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...

More MLS Musings!

There are some real winners in this edition, let me tell you! From great salesmanship, to poor salesmanship, to terrible grammar, to something......something that you just can't explain, and has to be seen - this edition has a little something...

What’s The Worst Part?

This is going to be a fun game, I promise! A colleague at another brokerage sent me the MLS listing for a house currently listed for sale, and the photos are quite possibly the worst thing I've seen this year....

Tattle-Tale!

You're your own man, or woman, in real estate. You are self-employed, and an "independent contractor" by definition.  You run your business how you like, set your own hours, and effectively answer to nobody, if you don't want to. But...