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?

 

 

Moving To Moncton Mondays #1: Traffic and Our “Oh-So-Fabulous” Commutes

Welcome to the inaugural post in our Moving To Moncton Series, highlighting why Moncton is such a fantastic place to live!  I consider myself to be a bit of an expert on the topic as I personally made the move from the Greater Toronto Area 4 years ago and am enjoying the benefits of life in Moncton to the fullest!

One of the most significant lifestyle changes that my family experienced when moving to Moncton was the traffic- or lack thereof which is the today’s topic.  In fact, I knew that I had adapted to our new city when I  caught myself complaining about being stuck for two entire minutes at an on-ramp.  It’s all about perspective.  In my previous life, I always allowed myself an hour to 90 minutes to get anywhere… in Moncton, 15 minutes to cross the city is ample.

The reality is, long commutes & hours spent idling in traffic are not only inconvenient, they are extremely bad for your health!  Stress & anxiety, air quality and strained relationships are all terrible side-effects of long commutes and overcrowded highways.

Last year, City News published “Toronto traffic affecting driver health: stress expert” .  In the article, City News interviewed Dr. Mel Borings:

“Some people when they walk into a car, it’s like they’re in a combat zone. They feel like they’re at war; they have to speed, and conflict and anger — that is the life of some people in a car,” Dr. Borins said.

Although my GTA was 40 mins from my office, I would spend 90 minutes making my way in and another 90 making my way out. That’s 3 hours a day- gone.  Once we had kids, I simply did not have 3 hours a day to sit in the car and, as a result, made a major life decision to move to Moncton.  My commute is currently 7 minutes.

Coastal Shediac, NB is an easy 21 minute commute to Moncton.

The relative absence of traffic allows Greater Monctonians more freedom and choice in their lifestyle.  For example, cottage country in Shediac, NB is only 21 mins away.  Many Monctonians move to their cottages for the summer (or even year round) as 21 mins is an easy commute by most cities’ standards.

Thinking of moving to Moncton? Have you recently moved back?  Share your story with us and let us know how much time you’ve gained in your life.

71 Blackstone (2014 Hand-In-Hand Showhome) is FOR SALE!

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You’ve visited the open houses, purchased a ticket and dreamed of owning this gorgeous home… well now, it can be yours!!  This year’s Grand Prize winner opted for the cash prize which means that this beauty is FOR SALE.  The value of this home is $530,000.00 but we are offering it for only $499,900.00!!

Here are the details:

Photos: http://martellcustomhomes.com/custom/71-blackstone-hand-in-hand-lottery-home-2014/

Listing Price: $499,900.00

Style: Bungalow

Year Built: 2014

Living Area: 2037 sf upstairs (plus finished basement)

Bedrooms: 3

Bathrooms: 3

Features:

  • Stone & Vinyl Exterior
  • Fibreglass Front Door & Garage Doors
  • Large Double Garage
  • 9 Foot Ceilings Throughout
  • Tray Ceilings in Living Room, Kitchen and Master Bedroom
  • Cathedral Ceiling in Guest Room
  • Four Season Sunroom at Rear of Home
  • Gorgeous dark, hand-scraped wood floors throughout (including kitchen)
  • Quartz Countertops in Kitchen and Master Bath
  • Laundry Chute to Large Laundry Area in Basement
  • And much, much more…

We will be hosting an open house August 30th & Sept 7th.  Come on out and see one of the most beautiful homes we’ve ever built.

If you can’t make it… check out this video tour: 71 Blackstone: Video Tour

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For more information about this amazing home, call us today!  (506)-871-5237 (Pierre) or (506)-232-1276 (Natalie).

Neighborhood Profile: Deer Valley Estates, Fredericton

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Looking for that perfect lot just outside the city but only minutes away from everything?  Introducing Phase 1 of Deer Valley Estates: an amazing new sub-division located in Beaverdam, New Brunswick.  Located only minutes from uptown Fredericton in a country setting, these  beautiful wooded lots vary in size starting at 1 acre to just over 3 acres, allowing for truly unique and individualized houses and landscaping ideas.  This is the perfect place for your first home or a larger upgraded one.  With three phases planned, Dear Valley Estates has a total of 50 lots planned making this a large future community setting for families.

Deer Valley Estates Lot Plan

Location: Route 101

School: New Maryland Elementary School

Features:

  • Large wooded lots
  • Quiet Atmosphere
  • Between Fredericton and Oromocto
  • Lots Starting at $22,500.00

 

To book a Discovery Session and start planning your new home in Dear Valley Estates, call Jason today at 506-292-2169 or email jhaines@themartellexperience.com.

Hand-In-Hand Lottery Is Coming Up Fast: Dates You Need To Know

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Wow! What an absolute thrill it’s been to be involved in the amazing Hand-In-Hand Dream Lottery as this year’s builder.  From planning, through construction, launch day and press interviews; it has been a great ride and we are so pleased to see a program of this caliber supporting our local hospitals.

Time flies when you’re having fun and the promotion of the lottery is already wrapping up.  Here are the dates that you need to know:

July 5&6: The FINAL weekend open house

July 11: Ticket Sales DEADLINE and last chance to view the home in person

July 24: DRAW DAY!

If you still haven’t purchased your tickets, what are you waiting for?

https://secured.encryptedtransactions.com/handinhand/english/hand_in_hand_lottery_form.cfm

 

 

 

 

Cool Off: On Us! We’re Giving Away An Air Conditioner in 24 Hours!

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Moncton is melting and we want to help! We’re giving away a free window AC unit to the person who is cooling off in the most CREATIVE way possible… What can you do to beat the heat? You’ve got until 11:30am tomorrow so get creative, quick!

How to enter? It’s easy!  Just take a selfie/video of your creative way to cool off and upload it to your favorite social network.  Be sure to tag/mention us and use the hashtag #MHBCoolMe.

You can find us at:

FB: https://www.facebook.com/martellhomebuilders

Twitter: @martellhomes

Instagram: @martellhomes

Vine: @martellhomes

You’ve got 24 hours…. Let’s see how you’re cooling down!

 

 

 

 

Fave Five Pins This Week

Ahh, summer….

Days are longer, sun is shining and, well, people are -spending- (err, wasting?) less time browsing social networks.  And while spending time with actual people is much more important than flipping through house photos online, we know you’re wondering if you’re missing some hot new idea on Pinterest.  Have no fear… I’ve got your back.  I’ve rounded up my 5 favorite Pins from this week.  Check them out!

1. Gorgeous Space-Saving Kitchen

We’re gaga over this space.  The white cabinets are crisp and elegant while the floors have a rustic/organic feel… and all of that storage!

 

 

2. Backyard Bliss

Go ahead… leave your lights up year round!  This space is beyond magical.

 

3. Sophisticated wall treatment.

What’s not to love about this stunning wall treatment?  The gloss on matte effect is understated yet dramatic.  Here’s hoping we get to try this effect in one of our client’s homes very soon!

 

4. The Perfect Grout Color! Finally…

I’m generally good at choosing colors & finishes but grout color ALWAYS stumps me! That is, it used to stump me…. Thank you Pinterest!

5. Construction Party!

Not design related, but completely adorable and absolutely necessary.

What do you think?  Did you see anything on Pinterest this week that is a must see??  Send it my way! I love a great Pin.

 

Neighborhood Feature: White Birch Estates, Lower Coverdale

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We just finished putting pen to paper on a home in the next phase of White Birch Estates & thought that it was about time we did a neighborhood feature on this unbelievable development.  White Birch Estates is a fantastic spot for people who are looking for the best of both worlds.  Lots are treed and over an acre in size while offering a neighborhood feeling for families.  Located in Lower Coverdale, NB., this development is literally just minutes from downtown Moncton and offers tremendous value for money.

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Welcome to The Fairways at the Moncton Golf & Country Club.  This prestigious, master planned community is carefully designed to maintain the gorgeous natural surrounding landscape as well as the value of the homes within the neighborhood.

 

Schools:

·      K-5: Frank L. Bowser

·      Middle: Riverview Middle School

·      High School:  Riverview High School

 

Features:

·      Golf Course lots available

·      Walkable community – trails connecting to the Gunningsville Trail

·      Amenities: shopping, schools, banking, medical centers & entertainment

Lot Prices:

·      50’ lots starting at $42,000.00

·      70’ lots starting at $60,500.00

·      80’ golf course lots starting at $72,500.00

 

To book a Discovery Session and start planning your new home in The Fairways, call Natalie today at 506-232-1276 or by email natalie@themartellexperience.com.

– See more at: http://martellcustomhomes.com/2013/06/23/neighborhood-feature-the-fairways-riverview-nb/#sthash.kwtoxt0t.dpuf

Location: Niagara Rd & Coverdale Rd

Children:

School: Riverview East & Riverview High School

Features: 

  • Quiet atmosphere
  • Natural Setting
  • Large, private lots- you won’t see your neighbors from your house
  • Close to Riverview
  • Lots starting at $34,500.00

 

To book a Discovery Session and start planning your new home in White Birch Estates, call Pierre today at 506-871-5237 or email pierre@themartellexperience.com.