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September 17, 2014
The Benefits of Relocation
After taking a look at the title of this post you’re probably wondering if you are in the right place. Can buying and selling real estate really be therapeutic? The answer is yes, and in more ways than one. Whether you call it the geographic cure, real estate therapy or relocation therapy, they are all one in the same.
For some people the enotional need to relocate is due to a demanding job. For others it may be a broken relationship, the tragic loss of a loved one or a means to escape from a congested and overpopulated city. Amazingly, psychologists are gradually presenting more valid evidence to support the fact that relocation is a viable form of therapy for individuals who wish to escape for any reason.
Here are a few things you should know about relocation therapy and why it has become a major part of the real estate industry.
The Purpose of Relocation Therapy
As mentioned earlier, the need for real estate therapy may vary with everyone, however, its general purpose is to retune the mind and allow people to abandon an unhappy life by physically relocating to a livelier or otherwise better surrounding. Recent research has revealed that 63% of individuals decide to relocate without practical reasons, but rather as an attempt to get a “fresh start”. Although it is difficult to forget traumatic events of the past, moving to surroundings where you are not constantly reminded of your problems can be very healing.
Real estate therapy has also been linked to neurology; human beings are believed to have evolved as nomads; therefore, it is a popular belief that it is encoded in our brains to explore new places. In addition, from a neurological perspective, real estate therapy is said to have stemmed from the human desire to “pack up and leave” whenever we are confronted by a problem. A new environment gives us a new outlook on life and the opportunity to start anew.
Leaving Your Heart At Home
“The home is where the heart lies,” we are all familiar with this phrase and for those who have ever been homesick can relate. For most people, after 10 years of occupying their home it becomes more than a shelter. For them it has become a symbol of their styles, personality, cherished memories and values. While for others, it is just an address for lodging and receiving mail.
If your home is not just an address to you but a reflection of treasured life experiences, selling and relocating can be extremely therapeutic and if you are not careful you may end up regretting the move. Specialists often recommend that you should take adequate time to plan when you are about to make a life changing decision such as moving.
If you decide to relocate for therapeutic reasons, chances are you have already bitten off more than you can chew. Understand that there are risks involved in relocation. Be sure to establish a clear balance between your emotional desires and your financial standing. Think practically and avoid making impulsive decisions.
Should I Stay or Leave?
Finding a new place you can call home is challenging and an ordeal in itself. There is much you’ll have to do; Arrange your belongings, evaluate the property and scrutinise your new home, among other responsibilities. As you make all the necessary arrangements, take time to prepare yourself to let go of the life you once had before you make the move.
Take quality photos of the house for the sales process and be ready to leave when you are comfortable. Although it might be difficult to move, chances are you will be glad you took the step. Remember, real estate therapy will not be effective if the problem you are running away from comes with you.