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Home is Where Our Hearts Are

I tell my clients that whatever house they choose to purchase, it is really up to them to make it their home. They usually ask:

What do I mean by making the house my home?

I tell them to look under the seller’s clutter (or stuff) and imagine the house is theirs. I ask them to make a list of each house we view with pertinent points to make the shell of a house their own personal comfortable home.

1)    Where would tMy HOMEhey put their own furniture in place of the occupant’s ‘stuff’.

2)    Is the location of the home REALLY where they want?

3)    How close to the shopping center, schools, freeway access?

4)    Is the yard big enough or small enough for them?

5)    Are you being realistic on what you can get for the price you are approved?

6)    Does the house have enough bedrooms/baths?

7)    What can you do with/without?

8)    Can you do with a carport vs. garage?

9)    You don’t like the bright pink and lavender paint….imagine your color?

10)  Okay, so you can’t get over the smoke smell. …..Yeah, me either.

My mom contemplated ‘downsizing’ a few years back. She was happy when my son decided to get out of the U.S. Navy and come home. Since my mom has a bigger place, he went back to her house. He grew up there…and it was his home….it still is.

My daughter had a place to come home to when her husband was deployed to Afghanistan. I have 3 months left with my grandson and daughter before they return to their home to complete their family once again. That will be their HOME.

I see my old house every morning when I go see my grandson. It used to be my home…but now I have built a life with my husband and we made our small little 1 bedroom townhouse our HOME.



It’s our families and the memories…

…that make my house….

…..A HOME.




Celeste "Sally" Cheeseman  is a Realtor-Associate® and Certified Residential Specialist (CRS) with Century 21 Liberty Homes in Mililani, Hawaii. With a sharp understanding that a listening ear is the key to a client's needs  she serves the island of Oahu (Honolulu County) and all Hawaii Military Relocations, Hawaii Retirees, Hawaii Job Transfers and Hawaii Residents, Home Buyers and Sellers.


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Comment balloon 5 commentsCeleste "SALLY" Cheeseman • October 17 2013 09:13AM


OK so for you home is family and isn't that what it should be.  I am having the best time with this contest because I am basically nosy.  Thanks for posting to the contest.

Posted by Liz Wallace, Broker C21 Sherlock Homes, Rockville Centre, LI, N (Century 21 Sherlock Homes) about 6 years ago
Aloha, Sally. Just returned from 2 weeks in Honolulu and Waikiki where I once lived. Thought of you when we shopped and dined on a huge plate lunch in Wapio/Pearl Ridge area as Mililani signs were all around. Two of my children who still live on the Hawaiian Islands suggested the Chicken Katsu plate lunch; never saw such a huge lunch. DELICIOUS!! Thank you for sharing your home. Home is all about loving memories. By the way, Waikiki is really beautiful. Changed so much in past 10 years. Was nice to be 'back home'
Posted by Jane Chaulklin-Schott, TeamConnect Luxury Homes - Orlando, Florida, 32836 (TEAMCONNECT REALTY - (407) 394-9766) about 6 years ago

Liz...too funny!  Stay tuned for our contest coming up in November!

Jane:  Too cool!  And this is why we find it hard to diet....the food is just toooooo onolicious!

Posted by Celeste "SALLY" Cheeseman, (RA) AHWD CRS ePRO OAHU HAWAII REAL ESTATE (Liberty Homes) about 6 years ago


I am with you!   You buy a house but make it a home!


Posted by DeeDee Riley, Realtor - El Dorado Hills & the Surrounding Areas (Lyon Real Estate - El Dorado Hills CA) almost 6 years ago

Sally ~  sounds like there have been quite a few military members.  My nephew graduated Basic Training for the Air Force in September and in December he will be stationed in Germany.

Posted by Dawn A Fabiszak, The Dawn of a New Real Estate Experience! (Private Label Realty ( Denver metro area, Colorado) almost 6 years ago

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