I recently came across an article on the Habitat for Humanity website, it was a study on the comparisons between families who are renters versus those who are homeowners. There was a huge list of statistics. They compared everything from the likeliness of teenage pregnancy, to the likeliness of folks doing home repairs, and having high math scores. While some of the comparisons seemed a little bit dramatic, they were making a great point and that is, how greatly the stability of homeownership benefits a family.
When you own a home, you aren’t worried about how long you’ll be living there from month to month. So, you feel comfortable spending money to make improvements, decorate as you please, and landscape your yard. And since you aren’t going anywhere soon, you decide to build relationships with your neighbors. You get to know your dry cleaner, your butcher, your nail girl/therapist, all the vendors at your local farmers market, etc. You stick around for a while and start a family. Your kids aren’t worried about being moved to a new school, so they build relationships. They grow up knowing which high school they’ll be going to, so early on they build up a healthy dose of hometown pride. As a family, you get involved with the community. Maybe your boys play football, your daughter spends her time at the community theater, your husband is in a fantasy football league, and you’re a member of a ladies-only-trashy-romance-novel-with-a-side-of-martinis book club. Your organizations lead your family to doing fundraising and volunteer work, okay, maybe just your kids’ organizations… Your kids find out how good it feels to give back, so they continue to do so. Eventually your kids go to […]