An Industry Pulse Taker

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Real Estate Agent with Associate Broker Keller Williams Realty

The American Institute of Architects revealed in an annual survey that more residential architects are being  asked to design smaller residences.  Homeowners seem to be placing less attention of the amount of space in their homes and instead, focusing more how the space they have will be used. Sarah Susanka, author of The Not So Big House:  A Blueprint for the Way We Really Live has advocated for sensibly sized homes that will not bankrupt a buyer at closing or drive a new homeowner into the red when it comes to paying heating and cooling bills.  Folks that have bought a large home now realize that size does not create a home with warmth and personality.  The key is to focus less on ego satisfying and bank account draining square footage and more on actual needs.   The Small House Society is an organization that actively promotes tiny residences.  What they share is the interest of owners in finding ways to reduce environmental footprints.

Clearly, drawbacks exist, but another benefit to downsizing is the extra money in your pocket!

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Nannette Turner Saunders, Associate Broker

Short Sales Coordinator

Keller Williams Realty

1709 Laskin Road

Virginia Beach Va

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Al Maxwell
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It will be interesting if that is a new trend. We spend so much time in our kitchen and den, I would like to make those a little larger. Maybe smaller bedrooms..
Feb 14, 2008 07:58 AM #1
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Nannette Turner Saunders
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I have a 3000 square foot home.  Having moved from a 1500 square foot I long for the smaller place.  It is just me & my husband and this is too much for us especially since the kids are gone & grown.
Feb 14, 2008 08:00 AM #2
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Charlie Ragonesi
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Good blog and I think the trend to downsize is gathering steam, The McMansions as we call them seem to be suffering from the market conditions and the cost of heating and cooling them
Feb 14, 2008 08:00 AM #3
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Nannette Turner Saunders
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Charlie you are right bigger is not always better.
Feb 14, 2008 08:02 AM #4
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Karen Kruschka
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Nanette We moved fro a 3,200 square foot home on 3/4 acres to a town home after our kids were grown.  When we retire we want a small home with "gardening" land - 5 acres will do,  Karen
Feb 14, 2008 10:12 AM #5
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Nannette Turner Saunders
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Good for you Karen!  This sounds great to me.  By the way Central Va is much less expensive and I specailize in relocation... would love to help you out when you retire!
Feb 14, 2008 10:25 AM #6
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