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January 1, 2013

Pennywise

    Justified or not, I bear a reputation for frugality. My wife feels it is justified…I feel it is not. In any case, I will admit that I have, at the very least, a dichotic relationship with money- or more precisely – parting with it. I generally think little about the price of menu items when at a restaurant, yet I will agonize over purchasing Campbell’s chicken broth instead of the no-name variety that might save me 50 cents.... View Article

December 12, 2012

Twitter Me This

Change comes reluctantly to me. If people have tendencies, mine has been that I am a slow adapter – the slightly indignant cousin of slow learner. I bought my first stereo – the kind that played records – about the same time that CDs came out. Today I own a CD player but not an ipod. I bought a great SLR camera together with rolls of Kodak film several years after digital cameras hit the market and my current cell phone has... View Article

December 1, 2012

The New Face of Guelph

In mid 2012 Katherine Mclaughlin of Thomasfield Homes presented to the the Guelph Developers Association a startling report on land availability.  We presented the report to our office and it’s entirety is available to CBN members in our online library, but I will summarize it for you as follows: The subdivisions of a decade ago are a thing of the past – there will be no more predominantly single family home subdivisions created in the City of Guelph. Whether that... View Article

November 1, 2012

It’s the Craftsman that Matters

     Once a year I sit down with our accountant, and go over the company year end books. It’s at these meetings where you hear how you are really doing, and not how you think you’re doing. Part of the conversation at these meetings invariably touches on expenditures. It is afterall, the duty of my accountant to be cautious when I am not.  On the first such visit after Coldwell Banker Neumann Real Estate moved to 824 Gordon Street,... View Article

October 1, 2012

I Didn’t Do It

The American philosopher and bellwether of cultural conscience Bart Simpson was famous for his reaction to being caught with his hand in the proverbial cookie jar. When caught red handed and guilty beyond any reasonable doubt, he flatly panned “I didn’t do it.” When the Simpsons first aired over twenty years ago, his denials were meant to be humorously ridiculous. Today, they might seem more like a reasonable response when caught in a fib. Bart came to mind this week as I... View Article

September 1, 2012

A Collective Knowledge

  Access to the knowledge of others has always been one of the my favourite aspects of my job.  After all, if you subscribe to the belief that everyone knows something that you don’t, the benefit of working with other people willing to share their knowledge and experiences is a tremendous advantage. It is, or at least, ought to be an advantage enjoyed by larger offices.   If on the other hand, you find yourself working within a large group unwilling to... View Article

September 1, 2012

Regrettable Silence

An occasional benefit of my job is that I get to attend golf tournaments while I ought to be working. The golfing industry, and many business people, have made a valiant attempt to link golf with work by helping the addicted convince themselves that there is some business benefit to five hours of doing nothing. If anything, watching grown adults waste five hours of daylight should convince the undecided not to do business with us. The notion of doing business... View Article

August 1, 2012

Finders Keepers

      Canada’s London Olympic contingent was comprised of some 280 athletes, one of whom won a gold medal.  The rest, all 279 of them, tasted something that we don’t intuitively associate with Olympians – failure. It cannot be denied that even those that returned home with medals they will forever cherish were at some point crushed by defeat. A reality the women’s soccer team knows all too well.  Which serves to illustrate what ought to be a main... View Article

July 1, 2012

The Blacksmith Union

Much has been written recently about the future of organized real estate, and rest assured we are only seeing and hearing the beginning. If committee hours were billable hours, a fortune could be earned or, depending upon your view- wasted, trying to navigate an inevitable course of events which will largely be governed by changes in technology.  As our industry evolves from one built solely upon the premise of gathering and controlling information to one that acknowledges information is more... View Article

June 1, 2012

Don’t Judge a Book

Whenever our family plans a vacation, we visit travel sites on the Internet to do some preliminary research. Particularly, I like to read the reviews of other travelers  in the hope that I might gain an unvarnished view of a particular property. After all, relying solely on the write up produced by the proprietor, one would expect a biased opinion. Businesses are prone to telling us that they are the best; however, the experiences of their previous clients speak loudest.... View Article