Celebrating the American Dream
Did you know that June is National Homeowners Month? For many people, owning a home is a part of the “American Dream”; the ability to have your own home, on your own property, is one reason people have flocked to this country for centuries. That dream is what drove thousands of people across the wilderness in covered wagons just to have a piece of land they could call their own. Home ownership represents the freedom to live how you choose, to work and thrive in an environment that you create for yourself.
There are several benefits to owning a home, including financial, emotional and practical. Financially, a home is a very valuable asset that makes up a significant part of a person’s net worth, or how much financial value they have. Net worth includes any asset that can readily be turned into cash, such as checking and savings accounts, 401k’s, and real estate. A home can also build equity over time that you can borrow against if the need arises. Emotionally, a home is where we put down roots and create lasting memories. Priceless moments like learning to ride a bike, a first kiss, bringing home a new baby, and family gatherings are centered around a home. Owning a home also represents the achievement of spending years working and struggling to get to a point where you could afford a home and raise a family. Practically, home ownership can be a safety net for the community. People are typically proud to own their home and spend time and money to maintain it; neighborhoods that stay well-maintained discourage vagrants and crime from moving in. Home ownership also creates a bond between neighbors and gives them a common reason to discourage crime in their neighborhoods and look out for each other.
Owning your own home is definitely a cause for celebration! Here are a few ways you can celebrate being a homeowner and all that it represents to you and your family:
- Host a Block Party – People are usually outside more in the summer and it’s a good chance to get to know your neighbors. You can type up some quick invitations and put one on every doorstep, letting everyone know the day and time and to bring a covered dish. Gather up some picnic tables and a few basic supplies and you’re all set.
- Take Care of Annual Maintenance – It’s easy to get busy during the year and neglect certain things around the house, but a little preventative maintenance goes a long way towards saving you major headaches in the future. Doing things like cleaning the gutters, inspecting the foundation, repairing peeling paint and broken shutters, spraying for termites, and other things will keep your home in tip-top shape.
- Join or Start a Neighborhood Watch – No one wants their home to get broken into, to have a stranger rifling through their personal belongings and stealing their valuables. A neighborhood watch unites the community to keep a lookout for suspicious activity and keep everyone — and their homes — safer.
This June, give yourself a big pat on the back for all the hard work you’ve put into becoming a homeowner and celebrate your own personal American Dream.
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