Fake ad for $400-a-month Markham treehouse gets agents calling for showings
Rental prices have been coming down in Toronto but the city still has some of the most expensive apartments in Canada with a one-bedroom averaging around $1,800.
So when a place in Markham appeared on the Toronto Buy, Sell, Trade group on Facebook for $350 a month, people took notice.
"It's crazy to see the prices of what theses crooks try to get away with asking over 2 thousand for a house plus utilities," the post says.
The poster, Neil Sirrom, then says he has two bachelor apartments at affordable rates; very affordable rates.
The post says the "raised apartment," which appears to be a treehouse, is $400 per month. They throw in some current real estate terms such as "open-concept" and "wrap-around deck" to describe the place.
The second, a "bungalow apartment," looks suspiciously like a shed. The ad says tenants would have access to a hot tub, which looks very run down, and all the power would come from an extension cord.
The ad received a lot of attention online, and according to Sirrom, several inquiries from agents asking to book showings.
"It was just a fun joke to poke fun at the Toronto pricing," Sirrom told blogTO.
The post has since been removed, but it is not the first satirical ad Sirrom has posted. A few weeks ago, he posted an ad offering "homemade tarot readings" for $15.
"I try and post a funny ad once or twice a month," he said.
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