Election Day here in San Mateo County and the Silicon Valley, like just about everywhere in the USA is 5 short days away.
Not only will we be choosing a Senator to represent us in Washington DC, we're also electing a new state Governor, other elected representatives and officers. And of course, we have our usual number of state and local propositions.
I'd like to share a heart-warming story about a couple of my clients, sellers who are moving out of state, and how they feel about voting.
After a number of long months on the market, the right buyer came long and fell in love with their beautiful home. An offer was submitted. Negotiations began and agreement was reached, with escrow set to close on October 28.
Sellers generally love closing quickly; after all, their money could be in the bank soon. However, my clients countered a longer escrow, with closing to take place on November 3, 2010 -- the day after elections. They wanted to be absolutely 100% certain that their vote would still count, still be legal, that their principal place of residence was still here in California.
Now these aren't wildly rich people, they need the proceeds from this sale to purchase their new residence.
Sometimes I read blog posts or hear people urging others to vote their pocketbook, but I don't have to look far to find a couple who will vote the way the way they feel is best for their country, the state, their town -- even if it's not in the best interest of their own pocketbooks.
These are people I'm delighted will be voting in the November elections, and I'm honored to know them as clients and friends.