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Remuera Kindergartens & School Librarians Love Steve Koerber’s Home Sellers

Posted by Steve Koerber on January 14, 2009

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“If My Dad was a Dog”, “Aliens Love Underpants”, “Charlotte’s Web” and “Mrs Pepperpot” are a mere handful of the hundreds of stories that I’ve had the pleasure of reading to my two toddlers over recent years.

Just today they were at the library with Mum and brought home some fantastic pre-school readers with titles like “The Sports Day”, “Rita Blows Bubbles” and “Dinah’s Walk”.  All of a sudden it’s not me reading to them anymore, they’re reading to me!  They’re so eager to show me their newfound reading prowess.  It is truly an exciting time in their lives ….and mine.

So I’ve made a decision that I hope will add some value to our community via the gift of reading.  For every property I list for sale in Remuera (forever) I will donate a new library book to the school of the homeseller’s choice.  I’ll also donate a book on behalf of anyone who refers me to a homeseller.  charlottes-web

My goal this year is to donate 50 books.  This blog category will track the book titles and kindy/school library donated to.  All books will be purchased by me from Wheelers Bookstore in Remuera.

To summarise:

How can you boost your Remuera kindergarten or school library’s inventory?  It’s easy!

1.  List your property for sale with Steve Koerber = 1 book donated

2.  Tell Steve Koerber about a friend/family member who is selling = 1 book donated

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Shelley Sneddon receives my latest book donations

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What I’m Reading

Posted by Steve Koerber on November 13, 2007

How to give your kids a million dollars (and it won’t cost you a cent) – Ashley Ormond  – Absolutely brilliant!  The best advice is to avoid high fee mutual funds & other high fee investments.  The management fees on index funds such as Australia Foundation Investments Ltd (AFI) and Argo (ARG) are less than 0.2%.  I set up accounts in early 2007 for me and my kids using high yielding bank accounts (one of the big four banks).  Each child saves $1 a day.  We transfer accumulated savings into low fee investments periodically.  We’re very happy with the returns so far and the system we’re following teaches the whole family how to invest wisely and regularly.

The Secret – Rhonda Byrne – Drums home the amazing power of the law of attraction.  I’m into this stuff and enjoy the benefits of the focus it gives me.

Fat, Forty and Fired – Nigel Marsh – Brilliant funny read about a Brit living in Sydney with his young family.  He takes a year out from corporate life, finds himself, looks after the kids more, does a harbour swim.  If you’ve ever thought of a major career change or just taking a break from working, this is a must read.  I laughed a lot reading this.

Maximum Achievement – Brian Tracy – This outstanding book is like my success bible.  If anyone wants to succeed in any endeavour this is one of the best books you could read.  It’s a step-by-step guide to success and has a great chapter on how to set goals, properly.

You Inc! – John McGrath – A great read for motivated real estate salespeople and for anyone interested in getting ahead in life and business.  John is a real systems man and is the creator and owner of, to coin a phrase cleverly ingrained in his company’s psyche, one of the best [if not ‘the’ best] real estate businesses on the planet.

One Million Dollars for Life – Ashley Ormond – A great follow up to Ashley’s first book mentioned above.  The best piece of advice in this book is about developing money sense.  Every dollar that comes into your life should be allocated in this manner:  First Invest, then Save, then Spend.  If you have any money invested in mutual funds or managed funds, you really should read this book.  Only a handful of funds ever beat the major sharemarket indexes.  It’s always a punt to try to pick the best ones.  To eliminate the risk of picking a poor performing fund Ashley recommends long term investing in low fee alternatives that track the indexes.  For example, the ASX composite index has returned better than 14%pa over the past 20 or so years.  Long term investors who’ve chosen these cheaper index funds have done very well.  And over the long term using the magic of compounding, the fee savings can be into the realm of hundreds of thousands of dollars.  He demonstrates how $1 a day or $500, $1000 or $2000 a month invested wisely, will result in healthy set-and-forget retirement incomes.  The key is “long term”, so invest sooner rather than later.

The Power of Now – Ekhardt Tolle – While reading this excellent book I realised that I have spent much of life living in the future.  Always searching for the next event or circumstance that would make me happier.  Always feeling that the future was going to be better than now.  I’m now living more in the present.  Not always, but more and more.  If you’re like me, this book will give you plenty of inspriration to make some positive changes in your life.  One concept that I particularly liked was ‘listening to the silences’ between people’s words.  Doing this helps me to listen with so much more clarity.

The Go Giver – Bob Burg & John David Mann – I can’t praise this book highly enough.  I think it should be compulsory reading for real estate agents…and for everyone on the planet for that matter.  It’s a quirky parable about business success and how to achieve it.  Five Laws of Stratospheric Success are described in this amazing book:

1.  The Law Of Value – Your true worth is determined by how much more you give in value than you take in payment.
Exceed people’s expectations. You give, give, give. It’s not a strategy, it’s a way of life.

2.  The Law of Compensation – Your income is determined by how many people you serve and how well you serve them.  You determine your level of compensation.  If you want more success, find a way to serve more people.  There are no limitations on what you can earn, because you can always find more people to serve.

In the Go- Giver it explains the three universal reasons for working.  SURVIVE – to meet your basic needs.  SAVE – to go beyond your basic needs and expand your life.  SERVE – to make a contribution to the world around you.
Most people spend their lives focusing on the first.  However, genuinely successful people in ALL aspects of their lives keep their focus on the third.

3.  The Law Of Influence – Your influence is determined by how abundantly you place other people’s interests first.  If you place other people’s interests first, your interests will always be taken care of.  Watch out for what other people need, with the faith that when you do, you will get what you need.  Giver’s attract.

4.  The Law of Authenticity – The most valuable gift you have to offer is yourself.  This law is an easy one: BE REAL. Dynamic people talk with and to you, not AT you.  It says in the book that if you want people skills, then BE a person.

5.  The Law of Receptivity – The key to effective giving is to stay open to receiving.  Receiving is the natural result of giving.  Every giving can only happen because it is also receiving.  The Go-Giver says that all the giving in the world won’t bring you success, won’t create the results you want, unless you make yourself willing and able to receive in like measure.

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