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Will a house become a home

5 Ways To Make Sure That a House Has What it Takes to Become Your Home

By Andrew Mitchell | Buying Real Estate

There’s an undeniable thrill in house hunting – after all, for most of us, a home is the most expensive and important thing we’ll ever buy. Chances are, your search will turn up a lot of properties that don’t fit into your plans at all, so the excitement of finding a potentially suitable place in your sights can certainly be overwhelming.  It’s got enough rooms, the neighbourhood seems nice, and it’s in your price range. Where do you sign – right?

Well, perhaps it is the Shangri-La it seems to be – but there’s no harm in pinching yourself a few times to make sure your dream home isn’t just a mirage. By asking a few tough questions now, you can ensure the right answers down the road.

Here are 5 ways to make sure the house you are considering has what it takes to become your home.

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House hunting

House-Hunting For Buried Treasure: Uncovering the Hidden Value in a Home

By Andrew Mitchell | Buying Real Estate

I’ve written before to advise home sellers about some of the key things they can do to improve the marketability of their properties. However, awareness of these same principles can also help the sharp-eyed homebuyer to land a great place at a bargain price. The crucial thing, always, is to remember what’s important in a home, and what isn’t. Some of the apparent “problems” with a property may actually be very easy to fix.

Here are some of the ways you can find a great deal by disregarding some of the relatively minor problems with a home.

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Choosing a new neighbourhood

Choosing a New Neighbourhood: Make Sure It’s the Right One For You!

By Andrew Mitchell | Buying Real Estate

So you’re looking to buy a new house – and pouring over all of the great real estate offerings in the Montreal Area. Each property slideshow conjures images of a new era of domestic bliss in your mind. It’s an exciting time, full of possibilities. But while you’re envisioning yourself in that new place, don’t forget to consider the big picture. You’ll be calling a new neighbourhood “home” too.

Read on to determine what information you need to know about choosing your new neighbourhood.

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Green condos

Green Condos: A Way to Downsize in More Ways Than One?

By Andrew Mitchell | Buying Real Estate

With the children all grown up and the intriguing prospect of travel and increased mobility that comes with retirement, many Montreal-area homeowners are looking into the possibility of “downsizing” – i.e. selling the family home and moving into a cozier, more manageable condominium for two. And with ideas of sustainable or “green” energy now entering the mainstream, it’s only natural that many of these condo buyers would be interested in reducing their “ecological footprint” as they downsize.

If that describes you, then you’ll definitely want to look into the latest developments in “green condo” design.

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Home Ownership Program Montreal

Home Ownership Program Montreal: Save Thousands Buying a New Home or Condo

By Andrew Mitchell | Buying Real Estate

As a real estate broker I work a lot with first-tine home buyers on a budget who are looking to purchase a new home or condo and would like to know what government programs they can benefit from. While I will sit down and analyze each client’s personal situation to determine which programs they could be eligible for, one program that many buyers may want to apply for is Montreal’s Home Ownership Program.

Here’s how to qualify for thousands of dollars of refunds as a new home or condo buyer in Montreal.

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