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Where has April Gone?

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!

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SVELTEWARRIOR 4/23/2014 11:21PM

    Let's get it together ......together!!!

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SIEGRID 4/23/2014 8:00PM

    At least you were able to get outside a lot, and yes April passed very fast. At this moment I don't have to balance work and exercise because I'm on medical leave. But all along I have worried how I would manage it and Sparkpeople when I do go back!!! It's not easy!!!


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MELISSIMAUS 4/23/2014 6:01PM

    It's so hard to balance health and work sometimes. I can relate. We're glad when there's work, but it would be nice if it spaced itself out just a little better…

Hang in there! I hope you can get things back in balance soon.

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TXGRANDMA 4/23/2014 5:32PM

    I know! Time flies! Good for you for keeping up with your exercise! emoticon

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GRACEOMALLEY 4/23/2014 3:14PM

    I periodically have to remind myself - You know what you should be doing, you know what you should be eating - AND YOU OWE IT TO YOURSELF TO TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF.

Good luck! emoticon

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This is So True!

Friday, April 18, 2014

OMG, I have had to deal with some of the nastiest real estate agents lately. They should learn this one:

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SVELTEWARRIOR 4/21/2014 12:02AM

    Oh how true!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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SIEGRID 4/20/2014 9:24PM

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My Reward to Myself

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!

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SVELTEWARRIOR 4/20/2014 11:52PM

    Congrats!!!!!! You most certainly deserve it!!!!!

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READYRACHEL 4/18/2014 8:51AM

    Congratulations! You deserve it!

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JUSTME29 4/17/2014 10:10PM

    That's great! I just got a new-ish car too and I know what you mean about having to read the book to figure it out.

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THETURTLEBEAR 4/17/2014 9:46PM

    I love my CRV. It's a 2007 and has the navigation. I know what you mean about learning to get between map and music lol. I have the Sirius XM and love it.

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TXGRANDMA 4/17/2014 9:16PM

    emoticon That is great news, Nina! We bought our truck in 2009 and it was a year old. That is the last vehicle we bought, and it took us hours then, trying to get the price down to where we could afford it!

My car is a 2007 Toyota Camry with nearly 150,000 miles on it, and I dread the day that I will have to go car shopping again! We have already decided we are never buying a NEW car or truck again, the hit you take in depreciation by just driving it off the lot is crazy! I refuse to suffer that loss, will be doing my homework before I buy! emoticon

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EJOY-EVELYN 4/17/2014 1:56PM

    Congratulations on the great standing in the real estate sales. Continue to remain focused on you god and you will achieve them.

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SUE5007 4/17/2014 1:48PM

    NICE! emoticon

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GRACEOMALLEY 4/17/2014 1:47PM

    Sounds like a great reward and of beneffit to your future. Good job! After the holiday, we can all focus a little better on what we ought to be doing - right? Best of luck to you!

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SIEGRID 4/17/2014 12:19PM

    emoticon emoticon . What a great way to reward yourself.
We have a Ford Escape 2013 also maroon red. It is such a beautiful colour!!! WE kind of got it by default. I had a rather big acccident last year on the highway. I was rear ended and they declared our 2010 Ford Escape, which was grey, a total loss and we had 'new value' I am not sure what you call it in English, but to make a long story short, the insurance replaced our vehicle. We went for the same make because we really liked it, but I swore never to have a grey car again. That poor truck attracted 4 accidents, non e of which we were at fault. I wanted a colour that was seeable to all those blind people on the roads.
Congratulations on your it!!!! Are you going to put a little horse sticker in the corner of your rear window?


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MARAGRAM 4/17/2014 12:11PM

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I'm Still Here..

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 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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SVELTEWARRIOR 4/15/2014 11:56PM

    Welcome home!!!! It sounds like you had a wonderful trip! I am so deserve it.

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FLORIDASUN 4/15/2014 8:22AM SO deserved that little break and isn't it the BEST to learn new things and experience new adventures? I'd LOVE to go to New Orleans and someday we surely will. We have to spend our vacations going back to Iowa so DH can see his mother. This is NOT a vacation for me...believe me when I tell you that.

But we stay with close friends and in the years past I've just let him do his thing with his mother whilst I occupy myself in other ways...mostly it's not ALL bad! emoticon

This year I'm looking forward to the Iowa State of the biggest and BEST in the entire country. It's always the same ole' same ole' but still a fun experience and it reminds me of my childhood when my daddy used to take our camper up there and I'd spend my days in the horse barns.

LOVE the horses...I always said I'd NEVER get married and just live on a ranch raising WILD Arabian stallions...SO MUCH for that crazy childhood dream! emoticon

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LOPEYP 4/15/2014 6:59AM

    Glad that you had a nice trip.
Try so epsoms salt for your feet and a new pair of walking shoes. good luck at work.

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TXGRANDMA 4/15/2014 12:34AM

    Glad you had a good vacation! How unfortunate that your vacations are not really vacations because the customers can always get a hold of you. With most jobs when you are off, you are off, and no one but the company has your number. I never thought of that downside of being a Real Estate agent. emoticon

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SIEGRID 4/14/2014 5:00PM

    Boy what a fun time you seemed to have had!! Lucky you except for the buyer from you know where!!!!


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LIVELAUFLUV 4/14/2014 2:59PM

    Glad you had a nice vacation!

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EJOY-EVELYN 4/14/2014 2:46PM

    Welcome home. May the rest of your reentry in the workplace go smoothly.

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I'm Trying But I Can't

Friday, April 04, 2014

I am trying so hard to not be so focused on my email and messages. We are leaving for New Orleans tomorrow and I want so badly to turn off my phone. I know I can do it for the 2 hours and 25 minutes on the plane because I don't have a choice.

I have built my reputation and business on responding quickly to emails, texts and phone calls. I am trying to resign myself to only look at my phone at certain times. Say in the morning and the evening. I just know myself and I don't think I can do it. Even my office managers have told me to turn off the phone.

I have someone who is watching my business while I am gone and I will put his name down for emergency situations, but I don't know how to avoid looking. The email is on my phone! The phone tells me when I have email! UGH

Why is it when I was home 2 months ago everything was dead. Now, that I am leaving, I am busier than I have ever been. I actually have 7 accepted offers right now. For me, that is incredible.

When I am gone, the other agent will cover a home inspection for me. When I come back, I have a closing and 2 home inspections on Friday and 2 listing appointments on Saturday.

I am going to stop the leads from coming in. I will shut off that program while I am gone as I am pretty much booked the entire weekend when I get back.

How do I turn the phone off????? I am so mad at myself!

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EJOY-EVELYN 4/8/2014 12:25AM

    While it would be great to avoid all business . . . if opportunities present themselves without taking too much time from enjoying your home away from home, look and do what you can do. Do try to keep it to a minimum. I do not think you'll be losing your top spot anytime soon. You're awesome and deserve some quality vacation time.

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FLORIDASUN 4/5/2014 10:08AM

    Here's the deal...there's NOTHING you can do from where you tune OUT to past and TUNE in to the present.

You DESERVE this Nina. I know exactly what you mean..we went to England with very close friends and DH called the supervisor every single night to go over what was happening in our large construction biz. Sometimes the crap he had to worry about ruined the good time we SHOULD have been having.

Our friends...they had a large glass biz...didn't call ONCE...they said...what could I do from clear over here anyhow?

I think in the end they had the right attitude. Hope this helps change have someone covering for you so stop peeking at those e-mails...they will just ruin your trip and you need this trip!

That's my Bobbi Advise for the day! Free...even! emoticon emoticon

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JUSTME29 4/5/2014 9:53AM

    Have a great trip! Maybe turn off the email notifications on your phone so at least you don't have the constant reminder and then only check at specified times during you vacation? I know how hard it is.

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JAZZEJR 4/5/2014 7:24AM

    Well, I imagine you're over that hump by now and on your way to New Orleans. Have a great time, and be sure to log in all the miles you'll put in traipsing around that beautiful city. Be sure to tell us about your adventures when you return. I'm going there in May and want to know some fun things to do.

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LOPEYP 4/4/2014 9:39PM

    it's a tough thing. I hope you figure it out and have a good trip!

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SIEGRID 4/4/2014 8:41PM

    Enjoy your trip!!! I can't relate to the phone situation because I hate the phone and rarely use it........


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    Enjoy your trip........... be in the moment where you are

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MIMICOTO 4/4/2014 7:37PM

    .....for just a few days, go to your e-mail settings on your phone and turn them off. They'll all come in the second you reactivate it....unplug and build up your energy....


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HEALTHYGRAMMY49 4/4/2014 5:50PM

    Have fun in New Orleans! Have some Shrimp Étouffée for me! Yum!!!!!

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MUSIC2HISEARS 4/4/2014 3:23PM

    I can relate completely with you on this one. There comes a time where we need to totally disconnect, and vacation is the perfect time to do this. I pray you are able to turn off the phone and enjoy!

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