Playing By The Rules

Does the squeaky wheel get the grease? I got a referral from an old friend of mine, and the potential client was a nightmare from the get-go. He was the  kind of person who didn't need a real estate agent,...

Real Estate Commissions

It has come to my attention that majority of the public has no idea where their real estate commissions go. Even those people who have hired a Realtor, sold through that Realtor, and paid commissions have no idea who receives...

Blog Fog…

I absolutely hate doing things twice. There is no worse feeling of complete incompetence and time-wasting than performing the same task a second time. Guess what?  My blog is having "server issues."  Now I get to reload all the pictures...

Apples and Oranges…

People come into the real estate market with a lot of misconceptions. Sure, people are far more intelligent, educated, and informed about the market than they used to be, but I find this also makes them more stubborn. Would you...

Is The Market In Trouble?

It is if you are a buyer... The media constantly talks about this impending "market correction" or some sort of "bubble burst," but from where I stand, it's just not happening. Let me tell you about a couple of my...

Let’s Agree….To Disagree…AGAIN!

As promised, here is the sequel to Tuesday's post about a certain company's "2008 Market Forecast." I was so distraught after reading their "Forecast" that I went ahead and "forecasted" myself drinking a six-pack of Corona and passing out on...

Let’s Agree…..To Disagree.

While sorting through my mail this afternoon, I began reading a real estate flyer from a company that shall remain nameless. They had an outlook for the 2008 condo market which I found very interesting. Half the things I read...

A Day In The Life…

....of a new real estate agent! This poor girl just started at our office, and already she's having a difficult time. While I sympathize with her trials and tribulations, it makes for a rather funny story... (more…)

My Favorite Mistake

I wasn't referring to the Sheryl Crow song, "My Favorite Mistake," but now that I think about it, Sheryl has a wicked voice... Anyways, I've witnessed many great moves within the real estate market, but seen some poor investments, bad...

If You See Just ONE Film This Year…

You can't turn on CNN without hearing the terms "credit crunch," "sub-prime mortgage," or "national debt." There is a documentary film that everybody and their grandmother MUST see right now.  It's called "Maxed Out," and it's on Rogers-On-Demand this month. You'll find...

Spring Has Sprung!

Is it just me, or was it FOURTEEN degrees outside on Wednesday? My calendar says January, but the thermostat says mid-March. Perhaps this is the reason for the unusually...um...unusual January real estate market we are now experiencing... (more…)

Top Ten Overlooked Details

The New Year brings about a flurry of "Top Ten" lists in the media as we look back upon the year that was. I've been told that there are so many of these lists, that people's brains have been unable...

One Final Rant…

Well, I was all set to get back to business and write about real estate, but there are three people in my office today... ....and they are all secretaries. I guess "work" doesn't start until Monday, so why should I...

Beating a Dead Horse…

AAAAAAHHHH! Don't call your ex-girlfriend when you're drunk.....and don't write on your blog when you're angry! I've already covered this topic ad nausem, and at the risk of offending smokers, I suggest you skip this post. For everybody else, please...

“Bully Offers”

We have finally come up with a term to accurately describe an all-to-familiar new practice in the real estate market. Some people are still wrapping their heads around the "Hold-back on offers." Well, Bully Offers have taken things to a...

Scandalous!

Every day working in real estate is a learning experience. Adventures ensue, and you never really know what is in store for you on a day-to-day basis. Here's a story about an unexpected circumstance that took place as I was...

Most Expensive Condos in the CITY!

Last weekend, I was showing condos to two investors from Dubai who seemed overly concerned with the price per square foot. No matter what I showed them, they wanted it cheaper! A unit at Mozo Lofts was priced reasonably at...

The New Land Transfer Tax

Just like the Leafs' 5-1 loss to the Ottawa Senators last night, we should all say, with respect to the new land transfer tax in Toronto, "We totally saw that coming"... It's been a little more than two weeks since...