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Dear Friends,

 

Just a quick note to let you know how we might help you or someone you feel comfortable introducing to us.

 

Recently, I received a call from Yves Rabu.  Yves and his wife, Vida, had their home for sale for three years with another agent, but it didn't sell.  It was at that point that their friend, Bill, introduced them to us and that’s where our story starts.

 

I met Yves & Vida at their home.  They were committed to selling and just wanted the “right coaching” to make it happen.  We started with our Room-by-Room Review and a list of things to do to make their home ready for “Show Time”.

 

The “Things To Do ” Seller’s Homework was more time consuming than costly – arranging furniture and reorganizing rooms to help make them look spacious, bright and to compete successfully with all the other homes for sale on the market.

 

While Yves & Vida were working on their homework, we prepared our Pin Point Price Evaluation – interpreting the data of sales, properties for sale and current market timing, as well as offering 3 pricing models so Yves & Vida could choose a price that would work for their situation and timing.

 

Yves & Vida had worked hard to make their home look perfect and with our 94 Step Marketing Campaign, we knew success would be around the corner.  Then, after 10 showings in 44 days, came the day to remember.  A three year dream came true!  Yves & Vida’s home was sold.  Vida said she didn't know whether to scream for joy, laugh or cry.  It was incredible to be a part of the excitement and is what makes our job so enjoyable.

 

Part 2 of the three year dream…Marlene helped Yves & Vida buy the perfect home.  It was like unwrapping a long awaited for Christmas present…to be continued.

 

Congrats Yves & Vida!

 

Your friends in the business,

 

Larry & Marlene

Re/Max Little Oak Realty

604-859-2341

 

PS – This is the season where you are going to be noticing friends, neighbours & relatives getting ready to make a move because SPRING is around the corner.  When this happens, simply take out your cell phone, look up my number and call me immediately at 604-855-6464.  Thanks for not keeping us a secret!

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This December was a first for Marlene and I—something we had been thinking about for years, but always put it on the back burner.  The dream was to give ourselves permission to totally disengage for a few weeks—rent a condo in Mexico and just live there.  We had done the all-inclusive Mexican vacation before, yet we wanted to experience what it would be like to do a Mexican getaway where we would do our own thing.  We would cook our own meals, jump into our own car and go to that small surfing town we always want to go and check out that fishing village, hit this beach one day and another beach the next day. 

 

This was going to be a getaway were I wasn't going to be taking a lot of work with me. A trip where I was not going to justify my time away by spending a certain number of hours per day on work, writing or thinking about business...to actually disengage.

 

Here is what happened.  In the past we had an “interest” to do this, yet this year rather than just being interested, we committed to do it.  Our motivation came from some of our clients.  We had seen a number of our friends and clients, our age, deal with health issues.  Some battles were won, and some were lost, which got us thinking—why wait?  At first, I had a 1/2 dozen reasons...

 

...wait until I am older

...wait until I am retired

...wait until business slows down

...wait until business picks up

...what if this…

...what if that...

 

In the end, we gave ourselves permission to start crossing off a few more things on our list and do them before we physically may not be able to or even want to do them any more—and then live with regret.

 

We had a great time—lots of sun, fun, food, and exploring.

 

Feeling blessed and thankful!

Your friends in the business, 

 

Larry and Marlene

 

PS—Here is my question to you, right now do you have a dream that you have not given yourself permission to do?  What have you been holding back on?  Once you give yourself permission to go for it, then you will figure out how to make it reality.

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When I say “It’s the Christmas season?”, if you were truly honest, how joyful are you?  On a level of 1(low) to 10 (high), what’s your happiness level?  Are you the Grinch at zero or one?  Or are you a 10—St. Nicholas—cheery, happy, gifting, hugging and loving everyone?  Or somewhere in between?

 

For me, I have been all over the map.  Some years, I have been so stressed out over the busyness of the season, the shopping, the rushing around, the parties, the get togethers, and the family gatherings.


 

And yet, there have been other years where we have been so relaxed, we didn’t say yes to everything, did our shopping well in advance, and went on a family holiday and enjoyed our time together.

 

I know we are all different, however, if you could have the perfect Christmas season, what would that look like to you?

 

Tips:

* Don’t live on adrenalin rushing here and there—pace yourself, breathe.

* Remember that if some of your friends, relatives can’t make it to your party, then it doesn’t mean they don’t love you.  It means they are busy also—be gracious.

* Intentionally make a moment where you actually have a “Silent Night/Peace on Earth”.

* Because people spend 3-4 times their ordinary spending rate in November and December remember that Christmas is not about the “gifts” you buy.

 

Merry Christmas from your friends in the business,

Larry & Marlene

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Dear Friends,

 

Just a quick note to let you know how we might help you or someone you feel comfortable introducing to us.

 

Recently, we were introduced to Nick and his wife, Mandy, as well as Nick’s brother, Jordan, by Mandy’s grandfather, Ron Bergmann.

 

Nick & Jordan were needing some help selling their mom’s home and asked us to have a look at it.  We reviewed the market, how to showcase the property, and gave them 3 prices to choose from (depending on the speed of sale wanted).

 

As far as Nick & Jordan were concerned, they wanted it sold “the sooner the better” and chose a price that would get them the most money within a 60 day sale period.

 

After measuring the home, taking almost 100 photos and putting the sign up, we geared up our 94 Step Marketing System and we were underway!

 

With today’s technology, 93% of buyers search for their next home online, so this next step is crucial.  We chose the very best pictures that would showoff the property, emailed all the Realtors and then uploaded our listing package to the MLS, and all the websites we use for marketing.

 

Knowing the buyer’s and Realtor’s interest in any new listing peaks after the first few weeks on the market, I was really working toward a sale in under 3 weeks, and guess what?  11 days after listing the home, we negotiated a full price offer for Nick & Jordan.  It can’t get much better than that!

 

Congratulations Nick & Jordan, and thanks again Ron for introducing Nick, Mandy & Jordan to us.  We are so happy to have been able to help them sell their mom’s home and provide a World Class Real Estate Experience.

 

Your friends in the business,

 

Larry & Marlene

Re/Max Little Oak Realty

604-859-2341

 

PS—Who is the next person you know that would like to sell before the end of summer just like Nick & Jordan wanted to?  Here is what you do:

1) Pick up your phone

2) Dial our number 604-859-2341

3) Introduce us to the people you care about and how we could best help them

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I have been a member of By Referral Only, a Real Estate Marketing University, for over 20 years—always learning, tweaking and fine tuning my business and my life.

 

I have learned success has so many faces.  Success at home, with family, friends, financially, spiritually, mentally, physically, and so on.

 

My business coach and trainer, Joe, has coached over 50,000 business people over the past 25 years with amazing outcomes.  Here are some of Joe’s findings that anyone can use for a better life:

 

Finding #1: Business people who take care of themselves, tend to expand their life, their authentic self and their business.  Those who don’t take care of themselves work in overwhelm, confusion and drama.

 

Finding #2:   Those who practice self care and set it as a high priority generally feel better about EVERYTHING!  It all starts with self care and everything else will transform.

 

Joe’s thoughts on how to start your daily transformation.

 

1. Take care of food first.  Eat quality healthy food. Question: Do you eat your for sustenance or recreation?

 

2. Sleep.  Are you getting 6-8 hours of healthy sleep daily?  If not, then make that a priority.  Question: Do you go to bed at approximately the same time each night?

 

3. Exercise.  What is the quality and duration of your physical exercise?  Question: What is your morning ritual or what is your evening ritual?

 

4. Spiritual Time. Question: Do you have time set aside daily for meditating/prayer/reading/listening?

 

Joe says the very best motivator is YOU.  You will become healthier when you are tired of being sick and tired.  Are you interested or actually committed?

 

Larry

* About Joe—he is the oldest man in the United States (54+) to have passed the SealFit Academy and Kokoro Camp

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Dear Friends,

 

Just a quick note to let you know how we might be able to help you or anyone you feel comfortable introducing to us.

 

Recently, I received a call from Les & Lynette Lambert. They were introduced to us by two of their relatives, who we had helped sell and buy homes with great results, and now it was their turn to look at the retirement stage of their life with a newer home that would have a basement suite for Les’ mom.

 

They had invited me to their place to give them an idea of things to do, and things not to do, to get their property to showcase for selling.

 

After all the fixes were done, we met again and discussed 3 pricing options to choose from depending on the speed of sale required and timing of which seasonal market they wanted to sell in.

 

In their price range & location, buyers were expecting a basement suite, and in Les & Lynette’s home, it would be difficult to suite.  So we knew we had our work cut out for us.

 

Within the first 2 weeks, we had accepted an offer, but the buyers’ financial picture was not what they said it was – No Sale.

 

We continued to market the property with more than a dozen showings within the next week, and again negotiated another offer.  

 

We asked all the questions we could about the buyer and their financial picture to ensure we had a real offer, but after a week, the Realtor conveniently was not available and there was trouble again.

 

Then it happened!  Through our marketing, we connected with a Realtor who was looking just for what Les & Lynette had.  Time was running out for the buyer as they had sold their home and needed to move-in within 6 weeks.

 

We negotiated the contract, and by agreeing to the dates, Les & Lynette received a premium for their home…SOLD!

 

Now it was shopping time!  In the following week, Marlene showed Les & Lynette the top 15 homes that matched their criteria.  They narrowed it down to a nice newer home in a great location with the perfect suite for their mom.

 

Congratulations Les & Lynette!

 

Your friends in the business,

 

Larry & Marlene

Re/Max Little Oak Realty

604-859-2341

 

PS – Give us a call if you, or anyone you know, are looking to enter the retirement stage of your life 604-859-2341.

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Dear Friends,

 

Just a quick note to let you know how we might be able to help you or anyone you feel comfortable introducing to us.

 

Recently, clients, I will call them Bill & Barb, asked us if we could give them an idea of what their home, with a view, was worth.  They were already retired and it was time to downsize and bank some of the equity they had sitting in their house.

 

After doing all the research on the property we got back together with Bill & Barb.  They chose the price, gave me the keys and said, “Sell it while we are gone—we are off to Palm Springs for a month.”

 

Do you ever have it where things just work out perfectly?  Using our 94 step marketing campaign we had 22 showings in the first 4 weeks and it was showing #22 that landed the offer.

 

We emailed the contract to Bill & Barb, and followed up with a number of phone calls and counter offers in between Bill & Barb’s tennis games, bike rides and rounds of golf.

 

Then came the call they were waiting for, “Congratulations!! It’s sold!!”

 

When Bill & Barb got back from their Palm Springs getaway, Marlene took them shopping to look at townhomes and high-rise apartments that had views.

 

After viewing over 19 properties, Bill & Barb found the perfect place they could call home, and here is the neat part, they were able to put almost $300,000 into the bank after they purchased.

 

No more yard work, cleaning the gutters, trimming the trees, cleaning the windows—it’s time to travel!  I believe this is what they mean by The Golden Years!


 

Congrats Bill & Barb!

 

Your friends in the business,

 

Larry & Marlene

Re/Max Little Oak Realty

604-859-2341

 

PS - What could you do with $300,000 cash?  If it is time to retire or downsize, and pocket some of the equity in your home to enjoy while you have your health, then give us a call.  We know how to make that dream a reality!  Call Larry or Marlene at 604-859-2341.

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Dear Friends,

 

Just a quick note to let you know how we might be able to help you or anyone you feel comfortable introducing to us.

 

Recently, I had a call from Dean and Brun.  Dean was considering taking a job in Fort McMurray and asked me into their home for an evaluation and give them an idea of things to do and not to do to get their place ready for sale.

 

As Dean and Brun had already been working on showcasing their home for a few weeks, it was “looking good” and I gave them just a few final ideas to make it perfect.

 

The real fun came with their evaluation.  Some of the homes in their area had been sitting for sale for months – if we listed there would be 5 homes for sale within a block of each other.

 

When working on Dean and Brun’s evaluation, we found a number of similar homes selling in equal or better locations and used their selling prices as a guide.  We then investigated the different properties for sale and offered 3 different prices depending on the timing they were looking for.

 

They wanted a quicker sale (not to be for sale for 6 months or more like some of the properties on their street) and chose a price and marketing campaign that would make it happen. 

 

I had taken over 100 pictures of their home and narrowed that down to the top 40 for our marketing pieces.  We created a voice over movie of their home, emailed approx. 500 realtors our New Listing Information Package, put a sign on the front lawn, and uploaded the listing info to the MLS system.

 

Through our marketing efforts, we located 4 potential buyers/Realtors within the first week.  Although the property was not right for the first 3 buyers, our 4th showing was a Realtor with a buyer who had just sold their property in Fort Langley and wanted a quick possession.

 

Via phone, fax, email and text, as Dean had left town on business, we were able to negotiate a full price offer for them and now they are packing!

 

Congrats Dean and Brun – Best wishes in Fort Mac!

 

Your friends in the business,

 

Larry & Marlene

Re/Max Little Oak Realty

604-859-2341

 

PS - If you or someone you care about is thinking of making a move and could use our help like we gave Dean and Brun, then give us a call at our office at 604-859-2341.  Our goal is to give them a World Class Real

Estate Experience!

 

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Dear Friends,

 

Just a quick note to let you know how we might be able to help you or anyone you feel comfortable introducing to us.

 

In 2001, we met Elgin & Dorothy Taylor and helped them buy a townhome in a 55+ retirement complex in Abbotsford.  Elgin and Dorothy were people with big hearts and were anything but retired!  One of the many thing Elgin and Dorothy were involved with was drilling water wells in Ghana Africa.  As Marlene and I got to know them better, their excitement rubbed off on us and we sponsored a number of wells & even went to Africa with them.

 

Recently we got a call from Elgin.  It was time to sell their townhome here in Abbotsford and move closer to their kids.  As Elgin put it, they were getting on in years – it was time.

 

Together, we reviewed all the current sales, as well as the townhomes that were for sale.  Then Elgin and Dorothy selected an asking price.

 

Through our marketing efforts we had 7 showings, but no offers.  I knew we were close to market value and the feedback from these showings confirmed that.  So to stop the buyers from just looking at it and get them making offers, we refined the test price by $5,000.

 

And that is all it took.  Two more showings, and Elgin and Dorothy’s townhome was sold.

 

Congratulations!!  Wishing you the very best in your new home!

 

Your friends in the business,

 

Larry & Marlene

Re/Max Little Oak Realty

604-859-2341

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Dear Friends,

 

Just a quick note to let you know how we might be able to help you or anyone you feel comfortable introducing to us.

 

A number of months ago I was referred to clients, I’ll call them Alex and Lisa, by their friend, Brent.  They had a dream of moving to acreage with a larger house and a shop.

 

Alex and Lisa had a newer home with a basement suite – all remodeled and showed really nice.  They found that in their price range there would be a trade off. Moving up to acreage would mean the house would not be as nice as what they currently had.

 

A few months went by, the real estate market was changing and we found many higher priced acreages were adjusting faster than Alex & Lisa’s home was.  When we were viewing properties, we were seeing that the houses on the acreages were getting nicer and nicer – and were still shopping in the same price ranges.

 

That’s when it happened!  We found the perfect 2 acre property with a larger home and a huge shop – it was just right for Alex and Lisa.

 

We discussed values, and started the buying process.  After writing up the offer & with over 200 phone calls, emails, texts, faxes and smoke signals, Alex and Lisa have moved into their new home on acreage!

 

Congratulations!  The moving stresses are almost over.

 

We wish you and your family many, many years of enjoyment on your acreage.

 

Your friends in the business,

 

Larry & Marlene

Re/Max Little Oak Realty

604-859-2341

 

PS - Who is the next person you know thinking of a life style change, moving up to a large home like Alex and Lisa, or downsizing, maybe getting ready for the empty nest?  Introduce them to us - we would love to help them with their move an provide a World Class Real Estate Experience.  Call Larry or Marlene @ 604-859-2341

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Dear Friends,

 

Just a quick note to let you know how we might be able to help you or anyone you feel comfortable introducing to us.

 

This summer we received a phone call from prospective sellers (I will call them Nathan and Kim, who were introduced to us by their children, who are our clients). Nathan was on the police force for years and just retired, so it was time to make one final retirement move.

 

They had spent a few months getting their home ready for sale and wanted to get a fair, realistic price for their place and not be for sale forever. They were looking for an agent who would be open, frank and get the job done.

 

Nathan & Kim’s decision to hire us was easy because Marlene and I have worked with so many people on the police force over the last 30 years, we had been introduced by their kids, and we have a highly successful marketing campaign and track record.

 

After reviewing their home and a list of all the upgrades and updates, we did the home work, researching all the properties that sold in their area as well as the ones that were for sale but had not sold yet. We then determined 3 different prices for the property.

 

At our next appointment I reviewed all the home work, and Nathan and Kim chose a price that best suited their situation.  We let our sellers choose the price based on timing and what is important to them.

 

Through our marketing efforts and Marketing Campaign, we had 12 showings in 12 days. In that time we received 4 offers, and after negotiating, chose the one we thought was the very best for us.

 

After dealing with a few hiccups & buyer financing issues, the property was sold for a price within $1,000 of the asking price and dates that were just right for Nathan and Kim.

 

Congrats – Wishing you the very best in the next chapter of your retirement years!

 

Your friends in the business,

 

Larry & Marlene

Re/Max Little Oak Realty

604-859-2341


PS - Who is the next person you know who is thinking of retiring/wanting to downsize or is an empty nester? Your introductions are really appreciated – Marlene and I will take great care in giving your friends a World Class Real Estate Experience. 

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Dear Friends,

 

Just a quick note to let you know how we might be able to help you or anyone you feel comfortable introducing to us.

 

This May, Rob & Deb McGowan called to interview us and have me stop by to take a look at their home and help them with the idea of simplifying life by moving into a townhome.

 

The next day, I had the grand tour of their home and took pictures of all the features and updates they had done.  It was one of those properties that just “felt like home” and was in move-in condition.

 

Marlene and I then spent about 3 hours working on Rob & Deb’s evaluation, so they would have an accurate picture (through our “Pin-Point Pricing Campaign”) of what the market value of their house was, the different listing prices that we could ask and what to expect from our team & marketing system.

 

Together we had a fun discussion about what was important to Rob & Deb about making a move…

 

There were a few things that really stood out in my mind.  Rob & Deb:
1) didn’t want to be for sale for a year (like it happened to them once before)
2) wanted to be moved by summer
3) wanted to work with realtors who had integrity
4) to buy a secure townhouse...to be able to be carefree...to “lock & leave”

 

After going back and forth on a few pricing options, the list price was settled and we put our marketing campaign into gear.

 

Now this is a great story!  Within days we had two buyers view Rob & Deb’s home and one of the buyers thought it was “just perfect” for his situation.  Within hours, the offer was negotiated subject to financing, inspection and viewing the Property Disclosure Statement.

 

We have found that 75% of the time, after we have an accepted offer, there should be no critical glitches and the property is sold. 25% of the time there can be issues that are deal breakers.

 

So after 6 days of waiting...we got the “green lights” and subject were removed.  A “SOLD” sticker was hanging on the For Sale sign...Congrats Rob & Deb...it’s celebration time!

 

Your friends in the business,

 

Larry & Marlene

Re/Max Little Oak Realty

604-859-2341


PS - Who is the next person you know looking to simplify life, downsize and work with someone they can trust to get the job done?  Give us a phone call at 604-859-2341.

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It's the long awaited for long weekend, but we hadn’t actually planed any getaway.  You know, we would just do a day trip here or there or?  So here is what happened…

 

I got up early, skipped breakfast and start doing a few things around the yard – all the stuff that needed to be done a month ago and didn't get done because life got busy.  Then I remembered my list of irritations – things that are not working like they should and start my MR FIT-IT program. 

 

“Hmm, I think I feel hungry!”  No wonder – it’s 3pm!  So I fried an egg – but before that was finished, I returned the 4 calls, 5 emails and 3 text messages +++

 

Been there??  Instead of relaxing with your family, you have a few emails to return, dishes to deal with, laundry to fold, kids activities, board meetings and on and on it goes.

 

It seems that doing nothing once in a while – lying in a 

hammock, listening to music, reading, painting, and more importantly getting away from it all (no email, cell phone, facebook, tv) has become less and less valuable  to us.

 

 According to research cited in Scientific American – not taking extended breaks robs us of perspective, making us crankier (anyone have a short fuse lately?) and eliminating creativity.

This may be a quote to live by:

“Every now & then go away, have a little relaxation, for when you come back to your work your judgment will be surer, go some distance away because then the work appears smaller and more of it can be taken in at a glance and a lack of harmony and proportion is more readily seen. “ – Leonardo da Vinci

 

Marlene, Jared, Tianna, and I are looking forward to our summer camping vacation.   I hope you carve out some time – while the sun shines.

 

Larry

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Dear Friends,

 

Just a quick note to let you know how we might be able to help you or anyone you feel comfortable introducing to us.

 

This April, we had a call from new clients, Mel and Jacqueline, to invite me to have a look at their house, and give them my opinion on what it would take to market their property as well as what to do to prepare their home for sale.

As it turns out, they were introduced to our team by our clients, who were also their neighbours, who thought they should at least talk to us before making any moving decisions.

 

As I was viewing their house, we talked about what was important to them with making a move and what their priorities were.  They had some concerns selling in the West Abbotsford area and the types of buyers that the home may attract.

 

I encouraged them that our experience marketing properties for the last 30 years in Abbotsford, Chilliwack, Mission and Langley would help them “Make it Happen”, that our marketing campaign could sell their property and our team would make things as stress free as possible.

 

After reviewing the list of things “to do” and “not to do” to show case their home as well as 3 pricing options, Mel and Jacqueline decided that our team would be a good fit for them.  A price was chosen, and we listed their property for sale and put our marketing campaign into high gear.  Within a day, the sign was up, pictures were taken, and the listing was on our website.

 

Now the story gets really good.  Within a week, we had 4 offers!  Yes, some of them were LOW and a waste of time, yet because of the activity our marketing had created, we were able to negotiate a cash offer, a great price and perfect dates...SOLD!

 

So what did it take to “make it happen”?  I found it takes an average of 100-150 calls, emails, texts, and faxes to take a property from the listing stage to being SOLD, but with the number of offers and the negotiation “style” of these realtors, we documented 243 calls, texts, emails & faxes.

 

The outcome...Mel and Jacqueline are soooo happy they chose our team and that they can now move on to the next chapter of their life.

 

Congratulations Mel and Jacqueline...you were a pleasure to work with!!!

 

Your friends in the business,

 

Larry & Marlene

Re/Max Little Oak Realty

604-859-2341

 

PS - There are certain areas and price ranges where the market is super active!  If you, a friend, neighbour or relative are thinking of making a move, then now is the time.  Give us a call today! 604-859-2341

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Dear Friends,

 

Just a quick note to let you know how we might help you or someone you introduce to us.

 

Recently, clients, Abe and Lorna Hildebrandt, introduced us to Abe’s work associate Sandra.  She and her new husband, Shaun, had purchased a new home with a suite for their in-laws to move into and had been trying to sell

 their previous home with another realtor for 173 days…but there still was no SOLD sign on their front lawn.

 

The listing had expired with their previous realtor and as a result of the experience Abe & Lorna just had months prior involving a quick sale, email updates, a personal blog, and negotiating a great price with the Siebert Team (as well as our team being referred twice more by two of Shaun’s co-workers), Sandra & Shaun felt they at least needed to interview us, and see what we would do to market their property.

 

Marlene and I then spent approximately three hours on our detailed market evaluation (Marlene looking at the property though the eyes of the buyer and Buyer’s Agent and I looking at the property through the eyes of a marketer/Seller’s Agent).

 

On our next appointment, we discussed the market outlook, our marketing plan, and offered 3 different prices (depending on timing and minor fixes).  Decisions were made and we started our marketing process.

 

Here is where it gets exciting.  We had 2 offers in 32 days.  Although offer #1 came within the first week, there were some financing issues and it was a no-go, yet within days we negotiated our 2nd offer - SOLD!

 

Let the celebrations begin!!  Congrats Sandra and Shaun!

 

Your friends in the business,

 

Larry & Marlene

 

Re/Max Little Oak Realty

604-859-2341

www.SiebertTeam.com
larry@siebertteam.com

 

P.S. - We are involved with a lot of sellers at this time, giving them ideas of what to do and what not to do to get their places ready for sale.  With the upcoming spring market, the chances are really, really good that you will be noticing people wanting to make a move like never before.  When that happens, feel comfortable introducing them to my team and I. Thanks!

 

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Dear Friends,

 

Just a quick note to let you know how we might help you or someone you introduce to us.

 

Recently we were introduced to Erdman, and Jackie and their translator, Rowena, by Elvis and Mirjam Wiebe.  Erdman & Jackie had come from Paraguay a few years ago and had been saving up for a down payment.

 

As it is more of a buyer’s market now, it was a perfect time to stop renting for Erdman and Jackie & own their own home.  Compared to 2009, buyers today are seeing sticker prices on homes that might as well say 10-15% off…a lot of choices and great prices!

       

After determining their needs, wants, and location, we started to sift through all of the townhomes in their price range, weeding out the very best ones, and then the shopping started.  

 

As it so happened, we found a multi-level townhome in a great central location.  The price was great…and although it needed some TLC, as it was a foreclosure, it was perfect! 

 

After the showing, we had knocked on the neighbour’s door to ask a few questions about the complex and started hearing a lot of German.  This neighbour also happened to be Paraguayan, and one word kept coming up…asado.  It seemed every phrase had the same asado word in it.

 

When I asked Rowena what asado meant…it all made sense.  She said, “They were looking forward to moving here and ‘making the barbeque’ with their new found friends.”

 

A foreclosure’s final acceptance is through court approval where there can be competing offers, so we came prepared with a 2nd offer from Erdman and Jackie that was for $9,000 higher than the original offer…just in case.

 

We got to court and there were no other offers, so we tucked our second offer out of sight as the gavel went down and Erdman and Jackie got a great deal on their first home in Canada! 

 

Congrats Erdman and Jackie…

 

Rowena, thanks for all your help…

 

It’s time to “Make the Barbeque”!!

 

Your friends in the business,

 

Larry & Marlene

Re/Max Little Oak Realty

604-859-2341

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Dear Friends,

 

Just a quick note to let you know how we might be able to help you or anyone you feel comfortable introducing to us.

 

We recently got a call from clients (I’ll call them James and June). We had helped them purchase a beautiful new 4 bedroom 4 bathroom townhome in East Abbotsford in March of 2009.  Now two years later, their family had outgrown the townhome and it was time to buy a house with its own yard and suite for extended family.

 

James and June put some time into showcasing their home...making it look as close to new as possible and then we started marketing their property.  Through our marketing campaign we had 7 showings and within 12 days an accepted offer that was within 1% of the asking price.

 

Now it was Marlene’s turn to “Go Shopping” with James and June.  Marlene was constantly sifting and sorting through the many possibilities available, narrowing the field from well over 100  homes to the top 25.  Location, size vs. asking price, and condition were the top three variables.  Then the showing process began.

 

As a buyer, James and June found it interesting.  In today’s market, some realtors don’t coach their sellers on how to stage their home...what to do for the showing and more importantly what not to do.  How some homes don’t show well and others show awesome!

 

Just over a week of shopping went by and James and June found the perfect home.  Right area, right size and right price.  Here is an interesting note...it had only been for sale for a week.   When we accepted the offer on James and June’s townhouse, this property was not even on the market yet.  This seems to happen a lot in today’s market.

 

Marlene did all the “evaluation homework” on sales in the neighbourhood, giving James and June enough information to make a wise decision.  The offer was negotiated (price, dates and included items) and James and June are now celebrating...they are not homeless, and found just what they were looking for!

 

Congrats James & June!

 

Your friends in the business,

 

Larry & Marlene

Re/Max Little Oak Realty

604-859-2341


PS - Who is the next person you know who has outgrown their home and needs to upgrade?  Call and introduce them to us 604-859-2341.

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Dear Friends,

 

Just a quick note to let you know how we might help you or someone you feel comfortable introducing to us.

 

Nine years ago we had helped clients, I'll call them Jim & Barb, purchase a basement entry home in Abbotsford for themselves and their 2 kids.  Since then, their needs had changed adding 5 foster kids to their family and more space was needed.  Jim, Barb and the kids were feeling squeezed.

 

That's when we received a call from Jim.  There was a larger home on 3 acres that was just put for sale with a huge shop – it was the perfect setup.  

 

Marlene showed it to Jim & Barb and put them in touch with our mortgage broker.  Within a day, Marlene had written an offer and negotiated a great price for Jim & Barb.  All that was left was to sell their current home.

 

We had already completed our Pin Point Market Evaluation, so all that was needed was to sign the paper work, prepare their home for showings and take pictures for our internet marketing campaign.

 

It was a mad house at Jim & Barb’s place for almost a week – pressure washing, cleaning, replacing broken garage doors, bark mulching and de-cluttering.  During this time we were already pre-marketing their property and working on calling Realtors and buyers who may consider Jim & Barb’s place.

 

Thanks to our Marketing Campaign, we had 17 showings within the first day that we made Jim & Barb’s house available for showings, and by the end of the day we had 3 offers!  After all the negotiations, we accepted a cash, non-subject offer – Sold!!

 

In the end, Jim & Barb said that they were surprised I was able to negotiate perfect dates, and even more money than they thought their house was actually worth.

 

Congrats Jim & Barb!

 

Your friends in the business,

 

Larry & Marlene

Re/Max Little Oak Realty

604-859-2341

 

PS  Who is the next family you know who is bursting at the seams and needs a new home with more elbow room just like Jim & Barb?  1) Pick up your phone, 2) Dial our number 604-859-2341, and 3) Introduce us to your friends and how we can best help them. Thanks for not keeping us a secret.

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Dear Friends,

 

Just a quick note to let you know how we might be able to help you or anyone you feel comfortable introducing to us.

 

Recently, I was talking with friends (I’ll call them Dean & Jane). Dean was doing some bodywork for me on my car and mentioned that they had been contemplating selling one of their rental properties and was wondering if we would consider working with them.

 

Before viewing their rental property, I sat down with Dean & Jane to find out what was really important to them. They talked about the last time they made a move…and about the immature realtors they had used. Then we talked about what I could do differently for them and how our marketing plan worked.

 

I showed Dean & Jane the current stats on home sales in their price range, what the market outlook was this spring, and the different commission options available.

We talked about timing and any issues that we may run into selling the property…as well as how we would handle the two sets of tenants (the property had a basement suite also rented).

After our initial consultation – we had a look at the property…and Marlene and I worked on the evaluation to “pin point “ the price.

 

After reviewing the sales of the other homes, as well as the properties available and the three pricing options…Dean and Jane said they would prefer a quicker sale (one of the tenants was leaving and that way they wouldn’t need to deal with finding new tenants in a hurry).

 

Our team started to market their property on March 4th and by March 10th we had negotiated a great offer with a closing date at the end of March. Yes, there were a few details to iron out including the financing, home inspection and roof…but by March 18th - Marlene, Laura and I had dealt with all the issues that sometimes make our jobs challenging…the property was sold!

 

What did Dean and Jane think?  Jane called and said that they were so impressed with the way things went…it was so different than the last real estate experience they had...and asked if we would consider working with their parents!

 

Congrats Dean and Jane…thanks for trusting us with your business and trusting us with your parents!

Your friends in the business,

 

Larry & Marlene

Re/Max Little Oak Realty

604-859-2341


PS - Who is the next person you know thinking of making a move this spring? Is your parents’ house too big and it’s the right time to downsize…or what about the young couple looking to buy their first home? We are just a phone call away!

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Dear Friends,

 

Just a quick note to let you know how we might be able to help you or anyone you feel comfortable introducing to us.

 

A few months ago I met a young couple (I’ll call them Stan & Jill) who had purchased an investment property in April ‘09.  They got a great deal on it…a fixer upper that would be a good flip.

 

Stan & Jill busily got to work on their new purchase (never moving into it as they had their own place already) with tons of upgrades and updates

 

They relisted the property with their realtor in Oct ‘09. Then relisted it again in Jan 2010.  Then in May 2010, they listed the property with two other realtors in hopes for success.  But 406 days later, this wonderful investment was turning into a “Ball and Chain” and just would not “go away”.

 

Stan & Jill were intrigued with our marketing system & 3 pricing options (and what to expect for each price range)…but what really excited them was our World Class Update System.

 

Every Thursday we would give them all the feed back about our marketing, # of showings, realtor & buyers’ comments…as well as other competing properties.  The last realtors they used were tough to track down and wouldn’t call them back for days…so they really didn’t enjoy their experience over the past 406 days.  

 

Marlene & I spent over 3 hours on researching their property and other properties that sold in the past few months…plus homes that were currently for sale.  Showing all the data to Stan & Jill and the 3 pricing options just blew them away.  It was nothing like their other realtors had done for them.

 

We put their property for sale, started our marketing campaign, & you would never guess what happened?  15 days later we were negotiating an offer.  I worked through a few glitches with the buyer’s financing and Stan & Jill’s “Ball and Chain” was sold (within $2,000 of the asking price).

 

Congrats Stan & Jill…it’s time to relax!

Your friends in the business,

 

Larry & Marlene

Re/Max Little Oak Realty

604-859-2341


PS - The next time you are in a conversation with a friend , family member or neighbour, and they mention they may need help selling their home or buying a larger home...we are just a call away.  Feel comfortable giving our time and expertise to the people you care about!  (When this happens…take out your cell phone…look up my cell number and call me immediately at 604-855-6464).  Your loyalty and introductions are appreciated.

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