In Pursuit of Lifestyle

Hibiscus International has been one of North America’s leaders in Real Estate Travel for the past 15 years.  I had the crazy notion of blending two of my favourite passions – travel and real estate.  If you click on our Real Estate Travel page, you will see the many ways we help investors explore global properties.  In response to the great interest, we have added a section to our quarterly newsletter sharing insights, thoughts and updates on what’s happening in the world of investment and second home real estate.   

I recently made a major lifestyle change which took considerable thought and perhaps a little over-analysis.  In the end, I held my breath, took control and jumped into uncharted waters.

The whole catalyst for this change was my desire to improve my lifestyle which made me have to stop and reflect – what was my current lifestyle.  In fact, what did lifestyle mean?  So I asked Google Assist and this is what came up:    

Life style noun 1. The way in which a person or group lives.

What caught my attention most, was the word life style was not viewed as something in the future, but where we are right now. 

You might be asking what does this have to do with real estate, when in fact it’s one of the first considerations before venturing forward with any new goal or dream.  Where are you now?  Take stock of what you have, what’s working, what’s not.  By doing so you will have started the process leading you to finding your own direction and perhaps, a place you’re meant to call home.

Here are a few questions to ask yourself as you start your journey:

  1. What do I envision when I think about purchasing a second home or investment property? Does this come from past experience or a future dream? Who’s in my picture? Close your eyes and envision the scenerio. What do I see? hear? smell? taste? feel? 
  1. Will I be sharing this lifestyle with anyone else and if so, what is their vision? Ask them to go through the same scenerio unedited or influenced by you. How does this compare to your dream?  Now talk about it!  

By taking the time for these two critical steps, you will make everything about your personal journey to come, that much easier.  I hope you are as excited as we are to see where your dreams will take you. 

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