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7 Tips for Negotiating Property Prices

Negotiations are a big part of the home selling process. As the buyers will expect you to negotiate, they will always set a higher asking price, so they don't have to settle for less than they have to. On the other hand, you don't want to pay more than you must. This means you need to be well prepared, and to help you, we've prepared tips for negotiating property prices. Proper negotiation requires a lot of patience and organization. Hopefully, by the end of this article, you'll master home negotiation skills. Now, let us begin! Before you start negotiating the property price When it comes to real estate, nowadays, you'll come across real bidding wars. In the [...]

2021-09-06T15:14:52-04:00September 4th, 2021|

Long distance house hunting guide

In an ideal world, finding the right house right off the bat would be relatively simple. Unfortunately, we don’t live in one. The actual process of searching for housing is often lengthy and comes with a set of difficulties. If you thought looking at local listings was challenging, think again! In reality, long-distance house hunting is much more complex. Surely, we would all want to be there in person when acquiring residential property, but it doesn’t always work that way. Life happens, and sometimes we are forced to purchase a home from afar. Yes, that can actually be done! With technologically advanced tools by your side and a reliable real estate broker, you should be able to successfully settle sooner [...]

2021-08-11T17:20:05-04:00July 22nd, 2021|

Benefits of Professional Home Staging Services

When moving into a new home, people tend to devote their full attention to designing a space that fits their needs and preferences. However, things are a bit different when moving out of one since relocation and home-selling already require a vast amount of energy, time, and money. Although home staging can seem like a needless waste of resources, it can bring a significant return on investment in today's competitive real estate market. Therefore, if maximizing profit when selling your property is the goal, you might want to know about these benefits of professional home staging services.   Professional home staging services help speed up the sale When trying to sell a home within a [...]

2021-06-06T20:51:15-04:00June 6th, 2021|

Bidding Wars in Today’s Real Estate Market

The bidding war phenomenon, common in the Quebec real estate market for a few years now, has intensified in recent months. What does this mean exactly, and what is the impact for buyers and sellers? Truth in numbers In the Greater Montreal area, the price paid for a property is generally higher than the original list price now. This is a good indicator of how volatile the market has become. In fact, it is not uncommon for several different buyers to submit offers on the same property—and in trying to outbid everyone else drive up the price by thousands of dollars. “I have seen offers go as high as 20 percent above the original list [...]

2021-02-23T11:29:23-05:00February 23rd, 2021|

Selling Your Property: Why you need a current certificate of location

You may have put a lot of time and effort into renovating your property to make it irresistible to a new buyer. But in the rush to conclude the transaction, it is essential to not overlook an important detail: the certificate of location. An up-to-date document helps protect you against potentially costly mistakes. What does a certificate of location include?  The certificate of location is one of the most important legal documents in any real estate transaction, whether it involves a commercial or residential building, house, duplex or condo. This report, prepared by a land surveyor accredited by the Ordre des arpenteurs-géomètres du Québec, outlines how a property is situated and its current state, which [...]

2021-01-28T16:12:07-05:00January 28th, 2021|

Income property—always a sure thing?

Many owners decide to keep their first home or condo as an investment. But should they later decide to sell while tenants are still living there, the initial excitement around owning a rental property can quickly turn to disappointment.  Katia Samson, founder of Katia Samson Real Estate Group and Certified Real Estate Broker AEO, possesses more than 25 years of experience in property sales and rentals. Here, she explains why there can be significant drawbacks to renting out your property. About the lease “It is essential to know about tenants’ rights and associated issues when you decide to sell,” Katia explains. “What’s more, a home must be sold and notarized six months before the end [...]

2020-12-07T13:54:46-05:00December 7th, 2020|

Real Estate Continues to be a Dynamic Driver in Quebec This Fall 2020

Even if shutdowns are ongoing in Quebec at the end of October 2020 because of an increase in COVID cases, the real estate market is still extremely active and sales continue to break records in the Greater Montreal area; this could also be due to overbidding from some buyers for some very desirable properties.  In Quebec, 32,200 property sales were recorded from July to September 2020, an exceptional increase of 49% compared to the same period in 2019. This is an absolute record of activity since the Centris system began compiling market data, in 2000. As for new property listings, there were 37,566, an increase of 16% over 2019. In addition, we’ve seen continuous price [...]

2020-11-03T15:45:03-05:00November 3rd, 2020|

Real Estate and Covid: Visits and Transactions Are Still on for Fall 2020

Despite the partial shutdown of certain commercial activities (restaurants, bars, gyms) in red zones across Quebec, all real estate activities continue to be carried out, but with the necessary preventive measures put forward by the government. Better Safety Measures "It goes without saying that, since the start of the pandemic, visits have changed in order to respect physical distancing and the new reality that we are all living through,” explains Katia Samson, Certified Real Estate Broker Chartered AEO and President of Groupe Immobilier Katia Samson. Several new safety and hygiene measures are currently being implemented, including a coronavirus statement declaring the person who wishes to visit a property has not been in contact with anyone [...]

2020-10-14T09:06:27-04:00October 13th, 2020|

Home Staging Services Now Offered at Katia Samson Real Estate Group

Home staging has become a must for residential sellers! The practice of decluttering and creating a soothing and clean décor for the property you want to put on the market “makes it easier for prospective buyers to visualize it as their future home. Staged homes usually sell faster and for more money than those that are unstaged,” according to Katia Samson, Founder of Katia Samson Real Estate Group, and a broker since 1996. Since launching her own real estate boutique agency in 2019, Katia has brought on board a diverse group of brokers, each with their own style and specialty. One of these is Katsiaryna Shumskaya, who studied interior design and now provides home staging services [...]

2020-08-19T11:03:41-04:00August 19th, 2020|

Post Shutdown, What’s REALLY Happening to the Housing Market?

Since March 2020, when the World Health Organization announced we were all in the midst of a global pandemic, the housing market in Montreal has also clearly been affected by shutdowns and new social distancing rules. While real estate changes do seem to be stabilizing, how will this be impacting your next sale or purchase of a property? Here is some information you might be hearing about:      1. Property Prices Continue to Rise The math is pretty straightforward here: when there are less goods on the market that people want, prices go up. Simple, right? After restrictions on real estate were lifted in May, we saw a dramatic spike in sales in the [...]

2020-07-28T12:12:58-04:00July 28th, 2020|
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