7 Online Listing Tips for Real Estate Agents

We’ve been in the process of buying a house and over the past few months I’ve realized that many agents don’t really know how to use MLS (Canadian home listings) to it’s best. When your target buyers are becoming more computer and tech savvy, you must make sure the listings are up to par.   So here is a list of a few tips that I came up with while browsing the listings: 1. Communication is key. If your phone number and email are on the listing, then answer your phone and respond to emails fast! And better yet, make sure those emails/numbers actually work! (True story: I once had to do some googling to find the owner of a house we wanted to see and contacted them directly after numerous attempts to call the agent failed because they didn’t respond to emails and the...

The use of social media in strike situations

The title should actually be the MIS-use of social media, but that sounds too negative. Right now the Ontario College Support Staff are on strike across the province. I’ve seen strikes happen throughout my school experience, both in highschool and college, but never have had the chance to see it from the striker’s point of view. I myself am not involved but Danielle unfortunately is. She just started the college job in May, then this happened. From what she tells me about it, from the side of the support staff, the best I can do to help is keep informed with what the strike is about, and how both sides are feeling the pressure. Being the social media guy, I went to Twitter to keep up on the news and browse what people were saying about the strike. Negotiation leaders not using the tools...

Update Junkie

Hello everyone. My name is Aaron and I’m an update junkie. Wow that feels better. Have you ever turned on your Mac* or i-device and seen that red number appear on the app store icon, or had the software update box come up, and got excited wondering what was new? Yah that’s me. I have a craving for updates to the point where I’ll manually check for software updates if I haven’t seen one come up recently. I love the fact that the App Store tells you when your programs are out of date. I wish it would connect to all my programs. I also love finding new apps and trying them out. ‘Free’ is a keyword that is the icing on a new app cake. That being said, I thought I’d list a few resources I use to keep up on tech and apps...

Greatness when no one is watching.

A few days ago was recycling day on our street. We put the recycling out at night for a 7am pickup. Needless to say most people are not up and out before the pickup. Every few recycling days over the past couple years (at least every few that i’ve noticed), a man comes down the street with a shopping cart picking out the glass bottles (wine and beer) from the recycling. I’ve never really paid attention to him, figuring he needs the money he’ll get from turning them in and he’s really dedicated. But the last recycling morning was after a major storm. So that morning as I was getting ready for work, I heard him coming down the street, and just looked out the window in curiosity. (Side note: shopping carts coming down a street is really not a stealth move. They are...

Panhandlers and Compassion

Last week I was waiting behind a large white van at a stoplight at a busy intersection in London. On the median between lanes stood a man with a sign that read “Out of work, hungry, please help”. The man in the van called to get his attention and handed him what I saw to be a $20 bill. You’d at first expect the man with the sign to give a quick “thank you” then move back to the center of the median. But the reaction recieved wasn’t just one of thanks. The man carefully took the bill in awe, brought it to his lips and kissed it, kept looking at the giver’s face with tearing eyes and was beyond words. The gratitude in his face was unmistakeable. The man in the van kept talking to him, well into the green light. What he...