Over the years, I’ve encountered a lot of questions, experiences, and situations. This is a collaboration of articles, videos, tips and information. Some might be helpful, some are just stories or rants from the bullsh*t I see in this industry.

Bidding War Craziness

In this crazy market we're in, where supply is very limited and there's an abundant of buyers, it creates bidding war craziness. Interest rates aren't going anywhere, so unless we exhaust all buyers or the mortgage rules change significantly...this will continue for...

5 Real Estate Tips From the Past 5 Years

I was thinking about what to write for my bi-weekly post, and someone just congratulated me on my 5 year work anniversary at Rock Star from Linkedin. I didn't even realize it's been 5 years! (You can read more about my story here.) Even in this "short" time frame,...

The Truth About “Shadow Flipping”

Over the past month or so, there's been quite a bit in the media about "shadow flipping". A lot of it has been driven by the Vancouver market. Here's an article from the Globe and Mail that a lot of people are referencing..."Real Estate Technique Fuelling Vancouver's...

Waterloo Student Condos – A Good Investment?

Over the past month or so I've gotten a few inquiries about Waterloo student condos, the most recent was District Condos. I was born and raised in Kitchener and went to University of Waterloo so I figured I write a little more detailed post about it. Let's step back...

New Rules to Get Real Estate License Will Weed Out Wannabes

The Real Estate Council of Ontario recently announced that there will be changes to pre-registration education effective April 1st. This is GOOD news. Previously, it was “drunken monkey” easy to get your real estate license…this will make it so you have to put a...

Rising Home Prices Could Mean Not Closing on Time

Rising home prices could mean not closing on time. The difficulty of rising home prices may end up meaning you can't close on a house you just bought or sold. This past week, there were a few incidences with clients that a closing almost didn't happen or had to be...

The Best Time to Buy Real Estate

When's the best time to buy real estate (or sell?) While teaching one of our classes this past weekend at the Rock Star office, there were a couple questions pertaining to the best time to buy real estate. With the economy in a whirlwind, people really don’t know when...

The Real Use of Open Houses: Not About Selling Houses

So an agent tells you they want to do several open houses to help “market” the property. It does help get more exposure, but a lot of Agents don’t disclose the real reason they do them. According to the National Association of Realtors®, which reported that, in 2014,...

Professional Photos vs. Camera Phones

In my local neighbourhood, I closely track the listings that come on and off the market. I’ve been doing this for quite some time and it still amazes me how Sellers (and Agents) will NOT use a professional photos. And this isn’t just in my local market; it’s in the...

The Importance of First Impressions

I think you may already know that first impressions are very important, whether it be during an interview, meeting someone on a date the first time or selling a home! I was with a client showing homes and we’re looking at fairly high-end homes in Toronto, about the...

How those “online market home evaluations” work

Have you seen this recently online? On Facebook, or maybe somewhere else? This is your standard "online market home evaluations" lead generation that agents are using. A few of the big "real estate gurus" and companies have created this new type of lead generation for...

How Agents Pad Their Sale Stats and Mislead Consumers

Over the past little while I’ve been seeing more and more advertisements with real estate agents touting their sale stats in the area. A lot of them are legitimate, I won’t take that away from them, but it’s the ones who manipulate the data that piss me off. It’s...