Aug

28

Do You Have All The Tools To Get The Deal?

 You Need All The Tools To Get The Deal At times I wish I were clairvoyant. This way I might just get some foresight into which realtors are going to be problematic. You can never tell: It could be the realtor who has been working for 35 years and then tells me this is how […]

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Jul

29

Like Attracts Like. Why This House Never Sold

As humans we are all attracted to those who share the same values, likes and dislikes.  This is a basis assumption and truly most of the time this tenet runs true. This same basic assumption applies to real estate.  We all look for neighbourhoods where residents for the most part are very similar to ourselves.  […]

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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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Jan

21

Polar Vortex But Have You Heard of the Greed Vortex

This winter we are all familiar with the term Polar Vortex, but there is also another phenomena which is as equally damaging it’s the Greed Vortex.    What creates a Greed Vortex?  It’s where two forces collide and creates an isolated listing which has no reflection of what is presently going on the rest of the […]

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May

24

Rob Ford Antics Like Watching An Episode of Benny Hill

Those of you who read my blog know that I am a statistics guy, but after a week of the ongoing  Rob Ford show I just had to let this one out. If you watched public television back in the 80’s you most likely ran across the British randy comedy series “The Benny Hill Show”.  […]

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Jan

25

Would You Buy A House Which You Saw From The Space Station?

You’re in the International Space Station with Commander Hadfield and as you are traveling 367 kilometers above the earth at 7.7 km per second you spot a house.  So from this great vantage point you decide that the house looks great so then and there you buy it.  The good news, as of yet, there […]

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Jan

24

Hockey Is Back But Just Like Fans Will Home Buyers Be Back In 2013

Certainly fans articulated their anger towards both players and owners for being deprived of hockey for the last 3 months of 2012.  With the return of hockey last Saturday night broadcasters, advertisers, owners and players will all be anxiously looking to see if fans will return. With the last quarter of 2012 we also saw […]

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Jan

11

Neanderthal Realtors and the Damage Done

On occasion I feel that I have to inform buyers and sellers of some the Neanderthals who work in my industry – no disrespect to our long distant cousins. During the fall I was selling a home in Toronto’s east end and like I always so I was delivering about 200 open house cards to […]

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Nov

09

Wrong Realtor With An Overpriced House Always Ends In a Train Wreck

  There is one Toronto agent (I refuse to give her the professional title of realtor) who continues to upsell gullible home owners.   The reason she does this is we all want the most money but tell me would you put up with this. This Greater Toronto Area home was listed in January for $1,100,000.  […]

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Oct

31

Frankenrealtor

When Mary Shelley wrote the classic Frankenstein a character of minimal communication skills, diminished brain capacity and capable of inflicting great damage was unleashed on  the residents of a small European village.  Today this creature continues its destructive march throughout Toronto neighbourhoods and he/she is call Frankenrealtor.  (Imagine thunder and lightning scary stuff friends) The […]

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