There is a Season
According to The Holmes and Rahe Stress Scale, a change in residence comes on the top forty of the most stressful life events. The emotions of selling a family home are real. Couple that with some of other life's pressures, such as a death in the family, job loss, relocation, a new baby, or foreclosure and selling the family home may become a very stressful event indeed. Other contributing factors of stress may be, acquiring a larger mortgage, a change in living conditions, or moving out of financial necessity.
There is a time and a season in life. Some things end, while others begin. The old saying, "a house is just a house....a family makes it a home," is true. Home is where you lay your head at night and a house comes to life from the family inside of it. When George Bailey, from the movie classic, It's a Wonderful Life, came back, he appreciated the house he lived in, not because he necessarily loved its imperfections, but because he was reunited with his loved ones and his home.
Oftentimes a house carries years and years of wonderful memories. Growing up in the home, watching your children grow up there, family gatherings and family disputes, a home which was owned by ancestors and passed down through generations, carries powerful memories and attachments. All of life's events and memories are wrapped up in that one house, the family home, which causes equally powerful emotions when it's time to move on.