Somewhere in the housing debacle, we forgot the true purpose of a home. We began to believe that houses were something to be invested in, cared for, manicured and decorated. We forgot that the main purpose of a home, no matter how humble, is to raise and protect our young. And a home doesn’t have to be a free-standing dwelling. An apartment or condominium will do. Sharing space with other loving relatives is great. Small and efficient trumps a McMansion. We forgot that kids don’t really care about how big the mortgage payment is, they just want to be cared for in a safe environment.
If you are thinking of buying a home, be sure to consider its purpose in your life. Do you want a good place to raise your children? Or a comfortable retirement home? Put your money and efforts toward a home that fits your lifestyle concepts and your budget, rather than one that may be too showy. You might find that you are happy with small, and have more money to spend on the things in life that are truly important. Our housing here is all temporary, anyway.