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April 26th, 2020

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Posted by Joan McGuigan

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January 11th, 2020

B U L L E T I N D ’ I N F O R M A T I O N D E S M C G U I G A N Immobiliers McGuigan Pepin Inc.

Posted by Joan McGuigan

L E  S A V I E Z – V O U S ?
B U L L E T I N  D ’ I N F O R M A T I O N  D E S
M C G U I G A N
Immobiliers McGuigan Pepin Inc.
Cet été, nous nous sommes joints à Royal Lepage – Groupe Mellor et
avons réduit la taille de nos bureaux afin de pouvoir faire ce que nous
aimons le plus: fournir à nos clients notre expertise et expérience.
Nos bureaux sont maintenant chez Royal Lepage HERITAGE
situé au 1245 Av. Greene à Westmount H3Z 2A4
Nous sommes des plus heureux de faire partie de la bannière no. 1 au Canada pour
tous les avantages que cela apporte à notre clientèle.
La mère de Joan, Mme Elizabeth Scott Taugher
était une des pionnières de l’immobilier dans les
années 50. Joan a suivi ses pas en 1970, Brian se
joignant à elle quelques années plus tard. Ensemble,
ils ont créé une équipe maintes fois récompensée
avec Royal Trust et Royal Lepage. Tim s’est joint à
l’équipe en 2000 après une carrière florissante dans
le milieu bancaire.
En 1994, prenant leur courage à deux mains, les
McGuigan Pepin ont ouvert leur propre agence
immobilière, à une époque où la grande majorité
des courtiers se tournaient vers les franchises.
Immobiliers McGuigan Pepin Inc. était parmi les
premières agences à avoir un site Internet:
McGuiganPepin.com, toujours actif à ce jour.
Pendant plusieurs années, le site
McGuiganPepin.com sortait en tête parmi les
recherches d’immobilier de luxe. Il va sans dire que
McGuigan Pepin nom était LA référence.
Fait à noter: les McGuigan Pepin ont été les
premiers à être associés à Who’s Who in Luxury
Real Estate.
Au sommet de leur croissance, ils avaient 6
courtiers travaillant avec eux, ainsi qu’une
excellente équipe administrative. En 2009, ils ont
ouvert un bureau ayant pignon sur rue sur Ste-
Catherine. Et en 2012, ils ont ouvert la première
franchise de Century 21 à Westmount, époque
pendant laquelle ils ont reçu beaucoup de prix.
C’est en 2019 que McGuigan Pepin se joint à
Royal Lepage Heritage (une des 3 agences du
Groupe Mellor), sur la prestigieuse avenue
Greene, afin de poursuivre leur travail. Et ce
travail, c’est d’aider leurs clients ainsi que leur
famille à prendre les meilleures décisions.
Le bon courtier fait toute la différence, après tout!

JOYEUSES FÊTES ET AU PLAISIR DE VOUS VOIR EN 2020!
NOUS CÉLÉBRONS NOS 25 ANS EN TANT QUE MCGUIGAN PEPIN INC.

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January 11th, 2020

M C G U I G A N N E W S L E T T E R

Posted by Joan McGuigan

Downsizing our office this summer and forming an alliance with Royal
LePage – Mellor Group to be able to spend more time doing what we
do best, giving our customers the best advice from our vast experience
and knowledge.
Our office address: Royal LePage HERITAGE
1245 Greene Ave, Westmount Qc, H3Z 2A4

We wholeheartedly welcome the opportunity to work alongside Canada’s #1 real
estate banner and bring the added benefits to our clientele.

Joan’s mother, Elizabeth Scott Taugher, was
amongst the first women pioneers in real estate in
the 1950’s. Joan followed her in 1970 and Brian
joined a couple of years later and created a
formidable award-winning team with Royal Trust
and Royal LePage. Tim joined in 2000 after a
successful business career.
In 1994, Joan and Brian took their courage and
started their own real estate company working from
their home in Westmount. At the time everyone
else was being wooed by the new franchises.
McGuigan Pepin Realties inc. had the first web
presence in Westmount long before any other
major real estate brokers. The website
www.McGuiganPepin.com was on the first page of
real estate search engines for luxury real estate for
many years. Needless too say, it became a go-name
in the real estate working from their Westmount
home office.

Joan’s mother, Elizabeth Scott Taugher, was
amongst the first women pioneers in real estate in
the 1950’s. Joan followed her in 1970 and Brian
joined a couple of years later and created a
formidable award-winning team with Royal Trust
and Royal LePage. Tim joined in 2000 after a
successful business career.
In 1994, Joan and Brian took their courage and
started their own real estate company working from
their home in Westmount. At the time everyone
else was being wooed by the new franchises.
McGuigan Pepin Realties inc. had the first web
presence in Westmount long before any other
major real estate brokers. The website
www.McGuiganPepin.com was on the first page of
real estate search engines for luxury real estate for
many years. Needless too say, it became a go-name
in the real estate working from their Westmount
home office.

HAPPY HOLIDAYS AND SEE YOU IN 2020!
A YEAR THAT WILL MARK OUR 25TH ANNIVERSARY OF MCGUIGAN PEPIN INC.

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June 6th, 2019

Notices of Sale for Non Payment of Property Taxes by JLR

Posted by Joan McGuigan
  • In 2018, a total of 9,139 notices of sale were registered against properties for failure to pay property taxes.
  • Of these properties, 13.8% were sold at auctions.This proportion fell to 3.4% when excluding vacant lands.
  • The number of notices of sale issued due to failure to pay property taxes in 2018 was the highest in five years.

Download the PDF study

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August 28th, 2017

Reverse mortgages could backfire as mortgage rates rise!

Posted by Joan McGuigan

Personal Investor: Reverse mortgages could backfire with higher rates – Article – BNN According to Dale Jackson

Reverse mortgages have been a godsend over the past two decades for many seniors who are short on investments and heavy on home equity. Skyrocketing house prices have allowed them to tap into the value of their homes for day-to-day living expenses.

But as interest rates rise they may find the burden of a reverse mortgage too heavy.

Here’s how a reverse mortgage basically works: Homeowners can borrow up to 55 per cent of the appraised value of their homes. The remaining equity is used by the lender as collateral. Payment for that loan isn’t due until you no longer live in the house, whether you move out, put the house up for sale, or you’ve died.

Higher mortgage rates mean higher interest payments. The big difference is a regular mortgage gets smaller over time, decreasing the amount of compound interest. With reverse mortgages, interest compounds in reverse – increasing the total debt as that interest generates more interest, and so on.

Like regular mortgages, reverse mortgages are available over many fixed time periods. However, the rates on reverse mortgages tend to be higher.

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April 7th, 2017

What is the added value of a garage in Montreal?

Posted by Joan McGuigan

When selling a property in Montreal on the Island or in the city and Westmount adjacent, the Quebec Federation of Real Estate Boards census results show that the presence of a garage increases the average value of a home between 8 and 11 percent depending on the area. Also another interesting fact from their results is that a second garage adds as much as 25 percent to the value of the home. As well, a second parking space adds 14 percent vs one parking space adds 11 percent. Contact me for results of other major cities in Quebec vis-a-vis the added value of a garage.

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November 3rd, 2016

Daylight Saving Time Reminder-Fall back; Please adjust your clocks back one hour this weekend

Posted by Joan McGuigan
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November 3rd, 2016

Highlights of Century 21 40th Anniversary Conference in Vancouver

Posted by Joan McGuigan

October 28-30, 2016 | Westin Bayshore Hotel | Vancouver, BC
Nearly 600 brokers, managers and owners came together to celebrate our 40th anniversary in Vancouver, the city where it all started for CENTURY 21 Canada!
Featuring renowned real estate coach & NY Times best-selling author, Tom Ferry. Plus, enhanced networking events, hands-on education, & more!
It was a great opportunity to interact with our fellow System members on the official Facebook page and enjoy the best Canada Conference yet! Next year it will be in Quebec City. Can’t wait to see all my friends and colleagues again! Brian and I had an amazing time, albeit short but hugely successful.

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August 1st, 2014

Terrific Moving Tips When Moving Your Home

Posted by Joan McGuigan

Who can’t use some moving tips when they’re packing up their whole life for a new home? If you’re among thousands of people who have picked up and moved their family to a new home or a new community, you have fresh memories of some of the ups and downs or thrills or frustrations of moving.
Drawing from recent personal experience, I know there are lots of ways to help make your household move easier and more smooth. Read here for help to get your life, and your possessions, organized for a peaceful and exciting move.
Make a list.
Write everything down! You’ll thank yourself later. Before you pack even one box, create a simple record keeping system. Create a computer-printed list of numbers with a space to write the contents. Or have a spiral-bound notebook for the job. You’ll place a number on EVERY box you pack and list the contents on your list. Don’t put the list down unless it’s in a place you’ll call Packing Central. This is where you’ll find your labels, marking pens, box tape, and other supplies. When describing the box contents, be specific — “A-D files” is better than “files”, and “Tulip dishes” rather than “misc. kitchen”.
Have plenty of supplies.
You’ll need LOTS of boxes–probably more boxes than you think, and having enough boxes will make your life easier! (If you buy your boxes from a moving company, you can always return unused boxes for a refund. If you got them free from the grocery, just toss any leftovers.) Have about 10 boxes set aside to use for last minute items on moving day, such as bedding, clothing, and cleaning supplies. You’ll need strong plastic packing tape to close up the boxes securely. Use unprinted newsprint (newspaper can stain your items) or packing paper or bubble wrap to wrap and cushion household good. Return any unused supplies after the truck is packed.
Utilize wardrobe boxes.
These tall boxes are perfect for bulky, lightweight items such as comforters, pillows, and blankets, as well as clothes that need to remain hanging. Call your mover to ask the width of the wardrobe boxes they’ll be bringing. Then measure the clothes in your closets (including coat closets) to see how many wardrobe boxes you’ll need. You can also use them for closet storage boxes, shoe boxes, and other bulky items such as fabric bolts, large baskets, or gift wrap tubes.
Strategize wardrobe box use.
Moving companies will be happy to deliver boxes ahead of your moving day. Or if you’re doing the move yourself, get things organized as early as possible. A few days before your move, fill some sturdy handled shopping bags with bulky closet items such as shoes, sweaters, belts, and jeans. On moving day, fill the bottom of the wardrobe boxes with some of the shopping bags, then add your hanging clothing. Pack hanging items tightly so things won’t move around and fall off of hangers. Finally, cover the shoulders of your clothes (a dry cleaning bag works well), then add a few purses or sweaters on top. You’ll have fewer boxes, and closet items remain together. Also, the shopping bags will make it easier to retrieve your belongings from the bottoms of a tall wardrobe box.
Color coordinate.
Designate a color for each room in the new home, such as yellow for kitchen, orange for dining room, etc. Apply colored stickers on the box near the box number. In your new home, put a matching sticker on the door to each room. The movers will know where to put everything when they arrive at the destination. It’s also helpful to post a big sign on the wall in the room where you want boxes stacked, (“Boxes here please”) to keep them out of furniture and traffic areas.
Happy Moving!

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July 12th, 2013

Spending a day in Hochelaga Maisonneuve

Posted by Joan McGuigan

December 12, 2011 ─ With expansive green spaces and loads of attractions surrounding the Olympic Park, the Hochelaga-Maisonneuve district (that’s “HoMa” if you’re a Montrealer) is filled with cultural, historical, and natural treasures. Like most of Montréal, this area is safe and can easily be navigated by foot (sporty types might want to jog around the Olympic Park following this path). Whatever you’re into, you can count on HoMa to deliver. An Olympic Morning You can begin your day by visiting the Olympic Stadium. Built for the 1976 Summer Olympic Games, the Stadium is the Olympic Park’s centrepiece, a bold design by French architect Roger Taillibert. Take the funicular-type elevator to the top three observation floors of the Stadium’s inclined tower, the tallest of its kind in the world, and you’ll get a spectacular view of the city. The athletic centre below the tower contains seven aquatic pools as well as a multi-sport facility. You can also check out the nearby Montréal Biodôme (formerly the Olympic Velodrome), which was converted to house five ecosystems of the Americas and includes over 4,800 animals from 230 different species and 750 plant types. An experienced nature interpreter will accompany you on a journey that takes you through a tropical rainforest, a Laurentian woodland, the Gulf of St. Lawrence, and, finally, the Sub-Antarctic Islands. All this under one roof makes for an incredible experience. A Museum Mansion To view one of city’s most notable examples of Beaux-Arts architecture, head to the Château Dufresne. With plans based on the design of the Petit Trianon in Versailles, France, Parisian Jules Renard built the structure between 1915 and 1918. The Château Dufresne was a private mansion owned by the Dufresne brothers, two important members of Montréal’s French Bourgeoisie, and was originally divided into two separate households for each brother. Today it is a museum dedicated to the history of Montréal’s east end. The building boasts an interior decor painted by artist Guido Nincheri and is testament to some of the tastes of the Roaring Twenties. Nincheri’s workshop, the oldest extant stained-glass studio in Québec, is located at 1832 Pie-IX Boulevard, just four blocks south of the Château Dufresne. An Afternoon Garden Delight With an extensive collection of 22,000 plant species and cultivars, 10 exhibition greenhouses, and several thematic and cultural gardens, the Montréal Botanical Garden is a wondrous haven of beauty and tranquility, and, incidentally, is one of the world’s largest and finest repositories for all things grown from Mother Earth. For a truly unique experience, make your way to the Asian grounds. At the Dream Lake Garden, an authentic Chinese garden inspired by the private estates popular in the southern Yangzi River region during the Ming dynasty (1368-1644), the spatial organization of the pavilions, the selection of plants and minerals, the use of water features, and the contrast of yin and yang are all expressions of the secular principles of the Chinese art of landscape design. Meanwhile, at the Japanese Garden, serenity is achieved through compositional balance. Each tree, shrub, and stone has been carefully chosen and placed, with every item holding symbolic significance. The pond, along with a series of cascades and springs, for example, expresses life and renewal in a deeply poetic manner. Botanical Bites and Boissons To complete this one day jaunt in HoMa, partake in the Botanical Garden’s refreshing summertime spin on the Happy Hour formula, which occurs right on the Garden’s terrace. Botanical cocktails inspired by the colours and species of the Garden’s cultivated plants, as well as tapas, seasonal local fare, and relaxing live music all contribute to this unique appreciation of the splendid setting. Cheers, to you, for a day well-travelled! View comments [0] Add comment This article has not been commented on yet.

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