Jun

26

Today is Toronto’s True First Day of Summer

Yes, I realized that on June 21st Toronto officially welcomed in the start of our summer solstice.  However for years the last Friday of June begins a change in mindset for many of us. The first big indication is this is first day where our elementary school kids are set free from their classrooms. With […]

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Mar

20

Make a Lasting Impression and Raise Your Toronto Home’s Value

With the end of what was a long cold winter we all are anticipating the spring weather to come.  But with the coming of Spring it also heralds in the busiest period of the year in our Toronto Real Estate market. With the announcement of continued low interest rates the next couple of months will […]

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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

31

Is a Toronto Townhouse The Right Space For You?

 Toronto Row Houses and Townhouses The Right Space For You? Row houses or townhouses as they are now called are defined as several similar single family homes which are located side-by-side and joined by common walls.   Now some are freehold, with no monthly maintenance fee, while others are townhouses which charge a monthly maintenance fee […]

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Oct

25

Toronto Secondary Schools 2011/2012 Fraser Institute Comparison

As parents we all want our children to make the most of their high school experience.  That said, the four years they spend will establish the thinking and discipline patterns they will need to carry them through to success.     2011/2012 Ranking Ranking over the last 5 years Trend School Name City Ranking 2011/2012 […]

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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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Mar

01

East End Danforth (Upper Beach) 4th Quarter 2012 Housing Statistics

The Toronto Real Estate Board (TREB) has released the 4th quarter housing results for 2012.   From media reports we all heard that listings were down and with that sales as well.    What we did see is that house prices did not drop in value.   Toronto’s East End Danforth neighbourhood is popular for young families with […]

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Feb

26

Thinking of Selling Privately In Toronto? Better Sharpen Your Marketing Skills

This is the second in a series to inform Toronto sellers what herculean task awaits them if they are considering selling their home themselves.    Like I stated in my previous blog, I have no problem of selling privately, but just realize that only 1 out of 10 of you will be successful. The key driver […]

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Jan

18

Hiring Wrong Realtor Once Again Will End In a Train Wreck

A listing came out this week in Toronto’s east end and at first look you knew that the sellers got sandbagged by their real estate agent.   Now this is a well known east end realtor who you would think would be putting his client’s interests first and not his.  Here were just two key flags: […]

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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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