Have you ever ordered an off-the-plan property and received a pair of grey tracksuit pants instead? Apparently, it’s quite common.
A Canadian real estate commentator has taken a humorous approach to education by creating a YouTube video that compares buying a pre-construction condo with shopping for jeans (see below).
The naive buyer gets more than he bargained for when he tries to buy a $90 pair of jeans from a clothing store.
The attractive assistant explains that he can’t actually try on any of the “model” jeans around him, but that he’ll “most likely” get what he orders if he signs a thick contract.
“You’ll need to know that we can’t guarantee the waist size, we can’t guarantee the length, we can’t guarantee four pockets, but we’ll do our very best to ensure there aren’t six pockets on one leg – that would be ridiculous,” she says.
“Also know that we reserve the right to change the quality from denim to dishtowel, and we may change the button-fly in the front to a large opening in the back.”
When the man returns to collect his jeans two weeks after the agreed pick-up time, he discovers that the company hasn’t even started making them.
The assistant also cheerily explains that if the company does decide to make the jeans, they’ll actually cost $120 and be a pair of tracksuit pants.
Fortunately, the buyer sees the silver lining.
“I have to say I’ve been really, really impressed by the pretty salespeople, the VIP events, the chicken skewers and watered-down drinks,” he says.
“I love the glitzy banner outside and I get a really good vibe every time I walk in here and someone smiles at me with this big ear-to-ear grin.
“So, you know what? I’m going to stick it out with you guys. I mean, what’s the worst that could possibly happen?”