The House Looking Competition

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Mint Properties, Lic. #01871795 Lic. #01871795

The House Looking Competition


I can see it in your eyes: you think you can look at more houses than me,

It's a challenge I've had from which I've claimed victory,

Boom and it's on, and we're off to the races,

There is simply no way you can look at any more places.

You see, I look at houses on vacation just for fun,

That's right, when my family is restin' and relaxatin',

I'm off at model homes fillin' out bogus registrations.

You can't tire me out, I know what you're trying to do,

But the fact of the matter is, I can look at more houses than you.



Your search party is over there looking at bedroom sizes,

They have no idea what your ultimate prize is,

Thinking that they are helping to find your new home,

They don't know it's your REALTOR® you want to dethrone.
I catch a glance across the counter and I know this is a battle,

Won't take me but a minute to jump back in the saddle,

That's right, when you're kickin' back watching Lifetime or ESPN,

I'm on the MLS viewing houses, one and then ten.


See you're stepping into the ring with Muhammad Ali,

Decided to shoot a few hoops with the likes of Kobe,

Next time we go out to look, you can bet I've seen that house before, 

And while you're asking about lot size, well I'm ready for more.

You think I want to hurry and get to a commission,

But that's no reason for a house looking competition,

Let's get this straight, I'm here to help you through this process,

But you have to let me do my job to have true success.


Then it happened last Thursday, you started to wean,

Right as your significant other started to scream,

"If we look at one more house I'm gonna fall apart,"

"Either we buy a house today or I'll make a new start." 

I saw the fear in your eyes, as you started to focus,

You closed your eyes, took a breath and said. . .

"Let's offer on the first house you showed us."


Disclaimer - This depiction of house looking is strictly tongue-in-cheek.  Buyers are strongly advised against entering into any sort of "House Looking Competition," as doing so can lead to:  "Exhaustion," "Desperation," "Taking what you can get," and worse yet, "Renting."  Competitive house looking should only be attempted by trained professionals who have experience previewing for out of town clients and/or who have regularly attended weekly REALTOR® caravans.

 Copyright © Tni LeBlanc 2010 *The House Looking Competition*


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Renee Marrs Caperton
Marrs & Associates - Corsicana, TX
Realtor - Corsicana Texas Real Estate

Cute post...thanks for sharing!

Dec 06, 2010 11:08 PM #35
Claudette Millette
The Buyers' Counsel - Ashland, MA
Buyer, Broker - Metrowest Mass


Very cleverly written poem. So often they do revert back to the first house they looked it.


Dec 06, 2010 11:38 PM #36
Laura Forman
National Realty of Brevard - Melbourne, FL
Your Brevard Premier Property Specialist

LoL - it would make a great rap and I love that they want the first house!

Dec 07, 2010 12:27 AM #37
Brian Geraghty
David Wain Realty, LLC - Fort Lauderdale, FL
Short Sale Expert, 954-790-2602


Well done! You really have a gift for blogging. Your writing is uplifting and enjoyable. Even when sometimes I have a slightly different point of view, your ideas are compelling. You do deserve the features and I hope it all pays off as I;m sure it will!

Best to you,

Brian Geraghty, Broker
David Wain Realty, LLC
Fort Lauderdale,FL 

Dec 07, 2010 12:28 AM #38
Silvia Dukes PA, Broker Associate, CRS, CIPS, SRES
Tropic Shores Realty - Ich spreche Deutsch! - Spring Hill, FL
Florida Waterfront and Country Club Living

Tne, too funny and too true!  And hopefully, by then, the first house is still on the market!  All the best!

Dec 07, 2010 01:08 AM #39
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Tni - truer words have not been said in real estate.   In the time I have been in the business --- it's interesting(for me) to see the turnover of the same homes in a relatively short time(ten years for example).   I'm always looking for the home that has been in the same family for a long time(saw one recently that was in the same family for over 100 years).  Thanks for this post.

Dec 07, 2010 01:56 AM #40
Leah Henderson
Asset Realty, Inc - Columbia, SC


  You're prolific!  Nice job. 


Dec 07, 2010 04:05 AM #41
Luke Cox
EXIT Realty, Your Next Move - Portland, OR

That was a fun post to read!

Thanks for sharing.

Dec 07, 2010 05:26 AM #42
Jeff Dowler, CRS
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

HA ha. Yep I know a few who fit this description.

Dec 07, 2010 05:52 AM #43
Melissa Zavala
Broadpoint Properties - Escondido, CA
Broker, Escondido Real Estate, San Diego County

That's such a cute little house; too bad it was not the first one you showed ;-)

Dec 07, 2010 05:54 AM #44
Petra Norris
Lakeland Real Estate Group, Inc. - Lakeland, FL
Realtor, Lakeland FL Homes for Sale

Tni - I have been reading your blogs lately and you sure do have a sense of humor. Very creative by making it into a poetry.  Well Done!

Dec 07, 2010 06:08 AM #45
Patricia Aulson
Realtor - Portsmouth NH Homes-Hampton NH Homes

Hi Tni and thanks for the amusing post.  I really enjoyed the read.

I've bookmarked it for future reference.

Patricia/Seacoast NH & ME

Dec 07, 2010 07:43 AM #46
Patricia Aulson
Realtor - Portsmouth NH Homes-Hampton NH Homes

Hi Tni and thanks for the amusing post.  I really enjoyed the read.

I've bookmarked it for future reference.

Patricia/Seacoast NH & ME

Dec 07, 2010 07:43 AM #47
Karen Feltman
Cedar Rapids/Iowa City, IA KW Legacy Group - Cedar Rapids, IA
Relocation Specialist in Cedar Rapids, Iowa

I think that we all have at least one of these a year, if not more.  They make everything a competition!  Good for you for staying on your toes!

Dec 07, 2010 08:44 AM #48
Bryan Robertson
Los Altos, CA

I'm always fascinated at the professional lookers who have spent months or years looking at homes.  They find nothing because they aren't really looking.  Then they wonder why nobody will work with them.

Dec 07, 2010 09:11 AM #49
James Harner
Considering Selling Your Home? Call 610-310-7646 first - Royersford, PA
James Harner Group - Philadelphia PA Real Estate

I know you're a very good writer...but poetry! that's classic!!!

You're awesome, Tni! And I like the way you put your thoughts into words. And every blog that you've written, you catch your reader's attention, and then "KABOOM", you give the finale that hits the spot!

Thanks for allowing your readers to enjoy your posts!

Dec 07, 2010 11:02 AM #50
Tni LeBlanc, Realtor®, J.D.
Mint Properties, Lic. #01871795 - Santa Maria, CA
Tenacious Tni (805) 878-9879

Georgina - Glad you enjoyed it!

Anna - Thank you!

John - Absolutely!

Jeffery - Thank you!  You are a patient man.

Renee - Thank you.

Claudette - so true I love when that happens.

David - Thank you so much. I really appreciate your comment.

Silvia - Good point.

Michael - So glad you liked it!

Leah - Lately it seemd that way!

Luke Cox - Glad you like it.

Jeff - We all do.

Melissa - It's a process, right?

Petra - thanks!

Patricia - Glad you enjoyed it

Karen - Glad I'm not alone.

Bryan - Yes, for some it is competition.

James - Thank you!  I really appreciate hearing that!

Dec 07, 2010 02:02 PM #51
Cheryl Ritchie
RE/MAX Leading Edge - Huntingtown, MD
Southern Maryland 301-980-7566

Very, very good. I had to go back and reread it again. Your rhymes are on time!

Dec 07, 2010 09:10 PM #52
Barbara Hensley
RE/MAX Properties - Rockwall, TX
Homes for Sale in Rockwall County, Texas

This cold have been about a recent client of mine.  I did sell them a home and get it closed, but not before seeing way too many homes.  They always wanted to look at just one more.  They did end up buying one of the ones they saw on the first day out!

Dec 12, 2010 07:45 PM #53
Larry Atkins
State Wide Realty Co. - Farmville, VA

LOL....this is great. There is not an agent out there that hasn't been there.

Jan 07, 2011 11:00 AM #54
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