Your most pressing real estate questions answered.

As you might imagine, I get a lot of real estate questions on a daily basis and many of them keep coming up over and over again.

So recently I decided to start recording some short videos answering those questions.

I hope you find them helpful and informative!

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Why are houses selling so quickly?

Episode 1

Even if you're not currently looking to buy a home, you've probably seen the news or heard from friends about how feverish the housing market has gotten in our area.  

In this short video, I share what's been happening, and some of the core causes of this unprecedented real estate market in Quebec.

How to score the house

Episode 2

With the increased competition for the limited number of homes available for sale right now, a lot of prospective homeowners are getting frustrated losing offer after offer to more competitive bids.  

In this video, I share with you some uncommon tricks I've used to help my clients offer stand out and even win out over higher offers.

Should I sell my current house before I buy?

Episode 3

This is a question that is coming up a lot more often these days because of how hot the real estate market is.

Traditionally, you would usually make an offer on a home with a condition that before the deal actually go through, you have to sell your own home first.  

But nowadays, many buyers are waiving that condition to make their offers more attractive. 

Sellers like this because it provides a lot more certainty and lowers their risk in accepting those offers.  

Now waiving this condition is something cash buyers like investors can do, but for the rest of us, waiving this condition means we have to sell our homes first.  

Tune in to this week's episode where I explain this in more detail and share how we've been able to make this approach work.

What are the first steps to buying a home?

Episode 4

The very competitive real estate market we're in right now means you really need to have your ducks in a row when you're ready to purchase your next home.  

If you bought your current home anytime before the last 18 months, let me tell you...things have changed!  

In this video I outline the steps that are required to make sure you're ready to move quickly when you find a home you'd like to make an offer on.

Should I get a home inspection?

Episode 5

This is a really relevant question right now because with the real estate market being as competitive as it currently is, we're seeing more and more people waiving the pre-purchase inspection in order to make their offer more attractive to the homeowner.  

For the reasons I outline in the video, this is NOT an approach I'd recommend. I always advise my clients to get the inspection.   

In my opinion, this is the best $500-$700 you'll ever spend.

How should you prepare your house before selling it?

Episode 6

While each home, and each market can create some subtle differences for what needs to be done to get your home ready to sell, there are a few core steps that should be done no matter what.  

It's important to remember that first impressions are VERY important - our goal with everything we do is to try and help prospective buyers start to picture themselves living there.  

In this video I cover the most important things I recommend to everyone I work with.

Selling a house without legal warranty?

Episode 7

Most people, when they hear that a house is being sold 'without legal warranty' assume that means the house is in horrible condition, or that the seller has something to hide...  

In this video, I go over exactly what this means, the reasons why sellers might want to sell a house this way, and all the ways the laws are designed to still keep everyone safe.

How long does it take to go from accepted offer to sold?

Episode 8

Selling a home has several steps in the process, and while getting an accepted offer is certainly a very important step, it's also not the last.  

Once your offer is accepted, there are normally a series of conditions that need to be met before the offer is changed to 'firm' and even then, it's not officially 'sold' until you've sat down at the notary to sign the deeds.  

In this video I dig into what conditions are, the most common conditions we see, and how long they typically take to satisfy.

What are my closing costs?

Episode 9

In this video, I outline all the costs you can expect when either buying or selling a home. 

 I always try to outline this with as much detail as possible for both buyers and sellers, so that there are no surprises when it comes time to close on your home.  

While each case is a little bit different, there are some general rules of thumb and some online calculators that will help you better understand exactly where the money goes.

Do I need a new certificate of location?

Episode 10

A 'certificate of location' is a very detailed map of your property, and is a required part of any sale.  

You would have received one in that big brown envelope you received from the notary when you purchased your current home.  

Now the question is, do I need to get a new one when I sell? T

here are 2 situations where you'll need to order a new one, which I cover in this video.