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Montreal Real Estate Stats December 2017

Montreal Real Estate Stats December 2017

Montreal Real Estate Stats December 2017 – The latest Montreal real estate sales statistics via Centris:

The quick market update – key takeaway points via Centris.

  • Four of the six* main areas of the Montréal CMA registered an increase in sales in December 2017 as compared to December 2016.
  • Laval, the Island of Montréal and the South Shore set the tone with strong sales increases of 20, 15 and 15 per cent, respectively.
  • Condominium sales were extremely robust in December, jumping by 35 per cent. In fact, the 978 condo transactions registered last month represent a new December sales record.
  • Sales of plexes (2 to 5 dwellings) increased by 5 per cent, while sales of single-family homes fell slightly by 1 per cent”

The condominium segment just registered its largest monthly price increase in almost seven years,” said Mathieu Cousineau, President of the GMREB Board of Directors. “The number of months of inventory has been falling steadily for two years now, and this is increasingly reflected by an upward pressure on prices. Many areas are even in a seller’s market for condominiums,” added Mr. Cousineau.

Inventory of property for sale fell for a 27th consecutive month. In December, there were 24,520 active residential listings in the Centris® system, a 9 per cent drop compared to one year earlier.

Watch the video and reports on the Canadian Real Estate Market

SOURCE Chambre immobilière du Grand Montréal

According to Macleans.ca & Moneysense:

 

“Canada’s real estate is actually balanced

According to Robert Hogue, senior economist with RBC Economics, there is “limited downside risks to prices in the near term in Canada” as the majority of housing markets, including Toronto, are “in balance.”

Based on the sales-to-new listings ratio—where 50% is a balanced market—the overall Canadian market appears to be balanced, according to RBC Economics December Monthly Housing Market report. Toronto and Calgary are also in balanced territory while Montreal and Vancouver are still leaning towards a seller’s market.”

Source: RBC Economics Monthly Housing Market Update, December 14, 2017

Despite the recent interest rate hikes of 2017 and the new tighter mortgage rules which came into effect Jan 1, 2018, factors which are expected to take the steam out of the Canadian housing markets, not all provinces are equal.

“According to CREA estimates sales activity will decline across Canada (by 5.3%), as a well as in B.C. (by 3.7%), in Alberta (by 2.8%), in Saskatchewan and Manitoba (3.8% and 3.9%, respectively) and in New Brunswick and Nova Scotia (by 0.5% and 2.8%, respectively). The two hardest hit provinces will be Ontario, with an almost 10% decline in activity (9.6%) and Prince Edward Island, with a 7.4% decrease in sales activity.

The only provinces predicted to have increased sales activity in 2018—albeit at anemic rates—are Quebec (0.9%) and Newfoundland (1.3%).” Only in Quebec average prices are expected to beat the national anemic rates, with a 4.2% increase in average sales prices.

Based on the prospect of further mortgage rate increases in 2018, buyers would be wise to get pre-approved now, or as soon as possible, since that interest rates will be guaranteed for a period of time while buyers shop. Even if interest rates were to increase, the buyer would be protected by the pre-approval rate given to him/her at the time of their pre-approval.

Check out this article from Macleans,

The 91 most important economic charts to watch in 2018

http://www.macleans.ca/economy/economicanalysis/the-most-important-economic-charts-to-watch-in-2018/?utm_source=macleans&utm_medium=organic&utm_campaign=recirc&utm_content=tag_list

Paul Cardinal from the Quebec Federation of Real Estate Boards, told Jamie Orchard of Global News, “the last time growth in Montreal sales outpaced Toronto and Vancouver was in 1998.” “Sales of homes exceeding $1 million rose 20 per cent in Greater Montreal and condos priced above $500,000 were up 42 per cent. The total value of sales grew 13 per cent to $16.2 billion, about half of which was on the Island of Montreal.”

Cardinal forecasts another strong year in 2018 with the number of sales increasing by five per cent. Average prices are also expected to increase almost five per cent. All in all, Montreal capped a strong year with total sales across Greater Montreal increasing 10 per cent to 2,781 in December. While sales on the Island of Montreal increased 15 per cent, it was outpaced by Laval at 20 per cent and on par with the south shore.

Watch the Interview and read the full article;

https://globalnews.ca/news/3951580/montreals-real-estate-market-sizzled-in-2017-with-sales-hitting-10-year-high/

 

 

 

 

Chinese Buyers In The Canadian Market

Chinese Buyers In The Canadian Market

Chinese buyers in the Canadian market features the recent report “China to Canada: International Home Buyer Insights”, jointly created by Sotheby’s International Realty Canada and Juwei.com, China’s premiere international property portal.

The report uncovers the prospective interest in home buyers from mainland China in terms of  pricing, motivation, and levels of interest between conventional and top-tier real estate in Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto and Montreal. The report does take into account the impacts of the recently imposed 15% property transfer tax on foreign buyers in Metro Vancouver.

Some Key Takeaways:

Education was the most commonly cited motivation for Chinese interest in Toronto, Vancouver and Montreal followed by personal use.

The single highest motivation for Juwai.com property enquirers interested in Calgary real estate was “own use”, at 62%.

27% of Toronto and Vancouver enquirers, and 23% and 21% of Montreal and Calgary enquirers, indicated that investment was a motivation.

Immigration was the least frequently cited motive.

57% of Juwai.com property enquiries in Vancouver, 67% in Calgary, and 68% in both Toronto and Montreal fell below $655,050 ($500,000 USD) in 2016.

The median prices for Juwai.com property enquiries –$590,200 in Vancouver, $531,115 in Calgary, $458,928 in Toronto and $488,012 in Montreal

After the imposition of the 15% tax in Vancouver, there was a noticeable shift in the market;

Vancouver listings enquiries on Juwai.com fell 81% year-over-year in July 2016, the month the foreign buyers’ tax was announced, and 78% year-over-year in August when the tax took effect.

Sotheby’s International Realty Canada experts observed that increased interest from Chinese property enquirers did not result in matching surges in sales activity from this cohort in alternative markets.

The results were somewhat different in properties 1 Million and over;

In Vancouver property enquiries for real estate over $1 million fell 67% year-over-year in the third quarter of 2016 in the month the 15% foreign buyers’ tax was implemented, but rebounded with an 18% year-over-year increase in the last quarter

Toronto properties over $1 million experienced only a nominal, 2% year-over-year uptick on Juwai.com in the third quarter of 2016 following the implementation of the Vancouver foreign buyers’ tax, before ending the fourth quarter with enquiries up 18% year-over-year

As in the case of the conventional real estate market, rising interest in luxury real estate in Toronto, Calgary and Montreal did not result in matching gains in sales activity.

Read or download the full Sotheby’s International Realty Canada Report

 

 

 

Bitcoin And Real Estate

Bitcoin And Real Estate

Bitcoin and real estate, has anyone actually bought or sold their home with bitcoin? The answer is YES! Bitcoin is already accepted in many retail outlets and restaurants, so it’s no surprise that this has extended to real estate as well. According to an article at CNBC, “it was only a matter of time before the cryptocurrency took on real estate. That time is now. Bitcoin is slowly making its way into closings on everything from Lake Tahoe land in California to Manhattan condos to single-family homes in the heart of Texas.”  Ben Shaoul, president of Magnum Real Estate Group, is a developer  working on a project in Manhattan’s lower east side.  The project offers condos priced between 700k and 1.5 Million U.S. Shaoul is accepting bitcoin as a possilbe mode of payment and may even consider keeping the bitcoin rather than cashing it….He sees the flexibility of his project to be able to accept payment in bitcoin, as a competitive advantage in his marketplace.

The first ever single-family home sale in Texas involving bitcoin was announced last month. The buyer, being comfortable in tech, purchased the home with bitcoin. The seller preferring payment in conventional dollars, wanted the bitcoin to be converted. BitPay, a global bitcoin payment service provider out of Atlanta converted the bitcoins into dollars for the buyer. Given that bitcoin’s value is a moving target day to day, the risk was all on the buyer side. The seller agreed to a fixed price in dollars.

There is still nervousness and confusion about how bitcoins are taxed. Some guidance was issued by the Internal Revenue Agency in 2014, “What they said in that guidance is if you hold bitcoin or ethereum or one of these other convertible digital currencies as a capital asset, when you use that bitcoin to purchase goods or services — so for example, if I were to take $1 million in bitcoin to buy an apartment building or something — to the extent that bitcoin has appreciated since I acquired it, any of that gain, that built-in gain, would be taxed when I used the bitcoin to buy the building,” said Jeremy Naylor, a tax attorney and partner at the firm Cooley.” “It would be similar to selling stock to generate the cash to buy an apartment. In a direct transaction, buyers simply skip the part where they convert the bitcoin into dollars. Using BitPay, the buyers are ‘selling’ the bitcoin, and therefore any appreciation is taxable.”

One of the first deals in the U.S. involved a $1.6 million sale of land — a home site — in Lake Tahoe in 2014 and all of the deals so far have been done without a mortgage. Bitcoin and payments with bitcoin have been around for years, but yet it’s adoption into the real estate market has been slow to take hold. British entrepreneurs Michelle Mone and Doug Barrowman launched a bitcoin-priced real estate development in Dubai, and websites are starting to dot the landscape with listings priced in both conventional $$dollars and bitcoin $$dollars. In any case, this is a movement that will only grow with time as the millennials increasing get more invested in the real estate market and the price of bitcoin continues to grow in value.

Read the full CNBC Article:

Bitcoin is finally buying into US real estate

Michael Nagle | Bloomberg | Getty Images Others, however, are not as comfortable with the relatively new currency. The first ever single-family home sale in Texas involving bitcoin was announced last month. The buyer, who works in the tech industry, purchased the newly built home in Austin using bitcoin, but the seller, a custom homebuilder, wanted the currency converted to dollars during the transaction.

On the Montreal front, accounting firm, Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton announced on Wednesday that it has made a multi-million-dollar investment in a new consulting firm, Catallaxy, which aims to help companies navigate the bitcoin technology. Francis Pouliot, one of the founders of Catallaxy, has been a driving force behind Bitcoin’s use in Montreal. He helped start the Bitcoin Embassy as a hub for advocates of the cryptocurrency. Bitcoin Embassy which started in September of 2013, recently closed earlier this year, Catallaxy plans to open its own community space as a sort of successor project, one with the added credibility that comes with a major partner.

“Pouliot compared blockchain to artificial intelligence – a technology area where Montreal is rapidly becoming a leader.”

To understand more about bitcoin and blockchain technologies, watch these videos;

TED Talks: The Blockchain Explained Simply

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The Bitcoin and Blockchain Technology Explained

A block chain is a transaction database shared by all nodes participating in a system based on the Bitcoin protocol. A full copy of a currency’s block chain contains every transaction ever executed in the currency. With this information, one can find out how much value belonged to each address at any point in history.

How the blockchain is changing money and business | Don Tapscott

What is the blockchain? If you don’t know, you should; if you do, chances are you still need some clarification on how it actually works. Don Tapscott is here to help, demystifying this world-changing, trust-building technology which, he says, represents nothing less than the second generation of the internet and holds the potential to transform money, business, government and society.

 

 

 

Realtor Montreal Bonnie Meisels Wishing Everyone An Awesome 2018!

Realtor Montreal Bonnie Meisels – Wishing Everyone An Awesome 2018!

Realtor Montreal Bonnie Meisels…just thought I would take the opportunity to wish all of my friends, colleagues and clients a wonderful holiday season and a simply awesome 2018!

It's awesome time

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Truth About Internet vs Brick & Mortar Stores

The Truth About Internet vs Brick & Mortar Stores

So what’s the the truth about internet vs brick & mortar stores?

As the internet and ecommerce continues to become a large sector within our global economy, many entrepreneurs are stuck wondering what online success means for offline shopping channels. It is no secret that internet has pervaded nearly all aspects of modern society, and within the online shopping realm, e-commerce has grown about 15% in last year alone.

We can see from https://love.shopping.fm statistics on the both online and offline retail that online growth is set to outpace conventional offline retail sector growth by 3 to 1. This, in a lot of cases, would suggest that online shopping will eventually lead to the demise of the traditional brick and mortar approach to stores, making many investors and entrepreneurs hesitant to set up these types of stores.

Though ecommerce is the faster growing sector, many of these entrepreneurs are unaware about the truths behind the current marketplace. Here is some key truths and data that can help point you in the right direction when choosing whether to open an actual physical store front or keep your sales channels all online.

Market Size & Growth Projections

Though internet and online commerce is big, offline still makes up nearly 90% of the overall retail market. In 2017, $459 billion was spent online, which is up from $400 billion in 2016. Though this volume is huge, it is small in comparison to offline, which saw total sales increase to $4.87 trillion or nearly 10 times the amount of its online cousin. In fact, if you compare the numbers from 2016 to 2017, online actually shrank in overall market percentage. In 2016, online revenue was generated to the tune of $400 billion and offline was $3.375 trillion. This means that, in 2016, online represented about 11.85% of the overall offline market. In 2017, though online grew to $459 billion, offline grew to $4.877 trillion, which represents about 9.4% of the total offline market.

As you can see, even though the data would suggest that online is growing faster than offline revenues, the truth is the nearly 3 times higher growth rate for internet-based commerce is actually not enough to outpace the traditional brick and mortar industry. In short, offline is so massive that it would take much more than a 3x higher growth rate for online ever to achieve the same market value as offline. Though online is a growing industry and is definitely growing, the sector as a whole is growing far bigger and faster. Online will actually make up less of the overall retail market even though it may seem otherwise.

Customer Preference & Psychology

When you look at the top reasons that each channel is used, aside from the convenience of shopping online and the fact that they can compare a wide variety of competitors, customers prefer offline. This is mainly due to a few key factors. The first is obviously the tactile differences of shopping in person. For example, a shopper can feel, try-on or quality check a product far more effectively in person than online. Though online retailers attempt to use the product review and testimonial approach to build credibility, a variety of fake ratings and reviews do exist online. This, in turn, has made many shoppers weary of the fact that a product may not be exactly as described or depicted online.

Offline, a customer does not rely on the description or reviews of a product, but can check the quality and product in person, relying on their own judgment. This fact is even more compounded when the value of the product goes up. As a product’s price increases, the vast majority of people will prefer to make those larger sales in person.

When it comes to top reasons given for shopping in conventional stores vs. online, the tactile reasons are given by 55% of people. 41% have concerns that the product looks different and 24% state the product is to valuable to buy online.

Another top reason that customers give is the shipping times. 34% of people listed longer shipping times as a reason they prefer to shop in person and 25% say the shipping costs are too high. This is partially true; however, the psychology of modern humans would suggest it has a lot more to do with the fact that we want instant gratification. In most cases, shipping and savings from buying online equate to a total savings, however, the fact that we have to wait for the purchase to arrive, is generally another top reason people prefer to shop in person.

Online Boosts Offline Sales

It is a fact that 4 out of 5 smartphone users will turn to their phones for commerce informational demand. If ever you have “Google’d” a product to compare pricing or read reviews, you can attest to this fact. However, though we all have a tendency to look up products and services online, the vast majority of purchases are still made in person.

In effect, the business model looks something like this: first we look up a product we are interested in. Second, we research the product, comparing reviews and competitors. Finally, we make the decision to buy and, more often than not, we take ourselves to a local retailer to make the actual purchase. In effect, online is only boosting offline sales. For example, Wal-Mart, the American retail giant, has a lot of traffic to their site, and though people check availability and pricing online, they generally go to the store where that product is available to make the final purchase.

Omni Channel Solutions

Due to this trend of shoppers researching online but buying in person, a new trend of Omni Channel solutions has risen to meet the market demand. What an Omni channel does is lets a consumer find you online, read reviews and then compare prices, but once a decision to purchase is made, the consumer is directed to the closest in person point of sale. This has become a growing trend and has made the entire retail experience much quicker and easier from the customer’s point of view. Additionally, it boosts conversion and keeps the sales within the brand’s specific sales funnels. This is a great option for those brands and businesses looking to maximize on the online shopping trends without losing the ability to offer tactile observation, credibility and the speed of an offline store.

Though many entrepreneurs are still caught in the space of not knowing which option is best for their new endeavor, an Omni channel is likely the best option in most cases. For those that are looking to market to a global customer base, a web-based online solution is still likely the best bet. For those looking to sell a product or service in a local or regional marketplace, an offline storefront is still likely to convert much more consistently and have better ROI. Though online commerce is definitely growing, it is simply too small at this time to make any real effect on the offline market in terms of taking overall market share. So, if you are an entrepreneur wondering if an offline store is still viable, the simple answer is yes.

The Truth About Internet vs Brick & Mortar Stores

The UK, is another story, with online shopping skyrocketing. The trend is only upwards, read the article

The most astonishing and predictable trend in economics just got more astonishing and predictable | Markets Insider

British consumers are leading the planet in a relentless march to switch all their shopping online. Britain is the No.1 country for online shopping. Right now, 29% of all shopping done by credit/debit card is done online in the UK. It was only 17% in 2011.

Montreal Food, Real Estate And Other Cool Stuff

Montreal Food, Real Estate And Other Cool Stuff

Montreal food, real estate and other cool stuff you need to know about!  Let’s start with food (my favorite topic of course because my heart is in my stomache).  One thing we know for sure and we can all agree on, Montreal has no shortage of great chefs! Lesley Chesterman of the Montreal Gazette just released her list of the best Montreal restaurants of 2017.   Here’s the short summary;

For Brunch:

 

Arthurs: Traditonal Jewish and Middle Eastern cuisine – some of the favorites “sprout-topped avocado toast, to more complex plates like challah French toast and classic bagel/lox/cream cheese. Other favourites include the cinnamon babka, the luscious Moroccan toast (think challah topped with a poached egg, marinated eggplant, tomato and cucumber salad, spiced chickpeas and tahini) and seriously piggy cottage cheese pancakes, known as syrniki”

Warning – this place is packed on weekends so be prepared for at wait!

Located at 4621 Notre-Dame St. W., 514-757-5190, arthursmtl.com 

Le Butterblume: Favorites – “coffee or granola, or opt for something more substantial, such as the luscious beet soup with smoked goat’s cheese, or a tartine made with lightly smoked avocado cream or even with a dark chocolate and hazelnut”

Located at 5836 St-Laurent Blvd., 514-903-9115, lebutterblume.com

For Comfort Food:

 

Café Cherrier: French Bistro – Favorites – “French faves like onion soup, duck confit and floating islands, and the wine list has something for everyone. Steak/frites lovers should not miss “le fameux rumsteck du Cherrier”

Located at 3635 St-Denis St., 514-843-4308, cafecherrier.ca)

Taverne on the Square: Favorites –  “Caesar salad, tuna tartare, mac and cheese and rigatoni with meatballs while incorporating seasonal salads, pastas, fish and steak and an excellent wine list”

Located at 1 Westmount Square, 514-989-9779, tavernonthesquare.ca)

For Drinks:

 

Bar Loïc: Cool wine bar in St Henri – Favorites – “mushroom crostini and the perfectly seasoned beef tartare. When it’s available, don’t miss the ricotta-filled ravioli topped with kale, Parmesan shavings and toasted hazelnuts”

Located at 5001 Notre-Dame St. W., 514-439-6806, barloic.ca

Oregon Bar à Vin: Wine bar in Laval

Located at 241 Curé-Labelle Blvd., 579-641-1414, oregon.restaurant

Lesley’s Best Asian Picks:

 

Pick Thai: Favorites – “fresh and fried rolls, satay skewers, pad Thai and pad nuea tuadin — sautéed filet mignon enhanced with galangal, kaffir lime leaves, cilantro and chilies and a great wine list”

Located at 5221 de Maisonneuve Blvd. W., 514-316-9696, pickthairestaurant.com

Tiradito: Favorites – “ceviche made with red snapper, a dish made with raw tuna blanketed in miso, tamarind, chicha Quechua beer and amarillo peppers, and octopus flavoured with Japanese chilies and Peruvian panca pepper.”

Located at 1076 Bleury St., 514-866-6776, tiraditomtl.com

Kampai Garden: Favorites – “The menu, developed by Montreal star chef Antonio Park, is Asian/casse-croûte fusion featuring tacos, tartares, dumplings, salads, a shrimp pogo, fried chicken and a gourmet hotdog topped with kimchi and potato chips.”

Located at 1616 Ste-Catherine St. W., 514-379-6161, kampaigarden.com

For Chef Driven Restaurants:

 

Laurie Raphaël: Favorites – “gravlax served with marinated juniper berries and puréed ramps, duck magret served with a strawberry compote and nasturtium leaves, and a chocolate sphere dessert filled with maple ice cream that was melted with the aid of a maple water caramel sauce, featuring a superb wine list”.

Located at 2050 Mansfield St., 514-985-6072, laurieraphael.com

Hopkins: Fine Dining – Sharing Plate Format – In NDG where Lucilles used to be – Favorites – “more meat-centric than vegetable-centric. After tasting dishes like bone marrow flan, tuna carpaccio niçoise, butter-poached lobster, scallop fish and chips, and a sublime duck ravioli,”

Located at 5626 Monkland Ave., 514-379-1275, restauranthopkins.com

Bistro Rosie: In Rosemont – Le Petit Patrie – Serving dinner and Saturday Brunch – Favorites – “menu changes weekly and is divided between hot and cold appetizers, plus some larger plates made with meat and fish.”

Located at 498 Bélanger St., 514-303-2010

Best Vegetarian:

 

LOV: In Old Montreal – Upscale vegetarian – Favorites – “Her cuisine is described as “botanical,” with an emphasis on natural, organic and gluten-free options.”

Located at 464 McGill St., 514-287-1155, lov.com

For full restaurant details, photos read the full article

Lesley Chesterman's best Montreal restaurants of 2017

Writing this year’s roundup of Montreal’s top places to eat out, I wonder if restaurant-list fatigue has set in. When I began writing best-of lists close to two decades ago, I simply chose the five or so restaurants that got the highest star rating, waxed eloquent about why they were so good, and there you’d have it.

 

The Latest Montreal Real Estate Market News

 

As the 2017 comes to a close this is a summary of what happened in our Montreal real estate market this year along with some projections for 2018.

According to the CMHC fourth quarter report, there was little evidence of over evaluation, an over heated market, and over building. The rise in demand did contribute to a tightening of the resale market, with more demand than supply.

”  single family housing was the one that posted the most significant price growth acceleration. In fact, in each of the large sectors of Montréal, the growth in the average price of single-family houses hovered around 8% in the second quarter of
2017, while it did not exceed 3% in the same quarter of 2016. As was mentioned in the previous section, the strong demand, combined with a relatively limited supply of new and existing single-family homes in several sectors of the Montréal metropolitanarea, put increasingly strong pressure on prices in this segment. The price of plexes (with two to five units) in the North Crown14 also registered a considerable increase, with a gain of 8% in the second quarter. Just like for single-familyhouses, the growth had not exceeded 3% in the period from April to June 2016. The situation was different in the
condominium segment, where only the North Shore and Vaudreuil Soulanges sectors showed greater price growth in the second quarter of 2017 than a year earlier. Still, this growth, at 3%, was relatively weaker than for the other housing types.
Finally, while evidence of price growth acceleration on the Montréal existing home market remained low in the second quarter, this indicator willhave to be closely monitored over the coming quarters. With the economic outlook remaining favourable to housing demand, it would not be surprising for market conditions to tighten gradually and cause, in turn,
a faster increase in prices.”

Read the full report here:

 

November 2017, showed a 12 per cent increase compared to November of last year. This was the most active month of November in eight years. Watch the video to see the full stats.

 

 

Centris Real Estate Stats From November 2017

 

 

“The Greater Montreal Real Estate Board says the region set a November record for condominium sales, which helped fuel a 12 per cent increase in overall residential transactions compared with the same month last year.

The number of condo sales across the region surged 23 per cent from last year to 1,137 in the month as the suburbs north and south of the Island of Montreal rose by 53 per cent and 33 per cent respectively.”

Things to do in Montréal!

I recently read a great post by Sharon Fung who recently visited Montreal. Her must do places are:

McGill University Notre-Dame Basilica of Montréal
Mount Royal Park Montreal Biodome
Old Montreal Habitat 67
Bota Bota Spa Musée des Beaux-Arts de Montreal
Jean Talon Market Les Aires Libres

and must do places to ear:

Bouillon Bilk St-Viateur Bagel
Le Garde-Manger Ma Poule Mouillée
Crew Collective & Cafe Olive et Gourmando
Kazu Schwartz’s
Terrasse Nelligan Au Pied de Cochon
Le Mal Nécessaire Tommy Cafe

Read her full blog post;

Getaway Trip to Montreal – Eat and Travel with Sharon

Just a few hours away from Toronto lies the small French speaking city of Montreal. With it’s previous European influence and historical sites, Montreal has a certain charm with its gardens, museums, art galleries and European architecture. I’ve been to Montreal in 2010 but I didn’t experience it the same way.

 

Montreal Home Improvement

Montreal Home Improvement

Montreal home improvement and renovation professionals can now be found on my new directory website, https://localmontreal.net

Over the years, clients have asked for names of professional painters, handymen, roofers, electricians, etc. Whether you’ve just moved into your new home and are looking to do some renovations or are looking to spruce up your house before listing it on the open market, it’s great to have quality local professionals you can count on.

Rather than scrolling through many pages on Google, I’ve curated a directory of tradespeople and companies that have a minimum google reviews score of 4.0 and above.  Now within one site, you find local Montreal general contractors, electricians, painters, roofers, bathroom and kitchen renovation ideas, etc for free. Think of it as a realtor’s roladex online!

I hope you’ll find the site easy to use and helpful in finding you the right resource for your home improvement job. If you think your company should be added to the directory, reach out at info@localmontreal.net

Making Dreams Come True

It’s awesome to watch your home improvement projects come to life. Finding the right person for your job can make all the difference between success and endless frustration. The Montreal Home Improvement Directory allows you to find highly rated professionals. Whether you need a painter, roofer, electrician or designer, the directory has it all.

 

Town of Mont Royal A Jewel Of A Neighborhood

Town of Mont Royal A Jewel Of A Neighborhood

Town of Mont Royal a jewel of a neighborhood, often falls under the radar when it comes to desirable neighborhoods! This small quartier is almost a little island unto itself. This quaint town lies in the heart of central Montreal. Often referred to as TMR for short, this area is primarily residential but offers great shopping close by.  Location wise, it’s super. There are good schools and plenty of green spaces and small parks.

The houses, though not inexpensive, are charming with lots of character as most are not new constructions. There are condo developments, but not an over abundance.  A recent article in Moneysense reported these stats on Town of Mont Royal:

“Mont-Royal

PWC Report On Emerging Trends In Real Estate 2018

PWC Report On Emerging Trends In Real Estate 2018

PWC report on emerging trends in real estate 2018 is a must read. It’s an interesting and informative report on the Canadian real estate outlook for 2018. The PWC report zeros in on the types of real estate which hold promise in 2018, amidst the changing landscape of commercial, development, and investor portfolios. It identifies where the projected opportunities will be along with ranking the Canadian provinces in order of their real estate market potential outlook.

The economic trends and forcasts are helpful in showing us by province, the actual employment, unemployment, GDP, and personal income stats. We can clearly see the growth from 2016 to 2017 across most market sectors, but the projections for 2018 in some provinces, are projected to be lower.

Read the full report:

Emerging Trends in Real Estate 2019 | PwC Canada

Warehousing and fulfillment represent the top development prospects among survey respondents. With increased need for last-mile delivery and e-commerce facilities, logistics and fulfillment continue to be a major opportunity for creating value. As tenants look for increasingly larger spaces, vacancy rates are tightening and rents are rising.

Download the PWC report:

Residents of Ville Mont-Royal organize to fight against hunger

Residents of Ville Mont-Royal organize to fight against hunger

Residents of Ville Mont-Royal organize to fight against hunger on the weekend of November 4, 2017, from Friday to Sunday. The owners of Villa Mont-Royal Phase 2, 145 Bates Road, will join forces to fight hunger in the area. The residents and their families organized with Super Recyclers a collection of used clothing and textiles for a good cause in an eco-socially responsible project. They are asking neighbors to clean up at the end of the season and to bring their used clothing and textiles directly to 145 Bates Road. All the clothes and textiles raised will be given to the Super Recyclers who will in turn give a sum of money to Sun Youth on their behalf. The amount of money depends on the weight collected during the activity. “We would like to be the first group of condo residents in the city to promote recycling while supporting a good cause. Our goal is to fund Christmas baskets with the donations given to Sun Youth, “confirms Maria D’Andréa, who works on the Super Recyclers team.

Jeunesse au soleil distributes Christmas hampers to approximately 12,000 people every year throughout Montreal? The baskets are made available to people living in poverty. Some survive on social assistance or are unemployed, others are on sick leave or retired …
Thousands of families and low-income people benefit from free food baskets specially prepared for the holidays by Sun Youth volunteers. The draw of the Christmas baskets takes place every year between December 18th and 24th. Hanukkah baskets are distributed during the same period according to the Hebrew calendar. In addition, children aged 12 and under receive a new game or toy.
Sun Youth could not accomplish this important distribution without the participation of all the volunteers and donors involved in the annual campaign of the holiday season as well as the indispensable Grande Guignolée des médias . This event raised food and money for Sun Youth’s Christmas baskets, the Saint Vincent de Paul Society and Moisson Montreal for over 15 years!

“We have the power to make a difference. We can fight hunger in the region! This is what residents will do for this first weekend of November, “confirmed one of the members of the board of the condo, proud to participate in the project. Residents and owners of Villa Mont-Royal Phase 1 condos are the first to develop this project in partnership with Les Super Recycleurs. Hopefully they’ll inspire other condo developments to self organize and provide support to their communities.

Super Recyclers accepts: new and used clothing for men, women and children; bedding; towels; curtains ; accessories ; hand bags ; backpack ; shoes; toys and doggies in good condition. Everyone is encouraged to participate, just drop off your things directly to 145 Bates Road

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