A couple accepted a family of six's offer on their home -- despite having higher offers -- because they received a heartfelt note.
American couple Michelle Croft and her husband made the decision to sell their Toronto home for $112,000 less than the asking price, because of a heartwarming note and photo that they received from the Soh Family, Daily Mail reports.
The Sohs had returned from six weeks of missionary work in Uganda, and when they returned they had had felt that their current home was too big, and wanted to find something cheaper so that they could dedicate more of their money to good causes.
Mother Rosanna, dad Joo-meng, and the couple's four children, Jacob, Nathaniel, Abigail, and Elianna, who range in age from 9 to 14, wrote to the Crofts that they "came home changed" after the trip.
"When the nameless faces that we hear about in the news become our friends and when their stories now become a part of our story we find ourselves looking at things differently," said the Sohs in their letter.
"Our desire is to downsize and live simply so others may simply live," wrote the Sohs, saying that the money saved on the home would allow them to do more missionary work helping the poor and needy.
Rosanna said that searching for a house that met the family's needs and fell within their budget wasn't easy, according to the Toronto Star.
"Coming into a seller’s market, I was really anxious knowing that every house we try to bid on you’re going to go into a bidding war, and you just never know," said the mom. "We didn’t know where we were going to go."
"When we were looking at other houses of similar size, that's where the discouraging part is. There's no chance with our goal and our budget, it was one of those 'this is not going to work,'" Rosanna added.
The mom said she hopes her story will inspire other families as well.
The Sohs' agent, Joette Fielding, said that the family still paid a fair price for the home. "We came in very strong, still $200,000 over list," said Fielding, who added that "from a humanitarian view, it's not just about the highest number."
The Crofts said that selling the house for less than the highest bid was "by no means a loss for us," since they had an amount that they wanted in order to have a smooth time buying a home in Colorado.
"When that number was met, we thought, ‘What’s enough? What’s the point?'" said Michelle, who added that other families had also included messages with their offers.
"I could just see them leaving the house in a much sooner time frame," she said. "They were all very nice and I was so glad they took the time to do that. It did make the choice harder."
The Crofts' agent, Tracy Nursall, said that the sale had given her "faith in humanity again."
"I can't believe what happened here," Nursall said. "I think it's amazing and people need to know [selling a house] isn't all about milking people."