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Tuesday, February 5th, 2008
7:40 am
hehe.. cool. Facebook past life quiz says I was Nikola Tesla in a past life. Not that that means anything, since it's just an online software that generates a limited number of results for a bunch of people. Thus there is surely thousands of people out there who have also been told that they were Nikola Tesla.

Still.. I'm happy with the result. It's better than being told I was some gay king. :) 

You were Nikola Tesla in your past life!
Of all of your past lives, old Eccentric was your most prominent. If your dreams are ever filled with faint visions of quiet studying, electrical charges, tesla coils, earthquakes, gadgets, weird diagrams, chalkboards full of plans, and women who loved you like an artist, these are glimpses into a world once occupied by your 'vessel'. Cherish your past life and invigorate your current one knowing that you embody greatness in all that you do.

Current Mood: satisfied
Thursday, January 31st, 2008
8:58 am
National Post article
I'm sorry, but first comment is WHAT THE ^@!%&#?!?!?!

Are we so screwed up as a society that children's valentine's day cards can be so morbid? How the ^$&@ do these things even get printed in the first place with intent to sell to this age category.

God help us, cuz we sure as hell ain't helpin' outselves..

Link: http://www.nationalpost.com/todays_paper/story.html?id=275340

Current Mood: infuriated
Thursday, January 24th, 2008
7:50 am
Sunday, January 20th, 2008
10:46 am
Changes galore
Wow.. life has changed since my last post. I've moved into our first home. And have changed real estate companies. Yesterday was my little girl's first birthday. Yegads..

Speaking of the new company, I've set up my own website and blog.

www.jeffsellshomes.ca for the website
http://www.KeepItRealHamilton.blogspot.com for the blog

I'm starting to discover a lot of the neat functions of social media, as well as the impact it has on your search engine ratings.
Friday, November 2nd, 2007
9:54 am
the Significance of The Internal Struggle
Most success literature will tell you that one of the starting points to getting anywhere is taking personal responsibility. It is a matter of realizing that the greatest struggle in life takes life INSIDE us, and not outside.

However, there are still external struggles. If someone is invading your land, or is breaking into your house, that is still a physical struggle. When I was a child, I was the 'whipping boy'. I was the one that everyone picked on. That was a physical and external struggle.

But as I was praying/meditating this morning, it occurred to me.. How often is one person's external struggle the result of another person's internal struggle?

Current Mood: contemplative
Saturday, October 27th, 2007
8:05 am
CMHC spurs investors (National Post, 25 Oct 2007, Page P1)

CMHC spurs investors

National Post
25 Oct 2007

You have to wonder what David Dodge will be thinking this time. Just over a year ago, the Bank of Canada governor met with Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp. because of his fears exotic mortgages were juicing an already robust Canadian housing market....

Friday, October 26th, 2007
10:20 am
Life Changes
Well, life is a moving target to be sure. Things are pretty good right now. We're getting the new place (first home purchase) on November 15. The mortgage arrangements are finalized, with all conditions fulfilled, so it's just a matter of waiting.

As for business.. The real estate gig is getting busy again. I've just listed a place a couple days ago (72 Stonechurch Rd W, Unit 31, Hamilton, if you want to look it up on mls.ca), and I may get another one soon. They're contemplating selling privately, but it sounds like they're leaning towards listing. And I'm top of list for the help I have given them so far. (also, I have a friendship connection to the situation)

I've also finally registered a business name for my property maintenance business. I've been thinking about this business for a while, but it took some time to get going. First I was waiting to co-ordinate with a potential partner (who eventually decided he doesn't have the time to commit to it), and then a little simple procrastination on my part as I rethought the idea of doing it alone. Sooooo, Inside Out Property Maintenance has a Master Business Licence for doing business in Ontario. Next step is to register with the Canadian Revenue Agency and get a GST number. Then, it's off to find customers.

I'm also hoping to use it as an angle to get some power-of-sale/foreclosure listings from banks or mortgage companies. One of the problems these vendors face is upkeep of the property while it is listed for sale. Taking care of it costs money.. Not taking care of it can cost time, if it degrades the marketability of the property. (it makes a difference in impression if a house is dirty or the lawncare/snow-clearing is neglected) I can sell on the fact that I am also the owner of a start-up property maintenance company and can provide free basic cleaning and snow-clearing services.. :)

Anyways, all of this makes for a busy life. On top of being married with a 9-month-old, we're also getting some foreign students living with us at the new place. A little less privacy, and a little more work, but it will help with bills and mortgage payments! (they pay around $1000/month per student) So, all looks good right now. It's a matter of little pushes to keep the ball rolling at this point. Inertia's in my favour at the moment.

Current Mood: optimistic
Sunday, September 30th, 2007
9:01 am
On Returning To Church
Soo.. back to church today.

Today will be the first time in a long time that I've gone to church. I had a crisis of faith a few months back, and stopped going to church. It was actually a violent arguement with God, so to speak. And while I fairly quickly resolved things with Him, I haven't really found my way back in to any form of communal worship, and my personal prayer and scriptural reading has not been very good either.

Lately, I've been feeling a desire to fix that. I guess my "wilderness time" is finished.. But I'm not sure where I'm going, faith-wise. I know I can not call myself Anglican (Episcopalian for you Americans), because of their stance on certain issues, and the fact that the issues are distracting the church from their mission and calling. But at the same time, I am not an extremist who will discount the Christianity of the Anglican church. Ultimately, faith in one Lord is the main requirement to be a Christian. (Yes, there can be dispute over whether one's faith is legitimate or you're just saying "Lord, Lord", but even Paul suggested that as long as the Lord's name is taught, some good is done and all works out in the end)

Anyways.. I can't call myself Anglican, but my old church community was very supportive of me and my family, especially when Lily was born. I can't turn my back on them, so even if I end up in a different church and denomination, I need to at least visit my Ascension family once in a while.
Thursday, September 27th, 2007
8:57 am
Man.. I think the hardest thing some days with working a commission only job is to stick to it when there are no visible results coming. Visible results being deposit lines in my bank statement!

Still, I realize that it's what is necessary. But intellectual recognition of a fact is not the same as emotional reconciliation with the fact.

On the plus side, though, I've been able to verify with the Real Estate Council of Ontario that working as a sales rep for a mortgage company at the same time is not a conflict with my real estate license, so I think I will be starting to do that as well, working for the office my BNI mortgage broker has. That way, I'll be able to further supplement any real estate income I get by a commission from any mortgages I sell to clients. And of course, I could always refinance for past clients. And it works well with real estate, as I will be able to better qualify buyer prospects and even get them a mortgage pre-approval. I'm a little excited about the possibility of synchonous benefits.
Thursday, August 30th, 2007
7:42 am
Of Houses and Homes..
Hmm.. Coming to the end of August. So 20 days in the real estate full-time. I'm still feeling positive. There are things going on. A couple we know is looking to buy a house, and it's just a matter of finding something appropriate in their price range. I've received a potential client from my manager, to whom I sent some property info. I haven't heard from him on it, so he may not be interested, but he's a contact I can keep sending info to. One will eventually hit the target. And after putting a letter in the mailbox of everyone in the office, I've had a few possibilities come up.. One guy works closely with a builder, and offered the possibility of open houses for new construction, in of all place, Port Dover. It's a bit of a drive, but then it's an area I'm reasonably familiar with, and the open houses would not be Sunday, so it would leave me open for other open houses on the prime day..

As for our own house purchase.. Well, we had an offer on one. The home inspection went very well. Unfortunately, there were some surprises involving the financing, and what I thought was going to be quick n' easy turned out to be not-so-quick-n-easy. So we had to cancel that deal, and we need to spend some time jumping through a hoop. Not a big deal, just needs a little more time. The other change is that we probably won't be able to find students at this time of year, so we're going to look cheaper, and probably at townhouses. I personally like that idea. It's still a big step up from where we are now, and it'll be easier to carry. And when I get booming in the real estate, it will be easier to pay off the mortgage. Then we'll have a townhouse in the clear that we can rent for ongoing income, and go buy our bigger house then. Soooooo, what looks like a "setback" (esp. to my wife), may be a good first step toward financial freedom.

Current Mood: good
Tuesday, August 14th, 2007
7:40 pm
Moving along slowly
Soo.. 5 days along on the full-time real estate career. So far, the only thing different is how much time I'm spending at the real estate office.

The new manager did give me a career-planning package, though. I took a quick look through, but I need to devote some time to that. It looked like there was some useful organizing charts and tables to help focus the planning process. I think that may help me get moving in the right direction.

I've also got a new real estate 'blog and podcast in the works. I've actually got the framework set up, and just need to start planning and creating the podcast show. The blog is at KeepItRealHamilton.blogspot.com, and the feed for the podcast is feeds.feedburner.com/KeepItRealHamilton Hopefully that will be a useful marketing tool. I don't know of anyone else in the area operating their own RE podcast.

Facebook is another fun social utility I'm playing with. It's more for networking than anything, at this point. But I have a suspicion that there is a lot more power than I've tapped into as yet... More to follow!
Sunday, August 12th, 2007
8:04 am
Soo.. a couple days now not working at Sears. It probably hasn't really sunk in that I don't work there anymore. Though, I did take Lily and EJ with me when I went to drop off my employee card yesterday, and that added some sense of finality.

The wierder thing was being at the real estate office during the day on Friday. It's going to take a week or so to figure out just what an unbusy full-time REALTOR does with their time. I took a walk around the office neighbourhood, and went to see a house in that area. I guess that's one thing I'll spend my time doing. I also need to get more familiar with the little streets. So map-studying is on the list. But those things don't really get business. I guess I'll have to actually do some cold-calling and door-knocking.. Postcards and such. It's much easier to find marketing activities if one has a large budget. It's not so easy on a shoe-string!

The wandering period will pass, though. I've got far too much sense of purpose to stay so unfocused. Just need to find the buck for the sights..

Current Mood: determined
Saturday, August 11th, 2007
9:20 am
Well, let's give this journal thing a try again.. Happier than last time, that's for sure. Not that that takes much with the mood I was in.

I've finally finished my crappy job at the Sears watch repairs. Besides the years of building resentment toward the company and my direct supervisor, and the frustration of being stuck in a dead end job, some issues came up that finally pushed me to quit. I don't know how I managed to muster the strength to get through the last two weeks!

Another factor that probably contributed is that I've been undergoing several personality changes in the last while. After reading the "Rich Dad, Poor Dad" series of books (Robert Kiyosaki), I realized the futility of staying at pretty much any job, let alone one as shitty as that one. That series also led to a great deal of business-oriented reading, which served to open my eyes further to how incredibly incompetent the operation of that company is. I don't think I could have survived as long as I did if I had some of the knowledge of business operations that I do now.. Sometimes, ignorance is bliss.

So on to the real estate career full-time. No more dog-farking.. If it doesn't work out, I can find another shitty job pretty easily. And the pay will not be hard to match. Looking at the Canadian job bank, even a "grass-cutter" was getting paid more than I was for the last 2.5 years as a so-called "manager"!

So onwards and upwards.. stormin' the Trump Tower. :)

Current Mood: optimistic
Tuesday, May 29th, 2007
10:42 pm
It's amazing how many times we need to learn a lesson before it sinks in.. and my fear is that I still haven't learned it well enough.

The lesson is to be careful to whom you speak, because you don't know who is true and who is false.

But then, there comes a time in life when you must realize that all things you believe are false.. because, afterall, all things are.

What is true, and what exists, without light to see it.

Current Mood: cold
Saturday, December 9th, 2006
2:26 pm
Life's bumps
Well, they say bad things come in three's.. There's quite a bit of evidence that some days are just bad. Like a vortex of badness coming together.

My car wouldn't start in the parking lot in Burlington. The garage was running 1.5 hours behind, and I needed to get back to Hamilton so I could go with some friends to pick up EunJung's older friend from Korea (who is staying with us for a few months, to help out with the baby and then to study English). So I leave it to tow the next day, and take the bus home. The bus gets his back doors snagged on a fire hydrant. They won't close with the bus where it is, and the bus is set up so that it can't move at all while the back door is open. So I walked the last little way. The rest of the day was fine.. Car is still at the garage, though, and I'm waiting to hear what's up with it. (the final third thing may be the minor problem of my air mattress leaking and leaving me on the hard floor)

I'm just thankful (albeit begrudgingly.. I'm not perfect) that this happened this week instead of in the busy 3-sale week. Life is full of tests, and my car seems to be a constant source..

It's hard to remain thankful in times like this.. It's hard to remember God's kindness. But it's the only thing that lightens the darkness, so it's worth the effort...
Monday, November 27th, 2006
2:17 am
More Calculations
Well, I'm happy to post some happier calcuations.

One month at Sears, assuming 40 hours/week rather than the 32 I'm getting, is about $1720.

This weekend (or week since there was some run-up work) I made $5162 off of two home sales. (conditional sales, but both look like there should be no snags to break them up) That's the equivalent of 3 MONTHS of working at Sears. And I have a good friend who is very serious about finding a home. I'm a happy camper, as things finally seem to be coming together.

Apparently real estate deals are like girls.. You can go a year and a half without one, wishing and hoping and waiting, going nuts wondering when you'll ever catch a break. Then suddenly you have two.

Also similar to buses on a rainy day. :)

Current Mood: accomplished
Sunday, November 5th, 2006
12:56 am
What is making matters worse is that I recently did some calculations and realized that I would actually be better off working around the corner at the grocery store for minimum wage. We had to cut hours back, and if I cut my part-timers it would not be economical for them to even come to work. So I lost some hours and am only getting about 32/week, and even with the gas allowance my current day job is paying me, it's not worth it. If I could get 40 hours at a minimum wage job that I could walk to, or at least a very short drive, I estimate that I would actually be better off by about $400/year! Like.. wtf.

Current Mood: frustrated
12:45 am
Man.. tomorrow is 2 months since I posted the realization that I have wasted 5% of my life as an employee at my current day job. What has changed? Not much. Except that I think it is starting to have negative effects on my mental health. The way I'm going, I'm either going to snap or fade..

Current Mood: crappy
12:39 am
S'more lyrics
The Handshake
by Bad Religion

every time you shake someone's hand and it feels like your best friend,
could it be that it's only superficiality?,
without regard to well-being, without an inkling of compromise,
handshakes are nothing but a subtle "fuck you",
contracts determine the best friendships

this is the way of the modern world, everyone's vying for patronage,
this is the way of the modern world, and something has gotta give
every time you shake someone's hand,
and you share neither color or creed,
you gotta overcome the obstacles of history,
there is restrained passion, mistrust, and bigotry
and these have created the new foundations of society,
there's no harmony just class and race
this is the way of the modern world,
everyone's fighting for dominance,
this is the way of the modern world,
and something has gotta give
now i believe in unity, and i am willing to compromise,
but i'm not gonna lie or sell my soul
every time you shake someone's hand,
it determines where you stand,
and if you won't uphold your side then it's better to
fend for yourself, and shun the handshake,
someone's gotta give. 

Current Mood: (still)
12:34 am
f***ed again
Soo.. My biggest problem in the real estate is that my "circle of influence" has not been providing much business. Well, there are some friends of our who are looking at buying a house. Their first house. His parents are going to help them. They are an "international couple", too. She's Korean and he's Canadian, just like my wife and I. We're reasonably good friends. They want to buy their house through me. Cool! Great! Fantasic!

But, there's a but.

But his parents want them to use the real estate agent they have used for a long time. It's a condition of their financial help in the purchase.

What the f***. Am I cursed? Here we are, finally, with someone who is capable of buying. WANTS to buy through me. And then his parents pull this s***.

Well, f*** me.

Maybe I should get everyone to sign a f***ing contract before I'm willing to be friends?

Current Mood: aggravated
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