It's a Granite Countertop, Stainless Steel World

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These used to be the upgraded items. The luxury features that we worked hard for, strive for... and sometimes refinanced our homes for. Now, every new construction home in the country seems to have these features as a standard and the 20-somethings complain if it's not a given in their very first home.granite and stainless

I STILL don't have granite counter tops and am just now getting a stainless gas range this weekend (thank you Labor Day sales). But who are these entitled buyers that stick their noses up to homes that, god forbid, have Corian counters, linoleum floors and cream appliances? We've become a society that must have the biggest, best and shiniest or we don't match up to our neighbors.

Homes built today are about 25% bigger than they were just 15 years ago. These homes have so much space you have to buy scads of new furniture just so you don't look like you're broke. We are burying ourselves in debt just to keep up only to discover everyone else is doing the exact same thing. So who are we really comparing ourselves to?

Does the fridge work? Stove turn on and heat food? Can you place a bowl on the counter? What's wrong with just living with and being happy with what we have? I may not live in the fanciest house on the block but I'm not buried in debt. I am saving for the little luxuries in life and paying in cash. We have a list on the fridge with goals for items we need, and of course there are a few "wants" in there. And that's ok... but not to the point that we are snubbing our noses at those that don't meet societies standard of home features.

Stop wanting it all right out of the gate and work for it. I did and still am. I'm sure many of you did and still are as well. Let's not get wrapped up in the stainless and granite lifestyle. If we all have it, no one is special anymore. What will it be next? Diamond topped counters and platinum appliances? I dread the inevitable.

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Tammy Emineth
Personal SEO - Website SEO and Real Estate Marketing - Marysville, WA
Content Marketer, SEO Teacher, Website Fixer

Very true. Sometimes it just doesn't work.. but to many, that doesn't seem to matter. HA

Aug 30, 2013 04:27 AM #4
Carol Fox
Allen Tate Company 704-905-3935 - Matthews, NC
Helping You Discover Charlotte's Best Small Towns

I blame HGTV for the notion that a house without stainless and granite is inferior.  No one worried much about countertops pre-HGTV.

Aug 30, 2013 05:12 AM #5
Beth Atalay
Cam Realty and Property Management - Clermont, FL
Cam Realty of Clermont FL

Tammy, you said it "why can't we be just happy with what we have". Some have to have everything that's popular/common or wanted/other want! I'm with you, what I have works for me.

Aug 30, 2013 05:15 AM #6
Steven Cook
No Longer Processing Mortgages. - Tacoma, WA

Tammy -- I think they may not have learned St Paul's lesson yet: "for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. 12 I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation," Phil 4:11-12.


Hope you and yours have a safe and enjoyable holiday weekend!

Aug 30, 2013 05:16 AM #7
Kenrick Gleckler
McBride Kelly & Associates Realty - Tampa, FL
Top-Notch Tampa Real Estate

Great topic Tammy! Sometimes people lose sight of the reality that buying a house is a milestone in itself. When you work for the upgrades and earn it it gives you a sense of accomplishment while also adding value to your home. Enjoy your new gas range this Labor Day weekend!

Aug 30, 2013 05:20 AM #8
Jay & Michelle Lieberman
Keller Williams World Class - Agoura Hills, CA
Creating Calm in the Buying and Selling Chaos

Tammy:  check out my recent post of the differences in Granite, Marble and quartz.  I am a huge quartz fan.  It is now all over my house.

Aug 30, 2013 05:56 AM #9
Anna Banana Kruchten CRB, CRS 602-380-4886
Phoenix Property Shoppe - Phoenix, AZ
Arizona's Top Banana!

Tammy I so agree!  What I find the most interesting are the 1st time buyers that barely have enough money to cover the down payment and closing costs - yet they want it all.  We always have what I call my coming to jesus talk about investing in the home and neighborhood and work on the house over the years.  Taking on huge debt to finance all that stuff is just not a good idea.  Save and pay cash for it I say. And BTW - granite is going to be on it's way out sooner than we think - then what?


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Aug 30, 2013 07:23 AM #10
Tammy Emineth
Personal SEO - Website SEO and Real Estate Marketing - Marysville, WA
Content Marketer, SEO Teacher, Website Fixer

Carol, I think you're right!
Beth, good deal!
Steven, AMEN!!
Kenrick, that's absolutely right!
Jay, awesome! Will do :)
Thanks Anna - love that saying!! :-D
Valerie, Gosh, no kidding!

Aug 30, 2013 08:58 AM #12
Lou Ludwig
Ludwig & Associates - Boca Raton, FL
Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC


I feel being comes before a lot of stuff.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

Aug 30, 2013 12:39 PM #13
Kate Elim
Dockside Realty - Spotsylvania, VA
Realtor 540-226-1964, Selling Homes & Land a

Hi Tammy...Anyone that gets caught up in wanting the "best" (whatever that may be at the moment) is never going to be happy because we live in a culture where there is always something newer and better (supposedly). We have while appliances with white shaker cabinets and natural cherry floors and to me our kitchen is timeless yet we have had it for 19 years now.

No matter how little some people are paying they expect top of the line s/s appliances, hardwood floors, walk in closets, two or three-car garages, etc., etc., etc. 


Aug 30, 2013 02:05 PM #14
Janis Borgueta
Key Properties of the Hudson Valley - Newburgh, NY
LIC RE Salesperson

Yes, I see buyers wanting everything in tip top condition and all the upgrades already included

Aug 30, 2013 03:35 PM #15
Kathy Sheehan
Bay Equity, LLC 770-634-4021 - Atlanta, GA
Senior Loan Officer

I think sometime ago that these items became the standard rather than an upgrade.  I did hear that white is making a comeback again.

Aug 30, 2013 11:20 PM #16
Bette Gottwald
UNITED REAL ESTATE | Central PA - Mechanicsburg, PA
"Bet"on Central PA Real Estate!

Tammy, For decades the media has been trying to convince us that we'll be happy with more -- bigger houses, bigger cars, more diamonds, more gadgets, designer this and designer that. More toys. We all seem to want the biggest and best (and most) of everything.  Have an enjoyable Labor Day weekend!

Aug 31, 2013 08:00 AM #17
Maria Morton
Chartwell Kansas City Realty - Kansas City, MO
Kansas City Real Estate 816-560-3758

I was just thinking the other day that human kind has so many luxuries now that did not even exist 100 years ago. My Dad, for instance, did not grow up with indoor plumbing. They lived on a farm and had a well by the barn, a hand pump out back about 20 feet from the porch, and an outhouse off to the right as you came out the back door. I am thankful everyday that I have indoor, heated, running water. 

Sep 02, 2013 03:31 AM #18
Liz Lockhart
Riverbend Realty, Cape Girardeau, MO - Cape Girardeau, MO
GRI, Cape Girardeau Real Estate

I know you wrote this a little early, but I think it is a GREAT Labor Day message!

Sep 02, 2013 02:46 PM #19
Debbie Reynolds
Platinum Properties - Clarksville, TN
Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent

Tammy, Our low end priced homes also are having these features and buyers turn their noses up if they don't have them even at the entry level.

Sep 02, 2013 10:52 PM #20
Liz and Bill Spear
RE/MAX Elite 513.520.5305 - Mason, OH
RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton)

Tammy, We see this routinely.  Or buyers turning up their noses because the counter and island aren't done in the same high end material.  For my mom's birthday I gave her enough cash to replace her kitchen counters (just "regular" laminate, nothing fancy) and she couldn't be happier!  Like you said, we've let functionality become meaningless and make it all about aesthetics.

Sep 03, 2013 04:32 AM #21
John Meussner
Mason-McDuffie Mortgage, Conventional Loans, Jumbo Loans, FHA, 203(k), USDA, VA, - Walnut Creek, CA
#MortgageMadeEasy Walnut Creek, CA 484-680-4852

Great post, Tammy - those kind of excesses contribute to many problems for people.  Although you hit on a sensitive spot for me - I like to go crazy in the kitchen so a grill top stove and counters with no temperature limitations are important.  Always a good idea to go with functionality and 'needs' over 'wants' and whatever the neighbor just got.

Sep 03, 2013 08:46 AM #22
Lottie Kendall
Compass - San Francisco, CA
Helping make your real estate dreams a reality

Your post surely resonated with me, Tammy. A lot of satisfaction is derived from waiting, saving, and slowly making changes. And much peace of mind can be derived from not having consumer debt!

Sep 04, 2013 01:09 PM #23
Kathy Schowe
California Lifestyle Realty - La Quinta, CA
La Quinta, California 760-333-8886

We all have our "must haves" ... what might be a luxury to some could be a must have for others.  We cut corners in the bedroom, and spend our money on the kitchen!   You were just featured in my latest blog... thank you for all your great blogs and incredible info!  Kathy

Sep 11, 2013 10:08 AM #24
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