In the past, I’ve written about the “joys” of homeownership, but really it was an opportunity to complain. Bad plumbing. Ant problems. Expensive appliances. Based on those other posts, you’d think it was more of a burden than anything. There really are positives though, so I’ll discuss a few of them today.
One reason I love being a homeowner is security. When I went through the exercise of identifying my core values awhile back, one word that stuck through the entire process was security. That meant all security and stability – financial, physical, etc. Owning my own home provides that sense of security, even if from a different perspective, it means I’m locked down to the home for awhile. San Francisco is my homebase, and being tied to a city that I know and love isn’t a terrible thing. With the housing market in this area so strong, if the situation arises where I have to move, I have the option of selling or renting it out.
Housing in San Francisco is notoriously expensive, so finding a house for a price that I could afford monthly mortgage payments on was fortuitous. Trust me when I say it was a unique situation, and I probably wouldn’t have bought a house otherwise. SO SO THANKFUL it worked out. I don’t have to worry about the fluctuating rental market, and I don’t have to live with the parents [but I do see them when I can]. Reasons two and three for loving homeownership here – not living with the parents and not worrying about rent increases.
It also helps that I fell in love with this living room. Natural light!
One last reason to love homeownership is that I have a place where everything is done by my rules! What are some of these rules?
* Wearing pajamas and vegging all weekend long is totally okay. So are living room dance parties and random mid-day naps. Probably not a rule exclusive to those who own homes, but I’d get more crap about it if I was living at home with the parents.
* During Christmas this past year, only the stockings went up since there wasn’t room for the tree. They’re still on the mantle – staying up way longer than they should…
* Our animals get to live with us.
Regardless of whether you own your place or not, what are some of YOUR house rules?