It was absolutely FREEZING when my friends and I went to Montreal, so we didn’t get to do as much exploring as we would’ve liked. It’s a super charming French/English speaking city and after loving Quebec City so much I was so excited to visit. We were only here for a weekend but here’s a few of the places we went that I loved.
L Hotel | We stayed at L Hotel which was located right in the heart of Old Montreal. It was close to great restaurants and cafes and things to do, we didn’t have to take a taxi the entire time. Our room was roomy and we loved our hotel bar. The staff was incredibly helpful in helping us determine exactly what we were looking for.
Marche de La Villette | This was our absolute favorite! The food was exactly what we were looking for.. very French, but even better than the food was the wait staff. They has us laughing the entire time! Since it was snowing at the time, we ending up staying a few hours. It was super cozy on the inside and we got the perfect table next to the window to watch the snow fall.
Le Confessional | My friend Dani and I went here while we were waiting for our friend Christine’s flight from Chicago to come in. It was very modern, had a cool atmosphere and had a super friendly wait staff.
Les 3 Brasseurs | This place we actually stumbled upon when we were exploring. If you go here you have to get the s’mores. It’s like having a campfire at your table!
Cafe Tommy | This place is super instagramable and a great place to stop into to grab a coffee in the morning. We went for lunch and I had tomato soup and a stuffed grilled cheese, yummy comfort food for a snowy day!
The NY department of real estate is accepting my schooling in AZ annnnnddd CA (extra credit!) so I don’t have to go back to school for a test I already passed in the state of New York. So I now have my real estate license in New York state! I still want to blog always. I actually starting blogging just for fun as a way to express myself 4 years ago, not as a career, but it just turned out that way. I’ll still be creating content and blogging whether I have 100 people reading or millions. Blogging for me started as a way for me to be authentic and have a voice and a point of view, and it still is.
I’m excited to get back into real estate, this time in the state of New York and work for a company where I can do everything from sales, to rentals and even commercial. I have practiced before in California and Arizona so this is exciting for me. I’ll be sharing where I will be working soon!
I shot these pics with my photog when it was FREEZING in NYC.. I mean like 12 degrees. We actually shot a lot in Grand Central because he was complaining too much (YES! he complains more than me even though he gets to wear like 4 coats). But I’m impressed that he has gotten better at night shots. We shot mostly inside Grand Central and then stepped outside real quick to get these night shots.
I looooove this cozy sweater. It’s so cozy and goes perfectly with a skirt or a high-waisted pant. And these boots I’ve worn in many posts!
I am sort of in a pickle. Going to do research today to see if I can get out of going to school. I DON’T want you to think that I don’t value school, but, I’ve already taken it.
Before I ever started blogging I worked in real estate. I think it is actually in my blood as my Grandmother in Newport Beach took over the family when my grandfather messed up an electrical company inheritance and started selling at a time when women didn’t work as much. My first real estate license was obtained when I was 19 in college at ASU. I started selling and was doing so well I put all my classes on Tuesdays and Thursdays so I could work the rest of the days. I even took extra courses and passed my GRI – Graduate of the Real Estate Institute which I later realized is only really recognized among other realtors, not clients. But still, people in the real estate community appreciate it and definitely gave me more credibility.
I then moved to Newport Beach and got my real estate license in California. I worked in commercial real estate and then sold new construction homes for a home builder. My partner and I actually sold 80 homes in a year, it was crazy busy with 80 escrows they took 8 months to build. I learned a lot about design, escrow, construction, mortgage, etc. Everything that was important to the buyer was important to me. I even started a newsletter for the out-of-state buyers so they could get updates on their homes. Buyers saw me as the face of the company (as they had no clue where the corporate office was), so they’d come to me with all their questions. One buyer asked me once, ‘is my home that is under construction okay since there was an earthquake yesterday?’ And I’d said ‘yes… (with a smile) this was not the first earthquake in California and it won’t be the last. And your home is being built with post-retention slabs so you have nothing to worry about.’
Here in New York I called the Department of Real Estate and they told me I could just take the test because I have my license in two other states. So I did on 12/27/17 and passed. Now I am being told that I need to turn in my 75 hours of schooling. How backwards is this? I didn’t go to school in New York. So now I need to either get a waiver for schooling from the state of Arizona and/or California or take 75 hours of real estate school for a test I already passed.
I have passed 3 department of real estate tests now in 3 different states. Each state is a little different and yes, New York is kind of it’s own animal, but they were all very similar. The topics are important yes, but I feel like so rare, clients I may never have. For example, how likely is it that I’ll have a client that has their home overcome by the government for public use (to build a freeway, park, etc.) which is the definition basically for eminent domain. Or lead-based paint, yes homes built prior to 1978 the paint may be toxic, but I don’t think my clients will be licking those walls. The questions are designed to protect clients, great, but what the tests don’t do is teach you how to sell real estate, how to get clients, how to read contracts.
If I was a test writer or if any three of these states happen to read this, I think the test questions should be more open ended. Like.. what will set you apart from getting this listing over agent A or B? Or what would you do if you represented the seller and the buyer canceled the contract within the 17 day contingency period and didn’t state a reason for canceling? Open ended questions like that I think would be more relative to practicing real estate.
Ugh! So I might be going to school for 75 hours. Will keep you posted!
Guys I have felt uninspired lately. Having family issues. I cannot believe the amount of drama that follows me. But because this is episode 1, I want to make this fun and then in episode 2 or later I’ll really say whats on my mind. I want to tell you what it’s really like to live in NYC. I love Bravo, but always loved Sex in the City. So naming this series after that show. Fun fact: I live very close to Carrie Bradshaw’s original apartment. Here’s episode 1 of the real sex in the city.
My girlfriends will gasp just seeing his name. And yes I’ll use real names to keep them straight. And speaking of girlfriends, Christine is the reason I met him. I was visiting her on vacation in Chicago. This is all her fault, and she knows. We were brunching/bumbling and then I let her have my phone. She right swiped anyone who was breathing. I had a million new matches. In her mind, she just wanted me to move to Chicago so thought if I meat a guy there, I would.
The next day I woke up to way too many Bumble matches in Chicago. Overwhelmed and annoyed, but 1 cute one. I stupidly messaged him and agreed to meet. We did and we clicked. He took me to his families house in Wisconsin and drove me in his vintage car which I found so attractive. He introduced me to his family and I took his mom to fashion week in New York.
Handsome, check. Attentive, check. And then I started to notice the red flags…
Let’s continue in another post, episode 2. See more on dating in NYC here.