January 30, 2009 1

Development

Semi-Detached Bungalows

Detached vs. Semi-Detached

Bungalow vs. 2-Storey

We’re very familiar with detached, 2-story houses; as well as semi-detached, 2-storey homes as well.  But what about semi-detached bungalows?  They’re pretty rare, and pretty unique too…

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January 29, 2009 15

Business

Buying A Condo Before Registration

I’ve heard people refer to a University degree as “an eighty-thousand-dollar piece of paper.”

I’d like to think the experience I gained at McMaster could represent more than just that…

But when it comes to buying a condominium during the months leading up to registration, the buyer IS essentially purchasing a $300,000 piece of paper.  Let’s examine the pros and cons…

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January 27, 2009 2

Business

Holy Condos!

I found the perfect site for a new condo development to pitch to my builder-client, and it’s ripe for the picking.

There’s currently a building on the site, but nothing a wrecking ball won’t fix!

Only one potential problem exists, however: the building is a one-hundred-year-old church

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January 26, 2009 1

Business

Shooting Ourselves In The Foot

There is a new “strategy” among Realtors that is completely self-serving, and the short-term gain is severely outweighed by detriment created in the long run.

Re-listing a property already listed for sale completely skews all the numbers used to formulate statistics on our real estate market.

And while I’ve always maintained that “you can make numbers say anything you want,” in this case, the numbers do all the talking…

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January 23, 2009 1

Condos

#1: “Elevator Etiquette” from 6/9/2008

Okay, so this has a very loose association with real estate.

But I’ve been having these cynical and comedic thoughts about elevators for the past couple years, and I really feel the urge to share them.

Don’t pretend that you don’t know exactly what I’m talking about…

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January 22, 2009

Houses

No 2: “Sex & The City…of Toronto” from 8/30/2007

People will do anything for a thrill… 

A few weeks back, I read an article in the paper about an incident at a Toronto open house on weekend.

The listing agent, at about 4PM, was closing up the open house, and heard footsteps upstairs.  He went to the upper level and found a couple having sex in the upstairs bedroom!

“House Humping” seems to be a growing trend, now that “The Mile High Club” has lost it’s lustre.

Here are my top three sex-related real estate stories…

(reader discretion STRONGLY advised!)

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