Monthly Archives: December 2015


Twas the night before Christmas,

and all through the house

Not a Realtor was working,

Not even their spouse.

The closings were done the week before last,

And the commission checks were deposited hard and fast.

The “For Sale” signs were nestled in the back of the shed,

While visions of spa visits danced through my head.

When all of a sudden I received a text,

A local Realtor’s name appeared, I was perplexed!

When, what to my wondering eyes should appear,

But a full price cash offer now that’s what I like to hear!

More rapid then eagles, thoughts raced through my mind,

This amazing offer was one of a kind.

NO home inspector, NO mortgage broker, and NO appraiser!

Mr. and Mrs. Buyer just did me a favor!

Before I knew it, my doorbell rang,

I sprung from the couch and my heart sang!

As I opened my door, he turned around,

I couldn’t believe what I had found.

His clothes were disheveled; he was a complete mess,

There was no doubt he needed to rest.

He spoke not a word but went straight to his work,

gave me the paperwork and turned with a jerk.

And laying a finger aside of his nose,

He shouts…remember we want a quick close!

He sprung in his Volvo and sped down the street,

This top notch Realtor doesn’t miss a beat.

As I headed inside and closed the door,

I thought there’s nothing I love more,

Than to be helping people with their dream,

And seeing a homeowner’s face beam!

Wishing you every happiness this Holiday Season

and throughout the coming year.

~ Jenn Scali

Jenn tree

Jennifer ScaliABOUT THE AUTHOR – Jenn has found a new talent – writing Holiday Poetry!  But when she’s not writing you can find her working with Buyers and Sellers. Jenn Scali is a Realtor at RE/MAX Legacy and you can reach her at (617) 905-7211 or on her website at





Category: Holidays

roland treeIt’s once again the holiday season and a question that many people have to answer is:  What kind of Christmas tree am I going to get?

It seems like a simple enough question, but its answer can get complicated.  Do you want artificial?  Should I cut down my own?  Should I support a local tree stand or garden center or go to a bigger store like Home Depot?

Let’s start with artificial.  Back in the fifties, my family traditionally got a real tree and usually a very big one.  Sometimes the top had to have so much cut off, we almost had a 2nd tree as a result.  And then one year my parents went to Gilchrist at Redstone Shopping Center and bought an artificial tree.  It was never explained to me why they did this, but I do remember the tree…in all of its silver glory.  Why silver?  Trees are green…aren’t they?  Well today, the artificial trees look almost real and if you have the room to store it and the patience to reassemble it year after year, then artificial isn’t a bad way to go.

If you want a real tree, it’s a simple task.  Go to your favorite local tree stand and find the one that catches your eye that will go perfectly in the designated spot in your living room or family room.  Check the branches to be certain they are firm (not wimpy) so the ornaments will not droop.  Most likely the prices will vary based on height of the tree and the quality.  Do you know if the needles will drop off the one you choose?  Well the main way to make certain the tree won’t lose needles rapidly is to check it for freshness (not dry) and make sure you keep it watered once it’s in your home.  It is important to cut a half inch or so off the bottom before setting the tree in the stand.  This will help allow the tree to take up water so as to keep it fresh as long as possible.

One thing we know when we go to a local tree stand is that these trees weren’t cut down yesterday and most likely are already a month or so old.  So if you really want a fresh tree, perhaps a trip to a local tree farm is the answer.  If you’re fortunate enough to have a tree farm within driving distance of where you live, you can go there and cut down your own.  Although prices may vary, many have a simple approach.  All trees, regardless of size are the same price.  So you grab one of the saws they provide, walk through rows and rows of trees, and all different varieties and sizes until that perfect (or almost perfect) tree for your home is standing in front of you.  Interestingly this tree, once it’s at home in your tree stand, is not going to take up as much water right away as the pre-cut tree from your local tree stand.  That’s because it is already quite moist (fresh) and it needs to dry out a bit before it will need more water intake.

So whatever your choice, it’s what works best for you and your family and there is no right or wrong.  Mainly it’s about having a holiday spirit and your tree can help make that happen.

Roland Crop 2011 jpeg (1)About the author:  Roland cuts down a tree every year with his step-daughter for her home, but continues to buy his own at the local tree stand.  He will tell you traditions are important to maintain.  Roland is a broker owner at RE/MAX Legacy.

Category: Holidays, Seasonal