YouTube Thursdays - Our MultiGenerational Niche Video

Real Estate Broker/Owner with ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors

YouTube Thursdays - Multigenerational Niche Video 



Lost video clips, faulty microphones, and missing family members - sis, Cheri and brother in law, Bob are off on a three month vacation- wreaked havoc with our plans. Finally, not quite what we envisioned, but our updated multi-generational niche video is here.  We reserve the right to modify it in the future when the rest of the family returns. Or perhaps, we'll have another completely different "Story of Us."


We, especially me (Debb), had a tough time with some of the emotional aspects of producing this video. The first one we produced about our multi-generational niche was when dad and mom lived next door. Dad was still healthy and it was an easy story to tell. This time, it felt a little melancholy as dad left us nearly a year ago. However, now that it's done, it feels rather cathartic and  we think dad would like it. 


                     Together Again - The Story of Us 


Remember the keywords and emotional hot-buttons for our target demographics (baby boomers)  are family, children, grandchildren, pets, and heart-centered lifestyle scenarios. They are also a demographic that demands authenticity and dislikes anything gimmicky. We tried to keep all of this in mind during our video production. 


We hope you too have been working on a video to help showcase the benefits of your niche. If so, please share a link in the comments below. Who is your target audience and do you know the way to best communicate with them? Again, we welcome you to share your thoughts. 


Much like Anita Clark 's Facebook Fridays, we encourage you to subscribe to each other's YouTube Channels - and take a minute to "like" or leave a comment. You can also add your own YouTube Channel in the comments below, and ask for subscribers. Be sure to subscribe back though - it's quid pro quo!  



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ViewHomes™ grew out of our passion for nature, beautiful surroundings, and peaceful environments. Starting together in an urban environment, over the years we've gravitated towards areas with smaller populations and less density. We now enjoy our lifestyle in a rural environment, but with close proximity to metropolitan areas where we appreciate all the amenities of fine restaurants, shopping, and an easy drive to an international airport.
Living in ViewHomes™ is like having “elbowroom for the soul”.





Comments (34)

Brian England
Vacasa - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

I LOVE that video and you have such a beautiful family.  You definitely sum up what life is all about for me!

Sep 06, 2019 08:13 AM
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

Thank you Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR - we both appreciate it. 

Hi there Nina Hollander - it brought tears to my eyes when I worked with the photos of dad. We are coming up on the one year annivesary of losing him. Thanks so much for your kind comment. D

Sep 06, 2019 08:40 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD hi Debb... it's 21 years this month since my mother died... I still get very emotional when seeing pictures of her.

Sep 06, 2019 09:35 AM
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD

Guess it just shows what wonderful parents we have/had. D 

Sep 06, 2019 01:20 PM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Thank you very much for sharing your experience and your advice.

Have an outstanding weekend.

Sep 06, 2019 11:04 AM
Jill Sackler
Charles Rutenberg Realty Inc. 516-575-7500 - Long Beach, NY
LI South Shore Real Estate - Broker Associate

This video was very professionally done. It's so touching without being overly syrupy. Sure to be an asset to your business.

Sep 06, 2019 11:19 AM
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD

Hi Jill Sackler - thank you, we try to avoid treacly. 

Sep 07, 2019 08:39 AM
John Henry, Florida Architect
John Henry Masterworks Design International, Inc. - Orlando, FL
Residential Architect, Luxury Custom Home Design

Very nice, you've hit all the high points here.  Congrats!

Sep 06, 2019 01:22 PM
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD

Thank you John Henry - it's a lifestyle that certainly is working for us. 

Sep 07, 2019 08:40 AM
Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, CRB, Phoenix Broker
HomeSmart Real Estate BR030809000 - Phoenix, AZ

Hi Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD perfect family video. You truly showed your beautiful family and lifestyle and the benifits as to why it's a good option for families. Very well done!

Sep 06, 2019 03:07 PM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD - Your updated video went straight to my heart and out came the tears of all the emotions that are necessary and inevitable to close family members. 

I always loved the movie "The Notebook," but this one tops it! I mean that, sincerely. The dogs add to this wonderful love story and together, you all show us how love can only get stronger when parents get older. Dementia is a hard thing to accept. But your family sends the message that love conquers it all and illustrates how multigenerational living can benefit, especially the spouse and grandchildren. Loved ones don't have to be sent away - family can support, cry, laugh, enjoy the time they have left, make sacrifices because that's what love is all about.

By the way, your mom in that video is as gracious as a First Lady or Queen. Having all of you play your parts and get along together must make her feel very proud in knowing, she raised you and your sister right and has nothing to worry about. Peace and love - that's what family is all about.

Thank you for setting a fine example to educate and let us into your world.

Sep 06, 2019 04:27 PM
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

A well deserved feature for a masterpiece of a blog post Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD 

Sep 06, 2019 06:55 PM
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD

Aw thank you so much Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS - it came straight from the heart, but since there were a few missteps, I worried about the final outcome. Just grateful it all came together, 

Sep 07, 2019 08:47 AM
Susan McCall - - Compass Realty Solutions
Compass Realty Solutions - Portland, OR
Listing and Buyer's Agent

Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD,


I read the comments before I watched the video and I agree with everyone!! The video  is really special and may inspire people that are on the fence about joining families together - this is such a beautiful example. Your voice is the perfect accompaniment to narrate the story. And even if  everyone doesn't always get along perfectly all the time, it is so much better than boobing out on Netflix, etc.  My dad passed away the day before tax day in April a few years ago so I think of him at this time of year and take my hat off to him.  He was 88 and did his taxes every year except the last one. Kudos to a gorgeous video :)

Sep 06, 2019 08:01 PM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good morning Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD - I can see how this is emotional but it evoked the same emotions from me.  It should open a thought process for people.  Of course, I love the way you have master the Youtube ticks such as not having unrelated videos up at the end.

Sep 07, 2019 03:34 AM
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD

Thank you so much Grant Schneider - full disclosure on this one, I didn't have time to worry about the code required for YouTube, so this one is hosted by Vimeo. 

Sep 07, 2019 08:53 AM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Good Morning Debb and Bernie,  You came up with a great video, I can see why you are so good at these.


Sep 07, 2019 08:33 AM
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD

Thank you so much Will Hamm - hope you know I appreciate your kind words. 

Sep 07, 2019 08:54 AM
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

Anna Banana Kruchten CRB, CRS 602-380-4886 Thank you so much Anna. I'm a lucky person to have this experience, guess we all are - it's been quite an adventure and experience. 

Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP thank you so much. We didn't want this to be overly done, look as if we staged scenes, so we didn't. I've been shooting little snippets of video for some time and used many of those.  And Mom is amazing. I tell her she makes the 90's look like the new 70's. Lol. Our life, like everyone else, isn't perfect, but we make it work with good communication, boundaries, love, and compassion.  It's all about the intent. D 

Sep 07, 2019 08:46 AM
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

Susan McCall, Independent Listing and Buyer Agent I greatly appreciate your gracious comment and your time.  Thank you for watching the video. This lifestyle isn't for everyone and does take thought and careful planning to smooth over any possible hiccups in how all can exist with some semblance of harmony. We had a contract and outline, and consulted an estate planner at the onset.  Good communication, respect, and good boundaries are all really important - as is privacy. Perhaps there is another video in the offing. 

As for your father, I'm guessing we honor them when we take a moment to give them those "hats off."  

Sep 07, 2019 08:51 AM
Sally K. & David L. Hanson
EXP Realty 414-525-0563 - Brookfield, WI
WI Real Estate Agents - Luxury - Divorce

Know that your Dad does more than approve...he is grateful...sends his love and admiration for the lifestyle you have chosen to share with your do we.

Sep 08, 2019 03:02 AM
Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

Oh, I love, love, love this one, Debb! It's perfect for hitting the personal aspect of why buyers buy multigenerational homes, as well as hitting the professionalism button too. GREAT job! 

I noticed you are coming up on a year next week of losing your Dad. I know he's smiling on you and your family and loving what you are doing for your Mom, as well as others who count on you for your expertise in this market. 

Sep 08, 2019 12:01 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi Debb and Bernie:

This is absolutely wonderful. Such a touching depiction of the personal issues that matter to those who desire multigenerational living, from someone who understands it perfectly on so many levels - personal and professional!

Missteps? I think not!


Sep 08, 2019 02:02 PM
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Debb and Bernie- sorry to be late to this but I absolutely loved the video. The music could not have been more perfect either. If anyone was wondering about multigenerational living and whether or not it might be right for them, they have only to look at your video. 

Sep 08, 2019 02:34 PM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Debb, can understand the difficulty putting a video together talking about your Dad, and knowing how much love was there.   Nina and I both agreed, you should be doing our videos.

Sep 11, 2019 08:18 AM
Gene Mundt, IL/WI Mortgage Originator - FHA/VA/Conv/Jumbo/Portfolio/Refi
NMLS #216987, IL Lic. 031.0006220, WI Licensed. APMC NMLS #175656 - New Lenox, IL
708.921.6331 - 40+ yrs experience

So beautifully done, Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD ... and so representative of the type of care and service those seeking multi-generational housing can expect from you.  This video serves as a tribute to your mom and dad certainly, but also to your entire family ... and other families too.  Like I said, just beautifully portrayed and presented ...


Sep 11, 2019 08:43 AM