It's been said, "A boat is a hole in the water you throw money into." Corollary: "There are two great days of owning a boat: The day you buy it and the day you sell it."
In my experience, the same is true of houses. A house is a hole in the ground you throw money into. But you own the hole, so it's okay.
Well, okay, after paying the bank 3x the purchase price over the term of a loan named after death, you own the hole.
Then, you decide you need a bigger/smaller hole in a same/different locale (It's like a MAD LIB!) and then you repeat the process.
Don't get me wrong, I love my house. I just wish it wasn't so needy sometimes :-D