“Ask Joe” is a question and answer column by RECO’s Registrar Joe Richer that appears 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?
- It’s funny – I recently visited a home for sale, and I’m sure the square footage looked somewhat smaller than the information contained in the listing. Aren’t listings supposed to be accurate? (Part Two)
- It’s funny – I recently visited a home for sale, and I’m sure the square footage looked somewhat smaller than the information contained in the listing. Aren’t listings supposed to be accurate? (Part One)
- You often advise home buyers to interview potential salespeople, but won’t my salesperson also interview me? What sort of questions should I expect them to ask?
- My husband thinks we’ll get more offers on our home if we hire an agent who is also an experienced home stager. Is this true, and is home staging worth the money?
- My husband and I want to buy a certain home, but the seller won’t accept conditional offers. Should we insist upon having a home inspection performed, even if it means losing the deal?
- My mom’s neighbourhood is undergoing gentrification and many owners are downsizing. She has been approached on numerous occasions by real estate agents and potential buyers who have asked if she wants to sell her home. Do you have any advice?
- My wife and I have lived in the same house since the early-1970s and we’re thinking about downsizing. How should we get started, and how has the market changed?
- My husband and I are interested in purchasing a condo. Is buying one very different from purchasing a house? How do we get started? (Part Two)