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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 th…
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 Investo…
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: The Real Estate Business

    Whenever I meet a new client, I never really know what I’m getting into. I can’t know at first what they’re truly facing. Sometimes, they don’t even know. As a res…
Whenever I meet a new client, I never really know what I’m getting into. I can’t know at first what they’re truly facing. Sometimes, they don’t even know. As a result I’ve landed in some pretty interesting situations. I’ve sat at the table in the… http://jeffstern.com/index.php/blog/secret-lives-clients/


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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 th…
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: Community

  Everyone knows asbestos is nasty stuff. They don’t know all the why and how behind it, but they know to avoid it. What most people don’t know though, is that the Can…
Everyone knows asbestos is nasty stuff. They don’t know all the why and how behind it, but they know to avoid it. What most people don’t know though, is that the Canadian government talks out of both sides of their mouth about it. On one hand, th… http://jeffstern.com/index.php/blog/what-canadas-asbestos-cover-means-your-house-and-your-kids/


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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 bill…
“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: The Real Estate Business

  I don’t show homes to just anyone. In fact, I avoid showing to one particular kind of buyer. They are the buyers who have not taken the step of becoming preapproved to …
I don’t show homes to just anyone. In fact, I avoid showing to one particular kind of buyer. They are the buyers who have not taken the step of becoming preapproved to buy a home. Any buyer who has not taken the basic step of getting preapproval … http://jeffstern.com/index.php/blog/secret-finding-approved-buyers-and-saving-yourself-loads-tim/


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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: Life Lines for New Agents

It happened again. You arrived at the restaurant to meet with a potential client. You’ve prepared white papers and a special info packet for her, maybe even put in an hour or …
It happened again. You arrived at the restaurant to meet with a potential client. You’ve prepared white papers and a special info packet for them, maybe even put in an hour or more of research based on what was said on the phone. You’re eager and hopeful… http://jeffstern.com/index.php/blog/free-consultations-are-they-worth-it/


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Category: Buying a Home

  Helping people find a home is a surprisingly personal experience.   It’s their home after all, where they will live and make memories. The whole process and the place …
Helping people find a home is a surprisingly personal experience. It’s their home after all, where they will live and make memories. The whole place and process involves everything from their credit rating and what they can afford, to their taste, and … http://jeffstern.com/index.php/blog/how-be-sensitive-while-prying/


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Category: Buying a Home

“Our winters and long and harsh – I MUST have a garage.” He folded his arms across his chest. “No two ways about it”. He would move to a smaller home, forfeiting a bedroom and …
“Our winters and long and harsh – I MUST have a garage.” He folded his arms across his chest. “No two ways about it”. He would move to a smaller home, forfeiting a bedroom and bathroom to get that garage. Once the winter passed though, the reality of … http://jeffstern.com/index.php/blog/he-fell-love-house-feature-and-it-cost-him-and-how-avoid-pit/


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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 B…
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: Interests

As Real Estate agents, our whole career is built on helping people find housing - but there are more creative options than you might think. I have to agree with our Canadian go…
As Real Estate agents, our whole career is built on helping people find housing - but there are more creative options than you might think. I have to agree with our Canadian government’s plan to fund the Housing First initiative - everyone deserves housin… http://jeffstern.com/index.php/blog/out-here-extra-mile-creative-housing-options/


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Category: The Real Estate Business

  In this slightly slowed market, wrought with questions and worry, it’s probably timely to talk about valuations. The balancing market will mean balanced valuations too. The d…
In this slightly slowed market, wrought with questions and worry, it's probably timely to talk about how that affects your house value. (Just don't shoot the messenger...) http://jeffstern.com/index.php/blog/whats-your-house-worth-dont-shoot-messenger/


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