August 2016

As a mother of 3 plus one kids, I can honestly say that I love this article that makes the best case as to why us Gen X moms make the best real estate agents!   BY MARY MCINTOSH For Inman Key Takeaways Youth is honored in our society, but often age holds way more value. Technology and response time are not only dependent upon age. Often in an effort to keep up with youth, older people embrace technology as well. Sometimes buyers and sellers need and want a mother's touch; someone taking care of them and their needs. Motherhood prepares us to not be surprised...

This story is about an Ontario man who decided to take full advantage of all the program and rebates that were available for him to go green. He installed solar panels on his roof, purchased an electric vehicle and installed a charging station for himself.  Not only has he been able to lower his energy costs but he's been able to subsidize his electrical bills by selling his energy production surplus back to his utility grid. Read the full story below, story by Doug Shmidt for the Windsor Star; https://windsorstar.com/news/local-news/windsors-early-green-home-converts-are-already-reaping-the-rewards...

Foreign Investment in Canada And Montreal Foreign investment up until August has been slower in Montreal than other parts of Canada like Vancouver. But this is set to change. Read about new measures imposed on foreign investment in the Vancouver market in this informative article by Benjamin Shingler for the CBC on how the new tax imposed on foreign buyers in Vancouver should effect our Montreal real estate market. The article also provides a snapshot comparable of the average home price in Toronto, Vancouver and Montreal.  With no surprise, the average home price in Vancouver is three times the average home...

One of the foremost, respected thought leaders in real estate is Gary Keller. One of the founders of the number one real estate franchise in the United States. Every year he presents a keynote address pertaining to the market status. This year he presented his slide deck on the real estate market in 2016. I'm sharing it here below, it's always good to learn something...

One of the best places to hang out if you're visiting Montreal or for local Montrealers in need of a good restaurant or a neighborhood with some creative energy, Le Plateau Mont Royal is a wonderful quartier with a wonderful, eclectic, and artistic vibe. This neighborhood hosts many great restaurants, boutiques, cafes and above all diversity of people. I thought I'd share a couple of videos to give you a feel for this special part of Montreal. https://youtu.be/bUi3H7lArNc For the low down on where to get the best Poutine and some other great cafes, microbreweries and other hotspots check out this travel vlog...

With the advent of new technologies or applications changing things up daily, there's no shortage of industries that will be disrupted, including Montreal real estate at some point. From artificial intelligence to self driving cars, we may think these things are far off in the future, but they are closer than you can imagine. I recently read and thought I'd share this article by Laurence Van Elegem, that appeared on Across Technology that places the value of creativity front line and center as a means to thriving in the age of uberization,  The Real estate industry could definitely benefit from some creative...

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