Now and again I help people buy and sell homes related to changes at work. Sometimes people relocate. Sometimes they’re downsizing and sometimes they’re looking for a vacation home. Often I hear from traveling salespeople buying a home, “It’s a great house. Too bad I won’t spend any time in it.”
Maybe you or a family you know has someone who spends upwards of 80 percent of their time on the road. It can be a real challenge to be out there earning a living, be it for a family of four at home or even a spouse who has to stay behind hold down the fort.
I feel for those of you out there who invest in a home but miss out on it most of the time because of a hectic travel schedule. I hope you love your jobs and in the end you feel the sacrifice is worth it. I think we should all recognize how hard that can be. While a sales career can be exciting early on, it’s often after years on the road that it begins to take a toll.
To that end, I came across this quote, and I thought it spoke fairly to the situation of the home-owning road warriors out there:
“You need a village, if only for the pleasure of leaving it. A village means that you are not alone, knowing that in the people, the trees, the earth, there is something that belongs to you, waiting for you when you are not there.” -Cesare Pavese (Italian poet, novelist, critic)
I hope you treasure your home and your neighborhood and the people there. We always look forward to your return.