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David Schooley

February 16, 2019

Property tax, MPAC and selling to a developer

Dear David, I purchased a newly-built condo last year. I paid an occupancy fee to the builder before taking possession, which was supposed to cover the […]
February 8, 2019

“No commission” agents, Establishing value for probate

Dear David, I have been seeing a lot of commercials where a company advertises that there is “no commission” payable to a real estate agent. How […]
February 1, 2019

Selling a worn house, knob and tube wiring

Dear David, I’m not sure how are we ever going to sell our house. It’s looking worn but we don’t have the time or money for […]
January 26, 2019

Inspection affects selling price, Capital gains

Dear David, I sold my home at a price I that made me comfortable. There were some issues with the inspection, and now the buyer wants […]
January 19, 2019

Deposit not delivered, Clearing snow

Dear David, I thought my house was conditionally sold. The buyers and I signed a deal after some negotiation. The next day, their agent said they […]
December 21, 2018

Carpet vs. hardwood, Inspections for a rural property

Ask David...David Schooley, real estate Broker at Remax Twin City in Kitchener, answers questions about flooring options and common inspections for the sale of a rural property.
December 15, 2018

Fireplaces and property value, Selling during divorce

Ask David...David Schooley, real estate Broker with Remax Twin City, answers questions about whether a gas fireplace can boost property value, and how to handle a home sale during divorce.
December 7, 2018

A seller’s regrets, Speeding up a condo sale

Ask David...David Schooley, real estate Broker with Remax Twin City on Kitchener, answers questions about feelings of regret after a sale and speeding up the sale of a condo.
November 30, 2018

Building permits, Listing with an out-of-town agent

Ask David...David Schooley, real estate Broker at Remax Twin City, answers questions about permits for a basement kitchen and listing your home with an out-of-town agent.
November 24, 2018

Flexible closing date, Moving from overseas

Ask David...David Schooley, real estate Broker at Remax Twin City, answers questions about flexible closing dates and moving from overseas.
November 16, 2018

Buying a home that’s not for sale, Buying with a girlfriend

Real estate Broker David Schooley, of Remax Twin City, answers questions about buying a home that's not for sale and how to structure a purchase with a boyfriend/girlfriend.
November 9, 2018

How loans reduce purchasing power, DIY home repairs

Dear David, I have two loans that will be paid off in the next six months. Should I wait until they are cleared to sell my […]
November 2, 2018

Hot water heater, Overpriced listing

Dear David, I need to replace my water heater. Do you think I should buy or rent? – IN HOT WATER DEAR HOT WATER: Our region […]
October 26, 2018

How to pay your contractor, Finding your “forever home”

Dear David, We have some renovation work to do around the house and plan to bring in a contractor. Do you think we should pay them […]
October 19, 2018

Listing during the holidays, Serial listing agents

Dear David, Our house is just about ready to list. Should we be concerned about heading into the holiday season? – ALL FOR FALL DEAR FALL: […]
October 12, 2018

Nervous about home inspection, Parents reluctant to move

Dear David, We are getting ready to sell our home and expect that the buyers might want a home inspection. What will they be looking for? […]
September 28, 2018

Executor duty of care, Showings when owner is away

Dear David, I am the executor of an estate. A friend of mine has said they are interested in buying the property. This sounds like a […]
September 21, 2018

Selling for more than expected, Selling a home with a tenant

Dear David, We just sold our house for $45,000 more than we were expecting. We’re considering renovating our new home in a year or two, should […]
September 14, 2018

Capital Gains on investment property, MLS descriptions without details

Dear David, I currently own a 2-storey rental home with a mortgage on it. I would like to sell this property and buy the bungalow next […]
September 7, 2018

Showing a House with Pets, Problems at Walk-Through

Dear David, We’re ready to list our house. What do we do with our cat and our dog during showings? – CONCERNED PET PARENTS DEAR PARENTS: […]
August 31, 2018

Homebuying in a Child’s Name, Funding for Affordable Housing

Dear David, I’m trying to do some estate planning. My son has recently graduated. I want to buy a second home and put it in his […]
August 24, 2018

Job change may affect mortgage approval, Do mobile homes appreciate?

Dear David, We want to move to a larger home, but I just changed jobs. Does that mean we have to wait a few years? – […]
August 17, 2018

ESA Certificate, SPIS issues

Dear David, Our home has aluminum wiring. We want to sell. How long does it take to get an ESA Certificate?  – WIRED DEAR WIRED: If […]
August 10, 2018

Is it worth staging an entry-level home, Summer market snapshot

Dear David, We have an entry-level semi-detached home and are ready to sell.  We’re sure it will attract lots of buyers, is it really worth staging? […]
August 3, 2018

Appliances included in sale, Fixing up Dad’s old house

Dear David, Why are appliances, unless they’re built in, being included in so many purchases? ‎Who wants someone else’s old stuff?  – CURIOUS DEAR CURIOUS: As […]
July 27, 2018

Buyer wants to extend closing, Choosing appliances for a new build

Dear David, I sold my triplex a few months ago; it’s supposed to close shortly. The same agent represented both sides. The agreement stated that the […]
July 20, 2018

Title Insurance, Capital Gains on a Quick Sale

Dear David,  I read your recent column about title insurance, which I purchased when I bought my home years ago. The value of my property has […]
July 12, 2018

Severing an existing lot, hidden condo fees?

Dear David, I’m thinking of buying a run-down residential home on a half-acre lot. I would like to sever it into two lots, sell one of […]
July 5, 2018

Buyers who refuse all offers, deductions for rental property

Dear David, We tried to buy a home in a multiple offer situation and went in at full asking price with no conditions. The seller reviewed […]
June 29, 2018

Escrow, Title Insurance

Dear David, I read an article about “escrow” in the local paper last week, but don’t remember it being mentioned when I bought my house. Why […]