If you haven’t bought a home yet, you’re missing out on a wonderful feeling! That moment when you walk through your doors, throw your purse or keys on the floor, plop down on your couch and breathe a sigh of relief while thinking, “Finally, it’s ours (or mine)!” And the joy of looking at all of your boxes, getting to roll your eyes about why you buy so much stuff, then giving yourself a moment to take a nap because you worked hard to get here and earned it! Yes that’s a real feeling!
We often hear, and read, about the cost effectiveness of home ownership. The equity build-up, the freedom it can give us from finances in our retirement years, and a plethora of other ways owning a home can be a positive impact on your bottom dollar. But we don’t often hear about the emotional impact owning a home can have. Yes there will be days the fridge is acting silly and you need to call your home warranty, or days you have to get outside to mow your own yard, but nothing beats the pride and joy of owning a home.
There is a sense of security, and a sense of “this is mine and I worked my way up to this moment,” that provides moments of bliss. The ability to do with your home as you please, not pay a pretty penny for every member of your fur family, and the privacy it provides can’t be beat.
Home ownership also gives you the ability to put down some roots. And we mean that figuratively and literally. You get to build memories through the holidays and go through many milestones with your family, that leave a significant impact into the later years. You also get to build bonds with your neighbors, and grow in a community oriented neighborhood. With rentals, people come and go annually, but there are deeper roots planted with building relationships with those living next to you. Potlucks, 4th of July and New Year’s Eve spent lighting fireworks, and just the excitement of getting to know each other and build new relationships.
Buying a home isn’t about the dollars and cents for everyone, sometimes it’s just about the joy of owning your own place, and getting to build amazing memories in it. If you’ve been longing for this, get in touch with me, and make it happen. You owe it to yourself to make your dreams come true!
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CITY OF ASTORIA HISTORIC RENOVATION GRANT
CITY OF ASTORIA
Founded 1811 ● Incorporated 1856
The City of Astoria has received a grant from the State Historic Preservation Office to assist property owners with historic renovations. The Astoria Historic Landmarks Commission’s renovation grant program will make these funds available to homeowners desiring to make exterior rehabilitation or renovation improvements. For 2017, projects in the Uniontown neighborhood will take priority. Should additional funds be available after initial outreach to the Uniontown area, funds will be open to other eligible historic properties.
Properties designated as a Historic Landmark, contributing to a National Register Historic District, or as a National Landmark are eligible. Renovation or rehabilitation work needs be located on the primary facade of the structure or where it is highly visible to the public. Structural improvements to preserve the integrity of the structure may also qualify.
Projects may receive 50% of the project cost up to a maximum of $3,000 in grant funds. Projects must be completed by July 31, 2017.
If you are interested in applying for these grant funds, please contact Nancy Ferber at 503-338- 5183 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Applications will be reviewed on a first-come, first-served basis. Program guidelines and applications are available at www.astoria.or.us, under Community Development Department, and select Projects, or from City Hall, 1095 Duane Street, Astoria.
The grant program has been financed with Federal funds from the National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior. The contents and opinions of any documents do not necessarily reflect the views or policies of the Department of the Interior, nor does the mention of trade names or commercial products constitute endorsement or recommendation by the Department of the Interior.