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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

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