LIFE IS GOOD - WHEN YOU'RE IN CHARGE

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Real Estate Agent with Keller Williams Realty 0506509

It rests with heaven to decide who shall be chief among us, but you shall be master in your own house and over your own possessions. ---Homer,The Odyssey

I remember how excited I was to leave my parent’s home – wasn’t that the reason why I got married in the first place? A teenager doesn't want to live with their parents forever, you know...

Eight years of grammar school PLUS kindergarten and FOUR years of High School, AND living my whole life under my parents roof taught me everything I needed to you, you know...  

What's the big deal and how hard could it be to be on my own, living as a Tenant! Okay, so I wasn't alone, I was a married lady... you know!

Our first apartment was a little bigger than my bedroom back home, but geeze... at least I didn't have to share the bed with my kid sister anymore, or the bathroom with all my siblings and my parents (in addition to my grandparents who wondered over from time to time). Having a bathroom to share with just my husband in that tiny little apartment, couldn't be all that bad - could it?

Life is good when you're in charge and you finally break away from living with your parents. So what's the big deal? First, you have to make sure you have a security deposit for the first and last month's rent, have good credit, not be in any trouble with the law, and you have to make a good impression. Security Deposit - It helps to have a piggy bank that's full! First month's rent - No problem! I've been saving up for an apartment for the last three months, I thought to myself. Good credit - Well, if you don't have any credit it has to be good - right? I wasn't in trouble with the law, so I have to be approved, is what I thought.

Never underestimate the power of a Teenager - when they make their minds up to do something - they can do anything! Well, I did get my first apartment and that was like Heaven! Having your own apartment means this:

  • Following somebody else's rules - not your parent's (yippie)
  • If you're lucky, you get your own parking space
  • If you're really, really lucky, you get a garage space - but it will cost you more.
  • You can't hang pictures, shelves, or anything else you want on the walls - unless the Landlord approves.
  • You can't paint - unless the Landlord approves and then the Landlord has to approve what color you choose.
  • If you're really, really lucky enough, you get to paint the walls by yourself!
  • You get to give away half your stuff to charity or your friends - because you probably don't have enough room for your stuff.
  • You can choose to listen to any music you want - but you can't blast the music or play music when other people are trying to sleep.
  • You get to have the responsibility of paying your rent on time - otherwise the Landlord charges you extra money and if you bounce a check ..... well, we won't go there, but if you do go there, it's going to show up on your permanent Landlord referral report to your next landlord or mortgage company.
  • You get to spend the rest of your life dreaming about owning your own home and moving out, far away from your Landlord.

If you're lucky enough to survive the marriage, pay your bills and rent on time, develop coping skills for living in close proximity and sharing a teeny, tiny place with the person you love, then you will discover Homer was right:

It rests with heaven to decide who shall be chief among us, but you shall be master in your own house and over your own possessions. ---Homer,The Odyssey

True Story by Patricia Feager, Keller Williams Realty

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Patricia Feager, MBA, GRI, Certified Negotiations Expert

Patricia Feager Sells Flower Mound/DFW-TX
"The Little REALTOR That Could"
Keller Williams Realty
2611 Cross Timbers Road
Flower Mound, TX 75028
www.patriciafeager.com
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Seriously giving an AMEN to ALL of this!!! :)

May 31, 2012 07:36 PM
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Patricia, great advice for young adults who like to  be in charge of their own lives.

May 31, 2012 08:09 PM
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Yes, this is all great advice, but I don't believe you would have changed a thing. Young adult have to go through this process and it is a great training ground for the later years.

Thank you for sharing the post with all of us.

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Good morning Patricia.  I always enjoy reading your posts.

Have a great day and an outstanding weekend.

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I just loved Cal's comment (#7), wasn't that just charming? And, it is so true, it's exactly what I felt too when reading yet another delightful post of yours. I'm hoping you're on your own Odyssey today to help someone become the master of their own their own house. ;)

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I enjoy being a REALTOR selling residential properties in the Dallas/Fort Worth area, especially where I office in Flower Mound. I have been in the business for more than 11 years at Keller Williams Realty. I've built my business by referrals and I care enough to provide quality service to keep business relationships strong. My passion is writing about the things that are important to me and for my business. I'm an advocate for education and family comes first. I find inspiration in nature. Wherever I go, I manage to photo journal and learn something new, even if it's as simple as observing a butterfly. I've done some commercial properties too and I believe home ownership is better than renting.