FAQ’s

WHAT DO I LOOK FOR TO FIND THE BEST REAL ESTATE AGENTS IN BARRHAVEN, OTTAWA?

Here are some qualities to look for when searching for the best real estate agents in Barrhaven.

  • Knows Ottawa-Barrhaven neighbourhoods
    The best real estate agent should know where the best schools and other essential amenities are in Barrhaven as well as any other specific area in Ottawa that the client is looking in. Ask the real estate agent directly whether he/she is familiar with Barrhaven. While the MacDonald Property Group sells across Ottawa and the surrounding area, our main focus is to provide Realtor services in Barrhaven and the surrounding communities. We are knowledgeable and experienced in selling across Ottawa and surrounding areas.
  • Loyalty
    Find a realtor that will fight for you when it counts. The best real estate agent should be able to provide you with references from past clients illustrating these traits: knowledgeable, experienced, ethical & driven to succeed.
  • A Good Listener
    Finding a real estate agent with good listening skills will save you time and money. The best real estate agent will work with you to formulate a plan by going through your most important needs and wants by asking probing questions to find a home that meets your criteria.
  • Dependability
    A great real estate agent will work around your schedule and answer when you call.
  • Chemistry
    Finally, you should get along with your realtor because you may end up spending a lot of time with them. Learn about your real estate agent’s personality by asking them questions and getting to know them.

If you are looking for a Realtor in Barrhaven, the MacDonald Property Group is here to serve you. At MacDonald Property Group, we have a dedicated full-service team under one roof ready to provide the expertise you can trust. With over 25 years of experience, we’ve helped thousands of clients in Barrhaven and across the Ottawa area close a deal with confidence and satisfaction.

HOW DO I FIND THE RIGHT HOME IN BARRHAVEN?

Whether you’re looking for a starter home in Barrhaven, your dream home, or a luxury townhouse, your first step should be finding an agent who is intimately familiar with all that Barrhaven has to offer. The MacDonald Property Group are a team of skilled real estate agents with a rich knowledge about the hottest real estate deals in Barrhaven, as well as:

  • Best neighbourhoods in Barrhaven,
  • School systems, parks, and playgrounds in Barrhaven,
  • Transportation, entertainment, dining, and shopping in Barrhaven, and
  • Real estate trends and prices in Barrhaven.
    Our agents know how to hunt down the best deals on homes for sale in Barrhaven, while still finding the best kitchens, bathrooms, master suites, and neighbourhood amenities that the Barrhaven real estate market has to offer.

The MacDonald Property Group is heavily engaged in the community through hosting events, holding major fund raisers and volunteer work.

WHAT ARE THE BEST TIPS FOR SELLING MY HOME?

  • Make use of garage space
    If emphasized well, a front garage can become a real asset. It can be used as storage or living space and can hugely increase your home’s value, especially where private parking space is precious. It can also be used as an office space, especially in the time of COVID-19.
  • Paint, Patch & Repair
    Even if your home is not a new home but a well cared for home, it will show pride of ownership. Doing minor paint, patch and repairs are one of the biggest ways to get the best return on your home.
  • Decluttering
    The home should look like a model home – liveable but not lived in. Create flow by opening spaces and arranging furniture to compliment the layout. Remove all personal items, plaques, pictures, awards & diplomas.
  • Cleaning
    Eliminate odours with a top to bottom cleaning including windowsills, patio door tracks, ceiling dust bunnies, ceiling fans, light switches, and baseboards. Remove everything off the counters in the kitchen and include a decorative item such as a fruit bowl.
  • Light it Up
    Bright is beautiful. Showcase your home like a product in a store. Lighting creates a feeling of warmth, clarity, and comfort.
  • Think About Your Buyer
    Who is the typical buyer in Ottawa? Ask your chosen realtor in Ottawa, such as those from the MacDonald Property Group, about which types of people your home may be likely to attract and then play to your strengths, trying to give those buyers exactly what they want.
  • Timing
    You can sell a home any time of the year. The two best times are spring and fall, because they are the most active markets. Although, with changes in technology and demographics, any time of the year outside of large holidays are the best for sale. Discuss with your realtor what is the best time for you.

If you’re having a hard time selling off your house, hire a professional to do it for you, such as those from the MacDonald Property Group.

WHAT FACTORS AFFECT MY PROPERTY VALUE?

  • Location, Location, Location
    Proximity to important facilities such as train stations, bus stations, schools and shopping malls play a huge role in your property’s market value. People who live far away from these places should price their property lower than those near them.
  • Curb Appeal
    You’ve heard the old saying “judging a book by its cover”. Take good care of the landscaping around your home. Ensure that the grass is cut in the summer, the leaves are picked up in the fall, the driveway is cleared of snow in the winter and that the hedges are manicured, and trees are pruned.
  • Condition
    The condition of your home will be considered when a buyer decides how much they will be willing to pay for it. A home in pristine condition is practically guaranteed to earn top dollar than one in a less than ideal state.
  • Amenities
    Public transit, parks, schools, recreation centers, shopping, employment will all be taken into consideration to determine the value of your home.

WHAT ARE THE SCHOOLS IN BARRHAVEN?

Barrhaven Elementary Schools:

  • Adrienne Clarkson Elementary
  • Barrhaven Public
  • Berrigan Elementary
  • Farley Mowat Public
  • Jockvale Elementary
  • Mary Honeywell Elementary
  • Chapman Mills Public
  • Half Moon Bay Public
  • Monsignor Paul Baxter Elementary
  • St. Andrew
  • Benedict Catholic Elementary
  • St. Cecilia School
  • St. Elizabeth Ann Seton
  • St. Emily
  • St. Luke
  • St. Monica
  • Ottawa Christian School
  • St. Patrick
  • École Michaëlle Jean (French)
  • École Élémentaire Catholique Sainte-Kateri (French)
  • École Élémentaire Catholique Piere Elliot Trudeau (French)
  • École Élémentaire Catholique Jean Robert Gauthier (French)

Barrhaven Intermediate Schools:

  • Cedarview Middle School

Barrhaven Secondary Schools:

  • John McCrae Secondary School
  • Longfields-Davidson Heights Secondary School
  • Mother Teressa Catholic High School
  • St. Joseph Catholic High School
  • South Carleton High School
  • École Secondaire Catholique Pierre-Savard (French)

WHAT ARE THE DIFFERENT AREAS IN BARRHAVEN?

  • Barrhaven splits into several areas.

    Old Barrhaven

    • The westernmost part of Barrhaven
    • Located between Cedarview Road and Greenbank Road

    Knollsbrook/The Triangle

    • Located east of Greenbank between Fallowfield Road and the railway tracks

    Longfields

    • Located south of The Triangle towards Strandherd and east to Woodroffe Avenue

    Barrhaven on the Green

    • Located between Jockvale Road, Greenbank and Strandherd

    Davidson Heights

    • Located east of Woodroffe Avenue next to the Rideau River

    Chapman Mills

    • A new community located south of Strandherd and east of Greenbank

    Stonebridge

    • Located near Prince of Wales Drive and Jockvale
    • Next to the Stonebridge Golf & Country Club

    Half Moon Bay

    • Along Cambrian Road, west of Greenbank, east of Highway 416, south of the Jock River and north of Barnsdale Road

I’M NEW TO BUYING. WHAT SHOULD I DO FIRST?

The first thing you should do is meet with your financial institution and confirm financing. Once you’ve reviewed your finances and budget, find a real estate agent to help you find the home of your dreams. If you’re looking for a home in the Barrhaven-Ottawa area, the MacDonald Property Group can help! Contact us, and we’ll guide you through the home buying process and be there every step of the way.

WHY SHOULD I USE A REAL ESTATE AGENT?

A real estate agent can provide you with up-to-date information on housing markets, financing, terms and conditions and property value. A real estate agent’s expertise can ensure you are getting the best possible deal. Real estate agents do most of the heavy lifting for you. They provide organization and administration for you like negotiations and paperwork, so you don’t have to. Their guidance and advice will save you money in the long run.

HOW MUCH DOES A HOME INSPECTION COST?

A good quality home inspection in the Barrhaven and Ottawa area will cost between $400 to $600 plus taxes. It will depend on the size and type of property being inspected.

SHOULD I GET A HOME INSPECTION?

Definitely – what is the cost of peace of mind? Buying a home is one of the most important investment decisions you will make in a lifetime. Do your best to ensure your home is solid on the inside and out, by enlisting the services of a qualified home inspection company.

At the MacDonald Property Group, we will recommend that you include a clause in your offer, allowing you to conduct a home inspection and being satisfied with the outcome. For more information, please contact the MacDonald Property Group.

HOW IS AN AGENT COMPENSATED?

An agent is compensated by the seller’s agent by splitting the commission that the seller charges. It is the seller that pays the commission and the buyer’s agent that receives it. A buyer agent is only compensated when a deal is complete after a successful purchase for their buyer.

When listing a home an agent charges a certain percentage of the sale of your home.

If you have any more questions that you can’t find in the list above, the MacDonald Property Group is here to help. We are here to answer all your questions.