How Is The Luxury Market In 2017?
I read an article in the Toronto Star on the weekend talking about the "luxury market," which they consider $5,000,000 and up. The drawback of being obsessive-compulsive and a complete control-freak is that I never trust anybody else's numbers. So I sat...
Listing & Re-Listing: Is THIS The Reason For The Surge In Inventory?
Last Friday, I brought up the topic of "listing and re-listing," which seems to be real estate's new plague. I certainly don't fault sellers for re-listing their properties at higher prices, when their "strategy" of under-listing, and holding back offers,...
The Craziest House You’ve Ever Seen?
We all had that one friend growing up whose parents were odd. Remember the first time you went over to that friend's house? It was like walking into one of the scary scenes from Alice In Wonderland, or Jacob Two-Two Meets The Hooded Fang (that one...
Buying A Former Marijuana Grow-Op As Your Primary Residence (Pt2)
You know the expression, "Good things come to those that wait"? There couldn't possibly be a more incorrect way to describe being a buyer in the 2017 Toronto real estate market. Those that wait either end up paying more for a semi...
Buying A Former Marijuana Grow-Op As Your Primary Residence
Just the subject line alone will conjure up images in your head; the possibilities are endless. Maybe you're picturing yellow police tape surrounding the home, or a biker gang being arrested and led out the front door of the home. But what...
Co-Ownership Of Your Primary Residence: What Could Go Wrong?
With talk of how difficult it is to purchase a home in Toronto in 2017, there will undoubtedly come talk of alternatives. Moving out of the city is one alternative, no doubt about it. This is a topic we've explored before...
Who Is Moving Outside Toronto, And Why?
Cynically, you're probably saying, "those who can't afford it," and "because they can't afford it." You're not wrong, but that's the simple answer. Let's look at prices in Toronto, and prices outside it - areas like Mississauga, Oakville, and Hamilton,...
Is Parkdale Toronto’s Next Up And Coming Neighbourhood?
Or for those of you that already live there, would you say the "under-valued" ship has sailed, and the prices have already taken off? I drove around Parkdale on Sunday shooting this video, and I ended up chatting with two...
How Is Toronto’s “Luxury” Market Doing In 2016?
There was an article in the Toronto Star on Thursday talking about the "luxury" market in Toronto, which opened the conversation, but my obsessive-compulsive side wants to dig deeper. In a market like this, speculation and opinion always trump the...
Home Energy Rating Disclosure Program: Yay Or Nay?
In the Government of Ontario's "Climate Change Action Plan" released earlier this month, they included something called the "Home Energy Rating & Disclosure Program," whereby any home, new or old, must undergo an energy audit before being listed for sale. Of more...
Ultra-Modern Or Traditional?
Have your say, I'm curious to know. Four years ago, I did a video about these new-age, ultra-modern, somewhat "California Style" houses in Toronto, with their odd, sore-thumb look on traditional streetscapes, and one reader commented, "These houses ruin a neighbourhood." Styles...
Can Your Neighbours Affect The Value Of Your Home?
They sure can! But it's not always in the way you immediately think, ie. the hoarder with eight couches on the lawn, or the crazy person who has covered the entire house in tin-foil to block out the brain-waves. When...
Are There Any “Up-And-Coming” Areas Left In Toronto?
In short: yes, even though prices throughout the GTA are rapidly climbing. There are neighbourhoods that I feel are undervalued, and there are neighbourhoods where there is still affordable real estate. Find an area that has both, and there you have an area that is most-certainly...
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