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Category: Ownership & Financing

How to Get Accurate Appraisals

Accurate appraisals are hard to get in green architecture and in cohousing. “How to Get an Accurate Appraisal for Your High-Performance Homes” in Probuilder (31 March 2021) is aimed toward helping appraisers understand the extra value of homes built to high sustainability and energy-efficient standards. Cohousing communities have the same problem with appraisals of sustainability features but also for the common house and other perks. Appraisers will say they can only […]

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My Grandmother’s House

My grandmother’s house was a white frame cottage, very neat and tidy, on the corner of two unpaved roads and with an outhouse in the backyard next to an apple tree. A rusted barrel was used to burn trash. The neighborhood smelled of burning coal all winter. To the west were acres of cornfields; to the east a block of 12 identical houses, six on each side of the street. […]

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