Monthly Archives: September 2014


Moving To Moncton Mondays #3: House Prices


Today’s Moving To Moncton Monday happens to fall on the 4th anniversary of my move to Moncton!

Because my own move is on my mind, I thought I would reflect on one of the biggest benefits that I enjoyed when moving from the GTA to Moncton: affordable home prices! The truth is I’m not alone. Many friends have been relocating their families to Canada’s East to enjoy lower home prices and the ability to stretch their dollar much further.

In fact, I participate on a national home buying expert panel where most of our questions come from the GTA…

“Will It Ever Be A Buyer’s Market?:
“When Will Home Prices Cool Down?”
“Will I Ever Be Able To Buy A Home?”

And with more and more companies allowing their staff to work from home, moving East is becoming a reality for more and more families. I recently spoke with a family where mom was able to keep her executive job and start working from home, instead of staying in the Toronto office. Her husband, a teacher, was able to land a permanent contract here after years of trying in the GTA. The cherry on top was selling their Toronto home and purchasing the home of their dreams- at a fraction of the price.

I highly encourage everyone that I can to consider home ownership in the Greater Moncton Area- where it is truly a buyer’s market. At the moment, the average MLS listing price in the Moncton Area $172,750.00. Compare that to the National Average of $398,000.00 (www.crea.ca). Or, if you want to compare it to your city, check out this handy tool.

Thinking about moving to Moncton? Tell me about it… What’s holding you back?

We’re Looking For The Best Project Coordinator In Moncton To Join Our Team!

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Title: Project Coordinator

If you don’t like average – you’ve got our attention.  Looking for passionate and skilled contracted tradesman who comes fully equipped to get the job done.  Having a professional and friendly demeanor is a must, you aren’t just building decks, you are helping build relationships so being courteous and friendly is as essential as being able to swing a hammer.

As one of our fine craftsmen, you will be an integral part of our homebuilding team. Under the direction of of the project manager, qualified candidates will demonstrate the following:

  • Understands the task at hand and knows how to get it done.
  • Pride in workmanship
  • Detail oriented and very organized
  • You easily engage with people,  have excellent communication skills;
  • Ambitious, and highly motivated;
  • Ability to develop strategy, as well as plan and execute it;
  • Ability to prioritize and manage multiple projects with attention to detail;
  • Ability to manage and work with various personality types
  • Ability to read and interpret blueprints, drawings & specifications
  • Computer proficient (i.e. Mac, iPhone, Outlook, Excel, Google, email); and
  • Experience is always a difference maker.

Note: This is a full-time position.

The preceding job description has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of work performed by employees within this classification. It is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities, and qualifications required of employees assigned to this job.

How to apply:  email only to jobs@themartellexperience.com citing competition number PC0124-CB.

We thank you in advance for applying but only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

Moving To Moncton Mondays #2: Cottage Country

Thanks so much for checking out our second instalment of Moving To Moncton Mondays! Oh, wait… is it Tuesday?  Well, hopefully you were all having WAY too much fun over the long weekend to be on social media in the first place!  Our family spent the long weekend being tourists in our backyard with trips to Fundy, Parlee Beach and the Neptune Drive-In.

One of the most amazing things about living in the Moncton Area is the fact that an average person can be a cottage owner. If you dream of owning your own vacation getaway, be it lakeside or oceanfront, the affordability of cottages in the Moncton area can’t be beat.  I’ll take a look at two prime cottage areas that are easy commutes to Greater Moncton.

Shediac, NB 

Seaside town of Shediac, NB is known for having the warmest waters North of The Carolinas (yes, THAT warm).  If you’re looking for a cute cottage community, Shediac may be for you.  With various beaches, marinas and restaurants, life in Shediac feels like being on vacation every day.  And, to top it off, Shediac is only 21 minutes from downtown Moncton meaning that many cottagers actually move to the cottage for the entire summer as it’s an easy commute into work every day.  After all, we don’t have traffic here… remember last week’s post?

Sound like paradise?  Hop on to www.realtor.ca and search recreational properties under $100k.  You’ll quickly see that cottage life is much more possible than you may realize.

Grand Lake Area, NB

Perhaps you’re a laker at heart. Well, New Brunswick has you covered.  My own favourites include Grand Lake & Washademoak Lake.  While lake country is a little further away than the beach, (1-2.5 hours from Moncton) you can be on your dock much faster than in most cities and, again, the drive is much more stress-free than the usual city grind.  Prices are a little higher than most beach towns as well however, you can still be on the water under $100k… a great investment as waterfront property becomes more and more scarce.

If you’re considering moving to the area, I highly recommend you consider New Brunswick’s cottage country for your next vacation!  You can snatch up a rental at http://www.cottagesincanada.com/cottage-rentals/new-brunswick

Local readers… do you cottage?  If so, where?

 

 

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