Me and Kerri have been running through life at an impressive pace. I don’t know if it is our determination or the fact that life moves at a breakneck pace no matter what you do that has propelled us, but we’re moving regardless. The latest major goal of ours is to bring an end to the money pit we see as renting a place to live. There is a benefit to renting, you have a place to live, and there are downsides to it, nothing to show for at the end. We feel that it is finally time for us to chart a path away from renting. Why should you care? You shouldn’t, but that isn’t the point of this post. It serves as nothing more than the backdrop.
We embarked on the first round of what we hope will be a pretty common thing for us to do until we’ve reached the end of this trek. At least once a weekend we will be visiting open-houses and Condos to see what the market has for us. Allowing us to get a realistic feel for what the home market has here and what we can afford. We are in the beautiful, if you can call it that, stage of window shopping for the biggest purchase we’ll ever make. And we got our first slap in the face today.
We started our touring out at a beautiful Condo unit known as 23 A Condominium, located just below 23rd and Market Streets. The unit we saw was amazing and it sits at the top of our current, albeit short, list of units. The salesman was very professional, although he started out a bit cold. We may tour the unit again. We left this unit very happy and enjoying our new condo/house hunt.
The next building we went to, The Murano, ruined the rest of our day. It is what inspired this random blog entry…
Me and Kerri enter the building and ask to see their sales office. The attendant makes the normal call and then directs us to the 33rd floor to the sales office. Once we get their the lady we meet immediately dismissed as useless wastes of time. She barely said hi to us, but started out asking us why we were there. After informing her that we were in the market for a place she quickly decided to ask us had we set a price range yet. We informed her we had not. At this stage we are being exploratory. She quipped that most people have a defined price range and she handed us a pamphlet and said we can look at her office for ideas of how the units look. We should return and call her when we have a price in mind. That isn’t to discount her decision to answer a call moments after we arrived and informed the caller she’ll be done with us in 10 minutes.
We were left angry. Unsure why she had refused to do her job and showcase units to us. To explain what special offers they might have and let us get a feel for the building. Could it be that she was an ageist and saw us as too young to be serious? Was it our interracial reality as a couple? I’m sure we would never get an honest answer, but why can’t people be unbiased and respectful?
The best message we got out of this whole ordeal is that this building has an atmosphere we don’t want to live in and on that hand it is good we got smacked with it when we walked in the Sales Office.