Prime 5: Weblog Posts Of 2022

Have you ever had your organization vacation social gathering but?

That’s often the signal that you simply and your colleagues are able to pack it in for the yr.

Ours was final week and it didn’t disappoint.  That was the newest I’ve been out in years, which says one thing, for a man that doesn’t like going “out.”

The Mcdonald’s drive-through on the best way dwelling was additionally a throwback.  I don’t assume I’ve completed that in a long time.

Effectively, right here we’re, nearly prepared to shut the books on the 2022 actual property calendar, and the final yr is one large blur.  I used to be signing vacation playing cards on the weekend and some names popped up for which I thought this could be their first Christmas of their new houses, solely to comprehend that these gross sales have been from 2021.

It was a protracted, lengthy yr!

However I had a number of enjoyable right here on Toronto Realty Weblog as I all the time do, and I had much more enjoyable sitting all the way down to undergo the yr’s weblog posts.

Being your personal decide is all the time an fascinating activity, however I did get some enter this yr from my staff, just a few shoppers, and naturally my mom, Moonbeam!

Listed below are the Prime 5 Weblog Posts of 2022 as we see them…





#5: TRB Particular Visitor Posts: Chris Cansick, Matthew Morrison, & Tara Amina
April, 2022


Wanna hear one thing form of darkish, for which I anticipate completely no one to really feel unhealthy for me?

A colleague from one other brokerage, who’s an inventory king, instructed me as soon as, “I want I had your weblog.  You’ve received such a following, such loyal readers, a lead-generating machine.”

I instructed him that I envied him, on account of all his listings, and we agreed that “The grass is all the time greener on the opposite aspect.”

However when he instructed me, “The market might go up, down, or sideways, and that’s going to have an effect on each agent on the market besides you,” I instructed him what I’ve instructed the members of my staff, every now and then…

I constructed a jail round myself, and now I reside in it.

It’s a bit tongue-in-cheek, after all.  I’m not precisely complaining.  I like writing blogs and I like once I work on actual property transactions with like-minded people who learn what I write, and resolve to contact me.  However I’ve put myself able the place I’m primarily a slave to TRB.

3,000 phrases; Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.  Repeat.  And proceed in perpetuity.

No one does what I do.  And that’s why I can by no means cease doing it.

When any person suggests, “Simply don’t publish tomorrow, no one will thoughts,” I have a look at them like we simply met and so they haven’t any clue who I’m.  Not running a blog is solely not an choice.  That’s simply the way it goes.

So when the concept took place for me to take my daughter, Maya, to London, England to see my brother and his household, I questioned simply how within the hell I’d try this.

Actual property brokers take day off on a regular basis.  I bear in mind speaking to a widely known agent years in the past who mentioned, “I’m going to Australia for 3 months,” and I considered how far-fetched that will be for my life.

Once I go to Idaho (though I haven’t been since 2018), I write blogs down there.  I work.  I take calls and do offers.  And on the journeys I’ve taken since then – Florida, Collingwood, Picton, and Deerhurst, I labored the entire time.

But when I used to be going to move over to London with my daughter so she might see her cousins, Charlotte and Natalie, for every week and actually benefit from the expertise, I owed it to Maya to “be current” as they are saying.

My staff and I deliberate and ready for 3 weeks main as much as this journey.

I used to be nervous, and regardless of everyone on my staff telling me, “It’ll be positive,” it was removed from assured.

The extremely ironic half was: as I mentioned goodbye on a Friday afternoon in April, I forgot my automotive keys and got here again to my staff’s space to search out them placing out a fireplace.  No, not a metaphoric hearth, like a tenant was mad that any person confirmed as much as their property unannounced, however a actual hearth!  For some motive, Adriana’s earbuds flamed up and have been billowing smoke, and Chris picked up them up and threw them out the window whereas Tara and Sneha stood by, watching in amazement.

What a begin to the journey!

Maya threw up on the airplane six occasions!  I do know the precise quantity as a result of she instructed me, again and again, with out shedding a tear.  What a troublesome child, actually.  It was a depressing flight over there, however as soon as we arrived, I used to be in Heaven for eight days.

A buddy requested me just lately, “When was the final time you have been actually relaxed?”  I instructed her, “Once I was in London with my brother and my nieces, driving bikes round Centre Parcs with my child lady.”

It was actually magical.

And right here on TRB, my staff coated for me in phenomenal style.

Chris, Matthew, and Tara all wrote weblog posts in my absence, and so they have been superb.

All three of them will inform you that they don’t like writing.

The loopy factor is, Matthew is absolutely good at it!  His publish resulted in 38 feedback from the TRB readers, though some have been Matthew’s, responding to feedback.  He’s a millennial so he wants “closure” on every thing.  With this era, when any person says, “Good work,” the teenager wants to put in writing again, “Thanks!” simply to shut the loop on it.

I very a lot loved the primary line in Tara’s publish:

I don’t know David from highschool, nor did I play baseball on his staff… discuss a boys membership, proper?

All three of them did an ideal job.

And I hadn’t proofed these upfront!  I wasn’t allowed to!

Like the remainder of the TRB readers, I learn these once they have been posted.  I recall having a espresso (which was served in a small bowl with no handles, with out “pouring cream” because the Brits name it) in a quaint little cafe, studying Chris’ weblog publish a pair days after we arrived.  I appeared ahead to Matthew and Tara’s respective posts, and I used to be not disenchanted!

That journey was probably one of the best of my life and I give it some thought usually.  I linked with my daughter and we created a particular bond that can endlessly be part of us.  My brother and I received to spend some true high quality time collectively; the primary since he moved there nearly a decade in the past.  And my nieces received to constantly reprimand their inappropriate and outspoken “Uncle Pipes” for each third remark that got here out of his mouth.

None of this could have been attainable with out my staff, their variety and caring natures, and their dedication to Toronto Realty Weblog.

It additionally wouldn’t have been the identical with out the interplay from our loyal TRB readers, who commented on all three weblog posts, interacted with Chris, Matt, and Tara, and requested nice questions for which the staff supplied responses.

These weblog posts may not have been your favourites of 2022, however they certain meant quite a bit to me, and so they have been the primary of their variety right here after fifteen years…




#4: Housing Affordability Job Drive: My Two Cents
February 14th, 2022

Nothing says “Valentine’s Day” like three thousand phrases on a authorities report, proper? 🙂

Alright, effectively, the date of the weblog publish was coincidental however the month of February was when the provincial authorities launched the Housing Affordability Job Drive‘s long-awaited report on the “disaster” on this province in addition to suggestions on what motion ought to be taken.

This rapidly became a three-part weblog sequence, because the theme appears to go in at this time’s “Prime 5” record.

Listed below are the three elements:

Half 1
Half 2
Half 3

I’ve spent at the least the final decade, doubtless extra, clamouring about “housing provide” within the Toronto market, or somewhat the shortage thereof.

I used to be the primary individual (that I do know of…) chastizing the CMHC, Financial institution of Canada, and federal authorities for all of their demand-aspect insurance policies and laws that have been geared toward “cooling the housing market” all these years.  Growing minimal down funds, eliminating zero-down mortgages, shortening amortization durations, growing CMHC premiums, implementing a mortgage stress take a look at – all the insurance policies from about 2008 onward, which is when insurance policies actually began to fly on account of the meltdown in america, have been geared toward cooling demand.

However what about growing provide?

Means again in 2010, I wrote a weblog merely known as, “Provide & Demand.”

I continued to put in writing weblog posts on this topic, again and again, however all of the discuss and all of the insurance policies have been geared toward demand.

August fifteenth, 2016, I wrote: “Toronto’s Actual Property Downside: Easy Provide & Demand”

That was effectively upfront of the implementation of the mortgage stress take a look at, which after all, was geared toward cooling demand.

I might cite a dozen different weblog posts, however you get the image.

Yr after yr, I cringed each time I watched our authorities trot out one more coverage change supposed on addressing, serving to, or cooling the housing market, figuring out full effectively that it will haven’t any impression.

Even at this time, after watching rates of interest rise from 0.25% to 4.25% in a single yr, we’re all conscious {that a} large inflow of latest housing provide is required within the GTA to handle the imbalance that also exists.  If we don’t need the common dwelling worth to double once more within the subsequent decade, there must be extra provide.

So again in February, when the provincial authorities’s Housing Affordability Job Drive produced a 33-page report with 55 suggestions, I made a decision to take a seat down and skim the report – thrice, then present my two cents on each single advice, proper right here on TRB.

The end result was a 3-part weblog sequence that didn’t precisely mild the world on hearth within the feedback part of TRB, with a mere 25 feedback posted by the TRB readers in whole, however I wish to assume that dedicating a complete week on TRB to this report inspired individuals to learn and perceive.

As a result of that’s the issue: many individuals don’t need to perceive.

Overseas consumers, speculators, flippers, Realtors, wealthy individuals – all the same old culprits answerable for the price of housing within the GTA, so say the laymen on the market.

And I’ve to surprise in case your typical angy, basement-renting, anonynmous-commenting, fuck-the-rich-chanting resident of Toronto have been to learn the Job Drive’s report, if that individual would acquire sufficient perspective to maneuver off the place of “Fuck builders” and “Actual property brokers are shit.”

The report overwhelmingly appeared to establish housing provide as the problem in our province, and whereas among the suggestions have been frothy, political sweet, I feel the report did its job.

I started my evaluation of the report with my two notorious ideas on politics:

1) Politics is just not about serving the individuals.
2) There is no such thing as a “long-term” in politics.

Prolonged explanations adopted, which I hoped would function the undertone of, “We are able to solely do what we will do, based mostly on the system now we have,” which is a really unhappy means of taking a look at authorities however one that may’t be neglected.

I then examined all fifty-five suggestions, one-at-a-time, spending extra time on some than others.

The primary eleven suggestions have been all to do with growing provide, which I used to be completely delighted to see.

Exclusionary zoning, as-of-right housing, intensification, density, planning and approval have been all phrases that dominated the primary eleven suggestions.

And this is the place you possibly can see change actually taking place.

However by the point you bought to the thirteenth advice, you began to see a sample forming:

13. Restrict municipalities from requesting or internet hosting further public conferences past these which might be required beneath the Planning Act.

By golly, the province goes after the town!

February’s Job Drive report was an indication of issues to come back.

Have a look at what’s occurred since then!

First, the provincial authorities launched the “Robust Mayor Powers,” which is clearly Doug Ford’s means of forcing John Tory to select a path ahead and never merely depend on the previous, “My vote solely counts for one” excuse that’s enabled him to grow to be the moist noodle that he’s.

Second, the provincial authorities launched the “Constructed Extra Houses Sooner Act” which is a direct response to the Housing Affordability Job Drive and their report.

Isn’t this the best way the federal government is meant to work?

Determine an issue.
Suggest options.
Implement laws.

I acknowledge that all of us have completely different political leanings and allegiances, and that between NDP, Inexperienced, Liberal, and Conservative supporters, not everyone goes to agree with the Robust Mayor powers or the Construct Extra Houses Sooner Act.

Nevertheless, I do assume we will all agree that the Construct Extra Houses Sooner Act is essentially the most vital piece of provincial laws to handle the housing disaster within the GTA.

And all of it stemmed from the Housing Affordability Job Drive and their report.

That’s why I’m so glad I devoted three full weblog posts to the subject in February, and why I feel it’s one of many “Weblog Posts of 2022,” despite the fact that it’s three.

Conform to disagree with our provincial authorities’s actions if you would like, and I gained’t blame you.

However no one can deny the significance of the Job Drive report.

Let’s all hope the federal government has chosen the proper path for us, transferring ahead…



#3: Cleansing Up The Pre-Development Condominium Business
September nineteenth, 2022

This was really a three-part weblog sequence.

I didn’t intend it to be a three-part weblog sequence, however as I’ve discovered over time, it’s higher to put in writing from the guts and say what must be mentioned than to attempt to make one thing “match” inside a prescribed vary or narrative.

The end result, when all was mentioned and completed, was a weblog of 9,273 phrases that was cut up into three.

For these :

Half 1
Half 2
Half 3

My disdain for the pre-construction condominium business may be traced again to the mid-2000’s, shortly after I began on this enterprise.

Upon studying concerning the business, researching the way it works, and fine-tuning my understanding, I got here to the conclusion that it made no sense.

That was irritating.

However what was extra irritating was that not everyone felt that means.

The truth is, many have been clueless, and others actively promoted pre-construction condos as if they have been a greater actual property automobile than resale.

By the early 2010’s, the “sport” had utterly modified.

Costs for pre-construction have been increased than resale, which made zero sense, particularly contemplating the dangers.

However once more, no one would pay attention.

In 2011, I filmed this notorious video evaluating cake to cake-mix, as an analogy for condos to pre-construction rental purchases:

Eleven years in the past.

And nonetheless, most consumers ignored it, trying to find get-rich-quick schemes, and actual property brokers pumped the product in quest of 4% commissions for strolling their shoppers right into a gross sales centre.

A couple of years later, I took one other stab on the analogy, inventing one thing known as “pre development denims” in what might be my favorite and most notorious video:

The long-time readers are most likely sick of this hyperlink since I find yourself posting it just a few occasions per yr, yearly.

However this really received individuals to note.

I bear in mind standing exterior a property on Bedford Ave sooner or later and a silver Audi drove by, wherein the number-one downtown Toronto rental itemizing agent was sitting, as he shouted out the window, “Hey, have you learnt the place I can discover some pre-construction denims?”

However individuals stored shopping for pre-construction condos like they have been going out of fashion.

I wrote concerning the dangers, the fallacies, and the fantasies, again and again, however they stored promoting out.

I used to be one of many first to ever have the audacity to counsel that the Condominium Act, of 1997, wanted updating:

September 1st, 2011: “Re-Write The Condominium Act?”

However no one cared.

Finally, I finished writing.  It was boring.

However when tasks began getting canceled with regularity, and/or experiencing main materials adjustments, it supplied one other alternative for me to speak about pre-construction condos, however with a unique narrative.

That is the place it began, for me:

April twenty seventh, 2014: “North York Condominium Developer Faces $30 Million Lawsuit”

Think about shopping for a rental in a constructing with direct entry to the TTC subway station, solely to search out out when the rental is finished, that there’s no direct entry?

That is how our pre-construction condominium business works!

And as I wrote on this three-part weblog sequence, it simply received worse and worse.

I had a number of enjoyable with this sequence, as unhealthy as the subject material was.

My staff and I compiled a grasp record of each rental that has been canceled (thanks, Urbanation), in addition to an inventory of each newspaper article we might discover on cancellations, relationship again greater than a decade.

Within the second and third elements of the weblog sequence, I detailed many of those cancellations, in addition to the “causes” supplied by builders, and the reactions from consumers.

We relived Urbancorp in addition to the notorious Museum FLTS which I feel deserved to be canceled due to the dumb-spelling.  We talked about Cosmos in addition to Iconica, after which went again to the effectively to speak about Cresford.

It was like a high-school reunion of failed rental tasks and shoddy builders.

However it was a timeline of how we received to the purpose we’re at now, the place legislators on this province really need to do one thing about it.

In 2022, it turned fairly clear that the legal guidelines builders have been utilizing for many years to get away with ridiculous enterprise practices, are iron-clad, and that builders will all the time win.

This occurred in January:

“Court docket Helps Dwelling Patrons After Buy Offers Cancelled”
Toronto Star
January fifth, 2022

These equally as cynical as myself will know this lawsuit by no means had an opportunity.

The regulation is the regulation.

However legal guidelines may be modified, and so can also the enforcement of the present coverage.

This occurred three months in the past:

“Ontario Regulator Strikes To Strip Builder Of Its License”
Globe & Mail
September 14th, 2022

And I imagine that is simply the beginning.

Say what you need about Doug Ford’s “Construct Extra Houses Sooner Act,” or his “Robust Mayor” laws, or his concept to construct on the Greenbelt.

But when there’s a authorities that’s lastly going to vary the foundations that builders play by, it’s the one in energy now.

I’ve been ready for fifteen years to see the foundations change and whereas I’m nonetheless not optimistic that we’ve seen the tip of cancellations, cancellations/re-launches, large materials adjustments that go unpunished, absurd two-year occupancy durations, much more absurd hidden closing prices, and worth fixing when the occupant elects to hire the unit, I do imagine that the unhealthy practices which have plagued this business for the final 20 years at the moment are within the public eye.

That’s an excellent start line for change.





#2: “Pack Your Baggage: We’re Shifting To The Yukon!”
February twenty second, 2022

Let me begin by providing this:

No one from Toronto really needs to maneuver to the Yukon.

There.  I mentioned it.

I didn’t explicitly say it once I wrote the publish, and possibly that’s the issue.

I imply, in idea, a few of us wish to.  It might function a fantasy throughout a extremely irritating day, week, month, and even yr on this boiling pot of a metropolis that we name “dwelling.”

A few of us wish to trip there for just a few days, simply to see what it’s like.

However do any of us actually need to transfer to the Yukon, full-time, for the remainder of our lives?  After all not!

That was the issue with the weblog publish that I wrote again in February, though to be trustworthy, if I had mentioned that from the onset, the Yukoners may need been angrier…

Did you learn the publish?


Oh man, in case you learn one publish from this record, be sure you learn that one!

After fifteen years and practically three-thousand weblog posts, imagine it or not, I generally have bother discovering well timed subjects right here on TRB.  And it’s not simply subjects, however somewhat authentic or distinctive subjects, as a result of not each publish may be “MLS Musings.”  Individuals come to TRB for the stats, or the musings, or the in-the-trenches tales, however many readers like selection.

That’s why I wrote this weblog publish within the first place.  That, and the truth that this text appeared within the Nationwide Publish:

“If You’re Becoming a member of The City Exodus, Don’t Look To Yukon For A Cheaper Life”
Shari Kulha
The Nationwide Publish
February sixteenth, 2022

Once I sat down to put in writing “Pack Your Baggage: We’re Shifting To The Yukon,” I had no concept what I used to be about to run into.

For individuals who didn’t learn the weblog, right here’s a alternative remark:

Okay, effectively, not precisely pleasant, however a far cry from this one:

Then once more, that one pales compared to this one:

I might go on, however you get the concept.

Finally, one of many TRB readers posted a remark asking the place and how the Yukoners received ahold of this TRB feed, and one of many kinder Yukoners mentioned that it popped up in his Google feed.

The response was so fierce and so fast that it shocked me.  It shocked all of us.

The Yukoners hated the weblog publish, simply as a lot as they hated Ontarians.  However as one Yukoner (who had no problem utilizing her first and final title…) defined, they didn’t hate Yukoners as a lot as Albertans.

Man, what a morning it was, studying these feedback!

The common TRB readers tried to calm the waters, however it solely received extra livid.

Weblog reader RPG, who’s a long-time common, mentioned this:

“The author of this text” is a Toronto actual property dealer who writes about actual property as a passion. He’s not encouraging Toronto individuals to maneuver to Whitehorse. He’s simply attempting to broaden the horizons of people that like studying and discussing actual property which is what many people have been doing on this weblog for the final ten years.

However it fell on deaf ears.

Ears made deaf by thick, fleecy ear-muffs, essential to survive that Yukon chilly!

Heres’ a response:

Oh, Sarah!

Learn the article, Sarah!

Then learn it once more.  Then, only for good measure, learn it a 3rd time.

Now learn this:

No one needs to maneuver to the Yukon, Sarah.  It’s a fucking weblog publish!

Right here’s the humorous half about this weblog from February and at this time’s weblog: the Yukoners will probably be again!

In the present day’s weblog publish will probably be an early Christmas current within the Yukoners’ Google Information feeds, and so they’ll be again right here at this time, spreading extra pleasure, displaying us how pleasant a bunch they’re.

My favorite remark was this one:

I don’t know if Sigruper was directing that at people like Sarah, or simply on the Yukoners on the whole.

I’ll admit, I received an actual kick out of this publish.

I by no means noticed it coming, which is one thing that all the time will get my motor operating.  I write weblog posts Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, and have for fifteen years.  I nearly all the time know what sort of response I’m going to get, and sure, as a few of you could have talked about up to now, I’m usually responsible of beginning a fireplace after which operating away.  However this publish?  This tame weblog publish about homes on the market within the Yukon?  I believed I’d get like 3-4 feedback from the readers – and tame feedback like, “I actually like that wood-burning hearth.”

By no means in 1,000,000 years did I anticipate this response.

And it made for one in all my favorite weblog posts of 2022. 🙂





#1: The Inevitable Dialogue About Blind Bidding
April twenty fifth, 2022

Why did I exploit the phrase “inevitable” within the title?

Effectively, I suppose it’s as a result of I didn’t need to have this dialogue or write this weblog, however I knew it was inevitable.

There are particular actual property subjects that you simply’d anticipate me to put in writing about, and given the significance of those subjects, that’s completely honest.  However generally, in an odd round-about means, there are subjects that I’m so enthusiastic about, I can’t abdomen the concept of truly opining on them.

Does that make sense?

It’s not that I’m afraid of discussing them or that I don’t welcome opinions on the contrary, however somewhat I really feel like I shouldn’t have to put in writing about them, as a result of what I’d say in my weblog publish ought to already be apparent.

Sure, that’s it.  That’s a a lot better clarification.

It’s as if to clarify it’s to get down within the weeds with the individuals who perceive it the least, and it’s the opinions of those that know the least that I can’t stand.

Right here’s an analogy.

You watch baseball, proper?  Not less than you’ve seen it on TV?

If you’re watching from the TV angle and a pitcher throws a ball means out of the strike zone, and a batter swings by means of it, your response is: “How might he swing at that?”

The TV angle of a pitcher throwing a baseball utterly bastardizes what’s actually taking place.

On TV, it appears to be like as if the pitcher is simply throwing the ball.

For those who’ve been there in individual, standing subsequent to a pitcher, or in case you ever watch a pitcher heat up within the bullpen, you possibly can totally admire that they’re really whipping the ball.  Their total physique goes into that throw, their arm is sort of a rubber band, and the torque on that windup and follow-through is absurd.

For those who, or I, or one other individual stood within the field and confronted a fundamental 90 MPH pitch, or God forbid, a 102 MPH fastball, our response could be to maneuver away, take cowl, and doubtless crawl into the fetal place and suck our thumb.  You possibly can’t probably think about what it’s like to face in that field and see that pitch coming from 60-feet away.

However main league baseball gamers see 2,000 of those pitches yearly.  They usually don’t soar out of the field and take cowl – they attempt to swing and hit the ball!

So when a 92 MPH slider is available in at a participant, and so they swing overtop of the pitch, wanting silly on TV, it’s frequent, and infrequently computerized, for a viewer to say, “I can’t imagine he swung at that pitch.”

However the viewer has no concept.

And generally, sorry to say, there are features of the actual property business that the common individual is aware of nothing about, and may’t probably perceive, and but these individuals passionately argue their aspect.

All people’s entitled to an opinion, after all.

However I can’t provide an opinion on molecular biology as a result of I do not know what it’s.  And when the lots complain that “blind bidding” is evil and ought to be banned, it bothers me as a result of they don’t perceive any of it.

These are the subjects that trouble me essentially the most as a result of many of the objection in society is from individuals who gained’t take the time to be taught the method.

In “The Inevitable Dialogue About Blind Bidding,” the stance I took wasn’t a lot that blind bidding isn’t unhealthy, or shouldn’t be banned, however somewhat I outlined how the method of reviewing a number of gives takes place, and thus how it will be actually unattainable to “ban” blind bidding.

Ultimately, I didn’t have to argue towards the ban, as a result of I confirmed that it will by no means work.

I walked by means of a state of affairs the place a number of gives have been submitted on a home, after which went by means of an in depth evaluation of each attainable try to get rid of the “blind” features of bidding.

Then I supplied this:

I’m 100% in favour of permitting itemizing brokers to reveal the phrases and circumstances of competing gives in an effort to carry transparency to the method, however as I’ve demonstrated above, “banning blind bidding” is unattainable as a result of at many factors throughout a revised course of, subsequent actions will, in truth, be blind.

By all means, learn the publish!

However in lieu of studying, that remark above is all that you must know.

Any time a suggestion is submitted, or re-submitted, or re-re-submitted, there’s a blind ingredient.  And to repeatedly inform each social gathering of the contents of a subsequent provide could be like wanting right into a mirror forward of you when there’s one behind you as effectively; it goes on endlessly and ever, like Pi.

After all, an open public sale on the entrance garden of a home, like in Australia, is what individuals all the time counsel at this level.  However as I wrote in THIS weblog publish from 2018, most homes at public sale in Australia don’t really promote at public sale.  It’s only a fantasy that pissed off Torontonians have, which is ironic, contemplating most Australians don’t like their very own sale format.

I additionally supplied this:

Any “answer” goes to open the door to different issues.  Unintended penalties are unattainable to keep away from.

I then instructed that the one approach to actually get rid of all features of blind bidding was to have the federal government take over the method of shopping for/promoting homes and develop some type of public sale platform.

However is that this the identical authorities that simply misplaced $32 Billion within the largest authorities misallocation in Canadian historical past?

What?  Too quickly?

My frustration with feedback from the peanut gallery boiled over towards the tip of what was already a prolonged weblog publish.

I included the next:

Right here’s a letter by means of the Globe & Mail:

The extreme greed of realtors cries out to be reined in by politicians who actually need to carry reduction to all sides of a diseased housing market.  Rob Hawkins, Oakville, Ont.

These are the people that I communicate of once I argue that many individuals don’t need to actually perceive what blind bidding is, how it really works, and most significantly, why it’s current in our market.

The greed must be “reigned in by politicians.”

“Politicians” have the reply for every thing, don’t they?

That is the kind of constituent that politicians salivate over!

I wasn’t taking offense as a result of this individual blamed Realtors, and I occur to be one.

I used to be taking offense as a result of this reader was fallacious accountable Realtors, who aren’t answerable for excessive housing costs, and since this reader was fallacious by suggesting that politicians are the saviour-in-waiting.

Ultimately, the publish produced 68 feedback from the TRB readers.

The readers had their very own debate within the feedback part about what would, might, or ought to work, as some supplied concepts, and others poked holes in these recommendations.

And the unbelievable irony is: for the reason that market cooled, no one has mentioned the phrases “blind bidding.”

Actual property buzz-words come and go.  Simply as “overseas consumers” dominated the dialog in 2017, the phrases “blind bidding” have been sizzling in 2021 and remained that means into 2022.  However within the absence of a federal election, there’s no want for anyone to clamour about “blind bidding” anymore.  This was only a horny piece of voter sweet.

So will the federal government really get rid of “blind bidding?”


Not solely as a result of they will’t, as I defined above, however as a result of the furvour has died down.

However when the market will get sizzling once more, which it most likely will probably be by the subsequent election cycle, we’ll hear extra about this.

Mark my phrases.  And bookmark this publish…




Apologies for the shortage of brevity right here, people.  However each a type of blogs appeared necessary sufficient to command its personal 800 – 1,000 phrases!

If there was one other publish that you simply felt ought to have made the minimize, and even one that you simply loved or discovered memorable, please publish within the feedback part beneath.

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