Investing In The Tiny House Trend

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The “Tiny House Movement” is a relatively new trend in real estate making big waves in North America, and focuses on small living spaces – tiny homes. You might have heard them called something different – micro, compact, mini, or little homes, but they all mean one thing: houses ranging from under 100 square feet to a roomy 500 square foot of living space. This trend focuses on living a minimalist lifestyle and the idea that a homeowner should be able to afford their house and lifestyle.

Although this micro home movement began as a peculiar idea, it’s become so much more in the market. Now that a growing number of people are sharing how they live in their tiny homes, there have been more people, especially the Millennials, adopting this type of living situation. Documentaries, blogs, and websites surrounding tiny homes, and tiny home owners, have been growing as the trend expands.

Since house prices still remain high, and since 2015 had been a “seller’s market” in the States, the demand for tiny houses will continue to grow. But is a tiny home worth purchasing, and is it a good idea to invest in a compact house?

Owning a tiny house has its allure, with a low cost of building between $10,000 to $40,000, and the general price being just $23,000. With the cost being so little, the need for a mortgage diminishes, which is why 68 percent of people who own mini homes do not need one. The greatest potential for purchasing these homes lies in the Millennial market, as over half of this demographic rent. This is because the first payment of a traditional home is extremely expensive and unaffordable, as well as the fact many millennials don’t have children or live alone. Owning a tiny house has become an excellent option.

Another factor in making tiny home ownership even more affordable is to rent land instead of purchase it. It has become yet another new opportunity for landowners to make an extra income to rent land to multiple tiny homeowners.

Getting involved in the tiny house market gives two excellent opportunities for investing.

The first opportunity is to build, sell, or rent a tiny house. This is great if you are low on financial resources, and especially excellent if you work as a contractor, or work with one, since you can build a micro house for a smaller amount and have greater earning potential. An upside to tiny homes is that they require fewer permits and take a much shorter time to build than an average house. Lastly, tiny houses are easily made portable, which means the owner can move it to wherever they desire.

The second opportunity is to rent land to people with their own tiny homes, and is an easy way to earn extra income. If you do decide to purchase land for rent, be sure to invest in land that is large and even. Then you can divide the land into equal parts, or charge different prices for specific square footage. This is a good opportunity since compact houses are very economical and the utility needs are much lower than an average home. If you are looking for specific areas to invest in, look for areas where the trend is booming – particularly warmer areas in North America such as California, Florida, and Texas.

Although the tiny house trend is not for everyone, it is a completely different idea with a niche market that has a lot of potential. This would be an excellent and easy investment opportunity in a trend that keeps on growing.

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How Homes have Changed Since 1973

You may be sitting in front of your TV one evening, watching your favourite show, and it occurs to you, is this what my home would have looked like if I lived in the 1970’s? Have homes changed? How much have they changed? All things you may sit and ponder with the irritating sound of background noise from the predictably annoying commercials ruining the drama of your show!

Have homes changed you asked? Well I can comfortably inform you that yes, homes have certainly changed since the 1970’s and changed in a large way I might add! Homes are bigger than ever in the last four decades, and have grown outwardly as well. Not only has our modern day family home changed in the obvious styling, fashion and decor, there are also some behind the scenes things that did a swap out too.

Did you know that in the 1970’s there was not any air conditioning in homes or even fireplaces like we know them today! Lots of things have been changed from the exterior of the home to the interior of the home. Another good example would be throwing out electric heating and opting for gas, which we are all very familiar with these days. But again, the biggest point that seems to be driven home is how the comfortable and modest homes of the 1970’s have slowly morphed into mini-mansions!



Homes on average are 56% larger than they were 40 years ago!

Homes on average are 1000 sq ft larger than they were 40 years ago!

Homes on average are $205,000 MORE than they were 20 years ago!


It is very interesting to think just how far the design and layout of our homes have come in the last 40 years, for both the positive and the negative of things. It is even more crazy to think about where our modern family home might go in the future too. What it may evolve into!


For now check out the article below! You can find a very neat time lapse video done by CNN!

How our Homes have Changed Since the 1970’s



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Houses Painted in Protest!

We have all seen one version or another of these uniquely painted houses somewhere in the world, either near our own home or perhaps on vacation in another country. But when we see them, they always catch our eye right away for obvious reasons. These houses stand out from the crowd! They are very different than all of the houses around them and most people just can’t help but stare at its total uniqueness!

Sometimes homeowners paint their houses bright colours for fun, as well, some places of the world (mostly tropical beach locations like Thailand or Costa Rica) have their houses naturally painted bright, happy colours to make their beach tourist attraction much more appealing to the eye. But sometimes the motivation for painting their houses is for a different reason all together. Sometimes homeowners want to make a bold statement so they paint their homes odd colours, but mostly spiteful painting is about revenge! Spiteful paint jobs are a common way for people to get back at strict city ordinances, historical commissions, homeowners’ associations, bigoted neighbours and even banks. That’s a lot of spiteful reasons to paint your home for revenge but some of the interesting paint jobs you will find in the article below have great stories behind them. Keep in mind that in some cases, the spiteful revenge job on the house is not always paint, it can also be an abundance of lawn ornaments that literally take over the homeowners lawn and to most people would be considered unnecessary. I mean how does one cut your grass if it is covered in ornaments. But it’s not just painting the home that can show revenge, homeowners get creative!


Check out the link below of 10 houses painted in protest!

10 Houses Painted in Protest


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Haunted Mansion For Sale… Would You Live Here?

About an hour northeast of Syracuse New York in the small town of Camden, New York, you will find a very large, old white home for sale. Oddly this home has been on the market since 2010 with the price of the home continuing to drop. Today this home can be bought for the low low price of $105,000! Buyer beware though, buyers may have unwanted roommates in this house with many legitimate claims of it being haunted.

Dating back to the 1880’s the design of the property followed a Queen Anne style design and the home is listed as an official National Historic Place and is well known as the W.H. Dorrance House. This old style mansion is a 2.5 story home with 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms and huge 4747 square feet! It also features an engaged circular tower with conical roof. This home has many unique features but the most prominent is the claim that this home is haunted! There have been some interesting photos taken of this place most well known is the image of white hand prints on all of the windows of the front of the house when Google took the shot. This image made this home and this story famous on social media within the last year. In fact, in June 2015 the Daily Mail in London published an article about this now famous image and the hand prints that can be seen on the upstairs windows. Very creepy image, you be the judge! Not only does this home quite literally look like every house from any horror movie ever made, it has the ghostly inhabitants to go along with that!! Scary!

Take a look through this creepy article here:

Haunted Mansion For Sale in New York


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Solar Beach House

I really do love Real Estate, but moving to a tropical Island and living beach side in a cozy beach hut, just may have crossed my mind once or twice! I bet this same fantasy, or very similar, has crossed many other minds as well! Who wouldn’t want to live beach side with the ocean as their view every morning and night and the ability to swim and watch the sunset at your own free will!

This magnificent home reinterprets traditional building materials and uses unique materials including corrugated metal, fiber-cement sheeting, and timber. Large windows and sliding floor-to-ceiling glass doors frame views and carefully oriented to bring in natural light and cooling sea breezes for natural cross ventilation. This home even has natural ventilation, a large north facing deck that is partly shaded by the roof overhang, and a solar design with sustainable materials!

What a perfect little beach hut inspired home in Australia! Take a look at this fantastic beach home design below:

Solar Beach House

Spectacular Church conversion!

This is a very different home and completely unique! There are most definitely very few other homes in the world like it. There have not been very many church conversions as most churches tend to stay as churches. This family is certainly lucky to have this magnificent building as their home. A spectacular 135 year old church near Adelaide, Australia, that has been converted into a gorgeous and very modern family residence! The outside of the home looks very much like a church, a place of worship. Step inside the front doors and you are met with super high ceilings and arched windows which give the home a very calming feel. The original bell that sat inside the original chapel is still located inside this fantastic home. Although there have been some renovations on the original chapel section of the church/home (necessary as the building is almost 150 years old), most of the original chapel still stands and is part of the home today. All of the religious artifacts have long been removed. Can you believe this home was only on the market for a few days before it sold! Not surprising if you ask me! Living in a home that is over a hundred years old is definitely some home buyers dream!!

Take a look a this amazing 135-year old church conversion below:

Spectacular Church conversion

Home carved in coastal cliff!

Wow what a truly unique and spectacular home this is! Not very many like it in the world. Definitely not the type of house for just anyone that is for sure. But for the more daring personalities out there and for those who want to live on the edge, literally, this home would definitely be right up your alley! Looking right over a coastal cliff in Italy and with a roof top swimming pool too! This home is primarily constructed of concrete and has a vertical shape. Can you imagine the views you would get from your bedroom window! Or the sunsets on the water off the coast as well! Just fabulous! It sounds like a perfect travel hotel destination, but in this case, a family actually lives here!

Although I don’t think I will be giving up my comfy Edmonton home anytime soon, this is a truly unique place to call home!

Take a look at this coastal cliff home with a roof top swimming pool below:

Home carved into coastal cliff!

Interior of the most expensive home in the world!

What do you think the interior of the most expensive home in the world would look like?!? Now that I mention it, I bet you started wondering yourself! What could they possibly have inside the world’s largest and most expensive home? How could it all be decorated and designed!? So many questions and anticipation wondering what the most expensive house, or tower actually, looks like on the inside!

Some of the amazing features of this stunning home include a 6 floor 168 car garage, movie theater, 7th floor private car service, yoga studio, three helipads, a private spa, as well the building itself is a 568-foot building (or 60 stories high) but the entire home has been stretched into 27 floors, with some floors spanning 2-3 times the regular floor height. Oh ya can’t forget to mention the ‘ice room’ this family had installed so that they could escape the warm months and have a snow filled experience every single year!

Very interestingly, the family had refused to purchase and renovate this building for their home, for over a year before they ultimately did decide to buy this home, as it did not abid by an ancient Indian Vastu Shastra.

Vastu Shastra is an ancient science of architecture and construction. These are texts found on the Indian subcontinent that describe principles of design, layout, measurements, ground preparation, space arrangement and spatial geometry. Vastu sastras incorporate traditional Hindu and in some cases Buddhist beliefs. The designs are intended to integrate architecture with nature, the relative functions of various parts of the structure, and ancient beliefs utilizing geometric patterns (yantra), symmetry and directional alignments. – Wikipedia

Take a look inside this spectacular family home below:

Interior; most expensive home in the world!