Marty Douglas

Marty Douglas

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Cards on the table. I was born in 1945, first licensed in real estate in British Columbia in 1970, qualified in the ’70s as...

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Rolling into the 21st Century, the two boards on Vancouver Island were seeking executive officers and my observation in a 2001 REM column was, “Will the directors of those boards have the courage..."

Marty Douglas

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Marty Douglas on writing for REM: "It’s been a blast. REM has been full of surprises along the way, the best being a cake delivered to my west coast office door, decorated to mark my 100th column."

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If I had a nickel for every minute I have sat through meetings for work or with various community organizations, I swear I would be a millionaire. I am so wary of meetings now that when people ask me to come out, my first thought is to find a way to not attend.

We’ve seen a few changes since 1970.

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Let’s consider some of the changes and challenges since 1970. My pick for the No. 1 change is women in real estate. In 1970 there were companies that refused to have women licensees.

leave a brokerage

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Every manager and owner has one critical responsibility – recruiting. Then comes the nasty bit. Many leave because the work effort required is a surprise, because they aren’t as “lucky” as others, because their hands weren’t held as they crossed the road.

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Mr. Lee suggests the success of Uber is a red flag for our industry, that gatherers of big data will soon create platforms where buyer and seller will meet to finally accomplish what has been threatened for decades – disintermediation.

real estate and divorce

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At that long-ago conference, one of the keynote speakers – Gandalf the Grey perhaps – suggested the future of real estate would benefit greatly from divorce and the resulting new household formations.

Brian M. Collie

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Brian Collie was, as the best leaders are, inclusive, willing to share and even to yield the stage, to push those deserving of recognition or opportunity to the forefront. His legacy is his example.

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AGMs get poor representation except by those who are paid to be there, those within a few minutes driving distance and those few of us who think membership deserves attention to the governance of our multi-million dollar asset.