Purchasing a house is a complicated process, and buyers are often surprised to find themselves dredging up personal information for credits checks and other procedural headaches.
It all comes with the territory, but one such request came completely out of the blue for Minneapolis writer and marketing consultant Kate-Madonna Hindes, who took to Twitter to document her rather bizarre experience purchasing a home.
According to a tweet now going viral, Hindes's "mortgage dude" asked her to explain in a letter why her fiancé Eric was not paying rent in their current home. Her response is one for the ages:
"Despite not paying rent," she explains in her letter, "Eric does my many dishes from cooking, turns the thermostat ENTIRELY TOO LOW and brings joy into our home with his many witty quips and basketball knowledge."
She goes on to list "five things you should know about Eric not paying rent." They include the fact that he's "super handsome," which would apparently make charging him rent "entirely unfair."
He also "puts up with my humor, which is basically rent, in itself," writes Hindes.
Another reason? "I am perfectly capable as a 39-year-old business owner of paying my own bills. That's exactly what our grandmothers marched for. It sounds weird, but we're even allowed to have banking accounts now."
Hindes tops it all off with a touch of cheeky empathy for the folks on the receiving end of her letter. She closes it off by saying, "with deep respect to the awful job of having to look at numbers every day, all day."
The post has received over 1,000 likes and nearly 100 retweets and quote tweets as of this writing.
Hindes runs marketing service Girl Meets Geek, which helps businesses "transform their marketing copy to elevate awareness and create emotional connections."
She's worked with such companies as Petco, American Express, Miracle-Ear and U.S. Bank, and has extensive experience in journalism.