Thursday, September 22, 2011

There is Pride in Ownership

Buying a more accommodating home does not mean that you have to compromise in the quality of your neighborhood.  One way Jensen communities® ensures high standards is by requiring that all homes are owner occupied.
Subleasing or investor owned homes can lead to poorly kept homes and a higher turnover of homes within a community.  Homes may be rented for various reasons as well as for varying terms.  Having a new neighbor every year when the lease renews does not add to community cohesiveness.  When someone is renting, they are not as committed to taking care of the home’s exterior or landscaping other than the basic requirements.  Unauthorized additional friends or family members may live in an adjacent rented home without the landlord’s permission.  In the worst case scenario, living next to a party who must be evicted can bring some real unwanted attention and activity to your neighborhood.  Investors may also be more likely to walk away from a troubled loan than an owner who needs to live in the house.
Without subletting, you know that those around you have a similar investment and will take an equal amount of “pride in ownership” in their home and yards.  When you own where you live, people tend to do the “extras” that make a house a home.  We all take pride in where we live and like to show our home off in our own personal way.  Flowers, decorative fencing, landscaping beds, stone walls, special house siding and the like put our individual touches on our homes.
Neighborhoods take on the personality of their owners and social norms develop that set the tone and patterns.  Cutting grass at the same rate, good parking habits, and keeping noise to a reasonable level shows respect.  Keeping clutter from building up around our homes, taking trash barrels in after collection, and other such activities all create an inviting environment in which we want to live.
These qualities become more important as we seriously consider where to live as we near retirement.  They are especially essential on a smaller home site with homes closer together in a private community setting.  As you consider where to live next, look at the pride in ownership in your new neighborhood.
Get in on the Good Life!®

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