By: Dan Balm

Odd Things Real Estate Agents Do, Explained:

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                                         Insisting on using their vendors, not yours: A real estate broker is a project manager when it comes to selling your home, and they are responsible for the final outcome.  They trust their photographers, stagers, handy-people and landscapers to ...Read More

By: Dan Balm

Years Later, Crazy Stuff Is Still Happening In My Negotiations

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The first real estate transaction I can remember was when my parents sold our family home privately on Westheights Drive in Kitchener.  The day my father and the new buyer (a lovely Lithuanian man) signed off on the docs, a bottle of (presumably) vodka was produced.  The man took a big swig and offered it to my father.  While my father does not drink more than ha...Read More

By: Dan Balm

Real Estate Reality Shows Are Corrupting Our Youth And Nobody Is Thinking Of The Children

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Surfing the interweb the other day, I came across a website titled (yes, this is real) “If you’re buying or selling a home, check out these design and real estate-focused reality shows for inspiration”.  Real estate reality show for inspiration? First of all, these shows are for entertainment only. There is nothing real about them… what-so-damned-ever. Universit...Read More

By: Dan Balm

Why I Hate Airbnb And They Should Go Away

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  It’s May 30th, and by June 1st we should have had a ruling on Airbnb in the city, but multiple appeals to the Ontario Municipal Board have led to a hearing scheduled for the end of August.   So Airbnb is still thriving, the cockroach that it is.  And it let me be frank, it is a vile pest; feeding off of a system that it gives very little back to.   Full dis...Read More

By: Dan Balm

Another Daddy-Daughter Trip Because When They Are Teenagers I Won’t Exist

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I’m off to Paris and London this weekend with my daughter for another Daddy-Daughter trip.  Some people give me a lot of flack for doing this stuff (the expense, the indulgence, the compressed times), but I’ve always figured that the benefits far outweigh the costs. Others ask how I plan one so they can do it with their children.   If you’re going to do it: here is h...Read More

By: Dan Balm

The Next Time You Sell Your Home, Don’t Do This

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    Take the light bulbs and toilet paper:  No joke, I got a call once at 7pm on a cold February night from buyers who walked into their new house that was completely dark.   Leave a bunch of garbage: Have you ever heard the the old saying “don’t make YOUR problem MY problem”?  If you have old paint cans, broken drywall, broken bottles ...Read More

By: Dan Balm

Real Estate Agents Who Try To Sell Condos Really Should Know What They Are Doing

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  Have you ever thought to yourself about something “how hard could it be?” but when you actually get into it, you realize you are way in over your head? When I watch some realtors trying to sell condos, it makes me think of Ralph Wiggum on the bus. Here are the Top 10 examples of realtors who might be in over their heads: 1. A condo is a condo is a condo. You are selling the ...Read More

By: Dan Balm

NEW YORK 2018: What I’ve Learned

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  Every year I travel to Inman Real Estate conferences in New York and San Francisco.  This company examines emerging trends in real estate and is not aligned with any one brokerage.  I go South not because I like traveling to the land of Donald Trump, but I find there is a different, more progressive process to selling homes in the US.  Studying it enriches my...Read More

By: Dan Balm

I Hate January Predictions, And You Should Too

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  Every January the same realtors make the same “predictions” based on the same economists and the same data.  Some of it is well thought out, and some of it is, well… not.  The one thing that you can trust though, is that NOBODY knows exactly what will happen.  Here is why:   |     If someone told you every year since 1909 that ...Read More

By: Dan Balm

Things Realtors Say to Each Other and What They Mean

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  “I’m doing the best that I can here” – my client is pushing me pretty hard and now so are you too and now I’m stressed.  I’m probably going to drink heavily tonight.   “I’ve been in the business for 25 years and I’ve never had an agent do that” – I’m usually thought to be very intimidating and t...Read More