I thought it would be fun to put together a wish list to give to Santa for real estate agents. Some of us have been naughty and some have been nice. I have been both this year, but not at the same time.

Either way, it’s always alright to make a list for Santa.

There are fewer Realtors in 2012 than there were in 2011. Most of us did not get rich this year, but it was a better year than 2011 for housing markets in most of the country. We saw fewer foreclosure and lower unemployment rates, and that makes it just a little easier to be joyous this holiday season.

What we do every day is work, and working on a 100 percent commission basis isn’t for wimps or whiners. There are no paid holidays and health insurance is so expensive that a person can get sick just thinking about all the things that money could buy. We take risks and face hazards on the job — some of us even die.

Don’t get me wrong — I love what I do. Most days it is worth it, and most anything that is worth doing isn’t easy.

My Christmas wish list for real estate agents everywhere

Here’s wishing that:

  • All of your listings appraise.
  • All of your sales close.
  • All of your phone calls, emails and text messages to other agents are returned promptly and courteously.
  • Your sellers are not fond of cooking liver and onions before your open house.
  • You always choose the proper footwear for showing unheated houses in below freezing weather.
  • Your broker makes sure that you get your commission checks as quickly as possible, and that they are always accurate.
  • We’re all able to find each and every one of our receipts at tax time, and may all of our 1099s be accurate and arrive on time.
  • All of the real estate agents we deal with in 2013 say "please" and "thank you."
  • We get through at least one holiday party or family celebration without having to respond to a real estate emergency.
  • The batteries for our various electronic devices last as long and work as hard as we do.
  • We always have enough bars to make phone calls and use our smart phones.
  • The banks approve our short sales before they foreclose on our clients’ loans.
  • None of our friends or family chooses another agent.
  • Representatives of the National Association of Realtors treat all dues paying members with respect — even those who have not been appointed to committees.
  • Property valuation sites show values that are higher than the price we put on our listings.
  • Companies that offer products and services to real estate agents stop calling us on our cell phones while we are on the freeway.
  • Office meetings be interesting — or at least have good coffee and pastry.
  • All of our buyers be preapproved, and their loans receive prompt final underwriting approval.
  • We don’t fall off the fiscal cliff and our elected representative start getting some work done.
  • The world doesn’t end on Dec. 21, and that 2013 is a great year to be a real estate agent.

As always, I wish for too much, but will settle for peace on earth.

We all know there is no greater gift than our family and friends, especially if those families are perfect.

I wish you all a Merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year.

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