‘Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house
Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse;
The sign was stuck in the lawn with care,
In hopes that the buyers soon would be there;
The buyers at open house had all been fed,
While visions of their perfect homes danced in their heads;
But the first buyer who saw the house on a map,
Had between what he had and the list price, a gap.
When out on the lawn there arose such a clatter,
It was buyer #2 – the Mad Hatter!
He had made a great offer with savvy and flash,
Tore open his pockets and threw out the cash.
I thought the appraiser might value too low,
I’m just a Realtor – what do I know?
When, what to my wondering eyes should appear,
But an acceptable offer and the right closing, no fear.
With a home inspector so thorough and quick,
I knew in a moment, I wouldn’t be sick.
More home improvements that all sound the same,
We whistled and shouted and called them by name;
“Now ROOFER! Now, ELECTRICIAN! Now, PAINTER a mixin’,
New carpet, new tiles, new hardwood we’re fixin’.
To the top of the stairs! To the top of the wall!
More estimates, more bids, now more contractors call!”
And then, in a twinkling, I heard such good news,
After fretting and worrying, this I could use.
As I lifted my cell phone and dialed, I found,
the mortgage approval is here, with nary a sound.
Her eyes how they twinkled! Her dimples how merry!
Lawyer’s checklist with her she carried.
Closing costs seemed quite high and not low,
Why they made a second Land Transfer Tax I’ll never know.
The certified cheque held tight in his teeth,
My buyer was calm in his nerves underneath.
He spoke not a word, but went straight to his home
We delivered the house keys, no more to roam.
As we compose this real estate Christmas prose,
Alas this is not how each home sale does close.
With your Buyers and Seller friends, just give us a whistle,
At The Charlton Advantage Team, we’ll keep you out of the thistles.
We’ll treat you like family, so feel free to call,
“MERRY CHRISTMAS TO YOU AND HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL!”