“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?
- I’m selling my home, but my salesperson has told me that she is taking two weeks off over the holidays. She said somebody else at the brokerage will help me with the sale during that time. Is that allowed?
- How do I ensure the basement apartment in the home I want to buy is legal?
- Is buying a “power of sale” property a good way to get a deal on a home?
- My husband and I purchased a home, but our closing date is fast approaching and the sellers are still working on major repairs to the house. Can we change the closing date?
- We bought a house and, between signing the deal and moving day, the eavestroughs were damaged in a storm. Is the seller responsible for fixing them since they still owned the house when it happened?
- The seller’s representative refused to present my bully offer. How can that be?
- What can I do to protect myself as a first-time homebuyer?
- It seems like bidding wars move so fast and they can be an emotional roller coaster. How can I avoid making a mistake that I’ll regret later on?