Interview with Larry Weltman of AccessEasyFunds

One of the biggest – and most common – mistakes that Larry Weltman sees realtors making when they get into the real estate business is thinking it’s an easy way to score big commissions.  The fact is, when realtors or entrepreneurs enter the real estate market with this frame of mind, it makes it that much more difficult for them to succeed over the long term.

An accountant by training, more than ten years ago Larry Weltman combined his expertise in accounting and finance with a keen interest and commitment to client service with AccessEasyFunds in Ontario, Canada.  AccessEasyFunds provides real estate professionals advances on the commissions they earn as a way to help cover cash flow needs in between commission payments.

As a Client Service Representative at the company, Larry Weltman has a goal of providing realtors with as much information as possible on how advances on real estate commissions work and how they can be built into a successful real estate business plan.  More broadly, having worked in the real estate industry for more than a decade, Weltman uses his years of experience with realtors to impart knowledge on the financial realities of working in the real estate market and how young real estate professional can succeed financially.

Ontario’s real estate market has been red hot for a prolonged period of time. What are the downsides to that when it comes to young real estate agents hoping to capitalize on the potential?

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Spray Foam Insulation Critical for Net Zero Energy Construction

The green building sector has gone from a niche industry only a handful of years ago to a rapidly growing, high demand industry that’s expected to bring in more than $245 million in the United States alone during 2016.

Similarly, in Canada the green building industry has been credited with adding to the economy through revenue generation and employment. According to the Green Building in Canada report released earlier this year by the Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC), the green building industry has had a widespread impact in Canada over the past decade.

Since 2006, the green building sector has generated more than $23.45 billion in GDP and was responsible for 297,890 full-time jobs in 2014 alone.

“This represents more jobs than Canada’s oil and gas extraction, mining and forestry industries combined, which collectively employed approximately 270,450 workers in 2014,” notes the report.

One of the biggest trends in the green building sector in recent years is the realization of net zero energy buildings. These green-focused buildings are specifically designed and engineered to rely on renewable sources of energy, such as solar and wind power, allowing them to exist with pretty much little to no strain on the power grid.

Net zero energy buildings produce a significantly reduced carbon footprint; they also save energy and prevent the production of additional greenhouse gas emissions. Green buildings also save owners, homeowners and tenants money over the long term.

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Attention Span: The Album Video

How do our dwindling attention spans affect the way we experience music? On its 50th anniversary, the Beatles' Sgt Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band is widely considered to be a classic. But would we hear it the same way if it debuted today? Jian explores the impact of attention spans on how we experience art.

Words, original music, recording and production by Jian Ghomeshi for The Ideation Project.

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