Sep

09

Knowing A Streets History Is a Window To The Future

The Devil Is In The Details For those working with me quickly realize that I am a detail orientated guy.   What I mean by this is when I read a listing I try to determine what is being said but almost more important is what’s not being said. A listing came out earlier this week […]

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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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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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Dec

12

Viewing Older Homes You Need a Keen Eye

Whenever I am viewing homes with clients they look to me to identify any potential issues with the house.  It maybe electrical, mechanical, structural or a latent defect it’s better to find out early than to invest their emotional and financial resources.   I think you would agree that having a realtor who knows what to […]

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Nov

29

Sometimes A Home’s Problem Can Be Staring You Right In The Face

  When looking at any Toronto home you definitely have to go with an unjandiced eye.   Now I’m not an home inspector, but in viewing any home with clients one of my key duties is to flag what I can immediately identify as potential issues or deficiencies. When clients walk into a home they’re trying […]

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Oct

30

Billboard Real Estate Agents Are They Marketing Themselves or Your Home?

There are a number of Toronto big name realtors who’s neighbourhood flashy house signs,  smiling billboards and the ton of direct mail I get you would think they are the top of their profession. But no matter how many signs, billboards and mail drops it does not equate to successful selling a home.  However, home […]

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Oct

25

What Does It Say When Listing Information Is Inaccurate?

 Garbage In Garbage Out I was pulling my monthly resale sold housing statistics for September to send to clients and the data that came out was simply idiotic.  What it indicated for the month was that the average property taxes were $30,369 and the highest taxes for a specific house came out as an astronomical […]

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Oct

05

Ontario Finally To Strengthen Protection For Home Buyers.

I read a press release this week where the Ontario government is looking to put mandatory minimum qualifications for home inspectors.   This is so overdue, as British Columbia and Alberta have had this for years. Dozens of home inspectors in a year approach me and hand me their business cards and if it doesn’t note […]

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Sep

04

What’s Up With Parking In Toronto?

Toronto has seen incredible growth over the years, however one thing which we struggle with is a dwindling supply of parking as more vehicles crowd our streets.. Whether it’s short term (having dinner downtown) or long term (accommodating a second vehicle) the fight for parking on our streets and private drives is becoming increasingly problematic. […]

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