Bury The Bully Offer

Bury The Bully Offer

I will get right to the point with this article - I hate bully offers. In fact I despise them, almost as mush as I despise the TV show 19 Kids And Counting or Teva style sandals. As an agent who spends alot of time working with buyers I wish… Continue Reading

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Go With Your Best Offer

Go With Your Best Offer

Making an offer in a bidding war scenario (ie multiple competing offers) involves many moving parts (closing date, conditions etc), but in the end (with all things being equal) it usually comes down to the number. Coming up with the right number again involves several factors, but once we determine… Continue Reading

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To Buy Or Not To Buy??

To Buy Or Not To Buy??

Inevitably the question comes… “How many houses should I see before I buy one? How many houses should I see?” I hear this all the time, especially from first time buyers. There really is no right answer to the question – some buyers will offer on the first house they… Continue Reading

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In Praise Of CityPlace??

In Praise Of CityPlace??

CityPlace has been a much maligned development in recent years. In many ways it has become a symbolic whipping boy for sentiments that people hold about the condo market as a whole - greedy overdevelopment, cookie-cutter product, shoddy construction, high vacancy rates and the evisceration of the city skyline. And… Continue Reading

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What’s The Deal With Community Housing?

What’s The Deal With Community Housing?

The other day I received a call from my good friend John, as always at the most erratic of times. This time it woke me out of a blissfully deep sleep, at 6:52 in the freakin’ am. Before I could even say hello I heard that unmistakeable voice – “What’s… Continue Reading

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Harold The Jewelry Buyer….Real Estate Saviour??? Part 1

Harold The Jewelry Buyer….Real Estate Saviour??? Part 1

Harold The Jewelry Buyer wears many faces to the public – diamond and gold flogger, irrepressible (and disturbingly creepy) TV pitchman, and a central character in an underground diamond war that has to be read to be believed. Here is the link to The Star article covering the last point.… Continue Reading

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The Perils of Dealing Direct

The Perils of Dealing Direct

The Perils of Dealing Direct One of the biggest mistakes a buyer can make is when they adopt the strategy of “going it alone”, which means they search for properties themselves (without the help of a hired Buyer Agent) and then negotiate directly with the listing agent when they find… Continue Reading

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Get In The Game

Get In The Game

When speaking with buyers, particularly first time buyers with very fixed budgets, I am often asked if they should wait to make a purchase. Again and again I will hear statements like, “this market is overheated”, or “this can’t last forever” or (best of all) “prices HAVE to go down”.… Continue Reading

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The Value of Losing

The Value of Losing

As I sit here writing this in the current ultra-competitive Toronto real estate market, I can say with considerable confidence that just about every buyer for a house in a reasonably desirable neighbourhood (hell, even in undesirable neighbourhoods) will find themselves in a multiple offer situation. Whether the current process… Continue Reading

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