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Bruce is an entrepreneur/real estate broker/developer/coach/urban guru/keynote speaker/Sens founder/novelist/columnist/peerless husband/dad.

Jun 06

Leo Muldoon has passed

By Bruce Firestone | Family

May he #RIP. Leo got me out of all sorts of scrapes including one wintry day he had his almost brand-new tractor clearing one of our ponds so my kids could skate that Xmas. I watched as he elegantly swept back and forth rather majestically moving snow to uncover pristine ice beneath. However, I noticed […]

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May 12

Backyard Oasis Course

By Bruce Firestone | Business Coaching , Entrepreneurship , Firestone Institute , Investing , PB4L , Real Estate , Real Estate Investment Coaching , Tiny Homes

How to add not only beauty to any property but make it more profitable too plus how to turn this into a personal business of your own *** Your instructor: Bruce M Firestone, B Eng (civil), M Eng-Sci, PhD, Real Estate Investment and Business coach, Ottawa Senators founder, ROYAL LePAGE Performance Realty broker, https://www.linkedin.com/in/profbruce You […]

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Mar 18

Melody Place: bringing back the magic

By Bruce Firestone | Architecture , Business Models , Design , Entrepreneurship , Ideas , Sports & Entertainment

In the early days of the Ottawa Senators, it was all about creating magic in terms of building design and operation/presentation. The Palladium (now Canadian Tire Centre) was designed to model the Roman Coliseum and there was even talk about dressing servers and security personnel in Roman garb 😊 Modern game day entertainment/production in stadiums/arenas […]

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Mar 19

White Angel of Merida Mexico

By Bruce Firestone | Business Coaching , Business Models , Entrepreneurship , Finance , PB4L , Sales & Marketing

This silent angel in downtown Merida (aka Centro) offers you one slip of paper to guide your future. For 20 pesos, mine read (in Spanish), “Sometimes you win, sometimes you learn.” #Excellent message. This young woman dresses up every Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday in her angel costume, which she designed and fabbed herself. She […]

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May 01

Path to creating affordable housing is out there but only possible if cities and towns make it so

By Bruce Firestone | Architecture , Business Models , Design , Entrepreneurship , Family , Finance , Green for Real , Investing , Real Estate , Real Estate Investment Coaching , Tiny Homes

Are you familiar with the BBC series From Lark Rise to Candleford? It’s about life in two neighboring places in the late 19th century—one a poor rural village called Lark Rise where life is a struggle, and tother being a more prosperous town called Candleford. They are 8-miles apart with a muddy track the only […]

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Feb 05

The Value of Sticking together

By Bruce Firestone | Business Coaching , Entrepreneurship , Family , Firestone Institute , Ideas , Life Coaching , Real Estate Investment Coaching

Most people know about the prisoner’s dilemma even if it’s just intuitively rather than explicitly— Two people are accused of a joint crime. Police detectives put both suspects in individual interrogation rooms. They offer each of them a deal—if you’re first to talk, you’ll get jail time of just two years. If the other party […]

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Oct 26

Murals are a powerful tool to revive urban areas

By Bruce Firestone | Architecture , Business Coaching , Design , Entrepreneurship , Finance , Green for Real , Investing , Life Coaching , PB4L , Real Estate , Real Estate Investment Coaching , Urban Economics

Theming downtown Belleville Murals are a powerful catalyst in terms of reviving and improving urban areas. For example, Jane Golden started a program in Philadelphia to bring graffiti artists “in from the cold.” The Mural Arts Program (www.muralarts.org) in Philly employs over 300 artists each year and teaches more than 1,000 young people the art […]

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Oct 25

The tinier the house, the more creative you need to be

By Bruce Firestone | Architecture , Business Models , Design , Entrepreneurship , Family , Finance , Green for Real , Ideas , PB4L , Real Estate , Real Estate Investment Coaching , Tiny Homes , Urban Economics

The smaller the house you build, the more creative you need to be. One of my daughters is moving into her own home that is just 192 sq ft. She’ll live right next door to a small workshop (about 350 sq ft) where she will design and produce high fashion custom clothing for glamorous women […]

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Jul 08

It would be daffy for my daughter to sell her home

By Bruce Firestone | Family , Finance , Investing , Real Estate , Real Estate Investment Coaching , Urban Economics

We helped one of my daughters (I have five children) buy a home four years ago for $345,000. We added a basement apartment for $80k so her total cost is about $425,000. We had it appraised last month—after insane pandemic-induced appreciation, it’s now worth $760,000 according to a local appraiser. First thing she said to […]

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