We bought our first home in Canada within months of moving to the country. Having enjoyed a tax-free lifestyle in the Middle East where we lived and worked for several years, we had come with some savings and my wife was very keen that we invest in a home rather than watch our money drain away in the form of rent.
Soon after we moved in, our new neighbours came over and invited us to an open house.
Now we had just recently heard of the term. When we were looking to buy a house, our real estate agent had taken us to a couple of open houses where we walked through homes that were on sale to see if we liked them enough to buy them.
Unsure of why they would want us to go to another open house when they knew we had just bought a home, we concluded that perhaps they wanted our help in getting the word out.
“As you know we are not really in the market now, but we will certainly tell all our friends who might be interested,” I responded brightly.
“Uh, sure...” mumbled the neighbour and walked away.
“What was that about?” asked my wife.
“Don’t know,” I responded. “But looks like I said something odd.”
I was troubled enough by the interaction to speak to a friend about it.
We didn’t want our new neighbours to think we were unfriendly or strange, I said, asking for his take on what had transpired.
He laughed so hard, he almost choked.
“He was inviting you home for drinks and snacks,” he said. “But not at a fixed time, that’s why it’s an ‘open house’. You can go any time over the course of the evening. It’s very relaxed and people will be troop in and out all evening. It’s a great way to get to know your new neighbours. Poor chap, he must be wondering what he’s going to do with all the friends you are planning on sending his way!”
– Sumant Dutta
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