REPLAY - Real Estate Fraud – Thieves Selling Your Home Without You Knowing
Sold in the 6ix
by Desmond Brown, Stories and Strategies
3w ago
This episode originally published in March, 2023. You may have seen or read about this story on CBC. But wait until you hear all the details.  CBC Toronto been running a series of articles on real estate fraud of a different kind the last couple months. Thieves posing as owners of homes, selling the properties, and disappearing. Only to have the real homeowners find out weeks later.  Recently the Real Estate Council of Ontario (RECO) sent a memo to is members reminding them they’re required by law to verify the parties in any transaction.  It’s happened at least seven times in ..read more
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REPLAY - Tricks, Tips, and the Best Techniques to Hosting a Very Profitable Yard Sale
Sold in the 6ix
by Stories and Strategies
1M ago
This episode was first published in August 2022. They're a weekend tradition across North America... especially in the summertime. The yard sale or garage sale is a great chance to "edit" or clean out that storage room you want to turn into a home office. Depending on what you're selling, yard sales can also be very profitable. In this special edition of Sold in the 6ix, host Desmond Brown talks to the woman who literally wrote the book on garage sales. Ava Seavey is the author of Ava's Guide to Garage Sale Gold. It's an expert's guide to organizing, preparing for and presenting garage, movi ..read more
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REPLAY - A Tale of Dirty Tricks in a Declining Market
Sold in the 6ix - Toronto Real Estate
by Desmond Brown, Stories and Strategies
1M ago
This is a flashback to episode 64 of Sold in the 6ix originally published in Spring 2023. Sometimes things can get nasty. Wrong. Dirty.  Real Estate agents do their best to protect their clients in every conceivable way. But sometimes, even after a fair deal has been signed, things can happen. In extreme cases you can have one side try to bully the other into an even better deal.  In this episode Des connects with lawyer Gavin Tighe of Gardiner Roberts to outline a story where unscrupulous buyers tried all the dirty tactics they could find to muscle their way to a better deal.  ..read more
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Naughty Agent VI
Sold in the 6ix - Toronto Real Estate
by Stories and Strategies
2M ago
In this episode of Sold in the 6ix, Desmond Brown discusses two cases of unethical behaviour by real estate agents in Ontario.  The first case involves an agent who allowed a buyer to start renovations on a property before the sale was finalized, resulting in a $10,000 fine.  The second case involves an agent who repeatedly violated regulations, including altering contracts without the seller's knowledge, failing to secure proper signatures for price reductions, and relisting a property without a valid agreement. Despite numerous violations, the agent was only fined $30,000 and order ..read more
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Home Inspect for the Unexpected
Sold in the 6ix - Toronto Real Estate
by Desmond Brown, Stories and Strategies
2M ago
A house is more than a home; it's a story waiting to be told. In this episode, Des checks in with veteran home inspector Richard Gaughan in a deep dive into the evolving dynamics of property evaluation.  Amidst a market that once raced past such precautions, they explore how buyers and sellers are now embracing the protective reassurance of detailed home assessments.  Richard's 30 years of expertise reveal not just changing trends, but the intricate dance of inspections, renovations, and real estate savvy—all brought into a narrative that demystifies the once-daunting aspects of asbe ..read more
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A Registry That Exposes Bad Tenants and Landlords
Sold in the 6ix - Toronto Real Estate
by Desmond Brown, Stories and Strategies
3M ago
In this episode we dive into the innovative business model of Openroom, founded by Weiting Bollu. Openroom is revolutionizing the rental market! It’s an online database that has the names of tenants and landlords who have been found at fault by the Landlord and Tenant Board. Openroom helps with the due diligence that all landlords and tenants should go through before agreeing on a residential lease, and in just one year has hosted almost 2 million searches. With a backlog at Ontario’s Landlord and Tenant Board of 8 months to a year, Openroom helps landlords and tenants avoid this often cost ..read more
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Smart Strategies for New Real Estate Investors
Sold in the 6ix - Toronto Real Estate
by Stories and Strategies
3M ago
Make real estate investment your new reality. Desmond and real estate guru Todd C. Slater explore the path to investment success for the average person. They look at the significance of defining your investing "why," the strategic approach to financial readiness, and the smart utilization of home equity to kickstart your investment journey. Des and Todd walk you through the practicalities of choosing investment properties, focusing on markets outside the metropolitan areas for better affordability and returns. From discussing market shifts and highlighting the power of real estate as a tool ..read more
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Blueprint for Change: Tim Hudak on Boosting Ontario’s Housing Market
Sold in the 6ix - Toronto Real Estate
by Stories and Strategies
4M ago
Desmond and his guest Tim Hudak of OREA explore the complexities of Ontario's housing market, starting with a focus on the affordable housing report.  A few years ago, the Ontario government announced an ambitious plan to address the housing crisis, aiming to build 1.5 million homes over the next decade.  Despite challenges such as COVID-19, supply shortages, and rising costs, progress has been made, with the Ontario Real Estate Association (OREA) analyzing the government's efforts in implementing the task force's recommendations.  Beyond housing, the conversation touches on ..read more
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Dreams in Tight Spaces: The Laneway House Blueprint
Sold in the 6ix - Toronto Real Estate
by Stories and Strategies
5M ago
In this episode Des interviews Ashley McInnis, a real estate agent who built a laneway house in Toronto.  McInnis shares his experience with the process, from obtaining permits to dealing with construction and financing. He explains the project cost around $350,000 for the laneway house itself, plus additional expenses for renovations to the main house and landscaping, totaling around $500,000.  Despite the high cost, McInnis believes it's a good investment, offering a flexible space that can be used for family, work, or rental income. He also discusses the challenges of navigating ..read more
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Naughty Agent Part V: When Realtors Cross the Line
Sold in the 6ix - Toronto Real Estate
by Stories and Strategies
5M ago
The Naughty Agent series in this podcast discusses cases of disciplinary action taken against real estate agents in Ontario. In this episode the first case involves an agent who responded to a Kijiji ad from a woman looking for a place to rent. The agent made sexually suggestive remarks to the woman, charged her $700 to strengthen her rental application, and advised her to falsify documents. The deal fell through, leaving the woman without a place to live. The second case involves an agent who double-ended a property sale, representing both the buyer and the seller. The buyer discovered sign ..read more
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