Quick Takeaways

  • Emphasize the history and craftmanship of the home in the marketing materials
  • Find the right buyer who can deal with the issues of owning a historic home
  • Learn about State and Federal incentives for historic homes

Source: 5 Tips for Buying and Selling Historic Properties (The CE Shop, Nov. 5, 2021)

Find out what documents will help you research your home’s history. Go beyond documents just about the house.  Explore town histories, wills and city directories.

Experts can also help you find the history of your home. Wood scientists, local historians and archivists, and The National Register of Historic Places can all provide clues about the history of your house.

The National Park Services has information about tax incentives to preserve your historic home. Apartment Therapy lists the best places to buy vintage home.  What’s it like to actually live in a vintage home? Rocket Homes talks to three owners to find out the truth.

Can you tell the difference between a Federal style house and a Greek Revival house?  Or a Craftsman and Mid-Century Modern?  Get acquainted with the wide variety of housing styles in the United States.

Get tips on buying and selling historic properties. You will need to find that special buyer with an interest in history and historic preservation. There may be limits to the type of renovations that can be done on historic properties, so the buyer should be aware of all the limitations. The American Society of Home Inspectors has ideas to market and stage your historic home. Thinking about buying a historic home? Redfin tells you what to look out for.

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