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Non-Resident Buyers in Montreal

Non-Resident Buyers in Montreal

26/02/2021

This week I discuss how foreign, specifically non-resident buyers can purchase property in Montréal, QC. Most people think they absolutely need a PR card before they can start shopping for a home, with a 5-20% downpayment instead of a 35% foreign buyers minimum. This is NOT the case. The main requirement is having at least 12 months left on your work permit, and being bale to show good payment habits. Reach out to schedule your free, no-obligation buyers consultation. It would be our pleasure to walk you through the process! LJ Aguinaga CERTIFIED REAL ESTATE BROKER | LJ REALTIES

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January 2021 Stats Update

January 2021 Stats Update

19/02/2021

This week I have a quick update on the Montreal Real Estate January statistics that were released – and I have some exciting news: we have set a record for the most transactions EVER in January in the Greater Montreal Area. Sales are up 17% and active listings are down 25% meaning we are in a seller’s market and they are the ones running the negotiations. When we compare sales of January 2021 versus 2020, price is up 23% due to the fact there is less inventory out there. This market is red-hot and if you want to get involved, feel free to reach out to us! Stay tuned for our February update and drop a comment below to let us know your thoughts. LJ Aguinaga CERTIFIED REAL ESTATE BROKER | LJ REALTIES

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Has my Home Increased in Value??

Has my Home Increased in Value??

12/02/2021

In this week’s video, I’ll be talking about knowing your home’s value. Whether you’re thinking of selling your property, refinance opportunities towards increasing your real estate portfolio, or just want to have a better understanding of what your home might be worth in the current market – it is always important to be in the know. With the price appreciation we have seen in across Montreal the past five years, understanding your property’s potential value is an important start no matter what your next move might be. Comment below to let us know your thoughts and feel free to reach out to us for a free evaluation of your property today! LJ Aguinaga CERTIFIED REAL ESTATE BROKER | LJ REALTIES

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2020 Year End - Market Update

2020 Year End - Market Update

06/02/2021

In this week’s video, I give you a market update of the Greater Montreal Area covering all of 2020. Not only have prices gone up but sales are booming and there’s no sign of the market slowing down. Homes have been trading hands, and every type of property is up at least 15%. With promising advancements in vaccines and interest rates lower than last year, we expect 2021 to be another big year! If you’re interested in getting your own real estate portfolio started, feel free to reach out to us! Comment below to let us know your thoughts. LJ Aguinaga CERTIFIED REAL ESTATE BROKER | LJ REALTIES

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Meet the team feat. Amanda Roy

Meet the team feat. Amanda Roy

29/01/2021

This week we're interviewing Amanda Roy, Residential Real Estate Broker and Office Manager at LJ Realties. She's been with the team since February 2019. Her role has evolved over the years. She started off as an admin, grown into office manager, and recently got licensed as a residential real estate broker. If you've worked with us in the past 2 years, I'm sure you've had an opportunity to speak with Amanda. As she starts her new roles at the company I can't wait to see what 2021 has in store for her! Comment below if you've had the opportunity to work with Amanda! LJ Aguinaga CERTIFIED REAL ESTATE BROKER | LJ REALTIES

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Meet the Team feat. Nikita Mukhanov

Meet the Team feat. Nikita Mukhanov

22/01/2021

This week we're interviewing Nikita Mukhanov, Residential Real Estate Broker at LJ Realties. He's been with the team since February 2019 and was last year's Rookie of the Year! Nikita will always be the hardest working guy in the room. He refuses to let anyone outwork him which is an invaluable asset for his clients. Last year he was warming up, this year he's ready to shine! Comment below if you've had the opportunity to work with Nikita. LJ Aguinaga CERTIFIED REAL ESTATE BROKER | LJ REALTIES

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Rencontrez Notre Équipe avec David Pilon

Rencontrez Notre Équipe avec David Pilon

14/01/2021

Cette semaine, nous sommes en entrevue avec David Pilon, courtier en immobilier résidentiel chez LJ Immobilier. Il fait partie de l'équipe depuis septembre 2018 et a été le meilleur producteur l'année dernière ! Nous avons hâte de voir ce que 2021 lui réserve, mais je peux vous dire qu'il est déjà sur un très bon départ ! Commentez ci-dessous si vous avez eu l'occasion de travailler avec David ! LJ Aguinaga COURTIER IMMOBILIER AGREE | LJ IMMOBILIER

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Meet the Team ft. David Pilon

Meet the Team ft. David Pilon

15/01/2021

This week we're interviewing David Pilon, Residential Real Estate Broker at LJ Realties. He's been with the team since September 2018 and was last year's top producer! I can't wait to see what 2021 has in store for him, but I can tell you that he's already off to a hot start !Comment below if you've had the opportunity to work with David! LJ Aguinaga CERTIFIED REAL ESTATE BROKER | LJ REALTIES

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Meet the Team ft. Alexandra Ross

Meet the Team ft. Alexandra Ross

08/01/2021

I'm very excited to share with you our meet the team series to start the year! It's a quick way to meet some of the LJ Realties team before seeing them on the field. This week we're interviewing Alexandra Ross, Residential Real Estate Broker. She's been with the team since September 2019 and was awarded our team player award last year! I can't wait to see what 2021 has in store for her!Comment below if you've had the opportunity to work with Alexandra! LJ Aguinaga CERTIFIED REAL ESTATE BROKER | LJ REALTIES

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Happy Holidays from LJ Realties

Happy Holidays from LJ Realties

24/12/2020

In this weeks video, I tell the story of how our Christmas baskets came to be! LJ Realties usually hosts a big dinner party for all of our clients who purchased or sold properties with us throughout the year. That was not in the cards this year with the ongoing restrictions. The team quickly pivoted and put together beautiful holiday baskets with products from only local Montreal companies. We encourage all of our viewers to support local in an effort to help out. Comment below your favourite product featured in the basket!

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Multiple Offers - How to Attack the Situation

Multiple Offers - How to Attack the Situation

18/12/2020

This week I discuss multiple offer situations and how to tackle them. The Montreal real estate market has been very busy and this has led to several multiple offer situations. Everyone has an opinion on how to tackle this, and today I share mine. I believe in having the first mover advantage. It’s always best to be the first offer in. By doing this we get the ball rolling and find out how many other bidders are willing to get into a multiple offer situation. More times than not, people who submit an offer knowing that there is already an offer on the table are submitting strong offers. The main reason I do this, is to avoid submitting a stronger than necessary offer simply because a low ball bidder submitted before us. When you submit first, most low-ballers decide to wait and see what will happen with the offer before submitting. Thank you for watching, comment your favorite strategy below.

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Winter Shopping - Things to Look for when House Hunting in the Winter Months

Winter Shopping - Things to Look for when House Hunting in the Winter Months

11/12/2020

This week I discuss some of the factors we have to consider when buying a property in the winter months due to our Canadian winters. When purchasing a property in Montreal, QC during the winter months it's important to consider what we can't see due to several factors. After snowfalls a lot of the elements of a home are covered, roof, foundation, parging, etc. After 4pm we no longer have natural light for most of the winter. These factors play a large role in how we see a home and ultimately how we decide to proceed. Whenever possible, I recommend seeing a home in daylight to get the best possible look. Comment below if you've had to offer on a home after only 1 visit in the dark?

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House Hacking - Your Guide to Living for Free

House Hacking - Your Guide to Living for Free

04/12/2020

In this weeks video I explain House Hacking. House hacking is the easiest way to live for free or almost free. I explain how it works and the benefits that come from it. Like anything in life, there’s no free lunch. It comes with its own sacrifices, but if you’re looking to get closer to financial freedom I highly recommend it. I have a few friends that have used this technique to acquire over 10 properties, and they’re continuing to grow their portfolio. It is the best way to start growing your portfolio when you’re young and don’t have dependants living with you. Let me know below if you would consider house hacking!?

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Cottage Country - What to consider before buying a cottage

Cottage Country - What to consider before buying a cottage

28/11/2020

This week I discuss cottage country! With the pandemic there has been a huge spike in demand for cottages. These have been unprecedented times, and the Laurentian and Eastern townships have capitalized. Lots of residents of the Greater Montreal Area have opted to purchase their little piece of paradise. Like many of our clients, you may have considered purchasing one yourself! Buying a chalet is an awesome idea, but it’s important to note that there are several differences between cottages and homes in the city. In this video I outline some of the main differences to consider. Do you prefer the cottage life or city life?

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Q3 2020 Market Update

Q3 2020 Market Update

20/11/2020

Je suis super excitée de relancer nos vidéos hebdomadaires sur l'immobilier! Cette semaine, je fais sommaire sur le marché. Cette année encore, le monde de l'immobilier reste chaud. La plupart des autres secteurs sont en pause, mais l'immobilier ne l'a pas été. Au cours des 12 derniers mois, tous les types de propriété ont augmenté de plus de 10 % dans la région du Grand Montréal, de plus de 11 % sur l'île de Montréal et d'un minimum de 14 % dans le sud-ouest de Montréal. Les principaux facteurs de cette hausse ont été les faibles taux d'intérêt et le fait que les acheteurs veulent plus d'espace. Avec la pandémie, les acheteurs ont eu le temps d'analyser leurs besoins réels et ont réorienté leurs dépenses dans ce sens. Comme toujours, cherchez à combler tous vos besoins en matière d'immobilier à Montréal. Laissez-nous un commentaire ci-dessous pour nous faire part de vos réflexions.

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Montreal Market Update

Montreal Market Update

06/05/2020

This week I discuss the current Montreal real estate market. A lot of things have changed in the last 12 months. I’ve been a broker for 12 years now, and I have never seen these market conditions. Properties are flying off the shelves and with this come a whole new set of guidelines.

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¿Cómo se determina el valor de una propiedad?

¿Cómo se determina el valor de una propiedad?

10/05/2020

Esta semana, hablo sobre cómo mi equipo valora las diferentes propiedades en el mercado actual.

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Buying vs. Building

Buying vs. Building

01/05/2020

This morning I went for a haircut, and my barber asked me about buying a plot of land to build a home on. In this video I discuss buying a lot, the challenges and compare building your own home to buying a home that’s already built. I weigh some of the advantages and disadvantages of each.

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