Saturday, November 8, 2008

Blah Blah Blah!

That's pretty much it.  Not a lot is happening around here.  After the rush, rush of our trip to France where there is loads to be getting on with, I am now sitting here at home going through the real estate motions of open houses, keeping in touch with potential clients (while, of course, trying not to be a nuisance!) and basically achieving bug**r all.  It is frustrating, the market has definitely gone a bit quiet on the buying front, there are lots of properties on the market but some very cautious buyers.  Hoping that now the US election is settled, people can re-focus, especially with interest rates so low.....fingers crossed.

I feel I am back a square one, back where I was a year ago when I launched my new career.  On the plus side, at this point a year ago, I did not even know whether it was possible for me to help anyone buy or sell a house, but after 10 "ends" as we call them (i.e. being on either the buying or selling end of a deal) I now know I can do it.  On the minus side, the real estate market here in Southern Ontario is a whole different ball game to what it was a year ago.  Have I chosen the wrong time to become a real estate agent?  To go out on my own and work for myself?  My old job with a guaranteed salary looks quite tempting at the moment, even though deep down I know I don't want to be back there.  As several people have said to me this week, if you throw enough sh*t against the wall something is bound to stick!  So imagine me, that's what I am doing .....throwing shi*t and plenty of it!!  

Anyway while I have so much time on my hands, I have been very domesticated, taken up knitting again, something I haven't done for quite a few years - making a jumper for my new nephew for Christmas (thrifty as well as crafty), baking bread !! and making all our dinners from scratch.  Homemade soups and pasta dishes.  Kind of morphing from home seller to suzy homemaker.... The house hasn't been this spick and span for a while.

This morning I was full of good intentions, was going to head outside to rake leaves - its quite handy here as you can rake them to the curb and then the City sends round a truck to scoop them all up.  However, it looks miserable and rainy today so that's probably not going to happen.  I will carry on printing off my newsletter which I deliver around my know...more sh*t.  See ya!


menopausaloldbag (MOB) said...

Yup, keep throwing the brown stuff! I liked that analogy, made me smile. Not a good time to be a real estate person but the marketplace needed to cool down a bit to get it back on an even keel. When it starts to recover as it will, there will be so much opportunity for first time buyers that the market will be healthy, affordable and much fairer than it was. You'll be chasing your tail tring to manage all that work!

It's great cooking from scratch though isn't it? There is something so very rewarding about hearty soups and casseroles cooking on a cold winters day.

Your post was so 'homey' in it's tone that I feel I've stuck on comfortable sweats, thick socks and sat down for a glass of wine with you in front of a roaring fire whilst I can smell lunch on the go!

softinthehead said...

Thanks - What a lovely comment MOB! As it is still mid-morning here on this side of the Atlantic I suppose I will just have a cuppa. :)

Maggie May said...

its a pity about the housing market now that you've got the qualifications to be a real estate agent.
Mind you, things might be different where you are. Pretty bad here. So keep throwing that muck, will you? Things must omprove.

aims said...

Oh SITH! You know - and remember - that housing and interest rates go in swells it seems. The market will definitely come back and you won't have time to blog.

It's good keeping your face and info out there.

The real estate agent who helped me buy the barn sends me something every month. I have to confess I don't even open it - it just goes in the garbage - as I have no intention of selling or leaving.

However - her name is always in front of me every month. IF I ever decide to sell - I'll use her. Definitely. That's just how it goes. And she doesn't even live in this town.

If you're making homemade - can I come for lunch?!

aims said...

btw - I just received this before coming here. Thought you might like it - enjoy.

If you had purchased $1000 of shares in Delta Airlines one year ago you
will have $40.00 Today.
If you had purchased $1000 of shares at AIG one year ago you would have
$33.00 today
If you had purchased $1000 of Lehman Brothers one year ago today you
will have $00.00 Today.
But, if you had purchased $1000,00 of beer one year ago today and drank
all the beer, then turned in all of the aluminum cans for a recycling
refund you will have received $114.00.
Based on the above the best current investment plan is to drink heavily
and recycle. It is called the 401Keg A recent study found out that the
average American walks about 900 miles a year. Another study found that
Americans drink ,on average, 22 gallons of alcohol a year. That means on
average Americans get about 41 miles to the gallon.

softinthehead said...

Thanks aims - very informative - I always knew there was a good reason why I drink! :)

Stinking Billy said...

sith, I don't think you would enjoy being an estate agent over here in the UK right now. Very little work and even less respect.

The Boisterous Butterfly said...

I like your blah, blah, blah and I hope you will be selling houses again soon. Things just have to pick up. It just takes a few brave souls to turn the tide.

A Mother's Place is in the Wrong said...

It's called "keeping busy" and just drives you to extremes doesn't it? Don't worry, the housing market will pick up again (as aims says) it always does, and then you'll be ready for it. M :-)