January 2011

This is a great opportunity to own a unique piece of Real Estate in Boat Harbour.
While this is a great property to buy, if you have a property to sell, please don’t hesitate to call into Chris Hasson’s Real Estate office at 13 Stockton Street, Nelson Bay, Port Stephens Australia or ring on 1300REALESTATE(Local Call)

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The recent tragic death in Port Stephens of an old school buddy who took his own life and left behind a beautiful, loving family has moved me to 
reflect on some important questions about life, happiness, priorities and communication. But first the questions?

What could possibly move someone who appeared to have it all, to have a loving supportive wife, beautiful children and great friendships to take  their own life? And what can we do to use this absolutely tragic situation for the good of others. Let me first tell a story told to me recently:

“Sometimes in the daily challenges that life gives us, we miss what is really important. We may
fail to say hello, please, or thank you, congratulate someone on something wonderful that has
happened to them, give a compliment, or just do something nice for no reason.

Charles Plumb, a US Naval Academy graduate, was a jet pilot in Vietnam. After 75 combat
missions, his plane was destroyed by a surface-to-air missile. Plumb ejected and
parachuted into enemy lands. He was captured and spent 6 years in a communist Vietnamese
prison. He survived the ordeal and now lectures on lessons learned from that experience.

One day, when Plumb and his wife were sitting in a restaurant, a man at another table came
up and said, “You’re Plumb! You flew jet fighters in Vietnam from the aircraft carrier Kitty Hawk.
You were shot down!” “How in the world did you know that?” asked Plumb. “I packed your
parachute,” the man replied.

Plumb gasped in surprise and gratitude. The man pumped his hand and said, “I guess it
worked!” Plumb assured him, “It sure did. If your chute hadn’t worked, I wouldn’t be here today.”

Plumb couldn’t sleep that night, thinking about that man. Plumb says, “I kept wondering what
he might have looked like in a Navy uniform: A white hat, a bib in the back, and bell bottom
trousers. I wonder how many times I might have seen him and not even said good morning,
how are you or anything because, you see, I was a fighter pilot, and he was just a sailor.”

Plumb thought of the many hours the sailor had spent on a long wooden table in the bowels of
the ship, carefully weaving the shrouds and folding the silks of each chute, holding in his
hands each time the fate of someone he didn’t know.

Now, Plumb asks his audience, “Who’s packing your parachute?”

Everyone has someone who provides what they need to make it through the day. Plumb
also points out that he needed many kinds of parachutes when his plane was shot down
over enemy territory – he needed his physical parachute, his mental parachute, his emotional
parachute, and his spiritual parachute. He called on all these supports before reaching safety. His
experience reminds us all to prepare ourselves to weather whatever storms lie ahead. As you
go through this week, this month, this year… recognize people who pack your parachute!”

Who’s packing your parachute? What does your parachute look like?

Every successful person feels pain and has a painful story. Some people are suffering pain right know.

Deep inside every painful experience is the energy to channel your hidden gift that inspires the very people around you that are packing your parachute. Always remember and be thankful for the people who pack your parachute.

So why is it that we have a current rate of 3/4 of all suicide deaths being men. George E. Murphy, M.D., an emeritus professor of psychiatry at Washington University School of Medicine, who has specialised in research in this area concludes that women are far more likely to discuss how they feel with fellow friends, seek feedback, and process strategies for happiness. Do you realise that true happiness, the type of joy that flows freely when you are serving your purpose in life that you know you were wired for. Enjoying your specially wired gift with passion and enthusiasm actually releases a natural chemical called serotonin to the brain. And it is this “natural drug” Serotonin that is responsible for the natural highs that we experience as well as the bursts of energy needed to get us through tough times.

So what’s my point?

Firstly, we MUST learn how to be happy. Remember we become the people we spend the most time with. Evaluate who you are spending time, with. Could you express how you really felt with those people. Are your fiends and family your biggest supporters. Are you really doing in life what you know you are called to do. Do you really feel like you are making a difference. Do you feel alive when you wake up, that the day will be full of new and exciting challenges that will only strengthen you to take on the next challenge. Do you realise that life is not really about you, that you are the most important person in the world, but only when you realise it is when you use your gifts to serve others that this is the case. If you are in a work, social, family situation that is not right, YOU MUST take action now. Talk to someone, make a change. You see, energy is movement. You must do something different if you are wanting a different result. In the wise words of Einstein, “the definition of stupidity is to keep doing the same thing while expecting a different result”. What change are you needing to make right now. ” And Happiness IS The Key”, its infectious. Stand for something good. “If you don’t stand for something, you’ll fall for anything”.

In the famous words of Forest Gump “Life is Like a Box Of Chocolates, You never know what you’re going to get”

I’ll finish with this story about life in it’s truest sense:”There was a rich merchant who had 4 wives. He loved the 4th wife the most and adorned her with rich robes and treated her to delicacies. He took great care of her and gave her nothing but the best.

He also loved the 3rd wife very much. He’s very proud of her and always wanted to show off her to his friends. However, the merchant is always in great fear that she might run away with some other men.

He too, loved his 2nd wife. She is a very considerate person, always patient and in fact is the merchant’s confidante. Whenever the merchant faced some problems, he always turned to his 2nd wife and she would always help him out and tide him through difficult times.

Now, the merchant’s 1st wife is a very loyal partner and has made great contributions in maintaining his wealth and pursuits of business as well as taking care of the household. However, the merchant did not love the first wife and although she loved him deeply, he hardly took notice of her.

One day, the merchant fell ill. Before long, he knew that he was going to die soon. He thought of his luxurious life and told himself, “Now I have 4 wives with me. But when I die, I’ll be alone. How lonely I’ll be!”

Thus, he asked the 4th wife, “I loved you most, endowed you with the finest clothing and showered great care over you. Now that I’m dying, will you follow me and keep me company?” “No way!” replied the 4th wife and she walked away without another word.

The answer cut like a sharp knife right into the merchant’s heart. The sad merchant then asked the 3rd wife, “I have loved you so much for all my life. Now that I’m dying, will you follow me and keep me company?” “No!” replied the 3rd wife. “Life is so good over here! I’m going to remarry when you die!” The merchant’s heart sank and turned cold.

He then asked the 2nd wife, “I always turned to you for help and you’ve always helped me out. Now I need your help again. When I die, will you follow me and keep me company?” “I’m sorry, I can’t help you out this time!” replied the 2nd wife. “At the very most, I can only send you to your grave.” The answer came like a bolt of thunder and the merchant was devastated.

Then a voice called out : “I’ll leave with you. I’ll follow you no matter where you go.” The merchant looked up and there was his first wife. She was so skinny, almost like she suffered from malnutrition. Greatly grieved, the merchant said, “I should have taken much better care of you while I could have !”

Actually, we all have 4 wives in our lives

a. The 4th wife is our body. No matter how much time and effort we lavish in making it look good, it’ll leave us when we die.

b. Our 3rd wife ? Our possessions, status and wealth. When we die, they all go to others.

c. The 2nd wife is our family and friends. No matter how close they had been there for us when we’re alive, the furthest they can stay by us is up to the grave.

d. The 1st wife is in fact our soul, often neglected in our pursuit of material, wealth and sensual pleasure.

This is Chris Hasson, have a great week.

Special Note: The blog post I did above 6 months before Archie was born has been the philosophy we chose to live by that has seen us not only survive but thrive through our difficult journey.

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There is nothing more inspiring for a Nelson Bay Real Estate Agent than finishing a sale transaction with a happy buyer and happy seller.
This guy knows a little about finishing strong:

If You are looking for Nelson Bay Real Estate Agent Office, go to 13 Stockton Street, Nelson Bay 2315 and you will find Chris Hasson, Port Stephens No1 Agent

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Real Estate in Nelson Bay Picks Up

by admin on January 27, 2011

Some Recent Real Estate Sales in the surrounding suburbs of Nelson Bay are:

15 Diemars Rd, Salamander Bay $435,000

2/14 Trafalgar St, Nelson Bay $330,000

With a Plethera of sales to come the port Stephens property market is heating up for 2011

and Real Port Stephens Real Estate Agents main focus is Pricing correctly.

If you want a realistic no bull Appraisal call into my Office at 13 Stockton Street, Nelson Bay 2315 and we will organise a time to meet. We service the areas of Port Stephens including Nelson Bay, Corlette, Salamander Bay, Shoal Bay, Soldiers Point, Anna Bay, Boat Harbour, One Mile, Fingal Bay

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The Real Estate market will take a plummet not only in Port Stephens, but Australia! Why? Because Real Estate is about activity and few people will be interested beyond their planned celebrations. Of course, Real Estate will kick on the day after Australia day and the buoyant market will continue.

If people aren’t interested in Real Estate today though, then it makes sense then that we ignore Real Estate and explore briefly what Australia day really means to Australians.

While Australia Day means social to some, help to others, celebrate to more and chillax to a few, I believe this day really does expose your true passion dwelling inside. I will finish with some inspirational quotes that sums up some of the good old Australian Spirit and a little bit of video humour for a good cause that sums up the Aussie humour. This is Chris Hasson, enjoy your Australia Day! and to Harlan, Claire, Stacey and all others getting their citizenship today…CONGRATULATIONS!


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Hi, how are you today?

“How are the Qld Floods going to effect house prices” is a question I am getting asked very regularly at the moment, and at the risk of looking like dodging the question, the real focus should be on decision making and in hindsight, the title of this post, “Decision Making, How To Make Good Decisions Better” .

This post may polarise people and I know is far removed from the the Port Stephens Real Estate world, but as I sit in my Nelson Bay office today, I have reflected on an email sent to me. You may have heard the saying, you make a living by what you do and a Life by what you give” but have you heard the term “making good decisions better”.  

Real Estate success is all about making good decisions better and so is success and well being in other areas of life. Especially finacial decisions around uncertainty like buying or selling a house at the moment and asking your self “Is the Real Estate market going to increase or decrease because of the floods?”. My short answer to your personal question would be: ” Today is a very good time to be buying AND selling Real estate in Port Stephens.”

Let me explain.

Who controls your life?

You do. Know one else.

In fact, do you realise you are training people in how to treat you. I’ll go into that more another day. The point is, we all know how to make good decisions, but the real fruit comes from making good decisions better. Did you give to the QLD flood appeal. I know most people did. But how do you make that decision better?

So how do you do that you may be asking. Firstly, knowledge, secondly, reflection, thirdly, action. All great leaders and inspirational influences practice this principle. Let me explain my point with a story I have heard and repeated before from the book, “7 Habits Of Highly Effective People”

It goes like this: “A man was sitting in a subway car in New York. This is his thoughts: People were sitting quietly-some reading newspapers, some lost in thought, some resting with their eyes closed. It was a calm, peaceful scene.
Then suddenly, a man and his children entered the subway car. The children were so loud and rambunctious that instantly the whole climate changed.
The man sat down next to me and closed his eyes, apparently oblivious to the situation. The children were yelling back and forth, throwing things, even grabbing peoples papers. It was very disturbing. And yet, the man sitting next to me did nothing.
It was difficult not to feel irritated. I could not believe that he could be so insensitive as to let his children run wild like that and do nothing about it, taking no responsibility at all. It was easy to see that everyone else on the the subway felt irritated, too. So finally, with what I felt was unusual patience and restraint, I turned to him and said, “Sir, your children are really disturbing a lot of people. I wonder if you could control them a little more?”
The man lifted his glaze as if to come to a consciousness of the situation for the first time and said softly, “Oh, you’re right. I guess I should do something about it. We just came out from hospital where their mother died about an hour ago. I don’t know what to think, and I guess they don’t know how to handle it either.”
Can you imagine what I felt at that moment? My paradigm shifted. Suddenly I saw things differently, and because I saw things differently, I felt differently, I behaved differently. My irritation vanished. I didn’t have the to worry about controlling my attitude or behavior; my heart was filled with the man’s pain. Feelings of sympathy and compassion flowed freely. “Your wife just died? Oh, I’m so sorry! Can you tell me about it? What can I do to help?” Every thing changed in an instant. New information, reflection, then action. His paradigm changed!

You see we all make good decisions, but making good decisions better comes from constantly searching for new knowledge, resting regularly in contemplation and reflection(meditation or prayer if you want it to sound spiritual) then taking action with that change of paradigm. I have practised this and seen tremendous success for clients, I have coached clients to practice it and seen them have tremendous success when making decisions in selling their homes. I have also applied it to my personal life to have more fruitful and enjoyable relationships with friends. And you can too! Selling or buying Real Estate now with uncertainty may not be the real question to ask. Because you are buying and selling in the same market, it’s all relative. That is sell for more in 6 months, buy for more in 6 months and vice versa. So making that good decision to sell better should be more focussed on how is it going to feel in that new lifestyle. A separate accommodation for the children, low maitenance surroundings, better school, pool, beach, extra bedroometc You get the picture.

Now at the risk of retribution I’m going to pass on some political information that was passed onto me to consolidate my point. It changed my thoughts on a few social issues, but helped me realise the power of inflence we have in a democratic country in making good decisions better.

Many people gave to the floods, nearly all voted for who they thought would run the country and steward our hard earned money the wisest.  This is the email that was sent to me. I am not taking political sides, but read and make up your own mind. This is  just so unbelievable it may even be  true !

THE TOP 8 RECIPIENTS OF THE AUSTRALIAN GOVERNMENT’S AID DOLLARS IN 2010-2011

Indonesia – $ 458.7 million

Papua New Guinea – $ 457.2 million

Solomon Islands – $ 225.7 million

Afghanistan – $ 123.1 million

Vietnam – $ 119.8 million

Philippines – $ 118.1 million

East Timor – $ 102.7 million

Cambodia – $ 64.2 million

TOTAL =US $ 1,669 million -to be given away in 52 weeks

..but wait, there’s more… !!!!!!!

• Australia provides approximately 150,000 tonnes of food aid every year—about $65 million—to

Bangladesh, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Sudan and Chad.

• In 2010-2011 the Australian Government plans to spend almost $4.4 billion on development
assistance to under developed countries.

SO….. Ask your local Member how come 2011 Queensland flood victims get “$17 million so far”?

When insurers, such as Allianz and CGU, provide cover for storm damage but EXCLUDE FLOOD from
their home and contents policies.

SUGGEST, we EXCLUDE them from our Shopping Lists ????

And now Gillard will give nearly $500 million for Indonesia’s Islamic schools which are largely moderate
in outlook but there have been pockets of radicalism that have produced terrorists in Indonesia, most
notably the cleric Abu Bakar Bashir’s school in Ngruki, central Java, where some of the Bali bombers studied

STOP THE OVERSEAS AID NOW AND DIVERT THOSE FUNDS TO QUEENSLAND.

WHEN QUEENSLAND HAS BEEN REBUILT AND BACK ON ITS FEET,

THEN WE CAN HELP TO BUILD MORE ISLAMIC SCHOOLS

OVERSEAS. AND HERE’S AN IDEA:

MAYBE WE CAN ALSO TEACH ABU BAKIR’S DISCIPLES TO SING:-

“KOOKABURRA SITS ON THE OLD GUM TREE”,

“GUMBAYAH”,

“WALTZING MATILDA”

AND

“I STILL CALL AUSTRALIA HOME”!!

Conclusion: We can make a good decision to buy that right property at the right price or sell our home in the right market or give some of our hard earned money to the people in need in the QLD floods or else where. We can though make these good decisions can be made better by changing your paradims ie get new information, process new information, act on new information. ie the inforation I shared about where the money you gave is Really Going. It is at the decision making level that all fruits in life worth pursuing exist and many people feel they are too small or insignificant to make a difference. The decisions you make really do make a difference, and you can make those good decisions better by 1) finding new information, 2) processing that information 3) Taking action. The good Samaritan in the Good Book wouldn’t have been so influential if he just had good intentions. He acted on those good intentions.

Make You next good decision better today by following this simple but effective 3 step process and feel the difference. I hope I have helped a little in what ever decision you are ready to make next whether Real Estate, Political, Social or Personal. Until next time, have a great day and I’ll end with a little humour and a photo about making good decisions better. While this chap may have made a good decision to have a relaxing ale at the end of the day, he didn’t make a good decision better by having an exit strategy. This is Chris Hasson, Over and Out!

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Cost Effective Port Stephens Marketing

January 18, 2011

“Port Stephens Real Estate Marketing Need Not Be Expensive To Be Effective” Marketing is about reach and frequency. Have a look at some properties I have marketed recently in the Nelson Bay and Port Stephens areas. If you are going to achieve a good Nelson Bay Real Estate price you need to add value to [...]

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Port Stephens Real Estate Marketing

January 13, 2011

Stay Tuned for my new marketing Video

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Facebook Founder Gives Away Half Of His Fortune!

January 10, 2011

Mark Zukerberg has pledged to give away half of his fortune to charity. The Giving Pledge was set up by Warren Buffett and Bill Gates to inspire Billionaires to use their wealth for Good. Now I can hear what your saying. It must be nice to be able to still live on $3.5 billion. The [...]

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Forget Real Estate! Port Stephens Traffic Frustrations!

January 9, 2011

I hope you had a great Christmas and New Year! Anyone would be forgiven for thinking they were on the Gold Coast recently with the Port Stephens population swelling to over 100,ooo people. Of course with premiums being paid for accommodation, Real Estate is the last thing on the mind of people in Nelson Bay. [...]

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