We bought a home, though it doesn't feel like we paid for it....It is more that we took a home for free, invested in it, renovated it and then suddenly decided to stay where we are. We sold it to an agent friend. For no money......She has bought and is moving into our renovated home and somehow we are not being compensated. The sale goes to someone else! And wait! We have never even been inside the renovated home to see what it looks like!
We drive by on the street we used to live on. The house has big picture windows. You can see through to soft, rich, chocolate brown, lush, carpeting going up a grand staircase.
I am in my bedroom. I phone the friend. She has no time to talk. People are with her but I say she doesn't have to respond. I just want to speak my feelings and leave her to think about what I am going to say. She says okay. I explain that I know the money for the home she is buying goes to someone else, but because I renovated it I think it is only fair she compensate us too. I tell her it is up to her how much. Only that I feel it is wrong for us not to be compensated for all the work we did and how much time and money we invested. After all the house was ours to move into and now suddenly it is hers! She doesn't seem adverse to this idea at all.
Of course! This is her business! She understands.
This is a friend who I have known for a long time. We are close and yet we don't actually see each other very often. There's a physical distance there....
I feel so much better as the call ends. I am so happy with myself that I called to speak my feelings. I know I have been heard and she will do something to male it right. I think my husband is skeptical, but I am certain and trust she will do the right thing.