Tiny Living With Carpenter Owl
February 13, 2018
Hosted by Deb Tomaro
This episode of REAL Real Estate Today focuses on the tiny house movement and the realities of living in 600 square feet or less. Our guest Daniel Weddle is founder and head owl of Carpenter Owl, a building studio based in Bloomington, IN that creates unique structures from natural materials.They design and build around the dreams of their clients, creating environments that are low in chemicals and allergens, using reclaimed and locally sourced materials wherever possible. Tiny homes are fully equipped to be year round, full time residences and can either be on wheels or permanent foundations. Carpenter Owl specializes in tiny homes, studios and even excursion structures. We asked Daniel everything we've ever wanted to know about planning, building and living in a tiny home full time. It's your weekly dose of REAL real estate talk!
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The reality is that most home buyers, sellers and owners are getting their advice on how to protect one of their biggest investments from HGTV or by trial and error. With 64 percent of Americans being homeowners, that is a lot of “flying by the seat of your pants” decision-making. REAL Real Estate Today with Deb Tomaro aims to provide useful and easy to understand chunks of information for home buyers, sellers and even homeowners who never intend to move that will help them make smart decisions for their family and protect one of the most expensive purchases they will ever make in their lives.
After studying archaeology in college, Deb decided that living with dirty fingernails wasn’t probably realistic for her, so she went to grad school to study Instructional Design. After several years of working as a corporate trainer and instructional designer, she had the opportunity to return to her beloved college town of Bloomington, Indiana. An unexpected and life changing moment led her to real estate. Motivated by her experience of finally finding a Home, Deb obtained her real estate license and has never looked back.
Deb had a challenge in front of her: to build a business starting at absolute zero. At the end of her first year, she was named Rookie of the Year in the state of Indiana for her company. At the end of her second year, she had sold more houses that year than any other Realtor in her area. The success and awards continued, but the real pride came from her client satisfaction and referral rates.
Buying a home is one of the biggest decisions a person can make. Why wouldn’t you want someone smart guiding you through the process? Mistakes can be costly. They can financially ruin a homeowner. Deb created educational seminars, blogs, newsletters and other materials to help educate people so they could to make smart decisions about real estate. She even started a mentor program for new Realtors in her area to make sure that Realtors were better trained and knowledgeable about helping people make smart decisions.