“Where do you come up with this Stuff?”

“Where do you come up with this Stuff?”



I have been following your blogs on your Right Trac Financial Group Facebook page for a couple of years. I want to thank you for the jokes and funny stuff you share every Wednesday. I share most of them with friends and some clients. The “Dear Santa” one is hysterical, especially since I’m in the real estate business. Too bad you are not licensed in Pennsylvania as I’m a real fan. Barb XXXXXX


In case you missed it:


Dear Santa,

My mother's a Realtor and my father's an LO,

So my house is divided as this letter will show.

My mom can list and sell any home

And my dad always promises to close every loan.

But what I've observed is not actually the case -

For it seems that most deals blow up in their face.

It starts with the sellers, and the sales price they set,

My mom says you can wish, but that won't be what you get.

She goes round-n-round, and sometimes for months;

Open houses, new pictures, and all kinds of stunts.

Finally a buyer, now that the price looks right.

Funny thing is, it's what mommy mentioned the first night -

-When she met with the sellers, and got their listing...

Oh well, let's hope the buyers qualify - back to the wishing.

In comes daddy, to give it a try...

Their credit looks good, so they pre-qualify.

The next few days, the buyers gather their stuff

And now all of sudden, this file looks tough.

Daddy always says, his job is like a game...

What buyers tell you then show you, are never the same.

Between loan apps and emails and all types of faxes -

What a buyer says is his income, is not what's on his taxes.

So daddy calls his lenders to figure this out

He really wants to help the buyers get into this house.

The lenders all say they will give it a go -

Submit it to DU, and see what DU will show.

Is it FHA or Conventional or possibly VA?

DU likes the findings, and says it's ok.

So the file goes into underwriting, and the process begins...

A 30-day closing is how everyone hopes this will end.

3 weeks go by, and all goes off without a hitch...

Then the appraisal comes in under value, ain't this a b*$ch?!

Come to find out, the appraiser's from Dallas -

So he really doesn't know, Houston from Alice.

Now everyone's upset - the sellers especially -

So much for this transaction on closing successfully.

Referrals a plenty, is what mom and dad were wishin'

Now they'll be lucky to just get the commission.

You see Santa,...this is what I see -

A business full of headaches and misery.

The Realtors blame the loan officers and they blame the lenders

And the buyers and sellers both play the pretenders.

To finish my story, just so you know

Some 60 days later, the loan finally closed.

I heard it was a "nightmare" as all of them are...

But mommy said that "this one by far..."

"...was the worst of them all!" And I'll hear that again -

But for now, mom and daddy are back to being friends.

I did want a bike or a skateboard for thrashin'

But all I want for Christmas is a smooth transaction!

Thank you Santa!


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Comment balloon 12 commentsJoe Petrowsky • December 21 2016 02:14PM


Ab solutely love it.  I just went through this so I can relate to the over 60 day close, docs, underwriting approval and conditions galore.   

Posted by Rose Mary Justice, Synergy Realty Pros (Synergy Realty Pros) over 2 years ago

Great post, thanks for sharing.  Happy new year.  Have a fantastic 2017..

Posted by Peter Mohylsky, SoWal Is HOME., Let me help you find your path to the beach. (PrimeSouth Properties) over 2 years ago

Good Morning Joe Petrowsky - thanks for the post! Wishing you a Happy and Prosperous Year!

Posted by Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers, Serving Scottsdale, Phoenix and Maricopa County AZ (BVO Luxury Group @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty) over 2 years ago

Good morning Joe,

Sharing is caring and read the post before.

Make yourself an astonishing day.

Posted by Raymond E. Camp, Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester (Howard Hanna Real Estate Services) over 2 years ago

Good morning Joe. I enjoyed this before and I'm glad you were able to maintain fans even if you can't service them.

Posted by Sheila Anderson, The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133 (Referral Group Incorporated) over 2 years ago

Good morning Joe. It happens all the time if people don't ask the right questions! Enjoy your day!

Posted by Wayne Martin, Real Estate Broker - Retired (Wayne M Martin) over 2 years ago

Great post as always. Congratulations on your newest milestone here on AR. Wishing you much continued success.

Posted by Les & Sarah Oswald, Broker, Realtor and Investor (Realty One Group) over 2 years ago

A REALTOR® and a Loan Officer married to each other.....all I can say is YIKES!

Posted by Sheri Sperry - MCNE®, (928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR® (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage) over 2 years ago

Thanks so much for posting this again.  Every year it becomes truer and truer.  Must be something in the air.

Posted by Marnie Matarese, Showing you the best of Sarasota! (DWELL REAL ESTATE) over 2 years ago

I think I am exhausted after reading the poem but truth can sometime be that way!

Posted by Joe Pryor, REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties (The Virtual Real Estate Team) over 2 years ago

I hope you have a fine New Year, Joe. The friend I referred to you has a son in the market. We need to talk.

Posted by Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent (Platinum Properties) over 2 years ago

Hi Joe Petrowsky - I've been so lucky, most of my clients were cash buyers in 2016. The ones going for a loan? Kind of like your poem.

Posted by Hella Mitschke Rothwell, Hawaii & California Real Estate Broker ((831) 626-4000) over 2 years ago