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Monday, October 29, 2012

2494 Deer Run, Saint-Lazare. - Vendu!

2494 Deer Run, Saint-Lazare

Cette maison familiale idéale est située sur un croissant tranquille au coeur de Saddlebrook. Beaux jardins et propriété privée. Maison très bien entrenue avec salle familiale au rez-de-chaussée ouverte à la cuisine et coin-repas. Solarium très ensoleillé avec accès sur la terrasse arrière qui mène au gazebo avec spa. 

This ideal family home is located on a quiet crescent in the heart of Saddlebrook. The grounds are lovely and the property is private. This well maintained home has a main floor family room which opens on to the kitchen and dinette. The solarium is full of sunshine and you can access the back deck which leads to the gazebo with hot tub. Many updates.


Thursday, October 25, 2012

Bullying.....has to stop.

The students at Westwood Senior High School in Hudson, Quebec, Canada created this video as part of their anti-bullying campaign. The song was sung by artist Patrick Watson who was raised in Hudson, Quebec.

Well done....

Every child, teenager AND adult should watch this.

Friday, October 19, 2012

CRTC approves licence for radio station serving Hudson, St-Lazare

The English-speaking community in the off-island area is going to get its first local radio station within the next year.

On Friday, the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission approved an application from Dufferin Communications to launch a commercial radio station serving Hudson/St. Lazare at 106.7 FM. The station’s signal, from a 500-watt transmitter on a tower on Harwood Blvd. in St-Lazare, would also reach into Vaudreuil, Oka and parts of the West Island.
“We’re really, really excited,” Dufferin, vice-president Carmela Laurignano, told The Gazette.
The company first applied for the licence in February 2010 and has been patiently waiting for a hearing and a decision. In the meantime, the Toronto-based company also won a licence for a French-language AM radio station in Montreal serving the gay community.

Programming on the new Hudson/St. Lazare station, whose brand name has not yet been decided, would be similar to The Jewel, Dufferin’s network of stations with easy-listening music from artists like Céline Dion, Michael Bublé and Tony Bennett, though Laurignano said they would try to make the programming here as broad-based as possible since it will be the only station in its market. She also said it would have much more news and information than other Dufferin stations. The application calls for four hours and 22 minutes a week of news, of which half would be local to Hudson/St. Lazare, including a calendar of local events.

Laurignano said the company hopes to have the station on the air by next fall, and looks to hire between 15 and 20 people in various positions.

“It’s our intention to hire locally,” she said, adding that they have been bombarded by job queries since the application for the station was published by the CRTC in February.
The application got the support of the Town of Hudson, which passed a unanimous resolution at a town council meeting in February. But it was opposed by other radio stations concerned about competition in the Montreal market.

“The area is very much one that stands on its own (and is) separate from the Montreal area,” Laurignano told The Gazette in February.

As part of its application, Dufferin commissioned a survey that showed most people in the two towns don’t identify themselves as Montrealers and feel existing radio stations don’t adequately cover news from that community.

By next fall, that should change a great deal.
To read the CRTC decision, click here:

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Vendu - 2560 Julien, Saint-Lazare

2560 Julien, Saint-Lazare is sold!
This beautiful home was listed at $369,000
Vendor and Buyers are very happy!

2560 Julien, Saint-Lazare
Paul & Diane Laflamme
Courtiers immobilier
Royal LePage Village

93 Pyke Court, Hudson is sold!

83 Pyke Court, Hudson
Listed and sold by Royal LePage Village Hudson 
Sold in 14 days!
Asking price was $979,000

Paul and Diane Laflamme
Royal LePage Village

Canadian House Prices Edge Up in Third Quarter While the Number of Home Sales Fall

Canadian House Prices Edge Up in Third Quarter While the Number of Home Sales Fall

First-time buyer activity drops as market adjusts to new mortgage regulations

TORONTO, October 3, 2012 – The Royal LePage House Price Survey released today showed the average price of a home in Canada increased year-over-year between 1.8 and 4.8 per cent in the third quarter of 2012.
Survey findings indicated that the average standard two-storey home in Canada increased 4 per cent year-over-year rising to $403,747, while detached bungalows rose 4.8 per cent to $366,773. Standard condominiums witnessed an increase of 1.8 per cent to $243,607. Most cities in Canada experienced modest price appreciation in the quarter, but fewer homes were sold compared to the same period in 2011.
“A drop in the number of homes trading hands typically precedes a period of softening house prices. Where there is reduced demand, those who want to sell their homes adjust their asking price to stimulate interest. During the third quarter, unit home sales were positive in July, fell 9 per cent year-over-year in August and we are expecting September to show a decline as well,” said Phil Soper, president and chief executive, Royal LePage. “We had predicted this cyclical change early in the year, a natural market reaction after a period of strong expansion. Changes to mortgage regulations, which took effect on July 9th, accelerated the correction.”
In July, the Minister of Finance announced that the maximum amortization period for insured mortgages would be reduced to 25 years from 30 years. This was the fourth intervention in the mortgage market in just four years and the most impactful. Potential first-time buyers, which in a typical market represent one third to one half of all purchase transactions, felt the changes immediately.
“While hard-hit in the short-term, first-time buyers will adjust to tougher mortgage qualifications. The dream of homeownership is very much alive among young Canadians. They may remain renters for sometime as they save; some will opt for less desirable neighbourhoods and some will purchase smaller homes,” added Soper. “In the meanwhile, we will feel their absence in national sales statistics.”
Canadian consumers were bombarded with troublesome economic news from around the globe during the period, particularly in the early weeks of the third quarter. While this has been a drag on the nation’s housing market and contributed to a slowing in home sale transactions, consumer confidence appeared to rebound in September, which should support activity in the important fall market.
“Policy makers in Canada and the United States have confirmed that the current period of very low interest rates will continue, likely through 2013. This is very supportive of housing market activity and any downward pressure on home prices should be minimal,” said Soper. “And for the first time in six years, sustained positive news from the American housing market should leave Canadian’s more confident about our continued economic prosperity.”
National average house price changes do not always reflect the markets of individual cities, which are closely tied to their local economies. Case in point, some $29 billion in energy related investments are now underway in Alberta and Calgary is expected to lead the nation in economic growth through 2013. The city posted healthy price appreciation for both detached bungalows and two-storey homes, as predicted in previous Royal LePage House Price Surveys and Market Survey Forecasts.
“When the underlying economy of a city is sound and growing, house price appreciation is sustained. Calgary has enjoyed solid growth in home values this year. I have also been very pleased with the growth in commercial brokerage transactions seen in our Royal LePage Commercial business in the region,” said Soper.

Regional Market Summaries
Halifax’s strong employment levels led to average price increases across all three housing types surveyed. Detached bungalows continued to witness the largest year-over-year gains, increasing 8.9 per cent to $293,000. Detached bungalows in St. John’s witnessed the largest average price gains across Canada, rising 9.9 per cent, as mega-projects continue to boost migration.  
Despite a decline in market activity, Montreal’s house prices posted healthy increases in the second quarter of 2012. Standard two-storey homes witnessed the largest average price increase, rising 5.5 per cent to $387,786.
Healthy employment in Ottawa’s technology sector balanced job loss in the government sector as the region posted healthy average price increases across all three housing types surveyed, with house price gains ranging from 4.9 to 6.1 per cent.
Average house price gains in Toronto ranged from 2.7 to 5.9 per cent for housing types surveyed. Although demand decreased modestly due to mortgage rule changes, the pipeline of potential buyers continued to put upward pressure on detached bungalows and standard two-storey homes. Multiple offers are still very common in the region.
Winnipeg’s real estate market produced average price gains ranging from 6.5 to 8.3 per cent as first-time buyers remained fairly active, despite recent changes to mortgage rules.
Low inventory coupled with demand created by low interest rates continued to put upward pressure on average year-over-year price gains in Regina. Standard-two storey homes posted the largest increase of 9.8 per cent rising to an average price of $359,500.
Calgary’s healthy market activity and increased consumer confidence has led to house price gains in the third quarter for detached bungalows and standard two-storey homes, increasing 6.5 per cent and 4.1 per cent respectively. Detached bungalows in Edmonton posted strong price gains rising an average of 7.5 per cent in the third quarter, while two-storey homes increased a modest 1.5 per cent and standard condominiums declined 0.6 per cent.
In Vancouver, average house prices posted modest decreases as market activity slowed down during the third quarter. Standard condominiums posted the largest decrease, slipping 3.0 per cent year-over-year to $498,000.
Royal LePage’s quarterly House Price Survey shows the annual change of prices for key housing segments in select national markets.  Click here to download the chart PDF

About the Royal LePage House Price Survey

The Royal LePage House Price Survey is the largest, most comprehensive study of its kind in Canada, with information on seven types of housing in over 250 neighbourhoods from coast to coast.  This release references an abbreviated version of the survey which highlights house price trends for the three most common types of housing in Canada in 90 communities across the country.  A complete database of past and present surveys is available on the Royal LePage Web site at Current figures will be updated following the complete tabulation of the data for the third quarter 2012. A printable version of the third quarter 2012 survey will be available online on November 2 2012.
Housing values in the Royal LePage House Price Survey are Royal LePage opinions of fair market value in each location, based on local data and market knowledge provided by Royal LePage residential real estate experts.
Royal LePage Q3 2012 House Price Survey - Data Chart PDF

About Royal LePage

Serving Canadians since 1913, Royal LePage is the country’s leading provider of services to real estate brokerages, with a network of 14,000 real estate professionals in over 600 locations nationwide. Royal LePage is the only Canadian real estate company to have its own charitable foundation, the Royal LePage Shelter Foundation, dedicated to supporting women's & children’s shelters and educational programs aimed at ending domestic violence. Royal LePage is a Brookfield Real Estate Services Inc. company, a TSX-listed corporation trading under the symbol TSX:BRE.
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