Green With Envy!

A friend of mine just started her real estate career, and she made a great decision in joining our office! Any new job is both nerve-wracking and exciting at the same time, and real estate is no different. So what...

What The Heck Is “MARKETING?”

I've heard people say on occasion, "This house will sell itself!" While there is the occasional gem of a property that needs no explanation, no added attention, and minimal effort on the purchase and sale, I find that too many...

Bad Marketing Techniques

P.T. Barnum said, "There's a sucker born every minute." I can't help but think this every time I see shoddy marketing or advertising, be it in print, television, or in my own backyard: real estate. Here are my top-five most...

The 10-Day Rescission Period

Have you ever seen Glengarry, Glenross? Remember the scene where Al Pacino's huge deal falls through because the buyer changes his mind? That buyer knew he had a 3-day window to void the deal, and this happens in our Toronto...

Killer Seminars…

You can feel the pain of a friend or co-worker when they utter those words: "Tomorrow?  Oh....I'm in a seminar all day." Some people like getting away from their desks, but for the most part, seminars are awful. Conference, course,...

Tuesday Top Five…

Answer: Lack of creativity. Question: Why am I featuring a top-five list? Incorrect! A spontaneous conversation in my office took place today---"What's your current real estate pet peeve?" Here are my top five... (more…)

It Could ALWAYS Be Worse…

Holy bleep! If you haven't heard about Jim Cramer yet, you owe it to yourself to read the following, and then research some more on the Internet! I'm not sure how I'll tie this in to real estate, but it's...

Garth Turner: Bubble-Boy

If you don't know the name "Garth Turner" by now, be prepared to hear it over and over again. The Liberal MP has a new book out that claims Canada has it's own "hidden debt crisis." I don't want to...

Real Estate Commissions

It has come to my attention that majority of the public has no idea where their real estate commissions go. Even those people who have hired a Realtor, sold through that Realtor, and paid commissions have no idea who receives...

Apples and Oranges…

People come into the real estate market with a lot of misconceptions. Sure, people are far more intelligent, educated, and informed about the market than they used to be, but I find this also makes them more stubborn. Would you...

Is The Market In Trouble?

It is if you are a buyer... The media constantly talks about this impending "market correction" or some sort of "bubble burst," but from where I stand, it's just not happening. Let me tell you about a couple of my...

Let’s Agree….To Disagree…AGAIN!

As promised, here is the sequel to Tuesday's post about a certain company's "2008 Market Forecast." I was so distraught after reading their "Forecast" that I went ahead and "forecasted" myself drinking a six-pack of Corona and passing out on...

A Day In The Life…

....of a new real estate agent! This poor girl just started at our office, and already she's having a difficult time. While I sympathize with her trials and tribulations, it makes for a rather funny story... (more…)

If You See Just ONE Film This Year…

You can't turn on CNN without hearing the terms "credit crunch," "sub-prime mortgage," or "national debt." There is a documentary film that everybody and their grandmother MUST see right now.  It's called "Maxed Out," and it's on Rogers-On-Demand this month. You'll find...

Spring Has Sprung!

Is it just me, or was it FOURTEEN degrees outside on Wednesday? My calendar says January, but the thermostat says mid-March. Perhaps this is the reason for the unusually...um...unusual January real estate market we are now experiencing... (more…)

How Much Is Home Insurance?

The cost of home insurance is rising. And since I've typed this, the cost has surely gone up again. As mortgage rates seem destined to come down again over the next six months, the cost to insure your property will...

“Bully Offers”

We have finally come up with a term to accurately describe an all-to-familiar new practice in the real estate market. Some people are still wrapping their heads around the "Hold-back on offers." Well, Bully Offers have taken things to a...

The New Land Transfer Tax

Just like the Leafs' 5-1 loss to the Ottawa Senators last night, we should all say, with respect to the new land transfer tax in Toronto, "We totally saw that coming"... It's been a little more than two weeks since...

Miller’s Day of Reckoning…

Visualization. Picture a small child holding his hand over an electric stove, moving it towards the fiery red element. Fast forward, and picture that child twenty seconds later. The words, "WOW....this was a bad idea" certainly come to mind. Take...

Pre-Construction Nightmare!

I continuously promote the purchase of pre-construction condominiums & townhouses in Toronto as an excellent investment vehicle. However, it doesn't always work out in the end. On Saturday, there was a terrific article in the Toronto Star that featured a few...