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Downsizing to a smaller home

Moving into a smaller, or even tiny home, has become popular in recent years. Whether you are downsizing as an empty nester, wanting to reduce your carbon footprint or just looking to live a simpler life, we have what you are looking for.

We offer several carefully designed smaller footprint homes, ranging in size between 800 and 1600 square feet. We also offer an inventory of building lots in St. Elmo, Highland Park, SouthSide, NorthShore, Signal Mountain and Red Bank, ranging in both size and elevation to suit your needs.

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Rent, buy, or build?

Most of the articles circulating the Internet weigh the benefits of renting vs buying a home, and don’t focus on renting vs. building a new home.

​A considerable number of the “downsides” listed in buying a home are not an issue in a newly-built home. Expensive repairs such as needing a new roof or HVAC are non-existent, and with GreenTech’s 10-year warranty, expensive problems won’t hurt your bottom line for several years.

1. Benefits to buying a home, over renting:

  • Equity: most homes accrue value over time, often outpacing the rate of inflation. Median single-family existing home sale prices have increased, on average, 5.2 percent per year from 1972 to 2014, according to the National Association of Realtors.
  • The interest you pay on your mortgage is tax-deductible, as is your property taxes and some of the costs associated with buying a home.
  • As the mortgage gets paid down and the home appreciates in value, homeowners often walk away with considerable savings or profit when they sell their home. The equity and appreciation in value of a home work out to a nearly tax-free savings plan: the US tax code allows for $250,000 of gain that is not subject to capital gains tax or federal income tax ($500,000 for a married couple).
  • Homeowners have a stronger sense of community and belonging when they put down roots in a neighborhood.
  • Freedom of self-expression: homeowners can paint their kitchen red if they so desire, and are free to take on weekend projects such as walkways or gardens without asking a landlord’s permission – and they are adding to their home’s value, not the landlord’s.

2. Benefits to building a GreenTech home, vs. buying an existing home:

  • Personalization: You can select colors and finishes from granite to door and trim styles, cabinetry colors, floor finish, tile, etc. – giving you the home you’ve always wanted without needing to “remodel” an existing home.
  • Home Design: with a GreenTech home, you can work with our in-house design team to alter your selected floor plan and decide on the best layout for your family.
  • Warranty: GreenTech homes come with a 10-year warranty – and it’s transferable to a buyer should you decide to sell, adding to the appeal of your home for potential buyers.
  • No Surprise Expenses: Everything is new: nothing is breaking down from age. There are no unexpected expenses such as the roof springing a leak the moment you leave for vacation, or the HVAC needing to be replaced. Even if something did break, it’s covered under warranty.
  • Energy Efficiency: GreenTech homes are designed to be energy efficient: with our radiant barrier shield, conditioned crawl spaces, high-value insulation and other benefits that are part of every GreenTech home, most homeowners find their utility bills are 50% lower than they expected or what they have paid in similar sized homes.
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Relocating to Chattanooga?

Chattanooga, TN, is a destination city for many people and a place to call home for even more! The Scenic City is nestled between the mountains of Southeast Tennessee, with the Tennessee River running alongside it.

However, the beauty of Chattanooga is only one reason people choose to settle down here. The endless supply of outdoor activities, superb restaurants, live events, family attractions, music, arts, and more combine to make this city, “one of the ‘Top 45 Places to go in the World,” according to the New York Times!

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The best part about relocating to Chattanooga is that GreenTech has available building lots in the most desirable areas of town, for families, couples or individuals!

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