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Today marks a great day in AG history- we are being invaded by Canadians! Although it is a myth that they are legally required to say “aboot” and it is also untrue that their heads detach at their mouths. There are two bloggers that you’ve been dying to read on AG, so let’s learn what IS true about them:

Norm Fisher

Norm Fisher of Royal Le Page in Sasketoon, SK was one of the first writers we invited to come on board at AG back when it was just a wee baby. At the time, Norm was busy conquering the world but now that Saskatoon is all his, he’s ready to take the AG bull by the horns!

My first impression of Norm was that he must be the most hilarious man alive (other than Benn of course) because of his headshot campaign. Here are some true things about Norm:

  • Norm has been Licensed as a real estate agent since 1993 and has been the sales manager for Royal LePage Saskatoon Real Estate since 2000 and Associate Broker since 2006.
  • He was the Director of the Saskatoon Real Estate Board from 1998-2002 and 2005 and President of the Saskatoon Real Estate Board in 2001.
  • Norm has served on the Professional Standards Committee and the Government Affairs Committee of the Saskatoon Real Estate Board as well as the Technology Committee of the Saskatchewan Real Estate Association and the Agency Advisory Committee for the Saskatchewan Real Estate Commission.
  • He was the FIRST Saskatoon real estate agent to promote homes online.

Larry Yatkowsky

Larry Yatkowsky of Vancouver’s Yatter Matters blog has long been an active commentator at Agent Genius and has always been a part of the conversation, making it natural for his transition to writer. A little known fact about Larry is that he too has an English degree- the perfect weapon for any blogger! Here are true things about Larry:

  • Larry has been practicing Real Estate for 26 years and 6 months. He’s no newbie and his experience far outshines most blogging practitioners.
  • During his professional life as a Realtor, he worked at Viper Software where he marketed and developed MLS software based in America and Canada. His understanding of technology, especially MLS technologies is astounding.
  • Larry is a true social media marketer- just *try* getting on Twitter without Larry noticing. He has long shown the way for agents to adapt to new forms of media.

Welcome

Give Larry and Norm a round of applause in the comments (with as few South Park references as possible, despite my bad example). We are very proud to have both of these amazing guys and look forward to their invasion!

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Lani is the COO and News Director at The American Genius, has co-authored a book, co-founded BASHH, Austin Digital Jobs, Remote Digital Jobs, and is a seasoned business writer and editorialist with a penchant for the irreverent.

26 Comments

26 Comments

  1. Jennifer Wilson - Agent Solutions

    July 8, 2008 at 11:25 am

    Way to go Norm and Larry! It’s great to see a couple of fabulous Canadian contributors here on AG. I look forward to reading your posts and sparking some great conversation here.

    Congratulations to you both, and AG. You’ve made a perfect selection with these two.

    Ciao!

  2. Jay Thompson

    July 8, 2008 at 11:45 am

    Now there are a couple of FABULOUS additions!

    I’ve had the honor of meeting Norm in person – In Saskatoon, in the dead of winter. He’s as nice a guy as he is wicked smart. His blog is brilliant. He may not realize it or acknowledge it, but he’s legend in Saskatoon. We have a client from Sask, and I asked them if they knew Norm. They said, “not personally, but we read his blog all the time. He is *the man* in Saskatoon”.

    I don’t “know” Larry personally, but I know Yatter Matters and I’ve seen his contributions here (and elsewhere).

    Welcome aboard Larry and Norm!!

  3. Paula Henry

    July 8, 2008 at 12:12 pm

    Welcome Larry and Norm! I just recently had the oppotunity to read Larry at YattersMatters and was not kidding when I said I love him – It’s a long distance admiration.

    Looks like Norm already has a Canadian following and I’m sure you will both have a huge following here at AG.

  4. Paula Henry

    July 8, 2008 at 12:14 pm

    Ooops, that’s YatterMatters! I need a redo key 🙂

  5. Brad Nix

    July 8, 2008 at 12:56 pm

    Welcome Larry and Norm. I am honored to be in such good company as the freshman class here at AG. Here are a few tips I have picked up my first week from hanging around the halls of AG:

    1. The Big Kids don’t like the Small Kids picking on them
    2. The teachers (writers) learn just as much as the students (commenters) do
    3. There are many BMOC’s (Jay, Russell, Teresa, Daniel)

    4. My mom doesn’t pack enough little debbie’s for me to share with everyone at lunch (but I may be able to sneak in you guys an extra one)

  6. Ben Bach

    July 8, 2008 at 1:44 pm

    Glad to see some other Canadians here on AG – Welcome !

  7. Vicki Moore

    July 8, 2008 at 2:24 pm

    Excellent. Way to go AG.

  8. The Harriman Team

    July 8, 2008 at 2:38 pm

    Congrats to both and am looking forward to reading their astute words of wisdom, eh! (sorry, couldn’t help it!)

  9. Nickie Rothwell

    July 8, 2008 at 2:53 pm

    Cool! Congratulations! The fun keeps growing!!

    What great additions!

  10. Bill Lublin

    July 8, 2008 at 2:59 pm

    Welcome Larry & Norm – Visitors from the Great White North, Eh! Can’t wait to read you.

    Been following Larry on Twitter – looking forward to reading what he says after the first 140 characters 😉

    Norm – Dying to know how you get Jay to Saskatoon in the WInter – He always seems so smart when he writes 😉

    If Brad has trouble sneaking the Little Debbie’s I’ll try to get us some TastyKakes – (but the Little Debbies might be the move)

  11. Mike Farmer

    July 8, 2008 at 4:37 pm

    Are you sure there are this many geniuses in real estate?

    🙂 Hey Norm

  12. Larry Yatkowsky

    July 8, 2008 at 7:17 pm

    listen up all youz geniususes,

    “it’s aboot time!” — “got a beer? ”

    “ok then —

    that’s that then eh! – Thanks” 🙂

  13. Norm Fisher

    July 8, 2008 at 8:27 pm

    Thanks for the warm welcome everyone. I’m really looking forward to challenging myself in a new way. I know I’ll learn a lot from the other contributors and the readers. Thanks for the opportunity.

    Jay,

    “wicked smart?” I need a calculator to comment on AG. Thank you for setting the bar so very high. Now I have to write something incredibly stupid to lower expectations. 🙂

    Brad,

    You lost me on the “little debbies” but I appreciate the tips.

    Bill,

    “Dying to know how you get Jay to Saskatoon in the WInter”

    A top secret mission related to global warming and polar bears. That’s all I can say, because it’s top secret.

    🙂 Hey Mike

    Larry,

    Take off, eh?

  14. Larry Yatkowsky

    July 8, 2008 at 10:05 pm

    Norm,

    Bob and Doug appreciate the hat tip 🙂

  15. ines

    July 8, 2008 at 10:18 pm

    OMG!! this is soooo awesome! when I said “let’s cross the borders” I didn’t think I was being taken seriously – what awesome news! Woooo Hooo to Norm and Larry!

  16. Rich Jacobson

    July 9, 2008 at 1:33 am

    Hey Der, Ho Der!…. Thanks for bringing some added perspective to our ranks.

    Do we have to tip our beer glass, and shout “Hey, Norm!” everytime Norm posts?

    Larry: Nice to have another voice from the Pacific Northwest. Maybe we could organize a TwitterFest in Bellingham?

    Welcome aboard, Guys! You’re in great company!

  17. Matthew Rathbun

    July 9, 2008 at 2:25 am

    Is this THE Norm Fisher!?!?! Hopefully he hasn’t forgotten that he gave me permission to do this, but I’ve been using Norms Virtual Tour of bad MLS photographs in my GRI and technology classes for the past year. It’s an amazing training tool and hopefully we can get you to write a post on real estate photography. I’m a big fan and look forward to reading from you in the future!

    Larry, I agree that your commenting experience will make a natural transition to author. I really look forward to reading what you have to share!

  18. Matthew Rathbun

    July 9, 2008 at 2:28 am

    Uh Brad…. No kid likes to be picked on, doesn’t matter if they are chubby or skinny 🙂

  19. Norm Fisher

    July 9, 2008 at 6:41 am

    Rich,

    In my former life I was a broadcast sales guy. Occasionally, I’d make sales calls with my manager. Just imagine the smiles and chuckles we got when I said, “Norm and Cliff to see _____.”

    Matthew,

    I’ve received more marketing mileage from that tour than anything else I’ve ever done. It’s kind of a sad statement that a marketing piece that ridicules the work of others could have such a strong impact, but, oh well. 🙂 I’m glad you’ve found a use for it and I’m honored that it’s in your tool kit.

    Ines,

    So, you’re responsible for this?

  20. Jennifer in Louisville

    July 9, 2008 at 6:43 am

    Excellent, welcome, and congratulations to both of you!

  21. Jonathan Dalton

    July 9, 2008 at 10:48 am

    Oy vey.

  22. ines

    July 9, 2008 at 11:25 am

    oh no!! don’t blame me for this! 🙂

  23. Glenn fm Naples

    July 9, 2008 at 11:43 am

    Welcome to Larry and Norm – based upon their backgrounds, I am looking forward to their posts, useful information, and insights regarding our profession.

  24. Mack in Atlanta

    July 9, 2008 at 3:35 pm

    I swear I just saw Terrance and Phillip. Has this changed to SouthparkGenius? Oh well welcome Larry and Norm!!!

  25. Matthew Collinge

    July 9, 2008 at 3:35 pm

    Great to see Larry and Norm added to the AG! I’ll have to buy Larry’s coffee in about an hour I guess.

    And to whoever mentionned the Pac NW Tweetup, that sounds like a great idea.

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