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By Tim Bray | Broker in Mystic, CT

Pride of Ownership - Window into a home owner's soul

Do you remember when you were a kid and you got a brand new bike. It was your mission to take care of it and make sure that it stayed in good shape. As time passed your bike began to show signs of wear but you still took pride in ownership. As adults we often times get wrapped up in our fast paced hectic lives that leave us little time to do anything but eat, sleep, and work. By the time we get home in the evening our minds have become soup and we have all we can do to get dinner ready, do a load of laundry and make sure that the kids have finished their homework.  Yet somehow it has become our passion to take care of our properties. After all, we have worked hard to put ourselves in a position where we are capable of home ownership and we are proud of our accomplishments. 

Our country has fallen on tough times as of late and most people have felt the pressure to some degree. Many home owners owe much more on their loans than the property is worth and feel that spending money on the upkeep of their home and yard is a complete waste of time and money....yet they still do it.  Drive through a neighborhood and take note of the properties free of debris, fallen sticks, loose hanging shutters and gutters. These home owners have what I call, "Pride of Ownership." It is my belief that the state of a person's home offers insight into the lives of the owners themselves and a set of beliefs and values that were instilled in them at a very young age.  I am not saying that the landscaping and finish work has to be elaborate, fancy, or expensive.....just neat, tidy, and taken care of.

As a real estate consultant, marketing professional, and realtor, I am able to say that properties offering pride of ownership are easier to market, seller faster, and for a higher price. These are the properties that I have elected to work with in my region regardless of price range. Do you have pride of ownership?

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