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October 4, 2016

Find Your Cardboard Box

Find Your Cardboard Box When our kids were little, like many North American millennial parents, my wife and I had a tendency to over provide our kids with the popular toys of the day. If Fisher Price made it, we bought it, albeit sometimes used. A eureka moment occurred for us when on one particular Christmas morning we noticed that our daughters, having opened all their gifts, lay on the living room floor playing – not with the toys –... View Article

April 18, 2016

Observations from My Life as a Real Estate Broker

Very very early in my career and many times since, my father, who preceded me in the family real estate brokerage, would say to me: take notes, someday you may want to write a book. Save for these articles, I have yet to heed his advice. Having had the fortunate opportunity to observe the habits of professionals for almost 30 years now, some recurring themes begin to emerge. And while my observations are generally of the real estate industry, they... View Article

March 16, 2016

Self Help or Help Yourself

As a self diagnosed sufferer of a mild form of attention deficit, I find that I very seldom take the time to sit down quietly with a book and read. Unfortunately, that leaves me on the wrong side of the Mark Twain truism: the man who does not read has no advantage over the man who cannot read. It is not that I dont like to read, I do. Rather, I seem to be easily distracted by virtually anything else.... View Article

March 4, 2016

How To Buy a Great Home

Looking for a long-term home? Here are a few questions you should ask yourself before buying. Buying a home can be an overwhelming process. Relax. Yes, buying a home is a huge commitment – but if you ask yourself a few key questions, you can increase your likelihood of ensuring that you buy a fantastic home that you’ll love for decades into the future. If you plan on buying a property that you can call “home” for the rest of... View Article

February 17, 2016

A Hefty Premium

In the market for some high end real estate? In January, Hugh Hefner listed his home – better known as the Playboy Mansion- for the tidy sum of two hundred million dollars.(The impact, is better felt when expressed numerically as $200,000,000.00).As a luxury home in Guelph sells for considerably fewer zeros, I cannot claim to have any insight into what a $200,000,000.00 home might offer in the way of amenities.I can however, venture a good guess that a significant portion... View Article

January 18, 2016

Be Patient, Be Decisive, and Buy More Real Estate

My wife started a family tradition when the kids were quite young. Each New Years Eve, we would sit together, and jot down on our respective pieces of paper our personal goals -resolutions if you will- that we had for the coming year. Twelve months later we would repeat the process with the added amusement of reading what we had written the previous New Years Eve. The cramped jar has become a testament to my personal shortcomings, as a review... View Article

December 15, 2015

In Support of Travel

A friend of mine, recently purchased a vacation property in Florida. It is good to have such friends, willing to bare the burden of expense and provide an excuse for folks like me to pay them a visit. I havent visited his home in Guelph for years, but I jumped at the opportunity to fly south and spend a few days at his second home. It would be rude after all, to decline. Travel, has always been a love of... View Article

November 16, 2015

Nice Hair Though

As I write this, Canada seems to be on the verge of a political change of tack. As politics, like religion, is a subject best left undiscussed in social gatherings and SNAPd articles, I will avoid like the plague commenting on any of the actual political issues. In any case, I dont feel as though I really had a horse in the race as I find myself equally disappointed with all political parties – (I very much doubt that Im... View Article

October 16, 2015

Lot’s of Room at the Top

Now that school is back in session, my morning routine has once again returned from somewhat haphazard, back into – well – a routine. It goes something like this: home – school – coffee – office. My coffee of choice has always been, and mostly remains Tim Horton’s. Once in an odd while if I’m feeling particularly high brow about my coffee, I wander over to Planet Bean or more recently – Balzac’s at the corner of Gordon and Waterloo... View Article