Perhaps I’m guilty of mailing-in my Wednesday blog post, but I’m sorry folks, there just aren’t enough hours in this day…
So let me give you something to chew on, and while this isn’t meant to be a self-promotional plug (ironic, since this entire blog is technically one), I will say that I’m scheduled to speak at Wednesday night’s Toronto Life event called, “Toronto Tomorrow: Real Estate, How We Live, And The Ever-Changing City.”
You’re all invited!
I get seven minutes up on stage to try to deliver meaningful words to a ticket-buying audience.
What can you do in seven minutes?
And yes, I’m aware of the obvious joke out there, for those of you with gutter-minds.
“Not pleasure my wife,” may have been in the first draft of my humourous and thought-provoking speech, but I thought better of it.
Anyways. Silly seven minutes…
For a guy that routinely turns a two-minute conversation into a 2,000 word blog post, delivering a speech in seven minutes is next to impossible.
Oh, and I get to go first, with four other speakers to follow.
Toronto Life is putting on a real estate event on Wednesday night, with the aforementioned title: “Toronto Tomorrow: Real Estate, How We Live, And The Ever-Changing City.”
I was asked to be a part of the panel, and upon seeing who else they have lined up, I’m somewhat humbled:
Sam Mizrahi – Developer, Mizrahi Developments
Alexandra Dagg – Public Policty Director, AirBnB Canada
Guela Solow-Ruda – Architect, Ark Inc.
Richard Sommer – Dean of the Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design at the University of Toronto.
I’m not big on social functions.
In fact, this is the last place you might ever expect to see me, with the first place being “on my couch,” and perhaps “with pizza and Crown Royal.”
But what the heck, sometimes it’s good to get out of your comfort zone. I think.
So what am I going to talk about? Before a condo developer, a lobbyist for AirBnB, and the dean?
Well, with my seven minutes, I have to get a point across.
And, I essentially have to summarize 11 years of blogging!
What can I tell people that will give them something to take away from the event?
Look beyond the headlines.
Dig deeper into the numbers.
Don’t believe the hype.
The best advice I can offer somebody who is interested in Toronto real estate, but wants whatever ‘truth’ is possible to attain, would boil down to those three taglines, all of which will make my presentation, in lieu of coming up with one.
Oh, and for what it’s worth, I’m working this into the mix on Wednesday night:
If you think I’d speak at a Toronto Life function, and not call them out on their 8-year-old prediction about a market bubble, that cost people a 91% appreciation on the average home price in Toronto, then you really don’t know me.
But seriously. It’s in there. Don’t doubt it for a second.
I’ll be back on Friday with new material. For now, feel free to debate how much that home, pictured above, would sell for today…