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Category: The Real Estate Business

As a real estate agent here in middle-of-nowhere Winnipeg, a guy sees some crazy stuff. Scary stuff you’d only expect to see in movies. I’ve walked through homes…
As a real estate agent here in middle-of-nowhere Winnipeg, a guy sees some crazy stuff. Scary stuff you’d only expect to see in movies. I’ve walked through homes with plastic baggies on my feet to avoid all the feces. I was on a walk-through to asse… http://jeffstern.com/index.php/blog/time-winnipeg-real-estate-agent-listed-house-full-corpses/


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      Back in my days as a newbie, I eagerly jumped at any opportunity to get in front of buyers. Thankfully, an experienced colleague was willing to train me in…
Back in my days as a newbie, I eagerly jumped at any opportunity to get in front of buyers. Thankfully, an experienced colleague was willing to train me in exchange for manning her open houses. I was so excited to go to those open houses for her. Even … http://jeffstern.com/index.php/blog/agents-only-how-make-effective-use-open-houses/


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We used to be friends. But it all fell apart. All because they wanted to sell their house. “Jeff, buddy.” It was my good friend, “The wife and I want to sell…
We used to be friends. But it all fell apart. All because they wanted to sell their house. “Jeff, buddy.” It was my good friend, “The wife and I want to sell our house. Can we hire you?” My mind was screaming, No! Don’t do it! This is how frie… http://jeffstern.com/index.php/blog/warning-dont-hire-your-friends-sell-your-house/


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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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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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    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…
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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How do you help someone who doesn’t want it? It’s a trick question. Mostly the answer is you don’t. Whatever service industry you work in, you’ve probably…
How do you help someone who doesn’t want it? It’s a trick question. Mostly the answer is you don’t. Whatever service industry you work in, you’ve probably encountered the know-it-all customer. You provide the service because of your skill an… http://jeffstern.com/index.php/blog/its-only-help-when-they-want-it/


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He was awestruck. The newer agent attended a lecture about the use and impact of video home tours, and realized it was just what he needed for his business. He desperately…
He was awestruck. The newer agent attended a lecture about the use and impact of video home tours, and realized it was just what he needed for his business. He desperately needed to know more. He contacted the presenter afterward and asked for his ad… http://jeffstern.com/index.php/blog/paying-it-forward-and-what-it-says-about-you-when-you-dont/


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Sometimes things that disappear should stay gone. Like the wide necktie, the leisure suit, and giant lapels. Please don’t ever bring those back. Weekly caravans from…
Sometimes things that disappear should stay gone. Like the wide necktie, the leisure suit, and giant lapels. Please don’t ever bring those back. Weekly caravans from real estate days gone by are another thing that I think should not be resurrected. … http://jeffstern.com/index.php/blog/some-things-shouldnt-come-back/


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  I can’t stand commercials. It’s not that they’re mildly annoying like some mosquito that bites and leaves an itchy bump on my arm. The effect is far more serious than…
I can’t stand commercials. It’s not that they’re mildly annoying like some mosquito that bites and leaves an itchy bump on my arm. The effect is far more serious than that. Commercials are more like the mosquito that bites and leaves a bad case of West… http://jeffstern.com/index.php/blog/confessions-remote-nazi-what-advertisers-should-know-about-c/


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  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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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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  Tim Hortons may be on its way out, but not for the reason you think. You might already know Tim Hortons, a Canadian icon, was sold to the US. And sure, that’s…
Tim Hortons may be on its way out, but not for the reason you think. You might already know Tim Hortons, a Canadian icon, was sold to the US. And sure, that’s disturbing. It’s comparable in my mind to selling the parliament building to China. But th… http://jeffstern.com/index.php/blog/why-tim-hortons-might-disappear-blockbuster-lesson-customer/


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The real estate industry is an odd blend of bricks-and-mortar buy and sell, and psychological counseling.  As real estate agents, we see people in the best moments of their…
The real estate industry is an odd blend of bricks-and-mortar buy and sell, and psychological counseling. As real estate agents, we see people in the best moments of their lives, and at their absolute gut-wrenching worst. Sometimes the combination of emo… http://jeffstern.com/index.php/blog/its-never-just-house-92-year-olds-story-will-tug-your-heart/


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  Once again, I’m lending my time and experience to help improve the Manitoba REALTOR® course curriculum. This time I am part of a great team and we are updating the Provincial…
Once again, I’m lending my time and experience to help improve the Manitoba REALTOR® course curriculum. I love it, but it was right around the section on tax law that my eyes started to roll back in my head. Happily, I tackled the beast and won. http://jeffstern.com/index.php/blog/course-rewrite-killing-me-and-three-ways-block-boredom/


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  The new Condominium Act came into effect Feb. 1, 2015, and it’s a doozy, folks.  The previous 34-section act has now ballooned to over 300 sections.  This massive rewrite has…
The new Condominium Act took effect Feb 1, 2015, and it's a doozy, folks! Join me for a quick walk through of the Good, the Weird, and the Ugly. http://jeffstern.com/index.php/blog/new-condo-act-good-weird-and-ugly/


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Agents who are new to the Real Estate game soon find they're up to their nose in expenses, competition, and a whole lot of confusion about how to even do this job. They are…
New agents soon find they're up to their nose in expenses, competition, and a host of other surprises. Sink or swim, they're left to figure it out. The result: shock, disillusionment, and struggling to cope. The solution: mandatory mentorship. And here'… http://jeffstern.com/index.php/blog/sink-or-swim-case-mandatory-mentorship/


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  I love the Real Estate industry. The biggest pet peeve I have with it though, is that it is an industry. It’s a huge machine, complete with all the moving parts of sales and…
I love the Real Estate industry. Trouble is, it's an industry - a huge machine with all the moving parts of sales, methods, tactics and transactions. Sometimes we get to thinking people are part of the machine too. And that's a problem... http://jeffstern.com/index.php/blog/stop-treating-people-machinery/


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After teaching a few more courses this year for the Manitoba Real Estate Association (MREA) and WinnipegREALTORS (WRA), I have to say again how much I love it. The most…
Many new agents will skip off into their future, only to fail in the first 1- 5 years. These 3 reasons are why. The good news is, it is completely avoidable. http://jeffstern.com/index.php/blog/why-many-real-estate-agents-will-fail-their-first-year/


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While everyone scrambles to find Secret Santa presents, the business owner also wonders how much to give, to whom, and how much it will all cost. And what kind of gift would…
Customer appreciation can look like a lot of things. It need not be a grand gesture though, or an expensive gift. This is what clients really want... http://jeffstern.com/index.php/blog/what-your-clients-want-christmas/


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