All About About The Tiny Home Movement

The high cost of real estate has left many in search of alternatives to conventional homes that come at a more affordable price. The tiny home movement continues to grow in popularity, especially for those who are seeking to enjoy all the benefits of owning a house without the high costs and expenses usually associated with such an asset. Homes that have been specifically designed to be as small as possible without sacrificing comfort or utility have much to offer. These homes are designed to be highly mobile and offer the perfect solution for professionals whose career does not tie them to one specific location.

Unlike campers, trailers and conventional mobile homes that are often designed for either short term use or that offer limited quality and comfort, tine homes are designed for maximum efficiency. Houses that are rarely larger than a few hundred square feet can provide many of the environments and amenities that property owners would expect to find in a much larger structure. Eliminating any space that is not being utilized and making every effort to create the most efficient environment possible offers a way to pack a great deal of value into a very small package. Small homes are often designed to be as mobile as possible in order to better suit the needs of owners who lead a more nomadic lifestyle.

Owning a conventional home is often a more expensive undertaking than many first time property owners may realize. Landscaping, foundations and the utility costs associated with a larger interior environment can quickly become very expensive. Smaller structures and those that require less resources and effort to maintain can make the dream of owning a house far more attainable. Spending more to maintain areas and environments that property owners may be able to do without can make maintaining a property far more expensive. Houses that have been created to be as efficient as possible can often be owned and maintained for a price that few existing property owners may have believed possible.

Internet technologies and mobile devices have given rise to a workforce that is more mobile than ever before. Professionals who are not tethered to a single location are increasingly interested in any opportunities that may allow them to more easily travel. Homes that can be easily transported from one location to the next provide the perfect solution for professionals who are seeking to see more of the world. The ability to enjoy all the comforts of home when on the road or to more easily move to different regions and enjoy a wider range of short term living opportunities and arrangements.

While the first small homes were designed and build by their owners, the growing popularity of these structures means that those who are interested in owning one have far more options at their disposal. Professionally designed and built homes make ownership much easier, especially for those who lack the means or inclination to do the construction themselves. Working with a professional designer can provide plenty of benefits.

Online communities and forums offer owners and those interested in the advantages that smaller homes are able to offer the chance to discuss their situations. Learning all you can about any homes that may fit your budget and lifestyle may be easier than you would have expected. Making smarter and more informed decisions will allow you to avoid many of the common issues and pitfalls that first time owners may be likely to experience. Conducting a little research will ensure that you are able to make the best decisions possible and will help to ensure that you do not overlook any opportunities that may provide you with greater satisfaction or value.

The issues and expenses associated with owning conventional homes can pose a real obstacle for many owners. Smaller structures and homes that are designed to provide superior quality and comfort offer a more affordable way to make your dream a reality. Investing in the right opportunity or working with a designer or construction professional who will allow you to more easily meet your needs may allow you to more easily fulfill your dreams.

From mobile professionals to those who lack the resources and finances needed to invest in conventional homes, there are plenty of people who can benefit from a smaller and more affordable alternative. Homes created to provide the most comfort in the smallest amount of space have a great deal to offer, and may allow you to enjoy the lifestyle you have always wanted. Structures and homes that offer a more affordable and mobile lifestyle may provide the solution you have been seeking.

 

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Tips To Move On With Real Estate

When it’s time to make a big change, life may offer a subtle sign, like a spouse’s note on your pillow that reads, “I never want to see you again”. But how do you know when to nail that “For Sale” sign in the front yard of your real estate?

As life-changing decisions go, selling your home is right up there. Whether it’s to take a promotion, care for aging parents or something more personal, only you can say if it’s the right move for you. But if the choice to sell real estate has been made and the only thing left to decide is the timing, a few pointed questions should tell you if that time is now.

Can We Afford it?

It sounds like an obvious question. Yet given that household total credit-market debt – mortgages, consumer credit and non-mortgage loans – rose to 162.6 per cent of disposable income last year (how is that even possible?), it’s not. Maybe you got in over your head with your first home, but now that you’re slightly older and much wiser, take a close look at your finances before making a move with real estate:

• Is all of your non-mortgage debt paid off?

• Do you have an emergency fund with 3-6 months of expenses put aside?

• Has your home recovered enough value to give you at least 20% equity for your purchase? This will enable you to make a 20% down payment on your next home, saving you thousands of dollars in mortgage insurance costs. If you don’t know the answer, ask an experienced realtor for a free comparative market analysis that will indicate the approximate market value of your real estate.

If you answered “yes” to all three, you may be ready to take the plunge in selling real estate. If you’re not sure what an emergency fund is, you still have work to do.

Are We Still Emotionally Attached to our Current Home?

Do you tear up when you see the notches in the wall where you measured your child’s growth, or do you just think “they must have an app for that now”?

On the other hand, you may have recently experienced a divorce or other loss that necessitates a fresh start.

Usually the reality is somewhere between those two extremes. Whereas the question about finance was directed at the head, this one is clearly for the heart. If you’re quiet for a moment, it will tell you what to do. You just have to listen.

Remember, an expert realtor can offer a wealth of advice on the sale of your real estate. If you’re not ready to take it, however, you’re not ready to sell.

Does our Home Still Fit our Lifestyle?

In most cases, moving out of real estate is more than just moving over. It’s moving up or down. If you have a new addition or one on the way, it might be time for another bedroom or two to keep the “happy” in “one big happy family”. Conversely, when the kids (finally) leave the nest, downsizing can mean less upkeep and more time to enjoy the peace and quiet. After all, you’ve earned it.

With so much at stake and so many factors to weigh, the decision to sell your real estate is rarely a simple one. Nevertheless, taking stock of your finances, emotions and lifestyle can go a long way to giving you clarity. And if you should get that nasty note on your pillow, look on the bright side. Your moving decision just got a whole lot easier.

 

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Tips to Find Real Estate in Singapore

Being a modern country, the search for and identification of desired property in Singapore are accomplished by having access to website portals, agencies and exchanges, guides and classifieds.

Different ways to locate and identify properties

With the great strides made in the tech and telecommunications the search for real estate, like everything else has been highly automated.

Website portals

This is perhaps the easiest and primary method that people in Singapore use when searching for property. With a click of the cursor an untold number of sites can be browsed to provide an unending stream of information on real estate bargains, sites and prices that boggles the imagination.

One website alone may itemize literally thousands of apartment entries.

The most sought after website in Singapore is STProperties (owned by the local newspaper) which has been known to list an astounding 24,856 real estate of all shapes, sizes and prices.

R.E. guides

The Singapore R.E. Guide is a popular reference aid to Singaporeans.

The guide is surfed on the internet and it provides a wealth of information.

It itemizes a fine collection of available apartments, condos, flats and houses for potential buyers and also provides an extensive array of available properties in their classifieds section.

Some searchers also refer to the Top Condominium in Singapore for prestige condos and family condos.

Expats in Singapore usually browse the web for choice condo apartments in Orchard, River Valley, Bukit Timah, Tanjong Rhu and the East Coast.

Estate agencies

In Singapore, new undertakings in real estate are eagerly sought and people seek the help of the Singapore R.E. Exchange (SRX) to secure information on recently sold properties and validated lists of property. They also have recourse to PropNext with its thousands of agents and consultancies that provide property market updates, trends, policies and a lot more.

Classified advertisements

Gone are the days when the radio and newspaper were the only sites for viewing classified advertisements where items were grouped together by type.

People in Singapore approach countless websites and portals to select their favorite site where they can look for real estate or advertise their own condo, flat, car or even a house for selling them.

Searching for house in Singapore is relatively simple as laws are vigourously enforced and it is highly unlikely that anything will go wrong… Your budget will largely decide where you buy and as transport is so good your commute is unlikely to be a problem…

 

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