The best place without a doubt to start a search for your new home is through an Online medium. While there are always other places such as local newspapers, magazines and other various printed mediums, you can be safe knowing that the online search for a property will always be the most up to date.
- First Place - Whether you're looking for your first home or already a seasoned investor, the best place to start is by setting up a Property Alert. Having a Property Alert in place will filter down your search criteria and notify you via email the minute a new property meeting your criteria hits the market or is updated. This becomes one of the most powerful tools when you need to quickly react to hot properties which might have other interested parties already booking visits in the first 24 hours after listing. Best part: it's free to set up and use.
- Second place is Quebec's Multiple Listing Service (MLS), Centris.ca. If you're still not sure what you're looking for and just want to browse what's on the market, Centris is an easy to use website and open resource for anyone to access.
- Third place to search is individual brokers websites. Generally you will come across these (Using our website www.shupilov.com as an example) while doing a Google search for properties. Independent broker websites can easily be identified and are regulated by the OACIQ, so you can rest assured you're always looking at up to date and legitimate information.
- The final place is anywhere on a 3rd party site such as Duproprio, Craigslist, Kijiji and any others which run independent from the Centris.ca platform. We always advise caution using a 3rd party website which is not regulated or governed by real estate law in Quebec OACIQ, meaning information can be false or misleading
In any case you will always be safest working with a broker to ensure you're never mislead by information displayed on 3rd party website and will always be correctly advised on the best online tools to use for your property search.
Still not sure? Start your property search at anytime and get notified about properties matching your criteria by setting up an alert: