Have I been Living in a Cave!?

So I just wrote about how surprised I am about the real estate market, but now I may have found something completely different to wonder at.

The wedding and everything that comes with its market.

Wholly shit!

What a humongous business place this is, and I guess it totally makes sense.  Most people need so much for their dream weddings. Everything from a venue, accomodations for quests while at the wedding and pre wedding services, showers, flowers, gifts, more gifts, caterers, transportation, bridal gowns, tuxedos, and of course the jewellery. The Rings! You can’t forget the diamond rings!

Speaking of diamond rings….agian wholly sh*t !

So I know that diamond rings are the signature of a marriage and some women like a huge rock when some are ok with ‘just’ a small one. Some want crazy clusters and some just want the freaking thing to sparkle like it belongs in the queens’ cabinet.

I have been down this road before and actually looked at engagement rings but never pulled the trigger…thank goodness! However, I do have a great friend that is in the market to buy a ring and we have been doing a bit of talk ing about it lately. Obviously, it stresses him out even though his soon to be fiancee is ‘fine’ with just a little ring that comes from the heart.  Honestly, if there ever was a girl that would be ok with this it is probably here, she is an absolute sweetheart and so down to earth….but may be let’s see if the ring changes all that! Ok, Ok enough of that talk. Back to the engagement ring talk.

So buddy has been to several jewellers and he can seem to find one that A: he trusts and B: that he trusts to get the ring right. He has seen many ring sets and many diamonds but none match the one in his head. So he found this website on line that is all about custom engagement ring design. The site is called www.engager-rings.com appropriately enough and not only can they help you figure out what you want in a ring but they have this awesome app for your phone that you can download for free and design your own engagement rings! It’s so awesome. The app is really user-friendly and very intuitive for a precise thing like designing your own jewellery. So my friend is saving thousands of hours driving around and sitting through sales pitches with questionable jewellers now and actually just designing his own engagement ring.

He still better get it right though! I mean this app is cool and saving him time (which we all know is money!) but if he designs something that sucks it will be the start of the end I am sure!

I will update everyone when it is finished, so far he is extremely happy with the results.

Till next time stay cool and don’t run off and do something dumb like get married.

Sorry Brian 🙂

JD

Real Estate Has Gotten Out Of Control

So real estate is a freaking nightmare right now! How did it come to this?

Like I said in my last post a lot has changed in my life in the last little while.  Business, love, family…almost everything is changing.

Most for the better

incorporated into all these changes is the need to find a new home and to find it quickly and with as little stress as possible. Stress will kill you you know. seriously. Google it. … OK are you back? freaked out about stress? Sorry man.

Anyway back to the madness, we call a real estate market right now. I haven’t moved in a long time, I like to think that I am a pretty well-informed guy about most topics in life and you would have to be living under a rock to not hear about how crazy the real estate market is right now but I tell ya, until you are in the thick of it and living it and having it tear you up you don’t know Jack (see what I did there?).

Now I really used to think to be a real estate agent or broker would not be that hard or a thing to do. Really, think about it, you read a few books, write a few tests and then people just come knocking on your door and want to give you ridiculous amounts of money to sit on your but and someone else buys your home.  It is really a crime when you think about it right? well, I certainly got my eyes opened over the last few weeks. My agent, Brian Van Bart,  is a real estate broker in London Ontario. The dude is freaking smart. But that is only one quality of him because he is also super patient and I know this because I have likely pushed him the brink a few times already! Sorry, Brian!

I have seen the stress on his face when we are one of 8 people bidding on a house. I mean the guy really is putting his heart and soul into this job, he is definitely not sitting on his arse waiting to collect a pay check. I have called him up and said “I saw this place down the street I am on can you arrange a viewing and meet me in 15 minutes?” and the freaking guy comes through and shows up! Unfortunately, we didn’t get the property but that is because I am cheap and also stubborn when he told me the offer would not likely stand much of a chance. .. Oh yeah did I mention he is experienced and actually knows what he is doing, can read the market and knows how to play the multiple bid game?

Anyway I know we will get the right place for me to continue this journey ahead. I hope it is soon, Brian doesn’t need any more stress from me. Stress! you had forgotten about it for a few minutes, hadn’t you!

Until next time, check out this Facebook video listing from Brian. Pretty sweet place!


JD