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When You Think You’ve Made a Mistake

Agnes Zak

Agnes Zak is an award-winning Realtor with Premier Sotheby's International Realty who is passionate about helping her clients accomplish their goals a...

Agnes Zak is an award-winning Realtor with Premier Sotheby's International Realty who is passionate about helping her clients accomplish their goals a...

Feb 8 4 minutes read

I’ve made a mistake. 

You’d be surprised at how often I hear this from people, a few years after they’ve purchased their home. Many homeowners look around and think, “This didn’t work out the way I thought.” They feel disheartened and wonder if they’re stuck or if they can do something different.

Some of these “mistakes” are more common than you think. If this sounds familiar, you’re not alone.

The “More Room” Mistake

We have a lot of snowbirds here in Naples. Plenty of people buy second homes or vacation homes to enjoy the beach. They look for a little condo to avoid some of the headaches and hassles of home maintenance or to be closer to the beach. After a few holidays with the kids and grandkids, they wonder if they should have bought the bigger home. Family doesn’t visit that often but when they do, it would be nice to have room for everyone. 

They made the decision thinking it would be fine or that a hotel would work out, only to realize they want their kids and grandkids around them. The other side is that not everyone fits into the condo but everyone tries and it makes for cramped quarters every visit. 

The “Location” Mistake

It happens to everyone. You thought you wanted to live here but really, “here” is the worst spot for you. This happens a lot with buyers who dream of a remote living lifestyle, away from the hustle and bustle. A lot of retirees thought they wanted a life of “quiet retirement” away from people. A couple of years in, if that long, and they realize it’s not for them. They miss the hustle and bustle, and they miss being around people.

On the other side, you might have told yourself that you could handle the commute to live out of the crowd and noise. But your drive to work takes up so much of your time and gas that it would be easier to live closer to work and deal with the city life.

The “Wrong Community” Mistake

A lot of factors play a part in deciding which neighborhood or community you want to live in. Families with young children may be in for a shock when their neighborhood becomes a ghost town for a big chunk of the year. The kids want to go trick-or-treating but the snowbirds aren’t back in town yet. Or you want your kids to have friends in the neighborhood only to discover you’re one of two or three families and no one has kids your age.

On the flip side, maybe you hoped for a quiet community and discovered your neighborhood is filled with kids. It’s fun on big holidays but what you really want is peace and quiet, a slower pace of life, and something other than the neighborhood you chose.

The reality is that where you live isn’t a mistake. You made the best decision you could at the time, but nothing stays the same and everything changes. Our life evolves and with it, our needs and lifestyle change. What might have seemed like a good idea a few years ago won’t always work after a while. Don’t look at your current home as a big mistake but at the prospect of a new home as a new chapter in your life. You’re ready to move in a new direction and see where life takes you -- and your home needs to reflect that. 

Are you ready to find a new home that suits your life today? Let’s talk!

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