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If Advocate Was a Pizzeria

If Advocate was a pizzeria, this is what it would look like, except with a little more style and panache. This pizzeria is in a small, medieval village about two hours southeast of Rome. The streets are paved with cobblestones. There are no cars in the village. Everyone knows everyone, including the gentleman who owns […]

Sellers Beware!

I don’t know if it’s because of the TV reality shows they’ve been watching or because they’re tired of being at a disadvantage in this long lasting sellers’ market, but lately I’ve noticed a few more buyers making demands of sellers around closing time. It’s only happening in a small number of transactions, but this […]

How Buyers Think

I would never claim to understand how all buyers think because there are many times I don’t even understand how my own brain works, but after twenty five years in this business I’ve gained a little insight into what buyers are likely to be thinking when they look at homes. Some people might say “Who […]

Can You Sell Your Home Twice?

Selling your home twice is a very interesting concept, isn’t it? Especially when prices are as high as they are. Imagine being able to get twice as much money as you thought you’d get. And if you COULD sell your home twice, there might also be studies comparing sale prices of the same properties at […]

List Now or Wait for Later?

The residential real estate market in central Toronto typically slows down during the holiday season. Not because buyers decide to take a break from looking for new homes (although some do), but because sellers take a break. Who wants the stress of putting their home on the market when it’s full of decorations and guests? […]

Selling Off Market

Before we get started, there’s something I have to confess.  I enjoy a nice piece of pie. Quite a lot. Mostly fruit pies – apple’s my favorite – but I won’t turn down a piece of lemon meringue or pumpkin pie. And every once in a while I eat a piece of humble pie. I […]

Letter to Sellers

“Dear Mr. and Mrs. Smith, My name is Jim Johnson and I’m a sales representative with ABC Realty Ltd., Brokerage. I may have clients who are interested in buying your home and are willing to pay top dollar for it. If you’re considering selling, please contact me so we can discuss this in confidence.” Letters […]