Ottawa Real Estate Board FAQ

Facts and Questions about using the Ottawa Real Estate Board website, oreb.ca

Q. I only want to view the newest listings. How do I do that?
A.There is now a Hot New Listings Only checkbox on the search-wizard screen that has other search criteria such as Dwelling Type and Site influences. Find it at the upper right, underneath the SEARCH button.

Q. Why is the page not displaying properly for me? What browser should I use?
A.This site is best viewed with Internet Explorer 5.5+, Netscape 6.1+, and Opera 7.5. Other browsers, such as Safari or Firefox, may not display the pages correctly.

Q.How do I search by neighbourhood?
A. On the home page, mouse over “Search MLS®” and select Ottawa or Renfrew. A page with an interactive map of the region will appear. Click on the district that contains the neighbourhoods you wish to search in. Another map and a list of neighbourhoods will appear. Click on one of the neighbourhoods on the map, and your search will be confined to that neighbourhood ONLY.

Q. Can I search in more than one neighbourhood at once?
A. On the home page, mouse over “Search MLS®” and select Ottawa or Renfrew. A page with an interactive map of the region will appear. Click on the district that contains the neighbourhoods you wish to search in. A map and a list of neighbourhoods will appear. Using the list on the right-hand side of the page, you may select more than one neighbourhood to search in using the checkboxes. Your search will select properties from each of the selected neighbourhoods that meet your criteria.

Q. How do I search by feature (for example, waterfront properties)?
A. Once you reach the Search Criteria page (after selecting region, neighbourhood, and housing class), you will see a number of drop-down menus. One of these, Site Influences, includes criteria such as Waterfront, Family Oriented, Hobby Farm, and many others, which will narrow your search to the specific type of property you are looking for.

Q. How do I search for Open Houses in a specific neighbourhood?
A. You can search for Open Houses in the neighbourhood of your choice using the Upcoming Open Houses button on the Search Criteria page. This search will return only the properties that have Open Houses listed on the Board’s web site for the upcoming week.
Also, you can check the upcoming Open Houses on the Board’s main Open Houses page, accessible from the purple link at the top of every page, and click on the Neighbourhood heading to sort by neighbourhood. Then scroll down to find the neighbourhood you are looking for.

Q. There are so many Ottawa real estate websites. Why should I visit www.oreb.ca?
A.Because ALL MLS® listings for Ottawa and Renfrew can be found here. MLS® (Multiple Listing Service®) is a co-operative marketing system used by the Ottawa Real Estate Board’s members to ensure maximum exposure of properties listed for sale. www.oreb.cais the board’s official website, which holds each and every MLS® listing currently active in the Ottawa and Renfrew County areas. MLS ® information is updated daily at 7:30 AM and 9:30 PM.

Q. When is the Upcoming Open Houses page updated?
A. Upcoming Open Houses are updated every Thursday afternoon with Open House listings for the upcoming weekend and week.

Q. Can I sort the Upcoming Open Houses by price or neighbourhood?
A. Yes. As a matter of fact, you can sort the Upcoming Open Houses by any of the headings – simply click on the one you wish to sort by, wait for the listings to re-load, and scroll down to find what you’re looking for! It’s that simple.

Q. What is the difference between a Residential property and a Condominium?
A. A Residential property is one where the homeowner owns a dwelling unit (both the interior and exterior) and the block of land upon which the dwelling is located. Condominiums and commercial properties are excluded from this category. Condominiums are a form of housing where the owner owns only the unit in which they live–from the interior walls inward, generally–as well as a share in the common areas of the property. All condominiums must be registered as a corporation with the province. This category also includes housing co-operatives.

Q. What does Property Style refer to?
A. Property style explains whether the unit is detached (stand-alone) or attached to others in one of several formats.

Q. What does Property Type refer to?
A. Property Type offers more detail as to the composition of the property, for example the number of levels above grade, and whether it is a single unit or a building divided into more than one unit.