REM was launched in 1989 by my father, Heino, only about a calendar year just after I was born.
The story, as he explained to it to me, was that REM was principally meant to market his key small business – a cable television channel named Serious Estate Tv set.
It shown a revolving catalogue of genuine estate listings. Illustrations or photos of a residence for sale would scroll by and a narrator would examine the listing’s description – together with, as we’d later on chortle about, lots of clichés. Each and every listing had “charming” back again patios, “cosy” interiors, “rare” sights of the town and so on.
My dad experienced still left his job with the Toronto Genuine Estate Board to turn into an entrepreneur and go after starting off up this cable channel, an prospect he felt was too great to ignore. He was an immigrant chasing the Canadian aspiration.
When my father wanted to market the option to have listings showcased on Serious Estate Television, he determined to area an advertisement in the national trade magazine for Realtors in Canada. That is when he learned some thing stunning: There was not a person.
And that, extra or a lot less, is the story of how REM arrived to be.
The cable television channel sooner or later was taken about by Rogers and all of a sudden REM grew to become my dad’s main company. Without having seriously intending to, he became a journal publisher. It ended up currently being a position he’d hold for nearly 30 yrs.
Substantially like my father, I never meant to become a magazine publisher, both. I went into the loved ones organization originally as our “digital media manager” – which my dad and I in some cases joked intended the “resident younger person.”
I went to college for broadcasting but have usually had a passion for layout and coding. The yr in advance of graduating, it was apparent to me that REM’s web page had a whole lot of place for enhancement. I provided to support with a redesign making use of a platform termed WordPress, and right before long I observed myself dependable for establishing and retaining every thing electronic at REM – email newsletters, a social media existence, online commercials, everyone’s e mail accounts and nearly anything else IT-related. More than the a long time, and as the globe of publishing and journalism transformed, our electronic side went from being an afterthought to a crucial part of our business.
My father retired as publisher of REM in 2018, only a calendar year shy of its 30th anniversary. When he did, he passed that mantle on to me. He died a yr later.
At the time, REM was dealing with immense pressure, as was – and is – the case for each and every information publication in the entire world. Visitors, particularly on-line, expect the exact same high quality but without the need of any cost or inconvenience, and our base line was obtaining tighter and tighter with each year.
My father had instilled in me a perception in the benefit of high-quality journalism, and that it was the most essential cost for the magazine. Many other publications either threw up paywalls to have their on the web readers pay back the difference or minimize corners – most in particular in the high quality of what they revealed. We’ve carried out our ideal to strike the proper stability, devoid of resorting to either solution.
Only a number of months following Heino handed away, the entire world shut down because of a world-wide viral pandemic. At a time when REM was already at a turning position and making an attempt to obtain new ways to adapt, this was a large setback. Our regular monthly print magazine was delivered to authentic estate workplaces throughout the place. If all people offices were shut, who was left to receive it?
Following a several phony starts off of reprieve from lockdowns, it turned distinct that a return to print may well not be in the cards for rather some time. As a final result, our electronic facet finished up turning into the crux of our entire procedure. Although it was equipped to carry us to what (we hope) is the finish line of this pandemic, it regrettably wasn’t adequate.
So we will be suspending frequent updates to our website and e-mail newsletters, starting up these days.
Moving forward, I will be stepping apart as REM’s publisher and CEO – a work neither my father nor myself ever seriously supposed on holding, but nevertheless has been as rewarding as it was hard.
We are in the approach of obtaining a new ownership group for REM, to carry on its established identification as Canada’s leading magazine for real estate sector stakeholders and gurus.
I am certain that, with a new workforce in location, REM will be back and better than at any time.
In the meantime, I want to thank Jim Adair for his more than 30 many years of provider as REM’s editor. He has been REM’s voice and is the man most liable for its proven popularity for integrity, independence and quality journalism.
I also want to thank you, our audience, without the need of whom REM would not exist. Just about everywhere I have absent, throughout the place, I’ve met Realtors who know and adore REM. Your have confidence in and assistance for this publication is what has manufactured it special for in excess of a few many years. We have seen imitators appear and go but none experienced the very same blend of excellent content material and a faithful readership. With no that, REM never ever would have succeeded.
Even though this is the ending of just one chapter, I look forward to what the long term continue to still holds for this publication.
For now, as my father would say, continue to keep a satisfied believed.