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Category: On Raising Industry Standards

I go to a lot of trouble to avoid commercials. I pay for satellite radio, I PVR shows, have ad blockers on my devices, and I’m something of a remote Nazi. You know this…
I go to a lot of trouble to avoid commercials. I pay for satellite radio, I PVR shows, have ad blockers on my devices, and I’m something of a remote Nazi. You know this about me. But there are some ads I actually like. And no, it’s not the Playt… http://jeffstern.com/index.php/blog/no-i-dont-want-see-your-playtex/


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Category: The Real Estate Business

The slowdown of summer can send a real estate agent (and their clients) into a state of panic. If you’ve gone ten days without a showing, it can start to gnaw on your mind.…
The slowdown of summer can send a real estate agent (and their clients) into a state of panic. If you’ve gone ten days without a showing, it can start to gnaw on your mind. Self-doubt and fear may start to creep in. I was panicky too in my first ye… http://jeffstern.com/index.php/blog/realtors-dont-panic-about-seasonal-slows-use-it-your-advanta/


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Category: Philanthropy

   It’s amazing what lengths we’ll go to for someone we love, even if that someone is a feline.  My wife is largely to blame for my giant love of cats.  …
It’s amazing what lengths we’ll go to for someone we love, even if that someone is a feline. My wife is largely to blame for my giant love of cats. We’ve adopted several over the years, but we seem to gravitate towards the special or high-needs c… http://jeffstern.com/index.php/blog/things-cat-people-do-how-get-cat-time-without-owning-one/


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Category: Real Estate Issues

Being a real estate agent can be weird sometimes.  We never know what circumstance people are in when they come to us.  I’ve met with a couple about their house while…
The weirdest, most eerie showing I’ve ever done was over twenty years ago at an old rural homestead. My clients and I arrived at the small acreage late one summer afternoon. As soon as we arrived, we felt a creepy vibe. The property was surrounded by … http://jeffstern.com/index.php/blog/disturbing-discovery-what-we-found-behind-hidden-door/


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Category: Personal Growth

  I am not puffing on a pipe, sitting in a rocking chair on my porch looking out over the bayou.   But I have been thinking about the good old days.   I blame…
I am not puffing on a pipe, sitting in a rocking chair on my porch looking out over the bayou. But I have been thinking about the good old days... http://jeffstern.com/index.php/blog/remember-good-old-days-when-less-really-was-more/


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Category: condos

Last year the province geared up its regulations for condo corporation finances.   Meanwhile, the province’s own finances are failing to impress.   Moody’s…
Last year the province geared up its regulations for condo corporation finances. Meanwhile, the province’s own finances are failing to impress. Moody’s Investor Service, in their recent assessment of Manitoba’s budget, down-graded the province’s cre… http://jeffstern.com/index.php/blog/province-forces-condo-fiscal-responsibility-despite-their-ow/


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Category: Buying a Home

Some people prefer to buy houses without the help of a real estate agent. They love the hunt. The investigation of a home, a deal, the laws, the financial options, it’s…
Some people prefer to buy houses without the help of a real estate agent. They love the hunt. The investigation of a home, a deal, the laws, the financial options, it’s all an adventure for them. I have no problem with that. Being involved in the pr… http://jeffstern.com/index.php/blog/when-diyers-want-use-real-estate-agents-free/


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Category: Philanthropy

I started writing about how REALTORS® are helping refugees. But I stopped. I couldn’t do it. Not because it’s not awesome, because it is. I’m very proud of us as an…
I started writing about how REALTORS® are helping refugees. But I stopped. I couldn’t do it. Not because it’s not awesome, because it is. I’m very proud of us as an industry. I stopped writing because it could seem like bragging. Which got me t… http://jeffstern.com/index.php/blog/it-still-philanthropy-if-youre-talking-about-it/


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Category: Personal Growth

My wife Cheryl and I have been married for 22 years. In that nearly quarter of a century I’ve learned a lot from her. One of the best lessons was how my wife was right.…
My wife Cheryl and I have been married for 22 years. In that nearly quarter of a century I’ve learned a lot from her. One of the best lessons was how my wife was right. She’s not always right of course! Let’s not get crazy. I’m right a lot of the… http://jeffstern.com/index.php/blog/confessions-man-whose-wife-was-right-all-along/


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Category: Interests

Netflix wants to cut off access to shows. And it’s peeving people off across the globe. For the uninitiated, Netflix is available in many places around the world, but…
Netflix wants to cut off access to shows. And it’s peeving people off across the globe. For the uninitiated, Netflix is available in many places around the world, but the selection is not the same in every country. Users hate that. So they fou… http://jeffstern.com/index.php/blog/netflix-prohibition-and-how-consumers-get-what-they-want-any/


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Category: On Raising Industry Standards

  “How can I get more listings?”   Real estate agents ask the question all the time.   And, understandably, they want to earn money so they can eat and pay…
“How can I get more listings?” Real estate agents ask the question all the time. And, understandably, they want to earn money so they can eat and pay bills and stuff. Fine. But it’s the wrong question. Homeowners are bleary-eyed from being s… http://jeffstern.com/index.php/blog/what-home-owners-wish-realtors-would-get-through-their-thick/


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Category: Buying a Home

People move closer to their work all the time. And at first it seems like a great idea.  Then something happens and they get real sorry real fast. Then they’re stuck…
People move closer to their work all the time. And at first it seems like a great idea. Then something happens and they get real sorry real fast. Then they’re stuck in a house they never really wanted in the first place. They just didn’t know… http://jeffstern.com/index.php/blog/why-moving-closer-your-work-dumb-idea/


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Category: Personal Growth

Image courtesy of Gualberto107 at FreeDigitalPhotos.net Palm Beach Florida, the year was 1991. I know, sounds like something Sophia Petrillo of Golden Girls would say.…
It was another hot fall day and we were out for a drive along the beautiful A1A Intracoastal Waterway in Palm Beach, Florida. The buzz in town was that Ivanna Trump arrived for her two weeks at their winter residence known as Mar-a-Lago, the former Em… http://jeffstern.com/index.php/blog/day-i-drove-donald-trumps-driveway-and-you-should-too/


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Category: Buying a Home

  Open houses are not what you think. Is it a chance to check out someone’s house just for kicks? Absolutely. Is it a chance to house hunt without committing to a…
Open houses are not what you think. Is it a chance to check out someone’s house just for kicks? Absolutely. Is it a chance to house hunt without committing to a particular agent? Sure. But neither of these is the point at all. Open house… http://jeffstern.com/index.php/blog/open-house-secret-agents-dont-want-you-know/


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Category: On Raising Industry Standards

  I just got back from meeting with oncology doctors. (No, not for me) A dear friend was recently diagnosed with cancer, and invited me to accompany her at the pre-op…
I just got back from meeting with oncology doctors. (No, not for me) A dear friend was recently diagnosed with cancer, and invited me to accompany her at the pre-op consultation with the surgeon. She’s a sweet silver-haired lady who is quite alone. … http://jeffstern.com/index.php/blog/what-big-mean-oncology-doctor-taught-me-about-my-clients/


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Category: Selling A Home

It’s the last thing anyone wants to happen.   Finally, someone has come to look at the house. Hopefully they fall in love instantly and offer right away.  …
It’s the last thing anyone wants to happen. Finally, someone has come to look at the house. Hopefully they fall in love instantly and offer right away. Afterward, your agent calls with an update. The showing hadn’t gone well. Apparently the potent… http://jeffstern.com/index.php/blog/4-rampant-showing-mistakes-people-dont-know-theyre-making/


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Category: Selling A Home

  Sellers are once again asking, “Should I take my house off the market over Christmas?” What I tell them surprises them every time… I know the market is slow, and December…
Sellers are once again asking, “Should I take my house off the market over Christmas?” What I tell them surprises them every time… http://jeffstern.com/index.php/blog/two-surprising-reasons-keep-your-listing-over-christmas/


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Category: Selling A Home

  One of my clients had a property that was vacant. I suggested they talk to their insurance company about whether or not they’re covered for a vacant property. They in…
One of my clients had a property that was vacant. I suggested they talk to their insurance company about whether or not they’re covered for a vacant property. They in turn asked about having the son of a friend rent it so it was occupied. Most homeowne… http://jeffstern.com/index.php/blog/why-renting-your-vacant-property-could-be-big-and-costly-mis/


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Category: The Real Estate Business

With more and more options available, some people are open to the idea of buying and selling real estate privately. And it has its benefits. It also has its pitfalls.…
With more and more options available, some people are open to the idea of buying and selling real estate privately. And it has its benefits. It also has its pitfalls. One of the biggest mistakes people make is to rely on a lawyer in the same way … http://jeffstern.com/index.php/blog/what-lawyers-dont-know-can-hurt-your-private-real-estate-tra/


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