News Feeds (RSS) p59esh https://www.smh.com.au/sport/tennis/you-ll-know-very-soon-djokovic-close-to-australian-open-decision-20211204-p59esh.html?ref=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_source=rss_feed ‘You’ll know very soon’: Djokovic close to Australian Open decision Novak Djokovic is still uncertain whether he will take part in the 2022 Australian Open but will soon decide, he said after Serbia’s Davis Cup defeat. Sat, 04 Dec 2021 11:26:27 +1100 2021-12-04 11:26 +11:00 2021-12-04 13:26 +13:00 p59esa https://www.smh.com.au/world/south-america/hundreds-of-tarantulas-seized-at-airport-in-colombian-smuggling-bust-20211204-p59esa.html?ref=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_source=rss_feed Hundreds of tarantulas seized at airport in Colombian smuggling bust More than 200 of the giant spiders were discovered at Bogota airport in plastic containers, intended for the European black market. Sat, 04 Dec 2021 11:23:36 +1100 2021-12-04 11:23 +11:00 2021-12-04 13:23 +13:00 p59er0 https://www.smh.com.au/national/victoria/victoria-records-nine-deaths-1365-new-cases-as-who-urges-calm-over-omicron-20211204-p59er0.html?ref=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_source=rss_feed Victoria records nine deaths, 1365 new cases as SA tightens testing regime for travellers South Australia is tightening testing requirements for visitors from Victoria as the WHO urges Australians to avoid panic while scientists seek out more information about the new variant. Sat, 04 Dec 2021 11:20:40 +1100 Roy Ward 2021-12-04 11:20 +11:00 2021-12-04 13:20 +13:00 p59erx https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/tafe-boss-resigns-from-575-000-job-less-than-halfway-through-contract-20211204-p59erx.html?ref=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_source=rss_feed TAFE boss resigns from $575,000 job less than halfway through contract The TAFE NSW boss, who was paid more than the Premier, has resigned less than halfway through a five-year contract amid a tense relationship with the relevant minister. Sat, 04 Dec 2021 11:20:18 +1100 Anna Patty 2021-12-04 11:20 +11:00 2021-12-04 13:20 +13:00 p59ese https://www.smh.com.au/politics/nsw/online-voting-system-crashes-as-nsw-heads-to-the-polls-for-local-council-elections-20211204-p59ese.html?ref=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_source=rss_feed Online voting system crashes as NSW heads to the polls for local council elections The NSW Electoral commission said on Saturday morning it was investigating this issue and will resolve it as soon as possible. Sat, 04 Dec 2021 11:15:15 +1100 Sally Rawsthorne 2021-12-04 11:15 +11:00 2021-12-04 13:15 +13:00 p59erh https://www.smh.com.au/world/europe/pestering-women-in-street-to-be-outlawed-in-britain-20211204-p59erh.html?ref=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_source=rss_feed Pestering women in the street to be outlawed in Britain Police and prosecutors would have to show the behaviour caused “harassment, distress or alarm” with an intent to “humiliate or degrade” a victim. Sat, 04 Dec 2021 10:39:15 +1100 2021-12-04 10:39 +11:00 2021-12-04 12:39 +13:00 p59ecd https://www.smh.com.au/national/western-australia/an-open-letter-from-a-wa-teacher-to-a-broken-system-20211202-p59ecd.html?ref=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_source=rss_feed An open letter from a WA teacher to a broken system When the only avenue for assistance is contacting the Education Minister with your concerns, well, suffice to say it’s an indictment on the system, a West Australian teacher writes. Sat, 04 Dec 2021 10:13:10 +1100 2021-12-04 10:13 +11:00 2021-12-04 12:13 +13:00 p59edm https://www.smh.com.au/national/western-australia/wa-drops-are-top-of-the-pops-on-the-world-stage-20211202-p59edm.html?ref=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_source=rss_feed WA drops are top of the pops on the world stage A rare variety from the Great Southern and home-grown beer brewed in Burswood have respectively earned major gongs at prestigious awards ceremonies. Sat, 04 Dec 2021 10:12:32 +1100 David Prestipino 2021-12-04 10:12 +11:00 2021-12-04 12:12 +13:00 p59epc https://www.smh.com.au/sport/afl/wednesday-night-demons-dogs-opener-and-geelong-v-essendon-tipped-for-round-one-20211203-p59epc.html?ref=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_source=rss_feed Round one locked in: Victorian footy festival with Wednesday night Dees-Dogs opener All Victorian clubs will play in Victoria to open season 2022, with Collingwood to play St Kilda, Geelong to play Essendon and Hawthorn to play North Melbourne. Sat, 04 Dec 2021 10:04:28 +1100 Peter Ryan 2021-12-04 10:04 +11:00 2021-12-04 12:04 +13:00 p59erb https://www.smh.com.au/world/north-america/us-warns-of-terrible-consequences-if-china-invades-taiwan-20211204-p59erb.html?ref=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_source=rss_feed US warns of ‘terrible consequences’ if China invades Taiwan Asked about a hypothetical invasion, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said it would be “in no one’s interest, starting with China”. Sat, 04 Dec 2021 09:45:13 +1100 2021-12-04 09:45 +11:00 2021-12-04 11:45 +13:00 p59erd https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/nsw-records-325-new-cases-one-death-as-health-minister-calls-for-calm-20211204-p59erd.html?ref=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_source=rss_feed NSW records 325 new cases, one death as Health Minister calls for calm The state’s vaccination rate has risen to 94.6 per cent having had one dose of a vaccine, and 92.7 per cent having had both. Sat, 04 Dec 2021 09:39:42 +1100 Sally Rawsthorne 2021-12-04 09:39 +11:00 2021-12-04 11:39 +13:00 h206d8 https://www.smh.com.au/national/in-pictures-city-of-sydney-election-showdown-20211204-h206d8.html?ref=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_source=rss_feed In Pictures: City of Sydney Election showdown The stage is set for Town Hall showdown in City of Sydney elections. Sat, 04 Dec 2021 09:27:56 +1100 2021-12-04 09:27 +11:00 2021-12-04 11:27 +13:00 p5977v https://www.smh.com.au/sport/cricket/from-high-school-sporty-geek-to-test-captain-the-rise-of-pat-cummins-20211109-p5977v.html?ref=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_source=rss_feed From high-school ‘sporty-geek’ to Test captain: the rise of Pat Cummins Life has never been all about cricket for Australia’s new men’s Test captain. And given the job Pat Cummins has walked into, that could be his saving grace. Sat, 04 Dec 2021 08:22:40 +1100 Daniel Brettig 2021-12-04 08:22 +11:00 2021-12-04 10:22 +13:00 p5977t https://www.smh.com.au/business/companies/rad-times-rip-curl-s-new-ceo-and-the-wipeout-of-surfing-s-boys-club-20211109-p5977t.html?ref=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_source=rss_feed Rad times: Rip Curl’s new CEO and the wipeout of surfing’s boys’ club The first female Rip Curl boss, Brooke Farris is riding a COVID-inspired surfing boom that’s seen more people than ever, not least women, take to the water. Sat, 04 Dec 2021 08:22:33 +1100 2021-12-04 08:22 +11:00 2021-12-04 10:22 +13:00 p59er3 https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/war-of-words-over-william-tyrrell-disappearance-as-police-continue-forensic-search-20211204-p59er3.html?ref=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_source=rss_feed War of words over William Tyrrell disappearance as police continue forensic search Outgoing police chief Mick Fuller has doubled down on criticism of the William Tyrrell investigation under Gary Jubelin, saying Mr Jubelin illegally recording a suspect is what got him removed from the case. Sat, 04 Dec 2021 07:53:08 +1100 Sally Rawsthorne 2021-12-04 07:53 +11:00 2021-12-04 09:53 +13:00 https://www.nytimes.com/2021/11/30/business/metaverse-real-estate.html https://www.nytimes.com/2021/11/30/business/metaverse-real-estate.html Real Estate (Commercial) Virtual Reality (Computers) Nonfungible Tokens (NFTs) Virtual Currency Blockchain (Technology) Tokens.com Metaverse Group Mergers, Acquisitions and Divestitures audio-neutral-informative Investors Snap Up Metaverse Real Estate in a Virtual Land Boom Transactions for properties in digital realms are jumping, guided by the same principle in the physical world: location, location, location. Fri, 03 Dec 2021 20:37:24 Z Debra Kamin Sasha Maslov for The New York Times Michael Gord, a co-founder of the Metaverse Group, a virtual real estate company that recently sold a 50 percent stake in itself for about $1.7 million. 2021-12-03 20:37 +00:00 2021-12-04 09:37 +13:00 p59er2 https://www.smh.com.au/world/north-america/parents-of-michigan-school-shooting-suspect-charged-with-involuntary-manslaughter-20211204-p59er2.html?ref=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_source=rss_feed Parents of Michigan school shooting suspect charged with involuntary manslaughter Prosecutors on Friday charged the parents of a teenager accused of murdering four students at his Michigan high school with involuntary manslaughter, saying the couple appear to have bought him the weapon as a Christmas present. Sat, 04 Dec 2021 06:46:53 +1100 2021-12-04 06:46 +11:00 2021-12-04 08:46 +13:00 p59egv https://www.smh.com.au/lifestyle/life-and-relationships/pat-cummins-australian-cricket-s-next-big-hope-20211203-p59egv.html?ref=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_source=rss_feed Pat Cummins: Australian cricket’s next big hope This week’s episode discusses the man, the mantle and what this (very) fast bowler might have in store for the game. Sat, 04 Dec 2021 06:00:00 +1100 2021-12-04 06:00 +11:00 2021-12-04 08:00 +13:00 p59e89 https://www.smh.com.au/lifestyle/health-and-wellness/everyone-is-hooked-on-the-idea-but-10-000-steps-a-day-is-not-the-ideal-20211202-p59e89.html?ref=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_source=rss_feed Everyone is hooked on the idea but 10,000 steps a day is not the ideal A new study, led by researchers at the University of Sydney’s Charles Perkins Centre, found the magic number is actually less than 10,000 steps a day. Sat, 04 Dec 2021 05:55:00 +1100 Sarah Berry 2021-12-04 05:55 +11:00 2021-12-04 07:55 +13:00 p59dz3 https://www.smh.com.au/lifestyle/life-and-relationships/a-fairytale-wedding-in-a-scottish-castle-or-mum-and-dad-s-place-20211201-p59dz3.html?ref=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_source=rss_feed A fairytale wedding in a Scottish castle... or mum and dad’s place Olivia Stevenson had her fit-for-a-princess tulle dress ready to go and 100 confirmed RSVPs for her nuptials at Carlowrie Castle until COVID-19 arrived. Sat, 04 Dec 2021 05:50:00 +1100 2021-12-04 05:50 +11:00 2021-12-04 07:50 +13:00 p59e6x https://www.smh.com.au/national/local-democracy-is-the-new-black-but-need-it-be-so-blackened-by-developers-20211202-p59e6x.html?ref=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_source=rss_feed Local democracy is the new black, but need it be so blackened by developers? Development interests hold too much sway in some councils. Saturday is your chance to vote them out. Sat, 04 Dec 2021 05:47:29 +1100 Elizabeth Farrelly 2021-12-04 05:47 +11:00 2021-12-04 07:47 +13:00 p59e6a https://www.smh.com.au/national/why-bridget-archer-is-a-badass-not-a-victim-20211202-p59e6a.html?ref=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_source=rss_feed Why Bridget Archer is a badass not a victim The Tasmanian MP’s meeting with the Prime Minister was painted as a story of female weakness, but there’s another interpretation. Sat, 04 Dec 2021 05:36:00 +1100 Parnell Palme McGuinness 2021-12-04 05:36 +11:00 2021-12-04 07:36 +13:00 p59e6t https://www.smh.com.au/culture/books/cricket-isn-t-life-or-death-to-adam-zwar-it-s-much-more-important-20211202-p59e6t.html?ref=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_source=rss_feed Cricket isn’t life or death to Adam Zwar, it’s much more important The award-winning comedy writer and actor has turned his love of the game into a very funny memoir, Sat, 04 Dec 2021 05:30:00 +1100 Louise Rugendyke 2021-12-04 05:30 +11:00 2021-12-04 07:30 +13:00 p59e3n https://www.smh.com.au/culture/theatre/the-thousands-of-cardboard-boxes-that-have-shown-us-the-world-20211202-p59e3n.html?ref=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_source=rss_feed The thousands of cardboard boxes that have shown us the world Polyglot Theatre’s show We Built This City is more than just chaotic fun: it’s an insight into how kids see the globe’s metropolises. Sat, 04 Dec 2021 05:30:00 +1100 Nick Miller 2021-12-04 05:30 +11:00 2021-12-04 07:30 +13:00 p59def https://www.smh.com.au/culture/music/why-the-best-thing-the-beatles-ever-did-was-break-up-20211130-p59def.html?ref=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_source=rss_feed Why the best thing the Beatles ever did was break up Theirs remains a classic of the genre: the break-up that all other break-ups must measure themselves against. Sat, 04 Dec 2021 05:30:00 +1100 2021-12-04 05:30 +11:00 2021-12-04 07:30 +13:00 p59d7x https://www.smh.com.au/culture/music/inside-the-battle-that-divided-the-sydney-symphony-orchestra-and-sydney-opera-house-20211129-p59d7x.html?ref=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_source=rss_feed Inside the battle that divided the Sydney Symphony Orchestra and Sydney Opera House Two of the most powerful women in the city’s arts scene have locked horns. Sat, 04 Dec 2021 05:30:00 +1100 Linda Morris 2021-12-04 05:30 +11:00 2021-12-04 07:30 +13:00 p59eqy https://www.smh.com.au/world/north-america/mostly-white-jury-seated-for-trial-in-daunte-wright-s-police-shooting-death-20211204-p59eqy.html?ref=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_source=rss_feed Mostly white jury seated for trial in Daunte Wright’s police shooting death A mostly white jury was seated on Friday for the trial of a suburban Minneapolis police officer charged in Daunte Wright’s shooting death, and opening statements were scheduled to begin next week. Sat, 04 Dec 2021 05:29:37 +1100 2021-12-04 05:29 +11:00 2021-12-04 07:29 +13:00 https://www.theguardian.com/music/2021/dec/03/beatles-memories-and-banksys-identity https://www.theguardian.com/music/2021/dec/03/beatles-memories-and-banksys-identity The Beatles Music Culture Coronavirus Banksy Gardens Beatles memories and Banksy’s identity | Brief letters <p>The Beatles | Banksy | Marina Hyde | Maskless politicians | Garden wordsearch</p><p>Thank you, Jonathan Freedland, for encapsulating my feelings about the Beatles (<a href="https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2021/nov/26/get-back-past-beatles-present-fab-four" title="">The Beatles were like aliens from the future in 1969 - and they are still as radical today, 26 November</a>). Tears as I was reading, taking me back to truanting from school for a lunchtime concert at The Cavern on 26 October 1962. Love at first sight and, for me, it was not the music, it was the charisma and wit. They were very cheeky. John even said the word “bum” – it seemed so naughty! In my head, I am still 15 and still there.<br incopy-break-type="webbreak"><strong>Jennifer Henley</strong><br incopy-break-type="webbreak"><em>London</em></p><p>• Your TV review (<a href="https://www.theguardian.com/tv-and-radio/2021/dec/02/banksy-most-wanted-review-the-king-of-guerrilla-art-or-a-cringy-sellout" title="">2 December</a>) perpetuates the myth that the identity of the artist Banksy is unknown. I interviewed Banksy for BBC Radio in July 2003, previewing the opening of his show Turf War in London. The full unedited interview is now with the <a href="https://www.bbc.co.uk/bristol/content/articles/2008/05/27/banksy_interviews_feature.shtml" title="">BBC archives</a>. At the start of the recording, Banksy confirms his name as “Robbie Banks”. End of mystery.<br incopy-break-type="webbreak"><strong>Stephen Wrench</strong><br incopy-break-type="webbreak"><em>Brighton</em></p> <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/music/2021/dec/03/beatles-memories-and-banksys-identity">Continue reading...</a> Fri, 03 Dec 2021 18:24:42 Z Photograph: Sipa/Shutterstock Photograph: Sipa/Shutterstock Letters 2021-12-03T18:24:42Z 2021-12-03 18:24 +00:00 2021-12-04 07:24 +13:00 p59eqt https://www.smh.com.au/world/europe/vaccine-makers-have-plans-to-make-omicron-specific-booster-says-fauci-20211204-p59eqt.html?ref=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_source=rss_feed Vaccine makers have plans to make Omicron-specific booster, says Fauci COVID-19 vaccine makers have contingency plans to deal with the Omicron variant that include a combination vaccine against the original version and the variant as well as a variant-specific booster dose, a top US health official said on Friday. Sat, 04 Dec 2021 05:22:25 +1100 2021-12-04 05:22 +11:00 2021-12-04 07:22 +13:00 p59eon https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/police-name-revelle-balmain-s-former-boss-as-person-of-interest-20211203-p59eon.html?ref=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_source=rss_feed Police name Revelle Balmain’s former boss as person of interest Zoran Stanojevic’s former wife says she has no idea where her husband was the night Ms Balmain - who was supposed to meet Mr Stanojevic at a Bondi hotel - went missing. Sat, 04 Dec 2021 05:00:00 +1100 Sally Rawsthorne 2021-12-04 05:00 +11:00 2021-12-04 07:00 +13:00 p59en7 https://www.smh.com.au/lifestyle/health-and-wellness/controversial-cosmetic-surgeon-dr-daniel-lanzer-quits-as-regulators-circle-20211203-p59en7.html?ref=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_source=rss_feed Controversial cosmetic surgeon Dr Daniel Lanzer quits as regulators circle Just over a month after an investigation by this masthead revealed a series of disturbing allegations, celebrity cosmetic surgeon Dr Daniel Lanzer has retired. Sat, 04 Dec 2021 05:00:00 +1100 Adele Ferguson 2021-12-04 05:00 +11:00 2021-12-04 07:00 +13:00 p59ema https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/covid-19-vaccines-for-kids-to-be-approved-within-days-20211203-p59ema.html?ref=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_source=rss_feed COVID-19 vaccines for kids to be approved within days The first shipment of children’s doses is expected to land in Australia before Christmas ahead of a January rollout. Sat, 04 Dec 2021 05:00:00 +1100 Rachel Clun 2021-12-04 05:00 +11:00 2021-12-04 07:00 +13:00 p59ejf https://www.smh.com.au/national/victoria/revolving-door-between-public-service-and-consultancies-20211203-p59ejf.html?ref=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_source=rss_feed ‘Revolving door’ between public service and consultancies Liberals pursue government in state Parliament after public service spending on consultants grew by 300 per cent. Sat, 04 Dec 2021 05:00:00 +1100 Noel Towell 2021-12-04 05:00 +11:00 2021-12-04 07:00 +13:00 p59eid https://www.smh.com.au/world/asia/divide-and-rule-myanmar-junta-weaponising-racial-tensions-20211203-p59eid.html?ref=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_source=rss_feed Divide and rule: Myanmar junta ‘weaponising’ racial tensions Security forces are distributing inflammatory leaflets, stoking anti-Muslim tension, more atrocities are committed in the strife-torn south-east Asian nation. Sat, 04 Dec 2021 05:00:00 +1100 Chris Barrett 2021-12-04 05:00 +11:00 2021-12-04 07:00 +13:00 p59ei0 https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/universities-lose-money-on-psychology-degrees-as-waitlists-languish-20211203-p59ei0.html?ref=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_source=rss_feed Universities lose money on psychology degrees as waitlists languish Families who can afford to pay private fees are still waiting months to have their distressed children seen by a psychologist amid staff shortages, while universities say they are losing money on psychology courses. Sat, 04 Dec 2021 05:00:00 +1100 Dana Daniel 2021-12-04 05:00 +11:00 2021-12-04 07:00 +13:00 p59ehn https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/where-s-kerry-nsw-changes-tactics-with-its-omicron-response-20211203-p59ehn.html?ref=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_source=rss_feed Where’s Kerry? NSW changes tactics with its Omicron response Premier Dominic Perrottet says it’s steady as she goes as NSW deals with the latest coronavirus threat – but Chief Health Officer Kerry Chant is conspicuous by her absence. Sat, 04 Dec 2021 05:00:00 +1100 Deborah Snow 2021-12-04 05:00 +11:00 2021-12-04 07:00 +13:00 p59egz https://www.smh.com.au/environment/conservation/uncovered-the-mysterious-journey-of-the-short-finned-eel-20211203-p59egz.html?ref=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_source=rss_feed Uncovered: the mysterious journey of the short-finned eel It’s the first time, worldwide, an eel migration has been tracked from the freshwater river where they spend years maturing to the oceans where they go to spawn, and then die. Sat, 04 Dec 2021 05:00:00 +1100 Miki Perkins 2021-12-04 05:00 +11:00 2021-12-04 07:00 +13:00 p59egw https://www.smh.com.au/national/amazing-machines-deliver-the-post-of-christmas-past-and-present-20211203-p59egw.html?ref=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_source=rss_feed ‘Amazing machines’ deliver the post of Christmas past (and present) The way our parcels are handled has changed a lot since 1929, but the spirit of gift giving has endured. Sat, 04 Dec 2021 05:00:00 +1100 Tim Barlass 2021-12-04 05:00 +11:00 2021-12-04 07:00 +13:00 p59egp https://www.smh.com.au/national/victoria/ibac-to-review-police-investigation-of-police-officer-who-punched-woman-20211203-p59egp.html?ref=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_source=rss_feed IBAC to review police investigation of police officer who punched woman Victoria’s corruption watchdog will review the investigation of a Ballarat officer acquitted after punching his neighbour in self defence and breaking her nose following a complaint about conflict of interest and concerns about the impartiality of some police involved in the case. Sat, 04 Dec 2021 05:00:00 +1100 Cameron Houston 2021-12-04 05:00 +11:00 2021-12-04 07:00 +13:00 p59eeh https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/stage-set-for-town-hall-showdown-in-city-of-sydney-elections-20211202-p59eeh.html?ref=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_source=rss_feed Stage set for Town Hall showdown in City of Sydney elections Clover Moore is fighting for a fifth term as Sydney’s lord mayor. The five women vying to unseat her argue it’s time for a changing of the guard at Town Hall. Sat, 04 Dec 2021 05:00:00 +1100 Matt O'Sullivan 2021-12-04 05:00 +11:00 2021-12-04 07:00 +13:00 p59ecb https://www.smh.com.au/sport/cricket/lots-of-runs-no-sledging-root-makes-mark-on-england-20211202-p59ecb.html?ref=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_source=rss_feed Lots of runs, no sledging: Root makes mark on England England’s captain Joe Root enters the Ashes not just as the world’s best batter, but also as a leader with clear expectations. Sat, 04 Dec 2021 05:00:00 +1100 Daniel Brettig 2021-12-04 05:00 +11:00 2021-12-04 07:00 +13:00 p59e8o https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/a-year-of-reckoning-over-the-treatment-of-women-so-what-hope-is-there-for-politics-20211202-p59e8o.html?ref=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_source=rss_feed A year of reckoning over the treatment of women, so what hope is there for politics? After a year of painful conversations about the treatment of women and traumatic disclosures of appalling incidents, the federal government has a blueprint to fix things. Sat, 04 Dec 2021 05:00:00 +1100 Katina Curtis 2021-12-04 05:00 +11:00 2021-12-04 07:00 +13:00 p59e6z https://www.smh.com.au/national/victoria/loner-pilot-barbecue-lover-mystery-swirls-around-accused-killer-20211202-p59e6z.html?ref=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_source=rss_feed Loner, pilot, barbecue-lover - mystery swirls around accused killer The detectives who spoke to Greg Lynn about missing campers Carol Clay and Russell Hill last month had never met him, but they had already built a psychological profile of the suspect. Sat, 04 Dec 2021 05:00:00 +1100 John Silvester 2021-12-04 05:00 +11:00 2021-12-04 07:00 +13:00 p59e6e https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/it-s-the-stupid-economy-and-navigating-its-volatility-will-test-the-pm-s-grip-on-power-20211202-p59e6e.html?ref=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_source=rss_feed It’s the stupid economy - and navigating its volatility will test the PM’s grip on power Australia can no longer claim to be a role model in protecting both lives and livelihoods. Sat, 04 Dec 2021 05:00:00 +1100 George Megalogenis 2021-12-04 05:00 +11:00 2021-12-04 07:00 +13:00 p59e60 https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/why-albanese-is-playing-a-dead-bat-20211202-p59e60.html?ref=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_source=rss_feed Why Albanese is playing a dead bat Scott Morrison will keep bowling up scare campaigns to put voters off Labor. The Opposition Leader’s strategy in reply? Don’t be scary. Labor will avoid spooking voters, even if that disappoints the party’s true believers. Sat, 04 Dec 2021 05:00:00 +1100 Peter Hartcher 2021-12-04 05:00 +11:00 2021-12-04 07:00 +13:00 p59dyv https://www.smh.com.au/lifestyle/health-and-wellness/giving-really-can-be-better-than-receiving-but-there-are-factors-to-consider-20211201-p59dyv.html?ref=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_source=rss_feed Giving really can be better than receiving, but there are factors to consider The actual act of giving to charity might seem like a piece of cake, but a paper published this year shows that it helps to put more thought into it. Sat, 04 Dec 2021 05:00:00 +1100 2021-12-04 05:00 +11:00 2021-12-04 07:00 +13:00 p59dv4 https://www.smh.com.au/sport/basketball/basketball-brainiac-dellavedova-shooting-for-the-stars-at-united-20211201-p59dv4.html?ref=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_source=rss_feed ‘Basketball brainiac’ Dellavedova shooting for the stars at United Matthew Dellavedova is priming himself to play a big role for Melbourne United and boost his scoring when the new NBL season begins this weekend. Sat, 04 Dec 2021 05:00:00 +1100 Roy Ward 2021-12-04 05:00 +11:00 2021-12-04 07:00 +13:00 p59dl3 https://www.smh.com.au/culture/celebrity/political-aspirant-s-eye-popping-onlyfans-account-exposed-20211130-p59dl3.html?ref=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_source=rss_feed Political aspirant’s eye-popping OnlyFans account exposed The force behind the fledgling Australian Values Party says he is donating money to charity for each download from his NSFW account. Sat, 04 Dec 2021 05:00:00 +1100 Andrew Hornery 2021-12-04 05:00 +11:00 2021-12-04 07:00 +13:00 p59dju https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/latest-battle-for-teachers-pay-has-roots-in-decades-old-conflict-20211130-p59dju.html?ref=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_source=rss_feed Latest battle for teachers’ pay has roots in decades-old conflict As the NSW teachers’ strike looms next week, the union is using the same tactics that brought hundreds of thousands onto the streets of Sydney in the 1980s. Sat, 04 Dec 2021 05:00:00 +1100 Jordan Baker 2021-12-04 05:00 +11:00 2021-12-04 07:00 +13:00 p59dg5 https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/falling-apart-internal-report-reveals-dozens-of-toxic-risks-from-power-plant-20211130-p59dg5.html?ref=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_source=rss_feed ‘Falling apart’: Internal report reveals dozens of toxic risks from power plant A whistleblower has warned parts of the ageing Bayswater Power Station are falling apart and threatening to spew toxic pollution into surrounding communities. Sat, 04 Dec 2021 05:00:00 +1100 Carrie Fellner 2021-12-04 05:00 +11:00 2021-12-04 07:00 +13:00 p59cy8 https://www.smh.com.au/national/victoria/getting-people-back-into-their-workplaces-will-revitalise-melbourne-20211129-p59cy8.html?ref=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_source=rss_feed Getting people back into their workplaces will revitalise Melbourne Returning to the CBD might be hard after six lockdowns, but there are benefits to shopping instore and working in an office. Sat, 04 Dec 2021 05:00:00 +1100 Roshena Campbell 2021-12-04 05:00 +11:00 2021-12-04 07:00 +13:00 p59e4o https://www.smh.com.au/national/is-australia-ready-for-omicron-20211202-p59e4o.html?ref=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_source=rss_feed Is Australia ready for Omicron? Deep inside a concrete containment lab, Australian scientists in hazmat suits keep a watchful eye on a microscopic sample of Omicron growing in a lab dish. Sat, 04 Dec 2021 04:55:00 +1100 Melissa Cunningham 2021-12-04 04:55 +11:00 2021-12-04 06:55 +13:00 https://www.nzherald.co.nz/property/news/article.cfm?c_id=8&objectid=12490660&ref=rss newsfeeds@nzherald.co.nz Waiheke homes make six times more money in one year than typical household Waiheke Island home owners are not only living in style, they are earning in style too.A typical Auckland household would need to toil for at least six years to earn as much money as homes in Waiheke Island and Herne Bay made in... Sat, 04 Dec 2021 05:00:00 +1200 2021-12-04 05:00 +12:00 2021-12-04 06:00 +13:00 https://www.latimes.com/business/real-estate/story/2021-12-03/publishing-heiress-taylor-thomson-bel-air-estate https://www.latimes.com/business/real-estate/story/2021-12-03/publishing-heiress-taylor-thomson-bel-air-estate Publishing heiress asks $43 million for Bel-Air trophy estate <p>After buying a $48.67-million mansion this year, billionaire publishing heiress Taylor Thomson is asking $43 million for her Bel-Air estate.</p> Fri, 03 Dec 2021 14:00:19 Z Jack Flemming <p>After buying a $48.67-million mansion this year, billionaire publishing heiress Taylor Thomson is asking $43 million for her Bel-Air estate.</p> Built by Gordon Kauffman in 1926, the Tudor-style mansion includes a Moroccan-style bedroom with a copper tub. Jim Bartsch 2021-12-03 14:00 +00:00 2021-12-04 03:00 +13:00 https://www.nytimes.com/2021/12/03/realestate/hosting-holiday-party-covid.html https://www.nytimes.com/2021/12/03/realestate/hosting-holiday-party-covid.html Real Estate and Housing (Residential) Coronavirus Risks and Safety Concerns Coronavirus Reopenings Christmas Hanukkah Content Type: Service Quarantine (Life and Culture) The New Rules for Hosting That Holiday Party If the 2020 holiday season was the year to cancel everything, 2021 is about figuring out how to get our groove back. Fri, 03 Dec 2021 13:00:07 Z Ronda Kaysen Trisha Krauss 2021-12-03 13:00 +00:00 2021-12-04 02:00 +13:00 https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/gallery/2021/dec/03/12-best-christmas-baubles https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/gallery/2021/dec/03/12-best-christmas-baubles Christmas Interiors Life and style Homes Tree-mendous stuff: 12 of the best Christmas baubles <p>Trim your festive fir with brilliant baubles, from leopard print and velvet flock to deco-style peacock feathers</p> <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/gallery/2021/dec/03/12-best-christmas-baubles">Continue reading...</a> Fri, 03 Dec 2021 11:00:03 Z Composite: - Composite: - Jessica Edwards 2021-12-03T11:00:03Z 2021-12-03 11:00 +00:00 2021-12-04 00:00 +13:00 https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2021/dec/03/why-im-going-big-whatever-happens-this-christmas https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2021/dec/03/why-im-going-big-whatever-happens-this-christmas Christmas Life and style Interiors Homes No time like the present – why I’m going big whatever happens this Christmas <p>After 2020’s wash out – and Omicron notwithstanding– there’s a lot to catch up on this year, with even more baubles and bubbly than usual<br></p><p>In the last week of August, I called my favourite country pub to book a big table for a Boxing Day lunch. Because, yes, I am that person – the fruitcake outlier on every WhatsApp group, wanting to make Christmas plans four months in advance. Hiya! As I write, we’re still in bonfire season, yet I am already consulting daily with my packed shelf of Christmas cookbooks (I’m planning to start practising a gingerbread martini) and signing off messages with the new female Santa emoji, my digital daemon from now until the new year.</p><p>So I am accustomed to the polite bafflement with which my early-doors Christmas enthusiasm is usually greeted. What I’m not used to is being told, as I was that day in August, that the pub was fully booked for Boxing Day already. This year I am no longer the fruitcake outlier. After last year, when Christmas was semi-cancelled by a last-minute lockdown, the world has gone crazy for Christmas.<br><br>If you are planning on an audience with Father Christmas this year, you’d better be top of the nice list. From <a href="https://www.holkham.co.uk/" title="">Holkham Hall</a> in Norfolk to the <a href="https://www.tonggardencentre.co.uk/" title="">Tong Garden Centre in West Yorkshire</a>, Santa’s grottos have sold out in record time. In London, the Liberty department store’s Christmas shop has been selling 38 baubles an hour since it opened, and is on track to sell 110,000 over the season – its highest figure ever. The Liberty beauty hall is set to sell enough fragrance to fill an Olympic-size swimming pool. By mid-October, “Advent calendar” was regularly among the top search terms on the Selfridges website. (These days, you can count down the December days with cheese or nail polish if chocolate isn’t your thing.) The mood this year is “Christmas – amplified,” says Meave Wall, store director at Selfridges. “Big, sparkly, all-round joyful.”</p> <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2021/dec/03/why-im-going-big-whatever-happens-this-christmas">Continue reading...</a> Fri, 03 Dec 2021 11:00:03 Z Photograph: David Newby/The Guardian Photograph: David Newby/The Guardian Jess Cartner-Morley 2021-12-03T11:00:03Z 2021-12-03 11:00 +00:00 2021-12-04 00:00 +13:00 https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2021/dec/03/houseplant-of-the-week-monkey-leaf-swiss-cheese-plant https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2021/dec/03/houseplant-of-the-week-monkey-leaf-swiss-cheese-plant Houseplants Life and style Homes Gardens Hobbies Houseplant of the week: monkey leaf or Swiss cheese plant <p>With leaves like Matisse cutouts, this is a fine rainforest plant that won’t mind life out of the sun</p><p><strong>Why will I love it?</strong><br incopy-break-type="webbreak"><em>Monstera adansonii</em> is cute and full of character. The heart-shaped leaves look like Matisse has been using them to create his cutouts – it’s easy to see where one of its common names, Swiss cheese plant, is derived.</p><p><strong>Light </strong><strong>or shade?</strong><br incopy-break-type="webbreak">It prefers bright, indirect light.</p> <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2021/dec/03/houseplant-of-the-week-monkey-leaf-swiss-cheese-plant">Continue reading...</a> Fri, 03 Dec 2021 11:00:03 Z Photograph: Prick Ldn Photograph: Prick Ldn Gynelle Leon 2021-12-03T11:00:03Z 2021-12-03 11:00 +00:00 2021-12-04 00:00 +13:00 https://www.nytimes.com/2021/12/03/realestate/affordable-housing-nyc-hotel-conversions.html https://www.nytimes.com/2021/12/03/realestate/affordable-housing-nyc-hotel-conversions.html Real Estate and Housing (Residential) Public and Subsidized Housing Affordable Housing Homeless Persons Renting and Leasing (Real Estate) Single-Room Occupancy Hotels and Travel Lodgings Quarantine (Life and Culture) Rent Control and Stabilization Manhattan (NYC) Is the Chance to Turn Hotels Into Affordable Housing Slipping Away? As many of the city’s hotels sat empty during the pandemic and homelessness continued to rise, some saw an opportunity to solve both problems. So what happened? Fri, 03 Dec 2021 10:00:25 Z Stefanos Chen Katherine Marks for The New York Times The Times Square, a grand prewar hotel in Midtown, is a rare example of a New York City hotel converted to permanent supportive housing; it has been operating in that capacity since 1991. Nonprofit developers are hopeful that other struggling hotels might be similarly transformed. 2021-12-03 10:00 +00:00 2021-12-03 23:00 +13:00 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-10268401/These-little-known-towns-villages-pandemic-property-hotspots.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-10268401/These-little-known-towns-villages-pandemic-property-hotspots.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 These little-known towns and villages have become pandemic property hotspots The relatively anonymous town of Daventry in Northamptonshire has been named the number one property hotspot by estate agent Hamptons. Fri, 03 Dec 2021 09:36:57 Z Getty Images/iStockphoto 2021-12-03 09:36 +00:00 2021-12-03 22:36 +13:00 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-10268481/Colour-drenching-interiors-trend-sees-walls-ceiling-woodwork-painted-colour.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-10268481/Colour-drenching-interiors-trend-sees-walls-ceiling-woodwork-painted-colour.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 'Colour drenching' interiors trend sees walls, ceiling and woodwork painted the SAME colour 'Softly, softly' has largely been the approach to painted walls in recent years, but that's about to change. We explain how 'colour drenching' could transform your home. Fri, 03 Dec 2021 09:20:51 Z None 2021-12-03 09:20 +00:00 2021-12-03 22:20 +13:00 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-10267269/Bournemouth-popular-coastal-town-buyers-says-Rightmove.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-10267269/Bournemouth-popular-coastal-town-buyers-says-Rightmove.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 Bournemouth is the most popular coastal town for buyers, says Rightmove Rightmove identified the top ten most in-demand coastal areas in Britain, led by Bournemouth, and followed by Southampton and Brighton. Fri, 03 Dec 2021 08:40:17 Z None 2021-12-03 08:40 +00:00 2021-12-03 21:40 +13:00 https://www.theguardian.com/money/gallery/2021/dec/03/cosy-cottages-for-christmas-in-pictures https://www.theguardian.com/money/gallery/2021/dec/03/cosy-cottages-for-christmas-in-pictures Property Money UK news Cosy cottages for Christmas – in pictures <p>From a timber-framed former medieval hall house to a thatched cottage in a ‘haunted’ village</p> <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/money/gallery/2021/dec/03/cosy-cottages-for-christmas-in-pictures">Continue reading...</a> Fri, 03 Dec 2021 07:00:35 Z Photograph: Knight Frank Photograph: Knight Frank Anna White 2021-12-03T07:00:35Z 2021-12-03 07:00 +00:00 2021-12-03 20:00 +13:00 58af97f5440243fe3d552306:5906c0dfe4fcb573ba562253:61a9239c0b0e9d0448e86d6e https://chemcare.co.nz/articles/who-asbestos-regulations-apply-to Who Does the Control of Asbestos Regulations Apply to? When there are so many rules and regulations that change from country to country, it’s not always easy to know which laws and regulations apply to you. Thu, 02 Dec 2021 20:02:12 Z Klaris Chua-Pineda &nbsp; <figure class=" sqs-block-image-figure intrinsic " > <img class="thumb-image" data-image="https://images.squarespace-cdn.com/content/v1/58af97f5440243fe3d552306/1638474795002-UWWLG48TOR70GG6XCAN3/asbestos+regulations.jpg" data-image-dimensions="1200x800" data-image-focal-point="0.5,0.5" alt="" data-load="false" data-image-id="61a92480c2e4f56d4e9010e6" data-type="image" src="https://images.squarespace-cdn.com/content/v1/58af97f5440243fe3d552306/1638474795002-UWWLG48TOR70GG6XCAN3/asbestos+regulations.jpg?format=1000w" /> </figure> &nbsp;<p class="">The UK has very similar asbestos rules and regulations to New Zealand, with a <a href="https://www.hse.gov.uk/asbestos/regulations.htm">Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012</a> established similarly to our <a href="https://www.legislation.govt.nz/regulation/public/2016/0015/latest/DLM6729706.html">Health and Safety at Work (Asbestos) Regulations 2016.</a></p><p class="">If you’re wondering ‘<em>who does the control of asbestos regulations apply to?</em>’ then you’re possibly wondering who must abide by the NZ equivalent of this UK regulation and whether they are just rules for business owners or the general population. We’ll answer that critical question and others below.</p><p data-rte-preserve-empty="true" class=""></p><h2>Who Do Our Asbestos Regulations Apply to? </h2><p class="">It can sometimes seem like only service providers need to read all those official-looking documents to understand the rules and regulations around asbestos. In reality, we <em>all </em>should be aware of at least the basics about asbestos to know whether we legally can or can’t remove it ourselves.</p><p class="">These documents, such as the Health and Safety at Work Regulations, outline processes that <a href="http://www.chemcare.co.nz/">licensed asbestos removalists</a> must follow to keep themselves and others safe. Many of these same processes may apply to homeowners who wish to remove under 10m2 of non-friable asbestos.</p><p class="">As soon as more than 10m2 of asbestos or friable asbestos requires removal, a licensed removalist must take over and abide by all those outlined regulations.</p><p class="">&nbsp;</p><h2>Asbestos Regulation Changes in NZ</h2><p class="">Asbestos rules and regulations changed in 2018, with some <a href="https://www.worksafe.govt.nz/about-us/news-and-media/asbestos-regulations-now-in-full-effect/">new criteria</a> added to ensure businesses and individuals were in the best possible position to keep people safe. The new regulations were also put in place to strengthen the current ones and to reduce worker exposure. </p><p class="">&nbsp;</p><p class=""><strong>Some of the latest additions that apply to individuals and businesses include: </strong></p><p class="">&nbsp;</p><h3>Certified Safety Management Systems</h3><p class="">WorkSafe reported that by April 4, 2018, businesses would need to have a certified safety management system in place if they were seeking a class A licence. A certified safety management system ensures that businesses have identified risks and have taken steps to manage them. </p><p class="">&nbsp;</p><h3>Air Monitoring</h3><p class="">From 2018, independent licensed assessors must undertake air monitoring and clearance at class A removal sites. At class B sites, a licensed assessor or competent person can carry out this task.</p><p class="">&nbsp;</p><h3>Training</h3><p class="">All workers and supervisors must be trained with relevant unit standards of equivalent CPCC courses, such as Australian courses recognised under the Trans-Tasman Mutual Recognition Act.</p><p class="">&nbsp;</p><h3>Asbestos Management Plans</h3><p class="">An <a href="https://chemcare.co.nz/asbestos/management-plan">asbestos management plan</a> must be developed where asbestos has been identified or where the PCBU should know it’s present.</p><p class="">&nbsp;</p><h2>Current Asbestos Regulations in NZ</h2><p class="">Just like Control of Asbestos Regulations in the UK, much of what was already in our regulations remains the same, even though it has undergone significant changes in recent years. We’ve included a few of the most relevant points for homeowners and business owners alike.</p><p class="">&nbsp;</p><h3>Asbestos Removal</h3><p class="">One of the most important clauses in our current regulations relates to asbestos removal. A PCBU that commissions asbestos to be removed must make sure a licensed asbestos removal expert carries out the removal work. </p><p class="">&nbsp;</p><p class=""><strong>This clause doesn’t apply if the asbestos to be removed is non-friable and less than 10m2, or doesn’t relate to friable or non-friable asbestos and, instead, involves minor contamination. &nbsp;</strong></p><p class="">&nbsp;</p><h3>Licensing of Asbestos Removalists and Asbestos Assessors</h3><p class="">A clause within our Regulations outlines the <a href="https://www.legislation.govt.nz/regulation/public/2016/0015/latest/DLM6729217.html">requirements of asbestos removalist and asbestos assessor licensing</a>. You can’t remove friable asbestos at a workplace unless you hold a Class A asbestos removal license. An exception would be if the asbestos <em>wasn’t </em>friable or consisted of minor contamination.</p><p class="">&nbsp;</p><p class="">A PCBU also can’t let a worker remove friable asbestos unless the PCBU has a class A asbestos removal license. Those who don’t follow these above clauses are committing an offence and may be liable on conviction for a fine not exceeding $10,000 for an individual and for any other person, a fine not exceeding $50,000.</p><p class="">&nbsp;</p><h3>Work Involving Asbestos</h3><p class="">This clause in our regulations outlines the conduct and general duties of those carrying out work involving asbestos. </p><p class=""><strong>PCBUs can’t carry out or direct others to carry out asbestos work. </strong>However, this subclause doesn’t apply if it relates to: </p><p class="">&nbsp;</p><ul data-rte-list="default"><li><p class="">Research and analysis</p></li><li><p class="">Sampling and identification</p></li><li><p class="">Transport and disposal</p></li><li><p class="">Removal</p></li><li><p class="">An emergency response </p></li><li><p class="">Firefighting</p></li><li><p class="">Maintenance and servicing</p></li><li><p class="">Work that disturbs asbestos during mining</p></li><li><p class="">Laundering asbestos-contaminated clothing</p></li></ul><p class="">&nbsp;</p><h3>Air Monitoring Requirements</h3><p class="">Air monitoring is an integral part of asbestos removal, and PCBUs who commission class A removal work must ensure that independent licensed assessors undertake air monitoring. If the workplace is someone’s home, it’s the job of the licensed removalist to bring in an independent licensed asbestos assessor to undertake air monitoring. </p><p class="">&nbsp;</p><h2>Rely on the Experts</h2><p class="">When there are <em>so </em>many rules and regulations that change from country to country, it’s not always easy to know which laws and regulations apply to you. If you’re a business owner or a homeowner, you may be able to make asbestos removal much easier for yourself by <a href="https://chemcare.co.nz/contact">contacting the experts</a> to take care of everything from start to finish with your safety and all rules and regulations in mind. </p> Who Does the Control of Asbestos Regulations Apply to? 2021-12-02 20:02 +00:00 2021-12-03 09:02 +13:00 https://www.nytimes.com/2021/12/02/realestate/house-hunting-in-chile-a-sinuous-oceanfront-wonder-for-2-million.html https://www.nytimes.com/2021/12/02/realestate/house-hunting-in-chile-a-sinuous-oceanfront-wonder-for-2-million.html Real Estate and Housing (Residential) Chile Santiago (Chile) Nishizawa, Ryue House Hunting in Chile: A Sinuous Oceanfront Wonder for $2 Million Along with the pandemic, political and social upheaval have destabilized Chile’s property market, but buyers are still leaving cities for scenic areas. Thu, 02 Dec 2021 18:54:21 Z Michael Kaminer 2021-12-02 18:54 +00:00 2021-12-03 07:54 +13:00 www.stuff.co.nz/127105938 https://www.stuff.co.nz/life-style/home-property/127105938/reno-on-the-block-for-a-good-cause.html Reno on the block for a good cause A Waikato home that started with a red-tiled bathtub and yellow carpet is freshly renovated and going under the hammer for the local hospital. Thu, 02 Dec 2021 18:30:14 Z CHLOE BLOMMERDE 2021-12-02 18:30 +00:00 2021-12-03 07:30 +13:00 https://www.nytimes.com/2021/12/02/realestate/your-future-landlord-just-outbid-you-for-that-house.html https://www.nytimes.com/2021/12/02/realestate/your-future-landlord-just-outbid-you-for-that-house.html Real Estate and Housing (Residential) Renting and Leasing (Real Estate) Your Future Landlord Just Outbid You for That House In a tough home-sales market, investors are winning more often. Thu, 02 Dec 2021 18:10:31 Z Michael Kolomatsky 2021-12-02 18:10 +00:00 2021-12-03 07:10 +13:00 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/money/mortgageshome/article-10258569/Our-new-build-nightmare-New-homes-average-157-defects.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/money/mortgageshome/article-10258569/Our-new-build-nightmare-New-homes-average-157-defects.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 Our new build nightmare: New homes now average 157 defects, Britain's new housing developments are often full of unhappy residents. Owners are complaining of soaring numbers of defects Thu, 02 Dec 2021 17:14:37 Z None 2021-12-02 17:14 +00:00 2021-12-03 06:14 +13:00 https://www.nytimes.com/2021/12/01/realestate/kingston-ny-a-historic-hudson-city-preparing-for-better-opportunities.html https://www.nytimes.com/2021/12/01/realestate/kingston-ny-a-historic-hudson-city-preparing-for-better-opportunities.html Real Estate and Housing (Residential) Kingston (NY) Ulster County (NY) Kingston, N.Y.: A Historic Hudson City ‘Preparing for Better Opportunities’ With its thriving arts scene, bucolic setting and Revolution-era architecture, the Ulster County seat is increasingly a magnet for expatriate New Yorkers. Thu, 02 Dec 2021 17:11:43 Z Dave Caldwell Nils Schlebusch for The New York Times 2021-12-02 17:11 +00:00 2021-12-03 06:11 +13:00 https://www.nytimes.com/2021/12/02/realestate/housing-market-near-nyc.html https://www.nytimes.com/2021/12/02/realestate/housing-market-near-nyc.html Real Estate and Housing (Residential) Oyster Bay Cove (NY) Cherry Hill (NJ) Homes for Sale in New York and New Jersey This week’s homes are a five-bedroom homes in Oyster Bay Cove, N.Y., and Cherry Hill, N.J. Thu, 02 Dec 2021 16:55:41 Z Claudia Gryvatz Copquin and Jill P. Capuzzo 2021-12-02 16:55 +00:00 2021-12-03 05:55 +13:00 https://www.nytimes.com/2021/12/02/realestate/housing-market-nyc.html https://www.nytimes.com/2021/12/02/realestate/housing-market-nyc.html Real Estate and Housing (Residential) Chelsea (Manhattan, NY) Upper West Side (Manhattan, NY) Dumbo (Brooklyn, NY) On the Market in New York City This week’s properties are in Dumbo, Chelsea and on the Upper West Side. Thu, 02 Dec 2021 16:54:31 Z C. J. Hughes 2021-12-02 16:54 +00:00 2021-12-03 05:54 +13:00 www.stuff.co.nz/300454722 https://www.stuff.co.nz/life-style/homed/housing-affordability/300454722/mega-landlords-could-grow-as-they-snap-up-mum-and-dad-investment-rentals.html Mega landlords could grow as they snap up mum and dad investment rentals There may be a new breed of mega landlord on the horizon, with one economist warning banks may start buying directly rather than offering mortgages. Thu, 02 Dec 2021 16:00:00 Z GERADEN CANN 2021-12-02 16:00 +00:00 2021-12-03 05:00 +13:00 www.stuff.co.nz/300461397 https://www.stuff.co.nz/life-style/homed/nz-house-garden/300461397/christmas-gift-guide-9-fabulous-finds-for-the-foodie-in-your-life.html Christmas gift guide: 9 fabulous finds for the foodie in your life Any food lover is sure to be delighted with one of these covetable kitchen items. Thu, 02 Dec 2021 16:00:00 Z Stuff 2021-12-02 16:00 +00:00 2021-12-03 05:00 +13:00 https://www.latimes.com/business/real-estate/story/2021-12-02/tyra-banks-tries-to-sell-her-fourth-pacific-palisades-home-for-7-895-million https://www.latimes.com/business/real-estate/story/2021-12-02/tyra-banks-tries-to-sell-her-fourth-pacific-palisades-home-for-7-895-million Tyra Banks tries to sell her fifth Pacific Palisades home for $7.895 million <p>Supermodel and TV host Tyra Banks is looking to sell her fifth home in Pacific Palisades, listing the contemporary residence for $7.895 million.</p> Thu, 02 Dec 2021 14:00:31 Z Jack Flemming <p>Supermodel and TV host Tyra Banks is looking to sell her fifth home in Pacific Palisades, listing the contemporary residence for $7.895 million.</p> Modern and boxy, the three-story home ascends to a rooftop deck with a kitchen and hot tub. Juwan Li 2021-12-02 14:00 +00:00 2021-12-03 03:00 +13:00 https://www.latimes.com/homeless-housing/story/2021-12-02/facing-housing-crisis-l-a-voters-back-duplexes-in-single-family-neighborhoods https://www.latimes.com/homeless-housing/story/2021-12-02/facing-housing-crisis-l-a-voters-back-duplexes-in-single-family-neighborhoods Facing housing crisis, L.A. voters back duplexes in single-family neighborhoods <p>A majority of Los Angeles County voters back a new state law that allows for duplexes in most single-family-home neighborhoods, a Los Angeles Times and Los Angeles Business Council poll finds.</p> Thu, 02 Dec 2021 12:00:55 Z Liam Dillon <p>A majority of Los Angeles County voters back a new state law that allows for duplexes in most single-family-home neighborhoods, a Los Angeles Times and Los Angeles Business Council poll finds.</p> LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 18: David Aldana works on an Accessory Dwelling Unit being built on Katherine Guevara and David Guevara Rosillo's property in West Adams on Thursday, Feb. 18, 2021 in Los Angeles, CA. They are participating in a new initiative called Backyard Homes, where participating homeowners receive help building a ADU in their backyard and in exchange they agree to rent the mini home to a low-income Section 8 resident. (Dania Maxwell / Los Angeles Times) Dania Maxwell/Los Angeles Times 2021-12-02 12:00 +00:00 2021-12-03 01:00 +13:00 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-10262441/Ski-home-values-rise-17-despite-travel-restrictions-says-Savills.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-10262441/Ski-home-values-rise-17-despite-travel-restrictions-says-Savills.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 Ski home values rise by up to 17% despite travel restrictions says Savills Estate agents Savills tracked 44 resorts globally, and found that the average price of a ski property has risen 5.1% in the past year. Thu, 02 Dec 2021 08:39:32 Z None 2021-12-02 08:39 +00:00 2021-12-02 21:39 +13:00 www.stuff.co.nz/127167782 https://www.stuff.co.nz/business/127167782/ikea-in-nz-should-local-retailers-be-worried.html Ikea in NZ: Should local retailers be worried? Commentators are divided on whether the chain will be good news for local shops. Thu, 02 Dec 2021 03:19:21 Z BRIANNA MCILRAITH 2021-12-02 03:19 +00:00 2021-12-02 16:19 +13:00 www.stuff.co.nz/127076420 https://www.stuff.co.nz/life-style/home-property/nz-gardener/competitions/127076420/win-topflite-gift-boxes.html Win Topflite gift boxes We have two Bees & Birds and two Wild Bird Energy Cake gift boxes from Topflite to give away. Thu, 02 Dec 2021 01:00:00 Z NZ GARDENER 2021-12-02 01:00 +00:00 2021-12-02 14:00 +13:00 www.stuff.co.nz/300468653 https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/300468653/bipartisan-housing-deal-townhouse-bill-restrictions-set-to-be-weakened.html Bipartisan housing deal: 'Townhouse bill' restrictions set to be weakened Councils will not get back control, but it is expected concessions will be made at the upcoming select committee after criticism of the policy's reach. Thu, 02 Dec 2021 00:55:44 Z HENRY COOKE 2021-12-02 00:55 +00:00 2021-12-02 13:55 +13:00 https://www.nzherald.co.nz/property/news/article.cfm?c_id=8&objectid=12490289&ref=rss newsfeeds@nzherald.co.nz Ikea opening here: NZ debut at Kiwi Property Group site, Auckland's Sylvia Park Swedish furniture and homeware giant Ikea is opening at Mt Wellington's Sylvia Park.Two years after announcing it would open here, it has just announced an agreement to buy land at New Zealand's biggest shopping centre, owned... Thu, 02 Dec 2021 11:00:00 +1200 2021-12-02 11:00 +12:00 2021-12-02 12:00 +13:00 https://www.nzherald.co.nz/property/news/article.cfm?c_id=8&objectid=12490204&ref=rss newsfeeds@nzherald.co.nz Barfoot & Thompson data: Auckland average house prices up 18.5% annually Auckland house sales volumes have surged and prices are up 18.5 per cent annually according to the city's largest agency which says more high-priced sales upped latest figures.Barfoot & Thompson sold 1182 homes last month, well... Thu, 02 Dec 2021 10:18:43 +1200 2021-12-02 10:18 +12:00 2021-12-02 11:18 +13:00 https://www.latimes.com/business/real-estate/story/2021-12-01/usc-new-hire-needs-a-new-house https://www.latimes.com/business/real-estate/story/2021-12-01/usc-new-hire-needs-a-new-house USC's new hire Lincoln Riley needs a house. What's on the market for a top football coach? <p>Norman, Okla., real estate is much different from Southern California's. What can Lincoln Riley, USC's new coach, buy on a multimillion-dollar budget?</p> Wed, 01 Dec 2021 21:54:43 Z Jack Flemming <p>Norman, Okla., real estate is much different from Southern California's. What can Lincoln Riley, USC's new coach, buy on a multimillion-dollar budget?</p> LOS ANGELES, CA - November 29 2021: Lincoln Riley is announced as the new head football coach at USC during a press conference at the Coliseum on Monday, Nov. 29, 2021 in Los Angeles, CA. (Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times Brian van der Brug/Los Angeles Times 2021-12-01 21:54 +00:00 2021-12-02 10:54 +13:00 https://www.nytimes.com/2021/12/01/realestate/home-prices-georgia-the-district-of-columbia-and-florida.html https://www.nytimes.com/2021/12/01/realestate/home-prices-georgia-the-district-of-columbia-and-florida.html Real Estate and Housing (Residential) Atlanta (Ga) Tampa (Fla) Washington (DC) What $500,000 Buys You in Georgia, the District of Columbia and Florida A Craftsman bungalow in Atlanta, a two-bedrooom condominium in Washington and 1943 ranch house in Tampa. Wed, 01 Dec 2021 21:31:07 Z Angela Serratore 2021-12-01 21:31 +00:00 2021-12-02 10:31 +13:00 https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2021-12-01/tejon-ranch-will-build-19-300-zero-emission-homes https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2021-12-01/tejon-ranch-will-build-19-300-zero-emission-homes Environmental group and Tejon Ranch agree on plan to build 19,300 zero-emission homes <p>An agreement to build 19,300 zero-emission homes at Tejon Ranch ends a two-decade battle over the planned development near the Tehachapi Mountains.</p> Wed, 01 Dec 2021 20:46:27 Z Louis Sahagún <p>An agreement to build 19,300 zero-emission homes at Tejon Ranch ends a two-decade battle over the planned development near the Tehachapi Mountains.</p> TEJON RANCH, CA AUGUST 06, 2018: The oak studded mountain tops of the Blue Ridge Range of Tejon Ranch; a small portion of the 90% of protected area of Tejon Ranch set aside for permanent preservation in exchange for environmental groups’ promise not to oppose development. At stake is the 12,000 acre proposed master planned community named Centennial on the flat grassland of the ranch off Highway 138, if approved, would bring in up to 19,333 residences, a mix of single-family, multi-family and apartment units, with a business park and open space around their periphery. (Al Seib / Los Angeles Times) Al Seib/Los Angeles Times 2021-12-01 20:46 +00:00 2021-12-02 09:46 +13:00 https://www.theguardian.com/business/2021/dec/01/uk-house-prices-remain-turbo-charged-while-sales-that-support-market-have-fallen https://www.theguardian.com/business/2021/dec/01/uk-house-prices-remain-turbo-charged-while-sales-that-support-market-have-fallen Business Rishi Sunak Housing market OECD Coronavirus Global economy Vaccines and immunisation UK house prices remain turbo-charged without sales of healthy market | Phillip Inman <p>Cutting stamp duty and interest rates saved financial system from hardship but widened property wealth gap</p><p>A buoyant private sector housing market is one of the key building blocks of economic activity. That’s the view inside the Treasury and nothing in the last 50 years – not the widening wealth gap, nor the risks that come with increasing dependency on an unstable asset market – has happened to shake that view.</p><p>After every recession, even when a property crash has been the cause, officials in No 11 dip into their toolkit of recovery measures and opt for a tried and trusted method to get the economy back on its feet.</p> <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/business/2021/dec/01/uk-house-prices-remain-turbo-charged-while-sales-that-support-market-have-fallen">Continue reading...</a> Wed, 01 Dec 2021 19:18:21 Z Photograph: Yui Mok/PA Photograph: Yui Mok/PA Phillip Inman 2021-12-01T19:18:21Z 2021-12-01 19:18 +00:00 2021-12-02 08:18 +13:00 https://www.theguardian.com/business/live/2021/dec/01/uk-house-prices-factories-stock-markets-economy-covid-oil-pound- https://www.theguardian.com/business/live/2021/dec/01/uk-house-prices-factories-stock-markets-economy-covid-oil-pound- Business Economics Stock markets FTSE House prices Property FTSE 100 posts biggest rise since July; Darktrace and Johnson Matthey to leave in reshuffle – as it happened <p>Rolling coverage of the latest economic and financial news, including the OECD’s new economic outlook</p><ul><li><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/business/live/2021/dec/01/uk-house-prices-factories-stock-markets-economy-covid-oil-pound-?filterKeyEvents=false&amp;page=with:block-61a7b3e88f08037679173f62#block-61a7b3e88f08037679173f62">Latest: FTSE 100 reshuffle sees Darktrace and Johnson Matthey drop out</a></li><li><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/business/live/2021/dec/01/uk-house-prices-factories-stock-markets-economy-covid-oil-pound-?filterKeyEvents=false&amp;page=with:block-61a7ada28f08037679173efc#block-61a7ada28f08037679173efc">Biggest jump in London stocks since July</a></li><li><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/business/live/2021/dec/01/uk-house-prices-factories-stock-markets-economy-covid-oil-pound-?filterKeyEvents=false&amp;page=with:block-61a74b278f08988db2beb05e#block-61a74b278f08988db2beb05e">OECD warns on inflation</a>… and <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/business/live/2021/dec/01/uk-house-prices-factories-stock-markets-economy-covid-oil-pound-?filterKeyEvents=false&amp;page=with:block-61a74e798f080376791737ea#block-61a74e798f080376791737ea">Omicron</a></li><li><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/business/live/2021/dec/01/uk-house-prices-factories-stock-markets-economy-covid-oil-pound-?filterKeyEvents=false&amp;page=with:block-61a743b78f089b5900e7fe04#block-61a743b78f089b5900e7fe04">UK factories face soaring costs</a></li><li><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/business/live/2021/dec/01/uk-house-prices-factories-stock-markets-economy-covid-oil-pound-?page=with:block-61a782868f08988db2beb418#block-61a782868f08988db2beb418">Turkish central bank intervenes to prop up lira</a></li><li><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/business/live/2021/dec/01/uk-house-prices-factories-stock-markets-economy-covid-oil-pound-?filterKeyEvents=false&amp;page=with:block-61a7172b8f089b5900e7fbf2#block-61a7172b8f089b5900e7fbf2">UK house prices jumped 10% in year to November</a></li></ul><p><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/business/live/2021/dec/01/uk-house-prices-factories-stock-markets-economy-covid-oil-pound-?filterKeyEvents=false&amp;page=with:block-61a7172b8f089b5900e7fbf2#block-61a7172b8f089b5900e7fbf2">UK house prices were lifted</a> by a shortage of homes on the market, and the rush to fix mortgages before interest rates rise.</p><p><strong>So says Lucy Pendleton</strong>, property expert at independent estate agents <a href="http://www.jamespendleton.co.uk/">James Pendleton</a>, who predicts December could be ‘unusually intense’:</p><p>“This market is still barreling along, even at a time of year that traditionally sees a little energy taken out of it.</p><p>“Fewer people choose to move home at Christmas and that normally means you see buyers drop the pace, with many holding off their search until after the New Year. </p> <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/business/live/2021/dec/01/uk-house-prices-factories-stock-markets-economy-covid-oil-pound-">Continue reading...</a> Wed, 01 Dec 2021 18:46:49 Z Photograph: Henry Nicholls/Reuters Photograph: Henry Nicholls/Reuters Graeme Wearden 2021-12-01T18:46:49Z 2021-12-01 18:46 +00:00 2021-12-02 07:46 +13:00 https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2021/dec/01/the-guardian-view-on-britains-renters-neglected-and-cash-strapped https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2021/dec/01/the-guardian-view-on-britains-renters-neglected-and-cash-strapped Housing Renting property Communities Society Property Money The Guardian view on Britain’s renters: neglected and cash-strapped | Editorial <p>The dearth of affordable rental accommodation can no longer be ignored</p><p>Britain’s prolonged house price boom, described on Wednesday by market analysts as “<a href="https://www.theguardian.com/money/2021/dec/01/uk-house-prices-return-to-double-digit-growth" title="">gravity-defying</a>”, shows little sign of letting up. According to data released from Nationwide, average property values rose by 0.9% in November alone. Since the first lockdown in March 2020, they have risen by almost 15%, driven by booming demand, limited supply and pandemic-related lifestyle changes. Shelter has <a href="https://england.shelter.org.uk/media/press_release/shelter_calls_budget_missed_opportunity_build_back_better" title="">estimated</a> that the average first-time buyer in England will require a dauntingly high household income to raise a deposit.</p><p>Adding fuel to the fire, successive Conservative governments have sought to make the housing ladder more accessible through help-to-buy schemes, which have contributed to the surge in prices. But for the millions of Britons who will never come close to earning enough money to own a home, insecure rented accommodation has become a way of life. As the supply of social housing has steadily dwindled, their interests have been grievously neglected. Yet, as Labour’s former shadow housing minister Lucy Powell has <a href="https://inews.co.uk/news/analysis/labour-challenge-tories-party-home-ownership-1220698" title="">pointed out</a>, promoting home ownership should be compatible with looking after the interests and welfare of renters. This week, perhaps more surprisingly, that argument was echoed by the former prime minister Theresa May.</p> <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2021/dec/01/the-guardian-view-on-britains-renters-neglected-and-cash-strapped">Continue reading...</a> Wed, 01 Dec 2021 18:45:37 Z Photograph: Yui Mok/PA Photograph: Yui Mok/PA Editorial 2021-12-01T18:45:37Z 2021-12-01 18:45 +00:00 2021-12-02 07:45 +13:00 https://www.theguardian.com/money/2021/dec/01/uk-house-prices-return-to-double-digit-growth https://www.theguardian.com/money/2021/dec/01/uk-house-prices-return-to-double-digit-growth House prices Housing market Business UK news Property Real estate Money Coronavirus Stamp duty UK house prices return to double-digit growth <p>Annual price growth hit 10% in November, up from 9.9% in October, according to Nationwide index</p><p>House prices in the UK continued their upwards climb in November, reaching double-digit growth again as demand remained strong after the end of the stamp duty holiday and the furlough job support scheme.</p><p>The average UK house price rose by 0.9% last month, according to data from the building society Nationwide, after an increase of 0.7% in October, taking the average UK property value to £252,687. Average house prices are 10% higher than a year earlier.</p> <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/money/2021/dec/01/uk-house-prices-return-to-double-digit-growth">Continue reading...</a> Wed, 01 Dec 2021 08:08:38 Z Photograph: Clynt Garnham Business/Alamy Photograph: Clynt Garnham Business/Alamy Joanna Partridge 2021-12-01T08:08:38Z 2021-12-01 08:08 +00:00 2021-12-01 21:08 +13:00 https://www.theguardian.com/money/2021/dec/01/uk-house-prices-return-to-double-digit-growth https://www.theguardian.com/money/2021/dec/01/uk-house-prices-return-to-double-digit-growth House prices Housing market Business UK news Property Real estate Money Coronavirus Stamp duty UK house prices return to double-digit growth <p>Annual price growth hit 10% in November, up from 9.9% in October, according to Nationwide index</p><p>House prices in the UK continued their upwards climb in November, reaching double-digit growth again as demand remained strong after the end of the stamp duty holiday and the furlough job support scheme.</p><p>The average UK house price rose by 0.9% last month, according to data from the building society Nationwide, after an increase of 0.7% in October, taking the average UK property value to £252,687. Average house prices are 10% higher than a year earlier.</p> <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/money/2021/dec/01/uk-house-prices-return-to-double-digit-growth">Continue reading...</a> Wed, 01 Dec 2021 08:08:38 Z Photograph: Clynt Garnham Business/Alamy Photograph: Clynt Garnham Business/Alamy Joanna Partridge 2021-12-01T08:08:38Z 2021-12-01 08:08 +00:00 2021-12-01 21:08 +13:00 https://www.nzherald.co.nz/property/news/article.cfm?c_id=8&objectid=12490129&ref=rss newsfeeds@nzherald.co.nz Property developer Winton confirms IPO, raising $350m via pre-Christmas NZX and ASX listings Winton Land has today confirmed plans for an initial public offering to raise up to $350 million by listing on the NZX and ASX and it has a $200m cornerstone shareholder and $100m further commitments.Chief executive Chris Meehan... Wed, 01 Dec 2021 16:15:26 +1200 2021-12-01 16:15 +12:00 2021-12-01 17:15 +13:00 https://www.nzherald.co.nz/property/news/article.cfm?c_id=8&objectid=12490060&ref=rss newsfeeds@nzherald.co.nz Wellington house prices: New Zealand's first state home is now worth more than $1m New Zealand's first state house, in the Wellington suburb of Miramar, is now worth more than $1 million. Wellington's rateable values (RVs) were released yesterday , updated for the first time since 2018. It showed a jump... Wed, 01 Dec 2021 13:19:35 +1200 2021-12-01 13:19 +12:00 2021-12-01 14:19 +13:00 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-10260239/Broadcaster-Rebecca-Wilcox-uprooted-family-city-led-boredom.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-10260239/Broadcaster-Rebecca-Wilcox-uprooted-family-city-led-boredom.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 Broadcaster Rebecca Wilcox uprooted her family from the city, but it has led to boredom REBECCA WILCOX: Having left London after lockdown to pursue a life in the country, this was the rural experience I'd dreamt of - my two boys laughing on rope swings we had tied to the trees. Tue, 30 Nov 2021 22:01:14 Z None 2021-11-30 22:01 +00:00 2021-12-01 11:01 +13:00 https://www.latimes.com/business/story/2021-11-30/the-one-mega-mansion-auction-january https://www.latimes.com/business/story/2021-11-30/the-one-mega-mansion-auction-january 'The One' could go up for auction in January. Come with $250 million <p>The owner of the largest modern home in America tells a bankruptcy court it plans to have a high-end auction house sell the Bel-Air property.</p> Tue, 30 Nov 2021 21:57:50 Z Laurence Darmiento <p>The owner of the largest modern home in America tells a bankruptcy court it plans to have a high-end auction house sell the Bel-Air property.</p> Beverly Hills, CA - September 08: A view of a pool with 4,000-square bedroom above with private pool at the "The One Bel Air", a 105,000-square-foot mansion by Nile Niami of Skyline Development and designed by Paul McClean (McClean Design). The One is shown by court-appointed receiver Ted Lanes, who now controls the property and is in charge of finding a buyer and paying off the lenders and other creditors, gives a tour of The One, the 105,000 square foot house on sale in Bel Air. This is apparently the largest home for sale in the United States. The developer Nial Niami "listed" it for $500 million but got into financial trouble and was foreclosed upon by Don Hankey. Photo taken in Bel Air on Wednesday, Sept. 8, 2021 in Beverly Hills, CA. (Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times) Allen J. Schaben/Los Angeles Times 2021-11-30 21:57 +00:00 2021-12-01 10:57 +13:00 https://www.nzherald.co.nz/property/news/article.cfm?c_id=8&objectid=12489778&ref=rss newsfeeds@nzherald.co.nz Wellington house prices: Singles driven out of the property market, as values jump 60 per cent Accelerating house prices in the capital are making it nearly impossible for single people to get on the market, says a Wellington mortgage broker. The capital's new rateable values (RVs) were released yesterday , showing more... Wed, 01 Dec 2021 06:00:00 +1200 2021-12-01 06:00 +12:00 2021-12-01 07:00 +13:00 https://www.nytimes.com/2021/11/30/realestate/charleston-nc-house-restoration.html https://www.nytimes.com/2021/11/30/realestate/charleston-nc-house-restoration.html Real Estate and Housing (Residential) Interior Design and Furnishings Restoration and Renovation Home Repairs and Improvements Furniture Lighting Charleston (SC) Restoring a 1788 House in Charleston, S.C., With a Walled Garden The stately 1788 home in South Carolina had expansive rooms and a walled garden. But it needed a lot of work — and that would take time and money. Tue, 30 Nov 2021 17:13:33 Z Tim McKeough 2021-11-30 17:13 +00:00 2021-12-01 06:13 +13:00 www.stuff.co.nz/300428886 https://www.stuff.co.nz/life-style/homed/housing-affordability/300428886/mega-landlords-the-housing-investor-who-owns-79-wellington-properties.html Mega Landlords: The housing investor who owns 79 Wellington properties If Robert Wright were to sell all his homes today, forecasters say he could expect to make over $52.2m million in profit. Tue, 30 Nov 2021 16:00:00 Z GERADEN CANN 2021-11-30 16:00 +00:00 2021-12-01 05:00 +13:00 www.stuff.co.nz/127065560 https://www.stuff.co.nz/life-style/homed/latest/127065560/gift-guide-best-buys-for-the-home-renovator.html Gift guide: Best buys for the home renovator If you have a keen DIYer in your life, you can do so much better than soap or socks beneath the tree. Tue, 30 Nov 2021 16:00:00 Z JOANNA DAVIS 2021-11-30 16:00 +00:00 2021-12-01 05:00 +13:00 https://www.latimes.com/entertainment-arts/business/story/2021-11-30/viacom-sells-cbs-studio-radford-lot-hackman https://www.latimes.com/entertainment-arts/business/story/2021-11-30/viacom-sells-cbs-studio-radford-lot-hackman ViacomCBS reaches deal to sell Studio City lot for $1.85 billion <p>Hackman Capital Partners announced it's buying CBS' Radford studio lot, home to "Seinfeld," "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" and "Parks and Recreation."</p> Tue, 30 Nov 2021 15:06:05 Z Meg James, Roger Vincent <p>Hackman Capital Partners announced it's buying CBS' Radford studio lot, home to "Seinfeld," "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" and "Parks and Recreation."</p> LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 16, 2019 Photos of the Redford Avenue Main Gate entrance to the CBS Studios Center in Studio City on October 16, 2019 for a package of stories about CBS' television stations. The stations, KCBS Channel 2 and KCAL Channel 9, are housed on the lot. (Al Seib / Los Angeles Times) Al Seib/Los Angeles Times 2021-11-30 15:06 +00:00 2021-12-01 04:06 +13:00 https://www.latimes.com/homeless-housing/story/2021-11-30/some-california-cities-aim-to-blunt-new-duplex-law https://www.latimes.com/homeless-housing/story/2021-11-30/some-california-cities-aim-to-blunt-new-duplex-law Some California cities try to blunt new duplex law with restrictions on new developments <p>Some cities in California want to put restrictions on a new law that aims to increase development in single-family home neighborhoods.</p> Tue, 30 Nov 2021 14:00:58 Z Liam Dillon <p>Some cities in California want to put restrictions on a new law that aims to increase development in single-family home neighborhoods.</p> LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 18: Katherine Guevara and David Guevara Rosillo walk towards an Accessory Dwelling Unit being built on their property in West Adams on Thursday, Feb. 18, 2021 in Los Angeles, CA. They are participating in a new initiative called Backyard Homes, where participating homeowners receive help building a ADU in their backyard and in exchange they agree to rent the mini home to a low-income Section 8 resident. (Dania Maxwell / Los Angeles Times) Dania Maxwell/Los Angeles Times 2021-11-30 14:00 +00:00 2021-12-01 03:00 +13:00 https://www.nytimes.com/2021/11/30/business/new-york-commercial-real-estate.html https://www.nytimes.com/2021/11/30/business/new-york-commercial-real-estate.html Real Estate and Housing (Residential) Real Estate (Commercial) Crown Heights (Brooklyn, NY) Brooklyn Heights (Brooklyn, NY) Bellerose (Queens, NY) Recent Commercial Real Estate Transactions Recent commercial real estate transactions in New York. Tue, 30 Nov 2021 14:00:06 Z Kristen Bayrakdarian 2021-11-30 14:00 +00:00 2021-12-01 03:00 +13:00 https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2021-11-30/la-harbor-could-have-been-in-santa-monica-not-san-pedro https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2021-11-30/la-harbor-could-have-been-in-santa-monica-not-san-pedro L.A.'s port could have been in Santa Monica. Here's how San Pedro won out <p>When you think about it, it doesn't make much sense for 1890s L.A. to put its port all the way in San Pedro. This is the story of how that came to be — and not the competing alternative, Santa Monica.</p> Tue, 30 Nov 2021 13:00:49 Z Patt Morrison <p>When you think about it, it doesn't make much sense for 1890s L.A. to put its port all the way in San Pedro. This is the story of how that came to be — and not the competing alternative, Santa Monica.</p> San Pedro became the official site of the Port of Los Angeles, beating out Santa Monica, in 1897. The harbor is seen here on a vintage postcard from Patt Morrison's collection. 2021-11-30 13:00 +00:00 2021-12-01 02:00 +13:00 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-10237793/Japanese-knotweed-saves-11-8billion-property-values.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-10237793/Japanese-knotweed-saves-11-8billion-property-values.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 Japanese knotweed saves £11.8billion off property values   As many as 4 per cent of British homes are affected by Japanese knotweed, either on the property itself or on a neighbouring property. Tue, 30 Nov 2021 10:30:29 Z FLPA/Paul Miguel/REX/Shutterstock 2021-11-30 10:30 +00:00 2021-11-30 23:30 +13:00 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-10246849/Inside-10-homes-sale-costing-ten-10-times-average-325k-house-price.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-10246849/Inside-10-homes-sale-costing-ten-10-times-average-325k-house-price.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 Inside 10 homes for sale costing ten 10 times the average £325k house price We take a look at what type of home you can buy for £3.25million, including a country estate in Bath that is set in 32 acres, and a three-bedroom flat in London. Tue, 30 Nov 2021 08:34:04 Z None 2021-11-30 08:34 +00:00 2021-11-30 21:34 +13:00 https://www.theguardian.com/money/2021/nov/30/should-i-remortgage-now-even-though-my-fixed-term-hasnt-ended https://www.theguardian.com/money/2021/nov/30/should-i-remortgage-now-even-though-my-fixed-term-hasnt-ended Mortgages Property Money UK news Should I remortgage now even though my fixed term hasn’t ended? <p>With interest rates looking likely to rise, I might be able to bag a better deal by switching</p><p><strong>Q</strong> I’m just coming into the final year of my five-year fixed-rate mortgage (it ends in January 2023). With interest rates looking likely to rise, is it worth me remortgaging now and taking the 1% hit on early repayment in the final year to bag a good deal, or should I wait until the fixed term ends?<br><br>I owe about £90,000 on a house worth about £220,000 and my current rate is 2.14%.<br><strong>CL</strong></p><p><strong>A</strong> It might be worth remortgaging now but a lot depends on whether the potential savings you could make would cover the costs of switching.</p> <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/money/2021/nov/30/should-i-remortgage-now-even-though-my-fixed-term-hasnt-ended">Continue reading...</a> Tue, 30 Nov 2021 07:00:10 Z Photograph: Rui Vieira/PA Photograph: Rui Vieira/PA Virginia Wallis 2021-11-30T07:00:10Z 2021-11-30 07:00 +00:00 2021-11-30 20:00 +13:00 https://www.nzherald.co.nz/property/news/article.cfm?c_id=8&objectid=12489674&ref=rss newsfeeds@nzherald.co.nz Wellington house values jump 60 per cent, average land value more than doubles The value of the average Wellington house has increased by more than 60 per cent in the past three years, and land value has more than doubled. There are now no Wellington suburbs with an average value below $1m, and a handful... Tue, 30 Nov 2021 15:00:00 +1200 2021-11-30 15:00 +12:00 2021-11-30 16:00 +13:00 https://www.nzherald.co.nz/property/news/article.cfm?c_id=8&objectid=12489697&ref=rss newsfeeds@nzherald.co.nz Auckland Council again delays CV revaluation due to Covid Auckland Council valuations have been delayed again after being told it needed to do more work on its numbers.It means city home owners will now likely have to wait until March next year to find out what their property's new CV... Tue, 30 Nov 2021 12:33:29 +1200 2021-11-30 12:33 +12:00 2021-11-30 13:33 +13:00 https://www.nzherald.co.nz/property/news/article.cfm?c_id=8&objectid=12489643&ref=rss newsfeeds@nzherald.co.nz New RVs for Wellington's most expensive homes - a jump of 41pc Wellington's new rating values are out. The city council assessed every property in the capital in September and homeowners can now check their new RV.The council is set to release the overall data that will show how much the RVs... Tue, 30 Nov 2021 10:37:08 +1200 2021-11-30 10:37 +12:00 2021-11-30 11:37 +13:00 https://www.latimes.com/business/real-estate/story/2021-11-29/modern-family-creator-steve-levitan-sells-malibu-beach-house https://www.latimes.com/business/real-estate/story/2021-11-29/modern-family-creator-steve-levitan-sells-malibu-beach-house 'Modern Family' creator Steve Levitan sells Malibu beach house for $14 million <p>TV producer Steve Levitan has nearly tripled his money in Malibu, selling a beach house for $14.17 million that he bought two decades ago for $5.4 million.</p> Mon, 29 Nov 2021 20:49:57 Z Jack Flemming <p>TV producer Steve Levitan has nearly tripled his money in Malibu, selling a beach house for $14.17 million that he bought two decades ago for $5.4 million.</p> The contemporary Cape Cod includes six bedrooms, seven bathrooms, a great room, lofted gym and multiple decks overlooking the ocean. Mac Hayward 2021-11-29 20:49 +00:00 2021-11-30 09:49 +13:00 https://www.nytimes.com/2021/11/25/realestate/housing-market-nyc.html https://www.nytimes.com/2021/11/25/realestate/housing-market-nyc.html Real Estate and Housing (Residential) Lower East Side (Manhattan, NY) NoHo (Manhattan, NY) Park Slope (Brooklyn, NY) Homes for Sale in Brooklyn and Manhattan This week’s properties are in Park Slope South, NoHo and on the Lower East Side. Mon, 29 Nov 2021 20:36:24 Z C. J. Hughes 2021-11-29 20:36 +00:00 2021-11-30 09:36 +13:00 https://www.latimes.com/business/real-estate/story/2021-11-29/dolph-lundgrens-hollywood-hills-home-sells-for-3-71-million https://www.latimes.com/business/real-estate/story/2021-11-29/dolph-lundgrens-hollywood-hills-home-sells-for-3-71-million Dolph Lundgren's Hollywood Hills home sells for $3.71 million <p>In Hollywood Hills, action star Dolph Lundgren just sold his modern home of three years for $3.71 million.</p> Mon, 29 Nov 2021 19:29:30 Z Jack Flemming <p>In Hollywood Hills, action star Dolph Lundgren just sold his modern home of three years for $3.71 million.</p> Built in 2009, the boxy abode combines a design palette of steel, concrete, stone and glass. The Oppenheim Group 2021-11-29 19:29 +00:00 2021-11-30 08:29 +13:00 https://www.theguardian.com/money/2021/nov/29/fca-urges-lenders-to-support-uks-47000-mortgage-prisoners https://www.theguardian.com/money/2021/nov/29/fca-urges-lenders-to-support-uks-47000-mortgage-prisoners Mortgages Regulators Financial Conduct Authority UK news Banks and building societies Property Business Money FCA urges lenders to support UK’s 47,000 ‘mortgage prisoners’ <p>Regulator asks banks and building societies to offer support to borrowers unable to switch</p><p>Banks and building societies have been urged to consider changes to lending criteria to help an estimated 47,000 borrowers who could benefit from a cheaper home loan but are currently unable to move.</p><p>A review of <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/money/2021/nov/20/mortgage-prisoners-uk-interest-rate-rise-deals-bills">“mortgage prisoners”</a> by the Financial Conduct Authority found there were about 195,000 households whose debts had been sold on to inactive lenders and that a quarter of them could save money if they were allowed to switch to a new deal.</p> <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/money/2021/nov/29/fca-urges-lenders-to-support-uks-47000-mortgage-prisoners">Continue reading...</a> Mon, 29 Nov 2021 17:48:44 Z Photograph: Chris Helgren/Reuters Photograph: Chris Helgren/Reuters Hilary Osborne 2021-11-29T17:48:44Z 2021-11-29 17:48 +00:00 2021-11-30 06:48 +13:00 https://www.theguardian.com/business/2021/nov/29/markets-have-got-it-about-right-on-omicron-so-far-covid-larry-elliott https://www.theguardian.com/business/2021/nov/29/markets-have-got-it-about-right-on-omicron-so-far-covid-larry-elliott Business Stock markets Coronavirus World news Housing market UK news Markets have got it about right on Omicron so far | Larry Elliott <p>Time is needed for informed economic judgments on new Covid development</p><p>Amateur virology is all the rage in the City. Analysts who would normally be more at home inputting some seasonally adjusted labour market data into a spreadsheet now find they can’t explain what is likely to happen to the economy without understanding how viruses spread.</p><p>When news emerged of the <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/nov/29/uk-scientific-advisers-brace-confirmed-omicron-covid-cases">Omicron variant </a>of Covid-19 last week it was the signal for financial markets everywhere to take a tumble. That was an entirely rational response: stock markets were not prepared for a potentially dangerous new strain of the virus and the sensible thing to do was to mark down share prices.</p> <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/business/2021/nov/29/markets-have-got-it-about-right-on-omicron-so-far-covid-larry-elliott">Continue reading...</a> Mon, 29 Nov 2021 17:20:11 Z Photograph: Andre M Chang/ZUMA Press Wire/REX/Shutterstock Photograph: Andre M Chang/ZUMA Press Wire/REX/Shutterstock Larry Elliott 2021-11-29T17:20:11Z 2021-11-29 17:20 +00:00 2021-11-30 06:20 +13:00 https://www.theguardian.com/money/2021/nov/29/uk-mortgage-approvals-at-lowest-level-since-mid-2020 https://www.theguardian.com/money/2021/nov/29/uk-mortgage-approvals-at-lowest-level-since-mid-2020 Mortgages Bank of England Money Business Property UK news Stamp duty Housing market Coronavirus UK mortgage approvals at lowest level since mid-2020 <p>Bank of England’s October figures follow frenzied few months when stamp duty breaks led to rush to buy</p><p>The number of mortgages approved for UK house purchases fell to its lowest level in 16 months in October as the “distortive effect” of the stamp duty holiday came to an end.</p><p>Figures from the Bank of England showed that 67,200 new homebuyer mortgages were approved during the month, down from 71,851 and well below the high of 104,547 recorded in November 2020.</p> <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/money/2021/nov/29/uk-mortgage-approvals-at-lowest-level-since-mid-2020">Continue reading...</a> Mon, 29 Nov 2021 13:09:26 Z Photograph: John Lunt/Alamy Photograph: John Lunt/Alamy Hilary Osborne 2021-11-29T13:09:26Z 2021-11-29 13:09 +00:00 2021-11-30 02:09 +13:00 https://www.nytimes.com/2021/11/29/realestate/shopping-for-decorative-ceramics.html https://www.nytimes.com/2021/11/29/realestate/shopping-for-decorative-ceramics.html Real Estate and Housing (Residential) Ceramics and Pottery Interior Design and Furnishings Content Type: Service Design Home Repairs and Improvements Shopping for Decorative Ceramics Artisanal ceramics can be just as special as fine art — and acquiring them is usually simpler and a lot less expensive. Mon, 29 Nov 2021 10:00:16 Z Tim McKeough 2021-11-29 10:00 +00:00 2021-11-29 23:00 +13:00 https://www.theguardian.com/business/2021/nov/29/race-for-space-fuelling-busiest-uk-housing-market-since-2007 https://www.theguardian.com/business/2021/nov/29/race-for-space-fuelling-busiest-uk-housing-market-since-2007 Housing market Real estate Business House prices Property Money UK news Stamp duty Coronavirus ‘Race for space’ fuelling busiest UK housing market since 2007 <p>Stamp duty holiday also spurred sales with one in 14 homes set to change hands in 2021, says online property portal Zoopla</p><p>This year’s property market is poised to become the busiest for 14 years, with one in 16 privately owned homes on course to change hands by the end of December, according to new data.</p><p>The property website Zoopla also said the annual rate of UK house price growth was running at 6.9% – up from 3.5% in the same month last year – and that the average cost of a home had risen by £15,500 over the past 12 months.</p> <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/business/2021/nov/29/race-for-space-fuelling-busiest-uk-housing-market-since-2007">Continue reading...</a> Mon, 29 Nov 2021 00:01:40 Z Photograph: Andrew Matthews/PA Photograph: Andrew Matthews/PA Rupert Jones 2021-11-29T00:01:40Z 2021-11-29 00:01 +00:00 2021-11-29 13:01 +13:00 https://www.nzherald.co.nz/property/news/article.cfm?c_id=8&objectid=12489271&ref=rss newsfeeds@nzherald.co.nz Property devaluations push Radius Residential interim profit down from $2.1m to $1.3m Newly-listed rest home specialist Radius Residential Care made $1.3 million net profit after tax in its latest half-year, down on the previous $2.1m due largely to falling revaluations. Revenue rose from $59.4m in the September... Mon, 29 Nov 2021 10:00:00 +1200 2021-11-29 10:00 +12:00 2021-11-29 11:00 +13:00 https://www.nzherald.co.nz/property/news/article.cfm?c_id=8&objectid=12489317&ref=rss newsfeeds@nzherald.co.nz Asset Plus interim profit falls 78%, $350m Auckland CBD office project downsized Listed landlord Asset Plus suffered a 78 per cent interim net profit after tax drop, from $11.5m to $2.5m and it has downsized a $350m Auckland CBD office project because of the pandemic.Investment property revaluation gains of... Mon, 29 Nov 2021 09:40:00 +1200 2021-11-29 09:40 +12:00 2021-11-29 10:40 +13:00 https://www.nzherald.co.nz/property/news/article.cfm?c_id=8&objectid=12489299&ref=rss newsfeeds@nzherald.co.nz Multimillion-dollar fight over Glenorchy's Arcadia Station An Auckland company is suing an 83-year-old for $1.5 million in default interest over the blocked purchase of his farm near Glenorchy.In March last year, The Station at Waitiri Ltd committed to buy Jim Veint's Arcadia Station at... Mon, 29 Nov 2021 08:57:27 +1200 2021-11-29 08:57 +12:00 2021-11-29 09:57 +13:00 https://www.nzherald.co.nz/property/news/article.cfm?c_id=8&objectid=12489268&ref=rss newsfeeds@nzherald.co.nz Oceania Healthcare increases interim profit 22pc: Covid slows sales, Auckland construction Listed retirement village company Oceania Healthcare made an interim underlying net profit after tax of $27.5 million, up 22 per cent on the previous $22.5m but Covid has caused disruptions, particularly in Auckland. Sales were... Mon, 29 Nov 2021 08:30:00 +1200 2021-11-29 08:30 +12:00 2021-11-29 09:30 +13:00 www.stuff.co.nz/300461506 https://www.stuff.co.nz/life-style/homed/nz-house-garden/300461506/christmas-gift-guide-go-local-to-get-the-best-gifts-this-silly-season.html Christmas gift guide: Go local to get the best gifts this silly season There’s never been a better time to support New Zealand’s clever designers and producers. Sun, 28 Nov 2021 16:00:00 Z Stuff 2021-11-28 16:00 +00:00 2021-11-29 05:00 +13:00 https://www.nytimes.com/2021/11/28/realestate/homes-that-sold-for-around-750000.html https://www.nytimes.com/2021/11/28/realestate/homes-that-sold-for-around-750000.html Real Estate and Housing (Residential) Bellmore (NY) Livingston (NJ) Norwalk (Conn) South Salem (NY) Financial District (Manhattan, NY) Prospect Heights (Brooklyn, NY) Homes That Sold for Around $750,000 Recent residential sales in New York City and the region. Sun, 28 Nov 2021 14:00:06 Z C. J. Hughes 2021-11-28 14:00 +00:00 2021-11-29 03:00 +13:00 https://www.nytimes.com/2021/11/27/style/growing-old-in-high-style.html https://www.nytimes.com/2021/11/27/style/growing-old-in-high-style.html Retirement Communities and Assisted Living Luxury Goods and Services Nursing Homes New York City Luxury Senior Homes Cater to Rich Baby Boomers A new crop of luxury senior housing is turning retirement into a five-star resort stay. Sat, 27 Nov 2021 19:59:33 Z Steven Kurutz Gabby Jones for The New York Times The Watermark at Brooklyn Heights, a new luxury senior living community, models itself after wellness resorts. Gisela Vellahn, a resident, took a swim in the heated pool. 2021-11-27 19:59 +00:00 2021-11-28 08:59 +13:00 www.stuff.co.nz/300451785 https://www.stuff.co.nz/life-style/homed/housing-affordability/300451785/mega-landlords-new-parents-sell-home-instantly-priced-out-of-moving-up-ladder.html Mega Landlords: New parents sell home, instantly priced out of moving up ladder With 38 per cent of Auckland properties now owned by investors, the Eva family are avoiding homes they might look at - but they still can't find one. Sat, 27 Nov 2021 16:00:00 Z GERADEN CANN 2021-11-27 16:00 +00:00 2021-11-28 05:00 +13:00 https://www.nytimes.com/2021/11/27/realestate/residential-building-commercial-units-unsafe.html https://www.nytimes.com/2021/11/27/realestate/residential-building-commercial-units-unsafe.html Real Estate and Housing (Residential) Content Type: Service Land Use Policies Noise Brooklyn (NYC) Buildings Department (NYC) Business Activity Makes My Building Unsafe. What Can I Do? Commercial space in a residential building may be permitted, but by law, your safety and well being come first. Sat, 27 Nov 2021 15:00:06 Z Ronda Kaysen Nadia Pillon 2021-11-27 15:00 +00:00 2021-11-28 04:00 +13:00 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-10243545/A-crafty-Christmas-Save-money-making-decorations.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-10243545/A-crafty-Christmas-Save-money-making-decorations.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 A crafty Christmas: Save money by making your own decorations  Handmade items are all the rage this Christmas. We show you how to keep it chic, rather than child-like, when it comes to crafting your own creations. Sat, 27 Nov 2021 08:59:26 Z None 2021-11-27 08:59 +00:00 2021-11-27 21:59 +13:00 https://www.nzherald.co.nz/property/news/article.cfm?c_id=8&objectid=12489066&ref=rss newsfeeds@nzherald.co.nz Humble home sells for twice its CV in booming Auckland market A humble 1970s Auckland home has earned its owners close to $2 million profit in just one decade of ownership, highlighting how far prices have skyrocketed ahead of the release of new council valuations.The North Shore home on Sequoia... Sat, 27 Nov 2021 08:52:00 +1200 2021-11-27 08:52 +12:00 2021-11-27 09:52 +13:00 https://www.nytimes.com/2021/11/26/realestate/top-nyc-real-estate-sales.html https://www.nytimes.com/2021/11/26/realestate/top-nyc-real-estate-sales.html Real Estate and Housing (Residential) Prices (Fares, Fees and Rates) Luxury Goods and Services Daffey, Michael D O'Brien, Soledad SoHo (Manhattan, NY) TriBeCa (Manhattan, NY) Upper East Side (Manhattan, NY) West Village (Manhattan, NY) The Penthouse That Keeps Breaking Records in SoHo The triplex on Broome Street sold for $49 million, which was the most expensive closing in New York City in November. Fri, 26 Nov 2021 14:39:24 Z Vivian Marino Vivian Marino/The New York Times A meticulously renovated triplex at the cast-iron building at 419-421 Broome Street was the most expensive sale of November. 2021-11-26 14:39 +00:00 2021-11-27 03:39 +13:00 https://www.nytimes.com/2021/11/26/realestate/how-to-build-a-terrarium.html https://www.nytimes.com/2021/11/26/realestate/how-to-build-a-terrarium.html Real Estate and Housing (Residential) Gardens and Gardening Flowers and Plants Terrariums Content Type: Service How to Build a Terrarium, So It’s Always Gardening Season As winter closes in, there’s at least one place where plants will still grow: a terrarium. Here’s how to get started on yours. Fri, 26 Nov 2021 10:00:28 Z Margaret Roach 2021-11-26 10:00 +00:00 2021-11-26 23:00 +13:00 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-10243515/Happy-Hexham-visit-Northumberland-town-voted-jolliest-place-live.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-10243515/Happy-Hexham-visit-Northumberland-town-voted-jolliest-place-live.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 Happy in Hexham: We visit the Northumberland town voted the jolliest place to live We visit Hexham, the 'Happiest Town in Britain,' and find pretty Georgian houses, £4 sourdough loaves... and some unhappy estate agents. Fri, 26 Nov 2021 09:39:03 Z Alamy Stock Photo 2021-11-26 09:39 +00:00 2021-11-26 22:39 +13:00 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-10238959/Victorian-fernery-vs-modern-orangery-home-pick.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-10238959/Victorian-fernery-vs-modern-orangery-home-pick.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 Victorian fernery vs modern orangery: Which home would you pick? We take a look at two different garden rooms in two separate homes for sale on property website Zoopla for our latest property battle series - the question is, which one would you pick? Fri, 26 Nov 2021 08:39:45 Z None 2021-11-26 08:39 +00:00 2021-11-26 21:39 +13:00 www.stuff.co.nz/127103604 https://www.stuff.co.nz/life-style/homed/real-estate/127103604/derelict-stone-pub-with-heritage-listing-could-be-perfect-grand-designs-project.html Derelict stone pub with heritage listing could be perfect Grand Designs project Abandoned 10 years ago, and uninhabited for the past 21 years, this heritage-listed building in Canterbury needs a new owner. Fri, 26 Nov 2021 00:24:10 Z COLLEEN HAWKES 2021-11-26 00:24 +00:00 2021-11-26 13:24 +13:00 https://www.nytimes.com/2021/11/25/realestate/brooklyn-is-the-capital-of-new-yorks-sellers-market.html https://www.nytimes.com/2021/11/25/realestate/brooklyn-is-the-capital-of-new-yorks-sellers-market.html Real Estate and Housing (Residential) Prices (Fares, Fees and Rates) Brooklyn (NYC) Coronavirus Reopenings Brooklyn Is the Capital of New York’s Sellers’ Market StreetEasy compared New York City neighborhoods to find which were best for sellers. Thu, 25 Nov 2021 14:30:04 Z Michael Kolomatsky 2021-11-25 14:30 +00:00 2021-11-26 03:30 +13:00 https://www.nytimes.com/2021/11/25/realestate/housing-market-near-nyc.html https://www.nytimes.com/2021/11/25/realestate/housing-market-near-nyc.html Real Estate and Housing (Residential) Ridgewood (NJ) Armonk (NY) Homes for Sale in New York and New Jersey This week’s properties are five-bedroom homes in Armonk, N.Y., and Ridgewood, N.J. Thu, 25 Nov 2021 14:00:21 Z Jill P. Capuzzo and Anne Mancuso 2021-11-25 14:00 +00:00 2021-11-26 03:00 +13:00 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10240829/This-30m-mega-pad-set-40-acres-rolling-land-comes-royal-neighbour.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10240829/This-30m-mega-pad-set-40-acres-rolling-land-comes-royal-neighbour.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 This £30m mega-pad set in 40 acres of rolling land comes with a royal neighbour  Boasting a 1,000-bottle wine cellar and a master suite with an impressive 16 wardrobes, Harford Manor is valued at around £30million, making it one of the most expensive properties outside London. Thu, 25 Nov 2021 11:20:11 Z None 2021-11-25 11:20 +00:00 2021-11-26 00:20 +13:00 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-10229877/How-ensure-listed-homes-kitchen-extension-right-approvals.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-10229877/How-ensure-listed-homes-kitchen-extension-right-approvals.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 How can I ensure my listed home's kitchen extension has right approvals?  Before buying a period property with a recent kitchen extension, you will need to check that the relevant consents were sought. Thu, 25 Nov 2021 08:54:35 Z None 2021-11-25 08:54 +00:00 2021-11-25 21:54 +13:00 www.stuff.co.nz/300461403 https://www.stuff.co.nz/life-style/homed/nz-house-garden/300461403/gift-guide-cool-styles-for-the-little-ones-on-your-christmas-list.html Gift guide: Cool styles for the little ones on your Christmas list It's a great time of year to be a kid – and a special time to go shopping for one. Thu, 25 Nov 2021 02:54:29 Z Stuff 2021-11-25 02:54 +00:00 2021-11-25 15:54 +13:00 58af97f5440243fe3d552306:5906c0dfe4fcb573ba562253:6190e6ff50e27f1db8291bc8 https://chemcare.co.nz/articles/what-happens-asbestos-exposure What Happens Next After Asbestos Exposure? You might have a lot of ‘what happens’ questions about asbestos. We’ll try to answer them for you. Thu, 25 Nov 2021 02:00:00 Z ADMIN &nbsp; <figure class=" sqs-block-image-figure intrinsic " > <img class="thumb-image" data-image="https://images.squarespace-cdn.com/content/v1/58af97f5440243fe3d552306/1636886413794-QD2ZJX15FFK1J7RI4SE2/what+happens+after+asbestos+exposure.jpg" data-image-dimensions="1200x800" data-image-focal-point="0.5,0.5" alt="" data-load="false" data-image-id="6190e85135387872013e753b" data-type="image" src="https://images.squarespace-cdn.com/content/v1/58af97f5440243fe3d552306/1636886413794-QD2ZJX15FFK1J7RI4SE2/what+happens+after+asbestos+exposure.jpg?format=1000w" /> </figure> &nbsp;<p class="">Asbestos has been causing Kiwis a great deal of frustration for decades, and many people have found themselves in the scary position of wondering what happens next after asbestos exposure.</p><p class="">You might have been unfamiliar with what asbestos was and believe you were exposed, or you may have undertaken house renovations or repairs without knowing your home contained this hazardous building material.</p><p class="">In either case, you might have a lot of ‘what happens’ questions about asbestos. We’ll do our best to answer some of the more frequently asked questions, but you can also <a href="http://www.chemcare.co.nz">get in touch</a> if you would like to know more. </p><p class="">&nbsp;</p><h2>What Happens If You Are Exposed to Asbestos?</h2><p class="">What happens if you are exposed to asbestos can depend on your level of exposure, the length of time you were exposed, and, sometimes, just your level of luck. There is no such thing as a safe exposure level, but there’s also no telling how much asbestos you can be exposed to before you can be at risk of related health conditions.</p><p class="">However, what the research tells us so far is that short-term exposure <a href="https://www.health.govt.nz/news-media/news-items/asbestos-advice-householders#:~:text=Short%2Dterm%20low%2Dlevel%20exposure,manufacture%20of%20asbestos%2Dcontaining%20material.">rarely leads to disease</a> – but can. We also know that asbestos exposure can be cumulative, which means several short-term exposure events can increase your risk of developing severe health conditions relating to asbestos, like cancer and asbestosis.</p><p class="">But once again, there is no magic number. A single event may lead to mesothelioma in your future, but half a dozen may not. The best thing to do is take every possible measure to avoid being exposed in the first place.</p><p class="">If you’ve been exposed to asbestos through paid work or elsewhere, you may like to register with the <a href="https://www.worksafe.govt.nz/notifications/asbestos-exposure-registration/">Asbestos Exposure Register</a> (AER). This private register is used for research purposes to understand exposure in New Zealand better. </p><p class="">&nbsp;</p><h2>What Happens If You Touch Asbestos?</h2><p class="">Many people wonder what happens if you touch asbestos, almost like you can immediately become ill through touch alone. Asbestos is a natural mineral that has been mined and manufactured into other products like <a href="https://chemcare.co.nz/articles/removing-asbestos-ceiling-roofing">roofing</a> materials, vinyl, insulation, and even children’s toys. As a result, you rarely touch the natural material itself.</p><p class="">When you touch an asbestos product, you’re generally safe unless that product or material has been broken, damaged, or disturbed in some way. For example, you’re perfectly safe to walk across asbestos vinyl in good condition, but it becomes a safety hazard when that flooring becomes worn, or you start lifting it to replace it. </p><p class="">&nbsp;</p><h2>What Happens If You Breathe In Asbestos Or Inhale Asbestos?</h2><p class="">You might be wondering what happens if you breathe in or inhale asbestos. Will you become sick? What happens in your body? When you breathe in airborne asbestos fibres, they can settle in your lungs and cause inflammation. Over time, that inflammation can turn into cancer, with some of the most common types being lung cancer and mesothelioma – cancer of the lung lining. </p><p class="">Not everyone who breathes in asbestos fibres will get sick, but it’s worth being aware of how important it is to wear appropriate <a href="https://chemcare.co.nz/articles/asbestos-protective-gear">PPE</a> when handling asbestos to reduce the risk of it happening. </p><p class="">&nbsp;</p><h2>What Happens If Asbestos Is Found In Your Home?</h2><p class="">What happens if asbestos is found in your home can depend on its condition, what you’re doing with it, and what your plans are next. Many variables can determine the outcome.</p><p class="">For example, if you decided to complete home renovations and discovered that some of the materials you’re removing contain asbestos, you may need to contact an <a href="https://chemcare.co.nz/asbestos-removal">asbestos removal expert</a>. They have the necessary equipment and skills to remove it and dispose of it safely.</p><p class="">If you’ve discovered asbestos materials in your home and they’re damaged, but you’re not planning on renovating, contacting an asbestos removalist can be a suitable option in this instance, as well. They can advise on whether encapsulation is an appropriate option or whether removal will be necessary for your family’s safety. </p><p class="">&nbsp;</p><h2>What Happens If Asbestos Is Disturbed? </h2><p class="">If asbestos is disturbed, contacting an asbestos removalist is the most sensible action for you to take. Depending on where the asbestos was disturbed, they may be able to isolate and encapsulate the area or remove the entire asbestos material. </p><p class="">However, there can be different recommendations for each part of your home. For example, if you have a few damaged <a href="https://chemcare.co.nz/articles/decramastic-roof-tiles">asbestos tiles</a> on your roof, your chosen asbestos removalist may recommend removing those tiles, replacing them with non-asbestos roofing materials, and painting all tiles with suitable paint to seal them in and protect them from wear and tear. &nbsp;</p><p class="">However, if your kitchen vinyl has pulled away and exposed the asbestos-contaminated backing, they may recommend complete removal and new flooring.&nbsp;&nbsp; </p><p class="">&nbsp;</p><h2>What Happens Now?</h2><p class="">What happens now is up to you. If you have asbestos-related questions or an issue with asbestos in your home or business, now might be the right time to <a href="https://chemcare.co.nz/contact">contact an experienced team</a>. They can help you decide what the best course of action for your unique situation might be. </p> What Happens Next After Asbestos Exposure? 2021-11-25 02:00 +00:00 2021-11-25 15:00 +13:00 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-10234045/House-plot-size-London-Tube-carriage-competes-Grand-Designs-House-Year.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-10234045/House-plot-size-London-Tube-carriage-competes-Grand-Designs-House-Year.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 House on a plot the size of a London Tube carriage competes for Grand Designs House of the Year  In the programme, airing tonight on Channel 4, Kevin McCloud and his co-hosts visit five homes across the UK battling it out for a place on the shortlist to be named RIBA's House of the Year. Wed, 24 Nov 2021 12:12:39 Z None 2021-11-24 12:12 +00:00 2021-11-25 01:12 +13:00 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-10230821/Happiest-places-live-Britain-2021-revealed-Rightmove.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-10230821/Happiest-places-live-Britain-2021-revealed-Rightmove.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 Happiest places to live in Britain 2021 revealed by Rightmove The Northumberland market town of Hexham topped the list after scoring highly on several factors, including having a sense of community. Wed, 24 Nov 2021 10:26:02 Z None 2021-11-24 10:26 +00:00 2021-11-24 23:26 +13:00 https://www.latimes.com/business/real-estate/story/2021-11-23/henry-rollins-is-selling-his-industrial-compound-in-hollywood-hills https://www.latimes.com/business/real-estate/story/2021-11-23/henry-rollins-is-selling-his-industrial-compound-in-hollywood-hills Henry Rollins is selling his industrial compound in Hollywood Hills <p>In Nichols Canyon, singer Henry Rollins is shopping around his hyper-masculine home of 13 years for $3.9 million.</p> Tue, 23 Nov 2021 22:31:55 Z Jack Flemming <p>In Nichols Canyon, singer Henry Rollins is shopping around his hyper-masculine home of 13 years for $3.9 million.</p> Clad in concrete, the three-story home is protected by steel gates and a steel front door. LA360VR 2021-11-23 22:31 +00:00 2021-11-24 11:31 +13:00 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-10234641/Dome-shaped-house-runs-purely-natural-energy-sun-goes-market-690K.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-10234641/Dome-shaped-house-runs-purely-natural-energy-sun-goes-market-690K.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 Dome-shaped house that runs purely on all-natural energy from the sun goes on the market for $690K The quirky, 1,477-square-foot home is located in Kennebunkport, Maine, and was built in 2003. It boasts a photovoltaic electrical system - meaning it is powered by energy from the sun. Tue, 23 Nov 2021 19:49:33 Z None 2021-11-23 19:49 +00:00 2021-11-24 08:49 +13:00 https://www.theguardian.com/business/2021/nov/23/uk-house-sales-fall-stamp-duty-holiday-hmrc-figures https://www.theguardian.com/business/2021/nov/23/uk-house-sales-fall-stamp-duty-holiday-hmrc-figures Housing market Real estate Property House prices Business Money Stamp duty Tax UK house sales fall 52% in month after stamp duty holiday deadline <p>HMRC property market figures reveal most subdued October for almost decade</p><p>House sales tumbled by more than half during the first few weeks after the end of the extended stamp duty holiday in England and Northern Ireland, leading to the quietest October property market for almost a decade.</p><p>After a record surge in activity earlier in the year, transactions across the UK slumped by 52% in a month to reach 76,930 in October after thousands of homebuyers rushed to complete their purchases and beat the government’s end-of-September stamp duty holiday deadline applying to buyers in the largest market, England and Northern Ireland.</p> <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/business/2021/nov/23/uk-house-sales-fall-stamp-duty-holiday-hmrc-figures">Continue reading...</a> Tue, 23 Nov 2021 13:04:13 Z Photograph: Maureen McLean/REX/Shutterstock Photograph: Maureen McLean/REX/Shutterstock Rupert Jones 2021-11-23T13:04:13Z 2021-11-23 13:04 +00:00 2021-11-24 02:04 +13:00 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-10221733/A-tenants-35-moved-home-return-office.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-10221733/A-tenants-35-moved-home-return-office.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 A third of tenants under-35 have moved home to return to the office A survey said that 27 per cent of those polled aged 18 to 35 found renting a place to live within their budget has become 'painfully difficult' Tue, 23 Nov 2021 08:37:23 Z Getty Images 2021-11-23 08:37 +00:00 2021-11-23 21:37 +13:00 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-10222071/Leaseholders-share-fury-450k-cost-new-intercom-system.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-10222071/Leaseholders-share-fury-450k-cost-new-intercom-system.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 Leaseholders share fury at £450k cost of new intercom system The £450,000 cost of the new intercom system at a block of flats in East London will be born by leaseholders such as Liam Spender, pictured. Tue, 23 Nov 2021 08:36:54 Z None 2021-11-23 08:36 +00:00 2021-11-23 21:36 +13:00 https://www.latimes.com/business/real-estate/story/2021-11-22/matt-damon-sells-pacific-palisades-mansion https://www.latimes.com/business/real-estate/story/2021-11-22/matt-damon-sells-pacific-palisades-mansion Matt Damon unloads Pacific Palisades mansion for $18 million <p>In Pacific Palisades, Oscar-winning actor Matt Damon has sold his architectural mansion to Warner Bros. CEO Ann Sarnoff for $18 million.</p> Mon, 22 Nov 2021 20:25:10 Z Jack Flemming <p>In Pacific Palisades, Oscar-winning actor Matt Damon has sold his architectural mansion to Warner Bros. CEO Ann Sarnoff for $18 million.</p> At the heart of the home, there's a voluminous atrium under 35-foot mahogany vaulted ceilings. Alexis Adams 2021-11-22 20:25 +00:00 2021-11-23 09:25 +13:00 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10229703/Derelict-cottage-overlooking-Watership-600-000.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10229703/Derelict-cottage-overlooking-Watership-600-000.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 Derelict cottage overlooking Watership Down could be yours for £600,000 Elizabeth Cottage, at Crookham Common, near Newbury, Berkshire, has been uninhabited for more than a decade but will go on the market tomorrow for fans of Richard Adams' 1972 novel. Mon, 22 Nov 2021 16:53:37 Z AUCTION HOUSE SUSSEX/ WESSEX NEW 2021-11-22 16:53 +00:00 2021-11-23 05:53 +13:00 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10228351/All-new-buildings-need-charging-points-electric-vehicles-installed-year.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10228351/All-new-buildings-need-charging-points-electric-vehicles-installed-year.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 All new buildings will need to have charging points for electric vehicles installed from next year New-build homes, supermarkets and workplaces will have to install charging points as standard, while properties undergoing renovations will also be forced to make the upgrades. Mon, 22 Nov 2021 08:28:54 Z Shutterstock / guteksk7 2021-11-22 08:28 +00:00 2021-11-22 21:28 +13:00 https://www.theguardian.com/money/2021/nov/22/should-i-use-a-buy-to-let-property-to-pay-off-my-student-loan https://www.theguardian.com/money/2021/nov/22/should-i-use-a-buy-to-let-property-to-pay-off-my-student-loan Property Student finance Buying to let Money UK news Students Education Higher education Should I use a buy-to-let property to pay off my student loan? <p>I’m a junior doctor who has saved up about £50,000 and am keen to clear my £80,000 debt</p><p><strong>Q</strong> I am a junior doctor working in the NHS and earning about £40,000 a year. I have managed to save about £50,000 after several years of working while living at home. I currently have a student loan of about £80,000 at 6.6% interest a year, amounting to £4,500 extra a year. I am currently paying the minimum, and am keen to pay off the loan soon.</p><p>I would like to use my savings to buy a buy-to-let property and use the rental income to pay off my student loans. However, this will be my first property, and I am anxious about whether this will affect any future mortgages towards my own home, and whether it will even be worth the hassle in the long run. I would be very grateful for your opinion.<br><strong>AH</strong></p> <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/money/2021/nov/22/should-i-use-a-buy-to-let-property-to-pay-off-my-student-loan">Continue reading...</a> Mon, 22 Nov 2021 07:00:19 Z Photograph: Kevin Britland/Alamy Photograph: Kevin Britland/Alamy Virginia Wallis 2021-11-22T07:00:19Z 2021-11-22 07:00 +00:00 2021-11-22 20:00 +13:00 https://www.theguardian.com/society/2021/nov/22/revealed-first-time-buyer-homes-less-affordable-under-tories https://www.theguardian.com/society/2021/nov/22/revealed-first-time-buyer-homes-less-affordable-under-tories Housing First-time buyers Money Society Housing market Communities UK news Revealed: first-time homes have grown less affordable under the Tories <p>Guardian analysis shows situation has worsened in most of England and Wales since 2015</p><p>First-time buyers have seen the gap between their wages and house prices grow in the vast majority of councils in England and Wales, casting doubt on Boris Johnson’s promise to <a href="https://web.archive.org/web/20211007051630/https://www.conservatives.com/news/boris-johnson-read-the-prime-ministers-keynote-speech-in-full">“turn generation rent into generation buy”</a>.</p><p>Just over a year ago, the prime minister said he wanted to give people “the fundamental life-affirming power of home ownership” and “spread that opportunity to every part of the country”.</p> <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/society/2021/nov/22/revealed-first-time-buyer-homes-less-affordable-under-tories">Continue reading...</a> Mon, 22 Nov 2021 07:00:18 Z Photograph: Yui Mok/PA Photograph: Yui Mok/PA Tobi Thomas, Pamela Duncan and Hilary Osborne 2021-11-22T07:00:18Z 2021-11-22 07:00 +00:00 2021-11-22 20:00 +13:00 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-10217937/How-transform-spare-room-Christmas-treat-guests.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-10217937/How-transform-spare-room-Christmas-treat-guests.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 How to transform your spare room into a Christmas treat for guests Most of us are relishing the chance to host visitors over Christmas. But for a stay to remember, spare rooms must be transformed into chic sanctuaries.. Sat, 20 Nov 2021 09:17:02 Z None 2021-11-20 09:17 +00:00 2021-11-20 22:17 +13:00 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-10217365/Almost-900-studio-flats-sale-Zoopla-cost-average-home.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-10217365/Almost-900-studio-flats-sale-Zoopla-cost-average-home.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 Almost 900 studio flats for sale on Zoopla cost more than an average home Zoopla revealed there are 878 studios for sale online that cost more than the average national house price of £325,000. Sat, 20 Nov 2021 09:16:44 Z None 2021-11-20 09:16 +00:00 2021-11-20 22:16 +13:00 https://www.latimes.com/business/story/2021-11-19/wells-fargo-mortgage-fee https://www.latimes.com/business/story/2021-11-19/wells-fargo-mortgage-fee Column: Wells Fargo found another way to abuse customers. Then I called them on it <p>Wells Fargo had found a way to charge some of its customers $30 to transfer funds from one division of the bank to another when paying off a mortgage. </p> Fri, 19 Nov 2021 14:00:15 Z David Lazarus <p>Wells Fargo had found a way to charge some of its customers $30 to transfer funds from one division of the bank to another when paying off a mortgage. </p> SAN FRANCISCO, CA - JULY 14: A sign is posted at a Wells Fargo Bank branch office on July 14, 2017 in San Francisco, California. San Francisco based Wells Fargo & Co. reported better-than-expected second quarter earnings with profits up 5 percent to $5.8 billion, or $1.07 per share. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images) Justin Sullivan/Getty Images 2021-11-19 14:00 +00:00 2021-11-20 03:00 +13:00 https://www.theguardian.com/business/2021/nov/19/higher-interest-rates-could-weigh-on-uk-housing-market https://www.theguardian.com/business/2021/nov/19/higher-interest-rates-could-weigh-on-uk-housing-market Housing market Business Nationwide Real estate Property Money House prices Bank of England Stamp duty Banks and building societies Tax Higher interest rates ‘could weigh on UK housing market’ <p>Nationwide says market is ‘remarkably robust’ – but borrowing costs may rise in December</p><p>Nationwide Building Society has said there could be a “cooling” of the UK’s red-hot housing market because of rising inflation and interest rates.</p><p>Robert Gardner, the chief economist at the UK’s second-largest mortgage lender, said the housing market is currently “remarkably robust” despite the end of incentives such as the government’s stamp duty holiday at the end of September.</p> <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/business/2021/nov/19/higher-interest-rates-could-weigh-on-uk-housing-market">Continue reading...</a> Fri, 19 Nov 2021 12:55:40 Z Photograph: Greg Balfour Evans/Alamy Photograph: Greg Balfour Evans/Alamy Mark Sweney 2021-11-19T12:55:40Z 2021-11-19 12:55 +00:00 2021-11-20 01:55 +13:00 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-10217895/How-build-natural-pond-lake-home.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-10217895/How-build-natural-pond-lake-home.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 How to build a natural pond or lake for your home These days anyone can soak in natural water in the privacy of their own back garden by installing a natural swimming pond. Fri, 19 Nov 2021 09:00:35 Z None 2021-11-19 09:00 +00:00 2021-11-19 22:00 +13:00 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-10213275/Four-homes-sale-Zoopla-aviation-aficionados.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-10213275/Four-homes-sale-Zoopla-aviation-aficionados.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 Four homes for sale on Zoopla for aviation aficionados We have picked four homes for sale that are perfect for aviation aficionados, including one with a full landing strip in the back garden. Fri, 19 Nov 2021 08:51:37 Z None 2021-11-19 08:51 +00:00 2021-11-19 21:51 +13:00 https://www.theguardian.com/money/gallery/2021/nov/19/homes-for-sale-priced-near-the-uk-average-of-270000-in-pictures https://www.theguardian.com/money/gallery/2021/nov/19/homes-for-sale-priced-near-the-uk-average-of-270000-in-pictures Money Consumer affairs Property House prices UK news Scotland Edinburgh Homes for sale priced near the UK average of £270,000 – in pictures <p>From a studio flat in London to a spacious Georgian terrace in Edinburgh</p> <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/money/gallery/2021/nov/19/homes-for-sale-priced-near-the-uk-average-of-270000-in-pictures">Continue reading...</a> Fri, 19 Nov 2021 07:00:28 Z Photograph: Felix Mooneeram/Sanderson Young Photograph: Felix Mooneeram/Sanderson Young Anna White 2021-11-19T07:00:28Z 2021-11-19 07:00 +00:00 2021-11-19 20:00 +13:00 https://www.latimes.com/business/real-estate/story/2021-11-18/eco-friendly-dome-topanga-hills-for-sale https://www.latimes.com/business/real-estate/story/2021-11-18/eco-friendly-dome-topanga-hills-for-sale An eco-friendly dome built into the Topanga hills seeks $1.6 million <p>In the hills of Topanga, an eco-friendly dome built into the rocky landscape is on the market for $1.6 million.</p> Fri, 19 Nov 2021 00:47:39 Z Jack Flemming <p>In the hills of Topanga, an eco-friendly dome built into the rocky landscape is on the market for $1.6 million.</p> Built in 2021, the two-story dome is covered by soil on three sides. Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices 2021-11-19 00:47 +00:00 2021-11-19 13:47 +13:00 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-10195027/Home-D-Day-veteran-sale-time-50-years.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-10195027/Home-D-Day-veteran-sale-time-50-years.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 Home of D-Day veteran is for sale for the first time in 50 years The country house of D-Day veteran Bob Stoodley is called Otterbeck Hall and was last for sale on the open market in 1967. Thu, 18 Nov 2021 16:55:12 Z None 2021-11-18 16:55 +00:00 2021-11-19 05:55 +13:00 https://www.latimes.com/business/story/2021-11-18/california-holds-70-percent-of-the-countrys-priciest-zip-codes-for-home-buyers https://www.latimes.com/business/story/2021-11-18/california-holds-70-percent-of-the-countrys-priciest-zip-codes-for-home-buyers California holds 70% of the country's priciest ZIP Codes for home buyers <p>California maintains its reign as the most expensive state in the U.S. for home buyers, with 89 of the nation's 127 priciest ZIP Codes, a new study finds.</p> Thu, 18 Nov 2021 13:00:34 Z Jack Flemming <p>California maintains its reign as the most expensive state in the U.S. for home buyers, with 89 of the nation's 127 priciest ZIP Codes, a new study finds.</p> Beverly Hills, CA - September 08: An aerial view of "The One Bel Air", a 105,000-square-foot mansion with a sky deck and putting green, night club, several swimming pools, a 50-seat theater, a four-lane bowling alley and more by Nile Niami of Skyline Development and designed by Paul McClean (McClean Design). The One is shown by court-appointed receiver Ted Lanes, who now controls the property and is in charge of finding a buyer and paying off the lenders and other creditors, gives a tour of The One, the 105,000 square foot house on sale in Bel Air. This is apparently the largest home for sale in the United States. The developer Nial Niami "listed" it for $500 million but got into financial trouble and was foreclosed upon by Don Hankey. Photo taken in Bel Air on Wednesday, Sept. 8, 2021 in Beverly Hills, CA. (Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times) Allen J. Schaben/Los Angeles Times 2021-11-18 13:00 +00:00 2021-11-19 02:00 +13:00 https://www.latimes.com/business/story/2021-11-18/southern-california-home-prices-up-14-percent-october-real-estate-red-hot-market https://www.latimes.com/business/story/2021-11-18/southern-california-home-prices-up-14-percent-october-real-estate-red-hot-market 'It's still not easy': SoCal home-buying frenzy cools — a bit <p>Southern California's housing market has slowed ever so slightly, but it remains ultracompetitive. Prices in October were up 14% from a year earlier.</p> Thu, 18 Nov 2021 13:00:18 Z Andrew Khouri <p>Southern California's housing market has slowed ever so slightly, but it remains ultracompetitive. Prices in October were up 14% from a year earlier.</p> "Ocean View" attached to the home's for sale sign grabs drivers' attention as they make their way along Bayside Drive in Corona del Mar, on April 26, 2021. Susan Hoffman 2021-11-18 13:00 +00:00 2021-11-19 02:00 +13:00 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-10203535/Farewell-DIY-era-Millennials-spend-1-140-year-home-decor.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-10203535/Farewell-DIY-era-Millennials-spend-1-140-year-home-decor.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 Farewell to the DIY era? Millennials spend £1,140 a year on home decor Those aged between 25 and 34 years old spend more than any other age group on home décor products such as wallpaper and furniture. Thu, 18 Nov 2021 08:45:22 Z Shutterstock / antoniodiaz 2021-11-18 08:45 +00:00 2021-11-18 21:45 +13:00 58af97f5440243fe3d552306:5906c0dfe4fcb573ba562253:6190e4853922407490f7ab8e https://chemcare.co.nz/articles/when-was-asbestos-invented When Was Asbestos Invented? Some people become aware of the existence of asbestos when they undertake home renovations. Until that point, it hasn’t affected their life in any way and wasn’t a cause for concern. Thu, 18 Nov 2021 02:00:00 Z ADMIN &nbsp; <figure class=" sqs-block-image-figure intrinsic " > <img class="thumb-image" data-image="https://images.squarespace-cdn.com/content/v1/58af97f5440243fe3d552306/8121661d-5ea7-4fc0-bc50-b4bdd2c3117f/when+was+asbestos+invented.jpg" data-image-dimensions="1200x800" data-image-focal-point="0.5,0.5" alt="" data-load="false" data-image-id="6190e5d11cf2e22c88220d93" data-type="image" src="https://images.squarespace-cdn.com/content/v1/58af97f5440243fe3d552306/8121661d-5ea7-4fc0-bc50-b4bdd2c3117f/when+was+asbestos+invented.jpg?format=1000w" /> </figure> &nbsp;<p class="">Some people become aware of the existence of asbestos when they undertake home renovations. Until that point, it hasn’t affected their life in any way and wasn’t a cause for concern.</p><p class="">However, that can all change as soon as you start ripping into asbestos vinyl or tearing <a href="https://chemcare.co.nz/articles/super-six-roofing">down Super Six asbestos-cement sheet roofing materials</a>. It’s at that point that you might learn about asbestos and ask the question: when was asbestos invented? We can answer that question and others below. </p><p class="">&nbsp;</p><h2>Who Invented Asbestos?</h2><p class="">It’s only natural to ask who invented asbestos so that you can lay the tens of thousands of asbestos-related deaths squarely on their shoulders. <strong>The truth is; <em>no one </em>invented asbestos.</strong> It’s a naturally occurring mineral that exists on every single continent in the world. </p><p class="">We can’t even lay the blame on any one person’s shoulders for using it in products we use in everyday life because its use dates back hundreds of thousands of years. Archeologists even found asbestos fibres dating back to the Stone Age, and they believe the fibres were used as wicks in candles and lamps as early as 4000 BC. </p><p class="">&nbsp;</p><h2>Who Started Using Asbestos? </h2><p class="">Archeologists think that asbestos was used in the ancient world and Middle Ages, with it being manufactured into clay pots and cloth. However, you can blame your great, great, great grandparents for its commercialization and widespread use in our modern world.</p><p class="">The asbestos industry really started thriving around the late 1800s with the beginning of the <a href="https://www.britannica.com/event/Industrial-Revolution">Industrial Revolution</a>. It was becoming well known for its versatility in a wide variety of applications, so mining and manufacturing took off. We were living, breathing, and dreaming about asbestos. </p><p class="">Largely, this was because much of what powered the Industrial Revolution was boilers, steam engines, electrical generators, turbines, and ovens. The chemical, heat, electricity, and water resistance of asbestos made it the golden standard product. </p><p class="">&nbsp;</p><h2>The Mining Boom</h2><p class="">Word was getting out. Asbestos was great, and every country wanted to be a part of the action. In the early 19th century, Free State, Africa, found <a href="https://chemcare.co.nz/articles/serpentine-vs-amphibole">blue asbestos</a>, and then Thetford Township in southeastern Quebec discovered white asbestos in 1876. </p><p class="">Not long after, Canada created the world’s first commercial asbestos mines and joined Russia in excavating chrysotile, white asbestos, which is found in over 95 per cent of all asbestos products.</p><p class="">Mines started popping up everywhere from that point on. Germany, England, and Scotland found their feet in this industry, and Italy had already been mining tremolite asbestos for many years by this stage.</p><p class="">In the 1880s, Australia started mining asbestos in New South Wales, and Finland got on board with anthophyllite asbestos mining in the early 1900s. Transvaal, South Africa, followed on with the discovery of amosite, brown asbestos, and Swaziland and Zimbabwe became known for their chrysotile mines. </p><p class="">&nbsp;</p><h2>Who Still Wants and Uses Asbestos?</h2><p class="">The asbestos mining industry started with a hiss, roar, and a bang, but then people <a href="https://www.asbestos.com/mesothelioma/death-rate/">started dying</a>. There was a decline in demand for it by the late 1970s as more and more people began to realise how dangerous it was. </p><p class="">Trade unions started demanding safer working conditions, and liability claims were made against asbestos manufacturers. New environment regulations pushed for a complete or partial ban of asbestos in 17 countries by 2003, and it was banned throughout the EU by 2005. Iceland was the first country to ban asbestos imports in 1983, and Sweden followed.</p><p class="">However, even though it’s now banned in 55 countries, it’s still permitted in China, Russia, India, Canada, and the United States. Russia is the top producer, mining around a million metric tonnes in 2015. </p><p class="">Most of the western world no longer uses asbestos, but it <em>is </em>still used. India and China produce many different products with asbestos and use hundreds of thousands of metric tonnes annually. Unfortunately, some of these products do end up in western countries.</p><p class="">Even though most countries are no longer producing it or importing it, millions of tonnes of asbestos remain in buildings around the world – including here in Aotearoa.</p><p class="">&nbsp;</p><h2>Where Can You Find Asbestos?</h2><p class="">An easier question to ask would be, where <em>can’t </em>asbestos be found? WorkSafe has created a <a href="https://www.worksafe.govt.nz/topic-and-industry/asbestos/working-with-asbestos/where-asbestos-can-be-found/">long list</a> of asbestos-contaminated products and materials that might be lurking in the average pre-2000 built home. These include flooring, walls, roofing, plumbing and electrical components, and even insulation. </p><p data-rte-preserve-empty="true" class=""></p><h2>What Can We Do About Asbestos?</h2><p class="">There is no way to solve our asbestos problem overnight, especially when we’ve learned that no one is responsible for inventing it. However, we can all play a part in correcting some of our mistakes. </p><p class="">The next time you carry out home repairs, take the time to request <a href="https://chemcare.co.nz/asbestos/testing">asbestos testing</a>. If this hazardous natural mineral is present<em>, </em>you can enlist the services of an asbestos removal team to remove it safely and dispose of it responsibly. &nbsp;</p> When Was Asbestos Invented? 2021-11-18 02:00 +00:00 2021-11-18 15:00 +13:00 https://www.latimes.com/business/real-estate/story/2021-11-16/billy-bob-thornton-sells-his-leafy-retreat-in-brentwood-for-3-6-million https://www.latimes.com/business/real-estate/story/2021-11-16/billy-bob-thornton-sells-his-leafy-retreat-in-brentwood-for-3-6-million Billy Bob Thornton sells his leafy retreat in Brentwood for $3.6 million <p>After eight years in Brentwood, Oscar-winning actor Billy Bob Thornton has sold his traditional-style spot in Mandeville Canyon for $3.6 million.</p> Tue, 16 Nov 2021 20:49:40 Z Jack Flemming <p>After eight years in Brentwood, Oscar-winning actor Billy Bob Thornton has sold his traditional-style spot in Mandeville Canyon for $3.6 million.</p> Surrounded by sycamore trees, the leafy residence centers on a five-bedroom traditional built in the 1950s. Lee Manning 2021-11-16 20:49 +00:00 2021-11-17 09:49 +13:00 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-10191789/Couple-house-two-cocker-spaniels-Fudge-Toffee.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-10191789/Couple-house-two-cocker-spaniels-Fudge-Toffee.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 Couple move house for their two cocker spaniels Fudge and Toffee  Lynne and Mark Baker-Cowell want to move out of London, with their primary motivation being to find a large garden for their two cocker spaniels. Tue, 16 Nov 2021 08:13:30 Z None 2021-11-16 08:13 +00:00 2021-11-16 21:13 +13:00 https://www.latimes.com/homeless-housing/story/2021-11-15/gimme-shelter-why-modern-freeway-construction-is-still-taking-homes-in-black-and-latino-areas https://www.latimes.com/homeless-housing/story/2021-11-15/gimme-shelter-why-modern-freeway-construction-is-still-taking-homes-in-black-and-latino-areas 'Gimme Shelter': Why modern freeway construction is still taking homes in Black and Latino areas <p>A Los Angeles Times investigation reveals that more than 200,000 people have lost their homes to freeway construction over the last three decades. </p> Mon, 15 Nov 2021 21:18:26 Z Liam Dillon <p>A Los Angeles Times investigation reveals that more than 200,000 people have lost their homes to freeway construction over the last three decades. </p> Boyle Heights, CA - September 22: Alex Contreras, and his daughter, Alex Contreras, an activist against highway expansion in Los Angeles, look at the sight of where his childhood home used to be near the 101 Freeway in Boyle Heights. They were looking out an attic window overlooking the sight of where the house Alex grew up in in Boyle Heights was torn down and replaced with an apartment complex through eminent domain. The land to reportedly needed to support a light rail project near the 101 Freeway and across the street from Mariachi Plaza in Boyle Heights. Photo taken on Wednesday, Sept. 22, 2021. Contreras' parents' home in Downey could be threatened by the proposed expansion of the I-5 and I-605. Contreras' great-grandparents had the 101 Freeway built across the street from their home in Boyle Heights. Contreras' grandparents had their home, also in Boyle Heights, taken for a transportation project via eminent domain. Generations of Contreras' family has been affected by highway construction. I'm going to be the Contreras that says, 'No, this is not going to happen. Not under my watch,'" they said. "I've had too many generations suffer. I'm not going to let any more suffer after me." (Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times) Allen J. Schaben/Los Angeles Times 2021-11-15 21:18 +00:00 2021-11-16 10:18 +13:00 https://www.latimes.com/entertainment-arts/story/2021-11-15/smart-reuse-revives-hearst-julia-morgan-herald-examiner-building-tower-theatre https://www.latimes.com/entertainment-arts/story/2021-11-15/smart-reuse-revives-hearst-julia-morgan-herald-examiner-building-tower-theatre Way better than a parking lot: Smart reuse revives Julia Morgan's Herald Examiner building <p>An Apple store redo of Tower Theatre and the renovated William Randolph Hearst Herald Examiner building bring Broadway's historic architecture back from the brink.</p> Mon, 15 Nov 2021 21:14:41 Z Carolina A. Miranda <p>An Apple store redo of Tower Theatre and the renovated William Randolph Hearst Herald Examiner building bring Broadway's historic architecture back from the brink.</p> A view of the Herald Examiner building in downtown Los Angeles following an extensive renovation by the architectural firm Gensler, which has reinvented much of the space as a learning center for Arizona State University. Ryan Gobuty / Gensler 2021-11-15 21:14 +00:00 2021-11-16 10:14 +13:00 https://www.latimes.com/business/story/2021-11-15/la-parks-are-not-equitably-distributed-how-to-fix https://www.latimes.com/business/story/2021-11-15/la-parks-are-not-equitably-distributed-how-to-fix Parks and green spaces are vital for neighborhoods, so why aren't there more? <p>We know parks are not equitably distributed across L.A. What's the hold-up on building more?  </p> Mon, 15 Nov 2021 13:00:58 Z Rachel Schnalzer <p>We know parks are not equitably distributed across L.A. What's the hold-up on building more?  </p> Los Angeles, CA - August 24,2021: Visitors walk past a foot bridge in Griffith Park on the Fern Dell Nature Trail on Tuesday, Aug. 24, 2021 in Los Angeles, CA. (Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times) Brian van der Brug/Los Angeles Times 2021-11-15 13:00 +00:00 2021-11-16 02:00 +13:00 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-10181163/The-10-steps-leaseholders-need-follow-complete-freehold-transfer.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-10181163/The-10-steps-leaseholders-need-follow-complete-freehold-transfer.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 The steps that leaseholders need to follow to complete a freehold transfer We outline 10 steps to completing a freehold transfer in a timely manner, including which notices need to be served and in what circumstances. Mon, 15 Nov 2021 08:50:21 Z None 2021-11-15 08:50 +00:00 2021-11-15 21:50 +13:00 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-10190793/Three-quarters-time-buyers-say-pandemic-damaged-prospects.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-10190793/Three-quarters-time-buyers-say-pandemic-damaged-prospects.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 Three quarters of first-time buyers say pandemic has damaged prospects The research by Latimer also suggested that a purchase or move had been delayed by at least three years for a fifth of potential buyers. Mon, 15 Nov 2021 08:03:43 Z Shutterstock / Monkey Business Images 2021-11-15 08:03 +00:00 2021-11-15 21:03 +13:00 https://www.theguardian.com/money/2021/nov/15/should-i-spend-a-quarter-of-the-value-of-my-home-to-reduce-its-carbon-footprint https://www.theguardian.com/money/2021/nov/15/should-i-spend-a-quarter-of-the-value-of-my-home-to-reduce-its-carbon-footprint Property Money Carbon footprints Environment UK news Should I spend a quarter of the value of my home to reduce its carbon footprint? <p>I want to replace windows and add insulation, but I’m not sure if it makes economic sense</p><p><strong>Q</strong> Should I spend the equivalent of a quarter of the value of my home to reduce its carbon footprint?</p><p>This cost would replace windows and add insulation and cladding. It should keep the heating bills down – it already has a ground source heat pump. I intend to live in the house for at least the next five years. I can afford it but does it make economic sense?<br><strong>JK</strong></p> <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/money/2021/nov/15/should-i-spend-a-quarter-of-the-value-of-my-home-to-reduce-its-carbon-footprint">Continue reading...</a> Mon, 15 Nov 2021 07:00:23 Z Photograph: Paul Glendell/Alamy Photograph: Paul Glendell/Alamy Virginia Wallis 2021-11-15T07:00:23Z 2021-11-15 07:00 +00:00 2021-11-15 20:00 +13:00 https://www.theguardian.com/business/2021/nov/15/uk-boom-microflats-property-house-prices-barratts https://www.theguardian.com/business/2021/nov/15/uk-boom-microflats-property-house-prices-barratts Housing market Real estate London Property House prices Business Money UK news Construction industry Planning policy Politics Barratt Developments Renting property Generational inequality Inequality Housing ‘I have to move my bike to get to the fridge’ – the UK boom in microflats <p>From rentals the size of a tiny hotel room to Barratt’s pocket-sized new-builds, the market is expanding</p><p>For Rioch Fitzpatrick, a 39-year-old dubbing mixer for television, home is a tiny studio flat smaller than a standard Premier Inn hotel bedroom. At just 19 sq metres (204 sq ft), his north London “microflat” has a shower and lavatory separated from the main room by a partition, without even a separate wash basin. </p><p>“It’s probably a bit odd, people coming in and seeing your bed in the kitchen, but I’ve just got used to it,” he says. “My neighbours live in a flat similar to mine – a couple with a two-year-old kid. That must be really tough.”</p><p>The flat was refurbished but there are annoying things – I have to keep moving my bike around to get to the fridge,” he says.</p> <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/business/2021/nov/15/uk-boom-microflats-property-house-prices-barratts">Continue reading...</a> Mon, 15 Nov 2021 06:00:21 Z Photograph: Christian Sinibaldi/The Guardian Photograph: Christian Sinibaldi/The Guardian Julia Kollewe 2021-11-15T06:00:21Z 2021-11-15 06:00 +00:00 2021-11-15 19:00 +13:00 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-10191519/Transform-period-property-return-extension.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-10191519/Transform-period-property-return-extension.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 Transform a period property with a side return extension Extending into the side return is a way of updating 19th-century homes for 21st-century living, making the kitchen the main communal area. Sun, 14 Nov 2021 11:10:47 Z None 2021-11-14 11:10 +00:00 2021-11-15 00:10 +13:00 58af97f5440243fe3d552306:5906c0dfe4fcb573ba562253:6190e04bab72033c5d054277 https://chemcare.co.nz/articles/indoor-air-pollutants The Indoor Air Pollutants You Need to Be Aware Of As beautiful as our country is, we do have a long list of air pollutants. We’ve included some of the most common ones below. Sun, 14 Nov 2021 10:14:31 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/ecc7f0c4-8926-4384-884f-ad4a421581b1/carbon+monoxide+is+an+indoor+air+pollutant.jpg" data-image-dimensions="1200x800" data-image-focal-point="0.5,0.5" alt="" data-load="false" data-image-id="6190e15335387872013e43db" data-type="image" src="https://images.squarespace-cdn.com/content/v1/58af97f5440243fe3d552306/ecc7f0c4-8926-4384-884f-ad4a421581b1/carbon+monoxide+is+an+indoor+air+pollutant.jpg?format=1000w" /> </figure> &nbsp;<p class="">Aotearoa New Zealand has a <a href="https://environment.govt.nz/assets/Publications/Files/clean-green-aug01-final.pdf">clean green image</a>, which we often use to attract tourists from other countries. This image has long been disputed by those who say our rivers are among the most polluted, but it’s not just the rivers that may not be as clean as we thought; it’s possibly our air, too. &nbsp;</p><p class="">As beautiful as our country is, we do have a long list of air pollutants. We’ve included some of the most common ones below. </p><p data-rte-preserve-empty="true" class=""></p><h2>Asbestos </h2><p class="">Asbestos in its natural form is not an air pollutant. It’s a mineral fibre within rock and soil and causes no one any harm. However, in the early 1900s, it started to be used to create a wide variety of products because it had excellent insulating and fire-retardant properties.</p><p class="">It became a possible hazard as soon as it was added to things like <a href="https://chemcare.co.nz/articles/why-asbestos-was-used-in-building-materials">building materials</a>, packaging, friction products, and coatings. When any of those products were broken, small asbestos particles could be released into the air, which could then be breathed in by those nearby.</p><p class="">Breathing in the small fibres can cause inflammation that may lead to a variety of potentially fatal health conditions like mesothelioma. Asbestos is still present in many of our homes, so it remains a potential air pollutant. </p><p class="">If you have asbestos-containing building materials that are damaged or in need of removal during renovations, you can reduce the risk of it becoming an air pollutant by hiring <a href="https://chemcare.co.nz/">asbestos removal experts</a> to take care of removal and disposal for you.</p><p class="">&nbsp;</p><h2>Biological Pollutants</h2><p class="">When you think of pollutants, you probably imagine things we humans have made that aren’t exactly good for our health. However, we also have many biological pollutants in NZ that come from living things.</p><p class="">Some of the most common biological pollutants are pollens, viruses from people and animals, mold, insect droppings, dander from pets, and even the irritating protein in rodent urine that becomes airborne when dried.</p><p class="">Biological pollutants can cause a wide range of allergic reactions in many people, such as asthma, allergic rhinitis, and <a href="https://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health-topics/hypersensitivity-pneumonitis">hypersensitivity pneumonitis</a>. Symptoms of some of these pollutants can often be sneezing, coughing, fever, lethargy, shortness of breath, dizziness, and watery eyes. </p><p class="">&nbsp;</p><h2>Carbon Monoxide</h2><p class="">From 2006 to 2014, 379 people in New Zealand died from carbon monoxide exposure, with 96% of those deaths from intentional exposure. </p><p class="">Carbon monoxide is an odourless, colourless, and tasteless gas, which means you may not know you’re being affected by it until it’s too late. It’s produced by the combustion of fossil fuels and has many <a href="https://bpac.org.nz/2019/co.aspx#:~:text=In%20New%20Zealand%2C%20carbon%20monoxide,96%25%20of%20these%20intentional%20exposures.&amp;text=The%20severity%20of%20carbon%20monoxide,are%20more%20susceptible%20than%20others.">potential sources</a> like un-flued fuel heaters, LPG-powered fridges without venting, and running vehicles in enclosed spaces. </p><p class="">Repeated low-level exposure can lead to headaches, dizziness, loss of balance, lethargy, sleep disturbances, mood changes, and concentration problems. The impact of this air pollutant can depend on the level and duration of exposure.</p><p class="">&nbsp;</p><h2>Formaldehyde </h2><p class="">Unwrapping new furniture for the first time can be a joyous occasion. As soon as you pull it out of its box or take the plastic off, a smell wafts into the air that we often describe as that ‘new’ smell.</p><p class="">But is it the smell of ‘new’ or formaldehyde? Formaldehyde is a colourless gas that products with formaldehyde-based resins like plywood, paint, varnishes, and some cleaning products, release into the air. </p><p class="">Formaldehyde readings in a home can be at their highest after a renovation, and you may be exposed to it over several years. </p><p class="">&nbsp;</p><h2>Lead</h2><p class="">Lead is an incredibly harmful <a href="https://www.health.govt.nz/your-health/conditions-and-treatments/diseases-and-illnesses/lead-poisoning">environmental pollutant</a> that can damage brains and nervous systems. It used to be included in paint, petrol, plumbing materials, and even old toys. Lead was removed from petrol in 1996 and is no longer used in house paint, automotive paint, and industrial paint.</p><p class="">Still, the risk of lead poisoning still remains. Adults may be exposed to lead through dust from activities like restoring old homes with lead paint. Children may also be impacted if they play in lead-contaminated soil or dust or put toys in their mouth that may have been painted with lead-based paint. </p><p class="">&nbsp;</p><h2>Nitrogen Dioxide (NO2)</h2><p class="">Nitrogen dioxide is a toxic gas commonly associated with combustion processes like unvented gas stoves, defective vented appliances, tobacco smoke, welding, and kerosene heaters.</p><p class="">This pollutant can affect your eyes, nose, throat, and respiratory tract. In severe cases of exposure, it may even cause pulmonary edema and chronic bronchitis. </p><p class="">&nbsp;</p><h2>Pesticides</h2><p class="">Here in New Zealand, we use a wide range of pesticides due to our expansive agricultural industry. While most pesticides aren’t thought to impact our air quality, studies are underway to find out for sure. The Marlborough District Council had plans to trial <a href="https://www.rnz.co.nz/news/national/429295/agrochemicals-air-quality-study-planned-for-marlborough">an air monitoring programme</a> to understand the localised impact of farm chemicals, such as spray drifts. </p><p class="">&nbsp;</p><p class="">Blenheim already has its air quality monitored by the council, with pollutants identified from dust, salt, pollen, running vehicles, and heating. &nbsp;</p> The Indoor Air Pollutants You Need to Be Aware Of 2021-11-14 10:14 +00:00 2021-11-14 23:14 +13:00 https://www.theguardian.com/money/2021/nov/13/great-britains-north-south-house-price-divide-will-narrow-over-next-five-years https://www.theguardian.com/money/2021/nov/13/great-britains-north-south-house-price-divide-will-narrow-over-next-five-years House prices Property Money Housing market Business Real estate UK news Great Britain’s north-south house price divide ‘will narrow over next five years’ <p>Savills expects prices to rise across the areas, and they could be up by 13% by 2026</p><p>The north-south divide in house prices will narrow over the next five years, it was predicted this week, with some regions recording rises of almost 19% during the period.</p><p>The property firm Savills said it expected prices to rise across Great Britain and revised its forecast for the next five years upwards.</p> <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/money/2021/nov/13/great-britains-north-south-house-price-divide-will-narrow-over-next-five-years">Continue reading...</a> Sat, 13 Nov 2021 07:00:04 Z Photograph: JaneHYork/Shutterstock Photograph: JaneHYork/Shutterstock Hilary Osborne 2021-11-13T07:00:04Z 2021-11-13 07:00 +00:00 2021-11-13 20:00 +13:00 https://www.latimes.com/business/real-estate/story/2021-11-12/producer-joel-silver-wants-75-million-for-pink-brentwood-mega-mansion https://www.latimes.com/business/real-estate/story/2021-11-12/producer-joel-silver-wants-75-million-for-pink-brentwood-mega-mansion Producer Joel Silver wants $75 million for pink Brentwood mega-mansion <p>Blockbuster producer Joel Silver is seeking a blockbuster sale in Brentwood, listing his Mexican modernist mansion for $75 million.</p> Fri, 12 Nov 2021 20:14:43 Z Jack Flemming <p>Blockbuster producer Joel Silver is seeking a blockbuster sale in Brentwood, listing his Mexican modernist mansion for $75 million.</p> Film producer Joel Silver's Ricardo Legorreta-designed home in Brentwood has a massive atrium, hydraulic doors and a screening room. Tyler Hogan 2021-11-12 20:14 +00:00 2021-11-13 09:14 +13:00 https://www.latimes.com/business/story/2021-11-12/apartment-amenities-escalate-as-owners-compete-for-tenants-who-can-pay-top-rents https://www.latimes.com/business/story/2021-11-12/apartment-amenities-escalate-as-owners-compete-for-tenants-who-can-pay-top-rents Amenities go wild at luxe apartments: Music studios, rooftop dog parks, bed making by app <p>Competition for tenants willing to pay top dollar has apartment owners in something of an amenities arms race, reaching new heights of pampering.</p> Fri, 12 Nov 2021 16:16:46 Z Roger Vincent <p>Competition for tenants willing to pay top dollar has apartment owners in something of an amenities arms race, reaching new heights of pampering.</p> Los Angeles, CA - October 20: An exterior view of the $300 million Kurve on Wilshire in Koreatown on Wednesday, Oct. 20, 2021. The $300 million Kurve on Wilshire sports an elevated outdoor deck larger than many public parks. Luxurious apartment buildings have a long history in Los Angeles and the appetite for deluxe living quarters has been unabated the pandemic. Among the new arrivals is the Kurve on Wilshire which features upscale amenities such as the one-acre rooftop park and pool, outdoor movie theater, sports lounge and Korean barbecues. (Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times) Allen J. Schaben/Los Angeles Times 2021-11-12 16:16 +00:00 2021-11-13 05:16 +13:00 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-10191517/Grace-favour-living-Certain-jobs-come-spectacular-lodgings.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-10191517/Grace-favour-living-Certain-jobs-come-spectacular-lodgings.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 Grace and favour living: Certain jobs come with spectacular lodgings 'Tied' homes are a perk of the job for some lucky priests, schoolteachers and pub landlords - but living and working in the same place can be a challenge. Fri, 12 Nov 2021 09:17:23 Z None 2021-11-12 09:17 +00:00 2021-11-12 22:17 +13:00 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/money/mortgageshome/article-10182025/Only-20-want-downsize-attached-homes.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/money/mortgageshome/article-10182025/Only-20-want-downsize-attached-homes.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 Only 20% want to downsize as they are 'attached' to homes British homeowners are reluctant to move to a smaller property and pocket the cash, even if it would help them to afford their retirement. Fri, 12 Nov 2021 08:43:50 Z None 2021-11-12 08:43 +00:00 2021-11-12 21:43 +13:00 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/money/mortgageshome/article-10191013/Britains-Victorian-housing-stock-values-plummet-government-introduces-EPC-regulation.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/money/mortgageshome/article-10191013/Britains-Victorian-housing-stock-values-plummet-government-introduces-EPC-regulation.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 Britain's Victorian housing stock could see values plummet if government introduces EPC regulation The Government wants as many homes as possible to reach an EPC rating of C by 2035 - but achieving this will be the most difficult for owners of older properties. Fri, 12 Nov 2021 07:00:49 Z Shutterstock / I Wei Huang 2021-11-12 07:00 +00:00 2021-11-12 20:00 +13:00 https://www.theguardian.com/money/gallery/2021/nov/12/homes-with-great-walks-on-the-doorstep-in-pictures https://www.theguardian.com/money/gallery/2021/nov/12/homes-with-great-walks-on-the-doorstep-in-pictures Property Money UK news Homes with great walks on the doorstep – in pictures <p>From a gothic Essex manor to a transformed end-of-terrace house in Yorkshire</p> <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/money/gallery/2021/nov/12/homes-with-great-walks-on-the-doorstep-in-pictures">Continue reading...</a> Fri, 12 Nov 2021 07:00:29 Z Photograph: Inigo Photograph: Inigo Anna White 2021-11-12T07:00:29Z 2021-11-12 07:00 +00:00 2021-11-12 20:00 +13:00 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-10186541/Stairways-heaven-Seven-homes-spectacular-staircases.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-10186541/Stairways-heaven-Seven-homes-spectacular-staircases.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 Stairways to heaven: Seven homes with spectacular staircases We reveal seven homes for sale on Zoopla with unusual staircase features, including one that doubles up as a wine cellar. Thu, 11 Nov 2021 11:13:04 Z None 2021-11-11 11:13 +00:00 2021-11-12 00:13 +13:00 https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2021-11-11/how-we-reported-the-story-on-freeway-displacements https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2021-11-11/how-we-reported-the-story-on-freeway-displacements How we reported the story on highway displacements <p>To report on people who have lost their homes because of highway projects in the modern era, The Times analyzed data submitted by states to the Federal Highway Administration each year since 1991. </p> Thu, 11 Nov 2021 11:00:57 Z Ben Poston, Liam Dillon <p>To report on people who have lost their homes because of highway projects in the modern era, The Times analyzed data submitted by states to the Federal Highway Administration each year since 1991. </p> Houston, CA - August 18: An aerial view where Interstate 69 crosses Buffalo Bayou northeast of downtown Houston, next to the Clayton Homes, shown at left, a Houston Housing Authority complex that would be demolished if current plans for redevelopment of Interstate 45 proceeds as planned Wednesday, Aug. 18, 2021. In the mid-20th century, the federal interstate highway program was notorious for building new roads through Black and Latino neighborhoods, a practice that displaced hundreds of thousands of families and ruined longstanding communities. Many of these episodes are now seen as a stain on U.S. housing and transportation policy because of how they devastated already under-resourced and segregated neighborhoods. (Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times) Allen J. Schaben/Los Angeles Times 2021-11-11 11:00 +00:00 2021-11-12 00:00 +13:00 https://www.latimes.com/homeless-housing/story/2021-11-11/the-racist-history-of-americas-interstate-highway-boom https://www.latimes.com/homeless-housing/story/2021-11-11/the-racist-history-of-americas-interstate-highway-boom The racist history of America's interstate highway boom <p>Construction of the U.S. Interstate Highway System tore through the nation's urban areas with freeways that, through intention and indifference, carved up Black communities</p> Thu, 11 Nov 2021 11:00:34 Z Liam Dillon, Ben Poston <p>Construction of the U.S. Interstate Highway System tore through the nation's urban areas with freeways that, through intention and indifference, carved up Black communities</p> August 1951 photo of construction of the Harbor Freeway in downtown Los Angels looking south from Beaudry and 6th St. (Los Angeles Examiner via Getty Images) Los Angeles Examiner 2021-11-11 11:00 +00:00 2021-11-12 00:00 +13:00 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/money/mortgageshome/article-10190405/Property-drought-pushes-house-prices-EPC-rating-little-no-impact.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/money/mortgageshome/article-10190405/Property-drought-pushes-house-prices-EPC-rating-little-no-impact.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 Property drought pushes up house prices - but EPC rating has 'little or no' impact Estate agents now have just 37 properties on their books on average, down from around 42 in March, according to the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors' monthly market survey. Thu, 11 Nov 2021 10:41:44 Z Shutterstock / Ewelina W 2021-11-11 10:41 +00:00 2021-11-11 23:41 +13:00 https://www.theguardian.com/business/2021/nov/11/uk-economic-recovery-slows-sharply-as-gdp-grows-by-13 https://www.theguardian.com/business/2021/nov/11/uk-economic-recovery-slows-sharply-as-gdp-grows-by-13 Economic growth (GDP) Economic policy Economic recovery Economics Coronavirus Business Politics UK news Supply chain crisis Inflation Office for National Statistics Services sector Manufacturing sector Hospitality industry Housing market Real estate UK economic recovery slows sharply as GDP grows by 1.3% <p>Surging infection rates, the ‘pingdemic’, rising prices and supply constraints put the brakes on growth</p><p>Britain’s recovery from its third Covid-19 lockdown <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/business/live/2021/nov/11/uk-gdp-growth-economy-q3-september-services-manufacturing-ftse-sterling-business-live">slowed sharply </a>over the summer as the economy’s growth was hit by rising infection rates, the pingdemic and global supply shortages.</p><p>Figures from the <a href="https://www.ons.gov.uk/economy/grossdomesticproductgdp/bulletins/gdpfirstquarterlyestimateuk/julytoseptember2021">Office for National Statistics</a> show that national output expanded by 1.3% in the three months to September, leaving it still more 2.1% below its pre-crisis level in the fourth quarter of 2019.</p> <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/business/2021/nov/11/uk-economic-recovery-slows-sharply-as-gdp-grows-by-13">Continue reading...</a> Thu, 11 Nov 2021 07:39:57 Z Photograph: Joe Giddens/PA Photograph: Joe Giddens/PA Larry Elliott Economics editor 2021-11-11T07:39:57Z 2021-11-11 07:39 +00:00 2021-11-11 20:39 +13:00 https://www.latimes.com/business/real-estate/story/2021-11-10/liberaces-former-townhouse-above-the-sunset-strip-listed-for-3-4-million https://www.latimes.com/business/real-estate/story/2021-11-10/liberaces-former-townhouse-above-the-sunset-strip-listed-for-3-4-million Liberace's former townhouse above the Sunset Strip is listed for $3.4 million <p>Just above the Sunset Strip, a Hollywood Regency-style townhouse owned by Liberace in the 1970s is on the market for $3.4 million.</p> Wed, 10 Nov 2021 14:00:13 Z Jack Flemming <p>Just above the Sunset Strip, a Hollywood Regency-style townhouse owned by Liberace in the 1970s is on the market for $3.4 million.</p> Built in 1937, the stylish house ascends to a rooftop deck with views that stretch from Downtown L.A. to the ocean. Anthony Barcelo 2021-11-10 14:00 +00:00 2021-11-11 03:00 +13:00 https://www.latimes.com/entertainment-arts/story/2021-11-10/video-game-unpacking-how-we-live-told-via-what-we-own https://www.latimes.com/entertainment-arts/story/2021-11-10/video-game-unpacking-how-we-live-told-via-what-we-own Fall in love with 'Unpacking,' a beautiful, simple story of how we live told via what we own <p>We're constantly building the story of our lives, an evolving narrative that can be told through our possessions, a theme explored in "Unpacking."</p> Wed, 10 Nov 2021 13:00:01 Z Todd Martens <p>We're constantly building the story of our lives, an evolving narrative that can be told through our possessions, a theme explored in "Unpacking."</p> "Unpacking" is a thoughtfully charming game about the items we own and how they tell a story about a life. Witch Beam 2021-11-10 13:00 +00:00 2021-11-11 02:00 +13:00 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/money/news/article-10182583/The-retirement-home-scandal-wiping-life-savings.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/money/news/article-10182583/The-retirement-home-scandal-wiping-life-savings.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 The retirement home scandal that is wiping out life savings Kathleen Smith bought her retirement flat for £124,000 and died eight years later. It took her family seven years to sell the property for just £60,000. Wed, 10 Nov 2021 12:39:32 Z None 2021-11-10 12:39 +00:00 2021-11-11 01:39 +13:00 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-10177205/Can-refuse-pay-14k-property-manager-bill-new-windows-flat.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-10177205/Can-refuse-pay-14k-property-manager-bill-new-windows-flat.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 Can I refuse to pay a £14k property manager bill for new windows for my flat? Flat owner is told that their development of leasehold flats needs new windows and that their service charge contribution will be more than £14,000 - but do they have to pay it? Wed, 10 Nov 2021 11:55:10 Z Getty Images/iStockphoto 2021-11-10 11:55 +00:00 2021-11-11 00:55 +13:00 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-10177913/The-festive-decorations-leave-loft-year-want-sell-home.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-10177913/The-festive-decorations-leave-loft-year-want-sell-home.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 The festive decorations to leave in the loft this year if you want to sell your home Leave inflatables packed away in the roof and avoid brightly coloured flashing lights for the tree and any area around the house if you want to sell your home this festive period. Wed, 10 Nov 2021 08:18:53 Z Shutterstock / Spiroview Inc 2021-11-10 08:18 +00:00 2021-11-10 21:18 +13:00 https://www.latimes.com/business/real-estate/story/2021-11-09/after-break-in-camila-cabello-wants-4-million-for-her-hollywood-hills-home https://www.latimes.com/business/real-estate/story/2021-11-09/after-break-in-camila-cabello-wants-4-million-for-her-hollywood-hills-home After break-in, Camila Cabello is selling her Hollywood Hills villa for $4 million <p>Singer-songwriter Camila Cabello is asking $4 million for her Hollywood Hills villa where there was a break-in earlier this year.</p> Tue, 09 Nov 2021 21:55:25 Z Jack Flemming <p>Singer-songwriter Camila Cabello is asking $4 million for her Hollywood Hills villa where there was a break-in earlier this year.</p> Cabello added a recording studio and vocal booth to the three-story home during her stay. Neue Focus 2021-11-09 21:55 +00:00 2021-11-10 10:55 +13:00 https://www.latimes.com/business/real-estate/story/2021-11-09/jason-oppenheim-drops-7-million-on-newport-beach-mansion-announces-selling-sunset-spinoff https://www.latimes.com/business/real-estate/story/2021-11-09/jason-oppenheim-drops-7-million-on-newport-beach-mansion-announces-selling-sunset-spinoff Jason Oppenheim pays $7 million for Newport Beach mansion, announces 'Selling Sunset' spinoff <p>'Selling Sunset' star Jason Oppenheim just dropped $7 million on a home in Orange County, where he's filming a spinoff series titled "Selling the OC."</p> Tue, 09 Nov 2021 14:00:47 Z Jack Flemming <p>'Selling Sunset' star Jason Oppenheim just dropped $7 million on a home in Orange County, where he's filming a spinoff series titled "Selling the OC."</p> Built in 2017, the Mediterranean-style mansion fits six bedrooms, eight bathrooms and two garages into 13,000 square feet. The Oppenheim Group 2021-11-09 14:00 +00:00 2021-11-10 03:00 +13:00 https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2021-11-09/they-live-rent-free-on-san-francisco-bay-but-now-their-floating-homeless-encampment-faces-extinction https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2021-11-09/they-live-rent-free-on-san-francisco-bay-but-now-their-floating-homeless-encampment-faces-extinction They live rent-free on San Francisco Bay. But now their 'floating homeless encampment' faces extinction <p>Iconoclastic boat dwellers have long lived illegally and rent-free in the sightline of some of America's priciest real estate, but now authorities in Marin County want them gone.</p> Tue, 09 Nov 2021 13:00:05 Z Rachel Scheier <p>Iconoclastic boat dwellers have long lived illegally and rent-free in the sightline of some of America's priciest real estate, but now authorities in Marin County want them gone.</p> Chad Wycliffe on the Vadura, a historic, nearly century-old teak yacht that's moored in Richardson Bay. Wycliffe, who's been living on the bay on and off since he was a teenager, is one of a handful of anchor outs who have been arrested in recent months after confronting authorities who are trying to remove illegally moored vessels from the water. Rachel Scheier/For the Times 2021-11-09 13:00 +00:00 2021-11-10 02:00 +13:00 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-10136601/Leaseholders-react-cladding-tax-Budget.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-10136601/Leaseholders-react-cladding-tax-Budget.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 Leaseholders react to cladding tax in the Budget Leaseholders claim the Budget's levy on developers will be inadequate to cover the cost of repairing buildings affected by the cladding crisis. Tue, 09 Nov 2021 09:17:09 Z Getty Images 2021-11-09 09:17 +00:00 2021-11-09 22:17 +13:00 https://www.latimes.com/lifestyle/story/2021-11-08/houseplant-nation-opens-two-stores-in-orange-county https://www.latimes.com/lifestyle/story/2021-11-08/houseplant-nation-opens-two-stores-in-orange-county How a 'crazy plant lady' went from designing fairy gardens to owning two plant shops <p>Tammy Ha sold rare plants for fun at her family's water store in Santa Ana. Now she has two plant stores of her own. </p> Mon, 08 Nov 2021 17:04:56 Z Lisa Boone <p>Tammy Ha sold rare plants for fun at her family's water store in Santa Ana. Now she has two plant stores of her own. </p> Garden Grove, CA - August 31: Tammy Ha, left, her sister Tu Ha and her husband Joseph (Khoa) Nguyen, owners of Houseplant Nation in Houseplant Nation on Tuesday, Aug. 31, 2021 in Garden Grove, CA. Tammy started doing succulent arrangements in 2018, and it branched into rare plants, which she started to sell in the Santa Ana water store she owns with her mother. When her husband, a structural engineer, was laid off during the pandemic, they decided to open Houseplant Nation in a small storefront in Huntington Beach in September 2020. (She lives in Huntington Beach and grew up in Vietnam). They opened a second store in Garden Grove about a month ago.(Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times) Los Angeles Times 2021-11-08 17:04 +00:00 2021-11-09 06:04 +13:00 https://www.latimes.com/business/real-estate/story/2021-11-08/holcomb-valley-ranch-a-377-acre-nature-resort-near-big-bear-seeks-12-million https://www.latimes.com/business/real-estate/story/2021-11-08/holcomb-valley-ranch-a-377-acre-nature-resort-near-big-bear-seeks-12-million Holcomb Valley Ranch, a 377-acre nature resort near Big Bear, seeks $12 million <p>The nature resort north of Big Bear Lake is by far the biggest property currently available around the mountain city and also the most expensive.</p> Mon, 08 Nov 2021 14:00:15 Z Jack Flemming <p>The nature resort north of Big Bear Lake is by far the biggest property currently available around the mountain city and also the most expensive.</p> In 377 acres, the nature resort holds a variety of campground buildings as well as a climbing wall, zip line, archery range and amphitheater. Nicholas Marx 2021-11-08 14:00 +00:00 2021-11-09 03:00 +13:00 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10176085/Thousands-Britons-regret-splashing-luxury-items-pizza-ovens-gym-equipment.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10176085/Thousands-Britons-regret-splashing-luxury-items-pizza-ovens-gym-equipment.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 Thousands of Britons now regret splashing out on luxury items such as pizza ovens and gym equipment During the pandemic we spent on average more than £1,200 each at a collective cost of £57.6billion. But £6.6billion worth of these purchases are no longer used. Mon, 08 Nov 2021 09:48:05 Z Shutterstock / kurhan 2021-11-08 09:48 +00:00 2021-11-08 22:48 +13:00 https://www.theguardian.com/money/2021/nov/08/should-we-sell-both-our-properties-and-buy-one-mortgage-free https://www.theguardian.com/money/2021/nov/08/should-we-sell-both-our-properties-and-buy-one-mortgage-free Property Money UK news Should we sell both our properties and buy one mortgage free? <p>We own our current home and a rental property, and are thinking of selling them both</p><p><strong>Q</strong> My wife and I (both mid-40s with two primary school aged kids) currently own a home in south-east London which is valued at about £575,000 and has a £250,000 mortgage on it. We also still own and rent out our previous home which has a £100,000 buy-to-let interest-only mortgage and gives us an annual rental income of £18,500. I’d estimate that the rental property is worth somewhere between £475,000 and £550,000. Its value is a little vague as very few similar properties have sold since we bought it off plan in 2003 so we have nothing to compare it with. However, it’s in a prime location popular with buy-to-let investors. <br><br>My wife is very keen to sell up both properties and buy something mortgage free. Her job is very stressful and from time to time she dreams of packing it all in and becoming an artist. This would probably mean moving far from our current area, which I really don’t want to do. However, I think the rental income, plus our equity, means we should either remortgage both to the max and buy something bigger, or else increase our BTL mortgage and pay off our home mortgage for lower monthly repayments.<br><br>We’ve worked hard to reduce our borrowing over the years, while increasing value, which I don’t want to throw away. What are the pitfalls of my approaches, and what would you suggest?<br><strong>GS</strong></p><p><strong>A</strong> I suggest that you start by looking at hard facts before coming to a conclusion that you don’t find favour with a certain course of action. For example, you say that your wife’s idea of selling both your properties and buying one mortgage free “would probably mean moving far from our current area” but I can’t see why you think that. If you sold both properties and paid off the mortgages on them you would be left with £700,000 to play with which seems ample to buy somewhere in your current area (given that your current home is valued at £575,000). You could also achieve your wife’s dream of being mortgage free – and minimise the disruption of moving house – by selling just your rental property and using the £375,000 (left after clearing the £100,000 mortgage) to pay off the £250,000 mortgage on your home. What you would do with the remaining £125,000 in cash is up to you.</p> <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/money/2021/nov/08/should-we-sell-both-our-properties-and-buy-one-mortgage-free">Continue reading...</a> Mon, 08 Nov 2021 07:03:54 Z Photograph: Image Source/REX/Shutterstock Photograph: Image Source/REX/Shutterstock Virginia Wallis 2021-11-08T07:03:54Z 2021-11-08 07:03 +00:00 2021-11-08 20:03 +13:00 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10176011/Lenders-bust-cladding-crisis-victims-default-mortgages-Bank-England-fears.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10176011/Lenders-bust-cladding-crisis-victims-default-mortgages-Bank-England-fears.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 Lenders could go bust in cladding crisis if victims default on mortgages, Bank of England fears Officials are worried lenders could go bust as hundreds of thousands of flats are still unsaleable and leaseholders brace for a flood of bankruptcies. Lloyds has set aside £105million. Mon, 08 Nov 2021 00:58:02 Z REUTERS 2021-11-08 00:58 +00:00 2021-11-08 13:58 +13:00 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-10168889/Luxury-homes-sale-outdoor-playgrounds-including-one-50-metre-zip-wire.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-10168889/Luxury-homes-sale-outdoor-playgrounds-including-one-50-metre-zip-wire.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 Luxury homes for sale with outdoor playgrounds, including one with a 50-metre zip wire We take a look at the outdoor playgrounds in four different homes around the country that are currently for sale with price tags of near £1m or more. Sat, 06 Nov 2021 09:27:47 Z None 2021-11-06 09:27 +00:00 2021-11-06 22:27 +13:00 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10153585/Shocked-vicar-discovers-131-000-house-Luton-SOLD.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10153585/Shocked-vicar-discovers-131-000-house-Luton-SOLD.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 Shocked vicar discovers his £131,000 house in Luton had been SOLD Reverend Mike Hall had been working away in North Wales when he received a call from his neighbours who informed him someone was in his Luton home. Fri, 05 Nov 2021 16:42:01 Z None 2021-11-05 16:42 +00:00 2021-11-06 05:42 +13:00 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-10166261/Do-bottle-Buying-vineyard-property-offers-new-way-life.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-10166261/Do-bottle-Buying-vineyard-property-offers-new-way-life.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 Do you have the bottle? Buying a vineyard property offers a new way of life   Vineyard properties are increasingly popular - but growing your own grapes is far from straightforward and can be eye-wateringly expensive. Fri, 05 Nov 2021 11:30:33 Z None 2021-11-05 11:30 +00:00 2021-11-06 00:30 +13:00 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-10166299/Vibrant-casserole-dishes-brighten-kitchen-winter.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-10166299/Vibrant-casserole-dishes-brighten-kitchen-winter.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 Vibrant casserole dishes to brighten your kitchen this winter As chilly winter nights start to draw in, there is nothing more inviting than a steaming pot of something delicious on the kitchen table. We pick the best colourful casserole dishes. Fri, 05 Nov 2021 11:29:38 Z None 2021-11-05 11:29 +00:00 2021-11-06 00:29 +13:00 https://www.theguardian.com/money/2021/nov/05/house-prices-hit-record-high-as-halifax-predicts-cooling-uk-demand https://www.theguardian.com/money/2021/nov/05/house-prices-hit-record-high-as-halifax-predicts-cooling-uk-demand House prices Housing market Property UK news Mortgage lending figures Mortgages Business Real estate House prices hit record high but Halifax predicts cooling UK demand <p>Average for October reaches £270k but lender expects interest rate rises to affect borrowing</p><p>UK house prices rose for a fourth month running in October, climbing above an average of £270,000 for the first time on the Halifax measure, but the mortgage lender predicted a cooling of the market in the months ahead if the Bank of England raises interest rates.</p><p>Halifax said the average cost of a home rose by 0.9% on the previous month, <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/money/2021/oct/07/uk-house-prices-show-strongest-monthly-rise-since-2007">after rising by 1.7% in September</a>, adding more than £2,500 to the value of a typical British home.</p> <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/money/2021/nov/05/house-prices-hit-record-high-as-halifax-predicts-cooling-uk-demand">Continue reading...</a> Fri, 05 Nov 2021 10:26:23 Z Photograph: Yui Mok/PA Photograph: Yui Mok/PA Mark Sweney 2021-11-05T10:26:23Z 2021-11-05 10:26 +00:00 2021-11-05 23:26 +13:00 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-10161561/Mansion-owned-motorcycle-racer-Barry-Sheene-sale-2-25m.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-10161561/Mansion-owned-motorcycle-racer-Barry-Sheene-sale-2-25m.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 Mansion owned by motorcycle racer Barry Sheene for sale for £2.25m The Manor House is a Grade II listed property that dates back to around 1460 and can lay claim to a very famous former owner. Fri, 05 Nov 2021 10:03:26 Z None 2021-11-05 10:03 +00:00 2021-11-05 23:03 +13:00 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-10156161/What-expect-pay-buying-freehold-leasehold-flat.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-10156161/What-expect-pay-buying-freehold-leasehold-flat.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 What can you expect to pay buying the freehold on a leasehold flat? The various costs you will need to consider include the price of the freehold as well as legal fees, valuation fees, and tenant agreements. Fri, 05 Nov 2021 09:55:57 Z Shutterstock / Willy Barton 2021-11-05 09:55 +00:00 2021-11-05 22:55 +13:00 https://www.theguardian.com/money/gallery/2021/nov/05/homes-with-an-air-source-heat-pump-in-pictures https://www.theguardian.com/money/gallery/2021/nov/05/homes-with-an-air-source-heat-pump-in-pictures Money Property Environment Energy Energy efficiency Ethical and green living UK news Homes with an air source heat pump – in pictures <p>From a Grade II-listed cottage to a sprawling new-build timber-clad house</p> <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/money/gallery/2021/nov/05/homes-with-an-air-source-heat-pump-in-pictures">Continue reading...</a> Fri, 05 Nov 2021 07:00:14 Z Photograph: Winkworth Photograph: Winkworth Anna White 2021-11-05T07:00:14Z 2021-11-05 07:00 +00:00 2021-11-05 20:00 +13:00 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-10160427/Number-homes-sale-electric-car-charging-points-surges.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-10160427/Number-homes-sale-electric-car-charging-points-surges.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 Number of homes for sale with electric car charging points surges The number of homes for sale with an electric car charging point either on the premises or in a nearby street has increased 541% in a year. Thu, 04 Nov 2021 14:06:16 Z None 2021-11-04 14:06 +00:00 2021-11-05 03:06 +13:00 https://www.latimes.com/business/story/2021-11-04/what-l-a-countys-median-home-price-795-000-buys-in-six-areas https://www.latimes.com/business/story/2021-11-04/what-l-a-countys-median-home-price-795-000-buys-in-six-areas What L.A. County's median home price — $795,000 — buys in six areas <p>Take a look at what L.A. County's median home price of $795,000 buys in areas such as Monterey Park, Vermont Square and Tarzana.</p> Thu, 04 Nov 2021 12:00:04 Z Jack Flemming <p>Take a look at what L.A. County's median home price of $795,000 buys in areas such as Monterey Park, Vermont Square and Tarzana.</p> 11860 Creek Trl., Kagel Canyon, 91342 Lonnie Mintz 2021-11-04 12:00 +00:00 2021-11-05 01:00 +13:00 58af97f5440243fe3d552306:5906c0dfe4fcb573ba562253:615f7f0e0803642944b2e585 https://chemcare.co.nz/articles/asbestos-home-insurance Is Asbestos Covered by Insurance? We can’t speak for all insurance companies, but if you’re asking that question of home insurance policy providers, the answer tends to be no. Wed, 03 Nov 2021 23:13:00 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/c828dd77-b829-4b6a-9ed3-50616eabb4af/is+asbestos+covered+by+insurance.jpg" data-image-dimensions="1200x800" data-image-focal-point="0.5,0.5" alt="" data-load="false" data-image-id="61845cfcd4dd612ea1c1db96" data-type="image" src="https://images.squarespace-cdn.com/content/v1/58af97f5440243fe3d552306/c828dd77-b829-4b6a-9ed3-50616eabb4af/is+asbestos+covered+by+insurance.jpg?format=1000w" /> </figure> &nbsp;<p class="">It’s not our fault that our homes contain asbestos. Some manufacturers, builders, and people in positions of power before us decided that asbestos, a natural mineral, was an excellent additive to many products and materials.</p><p class="">They didn’t know it could have serious health consequences or that it could be something we have to spend money to have <a href="https://chemcare.co.nz/asbestos/removal">removed from our homes</a>. So, given that asbestos isn’t our fault and it costs money to remove it, you might wonder if asbestos is covered by insurance. We’ll answer that question and others below.</p><p data-rte-preserve-empty="true" class=""></p><h2>Is Asbestos Covered by Insurance? </h2><p class="">We can’t speak for all insurance companies, but if you’re asking that question of home insurance policy providers, the answer tends to be <em>no</em>. &nbsp;</p><p class="">Typically, an entire section of home policies is dedicated to what they won’t cover, and asbestos is often present on that list. An example of that would be the <a href="https://media.kiwibank.co.nz/media/documents/Kiwi_Insure_House_Insurance_Policy_Apr21.pdf">Kiwi Insure House Insurance Policy</a>.</p><p class="">This policy outlines that ‘we won’t cover you for any loss or liability caused by asbestos, asbestos products, and asbestos contained within any items.’</p><p class="">This statement can also apply to additional policy benefits and optional policy benefits. In short, insurance companies don’t want to cover something we no longer use, and that is considered dangerous. </p><p class="">&nbsp;</p><h2>Do Any Insurance Policies Cover Asbestos? </h2><p class="">While a homeowner may not receive coverage for asbestos in their house insurance policy, that doesn’t mean asbestos isn’t covered by insurance in <em>other </em>policies. For example, let’s take a look at environmental and pollution liability.</p><p class="">This insurance type tends to suit a wide range of professional groups, such as: </p><ul data-rte-list="default"><li><h3>Remediation contractors – <a href="http://www.chemcare.co.nz">asbestos removal</a>, crime scene cleaners, amphetamines, emergency clean-up, and more </h3></li><li><h3>Building trades – gas fitting, electrical, plumbing, roofing, building, and more </h3></li><li><h3>Healthcare </h3></li><li><h3>Demolition</h3></li><li><h3>Agriculture and horticulture</h3></li><li><h3>Real estate, including building managers</h3></li><li><h3>Government bodies</h3></li><li><h3>Redevelopment projects</h3></li><li><h3>Oil, gas, drilling, and mining contractors</h3></li><li><h3>Heavy manufacturing</h3></li><li><h3>and more…</h3></li></ul><p class="">In these industries, your environmental and pollution liability may cover you for: &nbsp;</p><ul data-rte-list="default"><li><h3>Asbestos-related incidents</h3></li><li><h3>Sudden, gradual, and accidental pollution incidents</h3></li><li><h3>Emergency response expenses related to contamination and damage containment and remediation</h3></li><li><h3>Defence costs </h3></li></ul><p class="">You may be covered for property damage, bodily injuries, and environmental damage caused by pollution incidents at locations owned or operated by you or at a location where you’re providing a service.</p><p class="">Such a policy can give business owners much-needed peace of mind that they can be compensated for the costs associated with asbestos if something happens. </p><p class="">&nbsp;</p><h2>Why Can Asbestos Insurance Be So Important? </h2><p class="">If you’re a business dealing with asbestos, having a form of asbestos insurance can be crucial. Sure, it’s another business cost you possibly wouldn’t mind avoiding, but it can be worthwhile for the following reasons:</p><p class="">&nbsp;</p><h3>Asbestos Poses a Hazard</h3><p class="">It can be an incredibly complex undertaking to safely remove, package, transport, and dispose of asbestos. Something can go wrong during any part of the process that leads to significant health or environmental problems. &nbsp;</p><p class="">The expenses related to a complication with asbestos can be in the hundreds of thousands, if not <em>millions </em>of dollars. As a result, have the appropriate asbestos insurance cover can be a weight off your mind.</p><p class="">&nbsp;</p><h3>It’s Still Common</h3><p class="">Any tradesperson working in a home or business built before 2000 could be at risk of asbestos exposure. It’s so common to find, even where you least expect it. Being covered for any eventuality can give you peace of mind as a business owner.</p><p class="">&nbsp;</p><h3>Strict Regulations Apply</h3><p class="">There are strict regulations for how asbestos can be handled, removed, and identified. However, with so many people involved in the process, there is always a risk that one party will not fulfil its legal obligations.</p><p class="">If there’s even a slight chance this could ever happen to your business, having asbestos insurance may be helpful to cover litigation costs. However, every policy differs in whether they cover these or not. </p><p class="">&nbsp;</p><h2>What Are the Risks Associated With Asbestos Exposure</h2><p class="">Asbestos insurance policies in NZ may help cover the costs of asbestos-related incidents, but they can’t stop asbestos from being a danger to human health. Short and long-term exposure may put you at risk of related health conditions such as lung cancer, asbestosis, mesothelioma, and pleural disease.</p><p class="">Between 1954 and 2011, 1696 mesothelioma deaths <a href="https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/asbestos-toll-will-climb-for-decades/THOMKSH6MJOH62LAVDJ4AF7QB4/">were recorded in New Zealand</a>. Researchers also predicted that 12,000 people could die from asbestos-related illnesses, with that toll peaking back in 2015. </p><p data-rte-preserve-empty="true" class=""></p><h2>Get Help With Your Asbestos Problems</h2><p class="">It can be tempting to remove asbestos from your home by yourself. After all, you might just see it as another renovation project. However, trained experts can be one of the best options for this task.</p><p class="">They have the appropriate <a href="https://cctrainingacademy.co.nz/courses/asbestos/">licences</a> to undertake the work and insurance to protect both themselves and those they work for. Before construction and renovations get underway, contact asbestos removal experts to find out how they can help. </p> Is Asbestos Covered by Insurance? 2021-11-03 23:13 +00:00 2021-11-04 12:13 +13:00 https://www.theguardian.com/business/live/2021/nov/03/nationwide-house-prices-us-federal-reserve-services-uk-eurozone-supply-chain-business-live https://www.theguardian.com/business/live/2021/nov/03/nationwide-house-prices-us-federal-reserve-services-uk-eurozone-supply-chain-business-live Business Economics Stock markets FTSE Housing market Federal Reserve US Federal Reserve to begin tapering pandemic stimulus package – as it happened <p>Rolling coverage of the latest economic and financial news</p><ul><li><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/business/live/2021/nov/03/nationwide-house-prices-us-federal-reserve-services-uk-eurozone-supply-chain-business-live?page=with:block-6182ce238f08acc2f87ba998#block-6182ce238f08acc2f87ba998">Latest: Fed begins tapering its pandemic stimulus programme</a></li><li>Fed will cut $120bn package by $15bn per month, from November</li><li>Factors pushing up inflation ‘expected to be transitory’</li><li><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/business/live/2021/nov/03/nationwide-house-prices-us-federal-reserve-services-uk-eurozone-supply-chain-business-live?page=with:block-618281328f0833c57fc5512e#block-618281328f0833c57fc5512e">ADP payrolls up 571,000 last month</a></li></ul><p>Earlier:</p><ul><li><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/business/live/2021/nov/03/nationwide-house-prices-us-federal-reserve-services-uk-eurozone-supply-chain-business-live?page=with:block-61825c7d8f0850f93e2e84e1#block-61825c7d8f0850f93e2e84e1">UK service sector growth at three-month high</a></li><li><strong><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/business/2021/nov/03/uk-house-prices-climb-but-outlook-for-market-extremely-uncertain">UK house prices climb but outlook for market ‘extremely uncertain’</a></strong></li></ul><p>Here’s our news story on how average UK house prices defied expectations and continued to climb last month... despite the phasing out of the government’s <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/money/stampduty">stamp duty holiday</a>.</p><p>But as Nationwide points out, the outlook is unclear, with the path of interest rates, consumer confidence and employment levels all likely to influence the market...</p> <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/business/live/2021/nov/03/nationwide-house-prices-us-federal-reserve-services-uk-eurozone-supply-chain-business-live">Continue reading...</a> Wed, 03 Nov 2021 20:28:32 Z Photograph: Daniel Slim/AFP/Getty Images Photograph: Daniel Slim/AFP/Getty Images Graeme Wearden 2021-11-03T20:28:32Z 2021-11-03 20:28 +00:00 2021-11-04 09:28 +13:00 https://www.latimes.com/business/real-estate/story/2021-11-03/pioneertown-old-west-themed-vineyard-for-sale https://www.latimes.com/business/real-estate/story/2021-11-03/pioneertown-old-west-themed-vineyard-for-sale In Pioneertown, an Old West-themed vineyard is up for grabs at $2 million <p>A five-acre compound complete with a 2,000-square-foot home and 700-vine vineyard has surfaced for sale in Pioneertown for $2 million.</p> Wed, 03 Nov 2021 19:29:54 Z Jack Flemming <p>A five-acre compound complete with a 2,000-square-foot home and 700-vine vineyard has surfaced for sale in Pioneertown for $2 million.</p> The solar-powered compound includes a wine room, swimming pool, hot tub, dining gazebo and private well. Crooze Productions 2021-11-03 19:29 +00:00 2021-11-04 08:29 +13:00 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-10157157/Decision-banning-tenant-evictions-delayed-year.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-10157157/Decision-banning-tenant-evictions-delayed-year.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 Decision on banning tenant evictions delayed until next year  The Rental Reform White paper will not be published until next year, with the extra time providing an opportunity to produce a balanced package of reforms. Wed, 03 Nov 2021 12:55:43 Z Shutterstock / fizkes 2021-11-03 12:55 +00:00 2021-11-04 01:55 +13:00 https://www.theguardian.com/business/2021/nov/03/uk-house-prices-climb-but-outlook-for-market-extremely-uncertain https://www.theguardian.com/business/2021/nov/03/uk-house-prices-climb-but-outlook-for-market-extremely-uncertain Housing market Nationwide Business House prices Real estate Money Property UK news Stamp duty Coronavirus UK house prices climb but outlook for market ‘extremely uncertain’ <p>Average property price has gone up by more than £30,000 since start of Covid crisis, says Nationwide</p><p>Average UK house prices defied expectations and continued to climb last month despite the phasing out of the government’s <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/money/stampduty">stamp duty holiday</a> at the end of September.</p><p>The continued increases mean that the price of an average home in the UK has risen above £250,000 for the first time on the building society Nationwide’s index.</p> <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/business/2021/nov/03/uk-house-prices-climb-but-outlook-for-market-extremely-uncertain">Continue reading...</a> Wed, 03 Nov 2021 08:48:55 Z Photograph: Loop Images Ltd/Alamy Stock Photo Photograph: Loop Images Ltd/Alamy Stock Photo Joanna Partridge 2021-11-03T08:48:55Z 2021-11-03 08:48 +00:00 2021-11-03 21:48 +13:00 https://www.latimes.com/business/story/2021-11-02/new-soundstages-coming-to-universal-studios-lot https://www.latimes.com/business/story/2021-11-02/new-soundstages-coming-to-universal-studios-lot Famed Universal Studios lot will add soundstages as film and TV production surges <p>NBCUniversal plans for a major development at its famed Universal Studios lot, adding more soundstages as media companies race to satisfy the content boom.</p> Wed, 03 Nov 2021 00:30:58 Z Roger Vincent <p>NBCUniversal plans for a major development at its famed Universal Studios lot, adding more soundstages as media companies race to satisfy the content boom.</p> Rendering - NBCUniversal will add eight soundstages to Universal Studios as part of an upgrade to its storied movie lot that will also include a new office complex and a new commissary. NBCUniversal 2021-11-03 00:30 +00:00 2021-11-03 13:30 +13:00 https://www.latimes.com/business/real-estate/story/2021-11-02/longtime-good-day-la-host-jillian-barberie-tarzana-home https://www.latimes.com/business/real-estate/story/2021-11-02/longtime-good-day-la-host-jillian-barberie-tarzana-home Longtime 'Good Day L.A.' host Jillian Barberie lists Tarzana retreat for $2.5 million <p>Former 'Good Day L.A.' host Jillian Barberie is asking $2.5 million for her Tarzana retreat designed by 'Flipping Out' star Jeff Lewis.</p> Tue, 02 Nov 2021 20:03:31 Z Jack Flemming <p>Former 'Good Day L.A.' host Jillian Barberie is asking $2.5 million for her Tarzana retreat designed by 'Flipping Out' star Jeff Lewis.</p> The half-acre estate includes a ranch-style main house, custom guesthouse and a patio and pool overlooking the San Fernando Valley. Keller Williams Realty 2021-11-02 20:03 +00:00 2021-11-03 09:03 +13:00 https://www.latimes.com/business/real-estate/story/2021-11-02/hilary-swank-wants-10-5-million-for-her-pacific-palisades-villa https://www.latimes.com/business/real-estate/story/2021-11-02/hilary-swank-wants-10-5-million-for-her-pacific-palisades-villa Hilary Swank wants $10.5 million for her Pacific Palisades villa <p>After moving her family to Colorado during the pandemic, Oscar-winning actress Hilary Swank is asking $10.5 million for her villa in the Palisades.</p> Tue, 02 Nov 2021 16:41:14 Z Jack Flemming <p>After moving her family to Colorado during the pandemic, Oscar-winning actress Hilary Swank is asking $10.5 million for her villa in the Palisades.</p> The miniature compound includes a Spanish-style villa, detached bungalow and swimming pool set among terraced fruit and vegetable gardens. Jeremy Spann 2021-11-02 16:41 +00:00 2021-11-03 05:41 +13:00 https://www.latimes.com/business/story/2021-11-02/column-brinks-cost-recovery-fee https://www.latimes.com/business/story/2021-11-02/column-brinks-cost-recovery-fee Column: This 'cost recovery fee' seems more like double dipping <p>Brinks Home Security charges customers an extra $1.97 a month for network services that the company's $46.60 base price already covers.</p> Tue, 02 Nov 2021 13:00:57 Z David Lazarus <p>Brinks Home Security charges customers an extra $1.97 a month for network services that the company's $46.60 base price already covers.</p> Smart house, home automation, device with app icons. Over the shoulder view of woman using her smartphone with home security application on the screen to unlock the door of the house Prostock-Studio/Getty Images/iStockphoto 2021-11-02 13:00 +00:00 2021-11-03 02:00 +13:00 https://www.latimes.com/business/story/2021-11-02/should-california-make-solar-more-expensive-inside-the-climate-justice-battle https://www.latimes.com/business/story/2021-11-02/should-california-make-solar-more-expensive-inside-the-climate-justice-battle Should California make solar more expensive? Inside the climate justice battle <p>Clean energy activists and utility giants are duking it out over the future of rooftop solar.</p> Tue, 02 Nov 2021 12:00:03 Z Sammy Roth <p>Clean energy activists and utility giants are duking it out over the future of rooftop solar.</p> LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 18: David Andrade, top left, work force training specialist, Juan Alcantara, intern/trainee, right, Lee Kwok, bottom left, solar installer supervisor, and Darean Nguyen, senior solar installation supervisor, of GRID Alternatives, a nonprofit, install solar panels that will generate 5 kilowatts of energy at a low-income home in Watts on Friday, June 18, 2021 in Los Angeles, CA. A total of 15 327 watt panels were placed on the roof. (Gary Coronado / Los Angeles Times) Gary Coronado/Los Angeles Times 2021-11-02 12:00 +00:00 2021-11-03 01:00 +13:00 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/money/experts/article-10152181/Do-need-pay-sellers-legal-fees-auction-flat.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/money/experts/article-10152181/Do-need-pay-sellers-legal-fees-auction-flat.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 Do I need to pay the seller's legal fees on my auction flat? I bought a flat at auction and paid the deposit and buyer's fee. Now I'm being asked to pay the seller's fees too - but there was no amount specified in the contract. Can they force me to pay? Tue, 02 Nov 2021 08:37:57 Z None 2021-11-02 08:37 +00:00 2021-11-02 21:37 +13:00 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-10152577/Homebuying-process-speeds-27-days-says-Rightmove.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-10152577/Homebuying-process-speeds-27-days-says-Rightmove.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 Homebuying process speeds up by 27 days says Rightmove It currently takes home movers just over four months, or 127 days, to get through the conveyancing process, according to Rightmove. Tue, 02 Nov 2021 08:35:43 Z Shutterstock / Alicia G. Monedero 2021-11-02 08:35 +00:00 2021-11-02 21:35 +13:00 https://www.latimes.com/sports/chargers/story/2021-11-01/chargers-announce-plans-build-headquarters-el-segundo-nfl https://www.latimes.com/sports/chargers/story/2021-11-01/chargers-announce-plans-build-headquarters-el-segundo-nfl Chargers reveal plans to build headquarters and training facility in El Segundo <p>The Chargers have an agreement to construct a headquarters and training facility in El Segundo. It is expected to be completed in the spring of 2024.</p> Mon, 01 Nov 2021 22:00:36 Z Jeff Miller, Roger Vincent <p>The Chargers have an agreement to construct a headquarters and training facility in El Segundo. It is expected to be completed in the spring of 2024.</p> An artist's rendering of the planned Chargers training facility in El Segundo. Los Angeles Chargers 2021-11-01 22:00 +00:00 2021-11-02 11:00 +13:00 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-10131607/Property-service-charges-challenge-unreasonable-increases.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-10131607/Property-service-charges-challenge-unreasonable-increases.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 Property service charges: How to challenge unreasonable increases We look at how to challenge your property service charges if they have increased sharply and you believe they are unreasonable. Mon, 01 Nov 2021 14:37:02 Z Getty Images/iStockphoto 2021-11-01 14:37 +00:00 2021-11-02 03:37 +13:00 https://www.theguardian.com/money/2021/nov/01/will-i-have-to-pay-higher-rate-stamp-duty-if-i-keep-a-rental-flat https://www.theguardian.com/money/2021/nov/01/will-i-have-to-pay-higher-rate-stamp-duty-if-i-keep-a-rental-flat Property Stamp duty Tax Money UK news Will I have to pay higher-rate stamp duty if I keep a rental flat? <p>My husband and I are planning to sell the house we live in, which is our main residence</p><p><strong>Q</strong> I bought a flat in 2016 and lived there for a couple of years. I then got married in 2018 and moved in to my husband’s house, which he’d bought in 2015 and which remains solely in his name. I’ve been renting out my flat ever since. We now plan to sell the house we live in and buy a new one. If I keep my rental flat will I be liable for higher rates of stamp duty?<br><strong>NA</strong></p><p><strong>A</strong> No, I don’t think that you will be liable for the higher rate of stamp duty land tax (SDLT) and this is why. As luck would have it, I came across an illuminating example in HM Revenue and Customs’ (HMRC) <a href="https://www.gov.uk/hmrc-internal-manuals/stamp-duty-land-tax-manual/sdltm09810">online Stamp Duty Land Tax Manual</a> which describes your situation almost exactly (if it weren’t for the fact that it’s the husband who has the rental property and they both live in the wife’s house). Substituting you for Mr S (in the HMRC example) and your husband for Mrs S, this is how it reads: “<em>Mr</em> and <em>Mrs A</em>, a married couple, each own a residential property, with neither having any interest in the other’s property. They both live in the property owned by <em>Mr A</em>; the property owned by <em>Mrs A</em> is rented out. <em>Mr A</em> is selling his property and they are jointly purchasing a new one, which will be their new main residence. <em>Mrs A</em> will retain her rented out property.”</p> <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/money/2021/nov/01/will-i-have-to-pay-higher-rate-stamp-duty-if-i-keep-a-rental-flat">Continue reading...</a> Mon, 01 Nov 2021 07:00:02 Z Photograph: Maureen McLean/REX/Shutterstock Photograph: Maureen McLean/REX/Shutterstock Virginia Wallis 2021-11-01T07:00:02Z 2021-11-01 07:00 +00:00 2021-11-01 20:00 +13:00 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-10144159/Five-homes-sale-family-50-years.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-10144159/Five-homes-sale-family-50-years.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 Five homes for sale that have been in the same family for at least 50 years  We take a look inside five properties for sale that have been in the same family for at least 50 years, including one that is on the market for the first time in a century. Sat, 30 Oct 2021 08:29:34 Z None 2021-10-30 08:29 +00:00 2021-10-30 21:29 +13:00 https://www.latimes.com/business/real-estate/story/2021-10-29/billionaire-marc-andreessen-buys-malibu-mansion-for-177-million-a-california-record https://www.latimes.com/business/real-estate/story/2021-10-29/billionaire-marc-andreessen-buys-malibu-mansion-for-177-million-a-california-record Billionaire Marc Andreessen buys Malibu mansion for $177 million, a California record <p>In the priciest home sale in California history, billionaire Marc Andreessen has paid $177 million for the Malibu home of fashion mogul Serge Azria.</p> Fri, 29 Oct 2021 19:56:48 Z Jack Flemming <p>In the priciest home sale in California history, billionaire Marc Andreessen has paid $177 million for the Malibu home of fashion mogul Serge Azria.</p> In a historic deal, billionaire venture capitalist Marc Andreessen has paid $177 million for a sprawling estate in Malibu. It's the most ever paid for a home in California, shattering the previous record set by Jeff Bezos last year. (Google Earth) Google Earth 2021-10-29 19:56 +00:00 2021-10-30 08:56 +13:00 https://www.theguardian.com/business/live/2021/oct/29/uk-mortgage-costs-homeowners-markets-eurozone-inflation-business-live https://www.theguardian.com/business/live/2021/oct/29/uk-mortgage-costs-homeowners-markets-eurozone-inflation-business-live Housing market Inflation Germany NatWest Group Energy bills Evergrande Business Government steps up plans for collapse of big energy supplier Bulb, reports say - as it happened <p>Latest:</p><ul><li>Inflation in the eurozone rockets to 13-year high</li><li>Eurozone economy grew at its fastest pace in a year in Q3, but German growth disappointed</li><li>Ofgem <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/business/2021/oct/29/uk-energy-regulator-to-take-bold-action-over-price-cap-as-crisis-deepens-ofgem">ready to take “bold action”</a> to overhaul the energy price cap</li><li>British homeowners warned that the <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/money/2021/oct/29/homebuyers-cheap-mortgages-interest-rate-changes-rises">days of cheap mortgages are over</a></li><li>NatWest Group <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/business/2021/oct/29/natwest-profits-triple-to-1bn-after-jump-in-mortgage-lending">profits triple to £1bn</a> in Q3</li><li>Backlash and mockery over <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2021/oct/29/mocking-meta-facebooks-virtual-reality-name-change-prompts-backlash">Facebook’s rebrand to Meta</a></li></ul><p><strong>NatWest Group tripled its profits in the third quarter to a better than expected £1.1bn, thanks to a jump in mortgage lending and a recovery in the economy despite setting aside cash to cover fines linked to money-laundering charges.</strong></p><p>The bank, which is majority-owned by the taxpayer, said the stronger economic position had allowed it to release £242m worth of provisions in the three months to 30 September, which it had made to cover a potential rise in defaults because of the coronavirus pandemic. That compares with the £254m it put aside during the same period last year. Analysts had expected the bank to take a further £40m charge.</p> <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/business/live/2021/oct/29/uk-mortgage-costs-homeowners-markets-eurozone-inflation-business-live">Continue reading...</a> Fri, 29 Oct 2021 14:10:44 Z Photograph: True Images/Alamy Photograph: True Images/Alamy Joanna Partridge 2021-10-29T14:10:44Z 2021-10-29 14:10 +00:00 2021-10-30 03:10 +13:00 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10142035/Prince-Harry-Meghan-Markles-billionaire-neighbor-sold-19million-mansion.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10142035/Prince-Harry-Meghan-Markles-billionaire-neighbor-sold-19million-mansion.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's billionaire neighbor has sold his $19million mansion Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's billionaire neighbor sold his $19million mansion in April. Fri, 29 Oct 2021 13:39:20 Z None 2021-10-29 13:39 +00:00 2021-10-30 02:39 +13:00 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-10136005/Cladding-hit-flat-owner-TROLLED-online-Government-agency-worker-speaking-out.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-10136005/Cladding-hit-flat-owner-TROLLED-online-Government-agency-worker-speaking-out.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 Cladding-hit flat owner is TROLLED online by Government agency worker for speaking out In a Twitter exchange, 26-year-old Emily Boswell was accused of 'playing victim' and 'blatant attention seeking' by a someone working for a Government agency. Fri, 29 Oct 2021 12:19:34 Z None 2021-10-29 12:19 +00:00 2021-10-30 01:19 +13:00 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-10141573/How-garden-art-add-class-outdoor-space.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-10141573/How-garden-art-add-class-outdoor-space.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 How 'garden art' can add class to an outdoor space 'Garden art' in the form of statues, fountains and arbours has come into its own during the past 18 months as people put a greater emphasis on outdoor space. Fri, 29 Oct 2021 08:18:27 Z Getty Images 2021-10-29 08:18 +00:00 2021-10-29 21:18 +13:00 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-10141535/Radiators-design-statements-themselves.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-10141535/Radiators-design-statements-themselves.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 Radiators have become design statements in themselves Reinstating the cast-iron radiators torn out of period properties in the 1970s can add a stylish element to a home - especially if they are updated in a bold colour. Fri, 29 Oct 2021 08:05:12 Z None 2021-10-29 08:05 +00:00 2021-10-29 21:05 +13:00 58af97f5440243fe3d552306:5906c0dfe4fcb573ba562253:615f7e94a2394405245653af https://chemcare.co.nz/articles/a-z-asbestos-products A to Z of Products That May Contain Asbestos If you’re curious about just how many everyday materials and products containing asbestos may be present in the average residential or commercial structure, let’s explore this A-Z guide below. Fri, 29 Oct 2021 02:39:49 Z Klaris Chua-Pineda &nbsp; <figure class=" sqs-block-image-figure intrinsic " > <img class="thumb-image" data-image="https://images.squarespace-cdn.com/content/v1/58af97f5440243fe3d552306/2f1872e5-67fa-4dee-9a0a-7b16e40d1dd9/asbestos-insulation-for-pipe-heat-insulation-syste-2021-08-30-10-51-06-utc.jpg" data-image-dimensions="4032x3024" data-image-focal-point="0.5,0.5" alt="Asbestos insulation for pipes" data-load="false" data-image-id="617b5e9533f9f24aca6959e8" data-type="image" src="https://images.squarespace-cdn.com/content/v1/58af97f5440243fe3d552306/2f1872e5-67fa-4dee-9a0a-7b16e40d1dd9/asbestos-insulation-for-pipe-heat-insulation-syste-2021-08-30-10-51-06-utc.jpg?format=1000w" /> </figure> &nbsp;<p class="">We often view asbestos as a hazardous natural material that’s sometimes present in a few different building products like <a href="https://chemcare.co.nz/articles/asbestos-vinyl-flooring">vinyl flooring</a> and roofing materials. However, in reality, <em>hundreds </em>of other products manufactured before 2003 in Aotearoa New Zealand contain asbestos.&nbsp;</p><p class="">If you’re curious about just how many everyday materials and products containing asbestos may be present in the average residential or commercial structure, let’s explore this A-Z guide below.</p><p data-rte-preserve-empty="true" class=""></p><h2>A</h2><p class="">Out of all asbestos products, those starting with A form the longest list. This is because they begin with ‘asbestos’ to differentiate them from other products like them that <em>don’t </em>contain asbestos.</p><p class="">For example, asbestos ceiling tiles would come under ‘A’ because there are also ceiling tiles that weren’t manufactured with asbestos.&nbsp;</p><ul data-rte-list="default"><li><p class="">Air-conditioning ducts</p></li><li><p class="">Arc shields (from lift motor rooms or electrical cabinets)</p></li><li><p class="">Acid-resistant compositions, aircraft seats, and other asbestos-based plastic products</p></li><li><p class="">Asbestos ceiling tiles</p></li><li><p class="">Asbestos cement (in conduits, electrical fuse boards, <a href="https://chemcare.co.nz/articles/removing-asbestos-ceiling-roofing">roofs and walls</a>, formwork, internal flues, downpipes)</p></li><li><p class="">Asbestos cement moulded products (gutters, gas meter covers, ridge cappings, cable troughs, and more) </p></li><li><p class="">Asbestos cement pieces (between joists and piers)</p></li><li><p class="">Asbestos cement underground pits (for traffic control wiring and telecommunications cabling)</p></li><li><p class="">Asbestos cement render, plaster, mortar, and coursework</p></li><li><p class="">Asbestos cement sheet (behind ceramic tiles, over exhaust canopies, in internal walls and ceilings, as an underlay for vinyl) </p></li><li><p class="">Asbestos cement storm drain and water pipes</p></li><li><p class="">Asbestos-containing laminates (like Formica)</p></li><li><p class="">Asbestos marine board (such as&nbsp;marinate)</p></li><li><p class="">Asbestos-containing pegboard</p></li><li><p class="">Asbestos paper (for insulation, filtering, and fire-resistant laminates production)</p></li><li><p class="">Asbestos felts and yarn</p></li><li><p class="">Asbestos mattresses (for covering hot equipment in power stations)</p></li><li><p class="">Autoclave/steriliser insulation</p></li><li><p class="">Asbestos <a href="https://chemcare.co.nz/articles/asbestos-roof-tiles-dangerous">roof tiles</a></p></li><li><p class="">Asbestos textiles and textile gussets (in air-conditioning ducting systems)</p></li></ul><p class="">&nbsp;</p><h2>B</h2><p class="">There is a wide variety of asbestos products starting with B, including those present in our homes, businesses, and classic vehicles. &nbsp;</p><ul data-rte-list="default"><li><p class="">Bitumen-based waterproofing products (like Malthoid found in roofs, floors, and some brickwork)</p></li><li><p class="">Bituminous sealants and adhesives </p></li><li><p class="">Boiler gaskets</p></li><li><p class="">Boiler insulation, slabs, and wet mix</p></li><li><p class="">Brake disc pads and linings </p></li></ul><p class="">&nbsp;</p><h2>C </h2><p class="">A surprising number of everyday home products from before 2000, plus building materials and <a href="https://chemcare.co.nz/articles/asbestos-in-cars">vehicle parts</a>, contain asbestos.</p><ul data-rte-list="default"><li><p class="">Cable penetration insulation bags</p></li><li><p class="">Calorifier insulation</p></li><li><p class="">Car body filters (rare)</p></li><li><p class="">Clutch faces</p></li><li><p class="">Caulking compounds, adhesives, and sealant </p></li><li><p class="">Cement render</p></li><li><p class="">Chrysotile wicks (in kerosene heaters)</p></li><li><p class="">Compressed asbestos cement panels (in flooring, bathrooms, verandas, and demountable building steps)</p></li><li><p class="">Compressed asbestos fibres (in vehicles and plant brakes and gaskets)</p></li></ul><p class="">&nbsp;</p><h2>D</h2><ul data-rte-list="default"><li><p class="">Door seals (on old ovens) </p></li></ul><p class="">&nbsp;</p><h2>E</h2><p class="">It was common for asbestos to be present in electrical products due to its fire-retardant properties. </p><ul data-rte-list="default"><li><p class="">Electric heat banks (block insulation)</p></li><li><p class="">Electric hot water services (normally not asbestos)</p></li><li><p class="">Electric light fittings, high wattage, insulation around fitting (and bituminised)</p></li><li><p class="">Electrical switchboards</p></li><li><p class="">Exhausts (on vehicles)</p></li></ul><p class="">&nbsp;</p><h2>F</h2><p class="">Asbestos was once described as a miracle product, primarily because of how well it could protect properties and possessions from fire. </p><ul data-rte-list="default"><li><p class="">Filler (in acetylene gas cylinders)</p></li><li><p class="">Filters (for beverage and wine filtration)</p></li><li><p class="">Fire blankets and curtains</p></li><li><p class="">Fire door <a href="https://chemcare.co.nz/articles/risk-of-asbestos-insulation">insulation</a></p></li><li><p class="">Fire-rated wall rendering (asbestos with mortar)</p></li><li><p class="">Fire-resistant plasterboard (on ships)</p></li><li><p class="">Fire-retardant material in the chemical industry (steelwork supporting reactors on columns in refineries)</p></li><li><p class="">Flexible hoses</p></li><li><p class="">Floor vinyl sheets and vinyl tiles</p></li><li><p class="">Fuse blankets and ceramic fuses (in switchboards)&nbsp;</p></li></ul><p class="">&nbsp;</p><h2>G</h2><ul data-rte-list="default"><li><p class="">Galbestos™ roofing materials (for soundproofing on metal roofs) </p></li><li><p class="">Gaskets (general, chemicals, and refineries)</p></li><li><p class="">Gauze mats (in laboratories and chemical refineries)</p></li><li><p class="">Gloves (for insulation against heat)</p></li></ul><p class="">&nbsp;</p><h2>H</h2><ul data-rte-list="default"><li><p class="">Hairdryers (heating element insulation)</p></li><li><p class="">Header (insulation in the manifold)</p></li></ul><p class="">&nbsp;</p><h2>I</h2><p class="">Asbestos was a popular form of insulation for decades, especially in Australia. </p><ul data-rte-list="default"><li><p class="">Insulation blocks</p></li><li><p class="">Insulation in electric reheat units for air-conditioner systems</p></li></ul><p class="">&nbsp;</p><h2>L</h2><p class="">Due to asbestos’s fire resistance and insulating properties, it was a firm favourite in laboratory environments, industrial workplaces, and even in modes of transport like trains.</p><ul data-rte-list="default"><li><p class="">Laboratory benchtops</p></li><li><p class="">Laboratory fume cupboard panels</p></li><li><p class="">Laboratory wall insulation (in ovens)</p></li><li><p class="">Lagged exhaust pipes (in emergency power generators)</p></li><li><p class="">Lagging (in fireproof walls)</p></li><li><p class="">Lift shafts (asbestos cement panels lining and asbestos packing around penetrations)</p></li><li><p class="">Limpet asbestos spray insulation</p></li><li><p class=""><a href="https://chemcare.co.nz/articles/asbestos-train-tracks">Locomotives</a> (steam) lagging (boilers, steam lines, steam dome, and gaskets)</p></li></ul><p class="">&nbsp;</p><h2>M</h2><ul data-rte-list="default"><li><p class="">Mastics</p></li><li><p class="">Millboard (between heating units and walls and switch box lining)</p></li><li><p class="">Mortar</p></li></ul><p class="">&nbsp;</p><h2>P</h2><ul data-rte-list="default"><li><p class="">Packing materials (square packing, rope, or loose fibre for valves and gauges)</p></li><li><p class="">Packing material on high-rise building window anchorage points</p></li><li><p class=""><a href="https://chemcare.co.nz/articles/asbestos-tips-painters">Paint</a> (generally industrial epoxy paints)</p></li><li><p class="">Penetrations through high-rise building concrete slabs</p></li><li><p class="">Pipe insulation (including moulded sections, water-mix type, rope braid, and sheet)</p></li><li><p class="">Pitch-based electrical switchboards</p></li><li><p class="">Plaster and plaster cornice adhesives</p></li><li><p class="">Pump insulation</p></li></ul><p class="">&nbsp;</p><h2>R</h2><ul data-rte-list="default"><li><p class="">Refractory linings and tiles</p></li><li><p class="">Rubber articles</p></li></ul><p data-rte-preserve-empty="true" class=""></p><h2>S</h2><ul data-rte-list="default"><li><p class="">Sealant between floor slab and wall (in boiler rooms, risers, or lift shafts)</p></li><li><p class="">Sealant or mastik on windows</p></li><li><p class="">Sealants and mastics (in air-conditioning ducting joints)</p></li><li><p class="">Spackle or plasterboard wall-jointing compounds</p></li><li><p class="">Sprayed insulation (acoustic wall and ceiling, beams, ceiling slabs, on nuts for bolts holding wall panels)</p></li><li><p class="">Stoves (old domestic stove wall insulation)</p></li></ul><p class="">&nbsp;</p><h2>T</h2><ul data-rte-list="default"><li><p class="">Tape and rope (lagging and jointing)</p></li><li><p class="">Tapered ends of pipe lagging (lagging is not necessarily asbestos)</p></li><li><p class="">Tilux sheeting (in place of ceramic tiles in bathrooms)</p></li><li><p class="">Trailing cable (under lift cabins)</p></li><li><p class="">Trains, guards’ vans, millboard between heater and wall</p></li><li><p class="">Trains – Harris cars (sprayed asbestos between steel shell and Laminex)</p></li></ul><p class="">&nbsp;</p><h2>V</h2><ul data-rte-list="default"><li><p class="">Valve insulation</p></li></ul><p class="">&nbsp;</p><h2>W</h2><ul data-rte-list="default"><li><p class="">Welding rods</p></li><li><p class="">Woven asbestos cable sheath</p></li></ul><p class="">&nbsp;</p><h2>Contact Asbestos Removal Experts</h2><p class="">Seeing such a long list of products that can potentially contain asbestos is overwhelming. Even though most of these won’t be present in your home, many of them <em>can </em>be. </p><p class="">If you’re about to undertake renovations or repairs around your home, consider hiring an asbestos removal company for <a href="https://chemcare.co.nz/asbestos/testing">asbestos testing</a>. They can identify potential areas within your home that might contain asbestos, take samples, and provide a complete report for peace of mind. </p> A to Z of Products That May Contain Asbestos 2021-10-29 02:39 +00:00 2021-10-29 15:39 +13:00 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10142665/Worlds-priciest-home-vendor-Princess-posed-Playboy-decor-Michelangelo.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10142665/Worlds-priciest-home-vendor-Princess-posed-Playboy-decor-Michelangelo.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 World's priciest home: The vendor is a Princess who posed for Playboy and the decor is Michelangelo The world's priciest home: This stunning property - a former hunting lodge on a hilltop site once occupied by Julius Caesar's palace - has what estate agents might call bags of potential. Thu, 28 Oct 2021 23:52:49 Z None 2021-10-28 23:52 +00:00 2021-10-29 12:52 +13:00 https://www.latimes.com/lifestyle/story/2021-10-28/shop-for-one-of-a-kind-plant-rarities-at-this-los-feliz-plant-pop-up https://www.latimes.com/lifestyle/story/2021-10-28/shop-for-one-of-a-kind-plant-rarities-at-this-los-feliz-plant-pop-up The pandemic closed her L.A. plant shop. She's making a comeback with a holiday pop-up <p>Forget low-maintenance pothos and trendy fiddle-leaf figs. Yunice Kang's plant designs will dazzle you like works of art in a museum. </p> Thu, 28 Oct 2021 14:00:31 Z Lisa Boone <p>Forget low-maintenance pothos and trendy fiddle-leaf figs. Yunice Kang's plant designs will dazzle you like works of art in a museum. </p> LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 09: Yunice Kang of SANSO, a plant design studio in her Los Angeles studio space on September 9, 2021. Kang had closed the retail and ceramic studio, during the pandemic but is planning to open a new pop-up at Maru Coffee in Los Feliz in September. Kang handpicks all the rare plants from collectors and growers and pairs them with custom planters that are all handmade in her studio. SANSO plant design studio on Thursday, Sept. 9, 2021 in Los Angeles, CA. (Al Seib / Los Angeles Times). Al Seib/Los Angeles Times 2021-10-28 14:00 +00:00 2021-10-29 03:00 +13:00 https://www.latimes.com/business/real-estate/story/2021-10-27/ariana-grande-sells-her-bird-streets-perch-for https://www.latimes.com/business/real-estate/story/2021-10-27/ariana-grande-sells-her-bird-streets-perch-for Ariana Grande sells her Bird Streets perch for $14 million <p>Pop star Ariana Grande just sold her scenic Bird Streets home for $14 million just a year after she bought it for $13.7 million.</p> Wed, 27 Oct 2021 21:38:39 Z Jack Flemming <p>Pop star Ariana Grande just sold her scenic Bird Streets home for $14 million just a year after she bought it for $13.7 million.</p> The contemporary showplace sits on about a third of an acre in the Hollywood Hills' Bird Streets neighborhood. Noel Kleinman 2021-10-27 21:38 +00:00 2021-10-28 10:38 +13:00 https://www.latimes.com/business/story/2021-10-27/the-one-megamansion-nile-niami-bankruptcy-foreclosure-crestlloyd-hankey https://www.latimes.com/business/story/2021-10-27/the-one-megamansion-nile-niami-bankruptcy-foreclosure-crestlloyd-hankey Fight over 'The One' mega-mansion heads to Bankruptcy Court <p>An auction of the Bel-Air mansion known as The One is called off after the limited liability company that owns it files for bankruptcy protection.</p> Wed, 27 Oct 2021 19:12:04 Z Laurence Darmiento <p>An auction of the Bel-Air mansion known as The One is called off after the limited liability company that owns it files for bankruptcy protection.</p> Beverly Hills, CA - September 08: An exterior view of "The One Bel Air", a 105,000-square-foot mansion with a sky deck and putting green, night club, several swimming pools, a 50-seat theater, a four-lane bowling alley, beauty salon, and more by Nile Niami of Skyline Development and designed by Paul McClean (McClean Design). The One is shown by court-appointed receiver Ted Lanes, who now controls the property and is in charge of finding a buyer and paying off the lenders and other creditors, gives a tour of The One, the 105,000 square foot house on sale in Bel Air. This is apparently the largest home for sale in the United States. The developer Nial Niami "listed" it for $500 million but got into financial trouble and was foreclosed upon by Don Hankey. Photo taken in Bel Air on Wednesday, Sept. 8, 2021 in Beverly Hills, CA. (Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times) Allen J. Schaben/Los Angeles Times 2021-10-27 19:12 +00:00 2021-10-28 08:12 +13:00 https://www.latimes.com/world-nation/story/2021-10-27/italy-super-cheap-homes-one-euro https://www.latimes.com/world-nation/story/2021-10-27/italy-super-cheap-homes-one-euro Buck the system: In Italy, old towns eager for new blood sell homes for about $1 <p>As the COVID-19 pandemic changes working patterns, rural Italian towns are offering cut-price homes to lure new residents. Even Americans are buying.</p> Wed, 27 Oct 2021 15:09:08 Z Janna Brancolini <p>As the COVID-19 pandemic changes working patterns, rural Italian towns are offering cut-price homes to lure new residents. Even Americans are buying.</p> Orange County resident Heather and Steve Giammichele purchases a home in Palmoli, Italy, across the street from a castle and near a beautiful park with hiking trails through scenic hillsides. The price tag: 10,000 euros, or less than $12,000. Heather Giammichele 2021-10-27 15:09 +00:00 2021-10-28 04:09 +13:00 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-10128675/House-price-rises-slower-homes-near-Waitrose.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-10128675/House-price-rises-slower-homes-near-Waitrose.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 House price rises are slower among homes found near a Waitrose Homes further away from a Waitrose have seen price growth of 23 per cent, while those close to Waitrose have seen values rise by only 16 per cent, new data suggested. Wed, 27 Oct 2021 11:33:37 Z None 2021-10-27 11:33 +00:00 2021-10-28 00:33 +13:00 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-10069813/Get-new-look-kitchen-without-price-tag-clever-tweaks.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-10069813/Get-new-look-kitchen-without-price-tag-clever-tweaks.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 Get a new-look kitchen without the price tag with these clever tweaks A new kitchen can cost upwards of £4,000 - but you could get a new look for much less by simply replacing key items such as lighting, floors or taps. We show you how. Wed, 27 Oct 2021 09:33:21 Z None 2021-10-27 09:33 +00:00 2021-10-27 22:33 +13:00 https://www.latimes.com/business/real-estate/story/2021-10-26/ben-simmons-is-selling-his-mansion-outside-philadelphia-for-5-million https://www.latimes.com/business/real-estate/story/2021-10-26/ben-simmons-is-selling-his-mansion-outside-philadelphia-for-5-million Ben Simmons is selling his mansion outside Philadelphia for $5 million <p>After requesting a trade from the Philadelphia 76ers, star point guard Ben Simmons has listed his custom New Jersey home for $5 million.</p> Tue, 26 Oct 2021 20:26:26 Z Jack Flemming <p>After requesting a trade from the Philadelphia 76ers, star point guard Ben Simmons has listed his custom New Jersey home for $5 million.</p> Custom-built in 2019, the 10,500-square-foot home comes with a movie theater, candy room, aquarium and gaming room. Dave Apple 2021-10-26 20:26 +00:00 2021-10-27 09:26 +13:00 https://www.latimes.com/politics/story/2021-10-26/california-new-york-fight-over-shrinking-low-income-housing-aid-in-democrats-bill https://www.latimes.com/politics/story/2021-10-26/california-new-york-fight-over-shrinking-low-income-housing-aid-in-democrats-bill California, New York fight over shrinking low-income housing aid in Democrats' bill <p>Because of differences in the way low-income housing is addressed state by state, proposed cuts have set off a West Coast-East Coast tug of war.</p> Tue, 26 Oct 2021 15:49:14 Z Jennifer Haberkorn, Benjamin Oreskes <p>Because of differences in the way low-income housing is addressed state by state, proposed cuts have set off a West Coast-East Coast tug of war.</p> LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - JANUARY 10: Democratic presidential candidate former U.S. Vice President Joe Biden (L) walks with Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti at a campaign event at United Firefighters of Los Angeles City on January 10, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. Garcetti endorsed Biden yesterday. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images) Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images 2021-10-26 15:49 +00:00 2021-10-27 04:49 +13:00 https://www.theguardian.com/business/2021/oct/26/nightmare-on-uks-elm-streets-as-homes-sell-for-42-less-due-to-superstition https://www.theguardian.com/business/2021/oct/26/nightmare-on-uks-elm-streets-as-homes-sell-for-42-less-due-to-superstition Housing market A Nightmare on Elm Street Halloween Housing UK news Life and style Real estate Culture Film Horror films Nightmare on UK’s Elm Streets as homes sell for 42% less due to ‘superstition’ <p>Fear of Freddy Krueger spooks many buyers, say experts – but most Britons would buy ‘haunted’ house if cheaper</p><p>To its fans, it’s one of the greatest horror movies ever made – teenagers living on Elm Street in the imaginary town of Springwood, Ohio, are murdered in their dreams (and thus in real life) by Freddy Krueger, a burnt killer with a bladed, gloved hand.</p><p>But for many, thousands of miles across the Atlantic, the nightmare doesn’t end when the credits roll. New research reveals that decades after the 1984 film was released, homes on roads named Elm Street across the UK still sell for up to 70% less than the local average due to what experts call “a superstitious market”.</p> <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/business/2021/oct/26/nightmare-on-uks-elm-streets-as-homes-sell-for-42-less-due-to-superstition">Continue reading...</a> Tue, 26 Oct 2021 14:32:58 Z Photograph: Pictorial Press Ltd/Alamy Photograph: Pictorial Press Ltd/Alamy Nadia Khomami Arts and culture correspondent 2021-10-26T14:32:58Z 2021-10-26 14:32 +00:00 2021-10-27 03:32 +13:00 https://www.latimes.com/business/real-estate/story/2021-10-26/chargers-star-joey-bosa-buys-house-on-the-water-in-hometown-fort-lauderdale https://www.latimes.com/business/real-estate/story/2021-10-26/chargers-star-joey-bosa-buys-house-on-the-water-in-hometown-fort-lauderdale Chargers star Joey Bosa buys house on the water in hometown Fort Lauderdale <p>NFL star Joey Bosa just dropped $5.85 million on a waterfront house in his hometown of Fort Lauderdale, Fla.</p> Tue, 26 Oct 2021 13:00:47 Z Jack Flemming <p>NFL star Joey Bosa just dropped $5.85 million on a waterfront house in his hometown of Fort Lauderdale, Fla.</p> Set on Sunset Lake, the modern home built in 2019 includes a movie theater, swimming pool and private concrete dock. Daniel Petroni Photography 2021-10-26 13:00 +00:00 2021-10-27 02:00 +13:00 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-10127925/Cladding-hit-flat-owner-send-repair-bills-developer-floor-collapses.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-10127925/Cladding-hit-flat-owner-send-repair-bills-developer-floor-collapses.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 Cladding-hit flat owner to send repair bills to developer after floor collapses Leaseholder Liam Spender lifted the carpet at his London flat to reveal the full extent of the damage - a hole that is around 40cm by 30cm. Tue, 26 Oct 2021 10:03:44 Z None 2021-10-26 10:03 +00:00 2021-10-26 23:03 +13:00 https://www.theguardian.com/society/2021/oct/25/boomerang-boomers-the-over-50s-moving-back-in-with-their-parents https://www.theguardian.com/society/2021/oct/25/boomerang-boomers-the-over-50s-moving-back-in-with-their-parents Older people Family finances Money Society Consumer affairs Coronavirus Property UK news Parents and parenting Family Life and style Household bills Housing Housing market Boomerang boomers: the over-50s moving back in with their parents <p>Financial and relationship woes caused by Covid in the UK are driving a rise in older people returning to live with family</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 Covid pandemic has led to growing numbers of baby boomers in Britain moving back in with their elderly parents, experts have said.</p><p>The reasons are varied, from the positive <strong>–</strong> grown-up children ensuring their parents had care and company during lockdowns <strong>–</strong> to the negative, including financial and relationship breakdowns.</p> <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/society/2021/oct/25/boomerang-boomers-the-over-50s-moving-back-in-with-their-parents">Continue reading...</a> Mon, 25 Oct 2021 10:25:40 Z Photograph: Supplied Photograph: Supplied Amelia Hill 2021-10-25T10:25:40Z 2021-10-25 10:25 +00:00 2021-10-25 23:25 +13:00 https://www.theguardian.com/money/2021/oct/25/my-house-has-gained-30000-in-value-should-i-realise-that-capital-and-move-north https://www.theguardian.com/money/2021/oct/25/my-house-has-gained-30000-in-value-should-i-realise-that-capital-and-move-north Mortgages Money Property UK news Help-to-buy scheme My house has gained £30,000 in value. Should I realise that capital and move north? <p>Property there is cheaper, I’ll be near family and I know implications of leaving help to buy </p><p><strong>Q</strong> I moved into my new-build house in late September 2020. After a long, coronavirus-related wait. It has gained approximately £30,000 in value and because of my age, I’m 51, I’m wondering if I should realise that capital and move slightly further north where property is cheaper, my deposit will be much larger and I’ll be nearer my family.</p><p>I’m in a growing town with an exceedingly high number of new-builds that are selling like hotcakes, so I’m sure mine would sell. Work moved me when they relocated their offices, so I had minimal costs when I bought.</p> <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/money/2021/oct/25/my-house-has-gained-30000-in-value-should-i-realise-that-capital-and-move-north">Continue reading...</a> Mon, 25 Oct 2021 06:00:32 Z Photograph: Alamy Stock Photo Photograph: Alamy Stock Photo Virginia Wallis 2021-10-25T06:00:32Z 2021-10-25 06:00 +00:00 2021-10-25 19:00 +13:00 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-10120139/Green-homes-EPC-band-adds-14k-home.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-10120139/Green-homes-EPC-band-adds-14k-home.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 Green homes: How each EPC band adds £14k to a home Sellers could add up to £55,000 to the price of their home by boosting the rating on their property's Energy Performance Certificate from a D, E or F to a C. Sat, 23 Oct 2021 06:49:48 Z None 2021-10-23 06:49 +00:00 2021-10-23 19:49 +13:00 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-10116685/Frightfully-chic-Dont-turn-home-horror-Halloween.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-10116685/Frightfully-chic-Dont-turn-home-horror-Halloween.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 Frightfully chic: Don't turn your home into a horror show at Halloween Searches for Halloween-related products are up 235 per cent on 2020, according to arts and crafts retailer Hobbycraft. Sat, 23 Oct 2021 06:49:08 Z None 2021-10-23 06:49 +00:00 2021-10-23 19:49 +13:00 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-10119827/Sellers-reduce-property-asking-prices-11K-average.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-10119827/Sellers-reduce-property-asking-prices-11K-average.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 Sellers reduce property asking prices by £11K on average The capital's SW3 postcode, which includes Chelsea and parts of Knightsbridge, saw the biggest average monetary reductions. Sat, 23 Oct 2021 06:48:22 Z None 2021-10-23 06:48 +00:00 2021-10-23 19:48 +13:00 https://www.latimes.com/business/real-estate/story/2021-10-22/shaq-finally-sells-florida-mega-mansion-for-11-million https://www.latimes.com/business/real-estate/story/2021-10-22/shaq-finally-sells-florida-mega-mansion-for-11-million Shaq finally sells Florida mega-mansion for $11 million <p>After three years of relists, NBA legend Shaquille O'Neal has finally sold his Shaq-sized mansion outside Orlando for $11 million. </p> Fri, 22 Oct 2021 21:10:42 Z Jack Flemming <p>After three years of relists, NBA legend Shaquille O'Neal has finally sold his Shaq-sized mansion outside Orlando for $11 million. </p> The 31,000-square-foot mansion includes 12 bedrooms, 13 bathrooms, a movie theater, recording studio, indoor basketball court and 95-foot swimming pool. Christian Pestana Rodriguez 2021-10-22 21:10 +00:00 2021-10-23 10:10 +13:00 https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2021-10-22/black-homeowners-south-la-wrestle-with-gentrification https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2021-10-22/black-homeowners-south-la-wrestle-with-gentrification Column: A solution for gentrification in South L.A.? 'Don't sell your damn house!' <p>With home prices topping $1 million, Black people who bought modest properties decades ago are realizing they are wealthy. All they have to do is keep them.</p> Fri, 22 Oct 2021 12:00:27 Z Erika D. Smith <p>With home prices topping $1 million, Black people who bought modest properties decades ago are realizing they are wealthy. All they have to do is keep them.</p> LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 15: Pam Lumpkin along with her husband Emmanuel Baffo and their daughter Maddison Baffo pose for a portrait on the front porch of their home in View Park on Friday, Oct. 15, 2021 in Los Angeles, CA. Lumpkin and her family moved from Brentwood to View Park to renovate a house she inherited from an aunt. (Jason Armond / Los Angeles Times) Jason Armond/Los Angeles Times 2021-10-22 12:00 +00:00 2021-10-23 01:00 +13:00 https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2021-10-22/who-can-afford-to-buy-in-south-la-more-than-just-white-people https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2021-10-22/who-can-afford-to-buy-in-south-la-more-than-just-white-people Column: Who is buying those expensive houses in South L.A.? Is it really just white people? <p>Even as longtime residents are getting priced out, a small number of Black families who can afford it are moving in. The question is whether more will follow.</p> Fri, 22 Oct 2021 12:00:01 Z Erika D. Smith <p>Even as longtime residents are getting priced out, a small number of Black families who can afford it are moving in. The question is whether more will follow.</p> FILE - In this Aug. 14, 2019, file photo, then-Stockton, Calif., Mayor Michael Tubbs pauses during an interview in Stockton, Calif. The former mayor in California who gained international attention for running a guaranteed income program is joining Gov. Gavin Newsom's administration. Newsom named former Stockton Mayor Tubbs a special advisor for economic mobility and opportunity on Thursday, March 11, 2021. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File) ASSOCIATED PRESS 2021-10-22 12:00 +00:00 2021-10-23 01:00 +13:00 https://www.latimes.com/business/real-estate/story/2021-10-22/how-to-tour-super-luxury-mansions-open-houses-this-weekend https://www.latimes.com/business/real-estate/story/2021-10-22/how-to-tour-super-luxury-mansions-open-houses-this-weekend For a 'bizarre thrill,' visit an open house at an L.A. mega-mansion. Here's how, even without mega-bucks <p>Nile Niami's "The One" ultra-mega-mansion won't be hosting an open house, but plenty of other super-luxe homes will. Here's some, and how to find more.</p> Fri, 22 Oct 2021 12:00:01 Z Jack Flemming <p>Nile Niami's "The One" ultra-mega-mansion won't be hosting an open house, but plenty of other super-luxe homes will. Here's some, and how to find more.</p> The listing agents for 10480 W. Sunset Blvd., listed at $22.5 million, are hosting an open house on Sunday. Nils Timm 2021-10-22 12:00 +00:00 2021-10-23 01:00 +13:00 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-10116673/Darlington-cheapest-homes-Londons-Kensington-expensive.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-10116673/Darlington-cheapest-homes-Londons-Kensington-expensive.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 Darlington is cheapest for homes, London's Kensington most expensive Darlington (pictuerd) is the cheapest place to buy a property in the country, at just £58 per square foot, according to Churchill Insurance, Fri, 22 Oct 2021 10:36:32 Z None 2021-10-22 10:36 +00:00 2021-10-22 23:36 +13:00 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-10117813/Inside-Adeles-7million-LA-mansion-Singer-gives-fans-tour-luxury-home.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-10117813/Inside-Adeles-7million-LA-mansion-Singer-gives-fans-tour-luxury-home.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 Inside Adele's £7million LA mansion: Singer gives a fans tour of her luxury home  Adele has given fans an intimate glimpse into her stunning $9.5million Los Angeles mansion in Vogue's 73 Questions series. Fri, 22 Oct 2021 10:07:37 Z None 2021-10-22 10:07 +00:00 2021-10-22 23:07 +13:00 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-10115403/How-choose-carpet-colours-popular.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-10115403/How-choose-carpet-colours-popular.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 How to choose a carpet and which colours are popular Flooring expert explains the difference between a loop, twist and saxony pile - and which modern carpet colours to choose if you want to avoid popular grey. Fri, 22 Oct 2021 09:39:47 Z None 2021-10-22 09:39 +00:00 2021-10-22 22:39 +13:00 https://www.latimes.com/politics/story/2021-10-21/pandemic-spurs-young-families-to-leave-big-cities-for-the-heartland-will-they-stay https://www.latimes.com/politics/story/2021-10-21/pandemic-spurs-young-families-to-leave-big-cities-for-the-heartland-will-they-stay Pandemic spurs young families to leave big cities for the heartland. Will they stay? <p>New telework opportunities could slow exodus from rural America, but housing and lifestyle challenges abound.</p> Thu, 21 Oct 2021 13:37:22 Z Don Lee <p>New telework opportunities could slow exodus from rural America, but housing and lifestyle challenges abound.</p> Jason Mcnierney and his wife, Michelle, discovered Bertrand, Neb., during a family road trip and decided to move there from Denver. Jason and his three children visit a farm near their new home. Michelle Mel Mcnierney 2021-10-21 13:37 +00:00 2021-10-22 02:37 +13:00 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-10111319/Green-mortgages-leave-owners-older-homes-unable-sell.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-10111319/Green-mortgages-leave-owners-older-homes-unable-sell.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 Green mortgages may leave owners of older homes unable to sell Those living in older properties could be left with homes they're unable to sell if buyers cannot secure finance on them due to their lower energy efficiency ratings. Thu, 21 Oct 2021 10:01:38 Z Getty Images 2021-10-21 10:01 +00:00 2021-10-21 23:01 +13:00 https://www.theguardian.com/business/2021/oct/21/barclays-doubles-quarterly-profit-to-2bn https://www.theguardian.com/business/2021/oct/21/barclays-doubles-quarterly-profit-to-2bn Barclays Banking Business Mortgage lending figures Housing market Real estate UK news Supply chain crisis Inflation Barclays profits double as CEO brushes off inflation and supply chain fears <p>Strong mortgage lending and booming investment fees boost quarterly profits to £2bn</p><p>Barclays almost doubled its third-quarter profit to £2bn as it benefited from strong mortgage lending in the UK and a boom in investment banking.</p><p>The British bank’s profit before tax in the three months to September rose from <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/business/2020/oct/23/barclays-warns-of-cuts-covid-bad-debt-charges">£1.1bn a year ago</a>, taking its year-to-date profit to an all-time high of £6.9bn. Barclays said a consumer recovery had contributed to the stronger performance, as well as higher investment banking fees.</p> <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/business/2021/oct/21/barclays-doubles-quarterly-profit-to-2bn">Continue reading...</a> Thu, 21 Oct 2021 09:35:12 Z Photograph: Tolga Akmen/AFP/Getty Images Photograph: Tolga Akmen/AFP/Getty Images Julia Kollewe 2021-10-21T09:35:12Z 2021-10-21 09:35 +00:00 2021-10-21 22:35 +13:00 58af97f5440243fe3d552306:5906c0dfe4fcb573ba562253:615f7e8ad0f2a00b51039183 https://chemcare.co.nz/articles/dealing-with-black-mastic Dealing With Black Mastic If you’re about to undertake home renovations and are unsure if asbestos-containing black mastic is something you might encounter, read on. Wed, 20 Oct 2021 23:11:00 Z Klaris Chua-Pineda <figure class=" sqs-block-image-figure intrinsic " > <img class="thumb-image" data-image="https://images.squarespace-cdn.com/content/v1/58af97f5440243fe3d552306/1634591044400-MZLG885L6MXWMGO9D16X/black+mastic.jpg" data-image-dimensions="1200x800" data-image-focal-point="0.5,0.5" alt="black mastic" data-load="false" data-image-id="616de15c0630fa3698abca89" data-type="image" src="https://images.squarespace-cdn.com/content/v1/58af97f5440243fe3d552306/1634591044400-MZLG885L6MXWMGO9D16X/black+mastic.jpg?format=1000w" /> <figcaption class="image-caption-wrapper"> <p class=""><em>Black mastic as seen in an artist’s workshop</em></p> </figcaption> </figure> <p class="">Mastic is a black synthetic resin or glue-like flooring adhesive that forms a tough skin and adheres to flooring materials like vinyl. While we still rely on this product somewhat today, even with many floating floor options, it’s <em>nothing </em>like we used to use.</p><p class="">Black mastic products used in the 20th century underneath lino and <a href="https://chemcare.co.nz/articles/asbestos-vinyl-flooring">vinyl once contained asbestos</a>. While it’s not something we have to concern ourselves with regarding <em>new </em>mastic products that are latex or water-based, it’s certainly a cause for concern in older homes built before 2000.</p><p class="">If you’re about to undertake home renovations and are unsure if asbestos-containing black mastic is something you might encounter, read on. The following information can ensure you make an informed decision about what you do next.</p><p class="">&nbsp;</p><h2>What Does Black Mastic Look Like? </h2><p class="">Now you know what black mastic is, you can now learn what it looks like so you can be on the lookout when you get <a href="https://chemcare.co.nz/articles/kitchen-renovation">renovations</a> underway. Black is its predominant colour, but that doesn’t mean you should not take care with any other adhesive materials that <em>aren’t </em>black.</p><p class="">Depending on the age of your house, some water-based adhesives are also black and may not contain asbestos, and vice versa. It’s also important not to lift vinyl just to see if you spot any black materials underneath. This removal can cause any asbestos particles to be released into the air, putting your home’s occupants at risk of asbestos-related illnesses. </p><p class="">&nbsp;</p><h2>What to Do If You Suspect Black Mastic Asbestos In Your Home</h2><p class="">If your home was built before 2000, there’s every chance that it could contain asbestos. Many building materials pre-2000 featured this hazardous natural material, which means anything from your vinyl to cladding, and even some insulation products, might contain asbestos.</p><p class="">It can be tempting to lift your vinyl to see if black mastic is present, but as previously mentioned, this is not the best approach. Instead, the only way to know with any certainty while also keeping yourself safe is by carrying out <a href="https://chemcare.co.nz/asbestos/testing">asbestos testing</a>. </p><p class="">This process is easy with trained professionals. Surveyors visit your home, take a sample of the material, and send it to a lab for full analysis and reporting. This report can detail the condition of the asbestos, the material it’s in, and what your options are for it. </p><p class="">&nbsp;</p><h2>Is Black Mastic Safe? </h2><p class="">Mastic products we buy and use today are safe since they don’t contain asbestos. However, could you say that black mastic that <em>does </em>contain asbestos is safe? </p><p class="">If you leave it alone, undisturbed, that is a possibility. Asbestos-containing materials (ACM) tend to only be dangerous when they are exposed. Once they are, the small asbestos particles can be inhaled by unsuspecting people, who can then go on to develop a wide range of often fatal health conditions. </p><p class="">&nbsp;Therefore, you have three potential options at your disposal: </p><ul data-rte-list="default"><li><p class="">Leave any good-condition vinyl as it is</p></li><li><p class="">Cover it up with another flooring product (encapsulation) </p></li><li><p class="">Hire an <a href="https://chemcare.co.nz/asbestos-removal">asbestos removal company</a> to remove it </p></li></ul><p data-rte-preserve-empty="true" class=""></p><h3>Leave It Alone</h3><p class="">This might be a suitable option for any homeowner who may not be ready to cover the costs of removal or encapsulation just yet. You might know your vinyl or lino contains asbestos, but being in good condition means it’s safe to leave alone until you’re ready to update it. </p><p data-rte-preserve-empty="true" class=""></p><h3>Cover It Up </h3><p class="">If your asbestos-containing vinyl is flat and suitable to cover up without having to remove it, this might be a convenient option for you. Encapsulation means you’re covering up the asbestos with another flooring type, which stops asbestos particles from being released. &nbsp;</p><p class="">Anyone unsure whether this option is right for them may like to contact an asbestos removal company for expert advice. It may also be worthwhile taking notes for future homeowners about the presence of asbestos underneath your new flooring. &nbsp;</p><p data-rte-preserve-empty="true" class=""></p><h3>Remove It</h3><p class="">Sometimes, black mastic can be in such poor condition underneath worn lino or vinyl that your only option is to remove it. However, before you get your reno tools out, it’s important to understand what you can and can’t do.</p><p class="">Black mastic can be friable asbestos, which means only someone with a Class A licence can remove it in that state. You may also only remove ACM if it’s less than 10m2 and of a non-friable nature. </p><p class="">If you do have non-friable asbestos that you’d like to take care of yourself, take note of requirements <a href="https://www.worksafe.govt.nz/topic-and-industry/asbestos/management-and-removal-of-asbestos/">WorkSafe</a> has put in place, such as:</p><ul data-rte-list="default"><li><p class="">Preparing the work area</p></li><li><p class="">Keeping dust down</p></li><li><p class="">Wearing and using the right protective equipment </p></li><li><p class="">Cleaning up properly</p></li><li><p class=""><a href="https://chemcare.co.nz/articles/disposing-asbestos-safely">Disposing of asbestos safely</a> </p></li></ul><p data-rte-preserve-empty="true" class=""></p><h2>Take Care of Black Mastic Today</h2><p class="">We are in the fortunate position of knowing what products contain asbestos and how we can avoid them to keep our families safe. Therefore, if you’re about to get renovations underway, take a moment to factor your property’s age into the process. </p><p class="">&nbsp;</p><p class="">Asbestos removal experts can identify any asbestos present in your home, including in areas you may not have suspected so that you can form your renovation plans around it.</p> Dealing With Black Mastic 2021-10-20 23:11 +00:00 2021-10-21 12:11 +13:00 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-9888311/Call-bar-Finding-good-kitchen-stool-make-head-spin.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-9888311/Call-bar-Finding-good-kitchen-stool-make-head-spin.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 Call to the bar: Finding a good kitchen stool can make your head spin The breakfast bar, the island or, sometimes, the peninsula. Never mind what you call it, this kitchen feature has endured for decades in all manner of shapes and sizes. Wed, 20 Oct 2021 17:29:49 Z None 2021-10-20 17:29 +00:00 2021-10-21 06:29 +13:00 https://www.latimes.com/business/real-estate/story/2021-10-20/offers-due-on-halloween-for-l-a-s-famous-nightmare-on-elm-street-house https://www.latimes.com/business/real-estate/story/2021-10-20/offers-due-on-halloween-for-l-a-s-famous-nightmare-on-elm-street-house Offers due on Halloween for L.A.'s famous 'Nightmare on Elm Street' house <p>In Spaulding Square, the famous house from the 1980s horror hit 'A Nightmare on Elm Street' is listing for sale at $3.25 million.</p> Wed, 20 Oct 2021 15:00:20 Z Jack Flemming <p>In Spaulding Square, the famous house from the 1980s horror hit 'A Nightmare on Elm Street' is listing for sale at $3.25 million.</p> Built in 1919, the Dutch Colonial-style home still features the iconic green-shingled facade that appeared in the 1984 film. Anthony Barcelo 2021-10-20 15:00 +00:00 2021-10-21 04:00 +13:00 https://www.theguardian.com/money/2021/oct/20/uk-house-prices-rise-every-region-cost-home-london https://www.theguardian.com/money/2021/oct/20/uk-house-prices-rise-every-region-cost-home-london House prices Housing market Business Money Property Stamp duty Tax Economics Office for National Statistics UK news Inflation London Wales Scotland Northern Ireland England Real estate Average UK house price rises by £25,000 in a year <p>Cost of a home climbed in every region in 12 months to August, with prices in London rising to £526,000</p><p>The average cost of a UK home increased by £25,000 in the 12 months to August, official figures show, with rises recorded in all regions.</p><p>The annual rate of price inflation hit 10.6% during the month, up from 8.5% in July, the Office for National Statistics said, bringing the average price to £264,000.</p> <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/money/2021/oct/20/uk-house-prices-rise-every-region-cost-home-london">Continue reading...</a> Wed, 20 Oct 2021 12:19:02 Z Photograph: Dimitris Legakis/Athena Pictures Photograph: Dimitris Legakis/Athena Pictures Hilary Osborne and agencies 2021-10-20T12:19:02Z 2021-10-20 12:19 +00:00 2021-10-21 01:19 +13:00 https://www.latimes.com/business/story/2021-10-20/southern-california-home-prices https://www.latimes.com/business/story/2021-10-20/southern-california-home-prices Hot, hot, hot ... warm: SoCal home values hit new record, but price rises are slowing <p>The Southern California housing market is hot, but cooling. Home prices rose nearly 13% in September — the smallest jump since January.</p> Wed, 20 Oct 2021 12:00:47 Z Andrew Khouri <p>The Southern California housing market is hot, but cooling. Home prices rose nearly 13% in September — the smallest jump since January.</p> File photo taken on March 19, 2019 a home for sale sign is seen in Monterey Park, California. FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP / Getty Images 2021-10-20 12:00 +00:00 2021-10-21 01:00 +13:00 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-10103423/Britains-biggest-homes-sale-Devon-country-house-vs-London-mansion.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-10103423/Britains-biggest-homes-sale-Devon-country-house-vs-London-mansion.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 Britain's biggest homes for sale: Devon country house vs London mansion The largest home on Zoopla is in Devon's Ottery Saint Mary, and at 22,211 sq ft it's almost double the size of the 12,451 sq ft mansion in London's Highgate. Tue, 19 Oct 2021 13:03:10 Z None 2021-10-19 13:03 +00:00 2021-10-20 02:03 +13:00 https://www.latimes.com/business/real-estate/story/2021-10-19/in-florida-baseball-star-asdrubal-cabrera-sets-record-with-7-41-million-sale https://www.latimes.com/business/real-estate/story/2021-10-19/in-florida-baseball-star-asdrubal-cabrera-sets-record-with-7-41-million-sale In Florida, baseball star Asdrúbal Cabrera sets record with $7.41-million sale <p>After building a modern mansion in Southwest Ranches, Fla., baseball star Asdrúbal Cabrera has sold it for $7.41 million.</p> Tue, 19 Oct 2021 13:00:03 Z Jack Flemming <p>After building a modern mansion in Southwest Ranches, Fla., baseball star Asdrúbal Cabrera has sold it for $7.41 million.</p> Built in 2020, the 9,300-square-foot mansion includes seven bedrooms, 10 bathrooms, a gym, movie theater, swimming pool and basketball court. Alexia Fodore 2021-10-19 13:00 +00:00 2021-10-20 02:00 +13:00 https://www.latimes.com/business/real-estate/story/2021-10-18/lakers-co-owner-jesse-buss-lists-brentwood-mansion-near-lebron-james-place https://www.latimes.com/business/real-estate/story/2021-10-18/lakers-co-owner-jesse-buss-lists-brentwood-mansion-near-lebron-james-place Lakers co-owner Jesse Buss lists Brentwood mansion near LeBron James' place <p>Lakers co-owner and assistant general manager Jesse Buss is asking $10.95 million for his modern mansion in the hills of Brentwood.</p> Mon, 18 Oct 2021 19:49:59 Z Jack Flemming <p>Lakers co-owner and assistant general manager Jesse Buss is asking $10.95 million for his modern mansion in the hills of Brentwood.</p> Built in 2018, the boxy abode spans three stories with a movie theater, bar, yoga studio and wine cellar. Simon Berlyn 2021-10-18 19:49 +00:00 2021-10-19 08:49 +13:00 https://www.latimes.com/homeless-housing/story/2021-10-18/gimme-shelter-californias-new-housing-police https://www.latimes.com/homeless-housing/story/2021-10-18/gimme-shelter-californias-new-housing-police 'Gimme Shelter': California's new housing police <p>Gov. Gavin Newsom is emphasizing holding cities accountable for state laws on zoning and approving housing projects, including starting a new effort staffed with more than dozen employees to enforce the rules.</p> Mon, 18 Oct 2021 19:05:56 Z Liam Dillon <p>Gov. Gavin Newsom is emphasizing holding cities accountable for state laws on zoning and approving housing projects, including starting a new effort staffed with more than dozen employees to enforce the rules.</p> Los Angeles, CA - September 29: Supervisor Hilda Solis, left, Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors for the 1st district, and Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, right, listen to Gov. Gavin Newsom speak before he signed legislation that supports the state's work to expand mental health services and behavioral health housing as part of a comprehensive approach tackling the homelessness crisis at Alvarado Care Home in Los Angeles on Wednesday, Sept. 29, 2021. (Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times) Allen J. Schaben/Los Angeles Times 2021-10-18 19:05 +00:00 2021-10-19 08:05 +13:00 https://www.latimes.com/business/story/2021-10-18/new-sound-stages-coming-historic-warner-bros-ranch-movie-studio https://www.latimes.com/business/story/2021-10-18/new-sound-stages-coming-historic-warner-bros-ranch-movie-studio Historic Warner Bros. Ranch movie studio lot heads for a makeover, new soundstages <p>Warner Bros. Ranch lot will be redeveloped to meet growing demand for soundstages as legacy studios and streaming newcomers compete for space to make movies and TV shows.</p> Mon, 18 Oct 2021 19:03:39 Z Roger Vincent <p>Warner Bros. Ranch lot will be redeveloped to meet growing demand for soundstages as legacy studios and streaming newcomers compete for space to make movies and TV shows.</p> Rendering of the planned new entrance to what is now Warner Bros. Ranch on Hollywood Way in Burbank. Worthe Real Estate Group 2021-10-18 19:03 +00:00 2021-10-19 08:03 +13:00 https://www.theguardian.com/money/2021/oct/18/we-want-to-buy-our-first-home-and-then-move-abroad-is-this-possible https://www.theguardian.com/money/2021/oct/18/we-want-to-buy-our-first-home-and-then-move-abroad-is-this-possible Money Renting property Buying to let Property Housing market Mortgages Real estate Business Help-to-buy scheme First-time buyers UK news We want to buy our first home and then move abroad. Is this possible? <p>We aim to return to the UK every now and then to live in the property but we are unsure about buy-to-let mortgages</p><p><strong>Q</strong> My girlfriend and I are thinking of buying our first property together (neither of us have bought or owned property before). But we are thinking of moving abroad in a few years’ time and keeping the property here and renting it out. We may from time to time move back here for a year, live in the property and then move back abroad and rent it out again.</p><p>We hear that we would need to change the mortgage to <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/money/2020/aug/24/is-it-worth-keeping-my-buy-to-let-property-or-should-i-sell">buy to let.</a> Is that necessary? Is it easy to do? What are the implications of doing this? <strong>MT</strong></p> <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/money/2021/oct/18/we-want-to-buy-our-first-home-and-then-move-abroad-is-this-possible">Continue reading...</a> Mon, 18 Oct 2021 06:00:09 Z Photograph: Yui Mok/PA Photograph: Yui Mok/PA Virginia Wallis 2021-10-18T06:00:09Z 2021-10-18 06:00 +00:00 2021-10-18 19:00 +13:00 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-10096289/Which-two-homes-sale-Zoopla-buy-won-EuroMillions-jackpot.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-10096289/Which-two-homes-sale-Zoopla-buy-won-EuroMillions-jackpot.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 Which of these two homes for sale on Zoopla would you buy if you won the EuroMillions jackpot? We take a look at two homes for sale online each costing around 10 per cent of the EuroMillions jackpot, and ask which one would you choose? Sat, 16 Oct 2021 08:58:33 Z None 2021-10-16 08:58 +00:00 2021-10-16 21:58 +13:00 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-10084525/Rents-rise-city-centres-tenants-return-spending-time-family-pandemic.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-10084525/Rents-rise-city-centres-tenants-return-spending-time-family-pandemic.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 Rents rise in city centres as tenants return after spending time with family during pandemic While suburban and rural areas remain in greater demand among tenants, this is likely to change as more tenants boomerang back to busier locations, according to Rightmove. Fri, 15 Oct 2021 19:51:43 Z Shutterstock / Brookgardener 2021-10-15 19:51 +00:00 2021-10-16 08:51 +13:00 https://www.latimes.com/business/story/2021-10-15/when-will-employees-go-back-to-offices-commercial-real-estate https://www.latimes.com/business/story/2021-10-15/when-will-employees-go-back-to-offices-commercial-real-estate Workers haven't returned to offices en masse. But companies are leasing more space <p>Though Delta variant thwarted expectations of workers flocking back to offices this fall, office leasing in L.A. County rises as businesses look ahead. </p> Fri, 15 Oct 2021 16:29:56 Z Roger Vincent <p>Though Delta variant thwarted expectations of workers flocking back to offices this fall, office leasing in L.A. County rises as businesses look ahead. </p> The Gas Company tower, center, in DTLA. (Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times) Irfan Khan/Los Angeles Times 2021-10-15 16:29 +00:00 2021-10-16 05:29 +13:00 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-10092913/How-sell-home-buy-new-one-Christmas.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-10092913/How-sell-home-buy-new-one-Christmas.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 How to sell your home and buy a new one before Christmas Ambitious house-movers are now in a race to make sure they get in their new home by December 25. Even though we're well into October, it can be done, but you have to be quick. Fri, 15 Oct 2021 07:47:34 Z None 2021-10-15 07:47 +00:00 2021-10-15 20:47 +13:00 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-10092211/Flat-owner-receives-101K-invoice-dangerous-cladding-repairs.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-10092211/Flat-owner-receives-101K-invoice-dangerous-cladding-repairs.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 Flat owner receives £101K invoice for dangerous cladding repairs Emilie Boswell lives in a two-bedroom flat in Leeds Dock, and has received an invoice for repairs for dangerous cladding and fire safety defects for £101,267.63. Fri, 15 Oct 2021 07:46:32 Z None 2021-10-15 07:46 +00:00 2021-10-15 20:46 +13:00 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-10092901/Everlasting-appeal-dried-flowers-Chic-sustainable-great-value.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-10092901/Everlasting-appeal-dried-flowers-Chic-sustainable-great-value.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 Everlasting appeal of dried flowers: Chic, sustainable and great value At this week's Decorex, the London trade show that features the key trends for the year ahead, blooms and foliage adorned cushions and wallpapers, as the era of minimalism retreats further into history. Fri, 15 Oct 2021 07:41:18 Z None 2021-10-15 07:41 +00:00 2021-10-15 20:41 +13:00 https://www.latimes.com/business/story/2021-10-14/column-pandemic-paint-surcharge https://www.latimes.com/business/story/2021-10-14/column-pandemic-paint-surcharge Column: Supply-chain surcharge? Sherwin-Williams is latest company to add a sneaky fee <p>Sherwin-Williams has quietly added a 4% 'supply chain charge' to its paint. It's the latest business to hide a price hike with extra fees.</p> Thu, 14 Oct 2021 19:56:53 Z David Lazarus <p>Sherwin-Williams has quietly added a 4% 'supply chain charge' to its paint. It's the latest business to hide a price hike with extra fees.</p> In this Oct. 20, 2010, file photo, cans of paint are seen at a Sherwin Williams store in Brunswick, Maine. Sherwin-Williams is one of a number of companies that have warned higher costs are hurting profits. (AP Photo/Pat Wellenbach, File) Pat Wellenbach/AP 2021-10-14 19:56 +00:00 2021-10-15 08:56 +13:00 https://www.latimes.com/business/real-estate/story/2021-10-14/david-spade-buys-a-modern-mansion-near-the-comedy-store-for-13-85-million https://www.latimes.com/business/real-estate/story/2021-10-14/david-spade-buys-a-modern-mansion-near-the-comedy-store-for-13-85-million David Spade buys a modern mansion near the Comedy Store for $13.85 million <p>Actor and comedian David Spade just paid $13.85 million for a Hollywood Hills mansion, one of the community's priciest deals so far this year.</p> Thu, 14 Oct 2021 19:14:39 Z Jack Flemming <p>Actor and comedian David Spade just paid $13.85 million for a Hollywood Hills mansion, one of the community's priciest deals so far this year.</p> Built in 2020, the 11,300-square-foot showplace sits within a mile of the Comedy Store and Laugh Factory. Cris Nolasco 2021-10-14 19:14 +00:00 2021-10-15 08:14 +13:00 https://www.latimes.com/lifestyle/story/2021-10-14/adu-reenvisions-the-family-backyard-in-atwater-village https://www.latimes.com/lifestyle/story/2021-10-14/adu-reenvisions-the-family-backyard-in-atwater-village They turned a one-car garage into a stunning ADU to house their parents. You can too <p>Design, Bitches transformed a garage into a stunning ADU in Atwater Village. It is one of more than a dozen designs through the city's ADU program.</p> Thu, 14 Oct 2021 13:00:05 Z Lisa Boone <p>Design, Bitches transformed a garage into a stunning ADU in Atwater Village. It is one of more than a dozen designs through the city's ADU program.</p> LOS ANGELES, CA., JUNE 06, 2021 - Pastor Lee Alvarado, 9, Ct, and Kika Mei Alvarado, 4, running on the boardwalk-like towards the ADU of Pastor Alvarado, Rt, and Gennifer Leong-Alvarado in Atwater. The couple, who live in the small house with their two kids, use the ADU as an office, and a place for their visiting parents to stay. Pastor, a producer, says he feels like he is going to the office when he leaves the house - via a wooden path that looks and feels a boardwalk. The ADU was designed by Rebecca Rudolph, co-founder of "Design, Bitches." (Photo by Ricardo DeAratanha/Los Angeles Times) Ricardo DeAratanha/Los Angeles Times 2021-10-14 13:00 +00:00 2021-10-15 02:00 +13:00 https://www.latimes.com/lifestyle/story/2021-10-14/adu-reenvisions-the-family-backyard-in-atwater-village https://www.latimes.com/lifestyle/story/2021-10-14/adu-reenvisions-the-family-backyard-in-atwater-village They turned a one-car garage into a stunning ADU to house their parents. You can too <p>Design, Bitches transformed a garage into a stunning ADU in Atwater Village. It is one of more than a dozen designs through the city's ADU program.</p> Thu, 14 Oct 2021 13:00:05 Z Lisa Boone <p>Design, Bitches transformed a garage into a stunning ADU in Atwater Village. It is one of more than a dozen designs through the city's ADU program.</p> LOS ANGELES, CA., JUNE 06, 2021 - Pastor Lee Alvarado, 9, Ct, and Kika Mei Alvarado, 4, running on the boardwalk-like towards the ADU of Pastor Alvarado, Rt, and Gennifer Leong-Alvarado in Atwater. The couple, who live in the small house with their two kids, use the ADU as an office, and a place for their visiting parents to stay. Pastor, a producer, says he feels like he is going to the office when he leaves the house - via a wooden path that looks and feels a boardwalk. The ADU was designed by Rebecca Rudolph, co-founder of "Design, Bitches." (Photo by Ricardo DeAratanha/Los Angeles Times) Ricardo DeAratanha/Los Angeles Times 2021-10-14 13:00 +00:00 2021-10-15 02:00 +13:00 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-10087465/House-prices-rise-50k-five-years-amid-low-mortgage-rates-says-Zoopla.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-10087465/House-prices-rise-50k-five-years-amid-low-mortgage-rates-says-Zoopla.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 House prices rise £50k in five years amid low mortgage rates says Zoopla The average price of a home in Britain has climbed £49,257 in the five years to July this year, according to property website Zoopla. Thu, 14 Oct 2021 12:24:49 Z None 2021-10-14 12:24 +00:00 2021-10-15 01:24 +13:00 58af97f5440243fe3d552306:5906c0dfe4fcb573ba562253:615f78f3c1b75c741d8732fe https://chemcare.co.nz/articles/why-hire-a-demolition-contractor 5 Reasons to Hire a Demolition Contractor We might be a nation of DIYers, but that doesn’t mean we have the skills necessary to carry out an entire house demolition. Put your toolbelt aside and let the experts do the hard work. Wed, 13 Oct 2021 22:47:00 Z Klaris Chua-Pineda &nbsp; <figure class=" sqs-block-image-figure intrinsic " > <img class="thumb-image" data-image="https://images.squarespace-cdn.com/content/v1/58af97f5440243fe3d552306/1633699421926-8M3NC3ZA2557X6YE8N14/get+a+demolition+contractor.jpg" data-image-dimensions="1200x800" data-image-focal-point="0.5,0.5" alt="get a demolition contractor.jpg" data-load="false" data-image-id="6160465d72683f6f33545a09" data-type="image" src="https://images.squarespace-cdn.com/content/v1/58af97f5440243fe3d552306/1633699421926-8M3NC3ZA2557X6YE8N14/get+a+demolition+contractor.jpg?format=1000w" /> </figure> &nbsp;<p class="">It’s only natural to want to save money at every possible opportunity, especially when it comes to building construction and home renovations. However, if you have weighed up the costs of demolition vs. refurbishment and have opted for the former, this is one area you <em>don’t </em>want to skimp on.</p><p class="">Even though it may not seem all that challenging to push over a building and put a new one in its place, there can be a lot involved. Here are just a few of the many reasons why calling in demolition contractors can be worth your while.</p><p class="">&nbsp;</p><h2>They Are Experts</h2><p class="">You may not realise it, but a certain amount of skill is required in tearing down old buildings. It’s not a case of pushing them over and hoping they fall in the right direction. </p><p class="">You have to consider neighbouring properties and your neighbours’ health and safety. There is even plenty of mathematics and science involved in making sure each part of the building to be demolished falls in <em>exactly </em>the place you wanted it to fall. </p><p class="">When you hire an <a href="https://chemcare.co.nz/demolition">experienced demolition company in NZ</a>, you’re hiring experts who are old hands at making sure the entire process goes off without a hitch. </p><p class="">&nbsp;</p><h2>They Have the Right Tools and People</h2><p class="">You might imagine that pulling down an old house is as simple as hiring a wrecking ball and bringing in a few mates for a laugh to watch all the magic happen. The equipment required for demolition can depend on what is being demolished and its sheer size. </p><p class="">For a low-level demolition, hydraulic excavators tend to be a demolition team’s best friend. These are equipped with a variety of attachments like pulverisers, rotational grapples, impact breakers, and steel shears. </p><p class="">Demolition teams have to bring in the big guns for more advanced projects, like high-reach excavators with large boom arms. The very best attachments are also required, such as those mentioned above but on a much larger scale.&nbsp;</p><p class="">The right people for demolition are also necessary because they understand what happens at a demolition site and plan accordingly. For example, they know to use dust suppression machines in advance because they predict a significant amount of dust that leads to <a href="https://www.epa.gov/pmcourse/what-particle-pollution#:~:text=Particle%20pollution%2C%20also%20known%20as,droplets%20suspended%20in%20the%20air.&amp;text=The%20air%20we%20breathe%20indoors,seen%20with%20the%20naked%20eye.">dust pollution</a>.</p><p class="">They also know they have to use skid steers for the ‘soft stripping’ process of a building before excavators are brought in to take care of the structural elements. They will organise low loaders to transport excavators, trucks for machinery transportation, and wheeled tippers for removing masonry, concrete, and brickwork. </p><p class="">&nbsp;</p><h2>They Understand the Dangers </h2><p class="">Dangers of demolition go far beyond having heavy bricks and mortar falling on unsuspecting passers-by. There are also dangers you <em>can’t </em>see, such as asbestos. </p><p class="">Asbestos is a hazardous natural mineral found in building materials of homes and businesses built pre-2000 across New Zealand. Demolishing a structure containing asbestos can be incredibly dangerous if not handled with great care by trained <a href="http://www.chemcare.co.nz">asbestos re</a><a href="https://www.chemcare.co.nz">moval exper</a><a href="http://www.chemcare.co.nz">ts</a>.</p><p class="">Demolition contractors can ensure that all hazardous materials are removed from a property before the demolition process begins. They can also ensure that asbestos and all other hazardous materials are safely discarded of at appropriate facilities for your complete peace of mind.</p><p class="">&nbsp;</p><h2>No Surprises</h2><p class="">When you try to take care of home renovations and demolition tasks on your own, there can be many surprises. Primarily, this is because you’re not an expert on demolishing structures, so you don’t always know how long they take, how much demolition costs, and whether any ‘hiccups’ can be expected along the way.</p><p class="">Demolition crews are old hands at this task. They can prepare for any and every eventuality while also being able to provide a quote or estimate. By knowing how much you can expect to spend on demolition, you can factor it into your new build budget when the time comes to reuse the land. </p><p class="">&nbsp;</p><h2>They Handle All the Hard Work</h2><p class="">Demolition teams handle <em>all </em>parts of the process, not just the knocking down of a structure. Even though permits aren’t required for detached structures up to three storeys high, there can be <a href="https://www.building.govt.nz/projects-and-consents/planning-a-successful-build/scope-and-design/check-if-you-need-consents/building-work-that-doesnt-need-a-building-consent/technical-requirements-for-exempt-building-work/2-detached-standalone-buildings/2-9-demolition-detached-building/">a <em>lot </em>of paperwork</a> involved in the process.</p><p class="">Demolition contractors make sure services like gas, electricity, water, drainage, telecommunications, and cable TV have been taken care of. They also control silt runoff and excess noise while securing the site to restrict public access. </p><p class="">Most importantly, they prioritise health and safety. When you work with reputable companies, you never have to worry about risks to your neighbours, yourself, and workers on-site. They think of <em>everything </em>before the job gets underway.</p><p class="">&nbsp;</p><h2>Hire Demolition Contractors in NZ Today</h2><p class="">We might be a nation of DIYers, but that doesn’t mean we have the skills necessary to carry out an entire house demolition. Put your toolbelt aside and let the experts do the hard work.</p><p class="">They can manage the risk of asbestos, remove all hazardous materials safely, and leave you with bare land ready for your new dream home to be built on.</p> 5 Reasons to Hire a Demolition Contractor 2021-10-13 22:47 +00:00 2021-10-14 11:47 +13:00 https://www.latimes.com/business/real-estate/story/2021-10-13/chris-boshs-longtime-miami-mansion-gets-a-new-look-and-new-price-42-million https://www.latimes.com/business/real-estate/story/2021-10-13/chris-boshs-longtime-miami-mansion-gets-a-new-look-and-new-price-42-million Chris Bosh's longtime Miami Beach mansion gets a new look and new price: $42 million <p>Months after buying Chris Bosh's Miami mansion for $14.43 million, development company AquaBlue Group is looking to flip it for $42 million.</p> Wed, 13 Oct 2021 19:56:00 Z Jack Flemming <p>Months after buying Chris Bosh's Miami mansion for $14.43 million, development company AquaBlue Group is looking to flip it for $42 million.</p> Newly renovated, the box-like abode overlooks Biscayne Bay with a swimming pool, cabana and private dock. The Waterfront Team at ONE Sotheby's International Realty 2021-10-13 19:56 +00:00 2021-10-14 08:56 +13:00 https://www.latimes.com/business/real-estate/story/2021-10-13/in-hollywood-hills-justin-timberlake-and-jessica-biel-aim-for-35-million https://www.latimes.com/business/real-estate/story/2021-10-13/in-hollywood-hills-justin-timberlake-and-jessica-biel-aim-for-35-million In Hollywood Hills, Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel aim for $35 million <p>In typically crowded Hollywood Hills, Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel are asking $35 million for their sprawling villa on more than 10 acres.</p> Wed, 13 Oct 2021 13:00:49 Z Jack Flemming <p>In typically crowded Hollywood Hills, Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel are asking $35 million for their sprawling villa on more than 10 acres.</p> The 10-acre spread includes a Spanish-style villa, a guesthouse, guard house, tennis court and two swimming pools. Simon Berlyn 2021-10-13 13:00 +00:00 2021-10-14 02:00 +13:00 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-10083739/Four-converted-churches-sale-including-one-Love-List-It.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-10083739/Four-converted-churches-sale-including-one-Love-List-It.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 Four converted churches for sale including one from Love It or List It We take a look inside four impressive church conversions for sale online, which range in price from £420,000 to £599,996. Wed, 13 Oct 2021 08:41:29 Z None 2021-10-13 08:41 +00:00 2021-10-13 21:41 +13:00 https://www.latimes.com/business/real-estate/story/2021-10-12/f9-producer-joe-roth-drops-23-million-for-a-beverly-hills-midcentury https://www.latimes.com/business/real-estate/story/2021-10-12/f9-producer-joe-roth-drops-23-million-for-a-beverly-hills-midcentury 'F9' producer Joe Roth drops $23 million for a Beverly Hills Midcentury <p>Prolific producer Joe Roth just closed a blockbuster deal in Beverly Hills, paying $23 million for a 1960s Midcentury designed by Daniel Dworsky.</p> Tue, 12 Oct 2021 19:46:50 Z Jack Flemming <p>Prolific producer Joe Roth just closed a blockbuster deal in Beverly Hills, paying $23 million for a 1960s Midcentury designed by Daniel Dworsky.</p> Built in 1961 by Daniel Dworsky, the single-story Midcentury was recently reimagined by interior designer Waldo Fernandez. Anthony Barcelo 2021-10-12 19:46 +00:00 2021-10-13 08:46 +13:00 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-10080195/London-house-sale-1-75m-solar-panels-covering-wall.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-10080195/London-house-sale-1-75m-solar-panels-covering-wall.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 London house for sale for £1.75m has solar panels covering the wall Blue-coloured solar panels are attached to an entire wall of this London house, at a 45 degree angle, meaning there are restricted views from inside. Tue, 12 Oct 2021 08:09:09 Z None 2021-10-12 08:09 +00:00 2021-10-12 21:09 +13:00 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-10072537/Five-neutral-pain-colours-perfect-room-house.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-10072537/Five-neutral-pain-colours-perfect-room-house.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 Five neutral pain colours perfect any room in the house Leading interior designer Alexander James Interiors recommends five different paint colours to use in various rooms around the house. Mon, 11 Oct 2021 15:59:28 Z None 2021-10-11 15:59 +00:00 2021-10-12 04:59 +13:00 58af97f5440243fe3d552306:5906c0dfe4fcb573ba562253:615f78f4f0b010762ef4aae5 https://chemcare.co.nz/articles/loose-fill-asbestos What Does Loose Fill Asbestos Look Like? Unlike the asbestos you find manufactured into building materials like cladding and vinyl, loose fill asbestos is a loose form of the natural material used as asbestos insulation. Fri, 08 Oct 2021 13:22:17 Z Klaris Chua-Pineda &nbsp; <figure class=" sqs-block-image-figure intrinsic " > <img class="thumb-image" data-image="https://images.squarespace-cdn.com/content/v1/58af97f5440243fe3d552306/1633699148909-0WRIKURLMC1Y1D1QCUKZ/loose+fill+asbestos.jpg" data-image-dimensions="1200x800" data-image-focal-point="0.5,0.5" alt="loose fill asbestos.jpg" data-load="false" data-image-id="6160454cd794ed74cf5ba030" data-type="image" src="https://images.squarespace-cdn.com/content/v1/58af97f5440243fe3d552306/1633699148909-0WRIKURLMC1Y1D1QCUKZ/loose+fill+asbestos.jpg?format=1000w" /> </figure> &nbsp;<p class="">While many of us can be concerned about asbestos-containing materials (ACM) like <a href="https://chemcare.co.nz/articles/super-six-roofing">Super Six roofing</a> and vinyl flooring in our homes, there’s one significant hazard that doesn’t tend to get as much attention, and that’s loose fill asbestos. </p><p class="">What is loose fill asbestos? What does loose fill asbestos look like? We’ll answer all those questions and more below.</p><p data-rte-preserve-empty="true" class=""></p><h2>What Is Loose Fill Asbestos? </h2><p class="">Unlike the asbestos you find manufactured into building materials like cladding and vinyl, loose fill asbestos is a loose form of the natural material used as <a href="https://chemcare.co.nz/articles/risk-of-asbestos-insulation">asbestos insulation</a>. It consists of raw asbestos crushed up into a fine material that looks similar to what you’d find in a bird’s nest or the inside of a cushion.</p><p class="">It was installed in roof spaces and even walls as insulation for its excellent insulating properties for several decades until we learned it was hazardous to our health. While asbestos is unlikely to cause great harm when left undisturbed, that’s not always possible when it’s present in areas you may need to access.</p><p class="">You may need to enter your ceiling cavity for various reasons, such as the installation of heating and cooling equipment. Installing something as straightforward as a picture on your wall may also be a high-risk activity with loose fill asbestos. Once disturbed, it can move from your roof cavity into walls and subfloor areas. As soon as it’s airborne, it can become a health hazard.</p><p class="">Loose fill asbestos insulation was used extensively in Australia and other parts of the world, but it’s less common here. In fact, insulation, in general, was rare until the late 1970s. </p><p class="">The first bylaw that required it to be installed in homes went into effect in 1971-1972 in Christchurch. Six years later, thermal insulation became a legal requirement in homes throughout the rest of New Zealand. </p><p class="">As a result, we don’t have the same loose fill insulation problem that other countries have. It tended to only feature in commercial buildings and is unlikely to be found in most residential properties. The most common insulation materials to find is fibreglass and wool, rather than loose fill asbestos.</p><p class="">&nbsp;</p><h2>What Does Loose Fill Asbestos Look Like? </h2><p class="">For curiosity’s sake or to know whether your home or business has loose fill insulation in it, you may have asked the question: <em>loose fill asbestos can be found in what form</em>? If you happen to discover something that looks fluffy with white, grey, or blue colouring, it’s likely to be loose fill asbestos, which is <em>pure </em>asbestos.</p><p class="">When you spot insulation with such features, isolate the area and call your local <a href="http://www.chemcare.co.nz">asbestos re</a><a href="https://www.chemcare.co.nz">moval speci</a><a href="http://www.chemcare.co.nz">alist</a>. They can carry out testing to confirm it’s asbestos, then provide options around its removal. </p><p class="">&nbsp;</p><h2>Loose Fill Insulation Types </h2><p class="">We are fortunate to have very few examples of loose fill insulation in our homes and businesses here in New Zealand. However, we just thought we’d share some information on what asbestos insulation products exist, especially in the realm of loose fill.</p><p class="">The most notorious product was Zonolite, which was installed in millions of homes across the United States from the 1940s until 1984. Today, it is estimated that at least 30 million homes still have <a href="https://www.asbestos.com/products/zonolite-insulation/#:~:text=Zonolite%20is%20a%20trademarked%20brand,buildings%20may%20still%20contain%20Zonolite.">Zonolite</a>.</p><p class="">Unlike other building products that were knowingly produced with asbestos, that wasn’t the case with Zonolite. It was made with vermiculite which came from a tremolite asbestos-contaminated mine in Libby, Montana. </p><p class="">The United States wasn’t the only country to be landed with dangerous asbestos insulation. During the 1960s and 1970s, <a href="http://classic.austlii.edu.au/au/journals/CanLawRw/2015/4.pdf">Asbestosfluf attic insulation</a>, known as Mr. Fluffy, was a loose fill asbestos product installed in homes across Australia. </p><p class="">A removal program was carried out during the 1980s, but because mineral fibres had severely contaminated several homes, the Australian government discovered it was more cost-effective to buy homes and demolish them in some situations.</p><p class="">&nbsp;</p><h2>What to Do When You Discover Loose Fill Asbestos</h2><p class="">One of the last things you want to find in your walls, ceiling cavity, or <em>anywhere </em>in your home is loose fill asbestos. Its natural state is friable, which means as soon as it’s airborne, it can pose a risk to your health.</p><p class="">Inhaling asbestos can lead to a <a href="https://www.health.govt.nz/your-health/healthy-living/environmental-health/hazardous-substances/asbestos/how-asbestos-can-harm-health">variety of diseases</a> such as: </p><ul data-rte-list="default"><li><p class=""><strong>Asbestosis</strong> – lung tissue scarring</p></li><li><p class=""><strong>Mesothelioma</strong> – tumours and cancer</p></li><li><p class=""><strong>Pleural plaques</strong> – lung membrane thickening</p></li><li><p class=""><strong>Cancer</strong> – most commonly ovary, larynx, and lung </p></li></ul><p class="">No ‘safe’ exposure limit has been identified, but the longer you are exposed to asbestos, the higher your risk of asbestos-related illnesses might be. </p><p class="">Kiwis love DIY, but taking care of loose fill asbestos yourself is not an option. When you identify it, keep everyone away from the area it was found, block it off if you can, and contact asbestos removal experts to take control of the situation. Fortunately, we have plenty of other safe insulation options at our disposal. </p> What Does Loose Fill Asbestos Look Like? 2021-10-08 13:22 +00:00 2021-10-09 02:22 +13:00 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-10069617/See-balcony-small-space-turned-oasis.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-10069617/See-balcony-small-space-turned-oasis.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 See you on the balcony: Even a small space can be turned into an oasis Balcony gardens flourished during the pandemic - and even featured in this year's Chelsea Flower Show. From picking plants to ensuring they thrive, we explain how to create one. Fri, 08 Oct 2021 08:29:11 Z None 2021-10-08 08:29 +00:00 2021-10-08 21:29 +13:00 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-10068347/Former-Lake-District-home-Beatrix-Potter-available-rent-1-750-Savills.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-10068347/Former-Lake-District-home-Beatrix-Potter-available-rent-1-750-Savills.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 Former Lake District home of Beatrix Potter is available to rent for £1,750 via Savills The former home of Beatrix Potter is an 18th century Grade II listed cottage in the village of Near Sawrey in Cumbria, and it is available to rent via Savills for £1,750 a month. Fri, 08 Oct 2021 07:02:22 Z None 2021-10-08 07:02 +00:00 2021-10-08 20:02 +13:00 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-10061511/Which-grid-home-sale-choose-Dartmoor-Scotland.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-10061511/Which-grid-home-sale-choose-Dartmoor-Scotland.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 Which off-grid home for sale would you choose: Dartmoor or Scotland? We have picked two off-grid homes for sale at opposite ends of mainland Britain in our latest property battle and ask, which one would you choose? Fri, 08 Oct 2021 07:02:05 Z None 2021-10-08 07:02 +00:00 2021-10-08 20:02 +13:00 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-10064941/Can-buyer-seller-deal-stop-gazundering-cover-costs.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-10064941/Can-buyer-seller-deal-stop-gazundering-cover-costs.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 Can a buyer and seller do a deal to stop gazundering and cover costs? I have heard about people being 'gazumped' and losing out on a property after their seller backs out due to a higher offer from elsewhere, can I legally prevent this? Thu, 07 Oct 2021 13:04:13 Z Shutterstock / Roman Samborskyi 2021-10-07 13:04 +00:00 2021-10-08 02:04 +13:00 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-10060713/Rents-rise-11-countryside-suburbs-compared-2-cities-says-Rightmove.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-10060713/Rents-rise-11-countryside-suburbs-compared-2-cities-says-Rightmove.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 Rents rise 11% in the countryside and suburbs compared to 2% in cities, says Rightmove In rural areas, rents rents are up £123 per month compared to February 2020 and in the suburbs, £101, according to Rightmove data. Wed, 06 Oct 2021 07:25:05 Z None 2021-10-06 07:25 +00:00 2021-10-06 20:25 +13:00 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-10056641/Britains-expensive-roads-2021-topped-Kensington-Palace-Gardens.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-10056641/Britains-expensive-roads-2021-topped-Kensington-Palace-Gardens.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 Britain's most expensive roads 2021 topped by Kensington Palace Gardens The UK has 11,673 streets where the average home is valued at over £1million - 1,782 more than a year ago - but top-of-the-pile Kensington Palace Gardens has lost value Tue, 05 Oct 2021 08:21:00 Z None 2021-10-05 08:21 +00:00 2021-10-05 21:21 +13:00 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-10049413/The-tax-holiday-Fewer-one-10-homes-sale-online-exempt-stamp-duty.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-10049413/The-tax-holiday-Fewer-one-10-homes-sale-online-exempt-stamp-duty.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 The tax holiday is over! Fewer than one in 10 homes for sale online are now exempt from stamp duty Rightmove said only 9 per cent of homes for sale on its website have an asking price of £125,000 or below - the threshold below which no stamp duty is paid. Mon, 04 Oct 2021 06:52:39 Z Shutterstock / Monkey Business Images 2021-10-04 06:52 +00:00 2021-10-04 19:52 +13:00 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-10046357/Energy-crisis-tips-tricks-home-warm-less.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-10046357/Energy-crisis-tips-tricks-home-warm-less.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 Energy crisis tips and tricks: How to keep your home warm for less  You can lessen the impact of higher bills, do your bit for the environment and make your home more stylish with these energy-saving tips. Sat, 02 Oct 2021 12:04:19 Z None 2021-10-02 12:04 +00:00 2021-10-03 01:04 +13:00 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-10046277/The-floor-carpets-tiles-step-ahead-crowd.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-10046277/The-floor-carpets-tiles-step-ahead-crowd.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 The floor show: Keep your carpets and tiles a step ahead of the crowd  Long gone are the days of floors being a last thought when doing up a home. Thanks to the dazzling choice of designs on offer, embarking on a flooring project is far more exciting than you might imagine. Sat, 02 Oct 2021 08:53:30 Z None 2021-10-02 08:53 +00:00 2021-10-02 21:53 +13:00 https://www.latimes.com/lifestyle/story/2021-10-01/korean-dancers-houseplant-passion-sparks-ceramics-career https://www.latimes.com/lifestyle/story/2021-10-01/korean-dancers-houseplant-passion-sparks-ceramics-career Meet the Korean dancer whose houseplant obsession inspired her new career in ceramics <p>At one time, Mipa Shin roomed with more than 100 houseplants in her Koreatown apartment. She now creates ceramic planters to 'dress up' plants in the garage of her Cypress Park home. </p> Fri, 01 Oct 2021 13:00:23 Z Lisa Boone <p>At one time, Mipa Shin roomed with more than 100 houseplants in her Koreatown apartment. She now creates ceramic planters to 'dress up' plants in the garage of her Cypress Park home. </p> LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 15: Mipa Shin is a ceramic artist creating planters that are inspired by her love of plants. Photographed at her studio on Sunday, Aug. 15, 2021 in Los Angeles, CA. (Myung J. Chun / Los Angeles Times) Myung J. Chun/Los Angeles Times 2021-10-01 13:00 +00:00 2021-10-02 02:00 +13:00 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-10045595/Tiny-terrace-house-sale-Zoopla-7-ft-9-inches-wide.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-10045595/Tiny-terrace-house-sale-Zoopla-7-ft-9-inches-wide.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 Tiny terrace house for sale on Zoopla is only 7 ft 9 inches wide The narrow terrace property in London measures only 7ft 9 ''wide - the equivalent of 2.36 metres - and it is currently on the market for £620,000. Fri, 01 Oct 2021 07:31:27 Z None 2021-10-01 07:31 +00:00 2021-10-01 20:31 +13:00 58af97f5440243fe3d552306:5906c0dfe4fcb573ba562253:6142e09ebb4e0b2490557ee3 https://chemcare.co.nz/articles/difference-between-asbestos-fibre-cement How to Tell the Difference Between Asbestos and Fibre Cement There’s simply no way to know with absolute accuracy if something does or doesn’t contain asbestos just by looking at it. Thu, 30 Sep 2021 02:07:02 Z Klaris Chua-Pineda &nbsp; <figure class=" sqs-block-image-figure intrinsic " > <img class="thumb-image" data-image="https://images.squarespace-cdn.com/content/v1/58af97f5440243fe3d552306/1632967566195-HDCD7YCXB0VG8WRAPS69/chemcare+blog+image+%282%29.jpg" data-image-dimensions="1200x800" data-image-focal-point="0.5,0.5" alt="" data-load="false" data-image-id="61551b8d583aec6aac1c411b" data-type="image" src="https://images.squarespace-cdn.com/content/v1/58af97f5440243fe3d552306/1632967566195-HDCD7YCXB0VG8WRAPS69/chemcare+blog+image+%282%29.jpg?format=1000w" /> </figure> &nbsp;<p class="">When you start renovating your pre-2000s home, you may be trying to figure out how to tell the difference between asbestos and fibre cement. After all, if you can tell the difference between the two, you can be assured of your safety when you start hacking into building materials.</p><p class="">However, the unfortunate reality is that the only sure-fire way to know your building materials like fibre cement <em>don’t </em>have asbestos is by <a href="https://chemcare.co.nz/asbestos/testing">having them tested</a>. Otherwise, you’re playing a dangerous guessing game. </p><p class="">However, if you’d like to find out more about the differences between asbestos and fibre cement, if any, along with some other helpful information, read on.</p><p class="">&nbsp;</p><h2>What is Asbestos Fibre Cement?</h2><p class="">Asbestos fibre cement was a cladding material used in New Zealand and around the world for several years. Asbestos products were generally used up until around the 1980s, but it’s not uncommon to see them feature in homes built before the year 2000.</p><p class="">They went by brand names like <a href="https://chemcare.co.nz/articles/fibrolite-cladding">Fibrolite</a>, Durock, and <a href="https://chemcare.co.nz/articles/hardiplank-asbestos-issues">Hardiplank</a> and still exist in thousands of homes built today.</p><p class="">When left alone and kept in excellent condition, fibre cement with asbestos doesn’t pose much of a health risk. Typically, it only becomes unsafe when it’s broken, damaged, cracked, or cut, exposing fibres that can become airborne and cause various health problems.</p><p class="">&nbsp;</p><h2>What is Fibre Cement? </h2><p class="">As many people know that fibre cement used in the construction of our homes once contained asbestos, the connection remains today. Whenever you hear people talking about fibre cement in older homes, you automatically assume they are talking about asbestos.</p><p class="">However, fibre cement building materials manufactured today don’t contain asbestos – and they haven’t done for decades. You can safely use this building material knowing it generally only contains cellulose fibre, cement, water, and sand. Some additives may also be used to achieve a particular look or feel.&nbsp;</p><h3>Fibre cement remains popular in residential and commercial builds, especially for: </h3><ul data-rte-list="default"><li><p class="">External cladding</p></li><li><p class="">Internal floor, ceiling, and wall lining</p></li><li><p class="">Wet area lining</p></li><li><p class="">Acoustic and fire floors and walls</p></li><li><p class="">Carports, verandas, and eaves</p></li><li><p class="">Bracing products&nbsp;</p></li></ul><p class="">It may look <em>similar </em>to asbestos fibre cement products of the past, but asbestos is no longer a concern in new buildings. </p><p class="">&nbsp;</p><h2>How Do I Know If My Fibre Cement is Asbestos Or Not? </h2><p class="">As previously mentioned, the only way to know for sure if <em>any </em>part of your property contains asbestos is by testing it. There is no substitute for a test, but you may be able to gain a general idea by looking out for a few of these things below.</p><p class=""><br></p><h3>Labels</h3><p class="">If you are in the fortunate position of being able to see the rear side of any fibre cement building material without moving it, then look out for any brand names. </p><p class="">Some asbestos products were labelled, which means a simple Google search can provide some helpful information on the brand or material you’re working with. However, a lack of any labelling <em>doesn’t </em>mean the material won’t contain asbestos. </p><p class="">&nbsp;</p><h3>Textures</h3><p class="">Some asbestos-containing materials (ACM) have slight texturing, similar to a golf ball. New fibre cement created <em>without </em>asbestos won’t always. However, once again, a lack of texturing doesn’t mean there isn’t any asbestos if the building material was manufactured pre-2000s.</p><p class="">&nbsp;</p><h3>Building Age</h3><p class="">If your residential or commercial property was built before 2000, you can err on the side of caution and assume that at least <em>some </em>building materials will contain <a href="https://chemcare.co.nz/articles/asbestos-timeline-nz">asbestos</a>. Before undertaking renovations, consider enlisting the services of an asbestos removal company to perform tests and provide the answers you’ve been looking for. </p><p class="">&nbsp;</p><h3>Colour</h3><p class="">When you compare building materials of a new structure to an old structure, it’s generally quite obvious which is new and which is old by the colour. The same can be said for fibre cement. If it looks old, it likely is. This can increase the chances that it’s asbestos.</p><p class="">&nbsp;</p><h3>Breaking Style</h3><p class="">You should never purposely break ACM and release asbestos fibres into the air. However, the way ASM breaks can be much different from materials that <em>don’t </em>contain asbestos. Therefore, you may be able to compare how two different materials look.</p><p class="">Asbestos fibre sheets snap easily and cleanly, and fibres may not be present. When you snap fibre cement that <em>doesn’t </em>contain asbestos, it doesn’t tend to break cleanly. It may also break into layers, which is often not the case with asbestos.&nbsp;</p><p class="">The problem is, they are similar in most other ways. This can make It even harder to tell the difference between asbestos and fibre cement. They are both fire-resistant, thermally stable, and water-insoluble.</p><p class="">&nbsp;</p><h2>What Should I Do Now?</h2><p class="">There’s simply no way to know with absolute accuracy if something does or doesn’t contain asbestos just by looking at it. Before you get renovations underway, take a moment to find the phone number of an <a href="http://www.chemcare.co.nz">asbesto</a><a href="https://www.chemcare.co.nz">s remov</a><a href="http://www.chemcare.co.nz">al company</a>.</p><p class="">They can provide helpful advice, perform testing, and even remove asbestos materials if you receive a positive result. </p> How to Tell the Difference Between Asbestos and Fibre Cement 2021-09-30 02:07 +00:00 2021-09-30 15:07 +13:00 https://www.latimes.com/business/real-estate/story/2021-09-29/gene-simmons-sells-longtime-benedict-canyon-compound-for-16-million https://www.latimes.com/business/real-estate/story/2021-09-29/gene-simmons-sells-longtime-benedict-canyon-compound-for-16-million Gene Simmons sells longtime Benedict Canyon compound for $16 million <p>After relocating to Lake Tahoe, KISS frontman Gene Simmons has sold his Benedict Canyon compound of nearly four decades for $16 million.</p> Wed, 29 Sep 2021 20:36:40 Z Jack Flemming <p>After relocating to Lake Tahoe, KISS frontman Gene Simmons has sold his Benedict Canyon compound of nearly four decades for $16 million.</p> The compound includes a 13,400-square-foot mansion, tennis court and swimming pool. Christopher Amitrano 2021-09-29 20:36 +00:00 2021-09-30 09:36 +13:00 https://www.latimes.com/business/story/2021-09-29/tell-us-your-wildest-l-a-housing-real-estate-story https://www.latimes.com/business/story/2021-09-29/tell-us-your-wildest-l-a-housing-real-estate-story Tell us your wildest L.A. housing story <p>If you've got a frustrating, strange or otherwise noteworthy housing story to tell, we want to hear it.</p> Wed, 29 Sep 2021 18:30:19 Z Jack Flemming <p>If you've got a frustrating, strange or otherwise noteworthy housing story to tell, we want to hear it.</p> Case-Shiller data released at the end of November 2019 put overall home price increases across the United States at 3.2 percent in September 2019, compared with the same month last year. San Diego Union-Tribune Community Press File Photo 2021-09-29 18:30 +00:00 2021-09-30 07:30 +13:00 https://www.latimes.com/business/real-estate/story/2021-09-29/motley-crues-nikki-sixx-gets-5-18-million-for-westlake-village-mansion https://www.latimes.com/business/real-estate/story/2021-09-29/motley-crues-nikki-sixx-gets-5-18-million-for-westlake-village-mansion Motley Crue's Nikki Sixx gets $5.18 million for Westlake Village mansion <p>In Westlake Village, Motley Crue bassist Nikki Sixx has sold his palatial estate with crimson red walls and cheetah-print carpet for $5.18 million.</p> Wed, 29 Sep 2021 13:00:09 Z Jack Flemming <p>In Westlake Village, Motley Crue bassist Nikki Sixx has sold his palatial estate with crimson red walls and cheetah-print carpet for $5.18 million.</p> The custom home includes a library, billiards room and crimson-colored movie theater with cheetah-print carpet. Neue Focus 2021-09-29 13:00 +00:00 2021-09-30 02:00 +13:00 https://www.latimes.com/business/real-estate/story/2021-09-28/spring-breakers-producer-david-zander-lists-two-historic-homes-for-21-5-million https://www.latimes.com/business/real-estate/story/2021-09-28/spring-breakers-producer-david-zander-lists-two-historic-homes-for-21-5-million 'Spring Breakers' producer David Zander lists two historic homes for $21.5 million <p>After buying Todd Phillips' Beverly Hills mansion, 'Spring Breakers' producer David Zander is asking $21.5 million for his two-home compound in Pasadena.</p> Tue, 28 Sep 2021 20:33:24 Z Jack Flemming <p>After buying Todd Phillips' Beverly Hills mansion, 'Spring Breakers' producer David Zander is asking $21.5 million for his two-home compound in Pasadena.</p> The palm-topped compound includes two architectural homes spread across three parcels. Compass 2021-09-28 20:33 +00:00 2021-09-29 09:33 +13:00 https://www.latimes.com/business/real-estate/story/2021-09-27/emmitt-smith-offers-up-dallas-mansion-and-private-dinner-for-2-2-million https://www.latimes.com/business/real-estate/story/2021-09-27/emmitt-smith-offers-up-dallas-mansion-and-private-dinner-for-2-2-million Emmitt Smith offers up Dallas mansion and private dinner for $2.2 million <p>Longtime Cowboy Emmitt Smith is selling his Texas-sized mansion in Dallas for $2.2 million. </p> Mon, 27 Sep 2021 22:13:58 Z Jack Flemming <p>Longtime Cowboy Emmitt Smith is selling his Texas-sized mansion in Dallas for $2.2 million. </p> The nearly 11,000-square-foot home includes a movie theater under a mural of clouds and a game room with NFL-themed carpet. Shoot2Sell 2021-09-27 22:13 +00:00 2021-09-28 11:13 +13:00 https://www.latimes.com/business/real-estate/story/2021-09-27/carlos-santana-sells-tiburon-home https://www.latimes.com/business/real-estate/story/2021-09-27/carlos-santana-sells-tiburon-home Carlos Santana sells Tiburon home of 14 years for $5.53 million <p>After spending $20.5 million on a Hawaii vacation home earlier this year, famed musician Carlos Santana has sold his Tiburon, Calif., residence for $5.53 million. </p> Mon, 27 Sep 2021 20:03:15 Z Jack Flemming <p>After spending $20.5 million on a Hawaii vacation home earlier this year, famed musician Carlos Santana has sold his Tiburon, Calif., residence for $5.53 million. </p> The split-level home takes in views of the Bay and Golden Gate Bridge through walls of windows. Jason Wells 2021-09-27 20:03 +00:00 2021-09-28 09:03 +13:00 https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2021-09-27/many-not-all-renters-will-get-help-when-california-eviction-protections-end https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2021-09-27/many-not-all-renters-will-get-help-when-california-eviction-protections-end Many renters to get help when California eviction protections end this week <p>Some California eviction protections end Thursday, but many of the state's renters will qualify for other assistance programs.</p> Mon, 27 Sep 2021 19:17:04 Z Patrick McGreevy <p>Some California eviction protections end Thursday, but many of the state's renters will qualify for other assistance programs.</p> EL MONTE, CA - MARCH 29: Ian Jameson (center) of El Monte organized a group of tenant rights activists and assembled at the El Monte City Hall to demand that the El Monte City Council pass an eviction moratorium barring all evictions during the coronavirus pandemic on Sunday, March 29, 2020 in El Monte, CA. (Jason Armond / Los Angeles Times) Jason Armond/Jason Armond/Los Angeles Times 2021-09-27 19:17 +00:00 2021-09-28 08:17 +13:00 https://www.latimes.com/business/real-estate/story/2021-09-27/rams-receiver-desean-jackson-gets-more-than-he-asked-for-tarzana-home https://www.latimes.com/business/real-estate/story/2021-09-27/rams-receiver-desean-jackson-gets-more-than-he-asked-for-tarzana-home Rams receiver DeSean Jackson gets more than he asked for Tarzana home <p>L.A. native and Rams wide receiver DeSean Jackson just sold his Tarzana home for $2.2 million, or $200,000 more than he was asking.</p> Mon, 27 Sep 2021 17:22:36 Z Jack Flemming <p>L.A. native and Rams wide receiver DeSean Jackson just sold his Tarzana home for $2.2 million, or $200,000 more than he was asking.</p> Built in the 1950s, the traditional-style spot holds four bedrooms, six bathrooms and a media room with cheetah-print carpet. Lisa Ren / PostRAIN Productions 2021-09-27 17:22 +00:00 2021-09-28 06:22 +13:00 https://www.latimes.com/business/story/2021-09-27/la-fi-the-one-niles-niami-don-hankey-mansion-trustee-sale https://www.latimes.com/business/story/2021-09-27/la-fi-the-one-niles-niami-don-hankey-mansion-trustee-sale The fight over 'The One' — L.A.'s biggest and most extravagant mansion <p>The idea was simple: Nile Niami would build and sell The One, the biggest and most extravagant new home in the country. Then things went sideways.</p> Mon, 27 Sep 2021 12:00:02 Z Laurence Darmiento <p>The idea was simple: Nile Niami would build and sell The One, the biggest and most extravagant new home in the country. Then things went sideways.</p> Beverly Hills, CA - September 08: An aerial view of "The One Bel Air", a 105,000-square-foot mansion with a sky deck and putting green, night club, several swimming pools, a 50-seat theater, a four-lane bowling alley and more by Nile Niami of Skyline Development and designed by Paul McClean (McClean Design). The One is shown by court-appointed receiver Ted Lanes, who now controls the property and is in charge of finding a buyer and paying off the lenders and other creditors, gives a tour of The One, the 105,000 square foot house on sale in Bel Air. This is apparently the largest home for sale in the United States. The developer Nial Niami "listed" it for $500 million but got into financial trouble and was foreclosed upon by Don Hankey. Photo taken in Bel Air on Wednesday, Sept. 8, 2021 in Beverly Hills, CA. (Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times) Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times 2021-09-27 12:00 +00:00 2021-09-28 01:00 +13:00 https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2021-09-25/lopez-column-home-buyer-love-letters https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2021-09-25/lopez-column-home-buyer-love-letters Column: You want the house, so you write the owner a love letter. But the practice is under fire <p>Critics say real estate love letters, common in tight markets, can be a tool of discrimination.</p> Sat, 25 Sep 2021 12:00:12 Z Steve Lopez <p>Critics say real estate love letters, common in tight markets, can be a tool of discrimination.</p> This Oct. 17, 2019, photo shows a home for sale sign in Orange County near Hillsborough, N.C. On Thursday, Dec. 19, the National Association of Realtors reports on sales of existing homes in November.(AP Photo/Gerry Broome) Gerry Broome / Associated Press 2021-09-25 12:00 +00:00 2021-09-26 00:00 +12:00 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-10022087/Autumn-interiors-trends-Warm-paint-Scandi-sheepskin-in.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-10022087/Autumn-interiors-trends-Warm-paint-Scandi-sheepskin-in.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 Autumn interiors trends: Warm paint and Scandi sheepskin are in Sitting comfortably? If not, you will be. Forecasts for top autumn and winter interiors trends are appearing and they are full of words like 'inspirational'. What are the new 'rules' for autumn? Sat, 25 Sep 2021 08:06:21 Z None 2021-09-25 08:06 +00:00 2021-09-25 20:06 +12:00 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-10022075/Buying-holiday-let-Seven-steps-wise-investment.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-10022075/Buying-holiday-let-Seven-steps-wise-investment.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 Buying a holiday let: Seven steps to a wise investment Using a holiday home not only as a personal bolthole, but as a nice little earner has also become fantastically popular. In June, there were 10,290 active Airbnb listings just in Cornwall alone. Sat, 25 Sep 2021 08:06:13 Z Alamy Stock Photo 2021-09-25 08:06 +00:00 2021-09-25 20:06 +12:00 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-10024537/Inside-riverside-home-ballet-icon-grabs-1-65million.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-10024537/Inside-riverside-home-ballet-icon-grabs-1-65million.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 Inside the riverside home of a ballet icon, which is up for grabs for £1.65million This fifteenth century former coach house called Amerden Bank was the country home of Royal Ballet prima ballerina Dame Margot Fonteyn at the height of her fame in the 1950s and 1960s. Sat, 25 Sep 2021 08:06:05 Z None 2021-09-25 08:06 +00:00 2021-09-25 20:06 +12:00 https://www.latimes.com/business/real-estate/story/2021-09-24/joe-jonas-and-sophie-turner-sell-encino-mansion-for-15-2-million-a-2021-high https://www.latimes.com/business/real-estate/story/2021-09-24/joe-jonas-and-sophie-turner-sell-encino-mansion-for-15-2-million-a-2021-high Joe Jonas and Sophie Turner sell Encino mansion for $15.2 million, a 2021 high <p>In Encino's priciest sale so far this year, Joe Jonas and Sophie Turner have unloaded their modern mansion for $15.2 million.</p> Fri, 24 Sep 2021 20:55:13 Z Jack Flemming <p>In Encino's priciest sale so far this year, Joe Jonas and Sophie Turner have unloaded their modern mansion for $15.2 million.</p> Built in 2019, the modern mansion is filled with glass, imported stone and aged natural wood. Jae Omar Design 2021-09-24 20:55 +00:00 2021-09-25 08:55 +12:00 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-10020763/Buy-let-turns-25-property-investing-surged-popularity.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-10020763/Buy-let-turns-25-property-investing-surged-popularity.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 Buy-to-let turns 25! How property investing surged in popularity Despite suggestions that buy-to-let interest may have peaked, mortgages available to landlords have increased to 3,031, Moneyfacts has revealed. Fri, 24 Sep 2021 13:10:43 Z None 2021-09-24 13:10 +00:00 2021-09-25 01:10 +12:00 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-10013441/Compulsory-purchase-orders-forced-sell-home.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-10013441/Compulsory-purchase-orders-forced-sell-home.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 Compulsory purchase orders: Could you be forced to sell your home? Compulsory purchase orders are used when all or part of your property is needed for new infrastructure such as a road, railway, or utilities, or to regenerate an area. Fri, 24 Sep 2021 07:55:11 Z Getty Images/iStockphoto 2021-09-24 07:55 +00:00 2021-09-24 19:55 +12:00 https://www.latimes.com/business/real-estate/story/2021-09-23/kelly-clarkson-unloads-encino-farmhouse-for-8-24-million https://www.latimes.com/business/real-estate/story/2021-09-23/kelly-clarkson-unloads-encino-farmhouse-for-8-24-million Kelly Clarkson unloads Encino farmhouse for $8.24 million <p>Months after buying a Colonial-style home in Toluca Lake, Grammy-winning singer Kelly Clarkson has sold her Encino farmhouse for $8.24 million.</p> Thu, 23 Sep 2021 22:16:20 Z Jack Flemming <p>Months after buying a Colonial-style home in Toluca Lake, Grammy-winning singer Kelly Clarkson has sold her Encino farmhouse for $8.24 million.</p> Built in 2018, the modern farmhouse includes a swimming pool and two-story guesthouse. Laura D'Anna / MediaCarrot Photography 2021-09-23 22:16 +00:00 2021-09-24 10:16 +12:00 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-9929543/L-G-backed-developer-Inspired-Villages-accused-bombarding-councillor.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-9929543/L-G-backed-developer-Inspired-Villages-accused-bombarding-councillor.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 L&G-backed developer Inspired Villages accused of 'bombarding' councillor A district Councillor has accused a property developer of 'relentlessly bombarded' her after it announced proposals to build 160 homes in a village on the edge of the Cotswolds. Thu, 23 Sep 2021 07:56:37 Z Shutterstock / Alexey Fedorenko 2021-09-23 07:56 +00:00 2021-09-23 19:56 +12:00 58af97f5440243fe3d552306:5906c0dfe4fcb573ba562253:6142e087de15415909527709 https://chemcare.co.nz/articles/transporting-asbestos-waste Transporting Asbestos Waste Safely and Properly Education is the key to safety with the removal, transport, and disposal of asbestos and asbestos-containing materials. Thu, 23 Sep 2021 03:16:53 Z Klaris Chua-Pineda &nbsp; <figure class=" sqs-block-image-figure intrinsic " > <img class="thumb-image" data-image="https://images.squarespace-cdn.com/content/v1/58af97f5440243fe3d552306/1632366966880-FIPMMBHKDNR8DQRAJ1Y5/transporting+asbestos+waste.jpg" data-image-dimensions="1200x800" data-image-focal-point="0.5,0.5" alt="transporting asbestos waste.jpg" data-load="false" data-image-id="614bf1768cf6874b1df3027e" data-type="image" src="https://images.squarespace-cdn.com/content/v1/58af97f5440243fe3d552306/1632366966880-FIPMMBHKDNR8DQRAJ1Y5/transporting+asbestos+waste.jpg?format=1000w" /> </figure> &nbsp;<p class="">Most people have a general understanding of how important it is to handle asbestos with care at a property. Trained asbestos removalists wear <a href="https://chemcare.co.nz/articles/asbestos-protective-gear">PPE</a> and ensure that appropriate cleaning measures are put in place to prevent it from being a health risk during removal. </p><p class="">But what about <em>transporting</em> asbestos waste? The same care should be taken, and strict measures should be put in place to keep everyone safe.</p><p class="">&nbsp;</p><h2>Why is Safe Asbestos Transportation Important?</h2><p class="">As convenient as it might be to transport asbestos waste just like any other waste, there’s a reason why so many industry guidelines for asbestos management are in place: it’s hazardous to health. Asbestos can become dangerous when the asbestos-containing materials (ACM) are damaged, and fibres become airborne. </p><p class="">These can lodge in your lungs and cause conditions like asbestosis, mesothelioma, and lung cancer. The more frequent the exposure, the <a href="https://chemcare.co.nz/articles/is-one-time-asbestos-exposure-cancer-causing">higher the health risk</a> can be. </p><p class="">&nbsp;</p><h2>What Does the Law Say About Collection and Transportation of Asbestos Waste? </h2><p class="">According to The <a href="https://www.wasteminz.org.nz/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/Waste-industry-guidelines-managing-asbestos-FINAL-14012019.pdf">Dangerous Transport Rule</a>: Dangerous Goods 2005 and New Zealand Standard 5433:2012, Transport of Dangerous Goods on Land in New Zealand, asbestos is a Class 9 dangerous good with special provisions.</p><p class="">It is the responsibility of the transport operator to assess the risk, and it’s recommended that it’s treated as a dangerous good, especially if the asbestos is in friable form. The customer should also confirm the waste to the transport operator – either Class A or Class B. </p><p class="">However, there’s more to the transportation process than simply declaring its type. Depending on the material, asbestos waste should be contained in bags, drums, bins, waste skips, or vehicle trays. </p><p class="">All asbestos waste should also be wrapped in heavy-duty and double-lined black plastic sheeting with a minimum thickness of 200 µm before being placed in sealed containers. However, non-friable asbestos waste can be placed directly into a skip or vehicle with plastic sheeting, as long as it’s kept damp to reduce the risk of airborne dust. </p><p class="">Same-day collection, transportation, and disposal are also crucial, or it should remain on the same site until the following day. Failure to follow these rules, such as <a href="https://sunlive.co.nz/news/274183-asbestos-spill-serving-as-reminder-to-motorists.html">what happened on a Tauranga road</a>, may put the general public at risk. </p><p class="">&nbsp;</p><h2>Transporting a Dangerous Good Like Asbestos</h2><p class="">All those involved with the transport of asbestos should abide by the Land Transport Act 1998. This means that you must have a Dangerous Goods endorsement on your driver’s license, a Dangerous Goods Declaration if transporting friable asbestos, and a placard for your vehicle. &nbsp;</p><p class="">Before asbestos is moved offsite, the <a href="http://www.chemcare.co.nz">licensed asbes</a><a href="https://www.chemcare.co.nz">tos removalist</a> must fill out a Dangerous Goods Declaration, which both the removalist and transporter should sign. </p><p class="">&nbsp;</p><h2>Disposing of Asbestos Safely</h2><p class="">Once asbestos has been safely wrapped and transported, it needs to be <a href="https://chemcare.co.nz/articles/disposing-asbestos-safely">disposed of safely</a> at an approved waste disposal area. Whichever site this is, it must have an Asbestos Management Plan to accept and manage the waste.&nbsp;</p><p class="">The waste location should be away from standard landfills, and there must be appropriate signage to alert workers and visitors to its presence and location. The asbestos waste should also be buried in its plastic wrap to ensure airborne fibres aren’t released. </p><p class="">Even though the waste is wrapped at this point, all those workers in the disposal site must be wearing appropriate PPE at all times. If loose ACM is discovered, the area and materials should be dampened to reduce the risk of airborne fibres before the asbestos is buried.</p><p class="">&nbsp;</p><h2>What Happens If You’ve Been Exposed to Asbestos?</h2><p class="">With so many regulations for transporting asbestos waste and handling it, it becomes apparent just how dangerous this material can be. So, what happens if you’ve been exposed to it?&nbsp;</p><p class="">When an asbestos spill was identified on Chadwick Road, Fraser Street, and Oropi Road in Tauranga, most likely caused by an insecure load, asbestos removal specialists were brought in to clean it up. </p><p class="">They spent over three hours picking up the pieces and dry-vacuuming the particles. Asbestos exposure can also happen in other situations, such as when a load is tipped with someone nearby or a bag of friable asbestos breaks.</p><p class="">In that case, there are many appropriate steps to take next. Wearing PPE before an exposure event can reduce the risk of exposure. Decontamination, health testing, and isolation of the material all then need to take place.</p><p class="">Control measures to limit further harm and a clean-up then occurs. Finally, the person or persons exposed will need to be placed on the <a href="https://www.worksafe.govt.nz/notifications/asbestos-exposure-registration/">National Asbestos Register</a>.</p><p class="">&nbsp;</p><h2>Stay Safe Through Education</h2><p class="">Unless you’re taught about asbestos, you may not know that this deadly material is hiding in the average Kiwi home and business built before 2000. Education is the key to safety with removal, transport, and disposal. </p><p class="">The more you know, the easier it can be to stay safe. Contact trained asbestos removalists to take the lead if you’re ready to remove and dispose of asbestos safely.</p> Transporting Asbestos Waste Safely and Properly 2021-09-23 03:16 +00:00 2021-09-23 15:16 +12:00 https://www.latimes.com/business/real-estate/story/2021-09-22/scooter-braun-spends-65-million-on-a-striking-brentwood-mansion https://www.latimes.com/business/real-estate/story/2021-09-22/scooter-braun-spends-65-million-on-a-striking-brentwood-mansion Scooter Braun spends $65 million on a striking Brentwood mansion <p>Music mogul Scooter Braun has bought a modern farmhouse in Brentwood for $65 million, the priciest sale in Southern California so far this year.</p> Wed, 22 Sep 2021 21:00:08 Z Jack Flemming <p>Music mogul Scooter Braun has bought a modern farmhouse in Brentwood for $65 million, the priciest sale in Southern California so far this year.</p> The modern mansion, built in 2021 by Noah Walker, holds 19,000-square-foot of spaces filled with glass, wood and stone. Benny Chan 2021-09-22 21:00 +00:00 2021-09-23 09:00 +12:00 https://www.latimes.com/business/story/2021-09-21/buying-a-house-la-brace-for-expensive-real-estate https://www.latimes.com/business/story/2021-09-21/buying-a-house-la-brace-for-expensive-real-estate These are L.A.'s new million-dollar neighborhoods <p>Do you live among million-dollar homes? These 15 L.A. neighborhoods crossed the $1-million threshold</p> Wed, 22 Sep 2021 20:53:47 Z Jack Flemming, Andrew Khouri <p>Do you live among million-dollar homes? These 15 L.A. neighborhoods crossed the $1-million threshold</p> A fisherman casts his line near the idle paddleboats of Echo Park Lake. Christopher Reynolds/Los Angeles Times 2021-09-22 20:53 +00:00 2021-09-23 08:53 +12:00 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-10012559/Should-developer-pay-drives-missing-dropped-kerb.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-10012559/Should-developer-pay-drives-missing-dropped-kerb.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 Should the developer pay for my drive's missing dropped kerb? You have approached your local council about it paying for the kerb at the end of your existing driveway to be dropped, but it has told you to apply for a licence costing £222 and to pay for the work. Wed, 22 Sep 2021 08:05:59 Z Shutterstock / Sannikov Nikolai 2021-09-22 08:05 +00:00 2021-09-22 20:05 +12:00 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-10009269/How-costs-buy-near-new-Nine-Elms-Battersea-tube-stations.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-10009269/How-costs-buy-near-new-Nine-Elms-Battersea-tube-stations.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 How much it costs to buy near new Nine Elms and Battersea tube stations Those looking to buy in the Nine Elms development, near the two new London Underground stations, will need a typical budget of £1.5million, but they could spend much more. Tue, 21 Sep 2021 14:28:24 Z None 2021-09-21 14:28 +00:00 2021-09-22 02:28 +12:00 https://www.latimes.com/business/story/2021-09-21/covid-changed-la-real-estate-making-one-million-homes-common-place https://www.latimes.com/business/story/2021-09-21/covid-changed-la-real-estate-making-one-million-homes-common-place How the pandemic helped scatter $1-million homes across L.A. <p>COVID-19 unleashed new demand for homes, made the well-off wealthier, and fueled extreme bidding wars. The result? The $1-million home is everywhere.</p> Tue, 21 Sep 2021 12:00:38 Z Andrew Khouri, Jack Flemming <p>COVID-19 unleashed new demand for homes, made the well-off wealthier, and fueled extreme bidding wars. The result? The $1-million home is everywhere.</p> 2021-09-21 12:00 +00:00 2021-09-22 00:00 +12:00 https://www.latimes.com/business/story/2021-09-21/la-real-estate-what-houses-can-you-buy-one-million https://www.latimes.com/business/story/2021-09-21/la-real-estate-what-houses-can-you-buy-one-million What homes can you buy for $1 million in L.A.? Here's a look <p>Take a look at what $1 million buys in six L.A. neighborhoods.</p> Tue, 21 Sep 2021 12:00:29 Z Jack Flemming <p>Take a look at what $1 million buys in six L.A. neighborhoods.</p> 7028 Firmament Ave., Van Nuys, 91406 Keller Williams Realty 2021-09-21 12:00 +00:00 2021-09-22 00:00 +12:00 https://www.latimes.com/business/real-estate/story/2021-09-20/ashton-kutcher-and-mila-kunis-aim-for-12-25-million-in-hidden-valley https://www.latimes.com/business/real-estate/story/2021-09-20/ashton-kutcher-and-mila-kunis-aim-for-12-25-million-in-hidden-valley Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis aim for $12.25 million in Hidden Valley <p>Married actors Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis are asking $12.25 million for their East Coast-inspired estate in guard-gated Hidden Valley. </p> Mon, 20 Sep 2021 21:22:43 Z Jack Flemming <p>Married actors Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis are asking $12.25 million for their East Coast-inspired estate in guard-gated Hidden Valley. </p> The 1990s home includes five bedrooms, 5.5 bathrooms, a mahogany office, bar, wine cellar, sauna and gym. Simon Berlyn 2021-09-20 21:22 +00:00 2021-09-21 09:22 +12:00 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-10001759/Property-battle-Nobel-Prize-winners-Zoopla.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-10001759/Property-battle-Nobel-Prize-winners-Zoopla.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 Property battle of the Nobel Prize winners on Zoopla We pick two houses with blue plaques and ask which would you prefer to live in - one where Sir Austen Chamberlain was born or the other where Indian writer Rabindranath Tagore lived? Mon, 20 Sep 2021 08:01:11 Z None 2021-09-20 08:01 +00:00 2021-09-20 20:01 +12:00 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-9998465/Floating-assets-Static-homes-water-new-des-res.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-9998465/Floating-assets-Static-homes-water-new-des-res.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 Floating assets: Static homes on water are the new des res Living on a narrowboat or barge might be a dream for many, but the practicalities can be daunting; filling up water tanks with a hose, having to take the boat off to pump out and running out of electricity. Sat, 18 Sep 2021 08:24:42 Z None 2021-09-18 08:24 +00:00 2021-09-18 20:24 +12:00 https://www.latimes.com/homeless-housing/story/2021-09-17/what-just-happened-with-single-family-zoning-in-california https://www.latimes.com/homeless-housing/story/2021-09-17/what-just-happened-with-single-family-zoning-in-california What just happened with single-family zoning in California? <p>Gov. Gavin Newsom signed legislation that allows more than one unit to be built on lots zoned for only one. It sounds technical, but it's a major change in California housing policy. Here's what it means.</p> Fri, 17 Sep 2021 22:00:01 Z Jon Healey, Matthew Ballinger <p>Gov. Gavin Newsom signed legislation that allows more than one unit to be built on lots zoned for only one. It sounds technical, but it's a major change in California housing policy. Here's what it means.</p> LOS ANGELES, CA, WEDNESDAY, JUNE 3, 2015 - Aerial views of the greater Los Angeles area, above Valencia. A vertical city may tempt people from the suburbs who no longer have the dream of a single family home. (Robert Gauthier/Los Angeles Times) Robert Gauthier/Robert Gauthier/Los Angeles Times 2021-09-17 22:00 +00:00 2021-09-18 10:00 +12:00 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-9997765/Most-expensive-seaside-locations-mainland-Britain-revealed-Savills.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-9997765/Most-expensive-seaside-locations-mainland-Britain-revealed-Savills.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 Most expensive seaside locations around mainland Britain revealed by Savills West Sussex tops the list of most expensive coastal locations with two villages by the sea, West Itchenor and Kingston, that have average house prices of more than £1m. Fri, 17 Sep 2021 09:05:25 Z Jeff Gilbert/REX/Shutterstock 2021-09-17 09:05 +00:00 2021-09-17 21:05 +12:00 https://www.latimes.com/business/story/2021-09-16/hollywood-high-rise-office-with-rooftop-restaurant-planned https://www.latimes.com/business/story/2021-09-16/hollywood-high-rise-office-with-rooftop-restaurant-planned Like a sunset — developers propose a Hollywood office tower with a bold sculptural design <p>Developers are proposing a visually stunning $500-million office tower on Sunset Boulevard in the heart of Hollywood called the Star. </p> Thu, 16 Sep 2021 13:00:09 Z Roger Vincent <p>Developers are proposing a visually stunning $500-million office tower on Sunset Boulevard in the heart of Hollywood called the Star. </p> Rendering of a proposed $500-million high-rise office building called the Star that would rise on Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood near Gower Street. The glass-enclosed 22-story tower would house three levels of landscaped gardens and include a tram to a rooftop restaurant. (MAD Architects) MAD Architects 2021-09-16 13:00 +00:00 2021-09-17 01:00 +12:00 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-9989373/Homes-let-10-UK-rental-hotspots-revealed.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-9989373/Homes-let-10-UK-rental-hotspots-revealed.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 Homes you can let in the top 10 UK rental hotspots revealed Rental shortages are so acute that in some towns and villages in these areas, there is only one property available to rent on Rightmove. Thu, 16 Sep 2021 08:30:55 Z None 2021-09-16 08:30 +00:00 2021-09-16 20:30 +12:00 58af97f5440243fe3d552306:5906c0dfe4fcb573ba562253:6142da7e078fba3b03d2aeed https://chemcare.co.nz/articles/healthy-homes-standards What Are Healthy Homes Standards, and Why Do They Matter to Landlords and Homeowners? Failure to comply with the healthy homes standards could put landlords on the wrong side of the law. So, what are they all about, and are your rental homes up to scratch? Thu, 16 Sep 2021 06:05:33 Z Klaris Chua-Pineda &nbsp; <figure class=" sqs-block-image-figure intrinsic " > <img class="thumb-image" data-image="https://images.squarespace-cdn.com/content/v1/58af97f5440243fe3d552306/1631772208515-KXU77X104ORRQC0UCJMH/chemcare+blog+image+%281%29.jpg" data-image-dimensions="1200x800" data-image-focal-point="0.5,0.5" alt="" data-load="false" data-image-id="6142de2f2979d55e83ac7d89" data-type="image" src="https://images.squarespace-cdn.com/content/v1/58af97f5440243fe3d552306/1631772208515-KXU77X104ORRQC0UCJMH/chemcare+blog+image+%281%29.jpg?format=1000w" /> </figure> &nbsp;<p class="">July 2021 was a big month and year for homeowners and landlords. July 1 marked the day that all rental homes had to meet a set of healthy home standards outlined by the <a href="https://www.hud.govt.nz/news-and-resources/consultations/consultation-healthy-homes-standards/">Ministry of Business, Innovation &amp; Employment.</a> <br> </p><p class="">These standards are related to heating, insulation, ventilation, moisture ingress and drainage, and draught stopping. Failure to comply with the healthy homes standards could put landlords on the wrong side of the law. So, what are they all about, and are <em>your </em>rental homes up to scratch? Find out more below. </p><p class="">&nbsp;</p><h2>What Are the 5 Healthy Homes Standards?</h2><p class="">The 5 healthy home standards are heating, insulation, ventilation, moisture ingress &amp; drainage, and draught stopping. By July 2021, all boarding houses and private landlords must meet these healthy home standards within 90 days of a new or renewed tenancy.</p><p class="">By July 1, 2023, all Kainga Ora and Community Housing Provider houses must meet the standards, and <em>all </em>rental homes must meet them by July 1, 2024. </p><p class="">&nbsp;</p><h3>Heating</h3><p class="">Everyone in New Zealand has the right to live in a warm home. Therefore, heating is one of the five healthy home standards by which your rental property must abide. The main living room must have a heating device in it, and it must be fixed, at least 1.5kW capacity, and have the correct capacity to heat the space.</p><p class="">The healthy home standard also means that no open fires or unflued combustion heaters are acceptable, nor are electric heaters unless they’re heat pumps. Heat pumps must have a thermostat, and some further kW standards may apply to your unique heating appliances. </p><p class="">&nbsp;</p><h3>Insulation</h3><p class="">An insulated home can retain heat much better while also being drier and reducing the chance of mould growth. Where practical, rental homes should have underfloor and ceiling insulation consisting of polyester, wool, or fibreglass. </p><p class="">Existing insulation should be in good condition and, if installed before July 1, 2016, be thicker than 120mm. All insulation must meet the R-value for your area. &nbsp;</p><p class="">&nbsp;</p><h3>Ventilation</h3><p class="">The more ventilated your rental property is, the drier it is. Make sure that all liveable rooms have opening windows, doors, or skylights. They should be able to remain open in the fixed position. Kitchens should have extractor fans or range hoods, and any fans should be vented outside. </p><p class="">Bathrooms should also have extractor fans vented outside, and all fans should be in good working order with a minimum diameter of 120mm, including ducting, with an exhaust capacity of 25L/second.</p><p class="">&nbsp;</p><h3>Moisture Ingress &amp; Drainage</h3><p class="">A damp home can wreak havoc on a home and its occupants. Make sure that water always has a place to go so that your rental property can remain dry. Run through the <a href="https://www.raisethestandard.nz/assets/Raise-the-Standard/hhs-landlord-checklist.pdf">landlords’ checklist</a> to ensure you’re adhering to all moisture ingress and drainage requirements.</p><p class="">These include gutters to drain water away, ground moisture barriers, and gutters and downpipes that don’t overflow and are free of blockages. All surface and groundwater should also have somewhere to go.</p><p class="">&nbsp;</p><h3>Draught Stopping</h3><p class="">Keep your tenants warm and happy by taking care of all draughts from gaps and holes larger than 3mm. Gaps can be present around walls, ceilings, doors, skylights, and where ceilings and walls join. It might also pay to look for loose hinges and latches and gaps around electrical and plumbing passages.</p><p class="">&nbsp;</p><h2>What is a Healthy Home Check?</h2><p class="">A healthy home check is a healthy homes assessment to ensure your rental property meets healthy home standards. A full internal and external audit is completed, with you, the homeowner, receiving a report outlining your level of compliance.</p><p class="">If you haven’t managed to tick every box, you will also receive written advice on what you need to do to bring your home up to the appropriate standard. Typically, you can find out who is performing healthy home assessments in your area from your local council. </p><p class="">&nbsp;</p><h2>Is a Healthy Homes Assessment Compulsory?</h2><p class="">A healthy homes assessment <em>is </em>compulsory, and it makes sure that your property complies with all regulations. Failure to comply or provide proof of your healthy homes compliance may end up with a tenant taking you to the <a href="https://www.hud.govt.nz/assets/Residential-Housing/Healthy-Rental-Homes/Healthy-Homes-Standards/February-2019/46dd7dbe7f/Questions-and-answers-Healthy-homes-standards.pdf">Tenancy Tribunal</a>. Financial penalties of up to $4,000 may apply. </p><p class="">&nbsp;</p><h2>How Much is a Healthy Homes Assessment?</h2><p class="">The cost of healthy homes assessments can depend on the service provider recommended by your local council. The average price is around $250 and doesn’t include the costs of becoming compliant. The best way to know how much your healthy homes assessment will cost is by contacting your local council. </p><p class="">&nbsp;</p><h2>Look After Your Investment</h2><p class="">By making sure your home complies with healthy home standards, and even by ensuring you’ve undertaken <a href="https://chemcare.co.nz/meth-cleaning">meth testing</a> and taken care of hazards like asbestos, you can be in the best possible position to protect your asset now and into the future. </p> What Are Healthy Homes Standards, and Why Do They Matter to Landlords and Homeowners? 2021-09-16 06:05 +00:00 2021-09-16 18:05 +12:00 https://www.latimes.com/business/real-estate/story/2021-09-15/charlies-angels-director-mcg-drops-14-7-million-on-famed-bella-vista-estate https://www.latimes.com/business/real-estate/story/2021-09-15/charlies-angels-director-mcg-drops-14-7-million-on-famed-bella-vista-estate 'Charlie's Angels' director McG drops $14.7 million on famed Bella Vista estate <p>In Beverly Crest, director McG has bought the famed Bella Vista estate from actress Donna Scott for $14.7 million.</p> Wed, 15 Sep 2021 20:55:55 Z Jack Flemming <p>In Beverly Crest, director McG has bought the famed Bella Vista estate from actress Donna Scott for $14.7 million.</p> The 1920s estate includes a main house, two cottages, a bungalow and two-story guesthouse set among fountains and koi ponds. Christopher Amitrano / CS8 Photo 2021-09-15 20:55 +00:00 2021-09-16 08:55 +12:00 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-9990117/Britains-dream-home-detached-house-coast-near-Tesco.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-9990117/Britains-dream-home-detached-house-coast-near-Tesco.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 Britain's dream home is a detached house on the coast... near a Tesco Research by Rightmove found that after putting all the most popular elements together a British dream home has four-bedrooms, two living rooms, a garden, and a utility room Wed, 15 Sep 2021 07:21:51 Z Shutterstock / jax10289 2021-09-15 07:21 +00:00 2021-09-15 19:21 +12:00 https://www.latimes.com/business/story/2021-09-14/homeless-billionaire-nicolas-berggruen-wins-hearst-estate-auction-with-63-1-million-bid https://www.latimes.com/business/story/2021-09-14/homeless-billionaire-nicolas-berggruen-wins-hearst-estate-auction-with-63-1-million-bid 'Homeless billionaire' Nicolas Berggruen wins Hearst estate auction with $63.1-million bid <p>The co-founder of the Berggruen Institute think tank beat out five other bidders at a heated courthouse auction that lasted about 45 minutes. </p> Tue, 14 Sep 2021 22:48:39 Z Jack Flemming <p>The co-founder of the Berggruen Institute think tank beat out five other bidders at a heated courthouse auction that lasted about 45 minutes. </p> Once owned by newspaper magnate William Randolph Hearst, the iconic Mediterranean Revival-style mansion has appeared in the films "The Godfather" and "The Bodyguard." (Jim Bartsch) Jim Bartsch 2021-09-14 22:48 +00:00 2021-09-15 10:48 +12:00 https://www.latimes.com/business/real-estate/story/2021-09-14/deepak-chopra-sells-a-scenic-home-in-la-jolla https://www.latimes.com/business/real-estate/story/2021-09-14/deepak-chopra-sells-a-scenic-home-in-la-jolla Deepak Chopra sells a scenic home in La Jolla <p>New Age author Deepak Chopra just sold his La Jolla home of 28 years for $5.5 million, or $3.3 million more than he paid in 1993.</p> Tue, 14 Sep 2021 13:00:08 Z Jack Flemming <p>New Age author Deepak Chopra just sold his La Jolla home of 28 years for $5.5 million, or $3.3 million more than he paid in 1993.</p> The scenic, swirling home takes in ocean and golf course views from three levels of living spaces. Brent Haywood Photography 2021-09-14 13:00 +00:00 2021-09-15 01:00 +12:00 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-9985335/Removal-firm-boss-reveals-seven-tips-cut-stress-levels-moving-day.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-9985335/Removal-firm-boss-reveals-seven-tips-cut-stress-levels-moving-day.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 Removal firm boss reveals seven tips to cut stress levels on moving day Moving home is stressful - particularly at the moment when the market is so busy and there is a lot of competition for removals firms - so it helps if you plan well in advance. Tue, 14 Sep 2021 08:32:38 Z None 2021-09-14 08:32 +00:00 2021-09-14 20:32 +12:00 https://www.latimes.com/lifestyle/story/2021-09-13/climate-change-friendly-home-design-tips-from-green-adu https://www.latimes.com/lifestyle/story/2021-09-13/climate-change-friendly-home-design-tips-from-green-adu The L.A. 'granny flat' built for climate change: Take a look at the eco-chic inside <p>A downsized, upcycled barn in Highland Park is transformed into one of L.A.'s greenest ADUs. Take a tour inside. It may inspire your next design. </p> Mon, 13 Sep 2021 19:30:34 Z Lisa Boone <p>A downsized, upcycled barn in Highland Park is transformed into one of L.A.'s greenest ADUs. Take a tour inside. It may inspire your next design. </p> A wrap-around deck connects the living spaces of the ADU to the xeriscaped native plant-filled yard, with its mature avocado trees. Cristopher Nolasco 2021-09-13 19:30 +00:00 2021-09-14 07:30 +12:00 https://www.latimes.com/lifestyle/story/2021-09-13/climate-change-friendly-home-design-tips-from-green-adu https://www.latimes.com/lifestyle/story/2021-09-13/climate-change-friendly-home-design-tips-from-green-adu The L.A. 'granny flat' built for climate change: Take a look at the eco-chic inside <p>A downsized, upcycled barn in Highland Park is transformed into one of L.A.'s greenest ADUs. Take a tour inside. It may inspire your next design. </p> Mon, 13 Sep 2021 19:30:34 Z Lisa Boone <p>A downsized, upcycled barn in Highland Park is transformed into one of L.A.'s greenest ADUs. Take a tour inside. It may inspire your next design. </p> A wrap-around deck connects the living spaces of the ADU to the xeriscaped native plant-filled yard, with its mature avocado trees. Cristopher Nolasco 2021-09-13 19:30 +00:00 2021-09-14 07:30 +12:00 https://www.latimes.com/business/story/2021-09-11/mohamed-hadids-bel-air-mega-mansion-to-be-auctioned-off-and-destroyed https://www.latimes.com/business/story/2021-09-11/mohamed-hadids-bel-air-mega-mansion-to-be-auctioned-off-and-destroyed Mohamed Hadid's Bel-Air mega-mansion is set for auction, then demolition <p>After years of court battles, Mohamed Hadid's 30,000-square-foot mansion will be auctioned off to the highest bidder and then torn down.</p> Sat, 11 Sep 2021 12:00:07 Z Jack Flemming <p>After years of court battles, Mohamed Hadid's 30,000-square-foot mansion will be auctioned off to the highest bidder and then torn down.</p> BEL AIR, CA - MAY 23, 2017 - The unfinished mansion at 901 Strada Vecchia Road in Bel Air on May 23, 2017. Three years ago, Los Angeles demanded that builders halt work on a gargantuan mansion in the hills of Bel-Air. The massive home, dubbed the Starship Enterprise by aggravated neighbors, was bigger and taller than Los Angeles rules allowed, according to court filings. It also included entire areas - bedrooms, decks and an underground IMAX theater - that were never approved by the city, its attorneys charged. Los Angeles yanked the building permits. Celebrity developer Mohamed Hadid was slapped with criminal charges. The case drew international attention with its cocktail of criminal accusations, real estate excess and star power in Hadid, who has appeared on the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills and whose daughters Gigi and Bella have graced the cover of Vogue. After years of legal wrangling, Hadid is headed to trial. But the fate of the megamansion at the center of the dispute remains unclear. (Genaro Molina/Los Angeles Times) Genaro Molina/Los Angeles Times 2021-09-11 12:00 +00:00 2021-09-12 00:00 +12:00 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-9977159/Millionaire-property-hotspots-revealed-Scotland-overtakes-London.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-9977159/Millionaire-property-hotspots-revealed-Scotland-overtakes-London.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 Millionaire property hotspots revealed as Scotland overtakes London During the past year £1m-plus homes have taken an average of 67 days in London to find a buyer, while in Scotland they have typically taken 61 days, says Rightmove. Sat, 11 Sep 2021 08:06:46 Z None 2021-09-11 08:06 +00:00 2021-09-11 20:06 +12:00 https://www.latimes.com/business/real-estate/story/2021-09-10/actor-lance-gross-offers-up-his-modern-hollywood-penthouse https://www.latimes.com/business/real-estate/story/2021-09-10/actor-lance-gross-offers-up-his-modern-hollywood-penthouse Actor Lance Gross offers up his modern Hollywood penthouse <p>Actor Lance Gross is asking $1.125 million for an architectural penthouse in Hollywood's 10 Palms.</p> Fri, 10 Sep 2021 20:22:54 Z Jack Flemming <p>Actor Lance Gross is asking $1.125 million for an architectural penthouse in Hollywood's 10 Palms.</p> One of nine units in a modern complex, the glass-and-concrete condo holds three bedrooms in roughly 2,000 square feet. Marc Angeles 2021-09-10 20:22 +00:00 2021-09-11 08:22 +12:00 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-9974077/The-1m-water-towers-homes-following-footsteps-Grand-Designs.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-9974077/The-1m-water-towers-homes-following-footsteps-Grand-Designs.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 The £1m water towers homes following in the footsteps of Grand Designs We pick three converted water towers that all follow in the footsteps of an iconic Grand Designs transformation and are now luxury homes for sale with £1m-plus price tags Fri, 10 Sep 2021 14:52:09 Z None 2021-09-10 14:52 +00:00 2021-09-11 02:52 +12:00 https://www.latimes.com/business/story/2021-09-10/historic-herald-examiner-newspaper-opens-downtown-los-angeles https://www.latimes.com/business/story/2021-09-10/historic-herald-examiner-newspaper-opens-downtown-los-angeles Historic Herald Examiner Building reopens as a downtown L.A. neighborhood revives <p>The $80-million refresh for the building, designed by Hearst Castle architect Julia Morgan, is part of a revival of the downtown neighborhood that includes hotels, apartments and offices.</p> Fri, 10 Sep 2021 12:00:11 Z Roger Vincent <p>The $80-million refresh for the building, designed by Hearst Castle architect Julia Morgan, is part of a revival of the downtown neighborhood that includes hotels, apartments and offices.</p> LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 01: Michael Fischer of Georgetown Company outside the Herald Examiner Building in Los Angeles erected by publisher William Randolph Hearst in 1914 but had been closed for decades after the newspaper failed. Fischer oversaw the changes to the historic building. Ground floor windows have been reopened that were sealed off during a labor dispute that started in the 1960s as the historic building has finally reopened after an extensive renovation and is now home to a satellite campus of Arizona State University. Herald Examiner Building on Wednesday, Sept. 1, 2021 in Los Angeles, CA. (Al Seib / Los Angeles Times). Al Seib/Los Angeles Times 2021-09-10 12:00 +00:00 2021-09-11 00:00 +12:00 https://www.latimes.com/opinion/story/2021-09-10/racial-covenants-los-angeles-pioneered https://www.latimes.com/opinion/story/2021-09-10/racial-covenants-los-angeles-pioneered Op-Ed: How Los Angeles pioneered the residential segregation that helped divide America <p>After real estate agents invented racial covenants in the early 1900s, L.A. led the nation in using them. Their idea of 'freedom' shapes the U.S. today.</p> Fri, 10 Sep 2021 12:00:04 Z Gene Slater <p>After real estate agents invented racial covenants in the early 1900s, L.A. led the nation in using them. Their idea of 'freedom' shapes the U.S. today.</p> Aerial photograph showing homes and Businesses stretching in all directions on what used to be agricultural land near the Chevrolet plant in the San Fernando Valley. 'Homes and business firms stretch in all directions in the valley today. Compared with photo on left, landmark is still noticeable is Chevrolet plant at extreme left. During 1952, there were 30,000 new structures in valley. Some 15,000 new homes are anticipated in the area during this year' -- Examiner clipping attached to verso, dated, 'January 12, 1953'. Verso dated, 'January 13, 1953'. 'E 1-223 -- 7-9-52 / Panorama City' -- handwritten on verso.;Streetscape. Horizontal photography.San Fernando Valley; Los Angeles, California; Chevrolet Factory'California -- San Fernando -- City Valley'. (Photo by Los Angeles Examiner/USC Libraries/Corbis via Getty Images) USC Libraries / Corbis via Getty Images 2021-09-10 12:00 +00:00 2021-09-11 00:00 +12:00 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-9974555/Food-important-beaches-comes-buying-Cornish-homes.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-9974555/Food-important-beaches-comes-buying-Cornish-homes.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 Food is as important as beaches when it comes to buying Cornish homes There are plenty of reasons to hit Cornwall, and the country's culinary heritage often tops the list. Here are five locations where food and beautiful homes meet to serve up the essence of Cornwall. Fri, 10 Sep 2021 08:02:37 Z Alamy Stock Photo 2021-09-10 08:02 +00:00 2021-09-10 20:02 +12:00 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-9974413/Ancient-Mexican-tradition-Otomi-embroidery-making-way-homes.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-9974413/Ancient-Mexican-tradition-Otomi-embroidery-making-way-homes.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 Ancient Mexican tradition of Otomi embroidery is making its way into our homes People who a few months ago were unable to even pronounce Otomi - and were dismissive about folkloric style in any form - are enthusing about this exuberant craft work with its millennia of heritage. Fri, 10 Sep 2021 08:01:44 Z None 2021-09-10 08:01 +00:00 2021-09-10 20:01 +12:00 https://www.latimes.com/business/real-estate/story/2021-09-09/tampa-bay-buccaneers-co-owner-palm-beach-mansion-55-million https://www.latimes.com/business/real-estate/story/2021-09-09/tampa-bay-buccaneers-co-owner-palm-beach-mansion-55-million Tampa Bay Buccaneers co-owner asking $55 million for Palm Beach mansion <p>In Palm Beach, Tampa Bay Buccaneers co-owner Darcie Glazer Kassewitz is asking $55 million for her waterfront mansion on two acres.</p> Thu, 09 Sep 2021 23:08:42 Z Jack Flemming <p>In Palm Beach, Tampa Bay Buccaneers co-owner Darcie Glazer Kassewitz is asking $55 million for her waterfront mansion on two acres.</p> The two-acre estate includes a main house, guesthouse, swimming pool and putting green on 220 feet of water frontage. Giles Bradford 2021-09-09 23:08 +00:00 2021-09-10 11:08 +12:00 https://www.latimes.com/business/real-estate/story/2021-09-09/nbas-thomas-bryant-sells-woodland-hills-home-he-bought-from-ex-laker-teammate-jordan-clarkson https://www.latimes.com/business/real-estate/story/2021-09-09/nbas-thomas-bryant-sells-woodland-hills-home-he-bought-from-ex-laker-teammate-jordan-clarkson NBA's Thomas Bryant sells Woodland Hills home he bought from ex-Laker teammate Jordan Clarkson <p>NBA big man Thomas Bryant just sold his Woodland Hills home for $3.7 million — $450,000 more than he paid when he bought it from Jordan Clarkson last year.</p> Thu, 09 Sep 2021 13:00:26 Z Jack Flemming <p>NBA big man Thomas Bryant just sold his Woodland Hills home for $3.7 million — $450,000 more than he paid when he bought it from Jordan Clarkson last year.</p> Built in 2018, the 5,800-square-foot Cape Cod includes a movie theater, game room, gazebo, lounge and swimming pool. The Oppenheim Group 2021-09-09 13:00 +00:00 2021-09-10 01:00 +12:00 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-9968811/Lack-parking-sees-7m-homeowners-convert-gardens-drives.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-9968811/Lack-parking-sees-7m-homeowners-convert-gardens-drives.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 Lack of parking sees 7m homeowners convert their front gardens into drives  New research by Direct Line Home Insurance claimed that 6.6 million people have turned either some, or all, of the green space at the front of their property into a dedicated parking area. Thu, 09 Sep 2021 07:30:40 Z None 2021-09-09 07:30 +00:00 2021-09-09 19:30 +12:00 58af97f5440243fe3d552306:5906c0dfe4fcb573ba562253:6139706cea6121392ea8340f https://chemcare.co.nz/articles/asbestos-swimming-pools Asbestos Warning for Old Swimming Pools There’s actually a long list of products and places where asbestos can be present, and one such place is your local swimming pool – or even the one in your own backyard. Thu, 09 Sep 2021 02:43:18 Z Klaris Chua-Pineda &nbsp; <figure class=" sqs-block-image-figure intrinsic " > <img class="thumb-image" data-image="https://images.squarespace-cdn.com/content/v1/58af97f5440243fe3d552306/1631155280548-T1NK8FR83Z07QZ45NUE7/chemcare+blog+image.jpg" data-image-dimensions="1200x800" data-image-focal-point="0.5,0.5" alt="chemcare blog image.jpg" data-load="false" data-image-id="613974a27decd4546804a573" data-type="image" src="https://images.squarespace-cdn.com/content/v1/58af97f5440243fe3d552306/1631155280548-T1NK8FR83Z07QZ45NUE7/chemcare+blog+image.jpg?format=1000w" /> </figure> &nbsp;<p class="">It’s easy to assume that asbestos is only present in homes and commercial structures built before 2000, such as our roofing materials, cladding, and vinyl flooring. However, there’s actually a long list of <a href="https://chemcare.co.nz/articles/asbestos-use-history">products and places it can be present</a>, and one such place is your local swimming pool – or even the one in your own backyard. Did you know asbestos-containing materials (ACM) have been found in swimming pools around New Zealand?</p><p data-rte-preserve-empty="true" class=""></p><h2>How Does Asbestos Get Into Old Swimming Pools? </h2><p class="">Any swimming pool in New Zealand built before 2000 and most commonly before 1980 may contain asbestos. Fortunately, as old swimming pools are put out of action, and new ones take their place, it’s becoming less and less common for it to be identified.&nbsp;</p><p class="">However, that doesn’t mean it’s still not being discovered. In 2021, it was found at the Olympic Pool Complex in Gisborne during routine maintenance. According to <a href="https://www.gisborneherald.co.nz/local-news/20210706/asbestos-issues-at-olympic-pools/">news stories</a>, the 33-metre outdoor pool had ACM in the overflow drain, which had been revealed by loose sealant. The outdoor pool had been in use after asbestos had been found in the overflow channel of the indoor pool. </p><p class="">Since many forms of drainage and pipes around New Zealand <a href="https://chemcare.co.nz/articles/asbestos-pipes">contain asbestos</a>, finding ACM in public swimming pools was probably not as surprising as you might think. </p><p class="">However, it has also been found in other parts of swimming complexes. In 2016, it was <a href="https://www.odt.co.nz/news/dunedin/asbestos-pool-no-threat-public">discovered in the pump storage area of Moana Pool</a> in Dunedin, which was located underneath the pool level of the building. Due to its location, it posed no risk to the general public and would be removed, isolated, or permanently blocked off by experienced asbestos removal teams.</p><h2>&nbsp;</h2><h2>Marblesheen Pool Coatings </h2><p class="">Even though drainage is one of the most common places to find asbestos, that doesn’t mean it’s the <em>only </em>place it’s present. Some swimming pools and spas built before 1990 with <a href="https://www.asbestos.qld.gov.au/know-where-asbestos/marblesheen-pool-coatings-containing-asbestos">Marblesheen/Marblelite decorative coatings</a> may also contain it.</p><p class="">Marblesheen manufactured pre-1990 was a decorative white cement and white marble chip coating for concrete swimming pool shells up to 25mm thick. When undisturbed and not damaged, Marblesheen pool coatings are considered low risk. However, old age can lead to cracks, chips, and breaks that may allow some of the coating to break free. </p><p class="">In that case, contacting an asbestos removal company can be crucial. They can test to confirm its presence and advise on the best course of action. This might be complete resurfacing, removal of the Marblesheen, or some repair work. </p><p class="">&nbsp;</p><h2>Signs That Your Pool May Have Asbestos In It</h2><p class="">Typically, the age of your pool can be an excellent indicator that it falls within the timeline of ACM being used in the construction of swimming pools. Drainage, pipes, pumps, and the pool coating itself may all contain asbestos.</p><p class="">However, you can only guess. The only way to know for <em>sure </em>that your pool contains asbestos is by having an asbestos removal business <a href="https://chemcare.co.nz/asbestos/testing">take a test</a>. They can take a small sample of the area, send it to a lab, and let you know whether your pool does, in fact, have ACM.</p><p class="">&nbsp;</p><h2>Steps to Take If You Find Out Your Pool Has Been Contaminated With Asbestos</h2><p class="">If you held concerns about your swimming pool containing asbestos and received a positive test result, the first thing you should do is <em>not panic</em>. Asbestos removal experts are available throughout New Zealand to help you manage the problem.</p><h3>Simply follow these steps below if you find yourself in this very predicament:</h3><ol data-rte-list="default"><li><p class="">Refrain from using the pool once you believe asbestos has been identified. Even though current <a href="https://www.who.int/water_sanitation_health/dwq/asbestos.pdf">research</a> from the World Health Organisation suggests no association between cancer mortality and asbestos-contaminated drinking water, you can take a cautious approach until you hear otherwise from experts.</p></li><li><p class="">Call an asbestos testing and removal company. They can carry out testing to confirm its presence. </p></li><li><p class="">An asbestos removal company can visit your swimming pool and walk you through the best options. These might involve sealing off the ACM, isolating the area, or removing it completely. </p></li></ol><p data-rte-preserve-empty="true" class=""></p><h2>How to Reduce the Risk of Contamination in Old Swimming Pools</h2><p class="">Essentially, the best way to reduce the risk of contamination in old swimming pools once asbestos has been identified is by making sure no one can access it. Block off the entire swimming pool area until experts have had a chance to develop a plan of action to keep everyone safe.</p><p class="">Isolation, sealing, and removal continue to be the best courses of action for making old swimming pools safe for all New Zealanders. </p><p class="">&nbsp;</p><h3>Find Out More</h3><p class="">You can find out more about asbestos, the health risks associated with it, and its presence in old swimming pools by <a href="https://chemcare.co.nz/contact">contacting Chemcare</a>. They will be more than happy to offer helpful advice and assist with your potential asbestos problem. You can then be back to enjoying your swimming pool in no time.</p> Asbestos Warning for Old Swimming Pools 2021-09-09 02:43 +00:00 2021-09-09 14:43 +12:00 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-9965547/What-does-260k-average-house-price-UK.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-9965547/What-does-260k-average-house-price-UK.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 What does the £260k average house price get around the UK? We take a look at 10 different homes for sale around the country that each have a price tag of £260k, ranging from a studio flat in London to a four-bedroom detached house in Scotland. Wed, 08 Sep 2021 12:01:44 Z None 2021-09-08 12:01 +00:00 2021-09-09 00:01 +12:00 https://www.latimes.com/entertainment-arts/business/story/2021-09-08/nfl-media-moves-to-inglewood-sofi-stadium https://www.latimes.com/entertainment-arts/business/story/2021-09-08/nfl-media-moves-to-inglewood-sofi-stadium NFL Media kicks off ambitious expansion with new headquarters in Inglewood <p>The move to Inglewood from Culver City comes after NFL Media struggled for years with outdated technology. </p> Wed, 08 Sep 2021 12:00:57 Z Meg James <p>The move to Inglewood from Culver City comes after NFL Media struggled for years with outdated technology. </p> Inglewood, CA - September 01: A view of the main stage (one of five stages) featuring a 360-degree experience. at the new offices of National Football League offices at the National Football League offices in Inglewood Wednesday, Sept. 1, 2021. The NFL moving its west coast and NFL Media headquarters into a state-of-the art office tower and studio space in Inglewood, next to So Fi Stadium, in Hollywood Park. The move comes this week after NFL Media, which includes the NFL Network and NFL.com, worked from a non-descript Culver City office building for 18 years. The NFL custom-designed its new building, recognizing the threat of COVID and also recognizing that NFL media will likely expand its presence - so it will need the capacity for additional studio space, podcast booths and the ability to easily upgrade its technology from 4K to 8K. The building, designed by the architectural firm Gensler, has NFL-esque touches, such as ceiling lights that appear to be hash-marks on a football field and "Huddles" conference rooms named "flea flicker," and "stiff arm." The control rooms are eye-popping, the latest in editing and switching equipment. The main new stage (one of five stages) is a 360-degree experience. There is also a striking mural of NFL legends, called "Gamechangers Hall," featuring the work of 22 different street artists. The space includes art by former NFL players too and more than 800 flat-screen monitors. The building was designed to take in the natural lighting and have a California vibe, including surf boards hanging from the ceiling of the common area/lunch room. (Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times) Allen J. Schaben/Los Angeles Times 2021-09-08 12:00 +00:00 2021-09-09 00:00 +12:00 https://www.latimes.com/business/real-estate/story/2021-09-07/carl-reiners-two-beverly-hills-homes-sell-for-combined-16-8-million https://www.latimes.com/business/real-estate/story/2021-09-07/carl-reiners-two-beverly-hills-homes-sell-for-combined-16-8-million Carl Reiner's two Beverly Hills homes sell for combined $16.8 million <p>In Beverly Hills, a pair of neighboring estate owned by late comedy legend Carl Reiner have sold for a combined $16.8 million.</p> Tue, 07 Sep 2021 20:27:09 Z Jack Flemming <p>In Beverly Hills, a pair of neighboring estate owned by late comedy legend Carl Reiner have sold for a combined $16.8 million.</p> The two side-by-side estates include a 1930s Traditional-style home and 1920s Spanish-style home. Anthony Barcelo 2021-09-07 20:27 +00:00 2021-09-08 08:27 +12:00 https://www.latimes.com/business/story/2021-09-07/wildfire-risks-los-angeles-california https://www.latimes.com/business/story/2021-09-07/wildfire-risks-los-angeles-california House-hunting? How to learn the wildfire risk of every L.A. neighborhood <p>There are many methods of assessing a neighborhood or individual home's risk of wildfires — and plenty of ways to help mitigate the danger.</p> Tue, 07 Sep 2021 12:00:00 Z Rachel Schnalzer <p>There are many methods of assessing a neighborhood or individual home's risk of wildfires — and plenty of ways to help mitigate the danger.</p> LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 30: Los Angeles City fire helicopter drop water on a brushfire in mostly inaccessible terrain in the Hollywood Hills on Thursday, July 30, 2020 in Los Angeles, CA. (Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times) Brian van der Brug/Los Angeles Times 2021-09-07 12:00 +00:00 2021-09-08 00:00 +12:00 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-9962259/Three-bed-Surrey-house-sale-Zoopla-five-domes-Egyptian-hieroglyphics.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-9962259/Three-bed-Surrey-house-sale-Zoopla-five-domes-Egyptian-hieroglyphics.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 Three-bed Surrey house for sale on Zoopla has five domes and Egyptian hieroglyphics The three-bed house in Sunbury-on-Thames was inspired by Middle East architecture and boasts five domes influenced by the Great Temple of Jerusalem. Tue, 07 Sep 2021 09:08:39 Z None 2021-09-07 09:08 +00:00 2021-09-07 21:08 +12:00 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-9955427/Which-home-Zoopla-choose-1million-property-battle.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-9955427/Which-home-Zoopla-choose-1million-property-battle.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 Which home on Zoopla would you choose in the £1million property battle? We have picked two very different homes - one is a flat in London with a £7,000 a year service charge and the other is a detached village house with half an acre - but which would you choose? Mon, 06 Sep 2021 08:42:45 Z None 2021-09-06 08:42 +00:00 2021-09-06 20:42 +12:00 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-9950703/How-dress-bed-style-like-interior-designer.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-9950703/How-dress-bed-style-like-interior-designer.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 How to dress a bed with style like an interior designer A bed can become the focal point of a bedroom if it is dressed with plenty of cushions and a luxury throw, explain interior experts. Sat, 04 Sep 2021 08:22:23 Z None 2021-09-04 08:22 +00:00 2021-09-04 20:22 +12:00 https://www.latimes.com/business/real-estate/story/2021-09-03/sportswear-ceo-sells-beverly-park-mansion-for-29-million https://www.latimes.com/business/real-estate/story/2021-09-03/sportswear-ceo-sells-beverly-park-mansion-for-29-million Sportswear CEO sells Beverly Park mansion for $29 million <p>Jeff Marine, president and CEO of Jem Sportswear, just sold his Mediterranean villa in guard-gated Beverly Park for $29 million.</p> Fri, 03 Sep 2021 20:42:05 Z Jack Flemming <p>Jeff Marine, president and CEO of Jem Sportswear, just sold his Mediterranean villa in guard-gated Beverly Park for $29 million.</p> The 2.5-acre estate centers on a gated Mediterranean villa of more than 17,000 square feet. Westside Estate Agency 2021-09-03 20:42 +00:00 2021-09-04 08:42 +12:00 https://www.latimes.com/lifestyle/story/2021-09-03/long-live-street-couches-la-furniture-obsession https://www.latimes.com/lifestyle/story/2021-09-03/long-live-street-couches-la-furniture-obsession Long live street couches! Inside L.A.'s favorite — and controversial — obsession <p>Street furniture may not seem like one of the things that is, or should be, representative of L.A. But it's part of the cultural and visual fabric. </p> Fri, 03 Sep 2021 15:00:49 Z Julissa James <p>Street furniture may not seem like one of the things that is, or should be, representative of L.A. But it's part of the cultural and visual fabric. </p> Madeleine Hordinski / Los Angeles Times; Animation by Jade Cuevas / Los Angeles Times 2021-09-03 15:00 +00:00 2021-09-04 03:00 +12:00 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-9943139/Do-directors-ensure-flat-sale-unaffected-buying-freehold.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-9943139/Do-directors-ensure-flat-sale-unaffected-buying-freehold.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 Do directors have to ensure my flat sale is unaffected by buying the freehold? A company owes no direct duty to its shareholders to process documents enabling a sale quickly, but the directors and the secretary of a company do have important duties to shareholders. Fri, 03 Sep 2021 07:05:57 Z Getty Images/Maskot 2021-09-03 07:05 +00:00 2021-09-03 19:05 +12:00 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-9943807/Six-bargain-beach-huts-sale-Britain-starting-18k.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-9943807/Six-bargain-beach-huts-sale-Britain-starting-18k.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 Six bargain beach huts for sale across Britain starting from £18k Our search on Zoopla found a selection of beach huts on British beaches that are available to buy for between £18,000 and £70,000. Thu, 02 Sep 2021 08:32:09 Z None 2021-09-02 08:32 +00:00 2021-09-02 20:32 +12:00 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-9944621/Meet-brave-property-investors-saw-pandemic-perfect-opportunity.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-9944621/Meet-brave-property-investors-saw-pandemic-perfect-opportunity.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 Meet the brave property investors who saw the pandemic as the perfect opportunity Exclusive analysis of official data for Money Mail by estate agent Hamptons International reveals that close to 19,000 homes were 'flipped' during the pandemic. Thu, 02 Sep 2021 07:50:50 Z John McLellan 2021-09-02 07:50 +00:00 2021-09-02 19:50 +12:00 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-9947331/Noise-complaints-rose-1-000-day-pandemic-says-Churchill-insurance.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-9947331/Noise-complaints-rose-1-000-day-pandemic-says-Churchill-insurance.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 Noise complaints rose to 1,000 a day during the pandemic says Churchill insurance Nearly 370,000 noise complaints were made between April 2020 and March 2021, 28 per cent more than the previous year when 289,000 complaints were made. Thu, 02 Sep 2021 06:44:24 Z Shutterstock / New Africa 2021-09-02 06:44 +00:00 2021-09-02 18:44 +12:00 58af97f5440243fe3d552306:5906c0dfe4fcb573ba562253:61144a6f98db71158e7e67b8 https://chemcare.co.nz/articles/demolition-refurbishment Things to Remember: Demolition and Refurbishment With New Zealand’s aging housing stock, refurbishments and demolitions are happening all the time. The problem is, there can often be a lot more involved in the process. Thu, 02 Sep 2021 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/v1/58af97f5440243fe3d552306/1628722095667-UDMECXY2P72DV16XUK37/chemcare+blog+image+%286%29.jpg" data-image-dimensions="1200x800" data-image-focal-point="0.5,0.5" alt="chemcare blog image (6).jpg" data-load="false" data-image-id="611453afb9d3cf07e736fd90" data-type="image" src="https://images.squarespace-cdn.com/content/v1/58af97f5440243fe3d552306/1628722095667-UDMECXY2P72DV16XUK37/chemcare+blog+image+%286%29.jpg?format=1000w" /> </figure> &nbsp;<p class="">Many residential and commercial property owners often weigh up whether renovations or demolition will suit their needs the best. Sometimes, renovation requirements can be so extensive that demolition can seem like the only option. </p><p class="">However, there can be far more involved in <a href="https://chemcare.co.nz/demolition">building demolition</a> than simply knocking over a building and putting a new one in its place. Before you bring in that giant wrecking ball, consider the following information. You can then make an informed decision about whether demolition or refurbishment is the right decision for you. </p><p class="">&nbsp;</p><h2>Demolition Isn’t Always Necessary</h2><p class="">You won’t find too many people who won’t admit that renovations can be hard work. Several tradespeople can be involved in the renovation process, and there can be many <a href="https://www.stuff.co.nz/life-style/homed/decor/123590131/chemcare-takes-care-of-the-hidden-killer-in-your-home">hidden surprises</a> along the way. </p><p class="">However, even when renovations seem a lot more complicated than demolitions, that doesn’t mean demolition is a better option. Sometimes, there can be just as many complications associated with demolition as renovations, such as asbestos. &nbsp;</p><p class="">Weigh up the pros and cons of renovations vs. demolition early on in your project so that you can make a fully informed decision.</p><p class="">&nbsp;</p><h2>Check for Asbestos Before Commencing Demolition</h2><p class="">If you have decided that you’d like to make better use of the land you own, demolition can be the best option for your unique situation. Whether you work for a demolition company or you’re simply the property owner, one of the first things you may need to do before you get demolition underway is check for asbestos. &nbsp;</p><p class="">Any building constructed before 2000 could contain asbestos, which means there’s every likelihood that your residential or commercial property does, as well. If you’re not sure or want to be completely confident before demolition begins, request asbestos testing. Ignorance or inexperience can have <a href="https://www.worksafe.govt.nz/about-us/news-and-media/asbestos-went-undetected-in-botched-demolition-job/">terrible consequences</a> for both demolition workers and surrounding property owners. </p><p class="">&nbsp;</p><h2>Wear the Correct PPE</h2><p class="">When your property or the property you will be demolishing has tested positive for asbestos, extra precautions will need to be taken throughout the entire demolition and debris removal process. </p><p class="">Asbestos removal experts will be required to assist, and all people present on-site while working with or around asbestos will need to wear <a href="https://chemcare.co.nz/articles/asbestos-protective-gear">appropriate PPE</a>. This includes disposable boot covers over boots, or non-laced footwear, a mask, gloves, and coveralls. </p><p class="">&nbsp;</p><h2>Hire the Experts for Renovations and Demolition </h2><p class="">You might think the only time you need to hire asbestos removalists is when you’re demolishing an entire property. However, they can also be required for complete structure refurbishment, as well.&nbsp;</p><p class="">If you are removing more than 10m2 of asbestos, or the ACM is friable, you are legally required to hire licenced removalists like Chemcare rather than trying to <a href="https://chemcare.co.nz/articles/can-i-remove-asbestos-myself">remove asbestos yourself</a>.</p><p class="">&nbsp;</p><h2>Keep a Record or Plan</h2><p class="">Most business owners know that their business has to have an <a href="https://chemcare.co.nz/asbestos/management-plan">Asbestos Management Plan</a> if this hazardous natural mineral is present in their structure. However, homeowners have no such obligations. </p><p class="">Even though you aren’t required to identify where asbestos is present, it can certainly help when the time comes to carry out renovations now and into the future. Perform asbestos testing throughout your home to identify the most likely areas for it to be present.</p><p class="">Keep a record of this information, which may benefit you and future owners during significant refurbishment projects. </p><p class="">&nbsp;</p><h2>Make Sure the Property is Demolition-Ready</h2><p class="">Making sure a property is demolition-ready can be up to the <a href="https://chemcare.co.nz/articles/hiring-a-demolition-company">demolition company</a> and property owner. Property owners should remove everything they want to save, while demolition companies should ensure the structure is <em>safe </em>to be demolished.</p><p class="">Make sure all asbestos has been removed or contained, and remove all sources of electricity to the property that may pose a danger. It’s also crucial to minimise disruptions to neighbouring properties and put measures in place to <em>protect </em>neighbouring properties, as well.</p><p class="">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </p><h2>Keep the Lines of Communication Open</h2><p class="">Whether you’re going full steam ahead with property demolition or refurbishment, it’s crucial to keep the lines of communication open with all involved. Several parties can be involved in a single project, from asbestos companies and demolition contractors to property owners and tradespeople. As a result, it’s easy for information to fall through the cracks or not get to the right people.</p><p class="">Decide on a preferred contact person and method for each group so that everyone can be adequately kept up to date with relevant information. The better the communication, the easier it can be for the project to go off without a hitch. </p><p class="">&nbsp;</p><h2>Rely on the Experts</h2><p class="">With New Zealand’s aging housing stock, refurbishments and demolitions are happening all the time. The problem is, there can often be a lot more involved in the process, <em>and </em>a lot more danger, than many people realise.&nbsp;</p><p class="">If a similar project is in your near future, it might be time to <a href="https://chemcare.co.nz/contact">call in the experts</a>. You would be surprised at how straightforward it can be when you’ve aligned yourself with the right people for the job. </p> Things to Remember: Demolition and Refurbishment 2021-09-02 03:00 +00:00 2021-09-02 15:00 +12:00 https://www.latimes.com/business/real-estate/story/2021-09-01/former-celtic-daniel-theis-passes-boston-home-for-2-2-million https://www.latimes.com/business/real-estate/story/2021-09-01/former-celtic-daniel-theis-passes-boston-home-for-2-2-million Former Celtic Daniel Theis passes Boston home for $2.2 million <p>NBA big man Daniel Theis, who spent four seasons with the Celtics, just sold his custom Colonial in the Boston suburb of Needham for $2.2 million.</p> Wed, 01 Sep 2021 22:26:10 Z Jack Flemming <p>NBA big man Daniel Theis, who spent four seasons with the Celtics, just sold his custom Colonial in the Boston suburb of Needham for $2.2 million.</p> Built in 2016, the custom Colonial opens to a backyard with a hot tub, playground and basketball court. Matt Surette 2021-09-01 22:26 +00:00 2021-09-02 10:26 +12:00 https://www.latimes.com/politics/story/2021-09-01/biden-administration-details-plan-to-ease-housing-supply https://www.latimes.com/politics/story/2021-09-01/biden-administration-details-plan-to-ease-housing-supply Biden administration details plan to ease housing costs nationwide <p>The Biden administration unveils a plan to expand housing affordability in response to an uptick in home prices nationwide amid the COVID-19 pandemic.</p> Wed, 01 Sep 2021 18:23:35 Z Erin B. Logan <p>The Biden administration unveils a plan to expand housing affordability in response to an uptick in home prices nationwide amid the COVID-19 pandemic.</p> Housing and Urban Development Secretary Marcia Fudge testifies during a Senate Appropriations Committee hearing on Capitol Hill, Tuesday, April 20, 2021 in Washington. (Chip Somodevilla/Pool via AP) ASSOCIATED PRESS 2021-09-01 18:23 +00:00 2021-09-02 06:23 +12:00 https://www.latimes.com/business/real-estate/story/2021-09-01/ellen-degeneres-drops-8-5-million-on-a-celebrated-midcentury https://www.latimes.com/business/real-estate/story/2021-09-01/ellen-degeneres-drops-8-5-million-on-a-celebrated-midcentury Ellen DeGeneres drops $8.5 million on a celebrated Midcentury <p>Celebrity house-flippers Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi just paid $8.5 million for a 1960s Midcentury in Beverly Hills Post Office.</p> Wed, 01 Sep 2021 13:00:46 Z Jack Flemming <p>Celebrity house-flippers Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi just paid $8.5 million for a 1960s Midcentury in Beverly Hills Post Office.</p> Built in 1961, the single-story home features Midcentury charms such as a courtyard entry, sky-lit hallways and warm wood-and-glass living spaces. Juwan Li 2021-09-01 13:00 +00:00 2021-09-02 01:00 +12:00 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-9942849/Newmarket-Berkhamsted-named-supply-shortage-hotspots-prices-rise-9.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-9942849/Newmarket-Berkhamsted-named-supply-shortage-hotspots-prices-rise-9.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 Newmarket and Berkhamsted named as supply shortage hotspots as prices rise 9% Newmarket, Suffolk has been named as the new supply shortage hotspot, seeing the biggest gap between the number of homes selling and new sellers coming to market. Wed, 01 Sep 2021 07:23:54 Z None 2021-09-01 07:23 +00:00 2021-09-01 19:23 +12:00 https://www.latimes.com/business/real-estate/story/2021-08-31/french-montana-sells-hidden-hills-home-he-bought-from-selena-gomez-for-5-million https://www.latimes.com/business/real-estate/story/2021-08-31/french-montana-sells-hidden-hills-home-he-bought-from-selena-gomez-for-5-million French Montana gets $5 million for Hidden Hills home he bought from Selena Gomez <p>French Montana's Hidden Hills home, which he decked out with a $400,000 recording studio, just sold for $5 million in Hidden Hills.</p> Tue, 31 Aug 2021 21:15:25 Z Jack Flemming <p>French Montana's Hidden Hills home, which he decked out with a $400,000 recording studio, just sold for $5 million in Hidden Hills.</p> Spanning 3 acres, the property includes an 8,600-square-foot home, custom recording studio and resort-style backyard with a pool and spa. Noel Kleinman 2021-08-31 21:15 +00:00 2021-09-01 09:15 +12:00 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-9933241/House-prices-modestly-affected-higher-energy-rating-says-Nationwide.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-9933241/House-prices-modestly-affected-higher-energy-rating-says-Nationwide.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 House prices only 'modestly' affected by a higher energy rating says Nationwide An energy efficient property rated A or B has a premium of 1.7% compared to a similar property rated D, the most commonly occurring rating, Britain's biggest mutual says. Tue, 31 Aug 2021 09:00:45 Z None 2021-08-31 09:00 +00:00 2021-08-31 21:00 +12:00 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-9932567/Inside-five-viewed-homes-overseas-Rightmove.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-9932567/Inside-five-viewed-homes-overseas-Rightmove.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 Inside five of the most viewed homes overseas on Rightmove Rightmove looked at five of the most popular countries overseas on its website and then identified the most viewed property within each of these locations since the beginning of this year. Sat, 28 Aug 2021 07:55:19 Z None 2021-08-28 07:55 +00:00 2021-08-28 19:55 +12:00 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-9930365/Mix-cheap-brands-designer-items-add-splash-style-home.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-9930365/Mix-cheap-brands-designer-items-add-splash-style-home.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 Mix cheap brands and designer items to add a splash of style to a home The fashion world has long been mixing Prada with Primark and Gucci with Gap, so why not do the same with your home? Fri, 27 Aug 2021 08:44:45 Z None 2021-08-27 08:44 +00:00 2021-08-27 20:44 +12:00 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-9930351/Lidos-help-sell-homes-amid-revival-outdoor-swimming.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-9930351/Lidos-help-sell-homes-amid-revival-outdoor-swimming.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 Lidos help to sell homes amid revival in outdoor swimming They may have fallen out of favour with the rise of package holidays - but lidos are back in vogue and having one nearby can encourage a buyer who enjoys a healthy lifestyle to make an offer. Fri, 27 Aug 2021 08:14:04 Z Alamy Stock Photo 2021-08-27 08:14 +00:00 2021-08-27 20:14 +12:00 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-9926101/Demand-pet-friendly-rental-properties-soars-pandemic-says-Rightmove.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-9926101/Demand-pet-friendly-rental-properties-soars-pandemic-says-Rightmove.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 Demand for pet-friendly rental properties soars during the pandemic says Rightmove Tenants are increasingly looking for pet-friendly homes as demand for such properties online soars 120 per cent during the past year. Thu, 26 Aug 2021 10:52:25 Z None 2021-08-26 10:52 +00:00 2021-08-26 22:52 +12:00 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-9925285/Two-bed-flat-converted-stately-home-featured-films-sale-835k.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-9925285/Two-bed-flat-converted-stately-home-featured-films-sale-835k.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 Two-bed flat in a converted stately home that featured in films is for sale for £835k The Grade I listed property in Hertford has also been used as a location for the films The Young Victoria, Amazing Grace, and The Golden Compass. Thu, 26 Aug 2021 07:28:39 Z None 2021-08-26 07:28 +00:00 2021-08-26 19:28 +12:00 58af97f5440243fe3d552306:5906c0dfe4fcb573ba562253:61144a2bbdf18048e48cc758 https://chemcare.co.nz/articles/asbestos-tips-electricians Asbestos Tips for Electricians When the time comes to carry out electrical work on your next pre-2000s house project, make sure you’re as prepared as possible. Wed, 25 Aug 2021 22:07:00 Z Klaris Chua-Pineda &nbsp; <figure class=" sqs-block-image-figure intrinsic " > <img class="thumb-image" data-image="https://images.squarespace-cdn.com/content/v1/58af97f5440243fe3d552306/1628721185832-YLH9IXEPYKH03CGLB26X/chemcare+blog+image+%285%29.jpg" data-image-dimensions="1200x800" data-image-focal-point="0.5,0.5" alt="chemcare blog image (5).jpg" data-load="false" data-image-id="6114511bf8c64130baea7809" data-type="image" src="https://images.squarespace-cdn.com/content/v1/58af97f5440243fe3d552306/1628721185832-YLH9IXEPYKH03CGLB26X/chemcare+blog+image+%285%29.jpg?format=1000w" /> </figure> &nbsp;<p class="">Much of the focus around asbestos exposure is on builders and demolition workers. Still, electricians can also be at significant risk if they don’t take all necessary precautions. When the time comes to carry out electrical work on your next pre-2000s house project, make sure you’re as prepared as possible.</p><p class="">&nbsp;</p><h2>Why Should Electricians Be Concerned About Asbestos</h2><p class="">Even though some of the most dangerous building materials like <a href="https://chemcare.co.nz/articles/super-six-roofing">Super Six roofing</a> are not positioned where electricians typically carry out their work, that doesn’t mean it’s not hidden in other building materials.</p><p class="">Surprisingly, asbestos is present in a range of building materials electricians <em>do </em>come into contact with, which means there’s a genuine risk of exposure if all necessary precautions aren’t taken.</p><p class="">We’ll get into more detail about where to find asbestos in a New Zealand home below, but let’s first focus on why identifying it is so crucial in the first place.</p><p class="">The tiny asbestos fibres in asbestos-containing materials (ACMs) can become lodged in your lungs when you breathe in. Once there, they can start to cause inflammation, leading to illnesses such as lung cancer, <a href="https://chemcare.co.nz/articles/symptoms-of-asbestosis">asbestosis</a>, mesothelioma, and other lung diseases. Symptoms of these conditions can take <em>decades </em>to appear. </p><p class="">&nbsp;</p><h2>How to Identify Asbestos</h2><p class="">Natural materials are typically quite easy to identify, but not those that have been manufactured to appear in <em>other </em>materials. And that’s what makes asbestos such a tricky beast to manage. &nbsp;</p><p class="">Even though it’s easy to identify in its natural form, it’s much harder to spot when it has been turned into other products. Typically, the only way to confirm the presence of asbestos is with <a href="https://chemcare.co.nz/asbestos/testing">asbestos testing</a>.</p><p class="">However, if you’re working in a home built before the year 2000, some building materials and products relating to electrical work may be more likely to contain asbestos than others. </p><p class="">Boilers, some wall materials, fuse boxes, gussets in ducted air conditioning systems, hot water pipe lagging, wall caulking, and tiles can all pose exposure risks. </p><p class="">&nbsp;</p><h2>How to Protect Yourself From Asbestos Exposure As An Electrician</h2><p class="">It can be so easy to get caught up in the job at hand that you forget about all the risks around you. After all, electrical work can be <a href="https://www.worksafe.govt.nz/laws-and-regulations/regulations/electrical-regulations/risk-categories-and-certification-of-prescribed-electrical-work/">high risk</a>, which means you aren’t always focused on those dangers outside of ensuring all your wiring goes in the right places. </p><p class="">However, given the genuine risk of asbestos exposure, there are some critical protection measures you should take to reduce or prevent the risk of exposure. </p><p class="">WorkSafe recommends asking the homeowner of a property you’re working at whether they are aware of the presence of asbestos. If no one knows for sure, control measures should be put in place before work begins.</p><p class="">For electricians working at commercial premises, request an <a href="https://chemcare.co.nz/asbestos/management-plan">Asbestos Management Plan</a> from the building’s owner or manager. This plan can tell you if asbestos is present, where it’s present, and how it can be managed on-site while you carry out your job. </p><p class="">However, you can also go one step further by undertaking asbestos awareness training courses for your industry. Typically, such <a href="https://ccgroup.co.nz/training-academy">courses</a> are available throughout New Zealand and can help with: </p><ul data-rte-list="default"><li><p class="">Relevant asbestos risk information for the electrical industry</p></li><li><p class="">Identifying asbestos-related hazards</p></li><li><p class="">Safe handling and control measures</p></li><li><p class="">Information on asbestos forms and types</p></li><li><p class="">Earning CPD points </p></li></ul><p class="">&nbsp;</p><h2>Managing the Exposure Risk On-Site</h2><p class="">WorkSafe outlines a variety of helpful steps you can take to keep yourself safe, including appropriate use of PPE, worksite management, and <a href="https://worksafe.govt.nz/topic-and-industry/asbestos/management-and-removal-of-asbestos/">responsible disposal</a>. However, we’ve covered some basic information below.&nbsp;</p>&nbsp;<h3><strong>PPE Use</strong></h3><p class="">If you’ve seen <a href="https://chemcare.co.nz/asbestos/removal">asbestos removal experts</a> hard at work in New Zealand, you may have a fair idea of how much PPE is required to limit the risk of asbestos exposure. One of the most important pieces of PPE is a mask, but not just any mask will do.</p><p class="">A single-use P2 mask with a valve is the minimum requirement, with a tight seal around your face being necessary. This means that electricians working around asbestos with facial hair will need to shave it off to keep themselves safe. </p><p class="">It’s also important to wear disposable coveralls, which can stop asbestos from getting onto your clothing. Size up to provide a looser fit and reduce the risk of any rips or tears. Gloves and boot coverings can also offer an excellent level of protection.</p><p class="">&nbsp;</p><h3><strong>Worksite Management</strong></h3><p class="">Even though you may not be creating a lot of dust with your electrical work, it still pays to be aware of how to navigate a workspace where asbestos may be present. Potential ACM should be kept damp to reduce dust, then removed with special class H vacuum cleaners that won’t be used for general use.</p><p class="">Remember, any removal of friable asbestos or non-friable above 10m2 requires a Class A asbestos removal licence. </p><p class=""><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p><h3><strong>Asbestos Waste Disposal</strong></h3><p class="">After carrying out electrical work at a property containing asbestos, you may have some asbestos-contaminated waste to get rid of. You must dispose of this responsibly rather than popping it into your wheelie bin. </p><p class="">Asbestos must be double-bagged in heavy-duty plastic with asbestos warning labels. It should also be tied and sealed with tape to ensure the contents are fully enclosed. Contact your local council to learn about your closest <a href="https://chemcare.co.nz/articles/disposing-asbestos-safely">approved disposal site</a>. </p><p data-rte-preserve-empty="true" class=""></p>&nbsp;<h2>Be Informed and Stay Safe</h2><p class="">We’re often told that knowledge is power. In this case, it is. The more you learn about the dangers of asbestos in your line of work, the more steps you can take to remain safe. If you require a helping hand with asbestos removal or general industry advice, <a href="https://chemcare.co.nz/contact">contact the experts</a> to find out more.</p> Asbestos Tips for Electricians 2021-08-25 22:07 +00:00 2021-08-26 10:07 +12:00 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-9922217/Homeowners-sell-asking-price-says-Purplebricks.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-9922217/Homeowners-sell-asking-price-says-Purplebricks.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 Homeowners sell for above the asking price, says Purplebricks Almost half of those selling their home in the past two years did so because they were looking for a more peaceful way of life amid the pandemic, new survey reveals. Wed, 25 Aug 2021 09:40:30 Z None 2021-08-25 09:40 +00:00 2021-08-25 21:40 +12:00 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-9909171/Be-bold-bathroom-Wet-rooms-fashion.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-9909171/Be-bold-bathroom-Wet-rooms-fashion.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 Be bold in the bathroom: Wet rooms are back in fashion Wet rooms are bathrooms which do away with the shower tray, letting the water run over the floor. A great option for smaller rooms, they can bring colour and personality to a home. Wed, 25 Aug 2021 07:48:33 Z None 2021-08-25 07:48 +00:00 2021-08-25 19:48 +12:00 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-9918777/Home-rent-slide-cinema-room-golf-simulator-hot-tub-bedroom.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-9918777/Home-rent-slide-cinema-room-golf-simulator-hot-tub-bedroom.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 Home to rent has slide into the cinema room, a golf simulator, and a hot tub in the bedroom The four-bedroom house has been interior designed with a wooden slide leading to the basement, where there is a cinema screen that also doubles up as a golf simulator. Tue, 24 Aug 2021 07:49:43 Z None 2021-08-24 07:49 +00:00 2021-08-24 19:49 +12:00 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-9914269/The-expensive-unnecessary-stamp-duty-holiday-not-main-driver-rising-house-prices.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-9914269/The-expensive-unnecessary-stamp-duty-holiday-not-main-driver-rising-house-prices.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 The 'expensive and unnecessary' stamp duty holiday was not the main driver of rising house prices Influential think tank, the Resolution Foundation, found that the expensive stamp duty holiday may have pushed UK house prices up, but prices would have risen anyway. Mon, 23 Aug 2021 07:28:35 Z PA 2021-08-23 07:28 +00:00 2021-08-23 19:28 +12:00 https://www.nzherald.co.nz/mortgages/news/article.cfm?c_id=516&objectid=12466717&ref=rss newsfeeds@nzherald.co.nz Covid 19 coronavirus Delta outbreak: No rent rise freezes, mortgage deferrals 'at this stage' There are no immediate plans for rent or mortgage relief amid the level 4 lockdown - unlike last year.But the Government is monitoring the situation, Finance Minister Grant Robertson says.In 2020, prior to the level 4 lockdown... Mon, 23 Aug 2021 18:40:32 +1200 2021-08-23 18:40 +12:00 2021-08-23 18:40 +12:00 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-9909133/New-Government-loans-make-self-building-not-just-rich.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-9909133/New-Government-loans-make-self-building-not-just-rich.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 New Government loans should make self-building not just for the rich In April, the Government announced a £150mi Help To Build initiative designed for people who want to build their own homes. The individual homebuilder will be expected to put up a 5 per cent deposit. Fri, 20 Aug 2021 08:31:57 Z Alamy Stock Photo 2021-08-20 08:31 +00:00 2021-08-20 20:31 +12:00 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-9904399/Five-viewed-homes-browsing-Britons-Rightmove.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-9904399/Five-viewed-homes-browsing-Britons-Rightmove.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 Five most viewed homes by browsing Britons on Rightmove Spanning the Lake District, Cornwall, Essex, Surrey and Devon, the five most viewed homes on Rightmove are up for sale for between £2.4m and £30m. Thu, 19 Aug 2021 12:49:36 Z None 2021-08-19 12:49 +00:00 2021-08-20 00:49 +12:00 58af97f5440243fe3d552306:5906c0dfe4fcb573ba562253:61144a101aa9bb41f6f182e9 https://chemcare.co.nz/articles/diy-health-safety-tips 8 Health & Safety Factors to Remember When Undertaking DIY Work There is a lot to think about when carrying out DIY tasks, like using the correct personal protective equipment and ensuring you’re working within regulations. Thu, 19 Aug 2021 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/v1/58af97f5440243fe3d552306/1628720766630-7436JQ0LFX2PTSCGY4ZD/chemcare+blog+image+%284%29.jpg" data-image-dimensions="1200x800" data-image-focal-point="0.5,0.5" alt="chemcare blog image (4).jpg" data-load="false" data-image-id="61144e999dda652d5abedb78" data-type="image" src="https://images.squarespace-cdn.com/content/v1/58af97f5440243fe3d552306/1628720766630-7436JQ0LFX2PTSCGY4ZD/chemcare+blog+image+%284%29.jpg?format=1000w" /> </figure> &nbsp;<p class="">Given the pressure tradespeople have been under and, of course, our DIY nature, it’s only natural to want to take care of as many renovation jobs around the house as possible.</p><p class="">As long as you’re aware of all building consent requirements and restrictions around tradespeople-only tasks, there’s no reason why you can’t whip out your tool belt and get to work.</p><p class="">However, before you do, let’s take a moment to review your health and safety measures. Do you have any? Don’t plug in the power tools before considering this crucial information below.</p><p class="">&nbsp;</p><h2>Wear Protective Clothing </h2><p class="">Whether you’re cutting through timber or sanding plasterboard, don’t forget to wear the most appropriate safety equipment for the job. Gloves, goggles, masks, ear protection, and even helmets can all be necessary for particular tasks.</p><p class="">Always wear a mask when <a href="https://blogs.cdc.gov/niosh-science-blog/2020/08/17/respirators-construction/">cutting or sanding</a> plasterboard, and don’t forget your eye protection while using saws, drills, and other power tools. Gloves are a must-have in your tool kit, as they can protect your hands from injuries that may later become infected.</p><p class="">As tempting as it can be to get stuck in without doing any pre-planning, having this personal protective equipment should be at the forefront of your mind. This is especially true if you plan on undertaking any asbestos removal tasks. </p><p class="">&nbsp;</p><h2>Take Care Around Electrical Equipment&nbsp;&nbsp; </h2><p class="">If you were to walk into any home in Aotearoa, you’d find at least one electrical appliance. Even most entry-level homes have a toaster. </p><p class="">When you notice that electrical equipment or an appliance is not working as it should, do one of two things: request help from a licensed electrical worker or replace the appliance.&nbsp;</p><p class="">Even if you know your way around the inner workings of a heater, having the experts take the lead can protect you and your household from danger. If you are going to be carrying out any DIY work <em>around </em><a href="https://www.worksafe.govt.nz/managing-health-and-safety/consumers/safe-living-with-electricity/electrical-equipment-and-appliances/">electrical equipment</a>, it may also be a good idea to turn it off and unplug it before you start work. </p><p class="">&nbsp;</p><h2>Be Aware Of Your Surroundings</h2><p class="">When you are so busy focusing on the task at hand, it can be easy to forget about what’s happening around you. However, your surroundings could be a hazard. </p><p class="">Pay careful attention to who is in the building while you’re working your DIY magic and where they are when you’re undertaking <a href="https://chemcare.co.nz/articles/asbestos-tips-painters">potentially dangerous</a> work. The more awareness you have, the safer you and your home’s occupants can be. &nbsp;</p><p class="">The same rule applies if you are working at height or near powerlines. If you are uncomfortable or not confident carrying out a task, call in the experts to lend a helping hand. </p><p class="">&nbsp;</p><h2>Make a Plan of Attack</h2><p class="">Before you start any job, large or small, make a plan. Know what materials and tools you need to have on hand, and make sure you do your homework so you know how to use them properly.</p><p class="">Even take care with any chemicals you will be using, and ensure you understand best use practices. Given the need for safe storage and use, it may also help to consider where you will put any chemicals like paint thinners when you are finished using them. The more planning you do, the better off you can be. </p><p class="">&nbsp;</p><h2>Be Aware of Safety Regulations</h2><p class="">Not every job you feel competent doing at home is one you’re <em>allowed </em>to do. For example, <a href="https://chemcare.co.nz/articles/friable-asbestos-in-the-home">friable asbestos</a> removal should only be tackled by licensed asbestos removalists with a Class A license. If you have more than 10m2 of non-friable asbestos, you also need a Class B license. </p><p class="">Never attempt to undertake any work, such as asbestos removal, new plumbing installations, and electrical work, without a licensed and authorised professional. </p><p class="">&nbsp;</p><h2>Know Where to Dispose of Waste</h2><p class="">Whether you’re working with <a href="https://chemcare.co.nz/articles/disposing-asbestos-safely">asbestos waste</a> or another type of waste, it’s crucial to have a plan for disposal once you’ve carried out the job. Not all dumping facilities will accept all materials, which means pre-planning may be required to ensure you have somewhere safe to take your waste. </p><p class="">It may be in your best interests to do this <em>before </em>you get started so that it’s quick and easy to transfer the waste from your home to the dumping site. </p><p class="">&nbsp;</p><h2>Identify and Minimise Potential Interruptions</h2><p class="">Any DIY and trade company work can cause interruptions to your daily life. While there may not be any way around it, you can at least be aware of the disruption before work commences to make alternative arrangements.&nbsp;</p><p class="">For example, if bathroom renovations are taking place, hiring a toilet and shower unit may be how you keep disruptions to a minimum. Regarding asbestos removal, it can be worth making arrangements to stay elsewhere while removal is taking place to keep your daily life to a schedule as much as possible. </p><p class="">&nbsp;</p><h2>Leave the High-Risk Tasks to the Experts</h2><p class="">There is a lot to think about when carrying out DIY tasks, like using the correct personal protective equipment and ensuring you’re working within regulations. With many tasks, such as asbestos material removal, it can often be in your best interests to leave them to the experts, particularly when so many health and safety measures must be followed. &nbsp;</p><p class="">If you leave such jobs in the capable hands of industry professionals like <a href="http://www.chemcare.co.nz">Chemcare</a>, you can sit back, relax, and watch someone else do all the hard work for you. </p> 8 Health & Safety Factors to Remember When Undertaking DIY Work 2021-08-19 03:00 +00:00 2021-08-19 15:00 +12:00 https://www.latimes.com/lifestyle/story/2021-08-17/veteran-la-gardener-shares-drought-tolerant-plant-picks https://www.latimes.com/lifestyle/story/2021-08-17/veteran-la-gardener-shares-drought-tolerant-plant-picks Finding camellias, figs, lemons — and herself — in a magical patio garden <p> 'I'm discovering who I am in my new garden,' says Chantal Aida Gordon, cofounder of the Horticult and coauthor of "How to Windowbox." </p> Tue, 17 Aug 2021 14:00:33 Z Lisa Boone <p> 'I'm discovering who I am in my new garden,' says Chantal Aida Gordon, cofounder of the Horticult and coauthor of "How to Windowbox." </p> Chantal Aida Gordon sits in an orange Acapulco chair in her garden, surrounded by plants on her magical patio garden in Atwater Village. Jason Armond / Los Angeles Times 2021-08-17 14:00 +00:00 2021-08-18 02:00 +12:00 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-9888299/Slash-bills-protect-planet-making-changes-home.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-9888299/Slash-bills-protect-planet-making-changes-home.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 Slash your bills and protect the planet by making changes to your home It's the hot topic. A UN report describes the threat of global warming as 'unprecedented' and warns that heatwaves, floods and drought will be more frequent and intense in the next 20 years. Fri, 13 Aug 2021 16:26:22 Z None 2021-08-13 16:26 +00:00 2021-08-14 04:26 +12:00 58af97f5440243fe3d552306:5906c0dfe4fcb573ba562253:611449f2235bd93f3f918ca3 https://chemcare.co.nz/articles/subcontracting-101 What You Need to Know About Subcontracting Work to Others Did you know there can be quite a lot involved in choosing the right subcontractors for the jobs you require? If you need a helping hand to know what to consider first, the following information may be of use. Wed, 11 Aug 2021 22:21:31 Z Klaris Chua-Pineda &nbsp; <figure class=" sqs-block-image-figure intrinsic " > <img class="thumb-image" data-image="https://images.squarespace-cdn.com/content/v1/58af97f5440243fe3d552306/1628720431784-A14Y3VHPW2KD50PNKFGM/chemcare+blog+image+%283%29.jpg" data-image-dimensions="1200x800" data-image-focal-point="0.5,0.5" alt="chemcare blog image (3).jpg" data-load="false" data-image-id="61144d2f0c0ae00206953e76" data-type="image" src="https://images.squarespace-cdn.com/content/v1/58af97f5440243fe3d552306/1628720431784-A14Y3VHPW2KD50PNKFGM/chemcare+blog+image+%283%29.jpg?format=1000w" /> </figure> &nbsp;<p class="">Being a builder with experience in renovation and construction can put you in a desirable position. You’ll very rarely be <a href="https://www.newshub.co.nz/home/new-zealand/2021/01/building-boom-and-tradie-shortage-creating-perfect-storm-for-construction-sector.html">without work</a> and will be required for several significant projects throughout your working career.&nbsp;</p><p class="">However, you can’t carry out an entire building job on your own, nor will you likely be able to handle every part of a renovation project independently. Often, you need to find subcontractors to assist. </p><p class="">Did you know there can be quite a lot involved in choosing the right subcontractors for the jobs you require? If you need a helping hand to know what to consider first, the following information may be of use. </p><p class="">&nbsp;</p><h2>What is a Subcontractor? </h2><p class="">A subcontractor is a tradesperson that a contractor hires to complete specialist work. For example, a builder may be building a house, but they need to hire a roofer to put on the roof and a plumber to install all the plumbing. </p><p class="">The builder in charge of the project is responsible for the work quality, and the subcontractors report to the builder rather than the homeowner. However, that’s not the case <a href="https://www.building.govt.nz/projects-and-consents/planning-a-successful-build/scope-and-design/choosing-the-right-people-for-your-type-of-building-work/hiring-subcontractors/">in all situations</a>. </p><p class="">A home or business owner may have arranged a labour-only contract with a builder. In that case, finding and hiring subcontractors may be up to the building owner to arrange, rather than the builder (contractor). </p><p class="">&nbsp;</p><h2>The Duties of Principals</h2><p class="">The principal is the person that has engaged another person to do work for payment or reward. In the construction industry, the principal is likely the primary builder. &nbsp;</p><p class="">Under the <a href="https://www.worksafe.govt.nz/topic-and-industry/forestry/roles-and-responsibilities-of-principals-and-contractors/">HSE Act</a>, the principal must take all practicable steps to ensure that contractor employees or subcontractors are not harmed while doing any work other than the work that they were engaged to do. </p><p class="">You can do your best to mitigate risks of harm and other problems by: </p><ul data-rte-list="default"><li><h3>Engaging competent and qualified subcontractors and workers</h3></li><li><h3>Checking references and credentials before signing contracts</h3></li><li><h3>Giving any subcontractors information to make health and safety a priority</h3></li><li><h3>Monitoring their health and safety performance</h3></li><li><h3>Coordinating their activities </h3></li></ul><p class="">&nbsp;</p><h2>What to Consider Before Hiring a Subcontractor</h2><p class="">When the principal starts looking for subcontractors to assist with their project, there is a broad range of criteria to consider. This step is essential, as not all subcontractors will be suitable for your line of work or reputation.</p><p class="">At a minimum, find out what their incident and hazard reporting procedures are and perform an assessment of their <a href="https://chemcare.co.nz/articles/iso-45001-certification">health and safety</a> performance. It’s also worth looking at any near-misses or injuries they’ve had, along with any investigation reports, the results of those reports, and whether they have had any enforcement and prosecution history. </p><p class="">It’s also essential to know their ability to get the job done and make sure they have a training plan and evidence of training. Ensuring they also have all the necessary equipment to perform the job you hired them to do is also crucial.</p><p class="">These are just some of the minimum requirements of WorkSafe, so it can be worth consulting your local representative to find out more. </p><p data-rte-preserve-empty="true" class=""></p><h2>Understanding Licensing and Permits </h2><p class="">A know-how attitude and some basic DIY knowledge are typically not enough to be either a contractor <em>or </em>subcontractor, especially when restricted building and renovation work is involved. </p><p class="">Licensed building practitioners (<a href="https://lbp.ewr.govt.nz/publicregister/search.aspx">LBPs</a>) are required for renovations and new builds that require building consent and affect a property’s fire safety design, primary structure, and weather-tightness. &nbsp;</p><p class="">The primary structure also incorporates building features like flooring, roofing, columns, beams, bracing, walls, subfloor framing, and foundations. </p><p class="">Depending on the specialty work you’ve hired subcontractors to assist with, you may need to check their specific licensing, as well. </p><p class="">For example, asbestos removal experts called in to remove friable asbestos or more than 10m2 of non-friable asbestos must have a <a href="https://chemcare.co.nz/articles/be-an-asbestos-professional">licence</a> to do so. Class A is required for friable asbestos, while Class B is necessary for non-friable.</p><p class="">Restricted plumbing work also requires licensing. If you’re hiring a plumber for subcontracting work, they must have a licence with the <a href="https://www.pgdb.co.nz/">Plumbers, Gasfitters and Drainlayers Board</a>. You can search for this information before you have your preferred subcontractor signing on the dotted line.</p><p class="">&nbsp;</p><h2>I’m Not Sure What To Do, Help! </h2><p class="">If you have never hired a subcontractor before, you may not know what to look for, how to make the right hiring decisions, and even how to understand contract law. You may also be unaware of any liability issues that could present themselves and what you should do regarding worker’s compensation.</p><p class="">While WorkSafe and other government agencies have an abundance of helpful information, there’s no harm in contacting a lawyer specialising in your line of work for help and advice. They can make sure you follow the law to the letter while covering all bases to protect yourself. You can then hire subcontractors with confidence. </p> What You Need to Know About Subcontracting Work to Others 2021-08-11 22:21 +00:00 2021-08-12 10:21 +12:00 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-9868463/Which-converted-chapel-listed-sale-Zoopla-choose.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-9868463/Which-converted-chapel-listed-sale-Zoopla-choose.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 Which converted chapel listed on for sale on Zoopla would you choose? We take a look at two converted chapels, including a two-bed flat is part of a converted chapel in London and a three-bed semi-detached home in a converted chapel in Hampshire. Sat, 07 Aug 2021 06:46:33 Z None 2021-08-07 06:46 +00:00 2021-08-07 18:46 +12:00 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-9868559/Annextra-room-Garden-extensions-add-91k-value-home.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-9868559/Annextra-room-Garden-extensions-add-91k-value-home.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 Annextra room! Garden extensions could add £91k value to your home Councils received around 9,000 planning applications for annexes in 2019/20 - that's 25 a day, according to Churchill Home Insurance. Sat, 07 Aug 2021 06:46:01 Z None 2021-08-07 06:46 +00:00 2021-08-07 18:46 +12:00 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-9868603/Sizzles-seasons-Barbie-action-year-round.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-9868603/Sizzles-seasons-Barbie-action-year-round.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 Sizzles for all seasons: Barbie are now in action the whole year round During lockdown outside spaces became a focus point for many and the trend doesn't seem to be going away. So it stands to reason we should get more out of our barbecues all year round. Sat, 07 Aug 2021 06:45:22 Z Getty Images 2021-08-07 06:45 +00:00 2021-08-07 18:45 +12:00 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-9860373/What-section-5-notice-youre-buying-freehold-flat.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-9860373/What-section-5-notice-youre-buying-freehold-flat.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 What is a section 5 notice if you're buying the freehold on your flat? A section 5 notice is the landlord's offer to sell the freehold. This is part of the process of buying the freehold on a flat, and it can be extremely valuable. Fri, 06 Aug 2021 14:59:15 Z Getty Images/iStockphoto 2021-08-06 14:59 +00:00 2021-08-07 02:59 +12:00 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-9864333/Coastal-homes-sell-20-days-quicker-pandemic-says-Rightmove.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-9864333/Coastal-homes-sell-20-days-quicker-pandemic-says-Rightmove.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 Coastal homes sell 20 days quicker than before the pandemic says Rightmove The findings by Rightmove suggested that coastal homes currently take 51 days to sell, compared to typically 71 days in 2019. Fri, 06 Aug 2021 07:36:17 Z None 2021-08-06 07:36 +00:00 2021-08-06 19:36 +12:00 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-9860385/Four-homes-sale-40k-price-tags-including-Scottish-Highlands-hideaway.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-9860385/Four-homes-sale-40k-price-tags-including-Scottish-Highlands-hideaway.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 Four homes for sale with £40k price tags, including a Scottish Highlands hideaway We have found some examples on property website Zoopla of homes that cost less than a fifth of the typically priced British home. Thu, 05 Aug 2021 18:10:11 Z None 2021-08-05 18:10 +00:00 2021-08-06 06:10 +12:00 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-9855649/Two-bedroom-house-street-popular-social-media-stars-rent-8k-MONTH.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-9855649/Two-bedroom-house-street-popular-social-media-stars-rent-8k-MONTH.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 Two-bedroom house on street popular with social media stars is to rent for £8k a MONTH  The two-bedroom terrace property in London's affluent Chelsea is being marketed to tenants for £8,000 a month. Thu, 05 Aug 2021 07:58:19 Z None 2021-08-05 07:58 +00:00 2021-08-05 19:58 +12:00 58af97f5440243fe3d552306:5906c0dfe4fcb573ba562253:610b612ed6f0934076f2d8b0 https://chemcare.co.nz/articles/asbestos-tips-plumbers Asbestos Tips for Plumbers Here’s what plumbers need to know about working near or with asbestos-containing materials in New Zealand. Thu, 05 Aug 2021 04:02:14 Z Klaris Chua-Pineda &nbsp; <figure class=" sqs-block-image-figure intrinsic " > <img class="thumb-image" data-image="https://images.squarespace-cdn.com/content/v1/58af97f5440243fe3d552306/1628136072084-QXE22DPWBZYHGOUTS92Y/chemcare+blog+image+%282%29.jpg" data-image-dimensions="1200x800" data-image-focal-point="0.5,0.5" alt="chemcare blog image (2).jpg" data-load="false" data-image-id="610b62a87ce6dc6d7b9f0fd9" data-type="image" src="https://images.squarespace-cdn.com/content/v1/58af97f5440243fe3d552306/1628136072084-QXE22DPWBZYHGOUTS92Y/chemcare+blog+image+%282%29.jpg?format=1000w" /> </figure> &nbsp;<p class="">You often hear about builders being the most at-risk people for asbestos exposure. While they are, of course, working with <a href="https://chemcare.co.nz/articles/asbestos-containing-materials-in-the-home">asbestos-containing materials</a> (ACM) more than others, other tradespeople can also be at risk – plumbers included. </p><p class="">If you’re a plumber or plumbing apprentice, being aware of asbestos exposure can be crucial for your health. Here’s what you need to know before you head off to your next job.</p><p class="">&nbsp;</p><h2>Asbestos is a Health Hazard</h2><p class="">Many buildings and structures in New Zealand contain asbestos. When exposed, you may be at risk of inhaling fine asbestos particles that may increase your chances of lung cancer, <a href="https://chemcare.co.nz/articles/mesothelioma-in-young-adults">mesothelioma</a>, asbestosis, and other asbestos-related conditions later in life.</p><p class="">&nbsp;</p><p class="">It can take upwards of 20 years, if not longer, for such conditions to present themselves. As a result, it’s imperative to do all you can to keep exposure risks to a minimum. </p><p class="">&nbsp;</p><h2>Where Plumbers Can Be Exposed to Asbestos</h2><p class="">Plumbers entering homes and businesses under renovation but built before 2000 can be at risk of asbestos exposure. However, even structures that <em>aren’t </em>being renovated may pose a risk, especially if you are carrying out plumbing work with old materials and components created and used before the risk of asbestos was widely realised. </p><p class="">&nbsp;</p><p class="">There is a long list of building materials that are known to contain asbestos, but we’ve included some plumbing-related materials below: </p><p class="">&nbsp;</p><ul data-rte-list="default"><li><p class="">Hot water pipe and tank insulation (lagging) </p></li><li><p class="">Lagging in wall cavities</p></li><li><p class="">Mains water pipes</p></li><li><p class="">Joining compounds, adhesives, and sealants</p></li><li><p class="">Tiles</p></li><li><p class="">Water tanks </p></li><li><p class="">Swimming pools</p></li><li><p class="">Outdoor toilets and laundries </p></li><li><p class="">Asbestos cement downpipes</p></li><li><p class="">Gully trap surrounds</p></li><li><p class="">Side flashing</p></li><li><p class="">Rainwater heads</p></li><li><p class="">Gutters </p></li><li><p class="">Toilet seats and cisterns</p></li><li><p class="">Stormwater traps</p></li><li><p class="">Wet area lining substrate</p></li><li><p class="">Stormwater and sewage piping</p></li><li><p class="">and more…</p></li></ul><p class="">&nbsp;</p><h2>Plan For Asbestos Before Commencing Work </h2><p class="">When you’re so busy thinking about your customer’s requirements, you may not think to ask about the presence of asbestos. However, it’s crucial to get into the habit of doing so. </p><p class="">New Zealand has old housing stock, which means an alarming number of homes still have asbestos-containing materials that you may be working with or near. </p><p class="">If you are carrying out plumbing work at commercial premises, ask for the business’s <a href="https://chemcare.co.nz/asbestos/management-plan">Asbestos Management Plan</a>. This is a legal requirement for any workplace that contains asbestos or where asbestos is likely present. The plan outlines where the asbestos is, its condition, and what measures have been put in place or <em>should </em>be put in place to manage the risk. </p><p class="">If you are working in someone’s home, ask the homeowner if they are aware of the presence of asbestos. If they aren’t, consider putting control measures in place just in case there is. You may also see the value in <a href="https://chemcare.co.nz/asbestos/testing">asbestos testing</a> for peace of mind. </p><p class="">If you know this information ahead of time, you can plan the job around making sure no asbestos is disturbed. If you <em>do </em>have to disturb it, you at least have time to learn about protective measures you can have ready to implement.</p><p class="">&nbsp;</p><h2>Attend Asbestos Awareness Training Courses</h2><p class="">While there are plenty of helpful resources online, such as those on the <a href="https://www.worksafe.govt.nz/topic-and-industry/asbestos/">WorkSafe</a> website, it can be worth attending an asbestos awareness training course targeted towards your industry. The more you learn, the more steps you can take to protect yourself and those around you.</p><p class="">These courses are designed to help you identify asbestos-related hazards, understand safe handling measures, and enlighten you on the different <a href="https://chemcare.co.nz/articles/types-of-asbestos">asbestos types</a>.</p><p class="">&nbsp;</p><h2>Use the Right PPE</h2><p class="">You might think that a medical mask is all you need to stop yourself from inhaling dangerous asbestos fibres. However, that’s simply not enough to keep yourself safe. Respiratory <a href="https://chemcare.co.nz/articles/asbestos-protective-gear">protective equipment</a> includes a single-use P2 mask with a valve. A P1 dust mask is not suitable. </p><p class="">Disposable coveralls are also necessary, with the legs fitting over the top of your footwear rather than being tucked in. These can be disposed of as asbestos waste after the job is complete. </p><p class="">&nbsp;</p><h2>Carry Out the Job Safely</h2><p class="">Even though your job can be less invasive than that of a builder, that doesn’t mean you’re out of the woods. You can take several safety measures to keep yourself safe in a structure containing asbestos.</p><p class="">Refrain from using power tools around asbestos, and keep dust damp to prevent it from spreading around the room. Ensure you clean as you go to prevent waste from building up, and don’t use domestic vacuum cleaners. &nbsp;</p><p class="">Once you’ve completed the job to a high standard, you can remove any ACM in heavy-duty plastic bags with gooseneck twist ties and adhesive tape. Mark these as asbestos waste and take them to an approved rubbish dump that accepts <a href="https://chemcare.co.nz/articles/disposing-asbestos-safely">asbestos waste</a>. </p><p data-rte-preserve-empty="true" class=""></p><h2>Take Asbestos Seriously</h2><p class="">Whether you’re a plumber, builder, or another tradesperson, being careful with ACM is crucial. Now might be the right time to start looking at your asbestos training options while putting measures in place to keep yourself and others safe.</p> Asbestos Tips for Plumbers 2021-08-05 04:02 +00:00 2021-08-05 16:02 +12:00 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-9852033/Factors-consider-want-suitable-site-build-house.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-9852033/Factors-consider-want-suitable-site-build-house.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 Factors to consider if you want to find a suitable site to build your own house There are some areas that are better than others to consider if you're planning to build your own home, and we take a look at where those are. Tue, 03 Aug 2021 08:04:00 Z Getty Images 2021-08-03 08:04 +00:00 2021-08-03 20:04 +12:00 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-9843963/Two-bed-FLAT-grounds-home-Lipton-Tea-founder-sale-1-3million.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-9843963/Two-bed-FLAT-grounds-home-Lipton-Tea-founder-sale-1-3million.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 Two-bed FLAT in grounds that were once home to Lipton Tea founder is for sale for £1.3million  The luxury home in Southgate, North London, is part of new development that sits in five acres where the Lipton Tea founder lived for more than 50 years. Mon, 02 Aug 2021 07:55:28 Z None 2021-08-02 07:55 +00:00 2021-08-02 19:55 +12:00 https://www.latimes.com/lifestyle/story/2021-07-30/writing-studio-with-hidden-roof-deck-offers-views-of-dtla https://www.latimes.com/lifestyle/story/2021-07-30/writing-studio-with-hidden-roof-deck-offers-views-of-dtla She turned an unpermitted backyard studio into the ultimate WFH hideaway <p>A Craftsman-inspired house in Elysian Heights gets a whimsical expansion: A writing studio with a hidden rooftop deck that offers views of downtown Los Angeles.</p> Fri, 30 Jul 2021 14:00:22 Z Lisa Boone <p>A Craftsman-inspired house in Elysian Heights gets a whimsical expansion: A writing studio with a hidden rooftop deck that offers views of downtown Los Angeles.</p> The Stiff Peaks writing studio, designed by Chris Skeens and Ben Warwas, features a hidden rooftop deck with views of DTLA. Taiyo Watanabe 2021-07-30 14:00 +00:00 2021-07-31 02:00 +12:00 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-9836001/Most-popular-homes-sale-overseas-Zoopla-dominated-Ireland-Jamaica.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-9836001/Most-popular-homes-sale-overseas-Zoopla-dominated-Ireland-Jamaica.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 Most popular homes for sale overseas from Zoopla dominated by Ireland and Jamaica The most popular online homes for sale overseas have been revealed by Zoopla and the list is dominated by Ireland and Jamaica. Fri, 30 Jul 2021 09:11:11 Z None 2021-07-30 09:11 +00:00 2021-07-30 21:11 +12:00 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-9839233/Likelihood-finding-buyer-home-best-point-decade-says-Rightmove.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-9839233/Likelihood-finding-buyer-home-best-point-decade-says-Rightmove.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 Likelihood of finding a buyer for your home at its best point in a decade says Rightmove Almost seven out of 10 homes for sale successfully found a buyer between June last year and June this year, according to new data from Rightmove. Fri, 30 Jul 2021 08:09:41 Z Shutterstock / Thinglass 2021-07-30 08:09 +00:00 2021-07-30 20:09 +12:00 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-9840539/Gowers-spectacular-coastline-helps-make-Monaco-Wales.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-9840539/Gowers-spectacular-coastline-helps-make-Monaco-Wales.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 Gower's spectacular coastline helps make it the 'Monaco of Wales' Which Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty comes top when judged by house price premiums? It could be a question set for an estate agents' quiz night. Top is the peninsula near Swansea - Gower. Thu, 29 Jul 2021 21:26:19 Z Alamy Stock Photo 2021-07-29 21:26 +00:00 2021-07-30 09:26 +12:00 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-9834593/Who-need-notify-home.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-9834593/Who-need-notify-home.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 Who do I need to notify if I move home? Take a look at our checklist for who to notify when you change address, which is something that can help to elevate some of the stress of moving home. Thu, 29 Jul 2021 08:29:26 Z Getty Images/Tetra images RF 2021-07-29 08:29 +00:00 2021-07-29 20:29 +12:00 58af97f5440243fe3d552306:5906c0dfe4fcb573ba562253:6101f68e8883672b5df405f8 https://chemcare.co.nz/articles/is-one-time-asbestos-exposure-cancer-causing Is One-Time Exposure to Asbestos Cancer-Causing? You may be wondering if you’ve ever accidentally been exposed to it before. If so, is one-time exposure to asbestos cancer-causing, or does it take more than one? Thu, 29 Jul 2021 01:44:58 Z Klaris Chua-Pineda &nbsp; <figure class=" sqs-block-image-figure intrinsic " > <img class="thumb-image" data-image="https://images.squarespace-cdn.com/content/v1/58af97f5440243fe3d552306/1627522492440-81OU8V9734CHVY1A2YZ8/lung-cancer-x-ray.jpg" data-image-dimensions="1200x800" data-image-focal-point="0.5,0.5" alt="lung-cancer-x-ray.jpg" data-load="false" data-image-id="61020788953eff2782753b60" data-type="image" src="https://images.squarespace-cdn.com/content/v1/58af97f5440243fe3d552306/1627522492440-81OU8V9734CHVY1A2YZ8/lung-cancer-x-ray.jpg?format=1000w" /> </figure> &nbsp;<p class="">Most people would have learned about the dangers of asbestos at different times of their life. You might have been quite young when your parents mentioned it, or it might have been something you learned while undertaking <a href="https://chemcare.co.nz/articles/identify-asbestos-before-renovation">home renovations</a> as an adult.</p><p class="">If you only learned about this natural mineral’s dangers later in life, you may be wondering if you’ve ever accidentally been exposed to it before. If so, is one-time exposure to asbestos cancer-causing, or does it take more than one? </p><p class="">Let us dive deep into this topic so that you can understand how asbestos exposure works and what the risks of it can be.</p><p class="">&nbsp;</p><h2>Are all types and forms of asbestos dangerous?</h2><p class="">If you’re concerned about having been exposed to asbestos, you may wonder if some types are more dangerous than others. Maybe there are some you <em>can </em>be exposed to that <em>aren’t </em>risky? </p><p class="">The EPA has actually given up on projects aimed at working out which asbestos fibres are the most toxic, mainly because they are all now classified as cancer-causing substances. <em>All </em><a href="https://www.asbestos.com/asbestos/types/">asbestos types</a> have the potential to cause harm during an exposure event – and, yes, even once. </p><p class="">However, some can put you at higher risk of cancer than others. Amosite asbestos, or brown asbestos as it is also called, is the second most commonly used asbestos in the world.</p><p class="">It has been used in cement sheets, fire protection, insulation, <a href="https://chemcare.co.nz/articles/super-six-roofing">roofing products</a>, gaskets, vinyl tiles, and more. The American Cancer Society states that it creates a higher risk of cancer than common chrysotile asbestos, which is used in brake pads, roofing, drywall, vinyl tiles, insulation, gaskets, and other products. &nbsp;</p><p class="">Even if some asbestos types are more dangerous than others, that doesn’t make those <em>less </em>dangerous varieties any safer to be exposed to.</p><p class="">&nbsp;</p><h2>How does asbestos cause cancer?</h2><p class="">It can be hard to understand how ripping up your kitchen <a href="https://chemcare.co.nz/articles/asbestos-vinyl-flooring">vinyl</a> or removing old insulation can put you at risk of cancer, but it’s actually quite straightforward. Asbestos-related cancers are quite often caused by swallowing or inhaling microscopic asbestos fibres. </p><p class="">Over time, these become stuck within sensitive tissue, and your body can’t remove them or break them down. As the years pass, the fibres cause inflammation and irritation, leading to damaged DNA and cells. These genetic changes can sometimes create abnormal cell growth and cancer. </p><p class="">&nbsp;</p><h2>Does one-time asbestos exposure cause cancer?</h2><p class="">Who gets cancer and who doesn’t get cancer can be a game of chance. While most people may not develop asbestos-related cancer from a single exposure event, some people will. &nbsp;</p><p class="">You can compare this situation to a smoker. A 40-a-day smoker may live a long and healthy life. In contrast, a social smoker who has a packet a month may develop lung cancer. </p><p class="">However, it’s fair to assume that, in general, long-term exposure to <em>anything </em>can put you at an increased risk of a related illness. One-time exposure may come with low risk, but not <em>no </em>risk. As asbestos-related diseases can take decades to present themselves, it’s not a risk you should be willing to take. </p><p class="">&nbsp;</p><h2>How to manage the exposure risk</h2><p class="">You can’t change your potential exposure risks of the past, but you can change them in the future. If you know you are going to be in an area with either <a href="https://chemcare.co.nz/articles/friable-asbestos-in-the-home">friable</a> or non-friable asbestos, take all necessary precautions to protect yourself and those around you. We’ve included some information on how you can do this below.</p><h3>Know your legal requirements</h3><p class="">If you are undertaking renovations with friable asbestos, contact a licensed asbestos removalist. Only WorkSafe New Zealand licensed asbestos removalists are able to undertake this job. You may remove <em>non­-friable </em>asbestos if it is in an area 10m2 or smaller. </p><p class="">There are plenty of helpful resources on the internet that offer insight into what you can and can’t do in your home or business. </p><h3>Wear PPE</h3><p class="">To prevent having that ‘one-time exposure’ event, personal protective gear can be paramount. Respiratory masks, coveralls, and boot covers can all be necessary purchases during your asbestos removal project.</p><p class="">However, careful containment measures of this PPE and <em>your entire home </em>are also crucial for managing your exposure risk. The more homework you do, the safer you may be.</p><p class="">&nbsp;</p><h2>Hire the experts</h2><p class="">The <a href="https://www.health.govt.nz/publication/removing-asbestos-your-home">Ministry of Health’s ‘Removing Asbestos From Your Home’ guide</a> is 11 pages long. That’s 11 pages of instructions for making sure you don’t put yourself and your family at risk of illness. If you have never managed asbestos before, that’s a lot of information to remember in a short space of time. And a lot of pressure on your shoulders. &nbsp;</p><p class="">As a result, you may see the value in hiring <a href="http://www.chemcare.co.nz">licensed asbestos removal experts</a> to take care of the job instead. They are trained in how to keep them, you, and your neighbours safe, while getting rid of asbestos from your property as quickly as possible. </p> Is One-Time Exposure to Asbestos Cancer-Causing? 2021-07-29 01:44 +00:00 2021-07-29 13:44 +12:00 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-9830349/Would-forget-holiday-lets-rent-staycation-home-6-months.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-9830349/Would-forget-holiday-lets-rent-staycation-home-6-months.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 Would you forget holiday lets and rent a staycation home for 6 months? We took a look at what it costs to rent a property for six months and whether this could be cheaper than booking several individual family holidays during that time. Wed, 28 Jul 2021 11:34:51 Z None 2021-07-28 11:34 +00:00 2021-07-28 23:34 +12:00 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-9826249/Cladding-repair-bill-230k-price-Hertfordshire-flat.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-9826249/Cladding-repair-bill-230k-price-Hertfordshire-flat.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 Cladding repair bill is same as £230k price of this Hertfordshire flat Sophie Bichener, 29, (pictured) bought her Hertfordshire flat in 2017 for £230,000, but this summer she was quoted £202,077 for fire safety repairs following the cladding crisis. Tue, 27 Jul 2021 08:01:00 Z None 2021-07-27 08:01 +00:00 2021-07-27 20:01 +12:00 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-9809921/We-pick-four-mini-country-estate-renovation-projects-sale.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-9809921/We-pick-four-mini-country-estate-renovation-projects-sale.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 We pick four mini country estate renovation projects for sale A leading estate agent reported dozens of viewings being booked on a renovation project within hours of it going on the market, due to its appealing countryside settings in Devon. Sat, 24 Jul 2021 06:51:21 Z None 2021-07-24 06:51 +00:00 2021-07-24 18:51 +12:00 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-9817949/Norfolks-Hemsby-tops-list-villages-biggest-house-prices.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-9817949/Norfolks-Hemsby-tops-list-villages-biggest-house-prices.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 Norfolk's Hemsby tops the list of villages with the biggest house prices Britain's village hotspots for homebuyers have been revealed by Rightmove and dominating the list are seaside locations in Norfolk. Sat, 24 Jul 2021 06:50:47 Z None 2021-07-24 06:50 +00:00 2021-07-24 18:50 +12:00 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-9814283/Great-British-Home-Restoration-Couple-spend-500k-doing-church.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-9814283/Great-British-Home-Restoration-Couple-spend-500k-doing-church.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 Great British Home Restoration: Couple spend £500k doing up a church New TV show The Great British Home Restoration is presented by Charlie Luxton and the first episode is on More4 this Sunday at 9pm. Fri, 23 Jul 2021 11:01:51 Z None 2021-07-23 11:01 +00:00 2021-07-23 23:01 +12:00 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-9815225/New-build-flats-communal-work-home-space-just-job.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-9815225/New-build-flats-communal-work-home-space-just-job.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 New-build flats with communal work-from-home space are just the job  Whether it's perching computers on ironing boards or struggling to find a peaceful corner in the chaos of a noisy family house, most of us have had to adapt our homes over the past 18 months. Fri, 23 Jul 2021 08:16:23 Z None 2021-07-23 08:16 +00:00 2021-07-23 20:16 +12:00 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-9815235/Hand-block-printing-brightening-homes.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-9815235/Hand-block-printing-brightening-homes.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 Hand-block printing is back and brightening up our homes  Hand-block printing is experiencing a revival in our homes. The ancient technique using carved wooden blocks dipped in dye is seen on everything from cushions to curtains, lighting to linen. Fri, 23 Jul 2021 07:51:49 Z None 2021-07-23 07:51 +00:00 2021-07-23 19:51 +12:00 58af97f5440243fe3d552306:5906c0dfe4fcb573ba562253:60f8a3da049fed7a90d54c44 https://chemcare.co.nz/articles/building-consent What Building Work Requires a Consent? A building consent is required so that your building alterations comply with the current regulations and building code and don’t endanger the health and safety of others. Wed, 21 Jul 2021 23:01:17 Z Klaris Chua-Pineda &nbsp; <figure class=" sqs-block-image-figure intrinsic " > <img class="thumb-image" data-image="https://images.squarespace-cdn.com/content/v1/58af97f5440243fe3d552306/1626908374700-492JKOJBOXNES1W2HTDQ/chemcare+blog+image.png" data-image-dimensions="1200x800" data-image-focal-point="0.5,0.5" alt="" data-load="false" data-image-id="60f8a6d2a663f73b0a5622c3" data-type="image" src="https://images.squarespace-cdn.com/content/v1/58af97f5440243fe3d552306/1626908374700-492JKOJBOXNES1W2HTDQ/chemcare+blog+image.png?format=1000w" /> </figure> &nbsp;<p class="">Whenever you purchase a new property – be it residential or commercial, you likely want to make some changes. However, before you get out your tool kit, it’s worth asking the question: what building work requires a consent? The answer may just surprise you.</p><p class="">&nbsp;</p><h2>What is a Building Consent in NZ?</h2><p class="">A building consent is written approval from your local council to carry out a specific type of building work on your property (or someone else’s property). The consent is put in place so that your building alterations comply with the current regulations and building code and don’t endanger the health and safety of others.</p><p class="">&nbsp;</p><h2>What Building Work Requires Consent in NZ? </h2><p class="">Whenever you plan to make <em>any </em>changes to a building, it’s crucial to determine whether that work requires consent. We’ve included some of the <em>many </em>things below. If you’re unsure, contact your local council to find out.</p><ul data-rte-list="default"><li><p class="">Structural jobs, such as re-piling, some demolition work, alterations, and additions </p></li><li><p class="">Building relocation</p></li><li><p class="">Woodburner or air conditioning system installation</p></li><li><p class="">Plumbing and drainage (for an additional sanitary fixture) </p></li><li><p class="">Retaining walls higher than 1.5m</p></li><li><p class="">Retaining walls higher than 3m in rural areas when designed by a chartered professional engineer </p></li><li><p class="">Swimming pools and their fences</p></li><li><p class="">Fences and walls higher than 2.5m</p></li><li><p class="">Some earthworks</p></li><li><p class="">Bridges, platforms, and decks higher than 1.5m above ground level</p></li><li><p class="">Sheds larger than 30m2 in floor area (If the shed is between 10-30m2, it will require an LBP or engineer or must use lightweight materials in accordance with <a href="https://www.building.govt.nz/building-code-compliance/how-the-building-code-works/different-ways-to-comply/acceptable-solutions-and-verification-methods/">Acceptable Solution B1/AS1</a>). </p></li></ul><p class="">&nbsp;</p><h2>How to Apply for a Building Consent</h2><p class="">Applying for a building consent is a straightforward process, but there can be a lot involved in it. The person completing the application also needs to understand the Building Code and the application requirements. &nbsp;</p><p class="">Visit your local council to pick up an application pack, or you can likely download one from their website. You can also learn more about the application process <a href="https://www.building.govt.nz/projects-and-consents/apply-for-building-consent/">here</a>. </p><p class="">&nbsp;</p><h2>What If I Don’t Get a Building Consent? </h2><p class="">Even if you don’t want the hassle of getting a building consent, it’s crucial that you do. Not only do you want to make sure that you’re abiding by the Building Code, but that you aren’t breaking the law.</p><p class="">If you carry out any building work without a building consent that requires one, you may be fined up to $200,000. Every day that you <em>continue </em>to build without consent, you can be fined $20,000 every day or every part day. </p><p class="">What’s more, your council can also issue you with a <a href="https://www.building.govt.nz/building-officials/guides-for-building-officials/issuing-notices-to-fix/">notice to fix</a> for carrying out building work without consent. This can come with instant fines of $1,000. Your local council can also remove building work if it’s unsafe or unsanitary. </p><p class="">&nbsp;</p><h2>What <em>Doesn’t </em>Require a Consent? </h2><p class="">Even though a lot of building work requires a consent in New Zealand, there is plenty that doesn’t. This is good news for the DIYers among us who are more than capable of carrying out building works to a high standard.&nbsp;</p><p class="">Schedule 1 of the Building Act determines that low-risk work can be exempt from a building consent. There is a <a href="https://www.building.govt.nz/projects-and-consents/planning-a-successful-build/scope-and-design/check-if-you-need-consents/building-work-that-doesnt-need-a-building-consent/technical-requirements-for-exempt-building-work/">long list</a> of things that don’t require consent, such as these below: </p><ul data-rte-list="default"><li><p class="">Signage</p></li><li><p class="">Detached, standalone buildings</p></li><li><p class="">General alterations</p></li><li><p class="">Maintenance</p></li><li><p class="">Porches</p></li><li><p class="">Carports</p></li><li><p class="">Playground equipment </p></li></ul><p class="">However, these are not hard and fast rules. There are some exceptions, which means it’s essential to do your homework before you start building. You may also like to consult an expert for advice, such as a builder, a building consent authority, an electrician, plumber, building consultant, engineer, or surveyor. &nbsp;</p><p class="">Even if you <em>don’t </em>need consent, you may still wish to hire a licensed building practitioner to assist you for your peace of mind. Not everyone has the skills or time to carry out building work themselves.</p><p class="">For example, people that take all necessary precautions may remove non-friable asbestos if it’s under 10m2. However, many people hire <a href="https://chemcare.co.nz/asbestos/removal">licensed asbestos removalists</a> to take care of it for them. </p><p class="">You may also avoid going through the consent process if the work is urgent. For example, if structural work has to be carried out right <em>now </em>for safety reasons, you may apply for a <a href="https://www.building.govt.nz/building-officials/guides-for-building-officials/issuing-certificates-of-acceptance/">certificate of acceptance.</a></p><p class="">When the work is complete on any work that doesn’t require consent, you may still wish to keep the council informed of what you have done. Drawings, photos, and specifications given to the council to put in your property file may prevent any possible issues if the time comes to sell in the future. </p><p class="">&nbsp;</p><h2>Time to Get Started</h2><p class="">When the time comes to undertake any building work, talk to as many experts as possible. The more you learn, the less likely you may be to make any mistakes. Enquire with your local council about which jobs require building consent, and don’t be afraid to hire experts even if work <em>doesn’t </em>require a consent. </p> What Building Work Requires a Consent? 2021-07-21 23:01 +00:00 2021-07-22 11:01 +12:00 https://www.latimes.com/lifestyle/story/2021-07-21/planter-cremation-urns-add-to-la-death-positive-movement https://www.latimes.com/lifestyle/story/2021-07-21/planter-cremation-urns-add-to-la-death-positive-movement An urn that doubles as a planter: It's the latest in L.A.'s death positivity movement <p>L.A. woodworker C.C. Boyce is reevaluating what happens when a person dies by turning ashes into planters. </p> Wed, 21 Jul 2021 14:00:56 Z Lisa Boone <p>L.A. woodworker C.C. Boyce is reevaluating what happens when a person dies by turning ashes into planters. </p> LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 09: C.C. Boyce, 47, creates "Planturns" - custom-made wood urns for cremation remains, in her studio in the garment district, on Friday, July 9, 2021 in Los Angeles, CA. Left: Walnut top and cork bottom. Center: Cork top and sycamore bottom. Right: Sycamore top and walnut bottom. Boyce's urns, which can be used for both pets and people, are unique in that they can be used as planters. C.C. is founder of Boyce Studio in the garment district downtown. (Gary Coronado / Los Angeles Times) Gary Coronado/Los Angeles Times 2021-07-21 14:00 +00:00 2021-07-22 02:00 +12:00 https://www.latimes.com/lifestyle/story/2021-07-13/echo-park-adu-showcases-craftsman-danish-modern-styles https://www.latimes.com/lifestyle/story/2021-07-13/echo-park-adu-showcases-craftsman-danish-modern-styles She built a granny flat in Echo Park: How it saved her during the pandemic <p>Designed as a two-story building, this Craftsman-inspired accessory dwelling unit (ADU) occupies the top floor, leaving room below for outdoor living. She says it saved her from financial ruin during the pandemic. </p> Tue, 13 Jul 2021 14:00:27 Z Lisa Boone <p>Designed as a two-story building, this Craftsman-inspired accessory dwelling unit (ADU) occupies the top floor, leaving room below for outdoor living. She says it saved her from financial ruin during the pandemic. </p> Gail Otter's ADU blends in with the other Craftsman homes in the neighborhood. Mariah Tauger / Los Angeles Times 2021-07-13 14:00 +00:00 2021-07-14 02:00 +12:00 https://www.latimes.com/lifestyle/story/2021-06-18/this-front-yard-farmer-grows-transformed-her-lawn-with-collards-amaranth-and-sweet-potatoes https://www.latimes.com/lifestyle/story/2021-06-18/this-front-yard-farmer-grows-transformed-her-lawn-with-collards-amaranth-and-sweet-potatoes This urban farmer transformed her lawn with collards, amaranth and sweet potatoes <p>Siri Lorece Hirth turned the front lawn of her tiny house rental into a densely planted microfarm. Here, she shares how she created a bounty for her community.</p> Fri, 18 Jun 2021 14:00:03 Z Lisa Boone <p>Siri Lorece Hirth turned the front lawn of her tiny house rental into a densely planted microfarm. Here, she shares how she created a bounty for her community.</p> Siri Lorece Hirth with a recent harvest. Creative Arts Farm 2021-06-18 14:00 +00:00 2021-06-19 02:00 +12:00 https://www.latimes.com/lifestyle/story/2021-06-17/tour-eclectic-dtla-loft-south-park-adrien-beard https://www.latimes.com/lifestyle/story/2021-06-17/tour-eclectic-dtla-loft-south-park-adrien-beard It's called Neo Afro Eclectic: A groundbreaking new style transforms this DTLA loft <p>Off-black walls, African-inspired murals and comfortable vintage furnishings make Adrien Beard's DTLA loft an inspiring place to hang. That's the point. They call this fresh, unique style Neo Afro Eclectic. </p> Thu, 17 Jun 2021 14:00:22 Z Lisa Boone <p>Off-black walls, African-inspired murals and comfortable vintage furnishings make Adrien Beard's DTLA loft an inspiring place to hang. That's the point. They call this fresh, unique style Neo Afro Eclectic. </p> "I didn't want to make it the Black Panther headquarters," says Beard who plans to work in the loft. "But I definitely wanted it to feel like if I got hit by a car tomorrow, people would know an African American lived in this space." Mariah Tauger / Los Angeles Times 2021-06-17 14:00 +00:00 2021-06-18 02:00 +12:00 https://www.nzherald.co.nz/property-infographics/news/article.cfm?c_id=1503298&objectid=12442372&ref=rss newsfeeds@nzherald.co.nz NZ house prices up 19.1% annually to hit $680,000, Auckland up 21.6% to $1.1m New house price records have been set, with national prices up 19.1 per cent in the year to April and Auckland outstripping that, rising 21.6 per cent.Real Estate Institute data out today showed the national median house price last... Thu, 13 May 2021 09:07:07 +1200 2021-05-13 09:07 +12:00 2021-05-13 09:07 +12:00 https://www.nzherald.co.nz/property-infographics/news/article.cfm?c_id=1503298&objectid=12440067&ref=rss newsfeeds@nzherald.co.nz Housing crisis: Exclusive data shows the suburbs Auckland's new houses are being built in Auckland is in the middle of a building boom with more than 17,000 new homes completed across the city in the past two years, exclusive new data has revealed.Hobsonville, in the city's north west, had the most building activity... Sat, 08 May 2021 05:00:00 +1200 2021-05-08 05:00 +12:00 2021-05-08 05:00 +12:00 https://www.latimes.com/lifestyle/story/2021-04-29/how-to-be-a-good-plant-customer https://www.latimes.com/lifestyle/story/2021-04-29/how-to-be-a-good-plant-customer The worst things you can do when shopping for plants, according to plant shop owners <p>So you're ready to go plant shopping in person. Here are some tips on being the kind of customer that everyone wants to see coming through the doors. </p> Thu, 29 Apr 2021 20:50:29 Z Lisa Boone <p>So you're ready to go plant shopping in person. Here are some tips on being the kind of customer that everyone wants to see coming through the doors. </p> Potted home and garden store in Atwater Village. Potted 2021-04-29 20:50 +00:00 2021-04-30 08:50 +12:00 https://www.latimes.com/lifestyle/story/2021-04-07/justina-blakeney-book-jungalow-decorate-wild https://www.latimes.com/lifestyle/story/2021-04-07/justina-blakeney-book-jungalow-decorate-wild Justina Blakeney muses on the beauty of 'mixed magic' in 'Jungalow: Decorate Wild' <p>"We need to increase intercultural understanding and communication," says designer Justina Blakeney. "Art and design can be a bridge." </p> Wed, 07 Apr 2021 13:00:59 Z Lisa Boone <p>"We need to increase intercultural understanding and communication," says designer Justina Blakeney. "Art and design can be a bridge." </p> Los Angeles-based blogger and design maven Justina Blakeney shares Bohemian stylnig tips in her new book "The New Bohemians: Cool and Collected Homes." One Kings Lane 2021-04-07 13:00 +00:00 2021-04-08 01:00 +12:00 https://www.latimes.com/lifestyle/story/2021-03-18/east-los-angeles-affordable-adu https://www.latimes.com/lifestyle/story/2021-03-18/east-los-angeles-affordable-adu He challenged himself to build an ADU for under $100,000. What's his secret? <p>Architect professor Alexis Navarro designed and built an accessory dwelling unit that is affordable and attractive. The result is inspiring.</p> Thu, 18 Mar 2021 18:56:02 Z Lisa Boone <p>Architect professor Alexis Navarro designed and built an accessory dwelling unit that is affordable and attractive. The result is inspiring.</p> LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 19: Color fills the rental of John Velasco and Ariel Gomez-Hernandez, which is an accessory dwelling unit, built by architect Alexis Navarro, on a property he own in Los Angeles, CA, Friday, Feb. 19, 2021. Gomez-Hernandez added two skateboards from her collection, as contrasts against the orange wall painted by Navarro. Navarro built the studio ADU where a car port was stood, between a duplex and another single unit, on the property. (Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times) Jay L. Clendenin/Los Angeles Times 2021-03-18 18:56 +00:00 2021-03-19 07:56 +13:00 https://www.latimes.com/lifestyle/story/2021-01-30/weve-all-hit-the-pandemic-wall-planting-something-can-help https://www.latimes.com/lifestyle/story/2021-01-30/weve-all-hit-the-pandemic-wall-planting-something-can-help We've all hit the pandemic wall. Planting something can help <p>We've started a new year and the normal we once knew is still a far dot on the horizon. But there is a way to rekindle some hope: Get your hands into the soil.</p> Sat, 30 Jan 2021 14:00:15 Z Jeanette Marantos <p>We've started a new year and the normal we once knew is still a far dot on the horizon. But there is a way to rekindle some hope: Get your hands into the soil.</p> Art for story about gardening helping people cope during the pandemic Jamie Sholberg Los Angeles Times / Getty 2021-01-30 14:00 +00:00 2021-01-31 03:00 +13:00 https://www.latimes.com/entertainment-arts/story/2021-01-14/architect-paul-r-williams-shaped-los-angeles-black-pioneer https://www.latimes.com/entertainment-arts/story/2021-01-14/architect-paul-r-williams-shaped-los-angeles-black-pioneer Pioneer of the L.A. look: Paul R. Williams wasn't just 'architect to the stars,' he shaped the city <p>Six buildings that tell the design story of Paul R. Williams, the first Black architect in the AIA. His work is little studied, but his archive, acquired by the Getty and USC, is about to change that.</p> Thu, 14 Jan 2021 20:56:02 Z Carolina A. Miranda <p>Six buildings that tell the design story of Paul R. Williams, the first Black architect in the AIA. His work is little studied, but his archive, acquired by the Getty and USC, is about to change that.</p> Illustration for a Sunday Calendar article about architect Paul Revere Williams. Anna Higgie / For The Times 2021-01-14 20:56 +00:00 2021-01-15 09:56 +13:00 https://www.latimes.com/lifestyle/story/2021-01-06/fiddle-leaf-fig-instagram-influencer https://www.latimes.com/lifestyle/story/2021-01-06/fiddle-leaf-fig-instagram-influencer How this fiddle-leaf fig became the most talked about plant on Instagram <p>A listing for a fiddle-leaf fig on Instagram causes houseplant fans to wonder, "What's your secret?"</p> Wed, 06 Jan 2021 22:27:41 Z Lisa Boone <p>A listing for a fiddle-leaf fig on Instagram causes houseplant fans to wonder, "What's your secret?"</p> Crystal Blackledge's fiddle leaf fig plant caused a sensation on Instagram. Photo illustration by Micah Fluellen / Los Angeles Times; Photo provided by Crystal Blackledge 2021-01-06 22:27 +00:00 2021-01-07 11:27 +13:00 https://www.latimes.com/lifestyle/story/2020-12-09/how-to-build-spirit-and-awareness-by-making-holiday-wreaths-from-native-plants https://www.latimes.com/lifestyle/story/2020-12-09/how-to-build-spirit-and-awareness-by-making-holiday-wreaths-from-native-plants Native plant fans — show off your DIY skills in this wreath-making contest <p>The California Native Plant Society is hosting it's first-ever state-wide wreath-making contest, with celebrity judges and prizes. The only catch is that at least 51% of the wreaths must be made from California native plants. The goal is to build awareness about native plants while stoking some badly needed holiday cheer. </p> Wed, 09 Dec 2020 22:04:01 Z Jeanette Marantos <p>The California Native Plant Society is hosting it's first-ever state-wide wreath-making contest, with celebrity judges and prizes. The only catch is that at least 51% of the wreaths must be made from California native plants. The goal is to build awareness about native plants while stoking some badly needed holiday cheer. </p> Tie dye apparel from Aviator Nation. California Native Plant Society 2020-12-09 22:04 +00:00 2020-12-10 11:04 +13:00 https://www.latimes.com/lifestyle/story/2020-12-09/the-pantone-color-of-the-year-for-2021 https://www.latimes.com/lifestyle/story/2020-12-09/the-pantone-color-of-the-year-for-2021 The Pantone Colors of the Year for 2021 are Ultimate Gray and Illuminating <p>For its Colors of the Year, Pantone picks a union exuding "positivity and fortitude — Ultimate Gray and Illuminating.</p> Wed, 09 Dec 2020 17:11:13 Z Lisa Boone <p>For its Colors of the Year, Pantone picks a union exuding "positivity and fortitude — Ultimate Gray and Illuminating.</p> My girl in her school yard just after school, a wall, a log & her imagination plus one sunny afternoon in November 2012. I merely observed in awe & fired some shots off with the sun at my back & this shadow play out front. A little imagination on my part led to the title... Anima Fotografie aka Des Cannon/Getty Images 2020-12-09 17:11 +00:00 2020-12-10 06:11 +13:00 https://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=229645 https://www.zillow.com/blog/9-tips-for-achieving-maximum-coziness-229645/ Home Improvement entertaining Fall 8 Tips for Achieving Maximum Coziness Gray skies don't have to mean a drab indoor life. Fri, 04 Dec 2020 00:20:46 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/9-tips-for-achieving-maximum-coziness-229645/#comments Zillow <p>As winter plods along, you may wish you could just hibernate until spring - and that may be more true than ever this year. But there is, indeed, joy to be found in the quieter months of the year.</p> <p>While the trend may have come and gone in the U.S., <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/hygge-scandinavian-simplicity-210343/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">the art of hygge</a>, that feeling of being ultra-cozy and content, is just part of everyday life in Denmark.</p> <p>The thing is, the Danes know how to thrive in winter. You might already know they're the happiest people on earth, but did you know a lot of them attribute their unseasonably sunny outlook to their home- and self-care habits?</p> <p>When it's cold and rainy out, and you&#8217;ve been stuck inside for - who knows how long? - binging the next series on your &#8220;recommended&#8221; list might feel like the most appealing option. But if you'd like mix things up, here are a few ideas to channel the Danes and make an intentionally delightful day out of drab weather.</p> <h2>1. Set the mood</h2> <p>Candles are a key ingredient to a supremely comfortable atmosphere. Not only do they provide beautiful, soft lighting, they also add warmth and scent to your space.</p> <p><strong>Tip:</strong> Choose seasonal scents to inspire celebration, or choose a summery scent, such as coconut and floral, to help combat the seasonal blues.</p> <h2>2. Bake something</h2> <p>Comfort food is central to the cozy experience. But it doesn't just begin when you eat the cake (or cookies or pie) - it begins when you imagine the creation.</p> <p>Leaf through your favorite cookbooks or browse some eye-candy baking sites, choose your ingredients carefully, and mix them with care, taking your time to enjoy the task at hand. It's just a bonus that your baking will flood your space with delicious smells - and taste good too.</p> <p><strong>Tip:</strong> Reach out to a friend or family member whose recipes deserve appreciation, and ask if they could show you how to work out their spectacular skills. You can set up a video call if you&#8217;re not able to meet in person.</p> <h2>3. Add texture</h2> <p>Plush throws, sheepskins and cushions make for a much more <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/passions-in-home-decor-226113/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">inviting space</a>. Cover your surfaces in as many luxurious fabrics and pillows as you can find and snuggle down.</p> <p><strong>Tip:</strong> Feel free to go faux, or if cost prohibits, find inexpensive alternatives.</p> <h2>4. Get out the board games</h2> <p>Pull your partner or kids away from their screens and gather around the table for some old-fashioned fun. Whether you go for the competitive strategy variety or laugh-out-loud social games, there are options for everyone. For the minimalists among us, even a deck of cards can offer plenty of entertainment.</p> <p><strong>Tip:</strong> Looking for remote gaming options? There are many online group gaming apps, and many people have come up with creative ways to play the classics via Zoom as well. Start up a game and maintain your connections year-round!</p> <h2>5. Perfect your hot drink game</h2> <p>Hot cocoa, hot toddies, apple cider, mulled wine - pick your poison. Whatever it is, find your own special recipe that is so delicious you can't wait to show it off. Host a virtual happy hour and share it with family and friends.</p> <p><strong>Tip:</strong> Why, yes, you can put whiskey in those drinks. But it's usually a good idea to perfect a mocktail version, too, for those who don't imbibe.</p> <h2>6. Embrace sweater weather</h2> <p>If you don't already have a favorite sweater, it's time to find one. It should be something that makes you feel at home when you slip it on. Cashmere, wool, mohair - anything will do. Whatever you choose, pair it with thick socks!</p> <p><strong>Tip:</strong> Find some beginner books or tutorials and try your hand at knitting, crocheting or weaving, and make your own sweater over the course of the winter. Find an online knitting circle for tips and encouragement.</p> <h2>7. Curate your cold-outside playlist</h2> <p>Make yourself a mix of music that inspires you to do all those things that make you feel absolutely endeared to your space. Put it on shuffle, relax, repeat.</p> <p><strong>Tip:</strong> Instrumentals are classics for a reason - they can work as background for just about anything. When in doubt, most music services have premade playlists, some of which you can filter by mood.</p> <h2>8. Do seasonal activities</h2> <p>Making caramel apples? Check. Working on (or giving up on) your New Year&#8217;s resolutions? Check. Canning, puddle jumping, snowball throwing, signs-of-spring spotting? Check!</p> <p><strong>Tip:</strong> Whatever your favorite seasonal activities might be, create a plan to make them happen - put it on your calendar, set a reminder on your phone, or find an &#8220;accountability partner&#8221; (a friend or family member who will give you the nudge you need), and feel the magic of even the most blah weather wash over you.</p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/renter-profile-capitol-hill-seattle-229524/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">How to Make the Most of 500 Square Feet: See How This City Renter Did It</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/cozy-up-your-kitchen-for-fall-184686/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">4 Ways to Cozy Up Your Kitchen for Fall</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/quiz-what-does-your-dream-cabin-look-like-229529/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Quiz: What Does Your Dream Cabin Look Like?</a></li> </ul> <p><em>Originally published October 2018.</em></p> https://www.zillow.com/blog/9-tips-for-achieving-maximum-coziness-229645/feed/ 62 2020-12-04 00:20 +00:00 2020-12-04 13:20 +13:00 https://www.latimes.com/lifestyle/story/2020-11-12/lenita-by-grita-flower-truck-covid-lifeline https://www.latimes.com/lifestyle/story/2020-11-12/lenita-by-grita-flower-truck-covid-lifeline He bought a flower truck on Craigslist. Now it's his lifeline during COVID-19 <p>Graphic designer Nemuel DePaula's flower truck, Lenita by Grita, has become his lifeline during COVID-19. His motto: 'Stop and smell the flores.' </p> Thu, 12 Nov 2020 19:23:40 Z Lisa Boone <p>Graphic designer Nemuel DePaula's flower truck, Lenita by Grita, has become his lifeline during COVID-19. His motto: 'Stop and smell the flores.' </p> LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 07: Nemuel DePaula of LENITA BY GRITA , a graphic designer originally from Brazil, purchased a truck on Craigslist, painted it pink, and now sells flowers at weekend pop-ups like a food truck at 800 block S. Santa Fe Avenue on Saturday, Nov. 7, 2020 in Los Angeles, CA. (Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times) Irfan Khan/Los Angeles Times 2020-11-12 19:23 +00:00 2020-11-13 08:23 +13:00 https://www.latimes.com/lifestyle/story/2020-11-07/pasadena-showcase-house-goes-online https://www.latimes.com/lifestyle/story/2020-11-07/pasadena-showcase-house-goes-online The beloved Pasadena Showcase house is still happening — online <p>One more victim of this pandemic: the Pasadena Showcase Home. Typically, 35,000 visitors traipse through the home to see the latest in on-trend design. This year? The fundraiser is all online.</p> Sat, 07 Nov 2020 13:30:38 Z Bonnie McCarthy <p>One more victim of this pandemic: the Pasadena Showcase Home. Typically, 35,000 visitors traipse through the home to see the latest in on-trend design. This year? The fundraiser is all online.</p> (Ross May / Los Angles Times; Getty Images) 2020-11-07 13:30 +00:00 2020-11-08 02:30 +13:00 https://www.latimes.com/lifestyle/story/2020-11-06/heres-8-things-plant-lovers-can-do-in-la https://www.latimes.com/lifestyle/story/2020-11-06/heres-8-things-plant-lovers-can-do-in-la Things plant lovers can make plans to do in L.A. right now <p>Here are things plant lovers can do this month and next, from holiday shopping to classes in fall planting, in and around L.A.</p> Fri, 06 Nov 2020 22:41:47 Z Jeanette Marantos <p>Here are things plant lovers can do this month and next, from holiday shopping to classes in fall planting, in and around L.A.</p> A ceramic sculpture by Janell Lewis called "Rabbit" that will be part of a Clayfornia exhibit at the California Botanic Gardens Nov. 8 - April 18. California Botanic Garden 2020-11-06 22:41 +00:00 2020-11-07 11:41 +13:00 https://www.latimes.com/lifestyle/story/2020-11-03/2020-craftsman-weekend-moves-online https://www.latimes.com/lifestyle/story/2020-11-03/2020-craftsman-weekend-moves-online Pull up a Morris chair: The 28th Craftsman Weekend is going online <p>From Greene & Greene to Richard Neutra, this year's reimagined Craftsman Weekend allows architecture lovers to revisit familiar sites in new ways. </p> Tue, 03 Nov 2020 15:30:11 Z Lisa Boone <p>From Greene & Greene to Richard Neutra, this year's reimagined Craftsman Weekend allows architecture lovers to revisit familiar sites in new ways. </p> Built in 1906, the Louise C. Bentz House was designed by prominent Pasadena architects Charles and Henry Greene. Dennis Hill 2020-11-03 15:30 +00:00 2020-11-04 04:30 +13:00 https://www.latimes.com/lifestyle/story/2020-10-30/fun-holiday-activities-enjoy-covid-19 https://www.latimes.com/lifestyle/story/2020-10-30/fun-holiday-activities-enjoy-covid-19 43 ways to make this year the best holiday season ever — even if money is tight <p>The 2020 holiday season is going to be a bigger challenge than usual. Here's how to celebrate on the cheap and make new memories while staying safe. </p> Fri, 30 Oct 2020 15:00:17 Z Jeanette Marantos, Lisa Boone <p>The 2020 holiday season is going to be a bigger challenge than usual. Here's how to celebrate on the cheap and make new memories while staying safe. </p> Illustration for story about how to celebrate the holidays with little or no money Kelly Malka / For The Times 2020-10-30 15:00 +00:00 2020-10-31 04:00 +13:00 https://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=186711 https://www.zillow.com/blog/downsizing-tips-for-seniors-186711/ Tips & Advice Moving relocation Seniors A 3-Step Downsizing Plan When it's time to move to a smaller home, these tips will help you save the memories while minimizing clutter in your new place. Tue, 13 Oct 2020 18:04:14 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/downsizing-tips-for-seniors-186711/#comments Zillow <p>Moving into a new house is often bittersweet. You are excited for the change, but sad to leave a home so full of memories. Downsizing can be even harder - a smaller place means you don't have room for all of your current possessions.</p> <p>But downsizing is also an opportunity to refresh and start anew. If you <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/declutter-for-intentional-home-210492/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">get rid of the clutter</a>, you can fill your new place with the things you really love, making it feel like home.</p> <p>Here are three steps for downsizing without sacrificing your meaningful belongings.</p> <h2>1. Make a plan</h2> <p>Take a trip to your new place and measure the size of your rooms and storage areas. This will be your guide for how much you can take with you. It is better to underestimate than overestimate.</p> <p>As you&#8217;re deciding what to keep and what to get rid of, do one room at a time. Moving is a big job, and you don't need to tackle it all at once. Plan to do a little bit each day, and leave extra time so you aren't rushed.</p> <p>Decide on your furniture first. Going from big to small will give you a better idea how much space you have left to fill. You don't want to have to reshuffle everything if you can't take that bookshelf with you.</p> <h2>2. Sort your belongings</h2> <p>Will you use it? It's easy to convince yourself you might still wear that 10-year-old shirt with the tags still on <em>someday</em>. But if you haven't used it in the past year, it's likely you never will.</p> <p>Also, get rid of multiples. Do you have multiple coffee pots, or several sets of china? If you can only use one at a time, you don't need to keep both.</p> <p>As you sort, follow a strict yes/no policy -no "maybes" allowed. Make a "yes" pile and a "no" pile, and force yourself to choose. If you aren't convinced the item deserves a yes, then it's a no. "Maybe" piles just mean more work for you later.</p> <p>Decide how to divvy up your "no" pile. You may not want or need these items anymore, but they&#8217;re probably useful to someone else. Special items may handed down to friends or family members. Furniture, housewares, clothing and other items in good condition could be sold at a garage sale or on sites like Craigslist. Or, you can choose to donate reusable items to organizations like Goodwill, who sometimes offer neighborhood or even residential pickups, making your task that much simpler. Anything damaged or worn beyond repair should make its way to the recycling bin or a trip to the dump.</p> <h2>3. Preserve memories</h2> <p>Digitize photos to save space and easily share them with family. Photo albums take up a lot of room, and how often do you actually go through them? Pick up a digital frame and enjoy all of your photos in a rotating slideshow or create a slideshow screensaver for your TV or computer.</p> <p>Take photos of items that bring up good memories, but you no longer have room for. You can look back on the memories without actually keeping the items.</p> <p>To make sure those treasured items are in good hands, pass them on to your children, grandchildren or close friends. They will love the gift, and you get to enjoy seeing the items being used.</p> <p>Another strategy is to give keepsakes a new life. If you love to craft, items like old movie stubs, letters and photos are perfect for scrapbooking, letting you create a record of your experiences. Or make three-dimensional pieces of art using shadowboxes. Gathering up your memories in one place will make them easier than ever to enjoy.</p> <p>Downsizing is an emotional process. You will discover items you haven't seen in years, and you will have to decide what to do with them. Give yourself some time to reminisce, and then make a decision. Keep in mind your space limitations. Take with you what is truly valuable - only you can decide what you can&#8217;t do without.</p> <p>Just imagine: Once you've finished your move, you&#8217;ll be able to enjoy your new place surrounded by the feeling of home.</p> <p><strong>Related</strong>:</p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/buying-home-to-age-with-you-184020/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Buying a Home That Will Age With You</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/5-common-moving-mistakes-183186/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Common Moving Mistakes and How to Avoid Them</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/get-to-know-neighbors-182407/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">5 Ways to Get to Know Your Neighbors</a></li> </ul> <p><em>Originally published November 2015. </em></p> https://www.zillow.com/blog/downsizing-tips-for-seniors-186711/feed/ 11 2020-10-13 18:04 +00:00 2020-10-14 07:04 +13:00 https://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=161789 https://www.zillow.com/blog/pumpkin-carving-tips-161789/ Home Improvement How to Carve the Best Pumpkin on the Block To ensure your jack-o'-lantern is primed for Halloween, follow these tips. Sat, 10 Oct 2020 20:35:07 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/pumpkin-carving-tips-161789/#comments BobVila.com <p>While Halloween may look a little different this year, there&#8217;s no reason you can&#8217;t still have an amazing outdoor display. If you&#8217;re not interested in shelling out big bucks for a 12 foot animatronic skeleton, or if your style is more autumn chic than gothic gore, you have plenty of options when it comes to the traditional jack-o&#8217;-lantern. Before you cut into your sacrificial squash, check out these top tips for making a carv-tastic display.</p> <h2>Pumpkin selection</h2> <p>There are no rules for what size or shape makes for a great jack-o&#8217;-lantern. Any pumpkin can rise to ghoulish greatness. Do look for a pumpkin that isn't bruised and has no mold around the stem. Who wants to cut into a rotted pumpkin? Also, look for a pumpkin with a flat bottom that will sit firmly without rocking.</p> <h2>Tools</h2> <p>Every job is made easier by the right tools. A kitchen knife is not the best - or safest - thing to use for pumpkin carving. You can get a set of pumpkin carving tools at many hardware or drug stores around Halloween, but you can also use items already in your possession - power drills, awls, wood gouges or even cookie cutters. Don't forget a big spoon to scoop out the guts!</p> <h2>Carving</h2> <p>Rather than giving your jack-o&#8217;-lantern a cap by cutting it at the top, draw a circle on the bottom of your pumpkin and cut your opening there, making sure to angle your blade toward the center to create a ledge for support of the finished cut area. Clean out the guts (save the seeds and roast them for your post-carving snack!) and scrape the insides of your pumpkin until they are about an inch thick in the areas you plan to carve. If you're using a pattern, tape it on and transfer it by tracing with a poking tool. Then you&#8217;re ready to carve! If you&#8217;re using a pumpkin saw, it's easiest to keep the pumpkin on your lap, holding the saw like a pencil and using a steady up-and-down motion. Saw at a 90-degree angle with gentle pressure.</p> <h2>Preservation</h2> <p>To <a href="http://www.bobvila.com/articles/how-to-preserve-your-carved-pumpkin/">extend the life</a> of your jack-o&#8217;-lantern, spritz it with water and keep it in the refrigerator while it&#8217;s not on display. Spread some petroleum jelly on the cut edges to keep them from drying out. If your pumpkin starts to shrivel, submerge it in cold water for a couple of hours. It should come back to life. Just make sure to dry it well on the inside to avoid mold. You can also ward off mold and insects by spraying or soaking the pumpkin with a water-and-bleach solution.</p> <h2>Display</h2> <p>If you are using a candle, cut a hole in the top of the pumpkin toward the back to act as a chimney for smoke and heat. A candle will be more secure if you drill a hole for it. You can also use battery-operated LEDs, Christmas lights or even a nightlight to illuminate your pumpkin. If you carve a design in the back of your jack-o&#8217;-lantern, you'll produce a shadowy effect on the wall behind it, making it extra spooky!</p> <p>However you choose to carve your jack o' lantern, use your creativity and have fun.</p> <h2>Beyond the jack-o&#8217;-lantern</h2> <p>For more simple and spooky outdoor decor ideas, check out these fun Halloween hacks.</p> <div class="video-container"><iframe loading="lazy" data-knotch="2d1016c2-f48e-46fe-bed2-47086fae2bc1"title="DIY Halloween Décor Hacks Diy Decoration Ideas | Zillow" width="500" height="375" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/V14WEMSp5oU?feature=oembed&#038;enablejsapi=1&#038;modestbranding=1&#038;rel=0&#038;showinfo=0" frameborder="0" allow="accelerometer; autoplay; clipboard-write; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture" allowfullscreen></iframe></div> <p><strong>Related:</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="http://www.bobvila.com/articles/52-unexpected-and-amazing-ways-to-decorate-pumpkins/#.VDcIDEpX-uY">52 Unexpected and Amazing Ways to Decorate Pumpkins</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.bobvila.com/drip-crayon-pumpkins/11264-13-easy-diy-no-carve-pumpkins/slideshows#!3">13 Easy DIY No-Carve Pumpkins</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.bobvila.com/diy-apple-votive/46363-budget-decor-10-diy-ways-to-dress-up-your-house-for-fall/slideshows#.VDgMu_ldURp">Budget Decor: 10 Ways to Dress Up Your House for Fall</a></li> </ul> <p><em>Originally published October 2014.</em></p> https://www.zillow.com/blog/pumpkin-carving-tips-161789/feed/ 2 2020-10-10 20:35 +00:00 2020-10-11 09:35 +13:00 https://www.latimes.com/lifestyle/story/2020-10-02/orchid-care-gardening-tips-huntington-expert https://www.latimes.com/lifestyle/story/2020-10-02/orchid-care-gardening-tips-huntington-expert How to keep Trader Joe's orchids alive and other tips from the Huntington's expert <p>The No. 1 reason people kill their orchids is they overwater them. An expert offers tips on how to keep them alive. </p> Fri, 02 Oct 2020 22:23:10 Z Lisa Boone <p>The No. 1 reason people kill their orchids is they overwater them. An expert offers tips on how to keep them alive. </p> Orchid Illustration. Micah Fluellen / Los Angeles Times 2020-10-02 22:23 +00:00 2020-10-03 11:23 +13:00 https://www.latimes.com/lifestyle/story/2020-10-01/fall-gardening-guide-fruits-vegetables-southern-california https://www.latimes.com/lifestyle/story/2020-10-01/fall-gardening-guide-fruits-vegetables-southern-california Don't give up on gardening now! Fall is the easiest time to grow food in SoCal <p>Maybe your first-ever victory garden wasn't a smash success this summer, but don't give up now. Fall is prime planting time for edibles in Southern California, a more forgiving time with fewer demands for water or worries about scorching your plants. Now is the time to plant berries for spring harvest as well as a lush palette of greens, root crops, peas and brassicas for harvest throughout the winter.</p> Thu, 01 Oct 2020 23:16:33 Z Jeanette Marantos <p>Maybe your first-ever victory garden wasn't a smash success this summer, but don't give up now. Fall is prime planting time for edibles in Southern California, a more forgiving time with fewer demands for water or worries about scorching your plants. Now is the time to plant berries for spring harvest as well as a lush palette of greens, root crops, peas and brassicas for harvest throughout the winter.</p> Illustration for Essay about gardening in the fall Heather Landis For The Times 2020-10-01 23:16 +00:00 2020-10-02 12:16 +13:00 https://www.latimes.com/lifestyle/story/2020-09-25/latino-owned-businesses-hispanic-heritage-month https://www.latimes.com/lifestyle/story/2020-09-25/latino-owned-businesses-hispanic-heritage-month Here's a list of Latino-owned lifestyle businesses in L.A. for National Hispanic Heritage Month <p>Many Latinx lifestyle brands in Los Angeles are inspired by cultural identity. They are also largely female. Did we miss your favorite? Let us know.</p> Fri, 25 Sep 2020 21:46:34 Z Lisa Boone <p>Many Latinx lifestyle brands in Los Angeles are inspired by cultural identity. They are also largely female. Did we miss your favorite? Let us know.</p> Micah Fluellen and Martina Ibáñez-Baldor / Los Angeles Times 2020-09-25 21:46 +00:00 2020-09-26 09:46 +12:00 https://www.latimes.com/lifestyle/story/2020-09-22/silver-lake-apartment-garden-covid-19-relief https://www.latimes.com/lifestyle/story/2020-09-22/silver-lake-apartment-garden-covid-19-relief She was afraid of growing food — until the pandemic pushed her to do it <p>Jamie Renee Williams turned a tiny strip of dirt outside her apartment into an edible garden. You can tour it online during the LA Design Festival. </p> Tue, 22 Sep 2020 20:56:08 Z Lisa Boone <p>Jamie Renee Williams turned a tiny strip of dirt outside her apartment into an edible garden. You can tour it online during the LA Design Festival. </p> LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 19: Jamie Williams poses for a portrait in Silverlake on Saturday, Sept. 19, 2020 in Los Angeles, CA. She will give a virtual tour of the garden she grew outside her apartment for the LA Design Festival starting September 24. (Dania Maxwell / Los Angeles Times) Dania Maxwell/Los Angeles Times 2020-09-22 20:56 +00:00 2020-09-23 08:56 +12:00 https://www.latimes.com/lifestyle/story/2020-09-15/best-indoor-hanging-plants-home-decor https://www.latimes.com/lifestyle/story/2020-09-15/best-indoor-hanging-plants-home-decor The 10 best hanging plants for creating an indoor jungle <p>Want to turn your living room into a jungle? These hanging plants are a good place to start. </p> Tue, 15 Sep 2020 19:25:55 Z Lisa Boone <p>Want to turn your living room into a jungle? These hanging plants are a good place to start. </p> 10 hanging houseplants to decorate your home. Stephanie DeAngelis 2020-09-15 19:25 +00:00 2020-09-16 07:25 +12:00 https://www.latimes.com/lifestyle/story/2020-09-09/how-to-care-for-houseplants-high-temperatures https://www.latimes.com/lifestyle/story/2020-09-09/how-to-care-for-houseplants-high-temperatures How to keep your houseplants alive during record heat <p>Keep your houseplants healthy during record heat with these tips. </p> Wed, 09 Sep 2020 18:20:37 Z Lisa Boone <p>Keep your houseplants healthy during record heat with these tips. </p> LOS ANGELES, CA-MARCH 7, 2020: Tropical plants sit on display before 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 2020-09-09 18:20 +00:00 2020-09-10 06:20 +12:00 https://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=168713 https://www.zillow.com/blog/garage-tricks-getting-organized-168713/ Home Improvement garages Home Organization Storage Regain Your Garage: Simple Tricks for Getting Organized A thoughtful approach to garage storage makes the most of this valuable space and keeps every necessity at your fingertips. Sat, 29 Aug 2020 19:31:46 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/garage-tricks-getting-organized-168713/#comments BobVila.com <p>If your house is bursting at the seams, or simply short on storage options, the solution may be as close as your garage. To make the best use of this space, however, you first need to corral its current chaos.</p> <p>This is, fortunately, a relatively simple task if you incorporate a few good storage ideas. With careful planning and a little effort, you can transform your garage from a messy catchall to an efficient, well-organized household annex.</p> <h2>Divide and conquer</h2> <p>First things first: Get rid of anything you no longer use. After you&#8217;ve winnowed down the contents of your garage, sort everything into groups. Keep garden tools with garden tools, and sports equipment with sports equipment. Items used together ought to be stored together.</p> <p>Where possible, place like items into clear plastic containers with lids. It's fine to use opaque bins, just be sure to label each one. Stackable containers are especially handy. They keep your belongings clean, protect against insects and rodents, increase the amount of usable floor space, and cut down on visual clutter.</p> <h2>What goes where?</h2> <p>The efficient use of space partly depends on positioning stored items in a thoughtful, strategic way. Are there certain items you're likely to need on a regular basis, such as cleaning supplies? If so, store them near the door so you can access them quickly and easily. Stash rarely used or seasonal items, like sleds and skis, in harder-to-reach spots.</p> <h2>Off the wall</h2> <p>The key to garage storage and organization is getting things off the floor. Capitalizing on wall space enables you to fit the most into your garage, while keeping it all visible and easy to access. The type of wall storage you choose depends on your storage needs, project budget and personal preferences. Many homeowners opt for one or a combination of the following storage standbys:</p> <ul> <li><strong>Pegboard</strong>. A favorite for generations, pegboard is inexpensive and easy to install. Because it can be outfitted with an array of compatible hooks, clamps, bins and shelves, pegboard can be used to store and organize just about anything, as long as the item to be stored isn&#8217;t especially heavy.</li> <li><strong>Open shelving</strong>. Whether a wall-mounted track system or a set of stand-alone units, open shelves are affordable, versatile and user-friendly, and they keep everything in plain sight. Plus, depending on their construction, 12- or 16-inch-deep shelves are typically capable of holding heavier items.</li> <li><strong>Closed cabinetry</strong>. If you plan to park your car in the garage, cabinets with doors may be the most desirable option, because closed storage means not having to come face-to-face with paint cans and garbage bags every time you leave or arrive home. Cabinets are available in countless materials and styles, but generally speaking, they are more expensive than other solutions. And because they are unable to accommodate very large items, cabinets are most effective when used in conjunction with another storage system.</li> <li><strong>Panelized systems</strong>. Here, entire walls are covered with specially designed panels that hold any number of companion add-ons, such as hooks and shelves. Unlike pegboard, panelized systems can handle heavier items. But that strength and utility comes at a cost, especially since some proprietary products must be installed by licensed professionals.</li> </ul> <h2>Look up</h2> <p>For certain infrequently used belongings, the ceiling provides ideal, out-of-the-way storage space. Ladders and seasonal gear can be kept here, hung by clips or straps fastened to the ceiling joists. Or you can take advantage of hoist pulley systems, which cleverly operate like the cords on window blinds. Bear in mind, however, that ceiling storage must be oriented so that it doesn&#8217;t interfere with the operation of the garage door.</p> <h2>Safety steps</h2> <p>As you&#8217;re organizing your garage, it&#8217;s important to keep safety in mind. It&#8217;s unsafe to store gasoline and propane in the garage; a single spark could lead to tragedy.</p> <p>Likewise, if you have children or pets, you should store hazardous materials like fertilizer and pesticides far out of reach. Locked cabinets are a good solution for these toxic materials, and they're also a smart place to store power tools and sharp implements.</p> <p><strong>Related:</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="http://www.zillow.com/blog/designing-tidy-stylish-entryway-167811/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">First Impressions: Designing a Tidy and Stylish Entryway</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.zillow.com/blog/organizing-your-pantry-6-easy-steps-167655/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Organizing Your Pantry in 6 Easy Steps</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.zillow.com/blog/custom-built-in-closet-storage-168081/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Cheat Your Way to a Custom Closet</a></li> </ul> <p><em>Originally published January 2015.</em></p> https://www.zillow.com/blog/garage-tricks-getting-organized-168713/feed/ 7 2020-08-29 19:31 +00:00 2020-08-30 07:31 +12:00 https://www.latimes.com/lifestyle/story/2020-08-28/arden-myrin-boho-chic-compound https://www.latimes.com/lifestyle/story/2020-08-28/arden-myrin-boho-chic-compound Look inside this cheerful Silver Lake bungalow to see how to create joy on the cheap <p>Arden Myrin's 'cheap and cheerful' tiny bungalow will cure your COVID-19 blues.</p> Fri, 28 Aug 2020 22:01:13 Z Lisa Boone, Mariah Tauger <p>Arden Myrin's 'cheap and cheerful' tiny bungalow will cure your COVID-19 blues.</p> Myrin redid the 1927 kitchen in Ikea. Mariah Tauger/Los Angeles Times 2020-08-28 22:01 +00:00 2020-08-29 10:01 +12:00 https://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/entertainment/tv/story/2020-07-28/orlando-sorias-new-hgtv-series-is-the-feel-good-makeover-show-you-need-right-now https://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/entertainment/tv/story/2020-07-28/orlando-sorias-new-hgtv-series-is-the-feel-good-makeover-show-you-need-right-now The feel-good HGTV series you've been waiting for: Orlando Soria's 'Build Me Up' <p>In Orlando Soria's new HGTV series, interior design helps homeowners overcome difficult life transitions.</p> Tue, 28 Jul 2020 16:29:35 Z Lisa Boone <p>In Orlando Soria's new HGTV series, interior design helps homeowners overcome difficult life transitions.</p> HGTV's 'Build Me Up' Host, Orlando Soria, enlists the help of homeowner, Eileen, to do a paint project in her master bedroom. HGTV 2020-07-28 16:29 +00:00 2020-07-29 04:29 +12:00 https://www.latimes.com/lifestyle/story/2020-07-28/orlando-sorias-new-hgtv-series-is-the-feel-good-makeover-show-you-need-right-now https://www.latimes.com/lifestyle/story/2020-07-28/orlando-sorias-new-hgtv-series-is-the-feel-good-makeover-show-you-need-right-now The feel-good HGTV series you've been waiting for: Orlando Soria's 'Build Me Up' <p>In Orlando Soria's new HGTV series, interior design helps homeowners overcome difficult life transitions.</p> Tue, 28 Jul 2020 14:00:40 Z Lisa Boone <p>In Orlando Soria's new HGTV series, interior design helps homeowners overcome difficult life transitions.</p> HGTV's 'Build Me Up' Host, Orlando Soria, enlists the help of homeowner, Eileen, to do a paint project in her master bedroom. HGTV 2020-07-28 14:00 +00:00 2020-07-29 02:00 +12:00 https://www.latimes.com/lifestyle/story/2020-07-27/farmer-rishi-kumar-grows-top-tier-fruits-and-answers-gar https://www.latimes.com/lifestyle/story/2020-07-27/farmer-rishi-kumar-grows-top-tier-fruits-and-answers-gar This farmer in Pomona will inspire you to plant your own garden, no matter how small <p>Farmer Rishi Kumar grows top-tier fruits and offers gardening tips on Instagram: "Gardening is such an important way of connecting with the earth, connecting with ourselves and eating well."</p> Mon, 27 Jul 2020 21:46:10 Z Jill R. Shah <p>Farmer Rishi Kumar grows top-tier fruits and offers gardening tips on Instagram: "Gardening is such an important way of connecting with the earth, connecting with ourselves and eating well."</p> POMONA-CA-JUNE 29, 2020: Rishi Kumar is photographed at his farm in Pomona on Monday, June 29, 2020. (Christina House / Los Angeles Times) Christina House/Los Angeles Times 2020-07-27 21:46 +00:00 2020-07-28 09:46 +12:00 https://www.latimes.com/lifestyle/story/2020-07-18/l-a-affairs-what-i-learned-from-going-on-46-bad-blind-dates https://www.latimes.com/lifestyle/story/2020-07-18/l-a-affairs-what-i-learned-from-going-on-46-bad-blind-dates L.A. Affairs: I went on 46 bad blind dates. And then Mr. 47 showed up. <p>After 46 blind dates that were mostly disastrous, my expectations were not too high. I had survived so many evenings of challenging conversation, no attraction and boredom that I figured what was one more to add to the list. It would at least give me another funny story to share with my friends and family.</p> Sat, 18 Jul 2020 14:00:16 Z Rhonda Sokolow <p>After 46 blind dates that were mostly disastrous, my expectations were not too high. I had survived so many evenings of challenging conversation, no attraction and boredom that I figured what was one more to add to the list. It would at least give me another funny story to share with my friends and family.</p> Liana Jegers' illustration for Rhonda Sokolow's L.A. Affairs column Liana Jegers / For The Times 2020-07-18 14:00 +00:00 2020-07-19 02:00 +12:00 https://www.latimes.com/lifestyle/story/2020-07-15/a-uc-riverside-researcher-may-have-discovered-a-way-to-save-our-citrus-trees https://www.latimes.com/lifestyle/story/2020-07-15/a-uc-riverside-researcher-may-have-discovered-a-way-to-save-our-citrus-trees A UC Riverside researcher may have discovered a way to save our citrus trees <p>A researcher at UC Riverside has found a naturally occurring protein molecule that appears to "cure" huanglongbing (HLB), otherwise known as citrus greening disease, which has devastated Florida's citrus industry and threatens California's.</p> Wed, 15 Jul 2020 20:51:10 Z Jeanette Marantos <p>A researcher at UC Riverside has found a naturally occurring protein molecule that appears to "cure" huanglongbing (HLB), otherwise known as citrus greening disease, which has devastated Florida's citrus industry and threatens California's.</p> art for-promising-treatment-for-citrus-greening-disease Steven Banks Los Angeles Times / Getty 2020-07-15 20:51 +00:00 2020-07-16 08:51 +12:00 https://www.latimes.com/lifestyle/story/2020-07-10/explore-native-plants-at-the-california-botanic-garden https://www.latimes.com/lifestyle/story/2020-07-10/explore-native-plants-at-the-california-botanic-garden California Botanic Garden is a feast (including ice cream!) for all our senses <p>California Botanic Garden is the new name for the state's largest garden of native plants. Virtual events show how to incorporate these plants into our daily lives.</p> Fri, 10 Jul 2020 16:02:32 Z Jeanette Marantos <p>California Botanic Garden is the new name for the state's largest garden of native plants. Virtual events show how to incorporate these plants into our daily lives.</p> The leaves of the native California Bay Laurel tree, one of 1,200 native species at the California Botanic Garden, add delicious, pungent flavors to mac and cheese and other pasta dishes; just don't leave them in more than a couple minutes, because the flavor is strong! David Bryant 2020-07-10 16:02 +00:00 2020-07-11 04:02 +12:00 https://www.latimes.com/lifestyle/story/2020-07-03/10-houseplants-that-thrive-in-full-sun https://www.latimes.com/lifestyle/story/2020-07-03/10-houseplants-that-thrive-in-full-sun 10 sun-loving houseplants that can take the heat <p>Cactus, succulents, herbs, dwarf citrus and other houseplants that can handle the summer heat.</p> Fri, 03 Jul 2020 14:26:44 Z Lisa Boone <p>Cactus, succulents, herbs, dwarf citrus and other houseplants that can handle the summer heat.</p> Stephanie DeAngelis 2020-07-03 14:26 +00:00 2020-07-04 02:26 +12:00 https://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=201201 https://www.zillow.com/blog/planning-diy-outdoor-movie-night-201201/ Home Improvement entertaining staycation How to Plan an Outdoor Movie Night See the stars in your own backyard ... on your DIY big screen, that is. Thu, 02 Jul 2020 13:15:32 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/planning-diy-outdoor-movie-night-201201/#comments Douglas Calhoun <p>In the height of summer, your backyard or porch is headquarters for family time and date night alike. Combine both, and cue up a movie on your DIY movie screen for a <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/budget-staycation-ideas-family-200404/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">staycation highlight</a>.</p> <p>A bedsheet or table cloth affixed to a fence or wall plays projection screen, and your at-home projector makes movie magic.</p> <p>Setting up a snack station with seasoned popcorn and traditional concession stand candies will win over guests of all ages.</p> <p><img loading="lazy" class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-201207" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/IMG_1886-small-d4504b.jpg" alt="IMG_1886 small" width="800" height="533" /></p> <p>Creating a homemade touch is a nice way to personalize the experience. Gather a few common household materials - canvas dropcloth, painters&#8217; tape, fabric-safe paint and a roller - and you can craft a custom blanket that feels expensive but only costs a few dollars. The stripes lend a nautical look that let this throw pull double duty as a beach blanket or picnic spread.</p> <p><img loading="lazy" class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-201211" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/IMG_1728-small-a2da9f.jpg" alt="IMG_1728 small" width="800" height="533" /></p> <p>Whether you choose action, comedy or thriller, your backyard movie night is sure to be a hit.</p> <div class="video-container"><iframe loading="lazy" data-knotch="03530a51-e5d4-42c5-96ca-64bc56a287ca"title="DIY Outdoor Movie Night: See the Stars in Your Own Backyard" width="500" height="281" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/KVccP4RNLFE?feature=oembed&#038;enablejsapi=1&#038;modestbranding=1&#038;rel=0&#038;showinfo=0" frameborder="0" allow="accelerometer; autoplay; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture" allowfullscreen></iframe></div> <p><em>Want more tips from Douglas? Watch more <a href="https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLh1pT5iJrkNE2fMxVp3ocTgHxoSi4ZnlO" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">home entertaining and design videos</a>. </em></p> <p><strong>Related</strong>:</p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/set-up-patio-best-summer-ever-197719/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Set Up Your Patio for the Best Summer Ever</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/budget-staycation-ideas-family-200404/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">9 Budget-Friendly Staycation Ideas for Families</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/how-to-style-a-patio-dinner-party-197717/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Throw an Outdoor Dinner Party With a Beachy Vibe</a></li> </ul> <p><em>Originally published September 2016.</em></p> https://www.zillow.com/blog/planning-diy-outdoor-movie-night-201201/feed/ 19 2020-07-02 13:15 +00:00 2020-07-03 01:15 +12:00 https://www.latimes.com/lifestyle/story/2020-07-01/black-plantfluencers-plant-stylists-garden-experts-instagram https://www.latimes.com/lifestyle/story/2020-07-01/black-plantfluencers-plant-stylists-garden-experts-instagram Black plantfluencers and garden experts you need in your Instagram feed <p>A list of our favorite Black plantfluencers, plant stylists, floral artists, enthusiasts, experts, and garden store owners on Instagram.</p> Wed, 01 Jul 2020 15:00:14 Z Jessica Roy <p>A list of our favorite Black plantfluencers, plant stylists, floral artists, enthusiasts, experts, and garden store owners on Instagram.</p> Plant influencers Katura Barnes, Maurice Harris and Stephanie Horton. Courtesy of Katura Barnes, Maurice Harris and Stephanie Horton. 2020-07-01 15:00 +00:00 2020-07-02 03:00 +12:00 https://www.latimes.com/lifestyle/story/2020-06-24/where-to-find-shade-in-the-summer-in-los-angeles https://www.latimes.com/lifestyle/story/2020-06-24/where-to-find-shade-in-the-summer-in-los-angeles The 15 best places in L.A. to find shade on hot summer days <p>A mature urban forest and dense tree canopy can provide relief on the hottest days. Here are 15 places to cool off this summer. </p> Wed, 24 Jun 2020 20:15:17 Z Lisa Boone <p>A mature urban forest and dense tree canopy can provide relief on the hottest days. Here are 15 places to cool off this summer. </p> This oak grove at Corriganville Park was named Sherwood Forest after the 1950s television series "Robin Hood" was filmed here. **4. Bear left when the trail splits, walking toward a group of public toilets and a shaded picnic area.** Michael Owen Baker / For The Times 2020-06-24 20:15 +00:00 2020-06-25 08:15 +12:00 https://www.latimes.com/lifestyle/story/2020-06-15/la-hm-our-favorite-places-to-shop-for-houseplants https://www.latimes.com/lifestyle/story/2020-06-15/la-hm-our-favorite-places-to-shop-for-houseplants These are our 20 favorite places to shop for houseplants in L.A. <p>As plant stores begin to reopen in Los Angeles, we share a few of our favorites. </p> Tue, 16 Jun 2020 02:05:15 Z Lisa Boone <p>As plant stores begin to reopen in Los Angeles, we share a few of our favorites. </p> Some of our favorite places to shop for houseplants in Los Angeles. Stephanie DeAngelis 2020-06-16 02:05 +00:00 2020-06-16 14:05 +12:00 https://www.latimes.com/lifestyle/story/2020-06-12/goodwill-southern-california-reopens-select-stores https://www.latimes.com/lifestyle/story/2020-06-12/goodwill-southern-california-reopens-select-stores If you decluttered during coronavirus, you'll want to know this: Goodwill has reopened <p>Several Goodwill Southern California stores reopen for shopping and donations. And that's welcome news to those who spent the shutdown decluttering. </p> Fri, 12 Jun 2020 17:07:55 Z Lisa Boone <p>Several Goodwill Southern California stores reopen for shopping and donations. And that's welcome news to those who spent the shutdown decluttering. </p> Program participants James Estis, Jr., right, and Robert Rose, left, sort through and categorize book donations at Goodwill Industries Orange County in Santa Ana on Monday, Oct. 16. Kevin Chang / Times OC 2020-06-12 17:07 +00:00 2020-06-13 05:07 +12:00 https://www.latimes.com/lifestyle/story/2020-06-10/the-best-houseplant-for-your-zodiac-sign https://www.latimes.com/lifestyle/story/2020-06-10/the-best-houseplant-for-your-zodiac-sign The best houseplant for your zodiac sign <p>Black Raven ZZ plants for Aquarius. Fiddle-leaf figs for Taurus. How to pair houseplants with your sun sign. </p> Wed, 10 Jun 2020 19:13:21 Z Lisa Boone <p>Black Raven ZZ plants for Aquarius. Fiddle-leaf figs for Taurus. How to pair houseplants with your sun sign. </p> The best houseplant for your zodiac sign. Stephanie DeAngelis For The Times 2020-06-10 19:13 +00:00 2020-06-11 07:13 +12:00 https://www.latimes.com/entertainment-arts/story/2020-06-05/coronavirus-artist-felix-gonzalez-torres-fortune-cookie-project-instagram-stunt https://www.latimes.com/entertainment-arts/story/2020-06-05/coronavirus-artist-felix-gonzalez-torres-fortune-cookie-project-instagram-stunt How a project to honor artist Felix Gonzalez-Torres devolved into an Instagram stunt <p>Fortune cookie installations by late artist Felix Gonzalez-Torres were about loss and renewal. Their re-creations feel like home décor of privilege.</p> Fri, 05 Jun 2020 20:23:39 Z Carolina A. Miranda <p>Fortune cookie installations by late artist Felix Gonzalez-Torres were about loss and renewal. Their re-creations feel like home décor of privilege.</p> A version of the late Felix Gonzalez-Torres' "Untitled" (Fortune Cookie Corner)," from 1990, installed outside a private home in Silver Lake. Laura J. Nelson / Los Angeles Times 2020-06-05 20:23 +00:00 2020-06-06 08:23 +12:00 https://www.latimes.com/lifestyle/story/2020-06-05/plant-sales-remain-strong-despite-coronavirus-and-ongoing-injustice https://www.latimes.com/lifestyle/story/2020-06-05/plant-sales-remain-strong-despite-coronavirus-and-ongoing-injustice In the face of so much sorrow, we turn to gardens and plants for a sliver of hope <p>Many of us grieving about the state of the world — illness, injustice, inequities — are turning to our victory gardens, or the potted tomatoes and basil on our balconies or patios, for the tiny moments of respite they provide.</p> Fri, 05 Jun 2020 19:55:27 Z Jeanette Marantos <p>Many of us grieving about the state of the world — illness, injustice, inequities — are turning to our victory gardens, or the potted tomatoes and basil on our balconies or patios, for the tiny moments of respite they provide.</p> Photo illustration for gardening story about how plant sales are increasing during the coronavirus pandemic. Photo illustration by Steven Ban 2020-06-05 19:55 +00:00 2020-06-06 07:55 +12:00 https://www.latimes.com/lifestyle/story/2020-06-05/logans-gardens-father-son-nursery-owners https://www.latimes.com/lifestyle/story/2020-06-05/logans-gardens-father-son-nursery-owners They build gardens for the rich and famous. And they still get stopped by the police <p>Jimmy Williams and his son Logan are black owners of a popular Silver Lake nursery that sells organic vegetable plants and builds gardens for the rich and famous, but that didn't stop the police from pulling them over in their work van one day, saying, 'We've had several robberies in the area.'</p> Fri, 05 Jun 2020 19:39:48 Z Jeanette Marantos <p>Jimmy Williams and his son Logan are black owners of a popular Silver Lake nursery that sells organic vegetable plants and builds gardens for the rich and famous, but that didn't stop the police from pulling them over in their work van one day, saying, 'We've had several robberies in the area.'</p> Jimmy Williams, 79, and his son Logan, 34, owner of Logan's Gardens nursery in Silver Lake, take a knee with their vegetable seedlings at the Santa Monica Farmer's Market on Wednesday. They believe they are the only African American nursery owners in Southern California, a business that also includes building and maintaining gardens for the rich and famous. Al Seib/Los Angeles Times 2020-06-05 19:39 +00:00 2020-06-06 07:39 +12:00 https://www.latimes.com/business/real-estate/story/2020-06-05/architect-william-hefners-california-style-luxury-mixed-with-simplicity https://www.latimes.com/business/real-estate/story/2020-06-05/architect-william-hefners-california-style-luxury-mixed-with-simplicity Architect William Hefner's California style: luxury mixed with simplicity <p>Hefner's upcoming book celebrates a holistic approach to design and the memory of his late wife and design partner, Kazuko Hoshino.</p> Fri, 05 Jun 2020 12:30:05 Z Arielle Paul <p>Hefner's upcoming book celebrates a holistic approach to design and the memory of his late wife and design partner, Kazuko Hoshino.</p> Architect William Hefner's Brise Soleil in Beverly Hills. James Ray Spahn 2020-06-05 12:30 +00:00 2020-06-06 00:30 +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 18:19:18 Z 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 18:19 +00:00 2020-06-04 06:19 +12:00 https://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=200670 https://www.zillow.com/blog/maximize-your-staycation-200670/ Tips & Advice staycation Summer Prepare for the Ultimate Staycation Rule #1 of the best week off at home: Plan ahead. Wed, 03 Jun 2020 13:04:59 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/maximize-your-staycation-200670/#comments Sarah Pike <p>You don't need to stay in a hotel and play tourist to have a proper holiday. Look no further than your own home for a staycation that dreams are made of.</p> <p>Make no mistake, an at-home staycation doesn&#8217;t just mean a lazy weekend on the couch. Turn your humble abode into a resort made for relaxation with a few days of planning and prep work.</p> <p>Here&#8217;s your guide to creating the ultimate staycation.</p> <h2>Tackle chores in advance</h2> <p>Make a list of chores you want to tackle a few days before your staycation begins. At the very least, cover the basics like washing linens, dusting and vacuuming.</p> <p>For an added level of sparkle, schedule time to clean your windows. That way when you're gazing out at your backyard garden or pool (aka your staycation resort spa), your windows will be as spic-and-span as those at a five-star bed and breakfast.</p> <p>Better yet, for a totally chore-free staycation, consider setting aside extra cash for a housecleaning service to do the work for you beforehand.</p> <h2>Maximize your comfort</h2> <p>Maybe your home is already perfectly comfy and cozy. But for maximum staycation relaxation, why not add a few extra elements to make your home feel like a luxury resort?</p> <ul> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><b>Adjust your lighting. </b>Look for soft ambient lighting options to create a calming environment. New lamps for bedroom and living areas and candles for the master bath can completely change the mood of a space.</li> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><b>Add new rugs. </b>Soft, plush area rugs boost the comfort level of a room and make a cozy reading spot if you add a few floor pillows.</li> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><b>Upgrade your bedding. </b>Not only will it feel like you're truly on a vacation, but new sheets are an added perk after your leisure time comes to a close.</li> </ul> <h2>Create designated spaces</h2> <p>Think about what kind of environment will help you reach peak relaxation. You can do a quick makeover of your bathroom to create a calming home spa or carve out a quiet corner for a meditation or reading nook.</p> <p>If a spa setting is more your style, look at bath pillows, aromatherapy candles and bath oils. Or if you simply crave a reading corner, pick up some new reads that have been sitting on your wish list for too long.</p> <p>If you have kids, create a designated craft or board game corner, or come up with a few activities they can enjoy while you relax.</p> <p>Look outside for added comfort ideas too. Whether it&#8217;s a hammock, a porch swing or patio furniture, look for ways to blend your staycation lounging with the great outdoors.</p> <p>On that note, consider setting up your camping gear in the backyard for part of your staycation, or try out a <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/building-backyard-fire-pit-219141/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">DIY fire pit</a> for late-night chats and s&#8217;mores.</p> <h2>Manage meals ahead of time</h2> <p>Don't waste precious relaxation time planning menus. Pick your favorite family recipes, plan which meals you&#8217;ll have delivered and knock out grocery shopping before your staycation begins.</p> <p>If you enjoy cooking, consider using some of your time off to make more intricate meals than you typically have time for - or bring in a local chef for a cooking lesson.</p> <h2>Plan ahead to make it count</h2> <p>With a few preparatory tasks on your to-do list, you can turn your house into a staycation sanctuary. Map out what you want your down time to look like, and delegate tasks. Soon you'll be ready for a few days of ultimate relaxation - without ever leaving your home.</p> <p><strong>Related:</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/solariums-and-sun-rooms-212435/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Spectacular Solariums and Sun Rooms Let in the Light</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/quiz-which-perfect-pool-is-cool-for-the-summer-227324/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Quiz: Which Perfect Pool Is Cool for the Summer?</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/summer-smackdown-which-home-is-your-favorite-230460/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Summer Smackdown: Which Home Is Your Favorite?</a></li> </ul> <p><em>Originally published July 2016.</em></p> https://www.zillow.com/blog/maximize-your-staycation-200670/feed/ 17 2020-06-03 13:04 +00:00 2020-06-04 01:04 +12:00 https://www.zillow.com/digs/guides/?p=1879 https://www.zillow.com/blog/create-ultimate-outdoor-kitchen-228816/ Home Improvement kitchens Summer How to Create Your U