“Ask Joe” is a question and answer column by RECO’s Registrar Joe Richer that appears each Saturday in the Toronto Star.
Richer answers questions from readers on a variety of topics, including how to spot a former grow-op, protecting your deposit and what to disclose in multiple offers.
Are you a home buyer or seller with a question?
- My family is in the market for a home, and we’re considering a lot of older neighbourhoods. I’m worried we’ll end up in a house with lead pipes. How can I find out before I buy?
- I found a great home and my offer has been accepted. What do I do now?
- Do I have to sign a buyer representation agreement?
- I’m looking to buy a house and I’ve heard that sometimes not all of the appliances and light fixtures are included in the sale. How do I know what stays and what goes?
- I’m going to be in the market for my first home soon and there’s so much to learn about. What are the most common mistakes that buyers make?
- I’m about to sign an agreement with a real estate brokerage, but a clause in the contract says that I could still owe them a commission even after the agreement expires. Is that normal?
- I’m planning on selling my home in the next few months. Some of the homes that have sold recently in my area went into bidding wars. Is there anything I should know if my home receives multiple offers?
- I’m looking to buy a newly built home. Should I still work with a real estate agent?