Monthly Archives: December 2015

Revival Of A Holiday Tradition

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by James Stefanile, ABR, GRI, SRES, QSC, gCertified, REALTOR/Salesperson, Berkshire Hathaway Home Services New Jersey Properties, Montclair Office

Way back in 2012 I had a tradition of picking the silliest way I knew how to say “Happy Holidays” in this space.

Last year and the year before that I got all serious here and discussed capitalism and The Volker Rule during the holiday season.  Thank you for continuing to read this stuff in spite of that

So, this holiday season I’ve revived the tradition of the silly season.  I will celebrate it with 2 versions of the venerable classic “The 12 Days of Christmas.”  The first is a version written by this author, entitled “The 12 Days of Winter, A Realtor’s Lament”.  You may sing along to the tune of the original:

The 12 Days of Winter – A Realtor’s Lament

(sung to the tune of “The 12 Days of Christmas”)

On the first day of winter, my clients gave to me:

A listing that’s a short sale

On the second day of winter my clients gave to me

2 oil spills

And a listing that’s a short sale

On the third day of winter my clients gave to me

3 flood zones

2 oil spills

And a listing that’s a short sale

On the fourth day of winter my clients gave to me

4 septic tanks

3 flood zones

2 oil spills

And a listing that’s a short sale

On the fifth day of winter my clients gave to me

5 DFTs  (deals fell through)

4 septic tanks

3 flood zones

2 oil spills

And a listing that’s a short sale

On the sixth day of winter my clients gave to me

6 price increases

5 DFTs

4 septic tanks

3 flood zones

2 oil spills

And a listing that’s a short sale

On the seventh day of winter my clients gave to me

7 contract breaches

6 price increases

5 DFTs

4 septic tanks

3 flood zones

2 oil spills

And a listing that’s a short sale

On the eighth day of winter my clients gave to me

8 termites munching

7 contract breaches

6 price increases

5 DFTs

4 septic tanks

3 flood zones

2 oil spills

And a listing that’s a short sale

On the ninth day of winter my clients gave to me

9 lawyers grumbling

8 termites munching

7 contract breaches

6 price increases

5 DFTs

4 septic tanks

3 flood zones

2 oil spills

And a listing that’s a short sale

On the tenth day of winter my clients gave to me

10 home inspections

9 lawyers grumbling

8 termites munching

7 contract breaches

6 price increases

5 DFTs

4 septic tanks

3 flood zones

2 oil spills

And a listing that’s a short sale

On the eleventh day of winter my clients gave to me

11 missed deposits

10 home inspections

9 lawyers grumbling

8 termites munching

7 contract breaches

6 price increases

5 DFTs

4 septic tanks

3 flood zones

2 oil spills

And a listing that’s a short sale

On the twelfth day of winter my clients gave to me

12 mortgage problems

11 missed deposits

10 home inspections

9 lawyers grumbling

8 termites munching

7 contract breaches

6 price increases

5 DFTs

4 septic tanks

3 flood zones

2 oil spills

And a listing that’s a short sale

Well, now that we’re all warmed up in the spirit of the season, here’s another silly version which signifies my surrender to the YouTube generation.  Enjoy:

 That’s probably enough silliness for this year.  Happy Holidays.  See you in the new year for more serious stuff (you’ve been warned…).

Can’t get enough of my opinions?  Take heart.  I have another (non-real estate) blog called:

“The World At Large By Jim Stefanile: Thoughts On Everything Else”

I am currently writing the history of my family.  You can visit the website at:

https://jimstefanilesotherblog.wordpress.com/

and scroll down to read the chapters in order or you can use the following links to jump to individual chapters.  I hope you can visit:

May’s post was Chapter 1  of the history of my family

https://jimstefanilesotherblog.wordpress.com/2015/10/15/saddest-of-smiles/

June’s post was Chapter 2, in the continuing history of my family:

https://jimstefanilesotherblog.wordpress.com/2015/10/15/the-sanest-one/

July’s post was Chapter 3, in the continuing history of my family:

https://jimstefanilesotherblog.wordpress.com/2015/10/15/no-real-connection/

August’s post was Chapter 4: in the continuing history of my family:

https://jimstefanilesotherblog.wordpress.com/2015/11/10/damon-runyon-redux/

September’s post was Chapter 5: in the continuing history of my family:

https://jimstefanilesotherblog.wordpress.com/2015/10/15/a-half-century/

October’s post was Chapter 6: in the continuing history of my family:

https://jimstefanilesotherblog.wordpress.com/2015/10/15/closing-chapters/

This November’s post was Chapter 7: in the continuing history of my family:

https://jimstefanilesotherblog.wordpress.com/2015/11/10/orphaned/

This month’s post is, as it is the end of the year, fittingly, the last chapter in the history of my family, Chapter 8:

https://jimstefanilesotherblog.wordpress.com/2015/08/19/collateral-damage/

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