(Yes, I know the last post was also titled “How…” Bear with me. I promise the next one won’t be.)
I have to admit, I debated with myself longer than I should have about how to categorize this next article. It all depended on how I wrote it. It could be education, it could be career. But ultimately I decided to simply tell the story and put down my thoughts and how it applies to this website. Thus, it goes into the advice category. Advice about what? Well, the story, like most things, starts with one thing and ends up being about something else. This story starts with Toronto real estate lawyers.
Real estate lawyers? Yes. Why? Well, that’s the story. Now stop asking so many questions and pay attention. There’s going to be a quiz later.
I was talking to one of my best friends from school, Kevin, who lives up in Toronto. He was telling me about how he and his wife Catherine recently purchased a fixer-upper home in one of the older parts of the city. My wife and I are die-hard renters and I was going off on him about how crazy he was to buy a house that old and with as many problems as he was describing. I mean, how could he trust anyone in the transaction – the bank just wants to lock him into a 30 year loan, the realtor wants to make their commission and the seller wants to cover up as many warts as possible. Who can he trust?
Kevin’s answer? “Yeah, I know all that. Why do you think I got a good real estate lawyer?”
Honestly I was quiet for about 15 seconds. Which for me was a big deal. All my objections and complaints to his buying a house just went out the window. Of course! A real estate lawyer. They are the ones who are most likely going to be looking out for your best interests. You are paying them directly. They have no interest or financial consideration in the house being sold or not. Their only interest is in protecting you.
I congratulated my friend on his intelligence and business acumen. I mean what else could I do? But later after I got off the phone, the wheels started turning in my head. I started thinking more and more about real estate lawyers. Of course, I went online and did some looking around. Turns out real estate law is a fairly common subset of law in general. Which totally makes sense. But not being a lawyer and generally doing my best to stay away from needing a lawyer, I didn’t even know they existed. All my thoughts of lawyers are the ones you need when you get in some kind of trouble or are getting sued. I was very very wrong.
But then my ideas started of course to turn to careers. While this website generally doesn’t deal with a career that requires so much education and expertise, it can be a good illustration for what can be achieved if you really dig into your field. The further you go in a career, the more expertise you gain which in turn makes you understand the field even more. As time goes by certain niches open up in front of you that are just begging for someone of experience and intelligence to take the reins and lead.
As an example of this, when I was teaching in South Korea I stumbled into a job at an aviation university. Many of the students there weren’t really interested in improving their overall English. They were only interested in improving their English as it directly related to their careers. Which honestly made sense. And as I did research for my classes, I discovered an entire subset of English instruction that I never knew existed – aviation English.
What does aviation English have to do with Toronto real estate lawyers? Only the realization that inside each career there are profitable little niches that can be carved out for oneself if you try hard enough. Hiring a real estate lawyer is a pretty good idea and one that goes a long way to assuaging our fears of buying a house. So even though we don’t live in Toronto, talking with my friend about Toronto real estate lawyers makes us realizes the value in working with such a person and if the time comes for us to buy a house, we will certainly track down a good real estate lawyer with experience in our area.