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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...

Latent Defects: What you need to know before purchasing your new home   Purchasing a new home is a big step, whether it’s your first home or your tenth, and being aware of latent defects and how to prevent any unwanted surprises from them is an important step to protecting yourself and your investment.   What is a latent defect?   A defect is defined as “a flaw in the quality of a building”.  To be a latent, or otherwise known as a ‘hidden’ defect, the flaw has to meet three requirements:   It is not obvious, just by a simple look you can’t see the problem, ...

Feature photo ©Bonnie Meisels Montreal Real Estate Stories April 25th 2018 Montreal real estate stories April 25th 2018 begins with the STM, Société de transport de Montréal which announced it's plans to construct a nearly 300-unit housing project near the Frontenac metro station. This is the first time the STM will be providing housing for Montrealers, and not just transportation services. The project is “a first step toward the development of its real-estate holdings,” said chairman Philippe Schnobb. "The complex, consisting of four buildings ranging from two to 12 storeys, will be built on a 54,200-square-foot parking lot owned by the STM. It will include...

Montreal Mortgage Lending Questions And Answers Montreal mortgage lending questions and answers features a post by Michael Bolanakis, a mortgage specialist with Scotiabank. Many of my clients are searching for information about the mortgage process here in Montreal. Michael wrote this post below, to share some of his knowledge and information on this process.  Q&A: The Mortgage Process Many first time home buyers have not really thought about what the mortgage process entails.  You may have lots of questions about the products, rates and fees but there is also more to it.  Here are answers to some common questions:   How is a loan application...

Montreal Home Buyers Program Montreal mayor Valerie Plante just introduced a new Montreal home buyers Program with refunds up to $15000.00. The mayor is trying to encourage more people to stay on the island by providing some financial support. The downtown Montreal core has not had much to offer for families, especially when it comes to affordability. The new program has strict and defined criteria: A single buyer purchasing a new development for a maximum price of $225,000 will receive $5,000 from the city. A family buying a new development for a maximum price of $400,000 will receive $10,000. A family purchasing...

Inspect to Sell Inspect to sell and why it's important! When it comes to selling your property the last person you'd probably take advice from is a home inspector. But in light of what I'm about to tell you maybe I should be the first one you come to. Have you ever sold something that you knew nothing about. Or at least very little? Chances are the answer is no. When you sell a car, you know when the last time you did an oil change was, how old the tires are, and when the breaks were last checked. That old iPhone that's been...

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