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. 

“It was so different than the last time…”

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


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!