What makes a house a home - Miami Shores, Florida

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"What makes a house a home" is the all time favorite question of a Realtor.  We're in theoak_tree.jpg business of selling houses, houses that will become homes to many.   When selling a house, we always recommend to our sellers that it is best to show it as a house, not a home so that a buyer may be more prone to feeling a possible attachment.  When working with buyers, we always try for them to look beyond someone else's "home" to be able to picture themselves there.   CONFUSED YET??

The bottom line is that buying a home or selling a home can be very emotional.  Emotional because of memories that are associated with home.  Is home a place?  Can home be a house? or is home something you make of it?  In my opinion, it is all of the above.

Although the material association of a home can be irrelevant to many, there are feelings associated to certain places.  I will give you the perfect example.

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Rainmaker
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Cyndee Haydon
Charles Rutenberg Realty - Clearwater, FL
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Ines, what a great post - tried to leave you a comment on miamism but it had "fatal error" - I just posted on this topic too - glad I didn't read yours first - I'd have thought twice - just cite yours :-) 

P.S. Log the new look of Miamism

May 24, 2007 06:37 PM #1
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Lisa Hill
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Ines, I agree. It's all of the above. I love my house and can't imagine living anywhere else. But then, I couldn't live anywhere without my family too. It has to be the right fit :)
May 24, 2007 06:50 PM #2
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Danny Smith
DISCOVER TEXAS HOMES - Round Rock, TX
Ines, thanks fot eh article! As a realtor my pleasure comes form helping soo many people find their Homes.
May 24, 2007 08:04 PM #3
Rainmaker
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Cyndee - I will look into it, thanks - I'm off to read the other entries.

Lisa - what's funny with me is that I have no attachments to these homes and can move every year - it's those feelings that were awakened that I did not expect.

Danny - and you can tell that from your blog.

May 25, 2007 12:22 AM #4
Rainmaker
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Maggie Dokic | Miami, FL | 305.81.HOUSE (46873)
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Ines, I loved reading about your home and the memories that flooded when you returned.  I left a message on your very cool new blogsite!
May 25, 2007 12:47 AM #5
Rainmaker
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Thank you Maggie!  you are the bomb!
May 25, 2007 01:20 AM #6
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Susie Roscoe
Signature Realty Associates - Brandon, FL
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All I can say is WOW!!  I can totally relate to the attachment of "Where you had your 1st 2 children, WHERE you sat and held your newborns, enjoying the trees in the yard and all the happiness lived and shared in that home when you were there!"  I lived in my very first house for 10 years---and was beyond excited when we started building our next house.  I had a toddler who wasn't walking we made the decision to MOVE ON UP!  As I packed away our lives, it was all cool---once the appraiser showed up and the home inspector reported on the inperfections...it all started to sink in.  I was actually disappointed to learn (post closing) that it was purchsed by investors and another family wouldn't live THERE to share the same kind of memories.  ***I had hand-written a full page of "Memories, Wishes and FYI's" regarding the house that I thought would be shared with the new homeowners...and cried the entire way through it!  IRONICALLY...we're in the neighborhood often because some of our great-est neighbors still live right nextdoor!  It doesn't look the same on the outside...but the memories are definitely still there!!  :-)
May 25, 2007 01:37 AM #7
Rainmaker
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Susie - I would always drive by the house, but going inside was a totally different experience.  Btw, what we are sharing here is key to understanding our customers.  We are in the business of helping people buy and sell homes and it gets to a point that we forget about those "emotional attachments".  By remembering those experiences we can give much better service to our customers.
May 25, 2007 02:32 AM #8
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Celeste "SALLY" Cheeseman
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That was touching!  I am one who understands the emotions as well. I always tell buyer's (especially when they start to get discouraged) that they will know when they walk into that special home...they'll feel it. I believe that the emotions do come first...and we need to understand those feelings to help them through this difficult time.  WooHoo for this one!

May 25, 2007 04:16 AM #9
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Ines.....  I loved it when you said blah, blah, blah.  I agree, emotions is what makes it a home and that I dislike people when they say that you are making the worst decisions based on your emotions.

In any case, I enjoyed reading about your memories. Thanks for sharing these. 
 
And on another note, I love your new blog page. Miamism.... very creative. Looking forward to those cards.
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May 25, 2007 04:20 AM #10
Rainmaker
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Sally - Emotions are there, it's what makes us human, to ignore them is to get yourself into trouble.

Jeff - thanks for visiting my pretty blog - it's a work in process

May 25, 2007 04:43 AM #11
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Ann Cummings
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Hey Ines - very nicely done - love this post.  And I love the look on your new blog - very, how shall we say, "Miami"!  ;-)

Thanks for sharing those memories - I could picture everything you wrote as I was reading it.

Ann

May 25, 2007 07:16 AM #12
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George Souto
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Ines, well said.  It is hard to keep the emotions out of buying a house/home, but I think that is good in many ways.  For me when I bought my house I had to feel like I belonged there first before I considered buying it.
May 25, 2007 09:34 AM #13
Rainmaker
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Ann - I'm so glad you find my "miami" blog very "miami" - I guess I'm doing it right, huh? - those memories can be powerful, that's a fact.

George - We just sold a house for our old neighbors here in Miami Shores because they relocated to another state.  I could really feel their sadness when they were leaving, it was a really tough transaction and they still tell me they miss it.  You can make anywhere a home, but it helps to have the right feelings going in.

May 25, 2007 01:11 PM #14
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Hey There!  Just thought I'd pop by and wish you both a great weekend!  Aloha in your real home!
May 25, 2007 04:55 PM #15
Rainmaker
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Sally - you are so sweet!  thanks for the original good wishes.  It's like having 2 homes though and our vacation feels so much more relaxing!
May 25, 2007 05:07 PM #16
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Christopher Currins
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A house is not a home without an occupant, but that can be deceiving, especially if you live in an area like i do that has many historic " haunted " houses, but that's another blog.
May 31, 2007 06:17 PM #17
Rainmaker
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Christopher, I would love to hear about those Haunted Houses....what a great blog - let me know when it's up.
Jun 01, 2007 12:16 AM #18
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