Desmond Brown

Accessing Sold Prices (...for real this time)!

05 October 2018
Desmond Brown

Sold information is now available! (For real this time!) For me and other realtors to release the sold information, we've had to jump through many hoops in order to follow TREB's silly rules...


A traditional spring market?

10 April 2018
Desmond Brown

The headlines are saying sales in the Toronto real estate market are down by up to 35% compared to this time last year. That number looks huge, but...


We LOVE first time buyers!

12 March 2018
Desmond Brown

Here's a story, written by my team member Jennifer Scaife, about a couple who recently entered the Toronto real estate market. Recently, Kassia and Cory were referred to me by a past client. Lively and energetic, they were eager to get going on their quest. We saw properties that challenged their tolerance for ‘fixer-upper’ and others whose state of ill-repair were jaw-dropping! We soldiered on, intent on finding the perfect home in the perfect neighbourhood that was within their first-timers’ budget...


INTEREST RATE INCREASE 😱📈 Should we be concerned?

05 February 2018
Desmond Brown

Two weeks ago Bank of Canada raised its prime lending rate 0.25% points. As a result, we're now seeing posted bank rates for five-year mortgages at 4.64%. Experts are predicting the Bank of Canada will raise the prime rate a few more times over the next twelve months. With the average price of a home in Toronto at $730,000, the media reported that this was the beginning of the end for home ownership in this city and that people are now in danger of losing their homes. Not true...


Happy 2018

04 January 2018
Desmond Brown

It's been nine years since I left journalism and returned to selling real estate.


New Stress Test for Mortgages: WHAT DOES IT MEAN?

06 November 2017
Desmond Brown

Some of my colleagues and mortgage brokers have been freaking out since last month's announcement about the new stress test requirement for all buyers. In my opinion, this is a good thing...


Experienced Agents Rise to The Top in This Changing Market

08 August 2017
Desmond Brown

I recently received a call from an agent on one of my listings. On the listing I stated that the seller would consider holding a mortgage for the new buyer. The agent said to me, "You mentioned on the listing that your seller will hold a mortgage. Can you tell me what that means?" I immediately knew that the agent I was speaking to was fairly new...


The Changing GTA Real Estate Market

02 June 2017
Desmond Brown

I was presenting an offer last week on one of my listings. The offer came in from an agent representing the buyer and it contained a clause I haven't seen in the Toronto real estate market for many years - a condition on the sale of the buyer's property...


What's driving this market?

06 April 2017
Desmond Brown

I listed a detached backsplit home in the Yonge and Sheppard Avenue area not so long ago. It was built in the 1950s and had been in the same family for more than 60 years. We received 16 offers for the home and went through presentation process at my office in the Beaches. Midway through the presentations, one of the agents who had already shown us his offer asked to speak to me. "Mr. Brown, can you please let me know if you are going to accept my client's offer? He is here with me now but has to get on a plane back to China within the next two hours." I told him his offer was lower than several we had already received and sent him away...


Toronto Ranked One of the Top Cities in the World

17 March 2017
Desmond Brown

Last week we covered some great posts on our social media feeds about why Toronto is such an amazing place to live and we’re rounding up all these articles for you here to check out: