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Thursday, July 14, 2016


It’s been over a week since the Navy Seals so ably did their job. I like Mark Twain’s quote on this: "I've never wished a man dead, but I have read some obituaries with great pleasure."

What goes around comes around. Fear begets fear; hate elicits hate. Joy spawns joy. Karma, baby — boy do I ever believe in it.

Strangely enough, I believe homes have Karma, too.

The house, in which I was raised, was built about 1910. This winter it was listed on the market for its very first time ever. The house went under contract in a matter of days. The couple that bought will become only its fourth owners.

My parents were the second owners – they bought it directly from the estate of the first owners. My mom basically sold it over the phone to the third owners. It’s so unusual for a house to have that kind of history in 100 years... but our old home did.

Based on the exacting desires of today’s buyers, there is nothing intrinsically special about the house. It’s stucco; there’s no real family room; two-car detached garage; modest sized bedrooms and baths, etc... The only time the kitchen was updated was when my parents did it in 1973.

But the house is special nonetheless. It was a happy home. Everyone, who lived there, loved each other and loved the house. Every owner was reluctant to leave – my parents included. I so was thrilled to learn who had bought the house this year... a wonderful couple. I know they are going to continue to bring love into the house as well.

During the last few years, I’ve seen various houses come on the market as many as 2-3 times. There seems to be something about the house that makes it transient and perhaps even unlovable. I can’t put my finger on it, but I know there is a spirit to a house.

I had a client who moved into a home and burst into tears… she felt the sadness in the home. It took them years of redecorating and moving things around to bring a new karma into the home. I turned to Oprah on this topic and wasn’t disappointed: Is Your House Making You Happy?

Sometime in the last ten years, our feelings about our homes shifted. When did we lose sight of the meaning of our homes? When did feelings of good Karma take back seat to "is it a good investment?" When did our homes become an ATM?

Our home should reflect our soul. They house our spirit and our dreams.

Originally published in Patch Lake Forest, May 10, 2011

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