I read an article this evening that touched me deeply. The article focussed primarily upon a suburban family living in Colorado. Up until recently, husband and wife had been earning $100,000 per year. They wanted for nothing. They lacked nothing. Now, they are living in poverty as defined by earning less than $25,000/year for a family of five. Their actual income is now $1,500/month or $18,000/year! As I read about their story, I began thinking about the millions, like them, who are slipping.
A decade ago, the Jefferson County School District in Golden, Colorado reported 58 students that were known to be homeless. A year ago, that number spiraled to 2,800. That dramatic increase in such a vulnerable group hit my Bullseye. It made me think about dramatic loss and the true value of HOME. Is the value of home determined by assessors and appraisers or something much, much deeper and more profound? Something hard to quantify. What do you think?
I looked up the dictionary definitions for the word "home" and I found the definitions woefully inadequate.
As a Realtor, I have dedicated the last twelve years of my life to helping families find just the right place to call HOME. The place where dreams and memories of all kinds accumulate. The place we feel safe. That haven where children grow up. Tears are shed into our pillows. Relationships are nurtured and mature. The place where we grow older and wiser.
When I witness the process parents undergo when they struggle to select the perfect place to call HOME, it is indeed a process. It is truly an undertaking.
And when I witness first hand the emotions wrung out upon so many of our fellow Vermonters who lost everything in the aftermath of Tropical Storm Irene, I am once again brought to my knees in complete humility and gratitude for all that I have. A roof over the heads of those I love most - My children, my family and pets. Warm. Cozy. Creating memories and spawning dreams with the passing of time. Our shelter from life's storms cloaked in LOVE.
And what of love? Love is at the essential core of our sense of HOME.
As we head towards winter, let's remember the beauty of HOME. Let's humble ourselves again to having such a special place. This sanctuary. This place of the heart. Of the soul. And let's share it with those we love. Our Family. Friends. Neighbors. Those in distress. Bring them in...
Please. I invite you to add your thoughts. Tell me and those who come to this website what HOME means to you...
If you are considering buying a home or condominium in or near Burlington Vermont, please utilize my website, give me a call on my direct line at 802.238.5256 or email me to discuss representing you, our current market conditions and your needs/wants in a new home and community. I would be delighted to assist you.
Armed with solid numbers, buyers and sellers alike can manage their expectations and the current realities of our local market.
If you are considering listing your home for sale or buying a home or condominium in or near Burlington Vermont Real Estate or Chittenden County, please give me a call or email me to discuss the market, schools and your options. I would be delighted to assist you. I can be reached on my direct line at 802.238.5256 or email me at Chris@ChrisHurdVT.com