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February 12th, 2019

Outaouais Real Estate Market Report - Feb 2019

Review of 2018 and 2019 projections Real estate sales declined by 11% in Canada during 2018, however Quebec bucked this trend and posted positive results for most areas. Good news also for the Outaouais region as the number of real estate... Read more

September 6th, 2018

August 2018 - Outaouais Real Estate Market Update

The long HOT Summer of 2018 is drawing to a close and many people have been asking how the real estate market is doing. In short, the year was up and down - actually more down and then followed by an up. After a slow start to the year in the... Read more

April 4th, 2018

Home renovations

Cost vs. return One of the most misunderstood things about real estate evaluation is that it is rare to recoup the full value of renovations or cost of new construction when reselling in the short term (under 5 years). So many people seem to... Read more

March 5th, 2018

Tips for buying bulk land parcels, building lots and farms

When you set out to purchase these types of properties many of the conventional financing options are not available, also there are other considerations as well as conditions you may want to include in a promise to purchase. Vacant building... Read more

January 10th, 2018

Outaouais Real Estate News

2017 Recap and 2018 Predictions What happened in 2017? Positive growth in the real estate market for many of our local areas in the Outaouais where the number of properties sold in 2017 has increased compared with the previous year of... Read more

August 3rd, 2017

Building restrictions and zoning

Zoning issues constitute a very high percentage of post-sale litigations so it is crucial that both BUYER and SELLER be wary. Building restrictions, zoning regulations and other municipal, provincial and/or federal bylaws will be important... Read more

March 26th, 2017

Outaouais Real Estate Market Report - Spring 2017

Overall good news for the Quebec real estate market for 2016 and some modestly optimistic predictions for 2017 as well. The Centris figures show that the Outaouais posted a 10% increase in number of sales in 2016 compared to 2015, slightly... Read more

March 14th, 2017

Spring Fever

Best season to sell? We are often asked what time of the year is best to list a property for sale. Generally we always say 'there is no REALLY bad time of year to sell' (or to buy for that matter!) but most action happens in the Spring... Read more

June 13th, 2016

10 Tips for Buyers

1. Always verify any information you receive from all sources, especially so if it is crucial for your use and enjoyment of a future property. For example; zoning, building laws and regulations, septic information, water tests etc. 2.... Read more

June 13th, 2016

Outaouais Market Report - First Quarter 2016

Strong, positive sales figures for the first quarter of 2016 for the whole of the Outaouais region as sales volumes have increased by an average of 17% compared to last years first quarter and the rate of the number of active listings... Read more

February 3rd, 2016

Forecasts for 2016

For this year, 2016, most forecasts seem to be that real estate sales will continue to recover slightly with modest growth for the next couple of years. Conversely the bad news for sellers is that the inventory of houses for sale will also grow.... Read more

February 3rd, 2016

Recap of 2015

Good news for 2015 as the volume (in dollars) real estate sales in the whole of the Outaouais region rose by over 10% compared with 2014. The number of active listings however have also increased (+12%) but this seems to be slowing in some... Read more

September 7th, 2015

Market overview - September 2015

Sales figures continue to grow slowly this year in the Outaouais with an average increase of 7% in number of sales in a year-to-date (January through July) comparison over 2014. In our local area, La Pêche municipality did the best with a +49%... Read more

September 2nd, 2015

Pre-qualified or Pre-approved

Going to a lender to pre-qualify AND pre-approve for a mortgage prior to making an offer (even better, before you even start looking!) will make things go much more smoothly, greatly reduce your stress and can save you money.    ... Read more

July 28th, 2015

Buying a cottage

The Gatineau Hills are filled with lakes and rivers within very reasonable commuting distance to urban centers compared to most other cities. The Outaouais is quickly becoming world renowned for its natural beauty and stunning scenery. Tourism... Read more

June 10th, 2015

Financing and Mortgage Insurance

One of the most common misunderstanding we encounter by those unfamiliar with the 'rules' of borrowing is that certain types of properties are tougher to finance. For example: land or building lots, cottage/recreational, farms, commercial. If... Read more

May 20th, 2015

Market Update January - April 2015

Overall things are looking up for the Outaouais region as year-to-date figures (January through April, 2015 compared with 2014) show an increase of + 4% in volume of sales. The first two months of 2015 sales activity was down but then a strong... Read more

May 20th, 2015

A completely NEW gatineauhills.com

Introducing our new logo which also came out on top in our recent Facebook poll: We are proud to announce that we are working on a complete rewrite of our popular website gatineauhills.com, always striving to keep ahead of the stunningly... Read more

March 4th, 2015

2014 Recap - 2015 Forecasts

In a brief recap of 2014 although the sales figures show a very slight increase in sales over all the province of Quebec (with a grand total of an increase of less than +1%), in the Outaouais region we have seen an overall decrease in sales of... Read more

March 4th, 2015

Tips for selling in a slow market:

Price competitively based on REAL and objective comparable sales figures. Don't get fooled by compliments and 'what you want to hear', you will get that from MOST people. Almost EVERY seller we have met thought that their property is better... Read more

January 15th, 2015

Certificate of location or survey

A survey is a plan of a lot showing the dimensions of all sides and the angles of each border. Sometimes attached to a survey is a technical description of the boundaries of the property - which may also be found in older title deeds. There are... Read more

October 16th, 2014

A buyers mandate

History. Buyers mandate is a contract between a buyer and a Realtor that gives the Realtor a legal responsibility to the buyer directly and act on their behalf in a real estate transaction. In the past  Realtors in Quebec did not use... Read more

September 17th, 2014

Market update September 15, 2014

Overall the figures for the whole of the Outaouais are still not very exciting news for sellers as we remained in a buyers market for another quarter of 2014. However there has been a recent increase in sales activity overall in Quebec and in... Read more

September 17th, 2014

The Five Crucial Factors to Selling

In our opinion there are really five significant factors that make the MOST contribution towards the goal of selling a property. Price Location Market conditions Marketing Condition Price: We all know the saying, 'at the right... Read more

June 12th, 2014

Market Update - June 2014

Market update June 1, 2014  Not good news to report in the local real estate market. The month of May shows a further dramatic drop in activity, compared to the same month in 2013, and especially hard hit are the rural areas. The worst... Read more

May 4th, 2014

Pricing your property right

Find out your market value FIRST and then decide if you really want to or need to sell. Pricing your property right is the most crucial decision you must make. Price is the number 1 factor of the 5 MOST important considerations when you want... Read more

April 14th, 2014

Market Overview - first quarter 2014

Sales statistics year to date 2014 (January, February, March) compared with same period 2013. La Peche Volume down by 4.9% average price down from $192,758 to $165,350. Active listing down from 171 to 163. (New listings down from 88 to... Read more

March 19th, 2014

Landslide Zones

Land slide zones, you need to be aware! After a recent seminar conducted by PME Inter Notaires, Gagné Isabelle Patry Laflamme & Associés, Notaire Inc. and then a follow up newsletter sent to real estate brokers, we feel it is very... Read more

March 19th, 2014

Listing Syndication

We are pleased to announce one of our new initiatives this year, listing syndication. So what does it mean? It means that we are now posting our listings on over 20 real estate websites and we also post on our social network sites as well and... Read more

March 19th, 2014

Outaouais Real Estate Market Update March 2014

Market update So what are the market conditions in the Outaouais? We always look at what has happened over the past 12 months or so but it must be noted that the real estate market can change VERY quickly. There are many factors which... Read more