When we are in the market for a new home, we tend to tour many houses. Often we can appreciate the land on which the home sits or the architectural style of the home. We can appreciate the location, the schools or the proximity to town or work. We can be attracted to a home’s condition and modern features. Those factors seem to satisfy the list we’ve create in our head, tick off all the boxes and offer a good resale potential or price point. Those factors really matter and can contribute to our ease of living and financial well-being. But It can feel very cerebral, intellectual and cut and dried.  

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When we think about it and try to decide what home we want to rent or buy, all of the factors can feel overwhelming and confusing. What doesn’t feel confusing is what our heart feels. Does that home melt our heart? Does it feel like our home, our refuge, our heart space? Does that home offer the potential to become the place that will melt our heart?

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This is why we tend to be attracted to cottages, farmhouses, beamed ceilings, real wood floors, leaded glass windows, flower gardens, unique and quirky spaces, and room for a plot filled with vegetables. Some of these things have the power to melt our hearts. Balancing the practical, intellectual choices we have to make with the heart choices is part of the process, but when all is said and done, we realize that including some of the heart factors deeply matters. Often life is a balancing act. Certainly, it is when it comes to the place we live. Allowing our hearts to fully participate in the selection process usually brings immense rewards.

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