“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 buying my first home. Is there a standard amount that I should offer as a deposit?
- My brother is a real-estate salesperson. If he helps me sell my home at no charge, does he still have to follow all the rules for real-estate professionals? Isn’t it just a private service if he’s helping me as a family member?
- Does my salesperson have to tell potential buyers that my home is a former grow-op?
- Do you have any tips on preparing for an open house?
- When I’m buying a home, can I work with a lawyer instead of a real-estate professional?
- I’ve been dealing with identity theft and I’m worried about my home. Can the thief sell my house without my consent?
- What are the benefits of working with a realtor to find a rental?
- My mother’s neighbourhood, where she’s lived in the same house for 50 years, has become very popular. She’s constantly approached by home buyers and real-estate agents who want her to sell. What should she do?