Homes not Houses
That means to you and everyone else it is just a house like everyone elses but to me it is much more. A home is a house that has a soul, a soul given to it by the people who live there. Not a supernatural soul, it isn’t alive it is a place of warmth and protection, a place of comfort and a shelter. It is a port in a world that seem, at times as if it is all storms.
A home can be rented, mortgaged or owned out right, it’s financial status isn’t as important as the relationships that exist within. It shocks me how often people treat their home as just a house. A house is just an object, no different to a car or a computer. It can be built, bought, sold, rented and discarded. A house can be a “machine for living”or an investment. What does either have to do with a home!
I watch the news and see people talking about how good it is that houses cost more, that they will make more money from something that hasn’t changed. Something that they didn’t build nor work on, that their only contact with will be to sell it on. I have a friend who bought a house and a few years later sold it for more money, he said to me “Isn’t it great!”, I replied “no”, he replied “your mad”. A while later he said to me “I cannot believe how expensive houses are!”.
Yes when your house sells for more it’s not the only house on the market. Nearly all houses go up in price. What are the effects of prices going up? They help two incomes buy houses and discriminate against families with one wage earner. They push women and mothers into paid work. They push the birth rate down as people question whether they can afford a larger family. They help marriage breakdown as financial pressures persist. They help push the banks into big profits. Money spent on houses is money wasted on houses. Money spent on financing houses cannot be used to finance others areas of the economy and unlike other areas of the economy, houses only create inflation not wealth.
There is a proper market for houses but we do not live in such a market, we live in a market that believes more is better, that debt is good and that houses are just investments. I do not support such an idea, I do not support houses I support homes and the more we can do to protect homes the better off we will all be.
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