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West Island Cancer Wellness Center

West Island Cancer Wellness Center

We would like to extend a thank you to all our clients from 2016. With your help we were able to donate over $10,000 to the West Island Cancer Wellness Centre.

A donation was made on behalf of every client who worked with our team in 2016 and we look forward to continuing this support in 2017 and beyond...

WICWC is dedicated to offering compassionate care and support to anyone experiencing cancer – either having it themselves or supporting someone with cancer. All programs and services are free and are created to address the emotional, physical and spiritual needs of people living with cancer. The centre is 100% funded by donations. Click below to learn more about this incredible organization.

Thank you for your business and for helping to support WICWC.

The Deakin Team

WICWC
Changes to tax reporting of house sales

Changes to tax reporting of house sales

On October 3, the Canadian government changed the way taxpayers must report the sale of their principal residence.
Previous to the 2016 tax year, the sale of a taxpayer’s residence did not need to be reported to Revenue Canada so long as it was being claimed as that taxpayer’s principal residence in every year that it was owned. In other words, not declaring the sale of the residence resulted in the default claim of that residence being the taxpayer’s principal residence, and thus any capital gain on the disposition was tax-free.
Beginning in the 2016 tax year, the disposition of ANY residence (including a taxpayer’s principal residence) needs to be reported in order for gains resulting from that disposition to be shielded from tax. In other words, a taxpayer needs to report the disposition of his principal residence to the CRA, or that disposition could end up triggering taxable capital gains. The assumption will no longer be in the taxpayer’s favour.
It is to be noted that this is not so much a change in tax treatment as it is a change in reporting requirements. So long as the paperwork is filed in an accurate and timely fashion, taxpayers will be shielded from the effects of this procedural change.
The CRA plans to concentrate its efforts on publicizing these changes to the real estate industry and individual taxpayers so everyone is aware of the new reporting responsibilities, but in the case of the most egregious reporting failures, the CRA reserves the right to impose penalties of $100/month for late declarations, up to a maximum fine of $8000.
For more information, don’t hesitate to contact your accounting professional or your Deakin Realty broker.

Deakin Realty announces support for the WICWC

Deakin Realty announces support for the WICWC

We are proud to announce our support of the West Island Cancer Wellness Center (WICWC). Cancer has touched our staff, family, friends and clients, so we felt it important to get behind such an amazing organization.

WICWC is dedicated to offering compassionate care and support to anyone experiencing cancer – either having it themselves or supporting someone with cancer. Their programs and services are free of charge and are created to address the emotional, physical and spiritual needs of people living with cancer.

As of 2016, Deakin Realty will be making a donation to the center in the name of every client who buys or sells a home with us. In addition, we look forward to sponsoring and participating in the center's events. To learn more, please stay tuned to our blog or our Facebook and Instagram feeds for news on our participation in upcoming events and how you can support them too.

We would like to thank our own Donna Bursey for spearheading this initiative and we look forward to a long partnership with the center.

Click here to visit the WICWC webpage
The Chalkboard

The Chalkboard

I recently enjoyed dinner at one of Montreal's famous "market" restaurants - The quaint bistro had an abbreviated menu for the evening, posted on a small chalk board. Our waitress knew each menu item in detail and suggested great wine pairings to go with each delicious food option. By limiting the menu, the chef ensured that every dish had beautiful presentation and was prepared to the highest standards. It's no surprise that there was not an empty seat in the house.

This got me thinking about the "menu" at our office. As it turns out, there are several similarities between the restaurant's concept and our business philosophy as a boutique real estate agency.

1. There's Only So Much Space On The Board - We rarely have more than 20-25 properties for sale at one time. If our board starts getting full, our office is a busy place. Rather than taking dozens of listings, we prefer to focus our efforts on a smaller amount of properties - well priced and well presented. Much like the restaurant, this allows us to put our best efforts into selling each property efficiently and quickly.

2. Our Staff Knows The Menu - One of the most important distinctions between our office and the big banner franchises is that each of our staff members has an intimate knowledge of every property we have on the board. When a prospective buyer calls for information, they speak directly to a salesperson who knows the house and knows how to sell it - they don't have to go through a secretary or an answering service to get quality info right away.

3. Presentation Sells - We put extensive effort into the presentation and marketing of our listings. Anyone who browses our website will see we take pride in how our listings are presented to the public. Preparing the home for sale, top notch photography, professional translation, video and custom floor plans all result in properties selling faster and closer to asking price.

4. Sell Them While They're "Fresh" - Much like food, properties for sale can go "stale". It is important to capitalize on the early days when a property is listed, because very often this is when the right buyer will materialize. Active buyers have normally seen everything for sale and are waiting for that one special house to come up. All the more reason why pricing the house correctly and having it show its best from day one are critical. Our marketing platform allows us to sell homes faster than the market average, and this typically means better terms for the seller.

5. Being Small Doesn't Mean Doing Less Business - Our agency handles about 75 -100 sales a year. Having a faster sales cycle allows for space to open up on the chalkboard more often and means a more pleasant experience for our clients.

We are so very appreciative of all your efforts in selling our home and finding a new one. The Deakin Realty family is truly professional.

Kathy & Brian

Ali a été d’une aide précieuse pour nous trouver LA maison qui nous convenait, ainsi que pour nous aider à miser sur les atouts de notre maison pour la vendre au bon prix. Il est à l’écoute des besoins et est d’une grande intégrité.

Andre & Martine

We just wanted to thank you so much for all you've done for us over the last year and a half. We always felt like you were sincerely putting our best interests first throughout this entire process.

James & Amanda

Thank you for taking care of my mother ‘above and beyond the call of duty’

Kim

Thanks again for all your help, advice and patience during the purchase process. You really went above and beyond the average real estate broker's duty.

Matt & Anita

Thanks again for all your help with everything! You were fantastic, and Stef and I are thrilled that we were able to have you as our broker.

Matt

Jay’s knowledge of the housing market was critical in helping manage the sale of our condo and the purchase of our new home. His practical and helpful recommendations made things easy on both ends.

Rob & Sonia

Deakin Realty achieved the best possible result: a lease that pleased both landlord and tenant. We were so impressed with Nancy and her team that we asked them to work on another project for our company.

Richard King - Owner – Elm Plaza

We realized that we were dealing with a real estate “advisor” - who not only knows the local market and homeowners themselves, but an individual that thinks outside the box and brings creativity and enthusiasm to a profession that he truly loves.

Mark & Kelly

I would not consider making a sale or purchase in the West Island without involving Deakin Realty

Gerry

Thank you for your prompt advice and help. It was nice to feel welcome to call you and have your support.

Eric & Janice

Deakin Realty provides their clients with total professional, businesslike, and enthusiastic care. They talk to you. They get results. What more could you look for in a real estate firm?

Walter & Pamela

We would like to thank you again for helping us find a great home and for all of your advice over the past couple of months. We'll definitely recommend you to our friends...

Christina & Rob

You are incredibly professional even in the throes of an emotional and stressful decision. Thanks for your patience - we are thrilled with our new purchase!

Namta & Sara

Thanks ever so much! It was our lucky day when we met you. You can always count on us as reference for your future clients.

Serguei

In our business, referrals are important to both the referring party and the receiving side. Thanks so much for a job well done. I hope to refer your family more business.

Peter Blanchard, President - Terramont Real Estate Services

Thanks for finding our perfect house. We were out of town and trusted you to make an offer without actually seeing the house. Serious trust and you never let us down.

Brian

Merci pour tout votre support et votre patience!

Donald

Merci pour tout! Ça a été un vrai plaisir de vendre par votre intermédiaire!

Catherine

Thank you for everything you have done. It was a wonderful experience selling my house with your help.

Camille

I'm not sure we can ever fully express how much we appreciate all you have helped us with. It has been a stressful time but was made much less so through the referrals you gave us.

Sandee

You are truly awesome. Pointe-Claire is a very lucky place to have you guys at the heart of it.

Katy

Jay, I know you did a lot of hard negotiating to arrive at a mutually satisfactory solution and we need to congratulate you for that. Thanks for your very significant effort.

Mike & Anna

Merci beaucoup Nancy pour ton dévouement et ta patience. Nous sommes très heureux d'avoir fait cette très belle acquisition!

Carl

Having such a well organized group looking after us made our house hunting trip all the easier…those added touches you do really make all the difference between ‘good’ and ‘the best’.

Laura & Daniel

You are a marvel as Mom is so very comfortable with you and John. You are stars and much appreciated.

Cydney & Les

Merci d'avoir pris soin de ma mère et ce plus que votre travail ne l'exigeait.

Kim

Thanks for treating us like family!

The Halls

You and Jay did everything we asked for and more, and talked me off the ledge more than once. We were so impressed, and we wouldn't hesitate to recommend you to others.

Pamela & Doug

Nancy, thank you for all your help and invaluable guidance!

Katy & Kevin

I couldn't have imagined this going any smoother than it did. Thanks for a well thought out plan and execution.

Marcel & Liz

As a first time buyer, I had a lot of questions and you took the time with me. Not all agents would have done this - I know, since I dealt with others before meeting you.

Dawn

Nancy, thank you for all your hard work and patience, and for not giving up on us during this house hunt.

Stefano, Melissa & Zara

Deakin Realty met all of our objectives and helped make our condo project a success. They are proactive, highly professional and capable of adjusting to changing conditions.

Marc-Andre Legault - Developer - Les Cours Sherbrooke

Hey John, we really wanted to take the time to properly thank you. You were always there for us, and put alot of time into our home with all the advice and visits. We really appreciate it! You'll always come highly recommended by us.

Jason

Thanks for understanding our needs and finding our family a great home! We would highly recommend Deakin Realty to anyone who is interested in buying or selling.

The Brown Family

I appreciated your expertise, competence and advice. These confirmed that my insistence on having you as the sole agent for my property was the right decision.

Clara

Thank you for your sensitivity and kindness. We also appreciated your level of professionalism and knowledge in the handling of our file.

Bruce & Lillian

You listened and went far and beyond what any other real estate organization could or would do. We are happy to say that we consider you a friend and look forward to working with you again.

The Adrian Family

I was really worried about finding the "right" person to work with my Mom. Your approach, patience and sense of humour won her over right away, and your follow up has given all of us a lot of comfort through this. Jay, I could not imagine a better fit.

Michael

You have a way of treating your clients as they are you only client. You always responded within hours of a call. That is what I call great customer service.

Dawn

You were understanding, professional and endlessly patient throughout this sometimes challenging process. You went out of your way to make it work out, both for us and for our "perfect" buyer.

Barbara

Thanks again for all your help... attention to detail... sanity checks... moral support... hand holding... i.e. the usual wonderful Nancy Deakin service!!

Sandra & Larry

Jay, you truly could not have handled this tricky sale better and we will sing your praises to everyone we know.

Jen & Dave

Thank you once again for guiding us through this process. Your ability to balance professionalism and the human aspect of this process is top drawer.

Bill

Encore merci pour nous avoir guidés tout au long de ce processus. Vous offrez l'équilibre parfait entre professionnalisme et humanité.

William

Thank you for everything John. You have been so dedicated and helpful throughout our journey!

Amanda

We would like to thank you so much for all your hard work in finding our first home. Your patience, professionalism, friendship and perseverance was greatly appreciated.

Christina & Kevin

Thanks to you and the Deakin team for everything you did for us. We really appreciate working with knowledgeable and experienced business people.

Fred & Lynn

You thought of every detail inside and out - a job well done to you and your team!

Maureen

Thanks again for everything you have done to help us through this difficult (more difficult than normal in this case) process, and for your patience with me.

A & M

Thanks for everything you have done. It has truly been a pleasure selling through you.

Catherine

To the Deakin team - thank you for going above and beyond!

Lynda

Your help & professionalism throughout the buying process, and your ‘words of wisdom’ during our selling process have been greatly appreciated.

Sophie & Mark

Thank you for a job well done. We’re both so excited to have clinched the deal of the year in Beaconsfield.

Denise & Gary

The Deakin team made our relocation from Halifax a pleasurable experience. Their professionalism and knowledge of the real estate market helped us find the perfect home.

Jason & Shannon

Jay, the whole experience dealing with you was efficient, seamless and painless. You are a true professional and a good advisor. I felt I was the only client you were dealing with.

Janice

As a non-profit agency, our survival is linked to those people in our community who have the kind of dedication & commitment shown by Deakin Realty. Keep up the good work.

Amcal Family Services

Deakin Realty displayed great professionalism in every aspect of their work and in all cases they made sure the transaction was good for all parties.

Patrick

This is just a quick thank-you for all of your wonderful help in finding our first home. We really appreciated your patience, honesty and attentiveness. You may all rest assured that we will recommend Team Deakin.

Sonjali & Devi

Thank you very much for all your help in our transactions ... it was a delight working with such a professional!

Patrick Ducharme - Banque Nationale du Canada

We really enjoyed working with Ali... we never felt pressured... He listened and respected our priorities... he also looked out for our best interests... Thank you so much for all your help.

Joy & Richard

Thanks for everything, as you can imagine we have every reason to be grateful for your help.

George & Martha

You are a true angel in disguise. We can never express our appreciation for the knowledge, service and kindness you have shown.

Jane & Larry

We appreciate all the efforts, dedication and patience you are putting into finding us a house. Thank you for everything that you are doing for us.

Martin, Natalie & the girls

I just wanted to thank you for making all of this as easy and painless as possible. Your professionalism, initiative, positive attitude and willingness to take time to explain the process made the deal unfold very smoothly.

Bob