Tag Archive: business matters

September 11, 2019

Rising Prices and Changing Expectations

__________   Rising Prices and Changing Expectations When I was young, Harlem (Manhattan’s northern neighbour) was synonymous with poverty. It was a working class borough with a well publicized crime problem which nonetheless served as an affordable hometown for those who had been priced out of the Manhattan real estate market. Harlem has changed. Today, the average per square foot price of a home in Harlem is well over $1000, or put into local perspective, 3 times ours. ‘What spurred... View Article

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

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

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

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

September 11, 2018

Good, Better, Best

_____________________ A common refrain among free market proponents, myself included, is that the presence of competition in the marketplace is a benefit to consumers. Many of us have learned to accept as fact the notion that the more choice we have the better off we are in terms of both price and service. I have stumbled upon an outlier in the capitalists theory! We are in the early stages of planning significant enough changes to our home that moving out... View Article

July 3, 2018

Offer a Solution

___________________________ A senior mentor of mine offered a gentle admonishment that continues to resonate with me more than 20 years after he spoke. More proof, that our words remain deep in the conscience of the recipient, long after we believe them to be forgotten. After listening to what amounted to my regurgitation of a political commentators diatribe as to what was wrong with a particular social policy, he opined: It is easy to see what is wrong, but dont talk... View Article

April 2, 2018

Good Timing?

___________________ Have you ever had your ambitions belittled? Or the metaphorical claw of the crab in the bucket pulling you back among your peers? You are not alone. Some time ago a hockey buddy and his little brother joined our company as fledgling salespeople. We were a small independent real estate company of about 15 salespeople, and we too were fledgling. They were fresh out of University entering real estate sales at a time when it was relatively uncommon for... View Article