Well, it is official. Our house has a "For Sale" sign in the front lawn and we are listed on the MLS.
I have to admit, I think it is funny how realtors describe houses to attract buyers. I look at my house and think of it as the home that I brought my babies home to from the hospital. It's the home where my husband and I nursed his mother in her final days of cancer and where she drew her last breath. It is the home where three dogs happily romped. I have cooked umpteen Thanksgiving dinners and my husband has done likewise for Christmas, and we have had friends and family over for Easter brunch. My lawn features the Dia de los Muertos ofrenda every Halloween and my husband spares no expense for July 4th fireworks which are ignited in the street out front along with our neighbors' own.
Our relator, however, has it described thusly:
NUSA 2005 Neighborhood of the Year! Enjoy the good life in this historic charmer nestled amongst beautiful tree-lined streets in Santa Ana's highly sought after Floral Park. This architecually stunning property boasts arched doorways, built-in cabinetry, pristine Oak and Pine hardwood flooring, and a cozy wood burning fireplace for those special evenings. Don't miss this rare opportunity to own one of the unique 5 bedroom and 3 bathroom homes in this family friendly neighborhood!
Therein lies the difference between a house and a home.