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December 14, 2015

The Fourth Annual Night Before Christmas

by mark mclean

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T’was the night before Christmas, when all through the board
Not a staffer was stirring on screen or keyboard.
MLS was all quiet, scheduled maintenance with care
In hopes that new updates soon would be there.

The agents were nestled all snug in their beds,
While thoughts of new clients danced in their heads.
And me in my jammies taking a well-deserved rest
From meetings, and travel and on-the-air guest.

When out on the street there arose such a clatter
I sprang to my tablet to see what’s the matter.
Another new bill from an rookie backbencher
This one was sick… A real gut wrencher.

This guy had lost out on another fab house
It was this or no sex, it came right from his spouse.
If you thought phantom offers were wack
This bill would stop bullies dead in their track.

The idea would be sound if it weren’t so crazy
And the form to fill out would made our heads dizzy.
Now we would prepare the offer so neat
Way BEFORE the house even hit the street.

Another new twist home energy audits
Just in case buyers had more cash in their pockets.
And something for brokers let’s scrap contractor status
He said under his breath with just a hint of malice.

Right away we knew this bill would be trouble
So we called our pal Von* to craft our rebuttal.
We took to the airwaves with a singular voice
With news like this we had no choice.

On radio, on print, on t.v. And on web
The truth would be heard not from Facebook, but TREB.
As quick as I could I called in the squad
And the plan that we made was focused NOT broad.

We created a buzz, and were fully invested
And on the steps of the hill our committees protested.
Realtors make the process go smoothly
Without us transactions would be completely unruly.

The truth must be heard, I repeated out loud
Home ownership matters it makes people proud.
It’s not just an investment, a place to live in
It’s a forced saving plan, a retirement win.

Buy real estate and wait… that was our stand
You should know this fact, we’re not making more land.
Our city is growing you just need to ask Santa
But please don’t call it Mega, I prefer the term Alpha.

TREB members united with a solitary voice
No matter what model, there’s plenty of choice.
And then in a twinkling we heard on the news
We won, we got out without a scratch or a bruise.

I sprang to my car, with a win and a whistle,
And away I flew like the down of a thistle.
I exclaimed as I left and drove out of sight,
“Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good-night.

Hope you the fourth installment of the RealtyLab Night Before Christmas. This one is a bit special for me. I’m half way through my term as President of the Toronto Real Estate Board. It has been an amazing experience. The support from members and the help from all the TREB staff has been invaluable. We have a team of amazing directors who chair a dozen or more worthwhile committees.
The real estate world is constantly evolving and I am happy to be part of a team that is steering a course through it all. Ultimately, I am the guy that delivers two simple messages to the GTA…buy a home and use a Realtor. You will be happy you did. Real estate is a safe long term investment. It’s tax free savings and an excellent tool to build a nest egg for your retirement.

*Von refers to Von Palmer, Chief Communications and Government Relations Officer.

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