A little Friday fun... or is it?

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

Bart the agent, with listings to sell,
Had a secret he chose not to tell,
A cat in the house, furry and sly,
Bart thought it best not to mention, why?

Showing the house, clients in tow,
The cat, it seemed, had a mind of its own,
Escaping and running, causing a scene,
Making a mess, it was quite unclean.

Some folks didn't like cats, that's a fact,
Others had allergies, that's a fact,
Bart's silence, it seems, was a big mistake,
The sale of the house, now harder to make.

Bart should have disclosed, that much is true,
Instructed the sellers, to keep the cat out of view,
But alas, his mistake, now plain to see,
The cat, it seems, was just being free.

Bart learned a lesson, that's for sure,
Honesty is the best policy, pure,
Instruct the sellers to keep the cat out of view,
The sale of the house, will be successful, with no tale to accrue.


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


Comments (9)

Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker

I'm innocent, I swear Steve Penner or as my post yesterday I will use the Bart Simpson plea.

Feb 03, 2023 06:21 AM
Steve Penner

haha.. yes, Bob "RealMan" Timm  let's go with Bart to protect the innocent... hope this work better for you :) 


Feb 03, 2023 06:37 AM
Leanne Smith
Dirt Road Real Estate - Golden Valley, AZ
Relocation to NW AZ with elbow room & more freedom

A great poem and even a better way to remember not to be a BOB.

Feb 03, 2023 06:23 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Steve - I wonder if Bart were smarter, would his real estate waters be better charted?  

Feb 03, 2023 07:07 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good morning Steve,

Loved your poem! Whether we like it or not cats can kill a deal faster than we can blink. There are so many now with allergies and don't like cats, always best to have them gone while the house is being shown or at least contained. Out of sight..out of mind.

Feb 03, 2023 07:54 AM
Steve Penner

yes... best to keep Pets contained.. and a comment in agent section of the listing seems best.  Last thing I want to do is chase a cat that escaped from the house..and no suprises please


Feb 03, 2023 07:59 AM
Michael J. Perry
KW Elite - Lancaster, PA
Lancaster, PA Relo Specialist

Cats Liter Boxes need to be cleaned daily when selling your house  ! Cat hair is a whole nuther issue !

Feb 03, 2023 08:08 AM
Steve Penner

dirty litter smells don't help .. that's without a doubt.


Feb 03, 2023 09:11 AM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello Steve and cats can turn off a deal sometimes for some sellers in my opinion.  Interesting blog.

Feb 03, 2023 09:02 AM
Steve Penner

yes, that's been my experience as well


Feb 03, 2023 09:11 AM
Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
Red Rock Real Estate (435) 632-9374 - St. George, UT
St. George Utah Area Residential Sales Agent

Cute poem about kitty mayhem, Steve. Gents: Disclose about the cat and put it in a kennel for showings!

Feb 03, 2023 10:25 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Steve, I have two kitties, but my guests have said they have never smelled "cat" in my house.  

Feb 03, 2023 12:50 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Hi Steve- how cute!!! And yes...disclose, disclose, disclose!!!

Feb 04, 2023 11:11 AM