Co-Ownership: Pride Cometh Before The Fall

Apologies for the doom-laden headline, but there's seldom a chance to use a pithy poetic-sounding phrase, particularly one that containeth that sophisticated 'eth' sound. After all, a sleazy single...

‘Don’t Stop The Financial Music’ And Other Conservative Affordability Fixes

Free market devotees are getting rather boxed into a corner these days when it comes to proposing solutions for affordable housing crises. There are still hopeful cries everywhere from the...

Vancouver, BC: ‘Hiving’ As A Resilient Affordable Housing Strategy

Vancouver, BC is the least affordable city in North America, with a high proportion of households with low incomes compared to Canada as a whole. As well, it's a...

Seniors Co-Living Benefits: A Recipe for Risky Business?

Affordable Housing through co-livingSee: Co-living: What Is It? Who Does It? Why Bother? tends to burst into the news with statements from folks delighted with the savings in basic...

Sweden Sniffs At Co-Living For Affordable Housing: Social Blessing Or Social Disaster?

With housing becoming increasingly unaffordable, ingenious ways of reducing shelter costs abound. One trending fad featuring in the news media: co-living. A boon? A bust? There are two sides to...

Indiana ‘Friendship’ Co-Living: Extra Challenge, Extra Reward

The search for housing affordability has recently focused attention on the benefits of co-living.Try: Co-living: What Is It? Who Does It? Why Bother? That co-living involves responsibilities as well...

Co-living: What Is It? Who Does It? Why Bother?

What is it? Co-living, in its broadest sense, means living with others. Since society has several traditions that involve co-living, not the least of which is the family, its currently...

Ungood: Looking Back At The Future Of California’s ‘1984’ Dormitory Life

George Orwell's novel, 1984, was published in 1949. It defined a category of science fiction which is today called 'dystopian' — the very opposite of life in some rosy future...

Affordable Housing Massaged By Technology: Benefits? Or Techno-nerd Hype?

Can government or charitable grants and subsidies fuel a housing revolution and overcome today's affordability crisis? If so, it's sure not happening yet, if ever. Alternatives? Turns out they're popping...

Affordable Grannie Flats Are ‘In.’ Flop Houses? In Minnesota, Not so Much… Yet.

Simple solutions have a way of finding themselves. Some reports suggest that at ground zero of the affordable housing crisis — the state of California — grand schemes for generating...

Affordability Through Homesharing Can Be More Positive Than You Think

Room sharing, flat sharing, or house sharing by students can be a delightful experience. Still, stories abound of horror-show partnerships that mar this often-necessary college-age adventure. The misfortunes of a...

Affordable Housing Details You Might Not Have Considered: Parents With Basements

Affordable housing is not just a collection of construction material and land costs. It's a purse that must stretch to cover a rental or purchase . . . after...

Australia: ‘Generation Rent’ Is Fast Becoming ‘Generation Share’

Anyone who lives in a college or university town quite probably understands shared housing. Barf on the sidewalk. Beer-bottles perched on the front step. Grass a foot high. Six bicycles...

Canada’s NICE May Need A Naughtier Affordable Housing Project

In the spirit of its 'NICE' acronym, Canada's National Initiative for the Care of the Elderly is embarking on an admirable and extremely ambitious affordable housing initiative. The charitable...

New Age Hippy-Dippy Communes? It Is A New Age, Take Out The Hippy-Dippy & Enjoy Affordable Ownership

Cheek-by-jowl living but not necessarily partnership? A little cooperation can turn a collection of cash-strapped couples and singles into homeowners, without the need of waiting lists, agency approval, out...

Wuh-up Dawg? Are You a Cool Cat? Intergenerational Homeshare: Dawgs & Cats Living Together

At a recent national mayor's conference in Boston, that city shared some of its current experiments in the creation of more affordable housing. Read more in The Bay State...

Non-Marriage Of Convenience: Affordable Housing For A Redefined Family

Partnership and family have long been a first stepping stone into adulthood, whether a formal or informal union, plus or minus children. But a conventional 'Rush to Marriage' today no...

Rooming House Reputation Rehabilitation Problem? Trendy Co-Living To The Rescue!

For a city like Toronto, Ontario, amalgamated in 1998 from 6 separate municipalities, rooming houses are a festering affordable sore on the tender underbelly of urban housing. Pre-amalgamation Toronto...

Marriage & Cohabition Has Been Downsized To Co-living In Nano Affordable Hong Kong

If you can't quite afford a Hong Kong microscopic (nano) apartment by yourself then why not co-live? So suggest enthusiastic Hong Kong realtors. Social conventions such as courting and...
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