Note: I’m not a lawyer, and this shouldn’t be construed as legal advice. Think of this blog as general information and get a legal opinion if you need it. What’s a deposit in real estate? A deposit is paid by a Buyer on the successful agreement of the purchase/sale of a home, and forms part […]

Depending on who your real estate agent is and how much you like or dislike them, this is either a How-To or a What-Not-To-Do…. 12 Ways to Annoy Your Real Estate Agent While touring properties, wear shoes that take 5 minutes to take on and off. We’re big fans of velcro (and isn’t that a […]

When you’re a Buyer in a hot real estate market like Toronto, there aren’t a lot of “deals” to be found.The market is smart and prices quite naturally adjust up or down based on supply and demand. [Related: The Market is Smarter Than You] But if you’ve got your heart set on finding a “deal”, […]

With 44,000+ agents in Toronto, everybody knows somebody who works in real estate. I read somewhere that the average person knows seven real estate agents (but can only name 2 of them, LOL). There can be some real advantages to working with a friend when buying or selling a home: They already know you and […]

Every year, I write a blog predicting what I think will happen in the new year. We have more question marks and uncertainty right now than ever before, but I’m going to predict more of the same with a few twists along the way: Interest rates continue to rise. The government continues to intervene. And […]

I know, it’s December, so this blog post probably seems a little self-serving. But the truth of the matter is that December is an EXCELLENT time to buy a home. Here’s why. Historically, December is the second slowest month for real estate sales in Toronto (only January is slower). So while that means that there […]

We’ve been getting a lot of calls lately from Americans looking to buy property in Canada. Some are investors looking to take advantage of the low Canadian dollar when buying with US dollars, while others are hoping to move to Canada to escape the current political climate (sorry about that….) The process of buying real estate […]

This story needs to be told. It’s not pretty. I am (once again) ashamed to be part of an industry that conducts itself in this manner.  CBC’s Marketplace will be airing a story tonight (November 4th, 2016), where they will be sharing the results of their undercover investigation into real estate practices, specific to rigged […]

If you’re a Buyer looking to get into Toronto’s condo market, take notice: it’s time for some new strategies. In Short: Demand for good condos in good locations is outstripping supply in Toronto and that’s driving prices up…quickly. Condo Sellers are borrowing from the house Sellers playbook (read: setting themselves up to receive multiple offers). […]