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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

June 1, 2014

Change is in the Air – and on the Land.

     Lost in the hustle and bustle of another busy May selling season, was news that could reshape the future development of the City of Guelph.  A May 14th article in the Guelph Mercury sheds light on a hoped for change in the development priority of lands yet undeveloped within the city boundary. The city’s official plan speaks to the order of development of these lands. Referring to the official plan, allows developers, home builders, land owners etc… plan... View Article

May 22, 2014

The Randomness of Life

       There are not many things in life that are random anymore- we have engineered our lives to limit uncertainty.  While the drive within humans toward this path has probably always existed, it’s pace has hastened lockstep with technological advances.  When it comes to television entertainment, we have the ability to watch what we want when we want unencumbered by commercials or a half hour of dead space between our favourite programs. Would Seinfeld have been as enjoyable,... View Article

April 29, 2014

Location, Location, Location.

   Next month marks our 7th anniversary in what I can no longer call our ‘new’ office. The decision to move out of the downtown core was not one rooted in a dislike of Guelph’s downtown- to the contrary I rather miss it at times.  What I do not miss, is the parking.  Parking, was in my view, an impediment to our growth, and an ongoing inconvenience to both my clients ( the agents ) and their clients alike.  That,... View Article

April 22, 2014

A Handwritten Note

     Like many subsets in the service industry, gift card companies have made a fine business of doing for us, what we really ought to be capable of doing for ourselves. We have come to take for granted, that on special occasions we go to the gift card aisle, browse the categorized labels, pick the card that we feel most ably expresses our feelings and convey those feelings to the intended recipient. The occasions of birthdays, anniversary’s, weddings, deaths,... View Article

April 1, 2014

Facilitators

      In December of 2011, the Ontario Teacher’s Pension Fund announced that they had reached an agreement with Rogers Communications to sell its shares in MLSE – the parent company of the Toronto Maple Leafs, Toronto Raptors and Toronto FC.  It was a deal that valued the company at some 2 billion dollars, and made headlines at the time not only for the size and scope of the transaction, but also for the relatively little time it took to... View Article

March 19, 2014

Anonymous

When I was in sixth grade, I got into a school yard disagreement with another sixth grade boy that resulted in a ripped jacket – his.  As we were sitting down for family dinner the phone rang, and my father got up to answer it.  When he had returned to the table, I noticed his mood had deteriorated appreciably.  It seemed the boys parents weren’t pleased with the ripped jacket. I do not recall much of a talking to from... View Article

February 28, 2014

Parental Advice

          I remember it like it was yesterday. My career in real estate had only just begun, and I was excited to be showing a property to a young couple for the second time.  It was the early 90’s, and the market could best be described as stagnant.  (The notion of a form 244 had not yet been dreamt up!) Clearly, my clients loved the house, and I was certain that they were at the point... View Article