4 traits of happy homeowners

Future-Proof: Navigate Threats, Seize Opportunities at ICNY 2018 | Jan 22-26 at the Marriott Marquis, Times Square, New York

If someone were to chart it, I'd guess that the bell curve that represents how happy American homeowners have been over the last 10 years would be just about as volatile as the one that represents home values. Actually, the emotional roller coaster might even be a carbon copy of the path of home prices from peak to trough, as the joy and exuberance most owners express about their homes at any given moment is directly proportional to what it's worth at the time. But there are two germane, essential truths: (1) Happiness is the ultimate objective of the intentional life, of which homeownership is a part; and (2) Home values, like the value of any asset, go up and down. So, wouldn't it be great if we could decouple our experience of happiness with our homes from their values, freeing ourselves up to simply enjoy them and be happy no matter what's going on in the market? What if we can make our experience of homeownership recession-resistant, even if we can't recession-proof th...