Whose house is it, anyway? Lynn spots a dispiriting trend:
HGTV is being taken over by real estate shows and even the normal home improvement shows beat you over the head with equity, equity, equity and don’t paint your walls that color because buyers won’t like it and you must “invest” in granite countertops because it’s what all the buyers want. This is exactly what has caused the problem in the housing market people are encouraged to think of a home as an investment.
This is absolutely the wrong attitude to have about home buying. I’m not an expert in these matters but it doesn’t take an expert to know that when someone creates a bubble it will eventually burst. A home is not an investment, at least not in the sense that you will sell it and make money; it’s a home, a place to live.
Lately, not in that other sense either.
And should I want the inside of my house to look like the office of a deranged dentist from the 1950s, or if were I to install Formica countertops with a boomerang pattern well, HGTV can bite me. I’m not going anywhere. When the next owners take over, they can send any complaints to me at Pine Box, Seventh Space From The Right, Row Twenty-Nine. I don’t much care what anyone thinks about that interior styling, either.