August 31, 2015 42

Condos

Maybe, The Rudest Concierge In Toronto?

I know, I know – you’re already thinking, “He’s going to talk about condo concierges, again?”

But you have to understand that I wouldn’t be telling these stories if situations like this didn’t keep arising.

Last week, I met maybe the rudest concierge I’ve ever come across in Toronto, but to make matters worse, it seemed like she genuinely enjoyed what she was doing, and even thought she was in the right…

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August 28, 2015 18

Houses

Toronto’s Narrowest House!

CityTV ran a story the other day on “Toronto’s narrowest house,” and it provided viewing pleasure for more than a few folks.

The house in question is on an 8-foot-wide lot, and is 7-feet-wide inside, so form your own opinions as you judge this book by its cover.

But when I looked at how the property was being marketed, I was surprised to see that “Toronto’s Narrowest House” was being touted, not avoided.  Here’s the video, and sorry about the 30-second advertisement for Coca-Cola…

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August 26, 2015 7

Renovation

When Should You Renovate Your Condo Before Selling?

Every condo needs a bit of fluffing before it goes to market, unless you’re simply willing to accept fair market value, or less.

Most condos need some sort of de-cluttering and/or staging as well.

But when should you consider renovating your condo?  We’re talking $10,000, several weeks of work, and the headaches that come with it?  Let’s discuss…

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August 24, 2015 18

Business

Monday Morning Quarterback: So You Want To Be A Landlord?

Wow!

That’s all I can say.  Just, plain wow.

Did you read the article in Toronto Life that was trending last week?  About the tenant from hell?  I can’t tell you how many people emailed me that article for my two cents, or asked me to blog about it.  Then add in all my landlord-clients who emailed me in a panic, and I have to say that this article had as big an impact as any in recent memory.

Let’s look at the article, a follow-up article in the Globe & Mail, and then discuss the tenant approval process…

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August 21, 2015 6

Business

“Do You Really Want To Get Involved With That?”

That’s what I ask a buyer-client of mine when they express interest in a property that’s mired in the ever-popular “pricing-game carousel.”

No, it’s not just a simple pricing-game.  That would be much simpler.

It’s a damn carousel, that goes around and around, and nobody knows when it’s going to stop.  The buyers don’t know, the seller doesn’t know, and sometimes, the listing agent him or herself has no clue – and that’s the saddest part.

Like many carousels, this one makes you want to puke after even a very short ride…

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August 19, 2015 2

Development

Are ALL Former Toronto Nightclubs Now Condos?

Before you watch the video, take this quick challenge.

Name as many nightclubs as you can that were at the corner of Richmond & Peter, in the late 1990’s and early 2000’s.

Can you think of any?

Or try this – if you know where Picasso and Tableau Condos are being built, can you remember what nightclubs used to be on those lots?

This should be fun…

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