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So You Want A New Home...


Jasmine Ta

n the same way people puzzle over troubles in their head, I write stories about the puzzles in mine. So in the winter of my junior year of high school, I wrote a story about two fictional characters and their ‘home’. The reason I mention this is because, at the time of my writing the story, I was extremely interested in what living in an apartment and a house might be like. In this story, I made up daily routines, arrangements of furniture, and circumstances that might have led my characters to live in their apartment/ house. I was interested in the idea of ‘home.’ As a junior in high school,

I was curious about what it would be like living away from my parents’ house. And of course I was going to leave home, but I had no idea how to go about doing that. And besides that, what was the point of living in an apartment or a house? Which was better? I am not the only person to ask these questions, as I figure other high school and college students or anyone with no general experience were also curious and probably hitting that deadline soon. In fact, according to the National Multifamily Housing Council, in 2015, about 35% of America rented

their homes, while 65% owned them (National Multifamily Housing Council). The population of 2015, as stated by the U.S. Census Bureau, was 322,060,152 people (U.S. and World Population Clock). This data serves to show the sheer quantity of people alone who live in apartments, much less the amount of people who were currently looking for a space to call their own. So with some further research and multiple interviews with apartment renters and homeowners, I came to the conclusion that the final decision ultimately depends on a few factors: your budget, what you want out

Article by jasmine ta  
Article by jasmine ta