A Different Point of View

I apologized for not taking the typical route and calling the realtor first. I explained that I had been intending on buying this suite as soon as it came up. I told them that there was no way that I was going to let it get away and that they should just consider it sold. I think they were surprised and intrigued by my certainty and will.

They admitted that I had caught them off guard because they didn`t even know it was on the market yet. She must have JUST put it in the computer. I stressed to them that I was very serious and that I would do whatever it took to make this deal happen. They just looked at me kind of stunned and asked me if I would like to see the place.

It was better than I could have imagined. They had renovated the entire place from top to bottom over the years that they had lived there. As I wandered around, my excitement grew. There was a deep soaker tub (I love baths), a dishwasher, and thick soft carpet beneath my feet. The giant bedroom would accommodate my king size bed with lots of room to spare. Now I would also have the luxury of underground parking that only a select few have access to.

I have been super impressed with my view on the third floor but I was not prepared for this. They can see everything all the way to the edge of the city. Not only can you see the river, but you can watch it snake all the way around. I can follow a car all the way from one side of the High Level Bridge all the way down 109 Street. Facing west the sunsets are outstanding and I can see just as far north as Alberta`s Parliament Building. The only thing I don`t get to see from this vantage point is the downtown skyline. It is replaced with the large treed University of Alberta campus. I would much rather look at greenery than cement so this is a good thing, in my books.

I thanked the beautiful couple for graciously letting me see “my new home”. They let me use their phone and gave me a glass of water while I informed their realtor that I would be buying the condo at full list with no conditions. It was an offer they could not refuse. Curious about what kind of person does such a thing, they asked me a bit about myself. I told them my story and they remarked how inspirational it was.

On my way back down to my “other” condo, what I had just done began to sink in. I had made sure that the realtor would not take any more offers and that it was, for all intensive purposes, verbally pending. I signed the papers within 12 hours.

I suppose some people would think this is pretty high risk behavior. I suppose that not many people would make such a large sale with no conditions. I don`t have the money per say, but I recently evaluated my financial position so I knew exactly where I was in that regard. It would take a bit of reorganizing and refinancing but I am good for it. Lucky? Maybe. I think “luck” is when opportunity meets preparation. The opportunity came, and I was ready.

I reflected that only someone who believed in their dreams could make them happen. I suppose it takes guts to go for it (I tend to dream big) but hey, what do I have to lose? Maybe a little bit of face, when I fail the first few times. But I didn`t get to where I am worrying about what other people think of me. In the end, it only matters if I can sleep at night. And that night, I slept like a log.

Grateful for confidence.

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