News Feeds (RSS) p55017 https://www.smh.com.au/sport/afl/asada-changes-tune-on-hub-testing-protocols-20200605-p55017.html?ref=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_source=rss_feed ASADA changes tune on hub testing protocols The Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority has backflipped on its position to not test its staff for COVID-19 before performing drug tests on AFL players. Fri, 05 Jun 2020 18:19:10 +1000 Sam McClure 2020-06-05 18:19 +10:00 2020-06-05 20:19 +12:00 p54z4j https://www.smh.com.au/sport/nrl/nrl-2020-live-panthers-v-warriors-and-storm-v-rabbitohs-20200603-p54z4j.html?ref=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_source=rss_feed NRL 2020 LIVE: Panthers v Warriors and Storm v Rabbitohs It's the start of a long weekend and we're here for every minute of a Friday night double kicking off with everyone's sentimental favourites facing the Panthers. Fri, 05 Jun 2020 18:15:05 +1000 Sam Phillips 2020-06-05 18:15 +10:00 2020-06-05 20:15 +12:00 p54zyy https://www.smh.com.au/sport/nrl/bigger-stronger-fitter-eels-coach-praise-for-gutherson-20200605-p54zyy.html?ref=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_source=rss_feed 'Bigger, stronger, fitter': Eels coach praise for Gutherson Clint Gutherson is playing five kilos heavier than last year and loving the captaincy as he tries to help defeat the club who desperately waned him back, Manly. Fri, 05 Jun 2020 18:11:44 +1000 Christian Nicolussi 2020-06-05 18:11 +10:00 2020-06-05 20:11 +12:00 p54zyr https://www.smh.com.au/national/victoria/he-was-a-beautiful-boy-parents-welcome-second-safe-injecting-room-20200605-p54zyr.html?ref=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_source=rss_feed 'He was a beautiful boy': Parents welcome second safe injecting room Sam O'Donnell was found slumped dead in a Richmond alleyway after overdosing in August 2016 - two years before Victoria's first safe injecting room opened. Fri, 05 Jun 2020 18:09:59 +1000 Bianca Hall 2020-06-05 18:09 +10:00 2020-06-05 20:09 +12:00 p54zqo https://www.smh.com.au/world/north-america/george-floyd-protests-live-minneapolis-to-hold-memorial-service-as-protests-continue-across-the-us-20200605-p54zqo.html?ref=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_source=rss_feed George Floyd protests LIVE updates: NSW Police to take Sydney Black Lives Matter protest to Supreme Court as Minneapolis holds memorial service George Floyd's death at the hands of Minneapolis police has sparked widespread unrest in the United States with more than 40 cities in lockdown and demonstrations across the country. Fri, 05 Jun 2020 18:08:25 +1000 Matt Bungard 2020-06-05 18:08 +10:00 2020-06-05 20:08 +12:00 p5500p https://www.smh.com.au/sport/urgent-action-needed-on-rescue-funding-and-senior-resumption-for-nsw-sport-20200605-p5500p.html?ref=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_source=rss_feed 'Urgent' action needed on rescue funding and senior resumption for NSW sport Sport NSW chief executive Steve Loader has called on the state government to release emergency funds for ailing sporting organisations and tell senior athletes when they can compete again. Fri, 05 Jun 2020 18:06:16 +1000 Vince Rugari 2020-06-05 18:06 +10:00 2020-06-05 20:06 +12:00 p5500o https://www.smh.com.au/sport/soccer/football-needs-a-home-ffa-to-lobby-government-for-new-base-20200605-p5500o.html?ref=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_source=rss_feed 'Football needs a home': FFA to lobby government for new base FFA will lobby the state government to build a permanent Socceroos, Matildas base in Sydney with the money saved from the ANZ Stadium redevelopment. Fri, 05 Jun 2020 18:00:49 +1000 Dominic Bossi 2020-06-05 18:00 +10:00 2020-06-05 20:00 +12:00 p54zza https://www.smh.com.au/sport/divided-states-of-america-tragic-events-vindicate-kaepernick-s-stance-20200605-p54zza.html?ref=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_source=rss_feed Divided States of America: Tragic events vindicate Kaepernick's stance Colin Kaepernick was effectively run out of the NFL for his protest at police brutality towards black Americans. In hindsight, it would have been wiser to acknowledge that he had a point. Fri, 05 Jun 2020 18:00:00 +1000 Peter FitzSimons 2020-06-05 18:00 +10:00 2020-06-05 20:00 +12:00 p54zpj https://www.smh.com.au/culture/movies/agony-and-ecstasy-of-ballet-captured-in-chengwu-guo-documentary-20200604-p54zpj.html?ref=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_source=rss_feed Agony and ecstasy of ballet captured in Chengwu Guo documentary “I had pain from my waist down to my knee. It felt like someone was cutting my leg with a knife," says the Australian Ballet principal dancer. Fri, 05 Jun 2020 18:00:00 +1000 Karl Quinn 2020-06-05 18:00 +10:00 2020-06-05 20:00 +12:00 p5500m https://www.smh.com.au/sport/racing/i-want-to-prove-it-wasn-t-a-fluke-innes-chases-stradbroke-dream-20200605-p5500m.html?ref=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_source=rss_feed 'I want to prove it wasn’t a fluke': Innes chases Stradbroke dream James Innes jnr has made the most of the coronavirus lockdown, both on and off the track. Fri, 05 Jun 2020 17:59:49 +1000 Chris Roots 2020-06-05 17:59 +10:00 2020-06-05 19:59 +12:00 p54zxh https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/widow-of-cult-leader-loses-case-against-nsw-police-over-his-suicide-20200605-p54zxh.html?ref=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_source=rss_feed Widow of 'cult leader' loses case against NSW Police over his suicide Janice Hamilton sued the State of NSW in 2013 alleging her partner Ken Dyers was maliciously pursued by police. Fri, 05 Jun 2020 17:58:53 +1000 Georgina Mitchell 2020-06-05 17:58 +10:00 2020-06-05 19:58 +12:00 p5500q https://www.smh.com.au/sport/racing/emerging-trainer-slapped-with-cobalt-charges-20200605-p5500q.html?ref=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_source=rss_feed Emerging trainer slapped with cobalt charges Rising star trainer Archie Alexander is hoping to escape with a fine after he was hit with a cobalt administration charge dating back to November 2018. Fri, 05 Jun 2020 17:53:59 +1000 Damien Ractliffe 2020-06-05 17:53 +10:00 2020-06-05 19:53 +12:00 p54zzi https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/tens-of-thousands-of-council-workers-in-nsw-in-line-for-pay-rises-20200605-p54zzi.html?ref=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_source=rss_feed Tens of thousands of council workers in NSW in line for pay rises An in-principle agreement for a three-year pay deal has been struck between the peak body for councils and unions. Fri, 05 Jun 2020 17:53:58 +1000 Matt O'Sullivan 2020-06-05 17:53 +10:00 2020-06-05 19:53 +12:00 p5500d https://www.smh.com.au/business/banking-and-finance/austrac-digs-in-on-westpac-anti-money-laundering-case-20200605-p5500d.html?ref=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_source=rss_feed AUSTRAC digs in on Westpac anti-money laundering case Financial intelligence regulator AUSTRAC and Westpac are still locked in disagreement over a key issue in the massive anti-money laundering lawsuit against the bank. Fri, 05 Jun 2020 17:49:02 +1000 Clancy Yeates 2020-06-05 17:49 +10:00 2020-06-05 19:49 +12:00 p54zyk https://www.smh.com.au/sport/afl/bombers-and-roos-face-tight-turnaround-interstate-20200605-p54zyk.html?ref=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_source=rss_feed Bombers and Roos face tight turnaround interstate Essendon and North Melbourne will kick-off their trip to Sydney next Sunday for games against the Swans and the Giants with an 8am flight from Tullamarine.  Fri, 05 Jun 2020 17:41:29 +1000 Peter Ryan 2020-06-05 17:41 +10:00 2020-06-05 19:41 +12:00 p54zv6 https://www.smh.com.au/national/victoria/melbourne-organisers-of-stop-black-deaths-in-custody-rally-defy-authorities-pleas-to-call-it-off-20200605-p54zv6.html?ref=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_source=rss_feed Melbourne organisers of Stop Black Deaths in Custody rally defy authorities' pleas to call it off The organisers of an anti-racism demonstration that could see 20,000 protesters gather in central Melbourne on Saturday have defied authorities' pleas for them to call it off amid fears of a coronavirus spike. Fri, 05 Jun 2020 17:37:51 +1000 Tom Cowie 2020-06-05 17:37 +10:00 2020-06-05 19:37 +12:00 p5500w https://www.smh.com.au/national/western-australia/police-search-for-perth-teenager-missing-since-may-20200605-p5500w.html?ref=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_source=rss_feed Police search for Perth teenager missing since May Police are the Department of Communities are searching for a 14-year-old girl missing since the end of May.  Fri, 05 Jun 2020 17:34:43 +1000 2020-06-05 17:34 +10:00 2020-06-05 19:34 +12:00 p5500t https://www.smh.com.au/national/queensland/queensland-man-who-ran-down-policeman-jailed-20200605-p5500t.html?ref=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_source=rss_feed Queensland man who ran down policeman jailed A Queensland judge has warned that a violent attack which left a policeman fighting for his life has the potential to encourage US-style police brutality. Fri, 05 Jun 2020 17:34:17 +1000 2020-06-05 17:34 +10:00 2020-06-05 19:34 +12:00 p54znj https://www.smh.com.au/sport/racing/race-by-race-tips-and-preview-for-randwick-on-saturday-20200604-p54znj.html?ref=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_source=rss_feed Race-by-race tips and preview for Randwick on Saturday Everything you need to know to pick a winner on the nine-race card. Fri, 05 Jun 2020 17:34:00 +1000 2020-06-05 17:34 +10:00 2020-06-05 19:34 +12:00 p5500i https://www.smh.com.au/sport/soccer/football-victoria-foregoes-cash-in-bid-to-commence-season-20200605-p5500i.html?ref=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_source=rss_feed Football Victoria foregoes cash in bid to commence season Football Victoria has given a registration fee holiday to community clubs and also hopes to persuade top tier NPL teams to commence the season in July. Fri, 05 Jun 2020 17:16:22 +1000 Michael Lynch 2020-06-05 17:16 +10:00 2020-06-05 19:16 +12:00 p55006 https://www.smh.com.au/world/north-america/australia-watches-in-horror-as-us-goes-to-the-brink-20200605-p55006.html?ref=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_source=rss_feed Australia watches in horror as US goes to the brink President Trump must be told that his job is to unite and not divide Americans. Fri, 05 Jun 2020 17:16:10 +1000 The Herald's View 2020-06-05 17:16 +10:00 2020-06-05 19:16 +12:00 p54zth https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/new-national-security-changes-for-foreign-investors-to-pass-20200605-p54zth.html?ref=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_source=rss_feed New national security laws for foreign investors set to pass Parliament National security laws are expected to sail through Parliament, while an expert suggests helping Australian sectors vulnerable to Chinese political coercion. Fri, 05 Jun 2020 17:12:31 +1000 Eryk Bagshaw 2020-06-05 17:12 +10:00 2020-06-05 19:12 +12:00 p54puj https://www.smh.com.au/lifestyle/life-and-relationships/the-big-takeaway-food-wins-from-the-pandemic-20200505-p54puj.html?ref=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_source=rss_feed The big takeaway: food wins from the pandemic There have been plenty of bite-sized upsides to the lockdown – new skills, fresh loves and a greater appreciation of the need for treats, big and small. Fri, 05 Jun 2020 17:00:52 +1000 Jill Dupleix 2020-06-05 17:00 +10:00 2020-06-05 19:00 +12:00 p54zyh https://www.smh.com.au/sport/cricket/controversial-cash-forecast-part-of-prudent-plan-says-ca-20200605-p54zyh.html?ref=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_source=rss_feed Controversial cash forecast part of 'prudent' plan, says CA CA says its revenue projection was based on the possibility that India may not be able to play the lucrative Test and one-day international series this summer. Fri, 05 Jun 2020 17:00:00 +1000 Andrew Wu 2020-06-05 17:00 +10:00 2020-06-05 19:00 +12:00 p54zym https://www.smh.com.au/national/victoria/rising-tide-of-anger-against-beach-box-revamp-20200605-p54zym.html?ref=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_source=rss_feed Rising tide of anger against beach box revamp The Mornington Peninsula Shire wants beach box owners to have a local connection, but owners are angry about the proposed changes. Fri, 05 Jun 2020 16:59:52 +1000 Benjamin Preiss 2020-06-05 16:59 +10:00 2020-06-05 18:59 +12:00 p55008 https://www.smh.com.au/sport/nrl/government-gives-nrl-permission-for-fans-to-attend-matches-from-next-week-20200605-p55008.html?ref=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_source=rss_feed Government gives NRL permission for fans to attend matches from next week Manly’s clash with Brisbane on Thursday at Central Coast Stadium will be the first time limited numbers of fans will be able to attend a live game since the lockdown. Fri, 05 Jun 2020 16:44:13 +1000 Adrian Proszenko 2020-06-05 16:44 +10:00 2020-06-05 18:44 +12:00 p55007 https://www.smh.com.au/sport/afl/lions-take-a-knee-in-stand-against-racism-20200605-p55007.html?ref=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_source=rss_feed Lions take a knee in stand against racism Brisbane's playing group paused to take a knee at the Gabba on Friday in a powerful show of support for the club's Indigenous collective. Fri, 05 Jun 2020 16:43:13 +1000 2020-06-05 16:43 +10:00 2020-06-05 18:43 +12:00 h1ok68 https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/the-multicultural-food-hub-of-bankstown-20200605-h1ok68.html?ref=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_source=rss_feed The multicultural food hub of Bankstown Bankstown food outlets are renowned for the many cultures that exist side by side in Sydney's southwest. Fri, 05 Jun 2020 16:41:53 +1000 2020-06-05 16:41 +10:00 2020-06-05 18:41 +12:00 p54zzv https://www.smh.com.au/national/a-national-tragedy-activists-want-blood-for-rio-tinto-rock-shelter-blast-20200605-p54zzv.html?ref=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_source=rss_feed 'A national tragedy': Activists want blood for Rio Tinto rock shelter blast Anger continues to grow over Rio Tinto's decision to blow up an ancient Aboriginal heritage site at a Pilbara mine. Fri, 05 Jun 2020 16:41:14 +1000 Hamish Hastie 2020-06-05 16:41 +10:00 2020-06-05 18:41 +12:00 p54zxy https://www.smh.com.au/world/asia/i-opt-out-indonesia-s-ambassador-to-india-promotes-anti-vax-views-20200605-p54zxy.html?ref=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_source=rss_feed 'I opt out': Indonesia's ambassador to India promotes anti-vax views One of Indonesia's top diplomats says he does not want a coronavirus vaccine - and believes physical exercise is the key to fighting the virus. Fri, 05 Jun 2020 16:41:04 +1000 James Massola 2020-06-05 16:41 +10:00 2020-06-05 18:41 +12:00 p54zyp https://www.smh.com.au/business/companies/aap-edges-closer-to-rescue-deal-with-tonagh-led-consortium-20200605-p54zyp.html?ref=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_source=rss_feed AAP edges closer to rescue deal with Tonagh-led group but jobs still on the line The AAP board has entered exclusive negotiations with a group of investors bidding to salvage the newswire, but its boss warns there will still be job losses. Fri, 05 Jun 2020 16:37:44 +1000 Zoe Samios 2020-06-05 16:37 +10:00 2020-06-05 18:37 +12:00 p54zzz https://www.smh.com.au/national/western-australia/cctv-released-in-hunt-for-men-over-violent-armed-robberies-south-of-perth-20200605-p54zzz.html?ref=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_source=rss_feed CCTV released in hunt for men over violent armed robberies south of Perth CCTV from one of the properties shows the horrifying moment the masked men smashed their way inside, before striding in to confront the occupants. Fri, 05 Jun 2020 16:37:01 +1000 Cameron Myles 2020-06-05 16:37 +10:00 2020-06-05 18:37 +12:00 p54zxr https://www.smh.com.au/sport/racing/peak-form-bob-charley-a-test-of-snitz-s-everest-credentials-20200605-p54zxr.html?ref=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_source=rss_feed Peak form: Bob Charley a test of Snitz's Everest credentials Northern Rivers sprinter Snitz has earned Kosciuszko favouritism, and a win in Saturday's Bob Charley Stakes could lift him into Everest contention. Fri, 05 Jun 2020 16:34:06 +1000 Chris Roots 2020-06-05 16:34 +10:00 2020-06-05 18:34 +12:00 p54yvv https://www.smh.com.au/national/victoria/happy-campers-outdoor-industry-heats-up-as-victorians-plan-winter-escapes-20200602-p54yvv.html?ref=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_source=rss_feed Happy campers: Outdoor industry heats up as Victorians plan winter escapes COVID-19 restrictions have relaxed and nature lovers have planned their escape. It's going to be a cold Queen's Birthday but the Aussie outdoor industry is feeling the warmth. Fri, 05 Jun 2020 16:31:39 +1000 2020-06-05 16:31 +10:00 2020-06-05 18:31 +12:00 p54zzw https://www.smh.com.au/world/north-america/police-accused-of-brutality-in-new-york-as-elderly-man-pushed-to-the-ground-20200605-p54zzw.html?ref=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_source=rss_feed Police accused of brutality in Buffalo, NY as elderly man pushed to the ground Two police officers in Buffalo, New York have been suspended without pay after a video showed them shoving a 75-year-old man to the ground. Fri, 05 Jun 2020 16:28:01 +1000 2020-06-05 16:28 +10:00 2020-06-05 18:28 +12:00 p54zzx https://www.smh.com.au/national/victoria/man-who-stabbed-partner-55-times-and-tried-to-burn-house-gets-29-years-20200605-p54zzx.html?ref=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_source=rss_feed Man who stabbed partner 55 times and tried to burn house gets 29 years A man who stabbed his partner 55 times and tried to hide the murder by setting fire to her Ballarat home has been jailed for 29 years. Fri, 05 Jun 2020 16:26:04 +1000 Adam Cooper 2020-06-05 16:26 +10:00 2020-06-05 18:26 +12:00 p54zzn https://www.smh.com.au/sport/racing/four-paths-trekked-on-route-to-stradbroke-by-godolphin-20200605-p54zzn.html?ref=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_source=rss_feed Four paths trekked on route to Stradbroke by Godolphin Godolphin trainer James Cummings says the culmination of four separate preparations and the sacrifice of a number of his staff will come to a head in the Stradbroke. Fri, 05 Jun 2020 16:18:42 +1000 Damien Ractliffe 2020-06-05 16:18 +10:00 2020-06-05 18:18 +12:00 p54zwo https://www.smh.com.au/sport/racing/screening-process-tv-won-t-be-the-same-as-trekking-north-for-stradbroke-20200605-p54zwo.html?ref=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_source=rss_feed Screening process: TV action won't be the same as Trekking north for Stradbroke Royal Randwick would have been a worthwhile substitute. Alas, being on the barred list, seeking a hole in the fence is the only option for live action. Fri, 05 Jun 2020 16:14:33 +1000 Max Presnell 2020-06-05 16:14 +10:00 2020-06-05 18:14 +12:00 p54zw0 https://www.smh.com.au/technology/video-games/minecraft-spin-off-a-dungeon-crawling-loot-fest-for-all-ages-20200605-p54zw0.html?ref=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_source=rss_feed Minecraft spin-off a dungeon-crawling loot-fest for all ages Dungeons is a fun adaptation of the series' iconic blocky graphics to a totally different genre, even if it features absolutely no mining or crafting. Fri, 05 Jun 2020 16:13:48 +1000 Tim Biggs 2020-06-05 16:13 +10:00 2020-06-05 18:13 +12:00 fhd6 https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/the-latest-illustrations-from-artist-cathy-wilcox-20090909-fhd6.html?ref=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_source=rss_feed The latest illustrations from artist Cathy Wilcox The latest work by Sydney Morning Herald editorial cartoonist Cathy Wilcox. Fri, 05 Jun 2020 16:13:08 +1000 2020-06-05 16:13 +10:00 2020-06-05 18:13 +12:00 p54xtu https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/we-re-not-quite-all-in-this-together-just-ask-the-academics-20200529-p54xtu.html?ref=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_source=rss_feed We're not quite all in this together: just ask the academics Academics and artists have been left behind in the politicisation of COVID-19. Fri, 05 Jun 2020 16:01:00 +1000 Thomas Keneally 2020-06-05 16:01 +10:00 2020-06-05 18:01 +12:00 https://www.theguardian.com/money/gallery/2020/jun/05/homes-with-workshops-for-sale-in-pictures https://www.theguardian.com/money/gallery/2020/jun/05/homes-with-workshops-for-sale-in-pictures Property Money UK news Homes with workshops for sale – in pictures <p>Hone your skills at these properties with space to work, from Cornwall to Perthshire</p> <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/money/gallery/2020/jun/05/homes-with-workshops-for-sale-in-pictures">Continue reading...</a> Fri, 05 Jun 2020 06:00:07 Z Photograph: Fine & Country Photograph: Fine & Country Jill Papworth 2020-06-05T06:00:07Z 2020-06-05 06:00 +00:00 2020-06-05 18:00 +12:00 p54zqz https://www.smh.com.au/business/the-economy/virus-lockdown-pushes-already-weak-economy-into-recession-20200605-p54zqz.html?ref=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_source=rss_feed Virus lockdown pushes already weak economy into recession A recession is not what happens to gross domestic product in two successive quarters or even half a dozen, it’s what happens to employment. Fri, 05 Jun 2020 16:00:00 +1000 Ross Gittins 2020-06-05 16:00 +10:00 2020-06-05 18:00 +12:00 p54ypx https://www.smh.com.au/culture/tv-and-radio/reese-witherspoon-s-career-high-performance-underpins-handsome-show-20200602-p54ypx.html?ref=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_source=rss_feed Reese Witherspoon's career-high performance underpins handsome show It's doubtful there is another actress in Hollywood as self-aware or in command as Reese Witherspoon is right now. Fri, 05 Jun 2020 16:00:00 +1000 Karl Quinn 2020-06-05 16:00 +10:00 2020-06-05 18:00 +12:00 p54ypq https://www.smh.com.au/culture/movies/top-five-films-what-s-new-to-streaming-services-20200602-p54ypq.html?ref=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_source=rss_feed Top five films: what's new to streaming services Milestones in the musical, horror, science-fiction and more. Fri, 05 Jun 2020 16:00:00 +1000 Jake Wilson 2020-06-05 16:00 +10:00 2020-06-05 18:00 +12:00 p54yp9 https://www.smh.com.au/lifestyle/health-and-wellness/all-hail-my-beautiful-body-yours-too-20200602-p54yp9.html?ref=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_source=rss_feed All hail my beautiful body: yours too The coronavirus owes much of its power to the body’s occasional tendency to do battle with itself. Fri, 05 Jun 2020 16:00:00 +1000 Richard Glover 2020-06-05 16:00 +10:00 2020-06-05 18:00 +12:00 p54yn1 https://www.smh.com.au/culture/tv-and-radio/four-walls-no-wedding-and-an-online-series-20200602-p54yn1.html?ref=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_source=rss_feed Four walls, no wedding and an online series Australian director Luke Eve was about to be married in Spain when the country went into lockdown. The result is a 10-part comedy-drama. Fri, 05 Jun 2020 16:00:00 +1000 Jake Wilson 2020-06-05 16:00 +10:00 2020-06-05 18:00 +12:00 p54yf0 https://www.smh.com.au/culture/books/a-magical-novel-about-the-natural-world-that-will-get-you-thinking-20200601-p54yf0.html?ref=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_source=rss_feed A magical novel about the natural world that will get you thinking Robbie Arnott says he's not a didactic novelist but his latest book sends a powerful message. Fri, 05 Jun 2020 16:00:00 +1000 Jason Steger 2020-06-05 16:00 +10:00 2020-06-05 18:00 +12:00 p54ydz https://www.smh.com.au/culture/books/pushing-the-envelope-up-the-flagpole-20200601-p54ydz.html?ref=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_source=rss_feed Pushing the envelope up the flagpole With a postponed Tokyo and a mini-window in my workday, I propose the Corporate Olympics. Fri, 05 Jun 2020 16:00:00 +1000 2020-06-05 16:00 +10:00 2020-06-05 18:00 +12:00 p54ydk https://www.smh.com.au/culture/art-and-design/on-my-mind-dr-andrew-rochford-20200601-p54ydk.html?ref=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_source=rss_feed On my mind: Dr Andrew Rochford Dr. Andrew Rochford is an emergency doctor and businessman who participates in the upcoming season of Filthy Rich & Homeless, on SBS, from June 9. Fri, 05 Jun 2020 16:00:00 +1000 2020-06-05 16:00 +10:00 2020-06-05 18:00 +12:00 p54ydf https://www.smh.com.au/culture/dance/curtain-call-ballet-s-departing-david-mcallister-has-written-a-memoir-20200601-p54ydf.html?ref=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_source=rss_feed Curtain call: ballet's departing David McAllister has written a memoir The departing artistic director of the Australian Ballet is not experiencing the grand finale envisaged. However he has had time to write a book. Fri, 05 Jun 2020 16:00:00 +1000 2020-06-05 16:00 +10:00 2020-06-05 18:00 +12:00 https://www.nzherald.co.nz/property/news/article.cfm?c_id=8&objectid=12337575&ref=rss newsfeeds@nzherald.co.nz Flying the coop: Lockdowned Aucklanders flocking to Waiheke Island Aucklanders are set to stream across the Hauraki Gulf to Waiheke Island this month as the "no vacancy" sign goes up on the famed getaway for the first time in weeks.More than 80 Waiheke rentals - from the $5700 architecturally designed... Fri, 05 Jun 2020 15:19:06 +1200 2020-06-05 15:19 +12:00 2020-06-05 15:19 +12:00 www.stuff.co.nz/121672935 https://www.stuff.co.nz/life-style/homed/garden/121672935/what-to-do-in-the-garden-this-weekend.html What to do in the garden this weekend Get garlic and shallots in the ground; clean-up sprays for the rose garden; and should you pee on your citrus trees Fri, 05 Jun 2020 03:00:00 Z Stuff 2020-06-05 03:00 +00:00 2020-06-05 15:00 +12:00 https://www.latimes.com/business/real-estate/story/2020-06-04/sylvester-stallone-sells-desert-retreat-for https://www.latimes.com/business/real-estate/story/2020-06-04/sylvester-stallone-sells-desert-retreat-for Sylvester Stallone sells desert retreat for $3.15 million <p>Actor-director Sylvester Stallone just sold his La Quinta retreat for $3.15 million, finding a buyer a week after relisting.</p> Thu, 04 Jun 2020 21:36:06 -0400 Jack Flemming <p>Actor-director Sylvester Stallone just sold his La Quinta retreat for $3.15 million, finding a buyer a week after relisting.</p> Terry Doyle 2020-06-04 21:36 -04:00 2020-06-05 13:36 +12:00 https://www.nzherald.co.nz/property/news/article.cfm?c_id=8&objectid=12337406&ref=rss newsfeeds@nzherald.co.nz New Zealand's most expensive apartments sell in Mission Bay Three luxury clifftop pads overlooking Mission Bay briefly claimed the title of New Zealand's most expensive apartments.One also has links to our America's Cup entrant Team NZ.The boutique pads at 20A and 20B Selwyn Ave became... Fri, 05 Jun 2020 11:59:59 +1200 2020-06-05 11:59 +12:00 2020-06-05 11:59 +12:00 https://www.theguardian.com/society/2020/jun/04/thousands-of-uk-tenants-face-losing-home-when-eviction-ban-ends https://www.theguardian.com/society/2020/jun/04/thousands-of-uk-tenants-face-losing-home-when-eviction-ban-ends Housing Coronavirus outbreak Renting property Communities Property Society UK news Thousands of UK tenants face losing home when eviction ban ends <p>Campaigners warn that people who have not paid rent during lockdown have received landlord warning notices</p><ul><li><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/series/coronavirus-live/latest">Coronavirus – latest updates</a></li><li><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/coronavirus-outbreak">See all our coronavirus coverage</a></li></ul><p>Thousands of tenants who have struggled to pay rent during the pandemic lockdown face the prospect of losing their home from the end of the month when the government’s temporary ban on evictions ends, housing campaigners have warned.</p><p>Without an extension to the government’s <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/mar/18/coronavirus-law-to-ban-uk-landlords-from-evicting-tenants">moratorium on evictions</a>, which&nbsp;runs out on 25 June, many landlords could start or continue repossession proceedings against tenants unable to meet rents over the past few weeks, they said.</p> <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/society/2020/jun/04/thousands-of-uk-tenants-face-losing-home-when-eviction-ban-ends">Continue reading...</a> Thu, 04 Jun 2020 21:30:03 Z Photograph: Yui Mok/PA Photograph: Yui Mok/PA Patrick Butler Social policy editor 2020-06-04T21:30:03Z 2020-06-04 21:30 +00:00 2020-06-05 09:30 +12:00 https://www.latimes.com/business/real-estate/story/2020-06-04/red-sox-chief-chaim-bloom-sells-st-petersburg-home https://www.latimes.com/business/real-estate/story/2020-06-04/red-sox-chief-chaim-bloom-sells-st-petersburg-home Boston Red Sox chief Chaim Bloom sells in St. Petersburg <p>Red Sox chief Chaim Bloom just sold his single-story home for $1.17 million outside Tampa, Fla., where he spent the last 15 years with the Rays. </p> Thu, 04 Jun 2020 16:27:45 -0400 Jack Flemming <p>Red Sox chief Chaim Bloom just sold his single-story home for $1.17 million outside Tampa, Fla., where he spent the last 15 years with the Rays. </p> Recently remodeled, the single-story home expands to a fenced backyard with a pool, spa and gazebo. Douglas Elliman 2020-06-04 16:27 -04:00 2020-06-05 08:27 +12:00 https://www.latimes.com/business/real-estate/story/2020-06-04/mayor-garcetti-seeks-tenant-for-la-rental-home https://www.latimes.com/business/real-estate/story/2020-06-04/mayor-garcetti-seeks-tenant-for-la-rental-home L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti seeks tenant for $5,000-a-month rental <p>A Mid-Wilshire home owned by Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti is up for lease at $5,000 a month.</p> Thu, 04 Jun 2020 16:10:39 -0400 Neal J. Leitereg <p>A Mid-Wilshire home owned by Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti is up for lease at $5,000 a month.</p> LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 02: LA Mayor Eric Garcetti walks out to address protesters and clergy members from the Los Angeles area that are participating in a march and peaceful protest in downtown Los Angeles outside of LA City Hall and LAPD Headquarters on Tuesday, June 2, 2020 in Los Angeles, CA. Protests erupted across the country, with people outraged over the death of George Floyd, a black man killed after a white Minneapolis police officer pinned him to the ground with his knee. (Kent Nishimura / Los Angeles Times) Kent Nishimura/Kent Nishimura/Los Angeles Times 2020-06-04 16:10 -04:00 2020-06-05 08:10 +12:00 https://www.nytimes.com/2020/06/04/realestate/homes-for-sale-in-brooklyn-queens-and-manhattan.html https://www.nytimes.com/2020/06/04/realestate/homes-for-sale-in-brooklyn-queens-and-manhattan.html Real Estate and Housing (Residential) Clinton Hill (Brooklyn, NY) Jackson Heights (Queens, NY) Upper West Side (Manhattan, NY) Homes for Sale in Brooklyn, Queens and Manhattan This week’s properties are in Clinton Hill, Jackson Heights and on the Upper West Side. Thu, 04 Jun 2020 17:11:13 Z Stefanos Chen 2020-06-04 17:11 +00:00 2020-06-05 05:11 +12:00 www.stuff.co.nz/121643734 https://www.stuff.co.nz/taranaki-daily-news/news/121643734/time-called-on-reserve-land-encroachments-by-exclusive-new-plymouth-seaside-properties.html Time called on reserve land encroachments by exclusive New Plymouth seaside properties They use it like their backyard but time is up for this exclusive seaside encroachment. Thu, 04 Jun 2020 17:00:00 Z BRIANNA MCILRAITH 2020-06-04 17:00 +00:00 2020-06-05 05:00 +12:00 https://www.nytimes.com/2020/05/31/garden/nature-inside-home-biophilia.html https://www.nytimes.com/2020/05/31/garden/nature-inside-home-biophilia.html Interior Design and Furnishings Sustainable Living Flowers and Plants Wood and Wood Products Gardens and Gardening Quarantine (Life and Culture) Bringing the Outside Inside Your Home The urge to introduce nature into décor goes beyond living walls — and pandemics. Thu, 04 Jun 2020 14:38:10 Z Alix Strauss 2020-06-04 14:38 +00:00 2020-06-05 02:38 +12:00 https://www.latimes.com/business/real-estate/story/2020-06-04/mlb-super-agent-scott-boras-looks-to-cut-a-deal-for-his-venice-contemporary https://www.latimes.com/business/real-estate/story/2020-06-04/mlb-super-agent-scott-boras-looks-to-cut-a-deal-for-his-venice-contemporary MLB super-agent Scott Boras looks to cut a deal for his Venice contemporary <p>After landing a home in Newport Beach, sports agent Scott Boras is asking $3.54 million for his Venice contemporary of three years.</p> Thu, 04 Jun 2020 09:00:58 -0400 Jack Flemming <p>After landing a home in Newport Beach, sports agent Scott Boras is asking $3.54 million for his Venice contemporary of three years.</p> Built in 2016, the two-story contemporary boasts warm wood accents both inside and outside. Realtor.com 2020-06-04 09:00 -04:00 2020-06-05 01:00 +12:00 https://www.nytimes.com/2020/06/04/realestate/pets-real-estate-sales-cats-dogs.html https://www.nytimes.com/2020/06/04/realestate/pets-real-estate-sales-cats-dogs.html Real Estate and Housing (Residential) Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) Pets Pets and Real Estate Sales A recent study shows how pets are considered in the buying and selling property. Thu, 04 Jun 2020 13:00:14 Z Michael Kolomatsky 2020-06-04 13:00 +00:00 2020-06-05 01:00 +12:00 https://www.latimes.com/business/real-estate/story/2020-06-04/homes-near-ocean-for-1-million-in-san-diego-county https://www.latimes.com/business/real-estate/story/2020-06-04/homes-near-ocean-for-1-million-in-san-diego-county Homes near the ocean for $1 million in San Diego County <p>Take a look at what roughly $1 million buys near the ocean in San Diego, Oceanside and Imperial Beach in San Diego County.</p> Thu, 04 Jun 2020 08:00:33 -0400 Jack Flemming <p>Take a look at what roughly $1 million buys near the ocean in San Diego, Oceanside and Imperial Beach in San Diego County.</p> SAN DIEGO: A block from Mission Beach, this turnkey bungalow has been recently remodeled and offers potential as an income property. Address: 810 Vanitie Court, San Diego, 92109 Listed for: $1.135 million for two bedrooms, two bathrooms in 870 square feet (1,250-square-foot lot) Features: Open floor plan; laminate floors; crown molding; private yard Realtor.com 2020-06-04 08:00 -04:00 2020-06-05 00:00 +12:00 https://www.nytimes.com/2020/06/04/realestate/homes-for-sale-in-new-york-and-connecticut.html https://www.nytimes.com/2020/06/04/realestate/homes-for-sale-in-new-york-and-connecticut.html Real Estate and Housing (Residential) Bedford (NY) Ridgefield (Conn) Homes for Sale in New York and Connecticut This week’s properties include a four-bedroom house in Bedford, N.Y., and a five-bedroom condo in Ridgefield, Conn. Thu, 04 Jun 2020 10:00:39 Z Anne Mancuso and Lisa Prevost 2020-06-04 10:00 +00:00 2020-06-04 22:00 +12:00 https://www.nytimes.com/2020/06/04/realestate/coronavirus-quarantine-family-treasures.html https://www.nytimes.com/2020/06/04/realestate/coronavirus-quarantine-family-treasures.html Real Estate and Housing (Residential) Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) Quarantine (Life and Culture) Finding Treasure in the Attic Sheltering in place has given some families extra time to explore long forgotten spaces in their homes. Thu, 04 Jun 2020 10:00:14 Z Alyson Krueger 2020-06-04 10:00 +00:00 2020-06-04 22:00 +12:00 https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/jun/04/country-diary-the-mason-bee-builds-individual-rooms-for-her-eggs https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/jun/04/country-diary-the-mason-bee-builds-individual-rooms-for-her-eggs Bees Gardens Insects Wildlife Animals Environment Animal behaviour Biology Life and style Country diary: the mason bee builds individual rooms for her eggs <p><strong>Langstone, Hampshire:</strong> This industrious little insect collects mud to partition off cells in the garden box I put up for her</p><p>A few weeks ago, my neighbours had cavity wall insulation installed and the resulting drill holes in their gable-end wall were soon being prospected by red mason bees (<em>Osmia bicornis</em>).</p><p>People often assume that the common name of these gingery, spring-flying solitary bees refers to a tendency to nest in crumbling mortar, but it’s more likely to derive from their habit of using mud as a mortar-like material to line and partition their brood cells. While females do make use of crevices between old brickwork, they also nest in hollow plant stems and beetle boreholes in dead wood, and will readily occupy manmade bee hotels.</p> <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/jun/04/country-diary-the-mason-bee-builds-individual-rooms-for-her-eggs">Continue reading...</a> Thu, 04 Jun 2020 04:30:52 Z Photograph: Theo Moye/Alamy Photograph: Theo Moye/Alamy Claire Stares 2020-06-04T04:30:52Z 2020-06-04 04:30 +00:00 2020-06-04 16:30 +12:00 58af97f5440243fe3d552306:5906c0dfe4fcb573ba562253:5ed7173dc15b205a36ef6bec https://chemcare.co.nz/articles/asbestos-awareness-building-industry Asbestos Awareness for People in the Building Industry Now, more than ever, it’s time to focus on asbestos awareness for people in the building industry. Thu, 04 Jun 2020 03:00:00 Z Klaris Chua-Pineda <figure class=" sqs-block-image-figure intrinsic " > <img class="thumb-image" data-image="https://images.squarespace-cdn.com/content/v1/58af97f5440243fe3d552306/1591155110951-A1I4D5LM95BG3SWHNLPM/ke17ZwdGBToddI8pDm48kPqQfq0L3n3wpHIsRapTfg8UqsxRUqqbr1mOJYKfIPR7LoDQ9mXPOjoJoqy81S2I8N_N4V1vUb5AoIIIbLZhVYxCRW4BPu10St3TBAUQYVKczo5Zn4xktlpMsMj-QlHXeMfNK6GwvtVkYEWiR8XAPyD3GfLCe_DXOSC_YcAacWL_/asbestos-construction-industry.jpg" data-image-dimensions="1200x800" data-image-focal-point="0.5,0.5" alt="Building and construction worker" data-load="false" data-image-id="5ed719a5c703054025c693c0" data-type="image" src="https://images.squarespace-cdn.com/content/v1/58af97f5440243fe3d552306/1591155110951-A1I4D5LM95BG3SWHNLPM/ke17ZwdGBToddI8pDm48kPqQfq0L3n3wpHIsRapTfg8UqsxRUqqbr1mOJYKfIPR7LoDQ9mXPOjoJoqy81S2I8N_N4V1vUb5AoIIIbLZhVYxCRW4BPu10St3TBAUQYVKczo5Zn4xktlpMsMj-QlHXeMfNK6GwvtVkYEWiR8XAPyD3GfLCe_DXOSC_YcAacWL_/asbestos-construction-industry.jpg?format=1000w" /> </figure> <p class="">Think about the biggest causes of harm and death in New Zealand workplaces. Naturally, heavy machinery, slips, and falls would come to mind. Possibly the last thing you would think of would be a naturally occurring mineral. However, asbestos claims the lives of 170 people in New Zealand annually. Now, more than ever, it’s time to focus on asbestos awareness for people in the building industry.&nbsp;</p><h2>What is Asbestos?</h2><p class="">Knowing that so many people lose their life to <a href="https://www.sitesafe.org.nz/guides--resources/practical-safety-advice/asbestos/">asbestos exposure</a> every year, it’s worth learning as much about this mineral as possible. Asbestos-containing materials have fibres that can become hazardous to your health when breathed in. They cause conditions such as asbestosis, mesothelioma, and lung cancer.</p><p class="">Until the 1990s, asbestos was commonly used in building materials, insulation, and a variety of other products like roofing and floor coverings. While it is no longer used in new building materials, it’s still present in thousands of buildings and homes across New Zealand. That means it remains a risk – and still will for many years to come.&nbsp;</p><h2>Who Can Remove Asbestos?</h2><p class="">Asbestos awareness is essential for people in the building industry because <a href="https://worksafe.govt.nz/topic-and-industry/asbestos/licensing/">new licensing</a> dictates that only certified and licensed experts can remove large quantities of it. As of April 2018, anyone wanting to remove asbestos over 10m2 had to have a Class A or B license.</p><h3>Class A means you can remove:</h3><ul data-rte-list="default"><li><p class="">Asbestos-containing material (ACM) and friable asbestos</p></li><li><p class="">Asbestos-contaminated dust or debris (ACD)</p></li><li><p class="">Non-friable asbestos or ACM</p></li></ul><h3>Class B means you can remove:</h3><ul data-rte-list="default"><li><p class="">Non-friable asbestos</p></li><li><p class="">Non-friable asbestos-containing materials&nbsp;</p></li></ul><h3>Non-licensed people can remove:</h3><ul data-rte-list="default"><li><p class="">10m2 or less of non-friable asbestos and asbestos-containing materials</p></li><li><p class="">Minor amounts of asbestos-contaminated dust or debris</p></li></ul><h2>Asbestos Awareness for People in the Building Industry</h2><p class="">You now know what asbestos is and what you can safely and legally remove with various licenses. However, those who are new to the building industry, or want to educate themselves on asbestos exposure, may not know where to begin. Why not look at an <a href="https://cctrainingacademy.co.nz/asbestos-awareness-course/">asbestos awareness training course</a>?</p><p class="">Such a course can prepare you for acquiring your Asbestos Removal Class A or Class B license. It can also offer all the safe handling instructions you need for working with asbestos products.</p><h3>Those who can benefit from such a training course include:</h3><ul data-rte-list="default"><li><p class="">Electricians</p></li><li><p class="">Plasterers</p></li><li><p class="">Builders</p></li><li><p class="">Roofers</p></li><li><p class="">Demolition workers</p></li><li><p class="">Carpenters</p></li><li><p class="">Floor finishers</p></li><li><p class="">General building and construction workers</p></li><li><p class="">Maintenance and repair workers</p></li><li><p class="">Emergency service workers</p></li></ul><h2>What Will You Learn in an Asbestos Awareness Training Course?</h2><p class="">Courses that cover asbestos awareness can have more value in your everyday life and work than you might think. You can learn about the safe handling of this hazardous material, as well as the implications of exposure.</p><h3>Topics in such a course can often include:</h3><ul data-rte-list="default"><li><p class="">Relevant legislation on asbestos in New Zealand</p></li><li><p class="">What asbestos is</p></li><li><p class="">Where you can find <a href="https://chemcare.co.nz/asbestos">asbestos</a></p></li><li><p class="">Where asbestos is commonly used</p></li><li><p class="">How to identify asbestos-containing materials</p></li><li><p class="">Public health threats</p></li><li><p class="">The identification of when a license is required</p></li><li><p class="">Safety requirements of working with friable and non-friable asbestos</p></li></ul><h2>What Courses are Available for Safe Asbestos Handling?</h2><p class="">An asbestos awareness course for people in the building industry can be advantageous. Still, you don’t have to stop with awareness. There are plenty of other training courses that can both complement your license and offer information to help you get it.&nbsp;</p><p class="">Those in the building and construction industry can undergo asbestos training, Class A asbestos removal courses, and Class B asbestos (non-friable) removal courses.&nbsp; Anyone looking to enter into a supervisory role may also see the value in an asbestos supervisor course, too.</p><h2>How to Enrol in an Asbestos Course</h2><p class="">Many workplaces help their workers upskill and broaden their career opportunities. However, that doesn’t mean you can’t enhance your education without employer support.</p><p class="">Many training academies, such as CC Training Academy, for example, offer tools, content, and expertise to a variety of people and businesses. Why not get in touch with an asbestos training institute and see what they can do for you?</p><p class="">The sooner you learn about this potentially hazardous material, the safer you can be on job sites in the months and years to come.</p> Asbestos Awareness for People in the Building Industry 2020-06-04 03:00 +00:00 2020-06-04 15:00 +12:00 https://www.nytimes.com/2020/06/02/business/coronavirus-office-towers.html https://www.nytimes.com/2020/06/02/business/coronavirus-office-towers.html Real Estate (Commercial) Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) Real Estate and Housing (Residential) Buildings (Structures) Office Towers Are Still Going Up, but Who Will Fill Them? Developers around the country are grappling with the fallout from the coronavirus pandemic as tenants cancel plans and workers fear returning to the office. Thu, 04 Jun 2020 00:40:22 Z Kevin Williams Kevin Miyazaki for The New York Times Skyscrapers scheduled to open this year will remake skylines in cities like Milwaukee, Nashville and Salt Lake City. 2020-06-04 00:40 +00:00 2020-06-04 12:40 +12:00 https://www.latimes.com/business/real-estate/story/2020-06-03/steve-harvey-drops-15-million-on-tyler-perrys-gigantic-former-mansion https://www.latimes.com/business/real-estate/story/2020-06-03/steve-harvey-drops-15-million-on-tyler-perrys-gigantic-former-mansion Steve Harvey drops $15 million on Tyler Perry's gigantic former mansion <p>Tyler Perry's former 35,000-square-foot Atlanta mansion is staying in Hollywood hands after selling to Steve Harvey for $15 million.</p> Wed, 03 Jun 2020 17:00:38 -0400 Jack Flemming <p>Tyler Perry's former 35,000-square-foot Atlanta mansion is staying in Hollywood hands after selling to Steve Harvey for $15 million.</p> Spanning 17 acres, the estate includes a French Proverbial-style mansion, 70,000-gallon pool and tennis court set among rolling lawns and gardens. Realtor.com 2020-06-03 17:00 -04:00 2020-06-04 09:00 +12:00 www.stuff.co.nz/300026587 https://www.stuff.co.nz/life-style/homed/houses/300026587/renovating-couple-save-historic-new-plymouth-house-from-demolition.html Renovating couple save historic New Plymouth house from demolition A historic New Plymouth house has been saved from demolition by a couple hooked on renovation. Wed, 03 Jun 2020 20:08:40 Z MIKE WATSON 2020-06-03 20:08 +00:00 2020-06-04 08:08 +12:00 www.stuff.co.nz/121654781 https://www.stuff.co.nz/life-style/home-property/nz-gardener/121654781/grow-local-20-trends-tips-and-creative-ideas-from-nz-enterprises.html Grow local: 20 trends, tips and creative ideas from NZ enterprises Enterprising Kiwi gardeners, growers, artisans and botanical businesses share their lockdown silver linings. Wed, 03 Jun 2020 19:46:30 Z LYNDA HALLINAN 2020-06-03 19:46 +00:00 2020-06-04 07:46 +12:00 https://www.latimes.com/lifestyle/story/2020-06-03/black-owned-businesses-in-los-angeles https://www.latimes.com/lifestyle/story/2020-06-03/black-owned-businesses-in-los-angeles Black-owned businesses in L.A. say they're open and looking for support. Here's a list <p> As coronavirus restrictions lift, firms are getting back to business and hoping for your support. Here's a list.</p> Wed, 03 Jun 2020 14:19:18 -0400 Adam Tschorn, Lisa Boone <p> As coronavirus restrictions lift, firms are getting back to business and hoping for your support. Here's a list.</p> (Brittany Kalaj Margulieux / Wally Skalij / Luis Sinco / Ricardo DeArathana / Los Angeles Times) 2020-06-03 14:19 -04:00 2020-06-04 06:19 +12:00 https://www.latimes.com/business/real-estate/story/2020-06-03/paul-george-puts-hidden-hills-mansion-on-the-market-for-9-495-million https://www.latimes.com/business/real-estate/story/2020-06-03/paul-george-puts-hidden-hills-mansion-on-the-market-for-9-495-million Paul George puts Hidden Hills mansion on the market for $9.495 million <p>Clippers star Paul George is asking $9.495 million for his 16,000-square-foot mansion with a basketball court in Hidden Hills. </p> Wed, 03 Jun 2020 14:13:13 -0400 Jack Flemming <p>Clippers star Paul George is asking $9.495 million for his 16,000-square-foot mansion with a basketball court in Hidden Hills. </p> Oklahoma City Thunder's Paul George looks on during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Philadelphia 76ers, Friday, Dec. 15, 2017, in Philadelphia. The Thunder won 119-117 in triple overtime. (AP Photo/Chris Szagola) Chris Szagola / AP 2020-06-03 14:13 -04:00 2020-06-04 06:13 +12:00 https://www.nzherald.co.nz/property/news/article.cfm?c_id=8&objectid=12336916&ref=rss newsfeeds@nzherald.co.nz Where to get financial help if you're a renter COMMENT: The Herald's Cooking the Books personal finance podcast is here to get you the tips you need to weather the financial storm. Hosted by Frances Cook, with a new money expert featured on each episode. One of the most important... Thu, 04 Jun 2020 05:00:00 +1200 2020-06-04 05:00 +12:00 2020-06-04 05:00 +12:00 https://www.nytimes.com/2020/06/03/realestate/house-hunting-in-costa-rica-anartists-haven-in-the-mountains.html https://www.nytimes.com/2020/06/03/realestate/house-hunting-in-costa-rica-anartists-haven-in-the-mountains.html Costa Rica Real Estate and Housing (Residential) San Jose (Costa Rica) House Hunting in Costa Rica: AnArtist’s Haven in the Mountains The housing market in the San Jose region is strongly tilted in favor of buyers, though demand is picking up as the global pandemic recedes. Wed, 03 Jun 2020 13:30:32 Z Lisa Prevost 2020-06-03 13:30 +00:00 2020-06-04 01:30 +12:00 https://www.nytimes.com/2020/06/03/realestate/600000-homes-in-ohio-pennsylvania-and-indiana.html https://www.nytimes.com/2020/06/03/realestate/600000-homes-in-ohio-pennsylvania-and-indiana.html Real Estate and Housing (Residential) Chardon (Ohio) Pittsburgh (Pa) Indianapolis (Ind) $600,000 Homes in Ohio, Pennsylvania and Indiana A 1961 glass house in Chardon, a two-bedroom condo in Pittsburgh and a 1924 Prairie-style duplex in Indianapolis. Wed, 03 Jun 2020 13:00:38 Z Julie Lasky 2020-06-03 13:00 +00:00 2020-06-04 01:00 +12:00 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/money/mortgageshome/article-8381491/The-Covid-mortgage-makeover-Crisis-means-delays-low-rates.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/money/mortgageshome/article-8381491/The-Covid-mortgage-makeover-Crisis-means-delays-low-rates.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 The Covid mortgage makeover: Crisis means more delays but low rates Borrowers applying for a mortgage to buy a home or remortgage should get prepared but they can save money. Wed, 03 Jun 2020 11:46:09 Z Getty Images/iStockphoto 2020-06-03 11:46 +00:00 2020-06-03 23:46 +12:00 https://www.nytimes.com/2020/06/03/realestate/vegetable-garden-succession.html https://www.nytimes.com/2020/06/03/realestate/vegetable-garden-succession.html Real Estate and Housing (Residential) Gardens and Gardening Quarantine (Life and Culture) Vegetables How to Grow More Vegetables This Season If you don’t have a succession plan for your garden, there’s still time to make one. Here’s what it is and why you need it. Wed, 03 Jun 2020 09:00:15 Z Margaret Roach 2020-06-03 09:00 +00:00 2020-06-03 21:00 +12:00 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-8380475/Woman-creates-giant-waterproof-bed-garden-using-old-pallets-70.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-8380475/Woman-creates-giant-waterproof-bed-garden-using-old-pallets-70.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 Woman creates giant waterproof bed for her garden using old pallets for only £70 UK-based DIY-enthusiast Tanya Woolston told Facebook's Extreme Coupining and Bargains how she created a giant waterproof bed for her garden, including outdoor lights and cotton curtains. Wed, 03 Jun 2020 07:05:21 Z None 2020-06-03 07:05 +00:00 2020-06-03 19:05 +12:00 https://www.latimes.com/business/real-estate/story/2020-06-02/residence-hollywood-historic-el-cabrillo-complex-lists-900k https://www.latimes.com/business/real-estate/story/2020-06-02/residence-hollywood-historic-el-cabrillo-complex-lists-900k Residence in Hollywood's historic El Cabrillo complex lists for $900,000 <p>In Hollywood, a one-bedroom residence at the El Cabrillo, a complex built for filmmaker Cecil B. DeMille, is on the market for $899,998.</p> Tue, 02 Jun 2020 17:57:17 -0400 Neal J. Leitereg <p>In Hollywood, a one-bedroom residence at the El Cabrillo, a complex built for filmmaker Cecil B. DeMille, is on the market for $899,998.</p> Hilton & Hyland 2020-06-02 17:57 -04:00 2020-06-03 09:57 +12:00 https://www.latimes.com/business/real-estate/story/2020-06-02/actor-jonathan-sadowski-lists-valley-village-pad-with-decked-out-garage https://www.latimes.com/business/real-estate/story/2020-06-02/actor-jonathan-sadowski-lists-valley-village-pad-with-decked-out-garage Actor Jonathan Sadowski lists Valley Village pad with decked-out garage <p>Jonathan Sadowski's Valley Village home, complete with a garage converted into a lounge, is on the market for $1.098 million.</p> Tue, 02 Jun 2020 17:35:50 -0400 Jack Flemming <p>Jonathan Sadowski's Valley Village home, complete with a garage converted into a lounge, is on the market for $1.098 million.</p> The single-story home expands to a backyard with a spa, fountain and garage converted into a lounge. Realtor.com 2020-06-02 17:35 -04:00 2020-06-03 09:35 +12:00 https://www.nzherald.co.nz/property/news/article.cfm?c_id=8&objectid=12336753&ref=rss newsfeeds@nzherald.co.nz Barfoot & Thompson reveals latest data: how Auckland house sales fared in May Auckland house sales by the city's largest agency more than halved in May compared to the same month last year.Barfoot & Thompson released house sales data for May, a month when New Zealand was mainly at alert level 3.Peter Thompson,... Wed, 03 Jun 2020 07:58:13 +1200 2020-06-03 07:58 +12:00 2020-06-03 07:58 +12:00 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8379763/One-Londons-skinniest-houses-goes-sale-1-9million.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8379763/One-Londons-skinniest-houses-goes-sale-1-9million.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 One of London's skinniest houses goes up for sale for £1.9million  The cottage in Kensington, West London, has space for two bedrooms, two bathrooms and even a tiny study - with estate agents saying a 'meticulous Scandinavian design' has created the space. Tue, 02 Jun 2020 19:48:24 Z None 2020-06-02 19:48 +00:00 2020-06-03 07:48 +12:00 https://www.nytimes.com/2020/06/02/realestate/virus-social-distancing-etiquette-rules.html https://www.nytimes.com/2020/06/02/realestate/virus-social-distancing-etiquette-rules.html Real Estate and Housing (Residential) Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) Quarantine (Life and Culture) Coronavirus Reopenings California France Ohio Sweden Atlanta (Ga) Relaxing the Rules of Social Distancing When it’s time to invite people over, would-be hosts face tough conversations with friends and family on their standards for avoiding coronavirus infection. Tue, 02 Jun 2020 18:26:22 Z Debra Kamin 2020-06-02 18:26 +00:00 2020-06-03 06:26 +12:00 https://www.nytimes.com/2020/06/02/business/new-york-commercial-real-estate.html https://www.nytimes.com/2020/06/02/business/new-york-commercial-real-estate.html Real Estate and Housing (Residential) Real Estate (Commercial) Queens (NYC) Astoria (Queens, NY) Upper West Side (Manhattan, NY) Williamsburg (Brooklyn, NY) Recent Commercial Real Estate Transactions Recent commercial real estate transactions in New York. Tue, 02 Jun 2020 18:25:01 Z Sophia June 2020-06-02 18:25 +00:00 2020-06-03 06:25 +12:00 https://www.latimes.com/business/real-estate/story/2020-06-02/nhls-andrew-cogliano-nets-2-225-million-in-sale-of-newport-beach-house https://www.latimes.com/business/real-estate/story/2020-06-02/nhls-andrew-cogliano-nets-2-225-million-in-sale-of-newport-beach-house NHL's Andrew Cogliano sells Newport Beach house for $2.225 million <p>Former Ducks player Andrew Cogliano has sold his contemporary home on Newport Beach's Balboa Peninsula for $2.225 million following six price cuts. </p> Tue, 02 Jun 2020 12:00:06 -0400 Jack Flemming <p>Former Ducks player Andrew Cogliano has sold his contemporary home on Newport Beach's Balboa Peninsula for $2.225 million following six price cuts. </p> Realtor.com 2020-06-02 12:00 -04:00 2020-06-03 04:00 +12:00 https://www.nytimes.com/2020/06/01/nyregion/newark-peaceful-protests-george-floyd.html https://www.nytimes.com/2020/06/01/nyregion/newark-peaceful-protests-george-floyd.html George Floyd Protests (2020) Black People Police Brutality, Misconduct and Shootings Police Department (Newark, NJ) Baraka, Ras Newark (NJ) Ambrose, Anthony F How a City Once Consumed by Civil Unrest Has Kept Protests Peaceful Newark, New Jersey’s largest city, made no arrests and reported only minimal property damage during a weekend march. Tue, 02 Jun 2020 15:35:41 Z Tracey Tully and Kevin Armstrong Jeenah Moon/Reuters An estimated 12,000 protesters marched in Newark on Saturday. 2020-06-02 15:35 +00:00 2020-06-03 03:35 +12:00 https://www.latimes.com/business/real-estate/story/2020-06-02/actress-stockard-channing-lauren-canyon-home-for-sale https://www.latimes.com/business/real-estate/story/2020-06-02/actress-stockard-channing-lauren-canyon-home-for-sale Actress Stockard Channing lists Laurel Canyon charmer for $2.495 million <p>Stockard Channing of 'Grease' and 'West Wing' fame is asking $2.495 million for her charming Hollywood Hills home on a secluded, leafy lot.</p> Tue, 02 Jun 2020 10:52:58 -0400 Jack Flemming <p>Stockard Channing of 'Grease' and 'West Wing' fame is asking $2.495 million for her charming Hollywood Hills home on a secluded, leafy lot.</p> The single-story home features gardens in front and a scenic backyard with a pool and spa. Alfred Yson and Kevin Abesamis 2020-06-02 10:52 -04:00 2020-06-03 02:52 +12:00 https://www.theguardian.com/theguardian/2020/jun/02/maggie-cardinal-obituary https://www.theguardian.com/theguardian/2020/jun/02/maggie-cardinal-obituary London Interiors Toys Maggie Cardinal obituary <p>My friend Maggie Cardinal, who has died aged 77, spent much of the second half of her life as a landlady, taking in budding young actors at her home in Kentish Town, north London. She was a neighbour of Michael Croft, the founder of the National Youth theatre of Great Britain, and many of his charges were sent her way.</p><p>She offered support and care to people who were often away from home for the first time. Her spontaneous parties were famous; conversations around her kitchen table could last for days.</p> <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/theguardian/2020/jun/02/maggie-cardinal-obituary">Continue reading...</a> Tue, 02 Jun 2020 12:52:04 Z Photograph: from family/Unknown Photograph: from family/Unknown Cat Andrew 2020-06-02T12:52:04Z 2020-06-02 12:52 +00:00 2020-06-03 00:52 +12:00 https://www.nytimes.com/2020/06/02/realestate/ready-to-sell-heres-how-to-refresh-your-home-during-lockdown.html https://www.nytimes.com/2020/06/02/realestate/ready-to-sell-heres-how-to-refresh-your-home-during-lockdown.html Real Estate and Housing (Residential) Home Repairs and Improvements Restoration and Renovation Interior Design and Furnishings Quarantine (Life and Culture) Ready to Sell? Here’s How to Refresh Your Home During Lockdown There are a number of improvements you can make — both large and small — while waiting to put your home on the market. Tue, 02 Jun 2020 09:00:26 Z Tim McKeough 2020-06-02 09:00 +00:00 2020-06-02 21:00 +12:00 http://www.theguardian.com/business/2020/jun/02/uk-house-prices-fall-coronavirus-nationwide https://www.theguardian.com/business/2020/jun/02/uk-house-prices-fall-coronavirus-nationwide Housing market Business House prices Property Money UK news UK house prices fall at fastest rate since 2009 amid coronavirus crisis <p>Biggest monthly drop since financial crash as potential buyers delay for six months</p><p>House prices across the UK fell at the fastest rate last month since the financial crisis, as prospective buyers said they would wait six months before returning to the housing market.</p><p>The average price of a home dropped by 1.7% in May from the previous month, to £218,902, <a href="https://www.nationwide.co.uk/-/media/MainSite/documents/about/house-price-index/2020/May_2020.pdf">according to</a><strong><a href="https://www.nationwide.co.uk/-/media/MainSite/documents/about/house-price-index/2020/May_2020.pdf">&nbsp;</a></strong><a href="https://www.nationwide.co.uk/-/media/MainSite/documents/about/house-price-index/2020/May_2020.pdf">Nationwide</a>, one of the UK’s largest mortgage lenders. This comes after April’s gain of 0.9% and is the biggest monthly fall since February 2009, when the average cost of a home was £147,746.</p> <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/business/2020/jun/02/uk-house-prices-fall-coronavirus-nationwide">Continue reading...</a> Tue, 02 Jun 2020 07:05:22 Z Photograph: Alex Segre/Alamy Stock Photo Photograph: Alex Segre/Alamy Stock Photo Julia Kollewe 2020-06-02T07:05:22Z 2020-06-02 07:05 +00:00 2020-06-02 19:05 +12:00 https://www.theguardian.com/business/2020/jun/02/uk-house-prices-fall-coronavirus-nationwide https://www.theguardian.com/business/2020/jun/02/uk-house-prices-fall-coronavirus-nationwide Housing market Business House prices Property Money UK news UK house prices fall at fastest rate since 2009 amid coronavirus crisis <p>Biggest monthly drop since financial crash as potential buyers delay for six months</p><p>House prices across the UK fell at the fastest rate last month since the financial crisis, as prospective buyers said they would wait six months before returning to the housing market.</p><p>The average price of a home dropped by 1.7% in May from the previous month, to £218,902, <a href="https://www.nationwide.co.uk/-/media/MainSite/documents/about/house-price-index/2020/May_2020.pdf">according to</a><strong><a href="https://www.nationwide.co.uk/-/media/MainSite/documents/about/house-price-index/2020/May_2020.pdf">&nbsp;</a></strong><a href="https://www.nationwide.co.uk/-/media/MainSite/documents/about/house-price-index/2020/May_2020.pdf">Nationwide</a>, one of the UK’s largest mortgage lenders. This comes after April’s gain of 0.9% and is the biggest monthly fall since February 2009, when the average cost of a home was £147,746.</p> <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/business/2020/jun/02/uk-house-prices-fall-coronavirus-nationwide">Continue reading...</a> Tue, 02 Jun 2020 07:05:22 Z Photograph: Alex Segre/Alamy Stock Photo Photograph: Alex Segre/Alamy Stock Photo Julia Kollewe 2020-06-02T07:05:22Z 2020-06-02 07:05 +00:00 2020-06-02 19:05 +12:00 www.stuff.co.nz/300026018 https://www.stuff.co.nz/life-style/home-property/300026018/postlockdown-palmerston-north-housing-market-picks-up-where-it-left-off.html Post-lockdown Palmerston North housing market picks up where it left off May's $510k average price, an annual increase of 15 per cent; marks instant return of rapid growth. Tue, 02 Jun 2020 06:38:10 Z PAUL MITCHELL 2020-06-02 06:38 +00:00 2020-06-02 18:38 +12:00 www.stuff.co.nz/300023925 https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/local-democracy-reporting/300023925/tiny-home-resembles-lego-exercise.html Tiny home resembles 'Lego exercise' Tiny house on blocks is not structurally safe, council tells hearing. Tue, 02 Jun 2020 03:57:57 Z CHLOE RANFORD 2020-06-02 03:57 +00:00 2020-06-02 15:57 +12:00 https://www.nzherald.co.nz/property/news/article.cfm?c_id=8&objectid=12336506&ref=rss newsfeeds@nzherald.co.nz Housing survey shows market now 'severely unaffordable' By Ruth Hill of RNZ Nurses, teachers and other middle class professionals are increasingly unable to buy homes in the cities where they work, with every housing market in the country now rated "severely unaffordable".The 16th... Tue, 02 Jun 2020 11:31:00 +1200 2020-06-02 11:31 +12:00 2020-06-02 11:31 +12:00 https://www.nzherald.co.nz/property/news/article.cfm?c_id=8&objectid=12336500&ref=rss newsfeeds@nzherald.co.nz Residential building consents fall to nine-year low: new StatsNZ data shows pandemic effects New housing consents fell 17 per cent in April, the biggest monthly drop in nine years, as the pandemic took its toll on the busy multi-billion dollar sector which had been operating at a 45-year high.StatsNZ has just released data... Tue, 02 Jun 2020 11:21:14 +1200 2020-06-02 11:21 +12:00 2020-06-02 11:21 +12:00 www.stuff.co.nz/121688092 https://www.stuff.co.nz/southland-times/news/121688092/southlander-excited-by-flexibility-of-business-ownership.html Southlander excited by flexibility of business ownership Southlander Amber Joyce is the new owner of a house staging business and a 'dream job'. Mon, 01 Jun 2020 22:36:04 Z BLAIR JACKSON 2020-06-01 22:36 +00:00 2020-06-02 10:36 +12:00 https://www.latimes.com/business/real-estate/story/2020-06-01/hungry-for-a-deal-beverly-hills-home-gets-18-offers-within-24-hour-period https://www.latimes.com/business/real-estate/story/2020-06-01/hungry-for-a-deal-beverly-hills-home-gets-18-offers-within-24-hour-period Hungry for a deal: Beverly Hills home gets 18 offers within 24-hour period <p>In the Flats section of Beverly Hills, an off-market property produced 18 offers in 24 hours.</p> Mon, 01 Jun 2020 18:17:05 -0400 Neal J. Leitereg <p>In the Flats section of Beverly Hills, an off-market property produced 18 offers in 24 hours.</p> Inventory is down, but demand is still high in L.A.'s toniest pockets such as the Flats of Beverly Hills. Hilton & Hyland 2020-06-01 18:17 -04:00 2020-06-02 10:17 +12:00 https://www.latimes.com/business/real-estate/story/2020-06-01/glassell-park-property-slash-guns-n-roses-for-sale https://www.latimes.com/business/real-estate/story/2020-06-01/glassell-park-property-slash-guns-n-roses-for-sale Glassell Park property tied to Slash of Guns N' Roses lists for $750,000 <p>A Glassell Park home owned in a trust tied to rocker Slash of Guns N' Roses fame has listed for sale at $750,000.</p> Mon, 01 Jun 2020 14:28:07 -0400 Neal J. Leitereg <p>A Glassell Park home owned in a trust tied to rocker Slash of Guns N' Roses fame has listed for sale at $750,000.</p> Saul Hudson, better known by his stage name Slash and the former lead guitarist of the hard rock band Guns N' Roses, at the L.A. Times photo & video studio Jan. 25, 2015. Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times 2020-06-01 14:28 -04:00 2020-06-02 06:28 +12:00 https://www.latimes.com/business/real-estate/story/2020-06-01/longtime-cowboy-cole-beasley-opts-to-shed-texas-home https://www.latimes.com/business/real-estate/story/2020-06-01/longtime-cowboy-cole-beasley-opts-to-shed-texas-home Longtime Cowboy Cole Beasley opts to shed Texas home <p>NFL wide receiver Cole Beasley is asking $1.2 million for his remodeled home in Texas, where he spent seven seasons with the Dallas Cowboys.</p> Mon, 01 Jun 2020 14:03:20 -0400 Jack Flemming <p>NFL wide receiver Cole Beasley is asking $1.2 million for his remodeled home in Texas, where he spent seven seasons with the Dallas Cowboys.</p> Built in 1994, the two-story home opens to a resort-style pool with a spa and slide. Realtor.com 2020-06-01 14:03 -04:00 2020-06-02 06:03 +12:00 www.stuff.co.nz/121658010 https://www.stuff.co.nz/business/property/121658010/property-heating-up-in-wairarapa-as-people-escape-wellington.html Property heating up in Wairarapa as people escape Wellington Offers are flooding in for South Wairarapa properties as buyers realise they might not have to commute so much. Mon, 01 Jun 2020 17:30:00 Z PIERS FULLER 2020-06-01 17:30 +00:00 2020-06-02 05:30 +12:00 www.stuff.co.nz/121687973 https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/121687973/property-prices-rise-in-southland-despite-lockdown-effects.html Property prices rise in Southland despite lockdown effects Property prices in Southland grew in May despite the Covid-19 pandemic but fewer properties were listed for sale. Mon, 01 Jun 2020 17:00:00 Z LOUISA STEYL 2020-06-01 17:00 +00:00 2020-06-02 05:00 +12:00 https://www.latimes.com/business/real-estate/story/2020-06-01/nfls-matt-kalil-sells-pasadena-estate https://www.latimes.com/business/real-estate/story/2020-06-01/nfls-matt-kalil-sells-pasadena-estate NFL's Matt Kalil flips Pasadena estate for a profit <p>Two months after buying a Pasadena estate, former USC standout Matt Kalil has sold the 1917 home for a profit of more than $600,000.</p> Mon, 01 Jun 2020 12:44:29 -0400 Jack Flemming <p>Two months after buying a Pasadena estate, former USC standout Matt Kalil has sold the 1917 home for a profit of more than $600,000.</p> Spanning nearly two acres, the gated estate centers on a two-story home with Colonial and Craftsman vibes. Realtor.com 2020-06-01 12:44 -04:00 2020-06-02 04:44 +12:00 https://www.latimes.com/business/real-estate/story/2020-06-01/reggie-bush-sells-pacific-palisades-home-for-7-38-million https://www.latimes.com/business/real-estate/story/2020-06-01/reggie-bush-sells-pacific-palisades-home-for-7-38-million Reggie Bush sells Pacific Palisades home for $7.38 million <p>Former NFL and USC football star Reggie Bush has sold his Pacific Palisades home for $7.381 million.</p> Mon, 01 Jun 2020 11:38:34 -0400 Neal J. Leitereg <p>Former NFL and USC football star Reggie Bush has sold his Pacific Palisades home for $7.381 million.</p> Former NFL running back Reggie Bush was inducted into the Breitbard Hall of Fame in San Diego on Feb. 12, 2020. K.C. Alfred/The San Diego Union-Tribune 2020-06-01 11:38 -04:00 2020-06-02 03:38 +12:00 https://www.nytimes.com/2020/06/01/realestate/800000-homes-in-california.html https://www.nytimes.com/2020/06/01/realestate/800000-homes-in-california.html Real Estate and Housing (Residential) Santa Monica (Calif) Oakland (Calif) Napa (Calif) $800,000 Homes in California A Craftsman bungalow in Santa Monica, a renovated Edwardian house in Oakland and a Tudor Revival cottage in Napa. Mon, 01 Jun 2020 13:00:39 Z Angela Serratore 2020-06-01 13:00 +00:00 2020-06-02 01:00 +12:00 https://www.nytimes.com/2020/06/01/realestate/shopping-for-outdoor-coffee-tables.html https://www.nytimes.com/2020/06/01/realestate/shopping-for-outdoor-coffee-tables.html Real Estate and Housing (Residential) Interior Design and Furnishings Furniture Tables Home Repairs and Improvements Restoration and Renovation Gardens and Gardening Shopping for Outdoor Coffee Tables Because you need one to anchor any outdoor seating arrangement — and to avoid spilled drinks. Mon, 01 Jun 2020 09:00:25 Z Tim McKeough 2020-06-01 09:00 +00:00 2020-06-01 21:00 +12:00 https://www.nzherald.co.nz/property/news/article.cfm?c_id=8&objectid=12336349&ref=rss newsfeeds@nzherald.co.nz Run-down Auckland bungalow sells for $1.14 million A run-down 120-year-old house has sold for $1.14 million in Auckland despite warnings that house prices are about to plunge because of the Covid-19 recession.The 124-square-metre bungalow at 10 Buchanan St, Kingsland, sold for just... Mon, 01 Jun 2020 20:05:20 +1200 2020-06-01 20:05 +12:00 2020-06-01 20:05 +12:00 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/money/mortgageshome/article-8319005/Will-lose-deposit-new-build-home-purchase.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/money/mortgageshome/article-8319005/Will-lose-deposit-new-build-home-purchase.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 Will I lose my deposit if I back out of a new-build home purchase? As property prices are expected to fall as a result of the coronavirus I do not want to complete the transaction and buy the property. Mon, 01 Jun 2020 07:11:49 Z Shutterstock / Gordon Ball LRPS 2020-06-01 07:11 +00:00 2020-06-01 19:11 +12:00 https://www.theguardian.com/money/2020/jun/01/will-help-to-buy-restrictions-cut-the-price-of-new-builds https://www.theguardian.com/money/2020/jun/01/will-help-to-buy-restrictions-cut-the-price-of-new-builds Help-to-buy scheme Property First-time buyers Housing Society Money UK news Will help-to-buy restrictions cut the price of new builds? <p>I am unsure whether to postpone a purchase until the scheme no longer applies to most buyers </p><p><strong>Q</strong> I am looking into buying a new-build property and am considering using the help-to-buy scheme. I have weighed up the benefit of using the scheme and feel the interest savings over the first five years would outweigh the potential for the government’s 20% stake to appreciate in value substantially over the same term. My main concern is that help-to-buy will be restricted from next March to first-time buyers. I am a second-time buyer so wouldn’t be able to use the scheme. However, there is evidence that help-to-buy inflates new-build property prices (encouraging them to build more, I assume) so would it be better to wait until after next March and see if new-build purchase prices come down once the scheme doesn’t apply to most buyers? I am looking at a four-bedroom property at about £300,000 so assume that size of property wouldn’t be a popular first-time buyer choice and therefore most buyers would have less purchasing power once the scheme is withdrawn. Any thoughts would be great. <strong>SL</strong></p><p><strong>A</strong> You are right that the help-to-buy scheme in England is changing next year but it’s from April rather than March. You are also right that from April 2021, the scheme will be open only to first-time buyers of new-build homes. However, you are wrong in thinking the new help-to-buy scheme won’t apply to most buyers. Since 2013, when the current help-to-buy scheme was introduced, eight out of 10 help-to-buy properties have been sold to first-time buyers, rather than existing homeowners, which perhaps explains the government’s decision to restrict the new scheme to them.</p> <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/money/2020/jun/01/will-help-to-buy-restrictions-cut-the-price-of-new-builds">Continue reading...</a> Mon, 01 Jun 2020 06:00:34 Z Photograph: Steve Parsons/PA Photograph: Steve Parsons/PA Virginia Wallis 2020-06-01T06:00:34Z 2020-06-01 06:00 +00:00 2020-06-01 18:00 +12:00 www.stuff.co.nz/300021103 https://www.stuff.co.nz/life-style/home-property/nz-gardener/300021103/taranaki-duo-step-it-up-to-create-a-terraced-garden-masterpiece.html Taranaki duo step it up to create a terraced garden masterpiece A desire to showcase the hidden beauty of sloping sites has resulted in a breathtaking terraced masterpiece in suburban Taranaki. Sun, 31 May 2020 17:30:00 Z RENEE DAVIES 2020-05-31 17:30 +00:00 2020-06-01 05:30 +12:00 www.stuff.co.nz/300020877 https://www.stuff.co.nz/life-style/home-property/nz-gardener/300020877/feed-the-imagination-in-dunedins-fairytale-garden.html Feed the imagination in Dunedin's fairytale garden Trolls, gnomes and other magical fairy folk share this garden with the imaginative gardeners. Sun, 31 May 2020 17:00:00 Z GUY FREDERICK 2020-05-31 17:00 +00:00 2020-06-01 05:00 +12:00 www.stuff.co.nz/121667742 https://www.stuff.co.nz/life-style/home-property/nz-gardener/121667742/diy-project-upcycle-a-chandelier-into-a-hanging-planter.html DIY project: upcycle a chandelier into a hanging planter Up your potted plants game with this easy recycling project. Sun, 31 May 2020 17:00:00 Z ROSE HUGHES 2020-05-31 17:00 +00:00 2020-06-01 05:00 +12:00 https://www.nytimes.com/2020/05/29/realestate/coronavirus-lockdown-coping.html https://www.nytimes.com/2020/05/29/realestate/coronavirus-lockdown-coping.html Real Estate and Housing (Residential) Work-Life Balance Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) Quarantines Loving the Lockdown While many are eager for life to get back to pre-virus normal, some introverts, and even some extroverts, are savoring their time sheltering in place. Sun, 31 May 2020 16:08:25 Z Joanne Kaufman 2020-05-31 16:08 +00:00 2020-06-01 04:08 +12:00 https://www.nytimes.com/2020/05/31/realestate/homes-that-sold-for-around-450000.html https://www.nytimes.com/2020/05/31/realestate/homes-that-sold-for-around-450000.html Real Estate and Housing (Residential) Park Slope (Brooklyn, NY) Bergenfield (NJ) White Plains (NY) Harlem (Manhattan, NY) Trumbull (Conn) Plainview (NY) Homes That Sold for Around $450,000 Recent residential sales in New York City and the region. Sun, 31 May 2020 13:00:09 Z C. J. Hughes 2020-05-31 13:00 +00:00 2020-06-01 01:00 +12:00 https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2020/may/31/living-in-the-past-the-nostalgia-fans-who-feel-happiest-dwelling-in-a-bygone-era https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2020/may/31/living-in-the-past-the-nostalgia-fans-who-feel-happiest-dwelling-in-a-bygone-era Life and style Interiors Homes Vintage fashion Fashion Living in the past: lifestyles from bygone eras <p>Sick of 2020? Growing numbers of people are turning back the hands of time, drawn by a retro aesthetic and a comforting sense of nostalgia</p><p>Every Saturday evening, a suburban street in Greater Manchester bears witness to a peculiar sight: at the first-floor bay window of a 1930s semi, top-hatted heads bow over a platter of Victoria sponge slices, silhouetted against the sepia light of a gasoline lamp. Eavesdroppers might even catch the strains of Gilbert and Sullivan issuing from an 1890s gramophone as Michael Koropisz, a 24-year-old portrait artist who goes about his daily life as if he’s a well-to-do Briton of the 1890s, stages a tea party for fellow Victorian enthusiasts.</p><p>“We do get children pointing and laughing, and passersby taking selfies in front of us,” says Koropisz, who wears a top hat and 120-year-old frock coat, and adheres to a “pious” code of conduct.</p> <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2020/may/31/living-in-the-past-the-nostalgia-fans-who-feel-happiest-dwelling-in-a-bygone-era">Continue reading...</a> Sun, 31 May 2020 10:00:10 Z Photograph: Alex Telfer/The Observer Photograph: Alex Telfer/The Observer Sally Howard 2020-05-31T10:00:10Z 2020-05-31 10:00 +00:00 2020-05-31 22:00 +12:00 https://www.nytimes.com/2020/05/31/style/london-renovation-historic-townhouse.html https://www.nytimes.com/2020/05/31/style/london-renovation-historic-townhouse.html Architecture Interior Design and Furnishings Home Repairs and Improvements Historic Buildings and Sites London (England) A London Home Goes From Georgian to Modern, With a Detour The owner of an apartment in an 18th-century townhouse thought she was undertaking “an easy conversion.” Then she entered a maze of rules and interpretations. Sun, 31 May 2020 09:00:30 Z Alice Rawsthorn 2020-05-31 09:00 +00:00 2020-05-31 21:00 +12:00 https://www.nytimes.com/2020/05/31/style/coronavirus-interior-design.html https://www.nytimes.com/2020/05/31/style/coronavirus-interior-design.html Interior Design and Furnishings Furniture E-Commerce Shopping and Retail Quarantine (Life and Culture) Customer Relations Design Your Décor Is Ready for Checkout The pandemic is pushing interior design consultations (and furniture sales) online, but companies were heading there anyway. Sun, 31 May 2020 09:00:28 Z Tim McKeough Benjamin Rasmussen for The New York Times David Cherry at home in Boulder, Colo. He ordered his dining room from West Elm through an online chat. 2020-05-31 09:00 +00:00 2020-05-31 21:00 +12:00 https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2020/may/31/pest-control-for-indoor-plants https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2020/may/31/pest-control-for-indoor-plants Gardening advice Life and style Gardens Pest control for indoor plants | James Wong <p>It’s easy to keep indoor plants free from unwanted visitors – put new arrivals into quarantine</p><p>Time for a controversial opinion… While indoor gardening is often considered second fiddle to its outdoor cousin, I think it is superior in pretty much every way. First, it is far more democratic. The vast majority of people have access to a sunny windowsill, but those with substantial outdoor space (and the resources needed to landscape this) are significantly more limited. Secondly, for those living in less idyllic climes, it means you keep growing all year round, even at 10 o’clock on a stormy February evening. It even comes far less encumbered with dusty, cultural baggage of not only the “right” way to do things, but even the “right” way to think about them – including the idea that indoor horticulture is not “real” gardening.</p><p>However, there is one aspect of gardening in the great indoors which can put it at an enormous disadvantage: pest and disease control. Perhaps counterintuitively, although living rooms and conservatories provide in many ways a sealed sanctuary, protected from external threats, these very same conditions mean that if a pest hitches a ride on new plant purchases they can quickly reach plague-like proportions. In a stable, warm, indoor climate with an ample food source and no predators, populations of mealy bug, scale insect, red spider mite and thrips can explode, and quickly cripple the health of many plants. This has been made especially likely in recent years as most of the big houseplant growers in the Netherlands, who supply the vast majority of the market, have done a really commendable job improving their environmental footprint by slashing the amount of pesticides they use to essentially zero. When once plants arrived pretty much sterile to store, they now often come with a hitch hiker or two. Sometimes doing the right thing can have its downsides!</p> <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2020/may/31/pest-control-for-indoor-plants">Continue reading...</a> Sun, 31 May 2020 07:15:05 Z Photograph: narin_nonthamand/Getty Images/iStockphoto Photograph: narin_nonthamand/Getty Images/iStockphoto James Wong 2020-05-31T07:15:05Z 2020-05-31 07:15 +00:00 2020-05-31 19:15 +12:00 https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2020/may/31/children-of-azerbaijan-minister-eldar-mahmudov-built-up-100m-property-and-business-empire https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2020/may/31/children-of-azerbaijan-minister-eldar-mahmudov-built-up-100m-property-and-business-empire UK news Azerbaijan Cayman Islands World news Business Banking Property Harrods Money Children of former Azeri security chief acquired luxury UK properties <p>Investigation into hacked bank files reveals £100m business empire owned by family of former Azerbaijan minister Eldar Mahmudov<br></p><p> &nbsp;A string of luxury properties, including a £17m home near Harrods, were acquired by the children of Azerbaijan’s former security chief, an investigation has revealed.</p><p>Eldar Mahmudov was dismissed as national security minister by a presidential order in 2015. No official explanation was given for his removal.</p> <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2020/may/31/children-of-azerbaijan-minister-eldar-mahmudov-built-up-100m-property-and-business-empire">Continue reading...</a> Sun, 31 May 2020 06:29:04 Z Photograph: Photograph: Jamie Doward and Christian Eriksson 2020-05-31T06:29:04Z 2020-05-31 06:29 +00:00 2020-05-31 18:29 +12:00 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-8362077/Recreate-festival-look-garden-designer-tips.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-8362077/Recreate-festival-look-garden-designer-tips.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 Recreate the festival look in your garden with these designer tips We select some garden furniture and cooking items to help your garden party for your household this summer. Sat, 30 May 2020 19:58:26 Z None 2020-05-30 19:58 +00:00 2020-05-31 07:58 +12:00 https://www.latimes.com/lifestyle/story/2020-05-30/garden-calendar-what-to-do-in-southern-california https://www.latimes.com/lifestyle/story/2020-05-30/garden-calendar-what-to-do-in-southern-california Garden Calendar: What you can go, see and do in Southern California <p>After a hiatus due to the coronavirus outbreak, Garden Calendar is back with a few real-time (and virtual) plant-oriented events in Southern California.</p> Sat, 30 May 2020 10:28:35 -0400 Jeanette Marantos <p>After a hiatus due to the coronavirus outbreak, Garden Calendar is back with a few real-time (and virtual) plant-oriented events in Southern California.</p> CORONA DEL MAR, CA., MAY 29, 2020: Sculpture by Long Beach artist/potter Dustin Gimbel for the Sculptura Botanica exhibit at Sherman Library & Gardens in Corona del Mar running through Sept. 15. ( Jeremy Jacobson) ( Jeremy Jacobson) 2020-05-30 10:28 -04:00 2020-05-31 02:28 +12:00 https://www.latimes.com/lifestyle/story/2020-05-30/why-plant-sales-are-soaring-even-at-nurseries-closed-due-to-coronavirus https://www.latimes.com/lifestyle/story/2020-05-30/why-plant-sales-are-soaring-even-at-nurseries-closed-due-to-coronavirus Why plant sales are soaring, even at nurseries closed due to coronavirus <p>This has been a banner spring for plant sales in Southern California, but no one is celebrating. They're too busy trying to keep up with demand from coronavirus gardeners.</p> Sat, 30 May 2020 10:23:21 -0400 Jeanette Marantos <p>This has been a banner spring for plant sales in Southern California, but no one is celebrating. They're too busy trying to keep up with demand from coronavirus gardeners.</p> Claire Hannah Collins 2020-05-30 10:23 -04:00 2020-05-31 02:23 +12:00 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/money/mortgageshome/article-8318979/Down-valuations-Surveyors-likely-undervalue-coronavirus.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/money/mortgageshome/article-8318979/Down-valuations-Surveyors-likely-undervalue-coronavirus.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 Down valuations: Surveyors are likely to undervalue after coronavirus While the recent flurry of activity shows promise, property industry insiders say the housing market is still frozen in its tracks. Why? Because nobody knows how to value homes accurately. Sat, 30 May 2020 13:05:56 Z Shutterstock / I Wei Huang 2020-05-30 13:05 +00:00 2020-05-31 01:05 +12:00 https://www.latimes.com/business/real-estate/story/2020-05-30/hot-property-sly-stallone-readies-for-another-round-in-la-quinta https://www.latimes.com/business/real-estate/story/2020-05-30/hot-property-sly-stallone-readies-for-another-round-in-la-quinta Hot Property: Sly Stallone readies for another round in La Quinta <p>Box office star Sylvester Stallone has tossed his La Quinta retreat back on the market for $3.35 million. Also: Greg Norman tries for $40 million in Colorado, and producer Bob Yari looks to sell in Beverly Grove.</p> Sat, 30 May 2020 08:30:24 -0400 Neal J. Leitereg, Jack Flemming <p>Box office star Sylvester Stallone has tossed his La Quinta retreat back on the market for $3.35 million. Also: Greg Norman tries for $40 million in Colorado, and producer Bob Yari looks to sell in Beverly Grove.</p> Sylvester Stallone is giving a home sale another go in La Quinta, where his retreat is on the market for $3.35 million. Stallone has been attempting to selling the 5,000-square-foot villa at the Madison Club for about five years. He bought the place a decade ago for $4.5 million. Spanish in style, the two-story villa features a grand living room, multiple outdoor spaces and a swimming pool. An expansive terrace overlooks the backyard. Doyle Terry 2020-05-30 08:30 -04:00 2020-05-31 00:30 +12:00 https://www.latimes.com/business/real-estate/story/2020-05-30/home-of-the-week-a-los-feliz-tudor-restored https://www.latimes.com/business/real-estate/story/2020-05-30/home-of-the-week-a-los-feliz-tudor-restored Home of the Week: A Los Feliz Tudor restored for a new century <p>In Los Feliz, a grand English Tudor Revival-style home designed by L. Milton Wolf has come full circle following a two-year restoration. Asking price: $8.195 million.</p> Sat, 30 May 2020 08:00:44 -0400 Neal J. Leitereg <p>In Los Feliz, a grand English Tudor Revival-style home designed by L. Milton Wolf has come full circle following a two-year restoration. Asking price: $8.195 million.</p> Called the Palmateer House for its original owner, the English Tudor Revival-style home was designed by L. Milton Wolf, the architect and Hollywoodland developer known for the landmark "Wolf's Lair" on Durand Drive. A two-year restoration has brought the handsome brick residence into the new century while staying true to its original details. Listed for $8.195 million, the two-story home recalls the roaring '20s with its grand formal rooms, period fixtures and original details. A subdued study and speakeasy-inspired wet bar draw the eyes from the living room. Outside, grounds of about half an acre hold a bluestone swimming pool, a pavilion with a kitchen/bar and a matching guest cottage. Alex Zarour 2020-05-30 08:00 -04:00 2020-05-31 00:00 +12:00 https://www.theguardian.com/money/ng-interactive/2020/may/30/cash-coronavirus-financial-shape-money https://www.theguardian.com/money/ng-interactive/2020/may/30/cash-coronavirus-financial-shape-money Money Consumer affairs Banks and building societies Work & careers Energy bills Household bills Credit cards Borrowing & debt Savings Coronavirus outbreak UK news Universal credit Child benefit Benefits Society Mortgages Property Cash in the time of coronavirus: how to get in financial shape for the new normal <p>Guardian Money helps you put your finances in order while adapting to a new way of living</p><p>The coronavirus crisis has had a huge impact on all of us. About 8.4 million workers have been furloughed, tens of thousands have lost their jobs and many self-employed workers’ incomes have taken a hit.</p> <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/money/ng-interactive/2020/may/30/cash-coronavirus-financial-shape-money">Continue reading...</a> Sat, 30 May 2020 10:00:40 Z Illustration: Ryan Gillert Illustration: Ryan Gillert Miles Brignall, Patrick Collinson, Rupert Jones, Hilary Osborne and Rebecca Smithers 2020-05-30T10:00:40Z 2020-05-30 10:00 +00:00 2020-05-30 22:00 +12:00 https://www.latimes.com/business/real-estate/story/2020-05-29/robert-conrads-malibu-home-surfaces-for-sale https://www.latimes.com/business/real-estate/story/2020-05-29/robert-conrads-malibu-home-surfaces-for-sale Robert Conrad's Malibu home surfaces for sale <p>The Malibu home that "Wild, Wild West" actor Robert Conrad owned at the time of his death is coming to market for $5.195 million.</p> Fri, 29 May 2020 16:39:28 -0400 Neal J. Leitereg <p>The Malibu home that "Wild, Wild West" actor Robert Conrad owned at the time of his death is coming to market for $5.195 million.</p> The longtime Malibu home of actor Robert Conrad, who died in February, is listing for sale at $5.195 million. Anthony Barcelo 2020-05-29 16:39 -04:00 2020-05-30 08:39 +12:00 https://www.latimes.com/business/real-estate/story/2020-05-29/former-braves-star-jason-heyward-takes-another-swing-at-selling-atlanta-home https://www.latimes.com/business/real-estate/story/2020-05-29/former-braves-star-jason-heyward-takes-another-swing-at-selling-atlanta-home Former Braves star Jason Heyward takes another swing at selling Atlanta home <p>In Atlanta, former Braves star Jason Heyward is asking $2.8 million for his three-story home he's owned since 2014.</p> Fri, 29 May 2020 15:38:09 -0400 Jack Flemming <p>In Atlanta, former Braves star Jason Heyward is asking $2.8 million for his three-story home he's owned since 2014.</p> Built in 2014, the three-story home of more than 7,700 square feet draws the eye with an exterior of wood, stone and brick. Realtor.com 2020-05-29 15:38 -04:00 2020-05-30 07:38 +12:00 https://www.nytimes.com/2020/05/29/realestate/coronavirus-virtual-home-repairs.html https://www.nytimes.com/2020/05/29/realestate/coronavirus-virtual-home-repairs.html Real Estate and Housing (Residential) Home Repairs and Improvements Home Appliances Videophones and Videoconferencing Telemedicine for Home Repairs? The coronavirus has made homeowners wary of inviting workers into their homes, but some contractors can make a diagnosis virtually. Fri, 29 May 2020 19:03:19 Z Ronda Kaysen Trisha Krauss 2020-05-29 19:03 +00:00 2020-05-30 07:03 +12:00 https://www.latimes.com/business/real-estate/story/2020-05-29/former-dodger-james-loney-buys-a-dramatic-mansion-in-chatsworth https://www.latimes.com/business/real-estate/story/2020-05-29/former-dodger-james-loney-buys-a-dramatic-mansion-in-chatsworth Former Dodger James Loney buys a dramatic mansion in Chatsworth <p>Dodgers veteran James Loney recently spent $2.863 million on a two-acre estate in Chatsworth with a Tudor-style mansion, swimming pool and tennis court.</p> Fri, 29 May 2020 14:37:54 -0400 Jack Flemming <p>Dodgers veteran James Loney recently spent $2.863 million on a two-acre estate in Chatsworth with a Tudor-style mansion, swimming pool and tennis court.</p> The two-acre estate holds a six-bedroom home, swimming pool, pool house, tennis court, pavilion and gazebo. Realtor.com 2020-05-29 14:37 -04:00 2020-05-30 06:37 +12:00 https://www.latimes.com/business/real-estate/story/2020-05-29/for-sale-a-silver-lake-home-with-silver-screen-pedigree https://www.latimes.com/business/real-estate/story/2020-05-29/for-sale-a-silver-lake-home-with-silver-screen-pedigree For sale: A Silver Lake home with silver screen pedigree <p>In Silver Lake, a French Normandy-inspired home where silent film actor-director Edward LeSaint once lived is for sale at $2.148 million.</p> Fri, 29 May 2020 14:12:07 -0400 Neal J. Leitereg <p>In Silver Lake, a French Normandy-inspired home where silent film actor-director Edward LeSaint once lived is for sale at $2.148 million.</p> Michael Wilkerson | 360listing 2020-05-29 14:12 -04:00 2020-05-30 06:12 +12:00 https://www.latimes.com/business/real-estate/story/2020-05-29/former-laker-jordan-clarkson-unloads-woodland-hills-home https://www.latimes.com/business/real-estate/story/2020-05-29/former-laker-jordan-clarkson-unloads-woodland-hills-home Former Laker Jordan Clarkson unloads Woodland Hills home <p>Former Lakers guard Jordan Clarkson has sold his Woodland Hills home for $3.25 million.</p> Fri, 29 May 2020 12:58:07 -0400 Neal J. Leitereg <p>Former Lakers guard Jordan Clarkson has sold his Woodland Hills home for $3.25 million.</p> Lakers guard Jordan Clarkson participates in the Lakers media day in El Segundo on Sept. 28. Robert Casillas / Associated Pres 2020-05-29 12:58 -04:00 2020-05-30 04:58 +12:00 https://www.latimes.com/business/real-estate/story/2020-05-29/john-lautners-personal-home-a-historic-midcentury-gem-sells-in-silver-lake https://www.latimes.com/business/real-estate/story/2020-05-29/john-lautners-personal-home-a-historic-midcentury-gem-sells-in-silver-lake John Lautner's personal home sells in Silver Lake <p>A stylish home built and occupied by modernist architect John Lautner just sold in Silver Lake for $1.67 million — $80,000 over the asking price.</p> Fri, 29 May 2020 10:07:34 -0400 Jack Flemming <p>A stylish home built and occupied by modernist architect John Lautner just sold in Silver Lake for $1.67 million — $80,000 over the asking price.</p> Descending three stories down a hillside lot, the Midcentury home holds three bedrooms in 1,200 square feet. Realtor.com 2020-05-29 10:07 -04:00 2020-05-30 02:07 +12:00 https://www.latimes.com/business/real-estate/story/2020-05-29/aprils-top-sales-kylie-jenner-goes-big-in-bel-air https://www.latimes.com/business/real-estate/story/2020-05-29/aprils-top-sales-kylie-jenner-goes-big-in-bel-air April's Top Sales: Kylie Jenner goes big in Bel-Air <p>The coronavirus did little to slow L.A. County's high-end real estate market in April. Top sales include Travis Kalanick's purchase of the onetime Georgia Frontiere estate and Kylie Jenner's latest home acquisition.</p> Fri, 29 May 2020 08:30:02 -0400 Neal J. Leitereg <p>The coronavirus did little to slow L.A. County's high-end real estate market in April. Top sales include Travis Kalanick's purchase of the onetime Georgia Frontiere estate and Kylie Jenner's latest home acquisition.</p> The Bel-Air estate of late automobile titan Lee Iacocca sold for $19.5 million after listing for sale in January at about $26 million. The Iacocca family were the original owners of the property, which sits on more than an acre with a swimming pool, gardens and a tennis court. Among features of the Italianate-vibe house are five fireplaces, a foyer with arched ceilings and a grand living room. French doors open onto a stone pavilion. The estate on Chalon Road entered escrow amid the pandemic in March and sold a month later to Lilly Halichi and Dara Mir, who appear on"Shahs of Sunset." Tyler Hogan 2020-05-29 08:30 -04:00 2020-05-30 00:30 +12:00 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-8366503/New-horizons-property-market-Buyers-priorities-begIn-shift.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-8366503/New-horizons-property-market-Buyers-priorities-begIn-shift.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 New horizons in the property market: Buyers' priorities begIn to shift Rightmove enjoyed 5.3 million visits to its website in just one day last week, up 4 per cent on the same day in 2019, and almost 11,000 extra homes were listed for sale on its pages in less than a week. Fri, 29 May 2020 09:16:28 Z None 2020-05-29 09:16 +00:00 2020-05-29 21:16 +12:00 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-8349455/Four-ways-kit-home-indoor-exercise-budget.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-8349455/Four-ways-kit-home-indoor-exercise-budget.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 Four ways to kit out your home for indoor exercise on every budget Millions of us have got used to working out at home or in our local parks for free during lockdown, meaning gym memberships look set to be a major casualty of the pandemic. Fri, 29 May 2020 08:58:37 Z None 2020-05-29 08:58 +00:00 2020-05-29 20:58 +12:00 58af97f5440243fe3d552306:5906c0dfe4fcb573ba562253:5ed350f387a37f45a2209867 https://chemcare.co.nz/articles/neighbours-asbestos-work Preparing Your Neighbours for Asbestos Work When you undertake any kind of asbestos removal work, you need to keep neighbours informed with what you’re doing. Fri, 29 May 2020 06:38:00 Z Klaris Chua-Pineda <figure class=" sqs-block-image-figure intrinsic " > <img class="thumb-image" data-image="https://images.squarespace-cdn.com/content/v1/58af97f5440243fe3d552306/1590907630847-2FIME0J9NGAUC7ONWB3K/ke17ZwdGBToddI8pDm48kPqQfq0L3n3wpHIsRapTfg8UqsxRUqqbr1mOJYKfIPR7LoDQ9mXPOjoJoqy81S2I8N_N4V1vUb5AoIIIbLZhVYxCRW4BPu10St3TBAUQYVKczo5Zn4xktlpMsMj-QlHXeMfNK6GwvtVkYEWiR8XAPyD3GfLCe_DXOSC_YcAacWL_/asbestos-work-neighbours.jpg" data-image-dimensions="1200x800" data-image-focal-point="0.5,0.5" alt="Asbestos work and the neighbours" data-load="false" data-image-id="5ed352ed48814c0a3274ebf9" data-type="image" src="https://images.squarespace-cdn.com/content/v1/58af97f5440243fe3d552306/1590907630847-2FIME0J9NGAUC7ONWB3K/ke17ZwdGBToddI8pDm48kPqQfq0L3n3wpHIsRapTfg8UqsxRUqqbr1mOJYKfIPR7LoDQ9mXPOjoJoqy81S2I8N_N4V1vUb5AoIIIbLZhVYxCRW4BPu10St3TBAUQYVKczo5Zn4xktlpMsMj-QlHXeMfNK6GwvtVkYEWiR8XAPyD3GfLCe_DXOSC_YcAacWL_/asbestos-work-neighbours.jpg?format=1000w" /> </figure> <p class="">When you decide to undertake asbestos removal or demolition work at your property, there’s a lot to think about. You’ve got to find the right <a href="https://chemcare.co.nz/asbestos">asbestos removalist </a>or expert to assist, not to mention making sure you’ve laid the groundwork with your local council.&nbsp;</p><p class="">But there’s something that may not creep into your mind straight away and is equally as important. And that’s keeping your neighbours informed with what you’re doing.</p><p class="">Whether you’re removing asbestos so that you can undertake renovations, or you’ve bought a property to demolish and start anew, it’s crucial that you keep your neighbours in the loop. Otherwise, you may find they won’t be the type of neighbours who are all too generous with a cup of sugar should you one day need it.</p><h2>Choosing Your Asbestos Removalist</h2><p class="">Believe it or not, who you choose to undertake asbestos removal can make all the difference to your renovation experience. A qualified, experienced, and certified team know how to prepare your home for removal, but they also know how to make sure you <em>and </em>your neighbours are satisfied with the process.&nbsp;</p><p class="">Choose a removalist who will contact your neighbours on your behalf. Often, this involves a letter, outlining:</p><ul data-rte-list="default"><li><p class="">When asbestos removal will take place</p></li><li><p class="">Where it will take place</p></li><li><p class="">Who is involved in removing it</p></li><li><p class="">How you can contact the asbestos removalists</p></li></ul><h2>Meeting Your Neighbours</h2><p class="">Whether you’re new to the neighbourhood, or you simply don’t have a familiar relationship with those around you, now is an excellent time to get acquainted. Have a chat with your immediate neighbours about your intentions – be it asbestos removal or demolition work.</p><p class="">Any kind of noise can be frustrating, but it’s less so when you’re entirely aware of what’s happening and how long the process will take. Your neighbours will appreciate the communication.</p><p class="">Answer any questions they may have, especially regarding the safety precautions the removalists are taking. Your chosen removalist can also talk to concerned neighbours on your behalf.</p><h2>Keeping Everyone Informed</h2><p class="">During demolition and asbestos removal, the neighbourly thing to do is to keep everyone informed of how things are progressing. Your neighbours are bound to be concerned about dust, damage, site safety, and asbestos. Therefore, these things should be at the forefront of your mind.</p><p class="">Site safety is paramount, so fencing for construction works can alleviate the minds of parents in the neighbourhood with curious kids. Talk to your local removalists and demolition experts about the type of site safety measures they have in place.</p><p class="">Asbestos is, of course, <a href="https://www.health.govt.nz/your-health/healthy-living/environmental-health/hazardous-substances/asbestos">worrying</a> for many families. The more you can do to alleviate your neighbours’ concerns, the better the relationship you can have with them. Alongside your local asbestos removalist company having contact with your neighbours, you can also ask questions about the process yourself.</p><p class="">Before removal begins, plastic sheeting is placed on all windows, vents, and the roof. For internal asbestos removal, decontamination units and <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Negative_room_pressure">negative air pressure units</a> are used to promote a safe environment. The sound of these in operation is similar to an air conditioning unit, and they can operate at all times of the day and night for a specific period. &nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p class="">During the demolition of a house with asbestos, bonded and loose asbestos is removed from the home. The home is then sprayed with a PVA glue to seal any remaining fibres. At all times, dust suppression and air monitoring measures are in place to keep the property owner and neighbouring properties safe.</p><h2>Opening the Lines of Communication</h2><p class="">During asbestos removal or demolition, it’s crucial to stay in touch with your neighbours. Still, it’s equally as important <em>after </em>the process is complete, too. Provide your neighbours with numbers they can call if they have any problems. Your asbestos removalist would have provided a phone number for their team, also.</p><p class="">If your neighbours know they have someone they can contact, they are bound to feel more confident in the process and in the knowledge that you’re doing your due diligence.</p><h2>Do it Right the First Time</h2><p class="">Thousands of properties across New Zealand contain asbestos. While this material is safe while it’s in pristine condition, it can become a <a href="https://www.cancer.gov/about-cancer/causes-prevention/risk/substances/asbestos/asbestos-fact-sheet">health hazard</a> through wear and tear and the removal process. Whether you’re renovating or demolishing, it’s paramount to deal with an expert team.</p><p class="">They know how to communicate with your neighbours with a mail drop, and how to assess the scene to keep everyone safe. They also know how to carry out a professional removal process that minimises the risks for all involved.</p><p class="">Has the time has come to begin your property adventure? Don’t delay in aligning yourself with an expert team of asbestos experts who can help the process run smoothly for your entire neighbourhood.</p> Preparing Your Neighbours for Asbestos Work 2020-05-29 06:38 +00:00 2020-05-29 18:38 +12:00 https://www.latimes.com/business/real-estate/story/2020-05-28/villa-on-a-racetrack-home-at-thermals-motorsports-community-sells-for-3-25-million https://www.latimes.com/business/real-estate/story/2020-05-28/villa-on-a-racetrack-home-at-thermals-motorsports-community-sells-for-3-25-million Villa on a racetrack: Home at Thermal's motorsports community sells for $3.25 million <p>In the high-end motorsports community of Thermal Club, a three-story villa with a 40-car garage overlooking a racetrack just sold for $3.25 million.</p> Thu, 28 May 2020 17:18:45 -0400 Jack Flemming <p>In the high-end motorsports community of Thermal Club, a three-story villa with a 40-car garage overlooking a racetrack just sold for $3.25 million.</p> The three-story home holds five bedrooms and eight bathrooms in more than 12,300 square feet. Realtor.com 2020-05-28 17:18 -04:00 2020-05-29 09:18 +12:00 https://www.latimes.com/lifestyle/story/2020-05-28/10-things-to-do-this-summer-to-create-an-outdoor-oasis https://www.latimes.com/lifestyle/story/2020-05-28/10-things-to-do-this-summer-to-create-an-outdoor-oasis 10 things you need to design a stylish outdoor oasis for summer <p>This summer, more than ever, it's all about outdoor living. Here are 10 ways to make your outdoor living spaces more inviting.</p> Thu, 28 May 2020 14:43:58 -0400 Lisa Boone <p>This summer, more than ever, it's all about outdoor living. Here are 10 ways to make your outdoor living spaces more inviting.</p> (Ross May / Los Angeles Times; Getty Images) 2020-05-28 14:43 -04:00 2020-05-29 06:43 +12:00 https://www.latimes.com/business/real-estate/story/2020-05-28/the-williamson-recording-studio-in-burbank-hits-the-market-at-2-35-million https://www.latimes.com/business/real-estate/story/2020-05-28/the-williamson-recording-studio-in-burbank-hits-the-market-at-2-35-million The Williamson recording studio in Burbank hits the market at $2.35 million <p>The Williamson, a high-end recording studio in Burbank, just hit the market for $2.35 million.</p> Thu, 28 May 2020 13:53:24 -0400 Jack Flemming <p>The Williamson, a high-end recording studio in Burbank, just hit the market for $2.35 million.</p> The 2,500-square-foot recording studio holds eight soundproof production rooms and four offices. Blake Worthington 2020-05-28 13:53 -04:00 2020-05-29 05:53 +12:00 https://www.latimes.com/lifestyle/story/2020-05-28/chris-erskine-final-farewell-column-middle-ages https://www.latimes.com/lifestyle/story/2020-05-28/chris-erskine-final-farewell-column-middle-ages Chris Erskine: This is goodbye, but before I go, some thanks are in order <p>Like a Cher farewell tour, my goodbye has gone on and on. But this is it. Time to say thanks to my readers, editors and, most of all, my family.</p> Thu, 28 May 2020 10:00:37 -0400 Chris Erskine <p>Like a Cher farewell tour, my goodbye has gone on and on. But this is it. Time to say thanks to my readers, editors and, most of all, my family.</p> Art For Last Chris Erskine article Stuart Patience For The Times 2020-05-28 10:00 -04:00 2020-05-29 02:00 +12:00 https://www.latimes.com/business/real-estate/story/2020-05-28/price-reduced-homes-for-300-000-in-three-riverside-county-communities https://www.latimes.com/business/real-estate/story/2020-05-28/price-reduced-homes-for-300-000-in-three-riverside-county-communities Price-reduced homes for $300,000 in three Riverside County communities <p>Looking for a deal? The prices have been trimmed for these homes in the $300,000 range in Riverside, Hemet and Idyllwild.</p> Thu, 28 May 2020 08:00:57 -0400 Jack Flemming <p>Looking for a deal? The prices have been trimmed for these homes in the $300,000 range in Riverside, Hemet and Idyllwild.</p> RIVERSIDE: It could use a remodel, but this single-story home with yards in front and back recently got a price cut of nearly 10%. Address: 2260 Vermont Ave., Riverside, 92507 Listed for: $299,999 for three bedrooms, one bathroom in 1,185 square feet (6,970-square-foot lot) Features: Stone-accented exterior; wood-paneled walls; galley-style kitchen; carport Realtor.com 2020-05-28 08:00 -04:00 2020-05-29 00:00 +12:00 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-8357387/Housing-market-reopens-demand-soars-says-Zoopla.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-8357387/Housing-market-reopens-demand-soars-says-Zoopla.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 Housing market reopens and demand soars says Zoopla Zoopla says demand from buyers was 20% higher in the week following the reopening of the housing market on 12 May, compared to the beginning of March. Thu, 28 May 2020 07:35:13 Z None 2020-05-28 07:35 +00:00 2020-05-28 19:35 +12:00 https://www.latimes.com/business/real-estate/story/2020-05-27/avril-lavigne-and-nickelbacks-chad-kroeger-take-a-loss-on-marital-home https://www.latimes.com/business/real-estate/story/2020-05-27/avril-lavigne-and-nickelbacks-chad-kroeger-take-a-loss-on-marital-home Avril Lavigne and Nickelback's Chad Kroeger take a loss on marital home <p>Musicians Avril Lavigne and Chad Kroeger have sold their marital home in Sherman Oaks for $5 million, or $400,000 less than they paid for it.</p> Wed, 27 May 2020 17:39:29 -0400 Jack Flemming <p>Musicians Avril Lavigne and Chad Kroeger have sold their marital home in Sherman Oaks for $5 million, or $400,000 less than they paid for it.</p> The two-story home holds six bedrooms, nine bathrooms, a movie theater and attic in over 10,000 square feet. Realtor.com 2020-05-27 17:39 -04:00 2020-05-28 09:39 +12:00 https://www.latimes.com/business/real-estate/story/2020-05-27/pharrells-glass-covered-compound-comes-to-market-in-hollywood-hills https://www.latimes.com/business/real-estate/story/2020-05-27/pharrells-glass-covered-compound-comes-to-market-in-hollywood-hills Pharrell's glass-covered compound comes to market in Hollywood Hills <p>In Hollywood Hills, Grammy-winning artist is asking $11.95 million for his striking architectural home overlooking the city.</p> Wed, 27 May 2020 15:00:57 -0400 Jack Flemming <p>In Hollywood Hills, Grammy-winning artist is asking $11.95 million for his striking architectural home overlooking the city.</p> Designed by Hagy Belzberg, the low-slung home crawls across 1.5 acres overlooking L.A. Realtor.com 2020-05-27 15:00 -04:00 2020-05-28 07:00 +12:00 https://www.latimes.com/business/real-estate/story/2020-05-27/ashton-kutcher-and-mila-kunis-ask-13-995-million-for-beverly-hills-home https://www.latimes.com/business/real-estate/story/2020-05-27/ashton-kutcher-and-mila-kunis-ask-13-995-million-for-beverly-hills-home Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis ask $13.995 million for Beverly Hills home <p>Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis' Beverly Hills home, which the actors bought shortly after getting engaged in 2014, just listed for $13.995 million. </p> Wed, 27 May 2020 14:15:37 -0400 Jack Flemming <p>Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis' Beverly Hills home, which the actors bought shortly after getting engaged in 2014, just listed for $13.995 million. </p> Built in 1999, the East Coast-inspired traditional sits on half an acre in gated Hidden Valley. Realtor.com 2020-05-27 14:15 -04:00 2020-05-28 06:15 +12:00 http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2020/may/27/richard-desmond-housing-project-unlawfully-approved-robert-jenrick-isle-dogs-london-avoid-40m-hit https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2020/may/27/richard-desmond-housing-project-unlawfully-approved-robert-jenrick-isle-dogs-london-avoid-40m-hit Robert Jenrick Politics London Housing market Real estate UK news Housing Former Tory donor's housing project 'unlawfully approved to avoid £40m hit' <p>Ministry denies claims of bias in approval of Richard Desmond’s development one day before levy kicked in</p><p>The housing secretary knew that a billionaire former media tycoon had only 24 hours to have an east London property development approved before community charges were imposed that would have cost him over £40m.</p><p>Robert Jenrick’s accepted that his approval of one-time Conservative-supporting billionaire Richard Desmond’s project at the Isle of Dogs was unlawful.</p> <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2020/may/27/richard-desmond-housing-project-unlawfully-approved-robert-jenrick-isle-dogs-london-avoid-40m-hit">Continue reading...</a> Wed, 27 May 2020 18:10:27 Z Photograph: PR Photograph: PR Henry McDonald 2020-05-27T18:10:27Z 2020-05-27 18:10 +00:00 2020-05-28 06:10 +12:00 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-8357423/First-time-buyer-reveals-shes-transformed-drab-1960s-home-ultra-modern-pad.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-8357423/First-time-buyer-reveals-shes-transformed-drab-1960s-home-ultra-modern-pad.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 First time buyer reveals how she's transformed a drab 1960s home into an ultra-modern pad  Rosie Potter and Jacob Flurry from Bristol, had no plans to buy until they spotted 1960s Twin Trees. After realising it was still on the market months after they viewed it, they put in a 'cheeky' offer. Wed, 27 May 2020 06:42:33 Z None 2020-05-27 06:42 +00:00 2020-05-27 18:42 +12:00 https://www.latimes.com/business/real-estate/story/2020-05-26/former-laker-byron-scott-buys-mini-versailles-in-the-valley https://www.latimes.com/business/real-estate/story/2020-05-26/former-laker-byron-scott-buys-mini-versailles-in-the-valley Former Laker Byron Scott buys a mini-Versailles in the Valley <p>Former Lakers player and coach Byron Scott has paid $1.9 million for a home in Granada Hills.</p> Tue, 26 May 2020 14:51:12 -0400 Neal J. Leitereg <p>Former Lakers player and coach Byron Scott has paid $1.9 million for a home in Granada Hills.</p> Realtor.com 2020-05-26 14:51 -04:00 2020-05-27 06:51 +12:00 https://www.latimes.com/business/real-estate/story/2020-05-26/basketballs-shaun-livingston-scores-a-buyer-for-playa-del-rey-home https://www.latimes.com/business/real-estate/story/2020-05-26/basketballs-shaun-livingston-scores-a-buyer-for-playa-del-rey-home Basketball's Shaun Livingston scores a buyer for Playa del Rey home <p>Former Clippers and Golden State Warriors guard Shaun Livingston has sold a home near the beach in Playa del Rey for $1.85 million.</p> Tue, 26 May 2020 13:21:10 -0400 Neal J. Leitereg <p>Former Clippers and Golden State Warriors guard Shaun Livingston has sold a home near the beach in Playa del Rey for $1.85 million.</p> FILE - In this Dec. 5, 2018, file photo, Golden State Warriors' Shaun Livingston (34) drives past Cleveland Cavaliers' Collin Sexton (2) in the second half of an NBA basketball game in Cleveland. Livingston announced his retirement Friday, Sept. 13, 2019, following 15 NBA seasons, an expected move. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak, File) ASSOCIATED PRESS 2020-05-26 13:21 -04:00 2020-05-27 05:21 +12:00 https://www.latimes.com/business/real-estate/story/2020-05-26/dazzling-haunt-once-owned-by-loretta-young-sells-in-palm-springs https://www.latimes.com/business/real-estate/story/2020-05-26/dazzling-haunt-once-owned-by-loretta-young-sells-in-palm-springs Dazzling Midcentury home once owned by Loretta Young sells in Palm Springs <p>In Palm Springs, an architectural retreat once owned by Oscar-winning actress Loretta Young has traded hands for $1.15 million.</p> Tue, 26 May 2020 11:04:53 -0400 Jack Flemming <p>In Palm Springs, an architectural retreat once owned by Oscar-winning actress Loretta Young has traded hands for $1.15 million.</p> Actress Loretta Young owned the Palm Springs home at the time of her death in 2000. Redfin.com 2020-05-26 11:04 -04:00 2020-05-27 03:04 +12:00 https://www.latimes.com/business/real-estate/story/2020-05-25/leon-russells-former-home-and-studio-lists-in-hollywood-hills https://www.latimes.com/business/real-estate/story/2020-05-25/leon-russells-former-home-and-studio-lists-in-hollywood-hills Leon Russell's former home and studio lists in Hollywood Hills <p>The onetime home and recording studio of late musician Leon Russell is for sale in the Hollywood Hills for $1.398 million.</p> Mon, 25 May 2020 09:00:18 -0400 Neal J. Leitereg <p>The onetime home and recording studio of late musician Leon Russell is for sale in the Hollywood Hills for $1.398 million.</p> FILE - In this Jan. 29, 2013, file photo, reporters are reflected in the sunglasses of Leon Russell as he answers a question at a news conference in Tulsa, Okla. Russell, who sang, wrote and produced some of rock 'n' roll's top records, has died. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki, File) AP 2020-05-25 09:00 -04:00 2020-05-26 01:00 +12:00 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-8331539/A-glimpse-inside-Tyler-Perrys-home-Prince-Harry-Meghan-Markles-rumoured-mansion.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-8331539/A-glimpse-inside-Tyler-Perrys-home-Prince-Harry-Meghan-Markles-rumoured-mansion.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 A glimpse inside Tyler Perry's home: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's rumoured mansion Tyler Perry has frequently showed off his impressive $18m Hollywood home, and a scroll back through his Instagram account shows how Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's life may look. Sun, 24 May 2020 11:33:57 Z None 2020-05-24 11:33 +00:00 2020-05-24 23:33 +12:00 https://www.latimes.com/business/real-estate/story/2020-05-23/hot-property-law-order-star-looks-to-sell-famous-tv-setting https://www.latimes.com/business/real-estate/story/2020-05-23/hot-property-law-order-star-looks-to-sell-famous-tv-setting Hot Property: 'Law & Order' star looks to sell famous TV setting <p>Actor Christopher Meloni of 'Law & Order' fame has put his Hollywood Hills home, which was used as a filming location for 'The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet,' on the market. Also: Kelly Clarkson is selling in Encino, and Tommy Thayer of KISS fame has listed his Lake Sherwood house.</p> Sat, 23 May 2020 08:30:31 -0400 Neal J. Leitereg, Jack Flemming <p>Actor Christopher Meloni of 'Law & Order' fame has put his Hollywood Hills home, which was used as a filming location for 'The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet,' on the market. Also: Kelly Clarkson is selling in Encino, and Tommy Thayer of KISS fame has listed his Lake Sherwood house.</p> KISS lead guitarist Tommy Thayer has listed his customized home overlooking Lake Sherwood for $2.75 million. The Mediterranean villa-style house makes good use of the scenery with six separate patios. Inside, picture windows take in the view. Jeff Elson 2020-05-23 08:30 -04:00 2020-05-24 00:30 +12:00 https://www.latimes.com/business/real-estate/story/2020-05-23/home-of-the-week-striking-a-modern-pose-in-the-hollywood-hills https://www.latimes.com/business/real-estate/story/2020-05-23/home-of-the-week-striking-a-modern-pose-in-the-hollywood-hills Home of the Week: Striking a modern pose in the Hollywood Hills <p>In the Hollywood Hills, a custom contemporary-style showplace features custom wallpaper, marble slabs and a 1,000-square-foot rooftop deck. Asking price: $11.5 million.</p> Sat, 23 May 2020 08:00:34 -0400 Neal J. Leitereg <p>In the Hollywood Hills, a custom contemporary-style showplace features custom wallpaper, marble slabs and a 1,000-square-foot rooftop deck. Asking price: $11.5 million.</p> The contemporary showplace in the Hollywood Hills is setup for entertaining with walls of glass that open to a swimming pool and a rooftop deck with a spa. A fire feature encased in a wall of black marble draws the eyes in the living room, while a glass-enclosed wine cellar was built into the other side, which faces the dining room. Striking wallpaper, Venetian plaster walls and custom closets are among designer-done features of the home, listed for $11.5 million. The 6,487-square-foot home has six bedrooms and 6.5 bathrooms including a master suite with a private patio. Berlyn Photography 2020-05-23 08:00 -04:00 2020-05-24 00:00 +12:00 https://www.latimes.com/business/real-estate/story/2020-05-22/producer-bob-yari-aims-for-4-7-million-in-beverly-grove https://www.latimes.com/business/real-estate/story/2020-05-22/producer-bob-yari-aims-for-4-7-million-in-beverly-grove Producer Bob Yari aims for $4.7 million in Beverly Grove <p>Film and television director Bob Yari has listed a Beverly Grove contemporary for $4.695 million, a $200,000 increase from the previous asking price.</p> Fri, 22 May 2020 15:54:45 -0400 Neal J. Leitereg <p>Film and television director Bob Yari has listed a Beverly Grove contemporary for $4.695 million, a $200,000 increase from the previous asking price.</p> Nicholas Property Group 2020-05-22 15:54 -04:00 2020-05-23 07:54 +12:00 https://www.latimes.com/business/real-estate/story/2020-05-22/blufftop-development-at-trump-national-in-rancho-palos-verdes-seeks-9-5-million https://www.latimes.com/business/real-estate/story/2020-05-22/blufftop-development-at-trump-national-in-rancho-palos-verdes-seeks-9-5-million Blufftop development at Trump National in Rancho Palos Verdes seeks $9.5 million <p>In Rancho Palos Verdes, an under-construction home in the Estates at Trump National golf community has come up for sale at $9.5 million.</p> Fri, 22 May 2020 13:59:13 -0400 Neal J. Leitereg <p>In Rancho Palos Verdes, an under-construction home in the Estates at Trump National golf community has come up for sale at $9.5 million.</p> The under-construction home is one of just 36 residences and one of two modern builds at the Estates at Trump National golf community in Rancho Palos Verdes. The Address 2020-05-22 13:59 -04:00 2020-05-23 05:59 +12:00 https://www.latimes.com/business/real-estate/story/2020-05-22/brewers-star-ryan-braun-tosses-milwaukee-condo-onto-the-market https://www.latimes.com/business/real-estate/story/2020-05-22/brewers-star-ryan-braun-tosses-milwaukee-condo-onto-the-market Brewers star Ryan Braun tosses Milwaukee condo onto the market <p>In Milwaukee, the lakefront condo of Brewers star Ryan Braun just came to market for $1.15 million, nearly double what he paid for it in 2013.</p> Fri, 22 May 2020 11:23:50 -0400 Jack Flemming <p>In Milwaukee, the lakefront condo of Brewers star Ryan Braun just came to market for $1.15 million, nearly double what he paid for it in 2013.</p> Ryan Braun's former teammate Zack Greinke, not pictured, says the suspended Brewer convincingly lied to his team after testing positive for performance-enhancing drugs in 2011. Rich Schultz / Getty Images 2020-05-22 11:23 -04:00 2020-05-23 03:23 +12:00 https://www.latimes.com/business/real-estate/story/2020-05-22/marissa-zajack-interior-design https://www.latimes.com/business/real-estate/story/2020-05-22/marissa-zajack-interior-design How this artist made the leap to interior design from TV and films <p>Marissa Zajack created the look of TV and film productions, most recently for Ryan Murphy Productions. Interior design is similar and different.</p> Fri, 22 May 2020 08:00:01 -0400 Arielle Paul <p>Marissa Zajack created the look of TV and film productions, most recently for Ryan Murphy Productions. Interior design is similar and different.</p> Interior designer Marissa Zajack photographed at Red Herring restaurant in downtown Los Angeles. Lu Tapp/Lu Tapp/Lu Tapp 2020-05-22 08:00 -04:00 2020-05-23 00:00 +12:00 https://www.latimes.com/business/real-estate/story/2020-05-22/marissa-zajack-interior-design https://www.latimes.com/business/real-estate/story/2020-05-22/marissa-zajack-interior-design How this artist made the leap to interior design from TV and films <p>Marissa Zajack created the look of TV and film productions, most recently for Ryan Murphy Productions. Interior design is similar and different.</p> Fri, 22 May 2020 08:00:01 -0400 Arielle Paul <p>Marissa Zajack created the look of TV and film productions, most recently for Ryan Murphy Productions. Interior design is similar and different.</p> Interior designer Marissa Zajack photographed at Red Herring restaurant in downtown Los Angeles. Lu Tapp/Lu Tapp/Lu Tapp 2020-05-22 08:00 -04:00 2020-05-23 00:00 +12:00 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-8340805/Where-experts-buy-house.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-8340805/Where-experts-buy-house.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 Where would these experts buy their next house? We turned to some of the country's top property experts for some answers by asking them where they would invest their own hard-earned cash. Fri, 22 May 2020 08:36:02 Z None 2020-05-22 08:36 +00:00 2020-05-22 20:36 +12:00 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8347219/Coronavirus-Mortgage-holiday-scheme-extended-THREE-MONTHS.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8347219/Coronavirus-Mortgage-holiday-scheme-extended-THREE-MONTHS.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 Coronavirus: Mortgage holiday scheme extended for a further THREE MONTHS An initial three month mortgage holiday scheme was set up in March and ministers have now decided to extend it. Fri, 22 May 2020 08:35:55 Z James Cook/REX/Shutterstock 2020-05-22 08:35 +00:00 2020-05-22 20:35 +12:00 https://www.theguardian.com/money/gallery/2020/may/22/homes-where-you-could-produce-your-own-food-in-pictures https://www.theguardian.com/money/gallery/2020/may/22/homes-where-you-could-produce-your-own-food-in-pictures Property Money UK news Homes for growing your own food - in pictures <p>From kitchen gardens to trout fishing rights, these properties can put food on the table</p> <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/money/gallery/2020/may/22/homes-where-you-could-produce-your-own-food-in-pictures">Continue reading...</a> Fri, 22 May 2020 06:06:08 Z Photograph: Jonathan Stone/Myddelton & Major Photograph: Jonathan Stone/Myddelton & Major Jill Papworth 2020-05-22T06:06:08Z 2020-05-22 06:06 +00:00 2020-05-22 18:06 +12:00 https://www.landlords.co.nz/article/976516878/comment-housing-supply-increase-is-being-hampered?utm_source=LL&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=COMMENT%3A+Housing+supply+increase+is+being+hampered+ https://www.landlords.co.nz/article/976516878/comment-housing-supply-increase-is-being-hampered?utm_source=LL&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=COMMENT%3A+Housing+supply+increase+is+being+hampered+ COMMENT: Housing supply increase is being hampered <p>The much-needed increase in housing supply is being hindered by new legislation relating to rental properties, warns NZ Property Investors Federation executive officer Sharon Cullwick.</p> Fri, 22 May 2020 10:24:00 +1200 2020-05-22 10:24 +12:00 2020-05-22 10:24 +12:00 https://www.latimes.com/business/real-estate/story/2020-05-21/filmmaker-barry-sonnenfelds-scenic-colorado-ranch-seeks-13-25-million https://www.latimes.com/business/real-estate/story/2020-05-21/filmmaker-barry-sonnenfelds-scenic-colorado-ranch-seeks-13-25-million Filmmaker Barry Sonnenfeld's picturesque Colorado retreat seeks $13.25 million <p>Filmmaker Barry Sonnenfeld's Colorado retreat, complete with a wood-and-stone mansion, guesthouse and private luge course, is asking $13.25 million.</p> Thu, 21 May 2020 16:38:58 -0400 Jack Flemming <p>Filmmaker Barry Sonnenfeld's Colorado retreat, complete with a wood-and-stone mansion, guesthouse and private luge course, is asking $13.25 million.</p> The 62-acre spread centers on a wood-and-stone mansion of more than 10,000 square feet. Aurelie Slegers 2020-05-21 16:38 -04:00 2020-05-22 08:38 +12:00 https://www.latimes.com/business/real-estate/story/2020-05-21/hollywood-hills-land-sale-enlarges-griffith-park https://www.latimes.com/business/real-estate/story/2020-05-21/hollywood-hills-land-sale-enlarges-griffith-park Hollywood Hills land sale makes Griffith Park a bit bigger <p>A community fundraiser recently raised $500,000 to buy two parcels adjacent to Griffith Park, ensuring the land will not be developed.</p> Thu, 21 May 2020 15:04:15 -0400 Jack Flemming <p>A community fundraiser recently raised $500,000 to buy two parcels adjacent to Griffith Park, ensuring the land will not be developed.</p> Griffith Observatory can be seen from one of the higher trails in the park, which is more than 4,200 acres. Michael Robinson Chavez / Los Angeles Times 2020-05-21 15:04 -04:00 2020-05-22 07:04 +12:00 https://www.latimes.com/business/real-estate/story/2020-05-21/actor-producer-allen-covert-lands-quick-offer-on-calabasas-home https://www.latimes.com/business/real-estate/story/2020-05-21/actor-producer-allen-covert-lands-quick-offer-on-calabasas-home Actor-producer Allen Covert lands quick offer on Calabasas home <p>Actor-producer Allen Covert of 'Grandma's Boy' has listed his Calabasas home for sale at $2.475 million.</p> Thu, 21 May 2020 14:59:12 -0400 Neal J. Leitereg <p>Actor-producer Allen Covert of 'Grandma's Boy' has listed his Calabasas home for sale at $2.475 million.</p> Realtor.com 2020-05-21 14:59 -04:00 2020-05-22 06:59 +12:00 https://www.latimes.com/business/real-estate/story/2020-05-21/virtual-tour-homes-for-600-000-in-orange-county https://www.latimes.com/business/real-estate/story/2020-05-21/virtual-tour-homes-for-600-000-in-orange-county Virtual-tour homes for $600,000 in Orange County <p>Stay inside and take a look at homes with virtual tours on the market for $600,000 in Anaheim, Mission Viejo and Buena Park in Orange County. </p> Thu, 21 May 2020 08:00:12 -0400 Jack Flemming <p>Stay inside and take a look at homes with virtual tours on the market for $600,000 in Anaheim, Mission Viejo and Buena Park in Orange County. </p> ANAHEIM: This single-story charmer near Disneyland comes with a game room converted from a garage. Address: 2459 W. Cerritos Ave., Anaheim, 92804 Listed for: $599,900 for three bedrooms, two bathrooms in 1,348 square feet (7,182-square-foot lot) Features: Landscaped walkway; tile floors; three-sided brick fireplace; back patio Realtor.com 2020-05-21 08:00 -04:00 2020-05-22 00:00 +12:00 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-8331231/Victorian-terrace-inspired-Eastenders-set-sale-1-5m.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-8331231/Victorian-terrace-inspired-Eastenders-set-sale-1-5m.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 Victorian terrace that inspired Eastenders set is for sale for £1.5m  Fassett Square was the inspiration behind Albert Square in the TV's Eastenders - and this property for sale in the Hackney location is currently on the market for £1.5m. Thu, 21 May 2020 09:31:09 Z None 2020-05-21 09:31 +00:00 2020-05-21 21:31 +12:00 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/money/news/article-8341497/Interest-rates-cut-zero-suggests-Bank-England-boss.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/money/news/article-8341497/Interest-rates-cut-zero-suggests-Bank-England-boss.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 Interest rates could be cut below zero, suggests Bank of England boss Having previously batted away the prospect of negative interest rates, describing them as not a 'plausible tool', Andrew Bailey yesterday told MPs it would be 'foolish' to rule it out. Thu, 21 May 2020 07:51:52 Z REUTERS 2020-05-21 07:51 +00:00 2020-05-21 19:51 +12:00 58af97f5440243fe3d552306:5906c0dfe4fcb573ba562253:5ec463dd734dea6481d45f23 https://chemcare.co.nz/articles/asbestos-exposure-natural-disasters Worst Cases of Asbestos Exposure After Natural Disasters Learn more about the worst cases of asbestos exposure after natural disasters, as well as how you can do your part to be safe in the event of one. Thu, 21 May 2020 03:00:00 Z Klaris Chua-Pineda &nbsp; <figure class=" sqs-block-image-figure intrinsic " > <img class="thumb-image" data-image="https://images.squarespace-cdn.com/content/v1/58af97f5440243fe3d552306/1589930560770-F71U0REDZLW627RUR3GC/ke17ZwdGBToddI8pDm48kLkXF2pIyv_F2eUT9F60jBl7gQa3H78H3Y0txjaiv_0fDoOvxcdMmMKkDsyUqMSsMWxHk725yiiHCCLfrh8O1z4YTzHvnKhyp6Da-NYroOW3ZGjoBKy3azqku80C789l0iyqMbMesKd95J-X4EagrgU9L3Sa3U8cogeb0tjXbfawd0urKshkc5MgdBeJmALQKw/image-asset.jpeg" data-image-dimensions="2500x1667" data-image-focal-point="0.5,0.5" alt="Asbestos exposure is highly possible after a natural disaster" data-load="false" data-image-id="5ec46a404039fa67f448c229" data-type="image" src="https://images.squarespace-cdn.com/content/v1/58af97f5440243fe3d552306/1589930560770-F71U0REDZLW627RUR3GC/ke17ZwdGBToddI8pDm48kLkXF2pIyv_F2eUT9F60jBl7gQa3H78H3Y0txjaiv_0fDoOvxcdMmMKkDsyUqMSsMWxHk725yiiHCCLfrh8O1z4YTzHvnKhyp6Da-NYroOW3ZGjoBKy3azqku80C789l0iyqMbMesKd95J-X4EagrgU9L3Sa3U8cogeb0tjXbfawd0urKshkc5MgdBeJmALQKw/image-asset.jpeg?format=1000w" /> </figure> &nbsp;<p class="">Asbestos exposure is something that many people only think about when undertaking renovations or house demolition. In those instances, <a href="https://www.chemcare.co.nz">asbestos removal teams</a> have plans in place to ensure that, at each stage of the removal process, the utmost care is taken.&nbsp;</p><p class="">In the event of natural disasters, though, those steps are a bit more chaotic and unsure. There is no time to form meticulous plans and minimise the risk of exposure. Instead, exposure can occur as soon as a natural disaster takes hold.</p><p class="">Read on to learn more about the worst cases of asbestos exposure after natural disasters, as well as how you can do your part to keep everyone safe in the event of a natural disaster in your own backyard.</p><h2>Yarloop Bushfire</h2><p class="">In 2016, a lightning strike caused a significant bushfire in the Western Australian town of Yarloop. The blaze took over two weeks to extinguish and ripped through nearly 70,000 hectares of land. Two lives were lost, and 181 buildings and homes were destroyed.</p><p class="">If the mass devastation wasn’t enough, <a href="https://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-11-16/bush-fire-asbestos-recovery/10500392">asbestos</a> threw another spanner in the works. Given the danger to life, a complex and time-consuming process had to be undertaken to help the area recover.</p><p class="">That process was further complicated by a misconception by many townspeople that asbestos would be taken care of by the fire. In reality, it’s more of a risk to human health after a fire than when it’s in good condition <em>before </em>a fire.</p><p class="">To date, Western Australia remains the hotspot for asbestos-related diseases, even though it has not been used in building materials for over three decades. Currently, there are five cases of incurable cancer known as mesothelioma, for every 100,000 people.</p><h2>Queensland Flooding</h2><p class="">In 2011, a <a href="https://www.abc.net.au/news/2011-01-20/flood-victims-warned-of-asbestos-dangers/1912300">devastating flood</a> caused significant damage in Queensland. Homeowners not only had to contend with damaged possessions and homes, but they also had to be wary of the potential for asbestos exposure.&nbsp;</p><p class="">Many residents began repairing their homes and cleaning up without help and advice from experts. That included ripping out water-damaged sheeting and walls, much of which could have (and often did) contain asbestos.</p><p class="">Some residents were torn between waiting for assistance from asbestos removalists, or undertaking the task themselves as the damage continued to worsen. As a result, there was a genuine risk of exposure to hazardous materials.</p><h2>Hurricane Katrina</h2><p class="">Hurricane Katrina ripped through the Gulf Coast in 2005, and it affected families and individuals up and down the country. Not only did the hurricane cause over <a href="https://mesothelioma.ninja/asbestos/asbestos-exposure/hurricane-katrina-asbestos/">$80 billion in damages,</a> but it also reiterated just how dangerous asbestos exposure could be. Destroyed buildings and homes were being cleaned up by those who did not have the proper training or experience to handle contaminated building materials.</p><p class="">Everything from insulation, tiles, and roofing materials, to building siding and general building materials, were releasing asbestos dust into the air that could have serious future consequences. There is expected to be a rise of mesothelioma cases from both the 2005 Hurricane Katrina and the 2001 terrorist attacks.</p><h2>Japan Earthquake</h2><p class="">In 2011, a <a href="http://ibasecretariat.org/lka-asbestos-fallout-japanese-disasters.php">magnitude-9 earthquake</a> struck off the coast of Japan, resulting in 133-foot tsunami waves, nuclear accidents, and upwards of USD 34.6 billion in insured damages. At the time, it was the fourth most powerful earthquake the world had seen since record-keeping began in 1900.</p><p class="">Given that hundreds of thousands of buildings were damaged, asbestos exposure was the last thing on many people’s minds. Still, that doesn’t mean it wasn’t essential and didn’t have an impact. Japan had millions of tons of asbestos, and devastation of buildings containing it led to significant health risks.</p><p class="">Fortunately, Japan took a proactive response. One month after the tsunami and earthquake, government officials launched an asbestos education program to protect clean-up workers. Experts and non-governmental organisations were also relied upon for assistance, and over 90,000 masks were distributed.</p><h2>Woolsey Fire</h2><p class="">A destructive wildfire in California burned across Los Angeles and Ventura Counties in 2018 and 2019. Nearly 40,000 hectares of land were burned, and almost 1,700 structures. Three people died, and close to 300,000 people were evacuated.</p><p class="">Given that people are beginning to understand the risks of asbestos, California state officials were <a href="https://www.vcstar.com/story/news/local/2019/04/08/woolsey-fire-cleanup-completed-more-than-100-properties/3392616002/">proactive in their management</a> of asbestos risks. Asbestos surveys and asbestos abatements were carried out across both counties.</p><h2>Christchurch Earthquakes</h2><p class="">Devastating natural disasters happen around the world, and little ol’ New Zealand <a href="https://chemcare.co.nz/articles/natural-disasters-homes-containing-asbestos/">isn’t immune</a> to them. Christchurch experienced catastrophic earthquakes in 2010 and 2011, resulting in 185 deaths and millions of dollars in damage. Around 4.25 million tons of rubble had to be removed, and a significant proportion of it contained asbestos.</p><p class="">Each damaged home that was thought to contain asbestos had to be sampled and tested. Management plans then had to be prepared for the removal of asbestos to prevent a widespread health risk.</p><h2>Plan for the Unexpected</h2><p class="">No one ever dreams that they will end up in the chaos and confusion of a natural disaster. Still, they can happen without warning, and with little time to prepare. While you may not be able to minimise your property’s destruction, you <em>can </em>make the after-effects safer for all. Why not talk to your local asbestos removal experts about asbestos testing and removal? Being aware of the risks in your home is half the solution.</p> Worst Cases of Asbestos Exposure After Natural Disasters 2020-05-21 03:00 +00:00 2020-05-21 15:00 +12:00 https://www.latimes.com/business/real-estate/story/2020-05-20/sylvester-stallone-tries-to-finally-knock-out-desert-home-sale https://www.latimes.com/business/real-estate/story/2020-05-20/sylvester-stallone-tries-to-finally-knock-out-desert-home-sale Sylvester Stallone tries to finally knock out desert home sale <p>In La Quinta, Sylvester Stallone is asking $3.35 million for a desert retreat that he paid $4.5 million for a decade ago. </p> Wed, 20 May 2020 17:51:18 -0400 Jack Flemming <p>In La Quinta, Sylvester Stallone is asking $3.35 million for a desert retreat that he paid $4.5 million for a decade ago. </p> The Mediterranean villa is found in La Quinta's exclusive Madison Club community. Doyle Terry 2020-05-20 17:51 -04:00 2020-05-21 09:51 +12:00 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8341895/Harry-Meghans-new-home-one-swankiest-gated-communities-Los-Angeles.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8341895/Harry-Meghans-new-home-one-swankiest-gated-communities-Los-Angeles.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 Harry and Meghan's new home is in one of the swankiest gated communities in Los Angeles  What they really crave, say friends, is the simple life. So why, one might ask, are they living in a grandiose hilltop mega-mansion in one of Los Angeles's swankiest gated communities (pictured)? Wed, 20 May 2020 21:18:40 Z DailyMail.com 2020-05-20 21:18 +00:00 2020-05-21 09:18 +12:00 https://www.latimes.com/business/real-estate/story/2020-05-20/elizabeth-banks-unloads-studio-city-midcentury-for-2-255-million https://www.latimes.com/business/real-estate/story/2020-05-20/elizabeth-banks-unloads-studio-city-midcentury-for-2-255-million Elizabeth Banks unloads Studio City Midcentury for $2.255 million <p>In Studio City, actress Elizabeth Banks and her husband, producer Max Handelman, just sold their Midcentury compound for $2.255 million.</p> Wed, 20 May 2020 13:52:16 -0400 Jack Flemming <p>In Studio City, actress Elizabeth Banks and her husband, producer Max Handelman, just sold their Midcentury compound for $2.255 million.</p> The compound holds a 1940s Midcentury home, a studio, a detached media lounge and a pool house. Realtor.com 2020-05-20 13:52 -04:00 2020-05-21 05:52 +12:00 https://www.nzherald.co.nz/mortgages/news/article.cfm?c_id=516&objectid=12333573&ref=rss newsfeeds@nzherald.co.nz Mortgage wars: ANZ offers 2.79 per cent home loan rate ANZ has dropped its one-year fixed home loan rate to 2.79 per cent, which it says is "well beyond historic lows".It follows other major banks dropping below 3 per cent for the first time as the mortgage competition continues to... Wed, 20 May 2020 18:56:24 +1200 2020-05-20 18:56 +12:00 2020-05-20 18:56 +12:00 https://www.latimes.com/business/real-estate/story/2020-05-19/kiss-guitarist-tommy-thayer-seeks-sale-of-lake-sherwood-villa https://www.latimes.com/business/real-estate/story/2020-05-19/kiss-guitarist-tommy-thayer-seeks-sale-of-lake-sherwood-villa KISS guitarist Tommy Thayer seeks sale of Lake Sherwood villa <p>KISS guitarist Tommy Thayer has listed his customized home in Ventura County's Lake Sherwood community for $2.75 million.</p> Tue, 19 May 2020 15:01:06 -0400 Neal J. Leitereg <p>KISS guitarist Tommy Thayer has listed his customized home in Ventura County's Lake Sherwood community for $2.75 million.</p> Jeff Elson 2020-05-19 15:01 -04:00 2020-05-20 07:01 +12:00 https://www.latimes.com/homeless-housing/story/2020-05-19/southern-california-home-sales-fall-prices-rise-april https://www.latimes.com/homeless-housing/story/2020-05-19/southern-california-home-sales-fall-prices-rise-april Coronavirus lockdown stifles Southern California home sales. But prices edge up <p>Home sales were down considerably in Southern California in April, but the Southland's median sales price continued to climb.</p> Tue, 19 May 2020 14:40:28 -0400 Neal J. Leitereg <p>Home sales were down considerably in Southern California in April, but the Southland's median sales price continued to climb.</p> Five homes for sale on the 15000 block off Alosta in Moreno Valley. Karen Tapia-Andersen / Los Angeles Times 2020-05-19 14:40 -04:00 2020-05-20 06:40 +12:00 https://www.latimes.com/business/real-estate/story/2020-05-19/walt-disneys-dream-house-in-palm-springs-sells-for-the-asking-price https://www.latimes.com/business/real-estate/story/2020-05-19/walt-disneys-dream-house-in-palm-springs-sells-for-the-asking-price Walt Disney's 'dream house' in Palm Springs sells for the asking price <p>A Palm Springs home built for Walt Disney and his wife Lillian in 1962 has sold for $1.095 million.</p> Tue, 19 May 2020 14:04:21 -0400 Neal J. Leitereg <p>A Palm Springs home built for Walt Disney and his wife Lillian in 1962 has sold for $1.095 million.</p> Walt Disney with his wife, Lillian, in 1935. Associated Press 2020-05-19 14:04 -04:00 2020-05-20 06:04 +12:00 https://www.latimes.com/business/real-estate/story/2020-05-19/umbrella-academy-creator-steve-blackman-snags-encino-farmhouse https://www.latimes.com/business/real-estate/story/2020-05-19/umbrella-academy-creator-steve-blackman-snags-encino-farmhouse 'Umbrella Academy' creator Steve Blackman snags Encino farmhouse <p>'Umbrella Academy' creator Steve Blackman recently dropped $5.25 million on a newly built modern farmhouse in Encino.</p> Tue, 19 May 2020 13:18:40 -0400 Jack Flemming <p>'Umbrella Academy' creator Steve Blackman recently dropped $5.25 million on a newly built modern farmhouse in Encino.</p> Built in 2019, the two-story farmhouse draws the eye with a sleek black, white and gray exterior. Realtor.com 2020-05-19 13:18 -04:00 2020-05-20 05:18 +12:00 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/money/news/article-8319487/Have-bagged-lockdown-freebie-someones-driveway.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/money/news/article-8319487/Have-bagged-lockdown-freebie-someones-driveway.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 Have you bagged a lockdown freebie from someone's driveway? From scales to a set of speakers, children's toys to a £150 chandelier; there's no telling what might be deemed surplus to requirements once you have a clear out. Tue, 19 May 2020 06:34:36 Z None 2020-05-19 06:34 +00:00 2020-05-19 18:34 +12:00 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-8319833/Can-agent-tell-offered-house.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-8319833/Can-agent-tell-offered-house.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 Can an agent tell us how much others have offered on a house? We have found a property for sale that we want to buy - but we don't want to pay too much, and we don't want to lose out on it either. Tue, 19 May 2020 06:34:00 Z James Cook/REX/Shutterstock 2020-05-19 06:34 +00:00 2020-05-19 18:34 +12:00 https://www.latimes.com/business/real-estate/story/2020-05-18/actor-jackson-hurst-sells-valley-village-home-for-over-asking https://www.latimes.com/business/real-estate/story/2020-05-18/actor-jackson-hurst-sells-valley-village-home-for-over-asking Actor Jackson Hurst sells Valley Village home for over asking <p>"Drop Dead Diva" actor Jackson Hurst just sold his remodeled home in Valley Village for $1.86 million, or $61,000 more than he was asking.</p> Mon, 18 May 2020 16:04:15 -0400 Jack Flemming <p>"Drop Dead Diva" actor Jackson Hurst just sold his remodeled home in Valley Village for $1.86 million, or $61,000 more than he was asking.</p> Recently remodeled, the modern farmhouse-style home holds five bedrooms and 4.5 bathrooms in about 3,200 square feet. Realtor.com 2020-05-18 16:04 -04:00 2020-05-19 08:04 +12:00 https://www.latimes.com/business/real-estate/story/2020-05-18/nfls-charles-woodson-sells-florida-home https://www.latimes.com/business/real-estate/story/2020-05-18/nfls-charles-woodson-sells-florida-home NFL's Charles Woodson sells Florida home of 22 years <p>In Orlando, Fla., NFL great Charles Woodson has sold his two-story home of 22 years for $670,000. </p> Mon, 18 May 2020 14:27:23 -0400 Jack Flemming <p>In Orlando, Fla., NFL great Charles Woodson has sold his two-story home of 22 years for $670,000. </p> Raiders safety Charles Woodson celebrates a game-sealing play as Broncos quarterback Brock Osweiler lies on the ground after being hit on an incomplete pass. Dustin Bradford / Getty Images 2020-05-18 14:27 -04:00 2020-05-19 06:27 +12:00 https://www.latimes.com/business/real-estate/story/2020-05-18/greg-norman-tees-up-colorado-ranch-at-40-million https://www.latimes.com/business/real-estate/story/2020-05-18/greg-norman-tees-up-colorado-ranch-at-40-million Greg Norman tees up Colorado ranch at $40 million <p>Golfer Greg Norman has listed his 11,900-acre ranch in Colorado for $40 million.</p> Mon, 18 May 2020 12:57:18 -0400 Neal J. Leitereg <p>Golfer Greg Norman has listed his 11,900-acre ranch in Colorado for $40 million.</p> Shawn O'Connor Photography 2020-05-18 12:57 -04:00 2020-05-19 04:57 +12:00 https://www.latimes.com/business/real-estate/story/2020-05-18/2500-rent-la-county https://www.latimes.com/business/real-estate/story/2020-05-18/2500-rent-la-county What you can rent for about $2,500 in communities in L.A. County <p>If you're hunting for a new place during stay-at-home restrictions, here are homes available for about $2,500 per month in six L.A. County communities.</p> Mon, 18 May 2020 12:12:34 -0400 Jack Flemming <p>If you're hunting for a new place during stay-at-home restrictions, here are homes available for about $2,500 per month in six L.A. County communities.</p> Realtor.com 2020-05-18 12:12 -04:00 2020-05-19 04:12 +12:00 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-8311011/Glorious-gardens-pick-homes-worthy-Chelsea-Flower-Show.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-8311011/Glorious-gardens-pick-homes-worthy-Chelsea-Flower-Show.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 Glorious gardens! We pick homes worthy of the Chelsea Flower Show These properties prove that from a family home, to a London townhouse, or millionaire's mansion, you can create a show-stopping outdoor space Mon, 18 May 2020 08:17:55 Z None 2020-05-18 08:17 +00:00 2020-05-18 20:17 +12:00 https://www.theguardian.com/money/2020/may/18/equity-release-debt-is-growing-can-i-apply-for-mortgage-holiday https://www.theguardian.com/money/2020/may/18/equity-release-debt-is-growing-can-i-apply-for-mortgage-holiday Equity release Mortgages Property UK news Money Equity release debt is growing – can I apply for mortgage holiday? <p>Reader thwarted by lockdown from selling mother’s home to pay for her care home costs</p><p><strong>Q</strong> My mother took out a lifetime mortgage for equity release in 2011. The amount borrowed was nearly £100,000 (about half the value of her home at that time) at a rate of interest of 7.54%. Following a stroke, she moved into a nursing home in December 2019 so I am now in the process of selling her house to fund the care home fees.</p><p>By lockdown in March, I had a buyer in place but activity has been frozen for the last three months. Meanwhile the debt repayable to the equity release firm is apparently increasing at £230 a week, which would reduce the equity available at the end of the lockdown period by over £3,000.</p> <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/money/2020/may/18/equity-release-debt-is-growing-can-i-apply-for-mortgage-holiday">Continue reading...</a> Mon, 18 May 2020 06:00:20 Z Photograph: Jon Santa Cruz/REX/Shutterstock Photograph: Jon Santa Cruz/REX/Shutterstock Virginia Wallis 2020-05-18T06:00:20Z 2020-05-18 06:00 +00:00 2020-05-18 18:00 +12:00 http://www.theguardian.com/business/2020/may/16/housebuying-property-viewing-mood-market-in-need-refurbishment https://www.theguardian.com/business/2020/may/16/housebuying-property-viewing-mood-market-in-need-refurbishment Housing market Property Real estate Business Money Economics Coronavirus outbreak Infectious diseases World news Housebuying is back: but the market’s mood is in need of refurbishment The return of viewings is welcome news for estate agents, but many buyers are now much less certain of their position<p>Britain’s property market has proved to be a cornerstone of economic activity for decades. Without buyers and sellers alike booking removal lorries and moving home, large parts of the economy can lose momentum and drag on growth.</p><p>The decision to <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/money/2020/may/12/housing-market-in-england-to-reopen-for-socially-distanced-property-viewings" title="">allow property viewings</a> as part of an easing of the lockdown was seen by ministers as a much-needed boost to commercial life. Over the coming months retailers and wholesalers that supply kitchens, carpets and light fittings will join the army of <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/business/2020/may/12/uk-furlough-scheme-extended-rishi-sunak-coronavirus" title="">previously furloughed</a> estate agents in getting a boost.</p> <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/business/2020/may/16/housebuying-property-viewing-mood-market-in-need-refurbishment">Continue reading...</a> Sat, 16 May 2020 15:00:33 Z Photograph: Xinhua/REX/Shutterstock Photograph: Xinhua/REX/Shutterstock Phillip Inman 2020-05-16T15:00:33Z 2020-05-16 15:00 +00:00 2020-05-17 03:00 +12:00 https://www.latimes.com/business/real-estate/story/2020-05-16/hot-property-cardinals-owner-buys-eva-longorias-l-a-compound https://www.latimes.com/business/real-estate/story/2020-05-16/hot-property-cardinals-owner-buys-eva-longorias-l-a-compound Hot Property: Cardinals owner finds new base in Eva Longoria's L.A. compound <p>St. Louis Cardinals owner Bill DeWitt buys Eva Longoria's Hollywood Hills compound. Also: HGTV star Tarek El Moussa bags a sweet offer for Costa Mesa home.</p> Sat, 16 May 2020 08:30:02 -0400 Neal J. Leitereg, Jack Flemming <p>St. Louis Cardinals owner Bill DeWitt buys Eva Longoria's Hollywood Hills compound. Also: HGTV star Tarek El Moussa bags a sweet offer for Costa Mesa home.</p> Actress Eva Longoria found a buyer for his Hollywood Hills compound in St. Louis Cardinals owner Bill DeWitt. The 2.75-acre compound, once owned by Tom Cruise, has multiple structures including two studios, a villa and a four-bedroom guest house. Stone pathways and bridges lend a whimsical quality to the grounds, which feature a resort-style pool lined with boulders. Aaron Hoffman/Aaron Hoffman 2020-05-16 08:30 -04:00 2020-05-17 00:30 +12:00 https://www.latimes.com/business/real-estate/story/2020-05-16/home-of-the-week-eagle-rock-spanish-revival https://www.latimes.com/business/real-estate/story/2020-05-16/home-of-the-week-eagle-rock-spanish-revival Home of the Week: Fully refreshed in Eagle Rock <p>In Eagle Rock, a recently renovated Spanish Revival-style home blends new and old details. Asking price: $2.685 million.</p> Sat, 16 May 2020 08:00:47 -0400 Neal J. Leitereg <p>In Eagle Rock, a recently renovated Spanish Revival-style home blends new and old details. Asking price: $2.685 million.</p> Listed for $2.685 million, the Spanish Revival-style home recently underwent a two-year renovation that introduced a host of modern updates while preserving certain period details. Features include redwood beams, arched doorways and a grand fireplace in the living room. Custom arched steel doors connect the indoor-outdoor living spaces. The 4,100-square-foot house has four bedrooms including two master suites. A La Cornue range with bronze accents steals the show in the kitchen. Charmaine David/Charmaine David/Charmaine David 2020-05-16 08:00 -04:00 2020-05-17 00:00 +12:00 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-8320963/Property-buying-selling-questions-answered-market-reopens.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-8320963/Property-buying-selling-questions-answered-market-reopens.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 Coronavirus UK: Property buying and selling as market reopens Moving house is a favourite spring pastime and some of us are now free to start the hunt for a new home, but questions abound. Sat, 16 May 2020 08:50:06 Z None 2020-05-16 08:50 +00:00 2020-05-16 20:50 +12:00 https://www.latimes.com/business/real-estate/story/2020-05-15/kelly-clarkson-looks-to-shed-encino-farmhouse https://www.latimes.com/business/real-estate/story/2020-05-15/kelly-clarkson-looks-to-shed-encino-farmhouse Kelly Clarkson looks to shed Encino farmhouse <p>Singer-songwriter Kelly Clarkson is seeking $10 million for her Encino farmhouse.</p> Fri, 15 May 2020 15:30:48 -0400 Neal J. Leitereg <p>Singer-songwriter Kelly Clarkson is seeking $10 million for her Encino farmhouse.</p> On Miguel's performance: "I don't know who you are but that was the sexiest thing I've ever seen. We should sing together." Kevork Djansezian / Getty Images 2020-05-15 15:30 -04:00 2020-05-16 07:30 +12:00 https://www.latimes.com/business/real-estate/story/2020-05-15/gene-autrys-famed-palm-springs-ranch-sells-for-a-2020-high-7-million https://www.latimes.com/business/real-estate/story/2020-05-15/gene-autrys-famed-palm-springs-ranch-sells-for-a-2020-high-7-million Gene Autry's famed Palm Springs ranch sells for a 2020-high $7 million <p>In Palm Springs, an impressive estate once owned by cowboy crooner Gene Autry has sold for $7 million, one of the highest sales in the city's history.</p> Fri, 15 May 2020 15:04:14 -0400 Jack Flemming <p>In Palm Springs, an impressive estate once owned by cowboy crooner Gene Autry has sold for $7 million, one of the highest sales in the city's history.</p> The 1.5-acre property holds a single-story hacienda, guest apartment, tennis court and courtyard with a swimming pool. Realtor.com 2020-05-15 15:04 -04:00 2020-05-16 07:04 +12:00 https://www.latimes.com/business/real-estate/story/2020-05-15/beachwood-canyon-traditional-with-oscar-ties-seeks-2-4-million https://www.latimes.com/business/real-estate/story/2020-05-15/beachwood-canyon-traditional-with-oscar-ties-seeks-2-4-million Beachwood Canyon traditional with Oscar ties seeks $2.4 million <p>The Beachwood Canyon home of Oscar-winning set decorator Victor Zolfo is for sale at $2.399 million. The 2,800-square-foot house was previously owned by screenwriter Kelly Marcel and the family of actor Burt Lancaster.</p> Fri, 15 May 2020 13:55:06 -0400 Neal J. Leitereg <p>The Beachwood Canyon home of Oscar-winning set decorator Victor Zolfo is for sale at $2.399 million. The 2,800-square-foot house was previously owned by screenwriter Kelly Marcel and the family of actor Burt Lancaster.</p> The Agency 2020-05-15 13:55 -04:00 2020-05-16 05:55 +12:00 https://www.theguardian.com/money/gallery/2020/may/15/homes-with-income-potential-in-pictures https://www.theguardian.com/money/gallery/2020/may/15/homes-with-income-potential-in-pictures Property Money UK news Homes with income potential – in pictures <p>From an old station house to a grand hall, these properties can earn their keep</p> <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/money/gallery/2020/may/15/homes-with-income-potential-in-pictures">Continue reading...</a> Fri, 15 May 2020 06:00:31 Z Photograph: Jackson Stops Photograph: Jackson Stops Jill Papworth 2020-05-15T06:00:31Z 2020-05-15 06:00 +00:00 2020-05-15 18:00 +12:00 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8319295/Interactive-map-allows-compare-size-garden.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8319295/Interactive-map-allows-compare-size-garden.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 Interactive map allows you to compare the size of your garden Londoners have the least access to their own private space although the figures show that black people in England are almost four times as likely as white people to live in properties without a garden. Thu, 14 May 2020 20:57:14 Z Getty Images 2020-05-14 20:57 +00:00 2020-05-15 08:57 +12:00 https://www.latimes.com/business/real-estate/story/2020-05-14/the-elon-musk-housing-sell-off-ramps-up https://www.latimes.com/business/real-estate/story/2020-05-14/the-elon-musk-housing-sell-off-ramps-up Elon Musk doubles down on his promise to 'own no house' by selling five more <p>Elon Musk has listed another five of his California homes. The tech billionaire now has seven properties for sale for a combined $137 million.</p> Thu, 14 May 2020 13:00:20 -0400 Neal J. Leitereg <p>Elon Musk has listed another five of his California homes. The tech billionaire now has seven properties for sale for a combined $137 million.</p> Elon Musk, co-founder and chief executive officer of Tesla Inc., speaks during an unveiling event for the Boring Co. Hawthorne test tunnel in Hawthorne, Calif., on Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2018. Musk has unveiled his underground transportation tunnel, allowing reporters and VIPs to take some of the first rides in the subterranean tube, which the tech entrepreneur says is the answer to what he calls "soul-destroying traffic." (Robyn Beck/Pool Photo via AP) Robyn Beck / AP 2020-05-14 13:00 -04:00 2020-05-15 05:00 +12:00 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/money/mortgageshome/article-8307873/Mortgage-rates-lowest-level-fail-pace-BoE-cut.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/money/mortgageshome/article-8307873/Mortgage-rates-lowest-level-fail-pace-BoE-cut.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 Mortgage rates at lowest ever level but fail to keep pace with BoE cut Individual deals have been cheaper in the past, despite the Bank of England slashing base rate to a record low of 0.1 per cent Thu, 14 May 2020 12:42:40 Z Shutterstock / DrimaFilm 2020-05-14 12:42 +00:00 2020-05-15 00:42 +12:00 https://www.latimes.com/business/real-estate/story/2020-05-14/what-250-000-buys-san-bernardino-county-mountains https://www.latimes.com/business/real-estate/story/2020-05-14/what-250-000-buys-san-bernardino-county-mountains What $250,000 buys in the San Bernardino County mountains <p>Need a quarantine retreat? Here's a look at what roughly $250,000 buys in Sugarloaf, Running Springs and Lake Arrowhead in the mountains of San Bernardino County.</p> Thu, 14 May 2020 08:00:36 -0400 Jack Flemming <p>Need a quarantine retreat? Here's a look at what roughly $250,000 buys in Sugarloaf, Running Springs and Lake Arrowhead in the mountains of San Bernardino County.</p> SUGARLOAF: This two-story cabin with balconies on both sides sits a vacant parcel away from the San Bernardino National Forest. Address: 887 San Bernardino Ave., Sugarloaf, 92386. Listed for: $235,000 for two bedrooms, two bathrooms in 1,216 square feet (5,000-square-foot lot). Features: Front deck; wood and stone accents; kitchen with mobile island; two-room storage shed. Realtor.com 2020-05-14 08:00 -04:00 2020-05-15 00:00 +12:00 58af97f5440243fe3d552306:5906c0dfe4fcb573ba562253:5ebf4324b9c5c4773fa88144 https://chemcare.co.nz/articles/asbestos-fibres-flames-danger Why are asbestos fibres more dangerous when exposed to flames? Why are asbestos fibres more dangerous when exposed to flames? Thu, 14 May 2020 03:00:00 Z Klaris Chua-Pineda &nbsp; <figure class=" sqs-block-image-figure intrinsic " > <img class="thumb-image" data-image="https://images.squarespace-cdn.com/content/v1/58af97f5440243fe3d552306/1589593705268-EEBO7O5D1F2G6ZF5MU1G/ke17ZwdGBToddI8pDm48kCDnvzZDSTqrZYB0qToMReZ7gQa3H78H3Y0txjaiv_0fDoOvxcdMmMKkDsyUqMSsMWxHk725yiiHCCLfrh8O1z4YTzHvnKhyp6Da-NYroOW3ZGjoBKy3azqku80C789l0psyQQR5KrxgIm8QcotvsYtvUHnJsni5ivcu2RP0UO8zWN1uCXtq4fHLhtl5lYmmpQ/image-asset.jpeg" data-image-dimensions="2500x1662" data-image-focal-point="0.5,0.5" alt="" data-load="false" data-image-id="5ebf4668416bcf4b4204de39" data-type="image" src="https://images.squarespace-cdn.com/content/v1/58af97f5440243fe3d552306/1589593705268-EEBO7O5D1F2G6ZF5MU1G/ke17ZwdGBToddI8pDm48kCDnvzZDSTqrZYB0qToMReZ7gQa3H78H3Y0txjaiv_0fDoOvxcdMmMKkDsyUqMSsMWxHk725yiiHCCLfrh8O1z4YTzHvnKhyp6Da-NYroOW3ZGjoBKy3azqku80C789l0psyQQR5KrxgIm8QcotvsYtvUHnJsni5ivcu2RP0UO8zWN1uCXtq4fHLhtl5lYmmpQ/image-asset.jpeg?format=1000w" /> </figure> &nbsp;<p class="">Knowing what we know now about the dangers of asbestos, it’s hard to believe it was once touted as a desirable material in thousands of products.</p><p class="">It’s even <em>harder</em> to believe that it was adored for its fire-resistant properties when we know now that it’s actually more of a hindrance than a help in a fiery situation. Confused? Read on to learn why asbestos fibres are more dangerous when exposed to flames.</p><h2>How is Asbestos a Fire-Resistant Material?</h2><p class="">Asbestos was being advertised as the latest and greatest material in the manufacturing world. It was durable, pliable, versatile, and, most importantly, affordable. But even though it was used in many applications, it wasn’t until the 1900s that it was seen as excellent for its <a href="https://www.asbestos.com/products/fireproofing-fire-prevention-materials/">fire-resistant properties</a>.</p><p class="">Its chemical makeup meant that its melting point was 871 degrees, perfect for being able to withstand the intense heat that comes with fire. As soon as that was discovered, it became commonplace in the average firefighter’s breathing apparatus. </p><p class="">It also started being used in the manufacturing processes of roofing shingles, concrete, wallboard, fabric, cloth, and insulation and coating for homes. It was non-flammable, non-combustible, and <em>strong.</em> It would take a particularly intense fire to bring this material to its knees. </p><p class="">But it wasn’t infallible, and along with discovering that asbestos was <a href="https://ehs.oregonstate.edu/asb-when">dangerous</a>, it was also discovered that was particularly dangerous when set alight. </p><h2>Why Are Asbestos Fibres More Dangerous When Exposed to Flames? </h2><p class="">Most <a href="https://www.chemcare.co.nz/">asbestos removal experts</a> in New Zealand and around the world agree that asbestos is only harmful to human health when exposed. When it’s left alone, and in excellent condition, it does not need to be removed. However, it’s always a good idea to touch base with your local asbestos removalist to make sure. </p><p class="">So, why is it that when it’s left alone, asbestos poses minimal risk, but when lit on fire, it’s a significant health hazard? It’s all in the fibres. When asbestos becomes damaged (through wear and tear and fire), the tiny fibres can be released into the air for people to swallow or inhale. </p><p class="">Over <a href="https://www.asbestos.com/asbestosis/causes/">several years</a>, usually around 20 to 30, those fibres start damaging the cells in your body, leading to cancer, inflammation, and other serious health conditions. </p><p class="">Rummaging through the remains of a fire might not seem like a risk, given that the fire is out. But if your home is built before 1990, there’s a genuine risk that some building materials, and even the kitchen and bathroom lino, may have caused asbestos fibres to be released into the air.</p><p class="">You might think that you can <em>see </em>the asbestos to be able to avoid it, but that’s not the case. Asbestos fibres are microscopic, which means that even <em>thousands </em>of fibres in a single cluster are still a mere speck. To spot that among the carnage of a house fire is impossible. </p><h2>So, How Do I Enter A House After a Fire Safely? </h2><p class="">Even though you may have been given the “all clear” by your local fire department to enter your home, it’s crucial to weigh up the risks. If your home is built before 1990, asbestos testing can be paramount. Otherwise, you can put yourself and your family at risk by rummaging through your possessions without protection</p><p class="">An asbestos expert near you can test the building materials and provide helpful advice on what to do next. Alternatively, you can invest in an approved P100 respirator, wear disposable coveralls and protective gloves, and use amended water before entering the home. </p><p class="">Amended water is liquid that has had a wetting agent added to it to allow it to penetrate asbestos. Its job is to weigh down the lightweight asbestos fibres so that they are easy to clean up from the ground, rather than run the risk of them remaining airborne. </p><p class="">Still, the safest decision is going to be speaking to the experts before trying to take care of the clean-up task on your own. </p><h2>What Can Exposure to Asbestos Do? </h2><p class="">It’s easy to get complacent about the risks of asbestos exposure when the fibres are so small that you can’t see them. After all, why should you be scared of something you can’t see? It’s important to understand that the fibres are responsible for tends of thousands of deaths every year, and can cause a myriad of different health conditions.</p><p class="">Mesothelioma, asbestosis, various cancers, pleural plaque, pleural thickening, and pleural effusion are all related to asbestos exposure. For most, if not all, asbestos-related illnesses, there is no cure.</p><p class="">Through house fires, renovations, or damaged asbestos building products, there is a genuine risk of asbestos exposure that can have long-lasting and potentially fatal consequences. If you’re not sure of the risk, don’t assume the best. Get in touch with your local asbestos removalist for peace of mind and to take care of business. </p> Why are asbestos fibres more dangerous when exposed to flames? 2020-05-14 03:00 +00:00 2020-05-14 15:00 +12:00 https://www.nzherald.co.nz/property-infographics/news/article.cfm?c_id=1503298&objectid=12331951&ref=rss newsfeeds@nzherald.co.nz Budget 2020: Housing providers ready to build 8000 new public houses - but say more needed Community housing providers say they are shovel ready to help the Government build the 8000 new public houses promised in today's Budget , but also warned this was only half of what was needed.The planned 8000 new state-owned houses... Thu, 14 May 2020 14:06:43 +1200 2020-05-14 14:06 +12:00 2020-05-14 14:06 +12:00 https://www.latimes.com/business/real-estate/story/2020-05-13/in-bel-air-ed-mcmahons-former-tudor-aims-for-10-5-million https://www.latimes.com/business/real-estate/story/2020-05-13/in-bel-air-ed-mcmahons-former-tudor-aims-for-10-5-million In Bel-Air, Ed McMahon's former Tudor asks $10.5 million <p>A week after Ed McMahon's longtime Beverly Hills home surfaced for sale, the late TV personality's Bel-Air haunt has been relisted for $10.5 million.</p> Wed, 13 May 2020 17:42:22 -0400 Jack Flemming <p>A week after Ed McMahon's longtime Beverly Hills home surfaced for sale, the late TV personality's Bel-Air haunt has been relisted for $10.5 million.</p> Built in 1934, the Tudor-style home boasts half-timbering and lattice windows across three stories. Realtor.com 2020-05-13 17:42 -04:00 2020-05-14 09:42 +12:00 https://www.latimes.com/business/real-estate/story/2020-05-13/music-exec-ron-fair-looks-to-record-another-mansion-sale-in-tennessee https://www.latimes.com/business/real-estate/story/2020-05-13/music-exec-ron-fair-looks-to-record-another-mansion-sale-in-tennessee Music exec Ron Fair looks to record a mansion sale in Tennessee <p>In Tennessee, music industry veteran Ron Fair is asking around $4 million for his brick mansion with a movie theater and music room. </p> Wed, 13 May 2020 15:20:33 -0400 Jack Flemming <p>In Tennessee, music industry veteran Ron Fair is asking around $4 million for his brick mansion with a movie theater and music room. </p> The three-story brick mansion boasts seven bedrooms and 10 bathrooms in over 12,000 square feet. Realtor.com 2020-05-13 15:20 -04:00 2020-05-14 07:20 +12:00 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8315081/Coronavirus-UK-Homes-flood-market-desperate-owners-battle-sell.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8315081/Coronavirus-UK-Homes-flood-market-desperate-owners-battle-sell.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 Coronavirus UK: Houses flood property market as crash expected Some 2,150 properties have been added to RightMove in England, Wales and Scotland over the past 24 hours as Robert Jenrick lifted the ban on house moves. Wed, 13 May 2020 17:32:20 Z None 2020-05-13 17:32 +00:00 2020-05-14 05:32 +12:00 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-8288801/Are-dreaming-country-house-like-lockdown.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-8288801/Are-dreaming-country-house-like-lockdown.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 Are you dreaming of a country house like this in lockdown? House hunters crave bigger home and prize open green spaces more than before, due to lockdown, according to a new survey by Savills. Wed, 13 May 2020 16:19:23 Z None 2020-05-13 16:19 +00:00 2020-05-14 04:19 +12:00 http://www.theguardian.com/business/2020/may/13/uk-property-market-could-fall-13-housing-experts-predict https://www.theguardian.com/business/2020/may/13/uk-property-market-could-fall-13-housing-experts-predict Housing market Property Renting property Coronavirus outbreak UK news Business Real estate Money UK property market could fall 13%, housing experts predict <p>Wide range of forecasts as market cautiously reopens after coronavirus shutdown</p><ul><li><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/series/coronavirus-live/latest">Coronavirus – latest updates</a></li><li><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/coronavirus-outbreak">See all our coronavirus coverage</a></li></ul><p>Economists and housing experts are forecasting UK-wide price falls of up to 13%, with “brutal” declines in some areas, as the property market struggles to rebuild during the coronavirus crisis.</p><p>The range of forecasts from the major researchers is markedly wider than usual. At one end is the Centre for Economics and Business Research, which predicts that 2020 prices will be down by 13% “as a lack of transactions, high uncertainty and falling incomes take their toll”. But the estate agent Savills said the hit to the market could be more like 5%, and a third of valuation surveyors are predicting that price falls may be limited to 4% or less.</p><p> <span>Related: </span><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/business/2020/apr/28/sales-of-almost-400000-uk-homes-stalled-due-to-coronavirus-lockdown-says-zoopla">Sales of almost 400,000 homes stalled due to lockdown, says Zoopla</a> </p> <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/business/2020/may/13/uk-property-market-could-fall-13-housing-experts-predict">Continue reading...</a> Wed, 13 May 2020 16:12:12 Z Photograph: Maureen McLean/REX/Shutterstock Photograph: Maureen McLean/REX/Shutterstock Patrick Collinson 2020-05-13T16:12:12Z 2020-05-13 16:12 +00:00 2020-05-14 04:12 +12:00 http://www.theguardian.com/money/2020/may/13/opening-of-english-housing-market-catches-estate-agents-on-hop-coronavirus https://www.theguardian.com/money/2020/may/13/opening-of-english-housing-market-catches-estate-agents-on-hop-coronavirus Property Housing market Renting property Business Money Consumer affairs Real estate UK news Coronavirus outbreak Opening of English housing market catches estate agents on the hop <p> Agencies scramble to work out how to do viewings after industry exempted from coronavirus lockdown </p><ul><li><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/series/coronavirus-live/latest">Coronavirus – latest updates</a></li><li><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/coronavirus-outbreak">See all our coronavirus coverage</a></li></ul><p>The news that the housing market in England could restart came as a surprise to estate agents. “We thought we’d be included with other retail and it would be 1 June before we could reopen,” says Alasdair Dunne, head of residential at Fisher German. “Then all of a sudden it’s full speed ahead.”</p><p>The agency, which has 13 offices covering England and Wales, received the government guidance on how to carry out viewings at 9.30am, but had already heard from clients who had seen the news. “Some of them are really keen to get on and do things, but some are actually quite nervous,” he says. “We are seeing if sellers are happy for viewings to take place. If it doesn’t look feasible to do it safely, we’re not doing it.”</p><p></p><p>The World Health Organization (WHO) <a href="https://www.who.int/publications-detail/advice-on-the-use-of-masks-in-the-community-during-home-care-and-in-healthcare-settings-in-the-context-of-the-novel-coronavirus-(2019-ncov)-outbreak">guidance on face masks</a> has remained consistent during the coronavirus pandemic. It has stuck to the line that masks are for healthcare workers – not the public.<b>&nbsp;</b></p> <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/money/2020/may/13/opening-of-english-housing-market-catches-estate-agents-on-hop-coronavirus">Continue reading...</a> Wed, 13 May 2020 15:17:35 Z Photograph: Matthew Lloyd/Getty Photograph: Matthew Lloyd/Getty Hilary Osborne 2020-05-13T15:17:35Z 2020-05-13 15:17 +00:00 2020-05-14 03:17 +12:00 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/money/markets/article-8314575/Taylor-Wimpey-gives-NHS-staff-5-discount-new-home.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/money/markets/article-8314575/Taylor-Wimpey-gives-NHS-staff-5-discount-new-home.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 Taylor Wimpey gives NHS staff 5% discount on new home Only one family will be able to view a property at a time and customers will not be accompanied by a member of the group's sales team on viewings. Wed, 13 May 2020 15:14:07 Z None 2020-05-13 15:14 +00:00 2020-05-14 03:14 +12:00 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/money/mortgageshome/article-8314831/Moving-house-need-know-lockdown-eases.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/money/mortgageshome/article-8314831/Moving-house-need-know-lockdown-eases.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 Can you move home now? What the property market restart means The Government said estate agents could restart viewings and home moves could go ahead again, but how will this work? We explain. Wed, 13 May 2020 14:41:50 Z None 2020-05-13 14:41 +00:00 2020-05-14 02:41 +12:00 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-8312293/Could-Ikea-furniture-worth-fortune.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-8312293/Could-Ikea-furniture-worth-fortune.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 Could YOUR Ikea furniture be worth a fortune? Auctioneers and retailers in the UK, US and Sweden reported how Ikea furniture from the 1950s to the 1990s can sell for hundreds of times the original price. Wed, 13 May 2020 07:31:51 Z None 2020-05-13 07:31 +00:00 2020-05-13 19:31 +12:00 https://www.landlords.co.nz/article/976516826/comment-which-property-markets-are-most-vulnerable?utm_source=LL&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=COMMENT%3A+Which+property+markets+are+most+vulnerable%3F https://www.landlords.co.nz/article/976516826/comment-which-property-markets-are-most-vulnerable?utm_source=LL&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=COMMENT%3A+Which+property+markets+are+most+vulnerable%3F COMMENT: Which property markets are most vulnerable? <p>In the coming months, all parts of the country are likely to feel some degree of property pain, but CoreLogic&rsquo;s Kelvin Davidson* has taken a look at which areas might be hardest hit.</p> Wed, 13 May 2020 11:25:00 +1200 2020-05-13 11:25 +12:00 2020-05-13 11:25 +12:00 https://www.latimes.com/business/real-estate/story/2020-05-12/basketball-chris-paul-buys-encino-showplace-for-11-1-million https://www.latimes.com/business/real-estate/story/2020-05-12/basketball-chris-paul-buys-encino-showplace-for-11-1-million Basketball's Chris Paul buys Encino showplace for $11.1 million <p>NBA star Chris Paul, a former Clipper, has bought a newly built home in Encino for about $11.1 million.</p> Tue, 12 May 2020 16:34:11 -0400 Neal J. Leitereg <p>NBA star Chris Paul, a former Clipper, has bought a newly built home in Encino for about $11.1 million.</p> SALT LAKE CITY, UT - OCTOBER 23: Chris Paul #3 of the Oklahoma City Thunder looks on during an opening night game against the Oklahoma City Thunder at Vivint Smart Home Arena on October 23, 2019 in Salt Lake City, Utah. 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 Alex Goodlett/Getty Images) Getty Images 2020-05-12 16:34 -04:00 2020-05-13 08:34 +12:00 http://www.theguardian.com/money/2020/may/12/housing-market-in-england-to-reopen-for-socially-distanced-property-viewings https://www.theguardian.com/money/2020/may/12/housing-market-in-england-to-reopen-for-socially-distanced-property-viewings Property Coronavirus outbreak Money Consumer affairs UK news Housing market Business Housing market in England to reopen for 'socially distanced' property viewings <p>Estate agents back to work on Wednesday as new laws permit key house-hunting activities</p><ul><li><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/series/coronavirus-live/latest">Coronavirus – latest updates</a></li><li><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/coronavirus-outbreak">See all our coronavirus coverage</a></li></ul><p>The housing market in England has been given the green light to reopen after seven weeks of lockdown, with renters and buyers allowed to move home and view properties as long as they observe <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/apr/22/uk-will-need-social-distancing-until-at-least-end-of-year-says-whitty">physical distancing</a>.</p><p>Under new regulations, key activities relating to moving home will be permitted, allowing estate agents to get back to work.</p><p> <span>Related: </span><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/business/2020/may/10/foxtons-self-preservation-society-housing-market-cliff-agm">Foxtons becomes a self-preservation society as house sales drop off a cliff</a> </p> <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/money/2020/may/12/housing-market-in-england-to-reopen-for-socially-distanced-property-viewings">Continue reading...</a> Tue, 12 May 2020 19:28:06 Z Photograph: Anthony Devlin/Getty Images Photograph: Anthony Devlin/Getty Images Rowena Mason Deputy political editor 2020-05-12T19:28:06Z 2020-05-12 19:28 +00:00 2020-05-13 07:28 +12:00 https://www.latimes.com/business/real-estate/story/2020-05-12/screenwriter-evan-spiliotopoulos-turns-a-page-in-studio-city https://www.latimes.com/business/real-estate/story/2020-05-12/screenwriter-evan-spiliotopoulos-turns-a-page-in-studio-city Screenwriter Evan Spiliotopoulos turns a page in Studio City <p>Writer-director Evan Spiliotopoulos has sold his Studio City home of seven years for $2.593 million.</p> Tue, 12 May 2020 13:12:20 -0400 <p>Writer-director Evan Spiliotopoulos has sold his Studio City home of seven years for $2.593 million.</p> Realtor.com 2020-05-12 13:12 -04:00 2020-05-13 05:12 +12:00 https://www.latimes.com/business/real-estate/story/2020-05-12/football-star-adrian-peterson-braces-for-a-loss-on-texas-mansion https://www.latimes.com/business/real-estate/story/2020-05-12/football-star-adrian-peterson-braces-for-a-loss-on-texas-mansion Football star Adrian Peterson braces for a loss on Texas mansion <p>Star running back Adrian Peterson is asking $4.5 million for his nine-acre estate in Texas, or $4 million shy of his original price in 2016.</p> Tue, 12 May 2020 11:00:03 -0400 Jack Flemming <p>Star running back Adrian Peterson is asking $4.5 million for his nine-acre estate in Texas, or $4 million shy of his original price in 2016.</p> Realtor.com 2020-05-12 11:00 -04:00 2020-05-13 03:00 +12:00 https://www.latimes.com/business/real-estate/story/2020-05-11/cardinals-owner-bill-dewitt-buys-eva-longoria-hollywood-hills-villa https://www.latimes.com/business/real-estate/story/2020-05-11/cardinals-owner-bill-dewitt-buys-eva-longoria-hollywood-hills-villa Cardinals owner Bill DeWitt buys Eva Longoria's Hollywood Hills villa <p>St. Louis Cardinals owner Bill DeWitt recently dropped $8.25 million on Eva Longoria's Hollywood Hills compound once owned by Tom Cruise.</p> Mon, 11 May 2020 16:55:36 -0400 Jack Flemming <p>St. Louis Cardinals owner Bill DeWitt recently dropped $8.25 million on Eva Longoria's Hollywood Hills compound once owned by Tom Cruise.</p> Realtor.com 2020-05-11 16:55 -04:00 2020-05-12 08:55 +12:00 https://www.latimes.com/business/real-estate/story/2020-05-11/chris-meloni-lists-old-ozzie-and-harriet-haunt-hollywood-hills https://www.latimes.com/business/real-estate/story/2020-05-11/chris-meloni-lists-old-ozzie-and-harriet-haunt-hollywood-hills Chris Meloni lists old 'Ozzie and Harriet' home in the Hollywood Hills <p>Chris Meloni of 'Law & Order' fame has listed a Hollywood Hills West home used in the 1950s and '60s as 'The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet' home.</p> Mon, 11 May 2020 13:53:29 -0400 Neal J. Leitereg <p>Chris Meloni of 'Law & Order' fame has listed a Hollywood Hills West home used in the 1950s and '60s as 'The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet' home.</p> In this photo provided by the Las Vegas News Bureau, actor Christopher Meloni of TV's "Law and Order: Special Victims Unit" walks the red carpet for the Power of Love Gala at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Glenn Pinkerton / Associated Press 2020-05-11 13:53 -04:00 2020-05-12 05:53 +12:00 https://www.latimes.com/business/real-estate/story/2020-05-11/beth-behrs-2-broke-girls-home-listing-hollywood-hills https://www.latimes.com/business/real-estate/story/2020-05-11/beth-behrs-2-broke-girls-home-listing-hollywood-hills Beth Behrs of '2 Broke Girls' lists light-filled home in Hollywood Hills <p>Actress-writer Beth Behrs has listed her Hollywood Hills home for sale at $1.995 million.</p> Mon, 11 May 2020 12:14:59 -0400 Neal J. Leitereg <p>Actress-writer Beth Behrs has listed her Hollywood Hills home for sale at $1.995 million.</p> Kat Dennings, left, and Beth Behrs John Shearer / Invision / AP 2020-05-11 12:14 -04:00 2020-05-12 04:14 +12:00 https://www.latimes.com/business/real-estate/story/2020-05-11/baseball-logan-morrison-sells-waterfront-home-florida https://www.latimes.com/business/real-estate/story/2020-05-11/baseball-logan-morrison-sells-waterfront-home-florida Baseball's Logan Morrison sheds his waterfront home in Florida <p>MLB journeyman Logan Morrison has sold his waterfront home in Jupiter, Fla., for $745,000.</p> Mon, 11 May 2020 10:46:31 -0400 Jack Flemming <p>MLB journeyman Logan Morrison has sold his waterfront home in Jupiter, Fla., for $745,000.</p> The single-story home expands to a resort-style saltwater pool with a spa and sun shelf. Realtor.com 2020-05-11 10:46 -04:00 2020-05-12 02:46 +12:00 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/money/mortgageshome/article-8292511/Would-buy-home-lockdown-auction-without-able-first.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/money/mortgageshome/article-8292511/Would-buy-home-lockdown-auction-without-able-first.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 Would you buy a home at a lockdown auction without being able to see it first? The ballroom has now been moved to the bidder's homes with a live stream taking place on the Savills website and bids being taken from those on the phone, by proxy and through the internet. Mon, 11 May 2020 12:28:31 Z None 2020-05-11 12:28 +00:00 2020-05-12 00:28 +12:00 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/money/mortgageshome/article-8288951/Should-drop-offer-house-coronavirus.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/money/mortgageshome/article-8288951/Should-drop-offer-house-coronavirus.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 Should we drop our offer on a house because of coronavirus? We don't want to gazunder the seller, but also we don't want to harm our own finances and pay over the odds at a time of economic uncertainty. Mon, 11 May 2020 07:12:07 Z Shutterstock / ChickenStock Images 2020-05-11 07:12 +00:00 2020-05-11 19:12 +12:00 https://www.theguardian.com/money/2020/may/11/should-we-back-out-of-home-buying-if-theres-risk-the-value-will-fall https://www.theguardian.com/money/2020/may/11/should-we-back-out-of-home-buying-if-theres-risk-the-value-will-fall Property Money Coronavirus outbreak Should we back out of home buying if there's risk the value will fall? <p>We’ve gone to the top of our budget – with only 5% deposit, we don’t want to risk negative equity</p><p><strong>Q </strong>My partner and I are first-time buyers. In January we got into a bidding war and had an offer accepted on a house but were then gazumped and had to increase our already very high offer. The vendors asked for offers in excess of £300,000 and we ended up offering £317,500.</p><p>We were due to complete just before the lockdown, and the buyer has been keen to go ahead as soon as possible as the property is vacant. However, we have said we would prefer to wait until restrictions are lifted as it would be logistically difficult to move at the moment.</p> <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/money/2020/may/11/should-we-back-out-of-home-buying-if-theres-risk-the-value-will-fall">Continue reading...</a> Mon, 11 May 2020 06:00:47 Z Photograph: OJO Images Ltd/Alamy Photograph: OJO Images Ltd/Alamy Virginia Wallis 2020-05-11T06:00:47Z 2020-05-11 06:00 +00:00 2020-05-11 18:00 +12:00 https://www.latimes.com/business/real-estate/story/2020-05-09/hot-property-philip-rivers-looks-to-hand-one-off-in-san-diego https://www.latimes.com/business/real-estate/story/2020-05-09/hot-property-philip-rivers-looks-to-hand-one-off-in-san-diego Hot Property: Philip Rivers looks to hand one off in San Diego <p>Longtime Chargers QB Philip Rivers has put his San Diego home up for sale. Kylie Jenner buys in Bel-Air. OneRepublic's Brent Kutzle lists in Topanga.</p> Sat, 09 May 2020 08:30:30 -0400 Neal J. Leitereg, Jack Flemming <p>Longtime Chargers QB Philip Rivers has put his San Diego home up for sale. Kylie Jenner buys in Bel-Air. OneRepublic's Brent Kutzle lists in Topanga.</p> Former Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers is seeking $4.199 million for his Spanish-style estate in the Santaluz community of San Diego. The one-acre property sits behind gates and features a putting green, a resort-style swimming pool, lawn and golf course views. Built in 2005 and since updated, the single-story house has more than 6,800 square feet of living space with six bedrooms and 6.5 bathrooms. Bowman Media Group 2020-05-09 08:30 -04:00 2020-05-10 00:30 +12:00 https://www.latimes.com/business/real-estate/story/2020-05-09/home-of-the-week-spanish-colonial-bliss-in-pasadena https://www.latimes.com/business/real-estate/story/2020-05-09/home-of-the-week-spanish-colonial-bliss-in-pasadena Home of the Week: Spanish Colonial gem remains stellar in Pasadena <p>In Pasadena, the E. Lawrence Brown House, a stellar example of the Spanish Colonial Revival style, is for sale at $4.25 million.</p> Sat, 09 May 2020 08:00:05 -0400 Neal J. Leitereg <p>In Pasadena, the E. Lawrence Brown House, a stellar example of the Spanish Colonial Revival style, is for sale at $4.25 million.</p> A stellar example of the Spanish Colonial Revival style, the graceful residence was originally designed by Harold J. Bissner and recently renovated by Kevin A. Clarke. Moorish accents, Juliet balconies and a classic clay-tile roof are among features of the home, listed for $4.25 million. Decorative Mission-style tilework is a hallmark both inside and out. Mark Liddell 2020-05-09 08:00 -04:00 2020-05-10 00:00 +12:00 https://www.latimes.com/business/real-estate/story/2020-05-08/honey-co-founder-ryan-hudson-buys-sweet-digs-in-hollywood-hills https://www.latimes.com/business/real-estate/story/2020-05-08/honey-co-founder-ryan-hudson-buys-sweet-digs-in-hollywood-hills Honey co-founder Ryan Hudson buys sweet digs in Hollywood Hills <p>Honey co-founder Ryan Hudson has bought a slick Midcentury Modern home in Hollywood Hills for $3.65 million.</p> Fri, 08 May 2020 17:11:35 -0400 Neal J. Leitereg <p>Honey co-founder Ryan Hudson has bought a slick Midcentury Modern home in Hollywood Hills for $3.65 million.</p> Hilton & Hyland 2020-05-08 17:11 -04:00 2020-05-09 09:11 +12:00 https://www.latimes.com/business/real-estate/story/2020-05-08/chef-zach-pollack-puts-silver-lake-home-on-the-menu https://www.latimes.com/business/real-estate/story/2020-05-08/chef-zach-pollack-puts-silver-lake-home-on-the-menu Chef Zach Pollack puts Silver Lake home on the menu <p>Zach Pollack, chef and owner of L.A. restaurants Alimento and Cosa Buona, has listed his Silver Lake home for sale at $1.495 million.</p> Fri, 08 May 2020 16:33:35 -0400 Neal J. Leitereg <p>Zach Pollack, chef and owner of L.A. restaurants Alimento and Cosa Buona, has listed his Silver Lake home for sale at $1.495 million.</p> Cameron Carothers 2020-05-08 16:33 -04:00 2020-05-09 08:33 +12:00 https://www.latimes.com/business/real-estate/story/2020-05-08/actor-gary-sinise-seeks-3-795-million-for-calabasas-farmhouse https://www.latimes.com/business/real-estate/story/2020-05-08/actor-gary-sinise-seeks-3-795-million-for-calabasas-farmhouse Actor Gary Sinise seeks $3.8 million for Calabasas farmhouse <p>Oscar-nominated actor Gary Sinise is asking $3.795 million for his two-story farmhouse in the hills of Calabasas after 12 years of ownership.</p> Fri, 08 May 2020 14:15:35 -0400 Jack Flemming <p>Oscar-nominated actor Gary Sinise is asking $3.795 million for his two-story farmhouse in the hills of Calabasas after 12 years of ownership.</p> The musician and actor has voiced his support and is so active in championing war veterans that Newt Gingrich thinks Sinise could be part of Romney's cabinet. Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times 2020-05-08 14:15 -04:00 2020-05-09 06:15 +12:00 https://www.latimes.com/business/real-estate/story/2020-05-08/where-actress-sarayu-blue-unwinds-from-virus-sleuthing-on-netflixs-medical-police https://www.latimes.com/business/real-estate/story/2020-05-08/where-actress-sarayu-blue-unwinds-from-virus-sleuthing-on-netflixs-medical-police Where actress Sarayu Blue unwinds from virus sleuthing on Netflix's 'Medical Police' <p>The oddly timely parody has Blue playing a CDC black ops chief hunting a deadly virus. In real life, color is a big theme in her office retreat.</p> Fri, 08 May 2020 08:00:29 -0400 Kavita Daswani <p>The oddly timely parody has Blue playing a CDC black ops chief hunting a deadly virus. In real life, color is a big theme in her office retreat.</p> Color - and lots of it - was the goal for actress Sarayu Blue when she converted a guest room in her Studio City home into a personal retreat of sorts. She painted the walls a deep turquoise, anchored one corner with a burnished orange lounge chair, laid down a floral teal rug from Anthropologie and set out vases, which she keeps filled with fresh bouquets. Photographed March 12, 2020. (Jesse Goddard / For The Times) Jesse Goddard/Jesse Goddard/For The Times 2020-05-08 08:00 -04:00 2020-05-09 00:00 +12:00 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-8278161/How-Britains-property-market-moving-lockdown.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-8278161/How-Britains-property-market-moving-lockdown.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 How will Britain's property market get moving after lockdown? How the property market will emerge from its deep freeze is not completely clear, but it is expected to look very different to home buying as usual. Fri, 08 May 2020 09:08:33 Z Getty Images/iStockphoto 2020-05-08 09:08 +00:00 2020-05-08 21:08 +12:00 https://www.theguardian.com/money/gallery/2020/may/08/homes-for-anglers-in-pictures https://www.theguardian.com/money/gallery/2020/may/08/homes-for-anglers-in-pictures Property Money UK news Homes for anglers - in pictures <p>From a grand hall to an old toll cottage, these properties are perfect for buyers who love fishing</p> <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/money/gallery/2020/may/08/homes-for-anglers-in-pictures">Continue reading...</a> Fri, 08 May 2020 06:00:20 Z Photograph: Clarke Gammon Wellers Photograph: Clarke Gammon Wellers Jill Papworth 2020-05-08T06:00:20Z 2020-05-08 06:00 +00:00 2020-05-08 18:00 +12:00 https://www.latimes.com/business/real-estate/story/2020-05-07/dwyane-wade-trims-2-5-million-off-his-miami-beach-mansion https://www.latimes.com/business/real-estate/story/2020-05-07/dwyane-wade-trims-2-5-million-off-his-miami-beach-mansion Dwyane Wade trims $2.5 million off his Miami Beach mansion <p>In Miami Beach, retired NBA star Dwyane Wade has trimmed the price of his waterfront mansion with a Heat-themed basketball court to $26.5 million.</p> Thu, 07 May 2020 18:33:12 -0400 Jack Flemming <p>In Miami Beach, retired NBA star Dwyane Wade has trimmed the price of his waterfront mansion with a Heat-themed basketball court to $26.5 million.</p> Set on Biscayne Bay, the one-acre estate holds a 14,000-square-foot mansion, a dining gazebo, a swimming pool and a Miami Heat-themed basketball court. Realtor.com 2020-05-07 18:33 -04:00 2020-05-08 10:33 +12:00 https://www.latimes.com/business/real-estate/story/2020-05-07/hollywood-hills-mediterranean-for-sale-5-5-million https://www.latimes.com/business/real-estate/story/2020-05-07/hollywood-hills-mediterranean-for-sale-5-5-million Hollywood Hills Mediterranean with the right makeup seeks $5.5 million <p>A Mediterranean Revival-style home once owned by noted makeup artist Percival "Perc" Westmore is for sale in the Hollywood Hills for $5.495 million.</p> Thu, 07 May 2020 15:56:53 -0400 Neal J. Leitereg <p>A Mediterranean Revival-style home once owned by noted makeup artist Percival "Perc" Westmore is for sale in the Hollywood Hills for $5.495 million.</p> The Mediterranean Revival-style home, built in 1937 and since renovated, was once owned by pioneering makeup artist Percival "Perc" Westmore. It now up for sale for the first time in decades for $5.495 million. Marco Franchina 2020-05-07 15:56 -04:00 2020-05-08 07:56 +12:00 https://www.latimes.com/business/real-estate/story/2020-05-07/hgtv-star-tarek-el-moussa-gets-more-than-he-asked-for-costa-mesa-home https://www.latimes.com/business/real-estate/story/2020-05-07/hgtv-star-tarek-el-moussa-gets-more-than-he-asked-for-costa-mesa-home HGTV star Tarek El Moussa gets more than he asked for Costa Mesa home <p>'Flip or Flop' star Tarek El Moussa and his girlfriend, Heather Rae Young of 'Selling Sunset,' just sold their Costa Mesa home for $2.705 million.</p> Thu, 07 May 2020 15:00:25 -0400 Jack Flemming <p>'Flip or Flop' star Tarek El Moussa and his girlfriend, Heather Rae Young of 'Selling Sunset,' just sold their Costa Mesa home for $2.705 million.</p> Built in 2015, the modern farmhouse opens to a private backyard with a lounge, swimming pool and spa. Grant Rivera 2020-05-07 15:00 -04:00 2020-05-08 07:00 +12:00 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8296427/15th-Century-north-Wales-mansion-Kit-Harrington-threw-stag-goes-sale-1-65m.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8296427/15th-Century-north-Wales-mansion-Kit-Harrington-threw-stag-goes-sale-1-65m.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 15th-Century north Wales mansion where Kit Harrington threw his stag do goes on sale on £1.65m Eriviat Hall, in Henllan, Denbigshire, Wales, has been designed to run as both a private home and a wedding venue as well as a house for rent, and has been put on the market for £1.65million. Thu, 07 May 2020 14:04:45 Z mediadrumimages / Strutt & Parke 2020-05-07 14:04 +00:00 2020-05-08 02:04 +12:00 https://www.latimes.com/business/real-estate/story/2020-05-07/during-coronavirus-luxury-housing-booming https://www.latimes.com/business/real-estate/story/2020-05-07/during-coronavirus-luxury-housing-booming The ultra-rich are still buying $50-million homes (in case you were wondering) <p>Pandemic or not, the ultra-wealthy are still buying and selling prized properties across L.A. County </p> Thu, 07 May 2020 09:00:33 -0400 Jack Flemming <p>Pandemic or not, the ultra-wealthy are still buying and selling prized properties across L.A. County </p> The Malibu beach house of billionaire philanthropist Eli Broad was designed by Richard Meier, the architect who designed the Getty Center. Berlyn Photography/Berlyn Photography 2020-05-07 09:00 -04:00 2020-05-08 01:00 +12:00 https://www.latimes.com/business/real-estate/story/2020-05-07/tiny-homes-for-500-000-in-three-la-county-communities https://www.latimes.com/business/real-estate/story/2020-05-07/tiny-homes-for-500-000-in-three-la-county-communities Tiny homes for $500,000 in three L.A. County communities <p>Here's a look at homes under 1,000 square feet that are listed for roughly $500,000 in Long Beach, South L.A. and El Sereno in L.A. County.</p> Thu, 07 May 2020 08:00:21 -0400 Jack Flemming <p>Here's a look at homes under 1,000 square feet that are listed for roughly $500,000 in Long Beach, South L.A. and El Sereno in L.A. County.</p> LONG BEACH: This charming 1920s home in the Poly High neighborhood comes with a new roof, new redwood fence and remodeled living spaces. Address: 917 E. 20th St., Long Beach, 90806 Listed for: $459,900 for two bedrooms, one bathroom in 754 square feet (1,932-square-foot lot) Features: Arched doorways; picture windows; coved ceilings; fenced patio Realtor.com 2020-05-07 08:00 -04:00 2020-05-08 00:00 +12:00 58af97f5440243fe3d552306:5906c0dfe4fcb573ba562253:5eb36ca90d13a326d1f57e00 https://chemcare.co.nz/articles/covid-19-asbestos-disease-sufferers The Possible Impact of COVID-19 to Asbestos Disease Sufferers Read on to learn what asbestos and COVID-19 does to your body, and what you can do to keep yourself safe. Thu, 07 May 2020 03:00:00 Z Klaris Chua-Pineda &nbsp;<p class="">COVID-19 is a coronavirus that attacks the <a href="https://www.webmd.com/lung/coronavirus-covid-19-affects-body#1">respiratory system</a>. The virus moves through your respiratory tract involving your mouth, nose, throat, and lungs, and can cause inflammation that makes it tough to breathe. For those who suffer from asbestos-related diseases, contracting COVID-19 can be a cause for concern.</p><p class="">Read on to learn what asbestos and COVID-19 does to your body, and what you can do to keep yourself safe.</p><h2>What Does Asbestos Do to Your Body?</h2><p class="">Asbestos fibres can be inhaled and moved into your lungs’ lower region. Here, they cause a fibrotic lung disease known as <a href="https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/asbestosis/symptoms-causes/syc-20354637">asbestosis</a> and alter your chest cavity lining. Long-term exposure to asbestos fibres can result in an increased risk of mesothelioma and lung cancer.</p> <figure class=" sqs-block-image-figure intrinsic " > <img class="thumb-image" data-image="https://images.squarespace-cdn.com/content/v1/58af97f5440243fe3d552306/1588817440125-UE2IBUMVGSRT65E0N5R2/ke17ZwdGBToddI8pDm48kDHPSfPanjkWqhH6pl6g5ph7gQa3H78H3Y0txjaiv_0fDoOvxcdMmMKkDsyUqMSsMWxHk725yiiHCCLfrh8O1z4YTzHvnKhyp6Da-NYroOW3ZGjoBKy3azqku80C789l0mwONMR1ELp49Lyc52iWr5dNb1QJw9casjKdtTg1_-y4jz4ptJBmI9gQmbjSQnNGng/image-asset.jpeg" data-image-dimensions="2500x1875" data-image-focal-point="0.5,0.5" alt="Woman coughing" data-load="false" data-image-id="5eb36e1a4df380733a15c7c8" data-type="image" src="https://images.squarespace-cdn.com/content/v1/58af97f5440243fe3d552306/1588817440125-UE2IBUMVGSRT65E0N5R2/ke17ZwdGBToddI8pDm48kDHPSfPanjkWqhH6pl6g5ph7gQa3H78H3Y0txjaiv_0fDoOvxcdMmMKkDsyUqMSsMWxHk725yiiHCCLfrh8O1z4YTzHvnKhyp6Da-NYroOW3ZGjoBKy3azqku80C789l0mwONMR1ELp49Lyc52iWr5dNb1QJw9casjKdtTg1_-y4jz4ptJBmI9gQmbjSQnNGng/image-asset.jpeg?format=1000w" /> </figure> &nbsp;<p class="">Symptoms of mesothelioma include a cough, shortness of breath, and chest pain. Some people may also experience weight loss, a loss of appetite, chest and rib pain, bloating, and nausea. Malignant mesothelioma is fatal, with a survival time of fewer than 12 months from the first signs of illness.</p><h2>What Does COVID-19 Coronavirus Do to Your Body?</h2><p class="">The coronavirus is a complex virus that has an alarming spread rate. It enters healthy cells to infect your body, then makes copies of itself to multiply throughout your body. It can also kill healthy cells.</p><p class="">COVID-19 is spread through droplets from a cough, sneeze, or the breath of someone infected. It can be spread through droplets still present in the air, or by touching surfaces where the virus lies. Within two to 14 days, you may then begin to show signs of infection.</p><h3>Symptoms of COVID-19 include:</h3><ul data-rte-list="default"><li><p class="">Fever</p></li><li><p class="">Shortness of breath</p></li><li><p class="">Cough</p></li><li><p class="">Fatigue</p></li><li><p class="">Body aches</p></li><li><p class="">Headache</p></li><li><p class="">Loss of taste</p></li><li><p class="">Loss of smell</p></li><li><p class="">Nausea</p></li><li><p class="">Chills and/or shaking</p></li><li><p class="">Diarrhoea</p></li></ul><p class="">Some people will experience several of these symptoms, but some may not get any at all. However, any sufferers of asbestos-related diseases are more at risk of a severe reaction that can result in severe illness or even death.</p><p class="">The coronavirus is not one that discriminates. It can cause lung inflammation that leads to breathing problems, and it can also result in pneumonia. Someone with compromised immunity or lung disease may not be able to fight off the virus as well as someone who is in good health. In fact, <a href="https://www.webmd.com/lung/ards-acute-respiratory-distress-syndrome">acute respiratory disease</a> syndrome is a common side effect within a week of initial COVID-19 symptoms appearing.</p><h2>I Have an Asbestos-Related Disease, What Should I Do?</h2><p class="">Anyone with compromised immunity, including those who suffer from asbestos-related conditions, should stay home. Limit your exposure to the virus as much as possible by not having face-to-face interactions with anyone outside your immediate household.</p><p class="">Where possible, rely on friends and family to carry out your shopping. Only leave the house for exercise, but away from communal areas and other people.</p><h3>You can also do your part by:</h3><p class="">·&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Washing your hands with soap and water</p><p class="">·&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Keeping objects and surfaces in your home clean</p><p class="">·&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Cleaning shared bathrooms after each use</p><p class="">·&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Ensuring your carers are regularly washing their hands</p><p class="">Asbestosis and pleural thickening sufferers, along with those with lung cancer or mesothelioma, are considered extremely vulnerable to the coronavirus. The less you interact with others, the safer you can be.</p><h2>I Receive Treatment for Asbestos-Related Diseases, What Happens Next?</h2><p class="">Many elective surgeries and appointments have been delayed due to New Zealand’s COVID-19 response. However, your healthcare team will assess your needs to ensure your treatment schedule is minimally impacted.</p><p class="">If you are receiving chemotherapy, radiation treatment, or immunotherapy, your team will make the best call based on your health circumstances. Some treatments may continue, others may be paused, and some may be moved to alternative locations. If you are unsure about what happens next, talk to your local healthcare provider.</p><p class="">All CT scans, clinical consultations, and X-rays continue to take place, but with a few changes. Some appointments may also be conducted over the phone or with a video call.</p><h2>It’s Time to Act</h2><p class="">By early May, in 2020, COVID-19 had infected nearly 3.5 million people. It had also claimed the lives of almost 250,000 people. This disease, on its own, is having deadly consequences for the immune-compromised <em>and </em>healthy around the world.</p><p class="">However, for those with asbestos-related conditions, the danger is even more real. Asbestos exposure is the leading cause of work-related deaths worldwide. Around 90,000 people die annually from exposure, and over 125 million remain at risk of occupational exposure.</p><p class="">Limit your exposure to <em>asbestos</em> by calling in <a href="https://www.chemcare.co.nz">expert teams</a> to take care of it. Limit your exposure to <em>COVID-19</em> by staying home and flattening the curve. Protect the vulnerable in your community.</p> The Possible Impact of COVID-19 to Asbestos Disease Sufferers 2020-05-07 03:00 +00:00 2020-05-07 15:00 +12:00 https://www.latimes.com/business/real-estate/story/2020-05-06/baseball-hall-of-famer-roberto-alomar-gets-4-million-for-florida-mansion https://www.latimes.com/business/real-estate/story/2020-05-06/baseball-hall-of-famer-roberto-alomar-gets-4-million-for-florida-mansion Baseball Hall of Famer Roberto Alomar clears a $4-million base in Florida <p>Retired baseball star Roberto Alomar has sold his Florida home — an 18,700-square-foot mansion on more than three acres — for $4 million.</p> Wed, 06 May 2020 18:48:18 -0400 Jack Flemming <p>Retired baseball star Roberto Alomar has sold his Florida home — an 18,700-square-foot mansion on more than three acres — for $4 million.</p> The 18,700-square-foot mansion includes nine bedrooms, 13 bathrooms, a movie theater, wine cellar, cigar room and indoor pool. Fast Pix Tours 2020-05-06 18:48 -04:00 2020-05-07 10:48 +12:00 https://www.latimes.com/business/real-estate/story/2020-05-06/jackass-star-chris-pontius-selling-leafy-nichols-canyon-home https://www.latimes.com/business/real-estate/story/2020-05-06/jackass-star-chris-pontius-selling-leafy-nichols-canyon-home 'Jackass' star Chris Pontius selling leafy Nichols Canyon home <p>Chris Pontius of "Jackass" fame has listed his home in the Hollywood Hills for sale at $1.245 million.</p> Wed, 06 May 2020 17:26:23 -0400 Neal J. Leitereg <p>Chris Pontius of "Jackass" fame has listed his home in the Hollywood Hills for sale at $1.245 million.</p> Realtor.com 2020-05-06 17:26 -04:00 2020-05-07 09:26 +12:00 https://www.latimes.com/lifestyle/story/2020-05-06/why-i-hate-mothers-day https://www.latimes.com/lifestyle/story/2020-05-06/why-i-hate-mothers-day Years after my mother's death, I finally understand what she was trying to say <p>I come from a long line of stubborn, learn-the-hard-way women who never fit in, so maybe that's why I'm not a fan of Mother's Day. </p> Wed, 06 May 2020 16:15:23 -0400 Jeanette Marantos <p>I come from a long line of stubborn, learn-the-hard-way women who never fit in, so maybe that's why I'm not a fan of Mother's Day. </p> (Ross May / Los Angeles Times; Getty Images) 2020-05-06 16:15 -04:00 2020-05-07 08:15 +12:00 https://www.latimes.com/business/real-estate/story/2020-05-06/new-mega-mansion-aims-for-100-million-in-bel-air https://www.latimes.com/business/real-estate/story/2020-05-06/new-mega-mansion-aims-for-100-million-in-bel-air New mega-mansion aims for $100 million in Bel-Air <p>In Bel-Air, a newly built, 41,000-square-foot mansion designed to evoke a Spanish villa is for sale at $100 million.</p> Wed, 06 May 2020 15:29:58 -0400 Neal J. Leitereg <p>In Bel-Air, a newly built, 41,000-square-foot mansion designed to evoke a Spanish villa is for sale at $100 million.</p> Compass / Hilton & Hyland / Westside Property Group 2020-05-06 15:29 -04:00 2020-05-07 07:29 +12:00 https://www.latimes.com/business/real-estate/story/2020-05-06/tom-bradys-former-la-quinta-land-sells-for-3-245-million https://www.latimes.com/business/real-estate/story/2020-05-06/tom-bradys-former-la-quinta-land-sells-for-3-245-million La Quinta land once owned by Tom Brady sells for $3.245 million <p>In La Quinta, an empty golf course property onced owned by Tom Brady just traded hands for $3.245 million.</p> Wed, 06 May 2020 13:26:31 -0400 Jack Flemming <p>In La Quinta, an empty golf course property onced owned by Tom Brady just traded hands for $3.245 million.</p> Tom Brady of the New England Patriots walks off the field while playing the Seattle Seahawks in the third quarter of Super Bowl XLIX.  Elsa / Getty Images 2020-05-06 13:26 -04:00 2020-05-07 05:26 +12:00 https://www.latimes.com/business/real-estate/story/2020-05-06/when-pandemic-reality-hits-reality-real-estate-shows https://www.latimes.com/business/real-estate/story/2020-05-06/when-pandemic-reality-hits-reality-real-estate-shows When pandemic reality hits reality real estate shows <p>The coronavirus outbreak has delayed shows or forced retooling. For one renovation series, ratings are 'through the roof' as viewers binge from home.</p> Wed, 06 May 2020 07:00:39 -0400 R. Daniel Foster <p>The coronavirus outbreak has delayed shows or forced retooling. For one renovation series, ratings are 'through the roof' as viewers binge from home.</p> Ben and Erin Napier host the HGTV show.   HGTV 2020-05-06 07:00 -04:00 2020-05-06 23:00 +12:00 https://www.latimes.com/business/real-estate/story/2020-05-05/ed-mcmahons-former-beverly-hills-haunt-aims-for-6-795-million https://www.latimes.com/business/real-estate/story/2020-05-05/ed-mcmahons-former-beverly-hills-haunt-aims-for-6-795-million Ed McMahon's former Beverly Hills haunt aims for $6.795 million <p>In Beverly Hills, a two-story home once owned by Ed McMahon that Donald Trump vowed to save from foreclosure is asking $6.795 million. </p> Tue, 05 May 2020 14:59:26 -0400 Jack Flemming <p>In Beverly Hills, a two-story home once owned by Ed McMahon that Donald Trump vowed to save from foreclosure is asking $6.795 million. </p> Built in 1989, the traditional-style home covers a third of an acre in the gated Summit enclave. Realtor.com 2020-05-05 14:59 -04:00 2020-05-06 06:59 +12:00 https://www.latimes.com/business/real-estate/story/2020-05-05/onetime-rock-hudson-home-lists-above-the-sunset-strip https://www.latimes.com/business/real-estate/story/2020-05-05/onetime-rock-hudson-home-lists-above-the-sunset-strip Onetime Rock Hudson home lists above the Sunset Strip <p>In the Hollywood Hills, a home once owned by actor Rock Hudson is for sale at $3.75 million.</p> Tue, 05 May 2020 14:25:39 -0400 Neal J. Leitereg <p>In the Hollywood Hills, a home once owned by actor Rock Hudson is for sale at $3.75 million.</p> (FILES) This undated file photo shows US actress Doris Day (R) relaxing with US actor Rock Hudson (L). Day and Hudson starred in several romance/comedy Hollywood films in the 1960's. - Doris Day, the US screen icon famed for her wholesome, girl-next-door appeal in a string of box office hits, died Monday, May 13, 2019 at age 97 her foundation said in a statement to US media. The Doris Day Animal Foundation said Day, who had suffered a bout of pneumonia, died at her California home, surrounded by friends and family, multiple news outlets reported. (Photo by HO / HO / AFP)HO/AFP/Getty Images ** OUTS - ELSENT, FPG, CM - OUTS * NM, PH, VA if sourced by CT, LA or MoD ** HO / AFP/ Getty Images 2020-05-05 14:25 -04:00 2020-05-06 06:25 +12:00 https://www.latimes.com/business/real-estate/story/2020-05-05/eels-frontman-mark-oliver-everett-los-feliz-villa-for-sale https://www.latimes.com/business/real-estate/story/2020-05-05/eels-frontman-mark-oliver-everett-los-feliz-villa-for-sale Eels frontman Mark Oliver Everett eyes a sale in Los Feliz <p>Eels frontman Mark Oliver Everett is asking $4.4 million for his romantic Spanish villa in Los Feliz, the neighborhood where he formed the band. </p> Tue, 05 May 2020 12:45:14 -0400 Jack Flemming <p>Eels frontman Mark Oliver Everett is asking $4.4 million for his romantic Spanish villa in Los Feliz, the neighborhood where he formed the band. </p> Built in 1929, the Spanish-style home opens to a romantic courtyard with palm trees and a pool. Realtor.com 2020-05-05 12:45 -04:00 2020-05-06 04:45 +12:00 https://www.latimes.com/business/real-estate/story/2020-05-04/is-elon-musk-really-selling-his-la-homes https://www.latimes.com/business/real-estate/story/2020-05-04/is-elon-musk-really-selling-his-la-homes Is Elon Musk really trying to sell his L.A. homes? Himself? On Zillow? <p>Days after Elon Musk vowed to sell his possessions, two of his homes surfaced for sale on Zillow. Is he behind the listings?</p> Mon, 04 May 2020 16:17:06 -0400 Jack Flemming, Neal J. Leitereg <p>Days after Elon Musk vowed to sell his possessions, two of his homes surfaced for sale on Zillow. Is he behind the listings?</p> Elon Musk: Would you buy a new car, or a share of stock, from this man? Paul Sakuma / Associated Press 2020-05-04 16:17 -04:00 2020-05-05 08:17 +12:00 https://www.latimes.com/lifestyle/story/2020-05-04/confess-your-coronavirus-secrets https://www.latimes.com/lifestyle/story/2020-05-04/confess-your-coronavirus-secrets Quarantine confessions: What's your coronavirus secret? <p>Hoarding toilet paper, "forgetting" your mask, late-night hooking up? We want to hear your dirty little secret — anonymously.</p> Mon, 04 May 2020 14:59:19 -0400 Adam Tschorn <p>Hoarding toilet paper, "forgetting" your mask, late-night hooking up? We want to hear your dirty little secret — anonymously.</p> art for story about coronavirus-secrets Steven Banks Los Angeles Times / Getty 2020-05-04 14:59 -04:00 2020-05-05 06:59 +12:00 https://www.latimes.com/business/real-estate/story/2020-05-04/cowboys-legend-jason-witten-lists-texas-mansion-for-4-685-million https://www.latimes.com/business/real-estate/story/2020-05-04/cowboys-legend-jason-witten-lists-texas-mansion-for-4-685-million Cowboys legend Jason Witten lists Texas mansion for $4.685 million <p>Longtime Cowboy Jason Witten just put his Texas mansion on the market for $4.685 million.</p> Mon, 04 May 2020 11:39:09 -0400 Jack Flemming <p>Longtime Cowboy Jason Witten just put his Texas mansion on the market for $4.685 million.</p> The Mediterranean mansion spans 8,000 square feet with six bedrooms and eight bathrooms. EpicFoto Photography 2020-05-04 11:39 -04:00 2020-05-05 03:39 +12:00 https://www.theguardian.com/money/2020/may/04/ask-the-experts-split-mortgage https://www.theguardian.com/money/2020/may/04/ask-the-experts-split-mortgage Mortgages Property Money UK news How can we 'do the splits' on our mortgage? <p>Technically, I own 63.5% of our maisonette and my boyfriend owns 36.5%. But his family gave us a new kitchen. Should I recoup the exact sum I put in?</p><p><strong>Q</strong> I appreciate it’s an unusual time to be concerned with mortgage splits, but my boyfriend and I bought a house more than a year ago and we still haven’t drafted a deed of trust. With all the uncertainties at the moment, we agree now is a good time – we just need to agree on the terms.</p><p>We bought a maisonette that needed a lot of work. I had the deposit from my savings (27%), we split the mortgage equally, and he’s worked hard renovating the place. He’s freelance, which was of course his choice, but I do appreciate this has probably eaten into his earnings.</p> <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/money/2020/may/04/ask-the-experts-split-mortgage">Continue reading...</a> Mon, 04 May 2020 06:00:15 Z Photograph: Christopher Furlong/Getty Images Photograph: Christopher Furlong/Getty Images Virginia Wallis 2020-05-04T06:00:15Z 2020-05-04 06:00 +00:00 2020-05-04 18:00 +12:00 http://www.theguardian.com/money/2020/may/04/call-for-freeze-on-all-uk-private-rents-to-help-1m-at-risk-workers-covid-19 https://www.theguardian.com/money/2020/may/04/call-for-freeze-on-all-uk-private-rents-to-help-1m-at-risk-workers-covid-19 Renting property Money Property Housing market Real estate Business UK news Call to freeze all UK private rents to help 1m workers at risk of losing jobs <p>Thinktank wants three-month suspension during Covid-19 pandemic to protect financially vulnerable</p><ul><li><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/series/coronavirus-live/latest">Coronavirus – latest updates</a></li><li><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/coronavirus-outbreak">See all our coronavirus coverage</a></li></ul><p>More than a million renters in Britain risk losing their jobs in the coronavirus pandemic and should be protected by an immediate rent freeze, according to a thinktank.</p><p>Calling on the government to suspend all private rents for three months as an emergency measure to protect those most at risk, the New Economics Foundation (NEF) said 1.2 million people living in privately rented homes could fall into severe financial hardship otherwise.</p> <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/money/2020/may/04/call-for-freeze-on-all-uk-private-rents-to-help-1m-at-risk-workers-covid-19">Continue reading...</a> Mon, 04 May 2020 05:01:11 Z Photograph: Paul Maguire/Alamy Stock Photo Photograph: Paul Maguire/Alamy Stock Photo Richard Partington Economics correspondent 2020-05-04T05:01:11Z 2020-05-04 05:01 +00:00 2020-05-04 17:01 +12:00 https://www.latimes.com/lifestyle/story/2020-05-02/the-purity-ring-on-my-finger https://www.latimes.com/lifestyle/story/2020-05-02/the-purity-ring-on-my-finger L.A. Affairs: That moment when I tell my date about my purity ring <p>For the first time in my dating history, the lack of a second date had nothing to do with its inevitable lack of sex. So why do I remember Anthony so fondly? He's the boy who reminded me what I was worth, at the moment I desperately needed to hear it.</p> Sat, 02 May 2020 10:00:31 -0400 Lexi Zeeman <p>For the first time in my dating history, the lack of a second date had nothing to do with its inevitable lack of sex. So why do I remember Anthony so fondly? He's the boy who reminded me what I was worth, at the moment I desperately needed to hear it.</p> Kirsten Ulva's illustration to go with Alexis Zeeman's L.A. Affairs column. Kirsten Ulve / For The Times 2020-05-02 10:00 -04:00 2020-05-03 02:00 +12:00 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-8274055/Stay-Dick-Angel-Escape-Chateau-home.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-8274055/Stay-Dick-Angel-Escape-Chateau-home.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 Stay with Dick and Angel at their Escape to the Chateau home Dick and Angel Strawbridge are offering fans of Channel 4's Escape to the Chateau a chance to stay at their home as part of a new competition. Sat, 02 May 2020 13:52:17 Z None 2020-05-02 13:52 +00:00 2020-05-03 01:52 +12:00 https://www.latimes.com/business/real-estate/story/2020-05-02/hot-property-p-k-subban-and-lindsey-vonn-say-i-do-to-new-l-a-home https://www.latimes.com/business/real-estate/story/2020-05-02/hot-property-p-k-subban-and-lindsey-vonn-say-i-do-to-new-l-a-home Hot Property: P.K. Subban and Lindsey Vonn say 'I do' to new L.A. home <p>Hot Property: P.K. Subban and Lindsey Vonn have bought a home in the Beverly Hills Post Office area for $6.75 million. Also: Tavis Smiley is selling his longtime Hancock Park home, and 'Aladdin' star Mena Massoud finds new digs in Encino.</p> Sat, 02 May 2020 09:00:43 -0400 Neal J. Leitereg, Jack Flemming <p>Hot Property: P.K. Subban and Lindsey Vonn have bought a home in the Beverly Hills Post Office area for $6.75 million. Also: Tavis Smiley is selling his longtime Hancock Park home, and 'Aladdin' star Mena Massoud finds new digs in Encino.</p> Subban and Vonn, who are engaged, paid $6.75 million for a renovated home in the Beverly Hills Post Office area. Reimagined by JR Builders, the villa-style home features a column-lined entry, gallery walls and skylights. Pocketing doors open to a swimming pool with a spa in the backyard. The house sits behind gates on more than half an acre. Hilton & Hyland 2020-05-02 09:00 -04:00 2020-05-03 01:00 +12:00 https://www.latimes.com/business/real-estate/story/2020-05-02/home-of-the-week-bird-streets-aerie-design-showcase https://www.latimes.com/business/real-estate/story/2020-05-02/home-of-the-week-bird-streets-aerie-design-showcase Home of the Week: Bird Streets aerie offers a showcase of design <p>In the Bird Streets, a modern residence runs the gamut in the design world with connections to architect Gus Duffy, designer Ron Collier, designer Barbara Barry and late art patron Merry Norris. Asking price: $5.995 million.</p> Sat, 02 May 2020 08:30:57 -0400 Neal J. Leitereg <p>In the Bird Streets, a modern residence runs the gamut in the design world with connections to architect Gus Duffy, designer Ron Collier, designer Barbara Barry and late art patron Merry Norris. Asking price: $5.995 million.</p> The modern residence sits behind hedges in the Birds Streets neighborhood, a coveted area known for its bird-named streets. Listed for $5.995 million, the home was originally built for interior designer Ron Collier. Art patron Merry Norris bought the property in the 1980s and commissioned Barbara Barry to handle the interiors. The 4,501-square-foot house features high ceilings, skylights and gallery walls for showcasing priceless art. The sumptuous master suite has a separate sitting room and western views extending as far as the ocean. Pocketing doors in the living and dining rooms open to a landscaped backyard and swimming pool. Marco Franchina/Marco Franchina 2020-05-02 08:30 -04:00 2020-05-03 00:30 +12:00 https://www.latimes.com/business/real-estate/story/2020-05-01/chicago-pd-co-creator-cuts-a-deal-on-little-balboa-island https://www.latimes.com/business/real-estate/story/2020-05-01/chicago-pd-co-creator-cuts-a-deal-on-little-balboa-island 'Chicago P.D.' co-creator sees action on Little Balboa Island home <p>Television writer-producer Matt Olmstead and his wife, NBC Universal executive Dawn Parouse Olmstead, sell a home in Newport Beach for $3.2 million.</p> Fri, 01 May 2020 12:39:10 -0400 Neal J. Leitereg <p>Television writer-producer Matt Olmstead and his wife, NBC Universal executive Dawn Parouse Olmstead, sell a home in Newport Beach for $3.2 million.</p> The two-story home sits along the waterfront on Little Balboa Island in Newport Beach. Realtor.com 2020-05-01 12:39 -04:00 2020-05-02 04:39 +12:00 https://www.latimes.com/business/real-estate/story/2020-05-01/former-warrior-david-west-shoots-for-3-675-million-in-the-bay-area https://www.latimes.com/business/real-estate/story/2020-05-01/former-warrior-david-west-shoots-for-3-675-million-in-the-bay-area Former Warrior David West shoots for $3.675 million in the Bay Area <p>David West, the NBA veteran who won two championships with the Golden State Warriors, is asking $3.675 million for his Bay Area home.</p> Fri, 01 May 2020 11:26:48 -0400 Jack Flemming <p>David West, the NBA veteran who won two championships with the Golden State Warriors, is asking $3.675 million for his Bay Area home.</p> The multi-level home features bright living spaces that open to scenic terraces. Aerial Canvas 2020-05-01 11:26 -04:00 2020-05-02 03:26 +12:00 https://www.latimes.com/business/real-estate/story/2020-05-01/eva-longoria-sells-hollywood-hills-home-at-a-loss https://www.latimes.com/business/real-estate/story/2020-05-01/eva-longoria-sells-hollywood-hills-home-at-a-loss Eva Longoria takes a loss on sale of Tom Cruise's former compound <p>Actress-producer Eva Longoria has sold her Hollywood Hills compound, which was previously owned by actor Tom Cruise, for $8.25 million.</p> Fri, 01 May 2020 10:03:30 -0400 Neal J. Leitereg <p>Actress-producer Eva Longoria has sold her Hollywood Hills compound, which was previously owned by actor Tom Cruise, for $8.25 million.</p> Eva Longoria stars in the indie film "Any Day." Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times 2020-05-01 10:03 -04:00 2020-05-02 02:03 +12:00 http://www.theguardian.com/business/2020/may/01/uk-consumers-debt-business-loans-borrowing-coronavirus-bank-of-england-covid-19 https://www.theguardian.com/business/2020/may/01/uk-consumers-debt-business-loans-borrowing-coronavirus-bank-of-england-covid-19 Bank of England Borrowing & debt Credit cards Banks and building societies Business Money Debit cards Consumer spending Consumer affairs Economics Household bills Coronavirus outbreak Family finances Housing market House prices UK consumers clear £3.8bn of debt while business loans soar since Covid-19 crisis <p>Bank of England data shows sweeping changes to spending in March</p><ul><li><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/series/coronavirus-live/latest">Coronavirus – latest updates</a></li><li><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/coronavirus-outbreak">See all our coronavirus coverage</a></li></ul><p>UK businesses borrowed record sums in March, while consumers cleared £3.8bn of debt, according to figures from the Bank of England that show firms and individuals “battened down the hatches” as the coronavirus crisis hit.</p><p>The Bank said £34.1bn of loans had been advanced to firms during the month, the highest figure since records began in 1998.</p> <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/business/2020/may/01/uk-consumers-debt-business-loans-borrowing-coronavirus-bank-of-england-covid-19">Continue reading...</a> Fri, 01 May 2020 12:55:33 Z Photograph: Square/PA Photograph: Square/PA Hilary Osborne 2020-05-01T12:55:33Z 2020-05-01 12:55 +00:00 2020-05-02 00:55 +12:00 https://www.latimes.com/business/real-estate/story/2020-05-01/watchmen-andrew-howard-perry-mason https://www.latimes.com/business/real-estate/story/2020-05-01/watchmen-andrew-howard-perry-mason Building characters starts in this 'Watchmen' actor's kitchen <p>For actor Andrew Howard, who played Red Scare in HBO's 'Watchmen,' food is a sense-memory trigger when he prepares for a role.</p> Fri, 01 May 2020 08:00:38 -0400 Arielle Paul <p>For actor Andrew Howard, who played Red Scare in HBO's 'Watchmen,' food is a sense-memory trigger when he prepares for a role.</p> Los Angeles, CA., January 15, 2020: Andrew Howard cooks in his kitchen on Wednesday, January 15, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. Howard stars on the HBO series, "Watchmen," and in the upcoming HBO limited series, "Perry Mason." currently filming, as well as Christopher Nolan's new film, "Tenet."(Jason Armond / Los Angeles Times) Jason Armond/Los Angeles Times 2020-05-01 08:00 -04:00 2020-05-02 00:00 +12:00 58af97f5440243fe3d552306:5906c0dfe4fcb573ba562253:5eab661ceda0cb3ce6544c11 https://chemcare.co.nz/articles/asbestos-waste-disposal How is asbestos disposed of? It’s not enough to just know where to dispose of asbestos in New Zealand, but it’s crucial to understand how to dispose of it in those areas, as well. Fri, 01 May 2020 00:23:31 Z Klaris Chua-Pineda &nbsp; <figure class=" sqs-block-image-figure intrinsic " > <img class="thumb-image" data-image="https://images.squarespace-cdn.com/content/v1/58af97f5440243fe3d552306/1588292423838-8MVHJQQZIWPHM4DGKNN0/ke17ZwdGBToddI8pDm48kF9aEDQaTpZHfWEO2zppK7Z7gQa3H78H3Y0txjaiv_0fDoOvxcdMmMKkDsyUqMSsMWxHk725yiiHCCLfrh8O1z5QPOohDIaIeljMHgDF5CVlOqpeNLcJ80NK65_fV7S1UX7HUUwySjcPdRBGehEKrDf5zebfiuf9u6oCHzr2lsfYZD7bBzAwq_2wCJyqgJebgg/asbestos-waste-bag-removal.jpg" data-image-dimensions="1500x1125" data-image-focal-point="0.5,0.5" alt="Asbestos waste in bag for disposal" data-load="false" data-image-id="5eab6b47999bf94756b538ad" data-type="image" src="https://images.squarespace-cdn.com/content/v1/58af97f5440243fe3d552306/1588292423838-8MVHJQQZIWPHM4DGKNN0/ke17ZwdGBToddI8pDm48kF9aEDQaTpZHfWEO2zppK7Z7gQa3H78H3Y0txjaiv_0fDoOvxcdMmMKkDsyUqMSsMWxHk725yiiHCCLfrh8O1z5QPOohDIaIeljMHgDF5CVlOqpeNLcJ80NK65_fV7S1UX7HUUwySjcPdRBGehEKrDf5zebfiuf9u6oCHzr2lsfYZD7bBzAwq_2wCJyqgJebgg/asbestos-waste-bag-removal.jpg?format=1000w" /> </figure> <p class="">There is plenty of information available that lets people know why they shouldn’t handle asbestos themselves, <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Asbestos-related_diseases">and what can happen</a> when they do.</p><p class="">Most New Zealanders, therefore, understand that if they have to undertake asbestos removal in their home, that they should call in trained and qualified <a href="https://www.chemcare.co.nz/">asbestos removal experts</a>, and leave the job in the capable hands of those who know what they are doing.</p><p class="">But, once that asbestos is removed, and the threat is gone from your home or business, what happens to it? Who takes care of it, and is it disposed of safely? Below, you can learn not only about the <a href="https://chemcare.co.nz/articles/disposing-asbestos-safely">processes and procedures</a> of disposing of asbestos but how it may be taken care of in the future, as well.</p>&nbsp;<h2>How to Prepare Asbestos for Disposal in New Zealand</h2><p class="">It’s not enough to just know where to dispose of asbestos in New Zealand, but it’s crucial to understand <em>how </em>to dispose of it <em>in </em>those areas, as well. You can’t just dump a trailer of brittle building materials into a hole in the ground and part ways with it. Containment is key.</p><p class="">Crumbly, dusty, friable, and non-friable asbestos materials must all be contained to minimise fibre exposure. WorkSafe recommends that any friable pieces of asbestos should also be placed in heavy-duty polythene bags with a minimum thickness of&nbsp;200 µm, and at a maximum size of 900mm wide by 1,200mm long.</p><p class="">These bags must also have gooseneck ties to seal them, and wetting should be carried out before sealing the bag to minimise dust. The bags should be, at a maximum, half full, and excess air should be squeezed out of them. A label should then be placed on them that says:</p><blockquote><p class=""><strong>CAUTION: ASBESTOS – Do not open or damage bag. Do not inhale dust.</strong></p></blockquote><p class="">All bag surfaces should be cleaned and double-bagged, and the work area for packaging must then be decontaminated.&nbsp;</p><p class="">Asbestos removal experts who work with asbestos-lagged pipes or large materials that shouldn’t be broken down must wrap them in heavy-duty 200 µm polythene sheeting, labelled, bundled, and wrapped in tape.</p><p class="">Drums of asbestos materials, on the other hand, must be lined with 200 µm polythene, sprayed with water, and have their rims sealed before wiping the exterior.</p><h2>Where to Dispose of Asbestos</h2><p class="">Where you can dispose of asbestos in New Zealand can depend on where you live. Talk to your local council about rubbish dumps that accept asbestos waste and comply with the Resource Management Act. The earlier you do this, the more you’re prepared for quick and precise disposal of asbestos.</p><p class="">WorkSafe outlines that all asbestos must be disposed of “at a local or territorial authority landfill authorised under the Resource Management Act 1991 to accept asbestos waste”.</p><p class="">In Auckland, there are dozens of different <a href="https://www.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz/building-and-consents/types-resource-consents/earthworks/Documents/consented-landfills-june-2019.pdf">consented landfill sites</a> for clean fill and managed fill, but few of these will accept asbestos. Contact the Silverdale Transfer Station, Waitakere Refuse and Recycling Centre, Waiheke Island Transfer Station, and Great Barrier Island Claris Landfill for <a href="https://www.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz/rubbish-recycling/Pages/hazardous-waste.aspx">information</a> on all flammable, toxic, explosive, corrosive, and radioactive waste.</p><p class="">In Wellington, a <a href="https://wellington.govt.nz/services/environment-and-waste/landfill/types-of-waste-accepted">form</a> must be filled out for the disposal of special substances. While in Hamilton and around the Waikato, those looking to get rid of hazardous materials are asked to <a href="https://www.waikatodistrict.govt.nz/services-facilities/refuse-and-recycling/hazardous-waste-disposal">contact</a> the Huntly Transfer Station for more information.</p><h2>What About Disposing of Asbestos in the Future?</h2><p class="">For now, several transfer stations and landfill sites throughout New Zealand accept asbestos materials and abide by the Resource Management Act 1991. However, having somewhere to dispose of it doesn’t solve the problem of it being an extremely hazardous fibrous mineral with cancer-causing properties.</p><p class="">Therefore, room exists for research to work out how to remove those cancer-causing elements to make sure that any asbestos materials in contaminated land can be made safe once more.</p><p class="">Leading the way in this research is Unitec, who has launched an environmental research centre with what is being called a <a href="https://chemcare.co.nz/articles/unitec-asbestos-project?rq=unitec">“ground-breaking” asbestos project</a>.&nbsp;</p><p class="">The project focuses on protecting people and living species from asbestos dangers and how to examine asbestos-contaminated waste treatment. The environmental team involved will look at the effectiveness of fungi and other natural microorganisms to degrade asbestos fibres and remove their cancer-causing elements.</p><p class="">Licensed asbestos removalist company Chemcare was the first private sector company to partner on the project, and the Ministry for the Environment’s Waste Minimisation Fund contributed a $394,000 grant.</p><p class="">According to Chemcare’s managing director, David Serville, the research will have global significance.</p><p class="">&nbsp;“Every nation is starting to address how it can remove and safely dispose of asbestos materials. Unitec’s research has the potential to clean vast areas of contaminated ground by natural means, and we understand how significant this work is for the world.”</p><h2>Have Your Asbestos Removal and Disposal Taken Care Of</h2><p class="">Any home or business owner who has been thinking about undertaking renovations or repairs of a property with asbestos should get in touch with a removalist as soon as possible. Let the experts take care of not only the removal process but the safe disposal of it, too.</p> How is asbestos disposed of? 2020-05-01 00:23 +00:00 2020-05-01 12:23 +12:00 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-8275275/Turn-lockdown-jigsaw-puzzle-work-art.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-8275275/Turn-lockdown-jigsaw-puzzle-work-art.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 Turn your lockdown jigsaw puzzle into a work of art We're trying to make sense of our lives in lockdown, hoping that a clear picture will emerge. But that's nothing new for dissectologists - as jigsaw puzzle enthusiasts are known. Thu, 30 Apr 2020 21:27:53 Z None 2020-04-30 21:27 +00:00 2020-05-01 09:27 +12:00 https://www.latimes.com/business/real-estate/story/2020-04-30/padres-pitcher-craig-stammen-buys-coronado-home-close-to-petco-park https://www.latimes.com/business/real-estate/story/2020-04-30/padres-pitcher-craig-stammen-buys-coronado-home-close-to-petco-park Padres pitcher Craig Stammen buys Coronado home close to Petco Park <p>In the resort city of Coronado, Padres pitcher Craig Stammen recently shelled out $3.7 million for a home right across the bay from Petco Park. </p> Thu, 30 Apr 2020 13:12:37 -0400 Jack Flemming <p>In the resort city of Coronado, Padres pitcher Craig Stammen recently shelled out $3.7 million for a home right across the bay from Petco Park. </p> San Diego Padres Craig Stammen pitches during a spring training practice on Feb. 19, 2020. K.C. Alfred/The San Diego Union-Tribune 2020-04-30 13:12 -04:00 2020-05-01 05:12 +12:00 https://www.latimes.com/business/real-estate/story/2020-04-30/pool-homes-for-700000-three-ventura-county-cities https://www.latimes.com/business/real-estate/story/2020-04-30/pool-homes-for-700000-three-ventura-county-cities Pool homes for $700,000 in three Ventura County cities <p>With the heat of summer fast approaching, here's a look at homes with pools you can get for $700,000 in Simi Valley, Camarillo and Ventura.</p> Thu, 30 Apr 2020 08:00:56 -0400 Jack Flemming <p>With the heat of summer fast approaching, here's a look at homes with pools you can get for $700,000 in Simi Valley, Camarillo and Ventura.</p> SIMI VALLEY: There's a saltwater pool with a 15-foot slide behind this two-story home, which is on the market for the first time in two decades. Address: 1145 Balsamo Ave., Simi Valley, 93065 Listed for: $685,000 for four bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms in 2,050 square feet (9,405-square-foot lot) Features: Landscaped lot; dramatic stone fireplace; theater room; detached studio Realtor.com 2020-04-30 08:00 -04:00 2020-05-01 00:00 +12:00 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-8269493/Family-home-featured-John-Lewis-Christmas-advert-sale-2-8m.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-8269493/Family-home-featured-John-Lewis-Christmas-advert-sale-2-8m.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 Family home that featured in John Lewis Christmas advert is for sale for £2.8m The stunning house in Surrey's Kingston-Upon-Thames featured in the retailer's 2014 Christmas advert, which showed an inseparable boy and a penguin playing hide-and-seek together. Thu, 30 Apr 2020 07:57:12 Z None 2020-04-30 07:57 +00:00 2020-04-30 19:57 +12:00 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-8260761/Property-quiz-match-outside-home-interior.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-8260761/Property-quiz-match-outside-home-interior.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 Property quiz: Can you match the outside of a home with its interior? We step inside seven homes around the country to find out what their interiors are like - and to find out if these match the external appearance of the properties. Tue, 28 Apr 2020 10:17:23 Z None 2020-04-28 10:17 +00:00 2020-04-28 22:17 +12:00 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-8260457/Savvy-mum-transforms-kitchen-walls-using-6-500-penny-coins.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-8260457/Savvy-mum-transforms-kitchen-walls-using-6-500-penny-coins.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 Savvy mum transforms kitchen walls using 6,500 penny coins Emma Cox, 37, from Lincolnshire, revealed how she transformed her kitchen walls using nothing more than 6,500 pennies, adhesive and grout. Tue, 28 Apr 2020 06:41:25 Z None 2020-04-28 06:41 +00:00 2020-04-28 18:41 +12:00 https://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=231712 https://www.zillow.com/blog/5-diy-projects-for-you-and-your-kids-231712/ Home Improvement Do It Together: 5 Home Projects for You and Your Household Helpers Spruce up your space and keep your kids from climbing the walls - double win! Mon, 27 Apr 2020 23:28:14 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/5-diy-projects-for-you-and-your-kids-231712/#comments Jamie Birdwell-Branson <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">While the kids are out of school, the adults are doing everything they can to keep their little ones safe and healthy at home - and find creative ways to alleviate the boredom and frustration they may be feeling after weeks away from their school friends or grandparents. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">With just a few materials you can order online (or pick up curbside at the home improvement store) and some tools you likely have lying around the house, you can keep those little hands busy while giving your house some TLC. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Here are five DIY projects to improve your home and give your kids a productive outlet for their energy. </span></p> <h2>Build raised garden beds</h2> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">It seems like everyone is jumping on the gardening bandwagon and creating "victory" COVID-19 gardens. A garden not only gives you the benefit of fresh herbs, vegetables or flowers, it's also a natural outdoor classroom for your kids - helping them learn measurements, basic botany facts and giving them a </span><a href="https://www.pbs.org/parents/thrive/gardening-with-kids-how-it-affects-your-childs-brain-body-and-soul" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener noreferrer"><span style="font-weight: 400;">boost to their mental and physical well-being</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Raised garden beds help plants thrive because they're easier to maintain, and they are a fairly easy project for children to assist with. To make a 4&#215;4 raised garden bed, all you need are the following:</span></p> <ul> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Eight untreated 2x4s that are 4 feet long</span></li> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Four untreated 12-inch 4&#215;4 corner posts</span></li> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><span style="font-weight: 400;">A box of 4-inch wood screws</span></li> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><span style="font-weight: 400;">A drill </span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">To construct the rectangular box, attach two 2x4s to each corner post (stacking them vertically). Have your older child hold the boards securely in place as you drill. When you're finished building your structure, kids of all ages can assist you with picking out a sunny spot in the backyard for your raised garden bed and help you pour in the soil and plant your veggies or flowers. </span></p> <h2>Give your mailbox a makeover</h2> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Brighten up your humdrum mailbox and give your heroic postal worker something to smile about when they deliver your mail. This project is best suited for those kids who can comfortably wear a face mask and use a spray paint can responsibly. To give your mailbox a facelift, you'll need the following supplies:</span></p> <ul> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Medium-grit sandpaper</span></li> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Protective masks* </span></li> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Painters tape</span></li> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Aluminum primer</span></li> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Metal paint spray paint in a vibrant color</span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Tag team sanding off rust and old paint on your mailbox while wearing protective masks. Then, have your child assist you with placing painters tape over any address numbers or the mail flag to protect them from being painted. Spray primer and allow it to dry before applying the metal spray paint. To customize your mailbox and make it stand out, use stencils to create flowers, letters, or let your mini Van Gogh freehand different designs. </span></p> <p>* If you don&#8217;t already have masks on hand, consider waiting on this project until masks and other personal protective equipment are more readily available. Or, if you&#8217;re purchasing a new mailbox, you can do this project entirely freehand, no mask required.</p> <h2>Construct a birdhouse</h2> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Though birds aren't required to shelter in place, it's nice for them to have a safe spot to land in your backyard - and exciting for the whole family to watch as they come and go. You can either construct a birdhouse using a pre-cut birdhouse kit (available to order online at most home improvement stores) or you can </span><a href="https://ana-white.com/woodworking-projects/build-cedar-birdhouse-2" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener noreferrer"><span style="font-weight: 400;">make the cuts yourself</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;"> on a 2&#215;6 or even a spare fence post. Have older kids help you nail or wood glue it together and have little ones personalize it with paint to give the birds in your backyard a truly unique home to call their own. </span></p> <p>Or, if you want to give your neighborhood squirrels a place to kick back, you can repurpose almost any kind of wood to make an adorable <a href="https://www.charlestoncrafted.com/how-to-make-a-squirrel-picnic-table/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener noreferrer">miniature picnic table</a>.</p> <h2>Stencil paint your tile floor</h2> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Want to give your tile floor a new look but don't want to invest the money, time or intensive labor it takes to rip up and lay down a new one? While this project requires patience and attention to detail, your children can pitch in and help out to make it go a little faster. Here's what you'll need for this tile stenciling project:</span></p> <ul> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Fine-grit sandpaper</span></li> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Painters tape</span></li> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Primer</span></li> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Semi- or high-gloss latex paint in both a base color and a design color</span></li> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><span style="font-weight: 400;">A chosen stencil (create your own or look up one that you like online)</span></li> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Foam roller</span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Begin your project with a deep cleaning of your bathroom floors (and cue the complaints from your kids). Once your floors are squeaky clean, tag team a floor sanding with your kids to help the tiles take paint. Then, tape the perimeter of the room, underneath your vanity cabinet and around your toilet. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Apply primer to the floors and let them dry. Then, paint your base color. Once these coats have dried, you're now ready for your stenciling. Have your kid help you tape the stencil in place and then paint your design color onto the floor. If your older kids have a steady hand, using two stencils will speed the process along and reveal a beautifully designed floor even quicker. <a href="https://blog.homedepot.com/painted-stencil-bathroom-floor/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener noreferrer">This example</a> can help you visualize a finished product.</span></p> <h2>Restyle your bathroom drawer pulls</h2> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">You'd be surprised at how much of a design impact changing the drawer pulls on a bathroom vanity can have. This inexpensive DIY project is quick to complete and perfect for little hands who can help you hold the hardware while you handle the screwdriver. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">All you need for this project are new drawer pulls or knobs (have your child assist you with the measurements to see what size you need) and a screwdriver. Remove the old drawer pulls and have your kid at the ready to put all of the old pieces in a single pile and hand you the screws and the new drawer pulls as you need them. </span></p> <p>Feeling more ambitious? Change out the hardware on your kitchen cabinets for an easy upgrade. Or do this project on a small scale and swap out the handles or knobs on an old dresser to give it a new style.</p> <p><strong>Related</strong>:</p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/9-diy-projects-to-improve-your-home-231689/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">9 Easy-to-Ambitious DIY Projects to Improve Your Home</a></li> <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/personalize-with-diy-gallery-wall-203271/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Personalize Your Space With a DIY Gallery Wall</a></li> </ul> https://www.zillow.com/blog/5-diy-projects-for-you-and-your-kids-231712/feed/ 1 2020-04-27 23:28 +00:00 2020-04-28 11:28 +12:00 http://www.theguardian.com/business/2020/apr/28/sales-of-almost-400000-uk-homes-stalled-due-to-coronavirus-lockdown-says-zoopla https://www.theguardian.com/business/2020/apr/28/sales-of-almost-400000-uk-homes-stalled-due-to-coronavirus-lockdown-says-zoopla Housing market Real estate Business Coronavirus outbreak Property Money House prices Rightmove Sales of almost 400,000 homes stalled due to lockdown, says Zoopla <p>UK website estimates £82bn worth of property transactions ‘in suspended animation’</p><ul><li><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/series/coronavirus-live/latest">Coronavirus – latest updates</a></li><li><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/coronavirus-outbreak">See all our coronavirus coverage</a></li></ul><p>Almost 400,000 home sales worth a total of £82bn have been put on hold as a result of the housing market lockdown, according to Zoopla.</p><p>The property website said that 373,000 sales had stalled since the end of March when <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/business/2020/mar/26/housing-market-frozen-by-government-during-coronavirus-lockdown">ministers told people to delay their home moves</a> if possible, and social distancing rules made valuations and viewings impossible.</p><p> <span>Related: </span><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/business/2020/apr/24/uk-housebuilder-persimmon-joins-sector-return-to-site-work">UK housebuilder Persimmon joins return to site work</a> </p><p> <span>Related: </span><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/info/2017/may/16/guardian-business-today-sign-up-financial-news-email">Business Today: sign up for a morning shot of financial news</a> </p> <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/business/2020/apr/28/sales-of-almost-400000-uk-homes-stalled-due-to-coronavirus-lockdown-says-zoopla">Continue reading...</a> Mon, 27 Apr 2020 23:01:51 Z Photograph: Gill Allen/REX/Shutterstock Photograph: Gill Allen/REX/Shutterstock Hilary Osborne 2020-04-27T23:01:51Z 2020-04-27 23:01 +00:00 2020-04-28 11:01 +12:00 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8260603/Two-drinking-friends-convert-fence-panel-flip-bar-local-pub-shut-amid-lockdown.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8260603/Two-drinking-friends-convert-fence-panel-flip-bar-local-pub-shut-amid-lockdown.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 Two drinking friends convert fence panel into flip-down bar after their local pub shut amid lockdown Paul Hurton and Anthony Dunn, from County Durham, came up with a fantastic plan, taking a fence panel and fitting it with a hinge to form a table. The video has more than 1.8 million views. Mon, 27 Apr 2020 11:32:41 Z None 2020-04-27 11:32 +00:00 2020-04-27 23:32 +12:00 https://www.theguardian.com/money/2020/apr/27/were-stuck-paying-rent-on-a-property-we-cant-move-into https://www.theguardian.com/money/2020/apr/27/were-stuck-paying-rent-on-a-property-we-cant-move-into Property Money UK news Coronavirus outbreak We're stuck paying rent on a property we can't move into <p>After finding a buyer for our home we decided to rent, but after lockdown we have to stay</p><li>Coronavirus – latest updates</li><li>See all our coronavirus coverage</li><p><strong>Q</strong> My husband and I are in our 70s. We were in the process of moving home to be nearer family who currently live about four hours’ drive away.</p><p>Initially, we wanted to rent and signed up for a tenancy in the middle of March. We had a buyer for our house, and had booked a removals firm for early April, knowing that the sale would not be completed until a month or so after we had moved to the rented property.</p> <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/money/2020/apr/27/were-stuck-paying-rent-on-a-property-we-cant-move-into">Continue reading...</a> Mon, 27 Apr 2020 06:00:35 Z Photograph: aberystwyth / Alamy/Alamy Photograph: aberystwyth / Alamy/Alamy Virginia Wallis 2020-04-27T06:00:35Z 2020-04-27 06:00 +00:00 2020-04-27 18:00 +12:00 https://www.latimes.com/lifestyle/story/2020-04-25/he-didnt-drive-and-i-did https://www.latimes.com/lifestyle/story/2020-04-25/he-didnt-drive-and-i-did L.A. Affairs: He didn't have a car. Was I more than just a ride? <p>I would make the drive nearly every weekend, braving the Friday traffic and returning late Sunday night. I did this willingly and savored the time in L.A. with him. But how did he feel? Was I just an easy ride? </p> Sat, 25 Apr 2020 10:00:34 -0400 Ronan O'Brien <p>I would make the drive nearly every weekend, braving the Friday traffic and returning late Sunday night. I did this willingly and savored the time in L.A. with him. But how did he feel? Was I just an easy ride? </p> Cameron Cottrill's illustration to go with Ronan O'Brien's L.A. Affairs column Cameron Cottrill / For The Times 2020-04-25 10:00 -04:00 2020-04-26 02:00 +12:00 https://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=231689 https://www.zillow.com/blog/9-diy-projects-to-improve-your-home-231689/ Home Improvement 9 Easy-to-Ambitious DIY Projects to Improve Your Home Whether you're looking for a small project or a new challenge, these improvements can enhance your space and potentially boost your home's value. Fri, 24 Apr 2020 23:58:49 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/9-diy-projects-to-improve-your-home-231689/#comments Susan Kelleher <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Like many homeowners, you may have eyed a home improvement project in the past only to come up short on time or inspiration.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Don't feel bad. Nearly half (43%) of all homeowners say their biggest challenge around home improvement decisions is finding DIY time, which also may explain why the same percentage of people say they have unfinished home improvement projects - typically two.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Since many of us are spending much or all of our time at home, now might be a good time to channel some of that cabin fever into a project that could add value to your home or infuse it with new energy. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Here's a sampling of projects you can tackle alone - or with a pint-sized assistant in need of a play date.  </span></p> <h2>Beginner projects</h2> <h3>New faucets</h3> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Attention to detail is key for this project - you don&#8217;t want to flood your kitchen because you forgot to turn off the water valve - but no previous plumbing skills are required, and a shiny new faucet can generate a lot of day-to-day pleasure for a little effort. These instructions walk you through the </span><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/how-to-install-a-kitchen-faucet-228837/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer"><span style="font-weight: 400;">steps to install a kitchen faucet</span></a> (and the process is just the same for a bathroom sink).<span style="font-weight: 400;"> </span></p> <h3>Light fixtures and switches</h3> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Few things can change the atmosphere of a room as quickly as lighting. Swapping out an old fixture for a new one - or an on-off switch for a dimmer - can provide a mood for any occasion.  </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">Here&#8217;s </span><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/how-to-change-a-light-fixture-228828/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer"><span style="font-weight: 400;">an easy guide to change a light fixture</span></a>. Switches use the same types of wires, so if you can swap a fixture, you can handle a switch. <span style="font-weight: 400;">  </span></p> <h3>Fire pit</h3> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">This is a great one to tackle with kids. Celebrate the finished product with a s'mores party. Plus, the sales price premium on homes with fire pits is 2.8%, according to a Zillow <a href="https://www.zillow.com/research/home-features-that-sell-2020-26599/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">analysis</a> of thousands of home listings and sales prices.* Build you own <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/building-backyard-fire-pit-219141/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">backyard fire pit in 7 easy steps</a>.</span></p> <h3>Smart tech upgrade</h3> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">There are countless smart home products you can choose from, and some require little more than changing a light bulb or plugging in a device. A few to consider:</span></p> <p><b>Smart doorbell/camera:</b><span style="font-weight: 400;"> Installing one is similar to changing out a light switch. The process involves removing your old doorbell and connecting the device to your Wi-Fi.</span></p> <p><b>Smart locks: <span style="font-weight: 400;">Do you have a family member who is always losing their house key? Replacing a traditional door lock with a keyless entry you access using a touch pad or smartphone app is an easy solution. </span></b></p> <p><b>Smart home hub: </b><span style="font-weight: 400;">Amazon, Google, Apple, Nest, Samsung and others offer smart home hubs, which allow you to interact with compatible devices through a central system. The hub itself is typically "plug and play" and easy to set up. But you may need to do some initial troubleshooting to get all of your devices connected.  </span></p> <p><b>Smart lights:</b><span style="font-weight: 400;"> This project is as simple as buying and installing light bulbs. However, the upgrade requires coordination with a smart home system because each one has its own requirements and controls. If you already have a home system, be sure the lights you choose are compatible. If you're thinking of buying a new system, keep in mind that it needs to work harmoniously with the products you already have.</span></p> <h2>Intermediate projects</h2> <h3>Cabinet refresh</h3> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Updating your kitchen doesn&#8217;t have to involve major renovations. You can create a whole new look by changing out the door and drawer pulls, painting your cabinets or removing cabinet doors to create an open-shelving effect. Or, if you have too much wall space and too few cabinets, you can easily install open shelving from scratch. An added bonus: Homes with open shelving sell for 4.2% more than expected. For cabinet tips and other ideas, here are <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/new-look-kitchen-223288/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">seven ways to upgrade your kitchen without remodeling</a>.</span></p> <h3>Barn door</h3> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Switching out a traditional swinging door or a closet slider for a barn door that glides on a rail can give your room a striking look, as well as open up space and change the furniture arranging possibilities. And your effort might pay off in other ways: Barn doors are associated with a 5% price premium. You&#8217;ll need a few tools, another pair of hands, and these step-by-step instructions which cover all the details of </span><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/build-install-sliding-barn-door-229173/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer"><span style="font-weight: 400;">how to build and install your own sliding barn door</span></a>.<span style="font-weight: 400;"> </span></p> <h2>Advanced projects</h2> <h3>Board &amp; batten</h3> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">You may not be familiar with the term, but you&#8217;ve probably seen this classic design feature in a number of homes. Precision is required for this one, and that means you need the right tools, namely a measuring tape, a level and a miter saw. Also patience. But if you can imagine a 3D element atop your drywall, you're ready to go, and <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/how-to-add-board-and-batten-228825/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">this guide will walk you through each step of the process</a>. </span></p> <h3>Garden shed</h3> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">If you have the know-how to build a garden shed, you can find any number of plans and tutorials online to suit your taste. And if you&#8217;re not quite up for that challenge, you can still improve the one you've got or buy a garden-variety one and make it your own. Start by imagining whether you need it for storage or extra work or living space, and go from there. Homes with a "she shed" are associated with a 3.6% price premium. Here&#8217;s some inspiration to </span><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/create-gardening-workspace-218676/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer"><span style="font-weight: 400;">create your own custom garden workspace</span></a>.<span style="font-weight: 400;"> </span></p> <h3>Heated floors</h3> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">This is the kind of project you can tackle if you missed out on your real vocation and ended up in a desk job. Labor-intensive and requiring the confidence of an accomplished tradesperson (and some math skills), your success in warming your dwelling from the bottom up will make you a hero or heroine in your own home. This project is ideal if you already planned to replace the flooring in a room and have the opportunity to add a heating element in the process. Learn about the <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/radiant-floor-heating-systems-144643/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">different types of radiant flooring and tips for DIY success</a>. </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">Homes with this feature sell for 4.9% more than expected.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;"> Whatever you decide to do, measure twice and have fun!</span></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">*</span><span style="font-weight: 400;">Home sale data is based on a </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">Zillow analysis of listing language and the sales performance of thousands of homes nationwide in 2018 and 2019. </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">Adding these design features to a home does not guarantee or definitively cause the ultimate sale price to increase as much as observed.</span></em></p> <p><strong>Related</strong>:</p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/diy-safety-229180/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Before You DIY: 12 Safety Precautions and Best Practices</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/diy-or-hire-a-pro-184707/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Home Improvement Projects: DIY or Hire a Pro?</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/5-ways-to-refresh-for-spring-193999/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">5 Ways to Refresh Your Space</a></li> </ul> https://www.zillow.com/blog/9-diy-projects-to-improve-your-home-231689/feed/ 12 2020-04-24 23:58 +00:00 2020-04-25 11:58 +12:00 https://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=231697 https://www.zillow.com/blog/7-ways-to-enjoy-outdoors-at-home-231697/ Home Improvement 7 Ways to Enjoy the Outdoors at Home Even if you can't go to the beach, bar or cafe, you can experience going out while staying (very) close to home. Fri, 24 Apr 2020 22:03:52 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/7-ways-to-enjoy-outdoors-at-home-231697/#comments Jamie Birdwell-Branson <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">In this current moment when many of us are staying home, one of the best remedies to help alleviate some of the stress is to head outside and get some fresh air - preferably at least six feet or more away from your neighbor. If you're lucky enough to have an outdoor space, whether you have a sprawling backyard or a smidgen of a patio, make the most of it with these seven ideas for improving your outdoor area. </span></p> <h2>Curate an outdoor lounge space</h2> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Had to cancel a beach vacation you planned for spring break or summer? Set up an outdoor lounge space on your patio or in the yard to give your outdoor space a tropical feel. You can either scour the internet for lounge chairs, chaise lounges, hammocks and outdoor sectionals, or create your own, like a one-of-a-kind outdoor lounge bed. All you need to complete this project is a platform bed frame, a futon mattress and outdoor fabric to cover it. (If you're not handy with the sewing machine, this would be a simple task for a local upholsterer to tackle.) Plop some outdoor pillows on top for added comfort and style. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">To complete your lounge, add in some side tables, a few candles and maybe a glass of wine to create that all-inclusive atmosphere.</span></p> <p><img class="size-full wp-image-231704 aligncenter" src="https://wp-tid.zillowstatic.com/1/Stocksy_634170-2-bda156.jpg" alt="" width="1600" height="1256" /></p> <h2>DIY outdoor movie theater</h2> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The movie theaters may be off limits for now, but that doesn't mean you can't re-create the experience in your own private outdoor space. Though you've likely seen elaborate backyard movie theater setups, it doesn't have to be complicated: All you need is a white sheet that can be tautly mounted on a flat surface (a shed or siding on your apartment patio will do just fine), a projector and your phone to play movies, TV shows or whatever else you're binging these days. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Don't have access to a projector? It's surprisingly simple to </span><a href="https://www.instructables.com/id/Make-an-Easy-Homemade-Phone-Projector/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener noreferrer"><span style="font-weight: 400;">make one</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;"> out of a shoe box, some cardboard and a magnifying glass. Round up your favorite patio chairs or arrange your outdoor cushions, make some popcorn and enjoy your movie with the background noise of the crickets chirping.</span></p> <h2>Create an outdoor bar</h2> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">It may be a while before you can go back to your favorite dive bar or swanky cocktail lounge, so why not create your own for your outdoor space? You can, of course, buy a bar online, or you can repurpose an old table or desk - or even get crafty with some cinder blocks, concrete glue and a few 1 x 6 boards to create your very own. Gather your Bluetooth speaker, your favorite cocktail ingredients and a few glasses to get the ambiance of your favorite bar right at home. Here are <a href="https://homebnc.com/best-diy-outdoor-bar-ideas/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener noreferrer">a few ideas for inspiration</a>, including bars you can squeeze into the smallest of outdoor spaces. </span></p> <h2>Beautify a barn or shed</h2> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">A barn or a shed is a utilitarian structure, but that doesn't mean it has to be an eyesore. Spruce it up by painting it a bold color, attaching some shutters, adding some flower boxes, installing a stone path or even stringing up some lights to zhuzh up that forgotten space in the backyard. </span></p> <p><img class="size-full wp-image-231701 aligncenter" src="https://wp-tid.zillowstatic.com/1/offset_295228-cf8eb4.jpg" alt="" width="1600" height="1067" /></p> <h2>DIY fire pit</h2> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Just because many of the state parks or campsites are closed doesn't mean you have to miss out on everyone's favorite camping activity: the campfire. You can easily create a </span><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/building-backyard-fire-pit-219141/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer"><span style="font-weight: 400;">DIY fire pit</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;"> for your backyard in seven steps, which only requires a few supplies you can pick up curbside at your local home improvement store. Not a big DIYer? You can always buy a prefab fire bowl that's just as effective at creating that warm, cozy campfire glow. </span></p> <h2>Make an al fresco dining destination</h2> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">We're all getting a little tired of eating in our kitchens (or, maybe in front of our televisions) night after night. Mix it up a little by making an al fresco dining destination in your backyard or patio. In addition to an outdoor dining table and chairs, lay down an outdoor rug and string up a strand of lights or craft yourself an outdoor chandelier to transform your evening meals. </span></p> <h2><img class="size-full wp-image-231707 aligncenter" src="https://wp-tid.zillowstatic.com/1/shutterstock_511957261-31d24f.jpg" alt="" width="1600" height="1067" /></h2> <h2>Create a meditation zone</h2> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Missing your yoga studio? You can still do a restorative practice and a shavasana at home - and make it even better by creating a meditation zone in your backyard. Plant a garden with calming scents like lavender or jasmine, create a stepping stone path to your meditation spot or even build yourself a </span><a href="https://blog.homedepot.com/diy-copper-pipe-mini-cabana/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener noreferrer"><span style="font-weight: 400;">standing tent or cabana</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;"> with curtains that blow in the warm, calming breeze. </span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> https://www.zillow.com/blog/7-ways-to-enjoy-outdoors-at-home-231697/feed/ 9 2020-04-24 22:03 +00:00 2020-04-25 10:03 +12:00 https://www.latimes.com/lifestyle/story/2020-04-24/how-to-save-your-citrus-from-hlb-disease https://www.latimes.com/lifestyle/story/2020-04-24/how-to-save-your-citrus-from-hlb-disease Want to save your citrus trees? Start a full-fledged insect war <p>You'll have to declare brutal warfare on the ants in your yard while embracing a tiny parasitoid wasp that eats its living prey from the inside out. </p> Fri, 24 Apr 2020 11:57:53 -0400 Jeanette Marantos <p>You'll have to declare brutal warfare on the ants in your yard while embracing a tiny parasitoid wasp that eats its living prey from the inside out. </p> Image for story about saving your citrus trees from ants Steve Banks / Los Angeles Times ; Getty Images 2020-04-24 11:57 -04:00 2020-04-25 03:57 +12:00 http://www.theguardian.com/business/2020/apr/24/uk-housebuilder-persimmon-joins-sector-return-to-site-work https://www.theguardian.com/business/2020/apr/24/uk-housebuilder-persimmon-joins-sector-return-to-site-work Persimmon Business Construction industry Coronavirus outbreak Robert Jenrick Housing Housing market Real estate UK news UK housebuilder Persimmon joins return to site work <p>Government backs lockdown return with construction workers under strict safety rules, says company</p><ul><li><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/series/coronavirus-live/latest">Coronavirus – latest updates</a></li><li><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/coronavirus-outbreak">See all our coronavirus coverage</a></li></ul><p>The UK’s second-biggest housebuilder has announced that workers will return to building sites on Monday in the latest sign that the UK economy is reopening after weeks of lockdown.</p><p>Persimmon said it would restart work on 27 April, a month after it felt compelled to shut its sites because of the government’s pandemic restrictions.</p><p> <span>Related: </span><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/apr/24/coronavirus-the-week-explained">Coronavirus: the week explained</a> </p> <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/business/2020/apr/24/uk-housebuilder-persimmon-joins-sector-return-to-site-work">Continue reading...</a> Fri, 24 Apr 2020 12:13:02 Z Photograph: Neil Hall/Reuters Photograph: Neil Hall/Reuters Jasper Jolly 2020-04-24T12:13:02Z 2020-04-24 12:13 +00:00 2020-04-25 00:13 +12:00 https://www.latimes.com/business/real-estate/story/2020-04-24/kathryn-ireland-interior-designer-boot-camp https://www.latimes.com/business/real-estate/story/2020-04-24/kathryn-ireland-interior-designer-boot-camp This interior design boot camp puts potential tastemakers through their paces <p>Designer Kathryn Ireland shares an insider's tricks of the trade with a select few over a jam-packed weekend.</p> Fri, 24 Apr 2020 08:00:12 -0400 Arielle Paul <p>Designer Kathryn Ireland shares an insider's tricks of the trade with a select few over a jam-packed weekend.</p> From left, Bootcamp participant Prissy Elrod, Martyn Lawrence Bullard, Kathryn Ireland and participants and interior designers Terra Palmer,Elizabeth Fearington Diehl and Darcy Cavell at Lawrence's Melrose atelier. Photographed April 18, 2020. (Arielle Paul / For The Times) Arielle Paul/Arielle Paul/For The Times 2020-04-24 08:00 -04:00 2020-04-25 00:00 +12:00 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-8245017/Can-landlord-stop-installing-new-bathroom-leasehold-home.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-8245017/Can-landlord-stop-installing-new-bathroom-leasehold-home.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 Can a landlord stop me installing a new bathroom at my leasehold home? My lease suggests that I must get permission to do this from the freeholder, but what happens if I don't? Fri, 24 Apr 2020 09:17:17 Z None 2020-04-24 09:17 +00:00 2020-04-24 21:17 +12:00 https://www.latimes.com/lifestyle/story/2020-04-23/how-to-build-a-backyard-beach-amid-coronavirus-lockdown https://www.latimes.com/lifestyle/story/2020-04-23/how-to-build-a-backyard-beach-amid-coronavirus-lockdown It's hot. Beaches are closed. Here's how to build one in your backyard <p>If you're bummed over coronavirus beach closures, build one in your own backyard as the season's first heat wave hits SoCal. </p> Thu, 23 Apr 2020 14:03:40 -0400 Chris Erskine <p>If you're bummed over coronavirus beach closures, build one in your own backyard as the season's first heat wave hits SoCal. </p> (Ross May / Los Angeles Times; Getty Images) 2020-04-23 14:03 -04:00 2020-04-24 06:03 +12:00 https://www.latimes.com/lifestyle/story/2020-04-23/world-bee-day-lets-count-pollinators https://www.latimes.com/lifestyle/story/2020-04-23/world-bee-day-lets-count-pollinators Help save the bees: New app turns users into bee counters <p>Celebrate World Bee Day by participating in a global count of pollinators, including honeybees, with a free app available May 1. </p> Thu, 23 Apr 2020 10:00:07 -0400 Jeanette Marantos <p>Celebrate World Bee Day by participating in a global count of pollinators, including honeybees, with a free app available May 1. </p> Illustration for Jeanette Marantos' story on World Bee Day. Kent Kubani / For The Times/Kent Kubani / For The Times 2020-04-23 10:00 -04:00 2020-04-24 02:00 +12:00 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-8240681/Six-tips-prepare-home-sale-lockdown-ends.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-8240681/Six-tips-prepare-home-sale-lockdown-ends.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 Six tips to prepare your home for sale for when lockdown ends We highlight things you can do during lockdown to prepare your property for sale and get it into the most valuable condition for when the market recovers. Thu, 23 Apr 2020 08:41:25 Z None 2020-04-23 08:41 +00:00 2020-04-23 20:41 +12:00 58af97f5440243fe3d552306:5906c0dfe4fcb573ba562253:5ea12d35e6329b4cfa474bbb https://chemcare.co.nz/articles/workplace-compliance-covid-19 Ensuring Compliance During COVID-19 Alert Level 3 Business owners need to be looking at compliance during COVID-19 Alert Level 3. Remain compliant in your business and site operations, and do your part to protect those around you. Thu, 23 Apr 2020 06:05:33 Z Klaris Chua-Pineda <p class="">Kiwis, you should be patting yourselves on the back. You banded together as one five-million-person team and dramatically decreased the number of cases of <a href="https://covid19.govt.nz/">COVID-19</a> sweeping the country daily. Be proud, but know that we’re not out of the woods yet.&nbsp;</p><p class="">Now, more than ever, we need to be making sure we keep those gains. By doing so, we can stamp out the virus and get our lives back on track. That’s why business owners need to be looking at compliance during COVID-19 Alert Level 3. Remain compliant in your business and site operations, and do your part to protect those around you.</p><p class="">There’s no time to waste. Before the country transitions from Alert Level 4 to <a href="https://www.rnz.co.nz/news/national/414688/covid-19-alert-level-3-what-you-need-to-know">Alert Level 3</a>, take the time to put site operating procedures in place. Your COVID-19 pandemic planning begins here.</p> <figure class=" sqs-block-image-figure intrinsic " > <img class="thumb-image" data-image="https://images.squarespace-cdn.com/content/v1/58af97f5440243fe3d552306/1587621802141-PJWXWVSY6FBJE2A9MLDW/ke17ZwdGBToddI8pDm48kLkXF2pIyv_F2eUT9F60jBl7gQa3H78H3Y0txjaiv_0fDoOvxcdMmMKkDsyUqMSsMWxHk725yiiHCCLfrh8O1z4YTzHvnKhyp6Da-NYroOW3ZGjoBKy3azqku80C789l0iyqMbMesKd95J-X4EagrgU9L3Sa3U8cogeb0tjXbfawd0urKshkc5MgdBeJmALQKw/image-asset.jpeg" data-image-dimensions="2500x1667" data-image-focal-point="0.5,0.5" alt="COVID-19 business signage" data-load="false" data-image-id="5ea12fa937833601d47238f8" data-type="image" src="https://images.squarespace-cdn.com/content/v1/58af97f5440243fe3d552306/1587621802141-PJWXWVSY6FBJE2A9MLDW/ke17ZwdGBToddI8pDm48kLkXF2pIyv_F2eUT9F60jBl7gQa3H78H3Y0txjaiv_0fDoOvxcdMmMKkDsyUqMSsMWxHk725yiiHCCLfrh8O1z4YTzHvnKhyp6Da-NYroOW3ZGjoBKy3azqku80C789l0iyqMbMesKd95J-X4EagrgU9L3Sa3U8cogeb0tjXbfawd0urKshkc5MgdBeJmALQKw/image-asset.jpeg?format=1000w" /> </figure> <h2>Implement Basic Principles</h2><p class="">Most of us by now have a reasonably good grasp on <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Social_distancing">social distancing</a>. While it’s a new term, it is one that has been saving lives up and down the country. Social distancing should be one of the things you implement into your business to remain compliant during Alert Level 3.&nbsp;</p><p class="">·&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Maintain a two-metre distance between yourself and others</p><p class="">·&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Practice thorough hand washing and sanitising</p><p class="">·&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Maintain your company’s safety culture</p><p class="">·&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Practice correct coughing and sneezing techniques</p><p class="">Implementing basic principles can also include following the guidance from the Ministry of Health and WorkSafe New Zealand. Essentially, you and your employees should be familiar with the Health and Safety Act 2015.</p><p class="">As a business owner, it’s also important not to forget appropriate training for staff and site inductions.</p><h2>Have Prevention Procedures in Place</h2><p class="">No one would have ever thought they would need pandemic procedures in place for their business, but that’s the hand that 2020 has dealt. Therefore, two things have to take place to ensure compliance in your business during COVID-19 Alert Level 3. These are procedures for site operation and site planning.</p><p class="">One of the most important things to do is <em>verify the health</em> of your workers and visitors. No one should be able to visit your business – to work or for services – if they are unwell. Control site access, put in place a communication strategy, and don’t underestimate the value of toolbox meetings to reaffirm health and safety procedures.</p><p class="">Preparing for Level 3 in your workplace may also include arranging for showers and changing facilities as part of worksite sanitation, and updated cleaning procedures.</p><p class="">Any contaminated sites must be cleaned and disinfected with appropriate PPE. If your company cannot manage this, then align yourself with a <a href="https://www.chemcare.co.nz">business that can</a>.&nbsp;</p><h2>Follow Risk Management Procedures</h2><p class="">During alert Level 4, essential businesses such as supermarkets and pharmacies were allowed to remain open. However, as we transition to Level 3, <em>non-essential</em> companies that can avoid customer contact may also open.&nbsp;</p><p class="">Now is the time to start planning your risk management procedures to ensure you can operate your business safely. Staff and customer protection is paramount.</p><p class="">Brush up yourself and your team on accident and incident reporting, and carry out regular toolbox meetings. A training matrix, or training chart, can also help track your team’s competence and qualifications to ensure the right person is doing the right job.</p><p class="">If you’re not sure where to begin, there are plenty of training institutions out that can help you put the right risk management procedures in place for your business.&nbsp;</p><h2>Appoint a COVID-19 Safety Coordinator</h2><p class="">While you should be able to rely on your team to keep your business compliant, it helps if there is someone to oversee proceedings and keep everyone on the right track. That person can be the COVID-19 safety coordinator.</p><p class="">That supervisor is responsible for workers, auditing and managing your site, and carrying out site inspections. Once again, companies are now offering help and education for businesses to manage their compliance, so reach out without delay.</p><h2>Questions to Ask While Preparing for Level 3 Operations</h2><p class="">WorkSafe New Zealand wants to ensure that businesses are as prepared as possible for the change in alert levels. In fact, for companies to resume operations, they <em>need </em>to have a <a href="https://worksafe.govt.nz/managing-health-and-safety/novel-coronavirus-covid-19/your-covid-19-safety-plan/">COVID-19 safety plan</a> in place that outlines their safe working practices.</p><h3>Before you put that ‘open’ sign up, ask yourself the following questions, as outlined by WorkSafe:</h3><ol data-rte-list="default"><li><p class="">Are there any risks arising from restarting your business or a business activity that has been shut down during Alert Level 4, and how will you manage these?</p></li><li><p class="">How will you ensure all workers know how and are able to keep themselves safe from exposure to COVID-19?</p></li><li><p class="">How will you gather information on the wellness of your workers to ensure that they are safe and well to work?</p></li><li><p class="">How will you operate your business in a way that keeps workers and others safe from exposure to COVID-19?</p></li><li><p class="">How will you manage an exposure or suspected exposure to COVID-19?</p></li><li><p class="">How will you evaluate, and continuously review, whether your work processes or risk controls are effective?</p></li><li><p class="">How do any changes impact on the risks of the work you do?&nbsp;</p></li></ol><h2>Ask for Help</h2><p class="">We are in unprecedented times. Who would have thought that the entire world would close down to fight a virus? While it sounds like the plot of a B grade movie, it’s <em>reality</em>. Before you transition your business from Alert Level 4 to Alert Level 3, put a plan in place. Seek help from companies that can help with education, compliance, and <a href="https://chemcare.co.nz/infection-control-services">COVID-19 infection control services</a>.</p> Ensuring Compliance During COVID-19 Alert Level 3 2020-04-23 06:05 +00:00 2020-04-23 18:05 +12:00 https://www.latimes.com/lifestyle/story/2020-04-22/plastic-packaging-deliveries-order-brands https://www.latimes.com/lifestyle/story/2020-04-22/plastic-packaging-deliveries-order-brands Want way less plastic packaging in your deliveries? Order from these brands <p>If you're feeling guilty about the plastic in all those deliveries you're getting, there are worthy alternatives.</p> Wed, 22 Apr 2020 11:00:33 -0400 Bonnie McCarthy <p>If you're feeling guilty about the plastic in all those deliveries you're getting, there are worthy alternatives.</p> (Ricardo DeAratanha / Los Angeles Times) 2020-04-22 11:00 -04:00 2020-04-23 03:00 +12:00 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-8229559/Is-sought-balcony-Britain.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-8229559/Is-sought-balcony-Britain.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 Is this the most sought-after balcony in Britain? The house is in Devon's Torquay and was built in the 1930s, with curves, railings and windows that pay homage to the ocean liners of the time it was built. Tue, 21 Apr 2020 08:18:15 Z None 2020-04-21 08:18 +00:00 2020-04-21 20:18 +12:00 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-8236781/Tenants-plan-ahead-easing-lockdown.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-8236781/Tenants-plan-ahead-easing-lockdown.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 Tenants plan next move ahead of easing of lockdown Demand for rental properties has bounced back 30 per cent in the first two weeks of April after plummeting 57 per cent in the last two weeks of March, Zoopla said. Tue, 21 Apr 2020 07:55:47 Z None 2020-04-21 07:55 +00:00 2020-04-21 19:55 +12:00 https://www.latimes.com/lifestyle/story/2020-04-20/zoom-party-tips-etiquette-virtual-hangout-ideas-fun-game-night https://www.latimes.com/lifestyle/story/2020-04-20/zoom-party-tips-etiquette-virtual-hangout-ideas-fun-game-night How to have Zoom parties that are actually fun <p>The age of social distancing is surprisingly social. Party ideas, pointers and more to make your next Zoom your best yet.</p> Mon, 20 Apr 2020 15:17:39 -0400 Jessica Roy <p>The age of social distancing is surprisingly social. Party ideas, pointers and more to make your next Zoom your best yet.</p> Kay Scanlon / Los Angeles Times; Getty Images 2020-04-20 15:17 -04:00 2020-04-21 07:17 +12:00 https://www.theguardian.com/money/2020/apr/20/force-property-seller-move-lockdown-covid-19 https://www.theguardian.com/money/2020/apr/20/force-property-seller-move-lockdown-covid-19 Property Money UK news Should we force a property seller to move during the lockdown? <p>We’ve already delayed the completion date but the 70-year-old seller says they can’t move then either due to Covid-19 risks</p><ul><li><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/series/coronavirus-live/latest">Coronavirus – latest updates</a></li><li><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/coronavirus-outbreak">See all our coronavirus coverage</a></li></ul><p><strong>Q</strong> On 1 March, we exchanged contacts on the house we are buying with a completion date of 27 March. However, the government lockdown meant that the seller was unable to move because the removal company cancelled the job.</p><p>We agreed to delay the completion date to 24 April. But the seller is now saying they cannot move on then either as, at 70 years old, they are in the high-risk category for Covid-19.</p> <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/money/2020/apr/20/force-property-seller-move-lockdown-covid-19">Continue reading...</a> Mon, 20 Apr 2020 06:00:04 Z Photograph: Chris Ison/PA Photograph: Chris Ison/PA Virginia Wallis 2020-04-20T06:00:04Z 2020-04-20 06:00 +00:00 2020-04-20 18:00 +12:00 http://www.theguardian.com/business/2020/apr/20/coronavirus-outbreak-will-halt-520000-uk-house-sales-in-2020 https://www.theguardian.com/business/2020/apr/20/coronavirus-outbreak-will-halt-520000-uk-house-sales-in-2020 Housing market House prices Business Money Property Real estate Economic growth (GDP) Economic policy Stamp duty Economics Tax Politics UK news Coronavirus outbreak will halt 520,000 UK house sales in 2020 <p>Freeze on transactions will cut sales by 38% with wide-ranging knock-on effects for economy, warns leading agency</p><p>More than 520,000 UK home sales will be abandoned this year, after the government <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/business/2020/mar/26/housing-market-frozen-by-government-during-coronavirus-lockdown">ordered a temporary freeze on the housing market </a>last month because of the coronavirus outbreak, research shows.</p><p>The property consultancy Knight Frank said the 38% drop in the number of house sales in 2020 would have a ripple effect across the property industry, hitting retailers, removal companies and even government coffers.</p> <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/business/2020/apr/20/coronavirus-outbreak-will-halt-520000-uk-house-sales-in-2020">Continue reading...</a> Mon, 20 Apr 2020 05:01:02 Z Photograph: Mike Egerton/PA Photograph: Mike Egerton/PA Hilary Osborne and Kalyeena Makortoff 2020-04-20T05:01:02Z 2020-04-20 05:01 +00:00 2020-04-20 17:01 +12:00 https://www.landlords.co.nz/article/976516688/comment-the-rental-housing-conundrum?utm_source=LL&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=COMMENT%3A+The+rental+housing+conundrum https://www.landlords.co.nz/article/976516688/comment-the-rental-housing-conundrum?utm_source=LL&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=COMMENT%3A+The+rental+housing+conundrum COMMENT: The rental housing conundrum <p>Still simmering away below all the Covid-19 virus activity is the Government&rsquo;s &ldquo;reform&rdquo; of the <em>Residential Tenancy Act </em>and that&rsquo;s something we should all be concerned about, writes Auckland Property Investors Association vice-president Peter Lewis&hellip;</p> Mon, 20 Apr 2020 11:17:00 +1200 2020-04-20 11:17 +12:00 2020-04-20 11:17 +12:00 https://www.latimes.com/lifestyle/story/2020-04-18/i-was-the-worlds-pickiest-dater https://www.latimes.com/lifestyle/story/2020-04-18/i-was-the-worlds-pickiest-dater L.A. Affairs: I was the world's pickiest dater. And no guy could ever stack up <p>I had a long list of "can't date ifs." I also wasn't meeting the right guy. Could the two somehow be related? Nah.</p> Sat, 18 Apr 2020 10:00:40 -0400 Destiny Lavigne <p>I had a long list of "can't date ifs." I also wasn't meeting the right guy. Could the two somehow be related? Nah.</p> Jonathan Bartlett's illustration for Destiny Johnson's L.A. Affairs column Jonathan Bartlett / For The Times 2020-04-18 10:00 -04:00 2020-04-19 02:00 +12:00 https://www.latimes.com/business/real-estate/story/2020-04-18/home-of-the-week-divine-dwelling-los-feliz https://www.latimes.com/business/real-estate/story/2020-04-18/home-of-the-week-divine-dwelling-los-feliz Home of the Week: A divine dwelling in Los Feliz <p>In Los Feliz, a Spanish Colonial-style residence features original details and a tie to Bel-Air Presbyterian Church's organizing pastor. Asking price: $4.877 million.</p> Sat, 18 Apr 2020 08:30:33 -0400 Neal J. Leitereg <p>In Los Feliz, a Spanish Colonial-style residence features original details and a tie to Bel-Air Presbyterian Church's organizing pastor. Asking price: $4.877 million.</p> The walled and gated compound, once home to the Rev. Louis H. Evans, the organizing pastor of Bel-Air Presbyterian Church, was built in 1929 and recently renovated and restored. Listed for $4.877 million, the Spanish Colonial-style residence features such original details as handcrafted hardware, antique tilework and cast-iron windows. A two-story entry gives way to a living room set beneath cathedral-style ceilings. A breezeway connects the multilevel residence to a guest apartment above the garage. (Jo David / Charmaine David Photography) Jo David/Jo David/Charmaine David Photography 2020-04-18 08:30 -04:00 2020-04-19 00:30 +12:00 https://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=231684 https://www.zillow.com/blog/new-home-wishlist-checklist-231684/ Tips & Advice Looking for a New Place? Use This Time to Create Your Wishlist If your move is delayed, evaluate the features of your current home so you know just what you want in your next one. Fri, 17 Apr 2020 21:59:10 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/new-home-wishlist-checklist-231684/#comments Susan Kelleher <div data-rid-id="241414" data-fg="#1486cd" data-bg="#ffffff" data-auto-scroll="false" data-auto-scroll-offset="0"> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Now that many of us have spent several weeks living inside, we've become quite familiar with our homes - in some cases, maybe too familiar. If you were planning to move before COVID-19, and still plan to do so when the timing is right, you might want to take this time to reflect on what's working and what's not in your current home. For instance, those stairs you've climbed 10 times a day may have kept you moving while you've stayed home, but maybe you'd like stair-free living in your next home. Or perhaps the yard you thought you could do without has now become a must-have.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">We've come up with a list of questions to help you pinpoint what you like and don't like about your current home so you can find more comfort and pleasure in your next one.</span></p> <h2>What's working for you - and what's not?</h2> <ul> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><span style="font-weight: 400;">On a scale of 1-10, how do you like your current home?</span></li> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><span style="font-weight: 400;">What's your home's best quality? </span></li> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><span style="font-weight: 400;">And its worst quality?</span></li> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Do you like the style of your home? If not, is there an architectural style or era you prefer?</span></li> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><span style="font-weight: 400;">What's your favorite room, and what makes spending time there pleasurable?</span></li> </ul> <h2>Space and flow: How do you feel when you're at home?</h2> <ul> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Do you have enough space or too much? Where could you use more/less space?</span></li> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><span style="font-weight: 400;">How would you describe the layout - an open floor plan or more compartmentalized? Does it suit your lifestyle?</span></li> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Do you have enough or too many bedrooms? Bathrooms?</span></li> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Do you like the number of levels (single or multistory)? </span></li> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Are you happy with the windows (enough natural light, well-placed, too sunny)? </span></li> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Do you like the fixtures and finishes?</span></li> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Is there a specialized room you've never had but have always wanted (such as a home office, workout room, sewing room, laundry room or mudroom)? </span></li> </ul> <h2>What's outside - and how does it affect your experience of home?</h2> <ul> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><span style="font-weight: 400;">If you have an outdoor space, do you enjoy spending time there?</span></li> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><span style="font-weight: 400;">If you don't have one, do you feel like you're missing out?  </span></li> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Do you enjoy taking care of a yard&#8230; or feel burdened by it (be honest!)? </span></li> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Does your home have curb appeal? If not, what needs to be improved?</span></li> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Do you have adequate parking? Is a garage or carport a must-have?</span></li> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><span style="font-weight: 400;">How much time and effort does the exterior require for upkeep (painting, staining, etc.)?</span></li> </ul> <h2>Your neighborhood: Community connections can make life all the sweeter</h2> <ul> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Are you happy with your neighborhood? Think about all its characteristics, including walkability, parks, nearby activities, density, noise level and neighbor involvement.</span></li> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Do you have to travel far for basics such as groceries or a doctor's appointment?</span></li> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Are you happy with your commute?</span></li> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Are there enough activities going on around you - or too many?</span></li> </ul> </div> <div data-rid-id="241414" data-fg="#1486cd" data-bg="#ffffff" data-auto-scroll="false" data-auto-scroll-offset="0"></div> <div class="riddle_target" style="margin: 0 auto; max-width: 100%; width: 640px;" data-rid-id="241414" data-fg="#1486cd" 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 - " src="https://www.riddle.com/a/241414?"></p> <section> <h2></h2> </section> <section> <h2></h2> </section> <section> <h3></h3> </section> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p></iframe></div> https://www.zillow.com/blog/new-home-wishlist-checklist-231684/feed/ 6 2020-04-17 21:59 +00:00 2020-04-18 09:59 +12:00 https://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=231679 https://www.zillow.com/blog/5-ways-to-make-your-home-office-work-231679/ Tips & Advice home office 5 Ways to Make Your Home Office Work (Even if It's Your Kitchen) WFH is the new normal for many Americans. Here's how to get your workspace functioning well - and looking great. Fri, 17 Apr 2020 19:08:14 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/5-ways-to-make-your-home-office-work-231679/#comments Stephen Milioti <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">With social distancing mandates in effect across much of the country, many people working in industries deemed "non-essential" are doing their work from home. And while the constant stream of COVID-19 news, in addition to caretaking or homeschooling responsibilities, can make it hard to stay focused on work, modifying your space can help. An organized and visually appealing work area can help you feel more productive - and more relaxed. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Here are five tips for elevating your home workspace.  </span></p> <h2>Commit to your space</h2> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">For those of us who don't have a home office - which is a lot of people - work-from-home routines can easily get derailed. Designating an area for work, even if that place is the bill-paying area in your kitchen, is a way to stay in your routine and get yourself in the work mindset. Whatever spot you choose, just make sure it feels like a dedicated and functional work area. That means adequate lighting, a comfortable chair - the right height for typing without strain - a seamless tech setup that allows you to take and make video calls without having to fiddle with plugs or wires, and an overall lack of clutter on your desk and the surrounding area.</span></p> <h2>Declutter</h2> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">This seems obvious, but let's level with ourselves. When do we really get around to cleaning our desks? Well, now's the time. Toss anything that needs to be thrown out, pair like items with like, contain those stray pens in one nice decorative cup, and make sure you have all your workday essentials close at hand and non-essential items moved elsewhere. </span></p> <h2>Curate an inspiration board</h2> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Now that you've set the stage, it's time to look ahead. And that wall you're looking at beyond your laptop should inspire you. This is as good a time as ever to put together an inspiration board and fill it with what makes you happy, from images of your favorite people and pets, to pics of your goals (like that fabulous vacation you are </span><i><span style="font-weight: 400;">going</span></i><span style="font-weight: 400;"> to take once we've all gotten through this tough time!). And yes, you can put your to-dos and important reminders up there too - but keep the focus on the positive and uplifting, and keep it right in your line of sight.</span></p> <h2>Do a background check</h2> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">If video calls are part of your new day-to-day, think about what your colleagues are seeing behind you - like that pile of laundry or those mostly empty wine glasses. Keep things clean and uncluttered. And if you have the space, show off your style. Some good background options might be your favorite art piece, interesting souvenirs or a not-overly-stuffed bookcase. Lastly, remember lighting: Your space should be adequately lit, or it'll look like you're dialing in from a submarine.</span></p> <h2>Set the mood</h2> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Never got your dream office? This is your moment. We bet scented candles aren't allowed in your regular workspace, but you get to make the rules at home. Aromatherapy diffusers are another option if you're worried about curious kids or pets. And now your playlist can softly waft overhead rather than through earphones. Similarly, set out some healthy snacks to avoid refrigerator trips, and nosh away. It's OK for your home office to feel like your home, and especially now, it's important to take time to indulge yourself with some creature comforts that feed your soul and make you feel calm and inspired.</span></p> <p><strong>Related</strong>:</p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/personalizing-your-home-office-168001/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Setting Up a Home Office That Works for You</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/creating-homework-station-181173/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Creating a Home(work) Station That Gets Top Marks</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/before-and-after-chic-office-156249/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Before &amp; After: Cluttered Office Goes Chic</a></li> </ul> https://www.zillow.com/blog/5-ways-to-make-your-home-office-work-231679/feed/ 4 2020-04-17 19:08 +00:00 2020-04-18 07:08 +12:00 https://www.landlords.co.nz/article/976516683/comment-the-ongoing-fight-for-landlords-rights?utm_source=LL&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=COMMENT%3A+The+ongoing+fight+for+landlords%E2%80%99+rights https://www.landlords.co.nz/article/976516683/comment-the-ongoing-fight-for-landlords-rights?utm_source=LL&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=COMMENT%3A+The+ongoing+fight+for+landlords%E2%80%99+rights COMMENT: The ongoing fight for landlords’ rights <p>Proposed changes to tenancy law have left landlords fighting to retain the right to end difficult tenancies while students are fighting for the right to party, reports NZ Property Investors Federation executive officer Sharon Cullwick.</p> Sat, 18 Apr 2020 07:03:00 +1200 2020-04-18 07:03 +12:00 2020-04-18 07:03 +12:00 https://www.latimes.com/business/real-estate/story/2020-04-17/intrepid-iconoclasts-create-soulful-homes-in-the-new-apple-tv-series-home https://www.latimes.com/business/real-estate/story/2020-04-17/intrepid-iconoclasts-create-soulful-homes-in-the-new-apple-tv-series-home Intrepid iconoclasts create soulful homes in the new Apple TV+ docu-series 'Home' <p>Filmmaker Doug Pray has delivered an exceptional examination of what makes a home.</p> Fri, 17 Apr 2020 08:00:29 -0400 R. Daniel Foster <p>Filmmaker Doug Pray has delivered an exceptional examination of what makes a home.</p> Amid brutal Nordic winters, Swedes Anders and Rosemary Solvarm (pictured) enjoy a Northern Italian climate year 'round thanks to their greenhouse-encased home -- as featured on Apple TV+'s 9-part docu-series, "Home." Apple TV+/Apple TV+/Apple 2020-04-17 08:00 -04:00 2020-04-18 00:00 +12:00 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-8226963/How-make-background-interiors-look-good-video-conferencing-calls.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-8226963/How-make-background-interiors-look-good-video-conferencing-calls.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 How to make your background interiors look good on video conferencing calls While dressing to impress for a video call seems to be all the rage, it's also giving us the chance to peek into other people's homes. So getting your walls primed for the camera is a worthy project. Fri, 17 Apr 2020 07:13:00 Z TIM STEWART NEWS LIMITED 2020-04-17 07:13 +00:00 2020-04-17 19:13 +12:00 https://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=231671 https://www.zillow.com/blog/selling-increase-your-homes-screen-appeal-231671/ Tips & Advice Home selling staging virtual tours Selling? Increase Your Home's "Screen Appeal" With home showings going online during COVID-19, learn how to make your listing stand out on screen. Fri, 17 Apr 2020 00:19:24 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/selling-increase-your-homes-screen-appeal-231671/#comments Melissa Liebling-Goldberg <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">If you were counting on crowded open houses (or </span><i><span style="font-weight: 400;">any</span></i><span style="font-weight: 400;"> open houses, for that matter) to sell your home, you've probably been rethinking your strategy. Nearly the entire country is following public health orders to stay at home through April or May, traditionally the prime selling season. As a result, online for-sale listings have taken on more importance than ever, and it all starts with increasing your home's screen appeal.  </span></p> <h2>Stage your space</h2> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The first step in staging your home is aggressive decluttering. Put away all the kids' and pets' toys, store or recycle loose magazines and box up your picture frames and mementos for now. You don't want to erase all the personality from your home, but you do want it to feel neutral so potential buyers can imagine themselves living there. Plus, the less random stuff on display, the more spacious your rooms will look. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Next, consider the layout. You may love how your rooms are arranged, but your furniture placement might not maximize space on screen. Take some test photos to see if the current layout photographs well. If you're planning on creating a recorded or live video tour, do a video chat walkthrough with a friend and see if you have a clear path between furniture pieces. You definitely want to avoid tripping over an ottoman while doing a live tour.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Finally, clean and dust every surface in sight, and replace all the lightbulbs so that rooms are as bright as they can be - even the most beautiful spaces won't read well on camera if they're too dark.</span></p> <h2>Consider virtual staging</h2> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">If your current home is empty, you have a few options: </span></p> <ul> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><span style="font-weight: 400;">You can leave it empty. (But staged homes tend to sell faster.) </span></li> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><span style="font-weight: 400;">You can purchase furniture, if you're able to have it safely delivered to your home. You just need a few key pieces to show the scale of a room - a couch, coffee table and rug establish a living room's size, for instance. You can always resell or donate the pieces to charity later if you don't want to keep them. </span></li> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><span style="font-weight: 400;">You could try virtual staging, which digitally adds furnishings to your space. It's come a long way and can make a home look very attractive. There are many online services as well as DIY apps to choose from. </span></li> </ul> <h2>Your home looks great <span style="font-weight: 400;"><strong>-</strong> </span>now share it</h2> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">There are a few ways of showcasing your home online to generate more interest, even when having an agent or professional photographer doing the legwork is not an option or involves creative solutions.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">For </span><b>still photographs</b><span style="font-weight: 400;">, see our comprehensive </span><a href="https://www.zillow.com/sellers-guide/real-estate-photography-tips/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer"><span style="font-weight: 400;">photography guide for home sellers</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">For guidance on creating </span><b>recorded or live video walkthroughs</b><span style="font-weight: 400;">, </span><a href="https://www.zillow.com/resources/stay-informed/selling/#can-i-show-my-house-without-having-anyone-come-into-my-home" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer"><span style="font-weight: 400;">check out these tips</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">And finally, consider trying out the free </span><a href="https://www.zillow.com/marketing/3d-home/"><b>Zillow 3D Home® app</b></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">, an easy way to create a virtual tour on an iPhone and post it to Zillow, Trulia your social accounts and beyond.</span></p> <p><strong>Related:</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/sellers-guide/staging-an-empty-house/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Tips for Staging an Empty House</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/sellers-guide/diy-how-to-stage-a-living-room/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">DIY Home Staging: How to Stage a Living Room</a></li> <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> </ul> https://www.zillow.com/blog/selling-increase-your-homes-screen-appeal-231671/feed/ 7 2020-04-17 00:19 +00:00 2020-04-17 12:19 +12:00 https://www.latimes.com/lifestyle/story/2020-04-16/how-to-create-your-own-victory-garden https://www.latimes.com/lifestyle/story/2020-04-16/how-to-create-your-own-victory-garden DIY: Plant a victory garden now and grow your own groceries <p>It's time to stop wringing your hands over COVID-19: Plant some food and create your own victory garden. Here are eight steps to get started.</p> Thu, 16 Apr 2020 12:51:51 -0400 Jeanette Marantos <p>It's time to stop wringing your hands over COVID-19: Plant some food and create your own victory garden. Here are eight steps to get started.</p> (Dabsy Myla / For The Times) 2020-04-16 12:51 -04:00 2020-04-17 04:51 +12:00 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-8200517/Places-live-youre-likely-private-garden-coronavirus-lockdown.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-8200517/Places-live-youre-likely-private-garden-coronavirus-lockdown.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 Places to live where you're most likely to have a private garden during coronavirus lockdown A private garden has become a highly desirable feature during the coronavirus breakdown, with homes in Barnsley, Doncaster and Burnley most likely to have a one, according to research. Thu, 16 Apr 2020 14:49:17 Z None 2020-04-16 14:49 +00:00 2020-04-17 02:49 +12:00 https://www.latimes.com/lifestyle/story/2020-04-16/chris-erskine-column-coronavirus-daughters-wedding-on-hold https://www.latimes.com/lifestyle/story/2020-04-16/chris-erskine-column-coronavirus-daughters-wedding-on-hold Erskine: My daughter's wedding is on hold. Blame coronavirus <p>My daughter would've been married this weekend. Like a lot of life events, it was postponed. But when it comes, what a day it will be. </p> Thu, 16 Apr 2020 10:00:08 -0400 Chris Erskine <p>My daughter would've been married this weekend. Like a lot of life events, it was postponed. But when it comes, what a day it will be. </p> Illustration by Kay Scanlon / Los Angeles Times; Getty Images 2020-04-16 10:00 -04:00 2020-04-17 02:00 +12:00 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-8217893/London-townhouse-painter-John-Constable-lived-sale-Savills-4-25m.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-8217893/London-townhouse-painter-John-Constable-lived-sale-Savills-4-25m.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 London townhouse where painter John Constable once lived is for sale via Savills for £4.25m The stunning Georgian property in the capital's exclusive Hampstead spreads across four levels and comes with three bedrooms - but comes with a meaty price tag. Thu, 16 Apr 2020 09:39:42 Z None 2020-04-16 09:39 +00:00 2020-04-16 21:39 +12:00 58af97f5440243fe3d552306:5906c0dfe4fcb573ba562253:5e969e50be50c65fece55e68 https://chemcare.co.nz/articles/serpentine-vs-amphibole The difference between serpentine and amphibole asbestos groups Learn the differences between the serpentine and amphibole mineral group commonly mentioned when talking about asbestos-containing materials. Thu, 16 Apr 2020 03:00:00 Z Klaris Chua-Pineda <p class="">We know that asbestos = bad, but are there different <em>levels </em>of bad? And is all asbestos the same? As it turns out, no. There are different types of asbestos, and each plays a different role or is treated in a different way. Read on to learn about the various types of asbestos fibres, so that you can be well-informed for any future discoveries!&nbsp;</p><h2>The Six Types of Asbestos</h2><p class="">Before we get into the two asbestos categories of serpentine versus amphibole, we’ll briefly discuss the six types of asbestos that fall into those two categories. You can read about them in more detail <a href="https://chemcare.co.nz/articles/types-of-asbestos">here</a>.</p>&nbsp;<h3>Chrysotile – White Asbestos</h3><p class="">Chrysotile asbestos comes from the serpentine family. This type of material is white with a fine, short, and curly kind of asbestos fibre with heat-resistant properties. This type of asbestos is most commonly found in building materials and automobile products.</p><h3>Crocidolite – Blue Asbestos</h3><p class="">Blue asbestos, known as crocidolite, is not as widely used as the other asbestos types, but that doesn’t make it any less deadly. It has long, sharp, brittle fibres that break down and become airborne easily.</p><h3>Tremolite</h3><p class="">Tremolite is a creamy white to dark green variety of asbestos that gets its colouring based on the iron content. This asbestos has a high magnesium content and was a common type of asbestos found in paint, talc, sealant, and cloth. It is associated with the risk of developing <a href="https://www.cancer.gov/types/mesothelioma">malignant mesothelioma</a>.</p>&nbsp; <figure class=" sqs-block-image-figure intrinsic " > <img class="thumb-image" data-image="https://images.squarespace-cdn.com/content/v1/58af97f5440243fe3d552306/1586931196850-PGPFAVHT18BXB6WYFVDS/ke17ZwdGBToddI8pDm48kORf_pOJKW06tgKGoST0gx1Zw-zPPgdn4jUwVcJE1ZvWEtT5uBSRWt4vQZAgTJucoTqqXjS3CfNDSuuf31e0tVGJcTwkBl5kFPqap0lO8XECdD3bVx2kWOCiwIC31DFy_W5GtzM4EoXLJ1G8GY5OPvM/asbestos-chrysotile.jpg" data-image-dimensions="361x240" data-image-focal-point="0.5,0.5" alt="Chysotile fibres" data-load="false" data-image-id="5e96a5fc43590d38022393eb" data-type="image" src="https://images.squarespace-cdn.com/content/v1/58af97f5440243fe3d552306/1586931196850-PGPFAVHT18BXB6WYFVDS/ke17ZwdGBToddI8pDm48kORf_pOJKW06tgKGoST0gx1Zw-zPPgdn4jUwVcJE1ZvWEtT5uBSRWt4vQZAgTJucoTqqXjS3CfNDSuuf31e0tVGJcTwkBl5kFPqap0lO8XECdD3bVx2kWOCiwIC31DFy_W5GtzM4EoXLJ1G8GY5OPvM/asbestos-chrysotile.jpg?format=1000w" /> </figure> &nbsp; <figure class=" sqs-block-image-figure intrinsic " > <img class="thumb-image" data-image="https://images.squarespace-cdn.com/content/v1/58af97f5440243fe3d552306/1586931314849-Z43F2KJJDB9ONXKGFJT4/ke17ZwdGBToddI8pDm48kBySlR7uTaSGN7LRDWqZQiFZw-zPPgdn4jUwVcJE1ZvWEtT5uBSRWt4vQZAgTJucoTqqXjS3CfNDSuuf31e0tVEv7oQTWmkZSXPZhQvntulxQV6RlG08FzJGTnT_arwj8uBlCI7MVf4Y9nb96ntm9yk/asbestos-fibres.jpg" data-image-dimensions="360x240" data-image-focal-point="0.5,0.5" alt="Asbestos fibres" data-load="false" data-image-id="5e96a672993a143227720a5c" data-type="image" src="https://images.squarespace-cdn.com/content/v1/58af97f5440243fe3d552306/1586931314849-Z43F2KJJDB9ONXKGFJT4/ke17ZwdGBToddI8pDm48kBySlR7uTaSGN7LRDWqZQiFZw-zPPgdn4jUwVcJE1ZvWEtT5uBSRWt4vQZAgTJucoTqqXjS3CfNDSuuf31e0tVEv7oQTWmkZSXPZhQvntulxQV6RlG08FzJGTnT_arwj8uBlCI7MVf4Y9nb96ntm9yk/asbestos-fibres.jpg?format=1000w" /> </figure> &nbsp; <figure class=" sqs-block-image-figure intrinsic " > <img class="thumb-image" data-image="https://images.squarespace-cdn.com/content/v1/58af97f5440243fe3d552306/1586931416374-N0OJKSIIJW2O4N0RG795/ke17ZwdGBToddI8pDm48kBySlR7uTaSGN7LRDWqZQiFZw-zPPgdn4jUwVcJE1ZvWEtT5uBSRWt4vQZAgTJucoTqqXjS3CfNDSuuf31e0tVEv7oQTWmkZSXPZhQvntulxQV6RlG08FzJGTnT_arwj8uBlCI7MVf4Y9nb96ntm9yk/asbestos-materials.jpg" data-image-dimensions="360x240" data-image-focal-point="0.5,0.5" alt="Asbestos materials" data-load="false" data-image-id="5e96a6d8a3a65e6b72bd8cc8" data-type="image" src="https://images.squarespace-cdn.com/content/v1/58af97f5440243fe3d552306/1586931416374-N0OJKSIIJW2O4N0RG795/ke17ZwdGBToddI8pDm48kBySlR7uTaSGN7LRDWqZQiFZw-zPPgdn4jUwVcJE1ZvWEtT5uBSRWt4vQZAgTJucoTqqXjS3CfNDSuuf31e0tVEv7oQTWmkZSXPZhQvntulxQV6RlG08FzJGTnT_arwj8uBlCI7MVf4Y9nb96ntm9yk/asbestos-materials.jpg?format=1000w" /> </figure> <h3>Amosite – Brown Asbestos</h3><p class="">Amosite is thought to have one of the <a href="https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK304374/">highest cancer rates</a> out of all asbestos types. It’s mostly mined in Africa and was used in a range of building materials, including those in NZ.&nbsp;</p><h3>Actinolite</h3><p class="">Actinolite was used for its fire-proofing and insulating properties. It was also commonly found in plasterboard, sealant, and paint. It looks and feels similar to tremolite.</p><h3>Anthophyllite</h3><p class="">While there’s a link between mesothelioma and anthophyllite, this type of asbestos is not as commonly related to cancer as others. It’s grey or brown in colour and was often used in composite flooring. It also used to be found in talcum powder.</p>&nbsp;<h2>Serpentine Asbestos</h2><p class="">The six asbestos types above can be further categorised by the fibre structure. Serpentine refers to the fibres being curly, or serpentine, while other types are straight and thin. The most common type of asbestos – both naturally and used industrially, is chrysotile asbestos, which is a form of serpentine asbestos.</p><p class="">This form of asbestos makes up around 95 per cent of all types used in manufacturing processes. It is also the more flexible of asbestos fibre types. Due to its effectiveness as a binding agent, it was used in sealants, floor tiles, linoleum, and even car products like gaskets. From World War II and well into the 1970s, chrysotile was a popular roofing, shingle, and siding material.</p><h2>Amphibole Asbestos</h2><p class="">Chrysotile fits into the serpentine category due to its curly makeup. However, the remaining five types of asbestos (tremolite, amosite, crocidolite, actinolite, and anthophyllite) fall into the amphibole category.&nbsp;</p><p class="">The term ‘amphibole’ is used to describe the makeup of these asbestos fibres, which is thin, short, stiff, and needle-like.</p><p class="">According to studies, it takes less exposure to amphibole types of asbestos to cause cancer, especially compared to serpentine cancer. This is due to the different structure of the fibres that are easier to become airborne.</p><h2>Are All Asbestos Types Dangerous?</h2><p class="">If you believe that your home contains <em>any </em>type of asbestos, then it’s time to call in a trained asbestos removal team in NZ. Their job is to treat <em>all </em>asbestos as the harmful carcinogens that they are. It doesn’t matter which of the five are present in your residential or commercial property. They can <em>all </em>pose a risk.</p><p class="">All types of asbestos are known to cause asbestosis, lung cancer, ovarian cancer, laryngeal cancer, malignant mesothelioma, and other severe health problems. Some asbestos types are just quicker to cause damage than others.</p><p class="">At one time, projects were underway to identify the <em>most </em>toxic variety, but the more pressing priority became making sure that <em>all </em>asbestos and asbestiform minerals were regulated.</p><h2>Where is Asbestos Hiding in My Property?</h2><p class="">Regardless of what <em>type </em>of asbestos you’re aware of, it’s essential to know that it can be found in your home or business if it was built or renovated before 2000. Asbestos materials are common in the moulding, ridging, manhole framing, ventilators, and roof sheeting of industrial buildings, just to name a few. Unless disturbed or damaged, these materials have minimal risk of causing harm.&nbsp;</p><p class="">It can also be found in flooring, baseboards, water tanks, siding, roofing, and more, of residential homes.&nbsp;</p><h2>Seek Help from a Team for <em>All </em>Different Asbestos Fibre Types</h2><p class="">It doesn’t matter whether serpentine or amphibole asbestos is present in your home, it’s essential to seek help for the removal of it <em>all</em> if you are about to undertake renovations or believe it is damaged or exposed. Get in touch with a certified and trained team of asbestos removal experts to find out more. </p> The difference between serpentine and amphibole asbestos groups 2020-04-16 03:00 +00:00 2020-04-16 15:00 +12:00 https://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=231666 https://www.zillow.com/blog/does-your-home-make-you-happy-231666/ Home Improvement Tips & Advice Does Your Home Make You Happy? 7 easy tips for giving your space a morale makeover. Thu, 16 Apr 2020 02:32:39 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/does-your-home-make-you-happy-231666/#comments Frances Thomas <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">With the majority of Americans following stay-at-home orders to prevent the spread of coronavirus, our homes are now working overtime to fulfill the roles of offices, classrooms, gyms and community centers - and it's easy to feel uninspired by your surroundings after occupying the same space day in, day out. But all hope is not lost: There are simple and inexpensive ways to transform your home into a fresh and stimulating environment. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Give your home some TLC with these seven tips from interior decorators, feng shui experts and design enthusiasts. </span></p> <h2>Break it up</h2> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">If you're working at home, it's easy to feel overwhelmed by conflicting responsibilities. To help stay on track, designate different areas for specific activities. "It's important to 'compartmentalize' your living space," says </span><a href="http://www.harryheissmanninc.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener noreferrer"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Harry Heissmann</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">, an interior designer based in Brooklyn, NY. Now working remotely from his apartment with his partner and their pup, Heissmann has assigned specific areas for fitness, work and leisure: "We dug out a yoga mat from under the bed and dedicated an area to working out. The desk in the living room was cleaned and organized and serves as a 'command station' for going online and making phone calls. The bedroom doubles as another workspace and is perfect for napping or watching movies in bed." If you live in a studio, you can simulate separate "rooms" by splitting up the space with curtains, bookshelves or other furniture. </span></p> <h2>Experiment with color</h2> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Painting the walls is one of the cheapest and easiest ways to immediately invigorate any home. For a classic look that will hold up against almost any decor, opt for cool neutrals; if you prefer something more dramatic, consider adding a pop of color to a feature wall. </span><a href="https://reikodesign.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener noreferrer"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Reiko Gomez</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">, a feng shui expert and interior designer in the Hamptons, NY, recommends greens and blues: "They are most associated with health, calm and well being." If you're not ready to commit to paint, Gomez suggests using accessories like throw pillows, an area rug, curtains or artwork to bring color into your space. </span></p> <h2>Streamline and declutter</h2> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">With millions of us now living and working alongside family members, significant others and roommates, our homes may suddenly seem more cramped than ever before. According to Gomez, there's no better way to create spatial harmony than decluttering: "It works a powerful magic in that it gets your entire space up to speed with you." She recommends starting small with a contained space like a bathroom, which "will give you a quick feeling of accomplishment and encourage you to do the next space." The benefits of a tidy space extend beyond aesthetics - research has found that clearing clutter can </span><a href="https://newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org/discussion/mayo-clinic-minute-mental-health-benefits-of-tidying-up/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener noreferrer"><span style="font-weight: 400;">lower stress levels</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">. </span></p> <h2>Do a digital detox</h2> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The digital detox movement is not new, but it's worth revisiting in this climate of constant COVID-19 news and social media chatter. Though it's important to stay informed about the health crisis, it's easy to slip from a healthy level of engagement to compulsive checking. To reduce screen dependence, set up manageable boundaries based on time or place. For example, designate dinnertime as phone-free, or remove mobile tech devices from your bedroom for a daily reset.  </span></p> <h2>Invigorate with scents</h2> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Scent is a powerful vehicle for uplifting your mood. According to Mindy Yang, the owner of </span><a href="https://perfumarie.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener noreferrer"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Perfumarie</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">, a fragrance lab in SoHo, NY, "Every room should have a different scent track to score your moment." Yang uses woody scents like cedar, palo santo, oud, copal and frankincense to feel grounded; rosemary for invigoration; and incense to focus and meditate. There are many ways to suffuse a room with scent - candles, oil diffusers, air mists and fresh flowers, to name a few. For a more subtle effect, crack open a window to balance out your chosen fragrance with fresh air. </span></p> <h2>Greenify and purify</h2> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">While you're staying put, there's no better time to bring the outside world in. Summer Rayne Oakes, host of </span><a href="https://www.youtube.com/user/summerrayneoakes" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener noreferrer"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Plant One On Me</span></a><i><span style="font-weight: 400;">, </span></i><span style="font-weight: 400;">says, "If there's one thing that makes a space feel livable, it&#8217;s some elements of green." Not only do plants bring light and color, they also add oxygen to your home - something that many of us could use more of as we hunker down indoors. Consider the level of care you want to give: "Some folks may find something less fussy to be easier to deal with, whereas others may want a more 'high-maintenance' plant that requires attention every day." Whichever plant you choose, she says that the ritual of maintaining it can be deeply healing. To find a plant shop near you that's delivering during coronavirus closures, you can visit Oakes's database, </span><a href="https://homesteadbrooklyn.com/all/2020/3/26/the-plant-one-forward-initiative" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener noreferrer"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Plant One Forward</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">. </span></p> <h2>Lighten up</h2> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Natural light is the top office perk, according to a study of workplace benefits published in the </span><a href="https://hbr.org/2018/09/the-1-office-perk-natural-light" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener noreferrer"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Harvard Business Review</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">. If your home is now your office, you have more control than ever over the light conditions of your workday. To maximize your exposure to natural light, position your desk near a window and keep drapes and shades open during the daytime. If you don't have much natural light coming in, </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">Heissmann recommends affixing aluminum mini-blinds to your windows: "You can direct or cut out light (and inquisitive neighbors across the street) as needed, and when the sun hits them just right, you can use them to throw light into the room without getting blinded." He also recommends adding reflective surfaces - like a mirror, </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">lacquered table, or chrome lamp - to enhance the light in dark rooms.</span></p> https://www.zillow.com/blog/does-your-home-make-you-happy-231666/feed/ 3 2020-04-16 02:32 +00:00 2020-04-16 14:32 +12:00 http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2020/apr/14/lenders-in-uk-grant-12m-mortgage-deferments https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2020/apr/14/lenders-in-uk-grant-12m-mortgage-deferments Mortgages UK news Coronavirus outbreak Property Banks and building societies Business Money Housing market UK lenders to grant 1.2m mortgage deferments <p>One in nine households get payment holiday but concern grows for their future credit rating</p><ul><li><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/series/coronavirus-live/latest">Coronavirus – latest updates</a></li><li><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/coronavirus-outbreak">See all our coronavirus coverage</a></li></ul><p>British lenders have granted mortgage repayment holidays to more than 1.2m borrowers as part of relief measures for households affected by the Covid-19 outbreak.</p><p>It means that about one in nine households will have their mortgage payments and interest deferred for up to three months to help <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/money/2020/mar/17/uk-banks-set-out-details-of-covid-19-mortgage-holidays">cope with loss of income</a> during the crisis.</p> <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2020/apr/14/lenders-in-uk-grant-12m-mortgage-deferments">Continue reading...</a> Tue, 14 Apr 2020 13:44:08 Z Photograph: Stephen Barnes/Finance/Alamy Stock Photo Photograph: Stephen Barnes/Finance/Alamy Stock Photo Kalyeena Makortoff Banking correspondent 2020-04-14T13:44:08Z 2020-04-14 13:44 +00:00 2020-04-15 01:44 +12:00 https://www.latimes.com/lifestyle/story/2020-04-11/how-my-late-wife-helped-me-find-love-again https://www.latimes.com/lifestyle/story/2020-04-11/how-my-late-wife-helped-me-find-love-again How my late wife set me free to find love again <p> "Does loving your second child diminish the love you have for your first? 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Asking price: $12.899 million.</p> Accent lighting and modern fixtures enhance the visual allure of this newly built home in Brentwood. Listed for $12.899 million, the six-bedroom, nine-bathroom residence was built by Huntington Estate Properties and sits on about a third of an acre with an infinity-edge swimming pool. High ceilings, marble slabs and a floating glass-and-steel staircase are among features of the 9,300-square-foot showplace. An illuminated waterfall feature and a two-way fireplace bookend the dining room. Other amenities include a movie theater, a wine room and a gym. Atop the house, a rooftop deck takes in tree-top and canyon views. Berlyn Photography/Berlyn Photography 2020-04-11 08:30 -04:00 2020-04-12 00:30 +12:00 https://www.latimes.com/lifestyle/story/2020-04-10/coronavirus-pandemic-mother-living-fear https://www.latimes.com/lifestyle/story/2020-04-10/coronavirus-pandemic-mother-living-fear I'm the mother of a toddler. This is why I no longer live in fear. <p>I am the mother of a 20-month-old with a terminal disease.</p> Fri, 10 Apr 2020 11:00:00 -0400 Lindzi Scharf <p>I am the mother of a 20-month-old with a terminal disease.</p> Illustration by Maria Corte for la-hm-essay-lesson-from-a-mother story. Maria Corte / For The Times 2020-04-10 11:00 -04:00 2020-04-11 03:00 +12:00 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-8205369/We-WWI-hand-grenade-doing-lockdown-spring-cleaning.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-8205369/We-WWI-hand-grenade-doing-lockdown-spring-cleaning.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 We found a WWI hand grenade while doing lockdown spring cleaning Charlie Bubear and his family were spring cleaning their Hampshire home during lockdown when they found a German hand grenade from the First World War. Fri, 10 Apr 2020 11:32:08 Z None 2020-04-10 11:32 +00:00 2020-04-10 23:32 +12:00 https://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=231657 https://www.zillow.com/blog/5-tips-for-moving-during-covid-19-231657/ Tips & Advice Moving Moving Companies 5 Tips for Moving During COVID-19 By taking extra safety precautions and minimizing social contact, you can still move safely. Fri, 10 Apr 2020 01:17:58 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/5-tips-for-moving-during-covid-19-231657/#comments Frances Thomas <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Amid travel bans, widespread stay-at-home orders and social-distancing mandates, millions of Americans are learning to adapt to the changes brought about by COVID-19. Countless events have been rescheduled or cancelled, but for a few people - including those who already made plans to move this spring - staying put is simply not an option. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">If you are about to move, you can still pull it off with a little extra planning and a few precautionary steps. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Here are some tips for making your move as safe, seamless and stress-free as possible. </span></p> <h2>DIY if possible</h2> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Even though most states have designated moving services as "essential" and therefore still able to operate, many smaller companies have reduced hours or have paused business altogether. If you can, try to manage the move on your own.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">If you need help, do your homework on the companies operating in your area. Call to ask about sanitation procedures, whether the movers have necessary supplies (like masks, gloves and booties), and confirm there is a reasonable cancellation policy in the event that you need to change your plans.  </span></p> <h2>Minimize contact</h2> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">If you're working with a moving company, ask for a virtual quote and see if the company offers fully contactless service. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Forgo handshakes, for obvious reasons. A smile and a generous tip (sent through Venmo, PayPal or another contactless digital platform) are a welcome substitute. </span></p> <h2>Take extra sanitary precautions</h2> <ul> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Wear masks, gloves and booties. If you're hiring a moving company, they&#8217;ll likely bring similar supplies for their workers, but consider having additional hygiene products available.</span></li> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces, paying particular attention to door knobs and handles.</span></li> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Place soap and paper towels next to sinks and hand sanitizer by doors.</span></li> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Buy new boxes: The coronavirus has been found to live on cardboard for </span><a href="https://www.nytimes.com/2020/03/17/health/coronavirus-surfaces-aerosols.html" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener noreferrer"><span style="font-weight: 400;">up to 24 hours</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">, so this might not be the time to pick up used moving supplies from stores that are recycling them. You can also use boxes that you already have in your home. </span></li> </ul> <h2>Be transparent and flexible</h2> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">In advance of your move, reach out to your neighbors - especially if you live in an apartment building - and share the date and time you plan to move. This gives everyone in your direct vicinity an opportunity to avoid unnecessary contact and let you know if your timing is a problem.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">If you or any family members are experiencing coronavirus symptoms, postpone your moving plans. Though rescheduling is a pain, the health and safety of your community comes first. </span></p> <h2>Help those in need and lighten your load</h2> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Even in the best of circumstances, nearly </span><a href="https://frac.org/hunger-poverty-america" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener noreferrer"><span style="font-weight: 400;">40 million Americans</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;"> are unable to afford groceries. As COVID-19 forces school closures, soup kitchen shutdowns and a surge of layoffs, the need for anti-hunger provisions is greater than ever. Donate your shelf-stable items to a local food bank or to </span><a href="https://www.moveforhunger.org/find-a-mover" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener noreferrer"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Move for Hunger</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">, a national organization that works with professional moving companies and their customers to feed those in need.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Moving is hard work no matter what, and it&#8217;s especially challenging right now. But by taking extra precautions, you can - and will - get past this hurdle.  </span></p> <h2>Additional resources:</h2> <ul> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><span style="font-weight: 400;">While planning your move, continue to monitor the health and safety guidelines set out by the </span><a href="https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener noreferrer"><span style="font-weight: 400;">World Health Organization (WHO)</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;"> and the </span><a href="https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener noreferrer"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">. </span></li> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><span style="font-weight: 400;">For tips on infection prevention, visit </span><a href="https://www.ready.gov/pandemic" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener noreferrer"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Ready.gov</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">.</span></li> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><span style="font-weight: 400;">For the latest updates from the White House, consult </span><a href="https://www.coronavirus.gov/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener noreferrer"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Coronavirus.gov</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">. </span></li> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><span style="font-weight: 400;">If you need to list your home or are on the lookout for a new one, use Zillow's </span><a href="https://www.zillow.com/marketing/3d-home/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer"><span style="font-weight: 400;">3D Home</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;"> app to produce or view immersive virtual tours. </span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">See below for a roundup of popular moving companies that are continuing service during coronavirus. The list is not exhaustive or provided as a recommendation of their services, and we encourage you to check the company websites for up-to-date information. </span></p> <ul> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><a href="https://www.arpin.com/blog/post/staying-home-5-ideas-to-keep-your-kids-occupied-and-educated/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener noreferrer"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Arpin</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;"> </span></li> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><a href="https://www.atlasvanlines.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener noreferrer"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Atlas Van Lines</span></a></li> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><a href="https://www.bekins.com/covid-19-coronavirus-update/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener noreferrer"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Bekins</span></a></li> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><a href="https://www.graebel.com/our-duty-of-care-for-you-through-coronavirus-and-every-day/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener noreferrer"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Graebel</span></a></li> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><a href="https://www.mayflower.com/newsroom/covid-19-update" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener noreferrer"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Mayflower</span></a></li> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><a href="https://www.northamerican.com/corporate-relocation/resources/guides/moving-mobility-covid-19" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener noreferrer"><span style="font-weight: 400;">North American Moving Services</span></a></li> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><a href="https://www.stevensworldwide.com/covid-19-coronavirus-update/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener noreferrer"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Stevens Worldwide</span></a></li> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><a href="https://www.unitedvanlines.com/newsroom/covid-19-update" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener noreferrer"><span style="font-weight: 400;">United Van Lines</span></a></li> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><a href="https://www.upack.com/articles/covid19-update" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener noreferrer"><span style="font-weight: 400;">U-Pack</span></a></li> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><a href="https://www.wheatonworldwide.com/covid-19-coronavirus-update/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener noreferrer"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Wheaton Worldwide Moving</span></a></li> </ul> https://www.zillow.com/blog/5-tips-for-moving-during-covid-19-231657/feed/ 4 2020-04-10 01:17 +00:00 2020-04-10 13:17 +12:00 https://www.latimes.com/lifestyle/story/2020-04-09/gratitude-corona-personas-family-dinners-coronavirus-pandemic https://www.latimes.com/lifestyle/story/2020-04-09/gratitude-corona-personas-family-dinners-coronavirus-pandemic I'm painfully present in my life right now. Here's how I'm coping during the pandemic <p>TV executive Erin Zelle shares what she has learned about herself during the COVID-19 era.</p> Thu, 09 Apr 2020 16:18:21 -0400 Erin Zelle <p>TV executive Erin Zelle shares what she has learned about herself during the COVID-19 era.</p> I'm learning about mindfulness and other silver linings during the coronavirus. By ERIN ZELLE Steven Banks LA Times 2020-04-09 16:18 -04:00 2020-04-10 08:18 +12:00 https://www.latimes.com/lifestyle/story/2020-04-09/quarantine-easter-tips-diy-egg-dye-pharmacy-candy-optimism https://www.latimes.com/lifestyle/story/2020-04-09/quarantine-easter-tips-diy-egg-dye-pharmacy-candy-optimism The Easter Bunny is most definitely coming to town. I'm sure of it <p>Easter is all about the unexpected, so be ready to roll back the rock and roll with the punches.</p> Thu, 09 Apr 2020 12:50:05 -0400 Adam Tschorn <p>Easter is all about the unexpected, so be ready to roll back the rock and roll with the punches.</p> Art by Alycea Tinoyan for a story about the Easter Bunny visiting during the 2020 Pandemic Alycea Tinoyan for the Times 2020-04-09 12:50 -04:00 2020-04-10 04:50 +12:00 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-8183827/We-speak-freeskier-Andri-Ragettli-viral-indoor-workout.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-8183827/We-speak-freeskier-Andri-Ragettli-viral-indoor-workout.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 We speak to freeskier Andri Ragettli about his viral indoor workout Andri Ragettli, who is a 22-year-old professional skier, was keen to stress that others should not try such moves at home as it is extremely dangerous. Thu, 09 Apr 2020 13:48:02 Z None 2020-04-09 13:48 +00:00 2020-04-10 01:48 +12:00 58af97f5440243fe3d552306:5906c0dfe4fcb573ba562253:5e8e53e35202a42b5b0331a1 https://chemcare.co.nz/articles/infection-control-practices Infection control practices and precautions for COVID-19 As COVID-19 swept through hundreds of households across New Zealand in 2020 – and millions throughout the world – infection control has crossed the minds of many people. Thu, 09 Apr 2020 03:00:00 Z Klaris Chua-Pineda &nbsp; <figure class=" sqs-block-image-figure intrinsic " > <img class="thumb-image" data-image="https://images.squarespace-cdn.com/content/v1/58af97f5440243fe3d552306/1586386477064-UO7Q992KO845472TTASG/ke17ZwdGBToddI8pDm48kLkXF2pIyv_F2eUT9F60jBl7gQa3H78H3Y0txjaiv_0fDoOvxcdMmMKkDsyUqMSsMWxHk725yiiHCCLfrh8O1z4YTzHvnKhyp6Da-NYroOW3ZGjoBKy3azqku80C789l0iyqMbMesKd95J-X4EagrgU9L3Sa3U8cogeb0tjXbfawd0urKshkc5MgdBeJmALQKw/image-asset.jpeg" data-image-dimensions="2500x1667" data-image-focal-point="0.5,0.5" alt="" data-load="false" data-image-id="5e8e562ce2fee448f8fc3e7a" data-type="image" src="https://images.squarespace-cdn.com/content/v1/58af97f5440243fe3d552306/1586386477064-UO7Q992KO845472TTASG/ke17ZwdGBToddI8pDm48kLkXF2pIyv_F2eUT9F60jBl7gQa3H78H3Y0txjaiv_0fDoOvxcdMmMKkDsyUqMSsMWxHk725yiiHCCLfrh8O1z4YTzHvnKhyp6Da-NYroOW3ZGjoBKy3azqku80C789l0iyqMbMesKd95J-X4EagrgU9L3Sa3U8cogeb0tjXbfawd0urKshkc5MgdBeJmALQKw/image-asset.jpeg?format=1000w" /> </figure> &nbsp;<p class="">Infection control practices are not something that many people would have spared much thought for in past years. Not unless, of course, you worked in fields that demanded it, rather than everyday life.&nbsp;</p><p class="">But as <a href="https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/advice-for-public">COVID-19</a> swept through hundreds of households across New Zealand in 2020 – and millions throughout the world – such terminology has entered the forefront of many people’s minds. How much do <em>you </em>know about infection control?</p><h2>What Is an Infection?</h2><p class="">When you read the <a href="https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/196271">definition</a> of an infection, it sounds like the plot to a B grade movie. A foreign organism or pathogen enters your body. It uses it to sustain itself, reproduce more of the infection, and colonise.</p><p class="">That pathogen can present itself as bacteria, prions, a virus, or fungi. Whatever form it is, it adapts quickly to its new host and can multiply at a rapid rate. Except it’s not a movie plot, it’s <em>real life</em>. Infections can work quickly, cause significant harm, and then spread to others.</p><h2>What are the Signs of an Infection?</h2><p class="">There is no single way to detect an infection, for it can present itself in many ways. The organism responsible (virus, bacteria, fungi, or prions) and the infection site can both play a part in how it looks and acts.&nbsp;</p><p class="">Viruses such as COVID-19, for example, targets specific cells such as the upper respiratory tract. A rabies virus, though, might present itself with an attack on your nervous system. If you’ve ever had a wart on your skin, then often, that’s a virus that has targeted your skin cells. Different viruses cause different reactions and signs.&nbsp;</p><h2>What is the Chain of Infection?</h2><p class="">You might think that an infection is just one thing – a pathogen that has caused a reaction. However, it’s actually a chain of <em>several </em>things. This rings true when you see how the flu can move from one person to the next, or how a coronavirus strain manages to spread <em>around the world</em>. The chain of infection, if you were to view it as an actual chain, is made up of six links.</p> <figure class=" sqs-block-image-figure intrinsic " > <img class="thumb-image" data-image="https://images.squarespace-cdn.com/content/v1/58af97f5440243fe3d552306/1586386357250-MLQRMI7AKGFC0ZAMDA0D/ke17ZwdGBToddI8pDm48kGPVK--wGoWXJsqwlxbZlQN7gQa3H78H3Y0txjaiv_0fDoOvxcdMmMKkDsyUqMSsMWxHk725yiiHCCLfrh8O1z4YTzHvnKhyp6Da-NYroOW3ZGjoBKy3azqku80C789l0mwONMR1ELp49Lyc52iWr5enfxu_O4VeONvneR-F6W8oeFhFqSrYyNrfPB9Y70_gvQ/image-asset.jpeg" data-image-dimensions="2500x1664" data-image-focal-point="0.5,0.5" alt="" data-load="false" data-image-id="5e8e55b4bfe1f95b82dbb520" data-type="image" src="https://images.squarespace-cdn.com/content/v1/58af97f5440243fe3d552306/1586386357250-MLQRMI7AKGFC0ZAMDA0D/ke17ZwdGBToddI8pDm48kGPVK--wGoWXJsqwlxbZlQN7gQa3H78H3Y0txjaiv_0fDoOvxcdMmMKkDsyUqMSsMWxHk725yiiHCCLfrh8O1z4YTzHvnKhyp6Da-NYroOW3ZGjoBKy3azqku80C789l0mwONMR1ELp49Lyc52iWr5enfxu_O4VeONvneR-F6W8oeFhFqSrYyNrfPB9Y70_gvQ/image-asset.jpeg?format=1000w" /> </figure> <h3>The Pathogen</h3><p class="">The first link is the disease-causing pathogen itself, such as a virus or bacteria. This chain link is connected to the second – reservoir.</p><h3>Reservoir</h3><p class="">That is the environment in which the pathogen survives. Coronavirus, for example, requires a human or animal. Sometimes, viruses can also require water or soil. You can break the chain here through medical treatment, quarantine measures, and testing.&nbsp;</p><h3>Portal of Exit</h3><p class="">The third link, the portal of exit, is what the pathogen needs to leave the reservoir. In the case of COVID-19, it makes its grand exit onto its next reservoir through droplets of saliva or nasal discharge. The link can be broken through the use of face masks, PPE, handwashing, and general hygiene practices.</p><h3>Means of Transmission</h3><p class="">The means of transmission link relates to how the pathogen is transmitted. In the case of COVID-19, transmission often occurs through close contact with the infected host. That may or may not involved physical contact.</p><h3>Portal of Entry</h3><p class="">Once the pathogen escapes its original reservoir and finds a means of transmission, it then must make its way into its new host through the fifth link of the chain: portal of entry. For COVID-19, this is through ingestion or inhalation. The severity of the infection can often depend on the intensity of the portal of entry.</p><h3>New Host</h3><p class="">The sixth and final chain is the new host. How the pathogen moves in its new host and how that host reacts can vary dramatically. As COVID-19 has shown us, some people can show no symptoms at all, while others require urgent hospital care.</p><h2>How Do Infections Spread?</h2><p class="">The easiest way to explain the spread of infection is with the direct transfer of the pathogen from one person to another. That can be through droplets, especially in the case of COVID-19, and sneezing, coughing, surfaces, touching and kissing.&nbsp;</p>&nbsp;<h2>When Does Infection Control Come into the Picture?</h2><p class="">It is never too early to bring in infection control practices. As any epidemic and pandemic throughout history have taught us, waiting is <em>never </em>the answer. Therefore, as soon as a potentially infectious disease is in the community, infection control practices should come into play. Many of these can snap the links of <a href="https://study.com/academy/lesson/chain-of-infection-definition-example.html">the chain of infection</a>.&nbsp;</p><p class="">Infection control can help with any country’s goal to <a href="https://www.nytimes.com/article/flatten-curve-coronavirus.html">flatten the curve</a>. Flattening the curve relates to the healthcare system’s capacity concerning the number of cases. The more infection control practices you put in place (and the <em>earlier </em>you put them in place), the faster you can flatten the curve and provide an infection rate that a healthcare system can manage.</p><h2>What Are Some Effective Infection Control Practices?</h2><p class="">The best form of infection control is <em>prevention</em>. Wash your hands often, clean surface areas, and disinfect rooms. Refrain from sharing personal items, too, like toothbrushes, drinking glasses, and kitchen utensils.</p><p class="">However, when it comes to COVID-19, some more intense <a href="https://chemcare.co.nz/infection-control-services">infection control practices</a> have to be considered. It can often be worth calling for high-quality disinfecting services and chemical fogging from those who are trained and certified in that very line of work.</p> <figure class=" sqs-block-image-figure intrinsic " > <img class="thumb-image" data-image="https://images.squarespace-cdn.com/content/v1/58af97f5440243fe3d552306/1585519573882-5A7HUC90QNY5ZG7M7TQF/ke17ZwdGBToddI8pDm48kLBV8xuhAergqj2NUy6wz5RZw-zPPgdn4jUwVcJE1ZvWQUxwkmyExglNqGp0IvTJZUJFbgE-7XRK3dMEBRBhUpx6x8lhukmyQPbR9lQDh3tx0z2PQnpc2G8YIqSsF6KO-xKCt9DWPUhDmdkf5BHegmI/uv-fogger.jpg" data-image-dimensions="600x960" data-image-focal-point="0.5,0.5" alt="Chemcare fogging for infection control" data-load="false" data-image-id="5e8e58151ba66058b9d686b1" data-type="image" src="https://images.squarespace-cdn.com/content/v1/58af97f5440243fe3d552306/1585519573882-5A7HUC90QNY5ZG7M7TQF/ke17ZwdGBToddI8pDm48kLBV8xuhAergqj2NUy6wz5RZw-zPPgdn4jUwVcJE1ZvWQUxwkmyExglNqGp0IvTJZUJFbgE-7XRK3dMEBRBhUpx6x8lhukmyQPbR9lQDh3tx0z2PQnpc2G8YIqSsF6KO-xKCt9DWPUhDmdkf5BHegmI/uv-fogger.jpg?format=1000w" /> </figure> <p class="">Trained infection control workers understand microbes and infections, infection control practices, how to maintain personal hygiene, and what it takes to limit contamination. They are also trained in cleaning environmental surfaces, handling and disposing of clinical waste, and maintaining and storing equipment appropriately to limit infection risks.&nbsp;</p><p class="">Chemical fogging is a tried and true method for killing all but 0.0001 percent of bacteria, viruses, and bacteria. Infection control workers will wear high-end PPE, use a multi-chamber decontamination unit, and undertake all cleaning practices by New Zealand industry standards.</p><h2>How Should People Respond to Outbreaks?</h2><p class="">For the general public, responding to an outbreak requires you not to<em> panic</em>. Begin social distancing and follow your government’s protocols and rules for what to do next.</p><p class="">The Centre for Disease Control (<a href="https://www.cdc.gov/csels/dsepd/ss1978/lesson6/section2.html">CDC</a>) also follows a step-by-step guideline for investigating an outbreak. This can involve preparing for fieldwork, establishing the outbreak’s existence, verifying the diagnosis, recoding information, and developing a hypothesis.</p><p class="">Your job is to understand infection control practices so that, if infected, you can break the chain. Be strict with your family’s hygiene practices and don’t be complacent. Complacency can have some devastating consequences.</p> Infection control practices and precautions for COVID-19 2020-04-09 03:00 +00:00 2020-04-09 15:00 +12:00 http://www.theguardian.com/business/2020/apr/09/uks-surveyors-make-plea-for-stamp-duty-holiday-after-lockdown https://www.theguardian.com/business/2020/apr/09/uks-surveyors-make-plea-for-stamp-duty-holiday-after-lockdown Housing market UK news Business Real estate House prices Renting property Property Money UK's surveyors make plea for stamp duty holiday after lockdown <p>Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors warned that house sales, prices and rents could slide </p><ul><li><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/series/coronavirus-live/latest">Coronavirus – latest updates</a></li><li><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/coronavirus-outbreak">See all our coronavirus coverage</a></li></ul><p>Britain’s surveyors have made a plea to the government to introduce a stamp duty holiday once the lockdown ends, as they warned that <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/business/2020/apr/06/house-prices-will-not-fall-far-despite-lockdown-says-study">house sales and prices could slide</a> for the next 12 months.</p><p>In a reversal to the first two months of the year, when the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (Rics) was reporting a buoyant market, it found that a large net balance of members believe <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/money/houseprices">house prices</a> will now fall over the next 12 months. They also predict a small fall in rents in the near term, although they will then flatten out over the next year.</p><p> <span>Related: </span><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/business/2020/mar/26/homes-sold-in-uk-expected-to-plunge-by-60-in-next-three-months-coronavirus">Number of homes sold in UK expected to plunge by 60% in next three months</a> </p> <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/business/2020/apr/09/uks-surveyors-make-plea-for-stamp-duty-holiday-after-lockdown">Continue reading...</a> Wed, 08 Apr 2020 23:01:29 Z Photograph: Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP/Getty Images Photograph: Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP/Getty Images Patrick Collinson 2020-04-08T23:01:29Z 2020-04-08 23:01 +00:00 2020-04-09 11:01 +12:00 https://www.latimes.com/lifestyle/story/2020-04-08/working-from-home-coworkers-plants https://www.latimes.com/lifestyle/story/2020-04-08/working-from-home-coworkers-plants I'm WFH. All of my coworkers are plants. Things are starting to get weird <p>Working from home with a bunch of plants is strange. Here's how my days go.</p> Wed, 08 Apr 2020 11:00:06 -0400 Laura Mishkin <p>Working from home with a bunch of plants is strange. Here's how my days go.</p> When your coworkers are plants. (Laura Mishkin / For The Times) 2020-04-08 11:00 -04:00 2020-04-09 03:00 +12:00 https://www.latimes.com/espanol/vida-y-estilo/articulo/2020-04-08/por-cuanto-tiempo-trabajaremos-desde-casa-que-sabemos-y-que-desconocemos-al-respecto https://www.latimes.com/espanol/vida-y-estilo/articulo/2020-04-08/por-cuanto-tiempo-trabajaremos-desde-casa-que-sabemos-y-que-desconocemos-al-respecto ¿Por cuánto tiempo trabajaremos desde casa? Qué sabemos y qué desconocemos al respecto <p>¿Cuándo podemos volver al trabajo? Nadie lo sabe. Hasta entonces, trata de estar bien contigo mismo. </p> Wed, 08 Apr 2020 06:35:07 -0400 Lisa Boone <p>¿Cuándo podemos volver al trabajo? Nadie lo sabe. Hasta entonces, trata de estar bien contigo mismo. </p> LONG BEACH, CALIF. -- WEDNESDAY, APRIL 1, 2020: A man works from his home during the COVID-19 pandemic breaking out in Long Beach, Calif., on April 1, 2020. In California, there are more than 11,986 confirmed coronavirus cases, according to a tally maintained by the Los Angeles Times. At least 250 have died. (Marcus Yam / Los Angeles Times) Marcus Yam/Marcus Yam/Los Angeles Times 2020-04-08 06:35 -04:00 2020-04-08 22:35 +12:00 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-8172739/Couple-follow-TVs-Dick-Angel-Strawbridge-purchase-385-000-French-chateau.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-8172739/Couple-follow-TVs-Dick-Angel-Strawbridge-purchase-385-000-French-chateau.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 Couple follow TV's Dick and Angel Strawbridge and buy a £339k French chateau In the new series of Escape to the Chateau DIY, we are introduced to a couple who renovate a sprawling 11-bedroom French property. Tue, 07 Apr 2020 07:33:46 Z None 2020-04-07 07:33 +00:00 2020-04-07 19:33 +12:00 https://www.latimes.com/lifestyle/story/2020-04-06/how-long-will-we-be-working-from-home https://www.latimes.com/lifestyle/story/2020-04-06/how-long-will-we-be-working-from-home How long will we be working from home? What we know — and what we don't <p>When can we go back to work? No one knows. Until then, try to be good to yourself. </p> Mon, 06 Apr 2020 22:31:12 -0400 Lisa Boone <p>When can we go back to work? No one knows. Until then, try to be good to yourself. </p> LONG BEACH, CALIF. -- WEDNESDAY, APRIL 1, 2020: A man works from his home during the COVID-19 pandemic breaking out in Long Beach, Calif., on April 1, 2020. In California, there are more than 11,986 confirmed coronavirus cases, according to a tally maintained by the Los Angeles Times. At least 250 have died. (Marcus Yam / Los Angeles Times) Marcus Yam/Marcus Yam/Los Angeles Times 2020-04-06 22:31 -04:00 2020-04-07 14:31 +12:00 http://www.theguardian.com/business/2020/apr/06/house-prices-will-not-fall-far-despite-lockdown-says-study https://www.theguardian.com/business/2020/apr/06/house-prices-will-not-fall-far-despite-lockdown-says-study Housing market Real estate House prices Coronavirus outbreak Business Renting property Property Money UK house sales will collapse in 2020 as market goes into deep freeze, says study <p>Major analysis of coronavirus impact stresses property prices will dip only 3% and then rebound next year</p><ul><li><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/series/coronavirus-live/latest">Coronavirus – latest updates</a></li><li><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/coronavirus-outbreak">See all our coronavirus coverage</a></li></ul><p>House sales in the UK will collapse this year as the coronavirus pandemic puts the property market into deep freeze. But <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/money/houseprices">prices</a> will fall by only 3% and will rebound next year, according to global consultancy Knight Frank.</p><p>In the first reassessment of the property market by one of the major forecasters, Knight Frank said the number of house sales in the UK would plummet from 1,175,000 last year to just 734,000 this year.</p> <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/business/2020/apr/06/house-prices-will-not-fall-far-despite-lockdown-says-study">Continue reading...</a> Mon, 06 Apr 2020 05:01:47 Z Photograph: Andrew Matthews/PA Photograph: Andrew Matthews/PA Patrick Collinson 2020-04-06T05:01:47Z 2020-04-06 05:01 +00:00 2020-04-06 17:01 +12:00 https://www.latimes.com/lifestyle/story/2020-04-04/la-affairs-it-feels-like-the-end-of-the-world https://www.latimes.com/lifestyle/story/2020-04-04/la-affairs-it-feels-like-the-end-of-the-world L.A. Affairs: Being single is bad enough. Will I spend this apocalypse alone? <p>There was only one way to avoid my coronavirus spiral, which had me thinking again and again about the end of "Seeking a Friend for the End of the World," about waiting for an asteroid to destroy the planet.</p> Sat, 04 Apr 2020 10:00:30 -0400 Sarah Yarkin <p>There was only one way to avoid my coronavirus spiral, which had me thinking again and again about the end of "Seeking a Friend for the End of the World," about waiting for an asteroid to destroy the planet.</p> Veronica Grech's illustration for Sarah Yarkin's L.A. Affairs column Veronica Grech 2020-04-04 10:00 -04:00 2020-04-05 02:00 +12:00 https://www.latimes.com/lifestyle/story/2020-04-04/my-family-is-driving-me-crazy-and-im-grateful https://www.latimes.com/lifestyle/story/2020-04-04/my-family-is-driving-me-crazy-and-im-grateful Can I get a 'corona divorce' from my quarantined family? <p>Humor is my coping mechanism. It works well during the day. But, at night, it is hard not to lie in bed and worry. </p> Sat, 04 Apr 2020 09:00:41 -0400 Robin Finn <p>Humor is my coping mechanism. It works well during the day. But, at night, it is hard not to lie in bed and worry. </p> tktktk Steve Banks / Los Angeles Times 2020-04-04 09:00 -04:00 2020-04-05 02:00 +13:00 https://www.latimes.com/lifestyle/story/2020-04-04/home-happy-place-sheltering-changed-things-coronavirus https://www.latimes.com/lifestyle/story/2020-04-04/home-happy-place-sheltering-changed-things-coronavirus Home has always been my happy place. Still, sheltering in place has changed things <p>TV writer and producer Valerie C. Woods muses on benefits of being at home — and how you can be OK with it during coronavirus era.</p> Sat, 04 Apr 2020 08:00:07 -0400 Valerie C. Woods <p>TV writer and producer Valerie C. Woods muses on benefits of being at home — and how you can be OK with it during coronavirus era.</p> (Ross May / Los Angeles Times) 2020-04-04 08:00 -04:00 2020-04-05 01:00 +13:00 https://www.latimes.com/business/real-estate/story/2020-04-03/before-after-master-architect-passes-the-torch-malibu https://www.latimes.com/business/real-estate/story/2020-04-03/before-after-master-architect-passes-the-torch-malibu Before & After: A master architect passes the torch in Malibu <p>A Malibu beach house designed by noted moderist architect Jerrold Lomax gets a makeover from Lomax's onetime protégé Zoltan E. Pali.</p> Fri, 03 Apr 2020 08:30:30 -0400 Kathy Price-Robinson <p>A Malibu beach house designed by noted moderist architect Jerrold Lomax gets a makeover from Lomax's onetime protégé Zoltan E. Pali.</p> AFTER A Malibu beach house designed by noted moderist architect Jerrold Lomax gets a makeover from Lomax's onetime protege Zoltan E. Pali. Matthew Momberger/Matthew Momberger 2020-04-03 08:30 -04:00 2020-04-04 01:30 +13:00 58af97f5440243fe3d552306:5906c0dfe4fcb573ba562253:5e8653ec39c85e5d2a497b1f https://chemcare.co.nz/articles/infection-control-covid-cleaning-nz Why choose Chemcare for infection control and COVID-19 cleaning in NZ When you hire Chemcare for infection control, sanitisation, and COVID-19 cleaning in New Zealand, you are hiring a team that is certified in quality management and health and safety to international standards. Fri, 03 Apr 2020 02:00:00 Z Klaris Chua-Pineda &nbsp; <figure class=" sqs-block-image-figure intrinsic " > <img class="thumb-image" data-image="https://images.squarespace-cdn.com/content/v1/58af97f5440243fe3d552306/1585538264176-42E6FTH1QXNIHG0N1URY/ke17ZwdGBToddI8pDm48kGRUd54knlA8mNQ6TGdlPidZw-zPPgdn4jUwVcJE1ZvWQUxwkmyExglNqGp0IvTJZUJFbgE-7XRK3dMEBRBhUpweHrybFDjkuAJQr2nygi9YMdz1HMsHlJl3rjxqV8nczE3RSl9R3htwUFy3AYZT304/Infection-protocol.jpg" data-image-dimensions="600x585" data-image-focal-point="0.5,0.5" alt="Chemcare infection control and fogging" data-load="false" data-image-id="5e865804994a0925334ce762" data-type="image" src="https://images.squarespace-cdn.com/content/v1/58af97f5440243fe3d552306/1585538264176-42E6FTH1QXNIHG0N1URY/ke17ZwdGBToddI8pDm48kGRUd54knlA8mNQ6TGdlPidZw-zPPgdn4jUwVcJE1ZvWQUxwkmyExglNqGp0IvTJZUJFbgE-7XRK3dMEBRBhUpweHrybFDjkuAJQr2nygi9YMdz1HMsHlJl3rjxqV8nczE3RSl9R3htwUFy3AYZT304/Infection-protocol.jpg?format=1000w" /> </figure> <p class="">In 2019 and 2020, a new strain of the coronavirus called <a href="https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/advice-for-public">COVID-19</a> grabbed the world by the throat. It was unlike most viruses experts had seen, and it spread across the globe at a rapid rate.</p><p class="">Such was the infection rate that no surface was deemed safe once a case had been diagnosed in a home or business. Thorough cleaning had to be undertaken to prevent anyone else from catching it in that same area.&nbsp;</p><p class="">While standard cleaning companies can take care of general mess and hygiene, dealing with infections and diseases, such as COVID-19, would take a <em>different </em>type of expert. It would require someone who was used to dealing with dangerous substances or environments and had access to the best cleaning products and personal protective equipment (PPE).</p><p class="">Traditionally, Chemcare focuses on asbestos and meth, but their services are now required in homes and businesses where <a href="https://chemcare.co.nz/infection-control-services">infection control</a> is paramount. Read on to learn why Chemcare’s specialist team can be called upon for disinfection and sanitation of your home or business.</p>&nbsp;<h2>They are trained specialists</h2><p class="">Chemcare forms part of CC Group NZ, which consists of sister companies Crewcare and Crewcut. The team at Crewcare provides expert commercial cleaning services, which complements the health and safety expertise of those working for Chemcare.&nbsp;</p><p class="">When you hire Chemcare for infection control, sanitisation, and COVID-19 cleaning in New Zealand, you are hiring a team that is certified in quality management and health and safety to international standards. Therefore, you get to enjoy peace of mind that practices and measures are in place to keep you <em>and </em>the Chemcare team safe. &nbsp;&nbsp;</p><h2>They are used to working in hazardous situations</h2><p class="">Before COVID-19 infected <a href="https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/">hundreds of <em>thousands</em></a><em> </em>of people globally, Chemcare’s team focused on asbestos management, testing, and removal, as well as meth clean-ups. Now, they combine their high-quality equipment with their training in high-risk situations to focus on infection control and sanitisation.</p><p class="">They know just how important it is to stay safe in potentially risky situations, and have been used to managing high-risk asbestos fibres and meth residue. Now, they apply the same principles to managing a virus that has the potential to cause significant illness and fatalities. Their expertise can offer home and business owners much-needed peace of mind.&nbsp;</p><h2>They have the right equipment</h2><p class="">Most people are now more clued up about PPE than ever before, all because COVID-19 required them to think about the potential for illness without it. However, the Chemcare team has been relying on such equipment for decades.&nbsp;</p><p class="">They utilise high-end PPE from top to toe, not to mention a multi-chamber decontamination chamber, strict waste disposal measures, and the most rigid decontamination standards. You can rest assured that after lockdown, our team will not take any chances when it comes to their <em>and</em> your health and safety.&nbsp;</p><h2>They know what cleaning products to use</h2><p class="">The team at Chemcare are experts in the correct type and <em>use </em>of products to disinfect areas contaminated with COVID-19. They use a combination of disinfectant and fogging chemicals to clean all but 0.0001 percent of viruses, bacteria, and viruses.</p><p class="">With the help of Crewcare workers, Chemcare will shut down a home or business for cleaning, then utilise a stand-down period that allows the air to settle. With approved chemicals, they undertake the fogging process while wearing only the best PPE equipment on the market.</p><p class="">After the chemicals take effect, they then wipe down all surfaces for your peace of mind. Everything from window and door frames to benches and counters will be sanitised and disinfected for peace of mind.</p><h2>Who can benefit from Chemcare’s services for infection control?</h2><p class="">Thousands of households throughout New Zealand may end up with a family member suffering from COVID-19. Thousands of businesses may have staff that has it too. Once the lockdown period is over, and those people recover, there is always a chance the virus remains. Infection control services and disinfection can offer much-needed relief.</p><p class="">However, even households and workplaces that <em>aren’t </em>affected by this coronavirus may see the value in such a cleaning service. Several weeks staying at home or being away from work can take its toll on your property, and starting with a fresh, clean slate can make a world of difference.</p><h2>What happens now?</h2><p class="">It’s time to get Chemcare on the case. Let them prepare and implement a COVID-19 management plan for your home or business. They will establish risk management, the selection of chemicals they need, and what health and safety processes and procedures they need to follow. They can even develop and implement a disinfection plan for any workplace or space.</p><p class="">Chemcare consists of biologists, chemists, and health and safety professionals who boast the highest qualifications in their field. Allow them to take care of COVID-19 for you once New Zealand makes the shift downward from <a href="https://covid19.govt.nz/government-actions/covid-19-alert-system/">Alert Level 4.</a><br></p> Why choose Chemcare for infection control and COVID-19 cleaning in NZ 2020-04-03 02:00 +00:00 2020-04-03 15:00 +13:00 https://www.latimes.com/lifestyle/story/2020-04-02/chris-erskine-coronavirus-quarantine-families-stress-laughter https://www.latimes.com/lifestyle/story/2020-04-02/chris-erskine-coronavirus-quarantine-families-stress-laughter Chris Erskine: We're all coping with quarantine differently. I have Stockholm syndrome <p>Doesn't really pay for me to be appealing to my captors. They are snarky, and increasingly restless. They pass the long evenings mixing up different flavors of White Claw just for kicks, the way Millennials will.</p> Thu, 02 Apr 2020 13:20:54 -0400 Chris Erskine <p>Doesn't really pay for me to be appealing to my captors. They are snarky, and increasingly restless. They pass the long evenings mixing up different flavors of White Claw just for kicks, the way Millennials will.</p> I've fallen for my captor. Till now, I always thought the Stockholm Syndrome was when you craved pickled herring. Nope. It's more complicated. Chris Erskine / Los Angeles Times 2020-04-02 13:20 -04:00 2020-04-03 06:20 +13:00 https://www.latimes.com/lifestyle/story/2020-04-02/stiff-and-sore-due-to-wfh-an-ergonomics-expert-offers-tips-on-staying-healthy-while-sheltering-in-place https://www.latimes.com/lifestyle/story/2020-04-02/stiff-and-sore-due-to-wfh-an-ergonomics-expert-offers-tips-on-staying-healthy-while-sheltering-in-place WFH got you stiff and sore? An ergo expert offers 8 tips to stay healthy <p>Work from home ergonomics tips for coronavirus quarantine.</p> Thu, 02 Apr 2020 11:07:27 -0400 Lisa Boone <p>Work from home ergonomics tips for coronavirus quarantine.</p> MT. WASHINGTON, CA.,SEPTEMBER 20, 2017--Jake Hurwitz, 32 and his fiance Jillian Vogel, 27. The couple moved into the 1965 A-Frame in Mt. Washington last year and worked with designer Jennifer Wallenstein to update the interiors. (kirk McKoy /Los Angels Times) Kirk McKoy/Kirk McKoy/Los Angeles Times 2020-04-02 11:07 -04:00 2020-04-03 04:07 +13:00 https://www.landlords.co.nz/article/976516597/comment-making-sense-of-it-all-covid-19-the-economy-property?utm_source=LL&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=COMMENT%3A+Making+sense+of+it+all%3A+COVID-19%2C+the+economy+%26+property https://www.landlords.co.nz/article/976516597/comment-making-sense-of-it-all-covid-19-the-economy-property?utm_source=LL&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=COMMENT%3A+Making+sense+of+it+all%3A+COVID-19%2C+the+economy+%26+property COMMENT: Making sense of it all: COVID-19, the economy & property <p>The Covid-19 crisis means everything is changing fast, so CoreLogic&rsquo;s Kelvin Davidson* has put together his 10 key points on what to be aware of when it comes to the property market.</p> Thu, 02 Apr 2020 10:54:00 +1200 2020-04-02 10:54 +12:00 2020-04-02 11:54 +13:00 https://www.latimes.com/travel/story/2020-04-04/italy-coronavirus-decisions https://www.latimes.com/travel/story/2020-04-04/italy-coronavirus-decisions I'm 24, American and in lockdown in Italy. I must decide: Stay here or go home <p>I am in Florence, Italy, at culinary school, in a country besieged by the virus. Should I stay or should I go? There is no wrong answer.</p> Wed, 01 Apr 2020 16:31:09 -0400 Sara Cagle <p>I am in Florence, Italy, at culinary school, in a country besieged by the virus. Should I stay or should I go? There is no wrong answer.</p> Diego Cadena Bejarano / For The Times 2020-04-01 16:31 -04:00 2020-04-02 09:31 +13:00 https://www.latimes.com/lifestyle/story/2020-04-10/garden-as-solace-during-coronavirus https://www.latimes.com/lifestyle/story/2020-04-10/garden-as-solace-during-coronavirus In turbulent times, a magical art-filled garden offers solace <p>Art, kids and wildlife bring harmony to a Long Beach garden. Plus 10 tips on what to do in the garden while quarantined. </p> Tue, 31 Mar 2020 09:00:10 -0400 Lisa Boone <p>Art, kids and wildlife bring harmony to a Long Beach garden. Plus 10 tips on what to do in the garden while quarantined. </p> LONG BEACH, CALIFORNIA-FEBRUARY 16, 2020: Talia and Nili Glatstein, left and right, play in the A-Frame playhouse in the backyard of their house on February 16 , 2020, in Long Beach, California. The pink flowers on the left are Dombeya Wallichii also known as a Pink Ball Tree. (Photo By Dania Maxwell / Los Angeles Times) Dania Maxwell/Los Angeles Times 2020-03-31 09:00 -04:00 2020-04-01 02:00 +13:00 https://www.latimes.com/lifestyle/story/2020-03-30/platform-begins-drive-through-services-in-culver-city https://www.latimes.com/lifestyle/story/2020-03-30/platform-begins-drive-through-services-in-culver-city Culver City's Platform offering curbside pickup for your feel-good treats, WFH cravings <p>Amid coronavirus, Platform begins curbside pickup for wine, CBD.</p> Mon, 30 Mar 2020 19:00:22 -0400 Lisa Boone <p>Amid coronavirus, Platform begins curbside pickup for wine, CBD.</p> CULVER CITY - CA - MARCH 08, 2016 - Platform shopping center development, March 08, 2016. (Ricardo DeAratanha/Los Angeles Times) Ricardo DeAratanha / Los Angeles Times 2020-03-30 19:00 -04:00 2020-03-31 12:00 +13:00 https://www.latimes.com/lifestyle/story/2020-03-29/working-from-home-with-roommates-partner-tips https://www.latimes.com/lifestyle/story/2020-03-29/working-from-home-with-roommates-partner-tips WFH with a roommate or loved one? 5 ways to avoid killing each other <p>Many employees working remotely in the midst of the coronavirus crisis are competing with roommates for limited space, internet connection and attention.</p> Sun, 29 Mar 2020 10:00:19 -0400 Rachel Schnalzer <p>Many employees working remotely in the midst of the coronavirus crisis are competing with roommates for limited space, internet connection and attention.</p> iana_kolesnikova - stock.adobe.c 2020-03-29 10:00 -04:00 2020-03-30 03:00 +13:00 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-8157475/Estate-agents-turn-online-tours-hope-staying-business.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-8157475/Estate-agents-turn-online-tours-hope-staying-business.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 Estate agents turn to online tours in the hope of staying in business  Thousands of estate agents have accelerated plans to use digital technology to show off homes to buyers who they hope will remain interested until the virus outbreak subsides. Sun, 29 Mar 2020 09:15:27 Z None 2020-03-29 09:15 +00:00 2020-03-29 22:15 +13:00 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-8157605/Decluttering-good-home-raise-spirits.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-8157605/Decluttering-good-home-raise-spirits.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 Decluttering is good for the home and will raise your spirits  Being stuck in the house for a few weeks could be the ideal time for a spot of spring decluttering. In fact, it's already wildly popular: the hashtag #decluttering has nearly 300,000 Instagram posts. Sun, 29 Mar 2020 00:05:27 Z None 2020-03-29 00:05 +00:00 2020-03-29 13:05 +13:00 https://www.latimes.com/lifestyle/story/2020-04-01/lifestyle-guru-justina-blakeney-plants-are-keeping-me-sane-right-now https://www.latimes.com/lifestyle/story/2020-04-01/lifestyle-guru-justina-blakeney-plants-are-keeping-me-sane-right-now Plants are magical. Right now, they're keeping me sane <p>Designer and lifestyle influencer Justina Blakeney doesn't have a therapist and that's OK; she can talk to her tillandsia.</p> Sat, 28 Mar 2020 09:00:06 -0400 Justina Blakeney <p>Designer and lifestyle influencer Justina Blakeney doesn't have a therapist and that's OK; she can talk to her tillandsia.</p> Illustration for Justina Blakeney's essay on how plants are keeping her sane during the coronavirus pandemic. Kirsten Ulve / For The Times/Kirsten Ulve / For The Times 2020-03-28 09:00 -04:00 2020-03-29 02:00 +13:00 https://www.latimes.com/lifestyle/story/2020-03-27/expert-tips-on-decluttering-your-home-during-the-coronavirus https://www.latimes.com/lifestyle/story/2020-03-27/expert-tips-on-decluttering-your-home-during-the-coronavirus Expert tips on decluttering your home during the coronavirus pandemic <p>People are decluttering while hunkering down at home. An expert shares tips on how to get organized during the coronavirus pandemic. </p> Fri, 27 Mar 2020 18:10:24 -0400 Lisa Boone <p>People are decluttering while hunkering down at home. An expert shares tips on how to get organized during the coronavirus pandemic. </p> 2020-03-27 18:10 -04:00 2020-03-28 11:10 +13:00 https://www.latimes.com/lifestyle/story/2020-03-27/garden-calendar-virtual-edition https://www.latimes.com/lifestyle/story/2020-03-27/garden-calendar-virtual-edition Garden Calendar: What you can still do during this coronavirus crisis <p>Garden Calendar: Virtual edition! Yes, there is still plenty to see during this time of coronavirus.</p> Fri, 27 Mar 2020 15:38:06 -0400 Jeanette Marantos <p>Garden Calendar: Virtual edition! Yes, there is still plenty to see during this time of coronavirus.</p> A Western Redbud tree grows in La Canada Flintridge. Anne Cusack / Los Angeles Times 2020-03-27 15:38 -04:00 2020-03-28 08:38 +13:00 https://www.latimes.com/lifestyle/story/2020-03-27/goodwill-pleads-with-residents-to-stop-leaving-donations https://www.latimes.com/lifestyle/story/2020-03-27/goodwill-pleads-with-residents-to-stop-leaving-donations Why Goodwill is begging all of us: Stop leaving your stuff at our door! <p>Goodwill SoCal has closed its doors and appealed to Los Angeles residents to stop leaving discarded items at donation centers. It can create a health hazard. </p> Fri, 27 Mar 2020 13:46:06 -0400 Lisa Boone <p>Goodwill SoCal has closed its doors and appealed to Los Angeles residents to stop leaving discarded items at donation centers. It can create a health hazard. </p> Program participants sort through and categorize donated items at Goodwill Industries Orange County in Santa Ana on Monday, Oct. 16. Kevin Chang / Times OC 2020-03-27 13:46 -04:00 2020-03-28 06:46 +13:00 https://www.theguardian.com/money/2020/mar/27/lets-move-to-linlithgow-west-lothian https://www.theguardian.com/money/2020/mar/27/lets-move-to-linlithgow-west-lothian Property Homes Money Life and style Let’s move to Linlithgow, West Lothian: Silicon Glen capital with a regal past <p>There’s still romance here, but the seat of monarchs has given way to humble, suburban dreams</p><p><strong>What’s going for it?</strong> Linlithgow wears its 21st-century role as a commuter town in the sweet spot between Edinburgh and Glasgow in the way a megastar of stage or screen might – someone who, in later life, has had cause to stack shelves in Lidl. Nothing wrong with stacking shelves or, indeed, Lidl. But Linlithgow has known grander times. This, I’ll have you know, is the Royal Burgh of Linlithgow, and it has the palace to prove it, ta-dah on its hilltop pedestal, as if anyone could ignore it. Don’t you know who I was? True, the palace lacks a roof these days. Yet this palace gave birth to Mary, Queen of Scots. This palace was the centre of the Stuart dynasty. This palace’s fountain once flowed with wine, it’s said, for the marriage of James V and Mary of Guise. Still, those days have long gone. Although there’s romance still in its polished old streets, today it’s a romance designed, not as a stage set for monarchy, political intrigue and government, but for more humble, suburban dreams, and propping up house prices. Linlithgow has grown accustomed to its new role: capital of Silicon Glen, Queen of Middle Scotland, provider of comfy sofas and Netflix<strong> </strong>filming locations to the strivers of Edinburgh and Glasgow.</p><p><strong>The case against…</strong> It’s a small town of commuters: kids and beatniks will want to escape – though worry not, the fleshpots of Edinburgh and Glasgow are nearby. It’s a victim of its own popularity: traffic, parking, house prices and oversubscribed schools.</p> <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/money/2020/mar/27/lets-move-to-linlithgow-west-lothian">Continue reading...</a> Fri, 27 Mar 2020 16:30:02 Z Photograph: Thitaporn Santipolvut/Alamy Stock Photo Photograph: Thitaporn Santipolvut/Alamy Stock Photo Tom Dyckhoff 2020-03-27T16:30:02Z 2020-03-27 16:30 +00:00 2020-03-28 05:30 +13:00 https://www.latimes.com/lifestyle/story/2020-03-27/theodore-payne-native-plants-tour-goes-online https://www.latimes.com/lifestyle/story/2020-03-27/theodore-payne-native-plants-tour-goes-online The Theodore Payne garden tour is happening this weekend — virtually <p>Theodore Payne offers 30-plus virtual tours of native plant landscapes.</p> Fri, 27 Mar 2020 09:30:52 -0400 Jeanette Marantos <p>Theodore Payne offers 30-plus virtual tours of native plant landscapes.</p> This blooming buckwheat plant, with its silver-grey leaves, is just one of the many California native plants in this Lakewood garden, tour No. 20 in the Theodore Payne Foundation's online native plant garden tours March 28 and 29. 2020 Native Plant Garden Tour 2020-03-27 09:30 -04:00 2020-03-28 02:30 +13:00 https://www.latimes.com/business/real-estate/story/2020-03-27/transition-state-design https://www.latimes.com/business/real-estate/story/2020-03-27/transition-state-design Their design prescription: Laid-back luxury, homeyness and warmth <p>This trio turned commercial, residential and fashion design experience into the Transition State firm. Next up: a line of throw pillows.</p> Fri, 27 Mar 2020 08:30:17 -0400 Arielle Paul <p>This trio turned commercial, residential and fashion design experience into the Transition State firm. Next up: a line of throw pillows.</p> Los Angeles, CA., January 29, 2020 - Jenna Rochon, Kelli Granello and Lauren Schneider, partners at Transition State, a full-service design studio and boutique label, pose for a portrait on Wednesday, January 29, 2020 in Manhattan Beach, California. With diverse expertise in the fashion, commercial, and residential luxury market, Transition State has carved out a niche for those that value collected style with a signature sense of laid back luxury. (Jason Armond / Los Angeles Times) Jason Armond/Jason Armond/Los Angeles Times 2020-03-27 08:30 -04:00 2020-03-28 01:30 +13:00 http://www.theguardian.com/business/2020/mar/27/housebuilder-shares-plunge-after-people-urged-to-delay-moves-covid-19 https://www.theguardian.com/business/2020/mar/27/housebuilder-shares-plunge-after-people-urged-to-delay-moves-covid-19 Construction industry Barratt Developments Persimmon Redrow Taylor Wimpey Business Real estate Property UK news FTSE Rightmove Housing market Stock markets Housebuilder shares plunge after people urged to delay moves <p>Government Covid-19 advice has impact on Persimmon, Barratt, Redrow and more</p><ul><li><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/series/coronavirus-live/latest">Coronavirus – latest updates</a></li><li><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/coronavirus-outbreak">See all our coronavirus coverage</a></li></ul><p>Shares in housebuilding companies plunged when the market opened on Friday after the government <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/business/2020/mar/26/housing-market-frozen-by-government-during-coronavirus-lockdown">put the brakes on the housing market</a>, telling people to delay their home moves if possible and to stop new viewings.</p><p>The government, which announced the new guidance on Thursday night, urged buyers and sellers to put plans on hold until the coronavirus restrictions are no longer in place.</p><p> <span>Related: </span><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/business/2020/mar/26/homes-sold-in-uk-expected-to-plunge-by-60-in-next-three-months-coronavirus">Number of homes sold in UK expected to plunge by 60% in next three months</a> </p> <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/business/2020/mar/27/housebuilder-shares-plunge-after-people-urged-to-delay-moves-covid-19">Continue reading...</a> Fri, 27 Mar 2020 10:28:54 Z Photograph: Gareth Fuller/PA Photograph: Gareth Fuller/PA Mark Sweney 2020-03-27T10:28:54Z 2020-03-27 10:28 +00:00 2020-03-27 23:28 +13:00 http://www.theguardian.com/business/2020/mar/26/housing-market-frozen-by-government-during-coronavirus-lockdown https://www.theguardian.com/business/2020/mar/26/housing-market-frozen-by-government-during-coronavirus-lockdown Housing market Real estate UK news Coronavirus outbreak Robert Jenrick Business Homelessness Renting property Housing Housing market frozen by government during coronavirus lockdown <p>Buyers and sellers urged not to move or hold viewings, as mortgage offers are extended</p><ul><li><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/series/coronavirus-live/latest">Coronavirus – latest updates</a></li><li><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/coronavirus-outbreak">See all our coronavirus coverage</a></li></ul><p>The government has put the brakes on the housing market until the coronavirus restrictions are over, telling people to delay their home moves if possible and not to allow new viewings.</p><p>In new guidance, the government said it was urging buyers and sellers to “adapt and be flexible” by agreeing <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/business/2020/mar/26/homes-sold-in-uk-expected-to-plunge-by-60-in-next-three-months-coronavirus">new moving dates</a>.</p> <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/business/2020/mar/26/housing-market-frozen-by-government-during-coronavirus-lockdown">Continue reading...</a> Thu, 26 Mar 2020 23:04:04 Z Photograph: Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP/Getty Images Photograph: Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP/Getty Images Rowena Mason Deputy political editor 2020-03-26T23:04:04Z 2020-03-26 23:04 +00:00 2020-03-27 12:04 +13:00 https://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=193638 https://www.zillow.com/blog/10-tips-spring-cleaning-193638/ Home Improvement Cleaning Spring Spring Cleaning 101: Make It Fast, Easy and Effective Because you want to enjoy your space now without added fuss. Thu, 26 Mar 2020 17:02:44 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/10-tips-spring-cleaning-193638/#comments Jamie Birdwell-Branson <p>Spring is the perfect time to open up the windows in your house and clean every surface inch, but there&#8217;s no reason to spend more time on this task than necessary.</p> <p>Use these tips to quickly get your home spic and span.</p> <h2>Have a plan</h2> <p>When it comes to spring cleaning, the best approach is an organized approach. "I recommend having a plan, which includes an outline of the areas you plan to clean, a schedule with time slotted to do that work (for you and any family members), as well as a list of products, tools and even cleaning techniques or tips pertaining to those areas," says Melissa Maker, blogger and host of the popular YouTube show "<a href="https://www.youtube.com/user/cleanmyspace" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener noreferrer">Clean My Space</a>."</p> <h2>Choose the right supplies</h2> <p>When you&#8217;re making your spring cleaning plan, take inventory of what supplies you need to gather to begin cleaning. Once you figure out what you need, be sure to choose the most effective and powerful cleaning supplies so that the product is doing most of the work - not you.</p> <h2>Clean room by room</h2> <p>It's easy to feel overwhelmed when you are going from room to room to complete various tasks. Choose to target one room at a time so you can see the results of your productivity quickly and not get discouraged.</p> <h2>Work smarter, not harder</h2> <p>Don't scrub any more than necessary. Simple steps like soaking pots and pans before you scrub them, waiting for cleaning products to sit before you wipe down surfaces, and using the self-cleaning setting on your oven can save you tons of time.</p> <h2>Clean your cleaning supplies</h2> <p>Did you know your cleaning supplies, such as sponges or microfiber cloths, are most likely the dirtiest items in your home? It goes without saying that you can't effectively clean your home with dirty supplies. So be sure to disinfect sponges or other cleaning supplies in a mixture of one part bleach and nine parts water for 30 seconds.</p> <h2>Don't forget the &#8230;</h2> <p>There are several items in our homes that we often forget to clean on a regular basis. Among forgotten items, Maker recommends cleaning behind the oven, bathroom exhaust fans, refrigerator coils and window coverings.</p> <h2>Focus on the MIAs</h2> <p>Spring cleaning can be a huge undertaking (especially depending on the size of your home), so Maker suggests focusing on the MIAs, or the Most Important Areas. When deciding which area to choose, think about the most visible ones, like the living room or home office.</p> <h2>Get rid of the clutter</h2> <p>You can never truly have a clean and tidy home if you are buried in your own stuff. When cleaning out your things, remember the 80/20 rule: Only 20 percent of the items we own are truly important - so 80 percent of our belongings are just getting in the way.</p> <h2>Figure out ways to be more efficient in the future</h2> <p>While you are cleaning and organizing your home, take note of all the clutter that you most often find. For example, if you are finding that most of your clutter is paper, figure out the best ways to go paperless throughout the year.</p> <p><strong>Related</strong>:</p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/spring-cleaning-cant-miss-spots-171312/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Spring Cleaning: 5 Can&#8217;t-Miss Spots</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/winning-the-war-on-pet-hair-193501/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Winning the War on Pet Hair</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/extra-credit-spring-cleaning-171804/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">3 Extra-Credit Spring Cleaning Tasks</a></li> </ul> <p><em>Originally published March 24, 2016.</em></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> https://www.zillow.com/blog/10-tips-spring-cleaning-193638/feed/ 8 2020-03-26 17:02 +00:00 2020-03-27 06:02 +13:00 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/money/mortgageshome/article-8152119/The-buyers-limbo-theyre-told-dont-house-lockdown.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/money/mortgageshome/article-8152119/The-buyers-limbo-theyre-told-dont-house-lockdown.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 The buyers in limbo as they're told don't move house in lockdown Those in the middle of the buying process, such as Susanna Wood and Tom and Daniella Matthews pictured, told us they are now unsure whether they will be able to move as planned. Thu, 26 Mar 2020 15:35:06 Z None 2020-03-26 15:35 +00:00 2020-03-27 04:35 +13:00 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-8151691/Pay-tenants-rent-Calls-coronavirus-symptoms-rent-paid.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-8151691/Pay-tenants-rent-Calls-coronavirus-symptoms-rent-paid.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 Pay tenants' rent! Calls for those with coronavirus symptoms to have their rent paid The Government paying rents may be the only way to keep some tenants in their homes amid the coronavirus outbreak. Thu, 26 Mar 2020 15:01:56 Z Getty Images 2020-03-26 15:01 +00:00 2020-03-27 04:01 +13:00 http://www.theguardian.com/business/2020/mar/26/homes-sold-in-uk-expected-to-plunge-by-60-in-next-three-months-coronavirus https://www.theguardian.com/business/2020/mar/26/homes-sold-in-uk-expected-to-plunge-by-60-in-next-three-months-coronavirus Housing market Real estate Property Savills Coronavirus outbreak Business UK news Number of homes sold in UK expected to plunge by 60% in next three months <p>Property website Zoopla reports viewings and house moves have ground to halt </p><ul><li><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/series/coronavirus-live/latest">Coronavirus – latest updates</a></li><li><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/coronavirus-outbreak">See all our coronavirus coverage</a></li></ul><p>The number of homes sold in the UK is expected to fall by 60% in the next three months, according to the property website Zoopla.</p><p>There was a 40% drop in housing enquiries for the week to 22 March, the week before the nationwide lockdown, and new sales agreed fell by 15% on the previous week.</p><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Many people have asked, what to do if you’re moving house at this time?<a href="https://twitter.com/mhclg?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@mhclg</a> has worked with <a href="https://twitter.com/TheLawSociety?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@TheLawSociety</a> to ensure people are properly advised.<br><br>Buyers &amp; renters should, as far as possible, delay moving to a new house while emergency measures are in place. 1/2</p> <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/business/2020/mar/26/homes-sold-in-uk-expected-to-plunge-by-60-in-next-three-months-coronavirus">Continue reading...</a> Thu, 26 Mar 2020 15:00:22 Z Photograph: Yui Mok/PA Photograph: Yui Mok/PA Julia Kollewe 2020-03-26T15:00:22Z 2020-03-26 15:00 +00:00 2020-03-27 04:00 +13:00 58af97f5440243fe3d552306:5906c0dfe4fcb573ba562253:5e7c7c1a3c2524311f37b276 https://chemcare.co.nz/articles/asbestos-trivia Some interesting asbestos trivia you'd probably want to know Asbestos exposure isn’t cool, but here’s some cool trivia to get the conversation about this harmful substance started. Thu, 26 Mar 2020 10:17:25 Z Klaris Chua-Pineda <p class="">Have you ever noticed how the fireman, police officer, movie star, and music producer are the life of any party? Everyone wants to know what they do, any scary or funny stories they have, and what their career is all about. No one ever wants to know what asbestos technicians do every day, so they are left to awkwardly loiter in the background while the life-saving doctor gets all the limelight.</p><p class="">But, imagine how the tables can turn when you start pulling out mind-blowing trivia or facts about asbestos? Any asbestos expert can go from zero to hero when they start name-dropping all the celebs that have died from asbestos exposure or blurting out that there’s a town named after the illness-causing mineral.</p><p class="">You’ll need to wear sunscreen at your next social gathering, for that limelight will finally be on you with some mind-boggling asbestos trivia facts.&nbsp;</p>&nbsp;<h2>Fact #1: Several famous people have died from It</h2><p class="">Of course, several everyday people have <em>also </em><a href="https://www.asbestos.com/mesothelioma/death-rate/">died</a> from asbestos exposure, but that’s not going to get heads turning at a function. People want to hear about <a href="https://chemcare.co.nz/articles/famous-people-died-mesothelioma">celebrities</a> and stars they’ve seen in movies.</p><p class="">If you want to shuffle your way into a conversation, then start with: <em>did you know that Steve McQueen died from asbestos exposure? </em>You can then talk about how he was the highest-paid movie star, but how no amount of money could protect him from pleural mesothelioma caused by asbestos racing driver clothing in movies, and asbestos lagging during his time in the marines.&nbsp;</p> <figure class=" sqs-block-image-figure intrinsic " > <img class="thumb-image" data-image="https://images.squarespace-cdn.com/content/v1/58af97f5440243fe3d552306/1568841547811-WF6TO8DEIPJALHOVD8R5/ke17ZwdGBToddI8pDm48kNtw-EaxJrKa_LkSxY3AK9pZw-zPPgdn4jUwVcJE1ZvWQUxwkmyExglNqGp0IvTJZamWLI2zvYWH8K3-s_4yszcp2ryTI0HqTOaaUohrI8PIg6X5tQszGtQ-b9qaG4r6T2vaCjIwo22NC2JRxxLdznsKMshLAGzx4R3EDFOm1kBS/Paul+Gleason.jpg" data-image-dimensions="850x680" data-image-focal-point="0.5,0.5" alt="Paul Gleason in a scene from The Breakfast Club" data-load="false" data-image-id="5e7c806c6a51ea061187d0a5" data-type="image" src="https://images.squarespace-cdn.com/content/v1/58af97f5440243fe3d552306/1568841547811-WF6TO8DEIPJALHOVD8R5/ke17ZwdGBToddI8pDm48kNtw-EaxJrKa_LkSxY3AK9pZw-zPPgdn4jUwVcJE1ZvWQUxwkmyExglNqGp0IvTJZamWLI2zvYWH8K3-s_4yszcp2ryTI0HqTOaaUohrI8PIg6X5tQszGtQ-b9qaG4r6T2vaCjIwo22NC2JRxxLdznsKMshLAGzx4R3EDFOm1kBS/Paul+Gleason.jpg?format=1000w" /> </figure> &nbsp;<p class="">You could even mention the American film and TV actor Paul Gleason, who appeared in The Breakfast Club, Die Hard, and Trading Places. Paul died from pleural mesothelioma in 2006, thought to be from working for his father on building sites as a teen.&nbsp;</p><h2>Fact #2: Whole towns have been affected</h2><p class="">If you can feel the crowds starting to move towards the famous DJ in your social group, then pull them back with another fun asbestos trivia fact. Well, not <em>fun,</em> but interesting. Did you know that <em>whole </em>towns have been <a href="https://chemcare.co.nz/articles/asbestos-towns">affected</a> by asbestos?&nbsp;</p><p class="">Asbestos, Quebec, used to be a mining town, so asbestos was big business. While it retains the name, its mining days are over. Asbest in Russia, however, is <em>still</em> a mining town. It’s home to 70,000 people, all of which fight a daily battle of removing asbestos dust from their homes and businesses.&nbsp;</p><p class="">The asbestos crushing mill in Wittenoom, Australia, used to be a big business as well, but its dangers saw the eventual abandonment of the town, with its final residents asked to leave by 2019.</p><h2>Fact #3: It has been used in many products</h2><p class="">People at your party may not want to hear about the difference in friable and non-friable asbestos. However, their eyes certainly won’t glaze over when you tell them what everyday products contained asbestos – <a href="https://chemcare.co.nz/articles/asbestos-in-everyday-items">and still do</a>.</p><p class="">Go for that ‘mic drop’ moment by asking them if they use talc powder. If they do, then tell them that asbestos has been found in talcum powder, and how frequent use of it is thought to have caused the death of a Texas mother from mesothelioma.</p><p class="">If it doesn’t capture their attention, it will at least cause them to rethink their <a href="https://chemcare.co.nz/articles/asbestos-in-everyday-items">product choices</a>, for asbestos has also been found in cigarettes, cosmetic products, car parts, school supplies, and potting soil.</p><h2>Fact #4: People have been looking for ways to dispose of it properly</h2><p class="">Asbestos is a naturally-occurring mineral, and it’s easy enough to ignore when it’s in the ground in its raw form. But when you mix it with a building product, then remove it from a structure, there are a few question marks over what to do with it next. Do you put it back <em>in </em>the ground?</p><p class="">That’s the <a href="https://chemcare.co.nz/articles/unitec-asbestos-project?rq=unitec">million-dollar question</a>. Did you know that a new environmental research centre has been launched by Unitec, with one project focusing on asbestos? The goal will be to examine asbestos-contaminated waste, how to degrade the fibres, and how to remove their cancer-causing elements. Fun fact, Chemcare was the first private sector company to partner on the project.</p><h2>Fact #5: People have been trying to remove it by themselves <em>(but they really shouldn’t)</em></h2><p class="">Be the life of any party by offering this bombshell to your party guests: people have been trying to <a href="https://chemcare.co.nz/articles/can-i-remove-asbestos-myself">remove asbestos</a> by themselves, but <em>they shouldn’t.</em></p><p class="">We’re a nation of DIYers, so it makes sense to try and tackle almost anything on our own. However, with some pretty strict guidelines in place, asbestos is one thing that you should leave in the capable hands of an expert. And it’s not just a recommendation; it’s actually a legal guideline under the Health and Safety at Work Asbestos Regulations 2016.</p><p class="">If you hear a couple of people talking about home renovations, slink on into the conversation and offer a quick reminder that, unless they are working with non-friable asbestos under 10 square metres, they should be calling in the removalists.</p><h2>The life of any party</h2><p class="">Okay, so you’re not a police officer who has a crazy story about saving a family from a man with an axe. You’re also not a fireman who pulled a puppy from a burning house. But there’s no reason an asbestos technician can’t have a few party-ready facts up their sleeve for when the situation arises. Start with these five above, or come up with some of your own!</p> Some interesting asbestos trivia you'd probably want to know 2020-03-26 10:17 +00:00 2020-03-26 23:17 +13:00 https://www.latimes.com/lifestyle/story/2020-03-24/okzoomer-dating-during-the-coronavirus-crisis https://www.latimes.com/lifestyle/story/2020-03-24/okzoomer-dating-during-the-coronavirus-crisis No IRL hookups? This might be the perfect time for online dating <p>It's not easy searching for virtual alternatives to social interactions and intimacy during a time of unprecedented social distancing. Here's how a pandemic is changing the game. </p> Tue, 24 Mar 2020 17:59:43 -0400 Patrice Peck <p>It's not easy searching for virtual alternatives to social interactions and intimacy during a time of unprecedented social distancing. Here's how a pandemic is changing the game. </p> Illustration for story about dating during the coronavirus crisis. Ross May / Los Angeles Times/Ross May / Los Angeles Times 2020-03-24 17:59 -04:00 2020-03-25 10:59 +13:00 https://www.zillow.com/digs/guides/?p=924 https://www.zillow.com/blog/how-to-install-a-kitchen-faucet-228837/ Home Improvement DIY Fixtures kitchens How to Install a Kitchen Faucet Tired of staring at your old faucet? Installing a new one is easy! (No, really.) Tue, 24 Mar 2020 15:36:23 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/how-to-install-a-kitchen-faucet-228837/#comments The DIY Playbook <p>If you&#8217;ve been washing your hands a lot lately, you might have started paying extra attention to your faucet. Does it drip? Is the chrome flaking off? Is it dated?</p> <p>Plumbing projects can be intimidating, because no one wants to accidentally flood their entire home. But installing a new kitchen faucet truly is a DIY that anyone can handle.</p> <p>As long as you work slowly and follow the directions, you can add a beautiful faucet to your kitchen with zero emergency calls to the plumber.</p> <p><strong>Supplies:</strong></p> <ul> <li>New kitchen faucet (and the installation manual)</li> <li>Adjustable wrench</li> <li>Flashlight</li> <li>Bucket</li> <li>Rags</li> <li>Cleaner</li> <li>Screwdriver</li> <li>Towels</li> <li>Teflon tape (optional)</li> </ul> <p>Before purchasing a new faucet, take note of your current setup. Look under the sink to see how many holes yours has (usually between one and four).</p> <p>This determines the type of faucet that will work with your sink. A single-hole faucet can be installed in a three- or four-hole sink by adding a deck plate, but not vice versa.</p> <h2>Step 1</h2> <p>Remove everything from under your sink. This DIY takes place in tight quarters, so you want to make it as roomy as possible. Also, be sure to keep a towel nearby for any water drips.</p> <p><img class="wp-image-931 size-full aligncenter" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/10/full_cabinet-3e7543.jpg" alt="full_cabinet" width="800" height="534" /></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h2>Step 2</h2> <p>Turn off the water supply lines to the kitchen faucet. There will be a cold water and hot water valve underneath your kitchen sink.</p> <p>Turn each of these water valves clockwise until you can't turn them anymore. Then turn on your faucet and make sure water doesn't come out.</p> <p>Keep the faucet in the "on" position to relieve any water pressure.</p> <p><img class="wp-image-934 aligncenter" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/10/water_turnoff-90af1a.jpg" alt="water_turnoff" width="545" height="816" /></p> <h2>Step 3</h2> <p>Now that the water is safely off, you can unhook the hot and cold water supply lines. You will need a wrench for this step. Simply loosen them (counterclockwise) until they unhook.</p> <p>A little water may drip out, which is totally normal. Just keep your bucket and rags handy.</p> <p><img class="wp-image-948 aligncenter" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/10/unhook_water_line-60b39d.jpg" alt="unhook_water_line" width="801" height="535" /></p> <h2>Step 4</h2> <p>Unscrew your old kitchen faucet from underneath the sink.</p> <p>Every faucet is different, so yours may look a bit different than this one. Ours had a gold ring that we just had to loosen with our hands. Others might be connected with a nut. If that&#8217;s the case, you'll have to use your wrench again.</p> <p><img class="wp-image-950 aligncenter" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/10/unscrew_faucet-1fbd8d.jpg" alt="unscrew_faucet" width="545" height="868" /></p> <h2>Step 5</h2> <p>Pull your old faucet through the top of the kitchen sink and out.</p> <p><img class="size-full wp-image-951 aligncenter" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/10/remove_old_faucet-708794.jpg" alt="remove_old_faucet" width="800" height="534" /></p> <h2>Step 6</h2> <p>Clean up any gross residue that was hiding underneath your old kitchen faucet with your towel. This is the time to get it nice and clean, so put some muscle into it!</p> <h2>Step 7</h2> <p>Grab the manual for your new faucet, because you're going to need it! Since every faucet is different, they all come with their own set of directions. But we'll walk you through the general steps.</p> <p>Feed your new kitchen faucet into the hole at the top of your sink. You may want to enlist a buddy to help keep the top secure as you venture underneath the sink.</p> <p><img class="size-full wp-image-954 aligncenter" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/10/feed-new-faucet-ea9312.jpg" alt="feed new faucet" width="800" height="540" /></p> <h2>Step 8</h2> <p>Secure your faucet from underneath the sink. Ours required tightening a few screws.</p> <p><img class="wp-image-956 aligncenter" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/10/screw_new_faucet_in_tightly-0b6f2a.jpg" alt="screw_new_faucet_in_tightly" width="545" height="879" /></p> <h2>Step 9</h2> <p>Attach your cold and hot lines to their valves, and make sure they are nice and snug with your wrench.</p> <p>You may want to wrap your threaded pipes with some Teflon tape to make sure your seal is tight and your connections remain leak-free!</p> <p><img class="size-full wp-image-957 aligncenter" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/10/attach-lines-257be9.jpg" alt="attach lines" width="800" height="570" /></p> <h2>Step 10</h2> <p>Turn your water supply valves on … slowly! Then check the faucet to make sure both your hot and cold water are working.</p> <p><img class="size-full wp-image-959 aligncenter" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/10/turn-water-on-dbf803.jpg" alt="turn water on" width="800" height="534" /></p> <p>That's it. Seriously easy, right?!</p> <p>You can elevate the look of your kitchen in under an hour, and it will only cost you the price of a new faucet.</p> <p><strong>Related</strong>:</p> <ul> <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> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/how-to-build-outdoor-shower-217661/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Good Clean Fun: How to Build an Outdoor Shower</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> </ul> https://www.zillow.com/blog/how-to-install-a-kitchen-faucet-228837/feed/ 24 2020-03-24 15:36 +00:00 2020-03-25 04:36 +13:00 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-8146425/Home-moves-halted-lockdown-property-viewings-banned.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-8146425/Home-moves-halted-lockdown-property-viewings-banned.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 Home moves halted in lockdown and property viewings are banned Agents have called for more guidance as those due to move home, whether completing on a purchase or having committed to a rental are left unsure what will happen.  Tue, 24 Mar 2020 14:07:58 Z PA 2020-03-24 14:07 +00:00 2020-03-25 03:07 +13:00 https://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=193999 https://www.zillow.com/blog/5-ways-to-refresh-for-spring-193999/ Home Improvement decorating Spring 5 Ways to Refresh Your Space Throw open the curtains, let the breeze in and brighten your home decor. Tue, 24 Mar 2020 10:00:32 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/5-ways-to-refresh-for-spring-193999/#comments Erica Sooter <p>With springtime comes a sense of renewal, and a desire to clean, organize and refresh - especially if you&#8217;re spending a lot of time at home. Get your creative gears turning, and whip your space into shape. You&#8217;ll be surprised how a few simple changes can give you a whole new outlook.</p> <h2>1. Embrace natural light</h2> <figure id="attachment_194411" aria-describedby="caption-attachment-194411" style="width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><img class="wp-image-194411 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/HG0A9482-ade649-e1458580467555.jpg" alt="Create the feel of windows with large mirrors. Photo via Laurel &amp; Wolf. " width="800" height="534" /><figcaption id="caption-attachment-194411" class="wp-caption-text">Create the feel of windows with large mirrors. Photo via <a href="https://www.laurelandwolf.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener noreferrer">Laurel &amp; Wolf</a>.</figcaption></figure> <p>With warmer days comes more sun, so open those blinds and bask in the natural light. Instead of flipping on your lights in the morning, pull back the curtains and let sunshine light the way. The simple act of opening your windows can help lift your mood, and you&#8217;ll save a little on your electric bill too.</p> <p>Don&#8217;t have many windows? Fake it by using large mirrors to reflect light and <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/banishing-gloom-from-rooms-192293/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">brighten up your room</a>. Bonus: mirrors also give the illusion of a bigger space, making your home feel brighter, larger and clearer.</p> <h2>2. Give your furniture a clean slate</h2> <figure id="attachment_194412" aria-describedby="caption-attachment-194412" style="width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><img class="wp-image-194412 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/KeijaMinor-33-SMR-f187b5-e1458580473379.jpg" alt="All white furniture creates a spring vibe in a living room. Photo via Laurel &amp; Wolf." width="800" height="534" /><figcaption id="caption-attachment-194412" class="wp-caption-text">All-white furniture creates a spring vibe in a living room. Photo via <a href="https://www.laurelandwolf.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener noreferrer">Laurel &amp; Wolf</a>.</figcaption></figure> <p>Spring is the perfect time to break out all of your lighter and cooler clothes - and this also goes for furniture. A white, beige or light gray couch is the perfect nesting spot.</p> <p>Light neutral chairs set the tone, reflect light and keep you from getting too warm. If desired, you can keep these pieces out year-round to invoke springtime memories and stave off wintertime blues when skies are gray. If you don&#8217;t want to commit to white furniture, invest in slipcovers that you can use seasonally and remove once colder temperatures return.</p> <h2>3. Let nature be your guide</h2> <figure id="attachment_194413" aria-describedby="caption-attachment-194413" style="width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><img class="wp-image-194413 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/KeijaMinor-180-SMR-2-ca0504-e1458580539884.jpg" alt="Wickers and wovens are materials that work through spring and well into summer. Photo via Laurel &amp; Wolf. " width="800" height="715" /><figcaption id="caption-attachment-194413" class="wp-caption-text">Wickers and wovens are materials that work through spring and well into summer. Photo via <a href="https://www.laurelandwolf.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener noreferrer">Laurel &amp; Wolf</a>.</figcaption></figure> <p>Incorporate lightweight natural materials into your decor - think wicker, woven baskets, light wood grain and cotton curtains. Keep it airy and light, leaning on nature to inspire you.</p> <p>Switch out heavy blankets for summery throws, and pack away heavy, dark decor items in favor of woven baskets paired with colorful or nature-inspired accessories. By adding earthy materials to your home, you invoke nature inside and out for a fresh and renewed feel.</p> <h2>4. Pack some punch with pops of color</h2> <p>Spring is the perfect time to ditch all those moody blacks and grays of winter, and trade them in for something a bit cheerier. Oranges, pinks, yellows, purples, blues and greens are all colors that recall spring and sunshine. Pick your favorite hue from the rainbow and run with it. Try a few peachy throw pillows, springy green candles or periwinkle decorative bowls.</p> <p>Step out of your comfort zone and try a bold statement, or keep it cool with subtle hints of something you know you love. You&#8217;ll be surprised how much your mood lifts when you&#8217;re surrounded by a sea of pretty shades.</p> <h2>5. Go green and breathe deep</h2> <p>Adding potted plants, bouquets of flowers and herb gardens to your home is a great way to bring the outdoors in. Not only do they provide beautiful focal points and improve your mood, they also give off little hits of oxygen - so breathe deep.</p> <p>Hit up your local farmer&#8217;s market for pretty blooms on the cheap, or <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/indoor-herb-garden-175813/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">grow herbs in windowsill pots</a>. And for all those black thumbs out there, faux plants will still give off a fresh green look, but without all the hassle and maintenance.</p> <p>Whether you&#8217;re looking to freshen up a couple of rooms in your house or overhaul your whole space, there are easy steps you can take to get your home spring-ready. Give yourself a new outlook and a fresh perspective by taking the time to rejuvenate your space and your mindset.</p> <p>From mixing up colors to looking to nature for inspiration, you can completely transform your home into a sunny, light and airy space.</p> <p><strong>Related</strong>:</p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/10-tips-spring-cleaning-193638/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Spring Cleaning 101: Make It Fast, Easy and Effective</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/low-key-color-palettes-193798/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">3 Low-Key Color Palettes for a Sophisticated Home</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/versatile-houseplants-193149/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">4 Versatile Houseplants for Every Home</a></li> </ul> <p><em>Originally published March 2016</em></p> <h6 class="p1"></h6> https://www.zillow.com/blog/5-ways-to-refresh-for-spring-193999/feed/ 11 2020-03-24 10:00 +00:00 2020-03-24 23:00 +13:00 https://www.landlords.co.nz/article/976516539/comment-property-from-the-trenches?utm_source=LL&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=COMMENT%3A+Property+from+the+trenches+ https://www.landlords.co.nz/article/976516539/comment-property-from-the-trenches?utm_source=LL&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=COMMENT%3A+Property+from+the+trenches+ COMMENT: Property from the trenches <p>Covid-19&#39;s major impact on New Zealand&#39;s economy means job losses and that has implications for landlords. Veteran investor&nbsp;Debbie Van Den Broek offers some suggestions on how landlords can weather the storm.</p> Tue, 24 Mar 2020 10:11:00 +1200 2020-03-24 10:11 +12:00 2020-03-24 11:11 +13:00 https://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=220378 https://www.zillow.com/blog/large-items-small-spaces-220378/ Home Improvement Home Organization Renting Storage 'Where Should I Keep My ...?': Solving the Ultimate Small Space Dilemmas Squeeze every last bit of storage space out of your dwelling, no matter its size. Sat, 21 Mar 2020 22:56:58 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/large-items-small-spaces-220378/#comments Sheila Cain <p>When you&#8217;re in a small space - especially if you&#8217;re sharing it with others, and you&#8217;re spending a lot more time there than you ever have before - you&#8217;ve probably come to realize that square footage is something to be savored, not squandered. If things are feeling a little crowded, this may be a good time to assess your organization methods.</p> <p>Whatever your hobby or collection, there&#8217;s an <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/10-tips-organizing-your-house-190815/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">organizational hack</a> to help you store it. Here are some clever storage tricks for six of the toughest, bulkiest space-takers you may own.</p> <h2>Offseason wardrobe</h2> <p>Tuck those bulky winter sweaters (or shorts and flip-flops) in plastic bins under your bed. If your bed's too close to the ground, lift it up with sturdy wood blocks. Even a few extra inches create enough space for a sizable storage container.</p> <p>If elevating the bed isn&#8217;t an option, <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/5-tips-to-declutter-in-a-day-215128/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">maximize your closet space</a> with a few sets of cascading hangers. Put blouses on one set and T-shirts on another, and you&#8217;ll most likely double your closet space.</p> <h2>Extra linens</h2> <p>Extra pillows, comforters, and bedsheets are great for guests, but not so great for your small space. Try vacuum storage bags - stack your items inside, and use your vacuum cleaner to remove the air. Your items will shrink significantly so you can store them under your bed or on a shelf.</p> <h2>Shoe collection</h2> <p>A burgeoning shoe collection can take on a life of its own if not properly corralled. Take it back to dorm-room days with an over-the-door shoe organizer. These college favorites are popular for a reason - they store a dozen pairs of shoes or more, plus scarves, baseball caps, belts and chunky necklaces.</p> <h2>Bikes</h2> <p>Bikes can be one of the most difficult belongings to stash, especially if you don't have a deck, garage or basement. Try installing a strong hook in the wall, and hang your bike by the front tire. Pro: It&#8217;s a great way to get the bike off the floor. Con: It still protrudes into the room.</p> <p>For a less invasive option, hang your bike flush against the wall - like you're hanging a piece of art. The hardware can be as simple as two wooden dowels that support the bike's horizontal bar. (Just make sure you anchor the supports in the wall&#8217;s studs so they can hold the weight.)</p> <h2>Exercise equipment</h2> <p>An inflatable exercise ball is a great workout aid - and a real space suck. You could always deflate it, but the hassle probably isn&#8217;t worth it. So, why not get creative and make it a usable piece of furniture?</p> <p>Repurpose medium or large exercise balls as dining room chairs, and store them under the dining table when you&#8217;re done.</p> <p>No room for a dining table? The bike trick applies here, too. Install a couple of dowels high up on the wall, and set the ball there until you&#8217;re ready for a crunch session.</p> <h2>Decorations and keepsakes</h2> <p>Have a collection of things you just can't get rid of? Maybe old photo albums, holiday decorations or crafting supplies? <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/open-shelving-solutions-192561/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Strategically placed shelves</a> are your storage lifesaver when seeking space for infrequently used items.</p> <p>There's often a wealth of unused space above and behind your hung clothing in bedroom and hallway closets. While shelves in these locations may require a footstool or flashlight to access, it won't matter if you only need the items a few times a year.</p> <h6><em>Top photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homes/for_sale/condo,apartment_duplex_type/112563654_zpid/40.848034,-73.914042,40.732365,-74.041071_rect/12_zm/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Zillow listing.</a></em></h6> <p><strong>Related:</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/bring-color-to-rental-199611/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Creative Ways to Add Color to Your Rental</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/renewing-your-lease-217414/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Your Lease Is Up? Here Are 3 Good Reasons to Renew</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/make-any-room-seem-larger-171522/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">4 Tips for Making Any Room Seem Larger</a></li> </ul> <p><em>Originally published August 2017</em></p> https://www.zillow.com/blog/large-items-small-spaces-220378/feed/ 6 2020-03-21 22:56 +00:00 2020-03-22 11:56 +13:00 https://www.latimes.com/lifestyle/story/2020-03-21/plant-nurseries-are-now-offering-curbside-service-a-resurgence-of-victory-gardens https://www.latimes.com/lifestyle/story/2020-03-21/plant-nurseries-are-now-offering-curbside-service-a-resurgence-of-victory-gardens A happy little miracle in dark times: The plant nursery business is booming <p>Plant nurseries are now offering curbside service: 'A resurgence of victory gardens'</p> Sat, 21 Mar 2020 09:30:38 -0400 Jeanette Marantos <p>Plant nurseries are now offering curbside service: 'A resurgence of victory gardens'</p> Jo Anne Trigo, co-owner of Two Dog Organic Nursery, rests in the middle of rows of tomato plants with her dogs Lalo, foreground, Jake and Charlie in back of her home. Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times 2020-03-21 09:30 -04:00 2020-03-22 02:30 +13:00 https://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=214060 https://www.zillow.com/blog/spring-cleaning-projects-214060/ Home Improvement Cleaning home maintenance Spring 10 Spring Cleaning Projects to Tackle This Weekend  Welcome warmer weather with a spotless home (in just one weekend). Sat, 21 Mar 2020 13:00:35 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/spring-cleaning-projects-214060/#comments See Jane Drill <p>Spring cleaning is all about getting our homes ready for a new season of sunshine, warmth and time outdoors - and indoors, too - especially if that&#8217;s where you&#8217;re spending a lot of time right now. Get ready to wipe off the grime, clear out the cobwebs and refresh your living spaces.</p> <p>Add these project to your spring-cleaning checklist, and you&#8217;ll be rewarded with a home that feels brighter, cleaner and more functional.</p> <p>Best of all, you can knock out most of these jobs in a weekend.</p> <h2>Wash windows, inside and out</h2> <p>Some say <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/window-cleaning-tips-143183/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">clean windows</a> make your whole home look better, and we think it&#8217;s true.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-215125" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/shutterstock_252454882-af8d28.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="533" /></p> <p>For a DIY cleaning job that yields professional results, use a solution of water, ammonia and white vinegar. Apply the solution to your windows with a large sponge, and remove it with a professional-grade squeegee.</p> <h2>Clean refrigerator and air conditioner coils</h2> <p>These appliances create a cooling effect by circulating air through the coils. Over time, dust builds up on the coils and decreases their efficiency, making your refrigerator or air conditioner work a lot harder.</p> <p>Unplug the appliance, then vacuum out the coils with your vacuum&#8217;s crevice tool. You can also use a special refrigerator-coil cleaning brush, available at most hardware stores.</p> <h2>Check ceiling fans</h2> <p>Clean your ceiling-fan blades to remove winter dust build up.</p> <p>And if you reversed your <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/need-to-know-buying-ceiling-fan-203274/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">ceiling fan&#8217;s</a> direction to clockwise for the winter, turn it back to counterclockwise for the warmer months. This sends the air straight down, creating a cooling effect.</p> <h2>Clean dryer vent</h2> <p>Cleaning a dryer vent is easier than you might imagine. First, unplug the dryer from the power source. Next, clean out the vent with a special dryer-vent cleaning brush or a vacuum.</p> <h2>Deep-clean carpets</h2> <p>Even if you vacuum regularly, a thorough carpet cleaning once a year will reach deep down into the fibers to clean out debris, dust, and food particles.</p> <p>If you don&#8217;t own a carpet cleaner, you may be able to rent one from a home improvement store or even your local grocery chain store.</p> <h2>Inspect roof, gutters and chimneys</h2> <p>Spring is the perfect time to check your roof for damage that may have occurred over the winter. If you can't use a ladder to get up on the roof, try inspecting it with binoculars.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-215124" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/shutterstock_215924530-172c58.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="533" /></p> <h2>Check decks and patios</h2> <p>If the finish on your wooden deck still looks good, that&#8217;s great! You might just need to clean the deck to <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/tips-wood-deck-maintenance-199537/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">get it ready for summer</a>.</p> <p>If the finish appears to be worn, then you&#8217;ll want to consider both cleaning and resealing the deck. For decks made of composite material, follow the manufacturer&#8217;s instructions for cleaning and preserving the deck.</p> <h2>Prep lawn equipment</h2> <p>Get those lawn mowers, weed whackersnand pressure washers out of storage, turn them on, and make sure they are running properly. Sometimes a little lubricant or cleaning is all you need to get your tools back in shape.</p> <h2>Clean outside furniture</h2> <p>Use Murphy Oil Soap for wood furniture. For most other types of outdoor furniture, a solution of dishwashing liquid and water should do the trick.</p> <h2>Freshen up your front entrance</h2> <p>Sweep and/or wash the front porch and steps. Shake out your welcome mat, or replace it if it&#8217;s starting to fray or fall apart. Add a pot or two of brightly colored annuals, and your home will feel renewed!</p> <p><strong>Related:</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/10-tips-spring-cleaning-193638/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">10 Spring Cleaning Tips &amp; Tricks</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/spring-cleaning-cant-miss-spots-171312/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Spring Cleaning: 5 Can&#8217;t-Miss Spots</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/kitchen-deep-clean-189772/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Your 4-Step Kitchen Deep-Clean</a></li> </ul> <p><em>Originally published April 2017</em></p> https://www.zillow.com/blog/spring-cleaning-projects-214060/feed/ 2 2020-03-21 13:00 +00:00 2020-03-22 02:00 +13:00 https://www.latimes.com/lifestyle/story/2020-03-20/embracing-hygge-during-this-coronavirus-crisis https://www.latimes.com/lifestyle/story/2020-03-20/embracing-hygge-during-this-coronavirus-crisis The upside of social distancing: How hygge can help <p>Let's lean in to "hygge," an Norwegian word for "well-being," cozy togetherness," "fun," "safety and shielding from the world," "the absence of annoyance" and the notion that your home is, literally and metaphorically, giving you a "hug."</p> Fri, 20 Mar 2020 14:27:49 -0400 Arielle Paul <p>Let's lean in to "hygge," an Norwegian word for "well-being," cozy togetherness," "fun," "safety and shielding from the world," "the absence of annoyance" and the notion that your home is, literally and metaphorically, giving you a "hug."</p> Illustration for the March 21 cover of the Saturday section for a story on hygge, the nordic concept of being being "hugged" by the coziness of your home. Ashley Lukashevsky / For The Times/Ashley Lukashevsky / For The Times 2020-03-20 14:27 -04:00 2020-03-21 07:27 +13:00 https://www.theguardian.com/money/2020/mar/20/lets-move-to-eltham-south-east-london https://www.theguardian.com/money/2020/mar/20/lets-move-to-eltham-south-east-london Property Homes Money Life and style Let’s move to Eltham, south-east London: it gave birth to Kate Bush and Bob Hope <p>On the surface, it’s your average London sprawl of 1930s semis, but it hides its treasures</p><p><strong>What’s going for it?</strong> It’s true, you do have to suspend a jot of disbelief imagining a young Henry VIII jousting in the tilt yard while you queue for socks at the tills in M&amp;S. But that’s Eltham for you. Like many suburbs, it hides its treasures, its oddities. On the surface, it’s your average London sprawl of 1930s semis, Carphone Warehouse and McDonald’s. But this sprawl gave birth to Kate Bush (Kate Bush!), to Bob Hope (<em>actual</em> Bob Hope!), schooled a young Frankie Howerd and was nursery to Henry VIII. Not a bad little nursery: <a href="https://www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/places/eltham-palace-and-gardens/?utm_source=google&amp;utm_medium=ppc&amp;utm_campaign=eltham_palace_19&amp;&amp;gclid=EAIaIQobChMI8fDk6aHv5wIVirHtCh3BagqIEAAYASAAEgLD9fD_BwE&amp;gclsrc=aw.ds" title="">Eltham Palace</a>, tucked out of view, is these days mostly the product of the Courtauld family, who built their dreamy art deco grand design, down to (<a href="https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2020/feb/14/gold-phone-returned-to-art-deco-bedroom--saved-from-skip-1930s-eltham-palace-courtauld" title="">recently returned</a>) gold phones and quarters for their pet lemur, Jongy, amid the ruins of Henry’s childhood home. But ever since Thomas More introduced young Henry to the greatest mind in Europe, Erasmus, a few hundred metres from where today stands Dylan Barbers “sunbed/tanning” and Coco’s Espresso Bar, Eltham, high on its hill, has considered itself a cut above the likes of Sidcup.</p><p><strong>The case against</strong> Two mammoth roads, the A2 and A20, roar through, dividing up the manor and fumigating the place.</p> <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/money/2020/mar/20/lets-move-to-eltham-south-east-london">Continue reading...</a> Fri, 20 Mar 2020 16:30:13 Z Photograph: Andy Hall/The Observer Photograph: Andy Hall/The Observer Tom Dyckhoff 2020-03-20T16:30:13Z 2020-03-20 16:30 +00:00 2020-03-21 05:30 +13:00 https://www.latimes.com/lifestyle/story/2020-03-20/a-house-came-between-us-la-affairs https://www.latimes.com/lifestyle/story/2020-03-20/a-house-came-between-us-la-affairs L.A. Affairs: I thought we'd get married. But a house came between us <p>I wasn't going to plead or beg her to stay. I felt my actions of the past week — and during the more than three years we had been together — had done all my talking for me.</p> Fri, 20 Mar 2020 10:00:24 -0400 Stephen Goldsmith <p>I wasn't going to plead or beg her to stay. I felt my actions of the past week — and during the more than three years we had been together — had done all my talking for me.</p> Greg Clarke's illustration to go with Stephen Goldsmith's L.A. Affairs column. Greg Clarke / For The Times 2020-03-20 10:00 -04:00 2020-03-21 03:00 +13:00 https://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=223136 https://www.zillow.com/blog/keep-toys-from-taking-over-home-223136/ Home Improvement DIY home maintenance Home Organization Kid-Friendly DIY 7 Simple Ways to Keep Your Kids' Toys From Taking Over Your Home Conquer the clutter and reclaim the precious space you once ruled. Fri, 20 Mar 2020 13:00:53 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/keep-toys-from-taking-over-home-223136/#respond Steve Asbell <p>If having your family at home all day, every day has made your space feel chaotic, and your days and nights seem to run together, regain a sense of order with these simple tips.</p> <h2>1. Reduce the clutter</h2> <p>It doesn't matter how organized you are - a surplus of toys will always ensure your house is a mess waiting to happen. Fortunately, getting kids on board with the idea of ditching their stuff is a lot easier than it sounds.</p> <p>The trick is to make it an opportunity for them to define themselves and their interests. Encourage kids to make a pile of "baby toys" to <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/5-tips-to-declutter-in-a-day-215128/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">donate</a>, and have them set aside any toys that no longer interest them, such as action figures from a forgotten TV show. Separating these toys will help them appreciate how much they've grown and rediscover the toys they love.</p> <h2>2. Choose toys wisely</h2> <p>Since you'll probably be stuck with them for a while, it pays to be picky when it comes to buying toys. To make toys more meaningful to your child, only buy them for holidays, special occasions and rewards - don't shy away from asking relatives to do the same.</p> <p>Avoid toys that are poorly made (cheap), not age-appropriate, unnecessarily large, pointless or anything tied to a movie - unless it's that one you've been playing on repeat every day. The best toys are versatile, encourage creativity and can easily be expanded upon, such as Legos, wooden train tracks and dollhouse sets.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-223439" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/offset_221253.jpg-7a9ac0-e1513289648704.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="534" /></p> <h2>3. Leave some toys out of reach</h2> <p>If you're constantly finding play dough and puzzle pieces in the sofa cushions, it's time to put them on the top shelf of the <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/10-inspiring-closet-designs-185431/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">closet</a>. Designating these messy toys as "family toys" will give you more quality time with your child instead of scrubbing pen marks off the curtains.</p> <p>Also, try to set aside a tote of toys, games and puzzles for rainy days. This ensures you'll always have a trick up your sleeve for sick days or when a boring relative visits.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-223443" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/offset_221602.jpg-390dd6-e1513289808922.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="534" /></p> <h2>4. Set boundaries</h2> <p>If toys are already sprawled out over every available surface of your house, don't worry! You can quickly reclaim order in your household by setting a few ground rules, such as "no toys in the kitchen" or setting limits on the number of toys allowed out overnight.</p> <p>While that might seem a bit draconian, children are generally happier when they're given clear expectations and few surprises. That's why it's important to follow through and pick up every night, no matter how exhausted you feel at the time.</p> <h2>5. Give kids ownership</h2> <p>Picking up toys doesn't have to be boring. Babies, toddlers and big kids alike can have fun <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/10-tips-organizing-your-house-190815/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">organizing</a> and picking up, just as long as it's not a negative experience. This means you should provide enough time for enjoyment without resorting to counting "1, 2, 3" or shouting empty threats.</p> <p>A great thing about setting aside extra time for picking up is that you and your child can do fun things like scoop up blocks with a blanket or deliver toys across the house via tricycle. If you make it fun enough, your kid will eventually pick up without even being asked.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-223446" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/offset_211678.jpg-b95fb1-e1513290137332.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="534" /></p> <h2>6. Give every toy a home</h2> <p>Without a simple organizational system, picking up can be a major headache. Don't throw everything into one big toy box; there's a better way.</p> <p>Buy a series of matching plastic bins and line them up along the wall where your child can easily put away and retrieve toys on his own. Designate one box for Legos, one for stuffed animals, one for train tracks … you get the idea.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-223447" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/shutterstock_314291648.jpg-e1513290185733.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="580" /></p> <p>Use stacking plastic boxes for smaller toys like matchbox cars and dolls. Organize them further by storing puzzle pieces, doll clothes and other annoyances in Ziploc bags.</p> <h2>7. Hit the books</h2> <p>It's not your imagination. That pile of storybooks by the couch really is getting taller, and if you wait much longer, it will likely turn into a giant heap.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-223448" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/offset_299229.jpg-4d678b-e1513290281817.jpg" alt="" width="650" height="866" /></p> <p>Worse yet, your kid uses those books to stall and push back bedtime a little later with each passing night. That's why it's important to either keep the books in your child's room, or keep a small selection of favorites in a basket for easy retrieval.</p> <p><strong>Related:</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/organizing-secrets-pros-know-204721/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">5 Organizing Secrets Only the Pros Know</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/declutter-for-intentional-home-210492/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Declutter Your Way to a More Organized, Intentional Home</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/10-tips-for-yard-sale-197837/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">10 Tips for Organizing an Irresistible Yard Sale</a></li> </ul> <p><em>Originally published December 2017</em></p> https://www.zillow.com/blog/keep-toys-from-taking-over-home-223136/feed/ 0 2020-03-20 13:00 +00:00 2020-03-21 02:00 +13:00 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-8117257/Dont-let-virus-stop-Mothers-Day-Host-afternoon-tea-home.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-8117257/Dont-let-virus-stop-Mothers-Day-Host-afternoon-tea-home.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 Don't let the virus stop Mother's Day: Host an afternoon tea at home The coronavirus means that taking your Mum out for an afternoon tea this Mother's Day may no longer be possible - but we reveal how to celebrate at home. Thu, 19 Mar 2020 14:33:42 Z None 2020-03-19 14:33 +00:00 2020-03-20 03:33 +13:00 https://www.latimes.com/lifestyle/story/2020-03-19/stay-virtually-connected-with-friends https://www.latimes.com/lifestyle/story/2020-03-19/stay-virtually-connected-with-friends The ultimate guide to hanging out virtually with your friends <p>Just because you're staying home doesn't mean you have to be lonely. How to set up video chats for a dinner party, game night, karaoke session and more.</p> Thu, 19 Mar 2020 10:06:58 -0400 Jessica Roy, Dorany Pineda <p>Just because you're staying home doesn't mean you have to be lonely. How to set up video chats for a dinner party, game night, karaoke session and more.</p> Illustration for story on staying virtually connected with friends. Ross May / Los Angeles Times; images from emojipedia/Ross May / Los Angeles Times; images from emojipedia 2020-03-19 10:06 -04:00 2020-03-20 03:06 +13:00 58af97f5440243fe3d552306:5906c0dfe4fcb573ba562253:5e65b3dcd9214e538154091c https://chemcare.co.nz/articles/coronavirus-impact-on-industries Impact of COVID-19 rippling across industries It’s only a matter of time before other industries within the New Zealand business sector feel the effects of COVID-19. Thu, 19 Mar 2020 03:00:00 Z Klaris Chua-Pineda &nbsp; <figure class=" sqs-block-image-figure intrinsic " > <img class="thumb-image" data-image="https://images.squarespace-cdn.com/content/v1/58af97f5440243fe3d552306/1584484275700-J4OSV0PUSOXOD9R8UNBN/ke17ZwdGBToddI8pDm48kFWxnDtCdRm2WA9rXcwtIYR7gQa3H78H3Y0txjaiv_0fDoOvxcdMmMKkDsyUqMSsMWxHk725yiiHCCLfrh8O1z5QPOohDIaIeljMHgDF5CVlOqpeNLcJ80NK65_fV7S1UcTSrQkGwCGRqSxozz07hWZrYGYYH8sg4qn8Lpf9k1pYMHPsat2_S1jaQY3SwdyaXg/woman-wearing-face-mask.jpg" data-image-dimensions="1500x1000" data-image-focal-point="0.5,0.5" alt="woman-wearing-face-mask.jpg" data-load="false" data-image-id="5e714fb3baf26750964e4592" data-type="image" src="https://images.squarespace-cdn.com/content/v1/58af97f5440243fe3d552306/1584484275700-J4OSV0PUSOXOD9R8UNBN/ke17ZwdGBToddI8pDm48kFWxnDtCdRm2WA9rXcwtIYR7gQa3H78H3Y0txjaiv_0fDoOvxcdMmMKkDsyUqMSsMWxHk725yiiHCCLfrh8O1z5QPOohDIaIeljMHgDF5CVlOqpeNLcJ80NK65_fV7S1UcTSrQkGwCGRqSxozz07hWZrYGYYH8sg4qn8Lpf9k1pYMHPsat2_S1jaQY3SwdyaXg/woman-wearing-face-mask.jpg?format=1000w" /> </figure> <p class="">As you may already know, the new disease called COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) has been causing global panic. Over a few days, the confirmed cases worldwide has reached hundreds of thousands and the number still keeps growing. There have also been several confirmed cases in New Zealand. Therefore, it’s only important for Kiwi workplaces to have policies that would prevent the further spread of this disease.</p><p class="">So, you may ask, what does this have to do with asbestos? While we are not alarmed given the already dangerous nature of the industry we’re in, it clearly made us do a rain check on what we’ve been doing about employee and workplace safety. We never anticipated how such a disease can possibly impact output on many fronts, albeit indirectly. We’d like to share with you a few adjustments we made to our operations to accommodate this ongoing event.&nbsp;</p>&nbsp;<h2>Keeping our staff safe</h2><p class="">The Health and Safety at Work Act (HSWA) 2015 stipulates that businesses have the primary responsibility for the health and safety of their workers and any other workers they influence or direct. They are also responsible for the health and safety of people at risk from the work of their business.</p><p class="">At Chemcare, we understand that minimising the spread of this disease is also vital aside from the regular things we already do to secure the health and safety of our workers while at work. This is why we are committed to follow and cooperate with the health and safety procedures and instructions from the Ministry of Health.</p><h2>How we work towards prevention</h2><p class="">We have <a href="https://ccgroup.co.nz/covid-19-advisory">communicated to our people</a> the following steps to protect themselves and others against viruses like COVID-19:</p><ul data-rte-list="default"><li><p class="">Avoiding close contact with people with colds or flu-like symptoms</p></li><li><p class="">Covering their nose or mouth when coughing or sneezing</p></li><li><p class="">Disposing of tissues immediately after use</p></li><li><p class="">Regular and thorough handwashing for at least 20 seconds before handling food, after using the bathroom, and after coughing, sneezing and blowing the nose</p></li><li><p class="">Practising overall good hygiene</p></li><li><p class="">Self-isolation for those who may have been exposed</p></li></ul><p class="">Personnel including employees and contractors who display or might display any of the COVID-19 symptoms have been advised to stay indoors and avoid contact with other people.</p><h2>How we keep the workplace safe</h2><p class="">Our first line of defence against a disease like this, aside from education, is prevention. Keeping the workplace safe and disease-free involves taking simple and actionable measures that will minimise the risk of infection.</p><h3>Immunisations</h3><p class="">Providing seasonal flu vaccines to workers is a sure-fire way to help protect staff and maintain productivity in the workplace. You do not only avoid getting sick, but also avoid spreading it to the people around you.</p><h3>Personal protective gear (PPE)</h3><p class="">Asbestos workers like the team at Chemcare <a href="https://chemcare.co.nz/articles/asbestos-protective-gear">know this all too well</a>. Wearing the appropriate gear is extremely important in the asbestos industry. It’s also the same when it comes to facing the coronavirus threat, particularly in industries that deal with those affected directly such as workers in the health care sector.</p><h3>Elevated cleaning in the workplace</h3><p class=""><a href="https://crewcare.co.nz/services/office-cleaning/">Regular cleaning in the workplace</a> can help minimise the spread of infection. Thorough cleaning and disinfecting will go a long way. Most of our staff already understand this given the nature of our job but emphasising the importance of keeping a clean workspace should be good from time to time.</p><h3>Common sense</h3><p class="">Encourage employees to follow basic personal hygiene steps like washing hands, covering your nose when you sneeze, staying at home when you don’t feel well, and so on.</p><h2>The bottomline</h2><p class="">The bottomline is, everyone is assuming that it’s only a matter of time before other industries within the New Zealand business sector feel the effects of COVID-19. The coronavirus is already affecting everything — travel, schools, work environments are changing. As people become infected, sick, or quarantined, the labour force can also get affected immensely.</p><p class="">The next best thing to do now is to review documentation, guidelines, and processes to learn which rights and obligations must be met by contractors and property owners, and maybe extend a little extra flexibility when needed.</p><p class="">Learn more about how the HSWA of 2015 can be applied to your industry via the <a href="https://worksafe.govt.nz/laws-and-regulations/acts/hswa/">WorkSafe New Zealand website</a> and find useful information on workplace infectious disease prevention through the <a href="https://www.health.govt.nz/your-health/healthy-living/environmental-health/infectious-disease-prevention-and-control/workplace-infectious-disease-prevention">Ministry of Health</a>.</p> Impact of COVID-19 rippling across industries 2020-03-19 03:00 +00:00 2020-03-19 16:00 +13:00 https://www.latimes.com/lifestyle/story/2020-03-16/bidet-sales-spike-as-consumers-panic-buy-toilet-paper https://www.latimes.com/lifestyle/story/2020-03-16/bidet-sales-spike-as-consumers-panic-buy-toilet-paper Bidet sales soar as toilet paper sells out amid coronavirus fears <p>As consumers panic-buy toilet paper in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, bidet sales spike. </p> Mon, 16 Mar 2020 18:30:59 -0400 Lisa Boone <p>As consumers panic-buy toilet paper in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, bidet sales spike. </p> Both styles of the Tushy bidet attachment ($79 and $109) have sold out in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. Tushy 2020-03-16 18:30 -04:00 2020-03-17 11:30 +13:00 https://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=216547 https://www.zillow.com/blog/attracting-birds-to-your-yard-216547/ Home Improvement DIY gardening How to Attract Birds to Your Yard (Hint: Don't Just Wing It) With a little effort, you can build a swanky bird paradise even your fussiest feathered friend will love. Mon, 16 Mar 2020 18:47:24 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/attracting-birds-to-your-yard-216547/#comments Steve Asbell <p>While you&#8217;re spending time at home, why not find ways to bring the natural world to you? Backyard bird watching is an enjoyable way to experience your local ecosystem up close.</p> <p>It takes more than a bird feeder to attract a colorful variety of songbirds to your backyard. Think of your feeder as a drive-thru fast-food joint in an unsafe neighborhood: The birds will stop to eat, but they won't stick around for very long. They want to get home to their comfy nest in an exclusive deciduous broadleaf community, where they can get fancier food anyway.</p> <p>If you want to see more than bird backsides at a millet buffet, you need to give them all the luxuries they've come to expect.</p> <h2>Create a habitat</h2> <p>Birds prefer townhomes to single-level ranch houses. They need perches for preening, thickets for hiding, branches for bickering, wide-open spaces for showing off, and, eventually, a tree cavity where they can nest and paint their nursery a nice robin's-egg blue.</p> <p>Give them privacy by planting walls of foliage. Native shrubs, small trees, and even tall grasses and perennials offer the versatility they need to make a quick escape.</p> <p>Create a ceiling of tall deciduous and <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/incorporating-evergreens-186632/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">evergreen trees</a> at the back of your property, and plant small understory trees between them and your house. Selectively <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/pruning-guide-201033/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">prune</a> lower limbs of shrubs and small trees so you can easily see perching birds from your window. They'll appreciate the perch, and you'll appreciate the camera angle.</p> <h2>Grow your own birdseed</h2> <p>Money doesn't grow on trees, but, conveniently enough, birdseed does! It also grows on shrubs, perennials, grasses, annuals and anything else that qualifies as a plant.</p> <p>To grow the seed that your local bird species prefer, however, choose the native plants that they'd otherwise find in the wild. Native plants vary by region, but some good choices include coneflower, blanketflower, beautyberry, asters and sunflowers.</p> <p>Attract hummingbirds with nectar-filled trumpet honeysuckle and cardinal flowers. Native oaks, hollies, dogwoods, sumac, cedars and spruces provide nuts and berries, as well as shelter.</p> <h2>Stage your birdhouse</h2> <p>Research the birds that you'd like to attract, and give them the house that suits their needs. For example, bluebirds like their nesting boxes out in the open, while chickadees like thick leaf cover.</p> <p>Whichever bird you try to attract, keep that nesting box away from human noise and activity so you'll never have to witness the heartbreaking sight of abandoned eggs in an empty nest. Also, keep your cat indoors, if possible. Otherwise, you may find birds not only in your backyard but on your front doorstep too.</p> <p>If birds haven't moved in yet, be patient. Sometimes all your birdhouse needs is a little lichen, moss, or wear and tear to make it more appealing.</p> <h2>Turn a birdbath into a Jacuzzi</h2> <p>If your birdbath is emptier than a swimming pool in January, there could be a reason. The ideal birdbath doesn't look like you'd expect - it's placed directly on the ground in a shady space with nearby shrubs.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-216760" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/shutterstock_445219507-bdf360.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="533" /></p> <p>Add some gravel to the basin so birds can find their footing, and even add a few rocks on the outside to serve as steps. Include a small pump or fountain, if possible. This turns your birdbath into a miniature water feature, and the circulation keeps the water clean and helps birds cool off on hot days.</p> <h2>Leave the leaf litter</h2> <p>If you&#8217;re looking for an excuse to get out of gardening chores, you'll be pleased to know that you&#8217;re absolutely allowed to keep that accumulation of dead leaves and small branches on your garden's floor. It gives birds everything they could ever ask for - bugs and other small animals for snacking, materials for nesting, and even a hiding place from predators.</p> <p>If things begin to look untidy, just break down the larger branches by hand or with a pair of anvil pruners, and spread everything out evenly. Everyone loves free mulch.</p> <h2>Invest in your feeder</h2> <p>Rather than spending money on multiple feeders that you have to replace year after year, invest in a feeder that's made with quality materials, has a tightly fitting lid, and drains easily. Better yet, purchase a sturdy pole and squirrel baffle.</p> <p>Even the best feeder will need maintenance, so give it a thorough cleaning every year, and break up any clogged holes so moisture doesn&#8217;t accumulate. Trust me on this - cleaning out a maggot-infested feeder is something nobody should have to experience.</p> <p><strong>Related:</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/repotting-plants-208011/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Repotting Plants: Give Them a New Home Sweet Home </a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/landscaping-trends-2017-216042/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer"> 8 Hot Landscaping Trends for 2017</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/dos-donts-summer-landscaping-198942/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer"> Do&#8217;s and Don&#8217;ts of Summer Landscaping</a></li> </ul> <p><em>Originally published June 2017</em></p> https://www.zillow.com/blog/attracting-birds-to-your-yard-216547/feed/ 3 2020-03-16 18:47 +00:00 2020-03-17 07:47 +13:00 http://www.theguardian.com/business/2020/mar/16/lsl-withdraws-from-countrywide-merger-talks https://www.theguardian.com/business/2020/mar/16/lsl-withdraws-from-countrywide-merger-talks Housing market Mergers and acquisitions Business Stock markets Property LSL withdraws from Countrywide merger talks <p>Tie-up would have created company with 14,000 staff and 1,000 estate agency outlets</p><p>LSL Property Services has abandoned a proposed merger with its rival Countrywide that would have brought together well-known brands such as Hamptons International and Your Move.</p><p>In a brief statement to the stock exchange, LSL said it “does not intend to make an offer for Countrywide”, less than a month after the companies confirmed they were in <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/business/2020/feb/24/estate-agents-countrywide-lsl-merger-hamptons-your-move">talks about a deal</a>, which at the time would have been a £470m all-share merger.</p> <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/business/2020/mar/16/lsl-withdraws-from-countrywide-merger-talks">Continue reading...</a> Mon, 16 Mar 2020 17:29:21 Z Photograph: Lauren Hurley/PA Photograph: Lauren Hurley/PA Angela Monaghan 2020-03-16T17:29:21Z 2020-03-16 17:29 +00:00 2020-03-17 06:29 +13:00 https://www.latimes.com/lifestyle/story/2020-03-14/is-it-safe-to-hike-and-work-out-yes https://www.latimes.com/lifestyle/story/2020-03-14/is-it-safe-to-hike-and-work-out-yes Is it safe to hike Runyon Canyon? Or work out at the gym? <p>Feeling housebound? Get out and hike, an expert says, as long as you keep your six-foot distance. </p> Mon, 16 Mar 2020 00:25:50 -0400 Chris Erskine, Mary Forgione <p>Feeling housebound? Get out and hike, an expert says, as long as you keep your six-foot distance. </p> Get out and enjoy the fresh air and mountains, experts say. Just keep your six-foot distance. Chris Erskine / Los Angeles Times 2020-03-16 00:25 -04:00 2020-03-16 17:25 +13:00 https://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=190815 https://www.zillow.com/blog/10-tips-organizing-your-house-190815/ Home Improvement Home Organization 10 Tips for Organizing Your Whole House Tackle one task per day and you'll be more organized in no time. Sat, 14 Mar 2020 19:24:22 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/10-tips-organizing-your-house-190815/#comments DorothyTheOrganizer <p>Getting your home and space organized can help you feel more in control of your environment. That sense of order can reduce stress, help you focus on your own well-being and achieve your other goals. Follow these tips to organize your whole home quickly and easily.</p> <h2>Set up a no-fail garage system</h2> <figure id="attachment_190845" aria-describedby="caption-attachment-190845" style="width: 300px" style="float:right; margin: 0 0 15px 15px;"><img class="wp-image-190845" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/shutterstock_302174828-e034d6.jpg" alt="shutterstock_302174828" width="300" height="225" /><figcaption id="caption-attachment-190845" class="wp-caption-text">A place for everything, and everything in its place (or at least you&#8217;ll be able to tell if it&#8217;s not).</figcaption></figure> <p>I suggest <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/basement-attic-garage-storage-178348/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">starting out in the garage</a>, because it can be one of the most overcrowded places in the house. Picture yourself driving into your garage and seeing at least one new system set up for easy use in the coming year.</p> <p>Here&#8217;s an approach that&#8217;s simple, inexpensive, and quick to accomplish.</p> <ol> <li>Hang some peg board</li> <li>Put some tool hooks in the holes on the board</li> <li>Using a thick marker, draw an outline around each tool to reserve its location.</li> </ol> <p>Your new tool organizing system will keep you organized, and alert you when tools are missing. This garage system also helps other family members put things away because it's easy to see where to place each item.</p> <h2>Cut laundry time in half</h2> <p>How can one of the smallest rooms in the house seem so chaotic? And why does doing laundry seem to take up so much time?</p> <p>Here&#8217;s a laundry system that will save you time and restore your sanity. First, provide everyone with their own laundry basket. Put family members' names on the sides of the baskets so there are no lost items or mix-ups.</p> <figure id="attachment_190840" aria-describedby="caption-attachment-190840" style="width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/26-W-Warren-Ave-Hillsdale-MI/106366707_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer"><img class="wp-image-190840 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/laundry-7b819e.jpg" alt="laundry" width="800" height="534" /></a><figcaption id="caption-attachment-190840" class="wp-caption-text">Photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/26-W-Warren-Ave-Hillsdale-MI/106366707_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Zillow listing</a></figcaption></figure> <p>Now here's the sweet secret. When the wash is done, rather than placing the clean laundry on the dining room table or the stairs (and watching everyone walk by without picking up their clothes), have everyone come to the laundry room to pick up their personalized basket of clean clothing.</p> <h2>Work some kitchen magic</h2> <p>The kitchen is the activity hub of most homes. It's a busy area because family members or roommates use the kitchen at least three to five times a day. We open our mail here, study, read, use our laptops and tablets here - not to mention, it's where the food is.</p> <p>Because we have so many varied activities happening in the kitchen, it&#8217;s wise to create separate stations for those activities. One way to accomplish this is to invest in a rolling cart - whatever style and size works best in your kitchen.</p> <p>Use this cart to establish a dedicated space for one of your most common activities. For example, create a lunch-making station stocked with a cutting board and knife, salt and pepper, paper towels, and non-perishable food items (bread, oranges and apples) and snacks. Create the space for your family to assist in making your life easier while also keeping one station of like-items together.</p> <h2>Put it in writing</h2> <p>Whether you&#8217;re a one-person household or a family of five, one tool can save your life or home: a household manual. The beauty of this handy tool is it doesn't have to be compiled all at one time, and it costs you nothing to create.</p> <p>Grab a three-ring binder and a three-hole punch, and keep your essential information in the binder. To get started, collect your emergency contact info and other vital information such as the name of your vet, school rosters, alarm codes, medication doses for your kids, the name of your father's caregiver, and where your home&#8217;s gas shut-off valve is located.</p> <p>As you continue to organize your home and find more essential documents, you can add to the binder. For those who prefer a digital approach, store your manual on a highly secure cloud service.</p> <h2>Get a charge</h2> <p>Many people are frustrated by cell phones, iPad chargers, memory sticks and tangled cords sprinkled throughout the house. Relaxation and recreation activities often seem to need the power of a charging station that's easily accessible - and it doesn&#8217;t hurt if it&#8217;s attractive too.</p> <p>One simple solution is to consider a charging station that conceals the cords, keeps all the electronic items together, and looks good while doing it.</p> <h2>Tell a tidier toy story</h2> <p>Whether it's grandparents or new moms and dads, one of the biggest complaints of people who share their home with children is about picking up toys.</p> <p>The "putting away" task is a skill that can and should be taught to children, as it&#8217;s important for establishing personal responsibility in kids as they grow into teens and then adulthood. Besides, putting away toys can be fun.</p> <p>Here's one idea that will shift your play storage situation from frustration to elation. Use colorful bins to hold toys, designating each bin to hold one type of toy, such as musical instruments, cars, dolls, games or Legos.</p> <p>To make it even easier, find pictures of the toys in magazines or online, and use them to label the bins.</p> <p>If you have dolls or stuffed animals in one bin, attach the matching picture to the front of the bin. Keep the number of bins small, but make sure the bins are large and easy to access.</p> <h2>Declutter the grownups&#8217; bedroom closet</h2> <p>Bulging closets and growing piles of clean and dirty laundry may nix the possibility of either rest or romance. Decluttering in the bedroom creates a sanctuary for both.</p> <p>Starting with the closet is good move. Once the space is clear, it all boils down to finding what you need when you need it.</p> <p>Here&#8217;s a quick process for getting your closet in order:</p> <ol> <li>Clear the floor so you can move around easily.</li> <li>Make sure you have proper lighting.</li> <li>Pull everything out.</li> <li>Only put back in what fits you right now, is stain-free, and requires no repairs.</li> </ol> <h2>Set kids&#8217; closets straight</h2> <p>For organizing kids&#8217; clothes, there&#8217;s no better tool than a hanging shelving unit. Designate one pocket for each day of the week, and label it. Each weekend, pick out clothes for the following week, and put them in the pockets for the day your child will wear them. Imagine a calm morning without clothing conflict.</p> <h2>Bundle toiletries and grooming tools</h2> <p>Some bathrooms are small, and everyone seems to have their own favorite shampoo, hairbrush and brand of toothpaste. Drawer, cabinet and counter space tends to run out quickly.</p> <p>If this is your situation, try assigning everyone in the house a bathroom caddy, loaded up with all their cosmetics, toiletries and grooming tools, and labeled with their name.</p> <p>Store the caddies on a shelf in the bathroom or carry them to and from the bedroom. The bathroom stays organized, and there's an automatic clean-up built in after every visit.</p> <h2>Simplify - and go easy on yourself</h2> <p><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/declutter-for-intentional-home-210492/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Eliminating clutter</a> is the best thing you can do to make your home feel more manageable. Less clutter means less stuff to clean and organize in the first place; take just 10 minutes today, and eliminate 10 items you no longer need.</p> <p>Most importantly, don't get too hung up on the details. Your home doesn't have to be perfectly organized every day. Sometimes "good enough" is just fine.</p> <p><strong>Related</strong>:</p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/conquering-kitchen-clutter-186768/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Conquering Kitchen Clutter</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/tricks-for-storage-in-small-spaces-183802/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">5 Tricks for Sneaking Storage into Small Spaces</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/preserving-mementos-kids-artwork-181918/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Preserving Personal Mementos and Children&#8217;s Artwork</a></li> </ul> <p><em>Originally published January 2016</em></p> https://www.zillow.com/blog/10-tips-organizing-your-house-190815/feed/ 4 2020-03-14 19:24 +00:00 2020-03-15 08:24 +13:00 https://www.latimes.com/lifestyle/story/2020-03-14/dating-since-eight-grade-will-it-last https://www.latimes.com/lifestyle/story/2020-03-14/dating-since-eight-grade-will-it-last I've been dating him my whole life: Guess the joke is on me <p>Together we had woven a 10-year on-again-off-again story so obnoxious, the jokes we made about being like a couple straight out of a sitcom started feeling like a twisted reality.</p> Sat, 14 Mar 2020 10:00:55 -0400 Sarah de Leon <p>Together we had woven a 10-year on-again-off-again story so obnoxious, the jokes we made about being like a couple straight out of a sitcom started feeling like a twisted reality.</p> Valeria PetroneOs illustration to go with Sarah de LeonOs L.A. Affairs column. Valeria Petrone / For The Times/Valeria Petrone / For The Times 2020-03-14 10:00 -04:00 2020-03-15 03:00 +13:00 https://www.latimes.com/lifestyle/story/2020-03-14/theodore-paynes-popular-native-plant-garden-tours-cancelled-but-wait-theres-virtual-hope https://www.latimes.com/lifestyle/story/2020-03-14/theodore-paynes-popular-native-plant-garden-tours-cancelled-but-wait-theres-virtual-hope L.A.'s beloved native plant garden tour canceled: But there's (virtual) hope <p>The coronavirus claimed another victim Friday, when the Theodore Payne Foundation for Wild Flowers & Native Plants canceled its popular two-day garden tours of 42 landscapes heavy on native plants and water-wise enhancements. </p> Sat, 14 Mar 2020 08:00:52 -0400 Jeanette Marantos <p>The coronavirus claimed another victim Friday, when the Theodore Payne Foundation for Wild Flowers & Native Plants canceled its popular two-day garden tours of 42 landscapes heavy on native plants and water-wise enhancements. </p> LOS ANGELES, CA-MARCH 11, 2020: Finished hugels that decorate the backyard of a Hollywood Hills West home are seen through a Red Bud plant on March 11, 2020, in Los Angeles, California. The hugels, or hugelkulturs are a horticultural technique where mounds constructed of wood material are used as raised planting beds and in this case are made from items that were already present in the home. (Photo By Dania Maxwell / Los Angeles Times) Dania Maxwell/Dania Maxwell/Los Angeles Times 2020-03-14 08:00 -04:00 2020-03-15 01:00 +13:00 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-8104119/Derelict-house-sale-thats-sat-alongside-homes-belonging-celebrities-Sid-Vicious.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-8104119/Derelict-house-sale-thats-sat-alongside-homes-belonging-celebrities-Sid-Vicious.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 Derelict house for sale that's sat alongside homes belonging to celebrities such as Sid Vicious The property in London's affluent Pindock Mews in West London's Maida Value has fallen into a state of disrepair and needs a complete renovation. Sat, 14 Mar 2020 08:59:59 Z None 2020-03-14 08:59 +00:00 2020-03-14 21:59 +13:00 https://www.latimes.com/lifestyle/story/2020-03-13/coronavirus-do-i-have-to-work-from-home https://www.latimes.com/lifestyle/story/2020-03-13/coronavirus-do-i-have-to-work-from-home Coronavirus: Do I have to work from home? <p>A conundrum: Your boss says you're all supposed to work from home, but you really don't want to. Do you have to work from home?</p> Fri, 13 Mar 2020 16:19:11 -0400 Los Angeles Times Staff <p>A conundrum: Your boss says you're all supposed to work from home, but you really don't want to. Do you have to work from home?</p> 2020-03-13 16:19 -04:00 2020-03-14 09:19 +13:00 https://www.theguardian.com/money/2020/mar/13/lets-move-to-east-grinstead-and-forest-row-west-sussex-mystically-fruity https://www.theguardian.com/money/2020/mar/13/lets-move-to-east-grinstead-and-forest-row-west-sussex-mystically-fruity Property Homes Money Life and style Let’s move to East Grinstead and Forest Row, West Sussex: mystically fruity <p>Reiki this, hot stone that: these two towns are a haven of well-heeled spirituality</p><p><strong>What’s going for it?</strong> Do you believe in the genius loci, the spirit of the place? Well, there must be a fruity old spirit in East Grinstead and Forest Row. Is there something in the water, in the soil, in the wind? How else do you explain the congregation here of those who, shall we say, walk the path less travelled? Forest Row has two biodynamic farms. The newsagent’s noticeboard is stuffed with offers of reiki this, hot stone that. In East Grinstead, there is an uncommon clustering of the spiritual, with its Scientologists, Opus Dei adherents, Rosicrucians, not to mention art therapy, Montessori, colleges of naturopathic medicine, all as common as Costa Coffee shops here.</p><p>On the surface, they are both pleasant places, but nothing out of the ordinary. Forest Row is the smaller, and the posher, in an unshowy kind of way. Prosperous enough to support a fishmonger; demure enough to hide its large piles behind high hedges. East Grinstead is more your well-heeled commuter town – Fat Face, White Stuff and all – though it hides at its heart the complete surprise of a beautiful half-timbered old town. Anyway, nothing you wouldn’t find in Cuckfield or Crowborough.</p> <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/money/2020/mar/13/lets-move-to-east-grinstead-and-forest-row-west-sussex-mystically-fruity">Continue reading...</a> Fri, 13 Mar 2020 16:30:03 Z Photograph: Luise Berg-Ehlers/Alamy Stock Photo Photograph: Luise Berg-Ehlers/Alamy Stock Photo Tom Dyckhoff 2020-03-13T16:30:03Z 2020-03-13 16:30 +00:00 2020-03-14 05:30 +13:00 https://www.latimes.com/lifestyle/story/2020-03-13/louis-vuitton-andrew-kudless https://www.latimes.com/lifestyle/story/2020-03-13/louis-vuitton-andrew-kudless Meet the man behind Louis Vuitton's $40,500 shelves <p>Andrew Kudless is the first American to partner with Louis Vuitton on pieces for the French luxury brand's Objets Nomades collection.</p> Fri, 13 Mar 2020 10:00:50 -0400 Ingrid Schmidt <p>Andrew Kudless is the first American to partner with Louis Vuitton on pieces for the French luxury brand's Objets Nomades collection.</p> Andrew Kudless, an American furniture designer for Louis Vuitton. Credit: Louis Vuitton Louis Vuitton 2020-03-13 10:00 -04:00 2020-03-14 03:00 +13:00 https://www.latimes.com/lifestyle/story/2020-03-12/at-the-end-of-the-sale-it-was-still-available https://www.latimes.com/lifestyle/story/2020-03-12/at-the-end-of-the-sale-it-was-still-available Would you pay $275 for a plant? At this 'plant drop,' you might <p>Collectors seeking rare plants flock to "plant drops" at Highland Park plant shop Leaf and Spine.</p> Fri, 13 Mar 2020 09:00:30 -0400 Lisa Boone <p>Collectors seeking rare plants flock to "plant drops" at Highland Park plant shop Leaf and Spine.</p> LOS ANGELES, CA-MARCH 7, 2020: Plants sit on display during a "Plant Drop" at Leaf and Spine in the Eagle Rock neighborhood of Los Angeles. The "Plant Drop" is modeled after sneaker drops, where rare plants are advertised over instagram to drum up hype, and then people show up to buy them. (Gabriella Angotti-Jones/Los Angeles Times) Gabriella Angotti-Jones/Gabriella Angotti-Jones/Los Angeles Times 2020-03-13 09:00 -04:00 2020-03-14 02:00 +13:00 https://www.latimes.com/lifestyle/story/2020-03-13/working-from-home-is-awesome-heres-how-to-excel-at-it https://www.latimes.com/lifestyle/story/2020-03-13/working-from-home-is-awesome-heres-how-to-excel-at-it Working from home is awesome. Here's how to excel at it <p>Millions of people around the world might be working from home for a while. Try to enjoy it.</p> Fri, 13 Mar 2020 08:00:38 -0400 Jessica Roy <p>Millions of people around the world might be working from home for a while. Try to enjoy it.</p> Working from home tips illustration. L.A. Times illustration 2020-03-13 08:00 -04:00 2020-03-14 01:00 +13:00 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-8106319/Is-grass-greener-work-home.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-8106319/Is-grass-greener-work-home.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 Is the grass greener when you work from home? Government warnings suggest that, at its peak, the virus could oblige 20 per cent of the working population to operate remotely - that's 6.5 million out of a 32.5 million workforce. Fri, 13 Mar 2020 08:29:35 Z None 2020-03-13 08:29 +00:00 2020-03-13 21:29 +13:00 http://www.theguardian.com/society/2020/mar/12/property-owners-right-build-upwards-without-planning-permission https://www.theguardian.com/society/2020/mar/12/property-owners-right-build-upwards-without-planning-permission Housing Property Robert Jenrick Politics UK news Society Communities Money Housing market Real estate Business Construction industry Planning policy Local government Flat block owners to get right to add floors with no permission needed <p>Ministry’s move to allow two storeys to be added to blocks aims to boost homeownership</p><p> The shadows are about to lengthen across suburbia. Property owners are to be granted new rights to install extra storeys on housing blocks without planning permission in a government push to boost homeownership that appears likely to provoke furious neighbourhood debates.</p><p>The scheme, which will begin this summer, is expected to transform the skyline of residential areas as owners are allowed to build upwards by two storeys without their designs being policed by planners.</p><p> <span>Related: </span><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/cities/2019/sep/19/balfron-20-how-goldfingers-utopian-tower-became-luxury-flats">Balfron 2.0: how Goldfinger's utopian tower became luxury flats</a> </p><p>'The housing delivery system is broken, not the planning system'</p> <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/society/2020/mar/12/property-owners-right-build-upwards-without-planning-permission">Continue reading...</a> Thu, 12 Mar 2020 19:40:35 Z Photograph: Tonkin Liu Photograph: Tonkin Liu Robert Booth Social affairs correspondent 2020-03-12T19:40:35Z 2020-03-12 19:40 +00:00 2020-03-13 08:40 +13:00 https://www.latimes.com/lifestyle/story/2020-03-12/how-to-make-compost-and-help-save-the-world https://www.latimes.com/lifestyle/story/2020-03-12/how-to-make-compost-and-help-save-the-world How to make compost and maybe save the world too <p>How to make compost and (help) save the world.</p> Thu, 12 Mar 2020 13:39:40 -0400 Jeanette Marantos <p>How to make compost and (help) save the world.</p> (Stephanie DeAngelis) 2020-03-12 13:39 -04:00 2020-03-13 06:39 +13:00 https://www.latimes.com/lifestyle/story/2020-03-12/xfl-wildcats-carson-pro-football https://www.latimes.com/lifestyle/story/2020-03-12/xfl-wildcats-carson-pro-football Erskine: Are you ready for some football? In March? Meet the XFL's cheeky upstarts <p>There's sloppy play and misfires. At times, it's like you're watching a blooper reel. But L.A. Wildcats games are a Lambeau-leaping hoot. And a great value.</p> Thu, 12 Mar 2020 10:00:33 -0400 Chris Erskine <p>There's sloppy play and misfires. At times, it's like you're watching a blooper reel. But L.A. Wildcats games are a Lambeau-leaping hoot. And a great value.</p> Sierra Scolaro, Austin Henry (center) and Garett Turner show their support for the Wildcats, L.A.'s XFL team. Chris Erskine / Los Angeles Times 2020-03-12 10:00 -04:00 2020-03-13 03:00 +13:00 https://www.latimes.com/lifestyle/story/2020-03-11/what-to-plant-in-southern-california-right-now https://www.latimes.com/lifestyle/story/2020-03-11/what-to-plant-in-southern-california-right-now When the world feels scary, I want to garden. Here's what to plant right now <p>Don't stress—make a garden. Here's what to plant in SoCal now</p> Wed, 11 Mar 2020 19:52:05 -0400 Jeanette Marantos <p>Don't stress—make a garden. Here's what to plant in SoCal now</p> Photo illustration for Jeanette Marantos' story on what to plant now, running as Saturday print cover March 14, 2020. Photos by Ricardo DeAratanha; Photo illustration by Ross May/Photos by Ricardo DeAratanha; Photo illustration by Ross May 2020-03-11 19:52 -04:00 2020-03-12 12:52 +13:00 https://www.latimes.com/lifestyle/story/2020-03-11/stroll-and-get-inspired-at-2020-garden-tours https://www.latimes.com/lifestyle/story/2020-03-11/stroll-and-get-inspired-at-2020-garden-tours The L.A. garden tours you won't want to miss this spring <p>Stroll and get inspired at 2020 Southern California garden tours.</p> Wed, 11 Mar 2020 10:00:47 -0400 Jeanette Marantos <p>Stroll and get inspired at 2020 Southern California garden tours.</p> Artist Cathy Hull donated this watercolor to the Sherman Library & Gardens in honor of its annual garden tours at seven private residences May 9. Cathy Hull 2020-03-11 10:00 -04:00 2020-03-12 03:00 +13:00 58af97f5440243fe3d552306:5906c0dfe4fcb573ba562253:5e67e72f4ccd0556684df925 https://chemcare.co.nz/articles/what-to-look-for-in-an-asbestos-removal-company ASBESTOS What you should look for in a contractor for professional asbestos removal It’s essential to understand not only what materials could contain asbestos, but also what you should look for in a contractor for professional asbestos removal. Wed, 11 Mar 2020 14:00:00 Z Klaris Chua-Pineda &nbsp; <figure class=" sqs-block-image-figure intrinsic " > <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="Asbestos contractor" data-load="false" data-image-id="5e67e6ea89eb603f43d37cd3" data-type="image" src="https://images.squarespace-cdn.com/content/v1/58af97f5440243fe3d552306/1558480497731-G076EHMZJ5PBT9TRFPS7/ke17ZwdGBToddI8pDm48kBLCBrRcO2BP7DF2LVaK3PZZw-zPPgdn4jUwVcJE1ZvWQUxwkmyExglNqGp0IvTJZUJFbgE-7XRK3dMEBRBhUpwR3nhnsLpdQ9ARmW4G8jXYochwTS1YGf-D6cSPWQNgMWTr53cBfk7-wy08On3Ioag/Chemcare-sample.jpg?format=1000w" /> </figure> <p class="">If your home was built between 1940-1990, with or without renovations, there’s a good chance it contains asbestos. Before you panic, asbestos, while harmful for health, is only a <a href="https://www.health.govt.nz/your-health/healthy-living/environmental-health/hazardous-substances/asbestos/asbestos-home">hazard</a> when it’s exposed or damaged.</p><p class="">If it’s present in your building materials like flooring, insulation, and roofing, then it’s only when you undertake renovations or notice wear and tear that it becomes something to look at removing.</p><p class="">With house prices and interest rates as they are, many people are starting to put their foot on the property ladder. In many cases, those same new homeowners will have grand ideas about home renovations and alterations.</p><p class="">Before you begin, it’s essential to understand not only what materials could contain asbestos, but what you should look for in a <a href="https://www.chemcare.co.nz/contact-us">contractor</a> for professional asbestos removal, as well. Read on to find out.</p>&nbsp;<h2>What materials in my home might contain asbestos?</h2><p class="">The New Zealand Ministry of Health has released an excellent source of <a href="https://www.health.govt.nz/sites/default/files/images/yourhealth/page-images/env-health/all-about-asbestos-table1.png">information</a> to help homeowners find out whether asbestos is likely to be present in their homes. Given that around 3,000 different products contained asbestos on the American market up until the 1980s <em>alone</em>, there’s a fair chance that at least one building material in your pre-1990s property has it too.</p><p class="">Homes built between 1950-1985 may have it in the roofing, cladding, interior walls, wall lining, and vinyl flooring. Decorative ceilings, while beautiful, can contain it as well. If any of these materials are not in excellent condition, or you plan to remove them, it’s paramount to check in with an asbestos removal expert to find out what your obligations are.</p><h2>Reputable asbestos removal company</h2><p class="">Asbestos removal in your commercial or residential property can <em>literally</em> be life and death. Therefore, it’s crucial not to choose cowboy companies that don’t follow legal procedures for its safe removal. When the time comes to choose an asbestos removal expert, do your homework.</p><p class="">Find a company that’s recommended, has the appropriate certifications, and has glowing testimonials from their customers. The best asbestos removal company in New Zealand is also one that disposes of asbestos correctly and fulfils all health regulations.</p><h2>Licensed asbestos removal experts</h2><p class="">In 2016, the New Zealand Government released <a href="http://www.legislation.govt.nz/regulation/public/2016/0015/latest/DLM6729706.html">health and safety regulations</a> for the safe removal of asbestos. When you’re looking for an asbestos contractor, choose one that follows these to the <em>letter</em>.</p><p class="">Part of these licensing requirements means that trained asbestos professionals in NZ must have Class A or Class B licences, depending on the type of asbestos that needs to be removed.</p><p class="">A Class A licence allows an asbestos supervisor to take care of <em>any </em>asbestos materials, be it friable or non-friable. A Class B licence will enable professionals to remove non-friable asbestos that is not flakey, crumbly, or likely to become airborne.</p>&nbsp;<h2>The full package</h2><p class="">With home renovations, running a household, and working full-time, it shouldn’t be on the homeowner to squeeze in time to manage safe asbestos removal. That should be left up to the experts. Therefore, what you should look for in a contractor for professional asbestos removal is someone that will handle <em>all </em>steps of the process, not only the removal.&nbsp;</p><p class="">An expert can carry out site testing and sampling, which establishes where asbestos is and how safe it is. They can also develop an asbestos management plan, which ensures everyone in proximity to the asbestos can be safe from exposure (now and in the future).</p><p class="">Then, following the recommendations of the Ministry of Health and WorkSafe, the asbestos contractor will remove asbestos in a way that minimises harm to the homeowner and property visitors.</p> <figure class=" sqs-block-image-figure intrinsic " > <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="Asbestos removal expert on the job" data-load="false" data-image-id="5e67e7cf5ca7577fdeb5f1b4" data-type="image" src="https://images.squarespace-cdn.com/content/v1/58af97f5440243fe3d552306/1562656872342-Y7GUAQ3WRYWBC0MUTPXV/ke17ZwdGBToddI8pDm48kHMKodX6ZDj95k9TWDhNF0xZw-zPPgdn4jUwVcJE1ZvWQUxwkmyExglNqGp0IvTJZUJFbgE-7XRK3dMEBRBhUpzL08kQZBE3imX0dPA1DzZFme5EeOgln9rWR0QaOYGJLMIfwPS64QE697J7enKhp3I/Soffit-removal-01.jpg?format=1000w" /> </figure> &nbsp;<h2>How to know that asbestos needs to be removed</h2><p class="">To look at your pre-1990s home, you may not know that dangers are lurking within. After all, it’s your family home, and it’s as comfortable and as safe as you’ve made it. However, there may come a time when you need to hire asbestos removal companies to take care of a cancer-causing mineral that can be <em>fatal</em>. When is that time?</p><p class="">The time to call in the big guns is when you notice that any building materials that <em>could </em>contain asbestos (see previous information from the Ministry of Health) are damaged. If they are cracked, crumbling, flakey, or just not looking at their best, then it’s worth contacting an expert for their advice on what to do next.</p><p class="">Many people are also buying homes now that require renovations. Before you get those alterations underway, request testing to see if any building materials contain asbestos. If they do, a removalist will need to step in and ensure further renovations are undertaken as safely as possible. You can also find out what to replace old asbestos-laden building materials with <a href="https://chemcare.co.nz/articles/what-to-replace-asbestos-with">here</a>.</p><h2>Take action on asbestos</h2><p class="">Asbestos is responsible for the deaths of around 90,000 people globally every year. It’s not a material that an average homeowner should take a chance on and handle without expert assistance. When the time comes to undertake home repairs or maintenance, get in touch with a reputable contractor to assist.</p> What you should look for in a contractor for professional asbestos removal 2020-03-11 14:00 +00:00 2020-03-12 03:00 +13:00 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-8052017/Seventies-house-sale-Wales-retro-furniture-avocado-bathroom.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-8052017/Seventies-house-sale-Wales-retro-furniture-avocado-bathroom.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 Seventies house for sale in Wales has retro furniture and avocado bathroom The three-bedroom property has a bright yellow kitchen, wooden slats on the dining room ceiling and an avocado bathroom suite. Tue, 10 Mar 2020 08:33:33 Z None 2020-03-10 08:33 +00:00 2020-03-10 21:33 +13:00 https://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=167655 https://www.zillow.com/blog/organizing-your-pantry-6-easy-steps-167655/ Home Improvement Home Organization Pantries Organizing Your Pantry in 6 Easy Steps When your pantry is tidy, every trip to grab a bag of chips or stash the week's groceries will be a treat. Tue, 10 Mar 2020 00:09:03 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/organizing-your-pantry-6-easy-steps-167655/#comments Kerrie Kelly, FASID <p>Food pantries can take just about any form. These versatile storage areas for canned goods, paper products and less frequently used small appliances may be housed in a walk-in room, a simple drawer, a wall cabinet or a closet. Hutches, armoires and even open shelving also work well.</p> <p>Regardless of the setup, the key to a successful pantry is keeping it organized. Here are a few tips and tricks to get you started.</p> <h2>Clean it</h2> <p>Similar to a refrigerator, the first step to seeing what you have to work with is emptying it out and giving it a good overall cleaning. Start with the ceiling - look out for spider webs! - and work your way down to the floor.</p> <p>Next, give shelves a thorough wipe-down with soap and water, capturing any dust and crumbs. If you&#8217;re feeling ambitious, repaint your shelves or even wallpaper the pantry. If not, simply line the shelves with contact paper and mop the floors.</p> <h2>Take inventory</h2> <p>While boxes and food items are strewn throughout your kitchen, grab a donation box and think about what you really need and use.</p> <p>Were certain items out of reach that would be better relocated closer to the stove, like herbs and olive oil? Place those items where they may make more sense, and make a list of the items you need from the store to fill the culinary gaps.</p> <p>Throw away expired products, and set aside any items you don&#8217;t think you&#8217;ll use - like the navy beans for that special recipe you never got around to making - for your local food bank</p> <h2>Solve problems</h2> <p>If the clean-out process revealed hard-to-reach items in the back of your pantry, relocate them. Put things you rarely need - like extra mixing bowls and seldom-used appliances - in the back, and label the front of the shelf to remind you of their new location.</p> <p>If your pantry is deep enough, opt for installing roll-out shelving or wire bins for those hard-to-reach essentials.</p> <h2>Get a better view</h2> <p>If you have open shelving or glass-front cabinets, handling a mix of boxes, bags and random containers can be a challenge.</p> <p>Invest in a large set of clear glass or plastic jars for storage. Their attractive uniformity will cut the visual chaos, and they&#8217;re perfect for storing baking supplies like flour and sugar.</p> <h2>Decide on storage solutions</h2> <p>Once you have a handle on what you want to store, it&#8217;s time to round up the items you need to put your pantry back together. Your list may include spice jars, Mason jars, contact paper, racks for aluminum foil and plastic wrap, and bins and baskets to wrangle small items.</p> <h2>Put it all back together</h2> <p>You&#8217;ve taken everything out and purged what you don&#8217;t need. Now it&#8217;s time to reload the pantry with everything you plan to store.</p> <p>Group like items together - coffee and creamer with sweeteners; flour and sugar with baking soda; pastas and grains with oats; soups and olives with other canned items. Play around with your arrangement until it looks so organized that you feel proud enough to show it off.</p> <p><strong>Related:</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/how-to-banish-moths-forever-164699/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Are There Monsters in Your Closet? How to Banish Moths Forever</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/how-to-clean-pillows-164436/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Pillow Talk: Yep, You Can (and Should) Clean Them</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/6-low-cost-high-impact-projects-156787/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">6 Low-Cost, High-Impact Projects for Your Home</a></li> </ul> <p><em>Originally published January 2015</em></p> https://www.zillow.com/blog/organizing-your-pantry-6-easy-steps-167655/feed/ 13 2020-03-10 00:09 +00:00 2020-03-10 13:09 +13:00 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-8080115/How-easy-convert-pub-family-home.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-8080115/How-easy-convert-pub-family-home.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 How easy is it to convert a pub into a family home? The decline of the great British pub is nothing to raise a glass to, but the growing trend of converting old inns into new homes means it's not last orders yet. Mon, 09 Mar 2020 13:14:22 Z None 2020-03-09 13:14 +00:00 2020-03-10 02:14 +13:00 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-8042875/What-best-pillows-important-better-sleep.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-8042875/What-best-pillows-important-better-sleep.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 What are the best pillows and how important are they for better sleep? City living means increased levels of light exposure, which can harm your sleep, according to experts. Follow our top tips to ensure you get the best night's sleep, including the pick of the best pillows. Mon, 09 Mar 2020 11:45:09 Z None 2020-03-09 11:45 +00:00 2020-03-10 00:45 +13:00 https://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=144643 https://www.zillow.com/blog/radiant-floor-heating-systems-144643/ Home Improvement DIY projects flooring radiant floors Radiant heat Add Heat Under Your Feet With a Radiant Flooring System Installing an electric floor heating system can be a do-it-yourself project if you're armed with the right skills and information. Sun, 08 Mar 2020 15:38:45 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/radiant-floor-heating-systems-144643/#comments Mary Boone <p>It's bad enough that you have to get up in the middle of the night to go to the bathroom, but that tile - it's so cold!</p> <p>The notion of warming floors for comfort is hardly new. Archeological digs reveal that, as early as 5,000 B.C., cave dwellers were drafting smoke through stone trenches in an effort to warm their subterranean floors.</p> <p>These days, the two most common types of radiant floor heating systems are electric and hydronic, both of which are installed under your flooring.</p> <h2>Hydronic systems: A whole-home heating solution</h2> <p>Hydronic systems heat floors by using loops of plastic tubing to run hot water from a boiler or water heater under flooring. They have lower operating costs than electric systems but, because they generally require a boiler, pump and gas lines, they're also far more complex. Hydronic heat might be a good option if you're looking to add heat to your entire home or, at least, a large portion of it. Even if you have plumbing and electrical expertise, you'll likely want to consult with a heating pro to ensure your system is well designed.</p> <h2>Electric systems: Good for small spaces</h2> <p>Electric systems come in a few options. The most popular of these systems relies on a continuous, pre-spaced heating element that's woven into a plastic mesh mat and installed beneath your flooring. Electric radiant floor heating systems are easier and more affordable to install than hydronic systems, but they're more expensive to operate, making them best suited for use in small spaces, such as kitchens or bathrooms. A DIYer with basic skills can install electric radiant heat, even if you need to hire an electrician to do the final hard-wire connection.</p> <p>If installing an electric floor heating system is on your to-do list, here are some tips to keep in mind:</p> <p>1. In addition to <strong>mesh mat</strong>, electric heat can be applied using a <strong>loose cable</strong> which you must position in a serpentine pattern, fasten with hot glue or staples and then "embed" with thinset or a self-leveling compound. <strong>Solid mats</strong> are the third and most expensive type of electric heat system. The cable is completely enclosed in synthetic fabric, plastic sheeting or foil. The real advantage to solid mats is that you don't need to embed them. Do your research before deciding which type of electric in-floor heat is right for you.</p> <p>2. When installing heat over a wood-framed floor, fiberglass insulation between the joists can make the system more efficient by driving heat upward. If you're installing an electric system over a concrete floor, double-check the manufacturer's recommendations; you may need to place a layer of foam insulation over the concrete before the heat cable is installed.</p> <p>3. When calculating the square footage of a room, figure in only the areas where you can walk. There's no need to spend money on heat that runs under the refrigerator or behind the toilet.</p> <p>4. Because most electric heating must be installed under your tile, hardwood, stone, laminate or concrete floor, this is a project you'll want to hold off on until you're building or are ready to change the floors in an existing room. If you're intent on adding heat without replacing your floor, you may be able to use solid mats that are sized to fit between joists, allowing you to heat the floor from below.</p> <p>5. Many electric heating systems can be used under carpet but they're often not as effective. If the carpet pad is thick, it will act as an insulator and won't allow much heat through.</p> <p>6. When you purchase your electric radiant system, pay special attention to the thermostat. Most models are programmable, allowing you to run the heat only during the hours when you're home and awake. Others come with "smart" features that learn your routine and automatically adjust the temperature.</p> <p>According to the U.S. Department of Energy, radiant heat is more efficient than baseboard or forced air systems. Rather than just blowing hot air around the room, radiant systems slowly and steadily charge the floor with heat, keeping it where you want it, longer. Additionally, the California Energy Commission reports the lack of moving air can be advantageous to those with severe allergies.</p> <p><em>Originally published February 2014.</em></p> https://www.zillow.com/blog/radiant-floor-heating-systems-144643/feed/ 1 2020-03-08 15:38 +00:00 2020-03-09 04:38 +13:00 https://www.latimes.com/lifestyle/story/2020-03-06/reusable-alternatives-single-use-products-paper-plastics https://www.latimes.com/lifestyle/story/2020-03-06/reusable-alternatives-single-use-products-paper-plastics Reusable alternatives to the single-use stuff you use every day <p>Recycling is good. Not using new material in the first place is better. Reduce single-use plastic and paper products with these sustainable alternatives.</p> Fri, 06 Mar 2020 13:05:17 -0500 Bonnie McCarthy <p>Recycling is good. Not using new material in the first place is better. Reduce single-use plastic and paper products with these sustainable alternatives.</p> Cut down on plastic with these reusable products. Ricardo DeAratanha/Ricardo DeAratanha/Los Angeles Times 2020-03-06 13:05 -05:00 2020-03-07 07:05 +13:00 https://www.theguardian.com/money/2020/mar/06/lets-move-to-rotterdam-the-netherlands-progressive https://www.theguardian.com/money/2020/mar/06/lets-move-to-rotterdam-the-netherlands-progressive Property Homes Money Life and style Let’s move to Rotterdam: Eurovision’s new home <p>The city is cool, with a vast music and design scene, and an under-the-radar swagger</p><p><strong>What’s going for it?</strong> Yes, Rotterdam. Were you expecting somewhere hot? Perhaps more glam, more city break, less drizzly. Some kool neighbourhood in Lisbon or Helsinki.</p><p>Hear me out. I’m being practical. You might dream of relocating somewhere more superficially romantic, but Rotterdam is affordable (for northern Europe), prosperous, progressive and fantastically well-connected. The Dutch speak English better than me. The Netherlands consistently scores high in happiness and progressiveness indices. Rotterdam is big, alive, city-ish, but the big skies of the vast harbour and copious parks make it breathable. And for those still in mourning, Rotterdam is gloriously EUropean. It’s even hosting the <a href="https://eurovision.tv/event/rotterdam-2020" title="">Eurovision Song Contest</a> in May. It feels <em>possible</em> to move to Rotterdam, have a nice life <em>and</em> not lose touch with family and friends, while not being a slave to low-budget airlines. It’s also cool, with a vast music and design scene, and an under-the-radar swagger. And don’t get me going about the bitterballen.</p> <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/money/2020/mar/06/lets-move-to-rotterdam-the-netherlands-progressive">Continue reading...</a> Fri, 06 Mar 2020 16:30:41 Z Photograph: hulshofpictures/Alamy Stock Photo Photograph: hulshofpictures/Alamy Stock Photo Tom Dyckhoff 2020-03-06T16:30:41Z 2020-03-06 16:30 +00:00 2020-03-07 05:30 +13:00 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-8080125/Sign-floral-subscription-fresh-flowers-home-week.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-8080125/Sign-floral-subscription-fresh-flowers-home-week.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 Sign up to a floral subscription for fresh flowers at home every week Freddie Garland - who grew up with florist parents - arrived at the idea for his company, Freddie's Flowers, while working at Abel & Cole, the organic fruit and vegetable delivery company. Fri, 06 Mar 2020 16:17:09 Z None 2020-03-06 16:17 +00:00 2020-03-07 05:17 +13:00 https://www.latimes.com/lifestyle/story/2020-03-06/i-stopped-dating-and-took-a-man-cation https://www.latimes.com/lifestyle/story/2020-03-06/i-stopped-dating-and-took-a-man-cation L.A. Affairs: I stopped dating and took a 'man-cation' <p>I told my two roommates I was taking full sabbatical from dating. Taking a 'man-cation' was not a difficult decision. My last two dates had been total duds.</p> Fri, 06 Mar 2020 10:00:11 -0500 Denise Moss <p>I told my two roommates I was taking full sabbatical from dating. Taking a 'man-cation' was not a difficult decision. My last two dates had been total duds.</p> Leonard PengOs illustration to go with Denise MossO L.A. Affairs column. Leonard Peng / For The Times/Leonard Peng / For The Times 2020-03-06 10:00 -05:00 2020-03-07 04:00 +13:00 https://www.latimes.com/lifestyle/story/2020-03-06/10-steps-to-take-to-be-plastic-free https://www.latimes.com/lifestyle/story/2020-03-06/10-steps-to-take-to-be-plastic-free 10 steps to take to start becoming plastic-free <p>Don't get overwhelmed. Start with doable goals in your quest to cut back on plastics.</p> Fri, 06 Mar 2020 09:00:48 -0500 Mary Forgione <p>Don't get overwhelmed. Start with doable goals in your quest to cut back on plastics.</p> McKoy, Kirk -- B58753520Z.1 Stock wine photo of a glass of red wine being poured from teh bottle.s Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles Times 2020-03-06 09:00 -05:00 2020-03-07 03:00 +13:00 http://www.theguardian.com/business/2020/mar/06/uk-house-price-recovery-at-mercy-of-coronavirus-warns-halifax https://www.theguardian.com/business/2020/mar/06/uk-house-price-recovery-at-mercy-of-coronavirus-warns-halifax Housing market House prices Real estate Property Money Business UK news Coronavirus outbreak Economic growth (GDP) Economics UK house price recovery at mercy of coronavirus, warns Halifax <p>Bank says Brexit worries are no longer holding back sales but virus could hit property market</p><p>House prices hit a fresh peak in February, according to Halifax, but the bank issued a warning about the potential impact of the coronavirus outbreak on the property market later in the year.</p><p>The UK’s biggest mortgage lender said prices rose by 0.3% in February to a record of £240,677. The quarterly rate of <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/money/houseprices">house price </a>inflation also rose to 2.9%.</p> <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/business/2020/mar/06/uk-house-price-recovery-at-mercy-of-coronavirus-warns-halifax">Continue reading...</a> Fri, 06 Mar 2020 13:32:06 Z Photograph: Paul Ellis/AFP/Getty Images Photograph: Paul Ellis/AFP/Getty Images Patrick Collinson 2020-03-06T13:32:06Z 2020-03-06 13:32 +00:00 2020-03-07 02:32 +13:00 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-8073813/Seven-tips-make-upturn-property-market-sell-home-quickly.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-8073813/Seven-tips-make-upturn-property-market-sell-home-quickly.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 Seven tips to make the most of the upturn in the property market and sell your home quickly From spring cleaning your home to putting out fresh flowers and removing any pets, here are seven tips to make the most of the upturn in the property market and get your home sold quickly. Thu, 05 Mar 2020 22:51:09 Z Shutterstock / WDG Photo 2020-03-05 22:51 +00:00 2020-03-06 11:51 +13:00 https://www.latimes.com/lifestyle/story/2020-03-06/zero-waste-refill-stations-in-los-angeles-southern-california https://www.latimes.com/lifestyle/story/2020-03-06/zero-waste-refill-stations-in-los-angeles-southern-california Zero-waste refill stations in and around L.A. <p>Zero-waste refill stations let you reduce plastic waste and potentially save money because you pay only for what you take. Here's where to find them.</p> Thu, 05 Mar 2020 16:04:18 -0500 Jessica Roy <p>Zero-waste refill stations let you reduce plastic waste and potentially save money because you pay only for what you take. Here's where to find them.</p> Los Angeles, CA., February 23, 2020 — A customer shops at Sustain.LA, a zero waste store, in Los Angeles on Sunday, February 23, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. (Jason Armond / Los Angeles Times) Jason Armond/Los Angeles Times 2020-03-05 16:04 -05:00 2020-03-06 10:04 +13:00 https://www.latimes.com/lifestyle/story/2020-03-05/plastic-free-week https://www.latimes.com/lifestyle/story/2020-03-05/plastic-free-week All the ways I failed miserably trying to live plastic-free for a week <p>No matter how hard I tried, plastic kept sneaking its way back into my life.</p> Thu, 05 Mar 2020 09:00:20 -0500 Ryan Faughnder <p>No matter how hard I tried, plastic kept sneaking its way back into my life.</p> Illustration for Ryan Faughnder's story on living without plastics. Illustration by Tim Lahan / For The Times/Illustration by Tim Lahan / For The Times 2020-03-05 09:00 -05:00 2020-03-06 03:00 +13:00 58af97f5440243fe3d552306:5906c0dfe4fcb573ba562253:5e5d93464302590ad4024f70 https://chemcare.co.nz/articles/what-to-replace-asbestos-with ASBESTOS What people should replace asbestos with It seems we understand what contains asbestos and that those materials should be replaced, but we’re not too familiar with the safer products that can be used as alternatives. Thu, 05 Mar 2020 02:00:00 Z Klaris Chua-Pineda <figure class=" sqs-block-image-figure intrinsic " > <img class="thumb-image" data-image="https://images.squarespace-cdn.com/content/v1/58af97f5440243fe3d552306/1583191296090-WB4TK6AUT844NH79LIN5/ke17ZwdGBToddI8pDm48kGciovkB7iNapm6YKjB1bm5Zw-zPPgdn4jUwVcJE1ZvWQUxwkmyExglNqGp0IvTJZamWLI2zvYWH8K3-s_4yszcp2ryTI0HqTOaaUohrI8PI4xUJcwTDEILVtirfBx2WdAp37QLtkRLGD06I8BPmoxYKMshLAGzx4R3EDFOm1kBS/asbestos-roofing-material.jpg" data-image-dimensions="854x327" data-image-focal-point="0.5,0.5" alt="Asbestos roofing" data-load="false" data-image-id="5e5d94ff30220e4e39efa70b" data-type="image" src="https://images.squarespace-cdn.com/content/v1/58af97f5440243fe3d552306/1583191296090-WB4TK6AUT844NH79LIN5/ke17ZwdGBToddI8pDm48kGciovkB7iNapm6YKjB1bm5Zw-zPPgdn4jUwVcJE1ZvWQUxwkmyExglNqGp0IvTJZamWLI2zvYWH8K3-s_4yszcp2ryTI0HqTOaaUohrI8PI4xUJcwTDEILVtirfBx2WdAp37QLtkRLGD06I8BPmoxYKMshLAGzx4R3EDFOm1kBS/asbestos-roofing-material.jpg?format=1000w" /> </figure> <p class="">It’s all well and good to say that asbestos is dangerous and evil and that we shouldn’t have it in our homes or businesses. It’s true, and we <em>should </em>get rid of it if it’s exposed or will be disturbed during property renovations.</p><p class="">However, once you remove building materials and products that contain asbestos, what are you supposed to put in their place? It seems we understand what contains asbestos and that those materials should be replaced, but we’re not too familiar with the safer products that can be used as <a href="https://chemcare.co.nz/articles/what-are-some-safer-alternatives-to-asbestos">alternatives</a>. Read on to find out what to do once your local asbestos removal experts have taken care of business.</p><h2>Roofing</h2><p class="">So, you’ve found out that your house has asbestos-cement corrugated roofing, and it’s no longer in the best condition. You know you have to hire an asbestos removal specialist in New Zealand to take care of it, but you can’t just leave your house without a roof! What can you put in its place?&nbsp;</p><p class="">The sky’s the limit (and the sky is also what you will see if you don’t find an alternative to asbestos roofing…). There are a handful of different roofing materials that can take the place of your asbestos-cement corrugated roofing material.</p><p class="">Fibre-cement roofing is a popular alternative, as is concrete tiles or galvanised metal sheets. Many people also prefer coated metal tiles and plastic-coated galvanised steel or aluminium. Roofing materials can be a personal preference based on the home’s style, but it’s not something that <a href="https://www.stuff.co.nz/life-style/homed/renovations/96995876/the-agony-of-deciding-whether-you-need-a-new-roof">can be delayed</a> once damage to asbestos-cement corrugated roofing starts to occur.</p><h2>Flat sheets</h2><p class="">At the height of asbestos’ popularity, homes in New Zealand were being constructed with asbestos-cement flat sheets. These were used in facades, ceilings, and partitions. As soon as these start to succumb to wear and tear, or a homeowner wants to renovate, they will need to look for asbestos removal specialists and start thinking about alternative materials to take their place.</p><p class="">Fortunately, there is an abundance of options from which to choose. Gypsum ceiling boards, galvanised plasterboard frames, polystyrene ceilings, and aluminium cladding are some of the many options. Your builder or local building store may be able to point you in the direction of the best alternatives to suit your budget and preference.&nbsp;</p><h2>Water storage tanks</h2><p class="">Water storage tanks are probably the <em>last </em>thing you think will contain asbestos, but they are just one product on a <a href="https://worksafe.govt.nz/topic-and-industry/asbestos/working-with-asbestos/where-asbestos-can-be-found/">long list</a> of others. The sooner you replace your asbestos-cement water storage tank, the sooner you can enjoy peace of mind for yourself and your family.</p><p class="">Some fantastic alternatives include steel, galvanised iron, polyethylene, cellulose-cement, and even fibreglass. Don’t delay in weighing up your options and saying goodbye to asbestos for good.</p><h2>Cement pipes</h2><p class="">Asbestos-cement pipes are something that many thousands of people still have around their homes and businesses. Is now the time to talk to your local asbestos removal expert about taking care of the problem? If it is, then it’s also an excellent time to find out what can take their place.</p><p class="">Your new pipe options can depend on whether you require something to tackle high or low pressure. High-pressure options include cast iron, polyethylene, polyvinyl chloride, concrete with steel reinforcement, or polyester with glass reinforcement.&nbsp;</p><p class="">Home and business owners in need of low-pressure pipes to replace their asbestos-cement pipes could even see the value in clay or cellulose with cement or PVA fibre-cement.</p><h2>Guttering</h2><p class="">Guttering is a relatively important part of a home or commercial building’s structure, but did you know that it, too, used to contain asbestos? Replacement options are easier to find than you might think, with galvanised iron, PVC, cellulose-cement, and aluminium among the many that might appeal.</p><h2>Do you <em>have </em>to replace the asbestos-containing building materials in your home or business?</h2><p class="">It’s a valid question. Just because your home or business has <a href="https://www.stuff.co.nz/business/110672592/toxic-homes-new-zealands-asbestos-legacy">asbestos-laden products</a>, as many do, that doesn’t mean you have to replace it. Sometimes, it can even be safer to leave them in place.</p><p class="">Asbestos is only harmful when it’s damaged or exposed, and its tiny fibres become airborne. If your building materials are cracked, crumbling, or becoming the victim of wear and tear, then calling in an asbestos removal team to take care of it is in your best interests. Sometimes, they may recommend asbestos encapsulation – locking the fibres into place – rather than removing the materials.</p><h2>Taking care of business</h2><p class="">Tens of thousands of homes and businesses throughout New Zealand contain asbestos. When the time comes to carry out renovations or repairs, consider whether you need to hire an asbestos removal team to take care of any troublesome materials.</p><p class="">While you’re doing that, why not think about the materials that can take their place? There are plenty of options to choose from, and many of them will suit your budget and preference.</p> What people should replace asbestos with 2020-03-05 02:00 +00:00 2020-03-05 15:00 +13:00 https://www.landlords.co.nz/article/976516404/comment-act-against-radical-tenancy-changes?utm_source=LL&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=COMMENT%3A+Act+against+radical+tenancy+changes https://www.landlords.co.nz/article/976516404/comment-act-against-radical-tenancy-changes?utm_source=LL&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=COMMENT%3A+Act+against+radical+tenancy+changes COMMENT: Act against radical tenancy changes <p>New Zealand&rsquo;s 290,000 rental property owners should resist radical changes to the <em>Residential Tenancies Act</em> both by submission and by their vote in this year&rsquo;s election, argues Tenancies War spokesman Mike Butler.</p> Mon, 02 Mar 2020 05:05:00 +1200 2020-03-02 05:05 +12:00 2020-03-02 06:05 +13:00 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-8052867/The-new-spare-rooms-Sheds-never-upmarket.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-8052867/The-new-spare-rooms-Sheds-never-upmarket.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 The new spare rooms: Sheds have never been so upmarket The shed has never had it so good - but, then, I am a true devotee. My husband, Dave, and I inherited a very tired shed when we bought our house in Guildford, Surrey. Sat, 29 Feb 2020 09:01:25 Z None 2020-02-29 09:01 +00:00 2020-02-29 22:01 +13:00 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-8052853/Repossessed-homes-rise-great-way-bag-deal.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-8052853/Repossessed-homes-rise-great-way-bag-deal.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 Repossessed homes are on the rise and can be a great way to bag a deal The latest figures from UK Finance, the banking trade body, reveals that the number of homeowner properties taken into possession in the final quarter of last year rose 17 per cent. Sat, 29 Feb 2020 09:01:07 Z None 2020-02-29 09:01 +00:00 2020-02-29 22:01 +13:00 https://www.latimes.com/lifestyle/story/2020-02-28/trees-gardening-love-nature-la-affairs https://www.latimes.com/lifestyle/story/2020-02-28/trees-gardening-love-nature-la-affairs L.A. Affairs: I never told her how much I loved her <p>Although she is gone now, she still reminds me that we can find love in the most unlikely of places. I wonder if she knew the many lives she touched. </p> Fri, 28 Feb 2020 10:00:14 -0500 Farrin A. Rosenthal <p>Although she is gone now, she still reminds me that we can find love in the most unlikely of places. I wonder if she knew the many lives she touched. </p> An illustration by Edmon De Haro for la-hm-la-affairs-farrin-rosenthal-20200229. Edmon de Haro / For The Times/Edmon de Haro / For The Times 2020-02-28 10:00 -05:00 2020-02-29 04:00 +13:00 https://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=212368 https://www.zillow.com/blog/6-tips-for-spring-garden-planning-212368/ Home Improvement gardening Spring Get Ready to Grow: 6 Tips for Planning Your Spring Garden Keep that growing season momentum all year long with these gardening tips. Thu, 27 Feb 2020 14:00:59 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/6-tips-for-spring-garden-planning-212368/#comments Steve Asbell <p>Does spring have you dreaming of lush gardens and sunshine? Despite what you might see on TV, beautiful landscapes don&#8217;t happen overnight. <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/how-to-get-rid-of-weeds-203261/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Weeds will invade</a> your beds and need to be pulled. The mulch will break down and require replacing. And your attention span will no doubt move on to shinier things long enough for your garden to fall into disrepair.</p> <p>If you get to know your garden's unique conditions and choose the right plants, you'll ensure that both the garden - and your enthusiasm for it - will last for a lifetime.</p> <h2>Invest in your soil</h2> <p>To get the dirt on your dirt, perform a soil test with your local agricultural extension office. This will tell you everything you need to know about what will grow there and how to improve it.</p> <p>In the meantime, amend your soil with as much organic matter as possible - either by <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/how-to-start-composting-150821/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">starting a compost pile</a> or by adding bags of composted manure. This will give it a better texture, a diverse population of beneficial organisms, and more fertility.</p> <p>If your soil is poorly drained, either grow plants that tolerate wet feet, or install a dry creek bed or French drain to prevent standing water.</p> <h2>Ditch the trash trees</h2> <p>With any luck, the trees that you plant today will be there for a long, long time. Keeping that in mind, don't grow things that you'll regret one day - like a messy silver maple that drops seeds all over the lawn, or a cypress that will eventually dwarf your house.</p> <p>When choosing a tree or shrub for your garden, consider the eventual size, form, and habit. Avoid planting anything that has weak limbs or is susceptible to <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/get-rid-slugs-and-snails-201985/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">pests</a> and blights, because tree removal is a costly and unnecessary expense.</p> <h2>Understand your garden's sunlight</h2> <p>Those little &#8220;full sun&#8221; and &#8220;part shade&#8221; icons are on the plant tag for a reason - too much sunlight will burn the foliage and compromise the plant's health, while too little will make it lanky and weak.</p> <p>Choose plants that thrive in your conditions. A spot that receives eight or more hours of direct sunlight is a perfect place to grow vegetables, fruit trees, and most flowers. Part to full shade is ideal for growing plants like perennials, ferns and small trees that are naturally found in the forest's understory.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-212691" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/shutterstock_316875668-fb828e.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="533" /></p> <p>If you have a shady yard but can't live without roses and tomatoes, consider hiring a professional arborist to remove trees or large limbs to get more sunlight.</p> <h2>Purchase plants with confidence</h2> <p>If it seems like everything you grow dies sooner or later, stop buying unhealthy plants. Inspect the foliage and slip the plant out of its pot to check for firm, white, and healthy roots. The best place to buy healthy plants is at a local garden center, but otherwise, purchase them shortly after they've arrived on a shipment.</p> <p>If you can't find the plant you're looking for, order seeds, <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/guide-choosing-flower-bulbs-192330/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">bulbs</a> and plants online from reputable sellers like <a href="http://www.burpee.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener noreferrer">Burpee Seeds and Plants</a>, <a href="https://www.brentandbeckysbulbs.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener noreferrer">Brent and Becky's Bulbs</a>, and <a href="https://www.plantdelights.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener noreferrer">Plant Delights Nursery</a>.</p> <h2>Plant for all four seasons</h2> <p>It's tempting to do all your plant shopping in spring, but those pretty blooms will soon fade away. To avoid 11 months of boredom, choose a variety of plants that offer interest at different times of the year.</p> <p>Grow summer-blooming plants like canna, coneflowers and guara to keep the show going until fall, when colorful foliage and fall bloomers like mums and goldenrod take over.</p> <p>For winter interest, look to trees with interesting branch patterns and bark, as well as unusual cultivars of evergreens - like heuchera and abelia - or even architectural, hardy palms and succulents.</p> <h2>Divide and conquer</h2> <p>Here's a huge money-saving trick: Choose a perennial, bulb or ornamental grass that can be propagated by <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/the-magic-of-plant-division-206844/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">division</a> - one that you'd love to see growing all over your garden in a few years.</p> <p>Plant several copies of that plant in your garden. After a couple of years, <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/the-magic-of-plant-division-206844/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">divide the plants</a> by digging them up and slicing through the middle with a sharp spade. For best results, do this in spring when the weather is cool and the plant is actively growing.</p> <p>Plant the divisions in the ground again, cover the space between the plants with mulch, and <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/smart-watering-tips-180729/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">water them thoroughly</a> to help them establish. Repeat these steps every two years, and you'll have not only a ton of free plants, but also a garden that looks cohesive and established.</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/garden-tools-to-splurge-on-198188/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">5 Tools Every Gardener Should Splurge On</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/getting-your-garden-ready-for-fall-183881/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Getting Your Garden Ready for Fall</a></li> </ul> <p><em>Originally published February 2017</em></p> https://www.zillow.com/blog/6-tips-for-spring-garden-planning-212368/feed/ 2 2020-02-27 14:00 +00:00 2020-02-28 03:00 +13:00 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-8038671/This-small-Peckham-home-looks-like-belongs-countryside.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-8038671/This-small-Peckham-home-looks-like-belongs-countryside.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 This small Peckham home looks like it belongs in the countryside The house is in the heart of South East London's Peckham, a trendy hotspot with railway arch bars and old-school pubs that offer a vibrant nightlife. It has two bedrooms and is for sale for £625,000. Thu, 27 Feb 2020 07:50:14 Z None 2020-02-27 07:50 +00:00 2020-02-27 20:50 +13:00 58af97f5440243fe3d552306:5906c0dfe4fcb573ba562253:5e544fa60320bf57a13e3919 https://chemcare.co.nz/articles/why-asbestos-industry-still-alive Why the asbestos industry is still alive despite is dangers Find out why is the asbestos industry still thriving in some parts of the world and consider how lucky you are that New Zealand is already working towards being asbestos-free. Thu, 27 Feb 2020 02:00:00 Z Klaris Chua-Pineda <figure class=" sqs-block-image-figure intrinsic " > <img class="thumb-image" data-image="https://images.squarespace-cdn.com/content/v1/58af97f5440243fe3d552306/1582584325990-1GK5BQFVYHM6715Y7BOI/ke17ZwdGBToddI8pDm48kIiI_nIea7b43V7j_ve7JVwUqsxRUqqbr1mOJYKfIPR7LoDQ9mXPOjoJoqy81S2I8N_N4V1vUb5AoIIIbLZhVYxCRW4BPu10St3TBAUQYVKcpXzWwUbtkjlb6mqcfBcDie1GhOYiQ8RSITS4O3umN6xIby0vmaBA1hh6AePf3yXd/asbestos-industry-still-alive.jpg" data-image-dimensions="1170x660" data-image-focal-point="0.5,0.5" alt="The asbestos industry seems to still be alive" data-load="false" data-image-id="5e545205711511361377e26b" data-type="image" src="https://images.squarespace-cdn.com/content/v1/58af97f5440243fe3d552306/1582584325990-1GK5BQFVYHM6715Y7BOI/ke17ZwdGBToddI8pDm48kIiI_nIea7b43V7j_ve7JVwUqsxRUqqbr1mOJYKfIPR7LoDQ9mXPOjoJoqy81S2I8N_N4V1vUb5AoIIIbLZhVYxCRW4BPu10St3TBAUQYVKcpXzWwUbtkjlb6mqcfBcDie1GhOYiQ8RSITS4O3umN6xIby0vmaBA1hh6AePf3yXd/asbestos-industry-still-alive.jpg?format=1000w" /> </figure> <p class=""><em>Designed to last a lifetime, a trouble-free lifetime.</em> </p><p class="">Those are the haunting words of <a href="https://chemcare.co.nz/articles/top-asbestos-video-ads">a TV ad that actively promoted asbestos</a> as a must-have building material for homes and businesses. As it turns out, it <em>didn’t </em>promote a trouble-free lifetime. It promoted death. </p><p class="">It’s a <a href="https://www.health.govt.nz/your-health/healthy-living/environmental-health/hazardous-substances/asbestos/how-asbestos-can-harm-health">proven fact</a> that the natural mineral asbestos is hazardous for your health. It’s a carcinogen and has been directly linked to several medical conditions, including cancer. In fact, it’s <em>that </em>dangerous, that any homeowner looking to remove it from their home in New Zealand has to leave it in the capable hands of <a href="https://www.chemcare.co.nz">asbestos removal experts</a>. It’s simply too dangerous to risk mishandling. </p><p class="">However, even though asbestos is linked with the death of <em>hundreds of thousands of people</em> and is banned in 60 countries, the industry is still alive and well, particularly in Russia. </p><p class="">Asbest, a city in Russia, is one of the world’s largest producers of asbestos and mines at least half a million tonnes of it every year. Miners who work at the mine, owned by Uralasbest, use dynamite in the mining process, spreading deadly fibres into the air in the process. </p><p class="">While you might see asbestos removal experts in New Zealand wearing top-to-toe protective gear, you’ll see mine workers in Asbest not even wearing a face mask. According to some townspeople, “it’s not as dangerous as they make it out to be”. </p><p class="">We know for a fact that <a href="https://www.royalsociety.org.nz/what-we-do/our-expert-advice/all-expert-advice-papers/asbestos-exposure-in-the-non-occupational-environment">it is</a>. </p><h2>So, <em>why </em>is the asbestos industry still thriving? </h2><p class="">According to residents, journalists who have visited, and experts, the city relies on it. The mine is a tourist attraction that has been booming since the Soviet era, and it provides around 70 per cent of the town’s income. </p><p class="">The mine supports and sponsors Asbest, and there’s a sense of pride in having an industry. So much so, that one of the town’s monuments is made purely from asbestos. According to one person who was interviewed in a documentary on the asbestos industry in Russia, there’s a great dependence on it. </p><p class="">“If the factory is not there, there will be no city. We all depend on it. If it closes, you may as well move.” </p><p class="">There is also a great ignorance in Russia and other parts of the world about its dangers. Many people believe because <em>they </em>haven’t got sick, it doesn’t <em>cause </em>sickness. Even doctors are not all that phased by it, including oncologists who see the effects in many patients they treat. </p><p class="">In reality, it’s responsible for <em>many </em>health conditions, such as lung cancer, mesothelioma, and asbestosis. </p><p class="">What may not make sense is how there is still demand for the material when quite a few countries want nothing to do with the material. Unfortunately, <a href="https://www.asbestos.com/mesothelioma/worldwide/">developing countries</a> are seeing the value in the affordable building products that come from it, regardless of the sacrifice of life that might follow. </p><p class="">China used over half a million metric tons of it in 2013, while Russia remains the second-largest consumer of it, too. Kazakhstan was one of the fourth-largest producers and even used asbestos-contaminated products to build houses, schools, hospitals, and products. However, asbestos regulations are becoming more widely known here.</p><p class="">India no longer mines the toxic material, but it imports it and uses around four million metric tonnes of it in its cement roofing. With over 1.2 billion people living in India, the health consequences in the years to come are expected to be quite substantial. </p><h2>Products that may contain asbestos</h2><p class="">Hold on, asbestos is banned in dozens of countries, so <em>how </em>can it be found in products? Because when you include asbestos in the creation of over 3,000 products at the height of its use, it can take some time to get rid of it. What’s more, small amounts of it are <em>still </em>allowed in some products produced today. For example, in the United States, up to one per cent of asbestos in a product is allowed! </p><p class="">It can be found in building materials throughout the world, especially homes built before 1990 in New Zealand. It’s also in ceiling tiles, roofing shingles, tiling, vinyl flooring, adhesives and caulk, and even insulation.</p><p class="">But outside of the realm of building products, asbestos was making its mark. Even today, it can be <a href="https://chemcare.co.nz/articles/asbestos-in-everyday-items">found in car parts such as brakes</a> (including shoes, linings, and pads), clutch linings and facings, disc and drum brakes, and transmission plates. </p><p class="">If you inherited mum’s old ironing board from between 1930 and 1970, then there’s a chance that asbestos is lurking in that too. Not to mention oven mitts, fire blankets, crock pots, and hair dryers from the same era. </p><h2>New Zealand is doing better</h2><p class="">It can be hard to wrap your head around the notion that the asbestos industry is thriving. Here in New Zealand, we frequently call in asbestos removal experts to make sure we don’t expose ourselves, our families, and neighbours to potential risks. </p><p class="">On the other side of the world, asbestos is being mined without protection, and countries are using it for housing because of its affordability. We are more ahead of other countries than we might have thought. Therefore, we can be proud that a small country like ours is doing all it can to protect its residents.</p> Why the asbestos industry is still alive despite is dangers 2020-02-27 02:00 +00:00 2020-02-27 15:00 +13:00 https://www.latimes.com/lifestyle/story/2020-02-25/tomatomania-calendar-in-socal https://www.latimes.com/lifestyle/story/2020-02-25/tomatomania-calendar-in-socal Tomatomania starts earlier than ever, with sales kicking off this weekend <p>This is the earliest Tomatomania has started in its 30-year-plus history, with 11 sales events scheduled between Santa Barbara and San Diego counties.</p> Mon, 24 Feb 2020 13:02:51 -0500 Jeanette Marantos <p>This is the earliest Tomatomania has started in its 30-year-plus history, with 11 sales events scheduled between Santa Barbara and San Diego counties.</p> Tomatomania's sales events are returning again this year, starting this weekend, with more than 150 unique tomato varieties, as evidenced by last year's harvest from The Starter Farm, one of its test gardens, in Santa Ynez. Tomatomania! 2020-02-24 13:02 -05:00 2020-02-25 07:02 +13:00 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-8016647/Buying-new-property-2020-Six-potential-traps-watch-youre-moving-home-year.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-8016647/Buying-new-property-2020-Six-potential-traps-watch-youre-moving-home-year.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 Buying a new property in 2020? Six potential traps to watch out for if you're moving home this year We've outlined six things to consider if you've found a home that you want to buy, covering everything from budgeting for stamp duty to checking on the legal access to a property. Mon, 24 Feb 2020 09:23:01 Z PA 2020-02-24 09:23 +00:00 2020-02-24 22:23 +13:00 https://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=225558 https://www.zillow.com/blog/tiny-home-bouldering-wall-225558/ Unique Homes tiny homes unique homes You'll Be Climbing the Walls of This Tiny Home This tiny home packs a bouldering wall, a roll-up garage door and a full-sized soaking tub into just 250 square feet. Sat, 22 Feb 2020 18:43:40 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/tiny-home-bouldering-wall-225558/#comments Lindsay Cohen <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">There's no need to park in the mountains when the rock climbing is right at your doorstep. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">At least that&#8217;s what the team at <a href="http://www.tinyheirloom.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener noreferrer">Tiny Heirloom</a> figured when they set out to design a tiny home for an intrepid couple looking to take adventure on the road. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The Portland, OR-based company combined two of the things its clients enjoyed most - fitness and being outside - into a 250-square-foot, custom-built home, said Jason Francis, creative director and co-founder at Tiny Heirloom. </span></p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-225570" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/BAK_7026_edited-cc7530.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="533" /></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The idea for a tiny home with a bouldering wall came from organic brainstorming, Francis said. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"The rock wall really started as a long-shot idea, but the more we thought about it, the more excited we got," Francis said. "So we figured out a way to make it happen!"</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"We've built many custom homes," Francis added, "but this was definitely one of our most unique."</span></p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-225568" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/BAK_7010-ae5078.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="540" /></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">His team added some rich design elements, including a roll-up garage-style glass door, to bring the outdoors inside. The couple intends to use the place as their primary residence.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The home cost about $145,000, but $35,000 of that went to building the custom climbing wall.</span></p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-225581" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/FullSizeRender-7-copy-0233bd.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="600" /></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The home is 24 feet long and 13 feet tall, providing plenty of room for outdoor climbing. The bouldering wall is on one side of the home, and the handholds can be reconfigured to change up the climbing route.</span></p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-225573" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/BAK_7037-f429cf.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="533" /></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">One side has a traditional entryway, while the other has the roll-up door to provide expansive views of wherever the home is parked.</span></p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-225566" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/BAK_7003-ddc73e.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="533" /></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The living space contains two lofts: one with an office and the other with a bedroom. Designers hung a chandelier made of Edison bulbs between the two.</span></p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-225567" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/BAK_7005-b5ef31.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="533" /></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The kitchen features a farmhouse sink and full-sized oven. The cabinets are a rich blue color with brass accents. There are two open shelves above the countertops.</span></p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-225569" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/BAK_7024-b9273e.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="1200" /></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The home also contains a dining space with bench-style seating that doubles as storage.</span></p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-225562" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/BAK_6995_edit2-e9c377.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="533" /></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">An arched blue-tile doorway leads to the bathroom, which has a full-sized soaking tub, white subway tiles and a rainfall showerhead.</span></p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-225571" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/BAK_7030_edited-c46748.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="533" /></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">After completing the tiny home and sharing it on social media, Francis said they've had a number of inquiries about building similar spaces for clients.</span></p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-225577" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/BAK_7054-304292.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="533" /></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"Ideas have spread from it quite a bit, but no one else has bought the exact same thing," Francis said. "We have had a client request a rock wall system in the house as a way up to the lofts for his two young boys."</span></p> <p><em>Photos courtesy of <a href="http://www.tinyheirloom.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener noreferrer">Tiny Heirloom</a>.</em></p> <p><strong>Related:</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/seattle-spite-house-196265/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Here&#8217;s the Wackiest Tiny Home You&#8217;ve Ever Seen</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/grain-silo-202082/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Saying &#8216;I Do&#8217; to a Tiny Grain Silo Home</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/10-dreamy-adventure-yurts-224985/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">10 Yurts That Will Have You Dreaming of Your Next Adventure</a></li> </ul> <p><em>Originally published March 2018</em></p> https://www.zillow.com/blog/tiny-home-bouldering-wall-225558/feed/ 133 2020-02-22 18:43 +00:00 2020-02-23 07:43 +13:00 https://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=229451 https://www.zillow.com/blog/whale-watch-from-rooftop-decks-229451/ Unique Homes unique homes waterfront homes Whale Watch From Any of This Home's 3 Rooftop Decks What's better than a rooftop deck? Three of them. Each with its own sweeping view. Fri, 21 Feb 2020 17:24:17 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/whale-watch-from-rooftop-decks-229451/#comments Melanie Moriarty <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The Olympic Mountains. The Strait of Georgia. The shoreline of Victoria, Canada. And maybe a pod of orcas, if you're lucky. You can see all of that (and much more) from one of this home's three rooftop decks. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Located on the rocky shores of San Juan Island, Washington, this coastal retreat has a unique connection to the land it occupies - the home is built directly into the hillside, so it gracefully descends the ground's natural slope.</span></p> <p><img class="size-full wp-image-229477 aligncenter" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Friday-Harbor-2_resized-38afd2.png" alt="" width="800" height="450" /></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">A team of architects from Seattle-based firm </span><a href="http://pbwarchitects.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener noreferrer"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Prentiss Balance Wickline</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;"> worked on the design. Dan Wickline, one of the architects on the project, drew inspiration from the island's stark natural beauty.  </span></p> <p><img class="size-full wp-image-229476 aligncenter" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Friday-Harbor-5_resized-200f83.png" alt="" width="800" height="450" /></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"Rooted into a linear ravine on the site, the spaces of the house are composed in a series of stacked volumes climbing the terrain and aimed toward specific views," Wickline says.</span></p> <p><img class="size-full wp-image-229475 aligncenter" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Friday-Harbor-7-Art-studio-Not-on-social_resized-3ce99a.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="450" /></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">These specific views can be admired from one of the grassy rooftop decks, from the floor-to-ceiling windows that line the water-facing walls or from one of the rectangular window clusters. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The strategically placed clusters create the sensation of total immersion in the rugged landscape - no matter which way you turn, a view awaits.   </span></p> <p><img class="size-full wp-image-229478 aligncenter" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Friday-Harbor-3_resize-346d40.png" alt="" width="800" height="450" /></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Inside, the design features a muted color palette inspired by the lush greens, earthy browns and serene grays of the Pacific Northwest. These subtle and somewhat restrained hues allow the home's simple, elevated aesthetic to really shine.</span></p> <p><img class="size-full wp-image-229474 aligncenter" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Friday-Harbor-6-Kitchen-Not-on-social_resized-862281.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="450" /></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">From every angle, the home resembles a work of art - fitting, considering it was actually designed for a painter. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The top-floor art studio overlooks the water, as does its clean, light-filled library. And if those views aren't enough to inspire creativity, there's always a rooftop deck or two nearby.</span></p> <p><img class="size-full wp-image-229479 aligncenter" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Friday-Harbor-4_resized-0448e0.png" alt="" width="800" height="450" /></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"The grass roofs establish a new landscape, which at the same time nest and blend the house into the existing terrain," Wickline says.</span></p> <p><img class="size-full wp-image-229481 aligncenter" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Friday-Harbor-1_resized-1db1be.png" alt="" width="800" height="450" /></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">This delicate tug of war is a testament to the home's thoughtful design and a conflicting (yet romantic) notion: that a place perched so high above the horizon can still feel so deeply rooted in the earth.  </span></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Photos by </span><a href="http://eirikjohnson.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener noreferrer"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Eirik Johnson</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">.</span></em></p> <p><b>Related:</b></p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/island-eco-home-229150/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Living in Beauty Without Excess: A Small Coastal Home With Views to Spare</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/park-city-treehaus-228936/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Modern Design Goes Green in This Park City Mountain Escape </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> </ul> <p><em>Originally published September 2018</em></p> https://www.zillow.com/blog/whale-watch-from-rooftop-decks-229451/feed/ 38 2020-02-21 17:24 +00:00 2020-02-22 06:24 +13:00 https://www.latimes.com/lifestyle/story/2020-02-21/her-unique-solution-to-la-s-housing-crisis-live-where-she-works https://www.latimes.com/lifestyle/story/2020-02-21/her-unique-solution-to-la-s-housing-crisis-live-where-she-works A unique housing solution in the tough L.A. market: Make her gym her home <p>Like any good fighter, kickboxer Kendra Smith figured out a way to tackle the insane L.A. housing market: Move into a storefront where she could live and work.</p> Fri, 21 Feb 2020 11:00:14 -0500 Bonnie McCarthy <p>Like any good fighter, kickboxer Kendra Smith figured out a way to tackle the insane L.A. housing market: Move into a storefront where she could live and work.</p> LOS ANGELES, CA-May 3, 2019: Kendra Smith demonstrates an array of workouts during a visit to her home and studio on Friday, May 3, 2019. (Mariah Tauger / Los Angeles Times) Los Angeles Times 2020-02-21 11:00 -05:00 2020-02-22 05:00 +13:00 https://www.latimes.com/lifestyle/story/2020-02-21/my-therapist-ordered-me-to-go-on-35-dates https://www.latimes.com/lifestyle/story/2020-02-21/my-therapist-ordered-me-to-go-on-35-dates My therapist's orders: Go on 35 first dates <p>My therapist was pushing me to date more, which is hard when you're a teacher and can't go out "on a school night." But I'm getting myself out there. L.A. traffic willing. </p> Fri, 21 Feb 2020 10:41:18 -0500 Alison Longman <p>My therapist was pushing me to date more, which is hard when you're a teacher and can't go out "on a school night." But I'm getting myself out there. L.A. traffic willing. </p> Ver—nica GrechÕs illustration for the Alison LongmanÕs L.A. Affairs column. (there should be an accent mark on the ÒoÓ in Veronica) Ver—nica Grech / For The Times 2020-02-21 10:41 -05:00 2020-02-22 04:41 +13:00 https://www.latimes.com/lifestyle/story/2020-02-21/four-hours-vegan-cuisine-rave-gear-and-a-pawn-shop-in-west-covina https://www.latimes.com/lifestyle/story/2020-02-21/four-hours-vegan-cuisine-rave-gear-and-a-pawn-shop-in-west-covina Vegan cuisine, rave gear and a pawn shop in West Covina: Four Hours <p>Tucked away in the San Gabriel Valley, West Covina offers a bit of an escape from the traffic-and-concrete of Los Angeles. While the big source of commercial business is at the Plaza West Covina, there several shops to explore off the beaten path. </p> Fri, 21 Feb 2020 10:00:21 -0500 Diego Medrano <p>Tucked away in the San Gabriel Valley, West Covina offers a bit of an escape from the traffic-and-concrete of Los Angeles. While the big source of commercial business is at the Plaza West Covina, there several shops to explore off the beaten path. </p> WEST COVINA, CALIF. -- WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 5, 2020: Tokyo Central,in West Covina, Calif., on Feb. 5, 2020. (Marcus Yam / Los Angeles Times) Marcus Yam/Los Angeles Times 2020-02-21 10:00 -05:00 2020-02-22 04:00 +13:00 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-8026083/HOLLY-THOMAS-interior-design-advice-free.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-8026083/HOLLY-THOMAS-interior-design-advice-free.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 HOLLY THOMAS: How to find interior design advice for free Tailored interior design has long been the preserve of those with deep pockets. It tends to attract those who live in the kind of homes where driveways are gated and AGAs come as standard. Fri, 21 Feb 2020 11:16:54 Z None 2020-02-21 11:16 +00:00 2020-02-22 00:16 +13:00 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-8026133/Harry-Redknapps-TV-lifts-lid-posh-Dorset-enclave-Sandbanks.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-8026133/Harry-Redknapps-TV-lifts-lid-posh-Dorset-enclave-Sandbanks.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 Harry Redknapp's TV show lifts lid on posh Dorset enclave Sandbanks Sandbanks in Dorset is Britain's most expensive location, with homes that are higher priced than in Monte Carlo and where the parties are glitzier than in St Tropez. just ask Harry Redknapp. Fri, 21 Feb 2020 09:14:08 Z None 2020-02-21 09:14 +00:00 2020-02-21 22:14 +13:00 https://www.latimes.com/lifestyle/story/2020-02-20/collector-car-storage-matt-farah https://www.latimes.com/lifestyle/story/2020-02-20/collector-car-storage-matt-farah Add this to L.A.'s luxury car lairs; it's part Pantheon, part Batcave <p>The secret car lairs of L.A. are under the radar and plentiful. Check out one of the latest: a state-of-the-art garage near LAX that is part Pantheon, part Batcave. Cigars? They have that too.</p> Thu, 20 Feb 2020 12:45:38 -0500 Sue Callaway <p>The secret car lairs of L.A. are under the radar and plentiful. Check out one of the latest: a state-of-the-art garage near LAX that is part Pantheon, part Batcave. Cigars? They have that too.</p> The difficulties in storing special cars, such as FarahÕs own 1988 Lamborghini Countach, initially sparked his the idea for founding WCCS. Matt Farah 2020-02-20 12:45 -05:00 2020-02-21 06:45 +13:00 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-8015655/Inside-luxury-Canary-Wharf-studios-cost-2-100-month.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-8015655/Inside-luxury-Canary-Wharf-studios-cost-2-100-month.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 Inside the luxury Canary Wharf studios that cost £2,100 a month The first Build to Rent development in London's Canary Wharf - where the flats were built for renting only - has opened to tenants, with rental prices starting at £2,123 a month for a studio. Thu, 20 Feb 2020 08:59:51 Z None 2020-02-20 08:59 +00:00 2020-02-20 21:59 +13:00 58af97f5440243fe3d552306:5906c0dfe4fcb573ba562253:5e4c9b6afa51b14b5efe268b https://chemcare.co.nz/articles/asbestos-towns Top 3 places that asbestos changed forever Did you know that entire towns have been abandoned due to health risks associated with asbestos? Thu, 20 Feb 2020 02:00:00 Z Klaris Chua-Pineda <p class="">It was only decades ago that firefighters were raving about their new full-body asbestos suits that protected them from fire. It was only decades ago that homeowners were thrilled by their new asbestos-laden cladding. It was only decades ago that fake snow made children smile, even though it was asbestos. And it was present in toys, clothing, makeup, materials, gardening supplies, and building materials. No one was any the wiser. </p><p class="">It was also just decades ago that we learned that it was<em> killing us</em>. All those years of mining, manufacturing, and exposure led to the annual death count we see today, which sits at around <a href="https://www.asbestos.com/asbestos/statistics-facts/">90,000.</a> Even though we no longer use it in the same capacity, it’s <em>still</em> the number one cause of work-related deaths globally and puts over 125 million workers at risk every day.</p><p class="">It’s clear that asbestos has changed <em>everything</em>, and the result of that is the requirement for <a href="http://www.chemcare.co.nz">asbestos removal companies</a> in New Zealand to take care of affected homes and businesses. But while it affects people on a personal level, it has also affected entire towns, cities, and industries.</p><h2>Asbestos, Quebec</h2><p class="">You know the mineral, asbestos, is big business when an entire town goes by its name. That was the reality with Asbestos, Quebec, in Canada. In the 1850s, the most commonly used form of asbestos, known as <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chrysotile">chrysotile</a>, was discovered in abundance in Thetford, Quebec.</p><p class="">By the end of the 19th century, it was big business, and the Jeffrey Mine had opened nearby to accommodate the demand for it. The town that formed around it became known as Asbestos.</p><p class="">While dozens of mines had opened up across the United States by this time, it was the Jeffrey Mine in Asbestos that met about half the world’s demand. </p><p class="">Halfway through the 20th century, sickness was starting to rear its ugly head. Cancer and other illnesses, directly linked to asbestos, were being reported, and environmental agencies were beginning to put health and safety measures in place.</p><p class="">But, still, progress was slow, and it wasn’t until 2012 that Canadian asbestos mines closed. The town of Asbestos still exists and even has an Asbestos Mineral Museum, but its days of mining are over. </p><h2>Asbest, Russia</h2><p class="">Unlike Asbestos in Canada, Asbest in Russia is struggling to say goodbye to a hazardous mineral that accounts for tens of thousands of deaths every year. Located on the slopes of the Ural Mountains and home to 70,000 people, Asbest continues to operate as an asbestos mining town and is showing no signs of conforming to standards followed by most western countries. </p><p class="">When the wind picks up in Asbest, residents experience clouds of asbestos dust that settle in and around their homes. It collects on floors, laundry hanging out on the washing lines, and even fruit and vegetables growing in the garden. </p><p class="">According to one resident, every “normal” person is trying to get out, but those who were born there often have nowhere else to go. Of several workers employed at the mine or factory who were interviewed, all of them had a persistent cough. Some also had skin ailments and inflammation. </p><p class="">But that doesn’t stop people from being passionate about Asbest and its industry. The municipal anthem is called <em>Asbestos, my city, and my fate</em>, while a <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Asbest#/media/File:Flag_of_Asbest_(Sverdlovsk_oblast).png">flag</a> with white lines that represents asbestos fibres through a ring of flames was adopted in 2002.</p> <figure class=" sqs-block-image-figure intrinsic " > <img class="thumb-image" data-image="https://images.squarespace-cdn.com/content/v1/58af97f5440243fe3d552306/1582080002977-A23Q9X40SPIY7TJW76AY/ke17ZwdGBToddI8pDm48kDHPSfPanjkWqhH6pl6g5ph7gQa3H78H3Y0txjaiv_0fDoOvxcdMmMKkDsyUqMSsMWxHk725yiiHCCLfrh8O1z4YTzHvnKhyp6Da-NYroOW3ZGjoBKy3azqku80C789l0mwONMR1ELp49Lyc52iWr5dNb1QJw9casjKdtTg1_-y4jz4ptJBmI9gQmbjSQnNGng/wittenoom-australia-compressor.jpeg" data-image-dimensions="2500x1875" data-image-focal-point="0.5,0.5" alt="Wittenoom, Australia (from Wikipedia)" data-load="false" data-image-id="5e4c9ff951e2b624cb21f464" data-type="image" src="https://images.squarespace-cdn.com/content/v1/58af97f5440243fe3d552306/1582080002977-A23Q9X40SPIY7TJW76AY/ke17ZwdGBToddI8pDm48kDHPSfPanjkWqhH6pl6g5ph7gQa3H78H3Y0txjaiv_0fDoOvxcdMmMKkDsyUqMSsMWxHk725yiiHCCLfrh8O1z4YTzHvnKhyp6Da-NYroOW3ZGjoBKy3azqku80C789l0mwONMR1ELp49Lyc52iWr5dNb1QJw9casjKdtTg1_-y4jz4ptJBmI9gQmbjSQnNGng/wittenoom-australia-compressor.jpeg?format=1000w" /> </figure> <h2>Wittenoom, Australia</h2><p class="">Residents in Asbest, Russia, won’t leave the town they know and love, nor are mines being shut down even knowing just how <em>deadly</em> they are. Meanwhile, in Australia, the Western Australian government <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2019/mar/21/final-wittenoom-residents-to-be-forced-out-of-asbestos-ridden-mining-town">is paying people</a> to leave Wittenoom, thought to be the most contaminated site and former asbestos mining town in the southern hemisphere. </p><p class="">An asbestos crushing mill was built in Wittenoom, in the Pilbara, in 1939, and operations ceased in 1966. Since then, around 2,000 people – both residents and workers – have died in Wittenoom from asbestos-related cancers and conditions. </p><p class="">The township was de-gazetted in 2007, and 17 properties were purchased for $1 each, as was reflective of their value. By 2019, the government had announced that landowners who refused to move from the site would have their properties acquired by the WA government. Otherwise, they could receive generous compensation to move on voluntarily. </p><p class="">Lands minister Ben Wyatt told ABC Radio that the proposal was to offer $325,000 for the primary property, then $65,000 for every property after that. Compensation could also be offered for land owned by residents, and cover for moving fees and costs up to $50,000. </p><p class="">While there have been requests made by owners to undertake a cleanup of the three million tonnes of asbestos at Wittenoom Gorge, that’s not likely to happen. Wyatt said that even if billions of dollars were committed to cleanup efforts, it would be unlikely that the town would ever be safe for human habitation. </p><h2>Asbestos really has changed everything</h2><p class="">We have come a long way from using asbestos as a magic product for everything. Entire towns have been abandoned due to health risks, and their residents have fought and lost against subsequent health conditions. While some towns and cities still battle to retain their industry, it’s clear to see that the majority of people now understand just how dangerous and deadly this natural mineral can be. </p> Top 3 places that asbestos changed forever 2020-02-20 02:00 +00:00 2020-02-20 15:00 +13:00 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-8004959/The-rise-kitchen-island-right-look-right-price.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-8004959/The-rise-kitchen-island-right-look-right-price.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 The rise of the kitchen island: How to get the right look at the right price Here's what you need to know about the design, colours and quirks of this kitchen apparatus. Mon, 17 Feb 2020 12:53:55 Z None 2020-02-17 12:53 +00:00 2020-02-18 01:53 +13:00 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-7995843/Flat-owners-unable-sell-remortgage-cladding-crisis.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-7995843/Flat-owners-unable-sell-remortgage-cladding-crisis.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 Flat owners unable to sell or remortgage due to cladding crisis Concerns about cladding across Britain followed the Grenfell Tower fire in 2017 as lenders refused to provide finance on homes made of combustible material - leaving flat owners unable to sell. Mon, 17 Feb 2020 09:38:45 Z EPA 2020-02-17 09:38 +00:00 2020-02-17 22:38 +13:00 https://www.latimes.com/lifestyle/story/2020-02-15/he-broke-up-with-me-by-text-but-i-wish-he-had-just-ghosted-me https://www.latimes.com/lifestyle/story/2020-02-15/he-broke-up-with-me-by-text-but-i-wish-he-had-just-ghosted-me He broke up with me by text. But I wish he had just ghosted me <p>Ghosting gets a worse rep than it deserves, in my opinion. As both a former ghoster and a ghostee, I find it way more merciful than a text with stupid excuses. </p> Sat, 15 Feb 2020 10:00:24 -0500 Danielle Radin <p>Ghosting gets a worse rep than it deserves, in my opinion. As both a former ghoster and a ghostee, I find it way more merciful than a text with stupid excuses. </p> Lydia OrtizÕs illustration for Danielle RadinÕs L.A. Affairs column. Lydia Ortiz / For The Times 2020-02-15 10:00 -05:00 2020-02-16 04:00 +13:00 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-8004869/Welsh-towns-rise-ride-Bristols-boom.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-8004869/Welsh-towns-rise-ride-Bristols-boom.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 Welsh towns are on the rise as they ride Bristol's boom The economy of Bristol is thriving and across the Severn Bridge, the towns and cities of South Wales are enjoying the ripple effect of its prosperity. Sat, 15 Feb 2020 09:02:07 Z Alamy Stock Photo 2020-02-15 09:02 +00:00 2020-02-15 22:02 +13:00 https://www.latimes.com/home/la-hm-adu-big-picture-20190606-story.html https://www.latimes.com/home/la-hm-adu-big-picture-20190606-story.html Backyard landlord: What to know before building an ADU or granny flat <p>Homeowners in neighborhoods zoned for single-family residences now have great ability to build accessory homes — sometimes dubbed "granny flats" — as a way to creatively address the region's housing shortage. Here's a look inside a few ADUs and some design tips from residents who've taken the plunge.</p> Fri, 14 Feb 2020 08:00:00 -0500 Bonnie McCarthy <p>Homeowners in neighborhoods zoned for single-family residences now have great ability to build accessory homes — sometimes dubbed "granny flats" — as a way to creatively address the region's housing shortage. Here's a look inside a few ADUs and some design tips from residents who've taken the plunge.</p> About the size of a two-car garage, a 436 square-foot, 1-bedroom ADU in the Miracle Mile/Mid-City neighborhood was designed by Cover and features darkly stained wood siding. Cover 2020-02-14 08:00 -05:00 2020-02-15 02:00 +13:00 https://www.latimes.com/lifestyle/story/2020-02-13/garden-calendar-bonsai-bird-watching-mushroom-walks https://www.latimes.com/lifestyle/story/2020-02-13/garden-calendar-bonsai-bird-watching-mushroom-walks Garden Calendar: 'Bonsai-A-Thon,' bird watching and mushroom walks <p>Gardeners: There's so much to do outdoors right now. No need to wait for Spring. Let's get started. </p> Thu, 13 Feb 2020 19:11:07 -0500 Jeanette Marantos <p>Gardeners: There's so much to do outdoors right now. No need to wait for Spring. Let's get started. </p> A male California quail on his perch sounding the assembly alarm. (Ernie Cowan) 2020-02-13 19:11 -05:00 2020-02-14 13:11 +13:00 https://www.latimes.com/lifestyle/story/2020-02-13/seating-solutions-browsing-denise-morrison https://www.latimes.com/lifestyle/story/2020-02-13/seating-solutions-browsing-denise-morrison Seating solutions that won't make you dread guests stopping by <p>Want to entertain more at home and be ready for drop-in guests? Then you need extra seating. Here are some solutions. </p> Thu, 13 Feb 2020 15:15:47 -0500 Martha McCully <p>Want to entertain more at home and be ready for drop-in guests? Then you need extra seating. Here are some solutions. </p> Denise Morrison, designer and owner of the House of Morrison store in Newport Beach, poses for a portrait in her store. Gabriella Angotti-Jones / Los Angeles Times 2020-02-13 15:15 -05:00 2020-02-14 09:15 +13:00 https://www.latimes.com/lifestyle/story/2020-02-13/chris-erskine-family-house-parenting-home https://www.latimes.com/lifestyle/story/2020-02-13/chris-erskine-family-house-parenting-home Erskine: In this common house, we raised four uncommon kids <p>We raised four kids in this old house. There were birthdays and proms, bloody knees and Scout meetings. We changed a million diapers here. We matched a lot of socks. </p> Thu, 13 Feb 2020 09:00:15 -0500 Chris Erskine <p>We raised four kids in this old house. There were birthdays and proms, bloody knees and Scout meetings. We changed a million diapers here. We matched a lot of socks. </p> In spring, the morning glories crawl over the patio wall. Out back, there is also a wall of trees. Chris Erskine / Los Angeles Times 2020-02-13 09:00 -05:00 2020-02-14 03:00 +13:00 58af97f5440243fe3d552306:5906c0dfe4fcb573ba562253:5e42f724e095684998bfbff9 https://chemcare.co.nz/articles/top-asbestos-video-ads Top asbestos videos and ads that you won’t believe are real These videos and ads are proof of just how caught up in the asbestos revolution people were in the 1950s to the 1960s. Thu, 13 Feb 2020 02:00:00 Z Klaris Chua-Pineda <p class="">At one time, doctors would tell pregnant mothers to smoke cigarettes during labour to calm them down and relieve stress. Now, we wouldn’t <em>dream </em>of sharing such advice, especially since cigarettes kill more than <a href="https://www.cdc.gov/tobacco/data_statistics/fact_sheets/fast_facts/index.htm">seven million</a> people annually. </p><p class="">But, that kind of information just goes to show how long research can take to establish. We may think a new product or service is the best thing since sliced bread, but it can end up <em>killing us. </em>Asbestos is proof of that. </p><p class="">Asbestos is a natural mineral that was thought to be the next best thing. It was lightweight, fireproof, and affordable, which made it desirable for a myriad of different products. It was also thought to be one of the latest and greatest building materials – something that homeowners are paying the price for now. More and more people are calling in <a href="http://www.chemcare.co.nz">expert asbestos removalists</a> to take care of the hazardous material.</p><p class="">So, we know now that asbestos is bad, but it wasn’t always like that. These videos and ads below are proof of just how caught up in the asbestos revolution we really were.</p><h2>The “wonderful” uses of asbestos</h2><p class="">We know now that asbestos is anything <em>but </em>wonderful unless you’re referring to it in a sarcastic way when you find out your home has it. “<em>Wonderful, that’s just GREAT.” (When that happens, you track down your local asbestos removal experts to take care of the problem!) </em></p>&nbsp;&nbsp;<p class=""><br></p><p class="">But, back in the 1950s and surrounding decades, asbestos really <em>was </em>a wonderful invention – as you can see in this video. The video begins with the natural formation of asbestos, and how it becomes an “amazing fireproof material” that is not a vegetable, but a mineral in a rock-like form. </p><p class="">The video then shows people cutting it with their <em>bare hands</em>, which is a far cry from how we handle asbestos today. </p><p class="">Practical uses, according to the video narrator, are “numerous”, with around 18,000 ways – and counting – to benefit from it. Everything from the steam engine industry to firefighters and the RAF saw value in the marvellous product we now know is deadly. </p><p class="">Women would line the floors of factories to produce and sew clothing out of it, and full firefighting suits – including facemasks, were fashioned from it too. Winter coats for oil engines, fireproof curtains and covers, they were <em>all </em>produced with an astounding material that had no end of versatility and convenience.</p><p class="">If you were to see that kind of advertising used today, you would think someone had gone insane! </p><h2>The “beauty” of asbestos</h2><p class="">A lot of things <a href="https://www.timetoast.com/timelines/major-events-of-the-1950s--2">happened</a> in the 1950s. The first organ transplant took place in 1950, and DNA was discovered in 1953. What was also a relatively new phenomenon, but growing in popularity, was asbestos for building materials.</p>&nbsp;&nbsp;<p class="">In this ad, asbestos cement roofing was being highlighted as the be-all and end-all of building materials. If your home wasn’t made of asbestos, then it wasn’t worth <em>nearly </em>as much as one that was. According to the ad narrator, asbestos was “designed to last a lifetime, a <em>trouble-free</em> lifetime, and designed for a lifetime of beauty”. As we know now, that’s not quite true.</p><p class="">Scientists in the ad called it a remarkable mineral and one that is made up of tiny but strong and flexible fibres. Its “great success” and “long testing and experiment” made it a natural choice for home siding and roofing.</p><p class="">It could be applied like standard shingles, but wouldn’t rot or decay, so it doesn’t need paint. However, it could be painted if that’s what the homeowner preferred.</p><p class="">A lady interviewed in the ad spoke about how much value it added to her home, and the narrator reiterated how the “people who use asbestos cement siding report with satisfaction”.</p><p class="">Little did we know that just two decades later, it would be banned and classed as a dangerous material that could end up being fatal.</p><h2>Asbestos tiling</h2><p class="">Looking back at vintage ads can be a fun pastime. You get to see old fashion, how the world lived, and what we were naïve about. But it can also be sad, especially when you see dangerous materials passed off as the next best thing to have in your home. No one knew any better, and it cost people their lives.</p>&nbsp;&nbsp;<p class="">Many people may not know that asbestos can also be found in flooring materials such as linoleum, and it was once advertised as a durable and robust form of flooring that anyone could enjoy for their lifetime. While it’s a known fact that asbestos is only dangerous when it’s disturbed or exposed, it’s still an eye-opener to see it raved about in forms of advertising. </p><h2>What have we learned, and where to from here? </h2><p class="">If you’ve watched these videos above, you probably think that they <em>surely</em> can’t be real. But at one time, asbestos really was the material of choice. From its inception until its demise, a <a href="https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5750876/">timeline</a> of events took place to bring it into the spotlight as a material that could be hazardous for your health.</p><p class="">Now, we’re in clean-up mode. Any homes or businesses with exposed asbestos or that will be undertaking renovations in the near future will require a specialist team of asbestos removal experts. Unlike all those years ago, the utmost care is taken to prevent a repeat of the same health implications that have plagued the generations. </p> Top asbestos videos and ads that you won’t believe are real 2020-02-13 02:00 +00:00 2020-02-13 15:00 +13:00 https://www.latimes.com/lifestyle/story/2020-02-11/oscars-red-carpet-beauty-treatments https://www.latimes.com/lifestyle/story/2020-02-11/oscars-red-carpet-beauty-treatments Seven beauty treatments for your future Oscars moment <p>Stars aren't the only ones who should look great, right? Here are fresh beauty and skin-care options around L.A. worth trying.</p> Tue, 11 Feb 2020 17:05:42 -0500 Khanh T.L. Tran <p>Stars aren't the only ones who should look great, right? Here are fresh beauty and skin-care options around L.A. worth trying.</p> FaceGym in West Hollywood offers a non-invasive Red Carpet Ready Workout that combines deep cleaning with high-pressure oxygen, radio frequency, electrical stimulation and a cold blast of hyaluronic acid pressurized with carbon dioxide. FaceGym 2020-02-11 17:05 -05:00 2020-02-12 11:05 +13:00 https://www.latimes.com/lifestyle/story/2020-02-11/la-hm-victoria-aveyard-farmhouse-makeover https://www.latimes.com/lifestyle/story/2020-02-11/la-hm-victoria-aveyard-farmhouse-makeover Before & After: See how the 'Red Queen' author reimagined her dream home <p>Ultra white modern farmhouses are trending, but they can also be cold. See how bestselling "Red Queen" author Victoria Aveyard and designer Christine Markatos Lowe transformed a colorless Cape Cod-style home into a feminine and youthful California beach house. </p> Tue, 11 Feb 2020 10:00:51 -0500 Lisa Boone <p>Ultra white modern farmhouses are trending, but they can also be cold. See how bestselling "Red Queen" author Victoria Aveyard and designer Christine Markatos Lowe transformed a colorless Cape Cod-style home into a feminine and youthful California beach house. </p> SANTA MONICA, CA -- DECEMBER 14, 2019: A sitting area near the front door at Victoria Aveyard's house. The author of the popular young adult fantasy series, "Red Queen," bought her Santa Monica "modern farmhouse" in 2017 and hired interior designer Christine Markatos to help her create her look. (Myung J. Chun / Los Angeles Times) Myung J. Chun/Los Angeles Times 2020-02-11 10:00 -05:00 2020-02-12 04:00 +13:00 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-7986621/Cotswolds-church-sale-make-Grand-Designs-project.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-7986621/Cotswolds-church-sale-make-Grand-Designs-project.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 Cotswolds church for sale make Grand Designs project Take a closer look at the disused church and it has huge potential for those seeking a project worthy of being on TV's Grand Designs. Tue, 11 Feb 2020 09:24:18 Z