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homeownerhappinessExcerpted from an article by Andrea Davis for realtytimes.com

“Owning your own home can be one of the most wonderful experiences of your life…but are you truly happy in your current situation?  According to a recent survey by HomeAdvisor, there are a number of different factors that come into play that determine whether someone is happy with their current living situation – or not.

Key factors include:

  • Accessibility – Homeowners don’t want to spend hours having to get from one location to another.  Proximity to important services, shopping, health facilities, good schools, attractions and employment opportunities is very important.
  • Community – People want a diverse place where they can live and work – and a neighborhood that is safe so they can raise their family and enjoy spending time outside.  Roughly 70% of all Americans live in a community where they feel safe.
  • Dwelling – Homeowners want a place that is not only affordable, but comfortable, convenient and enjoyable – a place where you can relax and enjoy taking in your surroundings.  About half of all homeowners have spent time renovating their homes to turn them into something they can enjoy for years to come.  And with home prices rising, you want to purchase a home you will be happy with.  When you are happy with your home, you are going to take pride in it and make sure it is taken care of.
  • Is happiness that important?  Yes – it matters more than most people realize.  It matters so much that the United Nations, Harvard and Gallup have devoted precious resources to better understand what makes homeowners happy – and homeowners should be the happiest where it matters the most, in the comfort of their own home.  Your home is where you form a lasting relationship with your loved ones, yourself and your interests.  All of these relationships contribute to your own happiness and well-being.

Find Your Happy Place!  Finding the perfect location for your new home isn’t always as simple as you might think.  Here are a few key questions you should ask yourself:

  1. Where do you get your coffee in the morning?
  2. What is you ideal mode of transportation to work or other activities?
  3. What do you do when your neighborhood is having a get-together?
  4. What will your children (or grandchildren) be doing this summer?
  5. What does your ideal home look like?
  6. Just how spoiled are your pets?  Are they accustomed to being walked on a leash, or are they used to having a yard or other area to roam free?

You’re investing a lot of time and effort in your new home, so you want to make sure it’s one that you will enjoy for years to come.  Investigate your different options and find out which ones work the best for you and your special needs.

SOURCE:  Andrea Davis/Home Advisor/realtytimes.com

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