• (Français) L’action en passation de titre se met au goût du jour !

    November 4th 2015

    « Sorry, this entry is only available in French. »

  • Maintenance Calendar

    June 30th 2015

    « JANUARY Heat loss : If you notice snow melting on your roof but not on that of your neighbors, and if there is frost (maybe even rusted nails) in the attic, there could be heat loss or poor ventilation of the attic space. Consult a specialist. Snow & icicles: Remove ... »

  • Recipe for Skunk Odor Removal

    May 29th 2015

    «   1 quart 3% Hydrogen Peroxide 1/4 cup Baking Soda 1 teaspoon liquid soap(Dawn Dishwashing Detergent is often recommended, but any dish soap will work) Rubber or latex gloves Mix in an open container (bucket or bowl); it will be fizzy, a clue that you shouldn’t try to mix ... »

  • (Français) En finir avec le vice caché

    May 29th 2015

    « Sorry, this entry is only available in French. »

  • Storing your recreational vehicle:

    May 27th 2015

    « For a great number of Quebeckers, the fair season rhymes with camping and outdoor excursions. The trailer, the tent-trailer, the fifth-wheel, the Winnnebago or even the motor boat are getting a good ‘scrub and stock’ in preparation for the much awaited vacation. But beware! Make sure to check your ... »

  • Eco-friendly Cleaning Kit

    May 27th 2015

    «  The Essentials In a basket or a basket, keep handy: white vinegar sodium bicarbonate borax peroxide tea tree oil lemon juice Eco-friendly Cleaning Product Recipes   For the kitchen Use a peroxyde-soaked cloth to clean the counter-top, table-top and cutting boards.   Non-abrasive scouring powder Mix 4 parts sodium ... »

  • (Français) Comment bien entretenir la brique ?

    May 26th 2015

    « Sorry, this entry is only available in French. »

  • Léger ranking of 249 businesses most admired by Quebeckers

    March 12th 2015

    « Léger – Les Affaires ranking of the 249 businesses most admired by Quebeckers »

  • Be my Guests at the 2015 National Home Show

    February 11th 2015

    « Be my guests ! You and a friend / family member / colleague will receive the VIP treatment at this year’s Home Show. »

  • Bankruptcy and Latent Defects

    February 9th 2015

    « Bankruptcy, it is well known, allows debtors who resort to it to wipe the slate clean and start anew. But is this also the case when it comes to latent defect claims? If the bankruptcy occurs when the latent defect claim is already known to the debtor, it constitutes a ... »

  • No Smoking in Condos & Apartments ?

    January 19th 2015

    « A few weeks ago, on one of those arctic-like days, I was accompanying my buyer-investor to the building inspection of a 4-plex he was hoping to purchase in the lower Laurentians. As soon as the tenant of the second apartment cracked open her door, cigarette hanging from her lips, ... »

  • Window on the Market 2015

    January 16th 2015

    « by the Quebec Federation of Real Estate Boards 2014 Retrospective (French only) In short: Sales decreased 1% in Quebec, 3% in Maritimes, but rose 0.3% to 15% going West for a National average of 5% 3rd sales number decrease in 4 years (77164 in 2011, 70686 in 2014) in Quebec, 4th decrease ... »

  • New construciton – not without its headaches…

    January 13th 2015

    « Source: La Facture | Radio-Canada Journaliste-réalisateur : Maxime Poiré Un désastre financier annoncé (voir la vidéo) Depuis le 1er janvier, les acheteurs de maisons neuves du Québec bénéficient d’un tout nouveau plan de garantie, qui est désormais indépendant des associations d’entrepreneurs en construction. Durant les 15 ... »

  • Kitec? What, why and how

    January 13th 2015

    « If you spot orange and blue water supply pipes, you may be services by some defective plumbing known as Kitec. How can I tell if I have a Kitec system ? Mainly used between 1996 and 2007 in Canada under the brand name Kitec, the piping is distinctive for ... »

  • Latent defect – Checklist

    January 12th 2015

    « One of your clients contacts you and informs you that she thinks is a latent defect in her new home or your seller sends you a copy of a Legal Notice he received which alleges a latent defect. Your advice is requested. What to do? Firstly, let’s define what ... »

  • A Killer in the Basement: Radon

    December 28th 2014

    « Over the last few years, we have increasingly heard talk about harmful radioactive gases.  But who is afraid of radon? What is radon? How to know if my house contains radon? I have a new house. Should I still fear radon? How does radon seep into the house? How ... »

  • Recall of Venmar Ventilation Inc. air exchangers

    November 14th 2014

    « Joint recall with Health Canada, the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (US CPSC) and Venmar Ventilation Inc. Hazard identified The motor in the air exchangers can overheat, posing a fire hazard to consumers. Products affected This recall involves air exchangers, with and without heat recovery, that are used to ... »

  • newsLETTER – June 2014

    June 27th 2014

    « How much water do you use? A few facts to help you calculate your water usage. 1000 L   Watering hose (1 hour)   225 L   Laundry (traditional washing machine)  150 L   Bath / Shower (7 minutes)    40 L   Dishwasher (per activation)    33 L   Leak of 1 drop/second (daily) 10-30 L ... »

  • Biggest homeseller mistakes

    January 23rd 2014

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  • Influence of school proximity on real estate sales

    January 23rd 2014

    « Among the many factors influencing the choice of a home, this is, by far, the one with the greatest influence. Undoubtedly, the condition and caracteristics of the property play an important role, however consumers are generally more flexible on these than on the location. Location, location, location… what does ... »

  • BP roofing shingles: class action suit

    January 16th 2014

    « You purchased a property (or are about to) whose roof was redone prior to 2010 with shingles made by Building Products of Canada Corp/La Cie Matériaux de Construction BP Canada? You have heard of stories, some more concerning than others depending on the source, about defects with these shingles? ... »

  • Abuse of process – buyers sentenced

    November 21st 2013

    « The Tribunal sentenced the buyers of a property who who sued the seller in an abusive manner without reasonable expectation of success. In the case of Côté c. Leblond, the Tribunal sentenced the buyers to pay the seller 20 000,00$ plus interest in damages Background: The house, originally built on ... »

  • Undeclared double suicide

    November 21st 2013

    « Source:  Fortin c. Mercier, 2013 QCCS 5290, Quebec Superior Court, 2013 For full decision (French only)   BACKGROUND: A young couple wish to buy a first home and start a family. They come across an ad for a house which has been gutted and renovated by the vendor, although the ... »

  • A restaurant owner who no longer wants to sell

    November 18th 2013

    « Source:  RE/MAX Accès c. Theodorakis, 2013 QCCQ 14114, Cour du Québec, 2013 For complete decision (French only) BACKGROUND: A restaurant owner with wavering health signs, on September 17, 2012, a brokerage contract with the broker who sold him the business in 2002. Despite having doubts he will obtain it, ... »

  • REAL Trends Canada 2013 Survey

    July 31st 2013

    « (Français) RE/MAX brokers (agents) closed 60% of the 485,000 transactions in the survey and 56% of the $181 billion dollars in sales volume. »

  • (Français) Un testament québécois couvre-t-il une propriété aux États-Unis?

    July 27th 2013

    « Sorry, this entry is only available in French. »

  • Condo insurance: a dripping time bomb

    November 27th 2012

    « Sorry, this entry is only available in French. »

  • (Français) Les 10 commandements de l’installation septique

    August 29th 2012

    « Sorry, this entry is only available in French. »

  • Power of Attorney & Mandate in Case of Incapacity: the important differences

    January 12th 2011

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  • Another case of the buyer backing out

    November 10th 2010

    « Source: Belaval c. Perreault, 2010 QCCS 5420,  Quebec Superior Court, 2010 For full decision (French only)   BACKGROUND: The buyer concludes, without the intermediary of a broker, a promise to purchase, without conditions, for the purchase of a piece of land for subdivision and an old building. The buyer backs ... »

  • Newsletter – July 2010

    July 1st 2010

    « These monthly newsletters offer you snippets which, I hope, will be as informative as useful ! »

  • Newsletter – June 2010

    June 1st 2010

    « These monthly newsletters offer you snippets which, I hope, will be as informative as useful ! »

  • Newsletter – May 2010

    May 1st 2010

    « These monthly newsletters offer you snippets which, I hope, will be as informative as useful ! »

  • Newsletter – April 2010

    April 1st 2010

    « These monthly newsletters offer you snippets which, I hope, will be as informative as useful ! »

  • Newsletter – March 2010

    March 1st 2010

    « These monthly newsletters offer you snippets which, I hope, will be as informative as useful ! »

  • Newsletter – February 2010

    February 1st 2010

    « These monthly newsletters offer you snippets which, I hope, will be as informative as useful ! »

  • newsLETTER – January 2010

    January 1st 2010

    « These monthly newsletters offer you snippets which, I hope, will be as informative as useful ! »

  • ‘Acting without the services of a broker reduces your pool of potential buyers’

    October 5th 2009

    « Source:  Mercier c. Bernier, 2009 QCCS 4758,  Quebec Superior Court, 2009 For full descision (French only)   BACKGROUND: A buyer backs out of his promise to purchase. The vendeurs put the property back for sale without a broker. LAW SUIT: The vendors sue the faulty buyers for $82 697.74, claiming, ... »

  • Negligent condo purchase

    January 15th 2009

    « Source: Buies-Mainguy c. Dufour, 2009 QCCQ 217, Cour du Québec, 2009 For full decision (French only)  BACKGROUND: The buyer visits in August and October 2006, without a broker. The buyer asks about the condition of the roof.  The vendor answers that a $30 000 fund is earmarked. The buyer ... »

  • The Promise to Purchase said ‘as is’ !

    June 23rd 2005

    « Source: Lapierre c. Juteau, CanLII 22755, Quebec Superior Court, 2005 For complete decision (French only)   BACKGROUND: A vendor puts his property for sale without retaining the services of a broker. The vendor himself drafts the Promise to Purchase mentioning that the property is sold ”as is”. As for the Deed ... »

  • A buyer decides not to buy

    December 19th 2002

    « Source: Lesage v. St-Laurent, AZ 50157103, Québec Superior Court, 2002 For full decision (French only)   BACKGROUND: A vendor puts his property for sale, without a broker. A Promise to Purchase is accepted. It does not contain any financing condition. The vendor had made an offer (conditional on the sale ... »

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