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December 30, 2014

Smarter People Than Me & Real Estate Investment

My first job in real estate, had nothing to do with listing or selling houses-rather I was the eight year old office cleaner at my fathers small brokerage; Herb Neumann Real Estate. His office at the time was located on the corner of Woolwich and Cardigan street, in an old house that sat on what is now an empty parking lot. Early on Saturday mornings I would come into the office, vacuum, dust and empty the trash cans of all... View Article

December 16, 2014

Get In Line – No Thanks!

These are turbulent times in America and indeed much of the world. The scene outside of Northline Mall in suburban Houston on December 14th, would leave little doubt chaos and unrest were at hand. There were reports of shots having been fired, though thankfully no one was struck. Store windows had been smashed by some in the crowd, estimated to be in the hundreds. The following day, garbage and debris lay strewn about the property. With all that has transpired... View Article

December 1, 2014

A Different Mindset

In 2008, a former colleague of mine attended a real estate conference in the United States. He returned convinced, and eager to convince the rest of us, that Canada was on the precipice of a massive Real Estate correction – just like the one that had enveloped our southern neighbour. It was a gloomy forecast, and as someone who had hitched his livelihood and financial well being to the real estate wagon – not one I enjoyed listening to. His... View Article

November 24, 2014

A Different Mindset

In 2008, a former colleague of mine attended a real estate conference in the United States. He returned convinced, and eager to convince the rest of us, that Canada was on the precipice of a massive Real Estate correction – just like the one that had enveloped our southern neighbour. It was a gloomy forecast, and as someone who had hitched his livelihood and financial well being to the real estate wagon – not one I enjoyed listening to. His... View Article

October 28, 2014

Nothing New

The local real estate market, by any measure, has been on a strong bull run for well over a decade now. Not surprisingly, some people might begin to worry about the security of their real estate investments, and those of us on the front lines of selling those investments ( for the purposes of this article – all forms of real estate) ought to be confident that the product we are helping our clients acquire are indeed good investments. Nobody... View Article

October 1, 2014

Habits of Success

Steven R. Covey, in his book “The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People” -a book first published in 1989- outlines a guide for living an effective life. He does not necessarily say an effective person, is a successful person, but most readers would reach that conclusion on their own. With apologies to Mr. Covey, I have condensed seven habits into two. Giving advice can be a dicey matter. By the very act of being willing to give it, you run... View Article

September 19, 2014

TRUST + TRUST = BUSINESS

At a family gathering celebrating my parents 60th wedding anniversary last month, my aunt recalled their days as new immigrants to Canada. As opportunities to gather seem to become more and more seldom, I found myself listening more intently than I may have in the past. One particular story, and more specifically one phrase, struck a chord. As was, (and is) common amongst new immigrants, families often pooled their resources to purchase their first homes. In our families case, my... View Article

September 1, 2014

Everything Old is New Again

Fusion Homes unveiled their long anticipated 5 Arthur Street project on August 27th. The Metal Works‘named in honour of the heritage of the property), promises to be the most transformative mixed use development in Guelph, and a true test of whether Guelph has permanently turned its development back on green-fields, and Guelphites are ready to embrace non traditional infill developments. A project with 600 units, and not a single detached dwelling among them. The project is a reminder that single... View Article

August 19, 2014

Empowered to Think

Nationally recognized and successful brands have often become so for good reason. The people who built them are often hailed as titans of industry whose success is rooted in legendary customer service, the willingness to take risks, or often both. Their brands become synonymous with quality, and customers come to take a level of quality – both in product and service- for granted. Most often, the reputations companies acquire, are well earned and we generally accept that their success is... View Article

July 31, 2014

Perseverance

It is often assumed that salespeople need to be good talkers, and there may be some truth to that ( although good listeners are rarer, and usually more successful ). In an industry fought with rejection and disappointment however, there is a far more vital skill required – particularly in the formative stages of an agents career. The ability to face rejection and persevere without having it affect your countenance may be the most useful attribute and precursor to a... View Article