Category: News

Getting the Internet in your Tiny House

We all love a nice cabin in the woods, but chances are you probably still want internet at your tiny home. This article discusses the options currently available for rural internet service as well as the pros and cons associated with each.

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Do High-Density Apartments Decrease Nearby Home Values? A Utah Study Says No

“NIMBY,” an acronym for “not in my back yard,” is a word to describe those who oppose developments in their neighborhoods that they view as undesirable. Often, a primary argument is that increased density will negatively impact the values of existing single-family homes. But a report released by the Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute at the University of Utah suggests otherwise. Single-family homes in Salt Lake County located within half a mile of new construction apartment units actually saw higher overall price appreciation than houses located farther away. Salt Lake County Mayor Jenny Wilson says, “We are going to need to embrace density in our communities, and with that, there’s a responsibility of developers to do it well.”

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We’re Wildly Underestimating the Potential of Mobile Housing

Exclusionary zoning practices have shaped the history of America’s cities for decades, and now our leaders struggle to dismantle these barriers. Tim McCormick advocates for legalizing vehicle residency in the Cascadia area and details the progress as well as the remaining challenges mobile dwellers face. We need innovative solutions to affordability. Why not allow people to create their own American Dream with mobile housing?

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Whatever Happened to the Starter Home?

The American household has been shrinking for 50 years and counting, yet we keep building larger and larger. Homes less than 1400 square feet used to make up the vast majority of annual new construction in the post WWII era. That number has dwindled to less than 10% in recent years, and at a time when over half of America lives as 1-2 person households. Why the massive misalignment? This New York Times article tracks the disappearance of small homes and the modern barriers preventing their comeback..

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