Real Estate “Lifestyle Videos”

I've noticed that an increasing amount of real estate "lifestyle videos" are accompanying property listings, and I'm wondering just how effective they are. Personally, I think by doing a "lifestyle video" for a listing, rather than a typical video tour,...

In The News: Sunshine and Doom & Gloom

If I didn't know better, I'd think the media is more concerned with selling newspapers and online ads than actually working to put forth accurate, timely, and objective news. Wait...maybe I do know better. On the very same day, one article from...

Gazumped!

Complain all you want about how tough Toronto's real estate market is, but as with anything else in life, you can always find something worse. Under-listing, bidding wars, bully offers - Toronto's 2015 real estate market is unfair, right? Well let me...

How To Revolutionize The “Open House”

"Saturday/Sunday, 2-4pm." We see this on every MLS listing when they come out, and often I wonder, "Isn't there something more we could be doing to differentiate our listings from the pack?" The real estate industry is changing every day, both in...

Invest In Detroit?

A few years ago, the words "Detroit" and "real estate" were usually included in the punch-lines to jokes, but it seems that perhaps things are on the upswing in What is your tolerance for risk? Is now the time to...

“The Boomerang Generation”

There was a fantastic article in last week's New York Times that got picked up all around North America, and I actually heard about it first on the John Tory radio show. "The Boomerang Generation" refers to kids who leave...

King Of The Castle!

Let's play a game... You have $699,900 to spend on a piece of Canadian real estate. I'm going to give you five options, and your job is to pick one.  Sound easy? Alright, alright fine - I'm leading you all...

What To Expect In 2014?

I'm not in the habit of making predictions. Far too often, predictions prove wrong, and it always seems like the prognosticator can fall back on, "It was just a prediction," once events have transpired differently than what was prophesied. But...

A House Built From Water Bottles?

I'm going out on a limb here - about to critique such an innovative, selfless, and environmentally-noble concept, but after watching this video, I think the idea is fundamentally flawed, and this amounts to little more than YouTube fodder. I don't disagree...