Monday, January 28, 2008

Buying houses is a human a thing.

This human endeavor of creating and finding a home ( both practical and yet every bit motivated by the same spirit that is the impetus for rearranging the furniture or planting a flower garden) will not cease simply because an article in the Washington Post wants to paint the DC region in broad strokes of crisis. (The District home prices ares down only 2% overall and actually higher than 2006 for two months in the fall--- if you read the fine print!)

Building a home (or buying and establishing a home) is a fundamental human endeavor. There are many creatures who participate in the act of building their homes. Beavers come to mind, as do birds. ( But foxes are more renovators than builders of new.) At the beginning of human civilization when homo sapiens generally ceased to be nomadic, food surplus from the expansion of subsistence farming allowed a diversification of societal roles and the development of specialized jobs. Art began to flourish, writers recorded events, trade skills for the building of homes in villages and cities became respected and permanent unique contributors to society. The need for shelter, basic for human existence, now was not just a practical concern but a channel for human expression and beauty, lasting tributes to the growth of civilization. I think of the mosaic tile floors with their testimony to Roman life among the flourish of colored pieces requiring much time to assemble. I think, too, of the Greek adornment of the Corinthian column and in the later years the expression of humanity in the great cathedrals—many planned and constructed during periods of economic crisis.

Finding a home as a human endeavor is very much like funeral industry. We are down to basic human activities that go to the root of being human: birth, living and death. That second one requires a home of some sort. Humans must build their world, unlike the wild animals whose instincts take care of the living. So we build our homes. They are expressions of humanity’s search for happiness. We never take a break for or search for happiness for ourselves and our families. (Just watch HGTV for an afternoon!)

So I am not giving up on my career of helping people find the home that makes them happy. I am confident that people will continue to want:

A change of place

More space for a growing family

Less space and more decoration

Less space for a shrinking family

A place to not have to mow a lawn

A place close to a grocery store and a bank

A place that has more windows and light

A place to own

More comfortable living

A change of perspective

Seeking community

Saving the environment

Taking control of one’s life

Building a family and a future

Creative and aesthetic building is a human endeavor

Preserving history

All my listings from 290 k to 600 k have regular activity at this time. While it takes longer to come to agreement on price, I have made a living in this last slow year and 2008 for me has started out with more activity than 2007!

Let’s hear it for humanity!

1 comment:

poo poo said...

of course! i'm a classic example!

always looking at houses, waiting for 'the right moment'.

i think you hit the nail on the head.

there's just a lot of hoopla going on right now.

i remember buying my first house in dc. it was an agent from begg long and foster. that was.... about 1996-97. she said that properties past 18th street NW were properties she wouldn't deal with because she didn't want to feel responsible for what happened to us.


look at the area now.

she was the farthest thing from a visionary, and was just trying to hit a commission on a house in upper NW, which she did.. but not much.

she was a simple agent. an egotistical arse, as far as i'm concerned. she didn't even show up for the closing.

folks want, and agents can provide vision. but you have to be real. at the end of the day, buyers "feel" it. i did. it took me a while, but then i realized what a chump our agent was.

and we bought when things were pretty shit in dc.

keep the faith!