Advantages of Living in a Small Home

While the jury is still out on whether or not Tiny Houses (micro-houses of 500 square feet or less) are here to stay or just a passing fad, Smaller Homes may be just the thing for those looking to live in high-demand areas. Bigger than a Tiny House, small homes range from 1000 - 2000 square feet. Cottages, bungalows, and shotgun houses are all typical smaller homes, and Bozeman and the Gallatin Valley has a wealth of them. To get into 'hot' neighborhoods without getting into really high prices, small homes represent an option for some to live in a great neighborhood. What a small home lacks in space, it makes up for in easy access to amenities and walkable neighborhoods.

According to a recent post in Business Insider, it's not unusual for the value of small homes to rise faster than that of larger homes. In one region of Florida, small homes showed a dramatic growth rate of 19.5% each year (2013-2016), while the area's largest homes appreciated by only 5.1% during the same time period.…

A Washinton Post article informs that downsizing to a small home can come with some built-in offbeat perks, including: "You have a bulletproof reason to graciously decline Aunt Laura's offer of her lime-green, fake-leather living room set that might have looked good 40 years ago. You'll have no place to put it..."…/…/07/08/AR2010070806792.html

If you're looking for your own bulletproof excuses to keep from acquiring more stuff from Aunt Laura, I can help!


Jennifer Walsh REALTOR
Let's Get Real! ®
A report by Nerdwallet suggests that smaller homes gain value faster than larger houses.


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The 2017 Buying Season is Here, and It's Time to Get Strategic – And Creative! – in Your Financing Options

If you're a first-time home buyer or an honorably-discharged military veteran, consider asking your lender about a Montana Mortgage tax Credit Certificate (MCC). This program allows a taxpayer to receive an annual federal tax credit against his tax liability over the life of a mortgage. On a 30-year loan, that could amount to up to $60,000. This isn't a deduction: it's a dollar-for-dollar reduction against your federal tax liability. Consequently home buyers may qualify for mortgages which lenders may not have originally extended without the Mortgage Credit Certificate:  the money saved in the tax credit can be counted as income to the borrower on a monthly basis.  Check it out for yourself!  Here's a link:
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