Dear Friends, Clients and Future Clients,
This is actually the first Christmas letter I’ve ever written. I remember growing up as a child, my mother writing a Christmas letter to add in with the Christmas cards she sent out to her family overseas giving an update on what each of us were up to that year. I never really understood the purpose of the Christmas letter – I mean, why not just pick up the phone, right?!
I’ve noticed a concerning trend over the past few years – less phone calls, less mail and more text messages and emails. Don’t get me wrong, I love technology and social media especially ( Who doesn’t love Facebook!) but that direct connection we use to have with someone while hearing their voice over a phone call seems to be gone. I have hundreds of friends whom I’ve not spoken to in years but I know they’ve gotten married, had a child and went on vacation to Mexico in the past couple of years – all updated through Facebook. For this reason, I’m taking the more traditional route ( well not quite but at least it’s a blog letter) and I’m going to update you with my very first Christmas letter.
I’d like to wish everyone a Happy Holiday and for those of you who celebrate – a Very Merry Christmas! I love everything about this time of year – the Christmas music, the tree, the decorations, the food ( oh! the food) and yes, even the snow! I wish something could be done about this -20 weather but beggars can’t be choosers. 2013 was an interesting year to say the least; full of good times and also challenging times ( or as I am now learning to say – opportunities ).
The Toronto Real Estate Market this year was a strange one. Multiple offers in some areas and other listings sitting for months and months with little activity. Along the way I met and worked with many great new clients – many of which I now consider friends and hope to work with for many many years to come.
In mid 2013, we moved from our office at Simcoe street and set up our own Brokerage called Stomp RealtyInc. The new office is located at Queen and Bathurst – a convenient 10 minute walk from home for me. It’s in a great location and has a great downtown vibe to it.
On a more personal note, my family is healthy and happy. My youngest sibling got his first full time job and actually seems to be loving it ( weird, eh?) . My sister is working hard in Real Estate as well – she is a fellow “Stomper”. My parents are also still working although they should be retiring soon. They are taking more vacations though and still being active which I am thankful for. I’ve attempted to get better at cooking this year – although I’ve been told I have LOTs of room for improvement and need a lot more practice ;). And of course I can’t forget good old Joey! Joey will be turning 8 years old ( or maybe 9) this New Years eve. Still the same adorable, loving dog. He doesn’t seem to like Christmas though – or at least the Santa hat and the Christmas sweaters.
Wishing you and yours a very Merry Christmas and a Happy and Safe 2014! Keep in touch and I look forward to working with you in the New Year!
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