Wednesday, August 20, 2014
OMG, it is crazy. Got an accepted offer on one of my listings today and wrote an offer for that seller today. All these home inspections are going to happen when I am gone.
I'm starting to go into panic mode. The last time I was this busy was Spring when I would expect to be busy. I certainly don't expect it in the summer. I found out from a friend of mine that they charge $100 per hour for Wi Fi on the boat. That certainly is not happening.
I turned off the lead program today. It's not fair to take anyone when I can't show them anything for 2 weeks. I already have Joe booked next week with the home inspections, a final walk thru and a closing. Plus, he is rebuilding the garage. He and my son got the whole roof removed today. Hoping a lot of it will be done by the time I get back.
Ok, just trying to breathe and realize that life will go on without me.
Tuesday, August 19, 2014
OMG, in 72 hours we will be on the plane to Seattle to get to the boat that takes us to Alaska. I have so much to do. I have been trying to figure out how to leave instructions for my backup agent as to everything that is going on.
Things would have worked out very well if the State of Wisconsin could have moved its duff quicker and sent Joe his license. He still doesn't have it. He sent in the documentation like 10 days ago. This is insane. The one good thing about it is that he does know my business. He has access to all my documents and knows all my buyers and sellers. That will help the agent covering me as Joe can tell him everything that been going on with each deal.
So, I got an offer on one of my listings on Sunday and I wrote an offer for one of my buyers yesterday. I am already booked for the Sunday I get home. HA!
I sincerely have to laugh at the people who told me that I was a fool to quit teaching. No, I wasn't the fool. I was the smart one because, now, I absolutely love what I do and I realize that I am good at it.
Joe has been shadowing me with listing appointments and new buyers. He is like, "how do you do that?" I just say I practiced it for 18 years in the classroom. I had one buyer say to me on Sunday that I was the only agent they have met that actually explained things to them rather than say, "you should buy this house." That made me feel good.
As for the cruise, I don't have a clue of what to pack. I don't have a clue of what fits. I don't have a clue of what I will wear for formal night as I have nothing. The last time I went on a cruise was in 2007. I weighed 10 lbs less back then. My husband told me I should go buy a dress for formal night. I said I think we should stay in the cabin and order room service :)
As far as the sale of my own house goes, we have put Joe in charge of expediting the removal and rebuild of the garage. No contractors would come out and he needs money. We took out a loan to pay for it. It is very simple and he used to build garages and stuff with his dad. Why not pay him?
I have also gotten a pre-approval from the bank so I know we are good to go on a purchase and I should make enough on this house for a good downpayment. We have been here 21 years.
As far as exercise, I am still not doing much. I am just giving my feet a chance to get as good as they can be before I get on that boat. I will worry about it when I get back. I want to walk around Alaska pain free
Thursday, August 14, 2014
To continue on with Sunday's saga. Brian and I finally talked on Monday when he got home from work and I was ready to kick him out. I explained how horrible it felt to me when neither he nor the kids could help me when the biotch slapped me. I told him how embarrassing that was to me.
I think we both realized that it is definitely time for us to move. This was supposed to be our 5 year house 21 years ago. We have had to stay in the City of Milwaukee because of Residency requirements which no longer exist. They found it unconstitutional so we can move. Along with the biotch, who I have since found out is a prostitute, there are renters next door to us who just yell and swear and smoke marijuana all day. Whether they smoke or not is up to them, but it goes right into my daughter's room and she can't take it anymore.
The arguments with them go on from about 1 a.m. until 9 am. in the morning when they finally go to sleep. I have called the landlord, our neighborhood association, the police and what they call the community prosecutor. My husband is supposed to be calling the Alderman.
Our biggest fear is that we won't be able to sell the house because of those people. We are waiting until the middle or end of September to put the house on the market figuring it will be colder then and maybe the windows will be shut.
It is a shame as we have a really nice house for the area. It is updated and it has a master bath suite with heated floors, a shower stall and jacuzzi tub. It is a one of a kind as Brian designed it and built it himself. My bedroom is huge with a sitting area that fits a recliner and my treadmill. Believe me, it is the most updated house in this area and I show a lot of houses in this area.
I kind of feel like the opposite of my friend who is fighting the foreclosure process. She is fighting to stay in her house. I just want to get out of mine. I fear for my kid's safety when I am gone. Sarah is here alone if I'm not home as Ben works most days. The one thing is the young man who is working as a realtor with me is also going to be doing work on the house to get it ready for sale so he will be around a lot. He lives next door.
Maybe something good came out of the incident. We finally realized that it is time for us to move to the next chapter in our lives and into a home we can be happy in. We used to enjoy sitting outside here so much, but now we don't at all. We can't stand the language. I feel like I am back in the inner city school where I used to teach .
On another note, I do admit that due to the shots last week in my heels and everything going on this week, my exercise has been limited. But, I think that, too, turned into a positive as my feet are starting to feel normal and I can walk on them without hurting again. I really want to make sure that they are ok for the trip. I don't want to be hurting everyday we are out and about in Alaska.
Luckily, my weight has stayed the same so that is good.
I have already picked out a realtor to sell my house
Monday, August 11, 2014
Such a sad day to see such a young man with so much talent take his own life. He said so much truth and made us all laugh. Now he has made us all cry. These words are so true. God speed Robin
After what happened to me this weekend with no family behind me, I understand this 100%
Monday, August 11, 2014
Things really blew up yesterday. I was by my neighbor's house. I have known her for 18 years. Her daughter, whom I've known since she was 5, was over. She is 31 now with a child. That same daughter was in the streets with her 6 year old at 1:00 am yesterday. I texted her and asked her to keep it down. I could tell when I got to her mom's house that she was ticked about it. She and I have been going rounds lately as she has been posted pretty provocative photos of herself on Facebook and she says in front of her daughter that having her daughter was the biggest mistake she ever made. It is just horrible.
So, in either case, we were sitting there and I made a comment to my son. They jumped all over me including the daughter. I asked who she was to judge me considering she isn't exactly parent of the year. Well, things escalated and I decided to get out of there and head home (we live two doors over). The girl chased me and caught me in my next door neighbor's yard and slapped me across the face. This is a girl that I have known since she was a little child.
After talking at length to my husband, I did decide to call the police. Apparently, they were going to issue her a citation for battery. I spent enough time in the City school system that I learned how this worked.
So, when she hit me, she knocked my glasses off my face and they fell. I couldn't see them. The next thing I know, her brother (whom I've also known since he was 3), grabs me and tells me to go home before she gets worse.
You would think my husband of 25 years whom I've known for 30 would have come out to see what was going on. He heard it. At the very least, maybe he would have gone and looked for my glasses or gone over to the neighbor's house to say something. No. None of the above.
Same thing as when my brother showed up here. He did nothing. Then, this morning, he had the gall to play devil's advocate for them. Seriously! WTH? I'm beginning to wonder what I am doing with him. Honest to G-D. If it were one of my children who got hit, I would have been there in a heart beat. He just sat in his chair.
Right now, I am so confused and upset, I don't know what to do. Not to mention I am embarrassed. How could her mother who has been my friend for all these years not even have her come here and apologize. I am going to be 50 next month and this girl is 30 and has the right to slap me. My parents would have killed me no matter how old I was. Although, we were never raised to hit anyone.
I did discuss with Brian moving out of here finally. We've talked about it for years, but he has kind of let the house go and there would be a lot to do before we could even consider getting it on the market.
I am confused and angry and tired. I've got a thousand things running through my mind and I can't stop it. I think that maybe I should just go. Isn't someone who loves you supposed to protect you and defend you?
I could go on and on as everything is just flying through my brain, but I will stop now. Thanks for listening.
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