“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 looking to purchase a property that includes a basement apartment for rental purposes. How can I tell if it meets safety codes and bylaw requirements?
- I want to buy a pre-construction home. Do I need a real estate salesperson to arrange the purchase?
- The property I live in is for sale and someone in my household is immuno-compromised, elderly and considered to be in a high-risk category for contracting COVID-19. Do I have to allow people in my home?
- I’m ready to sell my cottage but live in the GTA. Given open houses are off the table, I would like to have a brokerage near the cottage conduct private showings, and handle the sale as needed, but I don’t really know any real estate salespersons in that area. Can my local salesperson recommend a brokerage near my cottage to list my property?
- I’m selling my home and would like my salesperson to host an Open House. I understand this is not possible due to a provincial ban. Can I ask they book back-to-back showings, instead?
- My mom lives in a neighbourhood that has been undergoing gentrification and, until the pandemic hit, many owners had been downsizing. She has been approached by someone who is telling her that she had better sell now. It seems that the person was using the pandemic to get her to sell her home. Do you have any advice?
- I’m planning to list my cottage for sale. Since it is currently vacant, can my real estate person host open houses during the state of emergency in Ontario?
- I’ll be moving in a few weeks and am concerned about moving into a home that was previously occupied, during the COVID-19 pandemic. Is the seller obligated to have the property cleaned and sanitized before I take possession?