From my soapbox - It's Alive!

Real Estate Agent with Windermere Peninsula Properties

With Halloween only a week away, you may think I'm referring to Frankenstein rising from the dead. But no, I'm talking about the American Dream. The Dream of owning your own home. It's a concept that needs a jolt of reality to bring it back from the dead. The American Dream of owning your own home is very real, and still very possible with a shocking bit of realty. You doubt my wisdom? I recite the condensed version  of the idiom - "you get what you need, not what you want". Wise men have told us this down through the ages. Do we listen? No. It's a hard concept for us to accept. We're led to believe that we should dream bigger and bigger, and somehow that it is better. I think it's time to question our values and wants. Remember even the Stones got it........the song, "Satisfaction".

In today's world and economic condition we are now experiencing, each of us needs to let go of our negative thoughts of never having enough to enable us to enjoy what we do have and what we can achieve. Yes, we all seem to want the newest, the biggest, the best, the fanciest, the best location, and on and on..Let's get real. That 5000 square foot log home on the lake with a fantastic view of the mountains is a dream I'm probably not going to get unless I win the lottery. Oh, and don't forget the sports cars in the 8 car garage. And I mean a really big dollar lottery. Should I count on that? Probably not. To achieve a goal, I must have a realistic dream for me. One I can visualize accomplishing - even if with baby steps. What's a realistic dream for you?

My point is, there are options out there for everyone of us. You need to dream realistically, set your goals, and go for it. If a brand new home with all the frills doesn't fit within your budget, there's always HGTV. Watching the make-over shows will give you a wealth of ideas. No kidding - I've seen some great improvements accomplished for not a lot of money. I realize that not everyone is a 'do it yourselfer' - in that case, prioritize and have a plan of what you can live with now, and what you want to improve on next. Hire somebody. It's pretty amazing what a coat of paint can do. Just by changing the color of a room, you can enlarge it, make it smaller, personalize it to fit your style. You can apply this to purchasing a new home that maybe is not exactly what you were hoping for, but has potential. Maybe you have decided that trying to sell your home right now in order to buy isn't going to work in this market and it would be better to wait. You can still make your current home more to your liking without breaking the bank. Be willing to commit to a realistic goal and go for it. I don't think you will be sorry you did. All in all, the American Dream is still alive.

Climbing off my soapbox for now...Jackie Bush-Turner

Look forward to your comments.







Comments (10)

Lou Ludwig
Ludwig & Associates - Boca Raton, FL
Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC

Hi Jackie

The American Dream is alive and well today, people will have to work harder to achieve the dream but it there for all of us.

Good Luck and success

Lou Ludwig

Oct 23, 2008 01:45 PM
Randall Schrader
Competitive Insurance of Dundee - Dundee, FL

I think you are right.  We are through the tough patch, now it's time to exploit opportunity!!

Oct 23, 2008 01:57 PM
Dinah Lee Griffey
Windermere Peninsula Properties - Allyn, WA
Managing Broker Windermere Peninsula Properties

That was a great blog Jackie and well worth waiting for, but don't climb off your soapbox just yet... We need more! Thank you for sharing, and being so inspirational-Dinah

Oct 23, 2008 02:10 PM
Richard R. Bell
Richard Bell - Windermere Peninsula Properties - Belfair, WA
Broker-Manager, Allyn - Belfair Washington State Realtor

Welcome to AR Blogging Jackie. I look forward to future bloggs from you. I know you have much wisdom to share. Your message is very timely and positive. Thank you for the thoughts.

Oct 23, 2008 03:28 PM
Jackie Bush-Turner
Windermere Peninsula Properties - Allyn, WA
LakeLand Village Residential & Condo Specialist

Your comments are much appreciated. Thanks for the encouragement, and I do plan to jump back up on my soapbox soon. This is a great way to share ideas.

Oct 23, 2008 07:27 PM
Valerie Spaulding
Windermere Peninsula Properties~Allyn~Belfair~WA - Belfair, WA
Allyn-Belfair-Hood Canal-Local Expertise!

Jackie, Jackie, Jackie -You are so right - the American Dream too I think is what YOU want your dream to be!  People try so hard to keep up with the "Jones"  and that's not the American dream. The American Dream is out there just waiting, but everyone's dream is different and you can reach YOUR dream but don't try to live other's dreams... I am ecstatic to read your blog and I know you are going to love this and really get into it. Now get back on that soapbox and tell us more!  

Oct 24, 2008 12:33 AM
Sasha Miletic - Windsor Real Estate
RE/MAX Preferred Realty Ltd. - Windsor, ON

Hi Jackie, Welcome to AR, Be a Blogholic and start writing your own blog soon on AR. All the best for your RE business. This is the right place for customers, friends, relationships etc.

Best - Sash

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Oct 24, 2008 01:34 AM
Benjamin Clark
Homebuyer Representation, Inc. - Salt Lake City, UT
Buyer's Agent - Certified Negotiation Expert

Welcome to Active Rain! For some tips on how to get started here, check out my blog entry at ActiveRain Fast-Start Tips for Quick and Easy Points. If you have any questions, just ask! Happy blogging and good luck!

Oct 24, 2008 04:52 PM
Ryan Lowe
Windermere Peninsula Properties - Allyn, WA

This is a very positive blog and and really enjoyed reading it. I wish you the best and hope to see more of your blogs in the future.

Nov 04, 2008 06:25 AM
Richard R. Bell
Richard Bell - Windermere Peninsula Properties - Belfair, WA
Broker-Manager, Allyn - Belfair Washington State Realtor

Welcome the AR community Jackie and great blog. Keep them coming.

Nov 11, 2008 09:10 AM