What’s your definition of the American Dream? Is it home ownership? Is it living debt free? Is it calling a suitable house, home, whether rented or purchased? Does the American Dream exist anymore?
I want a yard for our kids to run around in and a huge swing set for them to climb on and make forts. I want a fenced yard for the dogs and a doghouse to shade them from the heat. I want to live within a reasonable driving distance to my parents and family. I want our kids to have a play room turned bonus room that they’ll remember hanging out in when they’re 5, 10, 15 and inviting high school friends over. I want storage space. I want an island in my kitchen and I want a home to call our own. I want to live without debt. Is owning a home worth it for all of the above? Can I find a suitable home for our children to grow up in and still be a renter? Will knowing that I owe nothing be worth it knowing I don’t own a home?
I sit on a proverbial fence. Right now I am both a homeowner AND a renter. Problem at our current rental home: I call or email the landlords and they take care of it. Something isn’t exactly what I would choose, it’s okay, I only have to live with it for another 16 months. Our tenants call or email us about something at OUR house? I freak out. I mean what could possibly go wrong, it’s a brand new home, built 3 yrs ago by me. What do you mean the air conditioner stopped working? I get a little sad that I am not there and someone else is potentially “breaking” my home. But I’ll never live there again. And honestly I want nothing more than to get rid of it. I’m enjoying the relaxed feeling of being a renter. I do not miss the extra bills associated with being a homeowner and the idea of living debt free one day is very appealing to me.
What are your thoughts? Is home ownership defining you and how your raise your family? Does a perfectly manicured yard and big beautiful kitchen island only available with a mortgage attached? Because I can say with complete honesty once the market turns around you’ll see a For Sale sign in the front yard of our house and I’m ok with renting a beautiful home for my family if it means more cash in our pockets. What’s your American Dream?
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