Meet Eclipse Cottages, the developer of green tiny-home communities that plans to help people buy houses for $99 a month

The kitchen in one of Eclipse’s tiny homes.Eclipse Cottages builds spacious, energy-efficient tiny homes in South Carolina. The company is rolling out financing meant to help people own a home for as low as $99 a month.CEO Justin Draplin says he hopes this will help millennials and Gen Zers become homeowners.

Ronald Wells has been a self-proclaimed tiny-home aficionado for years, so when it came time for the 55-year-old, who goes by Blue, and his wife, Pamela, to sell their big house in Atlanta and downsize, he knew exactly what he wanted.

He chose Eclipse Cottages to build a 600-square-foot abode in Travelers Rest, South Carolina, at the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. With a design that includes 1 ½ bathrooms, 16-foot ceilings, and a 6-foot-tall loft, Wells says, his tiny home has more space than a typical one.

Wells and his wife paid for their cottage with $110,000 in cash. Their housing costs, including rent for the lot, electricity, water and WiFi, total about $500 a…

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