In real estate location is not everything - and timing can change everything.
I remember meeting Leona Snider (CEO for Okanagan real estate development "The Rise")- a powerhouse of a woman full of great passion when she came to present a project update at a Century 21 Executives Realty sales meeting - what must be now 3 or even 4 years ago. I came away with the thought that it takes courage, massive dedication, resources and yes balls to be a real estate developer...especially one who dares to create new living concept.
I think it is important to honour people like Leona who have the courage to act on their dreams. I hope that our announcement today that an offer to purchase the project (subject only to court approval - all other conditions having been satisfied) will be a welcome one for her - and one that will come to be seen as the end of a dark chapter in the story of her vision - but not the end to it.
There is a poignancy to transactions like this - in those that have been either foreclosed or under creditor protection. I remember being excited to get my first "foreclosure" listing over a year ago... right up until the time I put the key into the lock and opened the door onto someones abandoned hope. That feeling was amplified enormously this spring when we took on the Port Side Court receivership sale in Sicamous,BC On one hand I was tasked with creating excitement around the "deal" of receivership and on the other - we faced the enormous sense of very real loss for the family involved.
Opportunity is everywhere. Without the courageous and creative we would live in a very different world.
On twitter today I answered the question "if you could have 1 lunch with 1 celebrity... who would it be and why?" with "Steve Nash - short white BC kid repeats as NBA MVP - courage, drive, determination and application of massive skills" or something like that.
Leona - I salute you. You are right up there with Steve in my books. I hope that we all can see your dream come true - thank you for sharing it with the world.
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