West and off island real estate round up

Vaudreuil-Soulanges market as hot as ever

By Kevin Woodhouse

The city of Vaudreuil continues its steady rise as new condominium projects are sprouting up as well as young families continuing to choose the ever growing community for their first home.

“Vaudreuil is becoming the West Island,” said Royal Lepage Village agent Carl Poirier. “With so many services and brand name stores coming to the area, it has become a one stop destination for residents who can get all the services they need in Vaudreuil.”

Poirier noted that condominium living is also in high demand and with the current large inventory available, “can be seen as a good, long-term investment for people interested in going the condo route.”

Another off island showing steady and consistent growth is Rigaud due to the “low taxes and affordable homes,” said Poirier.

And while it has not been a significant factor for new would be off island homeowners, Poirier told The Suburban that due to all of the recent growth in population, traffic is increasing “and that is causing some trepidation but there is traffic everywhere and most people accept that.”

“Vaudreuil-Soulanges is still the star of real estate with a 41 percent increase in sales from September 2013,” said Daniel Arsenault, agent for Royal Lepage Village based in Pointe Claire. For the West Island market, “higher priced homes have a little weaker demand and buyers are very aware that older homes tend to need more work regarding insulation needs and higher utility costs,” Arsenault told The Suburban.

Would be homeowners are also increasingly more aware of carrying costs for heating in winter and “adapting from oil furnaces to more electrical.” Affordable homes close to a highways or public transportation depots will also be in high demand for buyers.

Both Poirier and Arsenault have noticed that home sales have increased since the Liberal provincial election victory last April. During the PQ tenure, both agents found sales had dropped off as many would be buyers took a wait and see approach.

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