Quinte, On. real estate agent: Four or Five Shades of Grey.

Four or Five Shades of Grey.

It looks like Old Man Winter is having one last kick at the can in the Quinte area. Well, I hope it's one last kick. It's not too bad though, it's fairly warm out, hovering around the freezing mark, so it's not blustery. The snow is wet and heavy though, and when the sun goes down it becomes a little treacherous on the roads. I saw at least a dozen cars on the side of the road between Belleville and Brighton last night. Many people simply don't adjust for the winter conditions.

This morning the roads were slushy and wet, and when walking, I remembered why it's not a good idea to walk too close to the road. Luckily I wear a very long coat that goes down to my knees, so I was spared being absolutely soaked. The skies are still very grey out, perhaps not 50 shades of it, but at least 4 or 5 shades. At least the signs of spring are unmistakable. If I lived in British Columbia, I'd probably be remarking on how well my tulips or geraniums (I've never payed close attention to flowers) are doing already, but alas, we still have a few more weeks of winter here.

Nevertheless, I have noticed a general optimism in people and a slight uptick in real estate activity. I have had to show a few of my listings in the last few days, and I have been contacted by some military personnel who have been posted to the area and are looking forward to finding a new home in Trenton or Belleville. There doesn't appear to be a whole lot of postings this year, but it's early days yet, so I could be wrong.

In the meantime, I'll take solace in my Tim Hortons coffee (it's Roll Up The Rim season), my electric blanket, and a few good books that I am determined to read while I let Old Man Winter have one last Hurrah. I can complain about him until I'm blue in the face, but he's just going to do what he's going to do.

Comment balloon 11 commentsMalcolm Johnston • February 28 2013 09:36AM


I can remember mhy days back in Clelveland during the winter months...Standing on a corner, along comes a car and swooooosh...No problem here in sunny California.

Posted by Ronald DiLalla, No. Orange Cty Real Estate (Century 21 Discovery DRE 01813824) over 6 years ago

I like your script for waiting it out...coffee, warmth, a good book.  

Posted by Li Read, Caring expertise...knowledge for you! (Sea to Sky Premier Properties (Salt Spring)) over 6 years ago

Hi Ronald, yes, I imagine winters just aren't the same in California. I also imagine you prefer it that way.

Hello Li, it's the best way I can think of.

Posted by Malcolm Johnston, Trenton Real Estate (Century 21 Lanthorn Real Estate LTD., Trenton, Ontario) over 6 years ago

Hi Malcolm,

Your weather sounds similar to what we're experiencing here. A warm blanket and a good book sounds perfect...


Posted by Jo-Anne Smith over 6 years ago

Hi Malcolm - I loved Ontario as a youngster - snowmobiling, ice hockey on the pond/lake - my parents didn't much like being snowed in for a few days because the snow plough had imprisoned us in rural Ontario. Must say though, that I do enjoy winters in Victoria :)


Posted by David Stevens, Royal LePage Coast Capital Realty (Royal LePage Coast Capital Realty, Victoria BC Canada) over 6 years ago

Electric blankets are the only way to get through a winter Malcolm. Personally spring can't come soon enough for me. I'm tired of going out in terrible weather to see clients.

Posted by Janice Ankrett, Staging Professional (Janice Ankrett Home Staging) over 6 years ago

Well, if it makes you feel any better Malcolm, although the crocuses have popped up here in British Columbia, they are being pommeled down by the torrential rain.  I think we have more like 15 - 20 shades of grey with our big, heavy rain clouds.  Mmmmm, that Timmy Ho's coffee sure looks good... 

Posted by Sally Weatherley, Vancouver Home Staging, Home Stager Vancouver, B.C (EXIT STAGE RIGHT) over 6 years ago


What a great attitude to have, complaining gets us nowhere except a bit for thirsty from wasting our saliva.   

Keep warm, 


Posted by Carmela Jacobs, Ventura Co., Los Angeles Co., CA, & Global Realtor (Carmela Realty) over 6 years ago

Ya we got that one 'last' blast too Malcolm and you describe it perfectly. They say we are going to have warmer temperatures this weekend, let's hope. The bright side is March roared in like a lion so it's gotta leave baa baaing right?

Posted by Al & Peggy Cunningham, Brokers, Our Family Wants To Help Your Family! (RE/MAX West Realty Inc., Brokerage) over 6 years ago

I'm from Florida; we had 46 degree weather yesterday, today it is 70. Hang in there, in the meantime, enjoy your warmth, book, and coffee.

Posted by Toni Weidman, 20+ Years Selling Homes in New Port Richey, FL (Sailwinds Realty) over 6 years ago

We are thankful not to have snow in Maryland this week. We might get some flurries on Saturday.  I'm anxious for spring.

Have a great weekend.

Posted by Roy Kelley (Realty Group Referrals) over 6 years ago