I awoke this morning with a smile on my face. There are always lots of reasons for any one of us to wake up with anything BUT a smile. But to wake with a smile…. this is my preference. Recently I posted on Facebook a quote by Audrey Hepburn “I love people who make me laugh. I honestly think that it’s the thing I like most…. to laugh. It cures a multitude of ills. It’s probably the most important thing in a person.” What friends and acquaintances did not realize, was how much their comments about my laugh meant to me. It can be hard to laugh times…. particularly when I deal with such highly emotional situations all of the time in my business. My business is not just marketing and buying and selling of homes…. it is helping clients deal with the emotion that goes along with that pending move. A sincere laugh can sometimes be the best medicine for both sides. 2016 is here…. I choose to smile.


Focus on Neighbourhood Stats for 26 Jarlan Terrace!

26-jarlan-terrace_0521 I have disproven that old expression “Lies….damned lies….and statistics!”  I so love problem-solving. Recently, when a listing of ours, 26 Jarlan Crescent that has a private backyard with no houses behind looking down into it but that happens to back onto Katimivik Road, had a comment about the location. This was when I decided, after the current owners expressed total disbelief that someone would see it as a negative, to pull the stats on how long people backing onto Katimivik choseto live there. Barb, master researcher, went through city records and researched how long people stayed in their houses when they moved onto the streets of Jarlan, Dorey and McLaughlin that all back onto Katimavik Road. It was amazing. Check this out:

Jarlan Terrace               Dorey Court             McLaughlin Crescent

### – 18 years              ### – 33 years             ### – 10 years

### – 29 years              ### – 23 years             ### – 30 years

### – 27 years              ### – 22 years             ### – 19 years

### – 14 years              ### – 29 years             ### – 12 years

It appears that when people move into such a spot, they simply do not move until something necessitates that they do. The bottom line is also that because they stay in that location for a long time, their investment appreciation is that much more.  We also researched to see if their houses had come on the market and then just taken off without selling. Not the case….even once! We shared these wonderful statistics with other realtors and immediately the view of the property’s location changed. Showings increased. Interested parties appeared. SO……my thoughts on statistics…….I LOVE them!!!! (sometimes)

Hockey Ticket Draw! Enter to Win Sens vs Leafs Tickets!

Hurry! There are only a few days left to enter our hockey ticket draw. We have a hockey ticket draw happening NOW! The tickets are to the Sens vs Leafs game on Saturday, February 6 at 7:00 pm and include a parking pass. To enter:

  1. Head to the Contact Us page on our website and mention “hockey ticket draw” in your message.

Want an extra chance to win? 2.Head over to our Current Listings page and let us know which of our listings has new carpeting. And for a 3rd entry:

  1. LIKE or SHARE our business Facebook page …do so HERE!

The draw will take place on Tuesday, February 2 at 4:00 pm so get your entries in quickly please. Good luck to all! Winner will be notified by email and Facebook.

Save the Date: Tasting Ottawa Event at Fresco Bistro in Kanata!

images_jpeg We have an upcoming Tasting Ottawa event for you to consider at Fresco’s Westside Lounge  right here in Kanata. With a trendy atmosphere this Italian bistro is a favourite with delicious food highlighting seasonal produce and the creativity of the chefs. If you haven’t come to our Tasting Ottawa group before, this is a great one to start with. Our Tasting Ottawa event at Fresco’s will be on Wednesday, February 24. RSVP now to reserve a spot for you and a friend or spouse as there will be limited seating. Further details on the evening including menu details will be released later but be sure to reserve the night now and get your name on the list by emailing us at Carole@EvansTeamOttawa.com.

RECIPE: Turkey Mulligitawny Soup with Coriander

Okay….one of my worst expressions is that you could put bacon on ………anything….and it would taste good. (edited!!) Well this soup……with that smoky bacon flavor throughout …..is the perfect thing to make and keep in the fridge ready to go. The older it gets….the better it gets. I have made it with coconut milk too and it is just as good!  So get that bacon out and into this delicious soup!!! Cilantro herbs and knife.

    • the carcass of a roast turkey, broken into large pieces
    • about 4 1/2 quarts (18 cups) plus 1/3 cup water
    • 4 garlic cloves
    • three 1-inch cubes of peeled fresh gingerroot
    • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
    • 2 tablespoons curry powder
    • 3/4 teaspoon ground cumin
    • 2 large boiling potatoes (about 1 pound total)
    • 4 cups chopped onion
    • 3 carrots, sliced
    • 1 cup canned unsweetened coconut milk (available at Asian markets, specialty foods shops, and some supermarkets)
    • 1/4 cup fresh lime juice, or to taste
    • 1/3 cup finely chopped fresh coriander plus coriander sprigs for garnish

Preparation In a large kettle or stockpot combine the carcass with 4 1/2 quarts of the water, or enough to cover it, and simmer the mixture, uncovered, for 3 hours. Strain the stock through a large sieve into a large bowl, return it to the kettle, and boil it until it is reduced to about 10 cups. In a blender purée the garlic and the gingerroot with the remaining 1/3 cup water. In a heavy kettle heat the oil over moderately high heat until it is hot but not smoking and in it cook the purée, stirring, for 2 minutes, or until the liquid is evaporated. Add the potatoes, peeled and cut into cubes, the onion, the carrots, and 5 cups of the stock and simmer the mixture, covered, for 30 minutes, or until the vegetables are very soft. In the blender purée the mixture it batches until it is smooth, transfering it as it is puréed to another large kettle. Stir in the remaining stock, the coconut milk, the lime juice, and salt to taste, simmer the soup for 10 minutes, and stir in the chopped coriander. The soup may be made 2 days in advance, cooled completely, uncovered, and kept covered and chilled. The soup keeps, covered and frozen, for 2 months. Serve the soup garnished with coriander sprigs.

Neighbourhood Spotlight: Jackson Trails in Stittsville

Stittsville has a number of great neighbourhoods throughout but Jackson Trails is one that really emphasizes just how “walkable” Stittsville is. From anywhere in Jackson Trails you can access a fantastic plaza right on Hazeldean Road that has everything from an LCBO to a yoga studio to places for a quick bite to eat like Lucky Dragon Chinese Food.DSC_8123_DxO We have a listing coming up in this neighbourhood on Kimpton Drive and one of the sellers’ favourite things to do is take a nice, brisk walk to The Glen Scottish Pub for dinner and a pint! They also love visiting Poco Pazzo Italian Eatery for a quiet dinner out as well. Other favourites in Stittsville include Quitter’s Coffee, Kung Fu Bistro and The Barley Mow Pub (walking distance from our new listing!). From Jackson Trails, these owners also are able to walk to (or take a minute’s drive to) all of the grocery stores central Stittsville has to offer such as Brown’s Independent, Farm Boy or Sobey’s. Everything is truly at your fingertips in Jackson Trails including public transport, parks and walking trails. Stay tuned to our website for the beautiful home we have coming on the market in this neighbourhood.

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