Choosing a realtor who has the tools, skills and experience to make your dreams come true can be as challenging as the home buying or home selling process itself. You need a great communicator. Good communication is the cornerstone of any successful relationship. That’s true. I am completely committed to my clients and their needs. I’m here to help you. All I have to offer is the great service and the knowledge I have. My goal is to take the stress and mystery out of buying or selling your home. I’m a good realtor. I know what I’m doing and I do it well. I work for you.
Who is Keith Marshall?
Growing up, I never lived in the same house for more than four years. I’ve lived on both sides of Canada but have spent most of my time in the middle.
My wife and I bought our first house in Taichung, Taiwan We lived there for six years. Our second house, we bought in Waterloo. We’ve lived in it for nine years.
I have a beautiful wife and two teenage daughters. I often wonder how I got so lucky.
Before becoming a realtor, I worked about 15 years in advertising. First I made advertising, then I sold advertising. Then I lost my passion for it.
I like being a realtor because real estate is very personal. You don’t get the same feeling of connectedness in the corporate world. We are all going through life, experiencing many of the same things only at different times. I always think about this when I meet new people.
My old passport had over forty stamps in it. If I could do it all again, I’d do it all again. Hanging around in remote corners of the world is really underrated. I love Paul Theroux books about riding around on trains, looking out the window, reading, talking, observing, killing time. From 1986 to 2000, I mostly lived abroad in Europe and Asia. I did a lot of traveling, saw a lot of places.
At Feng Chia University, in Taichung, where I started to learn how to read and write Mandarin, I was in a class with mostly students from other Asian countries. The guy from Okinawa was probably the worst speaker of all of us. We elected him class president. After that, I went to the Taipei Language Institute and learned how to speak. I got as far as the “Reading the Chinese Newspaper” book before deciding to continue on my own. I read a couple of Sherlock Holmes mysteries and then a biography on Gandhi translated into Chinese. Then I got a job that involved translating newspaper articles into English. That was smart. Getting paid to learn Chinese.
I met Bob Hope once. I talked to him briefly.
I used to like to jump from high places, but I don’t anymore.
I prefer spelling words the American way.
I’m a minimalist. I have a clean desk policy.
I like round numbers. I like to say I trust them, but I don’t.
I trust people to do what’s in their best interest.
I’ve kept a blog for more than ten years. Keeping a blog is like being famous, but on a really low level, without the celebrity and everything that comes with it.
I have a switch in my house that doesn’t do anything. Every once in a while I turn it on and off. On and off. On and off. One day I got a call from a woman in France who said “Cut it out!”. I like stupid, ironic, sarcastic, sardonic humor. That was Steven Wright.
I’ve never failed at anything. Perhaps I should set my goals higher.
I met my best friend in grade six. My first memory of him, we were in my basement throwing ping- pong balls at each other. He went to Ireland. I went to Turkey. He went to Africa. I went to India. He went back to university to study finance. I went back to university to study Mandarin. I lived with him in Paris. He lived with me in Taipei. I sold him a watch I found for three dollars. He sold me a Belgian coin I couldn’t spend.
I don’t collect hubcaps, bottle caps, receipts or anything.
Thelonious Monk is my favorite jazz musician.
I like all sports but can’t find the time to become a fan of any. I coached U16 girls winter soccer (footsal) last year and had a blast. We came in third but it just could have easily been first. We all had fun and equal field time and that’s the important thing.
I have great timing. I’m lucky. I enter the building before the downpour. I cross the intersection before the accident
But I’ve been shipwrecked twice.
Life is random. I keep my ipod on shuffle.
I like to keep lists.
I enjoy helping people. I enjoy meeting new people. People are really interesting, much more interesting than animals or plants.
I like small words and short sentences.
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