Thinking of Selling?

Our personal search approach can give you up-to-date information on what’s happening in the marketplace, as well as the price, financing, terms and condition of competing properties. These are key factors in getting your property sold at the best price, in a reasonable amount of time and stress free atmosphere. We will ensure your property is marketed to its full potential to maximize its exposure to other real estate agents and the public. Marketing is are forte, we know when and where to market your property to generate the most the highest exposure and potential sales opportunities. When you do receive offers on your home, we will help you objectively evaluate every buyer’s proposal without compromising your goals or lowering your expectations. Throughout the selling process, we are always personally able to address any questions or concerns you may have. 

If you're thinking of selling your home in the next year, we are the Real Estate team to help you. Please fill out the form below to request your home's current market value and to arrange a personal free initial consultation. You deserve it, don’t discount yourself or your investment.

The Hamre Team sells “Lifestyle” and their strong Team understands what motivates home buyers. They are known for having the showcase style listings and they feature their listings to look like model homes.

Top 10 Home-Selling Mistakes

“Buyers want a wish list; not a to-do list.”

  1. Selling their house Private. – Loss of time on the market with minimal and unprofessional exposure.

  2. Neglect repairs / maintenance – 47% of buyers said that the need for major renovations would negatively influence their buying decision.

  3. Refusing to depersonalize – Buyers will feel emotionally disconnected by personal effects and religious items.

  4. Odours – First impressions matter. Cooking and Pet odours can turn a buyer off immediately.

  5. Home vs. House – Emotions – A Decorated home is different than a Staged home. Knowing the difference will result in higher sales price and less time on the market.

  6. Cleanliness - Make it "Q-Tip" clean.

  7. Room Function – Setting up a room as it is meant to be, making it easy for buyers to visualize.

  8. Refusal to Repair, Remodel, $$$ - Not investing in repairs and cosmetic fixes will result in larger price deductions and a longer time on the market.

  9. Ignoring Professional Advice – It is too costly to find out the hard way.

  10. Not Staging / Listing prior to work completed - Make sure that your house looks amazing.

The Hamre Real Estate team knows how to maximize the appeal of your home. “Staging targets the psychological needs of buyers who are fueled by their emotional/visual connection to a series of impressions and are drawn to a lifestyle created by professional staging.” – Carla Woolnough

Written by Greg Hamre & Carla Woolnough

How to Get Your House Ready for a Home Inspection

Birdi All Purpose Home InspectionPreparing for a home inspection is as important as preparing for a showing. Make sure your home is in “Show Shape.” First impressions are very important even to a home inspector. When a home inspector sees a home that is well cared for and maintained, they are less concerned of issues arising. If there are issues, we recommend disclosing them upfront, as home inspectors are more like private detectives. If there is an issue, they will find clues that take them to the problem. Disclosure is always the best advice.

A home inspection is a time when the purchasers are able to relax and feel at home, as if it was their own home. It is important that the purchasers are allowed to experience this feeling on their own, while accompanied by their real estate agent and the home inspector. Note to sellers: avoid being home for the inspection. You will do more damage to the transaction than you think. The real estate agent is insured and will be there to deal with any issues that may appear. A normal home inspection will take between 2 to 3.5 hours.

During the home inspection, the purchaser will learn a lot of details about the house, how to maintain it in the years ahead and how to operate many of its equipment and hardware. It is a knowledgeable and value added experience to the purchase of a home.

Tips to prepare for a home inspection

Here are some tips to help you prepare for a home inspection:

  • Make sure the house is Q-Tip clean.

  • Clean & empty dishwasher.

  • Replace furnace filter and leave out most recent maintenance records if available.

  • Clean exterior of furnace and hot water tank. Ensure that they are easily accessible.

  • Leave the inspector a note to indicate the location of the water shutoffs, electrical panel and attic hatch. Ensure that they are easily accessible.

  • Replace burnt out light bulbs.

  • Replace smoke detectors if the casings have discoloured to yellow or if older than 10 years.

  • Ensure the bathroom baths and showers are free of mildew and mould.

  • Depersonalize baths and showers of soaps, shampoos and personal hygiene items.

  • Avoid air fresheners. Instead air out the house ahead of time and leave bathroom window ajar.

  • Remove any leaves or debris in exterior window wells.

  • Ensure that eavestrough down spouts are extended.

  • Leave all records available for recent home improvements and maintenance upkeep for inspector to review.

  • Well & Septic – Leave all related paper work available. Indicate location of well cap and septic cleanout Lids.

There is no pass or fail to a home inspection. Every purchaser has a different tolerance level. Most purchasers prefer a “Wish List” not a “To-Do List.” Preparing ahead of time can ensure that your transaction goes smoothly.

Written by Greg Hamre of the Hamre Real Estate Team at RE/MAX Affiliates in Ottawa, ON.

The Front Door Sets the Stage.

Make the first impression count - Front doors are the key.” This is so true when it comes to Listing and/or showing a property to a potential Buyer. “You can usually judge how the inside of the house will appear by the condition and appearance of the Front Door” says Greg Hamre of the Hamre Real Estate Team at RE/MAX Affiliates Realty in Ottawa. 

It is the area that sets the tone.” “On average 80% of the buying decision is made as you walk through the front door.” says Greg. Everyone is excited as you drive up to the Listed Property. You are judging the neighbourhood and lifestyle appearances to the homes location. There is a pause at the front entrance, as you wait for your Agent to open the lock box to let you in. The anticipation and first impressions are being decided at this time. This is a critical decision point and the Buyers internal instincts should be sending a positive vibe.

The Front Door needs to be Q-Tip clean and in good condition. The investment into a new door or a fresh coat of paint can pay off immensely. It is an area that most Real Estate Agents miss when offering assistance in preparing their Sellers and their Listings for sale on the market.

The Strength of Web Site Exposure – Is it easy to find Your Listing? 


I was engaged in a very enlightening conversation at an offer presentation last evening. Three days after the listing had gone onto the market the Sellers were presented with an offer. The conversation was all about living up to the initial listing presentation and hopefully exceeding the client’s expectations. They were ecstatic with the way we had rolled out the whole listing procedure and the exposure that their home received so quickly.

Following the offer presentation, our clients brought up the topic of web site visibility. The house across the street from them had gone onto the market the day before their listing had appeared and at a lower price point. They mentioned that within 24 hours of their listing going ”live” on the market, that when they “Googled” their address, the listing was everywhere with multiple links, pictures and video. To this day they still cannot find their neighbour’s listing on any web sites. I assured them that their neighbours listing was on the MLS site and that the Hamre Team had shown it.

This high lights the fact that in today’s real estate business you need to be with a Real Estate Agent that understands Real Estate Marketing. You need an agent that has the tools, the resources and know how. You need more than just the MLS web site exposure in today’s Real Estate Business to ensure that your listing receives the highest level of exposure and opportunity for the best selling price.

“Choosing the right Real Estate agent make a difference.”

Greg Hamre – Sales Representative with the Hamre Real Estate Team at RE/MAX Affiliates Realty in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.

Staging Your House To Sell

Living room; sofa, chairs table, lamps, painting, dining room, hallway, staged house, U District, Seattle, Washington, USAWorking with both buyers and sellers, the Hamre Real Estate Team has a distinct advantage. We are always one step ahead of our competition in technology, presentation and detail. Real estate is our business, selling homes is our passion. When we show our current listings to potential buyers, all of our homes look like model homes. Why? We know how to stage a house to sell. And that's one of the advantages that you get when you list your home for sale with the Hamre Ottawa Real Estate Team.

Listing with the Hamre Team means that your listing will be showcased in the best possible manner. We pay attention to detail in our videos, pictures and descriptions. We have our own “value-added” Ottawa home staging crew. They are professionals. They are the best at what they do. They know presentation, floor plan definition and how to create the “WOW” factor in all of our client’s homes. Let us set the stage to make sure that your home is the one that buyers will be talking about.

Understanding the difference between a wonderfully decorated home and a powerfully staged home is evident with the sale of your home in a reasonable amount of time, with the largest possible exposure to buyers, for the highest selling price possible. We know what sells and how to make our listings look their very best.

Making sure that the world knows that you are out there and that you look your very best. We all know that first impressions matter. When it is show time..............we will make sure that you are ready.

Leave it to the pros for house staging in Ottawa. Call in the Hamre Real Estate Team at RE/MAX Affiliates in Ottawa.

Preparing to show your home for sale in order to achieve top dollars! 

In any real estate market, prepping your home so that potential buyers see it in its best light can mean that your home sells more quickly and possibly at a better price. The Hamre Team can work with you on a personal level to ensure that we maximize your selling potential. Our stagers and marketing team will make you look your best. Here are a few simple steps to get you started:

Preparing to sell

Check the curb appeal – make sure that the front yard and front porch / entranceway is clean and free of any messy looking items such as recycle boxes.

Spruce things up in the kitchen – if this room is in need of a remodelling, you can update the space quickly and inexpensively with new blinds, new cabinet knobs, and a fresh coat of neutral paint.

Thoroughly clean – you may wish to hire a professional cleaning service to ensure that everything in your home from floor to ceiling has been carefully cleaned and/or dusted. Power-washing the exterior is also a good idea. Make sure rooms are free of extra clutter.

Brighten up you home – very clean windows and higher wattage bulbs do wonders for making a space seem airier and bigger.

Don't get too personal – anything directly connected to you should be stashed from sight, such as toiletries in the bathroom or framed family photos, so that potential buyers can easily imagine themselves living in their home and not yours. 

Make sure that the front yard and front porch / entranceway is clean and free of any messy looking items such as recycle boxes.

Get it fixed – repairs are important: make sure that bathroom tiles are not cracked, or the kitchen faucet doesn't drip, to give two obvious examples.

Are You Fit to Sell? 

Home renovations can influence the resale value of your home

As the residential housing market becomes increasingly competitive, more and more homeowners are investing in renovation before listing their home for sale.

The recent introduction of the Federal Government’s new $2.5 billion Home Renovation Tax Credit (HRTC) program will now provide Canadians with added incentive. The program allows for a 15 per cent tax credit on eligible renovation expenditures such as work performed or goods purchased between January 27, 2009 and February 1, 2010. A credit of up to $1,350 per household can be claimed for the 2009 tax year on renovations including upgrades to bathrooms and kitchens, the installation of new flooring or carpeting, and replacing a furnace.


By utilizing the new program to make necessary upgrades, homeowners can maximize the value of their properties. A recent RE/MAX survey found that the most value-added upgrades for today’s purchasers include: 

  • Updated kitchen cabinetry

  • Hardwood flooring

  • New windows

  • An open-concept living area

  • A finished basement

After location and price, condition is one of the most important factors in the sale of a home. Many buyers are willing to pay more for a home that does not require major upgrades. To determine if you are Fit to Sell, consult GREG-SHIRLEY-STEVE HAMRE at RE/MAX Metro City in Ottawa.

Air Quality - Fit to Sell -Greg & Steve Hamre     RE/MAX Ottawa

Curb Appeal - Fit to Sell - Greg & Steve Hamre     RE/MAX Ottawa

Depersonalizing - Fit to Sell - Greg & Steve Hamre     RE/MAX Ottawa

Flooring - Fit to Sell - Greg & Steve Hamre     RE/MAX Ottawa

Furniture Placement & Lighting - Fit to Sell - Greg & Steve Hamre     RE/MAX Ottawa

Home Inspection - Fit to Sell -Greg & Steve Hamre     RE/MAX Ottawa

Main Selling Rooms - Fit to Sell - Greg & Steve Hamre     RE/MAX Ottawa

Paint - Fit to Sell - Greg & Steve Hamre     RE/MAX Ottawa


Sellers - Put Yourself in a Buyer’s “Shoes”

Sellers want to sell their home. They hope that Buyers love their home as much as they do. This eventually happens – sometimes within hours, other times within days, weeks or months.  What about all the people that walked through a Seller’s home and didn’t love it? Why didn’t they love it? What was wrong with it?
Happy Home Buyer Hamre Remax

People live differently, have different routines, need different things…smaller kitchens, bigger kitchens, open concept, more walls, less stairs, more hardwood, the list goes on and on.  It’s not personal. Buyers want different things! These Buyers are just … well… different! Or are they? Really, most of the Buyers are all the same.  Here’s a list of similar things that Buyers are looking for:


If Upgrades are doable, then perhaps a new kitchen counter might help.  Perhaps some new ceramic tiles to replace that old linoleum flooring. A bathroom mini-overhaul; new sink, mirror, dual flush toilet… These can go a long way to making a positive impression.

If upgrades are not affordable for the Seller, then Updates can be an excellent Plan B. 

  • New knobs on your cabinets and cupboards.

  • A new coat of neutral paint.

  • A new lampshade or two.

  • Some reframing of your artwork.

  • A new dash of colour in a room to add to that nice new coat of neutral paint.

  • A good carpet cleaning.

Most of these items can be inexpensive and will make a world of difference in providing a memorable and positive impression on your future Buyer.  Buyers tell us they are looking for clean, tidy, functional and perhaps even provocative! The Hamre Team has a “value added” Home Staging crew and they are professionals.  They know how to create that WOW factor that Buyers are looking for.

Written by the Hamre Real Estate Team, Sales Representatives at RE/MAX Affiliates Realty in Ottawa, Ontario Canada