Appreciation of parking is mutual

A couple of years ago, I was asked to visit a home and chat with a nice couple about how I would price their property, and what approach I would take to market it, as they were “just mulling over” the possibility of selling their home. A couple days prior to our appointment, I took […]

Mistakes made, lessons learned

On Aug. 27, 2013, Beach Metro News published an article that I submitted titled “Lessons from dark Beach history still apply.” The subject matter was important. Eighty years earlier in August 1933, neo-Nazis had paraded on the Boardwalk from the Balmy Beach Club singing anti-Semitic songs and wearing swastikas. The entire matter was reported on […]

Reflections on an OMB decision

Happy New Year to one and all!  Much has recently happened that will affect our community for years to come. Notably, the decision of the OMB to favour the developer’s appeal for the ‘Shell station’ site at Queen and Woodbine was not totally unexpected, but still a bitter disappointment to many who worked long and […]

Beat the competition with an early sale

Welcome to 2014. I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday season. Old Man Winter has arrived in fine fashion. The long-term forecast for this winter is predicted to be somewhat colder and snowier than last year, but it was still going to be a mild winter. Well, I guess we’ll have to see what Mother […]

An inside look at development

Final arguments were recently made at the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB) about the proposed six-storey condo on Queen Street East at Woodbine.  Residents are fighting to maintain the historic view of the Kew Beach Firehall from being lost to large condominium development.  In four to six weeks the OMB will hand down its ruling. We […]

Location, location, location: all three count

As I approach my 25th year selling Beach real estate, I reflect on the myriad of changes the real estate industry has witnessed through the years, especially with the use of the internet to help market properties. The Multiple Listing System is barely recognizable from just two decades ago, in step with many facets of […]

Adult children still living at home?

In a recent meeting with Dave and Linda, they mentioned their daughter, Julie, was still living at home. Julie would love to have her own place. However she works downtown and rents start at $1,300 plus utilities per month. As well, the average utility costs for most of the units Julie is considering are over […]

Beach market survives gloomy past prognosis

It’s the mid-point in this summer of 2013. The 25th edition of the Beaches Jazz Festival has come and gone, and the August long weekend is here. Just around the corner are the advent of the back-to-school sales pitches, and the impending start of school. Yet, there is the beautiful month of August still to […]

US citizens take note of tax law changes

Are you a US citizen who has been living and working in Canada for a number of years? Have you dutifully filed your US income tax return every year when you file your Canadian income tax return? These are some of the questions US citizens will be addressing as early as 2014. However, it is […]