November 21, 2016 48

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It’s A Girl!

Almost ten years of blogging and I’ve never really taken a “break.”

Maya Elle Fleming was born on Sunday morning, and I can’t help but feel like this is what I’ve been waiting for my whole life.

I’m going to take some time – see you all back here on TRB in a week….maybe two.

November 18, 2016 27

Business

Are Investors “Ruining The Market” For Everybody Else?

Wednesday’s blog spawned a philosophical debate about the role of government, which wasn’t exactly unforeseen, given the topic at hand, not to mention my slightly right-of-centre fiscal views.

So let’s pick up on that theme, and get slightly more specific.  Let’s discuss whether or not, or to what extent, the government should monitor, oversee, or limit the action of investors, in order to protect, or promote the “best interests,” of the public.

It’s a massive grey area, and a debate with no clear conclusion, I know.  But it’s a topic that I think is going to gain a lot of steam in both Toronto and Vancouver…

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November 16, 2016 40

Toronto Politics

In The News: Vacancy Tax In Vancouver And Buyer Rebates In Toronto

Have you ever eaten at the Mandarin?

It’s an embarrassment of riches, albeit if riches comes in the form of quantity over quality, but nevertheless, your options seem endless, and it’s often a question of where to start.

Traditionally, one might eat salad before the main course.  However, there’s nothing to stop you from starting with an iced-cream sundae.

So with two massive news stories hitting the Toronto and Vancouver real estate scenes this week, the question becomes: which one is the crab legs?

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November 14, 2016 18

Leasing/Renting

What The Heck Is Going On In The Rental Market?

The topic of renting isn’t nearly as sexy when compared to million-dollar-homes, multiple offers, and bidding wars.

But wait……there are bidding wars on rentals, haven’t you heard?

No joke, no exaggeration – there are full-on bidding wars happening in the Toronto rental market.

So today, let me tell you two stories I heard from my colleagues in the past few weeks, and we’ll go over some slides from Urbanation.ca that tell us what’s going on in the rental market.

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November 11, 2016 13

Business

The Future Of Toronto’s Real Estate Market: You Decide

I don’t usually plug other websites on TRB, but we had a gentleman from Urbanation.ca in our office last week, and he showed us some fascinating stats about the Toronto real estate market.

These are the kind of numbers that you can never find when you want them!

They’re also the kind of numbers that a lot of TRB commenters wish they had when they’re sparring back-and-forth.

So how about this, for a change: I’ll throw up the slides, and I’ll keep my mouth shut about the market.

You guys draw the conclusions about where our market is, and what the future holds…

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November 9, 2016 26

Business

How Buyer Agency Was Born: Knoch Estate vs. Jon Picken

We talked last week about multiple representation, and how some people out there believe it is unreasonable, or impossible, for a real estate agent to work on behalf of both the buyer and seller in a transaction.

I mentioned how once upon a time, ALL agents were expected to work in the best interests of the seller, regardless of whom they were actually representing.

I mentioned a court case that “changed real estate forever,” and established the need for buyer agents.

This court case from 1991, which dealt with a real estate transaction from 1979-80, was the first to finally distinguish between the listing agent and the “selling” or buyer agent…

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