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Your Home as a Lifestyle Investment

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By : Lauren Kline    99 or more times read
The American Dream is firmly anchored on the purchase and ownership of property. There is nothing like home ownership to make people feel that they really are getting ahead in life and can look forward to a comfortable lifestyle with the bulwark of their home’s equity to carry them through. While all this can be true for you, it is better to buy a home that suits your needs and lifestyle rather than your dreams of financial success or peripherals which won’t make up for sacrificing space, location or financial security.

What are your needs? You need secure housing, good food, clean water. You need these all your life and so do your spouse, your children, your relatives, your friends, and anyone else who calls your house “home” for a day or more. So it makes sense from this perspective that you need a house that you can afford, that is convenient to the things that you use on a daily or weekly basis, like schools, work, stores and recreational opportunities. To buy a house that you cannot afford, that doesn’t have the room you need or that is not in a location that is best for you is going directly contrary to this.

There is a big difference in accepting some smaller annoyances/hindrances when choosing a home and accepting things that make a material negative difference in how you live your life. By all means sacrifice having three bedrooms if it just means that you won’t have a guestroom and that isn’t that much of an issue, but sacrificing three bedrooms when you really need that third one just for the sake of that complex with the heated swimming pool may not end up being such a good bargain. Don’t compromise with petty luxuries when you really need your home to be in a certain location or have a certain feature.

While a valuable home is worth owning, it is not worth owning when it causes you more hardship in order for you to reach the Holy Grail of thousands in equity. Sure, the home may be worth a lot and is slated to increase in value, but that may not make up for the fact that you have little money to spend on everyday comforts due to the high cost of the mortgage or your hobbies are hampered by your home’s failure to accommodate them. Better a smaller house in a more modest location that has a yard where your children and pets can romp and play than a larger condo with no playgrounds within walking distance!

Before you buy, think about what this house can offer you and what you really want. Some people can put up with certain aspects of a home that don’t thrill them, but don’t make the mistake of nobly sacrificing your dearest comforts for the sake of equity. If you really want that country farmhouse, buy it if it is at all practicable and leave the handsome and convenient condo to someone who thinks a city home is the ultimate lifestyle. Know what you really need and go for that instead of trying for your Dream Home right off the bat. With sensible real estate purchases over the years, you will be able to achieve your dreams without sacrificing your financial security or your stress level.
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