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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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