Not only was it a long, complicated legal process, but for me this was a massive life step. Australia used to be a place where it was generally accepted that everyone should be able to own their own home. This was called the Great Australian Dream. In some ways it was linked to the famous Harvester Judgement, which established a sense of true egalitarianism - home ownership being considered the key to security and financial wellbeing. However, neocon 'market' economy policies over the last 20 or so years have vandalised this framework, putting home ownership out of reach for many. I considered myself I was one of those disenfranchised by 'the new system', and for some years I felt very sad and, I guess, almost aggrieved, about this symptom of how our country had changed for the worse.
Like many, I have experienced the ups and downs of life. I was not able to work for some years. So having an opportunity to buy the home I have been renting for years, now, through a government scheme, has been one of the scariest, yet wondrous, steps I have ever taken.
So, here I am, a home owner for the first time ever!
The truth is, my mind keeps leaping from an irrepressible, overwhelming joy (at finally owning the home I have invested in emotionally for so long), to being terrified about the size of my mortgage and expenses I have not had to deal with before!
Still, there are definitely more pluses, not the least of which is that I can continue to live here as long as I wish, and can continue to improve my house and garden safe in the knowledge that I (not the government!) will actually benefit in the long run.
So, I am celebrating becoming a home owner by counting my blessings.
And when I looked out today, I was struck by the amazing variation in foliage in the garden I have developed and tended over the years - so here's a few, just because!