Open House - The Real Estate & Mortgage Show

Real Estate and Mortgage Answers

CFRA_Open_HouseEvery Saturday morning at 11 AM, Paul Rushforth and mortgage broker Frank Napolitano join CFRA’s Steve Gregory on Open House.

They provide expert answers to real estate and mortgage questions from people just like you.

You’ll find plenty of information on how the market is doing and why, and they also have plenty of fun along the way!

Whether you’re new to real estate or have plenty of experience already, you’ll find the latest updates you need to prepare for your next home purchase or sale.

You can play the episodes by following the link below.

Highlights From Recent Episodes

Check out our Youtube channel for videos of previous episodes. If you’d like to listen to any episodes, visit the podcasts page.

March 6th, 2021: Another Crazy Month in Real Estate

Paul, Frank and Steve start the show by conversing about Ottawa’s current real estate numbers (0:38), current mortgage rates in Ottawa and why you need a real estate agent when selling your home (3:05), and how increased rates could affect the future market (6:43). After the break, listeners phone-in to ask about when the best time is to list your home (13:26) and is it worth installing a double garage (19:23). Then, more listeners call-in to ask about pricing strategies when selling a townhome (22:30), options in regards to refinancing (26:20), and turning your property into a rental while renting yourself (31:30). To end the show, our last caller asks about whether you should choose fixed vs. variable rates right now (35:09) and the gang discuss paying off debt vs. paying off your mortgage first (37:42).

February 27th, 2021: Buyer Frustration & Mortgage Questions

Paul, Frank and Steve begin the show by discussing the listing drought in Ottawa (00:55), the rise in mortgage rates (2:57), buyer frustration and where the market is headed (5:42). After the break, a listener phones-in to ask about why you’re not able to make an offer without a condition on financing (11:25), the crazy changes in prices and how it affects conditions (16:52). Then, another caller asks about refinancing a newly acquired new build (21:41) and Frank shares his conversation with Canadian MPs (27:02). To end the show, our final two callers ask about whether it’s a good time to refinance (32:40) recourse around the hidden home flaws (36:11), and Paul explains why you need to divulge issues with a home when selling it (39:39).

February 20th, 2021: What’s My Home Worth?

Paul, Frank and Steve start the show by talking about the crazy start in real estate this year (1:48), a potential increase in the fixed-rate (4:50), and when real estate prices will slow down (09:26). After the break, a listener phones-in to ask about the worth of a home in Orleans (12:55) and another caller asks about the worth of agricultural land (20:30). Then, the gang discusses the difficulties of being a first-time homebuyer (22:05), two listeners call-in to ask about the decrease in new builds (23:10), and how appraisers are dealing with the high pricing of homes (25:55). To end the show, our final listener phones-in to ask about the worth of a home in Greely (30:51) and Frank shares his plan for meetings with MPs regarding mortgages (33:55).

February 13th, 2021: The People Of Ottawa Ask Their Questions

Paul, Frank and Steve start the show by conversing about this week in real estate and mortgages (1:01), predictions regarding the average sales price decreasing (3:29), the increase of people using their home line of credit (5:24), and knowing the value of your home (7:52). After the break, a listener phones-in to ask about issues regarding loan protector insurance (11:57), another caller asks about whether it’s the right time to sell a home in Arnprior (20:32), and another listener calls-in to ask about home appraisals and pre-approval (27:53). To end the show, our last caller asks about choosing rates when renewing your mortgage (32:36).

February 6th, 2021: Buying, Selling or Renting?

Paul, Frank and Steve start the show by talking about the surprising real estate numbers for January (0:56), how the rise in home prices affects buying power (3:39), buying vs. selling your home first (6:19), and the difficulty of pricing a property in this market (9:16). After the break, a listener phones-in to ask about bank vs. lender mortgages and moving to a smaller neighbourhood like Carleton Place (12:51). Then, another listener calls-in to ask about selling her home vs. renting it out (19:16), the gang discusses the average household income and unemployment numbers (25:01) and another caller asks the guys about whether there’s still room to add value to a home (27:30). To end the show, the gang talks about the importance of choosing who you list and buy with (31:13) and our final caller asks about financing home renovations (33:17).

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