Boston tech startup offers Americans $20K to move to Canada – Metro US

Boston tech startup offers Americans $20K to move to Canada

Boston tech startup offers Americans $20K to move to Canada
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For Americans threatening to leave the states rather than suffer a Donald Trump presidency, an opportunity awaits.

Boston-based real estate company Navut is offering Americans up to $20,000 cash back to use their service to buy a home in Canada.

Navut, which launched in 2012, describes itself as a “white glove relocating service” that connects people to the realtors and neighborhoods that can introduce them to the lifestyle they are looking for in a new city.

The company started in Montreal and already offers its services in 10 major Canadian cities, something the American electorate apparently found attractive in the fallout after Election Day.

“Our websitetraffic increased by over 300 percent,” Navut CEO Mauro Repacci said of the day following the election. “The Canadian economy stands to benefit greatly from American immigration, particularly the real-estate industry, and Navut wants to help make that happen.”

The company plans to make good on its promise by forfeiting a portion of its commission. They benefit from a bump in sales; homebuyers benefit with cold hard cash.

Navut graduated earlier this year from the business startup accelerator Techstars Boston, which helped it raise $3 million in capital. The company plans to launch in 100 U.S. cities by 2018.

“Americans are our dear friends, and the U.S. has done wonderful things for our company. We would like to give back by helping them join us in Canada,” Repacci said. “As Navut continues to grow and launch in cities across Canada and the US, the Canadian-American relationship has never been more important to all of us here at Navut.”

Moving in with our neighbors to the north isn’t necessarily as simple as buying a house, though. Americans need visas or jobs to secure resident status —Navut has some ideas for that too.

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