‘YLTN @ Work’ at vancouvercondo.info 18 July 2011 12:37pm -
“I was at a birthday party on the weekend and had the bad luck of getting stuck sitting next to a realtor for most of the evening. This one has been in the biz for 3 years after leaving a career in the film industry and actually agreed with me that she thinks it is time to sell and rent and is actively trying to sell her burnaby condo. What really shocked me though was her description of some of the West side homes she has been to and what she has seen:
The first one was a 3.8M place for sale and when she went to look at it, the guy that came to the door barely spoke a word of english, had food stains on his clothes, slippers and pajamas (in the middle of the day). She said the guy looked like a backwoods asian peasant and was living in the place with almost no furnishings. She went on to say that she has been to a number of places where they have furnished the multi-million dollar places with a few scant pieces of garden furniture.
Her belief is that the owners are offshore and have hired poor peasants to essentially squat in the place to make sure it is lived in to prevent burglaries and to forward mail that comes there to claim it as a primary residence. They have given the “squatter” a minimal amount of cash to buy furniture which is why garden furniture is the usual choice – cheap and easy to carry with no car! Any one else heard of this?”
No, we hadn’t quite heard of this exactly, although we know of new build westside homes which sell and then essentially sit empty (or with what appears to be a single person living in one room). We wouldn’t quite describe the occupants as ‘squatters’ or ‘backwoods peasants’, but the main idea may be essentially the same. – vreaa