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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
School room with empty desks

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 […]
July 26, 2019

Retirement mortgage, How long does it take to sell?

Dear David, We’re in our sixties and want to downsize. Will the bank still give us a mortgage? – READY TO SIGN DEAR READY: The quick […]
August 2, 2019

Errors in listing contract, Multi-stage retirement care

Dear David, What happens if a listing contract has been signed, but turns out to have errors?  Is that contract enforceable if the seller decides to […]
August 9, 2019

Sold Signs & Embracing Change

Dear David, What is the acceptable number of days for a Real Estate “Sold” sign to be left on a property once the home has been […]
August 16, 2019

Personal Letters, Listing “estimates” from Realtors

Dear David, We are first-time buyers who dream of owning a home, but the market is really competitive. When we submit an offer, should we include […]
December 6, 2019

Choosing a house, managing outdoor maintenance

Dear David, We’ve seen almost 40 houses and are struggling to choose one. Help! – FROZEN DEAR FROZEN: This sounds to me like a “failure to […]
December 21, 2019

Does staging matter, odours in the home

Dear David, Some open houses look like model homes and some don’t. They all seem to sell, does the presentation make much difference? – SKEPTICAL DEAR […]
January 10, 2020

Avoiding scams, need partner’s permission to sell?

Dear David, This isn’t directly related to real estate, but you talk a lot about senior’s issues and I wonder if you can help. My parents […]
January 24, 2020

Multiple Lawyers? Are pre-move renovations worth it?

Dear David, We retired last year. We want to re-locate across the province to be closer to our grandkids. When the time comes, is it possible […]
February 7, 2020

Impact of hydro tower, new build condo on fixed income

Dear David, We visited an open house last weekend and really liked the home, but there’s a hydro tower directly behind it. The tower doesn’t bother […]
February 28, 2020

Parents co-sign mortgage, Replacing old carpet

Dear David, We are five years from retirement and our house is paid for. Our son just asked us to co-sign a loan so he can […]
March 6, 2020

Stuck beside a run down semi, Secondary suites

Dear David, We own a semi in a modest neighbourhood. My husband wants to jazz it up with a concrete drive, new kitchen, new bathroom and […]
March 13, 2020

Land lease vs. Life lease, Offer two deposits?

Dear David, What’s the difference between a “land lease” and a “life lease”? – LEASED OF MY WORRIES DEAR LEASED: In a typical freehold home purchase, […]
March 18, 2020

Retiring with parents, Fixing furnace before closing

Dear David, We’re building a retirement bungalow in our hometown. It’s 1600 square feet with a finished basement, so we’ll have lots of room. I want […]
April 3, 2020

Buying with a friend, Mortgage is paid off

Dear David, My friend and I want to buy a house together 50/50. I have a larger part of the down payment, but his income is […]
April 10, 2020

Closing in a pandemic, moving to a smaller town

Dear David, I bought a house just before the outbreak and need to close in two months. Now what? – MID-MOVE DEAR MID-MOVE: Our industry is […]
April 17, 2020

COVID-19 delays, Radon

Dear David, We’re building a new house. It’s supposed to close at the beginning of September. How do you think COVID-19 will affect our closing date? […]
April 27, 2020

Should I list during lockdown?

Dear David, We’ve heard that real estate is an essential service. If we planned on moving this year, should we get our house on the market […]