When Your Home Becomes This House

Real Estate Agent with Cherimie Crane & Associates

At first, a tabula rasa of plans and creativity can often morph into less of an adventure and more of a burden. Obvious catalysts such as divorce, job relocation, and financial upheaval take their place as the usual suspects; yet, lesser known but equally powerful are the smaller complications that often chip away at the wall of fondness towards the walls of home.

A residence becomes many things over the course of ownership. It ebbs and flows between new project, old repairs, new replacements, and old cares.

Tides of change can wrinkle the face of a neighborhood that was once bursting with training wheels and jungle gyms. A home that echoed pitter patter of tiny toes now sees no ghosts or goblins roaming on Halloween.

That quiet community where retirees enjoyed front porch conversations and back porch naps, has welcomed a new elementary school just a short (but lively, giggly, and oh so energetic) wagon pull away.

Mother Nature can rearrange neighborhood amenities as if she were moving chess pieces in a solitary match.

Change is inevitable. There comes a point when the pride in ownership turns ever so slightly into product placement. An owner removes themselves from the home without packing one suitcase, without removing one frame.

My home has now become "this house."

He or she (or both) now wishes to sell this house, show this house, close the chapter that is "this house" and move towards the making of another "home".

I see it every single day.

The economy may dictate much of our emotions, plans, and perspectives; but our homes dictate just as much.

When you notice your are no longer describing "my home", find a good Realtor who will understand your need to sell "this house".


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Paula McDonald ~ GRI
Beam & Branch Realty - Granbury, TX
Granbury, TX 936-203-0279

I like this post so much.  Thanks for the vivid descriptives - I could picture it all in my mind through your words.

Nov 10, 2012 11:08 AM #1
Colleen Fischesser Northwest Property Shop
RE/MAX Advantage | Managing Broker - Chelan, WA
A Tradition of Trust in the Pacific NW since 1990!

Indeed...our wants and needs are influenced by the passing of time. Personally, I think it's a blessing for an owner to reach the point of detachment. It makes my heart ache to see those who are not ready to let go, be forced into it due to personal or financial circumstances.


Nov 10, 2012 11:45 AM #2
Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
Realtor® • Green • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA

Your style of writing is so beautiful whatever you write:)

I agree with you, some houses are just abandoned and unwanted by owners there, why they just leave them like that?....you'll never know.

I like how Colleen expressed it ' reaching a point of detachment'.....

Nov 10, 2012 04:35 PM #3
Wayne and Jean Marie Zuhl
Samsel & Associates - Clark, NJ
The Last Names You'll Ever Need in Real Estate

Good morning Cherimie - you're so right. People never sell their "home." It's always "this house" that they want to sell!

Nov 10, 2012 08:27 PM #4
Liz Wallace
Century 21 Sherlock Homes - Rockville Centre, NY
Broker C21 Sherlock Homes, Rockville Centre, LI, N

being detached from your home or house makes selling it so much easier.  It's so tough when a client cannot or will not let the home emotionally go.

Nov 11, 2012 03:10 AM #5
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