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West Island A Seller's Market With The Shortest Selling Times! According to the QFREB, (Quebec Federation of Real Estate Board in case you were wondering), six West Island cities had the shortest selling times in 2016. Pincourt, Kirkland and Dorval had the fastest selling times at 73 days and Beaconsfield, Dollard-des-Ormeaux and Pointe Claire not far behind. It's no suprise these areas are in high demand with the proximity of the 20 and 40 highways. According to Paul Cardinal, Director of QFREB Market Analysis Department told The Suburban, "with a strong pharmaceutical and high tech jobs base in the territory. It attracts people because they...

Griffintown Walking Tour I thought I would share this post from G. Scott Macleod as he just finished creating the Griffin Town walking tour production. The Griffintown walking tour is in preparation for St Patrick's Day and Montreal 375th anniversary. Enjoy the 21 videos that tell the stories of Griffintown.  Here's the link to the website: www.griffintowntour.com Below is a small sample of the artwork. Griffintown Tour The Death and Life of Griffintown: 21 stories MacLeod 9 Productions Presents 21 short films by G. Scott MacLeod In these 21 short films, Irish Historian Dr. Matthew Barlow recounts the fascinating social history of Griffintown, a former industrial neighborhood just south of...

Montreal Real Estate January 2017 Montreal real estate January 2017, the details according to Centris “January’s sales increase can be largely attributed to the number of condominium transactions, which jumped by 21 per cent compared to January of last year,” said Daniel Dagenais, President of the GMREB Board of Directors. “What’s more, condominium sales increased in all geographic areas and in all price ranges,” added Mr. Dagenais. "Sales by geographic area For all property categories combined, January’s results show an increase in residential sales in the areas of Vaudreuil-Soulanges (+18 per cent), the Island of Montréal (+10 per cent) and the North Shore...

The Montreal Vacation Home This past year I had the distinct pleasure of getting to meet a colleague of mine from Texas who made the decision a few years back to invest in a vacation home here in the Le Plateau neighborhood of Montreal. She originally came to visit Montreal in the fall of 2000 and loved it so much, she returned and rented a place in the Plateau for 30 days in August of 2002.  Finally, in May of 2006, after contemplating for several years, she and her husband took the plunge, purchasing a lovely pied à terre by Le...

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....

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