This is the first in a series of stories about how big policies affect real people, and how we get it wrong, and how the people most affected would choose to shape that policy to improve it. I promised those who had already shared a story with me that I’d go first, so they could see me be just as vulnerable and scared as they are to talk about how the system we’ve created to help people often hurts them in unexpected ways.
Mostly, these stories are about how good intentions in policy spaces that are led by people who…
A Note from the Author
Are you looking for the perfect guide to surviving the wilderness of Western North Carolina while you wait for culture to catch up with the home you bought in that little resort town? Are you curious about how to keep the locals from giving you that uncomfortable death stare that happens on occasion when you are just going about your business?
Look no further, then, my friends. This handy little guide will teach you all you need to know about how to survive as a transplant, a tourist, or a wealthy and well-manicured…
You can be trusted with rent for decades and still be treated like a child by complete strangers when you try to buy a house
If you’re part of #generationrent, you might know what I mean: we simultaneously want houses and the tiny piece of security they represent and loathe an industry that hasn’t been disrupted since 1987 but still feels qualified to make moral judgments about whether you’re worthy of owning your own home.
If you’re not familiar with this feeling, let me quickly explain how renting works in most developed countries:
Whether you’re buying as an investor or a newly remote family moving to small towns, remember the people who were here before you came
On a recent weekend, I woke up early. I didn’t have to, but I was freshly vaccinated and doing something I’d looked forward to throughout the pandemic: drinking coffee, with my laptop, in an actual coffeeshop! I dusted off my backpack and packed all my things, glorying in using all the little gadget pockets. …
You’re just following the wrong map.
If you’re struggling, with anxiety, with a lack of hope, with despair that humanity will ever save itself, I have just a quick suggestion for you today: go find some humans on the internet.
I know, I know. I know what you’re thinking. The internet is a dumpster fire of hate, a giant shit sandwich where people rip each other apart to pass the time and you can find any sick thing you put your mind to.
And that’s true, in some corners. But the internet we geriatric millennials believed in twenty years ago…
It’s all over the news these days: millennial homeownership is finally surging. No one knows what to think. Is it a bubble? Is it Gen X or Gen Z moving into the market? Is it pent-up demand or a lack of supply, or both?
No matter what generation they’re from, most lifelong renters will tell you: it’s not so much the real estate investment as it is the escape from greige we’re looking for.
We’ve lived in soulless apartments and houses for decades now. Our carpets and walls are always thin, our windows never soundproofed, our insulation shoddy. Our paint…