CASABLANCA MOROCCO — You think your last sales transaction was cursed…spend some time in the North Africa real estate and you’ll see Bryan Texas as a cake walk.
The Caliph’s House by Tahir Shaw accounts a real estate adventure. The London businessman grows tired of the rat-race and finds an ancient riad – mansion – in Casablanca. Aside from learning the nuances of the Islamic culture Shaw tries to renovate his palatial compound and meet the neighbors.
The storyline is similar to the book Under the Tuscan Sun by Frances Mayes. But this is much funnier with a focus on African and Islamic architecture. The vendors that Mr Shaw hires to refurbish his home bring unusual stories and experiences for the his family that remains camping out in one room of the compound.
The one room that the Shaw’s can’t enter remains a mystery…only to be secretly accessed by one of the inherited house keepers. Mr Shaw not only purchased the property but he also acquired the home’s original attendants and extended families. Assets or liabilities? The house keepers create sinister situations all in the name of guarding the mansion.
For REALTORS and home owners not traveling this winter, the Caliph’s House is a great way to see the world. In 349 pages, this is an easy read with no complicated plots. You will enjoy the quirky tales of real estate in Morocco. Share your own harrowing and hilarious experiences selling or buying homes below in the comments section…
Happy New Year,
Cindy Seaton, REALTOR