On this Independence Day, the day our nation celebrates its freedom, I thought I would reflect on the significance of the word and how it pertains to real estate – I mean everything pertains to real estate, right?
Most of us don’t remember taking our first steps, some of us can’t recall our first day of kindergarten, but most of us know what it felt like to walk onto that college campus. The fear, the exhilaration, the feeling that we were all on our own. That’s independence. Later curfews, if any at all. Adults weren’t watching your every move. You had some space to grow and to make mistakes.
Much like it was to get that first apartment. That was real freedom. Until the landlord came asking for the rent. But, we could come and go as we pleased, have anyone over to visit at any time of day, and have only cheese balls in the pantry and Budweiser in the refrigerator if that’s what we wanted. There were some limitations about how loud you could play your music and what color your walls could be, but it was ours, nonetheless.
Real independence is the day you buy your first house. You can landscape your yard, put wood on the floors, paint the front door, and call it home. In this country, we are truly fortunate to that homeownership is highly attainable and that we have that right at all. Today, as you’re grilling outside on your patio, sitting by the pool or playing corn hole in your yard, take a moment to smile and be thankful for your independence. It’s yours, you did it, and be thankful for the others that fought to keep this country free.
Michelle Froedge is a residential Realtor and Principal Broker in the Greater Nashville and Williamson County areas of Tennessee. “Mom” to four-legged fur babies, Tyler and Livvie, Auntie to Zelamie, she is a vegetarian and sings in her spare time. Michelle has lived in Nashville and Franklin since 1997 and has been selling homes since 2004.