January 18, 2011 1

Condos

“$30,000 In Upgrades”

How many times have we seen this in an MLS listing: “Featuring $30,000 in Upgrades!”

Does this excite you?  Should it?

How do you evaluate this “so-called” $30,000?

Let’s have a look…

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January 17, 2011 4

Condos

“X” Marks The Spot

X-Condos is the newest, hottest building in the midtown area at the moment, and we’re already seeing some crazy things happen!

For example, how about raising the asking price of a condo by $80,000 just a few days after it’s listed?

Me thinks it’s going to be a strange Spring market…

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January 14, 2011 2

Condos

#1: “Foundry Lofts” From 6/1/2010

Oh yeah……this post didn’t cause any problems!

The words that followed spawned a record fifty-one comments from readers; most of them vicious attacks on me personally.  It’s okay – I have a thick skin…

What can I say?  I shoot from the hip.  I’m honest and forthcoming.  From the first time I walked through this building, I couldn’t help but notice that it reminded me of Alcatraz

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January 13, 2011 1

Condos

#2: “Welcome To My Nightmare” From 9/15/2010

I’m told that Rogers TV put together a show in December where reps from Plazacorp were shown my blog video and then proceeded to defend their construction “style” by claiming that I was an uninformed investor who had no idea what I was doing.

For the record – I was asked to be on that show and I politely declined.  But the producer, with all his class and integrity, went ahead with the episode and used videos from my blog.

I’m hereby challenging him to a fight in the Octagon…

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January 12, 2011

Business

#3: “Friday Rant: Realtors & Social Media” From 1/29/2010

Yeah, this was a great way to start 2010!

Sometimes when the truth is ignored for long enough, it almost renders it untrue.  I blew the whistle on the lack of creativity and ingenuity from some of the 32,000 of the people that I work with, and I was chastized by a large portion of my industry.

In the weeks that followed, I was issued apologies, asked to lunches, and offered jobs by seven brokerages!

For the record: I’m fine where I am.  I work for the best brokerage in the City of Toronto and I’ll back up that claim any day of the week.

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