There has been a lot of head shaking going on at my home, the sort you might expect to see from someone who is perplexed, frustrated, maybe even a little bit angry. Our problem is getting people to do what they said they would do, to return telephone calls when promised, to supply information that was requested, to honour comittments they have made.
We sold our home and need to find a place to live. We found a perfectly good home to move into, perfectly located and reasonably priced, and were preparing to make an offer. The home is still being built, so we would have had the opportunity to introduce some degree of customization. We have a great real estate agent, the woman who sold our house, so what's the problem?
The problem is that the builder uses another real estate agent to make deals on his behalf. That agent has been trying to get us to put an offer on properties that he has listed, but that are not built by the builder for whom he supposedly works. In fact, he claims to be a part-owner of the builder's company. Today, after a week or so of screwing around, the agent told us that the home we were interested in isn't actually for sale. It has either been promised to someone else or the builder doesn't want to sell it until it is complete. We don't know which story is true. Probably neither. In the meantime, we have wasted a week, waiting for phone calls, more information, and some level of common courtesy. And we still have no immediate prospect of a place to move into. We have left telephone messages directly with the builder, but no-one bothers to call us back.
We'll manage. There is always a way, always a solution. It would just be nice if people would actually keep their promises.
How did we get to this state of affairs? This is not an isolated incident. People lie to us all the time. If no-one ever lies to you or lets you down, I want to know your secret. I'm willing to learn from any master. If you know the secret to getting others to honour their commitments, let me know. Maybe we'll write a book together, and get rich. Or, in your case, if you are indeed the master with the solution to the problem, richer. If you know all the answers, you must be in the same financial league as Croesus.
I guess it's back to roaming around the streets of London, Ontario.
It's going to be a fun weekend.