June 30, 2014 13


“The Boomerang Generation”

There was a fantastic article in last week’s New York Times that got picked up all around North America, and I actually heard about it first on the John Tory radio show.

“The Boomerang Generation” refers to kids who leave the house to go to school, but then turn around and come right back to live at home when they’re done.

I’m tempted to say that this is nothing new, since kids were doing this when I was in my early 20’s, but it seems now that kids simply expect to come home and be supported by mom and dad.

Whatever happened to renting a cheap basement apartment and eating Kraft Dinner?

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June 27, 2014 6


It’s Over!

Are you the girl who continues to text the guy that dumped you, well after he said “Please don’t contact me again?”

Last week, a colleague told me a story about a buyer and an agent who absolutely refused to acknowledge that a property they were interested in had sold to somebody else, it was about to close, and there was nothing they could do about it.

This is an utterly bizarre story, but it goes to show you just how clueless and uninformed some people can be…

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June 25, 2014 42


Ten Tenets Of A Tenant

Do you want to get controversial?

Go post something “discriminatory” in a public forum, and watch the complaints roll in!

I’ve been very vocal in the past about my belief that a landlord should be allowed to be selective while choosing a tenant, and not every tenant that submits an application should be considered “qualified.”

But today, I’d like to go through the items that most landlords look at when considering a tenant…

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June 23, 2014 6


Elevator Etiquette – Part II

If you remember the first installment of “Elevator Etiquette,” then you are truly a Toronto Realty Blog diehard, and we should get together for a beer, as soon as humanly-possible…

It’s hard to believe that it was six years ago that I wrote the original blog, which I consider to be one of my all-time favourites.  It has very little to do with real estate, but you don’t have to have lived in a condo to understand elevator etiquette!  We’ve all taken an elevator before at least once…

Last night, after staring at my shoelaces for 90 seconds, rather than converse with the person next to me, I realized that my original blog post barely scratched the surface of human beings’ terrible elevator etiquette…

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June 20, 2014 3


Who Put The “Work” In Workmanship?

Do you ever walk into a newly-listed house for sale, and think aloud, “This is definitely their first project”?

Buying a “flip” always comes with a bit of risk, since you would assume a happy couple with two kids would get rid of asbestos or mold, whereas a builder/profiteer might just cover it up.

But it’s also a risk because you have no idea what’s behind the walls, even if you can see what’s in front of you.

And sometimes what’s in front of you can be pathetic…

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June 18, 2014 14


What Are You Hiding?

When you’re browsing MLS listings, and you see an incomplete listing, do you think:

a) these people are lazy
b) these people are hiding something

Chances are – it’s the former.  But for a lot of real estate buyers, they figure, “There must be something wrong with this property,” and many buyers immediately discount the property, or forget about it altogether.

A complete listing, no matter what you’re showing the world, is always better than a bare bones listing that leaves much to be desired…

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