Culfidant, and Culfidant Community
Culfidant is a new word created by combining “Cultural” and “Confidant“. It summarizes our belief that in the current interconnected world, people from different cultural backgrounds can become true friends via common decencies, genuine care and mutual trust.
Culfidant community is the first project to manifest our ideal into reality. It connects decent landlords and tenants to “share homes” instead of just “rent places”.
Traditionally, typical “landlords” and “renters” are from two opposite, sometimes even confrontational cultures. The landlord culture is portrayed by the fear of the destructive tenants who would destroy and trash the rentals. On the contrary, the typical tenant culture is filled with tales of “slum landlords “who are cold, greedy, care nothing but money.
Looking around, horrified rental stories thrown around by the media seemingly have attested the “impossibility” of any chance for landlords and tenants to share homes happily, to be decent and to care each other, let alone to be true confidants. Fortunately, our own less-common yet aspiring experience led us find out how to make “impossible” happen naturally.
In 2005, a few engineers founded Flying Stone Canada Ltd – a residential real estate investing and rental company. After many failures and setbacks, we have learned bit by bit t that the only meaningful way to thrive in this business, is to connect with others naturally via decency, care and trust – Instead of simply “renting out a place”, we need to “share homes” happily.
It started with tiny improvements first. Instead of turning a blind eye to the “dirty corners” around the house, we started to clean it up as if we are getting “our home” ready for the friends whom, we haven’t seen for a long time; Instead of dragging our feet on maintenance issues, our well-trained maintenance staff is on it right after a repair-request is received; Instead of putting money into advertising and marketing, we devote the funding into 7 free-rent giveaways every year to appreciate our long-term residents…
Slowly but surely, the tenants are reacting spontaneously. Instead of little care toward the place they rent, they fix small issues around the house, just like they are staying at and caring for a dear friend’s home. Instead of staying 1 year then leave, more and more chose to enjoy their homes year after year; Instead of leaving low-rating and harsh reviews, they refer us to their friends whole-heartedly…
Simply through word-of-mouth, more and more landlords and tenants joined us to follow the culfidant philosophy of “sharing homes” instead of “renting places “. The so-called “culfidant community” was created in order to help members bonded together with decency, care and trust by following the community best practice/guidelines, while enjoying the fruits of the strong and unique relationship between tenants and landlords that is hardly found anywhere else.
In the midst of our grueling, exhausting, and sometimes terrifying rental experience, we were luckily enough to stumble upon the power of shared decency, care and trust – our business is thriving in a seemingly effortless way, we have been blessed by the natural beauty of the “unlikely” connection between the landlords and tenants, and we have personally witnessed the wonder of the “culfidant community” where members share and care the most cherished places of all human beings – our homes.
Now it is about time to share this treasure with the world…
If you are a tenant who wants the home instead of a rental, click here to find out how you may truly thrive in our community.
If you are a landlord who believe in decency, click here to find out how to “share homes”, instead of just “rent places”.
And yes, together, we can make impossible happen naturally, one home at a time!