In my last post, What is Home?, I shared my filming experience with director Scott Paul for his documentary What Home Means to Me. I talked about the physical structure of the home and the little touches we add to make it “ours.”
According to the information provided by the U.S. Census Bureau, the average American moves once every five years. That’s a lot of dwellings. Those statistics made me curious as to why folks relocate so often compared to our ancestors. So I did a little research.
Jobs. Let’s face it, a good job where we’re happy is hard to find nowadays, and if we find it the corporate powers don’t keep us for long. Sadly, retirement is becoming a thing of the past.
Safety. Crime is on the rise, including Small Town, USA.
Growing families. This is always a good thing. More people + more love = bigger house.
Economy. Many companies are downsizing or sending their work overseas. Between fluctuating gas prices, high health care costs, and job losses, more homes become vacant every day.
Getting older. Once the kids are grown and gone, a large home becomes impractical and many couples downsize to a more manageable property.
Relationships. Most newlywed couples are on the market for a first home, while divorces cause need for separate ones.
Jones Syndrome. You know the saying, “keeping up with the Jones’s,” or in Layman’s terms, covetousness. Some folks move simply for status factor.
Of course there are many more reasons. But one underlying factor I found in my research is restlessness. Humans searching for a sense of self. Though I believe many of us do it unknowingly, we tend to put our identity in our careers and trades, forgetting those things have no bearing on who we truly are on the inside. Therefore we move for job promotions, we transfer to keep our trade (which I know sometimes is absolutely necessary), we move because our souls are restless. And then there’s moving out of need.
So let’s talk about the real estate trail. I myself have moved four times in the last fourteen years–when I got married, when my husband’s job changed, when we needed a larger house for our growing family, and when my job transferred. I am the average American. What about you? How many times have you relocated? Was it by choice or need?
~Candice Sue Patterson writes Modern-Vintage Romance–where the past and present collide with faith. Her debut novel How to Charm a Beekeeper’s Heart will release with Pelican Book Group in 2016. For more, visit her website at www.candicesuepatterson.com.