Debe Maxwell has challenged the Active Rain community to explain what home-ownership looks like to us. What a great question. For those of us who work with homes everyday, it could be easy to loose sight of what home-ownership actually means. We probably take it for granted because it's a common piece of our world, but just like our buyers and sellers, we do have our own views on home-ownership.
For me, it's peace. When I leave the business world each day and enter my home, it gives me a sense of peace. When that front door closes behind me, I'm at home. It's truly my castle and I can choose who to let in and who to keep out. It is a safe place with people I love and animals spread all around.
Home-ownership is my happy place. It is where I create, learn, share, play and rest. My home has a gym, so it's where I exercise and take care of my health. I do that other places, but at home, I'm focused on my health. It is where I make things, repair things and improve things. My tool room is my crazy professor lab where I am constantly creating and improving on things I already have.
It is where I read, relax and reward myself for working hard. It is where I entertain my family and friends. It is the one place where I can be completely left alone, surrounded by many or huddled with my wife and pets. It is my choice.
Lastly, it is a piggy bank of sorts. It is an investment that I can pull resources from, or I can leave them put. It is an investment that typically improves in value and I can add to that by doing things that increase its value. Unlike many investments, I can have a say in how much it increases or decreases based on how I relate to it. Overall, home-ownership is a right for all who will take the opportunity.