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Buying property/house inNF

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We visited Newfoundland last year and just love it - nature, people, etc. We're interested in buying property and/or a house. Are there restrictions for Americans? Why don't people with ads answer or inquiries? Are the winters so bad that being there year-round would be a bad move?

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    There are no restrictions on Americans or any foreigners owning property in Canada. Of course ther are requirements if you want to live and/or work here on even a semi-permenant basis.

    I can't answer your question about why people havn't answered your inquiries. However I have a sister who has lived in NF for the last 30 years, (she's from Vancouver originally), and has come to love it. I however find the climate to be totally unbearable. There are at best 60 days of warm sunny weather in any given year. The winters are extremely long stretching well into May and the snowfall accumulations can be huge. On the other hand the people of NF are some of the warmest and most interesting in Canada and the scenery in many ways rivals BC's especially when the icebergs come floating by. The arts community of which my sister is a major player is amazingly well developed for such a small place. So those are the pluses. Not enough for me but perhaps for you.

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    I live in St. John's and I would like to point out that the climate in NF can be variable.

    St. John's is the windiest, foggiest, cloudiest, wetest, and snowiest major city in Canada but it also has the third mildest winters in Canada behind Victoria and Vancouver. The weather is very variable upon where you live on the island. The northeast coast is typically several degrees warmer in the summer.

    Some winters are bad for snow (ie. 2000/2001) where we had two to three times our average snow fall of about 3.5 m. Other winters aren't so bad, like last winter.

    The summers are very nice here, usually around 20-25 degrees (celsius) , with the ocassional 15 degree day thrown in. I grew up in Toronto and I will take the cool temperate breezes of this place over the incapacitating humidity, smog, and heat of Southern Ontario any day. It is also much milder here in the winter than in the Great Lakes Region.

    This summer it has been extremely nice. Very few rainy days have been experienced (about less than one a week).

    So enjoy looking for a place to stay here. I would recommend that you make a trip here in the winter to see if you like it. It can by windy and cold, but hardly unbearable. The falls are typically wet but winter really doesnt usually kick in until late December/early January, and late Winter storms can also happen but the brunt of winter is usually gone by late March/early April.

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    Hi Anni:
    Just saw your posting. I am a real estate agent and can tell you there are no restrictions as to how much property you wish to purchase be it land or house here in NF. The problem arises when people from away want to finance with less than 25% downpayment and are not working in Canada. Another small problem is some folks just want a summer home and if you live in the U.S. or anywhere other than NF then home insurance becomes a difficult. I believe that Liberty Mutual is one of the company's that will insure homes not used year round. Other than that - go ahead and make your purchase. Outside the Eastern Newfoundland Real Estate Board, most boards do not operate under an MLS (multiple listing service) arrangement. So it depends where you are looking and why you may not be getting a response.

    As Gary mentioned the weather here is unpredictable, but we've just had an absolutely fabulous summer and if you are nature lovers then the winters will find you alpine and cross country skiing, snowshoeing, skidooing, ice fishing, hunting (if you are so inclined). We are in the North Atlantic and believe it or not we've had a great influx of Germans, British, and Americans looking for peace and tranquility and have found it.

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