The Growing Trend to Micro Mini Housing

Shrinking homes are a growing trend. More and more people are choosing to live in tiny houses – homes that are often less than 500 square feet.

Perhaps the state of North American real estate markets has something to do with it: In the US, the grueling past few years have left big homes empty and their owners underwater.

People are looking for ways to save on their home ownerships costs, and for some, tiny homes are the way to go.

Factors driving the tiny house craze

Actually, there are all sorts of factors at work driving the micro-mini home craze. Economically, little homes can make sense. They can cost less to maintain; they can cost less to furnish; they probably have lower heating costs; and there is choice galore for those at the leading edge of the small-is-beautiful movement.

Mobile minis, which are on wheels, are designed to be fitted with solar panels and other green technology options.

Some companies sell do-it-yourself (DIY) plans for tiny homes, but people can also purchase pre-built homes that can be delivered straight to their plots of land.

There are also workshops available to aficionados on topics ranging from DIY construction to finding small-scale furniture for your small home.

As well, some of the micro-mini homes are designed to be added to, so if the lot will accommodate it and authorities approve, your tiny house can grow.

If a bigger small home isn’t in your plans, perhaps you and your house can be part of a larger community; several tiny housing blogs discuss building communities of small homes.

Generally speaking, owners of tiny homes are singles or couples who are younger, on average, and may work in creative professions. However, anyone can be part of this growing trend. And it just may be a trend whose time has come.

Is it all in a Name? Ask Residents of Country Club Drive

Residents of Wisteria Lane, USA might have found their property values rising during the long run of the Desperate Housewives TV series, but they’ve got nothing on the people who live on Country Club Drive.

According to a University of Georgia study, the value of homes with “country” in their addresses is 4.2 percent greater than similar properties located on streets that aren’t “countrified”. As for those lucky people on Country Club Drive, this posh address increases the value of their homes by 9.3 percent.

As reported in the Wall Street Journal’s blog, Developments, the study found that Country Club Drive sounded prestigious to those looking to impress: Unlike the intersection of Lonesome and Hardup Roads, as WSJ writer Robbie Whelan points out.

But it’s not necessarily all in a name.

As listing site Point2Homes suggests, it’s also the ad listings that draw buyers to your Open House. A fancy address obviously helps, but so do the descriptors “exquisite,” and “private” when applied to luxury properties – those listed for $5 million or more.

For the rest of us, there’s always the “dream home,” which comes sixth in a list of top 100 home descriptors developed by Point2Homes in its scan of 300,000 US homes. And, of course, features such as hardwood floors and stainless steel appliances.

So, for those looking for the perfect home, scan the ads for stainless steel appliances, granite countertops and spa bathrooms. But if it happens to be located on Country Club Drive, so much the better.