I had an experience with a car salesman in the summer that strongly reminded me that the bottom line of sales is measured in units sold, not the good of the customer and it brought into sharp focus some things that have been bothering me about the way real estate is practiced in our culture.
I have come to believe that the first set of hands that a house passes through on its way to market should not be those of a salesman and have begun to entertain a radical proposition – removing...
On Sunday afternoon, Sandra and Leah, kitchen designers and project managers from MASI DESIGN & RENOVATION, gave those of us in attendance an education in kitchen design and renovation.
Here are 10 surprising takeways from their presentation:
1. Want to install a kitchen that will look as modern and desirable in 10, 20, 30, 40, even 50 years from now as it does today? Think white on white - white cabinetry with white subway tile never goes out of style. Kitchen designers call this kitch...
When Buying clients of mine were able to qualify for a mortgage but not for mortgage insurance, I was really taken aback and at a loss to make sense of how that could be.
I don’t likenot understanding how things work because I don’t like being blindsided, so I asked a colleague of mine, mortgage broker Laurie Kotak, to help me. Specifically, I asked if she would be willing to “run my credit” and then use my report to teach me to see myself as a lender would see me.
I have a real distaste for being represented by a number.
And I have that Robin Hood streak that I mentioned in last month’s Scott McGillivray piece.
Grading, for example, is a practice that is almost singlehandedly responsible for the absence of risk-taking in our institutions of learning, and yet risk-taking is a crucial pre-requisite to learning. Argh! This makes me crazy.
Step on the scale? Never.
Let my age dictate my capabilities? Not going to happen. Keep that propaganda away from me....