Back again in the 1970s, when I remaining a job at the Mississauga Times to get the job done for the Toronto Actual Estate Board, I was tasked with creating a farewell column to readers. A veteran reporter at our competition had just published a identical column, in which he thanked dozens of popular neighborhood and countrywide politicians and celebrities. But I experienced only been working at the Situations for 4 months and did not have an spectacular checklist of contacts to thank.
So I wrote that I couldn’t thank everyone I labored with at the Occasions, not because I didn’t have the space but simply because I hadn’t yet uncovered all their names. To make fun of the other columnist’s name-dropping, I thanked Mick Jagger and Margaret Trudeau, because “as much as I know, they have never explained a negative matter about me.”
Very well, now it’s time to say goodbye to REM’s readers and the shoe is on the other foot. The list of people I’d like to thank is way too extensive to involve all people who helped me form the editorial information of REM for the past 33 yrs. But below are some who created a major effects.
It commences with the dozens of freelance journalists REM hired about the several years. Susan Doran had a story in the extremely to start with challenge of REM and has composed hundreds of posts for us due to the fact then, not often lacking a thirty day period. Kathy Bevan was REM’s ace reporter for quite a few years, chasing down tales even when the subjects didn’t want to be interviewed. One particular year throughout the Western Relationship conference, she cornered a true estate board EO in an elevator when he experimented with to escape her issues.
Several many thanks also to Toby Welch, writer of more than 100 REM characteristics, and other long-time freelancers Diane Slawych, Mario Toneguzzi, Danny Kucharsky, Yvonne Dick, Don Procter, Sohini Bhattacharya, Dennis McCloskey, Connie Adair, Steve Maxwell, Myles Shane, Tony Palermo and the late Lloyd Manning.
REM would not have gained the believability it has in the serious estate business devoid of the contributions of numerous recent and former Realtors, who filled our internet pages with tips and observations, and didn’t shy absent from controversy.
Marty Douglas wrote a lot more than 250 columns, originally identified as Western Perspectives and then Metes & Bounds.
Barry Lebow, who assisted REM score a deal to produce a journal for a mortgage broker’s affiliation, wrote dozens of columns and a lot more a short while ago began creating videos that he shared with REM audience.
Dan St. Yves, a previous true estate agent in Kelowna, has been crafting a regular monthly humour column for REM since 2000, hardly ever lacking a thirty day period.
Carolyne has supplied as lots of Recipes for Realtors columns as we could use. She is also the most prolific commenter on all REM tales, presenting her get on the industry’s most current information. (And thanks also to our other most frequent commenters, Brian Martindale and PED.)
I also owe a personal debt of gratitude to Ross Wilson, Debbie Hanlon, Stan Albert, Ted Greenhough, Mark Brodsky, Chris Seepe, Aiman Attar, Peggy Blair, Aaron at TRES Labs and the late Albert Teichner. They all furnished a wealth of information for Realtors – click on the Columnists and Advice for Brokers tabs on this web site and test out their tales, and individuals of quite a few other visitor columnists.
The most-browse tales on REM have been constantly all those working with lawful challenges, and we were being blessed with several superb authorized writers. They incorporate Natalka Falcomer, Don Lapowich, Mark Weisleder, Martin Rumack, Bob Aaron, Shaneka Shaw Taylor, James Prepare dinner and 1 of REM’s most significant supporters, Avi Rosen. A lot of many thanks to you all.
Our print magazine had a resident photographer – Marko Shark, who then turned the process around to his son Elijah. Thanks for all the wonderful images men. And thanks to Craig Hodge and Darla Furlani, who delivered REM cover shots from the West Coastline.
Many thanks to those who presented REM with their movie content material: David Greenspan, Richard Robbins, Toni Sing and Jenny Wun, Shawn Bell, Nicole Attias and several some others.
To all people who sent me a story about a new place of work employ or charitable endeavour in their neighborhood, thank you. Thanks to all the boards and associations who sent us editorial contributions and distributed the print version of REM to their users. Many thanks to the employees at CREA, who supported us in the course of the years, even while they generally did not treatment for what we wrote and were being aggravated that we refused to put Realtor in capital letters.
And eventually (yes, I know the new music is playing and they want me to wind this up), a term about the men and women at REM. Artwork director Liz Mackin experienced fantastic patience in placing with each other most of the print issues in excess of the yrs. Thanks also to graphic designers Shawn Kelly, Yee Truong and Eilidh Harding.
It was terrific doing the job with “Uncle Barry” Holmes, and later profits director Dennis Rock. When Dennis retired, his daughter Amanda came on board and quickly turned the most well-liked REM staffer at trade exhibits.
Thanks also to hard-working output and distribution manager Mila Purcell (who acquired me hooked on Brother Jack McDuff) and output co-ordinator Judy Cupsky.
I wrote about Heino Molls and the start of REM when he retired. We misplaced Heino in 2019 and I’ve thought about him every working day since.
William Molls took about as REM’s publisher and CEO and has designed a valiant effort and hard work to hold it going in the course of the pandemic, hardly ever straying from our philosophy of delivering high-quality editorial information and not providing out, when it would have been uncomplicated to do so. Thanks for all your help, Will. Your father would be proud.
All right, that’s ample, besides for a personalized plug: despite the fact that I will be “mostly retired”, I’ll go on creating about Canadian true estate in my column at Realty Times. And I seem ahead to viewing what a new group will do with REM.