“We Have Some With Ham, Too”
One of my favorite Mad Magazine cartoons shows a food stand advertising every kind of burger known to man: ‘Buffalo burgers,’ ‘Chicken burgers,’ Turkey burgers,’ ‘Veggie burgers,’ and on and on.
The caption: ‘we have some with ham, too, but we don’t know what to call them.’
In that vein, the real estate industry is struggling to come up with a name for plain, old, non-lender-mediated sales.
As you may or may not know, “lender-mediated sales” — namely, foreclosures and short sales — have devoured the market in many locales the last six months or so.
For now, the preferred label for everything else: ‘traditional sales.’
What were the runners-up?
“Regular” sales? “Normal” sales?
P.S.: my clients (and neighbors) know that I have a penchant for quoting Mad Magazine. In fact, another cartoon was the inspiration for my license plate.
It shows an overbearing, 50-ish guy with too much chest hair and bling (not me, I promise) trying to entice women back to his yacht with the cheesy pickup line, “I named it after you.”
Sure enough, the last frame cuts away to a yacht with the license plate, “After You.”
My car’s license plate reads, “MY RLTR” — as in, “there goes . . . my Realtor.”