How will demographic changes affect Montreal real estate?

Over the last 50 months, the menu of homes for sale in Greater Montreal has diminished every month. Meanwhile, the number of sales keeps increasing. DAVE SIDAWAY / The Gazette House-hunting is more frustrating than it used to be. Four or five years ago, buyers had a buffet of options to choose from. In today’s market it’s more like being at a 5 à 7 where the platters are circulating yet...

The trouble with home inspectors

Montreal's benchmark home price was $349,300 in January, up 6.3 per cent from a year earlier. That's still far less than the Vancouver price of $1.02 million, which is down 4.5 per cent. Canadian Press A pre-sale inspection by a professional promises home buyers peace of mind that they aren’t moving into a money pit. But there is a big problem with the home inspection industry that many buyers...

What can a homebuyer get for $500,000 across Canada right now?

I should have known better than to ask a Vancouver realtor how much half a million could get you in Lotusland these days.“It’s pretty easy,” laughed MacDonald Realty broker Dan Scarrow. “It’s a one-bedroom condo. That’s what you can get for $500,000.”To find a detached home at that price point, he said, a buyer would likely be driving an hour or more outside the city.Scarrow, who...

Rent or buy? Montreal millennials weigh in on the homeownership debate

Young professional Montrealers face the inevitable question: rent or buy?They’re discovering that when it comes to homeownership, there’s a balancing act between being financially ready to own a home or condo in the city, or risking waiting too long and getting priced out altogether. With house prices continuing to rise, there may be no time like the present, whether you’re ready or...

Retrofit gives Ahunstic family the first Passive House in Quebec

If you were taking a walk down just about any street in any borough of Montreal on July 23 this year, when the temperature topped 26 Celsius (and the nighttime low was 25 C), you would have heard the buzzing and whirring of air conditioners cooling the homes on both sides of the street.Some homes, mostly apartment buildings or the typical Montreal duplexes, weren’t built with the need for air...