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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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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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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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Mar

31

Painting a Quick Way To Increase Your Home’s Value

The easiest and quickest way to brighten up any room is simply by adding a fresh coat of paint.   A simple and affordable way to transform a space from ho hum to wow. We all have our on sense of style and for you it might be having a mustard coloured kitchen with your livingroom […]

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Mar

24

Clean It or Remove It: Raising Your Home’s Value

Here is a picture I took two years ago of a Toronto city crew removing 3 bins of junk from an east-end hoarder’s house.   It took them 3 days to clear it out. Statistic:  41% of surveyed real estate professionals put dirt, smells and clutter on the list of costliest home-selling mistakes  This is the […]

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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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Jan

27

An Insider’s Look at Toronto’s West End Housing Market 2010 – 2014

Clients who have worked with me quickly realized I am a statistic junkie.  One of the things, over the years, which has been exceptional popular is my year-end review of our Toronto housing market.  We all hear our monthly housing statistics, but what I like to create is a graphic illustration of year over year […]

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Sep

12

From Supersize to Downsize: House Downsizing

Over the past year I have found more and more of my clients starting to implement their exit plan.   With the kids finished school and living on their own it’s time to get on with the next phase of your life. A key component of that plan is determining the date on when you will […]

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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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Sep

02

Toronto Buyers May Get Off Seller Rollercoaster In September

This September Toronto Housing Market Shifts To Buyers With Toronto’s CNE coming to the end on Labour Day so to is our long seller’s market. I have felt the frustration of my buyers, as each time we found a great house it always ended in a multiple offer scenario.  The scene went as follows: We […]

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