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Your House is NOT Your Life!

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Real Estate Broker/Owner with KTHOMES, LLC 100002367

This may sound strange coming from a realtor whose living is made by assisting buyers and sellers with their real estate needs, but I was reminded today while showing houses to my buyer that, "Your house is NOT YOUR LIFE!"  Perhaps there are more things of greater value that we need to spend our money on other than the biggest and nicest house we can find.  Like family outings, our charities or churches, vacations for two for you and your significant other, parents as they grow older......and the list goes on and on.  I think that one positive "thing", for lack of a better word, that is emerging out of this housing/financial crisis, is that it has forced us to think of what is really important in our lives. Is purchasing a house really the "American Dream"?  Or is the "American Dream" something else all together?  I think we all need to take a step back, myself included, to think about what our priorities are in this all too short of a life.

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Sharon Stevens & Dwight Cole

Hear Hear!  I think sometimes we put too much social status and our own personal sense of self-worth into our houses!

Apr 24, 2010 02:06 PM
Jay Lloyd
Cape Coral Florida - Cape Coral, FL
Allpro Home Inspection

Karen, this is one of the most insightful articles I've read in a long time. The American Dream has gone off course in the last few years.

Apr 24, 2010 02:07 PM
Sara Woolford & Steve Golson, ALHS
iTexas Realty Co. - San Antonio, TX

Hi Karen-

This is a popular viewpoint here in Texas.  It's part of our tradition.  Thanks for writing about an often unrealized viewpoint.

--Sara in San Antonio

Apr 24, 2010 02:33 PM
Lottie Kendall
Compass - San Francisco, CA
Helping make your real estate dreams a reality

Hi Karen -- very true. Once our basic housing needs are met, we need to think about putting value in our lives--probably not with more stuff, and certainly not to impress others.

Apr 24, 2010 03:35 PM
Anonymous
Jeff Arellanes

It's the people we meet and the relationships we create.  Karen I cannot agree more, the saying "Home is where the heart is" has a very deep meaning that deals with more than bricks and mortar.  Our goal as Realtors is to be part of the journey and much less part of the investment.  Your outlook is what makes you an awesome Realtor but most of all a great friend.

Apr 24, 2010 04:58 PM
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