Monday, December 24, 2007

T'was the night before Christmas

Courtesy of Roger:
'Twas the night before Christmas,
when all through the house,
Not a creature was stirring not even a mouse;
The For Sale sign was stuck in the lawn with great care,
In hopes that the buyers would soon be there;

The Realtors at the open house had all been fed,
While visions of commissions danced in their heads;
But the first buyer who saw the house on a map,
Said "I won't pay this price for a real piece of crap."

When out on the lawn there arose such a clatter,
It was another buyer by the name of Mad Hatter!
He had made a lowball offer with savvy and flash,
Tore open his briefcase and showed them the cash.

He said the asking price was far too high,
"It just isn't worth it" while heaving a sigh,
When, what to my wondering eyes should appear,
But this way under list offer from a buyer to fear.

With a building inspector so thorough and quick,
I knew in a moment, that I was feeling quite sick.
More home inspections that all sound the same,
I whistled and shouted and called them by name;

"Now ROOFER! Now, GARDENER! Now, PAINTER a mixin,
New carpet, new vinyl new hardwood we're fixin.
To the top of the stairs! To the top of the wall!
More work needed before the buyers will call!"

And then, in a twinkling, I heard VREB's news,
After fretting and worrying, this I could use.
As I lifted my cell phone, dialed and soon found,
That the bubble had burst with a big banging sound.

Their eyes how they twinkled! Their faces so merry!
New buyers now had a lower mortgage to carry.
The sellers all asked how low will prices go,
The real estate agents replied "we really don't know".

As I compose this real estate Christmas prose,
We all know that 2007 is about to close.
Next year the prices will surely fall,
So let me say;

All the best, all. An especially big thank you to Roger for the Christmas cheer!


Unknown said...

Now _THAT_ was truly great!

Merry Christmas to all!

solipsist said...

The most happy of times to you and the Mrs. HHV, and to your readership too.

Anonymous said...

Merry Christmas to the HHVs, may I just add, as 2007 draws to a close, this is surely the year of the -10% close.

Will the $100,000 drop arrive this spring, as the buyers are fretting and the bankers admit, we can't lend a thing?

Merry Christmas and to all a good night....

Anonymous said...


Hope you have recovered from eating all that turkey and Xmas pudding.

How about starting a thread on predictions for 2008 and VREBs December numbers?