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Category: On Raising Industry Standards

If you had a megaphone and were to shout something to the crowds at the corner of Portage and Main, what would you say?  People don’t realize that when they post somethi…
If you had a megaphone and were to shout something to the crowds at the corner of Portage and Main, what would you say? People don’t realize that when they post something on Facebook or comment on a news article, that’s exactly what they’re doing. The… http://jeffstern.com/index.php/blog/warning-what-you-do-online-can-get-you-fired-or-worse/


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Category: Personal Growth

  We were visiting friends recently when we found out.   After dinner, they set a stack of paper on the table. It was a manuscript. “My sister wrote this,” he sa…
We were visiting friends recently when we found out. After dinner, they set a stack of paper on the table. It was a manuscript. “My sister wrote this,” he said. “It’s about our family’s escape to Canada”. My mouth parted in surprise as I reac… http://jeffstern.com/index.php/blog/their-tale-escaping-nazis/


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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: 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: Community

My wife and I have this thing we do every summer. We love to tour the fairs, see the sights, and explore all in our own great province, Manitoba. We love seeing the varie…
My wife and I have this thing we do every summer. We love to tour the fairs, see the sights, and explore all in our own great province, Manitoba. We love seeing the variety of cultures, tasting the vast array of foods, and meeting all kinds of differen… http://jeffstern.com/index.php/blog/tour-manitoba-summer-list-festivals-fairs-and-events/


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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 al…
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: Real Estate Issues

  My client wanted to offer on a duplex. I did all my behind-the-scenes investigation, doing everything I could to check this place out from every angle. One of the many …
My client wanted to offer on a duplex. I did all my behind-the-scenes investigation, doing everything I could to check this place out from every angle. One of the many things I look at is whether the property has been red-flagged as a grow-op. And I… http://jeffstern.com/index.php/blog/tenant-who-ruined-landlords-property-value-forever/


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Category: The Real Estate Business

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 encount…
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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Love Is Blind

Apr 25, 2016

Category: Buying a Home

He was nearly panting when he said it. “Jeff, we went to an open house and we like it. We want to offer on it.” He was clearly smitten. That was a problem. “Okay, …
He was nearly panting when he said it. “Jeff, we went to an open house and we like it. We want to offer on it.” He was clearly smitten. That was a problem. “Okay, but let’s meet first and go through the place together before drafting an offer.… http://jeffstern.com/index.php/blog/love-blind/


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Category: The Real Estate Business

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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Category: The Real Estate Business

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 rea…
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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Category: The Real Estate Business

  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…
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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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: 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 con…
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: 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

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

One of the fastest ways to climb into someone’s subconscious and create those warm fuzzy feelings, is to appeal to the senses.  It’s why stores use researched and pro…
One of the fastest ways to climb into someone’s subconscious and create those warm fuzzy feelings, is to appeal to the senses. It’s why stores use researched and proven sounds, smells, layouts, and displays. They know that the right combination will m… http://jeffstern.com/index.php/blog/creating-unforgettable-showing-experience/


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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 tur…
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: Customer Service

On a recent trip to the states, we met some friends at a little Italian restaurant. It was a charming place. The wooden tables were covered with white linens. The arched doo…
None of us had seen anything like it. Every time she left our table, we would lean our heads together and whisper about how professional and amazing she was. We felt like we were both her best friends and also her regal leaders to whom she was honored… http://jeffstern.com/index.php/blog/why-our-table-tipped-our-waitress-nearly-100/


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