Jul

28

Why Would Someone List Their House For $1?

  I have to question a seller’s frame of mind when a realtor suggests listing their home for a dollar.  To me, this one of the silliest gimmicks  in selling in this market or any market. There are so many reasons in which this tactic fails. What got me on this topic was I recently […]

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May

14

Multiple Offers: Sometimes You Build It and They Don’t Come

In the J. P. Kinsella novel Shoeless Joe a man must build a baseball field in an Iowa corn field and then kidnap the author J.D Salinger in order to make the statement “If you build it he will come” be a reality. This also is true with multiple offers.   If does not happen by […]

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Jul

23

Buying a House? August Civic Holiday Weekend Is The Best Time

The summer is a time when most Toronto residents look forward to slowing down the pace and relaxing.    One of the key things we all love to do is get out of the city for a couple of days. We have the August civic holiday coming up in a little less than 10 days and […]

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Feb

14

Finding The Perfect Toronto House Is Like Dating…It’s A Numbers Game.

It’s Valentines Day and today is the singular day where couples express their love for each other. Whether it’s my teenage son and his girlfriend having their first or my wife and I experiencing 20+ years it is the day where you celebrate having found each other.  However, the big question is with all the […]

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Feb

13

Buyer? Seller? What’s Up With Toronto’s January Housing Market?

This has been one of the craziest January’s I have ever had.   If you have not heard, there’s definitely a shortage of housing inventory which has created a pumped-up, high-octane seller’s market.   However in saying this, those who are selling a condominium are definitely not feeling the same heat. Let me describe how my days […]

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Dec

02

Buying Your First Home, But Where To Start?

Whether you are buying on your own or as a couple the very first decision you must make before you venture out house hunting is WHERE DO YOU WANT TO LIVE?  If you work downtown do you want to live closer to work or possibly seeing yourself living in the suburbs.  Living in the city […]

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Nov

25

Buying Then Selling a House After Eights Months Not a Winning Strategy

I wish I could say that I don’t come across this scenario very often, but I’d be lying.  Here is what I see, a buyer purchases a house in the spring and 8 months later it’s back up for sale at an inflated evaluation of 15% above the original selling price. Whether this idea comes […]

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Sep

27

What’s The Best Strategy Buying First Then Selling?

The Stress of Buying First Then Selling We all have our own comfort levels in managing stress.   Some are certainly the more cautious types, while the other side of the spectrum we have those who are cool under pressure and  relish living on the edge.  Either way making the decision to buy or sell first […]

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Sep

03

The Longer a House Is For Sale Impacts Selling Price

I see dozens of homes and condos in any given week and there are two things which I always immediately look for: The Listing Price How Long Has it been for sale When my clients and I are looking at a home these two key metrics are always critical indicators whether the property is properly […]

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Jun

20

When is The Best Time To Buy a Home -Toronto Housing Cycle 2009 to May 2013

When’s The Best Time To Buy or Sell? For years I have been emailing my clients Toronto’s five-year statistics.   It was a great data source for illustrating monthly trends in the buying and selling within our Toronto housing cycle.    I thought it might be time to share my knowledge with those who have reading my […]

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