Sold! Onto the Next One…

No – not my car LOL – our house! Adulting at its finest…

As with all things on lifewithjson, I’m totally stoked to say that we’ve officially sold our house and now it’s story time. That’s mainly why I’ve been MIA these last few weeks – lots of prepping and getting things cleaned and moved and set up for showings – it’s been a lot more work than I would’ve imagined. A lot of my gear is packed away – including my personal computer, so I haven’t been able to do any editing or take any photos… Hopefully I’ll be back up and running again soon.

This is a huge change for us because this was our first home that we built from scratch and where a lot of our other life-firsts have happened… I proposed to Diana in front of the lot here before they even started digging. Both Aria and Rin grew up in this house and we’ve really just learned a lot of adulting skills here – from landscaping and building a Pergola in the back with friends, house maintenance and everything in between. I don’t particularly get too attached to things so I’m not too sad about it but I know Diana has started getting the feels now that we’re starting to pack up and make our way out of here. Our plan when we built the house was to stay here for 5 years and move on. It’s been 6 years and while we’re a year overdue from our original plans, I’m glad we’ve finally bit the bullet. While we weren’t in any particular rush, I’m hoping we move onto better things. We’ve had our fair share of some really awkward and unfortunate situations with some amigos in the last little while and while most have been really great, sometimes one is all you need to finally say “f*** it, we’re outta here”, so maybe it’s a blessing in disguise. My dream is to have neighbours that are seniors that just wake up early and have a nice quiet coffee, go to bed early, and say hi when we happen to encounter each other and have no idea what coal rolling is because they drive a Corolla. In case you missed the message: please be a courteous neighbour.

I wanted to give a shout out to our Realtor and friend – Albert Mah. I really think he just deserves a little praise in all of this because it obviously wouldn’t have happened and I don’t think we would’ve got things done this quick without him. Albert has been a longtime “social media” friend in the sense that, we knew each other over Instagram and Facebook but we never really met until this whole situation. We exchanged words and likes but that was about the extent of our interaction together – like most of us in today’s world – so for all intents and purposes, I don’t (or didn’t) know Albert as a Realtor or him as a person – but I’m all for supporting friends if it means asking them to help us out with personal affairs if they pass my litmus test LOL!

If you know me personally or have been following me here for a while, you’ll know that I’m a pretty anal, OCD, impatient and particular person. It’s basically a bad combination of characteristics because it just means that I want everything to be done perfectly and immediately LOL – so sometimes dealing with situations that involve me having to rely on other people to juggle multiple tasks leaves me super anxious. That’s just me… So you can imagine that stepping into this frontier of selling our house (which we’ve never been through before) was super foggy to me (us) and I had a million questions.

That’s where Albert comes in. Two things… 1) Albert proved to me very quickly and early on in the process that he also had a million answers. Checked off my first box. And 2) Albert was also surprisingly an anal, OCD, impatient and particular person. Checked off my second box – and at this point, none of my other boxes needed to be checked because I knew that if he was anything like me, then this was going to go well – and as per the title of my post – you know it did.

Diana and I had been at this crossroad (of selling our house) a few times now over the last few years but we just never went through with it. We were always 49% ready and that 1% that we needed was never there and no one inspired the confidence in us to get it. Even after simply messaging Albert, we were still at 49%. He came pretty quickly after we chatted to check out the house, ask about upgrades, took a careful look around and then we sat down and he presented his findings and homework. I trust that all Realtors do this, but if they don’t – they should. Careful findings about other homes around us, days on market, average price, a calculation of where ours stands… Blah blah blah. At the end of it all, we agreed on a selling price and signed some papers and he was off. We were still at 49%. It wasn’t real yet.

In a few short days, he brought us up to speed on the process – get the house ready, take pictures of the home, do some showings, get an offer, sell the house (in a nutshell). Easy enough right? Not really. Not for Jason. Two kids also comes with a fair amount of abuse in the home – little dents, fingerprints on the paint, things that need to be patched up… So over the course of a weekend, I spent most of my time patching walls, sanding, repainting them, fixing things and making the house look like it was brand new again. I started going down a rabbit hole of things to do because I’d find something to fix, but then I’d find something else near it. You know how you probably have a little corner somewhere in your house you forgot about? Think about it – there’s probably dust/dirt there – I went into every one of those corners and cleaned them and while it doesn’t sound like a whole lot – corners add up. By the end of it all – the house literally looked brand new. Like we had no kids at all and we moved in yesterday. We’ve now gone from 49% to 100%… Things are getting real.

Picture day. We got the house back into show home condition – I left for a few hours while the photographer and Albert took pics. Probably nothing crazy worth noting but it’s the little things that gain brownie points in my books. When the photographer was done, Albert messaged me to head on back – he was just cleaning up and putting things back. When I arrived, he was rearranging our laundry room back to the way it was based on a picture he took before he moved everything. I mean, I wouldn’t have remembered the bleach went in front of the glass cleaner, but he made sure he was covering all the bases… Refer back to “OCD”. Everything was put back in the exact same spot as it had never left – again, not a big deal – but every little thing counts. Details matter.

Listing day. The listing goes up, he sends us a link and a 3D tour of it all – looks great. I had no doubts that it wouldn’t. All that was left was to wait – like fishing – you cast your line and you just hope something bites sooner rather than later. Long story short – we had showings pretty much everyday – in total we got through 4 before we had an offer from 2 of them the same day. Albert was pretty conscious about the timing of showings because he knew the girls had a specific bed time – but we made it work. The night of the last showing, Albert called me at 10:30PM and said two offers are in and are due in 30 minutes. After a million questions from me, we agreed on a bunch of things and everything was put in place and we were done before midnight. Wait what? This guy is still working? My bed time was like an hour ago but you do what needs to be done…

In 6 days, the house had an offer and we firmed up in 15 days. Bank appraisal, home inspection, conditions, waiving – all of this – so foreign but made so plainly clear by Albert. Considering houses around us have been up for 40 to 260 days, I would say 6 days is quite the achievement. That really brings us to the end of it all… It was maybe 3 weeks in total but it felt like an eternity going through the motions of cleaning the house every showing and making vacuum lines in the carpet every damn time and storing everything in boxes and tucking them away and taking them out again at night. It’s a tiring and repetitive process.

Through all of it, Albert was there for us for literally every second of it. Whenever I messaged him, I received a reply within 30 seconds or less – no matter the time of day. When I asked if he had an update on anything only because I was being impatient – he would call and get an update. If he said he’d let me know in an hour, he would message me in 59 minutes. If I asked the same question a hundred times, he answered it a hundred times with no hesitation. I’ll tell you this much – at first, the thought of using a Realtor to sell your house might seem expensive because their commission is not a secret – you know how much they’re going to be getting from the sale of the house and it’s a tough pill to swallow because you know that money could be used for so many other things. Albert literally shouldered every single thing of this transaction and went through so many hoops and hurdles that I couldn’t even mention here without making it more of a novel than it already is that I don’t even care how much money he takes. In fact, I wish we could afford to give more because it’s a stressful f***ing thing to take on. I work my 7.5 hours a day and I turn off. He’s on 24/7. It’s their job, I know – but certain people are better at a job than others and I think Albert is truly a needle in a haystack. So, in the same sense that we got every corner of this house cleaned and ready to sell, he covered every corner of his job to follow it through.

It may just be a pairing of two very anal, OCD, impatient and particular people – and I think that made it as smooth as it could’ve been – but even if you aren’t like me, as long as you have Albert in your corner, you’ll at least have one person ensuring all the bases are covered and supporting you. He’s not there to take your money (although he is), he really feels like he’s on your team and I think that’s important in such a big transaction. He didn’t pay me to say all this – we technically paid him – but because we can’t afford to give him more than he’s taking, this is all that I have left to give. If you need a Realtor in the future – I’m not begging you, I’m telling you – get Albert on your team. You won’t regret it… Or else I’ll shut this blog down forever (and I know it won’t happen :))

Thanks for reading the wall of words! Onto the next one!

Cars x Bubbletea – July 31st – Esoteric Coverage

Some more awesome coverage from Cholo/Esoteric Collective of the meet last Friday that he was happy to share with me to use here. He’s got some great moody vibes coming in with this set… Really gives a good feel on how hot it is these days… I apologize that I’m going to be out of commission with pics for a while as I’m currently going through some reorganization but I’ll see if I can get back into it soon!

In the meantime, here’s just a snippet of his pics from the meet – an awesome turnout once again… These meets are totally becoming awesome as long as we don’t get people being rowdy and ruining it.

You can visit his facebook page here to check him out: https://www.facebook.com/esotericcollectivee/

Xavier’s super sweet S-Class W220. It sits so perfectly on Junction Produce Scaras

Cholo’s Varis/Voltex/J’s Racing CTR

Baller club…

Great capture of the sea of people…

Super clean CSX/FD2 conversion. I always loved this conversion and set up.

Great lineup

Jason Divina’s new Boost Blue FK8… He moved quick on modding this one.

Exhaust, dropped, TE37’s… That’s basically all you need to keep it simple.

Josh’s EG

CTR lineup…

I believe this is bagged (correct me if I’m wrong)…

A really nice and aggressively executed 86 – I really dig the front of the facelifted 86’s. Reminds me of that blob fish but looks so sick.

Bill’s Chalk Grey S15 came out and looks awesome!

Paul came out in his Accord wagon. Always a treat.

Damn. This is so rad… I need a big body BMW in my life…

Titanium bolts all over on Stewie Lum’s Voltex Type V on his FK8

Ahhh the JDM vibes coming from Mitchell’s car is too highhhh

A front shot of Cholo’s FK8 fitted with a Varis hood and lip

Ending this post with this super clean Nismo 370Z. Lady in red comes to mind here… I STILL want one of these… One day…

Please check out Esoteric Collective on the link above for more pics!

Cars x Bubbletea – July 13th – Esoteric Coverage

Finally had our first “official” cars x bubbletea meet last Friday as weather is getting nicer and restrictions are loosening up. I think it’s important to note that although restrictions are lifting, we still need to be mindful of the distancing and safety of others. There were many that were respectful of that and others that might have forgotten all about it. As the season goes on and meets happen, please remember to stay respectful of those limits! 🙂

Overall – it was a great turnout. We ended up pairing up with the Redline Sorority girls as they have their meets every Friday so it was kind of a double gathering. Personally, I think it’s cool to have the meet randomly rather than every week as to not have it be so consistent. I don’t know what it is – maybe it’s me getting old and not wanting to do it every week, but when the meets pop up randomly one week, it seems to be a little more fun because everyone rushes and tries to make it out rather than have it become habit.

The only thing I want to mention here is the shit show put on by some attendees last week. I get that we’ve been in quarantine for months and the weather is finally getting nice enough to bring the toys out and show off, but man… There is really no need to 2-step your car or build up revs in a damn parking lot to get your BOV going. It’s really the most annoying thing to have at a meet and you might feel all big-dick during the moment, but trust me when I say everyone else is shaking their heads at it and thinking “that guy must have a small peen”. It’s literally quite the opposite of what you’re feeling. We don’t need the meet to be cancelled and have cops starting to hang around – it ruins it for everyone. I also want to say that it’s all the kids that just got their cars and finally saved up enough money for a cereal tune but unfortunately it’s not. There are guys that are as old as my dad in their Corvettes that are still doing the same shit and it’s embarrassing. It’s tough to put up a meet and have a disclaimer that says “cool people only” because that will always attract the uncool people. All I ask is that if you attend the meet, please don’t do stupid shit… Keep it at the Barlow or Menace meets or whatever the hell they’re called if you want to give other guys hard-ons. Not here.

Aside from the fact that we had the most small peens out last week, it was decent. The coverage below comes from Cholo Abat AKA Esoteric. I don’t have my camera or PC out right now so I will be MIA from taking any pictures for the next little while. Thankfully he brought his and had them edited super fast! Some great photos below… Thanks Cholo!

Some great shots of my car. Love that he captured how clean the wheels are *cough* LOL

Barb’s S2000

Steve’s M3 on TE37’s

This Z31 was probably one of my favourite cars there that night. It was just so clean and the vintage vibes it was giving off was too good. Bravo

Even the placement of the stickers – just really oldschool Japan feels.

Love.

Mitchell’s Toyota Mark II – right beside the Z31. Two really rarely seen cars around here done up with very simple but classic style. Seeing these two at the meet is a treat.

Randy’s new Supra on TE37’s.

Super clean G slammed down on Work VS-XX’s (if I recall correctly?). Super clean overall… No bashed fenders or broken pieces…

Jeev’s super clean EK on Mugen MF10’s

A pretty sweet GT-R V-Spec II appropriately named Lapras… Ha! You’d only get it if you know the first gen Pokemon… That’s how old I am.

Jonathan’s S2000 on TE37’s

Type R crew over here. Cholo’s Type R is the one in front with the Type 5 Voltex wing btw…

Up front with the Varis hood

Tracy’s R32 with the classic Adidas livery

Rafael’s STI sedan aired down on ZE40’s.

Varis STI – I dig this look.

Jack’s LS Silvia. Clean as always

Jeff’s CTR on white TE37’s and full Cusco cage inside and edirb seats.

Another Varis STi in hatch form.

Another Varis Evo

Red CTR on TE37RT’s

Can never go wrong with a black Evo X on bronze TE37’s…

Bill’s Focus looking mean…

This S14 has seen better days… Years ago I believe it was in pretty great shape and attended a lot of the shows. At least it looks like it’s being put to use now!

Ryan’s super minty S2000 on Mugen MF10’s.

VIP odyssey…

I’m usually not a fan but this one was dope. Loved the lip kit – not sure if it’s OEM or not though. Looks like it?

Ending it off here with Eric’s VIP Sienna on Advan GT’s. Still my favourite van in the city…

Thanks for looking! And remember – burble tunes does not equal big dick. It means you just chose the wrong tune.

Titanium Mugen Goodies

Just some small little things to add to the car now while my mind thinks about what to buy next… LOL. In all seriousness though – I’m quite content with how the car sits now and I have a small list of things I want to get but at the same time, I want to just keep it nice and problem-free… The next best thing is to just add small things that don’t really change anything but add some small details. I really love the little details that are put into cars – whether you can see/notice them or not and this post happens to be one of them.

First of all, sorry for the proper editing – I edited these all on my phone. My computer is out of commission currently so I’m stuck using Photoshop mobile lol. Not sure anyone would’ve noticed anyway…

Anyway, I’ve been waiting about 5 weeks for the titanium Mugen badge and Mugen commander stickers from King Motorsports. The other titanium goodies come from TiBurnt – still one of my favourite titanium goods providers out there. None of that cheap looking neo-chrome titanium stuff with the green and yellow (who thought that looked good?) and he has a great selection of bolts that you can replace in places people don’t really think about replacing… You can see in the pics.

Just a small set of Mugen commander stickers to place in some discreet areas… Really loving the new logo for Mugen.

The awesome titanium Mugen badge…

Supposedly it’s hand-burnt and so each badge looks slightly different. Pretty cool… Just thought it would make a nice addition to the rear.

I was debating long and hard on where I was going to put it. Initially I was going to put it on the left where “CIVIC” was but after mocking it up, it didn’t look too good. The sizing between “Type R” and the Mugen badge was uneven and it was making my eye twitch. So I ended up moving it to be under the “Type R” and will be replacing the “CIVIC” badge on the left to even it all out again…

The titanium bolts from TiBurnt were to bolt in the Mugen pieces. He was waiting for these pieces to come in and as soon as he added them to the site, I copped them real quick. 4 bolts for the front lip…

5 bolts for the sideskirt…

The front part of the sideskirt – peep the Mugen sticker on there. Not sure how I feel about it yet – we’ll see when I get the car all washed up and I can take a better look from a distance.

And two more bolts for the rear lip. Initially I only wanted to replace the bolts that held the Mugen pieces up but now it’s look a little weird with the remaining stock black bolts that hold the fender liner and such as you can see in some of the pics, so I’ll probably end up replacing those soon.

Anyway, just some cool little pieces to bring it all together.