739 Greene Ave., Montreal
Asking price: $465,000
Selling price: $465,000
Taxes: $3,798 (2020)
Days on the market: Eight
Listing agent: Catherine Dawe, Keller Williams Urbain
This third-floor condominium in the St-Henri neighbourhood of Montreal’s Southwest borough was put on the market at the very height of the COVID-19 lockdown in Quebec. The sellers got a crash course in virtual salesmanship. They shot and hosted a live open house on real estate agent Catherine Dawe’s Facebook page.
“It’s really, really fun,” she said. “It was all uncharted territory. We did a few trial runs. One of the sellers did the camera and the other the talking.” The very next day, an initial offer came in. It took just eight days to make a final sale.
What they got
A two-bedroom, 869-square-foot top-floor apartment in a trendy sector not far from the popular Atwater Market and the recreational Lachine Canal.
Major renovation work was done in recent years – the building dates from 1900 – but charming details, such as the original brick on the living room and dining room walls, were retained. There is a balcony at the front and a lounging deck at the back.
The agent’s take
“It’s not unusual to see things selling very quickly” in the hot real estate market the property is located in, Ms. Dawe said. “What was unusual was selling it in the middle of a pandemic. I had been working with the vendors to prepare the property as of February [before the lockdown]. Once the lockdown occurred we had to shift gears. I sent them a camera. They had to learn how to navigate the technology.”
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