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If you’re dreaming of a lifestyle change, but aren’t sure where to start, you’ll want to check out our eCourse. We’re Hari and Karl Berzins of TinyHouseFamily.com. We designed and built our tiny house and have lived here for almost four years while continuing to build our mortgage-free homestead. Our course has helped almost two hundred people get started on their own path to debt-free living and several folks have already reached their goals.

So often we get questions like—“Where do I even begin?” That’s what we do in the course. We begin. You begin. Every single day. All the tiny details of how we achieved mortgage-freedom are woven throughout the course—but our story only gives context to the tasks and lessons—it’s all about you and your plan—how are you going to achieve mortgage-freedom?

I had this sense that we needed to tell the whole story the real, trudging-through-mud-and-celebrating-the-milestones story—I needed to share the practices of self-care that make-up the bedrock below the foundation of our homestead, our true money story, our budgeting and saving, our downsizing, land search, and ultimately how we designed and built our legal tiny house. And so we did. And I’m glad we did, because we get notes like this:


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How to be Mortgage-free Guest Post by Hari Berzins – Original story appeared at Tiny House Blog

During the big snow storm last week, Karl and I walked up the hill from our tiny house to our newly dried-in (Woohoo!) ‘big’ house to watch the falling snow.

The snow in the woods was magical and the view in all directions was spectacular.

I looked up at the rafters and there was no snow falling in the house!

We were dry.

After more than a year of watching rain and snowfall on our house, this was big.

I smiled at Karl. “How does it feel to go into this snow storm with a finished roof on the house?”

He took a deep breath. “You have no idea.”

Here’s How You, Too, Can Build a Mortgage-free Homestead

Mortgage-Free Micro-Homestead

That was a nice moment.

We’ve come so far, and it’s so important to take time to celebrate all of the milestones along the way.

I encourage you to read our story below and take a tour of the tiny house that started it all for us…

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