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New home taxes

Alas, new homes are taxable! Indeed, buyers will be burdened by additional charges of 5% for the Goods and Services Tax [GST] and 9.975% for the Quebec Sales Tax [QST]. There is hope, though. It is possible to [...]


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Trick questions for condo sellers

What makes promoters of new condos and homes uncomfortable? We asked four people representing residential projects to answer some of our trick questions… and whether or not there were questions that made them uncomfortable. The results were surprising! [...]


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City or suburbs? 4 factors to help you choose

So here you are, ready to become a homeowner for what might be the first, or the umpteenth time! You have an important decision to make: will it be life in the suburbs or life in the city? [...]


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Buying a home or condo upon retirement

You’ve spent many years preparing your finances for your retirement… have you given any thought to the lifestyle that best corresponds to your new aspiration? Are you thinking of buying a small country home in a bucolic area [...]


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Couplehood: 7 tips to survive the home-buying process

Buying your first home is the stuff of dreams – but it can also be stressful. Think of the negotiations you’ll have to have with the broker. Think of the renovations you’ll have to do… or skip, if [...]


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How to lower the amount of taxes you pay on income properties

Everyone wants to pay less taxes! Is there anything that can be done concretely at the end of the year to soften the blow? There are major differences between owning your personal residence and an income property that [...]


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What if your contractor declares bankruptcy?

You purchased the condo of your dreams off-plan, but the contractor let you down. What happens in that situation? What recourses do you have? What precautions can you take to protect yourself? Although bankruptcy cases during construction are [...]


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New condos: don’t forget the contingency fund

Brand-new condo managers are nowadays more aware of the necessity of having a well-stocked contingency fund. Nevertheless, the battle to raise awareness is far from over especially with the smaller condominiums, and a more coercive legislation still needs [...]


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When is the ideal timing to purchase a home?

For some time now, you visit real estate websites, read articles and ask your family and friends about their own house-purchasing experience. In short, the thought of buying your first brand-new home is making its way. But, what [...]


How much to invest in personalizing your new home?

It is normal for a new owner to want to add a personal touch to his or her new dream dwelling: a sauna, a patio, a stylish countertop, etc. Here are six key elements you need to know [...]