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Who Wants a Small Home?

by Harriet "Ronnie" Ellis 10/06/2019

Contrary to huge homes and apartments seen in the latest TV shows and movies, not everyone wants a mansion for their next home. The downsizing and tiny homes craze sweeping the nation might be the best solution for you or your buyer. Smaller homes appeal to more than just singles and new homeowners. Empty nesters, divorcees, newly-retired and even simply families looking to trim down their lifestyle can all benefit from smaller homes.

Benefits of a Small Home

Small homes are great for the eco-friendly buyer. They naturally use fewer materials and less energy than larger homes even without additional green engineering. You can leverage that environmentally friendly mentality even more by getting your home even further off the grid. Adding solar panels, low energy lights, and xeriscaping the yard and bring even more "green" buyers your way. Small homes already have lower utility costs. 

Worried about maintenance costs? Small homes are the answer! With less square footage, fewer furnishings and a smaller roof, your small home is even simpler to take care of. Not only will any required maintenance move faster, smaller means cheaper, too. This makes them an excellent property for renters, so think about small or tiny homes in great locations for the perfect investment properties.

If you definitely want to own your own home but are worried about being "house poor," a small house is the best choice. They tend to have lower cost overall which leaves you more money for local entertainment, travel, hobbies, fashion and more. Smaller spaces mean you have to pay attention to your furnishings and storage solutions to not overwhelm your space. This can be helpful in keeping your possessions manageable and teaching kids or roommates how to work together to use space. Speaking of kids, they will be happy too, because a smaller home means less to clean. Everyone from 9 to 99 can get excited about fewer chores. 

Think that a small home might be the one for you? Ask your agent to help you find the best small homes in your area!

About the Author
Author

Harriet "Ronnie" Ellis

In the Spirit of the Seabees

Born and raised on the Pacific island of Guam, daughter of a Navy Chief who served there in the Seabees during WWII, Ronnie learned and lived the Seabee motto "Can Do" from an early age. The Seabees are the construction battalion of the Navy, rebuilding roads, bridges, utility systems and barracks. Falling in love with the island (and Ronnie's mother), her father returned to the South Pacific after the war to help in the rebuilding. Watching his multi-national successes and generous, outgoing attitude, Ronnie says, played a key role in making her the authentic person she is today.

After excelling at Chaminade University, Honolulu, Hawaii, where she graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Business and Accounting, she immediately started following in her dad's international business and real estate footsteps, albeit in princess flats. Ronnie breathes real estate with fierce loyalty to her customers and colleagues. She imbues her professional commitments with an affable, affiliative "Ronnie" humor; a natural resource that attracts friends and allies. Ask to describe her business self in three words, she chose: Innovative, Creative and Collaborative. Coupled with her accounting background she is strongly analytical, allowing her natural flow of precision and productivity to benefit those she represents. Those who know her say that Ronnie pursues all aspects of business with joy, confidence and integrity.
"I've been a real estate professional for more decades than a lady might care to admit," she says with her biggest smile. "But now my path from general brokerage sales agent to broker in New York, my experiences as a North Carolina broker, custom home builder and real estate developer, give me daily insights into both the opportunities and land mines of the property marketplace."

As a licensed general contractor, new home construction became her specialty. She's built neighborhoods and won prestigious Parade of Homes awards. Both Ronnie and her husband, Edward, have earned the National Association of Home Builders highest sales designations: Member of the Institute of Residential Marketing (MIRM) and Certified Marketing Professional (CMP). An active and avid member of the National Association of Realtors, she was president of her local Board of Realtors in Havelock, N.C. She also supported the Rotary Club serving as newsletter editor, and she's a Chamber of Commerce member as well.

A visit to Melbourne, Florida in late 2010, convinced the Ellises that this should be their retirement home. With the move behind them and a mini-retirement under her belt, Ronnie decided she missed the day-to-day action of real estate. "The industry is challenging and changing constantly," she says. "I absolutely love it. That, and building relationships, working with customers and clients in all aspects. I stay excited and prepared to be a part of their journey."
Her final thoughts: "There are many people out there that I know I can assist especially with the backing I get from Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate. Coldwell Banker keeps me upfront with the tools and marketing to meet all my customer's needs. And I've never been afraid of competition. Like Dad taught me: "Can Do."