December 23, 2015 16

Opinion

Merry Chrismukkah!

And just like that, 2015 on Toronto Realty Blog comes to a close.

I’d like to thank all of my readers, and all of my regular commenters: Kyle, Joe Q., Libertarian, Noel, Appraiser, Long Time Realtor, Paully, FroJo, rob fjord, GinaTO, Marina, condodweller, Boris, Ed, Joel, crazyegg, AndrewB, Jeremy, David (not the David who runs this website), EE, McBloggert, Buckley B. Buckington, Mike, Maggie K, RPG, Cool Koshur, Johnny Chase, Jeff, Gloria, Chris, Darren, Paolo, BillyO, JimB, Daniel, Dan, lui, WEB, A Grant, IanC, Jimbo, Geoff, Jeff316, Potato, Jonathan, Clifford, ScottyP, steve, mortgageJAKE, Bort, and anybody else who I may have missed, because I always miss somebody.

And last but not least, my mother, Moonbeam, who is constantly doing the Internet equivalent of pinching my cheeks and calling me “cute” in front of pretty girls at school.

And hey, whatever happened to Chroscklh?  TRB isn’t the same without him.

ChrismukkahSantaStar

December 22, 2015 15

Opinion

2015 Toronto Realty Blog In Review (P2)

Yesterday’s blog allowed us all to re-live some of TRB’s finer moments in 2015, for better or for worse.

If I were a reader on this site, just having discovered it, I might think there’s a lot of different themes, and a lot of different opinions on subject material, via the comments section of each blog.  That’s what I enjoy the most about TRB, even if I’m on the receiving end of criticism!

Today, let’s take a look at the Top-5 real estate stories of 2015, chosen by me, but I assure you it’s only after combing through 140-some-odd blogs and noticing “themes” in the content.

If you feel I’ve missed anything, please comment below!  Enjoy!

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December 21, 2015 15

Opinion

2015 Toronto Realty Blog In Review (P1)

Thanks to everybody who posted their suggestions on Friday, and it seems as though a lot of us are on the same page!

Today, I wanted to outline both the “Top TRB Posts of 2015,” as well as the “Top Real Estate Stories of 2015.”

But as always happens when I sit down to write, I get carried away.  First, it was Top-10.  Then, it was Top-5.  Now, I’m going to split this into two posts: Monday will be for the Top-5 blog posts of 2015, and Tuesday will be for the Top-5 stories of 2015.

A blog post on Tuesday.  Wow, that brings me back!

Hope you enjoy!

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December 18, 2015 16

Opinion

2015: Real Estate Year In Review

Okay so I want to try something here, and I’m hoping this works.

I was planning my last blog post of 2015 for Monday, December 21st, which could be too late in the year, given all the time commitments people have in December.

I wanted to review the year, both in terms of not only my “top” blog posts of 2015, but also the most important real estate stories of the year.

If you’re still reading this late in the year, and you have time, please have your say in the comments section below.  What were the most influential stories of the 2015 real estate calendar?  Which TRB posts were the most memorable, important, or controversial?

Please have your say, and I’ll wrap up 2015 in a neat little bow come Monday…

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December 16, 2015 3

Business

Tis The Season……..For Multiple Offers?

A little late in the year for such incredible action on houses, no?

The saying “money never sleeps” might have been the tagline for Wall Street II, which was an awful disappointment – a topic for another day.  But maybe it’s applicable to the Toronto housing market as well?

At the start of the month, I wrote about how very few single family homes come onto the market as new listings in December, and the numbers have proven that to be correct.  But a few houses have come out, made a splash, and the sellers have done very well for themselves…

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December 14, 2015 16

Business

How Do You Pick A Home Inspector?

This should make for a very interesting conversation!

A blog reader sent me an article from the CBC.ca, which talked about the “lack of regulations” on the home inspection industry, and asked if I thought it was better or worse than the lack of regulations I complain about in real estate on a regular basis.

Better or worse?  I can’t really say.  But I do agree that the parallels in the industry are striking, and that it’s ultimately up to the customer to satisfy him or herself of the inspector (or Realtor…), as there are always going to be a few bad apples in the bunch.

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