Merry Chrismukkah!

And just like that, 2015 on Toronto Realty Blog comes to a close. I'd like to thank all of my readers, and all of my regular commenters: Kyle, Joe Q., Libertarian, Noel, Appraiser, Long Time Realtor, Paully, FroJo, rob fjord, GinaTO,...

How Is “Value” Determined?

Not to get too philosophical here, but let's have a conversation on what "value" actually is. How is value determined? Is it set?  Is it created?  Is it negotiated? There's no fixed value of real estate, and yet the fluctuations...

Predictions For The Fall Market

It was a long, hot Toronto summer!  Not to be confused with the TV show, "Wet, Hot, American Summer" which is currently playing on Netflix, and not bad, if you're like me, and have a childish sense of humour... But...

Give Me Your Name & Number!

We talk a lot about factors that affect value, whether it's a house or a condo, low-end or high-end, and how to mitigate these factors, or spot them in advance. But sometimes, the factors are complete intangibles, and some of...

Happy Canada Day!

Who needs the day off more - you, from reading my blog posts, or me, from writing them? It's Wednesday, it's the middle of the week, and it's the end of the busiest spring market I have ever seen. If...

The Blame Game!

Whose "fault" is it that the price of real estate in Toronto is so high? I mean, everywhere you look, people complain.  The media absolutely loves to focus on the high price of real estate, but it's portrayed as a negative, and...

More MLS Musings!

I haven't done this feature in a while, but it's allowed me to save a host of really good, really bad, and really wacky MLS write-ups. It's amazing what some listing agents will write in the MLS description, either because...

Getting Your Money’s Worth

Would you only renovate your home, or add a new feature or upgrade, if you were "getting your money out" as the saying goes? I mean would you spend $5,000 on a new feature, only if you knew it would add $5,000 in value,...

Open The Floodgates!

There's a reason why this saying has become commonplace in today's society, and when it comes to a legal precedent, all it takes is one summary judgment that breaks new ground before the flood of subsequent legal proceedings follow. When it comes to...

Are ALL Offers Worth Presenting?

Or perhaps the better question is: are all offers worth considering? Take that one step further: are all offers worth working on? In the eyes of a person submitting a crummy offer, of course the offer is worth working on!...

The First Four Weeks…

Today marks the end of the fourth week of the "fall real estate market" in Toronto, which started the day after Labour Day. Through the first four weeks, I've noticed several trends; some new, some same old, same old.  And...

MLS Musings!

We're in the midst of an exceptionally busy market, and judging from a few of the MLS listings I'm going to present below, it looks like many agents are too busy to proofread! There's also some very odd choices in...