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The Resurgence of Walkable Neighborhoods From the youngest generation to the oldest generation, there’s consensus that walkability is a shared amenity that needs even more attention in our cities. In fact, walkability is the feature of cities that holds promise to reduce the sprawl that we all hate. People want to be able to walk to get food, visit a restaurant, get a cup of coffee—or just walk to walk. That drive to increase walkability requires a unique mix that’s often found in rejuvenated downtowns. There are schools and workplaces, as well as sidewalks and parks. People gather in open, public spaces,...

Montreal Real Estate Stats 4th Quarter 2016 After a healthy and strong Montreal real estate market in 2016, this last quarter is looking to be a bit weaker here in the last quarter. Here are some of the preliminary numbers courtesy of the QFREB Market Analysis Department: Housing Starts Decreased in Québec in the Fourth Quarter of 2016 According to preliminary data from the Canada Mortage and Housing Corporation (CMHC), there were 8,783 housing starts in Québec centers with 10,000 or more inhabitants during the fourth quarter of 2016. This represents a drop of 5 per cent compared to the same period in 2015....

Montreal's Best Restaurants of 2016 By Lesley Chesterman for the Montreal Gazette With rising interest rates in both the U.S. & Canada and much uncertainty in the world on the political front, this holiday season is a good time to turn to one of my favorite topics, "food", When it comes to food, Montreal is certainly one of the best cities! I fear it's no longer a well kept secret, in fact the word is out! There are so many delicious tastes and places to discover and savor, spread out throughout our many neighborhoods. What's really special is the local neighborhood fare...

 Do We Really Need More Downtown Condos In Montreal? Last night, it was announced in Montreal, that the land and building for the old Montreal Children's Hospital would now be revitalized as a development project for new condos, green spaces and affordable housing. With an over abundance of small condos for sale, we don't need any more 700 - 800 square foot units in the downtown region. There is an interest to attract more families to live downtown which is fantastic. But, in order to do so, developers need to construct townhouse type of condos that can provide families with much...

Today's Press Review from the Greater Montreal Real Estate Board is a nice complilation of interesting articles. One in particular is an article by the Montreal Gazette "Condo Buyers Should Beware of New Inspection Rules", what you need to know. 14/12/2016 Condo buyers should beware new inspection rules Condo inspection alert: Before purchasing a condo, potential buyers should find out if the building is subject to inspection under 2015 amendments to the Quebec building act, the CMHC advises. CMHC estimates about 1,400 condo and rental buildings in the Montreal area are subject to the regulations that were amended in the interests of public...

Time For Music! As the holidays approach and things start to wind down, I thought I'd share a music stream that a friend shared with me this evening. Did you know that this year, Hanukkah and Christmas fall on the same night. Does anyone know when this last happened...

Canadian Homeownership For today's blogpost, I'd like to share with you the press review from the Greater Montreal Real Estate Board. The review consists of a few interesting articles about Canadian homeownership and real estate.   12/12/2016 The doomsday scenario: Why you’re more tied to real estate than you think and what you can do about it Canadian real estate prices only have three main directions they can go: Up, flat or down. Now that we have gotten that out of the way, this article is about what happens if they go down. It is not a prediction, but just trying to paint a picture...

Montreal's Eater Awards for 2016 is out! This year there are two sets of selections for each category. One set was determined by the Eater Awards editorial team, the other, the people's or reader's choice vote. I really like the way they chose to do the awards this year, it's refreshing to have the people get their say and vote! What I also like about the article below, is the visual presentation of how the voting panned out in the final selection. The awards feature the picks for best restaurant, chef, design, bar or wine program of the year, and cheap and casual....

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