The Biggest Challenge For Tiny Home Buyers

Performance Property Real Estate Question

Q: My daughter said she is thinking about buying a tiny home.  What do you think about the tiny home trend? Emma, Sparta, NJ

A: The tiny-house movement is an architectural and social movement that advocates for downsizing living spaces.  A tiny house is a dwelling unit with a maximum of 400 sq ft of floor area compared with the average single family home in the US which has between 2,000 and 2,500 sq ft.  Tiny homes are becoming more and more popular.  In fact, there is a TV show devoted entirely to the trend.  The biggest challenge for tiny home owners is finding a place to put the home, particularly if the owner doesn’t own the land.  A tiny home buyer can try to reserve a spot in a community designed for tiny homes, but most zoning ordinances were created for standard American homes–so you want to check to make sure.  There are however places like Oakland, California and Evanston, Illinois that have approved zoning for tiny homes as primary residences so long as they are placed on private property.  Thanks for your question, Emma.

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