Many of us have our own version of the American Dream. To some it's financial, to others it's career and still others it's simply success. To me Homeowner-ship is the true American Dream.
I was born and raised in Detroit, Michigan at a time when this city was the envy of the world. There was no luckier person in the world than me and being raise in a family in which home-ownership was our only option it was assured that I would be a homeowner as soon as financially feasible. I tried buying my first home shortly after getting out of the Army but that one fell through. Shortly after getting married I was able to complete this lifelong dream. Home-ownership full-fills me as inviting people to break bread in a home that is my own feels incredible. I wouldn't care if my home was a tent or trailer just as long as it were my own. My children feel this pride as well knowing that they are inviting their friends to a home they can call their own. Now that both of our daughters are married and on their own they bought their own homes as soon as they could.
It is said that a homeowner's children do better in school and their financial future exceeds their peers. A home is not a status symbol to me, it's simply a minimum requirement of life. I wish everyone had the opportunity to own their own home. We know that there are many people that will never have this opportunity and this is heartbreaking.
How about you? What is your version of the American Dream?
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