A Little Friday Fun .. or is it?

Real Estate Sales Representative with Royal LePage / Pro Ledger Online Software

Bart was a real estate agent, with a heart of gold,
Helping folks find homes, new and old.
He worked with a young couple, for weeks on end,
Showing them houses, again and again.

They found their dream home, and made an offer,
Accepted at less, than what they proffer.
Ecstatic, they told everyone they knew,
But their joy was short-lived, as they soon grew blue.

When they went to get their mortgage, to their surprise,
The rates had gone up, and now it was not wise.
Devastated, embarrassed, and feeling low,
Bob was also frustrated, as he watched the sale go.

He learned as an agent, it's not just about the find,
But also to prepare, for what's on the grind.
To understand the process, and be ready for the road,
So next time, the sale will close, without a heavy load.


Disclaimer: All events depicted are based on all-too-often real events, but for all the innocent "Barts," the name "Bart" is fictitious.



Comments (18)

Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Very clever and cute, Steve. And, oh so true! Did you write this?

Jan 27, 2023 09:08 AM
Steve Penner

with some help :


Jan 27, 2023 09:15 AM
Michael J. Perry
KW Elite - Lancaster, PA
Lancaster, PA Relo Specialist

LOL ! This why we always attempt to do a Buyer’s Consultation Session, before we show any houses. It prepares everyone and gets us on the same page 

Jan 27, 2023 09:13 AM
Steve Penner

without a doubt ..


Jan 27, 2023 12:08 PM
Daniel Ramsey
MyOutDesk - Sacramento, CA
MyOutDesk - Real Estate Virtual Professionals

That was a pretty nice (and full of truth) poem, Steve! 

Jan 27, 2023 09:15 AM
Steve Penner

yes... unfortunately 


Jan 27, 2023 12:07 PM
Mark Don McInnes, Sandpoint-Idaho
Sandpoint Realty LLC - Sandpoint, ID
North Idaho Real Estate - 208-255.6227

Fun little read this morning.  Thank you for the post and guessing your time in writing. mdm

Jan 27, 2023 09:15 AM
Steve Penner

you are welcome :)


Jan 27, 2023 12:08 PM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Steve, this is real, and we see it all the time.  Get pre-approved, know what the payments will be.  Don't be a Bob.

Jan 27, 2023 09:59 AM
Steve Penner



Jan 27, 2023 12:08 PM
Ed Silva
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

In this market I have run all possibilists across the loan officers before we send over a contract. No sense in getting people excited for nothing

Jan 27, 2023 12:34 PM
Anna Banana Kruchten Phoenix Broker
HomeSmart Real Estate - Phoenix, AZ

I had to laugh at "Don't be a Bob"!!  One of our best friends name is Bob, who just happens to be coming to dinner tonight.  I must share this with him - he'll get a kick out of it! Bob is so A BOB! So fun and funny!


And for Bob's sake....who doesn't have their buyers fully approved including up to a certain possible rate hike - before looking at homes?  Seriously!!

Jan 27, 2023 01:04 PM
Steve Penner

Haha.. that's funny.. say hi to Bob for me.

Jan 27, 2023 01:11 PM
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667, kat@thehousekat.com, Broker/REALTOR® - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

What a fun read! Poor Bob... but next time he'll be rich Bob because his clients will be recently pre-approved and ready to go!

Jan 28, 2023 06:05 AM
Steve Penner

yes.. to be continued... haha



Jan 28, 2023 06:14 AM
Ray Henson
eXp Realty of California, Inc. (lic. #01878277) - Elk Grove, CA

This is an all too familiar example of why it is best to celebrate only after you hand over the keys.  I hope fictional, Bob, gets his house soon!

Jan 28, 2023 09:32 AM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Hi Steve- this is so clever!!!  Bet we've all met some Bobs!!

Jan 28, 2023 01:46 PM
Steve Penner

yes.. they are out there!.. hah


Jan 28, 2023 06:57 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Jan 28, 2023 06:38 PM
Steve Penner

Thanks Kathy!





Jan 28, 2023 06:55 PM
Leanne Smith
Dirt Road Real Estate - Golden Valley, AZ
Relocation to NW AZ with elbow room & more freedom

Extremely well done and your photo matches the poem. Thank you for the chuckle as well as the creative insight. Congratulations on the well deserved feature.


May I share this with others.

Jan 29, 2023 05:35 AM
Steve Penner

Yes share away! ... glad you enjoyed it.

Jan 29, 2023 05:36 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good morning Steve,

So glad that Kathy Streib featured your post in her light bulb moments for the week. I still see some agents forgoing the all important "first step" in a consultation, making sure the buyer is pre-approved before house hunting. Great story so glad you wrote it and shared it with us!

Jan 29, 2023 08:38 AM
Steve Penner

ahh.. ok I finally found that feature by Kathy. Thanks for your comment


Jan 29, 2023 08:55 AM
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
Retired New Hampshire Home Stager

So glad Kathy shared this. Very clever!

Jan 29, 2023 09:34 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude


This was a fun read with oh, so much truth in it!


Jan 29, 2023 03:43 PM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

This can be so disheartening for all involved!

Jan 29, 2023 06:15 PM
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

I guess I’m doing the Friday fun thing on Sunday night but it’s still pretty great! Hope you had a great weekend, Steve!

Jan 29, 2023 09:33 PM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Thanks, Steve, for adding smiles to our faces.

Have a great day and an outstanding week.

Jan 30, 2023 05:17 AM