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. 

“They are taking our home away...can you help us?”

Dear friends,


Just a quick note to let you know how we might help someone you introduce to us.  I want to tell you a story that I haven’t told anybody!


Recently our client, I’ll call her Sara, introduced me to her friend Russ.  Russ was a hard working nice guy, who was finding that things were tightening up in his financial life and really didn’t know what to do…so he did what many people do…and just stopped making payments.


He had fallen behind in a lot of areas…especially the municipal tax payments to the point where he got “The Letter”  (tax sale—the city was going to sell the property).


While reviewing his situation, we found he still had a great equity position – that he could sell and pocket over $50,000 after paying everyone.  I made some suggestions on how to best showcase the property for selling purposes and reviewed 3 different prices to consider.  Russ chose a price that we thought would achieve a sale in the next 30 – 60 days.


Things were going like clock work with showings and we did get an offer accepted within the first 37 days…but there were some buyer issues and subjects were not removed.


As the market continued to soften. our property began to appear overpriced.  So we refined our asking price to reflect other properties that had recently sold as well as properties that were for sale.


Then it happened—within 7 days we had found the right buyer, and after some encouraging and negotiating we got the right price…it was sold!  As for Russ, a big sigh of relief…he had his life back and a large amount of cash in the bank. The stress had evaporated.


In our current buyers market, with over 10,000+ listings in the Fraser Valley Real Estate Board, there are so many great buys available. Buyers are having a hay day with the low interest rates and with so many homes to consider—finding the perfect place to call home is very attainable (currently prices are in line with 2004 – 2005...what a great 

time to buy!!)


Congrats Russ…thanks for trusting our team with marketing your home.  Even with all the financial pressures you were under, you truly were a pleasure to work with.


Your real estate consultants for life…

Larry & Marlene


PS—Are you the “Sara” in someone’s life?  Knowing there are financial pressures and a way to get out from under the load? Why not tell your friend about this success story and let them know there is a way out.  We would be happy to help the friends you introduce to us with a World Class Real Estate Experience.


Give us a call at 604-859-2341