Blogging from Brookside in Kansas City: June is National Homeownership Month

June is National Homeownership Month

Here are some of my favorite song lyrics involving “home”...


“Home for the holidays, I believe I’ve missed each and every face..please celebrate me home”


“Home sings me of sweet things, my life there has it’s own wings”


“Come on take me away…home again”


“Could it be that I have found my home at last…home at last”


Our home in BrooksideIt’s National Home Ownership month and as any homeowner knows, owning a house is just more than keeping up with the maintenance, décor, the never ending projects and yard work.   It’s where lasting memories are made, some joyous and some can be painful.  Although hubby and I have owned three Brookside homes, it’s this one that seems the most special.  Hearing all the kids play in the yard on Saturdays, helping to shovel snow, hosting cookouts on the patio, lighting candles when electricity goes out, living through a kitchen renovation,  having yard sales and Christmas celebrations and prom photos and wedding preparations. I really wish the walls could talk and tell me tales of other families who have lived here since 1928.


Erin's wedding day-rear of homeThe strong pull of wanting to own a home is more than just having a physical place to live.  It’s also wanting to create your own safe and special place, your retreat from the world…nurturing an atmosphere of love and warmth for children, family and visitors.  How many times have you said to yourself “I just want to go home!”? 


Do the emotional benefits of having a home outweigh the financial considerations???  Most renters know that paying your own mortgage is better than someone else’s. But home ownership is way out of reach for so many people, due to stagnant wages, student loan debt, the gig economy, rising prices far above inflation.  And some folks just don’t want the responsibility of owning a house.


I love being a homeowner—especially in my old 1920s neighborhood of Brookside.  It’s a wonderful location, with so much charm and workability, friendly neighbors and many locally owned businesses.  Brookside will never lose its appeal for homebuyers.


Being a Realtor allows me to help buyers find just the right home.  Often it’s not ‘the perfect house’—but usually I can feel it’s ‘the one’ for them…and they can feel it too.  The homebuying process can be exciting and stressful at the same time, spread out over many months.  In the end, at the closing table…the new owners are ready to move in and turn the house into a home.

Mary Hutchison, SRES, ABR

(Brookside/Armour Hills resident, local business supporter, NPR fan, Habitat ReStore volunteer, thankful for the gift of another day!)


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Comment balloon 5 commentsMary Hutchison, SRES, ABR • June 17 2019 09:01PM


Excited in our market to be finding more loans that span the needs of more potential homeowners  these days...from Doctors with education debt to people recovering from financial is a win/win !

Posted by Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce (EXP Realty 414-525-0563) 7 months ago

Mary, how well you have decsribed the home-ownership pull - emotional and  financial. I enjoyed reading your essay.

Posted by Steffy Hristova, Tempe AZ Realtor - Your Home Close to Your Work! (HomeSmart Elite Group Tempe AZ Tel: 480-966-9353) 7 months ago

Good morning Mary - home is where the heart is and I feel the same way as you.  I am going to write my story for this contest.

Posted by Grant Schneider, Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes (Performance Development Strategies) 7 months ago

Like you, Mary, I love living in an 'old' neighborhood - the charm is just unmatched in the newer neighborhoods.

Love your list of songs and completely agree with your take on the emotional and financial benefits of homeownership. We are so blessed to be able to be homeowners - you're right, not everone can.

Thank you so much for your entry, Mary! I enjoyed getting to know a little more about you!

Posted by Debe Maxwell, CRS, Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods ( | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310) 7 months ago

Hi Mary Hutchison, SRES, ABR - A special song and a special home are memorable! You hit this blog post on Home Ownership out of the park! I enjoyed reading it. You really did a great job!

Posted by Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP, Selling Homes Changing Lives (DFW FINE PROPERTIES) 7 months ago