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Re-opening of Real Estate in Montreal Amid COVID19

Posted on May 13, 2020 in Buying



I hope you’re all doing well, and you and your loved ones are staying safe and healthy. We in the Nouwens Gurberg household are doing reasonably well. My husband and I are still speaking to each other, and our young adult sons still emerge from their rooms or the basement from time to time to eat all of our food. Most importantly, we’re all healthy...

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Love as a Legacy

Posted on Jun 15, 2019 in Musings


My husband, Richard, and I went to see Rocketman this afternoon, the Elton John biopic. It’s actually described as “an epic musical fantasy about the uncensored human story of Sir Elton John’s breakthrough years.” It’s pretty epic, and it’s a musical in parts (which normally I can’t stand — yes, I know, you may unfriend me now — but it was perfect...

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Swanky Mid-Century Split-Level in Lachine West

Posted on May 01, 2019


Mid-century modern split-level home with 3 bedrooms & built-in garage in Lachine West, a short walk to lakeshore. Newly refinished hardwood floors, cathedral ceiling, brand new main bathroom, over-sized family room, spacious master bedroom, stunning new light fixtures and hardware. Freshly painted, move-in ready, original owner.
Lovingly maintained...

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Home Buyers on the West Island Have More Choice Now

Posted on Apr 15, 2019 in West Island Real Estate



Last year, the story of the Ormond Beach, FL real estate market was the slim pickings available for home buyers. Virtually all over the West Island, there was so little for sale in 2018 compared to 2017 that it drove home prices up fairly substantially. After all, when supply goes down and demand goes up, the result is higher prices.

In the first qu...

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We Need to See the Real in Real Estate

Posted on Nov 09, 2018 in Downsizing


Real estate advertising would have you think that the story goes something like this:

Homeowner gets a promotion, immediately wants a bigger and better house. Calls real estate broker who runs over that day, gives homeowner a price on the spot, contract pre-filled so homeowner just has to sign. Real estate broker whips out her phone, takes pictures...

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Real Estate Negotiations: It’s Just Business…Or Is It?

Posted on Apr 18, 2018 in Real Estate Negotiation


Being one of the best realtor and home sellers in Montreal’s West Island, I deal with all sorts of people — from varying backgrounds, with different priorities, and embracing a multitude of approaches to the process of buying or selling property.

Sometimes the people that I deal with believe that a hard-nosed approach is going to get them farthest i...

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