The House Built By Jack

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House Built By Jack

Jack, a skilled carpenter, informed his long-time employer that he was ready to retire. He was sorry to see his skilled worker go, so he asked if the carpenter would build just one more house as a personal favor.

The weary carpenter reluctantly agreed, but it was evident that his heart wasn't in the project. He hurried through the task, resulting in work that didn't meet his usual high standards. By rushing, he took shortcuts and used inferior materials, resulting in shoddy work. When the house finished, the builder handed Jack the keys. This was a retirement gift, showing appreciation for his years of skilled, loyal, and meticulous work.


What a shock! What a shame! He would have done it differently if he had only known he was building his own house. Now, he had to live in

The house that Jack built!  


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Michael Elliott
Fathom Realty - Burlington Township, NJ
Burlington, New Jersey Residential Sales

What a story, and what a bummer.  Sounds like a story from my youth.  Have a great weekend. 

Jun 16, 2024 03:08 AM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400

Good morning, Michael Elliott 

And I would love to hear about a story from your youth. Care to share?

Jun 16, 2024 07:16 AM
Michael Elliott

Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400   my comment was poorly worded, I meant stylistically, your post reminded me of...

Jun 16, 2024 07:25 AM
Kat Palmiotti
eXp Commercial, Referral Divison - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

Interesting story - it reiterates that we should always do our best!

Jun 16, 2024 04:55 AM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400

Kat Palmiotti

This story is interesting but a bit funny and sad.

Jun 16, 2024 07:18 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Oswego, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning Margaret. Interesting way to open people's eyes to always doing their best. It can be a blessing! Not doing your best is definitely a curse. Enjoy your day.

Jun 16, 2024 05:08 AM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400

Good morning, Wayne Martin 

Always enjoy your comments. Have a wonderful Father's Day. 

Jun 16, 2024 07:20 AM
Bill Salvatore - East Valley
Arizona Elite Properties - Chandler, AZ
Realtor - 602-999-0952 / em:

Thanks for sharing, make it a great Father's Day and enjoy your


Bill Salvatore, Realtor- Arizona Elite Properties

Jun 16, 2024 05:40 AM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate Services


Hello, Miss Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400 This illustrates so many things. It reminds me why I say, "no thank you" to opportunities to list a home with a seller I know is not a good fit. Declining is the "gift" even if they do not realize it. 


Jun 16, 2024 07:22 AM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400

Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist 

If there were a gold star for comments, this one would get it.

Thanks for the feature!

Jun 16, 2024 08:05 AM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate Services



That Crappy House

That Jack Built




 Let's Hope the Plumbing Works. 

Jun 16, 2024 07:23 AM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Margaret that is an excellent life lesson.  What we do is a reflection of who and what we are, and it should never be compromised.

Jun 16, 2024 05:03 PM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400

Good to see you, George Souto 

I thought this was a good life lesson!

Jun 17, 2024 05:18 PM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

There's a valuable life lesson in that story, Margaret.  Jack should have taken his lifetime of work experience and built the best house possible.

Jun 17, 2024 04:53 PM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400

Myrl Jeffcoat,

It also proves when you no longer enjoy what you do, it is time to stop. 

Jun 17, 2024 05:20 PM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Thanks, Margaret, for sharing this story.

Keep cool and have a great day and a very productive week.

Jun 18, 2024 06:33 AM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

Good to see you Roy Kelley 

Jun 18, 2024 07:44 AM