|the American dream
||[Apr. 1st, 2015|08:37 pm]
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I'm renting a little apartment in a neighborhood I like (short term lease). One of my co-workers owns a house nearby and keeps encouraging me to also buy a house in the neighborhood, because it's a great place to live. I told him I don't want a house, I want a condo. I detest yard work and snow removal, I said (this is only part of it, I just hate how much time one must devote every day to house maintenance; it brings me zero joy). He said, "That's dumb--with what you save not paying condo fees, you can pay someone to do the lawn and shovel the snow." But he's actually just reflecting local bias; it's not normal to own a condo here, it's normal to rent until you can buy a house. I suspect much of the US is the same, but for a few large cities where people commonly live in multi-unit housing all their lives.|
Why is owning a house, specifically, the ultimate thing to which every American must aspire?