In the Grid, an exhaustive and (I hope) helpful guide for first-time home buyers.
There’s lots of condos, and way less buyers. In the Grid, a roundup of units that might just go for a lowball (you know, an offer under the asking price).
I don’t post every real estate roundup I do for the Grid, but they’re still happening. Some recent On the Market columns:
I also did a charticle that seemed to amuse people: how to tell if you’re a concerned citizen or just a grouchy NIMBY.
In Toronto Life, on foreign money and Toronto’s condo boom.
A 10-step cover story in the Grid.
My latest, on the cover of the September issue of Toronto Life. The Higher They Climb: bidding wars, bully bids, and the stress of finding an actual house to buy in Toronto.
So yeah, tons of real estate stuff for The Grid.
And, after a year and a half, I finally got to report on the verdict in the Byron Sonne case. Sonne was, of course, the computer security consultant charged with terrorism-esque offenses right around the time the G8/G20 rolled into Ontario. He spent 330 days in jail, during which time I interviewed him for Toronto Life. Last week, Ontario Superior Court found him not guilty on all of his five charges. You can read more on Sonne at Open File, including two posts on his pre-trial, which was previously covered by a publication ban.
From the Grid, houses selling at the city’s average price of $499,000.
Along with the usual roundups of what’s for sale–here are some east end fixer uppers–The Grid now has me doing a weekly column on what’s actually sold.
So, some recent sales of
- houses that sold in a week or less
- houses that sold under the asking price
- houses in the Junction
- and houses that were sold five years ago, and then again in the past few months
I’ve also introduced a new column called Ask An Expert, a Q&A with real estate professionals such as a home inspector, developer, and a real estate lawyer. If you’ve got questions for a real estate expert, just let me know – balkissoon at gmail.