November 30, 2008

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Theme Week!

I don’t mean to be a prickly pear, but I’d like to spend this week dwelling on all the people out there just waiting to screw over consumers.

How many companies in the service industry are hatching new schemes to dupe consumers or put them into products that don’t serve their best interests?

From mortgage brokers to banks to credit card companies – I’ll examine them all this week, starting on Monday.

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November 28, 2008 3

Business

Age Before Beauty…

I was nearly drooling when I first saw the pictures of this new $1,595,000 condo in the heart of Toronto’s Entertainment District.

I began to daydream about living there, but then a thought occurred to me:

Would I rather own a house for the same price?

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November 26, 2008 2

Condos

Selling Like Hotcakes!

As soon as the doors opened at 4K Spadina Avenue, the frenzy began.

It’s been one week since owners took possession of their new units at the latest addition to CityPlace, and every day brings 6-8 new lisings onto MLS for rent or sale.

But surprise of all surprises: these units are moving!

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November 25, 2008 1

Development

Cookie Cutter?

Does a home-builder aim to design a visual masterpiece?

Or does he just want to throw up a house as fast as possible, sell it, and move on to the next project?

I’d like to examine some of the most familiar new-home styles.

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November 24, 2008 2

Houses

Wake Up!

Some sellers still long for the days when every single house in the city received multiple offers; those days when they could set up a lawn chair on a hot summer day and watch the throng of potential buyers pass through their threshold.

Those days have long since passed, and sellers need to be aware of the potential pitfalls that could plague them.

Or, you could walk right into it….like the seller in the following story…

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November 21, 2008 2

Condos

My Favorite Building In The City

I often get asked, “Which is your favorite building in the city?”  It’s not an easy question to answer.

On the one hand, I’m biased towards my own building.  On the other hand, how can I not say that I’d love to live at 10 Belair Street in Yorkville?

I’ve mentioned this building in passing before, but today I’d like to do a whole feature on 15 Stafford Street

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