The power to’s life changing




Recently I was at a quarterly meeting in San Diego to connect with my business coach Joe Stumpf at “By Referral Only”  Real Estate Marketing University.

Joe asked: “Imagine what life could look like—if you removed/delegated even 1 or 2 of your current irritations & tolerations”. “Imagine what life could look like if you focused more on the “amazing” & ”your happy place”. “If you put the work into these changes—the pay off will be for a life time”. So lets “Imagine together…”

Imagine a couple of your work irritations and tolerations gone. What are the things that could be removed or delegated? One of our clients recently imagined not having to cut the lawn, shovel the snow covered driveway, and clean up after a winter storm...ever again. So they bought a townhouse! (one of my tolerations is the accounting end of our business. Fortunate for me, Marlene enjoys numbers and she took that over—and with that time I am able to work on bettering our team’s plans, systems and campaigns—” “In my happy place”)


Health, fitness & energy - Imagine 1 or 2 of your irritations / tolerations gone. (For me (Larry) - my “Happy place” is following a morning and afternoon daily ritual. By not guarding daily rituals—my toleration is low energy) For a friend of ours—their “happy place” is to imagine a regular work-out routine with a work-out partner or trainer.


Imagine family & relationships - What to do some people tolerate in relationships? Manipulation. Being driven by guilt, other’s 

expectations or always saying “yes” - but for the wrong reasons. (Marlene and I guard our hearts - when it comes to manipulation - we want our home to be our kids’, grandkids’ & friends favourite place to come to - This is our “happy 




Joe asked us to “imagine our finances, our wisdom, growth & mental capacity and our spiritual life”. What would happen if we removed or delegated just 1 or 2 of our irritations and tolerations and spent more time in the “amazing” & “our happy place”




“Put the work into these changes - and the pay off will be for a life time…”




Encouraged or Discouraged? 



Have you ever noticed that when you focus on what is not working in your life, that you feel discouraged? 


When things don’t quite work out the way that I had expected them to or hoped that they would, my negative self talk can easily wreck my peace of mind. I have also found that when I focus on what is working in my life I get this feeling of encouragement. 


As an example:: I (Larry) was told by my doctor this past Spring that I was pre-diabetic. “ARE YOU KIDDING? I’m 6 ‘1” and 155 could that be? I thought diabetes was a weight thing for larger or inactive people?!” 


“No, Larry,” my doctor went on to say, “you have been blessed with it geneti- cally. It’s in your DNA. Your Dad has it.”  So ok, here we go. No pasta, no potatoes, no bread and certainly no dessert.  Even minimal fruit. My inner self talk was screaming, “POOR ME!” and this continued at every dinner over the course of the next week or so. (You need  to know that I LOVE  bread, potatoes and spaghetti.) This was not good news to me...AT ALL. 


I have a few people in my life that encouraged me to go for it and make the change. I have made the decision to eat clean and exercise more and over  the past 6 months I can’t deny that I feel healthier and I’ve even gained some muscle and have lost an inch around my waist. Feeling fit and trim! 


Here is the nugget. We all hit bumps on the road, don’t we? We can have blue days (or really bad hair days), but encouragement can help bring us out of these valleys and dips. We just don’t have to live there. 


So...who are your ‘go to’ people who continuously speak encouragement into your life? Be an encourager and you will be encouraged right back. Try it out for yourself. The gift of encouragement.  We all have it. 

Help! We’re Bursting at The Seams!!!

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



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.