Columnists

Columnists

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Real Estate Council of Ontario chair Mike Cusano asks, “Which elements of REBBA do you think should be updated? Are there changes that would make it easier for you to serve your clients better?"

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Allow me to address what is referred to as double-ending, or representing both seller and buyer in a sales transaction. It’s certainly fraught with risk, but is it too risky to participate in this practice?

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Get your butcher to cut a two- or three-inch-thick steak, cut from just below the gills of a full-size fresh halibut. It’s called a centre cut steak. It’s a fishy thing...

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My humble advice is just this; count your blessings. You already have all the tools it takes to make it in this business and make it big!

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"As an ethical, active real estate broker in Toronto... I do not support the position the Ontario Real Estate Association (OREA) or the government (banning “double-ending” altogether) has taken."

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I’m sure many of you are wondering why I’m not just using a PowerPoint presentation, but I thought it would be fun to gather up some pictures I happened to take, or noticed someone taking fortuitously.

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The tenant walks away from the "binding" offer to lease. Can you save the deal? Taking these steps protects you from any surprise material issues popping up and ruining your supposed binding offer.

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RECO’s role is to protect consumers by enforcing the law and taking disciplinary actions as needed, but we can’t monitor every real estate trade that takes place in the province and we can’t punish bad behaviour we don’t know about.

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Buyers are backing out of deals – they bought but could not sell (at their price) their own home. In many cases, one sale leads to a chain of sales and that first deal can cause problems for four or more other sales up the line.

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Let’s look at this controversial topic from a buyer agent’s perspective. When do you ask your buyers to sign a Buyer Representation Agreement (BRA)? When you meet for the first time?