Home Ownership, My Story

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Services for Real Estate Pros with Referral Group Incorporated

I love my current home and made it from a house I bought about eight years ago. You see in my view, a home is something you make and a house is just a place where you live. I believe you can make a home in a tiny space and enormous properties aren't necessarily homes, but can be. You see for me, a home is a safe and familiar place where comfort matters and safety is real.

My grandparents came to America from Latvia, which was then a part of Russia. While both my parents were born in this country their sibling made the trip with their parents and understood the freedom and opportunities that would be available to them here. 

My maternal grandmother died in her early forties and my Mother was the youngest in her family. I remember my grandfather and I remember the call from an aunt to my Mom when my grandfather died. I was three. My parents owned a hardware store and we lived in the back. Believe it or not I remember my crib and I remember when we were robbed. Shortly thereafter my parents bought their first home: a row-home in a suburban area of Philadelphia. It was the only home I ever knew and I loved the neighborhood.

When I went to junior high I had a ceramics teacher who was also the adviser of a youth group I belonged to. After a performance of some sort that my parents attended, my Mother recognized my teachers wife from her childhood. Apparently this woman had lived in my grandparents home with her Mother and Grandmother. They leased a couple of rooms. Talk about a small world. My Grandfather had owned a home too.

When years later I found myself in school in northern Wisconsin I met kids whose parents owned single family homes. I thought they must be rich because I had never seen a free standing home. They weren't rich, they just came from a different area where there were no row-homes. That's when I learned that all real estate is local.

My first property was an investment. I rented an apartment while owning a multi family home I couldn't afford to live in. I finally bought a townhome, yes I guess a throw back to my parents place, where I felt I had arrived. It was special and I knew I was safe and secure. 

Home ownership for me is about freedom, freedom to do as you like in a space that is yours. Is it an achievement? I think so.

 

 

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Sheila Anderson

The Real Estate Whisperer...... Consultant, Trainer, Facilitator 732-715-1133

 

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Gary Thomas
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Sheila, I love your story!

Gary

Jun 06, 2019 06:44 AM #76
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Sheila Anderson
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The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Yes Richie. I did. TY     Sheila

Jun 06, 2019 06:56 AM #77
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Sheila Anderson
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Thank you Gary.     Sheila

Jun 06, 2019 06:56 AM #78
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Mike Frazier
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Sheila great post! We are so blessed to live in this country. Last couple of days D Day has been remembered and for a great reason. We are blessed because others blessed us.

Jun 06, 2019 09:05 AM #79
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Sheila Anderson
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Thank you Mike.        Sheila

Jun 06, 2019 09:16 AM #80
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Susan McCall, Independent Listing and Buyer Agent
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Thanks for sharing your story and your thoughts and memories.  Really enjoyed learning more about you.

Jun 06, 2019 01:00 PM #81
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Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Thank you Susan.        Sheila

Jun 06, 2019 01:03 PM #82
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Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
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What a great story Sheila Anderson , thank you for sharing

Jun 07, 2019 05:38 AM #83
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Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Thanks very much Scott.      Sheila

Jun 07, 2019 06:24 AM #84
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Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543
Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400 - Devon, PA
Tredyffrin Easttown Realtor, Philly Main Line

Loved getting this view of your life and love your photo too. I like the point about a home and a house. We make a home and it is so important.

Jun 07, 2019 09:19 AM #85
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Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
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Thanks very much Nick.      Sheila

Jun 07, 2019 09:21 AM #86
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Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Thanks very much Patricia. I don't think of features anymore, they don't come my way. This was a surprise.      Sheila

Jun 08, 2019 04:22 AM #88
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Jan Green
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

Love reading your story Sheila. Your story includes your grandparents coming from another country, which a lot of us can't relate to.  That makes it even more personal and homeownership more endearing.  Thanks for sharing!

Jun 08, 2019 10:33 AM #89
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Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Thank you so much Jan. Always good to see you.       Sheila

Jun 08, 2019 10:35 AM #90
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Ricardo Mello
Manhattan Miami Real Estate - Manhattan, NY
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Great story Sheila!

Jun 08, 2019 01:20 PM #91
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Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

TY Richardo.       Sheila

Jun 08, 2019 01:22 PM #92
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Claude Labbe
Real Living | At Home - Washington, DC
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You've surely seem both sides of this story too.

I've seen people raise their family in a "house", and it was always temporary. They were so eager to be out of it when I sold it for them a few years ago.  Clearly, it was never home to them.

I've also seen people move into a rental and it became "home" for them.  I became landlord to a woman who conveyed as a tenant.  She'd been a tenant for 51 years and was hoping I wasn't going to be gouging her with a higher rent she couldn't afford.  We both laughed when we both acknowledged she'd been in her home longer than I'd been living; surely I couldn't change that.

As for you, do you find that neighbors also help you anchor to 'home'?

Jun 09, 2019 08:41 PM #93
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Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Hello Claude. I have been fortunate but mostly the neighbors are just acquaintances. I love the story of your tenant. TY      Sheila

Jun 10, 2019 04:39 AM #94
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Mary Hutchison, SRES, ABR
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Thanks for shaing the story. I have yet to contribute to this challenge but I will!  The word home has a different meaning from house.  I would like to have a couple of rental properties in case my kids need them!

Jun 12, 2019 09:49 AM #95
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Sheila Anderson
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The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Hi Mary. Been there and done that. Good luck and thank you.        Sheila

Jun 12, 2019 09:57 AM #96
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