Trying To Set Up Permanent Residency

Trying To Set Up Permanent Residency

Discussing the barriers to home ownership.


A few weeks ago, a good friend and I were talking about the horrible state of the housing market currently, but we still want a house. I've wanted to own a house since the early 2000s when I saw that the rent I paid went to nothing but simply the permission to store my belongings somewhere.

I always wanted a ranch house. A place with no stairs. Therefore a place without an attic or a basement. Like an independent apartment with more bedrooms.

There are SO many abandoned houses in Cleveland that aren't being restored and given to the homeless. So much land that isn't being used to build new streets and neighborhoods. People in similar situations in life that are also tired of just throwing thousands of dollars to landlords every year.

We're not the only two to notice the bad housing state. Rent-To-Own companies have popped up out of thin air, and disappear as fast as they come. People end up giving them money but never get a house. What's the purpose of getting paid $20-$40 from each person you scam then leaving the scene? Wouldn't it be better to give people what they want and build business and money due to being a quality company of one's word?

We could always own a home the traditional way, but there's nothing but really expensive roadblocks. One needs like a ridiculously high credit score, $10,000 down plus at least $3,000 in the bank to show that your down payment didn't completely wipe you out. This doesn't include the $100 for the moving truck and the $300-$800 moving help expenses.

What happened to the ancient American tradition of simply finding a place to move and then moving in? No red tape, no thousands of precious dollars lost, no sucking up required. Did "Grapes Of Wrath" hold those secrets?

My friend and I also looked into Recreational Vehicles (RVs) and the Tiny Houses phenomenon. Not only are these a bit cheaper methods to home ownership, these alternatives are easier to obtain. For under $1000 Home Depot can build someone a tiny house/shed.

Yet, of course, there are barriers. Lots of places forbid RVs or restrict them too far away trailer parks and RV parks. And because the tiny house phenomenon has caught on so quickly, states are starting to ban their building. What the bottom line is to prevent growth is beyond me.

I feel homeownership should be part of an adults' quality of living. To have a permanent residence somewhere that one feels completely comfortable and can thrive in. I also know that home ownership requires a lot of work. If an appliance breaks down, you have pay someone to fix it. You have to do lawn care or pay someone to do it. You can plant flowers or pay someone to do it.

Replacing the roof and the gutters when they deteriorate. Painting the house or replacing the siding when needed. But are all these requirements really enough of a stop sign to complete independence? I don't think so. People will do extensive amounts of maintenance to keep a car, but not invest in a state of permanent residence.

I don't really have a point or a solution to this quandary. I just wanted to put my thoughts out there about this issue.

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10 Things Someone Who Grew Up In A Private School Knows

The 10 things that every private school-goer knows all too well.


1. Uniforms

Plaid. The one thing that every private school-goer knows all too well. It was made into jumpers, skirts, shorts, scouts, hair ties, basically anything you could imagine, the school plaid was made into. You had many different options on what to wear on a normal day, but you always dreaded dress uniform day because of skirts and ballet flats. But it made waking up late for school a whole lot easier.

2. New people were a big deal

New people weren't a big thing. Maybe one or two a year to a grade, but after freshman year no one new really showed up, making the new kid a big deal.

3. You've been to school with most of your class since Kindergarten

Most of your graduating class has been together since Kindergarten, maybe even preschool, if your school has it. They've become part of your family, and you can honestly say you've grown up with your best friends.

4. You've had the same teachers over and over

Having the same teacher two or three years in a row isn't a real surprise. They know what you are capable of and push you to do your best.

5. Everyone knows everybody. Especially everyone's business.

Your graduating class doesn't exceed 150. You know everyone in your grade and most likely everyone in the high school. Because of this, gossip spreads like wildfire. So everyone knows what's going on 10 minutes after it happens.

6. Your hair color was a big deal

If it's not a natural hair color, then forget about it. No dyeing your hair hot pink or blue or you could expect a phone call to your parents saying you have to get rid of it ASAP.

7. Your school isn't like "Gossip Girl"

There is no eating off campus for lunch or casually using your cell phone in class. Teachers are more strict and you can't skip class or just walk right off of campus.

8. Sports are a big deal

Your school is the best of the best at most sports. The teams normally go to the state championships. The rest of the school that doesn't play sports attends the games to cheer on the teams.

9. Boys had to be clean-shaven, and hair had to be cut

If you came to school and your hair was not cut or your beard was not shaved, you were written up and made to go in the bathroom and shave or have the head of discipline cut your hair. Basically, if you know you're getting written up for hair, it's best just to check out and go get a hair cut.

10. Free dress days were like a fashion show

Wearing a school uniform every day can really drive you mad. That free dress day once a month is what you lived for. It was basically a fashion show for everyone, except for those upperclassmen who were over everything and just wore sweat pants.

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An Ending Is A New Beginning

The end is just the beginning of a new story.


Endings are hard. They are bittersweet, and almost always painful; Whether it is the ending of a book, a movie, a beloved tv series, or a relationship.

Endings to me are the start of something new and fresh. There is a breath of fresh air to the closing of one door and the opening of another. From now on, my focus is on me and how I can best love myself. I want to be involved more in school activities and stay at school more weekends, rather than head home to see someone.

I have never taken time for myself. I always put others first, and there is never anything wrong with that, but it begins to weigh on a person when they neglect their own needs.

My new philosophy is that my happiness and my needs are going to come first. I put off what I needed for a long time in favor of someone else's needs. People often forget that their feelings matter too when they're in a relationship, and out their significant other above themselves. This ending for me is the absolute fresh start after a long almost three years where I put how I felt on the back burner in favor of someone else.

Now, it's my turn to start putting myself first and become an even better version of me.

Always make sure that you take care of yourself in every possible situation; Your health is the most important thing about you. If you don't take care of yourself before you try to take care of someone else, it will only end badly for both people involved.

Self-love and self-care are the most important things for a person, and my self-love is starting with growing out my hair, finishing out this second semester strong, and planning a beach trip for May with some of my favorite human beings.

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