Like it or not, the tsunami of news from 2018’s World Cup in Russia is inescapable! Over 730 players representing 32 global teams are dreaming of becoming legends, winning the cup and scoring those timeless, spectacular goals.
On the field’s edge, stands each team’s coach, calculating every move and evaluating plays before anyone else can see them.
And for me, managing a busy real estate practice is akin to being a coach, overseeing numerous, parallel soccer games in various states of play, and all on the same field.
Each line of scrimmage is like a real estate deal: a buyer and a seller — opposite teams — facing against each other.
And like every possession, each deal starts at one end zone, and is hopefully kicked down to the other.
Smooth deals only need a handful of big plays to cover the field.
In bumpier deals, gains are grudgingly eked out a few yards at a time.
Soccer prepared me for life. Every pass and play, goal or foul, win or loss, coached me through the game of life.
Like Canadian children captivated by dreams of playing in the NHL, young boys in my country of Romania dreamt of soccer stardom. Soccer is life, life is soccer.
My father, uncle and I frequently attended soccer matches, where I envisioned myself standing among the star players in Romania’s top league, Liga 1.
At the age of nine, I entered tryouts for my local farm team, knowing that every professional player began competitive play early in their childhood.
I wasn’t chosen. For a week, I was devastated — my dream denied.
My father — never one to give up — took action. Taking me to the local team’s management, he persuaded the coach to agree in giving me another chance.
Had it not been for my father’s determination, my story would’ve been very different. I swore to myself that I would play my absolute best, never letting this second chance slip away.
By the time I was 15, soccer overruled school. My academics were suffering, but my teenage bullheadedness convinced me that my professional soccer career was at hand.
Nobody was derailing me from my goal of soccer stardom.
At 17, in front of 15-thousand roaring spectators, I lined up with 10 other Liga 1 players. This opportunity to play several matches among my country’s best players instilled me with pride and was an experience unlike anything before.
Shortly after, I was selected for national tryouts, where players under 18-years-old scrimmaged in front of Romania’s top coaches and scouts who searched for players to place in Liga 1 farm teams.
Selected at number 53 overall, I was overcome with excitement. I played the Beautiful Game passionately, and now I was well on my way to making my dreams come true.
I didn’t know the challenges that’d soon face me, and the difficult decisions I’d be forced to make.
But when those trials arose, the grit and perseverance I developed on the field would prove to serve me well.
I may not have won the World Cup. But my success in real estate, founded through my life on the soccer field, is sweeter yet.
Dadsizing is Downsizing For Dads!
Dad’s got everything. But does he have too much of everything?
Maybe he’s looking to downsize his castle but it’s surrounded by walls of junk? Perhaps he’s stubbed his toe on the Bowflex being used as a coat hanger, again.
Father’s Day may be done, but you can still give him the gift of Downsizing or Dadsizing.
Much like downsizing, Dadsizing is about trading the big, old house and moving into something a little sleeker. It’s not unlike selling off the family’s aging wagon for a slick, head-turning, curve-hugging roadster.
How do you start? A little bit of convincing is the best first step, and money talks. Every garage or spare room is a potential treasure trove with plenty of Craigslist finds.
Roll up your sleeves, grab some beers and begin hauling out anything that looks valuable. Make a spreadsheet, writing in each item and how much you feel it’s worth. Then take a photo of each item, and save it all together.
Head onto Craigslist and/or Kijiji and post each item with accompanying photos. Pretty soon, that Bowflex is going to be gone and Dad’s wallet will be seriously bulked up. And all that new space means there’s room for that new motorcycle he’s been eying.
Or if Dad would prefer to kick up his feet, hiring a Vancouver downsizing expert who minimizes mess and maximizes returns is a great way to go.
Perhaps Dad wants to make that money work for him, as a down payment on a Vancouver condo or townhome? With undercover parking for that motorcycle too! Call Michael Tudorie at 604-910-7777.
Just when we thought the hardest thing to get out of our basement was that TV from 1993, we hear about Michael Rotondo, who has sued his parents for wanting him evicted.
The 30-year-old New York man took his parents, Christina and Mark, to court, claiming their eviction notices did not provide him enough time. Polite notes from his parents included suggestions that Michael find work and sell things with significant value, especially “any weapons you may have.”
We’re likely to never face a case that messy. But we do have messy crawlspaces, garages and rooms. Ever worry about someone seeing your stuff, feeling you’ll be put on trial? Maybe you want to downsize to a smaller home but don’t know where all the junk will go?
Fortunately, unlike large adult sons, clutter can’t appeal its eviction and it doesn’t need 30 days notice to leave.
But dealing with it does need a plan.
Be Judicious With Junk
Start by serving notice to yourself, mentally preparing to go through with the job. Set a target date to begin, and start your preparations. Have a clear area near the clutter that allows you to sort items by clear categories, such as ‘Love It,’ and ‘Lose It.’ Use this opportunity time to book any dumpsters, bins or trucks that you may need.
Once the trial begins, go for the obvious throw-away’s first. As your room clears, so will your resolve to be as judicious as possible.
If your trial isn’t going well, it’s time to get representation. Calling in the experts like decluttering expert Janet Clarke at A Helping Hand can give you the upper hand.
Or, call in the kids to help out. And if they say ‘no,’ just tell them that you won’t de-clutter, sentencing them to a life of owning your junk in addition to theirs. They’ll be plea dealing in no time!
If you want to downsize your Vancouver home or have a 'Michael' in your basement who needs to move, contact me at email@example.com or at 604-910-7777!