Realtors should have a seat at the city planning table

I am thinking it might be time for local real estate boards and associations to go to the next level of involvement in municipal planning. Who knows a community better than a Realtor?
Yogi Berra

You can see a lot of things just by observing

One of Yogi Berra's many sayings was “You can see a lot of things just by observing.” It seems silly but, as a person who has observed the real estate industry now for almost 40 years, I find it to be most profound.

Our biggest housing challenge

We are facing many problems in our country. There is not enough time and space here to discuss all the challenges of health care, especially mental health care, as well as housing for the poor and marginalized people in our society.

Not for 16-year-olds

At 16, a person can drive a car. They can also buy a car and take on all the responsibilities that come with that such as insurance and liability. If driving that car results in criminal activity, that 16-year-old can be sentenced as an adult.

You have to be lucky to buy a home

No one should ever overlook that buying a property for the first time means making a huge investment. It means finding a truck load of money for a down payment.

Real estate philanthropy

It is hard to argue that as a group, Realtors may be the largest collection of philanthropists in Canada. Every month the Good Works column in REM is full to the brim.

Youth versus experience

There is always animosity between the young and the old. The way I see it, every profession can really enjoy the benefits of both sides, but I think that getting along is the greatest challenge of all.

Show them your badge

When I was boy back in the 1950s, licensed tradespeople had badges. If you wanted to know if the plumber or electrician who came to your house was licensed, you could just glance at his badge.

Publisher’s Page: A home for all seniors

I think the real estate industry can step up to the plate and help every senior in Canada in need of a home. I believe that our provincial real estate associations and CREA can act as champions for our aging population.

Owning what you sell

Today, telecom companies own many of the products they sell, such as sports teams and other entertainment shows. That is clearly not right. Rogers, for example, owns the Blue Jays.