A Place to Call Home

Adams Homes is a staple in our hometown of Pensacola, and as a staple, we believe that we have a duty to help bring up our community in any way we possibly can. As a reflection of those efforts we recently reached out to the University of West Florida’s student-run newspaper The Voyager to see if any of the students would be interested in hitting the pavement and seeing what home-buying goals students in our area have – if any.

When we got a response from Roy Brown, who recently received his Bachelors in Communication and is currently pursuing his Masters in English, we were ecstatic to give him a platform to write about home-buying for us.

Brown is a Pensacola native and non-traditional college student, meaning he didn’t go straight from high school to college. Between those life milestones, he was busy serving the United States Army on active duty as a Field Artilleryman, eventually earning the rank of Sergeant before going back to school. Since then, he himself has become a husband, homeowner and father and attributes his motivation for continuing his education to his children. Brown’s current aspirations include: earning his Master’s degree in English, becoming a published writer, and possibly owning his own business in the future.

So without further ado, here is “A Place to Call Home” by Roy Brown.

A Place to Call Home
By Roy Brown

We all have dreams for our future and those dreams are what get us up every morning and convince us to work hard to obtain something. For college students that dream often revolves around their four, or more, years of education that prepares them for a better job. The dream of a bright future isn’t just about finding the right job though. College students, just like everyone else, still place a high priority on the place that they plan to call home.

When selecting a place to live college students desire certain attributes in a home that are similar to just about everyone else’s, but what are they? Asking students around campus what they desired in a home gave a great insight into that question, some of the responses were: An open floor-plan, modern appliances, proximity to school and shopping, pet-friendly locations, responsive landlords and a few who desired homeownership.

“Homeownership is definitely a priority in life,” Cole Abel, a Junior at the University of West Florida, said. “It’s a priority in my life, that when I’m set up financially, to definitely get a house.”

One of the bigger factors though when selecting a home that meets all of the needs of a college student is, and always will be, the price. Just like anything else that rolls around once a month, the price of a home can often be the biggest deciding factor in where students live.

“In this area especially I want a safe area, but it also depends on where it is, the amenities, the location, and price. Price can vary depending on where you live around here, and price is huge,” Grant Bridges, a student at the University of West Florida, said.

Selecting a home is a big investment both financially and emotionally and most students do a lot of research before picking the place that they are going to live.  Since researching is second nature to a college student, and it’s what they spend a large portion of their time doing for their courses, you can safely assume that they will invest a large portion of their time researching what it will take to buy their dream home one day.

“I got lucky, I took a liberal-arts math course and they talked about credit score and stuff like that, I feel like it should be mandatory to take a class like that,” Bridges said. “Before that class, I had no idea how much my credit score affected loans, especially for larger ticket items like a car or a house.”

The home buying process can be a very stressful time in any person’s life, but with planning and preparation, that dream can come true in a lot smoother fashion. For college students, learning about the home buying process and what it requires now, may save them a lot of stress in the future.

A wise professor once said, “Be kind to your future self, and plan out your work.” To any fellow students reading this, I say, “Be kind to your future, and plan out your dreams.”

One thought on “A Place to Call Home

  1. You might also add “Be kind to your future self, and plan out your finances.” There’s no doubt that buying and owning a home is challenging and expensive; learning (and practicing) good fiscal habits such as living within a budget and planning both spending and saving should help you to develop the kind of discipline that makes your homebuying (and owning) experience simpler and less stressful. You won’t just think you can handle the challenge… you’ll know you can.

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