Government tax credit programs for first time buyers can save you money.

Government Programs for First-Time Home Buyers

By Andrew Mitchell | Buying Real Estate

The Government of Canada, the Quebec government and various cities, including Montreal offer a number of government programs for first-time home buyers that help homebuyers save on the purchase of their first home. From tax-credits to down-payment plans, to even receiving a lump-sum payment for first-time buyers, there are a wealth of programs available to save the first-time buyer money on their first home.

Many of my first-time buyer clients ask me about government tax credits and programs that can help with the financial burden of buying their first home.

I thought I’d take this post to outline four of the biggest government programs for first-time home buyers as well as tax-credit that could save you thousands of dollars on the purchase of your first home.

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Condo interior

Buying a Condo: What You Need to Know

By Andrew Mitchell | Buying Real Estate

Buying a condo? Here’s the basics you need to know about condo ownership.

As the baby-boomer generation nears retirement age, many are weighing the option of selling the family home and buying a condo. Some boomers are reaching a time in their lives where the normal maintenance of a house may become more of an unwanted burden and many are opting to spend winters in the south while keeping a pied-a-terre in the Montreal area. There are many advantages to buying a condo instead of a house, both for boomers as well as first-time buyers and busy career-minded singles and couples.

But there are some serious issues to consider when buying a condo vs buying a house that can have a big impact on your finances and lifestyle.

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The Complete Guide to Buying a Home at Tax Auction

By Andrew Mitchell | Real Estate Investing

In real estate there are always opportunities for savvy investors to make money. One way to get an incredible deal is to attend one of several real estate tax auctions in Montreal. There are several that take place each year where houses are put up for bidding. But what exactly is a tax auction? How does it work? and What’s involved with buying a home at tax auction? And are the deals as good as they seem?

In the Montreal area many of these auctions take place in November and December (and some in the summer) each year.

I’m here with this complete guide to show you how it all works and how you might be able to buy an incredible deal!

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Tips to Get Your Home Ready to Sell

Prepare Your Home for Sale 6 Easy Tips

By Andrew Mitchell | Selling Real Estate

Many homeowners are thinking about putting their home or condo up for sale to move in the Spring. When you prepare your home for sale there are a number of important tips to not overlook, and some things you really shouldn’t be doing.

Here are a couple of inexpensive tips to prepare your home for sale

They can help you get your home looking it’s best, get you the most money when you sell and avoid some common costly mistakes that many home owners make in getting their home in tip-top selling shape. Let’s get started:

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Andrew Mitchell and happy client Lori Caramelli

Another Home Sold, Congratulations Lori Caramelli!

By Andrew Mitchell | Selling Real Estate

Congratulations to our wonderful client Lori Caramelli on the sale of her home in St-Bruno-de-Montarville on Montreal’s South Shore. We sold Lori’s home sold in 74 days for over 98% of asking price.

After almost 2 very long years on the market with several other real estate brokers, Lori approached us about selling her home in St-Bruno. She had already been living in the West Island for the past several years and her previous home had sat vacant for some time. It was becoming a burden for her not just financially but time-wise for her to constatly travel back and forth to take care of her previous home. It had been listed on the market by other brokers for almost 2 years with no success.

The other real estate brokers only proposed solution was to ask her to reduce her price in order to get it sold. We took a different approach.

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