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Category: Senior Issues

  “People have been telling me I should look into buying a condo,” she said. She was preemptively right-sizing and trying to figure out where her golden years would be…
“People have been telling me I should look into buying a condo,” she said. She was pre-emptively right-sizing and trying to figure out where her golden years would be best spent. Apparently, to some, she should move into a condo. “Can I give you a n… http://jeffstern.com/index.php/blog/thinking-about-downsizing-dont-listen-anyone-about-what-buy-and-why-condo-life-might-not-be-you/


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Category: Buying a Home

  A couple had their eye on their neighbor’s property for some time. They wanted to buy it privately.  They knew the owners, and over the course of two years, had talked…
A couple had their eye on their neighbor’s property for some time. They wanted to buy it privately. They knew the owners, and over the course of two years, had talked with them about buying. The owner would name a price, and the couple would say it was t… http://jeffstern.com/index.php/blog/how-buy-house-privately-even-if-its-not-sale/


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Category: Real Estate Issues

  My clients were selling their house and had received an offer. Right away, I knew something was fishy.   The offer itself was fine. It had the typical…
My clients were selling their house and had received an offer. Right away, I knew something was fishy. The offer itself was fine. It had the typical conditions that most offers have, including the condition that they would buy if financing we… http://jeffstern.com/index.php/blog/how-one-couple-ended-litigation-and-lost-deposit-and-how-they-could-have-avoided-it/


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Category: Buying a Home

  If you’ve bought or sold a house in Manitoba you likely will have come across a document called the Property Disclosure Statement, essentially a required confession by…
If you’ve bought or sold a house in Manitoba you will have likely come across a document called the Property Disclosure Statement, essentially a required confession by the home seller about all they know regarding their lroperty. The form covers the gamut… http://jeffstern.com/index.php/blog/property-disclosures-what-are-they-and-should-buyers-trust-them/


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Category: Buying a Home

  “Jeff, we want you to help us buy a house” the stranger said over the phone. He planned to move to Winnipeg and had been referred to me by a friend, a past client of…
“Jeff, we want you to help us buy a house” the stranger said over the phone. He planned to move to Winnipeg and had been referred to me by a friend, a past client of mine. “Of course,” I said, and explained how long-distance home-buying could work. … http://jeffstern.com/index.php/blog/how-my-photos-lost-me-commission-and-why-id-do-it-again-hear/


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Category: Buying a Home

  The process of becoming pre-approved for a mortgage is a murky one. For one thing, most people don’t know that prequalification is an absolute waste of time, and not…
The process of becoming pre-approved for a mortgage is a murky one. For one thing, most people don’t know that pre-qualification is an absolute waste of time, and not at all the same as pre-approval. (Here’s why) During the pre-approval process thou… http://jeffstern.com/index.php/blog/what-does-buying-house-really-cost-free-closing-cost-checkli/


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Category: The Real Estate Business

Isn’t it funny how everyone else knows what you should do? There’s an abundance of advice. Wise advice though, is in shorter supply. Bad advice, even from…
Isn’t it funny how everyone else knows what you should do? There’s an abundance of advice. Wise advice though, is in shorter supply. Bad advice, even from well-intentioned friends and family, can pack a huge punch to our finances if we’re not carefu… http://jeffstern.com/index.php/blog/how-friends-advice-can-blow-your-finances-and-how-protect-yo/


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Category: The Real Estate Market

Imagine you’re driving down the highway in Arizona. Parched desert sprawls in all directions as you drive toward Phoenix. You check the rear view mirror and suddenly…
Imagine you’re driving down the highway in Arizona. Parched desert sprawls in all directions as you drive toward Phoenix. You check the rear view mirror and suddenly see no sky. In the distance, the sand has lifted like a carpet, all the way to the … http://jeffstern.com/index.php/blog/how-new-canadian-mortgage-rules-are-american-dust-storm-shou/


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Possession Day Romance

Sep 17, 2016

Category: Buying a Home

  It finally happened. Like a smitten youth aching for that first kiss, we’ve ached for this moment. We’ve dreamed of it. Felt like the day would never come. Finally, we see…
It finally happened. Like a smitten youth aching for that first kiss, we’ve ached for this moment. We’ve dreamed of it. Felt like the day would never come. Finally, we see our chance. This is it. It’s going to happen. We lean in, hardly able to contain… http://jeffstern.com/index.php/blog/possession-day-romance/


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Category: Private Sales

Click, click. I combed through the online listings on behalf of a buyer client. I came across a familiar FSBO (for sale by owner) listing that had finally, finally, finally…
Click, click. I combed through the online listings on behalf of a buyer client. I came across a familiar FSBO (for sale by owner) listing that had finally, finally, finally sold. The year before it had been listed with a real estate agent. The price had b… http://jeffstern.com/index.php/blog/shocking-hidden-costs-diy-home-selling/


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Category: Buying a Home

  Before even looking at a single house, people make some pretty big mistakes And they don’t even realize it.   These common blunders cost them time, can cost thousands of…
Before even looking at a single house, people make some pretty big mistakes And they don’t even realize it. These common blunders cost them time, can cost thousands of dollars, and can also make them look dumb. http://jeffstern.com/index.php/blog/do-you-make-these-mistakes-when-contacting-real-estate-agent/


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Category: Life Lines for New Agents

They would go far, I could tell.   All the signs were there.   The young professional couple had done things smartly right from start to finish. Not only were…
They would go far, I could tell. All the signs were there. The young professional couple had done things smartly right from start to finish. Not only were their careers humming along, and their finances in top shape so they could buy their first hom… http://jeffstern.com/index.php/blog/why-some-people-always-succeed/


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Category: Buying a Home

Did you know that in Manitoba you – I mean you, reading this right now, could, without experience or training, sell your services as a home inspector, and no one will stop…
Did you know that in Manitoba you – I mean you, reading this right now, could, without experience or training, sell your services as a home inspector, and no one will stop you? There’s nothing illegal about it here in good old unregulated Manitoba. Nothin… http://jeffstern.com/index.php/blog/can-you-really-trust-home-inspectors-shocking-industry-looph/


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Category: Buying a Home

In the real estate race to buy homes, there are two types of buyers. In one lane is the Lone Ranger, out to do it all by themself. In the other, the A-Team – a Represented…
In the real estate race to buy homes, there are two types of buyers. In one lane is the DIYer, out to do on their own. In the other, the A-Team – a Represented Buyer and their Real Estate Agent. One has an incredible advantage, the other will be left twis… http://jeffstern.com/index.php/blog/5-ways-represented-buyers-dominate-inside-track-and-diyers-n/


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Category: Selling A Home

One of the challenges with selling one’s home is finding a new one in time. Questions flood in: “What if we sell, and can’t find a house we like?”  “What if we find the…
One of the challenges with selling one’s home is knowing they will find a new one in time. Questions flood in: “What if we sell, and can’t find a house we like?” “What if we find the perfect house, and suddenly need to sell ours – and fast?” and, per… http://jeffstern.com/index.php/blog/how-sell-without-becoming-homeless/


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Category: Buying a Home

We’ve touched on a few aspects of the home buying process - like how getting pre-qualified is totally pointless for example. But there’s a big mistake people make when home…
There’s a big mistake people make when home buying that could actually torpedo their dream – even after possession day! I don’t want this to happen to you, so I thought we should talk about it before it’s too late... http://jeffstern.com/index.php/blog/warning-can-void-your-house-purchase-even-after-possession/


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Category: Buying a Home

Of the hundreds of common mistakes home buyers can make, this is among the worst - and most expensive. Thankfully, it’s avoidable...   One couple bought a property and, in…
Of the hundreds of common mistakes home buyers make, this is among the worst - and most expensive. Thankfully, it’s avoidable... http://jeffstern.com/index.php/blog/common-home-buying-mistake-may-cost-you-thousands/


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Category: Buying a Home

These four myths are shockingly common, and can cost people a lot of money. For those who have agents they’re already working with, these myths are critical to know. These myths…
These four myths are shockingly common, and can cost people a lot of money. For those who have agents they’re already working with, these myths are critical to know. These myths fool them the most... http://jeffstern.com/index.php/blog/true-or-false-four-myths-about-calling-listing-agents-could/


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Category: Buying a Home

Photo courtesy of freedigitalphotos.net, Photo by James Barker Before buying a property, you need to know if the bank will even give you a mortgage. There are two ways to…
Shopping for a mortgage can seem daunting, the confusion around Pre-Approval and Pre-Qualification can make ones head spin. Well, here's the scoop on the differences and why you are wasting your time getting a Pre-Qualification. http://jeffstern.com/index.php/blog/why-getting-prequalified-pointless/


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Category: Buying a Home

Looking at houses is like playing poker – the facial expressions you bring to the table can cost you money. Being reactive with your face or body language lets the seller and…
Looking at houses is like playing poker – the facial expressions you bring to the table can cost you money. Don't bring these 7 faces to a showing or open house... http://jeffstern.com/index.php/blog/how-cripple-your-real-estate-negotiations-7-easy-facial-expr/


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