Growing up I took for granted the fact that from the age of six to 17, I lived in the same house. Once I graduated high school that was a different story I moved over 15 times in 10 years from Cape Coral, FLorida to Soddy Daisy, Tennessee to Chattanooga, Tennessee. I enjoyed moving and buying and selling different homes, and figured eventually I would settle down.
Two years ago my sister and niece Gabby, moved down from New Hampshire to live with me in Tennessee. Gabby had only lived in one other house and she was three turning four so this was her first real memory of a house. I had just bought a house and asked Gabby what color did she want her room painted. Her response was a purple room, with lots pink. When Gabby came down she loved her room and the house. We lived there for about year and then I decided to sell the house and move closer to town. Gabby was heartbroken. Her response was, “Bran, why are you selling? My response, I need to sell to buy another house Gabby. But why I love this house, don’t you love it? Yes, Gabby but I want a new one. But why? Cause I want to be closer to town. But Bran my room is here.” Gabby just didn’t understand that we would get a new home.
Well during this time my sister got engaged and married, and when I sold my house Gabby moved into my brother-in-law’s apartment. My sister decorated her room, painting it, and even getting new bedding. But Gabby was so sad it was not in the house in Soddy. It has been almost two years and Gabby still brings up the fact that I sold her house and that she misses that place. Now my sister and brother-in-law are house shopping and Gabby is excited to find a house where it can be her room. She measures each house to the standard of the first house she lived in Tennessee, and she can’t wait to have a new home.
I thank all my fellow REALTORS for fighting to protect Chattanooga real estate and home ownership so that my niece can have a house that becomes her home, and room that is all hers.
Brandi Pearl Thompson
REALTOR®, Broker & Consultant