Tag Archive: Life Lessons

November 1, 2016

What’s The Lesson?

  Whats the Lesson? The 2015 World Cup of Rugby final match was contested by two teams averaging six feet two inches in height, and 250 pounds of fast twitch muscle, playing 80 minutes of what to the uninitiated can best be described as football without the equipment or stoppages in play. If you do not know what you are looking for, it looks very much like extremely aggressive and athletic men repeatedly tackling each other at full speed. If... View Article

October 4, 2016

Find Your Cardboard Box

Find Your Cardboard Box When our kids were little, like many North American millennial parents, my wife and I had a tendency to over provide our kids with the popular toys of the day. If Fisher Price made it, we bought it, albeit sometimes used. A eureka moment occurred for us when on one particular Christmas morning we noticed that our daughters, having opened all their gifts, lay on the living room floor playing – not with the toys –... View Article

April 18, 2016

Observations from My Life as a Real Estate Broker

Very very early in my career and many times since, my father, who preceded me in the family real estate brokerage, would say to me: take notes, someday you may want to write a book. Save for these articles, I have yet to heed his advice. Having had the fortunate opportunity to observe the habits of professionals for almost 30 years now, some recurring themes begin to emerge. And while my observations are generally of the real estate industry, they... View Article

January 18, 2016

Be Patient, Be Decisive, and Buy More Real Estate

My wife started a family tradition when the kids were quite young. Each New Years Eve, we would sit together, and jot down on our respective pieces of paper our personal goals -resolutions if you will- that we had for the coming year. Twelve months later we would repeat the process with the added amusement of reading what we had written the previous New Years Eve. The cramped jar has become a testament to my personal shortcomings, as a review... View Article

July 20, 2015

Got Your Bathing Suit ?

The Bank of Canada lowered the prime lending rate this past week, in a move that garnered very little attention in the media. For the better part of a generation, interest rates have been low, so a move from almost zero, to a little closer to zero raises few eyebrows. As my livelihood is closely and visibly tied to people’s willingness to spend borrowed money, I notice these things. It is easy to take cheap money for granted, but it... View Article

June 24, 2015

Compounding Interest

  Real estate investors, or those who fancy themselves to be, sometimes turn for inspiration and gumption to a poem entitled ‘Procrastination’. Penned by an anonymous author in 1918, Procrastination retells the fabled sale of Manhattan Island to Peter Minuet for $26 in 1626. The poem is written from the perspective of the second place bidder who walked away from the deal, deeming it too expensive. He knew the real estate market was over-heated, and determined he would wait for... View Article

May 14, 2015

What Ever Happened to Cheaters Never Prosper?

Sport, in many ways mimics life. The harder you train for your sport, the better you get. The better you get, the higher level you achieve amongst your peers. The better you are able to combine your talents with those of your peers, the more success your team will achieve. It is not difficult to correlate sport to the working world, and thus sport has long been a good teaching tool for children. The lessons learned on the playing field... View Article

August 1, 2013

Human Nature Comes to Ruins

This past summer, my family embarked on a wonderful trip which brought us to the Acropolis in Athens. It was a bucket list day to be sure, having the chance to see in person one of civilizations earliest and most impressive monuments. The monument did not disappoint. Unfortunately, just about everything else about the day did. As you may expect, we weren’t the only ones keen to visit the Parthenon. As luck would have it, 5 cruise ships, each with about... View Article

July 1, 2013

A Little Regress Please

My Father in-law Ennis Day was born and raised on the outskirts of Grayson Kentucky, a small country village with a stagnated population of about four thousand people. It remains a modern day Mayberry, albeit one with the accouterments of a Kmart and a half-dozen payday loans outlets. Little else has changed in the last 50 years, until a few weeks ago. In a squeaker of a vote, the residents of Grayson voted to allow the sale of alcohol in... View Article

June 1, 2013

Setting the Bar Low

By the age of 10, I was the only sibling of five remaining in the family home…located just beyond the reach of Rogers Cable. Rabbit ears mounted atop our 21 inch black and white RCA delivered three channels on a consistent basis, (another two and a half on exceptionally clear days) one of which was usually showing Gilligan’s Island reruns. As I was effectively the only child of two middle aged working parents during these years, I had to learn... View Article