News Feeds (RSS) https://www.nzherald.co.nz/property/news/article.cfm?c_id=8&objectid=12241017&ref=rss newsfeeds@nzherald.co.nz 'Statue-napped': The curious disappearance of Lord Auckland The case of a disappearing statue in Auckland's civic heart left people asking if he had been sold for scrap, "statute napped" or removed as an anti-colonial political statement.Cathy Casey, an Auckland councillor, showed a picture... Mon, 17 Jun 2019 06:52:51 +1200 2019-06-17 06:52 +12:00 2019-06-17 06:52 +12:00 https://www.nzherald.co.nz/property/news/article.cfm?c_id=8&objectid=12240176&ref=rss newsfeeds@nzherald.co.nz Costco wants kiwi goods: chief calls for our producers to show off products The world's second-largest retailer, Costco Wholesale, wants to buy and distribute New Zealand goods to its 94 million member shoppers around the world.Patrick Noone, managing director of Australia and New Zealand, said Costco already... Sun, 16 Jun 2019 15:02:32 +1200 2019-06-16 15:02 +12:00 2019-06-16 15:02 +12:00 https://www.nzherald.co.nz/property/news/article.cfm?c_id=8&objectid=12238364&ref=rss newsfeeds@nzherald.co.nz Derelict boarding house transformed to multimillion-dollar luxury A derelict boarding house that had not been lived in for more than 10 years has been transformed into two multimillion-dollar luxurious apartments with a grand nod to its heritage past.The two-level home on one of Devonport's most... Sun, 16 Jun 2019 05:00:00 +1200 2019-06-16 05:00 +12:00 2019-06-16 05:00 +12:00 https://www.nzherald.co.nz/property/news/article.cfm?c_id=8&objectid=12240817&ref=rss newsfeeds@nzherald.co.nz Giant investment package for sale in Hamilton A huge new manufacturing and distribution facility, located in Hamilton's growing airport industrial hub, is for sale on long leaseback terms for the first time since it was completed less than two years ago."When it comes to institutional-grade... Sat, 15 Jun 2019 22:16:07 +1200 2019-06-15 22:16 +12:00 2019-06-15 22:16 +12:00 https://www.nzherald.co.nz/property/news/article.cfm?c_id=8&objectid=12240797&ref=rss newsfeeds@nzherald.co.nz Tenants sought for planned Westhaven Marine Village Fourteen tenancies that can be amalgamated to create larger units are available for lease in Westhaven Marine Village - a planned retail development within Auckland's Westhaven Marina that is targeted for completion in August next... Sat, 15 Jun 2019 18:56:33 +1200 2019-06-15 18:56 +12:00 2019-06-15 18:56 +12:00 https://www.nzherald.co.nz/property/news/article.cfm?c_id=8&objectid=12240795&ref=rss newsfeeds@nzherald.co.nz K' Rd character offers a clean palate A two-level character property in Auckland's Karangahape Rd is being marketed as sitting in a value range that's accessible to both add-value buyers and owner-occupiers."With just one smaller tenant having a shorter term lease obligation,... Sat, 15 Jun 2019 18:52:42 +1200 2019-06-15 18:52 +12:00 2019-06-15 18:52 +12:00 https://www.nzherald.co.nz/property/news/article.cfm?c_id=8&objectid=12240794&ref=rss newsfeeds@nzherald.co.nz Billfish a good catch in Westhaven Marina The waterfront Billfish Cafe restaurant and bar in Auckland Westhaven Marina is for sale as a going concern business within leased premises."This hospitality business overlooks the biggest boating marina in the Southern Hemisphere,"... Sat, 15 Jun 2019 18:48:08 +1200 2019-06-15 18:48 +12:00 2019-06-15 18:48 +12:00 https://www.nzherald.co.nz/property/news/article.cfm?c_id=8&objectid=12240793&ref=rss newsfeeds@nzherald.co.nz New Zealand's biggest avocado orchard for sale The biggest avocado orchard in New Zealand - completely redeveloped with new higher-yielding higher-health clonal rootstock - has been placed on the market.The 29.7ha property at Paparore 22 km north of Kaitaia was originally established... Sat, 15 Jun 2019 18:43:50 +1200 2019-06-15 18:43 +12:00 2019-06-15 18:43 +12:00 https://www.nzherald.co.nz/property/news/article.cfm?c_id=8&objectid=12240791&ref=rss newsfeeds@nzherald.co.nz Two district council Levin properties for sale After a review of some of its non-core property assets, Horowhenua District Council is selling two Levin properties in separate tender processes closing later this month.The first is a fully-leased commercial property in the town... Sat, 15 Jun 2019 18:40:22 +1200 2019-06-15 18:40 +12:00 2019-06-15 18:40 +12:00 https://www.nzherald.co.nz/property/news/article.cfm?c_id=8&objectid=12240790&ref=rss newsfeeds@nzherald.co.nz Potential in growth location In South Auckland a commercial property is being marketed as having low site coverage and vacant possession, making it well suited to a range of occupiers, investors or developers."It is well located in the growth suburb of Manurewa,"... Sat, 15 Jun 2019 18:35:49 +1200 2019-06-15 18:35 +12:00 2019-06-15 18:35 +12:00 https://www.nzherald.co.nz/property/news/article.cfm?c_id=8&objectid=12240788&ref=rss newsfeeds@nzherald.co.nz Ponsonby tenanted office unit for sale A tenanted office unit for sale in Ponsonby provides an opportunity for investors to add value or owner-occupiers to secure premises in one of Auckland's most sought-after city fringe suburbs.Hamish Paterson and Jonathan Lynch of... Sat, 15 Jun 2019 18:32:20 +1200 2019-06-15 18:32 +12:00 2019-06-15 18:32 +12:00 https://www.nzherald.co.nz/property/news/article.cfm?c_id=8&objectid=12240786&ref=rss newsfeeds@nzherald.co.nz Big Christchurch leasing deal Growing demand for industrial property in Christchurch has resulted in the sector's biggest leasing deal this year, a month after the previous tenants vacated, says Sam Staite of Colliers International in Christchurch.Staite says... Sat, 15 Jun 2019 18:27:58 +1200 2019-06-15 18:27 +12:00 2019-06-15 18:27 +12:00 https://www.nzherald.co.nz/property/news/article.cfm?c_id=8&objectid=12240785&ref=rss newsfeeds@nzherald.co.nz Onehunga's movie theatre consented for apartments Onehunga's original movie theatre is for sale with a Town Centre zoning and consented plans for 21 apartments on the site.Located on the main retail strip, the property at 300 Onehunga Mall occupies a commanding position. Colliers... Sat, 15 Jun 2019 18:23:39 +1200 2019-06-15 18:23 +12:00 2019-06-15 18:23 +12:00 https://www.nzherald.co.nz/property/news/article.cfm?c_id=8&objectid=12240784&ref=rss newsfeeds@nzherald.co.nz Space for sub-lease in big Wiri facility More than 18,000sq m of high stud warehouse space in Wiri is available for sublease, providing an opportunity to occupy part or all of a big facility in a premier south Auckland industrial hub.Croxley Stationery has exclusively... Sat, 15 Jun 2019 18:21:17 +1200 2019-06-15 18:21 +12:00 2019-06-15 18:21 +12:00 https://www.nzherald.co.nz/property/news/article.cfm?c_id=8&objectid=12240783&ref=rss newsfeeds@nzherald.co.nz Albany yard-based industrial a rarity A former landscape supply centre strategically located only 1km from the State Highway 1 Northern Motorway interchange is for sale in Albany on Auckland's North Shore.The sale presents an opportunity to secure a developable landholding... Sat, 15 Jun 2019 18:16:25 +1200 2019-06-15 18:16 +12:00 2019-06-15 18:16 +12:00 https://www.nzherald.co.nz/property/news/article.cfm?c_id=8&objectid=12240782&ref=rss newsfeeds@nzherald.co.nz Palmerston North property at heart of FoodHQ A big block of land and buildings is for sale in Palmerston North at the heart of New Zealand's planned and foremost agricultural plant and food research centre. The future national Food Research & Development hub is called 'FoodHQ',... Sat, 15 Jun 2019 18:13:33 +1200 2019-06-15 18:13 +12:00 2019-06-15 18:13 +12:00 https://www.nzherald.co.nz/property/news/article.cfm?c_id=8&objectid=12240781&ref=rss newsfeeds@nzherald.co.nz Income earning ATM with former Pakuranga bank A freehold two-storey standalone former bank building is for sale in the Pakuranga Plaza shopping mall. The building is one of the few individually-owned properties at Pakuranga Plaza, says Matt Lee of Bayleys Auckland who, with... Sat, 15 Jun 2019 18:09:12 +1200 2019-06-15 18:09 +12:00 2019-06-15 18:09 +12:00 https://www.nzherald.co.nz/property/news/article.cfm?c_id=8&objectid=12240780&ref=rss newsfeeds@nzherald.co.nz Few office space options in popular Christchurch CBD Numerous businesses wanting to move into the Christchurch central business district have few options in the desired office size range, according to Savills.Toby Nicholls and Natasha Lacey, commercial leasing brokers at Savills Christchurch,... Sat, 15 Jun 2019 18:04:36 +1200 2019-06-15 18:04 +12:00 2019-06-15 18:04 +12:00 https://www.nzherald.co.nz/property/news/article.cfm?c_id=8&objectid=12240762&ref=rss newsfeeds@nzherald.co.nz Mascot Towers resident 'woke up to find whole building evacuated' A Mascot Towers resident has told of his horror on Saturday morning when he awoke to discover the entire complex deserted after firefighters evacuated everybody except him.Andy Ang told news.com.au he felt scared, confused and alone... Sat, 15 Jun 2019 15:53:51 +1200 2019-06-15 15:53 +12:00 2019-06-15 15:53 +12:00 https://www.nzherald.co.nz/property/news/article.cfm?c_id=8&objectid=12240685&ref=rss newsfeeds@nzherald.co.nz Apartment residents evacuated and engineers called after a 'large crack appeared' Tensions have flared among residents who were evacuated from 131 apartments in a high-rise Sydney tower block over major structural concerns after "a large crack appeared" and movement was detected.Occupants were moved out of the... Sat, 15 Jun 2019 08:42:27 +1200 2019-06-15 08:42 +12:00 2019-06-15 08:42 +12:00 https://www.landlords.co.nz/article/976515020/comment-ditching-accommodation-supplement-not-the-answer?utm_source=LL&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=COMMENT%3A+Ditching+Accommodation+Supplement+not+the+answer https://www.landlords.co.nz/article/976515020/comment-ditching-accommodation-supplement-not-the-answer?utm_source=LL&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=COMMENT%3A+Ditching+Accommodation+Supplement+not+the+answer COMMENT: Ditching Accommodation Supplement not the answer <p>Tenant advocates have long claimed the Accommodation Supplement benefits landlords over tenants but those demanding it be scrapped are ignoring some relevant facts, says NZ Property Investors Federation executive officer Andrew King.</p> Wed, 12 Jun 2019 10:53:00 +1200 2019-06-12 10:53 +12:00 2019-06-12 10:53 +12:00 https://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=109962 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/ZillowBlog/~3/m0PS_lVpqJg/ Tips & Advice moving in Own & Rent 5 Things to Do Before and After Closing Your journey doesn't end on closing day. Here are some next steps to consider before you actually move in. Mon, 10 Jun 2019 13:08:05 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/most-important-things-to-do-before-and-after-closing-109962/#respond Brendon DeSimone <p>You&#8217;ve been house shopping for months or even years. You&#8217;ve endured a series of offers, property disclosures, inspections and reports. Finally, after so much excitement, stress and anxiety, the house hunt has come to an end.</p> <p>But the story isn&#8217;t over yet. Here are some next steps to consider before you actually move in.</p> <h2>1. Plan renovations well in advance</h2> <p>Rarely does a buyer get a place that&#8217;s move-in ready. By the time you&#8217;ve signed a contract, you have lots of ideas about how you'll live in the home, how you'll customize it and what work needs to be done.</p> <p>If the place needs work, don&#8217;t wait until you&#8217;ve closed to engage a professional. Either at your final walkthrough or during a private appointment, get the proper contractors in the house and start collecting bids for necessary work. If possible, have floor sanding, painting or small fix-it work done before you move in. <a href="https://www.zillow.com/agent-finder/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Real estate agents</a> work with all kinds of tradespeople, so they're often a great resource for referrals.<b> </b></p> <h2>2. Set up the utilities</h2> <p>Some people assume the utilities will work once they walk in. While many utility companies have grace periods (the days between when the seller cancels service and the new owner calls), you can&#8217;t always assume this will be the case. If you have an out-of-town seller, they may have canceled services the day they knew all contingencies were removed. In this instance, the grace period likely lapsed, and you may be stuck dealing with the electric company, waiting for an appointment or just being without power when you really want to start painting, fixing or cleaning.</p> <p>The best plan is to call the utility companies and get service set up well before closing. If they haven&#8217;t received cancellation notice from the seller, let the seller know to take care of that.</p> <h2>3. Change the locks</h2> <p>Assume that everyone has a set of keys to your new home. The seller's real estate agent likely gave copies to their assistant, a painter, a stager or even another agent at some point during the listing period. That's why the first person you should call after getting the keys is a locksmith.</p> <h2>4. Hire a cleaning crew</h2> <p>There's nothing worse than showing up with the movers, dozens of boxes and your personal belongings only to discover the seller hasn&#8217;t had the place cleaned.</p> <p>Assume the worst and get a professional cleaning crew in there the minute after closing. Even if the seller did clean, they may have done a poor job. You want to start life in your new home with a clean slate. The bones of the place will be sparkling clean, and you won't be scrambling to get cleaners in while the home is in a state of unpacking disarray.</p> <h2>5. Have a handyperson, contractor or designer on call</h2> <p>Moving involves the kind of stuff you wouldn&#8217;t wish on your worst enemy. Things like aligning your framed artwork, centering the couch in the living room or getting the large rug set up in the master bedroom can drive you crazy.</p> <p>While it may seem like a luxury, investing a few hundred dollars in hiring someone to help with these tasks will save time and potentially relieve you of a giant headache.</p> <h2>Thinking ahead is the way to go</h2> <p>As your closing date draws near, you're probably exhausted. But taking a little extra time to plan ahead will save you time, money and stress - and make the move into your new home so much more satisfying.</p> <p><strong>Related:</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/live-in-home-before-renovating-64719/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">3 Reasons to Live in a New Home Before Renovating</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/common-moving-nightmares-195663/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">3 Common Moving Nightmares (and How to Prevent Them)</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/how-to-move-cross-country-229891/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">How to Move Cross-Country: See How These Renters Made It Work</a></li> </ul> <p><em>Note: The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the opinion or position of Zillow. Originally published February 2013.</em></p> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=m0PS_lVpqJg:NW5fOEEdXSM:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=m0PS_lVpqJg:NW5fOEEdXSM:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> </div> https://www.zillow.com/blog/most-important-things-to-do-before-and-after-closing-109962/feed/ 0 https://www.zillow.com/blog/most-important-things-to-do-before-and-after-closing-109962/ 2019-06-10 13:08 +00:00 2019-06-11 01:08 +12:00 https://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=64719 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/ZillowBlog/~3/lCYH9Qjys9A/ Tips & Advice home buying remodeling 3 Reasons to Live in a New Home Before Renovating New house? Hold that sledgehammer! You might want to hold off until you've settled in. Mon, 10 Jun 2019 13:00:17 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/live-in-home-before-renovating-64719/#comments Brendon DeSimone <p>In today's market, many buyers forego <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/fixer-upper-200428/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">fixer-uppers</a> for move-in ready homes. As a result, significant opportunities abound in prime locations as homes that need work linger on the market.</p> <p>In competitive markets, savvy consumers gravitate toward these homes that nobody else wants. Why? They can customize the home to their requirements and build equity along the way.</p> <p>That said, I often recommend that buyers live in a new home for a while before undertaking any <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/high-price-home-improvements-199539/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">major remodeling or pricey home improvements</a>. I'm not talking about lighting or plumbing repairs necessary to make the house habitable. Rather, I'm referring to discretionary remodeling, expansions and other improvement projects.</p> <p>Here are three good reasons to at least consider holding off on the big home improvement projects until you&#8217;ve had some time to settle in.</p> <h2>1. Living in the home can change your mind</h2> <p>You may have grand visions for what you'd like to do to a home, based on its condition and your priorities at the time you buy it. But until you're actually living there, it's difficult to know exactly how you'll use the house, what will work for you and what won't.</p> <p>Ultimately, it's this day-to-day experience that will inform your home improvement decisions, instead of early notions of how you want your everyday experience to be.</p> <h2>2. After buying a home, you deserve a break</h2> <p>Buying a home is a massive project, an enormous change in your life and a shock to the system - if not your finances. I've seen buyers jump through hoops, spending months on end looking for a home. In some situations, it becomes a part-time job.</p> <p>A home renovation can be yet another big and stressful project, what with all the decisions to make and contractors to deal with.</p> <p>My recommendation: Take a break from the stress of buying your new home.</p> <h2>3. You need time to plan</h2> <p>Any renovation, no matter how small, should be designed with care. That means speaking to multiple architects, contractors or designers to get their take on your ideas and options - a time-consuming process.</p> <p>An hour with a well-qualified contractor can uncover opportunities where you least expected them. For instance, even though it may be an added cost now, moving the laundry machines from the garage to the top floor during a larger renovation may save you time and money down the road.</p> <p>Conversely, hiring architects and contractors while under the constraints of an escrow period is likely to cause problems for you later.</p> <p>Some buyers want to jump into renovations because they don&#8217;t want to live in a construction zone or pay rent and a mortgage at the same time. While this may make some economic sense upfront, it can still cause costly problems later.</p> <p>Often, buyers who said they don't want a home that requires any work end up buying a home that needs at least some. It's the natural evolution of the buying process. Rarely does someone end up buying the home they started off thinking they wanted.</p> <p>While you should be open to doing work on a home, don't feel stressed about getting it all done at once. Live as-is for six months to a year. Take the home for a test drive and see how it runs. You may be surprised at how your perspective and priorities change once you settle in.</p> <p><em>Find out which home renovations DIYers most regretted tackling themselves.</em></p> <div class="video-container"><iframe width="500" height="281" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/a3ldrExVRAM?feature=oembed&#038;enablejsapi=1&#038;modestbranding=1&#038;rel=0&#038;showinfo=0" frameborder="0" allow="accelerometer; autoplay; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture" allowfullscreen></iframe></div> <p><strong>Related</strong>:</p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/over-improving-228853/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Are You Overimproving for Your Neighborhood?</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/quiz-renovate-home-or-sell-225199/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Quiz: Should You Renovate Your Home or Sell?</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/home-renovation-team-trust-201009/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">How to Build a Home Renovation Team You Can Trust</a></li> </ul> <p><em>Note: The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the opinion or position of Zillow.</em><br /> <em>Originally published August 2016.</em></p> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=lCYH9Qjys9A:9BROLsTWc1c:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=lCYH9Qjys9A:9BROLsTWc1c:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> </div> https://www.zillow.com/blog/live-in-home-before-renovating-64719/feed/ 38 https://www.zillow.com/blog/live-in-home-before-renovating-64719/ 2019-06-10 13:00 +00:00 2019-06-11 01:00 +12:00 https://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=191909 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/ZillowBlog/~3/4uhZu7NmCTo/ Tips & Advice Moving relocation What to Unpack First in Your New Home Where are the towels? Who packed the cat food? When you're surrounded by boxes, what you need is a strategy. Sat, 08 Jun 2019 16:42:34 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/what-to-unpack-first-191909/#comments Moving.Tips <p>So you&#8217;re finally in your new home, surrounded by piles of boxes, tired and glad that your relocation is about to end.</p> <p>To fully complete your moving adventure, however, you need to unpack your belongings and make your new place feel like home. But where do you even begin?</p> <h2>First things first</h2> <p>No matter how much you want to get it over with, there are three important things to do before you can actually start unpacking.</p> <ol> <li><strong>Clean and prepare your new home</strong>. It's easier to wipe down shelves, clean windows and mop floors before your belongings are in place. Make sure your home-to-be is spotless when your items arrive. If you can't get to your new place early enough to do a thorough cleaning, consider hiring professional cleaners to do the job for you.</li> <li><strong>Inspect and organize your belongings</strong>. Check all the delivered boxes and household items against your inventory sheet to make sure nothing is damaged or missing. Then have each of your possessions taken to the room where it belongs. If everything was properly marked and labeled, sorting your items will be a piece of cake.</li> <li><strong>Set major furniture and appliances</strong>. Position your large furniture pieces and bulky household appliances first. Then you can put any smaller items you unpack later directly in their rightful places. Plan your interior design well in advance so you don't end up moving heavy pieces around several times.</li> </ol> <h2>Tackle the necessities</h2> <p>What matters most when unpacking your items after a move is ensuring that your essentials are immediately accessible. So prioritize your belongings, and unpack only the necessities first.</p> <h3>Bedding</h3> <p>You may not be able to unpack the entire bedroom right away, but you&#8217;ll definitely need at least the bed the day you move in. Reassemble the bed frame (if necessary), lay down the sheets, unpack the pillows and spread the blankets so you can get a good night's rest - you&#8217;re going to need it!</p> <p>Provided that you have a change of clothes and some comfortable indoor shoes (as well as curtains on the windows to ensure your privacy), the rest of your bedroom items can wait until you find the time and the energy to deal with them.</p> <h3>Bathroom items</h3> <p>Without a doubt, your personal care items, toiletries and medicines should top the list of the most important items to unpack after your move. Put out toilet paper and soap, find your toothbrush and toothpaste, hang the towels and the shower curtains, and unpack any other bathroom essentials you&#8217;ll need to wash away the weariness and stress of moving.</p> <h3>Kitchen necessities</h3> <p>Kitchens tend to take a very long time to unpack and organize properly due to the large number of items that need to be sorted and carefully arranged.</p> <p>As soon as you&#8217;ve hooked up the large appliances, such as the fridge and the stove, move on to your smaller kitchenware. Plates, silverware and glasses should be the first to find their places in cupboards and kitchen cabinets, closely followed by cooking utensils, pots and pans, and pantry items.</p> <h3>Kids&#8217; and pets&#8217; items</h3> <p>If you have young children, unpack some of their favorite toys, books, games and blankets during the first few hours in your new home. Keeping your young ones happy and occupied will let you concentrate on your work and finish it faster.</p> <p>Of course, you should also take care of your pets' needs immediately upon arrival. It&#8217;s a good idea to pack adequate pet food and some of your animal friends' favorite toys in your open-first box.</p> <h2>Finishing up</h2> <p>When you&#8217;ve unpacked the three most essential rooms in your home (bedroom, bathroom and kitchen), everything else can wait a bit. There are no deadlines to meet, so you can set your own pace when unpacking and decorating your new place - just unpack in order of priority without procrastinating.</p> <p>If you stay organized, set reasonable goals, clean after every unpacking phase, and dispose of the packing materials in a safe and eco-friendly manner, your new surroundings will soon stop looking like a warehouse full of boxes and start feeling like home.</p> <p><strong>Related</strong>:</p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/how-to-choose-a-moving-company-171437/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Picking a Moving Company: How Do Your Choices Stack Up?</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/additional-services-from-movers-178060/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">The Hidden Costs of Moving: 11 Extra Fees to Watch For</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/common-moving-nightmares-195663/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">3 Common Moving Nightmares (and How to Prevent Them)</a></li> </ul> <p><em>Originally published February 5, 2016.</em></p> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=4uhZu7NmCTo:1omIS2gryQU:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=4uhZu7NmCTo:1omIS2gryQU:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> </div> https://www.zillow.com/blog/what-to-unpack-first-191909/feed/ 4 https://www.zillow.com/blog/what-to-unpack-first-191909/ 2019-06-08 16:42 +00:00 2019-06-09 04:42 +12:00 https://www.landlords.co.nz/article/976514967/comment-tenant-selection-turned-into-a-lotto-draw?utm_source=LL&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=COMMENT%3A+Tenant+selection+turned+into+a+lotto+draw https://www.landlords.co.nz/article/976514967/comment-tenant-selection-turned-into-a-lotto-draw?utm_source=LL&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=COMMENT%3A+Tenant+selection+turned+into+a+lotto+draw COMMENT: Tenant selection turned into a lotto draw <p>The Privacy Commissioner has created a lotto draw for tenant selection with the recent release of some ill-conceived guidelines, writes property management consultant David Faulkner.</p> Sat, 01 Jun 2019 08:00:00 +1200 2019-06-01 08:00 +12:00 2019-06-01 08:00 +12:00 https://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=230460 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/ZillowBlog/~3/jBLhoHWZrds/ Unique Homes Summer Smackdown: Which Home Is Your Favorite? Who's in for a little summertime competition? Fri, 31 May 2019 19:03:48 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/summer-smackdown-which-home-is-your-favorite-230460/#comments Jamie Birdwell-Branson <p>We all have a dream home, whether it&#8217;s a historic home in a busy neighborhood, a cabin in the middle of nowhere or a home on wheels.</p> <p>No matter what your dream home is, you&#8217;ll be sure to find a listing for it on Zillow. Let&#8217;s see what happens when our favorite home styles go head-to-head.</p> <div class="riddle_target" style="margin: 0 auto; max-width: 100%; width: 640px;" data-rid-id="196876" data-fg="#0074E4" data-bg="#FFFFFF" data-auto-scroll="false" data-auto-scroll-offset="0"><script src="https://www.riddle.com/files/js/embed.js"></script><br /> <iframe style="width: 100%; height: 300px; border: 1px solid #cfcfcf;" title="Opinion Poll - Which cozy dwelling makes you want to give up square footage?" src="https://www.riddle.com/a/196876?"></p> <section> <h2>Which cozy dwelling makes you want to give up square footage?</h2> </section> <section> <h2>Rustic mountain tiny home</h2> </section> <section> <h3>Vintage-loving tiny retreat</h3> </section> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span data-mce-type="bookmark" style="display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;" class="mce_SELRES_start"></span><br /> </iframe></div> <p><em><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/10250-Lomita-Ave-Felton-CA-95018/2085342730_zpid/?" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Rustic mountain tiny home</a>, <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/102-Old-San-Antonio-Rd-Boerne-TX-78006/28651247_zpid/?" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">vintage-loving tiny retreat</a></em></p> <div class="riddle_target" style="margin: 0 auto; max-width: 100%; width: 640px;" data-rid-id="196877" data-fg="#0074E4" data-bg="#FFFFFF" data-auto-scroll="false" data-auto-scroll-offset="0"><script src="https://www.riddle.com/files/js/embed.js"></script><br /> <iframe style="width: 100%; height: 300px; border: 1px solid #cfcfcf;" title="Opinion Poll - [COPY] Which cozy dwelling makes you want to give up square footage?" src="https://www.riddle.com/a/196877?"></p> <section> <h2>[COPY] Which cozy dwelling makes you want to give up square footage?</h2> </section> <section> <h2>Rustic mountain tiny home</h2> </section> <section> <h3>Vintage-loving tiny retreat</h3> </section> <p></iframe></div> <p><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/2A-Sugarpine-Pl-Bellingham-WA-98229/2084234832_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Window-filled loft</a>, <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/6-Barberry-Ln-Rye-NY-10580/32971707_zpid/?" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Mid-Century style &#8220;treehouse&#8221;</a></p> <div class="riddle_target" style="margin: 0 auto; max-width: 100%; width: 640px;" data-rid-id="196878" data-fg="#0074E4" data-bg="rgb(255, 255, 255)" data-auto-scroll="false" data-auto-scroll-offset="0"><script src="https://www.riddle.com/files/js/embed.js"></script><br /> <iframe style="width: 100%; height: 300px; border: 1px solid #cfcfcf;" title="Opinion Poll - Which A-frame gets the best report card?" src="https://www.riddle.com/a/196878?"></p> <section> <h2>Which A-frame gets the best report card?</h2> </section> <section> <h2>Cute and tidy Arkansas A-frame</h2> </section> <section> <h3>Dark and brooding Idaho A-frame</h3> </section> <p></iframe></div> <p><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/16438-Beaty-Rd-Sulphur-Springs-AR-72768/70615933_zpid/?" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Cute and tidy Arkansas A-frame</a>; <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/11004-S-Happy-Cove-Ln-Coeur-D-Alene-ID-83814/113119864_zpid/?" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">dark and brooding Idaho A-frame</a></p> <div class="riddle_target" style="margin: 0 auto; max-width: 100%; width: 640px;" data-rid-id="196879" data-fg="#0074E4" data-bg="rgb(255, 255, 255)" data-auto-scroll="false" data-auto-scroll-offset="0"><script src="https://www.riddle.com/files/js/embed.js"></script><br /> <iframe style="width: 100%; height: 300px; border: 1px solid #cfcfcf;" title="Opinion Poll - Which cabin do you want to completely unplug in?" src="https://www.riddle.com/a/196879?"></p> <section> <h2><span style="color: #2a2a33;">Which cabin do you want to completely unplug in?</span></h2> </section> <section> <h2>Majestic Lake Tahoe cabin</h2> </section> <section> <h3>Double-decker Gatlinburg cabin</h3> </section> <p></iframe></div> <p><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/756-Price-Ln-South-Lake-Tahoe-CA-96150/18570617_zpid/?" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Majestic Lake Tahoe cabin</a>; <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/313-Overview-Dr-Gatlinburg-TN-37738/42505688_zpid/?" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">double-decker Gatlinburg cabin</a></p> <div class="riddle_target" style="margin: 0 auto; max-width: 100%; width: 640px;" data-rid-id="196883" data-fg="#0074E4" data-bg="rgb(255, 255, 255)" data-auto-scroll="false" data-auto-scroll-offset="0"><script src="https://www.riddle.com/files/js/embed.js"></script><br /> <iframe style="width: 100%; height: 300px; border: 1px solid #cfcfcf;" title="Opinion Poll - Which waterside home would you like to watch a sunset from?" src="https://www.riddle.com/a/196883?"></p> <section> <h2><span style="color: #2a2a33;">Which waterside home would you like to watch a sunset from?</span></h2> </section> <section> <h2>California cool</h2> </section> <section> <h3>Pacific Northwest gem</h3> </section> <p></iframe></div> <p><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/3611-Padaro-Ln-Carpinteria-CA-93013/15877766_zpid/?" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">California cool</a>; <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/11790-Anderson-Lndg-NW-Silverdale-WA-98383/23403881_zpid/?" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Pacific Northwest gem</a></p> <div class="riddle_target" style="margin: 0 auto; max-width: 100%; width: 640px;" data-rid-id="196881" data-fg="#0074E4" data-bg="rgb(255, 255, 255)" data-auto-scroll="false" data-auto-scroll-offset="0"><script src="https://www.riddle.com/files/js/embed.js"></script><br /> <iframe style="width: 100%; height: 300px; border: 1px solid #cfcfcf;" title="Opinion Poll - Which rustic space feels most like home?" src="https://www.riddle.com/a/196881?"></p> <section> <h2><span style="color: #2a2a33;">Which rustic space feels most like home?</span></h2> </section> <section> <h2>Picturesque with cathedral ceilings</h2> </section> <section> <h3>Sleek and simple</h3> </section> <p></iframe></div> <p><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/76-Honey-Crisp-Ln-Broken-Bow-OK-74728/123340408_zpid/?" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Picturesque with cathedral ceilings</a>; <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/107-Island-Rd-Highland-Lakes-NJ-07422/39961227_zpid/?" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">sleek and simple</a></p> <div class="riddle_target" style="margin: 0 auto; max-width: 100%; width: 640px;" data-rid-id="196882" data-fg="#0074E4" data-bg="rgb(255, 255, 255)" data-auto-scroll="false" data-auto-scroll-offset="0"><script src="https://www.riddle.com/files/js/embed.js"></script><br /> <iframe style="width: 100%; height: 300px; border: 1px solid #cfcfcf;" title="Opinion Poll - Which historic home would you like to call your own?" src="https://www.riddle.com/a/196882?"></p> <section> <h2><span style="color: #2a2a33;">Which historic home would you like to call your own?</span></h2> </section> <section> <h2>A Vermont Victorian</h2> </section> <section> <h3>Stately in Washington, D.C.</h3> </section> <p></iframe></div> <p><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/266-S-Union-St-Burlington-VT-05401/12653870_zpid/?" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Vermont Victorian</a>; <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/3601-Newark-St-NW-Washington-DC-20016/450168_zpid/?" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">stately in Washington, D.C.</a></p> <p><strong>Related articles:</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/quiz-which-perfect-pool-is-cool-for-the-summer-227324/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Quiz: Which Perfect Pool Is Cool for the Summer?</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/building-backyard-fire-pit-219141/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">DIY Backyard Fire Pit: Build It in Just 7 Easy Steps</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/getting-staying-organized-summer-202140/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Getting and Staying Organized Through the Summer</a></li> </ul> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=jBLhoHWZrds:tf4qd8j9GTo:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=jBLhoHWZrds:tf4qd8j9GTo:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> </div> https://www.zillow.com/blog/summer-smackdown-which-home-is-your-favorite-230460/feed/ 1 https://www.zillow.com/blog/summer-smackdown-which-home-is-your-favorite-230460/ 2019-05-31 19:03 +00:00 2019-06-01 07:03 +12:00 https://www.landlords.co.nz/article/976514916/comment-why-the-new-standards-are-not-the-answer?utm_source=LL&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=COMMENT%3A+Why+the+new+standards+are+not+the+answer https://www.landlords.co.nz/article/976514916/comment-why-the-new-standards-are-not-the-answer?utm_source=LL&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=COMMENT%3A+Why+the+new+standards+are+not+the+answer COMMENT: Why the new standards are not the answer <p>The final version of the Government&rsquo;s new Healthy Homes minimum standards came out last week. Stop the War on Tenancies spokesman Mike Butler tells us what he thinks about them&hellip;</p> Thu, 23 May 2019 09:58:00 +1200 2019-05-23 09:58 +12:00 2019-05-23 09:58 +12:00 https://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=195663 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/ZillowBlog/~3/DjcCIXn5Fec/ Tips & Advice Moving relocation 3 Common Moving Nightmares (and How to Prevent Them) Moving doesn't have to be a waking nightmare. Here's how to avoid a move from ... you know where. Mon, 20 May 2019 13:37:56 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/common-moving-nightmares-195663/#comments Moving.Tips <p>Moving may top the list of stressful experiences that can feel like a bad dream - one that can easily come true unless you take precautionary measures.</p> <p>Problems can occur at every stage of the relocation process, but the most common moving nightmares fall into three categories. Here&#8217;s how they typically play out - and how to avoid them.</p> <h2>Bad movers</h2> <p>Many moving horror stories involve rogue or incompetent movers.</p> <ul> <li><strong>The movers are late or don't show up at all</strong>. The agreed-upon time comes and goes, but you see no sign of an approaching moving truck. Regardless of the excuses you receive, the inevitable result will be lots of stress and wasted time.</li> <li><strong>The movers are careless or inexperienced</strong>. If your movers arrive late or lack the proper equipment to handle your items safely and efficiently, your relocation can quickly turn into a nightmarish experience.</li> <li><strong>The movers are scam artists. </strong>In the worst case scenario, you may fall victim to moving scams. Rogue movers will often request much more money than previously negotiated, based on alleged extra services. They may also hold your belongings hostage until you pay an extra "fee" as ransom or steal your more expensive belongings and discard the rest.</li> </ul> <p>The good news is that there is an easy way to avoid such nightmares. All you need to do is carefully research your movers before hiring them to make sure you are dealing with licensed and experienced professionals you can trust. It&#8217;s also a good idea to purchase appropriate insurance for your belongings, just in case.</p> <h2>Traffic problems</h2> <p>Heavy traffic or road accidents can also turn your move into a real nightmare.</p> <ul> <li><strong>Traffic jams.</strong> The moving truck is delayed, and there may not be enough time to proceed with your move as planned. You may have to postpone the relocation to another day, or you may miss your flight.</li> <li><strong>Traffic accidents.</strong> If there has been an accident on the road, the moving truck will have to wait until the damaged vehicles are removed and normal traffic is restored. However, the scenario could get much worse: You may lose all your possessions or receive them badly damaged if the moving truck crashes, catches fire or gets trapped somewhere because of adverse weather conditions. It&#8217;s even possible that thieves could break into the vehicle and steal your goods.</li> <li><strong>Breakdown. </strong>If the moving truck breaks down on the road, you'll have to wait for the moving company to send another vehicle. What's more, your items can easily get damaged while being transferred.</li> <li><strong>Parking issues.</strong> The moving truck has to circle the neighborhood for hours until an appropriate parking space is vacated, or the movers have to park far away from your home&#8217;s entrance. In such cases, you'll not only lose valuable time but also have to pay an extra fee for the delay or an additional long-carry fee.</li> </ul> <p>Of course, there&#8217;s nothing you can do to prevent traffic accidents or breakdowns. But you can at least reserve a parking place directly in front of your old and new homes, and choose a moving company that has experienced drivers and several moving vehicles in good condition.</p> <h2>Poor organization</h2> <p>Moving involves a lot of loose ends, and even the smallest oversight can result in a disastrous move.</p> <ul> <li><strong>Packing chaos.</strong> You realize you&#8217;ve packed more items than previously discussed with the movers, and some items can&#8217;t be loaded onto the moving truck. Or maybe you don&#8217;t label the boxes properly. Worst of all, you may not be ready when the movers arrive. All these packing mistakes result in lost time and money.</li> <li><strong>Furniture troubles. </strong>If your large furniture doesn't fit through the doors, you may have to leave treasured pieces behind or request hoisting services that will cost you dearly and delay your move.</li> <li><strong>Paperwork problems</strong><strong>.</strong> If you forget to transfer the utilities, you won't have electricity, gas and water on move-in day. If you forget to change your address, you won't have your mail delivered to your new home. If you forget to update your driver's license and car registration in time, you'll be fined. Not taking proper care of your documents will most certainly get you in trouble.</li> <li><strong>Overspending.</strong> If you book your movers at the last moment, require too many extra services, fail to create a realistic moving budget or pack all your items without sorting them out first, you&#8217;ll end up paying much more than you expected.</li> <li><strong>Safety issues.</strong> Make every effort to prevent injuries and accidents on moving day, as getting hurt is one of the worst things that can happen during your relocation endeavor.</li> </ul> <p>The only way to avoid problems when moving house is to plan each phase of your relocation adventure in meticulous detail and stay one step ahead all the time. Otherwise, you may find yourself facing any of these all-too-common moving ordeals.</p> <p><strong>Related:</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/additional-services-from-movers-178060/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">The Hidden Costs of Moving: 11 Extra Fees to Watch For</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/how-to-choose-a-moving-company-171437/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Picking a Moving Company: How Do Your Choices Stack Up?</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/space-saving-ideas-small-kitchens-228858/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Maximizing Space in a Small Kitchen</a></li> </ul> <p><em>Originally published April 15, 2016.</em></p> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=DjcCIXn5Fec:j4HjdQD0dW0:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=DjcCIXn5Fec:j4HjdQD0dW0:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> </div> https://www.zillow.com/blog/common-moving-nightmares-195663/feed/ 22 https://www.zillow.com/blog/common-moving-nightmares-195663/ 2019-05-20 13:37 +00:00 2019-05-21 01:37 +12:00 https://www.landlords.co.nz/article/976514830/comment-ring-fencing-impact-likely-to-be-limited?utm_source=LL&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=COMMENT%3A+Ring-fencing+impact+likely+to+be+limited https://www.landlords.co.nz/article/976514830/comment-ring-fencing-impact-likely-to-be-limited?utm_source=LL&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=COMMENT%3A+Ring-fencing+impact+likely+to+be+limited COMMENT: Ring-fencing impact likely to be limited <p>The new rules around the ring-fencing of rental losses are unlikely to cause a sea-change in investor behaviour, according to CoreLogic senior property economist Kelvin Davidson.</p> Mon, 13 May 2019 07:05:00 +1200 2019-05-13 07:05 +12:00 2019-05-13 07:05 +12:00 https://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=227324 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/ZillowBlog/~3/zNQiaOpI2M8/ Unique Homes unique homes Quiz: Which Perfect Pool Is Cool for the Summer? It's a battle of the backyards! Which poolside retreat has your vote? Mon, 06 May 2019 18:49:30 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/quiz-which-perfect-pool-is-cool-for-the-summer-227324/#comments Jamie Birdwell-Branson <p>There&#8217;s nothing more refreshing than a dip in the pool during the dog days of summer. Whether you&#8217;re a floater, a diver or more of a poolside lounger, a pool is the best summer gathering spot for all your friends and family.</p> <p>So, grab your floaties, put on some sunscreen and get ready to take the plunge - it&#8217;s time to choose the pools where you&#8217;d most like to spend a scorching summer day!</p> <div class="riddle_target" data-rid-id="193869" data-fg="#0074E4" data-bg="#FFFFFF" style="margin:0 auto;max-width:100%;width:640px;" data-auto-scroll="false" data-auto-scroll-offset="0"> <script src="https://www.riddle.com/files/js/embed.js"></script> <link href="https://www.riddle.com/files/css/embed.css" rel="stylesheet"> <iframe style="width:100%;height:300px;border:1px solid #cfcfcf;" src="https://www.riddle.com/a/193869?" title="Opinion Poll - Mid-Century quirk or cleanly traditional?"></p> <section> <h2> <p>Mid-Century quirk or cleanly traditional?</p> </h2> </section> <section> <h2>Mid-Century quirk</h2> </section> <section> <h3>Cleanly traditional</h3> </section> <p></iframe> </div> <p><em>Photos from Zillow listings: <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/360-W-Crestview-Dr-Palm-Springs-CA-92264/18032160_zpid/?" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Mid-Century quirk</a>, <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/64-Jennifir-Ln-Bridgehampton-NY-11976/32728990_zpid/?" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">cleanly traditional</a></p> <div class="riddle_target" data-rid-id="193872" data-fg="#0074E4" data-bg="#FFFFFF" style="margin:0 auto;max-width:100%;width:640px;" data-auto-scroll="false" data-auto-scroll-offset="0"> <script src="https://www.riddle.com/files/js/embed.js"></script> <link href="https://www.riddle.com/files/css/embed.css" rel="stylesheet"> <iframe style="width:100%;height:300px;border:1px solid #cfcfcf;" src="https://www.riddle.com/a/193872?" title="Opinion Poll - Riverfront simplicity or long laps?"></p> <section> <h2> <p>Riverfront simplicity or long laps?</p> </h2> </section> <section> <h2>Riverfront simplicity</h2> </section> <section> <h3>Long laps</h3> </section> <p></iframe> </div> <p><em>Photos from Zillow listings: <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/400-Richards-Rd-Melbourne-Beach-FL-32951/43508171_zpid/?" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Riverfront lagoon</a>, <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/5206-E-Lincoln-Dr-Paradise-Valley-AZ-85253/7830833_zpid/?" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">long laps</a></p> <div class="riddle_target" data-rid-id="193874" data-fg="#0074E4" data-bg="#FFFFFF" style="margin:0 auto;max-width:100%;width:640px;" data-auto-scroll="false" data-auto-scroll-offset="0"> <script src="https://www.riddle.com/files/js/embed.js"></script> <link href="https://www.riddle.com/files/css/embed.css" rel="stylesheet"> <iframe style="width:100%;height:300px;border:1px solid #cfcfcf;" src="https://www.riddle.com/a/193874?" title="Opinion Poll - New Orleans charm or California garden?"></p> <section> <h2> <p>New Orleans charm or California garden?</p> </h2> </section> <section> <h2>New Orleans charm</h2> </section> <section> <h3>California garden</h3> </section> <p></iframe> </div> <p><em>Photos from Zillow listings: <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/1311-Jefferson-Ave-New-Orleans-LA-70115/149070334_zpid/?" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">New Orleans charm</a>, <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/320-Olive-St-Menlo-Park-CA-94025/15596123_zpid/?" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">California garden</a></p> <div class="riddle_target" data-rid-id="193875" data-fg="#0074E4" data-bg="#FFFFFF" style="margin:0 auto;max-width:100%;width:640px;" data-auto-scroll="false" data-auto-scroll-offset="0"> <script src="https://www.riddle.com/files/js/embed.js"></script> <link href="https://www.riddle.com/files/css/embed.css" rel="stylesheet"> <iframe style="width:100%;height:300px;border:1px solid #cfcfcf;" src="https://www.riddle.com/a/193875?" title="Opinion Poll - Pool playground or indoor slip and slide?"></p> <section> <h2> <p>Pool playground or indoor slip and slide?</p> </h2> </section> <section> <h2>Pool playground</h2> </section> <section> <h3>Indoor slip and slide</h3> </section> <p></iframe> </div> <p><em>Photos from Zillow listings: <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/11433-N-Sundown-Dr-Scottsdale-AZ-85260/7863714_zpid/?" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Pool playground</a>, <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/4700-Nelson-Ct-Park-City-UT-84098/68841934_zpid/?" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">indoor slip and slide</a></p> <div class="riddle_target" data-rid-id="193877" data-fg="#0074E4" data-bg="#FFFFFF" style="margin:0 auto;max-width:100%;width:640px;" data-auto-scroll="false" data-auto-scroll-offset="0"> <script src="https://www.riddle.com/files/js/embed.js"></script> <link href="https://www.riddle.com/files/css/embed.css" rel="stylesheet"> <iframe style="width:100%;height:300px;border:1px solid #cfcfcf;" src="https://www.riddle.com/a/193877?" title="Opinion Poll - Room for family or palatial hideaway?"></p> <section> <h2> <p>Room for family or palatial hideaway?</p> </h2> </section> <section> <h2>Room for family</h2> </section> <section> <h3>Palatial hideaway</h3> </section> <p></iframe> </div> <p><em>Photos from Zillow listings: <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/620-Highland-Park-Dr-Billings-MT-59102/3166495_zpid/?" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Room for family</a>, <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/7921-Big-View-Dr-Austin-TX-78730/70331825_zpid/?" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">palatial hideaway</a></p> <p><strong>Related:</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/building-backyard-fire-pit-219141/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">DIY Backyard Fire Pit: Build It in Just 7 Easy Steps</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/quiz-renovate-home-or-sell-225199/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Quiz: Should You Renovate Your Home or Sell?</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/fire-pits-fireplaces-226493/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Quiz: Which Summer Space Melts Your Heart?</a></li> </ul> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=zNQiaOpI2M8:QTG_I4cUf4c:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=zNQiaOpI2M8:QTG_I4cUf4c:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> </div> https://www.zillow.com/blog/quiz-which-perfect-pool-is-cool-for-the-summer-227324/feed/ 158 https://www.zillow.com/blog/quiz-which-perfect-pool-is-cool-for-the-summer-227324/ 2019-05-06 18:49 +00:00 2019-05-07 06:49 +12:00 https://www.landlords.co.nz/article/976514791/comment-punishing-landlords-won-t-solve-crisis?utm_source=LL&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=COMMENT%3A+Punishing+landlords+won%E2%80%99t+solve+crisis https://www.landlords.co.nz/article/976514791/comment-punishing-landlords-won-t-solve-crisis?utm_source=LL&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=COMMENT%3A+Punishing+landlords+won%E2%80%99t+solve+crisis COMMENT: Punishing landlords won’t solve crisis <p>The capital gains tax debate is over, but landlords are still being scapegoated as the focus turns to Healthy Homes, argues Auckland Property Investors Association vice president Peter Lewis&hellip;</p> Mon, 06 May 2019 07:02:00 +1200 2019-05-06 07:02 +12:00 2019-05-06 07:02 +12:00 https://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=219141 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/ZillowBlog/~3/wstqY2lyr3o/ Home Improvement DIY outdoor spaces DIY Backyard Fire Pit: Build It in Just 7 Easy Steps The perfect backdrop for outdoor fun is closer than you think, thanks to our step-by-step instructions. Mon, 29 Apr 2019 13:55:19 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/building-backyard-fire-pit-219141/#comments Jamie Birdwell-Branson <p>Turn your backyard into a cozy camp spot by making your own fire pit. This DIY project is easy to complete, and you'll be making s'mores around the fire in no time.</p> <p><iframe style="border: none; overflow: hidden;" src="https://www.facebook.com/plugins/video.php?href=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2FZillow%2Fvideos%2F10155551644633594%2F&amp;show_text=0&amp;width=600" width="600" height="600" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"><span data-mce-type="bookmark" style="display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;" class="mce_SELRES_start"></span><span data-mce-type="bookmark" style="display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;" class="mce_SELRES_start"></span><span data-mce-type="bookmark" style="display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;" class="mce_SELRES_start"></span><span data-mce-type="bookmark" style="display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;" class="mce_SELRES_start"></span></iframe></p> <h2>Get ready</h2> <p>Before you begin building, consult your local fire code to see if fire pits are allowed in your city and, if so, how far away the fire pit has to be from a structure.</p> <p>Then, gather your supplies:</p> <ul> <li>Bricks for the fire pit wall</li> <li>Gravel</li> <li>Twine or string</li> <li>Tape measure</li> <li>Stake</li> <li>Large shovel</li> <li>Trowel</li> <li>Tamp</li> <li>Level</li> </ul> <p><img class="aligncenter wp-image-219154 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/zillow0-bf7c63-e1500502993932.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="516" /></p> <p>When purchasing bricks for the fire pit wall, go for something sturdy like retaining wall bricks or concrete pavers. Some home improvement stores even carry bricks specifically designed for fire pits. Use a layer of firebricks, which have a higher heat resistance, on the inner layer of the fire pit as an extra safety measure.</p> <p>Now that you have all your supplies and you&#8217;ve checked your local fire code, you&#8217;re ready to build!</p> <h2>1. Create a circle</h2> <p>Pick a spot for your fire pit (ensuring that it is located a safe distance from any structures, bushes or trees) and insert a stake in the ground where the center of the pit will be.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-219155" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/1-f83e2d-e1500496914973.png" alt="" width="800" height="800" /></p> <p>Tie one end of the string or twine to the stake and measure how wide you want your circle to be.</p> <p>Typically, a fire pit has a diameter of about 4-5 feet. Cut the string and tie the other end to the handle of a trowel. With the string or twine taut, drag the sharp end of the trowel around in a circle, creating a line in the grass.</p> <h2>2. Shovel out the grass</h2> <p>Using a large shovel, dig out the grass inside the circle.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-219161" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/2-e1500497282714.png" alt="" width="800" height="800" /></p> <p>For safety purposes, the hole for a fire pit should be about 6-12 inches deep. Be sure to call 811 before you start digging to ensure there are no utility lines buried under the spot you&#8217;ve chosen.</p> <h2>3. Tamp down the dirt</h2> <p>If you don't have a tamp, you can just use the bottom of your shovel.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-219165" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/3-a44c6b.png" alt="" width="800" height="800" /></p> <h2>4. Make sure the circle is level</h2> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-219167" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/5-af7ca7.png" alt="" width="800" height="800" /></p> <p>Get down on the ground with your level to ensure that the surface is ready for the bricks. Keep making small adjustments until it's completely level.</p> <h2>5. Add gravel</h2> <p>Put a pretty thick layer of gravel in the fire pit (at least a couple of inches). Spread the gravel around evenly.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-219169" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/6-795c92.png" alt="" width="800" height="800" /></p> <h2>6. Arrange the bricks</h2> <p>After you've spread the gravel around, arrange your bricks in a circle and stack them in layers until the fire pit wall is at least 12 inches tall.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-219171" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/7-747799.png" alt="" width="800" height="800" /></p> <p>For extra safety, you have the option to put an inner layer of firebricks. Though you don't need to use mortar if the bricks are heavy enough to make a sturdy stack, you can use an outdoor fire-resistant mortar between the bricks for extra stability.</p> <h2>7. Relax and enjoy!</h2> <p>Gather a couple of Adirondack chairs, some firewood, a few friends and campfire treats to get full use out of your new fire pit.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-219173" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/10-a8b86b.png" alt="" width="800" height="800" /></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Related</strong>:</p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/9-tips-planting-flower-bed-196266/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">9 Tips for Preparing a Fabulous Flower Bed</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/five-tips-spring-lawn-prep-213971/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">5 Tips for Spring Lawn Prep</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/sporting-goods-catchall-220812/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">With This DIY Sporting Goods Catch-All, Game Day Is No Sweat</a></li> </ul> <p>Originally published July 19, 2017.</p> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=wstqY2lyr3o:7qCiQr60E7o:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=wstqY2lyr3o:7qCiQr60E7o:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> </div> https://www.zillow.com/blog/building-backyard-fire-pit-219141/feed/ 35 https://www.zillow.com/blog/building-backyard-fire-pit-219141/ 2019-04-29 13:55 +00:00 2019-04-30 01:55 +12:00 https://www.landlords.co.nz/article/976514744/comment-why-takapuna-is-worth-a-look?utm_source=LL&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=COMMENT%3A+Why+Takapuna+is+worth+a+look https://www.landlords.co.nz/article/976514744/comment-why-takapuna-is-worth-a-look?utm_source=LL&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=COMMENT%3A+Why+Takapuna+is+worth+a+look COMMENT: Why Takapuna is worth a look <p>It&rsquo;s no surprise that new REINZ data shows Takapuna&rsquo;s median house price has climbed 30% over the past year, writes Takapuna Beach Association chief executive Terence Harpur.</p> Sat, 27 Apr 2019 11:49:00 +1200 2019-04-27 11:49 +12:00 2019-04-27 11:49 +12:00 https://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=226261 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/ZillowBlog/~3/0aD6H3jbRpI/ Unique Homes unique homes This Tiny Home Is Ready for Outer Space The shape is inspired by a spacecraft, making this home truly out of this world. Wed, 17 Apr 2019 13:29:37 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/lunar-lander-tiny-home-226261/#comments Lindsay Cohen <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Ground control to Major Tom: Here's a home unlike any other we've seen.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">A lifelong architect went intergalactic to find inspiration for one of his latest designs: a tiny home shaped like </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">a lunar lander</span><span style="font-weight: 400;">.</span></p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-226288" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/008A4637-0666ea.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="533" /></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Nestled on the banks of the Columbia River in central Washington, the roughly 250-square-foot home is hexagon-shaped, perched nearly 9 feet above the ground on three massive steel beams.</span></p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-226287" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/008A4625-f5cf23.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="533" /></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Inside, earthlings are greeted by an open floor plan. A breakfast nook has a porthole-shaped window overlooking the river and the hillside; a kitchen with stainless steel appliances provides space to cook up </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">a feast for an astronaut</span><span style="font-weight: 400;">.</span></p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-226277" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/3_008A4511-101ecb.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="450" /></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">A large geodesic dome skylight showers the room with sunlight.</span></p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-226278" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/4_008A4524-015860.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="450" /></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;"> Just off the bathroom, a deep-blue sink and cerulean-colored mirror have a Mid-Century Modern feel (appropriate, considering </span><a href="https://www.nasa.gov/audience/forstudents/k-4/stories/first-person-on-moon.html" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener noreferrer"><span style="font-weight: 400;">humans first walked on the moon in 1969</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">).</span></p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-226279" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/5_008A4552-7e631d.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="533" /></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The bedroom sits below a small ladder and can comfortably sleep two people. </span></p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-226280" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/6_008A4558_2-c48192.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="450" /></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Upstairs, there's enough room for a small outdoor deck where you can gaze at area wildlife, including eagles and lynxes.</span></p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-226276" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/2_DSCF0443-1-49fca6.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="450" /></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">If the space reminds you of the tiny well-intentioned living quarters of a boat, it's no coincidence. The lunar lander's owner and designer, <a href="http://multihulldesigns.com/index.htm" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener noreferrer">Kurt Hughes</a>, is a boat designer by trade.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">He translated his three decades of boat building to home building - i</span><span style="font-weight: 400;">n fact, the wooden table in the dining nook is recycled from the Hughes' first sailboat.</span></p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-226283" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/008A4598-e1823d.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="800" /></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Beam us up, Scotty.</span></p> <p><em>Photos by Zillow&#8217;s Marcus Ricci.</em></p> <p><strong>Related:</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/cave-house-229909/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Hibernate Luxuriously in This 5,572-Square-Foot Cave Mansion</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/bloomhouse-unique-home-229386/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">This Remarkable Home Is Anything but Square</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/joshua-tree-cabin-229298/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Sleep Under the Stars in This Tiny Cabin Near a National Park</a></li> </ul> <h6><em>Originally published May 2018.</em></h6> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=0aD6H3jbRpI:RCLObMpIwoM:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=0aD6H3jbRpI:RCLObMpIwoM:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> </div> https://www.zillow.com/blog/lunar-lander-tiny-home-226261/feed/ 164 https://www.zillow.com/blog/lunar-lander-tiny-home-226261/ 2019-04-17 13:29 +00:00 2019-04-18 01:29 +12:00 https://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=201357 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/ZillowBlog/~3/ss6R4xhdino/ Unique Homes Sanctuary Sanctuary: An Astronomer's Home Observatory For hobbyist Jonathan Fay, a trip to the stars awaits any time he wants to go. Tue, 16 Apr 2019 17:18:14 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/astronomist-home-observatory-201357/#comments Cat Overman <p>Jonathan Fay lives a double life. By day, he works in software engineering, but once the sun goes down, he opens a window to the heavens - right in his own backyard.</p> <p>The amateur astronomer designed and built an observatory behind his Woodinville, Washington, home to house his 12-inch telescope. There, he gazes at planetary nebula and photographs galaxies. For Fay, having his own sanctuary is out of this world.</p> <p><strong>How would you describe your sanctuary?<br /> </strong>My observatory is a place of peace where I can collect my gear and spend time with the universe. The nature of astronomy in the Pacific Northwest is challenging, but I&#8217;m able to open the dome and start observing without having to set up ahead of time and rush to cover things up when it rains.</p> <p><strong>What do you like best about the physical space?<br /> </strong>It&#8217;s separate from the activity of my home, and it&#8217;s quiet. I don't disturb anyone else, and they don't disturb me.</p> <p><strong>What's your home like? Is your sanctuary an extension or departure from your home?<br /> </strong>Our home is a two-story wood and brick home. The observatory blends nicely with the house and barn in style, but the dome clearly sets it apart.</p> <p><strong>Did you have your sanctuary in mind when you chose your home?<br /> </strong>No. A few years after I moved in, I realized I needed a more permanent place than a second-floor porch off the bedroom to set up my new telescope.</p> <div class="video-container"><iframe width="500" height="281" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/meXeYvRtsTQ?feature=oembed&#038;enablejsapi=1&#038;modestbranding=1&#038;rel=0&#038;showinfo=0" frameborder="0" allow="accelerometer; autoplay; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture" allowfullscreen></iframe></div> <p><strong>What was the tipping point that made you decide to create a sanctuary?<br /> </strong>When I would do astrophotography imaging runs on the second-floor porch, people would turn on lights or walk around, and the light and vibration would ruin the image. My wife didn&#8217;t like having to shut down her life for my hobby.</p> <p><strong>How did you build your sanctuary?<br /> </strong>I designed and built the observatory. I had some occasional help from friends when I needed lifting or a second pair of hands. I also had help from my kids handing me screws and nails while I worked.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-202163" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Sanctuary_Fay_exterior_05-d8af8e.jpg" alt="Sanctuary_Fay_exterior_05" width="800" height="533" /></p> <p><strong>What was the biggest challenge in creating your sanctuary?<br /> </strong>Round stuff is hard. Especially when it has to rotate and be level. The dome was a hemisphere, so it was round in more than two dimensions. Woodworking tools are not optimized for round things.</p> <p><strong>Has your sanctuary always looked the same, or has it changed over time?<br /> </strong>We recently added wood floors from carpet. And we put on a new roof when we re-roofed the rest of the buildings on the property.</p> <p><strong>How much time do you typically spend in your sanctuary?<br /> </strong>Sometimes many hours for several days in a row. Sometimes I go weeks without going inside. It depends on the ebb and flow of life - and how bad I need it.</p> <p><strong>How did you get into astronomy in the first place?<br /> </strong>My aunt gave me a telescope when I was about 12. Since then I have loved space and astronomy, but when I could put a computer-controlled camera on a telescope, that made me want my own Hubble in my backyard.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-202164" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Sanctuary_Fay_interior_01-d38e10.jpg" alt="Sanctuary_Fay_interior_01" width="800" height="533" /></p> <p><strong>Does your hobby influence what you do professionally or vice versa?<br /> </strong>Building my observatory, writing all the software for it, and doing astronomical imaging helped me create the <a href="http://www.worldwidetelescope.org/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener noreferrer">WorldWide Telescope</a> project with two of my co-workers. Now millions of people can visit space on their computer or planetarium because of it.</p> <p><strong>Do you share your sanctuary with anyone? What about your home?<br /> </strong>I will share the observatory with just about anyone who asks, and sometimes I invite people to join me. I share my home with my wife and five active kids. So sometimes a getaway is in order!</p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-202162" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Sanctuary_Fay_portrait_08-2ac1fa.jpg" alt="Sanctuary_Fay_portrait_08" width="800" height="533" /></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>If you had a do-over, would you change anything about your sanctuary?<br /> </strong>While I love the look of the dome, I would make the shutters open wider to accommodate a bigger telescope.</p> <p><strong>Do you wish you had found your sanctuary sooner?<br /> </strong>It came at the right time for me, and I returned to update it when that time was right.</p> <p><strong>What advice would you share with those who dream of having a sanctuary someday?<br /> </strong>You&#8217;re not getting any younger. Just go for it, even if you don't use it as much as you think you need to to justify the cost. It will always be a great story to share.</p> <p><strong>Related</strong>:</p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/lunar-lander-tiny-home-226261/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">This Tiny Home Is Ready for Outer Space</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/from-scraps-to-sanctuary-a-700-a-frame-cabin-228670/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">From Scraps to Sanctuary: A $700 A-Frame Cabin</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/bloomhouse-unique-home-229386/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">This Remarkable Home Is Anything but Square</a></li> </ul> <h6><em>Originally published July 2016.</em></h6> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=ss6R4xhdino:0h_nw1epMDI:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=ss6R4xhdino:0h_nw1epMDI:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> </div> https://www.zillow.com/blog/astronomist-home-observatory-201357/feed/ 15 https://www.zillow.com/blog/astronomist-home-observatory-201357/ 2019-04-16 17:18 +00:00 2019-04-17 05:18 +12:00 https://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=226153 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/ZillowBlog/~3/rJJJwn_Qa0k/ Unique Homes unique homes Sleep Under the Stars in a Bubble Home It's the closest you'll ever get to living in nature without actually setting foot outside. Sun, 14 Apr 2019 19:58:44 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/bubble-dome-home-226153/#comments Lindsay Cohen <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Why live on the bubble when you can experience life inside it?</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">It's an appropriate question to ponder while gazing at the forest from inside this </span><a href="http://www.outlierinn.com" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener noreferrer"><span style="font-weight: 400;">unusual dome home</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;"> in upstate New York. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Made to maximize views while maintaining partial privacy, this geodesic bubble tent is equal parts </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">glamping</span><span style="font-weight: 400;"> destination and fishbowl. It's the perfect place to observe nature without fully immersing yourself in it.</span></p> <figure id="attachment_226160" aria-describedby="caption-attachment-226160" style="width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><img class="wp-image-226160 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Dome-Interior-2-f3987b.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="533" /><figcaption id="caption-attachment-226160" class="wp-caption-text">Copyright 2018 <a href="http://www.leoncato.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener noreferrer">Leon Cato Photography</a>.</figcaption></figure> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Tucked away on a farm in Woodridge, New York, the dome is surrounded by a thicket of trees and sits just feet away from a greenhouse, a vegetable garden and a pond. </span></p> <figure id="attachment_226159" aria-describedby="caption-attachment-226159" style="width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><img class="wp-image-226159 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Beach-071790.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="533" /><figcaption id="caption-attachment-226159" class="wp-caption-text">Copyright 2018 <a href="http://www.leoncato.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener noreferrer">Leon Cato Photography</a>.</figcaption></figure> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Ample windows offer views of the natural environment, and screened-in panels allow airflow but deter mosquitoes in the summertime.</span></p> <figure id="attachment_226181" aria-describedby="caption-attachment-226181" style="width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><img class="wp-image-226181 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/04C0323-27baf8.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="534" /><figcaption id="caption-attachment-226181" class="wp-caption-text">Copyright 2018 <a href="http://www.leoncato.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener noreferrer">Leon Cato Photography</a>.</figcaption></figure> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Still looking to bask in nature? Two outdoor showers and a clawfoot tub allow you to scrub and soak near the sugar maples.</span></p> <figure id="attachment_226158" aria-describedby="caption-attachment-226158" style="width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><img class="wp-image-226158 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/bathroom-605422.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="533" /><figcaption id="caption-attachment-226158" class="wp-caption-text">Copyright 2018 <a href="http://www.leoncato.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener noreferrer">Leon Cato Photography</a>.</figcaption></figure> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">An open-air kitchen and grill offer up the chance to dine alfresco. </span></p> <figure id="attachment_226164" aria-describedby="caption-attachment-226164" style="width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><img class="wp-image-226164 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/outdoor-kitchen-64ed12.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="533" /><figcaption id="caption-attachment-226164" class="wp-caption-text">Copyright 2018 <a href="http://www.leoncato.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener noreferrer">Leon Cato Photography</a>.</figcaption></figure> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The home is currently available as a <a href="https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/1602932" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener noreferrer">short-term rental</a> in the Catskill Mountains, roughly 95 miles from the heart of Manhattan.</span></p> <figure id="attachment_226162" aria-describedby="caption-attachment-226162" style="width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><img class="wp-image-226162 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/GA1_1090-1549a5.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="538" /><figcaption id="caption-attachment-226162" class="wp-caption-text">Copyright 2018 <a href="http://www.leoncato.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener noreferrer">Leon Cato Photography</a>.</figcaption></figure> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Bonus: Guests can interact with animals on the property (hello, goats!) and enjoy a recording studio, hiking trails or a weekly yoga class.</span></p> <figure id="attachment_226163" aria-describedby="caption-attachment-226163" style="width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><img class="wp-image-226163 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/GardenDome-413318.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="533" /><figcaption id="caption-attachment-226163" class="wp-caption-text">Copyright 2018 <a href="http://www.leoncato.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener noreferrer">Leon Cato Photography</a>.</figcaption></figure> <p><em>Top featured image by George Apostolidis (<a href="http://www.georgeapostolidis.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener noreferrer">portfolio</a>, <a href="https://www.instagram.com/ga_photo/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener noreferrer">Instagram</a>). </em></p> <p><strong>Related:</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/lunar-lander-tiny-home-226261/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">This Tiny Home Is Ready for Outer Space</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/tiny-tropical-treehouse-in-hawaii-225313/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Explore a Tiny, Tropical Treehouse in Hawaii</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/astronomist-home-observatory-201357/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Sanctuary: An Astronomer&#8217;s Home Observatory</a></li> </ul> <h6><em>Originally published May 2018.</em></h6> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=rJJJwn_Qa0k:mpQ_I_j1a3k:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=rJJJwn_Qa0k:mpQ_I_j1a3k:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> </div> https://www.zillow.com/blog/bubble-dome-home-226153/feed/ 44 https://www.zillow.com/blog/bubble-dome-home-226153/ 2019-04-14 19:58 +00:00 2019-04-15 07:58 +12:00 https://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=196266 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/ZillowBlog/~3/FAD_iY90Ttc/ Home Improvement gardening 9 Tips for Preparing a Fabulous Flower Bed Dust off your vases, pitchers and mugs - your home will be overflowing with fresh-cut blooms in no time. Wed, 10 Apr 2019 13:40:57 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/9-tips-planting-flower-bed-196266/#comments Steve Asbell <p>Have you ever ended up with a bed of dead flowers, mountains of mulch and a whopping garden center receipt? Let's do something about that, shall we?</p> <p>Get your gardening groove back with these nine tips.</p> <h2>1. Start with a clean slate</h2> <p>There are two kinds of flower beds: those that have been well-prepared and those that are covered in weeds.</p> <p>Give your unplanted bed the once-over. Does it get enough sunlight? Does water tend to collect there? Have you removed all weeds, roots and rocks so your plants will thrive? It's a lot easier to fix these problems now than it is once you&#8217;ve planted the flowers and laid the mulch.</p> <h2>2. Start seeds</h2> <p>Start a flower bed from seed to save money, raise unusual varieties and enjoy the satisfaction of having grown a whole garden from a handful of tiny seeds.</p> <p>Since some seeds transplant poorly, check the packet and make sure you don't have to sow directly in the ground. Start seeds in trays, pots or coir pots, using a seedling mixture, place them in a sunny spot, and transplant as soon as they have developed sturdy stems.</p> <h2>3. Prepare nursery plants</h2> <p>Nursery-grown bedding plants give you instant gratification, but the short time between purchase and planting is crucial to their survival.</p> <p>Pack them closely in your car to avoid damage, and take them home immediately so that they don't fry in your car during other errands.</p> <p>Water nursery plants as soon as you get home, as often as necessary after that, and a few hours before planting to help their fragile roots survive the trauma of transplanting.</p> <h2>4. Get the winning edge</h2> <p>Even the most carefully planned border can look sloppy without a clearly defined edge. Avoid those inexpensive and quickly deteriorating edges made of plastic, and choose a more natural and long-lasting alternative.</p> <p>The cheapest solution is to make a shallow trench around the bed with your spade and maintain it throughout the season. For something more refined and permanent, set an edge of brick, concrete or stone in leveling sand. The initial cost may be higher, but they will save you a lot of work and make mowing easier.</p> <h2>5. Plan for the seasons</h2> <p>Choose annuals if you plan on replacing them in a season or two, and plant perennials if you'd like them to last longer. Plant evergreen shrubs or ornamental grasses to provide structure and year-round interest.</p> <p>Also consider the plant's eventual height. Plant low-growing flowers (usually annuals) at the front of the bed where you can easily view them and replace them at the end of their season.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter wp-image-196923" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/shutterstock_395790778-42b523.jpg" alt="shutterstock_395790778" width="800" height="416" /></p> <h2>6. Give them space</h2> <p>Follow the guidelines on the seed packet or plant tag as closely as possible. An often overlooked factor is the amount of space to leave around each plant so they have room to grow. To cover a lot of ground quickly, choose spreading varieties like Superbells and climbing nasturtiums.</p> <h2>7. Dig the perfect hole</h2> <p>Dig each plant's hole to be twice as wide as the original pot so the roots will have plenty of room to grow. To give them an even better head start, make a little trench around the inside of the hole so the roots will spread down and out.</p> <p>This step isn't necessary for annuals, since they won't be around long enough to enjoy their strong root systems, but it is helpful if you have clay soil.</p> <h2>8. Plant it right</h2> <p>When planting transplants and nursery plants, always place them so that their crowns (where the plant meets the soil) are level with the soil in the bed. If the crown is above the soil level, the plant may dry out when soil washes away from the roots. If planted too low, soil will settle around the crown and rot the plant.</p> <p>Push the soil around the transplant and firmly tamp it in place with a trowel so no gaps are left between the roots.</p> <h2>9. Mulch mindfully</h2> <p>Mulch is essential for conserving moisture and preventing weeds, but one inch is all you need. Established garden beds don't even need mulch because the plants themselves are capable of protecting the soil.</p> <p>Avoid landscaping fabric, since it actually keeps moisture from percolating into the soil. Instead, lay down sheets of newspaper before mulching.</p> <p>Mulches vary by region, but whichever kind you use, follow this one rule: Don't ever pile it up against the plants. They'll rot in no time, and you'll soon have nothing more than an ugly bed of mulch in their place.</p> <p><strong>Related</strong>:</p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/grow-a-container-garden-175537/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">How to Grow a Spectacular Container Garden</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/budget-friendly-curb-appeal-194022/">8 Curb Appeal Boosters You Can Do in a Weekend</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/five-tips-spring-lawn-prep-213971/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">5 Tips for Spring Lawn Prep</a></li> </ul> <h6><em>Originally published April 2016.</em></h6> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=FAD_iY90Ttc:nQSInXZ1A_8:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=FAD_iY90Ttc:nQSInXZ1A_8:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> </div> https://www.zillow.com/blog/9-tips-planting-flower-bed-196266/feed/ 1 https://www.zillow.com/blog/9-tips-planting-flower-bed-196266/ 2019-04-10 13:40 +00:00 2019-04-11 01:40 +12:00 https://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=217661 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/ZillowBlog/~3/8YQHy53qr8Q/ Home Improvement DIY Fixtures Summer Good Clean Fun: How to Build an Outdoor Shower Expand your shower options to the great outdoors - it's easier to do than you might think! Wed, 10 Apr 2019 13:15:46 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/how-to-build-outdoor-shower-217661/#comments See Jane Drill <p>Outdoor showers may seem like a luxury - something that only those with beach houses would need or be lucky enough to have. But an avid gardener, runner or someone that enjoys the freedom of bathing in nature, you may consider an outdoor shower for your own home.</p> <p>Lucky for you, outdoor showers are an accessible feature for just about anyone. It all depends on how simple or complex you want your shower to be. A simple outdoor shower with cold water costs approximately $1,000 or less. An outdoor shower with an enclosure and hot and cold water will run about $4,000-$8,000.</p> <p>Here are four things to consider before taking the plunge on your own little piece of outdoor bathing heaven.</p> <h2>Location</h2> <p>This is one of the most important considerations. It&#8217;s best to choose a spot that you use often. In most cases, anywhere near the back entrance to your home is a good choice - maybe adjacent to the back door or on the back <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/tips-wood-deck-maintenance-199537/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">deck</a>. If you have a pool, situate the shower nearby for easy rinses before and after swimming.</p> <p>Another major consideration is plumbing access. Unless you&#8217;re installing the type of shower that attaches to a garden hose, you&#8217;ll need to install it close to existing plumbing.</p> <p>Last but not least, go for a sunny spot. This will help keep mold and mildew at bay and provide natural warmth while you rinse.</p> <h2>Privacy</h2> <p>Privacy is a fairly important consideration, unless you think only swimsuit-clad people will use the outdoor shower. You want the shower to feel private and far from prying eyes, but you also want to keep the natural feeling.</p> <figure id="attachment_217901" aria-describedby="caption-attachment-217901" style="width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/153-Paradise-Cove-Rd-Malibu-CA-90265/2140090017_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer"><img class="wp-image-217901" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/rustic-3-4-bathroom-with-outdoor-shower-i_g-IS913o0i190a211000000000-Wt1TD-ad0a6a.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="534" /></a><figcaption id="caption-attachment-217901" class="wp-caption-text">Photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/153-Paradise-Cove-Rd-Malibu-CA-90265/2140090017_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Zillow listing</a>.</figcaption></figure> <p>An easy and adjustable choice is a freestanding folding screen. These screens work particularly well on decks and patios, where it might be impractical to build any type of wall.</p> <p>Another option is building corrugated metal wing walls to create a shower &#8220;corner&#8221; of sorts, where swimmers can rinse off after a dip. You can make this more private by adding a third wall to the design. Of course, there&#8217;s always the more elaborate option, which would be to surround the shower with wooden walls.</p> <h2>Plumbing</h2> <p>The simplest and most inexpensive plumbing option, and one that many people choose, is a shower connected to a garden hose, which is then hooked up to an outside faucet. This cold-water fixture is perfect for an outdoor shower that&#8217;s used only in the heat of summer and mostly for cleaning off dirt and sand.</p> <p>Next up is the hot-and-cold hose option. First, you&#8217;ll need a plumber to install an outdoor hot-water faucet next to the cold one. From there, it basically works in a similar fashion to the cold-water hose shower.</p> <p>The most elaborate - and most expensive - is the plumbed-in outdoor shower. This is worth investing in if you anticipate consistent outdoor showers and not just cleaning up after a hot day in the sun. The only downside to this option: If you live in an area with freezing winters, you have to make sure you can fully drain and insulate the plumbing so it doesn't burst.</p> <h2>Drainage</h2> <p>The simplest and most common drainage system is letting the used water drain into your yard. If you don't have very porous ground in your yard, or if the outdoor shower is close to your home, consider attaching the plumbing to your home&#8217;s drainage pipes or installing a French drain (essentially a gravel-lined channel connected to a pipe that directs water to a drainage area).</p> <p>The easiest thing to do, of course, is to go with the first option and recycle the water into your garden.</p> <h2>Accessories</h2> <p>Incorporate affordable accessories that add to the fun and pleasure of showering outdoors. A large rainfall showerhead enhances that outdoor feeling, and <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/40-plants-for-hanging-baskets-195194/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">plants or flowers</a> in the shower area or peeping through the enclosure add a whimsical touch.</p> <p>Add some soft solar-powered lights for showering at dusk, install hooks for hanging towels and wet bathing suits, and maybe even add a chair to sit in. Most importantly, design your shower to take advantage of nature&#8217;s views, whether that&#8217;s the sky overhead or the splendor of your backyard garden.</p> <figure id="attachment_217847" aria-describedby="caption-attachment-217847" style="width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/1020-Fern-St-New-Orleans-LA-70118/84480728_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer"><img class="wp-image-217847" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/shower4-c7b056.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="534" /></a><figcaption id="caption-attachment-217847" class="wp-caption-text">Photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/1020-Fern-St-New-Orleans-LA-70118/84480728_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Zillow listing</a>.</figcaption></figure> <p>With just a little planning and effort, you can install your own outdoor shower and stay cool during the sunnier months.</p> <p><strong>Related:</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/make-small-bathroom-look-bigger-220703/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">10 Ways to Make a Small Bathroom Look Bigger</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/building-backyard-fire-pit-219141/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">DIY Backyard Fire Pit: Build It in Just 7 Easy Steps</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/bathroom-redo-without-remodeling-174027/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">8 DIY Ways to Redo Your Bathroom (Without Remodeling)</a></li> </ul> <p><em>Originally published June 26, 2017.</em></p> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=8YQHy53qr8Q:6n_OcaRVObo:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=8YQHy53qr8Q:6n_OcaRVObo:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> </div> https://www.zillow.com/blog/how-to-build-outdoor-shower-217661/feed/ 16 https://www.zillow.com/blog/how-to-build-outdoor-shower-217661/ 2019-04-10 13:15 +00:00 2019-04-11 01:15 +12:00 https://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=230325 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/ZillowBlog/~3/5YF0t-uwke8/ Unique Homes Bathrooms 9 Homes With Dreamy Spots for April Showers Who needs the spa when your bathroom looks like this? Mon, 08 Apr 2019 22:10:15 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/9-homes-with-dreamy-spots-for-april-showers-230325/#comments Jamie Birdwell-Branson <p>A good spring shower leaves the earth feeling refreshed and renewed - which is not unlike a good shower in your own home. A well-designed and polished bathroom can invigorate you in the morning or relax you before bed.</p> <p>These 10 bathrooms in for-sale homes across the country give us that feeling of rejuvenation - and make us just the tiniest bit envious.</p> <h2>Spa-like in the city</h2> <p>For sale: $1.3 million</p> <p>This Tudor revival in <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/4436-Q-St-NW-Washington-DC-20007/434454_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Washington, D.C.,</a> is equal parts modern and traditional - and its sleek yet comfortable bathroom is exactly what you&#8217;d need after a long day in this busy political city. This bathroom has all the spa features of your dreams, including a soaking tub with ample space for bath supplies, a double vanity with tons of storage underneath and a neutral, calming color palette.</p> <figure id="attachment_230335" aria-describedby="caption-attachment-230335" style="width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/4436-Q-St-NW-Washington-DC-20007/434454_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer"><img class="wp-image-230335 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Washington-DC-69ff2e.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="600" /></a><figcaption id="caption-attachment-230335" class="wp-caption-text"><em>Photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/4436-Q-St-NW-Washington-DC-20007/434454_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Zillow listing.</a></em></figcaption></figure> <p>See more homes in <a href="https://www.zillow.com/washington-dc/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Washington, D.C.</a></p> <h2>A stylish soak</h2> <p>For sale: $1.5 million</p> <p>This stunning home in <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/S7595-Taylor-Rd-De-Soto-WI-54624/113689031_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">De Soto, Wisconsin, </a>is an award-winning architectural structure, but the bathroom is by far the dreamiest of all its spaces. The light hardwoods and paneling contrast beautifully with the slate-gray tub and vanity countertop, and the lighting gives just enough ambience without being too overpowering - perfect for taking a midafternoon soak in the tub on a Saturday.</p> <figure id="attachment_230332" aria-describedby="caption-attachment-230332" style="width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/S7595-Taylor-Rd-De-Soto-WI-54624/113689031_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer"><img class="wp-image-230332 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/De-Soto-WI-be0060.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="600" /></a><figcaption id="caption-attachment-230332" class="wp-caption-text"><em>Photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/S7595-Taylor-Rd-De-Soto-WI-54624/113689031_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Zillow listing.</a></em></figcaption></figure> <p>See more homes in <a href="https://www.zillow.com/de-soto-wi/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">De Soto.</a></p> <h2>Tan-quility in Texas</h2> <p>For sale: $1.4 million</p> <p>This bathroom in <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/555-E-5th-St-APT-3001-Austin-TX-78701/64899564_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Austin, Texas,</a> blends neutral tones and contemporary glass to instantly relax you - and add a huge dash of style. A deep soaking tub connects seamlessly to the oversized glass-encased shower, which has a large bench and built-in shelf for bath products.</p> <figure id="attachment_230327" aria-describedby="caption-attachment-230327" style="width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/555-E-5th-St-APT-3001-Austin-TX-78701/64899564_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer"><img class="wp-image-230327 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Austin-TX-2b8d79.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="534" /></a><figcaption id="caption-attachment-230327" class="wp-caption-text"><em>Photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/555-E-5th-St-APT-3001-Austin-TX-78701/64899564_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Zillow listing.</a></em></figcaption></figure> <p>See more homes for sale in <a href="https://www.zillow.com/austin-tx/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Austin</a>.</p> <h2>Polished and pretty in porcelain</h2> <p>For sale: $595,000</p> <p>It&#8217;s not hard to imagine yourself spending quality time in this light-filled <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/1725-S-Newport-Ave-Tulsa-OK-74120/22147184_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Tulsa, Oklahoma,</a> bathroom. A free-standing curved bathtub sits beautifully right by a picture window, highlighted by a modern light fixture. And right next to it is a glass-encased shower for early mornings when you don&#8217;t have time to leisurely take a dip.</p> <figure id="attachment_230334" aria-describedby="caption-attachment-230334" style="width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/1725-S-Newport-Ave-Tulsa-OK-74120/22147184_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer"><img class="wp-image-230334 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Tulsa-OK-9c114c.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="600" /></a><figcaption id="caption-attachment-230334" class="wp-caption-text"><em>Photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/1725-S-Newport-Ave-Tulsa-OK-74120/22147184_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Zillow listing</a>.</em></figcaption></figure> <p>See more homes for sale in <a href="https://www.zillow.com/tulsa-ok/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Tulsa</a>.</p> <h2>A bathing beauty with a view</h2> <p>For sale: $26.5 million</p> <p>It&#8217;s hard to find a favorite thing about this luxury bathroom in <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/571-Sand-Point-Rd-Carpinteria-CA-93013/15876938_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Carpinteria, California</a>. Is it the floor-to-ceiling marbled tile or the mountain views as you shower? Whether you love the ceiling-mounted showerhead or the giant tub with cozy built-ins for all your products, this bathroom is an inspiration.</p> <figure id="attachment_230330" aria-describedby="caption-attachment-230330" style="width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/571-Sand-Point-Rd-Carpinteria-CA-93013/15876938_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer"><img class="wp-image-230330 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Carpinteria-CA-6239d1.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="600" /></a><figcaption id="caption-attachment-230330" class="wp-caption-text"><em>Photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/571-Sand-Point-Rd-Carpinteria-CA-93013/15876938_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Zillow listing.</a></em></figcaption></figure> <p>See more homes in <a href="https://www.zillow.com/carpinteria-ca/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Carpinteria</a>.</p> <h2>A grown-up shower to shout about</h2> <p>For sale: $2.9 million</p> <p>Let us count the ways we love this bathroom in <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/10221-SE-23rd-St-Bellevue-WA-98004/48855512_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Bellevue, Washington</a>. For one, we can&#8217;t get enough of the contrast between the black hexagon tile on the floor and the large white subway tile in the shower. We also love the vessel sink that sits atop an oversize purple-gray vanity, which adds an unexpected pop of color.</p> <figure id="attachment_230328" aria-describedby="caption-attachment-230328" style="width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/10221-SE-23rd-St-Bellevue-WA-98004/48855512_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer"><img class="wp-image-230328 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Bellevue-WA-3b3d33.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="600" /></a><figcaption id="caption-attachment-230328" class="wp-caption-text"><em>Photo from<a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/10221-SE-23rd-St-Bellevue-WA-98004/48855512_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer"> Zillow listing.</a></em></figcaption></figure> <p>See more homes in <a href="https://www.zillow.com/bellevue-wa/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Bellevue</a>.</p> <h2>A bubble-filled bathroom</h2> <p>For sale: $1.9 million</p> <p>The light fixtures in this <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/23-Horseshoe-Dr-East-Hampton-NY-11937/32665517_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">East Hampton, New York,</a> bathroom are reminiscent of bubbles - appropriate for a room with a free-standing soaking tub. Another set of bubble lights sits above the wall-mounted modern sink with plenty of storage underneath.</p> <figure id="attachment_230333" aria-describedby="caption-attachment-230333" style="width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/23-Horseshoe-Dr-East-Hampton-NY-11937/32665517_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer"><img class="wp-image-230333 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/East-Hampton-NY-482bc4.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="533" /></a><figcaption id="caption-attachment-230333" class="wp-caption-text"><em>Photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/23-Horseshoe-Dr-East-Hampton-NY-11937/32665517_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Zillow listing</a>.</em></figcaption></figure> <p>See more homes for sale in <a href="https://www.zillow.com/east-hampton-ny/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">East Hampton</a>.</p> <h2>Large and luxurious in Dallas</h2> <p>For sale: $2.8 million</p> <p>Everything is bigger in Texas, and this <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/4818-Irvin-Simmons-Dr-Dallas-TX-75229/26757038_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Dallas, Texas,</a> bathroom is no exception. A picture-perfect free-standing tub is framed by two playful light fixtures, as well as an oversized window that lets in a lot of light but still manages to give you privacy, thanks to the trees right outside.</p> <figure id="attachment_230331" aria-describedby="caption-attachment-230331" style="width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/4818-Irvin-Simmons-Dr-Dallas-TX-75229/26757038_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer"><img class="wp-image-230331 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Dallas-TX-cb66a9.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="600" /></a><figcaption id="caption-attachment-230331" class="wp-caption-text"><em>Photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/4818-Irvin-Simmons-Dr-Dallas-TX-75229/26757038_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Zillow listing.</a></em></figcaption></figure> <p>See more homes for sale in <a href="https://www.zillow.com/dallas-tx/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Dallas</a>.</p> <h2>Simple yet stately</h2> <p>For sale: $1.9 million</p> <p>Large marbled tile and a crystal-clear glass shower door make for a beautiful bathroom in <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/56-Belmont-St-1-Boston-MA-02129/2086360050_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Boston, Massachusetts</a>. It&#8217;s not especially hard to imagine taking a nice, relaxing shower with that ceiling-mounted showerhead.</p> <figure id="attachment_230329" aria-describedby="caption-attachment-230329" style="width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/56-Belmont-St-1-Boston-MA-02129/2086360050_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer"><img class="wp-image-230329 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Boston-MA-2e6f3e.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="534" /></a><figcaption id="caption-attachment-230329" class="wp-caption-text"><em>Photo from<a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/56-Belmont-St-1-Boston-MA-02129/2086360050_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer"> Zillow listing</a>.</em></figcaption></figure> <p>See more homes for sale in <a href="https://www.zillow.com/boston-ma/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Boston</a>.</p> <p><strong>Related:</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/make-small-bathroom-look-bigger-220703/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">10 Ways to Make a Small Bathroom Look Bigger</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/not-to-do-remodel-bathrooms-223520/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">What NOT to Do When Remodeling Bathrooms</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/common-bathroom-problems-229184/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">5 Common Bathroom Problems and How to Fix Them</a></li> </ul> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=5YF0t-uwke8:hNtVMlLosG4:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=5YF0t-uwke8:hNtVMlLosG4:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> </div> https://www.zillow.com/blog/9-homes-with-dreamy-spots-for-april-showers-230325/feed/ 30 https://www.zillow.com/blog/9-homes-with-dreamy-spots-for-april-showers-230325/ 2019-04-08 22:10 +00:00 2019-04-09 10:10 +12:00 https://www.zillow.com/digs/guides/?p=1962 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/ZillowBlog/~3/fK1V9BgMwJo/ Home Improvement Home Organization kitchens Maximizing Space in a Small Kitchen Small kitchens can be a challenge. Use these tips to set up a kitchen that lets your inner chef shine. Thu, 04 Apr 2019 21:12:06 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/space-saving-ideas-small-kitchens-228858/#comments Natalie Wise <p>Many homes come with kitchens that are less than ideal. The lighting can be terrible, the appliances old, the floors grimy … and counter space? Well, that&#8217;s a nice idea.</p> <p>Get the most out of the kitchen space you <em>do</em> have with these tips.</p> <h2>Make room</h2> <p>You can create extra space, even when it seems impossible. Over-the-sink covers, cutting boards and colanders help increase your workspace.</p> <p>Burner covers for your stove and a large cutting board or tray can create extra counter space when you&#8217;re entertaining and want to set out snacks (provided you don&#8217;t need to use your stove).</p> <p>Fold-up tables (attached to the wall or stand-alone) offer extra space when needed. If there's room, a butcher block or island instantly create food prep or storage space.</p> <p>Another simple way to create space? Pare down your belongings - especially on the counters - and only keep the necessities.</p> <h2>Go vertical</h2> <p>A wall above the stove may be perfectly suited for a pegboard where you can hang pots, pans and utensils. Magnetic knife and spice racks can fit into small wall spaces under cabinets or above sinks.</p> <p>Refrigerators can serve as storage space for magnetic spice racks, towels, pot holders, or dry-erase boards or chalkboards, which are both useful and decorative. And over-the-cabinet hooks and towel racks add extra storage quickly and easily.</p> <h2>Use bookcases</h2> <p>Small bookcases are a kitchen's best friend. They are perfectly narrow, they come in many heights and they offer tons of storage options.</p> <p>In addition to keeping cookbooks tidy, they can also hold pots, pans, dishes, food items, storage containers and baskets.</p> <p>Add hooks to the side of your bookshelf to store aprons or other lightweight tools.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter wp-image-230346" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/GettyImages-960874986-bd3984.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="534" /></p> <h2>Add art and color</h2> <p>Art and color are fast ways to personalize a small kitchen. Color-coordinated kitchen accessories become art in and of themselves, and a simple color palette lets the eye rest in a small space.</p> <p>When using every inch of space, don't forget to leave room for a few decorative elements. Hang attractive tea towels with pushpins for a practical splash of color. And fresh flowers on a shelf or table instantly brighten the space and add life.</p> <p>If you have a windowsill, an herb garden is the perfect way to use the space and bring vibrancy. You might even consider installing a <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/diy-vertical-garden-227769/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">vertical garden</a>.</p> <h2>Cover eyesores</h2> <p>Every older kitchen has at least one eyesore: an ancient microwave, a scratched-up refrigerator or a hideous vinyl floor. If you&#8217;re not ready to put down the cash for a remodel, cover these as best you can.</p> <p>Cover exposed sink pipes with curtains attached to the bottom of the sink (bonus: extra storage space). Store your old microwave or replace it with a newer, more attractive version.</p> <p>As for scratched or just plain ugly refrigerators and appliances, adhesive vinyl can create a like-new look in a matter of minutes.</p> <p>Cover unsightly floors with kitchen-friendly mats that also make standing at the counter easier on your feet, and refresh old cupboards and drawers with plain or patterned drawer liners.</p> <h2>Upgrade lighting</h2> <p>Lighting in any kitchen is hard to get right. Many fixtures make the space feel dated, and upgrading bulbs and cleaning light covers will make a difference right away. Consider installing adhesive under-cabinet lighting to better illuminate your workspace.</p> <p>If you can direct your lighting, such as track lighting, make sure it points to the kitchen triangle - that well-worn path from the stove to the sink to the refrigerator.</p> <p>If overhead lighting is scarce, consider using table lamps and even floor lamps. A floor lamp in a kitchen might seem odd at first, but put it at the end of a counter or tucked behind a table, and you'll be grateful for the extra light.</p> <p><strong>Related:</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/kitchen-countertop-buying-guide-228027/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Kitchen Countertop Buying Guide: Meet the Main Players &amp; Find Your Best Match</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/new-look-kitchen-223288/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">7 Perfect Kitchen Upgrades for a New Look Without Remodeling</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/3-myths-renting-201963/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">&#8216;You&#8217;re Throwing Money Away&#8217; and Other Myths About Renting</a></li> </ul> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><em>Originally published June 6, 2016. </em></p> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=fK1V9BgMwJo:j3clvH9objA:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=fK1V9BgMwJo:j3clvH9objA:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> </div> https://www.zillow.com/blog/space-saving-ideas-small-kitchens-228858/feed/ 30 https://www.zillow.com/blog/space-saving-ideas-small-kitchens-228858/ 2019-04-04 21:12 +00:00 2019-04-05 10:12 +13:00 https://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=187785 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/ZillowBlog/~3/loMulFEvKL4/ Home Improvement Home Organization Renting Roommates Roommate Relations: Making Smart Use of Shared Spaces Keeping the peace with your roomies can be as easy as setting expectations and giving everyone their own space. Thu, 04 Apr 2019 15:00:00 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/smart-use-of-shared-spaces-187785/#comments Sarah Pike <p>Renting a home with other people can be stressful. But with careful planning and clear communication, living with others doesn't have to lead to passive-aggressive notes and arguments.</p> <p>Whether you live with your sibling, your bestie or your significant other, try these tips for making smart use of those shared spaces.</p> <h2>Closets</h2> <p>What matters most when sharing <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/5-tips-to-declutter-in-a-day-215128/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">closet space</a> is equality. No, you don't need to make a line with tape on your closet floor (please don't). But you should stick to your designated areas.</p> <p>Hang vertical cloth shelves in the middle to store your shared towels and extra sheets, while also creating a closet divider. And when you toss your shoes in the closet, make sure they're on your side.</p> <h2>Cabinets</h2> <p>Maximize the cabinet space you're given by adding stackable wire shelving racks. In the kitchen, they&#8217;re great for storing plates on top and bowls below. And under your sink, you can put extra sponges, cleaning rags and garbage bags below with your cleaning spray bottles up top.</p> <p>Storage bins and plastic stackable boxes can also save the day - especially when it comes to bathroom storage. Put your skincare items in one and your dental products in another.</p> <p>These stackable boxes come in all sizes - the ones with more depth can fit your bulkier products, and the shorter boxes are better for smaller items, like your travel-size products.</p> <h2>Pantry</h2> <p>Once you place those stackable wire shelves in your kitchen pantry, you'll soon learn that labels and plastic bins rule.</p> <p>If you decide to share spices and other items like flour, vegetable oil and cooking spray, try arranging them in bins with labels that say "Shared." Use more labels to mark shelves and bins with each roommate&#8217;s name, if you think you'll all need the reminder.</p> <h2>Countertops</h2> <p>Decide with your roommates if it&#8217;s OK to keep items on the kitchen and bathroom counters. It may seem silly to discuss countertop space, but you'll be glad you did.</p> <p>Decide how many and which items you agree to allow on the counters. Does the toaster that you never use drive your roomie crazy? Are you okay with your BFF's curling iron always being on the bathroom counter?</p> <p>Air out your countertop pet peeves - you can always find ways to avoid potential disagreements.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter wp-image-230354" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/GettyImages-517673367-e5f8ae.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="534" /></p> <h2>The shower</h2> <p>Avoid any possible product mix-ups with a couple of shower caddies. Hang one over the shower head, and put another one (or two) with suction cups on the shower wall. Plus, storing your bath products in hanging caddies leaves the corners of your tub easy to clean.</p> <h2>Storage</h2> <p>If your place comes with its own storage space, try using a <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/sporting-goods-catchall-220812/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">tall shelving unit</a> and dividing the shelves equally among you.</p> <p>If someone ends up slowly taking over the unit, try putting your belongings in labeled plastic bins. If things really get out of hand, see if your storage buddy may be willing to pay a bit more in rent or utilities.</p> <h2>Parking</h2> <p>Your apartment comes with a covered parking spot? Sweet! Oh, it only comes with one parking space? Not so sweet.</p> <p>Try rotating its use every week or month. Or make an arrangement saying that whoever uses the parking spot can pay more in rent each month. Another idea: The roommate with the covered parking spot could do more chores than the other roommates.</p> <p>The key is deciding as a team in advance what's fair - and sticking to it.</p> <h2>Pets</h2> <p>If one of you has a pet, how do you decide where the crate, toy basket, and food and water bowls go? It may make sense to put pet items in common areas, but the pet owner shouldn't assume all roommates are cool with squeaky toys all over the living room floor - no matter how cute that pup is.</p> <p>Just like you'd pick up your things from the living room, you'll want to pick up Fido's stuff too.</p> <h2>Wall space</h2> <p>Don't hang your art in common areas without getting your roommates' opinions first. Turn decorating your walls into a roommate activity. Gather all the art and decorative wall items you want to hang, and have everyone choose their favorites.</p> <p>You can even turn it into a chance to get to know your roommates better. Have a cool story about where you got that tapestry? Got your favorite mural while studying abroad? Tell your roomies all about it - and listen to their stories too. They may be cool with your wall decor once they know the meaning it holds.</p> <p>If all else fails, stick with similar color palettes, and decorate based on shared color groupings. Remember that what doesn't go up in the living room can go up in your room.</p> <h2>Space-saving lifesavers</h2> <p>You can use all the fancy <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/organizing-secrets-pros-know-204721/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">organization</a> materials you want, but sometimes the basics are best.</p> <ul> <li>Adhesive hooks are great for hanging towels when you need extra bathroom space - or for hanging keys in the entryway.</li> <li>Use shoeboxes to store smaller items like scarves, winter gloves and cosmetics. Label them to make everything easy to find, and you can even decorate them with wrapping paper to pretty them up.</li> <li>Toilet paper rolls are an organizational lifesaver when you have too many cords. Designate each type of cord within one roll, and label them so you never mix up your roommates' cords with yours again.</li> <li>Over-the-door hangers are essential for items like purses and coats. Or try an over-the-door shoe hanger on one side of the door, with your things hung on the other side for double the saved space.</li> <li>Under-the-bed storage containers are key for off-season clothing items or bulky boots that don't seem to fit anywhere else. Your roommate will thank you for the extra closet space.</li> <li>Fabric panels are an inexpensive way to divide a room for added privacy.</li> </ul> <p>Even if the people you live with are not quite as organized as you, rest assured that at least your belongings are contained on their shelves and in their assigned containers. Having smart shared spaces allows you to enjoy your time with your roommates without stressing over whose stuff is whose.</p> <p><em>Looking for more information about renting? Check out our <a href="https://www.zillow.com/rent/guide/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Renters Guide</a>. </em></p> <p><strong>Related</strong>:</p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/10-tips-renting-with-roommate-204521/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">10 Tips for Renting with a Roommate</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/large-items-small-spaces-220378/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">&#8216;Where Should I Keep My&#8230;?&#8217;: Solving the Ultimate Small Space Dilemmas</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/top-10-home-organization-issues-206957/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">10 Ways to Conquer Clutter and Simplify Your Life</a></li> </ul> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><em>Originally published September 9, 2016.</em></p> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=loMulFEvKL4:agrafCUYVZs:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=loMulFEvKL4:agrafCUYVZs:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> </div> https://www.zillow.com/blog/smart-use-of-shared-spaces-187785/feed/ 3 https://www.zillow.com/blog/smart-use-of-shared-spaces-187785/ 2019-04-04 15:00 +00:00 2019-04-05 04:00 +13:00 https://www.landlords.co.nz/article/976514631/comment-tax-deductibility-of-rental-property-upgrades?utm_source=LL&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=COMMENT%3A+Tax+deductibility+of+rental+property+upgrades https://www.landlords.co.nz/article/976514631/comment-tax-deductibility-of-rental-property-upgrades?utm_source=LL&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=COMMENT%3A+Tax+deductibility+of+rental+property+upgrades COMMENT: Tax deductibility of rental property upgrades <p>Rental property upgrades required by the Healthy Homes minimum standards will make the area of tax deductibility even more thorny, writes Auckland Property Investors Association vice president Peter Lewis&hellip;</p> Thu, 04 Apr 2019 08:04:00 +1200 2019-04-04 08:04 +12:00 2019-04-04 09:04 +13:00 https://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=213971 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/ZillowBlog/~3/wWf3m0SpLVg/ Home Improvement gardening landscaping Spring 5 Tips for Spring Lawn Prep The lush lawn of your spring-loving dreams is just a few steps away. Wed, 03 Apr 2019 13:00:52 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/five-tips-spring-lawn-prep-213971/#comments Steve Asbell <p>Even if your lawn is made up of weeds more than actual grass, you can turn it around with some basic spring maintenance. Try these five tips to get your lawn ready before the weather warms up and the grass (and weeds) leave you in the dust.</p> <h2>Prevent weeds</h2> <p>Proper mowing, irrigation and feeding practices are the best possible <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/how-to-get-rid-of-weeds-203261/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">weed prevention</a>, but established weed populations require drastic measures.</p> <p>Use a preemergent herbicide to stop warm-season weeds before they sprout. And even a weed-free lawn can easily be undone by nearby weeds and their traveling seeds, so remove any weeds in the garden now so they don't find their way into your lawn.</p> <p>If your lawn has bare spots, fill them in now with sod or seed so weeds don't sprout and get a foothold.</p> <h2>Start your engines</h2> <p>Much like cars, lawnmowers will stop working without routine maintenance. If you haven't already done so in the fall, replace the mower's oil and gas with the types recommended in your mower's instruction manual.</p> <p>This would also be a good time to replace that corroded spark plug and dirty air filter. Add a fuel stabilizer to keep the gas from going stale and harming the mower's engine.</p> <p>A dull mower blade makes your grass more susceptible to disease with each ragged cut it makes, so sharpen the blade with a metal file when it starts to get dull. Clean your mower often to improve performance and prevent corrosion. If you own a riding mower, air up the tires for an even cut and comfortable ride.</p> <h2>Clear out thatch</h2> <p>You know that spongy layer of dead grass that builds up in your lawn? That's thatch. A thin layer of thatch is normal and even healthy, because it protects the soil, roots and beneficial organisms. But when that thatch gets about an inch tall, drought, weeds and other problems develop.</p> <p>Thatch is most likely to build up in lawns that have acidic or compacted soil - or lawns that have been excessively treated with herbicides and pesticides. If thatch is common on your block, prevent it with core aeration. This allows air to reach the soil, promoting organisms that naturally break down thatch. Use a vertical mower or power rake if the thatch is an inch thick or more.</p> <h2>Reseed and resod</h2> <p>None of these tips will do much good without a proper lawn. If your lawn feels beyond hope, consider starting from scratch.</p> <p>If your existing lawn is an annual one, remove it with a sod cutter. Perennial grasses, like Bermuda or St. Augustine grass, are much tougher to remove, so you'll likely have to either solarize with clear plastic sheets for several weeks or resort to an herbicide.</p> <p>Once you&#8217;ve dug up the grass or otherwise eradicated it, replace it with soil and a grass variety appropriate to your region. Plan on setting aside a day or two for installation.</p> <p>Amend the bare soil with topsoil or composted manure, and lay down the sod or planting seeds by following the label instructions. After planting, water it often until the new grass becomes established.</p> <h2>Start good habits</h2> <p>If you're not already following a fertilizing schedule, start one now by following the directions on your product of choice. You will likely forget this schedule after the first feeding, so pencil in the dates on your calendar so you don't get off track.</p> <p>Start the season off right by mowing more often, on a higher setting and in alternating directions. Inspect your sprinklers and pipes for possible breakage - a patch of damp soil or an excessive water bill would be your first clue. If your lawn seems to let into the surrounding landscaping, start edging now to define your boundaries.</p> <p>A string trimmer is fine for maintenance, but cutting through the dirt with it could get messy. Either rent an edger or purchase a handheld half-moon tool to make deep, clean cuts that persist through the year for easier mowing and trimming.</p> <p><strong>Related:</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/lawn-equipment-buying-guide-229174/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Your Guide to Buying Lawn Care Equipment</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/budget-friendly-curb-appeal-194022/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">8 Curb Appeal Boosters You Can Do in a Weekend</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/summer-prep-for-your-home-226196/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">13 Simple Steps to Prep Your Home for the Best Summer Ever</a></li> </ul> <h6><em>Originally published April 2017.</em></h6> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=wWf3m0SpLVg:r3AsQEuywi4:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=wWf3m0SpLVg:r3AsQEuywi4:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> </div> https://www.zillow.com/blog/five-tips-spring-lawn-prep-213971/feed/ 1 https://www.zillow.com/blog/five-tips-spring-lawn-prep-213971/ 2019-04-03 13:00 +00:00 2019-04-04 02:00 +13:00 https://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=74089 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/ZillowBlog/~3/Z5PWDqvqhvk/ Tips & Advice home buying Home selling real estate agents How to Break Up With Your Real Estate Agent Is it OK to break up with your real estate agent? And if so, how can you gracefully end it? Mon, 01 Apr 2019 13:00:36 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/break-up-real-estate-agent-74089/#comments Brendon DeSimone <p>Buying or selling a home rarely happens overnight, and it's not uncommon for buyers or sellers to interface or even work with multiple agents. Best-case scenario, the right agent shows their face early, and the relationship (and transaction) is a huge success.</p> <p>But somewhere along the way, you may find that your relationship with your real estate agent just isn't working anymore. Maybe the agent is moving faster than you'd like. Or they're not as available as you need them to be. Maybe they just don't get you.</p> <p>So what do you do? Is it OK to break up with your real estate agent? And if so, how do you gracefully end it?</p> <p>The answer depends on whether you're working with an agent as a buyer or a seller.</p> <h2>Advice for buyers</h2> <p>Real estate agents earn their commissions from sellers, and the money is split between the sellers&#8217; and buyers&#8217; agents. As a general rule, buyers won't be asked to enter into a contractual or financial agreement with a real estate agent.</p> <p>Instead, a buyer makes a (sometimes nonverbal) handshake agreement with the real estate agent. You're basically agreeing to exclusively rely upon that agent. And that's fair.</p> <p>Agents often work hard and spend a lot of time engaging with buyers, watching the market, writing contracts, showing properties, reviewing disclosures and so on. Imagine how they'd feel after spending months working with a client only to be informed that another agent found them the home they want?</p> <p>Before you shake hands, do your homework. Ask friends for references, and check out <a href="https://www.zillow.com/agent-finder" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">online agent reviews</a>.</p> <p><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/making-most-of-open-house-visit-151896/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Going to open houses</a> is a good way to meet and interview agents who work where you want to buy. Don&#8217;t jump in with the first agent you meet. Like any relationship, start slow and feel it out. It&#8217;s harder to break up with your agent if you&#8217;re deeply engaged.</p> <p>If you're not quite ready to be tied down, it's better not to engage an agent until you <em>are</em> ready. Early on, a good real estate agent should read your situation well and provide the appropriate amount of attention as needed. They'll act as a resource and be available when you need them. Once the search kicks into high gear, agents and buyers will spend lots of time together and communicate 24/7.</p> <p>If you do find that a relationship isn&#8217;t working, be honest and upfront before more time passes. Offer the agent constructive feedback about why it's not working for you.</p> <h2>Advice for sellers</h2> <p>Since the seller pays the real estate agent's commission, the brokerage requires the seller to sign a listing agreement upfront.  During the listing period, you're contractually obligated to work exclusively with the agent and brokerage firm, specifically on the sale of your home.</p> <p>In fact, even if you find a buyer on your own (such as a friend), the listing agent or brokerage firm is still due their commission.</p> <p>Just as a buyer must do their homework, it's even more important for a seller to do their research, given the commitment. Most listing agreements state that if the listing agent brings an offer at the listing price and the seller doesn't accept it, the agent is still due a commission. This scenario happens sometimes when the listing agent and seller aren't getting along.</p> <p>In most situations, if the listing agent isn't doing a good job but there's still time left on the agreement, you should simply tell them it's not working out. A good, fair and honest agent will apologize for not meeting your expectations and will agree to release you from the agreement ahead of schedule. But that's not always the case, and sellers typically respond by no longer agreeing to open houses or considering offers from the agent.</p> <p>Sometimes an agent wants to break up with the seller. Maybe the seller insists on keeping the price of the home too high or isn't cooperating to accommodate showings. The agent simply feels they can't be successful with the seller, no matter how much time they put into the job.</p> <p>If you're a seller whose agent wants out of the agreement because you aren't taking the necessary steps to sell your home, it's best to let them go - and decide if you're <a href="https://www.zillow.com/sellers-guide/should-i-sell-my-house/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">really ready to sell or not</a>.</p> <p><strong>Related</strong>:</p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/5-myths-about-home-selling-148354/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">5 Myths (and 5 Truths) About Selling Your Home</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/sellers-guide/what-makes-a-good-real-estate-agent/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">What Makes a Good Real Estate Agent for Home Sellers</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/sellers-guide/changing-real-estate-agents-seller/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Seller Advice: Changing Real Estate Agents</a></li> </ul> <p><em>Note: The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the opinion or position of Zillow.</em></p> <p><em>Originally published September 2016.</em></p> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=Z5PWDqvqhvk:BIH4nUrDIy8:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=Z5PWDqvqhvk:BIH4nUrDIy8:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> </div> https://www.zillow.com/blog/break-up-real-estate-agent-74089/feed/ 7 https://www.zillow.com/blog/break-up-real-estate-agent-74089/ 2019-04-01 13:00 +00:00 2019-04-02 02:00 +13:00 https://www.landlords.co.nz/article/976514497/comment-capital-gain-vs-cash-flow?utm_source=LL&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=COMMENT%3A+Capital+gain+vs+cash+flow https://www.landlords.co.nz/article/976514497/comment-capital-gain-vs-cash-flow?utm_source=LL&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=COMMENT%3A+Capital+gain+vs+cash+flow COMMENT: Capital gain vs cash flow <p>There are two very different types of property investors and the introduction of a capital gains tax would affect one far more than the other, explains veteran property investor Graeme Fowler.</p> Tue, 12 Mar 2019 09:21:00 +1200 2019-03-12 09:21 +12:00 2019-03-12 10:21 +13:00 https://www.landlords.co.nz/article/976514445/comment-property-reno-where-are-the-tradies?utm_source=LL&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=COMMENT%3A+Property+reno+-+where+are+the+tradies%3F https://www.landlords.co.nz/article/976514445/comment-property-reno-where-are-the-tradies?utm_source=LL&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=COMMENT%3A+Property+reno+-+where+are+the+tradies%3F COMMENT: Property reno - where are the tradies? <p>What seemed like a straight-forward renovation job on a rental property left Auckland Property Investors Association vice president Peter Lewis wondering where all the tradies have gone when we need them so much&hellip;</p> Tue, 05 Mar 2019 08:02:00 +1200 2019-03-05 08:02 +12:00 2019-03-05 09:02 +13:00 https://www.zillow.com/digs/guides/?p=1401 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/ZillowBlog/~3/ZmqutA5A8Po/ Home Improvement home maintenance remodeling Are You Overimproving for Your Neighborhood? Home improvements always pay off come selling time, right? Turns out it's all relative. Mon, 04 Mar 2019 13:59:37 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/over-improving-228853/#comments Erica Sooter <p>We all love a house-flipping reality show - we shout our opinions and weep when we see the final reveal. It&#8217;s an innate human instinct to want to make things better. And when it comes to selling your own home, it&#8217;s often a good instinct to follow.</p> <p>But while it may be OK to max out the budget on a reality TV show, pulling out all the stops in your own home renovation might not be the best choice. Depending on the real estate market, your neighborhood and what buyers are looking for, you may need to do less - or more - than you think.</p> <p>Before you demolish all the walls, take these four considerations into account.</p> <h2>Sellers market vs. buyers market</h2> <p>Does your local market favor buyers or sellers? You can tell the difference by looking at <a href="http://www.zillow.com/sellerlanding/yourhomereport/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">trends on Zillow</a>, talking to a real estate agent or checking out nearby neighborhoods.</p> <p>If a lot of nice for-sale homes in your area haven&#8217;t sold, it&#8217;s likely a buyers market. This means that shoppers have many homes to choose from, so the ones with the nicest updates, lowest prices and better neighborhoods will go first, leaving a lot of homes sitting idle on the market.</p> <p>If homes are selling right and left, then it&#8217;s a sellers market. In this case, there aren&#8217;t as many homes for buyers to choose from, so sellers can often get above asking price as a result of bidding wars.</p> <p>If you&#8217;re thinking about selling your home, understanding what the market is doing will help you determine how much you need to upgrade your home.</p> <h2>Improving in different markets</h2> <p>If it&#8217;s a buyers market, you&#8217;ll likely need to do more to your home to stand out. The average garage door replacement costs around $1,600, but if it makes your home stand out and sell faster, it may be a good move.</p> <p>If it&#8217;s a sellers market, you can get away with upgrading less, since homeowners will be competing for your home regardless of how tricked out it is. Spend your money wisely<strong> </strong>on things like new counters or fixtures, and spruce up the rest with a fresh coat of paint and some elbow grease.</p> <h2>Consider your neighborhood</h2> <p>The next important factor is your neighborhood, because you don&#8217;t want to price yourself out of it. Do you live in a new development? Or an older one where the homes are 40, 50 or 60 years old? Do you have a homeowners association that will limit what you can do? Or can you renovate at will?</p> <p>In older neighborhoods, you don&#8217;t want to renovate your house so much that it looks out of place or becomes a target for theft. You want to find a nice balance.</p> <p>If most homes in your area have dated finishes, focus on a few crucial updates that&#8217;ll help your house stand out <em>and</em> stay within your neighborhood&#8217;s average pricing. People are less willing to buy a $475,000 house in a neighborhood where homes don&#8217;t usually sell for more than $300,000.</p> <p>A good rule of thumb: Don&#8217;t raise your home&#8217;s value any higher than 10 percent of the <a href="http://www.zillow.com/wikipages/Pricing-Your-House-for-Sale/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">average cost of homes</a> in your neighborhood.</p> <p>However, if you live in a nicer area and your house is the shabbiest on the block, you&#8217;ll want to spend a little more to keep up. Take a look at homes in your neighborhood that have sold in the last 90 days (you can find this right <a href="http://www.zillow.com/homes/recently_sold/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">here </a>on Zillow). Emulate the finishes those homes have while remaining within your budget.</p> <h2>Where to invest your money</h2> <p>Give your home the features buyers look for most. Many homeowners look for updated kitchens, master bedrooms and bathrooms. These three spaces alone can sell your home, so consider investing extra money in these areas.</p> <p>If you have additional funds, consider replacing flooring or upgrading small things like lighting, fixtures and doorknobs.</p> <p>Use your budget wisely, and consider going the DIY route - some projects can <a href="https://www.zillow.com/sellers-guide/home-improvements-that-pay-off/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">recoup a large part of your investment</a>! If brand-new kitchen cabinets are out of your budget - or if they&#8217;d price you out of your current neighborhood - consider painting your current ones.</p> <p>Of course, watch for sales or deals on things you can use in your renovations. Regardless of how old or new your neighborhood is, choose timeless styles and colors that will appeal to a wide range of home buyers.</p> <p>If you do your market research and follow the trends, you&#8217;ll end up with a beautifully renovated home that will appeal to a large range of buyers.</p> <p><strong>Related</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/budget-friendly-curb-appeal-194022/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">8 Curb Appeal Boosters You Can Do in a Weekend</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/quiz-renovate-home-or-sell-225199/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Quiz: Should You Renovate Your Home or Sell?</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/prepare-your-house-for-sale-213113/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">3 Must-Do&#8217;s Before Listing Your House for Sale</a></li> </ul> <p><em>Originally published April 25, 2016.</em></p> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=ZmqutA5A8Po:ncPK1QDTg84:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=ZmqutA5A8Po:ncPK1QDTg84:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> </div> https://www.zillow.com/blog/over-improving-228853/feed/ 5 https://www.zillow.com/blog/over-improving-228853/ 2019-03-04 13:59 +00:00 2019-03-05 02:59 +13:00 https://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=181173 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/ZillowBlog/~3/kTc-cK_RLbc/ Home Improvement decorating Home offices Home Organization Creating a Home(work) Station That Gets Top Marks Good study habits are easier to build when you have a dedicated and attractive spot to hit the books. Tue, 26 Feb 2019 13:00:21 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/creating-homework-station-181173/#comments Kerrie Kelly <p>When was the last time your home workspace or study station inspired you? For most people, the answer is, "Not recently."</p> <p>Whether you&#8217;re prepping an area for your work-from-home days or setting up a spot for young scholars to study , you can kick inspiration into high gear with home office solutions that will get your creative juices flowing again.</p> <h2>Window wonder</h2> <p>It's no secret that sunshine does the body good. Fix up a space near the window so you can soak up plenty of vitamin D while pumping out price lists or writing that term paper.</p> <p>Greenery looks great near a bright area, so a <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/houseplants-for-low-light-spaces-222066/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">potted plant</a> or two might help naturally bring your space to life.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-229284" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/GettyImages-914953520-1-8b087a.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="531" /></p> <h2>Arts and crafts</h2> <p>The age of DIY is upon us. Embrace the casual-cool vibes and create your very own home desk area.</p> <p>Need a semipermanent to-do list? Try using chalkboard paint to make yourself a giant notepad on a nearby cabinet or a framed chalkboard. Tired of the overdone corkboard for your sticky notes? Framed chicken wire with clothespins makes a more shabby-chic memo board.</p> <p>The possibilities really are endless for this type of style. Just don't let your <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/tag/diy/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">DIYing</a> get in the way of the tasks you originally sat down to do!</p> <figure id="attachment_181204" aria-describedby="caption-attachment-181204" style="width: 500px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/1031-Fortner-Rd-Lantana-TX-76226/89527440_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><img class="wp-image-181204 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/arts-f185c7.jpg" alt="arts" width="500" height="750" /></a><figcaption id="caption-attachment-181204" class="wp-caption-text">Photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/1031-Fortner-Rd-Lantana-TX-76226/89527440_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Zillow listing</a>.</figcaption></figure> <h2>Collaboration is key</h2> <p>For those less focus-intensive projects, investigate a collaborative workstation with several small spaces or a giant community table. This type of work environment has been popular among small companies and creative agencies for the purpose of bouncing around ideas.</p> <p>If you still want your own personal space, put a divider between you and the other desks for some extra privacy, and take it down when it's time to meet and discuss. You know what they say: Teamwork makes the dream work.</p> <figure id="attachment_181205" aria-describedby="caption-attachment-181205" style="width: 550px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/21-Kensett-Ln-Darien-CT-06820/2111669692_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><img class="wp-image-181205 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/collab-sm-0f42ff.jpg" alt="collab sm" width="550" height="645" /></a><figcaption id="caption-attachment-181205" class="wp-caption-text">Photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/21-Kensett-Ln-Darien-CT-06820/2111669692_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Zillow listing</a>.</figcaption></figure> <h2>A clear mind</h2> <p>While many of us would like to think we have complete control of our habit of logging onto Facebook or checking what else our calendar has in store for us, most of us really don't. And the greatest enabler of this sidetracked behavior is a <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/declutter-for-intentional-home-210492/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">cluttered workspace</a>.</p> <p>Set the stage for a clean slate with a bright white desk and matching chair, a simple light fixture and an inspiring element. Keeping your workstation simple and clutter-free ensures you have a productive day - even if your homework is less than exhilarating.</p> <p>Whether you're up all night cramming for exams or prepping for a work presentation due first thing in the morning, you'll feel more focused and productive by incorporating any of these tips into your workstation.</p> <p><strong>Related</strong>:</p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/top-10-home-organization-issues-206957/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">10 Ways to Conquer Clutter and Simplify Your Life</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/create-a-dedicated-drop-zone-187516/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">3 Steps to Creating an Organized Entryway (Even If You Don&#8217;t Have the Space)</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/self-sabotage-organizing-efforts-210869/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">7 Ways to Self-Sabotage Your Organizing Efforts</a></li> </ul> <p><em>Originally published September 7, 2016.</em></p> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=kTc-cK_RLbc:ylDvNSLtQ4Q:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=kTc-cK_RLbc:ylDvNSLtQ4Q:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> </div> https://www.zillow.com/blog/creating-homework-station-181173/feed/ 15 https://www.zillow.com/blog/creating-homework-station-181173/ 2019-02-26 13:00 +00:00 2019-02-27 02:00 +13:00 https://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=220812 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/ZillowBlog/~3/8_QtD2TejbQ/ Home Improvement DIY Home Organization With This DIY Sporting Goods Catch-All, Game Day Is No Sweat If you build it, the sporting goods will come (and stay organized too!) Tue, 19 Feb 2019 13:30:18 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/sporting-goods-catchall-220812/#comments Jamie Birdwell-Branson <p>This project will help you organize your garage and become the MVP of <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/tag/diy/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">DIY projects</a>. With all your sporting gear in the same place, you&#8217;ll always be prepared when someone yells, "Where&#8217;s my basketball?&#8221; (Or volleyball, hockey stick, tennis racket, etc.)</p> <p>See how it&#8217;s done, then follow the step-by-step instructions to build one of your own.</p> <div class="video-container"><iframe width="500" height="375" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/7L6sa8u0u24?feature=oembed&#038;enablejsapi=1&#038;modestbranding=1&#038;rel=0&#038;showinfo=0" frameborder="0" allow="accelerometer; autoplay; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture" allowfullscreen></iframe></div> <h2>1. Find a bookcase</h2> <p>Choose a bookcase with at least three wide shelves so you can store gear in a variety of sizes.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-220814" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Still1-69abba.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="533" /></p> <h2>2. Add locking wheels</h2> <p>Attach locking wheels to the bottom of the bookcase so you can easily move it around the mudroom or the garage.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-220815" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Still3-d310fe.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="533" /></p> <h2>3. Drill holes</h2> <p>Drill evenly spaced holes (about four or five, depending on the width of the bookcase) along the top surface of one of the shelves. Keep the holes fairly close to the edge - about one-half inch away or less.</p> <p>On the underside of the shelf below, drill holes to match up exactly with the holes on the shelf above.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-220816" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Still5-016685.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="533" /></p> <h2>4. Attach bungee cords</h2> <p>Place the bungee cord hooks in the drilled holes, and arrange the cords vertically so they create a net. You want the cords to be pretty taut, so get the right size for your bookcase.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-220817" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Still7-966d46.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="533" /></p> <h2>5. Mount peg boards</h2> <p>Frame the sides of your bookcase with 1-by-2-inch boards to support peg boards that have been cut to size. Secure the peg boards with a few nails on the top and bottom.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-220819" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Still8-bbc350.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="533" /></p> <h2>6. Customize with hooks and holders</h2> <p>Place hooks and holders on the peg board so you can hang your tennis rackets, baseball gloves, jerseys, helmets and more.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-220820" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Still10-047990.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="533" /></p> <h2>7. Load up your catch-all, MVP!</h2> <p>Grab your gear and organize the bins however you see fit. Now all you have to worry about is scoring the winning goal.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-220821" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Still11-dded6f.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="533" /></p> <p><strong>Related:</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/built-in-shelves-hack-226769/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">A DIY for the Books: How to Get Custom Built-In Shelves on a Budget</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/kids-room-storage-229181/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">A Quick DIY for Space-Saving Kids&#8217; Room Storage</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/building-backyard-fire-pit-219141/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">DIY Backyard Fire Pit: Build It in Just 7 Easy Steps</a></li> </ul> <h6><em>Originally published September 2017.</em></h6> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=8_QtD2TejbQ:zm_y521O5jk:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=8_QtD2TejbQ:zm_y521O5jk:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> </div> https://www.zillow.com/blog/sporting-goods-catchall-220812/feed/ 9 https://www.zillow.com/blog/sporting-goods-catchall-220812/ 2019-02-19 13:30 +00:00 2019-02-20 02:30 +13:00 https://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=210492 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/ZillowBlog/~3/BzpPx92KNXs/ Home Improvement Home Organization Meet the Clutter Scale: One Pro's Secret to a More Intentional Home On a scale of 1 to 5, how much do you need to declutter? Dorothy Breininger shares a favorite tip for cleaning up. Mon, 18 Feb 2019 19:54:19 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/declutter-for-intentional-home-210492/#comments DorothyTheOrganizer <p>Although I have always been organized, there were two significant moments in my life that taught me how to manage clutter.</p> <p>The first was when I returned from a backpacking trip around the world. Having visited homes in many developing nations, I no longer wanted to have such excess in my own home. My possessions were organized, but I had too many of them for my taste.</p> <p>After I unpacked from my journey, I began a thorough review of my stuff. I started upstairs, removing unnecessary items floor by floor. By the time I reached the basement, I had enough stuff to set up a second apartment.</p> <p>My second decluttering lesson was right after my divorce. Just months after the split, I was facing bankruptcy. I began my climb out of sudden and severe financial debt while simultaneously making a name for myself in the organizing industry. I hired a top-tier PR agent, but I knew I had to come up with some big bucks to cover his fee and all the expenses that go along with creating a brand. I decided to <a href="https://www.zillow.com/sellers-guide/steps-to-selling-a-house/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">sell my home</a> and everything I owned to make it happen.</p> <p>As I sorted my belongings for a second time, I created the ranking system below to help me decide what to keep and what to toss. It worked beautifully for me, and I think it can work for you too.</p> <h2>The clutter scale</h2> <p><strong>5</strong> - Important items whose place in your home is non-negotiable. For me, this included my green-stained Depression glass, photos, business files, office equipment and car.</p> <p><strong>4</strong> - Items that are difficult to replace and items you use every day. This pile included most of my clothes, some furniture, a favorite sheet set, towels and jewelry.</p> <p><strong>3</strong> - Items you use occasionally but haven&#8217;t used within the last six months.</p> <p><strong>2</strong> - Items you rarely use but feel hesitant to toss.</p> <p><strong>1</strong> - Items you never use, like seasonal items, specialized tools or kitchen gadgets. I got rid of stationery, extra wrapping paper, old boxes and my printer.</p> <p>You know what I found as I used the clutter scale? There were rarely items that rated a 2 or 3. And once I established some criteria, I sorted and purged the 2s and 3s like never before. As you sort your less important items, ask yourself the following questions:</p> <ul> <li>Do I love it?</li> <li>What's the special story behind it?</li> <li>Do I have the space for it?</li> <li>Can I replace it?</li> <li>Can I easily borrow it or rent it if I need it again?</li> <li>Does it support my goals and values?</li> <li>Does it compare to the items I ranked as a 5?</li> </ul> <p>The clutter scale is a great way to get back in touch with your priorities. My priority at the time was starting my business, so I kept the bigger goal in sight and let go of anything that didn&#8217;t support it.</p> <p>What I didn't know then was that I was already practicing what I was going to preach in my business. I learned to organize my life and stuff based on my values. I chose to collect experiences - not things.</p> <p>As you declutter and rank your possessions, don&#8217;t forget to take a few minutes to think about your goals and values. You&#8217;ll find your home to be much more intentional and peaceful if you do!</p> <p><strong>Related:</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/organizing-secrets-pros-know-204721/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">5 Organizing Secrets Only the Pros Know</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/create-a-dedicated-drop-zone-187516/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">3 Steps to Creating an Organized Entryway (Even If You Don&#8217;t Have the Space)</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/top-10-home-organization-issues-206957/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">10 Home Organization Woes (and How to Fix Them)</a></li> </ul> <h6><em>Originally published January 2017.</em></h6> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=BzpPx92KNXs:ayUCy44Ipts:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=BzpPx92KNXs:ayUCy44Ipts:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> </div> https://www.zillow.com/blog/declutter-for-intentional-home-210492/feed/ 10 https://www.zillow.com/blog/declutter-for-intentional-home-210492/ 2019-02-18 19:54 +00:00 2019-02-19 08:54 +13:00 https://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=225199 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/ZillowBlog/~3/f5H4bFzRV4U/ Home Improvement Tips & Advice Home selling homeownership remodeling Quiz: Should You Renovate Your Home or Sell? Fix it up or give it up? See where you really stand with this quiz. Fri, 15 Feb 2019 13:00:39 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/quiz-renovate-home-or-sell-225199/#comments Cat Overman <p>Most homeowners have that one thing about their home that they wish were different.</p> <p>For some, the home&#8217;s fatal flaw exists outside the four walls. Maybe the house backs up to a creek that floods whenever it rains, resulting in a squishy backyard and mosquitoes. Or perhaps the home is located on a busy street that generates too much traffic noise. It could just be that the house is too far from the homeowner&#8217;s job, and the long commute has gotten old.</p> <p>If you&#8217;re feeling discontent with your home, you may be thinking about renovating &#8230; or getting out entirely. But before you knock down walls or put your home on the market, check out our quiz - it could help you think differently about your situation.</p> <div class="riddle_target" style="margin: 0 auto; max-width: 100%; width: 640px;" data-rid-id="142840" data-fg="#0074E4" data-bg="#FFFFFF" data-auto-scroll="true"><script src="https://www.riddle.com/files/js/embed.js"></script><br /> <iframe style="width: 100%; height: 300px; border: 1px solid #cfcfcf;" title="Personality Test - Should You Renovate or Sell?" src="https://www.riddle.com/a/142840?" width="300" height="150"></p> <section> <h2>Should You Renovate or Sell?</h2> <p class="ql-align-center"><em>Note: This quiz is for </em><strong><em>entertainment purposes only</em></strong><em>. The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the opinion or position of Zillow.</em></p> </section> <section> <h2>Consider renovating.</h2> <p><span style="color: #000000;">If you love your home&#8217;s location-specific qualities (like </span><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/choose-right-school-6-tips-parents-224336/" target="_blank" style="color: #000000;">great local schools</a><span style="color: #000000;"> or access to amenities), you could have a tough time replicating those elsewhere. </span></p> <p><span style="color: #000000;">And if renovating could make your home livable for more than seven years or so, and if you can handle the mess and inconvenience of a big remodeling project, you&#8217;re probably better off staying put and investing in updates that will make the home work for you. </span></p> <p><span style="color: #000000;">Before you begin, be sure to:</span></p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/budget-for-home-renovations-177504/" target="_blank" style="color: #000000;">Create a renovation budget</a><span style="color: #000000;"> and determine </span><a href="https://www.zillow.com/mortgage-learning/6-ways-fund-home-renovations/" target="_blank" style="color: #000000;">how you&#8217;ll finance the project</a></li> <li><span style="color: #000000;">Ensure you aren&#8217;t </span><a href="https://www.zillow.com/digs/guides/before-you-sell/over-improving/" target="_blank" style="color: #000000;">overimproving your home for the neighborhood</a><span style="color: #000000;"> (which could make it hard to sell later)</span></li> <li><span style="color: #000000;">Investigate and obtain any necessary permits</span></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/home-renovation-team-trust-201009/" target="_blank" style="color: #000000;">Assemble your renovation team</a></li> </ul> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><em style="color: #000000;">Get more </em><a href="https://www.zillow.com/digs/guides/" target="_blank" style="color: #000000;"><em>home improvement inspiration</em></a><em style="color: #000000;">.</em></p> </section> <section> <h3>Think about selling.</h3> <p>If it would take a massive renovation to transform your home into a place you can love, or if the location just isn&#8217;t what you want, you might be better off selling and moving to a more suitable dwelling - provided you plan to stay for a while, which will make the expense and hassle of buying a new home worth the effort.</p> <p>Think selling might be your best option? Be sure to:</p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/sellers-guide/buyers-or-sellers-market/" target="_blank">Research your local market</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/sellers-guide/20-questions-for-seller-agents/" target="_blank">Connect with a good local agent</a></li> <li>Plan any <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/updates-increase-your-home-value-218078/" target="_blank">updates or repairs</a> buyers will expect</li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/sellers-guide/benefits-of-a-pre-inspection/" target="_blank">Schedule a pre-inspection</a></li> <li>Make a plan for <a href="https://www.zillow.com/sellers-guide/staging-your-home/" target="_blank">staging your home</a></li> </ul> <p>&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;</p> <p><em>Get more </em><a href="https://www.zillow.com/sellers-guide/" target="_blank"><em>tips and advice about selling</em></a><em>.</em></p> </section> <section> <h2>What&#8217;s the real estate market like in your area?</h2> </section> <section> <h3>Which is a bigger issue in your home?</h3> </section> <section> <h3>How does your home compare to your neighbors&#8217; houses?</h3> </section> <section> <h3>If you renovated your home, how much longer could you live there?</h3> </section> <section> <h3>If you moved to a new home, how likely are you to stay there for seven years or longer?</h3> </section> <section> <h3>Do you think your household will grow?</h3> </section> <section> <h3>How do you feel about your current neighbors?</h3> </section> <section> <h3>Do you have an attic, basement or other raw space that could be finished?</h3> </section> <section> <h3>What&#8217;s the first thing you&#8217;d do if you decided to remodel?</h3> </section> <section> <h3>How do you deal with waiting in a long line that&#8217;s moving slowly?</h3> </section> <section> <h3>What would be the main goal of your renovation?</h3> </section> <section> <h3>Which room(s) would you renovate?</h3> </section> <section> <h3>Do you know what a HELOC is?</h3> </section> <section> <h3>Which would you most like your home to have?</h3> </section> <section> <h3>How are the schools in your home&#8217;s district?</h3> </section> <section> <h3>How do you feel when you think about your home?</h3> </section> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p></iframe></div> <p><strong>Related</strong>:</p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/sellers-guide/how-do-i-sell-my-house/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">How Do I Sell My House: Getting Started</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/sellers-guide/should-you-remodel-or-move/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Should You Remodel or Move?</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/budget-friendly-curb-appeal-194022/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">8 Curb Appeal Boosters You Can Do in a Weekend</a></li> </ul> <h6><em>Originally published March 2018.</em></h6> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=f5H4bFzRV4U:rpaaiVvy2CM:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=f5H4bFzRV4U:rpaaiVvy2CM:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> </div> https://www.zillow.com/blog/quiz-renovate-home-or-sell-225199/feed/ 52 https://www.zillow.com/blog/quiz-renovate-home-or-sell-225199/ 2019-02-15 13:00 +00:00 2019-02-16 02:00 +13:00 https://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=194022 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/ZillowBlog/~3/IbyMKMfcDxc/ Home Improvement curb appeal Home selling homeownership 8 Curb Appeal Boosters You Can Do in a Weekend Win home shoppers over before they even think about stepping foot inside. Thu, 14 Feb 2019 13:26:20 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/budget-friendly-curb-appeal-194022/#comments Sarah Pike <p>A polished home exterior creates an inviting experience for visitors or passersby, which is especially important if <a href="https://www.zillow.com/sellers-guide/how-to-market-your-home-for-sale/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">your home is on the market</a>.</p> <p>Check out our tips to get the most curb appeal for the lowest cost - while turning your neighbors' heads and getting prospective buyers to your door.</p> <h2>Clean up</h2> <p>The easiest way to enhance curb appeal is dedicating a weekend to deep cleaning your home&#8217;s exterior.</p> <p>Sure, you'll want to trim bushes, sweep and mow your lawn, but there's more to curb appeal than keeping a tidy front yard. Turn the nozzle on your garden hose to the strongest setting and clean off your driveway, sidewalk, windows and fence.</p> <p>If dirt and grime are caked on your home's exterior, you can rent a powerwasher for around $50 to $75 a day. Just avoid areas with caulking, like windows and doors, because you can strip some of the sealing. And as tempting as it may be to powerwash your roof, don&#8217;t do it -  you may damage the shingles&#8217; coating.</p> <p>When it comes to your windows, spraying them with a garden hose isn't enough. For maximum sparkle, clean your windows outside and inside. Instead of relying on a glass cleaner, try a mix of detergent diluted in warm water.</p> <h2>Add shutters</h2> <p>Shutters are an easy way to accentuate the size of your windows. They make your windows look larger and add visual interest by disrupting a bland exterior wall. For maximum curb appeal, choose a shutter color that contrasts with your home&#8217;s color to make it pop.</p> <h2>Paint accent areas</h2> <p>Paint is a quick and easy curb appeal booster. Instead of painting the entire exterior of your home, focus on the trim, door and shutters.</p> <p>You can typically find a gallon of exterior paint for $20 to $30. But before you decide on a color, consider home exterior color trends, along with your home's natural style.</p> <h2>Give your door a face lift</h2> <p>If you don&#8217;t love your front door, you don't need to dish out loads of money to replace it. Think beyond paint - consider adding molding, which offers a decorative frame for your door that welcomes visitors.</p> <p>You can also add metal house numbers, which you can find for as low as $5 a number. And if seasonally appropriate, consider adding a wreath to your door as a bonus.</p> <h2>Replace your house numbers</h2> <p>If you'd rather not add house numbers to your freshly painted door, here are some alternative DIY ideas:</p> <ul> <li>Paint a terra-cotta planter with your house number and place it by your doorstep.</li> <li>Add house numbers to a post planter near your front porch.</li> <li>Use your front porch stair riser&#8217;s real estate by hanging or painting numbers there.</li> </ul> <h2>Update your light fixtures</h2> <p>Replacing your exterior light fixtures is another curb appeal must. You can usually find outdoor sconces for around $20 at home centers. Just make sure your new light fixtures have the same mounting system. And if you want to save on lighting, a fresh finish can do wonders. Try spray-painting them - a can of spray paint costs around $10.</p> <h2>Keep porch furniture neutral</h2> <p>Just as you would aim to simplify the interior of your home so shoppers can envision themselves living there, the exterior of your home should be neutral and welcoming too.</p> <p>Put your pink flamingo and wind chime collection into storage, and focus on porch decor that offers pops of color and character. You can find brightly colored outdoor chairs or throw pillows for $20 to $30 each.</p> <h2>Don&#8217;t forget the small things</h2> <p>These low-budget fixes make a big impact, so don&#8217;t forget the little details!</p> <ul> <li><strong>Upgrade your mailbox:</strong> Install a new mailbox for under $100, or spray paint your existing mailbox.</li> <li><strong>Plant a tree:</strong> A charming tree can up your curb appeal for as low as $20.</li> <li><strong>Build a tree bench: </strong>If you already have a tree you love, build a bench around it! Great for napping, picnicking or just hiding exposed roots, a wraparound tree bench costs only what you spend on boards and screws.</li> <li><strong>Install flower boxes:</strong> For around $20 each, flower boxes are a quick way to add some life and color to your windows. If flower boxes sound like too much work, try a <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/grow-a-container-garden-175537/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">container garden</a> in pots by your front porch.</li> <li><strong>Hide eyesores:</strong> Place a small lattice fence or a side of paneling around your air conditioner, and hide your trash bins behind a small fence. You can also hide your hose in a pot or storage bench.</li> </ul> <p><strong>Related</strong>:</p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/5-myths-about-home-selling-148354/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">5 Myths (and 5 Truths) About Selling Your Home</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/sellers-guide/listing-descriptions-that-sell/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Property Descriptions 101: How to Write Listing Descriptions That Sell</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/prepare-your-house-for-sale-213113/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">3 Must-Do&#8217;s Before Listing Your House for Sale</a></li> </ul> <h6><em>Originally published March 2018.</em></h6> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=IbyMKMfcDxc:_ErjrikIKSo:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=IbyMKMfcDxc:_ErjrikIKSo:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> </div> https://www.zillow.com/blog/budget-friendly-curb-appeal-194022/feed/ 32 https://www.zillow.com/blog/budget-friendly-curb-appeal-194022/ 2019-02-14 13:26 +00:00 2019-02-15 02:26 +13:00 https://www.landlords.co.nz/article/976514325/comment-ring-fencing-rules-could-mean-116-000-less-rentals?utm_source=LL&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=COMMENT%3A+Ring-fencing+rules+could+mean+116%2C000+less+rentals https://www.landlords.co.nz/article/976514325/comment-ring-fencing-rules-could-mean-116-000-less-rentals?utm_source=LL&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=COMMENT%3A+Ring-fencing+rules+could+mean+116%2C000+less+rentals COMMENT: Ring-fencing rules could mean 116,000 less rentals <p>Ring-fencing of rental losses on rental properties could end up resulting in 116,000 fewer rentals, Stop the War on Tenancies spokesman Mike Butler cautions.</p> Tue, 12 Feb 2019 09:29:00 +1200 2019-02-12 09:29 +12:00 2019-02-12 10:29 +13:00 https://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=213113 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/ZillowBlog/~3/RCMBCYdL7m8/ Home Improvement Cleaning curb appeal home maintenance Home selling 3 Must-Do's Before Listing Your House for Sale When it comes to first impressions, the little things make all the difference. Mon, 04 Feb 2019 13:24:40 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/prepare-your-house-for-sale-213113/#comments See Jane Drill <p>Planning to sell your house this year? Now&#8217;s the perfect time to prep it for listing!</p> <p>Set aside a couple of weekends to do the work, and follow these three steps. Then, get ready to make a great impression on potential buyers and cinch the deal.</p> <h2>Step 1: Clean and declutter</h2> <p>It may sound obvious, but the importance of cleaning and decluttering cannot be overstated. Here are some ideas to make this process nearly painless.</p> <ul> <li><strong>Eliminate clutter before cleaning:</strong> This is the time to purge your house of unwanted and unnecessary items. In addition to donating items to charity, consider giving them away through Craigslist or neighborhood sharing groups. Recyclers are often willing to pick up and haul away large metal items for free.</li> <li><strong>Deep clean your house:</strong> This step will probably involve the biggest time investment. Get the whole family involved if you can! Think of this as a pumped-up spring cleaning. Pay special attention to kitchens and bathrooms, and clean the inside and outside of your windows - this makes a striking improvement in the overall appearance of your house.</li> <li><strong>Organize closets, cabinets and drawers:</strong> In this case, out of sight is <em>not</em> out of mind. Many potential buyers will open cabinets and closets, because they are thinking about storage space. Clean and organized storage areas signal to buyers that you take care of the house.</li> </ul> <h2>Step 2: Make small repairs</h2> <p>Take care of these problems before you show the house for the first time. These are all fixes that you can do yourself.</p> <ul> <li>Fix any leaking faucets and running toilets.</li> <li>Replace caulking around tubs, showers and sinks.</li> <li>Freshen up or repair grout as needed.</li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/repair-doorknob-holes-walls-204457/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Repair walls</a> and repaint them in a neutral, generally pleasing color that complements your home.</li> <li>Fix cracked or broken windows.</li> <li>Replace or repair damaged window screens.</li> <li>Replace burned-out lightbulbs.</li> </ul> <h2>Step 3: Go for curb appeal</h2> <p>You want potential buyers to be charmed by the outside of your house so they look forward to coming inside. Extend your pumped-up spring cleaning to the outside of your house too.</p> <ul> <li>Trim bushes, shrubs and trees. Make sure vegetation isn&#8217;t touching your roof or siding.</li> <li>Repair broken downspouts and gutters.</li> <li>If it's appropriate for your yard, apply new mulch, river rock and/or pea gravel. This can do wonders for your landscaping and provide immediate <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/budget-friendly-curb-appeal-194022/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">curb appeal</a>.</li> <li>Clean and repair concrete areas, such as driveways and walkways. Eliminate any oil or grease stains, and clean out any weeds coming up through the cracks.</li> <li>If it's seasonally appropriate, put out some pots of annuals, which will maintain their color for the season. Freshen up your doorstep with a new welcome mat and make sure the house numbers are easy to see.</li> </ul> <p>With just a moderate amount of effort, you can make your house beautiful and welcoming, both inside and out.</p> <p><em>Ready to put your home on the market? Check out our <a href="https://www.zillow.com/sellers-guide/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Home Sellers Guide</a> for more tips and resources.</em></p> <p><strong>Related:</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/5-myths-about-real-estate-agents-227286/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Don&#8217;t Believe These 5 Myths About Real Estate Agents</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/5-myths-about-home-selling-148354/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">5 Myths (and 5 Truths) About Selling Your Home</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/neighbors-matter-when-selling-213862/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">When Selling a Home, the Neighbors Matter</a></li> </ul> <h6><em>Originally published March 2017.</em></h6> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=RCMBCYdL7m8:nTu0ViBzTa0:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=RCMBCYdL7m8:nTu0ViBzTa0:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> </div> https://www.zillow.com/blog/prepare-your-house-for-sale-213113/feed/ 23 https://www.zillow.com/blog/prepare-your-house-for-sale-213113/ 2019-02-04 13:24 +00:00 2019-02-05 02:24 +13:00 https://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=215734 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/ZillowBlog/~3/QskduTqpK0M/ Unique Homes historic homes unique homes From Haylofts to Hardwoods: How One Family Salvaged a Historic Barn Great-grandparents milked cows here. A father and daughter both played in the hayloft as kids. Now a new generation runs barefoot on its wood. Thu, 31 Jan 2019 16:46:02 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/salvaging-a-family-barn-215734/#comments Lindsay Cohen <p>There's a century of history woven into the floors of a contemporary home east of Seattle: golden planks, shiny blondes and the occasional knotted gray.</p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">It's just how Amanda Gatlin wanted it</span><span style="font-weight: 400;"> - even if she didn&#8217;t expect it would involve recycling an entire Mississippi barn, with pieces dating back to when Woodrow Wilson was president.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"It was my great-grandfather and grandfather and a bunch of people in the community who helped build it," said Gatlin, referring to the barn 2,300 miles away. "Some of the pieces of wood are 100-plus years old."</span></p> <p><img class="wp-image-218246 size-full aligncenter" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/gatlin-barn-135f2f.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="525" /></p> <p>What started out as a small undertaking - Gatlin and her husband, Jeff Layton, peeling away a couple wood slabs for a picture frame or accent wall in their Northwest new construction - quickly grew into something more.</p> <p>"I don't know how it transitioned from taking a few pieces to taking down the whole barn," said Jeff. "Amanda's dad talked to the landowner, and they said, 'You can come and take the whole thing.' That evolved into, &#8216;Gosh, let's <em>salvage</em> this thing.&#8217;"</p> <p><img class="wp-image-218222 size-full aligncenter" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/LEAVEN-5-5a04b2.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="531" /></p> <h2>&#8216;I called it my clubhouse&#8217;</h2> <p>In 1912, Amanda&#8217;s great-grandparents started a farm in rural Choctaw County, Mississippi, about two hours south of Memphis. They ran a small dairy operation while growing corn and cotton. In 1949, the family built a large wooden barn on the same piece of land.</p> <p>"The lumber was primarily white oak," said Boyd Gatlin, Amanda's father. "I think we kept three jersey cows and a bull. We would hand-milk in the morning, and then we sold it."</p> <p>"I grew up drinking raw milk. That's why I have such a great immune system," he joked.</p> <p><img class="wp-image-218223 size-full aligncenter" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/IMG_3099-5d0dbf.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="600" /></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Boyd played in the barn as a child, jumping out of the hayloft or getting stung by wasps in the summer. His family eventually moved away, but they later learned the new owner added to the barn using wood from Boyd's grandparents' home nearby.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"So there are some unusual materials," Boyd said, "some of which had square nails, indicating they were more than 100 years old."</span></p> <p><img class="wp-image-218224 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/DSC_5652-e2c4e4.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="607" /></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The Gatlins repurchased the land when Amanda was 7, using it as a country home to spend weekends or vacations. The sale allowed her to play in the same barn her father played in as a kid.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"I remember sitting up in that loft. I called it my clubhouse," she recalled. "You could dangle your legs over the side and look out onto the other house on the property - into the tall grass."</span></p> <h2>&#8216;We were swinging sledgehammers&#8217;</h2> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">When Amanda and Jeff set out to salvage the barn in 2016, it no longer belonged to her family, but they struck an agreement with the landowner to take it apart. They booked a flight from Seattle to Mississippi for September, hoping Mother Nature would give them a break from the unrelenting summers of the South. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">As with many aspects of the project, it was a lot more complicated than one might expect.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"It was 95 degrees, super high humidity - it was just scorching hot," Jeff recalled. "We were swinging sledgehammers, and it was by hand. Everything was by hand."</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The couple had done their research. A lot of people, it turns out, take apart barns for a living.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"[Other people are] using cherry pickers and forklifts. We didn't have access to that," Jeff said. "But as it turns out, it all came apart pretty easily. No electricity. It was all done by hand."</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The duo used sledgehammers to take the barn down, piece by piece. Relatives and neighbors joined in for days at a time. A tornado that hit the area a few years back had loosened up some of the planks, making it a little easier.</span></p> <div class="video-container"><iframe width="500" height="281" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/hEleOiUdzv0?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><span style="font-weight: 400;">They got lucky, they say, that there were no menacing bugs or wasps. They found some ants - and the occasional relic.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"Sometimes we found bullets inside [the wood]," Jeff recalled. "Apparently it's really common in the South to go shooting at old barns."</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">It took the pair a full two weeks to take the building apart and remove the nails by hand. In the process, they discovered the barn was more than 90 percent hardwoods, forming a solid base for their Seattle home&#8217;s new floors.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">They also discovered something else: the importance of family.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"One huge benefit of doing all this labor is that we've bonded with family," Amanda recalled. "You sweat together, you have lunch together. It's an amazing bonding experience."</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Long hours toiling in the hot Mississippi sun sparked great stories of the family's deep roots. Amanda's father shared tales of living on the farm as a child. A cousin talked about flying helicopters in the Vietnam War. Another cousin drove up from Florida and helped for three days, along with her husband.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"It created opportunities that we would not have had otherwise," Jeff added.</span></p> <div class="owl-carousel"><img width="800" height="531" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/DSC_5615-53d201.jpg" class="owl-lazy" alt="" data-src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/DSC_5615-53d201.jpg" /><img width="800" height="600" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/IMG_3143-6fc7f8.jpg" class="owl-lazy" alt="" data-src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/IMG_3143-6fc7f8.jpg" /><img width="800" height="531" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/DSC_5700-69d8b0.jpg" class="owl-lazy" alt="" data-src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/DSC_5700-69d8b0.jpg" /><img width="800" height="530" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/DSC_5717-10ffea.jpg" class="owl-lazy" alt="" data-src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/DSC_5717-10ffea.jpg" /><img width="800" height="531" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/DSC_5755-81c34a.jpg" class="owl-lazy" alt="" data-src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/DSC_5755-81c34a.jpg" /><img width="800" height="531" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/DSC_5793-cb9211.jpg" class="owl-lazy" alt="" data-src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/DSC_5793-cb9211.jpg" /><img width="800" height="459" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/DSC_5579-6c9587.jpg" class="owl-lazy" alt="" data-src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/DSC_5579-6c9587.jpg" /><img width="800" height="531" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/DSC_5578-ff6d9f.jpg" class="owl-lazy" alt="" data-src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/DSC_5578-ff6d9f.jpg" /><img width="800" height="531" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/DSC_5588-b427bf.jpg" class="owl-lazy" alt="" data-src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/DSC_5588-b427bf.jpg" /><img width="800" height="535" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/DSC_5647-1754d9.jpg" class="owl-lazy" alt="" data-src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/DSC_5647-1754d9.jpg" /><img width="800" height="531" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/DSC_5637-e0a3fd.jpg" class="owl-lazy" alt="" data-src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/DSC_5637-e0a3fd.jpg" /></div> <h2>&#8216;He was telling me stories from the Navy&#8217;</h2> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Once the wood was taken apart, it had to be milled and transported across the country. A local Mississippi mill, dating back to 1875, sanded down the boards and created tongue-and-groove joints, costing the family about $6,000.</span></p> <p>"A lot of the pieces we were pulling down had that gray patina on it. The mill guys said that 20 years ago you couldn't give it away," Jeff said. "But now it has that aged look people are really looking for."</p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Jeff planned to drive the wood across the country. His father, who also lives near Seattle, was planning to meet him in Arkansas.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"It was quite an adventure. The day I left Mississippi, there were all these tornado warnings. There were tornadoes touching down around me, and it was really dark," he recalls. "I was thinking, 'What am I doing? What have I done?'"</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Jeff and his father drove through the South to escape the cold winter weather. The duo ended up having their own family experience getting the hardwoods back to the West Coast.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"He was telling me stories from the Navy. We talked politics and religion," Jeff added. "I got to spend all this great time with my dad."</span></p> <figure id="attachment_216715" aria-describedby="caption-attachment-216715" style="width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><img class="wp-image-216715 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/LEAVEN-2-b570b2.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="531" /><figcaption id="caption-attachment-216715" class="wp-caption-text">Amanda working on the hardwoods in her new home in Plain, Washington.</figcaption></figure> <h2>&#8216;Putting a puzzle together&#8217;</h2> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">With the wood safely back in Washington, the couple stored it for the winter, enduring subzero temperatures. They placed it in the garage of their rental home, covering the pieces with plastic and putting a heater in the room to keep the moisture down.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Before installing the wood, they sprayed it with an insecticide. The duo worked 12-hour days, laying out the floors in the main rooms, along the stairs and in a couple of small loft spaces.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">They were working with five different board widths, along with different wood species. The couple loved the look - even at the risk of having the boards expand and contract at different rates.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"You basically start putting a puzzle together," Jeff says. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">That patchwork meant hiding some Easter eggs throughout the house - the couple found a smiley face in one plank of wood, placing it outside their son's room.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"We would find different knots that look like things, [such as] an Eiffel Tower. We have a room that has two bears in it. We have one that looks like a wine spill," Jeff says.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The installation, from bare floor to stained, finished wood, took the family about 2 1/2 weeks.</span></p> <div class="owl-carousel"><img width="800" height="531" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/LEAVEN-3-332bf8.jpg" class="owl-lazy" alt="" data-src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/LEAVEN-3-332bf8.jpg" /><img width="800" height="600" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/LEAVEN-8-b2f0d5.jpg" class="owl-lazy" alt="" data-src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/LEAVEN-8-b2f0d5.jpg" /><img width="800" height="531" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/LEAVEN-4-505e35.jpg" class="owl-lazy" alt="" data-src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/LEAVEN-4-505e35.jpg" /><img width="800" height="531" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/DSC_8333-ff95cf.jpg" class="owl-lazy" alt="" data-src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/DSC_8333-ff95cf.jpg" /><img width="800" height="531" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/LEAVEN-7-16920f.jpg" class="owl-lazy" alt="" data-src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/LEAVEN-7-16920f.jpg" /><img width="800" height="531" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/DSC_8296-64735d.jpg" class="owl-lazy" alt="" data-src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/DSC_8296-64735d.jpg" /><img width="800" height="600" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/IMG_4960-042d3f.jpg" class="owl-lazy" alt="" data-src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/IMG_4960-042d3f.jpg" /><img width="800" height="600" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/IMG_4948-ccbec4.jpg" class="owl-lazy" alt="" data-src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/IMG_4948-ccbec4.jpg" /></div> <h2>&#8216;A good substitute&#8217;</h2> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The couple is now fully moved into their 3-bedroom, 3-bathroom home and ready to welcome guests over the summer, when sunshine brings warm weather and ideal conditions for hiking, rafting and barbecues.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">It wasn't the least expensive way to put floors down, added Boyd Gatlin, Amanda's father, but it is certainly special.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"In a nutshell, their flooring was quite expensive, but it is like no other in that it carries family memories," he said. "We had a house fire in 1960 that destroyed all family heirlooms, so Amanda and her cousin both felt the barn wood would be a good substitute."</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Not all the wood was solid enough for the floors. Some of it became the lining of the master bath; the couple is also talking about doing some accent walls in wood.</span></p> <figure id="attachment_218257" aria-describedby="caption-attachment-218257" style="width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><img class="wp-image-218257 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/DSC_8353-f00a1a.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="531" /><figcaption id="caption-attachment-218257" class="wp-caption-text">The family&#8217;s nearly complete home, about two hours east of Seattle.</figcaption></figure> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Boyd commissioned two paintings of the barn from a relative. The family plans to build a picture frame out of the leftover wood and some of the square nails. Even the rusty old barn roof will be put to good use as siding on Jeff and Amanda's home.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Most importantly, the family loves to share stories about how their hardwood floors were more than 100 years in the making.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"We've been blown away by the results," he said.</span></p> <p><em>Photos by Jeff Layton, Amanda Gatlin and Boyd Gatlin.</em></p> <p><em>You can follow Jeff and Amanda&#8217;s progress on their blog, <a href="http://www.marriedtoadventure.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener noreferrer">Married to Adventure</a>.</em></p> <p><strong>Related:</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/historic-farmhouse-luxury-barn-208735/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">This Philadelphia Farmhouse Is a Historic Stunner</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/historic-vermont-estate-221014/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">1800s Estate Proves History Is Anything But Drab</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/living-legacy-ross-hand-mansion-205906/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Living Legacy: Making a Family Home in a Historic Mansion</a></li> </ul> <h6><em>Originally published June 2017.</em></h6> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=QskduTqpK0M:2WDtY8RBnXE:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=QskduTqpK0M:2WDtY8RBnXE:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> </div> https://www.zillow.com/blog/salvaging-a-family-barn-215734/feed/ 9 https://www.zillow.com/blog/salvaging-a-family-barn-215734/ 2019-01-31 16:46 +00:00 2019-02-01 05:46 +13:00 https://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=168891 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/ZillowBlog/~3/-hhk9fWKYVo/ Tips & Advice historic homes home buying Victorian homes Is Buying a Historic Home Right for You? Hold on there, architecture aficionado! Consider these factors before making history your home. Thu, 31 Jan 2019 13:25:48 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/buying-home-in-historic-district-168891/#comments Brendon DeSimone <p>Some home buyers want new, modern and move-in ready. Others prefer older homes, with character and charm they can't find in new construction. If you&#8217;re interested in historic homes, take these factors into consideration as you shop.</p> <h2>Historic neighborhoods often impose restrictions</h2> <p>Many towns throughout the U.S. have zoning and planning commissions that, among other things, set out to preserve and protect historic homes and neighborhoods.</p> <p>As a result, renovating and altering a historic home - particularly the building&#8217;s facade - will require a separate layer of approval and sometimes bureaucracy. If you buy a 100-year-old home, you may not be able to renovate it the way you want, and that is a serious consideration.</p> <p>Some landmark or historic districts retain an immense amount of control. As a result, renovations and planning can take longer and cost more. If you&#8217;re purchasing a historic home with intentions to renovate, you should consult both an architect and town officials.</p> <h2>Recreating architecture from the past can be challenging - and expensive</h2> <p>Let&#8217;s consider the example of <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/victorian-homes/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Victorian-era homes</a>. Contractors and home builders constructed Victorian homes through the mid to late 19th century, often with materials that are no longer in use today.</p> <p>If you buy a home in less-than-perfect condition, finding the wainscoting, picture rails, crown moldings, and richly decorative and ornate features common in Victorian architecture can be tricky. Architectural salvage companies can track down these materials, but there&#8217;s often a steep cost attached.</p> <h2>Repair and maintenance needs could be extensive</h2> <p>Most buyers want move-in ready homes because they don't have the time, money or energy to embark on a renovation project. These buyers also don't want to be burdened with systems going out or having to live with older or outdated technology. For them, it's a quality of life issue.</p> <p>If you want a historic home, you need to have a maintenance strategy in mind. Unless you plan to do major renovations or updates (subject to any landmark or historic area regulations), you have to be ready to address issues that arise. Broken systems, leaks or flaws mean time and money.</p> <p>For history buffs, no amount of time commitment or money will stand between them and a one-of-a-kind home. That person appreciates the architecture and knows that intensive maintenance is par for the course. If you don't share that appreciation, a historic home is not right for you.</p> <p><strong>Related</strong>:</p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/historic-connecticut-home-228001/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">This Historic Connecticut Home Once Hosted a Dancing George Washington</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/living-legacy-ross-hand-mansion-205906/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Living Legacy: Making a Family Home in a Historic Mansion</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/historic-vermont-estate-221014/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">1800s Estate Proves History Is Anything But Drab</a></li> </ul> <p><em>Note: The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the opinion or position of Zillow.</em></p> <h6><em>Originally published February 2015.</em></h6> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=-hhk9fWKYVo:wHDiaDQN4eg:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=-hhk9fWKYVo:wHDiaDQN4eg:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> </div> https://www.zillow.com/blog/buying-home-in-historic-district-168891/feed/ 23 https://www.zillow.com/blog/buying-home-in-historic-district-168891/ 2019-01-31 13:25 +00:00 2019-02-01 02:25 +13:00 https://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=208735 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/ZillowBlog/~3/dSFvaL2k4jw/ Unique Homes house of the week This Philadelphia Farmhouse Is a Historic Stunner The renovated barn holds a second barn, so the structure looks authentic inside and out. Wed, 30 Jan 2019 13:58:57 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/historic-farmhouse-luxury-barn-208735/#comments Melissa Allison <p>Take a stone farmhouse from 1810, mix it with the best furnishings you can find at flea markets in Paris, and the result is this exquisitely renovated <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/colonial-homes/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Colonial home</a> outside Philadelphia.</p> <p>A walk-in fireplace graces the living room, while the formal dining room boasts French doors that open onto a screened porch. For a cozier ambiance, the library of this 4-bedroom, 3,800-square-foot home features a fireplace and picture-window views.</p> <p>A beautifully upholstered floating wall was installed in one bedroom to allow a lake view while lounging in bed. A chandelier hangs above the bed, and behind it is a sitting room.</p> <div class="owl-carousel"><img width="1024" height="768" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/DJI_0006-Edit-082620-1024x768.jpg" class="owl-lazy" alt="" data-src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/DJI_0006-Edit-082620.jpg" /><img width="1024" height="683" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Kurfiss-2500-3-Mile-Run-Rd-17-of-416-839a8d-1024x683.jpg" class="owl-lazy" alt="" data-src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Kurfiss-2500-3-Mile-Run-Rd-17-of-416-839a8d.jpg" /><img width="1024" height="683" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Kurfiss-2500-3-Mile-Run-Rd-5-of-371-01ac0f-1024x683.jpg" class="owl-lazy" alt="" data-src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Kurfiss-2500-3-Mile-Run-Rd-5-of-371-01ac0f.jpg" /><img width="1024" height="683" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Kurfiss-2500-3-Mile-Run-Rd-232-of-371-Edit-e87917-1024x683.jpg" class="owl-lazy" alt="" 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data-src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Kurfiss-2500-3-Mile-Run-Rd-202-of-371-2decba.jpg" /><img width="1024" height="683" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Kurfiss-2500-3-Mile-Run-Rd-145-of-371-Edit-f9b3fb-1024x683.jpg" class="owl-lazy" alt="" data-src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Kurfiss-2500-3-Mile-Run-Rd-145-of-371-Edit-f9b3fb.jpg" /><img width="1024" height="683" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Kurfiss-2500-3-Mile-Run-Rd-156-of-371-e9af3c-1024x683.jpg" class="owl-lazy" alt="" data-src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Kurfiss-2500-3-Mile-Run-Rd-156-of-371-e9af3c.jpg" /><img width="1024" height="683" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Kurfiss-2500-3-Mile-Run-Rd-149-of-371-Edit-faad9c-1024x683.jpg" class="owl-lazy" alt="" data-src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Kurfiss-2500-3-Mile-Run-Rd-149-of-371-Edit-faad9c.jpg" /><img width="1024" height="683" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Kurfiss-2500-3-Mile-Run-Rd-43-of-371-b4a9f4-1024x683.jpg" class="owl-lazy" alt="" data-src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Kurfiss-2500-3-Mile-Run-Rd-43-of-371-b4a9f4.jpg" /><img width="1024" height="683" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Kurfiss-2500-3-Mile-Run-Rd-46-of-371-HDR-d8c11d-1024x683.jpg" class="owl-lazy" alt="" data-src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Kurfiss-2500-3-Mile-Run-Rd-46-of-371-HDR-d8c11d.jpg" /><img width="1024" height="683" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Kurfiss-2500-3-Mile-Run-Rd-333-of-416-Edit-3a116d-1024x683.jpg" class="owl-lazy" alt="" data-src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Kurfiss-2500-3-Mile-Run-Rd-333-of-416-Edit-3a116d.jpg" /><img width="1024" height="671" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/SM-2636-Print1-Edit-3-df3b49-1024x671.jpg" class="owl-lazy" alt="" data-src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/SM-2636-Print1-Edit-3-df3b49.jpg" /></div> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Owners Michele and Michael Friezo also remade the nearly 8-acre grounds, adding formal and informal gardens. They planted more than 300 types of flowers in a meadow with a fire pit that overlooks a private lake.</p> <p>The pleasure of watching the sun on autumn evenings is rivaled only by watching the snow fall while sitting by a roaring fire in the barn, Michele Friezo said.</p> <p>The couple also renovated the estate&#8217;s crumbling horse barn, which is a rustic version of the main home. Concerned that adding insulation would take away the barn-like appearance of the structure&#8217;s interior, they bought a second barn and installed it inside the first one.</p> <p>The barn&#8217;s massive French windows face the meadow and the lake, offering front-row seats to the nesting of two bald eagles who live in a nearby grove of pine trees.</p> <p>The estate sold for $2.575 million with Caryn Black of <a href="http://www.kurfiss.com/bucks-county/perkasie-homes-for-sale/2500-three-mile-run-road-6801061" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Kurfiss Sotheby&#8217;s International Realty</a>.</p> <p><em>Photos by<a href="http://www.juanvidalphotography.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener"> Juan Vidal Photography</a>.</em></p> <p><strong>Related:</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/living-legacy-ross-hand-mansion-205906/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Living Legacy: Making a Family Home in a Historic Mansion</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/historic-connecticut-home-228001/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">This Historic Connecticut Home Once Hosted a Dancing George Washington</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/childhood-dream-home-228442/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">The Childhood Dream Home Turned Dream Come True</a></li> </ul> <h6><em>Originally published December 2016.</em></h6> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=dSFvaL2k4jw:DHd8x4oyCyE:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=dSFvaL2k4jw:DHd8x4oyCyE:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> </div> https://www.zillow.com/blog/historic-farmhouse-luxury-barn-208735/feed/ 18 https://www.zillow.com/blog/historic-farmhouse-luxury-barn-208735/ 2019-01-30 13:58 +00:00 2019-01-31 02:58 +13:00 https://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=205906 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/ZillowBlog/~3/fZrMLd3mdBM/ Unique Homes historic homes Living Legacy: Making a Family Home in a Historic Mansion From 800 square feet in sprawling Manhattan to 6,000 square feet in historic Nyack. Wed, 30 Jan 2019 13:52:06 Z Katherine Martinelli <p>Noah and Dennis Brodsky didn't set out to buy a historic home.</p> <p>They were just looking for a place that could provide a bit more room for their growing family than their 800-square-foot Manhattan apartment. But as soon as they saw this Nyack, New York, home, they knew it was meant to be.</p> <p>The <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/gothic-revival/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Gothic Revival</a> house hit all the marks they were looking for and more: It&#8217;s spacious with a gorgeous view of the Hudson River, and it&#8217;s within walking distance to town.</p> <div class="video-container"><iframe width="500" height="281" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/-pPYYznUaLU?feature=oembed&#038;enablejsapi=1&#038;modestbranding=1&#038;rel=1&#038;showinfo=0" frameborder="0" allow="accelerometer; autoplay; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture" allowfullscreen></iframe></div> <h2>A powerful history</h2> <p>Discovering the home's history was an added bonus.</p> <p>Built in the 1850s, the 6,000-square-foot house was once owned by Thomas Edison's lab assistant, William H. Hand. Hand and Edison worked together often in the barn, making significant technological improvements to the battery.</p> <p>The house was in excellent condition when the Brodskys made the purchase in 2014. "What we really spent time doing was making it feel like ours," explains Noah.</p> <p>They changed the colors, added their own furniture and built a nursery for their baby. As an homage to the history of the house, they replaced the standard light bulbs in the kitchen with Edison bulbs.</p> <p>"That personalization is really where we put our energy," Noah remarks.</p> <h2>Quirks and challenges</h2> <p>While the home has been modernized, many historic touches - like original handmade crown moldings and a maid's bell system that no longer works - remain.</p> <p>Noah says that they also find relics hidden around the property. For example, in the backyard, they discovered an old smokehouse and a rusted animal-pulled mower buried in the ground.</p> <p>Living in a historic home can have its <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/buying-home-in-historic-district-168891/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">quirky challenges</a>. Getting Wi-Fi throughout the house is "constantly frustrating" because of all the brick. And after the couple&#8217;s first chilly winter, they added insulation in the attic to help with the heating.</p> <h2>Tips for historic home buyers</h2> <p>Dennis advises overestimating maintenance costs. If something needs to be restored or fixed in a historic home, often you can't simply call a contractor.</p> <p>Additionally, the couple didn't anticipate the impact that having a home on the National Registry of Historic Places would have on their <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/historic-homes-modern-insurance-169604/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">insurance costs</a>.</p> <p>"But it's a lovely house," says Noah, and the two are relishing creating new family traditions in it.</p> <p><strong>Related:</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/historic-connecticut-home-228001/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">This Historic Connecticut Home Once Hosted a Dancing George Washington</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/2019-design-forecast-whats-in-whats-out-229968/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">2019 Design Forecast: What&#8217;s In, What&#8217;s Out</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/barn-style-house-229743/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">This Home Looks Like a Barn (But Has Enough Room to Be a Small Castle)</a></li> </ul> <p><em>Originally published November 22, 2016. </em></p> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=fZrMLd3mdBM:ITABXKET2fI:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=fZrMLd3mdBM:ITABXKET2fI:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> </div> https://www.zillow.com/blog/living-legacy-ross-hand-mansion-205906/ 2019-01-30 13:52 +00:00 2019-01-31 02:52 +13:00 https://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=221014 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/ZillowBlog/~3/1EdgvPyUTFQ/ Unique Homes historic homes house of the week 1800s Estate Proves History Is Anything But Drab With bold colors (flamingo pink!) and whimsical wallpaper, this historic Vermont home is a fresh take on old meets new. Tue, 29 Jan 2019 13:43:17 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/historic-vermont-estate-221014/#comments Lindsay Cohen <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Steven Favreau is the type to go big - and go home.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">When he set out to put down roots near his hometown of Boston, Favreau fell in love with an <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/277-Vt-Rte-110-Chelsea-VT/92012801_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">old country estate in quaint Chelsea, Vermont</a>. It was the perfect place for this interior designer to escape from the hubbub of big city life after working with celebrity clients and more.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"It was a quintessential Vermont house in a quintessential Vermont town," said Favreau, about spotting the house in 2012. "I hopped on a plane and bought it the next week."</span></p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-221034" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/IMG_1223_tonemappedTest12-a0d9a7.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="529" /></p> <p>Built in 1832, the house was once owned by a man named Aaron Davis, whose family lived in it for at least 100 years. Davis' granddaughter eventually sold the 23-acre property in the 1980s, and the new owner converted it into a bed-and-breakfast. (There's still a portrait of Davis above one of the home's five fireplaces.)</p> <p><img class="aligncenter wp-image-221052 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/277VT110-207-HDR-5260f3.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="534" /></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">After Favreau purchased the 5-bed, 5-bath home, he sought to restore it to its original grandeur - at a frenetic pace. A contractor brought in a crew to rework everything from the wiring (it was a fire waiting to happen) to the wallpaper (there were eight layers throughout the house). The workers even put in a massive new beam to support the house and keep it from sinking.</span></p> <p><img class="aligncenter wp-image-221044 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/277VT110-119-HDR2-5c855d.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="533" /></p> <p><img class="aligncenter wp-image-221060 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/277VT110-263-HDR-96c33f.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="534" /></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Up next on the designer&#8217;s list: keeping the look, feel and integrity of the antique touches, while updating the space to accommodate today's trends. He tore out a downstairs wall to expand the kitchen to 700 square feet; the master suite got a modern bath with a soaking tub.</span></p> <p><img class="aligncenter wp-image-221062 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/277VT110-275-HDR-b94906.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="533" /></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Favreau painted walls in his signature bright colors and added bold wallpaper. He lined the master bathroom with t</span>ree-print wallpaper. The dining room got a splash of flamingo pink with a print of Victorian-looking cake plates - a nod to the era in which the house was built.</p> <p><img class="size-full wp-image-221050 aligncenter" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/277VT110-191-HDR-88d51b.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="533" /></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"What I wanted to use for inspiration was the house and the period of the house, so nodding to the period and updating it with a contemporary aesthetic," Favreau said. "It says today, but it also says yesterday."</span></p> <p><img class="aligncenter wp-image-221019 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/277VT110-163-HDR-fd01e6.jpg" alt="" width="533" height="800" /></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Some things are distinctly New England. A wooden footbridge connects the main property to 22 secluded acres on the other side of the White River. On warm summer nights, Favreau&#8217;s family will pull a dining room table out onto the bridge and dine alfresco.</span></p> <p><img class="size-full wp-image-221029 aligncenter" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/IMG_1208_tonemappedTest11-0b34b0.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="533" /></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">In the winter, the adjacent land allows for snowshoeing or cross-country skiing.</span></p> <p><img class="size-full wp-image-221027 aligncenter" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/IMG_1199_tonemappedTest11-dcf67d.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="533" /></p> <p>There's also an old wood barn, which Favreau envisions becoming an event space for weddings or storage. The possibilities for the next owner are limitless, he said.</p> <p><img class="size-full wp-image-221069 aligncenter" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/277VT110-355-HDR2-54dc1a.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="533" /></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"It's a big glorious house, and my family is a big glorious family. We've enjoyed it," he added. "I feel like I've loved my time being there and up in Vermont, but it's time to find the next one. Maybe an oceanside property."</span></p> <p>The home is on the market for $695,000. Zoe Hathorn Washburn of Snyder Donegan carries <a href="https://www.snyderdonegan.com/listing/4630362/277-vt-route-110-chelsea-vt-05038/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">the listing</a>.</p> <p><em>Interior photos courtesy of <a href="http://www.mountaingraphics.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Jim Mauchly of Mountain Graphics Photography</a>. Exterior photos courtesy of Andrew Holson with <a href="https://www.snyderdonegan.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Snyder Donegan Real Estate Group</a>.</em></p> <p><strong>Related:</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/cave-house-229909/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Hibernate Luxuriously in This 5,572-Square-Foot Cave Mansion</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/2019-design-forecast-whats-in-whats-out-229968/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">2019 Design Forecast: What&#8217;s In, What&#8217;s Out</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/barn-style-house-229743/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">This Home Looks Like a Barn (But Has Enough Room to Be a Small Castle)</a></li> </ul> <h6><em>Originally published September 2017.</em></h6> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=1EdgvPyUTFQ:5xYsJCF2LnA:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=1EdgvPyUTFQ:5xYsJCF2LnA:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> </div> https://www.zillow.com/blog/historic-vermont-estate-221014/feed/ 40 https://www.zillow.com/blog/historic-vermont-estate-221014/ 2019-01-29 13:43 +00:00 2019-01-30 02:43 +13:00 https://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=228001 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/ZillowBlog/~3/mMPtrtt7YkI/ Unique Homes Colonial historic homes unique homes This Historic Connecticut Home Once Hosted a Dancing George Washington One of the oldest homes in Connecticut, this house has been a tavern, an arts guild and now a stylish family home. Mon, 28 Jan 2019 17:34:04 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/historic-connecticut-home-228001/#comments Jamie Birdwell-Branson <p>Built in 1680 and listed on the National Register of Historic Places, this center hall Colonial home in <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/1-Sill-Ln-Old-Lyme-CT-06371/157572578_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Old Lyme, Connecticut</a>, is not only a living testament to early American architecture - it's also got a storied past of its own.</p> <p>The home once served as a storefront during the Revolutionary War and was largely used as the Peck Tavern throughout the second half of the 18th century and early part of the 19th century.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-228009" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/11-6a4f8d.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="524" /></p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-228016" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/23-b46161.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="524" /></p> <p>It's even rumored that George Washington stopped by to dance in the former ballroom, which is now used as the master bedroom.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-228018" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/27-27e535.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="530" /></p> <p>The house was also once headquarters for the Old Lyme Guild, an organization started in the 1930s that exhibited and sold arts and crafts.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-228011" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/15-588618.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="512" /></p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-228012" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/17-9ed9b1.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="542" /></p> <p>For a period of time, there were even shops for cabinetmakers, bookbinders, metal workers, potters and weavers out in the barn.</p> <p>"Can you imagine the conversations that have happened in this house? That's something I like to think about," says the homeowner.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-228020" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/37-3646fa.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="529" /></p> <p>In addition to its spectacular history, the home is also architecturally significant. Hand-hewn beamed ceilings and corner posts, original wide-board floors, and rare double-arched paneling that was specific to the Connecticut River Valley in the 18<span style="font-size: 13.3333px;">th</span> century are just a few of the unique features in the home.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-228010" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/13-cd1bec.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="516" /></p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-228019" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/31-6b1f4f.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="530" /></p> <p>Updated for modern living (yet still keeping the historical integrity), the home now has geothermal heating and cooling, a modern kitchen and updated bathrooms, and plenty of space for entertaining.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-228013" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/18-d95792.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="515" /></p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-228015" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/22-083ec4.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="518" /></p> <p>"It's been a wonderful house to share with friends and family," says the homeowner.</p> <p>The home is <a href="http://www.1silllane.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">listed for $1.075 million</a> by William Pitt Sotheby's International Realty.</p> <p><em>Photos courtesy of Peter Harron.</em></p> <p><strong>Related:</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/historic-vermont-estate-221014/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">1800s Estate Proves History Is Anything But Drab</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/small-town-homes-for-sale-229674/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Small-Town Charm: 8 Homes for Sale in Less Populated Areas</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/park-slope-townhome-renovation-229718/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">A Park Slope Townhome That Went From &#8216;Mess&#8217; to Masterpiece</a></li> </ul> <p><em>Originally published July 2018.</em></p> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=mMPtrtt7YkI:xKPjhkFnjNU:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=mMPtrtt7YkI:xKPjhkFnjNU:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> </div> https://www.zillow.com/blog/historic-connecticut-home-228001/feed/ 27 https://www.zillow.com/blog/historic-connecticut-home-228001/ 2019-01-28 17:34 +00:00 2019-01-29 06:34 +13:00 https://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=224704 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/ZillowBlog/~3/OH_ABCqkfPE/ Home Improvement homeownership Renting Quiz: How Much Do You Love Your Home? We're gathered here today to find out ... when it comes to your home, is love enough? Fri, 18 Jan 2019 13:00:47 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/quiz-love-your-home-224704/#comments Jill Regal <p>Your life changes over time: new relationships, new jobs, new hobbies. Sometimes, you can make changes to your home to adapt to your lifestyle - but sometimes you can't. And the hardest part? Knowing when to let go.</p> <p>Take our quiz to find out your relationship status - with your living space.</p> <div class="riddle_target" style="margin: 0 auto; max-width: 100%; width: 640px;" data-rid-id="138463" data-fg="#0074E4" data-bg="#FFFFFF" data-auto-scroll="true"><script src="https://www.riddle.com/files/js/embed.js"></script><br /> <iframe style="width: 100%; height: 300px; border: 1px solid #cfcfcf;" src="https://www.riddle.com/a/138463?" width="300" height="150"></p> <section> <h2>How Much Do You Love Your Home?</h2> </section> <section> <h2>You&#8217;re in the honeymoon phase.</h2> <p>Your weekends consist of trips to the hardware store, DIY projects and shopping for deck furniture online. Sure, it takes a couple of days to text your friends back - and you have half the money you used to - but you don't sweat it. Right now, you only have eyes for one thing: your new home.</p> </section> <section> <h3>You&#8217;re in the sweatpants phase.</h3> <p>Your thermostat runs on a program, and every knickknack has a place. You've made peace with the orange paint in the downstairs bathroom, and your ideal activity is putting on (mostly) clean sweatpants to chill on the couch. Things aren't as exciting as they used to be - but why mess with a good thing?</p> </section> <section> <h3>You&#8217;re in the seven-year-itch phase.</h3> <p>You're starting to notice the cracks in the ceiling, and you wonder if you're ever going to finish the basement. These days, your home stresses you out more than anything. You're at a fork in the road: You can either commit to your home for the long haul - or <a href="http://zillow.com/buy" target="_blank" style="color: #1155cc;">move on</a>.</p> </section> <section> <h3>You&#8217;re ready to move on.</h3> <p><span style="background-color: transparent;">You look at other homes every spare moment, and you've started sending them to your spouse, your friends and even your boss. Whether or not you've admitted it to yourself, you're ready to </span><a href="http://zillow.com/buy" target="_blank" style="color: #1155cc;">move on</a><span style="background-color: transparent;"> and find your dream home.</span></p> </section> <section> <h2>You're going to paint your living room. Which color do you choose?</h2> </section> <section> <h3>How do you set up your dining room for dinner parties?</h3> </section> <section> <h3>Be honest: What does your guest room look like right now?</h3> </section> <section> <h3>What's your next home project?</h3> </section> <section> <h3>What are you saving for?</h3> </section> <section> <h3>How do you spend your weekends?</h3> </section> <section> <h3>How would you describe your neighbors?</h3> </section> <section> <h3>What kinds of pictures are on your Pinterest board?</h3> </section> <section> <h3>And speaking of social media … what was the last Facebook ad you clicked on?</h3> </section> <section> <h3>Which quote do you identify with the most?</h3> </section> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p></iframe></div> <p><strong>Related:</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/2019-design-forecast-whats-in-whats-out-229968/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">2019 Design Forecast: What&#8217;s In, What&#8217;s Out</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/barn-style-house-229743/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">This Home Looks Like a Barn (But Has Enough Room to Be a Small Castle)</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/quiz-home-bar-type-217390/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Quiz: What Type of Bar Should You Build in Your Home?</a></li> </ul> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=OH_ABCqkfPE:uvmuH9jZR_A:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=OH_ABCqkfPE:uvmuH9jZR_A:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> </div> https://www.zillow.com/blog/quiz-love-your-home-224704/feed/ 83 https://www.zillow.com/blog/quiz-love-your-home-224704/ 2019-01-18 13:00 +00:00 2019-01-19 02:00 +13:00 https://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=230068 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/ZillowBlog/~3/FjndvxZrxOk/ Unique Homes unique homes Dreaming of Warmer Weather? These 7 Sunny Homes Are Under $300K When your arms are sore from shoveling show, it's only natural to fantasize about migrating south for the winter. Tue, 15 Jan 2019 20:29:05 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/warm-weather-homes-under-300k-230068/#comments Jamie Birdwell-Branson <p>Whether you&#8217;re thinking about a permanent move for milder weather or going the seasonal snowbird route, here are eight affordable homes in the warmest cities in the country, all to inspire your search for warmth.</p> <h2>A bright bungalow in Florida</h2> <p>For sale: $299,900</p> <p>This Spanish bungalow in <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/310-Kenilworth-Blvd-West-Palm-Beach-FL-33405/46938973_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">West Palm Beach, Florida,</a> has everything you need to escape the cold weather: a vibrant green yard, a brightly colored exterior and a back patio perfect for sipping on a beachy cocktail.</p> <p>If you ever happen to make it inside, you&#8217;ll find hardwood floors throughout, an abundance of natural light from the Florida sunshine and unique details, such as arched windows and a clawfoot tub for soaking.</p> <figure id="attachment_230069" aria-describedby="caption-attachment-230069" style="width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/310-Kenilworth-Blvd-West-Palm-Beach-FL-33405/46938973_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><img class="wp-image-230069 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/West-Palm-Beach-FL-6c6e56.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="533" /></a><figcaption id="caption-attachment-230069" class="wp-caption-text"><em>Photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/310-Kenilworth-Blvd-West-Palm-Beach-FL-33405/46938973_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Zillow listing.</a></em></figcaption></figure> <p>See more <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homes/west-palm-beach-fl/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">West Palm Beach</a> homes for sale.</p> <h2>Picturesque in the low country</h2> <p>For sale: $284,900</p> <p>If you&#8217;re looking for the definition of a picture-perfect cottage, you might just find a picture of this home in <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/920-La-Chere-St-Beaufort-SC-29902/68765999_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Beaufort, South Carolina.</a></p> <p>Besides all the hallmarks of a Southern home - a white picket fence, plantation shutters and brick steps up to the front porch - this home also features an oversized screened-in back porch, ideal for enjoying those low country breezes. When you&#8217;re not spending time outside, you can enjoy custom cabinetry and cozy built-in shelves for reading books on a lazy summer day (even in the middle of January).</p> <figure id="attachment_230077" aria-describedby="caption-attachment-230077" style="width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/920-La-Chere-St-Beaufort-SC-29902/68765999_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><img class="wp-image-230077 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Beaufort-SC-e103a4.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="534" /></a><figcaption id="caption-attachment-230077" class="wp-caption-text"><em>Photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/920-La-Chere-St-Beaufort-SC-29902/68765999_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Zillow listing.</a></em></figcaption></figure> <p>See more <a href="https://www.zillow.com/beaufort-sc/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Beaufort</a> homes for sale.</p> <h2>A Spanish revival in the Southwest</h2> <p>For sale: $299,900</p> <p>This Spanish revival home in <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/2313-N-13th-St-Phoenix-AZ-85006/7532822_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Phoenix, Arizona,</a> is likely to make you forget that winter ever existed in the first place. Built in 1925 and considered a contributing historic property, this home has all of the Southwest charm you could ask for: colorful stucco on the exterior, a Spanish tile roof and a vibrant interior.</p> <figure id="attachment_230071" aria-describedby="caption-attachment-230071" style="width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/2313-N-13th-St-Phoenix-AZ-85006/7532822_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><img class="wp-image-230071 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Phoenix-AZ-2cdd19.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="534" /></a><figcaption id="caption-attachment-230071" class="wp-caption-text"><em>Photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/2313-N-13th-St-Phoenix-AZ-85006/7532822_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Zillow listing.</a></em></figcaption></figure> <p>See more <a href="https://www.zillow.com/phoenix-az/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Phoenix</a> homes for sale.</p> <h2>A historic hideaway on the Texas coast</h2> <p>For sale: $289,900</p> <p>Built in 1886 in <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/1502-20th-St-Galveston-TX-77550/27658309_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Galveston, Texas,</a> this home gives you a sense of history and plenty of character - all within a few blocks of the beach. The home greets you with a double stained-glass door entrance and continues to enchant inside with a grand staircase, wide-plank wood floors and trace ceilings. Other details like a spacious galley kitchen and a master bedroom with a fireplace create a pretty spectacular Gulf Coast getaway.</p> <figure id="attachment_230074" aria-describedby="caption-attachment-230074" style="width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/1502-20th-St-Galveston-TX-77550/27658309_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><img class="wp-image-230074 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Galveston-TX-2bd986.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="533" /></a><figcaption id="caption-attachment-230074" class="wp-caption-text"><em>Photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/1502-20th-St-Galveston-TX-77550/27658309_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Zillow listing.</a></em></figcaption></figure> <p>See more <a href="https://www.zillow.com/galveston-tx/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Galveston</a> homes for sale.</p> <h2>A rare Queen Anne in Alabama</h2> <p>For sale: $280,000</p> <p>This sunny early-20th-century Queen Anne in <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/1004-Texas-St-Mobile-AL-36604/51026306_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Mobile, Alabama,</a> is a rare architectural find for the city, and this one has been painstakingly remodeled for life in the 21st.</p> <p>In addition to a major kitchen renovation - featuring quartz countertops and open shelving - new pine flooring coats the whole house, and all the walls have locally sourced tongue-and-groove paneling that brightens the space. This home also has plenty of spots to curl up and enjoy the Alabama warmth that permeates throughout the winter, including a charming front porch and a bay window that lets in plenty of sunshine.</p> <figure id="attachment_230072" aria-describedby="caption-attachment-230072" style="width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/1004-Texas-St-Mobile-AL-36604/51026306_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><img class="wp-image-230072 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Mobile-AL-0ea7bc.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="532" /></a><figcaption id="caption-attachment-230072" class="wp-caption-text"><em>Photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/1004-Texas-St-Mobile-AL-36604/51026306_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Zillow listing.</a></em></figcaption></figure> <p>See more <a href="https://www.zillow.com/mobile-al/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Mobile</a> homes for sale.</p> <h2>A spectacular stucco home in Arizona</h2> <p>For sale: $280,000</p> <p>This charismatic pueblo-like home in <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/1233-E-12th-St-Tucson-AZ-85719/8501168_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Tucson, Arizona,</a> is optimal for living like it&#8217;s summer year-round. A Southwest color scheme greets you in the front of the house, with orange steps, a teal barrier wall and creamy stucco on the home&#8217;s exterior. The backyard, however, is really primed for all-year outdoor living with a built-in barbecue and in-ground pool - perfect for those scorching summer days ahead.</p> <figure id="attachment_230070" aria-describedby="caption-attachment-230070" style="width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/1233-E-12th-St-Tucson-AZ-85719/8501168_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><img class="wp-image-230070 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Tucson-AZ-366667.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="533" /></a><figcaption id="caption-attachment-230070" class="wp-caption-text"><em>Photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/1233-E-12th-St-Tucson-AZ-85719/8501168_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Zillow listing.</a></em></figcaption></figure> <p>See more <a href="https://www.zillow.com/tucson-az/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Tucson</a> homes for sale.</p> <h2>A beachy bungalow</h2> <p>For sale: $279,000</p> <p>We&#8217;d kiss our snow shovel goodbye in a heartbeat for this dreamy beach bungalow in <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/827-SE-2nd-Ave-Delray-Beach-FL-33483/46775743_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Delray Beach, Florida</a>.</p> <p>The front walkway and garden - complete with palm trees - is a great place to park your Adirondack chairs for a morning coffee or an evening mai tai. If you ever need to escape the Florida humidity, the home also boasts a custom-built theater system, and it&#8217;s just a few minutes away from the nearest beach.</p> <figure id="attachment_230075" aria-describedby="caption-attachment-230075" style="width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/827-SE-2nd-Ave-Delray-Beach-FL-33483/46775743_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><img class="wp-image-230075 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Delray-Beach-FL-13a6c0.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="534" /></a><figcaption id="caption-attachment-230075" class="wp-caption-text"><em>Photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/827-SE-2nd-Ave-Delray-Beach-FL-33483/46775743_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Zillow listing.</a></em></figcaption></figure> <p>See more <a href="https://www.zillow.com/delray-beach-fl/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Delray Beach</a> homes for sale.</p> <h6><em>Top photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homes/for_sale/Palm-Springs-CA/house_type/18032866_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Zillow listing.</a></em></h6> <p><strong>Related:</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/small-town-homes-for-sale-229674/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Small-Town Charm: 8 Homes for Sale in Less Populated Areas</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/2019-design-forecast-whats-in-whats-out-229968/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">2019 Design Forecast: What&#8217;s In, What&#8217;s Out</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/barn-style-house-229743/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">This Home Looks Like a Barn (But Has Enough Room to Be a Small Castle)</a></li> </ul> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=FjndvxZrxOk:bbO9AQkKQyI:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=FjndvxZrxOk:bbO9AQkKQyI:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> </div> https://www.zillow.com/blog/warm-weather-homes-under-300k-230068/feed/ 21 https://www.zillow.com/blog/warm-weather-homes-under-300k-230068/ 2019-01-15 20:29 +00:00 2019-01-16 09:29 +13:00 https://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=230087 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/ZillowBlog/~3/vYvX5t_X23w/ Home Improvement Appliances winter Furnace, Boiler or Heat Pump? Time for Heating Systems 101 If your current heating system yields cold hands and frozen toes - it might be time to upgrade. Tue, 15 Jan 2019 18:03:09 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/heating-systems-101-230087/#comments Steve Asbell <p>Heating your home accounts for an inordinate portion of your utility bill, so it pays to choose the most efficient heating system possible. This doesn't necessarily mean you should upgrade to a different type of system, however.</p> <p>Generally speaking, it's a bad idea to convert from forced air to central heating, or vice versa, since the benefits rarely justify the cost. Instead, upgrade to a more efficient version of your existing furnace or boiler when it's too expensive to repair - but weigh your options carefully.</p> <p>Here's a rundown of the most commonly used heating systems, along with their advantages and disadvantages, to help you make the most appropriate choice for your home, climate and wallet.</p> <h2>Furnaces</h2> <p>Also known as forced air, furnaces are the most commonly used heating systems in the U.S. because they're reliable and relatively inexpensive. Gas furnaces are rated for efficiency by their annual fuel utilization efficiency (AFUE) rating. This shows how much energy is successfully converted to usable heat.</p> <p>If your furnace needs to be replaced, the silver lining is that modern furnaces are more efficient than ever, and some premium models even reach an AFUE rating of 97 percent. When purchasing a furnace, choose one that's appropriately sized for your home so that it doesn't put undue wear and tear on your system or waste energy.</p> <table class="table"> <tbody> <tr> <th style="text-align: center;">Pros</th> <th style="text-align: center;">Cons</th> </tr> <tr> <td> <ul> <li>Inexpensive to install</li> <li>Reliable and low-maintenance</li> <li>Have a long life span, especially electric models</li> <li>Can be retrofitted to filter and clean your home's air</li> <li>Already installed in most homes, thus easier to replace</li> </ul> </td> <td> <ul> <li>Can produce and kick up more allergens</li> <li>Warm air is easily lost through ducts and within the house</li> <li>Gas furnaces can be dangerous, creating a risk of fire or carbon monoxide poisoning</li> <li>Furnaces powered by electricity are safer, but cost more to run</li> </ul> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <h2>Boilers</h2> <p>Boilers use water to generate and distribute heat through pipes and radiators, heating the air, floors, wall and baseboards as it travels in a loop. They can be powered via natural gas, electricity or propane, and they use the following systems to distribute heat:</p> <ul> <li>Steam radiators are the old-fashioned metal things you've seen along the walls in older buildings.</li> <li>Hot water radiators are the newer reincarnation and allow more control and versatility.</li> <li>Hydronic radiant floor heating treats the entire floor of a room like a giant radiator, using tubing under the flooring to distribute heat to toasty toes. While efficient, hydronic radiant floor heating is expensive to install and replace.</li> </ul> <p>Like furnaces, boilers are rated by AFUE score.</p> <table class="table"> <tbody> <tr> <th style="text-align: center;">Pros</th> <th style="text-align: center;">Cons</th> </tr> <tr> <td> <ul> <li>Usually runs more quietly than forced air systems</li> <li>Doesn't kick up dust, which makes for much better air quality</li> <li>Can be retrofitted to heat water</li> <li>Can be more efficient than forced air systems</li> </ul> </td> <td> <ul> <li>Boilers are often more expensive to purchase and install than forced air systems</li> <li>Water can leak when the system is damaged or nears the end of its life</li> <li>Most boilers are powered by natural gas, which isn't available in all areas</li> <li>Aren't necessary in areas with mild winters</li> </ul> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <h2>Heat pumps</h2> <p>These extremely efficient systems take advantage of existing temperatures (either outdoors, underwater or underground) to heat, cool and humidify your home.</p> <p>There are three types of heat pumps:</p> <ul> <li>Air-source heat pumps are the most common and circulate refrigerant between the outdoor heat pump and indoor air handler.</li> <li>Split ductless systems use one to four indoor air handlers, which are mounted high up on walls and controlled by a remote.</li> <li>Geothermal systems are incredibly efficient because they take advantage of temperatures in the ground, pond or a well, but they aren't practical or affordable for most homeowners.</li> </ul> <p>When selecting a heat pump system, consider the size, noise output and efficiency rating. The heating efficiency is measured by heating seasonal performance factor (HSPF), and the cooling efficiency is measured by seasonal energy efficiency ratio (SEER).</p> <table class="table"> <tbody> <tr> <th style="text-align: center;">Pros</th> <th style="text-align: center;">Cons</th> </tr> <tr> <td> <ul> <li>Very efficient, saving lots of money in the long run</li> <li>Can be used all year for both heating and cooling</li> <li>Can be modified with a desuperheater, which assists in heating your water</li> <li>Newer models are appropriate for colder climates</li> <li>Naturally dehumidifies the home in summer, making it ideal for the Southeast</li> </ul> </td> <td> <ul> <li>More expensive than forced air or central heating</li> <li>Inappropriate for small lots</li> <li>Fans can be noisy</li> <li>Requires more maintenance than other systems</li> <li>In cold climates, you may require an auxiliary heating system that kicks in when temperatures become too low</li> </ul> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p><strong>Related:</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/top-5-fireplace-questions-229654/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Your Top 5 Fireplace Questions, Answered</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/9-tips-for-achieving-maximum-coziness-229645/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">9 Tips for Achieving Maximum Coziness</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/quiz-what-does-your-dream-cabin-look-like-229529/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Quiz: What Does Your Dream Cabin Look Like?</a></li> </ul> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=vYvX5t_X23w:SCnDXOg9uEM:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=vYvX5t_X23w:SCnDXOg9uEM:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> </div> https://www.zillow.com/blog/heating-systems-101-230087/feed/ 13 https://www.zillow.com/blog/heating-systems-101-230087/ 2019-01-15 18:03 +00:00 2019-01-16 07:03 +13:00 https://www.landlords.co.nz/article/976514150/comment-how-to-fix-the-housing-crisis?utm_source=LL&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=COMMENT%3A+How+to+fix+the+housing+crisis https://www.landlords.co.nz/article/976514150/comment-how-to-fix-the-housing-crisis?utm_source=LL&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=COMMENT%3A+How+to+fix+the+housing+crisis COMMENT: How to fix the housing crisis <p>Dealing with the housing &ldquo;crisis&rdquo; doesn&rsquo;t need rocket science, just a clearly articulated set of steps and fast action, argues property commentator Ashley Church.</p> Thu, 10 Jan 2019 08:00:00 +1200 2019-01-10 08:00 +12:00 2019-01-10 09:00 +13:00 https://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=210867 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/ZillowBlog/~3/FEGySamY9b4/ Home Improvement gardening What Your Houseplants Need to Make It Through Winter Winter doldrums, be gone! With just a little love and care, your plants can thrive despite the chill. Mon, 07 Jan 2019 13:31:50 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/houseplant-care-in-winter-210867/#comments Steve Asbell <p>It isn't just you - your houseplants really do look worse in winter. Blame it on dry air, shorter days, changing light patterns, cold drafts - and the fact that some plants go nearly dormant in winter anyway, even in their own habitat.</p> <p>These obstacles make houseplants more vulnerable to problems like overwatering, poor drainage and pests than ever before, but don't let it bring you down. Instead of counting down the days until spring comes - or your plant dies on its own - follow these guidelines to keep your plants healthy all season long.</p> <h2>Identify your plant's unique needs</h2> <p>Start by treating each plant as an individual. This is especially important in winter. Some plants go dormant and need drier soil, low light and cooler air, while others still want moist soil, bright light and warm, humid air.</p> <p>So, do a little research. Perform a quick search on your phone or visit the bookstore or library to identify your plants and determine their needs.</p> <p>If you're still unsure of their identities, follow the general guidelines below and assume they need lightly moist soil, good drainage, ventilation, humidity and a little more attention to keep them pest- and disease-free.</p> <h2>Water the right way</h2> <p>Before you water, make sure your pot has a drainage hole to prevent rot and a saucer to catch excess moisture.</p> <p>When the top half-inch of soil is dry, water thoroughly with a watering can that has a narrow spout, which keeps you from splashing the leaves and inadvertently spreading soilborne diseases.</p> <p>Watering deeply promotes healthier root growth and flushes out any excess salts from your tap water that may have accumulated over time.</p> <h2>Provide humidity for jungle plants</h2> <p>Winter&#8217;s dry air is uncomfortable for us, but it's even more uncomfortable for houseplants. After all, most common indoor plants come from steamy tropical forests, so they have a hard enough time adapting to household habitats. Worse yet, dry air also leads to pest infestations, like spider mites and mealybugs.</p> <p>To prevent dry leaves and create a humid microclimate for your <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/easy-care-palm-plants-191031/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">jungle-dwelling houseplants</a>, place them on a tray of pebbles and fill the tray halfway with water, which will slowly evaporate and give the immediate area a humidity boost. Otherwise, mist the leaves twice a day or refer to the tip below.</p> <h2>Group plants together by needs</h2> <p>Since houseplants seem to struggle more in winter, group them together by needs to simplify your life and prolong theirs.</p> <p>For plants that are actively growing (most common houseplants fit this description), choose a well-lit bathroom or kitchen so they can benefit from the extra humidity created by running water.</p> <p>Place desert plants like cacti and <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/air-plants-succulents-173418/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">succulents</a> in a south-facing window so they can receive the maximum amount of direct sunlight.</p> <p>If you have subtropical bulbs or flowering plants that require a rest in winter, place them in a cool area with indirect light and only water them when the potting mix is dry.</p> <h2>Inspect whenever you water</h2> <p>Having a green thumb has nothing to do with luck and everything to do with being observant. Every time you water your houseplants, look closely at the leaves, stems and potting mix. You have nothing else to do while standing there with your watering can, so take the time to appreciate your plant's uniquely patterned leaves and - wait, was that a bug?</p> <p>Even if you couldn't identify a mealybug if your life depended on it, you'll discover (and remove) all sorts of things if you wipe the leaves occasionally with a damp rag and cotton swab.</p> <h2>Prevent the spread of pests and diseases</h2> <p>Houseplants are especially prone to bacterial diseases this time of year, so pay close attention to them.</p> <p>Remove and discard any dead leaves that appear or fall in the potting mix - they make ideal hiding places and breeding grounds for <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/pests-bugs-out-house-202394/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">pests</a> and diseases. To prevent stagnant air around your plants, increase ventilation with a small fan.</p> <p>Wash your hands and tools before and after handling them, and immediately separate or discard any diseased or infested plants so they can recover without infecting the others. If the leaves are stunted, mottled and twisted, the plant likely has a virus and should be discarded immediately.</p> <p><strong>Related:</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/repotting-plants-208011/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Repotting Plants: Give Them a New Home Sweet Home</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/make-small-space-work-181983/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">3 Design Tricks That Will Make Your Small Space Feel Big</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/diy-vertical-garden-227769/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">How to Build Your Own Vertical Garden With Shipping Pallets</a></li> </ul> <p><em>Originally published February 2017.</em></p> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=FEGySamY9b4:w-_ansmK1cw:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=FEGySamY9b4:w-_ansmK1cw:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> </div> https://www.zillow.com/blog/houseplant-care-in-winter-210867/feed/ 1 https://www.zillow.com/blog/houseplant-care-in-winter-210867/ 2019-01-07 13:31 +00:00 2019-01-08 02:31 +13:00 https://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=225313 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/ZillowBlog/~3/zVjRXuEeIvg/ Unique Homes treehouses unique homes Explore a Tiny Tropical Treehouse in Hawaii What's better than a tiny home? One that's 15 feet up in the air and built for less than it costs to buy a new car. Mon, 07 Jan 2019 13:03:17 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/tiny-tropical-treehouse-in-hawaii-225313/#comments Lindsay Cohen <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">No one ever complains about Hawaii.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">That's one reason why Kristie Wolfe bought a piece of land there sight unseen. She went from spotting the overgrown, verdant lot on Craigslist to chatting with the owner to buying a plane ticket to clear the underbrush for building - all in the span of just two days.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"It could've gone a lot of awful ways, but I didn't see it until I had flown here to start building," Wolfe said. "I had never been to Hawaii, and I knew I wanted to build a treehouse, so I was thinking tropical."</span></p> <p><iframe src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/i-0If44yHXY" width="560" height="315" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The vision for the 230-square-foot getaway came from sketches Wolfe drew on restaurant napkins. The Idaho native envisioned a lush, lofted escape with a 4-foot wraparound lanai for endless tropical sunsets and rainforest views.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Making that happen, however, required a lot of hard work - and a chain saw.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"When we arrived, the first step was actually just finding the land. My road was so overgrown that we actually thought the end of the road was down the block," Wolfe chuckled. "After we actually established where it was, the next step was clearing a path so we could come through."</span></p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-225476" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/HiloTreehouse_133_20180130__DSC8406-f86101.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="1199" /></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Wolfe had good company for the build: She brought her mom along for the adventure. The two had worked hand in hand since Wolfe was a child and her mother flipped houses around town, "before flipping was a thing," Wolfe joked. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">For this undertaking, they wanted to maximize every dime, so they used all their precious luggage space for tools. That forced the duo to wear every article of clothing they brought with them on the plane.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">They landed on the Big Island in a sweat.</span></p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-225467" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/HiloTreehouse_060_20180131__DSC8533-3b6ac4.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="534" /></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The budget, on the other hand, was something they could chill out about: $11,000 - cheaper than the price of a new car. With the half-acre lot cleared, Wolfe and her mother got to work, building the main living space 15 feet high up on stilts.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The duo recycled and upcycled everything they purchased. The 1970s vintage fern wallpaper came from Etsy, while the bed was cobbled together from scrap materials. </span></p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-225469" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/HiloTreehouse_075_20180131__DSC8467-dbec67.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="534" /></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Wolfe crafted the headboard out of a long shipping tube that originally held the home's window parts; she then covered it with a grass mat.</span></p> <p>The duo built an indoor-outdoor shower with tiles made out of cork. They added air plants for a true tropical vibe.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-225538" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/HiloTreehouse_087_20180131__DSC8552-744b0c.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="1199" /></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">With sun plentiful in the tropical climate, Wolfe installed solar panels to provide electricity to the home and a rainwater catchment for the toilet and the shower. There&#8217;s a copper-colored sink below latticed porthole windows that look out onto the forest.</span></p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-225541" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/HiloTreehouse_101_20180131__DSC8510-4dda91.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="1199" /></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">On the main entry level, she built a hanging bed.</span></p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-225464" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/HiloTreehouse_027_20180130__DSC8218-c4094e.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="534" /></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">At the last minute, Wolfe also built a pulley so guests have an easy way to hoist their luggage to the main area. (She jokes that the device should have been the first thing she installed, since it would have made construction much easier.)</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The entire home took 2 1/2 months to finish.</span></p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-225466" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/HiloTreehouse_056_20180131__DSC8529-d238ca.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="534" /></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">There's snorkeling and hiking nearby. The home is also near Hilo and Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, where Wolfe often travels to watch lava flow into the ocean.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"[The lava] looks like the end of the world," she said. "You can walk within feet of it, and it's absolutely hypnotizing. It&#8217;s kind of like a lava lamp - it looks like that, dropping off the cliff into the ocean, splashing and causing all this steam. It's one of the coolest things I've ever seen."</span></p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-225477" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/HiloTreehouse_135_20180130__DSC8413-791de5.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="534" /></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Wolfe just bought the lot next door and plans, eventually, to put something there.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"I had built a tiny house, and I wanted to do something different, and a treehouse seemed like a fun, totally unique place," Wolfe said. "I think everybody has wanted to stay in a treehouse. It just seems to fit a jungle."</span></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">This home is currently available as a <a href="https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/2615058" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">short-term rental</a>.</span></em></p> <p><em>Photos by <a href="http://www.erikhecht.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Erik Hecht</a>.</em></p> <p><strong>Related:</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/cave-house-229909/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Hibernate Luxuriously in This 5,572-Square-Foot Cave Mansion</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/joshua-tree-cabin-229298/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Sleep Under the Stars in This Tiny Cabin Near a National Park</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/whale-watch-from-rooftop-decks-229451/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Whale Watch From Any of This Home&#8217;s 3 Rooftop Decks</a></li> </ul> <p><em>Originally published April 2018.</em></p> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=zVjRXuEeIvg:x_iiDLtXZQs:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=zVjRXuEeIvg:x_iiDLtXZQs:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> </div> https://www.zillow.com/blog/tiny-tropical-treehouse-in-hawaii-225313/feed/ 19 https://www.zillow.com/blog/tiny-tropical-treehouse-in-hawaii-225313/ 2019-01-07 13:03 +00:00 2019-01-08 02:03 +13:00 https://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=224101 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/ZillowBlog/~3/cpR4a1tBeTg/ Home Improvement decorating winter Get the Look: 3 Ideas for Turning Your Home Into a Winter Haven Snowed in? Put that cabin fever to good use and try one of these iconic winter-proof looks. Sun, 06 Jan 2019 13:29:26 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/cozy-updates-under-500-224101/#comments Chris Stout-Hazard <p>What better time to turn your home into a warm and welcoming den than during the chilly winter months? With just a little investment and some ingenuity, you can bring a distinctive winter-friendly look into your home.</p> <p>Here are three concepts to inspire you - and some tips to get you started.</p> <h2>Look 1: The British study</h2> <h3>The vibe</h3> <p>This look is a perfect fit for a snowy winter day. Filled with shelves of leather-bound tomes, tufted chesterfield sofas and focused lighting from brass sconces, the study is the perfect spot to curl up with a favorite novel, enjoy a cup of tea or nap away the afternoon.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter wp-image-230055" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/GettyImages-80119678-929315.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="731" /></p> <h3>Get the look</h3> <p><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/built-in-shelves-hack-226769/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Built-in bookcases</a> may run up a tab, but two or three flat-pack units arranged tightly in a row can nearly fill a wall without breaking the budget.</p> <p>Pack them with as many books you can find - the fuller the better. Check out garage sales, thrift shops and library clearance sales for additional hardback books if you're short.</p> <p>Sure, you may not have a tufted leather sofa on hand, but any love seat positioned in front of the bookcases will look dramatic. Instead of square throw pillows, try round bolsters in the corners for a more formal style.</p> <p>A vintage rug is ideal underneath, but convincing reproductions can be found online for a fraction of the price.</p> <p>For the coziest of lighting in the evenings, add sconces to your bookcases. Inexpensive clip-on downlights work perfectly in a pinch. If possible, flank the love seat with a pair of floor reading lamps, swiveled low over the arms of the sofa.</p> <h2>Look 2: The Scandinavian chalet</h2> <h3>The vibe</h3> <p>Crisp white paint, whitewashed wood and neutral furnishings make even the gloomiest of days <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/brighten-dark-home-222057/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">feel bright</a>.</p> <p>This aesthetic is definitely modern, yet it&#8217;s touched with woodsy rusticity and directly connected to nature. Winter-friendly accessories bring in a bit more comfort and prevent the space from feeling cold.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter wp-image-230056" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/GettyImages-75455330-0c97f7.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="600" /></p> <h3>Get the look</h3> <p>Compatible with the popular all-white color scheme, the Scandinavian chalet look can be achieved with a few tweaks - some more involved than others.</p> <p>For an amazing yet affordable chalet transformation, consider covering one wall (ideally around a fireplace) in inexpensive pine boards. You can run them horizontally or vertically, and you may choose to either paint them to match your other walls or seal them with a whitewash or light gray stain.</p> <p>Embrace irregularities and small gaps between the boards - they&#8217;ll give you the modern, woodsy touch that makes these spaces memorable.</p> <p>Define a seating area using a generously scaled jute rug. Build on this surface's natural color and texture with pieces of upholstery. If your furniture isn't neutral, try slipcovering it or even tossing a large canvas dropcloth over it.</p> <p>A stack of substantial floor pillows encourages a more relaxed gathering beside the fire or around a board game. And a faux sheepskin throw or two will further warm the space.</p> <p>For accessories, try hanging a white papier-mache deer mount over your hearth and stacking paper birch logs beside the fireplace.</p> <p>For lighting, overscale paper lanterns affixed to a simple plug-in pendant light make a big 1970s Scandinavian statement at minimal cost.</p> <h2>Look 3: The boho nest</h2> <h3>The vibe</h3> <p>Longing for the warm colors of summer? This look brings them indoors using tapestries, artwork and an abundance of <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/houseplant-care-in-winter-210867/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">houseplants</a>.</p> <p>Layering is the name of the game, with floors covered by an arrangement of inexpensive flat-weave rugs, upholstery draped in throws and embroidered pillows, and groupings of mixed-media art on the walls.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter wp-image-230057" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/GettyImages-667507168-801df8.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="534" /></p> <h3>Get the look</h3> <p>While many seeking the boho style focus on white walls as a backdrop, you can create a warmer space with a bold color or dark earth tone. Paint one or more of your living room walls to invite contrast.</p> <p>Start building your nest from the floor up. Instead of purchasing one large expensive rug, try layering a mixture of smaller and more affordable rugs of varying styles and colors for an eclectic and relaxed feel.</p> <p>If you have walls that feel a little barren, consider draping them with floor-to-ceiling curtains. This will envelop and soften the edges of the room.</p> <p>If premade ones aren&#8217;t in the budget, you can easily make your own perfectly fitted drapes with fabric. Create a simple hem around the edges with a quick pass through the sewing machine or a little bit of ironing with hem tape. Use ring clips to attach the fabric panels to curtain rods.</p> <p>A <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/personalize-with-diy-gallery-wall-203271/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">gallery wall</a> can also give your living room a warmer feel. While typical galleries consisting solely of framed art tend to be the decorating norm, you can keep the look fresh and more bohemian by integrating a broader spectrum of art types.</p> <p>Hang clay or wood pieces, textile art, paper sculptures and even wall-clinging plants - like staghorn ferns - to give your gallery wall life and personality.</p> <p><strong>Related:</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/2019-design-forecast-whats-in-whats-out-229968/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">2019 Design Forecast: What&#8217;s In, What&#8217;s Out</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/make-small-space-work-181983/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">3 Design Tricks That Will Make Your Small Space Feel Big</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/passions-in-home-decor-226113/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">8 Ways to Incorporate Your Passions Into Your Home Decor</a></li> </ul> <p><em>Originally published January 2018.</em></p> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=cpR4a1tBeTg:RocAECaps1U:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=cpR4a1tBeTg:RocAECaps1U:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> </div> https://www.zillow.com/blog/cozy-updates-under-500-224101/feed/ 5 https://www.zillow.com/blog/cozy-updates-under-500-224101/ 2019-01-06 13:29 +00:00 2019-01-07 02:29 +13:00 https://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=227225 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/ZillowBlog/~3/lHLAQweD6PA/ Tips & Advice Moving Renting 5 Things to Look for in a Rental Listing Lackluster listings abound - learn to cut through the clutter and spot the keepers. Fri, 04 Jan 2019 13:58:57 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/5-things-to-look-for-in-a-rental-listing-227225/#comments Jennifer Lyons <p>Whether you're <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/5-ways-to-score-a-lease-196907/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">looking for an apartment</a>, single-family house or townhome - and whether you're in a city, the suburbs or a small town - be prepared to spend a lot of time online and even more time driving around to tour the most promising places in person.</p> <p>If you want to save time and avoid headaches, make sure that every rental listing you consider has all the information you need. High-quality listings help you weed out the places that don't fit your criteria (wait, Fido's not welcome?), but they also indicate an organized, communicative and professional landlord - something every renter wants.</p> <p>As you begin your search, consider these five important things every good rental listing should contain:</p> <h2>1. Detailed details</h2> <p>Front and center should be the number of bedrooms and bathrooms, square footage, storage space and a floor plan to help you visualize the layout.</p> <p>Avoid listings with vague terms like "junior one bedroom" or "open one bedroom." According to Zillow research, <a href="https://www.zillow.com/report/2018/renters/wants-and-needs/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">65 percent</a> of renters require their preferred number of bedrooms. Landlords know this, so they get creative with descriptions to attract more tenants.</p> <p>Another need-to-know detail is how safe the property is. Zillow research reports that <a href="https://www.zillow.com/report/2018/renters/wants-and-needs/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">75 percent</a> of renters said that a safe neighborhood is a must-have. Most landlords will say that the neighborhood is safe, so do your own research, especially if you're new to the area.</p> <p>Speaking of being new - if you're moving to a new part of town or an entirely new city, look for listings with important facts about the neighborhood, including proximity to transit or major freeways, convenient shopping centers, and nearby recreation and entertainment options.</p> <h2>2. Amenities - all of them</h2> <p>Beyond basics like heating and kitchen appliances, every renter has different amenities that they consider must-haves.</p> <p>The most popular amenities renters look for include air conditioning, in-unit laundry, ample storage and private outdoor space. Watch for other nice-to-have in-unit amenities, like recent renovations, hardwood floors, plenty of windows and upgraded kitchens.</p> <p>Shared amenities should be included in the listing too - things like parking, rooftop decks, fitness areas, outdoor space, swimming pools and bike storage.</p> <h2>3. Major (and potentially problematic) policies</h2> <p>The listing should disclose any policies that could be a deal breaker for you. Examples include <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/ensure-pet-good-resident-200664/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">rules around pets</a> (including specific breeds), the maximum number of people who can live in the unit, smoking, parking, noise and - most importantly - lease terms and length.</p> <p>Additionally, see if you can tell if the landlord lives on-site or if a local property management company manages things. If the landlord is nearby, they'll likely handle repair requests quickly, along with general building upkeep and maintenance.</p> <h2>4. Clearly described costs</h2> <p>Make sure the landlord is exceptionally clear about the dollars and cents:</p> <ul> <li>What is the monthly rent?</li> <li>How much of a deposit is required, and is any of it refundable?</li> <li>Are there any one-time fees?</li> <li>Is there a pet fee or monthly charge?</li> <li>Does parking cost extra?</li> <li>Who pays for utilities?</li> </ul> <p>These <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/hidden-fees-add-ons-in-lease-195426/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">additional charges</a> can quickly move a listing from feasible to fruitless, so make sure you have all the info you need to do the math ahead of time.</p> <h2>5. High-quality photos</h2> <p>Focus on listings that have not only good photos but also recent photos - and lots of them.</p> <p>Look for listings that include both interior and exterior shots, plus photos of all shared amenities. But renter beware: If the landlord says the photos are of a similar unit - not the one that's actually for rent - you may find yourself in a bait-and-switch situation.</p> <p>Once you find a few listings that include these details, you're off to a great start. You can more easily compare properties side by side, identify deal breakers and find areas where a landlord might be open to compromising.</p> <p><strong>Related:</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/3-myths-renting-201963/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">&#8216;You&#8217;re Throwing Money Away&#8217; and Other Myths About Renting</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/get-your-security-deposit-back-210363/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">10 Ways to Make Sure You Get Your Security Deposit Back</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/renters-5-biggest-nightmares-185567/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">The Top 5 Renting Nightmares and How to Face Them</a></li> </ul> <p><em>Originally published June 2018. Statistics updated January 2019.</em></p> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=lHLAQweD6PA:BoX12RPDyiI:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=lHLAQweD6PA:BoX12RPDyiI:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> </div> https://www.zillow.com/blog/5-things-to-look-for-in-a-rental-listing-227225/feed/ 7 https://www.zillow.com/blog/5-things-to-look-for-in-a-rental-listing-227225/ 2019-01-04 13:58 +00:00 2019-01-05 02:58 +13:00 https://www.landlords.co.nz/article/976514161/the-outlook-for-2019?utm_source=LL&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=The+outlook+for+2019 https://www.landlords.co.nz/article/976514161/the-outlook-for-2019?utm_source=LL&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=The+outlook+for+2019 The outlook for 2019 <p>2019 is set to be a year of massive change as the Government&rsquo;s suite of housing and tax policies start to bed in. Here&rsquo;s what property market commentators have to say on the coming year&hellip;</p> Thu, 03 Jan 2019 12:18:00 +1200 2019-01-03 12:18 +12:00 2019-01-03 13:18 +13:00 https://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=229968 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/ZillowBlog/~3/3zzUbTva7fk/ Home Improvement decorating 2019 Design Forecast: What's In, What's Out Is it time to say goodbye to shiplap and millennial pink? This design expert weighs in. Tue, 18 Dec 2018 18:13:36 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/2019-design-forecast-whats-in-whats-out-229968/#comments Kerrie Kelly <p>As we flip to the last pages of our 2018 calendar, it&#8217;s time to look at interior design trends on the rise - and say goodbye to those on their way out in 2019.</p> <p>Here are our predictions about what&#8217;s in and what&#8217;s out in the year to come.</p> <h2>What&#8217;s in</h2> <h3>Warm modernism</h3> <p>It&#8217;s official - many regions throughout the U.S. are choosing a modern aesthetic over a rustic style.</p> <p>While black-and-white contrast and raw materials like steel and wood will continue to be popular, they&#8217;ll be softened by color and asymmetry. These modern elements will have a fresh approachability when surrounded by sun-soaked fabrics and natural wallcoverings.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter wp-image-229999" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/GettyImages-825886484-13e488.jpg" alt="" width="801" height="534" /></p> <h3 id="1">Effortless technology and transformations</h3> <p>Talk-to-me tech products help you get things done with your voice, and homeowners are using them to modernize their daily routine.</p> <p>In 2019 you&#8217;ll see smart faucets, fans, window coverings and appliances paired with popular platforms - Google Home, Amazon Alexa and Apple HomePod - for a convenient, connected home.</p> <p>Additionally, products that offer easy installation and seamless integration into existing layouts make projects remodel-friendly. Innovative sinks, faucets, medicine cabinets, appliances and lighting provide a quick transformation to refresh the style and functionality of your space.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter wp-image-230003" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/GettyImages-961127228-327148.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="534" /></p> <h3>Om sweet home</h3> <p>Though talk-to-me tech is trending, some will be looking for ways to escape the chatter.</p> <p>Meditative and sound-barrier features will appear in more homes this year - think transformative experiences using acoustic panels, colored lights and aura effects. Ethereal, sheer and translucent fabrics will support the aesthetic, pairing an organic feel with the benefits and convenience of select technology.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter wp-image-230004" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/GettyImages-507832811-561757.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="534" /></p> <h3>Industrial style</h3> <p>Concrete, quartz and metal lovers, rejoice! Industrial styles are predicted to rise in popularity in 2019.</p> <p>Matte black and bronze continue to dominate and complement a more industrial vibe. But when selecting wall colors, appliances, faucet finishes and fabrics, consider the possibilities of moody blues and the gray color spectrum. From warm light grays to the coolness of matte black, these tones add a subtle layer of intrigue and distinction.</p> <p>Plus, black and charcoal gray front doors could earn up to <a href="http://zillow.mediaroom.com/2018-06-20-Homes-with-Tuxedo-Kitchen-Cabinets-and-Black-Front-Doors-Can-Sell-Up-to-6-000-More-than-Expected" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">$6,271 more</a> when selling your home!</p> <p><img class="aligncenter wp-image-230005" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/GettyImages-926193804-f84f2e.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="534" /></p> <h3>Organic maker accents</h3> <p>Handmade details can immediately soften an interior. This year you&#8217;ll see rhythmic patterns and imperfect lines incorporated through hand-painting, stitching and detailing, expanding the possibilities for endless mixing and matching in the home. Additionally, fabrics and accents with strands of crystal, wooden and pearlescent beads present a sophisticated flair for artful detail.</p> <p>Home decor favorites will still include earthy elements and nubby textures. Think neutral naturals by simply adding a wooden side table and sculpture, live and fake plants for color, and natural fibers through rugs and fabrics.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter wp-image-230001" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/GettyImages-869855780-f21167.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="534" /></p> <h2>What&#8217;s out</h2> <h3>Rustic</h3> <p>Is America finally over the &#8220;Fixer Upper&#8221; movement? Not quite, but the rustic, farmhouse-chic elements are getting refined.</p> <p>The shiplap-crazy trend seems to be leaning toward a modern twist, simplifying layers of the look. Cutesy barn doors will take a backseat to more modern versions featuring glass and metal instead of reclaimed barn wood.</p> <p>The signature statement range hood covered in rustic materials will swing to simplified finishes, like brushed brass, stainless and matte black. Lastly, the harsh light of the Edison bulb will move to a more complementary glow, reflecting concealed bulbs versus exposed ones.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter wp-image-229987" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/GettyImages-738776527-ba129a.jpg" alt="" width="801" height="624" /></p> <h3>Millennial pink</h3> <p>Bold, trendy color schemes are likely on the way out, with more subtle earth tones and cool, classic palettes on the rise.</p> <p>Blues and neutrals continue to top <a href="http://zillow.mediaroom.com/2018-06-20-Homes-with-Tuxedo-Kitchen-Cabinets-and-Black-Front-Doors-Can-Sell-Up-to-6-000-More-than-Expected" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Zillow trend reports</a>, adding higher dollar values related to home sales when used in kitchen and bathroom areas. While millennial pink may have been all the rage on designer Instagram feeds, people don&#8217;t actually want to live with it throughout their homes.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter wp-image-229985" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/GettyImages-702610227-aef880.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="534" /></p> <p>Whether trends inspire you or not, it&#8217;s important to be aware of them, because they help shape our own personal interior style. If you love purple gingham in your dining room, go for it. If an all-white interior speaks to you, celebrate it.</p> <p>Our homes are where we express ourselves and tell our unique style story, so I encourage you to do just that in the new year.</p> <p><strong>Related:</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/make-small-space-work-181983/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">3 Design Tricks That Will Make Your Small Space Feel Big</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/quiz-home-bar-type-217390/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Quiz: What Type of Bar Should You Build in Your Home?</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/park-slope-townhome-renovation-229718/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">A Park Slope Townhome That Went From &#8216;Mess&#8217; to Masterpiece</a></li> </ul> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=3zzUbTva7fk:KizeSPeN_U4:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=3zzUbTva7fk:KizeSPeN_U4:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> </div> https://www.zillow.com/blog/2019-design-forecast-whats-in-whats-out-229968/feed/ 26 https://www.zillow.com/blog/2019-design-forecast-whats-in-whats-out-229968/ 2018-12-18 18:13 +00:00 2018-12-19 07:13 +13:00 https://www.landlords.co.nz/article/976514098/desperately-seeking-answers?utm_source=LL&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=Desperately+seeking+answers https://www.landlords.co.nz/article/976514098/desperately-seeking-answers?utm_source=LL&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=Desperately+seeking+answers Desperately seeking answers <p>Looking for a straight answer from MBIE&rsquo;s Tenancy Compliance and Investigation Team? If you are a landlord, don&rsquo;t expect too much clarity.</p> Tue, 18 Dec 2018 08:30:00 +1200 2018-12-18 08:30 +12:00 2018-12-18 09:30 +13:00 https://www.landlords.co.nz/article/976514082/what-lies-ahead-in-2019?utm_source=LL&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=What+lies+ahead+in+2019++ https://www.landlords.co.nz/article/976514082/what-lies-ahead-in-2019?utm_source=LL&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=What+lies+ahead+in+2019++ What lies ahead in 2019 <p>Wondering what is in store for residential and commercial property across the spectrum in the coming year? Here&rsquo;s what Colliers International New Zealand&rsquo;s have to say in their annual predictions&hellip;</p> Wed, 12 Dec 2018 07:59:00 +1200 2018-12-12 07:59 +12:00 2018-12-12 08:59 +13:00 https://www.landlords.co.nz/article/976514032/comment-setting-policies-good-practice-for-landlords?utm_source=LL&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=COMMENT%3A+Setting+policies+good+practice+for+landlords https://www.landlords.co.nz/article/976514032/comment-setting-policies-good-practice-for-landlords?utm_source=LL&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=COMMENT%3A+Setting+policies+good+practice+for+landlords COMMENT: Setting policies good practice for landlords <p>Landlords need to establish strict policies around their rental properties rather than just winging it, Auckland Property Investors Association vice president Peter Lewis believes&hellip;</p> Tue, 04 Dec 2018 11:01:00 +1200 2018-12-04 11:01 +12:00 2018-12-04 12:01 +13:00 https://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=229909 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/ZillowBlog/~3/qddKRtDotQc/ Unique Homes Hibernate Luxuriously in This 5,572-Square-Foot Cave Mansion Stalactites? Check. Waterfall? Check. 4 bedrooms and an illustrious guest list? Check, check! Fri, 30 Nov 2018 19:52:52 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/cave-house-229909/#comments Callie Little <p>When most people envision their dream home, they describe large kitchens, beautiful hardwood floors and clawfoot tubs. But not John Hay.</p> <p>In the mid-1980s, Hay - founder of the Celestial Seasonings Tea Company and great-great grandson of U.S. Secretary of State John Milton Hay - purchased the Beckham Creek Cave in Parthenon, Arkansas. He had plans to transform it into a 10,000-square-foot bomb shelter, consisting of cinder-block walls, plywood flooring, 11 coats of clear epoxy on the natural formations of the cave, and an internal freshwater spring.</p> <p><iframe src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/IYJL5vAUFUw" width="560" height="315" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> <p>He stocked it with enough freeze-dried food to keep 50 people fed for up to two years, and he twice had his religious group sit out bomb scares in the cave. By 1987, Hay realized the end of the world wasn't coming quite so soon. Various records indicate the property was sold to a man known simply as "Mr. Richardson," who had a different dream in mind when he came into possession of the property.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter wp-image-229914" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/ZG_L0229-e8fdf0.jpg" alt="" width="801" height="534" /></p> <p><img class="aligncenter wp-image-229924" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/ZG_L0224-c70fd6.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="534" /></p> <p>Soon after turning the space into a $6 million clubbing venue, Mr. Richardson held a grand unveiling that welcomed over 250 esteemed guests, including Michael Jackson, Elizabeth Taylor, Diana Ross and many other Hollywood elite.</p> <p>It's no wonder that in 1994, John Hay repurchased his now illustrious cave.</p> <p>In the decades following, several new owners have taken hold of the 257-acre property, each one undoubtedly in awe of the great room&#8217;s 40-foot rock ceilings and 2,300 square feet. Stalactites descend from overhead throughout the 5,572-square-foot home, and raw rock has been used wherever possible to maintain the unique character of the space.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter wp-image-229922" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/ZG_L0214-58c759.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="534" /></p> <p><img class="aligncenter wp-image-229919" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/livingroom_06-8f4b90.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="534" /></p> <p>Though it's been renovated several times, the sprawling cave has kept its surprisingly cozy charm intact. Part of the reason the cave's natural features have been preserved is surely thanks to Hay, who reverently told People magazine in 1988 that the home's "original architect was God."</p> <p>The bad news - every dream home comes with its own downfalls, after all - is that a few of the stalactites drip. However, the whole property is climate-controlled thanks to geothermal units throughout.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter wp-image-229916" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/bedroom_08-1bf83f.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="534" /></p> <p><img class="aligncenter wp-image-229915" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/bedroom_01-c44192.jpg" alt="" width="801" height="534" /></p> <p>The 4-bed, 4-bath cave home will run its next owners somewhere around $2.75 million. And while it doesn't have those coveted hardwood floors or the clawfoot tub that fantasies are made of, we still consider this incredibly cool residence to be a real gem.</p> <p><strong>Related:</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/barn-style-house-229743/&quot;" target="_blank" rel="noopener">This Home Looks Like a Barn (But Has Enough Room to Be a Small Castle)</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/bloomhouse-unique-home-229386/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">This Remarkable Home Is Anything but Square</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/joshua-tree-cabin-229298/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Sleep Under the Stars in This Tiny Cabin Near a National Park</a></li> </ul> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=qddKRtDotQc:foxFOPeePCQ:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=qddKRtDotQc:foxFOPeePCQ:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> </div> https://www.zillow.com/blog/cave-house-229909/feed/ 9 https://www.zillow.com/blog/cave-house-229909/ 2018-11-30 19:52 +00:00 2018-12-01 08:52 +13:00 https://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=229891 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/ZillowBlog/~3/NvsuNW1luew/ Tips & Advice Moving relocation Renting How to Move Cross-Country: See How These Renters Made It Work From NYC to PDX - these renters made the move and even found room for a pup! Thu, 29 Nov 2018 19:54:14 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/how-to-move-cross-country-229891/#comments Moriah Simmons <p>When former New Yorkers Erica Warren and Cici Harrison drove across the country and settled in the Pacific Northwest, they had a list of criteria for their new rental.</p> <p>They&#8217;d need a parking space, a home office so Erica could work remotely and, of course, a yard so they could adopt a dog. And this rental couldn&#8217;t be too splashy, because a cross-country move is expensive enough.</p> <p>All of this complicated their search in Portland&#8217;s tough rental market. Luckily the couple were able to stay locally with friends until they found the right rental. And their new home ticks all the boxes - while requiring some minor compromises to make it all work.</p> <p>We chatted with Warren to hear how she and her wife navigated a cross-country move, including finding a home in a new city and making their new rental feel like home.</p> <p><strong>Where is your home, and how long have you lived there?</strong><br /> We're in the Southeast, specifically the Richmond neighborhood. We moved there in March of 2017, and we've been there a year and a half.</p> <p><strong>How did you find your rental?</strong><br /> When we got here, we were staying with Marty and Tera, our friends who live here locally. The day after we arrived, there was the biggest snowstorm Portland had ever had in 30 years. That put a damper on our apartment searching, because we couldn't drive our car or get anywhere. This place was actually the first one we saw, because it was in walking distance from Marty and Tera's house.</p> <p>We heard about it because Tera had sent an email around at her job asking if anyone had a lead on a rental. Someone else who worked with her had recently purchased a duplex and was looking for renters for the other side.</p> <p>We walked over and saw it, and it was a very nice place. But it was the first place we looked at. We had no context for if it was a good deal or not. Of course, it seemed like a good deal to us, coming from New York. I was like, "It has a washer and dryer, it has a yard - I'll pay any amount of money for that!"</p> <p>So we didn't say yes right away, and then we probably spent the next two or three weeks looking at places. We looked at about a dozen places all over the city. We saw all the different variations.</p> <p>At some point we were almost ready to sign a lease on a 1 bedroom in a new apartment complex. It was, on paper, everything we were looking for. And Cici, out of nowhere, goes, "Why didn't we want that first place that we looked at?" The one we were going to sign a lease for was 1 bedroom, and this was 2 bedrooms, and it was bigger, and the monthly rent was less. And we were like, "Oh, that was a much better place!" So we emailed the landlords to see if it was still available, and it was.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter wp-image-229899" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/IMG_0112-3d6520.jpg" alt="" width="650" height="867" /></p> <p><strong>What price range were you looking for, and what did you end up paying?<br /> </strong>We were looking in the $1,500-$1,700 per month range. This place ended up being right in the middle. It was $1,600 when we started the first year we were here, and it's now $1,685. It seems like a pretty reasonable price for the neighborhood we're in, because the rental market in Portland seems to be growing so fast.</p> <p><strong>What was the application and approval process like?<br /> </strong>It was really straightforward. Our landlords live on the other side of the duplex, and they're really nice people. I think they were looking for good neighbors as much as they were looking for good tenants. So I think that also helped with the relationship.</p> <p><strong>Were there any surprise fees?<br /> </strong>We paid first month's rent and a security deposit. The only extra fee when we moved in - we had just adopted Billie, and they had a $25 monthly dog rent. Which they told us about beforehand, because we were very particular about wanting a building that would allow us to adopt a dog. We got her a month after we moved in.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter wp-image-229903" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/IMG_0118-c99825.jpg" alt="" width="650" height="867" /></p> <p><strong>What was your cost of moving across the country?<br /> </strong>We paid about $5,000 total for a full-service moving company, which is a lot of money. It was our biggest moving expense, but all we had to do was box up our things. They sent a whole team of people, packed our stuff into a storage cube, stored the cube for us, and then when we found a place, shipped it across the country. We didn't have to do any of the logistics, and we didn't have to do any of the carrying of things - we just had to pack a few boxes and unpack the boxes when we got here.</p> <p><strong>New York is notorious for small apartments. Is your Portland space bigger or smaller?<br /> </strong>It's slightly bigger, and I feel like it's most noticeable in the kitchen. The kitchen that we have here is two or three times bigger than what we had in New York. I didn't know how much I wanted a really nice kitchen, but now that I have one, I'm like yes, this is exactly where we needed the extra space!</p> <p>We also have outdoor space, which makes a huge difference. It's not huge - it's more like a patio than a yard. We have a little grill, and we can sit out there on a nice day. Plus, it's got a fence, so we can let our dog out.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter wp-image-229900" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/IMG_0115-e78a28.jpg" alt="" width="650" height="867" /></p> <p><strong>Did you have any challenges making the place functional?<br /> </strong>Nothing major. It was built in the &#8217;60s or &#8217;70s, but the landlords had renovated our unit before we moved in, so the kitchen, bathroom and flooring were all brand new - you know, everything works and is nicely designed, so that helped.</p> <p>I did a little bit of work in the yard, just because it was a little muddy, and it's Portland, so it's wet in the winter, and Billie likes to dig. I got some pebble stones to fill in some of the muddy areas. We got into some light container gardening, because we never had outdoor space in Brooklyn. So we have a little blueberry bush, some star jasmine and some other little things I'm trying not to kill.</p> <p><strong>What else have you done to make your rental feel like home?<br /> </strong>We painted a couple accent walls, which our landlords were totally fine with. We have this wide picture window in the living room that faces the road, but because of that you can see right into our house. So we got a custom shade that you can pull up from the bottom or pull down from the top, just so that we can have privacy but also sunlight if we want.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-229901" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/IMG_0117-36b953.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="600" /></p> <p><strong>How long do you think you'll stay?<br /> </strong>I don't know specifically. When we moved in, we talked about how we'd love to stay here until we're in a position to buy a house. One day I'd like to own a house - a dining room would be nice at some point in my life. But where we&#8217;re at right now, this is the right amount of space, and it&#8217;s a really great neighborhood.</p> <p><strong>What do you want from your next place, other than a dining room?<br /> </strong>A big fenced-in yard for Billie! Cici&#8217;s mom sent us an article about how the thing that's finally getting millennials to buy houses is their dogs.</p> <p>I'd also like a little bit more guest space so we could have people visit more frequently, because all of our family is on the East Coast.</p> <p>And this is 100 percent because Cici has already claimed it - whatever house we buy has to have a basement so that she can play drums there. Number one is a yard for Billie, and number two is a basement for a drum kit and band practice.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter wp-image-229898" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/IMG_0120-7ca33e.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="600" /></p> <h2>Erica's tips for finding a rental in a new city</h2> <h3>1. Look around to get a sense of the market</h3> <p>Look at as many places as possible. Because even if you don't want that unit, it gives you a sense of the market. So when you do find a good deal, you know that you have a good deal.</p> <h3>2. Know where you're willing to compromise</h3> <p>If you have enough money that you don't have to make sacrifices in renting, you probably don't need to be renting. So everything&#8217;s a trade-off. There's not a perfect rental out there. So it&#8217;s like, &#8220;This place has 2 bedrooms, but it's more expensive, or this place has a bigger yard, but it's farther out.&#8221;</p> <h3>3. Get a little help from your friends</h3> <p>We were so lucky to stay with Marty and Tera in their guest room until we found our own place. And Tera emailed co-workers to see if they knew of any rentals, which is how we ended up finding this place.</p> <h3>4. Conserve your energy and hire a full-service moving and storage company (if you can)</h3> <p>There&#8217;s enough stress in moving at all, amplified by moving cross-country. We probably could have gotten a U-Haul, packed it up, driven it cross-country and put our stuff into a storage unit here. But the logistics, let alone the physical labor, were not extra pieces of stress we needed. And even though it was really expensive, it was worth every penny.</p> <h6><em>Apartment photos by Erica Warren.</em></h6> <p><strong>Related:</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/renter-profile-capitol-hill-seattle-229524/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">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/make-small-space-work-181983/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">3 Design Tricks That Will Make Your Small Space Feel Big</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/landlord-background-check-228667/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">How to Perform a Landlord Background Check</a></li> </ul> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=NvsuNW1luew:ARb7psdDN2M:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=NvsuNW1luew:ARb7psdDN2M:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> </div> https://www.zillow.com/blog/how-to-move-cross-country-229891/feed/ 14 https://www.zillow.com/blog/how-to-move-cross-country-229891/ 2018-11-29 19:54 +00:00 2018-11-30 08:54 +13:00 https://www.landlords.co.nz/article/976513993/comment-embedded-networks-what-to-watch-out-for?utm_source=LL&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=COMMENT%3A+Embedded+networks+-+what+to+watch+out+for https://www.landlords.co.nz/article/976513993/comment-embedded-networks-what-to-watch-out-for?utm_source=LL&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=COMMENT%3A+Embedded+networks+-+what+to+watch+out+for COMMENT: Embedded networks - what to watch out for <p>Developers are increasingly seeking to maintain control of embedded networks in apartments and that means both buyers and body corporates need to know what to watch out for, Auckland District Law Society president Joanna Pidgeon explains.</p> Thu, 29 Nov 2018 08:35:00 +1200 2018-11-29 08:35 +12:00 2018-11-29 09:35 +13:00 https://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=229833 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/ZillowBlog/~3/d-Pmgf4cHkk/ Market Trends affordability An Up-Close Look at Housing Insecurity (and How to Help!) "We have to believe that a better future is possible." Wed, 21 Nov 2018 00:18:00 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/housing-insecurity-229833/#comments Susan Kelleher <p>Five years ago, Timothy C. Acena was living - and sleeping - in his wheelchair behind a busy fast-food restaurant. At night, he'd park himself on a fresh piece of cardboard near the restaurant's dumpster and clip together a makeshift awning of eight umbrellas to protect him and the five backpacks full of his belongings from the elements.</p> <p>During the day, he'd sit in front of the restaurant and ask customers to buy him a meal, which they always did, he says. He used the restaurant's bathrooms and traveled for showers and laundry. All the while, he waited for an affordable apartment to open up.</p> <p>Today, Acena, 52, has his own bed and a roof over his head. The former construction worker, who lost the ability to walk when he was 40, lives in a studio apartment in West Seattle in a building that provides affordable, stable housing and mental health and addiction treatment services to him and 65 other people who had been sleeping in shelters or out in the cold.</p> <p>In the building&#8217;s lobby, letters cut from beige construction paper hang over the mail slots on the wall, spelling out the season's message: "Be thankful." Acena says he lives those words every day. He knows he would probably be dead or still homeless had other people not cared enough to build and manage a place where he could afford to live - and where he could very well spend the rest of his life.</p> <p>More than a half a million Americans were homeless in 2017, a number that increased for the first time since 2010, according to a one-night count by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Experts agree the count doesn't capture all the people sleeping outside and say the number is probably much higher. According to <a href="https://www.zillow.com/research/homelessness-rent-affordability-22247/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">new Zillow-sponsored research </a>on the size and root causes of homelessness, the actual number of people experiencing homelessness was likely closer to 661,000, about 20 percent higher than the HUD count.</p> <p>In some cities, homelessness has reached crisis levels as the economy continues to expand and people flock to urban areas for jobs, driving up rents that were once affordable for people earning low and middle incomes.</p> <p>Many people are one emergency away from a missed rent payment. Today, only 52 percent of renters say they would be able to cover an unexpected expense of $1,000 if they had to, according to the <a href="https://www.zillow.com/report/2018/renters/renting-a-home-in-america/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Zillow Group Consumer Housing Trends Report 2018</a>. Gen X renters, who are between the ages of 39 and 53, are the most vulnerable: Only 44 percent say they could weather a $1,000 hit to their budget.</p> <p>In some cities, the share of median income spent on rent exceeds 40 percent, according to Zillow economists, whose research also ties rent increases to moves and even homelessness. In Los Angeles, for instance, a 5 percent increase in rent would add 1,993 people to the ranks of the homeless.</p> <p>Colin Maloney, project manager for Cottage Grove Commons, the Downtown Emergency Services Center building where Acena lives in West Seattle, said homelessness affects a broad swath of humanity: families, people with advanced degrees, people with mental and physical disabilities, and people with job skills no longer in demand.</p> <p>Some residents of the Grove apartments grew up in homelessness or bounced through the foster care system only to end up alone when they turned 18. Others, like Acena, have struggled with addictions or remain yoked to criminal records that keep them from jobs and homes. At times, it's hard to for them to see a path back to home, Maloney says.</p> <p>But, he adds, "We have to believe that a better future is possible."</p> <p>Acena is proof of that. Before he became homeless, he lived in a $60 a night motel room, paid for with a combination of his Social Security disability check and funds from a church youth group. When the group's subsidy stopped, Acena made a temporary home behind the restaurant rather than return to shelter living.</p> <p>Acena smiles recalling the day he moved into his current home. He could finally sleep lying down. "It was like somebody took a Tyrannosaurus rex off my shoulders,'' he says.</p> <p>His apartment costs him $215 a month, about 30 percent of his $720 monthly Social Security income. He spends his days there building plastic models, watching TV, indulging in pancakes with peanut butter and staying healthy.</p> <p>"I don't think it's unsolvable,'' he says of homelessness. "It's just difficult. Anything difficult has got to have something good in the end if you go through it."</p> <p>This holiday season, you can help these organizations that are working to bring housing security to communities across the country. Their success brings hope to all of us.</p> <table class="table" style="border: none; width: 633.49px;"> <tbody> <tr style="height: 23px;"> <td style="width: 102.386px; height: 23px; vertical-align: middle; text-align: left;"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/nonprofits-homelessness/#alabama" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Alabama</a></td> <td style="width: 104.205px; height: 23px; vertical-align: middle; text-align: left;"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/nonprofits-homelessness/#hawaii" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Hawaii</a></td> <td style="width: 118.75px; height: 23px; vertical-align: middle; text-align: left;"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/nonprofits-homelessness/#massachusetts" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Massachusetts</a></td> <td style="width: 117.841px; height: 23px; vertical-align: middle; text-align: left;"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/nonprofits-homelessness/#new-mexico" target="_blank" rel="noopener">New Mexico</a></td> <td style="width: 158.75px; height: 23px; vertical-align: middle; text-align: left;"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/nonprofits-homelessness/#south-dakota" target="_blank" rel="noopener">South Dakota</a></td> </tr> <tr style="height: 23px;"> <td style="width: 102.386px; height: 23px; vertical-align: middle; text-align: left;"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/nonprofits-homelessness/#alaska" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Alaska</a></td> <td style="width: 104.205px; height: 23px; vertical-align: middle; text-align: left;"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/nonprofits-homelessness/#idaho" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Idaho</a></td> <td style="width: 118.75px; height: 23px; vertical-align: middle; text-align: left;"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/nonprofits-homelessness/#michigan" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Michigan</a></td> <td style="width: 117.841px; height: 23px; vertical-align: middle; text-align: left;"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/nonprofits-homelessness/#new-york" target="_blank" rel="noopener">New York</a></td> <td style="width: 158.75px; height: 23px; vertical-align: middle; text-align: left;"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/nonprofits-homelessness/#tennessee" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Tennessee</a></td> </tr> <tr style="height: 23px;"> <td style="width: 102.386px; height: 23px; vertical-align: middle; text-align: left;"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/nonprofits-homelessness/#arizona" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Arizona</a></td> <td style="width: 104.205px; height: 23px; vertical-align: middle; text-align: left;"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/nonprofits-homelessness/#illinois" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Illinois</a></td> <td style="width: 118.75px; height: 23px; vertical-align: middle; text-align: left;"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/nonprofits-homelessness/#minnesota" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Minnesota</a></td> <td style="width: 117.841px; height: 23px; vertical-align: middle; text-align: left;"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/nonprofits-homelessness/#north-carolina" target="_blank" rel="noopener">North Carolina</a></td> <td style="width: 158.75px; height: 23px; vertical-align: middle; text-align: left;"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/nonprofits-homelessness/#texas" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Texas</a></td> </tr> <tr style="height: 23px;"> <td style="width: 102.386px; height: 23px; vertical-align: middle; text-align: left;"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/nonprofits-homelessness/#arkansas" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Arkansas</a></td> <td style="width: 104.205px; height: 23px; vertical-align: middle; text-align: left;"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/nonprofits-homelessness/#indiana" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Indiana</a></td> <td style="width: 118.75px; height: 23px; vertical-align: middle; text-align: left;"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/nonprofits-homelessness/#mississippi" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Mississippi</a></td> <td style="width: 117.841px; height: 23px; vertical-align: middle; text-align: left;"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/nonprofits-homelessness/#north-dakota" target="_blank" rel="noopener">North Dakota</a></td> <td style="width: 158.75px; height: 23px; vertical-align: middle; text-align: left;"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/nonprofits-homelessness/#utah" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Utah</a></td> </tr> <tr style="height: 23px;"> <td style="width: 102.386px; height: 23px; vertical-align: middle; text-align: left;"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/nonprofits-homelessness/#california" target="_blank" rel="noopener">California</a></td> <td style="width: 104.205px; height: 23px; vertical-align: middle; text-align: left;"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/nonprofits-homelessness/#iowa" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Iowa</a></td> <td style="width: 118.75px; height: 23px; vertical-align: middle; text-align: left;"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/nonprofits-homelessness/#missouri" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Missouri</a></td> <td style="width: 117.841px; height: 23px; vertical-align: middle; text-align: left;"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/nonprofits-homelessness/#ohio" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Ohio</a></td> <td style="width: 158.75px; height: 23px; vertical-align: middle; text-align: left;"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/nonprofits-homelessness/#vermont" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Vermont</a></td> </tr> <tr style="height: 23px;"> <td style="width: 102.386px; height: 23px; vertical-align: middle; text-align: left;"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/nonprofits-homelessness/#colorado" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Colorado</a></td> <td style="width: 104.205px; height: 23px; vertical-align: middle; text-align: left;"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/nonprofits-homelessness/#kansas" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Kansas</a></td> <td style="width: 118.75px; height: 23px; vertical-align: middle; text-align: left;"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/nonprofits-homelessness/#montana" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Montana</a></td> <td style="width: 117.841px; height: 23px; vertical-align: middle; text-align: left;"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/nonprofits-homelessness/#oklahoma" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Oklahoma</a></td> <td style="width: 158.75px; height: 23px; vertical-align: middle; text-align: left;"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/nonprofits-homelessness/#virginia" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Virginia</a></td> </tr> <tr style="height: 23px;"> <td style="width: 102.386px; height: 23px; vertical-align: middle; text-align: left;"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/nonprofits-homelessness/#connecticut" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Connecticut</a></td> <td style="width: 104.205px; height: 23px; vertical-align: middle; text-align: left;"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/nonprofits-homelessness/#kentucky" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Kentucky</a></td> <td style="width: 118.75px; height: 23px; vertical-align: middle; text-align: left;"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/nonprofits-homelessness/#nebraska" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Nebraska</a></td> <td style="width: 117.841px; height: 23px; vertical-align: middle; text-align: left;"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/nonprofits-homelessness/#oregon" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Oregon</a></td> <td style="width: 158.75px; height: 23px; vertical-align: middle; text-align: left;"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/nonprofits-homelessness/#washington" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Washington</a></td> </tr> <tr style="height: 23px;"> <td style="width: 102.386px; height: 10px; vertical-align: middle; text-align: left;"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/nonprofits-homelessness/#delaware" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Delaware</a></td> <td style="width: 104.205px; height: 10px; vertical-align: middle; text-align: left;"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/nonprofits-homelessness/#louisiana" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Louisiana</a></td> <td style="width: 118.75px; height: 10px; vertical-align: middle; text-align: left;"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/nonprofits-homelessness/#nevada" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Nevada</a></td> <td style="width: 117.841px; height: 10px; vertical-align: middle; text-align: left;"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/nonprofits-homelessness/#pennsylvania" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Pennsylvania</a></td> <td style="width: 158.75px; height: 10px; vertical-align: middle; text-align: left;"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/nonprofits-homelessness/#washington-dc" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Washington, D.C.</a></td> </tr> <tr style="height: 23px;"> <td style="width: 102.386px; height: 23px; vertical-align: middle; text-align: left;"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/nonprofits-homelessness/#florida" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Florida</a></td> <td style="width: 104.205px; height: 23px; vertical-align: middle; text-align: left;"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/nonprofits-homelessness/#maine" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Maine</a></td> <td style="width: 118.75px; height: 23px; vertical-align: middle; text-align: left;"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/nonprofits-homelessness/#new-hampshire" target="_blank" rel="noopener">New Hampshire</a></td> <td style="width: 117.841px; height: 23px; vertical-align: middle; text-align: left;"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/nonprofits-homelessness/#rhode-island" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Rhode Island</a></td> <td style="width: 158.75px; height: 23px; vertical-align: middle; text-align: left;"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/nonprofits-homelessness/#west-virginia" target="_blank" rel="noopener">West Virginia</a></td> </tr> <tr style="height: 23px;"> <td style="width: 102.386px; height: 23px; vertical-align: middle; text-align: left;"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/nonprofits-homelessness/#georgia" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Georgia</a></td> <td style="width: 104.205px; height: 23px; vertical-align: middle; text-align: left;"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/nonprofits-homelessness/#maryland" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Maryland</a></td> <td style="width: 118.75px; height: 23px; vertical-align: middle; text-align: left;"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/nonprofits-homelessness/#new-jersey" target="_blank" rel="noopener">New Jersey</a></td> <td style="width: 117.841px; height: 23px; vertical-align: middle; text-align: left;"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/nonprofits-homelessness/#south-carolina" target="_blank" rel="noopener">South Carolina</a></td> <td style="width: 158.75px; height: 23px; vertical-align: middle; text-align: left;"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/nonprofits-homelessness/#wisconsin" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Wisconsin</a></td> </tr> <tr style="height: 22px;"> <td style="vertical-align: middle; height: 22px; width: 102.386px; text-align: left;"></td> <td style="vertical-align: middle; height: 22px; width: 104.205px; text-align: left;"></td> <td style="vertical-align: middle; height: 22px; width: 118.75px; text-align: left;"></td> <td style="vertical-align: middle; height: 22px; width: 117.841px; text-align: left;"></td> <td style="width: 158.75px; height: 22px; vertical-align: middle; text-align: left;"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/nonprofits-homelessness/#wyoming" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Wyoming</a></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p><strong>Related:</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/popsicle-place-program-229769/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">The Popsicle Place Program in Seattle Helps Families in Need</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/cities-middle-class-222090/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Why Cities Must Become Affordable for the Middle Class</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/3d-printed-home-226492/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Look Inside America&#8217;s First 3D-Printed Home</a></li> </ul> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=d-Pmgf4cHkk:UrnesQiHiWs:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=d-Pmgf4cHkk:UrnesQiHiWs:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> </div> https://www.zillow.com/blog/housing-insecurity-229833/feed/ 37 https://www.zillow.com/blog/housing-insecurity-229833/ 2018-11-21 00:18 +00:00 2018-11-21 13:18 +13:00 https://www.landlords.co.nz/article/976513944/comment-war-on-tenancies-should-stop?utm_source=LL&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=COMMENT%3A+War+on+tenancies+should+stop https://www.landlords.co.nz/article/976513944/comment-war-on-tenancies-should-stop?utm_source=LL&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=COMMENT%3A+War+on+tenancies+should+stop COMMENT: War on tenancies should stop <p>Life for rental property owners may become tougher as Labour&rsquo;s newbie Housing Minister Phil Twyford tries to &ldquo;make life better for renters&rdquo;, Stop the War on Tenancies founder Mike Butler warns.</p> Wed, 21 Nov 2018 09:00:00 +1200 2018-11-21 09:00 +12:00 2018-11-21 10:00 +13:00 https://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=229769 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/ZillowBlog/~3/8aQ0BS22uEA/ Market Trends affordability The Popsicle Place Program in Seattle Helps Families in Need When medical emergencies arise, the last thing you want to worry about is not having a home. Tue, 06 Nov 2018 22:40:05 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/popsicle-place-program-229769/#comments Callie Little <p>It's tough to afford housing in many cities across the U.S., but in Seattle, it's a particularly <a href="https://www.zillow.com/seattle-wa/home-values/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">competitive market</a>.</p> <p>Living in an urban area with such a high cost of living can break a family when emergencies arise, but luckily for the people of Seattle, Mary's Place has been relieving housing burdens since 1999.</p> <p>Initially established as a women's day center, Mary's Place has evolved and expanded into a housing facility. It now provides a warm bed for 680 family members every night of the year.</p> <p><iframe src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/riBGwtpf88g" width="560" height="315" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> <p>As <a href="https://www.marysplaceseattle.org/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">the shelter's website</a> states, "The Mary's Place model is simple - partner with anyone and everyone who can help to address the issue of family homelessness: congregations, individuals, cities and counties, and businesses of all sizes."</p> <p>It seems to be a phenomenally successful model - and it only continues to grow. The Popsicle Place program, formed in 2018, is a Mary's Place program focused on assisting families who are simultaneously experiencing homelessness and caring for medically complex or critically ill children.</p> <p>A devastating statistic says that <a href="https://www.acco.org/us-childhood-cancer-statistics/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">1 in every 285</a> children in the U.S. alone will be diagnosed with cancer before the age of 20, and many more will be hospitalized for serious illness and injury. Additionally, <a href="https://www.zillow.com/research/rent-burden-sacrifices-9969/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">60 percent</a> of people with the highest rent burden can&#8217;t cover three months of expenses.</p> <p>Serious illness can put many families in financial crisis, and the stress of caring for children in need of medical intervention as well as maintaining livelihood for the whole family can be debilitating.</p> <p>But at Popsicle Place, families don't have to worry about costly emergency housing options, like motels, or choosing between having a place to live and having a healthy child. They also don't have to worry about spending the night apart, since the Popsicle Place has a medical staff and volunteers on hand so that every member of the family can rest comfortably, in private rooms, all under one roof - regardless of health status.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-229785" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/image_79-f8ebf4.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="534" /></p> <p>While a small housing operation can't alleviate every concern for families in medical and financial distress, simply having a bit of support can provide immense relief - relief that those families need to take their next step.</p> <p>"Not only do they have their own private rooms," says Marty Hartman, executive director of Mary's Place, "but they also have access to our healthcare clinic. They have a Popsicle Place lounge, where if their children aren't feeling so well or if they have immunocompromised conditions, they can go in there and relax. [We] just want to set them all up for success."</p> <p>And that they do, with excellent results.</p> <p><a href="https://www.marysplaceseattle.org/marys-place-2/blog/nycolle" target="_blank" rel="noopener">The Mary's Place blog</a> recently shared the story of a single mother of three named Nycolle. When she found black mold in her apartment, she was forced to immediately leave with her children, each of them with their own unique and demanding healthcare requirements, leaving them in need of emergency housing. That's where the Popsicle Place program came in.</p> <p>"Being at Mary's Place gave me peace of mind," says Nycolle in the article, "knowing we had electricity for Karlah's treatments and refrigeration for Krystoffer's medications. It let me focus on keeping them well!"</p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-229783" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/image_22-7abd56.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="534" /></p> <p>With their basic needs managed, the family members soon found a large, affordable 3-bedroom house in Spokane and happily relocated. They now enjoy a large yard, as well as a home to call their own.</p> <p>That's exactly what the program is all about, according to Hartman. "Let's get you the housing options that you need and then move you forward."</p> <p><strong>Related:</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/what-you-need-to-know-about-the-fair-housing-act-227310/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">What You Need to Know About the Fair Housing Act</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/cities-middle-class-222090/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Why Cities Must Become Affordable for the Middle Class</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/3d-printed-home-226492/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Look Inside America&#8217;s First 3D-Printed Home</a></li> </ul> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=8aQ0BS22uEA:rcs43X9qCEQ:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=8aQ0BS22uEA:rcs43X9qCEQ:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> </div> https://www.zillow.com/blog/popsicle-place-program-229769/feed/ 14 https://www.zillow.com/blog/popsicle-place-program-229769/ 2018-11-06 22:40 +00:00 2018-11-07 11:40 +13:00 https://www.landlords.co.nz/article/976513873/comment-landlording-is-a-business?utm_source=LL&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=COMMENT%3A+Landlording+is+a+business https://www.landlords.co.nz/article/976513873/comment-landlording-is-a-business?utm_source=LL&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=COMMENT%3A+Landlording+is+a+business COMMENT: Landlording is a business <p>Governments from both sides of the political equation have failed to recognise residential landlording as a business - but it is, argues Auckland Property Investors Association vice president Peter Lewis.</p> Tue, 06 Nov 2018 13:22:00 +1200 2018-11-06 13:22 +12:00 2018-11-06 14:22 +13:00 https://www.landlords.co.nz/article/976513837/comment-reforms-would-increase-rental-shortage?utm_source=LL&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=COMMENT%3A+Reforms+would+increase+rental+shortage https://www.landlords.co.nz/article/976513837/comment-reforms-would-increase-rental-shortage?utm_source=LL&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=COMMENT%3A+Reforms+would+increase+rental+shortage COMMENT: Reforms would increase rental shortage <p>Feelings on tenancy law reform continue to run high as MBIE considers submissions on the Government&rsquo;s proposals. Here&rsquo;s a summary of what landlord Naveen Goel had to say in his&hellip;</p> Wed, 31 Oct 2018 11:15:00 +1200 2018-10-31 11:15 +12:00 2018-10-31 12:15 +13:00 https://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=229743 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/ZillowBlog/~3/SJ1e66IKLkI/ Unique Homes converted homes farmhouses unique homes This Home Looks Like a Barn (But Has Enough Room to Be a Small Castle) If you wanted to, you could drive straight through this home's living room. But it's too pretty for that … Tue, 30 Oct 2018 22:00:38 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/barn-style-house-229743/#comments Melanie Moriarty <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Like many married couples, the Clarks have a lot in common: a last name, a first name (they're both Kelly) and an affinity for wide-open spaces - which inspired them to build a 10,000-square-foot barn-style home on 30 acres of land in West Monroe, Louisiana. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">But let's back up. Kelly Clark (that's him) and Kelly Moore-Clark (that's her) wanted a change of scenery for their family. So when a friend put some land up for sale, they decided to make a move. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"We pretty much bought the property sight unseen because you couldn't walk through it," Moore-Clark says, referring to the thicket of overgrown trees and <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/can-houseplants-really-clean-air-220580/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">plants</a> that carpeted the ground. "We bought the land and then crossed our fingers that, when we cleared it, we would find a spot to build the home." </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Spoiler alert: They found that spot. The perfect location sat at the back of the property on a hilltop, far from the main road. </span></p> <p><iframe src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/hdL0WePP1ng" width="560" height="315" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">They immediately began working with a team of designers to create a plan for their space. The blueprints were beautiful, but something didn't feel quite right. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"We just couldn't pull the trigger on it. … It was just a gut feeling," Moore-Clark says. "I [felt] like whatever [was] supposed to be out here [was] supposed to be special." </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Then, Moore-Clark's mother had an idea: Why not build a home that looked like a barn?</span></p> <p><img class="size-full wp-image-229755 aligncenter" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Louisiana-Barn-Girl-running-in-field--77d4a8.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="534" /></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"I remember [my mom] specifically saying, 'You could roll the doors up and drive through the house,'" Moore-Clark says. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">And that's when it all clicked. With the help of Moore-Clark's father, a former army draftsman, they made a new plan, hired a team of <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/types-of-contractors-224766/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">subcontractors</a> and watched their home begin to take shape. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"It was a very organic [building] process," Moore-Clark says. "As the framers started framing it up, we would come into the room, and I would try to envision what our life [would look] like." </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Moore-Clark doesn't have to use her imagination anymore. Today the couple, their three daughters, a dog, an old pony and 80 free-range chickens roam about the 10,000-square-foot home. And although they spend most of their time in a small fraction of the space, there's plenty of room to grow. Three main areas, to be exact.</span></p> <p><img class="size-full wp-image-229756 aligncenter" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/LouisianaBarnHome__2-Living-area-c32c90.png" alt="" width="800" height="450" /></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">At approximately 2,250 square feet, the east side of the home is where you can usually find the family. This area includes the bedrooms, the living room/kitchen area and the bathroom. </span></p> <p><img class="size-full wp-image-229757 aligncenter" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/LouisianaBarnHome__3-Bathroom-698f2c.png" alt="" width="800" height="450" /></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Speaking of that bathroom: "I wanted it to be like a little greenhouse," Moore-Clark says. Her vision for the bathroom predates the actual bathroom itself - she bought the tub before they started building. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Even though there's room for dozens of bedrooms, the girls share one room, complete with custom-designed bunk beds. </span></p> <p><img class="size-full wp-image-229752 aligncenter" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Louisiana-Barn-Bunk-beds-e84b97.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="534" /></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">And then there's the breezeway. This is the second section of the home, and it's around 2,000 square feet. The breezeway is an indoor porch area with roll-up doors and plenty of living space. </span></p> <p><img class="size-full wp-image-229751 aligncenter" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Louisiana-Barn-Breezeway-f140c3.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="534" /></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"Lots of playing happens in the breezeway," Moore-Clark says. "[The girls] ride their bikes through it, put on musical events with their friends - ballets, plays, lots of things."  </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Finally, there's the west side, which contains an office space, a home gym, a shop, and a guest bedroom and bathroom.</span></p> <p><img class="size-full wp-image-229759 aligncenter" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/LouisianaBarnHome__5-Bedroom-d6c620.png" alt="" width="800" height="450" /></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"When people stay … they really have their own space," Moore-Clark says. "You don't even hear each other. It's good for a little retreat." </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The home is good for a lot of activities that fall outside the ordinary - it's hosted <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/this-rockin-tiny-home-actually-doubles-as-an-amp-227625/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">live music recordings</a>, floral workshops and even a Christmas Eve church service. </span></p> <p><img class="size-full wp-image-229754 aligncenter" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Louisiana-Barn-Family-in-kitchen-4a82b6.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="534" /></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">So what compelled Clark and Moore-Clark to create a space so vast and so intimate at the same time? They're not really sure. Yet.  </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"We feel like, one day, it's going to be used for something interesting. … [It's] a gut feeling." Moore-Clark says. "We don't know exactly why we built this place the way it is. But we knew it was right." </span></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Photos by </span><a href="http://sethshoots.com/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Seth MacMillan</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">.</span></em></p> <p><b>Related articles: </b></p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/farmhouse-style-prefab-229496/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><span style="font-weight: 400;">A Farmhouse-Style Prefab That&#8217;ll Make You Want to Ditch the Big City</span></a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/sleek-prefab-meets-rustic-red-barn-226246/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Sleek Prefab Meets Rustic Red Barn – House of the Week</span></a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/salvaging-a-family-barn-215734/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Haylofts to Hardwoods: How One Family Salvaged a Historic Barn By Hand</span></a></li> </ul> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=SJ1e66IKLkI:cjC6bE6wRz8:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=SJ1e66IKLkI:cjC6bE6wRz8:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> </div> https://www.zillow.com/blog/barn-style-house-229743/feed/ 93 https://www.zillow.com/blog/barn-style-house-229743/ 2018-10-30 22:00 +00:00 2018-10-31 11:00 +13:00 https://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=229718 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/ZillowBlog/~3/up5PLLeEWQo/ Unique Homes modern unique homes victorian A Park Slope Townhome That Went From 'Mess' to Masterpiece Collapsing plaster, an outdated layout and years of neglect? Sounds like ingredients for a dream home. Tue, 30 Oct 2018 20:46:54 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/park-slope-townhome-renovation-229718/#comments Jamie Birdwell-Branson <p>Very few would have considered purchasing a crumbling and decrepit 1890 Victorian townhome. But Lindsey Branca and her partner (both in business and in life), Mike Grosshandler, saw what most didn&#8217;t: opportunity.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-229738" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Slope_Townhouse_Portraits_004-e61a6d.jpg" alt="" width="650" height="975" /></p> <p>After a sweeping renovation that included collapsing plaster and a complete layout change, this townhome - located in trendy Park Slope, Brooklyn - went from a deteriorated state to downright stately.</p> <p>&#8220;When we purchased the home, we were on the hunt for a &#8216;mess&#8217; that would provide the most opportunity,&#8221; says Branca.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-229732" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Slope_Townhouse_Entryway_011-2b06ed.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="533" /></p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-229735" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Slope_Townhouse_Living_Room_017-f5e379.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="533" /></p> <p>The opportunity they saw in this home was a &#8220;hidden&#8221; second floor not visible from the street - a very rare find in the New York City real estate scene. This hidden second floor brought a whole treasure trove of extra square footage, including an extra floor of bedrooms.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-229739" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Slope_Townhouse_TV_Room_010-654394.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="533" /></p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-229740" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Slope_Townhouse_TV_Room_022-0482c9.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="533" /></p> <p>Although the renovation was a complete overhaul, which involved removing a bedroom downstairs, taking out a bathroom, and removing an extra kitchen from its days of multifamily use, the project only took Branca&#8217;s restoration company, <a href="https://www.brancaand.co/current/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Branca &amp; Co.</a>, around nine months to complete.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-229731" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Slope_Townhouse_Dining_Room_066-deb334.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="533" /></p> <p><img class="aligncenter wp-image-229749" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Slope_Townhouse_Kitchen_029-e9004d.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="534" /></p> <p>Inside, they transformed damaged carpets and worn-out walls into a sleek and contemporary single-family home.</p> <p>They kept as much original detail as they could, such as the painstakingly stripped marble mantles, and what they weren&#8217;t able to salvage (like the damaged plaster molding), they restored to fit the original design.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-229737" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Slope_Townhouse_Office_051-71b6b8.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="533" /></p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-229726" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Slope_Townhouse_Bathroom_Ground_Floor_011-f69623.jpg" alt="" width="650" height="975" /></p> <p>The modern details they added, like white oak plank flooring and an open-concept kitchen with a large island and open shelving, play nicely with traditional details, such as a clawfoot tub and trace ceilings.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-229729" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Slope_Townhouse_Bedroom_Master_028-398c3b.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="533" /></p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-229728" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Slope_Townhouse_Bathroom_Master_016-70d759.jpg" alt="" width="650" height="975" /></p> <p>&#8220;I&#8217;m very happy with the results. We stuck to a very strict budget (one my architect was skeptical we could hit), yet we were still able to produce a really beautiful, thoughtful product,&#8221; says Branca.</p> <p><em>Photos by <a href="http://www.nicolefranzen.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Nicole Franzen</a>.</em></p> <p><strong>Related:</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/park-city-treehaus-228936/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Modern Design Goes Green in This Park City Mountain Escape</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/whale-watch-from-rooftop-decks-229451/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Whale Watch From Any of This Home&#8217;s 3 Rooftop Decks</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/bloomhouse-unique-home-229386/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">This Remarkable Home Is Anything but Square</a></li> </ul> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=up5PLLeEWQo:D6KJUBUbrwU:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=up5PLLeEWQo:D6KJUBUbrwU:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> </div> https://www.zillow.com/blog/park-slope-townhome-renovation-229718/feed/ 24 https://www.zillow.com/blog/park-slope-townhome-renovation-229718/ 2018-10-30 20:46 +00:00 2018-10-31 09:46 +13:00 https://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=222241 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/ZillowBlog/~3/lqG3EV0zNUE/ Tips & Advice relocation 7 Places in America That Will Pay You to Move There From cash grants to free lots of land, these incentives are luring city dwellers to rural America. Thu, 25 Oct 2018 13:08:43 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/7-places-america-will-pay-move-222241/#comments Brittan Jenkins <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">If you're willing to move and if you meet the qualifications, many rural American towns are offering incentives aimed at attracting new residents and reviving their communities.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">At the beginning of the 20th century, </span><a href="https://www.zillow.com/report/2017/highlights/home-rural-america/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><span style="font-weight: 400;">rural America housed more than half the country's entire population</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">. While the number of Americans living in rural areas has been roughly stable over the past century - as urban and suburban America have boomed - its share of the total population has declined, falling from 54 percent in 1910 to just 19 percent in 2010. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">This is due, in part, to migration to urban cores, especially by younger generations and the middle class.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">This decline in population - and the accompanying social and economic challenges - is forcing rural America to come up with incentives to attract new residents back to rural communities.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Tribune, Kansas, offers such a program. "If you move here, we will pay down your student debt," explains Christy Hopkins, community development director for Kansas' least populated county, Greeley (in which Tribune sits). </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">This program, called the Rural Opportunity Zone (ROZ) program, offers perks to grads from big cities for moving to underpopulated towns in one of 77 participating Kansas counties. One of the incentives? They'll help you pay off your student loans - up to $15,000 over the course of five years.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">And it seems to be working - for both the town and its new residents. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"We're the least populated county - we're 105th in population for counties in Kansas, and now we're eighth in college degrees per capita. There's a correlation to draw," says Hopkins. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Here are five towns and three states that offer a robust set of loans, programs and/or assistance for those seeking to become homeowners:</span></p> <h2>Curtis, Nebraska</h2> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Population: 891</span><span style="font-weight: 400;"><br /> </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">Median home value: $79,000</span></em></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Dream of building your own home from the ground up? Curtis, Nebraska, has a sweet deal for you. If you construct a single-family home within a specified time period,  </span><a href="http://www.curtis-ne.com/freelots.php" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener"><span style="font-weight: 400;">you&#8217;ll receive the lot of land it sits on </span><i><span style="font-weight: 400;">for free</span></i></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">.</span></p> <h2>Marne, Iowa</h2> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Population: 115</span><span style="font-weight: 400;"><br /> </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">Median home value: $75,300</span></em></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Just 45 minutes east of Omaha, Marne will </span><a href="https://marneiowa.com/marne-free-lots" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener"><span style="font-weight: 400;">give you a lot of land for free</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;"> - all you have to do is build the house (conventional construction or modular) and meet program requirements. Houses must be a minimum of 1,200 square feet, and the average lot size is approximately 80 feet by 120 feet.  </span></p> <h2>Harmony, Minnesota</h2> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Population: 999</span><span style="font-weight: 400;"><br /> </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">Median home value: $93,900</span></em></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Dreaming of a a newly built home in the Land of 10,000 Lakes? Good news: Your dream comes with a cash rebate. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The Harmony Economic Development Authority offers </span><a href="http://www.harmony.mn.us/index.asp?SEC=022F2A6B-7FAA-4E0D-88F0-ED95E1CB6D8C&amp;Type=B_BASIC" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener"><span style="font-weight: 400;">a cash rebate program</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;"> to incentivize new home construction. Based on the final estimated market value of the new home, rebates range from $5,000 to $12,000, and there are no restrictions on the applicant's age, income level or current residency. </span></p> <h2>Baltimore, Maryland</h2> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Population: 616,958</span><span style="font-weight: 400;"><br /> </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">Median home value: $116,300<br /> </span></em><span style="font-weight: 400;"><br /> </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">Definitively </span><i><span style="font-weight: 400;">not </span></i><span style="font-weight: 400;">a rural town, Baltimore offers homeowners incentives that are too appealing to leave off this list. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Baltimore has two programs offering robust incentives for buying a home in the city. </span><a href="https://livebaltimore.com/financial-incentives/details/buying-into-baltimore/#.Wfir0BNSxTa" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Buying Into Baltimore</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;"> offers a $5,000 forgivable loan (forgiven by 20 percent each year so that by the end of five years, you no longer have a balance) if you meet certain qualifications. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The city&#8217;s second solution is a brilliant one. The </span><a href="https://livebaltimore.com/financial-incentives/details/vacants-to-value-booster/#.Wfir0RNSxTa" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Vacants to Value Booster</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;"> program offers $10,000 toward down payment and closing costs when you buy one of the program&#8217;s distressed or formerly distressed properties. </span></p> <h2>New Haven, Connecticut</h2> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Population: 131,014</span><span style="font-weight: 400;"><br /> </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">Median home value: $168,400</span></em></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Also not a rural area, but offering an incredibly generous package of homeowner incentives, New Haven offers a suite of programs </span><a href="http://renewhavenct.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener"><span style="font-weight: 400;">totaling up to $80,000</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;"> for new homeowners, including a $10,000 forgivable five-year loan to first-time home buyers, $30,000 renovation assistance and/or up to $40,000 for college tuition.   </span></p> <h2>Alaska</h2> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Population: 739,795<br /> </span></em><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Median home value: $310,200</span></em></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Alaska offers incentives for veterans and live-in caretakers of physically or mentally disabled residents. They even have a manufactured home program and a rural owner-occupied loan program. </span><a href="https://www.ahfc.us/buy/loan-programs/alphabetical-list-loans/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener"><span style="font-weight: 400;">See the full list of programs here</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">.</span></p> <h2>Colorado</h2> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Population: 5.6 million<br /> </span></em><span style="font-weight: 400;"><em>Median home value:</em> <em>$368,100</em></span></p> <p><a href="https://www.chfainfo.com/homeownership/homeownership" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Colorado offers traditional programs</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;"> that assist with down payments and low interest rates, but it also has a disability program that helps first-time buyers who have a permanent disability finance their home. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The state also has a down payment assistance grant that provides recipients with up to 4 percent of their first mortgage, which doesn't require repayment.</span></p> <p><iframe style="border: none; overflow: hidden;" src="https://www.facebook.com/plugins/video.php?href=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2FZillow%2Fvideos%2F10155905783763594%2F&amp;show_text=0&amp;width=476" width="476" height="476" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe><br /> <span style="font-weight: 400;"><br /> </span><b>Related:</b></p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/small-town-homes-for-sale-229674/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Small-Town Charm: 8 Homes for Sale in Less Populated Areas</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/farmhouse-style-prefab-229496/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">A Farmhouse-Style Prefab That&#8217;ll Make You Want to Ditch the Big City</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/fall-a-great-time-to-buy-185456/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">5 Reasons to Buy a Home This Fall</a></li> </ul> <p><em>Originally published October 2017. Information updated October 2018.</em></p> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=lqG3EV0zNUE:P5nkaDIlQbc:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=lqG3EV0zNUE:P5nkaDIlQbc:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> </div> https://www.zillow.com/blog/7-places-america-will-pay-move-222241/feed/ 138 https://www.zillow.com/blog/7-places-america-will-pay-move-222241/ 2018-10-25 13:08 +00:00 2018-10-26 02:08 +13:00 https://www.landlords.co.nz/article/976513803/comment-have-we-hit-the-bottom?utm_source=LL&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=COMMENT%3A+Have+we+hit+the+bottom%3F https://www.landlords.co.nz/article/976513803/comment-have-we-hit-the-bottom?utm_source=LL&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=COMMENT%3A+Have+we+hit+the+bottom%3F COMMENT: Have we hit the bottom? <p>It looks like New Zealand&#39;s property market may have reached a floor, and the worst could be over for property market activity, argues CoreLogic&#39;s head of research Nick Goodall.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 25 Oct 2018 09:12:00 +1200 2018-10-25 09:12 +12:00 2018-10-25 10:12 +13:00 https://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=229674 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/ZillowBlog/~3/uy_S4Uc3ajQ/ Unique Homes craftsman unique homes victorian Small-Town Charm: 8 Homes for Sale in Less Populated Areas Tired of the big-city rat race? Respite awaits in one of these quaint charmers. Mon, 22 Oct 2018 22:29:57 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/small-town-homes-for-sale-229674/#comments Jamie Birdwell-Branson <p>There&#8217;s just something special about a small town. Less traffic, no noise pollution and friendly neighbors can all make for an idyllic escape from the grit of the city.</p> <p>Some of these small towns may be hours from the nearest Amazon Locker or Whole Foods, but what they lack in big-city amenities, they make up for in big-time charm.</p> <p>Here are eight homes for sale in some of the best small towns in America.</p> <h2>Stately in South Carolina</h2> <p>For sale: $668,000</p> <p>Nothing could be sweeter than this stately home in <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/8-Mises-Rd-Beaufort-SC-29907/68771383_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Beaufort, South Carolina</a>, which has a prime location on South Carolina&#8217;s coastal Sea Islands. The home was built in 1997, but it looks like it was plucked straight from the 19th century, with notable features like a large front porch, whitewashed brick on the exterior, an updated and spacious living-dining area, and a covered back porch for those sweltering summer nights.</p> <figure id="attachment_229682" aria-describedby="caption-attachment-229682" style="width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/8-Mises-Rd-Beaufort-SC-29907/68771383_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><img class="wp-image-229682 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Beaufort-SC-a2f514.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="534" /></a><figcaption id="caption-attachment-229682" class="wp-caption-text"><em>Photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/8-Mises-Rd-Beaufort-SC-29907/68771383_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Zillow listing.</a></em></figcaption></figure> <p>See more <a href="https://www.zillow.com/beaufort-sc/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Beaufort</a> homes for sale.</p> <h2>A coastal cottage in small-town California</h2> <p>For sale: $1.4 million</p> <p>This quaint cottage in <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/7-SE-Mission-St-Carmel-CA-93921/2088019496_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Carmel-by-the-Sea, California,</a> is the quintessential coastal retreat. Carmel-by-the-Sea is located just an hour outside the tech capital of the country - San Jose - but feels worlds away, thanks to its small population and relaxed lifestyle. The cottage itself is a seaside charmer, featuring blue cedar shake siding and a large deck for lounging, and it&#8217;s just a short walk from downtown Carmel.</p> <figure id="attachment_229681" aria-describedby="caption-attachment-229681" style="width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/7-SE-Mission-St-Carmel-CA-93921/2088019496_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><img class="wp-image-229681 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Carmel-CA-81b08d.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="600" /></a><figcaption id="caption-attachment-229681" class="wp-caption-text"><em>Photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/7-SE-Mission-St-Carmel-CA-93921/2088019496_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Zillow listing.</a></em></figcaption></figure> <p>See more <a href="https://www.zillow.com/carmel-by-the-sea-ca/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Carmel-by-the-Sea</a> homes for sale.</p> <h2>Small-town Southern charm in Georgia</h2> <p>For sale: $379,900</p> <p>If there were one home to define small-town Southern charm, it might be this cute Craftsman in <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/317-Prospector-Trl-Dahlonega-GA-30533/105329306_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Dahlonega, Georgia</a>. Once considered a gold-mining destination, Dahlonega is now a quiet little mountain town with a downtown that&#8217;s listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Craftsman home, located minutes from the downtown square, is elegant yet cozy, with hardwood floors throughout the main level, wainscoting in the dining room, and two levels of decks that have a beautiful tree-lined view.</p> <figure id="attachment_229680" aria-describedby="caption-attachment-229680" style="width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/317-Prospector-Trl-Dahlonega-GA-30533/105329306_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><img class="wp-image-229680 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Dahlonega-GA-7654f4.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="533" /></a><figcaption id="caption-attachment-229680" class="wp-caption-text"><em>Photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/317-Prospector-Trl-Dahlonega-GA-30533/105329306_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Zillow listing.</a></em></figcaption></figure> <p>See more <a href="https://www.zillow.com/dahlonega-ga/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Dahlonega</a> homes for sale.</p> <h2>Scandinavian style in a small mountain town</h2> <p>For sale: $1.1 million</p> <p>This cabin in <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/325-Bald-Mountain-Rd-Ketchum-ID-83340/112907377_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Ketchum, Idaho </a>- population 2,689 - may have your typical rustic mountain cabin exterior, but pop inside and you&#8217;ll find an unexpected use of Scandinavian style. The interior of the cabin features Venetian plaster, low-voltage cable lighting, stainless spacers in maple-wrapped beams and a custom staircase.</p> <figure id="attachment_229678" aria-describedby="caption-attachment-229678" style="width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/325-Bald-Mountain-Rd-Ketchum-ID-83340/112907377_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><img class="wp-image-229678 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Ketchum-ID-3f30de.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="533" /></a><figcaption id="caption-attachment-229678" class="wp-caption-text"><em>Photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/325-Bald-Mountain-Rd-Ketchum-ID-83340/112907377_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Zillow listing.</a></em></figcaption></figure> <p>See more <a href="https://www.zillow.com/ketchum-id/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Ketchum</a> homes for sale.</p> <h2>Fancy on the New York farm</h2> <p>For sale: $995,000</p> <p>Just a bit beyond the bright lights of Times Square, you&#8217;ll find this vibrant farmhouse in <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/15-Old-Farm-Rd-Rhinebeck-NY-12572/30140033_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Rhinebeck, New York</a>, which is a charming and historic town about two hours away from Manhattan. This home makes small-town life feel fabulous, with stunning details like beamed vaulted ceilings in the living space and master bedroom, a chef&#8217;s kitchen, and even an indoor lap pool with views of the 5-acre lot.</p> <figure id="attachment_229676" aria-describedby="caption-attachment-229676" style="width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/15-Old-Farm-Rd-Rhinebeck-NY-12572/30140033_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><img class="wp-image-229676 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Rhinebeck-NY-8fa3c0.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="527" /></a><figcaption id="caption-attachment-229676" class="wp-caption-text"><em>Photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/15-Old-Farm-Rd-Rhinebeck-NY-12572/30140033_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Zillow listing.</a></em></figcaption></figure> <p>See more <a href="https://www.zillow.com/rhinebeck-ny/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Rhinebeck</a> homes for sale.</p> <h2>A Queen Anne Victorian in Arkansas</h2> <p>For sale: $439,000</p> <p>This quirky and colorful Queen Anne Victorian home in <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/263-Spring-St-Eureka-Springs-AR-72632/117928614_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Eureka Springs, Arkansas,</a> is listed on the National Registry of Historic Places, and it&#8217;s currently being used as a bed-and-breakfast for the bustling tourist town in the Ozarks. A pastel facade and a large front porch greet you as you enter the 7-bed, 7.5-bath home - which is divided up into three floors full of guest suites with private entrances.</p> <figure id="attachment_229679" aria-describedby="caption-attachment-229679" style="width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/263-Spring-St-Eureka-Springs-AR-72632/117928614_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><img class="wp-image-229679 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Eureka-Springs-AR-c9d978.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="533" /></a><figcaption id="caption-attachment-229679" class="wp-caption-text"><em>Photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/263-Spring-St-Eureka-Springs-AR-72632/117928614_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Zillow listing.</a></em></figcaption></figure> <p>See more <a href="https://www.zillow.com/eureka-springs-ar/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Eureka Springs</a> homes for sale.</p> <h2>Mayberry-like in Marietta, Ohio</h2> <p>For sale: $270,000</p> <p>This Arts and Crafts-style home, located in the historic district of <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/608-5th-St-Marietta-OH-45750/75124259_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Marietta, Ohio</a> (population 14,085), combines the gorgeous architecture of the early 20th century with the modern, convenient and open spaces of the 21st century. The rooms throughout the home have been carefully updated while still keeping the original charm intact, including the embellishments on the hardwood floors, the built-ins in the living area, and the cozy fireplaces in the dining and living spaces.</p> <figure id="attachment_229677" aria-describedby="caption-attachment-229677" style="width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/608-5th-St-Marietta-OH-45750/75124259_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><img class="wp-image-229677 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Marietta-OH-96c6fc.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="555" /></a><figcaption id="caption-attachment-229677" class="wp-caption-text"><em>Photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/608-5th-St-Marietta-OH-45750/75124259_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Zillow listing.</a></em></figcaption></figure> <p>See more <a href="https://www.zillow.com/marietta-oh/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Marietta</a> homes for sale.</p> <h2>Small Southwestern charm in Taos</h2> <p>For sale: $725,000</p> <p>This pueblo-style home in <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/123-Kit-Carson-Rd-Taos-NM-87571/102030714_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Taos, New Mexico,</a> is just a short walk to the small town&#8217;s famous art galleries in Taos Plaza. The pueblo itself is a work of art, with beautiful details like dark wood beams across the ceiling, a Spanish tile floor and a large fireplace in the living room.</p> <figure id="attachment_229687" aria-describedby="caption-attachment-229687" style="width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/123-Kit-Carson-Rd-Taos-NM-87571/102030714_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><img class="wp-image-229687 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Taos-NM-8cacd8.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="600" /></a><figcaption id="caption-attachment-229687" class="wp-caption-text"><em>Photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/123-Kit-Carson-Rd-Taos-NM-87571/102030714_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Zillow listing.</a></em></figcaption></figure> <p>See more <a href="https://www.zillow.com/taos-nm/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Taos</a> homes for sale.</p> <p><em>Top photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/32-34-Park-St-Stowe-VT-05672/2087397349_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Zillow listing</a>.</em></p> <p><strong>Related:</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/cabins-for-300000-or-less-222557/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">9 Cozy Cabins for $300,000 or Less</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/farmhouse-style-prefab-229496/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">A Farmhouse-Style Prefab That&#8217;ll Make You Want to Ditch the Big City</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/fall-a-great-time-to-buy-185456/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">5 Reasons to Buy a Home This Fall</a></li> </ul> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=uy_S4Uc3ajQ:aAvwGvqyj3Y:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=uy_S4Uc3ajQ:aAvwGvqyj3Y:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> </div> https://www.zillow.com/blog/small-town-homes-for-sale-229674/feed/ 52 https://www.zillow.com/blog/small-town-homes-for-sale-229674/ 2018-10-22 22:29 +00:00 2018-10-23 11:29 +13:00 https://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=190730 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/ZillowBlog/~3/YzS4bW9q9pE/ Home Improvement entertaining Fall winter How to Host a Cozy Game Night Dust off the cards, break out the vinyl and soak up the good vibes. It's game night! Thu, 18 Oct 2018 13:29:46 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/hosting-a-cozy-game-night-190730/#comments Douglas Calhoun <p>It&#8217;s cold out there, and whether you&#8217;re snowed in or just looking to unwind, it&#8217;s the perfect time for game night.</p> <p>Fun for the whole family or as a night in with friends, game night is all about friendly competition. Decor should be simple, drinks should be hot and the mood should be mellow.</p> <p>Here&#8217;s a DIY and a recipe that are sure to charm even the chilliest guest. (Materials and instructions below!)</p> <div class="video-container"><iframe width="500" height="281" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/jdy0hmFGHuk?feature=oembed" frameborder="0" allow="autoplay; encrypted-media" allowfullscreen></iframe></div> <h2>Card coasters materials</h2> <ul> <li>Vintage playing cards - find them at a flea market or yard sale</li> <li>Panel of cork - pick one up at any craft or hardware store</li> <li>Glue</li> </ul> <h2>Mulled wine recipe</h2> <ul> <li>6 cups of cider</li> <li>3 cups of orange juice</li> <li>1-1/2 bottles of red wine - a dry red is best</li> <li>Honey (to taste)</li> </ul> <p>Mix ingredients and simmer until hot. Garnish with a blood orange wheel, an anise pod and a stick of cinnamon. Should serve 10-12 people.</p> <p><em>Videography and photography by <a href="http://mikalmariephotography.businesscatalyst.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Mikal Marie Photography</a>. </em></p> <p><strong>Related</strong>:</p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/9-tips-for-achieving-maximum-coziness-229645/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">9 Tips for Achieving Maximum Coziness</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/quiz-home-bar-type-217390/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Quiz: What Type of Bar Should You Build in Your Home?</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/party-animals-entertaining-in-a-home-with-pets-196567/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Entertaining With Pets: How to Keep Them Safe (and Sane) at Your Next Soiree</a></li> </ul> <p><em>Originally published January 2016.</em></p> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=YzS4bW9q9pE:xTEl4Vm03qY:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=YzS4bW9q9pE:xTEl4Vm03qY:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> </div> https://www.zillow.com/blog/hosting-a-cozy-game-night-190730/feed/ 1 https://www.zillow.com/blog/hosting-a-cozy-game-night-190730/ 2018-10-18 13:29 +00:00 2018-10-19 02:29 +13:00 https://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=163503 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/ZillowBlog/~3/TT_-QZ_CiAA/ Home Improvement home maintenance winter Find and Fix Drafty Windows to Keep Your Home Warm and Snug Drafts, be gone! Find them, seal them and banish them for good in 3 steps. Thu, 18 Oct 2018 09:46:19 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/fix-drafty-windows-save-money-163503/#comments BobVila.com <p>There's a chill in the air - do you feel it? Rather than wait around for the mercury to plummet, take steps now to ensure that your <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/home-weatherproofing-ideas-212026/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">home remains comfortable</a> through the coldest months of the year.</p> <p>Besides proper insulation and HVAC maintenance, I recommend taking a close look at your windows. Notorious for air leaks, windows can not only admit cold air but also allow heated air to escape.</p> <p>There are many ways to seal such drafts - but first you&#8217;ve got to find them.</p> <h2>Locate the draft</h2> <p>Here's a quick and easy method of testing the seal on your windows. First, walk through the house and close all the windows as tightly as possible. Next, light a candle. Hold the flame near each window, inches from the glass, slowly moving the candlestick around the seam between the window and its frame.</p> <p>If the flame bends or flickers while your hand is still, then there's probably an air leak. Mark the trouble spot with a sticky note so you can return to repair it later. Test every window in the house, marking each area where you suspect a draft.</p> <p>For a more accurate diagnosis, <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/home-improvement-hire-out-214858/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">hire a professional</a> to perform an energy audit of your home. Though there&#8217;s a cost involved here, many local utility companies offer such services either for free or for a nominal fee. Check with the company that provides your electricity.</p> <p>It&#8217;s certainly worth inquiring, since what professional energy auditors do is a lot more sophisticated than the candle method. They conduct thorough room-by-room assessments - not only for window drafts but also for any other instances of energy inefficiency.</p> <h2>Address the cause</h2> <p>Having pinpointed the locations of window drafts in your house, the next step is to seal them all up.</p> <p>There are several ways to get the job done. Some methods are inexpensive, temporary and manageable for DIYers. Other more permanent options are quite expensive and best left to contractors. Choose the fix that best fits your needs and budget:</p> <h3>Weatherstripping<br /> </h3> <p>Easily affordable, with a price tag of only a few bucks per window, weatherstripping lends itself to easy DIY installation. Purchase the product in your chosen material - felt, foam, plastic or metal are readily available in hardware stores and home centers.</p> <p>Cut the strips to size and use them to fill the gaps between a window sash and jamb.</p> <h3>Caulking<br /> </h3> <p>Whether you&#8217;re working inside or outside, you&#8217;ll caulk windows in two places: where the window meets the surrounding casing, and where the casing meets the surrounding wall (inside) or siding material (outside).</p> <p>Tubes of caulk are inexpensive, and with a little practice, easy to use.  If you&#8217;ve caulked your windows in the past, that doesn&#8217;t mean you&#8217;re off the hook - caulk deteriorates over time. It may be time to remove the old caulk and start over.</p> <h3>Draft snakes<br /> </h3> <p>You&#8217;ve likely seen or even used a draft snake in the past. These are stuffed tubes, placed on a windowsill or under a door, as a modest measure of keeping out the cold and keeping in the warmth.</p> <p>Buy one at low cost or make your own for next to nothing. If you go the DIY route, you can use virtually any fabric, including extra towels or socks. Fill the middle with batting, rice, potpourri or anything similar you have on hand.</p> <p>Though decidedly makeshift, draft snakes work well in a pinch.</p> <h3>Insulation film<br /> </h3> <p>If you don't plan to open and close the window, try sealing it under a layer of insulation film. Sold by the roll, insulation film either self-adheres or goes on with double-stick tape.</p> <p>Also available are special shrink-wrap kits that, once heated with a hair dryer or other tool, create an impermeable, airtight seal without visible wrinkles.</p> <h3>Replacement windows<br /> </h3> <p>The bad news: It can cost a small fortune to replace the windows in your home. The good news: Upon resale, the average homeowner recoups about 79 percent of what they invested in the replacement.</p> <p>This isn&#8217;t a simple case of out with the old, in with the new. Properly installed, today&#8217;s <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/lowering-your-utility-bills-217965/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">energy-efficient windows</a> minimize drafts and create an overall tighter seal. In fact, Energy Star-rated windows can lower your energy bills by 7-15 percent monthly.</p> <h2>Add a layer of protection</h2> <p>No matter the benefits of replacement windows, many people are either unable or unwilling to cover the initial expense.</p> <p>If you&#8217;re looking for a less costly but permanent solution to window drafts, consider storm windows. Some designs fit within the window on the interior; others cover the window from the outside. Any type can go a long way toward insulating and protecting the windows you currently have.</p> <p>When it comes down to it, every layer helps. If you do nothing else to remedy the problem, why not at least <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/how-to-hang-curtains-228834/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">hang curtains</a>? You stand to gain not only greater comfort but also real savings on your month-to-month heating bills. Don&#8217;t get left out in the cold!</p> <p><strong>Related:</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/top-5-fireplace-questions-229654/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Your Top 5 Fireplace Questions, Answered</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/9-tips-for-achieving-maximum-coziness-229645/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">9 Tips for Achieving Maximum Coziness</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/cozy-updates-under-500-224101/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Cozy Updates Under $500: Affordable Ways to Make Your Home a Winter Haven</a></li> </ul> <p><em>Note: The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the opinion or position of Zillow.</em></p> <p><em>Originally published October 31, 2014.</em></p> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=TT_-QZ_CiAA:ZHkPZcJLKD4:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=TT_-QZ_CiAA:ZHkPZcJLKD4:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> </div> https://www.zillow.com/blog/fix-drafty-windows-save-money-163503/feed/ 2 https://www.zillow.com/blog/fix-drafty-windows-save-money-163503/ 2018-10-18 09:46 +00:00 2018-10-18 22:46 +13:00 https://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=229654 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/ZillowBlog/~3/rn4FMxAyvRA/ Home Improvement Fall Fixtures home maintenance winter Your Top 5 Fireplace Questions, Answered Ready for the snap, crackle and pop of a roaring fire? Here's everything you need to know. Tue, 16 Oct 2018 21:58:11 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/top-5-fireplace-questions-229654/#respond Steve Asbell <p>Fireplaces are one of the most sought-after home features, but using one can be intimidating, and you've probably got questions.</p> <p>Here's a quick guide to get you and your fire started <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/12-steps-prepare-home-for-fall-204676/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">this fall</a>.</p> <h2>How do I use a wood-burning fireplace?</h2> <p>If a cave man can start a fire, so can you.</p> <p><strong>1. Get your chimney inspected<br /> </strong>Safety is your first priority! Have your fireplace and chimney inspected by a licensed professional. This is something you should do every year, before the first fire of the season.</p> <p><strong>2. Prepare the fireplace</strong><br /> Clean out any old ashes with a broom (make sure they're cool, of course). Check that the damper is open and working properly.</p> <p><strong>3. Gather and prep your wood</strong><br /> Use seasoned hardwood that has been split and dried for at least six months - preferably for a year. Seasoned hardwood logs should be dark and cracked at the ends, and they should make a hollow sound when knocked together.</p> <p>To construct a long-lasting fire, place a rolled-up ball of newspaper beneath the grates. Then lay pieces of narrow, finely split wood in a crisscross pattern on the grates.</p> <p>Finish the stack by securely resting one to three dry logs over the kindling.</p> <p><strong>4. Prime the flue</strong><br /> This step heats the cold air inside the flue so you don't get a backup of smoke. Before you light the fire, light a tightly rolled-up sheet of newspaper, and hold it toward the open damper. Keep it there for a minute or two until you see the smoke going up the flue.</p> <p><strong>5. Light it up!</strong><br /> Now you're ready to light your fire and enjoy.</p> <p>If the fire starts to go out, gently fan the flames with folded newspaper or use a poker to get the air flowing again. Add logs to the fire with tongs to provide more fuel.</p> <p>When the fire has gone out for the night, close the metal or glass doors before you <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/quiz-style-dream-bedroom-224122/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">go to bed</a>.</p> <h2>Are fireplaces efficient?</h2> <p>It depends. Wood-burning fireplaces, for all their old-fashioned charm, are a wildly wasteful way to heat a house. Since heat rises upward, most of it escapes through the chimney, even when the fire has gone out for the night.</p> <p>Fireplaces located against an outside wall lose even more heat, since much of it is lost to the cold outdoor air.</p> <p>Solution? Only use your wood-burning fireplace for special occasions. If you don't plan on using your fireplace often, purchase an inflatable plug to add insulation.</p> <p>Gas fireplaces are more efficient, and the newest models are realistic enough to make you forget that you don't own any firewood. Switching to a gas insert is expensive, though, especially if you have to make changes to your chimney.</p> <p>If aesthetics are all that matter, use your fireplace to display lit candles.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter wp-image-229661" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/GettyImages-549597211-728cde.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="800" /></p> <h2>Are fireplaces safe?</h2> <p>Fire is the very definition of unsafe, but that doesn't mean you can't safely enjoy your fireplace. You just have to maintain it and practice common sense:</p> <ul> <li>Keep flammable materials and objects away from the fireplace, and store firewood well away from the house.</li> <li>To keep embers from flying out and igniting your unread stack of magazines, use a mesh or metal screen when the fire is lit.</li> <li>Before lighting the first fire of the season, inspect your extinguishers, test your smoke detectors and review your family's evacuation routes.</li> <li>Continue to test your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors monthly.</li> <li>The glass doors, mesh screen and tools can be dangerously hot. If you have children, use a free-standing barrier to prevent burns.</li> </ul> <p>Wood-burning fireplaces produce smoke that can irritate or even damage your lungs, even with a properly functioning chimney. To keep smoke from filling your house, ensure that the damper is open, your home is ventilated, and the chimney has been inspected and cleared of obstructions.</p> <p>Carbon monoxide is produced by both gas and wood-burning fireplaces, and it's especially dangerous because it's invisible, silent and odorless. Use carbon monoxide detectors and inspect them regularly.</p> <h2>Why does my gas fireplace smell?</h2> <p>What you smell is an additive that's been included in the propane to help you detect gas leaks.</p> <p>Vent-free gas fireplaces typically come with an oxygen depletion sensor that will shut off the flame if too much carbon monoxide is detected, and vented fireplaces pull fumes away from the house.</p> <p>These <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/diy-safety-229180/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">safety measures</a> aren't foolproof, however, so ensure that you have carbon monoxide detectors installed, and inspect them monthly by pressing the "Test" button.</p> <h2>How often should I clean my chimney?</h2> <p>A buildup of soot and creosote is more than unsightly: It can reduce airflow, cause smoke to back up and even create a fire risk.</p> <p>To avoid a chimney fire, have your fireplace and chimney inspected annually by a licensed professional. They will likely recommend a cleaning when the layer of residue is about 1/8 of an inch thick.</p> <p>To clean inside the fireplace, put on a dust mask, sweep out the ashes, and scrub the surfaces with a brush and dishwashing liquid.</p> <p><strong>Related:</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/quiz-what-does-your-dream-cabin-look-like-229529/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Quiz: What Does Your Dream Cabin Look Like?</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/fireplace-every-room-222522/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">A Fireplace for Every Room</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/9-tips-for-achieving-maximum-coziness-229645/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">9 Tips for Achieving Maximum Coziness</a></li> </ul> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=rn4FMxAyvRA:_w-f1_L_KCw:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=rn4FMxAyvRA:_w-f1_L_KCw:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> </div> https://www.zillow.com/blog/top-5-fireplace-questions-229654/feed/ 0 https://www.zillow.com/blog/top-5-fireplace-questions-229654/ 2018-10-16 21:58 +00:00 2018-10-17 10:58 +13:00 https://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=229645 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/ZillowBlog/~3/9U04yIpN4TE/ Home Improvement entertaining Fall 9 Tips for Achieving Maximum Coziness Gray skies don't have to mean a drab indoor life. Mon, 15 Oct 2018 23:20:46 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/9-tips-for-achieving-maximum-coziness-229645/#comments Callie Little <p>As fall continues and the days become shorter, it's too tempting to just hibernate until spring. But there is, indeed, joy to be found in the quieter months of the year.</p> <p>Perhaps it's a bit overdone to talk about <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/hygge-scandinavian-simplicity-210343/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">the art of hygge</a>, that untranslatable Danish word that references the feeling of being ultra-cozy and content.</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, you might hear the siren song of your favorite streaming service. Ahh, sweet, solitary binge-watching! But if you'd like a more satisfying way to spend a chilly evening, here are a few ideas to channel the Danes' wisdom 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, but 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>Cake 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 buy the ingredients.</p> <p>Go to your favorite market, choose your ingredients carefully, and mix them with great 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> Call up a friend or family member whose recipes deserve appreciation, and ask if they could show you how to work out their spectacular skills. Baking together makes for a lovely afternoon, no matter the weather!</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">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> Faux is just as fashionable as the real thing. If cost prohibits, find inexpensive alternatives.</p> <h2>4. Invite people over</h2> <p>Do you tend to hide from your friends as soon as October hits? Fight the urge to retreat, and invite your nearest and dearest (or those you want to know better) over to share your coziness. Bonus: Ask them to bring a bottle of your favorite autumnal beverage!</p> <p><strong>Tip:</strong> Low on funds but want to host a dinner party? Ask everyone to bring an ingredient for stew, and make it together.</p> <h2>5. Get out the board games</h2> <p>They gather dust all year, so make use of them now! For the minimalists among us, a deck of cards is a highly versatile recreational object to keep around. No one to play with? Try your hand at a game of solitaire - analog style.</p> <p><strong>Tip:</strong> Have long-distance friends and loved ones? There are many gaming apps that you can play from all over the world. Start up a game and maintain your connections year-round!</p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-229648" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/GettyImages-652372377_800px-1ab9a6.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="533" /></p> <h2>6. 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. Then have those aforementioned friends over again!</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 friends who don't imbibe.</p> <h2>7. 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> Start a knitting, crocheting or weaving circle, and make your own sweater over the course of the winter. It's easier to get through lengthy projects when you're sitting beside a friend - and it's a great excuse to get together every week, no matter the weather.</p> <h2>8. 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 pre-made playlists, some of which you can filter by mood.</p> <h2>9. Do seasonal activities</h2> <p>Making caramel apples? Check. Carving pumpkins? Check. Canning, puddle jumping, sledding, walking through string-light-wrapped neighborhoods? Check!</p> <p>Whatever your favorite seasonal treats might be, set some dates to make them happen and feel the magic of even the most blah weather wash over you.</p> <p><strong>Tip:</strong> This is a great way to involve kids in <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/clever-thanksgiving-diys-222061/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">seasonal celebration</a>. If you don't have children of your own, hosting a kid-friendly event (such as pumpkin painting) is a lovely way to connect with friends with little ones. Not a fan of cleaning up after the kids? Offer them a treat in exchange for cleaning up. 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Wed, 21 Mar 2018 12:00:00 +1200 2018-03-21 12:00 +12:00 2018-03-21 13:00 +13:00 https://www.landlords.co.nz/article/976513448/national-median-reaches-record-high?utm_source=LL&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=National+median+reaches+record+high https://www.landlords.co.nz/article/976513448/national-median-reaches-record-high?utm_source=LL&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=National+median+reaches+record+high National median reaches record high REINZ's October figures show price rises in every region apart from Auckland and Nelson. 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Tue, 14 Nov 2017 00:00:00 +1200 2017-11-14 00:00 +12:00 2017-11-14 01:00 +13:00 https://www.landlords.co.nz/article/976513408/the-auckland-housing-crisis-not-even-half-the-numbers?utm_source=LL&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=The+Auckland+housing+crisis+-+not+even+half+the+numbers https://www.landlords.co.nz/article/976513408/the-auckland-housing-crisis-not-even-half-the-numbers?utm_source=LL&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=The+Auckland+housing+crisis+-+not+even+half+the+numbers The Auckland housing crisis - not even half the numbers Auckland Housing Summit organiser, Leonie Freeman, crunches the city's housing numbers to get a progress report on solving the crisis... 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Wed, 03 May 2017 04:05:00 +1200 2017-05-03 04:05 +12:00 2017-05-03 04:05 +12:00 https://www.landlords.co.nz/article/976512905/regional-auction-watch-strong-demand-for-family-home?utm_source=LL&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=Regional+auction+watch%3A+Strong+demand+for+family+home https://www.landlords.co.nz/article/976512905/regional-auction-watch-strong-demand-for-family-home?utm_source=LL&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=Regional+auction+watch%3A+Strong+demand+for+family+home Regional auction watch: Strong demand for family home Bidding was fast and competitive for a large family home generating an income at a Rotorua auction. 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