Feb

07

Lead! A Toronto Four Letter Word for $@&*

Whenever I am showing an older house in one of our older Toronto neighbourhoods I keep an unjandiced eye for lead piping.  Cabbagetown, Leslieville, Riverdale, The Beaches, The Danforth and The Annex have some of our older homes and with that comes the potential presence of lead water pipes. A good rule of thumb which […]

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Jan

28

Knowing Your Insurance Claim History Could Avoid Closing Nightmare

For most of us, at one point in time you will most likely file a claim either for a loss (theft) or damage (weather, fire or water).    This recently happen to some friends of my niece who were renting and decided to buy a home outside of Toronto. They had been living downtown and were […]

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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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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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Nov

27

What’s Your Game Plan For Buying a House?

  Yesterday’s 100th Grey Cup we saw the Toronto Argonauts celebrating a win in the final game of the season.   Certainly skill and talent got them to the game, however the biggest deciding factor was having a strong game plan.  Both Toronto and Calgary established at strategic game plan long before the coin flip. With […]

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Nov

23

5 Years Of Home Ownership Pays Offs Even If 1 Year Included Economic Slowdown

  You Will Be Amazed What Can Happen In Five Years.   It was the summer of 2007 when I was showing various homes to a young couple who were anxious to purchase their first home.   It was hot, humid August weekend when we finally found the perfect home and following an evening of negotiations […]

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Nov

13

Thinking About Buying a Home? But Where Do You Start?

So you have been scanning real estate listings on-line for months trying to make sense of our Toronto housing market.    This can be a Herculean task for the uninitiated first time buyer.  You certainly have lots of questions and with the depth info available on-line it seems finding answers is like drinking from a damn […]

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Oct

05

Are You Ready to Buy?

  Whether you are purchasing your first home or a repeat buyer there are first a number of questions you must answer before setting out. Why do you want to buy? Do you want to put roots down into a community? Are you expecting a lifestyle change? (This could be marriage, divorce, income change or […]

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Sep

18

Finding The Perfect Toronto Neighbourhood

  Finding the Perfect Toronto Neighborhood Your choice of neighborhood has a big impact on your lifestyle. Do you see yourself in Danforth Village, the Beaches, Riverdale, Leaside or maybe Don Mills. Follow these steps to find the perfect community to call home. • Is it close to your favorite spots? Make a list of […]

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