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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

July 21, 2014

Sticktoitiveness

We know of J.K Rowling as the author of the uber successful literary series Harry Potter. We know that she is one of the wealthiest entertainers in the world, and the first billionaire author. We know that the books that earned her accolades, spawned movies that made her millions, and theme parks that earned her millions more. A foray into a different genre of writing under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith brought modest critical acclaim, and even more modest sales until... View Article

July 1, 2014

A Promising Trend

In 1993 my wife and I moved into our current home on Guelph’s eastern border kiddy corner what was then the City of Guelph’s Landfill. It is easy today, particularly for many of the residents in Guelph’s east end who have moved to the neighbourhood after the dump was closed, to forget that the dump was a contentious and contested issue. Everyone produces garbage, yet no one seems to want to bear the responsibility of receiving someone else’s. While we... View Article

June 19, 2014

A Broadened Scope

A friend of a friend relayed an anecdote of a friend who late in life found herself single. As I am neither late in life (I hope) nor single (or female) I can only begin to imagine how it must be to be either of these. Yet, just as a childless couple who seem to excel at dispensing parental advice, I found myself with no shortage of judgement on the circumstances of the single senior. In this particular case, the... View Article