Did you know: Utah is the only state in the United States that celebrates Pioneer Day. I love Pioneer Day because it reminds me of the effort and sacrifices of our predecessors in fulfilling their American dreams. Especially when it comes to buying a home, I think we have something to learn from the pioneers.
1) You don’t know your destination until you get there:
The famous Utah monument “This is the Place” tells the story of the original settlers of Utah. They had traveled across the barren frontier looking for the “right” place. When they saw the Salt Lake Valley, they said, “This is the place!”
In the same way, you’ll know your home when you see it. A home doesn’t have to be flawless to resonate with you. In fact, a shaky handle or a squeaky floor may become endearing. You want to love your house enough that you can truly feel at home there.
2) A home is worth everything:
The first people to call Utah home literally gave up friends, family, possessions, places they loved, and their lifestyles to start over in a new home. Hopefully you will never have to give up all of that! However, buying a home does require some sacrifices. Budgets might become tighter to support mortgage payments, but I think you will find that having a place of your own is worth it.
3) Value increases with time:
When the original settlers moved to their new homes, they didn’t just have to pack boxes and coordinate with the moving truck. They built their homes from what they found on the land and started working in agriculture and livestock. Their hard work created townships that have evolved into lovely, bustling cities. What was then a dry and desolate desert is now a hub of activity and a thriving economy. The value of your home will also increase as you invest in both beautifying it and creating memories there. Starting now will start something that will give back to you in the future.
I am so grateful for those that built the first homes here in Utah--it has become a special home for me and my family. If you are ready to own your own home, we would love to help you have your “this is the place” moment. We will make your process of finding a home much easier than the pioneers', we promise.