This Field Guide contains books, websites, statistics, reports and journal articles on women and new homeownership trends, home buying needs and special issues concerning women and financing.
(Updated May 2013)
Owning and running a vineyard suggests an appealing and romantic lifestyle. In truth, it is hard work, costly and subject to the whims of weather, the economy and foreign competition. Still the lure of the vines may just be the ticket for those seeking adventure and a soul-satisfying business venture. This updated field guide provides start-up resources, statistics, reports, websites and more for those thinking about entering this interesting market. (D. Foligno, Project Specialist)
This updated field guide will give you background information on concerns with various popular social media sites as well as provide tips and suggestions to protect your privacy and identity.
(Updated March 2014)
Condominiums continue to be a popular option for first-time buyers and empty-nesters, particularly in urban areas. While buyers often choose condos for their convenience they also face a different set of issues that owners of houses do not—specifically condo boards and the rules governing the many aspects of condo living. This field guide offers articles and books that address the unique circumstances of condo owners.
(Updated January 2013)
The financial and tax benefits of owning a home vs. renting are very clear. Home ownership also provides many benefits to the family, children and the community, such as increased education for children, lower teen-age pregnancy rate and a higher lifetime annual income for children, as discussed in the following articles and studies. (D. Winchester, Information Specialist)
Renting out a vacation home can offset the costs of this investment until retirement. But what happens when a community acts to restrict short-term rentals?
(Updated October 2013)
Interested in selling new homes? Learn about the latest market conditions, how to market new homes, and how to spot new home design trends. (C. Dodge, Information Specialist)
Learn about the various forms of seller financing – such as seller carry-back, lease options, installment sales – and what risks to avoid in this updated Field Guide.
(Updated February 2013)
Ever wonder who lived in your home before you? Would you know how to find out? If your home is a landmark or if it housed a famous resident you may already know its history. Others require more effort and research. This field guide will get you started and also provide information on architectural styles of homes in the United States. (R. Carlson, Information Specialist)