Category Archives for "Architecture"

Apr 01

Staying afloat in a time of Covid-19 for tenants and landlords

By Bruce Firestone | Architecture , Design , Entrepreneurship , Finance , PB4L , Real Estate , Real Estate Investment Coaching , Urban Economics

[A version of this article first appeared in Ottawa Business Journal] Since the dawn of the industrial age in the early 1700s when Thomas Newcomen produced the first successful steam engine (later perfected by James Watt in 1769), there has never been a major economy that contracted by 40% in a single quarter. This happened […]

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Mar 25

Covid-19 Crisis Planning by Bruce M Firestone, PhD

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

Here is a 10-minute video I put together on: How to protect yourself, your biz and your real estate holdings as well as clients, employees, suppliers, guests, residents, tenants… in a time of covid-19. This is what I cover off: IN THE GREAT DEPRESSION INDUSTRIAL PRODUCTION CONTRACTED BY MORE THAN 40% in Canada, US and […]

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Mar 15

Are you a creative who craves her/his own workshop or makerspace?

By Bruce Firestone | Architecture , Entrepreneurship , Family , PB4L , Real Estate , Sales & Marketing , Urban Economics

The barndominium We live in what is fast becoming more and more of a gig economy. If you are a hobbyist, an assembler, an artist, a winemaker, a cabinetmaker, a woodworker, a plumber, an electrician, a contractor, manufacturer, a renovator, or you run an HVAC company or a yoga studio or a physiotherapy or RMT […]

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Feb 23

Making better decisions

By Bruce Firestone | Architecture , Business Coaching , Design , Entrepreneurship , Family , Life Coaching , PB4L , Real Estate Investment Coaching , Sports & Entertainment

There are some benefits to getting older. You tend to have more patience and perspective; you tend to make better decisions and, consequently, make fewer mistakes. After I left the Sens, I wanted to figure out what to do next and, at the same time, my spouse, Dawn Mac Millan Firestone, was training to become […]

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Feb 03

Rent-to-own business model

By Bruce Firestone | Architecture , Business Models , Design , Entrepreneurship , Finance , Ideas , Investing , PB4L , Real Estate , Real Estate Investment Coaching , Urban Economics

I usually don’t really like rent-to-own (R2O) models either from an investor’s POV (point of view) or from a client’s POV. From a client’s POV, it’s an expensive way to buy property; they have to pay all of the costs of the property including mortgage payments, property taxes, insurance (tenant and landlord insurance), all repairs/maintenance, […]

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