Step-By- Step Decision Guide for Seniors Purchasing a New Home

Buying a new home can be a challenging and stressful time for anyone, but this can be magnified when you’re a senior. When purchasing a new home, there are a few important decisions you’ll need to make along the way. What will you do with your current home? The obvious thing to do is to sell your current home before …

House Bill HB2 has successfully passed through The House and The Senate

House Bill HB2 Authorizes tiny homes (ADUs) of less than 500 square feet for farm workers in agricultural districts in a Hawaiian county with a population of more than 180,000 but less than 250,000. County council may adopt ordinances for the oversight of tiny homes, as defined in this act (HB2 CD1). On Tuesday, May 2nd, this bill was passed …

Tiny homes highlight one solution to Hawaii’s housing shortage

Hawaii News Now – KGMB and KHNL By Hawaii News Now HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) – A little home that was recently constructed on the State Capitol lawn is attracting lots of attention. Habitat for Humanity teamed up with the Hawaii Appleseed Center for Law and Economic Justice to build the ADU, or accessory dwelling unit, to help raise awareness about ways …

Model home offers closer look at ADUs

By Dan Nakaso for The Honolulu Star Advertiser. State and city officials Monday urged people to walk through a 408-square-foot accessory dwelling unit temporarily erected on the grounds of the state Capitol to see whether it could help them generate rental income while easing Oahu’s housing shortage. Honolulu started waiving up to $10,000 in traditional home construction fees for ADUs …

Homeowners start to erect dwellings as rental space

By Gary Kubota for The Honolulu Star Advertiser. Retired Family Court Judge Michael Town said he’s looking forward to his daughter and her two children moving into the newly built accessory dwelling unit on his property lot in metro Honolulu, thanks to a city ordinance passed in September 2015. “It’ll be a house with three generations,” Town said. “I like …

Portland’s new housing stock is tilting to Accessory Dwelling Units

By Steve Law for Sustainable Life Portland’s new housing stock is getting miniaturized, with builders planning nearly as many accessory dwelling units as regular single-family houses. Newly released data show the city issued 615 building permits for new accessory dwelling units or ADUs in 2016, approaching the 867 permits issued for regular houses. Once a tiny niche in the market, …

Should Hawaii Spend $2 Billion To Build Homes Residents Can Afford?

By Anita Hofschneider for Civil Beat Hawaii usually budgets tens of millions of dollars annually to subsidize affordable housing development, but Sen. Will Espero wants to increase that to $2 billion to tackle the state’s severe housing shortage. As the new chair of the state Senate Housing Committee, Espero has introduced Senate Bill 591 to float general obligation bonds to …

Smart Money Monday

Hawaii News Now – KGMB and KHNL From Hawaii News Now and Bank of Hawaii: A new law was passed that permits Accessory Dwelling Units or “ADUs” to be built on single family lots. ADUs are living spaces with a full kitchen, bathroom, and sleeping facilities. It’s good for homeowners, and good for renters who might want to live in …

New California state rules make it easier to build in-law units in Los Angeles

Thanks to a new state law, California homeowners will have an easier time building small second dwellings on their property. The law gives owners of most single-family residences the option to construct accessory dwelling units—informally known as back houses, granny flats, or in-law units—as long as they comply with certain guidelines. Approved by Governor Jerry Brown in September, the bill …

The Flexibility of an ADU

Above is an infographic that shows the many uses of an Accessory Dwelling Unit in a lifecycle. The upper left shows a family in the primary home and the ADU being rented to a student, young couple or newly weds, helping the family with rental income. The upper right shows a family in the primary home and the ADU being …