Guest Columns

Guest Columns

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The renewal of the Ontario’s new home warranty program will take some time to implement, so in the interim, your clients who bought newly built homes should continue to submit warranty claims.

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How many times have you, as a Realtor, been asked the question, “How much is your commission?” How you answer this question is important and may set the stage for how future conversations around commissions go.

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The tenants filed the same complaints with their new property manager but had no better luck. According to the tenants, the landlord’s response was that they could do nothing to resolve the issue.

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In today’s market, you can’t afford not to stage! Every seller we talk to wants to get the most for the property when selling, so to not capitalize on the opportunity to maximize your equity return is short sighted.

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Ontario recently took a step in making agent incorporation available to Realtors in that province. It is a hot button issue that has been getting even hotter on social media in the last month.

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"I’d like to tell you about some developments that everyone in our industry should be excited about," says Mike Cusano, chair of the Real Estate Council of Ontario’s Board of Directors.

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Using a unique or above-market co-op commission could be the marketing tool that helps sell the listing and puts more money in both the seller’s and agent’s pocket, after all is said and done.

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Not content with its annual millions in licence fees, RECO has systematically pursued new ways to generate revenue while pushing existing Ontario businesses out of the way.

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In my opinion, the use of this clause by any Realtor needs to be looked at with a much deeper interpretation of the implications it creates.

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If I wasn’t a Realtor and saw a “Coming Soon” sign, I would leave and not bother calling until the sign was removed or I saw it on MLS. Let’s play by the rules that we advertise and promote.