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June 1, 2019

Deposit details, Leaving the family home

Dear David, We found a great house on the weekend and want to buy it, but they’re asking for a $20,000 deposit. How does that work? […]
September 6, 2019

Missed payments, Executor duties

Dear David, We would really like to move up to a larger home. Five years ago, I was sick for a while and we missed a […]
November 29, 2019

Selling with UFFI, Busy street

Dear David, We bought our home 25 years ago and were aware that it had UFFI. Do you think this will affect our ability to sell? […]
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 […]
February 21, 2020

Help for First time Buyers, Selling a rural property

Dear David, We’re ready to start looking for our first home. We want to purchase in next 3 to 6 months. We have a 5 percent […]
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 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 […]
May 22, 2020

Discount for a dated kitchen?

Don’t be surprised when a seller bristles at the thought of subsidizing your dream kitchen.
May 27, 2020

How is Waterloo Region real estate holding up in the pandemic?

In Waterloo Region, those with imminent housing needs may find that a “socially distanced” marketplace can be a good thing.
July 18, 2020

Deal fell apart because of UFFI, can we sue?

In my last 16 years of real estate practice, I’ve never had a house with UFFI whose test readings weren’t close to nil. Despite a lack of evidence to support the notion that UFFI is problematic, there remains a pre-printed section of the Agreement of Purchase and Sale that speaks specifically to whether or not a house has UFFI.
August 7, 2020

Still on lease after breakup, Selling a vacant duplex

I’m not sure what paperwork your daughter and her ex had to sign, but if it was a one-year lease two years ago, the term is up and she no longer has any obligation.
September 3, 2020

Is a “free market evaluation” the same as an appraisal?

Market evaluations are subjective. As such, they can be vastly different. If an evaluation sounds too good to be true, make sure the Realtor can back up their numbers.
September 18, 2020

Out-of-province downsizing, Paying capital gains tax on an investment property

There are small but significant differences in the way that real estate is practiced from one province to the next.