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  Are you buying a House or a Home?

Are You Buying a House or a Home?

As you read and study about buying real estate, you will often find the
words "house" and "home" used interchangeably. There is a huge
difference between a house and a home.

A house can be a place to eat, sleep, park your car, and put all your
"stuff" (including other family members). It is a material possession
and an investment. A home is where you feel comfortable, warm, safe,
and protected. A home is where you live.

A house is something you buy logically. A home is an emotional
purchase. When buying real estate you have to balance your emotional
wants and your logical needs because there will almost certainly be a
time when the two conflict.


For example, you may want a house with a view, but the payment is
higher than you feel comfortable with on a thirty-year fixed rate

What do you do?

Purchase the house anyway and budget more carefully for the next few
years? Buy the same house without the view and get it cheaper? Make
a larger down payment by borrowing from your 401K or family
members, so you get a lower payment? Get an adjustable rate
mortgage with a smaller payment instead of a fixed rate loan? Or buy a
smaller house and still get the view?

When viewing the house, most people look at it emotionally and
envision it as a safe, happy, comfortable home. Later, when making
the offer or filling out a mortgage application, your logic may begin to
kick in, instead.

Balancing Act

The trick in buying real estate is to view all decisions with both a
logical perspective and an emotional perspective. If a situation presents
itself that requires a trade-off, decide on whether there is a huge
conflict or a small one. Logic should win the big conflicts, but emotion
should always be a factor, even winning the small ones.

You will find yourself owning a warm, happy, safe home and an
investment for the future at a price you are willing to pay.

copyright 2000 by Terry Light and RealEstate ABC, revised 2002


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