Pre-Construction Comes To Fruition!

For all the complaining I do about pre-construction; the delays, the lies, the failures---I thought it would be nice to talk about something that actually DID work out. But decisions must be made, and be made post haste! Let's explore...

Restrictions On Showings

Gaah!  It's so frustrating to see people shoot themselves in the foot! When you're in a highly competitive market place, why would you restrict the number of potential buyers for your product? People are getting lazy and arrogant when it...

Investment Horizons

As I logged into my online investment account today, I coudln't help but feel that uncomfortableness in the pit of my stomach. My entire portfolio is down over the last six weeks, and it hurts to see it up close...

Mortgage Industry Changes (Part II)

After almost a week, most stories would be considered "old news." But the debates, discussion, and analysis continues and will probably do so for some time. Today, I'd like to continue where we left off yesterday and look at the...

Changes to The Canadian Mortgage Industry

If you haven't heard already, you're going to need to read this. Last week, changes were enacted by the Canadian Finance Department that will revamp Canada's mortgage industry. Of all the decisions and changes our Canadian government makes, this is...

House or Condo?

The debate continues to rage on, and I'm sure I've covered this topic ad nauseam. But while we usually look at this issue in bits and pieces while dealing with other topics, I feel it needs to be addressed on...

Clean Behind Your Ears!

Your mother always told you to clean behind your ears. But the owner of this condo in the King West area forgot to clean in a few other places as well. The living room, the kitchen, the dining room....the bedroom,...

Flat Fee Real Estate

One of my readers raised this topic for discussion, and I am very happy to bring the issue to the forefront. I'll try to raise the pros and cons of this hot topic without sounding too biased, but that will...

Realtors Combat Money Laundering

There are some serious changes happening in the world of real estate; changes that have been discussed and scrutinized behind the scenes for years, and will now come into effect. The general public will soon become aware of these changes that...

You Can Make Numbers Say ANYTHING!

It bothers me when I hear misleading statements that are founded on the manipulation of numbers. That old adage, you can make numbers say anything you want rings true in many facets of life. Whether it's a news broadcast that's...

Phenomenon!

Amazing! A house listed at $499,000, sold for $499,000! A condo listed at $319,900, got ONE offer and sold for $319,900! Is this a phenomenon?  Is this a mirage?  No, it's just the new trend... (more…)

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...