Explore Montreal West Island, QC
By Tanya Nouwens, Montreal Real Estate Broker & Stager
(RE/MAX Royal (Jordan)/Ready, Set...Sold! www.readysetsold.ca)
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While last month I wrote about the larger Montreal real estate market and specifically September’s results, this time I’ll focus more specifically on the Montreal West Island real estate market. The chart below shows the West Island* results for the third quarter of 2012 compared to the third qua...
By Tanya Nouwens, Montreal Real Estate Broker & Stager
(RE/MAX Royal (Jordan)/Ready, Set...Sold! www.readysetsold.ca)
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I wanted to share a few home staging before and afters from a Montreal home staging project we did last week for a condo in N.D.G. These shots were taken quickly with my iPhone so the quality is not great, but the results are still there. (I always hire a professional photographer when it is my o...
By Robert Butler, Montreal Home Inspector | Aspect Inspection
(Aspect Inspection)
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Common Sense? "Common wisdom" REALLY?  ...Choosing The Inspector. "Accepting a referral for an inspector through your realtor is not something I recommend." * *(Quoted from the linked Montreal Gazette article below, A Guide to Choosing Inspectors.) Many consider this to be good advice or just com...
By Tanya Nouwens, Montreal Real Estate Broker & Stager
(RE/MAX Royal (Jordan)/Ready, Set...Sold! www.readysetsold.ca)
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It is telling that these days the majority of calls I get for Montreal home staging come in the form of home stagers looking for work.  I know home staging in Montreal has yet to really kick off.  We Montrealers are not at all impressed with, nor do we feel the need to follow, what our fellow cit...
By Tanya Nouwens, Montreal Real Estate Broker & Stager
(RE/MAX Royal (Jordan)/Ready, Set...Sold! www.readysetsold.ca)
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I've been working with buyers for a couple of months now, a lovely couple merging two families.  I spent many Sunday mornings with them touring Montreal West Island homes for sale, looking at comparables, discussing neighbourhoods vs price vs features. We had an appointment scheduled on Monday to...
By Tanya Nouwens, Montreal Real Estate Broker & Stager
(RE/MAX Royal (Jordan)/Ready, Set...Sold! www.readysetsold.ca)
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Have you got clutter?  A linen closet that takes a full-on tackle to close?  A cabinet under the kitchen sink that looks like a product testing lab for household cleaning products?  Bin upon bin in the basement that may or may not contain your grade 7 report card? Well then, it might be time to m...
By Robert Butler, Montreal Home Inspector | Aspect Inspection
(Aspect Inspection)
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Up Up And Away! ...Scuttle Hatches........Part 3: Insulation as Air Filter This is something that I see quite regularly. Most people forget that the modern attic is not a storage area of the home. It is a structural service area and is a cold zone. It is outside the thermal envelope of the home....
By Tanya Nouwens, Montreal Real Estate Broker & Stager
(RE/MAX Royal (Jordan)/Ready, Set...Sold! www.readysetsold.ca)
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Did you consider location before your flip flopped?  I didn't think so. When you first saw the house on MLS, it was probably too good to be true.  Or rather, it was so bad it was good.  But here's the thing: Even when you flip houses, the 3 most important things in real estate are still location,...
By Tanya Nouwens, Montreal Real Estate Broker & Stager
(RE/MAX Royal (Jordan)/Ready, Set...Sold! www.readysetsold.ca)
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A funny cute charming annoying thing has happened as I age [ahem] "gracefully": I have developed a mid-day shine on my forehead.  Call it the development of combination skin commonly associated with women of a certain age, if you must.  Better yet, just hand me a napkin and tell me to wipe it off...
By Tanya Nouwens, Montreal Real Estate Broker & Stager
(RE/MAX Royal (Jordan)/Ready, Set...Sold! www.readysetsold.ca)
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Last week, a writer from PropertyWire.ca interviewed me for an article on home staging and its impact on the home selling process.  PropertyWire is a new Canadian on-line community of real estate and mortgage professionals. The PropertyWire article on home staging, "Staging as Added Value to Your...
By Tanya Nouwens, Montreal Real Estate Broker & Stager
(RE/MAX Royal (Jordan)/Ready, Set...Sold! www.readysetsold.ca)
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I have a love/hate relationship with January.  I love the feeling of renewal and fresh beginnings that comes with the first month of the year.  But by the last week of this torturous, outrageously long, cold, dark, icy month, I'VE HAD IT! And so it was that last night I dragged my sorry, grumpy s...
By Tanya Nouwens, Montreal Real Estate Broker & Stager
(RE/MAX Royal (Jordan)/Ready, Set...Sold! www.readysetsold.ca)
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"All the home staging in the world won't sell an over-priced home."  That's what Nairn Friemann, a great New York home stager, told us during my first day of home staging training back in 2007.  I was reminded of those words today as I went out to preview homes for sale here in Montreal's West Is...
By Tanya Nouwens, Montreal Real Estate Broker & Stager
(RE/MAX Royal (Jordan)/Ready, Set...Sold! www.readysetsold.ca)
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I'll take a month of doing better over 12 months of doing the same, any day of the year. That's a mouthful, I know.  Let me explain. For every keen, eager and, OK, sometimes naive person who embraces the New Year ritual of setting resolutions for the year ahead, you'll find a wise, learned and, y...
By Tanya Nouwens, Montreal Real Estate Broker & Stager
(RE/MAX Royal (Jordan)/Ready, Set...Sold! www.readysetsold.ca)
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I've always been proud of what I did for a living.  I was a criminologist for 18 years, and though I sometimes got flak for working for the federal government, people usually had the impression that what I was doing was honourable, that it would help make our world a wee bit safer.  When I stayed...
By Tanya Nouwens, Montreal Real Estate Broker & Stager
(RE/MAX Royal (Jordan)/Ready, Set...Sold! www.readysetsold.ca)
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Home stagers do not hide problems!  I know many of you believe that we do, because I've seen the surprise on your face when I refuse to do it. And who can blame you for believing this when even the revered Mike Holmes, TV star and general contractor extraordinaire, puts out an article in The Mont...
By Tanya Nouwens, Montreal Real Estate Broker & Stager
(RE/MAX Royal (Jordan)/Ready, Set...Sold! www.readysetsold.ca)
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I was out walking my dog yesterday, and since it was 4 pm on November 28 in Canada, it was getting dark already. A young man was approaching me on the path. He had a dark hood over his head and long dark hair.  His eyes were focused on the ground.  He looked if not menacing then, at the very leas...
By Tanya Nouwens, Montreal Real Estate Broker & Stager
(RE/MAX Royal (Jordan)/Ready, Set...Sold! www.readysetsold.ca)
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What's the next best thing since jeggings, you ask?  Well, it could just be a calendar that answers the world's most asked question: What's for supper? An artist friend of mine, Jennifer Boudewyn, and her friend Jodi Steinberg, a chef, have come up with an ingenious product: Jen and Jodi's Friend...
By Tanya Nouwens, Montreal Real Estate Broker & Stager
(RE/MAX Royal (Jordan)/Ready, Set...Sold! www.readysetsold.ca)
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You've found the perfect home for you and your family. You and the seller have come to an agreement on price.  And as a responsible home buyer, you get the property inspected.  While in the garage, and then in the basement, the inspector says, "Hmmmm, those cracks in the floor may be due to pyrit...
By Tanya Nouwens, Montreal Real Estate Broker & Stager
(RE/MAX Royal (Jordan)/Ready, Set...Sold! www.readysetsold.ca)
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Have you ever had reason to be at the West Island Palliative Care Centre?  If not, consider yourself lucky.  So many have, and yet what I hear from anyone who has lost a loved one who got to spend there final days there is, "That place, and the people who work there, are amazing." This Saturday, ...
By Tanya Nouwens, Montreal Real Estate Broker & Stager
(RE/MAX Royal (Jordan)/Ready, Set...Sold! www.readysetsold.ca)
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Here in Quebec, Canada, we've apparently just experienced the highest retention rate of real estate brokers/agents since 1994, the year when the provincial association* for real estate professionals was created.      The cut-off date for renewal of our licenses was September 15, 2010.  Notices we...

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