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You've launched your search for a historic house, figured out how to finance it, and thoroughly checked whether it’s in good condition. Now you think you’re ready to buy -- so you’re done, right?

Well, almost. Before you sign on the dotted line, use this handy summary checklist -- the final item in our series on buying a historic home -- to make sure you've covered all your bases. (We’ll be back next week with toolkits on getting you settled into your new old house.)

Here are the top 10 questions to ask yourself before putting your John Hancock on the contract:... Read More →

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Emily Potter

Emily Potter is a copywriter at the National Trust. She enjoys writing about places of all kinds, the stories that make them special, and the people who love them enough to save them.

 

In our ongoing series about buying a historic home, we've covered how to find a historic house, determine its architectural style (parts One and Two), and finance the cost. Today we're on to the next step in the process -- how to inspect the house to make sure it is in good condition.

Of course, a professional inspection -- which will cover many of these same areas, but with greater depth and accuracy -- is necessary once you move from looking to buying, but knowing what to look for while you're shopping around can help you make your decision!... Read More →

The National Trust for Historic Preservation works to save America's historic places. Join us today to help protect the places that matter to you.

Sarah Heffern

Sarah Heffern

Sarah Heffern is the social media strategist for the National Trust’s Public Affairs team. While she embraces all things online and pixel-centric, she’s also a hard-core building hugger, having fallen for preservation in a fifth grade “Built Environment” class.

[10 on Tuesday] How to Finance Your Historic House

Posted on: April 23rd, 2013 by Julia Rocchi 2 Comments

 

We've talked about how to find a historic house and figure out its style (parts One and Two), so this week, we'll cover how you can help pay for it all.

Purchasing a house is a complex process, with many steps, costs, and decisions along the way. When you’re buying a historic house in particular, there are a few different elements and terms you’ll want to be aware of ahead of time so you can prepare and plan accordingly.

Side note: You’ll find this toolkit referencing things like deed restrictions, easements, and historic house inspections. We will explain these concepts in more detail in upcoming toolkits so you have the complete picture.

But in the meantime, let’s talk about the money. Here’s what you need to know about financing your historic house:... Read More →

The National Trust for Historic Preservation works to save America's historic places. Join us today to help protect the places that matter to you.

Julia Rocchi

Julia Rocchi

Julia Rocchi is the associate director for digital content at the National Trust. By day she wrangles content; by night (and weekends), she shops local, travels to story-rich places, and walks around looking up at buildings.

 

Last week, we kicked off our series on buying a historic house with a toolkit focused on how to find the right new-to-you home, and this week, we’re moving on to the next step -- identifying the kinds of properties you might find.

Naturally, with the United States being as large as it is, there are a lot of architectural styles to cover. If you’re looking for a home built between approximately 1620 and 1890, today’s post is for you. Tune in next week for part two, which will get through the mid-20th century.

And because architecture, like preservation, comes with a lot of jargon, look for definitions and links throughout for more information.... Read More →

The National Trust for Historic Preservation works to save America's historic places. Join us today to help protect the places that matter to you.

Sarah Heffern

Sarah Heffern

Sarah Heffern is the social media strategist for the National Trust’s Public Affairs team. While she embraces all things online and pixel-centric, she’s also a hard-core building hugger, having fallen for preservation in a fifth grade “Built Environment” class.

[10 on Tuesday] How to Find a Historic House

Posted on: April 2nd, 2013 by Julia Rocchi 11 Comments

 

One way preservationists can express their love for old buildings: live in one. After all, older and historic homes bring with them craftsmanship, unique details, a sense of history, and -- for the handy among us -- an opportunity to restore a home to its former glory.

But finding and buying a historic home can be daunting if you’re not familiar with real estate, financing, historic building and district regulations, and inspection procedures. So, to set you on the right path, we’re kicking off a series on how to find, inspect, purchase, and rehabilitate your old-but-new-to-you property.

Let’s start at the very beginning with how (and where) to find your historic dream home.... Read More →

The National Trust for Historic Preservation works to save America's historic places. Join us today to help protect the places that matter to you.

Julia Rocchi

Julia Rocchi

Julia Rocchi is the associate director for digital content at the National Trust. By day she wrangles content; by night (and weekends), she shops local, travels to story-rich places, and walks around looking up at buildings.