Opinion – Home Ownership

I want to take a second to talk about home ownership and what that means to me – or to us. Being a real estate photographer, it’s like my whole life is one big house hunt. Everyday we are checking out homes fresh to the market and sizing them up as if we are considering buying it. It’s just a natural reaction I guess. But we actually enjoy it. This experience has also given us a perspective on home ownership that, maybe other people have as well.

So let me get the meat of my opinion out of the way. Owning a home is by far most people’s hugest asset and in some cases, liability. It’s something to be proud of. But owning a home doesn’t mean you buy it, never do anything to improve it for 30 years and then try to sell it for 5 times what you paid for it. We have a responsibility to our homes to take care of them at the least. If you can manage it, update that sucker as much as you can! I don’t know how many homes we’ve seen that are 20+ years old that have literally not been updated or cared for since the day the last brick was laid, and you guessed it. They want HOW MUCH for it? The surprising thing is, sometimes they get it!

This, in our opinion has distorted the way people think about buying a home. I will tell you a little secret. It’s not the house that’s worth money. It’s the land! It’s all about the land baby. And I think that’s where buyers and sellers have been brainwashed. Of course large scale builders don’t want you to think about that because if you did you would be offended by the prices they are asking for these homes. Homes that practically sit right up against your neighbor with something I guess you could call a backyard. Anyway I’m getting off on a tangent. My main point is, take care of your home and update it to stay current with the times. Of course you don’t have to update it if you’re into that shag carpet and Formica counter top look, but don’t be expecting to get an inflated price for it.

Just because it’s a house, doesn’t mean it’s worth an arm and a leg. Many houses aren’t even worth the land they’re sitting on. So if you own a house. Show it some love. Put a fresh coat of paint on it. Rip out that nasty carpet. Install new fixtures. Whisper sweet nothings into it’s…vents. It deserves it. You deserve it!

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