Saturday, 30 April 2011

Delusion


There's a campaign underway to save Tasmania's largest newspaper. The bean counters at News Ltd are keen to relocate (sack local workers) the sub-editing desks of The Mercury to a place that apparently knows its spelling and grammar better than us. As is standard operating procedure in any 'save our arses' campaign, there's talk of a mythical beast, filled with integrity, quality, skill and one that sometimes even defecates ice-cream cones. A newspaper you've never encountered in reality, but nonetheless this new found perception seems to act as the main defense to save the under fire entity.

I had been prepared to sign up to the Save Our Mercury campaign; I don't think we need to lose any further jobs down here, but then I realised the axe will be swinging tomorrow, and to further push me into the 'couldn't care less' column, I stumbled across this...
$1m mansions snub downturn
I assume the sub-editors at The Mercury still write the snappy headlines. And the argument is the local knowledge of local sub-editors leads to a higher standard of newspaper. In this instance, I expect someone sitting in a mainland sub-editing warehouse could have done an equally inept job. The headline couldn't have been further from capturing the essence of the story - not that the story was more than a confused rabble, bleeding stupidity. Props to Blair Richards for that.

The big news I gleaned was a piece of information from REIT President, Adrian Kelly, who is quickly falling into line with his mainland colleagues - attempting to condition the vendors to drop prices so they might snare a sale. Ado Kelly let this stunning news out and Blair buried it seven paragraphs in...
"We've just finished putting together our March quarter figures and they show that in terms of sales volume, we are at the lowest level in Tasmania that we've seen for two decades," Mr Kelly said.
Now that would be a story by itself, but somehow it was stitched mid-way into a nonsense about there being a bunch of million dollar properties on the market. Then the cretin sub-editor seemed to think because there's a whole bunch of million dollar properties listed, that's a sign they're snubbing the downturn. Even worse, not even an anecdotal mention of a million dollar sale - uh, vendor delusion does not equal a snubbing of a downturn. As Ado Kelly, conditioning again, says...
"I'd like to see how long they've been on the market for, that would tell a story. I suspect a lot of them are priced over the market."
I could go on about the story and how a ridiculous inference has been derived by Blair Richards from every quote Kelly has given, but I think it's dead obvious if you cast the peepers over it.

Things are tough in real estate land, the REIT is begging for reason from vendors, but will it even matter? They've confirmed sales have hit the lowest point in two decades (will anyone else report that alone as straight story?). I've shown Tasmanian housing finance hasn't been so consistently putrid since the late 90's and I've shown listings ballooning - upwards of 30% in six months.

From vendors there will be stubbornness and then there will be fear. While the conditioning is admirable, the real estate agents have 7-10 years of real estate mania to erase. While the buyers can erase it quickly, if the vendor has been mentally recalculating his wealth with every piece of propaganda, seen or heard, throughout the last decade, the market will crumble around him while he crosses his fingers and hopes for the best. The pragmatic ones will keep the market ticking over and ticking down.

Overcapitalised with all those Bunnings inspired renovations? Screwed.

Paid too much? Screwed.

Used the house as an ATM? Screwed.

The only salvation for vendors? The arsonists who keep burning down Housing Tasmania dwellings for kicks. If they turn their attention to all those private empties we may get upwards pressure again.

Friday, 29 April 2011

Royal Wedding... and Divorce :)

Ok so I will admit I was very excited to watch the royal wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton ... but not excited enough to wake up at 4am, so I set my handy dandy DVR to record the entire thing and woke up this morning and watched it :) I thought the entire thing was breath taking, and all the detail and just "poshness" (may or may not be a word but you get the drift) was fabulous! I loved everyone's hats and head pieces the most... everytime I would see one I loved and say "that one is my favorite!" then I would spot another 15 seconds later that I loved even more!!! Kate looked spectacular. The cars... the maroon Rolls, was to die for. Prince William and Prince Harry both looked very handsome in their uniforms. The trees in the chapel really gave the garden feel that they said Kate was going for theme-wise. I just loved the entire thing :) And this picture is so cute...

 Just beautiful! Love it!

Lastly on the royal wedding talk... everyone knows I mean no disrespect to Chris and I do love him very much,
but HOT DAYUM did you see David Beckham at the wedding??

He literally is so hot, he is almost pretty. And I mean I am not a huge Posh Spice fan, but I do normally really like her style and her outfits, but today she really just didn't do it for me. I know she is prego again, so maybe she just wanted to cover up, but either way, the Navy was so drab and her hat was not even close to be one of my favorites from the day :( A little disappointing. But her husband sure made up for it! lol

With all the royal wedding talk, I thought it very appropriate to share this joke with you that I received from Cathi (Chris's mom) this morning and literally laughed outloud and loved it so much I had to share...

Why I Am now Divorced
Last week was my birthday and I didn't feel
very well waking up on that morning.

I went downstairs for breakfast
hoping my husband would be pleasant and say,
'Happy Birthday!',
and possibly have a small present for me.

As it turned out,
he barely said good morning,
let alone ' Happy Birthday.'

I thought....  Well, that's marriage for you,
but the kids.... they will remember.

My kids came bounding down stairs to breakfast
and didn't say a word..

So when I left for the office,
I felt pretty low and somewhat despondent.

As I walked into my office,
my handsome Boss Rick, said,
'Good Morning, lady,
and by the way
Happy Birthday! '

It felt a little better
that at least someone had remembered.

I worked until one o'clock ,
when Rick knocked on my door
and said, 'You know,
It's such a beautiful day outside,
and it is your Birthday,
what do you say we go out to lunch,
just you and me..'

I said, 'Thanks, Rick,
that's the greatest thing
I've heard all day. Let's go!'

We went to lunch.
But we didn't go where we normally would go.
He chose instead a quiet bistro
with a private table.
We had two martinis each
and I enjoyed the meal tremendously.

On the way back to the office,
Rick said, 'You know,
It's such a beautiful day...
We don't need to go straight back to the office,
Do We?'

I responded, 'I guess not.
What do you have in mind?'
He said, 'Let's drop by my place,
it's just around the corner.'

After arriving at his house,
Rick turned to me and said,
If you don't mind,
I'm going to step into the bedroom
for just a moment.
I'll be right back.'
'Ok.' I nervously replied.

He went into the bedroom and,
after a couple of minutes,
he came out
carrying a huge birthday cake ...
Followed by my husband
my kids, and dozens of my friends
and co-workers, all singing 'Happy Birthday'.

And I just sat there....


On the couch....


Naked.

Bahahahahahah loved this joke!!! Thanks Cathi!
Have a great Friday :)
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House Tour!

I recently helped my friends, Jessica and Campbell, buy this cute house. It had been on the market for a while but had good bones and just needed a little updating. Jessica had that vision and a great sense of style. They have made a real transformation with lighting, paint and furniture. A true test to how staging can help sell your home! Here are the before pictures.




Foyer

Dining Room

Kitchen




Family Room

And now drum roll please......the afters!


New Bright Green Front Door and Wahoo Flag. Go Hoos!
  
Foyer

Dining Room


Kitchen


Breakfast Room


Family Room

Another Family Room View



Nursery

Happy Family
Thanks to Jessica and  Campbell  for letting me share their new home.





Thursday, 28 April 2011

Garden Update

We finished the garden! Well Michael finished it. Doesn't it look great?  Now just water, feed and wait!
Read more about our garden here.


My iris have bloomed! Love them!

Wednesday, 27 April 2011

Effort


If you’re writing about real estate right now, it kind of helps to have your head out of your arse. Thousands of eagle eyes are reading and ripping apart real estate writing at the moment, usually in less time than it takes a horny kid to spray his shorts over massivehooters.com.

So if you’re prepared to stumble into a story, quote the David Lereah of Australia, offer up a real estate agent masquerading as home buyer for your secondary source, then use that real estate agent’s boss to round out the article... I'd have to ask, "how do you enjoy working for Gold Coast Bulletin?"

"Oh no, I'm an experienced journalist, in fact, I write for The Australian."

"Hah, you relentless joker, you!"

"No. I really write for The Australian."

"Really?"

"Yeah my name's Andrew Fraser."

Andy F, who kind of looks like Guy Sebastian from the year 2050, has fallen for the old "real estate agent poses as home buyer" trick, it seems. And I'll give him the benefit of the doubt that he's made a mistake here. Being a trusting guy, with full faith in the print media, I just couldn't believe someone would be so devious as to knowingly write a story where they allowed a real estate agent to pose as a home buyer and offer up the following dubious advice...
"I don't think they (interest rates) will go up, but even if they did it's still a good time to get into the market," she said.
Oh by the way, that was potential buyer, Laura Kavanagh. She's looking to buy in Brisbane right now, well apparently, or maybe she's looking to sell in Brisbane, cause guess who is a real estate agent in Brisbane? Someone by the name of Laura Kavanagh.

Now you might say how many Laura Kavanaghs could be in a large city? Well maybe a few, but how many could coincidently be featured in the same article with a guy named Damien Hackett, who employs a Laura Kavanagh at his Place Estate Agents?

Say hi to Laura, in regal black and white.



So 2 and 2 are together and I think we've comfortably got 4.

So how valuable are any of her ramblings? Or the ramblings of her boss, Damo, who is featured with this doozy...
"The Brisbane market is generally behind Sydney and Melbourne, and I expect history to repeat itself and as those markets are going up then Brisbane probably will as well," he said.
Fraser's article is little more than trying to will life into a dying market. 'Expert' economist says Brisbane is near bottom and soon to swing up. Check. Eager buyer on the ground is getting ready to buy at rock bottom, crazy prices. Check. Real estate agent says Brisbane will move up because it has before. Check.

Fantastic, except for that one key element in the story - the buyer. If you can't actually pull up a buyer who doesn't moonlight as a real estate agent, how good can the market be? And considering this is the second time it's happened in Brisbane this year, the noose must be really tightening around some real estate agents' necks up there.

And to Andrew Fraser, if this is honestly the best you can offer up, let me introduce you to google - it's a handy research tool.

Credit to AxelF at bubblepedia his google skills are even quicker than mine.

Things I Love (and a few I am so over!!)

I love to find great things, good products, etc and I always love sharing with friends... so this post is just a randomness of things I am loving right now, along with a few things I am over and wish would disappear lol...
Some are cheap and funny and some are serious so I hope you will read til' the end and enjoy!! :)

Things I am Loving ...



I will honestly admit to anyway who asks, I am compulsively obsessed with whitening my teeth. Call it vain or not, I just like for my teeth to be as white as humanly possible haha. I feel like this is something I can control and I just enjoy white teeth. With that said, I was starting to show signs of overdoing the white strips and bleach because my teeth were KILLING me with anything cold... so I have backed off and no strips for about 6 months. (was a lot harder than you would think, don't judge ha) So my friend Steph told me to try this mouthwash... and I wanted to share because it TOTALLY WORKS and it does not hurt my teeth :) Now it may not be as strong as zoom or white strips... but after about 3 days I started telling a difference. It doesn't taste super good, but won't make you gag either. It's awesome. Period.

My hair has been absolutely OOC (out of control) for the past few months. It's breaking off, it's thinning, it looks dry and gross and I have just been so fed up I wear it in a pony tail all the time (which could be part of the problem also with the breaking, Leigh Ann, my fabulous stylist says). So last week when I went to get my hair did, she suggested this... It is an oil from the Kerastase line, which I honestly am hearing is better than the newly popular "Moroccan" Oil. It wasn't cheap... I think I paid $35 for this bottle, but you only need a small amount, I mean small! I really like it so far! I think it is helping :)

Ok you may see Estee Lauder and think your grandma if you're like me... however.... this perfume is THE bomb.com... it instantly takes you to the beach in your brain with one whiff. I love love love it and don't know how many more times I have to hint to Chris that I need this as a surprise! LOL I keep spraying it every time I go through Macy's but didn't buy because I just got a big new bottle of my old faithful Kate Spade perfume. But the warmer it is getting, the more I need this! It's amazing!


This one is silly and fun, but I am just LOVING having this blog :) I love reading everyone else's blogs and I love having my own little cute one! I can't believe I have missed out on this for so long! I just love it!

I love Joel Osteen. (not in a gross, have a crush on a pastor, kind of love ha) But I just love his positive attitude and uplifting words and messages. I caught him on TV the other night at midnight and am not DVR'ing him every week just because no matter what he is preaching about he always lifts me up, and I like that. If you have never heard him, you can download his messages on iTunes and also from his website. Also if you like to read, his books are all wonderful and I can't wait for the next one to come out! His wife, Victoria, also has a great book out that I have read and loved....


Ok this one is for anyone who is a Realtor reading this... or if you do any business with clients out of an office, like in your car, on the side of the road, at Starbucks, or at someones dining room table after showing their house lol (those are just a few of my recent spots ha).... Sign my Pad for iPad is the best app I have on my iPad! I am highly obsessed with it. You can actually sign and have clients sign on your iPad with their finger or a stylus, and then email the document, save, upload to a paperless system, etc without ever having to print, scan, fax or scan back! AHHHHHH changed my LIFE and my business! Thank you Apple & Adobe! Ha :)

Ok I will be honest, I thought I would hate this show and it would be so superficial and ridiculous (which sometimes it can be don't get me wrong) but for the most part I am loving it! This girl has got the patience of Job and even though sometimes her accent annoys me, ha, I really like her and the show. It's entertaining to say the least, which is what I like at the end of the day to wind down and get my mind on something light and easy.

Things I am SOOOOO Over ...

If these d*mn storms don't go away I will seriously lose it. EVERY single night for what seems like the past week, the tornado sirens have gone off and we are up and down, looking outside, turning on the news, watching the Doppler radar on our phones, calming Frankie, etc etc etc and I am getting horrible sleep! The sirens literally sound like they are on our back patio. It is so annoying. The rain is wearing me out... the air, the gloomy skies, just everything, and I am SO over it. However this picture did remind me of one thing...

TOTO! hahaha and can you not see a little resemblance here .... they kind of could be brothers....

HAHAHA Frankie looks a little like ToTo I think :)

Next thing I am over....

Headaches. I think this pertains to the weather too... but I have had a headache nonstop this week. I am overdosing on ibprofen I feel like and they just come right back! Ugh! :( So over headaches.


SO OVER TAMARA! Give me a break! She needs a reality check. Eddy is a joke, she is a joke, pulling the little "I'm a lesbian for 5 seconds joke" is a joke, haha, I could go on and on. I am ready for someone new on Real Housewives of OC ... she is just on my last nerve! Am I alone in this???

Ok I think that is it for now... Hope everyone is having a great Hump Day!
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Michael's Birthday

Camille, Clyde and I threw Michael a lunch time birthday party! The kids had a great time and Camille asked Michael...."Daddy, is this your best birthday ever?". To which he of course replied "yes!". 





We had party hats!



Yes..that is a bruise on Clyde's face. He is all boy and fearless so constantly has bumps & bruises!

A good time was had  by all! 

We didn't splurge on a sitter this year, so I made dinner for us. Click here to see our menu. I am not a big fan of shrimp (really I don't like it and never eat it) but Michael loves it so I decided to give it a whirl for his birthday. Still not a fan but I did manage to try a few pieces.


I got these plates for free from a friend of my Mom's. I think they are so neat.



Tuesday, 26 April 2011

Menu Planner Template

There are now lots of online magazines out there and I just discovered the latest, House of Fifty. When scrolling through the issue, I found a menu planner template. Click here to download. I am excited to give it a try. My only concern is that there isn't enough room for my list but I can run into the staples box or maybe redesign if I like the set up. Check out House of Fifty because there are also links to great recipes, fun sandals selections and some home decor. I enjoyed it!

Today is  Michael's birthday so check back tomorrow for pictures of our celebration!

Monday, 25 April 2011

Easter

First and foremost, I will admit, even though it may look like I was absorbed with Easter outfits, baskets, preparations, etc I want everyone to know that Easter is my fave holiday for all those fun things, but more importantly because it is a very special and meaningful day that symbolizes all of mine, and your, sins being forgiven forever! What a feeling! Truly indescribable. I am so blessed! Beyond words, and will be forever grateful. <3

With that said, I would be lying to you if I didn't admit I LOVEEEE Easter fun! Here are the after pics of the baskets I tried to copy from this previous post ...





Finished Project! :) Kids LOVED them, they were so surprised! I think Ella's exact words were "Oh my gosh this is like Martha Stewart" hahahaha that may be pushing it but at least it was the thought lol

These were such a hit, the Easter Bunny got them for all the kids ;) from PersonalizationMall.com They are personalized coloring books... sooo cute! Came with crayons and everything...

And the inside was all personalized too and told a story with the child's name in it... they were awesome!

We had a TOTAL Egg Coloring EGGstravaganza :)



We hid eggs and also did a game with our "Resurrection Eggs" that were so great... read through the whole Easter story by the little trinkets in these eggs, I got them at Hobby Lobby and am so glad because they will be a tradition from this year forward!

The kiddos looked so cute in their Easter outfits ... we went with a teal theme haha




Chris and I had fun too and I even got an Easter surprise ....

November Birthday Blooms Bead

So thoughtful of him to get me a charm for my Pandora Bracelet... the "November" bloom charm! I love it! :)

I made my little cute sign thingy that I learned from Shasta Anne ... don't know that it's quite as cute as hers because I had no ribbon to make bows on the ends.. but it turned out ok!


My dad and I did some cooking... so I got to bust out my diva apron lol

Yes I have on house shoes and yes even though it is cute, it does kinda unfortunately make me look prego ha


My dad fixed the most amazing ham you've ever had with brown sugar and oranges, OMG my mouth waters just looking at this picture! The leftovers were even better for dinner tonight too!

And I had cute little plates and napkins for the table...

I got to spend some time with my cousins... Kenzy & Addison, and my mom too :)

Look at Frankie what a model he is, I'll tell you what, Pedigree or someone needs to sign him ASAP!

Of course I didn't forget him on Easter, and neither did the Easter Bunny.... ;)

A special little basket just for Frankie ;) He loved it! He played with his rabbit all night....

Hope you all had a great Easter too! XO

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