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Ever since I was a boy growing up in Pennsylvania I dreamed owning a home that would be my castle.  My parents and grandparents all had a very strong ethic for home ownership which they also associated with financial security.

I loved my boyhood home and did not want my parents to ever sell it.  My parents saved their money during World War II.  They bought land in the suburbs of Philadelphia, bought and modified a Better Homes and Gardens home plan, hired contractors and trades people and my father did some of the trim and finishing himself.

When I got my first job after college I was already planing ot buy a home as soon as possible.  I did not like living in a garden apartment.  I got my opportunity after a Sears move to White Plains NY.  I spent considerable time with agents in three areas within communting distance to White Plains.  I really liked a single home in Connecticut but is was far from civilization and I was still single.  I bought a luxury three year old condo very close to my work.   Subsequently, I got marred and we had our first daughter.  Now the luxury condo did not fit the new lifestyle so we traded up to a new development of luxury town homes.  We loved our home and I finished the basement just in time for our second daughter.

Well now that townhome was too small.  Time to get that four bedroom colonial we dreamed about. We were lucky to locate a group of lots in a cul du sac that was being spot built by a local contractor.  It is located in one of the most prestigious towns in Westchester with a top school system.  We felt lucky to land that.  It has been our home for 30 years and our children grew up and went to school there.  We still love the house.

Here it is.  Front and Deck in Back

Our dream has also been to own a second vacation home and in 2017 we purchased a newly built home in Port St. Lucie, Florida.  We are truly at home in both houses.  Here is our Florida house; the front and the back yard on the lake.

What has home ownership meant to us?  Happiness, comfort, security, and pride of ownership.  And the good news is that we have set the example for our children who are building their homes.  This is our entry for Debe Maxwell, CRS contest, Homeownership - An Active Rain Challenge.



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James Dray
Fathom Realty - Bentonville, AR
Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results

Morning Grant.

I know, I have never lived in a home for over 15 years.  Just haven't found that "forever" one, yet.

Jun 27, 2019 02:12 AM #3
Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

Hi Grant... loved reading about your personal home ownership "journey." I've never lived in one home or even city for 30 consecutive years. 

Jun 27, 2019 04:37 AM #4
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Kathy - thank you, we are enjoying them.

Jeff - thank you so much. I was really apleasure meeting you too.

James - my father's parents moved every five years, couldn't stay put.

Nina - when I started with Sears I didn't think I would be in one place that long.

Jun 27, 2019 08:22 AM #5
Norma J. Elkins
Elite Realty Group - Morristown, TN
Realtor - Elkins Home Selling Team

What an awesome story.  I too would love to eventually get a vacation home in FL.  We are working toward it every day.  Thanks for sharing!

Jun 27, 2019 09:18 AM #6
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Thanks, Grant, for sharing some of your personal experience with home ownership.

Jun 27, 2019 09:29 AM #7
June Piper-Brandon
Long & Foster Hampden - Baltimore, MD
Piecing Dreams One Home at a Time

When I was growing up I couldn't wait to leave home.  The biggest export from my home area was people, there were no jobs and no real jobs for anyone with ambition.  I moved away, travelled the world and like everyone else that left we all spend the rest of our lives trying to find a way to make it back home.  The older I get the more I miss my childhood home.  The old house is still there and isn't what it was, it's been added on to and my Dad is sure to be rolling over in his grave at how they are keeping the yard.  Thanks for the reminder. 

Jun 27, 2019 10:09 AM #8
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


What a lovely and enjoyable read on your home ownership retrospective.  Love your lake view in your Florida home.  A

Jun 27, 2019 11:07 AM #9
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Grant Schneider - The dream started with your parents, resonated with you and now your children. What a wonderful testimony to this dream of home ownership. Thanks for sharing your story. 

Jun 27, 2019 11:52 AM #10
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Norma - - that would be a good choice and no as far from you.

Roy - my pleasure to share.

June - our childhood home is not the same either.  I took a look recently.

Ron and Alexandra - we too love waking up to that water view.

Sheri - loved sharing.  We love home ownership.

Jun 28, 2019 06:11 AM #11
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Good Friday morning, Grant.

Have a great day and a very special weekend.

Jun 28, 2019 06:53 AM #12
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello Grant,  Great to know your story of home ownership.  Both homes look great and keepers!


Jun 28, 2019 07:51 AM #13
Anita Clark
ColdwellBanker SSK Realtors ~ 478.960.8055 - Warner Robins, GA
Realtor - Homes for Sale in Warner Robins GA

Grant: I really enjoyed your story and sensed the heartfelt love you have for both your homes.

Jun 28, 2019 02:27 PM #14
Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods

Love your story, Grant and I have to say that we have so many parallels in life - my parents taught me the value of homeownership. I listened, followed suit and taught my boys the same thing. It's a lifestyle that I would never want to change.

Thank you so much for sharing this in June's challenge, Grant! I love your pictures and can't wait to have a lake view like that...one day soon, I hope!

Jun 28, 2019 08:16 PM #15
Lottie Kendall
Compass - San Francisco, CA
Helping make your real estate dreams a reality

Helllo Grant - great story about home ownership. Your story is oft repeated; buying first a small home, then expanding, next the larger home and finally the vacation property. 

Jun 28, 2019 09:26 PM #16
Maria Gilda Racelis
Home Buyers Realty, LLC-Manchester, Bolton. Vernon,Ellington - Manchester, CT
Home Ownership is w/in Reach. We Make it Happen!

Good Morning Grant,

I felt warm in my heart as I read through your homeownership story. Such a lovely read, I must say.

Jun 29, 2019 04:07 AM #17
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Roy - thank you.  I hope you have a fun weekend.

Will - thank you for that.  We love them.

Anita - yes we do have that love.

Debe -  that is a wonderful feeling and memories of growing in a wonderful home get passed on.

Lottie - yes, it makes sense and is a great investment strategy.

Maria - thank you so much.  I appreciate that.

Jun 29, 2019 04:39 AM #18
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

Sounds like the perfect progression of home ownership to me! Your homes are both beautiful!

Jun 29, 2019 09:37 AM #19
Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®
Vision Quest Realty - Lewisburg, WV
Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate

After reading this post, I find that I should write about my homes. Enjoyed the read on your home ownership.

Jun 30, 2019 07:40 PM #20
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Sharon - thank you very much.

Rebecca - Look forward to reading yours

Jul 01, 2019 05:56 AM #21
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Grant, love your story, and how you moved up into your Westchester home.  Love your Florida home too.

Jul 01, 2019 12:36 PM #22
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