5 Things you Need to Know Before Moving to Montreal

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From a top-ranking realtor who lives and works in Montreal.

I am proud to call Montreal my home. And for over 8 years, I have been helping clients successfully purchase new real estate and move their lives here. In the process, I answered numerous questions and talked them through all their concerns.

I have also highlighted the wonderful and unique qualities that Montreal has to offer. Not surprisingly, I have watched new homeowners fall in love with this city just as I did.

What is so special about Montreal?

  • Affordable housing.
  • Top cuisine.
  • Vibrant nightlife.
  • Festivals year-round.
  • Accessible green spaces.

Montreal is one of the most affordable cities in North America

Whether you are looking to purchase or rent a property, it is easy to find a home in Montreal within your budget.

In fact, the cost of living here is more affordable than in other major cities like Vancouver and Toronto. Since real estate is cheaper, Montreal is a great city for students, young professionals and first-time homebuyers.

For those who are more seasoned real estate investors, Montreal is a great place for an income property that could be rented to students. In Montreal, there is something for everyone.

Taxes are higher in Montreal

Cities often vary in taxes, and it is worth noting that Montreal’s taxes are on the higher end.

Although the cost of living is lower, you’ll be paying more in taxes. Sales tax is also higher. In Montreal, you pay 5% Goods and Services Tax, and 10% Provincial Sales Tax.

This isn’t necessarily a downfall — this just means that the government of Quebec provides goods and services that other governments don’t. And since you’ll be saving on housing prices, it will all balance out.

Bilingual City

Montreal is a bilingual city, and you can get by if you only speak French or English. But if you are planning to move to Montreal for work and study, it is a good idea to start learning French.

French is actually essential as it is the official language in the province of Quebec. Also, approximately 70% of Montrealers speak French as their primary language at home.

Still not convinced? There are other benefits to learning French, for instance, it is the international language of art, dance, cooking, fashion and architecture. And if you’re looking into international career opportunities, French is often a requirement for jobs at UNESCO, the United Nations, the European Union and more.

Construction everywhere

Unfortunately, construction is going to be a factor in any major city in North America.

Montreal is a booming city with over 500 construction projects every year. While travelling around construction can be a pain, remember that the goal of these projects is to repair, optimize, and improve services and quality of life for Montreal residents.

So, when you’re walking through Montreal, you’ll see orange cones everywhere. They’ve even become a fun symbol of the city.

Cold winter

It’s true, Montreal is notorious for long, cold, snowy winters. In the warmer months, Montreal attracts lots of tourists, but the winters are often quieter times in the city.

This doesn’t mean that there is nothing to do. In the winter, Mount Royal becomes a winter wonderland where you can walk around, and go skating or snow tubing. There are some amazing festivals to check out, such as Igloofest — just layer up.

While the winter is long, it won’t last forever. We also experience beautiful heat and humidity which helps make Montreal a vibrant city for the summer.

So, when are you moving to Montreal?

Moving cities is a big deal, and I hope that this article and video have helped you decide whether or not to move to Montreal. If you are looking for support with your move to Montreal, reach out and I’d be happy to help.

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