As we buy red roses, send care packages and love notes to those we think about on Valentine’s day, I read with fascination an article at Realtor.com about finding “the one”.
You know what it’s like when you have it bad, and I mean really bad for “the one” – the one you can’t stop thinking about, the one you fantasize being together with, the one you want to spend the rest of your life with. That thrilling, emotionally exhilarating feeling of falling in love with that special “one”.
But I’m talking about a house! That home “crush” most of us have had at one time or another. In fact Realtor.com says 69% of us have had a crush on a home. I know I sure have. When I first moved from Corporate Real Estate to Residential Real Estate, I fell in love with almost every house I went into for one attribute or another. As time passed, and I would see 5-20 homes a week, I became more selective with my emotions, and only fell in love with homes occasionally. Late last year, I fell in love with the love of my life home. It was out of our price range, and sold quickly – but for now, it is my home crush. I took my daughter to see it and we agreed she would get married in the back yard someday. I have a crush on that house!
And just like in real romance, men and woman respond to home crushes differently. Why does this not surprise me? Woman tend to have crushes on homes out of their price range, and cling to that home crush despite it not being available or realistic (see note above!). Woman tend to have fewer, longer crushes on homes, while men tend to move from one home crush to the next quickly and easily. Isn’t that interesting? I sure thought so!!
Both men and woman tend to fall in love with the outdoor living spaces faster and harder than inside space. A Woman will swoon over an open floor plans, and bright light spaces, while garages tend to make a man’s heart go racing. So predictable! Men will like anything with a great garage. Replace garage with a certain female body part, and I think you’ll see why I found this so funny!
But like a romantic relationship – loving your home is fundamental to being happy there. When something just doesn’t feel right, and doesn’t work for you – you can try “therapy” with a contractor or an architect to fix the problem, and with lots of hard work the home might be saved. But sometimes it’s just too far gone, and it’s time to move on – to your next home!!
I hope you LOVE your home – but if you don’t – there are lots of options out there and affordability is better than it has been in a long time. And did I mention interest rates are still crazy low? But both will be going up in the coming months. If you love your home, I’m so happy for you!! Otherwise, let’s schedule a therapy sessions and see how we can make you fall in love all over again!
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