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Bidding Wars: the economic inefficiency of real estate

Wednesday Mar 3rd, 2021

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At the risk of sounding melodramatic, I honestly believe that bidding wars are among the greatest economic inefficiencies ever produced by the real estate market. In 2017, we saw a pretty wild market, with real-time price discovery being the greatest challenge of buyers, sellers, and realtors alike. As a result, we saw the arbitrary underpricing of properties that led to even more arbitrary firm offers being submitted. Ultimately, this created risk for buyers, sellers, and lenders as we... [read more]

Drive 'til you quantify: Yield-hunting in Ontario

Monday Feb 8th, 2021

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I feel like I've been generally about as exhaustive as I can be about the impact/existence of the "urban exodus" in the GTA, but you can expect a little bit more data in the future. The team at informedrealtor.com is putting together a visual timeline video. BlogTO & Zoocasa posted a great map detailing price growth across the GTA that echoed my original exodus mapping project. From my perspective, price is the more important metric than individual or household... [read more]

Outta Here - Daniel Foch Featured on GreaterFool.ca

Friday Nov 13th, 2020

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Link to article: https://www.greaterfool.ca/2020/11/12/outta-here-4/ Exerpt: Realtor Daniel Foch, a house-slinger from north of Toronto, did some interesting plotting recently. He tracked 211 deals reported by the real estate board in the course of one day, following the links between the sale address and the agent’s office address, showing the path of buyer migration. It’s an exodus, he says, from the urban core to the fringes. To the east Durham was a big winner.... [read more]

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