Categories for 2 Cents Worth

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

February 1, 2012

A Letter to Jerry

As you may know, cows have an unusual way of digesting what they have ingested. The technical description of the process – besides being beyond my area of expertise – is irrelevant to this article. However, essentially cows swallow now and chew later, thus deriving the benefit from what they have ingested at a later time.  Humans, on the other hand, get immediate benefit from what they have ingested (at least when it comes to food).  Our minds, however, bear... View Article

February 1, 2012

Grumpy Old Coot

     On a recent vacation that required the renting of a vehicle and visiting a couple different addresses, I brought with me my own GPS and preprogrammed the addresses we intended to visit.  The process was flawless, and left me with no doubt that technology on this occasion saved me considerable aggravation. I have never been afraid of maps, rather geography and directional skills were always the least of my weaknesses. Yet I cannot deny that the availability of... View Article

February 1, 2012

When is the Best Time to Buy?

Two of Guelph’s largest owners of apartment buildings got their start in Real Estate with my father, at Herb Neumann Real Estate.  Clark McDaniel and the lateDenzil Williams started acquiring properties at Herb Neumann Real Estate in the mid 70’s and acquired over a 1000 units through the Bob Rae era, which they still hold asWilliams and McDaniel.  Skyline Property Management principals Jason and Martin Castellan got their start in the early 90’s with us, ironically by buying up all the Cole Road semis they... View Article

January 1, 2012

Toddlers and Hockey Pants

September is no man’s land for televised sports fans. The NFL is playing meaningless preseason games which are generally concussion-less affairs hardly worth televising. The PGA has completed all four of its majors and is stumbling through a contrived playoff format that requires a calculator and actuarial charts. The NHL season is a month away and baseball – well, it doesn’t really count. So with my usual sporting preferences not currently airing, I have resorted to channel surfing more than... View Article