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Archive for December, 2008

December 18th, 2008

Supporting excellence

Posted by Joan McGuigan


The Office of Donor Engagement and Stewardship at McGill University thanks Joan and Brian for their continued support of student awards at McGill. It is truly a privilege to witness the daily impact of generosity on students and the University community.

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December 11th, 2008

Look on the Bright Side of The Market!

Posted by Joan McGuigan


Everyone is buzzing about ‘The Market’ these days!  Whether it’s the Real Estate Market, the Stock Market or the Atwater Market – we all want the best deal!

The media bombards us with information, but remember:- statistics are based on ‘national’ figures for all housing, construction and inflated markets across Canada.

The phrase, ‘every cloud has a silver lining’ is appropriate; here, it’s opportunity in the buyers’ real estate market!  Now is a great time to invest in the quality and value of Montreal’s unique architecture!

So Think Positive, Look For Opportunities and Remember …
• If you are selling lower … you are also buying lower!
• More houses on the market mean more choices!
• Buyers now have a bigger ‘renovation fund’!
• A fabulous stone mansion in Westmount costs no more than an ordinary bungalow in Vancouver!
• Let’s do our part to get the economy moving!

 In the December issue of Canadian Real Estate magazine Elton Ash,
executive vice president of ReMax, Western Canada, writes that a long term
investment in real estate, in a stable location, is still the best
investment in the world. Historically this type of real estate investment
is more secure and less risky than the stock market over the long term.
Selecting the right location is crucial and that means finding a stable
market…a safe haven.  The CEO's of Canada's major real estate companies
along with Gregory Klump, chief economist at the Canadian Real Estate
Association (CREA), have done a study based on steady growth and have come
up with Canada's SAFE HAVENS. The criteria: 1) Is the economic base
diversified? 2) Have home prices seen a steady growth? 3) Is the city
growing? 4) Is there rental demand? 5)Is there a large baby boomer sector?
The TOP five are Victoria, Winnipeg, Kitchener, Barrie and Moncton
but…Montreal gets honourable mention emphasizing its' historical price
increases and steady growth, diverse economic base – aerospace, tobacco,
pharmaceuticals and a rental vacancy rate of 2.9%. The more diversified
the economy, the less likely we will experience a negative inpact from a
downturn, therefore Montreal remains in a good position.

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December 9th, 2008

New works by Susan Pepler

Posted by Joan McGuigan



Luscious Florals, Sparkling Still Lifes & Heavenly Seaside Poolscapes


Champagne reception

Wednesday, December 10th, 6-10 PM

Thursday, Friday & Saturday

by appointment

1206 Seymour Avenue, Montreal

Exhibition and presale in progress

Info: 514-933-0776

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