Playing By The Rules

Does the squeaky wheel get the grease? I got a referral from an old friend of mine, and the potential client was a nightmare from the get-go. He was the  kind of person who didn't need a real estate agent,...

What Do My Maintenance Fees Pay For?

Bills, Bills, Bills! There will never be a day when the bills magically stop arriving in your mailbox, but condominium maintenance fees mean less paperwork and writing of cheques. I had somebody tell me the other day that "maintenance fees...

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...

West Side Story…

I remember the first time I saw the classic movie West Side Story. I just kept watching these two gang-members, one from the Jets and one from the Sharks, attempt to fight eachother, but they stopped every five seconds to snap their...

Top Ten Overlooked Details

The New Year brings about a flurry of "Top Ten" lists in the media as we look back upon the year that was. I've been told that there are so many of these lists, that people's brains have been unable...

“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...

Most Expensive Condos in the CITY!

Last weekend, I was showing condos to two investors from Dubai who seemed overly concerned with the price per square foot. No matter what I showed them, they wanted it cheaper! A unit at Mozo Lofts was priced reasonably at...

Want a Piece of Advice?

Cover your body in honey and go lay on an ant-farm....that's making yourself "vulnerable"... Or, take your "David Fleming: Open House" signs, put them outside your building, and hold an open house. THAT is making yourself vulnerable! Just when I...

Furnishing Your Condo!

I was that kid that didn't actually play with my toys.  I just set them up in perfect order, and then starred at them. I felt satisfaction knowing that every G.I. Joe man was ready for battle, and thus I...

Hard Lofts versus Soft Lofts

Wait, we are talking about real estate, right? I often just assume that everybody knows everything about real estate, since it is, and has been, the hot topic now for quite some time. Plus, with all the real estate related...

Gardiner Expressway Condos

I was in the car last night driving along the Gardiner, and my buddy says to me "Where the heck did all these condos come from??" He hadn't been to Toronto in ten years, and last time he was outside...

Moving Into Your Condo BEFORE Completion…

"22 Condominiums" at 22 Wellesley Street East is a beautiful new 23-storey condominium building a half a block east of Yonge/Wellesley. Or should I say, it will be a beautiful new condominium....once it's completed. But owners have already taken possession...

Multiple Offers…..on a Lease?

You can't pick up a paper or watch the news these days without hearing about multiple offers and bidding wars in the  Toronto real estate market. But the media coverage is always about the sale of Toronto real estate. How about a...

Condominium Amenities

"Yeah this building is great, but does it have a POOL?" "Well, would you actually use the pool?" "Maybe...maybe not....but I still want this building to have a pool...." (more…)