Back in the 1970s, when I remaining a job at the Mississauga Occasions to work for the Toronto Actual Estate Board, I was tasked with crafting a farewell column to audience. A veteran reporter at our competition had just penned a equivalent column, in which he thanked dozens of prominent regional and national politicians and superstars. But I had only been operating at the Moments for 4 months and did not have an outstanding checklist of contacts to thank.
So I wrote that I could not thank everybody I labored with at the Times, not for the reason that I didn’t have the room but mainly because I hadn’t but uncovered all their names. To make pleasurable of the other columnist’s name-dropping, I thanked Mick Jagger and Margaret Trudeau, since “as much as I know, they have by no means claimed a terrible issue about me.”
Nicely, now it’s time to say goodbye to REM’s audience and the shoe is on the other foot. The listing of individuals I’d like to thank is also prolonged to consist of everyone who assisted me form the editorial material of REM for the past 33 many years. But listed here are some who created a substantial effect.
It starts with the dozens of freelance journalists REM hired about the yrs. Susan Doran experienced a tale in the quite initial situation of REM and has published hundreds of articles or blog posts for us given that then, rarely lacking a month. Kathy Bevan was REM’s ace reporter for numerous a long time, chasing down tales even when the subjects didn’t want to be interviewed. Just one 12 months for the duration of the Western Relationship meeting, she cornered a actual estate board EO in an elevator when he experimented with to escape her inquiries.
Many many thanks also to Toby Welch, author of far more than 100 REM attributes, and other extensive-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 obtained the reliability it has in the genuine estate sector without having the contributions of a lot of current and previous Realtors, who loaded our internet pages with suggestions and observations, and did not shy away from controversy.
Marty Douglas wrote more than 250 columns, originally termed Western Views and then Metes & Bounds.
Barry Lebow, who served REM score a deal to deliver a magazine for a mortgage loan broker’s affiliation, wrote dozens of columns and a lot more lately commenced developing films that he shared with REM audience.
Dan St. Yves, a former actual estate agent in Kelowna, has been composing a monthly humour column for REM because 2000, under no circumstances missing a month.
Carolyne has provided as a lot of Recipes for Realtors columns as we could use. She is also the most prolific commenter on all REM stories, featuring her get on the industry’s newest news. (And thanks also to our other most repeated 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 offered a prosperity of data for Realtors – simply click on the Columnists and Assistance for Brokers tabs on this web-site and test out their tales, and those of many other guest columnists.
The most-read through tales on REM ended up continuously all those working with lawful challenges, and we were being blessed with lots of superb authorized writers. They consist of Natalka Falcomer, Don Lapowich, Mark Weisleder, Martin Rumack, Bob Aaron, Shaneka Shaw Taylor, James Cook and 1 of REM’s greatest supporters, Avi Rosen. A lot of many thanks to you all.
Our print magazine experienced a resident photographer – Marko Shark, who then turned the activity around to his son Elijah. Many thanks for all the fantastic visuals men. And thanks to Craig Hodge and Darla Furlani, who furnished REM address pictures from the West Coast.
Thanks to those people who presented REM with their online video content material: David Greenspan, Richard Robbins, Toni Sing and Jenny Wun, Shawn Bell, Nicole Attias and quite a few other folks.
To anyone who sent me a story about a new business employ the service of or charitable endeavour in their group, thank you. Thanks to all the boards and associations who despatched us editorial contributions and dispersed the print edition of REM to their associates. Thanks to the team at CREA, who supported us throughout the several years, even however they typically did not care for what we wrote and were being annoyed that we refused to put Real estate agent in money letters.
And ultimately (yes, I know the tunes is taking part in and they want me to wind this up), a term about the people at REM. Artwork director Liz Mackin had terrific endurance in placing collectively most of the print issues about the many years. Many thanks also to graphic designers Shawn Kelly, Yee Truong and Eilidh Harding.
It was excellent functioning with “Uncle Barry” Holmes, and later on revenue director Dennis Rock. When Dennis retired, his daughter Amanda arrived on board and straight away turned the most common REM staffer at trade exhibits.
Many thanks also to difficult-operating creation and distribution supervisor Mila Purcell (who received 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 believed about him every single working day considering the fact that.
William Molls took more than as REM’s publisher and CEO and has produced a valiant hard work to retain it likely through the pandemic, by no means straying from our philosophy of offering quality editorial content and not promoting out, when it would have been effortless to do so. Many thanks for all your aid, Will. Your dad would be very pleased.
Okay, that is adequate, except for a private plug: whilst I will be “mostly retired”, I’ll proceed crafting about Canadian actual estate in my column at Realty Periods. And I seem forward to looking at what a new staff will do with REM.