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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|

Top 10 Questions You Should Ask a Real Estate Broker When Selling your Property

If you’re looking to sell your property faster, and at a better price, the first thing to do is to find a reputable real estate broker. But before you sign on the dotted line, here are some questions you should ask. Just to make sure you are working with the real estate professional who will best represent your interests! 1. What are your credentials? As you start thinking about selling your home, you should be working with a real estate broker who is accredited by the APCIQ (Quebec Association of Real Estate Brokers) and the OACIQ (the Authority of the Real Estate Brokerage in Quebec). This means the person is fully vetted by the industry, [...]

2020-07-08T18:11:29-04:00July 8th, 2020|

News About the Montreal Real Estate Market for Summer 2020

What’s happening in the real estate market in Montreal’s Sud-Ouest, after the lockdown due to Covid-19? Is it a sellers’ market, a buyers’ market, or is it more of a balanced market? Many future buyers and sellers are asking themselves these very questions, since we’ve all experienced radical changes in our daily lives. First of all, here are brief descriptions of the three types of real estate markets to consider according to Katia Samson, who heads the boutique agency Katia Samson Real Estate Group, and who has seen firsthand the evolution of the Sud-Ouest, St-Henri and Griffintown neighbourhoods over the last 15 years, because she lives and works in the area. The Three Types of [...]

2020-06-12T18:05:00-04:00June 10th, 2020|

What You Need to Do Before Selling Your Home

You’ve heard it before: First impressions make a lasting impression!  So, before you place a ‘for sale’ sign on the front lawn of your house or contemplate listing your condo online, take the time to play your cards right by following these simple steps to maximise the resale value of your property and sell it more quickly. Here are some great tips successful real estate brokers, like Katia Samson and her team, usually share with their clients in order to help their property gain maximum visibility on Centris, and get the offers to start coming in! 1- Start by Decluttering  Like Marie Kondo, home organisation expert and best-selling author, says: “If it doesn’t spark joy, [...]

2020-05-28T10:59:44-04:00May 27th, 2020|

Here are a few of my favourite fitness accounts

To feel good and re-energized, a good workout session is essential. Every day! And what better way than to take part in a virtual fitness session with these amazing coaches that will help you stay on track and motivated, even from home. Best of all, they’re all FREE! Here are a few of my favourite fitness accounts on Instagram. Most are based in Montreal. Victoria Park High intensity workouts packed with motivational tips for full body toning and shaping. Join in at 9:30 am on weekdays. Pump Fitness Mtl Val Desjardins is a highly stimulating personal trainer who thrives on emotion, intensity and energy to get things done. Jennifer Pregnolato Jennifer is the creator of [...]

2020-05-06T14:45:22-04:00May 6th, 2020|

Discovering Restaurants, Shops and Products That Deliver in the Sud-Ouest

In this era of self-isolation and working from home, it’s more important than ever to be good to yourself and indulge in feel-good little rituals that make the stress melt away, while we find our way into the ‘new normal’. Here are a few of my favourite things that I want to share with you around the Centre-Sud, St-Henri and Griffintown. I hope they bring joy into your life and make your days easier. Restaurant take-out and delivery Tasty pizzas made in a wood-burning oven, salads and antipastis. Online delivery and take-out available Wednesday to Sunday. Geppetto Pizza Who doesn’t love tacos?! The awesome, original Grumman 78 now offers them for take-out, plus croquetas and [...]

2020-05-05T17:34:27-04:00April 23rd, 2020|
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