One inhabits a hotel room briefly, for a night or a week. And yet one can return to the same hotel year after year, requesting the same room or trying out different ones.
One can leave a rented apartment and, some time later, sign a new lease for that same apartment. One might have to wait for someone else’s lease to run out, but return is possible.
Buying and selling a house is a lot more permanent, in both directions. No landlord can kick you out (assuming you’re making your mortgage payments). But once it’s sold, you’ll never pass that threshold again.
(I suppose this might be different in small towns, where everyone knows who bought the old Harrison place, and new owners might welcome Harrison grandchildren in for a look around. Or where you get to know the people who bought your old house. This is not my life.)
It just seems odd that the most short-term and casual stay can also, in some sense, have the best chance of enduring over time.