“Some individuals become obsessed by it: They want it no matter where it is, what shape it’s in, and are willing to plunge into risk even if it will cost them more than it’s worth. In contrast, others are so committed to one and only one that they read endless articles about how to preserve it, how to jazz it up, how to update it so it doesn’t go out of style, and how to tweak it here and there so it remains a source of delight.”
Courtesy of Gina Barreca, who writes one-half of a he-said, she-said column called Irreconcilable Differences for the Courant. Some more of her sex-real estate thoughts:
Let’s face it: after a certain point in life, real estate becomes incredibly sexy.
How is real estate like sex? You want more of it. You’re convinced everyone has more of it than you do. You want it wherever you can get it. You wonder how you will know when the timing is right and you fear making a big mistake.
You wonder what you’ll do with it once you get it. You imagine its contours, textures, and impact on your life. You wonder what your friends will think. Will they envy you or think you’re overdoing it?
… Real estate is sexy because it’s about physical comfort and bodily pleasure, and it seems to create an appetite for itself. That’s why it’s fascinating to see what other people have — and what they’ve decided to do with it.
Does this mean that if you have a really big house, you’re trying to compensate for something?