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Sounds like a cliché, but I had stopped expecting real authentic moments with others for a while now. After all, I was honest and had integrity, but I kept running up against others who weren’t, – prejudging and quickly discarding those that didn’t fit my test for “real & authentic”, I didn’t have time for phony moments or other’s agendas anymore…
Tired and disillusioned with the inauthenticity all around, I grew cynical, judgemental and guarded with those in my path.
One day I received a call from my little sister (21 years younger than me), and now in her thirties. It was surprising because we had rarely ever talked. She was calling to tell me that she was very sorry that she had not been a good sister to me all these years, and that she had not made an effort to change that and was really hoping that we could mend any problems and start a new good relationship together…
I was blown away! For years, I had felt guilty for not having a better relationship with my sister (I rationalized – that since I was already out of the house, 21 years older and in a different city when she was born and growing up, that a real relationship was not in the cards for us).
I assured her that she was a great sister and I never felt that we had any problems, in fact I thought it was me that needed to apologize and be a better brother to her, after all, I was supposed to be the big brother that was there and looking out for her – but hadn’t been…
All these years of guilt, hurt, misunderstandings and stories about each other, was time wasted; opportunities for real authentic moments missed – until now…
Reflecting on my sister’s courage to call me that day, and honestly share her thoughts and take responsibility for her part in our relationship, it opened up a space, a clearing for a real moment between us. It allowed me to ponder my role in this. I appreciated her courage in being open and honest about her thoughts, the impact on me and her desire to start a new relationship, it left me touched and open to sharing my true thoughts with her.
Since that conversation, I have completely changed my thinking of her and am working on transforming our relationship.
Her action left me touched, inspired and wanting to be better. But more importantly, my little sister taught me that if I wanted to have real connections – I must have the courage to set aside my judgements, share and think about the impact I or my sharing will have on that person. Then if we are lucky, we can have opportunities for whatever is possible…
Maybe my “honesty and integrity” was just another story, hiding and preventing real connections from occurring for me, exactly what i was disillusioned about… My judgements and cynical views were shutting down my possibilities for genuine communication – that was why my sister’s call to me, had made such an impact.
This was a new beginning of self examination, allowing me to take responsibility for transforming my moments and creating real authenticity in my world.
My sister later told me what had brought her, to this event, in her personal development…
My wife and I wish to extend to you our heartfelt thanks for expeditiously selling our home at a price very close to that we had agreed upon.
As a retired Realtor, I know that there is often more pretence than substance in Realtors’ self promoting ads.
We experienced the opposite with your team.
After four months of unsuccessful attempt with another Big Name Real Estate Company, in less than one month of visits and open-houses in a whirl, our house was sold.
I must say that I was impressed by your personal commitment and unremitting efforts.
Congratulations! Best regards.
“This month we have seen an increase in inventory – which means that buyers have more choice – and it means that now in some areas sellers are competing for buyers,” says 2017 Victoria Real Estate Board President Ara Balabanian.
There were 1,896 active listings for sale on the Victoria Real Estate Board Multiple Listing Service® at the end of May 2017, an increase of 12.2 per cent compared to the month of April, but 21.2 per cent fewer than the 2,406 active listings for sale at the end of May 2016.
A total of 1,006 properties sold in the Victoria Real Estate Board region this May, 22 per cent fewer than the 1,289 properties sold in May last year. The ten year average for sales in May is 815 properties.
“There are many different market conditions in Victoria, because we have so many different neighbourhoods and different levels of demand for those neighbourhoods,” adds President Balabanian. “The market won’t change immediately, but we can track a shift as more inventory enters the market to meet the demand from buyers. Overall, pressure on pricing is easing because of the increase in inventory and the rate of increase of price is normalizing. As we have predicted, we are seeing the beginning of a gradual return to a balanced market in the Victoria area. In conditions such as the ones we see now, it’s more important than ever to have an expert REALTOR® on your side whether you are buying or selling a property.”
The Multiple Listing Service® Home Price Index benchmark value for a single family home in the Victoria Core in May 2016 was $706,500. The benchmark value for the same home in May 2017 has increased by 16.8 per cent to $825,500.
About the Victoria Real Estate Board – Founded in 1921, the Victoria Real Estate Board is a key player in the development of standards and innovative programs to enhance the professionalism of REALTORS®. The Victoria Real Estate Board represents 1,363 local Realtors. If you are thinking about buying or selling a home, connect with your local Realtor for detailed information on the Victoria and area housing market.
~ excerpt from ~ Victoria Real Estate Board
I feel compelled to write this letter of reference for Ivan Delano, after considering the liability and problems of selling my own property.
After interviewing several agents, I decided to move forward with Ivan from Sutton Group, because I was impressed with his straightforward approach and fearless honesty (I had purposely spouted a high asking price to see if agents had the guts to tell me I was wrong; and only Ivan passed this honesty test), I felt strongly the right agent would have to be able to simplify the process to buyers, as well as excel at online
marketing… Ivan met the mark perfectly.
Ivan understands buyers needs, and as an experienced agent I know how important that really is.
What became even more important, that I hadn’t considered at the outset, is that the agent always be available to answer the phone or email. In my case, this became crucial to the success of the sale, so, thankfully, I had Ivan looking after the sale.
Feel free to call me if you have any questions, because I can’t say enough about how glad I am for having Ivan there to market and sell my house.
Peter Veri, Fair Realty
We would like to express our deepest thanks and appreciation to Ivan Delano for making our selling experience one of the best that we have ever had. We were not going to use a Realtor but decided to hear what Ivan at Sutton Realty had to offer. Not only did Ivan offer to list our condominium for our asking price, Ivan got us an offer, higher than we ever expected. Our property even sold before it was listed on MLS. I think it took 4 days in total.
Ivan was so intuitive with the real estate market. Very knowledgeable with advising us on some legal issues, that could occur if we sold by owner. Ivan is a very professional and well-organized person. Ivan went above and beyond what we ever expected from a realtor agent. We would recommend Ivan to anyone needing real estate services. We also are presenting Ivan with a substantial bonus on top of the real estate fee, as we feel he should receive some kind act of appreciation from us.
Thanks Ivan……… Hats off to you for all what you have done for us…..
The first thing I would like to say is thank you; I am not in the habit of writing referral letters and as a businessman, I am hard to impress but you did just that. It is a rare occasion when someone has worked as diligently on my behalf and convinced me by their actions that they have my best interests in mind.
After a very unproductive 3-month listing with a “discount” broker, it was refreshing to have you proactively contact me and have a discussion about earning my business as opposed to accepting it (the attitude I received from some other realtors). During our initial meeting you presented me with a compelling argument for your services and I was impressed by the unique approach that gave me excellent exposure for no increased cost to me. When we agreed to execute a listing contract, I was still a little skeptical given my past experience but my skepticism quickly evaporated, however, when I got more attention from you than I could have hoped for. You were excited about the opportunity, immediately engaged and very proactive in developing a plan that would market and sell my property. I was impressed with how quickly you activated my listing and prepared the marketing materials (Ivan you have an excellent eye for the taking the best pictures of my home). I was happy to hear the realistic suggestions you had for things I could do to help market the property.
Being a businessman, I always come back to the old adage that “the proof is in the results” and did I ever get results! Within the first week of signing the listing with you, I had more interest and showings of my home than I did during the entire prior three months under the old listing and within less than two weeks I had an accepted offer. I would like to again point out how impressed I was with your advocacy on my behalf right up until the last of the conditions came off of the offer.
I truly felt like I got double the attention throughout the whole process and I am a convert — you can add my name to your long list of very satisfied clients and you will have my business for as long as I’m in Victoria and you are involved with real estate. I highly recommend you to anybody in need of real estate services and I mention your name frequently when talking to friends.
Thank you again very much for the superb service!
My partner and I have been working with Ivan for the last few years. Within that timeframe, we have bought and sold several houses on our way to becoming real estate developers/investors. Ivan’s knowledge of the local market has proven invaluable many times over, and we attribute a great deal of our success to his dedication and expertise. He has an incredible eye for opportunity, and of equal if not greater importance, is able to identify potential problems as well. On the more concrete side of things, Ivan is always available to answer questions, whatever the hour!, is well organized, punctual, and always meets or exceeds our expectations.
Cole Skelly and Elizabeth Milder
Expansion Properties, Ltd.
We have known Ivan for over 25 years and he has helped us buy and sell many properties over that time.
I was originally inspired to help my daughter when she was exploring a vegetarian lifestyle & was running into much opposition in her pursuit (through ridicule, criticism and belittlement).
After committing to join her in her efforts for 1 month, I was awakened to my own possibilities for personal growth and fulfillment, now continuing through InspiredLiving.Life, Pinterest.com/InspiredLiving and Facebook.com/InspiredLiving.Life.
So my journey into vegetarianism began.
Let me preface this by saying that, I was a lifelong meat and food lover – and this was going to be somewhat of an onerous task… However, the fact that it was going to help my daughter, and was only for one month, made it do-able for me.
Although I understood why my daughter was drawn to this lifestyle, and had espoused all the health and environmental benefits of it, it wasn’t until she showed me a video on animal cruelty, that I was truly impacted…My reason for helping her was now solidified.
The day after Thanksgiving a handful of years ago, I ate my last drumstick…
With an overly full stomach, I went to bed happy and awoke the next day wondering what I had been thinking, to embark on such a nutty journey.
The knowledge that I was supporting my daughter pulled me back into the reality of my promise to her. So I had toast, coffee, leftover mashed potatoes and rice stuffing from the day before and ate my way to integrity, lol!
Realizing that I would have another 30 days of this to look forward to, I quickly started to think about how i would get through it without eating carrots & celery sticks all day:-(
Well eating out wouldn’t be that hard as i could always eat veggie burgers, fries and meatless pastas and oh yeah – salads:-)
For my favorite breakfast of bacon, eggs and toast – I replaced it with eggs, avocado & toast, lunches would be noodles / soups / meatless sandwiches and dinners – pastas / stir fries / casseroles, curries and whatever else I could think up.
And so it went for the next 30 days.
Whenever I would get a craving or a reason/excuse to cheat, all I had to do was think about letting my daughter down, or thinking about eating my cat (yes – sounds kooky – but I rationalized that if I wouldn’t eat my cat, that I loved – how could I eat any other animal and deprive them of their life, feelings – and further animal suffering, by consuming them). This was my goto strategy in any moment of weakness, from the smell of KFC, BBQ’s or tempting food that may be in front of me.
The days started to progress quickly and I found myself being conscious of what i was consuming, planning my next meal in my head and coming up with hacks and substitutions for meals that i would be eating… This transformed my thinking and allowed me to never be hungry or be in a situation where I’d have to eat meat!
Well about 2 weeks into this exercise, everything was going quite well and I thought, why shouldn’t I just go all in? If I was serious about not eating animals – why subjugate them at all? So for the next 2 weeks I would go vegan! I was already doing well as a vegetarian and it would only be another 14 days, so why not go for it…
Now this was a lot harder than I thought, as I loved eggs / cheese / butter and dairy products!
I jumped in with both feet and had to double my efforts to stay on course with my commitment to my daughter. As before, armed with my procedures for my moments of weakness and next meal planning, I was able to do it – & quite well if I do say so myself:-)
It was becoming second nature to think this way, and it enabled me to finish my month!I was happy to have completed my commitment and actually felt physically better and morally elevated (i’m so good:-). I had done something to satisfy my non-participation to animal suffering by not eating them or their products. I wouldn’t be part of that chain of suffering any longer and it was awesome!
Well surprisingly enough to me, I felt this great feeling of accomplishment and really how little of an actual change to my way of living it was (the act of substituting vegan burgers / chili / curries / stir frys etc for meat ones was not really a big deal) – so why wouldn’t I just keep going, until it wasn’t working for me anymore?All these years later it’s reinforced my accidental veganism and I’ve developed so many hacks / easy ways of eating, that now it is my way of life and believe me, I love food and eat more than I ever did – but not at the expense of animal suffering, world ecology or my health. But whatever your thoughts or reasons, why not be the possibility of inspired eating!
This is how it all started for me – Good luck!