Cart Before The Horse?

The following is a story about laziness, inexperience, false-bravado, misunderstanding, and a wicked sense of entitlement. It's also a story about misconceptions that exist in the rental market, based on an uniformed opinion about social equality. Overall, it's really just...

Bow Chicka Wow Wow!

Aaaaand......if you have no idea what the title of this post refers to, then you may be too sensitive to read the following subject matter... I've seen a lot of crazy things on Craigslist and Kijiji before, but when it...

Renting Is NOT Throwing Money Away

And, now that every single real estate salesperson is mad at me, let me explain. There's a common perception that renting is "throwing money down the drain," but it is, and it isn't. Let me play devil's advocate for a moment...

Investing In Education

No, this is not a political announcement from Premier McGuinty. This is a calling to all investors who should be looking at rental properties right next to a University campus... (more…)

The “One Bedroom Effect”

It's a new term, in fact, I just thought of it now. But there are a ton of new developments in Toronto that consist mainly of one-bedroom units, and this points to one, clear, identifiable buyer pool: INVESTORS. If you...

“What If?”

There's a saying in sports: "Sometimes, the best trade is the one you never made." I often look back on an investment I almost made in the city of Waterloo, Ontario in 2005 and ask myself, "What if I had...

When To Sell?

Next week, I'll be taking possession of a new condo at West Side Lofts. I've been writing about this disastrous project since the inception of my blog, and I can hardly believe that I'm finally getting handed the keys! Some...

Righteous Rental Rights

I know what you're thinking, and no, I don't ever get tired of excessive alliteration and lame puns... Just to pick up on Friday's post, I'd like to expand on a situation I had with a friend of mine regarding...

Rental Rut

We often talk about the money "wasted" on rent by young people in Toronto and then compare those costs to what they could be paying into their mortgage. But what about people who can't even afford to rent? I have...

No Sense!

Egad!  This makes no sense! This condo down the street from me has been "FOR LEASE" now for a total of three full months and the seller/landlord has yet to reduce the asking price.  The condo is vacant and he...

Get Real!

I was working on a lease last week and I received the most bizarre offer that I'd ever seen! It was full of these ridiculous clauses that I can't believe an agent or a lessee would include in today's hot...