Amy’s House and The White House

Election years are always a little heated at “Amy’s House.”

Along the political spectrum, my husband Dave are on opposite ends.  We agree on almost nothing. We’re Mary Matalin and James Carville (I’m James) without the notoriety or guest spots on Fox news or MSNBC.

Each election year we tell each other we just wont talk about it.  Never works.

During campaigns our morning coffee time includes some political sparring over “my guy…” and “your guy…”.  Sometimes it gets a little heated but most often we just let it go.  After more than twenty years together, we’ve accepted the fact that we’ll NEVER change the others mind.

On election day we could just stay home; our votes really just cancel one another out. But we don’t. We vote. It’s one thing, maybe the only thing we do agree on…everyone should vote.

I was watching tv the other night and they had a clip of this video that I have since found on YouTube..I think it’s great, an inspiring little reminder of the importance of voting. It will make you smile no matter which guy you like.

So…whether you’re for Dave’s guy or my guy…from Amy’s house to your house…make your pick for theWhite House and vote!

Blouses and Houses by Amy Curtis

I don’t know how many mistakes I’ve made shopping clearance racks.

In hot pursuit of a bargain I flip through the garments, searching…20% off, flip, 40% off, 50% off, and then I see it, the 70% off tag, the $8 reduced from $29.99 blouse!! I feel that thrill of the kill rush and tell myself that this blouse, this bargain is so definitely $8 bucks worth of cute I’ve got to have it!

Or so I think. The thrill of the kill quickly wears off and inevitably, the blouse sits in my closet unworn.  The blouse doesn’t fit me well, or it doesn’t really suit me, it’s not my style or it just isn’t all that cute after all.

Was it a thrill to find such a bargain? Oh yeah!

Was it rock bottom cheap? Definitely.

Do I love the blouse? Not so much.

Turns out I was more attracted to  the price than the blouse itself. Since I don’t like the blouse and am not going to wear it, then my great bargain wasn’t such a bargain.  My great  bargain, while inexpensive, was just a big mistake!

This wild housing market with its distressed properties and overall depressed prices has brought out the bargain hunter in all of us.  Fixated on the bargain, driven by the thrill of the kill, the hunt begins!

It makes me cringe.

I cringe  when I hear a client tell me they want to focus their home search only on those distressed properties they’ve heard about it, those great bargains that are out there. I cringe when they tell me the story about their friend, brother, cousin, boss, mom’s friend from work who got this unbelievably incredible super fantastic great bargain deal on a house and they are excited to get the same.

I cringe because I worry that maybe they’ll pounce too quickly on a bargain house, that they’ll buy because of price  and just like my clearance rack blouse, once the thrill of the kill has worn off,  they will find themselves with a house that doesn’t suit them or fit their needs, a  house that just isn’t the home they wanted.

I cringe because a house is such a huge expensive investment.

I cringe because home is too important a place to sacrifice love of house for a bargain.

Should the home of your dreams be one of those distressedbargain properties so be it, but if it’s not. keep searching. Buy a house you’ll love.  Bottom line, no house is a bargain unless you love it!

So my advice…

When you need a bargain fix, buy a blouse; but when it comes to a house, buy the one you love.

Happy shopping!

Good House Hunting by Amy Curtis

Good Will Hunting, the 1996 film starring Matt Damon and Robin Williams is one of my favorite movies. I love the story, the characters, the dialogue…it’s just so good.  There’s a scene in the movie that has always stuck with me. It’s the scene of one of Will’s therapy sessions in which Will’s is telling his  therapist Shawn , played by Robin Williams about the perfect girl that he has met and Shawn in response tells Will about his late wife.  He tells Will about how it was his wife’s little idiosyncrasies, her little quirks that only he knew about that he most remembered and loved about her. He says, “People call these things imperfections Will. It’s just who we are. And we get to choose who we’re going to let into our weird little worlds. You’re not perfect. And let me save you the suspense, this girl you met isn’t perfect either. The question is, whether you are perfect for each other.  You can know everything in the world, but the only way you’re findin’ that one out is by giving it a shot.”

Love that scene, there’s just such truth in it.  It’s true in relationships and love and I believe it’s true when it comes to buying a home.

There’s such pressure on homebuyers today, either self-inflicted or otherwise, to find the “perfect” house, at the “perfect” time for the “perfect“price, to make the “perfect” deal.  With their must haves checklist of that perfect house in hand and armed with all the information they’ve found on the internet or seen on HGTV, and all the advice they’ve received from family and friends, so many homebuyers come to the process all stressed out and worried about finding the “perfect.”  And yet, the truth is, there simply is no “perfect”.  Only “perfect for each other.”

When working with buyers, I welcome their checklists, welcome the knowledge they’ve gleaned and bring to the process.  I think it is a good idea for a homebuyer to have a general idea of what they’re looking for. But my hope is always that they will leave themselves open to the possibilities,  to embrace their weird little worlds and trust the process.  Because the truth is, more times than not, it just happens.

It’s a pretty cool thing to see, and I’ve seen it happen time and time again. A buyer walks into a house, and realizes they’ve found their home.  Sometimes the house has all the items on the checklist but more often it does not.  Usually it’s the very  idiosyncrasies of the house that speak to them and checklists and logic give way to that unmistakable, undeniable feeling that this is the one, the “perfect for each other “one.

So…my advice…

Relax.

Discard the idea of perfect!

Embrace your weird little world and get ready…the perfect for each other home awaits!

Good house hunting.