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Watch the Small Details

Published on Sunday, 16 February 2014 07:09:19    Written by Marc
Watch the Small Details
We sometimes hear the expression that the devil is in the details. Well, in real estate it often does seem to be the case. I once posted a blog here that talked about one single word that cost the company where I was working for about eight million dollars. A simple word "not" inserted in a clause did that. I remember thinking how that was an expensive word and I was lucky not to have been the person to negotiate that lease, but the unlucky one to have to "deal with it" during my time. I did suppose that the person who negotiated that lease did not watch the small details.

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Spend More Time with Your Consultants

Published on Tuesday, 11 February 2014 06:05:03    Written by Marc
Spend More Time with Your Consultants
I often find myself chatting or discussing with consultants from various fields, real estate brokers, energy specialists, experts in just about any fields ranging from environment to structure. One question I ask repeatedly is about how business is going in general and what projects they are working on. These two casual questions generally bring back interesting answers not only about what they are doing, but also about the relationship that they have with their clients.

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Taking Energy for Granted

Published on Friday, 7 February 2014 07:36:14    Written by Marc
Taking Energy for Granted
Is it not funny how we now take our typical energy sources, say, electricity and gas for granted these days?  I mean, they have always been around.  We probably only realize this when we miss power.  I miss electricity at home once or twice a year, either when we have a snowstorm with lots of wind, or if we have a summer storm…with lots of wind.

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Keep Learning!

Published on Tuesday, 4 February 2014 08:07:29    Written by Marc
Keep Learning!
I like to learn.  I am always trying to read a book, an article or discuss with someone about a new or better way to do something.  I take real joy when I put down an article or a book and say to myself how much a learned by reading it.  There is a sense of 'rassasier' which in French means you are full or completely satisfied (like after a great big long meal).

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Better Budgeting For Projects

Published on Friday, 31 January 2014 10:44:56    Written by Marc
Better Budgeting For Projects
Anyone that does a project, be it a renovation, construction, or other type of project, often comes out of the project thinking that it could have been done better with a little more planning.  In fact, over the past twenty some years, I do not really recall any project that I did myself where I did not think about this at the end of the project.  It is common for people to tell themselves that they could have done better.

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