I just came back in the house and to my home office desk. The weather is gorgeous — clear blue sky and the garden just called for a quick walk through. Picked a few dahlias and stuff to put in a vase on my desk.
Yes, I know that owning a home is tremendous commitment. It’s hard, daggone it! Like many of you, we’re close to being upside down on our house. We bought right in the middle of the 2005 upswing of prices. Four plus years later, we’re back to where we started.
At least once a week I walk through the house and the yard and mutter about all of the remodeling that’s still undone. And bemoan the hundreds … make that thousands… of dollars we’ve spent on it thus far. With thousands yet to be spent.
Sometimes we make mistakes in our home choices. Sometimes we’ve spent too much or picked the wrong neighbors or painted the walls the wrong colors. Sometimes we just flat out can’t afford our choice due to circumstances beyond our own control. Sometimes we have to face up to those mistakes and start over.
Every seller I’ve helped sell that had to sell for one reason or another–not just because they wanted a bigger or better house but because financially the house just didn’t work for them–told me they couldn’t wait to buy another one.
Homeownership IS a tremendous responsibility. But the Buyers with whom I work constantly remind me just how important it is to have one’s own space. How badly they want it . It’s an American obsession this desire to own a home. To be able to walk about one’s own rooms or yard and look about.
There’s a certain peacefulness about owning a home. I’m hooked. The dahlias are calling.