May 2018

Trust Is Gold Whenever I find myself in doubt, I hear my father’s booming voice, “Honesty is the best policy”.      Like in most fields and or specialties, what we knew when we started and what we know now is a reflection on the things we learn along the way.   We learn from the continuing education in our related fields of expertise and we also learn from the ongoing hands on work experience.  This invaluable combination hones our skills enabling us to provide a valuable service to our clients. As an inspector, we are trained to detect things that are not right...

Inspecting A Home As A System When inspecting a home as a system, we need to understand that these components are part of a system.  Plumbing components for example, could affect the roof negatively if the vent stacks for plumbing that travel through the ceiling, into the attic and out through the roof, are not sealed and or insulated properly.   Let’s say we are in the middle of winter and heat is escaping into the attic through an improperly sealed venting stack.  The warm air comes in contact with the cold attic air and forms condensation.  The condensation will accumulate into...

Montreal Real Estate Sales Up 10% Montreal real estate sales were up 10%.  The most recent statistics record 5,432 residential sales in April 2018, which is 10% higher than April of last year. This is the best April since 2010, and Montreal’s 38th consecutive monthly increase in sales. The South Shore led the way at 15%, followed by 13% in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu and 12% in Laval with sales on the Island of Montreal showing an increased of 6%. While both plexes and single family homes enjoyed a sales increase of 6%, it was condominium sales that performed the best in April, with an 18%...

Sustainable Homes on the Desert Mesa of New Mexico Sustainable homes on the desert mesa of New Mexico takes a peek at an alternative way of living.  In the desert of New Mexico, a group of homes jut out from the landscape, resembling something from a science fiction novel.  These unusual but interesting constructions referred to as “Earthships” are passive solar houses, and are the brainchild of architect Mike Reynolds. Devised originally in the 1970s, they are designed to be almost completely self-sufficient not relying on the use of any electrical grid, water lines, or municipal sewage system.  Instead, these home collect rainwater, and...

Montreal Public Transit Guide Bus And Train Info Montreal public transit guide - bus and train info will help you find the nearest train station to your destination or which bus station is closest to home. You'll also be able to see which alternative lines can also get you to your destination or how far the walking distance is. From when does the last train of the day depart to when the first bus line starts operating. When thinking of purchasing a property, check in real time, the public transport options. Get all the info you need in advance.   (function(d, s, id) { ...

How's The Montreal Real Estate Market First Quarter 2018 How's the Montreal real estate market first quarter 2018, shows residential sales were up seven percent in Montreal compared to 2017. Inventory was down sixteen per cent and prices were up five per cent for homes and three percent for condos.  Among the different types of properties, condominium sales took the lead registering a jump of seventeen percent creating a new first quarter sales record. Sales of single family homes increased by two percent, and plexes by five percent. In Montreal, the median family home price was $310k and condominiums $245k. Of course...

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