Congratulations to Sherry and James. Today I handed them the keys to their new condo.
Sherry and James are a middle-aged couple from China and this is the first home they have owned together. I helped them with the offer and purchase a couple months ago, but possession came only today.
It is easy in this business to sometimes forget that homeownership is something that not everybody can attain – I work only with people who are buying or selling a home, not those who are not. Only 68% of Greater Vancouver residents own the home they live in. Homeownership also forms a large part of people’s dreams and ambitions, often in starting a new life in a new country. I was reminded of this today in a simple way.
When clients who I help make a purchase get possession of their new home, I always make sure that I am present the first time they walk through the door as owners. Part of this is professional responsibility, part of it is to ensure that the home has been presented as the contract stipulated, and part of it is to experience second-hand the joy and excitement of a fresh chapter in somebody’s life. So I was there this morning, did the walk-through, spent a few minutes answering questions about keys and fobs and strata, and was about to excuse myself when Sherry and James had a brief exchange in Mandarin and turned to me sheepishly with a question: how does the dishwasher work, they asked. They had never owned one before, nor lived anywhere that had one. So I opened the door, showed how to load dishes for maximum spray exposure, showed where the detergent went, and explained that the only setting worth knowing was ‘normal wash.’ Always having had a dishwasher, I have never thought too much about it being there or the advantage of eat a meal, throw everything in there, come back an hour later. But they sure were excited about it.
Congrats again and welcome home.