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October 20, 2017
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Rent Increases, Affordable Home Ownership Program

Dear David, We own several rental properties and it time for us to increase the rent. We usually put it up $50 per month, but heard […]
October 27, 2017
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New Mortgage Qualifications, Dealing with Graffiti

Dear David, I’ve heard rumours the past few weeks about a new and tougher “stress test” for those taking out a mortgage next year. What’s going […]
November 3, 2017
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Major Improvements Required, Budgeting for First Home

Dear David: We fell in love with a house that needs a new roof & furnace. We can’t afford these projects right now, but don’t want […]
November 24, 2017

Furnace Rental, Asbestos, Pipes

Dear David, Our natural gas supplier offered to rent us a new furnace. It sounds like a good deal, what do you think? – Warm & […]
December 1, 2017
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Making an offer, House Key, Schools

Dear David, We are first time buyers and quite nervous about the process. If we make an offer and can’t get our financing, can we get […]
December 8, 2017

Fireplace, Family Home, Showings

Dear David, We are getting ready to sell our home. Do we need to do anything with the wood burning fireplace if we never use it? […]
December 15, 2017
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House Closing, Business Renting, Townhouse

Dear David, Our friends just heard that the buyer of their home may not be able to close next week. Our home sale is closing in […]
February 23, 2018

Deposit gone AWOL, Foundation issues

Dear David, We just sold our home in a multiple offer situation, but the buyer hasn’t brought their deposit. What happens now?  – UNSURE  DEAR UNSURE: […]
April 10, 2018

Illegal Marketing to Expired Listings, Formula to Win a Bidding War?

Dear David, We listed our home three years ago with two different Realtors. It didn’t sell, but to this day we get calls to sell our […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
October 5, 2018

“One Percent” Realtors, Ready to be a Landlord?

Dear David, How is a “one percent” Realtor different from other agents? – JUST WONDERING DEAR WONDERING: Read the fine print. Discount brokerages have been around for as long […]