Why Choose Slow Home Real Estate?

Too many people buy badly designed houses

ProblemWe call them fast houses because they’re like fast food – standardized, repetitive, monotonous, and anonymously produced. Fast food and houses may look good on the surface but too often they turn out to have long term negative impacts on both our wellbeing and that of the planet. Fast houses suffer from a wide variety of problems including kitchens that are hard to work in, living rooms that are difficult to furnish, dining rooms that are rarely used, bathrooms the size of bedrooms, and bedrooms the size of closets. There are fast houses with rooms that overheat from having too much sun and others with interiors that are too cold and dark. There are those that feel too big and a larger number of others that, despite their actual size, feel too small, cramped, and almost claustrophobic.


The result is that fast houses make our already busy lives more difficult than they otherwise need to be. They also force us into a lifestyle that generates more greenhouse gas emissions and consumes more energy, water, and other natural resources than it should. In a difficult real estate market, a fast house tends to lose more of its value more quickly than other houses, and it can even more quickly end up not being worth the money that was paid for it.



The Slow Home Alternative

The good news is that there are also a lot of well-designed homes out there – in all types, styles, and price ranges. We call them Slow Homes because like slow food, they’ve had more care and attention paid to their creation. Although few houses are perfectly designed, a Slow Home is one that’s been configured to make the daily rituals of cooking, dining, living, bathing, and sleeping easier and more fulfilling than a fast house. A Slow Home will also help you to moderate your environmental footprint. As a result, a Slow Home is one whose worth is not defined by speculation and real estate bubbles, but by the fundamentals of real value that emerge when a property is a good place to live rather than just a financial play.


Slow Food and Slow Homes are part of a broader cultural trend towards a slower approach to life. In this context, fast and slow are more than just descriptors of a rate of change. According to author Carl Honoré, “They are shorthand for ways of being, or philosophies of life. Fast is busy, controlling, aggressive, hurried, analytical, stressed, superficial, impatient, active, quantity over quality. Slow is the opposite: calm, careful, receptive, still, intuitive, unhurried, patient, reflective, quality over quantity. It’s about making real and meaningful connections – with people, culture, work, food, everything.” The bottom line is that a Slow Home, like slow food, will help you to live better in a fast-paced world.


How To Buy A Slow Home

Unfortunately, Slow Homes can be hard to identify using a typical real estate search process. That’s because the conventional metrics that are used to describe houses – floor area, lot size, and a count of bedrooms and bathrooms – don’t tell us very much about whether a particular property is a poorly designed fast house or a well-designed Slow Home. As a result, homebuyers are too often forced into making one of the most personally significant and financially important decisions of their lives on the basis of a few numbers and a short site visit. The fact is that a lot of people spend more time researching the performance specs for the purchase of a new flat screen TV than they do investigating the design quality of the house they are about to buy. Is it any wonder that so many people end up buying fast houses?


We think that the path to finding a Slow Home requires a different, design-based, approach. Using our extensive residential architecture and construction experience we’ve created a real estate company that caters exclusively to homebuyers. In fact we’ve overhauled the entire home buying process from the ground up to create our Slow Home Buying Process, a simple, easy-to-follow strategy that can help anyone find a well-designed sustainable home.


Our process begins with the end in mind. This means using our Residential Profile to help you define the specifics of what a slower way of living means to you and your family. From there we’ll translate those objectives into a series of prioritized design criteria to use when evaluating properties for sale, After using our Design Dashboard and Slow Home Test to find the well-designed Slow Home that best meet your needs we’ll help you complete the negotiations and all of the paperwork. Our process concludes with a personalized Slow Home Design Report for the property that is completed after you’ve moved in.


 Slow Home Buying Process


Slow Home Real Estate

Slow Home Real Estate was founded by John Brown and Matthew North. It`s a buyer’s only brokerage which means that we don`t take listings and focus our attention exclusively on helping our clients find their next home. Our design-based approach to real estate developed out of John and Matthew`s fourteen years of professional practice in Housebrand, their award winning residential design firm. Housebrand integrates architecture, construction management, and real estate brokerage services into a comprehensive service for people looking to build or renovate a home. With Slow Home Real Estate, John and Matthew are able to bring their Slow Home Buying System to all homebuyers, not just those who are contemplating some type of construction project. Now everyone can take advantage of their unique perspective and extensive expertise to help find their next home.


Slow Home Real Estate is the next step in the evolution of the Slow Home Movement, a global platform that John and Matthew started in 2006 as a way to advocate for increased design quality in the housing market. Since its inception, the Slow Home Movement has published a best-selling book, instituted a Design School for Homeowners Workshop Program, and created a library of instructional design videos that reach 500,000 people annually.


(Click here to learn more about John and Matthew)