It’s time we finally got real on real estate.
I am so over the entire gimmick.
It’s just so full of crap.
The idea that homes are worth more in highly populated cities because there’s just not enough of them for everyone has fallen out of my sphere of comprehension.
Try buying a home in areas around New York, Boston, Los Angeles, Chicago, Miami, Seattle, San Francisco, or any other major US city for that matter. You’ll find the neighborhoods highly desirable, home prices over-inflated, and real estate unattainable for most of the working class. This means that the decent homes are for the upper-middle class, and the better homes for the affluent upper-crust. The crumbs left for the hard-working underprivileged who wish to own a home exist only in the you-couldn’t-pay-me-to-live-there lower priced neighboring ghettos. These are the neighborhoods strewed with litter, run-down homes, drug deals, unkempt lawns, homeys chillin’, drive-by shootings, and the works.
To purchase a home, it has become a matter of survival of the fittest.
But is it really so? Or it it just a game? An illusion? A farce?
This whole let’s-jack-up-home-prices-because-we-can concept, is it real? This whole supply and demand crap, is it a lie? Again, are we buying into the idea of scarcity? Are there truly not enough homes to go around?
These competitive states of mind, these battlefields between the haves and the have-nots, these anthills…. Are they truly real? Or simply myths that need debunking?
In this day and age, all major cities are anthills. They have become places where large populations of busy bodies are attracted and attached to. They flock there becoming enslaved to these cities due to the readily available commerce, jobs, entertainment, arts, industries, opportunities, and what-nots that exist there. In a sense, not only are many enslaved to jobs, but many are enslaved to their geographic locations as well.
There are many who choose not to think outside of the box. Many unmotivated to explore different locations. Many uninterested in introducing creativity to new places.
Hence the high demand on big cities and big city homes. Hence the chaotic human anthill.
In a nation as roomy as the United States, or better yet, on a planet as vast as earth, why the heck is everyone climbing on top of each other? Why the heck is everyone scrambling for the same piece of pie?
If one truly believes in an abundant universe, can one truly agree with the lack of supply when it comes to real estate? Can one truly agree with the man-made real estate values based on scarcity?
I for one choose to no longer accept competition into my world. To me there is enough to go around, and there is enough for all of us. I’ve also come to understand that our own piece of the pie does not have to exist where everyone else is looking.
Until a majority of us find ways to live successfully and independently of highly populated cites, it will always be a scramble for real estate. Until the market stops inflating hot air into these homes, then prices will continue to go up. Until average wages match the average value of property in a given location, then the working class can only dream about home ownership. Until we stop toying with our perceptions of reality and refuse to be teased by dangling objects, then only the highest bidders will continue to win.
I’ve lived in the New York City metro area for many years earning a working class living. Over the years, I’ve watched prices on an average family home go from ridiculous to super-ridiculous, with rents not trailing far behind. There was a time when I so badly wanted to purchase a piece of my own. I simply thought it was a matter of getting approved for a mortgage of $400K+ in order to escape my cramped apartment life and start my own flower garden.
I now believe in abundance and see how real estate markets are used as a way to further promote scarcity. It’s bad enough I pay over-inflated rent. Choosing or wishing to buy overpriced real estate in the NYC metro area would only serve to confirm inflation as normal and encourage it to continue. Sorry, but I ain’t about that life. I won’t partake in such a charade, for I know it’s not normal.
The goal is to not be enticed by the lies anymore.
The goal is to lose dependency on the big city.
And if I still want my flower garden, the goal is to purchase at a price that’s real.
The goal is to defy the status quo.
My own piece of the pie does not have to exist where everyone else is looking.
Big cities aren’t everything. If we stopped striving for the same places and the same things, there would be enough for all of us. If we only dispersed just a bit, there would be plenty for all.
Yes, a beautiful home at fair pricing does exist if one is willing to step outside of their box.
Looking forward to busting out from NYC and acquiring a fair share.
To keep you posted…
A beautiful historic home built in the 1840s in Marion, AL with 10ft ceilings, awesome gardens, on a 1-3/4 acre yard. 3761 sq. ft. 4 bedrooms, 2 baths Asking Price: $110,000
Nice 1-1/2 story craftsman style home offering 1 acre yard with mature trees, large deck, and gazebo. Montrose, MO 4 beds, 1.5 baths, 2234 sq. ft. SOLD FOR: $69,500
Five-unit apartment Victorian house in Baltimore, MD with wrap-around porch and amazing yard. Vacant, needs work, but well-worth it! 3885 sq. ft. Asking Price: $109,500 Taxes: $4,898
Charming colonial in Geneva, NY with natural work throughout, hard wood floors. Great move in condition but could use a revamp. 6 beds, 3 baths, 1798 sq. ft. Asking Price: $94,900 Taxes: $1,952
Meticulously restored to show the charm of era. All woodwork is natural. Out back there is a spacious yard with a barn that lends itself to many hobbies and storage. Seneca, NY 4 beds, 1.5 baths, 2062 sq. ft. Excellent condition. Asking Price: $168,000 Taxes: $3,210
Two-family home in Geneva, NY with beautiful brick exterior, nice hardwood floors, bright & spacious rooms, natural woodwork throughout. 2702 sq. ft. Asking Price: $62,000 (Whaaaaaat!) Taxes: $1,141
Four-unit apartment house in Geneva, NY with beautiful brick exterior. All separate utilities except for water, hardwood floors, well maintained and fully rented with long-term tenants. 4638 sq. ft. Asking Price: $142,500
Charming brick Italianate house with tons of curb appeal in the wonderful village of Waterloo, NY. Sits on a half acre lot. 5 beds, 2 baths, 2498 sq. ft. Excellent condition. Asking Price: $99,900 Taxes: $3,820
An all-brick Center Hall Greek Revival in Lexington, MO. 3 beds, 2 baths, 2324 sq. ft. Excellent condition. Asking Price: $144,200 Taxes: $930
Renovated all-brick duplex in Lexington, MO. 7 beds, 4 baths. Two units. 5640 sq. ft. Excellent condition. Asking Price: $169,000 Taxes: $942
Now that’s what I’m talking about!