Do You Rent Or Own The Home You Live In?

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  1. Babs Hunt

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    My Honey loves "puttering" around outside and with his "potted" outside plants, etc. so even though he doesn't need a lot of outdoor space anymore...he still needs a small plot to do his thing on. We are blessed that our Landlord has given us that space and that my Honey can continue to enjoy his "hobby" for as long as he is able to.

    I agree that downsizing is important at least to us as we have gotten older. Neither one of us likes a whole lot of things cluttering up our living areas, but we do like touches of things that make our place "Home" to us. We keep some of the things that mean the most to us and that we will use or enjoy. Each year it seems I give away, etc. a few more things that I realize we don't use, wear, play, read, or that has lost personal meaning for us. And having less to take care of or clutter up our home has made keeping our place neat and clean alot easier and faster to do...giving us more time for what is still important to us.

    I pray this is our last "Home" as even the thought of making another move makes me feel sad and to tired! :)
     
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    I've lived here 14 years and it's the longest I've lived in any one house I think but I never thought of this place as "home". :(

    My husband died here the first year we moved here and I've been alone here since then except a few years with my ex and then I pretended it was "home" meaning I went through the motions but didn't really feel it deep down inside.
     
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  3. Tim Burr

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    As most of you know, I grew up in a Military family so we moved
    a lot and for us, 'Home' was something we took with us as a family.

    After all the years and addresses I had in the service, we bought
    our first house when I retired from the Air Force in 1994.
    We did that for the youngest so he could have a 'normal' childhood.

    We sold it to move here to Nashville in 2009.
    Made a little money on the deal and socked it away for later years.

    Too old and set in my ways to buy again, so we just rent.
    Don't like the landlord or neighbors? We move to a different place.
    We are so used to packing and moving, I can do it without even breaking
    a sweat...and I hire the job out now.;)

    We are in deep discussion about moving out of state again at the first
    of the year.

    I don't think the wife and I will ever be 'settled' again.

    I could live in a tent, but the wife requires just a tad bit more.:)

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    I wouldn't mind a tent like that @Tim Burr! :)
     
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    We've been apartment hunting and only saw one place that we really thought would do. But then they spring it on us that particular unit facing the water is spoken for already and we could go on a waiting list for the other side of the building facing the parking lot.
    As far as the apartment with the view.....needless to say they have stopped taking applications for that side of the building....sigh

    So I went home, passed a garden centre on the way and guess what I did yesterday.....grin
     
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    Bought some fencing?
     
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    No fencing....pull down patio shades :rolleyes:
     
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    Just as good!! :)
     
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    Paint yourself a water scene on those patio shades and you will have your "water" view!:p
     
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    I'm gonna paint a husband on mine. :) Might be my "perfect" man! He he he
     
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    Babs.... what a great idea of painting a shade.....genius actually and I wonder why they don't make them with a scene already painted. Thank you.
     
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    That would be neat!
     
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  13. Clare Smith

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    People's dream in Brazil is owing a house. Rents are VERY expensive, and as most part of people here have very low salaries, if they pay for rent, they are not able to buy other things. I mean, if a family has a R$ 2.000 income a month and pays a R$ 600,00 rent, they can't afford to pay for their bills, to see a doctor (the public system doesn't work here either), to eat well or to go to a good school (again the public system doesn't work). Imagine that a good private school costs around R$ 2.000 a month - the income of a poor family.So, it's hard for most part of the population just to live a simple and comfortable life. It's a pity, but we've been living times of deep corruption, disinterest, change of values, violence and economic recession. I consider myself lucky, as I own the house where I live. Actually my ex left it for my son and I when we separated, and I've been keeping it for 12 years now. My son moved 3 years ago and I live here with my 2 dogs now. I've already thought about selling it, but the price the agents have offered me is ridiculous, and I wouldn't find an apartment near my job for that amount, and also, I wouldn't be able neither to take half furniture I got, nor to pay for all the mandatory fees included in a building. Anyway, in the past I had a dream of living abroad, but nowadays I think I have a good life here, and I don't think I would be able to restart a new life somewhere else. I still work very hard , and I can't retire.First, due to my age - the government doesn't allow you to do it if you are before 55, and second, the $. The value I'd get when retired would be less than R$ 1,000 a month. So, I'll continue working for some more years, specially because I have a mortgage for my office, which I can rent in the future.
     
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    my wife and i rent a duplex now. we had a home before this and it was getting the best of me with lower back and knee pain it was time to go. I was hiring people to do everything. glad we're free of it. now if i need something fixed, the heaviest thing i pick up is the phone. a real estate CO owns these properties and have full maintenance available. inside and out. it's a matter of choice. the expense's of real estate tax's, insurance, maintenance and home care are now gone. these units are covered by the owners so all we need is renters ins. plus you have the freedom to pull up stakes and leave. no hassle with selling a house. one thing we like here is its quite. and these are ranch style. no steps !!!

    http://genesistrails.com/
     
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    Having sold a home in New Zealand and one in Sun City, Roseville, California I now live in a age 55+Luxury Apartment.I know I live in LUXURY because it says so on the side of the building. It's a nice two bed two bath apartment in a great location. I haven't been a renter since being a married with child college student in 1958,
     
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    We own the place we are at. It is 1.75 acres and most of it is gardens and of course mowing around a trillion trees. My husband had a knee replacement surgery over thanksgiving and is still not fully recovered. Our first snow of the season was so wet it brought trees down and many branches. I went out to try and move the branches and realized immediately my deteriorated muscles. I don't know what we will do, as we cannot afford a service to help us.

    I am somewhat mad at him because a few years ago I was shopping for ride on mowers, but being the
    Macho man he came home with a mower I can't even get out of the shed. Ugh!
     
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    I was wondering also on rent vs. owning: for those with pets, does that influence your choice?
     
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    not us. we have a cat. had to pay a separate deposit for him. I think its refundable but not sure. i would say for most pet owners they go to.
     
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    My prayer for all of us whether we own or rent our "Home"....is that it feels like "Home" to us and we are happy with where we live. Our heavenly Father does not want us to be so happy in any earthly home that we don't want to go to our heavenly home when our earthly life is over with and our eternal life begins. Yet there is no way I believe our heavenly Father wants us to be miserable in our earthly home either. We should be at peace for the most part where we live on this earth...if we are not then maybe it is time to ask our heavenly Father to give us that peace or move us to a place where we will have that peace. God created a beautiful earth for His children and He wants us to enjoy our earthly life for it is a foreshadow of the beauty of our eternal life with Him one day. Home really is where our heart is and when we make God our home....we will be at home anywhere because He will be there with us.

    We don't really "own" anything on this earth....it all belongs to our heavenly Father and yet He longs to give all of His children a peaceful "Home" while we are on earth as well as in eternity. If you are not happy with your home whether you own or rent it...then all you need to do is ask our heavenly Father to give you peace or show you where your earthly home is supposed to be. God has the perfect home for you in eternity...but He also has that perfect home for you while you are on earth too. His Word says "ask, and you shall receive..." and we sometimes ask for what we want...but when we ask our heavenly Father for what we really need....then we shall receive in His perfect timing all that we really need and that will fill our hearts with peace and contentment...and we shall know we are "Home." :)
     
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    It doesn't influence mine...my allergies to indoor pets are what influences that the most. Most places you rent will charge a pet deposit and you usually don't get that back anyway.
     
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    We own our home and rent the space it's on. It is a 14' X 70' mobile home with a professionally built 13' X 68' addition. The addition consists of a carport in front, a large covered deck with two skylights, and two rooms in back, a small entry/mudroom and a bedroom. Altogether 1300 Sq/Ft enclosed. Ours is a Senior mobile home park that is very well managed and looked after on the edge of town close to shopping bus stops and the hospital. We are so pleased that we found it 12 years ago and hope to finish our lives here. I even have a little 8' X 16' shop to putter in. DSC00749 (2).JPG

    This is an old picture. I've added a scooter ramp since then and a cherry tree.
     
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    We rented for several years. This is the third and last homewe will own.
     
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    That's a nice place, @Ted Richards . Everything looks so neat and well kept.
     
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    I've been wanting a mobile in a senior park. Not having any luck with anything nice and newer. Doesn't have to be brand new. I've been looking for 2 1/2 years.
     
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    Very nice place!
     
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