Why the Tiny House Movement – Infographic Facts and Figures

Is the tiny house movement really a movement or just a fad?

I’ve been swept up in the Tiny house movement since I first REALLY looked into.

If you’re not familiar with tiny home living or the tiny house movement, or perhaps if you’ve prejudged it like I had, I encourage you to take a closer look and really try to get a feel and understanding of just what it’s really about.

(If you prefer video, check out my short 4-part video series on tiny home living I created in this blog post here: What is a Tiny House? Tiny Home Living Defined)

The Tiny House Infographic below was from 2013 (the 2015 survey is underway now!).

The bottom line is, the Tiny House movement and Tiny Home Living is a big deal.

Check out the stats, facts, figures and images below to learn more about the people who make up the Tiny Home Community (it may surprise you)…

Tiny Houses Infographic

 Did any of those Tiny Home Community facts or figures surprise or shock you?  Let me know in the comments below!

I appreciate you!

– Hans Schoff

Hans mobile office

(Blogging away while on the road – I love getting paid to share my thoughts and ideas when they come to me during my travels 🙂   How would you like to get paid when you travel?  Click here to learn how you can)

Service Professionals – this may piss off your landlord

As a self-employed service professional, your work space and environment is crucial to creating the results for you and your clients and getting repeat business, right?

Yet, sometimes getting all you want in a work space just doesn’t seem possible, does it?

You may be a massage therapist or masseuse, an energy healer or energy worker, a chiropractor, or have a nail or cosmetic business – even a hair salon…

And maybe you found a good location that’s highly visible but there’s no parking or rent is expensive.  Perhaps you’ve found a great space that you’ve been able to customize and create that perfect feel but your clients are too scared of the area to even get out of their car…

I think you get the picture.  It seems like you always have to compromise on some element of your space which has a noticeable impact on your clients and ultimately your success and your ability to make an impact.  

But what if you could have your cake and eat it too?

What if it were possible to not only have all the elements that you wanted in a space – totally customized and unique to you and your business in fact – AND even own it outright (instead of paying rent each month) AND further reduce your expenses like utilities AND include additional elements and benefits you may never have even considered?

Have I got your attention yet? 🙂

Finally! The Perfect Solution for Self-Employed Service Professionals

I’m real excited about the potential that this new movement can have on all sorts of people from all different areas of life (and work).  This is but just one benefit it offers.

Oh, and if you decide to go this route, you will likely piss off your landlord (because you won’t need him or her or them anymore…).

To learn more about this movement, the New American Dream Project, and the many ways you can benefit from it, I encourage you to just click here now.

 

I appreciate you!

– Hans Schoff

PS> What are your thoughts?  Leave them in the comments section below – thanks!!

Hans mobile office

 

(Today driving thru the midwest back to Alabama in my mobile office.  If you want to learn how you too can work mobile like I do and travel or do more of what you want, watch this video here)

 

 

Why the American Dream should die

Is the American Dream dead?

I believe it is, or at least that it should be – the OLD American Dream that is.

This supposed dream that you and I have been sold on as Americans – and even those around the world – that we should strive for, desire and at virtually all cost each HAVE the large fancy multi-bedroom, multi-bathroom spacious home (whether we need it or not)…

 My American Dream Experience

A few years ago in my late 20’s I thought I had finally achieved the American Dream – a 4,980 square foot home with 7 bedrooms, 6 bathrooms, a 3-car garage, swimming pool, hot tub and hefty HOA fees for access to the community amenities.  Wow, must have been nice you’d think right?

Sure, it was nice…

That is until the monthly bills came in.

  • ~$4,000 mortgage payment
  • ~$400 utility payment (3 HVAC units, 2 fireplaces, 2 water heaters, pool & hot tub)
  • ~$3,000 annual real estate payment (In other states, this payment would be 2-3 times as much)
  • ~$200/mo for landscaping
  • ~$300/mo for insurance
  • ~$600/year for HOA fees (whether we used the facilities or not)
  • (I think you get the picture)

…And these expenses don’t include the random repairs and maintenance of the 3 large HVAC systems, 2 water heaters, pool, spa, etc, or the costs (or time) to keep the house clean.  Even with just me, 2 dogs and my wife at the time, we would spend at least one day each weekend just keeping the place clean!  Can you relate to any of this?

It was insane.

I was a slave to the bank and a slave to the house.  If I wasn’t working on repairing something around the house or coordinating with someone else to do it or service or clean something, I was stressing about paying the bills or worrying about some other aspect of the home.  It got old very quick!  As nice of a home as it was – and it was very nice – it just wasn’t worth it.  Trying to keep up with the Jones’ lost its appeal very quickly, but I was stuck paying for it each month…

For me, I realized that the American Dream I had been sold on had become the American Nightmare!

Does this mean you or I can’t have a nice house?  No.

Does this mean you or I can’t live well?  No.

Does this mean that you or I are better off renting a home (vs owning one) so that the landlord takes responsibility for the majority of the expenses to maintain a home?  I don’t believe so, No.  In fact, it is just the opposite of these assumptions.  There is a solution that I’m working on that will solve the majority of these issues and create real freedom from the hassles and expense of traditional home ownership while allowing you and I to live even greater, richer, and happier …

Introducing the New American Dream Project – coming soon!

Is the American Dream dead? The New American Dream Project

I’m on a mission to set people free from this lie and to help them live the New American Dream founded on sound/prudent economics (not the overspending, living above your means to impress the neighbors philosophy) and the ability to live free (and specifically, mortgage-free).

It’s an ambitious project I am just beginning but one that I feel will recreate the meaning behind American Dream.  A project that will directly impact about 25 Americans, but a model that will be able to recreated around the country and the world that will empower and free Americans just like you and me to live happier, more rewarding, more fulfilling lives and with more disposable, spendable income to boot.

To learn more and stay up to date with the latest on this project and how YOU may be able to participate in it, just enter your information in the form here and I’ll keep you posted with the latest news and information- just click here now.

I appreciate you.

– Hans Schoff

Hans mobile office

(From the road in Colorado, in my mobile office 🙂

The Next Real Estate Market Boom (It’s Not What You Think)

The Next Real Estate Market Boom is coming!  Want in?

Physical Real Estate ownership has long been sought after by those seeking to hold onto their wealth or grow it.

Schoff Global InvestmentsMyself personally, I’ve been involved in the physical real estate market in all different capacities over the years, from finance, fix-up and repair, remodeling, construction, development, investment, syndication, property and asset management and others.  So I know a thing or two about real estate :)…

However, the type of real estate market boom I’m talking about is something rather new.  It’s been around for a few years but still the masses are asleep to its potential, even to its existence, which is what creates this exciting opportunity and future boom as more and more people get exposed to it and catch on (like any real estate boom).

But this next real estate market boom I’m referring to is different.

First of all, at the moment its dirt cheap.  Which means many more people have the opportunity to get involved and profit from it.

It can create cash flow for you, you can wholesale it by improving it, increasing it’s value and “flipping it” to someone else so-to-speak.  Or you can also snatch up an important address (like a prime location) and sell that for a nice profit.  But the best thing is, there is no real upper end.  You can continue improving the asset and forcing the value up, generating more and more income from it – and one of my favorite aspects – there’s generally no banks involved!  And no insurance.  In fact, no property taxes either!

Have I gotten your attention yet??

So what exactly is this phenomenal real estate market I’m talking about?

Online Real Estate of course!  Have you got your address yet?

I’m serious about this.  The future is online.

If you don’t have a serious online real estate presence, you’re not only missing out, you’re becoming irrelevant.

Remember what a phone book was?  Many people do not anymore.  They are a thing of the past.  Just like newspapers and magazines are becoming a thing of the past as well.

online real estateWhat’s the first thing someone does when they hear about a company or product and they have an interest in it?  Do they pick up the phone?  Do they get in the car?  Do they search for a phone book?

No.  Just as you would, they pull out their phone or computer and search google to learn more about it.  And if you’re not online, you won’t show up in google (but your competitors probably will!).

And this is not just for businesses or organizations like non-profits or charities.  On a personal level you want to have a presence online.  You want to be in control of what people see when they search online right?  Would you want a potential business partner, employer, employee, mother-in-law, professor, political opponent, etc to see what may be out there online about you?

Or would you rather have a page – an address – that displays YOU for who you are and what you want to share with the world?  Facebook, twitter, youtube… these social media sites are always changing and display information about you how they choose, you have little control over that.  Granted those are great resources to use, but if you had your own online real estate – like a blog for example – that was YOUR address, your business’ name or your name or whatever, some place where you could direct someone that was just yours… Wouldn’t that be cool?

online real estate homeJust like we each have a physical address we live at, to be relevant today and going forward you really need to have an online address to.  Not just a physical mailing address (or online emailing address) but an actual HOME where people can find you, see what you’re up to, what you’re about and who you are.

Being able to stand out in this world with all the noise and distractions, its important that you have a special place like that online that separates you from everyone and everything else out there.  Everyone has a facebook profile or YouTube channel, etc.  But who has a blog that’s setup and customized the way YOU would want it to be, so that its uniquely yours?

That is the next coming online real estate boom.  Have you gotten your address yet?  Your online home (page)?  Don’t miss out on this boom…  You can get started here.

PS> Not all blogging platforms are created equal.  Check out my prior blog post about it here.

125sf Tiny House with Wings? The Luxurious Residence by Etihad Airways

As of late, I’ve become a HUGE fan of the Tiny House or Tiny Home movement sweeping the country.  In case you hadn’t heard, tons of people across the U.S. are ditching “the American Dream” which has become the American Nightmare for many – a big house in the suburbs with a big mortgage – and moving into these Tiny Homes, which are exactly what they sound like: Tiny Houses typically between 100sf and 500sf (but I’ve seen them both smaller and bigger than that, but you get the idea).

I’ll be honest, at first, I thought it was a joke; at best, just a way for people to be different and stand out from the crowd, more a way of expressing themselves than a way of life.  But then I went to visit my friend Linda in Idylwild, California not too long ago – a small town in the mountains away from the lights and noise of cities like Los Angeles and San Diego.

And then I GOT it…

But before I go on, let me show you this video of the 125sf Tiny Home (or Palace, rather) in the sky.  The Residence aboard Etihad Airways’ new fleet of Airbus A380s contains 3 125sf cabins which include a private living room with 32-inch flat screen TV, a double bedroom (yes, with a proper double bed!), a separate ensuite bathroom with a shower!, and of course a dedicated butler!  Dannii Minogue will give you a video tour below…

Not a bad way to get by, right?  (Or from point A to point B)…

Could you see yourself living in a space like that?  Because a lot of people across the country are now living in spaces about that big full-time – some a little bigger, some a little smaller – and for all different reasons.

I had been tinkering with similar ideas over the past several years, talking about selling my house and getting away from a mortgage and the hassle of mortgage companies and banks (I’ve been involved in real estate and real estate finance for 10 years now…).  And while the idea and simplicity of renting can sound appealing, I’d prefer still more control and the ability to change things and not be limited by what I can and cannot do.  I guess it really comes down to a sense of freedom and independence.

For others, its a way to also cut costs.  In many markets around the country, a lot of people are simply priced out of the mainstream property market but still want to own their own home.  And that’s where a Tiny Home – whether that’s a floating house boat on the riverbanks of Portland, Oregon or on a float in close proximity to downtown Seattle, or a 500sf top of the line, fully kitted-out and off-the-grid home high up in the scenic Rocky mountains, or a very space-efficient tiny home built on a double-axle 8×20 trailer that can be towed to different locations around the country – really starts to make sense.

Tiny Homes come in all different styles, types, shapes, costs, and mobility options.  I’ve seen people build their own tiny home on a double-axle or 5th wheel trailer (fully functional with kitchen and bathroom, with water and power options) for $30,000.  Then there are other permanent-type Tiny Homes that you can find in communities in Jackson Hole, Wyoming that start at $300,000 for around 250sf.  And a whole lot in between.

When you realize how much of your house is wasted space that you hardly ever use – but have to maintain, keep clean, heat and cool and pay for each month (taxes, insurance and mortgage) – you start to question WHY…

Myself, I live in a 4 bedroom, 2 bathroom 1550sf home and I never use my dining room, hardly ever use the living room even, don’t need a 2nd bathroom, don’t use the guest room on a regular basis nor the study all that often.  I realize I could quite easily downsize into a home easily 1/3 this size and still be able to maintain the same way of life I do today – but with 1/3 (or less) the cost, hassle, inconvenience, stress, energy, etc that it takes to maintain my home currently.  And to be honest, from what I’ve seen, I believe I could design a tiny home to be twice as functional as the space would make you think.

So what really would I be losing?

I think another part of my skepticism or resistance to the idea was the thinking that I was cutting back, or having to give up something and drastically alter my quality of life, which I didn’t want to sacrifice.  If anything, I want to improve my lifestyle or quality of life, not the other way around.  But again, when you take the time to design and engineer every little space and utilize the latest technology and gadgets, you can actually end up creating MORE not less.  In watching shows like Tiny House Nation, Tiny House Hunting, Tiny: Living Small, the documentary Tiny, etc (there’s a ton of shows out there about it, even shows on-demand thru Dish Network) I began to see how powerful that space could be.  You really can do a lot with a small space with some smart planning ahead of time.

I don’t know if you can tell, but I’m sold!  Every night I find myself watching an hour of one of these shows and going to sleep dreaming about the different possibilities.  Not sure if I want to build myself a nice tiny home in the rockies with all the latest technology and appliances and go off-grid or build a smaller tiny home on double-axle trailer and continue to travel even more around the country and staying for a few weeks or months a time before taking my home to the next location.

I’m excited about it!  And because I can work from home using this laptop or my ipad and iphone thanks to this Kalatu blog (see the banner on the side of the blog), its just a matter of figuring out which way I want to go.  Who knows, maybe I’ll build a few tiny homes around the country.  The price is right!  The Tiny Home movement is in full swing, are you sold on it yet?  Let me know your thoughts, questions or opinions down below!  (And please SHARE this with others so we can get a good conversation going below – thanks!)

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