On the fence about investing?

I hesitate to make a list
Of countless transactions I have missed;
Bonanzas that were in my grip-
I watched them through my fingers slip;
The windfalls which I should have bought
Were lost because I over thought:
I thought of this, I thought of that,
I could have sworn I smelled a rat,
And while I thought things over twice,
Another grabbed them at the price.
It seems I always hesitate,
Then make my mind up much too late.
A very cautious man am I
And that is why I never buy.

When developments rose on Oak and Third
The prices asked I felt absurd;
Whole block fronts-black with soot-
Were priced at thirty bucks a foot!
I wouldn't even make a bid,
But others did-yes, others did!
When Newport Beach was cheap and barren land,
I could have had a heap of sand;
When Palm Springs was the place to buy,
I thought the climate much too dry;
Invest in Orange County-that's the spot!
My sixth sense warned me I should not,
A very prudent man am I
And that is why I never buy,
When others culled sprawling farms
And welcomed deals with open arms-
A corner here, ten acres there,
Compounding values year by year,
I chose to think and as I thought,
They bought the deals I should have bought.
the golden chances I had then
Are lost and will not come again.
Today I cannot be enticed
for everything's so overpriced.
The deals of yesteryear are dead;
the market's soft-and so's my head.

Last night I had a fearful dream,
I know I wakened with a scream;
Some Indians approached my bed-
For trinkets on the barrelhead
(in dollar bills worth twenty-four
And nothing less and nothing more),
They'd sell Manhattan isle to me.
The most I'd go was twenty three.
The Indian scowled: "Not on a bet,"
And sold to Peter Minuit.

At times a teardrop drowns my eye
For deals I had, but did not buy;
And now life's saddest words I pen-
"If only I'd invest NOW...and then!"


Fascinating Facts:


A 100 watt light bulb will burn 90 lbs of coal over it's 750 hour lifetime.


An average home burns 10,000 lbs of caol each year.


Steve Nauert 

Ca. Real Estate Broker
License 00622276