Both my grandparents and parents were active in Real Estate. There is an amusing photo of my paternal grandfather taken during or just after World War I standing on the worn wooden entrance to his office on Queen Street. Signs in the window proclaim: GRANER & COMPANY: BANKERS, Travel Office, Money Transfers, We Sell War Bonds, and on the entrance window, Justice of the Peace, and Real Estate Broker. Both my father and uncle shared the office and worked for the company. Grandfather Joseph was an immigrant from Odessa, then controlled by Russia. According to my father, he could barely read and write.
My mother's father, bought a property at Gerrard and Bay, that had suffered a fire in 1948 for $814 (Eight Hundred and Fourteen Dollars). He gave it as a dowry for my mother.
By the time I entered university, she was landlord to 6 income properties.
Rent from the Gerrard St. property sustained my mother until she died at age 97.
Until I too became a realtor in the1990's, I was a full-time opera singer, cantor, and concert-producer. I used my fine-arts experience to sell real estate.