This past weekend, one of my favorite recording artists from the 70’s, Dan Fogelberg, passed away with prostate cancer. His hits “Leader of the Band,” “Part of the Plan” and “Same Old Lang Syne” helped define the soft-rock era. He died Sunday at his home in Maine after battling prostate cancer. He was 56. He is survived by his wife, Jean. The hook in “Part of the Plan” says, “Love when you can, Cry when you have to, Be who you must, That’s a part of the plan..” What has that got to do with real estate?
In today’s world, real estate is one of the most safe investments one can make if you’re willing to hold a property for a number of years. Yet, when buying a personal residence, there is so much more in the decision than just financial profitability. Personal residences are more than a house, they are our homes. A place where dreams are created and realized and love flourishes. It’s a place where the kids grow up and, for some of us, where the grandchildren come to play and be spoiled by their Nana and Big Pop. There’s laughter and tears, a place where emotions run high. This is never more true than in the holiday season. It is always a time to reflect on the important stuff of life. So, when looking to buy a home, keep this in mind. You’re not just buying a house or structure, you’re buying a home where memories will be made.
So at this time of year, love when you can, cry if you have to. I’m sure Dan would be looking on those of us who are left behind to see if we are really doing this.