August 29, 2008 1

Development

A Sad “Before & After”

Don’t get me wrong; I absolutely love living in my 1-bedroom condo at King & Sherbourne with my gorgeous patio and the St. Lawrence Market a stone’s throw away.

But that doesn’t mean I don’t think about the house I grew up in…

They say, “records are meant to be broken.”  Well then, are houses meant to be torn down?

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August 27, 2008 3

Business

Top Ten: Again!

I had a pretty good response to my Top Ten: Over-Used Real Estate Buzz-Words the other day, so I thought I’d pick up where I left off.

The reality is, there are too many of these annoying catch-phrases or meaningless adjectives to list, but they sure allow me to fill my daily quota of cynicism…

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August 26, 2008 1

Business

Hindsight!

Hindsight is a funny thing.

Because now it all makes sense!  I mean at the time, I didn’t have a second thought in the world about telling my girlfriend, “I think that dress makes you look really fat.”

It’s a little tougher to look back on the woulda-coulda-shoulda’s of real estate investing…

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August 25, 2008 2

Business

Top Ten: Over-Used Real Estate Buzz-Words

I’ve touched on this in the past, but now it’s really getting on my nerves.

I’m just sick and tired of seeing the same adjectives used over and over to describe real estate!

It just feels as if the collective Realtors in this city wrote all their MLS descriptions without a thesaurus in sight…

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August 21, 2008 5

Condos

How To Pick A Tenant

Picking a tenant for your investment property is a lot like dating.

You meet the person for the first time, and while you don’t know right away if this is “the one,” you surely know right away when this is NOT “the one.”

I’ve come across some pretty bizarre characters in the last few days…

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August 19, 2008 1

Condos

Pre-Delivery Inspection

On the 26th of August, I have my “PDI” at Rezen Condominiums.  I’m scheduled to take possession of my new unit on August 28th.

Just what is “PDI”?  What is the purpose and why do we do it?

Consider it a preemptive strike against the developer; it’s not like a developer has ever cut any corners before, right?

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