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Business is starting to trickle in!Mon 30 March 2009
Business has been picking up!  I've got a few more enquiries and I'm really happy with the way things are progressing.  One is a referral from my first family, if I keep getting referrals like this, I'll be extremely happy!  I did meet a Nanny yesterday, her family are paying her $10an hour BEFORE tax and asking her to contribute to costs they incur when they ask her to join on family trips in a work capacity.  I honestly wanted to cry when I heard this story.  This girl has struggled to find work and has taken the best thing she could find.  As you can imagine, I was a torrid of 'they're breaking the law!' (Minimum wage is $12.50an hour)  Its an outrage!  Go and get legal advice! - The law centre offers free legal advice and possibly legal representation in court, in the form of legal aid.  Its such a fantastic system.  Of course, as the saying goes, you get what you pay for and cheap polyester suits are a prerequisite for these lawyers, but hey, at least people can actually get lawyers that wouldn't usually be able to.  Anyway, I figure woeful nanny stories and terrible family stories are going to be common place for me now!  My own part time nanny has handed her notice in, she's fallen pregnant.  I was a bit suspicious because of her frequent trips to the bathroom!  She's the fourth person that's fallen pregnant under our roof, when doubting her capacity to actually fall pregnant in the first place.  Maybe I should have started a fertility company!  I'd paid my competitor a finders fee for the priviledge of this, of course, she didn't respond in the most warm and positive way to her news and something tells I won't be expecting a replacement or part refund for this!  I'm sure as hell not going to start a flinging match with another local agency, so I'll let it go.  At the end of the day, the Nanny was awesome, so she was worth the cost!  With house prices ever lowering, we've become aware of some pretty nice houses local to us that have continually dropped in price.  We've reconsidered buying an investment house and have instead embarked on a house hunt to find us a family home for the duration of our stay in NZ.  As much as I don't want to concrete our stay here, its better that we throw money into an asset, rather than keep servicing our landlords mortgage.  Our rent is now way past market value and I doubt that should the house become available, they'll get the same rent we're paying.  Not compared to other houses that are less money.  Since seeing some of the other houses, this house, whilst beautiful, seems too dated for me now - especially for the price tag which they're keeping the same as when property prices boomed!  We're checking out some houses this afternoon.  It'd be SOOO nice to have something of our own.  And when we finally get residence into Canada, we can actually sell something before we arrive. 

Wanted to add:Mon 30 March 2009
Just shy of the FOUR MONTH mark, the laundry room floor has been authorised this morning for repair!
Posted by Littletoe

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