Twenty years after Sarah Susanka, a residential architect, launched her not so big house concept, her ideas have expanded exponentially to influence homeowners and investors in what they buy, fix up, rent out, and sell. GREEN’s Barbara Ballinger interviews her to get her insights on what really matters in a house.
Millions have become part of the sharing economy. When it comes to renting out your own home or someone else’s for business or vacation, it’s not quite as easy as it first appeared. Local communities have begun making legislation that impacts these rentals. Awareness of these regulations is essential.
When space and budget don’t permit a pool, a chef-style communal kitchen, a dog park, and other features associated with big, luxe buildings, there are other steps you can take. For years, developers have worked to come up with the right amenity package to attract renters and owners in multifamily dwellings. New options can […]
Back in the day, many college students lived at home and walked or rode a bus or subway to campus. Back in the day, those who opted to go away to school largely lived in student housing. Things have changed. Students nationwide now often have the option to rent apartments near a campus or even two- and three-story homes and share them with classmates.
The HGTV shows about flipping, remodeling and furnishing make transforming a home for a good investment look easy. Buy a house in need of repair for a modest sum, roll up your sleeves, bring in experts for tasks you can’t handle, add furnishings and voilà! But is this reality or television fantasy?
Adding on or remodeling a deck—enlarging it to fit more people and furniture—ranks high on most homeowner’s wish lists. Today there’s lots of debate about which material to go with because of the differences in aesthetics, durability, price, and maintenance. This is a look at the primary options—wood or composite.
Finding that you have a wet basement or crawl space is among a homeowner and investor’s worst nightmares. In this article, GREEN offers nine critical steps to take before and after water comes, as well as know what to do when there’s a drought, which can cause similar problems, costs, and repairs.
Hurricane season officially began June 1 and lasts until November. What that means is the possibility of fast moving winds, horrific downpours, and drenching floods. Along with Mother Nature’s wrath may come deaths of people and pets, power outages, and loss of real estate property, and belongings. While we can’t stop nature’s destructive path, […]
These days home owners are gravitating to their yards and that can be for any number of reasons or activities, from lounging to cooking, eating, and exercising. Both an outdoor area’s functional and aesthetic characteristics matter nowadays to home owners, but they also count with renters. Extra features can set one listing apart from another in the increasingly crowded field of the sharing economy.
With spring and summer rental seasons almost in high gear, many potential investors are thinking: Now’s a great time to buy and rent out a vacation home. And it’s not too late to find a vacation property, whether a single-family house, condo or building with several units.