Kelly Quigley is the former managing editor of REALTOR® Magazine.
Web Reviews: Have a Historic Listing?
A piece of the past: This site can help you to tap into the historic-homes niche and learn about preserving your community.
June 1, 2005
If you work in a community with older housing stock, and especially if you’re looking to develop a historic-homes niche, it’s a good idea to become knowledgeable about historic preservation and the issues unique to older homes. The National Trust for Historic Preservation’s Web site is the perfect vehicle to help you reach that goal. Learn about ways to protect historic properties, access listings of historic homes, and find out how you can get involved in local efforts to keep your town’s heritage intact. Here are some of the site’s helpful features:
- Buying and Selling a Historic Home. Find all the resources you need for clients who are looking to buy or sell a historic home, including Historic Properties for Sale from around the country; the ads come from the classifieds section of Preservation, the magazine of the National Trust and are updated every two months. You also can find a list of Distressed Properties that are for sale at a greatly reduced price, or learn about the Historic Real Estate Program that the National Trust offers in conjunction with ERA Franchise Systems Inc. to teach real estate professionals about history of major American architectural styles, conservation easements, historic preservation regulations, and tax incentives.
- Protecting a Historic Home. How can your clients make sure that the historic home they buy won’t be torn down by a future owner? Find out about Preservation Easements, considered to be one of the most effective legal tools to protect historic properties. There’s also information on Historic Homeowners Insurance, which goes beyond the average homeowners’ insurance policy to cover features like raised-panel wainscoting, hand-hewn true dimensional lumber, or fanlight windows.
- How Can I Help Preserve? Becoming a preservationist doesn't require learning esoteric vocabulary or suffering through boring lectures. According to this Web site, fun, everyday activities can help protect America’s heritage. For example, by shopping on your town’s “Main Street” rather than the regional mall, you can enjoy local architecture and support the merchants who are vital to the community. Or stay at one of the Historic Hotels of America on your next vacation or business trip.
- 11 Most Endangered Places. This list is one of the National Trust’s most effective tools in the fight to save irreplaceable architectural, cultural, and natural heritage. The 11 sites chosen each year are threatened by neglect, insufficient funds, inappropriate development or insensitive public policy. Find out if a place in your region made the 2004 Most Endangered List or check out the State Lists, where you can read “most endangered” lists created by state and local organizations.
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