“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?
- I’m in the market to purchase a townhome. I’ve been asked by real estate brokerages if I’m looking to sign with them as a client or as a customer. What’s the difference?
- I’m planning to buy my first home this year, and am looking for a brokerage and salesperson to help me. How do I know if they are registered?
- Why do I get asked if I’m working with a salesperson when I attend open houses on my own?
- I would like to take photos/video of the properties I visit so I can remember them later. Am I allowed to take photos in someone else’s home?
- I see real estate salespeople offering a service called a Market Evaluation or Comparative Market Analysis. What is the difference between this and an Appraisal?
- With the changes that the provincial government is making to real estate laws, how will I be affected when I buy or sell a home?
- My home is listed for sale and I’m working with my salesperson to schedule some open houses over the holidays. With so many gifts in my home, I’m concerned about possible theft. Is there something I can do to safeguard my holiday shopping?
- I’m considering buying a heritage home, what do I need to know?