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Home = Happiness!

NEWSFLASH:  Buying a Home May Be One of the Best Ways to Achieve Happiness!

The pursuit of happiness... It's what we all seek isn't it?  After all this ideal finds prominence in the founding document of our country thanks to Thomas Jefferson who borrowed from John Locke and changed property to "pursuit of happiness."

People try many things to try to find happiness.  And there are many paths to achieving happiness.  You may find it at church, at synagogue, on the sports field, or the dance floor.  Some find it through charitable endeavours and others pathways include Zen meditation.  Helping others, finding new and exciting challenges, life-long learning... any of these things can lead to a happy life.

It's been said that "Money Can't Buy Happiness!"

Well, last week I read an article called "8 Ways that Money Can Buy Happiness" and I concluded that buying a home for the reasons I'll cite below may just be a great way to help achieve happiness!

Why Buying a Home Can Make You Happy:

"Buy more experiences and fewer material goods." -- the article states that:

Asked which of the two purchases made them happier, fully 57% of respondents reported that they had derived greater happiness from their experiential purchase, while only 34% reported greater happiness from their material purchase.

What?  You might say that a home is a material good!  Whatch'a talking about Brian?  And yes, technically a home is a material good -- it's made up of bricks and siding, a roof, plumbing, electrical systems, appliances, etc.  However a home is much more than that.  Homes are much more than the sum of their material parts.  You make memories in your homes.  You raise your families in your homes.  You have good times (and bad) in your homes.  You entertain, you wine, you dine.

Before you buy it, it's a house -- you have an inspection, you make sure everything's working, you negotiate a price.  Once you've been living there, it becomes a home -- or the sum of all the experiences you have there.  No wonder selling it can be such an emotional experience.

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Comment balloon 5 commentsBrian Block • January 25 2012 11:19AM


Brian - A home is instrumental in helping us craft the life we want to live.  Happiness is usually high on our life list.

Posted by Norma Toering Broker for Palos Verdes and Beach Cities, Palos Verdes Luxury Homes in L.A. (Charlemagne International Properties) over 6 years ago

I agree with Norma above completely, Happiness is always the thing we most strive for.

Greetings from Innerloop Houston, Texas

Posted by Linda Jamail Marshall, Broker, ABR,QSC,RECS,ACRE - Innerloop Houston, Tex (Linda Marshall,Houston Texas, Linda Marshall, Realtors®) over 6 years ago

So much happiness can be packaged in our home!

Posted by Brenda Mayette, Getting results w/ knowledge & know-how! (Miranda Real Estate Group, Inc.) over 6 years ago

Very good article Mr. B!  Isn't it interesting that unless there is a complete disaster, all the little things that go on with the house that cost time and money are forgotten over the following years in favor of the reminiscences?

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 6 years ago

HI Brian - I've received my I.R.E.S. Designation in Vancouver, BC, Canada today and I noticed that you have a IRES designation as well.  I'm presently building a larger network so that your listings can be featured in my city (for an international exposure), and mine can be featured by you.  Presently I have approximately 20 listings which might be of interest to you.  

Look forward to chatting some more with you with respect to co-listing each other's properties, if you are interested in speaking further?  Cheers, Jark.


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