Categories for 2 Cents Worth

August 12, 2019

Betting on Yourself

________________________ Betting on Yourself In her graphic design program, my youngest daughter was taught early and reminded often not to work for free. What may at first blush seem like an opportunity to impress a potential employer, is more often a dead end after the free sample has been provided. It is a train of thought common in many professions, mine included, and is often accompanied by catch phrases such as: “If you don’t value your work, why should someone... View Article

July 3, 2019

The High Cost of Poor Quality

_____________   Six years ago, my wife and I traveled with our kids to Italy, and as part of a broader vacation, spent a week in an apartment in Positano. By North American comfort standards, the home was austere. What it lacked creature comforts – tiny shower, lumpy beds, basic kitchen, it made up for with intangibles – fresh figs in the backyard, and a view of the Mediterranean in the front. It was, and remains, our favourite destination of... View Article

June 4, 2019

The Best Time To Plant A Tree

It might be hard to imagine for anyone younger than, say, 45, but there was a time not long ago in which real estate was not the in vogue hot ticket item it is today. Some of us remember those days well. New listings of homes languished on the market for months on end with little in the way of interested buyer activity. It is a time that some would have us believe is overdue for a return. But consider... View Article

May 6, 2019

Success is not Accidental

____________________________________________ In the current Snap’d issue can be found a double page spread announcing Coldwell Banker Affiliates of Canada award winners, under the title Success is Not Accidental. The measure of winning these awards is by necessity a mathematical one – but is this the true measure of success? Is success selling a lot of houses or making money? Is success a reasonable goal? Or, as I prefer to believe, is success (or failure) the natural byproduct of the processes... View Article

April 2, 2019

Professional Advice

—————————————— Getting professional advice is something we are all faced with on a fairly regular basis. Doing your taxes? Find a good accountant. Building an addition? Talk to an architect. Decorating your home? Hire a designer. Your business needs a social media presence? Social media experts will help you with that. Buying a house can involve a slew of them – home inspectors, lawyers, and, hopefully, a realtor. Not feeling well? Seek a medical opinion from your doctor. Still not... View Article

February 11, 2019

The Missing Stapler and the Message We Send

_____________________________ Real Estate companies have paging systems by which the companys receptionist can dispatch calls to the appropriate salesperson, or salespeople. If you call for Jeff Neumann and I am not in (quite possible), I will get a page dispatched to my cell phone. If you call on a listing that happens to be listed with more than one agent, the system has the flexibility to page the same message to multiple recipients. On the odd occasion that we want... View Article

January 2, 2019

Who’s Talking?

_____________ Be patient with me, this is not a hockey article. However, while channel surfing waiting for the Leaf game to start, I happened upon the final few minutes of a lopsided hockey game in which the Philadelphia Flyers were handily defeating the Buffalo Sabres. Losses arent unusual, every game includes one. This one however seemed particularly irksome to Buffalo Sabre colour commentator Rob Ray, who lamented the lack of effort put forth by the home team. Finally, with the... View Article

December 3, 2018

One Very Good Basket

___________________________ Full disclosure: including mutual funds, RRSPs and other investment vehicles, I hold a total of $0 in the stock market. This is not an indication that I do not believe in the stock market, I do – Warren Buffett happens to be one of my favourite authors and economic philosophers. Rather, it is an admission that I do not understand the stock market, and am therefore heeding Mr. Buffett’s advice when he cautions investors to define your circle of... View Article

November 12, 2018

A Means to an End

________________________ Mark Twain, that 18th century provider of good stories and better quotes, is credited with having said Find a job that you like, and you will never have to work a day in your life. Good advice if youre lucky enough to succeed in your effort to heed it. Universities are full of students attempting to do just that – get an education that will help them get a job doing what they like. Some will succeed. For those... View Article

October 5, 2018

Small Talk – No Talk

Small Talk – No Talk ______________________________ Stereotypes can be cruel. As a product of two German immigrants I have many times been assumed to be a stubborn man with angular skull features. Once they come to know me, sadly, theyll realize their assumptions were largely correct. Although in my defense, I am only stubborn when I believe I am correct! However there is no denying the shape of my head. When time finally takes its last toll on my hair,... View Article