Homes sold directly by the owner: ByTheOwner.com joins forces with La Capitale General Insurance to offer free legal protection



    LEVIS, QC, April 23 /CNW Telbec/ - ByTheOwner.com, in collaboration with
La Capitale general insurance, is launching a free legal protection service
for Quebecers selling their homes privately.
    "ByTheOwner Protection" is designed to enable homeowners to complete
their property sales with complete security. It is formulated in two parts to
provide complete coverage.
    The program gives sellers access to legal assistance by telephone, once
their property has been listed at ByTheOwner.com. They can then obtain answers
to any legal question that may arise in the course of the sale by discussing
it with a lawyer-member of the Quebec Bar at no cost.
    When finalizing the sale of their home with a notary, vendors will be
protected against any legal action due to hidden defects. If litigation does
ensue within a year of selling the home, the lawyer's services and fees are
covered up to a ceiling of $5,000.
    "Many of our clients are undertaking their first home sale and may have
questions on the legal aspects," said Marie-Elise Bouchard, Director of Sales
and Marketing at ByTheOwner.com. "We created our ByTheOwner Protection service
with the aim of offering reassurance, guidance and the support of
professionals," she explained.
    Pierre Dansereau, Vice-president of Marketing and Communications at La
Capitale General Insurance is delighted with this association. "We offer home
insurance products that are diversified and adapted to the needs of Quebecers,
whether they are owners or living in co-ownership situations. For clients, it
is very reassuring to know they are protected from any legal proceeding that
might arise from unseen defects," stated Mr. Dansereau.

    About ByTheOwner.com

    ByTheOwner.com offers a full real estate service permitting individuals
to sell, rent or buy homes privately without using the services of agents or
paying commissions.
    Since the company's founding in 1997, more than 26,000 Canadians have
sold their properties through its network, which regularly posts more than
7,500 properties online and receives more than a 1.4 million visitors monthly.
In 2008, ByTheOwner.com was ranked among Canada's 125 fastest-growing
companies according to Profit magazine, and also came 13th in L'Actualité
magazine's rankings of Quebec's growth leaders.

    About La Capitale General Insurance

    As a result of significant growth, La Capitale General Insurance is now
ranked among the five largest property and casualty insurers in Quebec. It
also owns other insurance companies including L'Unique General Insurance and
York Fire and Casualty Insurance Company. La Capitale General Insurance
employs more than 1,000 people and its annual volume of premiums is 544
million dollars, making it a major player in Canada's damage insurance
industry.




For further information:

For further information: Jérôme Ringuet, Communications consultant,
DuProprio.com, 1-866-387-7677, ext. 136, jringuet@duproprio.com; Audrey
Bouchard, Communications and Public Relations Consultant, La Capitale General
Insurance Inc., (418) 266-9669, 1-800-561-7279,
audrey.bouchard@lacapitale.com

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