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May 26, 2017
Two couches and a bookshelf against an interior brick wall

ID for Purchase agreement, Selling While Separated, Brokers vs. Sales Representatives

Dear David, While signing a purchase agreement, my Realtor asked for my driver’s licence. Why is that? – Privacy Please Dear Privacy, As a buyer or […]
September 29, 2017

Rent or Buy, Buying From a Builder, Selling Now or Later

Dear David, I currently rent in a great building. My parents want me to buy a home, but that will mean getting a smaller place. With […]
May 4, 2018

MLS translation, Deduction for capital improvements, What’s a Buyer’s Agent?

Dear David, My parents plan to downsize shortly. They don’t speak much English. Any advice? – LOST IN TRANSLATION DEAR TRANSLATION: My heart goes out to […]
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 […]
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: […]
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.
March 22, 2019

Paying commission, Cancelling a listing

Dear David, In a recent column dealing with “no commission” real estate companies, you noted a great number of these sales involve a Realtor negotiating for […]
April 20, 2019

Purple Bricks “commission-free” service

Dear David, “Purple Bricks” sounds too good to be true. What is the catch? – AS SEEN ON TV DEAR TV: Purple bricks is a UK-based […]
June 21, 2019

“Coming Soon”, Online classifieds

Dear David, A For Sale sign labelled “Coming Soon” was posted on a condo unit in my complex last week. A friend of mine was interested […]
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 16, 2019

Personal letter, Realtor “estimates”

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 […]
September 27, 2019

Client vs. customer, Avoiding issues at closing

Dear David, We’re thinking of moving. We met an agent at an open house who wanted us to sign a 6-month agreement, so we could be […]
October 4, 2019

Should I buy from the listing agent? Condo Reserve Funds

Dear David, We’ve been visiting a lot of open houses lately. I’ve heard we can get a better deal if we buy directly from the listing […]