Archive for September, 2012

You Can’t Always Tell From The Photos

You Can`t Always Tell From The Photos Photo

It goes without saying that high-quality professional photos are an EXTREMELY important part of any realtor’s marketing plan when it comes to selling a property. At least they should be…

I see listings all the time that have cheap, unprofessional photos. Or worse – no photos at all!

Quality aside, what about photos that don’t accurately represent the property?

I recently showed two houses to some clients of mine; one that failed (miserably) to live up to the glory the photos had promised and one that actually turned out to be a real gem, despite what the photos suggested.

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Friend Or Foe?

By on September 19, 2012 in Condos/Lofts, Houses, Offers/Contracts with 1 Comment

Friend Or Foe? Photo

Despite what some may think, realtors are not all the same. We have different ways of running our business and different approaches to working with clients.

We also have different styles when it comes to co-operating with other realtors…

Some agents think it’s best to take an adversarial approach when working on a deal. While others see the benefit in both sides “working together”.

Over the years I’ve had the pleasure of dealing with agents at both ends of this spectrum.

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Toronto Real Estate Market Report: August 2012 Statistics

Toronto Real Estate Market Report: August 2012 Statistics Photo

Following is TREB’s market report for August 2012:  Greater Toronto Area (GTA) REALTORS® reported 6,418 sales through the TorontoMLS system in August 2012, representing a year-over-decline of almost 12.5 per cent compared to 7,330 sales reported in August 2011. The number of new listings reported in August was down by 5.5 per cent compared to the same period in 2011.

“Residential transactions were down in August compared to last year. Stricter mortgage lending guidelines, which came into effect in July, arguably played a role. In the City of Toronto, the additional impact of relatively higher home prices coupled with the upfront cost associated with the City’s Land Transfer Tax led to a stronger annual decline in sales compared to the rest of the GTA,” said Toronto Real Estate Board (TREB) President Ann Hannah.

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