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Can an investment property fund your retirement?

Dear David: We own an investment property townhouse that we’ve been renting out for 15 years. We’re thinking of selling, as the current value is high enough to advance our retirement by a few years. Our tenants have expressed an interest in buying, should we sell to them? – READY TO RETIRE DEAR READY: As

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How do you protect your home during showings?

Dear David: We’ve lived in our house for 20 years. We are seniors now, and ready to downsize. Last time we sold a house, the process of showing it seemed a little casual. How do we know our home will be safe? – FEELING UNEASY DEAR UNEASY: Things have changed a lot in the last

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How much real estate commission should I pay?

Dear David: What is the normal real estate commission charge for selling a home? I noticed a Toronto real estate agent who was offering to sell a property for a flat fee of $5,900. My last recollection is that the normal rate is/was five percent of the selling price. Thanks for your help. – THE

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Can I ask for an extra walk through?

Dear David: My parents are coming into town, and we want to show them the house we just bought. Our agreement says we only get one walk through, which we are supposed to use before closing. Is it possible to book an extra visit to show my parents the house? – EAGER NEW OWNER DEAR

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Asking for an extra walk through

Dear David: My parents are coming into town, and we want to show them the house we just bought. Our agreement says we only get one walk through, which we are supposed to use before closing. Is it possible to book an extra visit to show my parents the house? – EAGER NEW OWNER DEAR

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My home has UFFI, what should I do?

Dear David: We built our home in 1971. A few years later, we had urea formaldehyde foam insulation (UFFI) installed through a government program. I have no plans to leave this house, but given my age, I want to keep my affairs in order. Is there anything I should tell my grown kids about UFFI?

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