Wednesday, April 23, 2014
I can't believe it is almost the end of April. Time goes so fast. I have not had a good month as far as exercise and eating. I have tried to at least get a walk in everyday. I have been so busy that I think we have only eaten at home 3 times for dinner this month.
The nice thing is I have been able to get outside more and back to the dog park. It is nice to walk there.
I know I need to get it together again!
Friday, April 18, 2014
OMG, I have had to deal with some of the nastiest real estate agents lately. They should learn this one:
Thursday, April 17, 2014
Many of you who know me know that I take my work very seriously. I started in real estate in 2008 after being a teacher for 18 years. I have put in a lot of blood, sweat and tears to make it. My goal was always to be one of the top real estate agents in South East Wisconsin. I am proud to say that I was informed that I am in the top 6% for buyers agents in my region. That was pretty awesome to hear that.
I am also proud to say that I got that listing I wanted so badly. It is an awesome house and I am going to list it tomorrow.
With all that being said, I decided, for putting in almost 6 years of non- stop work and making it this far, to reward myself. I decided the other night that I wanted a new (slightly used) car.
The last car I bought was in 2004. I bought a 2005 Honda Accord. We still have it, but we were using my husband's 2004 Honda CRV for all of our real estate as it was a much nicer car to drive being higher up. I started looking at the CRV the other day and realized that appearances mean a lot. I felt that if we are really going to make it to the top, we have to look the part.
Yesterday, we traded in the 2004 CRV for a 2012 CRV. It only has 16,000 miles on it and every bell and whistle imaginable. We had 2 strict criteria. The car had to have the Nav system. I am so tired of trying to put addresses in my phone and not be able to get the connection. It also had to have the blue tooth phone thing so I can talk hands free.
We were showing houses yesterday and drove by the dealership where I bought the 2005 Accord. They had this beautiful Maroon Red CRV. After 4 hours, (my lord buying a car takes longer than buying a house), we were driving home in that maroon CRV.
My husband has taken the Accord. It only has 65,000 miles on it. He is, by day, a building inspector for the City of Milwaukee and goes to some unsavory areas. We certainly didn't want him taking the new car.
As for the new car, I have a lot of reading to do. It has been 10+ years since we have bought anything close to new. These things are like trying to figure out Windows 8. OMG, you literally have to read the book. I can't figure out how to get from the map to the radio.
I figure that I have worked hard and owe it to myself and my business.
As for my eating and exercise, I need to get back on track. We haven't eaten at home in 2 weeks because we have been so busy. I have a buyer in town from North Carolina now and another one coming in in 2 weeks. Both want to close in June.
Tomorrow, I have to go to list that house than I am aiming to get to the barn. I have two final walk thrus on Saturday and I'm thinking I should be off on Sunday because of Easter.
I will get back on track!
Monday, April 14, 2014
Time does fly. Between the trip to New Orleans and work, I haven't had a second to get on here.
First the trip. We arrived in New Orleans on the 5th and, believe it or not, it was hailing in the French Quarter. It rained pretty much the first 3 days we were there. However, we are Wisconsinites..we are used to bad weather so we didn't let that stop us. We still managed to walk 5 - 8 miles per day. We took the Riverboat in the rain and we ran into some other people from Wisconsin. That was pretty funny.
We did some different things this time. We went to the World War II museum which was really interesting. It has 4 different buildings. It amazed me how much was actually going on at once with that War. That museum is definitely something to see.
We also went to the Katrina/ Mardi Gras museum. There is another name for it, but we went at a really good time because the rains hit. It kept raining. It was really odd to go through all the history of Katrina and the floods as it was pouring outside. Very ethereal feeling.
Once we left the museum, the sun came out and it was beautiful. We walked toward Frenchman street and then got the bright idea to eat dinner at an Italian restaurant we knew right by there and do the Ghost tour that night. The restaurant was very good. The Ghost tour was a joke. It was so rehearsed that it was ridiculous. I spent the second half at the bar where the tour started. My daughter wanted to do it and now we can say we did.
Needless to say, we ate our way through NOLA. Actually, however, we ate pretty healthy. Everything there is fish and seafood. I think we had Drum fish almost every night. Even my daughter liked it.
It was so peaceful and quiet from Saturday until 9:30 a.m. Wednesday. My phone hadn't rung. All was good. And then...my buyer from h@ll started going ballistic. C'mon this was my last day of vacation and I was dealing with this person. We are talking a inexpensive foreclosure here. The property is stuck in bureaucratic red tape. There is no way to rush something like that. She went crazy all day and finally emailed me to tell me that her husband had cancer. Ok, so what am I supposed to do? I thought that was just low. Fannie Mae doesn't care if you or anyone you love is dying. Their properties are REO numbers and that is it.
I tried to be honest with her that closing probably won't happen until later this week if we are lucky and she went ballistic. I have now given up. The listing agent convinced her to put the utilities in her name. She never talked to me. She just did it. It is a little late at this point to get Fannie to fix anything.
Most of the last day in New Orleans we vegged. We were running around so much that we were exhausted. That night, however, we went and had a nice dinner and actually got into Preservation Hall. The original Preservation Hall Jazz Band was in town. They only play there about 3 times per week. It was awesome. No microphones, no electronic gizmos. Just true blues and Jazz. Awesome!
Overall, the trip to NOLA was great. My son didn't go with us, but he has now decided he wants to go there for his 21st birthday in January instead of Las Vegas. Sounds good to me :)
We have been working constantly since we got home. This is my first minute to actually spend some time on Sparks.
Friday, we had 2 home inspections.
Got a new listing on Saturday and went on an appointment for a RELO listing on Saturday. I know I said I wasn't going to do RELO anymore, but I do get buyers from those listings and I have to remember that. The house we saw on Saturday was awesome. I'm really hoping I get that one.
I have been having a hard time doing too much exercise since I sort of wrecked the balls of my feet when we were in NOLA. It actually happened right before we left. I have never had that happen. I'm hoping if I give it a little while, it will slowly go away.
The weather was beautiful when we arrived back home. Since then, we have had rain, sleet, hail, etc. UGH! Just follows us.
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