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REM was launched in 1989 by my father, Heino, only about a 12 months immediately after I was born.

The tale, as he informed it to me, was that REM was primarily intended to advertise his primary business – a cable television channel identified as Actual Estate Television.

It exhibited a revolving catalogue of serious estate listings. Photographs of a assets for sale would scroll by and a narrator would examine the listing’s description – such as, as we’d later on snicker about, lots of clichés. Each listing experienced “charming” again patios, “cosy” interiors, “rare” sights of the metropolis and so on.

My dad experienced remaining his position with the Toronto Genuine Estate Board to become an entrepreneur and pursue starting up up this cable channel, an prospect he felt was as well fantastic to disregard. He was an immigrant chasing the Canadian dream.

When my father needed to promote the possibility to have listings highlighted on Authentic Estate Tv set, he made the decision to location an advertisement in the countrywide trade magazine for Realtors in Canada. That is when he identified some thing astonishing: There was not 1.

And that, more or a lot less, is the story of how REM arrived to be.

The cable television channel eventually was taken over by Rogers and quickly REM grew to become my dad’s main small business. With no really intending to, he became a journal publisher. It finished up getting a position he’d maintain for virtually 30 several years.

Considerably like my father, I never ever supposed to develop into a magazine publisher, both. I went into the loved ones enterprise at first as our “digital media manager” – which my father and I in some cases joked meant the “resident younger man or woman.”

I went to college for broadcasting but have generally experienced a passion for design and style and coding. The yr before graduating, it was crystal clear to me that REM’s site had a whole lot of space for improvement. I supplied to enable with a redesign employing a system named WordPress, and ahead of extended I found myself dependable for building and protecting anything electronic at REM – e mail newsletters, a social media existence, on the internet advertisements, everyone’s email accounts and anything at all else IT-connected. Above the decades, and as the globe of publishing and journalism improved, our digital aspect went from being an afterthought to a critical section of our company.

My dad retired as publisher of REM in 2018, only a calendar year shy of its 30th anniversary. When he did, he handed that mantle on to me. He died a calendar year later.

At the time, REM was going through immense strain, as was – and is – the circumstance for every single news publication in the environment. Visitors, specifically on the internet, hope the very same high quality but with no any charge or inconvenience, and our base line was getting tighter and tighter with every calendar year.

My father experienced instilled in me a belief in the value of quality journalism, and that it was the most vital expense for the magazine. Quite a few other publications both threw up paywalls to have their on line readers fork out the big difference or slice corners – most specifically in the high quality of what they revealed. We’ve accomplished our most effective to strike the right balance, without the need of resorting to either possibility.

Only a few months following Heino handed absent, the globe shut down because of a world wide viral pandemic. At a time when REM was now at a turning level and trying to discover new strategies to adapt, this was a enormous setback. Our monthly print journal was delivered to actual estate workplaces throughout the place. If all people workplaces were being closed, who was remaining to get it?

Following a number of wrong begins of reprieve from lockdowns, it grew to become apparent that a return to print may well not be in the playing cards for really some time. As a end result, our digital side finished up turning into the crux of our entire operation. Whilst it was equipped to bring us to what (we hope) is the end line of this pandemic, it regrettably wasn’t adequate.

So we will be suspending normal updates to our web page and e mail newsletters, starting up right now.

Relocating ahead, I will be stepping aside as REM’s publisher and CEO – a career neither my father nor myself at any time seriously meant on keeping, but even so has been as gratifying as it was hard.

We are in the system of obtaining a new ownership crew for REM, to carry on its set up id as Canada’s leading magazine for true estate business stakeholders and industry experts.

I am particular that, with a new staff in location, REM will be again and far better than ever.

In the meantime, I want to thank Jim Adair for his more than 30 a long time of service as REM’s editor. He has been REM’s voice and is the male most responsible for its set up track record for integrity, independence and high quality journalism.

I also want to thank you, our readers, with no whom REM would not exist. Just about everywhere I’ve gone, throughout the country, I have satisfied Realtors who know and appreciate REM. Your rely on and assist for this publication is what has designed it specific for around 3 a long time. We have viewed imitators come and go but none experienced the exact same mix of excellent articles and a loyal readership. Without having that, REM in no way would have succeeded.

While this is the ending of one particular chapter, I glimpse ahead to what the foreseeable future nevertheless but retains for this publication.

For now, as my father would say, hold a joyful assumed.


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