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Old 01-19-2015, 06:11 PM   #1
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I was talking to a real estate professional this weekend who was quite concerned with the new trend toward "Tiny Houses"....

Seems it is actually starting to impact sales of MacMansions - and a lot of us "aging boomers" are totally over owning a status symbol that breaks the bank the back with maintenance work and costs. Seems she thought that this trend was entirely new in the past year.

I got to use the line "Well I've lived in a Tiny House since 2005. It's certified green, too. Then I told her it was an Airstream. I'm in winter quarters right now with about 18 neighbors who are pretty much the people I socialize with when I'm not out on a trip. Most are in mohos or bigger fivers, but there are a few others who have smaller units. I took her home to visit... and she nearly wept to realize there were that many people in an upscale RV camp who had eschewed conventional home ownership.

Thought she would cry.


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Old 01-19-2015, 06:32 PM   #2
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Was on a thread on this subject on another site. I much like the idea of a few sea cans under a roof structure on a large paved area. Minimal air conditioned space, but with large outdoors areas. And those screened or not screened. Semi-enclosed or completely open.

Quite a few ways to cut initial and operational costs.

And a traylah under one long edge of that roof.

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Old 01-19-2015, 06:42 PM   #3
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They are still building like crazy where I live...

I have always preferred small space living. I don't have a whole lot of sympathy for real estate agents in general, too many of them are more interested in their commission than they are the customer they are selling to. I know that is how they make their living but customer service is part of the job too.

Just think of all of those poor buggy whip makers that went out of business when the car took over.

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Old 01-19-2015, 07:32 PM   #4
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Here is a picture of a tiny house notice the airstream in the back ground. You can see more of these tiny houses Tiny House Living | Tracking the Pulse of the Tiny World

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Old 01-20-2015, 05:53 AM   #5
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We visited some folks in Florida who live in a community that incorporates trailer and RV storage.

They live in a condo-type residence, with a garage next to it large enough to store their trailer.....with full hook-ups.

Other sites had pads with full hook-ups, along with a small structure that included a laundry room and perhaps a living room.

It was pretty cool.....permanent residence for some, winter residence for others.

In 1985, my children and I moved into a 1100-ish square foot house I had built on a slab on a nice sized lot.

The low-rent district, I called it , but safe and affordable for a single mom with a very modest income.

In 1992, added Doug.

Still there, the house remodeled and upgraded over the years....staying in it and paying it off was one of the best decisions we ever made. For us, it meant living beneath our means, saving excess for an early retirement.

We didn't have to downsize as the kids left and we grew older, and the freed income allowed a wonderful, albeit modest, retirement life.

Small is good, for many reasons.

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Old 01-20-2015, 06:37 AM   #6
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the energy crisis in the 70's should have delivered a message about housing, but it obviously didn't as they keep getting bigger and bigger, with lots of useless roof lines running in multiple directions.
A small house is fine. A Barn is never big enough.
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Old 01-20-2015, 06:59 AM   #7
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New houses in our area are bigger and getting more so. Mortgages and taxes make for a small fortune each month in payments. Ours, standard two story paid off 20 years ago, could have purchased a monster, but wanted to save for retirement, glad we did what we did, now the house is too big

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Old 01-20-2015, 07:24 AM   #8
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If I had it to do over, I would have less house and more garage.

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Old 01-20-2015, 07:27 AM   #9
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I have been trying sell my 2400 sq ft house for a few months. The market really sucks for sellers in my area. Goal is to sell the house and live in the Airstream while building a 500 sq ft tiny house on a couple of acres of land in Western NC or North Georgia. We live in a society that values conspecious consumption. I used to buy into that but at 63 it is time to downsize and simplify my daily life.
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Old 01-20-2015, 08:28 AM   #10
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When I moved to Missouri for a job last year I had to buy a house fast to move my wife and aging mother up from Texas so we ended up with a house that is probably too big for us when Mom passes in the next 2 to 5 years. Having the Airstream was a major influence on the decision of a house as we wanted a level driveway long enough so I could park the Airstream to get ready for trips or perform maintenance. A two story house with 2 large bedrooms upstairs and downstairs, two large living areas down stairs with the master bedroom and the large level front driveway for the Airstream is what we ended up with. When Mom passes and we get rid of all her aging furniture the house will be mostly empty. It would be the perfect time to redecorate, replace old carpet, make some minor remodeling changes but it would also be a good time to sell it and try full timing looking for other places to possible retire. While we like the area we are living and the property has a nice backyard looking out over a park the house does need some work. It may be better to downsize and try to find a smaller house in the same area or a new location we discover on our full time journey.

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Old 01-20-2015, 09:55 AM   #11
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Small is beautiful

I built my own 1,800 sq. ft house and another super green and energy efficient one for my daughter and her family next door. My philosophy is to make each area do double duty (at least) and have as little useless space as possible. Passive solar, minimize North windows, keep roof lines simple and seal/insulate very, very well.
BUT I also wish I had built my garage at least twice the size, LOL.
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Old 01-20-2015, 09:56 AM   #12
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Our Airstream adventure began when we sold our second home on the Texas Gulf Coast that we had owned for 18 years. It was a small cabin, but the maintenance and upkeep was astounding. That cabin turned into our Airstream. We have never looked back.

Other person: "I don't have enough space".

Me: "You have too much crap".
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Old 01-20-2015, 10:10 AM   #13
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Agree that you can never have a large enough barn...

Largest house I ever owned was 1800 sf, most have been right at a 1000sf or smaller. Best one was 640sf. Lower maintenance costs are a huge benefit IMHO. My Airstream will probably end up costing more to rehab than my first house did to purchase.

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Old 01-20-2015, 10:27 AM   #14
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Our house is a thousand square feet. Have lived in it for fifteen plus years. All that is needed for two. Peace jim

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