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Thursday, 16 August 2018 13:55

How Will You Pay for Your Tiny Home?

The tiny house craze continues, with more and more people considering the idea of a tiny home on wheels.  The concept of being able to winter in the south and summer in the north is appealing.

However, there are a few important things to consider before you invest in a tiny home on wheels -- or even a tiny house on a stand-alone lot --  like, how are you going to pay for it?


How Will You Pay for Your Tiny Home?  

Recently Huffington Post did a story about financing tiny homes, we highlight several of their key points in this blog.   

Because tiny homes on wheels are mobile, they do not qualify for a traditional home mortgage.

Actually, THOWs don’t qualify for a home mortgage for a few reasons.


So, if you go to a bank and try to take a loan out for a tiny house, you may get a raised eyebrow.

Financing Options for Your Tiny House 

You might be able to get financing for your THOW with an RV loan. However, the catch here is that the THOWneeds to be certified as an RV by an organization such as the Recreational Vehicle Industry Association. This is the most cost effective type of loan, however, meeting the standards to receive an RV loan on your THOW can be a lengthy and expensive process; and may end up being not so cost effective after all.

If getting an RV loan is too much trouble, you can try taking out a personal loan. Yet, a personal loan has a higher interest rate, even with good credit.

Other things to consider for your THOW are where will you park it? As of yet, there are not many tiny home parks established like there are RV parks, and some RV parks are not welcoming to the tiny mobile homes. In most neighborhoods, it is illegal to live in a mobile home on a residential property. Think about it: what will you use for your sewer hookup?

You can read our blog about tiny homes on wheels, called “Home is where you hook up” here.    Note, since the publication of that blog post, developers in Tampa Bay have proposed to build a tiny home community in St. Petersburg, and another Tiny Home Community proposed in Ruskin, although neither development is complete.

If you are thinking of building a tiny house on a stand-alone lot -- again - we ask you to carefully consider all of the costs associated with developing a lot - putting in a driveway, paying local assessments and development fees, putting in the sewer, and connecting to electric. We itemize those costs in detail on our blog, “Before you build a tiny house on an empty lot, consider this.”

Popular Financing Methods for Home Care Suites  

We firmly believe that the most efficient and economical way to “go tiny” is to build an “accessory dwelling unit” -- essentially a detached mother-in-law suite - on a lot with an existing primary home structure.    When you tie a tiny house into the larger house, you avoid significant expenses associated with water, sewer, and electric, because you are able to connect to the existing home’s utility infrastructure.

Many of our Home Care Suites customers are looking to downsize - or “right-size” - and so they sell their existing larger home (which costs more to maintain and takes longer to clean) and invest in a Home Care Suite --  a cottage they build in the backyard of a family member - in most cases - their adult child.

Home Care Suites - which are tiny homes that are built as an accessory dwelling unit -  have several financial benefits. First - it allows the aging parent to divest their assets, and to transfer their wealth to their adult children. Second, for the adult children whose property the cottage is being built on -- because it is being built for an aging parent - it actually does not increase their property taxes.  

According to FL Statute, 193.703, there may be a reduction in the assessed value of a homestead property with construction or reconstruction of the property for the purpose of providing living quarters for parents or grandparents, so long as:
• The living quarters are provided for a person who is at least 62 years of age.
• The living quarters are provided for one or more natural or adoptive parents or grandparents.  

To Depreciate or Appreciate? 

A tiny home on wheels is going to depreciate or lose value over time. Our Home Care Suites cottages are home built on a permanent foundation, so they do not lose value and only increase the fair market value of the primary house commensurate with the cost to build or value of the cottage.

The adult child benefits because their property value goes up (In-Law Suites are a hot commodity) and they do not have any tax penalties, because according to Florida statute,  a home renovation made for an aging parent is exempt from property taxes.

We hope that you appreciate these financial considerations as you continue on your journey to “go tiny.” 

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