slowly but steadily year after year. Check out the market update posted elsewhere in my website for the very latest in Ottawa Real Estate statistics.
BROOKFIELD GLOBAL RELOCATION SERVICES (GRS)
Brookfield Global Relocation Services is the civilian contractor responsible for administering DND moves under CF IRP. Once a move has been authorized by DRBM (usually within 3 days of receipt of the posting instruction), you need to register with Broofield GRS in order to book an initial appointment to see a consultant in order to determine your status and to find out further information regarding your relocation.
You are going to need a lot of specialized help during your relocation. The choice of Service Provider is always up to you; however, Brookfield GRS has developed a Third Party Service Provider (TPSP) Directory with:
over 5,000 pre-qualified Suppliers
maximum fee schedules pre-arranged
pre-qualification of services and experience
The TPSP Directory includes:
Real Estate Agents
Real Estate Appraisers
Rental Finding Firms
HOUSE HUNTING TRIP (HHT)
Once you have received your posting, you are entitled to a House Hunting Trip (HHT).
A Standard HHT includes up to 5 days and 5 nights in your target location for you, for your spouse or for both of you together.
You are expected to use only approved suppliers for such services as real estate agents, lawyers, house inspectors, etc. Many of these expenses are billed directly to the relocation program. Some things, such as well and septic inspections, water testing, etc you may have to pay for yourself and then request reimbursement.
My goal is to make the most of the few days you have to find the perfect house for your stay in Ottawa. It is possible to view up to 10 properties in a day. If you’ve provided me with adequate information in terms of what you are looking for, and I’ve done my homework, we should find what you are looking for with lots of time left for negotiation, home inspection, mortgage financing, insurance arrangements, etc.
HOUSING REQUIREMENTS QUESTIONNAIRE
I can get a head-start on finding the right home for you and your family with the help of some detailed information from you. Please fill in the following questionnaire and send it to me. Once I understand your housing requirements, I’ll get to work to ensure your HHT is a successful one!
SCHOOL BOARDS AND SCHOOL LOCATORS
CITY OF OTTAWA
To find our more about our programs email us today: firstname.lastname@example.org
From Kris' Blog
What a year it was! The total number of residential and condo units sold through the Board’s MLS® System throughout all of 2017 was 17,083 vs 15,526 in 2016, an increase of 10%. Residential sales volume was up 16% and the condo market up 22% increase in the number of units sold. Average 2017 residential sale price was $425,063, an increase of 6.8% over 2016, while the average condominium sale price was $269,903, an increase of 3.4% over 2016. For the month of December, members of the Ottawa Real Estate Board sold 771 residential properties through the Board’s Multiple Listing Service® System compared with 711 in December 2016, an increase of 8.4%. The 5-year average for December sales is 687.The average sale price of a residential class property sold in December was $434,098, an increase of 3.4% over December 2016. The average sale price for a condominium class property was $255,335, a decrease of 3% from December 2016. December saw an increase of 8.4% in the number of units sold in residential sales and 25% in condo sales. This could very well be attributed to the changes in the mortgage qualification rules implemented January 1, 2018. Since every area is different, if you are thinking of buying or selling, please do give me a call. And – don’t forget those referrals – they are a huge contribution to the success of my business. Kris...