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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 […]
September 20, 2018

oneROOF Youth Services Coat Drive

If you’re a teen with nowhere to go, where do you get help? oneROOF Youth Services provides hot meals, food hampers, clothing, hygiene products, outreach and advocacy […]
May 22, 2020

Discount for a dated kitchen?

Don’t be surprised when a seller bristles at the thought of subsidizing your dream kitchen.
August 21, 2020

Low rates & high prices, selling during divorce

In the last fifty years of sales data, there have been only a few months here and there in which average sale prices have declined, and they’ve always recovered quickly.
November 12, 2020

Why some houses get more offers, is your agent avoiding Purple Bricks listings?

A listing that feels overpriced may see fewer offers and represent the “less competitive” buying opportunity you’ve been waiting for.
November 20, 2020

How do I choose a listing price for my rental property?

From a valuation perspective, your listing price needs to target the range between what the property is earning today and its full earning potential.
December 18, 2020

Steep competition can result in wildly different offers

We’re currently experiencing a heavily skewed seller’s market, which means there’s a shortage of listings and more potential buyers than homes.
January 29, 2021

Should we buy a fixer-upper?

You may not be able to afford a ready-made version of the house you want right now, but adding the components over time can get you there eventually.
March 12, 2021

Should I list with a Toronto agent?

We have more Toronto agents than we used to, but my sense is that their effect on the market is being blown way out of proportion.
March 26, 2021

How much should we spend over asking price?

To help my clients decide what to spend, I take market conditions into account by essentially performing a mini appraisal on the property before they submit an offer.
May 7, 2021

What can I do about termites?

Termites live in large colonies, but because they dig and move frequently, tend to go unnoticed until they do damage.