COVID-19 Government Benefits Explained (Podcast)

Posted on April 2nd, 2020
The Federal Government in Canada has unveiled many new programs and announcements related to the impact of the Coronavirus on individuals and businesses. In this live pod ...

Stuck At Home - And Getting Stuff Done (Podcast)

Posted on April 2nd, 2020
The world is a different place for the last few weeks, and many of us are stuck at home. Katie and Daniel (and their four kids) are making the most of it, and talking abo ...

Staying Productive Through Challenging Times (Podcast)

Posted on March 20th, 2020
Even in a state of emergency, you can still be productive. At a minimum, you need to stay calm, have a plan, and prepare to be smart about the time you have. Katie and D ...

Get Social Media Right (Podcast)

Posted on March 20th, 2020
Let's have a real talk about your social media. There are no 12 step programs or templates here, just a discussion about what you're actually doing on your social media, ...

What Type Of Salesperson Are You? (Podcast)

Posted on March 20th, 2020
In an age where there are endless ways to sell yourself and your product, often we try to be all things to all people. In an interesting study, four distinct archetypes o ...

Starting Before You're Ready (Podcast)

Posted on March 3rd, 2020
  Everyone has dreams and ideas that they push away or dismiss because they don't feel like they're ready. The truth is, you'll NEVER be ready. You can do all the researc ...

Your Best And Worst Self (Podcast)

Posted on March 3rd, 2020
  It's time to take a deep dive into - yourself. Katie and Daniel go through an exercise that is so easy to do, their four kids did it with them! It might be simple, but ...

How To Hire An Assistant (Podcast)

Posted on March 3rd, 2020
  It's another live request episode of Balance, and you want to hear about assistants. When do you need one? How do you find one? What should you look for? We've been th ...

Marketing Tips From The Experts (Podcast)

Posted on March 3rd, 2020
  We are live from the Inman Connect Conference in New York City, and we're talking all about some great marketing takeaways from some of the most successful minds in busi ...

The Morning Routine (Podcast)

Posted on March 3rd, 2020
  Are mornings a little difficult in your house? This episode tackles the process of prepping your kid(s) for school, including profiles of very different personalities a ...

Manage Your Time Like A Boss (Podcast)

Posted on March 3rd, 2020
  t's the first episode we've done by request - a viewer wanted us to talk about 'how we do it'...a loaded question about balancing four kids, a business, family...etc. We ...

Simple Steps To Plan Your Financial Future (Podcast)

Posted on March 3rd, 2020
  Think you can't manage your finances? Think again. Planning your strategy for the new year is great (check out our episode about business planning), but understanding w ...

How To Create A Business Plan With Focus (Podcast)

Posted on March 3rd, 2020
  Balance comes out with a new episode EVERY TUESDAY, so follow us, subscribe, and make sure you're kept up to date with all the new content we're going to keep throwing y ...

What Word Will Define Your 2020? (Podcast)

Posted on March 3rd, 2020
  Entering a new year, Katie and Daniel choose the word that will help shape the way they approach 2020. This is a new spin on New Year's resolutions, and a fun look at ...

How Entrepreneurs Take A Vacation (Podcast)

Posted on March 3rd, 2020
  Can entrepreneurs really take a week or more away from their business? When Daniel and Katie decided to take a family vacation to Mexico while trying to keep their busi ...

Fitting The Fitness In (Podcast)

Posted on March 3rd, 2020
  It is so important to have a healthy lifestyle, and it is super hard to keep fitness in your routine, when you're already bursting at the seams with a million other thin ...

Working With Your Spouse (Podcast)

Posted on March 3rd, 2020
  Are you running a business with your significant other? Have you been thinking about it? Today's episode talks about some of the key things to consider and plan for whe ...

About Us (Our First Podcast Episode)

Posted on March 2nd, 2020
  Welcome to Balance!  Hosted by Daniel and Katie Steinfeld, husband and wife as well as co-owners of On The Block Realty and On The Block Auctions in the Greater Toronto ...

13 of the best apps for GTA real estate agents

Posted on February 10th, 2020
How many apps do you have on your phone that you currently do not use? Take a look and you'd be surprised how many forgotten apps you've downloaded over the years.  We get ...

OREA's New Forms, Clauses & Updates - Your 2020 Coles Notes Review

Posted on December 19th, 2019
It's that time of year! New OREA forms and form updates for the real estate industry (cue the happy dance)!  While many of the changes this year are minor in nature, being ...

All About Live-Work Properties

Posted on October 28th, 2019
Homeownership can be a challenge in the GTA.  Home prices coupled with the desire to grow your business with a commercial space can add to that financial stress.  While so ...

Buying A Home With Kids

Posted on October 10th, 2019
Finding a new home when you have kids can be a challenge.  There's so much more to consider beyond the home itself.  Schools, community centres, programs, and safety are a ...

Why We Said 'Yes' to Zillow

Posted on April 2nd, 2019
  Can you believe it?  On The Block Realty Inc. has actually opted into Zillow displaying our listings on their website.  Yes, that’s right - we’ve sold our souls to t ...

REBBA Modernization & What This Means For Our Industry

Posted on February 8th, 2019
  Real estate industry changes are coming our way in Ontario (WOO HOO!).  It’s been 15 years since our Real Estate and Business Brokers Act (REBBA) has been updated so it ...

Top 11 Misconceptions - Landlord and Tenant Rights

Posted on January 23rd, 2019
$500 damage deposit.  No pets allowed.  Landlord requires 6 months deposit up front.  Post-dated cheques required.  WRONG. It’s been almost a year – a year since th ...

Parenthood & Real Estate - A Survival Guide

Posted on January 16th, 2019
It was the perfect place – three spacious bedrooms, a main floor powder room, finished basement and even a parking spot!  A perfect home for my first-time homebuyer clien ...

OREA's New Forms, Clauses & Updates - Your 2019 Coles Notes Review

Posted on January 10th, 2019
It’s a new year which means new OREA forms, updates to existing ones and new clauses (can I get a what what).  Yes, this news might not be mind blowing enough to make you ...

Home Sale Prices Will Be Made Public In Toronto - What Does This Mean For You?

Posted on August 24th, 2018
*Since this article was written, there have been some updates from TREB.  The updates will be shown throughout the article in red. After a seven-year battle between the Comp ...

Why 'Sold Over Asking' Doesn't Matter in Toronto Real Estate

Posted on July 31st, 2017
"Sold Over Asking" -- a phrase those watching the Toronto housing market hear quite frequently these days. This phenomenon has captured the attention of the news media, who h ...

Celebrity Real Estate Investors and What We Can Learn From Them

Posted on July 26th, 2017
What to do with all that money?  It must be a tough challenge to face, watching the millions of dollars roll in and being left to decide where to put it.  Don’t you wish y ...

11 Reasons Why Your Home Isn't Selling - And What You Should Do About It

Posted on July 20th, 2017
The hot topic in the Southern Ontario real estate market has been the 'hot market' for much of 2017. As we've entered summer, the warmer weather has had the adverse effect o ...

The Biggest Misconception In Real Estate

Posted on July 18th, 2017
There is a big misconception in the real estate industry that when you are searching for a home, working with a real estate agent is free of charge.  While there are many b ...

5 Rude Awakenings You'll Experience Moving to the Burbs

Posted on July 17th, 2017
      You moved to the suburbs for a reason. You didn’t go there naively. You knew it would be different. It was clear from the start that you would ...

15 Key Staging Tips For Your Home Sale

Posted on July 16th, 2017
  Nothing can make or break the sale of your property, like the way it is presented. One of the keys to success (both in length of time to sell, and in the price you ultim ...

Toronto’s Fiercely Competitive Rental Market

Posted on July 14th, 2017
“From there to here, from here to there, funny things are everywhere!”  - Dr. Seuss From a one-bedroom shoe box in the Financial District to a three-bedroom townhouse ...

How To Revamp the Real Estate Profession in Ontario

Posted on July 13th, 2017
Consider these numbers: 4,600 – the number of veterinarians licensed to work in Ontario according to the College of Veterinarians of Ontario 14,690 – the number of fam ...

Why Toronto Should Open Up Home Sale Price Data To EVERYONE

Posted on July 10th, 2017
Photo Credit: Darren Calabrese For The Globe and Mail                                There has been a longstanding battle in Toronto where the Competition Bur ...

How to win in Real Estate

Posted on July 9th, 2017
You have read enough about the wild ride that is the real estate market in many regions across the country, and beyond. It seems every day there are new stories about price re ...

Six Questions You Should Ask Before Buying A Home

Posted on June 14th, 2017
It has become damn hard to buy a home. While once upon a time (a time not long ago at all), it was ‘buyer’s market’, that has become far from the case in numerous citie ...

Why Real Estate Escalation Clauses Should Be Banned

Posted on June 8th, 2017
If bidding wars aren’t enough to turn buyers right off of the home purchase process, the introduction of an ‘escalation clause’ will definitely make matters worse. Th ...