Joe Riquelme: Son pays off parents' mortgage for Christmas, films their reaction, posts video

Posted at 8:38 PM, Dec 26, 2014
and last updated 2014-12-27 11:10:37-05

A successful app developer was able to give his parents a Christmas gift they won't soon forget: he paid off their mortgage.

The heartwarming gift presentation was captured on video and has been viewed more than 800,000 times on YouTube since it was posted by Joe Riquelme on Christmas Day.

In the video, Riquelme hands his parents a plain white envelope and they burst into tears once they read what's inside. The documents included a payoff statement from Bank of America in addition to a note that read, "Your house is paid off.  Merry Xmas. - Joe."

On the note, Riquelme also listed three things his parents had accomplished, with check marks next to each: raising kids, college loans and mortgage.

"Sometimes the best gifts come in the lamest packages. Merry Christmas everyone!" he wrote on Facebook.


Riquelme, who uses the handle Joey Trombone online, is the creator of Videoshop, a video-editing app for Apple iPhones and iPads.

Watch the heartwarming video below: