As we celebrate the life of Martin Luther King today we reflect on the progress we have made in our country. Many will say that racism is still a major problem but compare today with the year Mr King died, 1968, we’ve come a long way especially as a homeowner.
The 1960’s were for the most part a prosperous time, despite the happenings at the time. In the late 1960’s the split level home became popular. Homes became more energy efficient with double pane windows and more insulation. State of the art kitchens were designed to include stove, refrigerator, and Terrazzo flooring. Formica made a name for itself and became increasingly popular for counters as well as cupboards.
The medium price home in Colorado in the 1960’s was $106,700. This price looks great to most home buyers of today which are looking at a medium home price of around $300,000. Square footage went from 1500 sq ft to 2200 square feet. Today two story homes are popular along with hardwood flooring, granite counter tops, energy efficient furnaces, tankless water heaters and many other energy features. Although the styles, efficiency features, and sizes of homes have changed, American’s still have a dream of home ownership.
Progress has been made in our 40 plus years and will continue when it comes to new homes and the home buying process. Also, the National Association of Realtors adopted the code of ethics to improve the duties to the public. As realtors we can not discriminate based on race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status, national origin, sexual orientation, or gender identity. I’m proud to say that we are held to a high standard.
Martin Luther King’s speech, I Have A Dream says it all. We all have a dream of safe homes and a place where all men/woman are created equal.