Dreaming of swaying gently in a hammock while a salty-air breeze whistles through your hair? If you’re like a lot of people, this time of year finds you wistfully wishing you were on a beautiful beach somewhere, sipping on a tall, cool drink while the waves crash in the background. For most of us, the best we can hope for is the occasional beach vacation or day-trip to the ocean. But for those of us who are truly lured by the call of the waves, owning a beach property might be just the thing to soothe your soul.
Before you heed the siren’s call of the ocean and rush out to buy beachfront property, there are many pros and cons to consider and strategies that you can [...]
Kerri Campbell and her husband lived in a 1,100 square foot, three-bedroom house in Kansas City. They enjoyed the life but were ready for a change. In 2007, the couple relocated to rural Arkansas and downsized to a 480 square foot house. It was challenging, but they quickly adapted to the new lifestyle.
“The biggest challenge for me was my mother was an antique collector, and she died shortly before we moved here,” Campbell said. “We didn’t have the room for it.”
The size of the average American house has grown significantly over the last few decades. In 1973, homes averaged 1,525 square feet. Today, they average over 2,500 square feet. At [...]