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 are Homeless!”

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 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


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.