The Case for buying that Historic Home!

Quality of construction

The No. 1 thing you’ll find in a historic home that you can’t get nowadays? Sturdy construction with meticulous attention to detail. Leaded glass windows that survive high winds and hail better than its newer neighbors. Floors made from heartwood, which won’t scratch easily or warp (and hasn’t been available in decades).

“It is more comfortable, better built, and better designed than anything else around,” says Caldeira, who himself lives in a house built in 1810. “It has cross ventilation, it has galleries—everything about it is wonderful and gracious and charming. And it’s solid as a rock.”

Functional charm

It may feel like a tank, but the architects of yore crammed a lot into a home that you don’t get with today’s fast-paced construction—and most of it served a purpose.  Transom windows can be cracked open, pouring cool air into your living room and keeping your AC bill down. The dumbwaiter that used to carry food upstairs can now be used to drop your laundry hands-free to the first floor. And the picture rail lining the bedrooms can safely display your art collection without having to tear holes in the walls. Plus, it all just looks cooler, right?

Tax benefits

If you’re terrified of a bad investment and looking for a little financial reassurance, there are several local, state and federal tax breaks for owners of historic homes. The government wants you to keep preserving these properties, so it’s generally willing to chip in a little bit—even if that means reducing your bill to the IRS.

Landscaping

The advantage of living in an, ahem, “mature” home is that you usually get the mature landscaping to go with it. Imagine living along a tree-lined street that not only makes everything feel cozier, but also increases your home’s value.

Finally, if you’re looking to show off a little, remember that you can always open your home to the public—having a beautifully preserved historic home comes with the possibility of hosting garden or holiday tours. Sure, these old bones aren’t for everyone. But if you’ve done your research and your Realtor and home inspector approve, why not make a commitment to own a piece of history?

“Give me an old house any day of the week,” Caldeira says. “They’re just built to last.”

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Four reasons why home sellers should stay active during the Holidays!

1. Buyers relocating for job purposes may be in a hurry to get settled into a new home before the new year, particularly if they have school-age children.

2. Buyers who are looking for a home during the holidays tend to be more serious and in a hurry to buy.

3. Some stagers argue that homes show better when they’re decorated for the holidays and welcome buyers in.

4. Sellers will likely have less competition against other home sellers during the holidays. The supply of listings tends to increase after the holidays and new-home construction likely will pick up then so home sellers will compete against more homes for-sale.

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