Zillow Advice: Buying Process - Buyers Show Growing Interest in Tiny Houses http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Buyers-Show-Growing-Interest-in-Tiny-Houses/377247/ Zillow Advice | Zillow Real Estate For average sized homes, ... http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Buyers-Show-Growing-Interest-in-Tiny-Houses/377247/ For average sized homes, not 500 ft shoeboxes, the trend is from 2500-3500 square feet rather than 5000+ square feet in previous years. Sat, 03 Dec 2011 20:35:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Buyers-Show-Growing-Interest-in-Tiny-Houses/377247/ 2011-12-03T20:35:00Z Small homes are making more ... http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Buyers-Show-Growing-Interest-in-Tiny-Houses/377247/ <p>Small homes are making more and more sence every day. With the economy in the condition it is in at present time and utility costs constantly rising I can see where smaller homes are becoming more attractive to potential buyers.</p> Mon, 25 Jul 2011 19:52:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Buyers-Show-Growing-Interest-in-Tiny-Houses/377247/ 2011-07-25T19:52:00Z Tiny houses are not for everyone, ... http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Buyers-Show-Growing-Interest-in-Tiny-Houses/377247/ Tiny houses are not for everyone, but they sure are cool. I've been checking them out on the Interweb for years and some of them are just really amazing.<br/><br/>Of course a tiny house isn't for a family. But think of all the scenarios where a super small home would be ideal. You could use one as a guest house in the backyard. Maybe use one for a kids playhouse.<br/><br/>Many people are trying to reduce their carbon footprint. They care little about what their neighbors think of them and don't need much more than a few hundred square feet to be happy. These people save tremendously on their taxes, utilities, and many other expenses. <br/><br/>I just think some of the tiny houses I've seen would be pretty fun to own. Maybe as a vacation home. Fri, 22 Jul 2011 05:26:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Buyers-Show-Growing-Interest-in-Tiny-Houses/377247/ 2011-07-22T05:26:00Z You have to realize that ... http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Buyers-Show-Growing-Interest-in-Tiny-Houses/377247/ You have to realize that the upfront cost per foot isn't where you save your money when it comes to buying a tiny house. The real money is saved by avoiding mortgage interest, heating and cooling your home, water consumption and having disposable income to plan for early retirement and investments. Thu, 21 Jul 2011 21:06:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Buyers-Show-Growing-Interest-in-Tiny-Houses/377247/ 2011-07-21T21:06:00Z I too looked into tiny houses, ... http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Buyers-Show-Growing-Interest-in-Tiny-Houses/377247/ I too looked into tiny houses, but frankly the resale issues, paying too much per square foot and the basic constraints of most designs for families made me lose more than an academic interest quickly. For example, A 39K "tumbleweed" house at 85 square foot house is over $470 a square foot. For half of that, I can buy in many major cities, rent any additional space to cover my entire mortgage and ditch my vehicles for public transit.<br/><br/>Life simplification through buying an overpriced tiny house is like a stomach stapling surgery if you need to lose weight. A fairly extreme solution that is more costly than doing the obvious. It is an interesting idea, but people should be aware that they are paying a premium upfront that they may never recoup. It an an interesting coffee table discussion, but only time will tell if it works well longterm as a lifestyle choice for buyers. Thu, 21 Jul 2011 20:59:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Buyers-Show-Growing-Interest-in-Tiny-Houses/377247/ 2011-07-21T20:59:00Z I became interested in the ... http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Buyers-Show-Growing-Interest-in-Tiny-Houses/377247/ I became interested in the tiny house movement several years ago and have noticed a steady increase in demand. So much so that I created http://tinyhouselistings.com. Many homes have been sold as a result of the site and traffic has increased month over month without fail since I launched the site in 2010.<br/><br/>I believe paying cash for a home, or having a very small mortgage is very appealing to folks who have been hit by the bad economy, had a foreclosure, or simply want to simplify their lives. Thu, 21 Jul 2011 19:52:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Buyers-Show-Growing-Interest-in-Tiny-Houses/377247/ 2011-07-21T19:52:00Z I used to live in a 700 sq ... http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Buyers-Show-Growing-Interest-in-Tiny-Houses/377247/ I used to live in a 700 sq ft house - it was great - for one person. When I got married, we HAD to move. I rent it out ONLY to single people. Couples dont last- just too small. Thu, 09 Dec 2010 16:58:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Buyers-Show-Growing-Interest-in-Tiny-Houses/377247/ 2010-12-09T16:58:00Z One possible explanation ... http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Buyers-Show-Growing-Interest-in-Tiny-Houses/377247/ One possible explanation is that demolishing and building may be cheaper. For example, in the Bay Area, a tiny home may go for around $600K in better neighborhoods (say Los Altos). Now it can cost around $500K to build a new one. Your cost - $1.1M. If you try to buy a good existing 2500 sq home the sellers demand $1.5M. (Another reason homes are still severely overvalued). I know two couples earning over $250K (family income) who gave up the search to buy a bigger home and renovated instead. Thu, 09 Dec 2010 04:47:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Buyers-Show-Growing-Interest-in-Tiny-Houses/377247/ 2010-12-09T04:47:00Z Wow..Year of the TinyTiny ... http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Buyers-Show-Growing-Interest-in-Tiny-Houses/377247/ Wow..Year of the Tiny<br/><br/>Tiny Buyer Pool..Tiny Budgets..Tiny Job Pool..Tiny Houses<br/> Thu, 09 Dec 2010 00:43:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Buyers-Show-Growing-Interest-in-Tiny-Houses/377247/ 2010-12-09T00:43:00Z I bought a trailer to move ... http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Buyers-Show-Growing-Interest-in-Tiny-Houses/377247/ <br/>I bought a trailer to move stuff with that is almost that big.<br/><br/>"10 blueprints to 50 blueprints a year. That blog attracts 5,000 to 7,000 visitors a day. A new firm, Little House on the Trailer, has sold 16 houses this year for $20,000 to $50,000 each. "<br/><br/>People look at the blog site. Then think about living in one. They go away.<br/><br/>The company is now selling less than one blueprint a week WOW!!!<br/>Another company sold 16 tiny houses in a year. That means every 3-1/4 weeks someone buys one. WOW!!!<br/><br/>Can I sign up for something that is that successful? I think at that level of business I could go bankrupt in a reasonably short time frame.<br/><br/>This is what we have always seen. A few people who can not afford anything they would want going for something less expensive. Myself, I would rather buy a real house trailer. It would be both bigger and less expensive. This really looks like throwaway housing to me.<br/><br/>Is this going to become mainstream anytime soon? I think not. Thu, 09 Dec 2010 00:21:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Buyers-Show-Growing-Interest-in-Tiny-Houses/377247/ 2010-12-09T00:21:00Z