News Feeds (RSS) https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-7225173/London-Transport-Museum-furniture-range-recreate-London-Underground-home.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-7225173/London-Transport-Museum-furniture-range-recreate-London-Underground-home.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 London Transport Museum furniture range to recreate London Underground at home  Items range from £10 mugs showing the colours of the London Underground, to an entire sofa covered in the same fabric designs used on your favourite tube lines. Thu, 18 Jul 2019 08:23:55 Z None 2019-07-18 08:23 +00:00 2019-07-18 20:23 +12:00 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-7237263/What-kind-property-rent-UK-1-000.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-7237263/What-kind-property-rent-UK-1-000.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 What kind of property can you rent across the UK for £1,000? The average UK rent currently stands at £934, but what you get for that money varies widely from region to region. Thu, 18 Jul 2019 08:11:22 Z None 2019-07-18 08:11 +00:00 2019-07-18 20:11 +12:00 58af97f5440243fe3d552306:5906c0dfe4fcb573ba562253:5d2e3f075565b800014268dc https://chemcare.co.nz/articles/fibrolite-cladding What you need to know about fibrolite cladding Cement cladding containing asbestos was used in NZ buildings for a long time. Find out why it became popular and see why it poses a health risk today. Thu, 18 Jul 2019 03:00:00 Z Klaris Chua-Pineda <p class="">Fibrolite cladding, also known as fibrous, asbestos cement sheet, and AC sheet is a cladding material that gained popularity during the 1940s. When the price of timber and bricks skyrocketed, fibrolite was marketed as an affordable alternative that would allow homeowners to save a significant sum of money.</p><p class="">These sheets of housing material were made of thin concrete with <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Asbestos_cement">asbestos fibre reinforcing</a>. They were advertised as being fireproof, versatile, safe, and affordable. This recipe for success would go on to make them ideal for roofing and imitation of wood siding, shingles, brick, slate, and stone. In every sense of the word, fibrolite was a product that made house renovation and construction far more affordable than homeowners ever thought it could be.</p><p class="">It was also effortless to make. The asbestos cement was moulded into piping or sheets that were either flat or corrugated. Essentially, they could form any shape that wet cement could be moulded into. Fibrolite was sold all around the world, but it gained traction more so in Australia and New Zealand. From 1940 until 1980, it would be the material of choice for many builders and home renovators.</p><p class="">However, in the early 1970s, it was found that asbestos fibres were carcinogenic and exceptionally hazardous for health. Thus, it fell out of favour with consumers. Fibre cement sheets are still available, but cellulose is the material of choice for reinforcing fibres, rather than asbestos. </p><h2>What are the dangers of fibrolite cladding? </h2><p class="">If erosion occurs in materials with asbestos, due to time and weather, the asbestos surface corrosion can cause airborne toxic fibres. These do not break down and are responsible for health risks and conditions such as <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Asbestosis">asbestosis</a> (lung inflammation and scarring), peritoneal mesothelioma (abdomen lining cancer), and pleural mesothelioma (lung lining cancer). </p><p class="">Asbestos is a natural product that has been in use for over 750,000 years, and it seems disease was prevalent even in ancient times. Greeks and Romans were particularly interested in the material and wrote about “sickness of the lungs” relating to the asbestos-woven cloth worn by slaves.</p><p class="">Even a small amount of asbestos dust can be harmful to those who inhale it. The fibres can irritate lung tissue and cause inflammation and scarring. It’s imperative that you never attempt to disrupt or remove asbestos products without appropriate safety equipment or expert assistance. </p><h2>How do I know if my home has this type of asbestos-containing cladding? </h2><p class="">It can be exceptionally challenging to identify asbestos due to the sheer number of materials it was used in. The best way to know for sure is by hiring a building inspector for the sole purpose of asbestos identification. Once you identify it, you must receive specialist advice to find out the risk it poses, how you can remove it, and how much that process will cost. </p><p class="">Fibrolite materials are commonly found in homes and structures built before 1985. They are dominant in ceilings, vinyl flooring, sheds, roofing, fences, both internal and external walls, gables, and eaves. Once you identify that you have fibrolite on your property, you must not disturb it. Under the Department of Labour’s <a href="https://worksafe.govt.nz/topic-and-industry/asbestos/management-and-removal-of-asbestos/">Guidelines for the Management and Removal of Asbestos</a>, any disturbance is prohibited. You can define disturbance as sanding, drilling, water blasting, or breaking the fibrolite sheets. </p><h2>What can I do about it? </h2><p class="">If your fibrolite cladding, or other asbestos materials, are in excellent condition, then they will not release asbestos fibres. Asbestos only becomes dangerous when your materials, such as fibrolite, are breaking down and wearing out.</p><p class="">You have a few options regarding removal or management of fibrolite and other asbestos products in your home. You can leave it as it is if it’s in good condition. You can seal, enclose, or encapsulate it, or you can remove it. </p><p class="">If your fibrolite sheets are breaking away or are not in good condition, then it’s imperative that you get in touch with a WorkSafe licensed asbestos removalist to take care of it. A list of licenced removalists is available on WorkSafe’s <a href="https://worksafe.govt.nz/the-toolshed/registers/asbestos-licence-holder-register/">website</a>. </p><h2>What can replace fibrolite? </h2><p class="">Fibrolite was commonly used for both interior and exterior walls, which means that if you need to remove your cement cladding, you’re going to need to put another material in its place. Some of the more common cladding options in today’s market include metal and steel, concrete and plaster, brick and stone, timber, and non-timber panels and weatherboards. Talk to your removal specialist to see which options they would recommend.</p><h2>What to do next? </h2><p class="">If your home was built around the years of 1940 and 1980, then there’s a high chance it features asbestos products such as fibrolite. Without disturbance, they may be quite safe. However, if you would like to be on the safe side, or some building materials are in disrepair, get in touch with a removal expert like Chemcare because they can identify any risks and determine whether you need to take action. </p> What you need to know about fibrolite cladding 2019-07-18 03:00 +00:00 2019-07-18 15:00 +12:00 https://www.nzherald.co.nz/property/news/article.cfm?c_id=8&objectid=12250724&ref=rss newsfeeds@nzherald.co.nz National house shortage hits 130,000, could rise to 150,000: Kiwibank economists New Zealand is short of 130,000 homes, the tally having risen lately by 30,000, two economists say.Jarrod Kerr and Jeremy Couchman, Kiwibank economists said: "This time last year we showed a shortage of 100,000 homes across New... Thu, 18 Jul 2019 14:04:04 +1200 2019-07-18 14:04 +12:00 2019-07-18 14:04 +12:00 https://www.nytimes.com/slideshow/2019/07/17/realestate/what-you-get-for-1-6-million.html https://www.nytimes.com/slideshow/2019/07/17/realestate/what-you-get-for-1-6-million.html?emc=rss&partner=rss Real Estate and Housing (Residential) Summit (NJ) Los Angeles (Calif) Kauai (Hawaii) What You Get for $1.6 Million A circa-1900 Tudor in Summit, N.J.; a hillside house in Los Angeles; and an island retreat in Hawaii. Thu, 18 Jul 2019 01:02:05 Z 2019-07-18 01:02 +00:00 2019-07-18 13:02 +12:00 https://www.latimes.com/business/real-estate/story/2019-07-17/filmmaker-walter-hill-lists-malibu-broad-beach-home-for-sale https://www.latimes.com/business/real-estate/story/2019-07-17/filmmaker-walter-hill-lists-malibu-broad-beach-home-for-sale Filmmaker Walter Hill seeks a scene change on Malibu's Broad Beach <p>Prolific action filmmaker Walter Hill is seeking $8.995 million for his modern Malibu beach house of 14 years. </p> Wed, 17 Jul 2019 17:10:41 -0400 Jack Flemming <p>Prolific action filmmaker Walter Hill is seeking $8.995 million for his modern Malibu beach house of 14 years. </p> Realtor.com 2019-07-17 17:10 -04:00 2019-07-18 09:10 +12:00 https://www.nzherald.co.nz/property/news/article.cfm?c_id=8&objectid=12250495&ref=rss newsfeeds@nzherald.co.nz Repayment uncertain: Ex-Hawkins business owes lender McConnell $23m The failed Orange H Group construction businesses, once part of New Zealand's second-largest builder Hawkins, owe secured lender McConnell Ltd $23.4 million but it remains uncertain how much of that will be repaid.Andrew Grenfell,... Thu, 18 Jul 2019 07:21:37 +1200 2019-07-18 07:21 +12:00 2019-07-18 07:21 +12:00 https://www.latimes.com/business/real-estate/story/2019-07-17/hockey-scott-niedermayer-ducks-newport-beach-home https://www.latimes.com/business/real-estate/story/2019-07-17/hockey-scott-niedermayer-ducks-newport-beach-home Hockey Hall of Famer Scott Niedermayer nets a buyer in Newport Beach <p>Hockey Hall of Famer and former Anaheim Duck Scott Niedermayer has sold his Newport Beach home for $5.393 million. </p> Wed, 17 Jul 2019 14:38:59 -0400 Jack Flemming <p>Hockey Hall of Famer and former Anaheim Duck Scott Niedermayer has sold his Newport Beach home for $5.393 million. </p> Scott Niedermayer's Newport Beach home Realtor.com 2019-07-17 14:38 -04:00 2019-07-18 06:38 +12:00 https://www.latimes.com/business/real-estate/story/2019-07-17/mel-b-sells-hollywood-hills-home https://www.latimes.com/business/real-estate/story/2019-07-17/mel-b-sells-hollywood-hills-home Mel B and Stephen Belafonte unload Hollywood Hills home for $5.55 million <p>Melanie Brown of Spice Girls fame and her ex-husband, producer Stephen Belafonte, have sold their marital home in the Hollywood Hills for $5.55 million.</p> Wed, 17 Jul 2019 14:18:12 -0400 Neal J. Leitereg <p>Melanie Brown of Spice Girls fame and her ex-husband, producer Stephen Belafonte, have sold their marital home in the Hollywood Hills for $5.55 million.</p> Stephen Belafonte and Melanie "Mel B" Brown arrive at the premiere of "Mother's Day" in L.A. on April 13, 2016. Richard Shotwell / Associated Press 2019-07-17 14:18 -04:00 2019-07-18 06:18 +12:00 https://www.latimes.com/business/real-estate/story/2019-07-17/diane-keaton-former-laguna-beach-home-for-sale https://www.latimes.com/business/real-estate/story/2019-07-17/diane-keaton-former-laguna-beach-home-for-sale Diane Keaton's former coastal retreat lists in Laguna Beach <p>In Laguna Beach, a 1920s cottage once owned by actress Diane Keaton is on the market for $4.29 million. </p> Wed, 17 Jul 2019 13:46:30 -0400 Jack Flemming <p>In Laguna Beach, a 1920s cottage once owned by actress Diane Keaton is on the market for $4.29 million. </p> Diane Keaton's former Laguna Beach home Leigh Ann Rowe 2019-07-17 13:46 -04:00 2019-07-18 05:46 +12:00 https://www.theguardian.com/business/live/2019/jul/17/brexit-fears-pound-lows-uk-inflation-house-prices-business-live https://www.theguardian.com/business/live/2019/jul/17/brexit-fears-pound-lows-uk-inflation-house-prices-business-live Eurozone Business Inflation Economics Stock markets UK news Sterling Currencies House prices Property Pound could 'hit parity' with US dollar after no-deal Brexit; London house prices slide - business live <p>Rolling coverage of the latest economic and financial news, as UK housing market keeps slowing and the pound hits fresh lows</p><ul><li><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/business/live/2019/jul/17/brexit-fears-pound-lows-uk-inflation-house-prices-business-live?page=with:block-5d2f2d898f0845f89e30ee89#block-5d2f2d898f0845f89e30ee89">Latest: Parity warning for the pound</a></li><li>Sterling fell below $1.24 today to 27-month low</li><li><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/business/live/2019/jul/17/brexit-fears-pound-lows-uk-inflation-house-prices-business-live?page=with:block-5d2edd9e8f0845f89e30ea7a#block-5d2edd9e8f0845f89e30ea7a">London house prices fell 4.4% in May</a></li><li>Biggest decline in a decade</li><li>UK house price growth slows to 1.2%</li></ul><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2019-07-17T17:10:05.835Z">6.10pm <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>Talk of an early general election has also hurt the pound.</p><p>Nomura analyst Jordan Rochester said: </p><p>“Election talk is why the pound is underperforming again, not much of a surprise to hear given the working majority is close to no majority at all. </p><p>Hence why suspending parliament talk is in the air still. It’s hard to see any possible positive news for the rest of this week to stop the current trend.”</p><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Pound takes more pain as no-deal Brexit fears and election talk linger <a href="https://t.co/dGX4LfaY4l">https://t.co/dGX4LfaY4l</a></p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2019-07-17T16:00:34.512Z">5.00pm <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p><strong>Capital Economics also predict further losses for the pound, pushing it towards dollar parity.</strong></p><p>Analyst Hubert de Barochez points to Brexit worries, and recent weak economic data.</p><p>As far as the outlook for Brexit is concerned, bookmakers’ odds indicate that investors have now all but ruled out the possibility that the UK leaves the EU with a deal before the end of 2019. They still suggest that the most likely outcome is that the UK has not left at all. And for all the talk of no deal, they give it a chance of only one in three.</p><p>Therefore, sterling could still fall a lot further in the event of no deal, as this outcome is far from being fully discounted. In fact, they are assigning it about the same probability as they did a vote to leave the EU in the original referendum – something which came as a huge shock when it actually happened.</p><p>Meanwhile, even if a deal is reached, we doubt that sterling would do very well this year. This is because we expect appetite for risk to wane across the globe as the world economy slows, prompting the dollar to strengthen against most currencies, including sterling. </p><p>The upshot is that, in our view, the near-term risks for the currency are still skewed to the downside. But there is a chance that the pound will rebound in 2020 or 2021, if inflation rises and the BoE tightens monetary policy as a result</p> <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/business/live/2019/jul/17/brexit-fears-pound-lows-uk-inflation-house-prices-business-live">Continue reading...</a> Wed, 17 Jul 2019 17:10:05 Z Photograph: Alicia Canter/The Guardian Photograph: Alicia Canter/The Guardian Graeme Wearden 2019-07-17T17:10:05Z 2019-07-17 17:10 +00:00 2019-07-18 05:10 +12:00 https://www.nytimes.com/2019/07/17/realestate/1-6-million-homes-in-new-jersey-california-and-hawaii.html https://www.nytimes.com/2019/07/17/realestate/1-6-million-homes-in-new-jersey-california-and-hawaii.html?emc=rss&partner=rss Real Estate and Housing (Residential) Summit (NJ) Los Angeles (Calif) Kauai (Hawaii) $1.6 Million Homes in New Jersey, California and Hawaii A circa-1900 Tudor in Summit, a hillside house in Los Angeles and an island retreat on Kauai. Wed, 17 Jul 2019 16:16:32 Z Julie Lasky 2019-07-17 16:16 +00:00 2019-07-18 04:16 +12:00 https://www.nytimes.com/slideshow/2019/07/17/realestate/a-cliffside-haven-on-the-spanish-coast.html https://www.nytimes.com/slideshow/2019/07/17/realestate/a-cliffside-haven-on-the-spanish-coast.html?emc=rss&partner=rss Cadiz (Spain) Spain Real Estate and Housing (Residential) Seville (Spain) A Cliffside Haven on the Spanish Coast This seven-bedroom house built into the side of a cliff in the province of Cadiz, Spain, is on the market for $3.2 million. Wed, 17 Jul 2019 13:33:01 Z Laura Leon for The New York Times 2019-07-17 13:33 +00:00 2019-07-18 01:33 +12:00 https://www.nytimes.com/2019/07/17/realestate/house-hunting-in-spain.html https://www.nytimes.com/2019/07/17/realestate/house-hunting-in-spain.html?emc=rss&partner=rss Real Estate and Housing (Residential) Cadiz (Spain) Spain House Hunting in … Spain In the seaside province of Cadiz, the long recovery from the global financial crisis is accelerating. Wed, 17 Jul 2019 13:31:18 Z Kevin Brass 2019-07-17 13:31 +00:00 2019-07-18 01:31 +12:00 https://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=200670 https://www.zillow.com/blog/maximize-your-staycation-200670/ Tips & Advice staycation Summer Prepare for the Ultimate Staycation Rule #1 of the best week off at home: Plan ahead. Wed, 17 Jul 2019 13:04:59 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/maximize-your-staycation-200670/#comments Sarah Pike <p>You don't need to stay in a hotel and play tourist to have a proper staycation. Look no further than your own home for a staycaytion dreams are made of.</p> <p>Make no mistake, an at-home staycation doesn&#8217;t just mean a lazy weekend on the couch. Turn your humble abode into a resort made for relaxation with a few days of planning and prep work.</p> <p>Here&#8217;s your guide to creating the ultimate staycation.</p> <h2>Tackle chores in advance</h2> <p>Make a list of chores you want to tackle a few days before your staycation begins. At the very least, cover the basics like washing linens, dusting and vacuuming.</p> <p>For an added level of sparkle, schedule time to clean your windows. That way when you're staring out to your backyard garden or pool (aka your staycaytion resort spa), your windows will be as spick-and-span as those at a five-star bed and breakfast.</p> <p>Better yet, for a totally chore-free staycaytion, consider setting aside extra cash for a housecleaning service to do the work for you beforehand.</p> <h2>Maximize your comfort</h2> <p>Maybe your home is already perfectly comfy and cozy. But for maximum staycation relaxation, why not add a few extra elements to make your home feel like a luxury resort?</p> <ul> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><b>Adjust your lighting. </b>Look for soft ambient lighting options to create a calming environment. New lamps for bedroom and living areas and candles for the master bath can completely change the mood of a space.</li> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><b>Add new rugs. </b>Soft, plush area rugs boost the comfort level of a room and make a cozy reading spot if you add a few floor pillows.</li> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><b>Buy new bedding. </b>Not only will it feel like you're truly on a vacation somewhere else, but new sheets are an added perk after your leisure time comes to a close.</li> </ul> <h2>Create designated spaces</h2> <p>Think about what kind of environment will help you reach peak relaxation. You can do a quick makeover of your bathroom to create a calming home spa or carve out a quiet corner for a meditation or reading nook.</p> <p>If a spa setting is more your style, look at bath pillows, aromatherapy candles and bath oils. Or if you simply crave a reading corner, pick up some new reads that have been sitting on your wish list for too long.</p> <p>If you have kids, create a designated craft or board-game corner, or come up with a few activities they can enjoy while you relax.</p> <p>Look outside for added comfort ideas too. Whether it&#8217;s a hammock, a porch swing or patio furniture, look for ways to blend your staycaytion lounging with the great outdoors.</p> <p>On that note, consider setting up your camping gear in the backyard for part of your staycaytion, or try out a <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/building-backyard-fire-pit-219141/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">DIY fire pit</a> for late-night chats and s&#8217;mores.</p> <h2>Manage meals ahead of time</h2> <p>Don't waste precious relaxation time planning menus. Pick your favorite family recipes, plan which meals you&#8217;ll have delivered and knock out grocery shopping before your staycaytion begins.</p> <p>If you enjoy cooking, consider using some of your staycation time to make more intricate meals than you typically have time for - or bring in a local chef for a cooking lesson.</p> <h2>Plan ahead to make it count</h2> <p>With a few preparatory tasks on your to-do list, you can turn your house into a staycaytion sanctuary. Map out what you want your staycation to be like, and delegate tasks. Soon you'll be ready for a few days of ultimate relaxation - without ever leaving your home.</p> <p><strong>Related:</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/solariums-and-sun-rooms-212435/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Spectacular Solariums and Sun Rooms Let in the Light</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/quiz-which-perfect-pool-is-cool-for-the-summer-227324/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Quiz: Which Perfect Pool Is Cool for the Summer?</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/summer-smackdown-which-home-is-your-favorite-230460/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Summer Smackdown: Which Home Is Your Favorite?</a></li> </ul> <p><em>Originally published July 5, 2016.</em></p> https://www.zillow.com/blog/maximize-your-staycation-200670/feed/ 11 2019-07-17 13:04 +00:00 2019-07-18 01:04 +12:00 http://www.theguardian.com/money/2019/jul/17/london-house-prices-fall-at-fastest-rate-in-10-years-ons https://www.theguardian.com/money/2019/jul/17/london-house-prices-fall-at-fastest-rate-in-10-years-ons House prices Housing market Money Business Property Real estate UK news London Office for National Statistics Inflation Brexit Economics London house prices fall at fastest rate in 10 years <p>It is the biggest plunge since the 7.0% annual drop recorded in August 2009, says ONS</p><p>House prices in London have fallen at their fastest pace since the financial crash a decade ago as the capital bears the brunt of the nationwide torpor in the property market.</p><p>Amid a dearth of potential buyers, the cost of a home in London was 4.4% lower in May than a year earlier, according to the latest official <a href="https://www.ons.gov.uk/economy/inflationandpriceindices/bulletins/housepriceindex/may2019">snapshot of the market</a> from the Office for National Statistics.</p> <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/money/2019/jul/17/london-house-prices-fall-at-fastest-rate-in-10-years-ons">Continue reading...</a> Wed, 17 Jul 2019 09:41:00 Z Photograph: Dinendra Haria/REX/Shutterstock Photograph: Dinendra Haria/REX/Shutterstock Larry Elliott Economics editor 2019-07-17T09:41:00Z 2019-07-17 09:41 +00:00 2019-07-17 21:41 +12:00 https://www.theguardian.com/money/2019/jul/17/london-house-prices-fall-at-fastest-rate-in-10-years-ons https://www.theguardian.com/money/2019/jul/17/london-house-prices-fall-at-fastest-rate-in-10-years-ons House prices Housing market Money Business Property Real estate UK news London Office for National Statistics Inflation Brexit Economics London house prices fall at fastest rate in 10 years <p>It is the biggest plunge since the 7.0% annual drop recorded in August 2009, says ONS</p><p>House prices in London have fallen at their fastest pace since the financial crash a decade ago as the capital bears the brunt of the nationwide torpor in the property market.</p><p>Amid a dearth of potential buyers, the cost of a home in London was 4.4% lower in May than a year earlier, according to the latest official <a href="https://www.ons.gov.uk/economy/inflationandpriceindices/bulletins/housepriceindex/may2019">snapshot of the market</a> from the Office for National Statistics.</p> <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/money/2019/jul/17/london-house-prices-fall-at-fastest-rate-in-10-years-ons">Continue reading...</a> Wed, 17 Jul 2019 09:41:00 Z Photograph: Dinendra Haria/REX/Shutterstock Photograph: Dinendra Haria/REX/Shutterstock Larry Elliott Economics editor 2019-07-17T09:41:00Z 2019-07-17 09:41 +00:00 2019-07-17 21:41 +12:00 https://www.nytimes.com/slideshow/2019/07/17/realestate/living-in-essex-conn.html https://www.nytimes.com/slideshow/2019/07/17/realestate/living-in-essex-conn.html?emc=rss&partner=rss Real Estate and Housing (Residential) Essex (Conn) Living In ... Essex, Conn. Almost any holiday is an excuse for a parade in this Colonial-era river town. Even Burning of the Ships Day, commemorating a British attack in 1814. Wed, 17 Jul 2019 09:03:02 Z Matthew D'Alto for The New York Times 2019-07-17 09:03 +00:00 2019-07-17 21:03 +12:00 https://www.nytimes.com/2019/07/17/realestate/essex-conn-a-small-town-where-history-lives-on.html https://www.nytimes.com/2019/07/17/realestate/essex-conn-a-small-town-where-history-lives-on.html?emc=rss&partner=rss Real Estate and Housing (Residential) Essex (Conn) Long Island Sound Essex, Conn.: A Small Town Where History Lives On Almost any holiday is an excuse for a parade in this Colonial-era river town — even Burning of the Ships Day, commemorating a British attack in 1814. Wed, 17 Jul 2019 09:01:56 Z Lisa Prevost Matthew D'Alto for The New York Times The Ebenezer Hayden II House, on Main Street, was built in the 1790s. 2019-07-17 09:01 +00:00 2019-07-17 21:01 +12:00 https://www.theguardian.com/society/2019/jul/17/renting-millennials-homelessness-crisis-retire https://www.theguardian.com/society/2019/jul/17/renting-millennials-homelessness-crisis-retire Housing Renting property Homelessness Young people Older people Pensions Poverty Property Communities Money Society UK news UK's renting millennials face homelessness crisis when they retire <p>Report finds at least 630,000 will be unable to afford private rents on their pension income</p><p>More than 600,000 members of so-called ‘Generation Rent’ are facing an “inevitable catastrophe” of homelessness when they retire, according to the first government inquiry into what will happen to millennials in the UK who have been unable to get on the housing ladder as they age.</p><p>People’s incomes typically halve after retirement. Those in the private rented sector who pay 40% of their earnings in rent could be forced to spend up to 80% of their income on rent in retirement.</p> <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/society/2019/jul/17/renting-millennials-homelessness-crisis-retire">Continue reading...</a> Wed, 17 Jul 2019 05:00:51 Z Photograph: Yui Mok/PA Photograph: Yui Mok/PA Amelia Hill 2019-07-17T05:00:51Z 2019-07-17 05:00 +00:00 2019-07-17 17:00 +12:00 https://www.nytimes.com/2019/07/16/business/the-next-chapter-in-the-evolution-of-the-open-workplace.html https://www.nytimes.com/2019/07/16/business/the-next-chapter-in-the-evolution-of-the-open-workplace.html?emc=rss&partner=rss Real Estate (Commercial) Workplace Environment Walls on Wheels and Movable Pods: ‘The Evolution of the Open Workplace’ Designers are adding kinetic elements to office spaces to provide more flexibility and accommodate greater collaboration. Wed, 17 Jul 2019 04:45:24 Z Jane Margolies M Moser Workplaces are more flexible than ever, with movable walls, furniture on casters and other kinetic elements. The design firm M Moser has an office in the Woolworth Building in Lower Manhattan that exemplifies the trend. 2019-07-17 04:45 +00:00 2019-07-17 16:45 +12:00 https://www.nzherald.co.nz/property/news/article.cfm?c_id=8&objectid=12249960&ref=rss newsfeeds@nzherald.co.nz Developers seek urgent sales, plans for 68 Auckland residences ditched Developers are quitting Auckland projects and instead of building 68 new residences are now seeking urgent or fire sales, an agent says.James Law of James Law Realty on Shortland St yesterday said this about the Shanghai-based owner... Wed, 17 Jul 2019 16:17:34 +1200 2019-07-17 16:17 +12:00 2019-07-17 16:17 +12:00 www.stuff.co.nz/114197393 https://www.stuff.co.nz/life-style/homed/garden/114197393/how-to-care-for-your-chickens-in-winter.html Stuff How to care for your chickens in winter Four ways to keep your chickens happy and healthy in cold weather. Wed, 17 Jul 2019 04:00:00 Z 2019-07-17 04:00 +00:00 2019-07-17 16:00 +12:00 https://www.latimes.com/business/realestate/hot-property/la-fi-hp-top-sales-june-20190712-story.html https://www.latimes.com/business/realestate/hot-property/la-fi-hp-top-sales-june-20190712-story.html Top Sales: Bel-Air estate of daytime soap great pulls in $31 million <p>At $31 million, the Bel-Air estate of late soap opera producer William J. Bell was the priciest home sold in L.A. County in June</p> Tue, 16 Jul 2019 22:13:04 -0400 Neal J. Leitereg <p>At $31 million, the Bel-Air estate of late soap opera producer William J. Bell was the priciest home sold in L.A. County in June</p> At $22.2 million, the 7.4-acre estate in Hidden Hills is the most expensive home ever sold in the guard-gated equestrian community. Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices 2019-07-16 22:13 -04:00 2019-07-17 14:13 +12:00 https://www.latimes.com/business/real-estate/gallery/top-sales-bel-air-estate-of-daytime-soap-great-pulls-in-31-million https://www.latimes.com/business/real-estate/gallery/top-sales-bel-air-estate-of-daytime-soap-great-pulls-in-31-million Top Sales: Bel-Air estate of daytime soap great pulls in $31 million <p>Top Sales: Bel-Air estate of daytime soap great pulls in $31 million</p> Tue, 16 Jul 2019 22:09:09 -0400 <p>Top Sales: Bel-Air estate of daytime soap great pulls in $31 million</p> At $22.2 million, the 7.4-acre estate in Hidden Hills is the most expensive home ever sold in the guard-gated equestrian community. Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices 2019-07-16 22:09 -04:00 2019-07-17 14:09 +12:00 https://www.nzherald.co.nz/property/news/article.cfm?c_id=8&objectid=12250271&ref=rss newsfeeds@nzherald.co.nz $200m leaky building lawsuit: Victims win latest court discovery round against James Hardie Leaky building litigants claiming more than $200 million have succeeded in their latest round against building cladding manufacturer and supplier James Hardie over its Harditex, Monotek and Titan products.Justice Christian Whata... Wed, 17 Jul 2019 11:32:23 +1200 2019-07-17 11:32 +12:00 2019-07-17 11:32 +12:00 https://www.latimes.com/business/realestate/hot-property/la-fi-hp-try-guys-ned-fulmer-20190713-story.html https://www.latimes.com/business/realestate/hot-property/la-fi-hp-try-guys-ned-fulmer-20190713-story.html YouTube comic Ned Fulmer gives home renovation a whack <p>Fulmer of the Try Guys video group talks about remodeling his Elysian Valley home with wife, Ariel, who probably did most of the work.</p> Tue, 16 Jul 2019 19:00:55 -0400 <p>Fulmer of the Try Guys video group talks about remodeling his Elysian Valley home with wife, Ariel, who probably did most of the work.</p> Try Guys comic Ned Fulmer and his wife, Ariel, in the living space of their newly designed and remodeled 1,300-square-foot Elysian Valley home.  Jesse Goddard / For The Times 2019-07-16 19:00 -04:00 2019-07-17 11:00 +12:00 https://www.nzherald.co.nz/property/news/article.cfm?c_id=8&objectid=12250235&ref=rss newsfeeds@nzherald.co.nz France's Alstom showcases best trams for Auckland $6b plans One of the world's biggest train-builders has pitched its machines to planners working on Auckland's proposed $6 billion light rail project.Jean-Francois Blanc of French train maker Alstom hosted a breakfast briefing yesterday alongside... Wed, 17 Jul 2019 10:17:24 +1200 2019-07-17 10:17 +12:00 2019-07-17 10:17 +12:00 https://www.nzherald.co.nz/property/news/article.cfm?c_id=8&objectid=12250224&ref=rss newsfeeds@nzherald.co.nz Historic Taranaki post office sale could deliver good investment returns A grand old Taranaki post office building is on the market and potentially offering buyers a 10.8 per cent return on investment.Built in 1923 in Patea - about 60km north of Whanganui, and 27km south of Hawera - the two-storey building... Wed, 17 Jul 2019 09:58:46 +1200 2019-07-17 09:58 +12:00 2019-07-17 09:58 +12:00 https://www.latimes.com/business/realestate/hot-property/la-fi-hotprop-dr-dre-woodland-hills-home-for-sale-20190716-story.html https://www.latimes.com/business/realestate/hot-property/la-fi-hotprop-dr-dre-woodland-hills-home-for-sale-20190716-story.html Dr. Dre lists longtime Woodland Hills manor for $5.25 million <p>Dr. Dre lists longtime Woodland Hills manor for $5.25 million</p> Tue, 16 Jul 2019 15:25:05 -0400 Neal J. Leitereg <p>Dr. Dre lists longtime Woodland Hills manor for $5.25 million</p> Dr. Dre taken at his home in Woodland Hills, Ca on October 7, 1999. Photo by Ken Hively/LA Times Ken Hively / Los Angeles Times 2019-07-16 15:25 -04:00 2019-07-17 07:25 +12:00 https://www.latimes.com/business/real-estate/story/2019-07-16/actor-paul-dooley-sends-european-vibe-beach-house-to-market-in-malibu https://www.latimes.com/business/real-estate/story/2019-07-16/actor-paul-dooley-sends-european-vibe-beach-house-to-market-in-malibu Actor Paul Dooley sends European-vibe beach house to market in Malibu <p>Actor Paul Dooley is asking $7.495 million for his Malibu beach house of seven years. </p> Tue, 16 Jul 2019 15:08:11 -0400 Jack Flemming <p>Actor Paul Dooley is asking $7.495 million for his Malibu beach house of seven years. </p> Paul Dooley's Malibu beach house Realtor.com 2019-07-16 15:08 -04:00 2019-07-17 07:08 +12:00 https://www.nytimes.com/2019/07/16/realestate/commercial/new-york-commercial-real-estate.html https://www.nytimes.com/2019/07/16/realestate/commercial/new-york-commercial-real-estate.html?emc=rss&partner=rss Yonkers (NY) Astoria (Queens, NY) Flatiron District (Manhattan, NY) Real Estate (Commercial) Real Estate and Housing (Residential) Recent Commercial Real Estate Transactions Recent commercial real estate transactions in New York. Tue, 16 Jul 2019 17:51:07 Z Melissa Guerrero and Derek Rodriguez 2019-07-16 17:51 +00:00 2019-07-17 05:51 +12:00 https://www.nzherald.co.nz/property/news/article.cfm?c_id=8&objectid=12250118&ref=rss newsfeeds@nzherald.co.nz Parnell office unit for sale in character building A Parnell office unit is for sale in the popular Auckland city fringe location, presenting a rare purchasing opportunity for an owner-occupier."It's so difficult to find units to buy in Parnell," says Conrad Traill of Ray White... Wed, 17 Jul 2019 05:00:00 +1200 2019-07-17 05:00 +12:00 2019-07-17 05:00 +12:00 https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2019/jul/16/norwich-goldsmith-street-social-housing-green-design https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2019/jul/16/norwich-goldsmith-street-social-housing-green-design Architecture Regeneration Social housing Green building Norwich Culture Cities Communities Housing Art and design Design The RIBA Society UK news Environment Renting property Property Money Energy efficiency Ethical and green living Commercial property Business Planning policy Local government I've seen the future and it's Norwich: the energy-saving, social housing revolution <p>The 100 homes on Goldsmith Street aren’t just smart and modern. They may be the most energy-efficient houses ever built in the UK. Could this be the start of proper social housing? </p><p>Rows of glossy black tiles glisten in the afternoon sun, dripping down the facades like a neatly controlled oil slick. They cap a long row of milky brick houses, whose walls curve gently around the corners at the end of the street, dissolving into perforated brick balustrades, marking the presence of hidden rooftop patios. A planted alley runs between the backs of the terraced houses, dotted with communal tables and benches, where neighbours are sitting down to an outdoor meal.</p><p>This is <a href="https://www.architecture.com/awards-and-competitions-landing-page/awards/riba-regional-awards/riba-east-award-winners/2019/goldsmith-street">Goldsmith Street</a>, a new development of around 100 homes, built by Norwich city council, without a profit-hungry developer in sight. They are not homes that fit into the murky class of “affordable”, or the multitude of “intermediate” tenures. This is proper social housing, rented from the council with secure tenancies at fixed rents. Not only that, it is some of the most energy-efficient housing ever built in the UK, meeting the exacting <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2013/nov/01/passivhaus-fabric-first-energy-efficiency">German Passivhaus </a><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2013/nov/01/passivhaus-fabric-first-energy-efficiency">standards</a> – which translates into a 70% reduction in fuel bills for tenants. It might not look groundbreaking, but this little neighbourhood represents something quietly miraculous. And it almost didn’t happen.</p> <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2019/jul/16/norwich-goldsmith-street-social-housing-green-design">Continue reading...</a> Tue, 16 Jul 2019 16:30:16 Z Photograph: Tim Crocker Photograph: Tim Crocker Oliver Wainwright 2019-07-16T16:30:16Z 2019-07-16 16:30 +00:00 2019-07-17 04:30 +12:00 https://www.nytimes.com/slideshow/2019/07/16/realestate/a-spanish-colonial-style-getaway.html https://www.nytimes.com/slideshow/2019/07/16/realestate/a-spanish-colonial-style-getaway.html?emc=rss&partner=rss Real Estate and Housing (Residential) Home Repairs and Improvements Interior Design and Furnishings Furniture A Spanish Colonial-Style Getaway For a couple from San Francisco, a 1920s house in Los Angeles offered a place to recharge creatively. Tue, 16 Jul 2019 09:03:03 Z Joe Fletcher 2019-07-16 09:03 +00:00 2019-07-16 21:03 +12:00 https://www.nytimes.com/2019/07/16/realestate/an-indoor-outdoor-escape-in-los-angeles.html https://www.nytimes.com/2019/07/16/realestate/an-indoor-outdoor-escape-in-los-angeles.html?emc=rss&partner=rss Real Estate and Housing (Residential) Home Repairs and Improvements Interior Design and Furnishings Furniture San Francisco (Calif) Los Angeles (Calif) San Francisco Museum of Modern Art An Indoor-Outdoor Escape in Los Angeles For a couple from San Francisco, a Spanish Colonial-style house in Southern California offered a place to recharge creatively. Tue, 16 Jul 2019 09:01:28 Z Tim McKeough Joe Fletcher S&iacute;ol moved the kitchen to the back of the house and added a NanaWall folding-glass-door system to open it to the yard. A floor of hand-painted arabesque terra-cotta floor tiles from Tabarka Studio extends outdoors. A Mobile Chandelier 3 by Michael Anastassiades ($24,065) hangs above the island. 2019-07-16 09:01 +00:00 2019-07-16 21:01 +12:00 https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/jul/16/country-diary-one-small-step-but-one-giant-leap-for-insect-kind https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/jul/16/country-diary-one-small-step-but-one-giant-leap-for-insect-kind Insects Gardens Wildlife Environment Conservation Plants Rural affairs Animals Life and style UK news Country diary: one small step, but one giant leap for insect-kind <p><strong>Claxton, Norfolk: </strong>A single square metre left unmown attracts more than 50 species</p><p>This spring Rotherham borough council received deserved praise for the <a href="https://www.rotherham.gov.uk/info/200083/roads_highways_and_pavements/793/grass_and_verges_maintenance_schedule/2" title="">banks of native flowers</a> it now allows to flourish on its verges. During this period I noted how most main roadsides across Norfolk had been turned brown with herbicide spray, although presently the dual carriageway around Norwich has slopes awash with the colours of wild perennials.</p><p>In our parish our small green, which is barely 15m by 100m, is mown according to the unthinking orthodoxy that prevails across much of civic Britain. It’s a waste of money, fuel and resources, but does it really matter to wildlife that the patch is reduced every fortnight to shorn turf?</p> <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/jul/16/country-diary-one-small-step-but-one-giant-leap-for-insect-kind">Continue reading...</a> Tue, 16 Jul 2019 04:30:15 Z Photograph: Mark Cocker Photograph: Mark Cocker Mark Cocker 2019-07-16T04:30:15Z 2019-07-16 04:30 +00:00 2019-07-16 16:30 +12:00 https://www.nzherald.co.nz/property/news/article.cfm?c_id=8&objectid=12250004&ref=rss newsfeeds@nzherald.co.nz State house tenant demands $50k for building garage, planting fruit trees A tenant who demanded $49,999 from Housing NZ for concreting, building a garage and planting fruit trees at her Auckland state house has had her case dismissed by the Tenancy Tribunal.Diane Tsirakoff's father lived in the rental... Tue, 16 Jul 2019 15:14:38 +1200 2019-07-16 15:14 +12:00 2019-07-16 15:14 +12:00 https://www.nzherald.co.nz/property/news/article.cfm?c_id=8&objectid=12249941&ref=rss newsfeeds@nzherald.co.nz Bachcare charged with misleading consumers A holiday accommodation booking company has been charged with misleading consumers. Property management and booking company Bachcare is facing two charges under the Fair Trading Act for allegedly misleading consumers by manipulating... Tue, 16 Jul 2019 11:22:55 +1200 2019-07-16 11:22 +12:00 2019-07-16 11:22 +12:00 https://www.nzherald.co.nz/property/news/article.cfm?c_id=8&objectid=12249937&ref=rss newsfeeds@nzherald.co.nz Canterbury farm tenant Jenny Robinson called 'frustrating in the extreme' in tribunal judgment A woman living on a Canterbury farm who claimed her landlord hurt her ducks and complained about noisy roosters and chainsaws has been labelled "frustrating in the extreme".Tenant Jenny Robinson had earlier lodged a Tenancy Tribunal... Tue, 16 Jul 2019 11:15:48 +1200 2019-07-16 11:15 +12:00 2019-07-16 11:15 +12:00 https://www.theguardian.com/business/2019/jul/16/young-key-workers-in-london-spend-more-than-half-of-pay-on-rent https://www.theguardian.com/business/2019/jul/16/young-key-workers-in-london-spend-more-than-half-of-pay-on-rent PricewaterhouseCoopers Public sector pay Business Renting property Property Money Housing London UK news Society Public sector careers Young key workers in London spend more than half of pay on rent <p>Harder for teachers, nurses and police to keep pace with England’s housing costs – PwC</p><p>London and the southern regions of England are facing a dearth of teachers, nurses and police officers as rising rents make housing in large parts of the UK unaffordable for key public sector workers.</p><p>A report by the consultancy firm PricewaterhouseCoopers said there was an urgent need to increase the supply of homes after it found that the failure of public sector pay to keep pace with soaring housing costs had made it increasingly hard for workers on modest incomes to make ends meet.</p> <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/business/2019/jul/16/young-key-workers-in-london-spend-more-than-half-of-pay-on-rent">Continue reading...</a> Mon, 15 Jul 2019 23:01:09 Z Photograph: Victoria Jones/PA Photograph: Victoria Jones/PA Larry Elliott Economics editor 2019-07-15T23:01:09Z 2019-07-15 23:01 +00:00 2019-07-16 11:01 +12:00 https://www.latimes.com/business/realestate/hot-property/la-fi-hotprop-lil-pump-miami-beach-20190715-story.html https://www.latimes.com/business/realestate/hot-property/la-fi-hotprop-lil-pump-miami-beach-20190715-story.html In Miami Beach, rapper Lil Pump drops $4.65 million on waterfront digs <p>Miami native Lil Pump is scooping up a home in his hometown. </p> Mon, 15 Jul 2019 18:12:43 -0400 Jack Flemming <p>Miami native Lil Pump is scooping up a home in his hometown. </p> Douglas Elliman 2019-07-15 18:12 -04:00 2019-07-16 10:12 +12:00 https://www.latimes.com/business/realestate/hot-property/la-fi-hotprop-kelsey-camille-grammer-malibu-20190715-story.html https://www.latimes.com/business/realestate/hot-property/la-fi-hotprop-kelsey-camille-grammer-malibu-20190715-story.html In Malibu, Kelsey and Camille Grammer's former compound aims for $19.95 million <p>In the Malibu hills, a 5-acre equestrian compound once owned by Kelsey Grammer and his ex-wife, "The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills" star Camille Grammer, has come up for sale at $19.95 million. </p> Mon, 15 Jul 2019 17:11:34 -0400 Jack Flemming <p>In the Malibu hills, a 5-acre equestrian compound once owned by Kelsey Grammer and his ex-wife, "The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills" star Camille Grammer, has come up for sale at $19.95 million. </p> The Agency 2019-07-15 17:11 -04:00 2019-07-16 09:11 +12:00 https://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=230688 https://www.zillow.com/blog/real-estate-lingo-and-acronyms-230688/ Tips & Advice home buying Home selling homeownership Say What? Home-Buying Lingo You Should Know Need a crash course on real estate terms? This glossary will get you started. Mon, 15 Jul 2019 20:15:52 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/real-estate-lingo-and-acronyms-230688/#respond Zillow <p>DTI, PMI, LTV … TBH, it can be hard to keep all this stuff straight. This lexicon of real estate terms and acronyms will help you speak the language like a pro.</p> <p><strong>Appraisal management company (AMC)</strong>: An institution operated independently of a lender that, once notified by a lender, orders a home appraisal.</p> <p><strong>Appraisal</strong>: An informed, impartial and well-documented opinion of the value of a home, prepared by a licensed and certified appraiser and based on data about comparable homes in the area, as well as the appraiser's own walkthrough.</p> <p><strong>Approved for short sale</strong>: A term that indicates that a homeowner&#8217;s bank has approved a reduced listing price on a home, and the home is ready for resale.</p> <p><strong>American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI)</strong>: A not-for-profit professional association that sets and promotes standards for property inspections and provides educational opportunities to its members. (i.e., Look for this accreditation or something similar when shopping for a home inspector.)</p> <p><strong>Attorney state</strong>: A state in which a real estate attorney is responsible for closing.</p> <p><strong>Back-end ratio</strong>: One of two debt-to-income ratios that a lender analyzes to determine a borrower's eligibility for a home loan. The ratio compares the borrower&#8217;s monthly debt payments (proposed housing expenses, plus student loan, car payment, credit card debt, maintenance or child support and installment loans) to gross income.</p> <p><strong>Buyers market</strong>: Market conditions that exist when homes for sale outnumber buyers. Homes sit on the market a long time, and prices drop.</p> <p><strong>Cancellation of escrow</strong>: A situation in which a buyer backs out of a home purchase.</p> <p><strong>Capacity</strong>: The amount of money a home buyer can afford to borrow.</p> <p><strong>Cash-value policy</strong>: A homeowners insurance policy that pays the replacement cost of a home, minus depreciation, should damage occur.</p> <p><strong>Closing</strong>: A one- to two-hour meeting during which ownership of a home is transferred from seller to buyer. A closing is usually attended by the buyer, the seller, both real estate agents and the lender.</p> <p><strong>Closing costs</strong>: Fees associated with the purchase of a home that are due at the end of the sales transaction. Fees may include the appraisal, the home inspection, a title search, a pest inspection and more. Buyers should budget for an amount that is 1% to 3% of the home's purchase price.</p> <p><strong>Closing disclosure (CD)</strong>: A five-page document sent to the buyer three days before closing. This document spells out all the terms of the loan: the amount, the interest rate, the monthly payment, mortgage insurance, the monthly escrow amount and all closing costs.</p> <p><strong>Closing escrow</strong>: The final and official transfer of property from seller to buyer and delivery of appropriate paperwork to each party. Closing of escrow is the responsibility of the escrow agent.</p> <p><strong>Comparative market analysis (CMA)</strong>: An in-depth analysis, prepared by a real estate agent, that determines the estimated value of a home based on recently sold homes of similar condition, size, features and age that are located in the same area.</p> <p><strong>Compliance agreement</strong>: A document signed by the buyer at closing, in which they agree to cooperate if the lender needs to fix any mistakes in the loan documents.</p> <p><strong>Comps</strong>: Or comparable sales, are homes in a given area that have sold within the past six months that a real estate agent uses to determine a home's value.</p> <p><strong>Condo insurance</strong>: Homeowners insurance that covers personal property and the interior of a condo unit should damage occur.</p> <p><strong>Contingencies</strong>: Conditions written into a home purchase contract that protect the buyer should issues arise with financing, the home inspection, etc.</p> <p><strong>Conventional 97</strong>: A home loan that requires a down payment equivalent to 3% of the home's purchase price. Private mortgage insurance, which is required, can be canceled when the owner reaches 80% equity.</p> <p><strong>Conventional loan</strong>: A home loan not guaranteed by a government agency, such as the FHA or the VA.</p> <p><strong>Days on market (DOM)</strong>: The number of days a property listing is considered active.</p> <p><strong>Depository institutions</strong>: Banks, savings and loans, and credit unions. These institutions underwrite as well as set home loan pricing in-house.</p> <p><strong>Down payment</strong>: A certain portion of the home's purchase price that a buyer must pay. A minimum requirement is often dictated by the loan type.</p> <p><strong>Debt-to-income ratio (DTI)</strong>: A ratio that compares a home buyer's expenses to gross income.</p> <p><strong>Earnest money</strong>: A security deposit made by the buyer to assure the seller of his or her intent to purchase.</p> <p><strong>Equity</strong>: A percentage of the home's value owned by the homeowner.</p> <p><strong>Escrow account</strong>: An account required by a lender and funded by a buyer's mortgage payment to pay the buyer's homeowners insurance and property taxes.</p> <p><strong>Escrow agent</strong>: A neutral third-party officer who holds all paperwork and funding in trust until all parties in the transaction fulfill their obligations as part of the transfer of property ownership.</p> <p><strong>Escrow state</strong>: A state in which an escrow agent is responsible for closing.</p> <p><strong>Fannie Mae</strong>: A government-sponsored enterprise chartered in 1938 to help ensure a reliable and affordable supply of mortgage funds throughout the country.</p> <p><strong>Federal Reserve</strong>: The central bank of the United States, established in 1913 to provide the nation with a safer, more flexible and more stable monetary and financial system.</p> <p><strong>Federal Housing Administration (FHA)</strong>: A government agency created by the National Housing Act of 1934 that insures loans made by private lenders.</p> <p><strong>FHA 203(k)</strong>: A rehabilitation loan backed by the federal government that permits home buyers to finance money into a mortgage to repair, improve or upgrade a home.</p> <p><strong>Foreclosure</strong>: A property repossessed by a bank when the owner fails to make mortgage payments.</p> <p><strong>Freddie Mac</strong>: A government agency chartered by Congress in 1970 to provide a constant source of mortgage funding for the nation's housing markets.</p> <p><strong>Funding fee</strong>: A fee that protects the lender from loss and also funds the loan program itself. Examples include the VA funding fee and the FHA funding fee.</p> <p><strong>Gentrification</strong>: The process of rehabilitation and renewal that occurs in an urban area as the demographic changes. Rents and property values increase, culture changes and lower-income residents are often displaced.</p> <p><strong>Guaranteed replacement coverage</strong>: Homeowners insurance that covers what it would cost to replace property based on today&#8217;s prices, not original purchase price, should damage occur.</p> <p><strong>Homeowners association (HOA)</strong>: The governing body of a housing development, condo or townhome complex that sets rules and regulations and charges dues and special assessments used to maintain common areas and cover unexpected expenses respectively.</p> <p><strong>Home equity line of credit (HELOC)</strong>: A revolving line of credit with an adjustable interest rate. Like a credit card, this line of credit has a limit. There is a specified time during which money can be drawn. Payment in full is due at the end of the draw period.</p> <p><strong>Home equity loan</strong>: A lump-sum loan that allows the homeowner to use the equity in their home as collateral. The loan places a lien against the property and reduces home equity.</p> <p><strong>Home inspection</strong>: A nondestructive visual look at the systems in a building. Inspection occurs when the home is under contract or in escrow.</p> <p><strong>Homeowners insurance</strong>: A policy that protects the structure of the home, its contents, injury to others and living expenses should damage occur.</p> <p><strong>Housing ratio</strong>: One of two debt-to-income ratios that a lender analyzes to determine a borrower's eligibility for a home loan. The ratio compares total housing cost (principal, homeowners insurance, taxes and private mortgage insurance) to gross income.</p> <p><strong>In escrow</strong>: A period of time (30 days or longer) after a buyer has made an offer on a home and a seller has accepted. During this time, the home is inspected and appraised, and the title searched for liens, etc.</p> <p><strong>Jumbo loan</strong>: A loan amount that exceeds the Fannie Mae/Freddie Mac limit, which is generally $425,100 in most parts of the U.S.</p> <p><strong>Listing price</strong>: The price of a home, as set by the seller.</p> <p><strong>Loan estimate</strong>: A three-page document sent to an applicant three days after they apply for a home loan. The document includes loan terms, monthly payment and closing costs.</p> <p><strong>Loan-to-value ratio (LTV)</strong>: The amount of the loan divided by the price of the house. Lenders reward lower LTV ratios.</p> <p><strong>Market value coverage</strong>: Homeowners insurance that covers the amount the home would go for on the market, not the cost to repair, should damage occur.</p> <p><strong>Mechanic&#8217;s lien</strong>: A hold against a property, filed in the county recorder&#8217;s office by someone who's done work on a home and not been paid. If the homeowner refuses to pay, the lien allows a foreclosure action.</p> <p><strong>Mortgage broker</strong>: A licensed professional who works on behalf of the buyer to secure financing through a bank or other lending institution.</p> <p><strong>Mortgage companies</strong>: Lenders who underwrite loans in-house and fund loans from a line of credit before selling them off to a loan buyer.</p> <p><strong>Mortgage interest deduction</strong>: Mortgage interest paid in a year subtracted from annual gross salary.</p> <p><strong>Mortgage interest rate</strong>: The price of borrowing money. The base rate is set by the Federal Reserve and then customized per borrower, based on credit score, down payment, property type and points the buyer pays to lower the rate.</p> <p><strong>Multiple listing service (MLS)</strong>: A database where real estate agents list properties for sale.</p> <p><strong>Origination fee</strong>: A fee, charged by a broker or lender, to initiate and complete the home loan application process.</p> <p><strong>Piggyback loan</strong>: A combination of loans bundled to avoid private mortgage Insurance. One loan covers 80% of the home's value, another loan covers 10% to 15% of the home's value, and the buyer contributes the remainder.</p> <p><strong>Principal, interest, property taxes and homeowners insurance (PITI)</strong>: The components of a monthly mortgage payment.</p> <p><strong>Private mortgage insurance (PMI)</strong>: A fee charged to borrowers who make a down payment that is less than 20% of the home's value. The fee, 0.3% to 1.5% of the yearly loan amount, can be canceled in certain circumstances when the borrower reaches 20% equity.</p> <p><strong>Points</strong>: Prepaid interest owed at closing, with one point representing 1% of the loan. Paying points, which are tax deductible, will lower the monthly mortgage payment.</p> <p><strong>Pre-approval</strong>: A thorough assessment of a borrower's income, assets and other data to determine a loan amount they would qualify for. A real estate agent will request a pre-approval or pre-qualification letter before showing a buyer a home.</p> <p><strong>Pre-qualification</strong>: A basic assessment of income, assets and credit score to determine what, if any, loan programs a borrower might qualify for. A real estate agent will request a pre-approval or pre-qualification letter before showing a buyer a home.</p> <p><strong>Property tax exemption</strong>: A reduction in taxes based on specific criteria, such as installation of a renewable energy system or rehabilitation of a historic home.</p> <p><strong>Round table closing</strong>: All parties (the buyer, the seller, the real estate agents and maybe the lender) meet at a specified time to sign paperwork, pay fees and finalize the transfer of homeownership.</p> <p><strong>Sellers market</strong>: Market conditions that exist when buyers outnumber homes for sale. Bidding wars are common.</p> <p><strong>Short sale</strong>: The sale of a home by an owner who owes more on the home than it's worth (i.e., "underwater" or "upside down"). The owner's bank must approve a lower listing price before the home can be sold.</p> <p><strong>Special assessment</strong>: A fee charged by a condo complex HOA when cash on reserve is not enough to cover unexpected expenses.</p> <p><strong>Tax lien</strong>: The government's legal claim against property when the homeowner neglects or fails to pay a tax debt.</p> <p><strong>Third-party review required</strong>: Verbiage included in a home listing to indicate that the lender has not yet approved the home for short sale. The seller must submit the buyer's offer to the lender for approval.</p> <p><strong>Title insurance</strong>: Insurance that protects the buyer and lender should an individual or entity step forward with a claim that was attached to the property before the seller transferred legal ownership of the property or "title" to the buyer.</p> <p><strong>Transfer stamps</strong>: The form in which transfer taxes are paid by the home buyer. Stamps can also serve as proof of transfer tax payment.</p> <p><strong>Transfer taxes</strong>: Fees imposed by the state, county or municipality on transfer of title.</p> <p><strong>Under contract</strong>: A period of time (30 days or longer) after a buyer has made an offer on a home and a seller has accepted. During this time, the home is inspected and appraised, and the title is searched for liens, etc.</p> <p><strong>Underwater or upside down</strong>: A situation in which a homeowner owes more for a property than it's worth.</p> <p><strong>Underwriting</strong>: A process a lender follows to assess a home loan applicant's income, assets and credit, and the risk involved in offering the applicant a mortgage.</p> <p><strong>VA home loan</strong>: A home loan partially guaranteed by the United States Department of Veteran Affairs and offered by private lenders, such as banks and mortgage companies.</p> <p><strong>VantageScore</strong>: A credit scoring model lenders use to make lending decisions. A borrower's score is based on bill-paying habits, debt balances, age, variety of credit accounts and number of inquiries on credit reports.</p> <p><strong>Walkthrough</strong>: A buyer's final inspection of a home before closing.</p> <p><strong>Water certificate</strong>: A document that certifies that a water account has been paid in full. The seller must produce this certificate at closing.</p> <p><strong>Related:</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/10-things-must-do-buying-a-home-224314/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">10 Things You Need to Do When Buying A Home</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/right-time-to-buy-or-sell-home-198898/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Predicting the &#8216;Right Time&#8217; to Buy or Sell a Home</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/5-myths-about-real-estate-agents-227286/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Don&#8217;t Believe These 5 Myths About Real Estate Agents</a></li> </ul> https://www.zillow.com/blog/real-estate-lingo-and-acronyms-230688/feed/ 0 2019-07-15 20:15 +00:00 2019-07-16 08:15 +12:00 https://www.latimes.com/business/realestate/hot-property/la-fi-hotprop-arron-afflalo-las-vegas-home-sold-20190715-story.html https://www.latimes.com/business/realestate/hot-property/la-fi-hotprop-arron-afflalo-las-vegas-home-sold-20190715-story.html NBA veteran Arron Afflalo takes a loss on sale of Las Vegas mansion <p>NBA free agent Arron Afflalo has finally sold his Las Vegas estate, but for a few million short of what he'd hoped. </p> Mon, 15 Jul 2019 15:45:21 -0400 Jack Flemming <p>NBA free agent Arron Afflalo has finally sold his Las Vegas estate, but for a few million short of what he'd hoped. </p> Orlando guard Arron Afflalo (4) walks off the court for a timeout out in the final minutes of the Magic's 96-94 loss to the Chicago Bulls in Orlando, Fla. Wednesday, January 2, 2013. (Gary W. Green/Orlando Sentinel) ORG XMIT: B582589861Z.1 Gary W. Green / Orlando Sentinel 2019-07-15 15:45 -04:00 2019-07-16 07:45 +12:00 https://www.nytimes.com/2019/07/15/realestate/can-i-still-get-a-payout-for-my-rent-regulated-apartment.html https://www.nytimes.com/2019/07/15/realestate/can-i-still-get-a-payout-for-my-rent-regulated-apartment.html?emc=rss&partner=rss Rent Control and Stabilization Real Estate and Housing (Residential) Can I Still Get a Payout for My Rent-Regulated Apartment? New regulations in New York City are designed to make life easier for renters — except when they want to cash in. Mon, 15 Jul 2019 18:44:28 Z Ronda Kaysen Nadia Pillon 2019-07-15 18:44 +00:00 2019-07-16 06:44 +12:00 https://www.latimes.com/business/realestate/hot-property/la-fi-hotprop-john-o-hurley-20190715-story.html https://www.latimes.com/business/realestate/hot-property/la-fi-hotprop-john-o-hurley-20190715-story.html Actor John O'Hurley puts a retail price of $6.5 million on his Beverly Hills villa <p>John O'Hurley's Beverly Hills home has made the catalog — or make that the Multiple Listing Service. </p> Mon, 15 Jul 2019 13:30:01 -0400 Lauren Beale <p>John O'Hurley's Beverly Hills home has made the catalog — or make that the Multiple Listing Service. </p> Redfin.com 2019-07-15 13:30 -04:00 2019-07-16 05:30 +12:00 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-7236171/Stunning-1m-house-sale-natural-swimming-pool-similar-Beckhams.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-7236171/Stunning-1m-house-sale-natural-swimming-pool-similar-Beckhams.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 Stunning £1m house for sale has natural swimming pool similar to the Beckhams The property for sale in Suffolk has a stunning natural pool and an asking price of £995,000. It follows David and Victoria Beckham being given the go-ahead for an eco pool at their Cotwolds house. Mon, 15 Jul 2019 17:11:39 Z None 2019-07-15 17:11 +00:00 2019-07-16 05:11 +12:00 https://www.latimes.com/business/realestate/hot-property/la-fi-hotprop-stein-eriksen-20190715-photos-photogallery.html https://www.latimes.com/business/realestate/hot-property/la-fi-hotprop-stein-eriksen-20190715-photos-photogallery.html Hot Property | Stein Eriksen <p>The Park City, Utah, home is set on a golf course fairway with unobstructed mountain and ski run views. </p> Mon, 15 Jul 2019 11:30:05 -0400 <p>The Park City, Utah, home is set on a golf course fairway with unobstructed mountain and ski run views. </p> Redfin.com 2019-07-15 11:30 -04:00 2019-07-16 03:30 +12:00 https://www.latimes.com/business/realestate/hot-property/la-fi-hotprop-stein-eriksen-20190715-story.html https://www.latimes.com/business/realestate/hot-property/la-fi-hotprop-stein-eriksen-20190715-story.html Schusser Stein Eriksen's off-piste getaway in Utah for sale at $6.8 million <p>A home held in a family trust of the late alpine skier Stein Eriksen is for sale in Park City, Utah, at $6.8 million. </p> Mon, 15 Jul 2019 11:30:04 -0400 Lauren Beale <p>A home held in a family trust of the late alpine skier Stein Eriksen is for sale in Park City, Utah, at $6.8 million. </p> Redfin.com 2019-07-15 11:30 -04:00 2019-07-16 03:30 +12:00 https://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=200404 https://www.zillow.com/blog/budget-staycation-ideas-family-200404/ Tips & Advice staycation Summer 8 Budget-Friendly Staycation Ideas for Families Just because you're staying home doesn't mean you can't have an adventure. Mon, 15 Jul 2019 13:00:42 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/budget-staycation-ideas-family-200404/#comments Erica Sooter <p>Disneyland, the beach, camping &#8230; just a few of the many places your kids would nominate as a vacation destination this summer. But staying home?</p> <p>B-O-R-I-N-G.</p> <p>So how do you sell a staycation to your little ones? And not spend a ton of money? Fill it with fun and adventure.</p> <p>Look for activities that are simple to pull together and entertaining for all ages - bonus points for those with educational benefits.</p> <p>Check out these nine kid- and budget-friendly ideas - and a few tips from a frugal mom - that will make your summer staycation just as lively and memorable as any trip.</p> <h2>Camp out in your backyard</h2> <p>Pitch a tent, grab the camp chairs and roll out those sleeping bags. It&#8217;s time to go camping - in your backyard!</p> <p>Study the local flora and fauna, practice wilderness skills, roast marshmallows over <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/building-backyard-fire-pit-219141/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">a fire pit</a>, tell scary stories and spot constellations in the night sky.</p> <div class="video-container"><iframe title="Zillow #HomemadeHack: DIY Backyard Tabletop S&#039;mores" width="500" height="375" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/qS50mZYBtxU?feature=oembed&#038;enablejsapi=1&#038;modestbranding=1&#038;rel=0&#038;showinfo=0" frameborder="0" allow="accelerometer; autoplay; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture" allowfullscreen></iframe></div> <h2>Get your chef on</h2> <p>Let your little chefs put their skills to the test with a &#8220;Top Chef&#8221; competition. Introduce a mystery ingredient, work in teams and see what you can come up with.</p> <p>If competition isn&#8217;t your style, simply head to the farmer&#8217;s market or grocery store and pick out a unique ingredient and see what your family can come up with to put in a dish.</p> <p>Have a sweet tooth? Throw a bake-off and create your favorite cookies, cupcakes or cake. Share the snacks with friends and neighbors too.</p> <h2>Family carnival</h2> <p>Create your very own town fair, and bring your friends and family members in on the fun. Serve up classic carnival food like corn dogs, french fries, funnel cake and cotton candy.</p> <p>Set up DIY games like ring toss, cake walk, corn hole, balloon darts, a fishing hole and more.</p> <p>Finish off the night with an outdoor movie by stringing up a sheet and using a projector.</p> <div class="video-container"><iframe title="Zillow #HomemadeHack: Make a life size game board on your lawn" width="500" height="375" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/yXRkCLyPe3U?feature=oembed&#038;enablejsapi=1&#038;modestbranding=1&#038;rel=0&#038;showinfo=0" frameborder="0" allow="accelerometer; autoplay; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture" allowfullscreen></iframe></div> <h2>Learn something new</h2> <p>Take an online course to learn a new skill or craft, or figure out how to play an outdoor game like bocce ball or croquet. Practice a different language with books from the library, or hit the zoo to learn about a new animal.</p> <h2>Build a fort</h2> <p>Wrangle all the cardboard boxes, blankets, chairs and pillows you can find and <a href="https://www.facebook.com/Zillow/videos/10154281496363594/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">build the ultimate playhouse</a> or fort.</p> <p>Construct tunnels with boxes (bonus if you can snag a large refrigerator box), create rooms with blankets and chairs, and arm your fortress by building a pillow moat. Play castle or just snuggle up in your cozy den and watch a movie - don&#8217;t forget the popcorn.</p> <p>Keep the fun going into the night: Add twinkle lights and have a sleepover in your new castle.</p> <h2>Cool down with water play</h2> <p>Hot summer day? Cool down by making your own backyard into a mini water park.</p> <p>Break out the sprinkler and burn off some energy by splashing around. Fill the kiddie pool and hop in with your little ones, or wage a water balloon or squirt gun fight for an afternoon that&#8217;s guaranteed to cool you off and make you feel like a kid again.</p> <p>Live in an apartment or don&#8217;t have the water gear? Head to your local splash pad or community pool. To save money, look for free or discount promotions at the pool or water park.</p> <h2>Find your inner artist</h2> <p>Arts and crafts are a great way to get those creative juices flowing, make fun memories and create cool pieces to treasure for years to come.</p> <p>Tie-dye some plain T-shirts, create your own modeling clay using flour and salt, make beaded bracelets, or try your hand at loom weaving.</p> <p>Keep things even simpler by drawing with some sidewalk chalk, building a birdhouse out of Popsicle sticks, or simply getting messy with some finger paint.</p> <h2>Plan a treasure or scavenger hunt</h2> <p>Set up a string of clues for your kids to follow that lead them all around the house, yard and even the neighborhood. Make up your own clues or check online for clever rhymes or location ideas.</p> <p>End the hunt with a fun prize, which can be anything from a chest full of faux gold coins, a long-desired toy or trinket, or a plate of fresh cookies or cupcakes. Add a dash of extra fun by dressing up as pirates or explorers.</p> <p>Whether you have a lot of free time or a little, a chunk of change to spend or a limited budget, there are plenty of fun staycation ideas to make your summer special.</p> <p><strong>Related:</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/maximize-your-staycation-200670/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Prepare for the Ultimate Staycation</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/sporting-goods-catchall-220812/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">With This DIY Sporting Goods Catch-All, Game Day Is No Sweat</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/summer-smackdown-which-home-is-your-favorite-230460/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Summer Smackdown: Which Home Is Your Favorite?</a></li> </ul> <p><em>Originally published May 2016.</em></p> https://www.zillow.com/blog/budget-staycation-ideas-family-200404/feed/ 3 2019-07-15 13:00 +00:00 2019-07-16 01:00 +12:00 https://www.latimes.com/business/realestate/hot-property/la-fi-hotprop-former-groucho-marx-20190715-story.html https://www.latimes.com/business/realestate/hot-property/la-fi-hotprop-former-groucho-marx-20190715-story.html Onetime Groucho Marx home fetches nearly $3.7 million <p>A Hollywood Regency-inspired traditional once owned by the late Groucho Marx, of the sibling comedy team the Marx Brothers, has sold in Hollywood Hills West for $3.679 million. </p> Mon, 15 Jul 2019 09:00:03 -0400 Lauren Beale <p>A Hollywood Regency-inspired traditional once owned by the late Groucho Marx, of the sibling comedy team the Marx Brothers, has sold in Hollywood Hills West for $3.679 million. </p> Keller Williams Hollywood Hills 2019-07-15 09:00 -04:00 2019-07-16 01:00 +12:00 https://www.nytimes.com/2019/07/15/realestate/shopping-for-beach-chairs.html https://www.nytimes.com/2019/07/15/realestate/shopping-for-beach-chairs.html?emc=rss&partner=rss Real Estate and Housing (Residential) Interior Design and Furnishings Furniture Design Shopping for Beach Chairs Whether you’d rather sit upright, recline closer to the sand or tote a lot of gear to the beach, there’s a chair for you. The trick is finding it. Mon, 15 Jul 2019 09:00:08 Z Tim McKeough 2019-07-15 09:00 +00:00 2019-07-15 21:00 +12:00 https://www.theguardian.com/money/2019/jul/15/we-paid-our-deposit-but-the-sellers-are-not-ready-to-exchange https://www.theguardian.com/money/2019/jul/15/we-paid-our-deposit-but-the-sellers-are-not-ready-to-exchange Property Money UK news Mortgages We paid our deposit but the sellers are not ready to exchange <p>Should we be worried that our conveyancer has our money even though we can’t yet proceed?</p><p><strong>Q</strong> I am writing to request your advice regarding the time difference between payment of our deposit and the exchange of contracts. We paid our conveyancer our deposit of 10% of the purchase price a week ago. But at the time, they said the sellers and their conveyancers were not yet ready to exchange contracts. Should we be worried? How long does one typically wait between payment of the deposit and exchange of contracts? Is it reasonable to ask our conveyancer to return our deposit and we pay them only when they are ready to exchange contracts?<br><strong>IR</strong></p><p><strong>A</strong> I don’t think you should be worried about paying your deposit to your conveyancer as the money will simply be sitting safely in the conveyancer’s client account. It won’t get paid to the seller’s conveyancer until contracts have been exchanged. If that doesn’t happen – because your seller pulls out of the sale or you pull out of the purchase – you’ll get your money back with interest, if applicable. That’s not the case if you were to pull out after contracts have been exchanged because your seller would be entitled to keep your deposit.</p> <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/money/2019/jul/15/we-paid-our-deposit-but-the-sellers-are-not-ready-to-exchange">Continue reading...</a> Mon, 15 Jul 2019 06:00:53 Z Photograph: Brian Jackson/Alamy Photograph: Brian Jackson/Alamy Virginia Wallis 2019-07-15T06:00:53Z 2019-07-15 06:00 +00:00 2019-07-15 18:00 +12:00 https://www.nzherald.co.nz/property/news/article.cfm?c_id=8&objectid=12249746&ref=rss newsfeeds@nzherald.co.nz &#332;hakune's quirky railway carriages for sale for $265,000 It may not be everyone's dream - but train enthusiasts or snow bunnies can hop aboard a cheap ski getaway or rental property for under $300,000.The two iconic red and green train carriages opposite &#332;hakune's night life area... Mon, 15 Jul 2019 16:57:05 +1200 2019-07-15 16:57 +12:00 2019-07-15 16:57 +12:00 https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/jul/15/country-diary-spawn-to-be-wild https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/jul/15/country-diary-spawn-to-be-wild Amphibians Wildlife Gardens Environment Rural affairs Animals Birds Insects Plants Cambridge Life and style UK news Country diary: spawn to be wild <p><strong>Reach, Cambridgeshire: </strong>A mini rewilding project brings exquisite new amphibian life to the garden </p><p>I’ve loosened our garden’s reins and let it run free as an experiment to see how much wildness might return to it from the surrounding fenland, woodland and grassland. In the spring I laid aside my weeding fork, made a tiny pond from an old cattle sink, planted seedlings of knapweed, cornflower and borage, dialled down my urge for neatness, stood back and watched.</p><p>The wildlife didn’t dawdle shyly at the perimeter. A companionable flock of house sparrows, a kaleidoscope of hoverfly and bee species, and a family of bank voles have staked their claims on these few square metres of soil, yet I knew the pond would take a little longer to establish and find its balance. I helped it along with a scoop of mud from a fenland ditch, a bundle of oxygenating <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ceratophyllum_demersum">hornwort</a> and a small jamjar of wriggling tadpoles.</p> <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/jul/15/country-diary-spawn-to-be-wild">Continue reading...</a> Mon, 15 Jul 2019 04:30:46 Z Photograph: Emma Mitchell Photograph: Emma Mitchell Emma Mitchell 2019-07-15T04:30:46Z 2019-07-15 04:30 +00:00 2019-07-15 16:30 +12:00 https://www.nzherald.co.nz/property/news/article.cfm?c_id=8&objectid=12249738&ref=rss newsfeeds@nzherald.co.nz Overseas-owned business to pay over $500k in fines for buying five hectares of Auckland land An overseas-owned company behind a subdivision for 117 homes in Auckland has been fined and ordered to sell up after buying the land without permission.The Overseas Investment Office has forced BCH Investments Ltd to sell up illegally... Mon, 15 Jul 2019 15:54:00 +1200 2019-07-15 15:54 +12:00 2019-07-15 15:54 +12:00 https://www.nzherald.co.nz/property/news/article.cfm?c_id=8&objectid=12249690&ref=rss newsfeeds@nzherald.co.nz Mansion with Maserati possible downgrade for one potential buyer A massive $6.295 million Waitoki home with a $250,000 Maserati thrown in is likely to be snapped up within the next two weeks.Neighbouring property owners looking to upgrade - and even one considering a downgrade - flocked to yesterday's... Mon, 15 Jul 2019 15:01:42 +1200 2019-07-15 15:01 +12:00 2019-07-15 15:01 +12:00 https://www.nzherald.co.nz/property/news/article.cfm?c_id=8&objectid=12249618&ref=rss newsfeeds@nzherald.co.nz Otago unlicenced builder Rodney Day pleads guilty to deception An unlicensed builder has pleaded guilty to 15 charges after misleading property owners and a real estate agency.Mosgiel man Rodney James Day was the first unlicensed builder to be charged since the Licensed Building Practitioners... Mon, 15 Jul 2019 11:15:26 +1200 2019-07-15 11:15 +12:00 2019-07-15 11:15 +12:00 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7246843/Sarah-Beenys-97-room-mansion-bought-440-000-sells-cool-1-4million.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7246843/Sarah-Beenys-97-room-mansion-bought-440-000-sells-cool-1-4million.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 Sarah Beeny's 97-room mansion, which she bought for £440,000 sells for a cool £1.4million The presenter, 47, bought the Grade II-listed Rise Hall in Yorkshire for £440,000 in 2001 and has just sold for £1.4million - making her a £1million profit minus renovation costs. Sun, 14 Jul 2019 22:13:26 Z Caters News Agency 2019-07-14 22:13 +00:00 2019-07-15 10:13 +12:00 https://www.nzherald.co.nz/property/news/article.cfm?c_id=8&objectid=12249567&ref=rss newsfeeds@nzherald.co.nz Palmerston North tenant booted out for leaving cannabis plants out during open home A Palmerston North tenant who left cannabis plants in the lounge during an open home viewing for potential buyers of the house has been given the boot.Tenant Anthony Kenneth Murrell had been renting the granny flat of the Fairs... Mon, 15 Jul 2019 09:46:02 +1200 2019-07-15 09:46 +12:00 2019-07-15 09:46 +12:00 https://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=230693 https://www.zillow.com/blog/how-to-tell-if-a-house-is-haunted-230693/ Tips & Advice home buying legal issues Buyer, Beware: Is Your Future House Haunted? Paranormal activity, suicide, murder, cult activity, famous adulteries - is that dream house a "stigmatized property"? Sun, 14 Jul 2019 21:36:33 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/how-to-tell-if-a-house-is-haunted-230693/#comments Dana Bull <p>We've all heard home-buying horror stories. Sellers backing out or financing falling through can quickly kill a deal. But these snags don't hold a candle to buying a "stigmatized" home.</p> <p>A home where paranormal activity, suicide, murder, cult activity or other misfortunes and crimes took place could be categorized as a stigmatized property.</p> <p>In real estate terms, a stigma refers to an intangible attribute of a property that may prompt a psychological or emotional response on the part of a potential buyer. In addition to physical defects, a house may have unusual features or a history that negatively impacts its value.</p> <h2>Get to know your state's disclosure laws</h2> <p>Here's a scary fact: A listing agent may not be required to disclose a stigma to buyers.</p> <p>Ever heard the phrase "caveat emptor" (let the buyer beware)? In the past, sellers were not required to disclose anything about homes they were selling. Over the years, most states have made changes to this rule and now require that buyers be made aware of certain issues.</p> <p>The law urges buyers, sellers and their agents to engage in fair and honest dealing with all principals in the real estate transaction. However, the laws that regulate disclosure of sketchy events vary from state to state. Some state laws explicitly relieve the salesperson or broker of the obligation to disclose certain property stigmas.</p> <p>For instance, what if a house is haunted? Massachusetts is particularly lax when it comes to stigmas. In the witch city of Salem, a seller's agent does not necessarily need to volunteer information about paranormal activity or even a felony, suicide or homicide that has occurred in a home.</p> <p>But if you or your agent asks a seller's agent directly, they must answer truthfully. This differs from California's stringent laws, which, in addition to other disclosures, mandate that buyers be informed of any deaths that occurred at a property in the last three years.</p> <p>While it's certainly ethical for sellers to be upfront about any defects that may impact the value of a property, it may not be a legal requirement.</p> <h2>Research before you fall in love</h2> <p>Since you're unlikely to find the descriptors "haunted" or "former crime scene" in a property listing, how should you go about digging up some dirt?</p> <ul> <li>Check with a real estate attorney in your state to see what disclosures are required.</li> <li>Ask the seller's representative if criminal or paranormal activity has been reported. Again, sellers and their agents are legally obligated to reveal problems they're aware of when asked.</li> <li>Carefully review the seller's disclosures, if one is included with the listing. In many states, property owners are forced to put their real estate disclosures in writing.</li> <li>Get the inside scoop from the neighbors.</li> <li>Always Google the address of your future home. You may uncover a headline that sways your decision.</li> </ul> <p>You may learn that a former owner passed away in the house. In areas with older properties, this is likely going to be the case, though it may not be cause for concern. Someone peacefully passing away in the comfort of their home is a lot different from a situation that involved foul play.</p> <p><strong>Related:</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/who-is-responsible-for-problems-in-your-rental-229409/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Tenant Troubles: Who Is Responsible for Problems in Your Rental?</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/3-things-you-should-know-about-preliminary-title-reports-77349/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">3 Things You Should Know About Preliminary Title Reports</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/what-you-need-to-know-about-the-fair-housing-act-227310/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">What You Need to Know About the Fair Housing Act</a></li> </ul> https://www.zillow.com/blog/how-to-tell-if-a-house-is-haunted-230693/feed/ 3 2019-07-14 21:36 +00:00 2019-07-15 09:36 +12:00 https://www.nzherald.co.nz/property/news/article.cfm?c_id=8&objectid=12249532&ref=rss newsfeeds@nzherald.co.nz Auckland boarding house owner Robert Angus fined more than $4200 for tenancy offences An Auckland boarding house owner has been fined more than $4200 following complaints from 24 tenants.Robert John Angus failed to lodge bonds for numerous tenants at his Otahuhu boarding house at 25 Moa St, a Tenancy Tribunal adjudicator... 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Sun, 14 Jul 2019 16:16:05 Z Stefano Ukmar for The New York Times 2019-07-14 16:16 +00:00 2019-07-15 04:16 +12:00 http://www.theguardian.com/society/2019/jul/14/lack-of-homes-suitable-for-older-people-fuels-housing-crisis-report https://www.theguardian.com/society/2019/jul/14/lack-of-homes-suitable-for-older-people-fuels-housing-crisis-report Housing Older people Housing in retirement Housing market Communities Retirement planning Homes Real estate Social housing Social exclusion UK news NHS Society Lack of homes suitable for older people fuels housing crisis – report <p>Failure to plan for ageing population will also add to pressure on health and care services</p><p>England’s small towns are set to swell with increasing numbers of elderly people as they reject city living amid a hidden housing crisis caused by a lack of appropriate homes for a rapidly ageing population, a new study reveals.</p><p>Bexhill in East Sussex, Corby in Northamptonshire and Denton in Greater Manchester are forecast to see the biggest increases in populations aged 55 and above during the next two decades, according to the Royal Institute of British Architects and the Centre for Towns thinktank.</p><p> <span>Related: </span><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/society/2019/jul/07/uk-housing-crisis-deepens-as-benefit-claimants-priced-out-by-high-rents">UK housing crisis deepens as benefit claimants priced out by high rents</a> </p> <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/society/2019/jul/14/lack-of-homes-suitable-for-older-people-fuels-housing-crisis-report">Continue reading...</a> Sun, 14 Jul 2019 12:20:11 Z Photograph: David Levene/The Guardian Photograph: David Levene/The Guardian Robert Booth Social affairs correspondent 2019-07-14T12:20:11Z 2019-07-14 12:20 +00:00 2019-07-15 00:20 +12:00 https://www.theguardian.com/society/2019/jul/14/lack-of-homes-suitable-for-older-people-fuels-housing-crisis-report https://www.theguardian.com/society/2019/jul/14/lack-of-homes-suitable-for-older-people-fuels-housing-crisis-report Housing Older people Housing in retirement Housing market Communities Retirement planning Homes Real estate Social housing Social exclusion UK news NHS Society Lack of homes suitable for older people fuels housing crisis – report <p>Failure to plan for ageing population will also add to pressure on health and care services</p><p>England’s small towns are set to swell with increasing numbers of elderly people as they reject city living amid a hidden housing crisis caused by a lack of appropriate homes for a rapidly ageing population, a new study reveals.</p><p>Bexhill in East Sussex, Corby in Northamptonshire and Denton in Greater Manchester are forecast to see the biggest increases in populations aged 55 and above during the next two decades, according to the Royal Institute of British Architects and the Centre for Towns thinktank.</p> <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/society/2019/jul/14/lack-of-homes-suitable-for-older-people-fuels-housing-crisis-report">Continue reading...</a> Sun, 14 Jul 2019 12:20:11 Z Photograph: David Levene/The Guardian Photograph: David Levene/The Guardian Robert Booth Social affairs correspondent 2019-07-14T12:20:11Z 2019-07-14 12:20 +00:00 2019-07-15 00:20 +12:00 https://www.nytimes.com/2019/07/14/realestate/homes-that-sold-for-around-600000.html https://www.nytimes.com/2019/07/14/realestate/homes-that-sold-for-around-600000.html?emc=rss&partner=rss Real Estate and Housing (Residential) Financial District (Manhattan, NY) Easton (Conn) Merrick (NY) Windsor Terrace (Brooklyn, NY) Yorktown Heights (NY) Leonia (NJ) Homes That Sold for Around $600,000 Recent residential sales in New York City and the region. Sun, 14 Jul 2019 09:00:15 Z C. J. Hughes 2019-07-14 09:00 +00:00 2019-07-14 21:00 +12:00 https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2019/jul/14/allan-jenkins-plot-29-wild-garden-summer-beans-herbs-squash https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2019/jul/14/allan-jenkins-plot-29-wild-garden-summer-beans-herbs-squash Gardening advice Life and style Gardens When we’re on holiday, do our gardens miss us | Allan Jenkins <p>Everything has gone wild and some serious effort is needed to restore garden and gardener’s happiness</p><p>The best-planted plans... This is a return to the allotment after near three weeks away. I had put in the work. I had weeded and fed, I had sowed new rows and organised watering cover (thank you, Lene). Howard had promised to pop in.</p><p>The salads were all up before I went, the peas and beans were adolescent, there was coriander, and fresh leaves and early potatoes: the bright, light tastes of summer. So why do I feel so guilty as I walk towards the plot on my first early mid-June morning after being away?</p> <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2019/jul/14/allan-jenkins-plot-29-wild-garden-summer-beans-herbs-squash">Continue reading...</a> Sun, 14 Jul 2019 05:00:41 Z Photograph: Allan Jenkins Photograph: Allan Jenkins Allan Jenkins 2019-07-14T05:00:41Z 2019-07-14 05:00 +00:00 2019-07-14 17:00 +12:00 https://www.nzherald.co.nz/property/news/article.cfm?c_id=8&objectid=12249413&ref=rss newsfeeds@nzherald.co.nz New Zealand housing market at risk of crash, Bloomberg research shows New Zealand and Canada are the most vulnerable economies to a correction in house prices, with Australia and the UK also drawing concern, according to new research from Bloomberg Economics .Seeking to build a "housing bubble dashboard,"... Sun, 14 Jul 2019 14:04:14 +1200 2019-07-14 14:04 +12:00 2019-07-14 14:04 +12:00 https://www.nzherald.co.nz/property/news/article.cfm?c_id=8&objectid=12249335&ref=rss newsfeeds@nzherald.co.nz Buy the mansion, get a Maserati: Rodney property comes with supercar sweetener It's a slice of country paradise complete with a large shed ... and this mansion comes with your choice of Maserati worth up to $250,000. A five-bedroom Waitoki property in the Rodney district, designed by South African architect... Sun, 14 Jul 2019 12:30:00 +1200 2019-07-14 12:30 +12:00 2019-07-14 12:30 +12:00 https://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=230707 https://www.zillow.com/blog/diy-driveway-ideas-230707/ Home Improvement curb appeal DIY 3 Simple DIY Driveway Ideas Nowhere to park? Create your own driveway with one of these affordable methods. Sat, 13 Jul 2019 23:12:24 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/diy-driveway-ideas-230707/#respond Tim Layton <p>A DIY driveway can be an easy want to add parking or improve the look of your home. Here are three relatively simple options.</p> <h2>1. Carve out a parking pad</h2> <p>The easiest, most affordable way to get an extra parking space is to clear out some grass and throw down mulch. It works fine, looks good and can be done in a day.</p> <p>But beware: Mulch isn't a permanent solution. Mulch breaks down over time, floats away in a heavy rain and fades in the sun. Over time, you may end up spending more money sprucing up the mulch than you would have pouring concrete in the first place.</p> <p>Be sure to use a store-bought landscape barrier, or even lay down newspaper to prevent weeds.</p> <p>If mulch seems too temporary, consider other loose materials like gravel, stones or crushed oyster shells.</p> <h2>2. Build a DIY driveway with pavers</h2> <p>A more solid parking option is a concrete or brick <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/diy-pavers-driveway-230682/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">paver driveway</a>. It can be installed either professionally or DIY. Thousands of videos online show the steps and all the tricks of the trade. It's really quite simple:</p> <ol> <li>Excavate the area to be paved.</li> <li>Install a base material, such as crushed concrete, at a thickness of a few inches.</li> <li>Pack down the base material with a compactor, making sure to slope it as desired.</li> <li>Install a thin layer of sand on top of the base material.</li> <li>Install paver blocks on the sand layer, laying them in place in the pattern of your choice.</li> <li>Install a border row of bricks along the edges, and back that row with a poured concrete edge restraint, which will keep things from moving outward.</li> <li>Put another layer of sand on top of the finished surface and broom it into the joints between the bricks.</li> </ol> <p>When installed properly, a paver driveway can last for decades.</p> <h2>3. Go with classic concrete</h2> <p>Finally, there is the tried-and-true concrete driveway. There's a reason concrete is still the most common driveway product in the world: It looks good, doesn't cost a fortune and lasts a very long time.</p> <p>There are fewer steps to pouring a concrete parking area than there is to installing pavers, but it's not quite as beginner-friendly. If you've never poured concrete before, it's a good idea to start with a smaller area, such as a sidewalk, before tackling a large area.</p> <p><strong>Related:</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/how-to-insulate-ductwork-230676/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Sealing and Insulating Your Ductwork</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/fix-ceiling-water-stains-228823/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">How to Fix Ceiling Water Stains</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/how-to-replace-a-ceiling-fan-227357/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">How to Replace a Ceiling Fan</a></li> </ul> https://www.zillow.com/blog/diy-driveway-ideas-230707/feed/ 0 2019-07-13 23:12 +00:00 2019-07-14 11:12 +12:00 https://www.latimes.com/business/real-estate/gallery/hot-property-rocker-lindsey-buckingham-takes-a-bow-in-brentwood https://www.latimes.com/business/real-estate/gallery/hot-property-rocker-lindsey-buckingham-takes-a-bow-in-brentwood Hot Property | Rocker Lindsey Buckingham takes a bow in Brentwood <p>Lindsey Buckingham of Fleetwood Mac fame has sold his Brentwood home for $28 million. Also: Uber co-founder makes a big purchase in Beverly Hills.</p> Sat, 13 Jul 2019 15:24:47 -0400 <p>Lindsey Buckingham of Fleetwood Mac fame has sold his Brentwood home for $28 million. Also: Uber co-founder makes a big purchase in Beverly Hills.</p> Lindsey Buckingham of Fleetwood Mac fame sold his French Normandy-inspired home in Brentwood for $28 million. The roughly 10,000-square-foot house was custom built for the Fleetwood Mac rocker and his wife, interior designer Kirsten Buckingham. Set on more than an acre, the double-lot property includes a tennis court, a gym, a guest house and a screening room. Adam Latham 2019-07-13 15:24 -04:00 2019-07-14 07:24 +12:00 https://www.latimes.com/business/real-estate/story/2019-07-13/hot-property-lindsey-buckingham-david-geffen-uber https://www.latimes.com/business/real-estate/story/2019-07-13/hot-property-lindsey-buckingham-david-geffen-uber Hot Property: Rocker Lindsey Buckingham takes a bow in Brentwood <p>Lindsey Buckingham of Fleetwood Mac fame has sold his Brentwood home for $28 million. Also: Uber co-founder makes a big purchase in Beverly Hills.</p> Sat, 13 Jul 2019 13:10:31 -0400 Neal J. Leitereg <p>Lindsey Buckingham of Fleetwood Mac fame has sold his Brentwood home for $28 million. Also: Uber co-founder makes a big purchase in Beverly Hills.</p> Lindsey Buckingham of Fleetwood Mac fame sold his French Normandy-inspired home in Brentwood for $28 million.   Adam Latham 2019-07-13 13:10 -04:00 2019-07-14 05:10 +12:00 https://www.latimes.com/business/realestate/la-fi-hp-hotprop-pictures-20190713-photogallery.html https://www.latimes.com/business/realestate/la-fi-hp-hotprop-pictures-20190713-photogallery.html Photos:: Hot Property | Rocker Lindsey Buckingham takes a bow in Brentwood Sat, 13 Jul 2019 08:55:00 -0400 Lindsey Buckingham of Fleetwood Mac fame sold his French Normandy-inspired home in Brentwood for $28 million.   Adam Latham 2019-07-13 08:55 -04:00 2019-07-14 00:55 +12:00 https://www.latimes.com/business/realestate/hot-property/la-fi-hp-try-guys-ned-fulmer-pictures-20190713-photogallery.html https://www.latimes.com/business/realestate/hot-property/la-fi-hp-try-guys-ned-fulmer-pictures-20190713-photogallery.html Photos:: My Favorite Room | Try Guys comic Ned Fulmer gives home renovation a whack Sat, 13 Jul 2019 08:25:01 -0400 Try Guys comic Ned Fulmer and his wife, Ariel, in the living space of their newly designed and remodeled 1,300-square-foot Elysian Valley home.  Jesse Goddard / For The Times 2019-07-13 08:25 -04:00 2019-07-14 00:25 +12:00 https://www.latimes.com/business/realestate/hot-property/la-fi-hp-home-20190713-story.html https://www.latimes.com/business/realestate/hot-property/la-fi-hp-home-20190713-story.html Home of the Week: Observing a Lautner in Sherman Oaks <p>This unusual residence in Sherman Oaks was designed by modernist architect John Lautner and built in 1950 for Louise Foster, a schoolteacher who saved for years to build her dream home. </p> Sat, 13 Jul 2019 08:00:09 -0400 Neal J. Leitereg <p>This unusual residence in Sherman Oaks was designed by modernist architect John Lautner and built in 1950 for Louise Foster, a schoolteacher who saved for years to build her dream home. </p> Designed by modernist architect John Lautner, the unusual residence in Sherman Oaks is distinguished by its radiating roofline and views of San Fernando Valley.   Juwan Li / 2019-07-13 08:00 -04:00 2019-07-14 00:00 +12:00 https://www.latimes.com/business/realestate/hot-property/la-fi-hp-home-pictures-20190713-photogallery.html https://www.latimes.com/business/realestate/hot-property/la-fi-hp-home-pictures-20190713-photogallery.html Photos:: Home of the Week | Observing a Lautner in Sherman Oaks Sat, 13 Jul 2019 08:00:03 -0400 Designed by modernist architect John Lautner, the unusual residence in Sherman Oaks is distinguished by its radiating roofline and views of San Fernando Valley.   Juwan Li / 2019-07-13 08:00 -04:00 2019-07-14 00:00 +12:00 https://www.latimes.com/business/realestate/hot-property/la-fi-hotprop-newsletter-20190712-story.html https://www.latimes.com/business/realestate/hot-property/la-fi-hotprop-newsletter-20190712-story.html Hot Property Newsletter: Sound investments <p>Recording studios are a recurring theme in L.A. homes.</p> Sat, 13 Jul 2019 03:05:03 -0400 Lauren Beale <p>Recording studios are a recurring theme in L.A. homes.</p> A one-of-a-kind find. 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Times Today airs Monday through Friday at 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. exclusively on Spectrum News 1.</p> Fri, 12 Jul 2019 14:27:32 -0400 <p>L.A. Times Today airs Monday through Friday at 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. exclusively on Spectrum News 1.</p> 2019-07-12 14:27 -04:00 2019-07-13 06:27 +12:00 https://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=230682 https://www.zillow.com/blog/diy-pavers-driveway-230682/ Home Improvement DIY home maintenance A DIY Guide to Concrete Pavers for Driveways Get everything you need to know before kicking off your driveway remodel project. Fri, 12 Jul 2019 18:16:24 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/diy-pavers-driveway-230682/#respond Karie Fay <p>Beyond the variety of styles, colors, textures and shapes available, pavers - often called paving stones - have distinct advantages over other driveway surfaces.</p> <h2>Why choose concrete pavers for your driveway?</h2> <p>Among other benefits, a concrete paver driveway delivers the following.</p> <p><strong>Strength, durability and longevity</strong>: Sheet concrete and asphalt look good, but they really aren't as strong and durable as you might think. Your driveway becomes nothing more than one giant slab. Although strong when in good condition, it won't handle age or freezing and thawing very well. Eventually, it will crack, calling for major repair work or replacement.</p> <p>Concrete pavers, in contrast, combine the strength and comfort of newly poured, solid driveway surfaces with the flexibility they lack. Concrete pavers will not crack from weather and will likely last for decades. The biggest drawback is that pavers may settle if the foundation material underneath shifts. The fix is simple, however: Remove, readjust and reset the affected pavers.</p> <p><strong>Ease of maintenance</strong>: Whether you have to recoat, reseal, spread more of it, grade it or replace it, it seems like there's always something your driveway needs when you have a traditional driveway material. A concrete paver driveway is about as close as you can get to "install it and forget it." Once laid and sealed, it's virtually maintenance-free unless you need to adjust or replace a paver or two.</p> <p><strong>Cost</strong>: Sure, concrete pavers typically cost more upfront than stone and slab paving materials. However, a concrete paver driveway pays for itself over time in both lower maintenance costs (including time and money) and the fact that long after other driveway materials fail, your concrete pavers will likely still look - and work - wonderfully.</p> <p><strong>DIY installation</strong>: Ask anyone who has ever poured concrete or asphalt - it's hard work. Done improperly, the material is likely to fail. Even spreading dirt or rock is tiring. In contrast, most concrete pavers are fairly DIY-friendly. The hardest portion is grading and preparing the base material, and any specialized equipment is easily rented. Alternatively, consider hiring a contractor for this part of the driveway project. Next, simply start laying pavers in place like a jigsaw puzzle.</p> <h2>Planning your driveway</h2> <p>While you're looking at other concrete paver projects and considering the myriad colors, styles and other options, you're also planning the driveway project. The two steps go hand in hand. You can't really plan how many pavers you need, after all, until you know the size of your driveway and a general idea of what you want. You also can't really plan the final appearance until you choose your pavers.</p> <p>Try making a sketch first. Having your vision on paper allows for more precise planning. Next, stake out the driveway area. Measure and mark the length and width, following any curve or direction you choose. Allow for a minimum driveway width of 12 feet in the vehicle parking area to provide plenty of walkway around the cars. For length, allot at least 18 feet of length for each vehicle planned.</p> <p>Decide what portion - if any - of the work you wish to do yourself. If the driveway area needs excavation, professional help will be useful. It also needs to be graded - meaning slightly sloped to allow water to run off into the appropriate area. A contractor knows how to easily grade the area while digging it out.</p> <p>On top of hiring out the excavation and grading, you can also hire someone to lay the substrates (two layers) and even the pavers themselves. If you go this direction, make sure to comparison shop. Ask the contractor about other projects they've worked on and ask for pictures. Find out specifically what the contractor will and will not do.</p> <p>If you choose to do the work yourself, make sure to line up everything you need before you start. Besides pavers, you also need the substrate materials (usually aggregate and sand) and the tools. You can rent plate compactors, diamond blade wet saws and other heavy equipment at most tool and equipment rental stores.</p> <h2>DIY concrete paver installation</h2> <p>Even if you prefer to have someone build your concrete paver driveway for you, it's still useful to understand the general process.</p> <p>The most important part of the job is a properly prepared and compacted substrate. The driveway foundation is essential for a quality installation that lasts. While the following information covers the basic steps, it isn't intended to be an exhaustive guide. If you're uncertain about any procedure or have questions, consult a concrete paver installation professional.</p> <ul> <li>Call 811 to request an underground utilities check. Never dig without first checking for these.</li> </ul> <ul> <li>Excavate the driveway area to at least 15 inches. Your area may need a deeper drainage base. Talk to local building professionals if you're uncertain. Depth depends on the results of a percolation test, which measures how fast the soil absorbs rainwater. Contact your local Cooperative Extension for more details.</li> </ul> <ul> <li>Compact the subgrade to provide a solid, stable soil base.</li> </ul> <ul> <li>Install screen, if desired, to discourage weed growth.</li> </ul> <ul> <li>Spread and compact a layer of paver base. Typically this is a 6-inch layer of washed, crushed stone (not river gravel or other rounded rock). Choose rock with a 3/4- to 2-inch diameter.</li> </ul> <ul> <li>Cover the base with a 1-inch layer of concrete sand. Screed the surface - take a long flat edge and pull it across the surface to leave it perfectly smooth and level.</li> </ul> <ul> <li>Set the edging around the driveway borders. Edging, called restraints, is critical - it isn't just ornamental. It helps keep each paver from shifting.</li> </ul> <ul> <li>Place the concrete pavers according to your design. Set pavers together closely to minimize joints.</li> </ul> <ul> <li>Spread mason sand over the pavers. Tamp down the pavers mechanically to force sand into the joints.</li> </ul> <ul> <li>Finish with a layer of concrete sealer once the driveway is completely set. Spray on with a garden sprayer, following the product instructions for best results.</li> </ul> <p><strong>Note:</strong> In colder climates, consider installing a special snow-melting system beneath the pavers. Much like radiant heating systems indoors, these driveway-warming devices use heated cables to keep ice and snow off your driving surface. Ask a professional for further information.</p> <h2>Driveway maintenance</h2> <p>Concrete paver driveways don't require much maintenance if they are protected with a quality sealer and the joints are properly filled. To keep your driveway looking its best:</p> <ul> <li>Sweep regularly to keep dirt, leaves and other debris from accumulating.</li> </ul> <ul> <li>Rinse when necessary to remove heavy soiling.</li> </ul> <ul> <li>Treat oil and grease stains with a pressure washer and the appropriate cleaning solution.</li> </ul> <ul> <li>Reseal the driveway surface every few years.</li> </ul> <ul> <li>Plow or shovel in winter as needed. Avoid using sharp objects to chip at the ice, which may result in shattering or cracking the pavers.</li> </ul> <p>Use sand or a noncorrosive deicer like calcium magnesium acetate, never rock salt (sodium chloride) or calcium chloride. These products may cause efflorescence - a white, chalky discoloration.</p> <p><strong>Related:</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/how-to-seal-and-insulate-ductwork-230676/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Sealing and Insulating Your Ductwork</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/building-backyard-fire-pit-219141/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">DIY Backyard Fire Pit: Build It in Just 7 Easy Steps</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/sporting-goods-catchall-220812/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">With This DIY Sporting Goods Catch-All, Game Day Is No Sweat</a></li> </ul> https://www.zillow.com/blog/diy-pavers-driveway-230682/feed/ 0 2019-07-12 18:16 +00:00 2019-07-13 06:16 +12:00 https://www.latimes.com/business/realestate/hot-property/la-fi-hotprop-rudolph-schindler-studio-city-20190712-story.html https://www.latimes.com/business/realestate/hot-property/la-fi-hotprop-rudolph-schindler-studio-city-20190712-story.html After restoration, Rudolph Schindler's Lechner House hits the market in Studio City <p>Architect Rudolph Schindler's Lechner House is finally ready for a second life in Studio City. </p> Fri, 12 Jul 2019 13:04:35 -0400 Jack Flemming <p>Architect Rudolph Schindler's Lechner House is finally ready for a second life in Studio City. </p> Anson Smart 2019-07-12 13:04 -04:00 2019-07-13 05:04 +12:00 https://www.nzherald.co.nz/property/news/article.cfm?c_id=8&objectid=12249184&ref=rss newsfeeds@nzherald.co.nz Four retail units within Queenstown complexes In Queenstown a portfolio of four freehold retail units within large new development projects, has been placed on the market as tenanted investment properties.Located in Queenstown itself, and immediately adjacent to Queenstown's... Sat, 13 Jul 2019 05:00:03 +1200 2019-07-13 05:00 +12:00 2019-07-13 05:00 +12:00 https://www.theguardian.com/money/2019/jul/12/lets-move-to-whitley-bay-tyne-and-wear https://www.theguardian.com/money/2019/jul/12/lets-move-to-whitley-bay-tyne-and-wear Property Homes Money Life and style Let’s move to Whitley Bay, Tyne and Wear: it has maintained its pride and beauty <p>Despite a dose of that dubious urban medicine ‘regeneration’, it seems to be thriving</p><p><strong>What’s going for it? </strong>The trouble with British seaside resorts, if reports are to be believed, is that they fall into two camps: ruined, despairing and utterly beyond all hope, or Whitstable. If you spend time visiting every prom, pier, amusement arcade, instant doughnut purveyor, rock shop and groyne in the country, as I do (everyone needs a hobby), you will know the truth is more complex. Whitley Bay, for instance, while having suffered the usual despond when we all started jetting off to Benidorm, maintained its pride and, importantly, its beauty. There are few finer, or fresher, walks than along the cliff edge between Tynemouth and <a href="https://my.northtyneside.gov.uk/category/635/st-marys-lighthouse" title="">St Mary’s lighthouse</a>. The path-cum-prom twists and turns past low, craggy cliffs, soft sands and wild waters on one side, and fine Victorian terraces, pleasant cafes and municipal verges on the other, stopping in for a mooch in the charity shops and independent stores of Park View and finishing up with a crab sarnie at the restored and stupendous Spanish City, of Dire Straits fame (pop culture reference there for the kids). Whitley Bay has had a dose of that dubious urban medicine “regeneration”, but seems to be thriving. Legions of social media executives haven’t downsized here from Jesmond in Newcastle, and you’re not tripping over public art/artists every five metres.</p><p><strong>The case against</strong> Precious little. It’s a delight. You’ve got to withstand the occasional wind straight outta Siberia, but that goes with the territory.</p> <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/money/2019/jul/12/lets-move-to-whitley-bay-tyne-and-wear">Continue reading...</a> Fri, 12 Jul 2019 15:30:37 Z Photograph: Clearview/Alamy Stock Photo Photograph: Clearview/Alamy Stock Photo Tom Dyckhoff 2019-07-12T15:30:37Z 2019-07-12 15:30 +00:00 2019-07-13 03:30 +12:00 https://www.nytimes.com/2019/07/12/realestate/counting-down-to-a-green-new-york.html https://www.nytimes.com/2019/07/12/realestate/counting-down-to-a-green-new-york.html?emc=rss&partner=rss Real Estate and Housing (Residential) Renting and Leasing (Real Estate) Greenhouse Gas Emissions Solar Energy Energy Efficiency Sustainable Living Alternative and Renewable Energy Affordable Housing Buildings (Structures) Architecture New York City Counting Down to a Green New York New York plans to be carbon neutral by 2050, and housing is one of the biggest polluters. Can this dirty old town clean up its act in time? Fri, 12 Jul 2019 14:47:44 Z Stefanos Chen Stefano Ukmar for The New York Times 2019-07-12 14:47 +00:00 2019-07-13 02:47 +12:00 https://www.nytimes.com/2019/07/12/realestate/making-your-house-greener.html https://www.nytimes.com/2019/07/12/realestate/making-your-house-greener.html?emc=rss&partner=rss Real Estate and Housing (Residential) Energy Efficiency Heating Solar Energy Greenhouse Gas Emissions Light-Emitting Diodes Making Your House Greener You too can reduce your carbon footprint, one light bulb at a time. Fri, 12 Jul 2019 14:46:46 Z Ronda Kaysen Trisha Krauss 2019-07-12 14:46 +00:00 2019-07-13 02:46 +12:00 https://www.nytimes.com/2019/07/11/realestate/which-states-build-the-greenest.html https://www.nytimes.com/2019/07/11/realestate/which-states-build-the-greenest.html?emc=rss&partner=rss Real Estate and Housing (Residential) Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Environment Which States Build the Greenest? A new report ranks all 50 states based on which have created the most LEED-certified square feet per capita. Fri, 12 Jul 2019 14:45:44 Z Michael Kolomatsky 2019-07-12 14:45 +00:00 2019-07-13 02:45 +12:00 https://www.latimes.com/business/realestate/hot-property/la-fi-hp-vintage-la-canada-flintridge-pictures-20190712-photogallery.html https://www.latimes.com/business/realestate/hot-property/la-fi-hp-vintage-la-canada-flintridge-pictures-20190712-photogallery.html Photos:: Vintage SoCal |1920s estate in La Canada Flintridge is still the bee's knees Fri, 12 Jul 2019 07:55:01 -0400 The Spanish Colonial Revival estate in La Canada Flintridge reflects its Prohibition-era origins. Anthony Barcelo 2019-07-12 07:55 -04:00 2019-07-12 23:55 +12:00 https://www.theguardian.com/money/gallery/2019/jul/12/homes-with-their-own-lodges-in-pictures https://www.theguardian.com/money/gallery/2019/jul/12/homes-with-their-own-lodges-in-pictures Property Money Mortgages UK news Homes in former lodges – in pictures <p>From an ancient pile in East Sussex to a Grade II-listed building in Bath, homes worth hunting for</p> <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/money/gallery/2019/jul/12/homes-with-their-own-lodges-in-pictures">Continue reading...</a> Fri, 12 Jul 2019 11:43:38 Z Photograph: Fine & Country Photograph: Fine & Country Jill Papworth 2019-07-12T11:43:38Z 2019-07-12 11:43 +00:00 2019-07-12 23:43 +12:00 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-7237191/The-270k-Plymouth-terrace-sale-private-leisure-suite.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-7237191/The-270k-Plymouth-terrace-sale-private-leisure-suite.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 This £270k Plymouth terraced house hides a pool and unusual hot tub At first glance, this property looks like a regular three-bedroom end of terrace, but there is a surprise leisure suite beyond the front door. Fri, 12 Jul 2019 10:36:43 Z None 2019-07-12 10:36 +00:00 2019-07-12 22:36 +12:00 https://www.nytimes.com/2019/07/11/realestate/homes-for-sale-in-manhattan-brooklyn-and-staten-island.html https://www.nytimes.com/2019/07/11/realestate/homes-for-sale-in-manhattan-brooklyn-and-staten-island.html?emc=rss&partner=rss Real Estate and Housing (Residential) Greenwood Heights (Brooklyn, NY) Staten Island (NYC) Upper East Side (Manhattan, NY) Homes for Sale in Manhattan, Brooklyn and Staten Island This week’s properties are on the Upper East Side, in St. George, Staten Island, and in Greenwood Heights, Brooklyn. Fri, 12 Jul 2019 04:02:12 Z C. J. Hughes and Kim Velsey Emily Gilbert for The New York Times 2019-07-12 04:02 +00:00 2019-07-12 16:02 +12:00 https://www.nytimes.com/2019/07/11/realestate/homes-for-sale-in-new-york-and-connecticut.html https://www.nytimes.com/2019/07/11/realestate/homes-for-sale-in-new-york-and-connecticut.html?emc=rss&partner=rss Real Estate and Housing (Residential) Mamaroneck (NY) Redding (Conn) Homes for Sale in New York and Connecticut This week’s properties are five-bedroom homes in Redding, Conn., and Mamaroneck, N.Y. Fri, 12 Jul 2019 04:01:59 Z Anne Mancuso and Lisa Prevost Brad Dickson for The New York Times 2019-07-12 04:01 +00:00 2019-07-12 16:01 +12:00 www.stuff.co.nz/113862524 https://www.stuff.co.nz/life-style/homed/garden/113862524/how-to-grow-peas.html Stuff How to grow peas Shelling, sugarsnap or snow, there’s nothing quite like snacking on your own homegrown peas. Fri, 12 Jul 2019 03:13:00 Z 2019-07-12 03:13 +00:00 2019-07-12 15:13 +12:00 www.stuff.co.nz/113925830 https://www.stuff.co.nz/life-style/homed/garden/113925830/what-to-do-in-the-garden-this-weekend.html MARY LOVELL-SMITH / HOMED What to do in the garden this weekend Put on your gumboots and tackle these winter jobs. Fri, 12 Jul 2019 03:00:00 Z 2019-07-12 03:00 +00:00 2019-07-12 15:00 +12:00 https://www.latimes.com/business/realestate/hot-property/la-fi-hp-the-pitch-santa-monica-20190711-story.html https://www.latimes.com/business/realestate/hot-property/la-fi-hp-the-pitch-santa-monica-20190711-story.html Would you choose space or style in Santa Monica? <p>In the high-caliber housing market of Los Angeles, every neighborhood brandishes a distinct style, offering an extensive list of pros and cons that can leave even the surest of buyers second-guessing. </p> Thu, 11 Jul 2019 19:09:56 -0400 Jack Flemming <p>In the high-caliber housing market of Los Angeles, every neighborhood brandishes a distinct style, offering an extensive list of pros and cons that can leave even the surest of buyers second-guessing. </p> On a palm tree-lined street in the exclusive Gillette's Regent Square tract, this picture-perfect traditional home with lush yards boasts an approximately 8,952-square-foot lot.     Adam Lantham 2019-07-11 19:09 -04:00 2019-07-12 11:09 +12:00 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-7232217/Offshore-gun-tower-artillery-sale-70-000.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-7232217/Offshore-gun-tower-artillery-sale-70-000.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 Offshore gun tower with its own artillery is for sale for £70,000 The former gun tower is a renovation project on the south west coast of Wales, and is on the market for £70,000 - but it comes without mains drainage. Thu, 11 Jul 2019 22:13:12 Z None 2019-07-11 22:13 +00:00 2019-07-12 10:13 +12:00 https://www.latimes.com/business/realestate/hot-property/la-fi-hotprop-david-arquette-encino-lake-arrowhead-homes-20190711-story.html https://www.latimes.com/business/realestate/hot-property/la-fi-hotprop-david-arquette-encino-lake-arrowhead-homes-20190711-story.html Actor David Arquette sends Encino and Lake Arrowhead homes to market <p>Actor David Arquette appears set on shaking up his real estate portfolio, listing both his Encino home and a Lake Arrowhead retreat for sale. </p> Thu, 11 Jul 2019 17:29:44 -0400 Neal J. Leitereg <p>Actor David Arquette appears set on shaking up his real estate portfolio, listing both his Encino home and a Lake Arrowhead retreat for sale. </p> Tyler Hogan 2019-07-11 17:29 -04:00 2019-07-12 09:29 +12:00 https://www.latimes.com/business/realestate/hot-property/la-fi-hotprop-transparent-pasadena-buff-hensman-20190711-story.html https://www.latimes.com/business/realestate/hot-property/la-fi-hotprop-transparent-pasadena-buff-hensman-20190711-story.html Midcentury gem from TV's 'Transparent' aims for $5 million in Pasadena <p>Over the years, this architectural jewel built by Buff, Straub and Hensman has lived a life of its own. </p> Thu, 11 Jul 2019 15:55:35 -0400 Jack Flemming <p>Over the years, this architectural jewel built by Buff, Straub and Hensman has lived a life of its own. </p> Kevin Edge 2019-07-11 15:55 -04:00 2019-07-12 07:55 +12:00 https://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=230671 https://www.zillow.com/blog/tax-on-investment-properties-230671/ Tips & Advice taxes Investment Property: How Much Can You Write Off on Your Taxes? Learn how to navigate the tricky tax laws around investment properties, including ways to save. Thu, 11 Jul 2019 17:56:53 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/tax-on-investment-properties-230671/#respond Jason Van Steenwyk <p>There are certain things you can do as a real estate investor to help manage your tax bill and maximize your after-tax return on investment. To do so, however, you need to understand the primary ways in which investment real estate portfolios get taxed. You must also have a general grasp of some abstract concepts like calculating your tax basis, as well as the depreciation of capital investments.</p> <p>Warning: This article is not going to make you an expert. But it will acquaint you with the basic terminology so you can be better prepared for a meeting with your tax adviser.</p> <h2>Taxation of rental income</h2> <p>The IRS taxes the real estate portfolios of living investors in two primary ways: income tax and capital gains tax. (A third way, <a href="https://www.irs.gov/businesses/small-businesses-self-employed/estate-tax" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener noreferrer">estate tax</a>, applies only to dead investors.)</p> <p>Rental income is taxable - as <a href="https://www.irs.gov/businesses/small-businesses-self-employed/tips-on-rental-real-estate-income-deductions-and-recordkeeping" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener noreferrer">ordinary income tax</a>. That means you must declare it as income on your tax return and pay income tax on it. Unlike wages, rental income is not subject to FICA taxes.</p> <p>Your income is everything you get from rents and royalties on the property, minus any deductible expenses. You can't deduct everything though. You can only deduct mortgage interest and repairs you make that restore the property to its original minimally functional condition. You can't deduct capital investments like new buildings, additions or renovations. More on these later.</p> <h2>Capital gains tax</h2> <p>The second tax bill you need to worry about is <a href="https://www.irs.gov/taxtopics/tc409.html" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener noreferrer">capital gains tax</a>. The IRS taxes you on any net profits you get out of a property when you sell it. If you're flipping the property and you've owned it for less than a year, you pay short-term capital gains tax, which is the same rate as your marginal income tax rate. If you're in the 28% tax bracket, you'll pay a 28% tax on short-term capital gains.</p> <p>If you hold the property for 12 months, you'll qualify for more favorable long-term capital gains. Depending on your marginal income tax bracket, these taxes could range from 0% to 15%. In every bracket, however, the IRS takes a smaller cut out of long-term gains than out of ordinary income or short-term gains.</p> <h3>Calculating capital gains</h3> <p>You pay capital gains tax on the difference between your selling price in the property and your adjusted tax basis. Your adjusted tax basis in a property is the original cost you paid for the property, plus any amount invested in renovations and improvements (including labor costs on these projects) that you have not previously deducted for taxes.</p> <p>If you have deductions associated with the property, you subtract them from your tax basis. If your adjusted tax basis is higher than your sale, you have a capital loss. You can subtract capital losses from a given year from capital gains to reduce your tax bill. If you have more capital losses than capital gains, you can "carry forward" these capital losses into future years to offset future capital gains. If you have no capital gains, you can deduct $3,000 annually until you have recognized all your capital loss carryforward.</p> <h3>How to defer capital gains taxes: an intro to like-kind exchanges</h3> <p>The IRS provides an important exception to capital gains taxation, made-to-order for real estate investors: If you own an investment property, you can sell your property at a profit and roll your money over into another property within 60 days without having to pay capital gains taxes at all. This transaction is known as a Section 1031 exchange, named for the section of the U.S. Revenue Code that allows it. You cannot swap your rental property for a personal residence, or vice versa. For this reason, these exchanges are called like-kind exchanges, in that the property you replace it with needs to be substantially similar to what you sold.</p> <p>The 1031 exchange makes it possible for real estate investors to defer paying capital gains tax, which is another advantage over investing in mutual funds, stocks, bonds and other securities or collectibles. Outside of a retirement account, you have to pay tax on gains in these items by April 15 of the year after you sold them.</p> <h2>Depreciation and amortization</h2> <p>This is a broad concept, so we can only cover the very basics here. When you buy investment property - be it a building, a computer or a horse - the IRS knows that the item won't stay young and new forever. Over time, the property will decrease in value. Depreciation is the process of claiming a deduction to compensate you for the property's decrease in value during the year.</p> <p>Note: You can't depreciate your personal residence. You can only depreciate investment property. For more information on the process of depreciation, see IRS Publication 946, <a href="https://www.irs.gov/publications/p946/index.html" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener noreferrer">How To Depreciate Property</a>.</p> <p>Land, of course, doesn't depreciate. But minerals underneath the land do. If you are extracting oil or other minerals, or timber, for that matter, from the land, you will account for the gradual loss in value through a process called <a href="https://www.irs.gov/publications/p535/index.html" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener noreferrer">depletion</a>.</p> <p>Likewise, when you make a purchase of investment real estate or capital equipment with a useful life of longer than a year, the IRS knows you will be using that property to generate income for a long time to come.</p> <p>Except in certain circumstances, the IRS does not allow you to deduct the full cost of your investment in the first year. Instead, you must amortize your investment over a number of years. For real estate, you must spread the deduction out over 27.5 years.</p> <h2>Passive activity rules</h2> <p>Again, these rules are complex. But in a nutshell, if you are a passive investor - meaning you are not working day to day in the business of managing your real estate investments - you are subject to <a href="https://www.irs.gov/publications/p925/index.html" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">passive activity rules</a>. Basically, you can only deduct passive losses to the extent that you can cancel out gains from passive activities. These rules restrict your ability to use passive activity losses to offset capital gains elsewhere in your portfolio. Congress implemented these rules in 1986 to eliminate tax loopholes and abusive tax shelters.</p> <p>Most individual investor landlords can deduct up to $25,000 per year in losses on rental properties, if necessary (subject to income limitation). Hopefully you won't have to make use of this provision much.</p> <h2>Property taxes</h2> <p>Expect to pay property taxes to local and county governments each year. Your local government will assess the market value of your property at its "highest and best use" and charge you a percentage of that value every year. You can deduct property taxes against your rental income, though, provided the property tax is uniformly assessed throughout the jurisdiction and is not a special assessment.</p> <h2>Other tax deductions</h2> <p>Watch for opportunities to take deductions for these common real estate investment expenses:</p> <ul> <li>Mortgage interest</li> <li>Legal fees related to your investment properties or business</li> <li>Mileage</li> <li>Business use of your home (the home office deduction)</li> <li>Advertising fees</li> </ul> <p>Employees (but if they are working on capital improvements or renovations, you have to amortize their labor costs as part of your capital investment, rather than as a current year expense.)</p> <p><strong>Related:</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/tax-assessed-value-224771/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">What is Tax Assessed Value, Tax Appraised Value, and Market Assessed Value?</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/updates-increase-your-home-value-218078/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Small Updates, Big Return: 5 Ways to Increase Your Home&#8217;s Value</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/renting-out-your-vacation-home-204821/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Want to Rent Your Vacation Home? Beware These Lender Rules</a></li> </ul> https://www.zillow.com/blog/tax-on-investment-properties-230671/feed/ 0 2019-07-11 17:56 +00:00 2019-07-12 05:56 +12:00 https://www.latimes.com/business/realestate/hot-property/la-fi-hotprop-lamar-hunt-sonoma-county-20190711-story.html https://www.latimes.com/business/realestate/hot-property/la-fi-hotprop-lamar-hunt-sonoma-county-20190711-story.html Wine country ranch of Kansas City Chiefs founder Lamar Hunt lists for $19.95 million <p>In Sonoma County, the 40-acre ranch of Pro Football Hall of Famer Lamar Hunt — the founder of the Kansas City Chiefs — has come to market at $19.95 million. </p> Thu, 11 Jul 2019 11:43:47 -0400 Jack Flemming <p>In Sonoma County, the 40-acre ranch of Pro Football Hall of Famer Lamar Hunt — the founder of the Kansas City Chiefs — has come to market at $19.95 million. </p> PR Photography 2019-07-11 11:43 -04:00 2019-07-12 03:43 +12:00 https://www.nytimes.com/slideshow/2019/07/11/realestate/on-the-market-in-new-york-city.html https://www.nytimes.com/slideshow/2019/07/11/realestate/on-the-market-in-new-york-city.html?emc=rss&partner=rss Greenwood Heights (Brooklyn, NY) Staten Island (NYC) Upper East Side (Manhattan, NY) Real Estate and Housing (Residential) On the Market in New York City This week’s properties are on the Upper East Side, In St. xx, Staten Island, and in Greenwood Heights, Brooklyn. Thu, 11 Jul 2019 15:37:12 Z Katherine Marks for The New York Times 2019-07-11 15:37 +00:00 2019-07-12 03:37 +12:00 https://www.nytimes.com/slideshow/2019/07/11/realestate/on-the-market-in-the-new-york-region.html https://www.nytimes.com/slideshow/2019/07/11/realestate/on-the-market-in-the-new-york-region.html?emc=rss&partner=rss Mamaroneck (NY) Redding (Conn) Real Estate and Housing (Residential) On the Market in the New York Region This week’s properties are five-bedroom homes in Redding, Conn., and Mamaroneck, N.Y. Thu, 11 Jul 2019 13:05:04 Z Brad Dickson for The New York Times 2019-07-11 13:05 +00:00 2019-07-12 01:05 +12:00 58af97f5440243fe3d552306:5906c0dfe4fcb573ba562253:5d2260b1e722c40001f64ece https://chemcare.co.nz/articles/identify-asbestos-before-renovation How to identify asbestos before renovation work Having a thorough knowledge of where asbestos might exist in the home or workplace can be a matter of life or death especially when renovations are being considered. Thu, 11 Jul 2019 04:00:00 Z Klaris Chua-Pineda <p class=""><strong>Anybody with a passing interest in building materials has some understanding of asbestos and its history of use in many different types of building materials.</strong></p><p class="">Today, however, asbestos is a “demon” to be progressively eradicated from any contact with humans. </p><p class="">It is now well documented as a potential killer.</p><p class="">Statistics offered last year by the <a href="https://www.acc.co.nz/">Accident Compensation Corporation</a> (ACC) to Chemcare, a nationally licensed asbestos removal company, indicated that claims for illnesses related to asbestos exposure amounted to about 350 per year between 2013 and 2018. Of these, new claims exceeded 100 annually.</p><p class="">Because asbestos-related illnesses take time to reveal themselves- sometimes years after the microscopic fibres have been inhaled- claims are expected to continue for some years.</p><p class="">Claims, however, are expected to start declining at some future point, given that regulations came into effect in 2000 which banned the use of any building materials containing asbestos.</p><p class="">However, Chemcare advises that from the company’s enquiries among the larger Councils of New Zealand, there remain millions of tonnes of asbestos building materials still to be removed.</p> <img data-image="https://images.squarespace-cdn.com/content/v1/58af97f5440243fe3d552306/1562655303165-XWFRTR5FQ6RXITEP7GVA/ke17ZwdGBToddI8pDm48kPoswlzjSVMM-SxOp7CV59BZw-zPPgdn4jUwVcJE1ZvWQUxwkmyExglNqGp0IvTJZamWLI2zvYWH8K3-s_4yszcp2ryTI0HqTOaaUohrI8PIeQMKeWYgwh6Mn73n2eZmZLHHpcPIxgL2SArp_rN2M_AKMshLAGzx4R3EDFOm1kBS/cladding-removal-00.jpg" data-image-dimensions="800x600" data-image-focal-point="0.5,0.5" alt="cladding-removal-00.jpg" src="https://images.squarespace-cdn.com/content/v1/58af97f5440243fe3d552306/1562655303165-XWFRTR5FQ6RXITEP7GVA/ke17ZwdGBToddI8pDm48kPoswlzjSVMM-SxOp7CV59BZw-zPPgdn4jUwVcJE1ZvWQUxwkmyExglNqGp0IvTJZamWLI2zvYWH8K3-s_4yszcp2ryTI0HqTOaaUohrI8PIeQMKeWYgwh6Mn73n2eZmZLHHpcPIxgL2SArp_rN2M_AKMshLAGzx4R3EDFOm1kBS/cladding-removal-00.jpg?format=1000w" /> <p class=""><strong>Many older buildings in New Zealand still have exterior cladding with asbestos. When undisturbed, the cladding can still safely serve the building. Care must be taken, however, when replacement with new cladding is planned.</strong></p> <h2>A sleeping, harmless demon</h2><p class="">In most buildings, asbestos is a “sleeping, harmless demon” and as long as it stays compacted into walls, roofing tiles and many other types of materials, people are safe from any potential exposure. Its removal can be planned over time and within an affordable budget plan.</p><p class="">Having a thorough knowledge of where asbestos might exist in the home or workplace can be a matter of life or death. Especially when renovations are being considered.</p><p class=""><a href="https://chemcare.co.nz/asbestos/removal">Chemcare’s contractual work</a> on all types of buildings and civil structures throughout New Zealand usually comprises the first stage of renovation work. In most cases, building owners have employed an asbestos testing service to survey the site of the renovations; asbestos will have been identified and it removal carefully and safely planned.</p><p class="">Licensed removal companies can also identify asbestos materials readily, but will usually require a licensed tester to also inspect the site. </p><h3>Government regulations allow for property owners to undertake a small amount of removal work themselves. The conditions for this option include:</h3><ul data-rte-list="default"><li><p class="">The asbestos materials to be removed are within a ten square metre area.</p></li><li><p class="">The asbestos within the material is “non-friable”- unlikely to become airborne.</p></li><li><p class="">The ten square metres includes the cumulative whole course of the removal; this means, for example, that a 100 square metre area of asbestos material cannot be removed at a rate of ten square metres a day over ten days. This becomes a service requiring a licenced remover (class B under the regulations).</p></li></ul> <img class="thumb-image" data-image="https://images.squarespace-cdn.com/content/v1/58af97f5440243fe3d552306/1562656872342-Y7GUAQ3WRYWBC0MUTPXV/ke17ZwdGBToddI8pDm48kHMKodX6ZDj95k9TWDhNF0xZw-zPPgdn4jUwVcJE1ZvWQUxwkmyExglNqGp0IvTJZUJFbgE-7XRK3dMEBRBhUpzL08kQZBE3imX0dPA1DzZFme5EeOgln9rWR0QaOYGJLMIfwPS64QE697J7enKhp3I/Soffit-removal-01.jpg" data-image-dimensions="576x900" data-image-focal-point="0.5,0.5" alt="Soffit-removal-01.jpg" data-load="false" data-image-id="5d244067fffdfb0001ce8691" data-type="image" src="https://images.squarespace-cdn.com/content/v1/58af97f5440243fe3d552306/1562656872342-Y7GUAQ3WRYWBC0MUTPXV/ke17ZwdGBToddI8pDm48kHMKodX6ZDj95k9TWDhNF0xZw-zPPgdn4jUwVcJE1ZvWQUxwkmyExglNqGp0IvTJZUJFbgE-7XRK3dMEBRBhUpzL08kQZBE3imX0dPA1DzZFme5EeOgln9rWR0QaOYGJLMIfwPS64QE697J7enKhp3I/Soffit-removal-01.jpg?format=1000w" /> <h2>Identifying asbestos in a building</h2><p class="">If a structure was built after the year 2000, it is probably free of asbestos materials and will not need any special precautions in any demolition required before renovations take place.</p><p class="">Older structures, however, can have asbestos in a range of locations. These images show common locations, from top to bottom of a structure as well interior and exterior.</p>&nbsp; <img class="thumb-image" data-image="https://images.squarespace-cdn.com/content/v1/58af97f5440243fe3d552306/1562652368026-FBQXRDY06HZ8Q13BLLC1/ke17ZwdGBToddI8pDm48kHM888A2cEOL-16x2Y7wW2UUqsxRUqqbr1mOJYKfIPR7LoDQ9mXPOjoJoqy81S2I8N_N4V1vUb5AoIIIbLZhVYxCRW4BPu10St3TBAUQYVKc4SyOWdtRwa1cJTKw8B0-vtPvuM1kELAijj7Lz6A3Vl4q_vViavB6Cs1l3hifcxs0/Asbestos-in-Houses-Large.jpg" data-image-dimensions="1200x700" data-image-focal-point="0.5,0.5" alt="Click for larger image" data-load="false" data-image-id="5d242ecf542fd400012b6472" data-type="image" src="https://images.squarespace-cdn.com/content/v1/58af97f5440243fe3d552306/1562652368026-FBQXRDY06HZ8Q13BLLC1/ke17ZwdGBToddI8pDm48kHM888A2cEOL-16x2Y7wW2UUqsxRUqqbr1mOJYKfIPR7LoDQ9mXPOjoJoqy81S2I8N_N4V1vUb5AoIIIbLZhVYxCRW4BPu10St3TBAUQYVKc4SyOWdtRwa1cJTKw8B0-vtPvuM1kELAijj7Lz6A3Vl4q_vViavB6Cs1l3hifcxs0/Asbestos-in-Houses-Large.jpg?format=1000w" /> <p class="">Click for larger image</p> <img class="thumb-image" data-image="https://images.squarespace-cdn.com/content/v1/58af97f5440243fe3d552306/1562652388257-EHC62BTTNCOYWEVRJLDY/ke17ZwdGBToddI8pDm48kHM888A2cEOL-16x2Y7wW2UUqsxRUqqbr1mOJYKfIPR7LoDQ9mXPOjoJoqy81S2I8N_N4V1vUb5AoIIIbLZhVYxCRW4BPu10St3TBAUQYVKc4SyOWdtRwa1cJTKw8B0-vtPvuM1kELAijj7Lz6A3Vl4q_vViavB6Cs1l3hifcxs0/Asbestos-Industry-Large.jpg" data-image-dimensions="1200x700" data-image-focal-point="0.5,0.5" alt="Click for larger image" data-load="false" data-image-id="5d242ee3542fd400012b6554" data-type="image" src="https://images.squarespace-cdn.com/content/v1/58af97f5440243fe3d552306/1562652388257-EHC62BTTNCOYWEVRJLDY/ke17ZwdGBToddI8pDm48kHM888A2cEOL-16x2Y7wW2UUqsxRUqqbr1mOJYKfIPR7LoDQ9mXPOjoJoqy81S2I8N_N4V1vUb5AoIIIbLZhVYxCRW4BPu10St3TBAUQYVKc4SyOWdtRwa1cJTKw8B0-vtPvuM1kELAijj7Lz6A3Vl4q_vViavB6Cs1l3hifcxs0/Asbestos-Industry-Large.jpg?format=1000w" /> <p class="">Click for larger image</p> &nbsp;<h3>Some of the more common, but not complete locations in older homes and buildings, include:</h3><ul data-rte-list="default"><li><p class="">Interior: old floor tiles, ceiling tiles or “sprayed” ceilings popular in the 1970s, roof shingles and flashing, wall lining, insulation around water heaters, boilers, ducts and plumbing pipes.</p></li><li><p class="">Exterior: Many older homes and buildings were clad in cement-based cladding usually known by a trading name, “fibrolite;” pipe cement and joint compounds as well as some underground pipes which appear to be cement-based; various types of older roof tiles.</p></li></ul> How to identify asbestos before renovation work 2019-07-11 04:00 +00:00 2019-07-11 16:00 +12:00 https://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=230664 https://www.zillow.com/blog/split-level-remodel-230664/ Home Improvement remodeling How to Modernize a Split-Level Home Breathe new life into a dated split-level with these tips - you have more options than you might think! Wed, 10 Jul 2019 22:20:08 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/split-level-remodel-230664/#respond Tim Layton <p>What's not to love about a split-level home? The interior spaces flow. And while the change in floor level creates a partial separation of spaces, they are visually connected from one level to the next. Split-levels are cool - on the inside.</p> <p>The outside is often another story. Split-level exteriors tend to be a bit bland. If you've seen one, you've seen them all. And that&#8217;s probably because so many of them were built during the 1970s. T1-11 siding (plywood sheets with vertical grooves spaced 8 inches apart) is common on the upper levels, and the upper floors tend to be cantilevered out over the structural walls below.</p> <p>Split-level homes can feel dated. But a few simple modifications can transform them, making  them one of the best fixer-upper options.</p> <p>Let's take a look at a few of the primary changes you might make to create a modern masterpiece from the average split-level home.</p> <h2>Split-level remodel: siding</h2> <p>Modern home styles are generally made up of two surface types. The predominant surface is generally smooth and clean. Stucco is the most common material used to achieve this look, and thankfully, it&#8217;s not very difficult to stucco over many existing exterior siding products, such as T1-11. Any split-level modernization project should look very closely at ways to make those exterior walls smooth.</p> <p>The second exterior wall surface, which can make a huge impact and is easily retrofitted, is a natural stone of some sort. Think of Frank Lloyd Wright's Fallingwater, and take note of the contrast between perfectly smooth wall surfaces and the texture of natural stone used intermittently throughout the design. A split-level home already has the structural breaks that make this kind of mix look perfect.</p> <h2>Split-level remodel: windows</h2> <p>Single-hung windows, which feature bottom panes that slide up to open the windows, are common in split-level homes from the &#8217;60s, &#8217;70s and &#8217;80s. And many of them are Colonial style, meaning that they feature grids that divide the window into 12 or more small "lites," rather than larger panes of glass.</p> <p>Replacing old windows with a more modern style can greatly modernize your home's look. Consider casement windows, which feature cranks and swing out to open up. Horizontal sliders can also provide a more modern look. Fixed glass is another very modern type of window, but it won't work for bedrooms that require an emergency escape and ventilation.</p> <h2>Split-level remodel: roof color and material</h2> <p>The roof is an oft-overlooked aspect of a home's exterior, which is surprising given the size of both the visible surface area of the roof and the investment required to have a new one installed. A roof is far more than a utilitarian way to keep precipitation out of the house - it's an important design element that can make or break an exterior remodel.</p> <p>Some roof colors simply won't work with a contemporary design - an old shingle roof usually looks anything but clean and smooth. Dark colors tend to work well with shingle roofs, and the potential to switch to a standing seam metal roof should also be considered.</p> <p>If you want to go full-on modern, consider hiding the roof completely. This may involve a major structural overhaul, but it's worth considering. Always consider even the most extreme ideas if you're planning to be in the home for a long time.</p> <h2>Split-level remodel: exterior lighting</h2> <p>A very simple way of updating the look of a traditional split-level is to add some bling to the design. Exterior accessories such as light fixtures and house numbers can make a huge difference. Modern home designs tend to focus on lighting details. A split-level home has a few great places to start.</p> <ul> <li><strong>The pathway to the front door: </strong>Often sloped to reach the middle level, this pathway could be an ideal place for some interesting lighting.</li> <li><strong>The overhang of the cantilevered second levels:</strong> These existing spaces are great for recessed lighting that illuminates the wall beneath, which you might want to cover in natural stone.</li> <li><strong>Either side of the front entry:</strong> If the home design includes a forward-facing front door or a recessed entryway, some nice modern fixtures on either side can accentuate the welcoming nature of the entry. Larger fixtures are often better here.</li> <li><strong>The garage:</strong> See below about garage doors and consider a translucent door with interior lighting or some wooden doors with accent lighting.</li> </ul> <h2>Split-level remodel: garage doors</h2> <p>If your split-level features garage doors that face the street, they may represent your easiest and best option for modernization. Garage doors are often taken for granted. The original spec was probably a steel door with very little curb appeal. Most of the time, they are downright ugly.</p> <p>But times have changed, and modern garage door designs can transform the look of the front of your home. Doors with glass-like, translucent flat panels are beautiful in daylight and at night, when interior light can turn them into giant night lights - all while obscuring the contents of your garage from neighbors.</p> <p>Another great garage door style on a modern home is a wood-look door. If done properly, this can tie in wonderfully with the natural stone sections of wall mentioned above.</p> <p>These are just a few ideas, and you can use them as a simple spark of design inspiration to get you going. Once you see the possibilities and start looking at the changes that can be made, you'll realize that a split-level may have more potential to look great in decades to come than almost any other old-school design out there.</p> <p><strong>Related:</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/10-things-must-do-buying-a-home-224314/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">10 Things You Need to Do When Buying A Home</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/live-in-home-before-renovating-64719/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">3 Reasons to Live in a New Home Before Renovating</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/building-backyard-fire-pit-219141/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">DIY Backyard Fire Pit: Build It in Just 7 Easy Steps</a></li> </ul> https://www.zillow.com/blog/split-level-remodel-230664/feed/ 0 2019-07-10 22:20 +00:00 2019-07-11 10:20 +12:00 www.stuff.co.nz/114121195 https://www.stuff.co.nz/business/property/114121195/flat-in-newmarket-or-house-in-pukekohe-experts-advice-to-auckland-first-home-buyers.html BRITTANY KEOGH Flat in Newmarket or house in Pukekohe? Experts' advice to Auckland first home buyers Property experts are divided over whether young people are better purchasing a central apartment or a house in the outer suburbs. Wed, 10 Jul 2019 20:24:07 Z 2019-07-10 20:24 +00:00 2019-07-11 08:24 +12:00 https://www.latimes.com/business/realestate/hot-property/la-fi-hotprop-jovan-vavic-college-admissions-scandal-home-sold-20190710-story.html https://www.latimes.com/business/realestate/hot-property/la-fi-hotprop-jovan-vavic-college-admissions-scandal-home-sold-20190710-story.html South Bay home of ex-USC water polo coach Jovan Vavic sells for $2.45 million <p>Former USC men's and women's water polo coach Jovan Vavic, who in March was fired by the school over his alleged role in the college admissions scandal, has sold his home in Ranchos Palos Verdes for $2.45 million. </p> Wed, 10 Jul 2019 16:11:04 -0400 Neal J. Leitereg <p>Former USC men's and women's water polo coach Jovan Vavic, who in March was fired by the school over his alleged role in the college admissions scandal, has sold his home in Ranchos Palos Verdes for $2.45 million. </p> Jovan Vavic, former USC water polo coach, departs federal court in Boston on Monday, March 25, 2019, after facing charges in a nationwide college admissions bribery scandal. (AP Photo/Steven Senne) Steven Senne / Associated Press 2019-07-10 16:11 -04:00 2019-07-11 08:11 +12:00 https://www.latimes.com/business/realestate/hot-property/la-fi-hotprop-mike-dirnt-piedmont-sale-20190710-story.html https://www.latimes.com/business/realestate/hot-property/la-fi-hotprop-mike-dirnt-piedmont-sale-20190710-story.html Green Day bassist Mike Dirnt deals Bay Area estate for $6.625 million <p>The hits keep on coming for Green Day's Mike Dirnt, who just unloaded his fourth home in three years. </p> Wed, 10 Jul 2019 13:52:55 -0400 Jack Flemming <p>The hits keep on coming for Green Day's Mike Dirnt, who just unloaded his fourth home in three years. </p> Realtor.com 2019-07-10 13:52 -04:00 2019-07-11 05:52 +12:00 https://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=230676 https://www.zillow.com/blog/how-to-insulate-ductwork-230676/ Home Improvement DIY home maintenance Sealing and Insulating Your Ductwork Who doesn't want to save money on utility bills? A good place to start is by insulating your ducts. Wed, 10 Jul 2019 17:38:09 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/how-to-insulate-ductwork-230676/#respond Karie Fay <p>Insulation isn't free, but as the old saying goes, sometimes you have to spend some to make some. When it comes to adding duct insulation, your monthly savings in utility bills will soon cover the costs, especially if you install the insulation yourself.</p> <h2>The problem with uninsulated ducts</h2> <p>You need insulation – even around your ducts – no matter where you live. Insulation isn't only about keeping heat in. It also keeps the heat out of the home (or duct).</p> <p>In the average home, around 20% to 30% of the heated or cooled air flowing through the ducts is lost to <a href="https://www.energystar.gov/index.cfm?c=home_improvement.hm_improvement_ducts" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener noreferrer">leaks and uninsulated surfaces</a>, according to the Department of Energy. The result is higher utility bills, wear and tear on the heating and cooling system, and difficulty maintaining the temperature inside your home. Additionally, uninsulated ducts can accumulate condensation, which eventually leads to rust. Once the ducts start rusting, you face having to install new ducts.</p> <h2>Evaluating your ducts</h2> <p>First, consider the duct location. The greater the temperature extreme between the air inside the duct and the air surrounding the ductwork, the greater your need for duct insulation.</p> <p>Unfortunately, so many houses - especially newer homes - end up with ductwork running through the attic. Unheated basements, crawl spaces under the home and even garages are also unconditioned (neither heated nor cooled) runs for ductwork.</p> <p>If, on the other hand, your ducts run across the ceiling of a heated basement or inside well-insulated walls and ceilings, your need for duct insulation is minimal. However, if the ducts have a lot of leaks, the air that makes it to your rooms will not be as warm or as cool as intended. So duct loss matters no matter what.</p> <p>Then there's the duct material itself. Most heating and cooling ducts are metal. These are the bulky, gray box-shaped ducts so common everywhere. Sometimes metal ducts are lined with duct liner, a 1-inch-thick fiberglass board that insulates the interior of the duct, rather than the exterior. Duct liner isn't generally a DIY installation, and if your ducts already have liner, you don't need to insulate the exterior.</p> <p>Duct board, much like the duct liner, is also a fiberglass product. Made from 1- to 2-inch-thick sheets of rigid glass fiber and coated with an aluminum laminate for a moisture/air barrier, duct board comes in sections that fit together like metal ducts. Duct board's advantage is that it is already insulated, eliminating the need for further work, as long as it is structurally sound.</p> <p>Another product, known as flex duct, is a round framework of wires coated with fiberglass and encased in either foil or plastic to resist moisture and air leakage. Although flexible ducts don't require further insulation, they are vulnerable to damage, especially punctures. Since they are generally used for short runs, when working on the remainder of your ductwork, check any flex ducts as well.</p> <h2>Types of duct insulation</h2> <p>Once you determine that your duct needs insulation, consider the type of insulation you want. To insulate the exterior, you have a choice between sleeve-style insulation and blanket wraps, which literally wrap around the ductwork.</p> <p>To install sleeves, you must either disassemble the ductwork and slide it on before reassembling the ducts or - as many homeowners find themselves doing - slit it and wrap it around like the blanket-style material. In the end, it's probably best to buy the blanket insulation.</p> <ul> <li><strong>Duct insulation sleeves: </strong>Come in pre-measured lengths. They may have an adhesive strip to make the installation a little easier. Common sleeve materials include foam, bubble wrap and fiberglass, all typically featuring a foil-like outer surface to provide air and moisture resistance. To fit your ducts, simply cut the sleeve to length with a sharp pair of scissors. Like any other insulation, use additional layers to provide better insulation power.</li> </ul> <ul> <li><strong>Foil-backed self-adhesive foam</strong> <strong>duct insulation:</strong> Installs easily and wraps around irregular ductwork areas well. Most brands come in rolls a foot in width and several feet long. While fairly thin, it works well to dampen sound and can be combined with other forms to increase the insulation rating. Best of all, you eliminate the fiberglass in that area of your home. However, never apply just any foam to your ductwork - only formulas designed for the application. Many foam products are highly flammable and toxic when burning.</li> </ul> <ul> <li><strong>Fiberglass and cotton duct insulation:</strong> This type typically includes an aluminum foil backing to repel moisture invasion or air leaks. Available in a variety of thicknesses, rolls are usually a foot wide and several feet long. It's often a cheaper form of insulation, though the end value relies on installing it properly. Fiberglass and cotton are easily cut to size.</li> </ul> <ul> <li><strong>Foil-backed bubble wrap:</strong> May not deliver the insulation power and vapor barrier performance you expect if you opt for a cheaper brand. Another drawback is that as a reflective insulation, you must provide an air gap between the duct and insulation itself. Special spacers are purchased to ensure this gap. Alternatively, you can cut squares of the insulation and line the length of the duct with these squares, tape or glue them in place, then install the insulation. Use enough to ensure the length of outer insulation doesn't touch the duct anywhere. This is quite a hassle, so think carefully before choosing this duct insulation style.</li> </ul> <p>As new and innovative products arise continually, these are by no means the only types of duct insulation available, nor will they remain the main types. When evaluating any type of duct insulation, make note of the installation method, the drawbacks and the advantages, as well as the insulation power, known as the R-value. Talk to others about what works for them and shop around before choosing any insulation for any part of your home.</p> <h2>Considering your insulation R-value</h2> <p>More important than the type of insulation (provided it is installed properly) is the R-value of the insulation you use. R-value is the measure of the ability of the insulation to prevent heat from either penetrating or escaping the object insulated. The higher the R-value (literally meaning resistance value), the better the insulation works. However, there is a ceiling on the effective R-value because, at a certain level, the cost of the material becomes greater than any additional savings.</p> <p>Before selecting your duct insulation, determine the optimum R-value for your region. In general, the colder your climate, the higher the R-value you will need. Even then, different areas of the home may require greater or lesser insulating power. As a rule of thumb, expect to install a minimum of R-5 material. To be precise, consult the Department of Energy's <a href="https://www.energystar.gov/ia/home_improvement/home_sealing/DuctInsulationFS_2005.pdf" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener noreferrer">Duct Insulation R-value Chart</a>.</p> <p>When selecting your duct insulation, use the R-value you require to determine what product - or combination of products - you need. Use more than one layer if a single layer won't give you the value you desire.</p> <h2>Testing and sealing: the critical first steps</h2> <p>Well-meaning homeowners commonly make a couple mistakes when insulating their ducts. First, some don't realize that you can't use paper-backed fiberglass insulation. Perhaps the most commonly used insulation for joists and walls, the fiberglass itself is fine, but it doesn't take much to get the paper hot enough to burn. Never use anything not specifically intended for use with HVAC ductwork.</p> <p>The second mistake is even more common: DIYers often do not understand that they must seal the ducts first. Failing to perform this basic step will undermine your insulating efforts. No matter how well you install the insulation or how high the R-value, even with the moisture/air barrier attached to the exterior of the insulation, it won't prevent air and temperature loss if your ducts aren't structurally sound.</p> <p>Some ducts, depending on the material and the location, are more vulnerable than others when it comes to air loss, but any duct has the potential to leak. With age, house settling, rust from moisture, animal intrusion and a variety of other hazards, your ducts may obtain anything from pinholes to gaping voids, loose and leaking connections between pieces, or even potentially missing ducts. Your joists or wall studs may actually form the "duct" run if a portion of your HVAC ductwork is missing - or the air may simply pour out to the exterior.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter wp-image-230680" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/GettyImages-466593213-17e5f5.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="534" /></p> <p>To ensure you aren't wasting your time, money and insulation, have a duct leak test conducted before sealing the ducts. A professional duct leak test identifies leaks inside your home's ducts. Generally called a duct blower door test, the technician seals the air intake and outlet registers before blowing air through the system. With the aid of specialized tools, the technician can determine the amount of air leaking from your ductwork and where it's occurring. Common problem areas include around the registers and vents, where they enter the room they service, and at each duct joint (connection).</p> <p>Having your ducts tested adds to your expense, of course, with most professional inspections running $100 to $200. Only a professional has the equipment and knowledge required, so it's really not a DIY-friendly task. Still, spending the money will end up paying off in the end.</p> <p>Also, local building codes are gradually beginning to require that new houses have a whole-house and duct blower door test performed. How does this apply to you? At any point that you make any upgrade involving your ducts that requires a building permit, you will have to follow the current code. It's also a good selling point if you ever put your house on the market.</p> <p>To find a professional to perform the work, try your local utility company, HVAC service company or specialized testing companies. The Department of Energy provides excellent tips on <a href="http://energy.gov/energysaver/professional-home-energy-audits" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener noreferrer">choosing your technician</a>. Also look for energy efficiency credits that may be available through the utility company or the state or federal government for testing and insulating your ducts. This may offset your costs significantly.</p> <h2>Sealing and insulating: getting down to work</h2> <p>Some duct testing companies will seal the ducts for you, eliminating leaks and holes, as either part of the service or for an additional fee. Do what you're comfortable with - if you feel confident about doing the sealing yourself, it will be messy.</p> <p>If you decide to proceed without testing your ducts, perform a thorough examination, looking for any rust, holes, severely damaged pieces, loose connections or missing portions, starting at the furnace and air unit and working back to the very last register in the home. Mark problem areas with a marker or chalk. After the inspection, seal your ducts, keeping a few tips in mind:</p> <ul> <li>Start with clean, dry ducts. You don't have to wash them, but wiping them with a damp cloth or whisking them with a broom and making sure the surface is dry will help the sealant-to-duct bond.</li> </ul> <ul> <li>Select your desired sealant, or use a combination of products as appropriate. Mastic is the most common sealant, but specially formulated duct sealant, in cans or caulk tubes, is also available. Silicone caulk will work in small areas.</li> </ul> <ul> <li>Choose a tape to use with the sealant when necessary. Special foil tapes work well, or select a mastic tape. Never use duct tape - it will not stick for long. In general, only use the tape by itself when you have no other choice. Any tape tends to degrade or peel away with age, while mastic hardens to a stiff, durable surface. When the tape is used with the mastic, however, it works very well.</li> </ul> <ul> <li>Spread duct mastic or sealant across the duct seams, joints and very small holes. Follow the product instructions for precise application instructions.</li> </ul> <ul> <li>Apply mastic in a layer about as thick as a nickel. An even, generous layer helps ensure your duct will never leak again. Use a stiff-bristled paintbrush or your fingers to spread the sealant. Wear rubber gloves to limit skin contact.</li> </ul> <ul> <li>Wear old clothes during application. Mastic and other products may not wash out.</li> </ul> <ul> <li>Tape cracks or holes larger than 1/8-inch diameter with the tape selected. Cover with the mastic to create a durable duct patch.</li> </ul> <ul> <li>Seal all the duct joints, holes and connections near the furnace. Seal the duct-to-register connection as well. Wherever there's a joint or intrusion, use sealant. Keep in mind that it is better to over-seal than to have a remaining leak.</li> </ul> <ul> <li>Work from the furnace or air unit back to the last (farthest) register in the home. This allows you to prioritize your sealing efforts, ensuring the most important areas are covered. Holes, leaks and gaps closer to the HVAC unit encounter higher air pressure than those farther away, so your greatest savings and increase in efficiency will come from sealing well at and near the unit. Leaks also tend to be common close to the blower fan and where the ductwork emerges from the furnace.</li> </ul> <p>After the sealant is dry, the final step is insulating the ducts. The process is simple if you use a wrap-style insulation product. Before beginning, read the product instructions and follow wherever they deviate from general duct insulation guidelines:</p> <ul> <li>Measure and cut your duct insulation a little large to allow overlap at every seam, both lengthwise and on the ends.</li> </ul> <ul> <li>Wrap the insulation around the duct, allowing the beginning edge to ride up slightly over the previous piece.</li> </ul> <ul> <li>Ensure the material is turned the proper way; the vapor barrier should face out, and the fiberglass or other material should be against the duct.</li> </ul> <ul> <li>First staple, if possible, then tape each seam, both lengthwise and between pieces. When overlapped 2 to 3 inches and secured with tape, each joint should be very secure and leak-free. Use a pressure-sensitive vapor retarder tape designed for ductwork.</li> </ul> <ul> <li>Tape any punctures in the insulation's vapor barrier to prevent leaks.</li> </ul> <ul> <li>Avoid compressing the insulation. Most insulation relies upon the air space between its fibers to deliver the R-value promised. When insulation is squeezed, flattened or compressed, its R-value drops tremendously. Some compression is unavoidable, such as around bends.</li> </ul> <p>Once your ducts are sealed and insulated, you can have a technician retest your ductwork if you desire. Some companies may offer the "after" test for free. Following these guidelines and installing everything properly guarantees that your second test will blow the first away - pun intended - but better yet, your utility bills will show the difference.</p> https://www.zillow.com/blog/how-to-insulate-ductwork-230676/feed/ 0 2019-07-10 17:38 +00:00 2019-07-11 05:38 +12:00 https://www.latimes.com/business/realestate/hot-property/la-fi-hotprop-austin-rivers-nba-pacific-palisades-house-sold-20190710-story.html https://www.latimes.com/business/realestate/hot-property/la-fi-hotprop-austin-rivers-nba-pacific-palisades-house-sold-20190710-story.html Former Clipper Austin Rivers unloads his home court in Pacific Palisades <p>It's been a busy summer for Austin Rivers. The former L.A. </p> Wed, 10 Jul 2019 12:47:36 -0400 Neal J. Leitereg <p>It's been a busy summer for Austin Rivers. The former L.A. </p> Washington Wizards' Austin Rivers drives to the basket in the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Cleveland Cavaliers, Saturday, Dec. 8, 2018, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak) Tony Dejak / AP 2019-07-10 12:47 -04:00 2019-07-11 04:47 +12:00 https://www.latimes.com/business/realestate/hot-property/la-fi-hotprop-eric-stough-south-park-westchester-20190710-story.html https://www.latimes.com/business/realestate/hot-property/la-fi-hotprop-eric-stough-south-park-westchester-20190710-story.html 'South Park' producer Eric Stough swaps spots in Westchester <p>Eric Stough probably didn't even need a truck for his recent move in Westchester. </p> Wed, 10 Jul 2019 11:37:56 -0400 Jack Flemming <p>Eric Stough probably didn't even need a truck for his recent move in Westchester. </p> Realtor.com 2019-07-10 11:37 -04:00 2019-07-11 03:37 +12:00 https://www.nytimes.com/2019/07/10/realestate/350000-homes-in-idaho-tennessee-and-minnesota.html https://www.nytimes.com/2019/07/10/realestate/350000-homes-in-idaho-tennessee-and-minnesota.html?emc=rss&partner=rss Real Estate and Housing (Residential) Boise (Idaho) Nashville (Tenn) Minnesota $350,000 Homes in Idaho, Tennessee and Minnesota A midcentury-modern home in Boise, an 1860 farmhouse outside Nashville and 1901 home in Morris. Wed, 10 Jul 2019 13:01:29 Z Julie Lasky 2019-07-10 13:01 +00:00 2019-07-11 01:01 +12:00 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7231861/1970s-timewarp-home-Anglesey-sale-350-000.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7231861/1970s-timewarp-home-Anglesey-sale-350-000.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 1970s timewarp home on Anglesey up for sale for £350,000 This is the timewarp three-bed bungalow which has fixtures and fittings that chould have been seen in a 1970s sit com. The house on the Isle of Anglesey, north Wales, is on sale for £350,000. Wed, 10 Jul 2019 11:25:47 Z MEDIA WALES 2019-07-10 11:25 +00:00 2019-07-10 23:25 +12:00 https://www.landlords.co.nz/article/976515174/comment-loss-ring-fencing-ups-war-on-renters-owners?utm_source=LL&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=COMMENT%3A+Loss+ring-fencing+ups+war+on+renters+%26+owners+ https://www.landlords.co.nz/article/976515174/comment-loss-ring-fencing-ups-war-on-renters-owners?utm_source=LL&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=COMMENT%3A+Loss+ring-fencing+ups+war+on+renters+%26+owners+ COMMENT: Loss ring-fencing ups war on renters & owners <p>New rules around the ring-fencing of rental property losses came into force late in June and Stop the War on Tenancies spokesman Mike Butler believes they&rsquo;ll have a negative impact on the rental market...</p> Wed, 10 Jul 2019 10:07:00 +1200 2019-07-10 10:07 +12:00 2019-07-10 10:07 +12:00 https://www.latimes.com/business/realestate/hot-property/la-fi-hotprop-chris-kaman-carpinteria-cottage-20190709-story.html https://www.latimes.com/business/realestate/hot-property/la-fi-hotprop-chris-kaman-carpinteria-cottage-20190709-story.html Former L.A. Clipper Chris Kaman sends Carpinteria cottage back to market <p>Former NBA big man Chris Kaman, who spent eight seasons with the Clippers, is pulling out all the stops to sell his oceanfront cottage in Carpinteria. </p> Tue, 09 Jul 2019 13:06:59 -0400 Jack Flemming <p>Former NBA big man Chris Kaman, who spent eight seasons with the Clippers, is pulling out all the stops to sell his oceanfront cottage in Carpinteria. </p> LOS ANGELES, CALIF. – MARCH 25, 2011: Chris Kaman of the Clippers is ejected after drawing double technical foul late in the 4th quarter of Lakers–Clippers at Staples Center on March 25, 2011. (Gary Friedman/Los Angeles Times) Gary Friedman / Los Angeles Times 2019-07-09 13:06 -04:00 2019-07-10 05:06 +12:00 https://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=224314 https://www.zillow.com/blog/10-things-must-do-buying-a-home-224314/ Tips & Advice Down payments home buying Mortgages Personal Finance pre-approval 10 Things You Need to Do When Buying A Home Everything you need to know about buying a home - on one index card. Tue, 09 Jul 2019 13:52:18 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/10-things-must-do-buying-a-home-224314/#comments Harold Pollack <p>A home is often the biggest financial investment you'll make in your lifetime. In fact, <a href="https://www.zillow.com/report/2017/homeowners/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">a recent Zillow analysis</a> reports that the typical American homeowner has 40% of their wealth tied up in their home.</p> <p>Several years ago, I wrote <a href="https://www.npr.org/sections/alltechconsidered/2016/01/08/462250239/when-an-index-card-of-financial-tips-isnt-enough-this-book-is-there" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener noreferrer">a complete guide to financial planning</a> on one index card, which <a href="https://www.forbes.com/sites/zackfriedman/2017/03/09/9-money-rules-index-card/#183b35d2c098" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener noreferrer">went viral</a> and later became a book: "<a href="https://www.amazon.com/Index-Card-Personal-Finance-Complicated/dp/0143130528/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener noreferrer">The Index Card: Why Personal Finance Doesn't Have to Be Complicated</a>" (co-written with Helaine Olen).</p> <p>Now, following up on my original index card, I've written a guide on buying a house. Below is the housing index card - a handy resource to print and take with you as you look at houses or think about buying one - plus some additional advice as you contemplate making the big decision.</p> <figure id="attachment_224315" aria-describedby="caption-attachment-224315" style="width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/card-25c05b.jpg" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer"><img class="wp-image-224315" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/card-25c05b.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="534" /></a><figcaption id="caption-attachment-224315" class="wp-caption-text">Photo by Harold Pollack.</figcaption></figure> <h2>1. Buy for the long run</h2> <p>A home is a significant investment, not to mention a linchpin of stability. According to the <a href="https://www.zillow.com/report/2017/sellers/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Zillow Group Consumer Housing Trends Report 2017</a>, the majority of Americans who sold their homes last year had lived in their home for at least a decade before selling.</p> <p>Some are even staying for the long haul. Almost half (46%) of all homeowners are like me - living in the first home we ever purchased. In short: Buy a home you want to live in for at least five years - one equipped (or ready to be equipped) with the features and space you need, both now and in the future.</p> <h2>2. Buy to improve your life, not speculate with money</h2> <p>Your home is more than a financial investment; it's where you sleep, eat, host friends, raise your children - it's where your life happens.</p> <p>The housing market is too unpredictable to buy a (primary) home purely because you think it will net a big short-term financial return. You will most likely be living in this home for several years, regardless of how it appreciates, so your first priority should be finding a home that will meet your needs and help you build the life you want.</p> <h2>3. Focus on what's important to you</h2> <p>Today's housing market is short on inventory, with <a href="https://www.zillow.com/research/rent-growth-catches-up-to-income-17716/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">10% fewer homes</a> on the market in November 2017 than November 2016.</p> <p>So, focus on finding a home you can afford that meets your needs - but don't get distracted by shiny features that might break your budget. Nice-to-have features often drive up the price tag for things you don't particularly value once the initial enjoyment wears off.</p> <p>Make a list of your basic needs, both for your desired home and for your desired neighborhood. Stick to finding a home that meets these needs, without buying extra stuff that adds up.</p> <h2>4. Set a budget and stick to it</h2> <p>It's important to set a budget early - ideally before you even start looking at homes. In today's market, especially in the more competitive markets, it's incredibly easy to go over budget - <a href="https://www.zillow.com/report/2017/buyers/home-buyers-purchase/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">29%</a> of buyers who purchased last year did.</p> <p>The most common culprit? Location. Zillow's data indicates that urban buyers are significantly more likely to go over budget (42%) than suburban (25%) or rural (20%) buyers.</p> <p>There's nothing inherently wrong with that. Local schools matter, and psychologists tell us that a short commute improves your life. But be realistic about your local market and about yourself. Know what you're willing to compromise on - be it less square footage, home repairs or a different neighborhood.</p> <h2>5. Aim for a 20% down payment</h2> <p>If you can afford it, a 20% down payment is ideal for three reasons:</p> <ul> <li>Buyers who don't put a full 20% down pay a premium, most commonly in the form of <a href="https://www.zillow.com/mortgage-learning/private-mortgage-insurance/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">private mortgage insurance (PMI)</a>. This is less financially punishing than it used to be, given today's low mortgage rates. A monthly mortgage payment (with PMI) may be lower than a monthly rental payment in many markets - but still.</li> <li>Buyers who put more down upfront typically make fewer offers and buy faster than those who put less down. <a href="https://www.zillow.com/research/buyers-lower-payments-make-offers-17009/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Zillow research</a> found that buyers with higher down payments make 1.9 offers on average, compared to 2.4 offers for buyers with lower down payments (after controlling for market conditions).</li> <li>A higher down payment reduces your financial risk. You don't want to owe more money than your house is worth if local markets dip when you need to sell.</li> </ul> <h2>6. Keep a six-month strategic reserve</h2> <p>While a down payment is a significant expense, it's also important to build up a strategic reserve and keep it separate from your normal bank account.</p> <p>This reserve should cover six months of living expenses in case you get sick, face an unexpected expense or lose your job. A strategic reserve will not only save you from financial hardship in an emergency but also provide peace of mind.</p> <p>When we accumulated a strategic reserve, my wife and I finally felt ready to build for our future. Without it, we were living from paycheck to paycheck, anxiously managing our cash flow rather than saving or budgeting.</p> <h2>7. Get pre-approved, and stick with a fixed-rate mortgage</h2> <p>The pre-approval process requires organizing all your paperwork; documenting your income, debt and credit; and understanding all the loan options available to you. It's a bit of a pain, but it saves time later. <a href="https://www.zillow.com/pre-approval/#/pre-approval" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Getting pre-approved</a> also shows sellers that you're a reliable buyer with a strong financial footing. Most importantly, it helps you understand what you can afford.</p> <p>There are a variety of <a href="https://www.zillow.com/mortgage-learning/purchasing-your-new-home/mortgage-types/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">mortgage types</a>, and it's important to evaluate all of them to see which is best for your family and financial situation. Those boring 30- and 15-year mortgages offer big advantages.</p> <p>The biggest is locking in your mortgage rate. In short: A 30-year fixed mortgage has a specific fixed rate of interest that doesn't change for 30 years. A 15-year fixed mortgage does the same.</p> <p>These typically have lower rates but higher monthly payments, since you must pay it off in half the time. Conventional fixed-rate mortgages help you manage your household budgeting because you know precisely how much you'll be paying every month for many years. They're simple to understand, and current rates are low.</p> <p>One final advantage is that they don't tempt you with a low initial payment to buy more house than you can afford.</p> <h2>8. Comparison shop to get the best mortgage</h2> <p>Though a home is the biggest purchase many of us will ever make, most home buyers don't <a href="https://www.zillow.com/mortgage-rates/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">shop around for a mortgage</a> (<a href="https://www.zillow.com/report/2017/buyers/money-financing/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">52%</a> consider only a single lender).</p> <p>I certainly didn't. This did save me some annoying calls and hassle, but it cost me $40 or $50 every month, for years. The difference of half a percentage point in your mortgage rate can add up to thousands of dollars over the lifetime of the loan. It's important to evaluate all the available options to make sure you're going with the lender who meets your needs - not just the first one you contact.</p> <p>The three most important factors are that the lender offers a loan program that caters to their specific needs (76%), has the most competitive rates (74%) and has a history of closing on time (63%).</p> <h2>9. Spend no more than a third of your after-tax income</h2> <p>It's better to regret spending too little on your home than spending too much. One-third of your after-tax income is a manageable amount. This isn't always possible if you live in a place like San Francisco or New York, but it's still a good yardstick for where to be.</p> <h2>10. Be willing to walk away</h2> <p>Buying a home is a time-consuming, stressful but ultimately rewarding endeavor - if you end up closing on a home that meets your needs. But it's important to manage your expectations in case you don't immediately find a home you can afford with the features you need.</p> <p>Always be prepared to walk away if the sellers don't accept your offer, the home doesn't pass a rigorous inspection or the timing isn't right. Hold fast to your list of must-haves, stick to what you can afford and don't overreach or settle.</p> <p>It's no tragedy to miss out on any particular house. Remember that you're playing the long game. You want to be happy 10 years from now.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Related:</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/mortgage-learning/first-time-homebuyer-mistakes/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">6 First-Time Homebuyer Mistakes to Avoid</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/mortgage-learning/20-percent-down-payment/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Why Is 20% Ideal for a Down Payment?</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/resolutions-can-help-buy-home-2018-224008/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">5 New Year&#8217;s Resolutions That Can Help You Buy a Home in 2018</a></li> </ul> <p><em>Originally published January 2018.</em></p> https://www.zillow.com/blog/10-things-must-do-buying-a-home-224314/feed/ 9 2019-07-09 13:52 +00:00 2019-07-10 01:52 +12:00 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-7227765/Craig-David-lists-famous-Miami-party-penthouse-cool-5-75-million-returns-UK.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-7227765/Craig-David-lists-famous-Miami-party-penthouse-cool-5-75-million-returns-UK.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 Craig David lists his famous Miami party penthouse for a cool $5.75 million as he returns to the UK Craig David, 38, is now 'walking away' from his Miami penthouse by putting it on the market for a staggering $5.75 million after claiming his time there distracted him from making music. Tue, 09 Jul 2019 12:48:34 Z None 2019-07-09 12:48 +00:00 2019-07-10 00:48 +12:00 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-7226011/Family-spent-40K-renovating-1-house-amazed-discover-worth-125K.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-7226011/Family-spent-40K-renovating-1-house-amazed-discover-worth-125K.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 Family who spent £40K renovating a £1 house are amazed to discover it's now worth £125K Mel and Rob Hilton-Phillip, from Liverpool, who featured in Channel 4's The £1 Houses: Britain's Cheapest Street, were amazed to learn their home is now worth £125,000. Tue, 09 Jul 2019 08:47:27 Z None 2019-07-09 08:47 +00:00 2019-07-09 20:47 +12:00 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-7224047/Would-swap-one-bed-flat-London-four-bed-converted-water-tower-Devon.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-7224047/Would-swap-one-bed-flat-London-four-bed-converted-water-tower-Devon.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 Would you swap a one-bed flat in London for a four-bed converted water tower in Devon? The four-bedroom family home in Devon is a converted water tower with a price tag of £450,000 - the same as a typical one-bedroom flat in London. Tue, 09 Jul 2019 08:16:16 Z None 2019-07-09 08:16 +00:00 2019-07-09 20:16 +12:00 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7226655/Labour-announces-radical-plans-end-leasehold-ownership-homes-save-average-buyer-8-000.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7226655/Labour-announces-radical-plans-end-leasehold-ownership-homes-save-average-buyer-8-000.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 Labour announces radical plans to end leasehold ownership of homes to save the average buyer £8,000 Labour has announced plans to make it far easier and cheaper for people to buy the freehold of their homes in the UK. At least 4.3million homes across England are owned on a leasehold basis currently. Tue, 09 Jul 2019 00:15:39 Z PA 2019-07-09 00:15 +00:00 2019-07-09 12:15 +12:00 www.stuff.co.nz/113634495 https://www.stuff.co.nz/life-style/homed/113634495/layer-upon-layer-of-luxury.html Stuff Layer upon layer of luxury Luxuriate in maximalism with beautiful objects in an abundance of opulent textures and colours. Mon, 08 Jul 2019 23:49:16 Z 2019-07-08 23:49 +00:00 2019-07-09 11:49 +12:00 https://www.latimes.com/business/realestate/hot-property/la-fi-hotprop-aric-christopher-venice-20190708-story.html https://www.latimes.com/business/realestate/hot-property/la-fi-hotprop-aric-christopher-venice-20190708-story.html DJ Aric Christopher parts with his amped-up Venice getaway <p>DJ and music producer Aric Christopher has sold his contemporary home in Venice for $2.85 million. </p> Mon, 08 Jul 2019 11:30:01 -0400 Lauren Beale <p>DJ and music producer Aric Christopher has sold his contemporary home in Venice for $2.85 million. </p> Marc Angeles / Unlimited Style Real Estate Photography 2019-07-08 11:30 -04:00 2019-07-09 03:30 +12:00 https://www.latimes.com/business/realestate/hot-property/la-fi-hotprop-jason-winer-20190708-story.html https://www.latimes.com/business/realestate/hot-property/la-fi-hotprop-jason-winer-20190708-story.html Director-producer Jason Winer sells his singular Hancock Park classic <p>"Single Parents" executive producer Jason Winer has sold his Hancock Park home for $4.3 million. </p> Mon, 08 Jul 2019 09:00:02 -0400 Lauren Beale <p>"Single Parents" executive producer Jason Winer has sold his Hancock Park home for $4.3 million. </p> Realtor.com 2019-07-08 09:00 -04:00 2019-07-09 01:00 +12:00 https://www.theguardian.com/money/2019/jul/08/my-wife-is-buying-her-own-property-is-she-liable-for-stamp-duty https://www.theguardian.com/money/2019/jul/08/my-wife-is-buying-her-own-property-is-she-liable-for-stamp-duty Stamp duty Property Tax Money UK news My wife is buying her own property. Is she liable for stamp duty? <p>She has never owned a property before, but I did once before we were married</p><p><strong>Q</strong> My wife is buying a property with her own money and has never owned property before. However, I bought and sold a property 20 years ago which she never lived in. I have two quotes from conveyancing firms. One gives my wife the benefit of no stamp duty for first-time buyers but the other doesn’t. This is because they interpret the rules differently. As far as I can tell she should not be penalised due to the fact that she is married. Who is right?<br><strong>RE</strong></p><p><strong>A</strong> You are classed as a first-time buyer for the purposes of relief from stamp duty land tax (SDLT) – in England and Northern Ireland - if you are an individual who has never owned a residential property in the UK or anywhere else in the world. In addition, to qualify for the relief, you must be intending to live in the property as your main residence and it must not cost more than £500,000 (with the relief being limited to the first £300,000).</p> <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/money/2019/jul/08/my-wife-is-buying-her-own-property-is-she-liable-for-stamp-duty">Continue reading...</a> Mon, 08 Jul 2019 06:00:17 Z Photograph: Graeme Robertson/The Guardian Photograph: Graeme Robertson/The Guardian Virginia Wallis 2019-07-08T06:00:17Z 2019-07-08 06:00 +00:00 2019-07-08 18:00 +12:00 https://www.nzherald.co.nz/mortgages/news/article.cfm?c_id=516&objectid=12246521&ref=rss newsfeeds@nzherald.co.nz Northland senior citizen's retirement savings misused Vernon Ruwhiu promised to manage 65-year-old Takangaroa Moanaroa's retirement savings for her benefit.Instead, he took her savings and used them for his family's benefit after establishing a family trust - but not on terms agreed... Mon, 08 Jul 2019 09:00:00 +1200 2019-07-08 09:00 +12:00 2019-07-08 09:00 +12:00 http://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/jul/07/toronto-housing-owner-occupied-canada-affordability https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/jul/07/toronto-housing-owner-occupied-canada-affordability Canada Housing House prices Housing market Nearly 40% of Toronto condos not owner-occupied, new figures reveal <ul><li>Statistics Canada data suggests investors drive housing market</li><li>Fears of spreading Vancouver-style affordability crisis</li></ul><p>More than a third of Toronto’s condominiums are owned by people who don’t live in them, according to new government figures which suggest that more cities across Canada could be facing a growing struggle with <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/jun/17/canada-housing-prices-vancouver-asia-justin-trudeau">housing affordability</a>.</p><p>Figures released this week by <a href="https://www150.statcan.gc.ca/n1/daily-quotidien/190611/dq190611a-eng.htm">Statistics Canada</a> show that 37.9% of Toronto condos are not owner-occupied, meaning they are either vacant, rented or used as a second property.</p><p> <span>Related: </span><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/mar/08/vancouver-declares-5-of-homes-empty-and-liable-for-new-tax">Vancouver declares 5% of homes empty and liable for new tax</a> </p><p>This article was amended on 8 July 2019. An earlier version said that 39.7% of Toronto condos are not owner-occupied</p> <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/jul/07/toronto-housing-owner-occupied-canada-affordability">Continue reading...</a> Sun, 07 Jul 2019 11:00:50 Z Photograph: Hyungwon Kang/Reuters Photograph: Hyungwon Kang/Reuters Tracey Lindeman in Ottawa 2019-07-07T11:00:50Z 2019-07-07 11:00 +00:00 2019-07-07 23:00 +12:00 https://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=230712 https://www.zillow.com/blog/bleaching-hardwood-floors-230712/ Home Improvement DIY remodeling How to Bleach Hardwood Floors Whether you need to remove a stain or refresh the space, bleaching hardwood can get you results. Sat, 06 Jul 2019 23:56:20 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/bleaching-hardwood-floors-230712/#respond Karie Fay <p>Bleaching hardwood floors is a chemical process to lighten the color of the wood. Sometimes your hardwood floors become discolored with age or accidental stains. Occasionally, homeowners choose to lighten their floors in preparation for special finishes, such as antiquing or pickling.</p> <p>Learn how to bleach your hardwood floors, including what type of bleach to use, to get the job done correctly.</p> <h2>Types of wood bleach</h2> <p>There are three types of bleach you can use on wood: chlorine bleach, "two-part" (peroxide) bleaches and oxalic acid. Not all bleaches are interchangeable. The best bleach for your floor depends on the source of color you seek to remove. The challenge, then, is to know what made the stain and which bleach is appropriate.</p> <ul> <li><strong>Chlorine bleach</strong>: Just like in the laundry room, chlorine bleach will remove dyes and many organic stains such as tea, blood, berry-based juices and other foods. Using household bleach is the mildest form and may take several treatments to prove effective. For a stronger chlorine-based bleach treatment, choose swimming pool chlorine (calcium hypochlorite). Purchase swimming pool chlorine at a local superstore or swimming pool supply.</li> <li><strong>Two-part bleaches</strong>: While chlorine bleach combats many inks, dyes and organic stains, it doesn't significantly alter the wood color. A two-part bleach is the only choice for altering wood color. Some stains that do not respond to either oxalic or chlorine bleaches will disappear when treated with two-part bleaches. Look for this type of bleach at your local hardware or home improvement store.</li> <li><strong>Oxalic acid</strong>: Nothing combats iron and rust stains like oxalic acid. It also removes water stains (which arise due to the iron content of water) and some black inks that are iron-based, although it's not effective against carbon-based India ink. Even pet urine stains may respond to oxalic acid. You can purchase oxalic acid in a crystal form at pharmacies and hardware or home improvement stores, as well as other sources. Use pure oxalic acid for best results.</li> </ul> <p>Occasionally, you may find reference to other bleaching solutions. Chlorinated lime bleaching, for instance, is often used for walnut in particular. Permanganate of potash, on the other hand, creates a bleach that leaves a residual purple tint. Both of these chemicals are readily available online and from local stores or pharmacies. Simply dissolve the chemicals in water, creating a strong solution. Paint on, wait for the solution to work, and neutralize as you would with any other bleach.</p> <h2>Bleach application and safety guidelines</h2> <p>Before applying any bleaching agent to your hardwood floors, consider the size of the area you wish to bleach and the condition of your floor, along with the nature of the bleach itself. Any bleach will deteriorate the wood slightly. The chemically weakened wood fibers are more susceptible to wear and tear from foot traffic. For this reason, many professionals discourage bleaching wood floors.</p> <p>Bleaching stains isn't as destructive as bleaching the entire floor to remove wood color, since it involves a limited area. It's also much easier: You must remove the finish - either with a stripper or by sanding - before applying wood bleach.</p> <p>When spot-bleaching your hardwood floor, you may be able to remove the finish only in the affected area, bleach and neutralize the treatment, then refinish the surface and blend it in with the surrounding floor - provided you have matching finish products.</p> <p>For extensive stains, or if you're unable to match the finish, you may choose to strip the entire floor before bleaching.</p> <p>Here are some other application and safety tips to consider:</p> <ul> <li>Some stains and marks lend character to the floor. Think before using bleach as a stain remover: Is the stain bad enough that you want to subject your floor to bleach?</li> </ul> <ul> <li>Is there an out-of-the-way area where you can test the bleach's effect on your hardwood floor? If you wish to bleach your entire floor, try it first on a spare board.</li> </ul> <ul> <li>Consider sanding to remove the existing finish. Sanding the wood has one particular advantage: It allows you to possibly sand away the stain, if it isn't very deep, instead of applying harsh bleaching agents.</li> </ul> <ul> <li>Redwood, cedar, cherry and rosewood don't bleach well. Some of the more exotic woods, such as mahogany, are prized for their color and aren't considered suitable for bleaching. Avoid bleaching white oak as well. It has a tendency to discolor when bleached and may leave you dissatisfied with the appearance.</li> </ul> <ul> <li>Use the least amount of bleach possible, whether bleaching the wood or treating a stain. Some woods react poorly to over-bleaching. Walnut, for instance, will attain a green haze.</li> </ul> <ul> <li>When using a commercial bleaching product, follow the product manufacturer's instructions carefully for safety and best results.</li> </ul> <ul> <li>Always wear safety glasses and rubber gloves when working with bleaching products. Any bleach is extremely caustic and may burn your skin, blind your eyes or damage your lungs. Use with extreme caution.</li> </ul> <ul> <li>Ventilate your workspace. Keep windows open, fans running, and pets and children away from the area.</li> </ul> <ul> <li>Wear a dust mask or respirator when sanding bleached wood or working with dry bleach chemicals.</li> </ul> <ul> <li>Pour a bit of the neutralizer (see information below) suited to your bleach in a small bowl or bucket. Place it near your work area and use immediately if you notice you have spilled or splattered bleach on yourself.</li> </ul> <ul> <li>Don't cross-contaminate brushes, rags and other applicators. Wash immediately or dispose of properly after use.</li> </ul> <ul> <li>Wash your hands and arms after working with bleach and before doing anything else.</li> </ul> <h2>How to strip, bleach and neutralize your floor</h2> <p>If you're lucky, you know exactly what made the stain and which bleach to use as a result. In some cases, finding the right bleach is more a process of elimination.</p> <p>Start with chlorine bleach and progress to oxalic acid if necessary. If your wood is finished, you'll have to strip your wood and then neutralize the bleach.</p> <p>Here's how to strip, bleach and neutralize your hardwood floor:</p> <ul> <li>Remove the existing finish, using the appropriate product: Lacquer thinner dissolves lacquer finishes (commonly used on modern wood floors), while denatured alcohol removes shellac. A commercial paint-and-varnish remover will work on most other finishes. Either brush on the product or lay a thick layer of paper towels or rags across the area and pour on enough product to saturate the cloths. Wait for the finish to dissolve the wipe away as it softens. Use a plastic spatula or wood scraper as necessary, taking care to avoid gouging the wood.</li> </ul> <ul> <li>Follow with sandpaper to lightly smooth the surface and remove any remaining finish. Start with 80-grit sandpaper and end with 120-grit.</li> </ul> <ul> <li>Mix a solution of washing soda - sometimes called sal soda - with hot water in a small bucket. Follow the ratio recommended in the product instructions (purchase washing soda in the laundry aisle of your big box store). Wash over the stripped wood with the solution to remove stripping chemicals and other contaminants. Air-dry before bleaching.</li> </ul> <ul> <li>Prepare the bleach of your choice. For chlorine bleach, use either a full-strength or half-and-half solution of laundry bleach mixed with hot water (or swimming pool bleach dissolved in hot water), until the solution is completely saturated. To mix oxalic acid, start with about 8 ounces of oxalic acid crystals dissolved in 2 quarts of hot water. Continue adding until the solution is saturated and won't accept more crystals. For two-part bleaches, follow the product instructions, mixing parts A and B as necessary.</li> </ul> <ul> <li>Use a synthetic-bristled brush to apply the bleach. Avoid natural bristles, which may dissolve, or metal materials, which will create a chemical reaction with the bleach. Spread a consistent layer of bleach across the wood. Place a paper towel over top to keep it from drying too fast in warm conditions. Wait 20 to 30 minutes, or as instructed by the two-part bleach product, before testing the wood color. When the color matches your expectations, blot up any remaining bleach.</li> </ul> <ul> <li>Flush the area with distilled water to rinse away excess bleach. Using distilled water prevents water stains caused by the iron in regular water. Prevent the rinse water from invading the surrounding finished floor surface.</li> </ul> <ul> <li>Neutralize the bleached area to stop the bleaching action. For chlorine or two-part bleaches, use a blend of half hot water and half white vinegar. Oxalic acid requires a mixture of 2 tablespoons of baking soda dissolved per quart of hot water.</li> </ul> <ul> <li>Allow the wood to air-dry at least 24 hours. Follow with another sanding, using 120-grit sandpaper to smooth the wood fibers, which are rough after bleaching. Alternatively, coat the wood with a light coat of lacquer and sand through that instead. The lacquer stiffens the wood and helps the sanding.</li> </ul> <ul> <li>Refinish the bleached spot - or the entire floor - as desired.</li> </ul> <p>In some cases, the stain or color may not lift. Feel free to try successive bleach treatments, but at some point you may need to settle for what you achieve. Consider alternatives to bleaching when the results are less than what you prefer.</p> <p><strong>Related:</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/split-level-remodel-230664/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">How to Modernize a Split-Level Home</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/over-improving-228853/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Are You Overimproving for Your Neighborhood?</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/quiz-renovate-home-or-sell-225199/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Quiz: Should You Renovate Your Home or Sell?</a></li> </ul> https://www.zillow.com/blog/bleaching-hardwood-floors-230712/feed/ 0 2019-07-06 23:56 +00:00 2019-07-07 11:56 +12:00 https://www.latimes.com/business/realestate/hot-property/la-fi-hp-hotprop-20190706-story.html https://www.latimes.com/business/realestate/hot-property/la-fi-hp-hotprop-20190706-story.html Hot Property: Rocker Pete Wentz readies to cut a tie in Encino <p>Half a decade is plenty for Pete Wentz, who has put his Encino home of five years on the market for $2.395 million. </p> Sat, 06 Jul 2019 09:00:01 -0400 Neal J. Leitereg <p>Half a decade is plenty for Pete Wentz, who has put his Encino home of five years on the market for $2.395 million. </p> Pete Wentz of Fall Out Boy is seeking $2.395 million for his five-bedroom home in the Amestoy Estates neighborhood of Encino.   Alexis Adams / 2019-07-06 09:00 -04:00 2019-07-07 01:00 +12:00 https://www.latimes.com/business/realestate/hot-property/la-fi-hp-hotprop-pictures-20190706-photogallery.html https://www.latimes.com/business/realestate/hot-property/la-fi-hp-hotprop-pictures-20190706-photogallery.html Photos:: Hot Property | Rocker Pete Wentz readies to cut a tie in Encino Sat, 06 Jul 2019 08:55:00 -0400 Pete Wentz of Fall Out Boy is seeking $2.395 million for his five-bedroom home in the Amestoy Estates neighborhood of Encino.   Alexis Adams / 2019-07-06 08:55 -04:00 2019-07-07 00:55 +12:00 https://www.latimes.com/business/realestate/hot-property/la-fi-hp-my-favorite-room-paul-greene-20190706-story.html https://www.latimes.com/business/realestate/hot-property/la-fi-hp-my-favorite-room-paul-greene-20190706-story.html My Favorite Room: Paul Greene lets well-traveled pieces tell the story <p>Paul Greene had a heartfelt objective when designing the interior of his Culver City-adjacent home — every piece in it should be meaningful, have a story and have lived elsewhere before landing in his place. </p> Sat, 06 Jul 2019 08:30:01 -0400 <p>Paul Greene had a heartfelt objective when designing the interior of his Culver City-adjacent home — every piece in it should be meaningful, have a story and have lived elsewhere before landing in his place. </p> Actor and musician Paul Greene in the living room, his favorite room of the Culver City-adjacent home he shares with his fiancée, entrepreneur and actress Kate Austin, and his teenage son, Oliver. Jesse Goddard / For The TImes 2019-07-06 08:30 -04:00 2019-07-07 00:30 +12:00 https://www.latimes.com/business/realestate/hot-property/la-fi-hp-my-favorite-room-paul-greene-pictures-20190706-photogallery.html https://www.latimes.com/business/realestate/hot-property/la-fi-hp-my-favorite-room-paul-greene-pictures-20190706-photogallery.html Photos:: My Favorite Room | Actor and musician Paul Greene Sat, 06 Jul 2019 08:25:00 -0400 Actor and musician Paul Greene in the living room, his favorite room of the Culver City-adjacent home he shares with his fiancée, entrepreneur and actress Kate Austin, and his teenage son, Oliver. Jesse Goddard / For The TImes 2019-07-06 08:25 -04:00 2019-07-07 00:25 +12:00 https://www.latimes.com/business/realestate/hot-property/la-fi-hp-home-20190706-story.html https://www.latimes.com/business/realestate/hot-property/la-fi-hp-home-20190706-story.html Home of the Week: In Brentwood, a curvaceous hillside compound <p>Sweeping across an acre in Brentwood, this ultra-modern compound catches the eye and doesn't let go. </p> Sat, 06 Jul 2019 08:00:01 -0400 Jack Flemming <p>Sweeping across an acre in Brentwood, this ultra-modern compound catches the eye and doesn't let go. </p> On a Brentwood hillside, this ultra-modern compound presents stylish living spaces and high-end amenities within a wavy exterior. Asking price: $42 million. Marc Angeles / Unlimited Style Photography 2019-07-06 08:00 -04:00 2019-07-07 00:00 +12:00 https://www.latimes.com/business/realestate/hot-property/la-fi-hp-home-pictures-20190706-photogallery.html https://www.latimes.com/business/realestate/hot-property/la-fi-hp-home-pictures-20190706-photogallery.html Photos:: Home of the Week | In Brentwood, a curvaceous hillside compound Sat, 06 Jul 2019 07:55:00 -0400 On a Brentwood hillside, this ultra-modern compound presents stylish living spaces and high-end amenities within a wavy exterior. Asking price: $42 million. Marc Angeles / Unlimited Style Photography 2019-07-06 07:55 -04:00 2019-07-06 23:55 +12:00 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-7217059/Living-cricket-ground-real-match-winner-comes-making-friends.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-7217059/Living-cricket-ground-real-match-winner-comes-making-friends.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 Living next to a cricket ground is a real match winner when it comes to making friends The Cricket World Cup is under way, with grudge matches such as India against Pakistan drawing a billion viewers worldwide, then comes the Ashes when England play their fiercest rivals, Australia. Sat, 06 Jul 2019 08:44:39 Z None 2019-07-06 08:44 +00:00 2019-07-06 20:44 +12:00 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-7217145/Youll-hooked-Lakeside-holiday-homes-offer-fishing-wild-swimming-tranquil-lifestyle.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-7217145/Youll-hooked-Lakeside-holiday-homes-offer-fishing-wild-swimming-tranquil-lifestyle.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 You'll be hooked! Lakeside holiday homes offer fishing, wild swimming and a tranquil lifestyle   Holiday home parks around Britain's lakes and rivers have become a treasured preserve among retired anglers seeking a peaceful alternative to the crowded beach. Sat, 06 Jul 2019 08:44:33 Z None 2019-07-06 08:44 +00:00 2019-07-06 20:44 +12:00 https://www.latimes.com/business/realestate/hot-property/la-fi-hotprop-newsletter-20190706-story.html https://www.latimes.com/business/realestate/hot-property/la-fi-hotprop-newsletter-20190706-story.html Hot Property Newsletter: La crème de la crème <p>Some weeks reveal megamillion home sales and listings that are impressive even in Southern California — not to mention entire the United States and the rest of the world. </p> Sat, 06 Jul 2019 03:05:01 -0400 <p>Some weeks reveal megamillion home sales and listings that are impressive even in Southern California — not to mention entire the United States and the rest of the world. </p> Formal gardens and professional landscaping create a verdant backdrop for multiple patios and an outdoor dining pavilion. There's also a swimming pool, a spa and a cabana. Jim Bartsch 2019-07-06 03:05 -04:00 2019-07-06 19:05 +12:00 www.stuff.co.nz/113818906 https://www.stuff.co.nz/life-style/homed/decor/113818906/lilac-is-the-new-millennial-pink.html BRIDIE CHETWIN-KELLY Lilac is the new millennial pink It's time to move on from millennial pink to its subtle purple cousin, lilac. Fri, 05 Jul 2019 17:00:00 Z 2019-07-05 17:00 +00:00 2019-07-06 05:00 +12:00 https://www.theguardian.com/money/2019/jul/05/lets-move-to-thurso-dunnet-bay-caithness https://www.theguardian.com/money/2019/jul/05/lets-move-to-thurso-dunnet-bay-caithness Property Homes Money Life and style Let’s move to Thurso and Dunnet Bay, Caithness: life at the edge of the map <p>The ferocious seas and wide skies conjure up that falling-off-the-world feeling</p><p><strong>What’s going for it? </strong>Nobody would think to look for me in Thurso. Well they would now. (Or is that my double bluff?) Passing through the town, once, on the way to Lybster, as you do, the thought occurred to me that this would be an excellent place to disappear to, were I on the <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/tv-and-radio/2019/mar/27/killing-eve-season-two-episode-one-review-recap-sandra-oh" title="">run from </a><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/tv-and-radio/2019/mar/27/killing-eve-season-two-episode-one-review-recap-sandra-oh" title="">Villanelle</a>, or when the going got rough, or the end of the world beckoned (or all three). For here is the end of our particular world, the most northerly town – and, with Dunnet Head, the most northerly point – in mainland Britain. The ferocious seas and wide skies conjure up that falling-off-the-edge-of-the-map feeling, which always seems to accompany places that really <em>are</em> at the edge of the map (though which is probably psychosomatic). Here, the wild mountains and crofting villages a little to the west of Britain’s northern coast give on to gentler rolling hills of bog, gorse, heather and Neolithic cairns, which end abruptly in sheer cliffs inhabited by gazillions of seabirds. Humans are outnumbered here and, faced with that and the falling-off-the-edge-of-the-map feeling, one can’t help but get a little existential, staring out at the waves and the Orkney Islands and contemplating Brexit, Trump, the climate crisis and the state of the universe. What’s it all about, eh? Surrounded by the surfers and soft white sand of Dunnet Bay, it’s a fine place in which to hunker down awaiting Armageddon.</p><p><strong>The case against</strong> A long way away, obvs, unless you’re from Kirkwall. It appears the memo has gone round Thurso: any colour so long as it’s grey. Come on... get out the Dulux and paint the town red, or turquoise, or lemon yellow.</p> <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/money/2019/jul/05/lets-move-to-thurso-dunnet-bay-caithness">Continue reading...</a> Fri, 05 Jul 2019 15:30:00 Z Photograph: jbdodane/Alamy Stock Photo Photograph: jbdodane/Alamy Stock Photo Tom Dyckhoff 2019-07-05T15:30:00Z 2019-07-05 15:30 +00:00 2019-07-06 03:30 +12:00 https://www.latimes.com/business/realestate/hot-property/la-fi-hotprop-helio-castroneves-fort-lauderdale-20190613-story.html https://www.latimes.com/business/realestate/hot-property/la-fi-hotprop-helio-castroneves-fort-lauderdale-20190613-story.html Race car driver Hélio Castroneves eyes a speedy sale in Fort Lauderdale <p>Three-time Indy 500 winner Hélio Castroneves is gearing up to sell his waterfront home in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. </p> Fri, 05 Jul 2019 11:00:03 -0400 Jack Flemming <p>Three-time Indy 500 winner Hélio Castroneves is gearing up to sell his waterfront home in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. </p> Helio Castroneves, of Brazil, sits in his car before the start of the final practice session for the Indianapolis 500 IndyCar auto race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Friday, May 24, 2019, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/R Brent Smith) R. Brent Smith / Associated Press 2019-07-05 11:00 -04:00 2019-07-06 03:00 +12:00 https://www.latimes.com/business/realestate/hot-property/la-fi-hp-the-pitch-santa-monica-21st-place-pictures-photogallery.html https://www.latimes.com/business/realestate/hot-property/la-fi-hp-the-pitch-santa-monica-21st-place-pictures-photogallery.html Photos:: The Pitch | Would you choose space or style in Santa Monica? <p>21st Place residence, Santa Monica</p> Fri, 05 Jul 2019 08:25:00 -0400 <p>21st Place residence, Santa Monica</p> Built in 1988, this two-story home features character details such as arched doorways, corner fireplaces, Saltillo tile and a fountain-fed swimming pool out back.     Joel Danto 2019-07-05 08:25 -04:00 2019-07-06 00:25 +12:00 https://www.latimes.com/business/realestate/hot-property/la-fi-hp-the-pitch-santa-monica-18th-street-pictures-photogallery.html https://www.latimes.com/business/realestate/hot-property/la-fi-hp-the-pitch-santa-monica-18th-street-pictures-photogallery.html Photos:: The Pitch | Would you choose space or style in Santa Monica? <p>18th Street residence</p> Fri, 05 Jul 2019 08:25:00 -0400 <p>18th Street residence</p> On a palm tree-lined street in the exclusive Gillette's Regent Square tract, this picture-perfect traditional home with lush yards boasts an approximately 8,952-square-foot lot.     Adam Lantham 2019-07-05 08:25 -04:00 2019-07-06 00:25 +12:00 https://www.latimes.com/business/realestate/hot-property/la-fi-hp-thermal-club-motorsports-homes-20190705-story.html https://www.latimes.com/business/realestate/hot-property/la-fi-hp-thermal-club-motorsports-homes-20190705-story.html In Thermal, a motorsports community offers life in the fast lane <p>In Southern California real estate, $5 million gets you onto the beach. </p> Fri, 05 Jul 2019 08:00:05 -0400 Jack Flemming <p>In Southern California real estate, $5 million gets you onto the beach. </p> Located in the Coachella Valley, the 426-acre Thermal Club development includes 268 home sites, four racetracks and a staff of racing professionals.  Thermal Club 2019-07-05 08:00 -04:00 2019-07-06 00:00 +12:00 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-7216681/Is-5k-copper-tub-like-Meghan-Harrys-money-drain.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-7216681/Is-5k-copper-tub-like-Meghan-Harrys-money-drain.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 Is a £5k copper tub like Meghan and Harry's money down the drain? The top-of-the-range William Holland freestanding copper tub apparently took 120 man hours to make - but is it actually impractical and uncomfortable? Fri, 05 Jul 2019 11:59:14 Z None 2019-07-05 11:59 +00:00 2019-07-05 23:59 +12:00 https://www.latimes.com/business/realestate/hot-property/la-fi-hp-thermal-club-motorsports-homes-pictures-20190705-photogallery.html https://www.latimes.com/business/realestate/hot-property/la-fi-hp-thermal-club-motorsports-homes-pictures-20190705-photogallery.html Photos:: Hot Property | In Thermal, a motorsports community offers life in the fast lane Fri, 05 Jul 2019 07:55:00 -0400 Located in the Coachella Valley, the 426-acre Thermal Club development includes 268 home sites, four racetracks and a staff of racing professionals.  Thermal Club 2019-07-05 07:55 -04:00 2019-07-05 23:55 +12:00 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-7209627/Dick-Angel-revisit-home-transformation-Escape-Chateau-Living-Dream.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-7209627/Dick-Angel-revisit-home-transformation-Escape-Chateau-Living-Dream.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 Dick and Angel revisit their home transformation in Escape to the Chateau: Living the Dream Dick and Angel reflect on their biggest renovation projects in three special episodes - beginning on Channel 4 this Sunday at 8pm - called Escape to the Chateau: Living the Dream. Fri, 05 Jul 2019 08:06:04 Z None 2019-07-05 08:06 +00:00 2019-07-05 20:06 +12:00 https://www.theguardian.com/money/gallery/2019/jul/05/living-in-a-stone-house-in-pictures https://www.theguardian.com/money/gallery/2019/jul/05/living-in-a-stone-house-in-pictures Property Mortgages Money UK news Living in a stone house – in pictures <p>From Pembrokeshire to Yorkshire, here is a selection of rock-solid houses for sale</p> <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/money/gallery/2019/jul/05/living-in-a-stone-house-in-pictures">Continue reading...</a> Fri, 05 Jul 2019 06:00:55 Z Photograph: Fine & Country Photograph: Fine & Country Jill Papworth 2019-07-05T06:00:55Z 2019-07-05 06:00 +00:00 2019-07-05 18:00 +12:00 www.stuff.co.nz/113680934 https://www.stuff.co.nz/life-style/homed/garden/113680934/how-to-grow-sorrel.html SHERYN DEAN / NZ GARDENER How to grow sorrel Sorrel grows unattended and will add zesty, lemony bite to your meals. Fri, 05 Jul 2019 04:30:00 Z 2019-07-05 04:30 +00:00 2019-07-05 16:30 +12:00 www.stuff.co.nz/114038717 https://www.stuff.co.nz/life-style/home-property/nz-gardener/competitions/114038717/win-1-of-5-basil-seed-packs-from-yates.html Stuff Win 1 OF 5 basil seed packs from Yates Go beyond the basics and plan something new for early spring planting. Fri, 05 Jul 2019 04:26:03 Z 2019-07-05 04:26 +00:00 2019-07-05 16:26 +12:00 www.stuff.co.nz/113750492 https://www.stuff.co.nz/life-style/homed/garden/113750492/what-to-do-in-the-garden-this-weekend.html MARY LOVELL-SMITH / HOMED What to do in the garden this weekend When and how to prune roses and pipfruit. Fri, 05 Jul 2019 03:00:00 Z 2019-07-05 03:00 +00:00 2019-07-05 15:00 +12:00 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-7204197/Grand-Designs-Art-Deco-house-sale-1-6m-Zoopla.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-7204197/Grand-Designs-Art-Deco-house-sale-1-6m-Zoopla.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 Grand Designs Art Deco house is for sale for £1.6m on Zoopla The distinctive five-bedroom house in Surrey's Godalming is on the market for £1.6m, having cost a quarter of that amount to build in 2006. It featured on Grand Designs the following year. Thu, 04 Jul 2019 17:19:45 Z None 2019-07-04 17:19 +00:00 2019-07-05 05:19 +12:00 https://www.latimes.com/business/realestate/hot-property/la-fi-hotprop-bruce-allen-redskins-virginia-20190621-story.html https://www.latimes.com/business/realestate/hot-property/la-fi-hotprop-bruce-allen-redskins-virginia-20190621-story.html Redskins President Bruce Allen brings his home turf to market in Virginia <p>Washington Redskins President Bruce Allen is bound and determined to sell his Virginia mansion. </p> Thu, 04 Jul 2019 13:00:01 -0400 Jack Flemming <p>Washington Redskins President Bruce Allen is bound and determined to sell his Virginia mansion. </p> Realtor.com 2019-07-04 13:00 -04:00 2019-07-05 05:00 +12:00 https://www.latimes.com/business/realestate/hot-property/la-fi-hotprop-derek-davies-los-feliz-20190626-story.html https://www.latimes.com/business/realestate/hot-property/la-fi-hotprop-derek-davies-los-feliz-20190626-story.html Neon Gold Records founder Derek Davies lists music studio home in Los Feliz <p>Derek Davies is tuning into the Los Feliz real estate market. </p> Thu, 04 Jul 2019 11:00:01 -0400 Jack Flemming <p>Derek Davies is tuning into the Los Feliz real estate market. </p> Alex Zarour 2019-07-04 11:00 -04:00 2019-07-05 03:00 +12:00 https://www.latimes.com/business/realestate/hot-property/la-fi-hp-what-money-buys-20190704-story.html https://www.latimes.com/business/realestate/hot-property/la-fi-hp-what-money-buys-20190704-story.html What $750,000 buys right now in three San Diego County communities <p>Here's a look at what roughly $750,000 buys right now in the cities of El Cajon and Escondido and the community of Fallbrook in San Diego County. </p> Thu, 04 Jul 2019 08:00:03 -0400 Jack Flemming <p>Here's a look at what roughly $750,000 buys right now in the cities of El Cajon and Escondido and the community of Fallbrook in San Diego County. </p> 1988 Longs Hill Road, El Cajon Realtor.com 2019-07-04 08:00 -04:00 2019-07-05 00:00 +12:00 58af97f5440243fe3d552306:5906c0dfe4fcb573ba562253:5d1a914cd185c300016eb36f https://chemcare.co.nz/articles/protecting-the-elderly-from-asbestos How we can protect the elderly from asbestos Find answers on how we can keep the elderly protected from exposure to asbestos. Thu, 04 Jul 2019 03:00:00 Z Klaris Chua-Pineda <p class="">New Zealand’s age demographics are changing as people live longer and birth rates decline. Our country is not alone in now recording more grandparents than grandchildren<strong>. </strong>New Zealand’s population is approaching 5 million, with 1.5 million aged over 50. By 2030 there will be two million in this age group.</p><p class="">While increasing numbers of our population are living to see 100 candles on their birthday cakes, our society needs to prepare for the care of people who will have a wider range of special needs in daily care. </p><p class="">Retirement villages, rest homes and specially designed apartments are the leaders in this trend to meet the needs of increasing numbers of New Zealand’s elderly.</p> <img data-image="https://images.squarespace-cdn.com/content/v1/58af97f5440243fe3d552306/1562118616577-95TYPOKBN43T2VU73JH4/ke17ZwdGBToddI8pDm48kChFtl5EkdQykgvACRh3Pu4UqsxRUqqbr1mOJYKfIPR7LoDQ9mXPOjoJoqy81S2I8N_N4V1vUb5AoIIIbLZhVYxCRW4BPu10St3TBAUQYVKcKVIZ05sTY1cUJfpPrm2gWUtO7-4vYwz63rq69i5P7jBcOlb710wI_-1dQsm7Lv8o/Retirement-village.jpg" data-image-dimensions="1100x733" data-image-focal-point="0.5,0.5" alt="Retirement-village.jpg" src="https://images.squarespace-cdn.com/content/v1/58af97f5440243fe3d552306/1562118616577-95TYPOKBN43T2VU73JH4/ke17ZwdGBToddI8pDm48kChFtl5EkdQykgvACRh3Pu4UqsxRUqqbr1mOJYKfIPR7LoDQ9mXPOjoJoqy81S2I8N_N4V1vUb5AoIIIbLZhVYxCRW4BPu10St3TBAUQYVKcKVIZ05sTY1cUJfpPrm2gWUtO7-4vYwz63rq69i5P7jBcOlb710wI_-1dQsm7Lv8o/Retirement-village.jpg?format=1000w" /> <p class="">Retirement communities and rest homes built after the year 2000 should be free of building materials containing asbestos. Communities built before that date are required to have their own long term asbestos management plans in place to protect all people on site.</p> <h2><strong>Asbestos regulations currently in place</strong></h2><p class="">Since 2000, these special facilities have been constructed with materials free of building materials containing asbestos. </p><p class="">This was the year that regulations came into effect which eliminated the manufacture or importing of any construction materials containing asbestos fibres.</p><p class="">After more than a century of the geological fibrous rock being exploited for its strength, insulation efficiency and fire resistance, Governments World-wide are now regulating its elimination from human contact.</p><p class="">This follows increasing understanding of its fatal influence on humans.</p><p class="">Buildings in New Zealand,&nbsp;built before 2000, and older homes owned or rented by over 65’s are still likely to have materials containing asbestos fibres.</p><p class=""><a href="https://chemcare.co.nz/asbestos/removal">Chemcare</a>, a company licensed to remove asbestos materials confirms that much of its removal work is carried out in homes owned by people of retirement age and older. </p><p class="">As people age, the most common pattern is for kitchens and bathrooms to be altered to keep older people safer. Handrails, walk-in showers and the replacement of steps by ramps are among the usual alterations.</p><p class="">Before these can be completed, any materials containing asbestos need to be identified and removed under safety regulations. There is often a need to have a home to be vacated for the removal work to be carried out.</p><p class="">Bathrooms&nbsp; in older homes can have asbestos fibres in plumbing insulation, interior wall claddings, floor coverings and other spots. <a href="https://worksafe.govt.nz/topic-and-industry/asbestos/management-and-removal-of-asbestos/">WorkSafe New Zealand’s website</a> offers guidelines on where to look for asbestos. Employment of an asbestos testing service is often advisable.</p><h2><strong>The dangers for the elderly</strong></h2><p class="">Asbestos continues to be the number one workplace killer in New Zealand, with an estimated 170 people dying from the delayed effects of inhaling the fibres.</p><p class="">Among the fatalities are usually people in professions such as building, plumbing, electrical and fire-firefighting. Their work has exposed them to asbestos fibres which have become airborne in their work locations.</p><p class="">But occasional domestic accidents can also occur, usually when occupants of properties are unaware that they have been exposed to asbestos.</p><p class="">The fibres are so minute that they do not cause a natural cough response. The fibres lodge themselves in lung tissue and over time, causing one of a range of carcinogenic conditions which are nearly always fatal.</p> <img class="thumb-image" data-image="https://images.squarespace-cdn.com/content/v1/58af97f5440243fe3d552306/1562122952427-W6W6ZNMZJDLS3L0B19R3/ke17ZwdGBToddI8pDm48kPoswlzjSVMM-SxOp7CV59BZw-zPPgdn4jUwVcJE1ZvWQUxwkmyExglNqGp0IvTJZamWLI2zvYWH8K3-s_4yszcp2ryTI0HqTOaaUohrI8PIeQMKeWYgwh6Mn73n2eZmZLHHpcPIxgL2SArp_rN2M_AKMshLAGzx4R3EDFOm1kBS/elderly-health.jpg" data-image-dimensions="800x600" data-image-focal-point="0.5,0.5" alt="elderly-health.jpg" data-load="false" data-image-id="5d1c1ac7375a2000012057d1" data-type="image" src="https://images.squarespace-cdn.com/content/v1/58af97f5440243fe3d552306/1562122952427-W6W6ZNMZJDLS3L0B19R3/ke17ZwdGBToddI8pDm48kPoswlzjSVMM-SxOp7CV59BZw-zPPgdn4jUwVcJE1ZvWQUxwkmyExglNqGp0IvTJZamWLI2zvYWH8K3-s_4yszcp2ryTI0HqTOaaUohrI8PIeQMKeWYgwh6Mn73n2eZmZLHHpcPIxgL2SArp_rN2M_AKMshLAGzx4R3EDFOm1kBS/elderly-health.jpg?format=1000w" /> <h3>Elderly people can be exposed in situations such as:</h3><ul data-rte-list="default"><li><p class="">When undertaking home handyman renovations, drilling, hammering or sawing materials which may contain asbestos. This type of work <a href="https://chemcare.co.nz/articles/friable-asbestos-in-the-home">creates “friable” fibres</a>, dry and floating in the air, leaving the handyman prone to inhaling them.</p></li><li><p class="">If accidentally slipping or falling and damaging walls or flooring (floor tiles) which might release fibres in the moment of the accident.&nbsp;</p></li><li><p class="">When younger families with the best of intentions, undertake work for elderly relatives without identifying any potential asbestos materials.&nbsp;</p></li></ul><h2><strong>Who among our elderly is safe from asbestos?</strong></h2><p class="">Perhaps the statistically safest elderly New Zealanders are those who are residents of managed retirement villages and rest homes.</p><p class="">Managers of these older complexes, built before 2000, are required (from April 2018), to have a long term asbestos management plan in place. Such a plan allows the asbestos materials to be progressively replaced over future years.&nbsp;</p><p class="">These plans recognise that as long as asbestos building materials remain well maintained and undisturbed, the lethal fibres cannot harm anybody. </p><p class="">Each plan will also ideally have an educational component for all staff serving elderly in the community, as well as service trades as they visit each community to carry out maintenance.</p> <img class="thumb-image" data-image="https://images.squarespace-cdn.com/content/v1/58af97f5440243fe3d552306/1562122248909-4X4B0GR5AHYL7R3VJX7E/ke17ZwdGBToddI8pDm48kLPXCNBcBy9OPU2Q02PArdJZw-zPPgdn4jUwVcJE1ZvWQUxwkmyExglNqGp0IvTJZamWLI2zvYWH8K3-s_4yszcp2ryTI0HqTOaaUohrI8PIBqklLWxcDcbefRu-4Bew43KNHzJp6vgQXpZBKDdwuXcKMshLAGzx4R3EDFOm1kBS/Residents.jpg" data-image-dimensions="783x800" data-image-focal-point="0.5,0.5" alt="Residents.jpg" data-load="false" data-image-id="5d1c1808cd79fe00013779ff" data-type="image" src="https://images.squarespace-cdn.com/content/v1/58af97f5440243fe3d552306/1562122248909-4X4B0GR5AHYL7R3VJX7E/ke17ZwdGBToddI8pDm48kLPXCNBcBy9OPU2Q02PArdJZw-zPPgdn4jUwVcJE1ZvWQUxwkmyExglNqGp0IvTJZamWLI2zvYWH8K3-s_4yszcp2ryTI0HqTOaaUohrI8PIBqklLWxcDcbefRu-4Bew43KNHzJp6vgQXpZBKDdwuXcKMshLAGzx4R3EDFOm1kBS/Residents.jpg?format=1000w" /> How we can protect the elderly from asbestos 2019-07-04 03:00 +00:00 2019-07-04 15:00 +12:00 https://www.latimes.com/business/realestate/hot-property/la-fi-hotprop-seismology-lab-mediterranean-villa-20190703-story.html https://www.latimes.com/business/realestate/hot-property/la-fi-hotprop-seismology-lab-mediterranean-villa-20190703-story.html Earthquake lab reimagined as a Mediterranean villa sells for $6.885 million <p>This Mediterranean compound once used as an earthquake detection lab just shook up the Pasadena real estate market. </p> Wed, 03 Jul 2019 17:27:38 -0400 Jack Flemming <p>This Mediterranean compound once used as an earthquake detection lab just shook up the Pasadena real estate market. </p> Erik Grammar 2019-07-03 17:27 -04:00 2019-07-04 09:27 +12:00 https://www.latimes.com/business/realestate/hot-property/la-fi-hotprop-david-geffen-beverly-hills-20190703-story.html https://www.latimes.com/business/realestate/hot-property/la-fi-hotprop-david-geffen-beverly-hills-20190703-story.html David Geffen drops $30 million on an empty acre in prime Beverly Hills <p>Above Beverly Hills in the ultra-exclusive enclave of "Billionaires Row," one of the last empty lots has sold for $30 million. </p> Wed, 03 Jul 2019 15:39:49 -0400 Jack Flemming <p>Above Beverly Hills in the ultra-exclusive enclave of "Billionaires Row," one of the last empty lots has sold for $30 million. </p> FILE - This March 15, 2010 file photo shows music and movie mogul David Geffen speaking during the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony in New York. Geffen has donated $100 million to New York's Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts. The performing arts building, long known as Avery Fisher Hall, will be renamed David Geffen Hall in September. The music and movie mogul is a native New Yorker and a longtime philanthropist. Geffen said in a statement Wednesday, March 4, 2015, that Lincoln Center is a "beacon to artists and musicians around the world." (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow, file) Jason DeCrow / AP 2019-07-03 15:39 -04:00 2019-07-04 07:39 +12:00 https://www.latimes.com/business/realestate/hot-property/la-fi-hotprop-brian-sabean-scottsdale-arizona-20190613-story.html https://www.latimes.com/business/realestate/hot-property/la-fi-hotprop-brian-sabean-scottsdale-arizona-20190613-story.html Longtime Giants general manager Brian Sabean deals desert home in Scottsdale, Ariz. <p>Former San Francisco Giants general manager Brian Sabean, who assembled teams that won three World Series during his tenure, has wrapped up a deal in the desert. </p> Wed, 03 Jul 2019 12:10:25 -0400 Jack Flemming <p>Former San Francisco Giants general manager Brian Sabean, who assembled teams that won three World Series during his tenure, has wrapped up a deal in the desert. </p> Realtor.com 2019-07-03 12:10 -04:00 2019-07-04 04:10 +12:00 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-7205285/British-homeowners-spend-21-years-property.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-7205285/British-homeowners-spend-21-years-property.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 British homeowners now spend 21 years in the same property The amount of time we now spend in the same property on average stands in stark contrast with the 1980s, when a booming housing market meant people moved on average every eight years. Wed, 03 Jul 2019 12:29:05 Z None 2019-07-03 12:29 +00:00 2019-07-04 00:29 +12:00 http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/jul/03/housing-crisis-affordable-homes-activists-campaigns https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/jul/03/housing-crisis-affordable-homes-activists-campaigns Housing Housing market Real estate Communities Society UK news The fight for fair housing is finally shifting power from landlords to residents | David Madden <p>In the UK and beyond, movements targeting housing injustice are gathering momentum. Politicians ignore it at their peril</p><p>Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ll know there is a housing crisis – and even if you have been, your rent has probably gone up. Despite house prices having <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/money/2019/may/31/uk-house-prices-slump-as-confidence-remains-subdued-says-survey">fallen slightly</a> as a result of diminished consumer confidence, housing continues to devour outrageous amounts of income. In the UK and elsewhere, many poor, working-class and even some middle-class households experience housing as unaffordable, exploitative and precarious.</p><p>Housing has been a site of injustice for so long that it is easy to think this condition is permanent. But across the world, activists are reinvigorating housing politics. Demands that have been marginalised are becoming mainstream. There appears to be a new level of awareness today that the residential is political. And there are some initial signs that the balance of power may finally be starting to shift away from landlords, developers and speculators, and towards tenants, activists and residents.</p><p> <span>Related: </span><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/jun/27/britain-private-rented-sector-unfair-unsafe">Britain’s private rented sector isn’t fit for purpose. It’s unfair and unsafe | Vicky Spratt</a> </p><p> <span>Related: </span><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/jun/18/homelessness-crisis-people-homes-finland-us">The answer to the UK’s homelessness crisis is painfully simple: give people homes | Harry Quilter-Pinner</a> </p> <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/jul/03/housing-crisis-affordable-homes-activists-campaigns">Continue reading...</a> Wed, 03 Jul 2019 09:46:08 Z Photograph: Steffi Loos/Getty Images Photograph: Steffi Loos/Getty Images David Madden 2019-07-03T09:46:08Z 2019-07-03 09:46 +00:00 2019-07-03 21:46 +12:00 www.stuff.co.nz/113956496 https://www.stuff.co.nz/taranaki-daily-news/news/113956496/new-plymouth-fence-battle-couple-could-take-legal-action-says-lawyer.html BRIANNA MCILRAITH New Plymouth fence battle couple could take legal action, says lawyer  New Plymouth couple could seek legal advice over fence erected by neighbour. Wed, 03 Jul 2019 07:30:57 Z 2019-07-03 07:30 +00:00 2019-07-03 19:30 +12:00 https://www.latimes.com/business/realestate/hot-property/la-fi-hotprop-lindsey-buckingham-brentwood-sell-20190701-story.html https://www.latimes.com/business/realestate/hot-property/la-fi-hotprop-lindsey-buckingham-brentwood-sell-20190701-story.html Fleetwood Mac's Lindsey Buckingham sells Brentwood compound for $28 million <p>Take a bow, Lindsey Buckingham. </p> Tue, 02 Jul 2019 19:03:48 -0400 Jack Flemming <p>Take a bow, Lindsey Buckingham. </p> Adam Latham 2019-07-02 19:03 -04:00 2019-07-03 11:03 +12:00 http://www.theguardian.com/business/2019/jul/02/uk-construction-industry-housebuilders-brexit https://www.theguardian.com/business/2019/jul/02/uk-construction-industry-housebuilders-brexit Construction industry Business Brexit Politics UK news Economic growth (GDP) Economic policy Economics Manufacturing sector Services sector Housing market Real estate Commercial property UK construction industry suffers worst month in a decade <p>Housebuilders blame Brexit uncertainty for a lack of new residential projects</p><p>Britain’s construction industry “dropped like a stone” in June to record its worst monthly performance in more than 10 years as firms blamed the Brexit crisis for a lack of new work.</p><p>Housebuilders joined civil engineering firms and commercial building contractors to warn that a wait-and-see approach to commissioning projects across the public and private sectors had hit the industry.</p><p></p><p>The purchasing managers' indices, or PMIs, track services sector companies, manufacturers and building firms around the world.</p> <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/business/2019/jul/02/uk-construction-industry-housebuilders-brexit">Continue reading...</a> Tue, 02 Jul 2019 10:30:38 Z Photograph: Ben Birchall/PA Photograph: Ben Birchall/PA Phillip Inman 2019-07-02T10:30:38Z 2019-07-02 10:30 +00:00 2019-07-02 22:30 +12:00 www.stuff.co.nz/113934811 https://www.stuff.co.nz/taranaki-daily-news/news/113934811/dont-fence-me-off-new-plymouth-couple-battling-neighbour-over-sea-view-barrier.html BRIANNA MCILRAITH Don't fence me off! New Plymouth couple battling neighbour over sea view barrier Can you see the sea? This New Plymouth couple haven't since October. Tue, 02 Jul 2019 06:30:24 Z 2019-07-02 06:30 +00:00 2019-07-02 18:30 +12:00 www.stuff.co.nz/113756777 https://www.stuff.co.nz/business/property/113756777/couple-evicted-from-home-four-days-before-insulation-deadline-considers-legal-action.html BRITTANY KEOGH Couple evicted from home four days before insulation deadline considers legal action A couple received a 90-day notice to leave their home of 10 years days before the new insulation standards came into effect. Tue, 02 Jul 2019 06:07:03 Z 2019-07-02 06:07 +00:00 2019-07-02 18:07 +12:00 https://www.latimes.com/business/realestate/hot-property/la-fi-hotprop-manor-holmby-hills-120-million-price-record-20190701-story.html https://www.latimes.com/business/realestate/hot-property/la-fi-hotprop-manor-holmby-hills-120-million-price-record-20190701-story.html Must Reads: Big home, big deal: The Manor in Holmby Hills sets an L.A. County price record at $119.75 million <p>Los Angeles' ailing luxury real estate market just received a shot in the arm: The Manor, a 56,500-square-foot chateau in Holmby Hills, has sold for $119.75 million — the highest home price in Los Angeles County history. </p> Mon, 01 Jul 2019 21:00:01 -0400 Neal J. Leitereg <p>Los Angeles' ailing luxury real estate market just received a shot in the arm: The Manor, a 56,500-square-foot chateau in Holmby Hills, has sold for $119.75 million — the highest home price in Los Angeles County history. </p> Jim Bartsch 2019-07-01 21:00 -04:00 2019-07-02 13:00 +12:00 https://www.landlords.co.nz/article/976515136/comment-the-sound-of-one-hand-clapping?utm_source=LL&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=COMMENT%3A+The+Sound+of+One+Hand+Clapping https://www.landlords.co.nz/article/976515136/comment-the-sound-of-one-hand-clapping?utm_source=LL&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=COMMENT%3A+The+Sound+of+One+Hand+Clapping COMMENT: The Sound of One Hand Clapping <p>Two of our Lords and Masters have recently been laid low yet landlords are still treated as the problem rather than part of the solution, argues Auckland Property Investors Association vice president Peter Lewis&hellip;</p> Tue, 02 Jul 2019 10:43:00 +1200 2019-07-02 10:43 +12:00 2019-07-02 10:43 +12:00 https://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=230700 https://www.zillow.com/blog/dual-agency-in-real-estate-230700/ Tips & Advice home buying Home selling legal issues real estate agents Is a Dual Agency Relationship Risky? Can one agent represent both parties? The answer: It depends. Mon, 01 Jul 2019 22:21:16 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/dual-agency-in-real-estate-230700/#respond Zillow <p>Buyers and sellers sometimes have the option of entering into a dual agency relationship with their real estate agent. Although this is not necessarily a problem, you should be aware of exactly what a dual real estate agency means and the restrictions it can place on your agent.</p> <h2>What is a dual real estate agency?</h2> <p>The term "agency" refers to the relationship that you, as a buyer or seller, have with your real estate agent. Dual agencies can occur with two agents or with a single agent.</p> <p>A dual agency with two agents can occur when the buyer's agent and the seller's agent are licensed under the same broker.</p> <p>In a dual agency with a single agent, potential buyers may ask a seller's real estate agent to submit an offer on their behalf. In this case, the agent is acting as a dual agent.</p> <h2>Dual real estate agency disclosure</h2> <p>Because dual agencies represent a conflict of interest for the buyer and seller, some states don't allow them.</p> <p>In states where dual agencies are legal, however, the law requires that a dual real estate agent inform both the buyer and seller of a dual real estate agency. These two parties must also sign consent forms indicating that they understand the concept of dual agency, as well as the restrictions imposed on the real estate agent by this type of agreement.</p> <p>If either the buyer or the seller refuses to sign the dual agency agreement, the transaction cannot continue. Once the dual agency agreement is executed, the real estate agent becomes known as the disclosed dual agent.</p> <h2>Disadvantages of dual agencies</h2> <p>Dual agency imposes some restrictions on a real estate agent. The agent is required to treat both buyer and seller with fairness and honesty.</p> <p>The agent is required to provide full disclosure concerning the property to the buyer, but they cannot reveal confidential information about the seller. When the time comes to <a href="https://www.zillow.com/home-buying-guide/making-an-offer-on-a-house/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">make an offer,</a> a dual real estate agent cannot advise the buyer on how much to offer, nor can they advise the seller to accept or reject an offer.</p> <p>In a New York Department of State memo, consumers are advised to be wary of dual agency relationships. The memo states that when a person enters into a dual agency relationship, they are forfeiting their right to that agent's loyalty. The agent then cannot advance the interests of either party.</p> <p><strong>Related:</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/sellers-guide/real-estate-agent-contract-with-seller/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Types of Listing Agreements: Understanding Real Estate Agent Contracts With Sellers</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/break-up-real-estate-agent-74089/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">How to Break Up With Your Real Estate Agent</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/real-estate-lingo-and-acronyms-230688/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Say What? Home-Buying Lingo You Should Know</a></li> </ul> https://www.zillow.com/blog/dual-agency-in-real-estate-230700/feed/ 0 2019-07-01 22:21 +00:00 2019-07-02 10:21 +12:00 https://www.latimes.com/business/realestate/hot-property/la-fi-hotprop-nate-dimeo-leila-gerstein-20190701-story.html https://www.latimes.com/business/realestate/hot-property/la-fi-hotprop-nate-dimeo-leila-gerstein-20190701-story.html Screenwriters Leila Gerstein and Nate DiMeo are ready to ink a sales contract <p>TV producer and screenwriter Leila Gerstein and podcaster Nate DiMeo have listed their home in Los Feliz for sale at $1.849 million. </p> Mon, 01 Jul 2019 15:00:01 -0400 Lauren Beale <p>TV producer and screenwriter Leila Gerstein and podcaster Nate DiMeo have listed their home in Los Feliz for sale at $1.849 million. </p> Daniel Dahler Photography 2019-07-01 15:00 -04:00 2019-07-02 07:00 +12:00 https://www.latimes.com/business/realestate/hot-property/la-fi-hotprop-nate-dimeo-leila-gerstein-20190701-photos-photogallery.html https://www.latimes.com/business/realestate/hot-property/la-fi-hotprop-nate-dimeo-leila-gerstein-20190701-photos-photogallery.html Hot Property | Nate Dimeo, Leila Gerstein <p>The Los Feliz Craftsman home was built in 1916 and has nearly 2,000 square feet of living space.</p> Mon, 01 Jul 2019 15:00:00 -0400 <p>The Los Feliz Craftsman home was built in 1916 and has nearly 2,000 square feet of living space.</p> Daniel Dahler Photography 2019-07-01 15:00 -04:00 2019-07-02 07:00 +12:00 https://www.latimes.com/business/realestate/hot-property/la-fi-hotprop-former-alice-cooper-20190701-story.html https://www.latimes.com/business/realestate/hot-property/la-fi-hotprop-former-alice-cooper-20190701-story.html Rocker Alice Cooper is among celebs who have called this Beverly Crest spot home <p>A Beverly Crest area hideaway once owned by heavy metal shock-rocker Alice Cooper is listed at $1.295 million. </p> Mon, 01 Jul 2019 13:30:01 -0400 Lauren Beale <p>A Beverly Crest area hideaway once owned by heavy metal shock-rocker Alice Cooper is listed at $1.295 million. </p> Jeff Ong / PostRAIN Productions 2019-07-01 13:30 -04:00 2019-07-02 05:30 +12:00 https://www.latimes.com/business/realestate/hot-property/la-fi-hotprop-heather-north-studio-city-20190701-story.html https://www.latimes.com/business/realestate/hot-property/la-fi-hotprop-heather-north-studio-city-20190701-story.html Studio City home of 'Scooby-Doo' actress Heather North fetches $2.4 million <p>The Studio City home owned by the late Heather North, who voiced Daphne Blake on the television cartoon "Scooby-Doo," and her husband, TV producer and director H. </p> Mon, 01 Jul 2019 11:30:01 -0400 Lauren Beale <p>The Studio City home owned by the late Heather North, who voiced Daphne Blake on the television cartoon "Scooby-Doo," and her husband, TV producer and director H. </p> The Traditional-style home sits on more than half an acre in Studio City with a guesthouse, a swimming pool and a seperate art studio. Mark Singer Photography 2019-07-01 11:30 -04:00 2019-07-02 03:30 +12:00 https://www.latimes.com/business/realestate/hot-property/la-fi-hotprop-former-rob-lowe-20190701-story.html https://www.latimes.com/business/realestate/hot-property/la-fi-hotprop-former-rob-lowe-20190701-story.html Montecito getaway once owned by actor Rob Lowe seeks $4.395 million <p>A home that actor Rob Lowe of the series "Wild Bill" owned during the 1990s is for sale in a bucolic Santa Barbara area community at $4.395 million. </p> Mon, 01 Jul 2019 09:00:03 -0400 Lauren Beale <p>A home that actor Rob Lowe of the series "Wild Bill" owned during the 1990s is for sale in a bucolic Santa Barbara area community at $4.395 million. </p> Redfin.com 2019-07-01 09:00 -04:00 2019-07-02 01:00 +12:00 https://www.theguardian.com/money/2019/jul/01/my-daughter-in-law-wants-to-sell-a-standalone-garage https://www.theguardian.com/money/2019/jul/01/my-daughter-in-law-wants-to-sell-a-standalone-garage Mortgages Property Money UK news My daughter-in-law wants to sell a standalone garage <p>Her mortgage lender is refusing to allow the sale. Is there anything she can do about it?</p><p><strong>Q</strong> My daughter-in-law has been approached by her neighbour who would like to purchase her garage which is in a small compound. She asked her mortgage lender whether she could have the garage removed from the deed so she could sell it privately. They refused saying that the mortgage was granted on the whole property which includes the garage. The value of her home far exceeds what she owes. Is there anything she can do?<br><strong>JL</strong></p><p><strong>A</strong> Unfortunately, if you have a mortgage on a property, you can’t sell part of it – whether that’s a garage or outhouse or part of the garden – without the consent of your lender. That’s because a lender has a charge over the whole of the property and if you were to sell off part of it, the lender would have to agree to release that part of the title to the property (what you call the deed) from the charge which is what they have as security for the mortgage loan. </p> <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/money/2019/jul/01/my-daughter-in-law-wants-to-sell-a-standalone-garage">Continue reading...</a> Mon, 01 Jul 2019 06:00:46 Z Photograph: Jill Mead/THE GUARDIAN Photograph: Jill Mead/THE GUARDIAN Virginia Wallis 2019-07-01T06:00:46Z 2019-07-01 06:00 +00:00 2019-07-01 18:00 +12:00 http://www.theguardian.com/society/2019/jun/30/firm-accused-hiking-rent-former-crown-estate-home-dorrington-residential https://www.theguardian.com/society/2019/jun/30/firm-accused-hiking-rent-former-crown-estate-home-dorrington-residential Housing UK news Communities Society Housing market Property Real estate Firm accused of hiking rent of ex-crown estate home by 7% in a year <p>Jason Wright of Lincolnshire says Dorrington Residential raised rent well above inflation</p><p><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/society/2019/jun/30/crown-estate-faces-tenants-anger-over-rent-hikes-evictions-and-repair-delays">• Crown estate faces tenants’ anger over rent hikes, evictions and repair delays</a><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/society/2019/jun/30/firm-accused-hiking-rent-former-crown-estate-home-dorrington-residential"><br></a></p><p>A crown estate tenant of more than 20 years has told how his family’s property was sold off to a private company that has since hiked the rent well above inflation.</p><p>Jason Wright, from Swaton in Lincolnshire, said he initially faced eviction from his house in 2014 but was given a reprieve when the crown estate confirmed he had an “assured tenancy”, which meant he could stay on despite its sale.</p> <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/society/2019/jun/30/firm-accused-hiking-rent-former-crown-estate-home-dorrington-residential">Continue reading...</a> Sun, 30 Jun 2019 18:52:55 Z Photograph: Christopher Thomond/The Guardian Photograph: Christopher Thomond/The Guardian Simon Murphy 2019-06-30T18:52:55Z 2019-06-30 18:52 +00:00 2019-07-01 06:52 +12:00 https://www.latimes.com/business/realestate/hot-property/la-fi-hp-hotprop-20190629-story.html https://www.latimes.com/business/realestate/hot-property/la-fi-hp-hotprop-20190629-story.html Hot Property: 'This Is Us' star says this is it to modern Venice pad <p>Actor Chris Sullivan, best known for playing Toby on NBC's "This Is Us," has found a hip spot on the Westside, paying $2.333 million for a modern home in Venice's Oxford Triangle neighborhood. </p> Sat, 29 Jun 2019 09:00:03 -0400 Neal J. Leitereg <p>Actor Chris Sullivan, best known for playing Toby on NBC's "This Is Us," has found a hip spot on the Westside, paying $2.333 million for a modern home in Venice's Oxford Triangle neighborhood. </p> "This Is Us" star Chris Sullivan paid $2.333 million for an updated two-story in Venice's Oxford Triangle neighborhood.   Anthony Barcelo 2019-06-29 09:00 -04:00 2019-06-30 01:00 +12:00 https://www.latimes.com/business/realestate/hot-property/la-fi-hp-paul-mcclean-design-book-pictures-20190628-photogallery.html https://www.latimes.com/business/realestate/hot-property/la-fi-hp-paul-mcclean-design-book-pictures-20190628-photogallery.html Photos:: Hot Property | New book details architect Paul McClean's ultramodern homes Sat, 29 Jun 2019 08:25:00 -0400 Tanager III / Completed in 2014 Size: Approximately 11,000 square feet. Bedrooms: 5 Location: West Hollywood. Owner: Calvin Klein. Interior designer: Minotti Los Angeles Nick Springett 2019-06-29 08:25 -04:00 2019-06-30 00:25 +12:00 https://www.latimes.com/business/realestate/hot-property/la-fi-hp-home-20190629-story.html https://www.latimes.com/business/realestate/hot-property/la-fi-hp-home-20190629-story.html Home of the Week: Beverly Hills estate boasts a full cast of Hollywood players <p>The Hollywood ties to this Beverly Hills estate stretch back decades, beginning in the 1930s when it was purchased by L.K. </p> Sat, 29 Jun 2019 08:00:01 -0400 Neal J. Leitereg <p>The Hollywood ties to this Beverly Hills estate stretch back decades, beginning in the 1930s when it was purchased by L.K. </p> Owned by the L.K. Sidney family for decades, the English traditional estate was the childhood home of the MGM executive's son, George. Later in life, George Sidney would produce the MGM films "The Three Musketeers" and "Annie Get Your Gun." Filmmaker and music producer Freddy DeMann and producer Gale Anne Hurd are among others to call the one-acre property home.   Jim Bartsch 2019-06-29 08:00 -04:00 2019-06-30 00:00 +12:00 https://www.latimes.com/business/realestate/hot-property/la-fi-hp-home-pictures-20190629-photogallery.html https://www.latimes.com/business/realestate/hot-property/la-fi-hp-home-pictures-20190629-photogallery.html Photos:: Home of the Week | Beverly Hills estate boasts a full cast of Hollywood players Sat, 29 Jun 2019 07:55:00 -0400 Owned by the L.K. Sidney family for decades, the English traditional estate was the childhood home of the MGM executive's son, George. Later in life, George Sidney would produce the MGM films "The Three Musketeers" and "Annie Get Your Gun." Filmmaker and music producer Freddy DeMann and producer Gale Anne Hurd are among others to call the one-acre property home.   Jim Bartsch 2019-06-29 07:55 -04:00 2019-06-29 23:55 +12:00 https://www.latimes.com/business/realestate/hot-property/la-fi-hotprop-newsletter-20190629-story.html https://www.latimes.com/business/realestate/hot-property/la-fi-hotprop-newsletter-20190629-story.html Hot Property Newsletter: Summertime, and the livin' is easy <p>The seasons changed, and suddenly it seems like wannabe sellers are outnumbering buyers. </p> Sat, 29 Jun 2019 03:05:01 -0400 <p>The seasons changed, and suddenly it seems like wannabe sellers are outnumbering buyers. </p> Designed by architect William L. Skidmore, the 1920s house opens through a foyer to a step-down living room with a wall of arches and original stained glass windows.   Paul Barnaby 2019-06-29 03:05 -04:00 2019-06-29 19:05 +12:00 https://www.latimes.com/116982083-132.html https://www.latimes.com/116982083-132.html What Money Buys in Ventura County <p>L.A. Times Today airs Monday through Friday at 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. on Spectrum News 1. </p> Fri, 28 Jun 2019 18:50:08 -0400 <p>L.A. Times Today airs Monday through Friday at 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. on Spectrum News 1. </p> 2019-06-28 18:50 -04:00 2019-06-29 10:50 +12:00 https://www.latimes.com/business/realestate/hot-property/la-fi-hotprop-jim-buss-la-live-price-cut-20190625-story.html https://www.latimes.com/business/realestate/hot-property/la-fi-hotprop-jim-buss-la-live-price-cut-20190625-story.html Lakers part-owner Jim Buss chops price of L.A. Live condo once more <p>Jim Buss, part-owner of the Lakers, has brought his L.A. </p> Fri, 28 Jun 2019 16:38:18 -0400 Jack Flemming <p>Jim Buss, part-owner of the Lakers, has brought his L.A. </p> Anthony Barcelo 2019-06-28 16:38 -04:00 2019-06-29 08:38 +12:00 https://www.latimes.com/business/realestate/hot-property/la-fi-hp-vintage-pasadena-20190621-story.html https://www.latimes.com/business/realestate/hot-property/la-fi-hp-vintage-pasadena-20190621-story.html Patient Pasadena builder made an art of recycling <p>Old houses tell tales and none more so than a Pasadena home dubbed Casa de Pajaros. </p> Fri, 28 Jun 2019 15:42:27 -0400 Lauren Beale <p>Old houses tell tales and none more so than a Pasadena home dubbed Casa de Pajaros. </p> The Southwestern-style home in Pasadena was built by a collector from 1928 to 1945. Cameron Carothers 2019-06-28 15:42 -04:00 2019-06-29 07:42 +12:00 https://www.latimes.com/business/realestate/hot-property/la-fi-hotprop-ellen-degeneres-portia-de-rossi-carpinteria-20190626-story.html https://www.latimes.com/business/realestate/hot-property/la-fi-hotprop-ellen-degeneres-portia-de-rossi-carpinteria-20190626-story.html Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi seek $24 million for Carpinteria beach house <p>The real estate wheels keep on turning for Ellen DeGeneres and her wife, actress Portia de Rossi. </p> Fri, 28 Jun 2019 14:11:39 -0400 Jack Flemming <p>The real estate wheels keep on turning for Ellen DeGeneres and her wife, actress Portia de Rossi. </p> Realtor.com 2019-06-28 14:11 -04:00 2019-06-29 06:11 +12:00 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-7192413/Look-foodie-factor-Posh-restaurants-tasty-indicators-house-prices.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-7192413/Look-foodie-factor-Posh-restaurants-tasty-indicators-house-prices.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 Look out for the foodie factor: Posh restaurants are tasty indicators to house prices A flurry of gourmet restaurants opening in a certain area can tip off canny home buyers about up-and-coming locations, according to experts. Fri, 28 Jun 2019 17:05:07 Z Alamy Stock Photo 2019-06-28 17:05 +00:00 2019-06-29 05:05 +12:00 https://www.theguardian.com/money/2019/jun/28/lets-move-to-brighton-east-sussex https://www.theguardian.com/money/2019/jun/28/lets-move-to-brighton-east-sussex Brighton Green party Caroline Lucas Property Homes Money Life and style Let’s move to Brighton, East Sussex: green, green home of Saint Caroline <p>The locals may have painted the town Green, but there’s an affluence to the eco currency. And who sent for the Bez-alikes?</p><p><strong>What’s going for it? </strong>Aside from the fact that it is on a coastline at the end of the country, threatened by sea level rise and <a href="http://www.antarcticglaciers.org/glaciers-and-climate/sea-level-rise-2/recovering-from-an-ice-age/" title="">postglacial rebound</a>, Brighton is possibly the best place in the UK from which to fight the climate crisis. Calm down, Bristol, <a href="https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-bristol-22910214" title="">European Green Capital 2015</a>: yes, you are incredibly woke, too. Only, you are not home to the UK’s first (and still only) Green party MP, Saint Caroline Lucas, or the UK’s highest number of Green councillors – 19, as of May’s elections. The Greens also topped the polls in last month’s European elections, with 35.7% of the vote. However, you may struggle slightly to square the property prices – of London proportions – with your belief that a truly green philosophy entails a fundamental restructuring, if not overthrow, of capitalist economics. But at least you will seldom spot a Daily Mail in your neighbour’s recycling.</p><p><strong>The case against</strong> Embrace the grime, love the seediness. Ditto with stag/hen parties, Bez-alikes partying like it’s 1999, and sundry eccentrics. Don’t mention S******* Railway. </p> <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/money/2019/jun/28/lets-move-to-brighton-east-sussex">Continue reading...</a> Fri, 28 Jun 2019 15:30:22 Z Photograph: Scott Hortop Images/Alamy Stock Photo Photograph: Scott Hortop Images/Alamy Stock Photo Tom Dyckhoff 2019-06-28T15:30:22Z 2019-06-28 15:30 +00:00 2019-06-29 03:30 +12:00 https://www.latimes.com/business/realestate/hot-property/la-fi-hp-paul-mcclean-design-book-20190628-story.html https://www.latimes.com/business/realestate/hot-property/la-fi-hp-paul-mcclean-design-book-20190628-story.html New book details architect Paul McClean's ultramodern homes <p>Consider the mid-century Case Study House: minimalist prototypes for the masses that were aesthetic and affordable, each now a grail venerated by the architectural cognoscenti. </p> Fri, 28 Jun 2019 08:30:01 -0400 <p>Consider the mid-century Case Study House: minimalist prototypes for the masses that were aesthetic and affordable, each now a grail venerated by the architectural cognoscenti. </p> Tanager III / Completed in 2014 Size: Approximately 11,000 square feet. Bedrooms: 5 Location: West Hollywood. Owner: Calvin Klein. Interior designer: Minotti Los Angeles Nick Springett 2019-06-28 08:30 -04:00 2019-06-29 00:30 +12:00 https://www.latimes.com/business/realestate/hot-property/la-fi-hp-senderos-canyon-bel-air-price-cut-20190628-story.html https://www.latimes.com/business/realestate/hot-property/la-fi-hp-senderos-canyon-bel-air-price-cut-20190628-story.html After a $50 million price cut, this vast Bel-Air property may still languish <p>Senderos Canyon, a roughly 258-acre tract of land on the edge of Bel-Air, came on the market in 2013 with an asking price of $125 million. </p> Fri, 28 Jun 2019 08:00:01 -0400 <p>Senderos Canyon, a roughly 258-acre tract of land on the edge of Bel-Air, came on the market in 2013 with an asking price of $125 million. </p> An aerial photo of Senderos Canyon, which translates from Spanish to "Walking Trails Canyon."   Sibylle Allgaier / Heliphoto 2019-06-28 08:00 -04:00 2019-06-29 00:00 +12:00 https://www.latimes.com/business/realestate/hot-property/la-fi-hp-senderos-canyon-bel-air-price-cut-pictures-20190628-photogallery.html https://www.latimes.com/business/realestate/hot-property/la-fi-hp-senderos-canyon-bel-air-price-cut-pictures-20190628-photogallery.html Photos:: Hot Property | After a $50-million price cut, this vast Bel-Air property may still languish Fri, 28 Jun 2019 07:55:00 -0400 An aerial photo of Senderos Canyon, which translates from Spanish to "Walking Trails Canyon."   Sibylle Allgaier / Heliphoto 2019-06-28 07:55 -04:00 2019-06-28 23:55 +12:00 https://www.theguardian.com/money/gallery/2019/jun/28/coastal-homes-for-sale-in-pictures https://www.theguardian.com/money/gallery/2019/jun/28/coastal-homes-for-sale-in-pictures Property Money UK news Coastal homes for sale – in pictures <p>Dip your toes in the market with these seaside properties, from Devon to Fife</p> <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/money/gallery/2019/jun/28/coastal-homes-for-sale-in-pictures">Continue reading...</a> Fri, 28 Jun 2019 06:00:11 Z Photograph: Fine & Country Photograph: Fine & Country Jill Papworth 2019-06-28T06:00:11Z 2019-06-28 06:00 +00:00 2019-06-28 18:00 +12:00 https://www.latimes.com/business/realestate/hot-property/la-fi-hotprop-garrett-camp-beverly-hills-20190627-story.html https://www.latimes.com/business/realestate/hot-property/la-fi-hotprop-garrett-camp-beverly-hills-20190627-story.html Uber co-founder Garrett Camp quietly shells out $71 million for Beverly Hills mansion <p>June gloom is over — at least in the red-hot realm of real estate. </p> Thu, 27 Jun 2019 20:15:17 -0400 Jack Flemming <p>June gloom is over — at least in the red-hot realm of real estate. </p> Entrepreneur Garrett Camp attends the Tribeca Disruptive Innovation Awards at the New York University Stern School of Business in 2013. Andy Kropa / Invision/Associated Press 2019-06-27 20:15 -04:00 2019-06-28 12:15 +12:00 http://www.theguardian.com/business/nils-pratley-on-finance/2019/jun/27/legal-general-academic-tie-up-has-degree-exclusivity https://www.theguardian.com/business/nils-pratley-on-finance/2019/jun/27/legal-general-academic-tie-up-has-degree-exclusivity Legal and General University of Oxford Commercial property Housing market Pendragon Business Education Real estate UK news Legal & General's academic tie-up has a degree of exclusivity | Nils Pratley <p>Deal with Oxford makes sense but such ventures are no cure-all for other projects lacking investment</p><p>Legal &amp; General’s <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/business/2019/jun/27/lg-pledges-4bn-to-build-thousands-of-homes-in-oxford">£4bn development partnership</a> with Oxford University is a deal for the times, or at least Nigel Wilson, the insurer’s chief executive, thinks it should be. “A terrific example for cities across the globe to follow,” he says.</p><p>He has a point. The world is simultaneously deep in debt, as a result of the financial crisis a decade ago, and awash with cash looking for a home.</p> <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/business/nils-pratley-on-finance/2019/jun/27/legal-general-academic-tie-up-has-degree-exclusivity">Continue reading...</a> Thu, 27 Jun 2019 18:02:35 Z Photograph: Alamy Stock Photo Photograph: Alamy Stock Photo Nils Pratley 2019-06-27T18:02:35Z 2019-06-27 18:02 +00:00 2019-06-28 06:02 +12:00 https://www.latimes.com/business/realestate/hot-property/la-fi-hotprop-kevin-shirley-malibu-retreat-20190627-story.html https://www.latimes.com/business/realestate/hot-property/la-fi-hotprop-kevin-shirley-malibu-retreat-20190627-story.html Music producer Kevin 'Caveman' Shirley rolls Malibu retreat onto the market <p>Kevin "The Caveman" Shirley has produced records for such rock bands as Journey, Iron Maiden and Led Zeppelin. </p> Thu, 27 Jun 2019 13:17:11 -0400 Jack Flemming <p>Kevin "The Caveman" Shirley has produced records for such rock bands as Journey, Iron Maiden and Led Zeppelin. </p> Realtor.com 2019-06-27 13:17 -04:00 2019-06-28 05:17 +12:00 http://www.theguardian.com/business/2019/jun/27/government-to-axe-leaseholds-for-new-build-homes https://www.theguardian.com/business/2019/jun/27/government-to-axe-leaseholds-for-new-build-homes Housing market Business Real estate James Brokenshire Politics Government to axe leaseholds for new-build homes <p>Housing minister says move will protect buyers from ‘exploitative arrangements’</p><p>All new-build houses will be sold on a freehold basis and ground rents on new flats will be slashed to zero, the government has confirmed.</p><p>Ministers said the moves would “put cash back into the pockets of future homeowners” and prevent them from being trapped in “exploitative arrangements”.</p><p> <span>Related: </span><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/money/2019/jun/11/watchdog-investigates-leasehold-trap-for-uk-homebuyers">Leasehold trap: watchdog investigates if homebuyers are treated unfairly</a> </p> <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/business/2019/jun/27/government-to-axe-leaseholds-for-new-build-homes">Continue reading...</a> Thu, 27 Jun 2019 16:39:57 Z Photograph: Christopher Furlong/Getty Images Photograph: Christopher Furlong/Getty Images Rupert Jones 2019-06-27T16:39:57Z 2019-06-27 16:39 +00:00 2019-06-28 04:39 +12:00 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/money/mortgageshome/article-7187909/Zoopla-reveals-average-income-needed-step-housing-ladder.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/money/mortgageshome/article-7187909/Zoopla-reveals-average-income-needed-step-housing-ladder.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 How much first-time buyers need to earn to buy a home across the UK The average first-time buyer needs an average household income of £54,400 to secure a mortgage on their first property, according to data from Zoopla. Thu, 27 Jun 2019 15:37:29 Z None 2019-06-27 15:37 +00:00 2019-06-28 03:37 +12:00 https://www.latimes.com/business/realestate/hot-property/la-fi-hotprop-eric-clapton-venice-architectural-20190627-story.html https://www.latimes.com/business/realestate/hot-property/la-fi-hotprop-eric-clapton-venice-architectural-20190627-story.html In Venice, Eric Clapton's offbeat former home gets an encore <p>An eye-catching home with rock in its roots has come up for sale in Venice. </p> Thu, 27 Jun 2019 11:19:53 -0400 Jack Flemming <p>An eye-catching home with rock in its roots has come up for sale in Venice. </p> Realtor.com 2019-06-27 11:19 -04:00 2019-06-28 03:19 +12:00 http://www.theguardian.com/business/2019/jun/27/lg-pledges-4bn-to-build-thousands-of-homes-in-oxford https://www.theguardian.com/business/2019/jun/27/lg-pledges-4bn-to-build-thousands-of-homes-in-oxford Legal and General Real estate University of Oxford Commercial property Oxford Renting property Housing market UK news Business Money Property Higher education Education Housing House prices Communities Society L&G and Oxford University team up for £4bn housing scheme <p>Construction of affordable homes for staff and students to take place over next decade </p><p>Legal &amp; General has teamed up with Oxford University in a £4bn partnership to build science parks and thousands of homes for staff and students over the next decade.</p><p>The insurance and pensions group will build 1,000 subsidised homes for university and college workers, 1,000 homes for research graduates and a further 1,000 for general sale or rent, on land provided by the university, in the first wave of the partnership.</p> <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/business/2019/jun/27/lg-pledges-4bn-to-build-thousands-of-homes-in-oxford">Continue reading...</a> Thu, 27 Jun 2019 13:30:03 Z Photograph: Arsty/Getty Images/iStockphoto Photograph: Arsty/Getty Images/iStockphoto Julia Kollewe 2019-06-27T13:30:03Z 2019-06-27 13:30 +00:00 2019-06-28 01:30 +12:00 https://www.latimes.com/business/realestate/hot-property/la-fi-hp-what-money-buys-20190629-story.html https://www.latimes.com/business/realestate/hot-property/la-fi-hp-what-money-buys-20190629-story.html What $600,000 buys right now in three coastal cities in Ventura County <p>Here's a look at what roughly $600,000 buys right now in the coastal cities of Port Hueneme, Oxnard and Ventura in Ventura County. </p> Thu, 27 Jun 2019 08:00:03 -0400 Jack Flemming <p>Here's a look at what roughly $600,000 buys right now in the coastal cities of Port Hueneme, Oxnard and Ventura in Ventura County. </p> 2019-06-27 08:00 -04:00 2019-06-28 00:00 +12:00 http://www.theguardian.com/money/2019/jun/27/want-to-buy-a-home-in-the-uk-you-will-need-to-earn-54000-on-average https://www.theguardian.com/money/2019/jun/27/want-to-buy-a-home-in-the-uk-you-will-need-to-earn-54000-on-average House prices Housing market Property Real estate UK news London Liverpool Family finances Business Money Economics Want to buy a home in UK? You need to earn £54,000 on average <p>Zoopla finds London buyers must be paid £84,000 while Liverpool requires £26,000</p><p>First-time buyers now need an average income of £54,000 to purchase a typical property in a UK city, but the priciest locations have become a little more affordable, according to the latest data.</p><p>This average income required has risen by 9% since 2016, when it was £49,900, largely down to higher house prices, said the property website Zoopla.</p><p> <span>Related: </span><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/society/2019/jun/03/brokenshire-criticised-for-suggesting-first-time-buyers-dip-into-pension">Brokenshire criticised for suggesting first-time buyers dip into pension</a> </p> <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/money/2019/jun/27/want-to-buy-a-home-in-the-uk-you-will-need-to-earn-54000-on-average">Continue reading...</a> Thu, 27 Jun 2019 08:23:12 Z Photograph: Yui Mok/PA Photograph: Yui Mok/PA Rupert Jones 2019-06-27T08:23:12Z 2019-06-27 08:23 +00:00 2019-06-27 20:23 +12:00 https://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=230614 https://www.zillow.com/blog/zestimate-updates-230614/ Market Trends Your Zestimate Is Now Smarter - and More Accurate Zillow's signature home valuation tool - the Zestimate - just got an upgrade. Thu, 27 Jun 2019 04:00:42 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/zestimate-updates-230614/#comments Zillow <p>The Zestimate is now more accurate than ever, thanks to new technology that identifies and values home improvements you've made based on photos. Plus, we now incorporate even more data into Zestimates for homes on the market, and we update those Zestimates in real time. That's in addition to the millions of data points that the Zestimate's complex machine learning models examine for more than 100 million homes across the country.</p> <p>Here's the rundown of what's new.</p> <p><iframe src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/rLvvsag2KDs" width="560" height="315" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> <h2>'Seeing' your home features</h2> <p>We can evaluate photos of a home to, in a sense, "see" and value the home features you're most proud of. Think of the bathroom you remodeled, the new quartz countertops in your kitchen or the beautifully landscaped backyard. Those features now factor directly into your home's Zestimate, making it the first time the Zestimate can understand not just a home's facts and figures, like number of bathrooms or bedrooms, but also its quality and curb appeal.</p> <p>We heard from homeowners over the years that when it comes time to sell, they want to make sure all the work they've put toward upgrading it is reflected in its Zestimate. Yet before recent advances in technology, there was no way for computers to look at photos of a home and get the same information that people do. The Zestimate now incorporates advanced technologies that make this possible.</p> <p>Homeowners can <a href="https://www.zillow.com/sellerlanding/claimyourhome/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">claim their home on Zillow</a> to edit, add or remove photos at any time in just a few simple clicks.</p> <h2>Listing info added in real time</h2> <p>On homes listed for sale, the Zestimate now incorporates data from the home's listing itself - including listing price and how long it has been on the market - in its calculations. These factors provide important insight into a homeowner and agent's listing strategy and what the homeowner believes their home is worth, both key variables in how much a home ultimately sells for.</p> <p>To top it off, Zestimates on for-sale homes update with new information in real time. That means home shoppers get an up-to-the-second snapshot of what's going on in the local housing market. When the Zestimate launched in 2006, it was updated monthly, so this is a big leap forward as both buyers and sellers navigate dynamic and ever-changing housing markets.</p> <p>The results of all these upgrades? The Zestimate's error rate on homes listed for sale is now less than 2%, meaning half of all Zestimates fall within 2% of the home's eventual sale price.</p> <p>Just as you look for new ways to refresh your home, we're always working to improve the Zestimate. This most recent <a href="https://www.zillow.com/zestimate/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Zestimate refresh</a> is another milestone along that journey, all to provide a more accurate look at the value of the place you call home.</p> https://www.zillow.com/blog/zestimate-updates-230614/feed/ 12 2019-06-27 04:00 +00:00 2019-06-27 16:00 +12:00 https://www.latimes.com/business/realestate/hot-property/la-fi-hp-hotprop-pictures-20190629-photogallery.html https://www.latimes.com/business/realestate/hot-property/la-fi-hp-hotprop-pictures-20190629-photogallery.html Photos:: Hot Property | 'This Is Us' star says this is it to modern Venice pad Wed, 26 Jun 2019 19:34:50 -0400 "This Is Us" star Chris Sullivan paid $2.333 million for an updated two-story in Venice's Oxford Triangle neighborhood.   Anthony Barcelo 2019-06-26 19:34 -04:00 2019-06-27 11:34 +12:00 https://www.latimes.com/business/realestate/hot-property/la-fi-hotprop-former-alice-cooper-20190701-photos-photogallery.html https://www.latimes.com/business/realestate/hot-property/la-fi-hotprop-former-alice-cooper-20190701-photos-photogallery.html Hot Property | Former Alice Cooper residence <p>The Beverly Crest hideaway has a star-studded past: It was once owned by musician Alice Cooper and housed the pop rock band the Monkees during their TV series shoot. </p> Wed, 26 Jun 2019 17:43:39 -0400 <p>The Beverly Crest hideaway has a star-studded past: It was once owned by musician Alice Cooper and housed the pop rock band the Monkees during their TV series shoot. </p> Jeff Ong / PostRAIN Productions 2019-06-26 17:43 -04:00 2019-06-27 09:43 +12:00 https://www.latimes.com/business/realestate/hot-property/la-fi-hotprop-kenny-stills-san-marcos-20190626-story.html https://www.latimes.com/business/realestate/hot-property/la-fi-hotprop-kenny-stills-san-marcos-20190626-story.html Dolphins wide receiver Kenny Stills eyes a hometown sale in San Marcos <p>As NFL teams report to minicamp, Miami Dolphins wide receiver Kenny Stills is looking for a score across the country. </p> Wed, 26 Jun 2019 16:10:57 -0400 Jack Flemming <p>As NFL teams report to minicamp, Miami Dolphins wide receiver Kenny Stills is looking for a score across the country. </p> MIAMI, FL - NOVEMBER 04: Kenny Stills #10 of the Miami Dolphins warms up ahead of their game against the New York Jets at Hard Rock Stadium on November 4, 2018 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images) ** OUTS - ELSENT, FPG, CM - OUTS * NM, PH, VA if sourced by CT, LA or MoD ** Michael Reaves / Getty Images 2019-06-26 16:10 -04:00 2019-06-27 08:10 +12:00 https://www.latimes.com/business/realestate/hot-property/la-fi-hotprop-jonathan-frakes-genie-francis-20190626-story.html https://www.latimes.com/business/realestate/hot-property/la-fi-hotprop-jonathan-frakes-genie-francis-20190626-story.html Actors Jonathan Frakes and Genie Francis float Woodland Hills mansion for $4 million <p>Fact or fiction? </p> Wed, 26 Jun 2019 14:55:19 -0400 Jack Flemming <p>Fact or fiction? </p> Wayne Ford 2019-06-26 14:55 -04:00 2019-06-27 06:55 +12:00 https://www.latimes.com/business/realestate/hot-property/la-fi-hotprop-shaun-white-malibu-point-dume-20190626-story.html https://www.latimes.com/business/realestate/hot-property/la-fi-hotprop-shaun-white-malibu-point-dume-20190626-story.html Snowboarder Shaun White flips two oceanfront homes onto the market in Malibu <p>Shaun White is ready to dip his toe into Malibu's housing market once again. </p> Wed, 26 Jun 2019 14:16:37 -0400 Jack Flemming <p>Shaun White is ready to dip his toe into Malibu's housing market once again. </p> PYEONGCHANG-GUN, SOUTH KOREA - FEBRUARY 14: Gold medalist Shaun White of the United States celebrates during the Snowboard Men's Halfpipe Final on day five of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics at Phoenix Snow Park on February 14, 2018 in Pyeongchang-gun, South Korea. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images) ** OUTS - ELSENT, FPG, CM - OUTS * NM, PH, VA if sourced by CT, LA or MoD ** David Ramos / Getty Images 2019-06-26 14:16 -04:00 2019-06-27 06:16 +12:00 https://www.latimes.com/business/realestate/hot-property/la-fi-hotprop-former-rob-lowe-20190701-photos-photogallery.html https://www.latimes.com/business/realestate/hot-property/la-fi-hotprop-former-rob-lowe-20190701-photos-photogallery.html Hot Property | Former Rob Lowe house <p>The single-level English country house sits on nearly an acre in Montecito. </p> Wed, 26 Jun 2019 12:05:06 -0400 <p>The single-level English country house sits on nearly an acre in Montecito. </p> Redfin.com 2019-06-26 12:05 -04:00 2019-06-27 04:05 +12:00 https://www.latimes.com/business/realestate/hot-property/la-fi-hotprop-kevin-durant-nba-sells-malibu-home-20190626-story.html https://www.latimes.com/business/realestate/hot-property/la-fi-hotprop-kevin-durant-nba-sells-malibu-home-20190626-story.html Kevin Durant unloads oceanfront Malibu home for $12.15 million <p>NBA superstar Kevin Durant has wrapped up some business in Malibu, selling his oceanfront home on Broad Beach for $12.15 million. </p> Wed, 26 Jun 2019 10:56:22 -0400 Neal J. Leitereg <p>NBA superstar Kevin Durant has wrapped up some business in Malibu, selling his oceanfront home on Broad Beach for $12.15 million. </p> TORONTO, ONTARIO - JUNE 10: Kevin Durant #35 of the Golden State Warriors warms up prior to Game Five of the 2019 NBA Finals against the Toronto Raptors at Scotiabank Arena on June 10, 2019 in Toronto, Canada. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images) ** OUTS - ELSENT, FPG, CM - OUTS * NM, PH, VA if sourced by CT, LA or MoD ** Gregory Shamus / Getty Images 2019-06-26 10:56 -04:00 2019-06-27 02:56 +12:00 https://www.latimes.com/business/realestate/hot-property/la-fi-hotprop-christopher-markus-avengers-silver-lake-home-20190626-story.html https://www.latimes.com/business/realestate/hot-property/la-fi-hotprop-christopher-markus-avengers-silver-lake-home-20190626-story.html 'Avengers' screenwriter Christopher Markus looks for action on Silver Lake home <p>Screenwriter and producer Christopher Markus, whose credits include the Marvel blockbusters "Avengers: Infinity War" and "Avengers: Endgame," has put his Silver Lake home on the market for $1.995 million. </p> Wed, 26 Jun 2019 10:00:04 -0400 Neal J. Leitereg <p>Screenwriter and producer Christopher Markus, whose credits include the Marvel blockbusters "Avengers: Infinity War" and "Avengers: Endgame," has put his Silver Lake home on the market for $1.995 million. </p> James Moss 2019-06-26 10:00 -04:00 2019-06-27 02:00 +12:00 https://www.latimes.com/business/realestate/hot-property/la-fi-hotprop-little-richard-lafayette-square-home-sold-20190626-story.html https://www.latimes.com/business/realestate/hot-property/la-fi-hotprop-little-richard-lafayette-square-home-sold-20190626-story.html Little Richard's onetime home in Lafayette Square finds a new fan <p>A-wop-bom-a-loo-mop-a-lomp bom … gone? </p> Wed, 26 Jun 2019 09:00:04 -0400 Neal J. Leitereg <p>A-wop-bom-a-loo-mop-a-lomp bom … gone? </p> Charmaine David Photography 2019-06-26 09:00 -04:00 2019-06-27 01:00 +12:00 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/money/mortgageshome/article-7174447/Barclays-Family-Springboard-mortgage-lend-500k-time-buyers.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/money/mortgageshome/article-7174447/Barclays-Family-Springboard-mortgage-lend-500k-time-buyers.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 Barclays Family Springboard mortgage will lend £500k to first-time buyers The deals let family or friends of homebuyers pay the equivalent of 10 per cent of value of the home into a related savings account in lieu of a deposit. Wed, 26 Jun 2019 07:47:22 Z Getty Images 2019-06-26 07:47 +00:00 2019-06-26 19:47 +12:00 http://www.theguardian.com/business/2019/jun/26/how-has-brexit-vote-affected-the-uk-economy-june-verdict https://www.theguardian.com/business/2019/jun/26/how-has-brexit-vote-affected-the-uk-economy-june-verdict Economics Business Brexit Politics UK news Stock markets Inflation International trade Economic growth (GDP) Global economy UK unemployment and employment statistics Retail industry House prices Housing market Tax and spending Public finance Services sector Government borrowing How has Brexit vote affected the UK economy? June verdict <p>Each month we look at key indicators to see what effect the Brexit process has had on growth, prosperity and trade</p><ul><li><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/business/2019/jun/25/no-deal-brexit-uk-growth-pound-boris-johnson">Rising risk of no-deal Brexit slows UK growth as pound slides</a></li><br></ul> <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/business/2019/jun/26/how-has-brexit-vote-affected-the-uk-economy-june-verdict">Continue reading...</a> Wed, 26 Jun 2019 05:00:14 Z Photograph: cath levett/The Guardian Photograph: cath levett/The Guardian Richard Partington Economics correspondent 2019-06-26T05:00:14Z 2019-06-26 05:00 +00:00 2019-06-26 17:00 +12:00 https://www.latimes.com/business/realestate/hot-property/la-fi-hotprop-joe-montana-calistoga-ranch-20190625-story.html https://www.latimes.com/business/realestate/hot-property/la-fi-hotprop-joe-montana-calistoga-ranch-20190625-story.html NFL legend Joe Montana lists wine country ranch for $3.1 million <p>San Francisco 49ers legend Joe Montana is sizing up a sale outside the Bay Area. </p> Tue, 25 Jun 2019 17:04:56 -0400 Jack Flemming <p>San Francisco 49ers legend Joe Montana is sizing up a sale outside the Bay Area. </p> Realtor.com 2019-06-25 17:04 -04:00 2019-06-26 09:04 +12:00 https://www.landlords.co.nz/article/976515099/comment-the-compliance-struggle?utm_source=LL&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=COMMENT%3A+The+compliance+struggle https://www.landlords.co.nz/article/976515099/comment-the-compliance-struggle?utm_source=LL&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=COMMENT%3A+The+compliance+struggle COMMENT: The compliance struggle <p>For many property investors, the end goal is setting themselves up for retirement &ndash; but new requirements are making that harder. Investor Dale Young explains how his retirement project is turning into a compliance nightmare...</p> Wed, 26 Jun 2019 07:17:00 +1200 2019-06-26 07:17 +12:00 2019-06-26 07:17 +12:00 https://www.latimes.com/business/realestate/hot-property/la-fi-hotprop-elaine-stewart-merrill-heatter-beverly-hills-20190625-story.html https://www.latimes.com/business/realestate/hot-property/la-fi-hotprop-elaine-stewart-merrill-heatter-beverly-hills-20190625-story.html Beverly Hills mansion of late Hollywood couple Elaine Stewart and Merrill Heatter seeks $19.5 million <p>In Beverly Hills, the Spanish-style estate of the late actress Elaine Stewart and her husband, the late game show creator Merrill Heatter, is on the market for $19.5 million. </p> Tue, 25 Jun 2019 14:25:36 -0400 Jack Flemming <p>In Beverly Hills, the Spanish-style estate of the late actress Elaine Stewart and her husband, the late game show creator Merrill Heatter, is on the market for $19.5 million. </p> Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties 2019-06-25 14:25 -04:00 2019-06-26 06:25 +12:00 https://www.latimes.com/business/realestate/hot-property/la-fi-hotprop-katie-cassidy-encino-home-sold-20190625-story.html https://www.latimes.com/business/realestate/hot-property/la-fi-hotprop-katie-cassidy-encino-home-sold-20190625-story.html 'Arrow' star Katie Cassidy makes a quick exit in Encino <p>Actress Katie Cassidy, who stars in the superhero series "Arrow," has sold her Encino home for $1.835 million. </p> Tue, 25 Jun 2019 13:34:44 -0400 Neal J. Leitereg <p>Actress Katie Cassidy, who stars in the superhero series "Arrow," has sold her Encino home for $1.835 million. </p> US actress Katie Cassidy arrives for the 2019 Women in Film Annual Gala at the Beverly Hilton hotel in Beverly Hills, on June 12, 2019. (Photo by VALERIE MACON / AFP)VALERIE MACON/AFP/Getty Images ** OUTS - ELSENT, FPG, CM - OUTS * NM, PH, VA if sourced by CT, LA or MoD ** Valerie Macon / AFP /Getty Images 2019-06-25 13:34 -04:00 2019-06-26 05:34 +12:00 https://www.latimes.com/business/realestate/hot-property/la-fi-hotprop-fran-healy-hollywood-hills-20190625-story.html https://www.latimes.com/business/realestate/hot-property/la-fi-hotprop-fran-healy-hollywood-hills-20190625-story.html Travis frontman Fran Healy lists bohemian home in the Hollywood Hills <p>Musician Fran Healy, best known as the frontman for Scottish rock band Travis, is hoping for a hit in the Hollywood Hills. </p> Tue, 25 Jun 2019 12:44:55 -0400 Jack Flemming <p>Musician Fran Healy, best known as the frontman for Scottish rock band Travis, is hoping for a hit in the Hollywood Hills. </p> Realtor.com 2019-06-25 12:44 -04:00 2019-06-26 04:44 +12:00 https://www.latimes.com/business/realestate/hot-property/la-fi-hotprop-steve-martin-beverly-hills-home-20190625-story.html https://www.latimes.com/business/realestate/hot-property/la-fi-hotprop-steve-martin-beverly-hills-home-20190625-story.html Steve Martin lists the house next door in BHPO for $2.15 million <p>Actor-comedian Steve Martin has put a home in the Beverly Hills Post Office area up for sale at $2.149 million. </p> Tue, 25 Jun 2019 11:12:23 -0400 Neal J. Leitereg <p>Actor-comedian Steve Martin has put a home in the Beverly Hills Post Office area up for sale at $2.149 million. </p> SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA JULY 19, 2016-Steve Martin has a new world-premiere muscial, "Meteor Shower," which opens soon at the Old Globe in San Diego. (Wally Skalij/Los Angeles Times) Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times 2019-06-25 11:12 -04:00 2019-06-26 03:12 +12:00 https://www.latimes.com/business/realestate/hot-property/la-fi-hotprop-dick-enberg-la-jolla-20190625-story.html https://www.latimes.com/business/realestate/hot-property/la-fi-hotprop-dick-enberg-la-jolla-20190625-story.html La Jolla mansion of late sportscaster Dick Enberg surfaces for sale <p>A La Jolla estate owned for two decades by legendary sportscaster Dick Enberg is on the market for $9.8 million. </p> Tue, 25 Jun 2019 10:36:03 -0400 Jack Flemming <p>A La Jolla estate owned for two decades by legendary sportscaster Dick Enberg is on the market for $9.8 million. </p> Realtor.com 2019-06-25 10:36 -04:00 2019-06-26 02:36 +12:00 https://www.latimes.com/business/realestate/hot-property/la-fi-hotprop-scott-niedermayer-newport-beach-20190624-story.html https://www.latimes.com/business/realestate/hot-property/la-fi-hotprop-scott-niedermayer-newport-beach-20190624-story.html Hockey great Scott Niedermayer seeks $5.5 million for loaded Newport Beach home <p>Retired hockey star Scott Niedermayer, who spent the tail end of his Hall of Fame career with the Anaheim Ducks, is closing in on a buyer in Newport Beach. </p> Mon, 24 Jun 2019 16:24:52 -0400 Jack Flemming <p>Retired hockey star Scott Niedermayer, who spent the tail end of his Hall of Fame career with the Anaheim Ducks, is closing in on a buyer in Newport Beach. </p> Realtor.com 2019-06-24 16:24 -04:00 2019-06-25 08:24 +12:00 https://www.latimes.com/business/realestate/hot-property/la-fi-hotprop-josh-hopkins-20190624-story.html https://www.latimes.com/business/realestate/hot-property/la-fi-hotprop-josh-hopkins-20190624-story.html Actor Josh Hopkins is on the trail of a home buyer in Sherman Oaks <p>"Whiskey Cavalier" and "True Detective" actor Josh Hopkins has listed a ranch-style home in a leafy Sherman Oaks neighborhood for $1.549 million. </p> Mon, 24 Jun 2019 13:30:01 -0400 Lauren Beale <p>"Whiskey Cavalier" and "True Detective" actor Josh Hopkins has listed a ranch-style home in a leafy Sherman Oaks neighborhood for $1.549 million. </p> Redfin.com 2019-06-24 13:30 -04:00 2019-06-25 05:30 +12:00 https://www.latimes.com/business/realestate/hot-property/la-fi-hotprop-josh-hopkins-20190624-photos-photogallery.html https://www.latimes.com/business/realestate/hot-property/la-fi-hotprop-josh-hopkins-20190624-photos-photogallery.html Hot Property | Josh Hopkins <p>The ranch-style house in Sherman Oaks was built in 1955 and has been updated. </p> Mon, 24 Jun 2019 13:30:01 -0400 <p>The ranch-style house in Sherman Oaks was built in 1955 and has been updated. </p> Redfin.com 2019-06-24 13:30 -04:00 2019-06-25 05:30 +12:00 https://www.latimes.com/business/realestate/hot-property/la-fi-hotprop-james-blake-20190624-story.html https://www.latimes.com/business/realestate/hot-property/la-fi-hotprop-james-blake-20190624-story.html Retired pro tennis player James Blake serves up his Encinitas digs <p>Former tennis pro James Blake, who in recent years has been an analyst for the Tennis Channel and CNN, has listed his place in Encinitas for sale at $1.995 million. </p> Mon, 24 Jun 2019 11:30:01 -0400 Lauren Beale <p>Former tennis pro James Blake, who in recent years has been an analyst for the Tennis Channel and CNN, has listed his place in Encinitas for sale at $1.995 million. </p> Redfin.com 2019-06-24 11:30 -04:00 2019-06-25 03:30 +12:00 https://www.latimes.com/business/realestate/hot-property/la-fi-hotprop-james-blake-20190624-photos-photogallery.html https://www.latimes.com/business/realestate/hot-property/la-fi-hotprop-james-blake-20190624-photos-photogallery.html Hot Property | James Blake <p>The Encintas house was built in 2016 in what the listing describes as a Coastal Plantation style. </p> Mon, 24 Jun 2019 11:30:01 -0400 <p>The Encintas house was built in 2016 in what the listing describes as a Coastal Plantation style. </p> Redfin.com 2019-06-24 11:30 -04:00 2019-06-25 03:30 +12:00 https://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=199611 https://www.zillow.com/blog/bring-color-to-rental-199611/ Home Improvement decorating Renting Creative Ways to Add Color to Your Rental Can't paint the walls? No problem. These pops of color require no landlord approval. Mon, 24 Jun 2019 13:15:10 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/bring-color-to-rental-199611/#comments Erica Sooter <p>Living in a rental can dampen your design options. With unchangeable fixtures and cabinets, bland paint colors, and the threat of losing your security deposit if you make changes, a lot of renters suppress their personal style and settle for builder-grade basic.</p> <p>But it doesn&#8217;t have to be this way. By getting creative with your furniture and accessories, you can have a colorful and inviting home without sacrificing your deposit or infuriating your landlord.</p> <h2>Wall to wall</h2> <p>Many homeowners paint the walls as a relatively easy way to bring color to a space. But landlords and property managers often forbid changing a rental&#8217;s interior paint color.</p> <p>Think beyond paint, and you&#8217;ll discover a multitude of ways to dress up your walls without touching a paintbrush. The key is to think big.</p> <p>Find large-scale art pieces that speak to your style and feature punchy colors. Collect snapshots in ombre frames of your favorite hue (instead of traditional black or white) and assemble a gallery wall.</p> <p>Have an artistic streak? Paint a mural on a large piece of canvas and tack it over an entire wall.</p> <p>For the less artistically inclined, removable wallpaper or decals in bright shades and eye-catching designs provide an instant pick-me-up. You can also cover entire walls or awkward spaces with a pretty patterned curtain or piece of fabric for a cozy bohemian vibe.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter wp-image-230603" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/GettyImages-1130967710-0e202d.jpg" alt="" width="801" height="534" /></p> <h2>Punch it up</h2> <p>Rentals often come with outdated cabinets, fixtures, and flooring that can&#8217;t be altered. Beige, brown and off-white are the norm for these spaces, but that doesn&#8217;t mean you have to let it restrict your style.</p> <p>Add visual interest and draw attention by bringing in splashy pieces of furniture and decor. Look for pieces in your favorite color or choose a theme, like sunny yellow and coral, to drown out the drab.</p> <p>Vibrant painted wood chairs can give your dining space some zing. Or purchase a couch or chair in a daring tone like emerald or sapphire.</p> <p>Don&#8217;t have a ton of cash to spend? Go DIY. Find furniture with good bones at your local thrift shop or garage sale, and give it a makeover. Use spray paint for smaller decor pieces and latex or chalk paint for dressers and side tables.</p> <p>Add extra flair with stenciled details and paint-dipped legs. Line the backs of bookshelves with decorative paper, and temporarily replace boring kitchen and bathroom pulls and knobs with vibrant versions.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter wp-image-230601" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/GettyImages-1153440193-faea6b.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="534" /></p> <h2>Soft goods, bold tones</h2> <p>Textiles in assorted colors will be your best friends for dressing up your outdated or dull apartment. Start with an inviting rug in a rich jewel tone or a trendy overdyed hue. And stay away from traditional white and beige curtains - instead, opt for a bright color or lively pattern.</p> <p>The same goes for bedding. White may be a traditional go-to for duvet covers, but in the case of a blah apartment, pick a print or hue that will make your bedroom an energizing getaway or relaxing retreat. If you&#8217;re looking for a calm feel, search for a bed set in cool indigo, lavender or sage. Want to make it upbeat instead? Try poppy colors like coral, tangerine or sunflower.</p> <p>Fun throw pillows and blankets will spice up your bed, couch, lounge chairs and more. Keep the color trend going into the bathroom and kitchen by choosing pretty hand towels and bathmats.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter wp-image-230602" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/GettyImages-1056285336-ee0d54.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="534" /></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h2>Make it yours</h2> <p>By punching up the walls with custom artwork, bringing in attention-grabbing furniture, and using pretty textiles to boost the style factor, you can have a colorfully custom home without ever touching a drop of paint.</p> <p>The key is moderation and intention. Stick with a few favorite shades and mix it up by using variations of those hues instead of pulling in every color in the rainbow. Choose a few important focal points to infuse with color and let the rest blend in.</p> <p>You&#8217;ll be happier for the design boost, and your landlord will be glad you haven&#8217;t made any big changes. That&#8217;s a win-win situation for everyone involved.</p> <h6></h6> <p><strong>Related</strong>:</p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/what-to-unpack-first-191909/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">What to Unpack First in Your New Home</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/3-myths-renting-201963/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">&#8216;You&#8217;re Throwing Money Away&#8217; and Other Myths About Renting</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/get-your-security-deposit-back-210363/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">10 Ways to Make Sure You Get Your Security Deposit Back</a></li> </ul> <p><em>Originally published June 13, 2016.</em></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> https://www.zillow.com/blog/bring-color-to-rental-199611/feed/ 3 2019-06-24 13:15 +00:00 2019-06-25 01:15 +12:00 https://www.theguardian.com/money/2019/jun/24/my-siblings-and-i-inherited-a-house-will-we-be-liable-for-stamp-duty https://www.theguardian.com/money/2019/jun/24/my-siblings-and-i-inherited-a-house-will-we-be-liable-for-stamp-duty Stamp duty Property Tax UK news Money My siblings and I inherited a house – will we be liable for stamp duty? <p>The house is probably worth £80,000 to £90,000, but three of us already own property</p><p><strong>Q</strong> My three siblings and I inherited property from my great-aunt after she died in 2006. It’s a tiny cottage in Wales, with one bedroom, one living room, a small kitchen and a small bathroom. There is a little bit of land around it by way of a garden which slopes down to a river. I don’t think that it’s worth terribly much – possibly in the range of £80,000 to £90,000. Three of us also own property in which we live, and two of us are planning to sell and buy somewhere else in the near future. So my question is: what is the situation with stamp duty land tax? We each have a 25% share in my late aunt’s cottage, so will we be liable for the higher rate of stamp duty on our potential purchases because of this?<br><strong>KM</strong></p><p><strong>A</strong> No you won’t be liable for the higher rate of stamp duty land tax (SDLT). Because you are selling your main residence and buying another main residence to replace it, the higher rates of SDLT – which are standard SDLT rates plus three percentage points – do not apply. They would apply if you didn’t sell your current home before buying a new one – although you would be able to claim a refund if you sold the old home within three years of buying the new one. However, because your individual shares in your late aunt’s cottage are worth less than £40,000 (if your estimated value is correct), you are let off paying the higher rates of SDLT. This would also be the case if your fourth sibling decided to buy another property provided his/her share is still worth less than £40,000 at the time he/she acquires a second property. </p> <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/money/2019/jun/24/my-siblings-and-i-inherited-a-house-will-we-be-liable-for-stamp-duty">Continue reading...</a> Mon, 24 Jun 2019 06:00:09 Z Photograph: Alamy Photograph: Alamy Virginia Wallis 2019-06-24T06:00:09Z 2019-06-24 06:00 +00:00 2019-06-24 18:00 +12:00 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-7166929/Planning-rules-relaxed-easier-enlarge-home.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-7166929/Planning-rules-relaxed-easier-enlarge-home.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 Planning rules have been relaxed so it's now easier than ever to enlarge your home A study of house-moving charges by the Reallymoving website shows stamp duty across England accounts for 46 per cent of buyers' costs. Sat, 22 Jun 2019 10:59:50 Z None 2019-06-22 10:59 +00:00 2019-06-22 22:59 +12:00 https://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=230583 https://www.zillow.com/blog/2019-outdoor-living-trends-230583/ Home Improvement decorating furniture Boho and Minimalism Top Our List of 2019 Outdoor Living Trends In with minimalism, out with rustic farmhouse. See what trends are heating up patios this summer. Fri, 21 Jun 2019 22:33:58 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/2019-outdoor-living-trends-230583/#comments Zillow <p>It's easier than ever to create an outdoor oasis that's an extension of your home, and this summer's biggest trend is creating a backyard space that is as comfortable as your indoor one. Design styles like bright and bold boho and Scandinavian minimalism are heading outside, according to our 2019 Outdoor Living Trends Report.</p> <p>&#8220;The lines have been blurred between what's indoor-only and what you can use outside, which means it's never been easier to create an outdoor space that's cohesive with your indoor design," says Kerrie Kelly, design expert and founder of Kerrie Kelly Design Lab.</p> <p>Here&#8217;s her rundown of this year&#8217;s five hottest outdoor trends:</p> <h2>1. Mixed materials</h2> <p>This summer, design elements that were once considered indoor use only - brass, rope, textured upholstery and webbing - are combining in new, unexpected ways for outdoor spaces. Chandeliers, soft rugs and cozy floor cushions are now popular for outside, and new fabric options now include outdoor-safe velvets, leathers and nubby chenilles.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter wp-image-230586" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/1-3605f6.jpg" alt="" width="650" height="902" /></p> <h2>2. Minimalism to the max</h2> <p>Scandinavian minimalist design is now showing up in outdoor furnishings. Lounge chairs, love seats and bistro tables are trending this summer in lightweight, powder-coated aluminum. Finish the look with neutrals like black, white and gray, or mix-and-match with a natural material like teak.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter wp-image-230587" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/2-685706.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="595" /></p> <h2>3. Some like it hot</h2> <p>This summer it's all about elevated outdoor spaces that feel as stylish, comfortable and functional as interiors - with all the amenities. Fire features and outdoor kitchens continue to be extremely popular, providing a sense of "indoor cozy." Beyond adding ambiance, <a href="http://zillow.mediaroom.com/2019-04-04-Homes-with-Chef-Inspired-Kitchen-Features-Sell-for-Up-to-34-Percent-More-Yet-Millennial-Buyers-Pay-Premiums-for-Pizza-and-Wine" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Zillow research</a> found home listings mentioning outdoor kitchens and outdoor fireplaces sold for significantly more than expected.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter wp-image-230588" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/3-0159f7.jpg" alt="" width="650" height="958" /></p> <h2>4. Pops of color</h2> <p>Splashes of bold color are brightening up neutral upholstered furnishings. This summer's top color trend of citrus-bright oranges, reds, yellows and pinks are lively and vibrant outside. Think about adding a touch of Living Coral, Pantone&#8217;s Color of the Year, or play with newly trending emerald green in your accessories.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter wp-image-230589" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/4-6e71d4.jpg" alt="" width="799" height="514" /></p> <h2>5. Go green outside</h2> <p>Eco-conscious landscaping, outdoor furnishings and fixtures have gained traction this year. Living walls make a design statement and reduce your carbon footprint, and solar-powered LED accent lights provide upgraded illumination without complex wiring or tricky installation. When it comes time to sell, listings mentioning outdoor lighting were associated with homes selling for <a href="http://zillow.mediaroom.com/2019-04-04-Homes-with-Chef-Inspired-Kitchen-Features-Sell-for-Up-to-34-Percent-More-Yet-Millennial-Buyers-Pay-Premiums-for-Pizza-and-Wine" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">19% more than expected</a>.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter wp-image-230590" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/5-472b9a.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="548" /></p> <h2>Outdoor trends to leave behind in 2019</h2> <h3>Matching patio sets</h3> <p>With more options than ever, there's no need to rely on matching patio sets for a pulled-together look. Instead, curated, eclectic outdoor spaces continue to rise in popularity. Own a patio set? Add mix-and-match, multi-patterned outdoor pillows, a textured ottoman and a vintage rattan side table for a unique look.</p> <h3>Rustic farmhouse</h3> <p>Weathered barnwood dining tables and industrial metal chairs are getting a 2019 makeover with a sleeker combination of teak and aluminum. Take your existing farm table and give it an upgrade with a set of bright, cheery mesh aluminum dining chairs.</p> <p><strong>Related:</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/solariums-and-sun-rooms-212435/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Spectacular Solariums and Sun Rooms Let in the Light</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/quiz-which-perfect-pool-is-cool-for-the-summer-227324/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Quiz: Which Perfect Pool Is Cool for the Summer?</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/summer-smackdown-which-home-is-your-favorite-230460/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Summer Smackdown: Which Home Is Your Favorite?</a></li> </ul> https://www.zillow.com/blog/2019-outdoor-living-trends-230583/feed/ 16 2019-06-21 22:33 +00:00 2019-06-22 10:33 +12:00 https://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=212435 https://www.zillow.com/blog/solariums-and-sun-rooms-212435/ Home Improvement decorating Solariums Sun rooms Spectacular Solariums and Sun Rooms Let in the Light Summon the sun indoors with these gorgeous light-filled spaces. Fri, 21 Jun 2019 21:11:38 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/solariums-and-sun-rooms-212435/#comments Kerrie Kelly <p>Sun rooms, solariums, skylights - oh my! While the terminology can be confusing, these rooms designed to offer indoor sunbathing have similar qualities and suit any type of home environment.</p> <p>If your climate doesn&#8217;t offer year-round sun, you can still enjoy the outdoors by adding a sun room or solarium addition to your space.</p> <h2>What&#8217;s the difference?</h2> <p>A <strong>sun room</strong> is a home addition made completely of windows, which offer a 360-degree view of the outdoor scenery without stepping foot outside.</p> <p>The term &#8220;sun room&#8221; usually means a room made of glass, and it&#8217;s commonly interchanged with conservatory, solarium, greenhouse and atrium, among others. Technically, a sun room is any large room that allows the light to pour in through large windows or glass walls.</p> <p>A <strong>solarium</strong>, on the other hand, is a more specifically designed room. To be considered a solarium, the space must also have a glass roof in addition to a wall of windows or glass.</p> <p>Traditionally, solariums were built as part of hospitals to allow patients to soak up the sun without being exposed to the outdoor elements. Solariums can be attached to the home or stand as a separate structure altogether.</p> <p>Check out these gorgeous sun rooms and solariums, and get inspired for a sunny space of your own.</p> <h2>Verdant sunlight</h2> <p>This sun room lets the light pour in for the plants while still maintaining a homey charm. The wooden ceiling and leafy plants complement the tranquil view outside, making it perfect for afternoon tea or family game night.</p> <figure id="attachment_230579" aria-describedby="caption-attachment-230579" style="width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/2841-Gilmore-Ave-Des-Moines-IA-50312/794437_zpid/?" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer"><img class="wp-image-230579" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/sunroom3-04cf5c.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="580" /></a><figcaption id="caption-attachment-230579" class="wp-caption-text">Photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/2841-Gilmore-Ave-Des-Moines-IA-50312/794437_zpid/?" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Zillow listing.</a></figcaption></figure> <h2>Sunny dip with a view</h2> <p>This palatial Sarasota, Florida, solarium houses a pool you can swim in while enjoying views of the nearby lake. The iron frame and tinted glass allow the homeowners to enjoy the sun but avoid harmful rays and heat.</p> <figure id="attachment_230576" aria-describedby="caption-attachment-230576" style="width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/3702-Beneva-Oaks-Blvd-Sarasota-FL-34238/47513862_zpid/?" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer"><img class="wp-image-230576" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/solarium-88c257.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="532" /></a><figcaption id="caption-attachment-230576" class="wp-caption-text">Photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/3702-Beneva-Oaks-Blvd-Sarasota-FL-34238/47513862_zpid/?" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Zillow listing.</a></figcaption></figure> <h2>Dining <em>almost</em> al fresco</h2> <p>This sun room serves as a light-drenched dining room, featuring garden views and easy patio access. Day or night, hot or cold, this multipurpose room is ideal for a quiet meal at home or an intimate gathering with friends.</p> <figure id="attachment_230575" aria-describedby="caption-attachment-230575" style="width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/135-Pacific-Ave-Pacific-Grove-CA-93950/19323475_zpid/?" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer"><img class="wp-image-230575" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/sunroom2-db3dc1.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="534" /></a><figcaption id="caption-attachment-230575" class="wp-caption-text">Photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/135-Pacific-Ave-Pacific-Grove-CA-93950/19323475_zpid/?" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Zillow listing.</a></figcaption></figure> <h2>Room with a view</h2> <p>Boasting sky-high views and traditional architecture, this solarium in <a href="https://www.zillow.com/friday-harbor-wa/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Friday Harbor, Washington</a>, shows how outside structures can flow seamlessly to the indoor space. With area rugs and overhead lighting, the solarium feels like a light and bright living room.</p> <figure id="attachment_212478" aria-describedby="caption-attachment-212478" style="width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/1566-Mitchell-Bay-Rd-Friday-Harbor-WA-98250/99397867_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer"><img class="wp-image-212478 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/4-921052.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="533" /></a><figcaption id="caption-attachment-212478" class="wp-caption-text">Photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/1566-Mitchell-Bay-Rd-Friday-Harbor-WA-98250/99397867_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Zillow listing</a>.</figcaption></figure> <p><strong>Related:</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/quiz-which-perfect-pool-is-cool-for-the-summer-227324/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Quiz: Which Perfect Pool Is Cool for the Summer?</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/9-homes-with-dreamy-spots-for-april-showers-230325/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">9 Homes With Dreamy Spots for April Showers</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/fire-pits-fireplaces-226493/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Quiz: Which Summer Space Melts Your Heart?</a></li> </ul> <p><em>Originally published March 2017. Updated June 2019.</em></p> https://www.zillow.com/blog/solariums-and-sun-rooms-212435/feed/ 18 2019-06-21 21:11 +00:00 2019-06-22 09:11 +12:00 https://www.theguardian.com/money/2019/jun/21/lets-move-to-grimsby-cleethorpes-lincolnshire https://www.theguardian.com/money/2019/jun/21/lets-move-to-grimsby-cleethorpes-lincolnshire Property Homes Money Life and style Let’s move to Grimsby and Cleethorpes, Lincolnshire: tired but handsome <p>Despite being beset by economic and social problems, evidence of the towns’ 19th-century heyday remains</p><p><strong>What’s going for it?</strong> If you want to see why so many people voted (and would still vote) for Brexit, these are the perfect places to start. These conjoined twins have been in a death spiral for decades. The story is depressingly familiar: the sudden removal of a place’s main reason for being, various feeble attempts at sticking-plaster “regeneration” and decades of underinvestment. Today, <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/cities/2018/jan/23/battle-grimsby-great-again" title="">Grimsby and Cleethorpes need </a><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/cities/2018/jan/23/battle-grimsby-great-again" title="">big </a><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/cities/2018/jan/23/battle-grimsby-great-again" title="">thinking</a>. There are a few, much-feted, green shoots: the wind-farm industry, for instance (Grimsby has more of its energy demands met by renewables than anywhere else in the country); or the turning of <a href="https://www.grimsbytelegraph.co.uk/news/grimsby-news/kasbah-labyrinth-dock-buildings-name-1608638" title="">Grimsby’s evocative, 19th-century dockside </a><a href="https://www.grimsbytelegraph.co.uk/news/grimsby-news/kasbah-labyrinth-dock-buildings-name-1608638" title="">Kasbah</a><a href="https://www.grimsbytelegraph.co.uk/news/grimsby-news/kasbah-labyrinth-dock-buildings-name-1608638" title=""> district</a> into a conservation area. Whether these green shoots will grow, though, is a moot point. The area faces formidable challenges. On the plus side, the towns can be truly beautiful, with handsome 19th-century homes, delightful parks and silky sand on the beach. Its community is battered, but of a strength most places would envy. Nobody could wish these places anything but better fortune, love and, most importantly, a whole lot of cash.</p><p><strong>The case against</strong> Where to begin. The full gamut of economic and social problems. Grimsby, in particular, was heavily damaged by redevelopment in the 70s.</p> <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/money/2019/jun/21/lets-move-to-grimsby-cleethorpes-lincolnshire">Continue reading...</a> Fri, 21 Jun 2019 15:30:47 Z Photograph: Paul Bucknall/Alamy Stock Photo Photograph: Paul Bucknall/Alamy Stock Photo Tom Dyckhoff 2019-06-21T15:30:47Z 2019-06-21 15:30 +00:00 2019-06-22 03:30 +12:00 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-7166973/Glass-frosts-touch-button-gives-privacy-light.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-7166973/Glass-frosts-touch-button-gives-privacy-light.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 Glass that frosts up at the touch of a button gives both privacy and light The glass isn't cheap. You can reckon on £1,200 to £1,500 per square metre before installation, which will involve organising a power supply. Fri, 21 Jun 2019 13:44:51 Z None 2019-06-21 13:44 +00:00 2019-06-22 01:44 +12:00 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-6557441/Is-Luton-really-set-commuter-hotspot-house-prices-half-London.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-6557441/Is-Luton-really-set-commuter-hotspot-house-prices-half-London.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 Is Luton really set to take off? The commuter hotspot where house prices are half than in London Estate agency Jackson-Stops have named Luton as London's top commuter hotspot for 2019 for the second year running. Fri, 21 Jun 2019 09:29:11 Z None 2019-06-21 09:29 +00:00 2019-06-21 21:29 +12:00 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/money/mortgageshome/article-7128741/Kensington-launches-public-hero-mortgage-firefighters-police-nurses.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/money/mortgageshome/article-7128741/Kensington-launches-public-hero-mortgage-firefighters-police-nurses.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 Kensington launches public hero mortgage for firefighters, police and nurses The deal is tailored to those working in the UK's essential services including police officers, firefighters, NHS staff such as paramedics, nurses and clinicians, the armed forces and teachers. Thu, 20 Jun 2019 13:24:31 Z Shutterstock / Noska Photo 2019-06-20 13:24 +00:00 2019-06-21 01:24 +12:00 http://www.theguardian.com/business/2019/jun/19/housebuilder-berkeley-signals-end-to-bumper-earnings-as-profits-fall https://www.theguardian.com/business/2019/jun/19/housebuilder-berkeley-signals-end-to-bumper-earnings-as-profits-fall Berkeley Housing market UK news Business Property Real estate Housebuilder Berkeley signals end to bumper earnings as profits fall <p>Group will target growth outside its traditional territory of London </p><p>Profits at Berkeley Group fell by a fifth last year as the housebuilder signalled the end of a period of bumper earnings and said it would look outside its traditional territory in London.</p><p>Growth in the housing market has weakened in the past three years as extended <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/business/2019/mar/18/brexit-property-uk-asking-prices-fall-rightmove">political uncertainty has weighed on prices</a>, particularly in London and south-east England, where Berkeley specialises.</p> <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/business/2019/jun/19/housebuilder-berkeley-signals-end-to-bumper-earnings-as-profits-fall">Continue reading...</a> Wed, 19 Jun 2019 11:23:26 Z Photograph: Alamy Stock Photo Photograph: Alamy Stock Photo Jasper Jolly and Julia Kollewe 2019-06-19T11:23:26Z 2019-06-19 11:23 +00:00 2019-06-19 23:23 +12:00 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/money/article-7155387/I-came-home-house-stolen-fraudsters-intercepted-mail.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/money/article-7155387/I-came-home-house-stolen-fraudsters-intercepted-mail.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 My house was stolen after fraudsters intercepted my mail Angela first noticed something was wrong when she returned home after spending three weeks away to find her letterbox had been taped up and an ugly metal postbox fixed to her door. Wed, 19 Jun 2019 07:17:13 Z None 2019-06-19 07:17 +00:00 2019-06-19 19:17 +12:00 https://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=230542 https://www.zillow.com/blog/10-homes-saluting-the-red-white-blue-230542/ Unique Homes 10 Homes Saluting the Red, White & Blue Cue the fireworks! These patriotic properties will get you in the Independence Day spirit. Tue, 18 Jun 2019 22:51:27 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/10-homes-saluting-the-red-white-blue-230542/#comments Zillow <p>You see plenty of red, white and blue on July 4th, but these 10 American homes sport the star-spangled colors of Old Glory year-round. Take a trip around the country and peruse some of these patriotic homes.</p> <h2>Portland, Oregon</h2> <figure id="attachment_230550" aria-describedby="caption-attachment-230550" style="width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/4541-NE-22nd-Ave-Portland-OR-97211/53976948_zpid/?" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer"><img class="wp-image-230550" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/portland-66e66b.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="573" /></a><figcaption id="caption-attachment-230550" class="wp-caption-text">Photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/4541-NE-22nd-Ave-Portland-OR-97211/53976948_zpid/?" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Zillow listing</a>.</figcaption></figure> <h2>San Francisco, California</h2> <figure id="attachment_230553" aria-describedby="caption-attachment-230553" style="width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/2611-20th-Ave-San-Francisco-CA-94116/15125364_zpid/?" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer"><img class="wp-image-230553" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/sanfran-0cca68.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="590" /></a><figcaption id="caption-attachment-230553" class="wp-caption-text">Photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/2611-20th-Ave-San-Francisco-CA-94116/15125364_zpid/?" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Zillow listing</a>.</figcaption></figure> <h2>Charleston, South Carolina</h2> <figure id="attachment_230547" aria-describedby="caption-attachment-230547" style="width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/719-Windward-Rd-Charleston-SC-29412/10900961_zpid/?" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer"><img class="wp-image-230547" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/charleston-3183d1.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="448" /></a><figcaption id="caption-attachment-230547" class="wp-caption-text">Photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/719-Windward-Rd-Charleston-SC-29412/10900961_zpid/?" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Zillow listing</a>.</figcaption></figure> <h2>Washington, D.C.</h2> <figure id="attachment_230554" aria-describedby="caption-attachment-230554" style="width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/718-19th-St-NE-Washington-DC-20002/68071538_zpid/?" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer"><img class="wp-image-230554" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/washdc-05de8a.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="901" /></a><figcaption id="caption-attachment-230554" class="wp-caption-text">Photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/718-19th-St-NE-Washington-DC-20002/68071538_zpid/?" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Zillow listing</a>.</figcaption></figure> <h2>Providence, Rhode Island</h2> <figure id="attachment_230551" aria-describedby="caption-attachment-230551" style="width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/32-Jenkins-St-Providence-RI-02906/65889868_zpid/?" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer"><img class="wp-image-230551" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/providence-ae8855.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="530" /></a><figcaption id="caption-attachment-230551" class="wp-caption-text">Photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/32-Jenkins-St-Providence-RI-02906/65889868_zpid/?" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Zillow listing</a>.</figcaption></figure> <h2>Boise, Idaho</h2> <figure id="attachment_230610" aria-describedby="caption-attachment-230610" style="width: 801px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/825-N-12th-St-Boise-ID-83702/239899299_zpid/?" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer"><img class="wp-image-230610" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/boise-a7e5e2.jpg" alt="" width="801" height="530" /></a><figcaption id="caption-attachment-230610" class="wp-caption-text">Photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/825-N-12th-St-Boise-ID-83702/239899299_zpid/?" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Zillow listing.</a></figcaption></figure> <h2>New Orleans, Louisiana</h2> <figure id="attachment_230549" aria-describedby="caption-attachment-230549" style="width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/621-Homer-St-New-Orleans-LA-70114/84472201_zpid/?" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer"><img class="wp-image-230549" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/nola-5e60a0.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="558" /></a><figcaption id="caption-attachment-230549" class="wp-caption-text">Photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/621-Homer-St-New-Orleans-LA-70114/84472201_zpid/?" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Zillow listing</a>.</figcaption></figure> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h2>Boston, Massachusetts</h2> <figure id="attachment_230546" aria-describedby="caption-attachment-230546" style="width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/34-Hillsdale-St-Boston-MA-02124/59118450_zpid/?" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer"><img class="wp-image-230546" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/boston-a970e5.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="636" /></a><figcaption id="caption-attachment-230546" class="wp-caption-text">Photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/34-Hillsdale-St-Boston-MA-02124/59118450_zpid/?" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Zillow listing</a>.</figcaption></figure> <h2>Annapolis, Maryland</h2> <figure id="attachment_230544" aria-describedby="caption-attachment-230544" style="width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/50-S-Homeland-Ave-Annapolis-MD-21401/2084260251_zpid/?" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer"><img class="wp-image-230544" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/annapolis-5b1d59.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="485" /></a><figcaption id="caption-attachment-230544" class="wp-caption-text">Photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/50-S-Homeland-Ave-Annapolis-MD-21401/2084260251_zpid/?" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Zillow listing</a>.</figcaption></figure> <h2>Austin, Texas</h2> <figure id="attachment_230545" aria-describedby="caption-attachment-230545" style="width: 801px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/5713-Whitebrook-Dr-Austin-TX-78724/125914877_zpid/?" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer"><img class="wp-image-230545" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/austin-989262.jpg" alt="" width="801" height="532" /></a><figcaption id="caption-attachment-230545" class="wp-caption-text">Photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/5713-Whitebrook-Dr-Austin-TX-78724/125914877_zpid/?" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Zillow listing</a>.</figcaption></figure> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h6><em>Featured image from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/15-Church-St-Providence-RI-02904/66088402_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Zillow listing</a>.</em></h6> <p><strong>Related:</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/quiz-which-perfect-pool-is-cool-for-the-summer-227324/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Quiz: Which Perfect Pool Is Cool for the Summer?</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/summer-smackdown-which-home-is-your-favorite-230460/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Summer Smackdown: Which Home Is Your Favorite?</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/building-backyard-fire-pit-219141/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">DIY Backyard Fire Pit: Build It in Just 7 Easy Steps</a></li> </ul> https://www.zillow.com/blog/10-homes-saluting-the-red-white-blue-230542/feed/ 8 2019-06-18 22:51 +00:00 2019-06-19 10:51 +12:00 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7153265/Sir-Bobby-Charltons-former-holiday-home-goes-sale-585-000.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7153265/Sir-Bobby-Charltons-former-holiday-home-goes-sale-585-000.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 Sir Bobby Charlton's former holiday home goes on sale for £585,000 Sir Bobby Charlton, 81, escaped from the adulation of fans at Old Trafford to the peace of his white-washed seaside cottage on the quiet Llanddona beach on Anglesey in North Wales. Tue, 18 Jun 2019 10:13:42 Z WALES NEWS SERVICE 2019-06-18 10:13 +00:00 2019-06-18 22:13 +12:00 http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/jun/17/houses-wages-size-isnt-everything-envy https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/jun/17/houses-wages-size-isnt-everything-envy Property Real estate Housing market Money UK news From houses to wages, it's time we realised that size isn't everything | Julian Baggini <p>Our desire to always go one better is natural but that doesn’t mean we should let it consume us with envy</p><p>Among our nation’s many long-term property woes is that British homes are not only becoming less affordable, they’re also <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/business/2018/apr/08/uk-living-rooms-have-shrunk-by-a-third-survey-finds">getting smaller</a>. However, news from over the pond suggests shoebox living may not be a problem after all. In the US, average house sizes have been growing but <a href="https://www.theatlantic.com/family/archive/2019/06/big-houses-american-happy/591433/">satisfaction with them has remained flat</a>. Bigger just means bigger; it doesn’t mean better.</p><p>It’s just one study, but on this occasion the usual academic caveat of “more research is needed” is, well, not needed. Psychologists already know that <a href="https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/basics/social-comparison-theory">we are compulsive comparators</a>. Improvements to our own fortune don’t have any lasting effect unless they make us better off than those around us, not just better off than we were. Indeed, we often feel worse if we get more but see peers get even more still.</p><p> <span>Related: </span><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/jun/14/help-to-buy-well-off-housing-crisis-afford-market">Help to buy has helped the well-off – and made the housing crisis worse | Vicky Spratt</a> </p> <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/jun/17/houses-wages-size-isnt-everything-envy">Continue reading...</a> Mon, 17 Jun 2019 09:00:18 Z Photograph: Alex Segre / Alamy/Alamy Photograph: Alex Segre / Alamy/Alamy Julian Baggini 2019-06-17T09:00:18Z 2019-06-17 09:00 +00:00 2019-06-17 21:00 +12:00 https://www.theguardian.com/money/2019/jun/17/im-a-first-time-buyer-do-i-earn-enough-to-get-a-mortgage https://www.theguardian.com/money/2019/jun/17/im-a-first-time-buyer-do-i-earn-enough-to-get-a-mortgage Help-to-buy scheme Mortgages Property Money First-time buyers I'm a first-time buyer – do I earn enough to get a mortgage? <p>I’m worried that the repayments on my help-to-buy loan will count against me with a lender</p><p><strong>Q</strong> I hope you might be able to provide some insight for me as I begin my (optimistic) search for a first property. I’m 26 years old and single and a couple of years ago, I received a £150,000 inheritance. I have sat on it since then but have finally come to the decision to buy a one-bedroom flat in London. I was renting until a month ago but am now back living with parents to give me a chance to save enough money for legal costs and furniture while I navigate my options.</p><p>I am also in the process of finding a new job and expect to have a salary of £32,000, once I have been in the job three months. So sometime in October or November I hope to be in a position to buy a property using the help-to-buy scheme. I expect to pay about £400,000 split 37.5% deposit, 37.5% help-to -buy and 25% mortgage. I’m nervous that although I would could get a mortgage of 25% of the value of the flat, there’s no guarantee that my salary will increase enough to cover the repayments when they kick in on the help-to-buy equity loan in five years’ time and this may effect my chances of getting the mortgage. I have separate funds that will cover the stamp duty and upfront costs and so on, so this is not an issue. I’m very lucky to have this deposit but due to my salary I’m not sure home ownership is available to me.<br><strong>LH</strong></p> <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/money/2019/jun/17/im-a-first-time-buyer-do-i-earn-enough-to-get-a-mortgage">Continue reading...</a> Mon, 17 Jun 2019 06:00:37 Z Photograph: Cornerstone Photos/Alamy Stock Photo/Alamy Stock Photo Photograph: Cornerstone Photos/Alamy Stock Photo/Alamy Stock Photo Virginia Wallis 2019-06-17T06:00:37Z 2019-06-17 06:00 +00:00 2019-06-17 18:00 +12:00 http://www.theguardian.com/business/2019/jun/15/second-homes-now-worth-nearly-1tn-to-britons https://www.theguardian.com/business/2019/jun/15/second-homes-now-worth-nearly-1tn-to-britons Housing market Real estate Property Buying to let House prices Money Business UK news Economics Politics Second homes now worth nearly £1tn to Britons <p>Extra property wealth rises 50% but numbers of young families owning homes halves in 20 years</p><p>Property wealth in Britain from second homes has risen by more than 50% over the past two decades to reach nearly £1tn, according to a report that indicates growing inequality across the UK.</p><p>Total property wealth for UK residents from second homes, buy-to-let investments and overseas property has risen in value from around £610bn in 2001 to £941bn.</p> <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/business/2019/jun/15/second-homes-now-worth-nearly-1tn-to-britons">Continue reading...</a> Fri, 14 Jun 2019 23:01:03 Z Photograph: Alamy Stock Photo Photograph: Alamy Stock Photo Richard Partington Economics correspondent 2019-06-14T23:01:03Z 2019-06-14 23:01 +00:00 2019-06-15 11:01 +12:00 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-7141683/Sick-city-Nows-time-country-sideline-business.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-7141683/Sick-city-Nows-time-country-sideline-business.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 Sick of the city? Now's the time to buy property in the country and run a small business Richard and Julie Arme, sick of trekking around the London underground to make money in the city, bought a four-bedroom detached house with 3½ acres of grounds and built a glamping site. Fri, 14 Jun 2019 14:19:58 Z None 2019-06-14 14:19 +00:00 2019-06-15 02:19 +12:00 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/money/mortgageshome/article-7115497/We-visit-online-auctioneer-BidX-homes-digital-hammer.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/money/mortgageshome/article-7115497/We-visit-online-auctioneer-BidX-homes-digital-hammer.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 We visit online auctioneer BidX to see homes go under the digital hammer There are no bidders in sight in BidX but they are there, virtually, sat at their computers - or even out and about on their mobiles - poised to put in a bid of hundreds of thousands of pounds. Fri, 14 Jun 2019 14:14:26 Z None 2019-06-14 14:14 +00:00 2019-06-15 02:14 +12:00 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7141251/6-25million-mansion-national-park-six-bedrooms-five-bathrooms-wine-cellar-orchard.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7141251/6-25million-mansion-national-park-six-bedrooms-five-bathrooms-wine-cellar-orchard.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 £6.25million mansion in national park with six bedrooms, five bathrooms, wine cellar and orchard Hill Place, which has six bedrooms, five bathrooms, wine cellar and orchard, and is near the village of Swanmore in Hampshire, sits in an elevated position within the South Downs National Park. Fri, 14 Jun 2019 11:38:58 Z KnightFrank/BNPS 2019-06-14 11:38 +00:00 2019-06-14 23:38 +12:00 http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/jun/14/help-to-buy-well-off-housing-crisis-afford-market https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/jun/14/help-to-buy-well-off-housing-crisis-afford-market Help-to-buy scheme First-time buyers Mortgages Property Money Politics UK news Housing Housing market Real estate Help to buy has helped the well-off – and made the housing crisis worse | Vicky Spratt More than half of those using the scheme could already afford a home. The government must stop propping up a broken market<p>Conservative politicians have long professed their infallible belief that Britain should be a “property-owning democracy”. From <a href="https://www.lrb.co.uk/blog/2014/april/property-owning-democracy" title="">Noel Skelton</a>, who actually came up with the phrase in the 1920s, to Margaret Thatcher, who usually gets the credit, it is their maxim. So in 2010, when David Cameron found himself presiding over a fall in homeownership so severe that it <a href="https://www.ons.gov.uk/peoplepopulationandcommunity/populationandmigration/internationalmigration/articles/housingandhomeownershipintheuk/2015-01-22" title="">hit a 30-year low</a> and hearing that even the middle classes couldn’t get on the housing ladder, he felt compelled to act.</p><p> <span>Related: </span><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/business/2019/jun/13/nao-says-60-of-help-to-buy-buyers-did-not-need-state-support">Most help-to-buy recipients could already afford a home</a> </p> <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/jun/14/help-to-buy-well-off-housing-crisis-afford-market">Continue reading...</a> Fri, 14 Jun 2019 11:05:48 Z Photograph: POOL/Reuters Photograph: POOL/Reuters Vicky Spratt 2019-06-14T11:05:48Z 2019-06-14 11:05 +00:00 2019-06-14 23:05 +12:00 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7130315/Green-fingered-Prince-Charles-shows-transformed-Highgroves-gardens.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7130315/Green-fingered-Prince-Charles-shows-transformed-Highgroves-gardens.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 Green-fingered Prince Charles shows off transformed Highgrove's gardens The Prince of Wales is a well-known lover of nature and has radically transformed the Royal Gardens since he purchased Highgrove House in Doughton, in August 1980. Fri, 14 Jun 2019 09:31:35 Z Clarence House 2019-06-14 09:31 +00:00 2019-06-14 21:31 +12:00 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-7129039/Spanish-property-TVs-Costa-Del-Celebrity-sale-1-8m.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-7129039/Spanish-property-TVs-Costa-Del-Celebrity-sale-1-8m.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 Spanish property from TV's Costa Del Celebrity for sale for £1.8m The property housed five famous guests during the Channel 5 reality show Costa Del Celebrity - and it has been listed by the British pair that own it. Fri, 14 Jun 2019 09:24:35 Z None 2019-06-14 09:24 +00:00 2019-06-14 21:24 +12:00 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-7138175/Rylan-Clark-Neal-unveils-brand-new-kitchen-karaoke-island-FOUR-ovens.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-7138175/Rylan-Clark-Neal-unveils-brand-new-kitchen-karaoke-island-FOUR-ovens.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 Rylan Clark-Neal unveils his brand new kitchen with a 'karaoke island' and FOUR ovens Rylan-Clark Neal, 30, has unveiled his transformed kitchen in his Essex home, with an island for impromptu karaoke sessions and a staggering four ovens. Fri, 14 Jun 2019 08:16:44 Z None 2019-06-14 08:16 +00:00 2019-06-14 20:16 +12:00 58af97f5440243fe3d552306:5906c0dfe4fcb573ba562253:5b56a1d2aa4a997ca1c5abc8 https://chemcare.co.nz/articles/what-are-some-safer-alternatives-to-asbestos What are some safer alternatives to asbestos? Before it was discovered to be dangerous, asbestos was a widely used building material which provided a number of benefits. What are some safe, modern alternatives? Thu, 13 Jun 2019 23:05:42 Z Zach White <p class="">Asbestos was once commonly used in a number of applications around New Zealand. Since the discovery that the material is hazardous to human health, its use has been heavily restricted. Thankfully, there are other materials on the market that can be substituted for asbestos which lack its harmful characteristics.</p><p class="">&nbsp;Before we explore the alternatives, it’s important to understand what the benefits of asbestos were when used as a building material.</p><p class="">&nbsp;</p><p class=""><strong>What are the benefits of asbestos?&nbsp;</strong></p><p class="">With our present knowledge of the harmful effects asbestos causes, it might sound odd to ask what the benefits of the material are. However, there are good reasons it was used in construction before the harm it created was understood.</p><p class="">The first major benefit is the material’s extreme resistance to fire. This made asbestos particularly useful, as it could be added to other products and make them less likely to burn. It was also highly effective when used for insulation in buildings, as the material is a poor conductor of heat. High tensile strength and sound-absorption properties further made asbestos a popular building material - that is, until it was understood to be incredibly harmful.</p><p class=""><br></p> <img data-image="https://images.squarespace-cdn.com/content/v1/58af97f5440243fe3d552306/1560246685956-8IE7DV2SIG01S76FAPOW/ke17ZwdGBToddI8pDm48kEdHqWFXbTBCM5U7y4HsKT5Zw-zPPgdn4jUwVcJE1ZvWQUxwkmyExglNqGp0IvTJZUJFbgE-7XRK3dMEBRBhUpydI_iH1TKCp1y3Qf9aDOdj56z9er4A7UflPYp-j07JQWjOqF0R6tqLfPNVxDVHvwI/Asbestos-rooofing.jpg" data-image-dimensions="600x826" data-image-focal-point="0.5,0.5" alt="Asbestos-rooofing.jpg" src="https://images.squarespace-cdn.com/content/v1/58af97f5440243fe3d552306/1560246685956-8IE7DV2SIG01S76FAPOW/ke17ZwdGBToddI8pDm48kEdHqWFXbTBCM5U7y4HsKT5Zw-zPPgdn4jUwVcJE1ZvWQUxwkmyExglNqGp0IvTJZUJFbgE-7XRK3dMEBRBhUpydI_iH1TKCp1y3Qf9aDOdj56z9er4A7UflPYp-j07JQWjOqF0R6tqLfPNVxDVHvwI/Asbestos-rooofing.jpg?format=1000w" /> <p class="">Once it became clear that asbestos was a toxic material, the impetus to use it quickly evaporated.</p> <img class="thumb-image" data-image="https://images.squarespace-cdn.com/content/v1/58af97f5440243fe3d552306/1560248106692-E2S4JYQ20NEDZ4GB7M4V/ke17ZwdGBToddI8pDm48kDKhc6GmKL-ZGWWSaYIWW75Zw-zPPgdn4jUwVcJE1ZvWQUxwkmyExglNqGp0IvTJZUJFbgE-7XRK3dMEBRBhUpx9XKv8aF50ZJOBvXAayRcWhfACLG9qMCy1abxGhR7DaH2RCkYeJXwUgBKNLm2-3yU/cellulose.jpg" data-image-dimensions="690x800" data-image-focal-point="0.5,0.5" alt="cellulose.jpg" data-load="false" data-image-id="5cff7f2a3cc0fc00019b3ea6" data-type="image" src="https://images.squarespace-cdn.com/content/v1/58af97f5440243fe3d552306/1560248106692-E2S4JYQ20NEDZ4GB7M4V/ke17ZwdGBToddI8pDm48kDKhc6GmKL-ZGWWSaYIWW75Zw-zPPgdn4jUwVcJE1ZvWQUxwkmyExglNqGp0IvTJZUJFbgE-7XRK3dMEBRBhUpx9XKv8aF50ZJOBvXAayRcWhfACLG9qMCy1abxGhR7DaH2RCkYeJXwUgBKNLm2-3yU/cellulose.jpg?format=1000w" /> <p class=""><strong>What are some safe alternatives to asbestos?</strong></p><p class=""><strong>&nbsp;</strong>Once it became clear that asbestos was a toxic material, the impetus to use it quickly evaporated. A number of safe products, however, were able to fill the functional roles asbestos once occupied.</p><p class=""><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p><h3><strong>Cellulose fibres</strong></h3><p class="">One of the greenest alternatives to asbestos is cellulose fibre. Made from shredded newsprint, it’s chemically treated to increase its resistance to fire, making it a viable alternative to asbestos when insulating a building. The recycled content of products made with cellulose fibre can be anywhere from 5 to 15 per cent, making it one of the greenest substitutes available.</p>&nbsp;<h3><strong>Polyurethane foam</strong></h3><p class="">The advantage polyurethane brings over some other products on this list is its ability to be sprayed onto almost any surface. Its thermal-insulation properties come from the tiny bubbles that are trapped within it when left to dry. For families with members who have allergies, Icynene foam is a particularly effective solution, as the water-based foam creates an incredibly tight seal, reducing the chance of dust and mould spreading. Most typically, polyurethane foam is used in roofing applications.</p> <img class="thumb-image" data-image="https://images.squarespace-cdn.com/content/v1/58af97f5440243fe3d552306/1560248375722-Y34UJ7WNG87I2B4P05TI/ke17ZwdGBToddI8pDm48kIrbFqVJORumsuN1F0x8Cb1Zw-zPPgdn4jUwVcJE1ZvWQUxwkmyExglNqGp0IvTJZUJFbgE-7XRK3dMEBRBhUpwP6EmxVC_C4naBu8AbUVrWXScjr8elyuV9i3KGINlFdMhAAuvEuBQQwSOjXqTRZEE/polyurethane-foam.jpg" data-image-dimensions="714x600" data-image-focal-point="0.5,0.5" alt="polyurethane-foam.jpg" data-load="false" data-image-id="5cff803734621000010e4aae" data-type="image" src="https://images.squarespace-cdn.com/content/v1/58af97f5440243fe3d552306/1560248375722-Y34UJ7WNG87I2B4P05TI/ke17ZwdGBToddI8pDm48kIrbFqVJORumsuN1F0x8Cb1Zw-zPPgdn4jUwVcJE1ZvWQUxwkmyExglNqGp0IvTJZUJFbgE-7XRK3dMEBRBhUpwP6EmxVC_C4naBu8AbUVrWXScjr8elyuV9i3KGINlFdMhAAuvEuBQQwSOjXqTRZEE/polyurethane-foam.jpg?format=1000w" /> &nbsp; <img class="thumb-image" data-image="https://images.squarespace-cdn.com/content/v1/58af97f5440243fe3d552306/1560249129547-52T9D0XDO374C1HHZUVH/ke17ZwdGBToddI8pDm48kC_EA_xPALnEoktd0sm-BGJZw-zPPgdn4jUwVcJE1ZvWQUxwkmyExglNqGp0IvTJZUJFbgE-7XRK3dMEBRBhUpwMf1NTfML8V7stlqjy8CZZCJR2AOk3rwpCZWGXuLV5OejPnme22l4za4pPwDM3c9A/flour-fillers.jpg" data-image-dimensions="600x847" data-image-focal-point="0.5,0.5" alt="flour-fillers.jpg" data-load="false" data-image-id="5cff83293cc0fc00019b5a6f" data-type="image" src="https://images.squarespace-cdn.com/content/v1/58af97f5440243fe3d552306/1560249129547-52T9D0XDO374C1HHZUVH/ke17ZwdGBToddI8pDm48kC_EA_xPALnEoktd0sm-BGJZw-zPPgdn4jUwVcJE1ZvWQUxwkmyExglNqGp0IvTJZUJFbgE-7XRK3dMEBRBhUpwMf1NTfML8V7stlqjy8CZZCJR2AOk3rwpCZWGXuLV5OejPnme22l4za4pPwDM3c9A/flour-fillers.jpg?format=1000w" /> <h3><strong>&nbsp;Flour fillers</strong></h3><p class="">Used as an insulating material, flour fillers are created from a variety of substances, including rice hull ash, pecan shell flour, wheat flour, or rice flour. These are all natural substances that have none of the toxic properties of asbestos, and its application is relatively simple: flour is poured into cracks and spaces where heated air within a home may be able to escape.</p><p class=""><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p><h3><strong>Thermoset plastic flour</strong></h3><p class="">Thermoset plastics are a versatile alternative to asbestos. Used for insulation, they consist of a plastic agent mixed with filler material like wood flour to create a substance that can be shaped as necessary. It’s effective at insulating both heat and cold, and is noted for its ability to block out a sound.</p>&nbsp;<h3>&nbsp;<strong>Amorphous silica fabrics</strong></h3><p class="">Particularly resistant to high temperatures, amorphous silica fabrics have replaced asbestos in many common applications. While the materials have found success in aerospace, shipyards, and power-generating scenarios, they’re not typically used in residential applications.</p> <img class="thumb-image" data-image="https://images.squarespace-cdn.com/content/v1/58af97f5440243fe3d552306/1560249820365-GP7XEI4P0VTNVF0L6U14/ke17ZwdGBToddI8pDm48kEPMQRBPYnTXPUEdgkfU9wpZw-zPPgdn4jUwVcJE1ZvWQUxwkmyExglNqGp0IvTJZamWLI2zvYWH8K3-s_4yszcp2ryTI0HqTOaaUohrI8PICFFy8nHOzdCUe9e8JxnwYrTAlOaXU2PyDp0ohbOHHqkKMshLAGzx4R3EDFOm1kBS/silica-fabric.jpg" data-image-dimensions="838x600" data-image-focal-point="0.5,0.5" alt="silica-fabric.jpg" data-load="false" data-image-id="5cff85dbbce8b300010265ad" data-type="image" src="https://images.squarespace-cdn.com/content/v1/58af97f5440243fe3d552306/1560249820365-GP7XEI4P0VTNVF0L6U14/ke17ZwdGBToddI8pDm48kEPMQRBPYnTXPUEdgkfU9wpZw-zPPgdn4jUwVcJE1ZvWQUxwkmyExglNqGp0IvTJZamWLI2zvYWH8K3-s_4yszcp2ryTI0HqTOaaUohrI8PICFFy8nHOzdCUe9e8JxnwYrTAlOaXU2PyDp0ohbOHHqkKMshLAGzx4R3EDFOm1kBS/silica-fabric.jpg?format=1000w" /> &nbsp; <img class="thumb-image" data-image="https://images.squarespace-cdn.com/content/v1/58af97f5440243fe3d552306/1560249573940-OJWQQ98C4XTX8JYV7MWT/ke17ZwdGBToddI8pDm48kLxdLyFYKgsKm77NbrCQPrlZw-zPPgdn4jUwVcJE1ZvWQUxwkmyExglNqGp0IvTJZUJFbgE-7XRK3dMEBRBhUpx04J45QA0crHJzFUyU4jPuxT4j--BpDt5EqjdLjr9MXpyTJ2VFrFc5pCDtEulrDBs/get-help-with-asbestos.jpg" data-image-dimensions="604x800" data-image-focal-point="0.5,0.5" alt="For both asbestos removal and encapsulation, seeking professional assistance is key." data-load="false" data-image-id="5cff84e576e32d000149ffe9" data-type="image" src="https://images.squarespace-cdn.com/content/v1/58af97f5440243fe3d552306/1560249573940-OJWQQ98C4XTX8JYV7MWT/ke17ZwdGBToddI8pDm48kLxdLyFYKgsKm77NbrCQPrlZw-zPPgdn4jUwVcJE1ZvWQUxwkmyExglNqGp0IvTJZUJFbgE-7XRK3dMEBRBhUpx04J45QA0crHJzFUyU4jPuxT4j--BpDt5EqjdLjr9MXpyTJ2VFrFc5pCDtEulrDBs/get-help-with-asbestos.jpg?format=1000w" /> <p class="">For both asbestos removal and encapsulation, seeking professional assistance is key.</p> <p class=""><strong>Should you replace the asbestos in your property?</strong></p><p class="">If asbestos was used in the construction of your property, you might be asking yourself “<a href="https://chemcare.co.nz/articles/after-exposure-to-asbestos" target="_blank"><strong>How dangerous is asbestos?</strong></a> Is replacing my asbestos insulation worth it?” </p><p class="">The answer is: it depends.&nbsp;</p><p class="">Asbestos is only harmful when its fibres become airborne, so if your asbestos-containing materials are in good condition, it might be a better option to leave them be than to replace them outright. In order to keep the asbestos safely within the material, you can look at the option of <a href="https://chemcare.co.nz/articles/what-is-asbestos-encapsulation" target="_blank"><strong>asbestos encapsulation</strong></a>; a process that locks the dangerous fibres within the substrate they’re part of.</p><p class="">If, on the other hand, your asbestos-containing materials are in poor condition - crumbling or otherwise deteriorating - having them removed and replaced with something less harmful will be your best and safest bet.&nbsp;</p><p class="">For both removal and encapsulation, seeking professional assistance is key. This is where the team at Chemcare can help - we can assess your building and determine the best course of action for dealing with any asbestos on your property.</p><p class="">&nbsp;As you can see, there are plenty of viable alternatives to asbestos. To learn more about removing asbestos from your property and what you can replace it with, <a href="https://chemcare.co.nz/contact" target="_blank"><strong>contact the Chemcare team today</strong></a>.</p>&nbsp; What are some safer alternatives to asbestos? 2019-06-13 23:05 +00:00 2019-06-14 11:05 +12:00 http://www.theguardian.com/business/live/2019/jun/13/uk-house-prices-brexit-oil-price-tanker-fire-arcadia-green-business-live https://www.theguardian.com/business/live/2019/jun/13/uk-house-prices-brexit-oil-price-tanker-fire-arcadia-green-business-live Business Brexit UK news Stock markets Economics Housing market Real estate Oil Middle East and North Africa Oman Oil price jumps after Gulf of Oman tanker 'attacks' - as it happened <p>Rolling coverage of the latest economic and financial news, as tanker fires send crude prices soaring</p><ul><li><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/business/live/2019/jun/13/uk-house-prices-brexit-oil-price-tanker-fire-arcadia-green-business-live?page=with:block-5d0259108f080adae48976f2#block-5d0259108f080adae48976f2">Summary: Oil jumps after Gulf attacks</a></li><li><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/business/live/2019/jun/13/uk-house-prices-brexit-oil-price-tanker-fire-arcadia-green-business-live?page=with:block-5d025db38f083c6fecd31da3#block-5d025db38f083c6fecd31da3">US: Iran probably responsible</a></li><li>Iran: It’s very suspicious</li><li><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/business/live/2019/jun/13/uk-house-prices-brexit-oil-price-tanker-fire-arcadia-green-business-live?page=with:block-5d023efa8f08ec09b0d194bc#block-5d023efa8f08ec09b0d194bc">Oil up 4.5% on fears of US-Iran tensions</a></li><li><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/business/live/2019/jun/13/uk-house-prices-brexit-oil-price-tanker-fire-arcadia-green-business-live?page=with:block-5d01f3c58f08b4ffd6496f03#block-5d01f3c58f08b4ffd6496f03">Tanker incident in Gulf of Oman</a></li><li><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/business/live/2019/jun/13/uk-house-prices-brexit-oil-price-tanker-fire-arcadia-green-business-live?page=with:block-5d01fa998f08b4ffd6496f27#block-5d01fa998f08b4ffd6496f27">Two tankers hit</a> - Front Altair and Kokuka Courageous</li></ul><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2019-06-13T15:57:04.430Z">4.57pm <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p lang="en" dir="ltr">What different countries have said about an incident involving two oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman <a href="https://t.co/AfEexccS5I">pic.twitter.com/AfEexccS5I</a></p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2019-06-13T15:54:44.431Z">4.54pm <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p><strong>Ellie Geranmayeh</strong> of the <strong>European Council on Foreign Relation </strong>points out that the Middle East doesn’t look safer since the White House ripped up the Iranian nuclear deal.</p><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Regardless of what forces are behind latest string of attacks on oil tankers in Middle East over past month - clear that people who encouraged <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Trump?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Trump</a> to walk away from <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/JCPOA?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#JCPOA</a> nuclear deal were wrong/misleading in claim that region was going to be more secure as a result.</p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2019-06-13T15:18:07.729Z">4.18pm <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>Here’s another video clip of one of the tankers:</p><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Oil tankers targeted in the Sea of Oman close to Iran. Iranian officials call the attack “suspicious”.<a href="https://t.co/ryc9yfThyi">pic.twitter.com/ryc9yfThyi</a></p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2019-06-13T14:59:46.455Z">3.59pm <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p><strong>Time for a quick catch-up.</strong></p><p><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/business/live/2019/jun/13/uk-house-prices-brexit-oil-price-tanker-fire-arcadia-green-business-live?page=with:block-5d01f3c58f08b4ffd6496f03#block-5d01f3c58f08b4ffd6496f03">Oil prices have spiked</a> after two vessels were seemingly attacked in the Gulf of Oman, one of the world’s most important shipping lanes, today.</p><p>“Security is of high importance to Iran in the sensitive region of the Persian Gulf, in the Middle East, in Asia and in the whole world.</p><p>We have always tried to secure peace and stability in the region.”</p><p lang="en" dir="ltr">.<a href="https://twitter.com/BGOV?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@BGOV</a> Chart of the Day - Futures tick up after falling on demand concern, swelling supplies <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/ChartoftheDay?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#ChartoftheDay</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Energy?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Energy</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Oil?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Oil</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/oilprice?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#oilprice</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Supply?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Supply</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Demand?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Demand</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Inventory?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Inventory</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Production?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Production</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/WTI?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#WTI</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/BrentCrude?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#BrentCrude</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/CrudeOil?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#CrudeOil</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/OPEC?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#OPEC</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/pipelines?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#pipelines</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/tradewar?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#tradewar</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Commodities?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Commodities</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/NYMEX?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#NYMEX</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/OOTT?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#OOTT</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/whitehouse?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#whitehouse</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Trump?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Trump</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Iran?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Iran</a> <a href="https://t.co/MufoHbJB8Z">pic.twitter.com/MufoHbJB8Z</a></p><p> <span>Related: </span><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/jun/13/oil-tankers-blasts-reports-gulf-of-oman-us-navy">Two oil tankers attacked in Gulf of Oman</a> </p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2019-06-13T14:55:15.894Z">3.55pm <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p><strong>United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres</strong> has strongly condemned today’s attacks.</p><p>Guterres warned that the world cannot afford “a major confrontation in the Gulf region,” adding:</p><p>“I strongly condemn any attack against civilian vessels. Facts must be established and responsibilities clarified.”</p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2019-06-13T14:41:46.454Z">3.41pm <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>Fawaz A. Gerges, professor of Middle Eastern politics at the <a href="https://www.bloomberg.com/quote/504357Z:LN">London School of Economics</a>, fears that today’s attacks increase the risk of a military clash between the US and Iran.</p><p><a href="https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-06-13/oil-tanker-on-fire-in-sea-of-oman-u-k-body-starts-probe?srnd=premium&amp;utm_content=business&amp;utm_medium=social&amp;cmpid=socialflow-twitter-business&amp;utm_campaign=socialflow-organic&amp;utm_source=twitter">Gerges told Bloomberg</a>:</p><p>“Even in the absence of ironclad evidence, the U.S. and its allies will point the finger at Iran.</p><p>These incidents are a bad omen because they point to a calculated escalation that tells us both sides are hunkering down.”</p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2019-06-13T14:30:37.555Z">3.30pm <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p><strong>A U.S. defense official has told CBS News that it is “highly likely” that Iran caused today’s attacks.</strong></p><p>CBS says:</p><p>The official dismissed an Iranian claim to have rescued the crews of both vessels in the Gulf of Oman as “patently false.” He said the USS Bainbridge picked up 21 crew members.</p><p>Iran claimed it dispatched search teams that rescued 44 sailors from the two vessels.</p><p lang="en" dir="ltr">U.S. official says "highly likely" Iran behind new tanker attacks in Gulf of Oman <a href="https://t.co/oqyRw8C9F1">https://t.co/oqyRw8C9F1</a> <a href="https://t.co/iIkfLFNuZ7">https://t.co/iIkfLFNuZ7</a></p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2019-06-13T14:29:06.514Z">3.29pm <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>Here’s a video clip of one of the stricken vessels, filmed from another nearby boat.</p><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Two oil tankers have been reportedly attacked, leaving one ablaze and adrift as sailors were evacuated. ️<br><br>The UK is urgently seeking to establish the facts as Iran describes the incidents as "suspicious" and calls for regional talks.<br><br>Read more here: <a href="https://t.co/u271ArI9MC">https://t.co/u271ArI9MC</a> <a href="https://t.co/UzygAxZe9a">pic.twitter.com/UzygAxZe9a</a></p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2019-06-13T14:27:07.535Z">3.27pm <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>You can get up to speed on the oil tanker attacks with our Q&amp;A:</p><p> <span>Related: </span><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/business/2019/jun/13/what-impact-could-oil-tanker-attacks-have-on-global-economy-gulf-oman">What impact could oil tanker attacks have on global economy?</a> </p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2019-06-13T14:13:49.721Z">3.13pm <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>Sky News have just shown a couple of photos of one of the two tankers which were struck today:</p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2019-06-13T13:50:38.247Z">2.50pm <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p><strong>Shipping company Frontline has now reported that “no marine pollution” has been seen from its Front Altair tanker following today’s attack.</strong></p><p>Frontline also says the ship’s crew was picked up by another cargo vessel, called Hyundai Dubai, before being transferred to an Iranian naval vessel and being taken to the Iranian port of Bandar Abbas. The crew was made up of 11 Russian citizens, one Georgian, and 11 Philippine nationals, it adds.</p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2019-06-13T13:31:49.647Z">2.31pm <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>Marketwatch have written <a href="https://www.marketwatch.com/story/strait-of-hormuz-in-spotlight-after-oil-tankers-attacked-near-worlds-most-sensitive-crude-transport-checkpoint-2019-06-13?mod=mw_share_twitter">a handy guide to the Gulf region</a>, explaining why today’s attacks are so important to the world economy.</p><p>Here’s a flavour:</p><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Strait of Hormuz: What you need to know about the world's most important oil choke point <a href="https://t.co/fFXg2Zz4Kg">https://t.co/fFXg2Zz4Kg</a> <a href="https://t.co/QsEpZFOEH5">pic.twitter.com/QsEpZFOEH5</a></p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2019-06-13T13:04:49.903Z">2.04pm <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p><strong>Iran hasn’t said who it thinks is responsible for today’s attacks off its coastline.</strong></p><p>But on Twitter, foreign minister Javad Zarif has described the attacks as beyond suspicious:</p><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Reported attacks on Japan-related tankers occurred while PM <a href="https://twitter.com/AbeShinzo?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@AbeShinzo</a> was meeting with Ayatollah <a href="https://twitter.com/khamenei_ir?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@khamenei_ir</a> for extensive and friendly talks. <br><br>Suspicious doesn't begin to describe what likely transpired this morning. <br><br>Iran's proposed Regional Dialogue Forum is imperative.</p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2019-06-13T13:00:53.654Z">2.00pm <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>Here’s the key line from president Rouhani’s speech on Iranian TV:</p><p>“Security is of high importance to Iran in the sensitive region of the Persian Gulf, in the Middle East, in Asia and in the whole world. We have always tried to secure peace and stability in the region.” </p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2019-06-13T12:45:16.522Z">1.45pm <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p><strong>Newsflash: Iranian president Hassan Rouhani has spoken about the tanker attacks on TV.</strong></p><p>He’s said security in the Gulf is a high priority for Tehran.</p><p lang="en" dir="ltr">In response to news of tanker attacks, <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Iran?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Iran</a>'s President Rouhani says security in the Gulf is of high importance to Iran<br><br>via <a href="https://twitter.com/Reuters?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@Reuters</a></p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2019-06-13T12:33:09.005Z">1.33pm <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p><strong>Oil is pushing higher, as events in the Gulf of Oman continue to alarm investors.</strong></p><p>Brent crude is now up almost 4.5% at $62.64 per barrel, as it continues to bounce back from last night’s five-month lows.</p><p>“Additional concerns could see crude oil prices continue to rise over the coming days, as markets respond to the heightened tensions in the region and the risk that access to such a vital supply route could be restricted, with up to a fifth of global oil supply passing through the Gulf of Oman near the Strait of Hormuz.”</p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2019-06-13T12:17:49.497Z">1.17pm <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>Reuters is reporting that oil tanker owners <strong>DHT Holdings</strong> and <strong>Heidmar</strong> have suspended new bookings to the Mid-East Gulf, according to ship brokers.</p><p>DHT has a large fleet of Very Large Crude Carriers (VLCCs) and Heidmar has a wide range of oil tankers. One source said they had suspended offerings for their Suezmax vessels, capable of carrying 1 million barrels and their VLCCs. </p><p>The two companies did not immediately respond to requests for comment.</p><p lang="en" dir="ltr"><a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/oott?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#oott</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Gulf?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Gulf</a> OIL TANKER OWNERS DHT HOLDINGS AND HEIDMAR SUSPEND NEW BOOKINGS TO ARAB GULF AFTER SUSPECTED TANKER ATTACKS - SHIP BROKERS</p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2019-06-13T11:49:08.535Z">12.49pm <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p><strong>The AFP newswire have also been told that Front Altair is still afloat, despite <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/business/live/2019/jun/13/uk-house-prices-brexit-oil-price-tanker-fire-arcadia-green-business-live?page=with:block-5d01f3c58f08b4ffd6496f03#block-5d01f3c58f08b4ffd6496f03">today’s attack on the tanker</a>.</strong></p><p>They say:</p><p> Norwegian tanker Front Altair was still afloat after a reported attack in the Gulf of Oman on Thursday, the chief executive of the company that owns the vessel told AFP, denying reports it had sunk. </p><p>“I can confirm that the vessel has NOT sunk,” Frontline chief executive Robert Hvide Macleod wrote in a text message to AFP. </p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2019-06-13T11:23:31.292Z">12.23pm <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p><strong>Stock markets across the Middle East are sliding today.</strong></p><p>Investors are selling stocks, on fears that relations between the US and Iran could deteriorate following today’s attacks.</p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2019-06-13T11:02:22.364Z">12.02pm <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>Iran’s official state TV service, IRIB, has produced this photo which allegedly shows the crude oil tanker Front Altair on fire in the Gulf of Oman today.</p><p>It’s come to us via the EPA news photo agency.</p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2019-06-13T10:52:52.632Z">11.52am <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>Theresa May’s spokesman has told reporters that Britain is “urgently seeking” the facts behind today’s suspected attacks on two tankers in the Gulf of Oman.</p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2019-06-13T10:34:29.051Z">11.34am <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p><strong>Financial investors around the globe are closely watching developments in the Middle East today, says </strong><strong>Mihir Kapadia, the CEO of Sun Global Investments:</strong></p><p>He warns that any US retaliation to today’s tanker attacks could spook the markets (probably sending oil prices even higher).</p><p>Tensions in the Middle-East have been rising since President Trump withdrew from the Iran deal last year, and this will certainly impact oil prices in the coming days as more developments come in.</p><p>Although U.S. National Security Adviser John Bolton has accused Iran of a similar incident before, the country has distanced itself from today’s attacks.</p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2019-06-13T10:11:07.580Z">11.11am <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>Dubai-based journalist Katie McQue has more details of the tankers:</p><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Statement from CPC Corp, Taiwanese company who chartered Front Altair: The current ship condition is unknown, and the damage situation and the loss of cargo oil have yet to be clarified. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/OOTT?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#OOTT</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Oman?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Oman</a></p><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Interesting: The Naptha on board the Front Altair originated from Abu Dhabi's ADNOC (confirmed by CPC). Meanwhile, the methanol carried by the Kokuka originated from Saudi's Sabic and also Qatar <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/OOTT?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#OOTT</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Oman?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Oman</a></p><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Front Altair has 75,000 tons of Naptha on board, according to CPC.</p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2019-06-13T10:04:44.323Z">11.04am <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p><strong>Cailin Birch</strong>, global economist at <strong>The Economist Intelligence Unit</strong>, fears<a href="https://www.theguardian.com/business/live/2019/jun/13/uk-house-prices-brexit-oil-price-tanker-fire-arcadia-green-business-live?page=with:block-5d01f3c58f08b4ffd6496f03#block-5d01f3c58f08b4ffd6496f03"> today’s attacks</a> could deepen the tensions between Washington and Tehran.<br></p><p>It remains unclear who the actors are behind the recent spate of tanker attacks in the Gulf of Oman. Iranian authorities will continue to deny responsibility, either directly or indirectly through proxies. Houthi rebels fighting Saudi forces in Yemen are also suspected of being behind the attacks.</p><p>Given the lack of clear information, there is a risk that the US government will interpret the recent attacks as a potential sign of Iranian aggression in the region; the national security advisor, John Bolton, indicated as much after the attacks that occurred last month.</p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2019-06-13T09:50:02.322Z">10.50am <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p><strong>Shipping company Frontline has denied Iranian media reports that its Front Altair tanker has sunk, following today’s suspected attack.</strong></p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2019-06-13T09:26:38.653Z">10.26am <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p><strong>The UK government has said it is deeply concerned by<a href="https://www.theguardian.com/business/live/2019/jun/13/uk-house-prices-brexit-oil-price-tanker-fire-arcadia-green-business-live?page=with:block-5d01f3c58f08b4ffd6496f03#block-5d01f3c58f08b4ffd6496f03"> reports of explosions and fires on vessels in the Strait of Hormuz</a>. </strong></p><p>Reuters has more details:</p><p>Shipping firms and industry sources said two oil tankers were hit in suspected attacks in the Gulf of Oman and the crews have been evacuated, a month after a similar incident in which four tankers in the region were struck.</p><p>“We are deeply concerned by reports of explosions and fires on vessels in the Strait of Hormuz. We are in contact with local authorities and partners in the region,” as British government spokeswoman said. </p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2019-06-13T09:24:02.661Z">10.24am <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>US crude oil prices have also risen sharply, as traders fret about disruption to supplies from the Middle East.</p><p>Light sweet crude oil on the NYMEX exchange has jumped 3% to over $53 per barrel.</p><p lang="en" dir="ltr">US crude oil futures surged as much as 4% following reports that two tankers had been attacked in the Gulf of Oman <a href="https://t.co/UK9SyFASHv">https://t.co/UK9SyFASHv</a></p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2019-06-13T09:23:25.590Z">10.23am <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>The owner of Front Altair, Frontline, have said that their vessel is still on fire in the Gulf of Oman.</p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2019-06-13T09:12:57.814Z">10.12am <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p><strong>Here’s our diplomatic editor Patrick Wintour on today’s drama:</strong></p><p>The US Navy’s fifth fleet says it is assisting two damaged oil tankers reportedly hit by explosions off the coast of the <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/united-arab-emirates">United Arab Emirates</a> near the strategic Strait of Hormuz.</p><p>Reports of the explosions in the Gulf of Oman originally came from the same Hezbollah-linked news agencies in Lebanon that correctly reported attacks on four tankers docked off the coast of the UAE last month.</p><p> <span>Related: </span><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/jun/13/oil-tankers-blasts-reports-gulf-of-oman-us-navy">US Navy assisting two oil tankers 'hit by blasts' in Gulf of Oman</a> </p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2019-06-13T09:10:01.439Z">10.10am <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>This map from Bloomberg TV shows where today’s suspected attacks took place - and also <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/business/live/2019/jun/13/uk-house-prices-brexit-oil-price-tanker-fire-arcadia-green-business-live?page=with:block-5d0203a18f08b4ffd6496f4c#block-5d0203a18f08b4ffd6496f4c">May’s suspected attack which the US blamed on Iran</a>.</p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2019-06-13T09:01:18.802Z">10.01am <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>Iran’s state media are reporting that Iranian rescue vessels have rescued 44 crew members from the <strong>Kokuka Courageous</strong> and the <strong>Front Altair.</strong></p><p lang="en" dir="ltr">LATEST: <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Iran?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Iran</a> says rescued 44 sailors on board of damaged tanker in Sea of Oman, has transferred them to an Iranian port <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/OOT?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#OOT</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Oil?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Oil</a></p><p lang="en" dir="ltr"><a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/BREAKING?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#BREAKING</a> Iran rescued 44 crew after tanker 'accident': state media <a href="https://t.co/J99IELcTP4">pic.twitter.com/J99IELcTP4</a></p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2019-06-13T08:57:53.790Z">9.57am <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>Japan’s trade ministry has weighed in:</p><p lang="en" dir="ltr"><a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/TOKYO?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#TOKYO</a> (AP) — <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Japan?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Japan</a>'s Trade Ministry says two <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/oil?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#oil</a> tankers reportedly attacked near Strait of <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Hormuz?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Hormuz</a> carried 'Japan-related cargo'</p><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Meeting with Mr. <a href="https://twitter.com/AbeShinzo?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@AbeShinzo</a>, the Prime Minister of Japan <a href="https://t.co/6lTsxR7L0J">pic.twitter.com/6lTsxR7L0J</a></p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2019-06-13T08:39:57.920Z">9.39am <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Both tankers are in the Gulf of Oman. The Front Altair (L) currently west of the Kokuka Courageous (R). <a href="https://t.co/uw2xSKi9Mh">pic.twitter.com/uw2xSKi9Mh</a></p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2019-06-13T08:37:19.234Z">9.37am <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>As you can see, Brent crude spiked sharply this morning when news that <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/business/live/2019/jun/13/uk-house-prices-brexit-oil-price-tanker-fire-arcadia-green-business-live?page=with:block-5d01f3c58f08b4ffd6496f03#block-5d01f3c58f08b4ffd6496f03">two tankers were in trouble in the Gulf of Oman</a> reached the City:</p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2019-06-13T08:25:17.209Z">9.25am <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p><strong>Here’s what we know so far, via Marketwatch:</strong></p><p>Geopolitical tensions jolted the oil price on Thursday. Media reports said a tanker in the Gulf of Oman had sent a distress signal after being attacked and was on fire, while Bloomberg reported a second tanker had also been attacked after both had sailed from Saudi Arabia.</p><p>United Kingdom Maritime Trade Operations, an arm of the Royal Navy, said it was investigating the incident after Iranian media also reported explosions in the area, the Associated Press reported. The U.S. Navy was aware of the incident, Bloomberg reported.</p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2019-06-13T08:12:41.485Z">9.12am <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p><strong><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/business/live/2019/jun/13/uk-house-prices-brexit-oil-price-tanker-fire-arcadia-green-business-live?page=with:block-5d01f3c58f08b4ffd6496f03#block-5d01f3c58f08b4ffd6496f03">Today’s suspected attacks </a>come a month after four ships were attacked outside the Strait of Hormuz (between UAE and Iran).</strong></p><p>Here’s a map (from last month):</p><p> <span>Related: </span><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2019/may/30/john-bolton-present-evidence-next-week-iran-backed-gulf-attacks">Evidence Iran was behind Gulf attacks to be presented to UN, John Bolton says</a> </p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2019-06-13T07:52:57.191Z">8.52am <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>US Navy ships are racing to the two stricken tankers to help, as the financial markets continue to push the oil price up.</p><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Statement from the US’ naval presence in the region, the <a href="https://twitter.com/US5thFleet?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@US5thFleet</a> US ships in the area are giving assistance <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/OOTT?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#OOTT</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/oman?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#oman</a> <a href="https://t.co/6EZd9050jd">pic.twitter.com/6EZd9050jd</a></p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2019-06-13T07:39:04.735Z">8.39am <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>Here’s the official statement from the owner of the <strong>Kokuka Courageous</strong>, <strong>Bernhard Schulte Shipmanagement:</strong></p><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Statement from Bernhard Schulte on the Kokuka Courageous. Cargo of methanol damaged, hull breached. All crew are safe. But there’s a fire in the engine room <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/oott?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#oott</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/oman?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#oman</a> <a href="https://t.co/FSqGhGGuBq">pic.twitter.com/FSqGhGGuBq</a></p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2019-06-13T07:37:05.960Z">8.37am <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Oil jumps more than 3% on reports of tanker incident in the Gulf of Oman off Iran&nbsp;coast <a href="https://t.co/zT11AzwoQx">https://t.co/zT11AzwoQx</a> <a href="https://t.co/MUWgOBGlz0">pic.twitter.com/MUWgOBGlz0</a></p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2019-06-13T07:34:13.953Z">8.34am <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>Fortunately, there are reports that the crews of the two tankers are safe.</p><p lang="en" dir="ltr">TWO TANKERS EVACUATED IN GULF OF OMAN AFTER INCIDENT AND CREW ARE SAFE, FOUR SHIPPING AND TRADE SOURCES SAY</p><p lang="en" dir="ltr">JUST IN: Two tankers evacuated in Gulf of Oman after incident; crew are safe - sources <a href="https://t.co/WhKpf0LXX9">pic.twitter.com/WhKpf0LXX9</a></p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2019-06-13T07:29:06.001Z">8.29am <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p><strong>Iranian media are reporting that TWO tankers have been hit in the Gulf of Oman.</strong></p><p>The Financial Times has more details:</p><p>Iran’s Arabic TV al-Alalam reported that Pakistan’s local authorities also confirmed that the sound of explosions were heard.</p><p>Shipping executives have been circulating messages on Thursday morning saying that oil tanker M.T Front Altair had been abandoned, with its crew safely rescued by a nearby vessel, and that it was fully loaded and on fire.</p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2019-06-13T07:27:09.125Z">8.27am <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>Bloomberg is reporting that the tanker fire is being blamed on an “attack”.</p><p lang="en" dir="ltr">BREAKING: An oil tanker sailing from Saudi Arabia to Singapore “has been damaged as a result of the suspected attack” in the Sea of Oman, the vessel’s manager says <a href="https://t.co/w2yxgbnvXJ">https://t.co/w2yxgbnvXJ</a> <a href="https://t.co/4YY0MZBilB">pic.twitter.com/4YY0MZBilB</a></p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2019-06-13T07:21:27.292Z">8.21am <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>News that a tanker has caught fire in the Gulf of Oman is fuelling fears of geopolitical unrest in the region.</p><p>Neil Wilson of Market.com explains:</p><p>Oil has shot up sharply after slumping to 5-month lows overnight. Reports of an oil tanker being on fire in the Sea of Oman rattled markets and sent Brent up $2 in a matter of minute, but await to see whether this will hold or is an algo-based kneejerk that will be faded.</p><p>We know that geopolitical tensions in the region are worsening and raise supply-side concerns in terms of short-term outages etc – but with OPEC already curbing output and US production at a record high the market is far less susceptible to a shock.</p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2019-06-13T07:11:17.548Z">8.11am <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p><strong>Newsflash: The oil price has just surged on reports that a tanker in the Gulf of Oman is on fire.</strong></p><p>Details of the incident are sketchy, beyond that it happened near the Iranian coast.</p><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Oil surges after a report that a crude tanker was on fire in the Gulf of Oman <a href="https://t.co/szCTA9F3s4">https://t.co/szCTA9F3s4</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/OOTT?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#OOTT</a> <a href="https://t.co/LcaoVLAXkV">pic.twitter.com/LcaoVLAXkV</a></p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2019-06-13T07:10:45.169Z">8.10am <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p><strong>This month’s survey of Britain’s chartered surveyors is peppered with references to Brexit - here’s a round-up of comments:</strong></p><p>Paul McSkimmings of Edward Watson Associates in Newcastle upon Tyne, </p><p> Good month with expected levels of instructions despite continuing uncertainty due to Brexit. I am still expecting a significant drop in work if Brexit eventually staggers over the line</p><p>Usual Easter bump continues. Demand remains strong, no Brexit jitters on the whole. Level second hand stock coming to market, whilst new build is increasingly popular.</p><p>A realisation that Brexit will rumble on for ever has meant buyers and sellers are starting to make decisions to move.</p><p>The shortage of new property on the market continues however following the Brexit postponement, buyers seem to have reacted positively and some properties are selling quickly at good prices. </p><p> Upturn in sales during the second half of the month, but will this continue with all the political/ Brexit uncertainty?</p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2019-06-13T07:03:44.130Z">8.03am <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p><strong>Simon Rubinsohn, RICS Chief Economist, says <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/business/live/2019/jun/13/uk-house-prices-brexit-oil-price-tanker-fire-arcadia-green-business-live?page=with:block-5d01ead08f0894f72f410fb2#block-5d01ead08f0894f72f410fb2">today’s survey</a> shows the UK housing market is recovering. </strong></p><p>But even though RICS sees prices recovering, Brexit is still a concern, he says:</p><p>“Some comfort can be drawn from the results of the latest RICS survey as it suggests that the housing market in aggregate may be steading. However much of the anecdotal insight provided by respondents is still quite cautious, reflecting concerns about both the underlying political and economic climate. </p><p>“Another significant point made by respondents is that there continues to be considerable emphasis on the need for realistic pricing on the part of vendors, which while not a new story, is indicative of the ongoing challenges.</p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2019-06-13T06:56:07.915Z">7.56am <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p><strong>Good morning, and welcome to our rolling coverage of the world economy, the financial markets, the eurozone and business.</strong></p><p> <span>Related: </span><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/business/2019/jun/12/philip-green-arcadia-avoids-administration-as-rescue-deal-backed">Philip Green’s Arcadia avoids administration as rescue deal backed</a> </p> <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/business/live/2019/jun/13/uk-house-prices-brexit-oil-price-tanker-fire-arcadia-green-business-live">Continue reading...</a> Thu, 13 Jun 2019 15:57:04 Z Photograph: AP Photograph: AP Graeme Wearden 2019-06-13T15:57:04Z 2019-06-13 15:57 +00:00 2019-06-14 03:57 +12:00 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/money/mortgageshome/article-7129893/Were-swapping-homes-daughter-needs-bigger-place-want-downsize.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/money/mortgageshome/article-7129893/Were-swapping-homes-daughter-needs-bigger-place-want-downsize.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 We're swapping homes with our daughter to give her a bigger house Amicia Novak, and her husband Dan bought a flat in Twickenham, South-West London, six years ago for £285,000. Now, with 14-month-old daughter Annabelle, they need more space. Wed, 12 Jun 2019 09:03:48 Z None 2019-06-12 09:03 +00:00 2019-06-12 21:03 +12:00 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-7123801/Howe-built-eco-home-150-000-Scottish-borders.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-7123801/Howe-built-eco-home-150-000-Scottish-borders.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 Howe we built an eco-home for £150,000 in the Scottish borders The £150,000 budget for Bill and Sukie Barker's home didn't cover the cost of the land in the Scottish Borders, but it did cover the cost of the build and the furniture. 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Tue, 11 Jun 2019 08:19:03 Z Getty Images/Cultura RF 2019-06-11 08:19 +00:00 2019-06-11 20:19 +12:00 http://www.theguardian.com/business/grogonomics/2019/jun/11/we-have-reached-the-bottom-of-the-housing-market-but-any-rebound-will-be-slow-to-come https://www.theguardian.com/business/grogonomics/2019/jun/11/we-have-reached-the-bottom-of-the-housing-market-but-any-rebound-will-be-slow-to-come Housing Australian economy Housing market Australia news Australian politics Labor party We have reached the bottom of the housing market but any rebound will be slow to come | Greg Jericho <p>The heat has come off the housing market, but we should be wary about getting overly excited</p><p>One of the weirder responses to the Australian federal election result is articles suggesting that somehow all will be improved in the economy because the anticipation of an ALP win was the big driver of economic pessimism.</p><p>This view is most egregiously put forward with respect to the housing market, where the story goes that as Labor was proposing changes to capital gains tax and negative gearing, people were holding off buying homes because of worries about house values. Thus with the Coalition winning the election, the market will now rebound.</p><p> <span>Related: </span><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2019/jun/07/sluggish-housing-sector-pins-hopes-on-boost-from-lower-rates">Housing construction rates fall to lowest level in six years as mortgage lending stalls</a> </p> <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/business/grogonomics/2019/jun/11/we-have-reached-the-bottom-of-the-housing-market-but-any-rebound-will-be-slow-to-come">Continue reading...</a> Mon, 10 Jun 2019 18:00:11 Z Photograph: Lukas Coch/AAP Photograph: Lukas Coch/AAP Greg Jericho 2019-06-10T18:00:11Z 2019-06-10 18:00 +00:00 2019-06-11 06:00 +12:00 https://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=109962 https://www.zillow.com/blog/most-important-things-to-do-before-and-after-closing-109962/ Tips & Advice moving in Own & Rent 5 Things to Do Before and After Closing Your journey doesn't end on closing day. Here are some next steps to consider before you actually move in. Mon, 10 Jun 2019 13:08:05 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/most-important-things-to-do-before-and-after-closing-109962/#comments Brendon DeSimone <p>You&#8217;ve been house shopping for months or even years. You&#8217;ve endured a series of offers, property disclosures, inspections and reports. Finally, after so much excitement, stress and anxiety, the house hunt has come to an end.</p> <p>But the story isn&#8217;t over yet. Here are some next steps to consider before you actually move in.</p> <h2>1. Plan renovations well in advance</h2> <p>Rarely does a buyer get a place that&#8217;s move-in ready. By the time you&#8217;ve signed a contract, you have lots of ideas about how you'll live in the home, how you'll customize it and what work needs to be done.</p> <p>If the place needs work, don&#8217;t wait until you&#8217;ve closed to engage a professional. Either at your final walkthrough or during a private appointment, get the proper contractors in the house and start collecting bids for necessary work. If possible, have floor sanding, painting or small fix-it work done before you move in. <a href="https://www.zillow.com/agent-finder/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Real estate agents</a> work with all kinds of tradespeople, so they're often a great resource for referrals.<b> </b></p> <h2>2. Set up the utilities</h2> <p>Some people assume the utilities will work once they walk in. While many utility companies have grace periods (the days between when the seller cancels service and the new owner calls), you can&#8217;t always assume this will be the case. If you have an out-of-town seller, they may have canceled services the day they knew all contingencies were removed. In this instance, the grace period likely lapsed, and you may be stuck dealing with the electric company, waiting for an appointment or just being without power when you really want to start painting, fixing or cleaning.</p> <p>The best plan is to call the utility companies and get service set up well before closing. If they haven&#8217;t received cancellation notice from the seller, let the seller know to take care of that.</p> <h2>3. Change the locks</h2> <p>Assume that everyone has a set of keys to your new home. The seller's real estate agent likely gave copies to their assistant, a painter, a stager or even another agent at some point during the listing period. That's why the first person you should call after getting the keys is a locksmith.</p> <h2>4. Hire a cleaning crew</h2> <p>There's nothing worse than showing up with the movers, dozens of boxes and your personal belongings only to discover the seller hasn&#8217;t had the place cleaned.</p> <p>Assume the worst and get a professional cleaning crew in there the minute after closing. Even if the seller did clean, they may have done a poor job. You want to start life in your new home with a clean slate. The bones of the place will be sparkling clean, and you won't be scrambling to get cleaners in while the home is in a state of unpacking disarray.</p> <h2>5. Have a handyperson, contractor or designer on call</h2> <p>Moving involves the kind of stuff you wouldn&#8217;t wish on your worst enemy. Things like aligning your framed artwork, centering the couch in the living room or getting the large rug set up in the master bedroom can drive you crazy.</p> <p>While it may seem like a luxury, investing a few hundred dollars in hiring someone to help with these tasks will save time and potentially relieve you of a giant headache.</p> <h2>Thinking ahead is the way to go</h2> <p>As your closing date draws near, you're probably exhausted. But taking a little extra time to plan ahead will save you time, money and stress - and make the move into your new home so much more satisfying.</p> <p><strong>Related:</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/live-in-home-before-renovating-64719/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">3 Reasons to Live in a New Home Before Renovating</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/common-moving-nightmares-195663/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">3 Common Moving Nightmares (and How to Prevent Them)</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/how-to-move-cross-country-229891/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">How to Move Cross-Country: See How These Renters Made It Work</a></li> </ul> <p><em>Note: The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the opinion or position of Zillow. Originally published February 2013.</em></p> https://www.zillow.com/blog/most-important-things-to-do-before-and-after-closing-109962/feed/ 1 2019-06-10 13:08 +00:00 2019-06-11 01:08 +12:00 https://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=64719 https://www.zillow.com/blog/live-in-home-before-renovating-64719/ Tips & Advice home buying remodeling 3 Reasons to Live in a New Home Before Renovating New house? Hold that sledgehammer! You might want to hold off until you've settled in. Mon, 10 Jun 2019 13:00:17 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/live-in-home-before-renovating-64719/#comments Brendon DeSimone <p>In today's market, many buyers forego <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/fixer-upper-200428/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">fixer-uppers</a> for move-in ready homes. As a result, significant opportunities abound in prime locations as homes that need work linger on the market.</p> <p>In competitive markets, savvy consumers gravitate toward these homes that nobody else wants. Why? They can customize the home to their requirements and build equity along the way.</p> <p>That said, I often recommend that buyers live in a new home for a while before undertaking any <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/high-price-home-improvements-199539/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">major remodeling or pricey home improvements</a>. I'm not talking about lighting or plumbing repairs necessary to make the house habitable. Rather, I'm referring to discretionary remodeling, expansions and other improvement projects.</p> <p>Here are three good reasons to at least consider holding off on the big home improvement projects until you&#8217;ve had some time to settle in.</p> <h2>1. Living in the home can change your mind</h2> <p>You may have grand visions for what you'd like to do to a home, based on its condition and your priorities at the time you buy it. But until you're actually living there, it's difficult to know exactly how you'll use the house, what will work for you and what won't.</p> <p>Ultimately, it's this day-to-day experience that will inform your home improvement decisions, instead of early notions of how you want your everyday experience to be.</p> <h2>2. After buying a home, you deserve a break</h2> <p>Buying a home is a massive project, an enormous change in your life and a shock to the system - if not your finances. I've seen buyers jump through hoops, spending months on end looking for a home. In some situations, it becomes a part-time job.</p> <p>A home renovation can be yet another big and stressful project, what with all the decisions to make and contractors to deal with.</p> <p>My recommendation: Take a break from the stress of buying your new home.</p> <h2>3. You need time to plan</h2> <p>Any renovation, no matter how small, should be designed with care. That means speaking to multiple architects, contractors or designers to get their take on your ideas and options - a time-consuming process.</p> <p>An hour with a well-qualified contractor can uncover opportunities where you least expected them. For instance, even though it may be an added cost now, moving the laundry machines from the garage to the top floor during a larger renovation may save you time and money down the road.</p> <p>Conversely, hiring architects and contractors while under the constraints of an escrow period is likely to cause problems for you later.</p> <p>Some buyers want to jump into renovations because they don&#8217;t want to live in a construction zone or pay rent and a mortgage at the same time. While this may make some economic sense upfront, it can still cause costly problems later.</p> <p>Often, buyers who said they don't want a home that requires any work end up buying a home that needs at least some. It's the natural evolution of the buying process. Rarely does someone end up buying the home they started off thinking they wanted.</p> <p>While you should be open to doing work on a home, don't feel stressed about getting it all done at once. Live as-is for six months to a year. Take the home for a test drive and see how it runs. You may be surprised at how your perspective and priorities change once you settle in.</p> <p><em>Find out which home renovations DIYers most regretted tackling themselves.</em></p> <div class="video-container"><iframe width="500" height="281" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/a3ldrExVRAM?feature=oembed&#038;enablejsapi=1&#038;modestbranding=1&#038;rel=0&#038;showinfo=0" frameborder="0" allow="accelerometer; autoplay; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture" allowfullscreen></iframe></div> <p><strong>Related</strong>:</p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/over-improving-228853/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Are You Overimproving for Your Neighborhood?</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/quiz-renovate-home-or-sell-225199/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Quiz: Should You Renovate Your Home or Sell?</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/home-renovation-team-trust-201009/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">How to Build a Home Renovation Team You Can Trust</a></li> </ul> <p><em>Note: The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the opinion or position of Zillow.</em><br /> <em>Originally published August 2016.</em></p> https://www.zillow.com/blog/live-in-home-before-renovating-64719/feed/ 48 2019-06-10 13:00 +00:00 2019-06-11 01:00 +12:00 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-7115599/A-1-5m-Chichester-bungalow-includes-entire-railway-carriage.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-7115599/A-1-5m-Chichester-bungalow-includes-entire-railway-carriage.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 A £1.5m Chichester bungalow that includes an entire railway carriage All is not as it seems at this four-bedroom bungalow for sale for £1.5m, as it contains an entire railway carriage. Mon, 10 Jun 2019 12:06:00 Z None 2019-06-10 12:06 +00:00 2019-06-11 00:06 +12:00 https://www.theguardian.com/money/2019/jun/10/my-daughter-is-helping-us-buy-our-retirement-home-what-if-we-go-into-care https://www.theguardian.com/money/2019/jun/10/my-daughter-is-helping-us-buy-our-retirement-home-what-if-we-go-into-care Property Money UK news My daughter is helping us buy our retirement home – what if we go into care? <p>I’m worried she won’t get her contribution back if the property is sold to pay for our care</p><p><strong>Q</strong> Our daughter is contributing 25% of the price of our new retirement home. This enables us to buy it yet allows us to keep some savings in our own bank account. If one or both of us needs to go into a care home at some point will her contribution be safeguarded?<br><strong>SV</strong></p><p><strong>A</strong> I assume that you are worried that if your home had to be sold to produce the cash needed to pay the cost of going into a care home, your daughter wouldn’t get her contribution back. However, even though you and your husband legally own the property, because your daughter has contributed to the purchase price, she can establish what’s called a “beneficial interest” in the property that gives her the right to a share in the proceeds from any sale of the property. So you don’t need to worry on that score.</p> <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/money/2019/jun/10/my-daughter-is-helping-us-buy-our-retirement-home-what-if-we-go-into-care">Continue reading...</a> Mon, 10 Jun 2019 06:48:16 Z Photograph: Chris Ison/PA Photograph: Chris Ison/PA Virginia Wallis 2019-06-10T06:48:16Z 2019-06-10 06:48 +00:00 2019-06-10 18:48 +12:00 https://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=191909 https://www.zillow.com/blog/what-to-unpack-first-191909/ Tips & Advice Moving relocation What to Unpack First in Your New Home Where are the towels? Who packed the cat food? When you're surrounded by boxes, what you need is a strategy. Sat, 08 Jun 2019 16:42:34 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/what-to-unpack-first-191909/#comments Moving.Tips <p>So you&#8217;re finally in your new home, surrounded by piles of boxes, tired and glad that your relocation is about to end.</p> <p>To fully complete your moving adventure, however, you need to unpack your belongings and make your new place feel like home. But where do you even begin?</p> <h2>First things first</h2> <p>No matter how much you want to get it over with, there are three important things to do before you can actually start unpacking.</p> <ol> <li><strong>Clean and prepare your new home</strong>. It's easier to wipe down shelves, clean windows and mop floors before your belongings are in place. Make sure your home-to-be is spotless when your items arrive. If you can't get to your new place early enough to do a thorough cleaning, consider hiring professional cleaners to do the job for you.</li> <li><strong>Inspect and organize your belongings</strong>. Check all the delivered boxes and household items against your inventory sheet to make sure nothing is damaged or missing. Then have each of your possessions taken to the room where it belongs. If everything was properly marked and labeled, sorting your items will be a piece of cake.</li> <li><strong>Set major furniture and appliances</strong>. Position your large furniture pieces and bulky household appliances first. Then you can put any smaller items you unpack later directly in their rightful places. Plan your interior design well in advance so you don't end up moving heavy pieces around several times.</li> </ol> <h2>Tackle the necessities</h2> <p>What matters most when unpacking your items after a move is ensuring that your essentials are immediately accessible. So prioritize your belongings, and unpack only the necessities first.</p> <h3>Bedding</h3> <p>You may not be able to unpack the entire bedroom right away, but you&#8217;ll definitely need at least the bed the day you move in. Reassemble the bed frame (if necessary), lay down the sheets, unpack the pillows and spread the blankets so you can get a good night's rest - you&#8217;re going to need it!</p> <p>Provided that you have a change of clothes and some comfortable indoor shoes (as well as curtains on the windows to ensure your privacy), the rest of your bedroom items can wait until you find the time and the energy to deal with them.</p> <h3>Bathroom items</h3> <p>Without a doubt, your personal care items, toiletries and medicines should top the list of the most important items to unpack after your move. Put out toilet paper and soap, find your toothbrush and toothpaste, hang the towels and the shower curtains, and unpack any other bathroom essentials you&#8217;ll need to wash away the weariness and stress of moving.</p> <h3>Kitchen necessities</h3> <p>Kitchens tend to take a very long time to unpack and organize properly due to the large number of items that need to be sorted and carefully arranged.</p> <p>As soon as you&#8217;ve hooked up the large appliances, such as the fridge and the stove, move on to your smaller kitchenware. Plates, silverware and glasses should be the first to find their places in cupboards and kitchen cabinets, closely followed by cooking utensils, pots and pans, and pantry items.</p> <h3>Kids&#8217; and pets&#8217; items</h3> <p>If you have young children, unpack some of their favorite toys, books, games and blankets during the first few hours in your new home. Keeping your young ones happy and occupied will let you concentrate on your work and finish it faster.</p> <p>Of course, you should also take care of your pets' needs immediately upon arrival. It&#8217;s a good idea to pack adequate pet food and some of your animal friends' favorite toys in your open-first box.</p> <h2>Finishing up</h2> <p>When you&#8217;ve unpacked the three most essential rooms in your home (bedroom, bathroom and kitchen), everything else can wait a bit. There are no deadlines to meet, so you can set your own pace when unpacking and decorating your new place - just unpack in order of priority without procrastinating.</p> <p>If you stay organized, set reasonable goals, clean after every unpacking phase, and dispose of the packing materials in a safe and eco-friendly manner, your new surroundings will soon stop looking like a warehouse full of boxes and start feeling like home.</p> <p><strong>Related</strong>:</p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/how-to-choose-a-moving-company-171437/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Picking a Moving Company: How Do Your Choices Stack Up?</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/additional-services-from-movers-178060/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">The Hidden Costs of Moving: 11 Extra Fees to Watch For</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/common-moving-nightmares-195663/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">3 Common Moving Nightmares (and How to Prevent Them)</a></li> </ul> <p><em>Originally published February 5, 2016.</em></p> https://www.zillow.com/blog/what-to-unpack-first-191909/feed/ 4 2019-06-08 16:42 +00:00 2019-06-09 04:42 +12:00 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-7115355/As-retailers-shut-shops-stores-solution-Britains-housing-shortage.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-7115355/As-retailers-shut-shops-stores-solution-Britains-housing-shortage.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 As retailers shut down shops, could empty stores be a solution to Britain's housing shortage?  It's stating the obvious to say the High Street is in crisis. It's worse than many think. In the year to April, the number of empty shops across the UK increased by more than 7,500. Fri, 07 Jun 2019 09:51:38 Z None 2019-06-07 09:51 +00:00 2019-06-07 21:51 +12:00 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-7113149/Brad-Pitt-Jennifer-Anistons-former-mansion-Beverly-Hills-hits-market-49M.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-7113149/Brad-Pitt-Jennifer-Anistons-former-mansion-Beverly-Hills-hits-market-49M.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston's former mansion in Beverly Hills hits the market for $49M Back in 2001 they bought it for $13.5 million and it how now been listed for over three times as much, a jaw-dropping $49 million. Thu, 06 Jun 2019 19:31:02 Z None 2019-06-06 19:31 +00:00 2019-06-07 07:31 +12:00 https://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=198898 https://www.zillow.com/blog/right-time-to-buy-or-sell-home-198898/ Tips & Advice home buying Home selling Predicting the 'Right Time' to Buy or Sell a Home You can't see into the future, but you <italic>can</italic> make an informed decision. Thu, 06 Jun 2019 13:00:49 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/right-time-to-buy-or-sell-home-198898/#comments Brendon DeSimone <p>Buying or selling a home at the right time is tougher than it sounds. People usually take these actions because of a life event or financial issues, and the economy and real estate forecasts tend to be secondary considerations. Yet both buyers and sellers often pose the question, "When is the best time to buy or sell?"</p> <p>If you have the luxury of choosing when you enter the real estate market, here are some points to consider when timing a home purchase or sale.</p> <h2>Every market is different</h2> <p>There&#8217;s no longer one national real estate market or forecast like there was 20 years ago. And just because the 24/7 national news outlets tell stories of hot real estate markets with multiple offers and quickly rising prices doesn't mean that's happening in your neighborhood.</p> <p>In fact, real estate activity can vary widely within the same county. One town can see record-breaking activity, while another 10 miles away has a glut of inventory.</p> <p>If you want to purchase or sell, dig deeper, look around and get as much local information as possible. <a href="https://www.zillow.com/agent-finder/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Meet with a good local agent</a> early and often to stay informed about shifts in the market.</p> <h2>Interest rates fluctuate</h2> <p>Most people <a href="https://www.zillow.com/home-loans/#/landing" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">need a mortgage</a> to purchase a home, and long-term interest rates are a major factor. For many years, we've been living with historically low <a href="https://www.zillow.com/mortgage-rates/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">mortgage rates</a>. But while we might be living in a time of 3% or 4% rates today, remember that in the 1980s, rates were 12% or higher.</p> <p>It&#8217;s not uncommon for buyers to get off the sidelines and into the real estate market when they hear news of the Federal Reserve raising interest rates. It&#8217;s very likely that when rates do start to creep back up again (and they eventually will), would-be buyers will turn into active customers.</p> <h2>Seasons change</h2> <p>Traditionally, spring has been the big real estate selling season. Flowers bloom, the grass is green, pools are open and homes show in their best possible light. Parents with school-aged children also wanted to purchase in the spring or summer so the kids can start a new school in the fall.</p> <p>While spring is still a strong selling season, buyers are looking online and searching on their phones every day, no matter the season, and transactions happen from New Year&#8217;s Day to Christmas Eve.</p> <p>If you have a home to sell and aren't in a rush, consider doing so at a traditionally &#8220;off&#8221; time. There will be fewer homes for sale, which means less competition.</p> <p>Don't try to time the market based on antiquated assumptions about seasons. It's more important that you show your home in its <a href="https://www.zillow.com/sellers-guide/how-to-stage-house-to-sell/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">best possible condition</a> and <a href="https://www.zillow.com/sellers-guide/how-to-price-home-to-sell/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">choose the right listing price</a>. If it's priced right and shows well, it will sell anytime.</p> <h2>Money isn&#8217;t everything</h2> <p>If a real estate purchase were purely financial, then we would see every renter with savings and a solid job getting in the market. But there are practical and emotional considerations.</p> <p>I've worked with buyers for months, sometimes years. They were always qualified to purchase, but they never pulled the trigger. Why? Because it doesn't make sense to put down 20% and take on a mortgage if their job with an hour commute isn't steady, their marriage is on the rocks, or their aging parents live across the country.</p> <p>Renting and keeping with the status quo is totally acceptable if there is any uncertainty in your future. While these buyers are free to shop and learn the market, they may not make a move.</p> <p>Since the financial crisis, many buyers have been hesitant to get back into the real estate market. And for good reason: Some of those buyers probably were never qualified to be in the market. But in many parts of the country, we've seen a comeback. Some markets are better than others.</p> <p>If you think home buying is in your future, do your research. Take your time and start to get a feel for the market. Just know that nobody can predict when the right house will come along, and you can't time a real estate market.</p> <p><strong>Related</strong>:</p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/sellers-guide/thinking-of-selling-your-home/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Thinking of Selling Your Home? 8 Ways to Know You&#8217;re Ready</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/sellers-guide/buyers-or-sellers-market/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Determining the Local Housing Market: Buyers or Sellers Market</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/sellers-guide/listing-descriptions-that-sell/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Property Descriptions 101: How to Write Listing Descriptions That Sell</a></li> </ul> <p><em>Note: The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the opinion or position of Zillow.</em></p> https://www.zillow.com/blog/right-time-to-buy-or-sell-home-198898/feed/ 4 2019-06-06 13:00 +00:00 2019-06-07 01:00 +12:00 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/money/mortgageshome/article-7102573/Five-year-fixed-rate-mortgages-versus-two-year-mortgages-pros-cons.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/money/mortgageshome/article-7102573/Five-year-fixed-rate-mortgages-versus-two-year-mortgages-pros-cons.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 Five-year fixed rate mortgages versus two year mortgages - the pros and cons It's the best time in seven years to lock into a longer mortgage as new data shows the gap between two and five-year fixes has shrunk to near-record lows. Thu, 06 Jun 2019 06:52:13 Z Shutterstock / Andrii Yalanskyi 2019-06-06 06:52 +00:00 2019-06-06 18:52 +12:00 58af97f5440243fe3d552306:5906c0dfe4fcb573ba562253:5b56a18703ce642b5e1cb3fb https://chemcare.co.nz/articles/where-will-you-find-asbestos-in-commercial-buildings Where will you find asbestos in commercial buildings? Whether you’re considering investing in commercial property or just giving your building a once over, it’s important to look out for asbestos in these common areas. Thu, 06 Jun 2019 01:05:08 Z Emily Fly <p class="">Asbestos was a staple building material of the construction industry in New Zealand for over 50 years. As such, if you own or lease a commercial building that was built in the late 1980s or before, there’s a high chance asbestos was used in its construction.</p><p class="">The presence of asbestos in and of itself isn’t necessarily a cause for concern. However, if the material has deteriorated due to damage or wear-and-tear, it could compromise workplace safety.</p><p class="">Any airborne asbestos fibres in an indoor working environment can contribute to serious respiratory issues further down the track - it’s better to be safe and check for asbestos in your business with a thorough survey.</p><p class="">But where will you likely find asbestos in commercial buildings?</p><p class="">&nbsp;</p><h3><strong>Four common locations for asbestos in commercial buildings&nbsp;</strong></h3><p class="">Asbestos was favoured in the building sector for its durable, fibrous quality and fire retardant properties. Because of this, it was used in all aspects of constructing, renovating, and maintaining commercial properties nationwide.</p><p class="">This also means asbestos could be present in numerous locations within your commercial building. Here are just four of the most common places you can find the fibrous material.</p><p data-rte-preserve-empty="true" class=""></p><p class=""><strong>1) Insulation</strong></p><p class="">Insulation is used in walls, ceilings, and between floors of commercial buildings to preserve and prevent heat from dispersing. While this helps keep us warm during the long winter months, insulation materials were often interwoven with asbestos fibres prior to the material’s ban in the early 1990s. Its fire retardant capability was useful in minimising the chances of a commercial property damage, but subsequently means insulation is one of the first materials you should test for asbestos contamination.</p> <img class="thumb-image" data-image="https://images.squarespace-cdn.com/content/v1/58af97f5440243fe3d552306/1559694503834-TB1HC7EB7WAYYY564YU8/ke17ZwdGBToddI8pDm48kPg3kkMSlDqGprD-21e6kCJZw-zPPgdn4jUwVcJE1ZvWQUxwkmyExglNqGp0IvTJZamWLI2zvYWH8K3-s_4yszcp2ryTI0HqTOaaUohrI8PIpppx-FWaxK7i6rVdWZNGy6SGN0ZVlswpj22aI6j1zesKMshLAGzx4R3EDFOm1kBS/Roof-insulation.jpg" data-image-dimensions="900x600" data-image-focal-point="0.5,0.5" alt="Roof-insulation.jpg" data-load="false" data-image-id="5cf70ca7f23371000195a725" data-type="image" src="https://images.squarespace-cdn.com/content/v1/58af97f5440243fe3d552306/1559694503834-TB1HC7EB7WAYYY564YU8/ke17ZwdGBToddI8pDm48kPg3kkMSlDqGprD-21e6kCJZw-zPPgdn4jUwVcJE1ZvWQUxwkmyExglNqGp0IvTJZamWLI2zvYWH8K3-s_4yszcp2ryTI0HqTOaaUohrI8PIpppx-FWaxK7i6rVdWZNGy6SGN0ZVlswpj22aI6j1zesKMshLAGzx4R3EDFOm1kBS/Roof-insulation.jpg?format=1000w" /> &nbsp;<p class=""><strong>2) Roofs</strong></p><p class="">Used to increase the durability of indoor and outdoor roofing materials, asbestos can very likely be found here as well.</p><p class="">Asbestos was applied as a spray coating to attic ceilings to reduce wear-and-tear on wooden timbers, was regularly mixed with cement to reinforce roof panels, and was used as part of asbestos insulating boards in designing soffits. When checking for asbestos in your roof, use extra care when conducting a survey due to the dangers present when working at height.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <img class="thumb-image" data-image="https://images.squarespace-cdn.com/content/v1/58af97f5440243fe3d552306/1559695300881-LU2ABTNMFH60BCDE8G2G/ke17ZwdGBToddI8pDm48kJ8TvVsTmSKieQf85BcAKbNZw-zPPgdn4jUwVcJE1ZvWQUxwkmyExglNqGp0IvTJZamWLI2zvYWH8K3-s_4yszcp2ryTI0HqTOaaUohrI8PI-SZ4c5MR72YEBaz-6FPz7qgA27d-a4YiPLv5HUfFFhwKMshLAGzx4R3EDFOm1kBS/Asbestos-Roof-Panels.jpg" data-image-dimensions="897x600" data-image-focal-point="0.5,0.5" alt="Asbestos-Roof-Panels.jpg" data-load="false" data-image-id="5cf70fc4f0289e000169c49a" data-type="image" src="https://images.squarespace-cdn.com/content/v1/58af97f5440243fe3d552306/1559695300881-LU2ABTNMFH60BCDE8G2G/ke17ZwdGBToddI8pDm48kJ8TvVsTmSKieQf85BcAKbNZw-zPPgdn4jUwVcJE1ZvWQUxwkmyExglNqGp0IvTJZamWLI2zvYWH8K3-s_4yszcp2ryTI0HqTOaaUohrI8PI-SZ4c5MR72YEBaz-6FPz7qgA27d-a4YiPLv5HUfFFhwKMshLAGzx4R3EDFOm1kBS/Asbestos-Roof-Panels.jpg?format=1000w" /> &nbsp; <img data-image="https://images.squarespace-cdn.com/content/v1/58af97f5440243fe3d552306/1559700168365-7NSF38DAN1U0VNUHODDE/ke17ZwdGBToddI8pDm48kOOaloqBQrwkfZon1UlXG5JZw-zPPgdn4jUwVcJE1ZvWQUxwkmyExglNqGp0IvTJZamWLI2zvYWH8K3-s_4yszcp2ryTI0HqTOaaUohrI8PITbl6tQzjimJVuQmx6RHqMB01Lq8789WuFiAVunRBNd4KMshLAGzx4R3EDFOm1kBS/Asbestos-Wall-panels.jpg" data-image-dimensions="800x517" data-image-focal-point="0.5,0.5" alt="Asbestos-Wall-panels.jpg" src="https://images.squarespace-cdn.com/content/v1/58af97f5440243fe3d552306/1559700168365-7NSF38DAN1U0VNUHODDE/ke17ZwdGBToddI8pDm48kOOaloqBQrwkfZon1UlXG5JZw-zPPgdn4jUwVcJE1ZvWQUxwkmyExglNqGp0IvTJZamWLI2zvYWH8K3-s_4yszcp2ryTI0HqTOaaUohrI8PITbl6tQzjimJVuQmx6RHqMB01Lq8789WuFiAVunRBNd4KMshLAGzx4R3EDFOm1kBS/Asbestos-Wall-panels.jpg?format=1000w" /> <p class="">Asbestos was a cheap lightweight material for wall panels</p> <p class=""><strong>3) Flooring, walls and ceilings</strong></p><p class="">Even if you’re certain the structure of your commercial property is made from other materials, the presence of asbestos is more common than you might have thought.&nbsp;</p><p class="">For example, asbestos can be found in vinyl floor and ceiling tiles used regularly in commercial outlets, and is often present in the materials used to construct partition walls. The lightweight design of these walls makes them more prone to deterioration over time, meaning the presence of asbestos in the air is far more likely. Additionally, fibres can be found in the textured coatings used on walls and ceilings, such as artex and stucco.</p>&nbsp;<p class="">&nbsp;<strong>4) Hot water pipes, tanks and gutters</strong></p> <img data-image="https://images.squarespace-cdn.com/content/v1/58af97f5440243fe3d552306/1559708058928-H1RKM275U692BB2G1UWA/ke17ZwdGBToddI8pDm48kJ8TvVsTmSKieQf85BcAKbNZw-zPPgdn4jUwVcJE1ZvWQUxwkmyExglNqGp0IvTJZamWLI2zvYWH8K3-s_4yszcp2ryTI0HqTOaaUohrI8PI-SZ4c5MR72YEBaz-6FPz7qgA27d-a4YiPLv5HUfFFhwKMshLAGzx4R3EDFOm1kBS/Asbestos-Pipes.jpg" data-image-dimensions="897x600" data-image-focal-point="0.5,0.5" alt="Asbestos-Pipes.jpg" src="https://images.squarespace-cdn.com/content/v1/58af97f5440243fe3d552306/1559708058928-H1RKM275U692BB2G1UWA/ke17ZwdGBToddI8pDm48kJ8TvVsTmSKieQf85BcAKbNZw-zPPgdn4jUwVcJE1ZvWQUxwkmyExglNqGp0IvTJZamWLI2zvYWH8K3-s_4yszcp2ryTI0HqTOaaUohrI8PI-SZ4c5MR72YEBaz-6FPz7qgA27d-a4YiPLv5HUfFFhwKMshLAGzx4R3EDFOm1kBS/Asbestos-Pipes.jpg?format=1000w" /> <p class="">Asbestos was commonly used to make insulation foam resistant to fire.</p> <p class="">The water-resistant qualities of asbestos meant the material was often used in constructing building features where there would be regular contact with moisture. As such, asbestos can be found in boiler lagging (to better insulate the hot water inside), as a reinforcing material for indoor water pipes, and as part of asbestos cement present in external gutters and rain pipes.</p><p class="">While not all piping or boiler equipment on your commercial property will have asbestos in it, it’s important you check these items as a matter of course to ensure your workplace is safe.</p>&nbsp;<h3><strong>What should I do once I’ve identified where asbestos is present?</strong></h3><p class="">To be certain the material you’re analysing is asbestos - and to determine the threat to the long-term health of your employees and yourself - you should <a href="https://chemcare.co.nz/articles/how-to-safely-collect-an-asbestos-sample"><strong>take an asbestos sample</strong></a>.</p><p class="">This should be done carefully, ensuring you cover your mouth and skin while you take a small sample of the material. Once you’ve taken a sufficient portion (expert opinions vary on the exact amount needed but indicate it should be <strong><em>no smaller than a coin</em></strong>), you can send this away for professional testing. This analysis will help determine if there is asbestos present, and how dangerous any existing material is.</p><p class="">If you’re uncertain or don’t feel confident about collecting a sample yourself, an <a href="https://chemcare.co.nz/articles/what-asbestos-survey"><strong>asbestos survey</strong></a> is an excellent alternative. The expert team at Chemcare can conduct a full on-site analysis of your property, performing a thorough check to see if the common signs of asbestos presence are evident.</p><p class="">Armed with this information - and with further testing conducted in our state-of-the-art lab - we can provide definitive evidence on the location of any asbestos in your building, and the threats posed to your business.</p><p class="">For more information about our asbestos survey, or to learn more about how you can find asbestos in your commercial property, contact the Chemcare team today for assistance.</p><p class=""><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> Where will you find asbestos in commercial buildings? 2019-06-06 01:05 +00:00 2019-06-06 13:05 +12:00 https://www.landlords.co.nz/article/976514967/comment-tenant-selection-turned-into-a-lotto-draw?utm_source=LL&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=COMMENT%3A+Tenant+selection+turned+into+a+lotto+draw https://www.landlords.co.nz/article/976514967/comment-tenant-selection-turned-into-a-lotto-draw?utm_source=LL&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=COMMENT%3A+Tenant+selection+turned+into+a+lotto+draw COMMENT: Tenant selection turned into a lotto draw <p>The Privacy Commissioner has created a lotto draw for tenant selection with the recent release of some ill-conceived guidelines, writes property management consultant David Faulkner.</p> Sat, 01 Jun 2019 08:00:00 +1200 2019-06-01 08:00 +12:00 2019-06-01 08:00 +12:00 https://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=230460 https://www.zillow.com/blog/summer-smackdown-which-home-is-your-favorite-230460/ Unique Homes Summer Smackdown: Which Home Is Your Favorite? Who's in for a little summertime competition? Fri, 31 May 2019 19:03:48 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/summer-smackdown-which-home-is-your-favorite-230460/#comments Jamie Birdwell-Branson <p>We all have a dream home, whether it&#8217;s a historic home in a busy neighborhood, a cabin in the middle of nowhere or a home on wheels.</p> <p>No matter what your dream home is, you&#8217;ll be sure to find a listing for it on Zillow. Let&#8217;s see what happens when our favorite home styles go head-to-head.</p> <div class="riddle_target" style="margin: 0 auto; max-width: 100%; width: 640px;" data-rid-id="196876" data-fg="#0074E4" data-bg="#FFFFFF" data-auto-scroll="false" data-auto-scroll-offset="0"><script src="https://www.riddle.com/files/js/embed.js"></script><br /> <iframe style="width: 100%; height: 300px; border: 1px solid #cfcfcf;" title="Opinion Poll - Which cozy dwelling makes you want to give up square footage?" src="https://www.riddle.com/a/196876?"></p> <section> <h2>Which cozy dwelling makes you want to give up square footage?</h2> </section> <section> <h2>Rustic mountain tiny home</h2> </section> <section> <h3>Vintage-loving tiny retreat</h3> </section> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span data-mce-type="bookmark" style="display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;" class="mce_SELRES_start"></span><br /> </iframe></div> <p><em><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/10250-Lomita-Ave-Felton-CA-95018/2085342730_zpid/?" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Rustic mountain tiny home</a>, <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/102-Old-San-Antonio-Rd-Boerne-TX-78006/28651247_zpid/?" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">vintage-loving tiny retreat</a></em></p> <div class="riddle_target" style="margin: 0 auto; max-width: 100%; width: 640px;" data-rid-id="196877" data-fg="#0074E4" data-bg="#FFFFFF" data-auto-scroll="false" data-auto-scroll-offset="0"><script src="https://www.riddle.com/files/js/embed.js"></script><br /> <iframe style="width: 100%; height: 300px; border: 1px solid #cfcfcf;" title="Opinion Poll - [COPY] Which cozy dwelling makes you want to give up square footage?" src="https://www.riddle.com/a/196877?"></p> <section> <h2>[COPY] Which cozy dwelling makes you want to give up square footage?</h2> </section> <section> <h2>Rustic mountain tiny home</h2> </section> <section> <h3>Vintage-loving tiny retreat</h3> </section> <p></iframe></div> <p><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/2A-Sugarpine-Pl-Bellingham-WA-98229/2084234832_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Window-filled loft</a>, <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/6-Barberry-Ln-Rye-NY-10580/32971707_zpid/?" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Mid-Century style &#8220;treehouse&#8221;</a></p> <div class="riddle_target" style="margin: 0 auto; max-width: 100%; width: 640px;" data-rid-id="196878" data-fg="#0074E4" data-bg="rgb(255, 255, 255)" data-auto-scroll="false" data-auto-scroll-offset="0"><script src="https://www.riddle.com/files/js/embed.js"></script><br /> <iframe style="width: 100%; height: 300px; border: 1px solid #cfcfcf;" title="Opinion Poll - Which A-frame gets the best report card?" src="https://www.riddle.com/a/196878?"></p> <section> <h2>Which A-frame gets the best report card?</h2> </section> <section> <h2>Cute and tidy Arkansas A-frame</h2> </section> <section> <h3>Dark and brooding Idaho A-frame</h3> </section> <p></iframe></div> <p><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/16438-Beaty-Rd-Sulphur-Springs-AR-72768/70615933_zpid/?" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Cute and tidy Arkansas A-frame</a>; <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/11004-S-Happy-Cove-Ln-Coeur-D-Alene-ID-83814/113119864_zpid/?" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">dark and brooding Idaho A-frame</a></p> <div class="riddle_target" style="margin: 0 auto; max-width: 100%; width: 640px;" data-rid-id="196879" data-fg="#0074E4" data-bg="rgb(255, 255, 255)" data-auto-scroll="false" data-auto-scroll-offset="0"><script src="https://www.riddle.com/files/js/embed.js"></script><br /> <iframe style="width: 100%; height: 300px; border: 1px solid #cfcfcf;" title="Opinion Poll - Which cabin do you want to completely unplug in?" src="https://www.riddle.com/a/196879?"></p> <section> <h2><span style="color: #2a2a33;">Which cabin do you want to completely unplug in?</span></h2> </section> <section> <h2>Majestic Lake Tahoe cabin</h2> </section> <section> <h3>Double-decker Gatlinburg cabin</h3> </section> <p></iframe></div> <p><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/756-Price-Ln-South-Lake-Tahoe-CA-96150/18570617_zpid/?" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Majestic Lake Tahoe cabin</a>; <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/313-Overview-Dr-Gatlinburg-TN-37738/42505688_zpid/?" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">double-decker Gatlinburg cabin</a></p> <div class="riddle_target" style="margin: 0 auto; max-width: 100%; width: 640px;" data-rid-id="196883" data-fg="#0074E4" data-bg="rgb(255, 255, 255)" data-auto-scroll="false" data-auto-scroll-offset="0"><script src="https://www.riddle.com/files/js/embed.js"></script><br /> <iframe style="width: 100%; height: 300px; border: 1px solid #cfcfcf;" title="Opinion Poll - Which waterside home would you like to watch a sunset from?" src="https://www.riddle.com/a/196883?"></p> <section> <h2><span style="color: #2a2a33;">Which waterside home would you like to watch a sunset from?</span></h2> </section> <section> <h2>California cool</h2> </section> <section> <h3>Pacific Northwest gem</h3> </section> <p></iframe></div> <p><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/3611-Padaro-Ln-Carpinteria-CA-93013/15877766_zpid/?" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">California cool</a>; <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/11790-Anderson-Lndg-NW-Silverdale-WA-98383/23403881_zpid/?" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Pacific Northwest gem</a></p> <div class="riddle_target" style="margin: 0 auto; max-width: 100%; width: 640px;" data-rid-id="196881" data-fg="#0074E4" data-bg="rgb(255, 255, 255)" data-auto-scroll="false" data-auto-scroll-offset="0"><script src="https://www.riddle.com/files/js/embed.js"></script><br /> <iframe style="width: 100%; height: 300px; border: 1px solid #cfcfcf;" title="Opinion Poll - Which rustic space feels most like home?" src="https://www.riddle.com/a/196881?"></p> <section> <h2><span style="color: #2a2a33;">Which rustic space feels most like home?</span></h2> </section> <section> <h2>Picturesque with cathedral ceilings</h2> </section> <section> <h3>Sleek and simple</h3> </section> <p></iframe></div> <p><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/76-Honey-Crisp-Ln-Broken-Bow-OK-74728/123340408_zpid/?" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Picturesque with cathedral ceilings</a>; <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/107-Island-Rd-Highland-Lakes-NJ-07422/39961227_zpid/?" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">sleek and simple</a></p> <div class="riddle_target" style="margin: 0 auto; max-width: 100%; width: 640px;" data-rid-id="196882" data-fg="#0074E4" data-bg="rgb(255, 255, 255)" data-auto-scroll="false" data-auto-scroll-offset="0"><script src="https://www.riddle.com/files/js/embed.js"></script><br /> <iframe style="width: 100%; height: 300px; border: 1px solid #cfcfcf;" title="Opinion Poll - Which historic home would you like to call your own?" src="https://www.riddle.com/a/196882?"></p> <section> <h2><span style="color: #2a2a33;">Which historic home would you like to call your own?</span></h2> </section> <section> <h2>A Vermont Victorian</h2> </section> <section> <h3>Stately in Washington, D.C.</h3> </section> <p></iframe></div> <p><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/266-S-Union-St-Burlington-VT-05401/12653870_zpid/?" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Vermont Victorian</a>; <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/3601-Newark-St-NW-Washington-DC-20016/450168_zpid/?" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">stately in Washington, D.C.</a></p> <p><strong>Related articles:</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/quiz-which-perfect-pool-is-cool-for-the-summer-227324/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Quiz: Which Perfect Pool Is Cool for the Summer?</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/building-backyard-fire-pit-219141/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">DIY Backyard Fire Pit: Build It in Just 7 Easy Steps</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/getting-staying-organized-summer-202140/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Getting and Staying Organized Through the Summer</a></li> </ul> https://www.zillow.com/blog/summer-smackdown-which-home-is-your-favorite-230460/feed/ 77 2019-05-31 19:03 +00:00 2019-06-01 07:03 +12:00 http://www.theguardian.com/money/2019/may/31/uk-house-prices-slump-as-confidence-remains-subdued-says-survey https://www.theguardian.com/money/2019/may/31/uk-house-prices-slump-as-confidence-remains-subdued-says-survey Housing market House prices Property Mortgages Money UK news Nationwide Banks and building societies Business Real estate UK house prices slip as confidence remains subdued, says survey <p>Nationwide reveals 0.2% price drop month on month in May after positive growth in April</p><p>UK house prices cooled in May as consumer confidence remained subdued, according to a survey.</p><p>Property prices dropped 0.2% month on month in May, after adjustment for seasonal factors, sliding from positive monthly growth in April, the latest <a href="https://www.nationwide.co.uk/about/house-price-index/headlines">Nationwide house price index</a> has revealed.</p><p> <span>Related: </span><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/money/2019/may/28/mortgage-approvals-jump-to-highest-level-for-two-years">Mortgage approvals jump to highest level for two years</a> </p> <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/money/2019/may/31/uk-house-prices-slump-as-confidence-remains-subdued-says-survey">Continue reading...</a> Fri, 31 May 2019 07:41:49 Z Photograph: Andrew Aitchison/Alamy Photograph: Andrew Aitchison/Alamy Press Association 2019-05-31T07:41:49Z 2019-05-31 07:41 +00:00 2019-05-31 19:41 +12:00 58af97f5440243fe3d552306:5906c0dfe4fcb573ba562253:5b4e9642f950b79e7d9b1848 https://chemcare.co.nz/articles/how-to-choose-the-right-asbestos-removal-company How to choose the right asbestos removal company Choosing the right asbestos removal company also requires ensuring that the job is being undertaken by appropriately qualified people. Thu, 30 May 2019 20:15:33 Z Emily Fly <p class="">The removal and safe disposal of asbestos requires a service with <strong>quite specific licences</strong> overseen and issued by the New Zealand Ministry of Health (through the Ministry’s “Worksafe New Zealand” department).</p><p class="">Listed below in this article, is a summary of licences which any building owner can ask to view, in order to prove that&nbsp; an asbestos assessment or removal is being undertaken by an appropriately qualified people. There is occasional criticism expressed that these regulations are too strict. However, upon the fact that around 170 New Zealand fatalities continue to be recorded annually, as a result of <a href="https://chemcare.co.nz/articles/after-exposure-to-asbestos" target="_blank"><strong>asbestos related diseases</strong></a>, the Government rests its case.</p><p class="">It is unknown how many tonnes of asbestos-laced products remain in New Zealand’s infrastructure such as buildings and underground pipes, but&nbsp;the volume is safely in the tens of millions of&nbsp; tonnes. It will take decades to eliminate asbestos from daily human existence and the need to remain vigilant in how asbestos is removed will always need detailed Government regulations.</p><h3><strong>WHAT A FULL ASBESTOS SERVICE CAN PROVIDE:</strong></h3><p class="">1.&nbsp;&nbsp; Site sampling and testing to ascertain where it exists and how safe, or otherwise, it might be at the time.</p><p class="">2.&nbsp;&nbsp; Developing a <a href="https://chemcare.co.nz/articles/asbestos-management-plan" target="_blank"><strong>long term asbestos management plan</strong></a> to ensure everyone on the site is kept permanently safe from exposure.</p><p class="">3.&nbsp;&nbsp; Removal carried out by experts who know how to remove asbestos safely.</p><p class="">&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><h3><strong>WHAT TO ASK FOR:</strong></h3><p class="">The Government introduced the new Health and Safety (Asbestos) Regulations in 2016. These Regulations strengthened the requirements of the asbestos removal companies:</p> <img class="thumb-image" data-image="https://images.squarespace-cdn.com/content/v1/58af97f5440243fe3d552306/1559084332646-G4IZBU1P8FZM3AWJ5XWL/ke17ZwdGBToddI8pDm48kPZjswWEEM1xUlE2nw_1gDZZw-zPPgdn4jUwVcJE1ZvWEtT5uBSRWt4vQZAgTJucoTqqXjS3CfNDSuuf31e0tVGIdXVyKMaflN6ceIzYVxGkEEXX0ZnTerMuXJre0Z9sl2bSd6kfRtgWHgNMDgGnmDY/A-rating.png" data-image-dimensions="450x300" data-image-focal-point="0.5,0.5" alt="A-rating.png" data-load="false" data-image-id="5cedbd2c53450ada7c0e835b" data-type="image" src="https://images.squarespace-cdn.com/content/v1/58af97f5440243fe3d552306/1559084332646-G4IZBU1P8FZM3AWJ5XWL/ke17ZwdGBToddI8pDm48kPZjswWEEM1xUlE2nw_1gDZZw-zPPgdn4jUwVcJE1ZvWEtT5uBSRWt4vQZAgTJucoTqqXjS3CfNDSuuf31e0tVGIdXVyKMaflN6ceIzYVxGkEEXX0ZnTerMuXJre0Z9sl2bSd6kfRtgWHgNMDgGnmDY/A-rating.png?format=1000w" /> <ul data-rte-list="default"><li><p class=""><strong>Thorough training</strong> in all asbestos related services making sure all health regulations are fulfilled</p></li><li><p class="">By implementing a <strong>system of checks and balances</strong>, such as practice checks by inspectors</p></li><li><p class="">A requirement that <strong>class A</strong> removal experts have <strong>certified</strong> safety management systems</p></li></ul><p class=""><strong>A “Class A” removal service can:</strong></p><p class="">Deal with any type or quantity of asbestos- containing material regardless of its condition</p><p class=""><strong>A “Class B” licenced service can:</strong></p><p class="">Deal with any “non friable” asbestos material; that is, the asbestos is <strong>not</strong> crumbly, flakey, or likely to become airborne. It is contained within other materials such as wall boards or roof tiles.</p><p class=""><strong>No licence is required provided:</strong></p><ol data-rte-list="default"><li><p class="">The asbestos materials to be removed are within a ten square metre area.</p></li><li><p class="">The asbestos within the material is “non friable”- unlikely to become airborne.</p></li><li><p class="">The ten square metres includes the cumulative whole course of the removal; this means, for example, that a 100 square metre area of asbestos material cannot be removed at a rate of ten square metres a day over ten days. This becomes a service requiring a class B licence.</p></li></ol><p class="">&nbsp;</p><h3><strong>WHAT IS AN “ASSESSOR” LICENCE?</strong></h3><p class="">An <a href="https://chemcare.co.nz/articles/assessing-asbestos-needs-assessor" target="_blank"><strong>asbestos tester</strong></a> is licensed to monitor air quality during the removal of asbestos.</p><p class="">The assessor will ensure that once the removal of asbestos materials is finished, that the atmosphere is clear of any asbestos fibres. It is also important that this clearance is permanent throughout the removal process</p><p class="">Specifically, an assessor’s licence is required to manage&nbsp; all monitoring all Class A (“friable”) asbestos removal sites.</p><p class="">Class B sites can have a clearance certificate granted by an “independent competent person.” Such a person can be a project manager or a person from the removal service.</p> <img class="thumb-image" data-image="https://images.squarespace-cdn.com/content/v1/58af97f5440243fe3d552306/1559095187419-RF1TTUWU3PZLMZD6QANG/ke17ZwdGBToddI8pDm48kK356h-sRiJF0ImwklPuSUFZw-zPPgdn4jUwVcJE1ZvWQUxwkmyExglNqGp0IvTJZamWLI2zvYWH8K3-s_4yszcp2ryTI0HqTOaaUohrI8PIDeRh7zwFlPRbzR4dD264BRI54c13JokuCFQOKd7loJcKMshLAGzx4R3EDFOm1kBS/air-monitoring.jpg" data-image-dimensions="755x600" data-image-focal-point="0.5,0.5" alt="air-monitoring.jpg" data-load="false" data-image-id="5cede7938165f552067e7cae" data-type="image" src="https://images.squarespace-cdn.com/content/v1/58af97f5440243fe3d552306/1559095187419-RF1TTUWU3PZLMZD6QANG/ke17ZwdGBToddI8pDm48kK356h-sRiJF0ImwklPuSUFZw-zPPgdn4jUwVcJE1ZvWQUxwkmyExglNqGp0IvTJZamWLI2zvYWH8K3-s_4yszcp2ryTI0HqTOaaUohrI8PIDeRh7zwFlPRbzR4dD264BRI54c13JokuCFQOKd7loJcKMshLAGzx4R3EDFOm1kBS/air-monitoring.jpg?format=1000w" /> How to choose the right asbestos removal company 2019-05-30 20:15 +00:00 2019-05-31 08:15 +12:00 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/money/mortgageshome/article-7081771/Gap-asking-selling-prices-property-widens-strong-buyers-market.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/money/mortgageshome/article-7081771/Gap-asking-selling-prices-property-widens-strong-buyers-market.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 Gap between asking and selling house prices widens in buyer's market On average, the gap between asking price and sale price across UK cities is up from 3.3 per cent in 2018 to 3.9 per cent, according to Zoopla. Wed, 29 May 2019 11:55:53 Z None 2019-05-29 11:55 +00:00 2019-05-29 23:55 +12:00 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/money/mortgageshome/article-7079635/Are-walls-crashing-cheap-online-estate-agent-boom.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/money/mortgageshome/article-7079635/Are-walls-crashing-cheap-online-estate-agent-boom.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 Are the walls crashing down on the cheap online estate agent boom? We have found that many of their deals are not as sweet as they seem — and many will still charge you even if they don't sell your home. Wed, 29 May 2019 08:39:56 Z Getty Images 2019-05-29 08:39 +00:00 2019-05-29 20:39 +12:00 http://www.theguardian.com/business/2019/may/28/fiat-chrysler-renault-merger-talks-could-be-undone-politics https://www.theguardian.com/business/2019/may/28/fiat-chrysler-renault-merger-talks-could-be-undone-politics Automotive industry Fiat Chrysler Renault Mergers and acquisitions Housing market Real estate Property Business Sensible Fiat Chrysler-Renault merger could be undone by politics <p>Frosty relations between France’s Macron and Italy’s Salvini could scupper talks over £29bn merger</p><p>That there is an economic case for the <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/business/2019/may/27/fiat-chrysler-proposes-merger-with-renault-to-reshape-car-industry">proposed €32.6bn (£</a><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/business/2019/may/27/fiat-chrysler-proposes-merger-with-renault-to-reshape-car-industry">29bn) merger</a> between Fiat Chrysler and Renault goes without saying. A link between the two companies to form the <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/business/2019/may/26/fiat-chrysler-and-renault-expected-to-announce-tie-up-talks">world’s third-biggest carmaker</a> after Volkswagen and Toyota has always made a lot of sense. If the deal is scuppered, it won’t be due to a lack of business logic; it will be because politics gets in the way.</p><p>There are two big arguments in favour of the deal. The first is there is a global glut of automotive capacity that is already forcing companies to cut production, close plants and lay off workers.</p> <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/business/2019/may/28/fiat-chrysler-renault-merger-talks-could-be-undone-politics">Continue reading...</a> Tue, 28 May 2019 23:23:27 Z Photograph: Marco Bertorello/AFP/Getty Images Photograph: Marco Bertorello/AFP/Getty Images Larry Elliott 2019-05-28T23:23:27Z 2019-05-28 23:23 +00:00 2019-05-29 11:23 +12:00 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-7057301/Five-UK-homes-cost-50k-buy.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-7057301/Five-UK-homes-cost-50k-buy.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 Five UK homes that cost less than £50k to buy The average home in the UK costs more than £200,000 but it possible to buy one for a quarter of that - although it's likely to need some work. Mon, 27 May 2019 07:28:16 Z None 2019-05-27 07:28 +00:00 2019-05-27 19:28 +12:00 58af97f5440243fe3d552306:5906c0dfe4fcb573ba562253:5b4e90cd352f53acb94a106c https://chemcare.co.nz/articles/things-to-know-before-selling-a-house-with-asbestos Things to know before selling a house with asbestos Selling a property that you know or suspect contains asbestos can be a challenge. Here’s what you need to know to ensure you get it right. Thu, 23 May 2019 21:31:25 Z CC Group <p class="">Over 7,500 New Zealand homes were sold during May 2018 alone - us Kiwis are a property-hungry bunch. A number of laws govern the sales of these properties and, although cashing in a capital gain may be at the front of your mind, it’s essential you’re aware of these laws and that you follow them while selling.</p><p class="">Asbestos is one material in particular that may be of concern due to its potentially hazardous nature. So you’re aware of what’s legally required of you as a vendor, below we’ve compiled everything you need to know about selling a house containing asbestos.</p><p class=""><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p><h3><strong>Laws under the Real Estate Agents Act 2008</strong></h3><p class="">In November 2009, the Real Estate Agents Act was introduced in order to govern the practice of those involved in property transactions. It includes a set of laws regarding what real estate agents and vendors must disclose about a property during a sale. Most importantly, a vendor or agent must:</p><p class="">●&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Disclose any information they hold about a property on request.</p><p class="">●&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Not mislead a buyer about a property during a sale.</p><p class="">Furthermore, real estate agents are required to disclose any details of the property that may affect a buyer’s decision to purchase. Asbestos usually falls under this banner, so it’s important you disclose the presence of asbestos in your home to your real estate agent, or inform buyers yourself if you’re selling privately.</p><p class="">If you suspect your home contains asbestos but you’re not sure, the interpretation of the law becomes a little less clear. Generally speaking, it’s best to err on the side of caution and always tell your real estate agent if you suspect your home contains asbestos-containing materials (ACMs). This information may deter buyers and damage your sale price, so in most cases it’s worth investigating further so you know for sure what’s inside your home.</p><h3><strong>Asbestos testing before a sale</strong></h3><p class="">What does asbestos look like? While most ACMs are difficult to see, they can be easily identified with professional asbestos sampling and testing easily performed by Chemcare. Fortunately for those in the process of selling a house, this is a quick and easy process.</p> <img class="thumb-image" data-image="https://images.squarespace-cdn.com/content/v1/58af97f5440243fe3d552306/1558480497731-G076EHMZJ5PBT9TRFPS7/ke17ZwdGBToddI8pDm48kBLCBrRcO2BP7DF2LVaK3PZZw-zPPgdn4jUwVcJE1ZvWQUxwkmyExglNqGp0IvTJZUJFbgE-7XRK3dMEBRBhUpwR3nhnsLpdQ9ARmW4G8jXYochwTS1YGf-D6cSPWQNgMWTr53cBfk7-wy08On3Ioag/Chemcare-sample.jpg" data-image-dimensions="600x627" data-image-focal-point="0.5,0.5" alt="Chemcare-sample.jpg" data-load="false" data-image-id="5ce48671e944ba00016688a7" data-type="image" src="https://images.squarespace-cdn.com/content/v1/58af97f5440243fe3d552306/1558480497731-G076EHMZJ5PBT9TRFPS7/ke17ZwdGBToddI8pDm48kBLCBrRcO2BP7DF2LVaK3PZZw-zPPgdn4jUwVcJE1ZvWQUxwkmyExglNqGp0IvTJZUJFbgE-7XRK3dMEBRBhUpwR3nhnsLpdQ9ARmW4G8jXYochwTS1YGf-D6cSPWQNgMWTr53cBfk7-wy08On3Ioag/Chemcare-sample.jpg?format=1000w" /> <p class="">Once you <a href="https://chemcare.co.nz/contact" target="_blank">contact the team</a> at Chemcare, we’ll advise which survey is best for your needs, and visit your home to take samples. Samples will generally be $2 coin-sized cuttings of tiles, claddings, or other materials, all of which will be separately bagged and labelled. Our technicians take samples from discreet areas to avoid unnecessary damage to your property.</p><p class="">These samples will be sent to an accredited laboratory, and you’ll receive a report detailing the results and suggesting a course of action to minimise the health risk of any asbestos present in your building.</p><p class="">With any luck, the results will be negative and you’ll gain peace of mind knowing you’re selling a property free of asbestos. If the results come back positive, however, it’s time to consider the next steps.</p>&nbsp;<h3>&nbsp;<strong>Asbestos removal before sale</strong></h3><p class="">When you receive the results of the report and the management plan, it’s a good idea to <a href="https://chemcarenz.wufoo.com/forms/m150rkvr0ni6l0b/" target="_blank">request a quote</a> for asbestos removal. Next, speak to your real estate agent and ask whether they believe the possible reduction in purchase price due to asbestos will be more or less than the cost of asbestos removal.</p><p class="">They won’t be able to give you a definite answer, but they should be able to help you decide whether it’s best to go to market with asbestos or deal with it before you sell. Alternatively, you may be able to provide the management report to potential buyers to make sure they’re fully aware of any further costs that may be involved, and the level of risk that the asbestos poses.</p><p class="">Regardless of what you do, always disclose what you know about the home to real estate agents and buyers. It’s better to deal with problems now than to have buyers discover asbestos in the home after the sale, which could lead to them taking legal action against you.</p> <img class="thumb-image" data-image="https://images.squarespace-cdn.com/content/v1/58af97f5440243fe3d552306/1558481678295-H04BLYJFLRLPNNXSN6PR/ke17ZwdGBToddI8pDm48kL1bBvgj6IJTxcKvWyGFb6tZw-zPPgdn4jUwVcJE1ZvWQUxwkmyExglNqGp0IvTJZUJFbgE-7XRK3dMEBRBhUpzzJfiEpgD6Rn5jJi236r2FTdgvhp9Oy_sI0Yag4fzqFTCTT6Yd9jzVcF4zJp1WLjc/Ceiling-removal.jpg" data-image-dimensions="584x800" data-image-focal-point="0.5,0.5" alt="Ceiling-removal.jpg" data-load="false" data-image-id="5ce48b0d678b0c0001a78a73" data-type="image" src="https://images.squarespace-cdn.com/content/v1/58af97f5440243fe3d552306/1558481678295-H04BLYJFLRLPNNXSN6PR/ke17ZwdGBToddI8pDm48kL1bBvgj6IJTxcKvWyGFb6tZw-zPPgdn4jUwVcJE1ZvWQUxwkmyExglNqGp0IvTJZUJFbgE-7XRK3dMEBRBhUpzzJfiEpgD6Rn5jJi236r2FTdgvhp9Oy_sI0Yag4fzqFTCTT6Yd9jzVcF4zJp1WLjc/Ceiling-removal.jpg?format=1000w" /> <p class="">If you require further advice on selling a house containing asbestos in Auckland, or wish to <a href="https://chemcare.co.nz/asbestos/testing" target="_blank">have your home tested</a> before sale, contact with the expert team at Chemcare today.</p><p class="">&nbsp;</p><p class="">&nbsp;</p> Things to know before selling a house with asbestos 2019-05-23 21:31 +00:00 2019-05-24 09:31 +12:00 https://www.landlords.co.nz/article/976514916/comment-why-the-new-standards-are-not-the-answer?utm_source=LL&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=COMMENT%3A+Why+the+new+standards+are+not+the+answer https://www.landlords.co.nz/article/976514916/comment-why-the-new-standards-are-not-the-answer?utm_source=LL&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=COMMENT%3A+Why+the+new+standards+are+not+the+answer COMMENT: Why the new standards are not the answer <p>The final version of the Government&rsquo;s new Healthy Homes minimum standards came out last week. Stop the War on Tenancies spokesman Mike Butler tells us what he thinks about them&hellip;</p> Thu, 23 May 2019 09:58:00 +1200 2019-05-23 09:58 +12:00 2019-05-23 09:58 +12:00 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-7050021/Six-features-ultimate-garden-status-symbols.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-7050021/Six-features-ultimate-garden-status-symbols.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 Six features that are ultimate garden status symbols As Chelsea Flower Show kicks off this week, we ask what are some of the most en vogue features that will truly set your garden apart. Wed, 22 May 2019 09:27:48 Z None 2019-05-22 09:27 +00:00 2019-05-22 21:27 +12:00 https://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=195663 https://www.zillow.com/blog/common-moving-nightmares-195663/ Tips & Advice Moving relocation 3 Common Moving Nightmares (and How to Prevent Them) Moving doesn't have to be a waking nightmare. Here's how to avoid a move from ... you know where. Mon, 20 May 2019 13:37:56 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/common-moving-nightmares-195663/#comments Moving.Tips <p>Moving may top the list of stressful experiences that can feel like a bad dream - one that can easily come true unless you take precautionary measures.</p> <p>Problems can occur at every stage of the relocation process, but the most common moving nightmares fall into three categories. Here&#8217;s how they typically play out - and how to avoid them.</p> <h2>Poor organization</h2> <p>Moving involves a lot of loose ends, and even the smallest oversight can result in a disastrous move.</p> <ul> <li style="list-style-type: none;"> <ul> <li><strong>Packing chaos.</strong> You realize you&#8217;ve packed more items than previously discussed with the movers, and some items can&#8217;t be loaded onto the moving truck. Or maybe you don&#8217;t label the boxes properly. Worst of all, you may not be ready when the movers arrive. All these packing mistakes result in lost time and money.</li> <li><strong>Furniture troubles. </strong>If your large furniture doesn't fit through the doors, you may have to leave treasured pieces behind or request hoisting services that will cost you dearly and delay your move.</li> <li><strong>Paperwork problems</strong><strong>.</strong> If you forget to transfer the utilities, you won't have electricity, gas and water on move-in day. If you forget to change your address, you won't have your mail delivered to your new home. If you forget to update your driver's license and car registration in time, you'll be fined. Not taking proper care of your documents will most certainly get you in trouble.</li> <li><strong>Overspending.</strong> If you book your movers at the last moment, require too many extra services, fail to create a realistic moving budget or pack all your items without sorting them out first, you&#8217;ll end up paying much more than you expected.</li> <li><strong>Safety issues.</strong> Make every effort to prevent injuries and accidents on moving day, as getting hurt is one of the worst things that can happen during your relocation endeavor.</li> </ul> </li> </ul> <p>The best way to avoid problems when moving house is to plan each phase of your relocation adventure in meticulous detail and stay one step ahead all the time.</p> <h2>Traffic problems</h2> <p>Heavy traffic or road accidents can also turn your move into a real nightmare.</p> <ul> <li><strong>Traffic jams.</strong> The moving truck is delayed, and there may not be enough time to proceed with your move as planned. You may have to postpone the relocation to another day, or you may miss your flight.</li> <li><strong>Traffic accidents.</strong> If there has been an accident on the road, the moving truck will have to wait until the damaged vehicles are removed and normal traffic is restored. However, the scenario could get much worse: You may lose all your possessions or receive them badly damaged if the moving truck crashes, catches fire or gets trapped somewhere because of adverse weather conditions. It&#8217;s even possible that thieves could break into the vehicle and steal your goods.</li> <li><strong>Breakdown. </strong>If the moving truck breaks down on the road, you'll have to wait for the moving company to send another vehicle. What's more, your items can easily get damaged while being transferred.</li> <li><strong>Parking issues.</strong> The moving truck has to circle the neighborhood for hours until an appropriate parking space is vacated, or the movers have to park far away from your home&#8217;s entrance. In such cases, you'll not only lose valuable time but also have to pay an extra fee for the delay or an additional long-carry fee.</li> </ul> <p>Of course, there&#8217;s nothing you can do to prevent traffic accidents or breakdowns. But you can at least reserve a parking place directly in front of your old and new homes, and choose a moving company that has experienced drivers and several moving vehicles in good condition.</p> <h2>Misleading movers</h2> <p>Many moving horror stories involve rogue or incompetent movers.</p> <ul> <li><strong>The movers are late or don't show up at all</strong>. The agreed-upon time comes and goes, but you see no sign of an approaching moving truck. Regardless of the excuses you receive, the inevitable result will be lots of stress and wasted time.</li> <li><strong>The movers are careless or inexperienced</strong>. If your movers arrive late or lack the proper equipment to handle your items safely and efficiently, your relocation can quickly turn into a nightmarish experience.</li> <li><strong>The movers are scam artists. </strong>In the worst case scenario, you may fall victim to moving scams. Rogue movers will often request much more money than previously negotiated, based on alleged extra services. They may also hold your belongings hostage until you pay an extra "fee" as ransom or steal your more expensive belongings and discard the rest.</li> </ul> <p>The good news is that there is an easy way to avoid such nightmares. All you need to do is carefully research your movers before hiring them to make sure you are dealing with licensed and experienced professionals you can trust. It&#8217;s also a good idea to purchase appropriate insurance for your belongings, just in case.</p> <p><strong>Related:</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/additional-services-from-movers-178060/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">The Hidden Costs of Moving: 11 Extra Fees to Watch For</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/how-to-choose-a-moving-company-171437/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Picking a Moving Company: How Do Your Choices Stack Up?</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/space-saving-ideas-small-kitchens-228858/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Maximizing Space in a Small Kitchen</a></li> </ul> <p><em>Originally published April 15, 2016.</em></p> https://www.zillow.com/blog/common-moving-nightmares-195663/feed/ 27 2019-05-20 13:37 +00:00 2019-05-21 01:37 +12:00 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/money/mortgageshome/article-7046801/Phil-Spencers-ten-tips-boost-value-property.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/money/mortgageshome/article-7046801/Phil-Spencers-ten-tips-boost-value-property.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 Phil Spencer's ten tips to boost the value of your property  Phil Spencer, who hosts popular TV shows such as Location, Location, Location, reveals some of his simple value-adding tips, such as naming your house and hanging mirrors. Mon, 20 May 2019 13:07:14 Z Kerry Davies 2019-05-20 13:07 +00:00 2019-05-21 01:07 +12:00 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-7027537/Quiz-guess-price-log-cabins.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-7027537/Quiz-guess-price-log-cabins.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 Quiz to guess the price of these log cabins How many of the half a dozen log cabins in our quiz can you get right, with values ranging from £25,000 to an impressive £1million. Mon, 20 May 2019 07:54:11 Z None 2019-05-20 07:54 +00:00 2019-05-20 19:54 +12:00 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/money/mortgageshome/article-7046799/How-make-property-pay-without-moving-out.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/money/mortgageshome/article-7046799/How-make-property-pay-without-moving-out.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 How to make your property pay without moving out With rising house prices, many homeowners have found themselves property rich but cash poor. Well, the good news is that you don’t have to move out to turn your house into a cash machine. Mon, 20 May 2019 07:32:34 Z None 2019-05-20 07:32 +00:00 2019-05-20 19:32 +12:00 http://www.theguardian.com/business/2019/may/20/uk-foreign-property-register-needed-urgently-money-laundering https://www.theguardian.com/business/2019/may/20/uk-foreign-property-register-needed-urgently-money-laundering Housing market Real estate Property Organised crime World news Money UK news Tax havens Business Law UK property register 'needed urgently' to stop money laundering <p>MPs and peers say plans for register of foreign-owned property should not be delayed</p><p>Proposals for the first register of foreign-owned property aimed at preventing “McMafia-style” money laundering should be put in practice urgently and reinforced to plug potential loopholes, the government has been told.</p><p>Draft legislation contains insufficient verification checks to deter criminals from submitting false information and could allow those exploiting trusts to circumvent controls, MPs and peers have said.</p><p><strong>What is the problem?</strong></p><p></p> <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/business/2019/may/20/uk-foreign-property-register-needed-urgently-money-laundering">Continue reading...</a> Sun, 19 May 2019 23:01:17 Z Photograph: BBC/Cuba/Nick Wall Photograph: BBC/Cuba/Nick Wall Owen Bowcott Legal affairs correspondent 2019-05-19T23:01:17Z 2019-05-19 23:01 +00:00 2019-05-20 11:01 +12:00 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-7041403/How-splashing-home-gym-tennis-court-pool-end-making-financial-sense.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-7041403/How-splashing-home-gym-tennis-court-pool-end-making-financial-sense.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 How splashing out on a home gym, tennis court or pool could end up making financial sense  With family health club membership often resembling a mini-mortgage, it might make more sense to turn part of your home into a private fitness centre. Fri, 17 May 2019 14:10:38 Z None 2019-05-17 14:10 +00:00 2019-05-18 02:10 +12:00 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-7036147/TV-interior-designer-Sophie-Robinson-picks-five-paint-colours-new-build-home.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-7036147/TV-interior-designer-Sophie-Robinson-picks-five-paint-colours-new-build-home.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 Four of the best paint colours to transform a new-build home The colours are from a range of paint suppliers, including Farrow & Ball, Little Green, and Valspar. Fri, 17 May 2019 08:52:37 Z None 2019-05-17 08:52 +00:00 2019-05-17 20:52 +12:00 58af97f5440243fe3d552306:5906c0dfe4fcb573ba562253:5b47bc6c6d2a734027a42ef5 https://chemcare.co.nz/articles/what-are-the-costs-involved-in-removal-of-asbestos What are the costs involved in the removal of asbestos? This checklist can help any property owner to determine the cost of removing asbestos. Thu, 16 May 2019 19:49:08 Z Emily Fly <p class="">This checklist can help any property owner to determine the <a href="https://chemcare.co.nz/articles/deal-with-asbestos-on-a-budget" target="_blank"><strong>cost of removing asbestos</strong></a>.</p><p class="">Because the health and safety regulations vary between residential buildings and commercial buildings, the costs also vary for homeowners and other property owners.</p><h3><strong>There are two&nbsp;checks&nbsp;any property owner can undertake to get started:</strong></h3><ol data-rte-list="default"><li><p class="">First check that the building was built before or after the year 2000. Asbestos was virtually eliminated from building products from that year, so any structure built <strong>after that date</strong> is probably free from the problem of asbestos.</p></li><li><p class="">Any building built <strong>before the year 2000</strong> will need to have a certified sampling company check for asbestos.</p></li></ol><p data-rte-preserve-empty="true" class=""></p><p class="">Costs for this service vary between the different licensed companies but a rule-of-thumb indicator is that one visit to take a sample for laboratory testing of asbestos on any part of a building, should cost about the same as any other service attending to a job on the property; such as a plumber or electrician.</p><p class="">The cost can increase if extra samples are taken, which will also cover their processing in a licensed laboratory with a report back to the property owner.</p><p class="">The asbestos sampling is a first step in an asbestos management plan for the building. It is also valuable information to be held in the property’s file in case of future re-sale. Buyers will ask for this type of information.</p><p class="">If a building is shown to have asbestos in its materials, <strong>what will that cost?</strong></p> <img class="thumb-image" data-image="https://images.squarespace-cdn.com/content/v1/58af97f5440243fe3d552306/1557966983313-BGMJHO9L24T0DPF6U551/ke17ZwdGBToddI8pDm48kFQQgP34qnCpeHaeAOzTt7pZw-zPPgdn4jUwVcJE1ZvWQUxwkmyExglNqGp0IvTJZamWLI2zvYWH8K3-s_4yszcp2ryTI0HqTOaaUohrI8PICHnXC1b9smDvYLPdL-DS7U1pkhCtl83kemXd5r3C5ngKMshLAGzx4R3EDFOm1kBS/asbestos-sample.jpg" data-image-dimensions="800x800" data-image-focal-point="0.5,0.5" alt="asbestos-sample.jpg" data-load="false" data-image-id="5cdcb0860e645d0001350ddd" data-type="image" src="https://images.squarespace-cdn.com/content/v1/58af97f5440243fe3d552306/1557966983313-BGMJHO9L24T0DPF6U551/ke17ZwdGBToddI8pDm48kFQQgP34qnCpeHaeAOzTt7pZw-zPPgdn4jUwVcJE1ZvWQUxwkmyExglNqGp0IvTJZamWLI2zvYWH8K3-s_4yszcp2ryTI0HqTOaaUohrI8PICHnXC1b9smDvYLPdL-DS7U1pkhCtl83kemXd5r3C5ngKMshLAGzx4R3EDFOm1kBS/asbestos-sample.jpg?format=1000w" /> <h3><strong>Residential properties.</strong></h3><p class="">It is important to obtain quotations from<strong> licensed</strong> disposal companies, who will be happy to provide a quote once they have a full understanding of what needs to be removed. The cost varies from <strong>Class A to Class B</strong>. The general rule-of-thumb is that the Class A jobs that you will find inside the house such as asbestos vinyl flooring, will be more expensive than the Class B jobs you’ll find outside such as asbestos cladding.</p><p class="">You’ll also find that the square metre cost does not include the replacement of the removed materials with non-asbestos materials,</p> <img class="thumb-image" data-image="https://images.squarespace-cdn.com/content/v1/58af97f5440243fe3d552306/1557967437855-LDETDV9ROVMHJKKCMQNG/ke17ZwdGBToddI8pDm48kPadjFl4tlWp--ScZVg55E5Zw-zPPgdn4jUwVcJE1ZvWQUxwkmyExglNqGp0IvTJZUJFbgE-7XRK3dMEBRBhUpx-LPFsPt23r3QhBlExVrQjiw1rLuitLnEZWTAinVsNDtR4_E3EGkULGwNzeJnhZKI/residential.jpg" data-image-dimensions="520x800" data-image-focal-point="0.5,0.5" alt="150 Kiwis die each year from Asbestos related illness" data-load="false" data-image-id="5cdcb24d15fcc0f2a9cd545a" data-type="image" src="https://images.squarespace-cdn.com/content/v1/58af97f5440243fe3d552306/1557967437855-LDETDV9ROVMHJKKCMQNG/ke17ZwdGBToddI8pDm48kPadjFl4tlWp--ScZVg55E5Zw-zPPgdn4jUwVcJE1ZvWQUxwkmyExglNqGp0IvTJZUJFbgE-7XRK3dMEBRBhUpx-LPFsPt23r3QhBlExVrQjiw1rLuitLnEZWTAinVsNDtR4_E3EGkULGwNzeJnhZKI/residential.jpg?format=1000w" /> <p class="">150 Kiwis die each year from Asbestos related illness</p> <p class="">Homeowners, under the new regulations, are not required to produce their own asbestos management plans. The new regulations allow for professional services to help homeowners manage incidents of asbestos. Builders, plumbers, electricians, roofers and other professionals will raise the issue of asbestos when considering a job however large or small.</p><p class="">Under the regulations, homeowners are also permitted to remove up to ten square metres of asbestos material as part of their occasional home maintenance. However, the asbestos must be “non-friable.” This means it must not be crumbly or dusty. And that is the time asbestos can be inhaled and cause serious long term health problems, probably death.</p><p class="">Any home owner cannot be accused of “over-doing” safety with asbestos. However, <a href="https://chemcare.co.nz/articles/after-exposure-to-asbestos" target="_blank"><strong>asbestos-related illness</strong></a> continue to take the lives of over 150 New Zealanders every year.</p><p class="">Identifying asbestos materials in a home is the <strong>first step</strong> to a safer future for the occupants of all buildings.. How and when the asbestos materials are removed, can, in most cases, be planned according to a budget available. Asbestos, if it is embedded into plaster or cement materials, is quite safe and unlikely to be released into the atmosphere and cause harm to people. This is a factor which can be taken into account when considering its removal and the costs involved.</p><h3><strong>Costs for commercial, industrial and retail property owners</strong></h3><p class="">These property owners are required to produce and keep on site, an <strong>asbestos management plan</strong>.</p><p class="">This plan enables all occupants of buildings to understand where asbestos is located and under what time frame it is planned to be replaced.</p><p class="">Similarly, the fact that asbestos is often contained or “bound” into different construction materials, means it can be safe for many years, giving property owners time to budget its replacement with non-asbestos materials.</p><p class="">Each plan begins with the Checklist at the beginning of this article.<br></p><p class="">If you are concerned about the asbestos in your property and the asbestos survey has proven that the materials need to be removed, Chemcare is a licensed asbestos removal company that can help. Get in contact today to get an <a href="https://chemcare.co.nz/contact" target="_blank"><strong>asbestos removal quote</strong></a>.</p><p class=""><br><br></p> What are the costs involved in the removal of asbestos? 2019-05-16 19:49 +00:00 2019-05-17 07:49 +12:00 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-7022941/Torquay-house-sale-looks-like-medieval-castle.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-7022941/Torquay-house-sale-looks-like-medieval-castle.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 Torquay house for sale that looks like a medieval castle While the grounds and boundary walls of the property in Torquay are Grade II listed, the four-bedroom house was completed in 1992. Thu, 16 May 2019 09:37:57 Z None 2019-05-16 09:37 +00:00 2019-05-16 21:37 +12:00 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-6915511/Top-league-Buying-new-home-close-football-stadium-winner.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-6915511/Top-league-Buying-new-home-close-football-stadium-winner.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 Top of the league: Buying a new home close to a football stadium can be a winner You don’t have to be a Spurs fan to be impressed with the brand new £1billion White Hart Lane football stadium. Wed, 15 May 2019 10:03:12 Z None 2019-05-15 10:03 +00:00 2019-05-15 22:03 +12:00 https://www.landlords.co.nz/article/976514830/comment-ring-fencing-impact-likely-to-be-limited?utm_source=LL&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=COMMENT%3A+Ring-fencing+impact+likely+to+be+limited https://www.landlords.co.nz/article/976514830/comment-ring-fencing-impact-likely-to-be-limited?utm_source=LL&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=COMMENT%3A+Ring-fencing+impact+likely+to+be+limited COMMENT: Ring-fencing impact likely to be limited <p>The new rules around the ring-fencing of rental losses are unlikely to cause a sea-change in investor behaviour, according to CoreLogic senior property economist Kelvin Davidson.</p> Mon, 13 May 2019 07:05:00 +1200 2019-05-13 07:05 +12:00 2019-05-13 07:05 +12:00 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-7006517/Escape-Chateaus-Angel-Strawbridge-launches-home-furnishings-range.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-7006517/Escape-Chateaus-Angel-Strawbridge-launches-home-furnishings-range.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 Escape to the Chateau's Angel Strawbridge launches home furnishings range Fans of TV's Escape to the Chateau can enjoy the same designs in their own homes as Angel has included it in her new range of home furnishings Sat, 11 May 2019 09:35:14 Z None 2019-05-11 09:35 +00:00 2019-05-11 21:35 +12:00 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/money/buytolet/article-7005579/Buy-let-crackdown-takes-toll-landlords-rental-crisis-looms.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/money/buytolet/article-7005579/Buy-let-crackdown-takes-toll-landlords-rental-crisis-looms.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 Buy-to-let crackdown takes toll on landlords as rental crisis looms Figures released today by the RICS have confirmed that tenant demand is rising across the the country while the number of new landlords entering the market is dwindling. Thu, 09 May 2019 09:06:52 Z Shutterstock / I Wei Huang 2019-05-09 09:06 +00:00 2019-05-09 21:06 +12:00 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-7005741/Britains-hottest-property-markets-Edinburgh-Falkirk-reveals-Zoopla.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-7005741/Britains-hottest-property-markets-Edinburgh-Falkirk-reveals-Zoopla.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 Britain’s hottest property markets are Edinburgh and Falkirk reveals Zoopla The average amount of time it takes to sell a property in Britain is 56 days, reveals property website Zoopla. Thu, 09 May 2019 08:38:01 Z None 2019-05-09 08:38 +00:00 2019-05-09 20:38 +12:00 58af97f5440243fe3d552306:5906c0dfe4fcb573ba562253:5b54fba78a922d868ef56893 https://chemcare.co.nz/articles/friable-asbestos-in-the-home Friable asbestos in the home Friable asbestos is the most dangerous form of asbestos. It could be in your home, so take caution. Thu, 09 May 2019 02:07:27 Z Emily Fly <p class="">“Friable” asbestos is the most dangerous form. This describes the “crumbly” state of asbestos fibres. Imagine dry flour held out on the palm of a hand on a windy day and this will illustrate the danger asbestos offers on a windy day.</p><p class="">The difference is that asbestos fibres cannot be seen and they are dangerous, minute forms of rock that can be inhaled into the lungs and do fatal damage over time. The most dangerous situation for homeowners, is the discovery of building materials containing asbestos which are damaged, allowing asbestos fibres free to float in the surrounding air. The microscopic fibres of asbestos still remain the cause of about 170&nbsp; New Zealand fatalities every year.</p><p class="">If fibres are floating free in the air of a home, it may be decades before any occupant or visitor, becomes aware that the fibres accidentally inhaled in one moment, are the&nbsp; cause of death many years later.</p><h2><strong>Asbestos in the home</strong></h2><p class="">Asbestos fibres are contained in many different forms of building materials. The most common in New Zealand include:</p><p class="">Homes built up to the year 2000 probably contain asbestos. The incidence declines after this year as regulations began to eliminate asbestos from all building materials. However, any home built in the early part of the 21st century may still contain some asbestos.</p><p class="">For homes built in earlier years, the likelihood of asbestos can be found in:</p><ul data-rte-list="default"><li><p class="">Old floor tiles,</p></li><li><p class="">Ceiling tiles,</p></li><li><p class="">Roof shingles and flashing,</p></li><li><p class="">Some exterior cladding</p></li><li><p class="">Interior wall linings.</p></li><li><p class="">Insulation (around boilers, ducts, pipes, sheeting, fireplaces),</p></li><li><p class="">pipe cement, and joint compounds</p><p data-rte-preserve-empty="true" class=""></p></li></ul> <img class="thumb-image" data-image="https://images.squarespace-cdn.com/content/v1/58af97f5440243fe3d552306/1557283509097-Y77HAUSP3T07W3PCWDUD/ke17ZwdGBToddI8pDm48kO7Rg1Gpu728H4UqxUIfecJZw-zPPgdn4jUwVcJE1ZvWQUxwkmyExglNqGp0IvTJZamWLI2zvYWH8K3-s_4yszcp2ryTI0HqTOaaUohrI8PICj5SdZHY9KUswDgTH3eH8sP5PrkY15Dr7CE2CPSRiTEKMshLAGzx4R3EDFOm1kBS/Old-tiles.jpg" data-image-dimensions="800x533" data-image-focal-point="0.5,0.5" alt="Old-tiles.jpg" data-load="false" data-image-id="5cd242b4a4222f7edd86ec6f" data-type="image" src="https://images.squarespace-cdn.com/content/v1/58af97f5440243fe3d552306/1557283509097-Y77HAUSP3T07W3PCWDUD/ke17ZwdGBToddI8pDm48kO7Rg1Gpu728H4UqxUIfecJZw-zPPgdn4jUwVcJE1ZvWQUxwkmyExglNqGp0IvTJZamWLI2zvYWH8K3-s_4yszcp2ryTI0HqTOaaUohrI8PICj5SdZHY9KUswDgTH3eH8sP5PrkY15Dr7CE2CPSRiTEKMshLAGzx4R3EDFOm1kBS/Old-tiles.jpg?format=1000w" /> <img class="thumb-image" data-image="https://images.squarespace-cdn.com/content/v1/58af97f5440243fe3d552306/1557282815625-E7FF2GVXG1BKJA6M2DQ8/ke17ZwdGBToddI8pDm48kF402BN74vQ5x7QGL1v-_0FZw-zPPgdn4jUwVcJE1ZvWQUxwkmyExglNqGp0IvTJZUJFbgE-7XRK3dMEBRBhUpww9xUAJ320Vn4-KdlPbuzzm_vGbKa8Jy6mMSiOSUCO1Wi9WVY8V49LjQmI1bSfRPY/Plastic-seal.jpg" data-image-dimensions="600x915" data-image-focal-point="0.5,0.5" alt="Plastic-seal.jpg" data-load="false" data-image-id="5cd23fff9140b7cfae7a9091" data-type="image" src="https://images.squarespace-cdn.com/content/v1/58af97f5440243fe3d552306/1557282815625-E7FF2GVXG1BKJA6M2DQ8/ke17ZwdGBToddI8pDm48kF402BN74vQ5x7QGL1v-_0FZw-zPPgdn4jUwVcJE1ZvWQUxwkmyExglNqGp0IvTJZUJFbgE-7XRK3dMEBRBhUpww9xUAJ320Vn4-KdlPbuzzm_vGbKa8Jy6mMSiOSUCO1Wi9WVY8V49LjQmI1bSfRPY/Plastic-seal.jpg?format=1000w" /> <h3><strong>Emergency steps to take when damaged building materials containing asbestos, are discovered:</strong></h3><ol data-rte-list="default"><li><p class="">Immediately close off the area.</p></li><li><p class="">Call a licensed <a href="https://chemcare.co.nz/about-us" target="_blank"><strong>asbestos removal company</strong></a> and arrange the urgent “sealing” of the asbestos materials.</p></li><li><p class="">If the area is indoors, this may be easier.</p></li><li><p class="">If the area is outdoors, safety is more difficult to determine.</p></li></ol><h3><strong>Tackling damaged asbestos materials indoors:</strong></h3><ul data-rte-list="default"><li><p class="">Close doors to seal off the area. Also “seal” the joints in the doors and windows. Asbestos fibres are microscopic and can be blown through the smallest of crevices.</p></li><li><p class="">Leave external doors and windows open so that airflow can remove any potentially airborne fibres.</p></li><li><p class="">Cover the floor with heavy-duty plastic sheeting to catch dust, debris and asbestos material.</p></li><li><p class="">Keep family, visitors and pets away from the area until the work is completed.</p><p data-rte-preserve-empty="true" class=""></p></li></ul><h3><strong>Tackling damaged asbestos materials outdoors:</strong></h3><ul data-rte-list="default"><li><p class="">Keep neighbours safe by informing them and discuss any protection they might need to take, such as keeping windows and doors closed for the duration of the work.</p></li><li><p class="">Seal off the indoor areas of the home from the outdoor areas, close windows and doors, seal off any other crevices.</p></li><li><p class="">Cover the surrounding ground area with heavy duty plastic. Asbestos fibres can be trodden or float to ground level &nbsp;and remain there for years. Remember that asbestos is pre-historic rock and will not decay. It can become dangerous at ground level, uplifted by the next strong wind or when the soil is disturbed.</p></li><li><p class="">Any household goods such furniture, toys, tools , even motor vehicles, are best removed from the work site. They can all be potential carriers of asbestos fibres.</p></li><li><p class=""> Keep household members, visitors and pets away until the work is completed.</p></li></ul><p class="">&nbsp;</p> <img class="thumb-image" data-image="https://images.squarespace-cdn.com/content/v1/58af97f5440243fe3d552306/1557285568183-W6IB9FYZF86DCFU858BW/ke17ZwdGBToddI8pDm48kIt626DUPrtY1VdoDaHZuPlZw-zPPgdn4jUwVcJE1ZvWQUxwkmyExglNqGp0IvTJZUJFbgE-7XRK3dMEBRBhUpwTBweVdwFKMAWZNAkMjkYpJdH461rZ1DLVWCK_4j_keqBMDSMdIdkBHWbxTRmVn-E/asbestos-outside.jpg" data-image-dimensions="600x818" data-image-focal-point="0.5,0.5" alt="asbestos-outside.jpg" data-load="false" data-image-id="5cd24abff9619ad753c13576" data-type="image" src="https://images.squarespace-cdn.com/content/v1/58af97f5440243fe3d552306/1557285568183-W6IB9FYZF86DCFU858BW/ke17ZwdGBToddI8pDm48kIt626DUPrtY1VdoDaHZuPlZw-zPPgdn4jUwVcJE1ZvWQUxwkmyExglNqGp0IvTJZUJFbgE-7XRK3dMEBRBhUpwTBweVdwFKMAWZNAkMjkYpJdH461rZ1DLVWCK_4j_keqBMDSMdIdkBHWbxTRmVn-E/asbestos-outside.jpg?format=1000w" /> <h3><strong>Things NOT to do:</strong></h3><ul data-rte-list="default"><li><p class="">It may seem logical to wet down areas containing asbestos fibres, but this is not always helpful and may cause further dangers for people, especially if asbestos roof tiles are being removed.</p></li><li><p class="">Work during high wind. The safest option is to keep the wind off the damaged area with heavy plastic sheeting and weights. Begin the removal, preferably by licensed <a href="https://chemcare.co.nz/asbestos/removal" target="_blank"><strong>asbestos removal services</strong></a>, once the weather is calm.</p></li></ul><p data-rte-preserve-empty="true" class=""></p><p class="">If you aren’t sure about the state of the asbestos in your home, call a licensed asbestos assessor in to give you an educated answer. Once you’re sure that the asbestos is friable or not, make a plan about how you will deal with it. Chemcare is happy to consult with you to find the best <a href="https://chemcare.co.nz/asbestos/management-plan" target="_blank"><strong>asbestos management plan</strong></a> for you.</p> Friable asbestos in the home 2019-05-09 02:07 +00:00 2019-05-09 14:07 +12:00 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-6985323/Sandbanks-expensive-seaside-town-live-Halifax.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-6985323/Sandbanks-expensive-seaside-town-live-Halifax.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 Sandbanks is the most expensive seaside town to live in by Halifax House prices at the exclusive Sandbanks have surged by £161,944 in just one year, compared with a £5,000 average at other seaside towns.    Tue, 07 May 2019 07:31:47 Z None 2019-05-07 07:31 +00:00 2019-05-07 19:31 +12:00 https://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=227324 https://www.zillow.com/blog/quiz-which-perfect-pool-is-cool-for-the-summer-227324/ Unique Homes unique homes Quiz: Which Perfect Pool Is Cool for the Summer? It's a battle of the backyards! Which poolside retreat has your vote? Mon, 06 May 2019 18:49:30 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/quiz-which-perfect-pool-is-cool-for-the-summer-227324/#comments Jamie Birdwell-Branson <p>There&#8217;s nothing more refreshing than a dip in the pool during the dog days of summer. Whether you&#8217;re a floater, a diver or more of a poolside lounger, a pool is the best summer gathering spot for all your friends and family.</p> <p>So, grab your floaties, put on some sunscreen and get ready to take the plunge - it&#8217;s time to choose the pools where you&#8217;d most like to spend a scorching summer day!</p> <div class="riddle_target" data-rid-id="193869" data-fg="#0074E4" data-bg="#FFFFFF" style="margin:0 auto;max-width:100%;width:640px;" data-auto-scroll="false" data-auto-scroll-offset="0"> <script src="https://www.riddle.com/files/js/embed.js"></script> <link href="https://www.riddle.com/files/css/embed.css" rel="stylesheet"> <iframe style="width:100%;height:300px;border:1px solid #cfcfcf;" src="https://www.riddle.com/a/193869?" title="Opinion Poll - Mid-Century quirk or cleanly traditional?"></p> <section> <h2> <p>Mid-Century quirk or cleanly traditional?</p> </h2> </section> <section> <h2>Mid-Century quirk</h2> </section> <section> <h3>Cleanly traditional</h3> </section> <p></iframe> </div> <p><em>Photos from Zillow listings: <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/360-W-Crestview-Dr-Palm-Springs-CA-92264/18032160_zpid/?" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Mid-Century quirk</a>, <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/64-Jennifir-Ln-Bridgehampton-NY-11976/32728990_zpid/?" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">cleanly traditional</a></p> <div class="riddle_target" data-rid-id="193872" data-fg="#0074E4" data-bg="#FFFFFF" style="margin:0 auto;max-width:100%;width:640px;" data-auto-scroll="false" data-auto-scroll-offset="0"> <script src="https://www.riddle.com/files/js/embed.js"></script> <link href="https://www.riddle.com/files/css/embed.css" rel="stylesheet"> <iframe style="width:100%;height:300px;border:1px solid #cfcfcf;" src="https://www.riddle.com/a/193872?" title="Opinion Poll - Riverfront simplicity or long laps?"></p> <section> <h2> <p>Riverfront simplicity or long laps?</p> </h2> </section> <section> <h2>Riverfront simplicity</h2> </section> <section> <h3>Long laps</h3> </section> <p></iframe> </div> <p><em>Photos from Zillow listings: <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/400-Richards-Rd-Melbourne-Beach-FL-32951/43508171_zpid/?" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Riverfront lagoon</a>, <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/5206-E-Lincoln-Dr-Paradise-Valley-AZ-85253/7830833_zpid/?" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">long laps</a></p> <div class="riddle_target" data-rid-id="193874" data-fg="#0074E4" data-bg="#FFFFFF" style="margin:0 auto;max-width:100%;width:640px;" data-auto-scroll="false" data-auto-scroll-offset="0"> <script src="https://www.riddle.com/files/js/embed.js"></script> <link href="https://www.riddle.com/files/css/embed.css" rel="stylesheet"> <iframe style="width:100%;height:300px;border:1px solid #cfcfcf;" src="https://www.riddle.com/a/193874?" title="Opinion Poll - New Orleans charm or California garden?"></p> <section> <h2> <p>New Orleans charm or California garden?</p> </h2> </section> <section> <h2>New Orleans charm</h2> </section> <section> <h3>California garden</h3> </section> <p></iframe> </div> <p><em>Photos from Zillow listings: <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/1311-Jefferson-Ave-New-Orleans-LA-70115/149070334_zpid/?" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">New Orleans charm</a>, <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/320-Olive-St-Menlo-Park-CA-94025/15596123_zpid/?" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">California garden</a></p> <div class="riddle_target" data-rid-id="193875" data-fg="#0074E4" data-bg="#FFFFFF" style="margin:0 auto;max-width:100%;width:640px;" data-auto-scroll="false" data-auto-scroll-offset="0"> <script src="https://www.riddle.com/files/js/embed.js"></script> <link href="https://www.riddle.com/files/css/embed.css" rel="stylesheet"> <iframe style="width:100%;height:300px;border:1px solid #cfcfcf;" src="https://www.riddle.com/a/193875?" title="Opinion Poll - Pool playground or indoor slip and slide?"></p> <section> <h2> <p>Pool playground or indoor slip and slide?</p> </h2> </section> <section> <h2>Pool playground</h2> </section> <section> <h3>Indoor slip and slide</h3> </section> <p></iframe> </div> <p><em>Photos from Zillow listings: <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/11433-N-Sundown-Dr-Scottsdale-AZ-85260/7863714_zpid/?" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Pool playground</a>, <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/4700-Nelson-Ct-Park-City-UT-84098/68841934_zpid/?" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">indoor slip and slide</a></p> <div class="riddle_target" data-rid-id="193877" data-fg="#0074E4" data-bg="#FFFFFF" style="margin:0 auto;max-width:100%;width:640px;" data-auto-scroll="false" data-auto-scroll-offset="0"> <script src="https://www.riddle.com/files/js/embed.js"></script> <link href="https://www.riddle.com/files/css/embed.css" rel="stylesheet"> <iframe style="width:100%;height:300px;border:1px solid #cfcfcf;" src="https://www.riddle.com/a/193877?" title="Opinion Poll - Room for family or palatial hideaway?"></p> <section> <h2> <p>Room for family or palatial hideaway?</p> </h2> </section> <section> <h2>Room for family</h2> </section> <section> <h3>Palatial hideaway</h3> </section> <p></iframe> </div> <p><em>Photos from Zillow listings: <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/620-Highland-Park-Dr-Billings-MT-59102/3166495_zpid/?" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Room for family</a>, <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/7921-Big-View-Dr-Austin-TX-78730/70331825_zpid/?" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">palatial hideaway</a></p> <p><strong>Related:</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/building-backyard-fire-pit-219141/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">DIY Backyard Fire Pit: Build It in Just 7 Easy Steps</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/quiz-renovate-home-or-sell-225199/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Quiz: Should You Renovate Your Home or Sell?</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/fire-pits-fireplaces-226493/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Quiz: Which Summer Space Melts Your Heart?</a></li> </ul> https://www.zillow.com/blog/quiz-which-perfect-pool-is-cool-for-the-summer-227324/feed/ 162 2019-05-06 18:49 +00:00 2019-05-07 06:49 +12:00 https://www.landlords.co.nz/article/976514791/comment-punishing-landlords-won-t-solve-crisis?utm_source=LL&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=COMMENT%3A+Punishing+landlords+won%E2%80%99t+solve+crisis https://www.landlords.co.nz/article/976514791/comment-punishing-landlords-won-t-solve-crisis?utm_source=LL&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=COMMENT%3A+Punishing+landlords+won%E2%80%99t+solve+crisis COMMENT: Punishing landlords won’t solve crisis <p>The capital gains tax debate is over, but landlords are still being scapegoated as the focus turns to Healthy Homes, argues Auckland Property Investors Association vice president Peter Lewis&hellip;</p> Mon, 06 May 2019 07:02:00 +1200 2019-05-06 07:02 +12:00 2019-05-06 07:02 +12:00 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-6986053/Snooker-player-Steve-Davis-make-500k-profit-sells-Essex-home.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-6986053/Snooker-player-Steve-Davis-make-500k-profit-sells-Essex-home.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 Snooker player Steve Davis to make £500k profit if he sells Essex home Having bought the house almost a decade ago in the summer of 2010 for £735,000, he stands to make a cool ‘profit’ of £515,000 - but only if he finds a buyer willing to pay the current asking price. Sat, 04 May 2019 19:23:52 Z None 2019-05-04 19:23 +00:00 2019-05-05 07:23 +12:00 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-6989139/Comfortable-opulence-plump-volume-home-vibrant-cushions.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-6989139/Comfortable-opulence-plump-volume-home-vibrant-cushions.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 Comfortable opulence: How to plump up the volume in your home with vibrant cushions    Ever since we first took to decorating our rooms and homes, it was generally understood that cushions were a sign of wealth: the more of them, the greater the opulence. Sat, 04 May 2019 07:44:22 Z None 2019-05-04 07:44 +00:00 2019-05-04 19:44 +12:00 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-6976225/Renting-disabled-tenant-prove-beneficial-landlords.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-6976225/Renting-disabled-tenant-prove-beneficial-landlords.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 Renting to a disabled tenant can prove beneficial to landlords  Landlords are not allowed to discriminate against a disabled tenant and are required to make required changes to a property if the situation arises. Fri, 03 May 2019 14:23:55 Z Shutterstock / r.nagy 2019-05-03 14:23 +00:00 2019-05-04 02:23 +12:00 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-6988865/Tired-hustle-bustle-pastures-new-Reap-rewards-good-life-smallholding.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-6988865/Tired-hustle-bustle-pastures-new-Reap-rewards-good-life-smallholding.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 Tired of the hustle and bustle? To pastures new! Reap the rewards of the good life on a smallholding There are growing numbers changing their lifestyles and their homes to get closer to nature and give their families a taste of the countryside. Fri, 03 May 2019 13:54:40 Z None 2019-05-03 13:54 +00:00 2019-05-04 01:54 +12:00 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6982991/Now-THATS-switching-JANE-FRYER-meets-modern-day-Robinson-Crusoe-lives-without-power.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6982991/Now-THATS-switching-JANE-FRYER-meets-modern-day-Robinson-Crusoe-lives-without-power.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 Now THAT'S switching off! JANE FRYER meets the modern-day Robinson Crusoe who lives without power Mark Boyle hasn't switched on a light for three years. Nor has he boiled a kettle, bunged on a wash, turned on the oven, or the radio or made a phone call at his cabin on the west of Ireland. Thu, 02 May 2019 15:33:24 Z None 2019-05-02 15:33 +00:00 2019-05-03 03:33 +12:00 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-6865583/The-luxury-2m-holiday-homes-Cyprus-bag-golden-visa.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-6865583/The-luxury-2m-holiday-homes-Cyprus-bag-golden-visa.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 The luxury €2m holiday homes in Cyprus that can bag a golden visa For super-rich golfers who want a holiday home, a new villa in Cyprus might fit the bill - and for some buyers these ones offer a big bonus: the opportunity of a EU citizenship. Thu, 02 May 2019 12:50:49 Z None 2019-05-02 12:50 +00:00 2019-05-03 00:50 +12:00 58af97f5440243fe3d552306:5906c0dfe4fcb573ba562253:5b56a1f7562fa765b75a835d https://chemcare.co.nz/articles/what-are-nz-employers-responsibilities-around-asbestos What are NZ employers' responsibilities around asbestos? There are procedures for managing workplace asbestos you may be unaware of, including employer responsibilities to staff and customers. Read more here. Thu, 02 May 2019 02:42:30 Z Emily Fly <p class="">As an employer in New Zealand, you’re required to follow certain regulations to ensure the safety of your employees. Adequate rest breaks and OHS training are just two requirements of national law to mitigate the risk of injury or harm to workers’ health.</p><p class="">On top of this, you’re also responsible for ensuring your staff have a safe environment to work in. For NZ employers, managing asbestos in your commercial outlet is essential to meeting government legislation on safe working conditions.</p><p class="">&nbsp;</p><h2><strong>What is the legislation around managing asbestos?&nbsp;</strong></h2><p class="">Under the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015,<strong> anyone operating a commercial business or undertaking</strong> (which covers charity-organisation events and other non-commercial operations) is <strong>responsible for providing a safe working environment for all employees</strong>. As such, business owners must make certain any risk to employee health is well-managed.</p><p class="">Part of this responsibility is defined in The Health and Safety at Work (Asbestos) Regulations 2016. This laid out employers’ asbestos responsibilities as they pertain to achieving a safe workplace. It summates that <strong>all business owners aware of the presence of asbestos in their building should, as of April 2018, have a management strategy in place</strong> and be willing to take any opportunities to reduce the risk of airborne contamination.</p><p class="">This doesn’t necessarily mean employers need to undertake time-consuming<strong> </strong><a href="https://chemcare.co.nz/asbestos/removal" target="_blank"><strong>asbestos removal</strong></a>. If it’s safer and more practical to manage the presence of asbestos with <a href="https://chemcare.co.nz/articles/what-is-asbestos-encapsulation" target="_blank"><strong>encapsulation treatment</strong></a> - or by providing protective clothing to employees - business owners may choose this option. However, any work done <strong>must be completed by a certified professional</strong>, to ensure any risk of respiratory issues for your staff is minimised.</p> <img class="thumb-image" data-image="https://images.squarespace-cdn.com/content/v1/58af97f5440243fe3d552306/1556686276429-J8R5JNZRVTN4BYD16EHN/ke17ZwdGBToddI8pDm48kP3leSmcyaHJnhSqeUqjzcBZw-zPPgdn4jUwVcJE1ZvWQUxwkmyExglNqGp0IvTJZUJFbgE-7XRK3dMEBRBhUpwItD4WjAtJC_o4v9-e71NEQGan9nHhnUbZ2OmXqKxSZMaK-XAGA71YkJZkSuPVr9c/legislation.jpg" data-image-dimensions="600x992" data-image-focal-point="0.5,0.5" alt="legislation.jpg" data-load="false" data-image-id="5cc925c36e9a7f5bf2d91434" data-type="image" src="https://images.squarespace-cdn.com/content/v1/58af97f5440243fe3d552306/1556686276429-J8R5JNZRVTN4BYD16EHN/ke17ZwdGBToddI8pDm48kP3leSmcyaHJnhSqeUqjzcBZw-zPPgdn4jUwVcJE1ZvWQUxwkmyExglNqGp0IvTJZUJFbgE-7XRK3dMEBRBhUpwItD4WjAtJC_o4v9-e71NEQGan9nHhnUbZ2OmXqKxSZMaK-XAGA71YkJZkSuPVr9c/legislation.jpg?format=1000w" /> <p class="">Businesses that fail to comply with this ruling can be <strong>at risk of significant penalties</strong>. This can be a fine (up to $50,000 for businesses and $10,000 for individuals), restrictions on your business operations, or potentially a jail sentence if you’re proven to be deliberately negligent in your responsibility to address airborne asbestos fibres.</p><p data-rte-preserve-empty="true" class=""></p> <img class="thumb-image" data-image="https://images.squarespace-cdn.com/content/v1/58af97f5440243fe3d552306/1556683340019-GBIS5G489K3BVLIAA8PE/ke17ZwdGBToddI8pDm48kKbYUC7ko4ep_M3O09c6DLZZw-zPPgdn4jUwVcJE1ZvWQUxwkmyExglNqGp0IvTJZUJFbgE-7XRK3dMEBRBhUpyUjG47s4lQqa3kGWpoR_DitVobFN0LmU1WvG_uZkJwkPR2-Fb7zwugw-NXPqcoGjo/business-responsibility.jpg" data-image-dimensions="600x900" data-image-focal-point="0.5,0.5" alt="business-responsibility.jpg" data-load="false" data-image-id="5cc91a4bb208fcaf5a6cec4d" data-type="image" src="https://images.squarespace-cdn.com/content/v1/58af97f5440243fe3d552306/1556683340019-GBIS5G489K3BVLIAA8PE/ke17ZwdGBToddI8pDm48kKbYUC7ko4ep_M3O09c6DLZZw-zPPgdn4jUwVcJE1ZvWQUxwkmyExglNqGp0IvTJZUJFbgE-7XRK3dMEBRBhUpyUjG47s4lQqa3kGWpoR_DitVobFN0LmU1WvG_uZkJwkPR2-Fb7zwugw-NXPqcoGjo/business-responsibility.jpg?format=1000w" /> <h2><strong>Allocating commercial responsibility for asbestos management</strong></h2><p class="">In some scenarios, it may be unclear who bears responsibility for maintaining workplace safety. Examples include:</p><ul data-rte-list="default"><li><p class="">A landlord/commercial tenant relationship.</p></li><li><p class="">Shared commercial outlets such as airports or multi-lease spaces.</p></li></ul><p class="">Under New Zealand law, landlords cannot contract themselves out of responsibility for managing and treating asbestos in any commercial operation occurring on their property. They can, however, negotiate with leaseholders as to the details of how the asbestos is managed. For example, a long-standing commercial tenant could be charged with conducting an extensive <a href="https://chemcare.co.nz/asbestos/testing" target="_blank"><strong>asbestos survey</strong></a> during their lease.</p><p class="">If any asbestos is discovered, the responsibility for managing it could then pass to the landlord. While there are numerous scenarios where this could apply, all parties - landowners and business owners under tenancy - are responsible for the health and safety of all workers on site, regardless of their overall involvement in the day-to-day matters of the business. Consequently, all parties should be diligent in identifying whether asbestos is present in their structure, and treating it appropriately with the help of certified professionals.</p><h2><strong>How do I know if my commercial property has asbestos?</strong></h2><p class="">Asbestos was a commonly used building material for decades, and only become illegal in the late 1980s – as such, almost any modern business could have asbestos in their commercial property. While exposure to asbestos is most common in the construction industry - especially in projects that involve demolishing or refurbishing older structures - business owners cannot be certain there is no threat to themselves and their employees from asbestos deterioration. The only way to know for sure is to seek professional guidance on <a href="https://chemcare.co.nz/articles/assessing-asbestos-needs-assessor" target="_blank"><strong>asbestos testing</strong></a> and management.</p><p class="">To determine if your commercial outlet has asbestos, and to remain compliant with workplace safety laws, you should:</p><ul data-rte-list="default"><li><p class=""><strong>Check building plans</strong> or maintenance records to see if there is any mention of asbestos-removal work.</p></li></ul><ul data-rte-list="default"><li><p class="">If these records aren’t available to you, <a href="https://chemcare.co.nz/articles/how-to-safely-collect-an-asbestos-sample" target="_blank"><strong>carefully take a sample</strong></a><strong> </strong>of your building material and send it away for expert asbestos testing.</p></li><li><p class="">If you discover that you do have asbestos in your building, it’s vital you meet your <strong>asbestos-management responsibilities</strong> by taking appropriate steps to manage or remove it as soon as possible.</p></li></ul><p class="">Alternatively, if you want to leave managing asbestos on your commercial property to the professionals, reach out to our asbestos treatment team today. We at Chemcare are trusted industry experts, and our team will be more than happy to help you take the first steps to a safer workplace environment.</p> <img class="thumb-image" data-image="https://images.squarespace-cdn.com/content/v1/58af97f5440243fe3d552306/1556685912791-PTPOGVZ8OC3XO1KDLLDO/ke17ZwdGBToddI8pDm48kKbYUC7ko4ep_M3O09c6DLZZw-zPPgdn4jUwVcJE1ZvWQUxwkmyExglNqGp0IvTJZUJFbgE-7XRK3dMEBRBhUpyUjG47s4lQqa3kGWpoR_DitVobFN0LmU1WvG_uZkJwkPR2-Fb7zwugw-NXPqcoGjo/Chemcare-report.jpg" data-image-dimensions="600x900" data-image-focal-point="0.5,0.5" alt="Chemcare-report.jpg" data-load="false" data-image-id="5cc92458ec009a0001168ed7" data-type="image" src="https://images.squarespace-cdn.com/content/v1/58af97f5440243fe3d552306/1556685912791-PTPOGVZ8OC3XO1KDLLDO/ke17ZwdGBToddI8pDm48kKbYUC7ko4ep_M3O09c6DLZZw-zPPgdn4jUwVcJE1ZvWQUxwkmyExglNqGp0IvTJZUJFbgE-7XRK3dMEBRBhUpyUjG47s4lQqa3kGWpoR_DitVobFN0LmU1WvG_uZkJwkPR2-Fb7zwugw-NXPqcoGjo/Chemcare-report.jpg?format=1000w" /> What are NZ employers' responsibilities around asbestos? 2019-05-02 02:42 +00:00 2019-05-02 14:42 +12:00 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-6971981/Do-really-make-offer-excess-estate-agent-terms-mean.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-6971981/Do-really-make-offer-excess-estate-agent-terms-mean.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 Do I really have to make an offer in excess of? What estate agent terms mean Often it's not enough just to have a simple asking price, other terms include phrases such as 'offers in excess of', 'guide price' and 'price on application'. But what do these actually mean? Wed, 01 May 2019 09:13:44 Z Gill Allen/REX/Shutterstock 2019-05-01 09:13 +00:00 2019-05-01 21:13 +12:00 https://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=219141 https://www.zillow.com/blog/building-backyard-fire-pit-219141/ Home Improvement DIY outdoor spaces DIY Backyard Fire Pit: Build It in Just 7 Easy Steps The perfect backdrop for outdoor fun is closer than you think, thanks to our step-by-step instructions. Mon, 29 Apr 2019 13:55:19 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/building-backyard-fire-pit-219141/#comments Jamie Birdwell-Branson <p>Turn your backyard into a cozy camp spot by making your own fire pit. This DIY project is easy to complete, and you'll be making s'mores around the fire in no time.</p> <p><iframe style="border: none; overflow: hidden;" src="https://www.facebook.com/plugins/video.php?href=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2FZillow%2Fvideos%2F10155551644633594%2F&amp;show_text=0&amp;width=600" width="600" height="600" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"><span data-mce-type="bookmark" style="display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;" class="mce_SELRES_start"></span><span data-mce-type="bookmark" style="display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;" class="mce_SELRES_start"></span><span data-mce-type="bookmark" style="display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;" class="mce_SELRES_start"></span><span data-mce-type="bookmark" style="display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;" class="mce_SELRES_start"></span></iframe></p> <h2>Get ready</h2> <p>Before you begin building, consult your local fire code to see if fire pits are allowed in your city and, if so, how far away the fire pit has to be from a structure.</p> <p>Then, gather your supplies:</p> <ul> <li>Bricks for the fire pit wall</li> <li>Gravel</li> <li>Twine or string</li> <li>Tape measure</li> <li>Stake</li> <li>Large shovel</li> <li>Trowel</li> <li>Tamp</li> <li>Level</li> </ul> <p><img class="aligncenter wp-image-219154 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/zillow0-bf7c63-e1500502993932.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="516" /></p> <p>When purchasing bricks for the fire pit wall, go for something sturdy like retaining wall bricks or concrete pavers. Some home improvement stores even carry bricks specifically designed for fire pits. Use a layer of firebricks, which have a higher heat resistance, on the inner layer of the fire pit as an extra safety measure.</p> <p>Now that you have all your supplies and you&#8217;ve checked your local fire code, you&#8217;re ready to build!</p> <h2>1. Create a circle</h2> <p>Pick a spot for your fire pit (ensuring that it is located a safe distance from any structures, bushes or trees) and insert a stake in the ground where the center of the pit will be.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-219155" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/1-f83e2d-e1500496914973.png" alt="" width="800" height="800" /></p> <p>Tie one end of the string or twine to the stake and measure how wide you want your circle to be.</p> <p>Typically, a fire pit has a diameter of about 4-5 feet. Cut the string and tie the other end to the handle of a trowel. With the string or twine taut, drag the sharp end of the trowel around in a circle, creating a line in the grass.</p> <h2>2. Shovel out the grass</h2> <p>Using a large shovel, dig out the grass inside the circle.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-219161" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/2-e1500497282714.png" alt="" width="800" height="800" /></p> <p>For safety purposes, the hole for a fire pit should be about 6-12 inches deep. Be sure to call 811 before you start digging to ensure there are no utility lines buried under the spot you&#8217;ve chosen.</p> <h2>3. Tamp down the dirt</h2> <p>If you don't have a tamp, you can just use the bottom of your shovel.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-219165" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/3-a44c6b.png" alt="" width="800" height="800" /></p> <h2>4. Make sure the circle is level</h2> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-219167" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/5-af7ca7.png" alt="" width="800" height="800" /></p> <p>Get down on the ground with your level to ensure that the surface is ready for the bricks. Keep making small adjustments until it's completely level.</p> <h2>5. Add gravel</h2> <p>Put a pretty thick layer of gravel in the fire pit (at least a couple of inches). Spread the gravel around evenly.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-219169" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/6-795c92.png" alt="" width="800" height="800" /></p> <h2>6. Arrange the bricks</h2> <p>After you've spread the gravel around, arrange your bricks in a circle and stack them in layers until the fire pit wall is at least 12 inches tall.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-219171" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/7-747799.png" alt="" width="800" height="800" /></p> <p>For extra safety, you have the option to put an inner layer of firebricks. Though you don't need to use mortar if the bricks are heavy enough to make a sturdy stack, you can use an outdoor fire-resistant mortar between the bricks for extra stability.</p> <h2>7. Relax and enjoy!</h2> <p>Gather a couple of Adirondack chairs, some firewood, a few friends and campfire treats to get full use out of your new fire pit.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-219173" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/10-a8b86b.png" alt="" width="800" height="800" /></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Related</strong>:</p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/9-tips-planting-flower-bed-196266/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">9 Tips for Preparing a Fabulous Flower Bed</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/five-tips-spring-lawn-prep-213971/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">5 Tips for Spring Lawn Prep</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/sporting-goods-catchall-220812/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">With This DIY Sporting Goods Catch-All, Game Day Is No Sweat</a></li> </ul> <p>Originally published July 19, 2017.</p> https://www.zillow.com/blog/building-backyard-fire-pit-219141/feed/ 36 2019-04-29 13:55 +00:00 2019-04-30 01:55 +12:00 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-6959659/Grand-Designs-Isle-Wight-modern-house-price-cut-1M.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-6959659/Grand-Designs-Isle-Wight-modern-house-price-cut-1M.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 Grand Designs Isle of Wight modern house has price cut by £1M Owners Bram and Lisa Vis took the drastic step after the Isle of Wight property failed to sell, reducing the price from £3.95million to £2.99million in the last six months. Sun, 28 Apr 2019 16:51:21 Z None 2019-04-28 16:51 +00:00 2019-04-29 04:51 +12:00 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/money/smallbusiness/article-6960225/Camplify-lets-rent-caravans-motorhomes-owners-profit.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/money/smallbusiness/article-6960225/Camplify-lets-rent-caravans-motorhomes-owners-profit.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 Camplify lets you rent caravans and motorhomes and owners profit Britons enjoy 10m caravan holidays a year and life on the road has been given a trendy makeover by the Van Life movement. Now Camplify is tapping into that by letting people rent or hire out campers. Sat, 27 Apr 2019 12:17:09 Z None 2019-04-27 12:17 +00:00 2019-04-28 00:17 +12:00 https://www.landlords.co.nz/article/976514744/comment-why-takapuna-is-worth-a-look?utm_source=LL&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=COMMENT%3A+Why+Takapuna+is+worth+a+look https://www.landlords.co.nz/article/976514744/comment-why-takapuna-is-worth-a-look?utm_source=LL&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=COMMENT%3A+Why+Takapuna+is+worth+a+look COMMENT: Why Takapuna is worth a look <p>It&rsquo;s no surprise that new REINZ data shows Takapuna&rsquo;s median house price has climbed 30% over the past year, writes Takapuna Beach Association chief executive Terence Harpur.</p> Sat, 27 Apr 2019 11:49:00 +1200 2019-04-27 11:49 +12:00 2019-04-27 11:49 +12:00 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-6963455/Are-prefabs-homes-future.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-6963455/Are-prefabs-homes-future.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 Are prefabs the homes of the future? Although modular homes need the same groundwork to connect to gas, electricity and water as traditional homes, they can be put together in a week, saving a third of the build time overall. Fri, 26 Apr 2019 12:17:34 Z None 2019-04-26 12:17 +00:00 2019-04-27 00:17 +12:00 58af97f5440243fe3d552306:5906c0dfe4fcb573ba562253:5b627dc96d2a73e7fbb4e733 https://chemcare.co.nz/articles/how-does-asbestos-affect-the-environment How does asbestos affect the environment? The negative impact of airborne asbestos contamination on human health is well-documented - what isn’t is the fibres’ other effects on the external environment. Fri, 26 Apr 2019 02:00:17 Z Emily Fly <p class=""><strong>&nbsp;</strong>The negative impact of airborne asbestos contamination on human health is now well-documented - but it hasn’t always been. For decades it was a go-to building material in New Zealand’s construction industry, with the fibrous panels useful for their fire-resistance and durability. These positives features meant asbestos was used frequently; as part of walls, ceilings, and internal and external gutters. As such, the material can still be found in commercial, industrial and residential buildings nationwide despite asbestos’ ban as a construction material nationwide over 30 years ago.</p><p class="">With asbestos so widely used in construction for so long, there is a chance your home or business may be at risk. This risk goes beyond just compromising indoor air quality - asbestos affects the environment around us in a number of ways. Here’s a breakdown of how <a href="https://chemcare.co.nz/asbestos/testing" target="_blank"><strong>asbestos contamination</strong></a> can impact the external environment.</p><p data-rte-preserve-empty="true" class=""></p><h2><strong>Compromising soil quality </strong></h2><p class="">Asbestos can be found naturally as a silicate substance in rocks and soil worldwide. Because of this, asbestos doesn’t generally contribute to soil degradation, and has shown to have no obvious effect on plant or animal life underground. Indeed, the fibres can be safely contained underground to reduce the risk to humans. However, if excess <a href="https://chemcare.co.nz/articles/2018/8/2/7-important-facts-you-should-know-about-asbestos" target="_blank"><strong>asbestos dust</strong></a> builds up in one place due to construction activity or illegal dumping, it can mean that the soil, once disturbed, will throw up dangerous clouds into the air.</p><p class="">Because asbestos fibres are so small and light, dust often settles as a layer on top of the ground. If there is significant construction or renovation activity in the surrounding area, this is even more likely. These dust particles can then be carried by the wind further and further away from the original site, increasing overall environmental impact and putting the respiratory health of humans at unnecessary risk. Asbestos buildup in soil around a property can be safely managed by ensuring any asbestos material removed is properly disposed of, and safety gear - such as overalls and respirators - are used at all times.&nbsp;</p> <img class="thumb-image" data-image="https://images.squarespace-cdn.com/content/v1/58af97f5440243fe3d552306/1556235774703-WH6KQH5ZFVFXRP3NWFR0/ke17ZwdGBToddI8pDm48kHgih-3u7xGOvVVbKcNtUC1Zw-zPPgdn4jUwVcJE1ZvWQUxwkmyExglNqGp0IvTJZUJFbgE-7XRK3dMEBRBhUpz6l70MM2V3BqshHcA1x71_nwI4TZiP4MZosNtgJK-EVm7J3UlcLLLI_6wQZa_0Ias/soil-testing.jpg" data-image-dimensions="600x693" data-image-focal-point="0.5,0.5" alt="soil-testing.jpg" data-load="false" data-image-id="5cc245fefa0d60104e005629" data-type="image" src="https://images.squarespace-cdn.com/content/v1/58af97f5440243fe3d552306/1556235774703-WH6KQH5ZFVFXRP3NWFR0/ke17ZwdGBToddI8pDm48kHgih-3u7xGOvVVbKcNtUC1Zw-zPPgdn4jUwVcJE1ZvWQUxwkmyExglNqGp0IvTJZUJFbgE-7XRK3dMEBRBhUpz6l70MM2V3BqshHcA1x71_nwI4TZiP4MZosNtgJK-EVm7J3UlcLLLI_6wQZa_0Ias/soil-testing.jpg?format=1000w" /> &nbsp; <img class="thumb-image" data-image="https://images.squarespace-cdn.com/content/v1/58af97f5440243fe3d552306/1556239680189-5YLW9QRR1408XVNW46K3/ke17ZwdGBToddI8pDm48kHgih-3u7xGOvVVbKcNtUC1Zw-zPPgdn4jUwVcJE1ZvWQUxwkmyExglNqGp0IvTJZUJFbgE-7XRK3dMEBRBhUpz6l70MM2V3BqshHcA1x71_nwI4TZiP4MZosNtgJK-EVm7J3UlcLLLI_6wQZa_0Ias/water-quality.jpg" data-image-dimensions="600x693" data-image-focal-point="0.5,0.5" alt="water-quality.jpg" data-load="false" data-image-id="5cc25540eef1a11a2be515ac" data-type="image" src="https://images.squarespace-cdn.com/content/v1/58af97f5440243fe3d552306/1556239680189-5YLW9QRR1408XVNW46K3/ke17ZwdGBToddI8pDm48kHgih-3u7xGOvVVbKcNtUC1Zw-zPPgdn4jUwVcJE1ZvWQUxwkmyExglNqGp0IvTJZUJFbgE-7XRK3dMEBRBhUpz6l70MM2V3BqshHcA1x71_nwI4TZiP4MZosNtgJK-EVm7J3UlcLLLI_6wQZa_0Ias/water-quality.jpg?format=1000w" /> <h2><strong>Deteriorating water quality </strong></h2><p class="">Asbestos wasn’t just used as a material for constructing properties nationwide - it was also used to reinforce cement pipes and drainage systems, both inside and outside of buildings. While asbestos proved useful for increasing the durability of concrete, its use also exposed water quality to risk of contamination. Fibre deterioration over time can be hastened by fast-flowing water, meaning asbestos dust can leech into the water supply of your building and be ingested during bathing, cleaning, or drinking.&nbsp;</p><p class="">A further issue with asbestos contaminating water quality is its low biodegrading rate. Because these fibres don’t break down quickly, they can stay in your system for a long time once consumed. It also means fibre particles can spread over vast distances and contaminate lakes, rivers, and other bodies of water, which can eventually contribute to asbestos-fibre buildup in soil.</p><h2>&nbsp;<strong>Impact on pet and wildlife health</strong></h2><p class="">Generally, there is very little research on the long-term impact of asbestos contamination to environmental wildlife. However, airborne fibres are proven to contribute toward respiratory problems, so it’s reasonable to assume it will have a similar effect on animals around us.</p><p class="">Indoors, asbestos deterioration could undoubtedly affect your pet’s health. Experts claim it can take up to 50 years after asbestos exposure for mesothelioma and lung cancer to develop in humans, while the eight-year mark is more common in household pets. Symptoms of potential asbestos contamination include abnormal breathlessness, weight loss, and vomiting. If these problems persist, take your pet to a vet for a check-up. Also, try identifying the source of any asbestos-fibre inhalation, especially in your own home, to reduce your own risk of repository problems.</p> <img class="thumb-image" data-image="https://images.squarespace-cdn.com/content/v1/58af97f5440243fe3d552306/1556240800145-M0GQIXWLTGXNPYZ2FG3A/ke17ZwdGBToddI8pDm48kP9XOAuc-ZRuYsA0wx49AQ5Zw-zPPgdn4jUwVcJE1ZvWQUxwkmyExglNqGp0IvTJZUJFbgE-7XRK3dMEBRBhUpzr9yU4Y440la-4Lg6wVz0n1IEp3w0r7iqmSw5se6tWP9b6iBLGjHrxcuRQeJa4law/asbestos-nature.jpg" data-image-dimensions="729x800" data-image-focal-point="0.5,0.5" alt="asbestos-nature.jpg" data-load="false" data-image-id="5cc2599f24a694882d73154a" data-type="image" src="https://images.squarespace-cdn.com/content/v1/58af97f5440243fe3d552306/1556240800145-M0GQIXWLTGXNPYZ2FG3A/ke17ZwdGBToddI8pDm48kP9XOAuc-ZRuYsA0wx49AQ5Zw-zPPgdn4jUwVcJE1ZvWQUxwkmyExglNqGp0IvTJZUJFbgE-7XRK3dMEBRBhUpzr9yU4Y440la-4Lg6wVz0n1IEp3w0r7iqmSw5se6tWP9b6iBLGjHrxcuRQeJa4law/asbestos-nature.jpg?format=1000w" /> <p class="">Asbestos can also harm native birds and other surrounding wildlife, especially if the material is illegally dumped. The risk of animals interacting with asbestos and breaking it down further is likely, so any material removed from your property needs to be treated and removed by professionals to reduce potential deterioration.<br>&nbsp;</p><h2><strong>Need expert asbestos detection help?</strong></h2><p class="">With this potential impact in mind, it’s important that everyone bands together to help identify, assess, and manage the environmental damage asbestos can do. Keeping New Zealand clean and safe is everyone’s job - so if you suspect your property may have asbestos deteriorating into the environment, or you identify fibrous material that hasn’t been properly disposed of, reach out to experts in <a href="https://chemcare.co.nz/asbestos/removal" target="_blank"><strong>asbestos treatment</strong></a> and removal.&nbsp;</p><p class="">The Chemcare team is focussed on transparency and delivering the safest outcomes for all parties. This is partly thanks to our years of experience and partly because we’re good, everyday Kiwis like you, committed to keeping Aotearoa’s environment clean and safe. To help protect our environment from asbestos contamination, contact Chemcare today.</p> How does asbestos affect the environment? 2019-04-26 02:00 +00:00 2019-04-26 14:00 +12:00 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-6954599/Liverpool-Glasgow-biggest-house-price-increases-reveals-Zoopla.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-6954599/Liverpool-Glasgow-biggest-house-price-increases-reveals-Zoopla.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 Liverpool and Glasgow see biggest house price increases, reveals Zoopla Liverpool saw the average price of a home rise 5.7%, followed by Leicester at 5.3% and Manchester at 5.1%, according to latest Zoopla data. Thu, 25 Apr 2019 12:20:19 Z None 2019-04-25 12:20 +00:00 2019-04-26 00:20 +12:00 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-6950483/The-price-classic-English-country-homes-revealed.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-6950483/The-price-classic-English-country-homes-revealed.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 The price of classic English country homes revealed Manor houses top the list of most expensive country and village homes at an average price of £1,431,944, while the cheapest way into quintessential country life is cottage at £606,886. Thu, 25 Apr 2019 08:24:43 Z None 2019-04-25 08:24 +00:00 2019-04-25 20:24 +12:00 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-6923737/Would-house-support-childrens-career-Olympic-ski-racer-did.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-6923737/Would-house-support-childrens-career-Olympic-ski-racer-did.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 Would you move house to support your children’s career? This Olympic ski racer did. Four-time Olympic ski racer Emma Carrick-Anderson and her husband former English ski champion Phil Smith supported their children's careers by moving house. Tue, 23 Apr 2019 09:44:47 Z None 2019-04-23 09:44 +00:00 2019-04-23 21:44 +12:00 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/money/mortgageshome/article-6942637/Could-living-canal-boat-help-property-ladder.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/money/mortgageshome/article-6942637/Could-living-canal-boat-help-property-ladder.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 Could living on a canal boat help you get onto property ladder? A second-hand 40ft narrowboat might cost about £25,000 – almost a tenth of the price of an average £240,000 bricks-and-mortar home. Toby (pictured) bought a 49-foot barge. Sun, 21 Apr 2019 10:06:54 Z Ben Lack Photography Ltd 2019-04-21 10:06 +00:00 2019-04-21 22:06 +12:00 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-6932487/Number-homes-earning-owners-falls-says-Halifax.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-6932487/Number-homes-earning-owners-falls-says-Halifax.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 Number of homes 'earning' more than owners falls, says Halifax    Homeowners in many parts of the country have previously seen the value of their property increase by more than the amount they can earn by going to work. But this is no longer the case in many places. Sat, 20 Apr 2019 11:43:06 Z Shutterstock / Gordon Bell 2019-04-20 11:43 +00:00 2019-04-20 23:43 +12:00 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-6860285/Little-Pipe-Cay-expensive-overseas-property-sale-Rightmove.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-6860285/Little-Pipe-Cay-expensive-overseas-property-sale-Rightmove.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 Little Pipe Cay: Most expensive overseas property for sale on Rightmove You'll need £65million if you fancy buying this private island in the Bahamas, which is the most expensive property for sale on the property website Rightmove. Thu, 18 Apr 2019 08:49:55 Z None 2019-04-18 08:49 +00:00 2019-04-18 20:49 +12:00 58af97f5440243fe3d552306:5906c0dfe4fcb573ba562253:5b6b7fec70a6ad2bbcd6dac2 https://chemcare.co.nz/articles/what-first-home-buyers-need-to-know-about-asbestos What first home buyers need to know about asbestos Buying your first home can be stressful even without asbestos concerns. To help make it easier we’ve run through everything you need to know about asbestos. Wed, 17 Apr 2019 22:49:06 Z Emily Fly <p>Asbestos is hiding in thousands of New Zealand properties. It can be incredibly difficult to spot and even your building inspector may miss its presence behind walls, below the floor or inside the ceiling. Unfortunately, this means you could purchase a home containing asbestos without even realising it.</p><p>First-home buyers have 101 things to worry about, so details often get missed. Below, we’ve run through everything you need to know about asbestos to ensure you don’t run into any surprises after you’ve signed your sale and purchase.</p><p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p><h2><strong>Why should I worry about asbestos when buying?</strong></h2><p>The term asbestos describes a group of naturally occuring minerals made up of long, thin fibres. When combined with other materials, asbestos is durable, fireproof, insulative and extremely cost effective, making it perfect for building and insulation. It was widely used in home construction from the early 1940s to the late ‘80s and only recently banned entirely.</p><p>If you’re buying a property built within that period, asbestos should be of concern. When the material is disturbed, it releases tiny fibres into the air which can lodge deep in your lungs and cause life threatening illnesses, such as: asbestosis, <a href="https://chemcare.co.nz/articles/mesothelioma-awareness-day" target="_blank"><strong>mesothelioma</strong></a> and lung cancer.</p><p>It’s been dubbed <strong>the silent killer</strong>, and is the leading cause of workplace deaths in New Zealand, mainly amongst tradespeople who accidentally disturb the fibre in homes and commercial buildings.</p><p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <img class="thumb-image" data-image="https://images.squarespace-cdn.com/content/v1/58af97f5440243fe3d552306/1555388077286-28YK6J2VDI43RT1KW6IQ/ke17ZwdGBToddI8pDm48kJme_vyRngthM-lqQfhlIH1Zw-zPPgdn4jUwVcJE1ZvWEtT5uBSRWt4vQZAgTJucoTqqXjS3CfNDSuuf31e0tVHdR4tGE0fFJHT7ppaMbI8l68Pv4V3IjdRIUtf6KN3cEolyXOhr1HlgtlqrKgcoGR0/Assessment.jpg" data-image-dimensions="400x600" data-image-focal-point="0.5,0.5" alt="Assessment.jpg" data-load="false" data-image-id="5cb556adeef1a12f7ced6b70" data-type="image" src="https://images.squarespace-cdn.com/content/v1/58af97f5440243fe3d552306/1555388077286-28YK6J2VDI43RT1KW6IQ/ke17ZwdGBToddI8pDm48kJme_vyRngthM-lqQfhlIH1Zw-zPPgdn4jUwVcJE1ZvWEtT5uBSRWt4vQZAgTJucoTqqXjS3CfNDSuuf31e0tVHdR4tGE0fFJHT7ppaMbI8l68Pv4V3IjdRIUtf6KN3cEolyXOhr1HlgtlqrKgcoGR0/Assessment.jpg?format=1000w" /> <h2><strong>What if I end up with a home containing asbestos?</strong></h2><p>If a property contains asbestos it’s usually best avoided. Apart from the obvious health risks, these are the reasons why you should steer clear:</p><ul data-rte-list="default"><li><p><strong>Can hurt a home’s resale value: </strong>A property containing asbestos may be more difficult to sell and you may have to reduce the price.</p></li><li><p><strong>Can make renovating difficult: </strong>If you purchase a home then find it contains asbestos, renovating may be difficult. Before you do so, you may have to conduct a survey on your property and the asbestos removed or encapsulated by a licensed professional.</p></li><li><p><strong>Removing asbestos yourself is risky: </strong>Most problems can be solved with a DIY attitude and a little know-how. Managing asbestos is a little more complicated. You’re legally allowed to remove under 10 sqm of asbestos without a license provided it’s in good condition, however, due to the risk the material can pose it’s always best to call in the professionals.</p></li></ul><p>Asbestos can almost always be managed and removed - it just takes money and time. If, like most first-home buyers, you’re short on both, it’s always best to conduct <a href="https://chemcare.co.nz/asbestos/testing" target="_blank"><strong>asbestos testing</strong></a> as part of your due diligence.</p> <img class="thumb-image" data-image="https://images.squarespace-cdn.com/content/v1/58af97f5440243fe3d552306/1555399353618-XLXDJKVNGEIGCEJS5437/ke17ZwdGBToddI8pDm48kMvsljh7j4JukEMPQfw0G6UUqsxRUqqbr1mOJYKfIPR7LoDQ9mXPOjoJoqy81S2I8N_N4V1vUb5AoIIIbLZhVYxCRW4BPu10St3TBAUQYVKcy3QVcoAE6MSqTXitVemN5u3DZjWGkH8wn-POM21quvMDd4mg2HDizEZcvA1TeYNk/DANGER-TAPE.jpg" data-image-dimensions="1200x142" data-image-focal-point="0.5,0.5" alt="DANGER-TAPE.jpg" data-load="false" data-image-id="5cb582b9eef1a12f7cee7af1" data-type="image" src="https://images.squarespace-cdn.com/content/v1/58af97f5440243fe3d552306/1555399353618-XLXDJKVNGEIGCEJS5437/ke17ZwdGBToddI8pDm48kMvsljh7j4JukEMPQfw0G6UUqsxRUqqbr1mOJYKfIPR7LoDQ9mXPOjoJoqy81S2I8N_N4V1vUb5AoIIIbLZhVYxCRW4BPu10St3TBAUQYVKcy3QVcoAE6MSqTXitVemN5u3DZjWGkH8wn-POM21quvMDd4mg2HDizEZcvA1TeYNk/DANGER-TAPE.jpg?format=1000w" /> <h2><strong>How can I check if a property contains asbestos?</strong></h2><p>It may be difficult to spot asbestos yourself, but a qualified professional will have no trouble finding the fibre - by surveying the property then taking samples and having them analysed by a lab certified in asbestos testing.</p><p>After testing has been done, you’ll receive a report detailing the location and condition of all asbestos in the home, as well as a plan to manage or remove it.</p><ul data-rte-list="default"><li><p><strong>Best case scenario:</strong> you find there is no asbestos in the home and can continue with your purchase with peace of mind.</p></li><li><p><strong>Worst case scenario:</strong> the report discovers asbestos throughout the home and you either dodge an expensive bullet or factor the <a href="https://chemcare.co.nz/asbestos/removal"><strong>cost of removing as</strong></a><a href="https://chemcare.co.nz/asbestos/removal" target="_blank"><strong>besto</strong></a><a href="https://chemcare.co.nz/asbestos/removal"><strong>s</strong></a> into your purchase.</p></li></ul><p>You may even be able to use the presence of asbestos to your advantage and negotiate a lower purchase price.</p><p data-rte-preserve-empty="true"></p><h2><strong>Solving the problem with asbestos testing and removal</strong></h2><p>Asbestos won’t be a huge problem when buying your first home as long as you’re fully aware of the extent and condition of the fibre. With that knowledge you can easily discover how much it’ll cost to remove or manage, and either build the expense into your budget or avoid the property entirely.&nbsp;</p><p>If you’re house hunting right now don’t risk buying an asbestos-riddled money hole. <a href="https://chemcare.co.nz/contact/"><strong>Get in touch</strong></a> with the expert team here at Chemcare Auckland for help and advice on all things asbestos, before during and after your purchase.</p> <img class="thumb-image" data-image="https://images.squarespace-cdn.com/content/v1/58af97f5440243fe3d552306/1555387904203-9MBDJ3ZNTLJU3WL3MWZV/ke17ZwdGBToddI8pDm48kCKeX4E35m9hOznR0_JL3UlZw-zPPgdn4jUwVcJE1ZvWQUxwkmyExglNqGp0IvTJZUJFbgE-7XRK3dMEBRBhUpzS1PW3YNoBiDINw31XDWTMr388zaHEbIVNK5-ZPLY60-Gu5l3AuVNFnyJkcNLbT4A/happy-homeowners.jpg" data-image-dimensions="727x600" data-image-focal-point="0.5,0.5" alt="happy-homeowners.jpg" data-load="false" data-image-id="5cb555fffa0d60119509df5f" data-type="image" src="https://images.squarespace-cdn.com/content/v1/58af97f5440243fe3d552306/1555387904203-9MBDJ3ZNTLJU3WL3MWZV/ke17ZwdGBToddI8pDm48kCKeX4E35m9hOznR0_JL3UlZw-zPPgdn4jUwVcJE1ZvWQUxwkmyExglNqGp0IvTJZUJFbgE-7XRK3dMEBRBhUpzS1PW3YNoBiDINw31XDWTMr388zaHEbIVNK5-ZPLY60-Gu5l3AuVNFnyJkcNLbT4A/happy-homeowners.jpg?format=1000w" /> &nbsp; What first home buyers need to know about asbestos 2019-04-17 22:49 +00:00 2019-04-18 10:49 +12:00 https://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=226261 https://www.zillow.com/blog/lunar-lander-tiny-home-226261/ Unique Homes unique homes This Tiny Home Is Ready for Outer Space The shape is inspired by a spacecraft, making this home truly out of this world. Wed, 17 Apr 2019 13:29:37 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/lunar-lander-tiny-home-226261/#comments Lindsay Cohen <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Ground control to Major Tom: Here's a home unlike any other we've seen.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">A lifelong architect went intergalactic to find inspiration for one of his latest designs: a tiny home shaped like </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">a lunar lander</span><span style="font-weight: 400;">.</span></p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-226288" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/008A4637-0666ea.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="533" /></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Nestled on the banks of the Columbia River in central Washington, the roughly 250-square-foot home is hexagon-shaped, perched nearly 9 feet above the ground on three massive steel beams.</span></p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-226287" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/008A4625-f5cf23.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="533" /></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Inside, earthlings are greeted by an open floor plan. A breakfast nook has a porthole-shaped window overlooking the river and the hillside; a kitchen with stainless steel appliances provides space to cook up </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">a feast for an astronaut</span><span style="font-weight: 400;">.</span></p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-226277" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/3_008A4511-101ecb.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="450" /></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">A large geodesic dome skylight showers the room with sunlight.</span></p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-226278" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/4_008A4524-015860.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="450" /></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;"> Just off the bathroom, a deep-blue sink and cerulean-colored mirror have a Mid-Century Modern feel (appropriate, considering </span><a href="https://www.nasa.gov/audience/forstudents/k-4/stories/first-person-on-moon.html" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener noreferrer"><span style="font-weight: 400;">humans first walked on the moon in 1969</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">).</span></p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-226279" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/5_008A4552-7e631d.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="533" /></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The bedroom sits below a small ladder and can comfortably sleep two people. </span></p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-226280" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/6_008A4558_2-c48192.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="450" /></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Upstairs, there's enough room for a small outdoor deck where you can gaze at area wildlife, including eagles and lynxes.</span></p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-226276" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/2_DSCF0443-1-49fca6.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="450" /></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">If the space reminds you of the tiny well-intentioned living quarters of a boat, it's no coincidence. The lunar lander's owner and designer, <a href="http://multihulldesigns.com/index.htm" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener noreferrer">Kurt Hughes</a>, is a boat designer by trade.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">He translated his three decades of boat building to home building - i</span><span style="font-weight: 400;">n fact, the wooden table in the dining nook is recycled from the Hughes' first sailboat.</span></p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-226283" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/008A4598-e1823d.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="800" /></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Beam us up, Scotty.</span></p> <p><em>Photos by Zillow&#8217;s Marcus Ricci.</em></p> <p><strong>Related:</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/cave-house-229909/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Hibernate Luxuriously in This 5,572-Square-Foot Cave Mansion</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/bloomhouse-unique-home-229386/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">This Remarkable Home Is Anything but Square</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/joshua-tree-cabin-229298/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Sleep Under the Stars in This Tiny Cabin Near a National Park</a></li> </ul> <h6><em>Originally published May 2018.</em></h6> https://www.zillow.com/blog/lunar-lander-tiny-home-226261/feed/ 166 2019-04-17 13:29 +00:00 2019-04-18 01:29 +12:00 https://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=201357 https://www.zillow.com/blog/astronomist-home-observatory-201357/ Unique Homes Sanctuary Sanctuary: An Astronomer's Home Observatory For hobbyist Jonathan Fay, a trip to the stars awaits any time he wants to go. Tue, 16 Apr 2019 17:18:14 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/astronomist-home-observatory-201357/#comments Cat Overman <p>Jonathan Fay lives a double life. By day, he works in software engineering, but once the sun goes down, he opens a window to the heavens - right in his own backyard.</p> <p>The amateur astronomer designed and built an observatory behind his Woodinville, Washington, home to house his 12-inch telescope. There, he gazes at planetary nebula and photographs galaxies. For Fay, having his own sanctuary is out of this world.</p> <p><strong>How would you describe your sanctuary?<br /> </strong>My observatory is a place of peace where I can collect my gear and spend time with the universe. The nature of astronomy in the Pacific Northwest is challenging, but I&#8217;m able to open the dome and start observing without having to set up ahead of time and rush to cover things up when it rains.</p> <p><strong>What do you like best about the physical space?<br /> </strong>It&#8217;s separate from the activity of my home, and it&#8217;s quiet. I don't disturb anyone else, and they don't disturb me.</p> <p><strong>What's your home like? Is your sanctuary an extension or departure from your home?<br /> </strong>Our home is a two-story wood and brick home. The observatory blends nicely with the house and barn in style, but the dome clearly sets it apart.</p> <p><strong>Did you have your sanctuary in mind when you chose your home?<br /> </strong>No. A few years after I moved in, I realized I needed a more permanent place than a second-floor porch off the bedroom to set up my new telescope.</p> <div class="video-container"><iframe width="500" height="281" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/meXeYvRtsTQ?feature=oembed&#038;enablejsapi=1&#038;modestbranding=1&#038;rel=0&#038;showinfo=0" frameborder="0" allow="accelerometer; autoplay; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture" allowfullscreen></iframe></div> <p><strong>What was the tipping point that made you decide to create a sanctuary?<br /> </strong>When I would do astrophotography imaging runs on the second-floor porch, people would turn on lights or walk around, and the light and vibration would ruin the image. My wife didn&#8217;t like having to shut down her life for my hobby.</p> <p><strong>How did you build your sanctuary?<br /> </strong>I designed and built the observatory. I had some occasional help from friends when I needed lifting or a second pair of hands. I also had help from my kids handing me screws and nails while I worked.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-202163" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Sanctuary_Fay_exterior_05-d8af8e.jpg" alt="Sanctuary_Fay_exterior_05" width="800" height="533" /></p> <p><strong>What was the biggest challenge in creating your sanctuary?<br /> </strong>Round stuff is hard. Especially when it has to rotate and be level. The dome was a hemisphere, so it was round in more than two dimensions. Woodworking tools are not optimized for round things.</p> <p><strong>Has your sanctuary always looked the same, or has it changed over time?<br /> </strong>We recently added wood floors from carpet. And we put on a new roof when we re-roofed the rest of the buildings on the property.</p> <p><strong>How much time do you typically spend in your sanctuary?<br /> </strong>Sometimes many hours for several days in a row. Sometimes I go weeks without going inside. It depends on the ebb and flow of life - and how bad I need it.</p> <p><strong>How did you get into astronomy in the first place?<br /> </strong>My aunt gave me a telescope when I was about 12. Since then I have loved space and astronomy, but when I could put a computer-controlled camera on a telescope, that made me want my own Hubble in my backyard.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-202164" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Sanctuary_Fay_interior_01-d38e10.jpg" alt="Sanctuary_Fay_interior_01" width="800" height="533" /></p> <p><strong>Does your hobby influence what you do professionally or vice versa?<br /> </strong>Building my observatory, writing all the software for it, and doing astronomical imaging helped me create the <a href="http://www.worldwidetelescope.org/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener noreferrer">WorldWide Telescope</a> project with two of my co-workers. Now millions of people can visit space on their computer or planetarium because of it.</p> <p><strong>Do you share your sanctuary with anyone? What about your home?<br /> </strong>I will share the observatory with just about anyone who asks, and sometimes I invite people to join me. I share my home with my wife and five active kids. So sometimes a getaway is in order!</p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-202162" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Sanctuary_Fay_portrait_08-2ac1fa.jpg" alt="Sanctuary_Fay_portrait_08" width="800" height="533" /></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>If you had a do-over, would you change anything about your sanctuary?<br /> </strong>While I love the look of the dome, I would make the shutters open wider to accommodate a bigger telescope.</p> <p><strong>Do you wish you had found your sanctuary sooner?<br /> </strong>It came at the right time for me, and I returned to update it when that time was right.</p> <p><strong>What advice would you share with those who dream of having a sanctuary someday?<br /> </strong>You&#8217;re not getting any younger. Just go for it, even if you don't use it as much as you think you need to to justify the cost. It will always be a great story to share.</p> <p><strong>Related</strong>:</p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/lunar-lander-tiny-home-226261/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">This Tiny Home Is Ready for Outer Space</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/from-scraps-to-sanctuary-a-700-a-frame-cabin-228670/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">From Scraps to Sanctuary: A $700 A-Frame Cabin</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/bloomhouse-unique-home-229386/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">This Remarkable Home Is Anything but Square</a></li> </ul> <h6><em>Originally published July 2016.</em></h6> https://www.zillow.com/blog/astronomist-home-observatory-201357/feed/ 15 2019-04-16 17:18 +00:00 2019-04-17 05:18 +12:00 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-6922247/The-finishing-touches-need-transform-room-home-budget.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-6922247/The-finishing-touches-need-transform-room-home-budget.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 The 'finishing touches' you need to transform every room in your home on a budget Director of Australian company Vault Interiors Justine Wilson shared how using the right accessories in a home can elevate the freshness and elegance of a living room, bathroom or bedroom. Mon, 15 Apr 2019 10:25:01 Z None 2019-04-15 10:25 +00:00 2019-04-15 22:25 +12:00 https://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=226153 https://www.zillow.com/blog/bubble-dome-home-226153/ Unique Homes unique homes Sleep Under the Stars in a Bubble Home It's the closest you'll ever get to living in nature without actually setting foot outside. Sun, 14 Apr 2019 19:58:44 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/bubble-dome-home-226153/#comments Lindsay Cohen <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Why live on the bubble when you can experience life inside it?</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">It's an appropriate question to ponder while gazing at the forest from inside this </span><a href="http://www.outlierinn.com" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener noreferrer"><span style="font-weight: 400;">unusual dome home</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;"> in upstate New York. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Made to maximize views while maintaining partial privacy, this geodesic bubble tent is equal parts </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">glamping</span><span style="font-weight: 400;"> destination and fishbowl. It's the perfect place to observe nature without fully immersing yourself in it.</span></p> <figure id="attachment_226160" aria-describedby="caption-attachment-226160" style="width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><img class="wp-image-226160 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Dome-Interior-2-f3987b.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="533" /><figcaption id="caption-attachment-226160" class="wp-caption-text">Copyright 2018 <a href="http://www.leoncato.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener noreferrer">Leon Cato Photography</a>.</figcaption></figure> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Tucked away on a farm in Woodridge, New York, the dome is surrounded by a thicket of trees and sits just feet away from a greenhouse, a vegetable garden and a pond. </span></p> <figure id="attachment_226159" aria-describedby="caption-attachment-226159" style="width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><img class="wp-image-226159 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Beach-071790.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="533" /><figcaption id="caption-attachment-226159" class="wp-caption-text">Copyright 2018 <a href="http://www.leoncato.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener noreferrer">Leon Cato Photography</a>.</figcaption></figure> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Ample windows offer views of the natural environment, and screened-in panels allow airflow but deter mosquitoes in the summertime.</span></p> <figure id="attachment_226181" aria-describedby="caption-attachment-226181" style="width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><img class="wp-image-226181 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/04C0323-27baf8.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="534" /><figcaption id="caption-attachment-226181" class="wp-caption-text">Copyright 2018 <a href="http://www.leoncato.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener noreferrer">Leon Cato Photography</a>.</figcaption></figure> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Still looking to bask in nature? Two outdoor showers and a clawfoot tub allow you to scrub and soak near the sugar maples.</span></p> <figure id="attachment_226158" aria-describedby="caption-attachment-226158" style="width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><img class="wp-image-226158 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/bathroom-605422.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="533" /><figcaption id="caption-attachment-226158" class="wp-caption-text">Copyright 2018 <a href="http://www.leoncato.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener noreferrer">Leon Cato Photography</a>.</figcaption></figure> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">An open-air kitchen and grill offer up the chance to dine alfresco. </span></p> <figure id="attachment_226164" aria-describedby="caption-attachment-226164" style="width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><img class="wp-image-226164 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/outdoor-kitchen-64ed12.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="533" /><figcaption id="caption-attachment-226164" class="wp-caption-text">Copyright 2018 <a href="http://www.leoncato.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener noreferrer">Leon Cato Photography</a>.</figcaption></figure> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The home is currently available as a <a href="https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/1602932" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener noreferrer">short-term rental</a> in the Catskill Mountains, roughly 95 miles from the heart of Manhattan.</span></p> <figure id="attachment_226162" aria-describedby="caption-attachment-226162" style="width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><img class="wp-image-226162 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/GA1_1090-1549a5.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="538" /><figcaption id="caption-attachment-226162" class="wp-caption-text">Copyright 2018 <a href="http://www.leoncato.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener noreferrer">Leon Cato Photography</a>.</figcaption></figure> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Bonus: Guests can interact with animals on the property (hello, goats!) and enjoy a recording studio, hiking trails or a weekly yoga class.</span></p> <figure id="attachment_226163" aria-describedby="caption-attachment-226163" style="width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><img class="wp-image-226163 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/GardenDome-413318.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="533" /><figcaption id="caption-attachment-226163" class="wp-caption-text">Copyright 2018 <a href="http://www.leoncato.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener noreferrer">Leon Cato Photography</a>.</figcaption></figure> <p><em>Top featured image by George Apostolidis (<a href="http://www.georgeapostolidis.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener noreferrer">portfolio</a>, <a href="https://www.instagram.com/ga_photo/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener noreferrer">Instagram</a>). </em></p> <p><strong>Related:</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/lunar-lander-tiny-home-226261/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">This Tiny Home Is Ready for Outer Space</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/tiny-tropical-treehouse-in-hawaii-225313/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Explore a Tiny, Tropical Treehouse in Hawaii</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/astronomist-home-observatory-201357/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Sanctuary: An Astronomer&#8217;s Home Observatory</a></li> </ul> <h6><em>Originally published May 2018.</em></h6> https://www.zillow.com/blog/bubble-dome-home-226153/feed/ 45 2019-04-14 19:58 +00:00 2019-04-15 07:58 +12:00 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-6915565/A-new-generation-rent-High-end-villages-attracting-retirees-happy-tenants.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-6915565/A-new-generation-rent-High-end-villages-attracting-retirees-happy-tenants.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 A new generation rent: High-end villages are attracting retirees happy to be tenants A recent study from Retirement Villages, which has 16 villages all offering apartments to let, revealed that 55 per cent of over-55s said they would consider renting a home. Fri, 12 Apr 2019 10:44:47 Z None 2019-04-12 10:44 +00:00 2019-04-12 22:44 +12:00 58af97f5440243fe3d552306:5906c0dfe4fcb573ba562253:5b6b80a9aa4a9920ab77313a https://chemcare.co.nz/articles/what-is-involved-in-an-asbestos-clearance-report What is involved in an asbestos clearance report? Once you’ve identified asbestos on your property and had it removed, there is still one more step - getting a comprehensive asbestos clearance report. Thu, 11 Apr 2019 01:36:16 Z CC Group <p>If you own a building built between 1950 and 1980, chances are, if you haven’t already had an asbestos survey done, you could be unaware of the material presence on your property. Home and business owners in New Zealand are by now well aware of the respiratory health issues caused by airborne asbestos fibres.</p><p>The material has been illegal to use in construction and building insulation for nearly 30 years, and a generation of Kiwis has grown up with information on the dangers of asbestos made freely available. This has made identifying and treating asbestos materials in homes and businesses a much easier task.</p><p>Despite the public knowledge on the fibrous material, many people may not know that once you’ve identified and removed asbestos from your property, there is still one further step to ensure total safety: <strong>a comprehensive asbestos clearance report.</strong></p><p>In this article, we’ll guide you through the asbestos treatment process, and the steps you need to take immediately afterwards to prove that your property has been assessed and treated adequately by asbestos professionals.</p><p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p><h2><strong>Getting in asbestos professionals for treatment</strong></h2><p>If you think your property may contain asbestos, you’re better off checking to be certain. Asbestos professionals can help guide you through the first phases, taking the material sample needed to perform adequate <a href="https://chemcare.co.nz/asbestos/testing"><strong>asbestos testing</strong></a>. From there, they can recommend a suitable method for addressing the asbestos contamination. If the material is in good condition, it may be more practical to seal it with an encapsulation treatment. Otherwise, total asbestos removal ensures your health won’t be on the line long-term.&nbsp;</p><p>It’s important to get the help of accredited asbestos experts during this process. Unless you’re a licensed asbestos removal specialist or assessor such as the Chemcare team, any treatment or removal work may not be <strong>compliant with New Zealand Health &amp; Safety at Work Regulations</strong>. Any action taken without the proper license can cost significantly, which makes securing an asbestos clearance report vital.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><h2><strong>What is an asbestos clearance report?</strong></h2><p>An asbestos clearance report is carried out by licensed experts to ensure that any treatment or removal work is done to New Zealand safety compliance standards, and to check there is no further safety risk. The report covers where the asbestos was removed, the transit area, and where the asbestos was ultimately disposed of.</p><p>WorkSafe New Zealand determines that this clearance inspection can be completed by a licensed asbestos assessor or another independent, competent person. It’s key to note here that the company performing the initial asbestos treatment cannot also issue the clearance report. Think of it as getting a set of impartial eyes on the project to ensure your home or business is safe to occupy again after the <a href="https://chemcare.co.nz/asbestos/removal"><strong>asbestos removal</strong></a> is complete.</p> <img class="thumb-image" data-image="https://images.squarespace-cdn.com/content/v1/58af97f5440243fe3d552306/1554893527186-VNIIUUEUB1ZS8QCBM96R/ke17ZwdGBToddI8pDm48kB80eW4KK5wgMfkTp6SjTNtZw-zPPgdn4jUwVcJE1ZvWQUxwkmyExglNqGp0IvTJZUJFbgE-7XRK3dMEBRBhUpxkEDnlqEYEiGVDb0kl5jpOJsm5iyfgdjNZyk67t96-U_4JMfIDDY8RGcVnRlrKExA/interior-inspection.jpg" data-image-dimensions="600x800" data-image-focal-point="0.5,0.5" alt="interior-inspection.jpg" data-load="false" data-image-id="5cadcad7fa0d605da9dc2219" data-type="image" src="https://images.squarespace-cdn.com/content/v1/58af97f5440243fe3d552306/1554893527186-VNIIUUEUB1ZS8QCBM96R/ke17ZwdGBToddI8pDm48kB80eW4KK5wgMfkTp6SjTNtZw-zPPgdn4jUwVcJE1ZvWQUxwkmyExglNqGp0IvTJZUJFbgE-7XRK3dMEBRBhUpxkEDnlqEYEiGVDb0kl5jpOJsm5iyfgdjNZyk67t96-U_4JMfIDDY8RGcVnRlrKExA/interior-inspection.jpg?format=1000w" /> <h2>&nbsp;<strong>How does the asbestos clearance inspection work?</strong></h2><p>The asbestos clearance report follows an on-site, four-part inspection. This consists of:</p><ol data-rte-list="default"><li><p>Preliminary check of site condition and job completeness. This involves looking over the site to ensure there is no obvious material remaining from where the asbestos was first identified and no debris from removal or treatment work.</p></li><li><p>Thorough visual inspection inside the enclosure/work area. This involves another look over the entire asbestos removal/treatment site. The assessor may ask to see some of the tools used during the project, or may request information on how any asbestos materials removed have been disposed of.</p></li><li><p>Air monitoring. The assessor will use expert testing tools to see if there are any asbestos fibres in the air. This stage is vital, as the material fibres are too small for the naked eye to see, and a high reading may mean it’s unsafe to return to the property immediately despite the asbestos being removed.</p></li><li><p>Final assessment and post-enclosure/work area dismantling. This is a final quality check. Afterwards, the licensed assessor should provide you with an asbestos clearance report and make recommendations about how to pack down the site and when people can return.</p></li></ol><p>The individual who first commissioned the licensed asbestos removal work is charged with ensuring the independent asbestos clearance assessor carries out the inspection and provides the right certification after the process is complete.</p><p data-rte-preserve-empty="true"></p><h2>&nbsp;<strong>Why do we need asbestos clearance reports? </strong></h2><p>Whether you’ve asked asbestos professionals to assist you with identifying minor contaminants, or they’ve provided a full asbestos removal service, getting clearance certification is vital. Firstly, you need this to comply with New Zealand asbestos legislation. The respiratory health of Kiwis is a very serious concern, so any asbestos treatment projects done without the proper authority can land homeowners or businesses in a lot of trouble.</p><p>Secondly, asbestos clearance reports offer the peace of mind that all work carried out by <a href="https://chemcare.co.nz/about-us" target="_blank">asbestos professionals</a> has been performed to a high standard. This not only guarantees the health of your family or others using your property, it also ensures you’re getting value for money from your asbestos treatment services.</p> <img class="thumb-image" data-image="https://images.squarespace-cdn.com/content/v1/58af97f5440243fe3d552306/1554895690969-SB638EASM64R5BSUMG0T/ke17ZwdGBToddI8pDm48kGML3QvhfkMvsL2sFVY47nhZw-zPPgdn4jUwVcJE1ZvWQUxwkmyExglNqGp0IvTJZamWLI2zvYWH8K3-s_4yszcp2ryTI0HqTOaaUohrI8PIjeBzkJDGDsjT6Gxbs3-HTE8NbcLOUlO_xacMJVXvkCYKMshLAGzx4R3EDFOm1kBS/Report-Details.jpg" data-image-dimensions="850x620" data-image-focal-point="0.5,0.5" alt="Report-Details.jpg" data-load="false" data-image-id="5cadd34ae4966bac09bc1d15" data-type="image" src="https://images.squarespace-cdn.com/content/v1/58af97f5440243fe3d552306/1554895690969-SB638EASM64R5BSUMG0T/ke17ZwdGBToddI8pDm48kGML3QvhfkMvsL2sFVY47nhZw-zPPgdn4jUwVcJE1ZvWQUxwkmyExglNqGp0IvTJZamWLI2zvYWH8K3-s_4yszcp2ryTI0HqTOaaUohrI8PIjeBzkJDGDsjT6Gxbs3-HTE8NbcLOUlO_xacMJVXvkCYKMshLAGzx4R3EDFOm1kBS/Report-Details.jpg?format=1000w" /> <p>At Chemcare, we take the health of our clients, and all Kiwis, very seriously. Our experienced and professional team can perform a range of asbestos treatment and removal services, and can also offer assistance with clearance inspections.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>For more information about how we can help, <a href="https://chemcare.co.nz/contact/"><strong>contact the Chemcare team today</strong></a>.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p><p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> What is involved in an asbestos clearance report? 2019-04-11 01:36 +00:00 2019-04-11 13:36 +12:00 https://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=196266 https://www.zillow.com/blog/9-tips-planting-flower-bed-196266/ Home Improvement gardening 9 Tips for Preparing a Fabulous Flower Bed Dust off your vases, pitchers and mugs - your home will be overflowing with fresh-cut blooms in no time. Wed, 10 Apr 2019 13:40:57 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/9-tips-planting-flower-bed-196266/#comments Steve Asbell <p>Have you ever ended up with a bed of dead flowers, mountains of mulch and a whopping garden center receipt? Let's do something about that, shall we?</p> <p>Get your gardening groove back with these nine tips.</p> <h2>1. Start with a clean slate</h2> <p>There are two kinds of flower beds: those that have been well-prepared and those that are covered in weeds.</p> <p>Give your unplanted bed the once-over. Does it get enough sunlight? Does water tend to collect there? Have you removed all weeds, roots and rocks so your plants will thrive? It's a lot easier to fix these problems now than it is once you&#8217;ve planted the flowers and laid the mulch.</p> <h2>2. Start seeds</h2> <p>Start a flower bed from seed to save money, raise unusual varieties and enjoy the satisfaction of having grown a whole garden from a handful of tiny seeds.</p> <p>Since some seeds transplant poorly, check the packet and make sure you don't have to sow directly in the ground. Start seeds in trays, pots or coir pots, using a seedling mixture, place them in a sunny spot, and transplant as soon as they have developed sturdy stems.</p> <h2>3. Prepare nursery plants</h2> <p>Nursery-grown bedding plants give you instant gratification, but the short time between purchase and planting is crucial to their survival.</p> <p>Pack them closely in your car to avoid damage, and take them home immediately so that they don't fry in your car during other errands.</p> <p>Water nursery plants as soon as you get home, as often as necessary after that, and a few hours before planting to help their fragile roots survive the trauma of transplanting.</p> <h2>4. Get the winning edge</h2> <p>Even the most carefully planned border can look sloppy without a clearly defined edge. Avoid those inexpensive and quickly deteriorating edges made of plastic, and choose a more natural and long-lasting alternative.</p> <p>The cheapest solution is to make a shallow trench around the bed with your spade and maintain it throughout the season. For something more refined and permanent, set an edge of brick, concrete or stone in leveling sand. The initial cost may be higher, but they will save you a lot of work and make mowing easier.</p> <h2>5. Plan for the seasons</h2> <p>Choose annuals if you plan on replacing them in a season or two, and plant perennials if you'd like them to last longer. Plant evergreen shrubs or ornamental grasses to provide structure and year-round interest.</p> <p>Also consider the plant's eventual height. Plant low-growing flowers (usually annuals) at the front of the bed where you can easily view them and replace them at the end of their season.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter wp-image-196923" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/shutterstock_395790778-42b523.jpg" alt="shutterstock_395790778" width="800" height="416" /></p> <h2>6. Give them space</h2> <p>Follow the guidelines on the seed packet or plant tag as closely as possible. An often overlooked factor is the amount of space to leave around each plant so they have room to grow. To cover a lot of ground quickly, choose spreading varieties like Superbells and climbing nasturtiums.</p> <h2>7. Dig the perfect hole</h2> <p>Dig each plant's hole to be twice as wide as the original pot so the roots will have plenty of room to grow. To give them an even better head start, make a little trench around the inside of the hole so the roots will spread down and out.</p> <p>This step isn't necessary for annuals, since they won't be around long enough to enjoy their strong root systems, but it is helpful if you have clay soil.</p> <h2>8. Plant it right</h2> <p>When planting transplants and nursery plants, always place them so that their crowns (where the plant meets the soil) are level with the soil in the bed. If the crown is above the soil level, the plant may dry out when soil washes away from the roots. If planted too low, soil will settle around the crown and rot the plant.</p> <p>Push the soil around the transplant and firmly tamp it in place with a trowel so no gaps are left between the roots.</p> <h2>9. Mulch mindfully</h2> <p>Mulch is essential for conserving moisture and preventing weeds, but one inch is all you need. Established garden beds don't even need mulch because the plants themselves are capable of protecting the soil.</p> <p>Avoid landscaping fabric, since it actually keeps moisture from percolating into the soil. Instead, lay down sheets of newspaper before mulching.</p> <p>Mulches vary by region, but whichever kind you use, follow this one rule: Don't ever pile it up against the plants. They'll rot in no time, and you'll soon have nothing more than an ugly bed of mulch in their place.</p> <p><strong>Related</strong>:</p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/grow-a-container-garden-175537/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">How to Grow a Spectacular Container Garden</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/budget-friendly-curb-appeal-194022/">8 Curb Appeal Boosters You Can Do in a Weekend</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/five-tips-spring-lawn-prep-213971/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">5 Tips for Spring Lawn Prep</a></li> </ul> <h6><em>Originally published April 2016.</em></h6> https://www.zillow.com/blog/9-tips-planting-flower-bed-196266/feed/ 1 2019-04-10 13:40 +00:00 2019-04-11 01:40 +12:00 https://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=217661 https://www.zillow.com/blog/how-to-build-outdoor-shower-217661/ Home Improvement DIY Fixtures Summer Good Clean Fun: How to Build an Outdoor Shower Expand your shower options to the great outdoors - it's easier to do than you might think! Wed, 10 Apr 2019 13:15:46 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/how-to-build-outdoor-shower-217661/#comments See Jane Drill <p>Outdoor showers may seem like a luxury - something that only those with beach houses would need or be lucky enough to have. But an avid gardener, runner or someone that enjoys the freedom of bathing in nature, you may consider an outdoor shower for your own home.</p> <p>Lucky for you, outdoor showers are an accessible feature for just about anyone. It all depends on how simple or complex you want your shower to be. A simple outdoor shower with cold water costs approximately $1,000 or less. An outdoor shower with an enclosure and hot and cold water will run about $4,000-$8,000.</p> <p>Here are four things to consider before taking the plunge on your own little piece of outdoor bathing heaven.</p> <h2>Location</h2> <p>This is one of the most important considerations. It&#8217;s best to choose a spot that you use often. In most cases, anywhere near the back entrance to your home is a good choice - maybe adjacent to the back door or on the back <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/tips-wood-deck-maintenance-199537/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">deck</a>. If you have a pool, situate the shower nearby for easy rinses before and after swimming.</p> <p>Another major consideration is plumbing access. Unless you&#8217;re installing the type of shower that attaches to a garden hose, you&#8217;ll need to install it close to existing plumbing.</p> <p>Last but not least, go for a sunny spot. This will help keep mold and mildew at bay and provide natural warmth while you rinse.</p> <h2>Privacy</h2> <p>Privacy is a fairly important consideration, unless you think only swimsuit-clad people will use the outdoor shower. You want the shower to feel private and far from prying eyes, but you also want to keep the natural feeling.</p> <figure id="attachment_217901" aria-describedby="caption-attachment-217901" style="width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/153-Paradise-Cove-Rd-Malibu-CA-90265/2140090017_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer"><img class="wp-image-217901" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/rustic-3-4-bathroom-with-outdoor-shower-i_g-IS913o0i190a211000000000-Wt1TD-ad0a6a.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="534" /></a><figcaption id="caption-attachment-217901" class="wp-caption-text">Photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/153-Paradise-Cove-Rd-Malibu-CA-90265/2140090017_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Zillow listing</a>.</figcaption></figure> <p>An easy and adjustable choice is a freestanding folding screen. These screens work particularly well on decks and patios, where it might be impractical to build any type of wall.</p> <p>Another option is building corrugated metal wing walls to create a shower &#8220;corner&#8221; of sorts, where swimmers can rinse off after a dip. You can make this more private by adding a third wall to the design. Of course, there&#8217;s always the more elaborate option, which would be to surround the shower with wooden walls.</p> <h2>Plumbing</h2> <p>The simplest and most inexpensive plumbing option, and one that many people choose, is a shower connected to a garden hose, which is then hooked up to an outside faucet. This cold-water fixture is perfect for an outdoor shower that&#8217;s used only in the heat of summer and mostly for cleaning off dirt and sand.</p> <p>Next up is the hot-and-cold hose option. First, you&#8217;ll need a plumber to install an outdoor hot-water faucet next to the cold one. From there, it basically works in a similar fashion to the cold-water hose shower.</p> <p>The most elaborate - and most expensive - is the plumbed-in outdoor shower. This is worth investing in if you anticipate consistent outdoor showers and not just cleaning up after a hot day in the sun. The only downside to this option: If you live in an area with freezing winters, you have to make sure you can fully drain and insulate the plumbing so it doesn't burst.</p> <h2>Drainage</h2> <p>The simplest and most common drainage system is letting the used water drain into your yard. If you don't have very porous ground in your yard, or if the outdoor shower is close to your home, consider attaching the plumbing to your home&#8217;s drainage pipes or installing a French drain (essentially a gravel-lined channel connected to a pipe that directs water to a drainage area).</p> <p>The easiest thing to do, of course, is to go with the first option and recycle the water into your garden.</p> <h2>Accessories</h2> <p>Incorporate affordable accessories that add to the fun and pleasure of showering outdoors. A large rainfall showerhead enhances that outdoor feeling, and <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/40-plants-for-hanging-baskets-195194/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">plants or flowers</a> in the shower area or peeping through the enclosure add a whimsical touch.</p> <p>Add some soft solar-powered lights for showering at dusk, install hooks for hanging towels and wet bathing suits, and maybe even add a chair to sit in. Most importantly, design your shower to take advantage of nature&#8217;s views, whether that&#8217;s the sky overhead or the splendor of your backyard garden.</p> <figure id="attachment_217847" aria-describedby="caption-attachment-217847" style="width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/1020-Fern-St-New-Orleans-LA-70118/84480728_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer"><img class="wp-image-217847" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/shower4-c7b056.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="534" /></a><figcaption id="caption-attachment-217847" class="wp-caption-text">Photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/1020-Fern-St-New-Orleans-LA-70118/84480728_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Zillow listing</a>.</figcaption></figure> <p>With just a little planning and effort, you can install your own outdoor shower and stay cool during the sunnier months.</p> <p><strong>Related:</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/make-small-bathroom-look-bigger-220703/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">10 Ways to Make a Small Bathroom Look Bigger</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/building-backyard-fire-pit-219141/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">DIY Backyard Fire Pit: Build It in Just 7 Easy Steps</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/bathroom-redo-without-remodeling-174027/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">8 DIY Ways to Redo Your Bathroom (Without Remodeling)</a></li> </ul> <p><em>Originally published June 26, 2017.</em></p> https://www.zillow.com/blog/how-to-build-outdoor-shower-217661/feed/ 16 2019-04-10 13:15 +00:00 2019-04-11 01:15 +12:00 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-6902663/Five-common-mistakes-house-buyers-sellers-make.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-6902663/Five-common-mistakes-house-buyers-sellers-make.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 Five common mistakes house buyers and sellers make We make plenty of mistakes when buying and selling homes according to industry experts. But there are things we can do to prevent them Tue, 09 Apr 2019 15:24:27 Z None 2019-04-09 15:24 +00:00 2019-04-10 03:24 +12:00 https://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=230325 https://www.zillow.com/blog/9-homes-with-dreamy-spots-for-april-showers-230325/ Unique Homes Bathrooms 9 Homes With Dreamy Spots for April Showers Who needs the spa when your bathroom looks like this? Mon, 08 Apr 2019 22:10:15 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/9-homes-with-dreamy-spots-for-april-showers-230325/#comments Jamie Birdwell-Branson <p>A good spring shower leaves the earth feeling refreshed and renewed - which is not unlike a good shower in your own home. A well-designed and polished bathroom can invigorate you in the morning or relax you before bed.</p> <p>These 10 bathrooms in for-sale homes across the country give us that feeling of rejuvenation - and make us just the tiniest bit envious.</p> <h2>Spa-like in the city</h2> <p>For sale: $1.3 million</p> <p>This Tudor revival in <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/4436-Q-St-NW-Washington-DC-20007/434454_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Washington, D.C.,</a> is equal parts modern and traditional - and its sleek yet comfortable bathroom is exactly what you&#8217;d need after a long day in this busy political city. This bathroom has all the spa features of your dreams, including a soaking tub with ample space for bath supplies, a double vanity with tons of storage underneath and a neutral, calming color palette.</p> <figure id="attachment_230335" aria-describedby="caption-attachment-230335" style="width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/4436-Q-St-NW-Washington-DC-20007/434454_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer"><img class="wp-image-230335 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Washington-DC-69ff2e.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="600" /></a><figcaption id="caption-attachment-230335" class="wp-caption-text"><em>Photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/4436-Q-St-NW-Washington-DC-20007/434454_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Zillow listing.</a></em></figcaption></figure> <p>See more homes in <a href="https://www.zillow.com/washington-dc/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Washington, D.C.</a></p> <h2>A stylish soak</h2> <p>For sale: $1.5 million</p> <p>This stunning home in <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/S7595-Taylor-Rd-De-Soto-WI-54624/113689031_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">De Soto, Wisconsin, </a>is an award-winning architectural structure, but the bathroom is by far the dreamiest of all its spaces. The light hardwoods and paneling contrast beautifully with the slate-gray tub and vanity countertop, and the lighting gives just enough ambience without being too overpowering - perfect for taking a midafternoon soak in the tub on a Saturday.</p> <figure id="attachment_230332" aria-describedby="caption-attachment-230332" style="width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/S7595-Taylor-Rd-De-Soto-WI-54624/113689031_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer"><img class="wp-image-230332 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/De-Soto-WI-be0060.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="600" /></a><figcaption id="caption-attachment-230332" class="wp-caption-text"><em>Photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/S7595-Taylor-Rd-De-Soto-WI-54624/113689031_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Zillow listing.</a></em></figcaption></figure> <p>See more homes in <a href="https://www.zillow.com/de-soto-wi/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">De Soto.</a></p> <h2>Tan-quility in Texas</h2> <p>For sale: $1.4 million</p> <p>This bathroom in <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/555-E-5th-St-APT-3001-Austin-TX-78701/64899564_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Austin, Texas,</a> blends neutral tones and contemporary glass to instantly relax you - and add a huge dash of style. A deep soaking tub connects seamlessly to the oversized glass-encased shower, which has a large bench and built-in shelf for bath products.</p> <figure id="attachment_230327" aria-describedby="caption-attachment-230327" style="width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/555-E-5th-St-APT-3001-Austin-TX-78701/64899564_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer"><img class="wp-image-230327 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Austin-TX-2b8d79.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="534" /></a><figcaption id="caption-attachment-230327" class="wp-caption-text"><em>Photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/555-E-5th-St-APT-3001-Austin-TX-78701/64899564_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Zillow listing.</a></em></figcaption></figure> <p>See more homes for sale in <a href="https://www.zillow.com/austin-tx/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Austin</a>.</p> <h2>Polished and pretty in porcelain</h2> <p>For sale: $595,000</p> <p>It&#8217;s not hard to imagine yourself spending quality time in this light-filled <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/1725-S-Newport-Ave-Tulsa-OK-74120/22147184_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Tulsa, Oklahoma,</a> bathroom. A free-standing curved bathtub sits beautifully right by a picture window, highlighted by a modern light fixture. And right next to it is a glass-encased shower for early mornings when you don&#8217;t have time to leisurely take a dip.</p> <figure id="attachment_230334" aria-describedby="caption-attachment-230334" style="width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/1725-S-Newport-Ave-Tulsa-OK-74120/22147184_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer"><img class="wp-image-230334 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Tulsa-OK-9c114c.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="600" /></a><figcaption id="caption-attachment-230334" class="wp-caption-text"><em>Photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/1725-S-Newport-Ave-Tulsa-OK-74120/22147184_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Zillow listing</a>.</em></figcaption></figure> <p>See more homes for sale in <a href="https://www.zillow.com/tulsa-ok/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Tulsa</a>.</p> <h2>A bathing beauty with a view</h2> <p>For sale: $26.5 million</p> <p>It&#8217;s hard to find a favorite thing about this luxury bathroom in <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/571-Sand-Point-Rd-Carpinteria-CA-93013/15876938_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Carpinteria, California</a>. Is it the floor-to-ceiling marbled tile or the mountain views as you shower? Whether you love the ceiling-mounted showerhead or the giant tub with cozy built-ins for all your products, this bathroom is an inspiration.</p> <figure id="attachment_230330" aria-describedby="caption-attachment-230330" style="width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/571-Sand-Point-Rd-Carpinteria-CA-93013/15876938_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer"><img class="wp-image-230330 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Carpinteria-CA-6239d1.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="600" /></a><figcaption id="caption-attachment-230330" class="wp-caption-text"><em>Photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/571-Sand-Point-Rd-Carpinteria-CA-93013/15876938_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Zillow listing.</a></em></figcaption></figure> <p>See more homes in <a href="https://www.zillow.com/carpinteria-ca/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Carpinteria</a>.</p> <h2>A grown-up shower to shout about</h2> <p>For sale: $2.9 million</p> <p>Let us count the ways we love this bathroom in <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/10221-SE-23rd-St-Bellevue-WA-98004/48855512_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Bellevue, Washington</a>. For one, we can&#8217;t get enough of the contrast between the black hexagon tile on the floor and the large white subway tile in the shower. We also love the vessel sink that sits atop an oversize purple-gray vanity, which adds an unexpected pop of color.</p> <figure id="attachment_230328" aria-describedby="caption-attachment-230328" style="width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/10221-SE-23rd-St-Bellevue-WA-98004/48855512_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer"><img class="wp-image-230328 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Bellevue-WA-3b3d33.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="600" /></a><figcaption id="caption-attachment-230328" class="wp-caption-text"><em>Photo from<a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/10221-SE-23rd-St-Bellevue-WA-98004/48855512_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer"> Zillow listing.</a></em></figcaption></figure> <p>See more homes in <a href="https://www.zillow.com/bellevue-wa/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Bellevue</a>.</p> <h2>A bubble-filled bathroom</h2> <p>For sale: $1.9 million</p> <p>The light fixtures in this <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/23-Horseshoe-Dr-East-Hampton-NY-11937/32665517_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">East Hampton, New York,</a> bathroom are reminiscent of bubbles - appropriate for a room with a free-standing soaking tub. Another set of bubble lights sits above the wall-mounted modern sink with plenty of storage underneath.</p> <figure id="attachment_230333" aria-describedby="caption-attachment-230333" style="width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/23-Horseshoe-Dr-East-Hampton-NY-11937/32665517_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer"><img class="wp-image-230333 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/East-Hampton-NY-482bc4.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="533" /></a><figcaption id="caption-attachment-230333" class="wp-caption-text"><em>Photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/23-Horseshoe-Dr-East-Hampton-NY-11937/32665517_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Zillow listing</a>.</em></figcaption></figure> <p>See more homes for sale in <a href="https://www.zillow.com/east-hampton-ny/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">East Hampton</a>.</p> <h2>Large and luxurious in Dallas</h2> <p>For sale: $2.8 million</p> <p>Everything is bigger in Texas, and this <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/4818-Irvin-Simmons-Dr-Dallas-TX-75229/26757038_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Dallas, Texas,</a> bathroom is no exception. A picture-perfect free-standing tub is framed by two playful light fixtures, as well as an oversized window that lets in a lot of light but still manages to give you privacy, thanks to the trees right outside.</p> <figure id="attachment_230331" aria-describedby="caption-attachment-230331" style="width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/4818-Irvin-Simmons-Dr-Dallas-TX-75229/26757038_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer"><img class="wp-image-230331 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Dallas-TX-cb66a9.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="600" /></a><figcaption id="caption-attachment-230331" class="wp-caption-text"><em>Photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/4818-Irvin-Simmons-Dr-Dallas-TX-75229/26757038_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Zillow listing.</a></em></figcaption></figure> <p>See more homes for sale in <a href="https://www.zillow.com/dallas-tx/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Dallas</a>.</p> <h2>Simple yet stately</h2> <p>For sale: $1.9 million</p> <p>Large marbled tile and a crystal-clear glass shower door make for a beautiful bathroom in <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/56-Belmont-St-1-Boston-MA-02129/2086360050_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Boston, Massachusetts</a>. It&#8217;s not especially hard to imagine taking a nice, relaxing shower with that ceiling-mounted showerhead.</p> <figure id="attachment_230329" aria-describedby="caption-attachment-230329" style="width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/56-Belmont-St-1-Boston-MA-02129/2086360050_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer"><img class="wp-image-230329 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Boston-MA-2e6f3e.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="534" /></a><figcaption id="caption-attachment-230329" class="wp-caption-text"><em>Photo from<a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/56-Belmont-St-1-Boston-MA-02129/2086360050_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer"> Zillow listing</a>.</em></figcaption></figure> <p>See more homes for sale in <a href="https://www.zillow.com/boston-ma/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Boston</a>.</p> <p><strong>Related:</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/make-small-bathroom-look-bigger-220703/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">10 Ways to Make a Small Bathroom Look Bigger</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/not-to-do-remodel-bathrooms-223520/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">What NOT to Do When Remodeling Bathrooms</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/common-bathroom-problems-229184/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">5 Common Bathroom Problems and How to Fix Them</a></li> </ul> https://www.zillow.com/blog/9-homes-with-dreamy-spots-for-april-showers-230325/feed/ 30 2019-04-08 22:10 +00:00 2019-04-09 10:10 +12:00 https://www.zillow.com/digs/guides/?p=1962 https://www.zillow.com/blog/space-saving-ideas-small-kitchens-228858/ Home Improvement Home Organization kitchens Maximizing Space in a Small Kitchen Small kitchens can be a challenge. Use these tips to set up a kitchen that lets your inner chef shine. Thu, 04 Apr 2019 21:12:06 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/space-saving-ideas-small-kitchens-228858/#comments Natalie Wise <p>Many homes come with kitchens that are less than ideal. The lighting can be terrible, the appliances old, the floors grimy … and counter space? Well, that&#8217;s a nice idea.</p> <p>Get the most out of the kitchen space you <em>do</em> have with these tips.</p> <h2>Make room</h2> <p>You can create extra space, even when it seems impossible. Over-the-sink covers, cutting boards and colanders help increase your workspace.</p> <p>Burner covers for your stove and a large cutting board or tray can create extra counter space when you&#8217;re entertaining and want to set out snacks (provided you don&#8217;t need to use your stove).</p> <p>Fold-up tables (attached to the wall or stand-alone) offer extra space when needed. If there's room, a butcher block or island instantly create food prep or storage space.</p> <p>Another simple way to create space? Pare down your belongings - especially on the counters - and only keep the necessities.</p> <h2>Go vertical</h2> <p>A wall above the stove may be perfectly suited for a pegboard where you can hang pots, pans and utensils. Magnetic knife and spice racks can fit into small wall spaces under cabinets or above sinks.</p> <p>Refrigerators can serve as storage space for magnetic spice racks, towels, pot holders, or dry-erase boards or chalkboards, which are both useful and decorative. And over-the-cabinet hooks and towel racks add extra storage quickly and easily.</p> <h2>Use bookcases</h2> <p>Small bookcases are a kitchen's best friend. They are perfectly narrow, they come in many heights and they offer tons of storage options.</p> <p>In addition to keeping cookbooks tidy, they can also hold pots, pans, dishes, food items, storage containers and baskets.</p> <p>Add hooks to the side of your bookshelf to store aprons or other lightweight tools.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter wp-image-230346" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/GettyImages-960874986-bd3984.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="534" /></p> <h2>Add art and color</h2> <p>Art and color are fast ways to personalize a small kitchen. Color-coordinated kitchen accessories become art in and of themselves, and a simple color palette lets the eye rest in a small space.</p> <p>When using every inch of space, don't forget to leave room for a few decorative elements. Hang attractive tea towels with pushpins for a practical splash of color. And fresh flowers on a shelf or table instantly brighten the space and add life.</p> <p>If you have a windowsill, an herb garden is the perfect way to use the space and bring vibrancy. You might even consider installing a <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/diy-vertical-garden-227769/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">vertical garden</a>.</p> <h2>Cover eyesores</h2> <p>Every older kitchen has at least one eyesore: an ancient microwave, a scratched-up refrigerator or a hideous vinyl floor. If you&#8217;re not ready to put down the cash for a remodel, cover these as best you can.</p> <p>Cover exposed sink pipes with curtains attached to the bottom of the sink (bonus: extra storage space). Store your old microwave or replace it with a newer, more attractive version.</p> <p>As for scratched or just plain ugly refrigerators and appliances, adhesive vinyl can create a like-new look in a matter of minutes.</p> <p>Cover unsightly floors with kitchen-friendly mats that also make standing at the counter easier on your feet, and refresh old cupboards and drawers with plain or patterned drawer liners.</p> <h2>Upgrade lighting</h2> <p>Lighting in any kitchen is hard to get right. Many fixtures make the space feel dated, and upgrading bulbs and cleaning light covers will make a difference right away. Consider installing adhesive under-cabinet lighting to better illuminate your workspace.</p> <p>If you can direct your lighting, such as track lighting, make sure it points to the kitchen triangle - that well-worn path from the stove to the sink to the refrigerator.</p> <p>If overhead lighting is scarce, consider using table lamps and even floor lamps. A floor lamp in a kitchen might seem odd at first, but put it at the end of a counter or tucked behind a table, and you'll be grateful for the extra light.</p> <p><strong>Related:</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/kitchen-countertop-buying-guide-228027/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Kitchen Countertop Buying Guide: Meet the Main Players &amp; Find Your Best Match</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/new-look-kitchen-223288/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">7 Perfect Kitchen Upgrades for a New Look Without Remodeling</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/3-myths-renting-201963/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">&#8216;You&#8217;re Throwing Money Away&#8217; and Other Myths About Renting</a></li> </ul> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><em>Originally published June 6, 2016. </em></p> https://www.zillow.com/blog/space-saving-ideas-small-kitchens-228858/feed/ 31 2019-04-04 21:12 +00:00 2019-04-05 10:12 +13:00 https://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=187785 https://www.zillow.com/blog/smart-use-of-shared-spaces-187785/ Home Improvement Home Organization Renting Roommates Roommate Relations: Making Smart Use of Shared Spaces Keeping the peace with your roomies can be as easy as setting expectations and giving everyone their own space. Thu, 04 Apr 2019 15:00:00 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/smart-use-of-shared-spaces-187785/#comments Sarah Pike <p>Renting a home with other people can be stressful. But with careful planning and clear communication, living with others doesn't have to lead to passive-aggressive notes and arguments.</p> <p>Whether you live with your sibling, your bestie or your significant other, try these tips for making smart use of those shared spaces.</p> <h2>Closets</h2> <p>What matters most when sharing <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/5-tips-to-declutter-in-a-day-215128/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">closet space</a> is equality. No, you don't need to make a line with tape on your closet floor (please don't). But you should stick to your designated areas.</p> <p>Hang vertical cloth shelves in the middle to store your shared towels and extra sheets, while also creating a closet divider. And when you toss your shoes in the closet, make sure they're on your side.</p> <h2>Cabinets</h2> <p>Maximize the cabinet space you're given by adding stackable wire shelving racks. In the kitchen, they&#8217;re great for storing plates on top and bowls below. And under your sink, you can put extra sponges, cleaning rags and garbage bags below with your cleaning spray bottles up top.</p> <p>Storage bins and plastic stackable boxes can also save the day - especially when it comes to bathroom storage. Put your skincare items in one and your dental products in another.</p> <p>These stackable boxes come in all sizes - the ones with more depth can fit your bulkier products, and the shorter boxes are better for smaller items, like your travel-size products.</p> <h2>Pantry</h2> <p>Once you place those stackable wire shelves in your kitchen pantry, you'll soon learn that labels and plastic bins rule.</p> <p>If you decide to share spices and other items like flour, vegetable oil and cooking spray, try arranging them in bins with labels that say "Shared." Use more labels to mark shelves and bins with each roommate&#8217;s name, if you think you'll all need the reminder.</p> <h2>Countertops</h2> <p>Decide with your roommates if it&#8217;s OK to keep items on the kitchen and bathroom counters. It may seem silly to discuss countertop space, but you'll be glad you did.</p> <p>Decide how many and which items you agree to allow on the counters. Does the toaster that you never use drive your roomie crazy? Are you okay with your BFF's curling iron always being on the bathroom counter?</p> <p>Air out your countertop pet peeves - you can always find ways to avoid potential disagreements.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter wp-image-230354" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/GettyImages-517673367-e5f8ae.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="534" /></p> <h2>The shower</h2> <p>Avoid any possible product mix-ups with a couple of shower caddies. Hang one over the shower head, and put another one (or two) with suction cups on the shower wall. Plus, storing your bath products in hanging caddies leaves the corners of your tub easy to clean.</p> <h2>Storage</h2> <p>If your place comes with its own storage space, try using a <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/sporting-goods-catchall-220812/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">tall shelving unit</a> and dividing the shelves equally among you.</p> <p>If someone ends up slowly taking over the unit, try putting your belongings in labeled plastic bins. If things really get out of hand, see if your storage buddy may be willing to pay a bit more in rent or utilities.</p> <h2>Parking</h2> <p>Your apartment comes with a covered parking spot? Sweet! Oh, it only comes with one parking space? Not so sweet.</p> <p>Try rotating its use every week or month. Or make an arrangement saying that whoever uses the parking spot can pay more in rent each month. Another idea: The roommate with the covered parking spot could do more chores than the other roommates.</p> <p>The key is deciding as a team in advance what's fair - and sticking to it.</p> <h2>Pets</h2> <p>If one of you has a pet, how do you decide where the crate, toy basket, and food and water bowls go? It may make sense to put pet items in common areas, but the pet owner shouldn't assume all roommates are cool with squeaky toys all over the living room floor - no matter how cute that pup is.</p> <p>Just like you'd pick up your things from the living room, you'll want to pick up Fido's stuff too.</p> <h2>Wall space</h2> <p>Don't hang your art in common areas without getting your roommates' opinions first. Turn decorating your walls into a roommate activity. Gather all the art and decorative wall items you want to hang, and have everyone choose their favorites.</p> <p>You can even turn it into a chance to get to know your roommates better. Have a cool story about where you got that tapestry? Got your favorite mural while studying abroad? Tell your roomies all about it - and listen to their stories too. They may be cool with your wall decor once they know the meaning it holds.</p> <p>If all else fails, stick with similar color palettes, and decorate based on shared color groupings. Remember that what doesn't go up in the living room can go up in your room.</p> <h2>Space-saving lifesavers</h2> <p>You can use all the fancy <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/organizing-secrets-pros-know-204721/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">organization</a> materials you want, but sometimes the basics are best.</p> <ul> <li>Adhesive hooks are great for hanging towels when you need extra bathroom space - or for hanging keys in the entryway.</li> <li>Use shoeboxes to store smaller items like scarves, winter gloves and cosmetics. Label them to make everything easy to find, and you can even decorate them with wrapping paper to pretty them up.</li> <li>Toilet paper rolls are an organizational lifesaver when you have too many cords. Designate each type of cord within one roll, and label them so you never mix up your roommates' cords with yours again.</li> <li>Over-the-door hangers are essential for items like purses and coats. Or try an over-the-door shoe hanger on one side of the door, with your things hung on the other side for double the saved space.</li> <li>Under-the-bed storage containers are key for off-season clothing items or bulky boots that don't seem to fit anywhere else. Your roommate will thank you for the extra closet space.</li> <li>Fabric panels are an inexpensive way to divide a room for added privacy.</li> </ul> <p>Even if the people you live with are not quite as organized as you, rest assured that at least your belongings are contained on their shelves and in their assigned containers. Having smart shared spaces allows you to enjoy your time with your roommates without stressing over whose stuff is whose.</p> <p><em>Looking for more information about renting? Check out our <a href="https://www.zillow.com/rent/guide/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Renters Guide</a>. </em></p> <p><strong>Related</strong>:</p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/10-tips-renting-with-roommate-204521/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">10 Tips for Renting with a Roommate</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/large-items-small-spaces-220378/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">&#8216;Where Should I Keep My&#8230;?&#8217;: Solving the Ultimate Small Space Dilemmas</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/top-10-home-organization-issues-206957/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">10 Ways to Conquer Clutter and Simplify Your Life</a></li> </ul> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><em>Originally published September 9, 2016.</em></p> https://www.zillow.com/blog/smart-use-of-shared-spaces-187785/feed/ 3 2019-04-04 15:00 +00:00 2019-04-05 04:00 +13:00 58af97f5440243fe3d552306:5906c0dfe4fcb573ba562253:5b627d62352f53e99febc414 https://chemcare.co.nz/articles/2018/8/2/7-important-facts-you-should-know-about-asbestos 7 important facts you should know about asbestos Asbestos testing in Auckland is popular amongst homeowners. Here are the facts you need to know about asbestos in the home, from the asbestos experts at Chemcare. Thu, 04 Apr 2019 00:56:59 Z Emily Fly <p>Finding the facts about asbestos can be harder than you think. While there’s plenty of information online - and almost everyone in New Zealand is aware of the <a href="https://chemcare.co.nz/articles/after-exposure-to-asbestos" target="_blank"><strong>health risks asbestos</strong></a> can pose - uncovering asbestos facts isn’t easy.</p><p>At Chemcare, our team has years of experience working with asbestos-containing materials (ACMs) and helping everyday Kiwi homeowners and businesses either encapsulate asbestos in their home or remove it entirely.</p><p>To help you discover the reality behind asbestos, we’d like to share some interesting facts about the common mineral. Read on to find out more.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><h3><strong>There are several types of asbestos minerals</strong></h3><p>Undoubtedly, you already know that asbestos can be dangerous. But what exactly is it, and how many different types of the mineral exist today?</p><p>Asbestos can refer to <strong>six individual mineral types</strong>, from the incredibly common to some you may never come in contact with.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><h3><strong>The most common kind of asbestos: Chrysotile or white asbestos</strong></h3><p>●&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Most commonly used type of asbestos in Kiwi homes.</p><p>●&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Will often be found in roofs, asbestos ceilings, walls and floors.</p><p>●&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Has been utilised in car brake linings, plumbing insulation, and boilers.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><h3><strong>The second-most common: Amosite or brown asbestos</strong></h3><p>●&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Often found in pipe insulation and cement sheets.</p><p>●&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Was regularly used when making ceiling tiles, boards for insulation, and in thermal insulation materials.</p><p>●&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Has needle-like fibres with a similar appearance to a bundle of matchsticks.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><h3><strong>Crocidolite or blue asbestos</strong></h3><p>●&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; The least heat-resistant of all asbestos types.</p><p>●&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Uncommon in New Zealand but mined in Australia, South Africa, and Bolivia</p><p>●&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Most often used for insulating steam engines, in some spray-on coatings, as well as pipe insulation and cement products.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>While these are the three main types of asbestos, more variations can be found - as a contaminant - in the most common types above.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><h3><strong>Actinolite</strong></h3><p>●&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Not very flexible, and therefore used sparingly in the past.</p><p>●&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Little use commercially but still found as a contaminant in some asbestos materials.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><h3><strong>Tremolite</strong></h3><p>●&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Quite rare as this type of asbestos is not used commercially.</p><p>●&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Often found as a contaminant in chrysotile asbestos (the most common type of asbestos), and in some talcum powders.</p><p>●&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Appearance can vary from white, grey, green or even see-through.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><h3><strong>Anthophyllite</strong></h3><p>●&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Not used commercially.</p><p>●&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Most common as a contaminant in composite flooring.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Now that we’ve covered the different kinds of asbestos you may encounter, let’s look at some sobering facts about asbestos in the home and the potential dangers it can cause.</p><p data-rte-preserve-empty="true"></p> <img class="thumb-image" data-image="https://images.squarespace-cdn.com/content/v1/58af97f5440243fe3d552306/1554334303384-OZNM367NNJB48MMUDL3H/ke17ZwdGBToddI8pDm48kEZVRurXsB0IPMGUF_8gfOVZw-zPPgdn4jUwVcJE1ZvWhcwhEtWJXoshNdA9f1qD7YmDye92LJlx5Z6JHLEUGa34mbQbNiONpnlRbDgfzWEJvOvlaTsbi5O9fk2W-M3E3A/Lung+damage.png" data-image-dimensions="257x257" data-image-focal-point="0.5,0.5" alt="Lung damage.png" data-load="false" data-image-id="5ca5425feef1a1d02051d00a" data-type="image" src="https://images.squarespace-cdn.com/content/v1/58af97f5440243fe3d552306/1554334303384-OZNM367NNJB48MMUDL3H/ke17ZwdGBToddI8pDm48kEZVRurXsB0IPMGUF_8gfOVZw-zPPgdn4jUwVcJE1ZvWhcwhEtWJXoshNdA9f1qD7YmDye92LJlx5Z6JHLEUGa34mbQbNiONpnlRbDgfzWEJvOvlaTsbi5O9fk2W-M3E3A/Lung+damage.png?format=1000w" /> <h3><strong>1) Breathing asbestos fibres can cause them to lodge in your lungs</strong></h3><p>When asbestos fibres enter the air of a building or home, it becomes breathable. If anyone inhales these asbestos fibers, they can become lodged deep within the lungs indefinitely. This can quickly cause inflammation and scarring, which in turn will affect breathing and gradually lead to serious illness such as lung cancer.</p> <img class="thumb-image" data-image="https://images.squarespace-cdn.com/content/v1/58af97f5440243fe3d552306/1554334330325-8SRXTA41F0NWIF4AEVP9/ke17ZwdGBToddI8pDm48kEZVRurXsB0IPMGUF_8gfOVZw-zPPgdn4jUwVcJE1ZvWhcwhEtWJXoshNdA9f1qD7YmDye92LJlx5Z6JHLEUGa34mbQbNiONpnlRbDgfzWEJvOvlaTsbi5O9fk2W-M3E3A/No+safe+exposure.png" data-image-dimensions="257x257" data-image-focal-point="0.5,0.5" alt="No safe exposure.png" data-load="false" data-image-id="5ca5427a9140b71f08300924" data-type="image" src="https://images.squarespace-cdn.com/content/v1/58af97f5440243fe3d552306/1554334330325-8SRXTA41F0NWIF4AEVP9/ke17ZwdGBToddI8pDm48kEZVRurXsB0IPMGUF_8gfOVZw-zPPgdn4jUwVcJE1ZvWhcwhEtWJXoshNdA9f1qD7YmDye92LJlx5Z6JHLEUGa34mbQbNiONpnlRbDgfzWEJvOvlaTsbi5O9fk2W-M3E3A/No+safe+exposure.png?format=1000w" /> <h3><strong>2) There is no safe level of exposure to asbestos</strong></h3><p>Individuals are more likely to experience illness or develop health issues when they are regularly exposed to high concentrations of asbestos. However, many government agencies say there is no safe level of asbestos exposure - health problems can develop many years after any amount of time breathing in asbestos.</p> <img class="thumb-image" data-image="https://images.squarespace-cdn.com/content/v1/58af97f5440243fe3d552306/1554334378097-ZH4G4YL34N3UDBEH0S2P/ke17ZwdGBToddI8pDm48kEZVRurXsB0IPMGUF_8gfOVZw-zPPgdn4jUwVcJE1ZvWhcwhEtWJXoshNdA9f1qD7YmDye92LJlx5Z6JHLEUGa34mbQbNiONpnlRbDgfzWEJvOvlaTsbi5O9fk2W-M3E3A/medical+condition.png" data-image-dimensions="257x257" data-image-focal-point="0.5,0.5" alt="medical condition.png" data-load="false" data-image-id="5ca542aa104c7bf6ee03111f" data-type="image" src="https://images.squarespace-cdn.com/content/v1/58af97f5440243fe3d552306/1554334378097-ZH4G4YL34N3UDBEH0S2P/ke17ZwdGBToddI8pDm48kEZVRurXsB0IPMGUF_8gfOVZw-zPPgdn4jUwVcJE1ZvWhcwhEtWJXoshNdA9f1qD7YmDye92LJlx5Z6JHLEUGa34mbQbNiONpnlRbDgfzWEJvOvlaTsbi5O9fk2W-M3E3A/medical+condition.png?format=1000w" /> <h3>&nbsp;<strong>3) Asbestos-related illness doesn’t start with mesothelioma</strong></h3><p><a href="https://chemcare.co.nz/articles/mesothelioma-awareness-day" target="_blank"><strong>Mesothelioma</strong></a> is the most widely known affliction caused by asbestos exposure. However, before this appears, pleural effusion - fluid around the lungs - can occur. This causes the lining of the lung to thicken, resulting in plaque and calcification. This is known to be an early symptom of more worrying illnesses.</p> <img class="thumb-image" data-image="https://images.squarespace-cdn.com/content/v1/58af97f5440243fe3d552306/1554334431650-4OZTMSJD6BQRY15PSTU8/ke17ZwdGBToddI8pDm48kEZVRurXsB0IPMGUF_8gfOVZw-zPPgdn4jUwVcJE1ZvWhcwhEtWJXoshNdA9f1qD7YmDye92LJlx5Z6JHLEUGa34mbQbNiONpnlRbDgfzWEJvOvlaTsbi5O9fk2W-M3E3A/Smoking+risk.png" data-image-dimensions="257x257" data-image-focal-point="0.5,0.5" alt="Smoking risk.png" data-load="false" data-image-id="5ca542df7817f78c18dd86b5" data-type="image" src="https://images.squarespace-cdn.com/content/v1/58af97f5440243fe3d552306/1554334431650-4OZTMSJD6BQRY15PSTU8/ke17ZwdGBToddI8pDm48kEZVRurXsB0IPMGUF_8gfOVZw-zPPgdn4jUwVcJE1ZvWhcwhEtWJXoshNdA9f1qD7YmDye92LJlx5Z6JHLEUGa34mbQbNiONpnlRbDgfzWEJvOvlaTsbi5O9fk2W-M3E3A/Smoking+risk.png?format=1000w" /> <h3><strong>4) Smoke can exacerbate the risks </strong></h3><p>We’re all aware of how smoking can harm the body. It may sound obvious, but combining smoking with asbestos exposure increases the likelihood of lung cancer developing.&nbsp;</p><p>This is quite common with U.S Navy veterans, generally heavy smokers who worked in or around factories that created ACMs, and construction workers, who perhaps smoked on the job while installing ACMs in home insulation.</p> <img class="thumb-image" data-image="https://images.squarespace-cdn.com/content/v1/58af97f5440243fe3d552306/1554334458937-O4JLP922OYJS3YVNG1AD/ke17ZwdGBToddI8pDm48kEZVRurXsB0IPMGUF_8gfOVZw-zPPgdn4jUwVcJE1ZvWhcwhEtWJXoshNdA9f1qD7YmDye92LJlx5Z6JHLEUGa34mbQbNiONpnlRbDgfzWEJvOvlaTsbi5O9fk2W-M3E3A/Asbestos+mining.png" data-image-dimensions="257x257" data-image-focal-point="0.5,0.5" alt="Asbestos mining.png" data-load="false" data-image-id="5ca542fa4e17b66f486266a9" data-type="image" src="https://images.squarespace-cdn.com/content/v1/58af97f5440243fe3d552306/1554334458937-O4JLP922OYJS3YVNG1AD/ke17ZwdGBToddI8pDm48kEZVRurXsB0IPMGUF_8gfOVZw-zPPgdn4jUwVcJE1ZvWhcwhEtWJXoshNdA9f1qD7YmDye92LJlx5Z6JHLEUGa34mbQbNiONpnlRbDgfzWEJvOvlaTsbi5O9fk2W-M3E3A/Asbestos+mining.png?format=1000w" /> <h3>&nbsp;<strong>5) Asbestos is still mined across the world to date</strong></h3><p>Despite the many dangers known about asbestos - not to mention its total ban from use as a building material here in New Zealand - you may be surprised to know asbestos is still mined around the world. You’ll find asbestos mining in Russia, China, Brazil, and Kazakhstan. Even Canada was mining the naturally occuring mineral until 2011.</p> <img class="thumb-image" data-image="https://images.squarespace-cdn.com/content/v1/58af97f5440243fe3d552306/1554334486337-TPFV3ZMUBET8PSCIXOMP/ke17ZwdGBToddI8pDm48kEZVRurXsB0IPMGUF_8gfOVZw-zPPgdn4jUwVcJE1ZvWhcwhEtWJXoshNdA9f1qD7YmDye92LJlx5Z6JHLEUGa34mbQbNiONpnlRbDgfzWEJvOvlaTsbi5O9fk2W-M3E3A/Ancient+pottery.png" data-image-dimensions="257x257" data-image-focal-point="0.5,0.5" alt="Ancient pottery.png" data-load="false" data-image-id="5ca5431615fcc0468d2ba23f" data-type="image" src="https://images.squarespace-cdn.com/content/v1/58af97f5440243fe3d552306/1554334486337-TPFV3ZMUBET8PSCIXOMP/ke17ZwdGBToddI8pDm48kEZVRurXsB0IPMGUF_8gfOVZw-zPPgdn4jUwVcJE1ZvWhcwhEtWJXoshNdA9f1qD7YmDye92LJlx5Z6JHLEUGa34mbQbNiONpnlRbDgfzWEJvOvlaTsbi5O9fk2W-M3E3A/Ancient+pottery.png?format=1000w" /> <h3><strong>6) How long has asbestos been used for? Centuries!</strong></h3><p>As early 2,500 B.C, asbestos fibres were used to strengthen ceramics. The material was mixed with clay to much success, and was later seen as a ‘magic’ material by the Greeks and Romans due to its fire-resistant properties.</p><p>It wasn’t until the mid-1800s, however, that the asbestos industry found large-scale production, when the Johns Company in New York opened mining operations to acquire asbestos for insulation purposes.</p> <img class="thumb-image" data-image="https://images.squarespace-cdn.com/content/v1/58af97f5440243fe3d552306/1554334513213-XUPO80RVG3Z3VN7BWILO/ke17ZwdGBToddI8pDm48kEZVRurXsB0IPMGUF_8gfOVZw-zPPgdn4jUwVcJE1ZvWhcwhEtWJXoshNdA9f1qD7YmDye92LJlx5Z6JHLEUGa34mbQbNiONpnlRbDgfzWEJvOvlaTsbi5O9fk2W-M3E3A/asbestos+toothpaste.png" data-image-dimensions="257x257" data-image-focal-point="0.5,0.5" alt="asbestos toothpaste.png" data-load="false" data-image-id="5ca543311905f4ed5cd45e75" data-type="image" src="https://images.squarespace-cdn.com/content/v1/58af97f5440243fe3d552306/1554334513213-XUPO80RVG3Z3VN7BWILO/ke17ZwdGBToddI8pDm48kEZVRurXsB0IPMGUF_8gfOVZw-zPPgdn4jUwVcJE1ZvWhcwhEtWJXoshNdA9f1qD7YmDye92LJlx5Z6JHLEUGa34mbQbNiONpnlRbDgfzWEJvOvlaTsbi5O9fk2W-M3E3A/asbestos+toothpaste.png?format=1000w" /> <h3><strong>7) Asbestos toothpaste?</strong></h3><p>In the 1930s, ‘40s and ‘50s, asbestos was used to make a fake snow product that would become a popular christmas decoration. It was famously used in <em>The Wizard of Oz</em>, and was also a common addition to cigarettes filters. Due to its abrasive, fibrous quality, you’ll be most surprised of all to hear that asbestos used to be an ingredient in household toothpaste!</p><p>&nbsp;</p><h3><strong>Managing the dangers of asbestos are easy with expert help</strong></h3><p>Now that you know the facts behind asbestos, and the dangerous it can present, you might be wondering about how you can ensure your own home is safe. If you’re concerned about the presence of asbestos in your property, taking an asbestos material sample from your roof or wall insulation can clear up your concerns.</p><p>Once your sample has been analysed by a lab specialist, you can then decide on next steps. If your home is found to contain asbestos, there are a number of options available - depending on the integrity of the sample materials themselves. Encapsulation is one reliable option, which prevents any asbestos fibres from entering the breathable air of your home or business. Otherwise, you can opt for full asbestos removal - while a lengthier and more intrusive process, you’ll know your building is safe well into the distant future.</p><p>If you have any concerns about asbestos in your home, or want to speak to the expert team at Chemcare about how to take an <a href="https://chemcare.co.nz/asbestos/testing" target="_blank"><strong>asbestos sample</strong></a>, contact our specialists today.</p> 7 important facts you should know about asbestos 2019-04-04 00:56 +00:00 2019-04-04 13:56 +13:00 https://www.landlords.co.nz/article/976514631/comment-tax-deductibility-of-rental-property-upgrades?utm_source=LL&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=COMMENT%3A+Tax+deductibility+of+rental+property+upgrades https://www.landlords.co.nz/article/976514631/comment-tax-deductibility-of-rental-property-upgrades?utm_source=LL&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=COMMENT%3A+Tax+deductibility+of+rental+property+upgrades COMMENT: Tax deductibility of rental property upgrades <p>Rental property upgrades required by the Healthy Homes minimum standards will make the area of tax deductibility even more thorny, writes Auckland Property Investors Association vice president Peter Lewis&hellip;</p> Thu, 04 Apr 2019 08:04:00 +1200 2019-04-04 08:04 +12:00 2019-04-04 09:04 +13:00 https://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=213971 https://www.zillow.com/blog/five-tips-spring-lawn-prep-213971/ Home Improvement gardening landscaping Spring 5 Tips for Spring Lawn Prep The lush lawn of your spring-loving dreams is just a few steps away. Wed, 03 Apr 2019 13:00:52 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/five-tips-spring-lawn-prep-213971/#comments Steve Asbell <p>Even if your lawn is made up of weeds more than actual grass, you can turn it around with some basic spring maintenance. Try these five tips to get your lawn ready before the weather warms up and the grass (and weeds) leave you in the dust.</p> <h2>Prevent weeds</h2> <p>Proper mowing, irrigation and feeding practices are the best possible <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/how-to-get-rid-of-weeds-203261/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">weed prevention</a>, but established weed populations require drastic measures.</p> <p>Use a preemergent herbicide to stop warm-season weeds before they sprout. And even a weed-free lawn can easily be undone by nearby weeds and their traveling seeds, so remove any weeds in the garden now so they don't find their way into your lawn.</p> <p>If your lawn has bare spots, fill them in now with sod or seed so weeds don't sprout and get a foothold.</p> <h2>Start your engines</h2> <p>Much like cars, lawnmowers will stop working without routine maintenance. If you haven't already done so in the fall, replace the mower's oil and gas with the types recommended in your mower's instruction manual.</p> <p>This would also be a good time to replace that corroded spark plug and dirty air filter. Add a fuel stabilizer to keep the gas from going stale and harming the mower's engine.</p> <p>A dull mower blade makes your grass more susceptible to disease with each ragged cut it makes, so sharpen the blade with a metal file when it starts to get dull. Clean your mower often to improve performance and prevent corrosion. If you own a riding mower, air up the tires for an even cut and comfortable ride.</p> <h2>Clear out thatch</h2> <p>You know that spongy layer of dead grass that builds up in your lawn? That's thatch. A thin layer of thatch is normal and even healthy, because it protects the soil, roots and beneficial organisms. But when that thatch gets about an inch tall, drought, weeds and other problems develop.</p> <p>Thatch is most likely to build up in lawns that have acidic or compacted soil - or lawns that have been excessively treated with herbicides and pesticides. If thatch is common on your block, prevent it with core aeration. This allows air to reach the soil, promoting organisms that naturally break down thatch. Use a vertical mower or power rake if the thatch is an inch thick or more.</p> <h2>Reseed and resod</h2> <p>None of these tips will do much good without a proper lawn. If your lawn feels beyond hope, consider starting from scratch.</p> <p>If your existing lawn is an annual one, remove it with a sod cutter. Perennial grasses, like Bermuda or St. Augustine grass, are much tougher to remove, so you'll likely have to either solarize with clear plastic sheets for several weeks or resort to an herbicide.</p> <p>Once you&#8217;ve dug up the grass or otherwise eradicated it, replace it with soil and a grass variety appropriate to your region. Plan on setting aside a day or two for installation.</p> <p>Amend the bare soil with topsoil or composted manure, and lay down the sod or planting seeds by following the label instructions. After planting, water it often until the new grass becomes established.</p> <h2>Start good habits</h2> <p>If you're not already following a fertilizing schedule, start one now by following the directions on your product of choice. You will likely forget this schedule after the first feeding, so pencil in the dates on your calendar so you don't get off track.</p> <p>Start the season off right by mowing more often, on a higher setting and in alternating directions. Inspect your sprinklers and pipes for possible breakage - a patch of damp soil or an excessive water bill would be your first clue. If your lawn seems to let into the surrounding landscaping, start edging now to define your boundaries.</p> <p>A string trimmer is fine for maintenance, but cutting through the dirt with it could get messy. Either rent an edger or purchase a handheld half-moon tool to make deep, clean cuts that persist through the year for easier mowing and trimming.</p> <p><strong>Related:</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/lawn-equipment-buying-guide-229174/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Your Guide to Buying Lawn Care Equipment</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/budget-friendly-curb-appeal-194022/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">8 Curb Appeal Boosters You Can Do in a Weekend</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/summer-prep-for-your-home-226196/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">13 Simple Steps to Prep Your Home for the Best Summer Ever</a></li> </ul> <h6><em>Originally published April 2017.</em></h6> https://www.zillow.com/blog/five-tips-spring-lawn-prep-213971/feed/ 1 2019-04-03 13:00 +00:00 2019-04-04 02:00 +13:00 https://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=74089 https://www.zillow.com/blog/break-up-real-estate-agent-74089/ Tips & Advice home buying Home selling real estate agents How to Break Up With Your Real Estate Agent Is it OK to break up with your real estate agent? And if so, how can you gracefully end it? Mon, 01 Apr 2019 13:00:36 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/break-up-real-estate-agent-74089/#comments Brendon DeSimone <p>Buying or selling a home rarely happens overnight, and it's not uncommon for buyers or sellers to interface or even work with multiple agents. Best-case scenario, the right agent shows their face early, and the relationship (and transaction) is a huge success.</p> <p>But somewhere along the way, you may find that your relationship with your real estate agent just isn't working anymore. Maybe the agent is moving faster than you'd like. Or they're not as available as you need them to be. Maybe they just don't get you.</p> <p>So what do you do? Is it OK to break up with your real estate agent? And if so, how do you gracefully end it?</p> <p>The answer depends on whether you're working with an agent as a buyer or a seller.</p> <h2>Advice for buyers</h2> <p>Real estate agents earn their commissions from sellers, and the money is split between the sellers&#8217; and buyers&#8217; agents. As a general rule, buyers won't be asked to enter into a contractual or financial agreement with a real estate agent.</p> <p>Instead, a buyer makes a (sometimes nonverbal) handshake agreement with the real estate agent. You're basically agreeing to exclusively rely upon that agent. And that's fair.</p> <p>Agents often work hard and spend a lot of time engaging with buyers, watching the market, writing contracts, showing properties, reviewing disclosures and so on. Imagine how they'd feel after spending months working with a client only to be informed that another agent found them the home they want?</p> <p>Before you shake hands, do your homework. Ask friends for references, and check out <a href="https://www.zillow.com/agent-finder" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">online agent reviews</a>.</p> <p><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/making-most-of-open-house-visit-151896/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Going to open houses</a> is a good way to meet and interview agents who work where you want to buy. Don&#8217;t jump in with the first agent you meet. Like any relationship, start slow and feel it out. It&#8217;s harder to break up with your agent if you&#8217;re deeply engaged.</p> <p>If you're not quite ready to be tied down, it's better not to engage an agent until you <em>are</em> ready. Early on, a good real estate agent should read your situation well and provide the appropriate amount of attention as needed. They'll act as a resource and be available when you need them. Once the search kicks into high gear, agents and buyers will spend lots of time together and communicate 24/7.</p> <p>If you do find that a relationship isn&#8217;t working, be honest and upfront before more time passes. Offer the agent constructive feedback about why it's not working for you.</p> <h2>Advice for sellers</h2> <p>Since the seller pays the real estate agent's commission, the brokerage requires the seller to sign a listing agreement upfront.  During the listing period, you're contractually obligated to work exclusively with the agent and brokerage firm, specifically on the sale of your home.</p> <p>In fact, even if you find a buyer on your own (such as a friend), the listing agent or brokerage firm is still due their commission.</p> <p>Just as a buyer must do their homework, it's even more important for a seller to do their research, given the commitment. Most listing agreements state that if the listing agent brings an offer at the listing price and the seller doesn't accept it, the agent is still due a commission. This scenario happens sometimes when the listing agent and seller aren't getting along.</p> <p>In most situations, if the listing agent isn't doing a good job but there's still time left on the agreement, you should simply tell them it's not working out. A good, fair and honest agent will apologize for not meeting your expectations and will agree to release you from the agreement ahead of schedule. But that's not always the case, and sellers typically respond by no longer agreeing to open houses or considering offers from the agent.</p> <p>Sometimes an agent wants to break up with the seller. Maybe the seller insists on keeping the price of the home too high or isn't cooperating to accommodate showings. The agent simply feels they can't be successful with the seller, no matter how much time they put into the job.</p> <p>If you're a seller whose agent wants out of the agreement because you aren't taking the necessary steps to sell your home, it's best to let them go - and decide if you're <a href="https://www.zillow.com/sellers-guide/should-i-sell-my-house/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">really ready to sell or not</a>.</p> <p><strong>Related</strong>:</p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/5-myths-about-home-selling-148354/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">5 Myths (and 5 Truths) About Selling Your Home</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/sellers-guide/what-makes-a-good-real-estate-agent/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">What Makes a Good Real Estate Agent for Home Sellers</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/sellers-guide/changing-real-estate-agents-seller/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Seller Advice: Changing Real Estate Agents</a></li> </ul> <p><em>Note: The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the opinion or position of Zillow.</em></p> <p><em>Originally published September 2016.</em></p> https://www.zillow.com/blog/break-up-real-estate-agent-74089/feed/ 7 2019-04-01 13:00 +00:00 2019-04-02 02:00 +13:00 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-6822037/Eight-questions-time-buyer-ask-buying-flat.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-6822037/Eight-questions-time-buyer-ask-buying-flat.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 Eight questions every first-time buyer must ask when buying a flat    There are some key aspects of buying a flat that need to be addressed if you're going to avoid some of the common pitfalls of moving into your first home. Thu, 28 Mar 2019 18:37:34 Z None 2019-03-28 18:37 +00:00 2019-03-29 07:37 +13:00 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-6856677/How-buy-sell-property-fortnight.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-6856677/How-buy-sell-property-fortnight.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 How to buy and sell a property within a fortnight Even once you have your offer accepted on a property, or have accepted one on yours, there is plenty that can go wrong, but follow these simple steps to make it as smooth as possible. Thu, 28 Mar 2019 17:37:07 Z Zoopla 2019-03-28 17:37 +00:00 2019-03-29 06:37 +13:00 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-6847095/My-ground-rent-service-charge-tripled-three-years.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-6847095/My-ground-rent-service-charge-tripled-three-years.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 My ground rent and service charge has tripled within three years Home owners can see the charges they pay to live in leasehold properties surge in the years after snapping up their home, as they are at the mercy of the owner of the land. Thu, 28 Mar 2019 10:32:07 Z Monkey Business/REX/Shutterstock 2019-03-28 10:32 +00:00 2019-03-28 23:32 +13:00 58af97f5440243fe3d552306:5906c0dfe4fcb573ba562253:5b627d970e2e72eaf599bae0 https://chemcare.co.nz/articles/a-renters-guide-to-asbestos A renter's guide to asbestos When you suspect asbestos is present in your owner-occupied home, all you need to do is call the team at Chemcare to manage it. But what can you do if you're renting? Thu, 28 Mar 2019 00:01:59 Z Emily Fly <p>Despite being phased out of use as a building material, it’s still fairly common to find asbestos in New Zealand homes. As it’s now understood to be carcinogenic in its airborne forms, asbestos is certainly something you’ll want to have either managed, or removed from your home.</p><p>This can be easy enough to do when it’s your own home - call up the team at Chemcare and we can put together a plan for how to deal with the issue. But what, on the other hand, should you do when you’re living in a rental property? What are your responsibilities, and what are your landlord’s? Here’s what you need to know.</p><p>&nbsp;</p> <img class="thumb-image" data-image="https://images.squarespace-cdn.com/content/v1/58af97f5440243fe3d552306/1553663260688-FZI6GAMOUAVZP0V79FOC/ke17ZwdGBToddI8pDm48kJhqDimOnh0w2tUYhKDOC6ZZw-zPPgdn4jUwVcJE1ZvWQUxwkmyExglNqGp0IvTJZUJFbgE-7XRK3dMEBRBhUpxfS9GV9MePU8a5GAwhqzhPhA34NrO9-ljd8DElfpgwKLSDOQBQpygLFvDVJYzaM4k/renters.jpg" data-image-dimensions="586x650" data-image-focal-point="0.5,0.5" alt="renters.jpg" data-load="false" data-image-id="5c9b051c71c10b7f4b4607c4" data-type="image" src="https://images.squarespace-cdn.com/content/v1/58af97f5440243fe3d552306/1553663260688-FZI6GAMOUAVZP0V79FOC/ke17ZwdGBToddI8pDm48kJhqDimOnh0w2tUYhKDOC6ZZw-zPPgdn4jUwVcJE1ZvWQUxwkmyExglNqGp0IvTJZUJFbgE-7XRK3dMEBRBhUpxfS9GV9MePU8a5GAwhqzhPhA34NrO9-ljd8DElfpgwKLSDOQBQpygLFvDVJYzaM4k/renters.jpg?format=1000w" /> <h2><strong>What are my responsibilities living with asbestos?</strong></h2><p><strong>&nbsp;</strong>As the tenant of a property, the legal responsibilities for doing something about suspected asbestos do not lie with you - they are the <strong>duty of the landlord.</strong></p><p>That said, if you suspect there might be some asbestos-containing materials in the property, it’s always a good idea to contact your landlord and have them check. You have a responsibility to your own and any co-tenants’ health to flag anything you think may have been missed when the landlord was checking the property’s safety.</p><h2><strong>&nbsp;What are my landlord’s responsibilities around asbestos?</strong></h2><p><strong>New regulations about asbestos</strong> management in the workplace were introduced in 2016. The Health and Safety at Work (Asbestos) Regulations 2016 outline the responsibilities a person in charge of a business or undertaking (PCBU) has with regard to asbestos when construction or renovations are being done in a place of work.</p><p>It might appear on first glance that this has no bearing on a residential property. However, the legislation applies because residential rentals are considered part of business activities. When a tradesperson comes to the site to perform repairs or maintenance, the property becomes a place of work in the eyes of the law. The landlord is therefore considered a PCBU, and is required to comply with the relevant laws.</p><p>This involves the landlord having an <a href="https://chemcare.co.nz/asbestos/management-plan" target="_blank"><strong>asbestos management plan</strong></a> in place if they know, or ought reasonably to know - if the house was built between 1940 and 2000, for example - that asbestos might be a risk for workers in the house, as well as the tenants themselves. For example, if a plumber was hired to change some piping layout in an house built during the 1960s and this required drilling holes through walls, the landlord should have an asbestos management plan in place, because the chances of asbestos contamination occurring are reasonably high.</p><p>Crucially, your landlord can’t just leave it to the property manager (if there is one) to be aware of these potential risks. They need to be proactive in order to stay on the right side of the law and ensure their property is safe to be worked on.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><h2><strong>Does my landlord have to remove asbestos even if they’re not undertaking renovations?</strong></h2><p>Most of the time, a rental isn’t considered a place of work - it’s a home, and as such doesn’t come under the purview of health and safety at work regulations.</p><p>That said, landlords are still required to have taken ‘reasonable care’ to ensure there are no asbestos-containing materials that pose a health risk on the property. If you think you have discovered some asbestos in your rental home, you should always approach your landlord to see if they’re aware of it.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><h2><strong>How should I approach my landlord about suspected asbestos?</strong></h2><p>There is no set way you have to inform your landlord about suspected asbestos on your property. If you have a property manager, let them as soon as possible or simply contact your landlord directly.&nbsp;</p><p>Generally speaking, asbestos-containing materials that are in good condition don’t pose a risk to human health. The danger comes when the <a href="https://chemcare.co.nz/articles/types-of-asbetsos" target="_blank"><strong>asbestos fibres</strong></a> come loose, and are able to spread into the air. It’s quite possible there may be asbestos-looking material in your rental home, but your landlord has fulfilled their duty of care, and already tested the suspected material. If this is the case, contacting them and asking for more information is still good for your own peace of mind, as they can let you know that it’s not asbestos or, if it is, what steps they’ve taken to ensure your safety in its presence.</p> <img class="thumb-image" data-image="https://images.squarespace-cdn.com/content/v1/58af97f5440243fe3d552306/1553663317932-W8DQOMRNGO2I0UHM8F6I/ke17ZwdGBToddI8pDm48kNxdIj4vUUpPgYL-04yFaMpZw-zPPgdn4jUwVcJE1ZvWEtT5uBSRWt4vQZAgTJucoTqqXjS3CfNDSuuf31e0tVEPLBTgBAYf69fiERW9zSEKqQjw0pz8H5RuPeFxabuieFu9Kn5HLCqcrTEx2P_-hCc/call-the-landlord.jpg" data-image-dimensions="476x650" data-image-focal-point="0.5,0.5" alt="call-the-landlord.jpg" data-load="false" data-image-id="5c9b05559b747a26eaafdbd4" data-type="image" src="https://images.squarespace-cdn.com/content/v1/58af97f5440243fe3d552306/1553663317932-W8DQOMRNGO2I0UHM8F6I/ke17ZwdGBToddI8pDm48kNxdIj4vUUpPgYL-04yFaMpZw-zPPgdn4jUwVcJE1ZvWEtT5uBSRWt4vQZAgTJucoTqqXjS3CfNDSuuf31e0tVEPLBTgBAYf69fiERW9zSEKqQjw0pz8H5RuPeFxabuieFu9Kn5HLCqcrTEx2P_-hCc/call-the-landlord.jpg?format=1000w" /> <p>If you’d like further advice on what might or might not be asbestos, <a href="https://chemcare.co.nz/contact/"><strong>get in contact</strong></a> with the expert team at Chemcare today.</p> A renter's guide to asbestos 2019-03-28 00:01 +00:00 2019-03-28 13:01 +13:00 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-6848319/Where-property-prices-risen-Brexit-vote.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-6848319/Where-property-prices-risen-Brexit-vote.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 Where have property prices risen most since Brexit vote? The list is dominated by the North of England, with Leicester and Manchester seeing house price growth of 17.2% and 16.6% since the Brexit vote in June 2016. Wed, 27 Mar 2019 11:43:38 Z Shutterstock / evenfh 2019-03-27 11:43 +00:00 2019-03-28 00:43 +13:00 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-6827197/How-read-floorplan-work-property-sale-expensive.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-6827197/How-read-floorplan-work-property-sale-expensive.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 How to read a floorplan to work out if a property for sale is too expensive A floor plan can be used to help buyers get closer to the true market value of a property and decide how much they should offer. Fri, 22 Mar 2019 12:13:52 Z None 2019-03-22 12:13 +00:00 2019-03-23 01:13 +13:00 58af97f5440243fe3d552306:5906c0dfe4fcb573ba562253:5b72399088251bc6c91b2651 https://chemcare.co.nz/articles/deal-with-asbestos-on-a-budget How to deal with asbestos on a budget Concerned about Asbestos, but can’t afford to deal with it right now? We have some advice to help. Thu, 21 Mar 2019 23:24:04 Z Emily Fly <p>It’s likely that many New Zealanders have asbestos in their homes and don’t even know it. The material was used in residential construction between the 1950s and 1980s, and there are still many houses from that time being lived in today.</p><p>Because it’s often discovered by chance, the <a href="https://chemcare.co.nz/contact" target="_blank">asbestos removal price</a> can be an unexpected cost that many people can’t afford immediately. In these situations, they may need to find a workaround themselves.</p><p>How can you manage asbestos in your home if you don’t have the budget for a professional solution? It starts with understanding exactly what asbestos is and what makes it dangerous.</p><p><br></p><h2><strong>What is asbestos?</strong></h2> <img class="thumb-image" data-image="https://images.squarespace-cdn.com/content/v1/58af97f5440243fe3d552306/1553139366062-4GX7FBQSYIQ5S4JY3JIV/ke17ZwdGBToddI8pDm48kBULss0xLI6V9Kg1bNGq7hNZw-zPPgdn4jUwVcJE1ZvWQUxwkmyExglNqGp0IvTJZamWLI2zvYWH8K3-s_4yszcp2ryTI0HqTOaaUohrI8PIKWdZb4mtOwKCLsb8j50osdRKl6CNzqQASSlLoaMCKWUKMshLAGzx4R3EDFOm1kBS/what-is-asbestos.jpg" data-image-dimensions="800x531" data-image-focal-point="0.5,0.5" alt="what-is-asbestos.jpg" data-load="false" data-image-id="5c9306a571c10b23b90e3684" data-type="image" src="https://images.squarespace-cdn.com/content/v1/58af97f5440243fe3d552306/1553139366062-4GX7FBQSYIQ5S4JY3JIV/ke17ZwdGBToddI8pDm48kBULss0xLI6V9Kg1bNGq7hNZw-zPPgdn4jUwVcJE1ZvWQUxwkmyExglNqGp0IvTJZamWLI2zvYWH8K3-s_4yszcp2ryTI0HqTOaaUohrI8PIKWdZb4mtOwKCLsb8j50osdRKl6CNzqQASSlLoaMCKWUKMshLAGzx4R3EDFOm1kBS/what-is-asbestos.jpg?format=1000w" /> <p>Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral that was commonly used in construction for a good portion of the mid-twentieth century.&nbsp;</p><p>However, it’s rare for asbestos to be found in residential homes in its pure form. Most commonly, the mineral was used as a substrate in building materials like roofing tiles or textured ceiling paint to make them more fireproof and insulated.</p><p>These kinds of products are collectively known as asbestos containing materials (ACMs).</p><p>Asbestos containing materials like roofing tiles are where the mineral is most commonly found in NZ homes.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><h2><strong>What makes asbestos dangerous?</strong></h2><p>The harm from asbestos comes from the tiny fibres being inhaled into the lungs when the material sheds or breaks. Often the result is cancer, with little to no opportunity for recovery—once the fibres make their way inside your body, they’re more or less impossible to remove.</p><p>That’s why removing or treating ACMs that are at risk of shedding fibres is so important. But not all asbestos is the same, or at least.</p><p><strong>There are two kinds:</strong></p><ol data-rte-list="default"><li><p>Friable asbestos is any ACM that can be reduced to powder or will crumble with the strength of an ordinary human hand.<br></p></li><li><p>Non-friable asbestos, on the other hand, are materials where the asbestos is more baked in and is ‘trapped’ to a certain extent within the material. So long as the ACM is in good condition, non-friable asbestos can be relatively safe, as the fibres are unable to easily make their way into the breathable air.</p></li></ol> <img class="thumb-image" data-image="https://images.squarespace-cdn.com/content/v1/58af97f5440243fe3d552306/1553140877103-1S2P9WW3LT5KV1WE5ELU/ke17ZwdGBToddI8pDm48kPoswlzjSVMM-SxOp7CV59BZw-zPPgdn4jUwVcJE1ZvWQUxwkmyExglNqGp0IvTJZamWLI2zvYWH8K3-s_4yszcp2ryTI0HqTOaaUohrI8PIeQMKeWYgwh6Mn73n2eZmZLHHpcPIxgL2SArp_rN2M_AKMshLAGzx4R3EDFOm1kBS/Asbetos-poor-condition.jpg" data-image-dimensions="800x600" data-image-focal-point="0.5,0.5" alt="Asbetos-poor-condition.jpg" data-load="false" data-image-id="5c930c8c9140b74fef12a74f" data-type="image" src="https://images.squarespace-cdn.com/content/v1/58af97f5440243fe3d552306/1553140877103-1S2P9WW3LT5KV1WE5ELU/ke17ZwdGBToddI8pDm48kPoswlzjSVMM-SxOp7CV59BZw-zPPgdn4jUwVcJE1ZvWQUxwkmyExglNqGp0IvTJZamWLI2zvYWH8K3-s_4yszcp2ryTI0HqTOaaUohrI8PIeQMKeWYgwh6Mn73n2eZmZLHHpcPIxgL2SArp_rN2M_AKMshLAGzx4R3EDFOm1kBS/Asbetos-poor-condition.jpg?format=1000w" /> <h2><strong>What can I do to manage asbestos on a budget?</strong></h2><p>If you discover a suspected ACM on your property, the first step is to get it tested. Even if you don’t have the budget to have asbestos removed professionally, it’s a good idea to at least make sure you know if you’re dealing with it—and what kind.</p><p>Contacting experts like the team at Chemcare to have the material tested isn’t prohibitively expensive and is a vital first step in the management process.</p><p>If the test comes back positive but you can’t yet afford the <a href="https://chemcare.co.nz/asbestos/removal" target="_blank">asbestos removal</a>, you have several courses of action.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><strong>1. If it’s non-friable and small, remove it yourself</strong></p><p>Workplace health and safety law requires that a licensed professional remove any friable asbestos from a site, or any non-friable asbestos that’s larger than 10 metres square. This legislation, however, does not apply to your home if you do the removal yourself.</p><p>Even though it’s not required by law, for your safety it’s recommended that you only tackle asbestos removal when it’s both non-friable and less than 10 metres squared in size. Doing so will minimise the risks to your health as well as the chances of accidentally spreading contaminating fibres.</p><p>If you do remove any ACMs on your own, be sure to wear a respirator as well as gloves, protective glasses and disposable overalls. Line the area with plastic sheeting and stick it down securely with tape. Make sure everyone who isn’t helping with the job is away from the area and minimise airflow by closing all doors or windows and sealing them with tape.</p><p>If you’re removing things like asbestos sheets, wet them first to minimise the release of dust when they move. They should always be removed intact where possible, to minimise the chances of fibres escaping.</p><p>Another common ACM you might remove is a “popcorn” or textured ceiling. As this involves scraping the material off, it’s very important in this instance for the surface to be wet to minimise the amount of dust that may get into the air. Scrape the material off and bag it up as you go.</p> <img class="thumb-image" data-image="https://images.squarespace-cdn.com/content/v1/58af97f5440243fe3d552306/1553144444057-HVILSIQL6Q13I9Y4BEQ7/ke17ZwdGBToddI8pDm48kBc9XKxCQ9kK_s2XNsf82cR7gQa3H78H3Y0txjaiv_0fDoOvxcdMmMKkDsyUqMSsMWxHk725yiiHCCLfrh8O1z5QPOohDIaIeljMHgDF5CVlOqpeNLcJ80NK65_fV7S1UY7Cf8oCOocHQq91O5QYN_gx79NmfHtI-Ygdo3SdxJxXJvwGh1qtNWvMhYKnvaKhbA/hazmat-suit.png" data-image-dimensions="2095x2219" data-image-focal-point="0.5,0.5" alt="Click to enlarge" data-load="false" data-image-id="5c931a78a4222fffd3e82d0e" data-type="image" src="https://images.squarespace-cdn.com/content/v1/58af97f5440243fe3d552306/1553144444057-HVILSIQL6Q13I9Y4BEQ7/ke17ZwdGBToddI8pDm48kBc9XKxCQ9kK_s2XNsf82cR7gQa3H78H3Y0txjaiv_0fDoOvxcdMmMKkDsyUqMSsMWxHk725yiiHCCLfrh8O1z5QPOohDIaIeljMHgDF5CVlOqpeNLcJ80NK65_fV7S1UY7Cf8oCOocHQq91O5QYN_gx79NmfHtI-Ygdo3SdxJxXJvwGh1qtNWvMhYKnvaKhbA/hazmat-suit.png?format=1000w" /> <p>Click to enlarge</p> <p>&nbsp;</p><p><strong>2. Encapsulate the material</strong></p><p>Many instances of non-friable asbestos like popcorn ceilings can be encapsulated instead of removed. This is the process of adding another layer of material on top like paint or sealant to better trap the asbestos within.</p><p>Start by preparing the area and yourself in the same way as described above. Clean the surface you’re sealing with a vacuum cleaner before sealing. The Ministry of Health recommends water-based PVA paints as the best coatings for asbestos-cement