Desmond Brown

It's Not Always About Money 💵

09 May 2019
Desmond Brown

I recently had a listing in Cabbagetown, a beautiful Victorian row house built in 1868, that attracted six offers on our offer review date. My client, who had owned the home for the past 40 years, was delighted there was so much interest, but understandably nervous because she had never gone through this process before. All six offers were over our asking price. Unbelievably, the three top offers were identical in price. In my more than 20 years of selling real estate, and through the many multiple offer situations I've been in while representing sellers, I had never seen this happen... [CLICK THE TITLE ABOVE TO KEEP READING]


Smoke and mirrors in latest federal budget

10 April 2019
Desmond Brown

The anticipation leading up to the last month's federal budget announcement had me and many others on the edge of our seats. There were the leaks to the media that the federal government was going to bring in earth shattering initiatives to make home ownership more affordable for first time buyers. What would these measures be? [CLICK THE TITLE ABOVE TO KEEP READING]


We Can Help You Anywhere 🏡❤️

06 March 2019
Desmond Brown

Re-introducing the ever-growing Desmond Brown Real Estate Team!


Sometimes Crazy Stuff Happens 🤷🏾‍♂️⁉️

12 February 2019
Desmond Brown

We're all wondering how this could happen? A stubborn Seller who didn't need the extra money? Bad advise to the Seller from her realtor? Regardless, I know a lot of people who could find something to do with an extra $110,000. Click to read this story in full...


TENANTS: Know Your Rights 🏙⚖️

15 January 2019
Desmond Brown

With the rental vacancy so low in Toronto, it's very difficult for people to find rental housing. Rent controls and provincial legislation have often put landlords at a disadvantage. However, regardless of the disadvantages, I'm seeing many landlords and their agents breaching the Residential Tenancies Act. Here are some demands I've seen by landlords which are NOT allowed...


When things go WRONG 🏚🤦🏾‍♂️😰

16 November 2018
Desmond Brown

My clients were relocating out of the province and wanted to take advantage of Toronto's Spring Market. They prepared their home in the usual manner - decluttered, fixed the odds and ends, painted, staged it, and launched it on the market... Ten days later a large branch from the tree on their front lawn had crashed through their roof.


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...


How much did that house sell for? 🏡🤔

07 September 2018
Desmond Brown

If you're wondering what your neighbour's house sold for, all you have to do is this...


LANDLORDS BEWARE (Part II)

10 August 2018
Desmond Brown

Last month I wrote about how a potential tenant fabricated information about her employer on an application to lease a home I had listed. When I called the company she said she worked for, the supervisor she listed on the application did not exist and no one knew who she was. Just when I thought I'd seen everything, my team member Jennifer Scaife came across another sketchy scenario...


LANDLORDS BEWARE ⚠️

16 July 2018
Desmond Brown

I recently had a home listed for lease in Scarborough. The other agent brought in an offer for a price that was acceptable to my landlord, but it was conditional on us doing our due diligence on the prospective tenant... When I called the employer for this particular applicant, the line was not in service...