The Real Estate “Risk-Reward” Equation

With any investment, large or small, you need to consider the upside gain, and the downside risk. Investing in real estate is no different, whether it's a long-term buy-and-hold, or a short-term reno-and-flip. I've been monitoring this property in a very sub-par...

Quality Control!

Well, if my buyer-clients weren't depressed before we went looking at houses, they sure as hell are now! A Thursday morning foray into Wexford & Scarborough "new, custom-built homes" left us all in tears as we made our way back to the...

Quality Workmanship!

That was sarcasm, FYI. Sure, we could spend Friday looking at photos of Forest Hill mansions, with all their high-end finishes, and quality workmanship.  But that's dreaming.  A reality check is much more educational. There are a LOT of people in the...

Flip……FLOP!

What does a million-bucks get you in this market? Well, if you're buying an obvious flip, then you'd better keep a close eye on the quality and workmanship... (more…)

Blessing In Disguise!

My renovation nightmare turned into a financial windfall! Who knew that the lazy, unprofessional work of a never-to-be-hired-again contractor would leave me smiling in the end? (more…)

Monday Morning Quarterback

Perhaps I'll try being positive, for a change! I have completed the renovation at my new condo at West Side Lofts, and I'm quite pleased with the results. Sure, I wish that my "finished" "new" condo was in better condition...