“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?
- We’ve been out of the real estate market for nearly 30 years and we’re starting to think about downsizing. Anything we should keep in mind as we start that process?
- My house has been on the market for a month and we’ve had limited interest. How can I know if it’s listed for a fair price?
- One of the sales representatives I interviewed for selling my house says she will charge a percentage of the sale price plus a non-refundable flat fee of $750 that must be paid up front. Is that allowed?
- Do real estate contracts have a cooling off period?
- I’m putting my home up for sale soon and saw that one of my neighbours has their place listed with two different brokerages. What’s the advantage of doing that?
- I walked through an open house and would like to make an offer on the place. I am not currently working with a real estate professional. Can I represent myself?
- We’ve been through the home buying process, but what about selling? Is it harder to be on that side of the transaction? What do we need to know to protect ourselves?
- I just bought a home – where do I go for advice about moving companies and the renovations I’m going to need to do once I move in?