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We often talk a lot about why it makes financial sense to buy a home. Indeed, there are many financial advantages for homeownership, but ultimately we drawn because of emotional reasons.

No matter the living space, the feeling of a home means different things to different people. Whether it’s a certain scent or a favorite chair, the feel-good connections to our own homes are typically more important to us than the financial ones. Here are four reasons why:

1. Owning your home is an accomplishment worth celebrating

You’ve likely worked very hard to achieve this dream. Whether it’s your first home or your fifth, congratulations for this milestone—You’ve earned it!

2. There’s no place like home

Homeownership offers not only safety and security, but also a comfortable place where you can simply relax and kick-back after a long day. Sometimes, that’s just what we need to feel recharged and truly content.

3. You can find more space to meet your needs

Whether you want more room in your home for your changing lifestyle (think: working from home, virtual school, or a personal gym), or you simply prefer to have a large backyard for socially-distant entertaining, you can invest in a location that truly works for your evolving needs.

4. You have control over renovations, updates, and your style

Looking to try one of those complicated wall treatments you saw on Pinterest? Tired of paying an additional pet deposit for your apartment building? Maybe you want to finally adopt that fur-baby puppy or kitten you’ve been hoping for. You can do all of these things in your own home.

Bottom Line

Whether you’re a first-time homebuyer or a move-up buyer wanting to start a new chapter, now is a great time to reflect on the intangible factors that turn a house into a happy home.