October 11, 2007 2

Business

Pre-Construction Nightmare!

I continuously promote the purchase of pre-construction condominiums & townhouses in Toronto as an excellent investment vehicle.

However, it doesn’t always work out in the end.

On Saturday, there was a terrific article in the Toronto Star that featured a few unlucky, would-be purchasers.

While I sympathize with their plight, I think they should have done their homework first…

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October 9, 2007

Business

Marijuana Grow Houses

Imagine you are a discerning buyer, and you find your dream home.

Would it bother you to know that a few years back, it was used as a marijuana grow house?

Yes, or no, it’s still your right to be aware of the facts.

One Toronto realtor is in hot (bong?) water after selling a house without fully disclosing the facts…

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October 4, 2007 1

Opinion

“Professional Open-Housers”

Are you bored?

Do you not have anything to do with your Saturday or Sunday afternoons?

Why not grab a friend, make up a couple of fake names, and take up the hobby known as “open-housing”….

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October 2, 2007

International

Much Ado…..about the U.S. Housing Market

You can’t open a newspaper these days without reading about the U.S. economy.  Chances are, you’ll also read about the U.S. housing market.

It’s no secret that the U.S. real estate market is in trouble.

So for foreign investors with money to spend, when is the right time to begin speculating on condos, land, and vacation properties?

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September 28, 2007 1

Business

Conditional Offers

What does it mean to have a “firm deal”?

If both parties agree to the contract, isn’t it as good as done?

In a market where sellers usually have the advantage it IS possible for the buyer to hold all the cards…

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September 25, 2007 3

Business

“Holding Back on Offers”

Why do sellers usually “hold back on offers” when selling their house or condo?

Why would they choose to list their property on a Tuesday, but not look at a single offer until the following Monday?

Allow me to be hypocritical for a moment and say that while this frustrates me to no end when I’m helping my buyer clients, I would NEVER allow one of my seller clients to NOT hold back offers themselves…

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