October 2017

Found 3 blog entries for October 2017.


I'll never forget the business lessons I learned while eating steak with Alberta's best beef farmers.

My good friend Kent has been talking about buying his first house for a while. His parents Lorne and Sandi Zentner were in town last week checking on the city wing of their family business, Silver Sage Beef. It only took a few nights of Sandi sharing her son’s bed and Lorne on an air mattress in the living room of Kent's tiny apartment for them to tell my wife (on her weekly visit to pick up steaks, ribs, and meatballs), 'we're ready for Tim to find us a house'.

Within a few hours, the conversation had escalated to plans for a dinner party. And that evening the Zentner family walked through our door with a package of their best steaks, a ribeye for

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This blog is old school.

I originally wrote the first part of this blog two years ago, without any references to 90s rap. 

Then I wrote everything below last year when our market started to shift. It's even truer today than it was last spring. So it's kinda like a remix or a throwback, or I'll Be Missin' You.

There's been a complete shift in Calgary's real estate market since, and at the same time, I've greatly improved my ability to relate unrelateable things. I am still committed to beating the 'buy low, sell high' horse until everyone that reads my blog is complaining: 

Mo Money Mo Problems... 

During the infamous 'boom' years of 2006-2007 I discovered that, instead of putting my newly acquired Kinesiology degree to use, I could make

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I'm going to use a Boardwalk Empire analogy:

You come to Nucky Thompson and say, 'There's a truckload of Canadian Club coming from the border but I need to give them the cash up front. A truckload of whiskey costs $1000. I can sell it over a period of time for a huge profit. I only have $100. Can you spot me $900 if I pay you $1500 in installments.'

Nucky says 'Sounds good. I'm in. But I want you to pay 20% of the cost up front. Anything less than that is too risky for me.'

'I only have 10%. Can't we work something out? You can break my knees if I don't pay.'

'I don't break knees anymore, I just wear really great suits and make tons of money. Here's what I'll do: I'm going to talk to Mickey Doyle. He's going to check you out and make sure you

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