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In the News: More Than Four Walls and a Roof

The New York Times' "You Might Move Out, but You Can’t Move On", explores the emotional attachments we form with our homes. After selling their 1910 house in Danbury, Connecticut (pictured below), Mr. Schoenfeld experienced "bouts of melancholia [which] grew so acute that Mr. Field had to stash away pictures of the place," or "seller's remorse." Several years after selling, the pair repurchased their beloved home, this time paying $335,000 than they'd paid for in the first place — though $200,000 worth of renovation had been done. The article also shares an anecdote of one man who "insisted on negotiating visiting rights before he was willing to sell" his old home. Another family, after selling and learning that their buyer wouldn't be living in the beach house for some time, moved right back in surreptitiously — that is, until the buyer's relatives showed up for a weekend on the sand. It seems that becoming attached to our homes is not so uncommon; I for one cling to the memories of my childhood home. But who knew the lengths some would go to preserve those precious attachments? Source

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emma- emma- 9 years
Nyrina-Windu Nyrina-Windu 9 years
"insisted on negotiating visiting rights before he was willing to sell" Huh! Hey just do what Pee Wee Herman suggested in his movie. "Take a picture, it'll last longer" :ROTFL: There is no way I would get attached to a home that much. And then to pay an ADDITIONAL $200,000 just to renovate it when I buy it again. No way!
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
Aphrosette Aphrosette 9 years
I completely understand this. My husband and I have not moved out of our house yet, but the thought of it is kind of sad. My hubby surprised me by buying the house and keeping it a secret. He settled on our house in the morning, then surprised me with it in the evening and proposed in the living room of the empty house. Not only that he had all of our parents waiting upstairs in the dark to congratulate us. The whole time me thinking that the house was empty. Anyway, the sentimental value here is going to be very hard to let go of when the time comes.
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