News Feeds (RSS) https://www.nzherald.co.nz/property/news/article.cfm?c_id=8&objectid=12108262&ref=rss newsfeeds@nzherald.co.nz Mike Hosking: Time to stop the housing hysteria The fact that Adrian Orr has made headlines this week for basically saying nothing, tells you all you need to know about how absent the previous Reserve Bank Governor was, when it came to engaging with the real world, and the public.I... Thu, 16 Aug 2018 15:03:59 +1200 2018-08-16 15:03 +12:00 2018-08-16 15:03 +12:00 https://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=228442 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/ZillowBlog/~3/gZ76gcetrXc/ Unique Homes historic homes This Woman Lives in Her Childhood Dream Home And she's lovingly restored the home to its former glory. Wed, 15 Aug 2018 21:30:19 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/childhood-dream-home-228442/#respond Melanie Moriarty <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">When Rebecca Long Pyper fell in love with the charming Tudor on a quiet street in Idaho Falls, ID she wasn't in the market to buy a home - in fact, she was barely old enough to drive.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">As a high school student, she'd pass by the storybook home with gingerbread trim and tell her friends how much she adored it. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"I always thought it was darling," she says. "This is a love affair that goes back 20 years." </span></p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-228446" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/B_W-home-e9d931.jpg" alt="black and white photo of historic home" width="800" height="571" /></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Although Pyper left her hometown with no plans to return, fate eventually led her back to Idaho Falls in 2012 - just as her childhood dream home went up for sale. She and her husband Lonnie made an offer.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The couple soon discovered their new home had been occupied by at least 15 different owners since 1936. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"I felt like our home was a throwaway home," she says. "Never a treasured home." But that was about to change.</span></p> <p><img class="size-full wp-image-228457 aligncenter" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Resized-kitchen-cd8467.jpg" alt="bright and cheerful yellow kitchen " width="800" height="533" /></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Pyper and her husband lovingly restored their home to its former glory - and then some. Throughout the house, they salvaged the original doors, hardwood floors and trim. They bumped the kitchen walls out six feet, but kept the windows the same size to welcome the sunshine in. </span></p> <p><img class="size-full wp-image-228460 aligncenter" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Resized-hardwood-floors-673977.jpg" alt="bright dining room with gleaming hardwood floors" width="800" height="537" /></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The couple considered both the home's past and its future when restoring the hardwood floors. To keep the care low-maintenance, they opted to skip the staining and just sand the old red oak and fir floors by hand. And to preserve the history, they took their time with the job - it was an 80-hour labor of love. </span></p> <p><img class="size-full wp-image-228465 aligncenter" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Resized-olive-green-bedroom-2cd384.jpg" alt="preppy olive green master bedroom" width="800" height="533" /></p> <p><img class="size-full wp-image-228464 aligncenter" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Resized-girls-room-f1b00d.jpg" alt="cozy and preppy little girl's room " width="800" height="533" /></p> <p><img class="size-full wp-image-228466 aligncenter" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Resized-boys-room-e7bf13.jpg" alt="classic little boys' room " width="800" height="533" /></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Pyper wanted the home to feel like a preppy cottage steeped in history and charm, so she filled its cozy rooms with bright patterns and bold colors, like the olive green walls and trim in the master bedroom. Every detail represents a thoughtful design decision intended to bring out the home's unique qualities. </span></p> <p><img class="size-full wp-image-228472 aligncenter" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/6-Edited_Pyper-Home-0064-2-NEW-64bb19.jpg" alt="minimalist white bathroom" width="800" height="533" /></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Although years have passed since Pyper first fell for her home, it's a love affair that's only gotten better with time. And it doesn't show any signs of waning with the next generation. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"I think the thing I like the very best is our house has a soul, and I think my kids can feel that," Pyper says. "They are proud we saved a historic house &#8230; They love to share the story, too."</span></p> <h6><em>Photos by <a href="https://caseyjamesphotography.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Casey James Photography</a>.</em></h6> <p><strong>Related</strong>:</p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/historic-connecticut-home-228001/"><span style="font-weight: 400;">This Historic Connecticut Home Once Hosted a Dancing George Washington</span></a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/enchanting-mountaintop-cottage-224378/"><span style="font-weight: 400;">This Enchanting Mountaintop Cottage Embodies Coziness</span></a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/millennial-pink-homes-219081/"><span style="font-weight: 400;">6 Millennial Pink Homes Proving This Color Is Here to Stay</span></a></li> </ul> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=gZ76gcetrXc:O4cnYdX6K7I:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=gZ76gcetrXc:O4cnYdX6K7I:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> </div> https://www.zillow.com/blog/childhood-dream-home-228442/feed/ 0 https://www.zillow.com/blog/childhood-dream-home-228442/ 2018-08-15 21:30 +00:00 2018-08-16 09:30 +12:00 https://www.nzherald.co.nz/property/news/article.cfm?c_id=8&objectid=12107953&ref=rss newsfeeds@nzherald.co.nz $1b Commercial Bay project delayed again, this time by six months New Zealand's largest property development, the $1 billion Commercial Bay on Auckland's waterfront, has been delayed a further six months. Precinct Properties told the NZX today of a "revised completion programme" for the project... Thu, 16 Aug 2018 08:48:07 +1200 2018-08-16 08:48 +12:00 2018-08-16 08:48 +12:00 https://www.nzherald.co.nz/property/news/article.cfm?c_id=8&objectid=12107895&ref=rss newsfeeds@nzherald.co.nz InterContinental revealed for Auckland, Commercial Bay development hits $1b NZX-listed landlord Precinct Properties plans to bring global hotel brand InterContinental to Auckland in a $298 million expansion of its now-$1 billion Commercial Bay city's waterfront project.Precinct chief executive Scott Pritchard... Thu, 16 Aug 2018 06:50:48 +1200 2018-08-16 06:50 +12:00 2018-08-16 06:50 +12:00 https://www.nzherald.co.nz/property/news/article.cfm?c_id=8&objectid=12107887&ref=rss newsfeeds@nzherald.co.nz Net profit! Run-down former tennis court in Queenstown fetches $1m A run-down former Queenstown tennis court has netted just over $1 million.The McBride St court, sandwiched between Frankton lakeside reserve and Queenstown Airport, occupies a 1012sqm section.The property has been owned for about... Thu, 16 Aug 2018 06:25:37 +1200 2018-08-16 06:25 +12:00 2018-08-16 06:25 +12:00 https://www.nzherald.co.nz/property/news/article.cfm?c_id=8&objectid=12107783&ref=rss newsfeeds@nzherald.co.nz How to get a $650,000 KiwiBuild-style house down to an affordable $300,000 $650,000 for a Kiwibuild is simply unaffordable for many New ZealandersStephen Selwood looks at what's needed to get build prices down. In 1991, almost three quarters of Aucklanders owned their own home. If we were to deliver homes... 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Tue, 14 Aug 2018 13:48:32 +1200 2018-08-14 13:48 +12:00 2018-08-14 13:48 +12:00 https://www.nzherald.co.nz/property/news/article.cfm?c_id=8&objectid=12106724&ref=rss newsfeeds@nzherald.co.nz Summerset chief extols benefits of Australian expansion Listed retirement giant Summerset Group has sent a top development executive to Melbourne this year and chief executive Julian Cook said the business regarded Australia and particularly Victoria as offering opportunity.Talking about... Tue, 14 Aug 2018 12:36:49 +1200 2018-08-14 12:36 +12:00 2018-08-14 12:36 +12:00 https://www.nzherald.co.nz/property/news/article.cfm?c_id=8&objectid=12106664&ref=rss newsfeeds@nzherald.co.nz It is not a question of whether Auckland's house prices fall, but by how much: Analyst It is not a question of whether Auckland's house prices will fall but by how much, a financial services company says.Australasian Trading Management warned investors in its Daily Market Insights home values had "already pulled back... Tue, 14 Aug 2018 11:14:31 +1200 2018-08-14 11:14 +12:00 2018-08-14 11:14 +12:00 https://www.nzherald.co.nz/property/news/article.cfm?c_id=8&objectid=12106499&ref=rss newsfeeds@nzherald.co.nz Watch: A walk through 'construction central' in Auckland's Albert St Auckland's Albert St has become construction central as hotels, the railway tunnels and office blocks are built there.In the third of the Herald's Talk a Walk series, we start at Lower Albert St at the Quay St intersection and look... Tue, 14 Aug 2018 06:49:31 +1200 2018-08-14 06:49 +12:00 2018-08-14 06:49 +12:00 https://www.nzherald.co.nz/property/news/article.cfm?c_id=8&objectid=12106182&ref=rss newsfeeds@nzherald.co.nz Editorial: NZ needs to be ready for falling house prices Tomorrow we will get a fresh update on the local housing market when REINZ releases it's data for July. While winter is traditionally slow for the real estate sector, a slump across the Tasman has heightened concerns that we may... Tue, 14 Aug 2018 05:00:00 +1200 2018-08-14 05:00 +12:00 2018-08-14 05:00 +12:00 https://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=228415 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/ZillowBlog/~3/B1je1wrLEvI/ Unique Homes fairy tale homes This Urban Castle's Magical Design Will Have You Spellbound This is one house everyone will want to be sorted into. Fri, 10 Aug 2018 23:49:54 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/urban-castles-magical-design-228415/#comments Moriah Simmons <p>An urban castle in downtown Minneapolis has the Muggle world intrigued. "It's kind of gone viral nationally - even as far as London - with references to it being the &#8216;Harry Potter House,&#8217;" says <a href="https://www.coldwellbankerhomes.com/mn/wayzata/agent/jeffrey-dewing/aid_14366/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Coldwell Banker Burnet&#8217;s Jeffrey Dewing</a>, the listing agent for the 4,547-square-foot home.</p> <p>Just steps across the light rail line from the US Bank stadium, this ivy-walled property is the only single-family home within a 12-block radius. It's in walking distance of restaurants, shopping, and great city parks. But central location is only the beginning of its charm.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-228422" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/exterior-at-dusk-d168ea.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="534" /></p> <p>Built in 1911, this property has a long, storied history. "At the turn of the century it was a blacksmith shop,&#8221; notes Dewing.</p> <p>&#8220;After that, it was used for a few different commercial uses,&#8221; he continues. &#8220;One of those was an electric company called Flash." On one of the building's outer walls, you can just make out a decades-old painted advertisement from when the building was home to Flash Electric Company.</p> <p>In the early 1980s, Sage and John Cowle converted the building into a residential and dance studio space, at the beginning of the revitalization of the Mississippi River waterfront in downtown. The Cowle family sold the building in 2002 to musician and restaurateur Jeff Arundel, whose extensive renovations have given it today's whimsical castle look.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-228421" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/entryway-3cd3f3.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="534" /></p> <p>&#8220;It&#8217;s one of those houses that every time you go to it you notice some new and unique detail," Dewing says.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-228420" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/entryway-two-27f9ba.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="534" /></p> <p>Some of the enchanting fixtures include an elaborate central wrought-iron staircase, stained-glass inset arches, a flagstone foyer, and rustic fireplaces in the living room and master bedroom. "Paul Tierney, who&#8217;s local in Minneapolis, made all of the metal work by hand," says Dewing.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-228427" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/big-fireplace-2e3e8d.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="534" /></p> <p>Every detail show&#8217;s an artist&#8217;s personal touch: Several carved faces peep out from the home's intricate fixtures. A wooden face beams down from the staircase, and a metal face and hands point out from a downspout on the roof. An iron dragon sculpture keeps watch from the turret-topped entrance gate, as if waiting for a secret password.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-228423" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/fireplace-d1a1b9.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="534" /></p> <p>"One of the things that&#8217;s wonderful about the property is all the outdoor space," says Dewing. Inside the cobblestone courtyard, a large mature tree shades the plantings below, and a porch juts out from the building to make space for a sitting area.</p> <p>The building's roof deck affords great views of sunsets and the skyline. There's ample room for patio furniture - possibly even an owlery.</p> <p>A window-lined first-floor hallway connects the house to a two-car garage. The kitchen boasts custom cabinets, and an island with bar-height counter, for mixing the most elaborate potions with ease.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-228424" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/kitchen-842d13.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="533" /></p> <p>The master bathroom's deep green tilework serves as the perfect backdrop for a relaxing shower, or puzzling out a mysterious cipher.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-228425" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/living-space-76bd27.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="534" /></p> <p>Though it has served for years as a residence, this property also has great commercial potential, for the enterprising witch or wizard.</p> <p>Earlier this year, the property had been in talks to be purchased and made a brewery and taphouse.</p> <p>Even in current showings, the interest has been almost an even split between residential, mixed use, and commercial. &#8220;People have looked at it as a restaurant space, a wine bar, and a commercial office space,&#8221; says Dewing.</p> <p>This incredible urban castle is just waiting for the right people to harness its magic.</p> <h6><em>Photos by <a href="http://www.spacecrafting.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Spacecrafting Photography</a>.</em></h6> <p><strong>Related</strong>:</p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/hobbit-house-222609/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">This Hobbit House Will Have You Dreaming of Middle-Earth</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/a-treehouse-trio-for-grown-ups-house-of-the-week-227326/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">A Treehouse Trio for Grown-Ups </a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/snow-white-cottage-210611/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Snow White&#8217;s Cottage in the Woods</a></li> </ul> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=B1je1wrLEvI:nJkyIX_S--k:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=B1je1wrLEvI:nJkyIX_S--k:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> </div> https://www.zillow.com/blog/urban-castles-magical-design-228415/feed/ 3 https://www.zillow.com/blog/urban-castles-magical-design-228415/ 2018-08-10 23:49 +00:00 2018-08-11 11:49 +12:00 https://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=228400 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/ZillowBlog/~3/PwmJf4MSFXI/ Unique Homes tiny homes The Tiny House That Love Built With thoughtful design and ingenious storage, 624 square feet goes a long way. Fri, 10 Aug 2018 21:55:55 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/tiny-house-love-built-228400/#comments Callie Little <p>While some couples might balk at the suggestion of designing just one room together, Lauren Shumaker and Scott Mooney are no ordinary pair. She's a construction engineer, he's an architect, and they're both wickedly creative. So much so that they collaborated to design an entirely unique dream home together.</p> <p>Oh, and it's only 624-square feet.</p> <p>The custom dwelling was built with the help of TaylorSmith Sustainable Construction in the enviable Richmond neighborhood of Portland, OR. Though the home is close to music venues, restaurants, and some of the best shopping in the city, what makes it so special is its clever design and sleek structural features.<br /> <img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-228409" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Tibbetts-201-ce7f7c.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="533" />"We both lived in many compact-sized homes over the years, but they weren&#8217;t as well laid out as they could have been," says Shumaker. "We knew with simple tweaks in the design, we could make small-space living function well for both of us."</p> <p>The couple worked together to design a home that catered to their specific needs - for example, an integrated dog door leading to the bedroom.</p> <p>Built-in storage lines the outside of the house, providing ample space for outdoor equipment and bicycles, and generously sized windows wash every last inch of the home in natural light.<br /> <img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-228408" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Tibbetts-185-0a1fcc.jpg" alt="" width="650" height="975" />All that sunshine did end up including one slightly unpleasant and unforeseen aspect, however.</p> <p>"We opted to put a window in our shower enclosure for more light [and] air movement," Shumaker says, "but water accumulates on the ledge and if we had to do it over again, we would probably avoid putting a window in that location."</p> <p>You live, you build a custom compact home with your spouse, you learn. That's how that saying goes, right?</p> <h2>Less is more</h2> <p>Despite the singular design snafu, the home is a triumph for the couple. The personalized space allows them to live in a beautiful home that's truly their own.<br /> <img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-228403" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Tibbetts-28-d59c5b.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="533" /><br /> <img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-228404" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Tibbetts-31-15a2fb.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="533" />&#8220;We&#8217;re interested in living simply, economically, and sustainably, so living in a small, well-designed space fit our lifestyle," Shumaker explains. "My partner and I love our new house. Functionally, it works great for both of us as there&#8217;s equal closet storage, it&#8217;s easy to clean, and compact yet has enough storage. Neither of us feels like we've had to make any compromises in our ability to live comfortably together."</p> <p>And something that helps to maintain that comfort? The classic "less is more" approach, according to Shumaker.<br /> <img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-228406" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Tibbetts-126-f97706.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="533" />"We've found paring down is always the best policy, and we continue to be diligent regarding what comes in the house,&#8221; she says. &#8220;While we were previously living together in a smaller space, we still found ourselves going through round after round of purging before we moved into the new house.</p> <p>&#8220;Fortunately, this enabled us to be thoughtful with what we introduced into our home, and now we&#8217;re happy to not have to worry about any additional clutter beyond what we use most frequently."</p> <p>Ask any aspiring home designer what romance looks like, and visions of tidying guru Marie Kondo and custom closet spaces would probably dance through their heads. If fairy tales were modernized, minimalism and clean design would surely be part of every couple&#8217;s happily-ever-after.</p> <p>But in our real world of endless dream house Pinterest boards and wistful home design shows, the Shumaker-Mooney family doesn't take their labor of love lightly.</p> <p>"We feel lucky to have been able to see this through,&#8221; Shumaker says. &#8220;We love how the process of designing and building this home brought us closer together as a couple, [and] being able to enjoy the space we put so much heart into is the icing on the cake."</p> <h6><em>Photos by <a href="http://oliviaashtonphotography.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Olivia Ashton Photography</a>.</em></h6> <p><strong>Related</strong>:</p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/this-rockin-tiny-home-actually-doubles-as-an-amp-227625/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">This Rockin&#8217; Tiny Home Actually Doubles as an Amp</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/living-tiny-seattle-couple-175453/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Could You Live &#8216;Tiny&#8217;? 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Could you be an “accidental investor”? Hamish Firth from Mt Hobson Group tells all. Mon, 06 Aug 2018 09:00:00 +1200 2018-08-06 09:00 +12:00 2018-08-06 09:00 +12:00 https://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=228078 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/ZillowBlog/~3/1kceTjETw6Q/ Tips & Advice kitchens Renting Small Kitchen? Try These 9 Tips for Making the Most of Your Limited Space Transform your standard-issue rental kitchen with these tips. Fri, 03 Aug 2018 18:55:39 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/small-kitchen-space-saving-tips-228078/#comments Callie Little <p>Is there some kind of law that requires rental apartments to supply no more than a single square of kitchen counter space to each unit?</p> <p>Between the white walls, scarce and often outdated cabinets, and a lack of amenities, it's rare to find a solid kitchen in the world of <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/hidden-fees-add-ons-in-lease-195426/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">yearlong leases</a>.</p> <p>But no good makeover starts with a beautiful subject, right?</p> <p>All you need to transform that bleak little kitchen into a well-designed, functional space is a bit of imagination, some basic home maintenance skills, and a few solid pieces.</p> <p>Here's where to begin.</p> <h2>Donate first</h2> <p>Before moving into your new space, make sure to get rid of all those things you don't need anymore.</p> <p>Have you actually used that discounted bundt pan in the past year or two? If not, donate to your favorite local charity shop. Someone else might get use out of it, and you'll be saving yourself from more clutter in your new home.</p> <h2>Think vertically</h2> <p>Vertical storage is a tried-and-true method of using space, and the kitchen holds some unique opportunities for making the most of it.</p> <p>Hanging pot racks, magnetic knife strips, mounted dish-drying racks installed above the sink, and rods with hooks for towels, aprons, small tools and oven mitts are all excellent ways to <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/top-10-home-organization-issues-206957/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">keep clutter in its place</a> - and keep the surfaces and lower area of the room free.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-228087" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/GettyImages-56160327-66f80d.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="645" /></p> <h2>Find beautiful cleaning tools</h2> <p>The ugly truth is that a lot of everyday items just make sense to keep out - but that doesn't mean they have to be such an eyesore.</p> <p>Skip the plastic and get yourself a classic wooden broom, natural fiber dish brush and a glass soap dispenser. These items don't cost much, but they add a softer look while also getting the job done.</p> <h2>Tap into change</h2> <p>Just because your place didn't come equipped with a dishwasher doesn't mean you have to suffer. Installing a quality faucet with a pull-down sprayer can make your chores less of a chore (and, as long as you swap it back before you move out, it shouldn't violate your rental agreement).</p> <p>Have space and the budget for something more? Portable dishwashers are a massive timesaver. From small countertop models to wheeled butcher-block-top options, there are sizes that fit into almost any space and require nothing more than your standard sink to function.</p> <h2>Live the island life</h2> <p>A kitchen island is a versatile tool for almost any space - even the tiniest micro apartments!</p> <p>Whether you choose a larger center-of-the-room-style piece or a small butcher-block number, these additions create more counter space and storage, all in one piece.</p> <p>Bonus: If your island has wheels, it can serve as a portable bar for your next party. (Hey, if we can call bingeing our favorite shows with a few of our closest friends a "party," so can you.)</p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-228088" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/shutterstock_640994215-d2f13f.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="533" /></p> <h2>Light it up</h2> <p>Another timeless tip: Good lighting is everything.</p> <p>If your kitchen is dedicated to getting things done and starting your day, invest in cool lighting - the kind that washes everything in a bright, sunlit glow. A refreshing, cooler light wakes us up and creates an invigorating feeling.</p> <p>If you're more of a romantic and enjoy taking your time in the kitchen, keep relaxing, warm lighting around so that you can let the day melt away as you sip your merlot.</p> <p>For those who prefer a bit of both, app-enabled bulbs can customize the mood for any occasion, and some even use every color of the rainbow.</p> <h2>Think (temporarily) BIG</h2> <p>If there's one common complaint about renting, it's the stark white walls. Removable wallpaper adds a touch of personalization and won't break the bank - or at least, it doesn't have to.</p> <p>To keep costs low, stick to one accent wall. Finding a large-scale print will make the space feel larger, and layering a sizable mirror on top will maximize the look and any light.</p> <h2>Curate unique displays</h2> <p>One of the best ways to keep an assortment of oddly shaped kitchen items is to dedicate either one section of the room (think: the top 12 inches of the walls) or one wall to showing them off.</p> <p>Whether it&#8217;s your grandmother's antique creamer collection or the jumble of cookie cutters that won't fit into your drawers, <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/personalize-with-diy-gallery-wall-203271/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">making them into a vignette</a> adds a layer of personalization to your space while also providing covert storage in plain sight. Easy-to-install hooks or some simple shelves are great ways to achieve this solution.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-228091" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/GettyImages-56160334-b26c7c.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="647" /></p> <h2>Keep it alive</h2> <p>Every room deserves a plant. Not only do they look good, but they also improve the quality of the air around them. If you don't have the floor or counter space to spare, a hanging plant will do the trick.</p> <p>No natural light in your kitchen? Or perhaps you're better at killing plants than keeping them green? No matter - there are plenty of realistic artificial plants these days, which means everyone can benefit from the organic shapes of ferns, succulents and the ever-popular fiddle-leaf figs.</p> <p>Have pets? Make sure to <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/keeping-pets-safe-around-plants-178902/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">check the toxicity of your plants</a> before choosing their placement.</p> <p>No matter how uniquely challenging your space might be, there are solutions waiting for you to find them.</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/renters-5-biggest-nightmares-185567/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">The Top 5 Renting Nightmares and How to Face Them</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/large-items-small-spaces-220378/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">&#8216;Where Should I Keep My&#8230;?&#8217;: Solving the Ultimate Small Space Dilemmas</a></li> </ul> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=1kceTjETw6Q:xuPjtAT-Mjs:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=1kceTjETw6Q:xuPjtAT-Mjs:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> </div> https://www.zillow.com/blog/small-kitchen-space-saving-tips-228078/feed/ 1 https://www.zillow.com/blog/small-kitchen-space-saving-tips-228078/ 2018-08-03 18:55 +00:00 2018-08-04 06:55 +12:00 https://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=228027 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/ZillowBlog/~3/Qg5xmda9MIk/ Home Improvement Fixtures kitchens Kitchen Countertop Buying Guide: Meet the Main Players & Find Your Best Match Which countertop surface is right for you? It depends. This guide will walk you through it. Wed, 01 Aug 2018 18:03:55 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/kitchen-countertop-buying-guide-228027/#comments John Gerard <p>Your kitchen is the heart of your home, which means your countertops have to be fit for the job.</p> <p>Sure, it&#8217;s nice if your countertops are stylish. But are they durable? Cost-effective? And will they ultimately suit your lifestyle?</p> <p>In this buying guide, you'll learn everything you need to know about popular countertop surfaces so you can make an informed choice.</p> <h2>Quartz countertops</h2> <p>Quartz countertops have become increasingly popular due to their solid stone-like appearance and even coloring. While quartz is a naturally occurring mineral, quartz countertops are actually manufactured from quartz particles mixed with a binding resin. Thus, the final color pattern is designed and not a product of nature.</p> <p><strong>Pros and cons</strong><br /> Quartz countertops have a lot of the benefits of a solid stone slab countertop, like granite, but there are some drawbacks you need to be aware of.</p> <p>Since quartz countertops contain a large amount of resin, they&#8217;re susceptible to heat damage. Placing a hot pot or pan on a quartz countertop can burn, melt or damage the surface.</p> <p>Unlike granite or marble, however, quartz is resistant to staining from liquids like red wine, and it doesn't require a sealant to keep it stain-free.</p> <p><strong>Budget</strong><br /> Quartz is made by different brands, and each brand has their own colors and product names. Quartz prices vary, but you can expect to pay a little less on average than granite - typically around $50 per square foot, with added costs for upgraded edge profiles.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-228038" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/GettyImages-935916784-64f0ee.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="523" /></p> <p><strong>Where to buy</strong><br /> You can shop for quartz at home improvement stores or granite and marble yards. Because it's manufactured and doesn't have natural color variations and vein, like marble or granite, you don't need to shop for it in slabs. Looking at small sample pieces is fine - what you see is what you get.</p> <p>Some of the brands will carry quartz with faux veining in it, so you might be able to see larger images of those particular products. For the most part, you can take samples home to your kitchen to get a better idea of what you like.</p> <p>A quartz countertop isn't a DIY-friendly option, but it does typically come with some sort of warranty. Be sure to shop around for the best price.</p> <p><strong>What to look for</strong><br /> Selecting the right quartz countertop really comes down to coordinating the color and edge options with your kitchen and personal taste.</p> <p>Both the light and dark color patterns are the most popular since they are fairly neutral. For edge profiles, a simple, beveled or eased edge will be the lowest cost option and will look fine in most homes.</p> <p>For a higher-end look, consider a more ornate edge profile that gives a more regal feel to the space.</p> <h2>Glass countertops</h2> <p>If you want a unique and modern look, consider a glass countertop. Glass countertops offer a multitude of designs, configurations and price points.</p> <h3>Recycled glass countertops</h3> <p><strong>Pros and cons</strong></p> <p>These manufactured countertops are made from broken shards of glass, which get embedded in a resin or concrete base. They come in a wide range of glass and base colors, but most commonly feature blue, green or brown glass pieces.</p> <p>Some versions are resistant to high heat, but others aren't, so be sure to check the product details for each product you consider.</p> <p><strong>Budget</strong></p> <p>The biggest advantage to this type of glass countertop is its affordability. Recycled glass countertops will range in price from around $75 to $100 per square foot. Expect to pay more for counters with concrete substrates.</p> <figure style="width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/106-Ocean-Park-Ave-Bradley-Beach-NJ-07720/82746579_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><img src="http://photos2.zillowstatic.com/i_g/ISlissucbhrc7o0000000000.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="533" /></a><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/106-Ocean-Park-Ave-Bradley-Beach-NJ-07720/82746579_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Zillow listing.</a></figcaption></figure> <h3>Solid glass countertops</h3> <p><strong>Pros and cons</strong></p> <p>Solid glass countertops are manufactured individually for your unique application and feature a seamless look with blue or green hues. These countertops are much less common than recycled glass versions, due to both their higher price and stark appearance.</p> <p>Solid glass countertops can withstand high heat from pots and pans, and they can also be used as a cutting board. They clean up very easily with soap and water or glass cleaner.</p> <p>But, just like any piece of glass, they show dirt or smudges, so you will need to wipe them down more often than other countertop materials.</p> <p><strong>Budget</strong></p> <p>Since this type of countertop requires specialty equipment to manufacture, there aren't as many manufacturers making them. Consequently, you're going to pay quite a bit for this type of counter. Prices range from just over $100 to well over $300 per square foot.</p> <figure style="width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/2470-S-A1a-Vero-Beach-FL-32963/2116988153_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><img src="http://photos2.zillowstatic.com/i_g/IShb0b312cznti0000000000.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="550" /></a><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/2470-S-A1a-Vero-Beach-FL-32963/2116988153_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Zillow listing.</a></figcaption></figure> <p><strong>Where to buy</strong></p> <p>Because glass countertops are much rarer than granite or marble, you might have trouble finding a supplier. You won't be able to find glass countertops at your local home improvement store.</p> <p>The best way to shop for this particular product is to search online for the style, type and color you like. Visit the websites of the various brands you like, and then connect with their individual suppliers.</p> <p><strong>What to look for</strong></p> <p>Before you select a glass countertop for your home - either recycled or solid - make sure you see pictures of the same product in a similar installation. It's best to visit a showroom if you can.</p> <p>Seeing sample pieces in person is very helpful; this type of countertop is stark, and seeing how a large, bright countertop will affect a room is critical.</p> <h2>Marble countertops</h2> <p>Marble has an elegant appearance that elevates the feel of any kitchen. However, marble isn't always the best choice for some homes, nor is it the most affordable countertop option.</p> <figure style="width: 801px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/6559-Louisville-St-New-Orleans-LA-70124/73777464_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><img src="http://photos1.zillowstatic.com/i_g/IS5aj3xq147p4a1000000000.jpg" alt="" width="801" height="535" /></a><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/6559-Louisville-St-New-Orleans-LA-70124/73777464_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Zillow listing.</a></figcaption></figure> <p><strong>Pros and cons</strong><br /> There are fewer marble color options compared to granite or quartz, but there is still a relatively large variety. Although most people seem to prefer the lighter options, like the Carrara or Calacatta, marble is not just a white stone.</p> <p>Marble is mined all around the world, and different regions produce different colors of slabs. You can find marble in cream, brown, green and dark hues, although darker colors are typically harder to find in a countertop slab compared to the lighter tones.</p> <p>Before you decide on marble as your countertop material, be aware that it stains fairly easily from acidic liquids, like red wine. You don't want to spend several thousand dollars on a countertop only to have an orange juice spill discolor it. Just be sure that marble is the right material for your kitchen habits and lifestyle.</p> <p><strong>Budget</strong><br /> Marble comes in a wide variety of prices, and it's typically quoted per square foot, so it's a good idea to know how much you'll need.</p> <p>Since marble is a natural product, every slab is unique. You can expect to pay anywhere from $75 per square foot up to several hundred dollars per square foot, depending on the features of the individual marble slab. If you want a thicker countertop or a more decorative edge, you'll pay more.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-228036" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/GettyImages-672149849-5a6df2.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="504" /></p> <h4><strong>Where to buy</strong></h4> <p>You need to shop for marble at a granite or stone yard. You're not going to find marble countertops at a home improvement store.</p> <p>Most granite suppliers will have some marble slabs for you to choose from, so you can start by checking with them first. It's best to know exactly what marble color you'd like before you start looking. That way, you can call the suppliers ahead of time to find out what they have in stock.</p> <p><strong>What to look for</strong><br /> When you are shopping for a marble countertop, look for a slab that&#8217;s not only attractive but also consistently colored throughout. Bright white marble with subtle veining is going to cost more than an asymmetrical slab with dark, multicolored veins.</p> <p>Most slabs will have veining to some extent. Be on the lookout for any yellowing or discoloration. If you find a slab that you really like, but it has some areas in it you don't love, you might be able to have the countertop patterns cut out around those areas for an additional cost.</p> <h2>Granite countertops</h2> <p>Granite is one of the most popular choices for kitchen countertops and for good reason. It's a beautiful, natural product that not only adds value to your home but also holds up well in daily use.</p> <p><strong>Pros and cons</strong><br /> Granite is a durable substance, so it doesn&#8217;t scratch easily and can handle a little wear and tear. It&#8217;s also resistant to heat, so you&#8217;re safe to put pots and pans on it.</p> <p>The drawback is that granite is porous, and if your countertop is sealed poorly, it can harbor stains and bacteria. Most granite countertops need to be sealed every year.</p> <p><strong>Budget</strong><br /> Granite comes in a wide variety of prices. It can vary from $45 per square foot up to around $100 per square foot, depending on the grade and color pattern.</p> <p>Two nearly identical pieces of granite can have different prices if one has a more even color pattern or simply looks more attractive than the other. And thicker granite is going to be more expensive than thinner granite.</p> <p>In terms of a total kitchen renovation cost, plan on budgeting around 10 percent of your material costs for a granite countertop. That base price usually includes measurement and installation costs and a basic edge profile. More ornate or wider edge profiles will also add to the cost.</p> <figure style="width: 801px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/4122-Travis-St-UNIT-5-Dallas-TX-75204/2104939648_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><img src="http://photos3.zillowstatic.com/i_g/ISd4wb6kbloqa30000000000.jpg" alt="" width="801" height="530" /></a><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/4122-Travis-St-UNIT-5-Dallas-TX-75204/2104939648_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Zillow listing.</a></figcaption></figure> <p><strong>Where to buy</strong><br /> You can shop for granite countertops at all major home improvement stores, which have dozens of granite sample pieces to browse. However, you should also look at a granite or stone yard.</p> <p>Granite yards typically have a large warehouse with many different countertop slabs. You can pick out the exact slab of granite that will go in your kitchen. They may also have deals where they'll include a free under-mount sink with a countertop purchase.</p> <p><strong>What to look for</strong><br /> You shouldn't pick your granite countertop until you've picked your cabinets. You want a slab that will coordinate with everything else in your kitchen. To make that task easier, bring a small piece of a backsplash tile or kitchen cabinet door with you to see how it pairs with those items.</p> <p>Look at the entire granite slab before you place your order. If you find a slab you like, but it contains a vein or a color you don't like, the granite yard might be able to cut around that discoloration.</p> <h2>Concrete countertops</h2> <p>Unlike granite or marble, concrete countertops aren't cut from a slab and trimmed to order. Instead, concrete countertops are custom-made for each individual kitchen application, giving you near total control over the finished look.</p> <p><strong>Pros and cons</strong><br /> Because of its industrial vibe, concrete usually looks better in a city loft than a country kitchen. However, concrete countertops can be incorporated into any style if designed properly.</p> <p>Concrete colors are predominantly on the darker side of the color scale, with a few lighter options. Edge options may be more limited compared to granite or marble, depending on the supplier.</p> <p>One concrete&#8217;s big advantages is that you can make it whatever thickness you'd like. Standard granite and marble countertops are around 1 to 1.5 inches thick, but it's not uncommon to see concrete countertops 2 to 4 inches thick.</p> <p>However, once you start making your concrete countertop thicker than a standard 1.5 inches, you're adding a lot more weight. A 3-inch thick concrete countertop is like two granite countertops stacked on top of each other - that's a lot of weight.</p> <p>To handle the extra weight from the countertops, your kitchen cabinets might need to be reinforced. A countertop installer can make some recommendations for what's needed.</p> <p><strong>Budget</strong><br /> Concrete countertops run around $100 per square foot, depending on how thick you want them.</p> <p>Although the material costs are low for concrete (around $5 for an 80-pound bag), a significant portion of the cost is in labor - much more so than granite or marble.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-228037" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/GettyImages-900233272-1-5d1b4c.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="534" /></p> <p><strong>Build techniques</strong><br /> There are two basic approaches to building concrete countertops: off-site and in-place.</p> <p>The off-site method involves building a template of your countertops and molds. The molds are built off-site where the concrete is poured and polished.</p> <p>The in-place approach involves building a mold right on top of your floor cabinets and pouring the concrete right in your kitchen.</p> <p>The off-site method generally looks better and is significantly less intrusive and messy. But the in-place method doesn't give you as smooth of a finished surface, and most concrete countertop builders prefer the off-site method.</p> <p>Countertop options abound, and there&#8217;s no right or wrong answer. Just consider your lifestyle, budget and style, and you&#8217;re sure to make a choice that you&#8217;ll be pleased with for years to come.</p> <p><strong>Related:</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/sellers-update-your-paint-217212/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Sellers: Here&#8217;s How to Update Your Home With Looks Buyers Love</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/kitchen-remodeling-budget-216409/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Pro Tips for Making the Most of Your Kitchen Remodeling Budget</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/high-price-home-improvements-199539/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Balancing Home Improvements With Big Price Tags</a></li> </ul> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=Qg5xmda9MIk:6lC1tCaLYdQ:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=Qg5xmda9MIk:6lC1tCaLYdQ:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> </div> https://www.zillow.com/blog/kitchen-countertop-buying-guide-228027/feed/ 7 https://www.zillow.com/blog/kitchen-countertop-buying-guide-228027/ 2018-08-01 18:03 +00:00 2018-08-02 06:03 +12:00 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. Tue, 31 Jul 2018 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 on <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/1-Sill-Ln-Old-Lyme-CT-06371/157572578_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">1 Sill Lane, Old Lyme, CT</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, as well as 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 be able 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 $1.195 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/200-year-old-log-cabin-house-of-the-week-226084/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">A 200-Year-Old Log Cabin That&#8217;s Anything but Old-Fashioned – House of the Week</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/california-cabin-airstream-227077/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">This California Cabin + Airstream Combo Is a Mid-Century Must-See</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/boise-brick-house-222902/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">A Cool Twist on a Historic Ice House – House of the Week</a></li> </ul> <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/ 5 https://www.zillow.com/blog/historic-connecticut-home-228001/ 2018-07-31 17:34 +00:00 2018-08-01 05:34 +12:00 https://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=181888 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/ZillowBlog/~3/Dj9tInO8SYg/ Tips & Advice First Time Home Buyers home buying Renting 5 Expenses Homeowners Pay That Renters Don't Thinking about buying? Be sure to include these five items in your calculations. Mon, 30 Jul 2018 14:16:47 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/homeowners-pay-renters-dont-181888/#comments Sarah Pike <p>Homeownership may be a goal for some, but it&#8217;s not the right fit for many.</p> <p>Renters account for <a href="https://www.zillow.com/report/2017/renters/typical-american-renter/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">37 percent</a> of all households in America - or just over 43.7 million homes, up more than 6.9 million since 2005. Even still, <a href="https://www.zillow.com/report/2017/renters/typical-american-renter/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">more than half</a> of millennial and Gen Z renters consider buying, with 18 percent seriously considering it.</p> <p>Both lifestyles afford their fair share of pros and cons. So before you meet with a real estate agent, consider these five costs homeowners pay that renters don't - they could make you reconsider buying altogether.</p> <h2>1. Property taxes</h2> <p>As long as you own a home, you&#8217;ll pay property taxes. The typical U.S. homeowner pays <a href="https://www.zillow.com/research/hidden-costs-of-homeownership-16072/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">$2,110 per year</a> in property taxes, meaning they&#8217;re a significant - and ongoing - chunk of your budget.</p> <p>Factor this expense into the equation from the get-go to avoid surprises down the road. The property tax rates vary among states, so try a <a href="https://www.zillow.com/mortgage-calculator/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">mortgage calculator</a> to estimate costs in your area.</p> <h2>2. Homeowners insurance</h2> <p><a href="https://www.zillow.com/mortgage-learning/homeowners-insurance/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Homeowners insurance</a> protects you against losses and damage to your home caused by perils such as fires, storms or burglary. It also covers legal costs if someone is injured in your home or on your property.</p> <p>Homeowners insurance is almost always required in order to get a home loan. It costs an average of <a href="https://www.zillow.com/mortgage-rates/buying-a-home/homeowners-insurance/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">$35 per month for every $100,000 of your home's value</a>.</p> <p>If you intend to purchase a condo, you'll need a condo insurance policy - separate from traditional homeowner's insurance - which costs an average of $100 to $400 a year.</p> <h2>3. Maintenance and repairs</h2> <p>Don't forget about those small repairs that you won't be calling your landlord about anymore. Notice a tear in your window screen? Can't get your toilet to stop running? What about those burned out light bulbs in your hallway? You get the idea.</p> <p>Maintenance costs can add <a href="https://www.zillow.com/research/hidden-costs-of-homeownership-16072/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">an additional $3,021</a> to the typical U.S. homeowner's annual bill. Of course, this amount increases as your home ages.</p> <p>And don&#8217;t forget about repairs. Conventional water heaters last about a decade, with a new one costing you between $500 to $1,500 on average. Air conditioning units don't typically last much longer than 15 years, and an asphalt shingle roof won't serve you too well after 20 years.</p> <h2>4. HOA fees</h2> <p>Sure, that monthly mortgage payment seems affordable, but don't forget to take homeowners association (HOA) fees into account.</p> <p>On average, <a href="http://www.investopedia.com/articles/mortgages-real-estate/08/homeowners-associations-tips.asp" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">HOA fees cost anywhere from $200 to $400 per month.</a> They usually fund perks like your fitness center, neighborhood landscaping, community pool and other common areas.</p> <p>Such amenities are usually covered as a renter, but when you own your home, you're paying for these luxuries on top of your mortgage payment.</p> <h2>5. Utilities</h2> <p>When you're renting, it's common for your apartment or landlord to cover some costs. When you own your home, you're in charge of covering it all - water, electric, gas, internet and cable.</p> <p>While many factors determine how much you'll pay for utilities - like the size of your home and the climate you live in - the typical U.S. homeowner pays <a href="https://www.zillow.com/research/hidden-costs-of-homeownership-16072/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">$2,953 in utility costs</a> every year.</p> <p>Ultimately, renting might be more cost-effective in the end, depending on your lifestyle, location and financial situation. As long as you <a href="https://www.zillow.com/rent-vs-buy-calculator/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">crunch the numbers</a> and factor in these costs, you&#8217;ll make the right choice for your needs.</p> <p><strong>Related</strong>:</p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/hidden-costs-of-homeownership-2017-219659/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Hidden Costs of Homeownership Typically Top $9,000 a Year</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/mortgage-misconceptions-190742/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">5 Mortgage Misconceptions Set Straight</a></li> <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> </ul> <p><em>Originally published August 18, 2015. Statistics updated July 2018.</em></p> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=Dj9tInO8SYg:ob2TyoGWrXk:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=Dj9tInO8SYg:ob2TyoGWrXk:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> </div> https://www.zillow.com/blog/homeowners-pay-renters-dont-181888/feed/ 3 https://www.zillow.com/blog/homeowners-pay-renters-dont-181888/ 2018-07-30 14:16 +00:00 2018-07-31 02:16 +12:00 https://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=227827 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/ZillowBlog/~3/RtsHl9GECeY/ Unique Homes treehouses unique homes This Nashville Treehouse Will Drench You in Light – House of the Week With a dreamy bed, upcycled elements and original art, this Music City dwelling elevates tranquil living. Tue, 24 Jul 2018 20:42:16 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/nashville-treehouse-227827/#comments Lindsay Cohen <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Somewhere in East Nashville - at the intersection of windows and woodwork - you'll find something wonderful.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">That's exactly what Sloane Southard and Emily Leonard Southard intended when they imagined a guesthouse on a tree-filled piece of land in the city they love. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"Sloane and I designed it together, and he built it," said Emily, a painter and artist. "[Sloane] owns a home restoration company, called <a href="http://thestandardsash.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">The Standard Sash</a>, that specializes in windows, which is why we used so many salvaged windows in the design."</span></p> <figure id="attachment_227834" style="width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><img class="wp-image-227834 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/P2A5605-eaa78a.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="533" /><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo by <a href="http://lauradart.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Laura Dart</a>.</figcaption></figure> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Stunning vintage windows fill every wall of the tiny home, which is perched a few feet above the ground. There's a peekaboo skylight overlooking a vintage wrought-iron bed the couple picked up from the Nashville Flea Market. A plant hangs from above.</span></p> <figure id="attachment_227838" style="width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><img class="wp-image-227838 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/P2A6149-f6e41a.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="533" /><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo by <a href="http://lauradart.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Laura Dart</a>.</figcaption></figure> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Emily, <a href="http://emilyleonard.com" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">an artist</a> for more than 15 years</span><span style="font-weight: 400;">, filled the space with her work, including the floor murals.</span></p> <figure id="attachment_227839" style="width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><img class="wp-image-227839 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/P2A6161-e84456.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="1200" /><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo by <a href="http://lauradart.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Laura Dart</a>.</figcaption></figure> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The duo added other vintage touches to the home they lovingly call <a href="http://instagram.com/foxhousenashville" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">The Fox House</a>. There's a weathered turquoise trunk that serves as a coffee table and a Mid-Century Modern couch in the perfect shade of 1950s green. </span></p> <figure id="attachment_227837" style="width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><img class="wp-image-227837 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/P2A6086-f15bd1.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="533" /><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo by <a href="http://lauradart.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Laura Dart</a>.</figcaption></figure> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">There's little more to the home beyond books, a patio and a writing desk. (Relaxation is the story you'll want to write here.)</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Outside, there's a hammock and string lights, which glow as the sun sets on the space. With deer, birds and squirrels for neighbors, you might catch a passing glimpse at a fawn grazing on some grass.</span></p> <figure id="attachment_227840" style="width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><img class="wp-image-227840 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/P2A5594-c40162.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="533" /><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo by <a href="http://lauradart.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Laura Dart</a>.</figcaption></figure> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The home is currently available as a <a href="https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/8098262" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">short-term rental</a></span><span style="font-weight: 400;">. </span></p> <figure id="attachment_227833" style="width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><img class="wp-image-227833 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/P2A5559-8147bb.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="533" /><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo by <a href="http://lauradart.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Laura Dart</a>.</figcaption></figure> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Top image by <a href="http://lauradart.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Laura Dart</a>.</span></em></p> <p><strong>Related:</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/a-treehouse-trio-for-grown-ups-house-of-the-week-227326/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">A Treehouse Trio For Grown-Ups - House of the Week</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/whimsical-cabins-227534/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Tour These Whimsical Cabins Made From Recycled Materials</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/tiny-tropical-treehouse-in-hawaii-225313/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Explore a Tiny, Tropical Treehouse in Hawaii</a></li> </ul> <p>&nbsp;</p> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=RtsHl9GECeY:05umDETRyRo:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=RtsHl9GECeY:05umDETRyRo:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> </div> https://www.zillow.com/blog/nashville-treehouse-227827/feed/ 5 https://www.zillow.com/blog/nashville-treehouse-227827/ 2018-07-24 20:42 +00:00 2018-07-25 08:42 +12:00 https://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=227769 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/ZillowBlog/~3/-b-P8vRWISM/ Home Improvement DIY gardening How to Build Your Own Vertical Garden With Shipping Pallets Need some green in that small space? Grow up! This simple DIY will show you how. Mon, 23 Jul 2018 19:30:23 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/diy-vertical-garden-227769/#comments Steve Asbell <p>Take your green thumb to new heights (and small spaces!) with a vertical garden.</p> <p>This DIY is a great way to integrate a little greenery into any space, including an apartment or small porch.</p> <p><iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/dXLdSmYHrlY?rel=0" frameborder="0" allow="autoplay; encrypted-media" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p><strong>Supplies:</strong></p> <ul> <li>Two pallets</li> <li>Tarp</li> <li>Hammer</li> <li>Pry bar</li> <li>Gloves</li> <li>Safety goggles and ear protection</li> <li>Sanding blocks or sandpaper</li> <li>Paintbrush</li> <li>Water-based stain</li> <li>Water-based clear sealant</li> <li>Two 3 1/2-inch utility hinges</li> <li>Screws</li> <li>Landscape fabric</li> <li>Staple gun and staples</li> <li>Screwdriver or screw gun</li> <li>Scissors</li> <li>Organic potting mix</li> <li>Fertilizer</li> <li>Plants</li> </ul> <h2><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-227772" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/HMH_Vertical-Garden_07_00_Supplies-67d6fe.png" alt="" width="800" height="450" /></h2> <p>A note on plant choice: Before you go wild at the garden center, consider your vertical garden&#8217;s placement.</p> <p>To grow most vegetables, herbs, succulents and annual flowers, you will need at least six hours of direct sunlight. A shady spot limits your choices, but you can still create a lush planting of <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/houseplants-for-low-light-spaces-222066/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">shade-loving foliage plants</a>, begonias and coral bells.</p> <p>Many vegetables and annuals will only succeed in certain conditions, so read the tags to decide if they're right for this season. Finally, consider the potential size and habit of each plant before packing them into such a small space.</p> <h2>1. Source heat-treated pallets</h2> <p>Many pallets are treated with toxic chemicals, so look for the initials &#8220;HT&#8221; to select heat-treated pallets. The wood should also be hard, clean and relatively smooth.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-227773" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/HMH_Vertical-Garden_08_00_Pallets-a0f05d.png" alt="" width="800" height="450" /></p> <h2>2. Add space by removing boards</h2> <p>Wearing ear and eye protection (it&#8217;s a loud process!), remove every other board with a pry bar. This will give plants sunlight and room to grow.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-227776" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/HMH_Vertical-Garden_11_00_Remove-Boards-3-021904.png" alt="" width="800" height="450" /></p> <h2>3. Sand rough spots</h2> <p>Wearing gloves, remove any debris. Sand down the splinters and rough edges, hammering down or replacing any protruding nails.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-227777" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/HMH_Vertical-Garden_15_00_Sanding-a0a708.png" alt="" width="800" height="450" /></p> <h2>4. Apply waterproof stain</h2> <p>For a decorative finish, apply a water-based wood stain. Using a paintbrush, paint along the grain of the wood, and wipe off any excess stain with a rag.</p> <p>If you're growing vegetables or herbs, line the inside with plastic before planting. This will prevent chemicals from leaching into the potting mix.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-227778" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/HMH_Vertical-Garden_19_00_Stain-6ea576.png" alt="" width="800" height="450" /></p> <p>Allow the stain to cure for at least 24 hours. Once dry, apply a layer of water-based clear sealant to protect the wood from the elements.</p> <h2>5. Connect pallets with hinges</h2> <p>Stack the two pallets together, ensuring that the bottom edges are level. Attach the hinges to the sides of the pallets with screws, placing them about one-third and two-thirds of the way down for stability.</p> <p>You may also choose to drill pilot holes first to prevent splitting.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-227779" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/HMH_Vertical-Garden_22_00_Hinges-ba5f25.png" alt="" width="800" height="450" /></p> <h2>6. Cut landscape fabric</h2> <p>Since pallets come in all shapes and sizes, use the first sheet of landscape fabric to create a template. It should provide ample planting room, as well as about an inch of overlap for the stables.</p> <p>Once you've tested the template, cut the remaining sheets to the same size.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-227780" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/HMH_Vertical-Garden_27_00_Cut-fabric-f5cc16.png" alt="" width="800" height="450" /></p> <h2>7. Line pallets with fabric</h2> <p>Create a pocket by tucking the landscape fabric into the opening, and staple it in place along the outer edge. Repeat for the remaining pockets.</p> <p>If extra moisture retention is needed, include an extra layer of fabric.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-227781" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/HMH_Vertical-Garden_30_00_Line-with-fabric-9cc611.png" alt="" width="800" height="450" /></p> <h2>8. Add organic soil</h2> <p>Before adding potting mix, move the pallet garden to its final location, making sure that it will receive enough sunlight for the plants you've chosen.</p> <p>Fill each pocket about three-fourths of the way full with moisture-retentive potting mix. Set aside some potting mix so that you can add a layer after planting.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-227782" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/HMH_Vertical-Garden_37_00_Add-soil-df3ecb.png" alt="" width="800" height="450" /></p> <h2>9. Add fertilizer</h2> <p>If the potting mix doesn't already contain fertilizer, sprinkle fertilizer over the surface according to label instructions.</p> <h2>10. Add plants</h2> <p>Before planting, water each plant to keep their brittle roots from breaking. Then slip each plant's rootball out of the pot, soil and all. Gently tease apart the roots with your fingers, and nestle them into the potting mix, one by one.</p> <p>Since excess water will drip down to the lowest pockets, fill the upper pockets with drought-tolerant plants such as succulents, sedums, rosemary and lavender. In the lower pockets, incorporate thirstier plants like ferns, basil and mint.</p> <p>Once the plants have been arranged to your liking, cover with another layer of potting mix, and lightly sprinkle with water to help the mix settle around the roots.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-227783" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/HMH_Vertical-Garden_53_00_Water-9c5f22.png" alt="" width="800" height="450" /></p> <h2>Caring for your vertical garden</h2> <p>Water the uppermost pocket every morning, allowing enough water to reach the other plants. You may need to water two to three times for thirstier varieties of herbs and vegetables, particularly on hot days.</p> <p>Feed plants once a week with a liquid fertilizer to replace any nutrients that leach out from the potting mix.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-227771" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/HMH_Vertical-Garden_03_00_Finished-Product-26ad61.png" alt="" width="800" height="450" /></p> <p>Now it's time to enjoy your vertical garden and its bounty.</p> <p>As plants outgrow their space, <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/repotting-plants-208011/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">transplant them</a> to the garden or larger containers. You may also choose to start from scratch each season, planting a whole new garden from seeds or transplants.</p> <p><strong>Related:</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/3-decorative-rope-diys-224991/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Repurpose Your Rope: 3 Decorative DIYs to Try</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/grow-a-container-garden-175537/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">How to Grow a Spectacular Container Garden</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/dos-donts-summer-landscaping-198942/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Do&#8217;s and Don&#8217;ts of Summer Landscaping</a></li> </ul> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=-b-P8vRWISM:dMQU-XQEVzU:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=-b-P8vRWISM:dMQU-XQEVzU:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> </div> https://www.zillow.com/blog/diy-vertical-garden-227769/feed/ 1 https://www.zillow.com/blog/diy-vertical-garden-227769/ 2018-07-23 19:30 +00:00 2018-07-24 07:30 +12:00 https://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=227746 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/ZillowBlog/~3/Q5kuThzHJhM/ Tips & Advice neighbors 7 Qualities of a Good Neighbor Win and woo your next-door friends with a little neighborly know-how. Thu, 19 Jul 2018 18:35:55 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/7-qualities-of-a-good-neighbor-227746/#comments Steve Asbell <p>If you want good neighbors, you'll first have to become one yourself. Master these seven techniques, and even you (yes, you!) can win the approval of your entire neighborhood.</p> <h2>1. Good neighbors bring cookies</h2> <p>Whether you're new in town or haven't kept in touch, a delivery of freshly baked goods is a perfect way to break the ice and let neighbors know that you're thinking of them.</p> <p>If cookies can keep Santa returning year after year with a bag full of loot, then surely they can train your neighbors to do your bidding. Consider the following scenario.</p> <p>"Honey, somebody's robbing the neighbor's house again."<br /> "Wait, Janet. The ones who brought cookies yesterday?"<br /> "Exactly. This time I'll call the cops."</p> <h2>2. Good neighbors rarely gossip</h2> <p>If your neighbor seems to know the dirt on everyone within a two-block radius, you can count on them to keep tabs on your personal life as well.</p> <p>The next time Nosy Nellie gleefully describes the contents of the Rickenbacker's trash again, move the conversation along by refocusing the conversation on her. "So, what are you growing in <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/grow-a-container-garden-175537/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">your garden</a> this year?"</p> <p>You aren't in high school anymore, so preserve relationships with your neighbors and avoid the gratuitous gab fests.</p> <h2>3. Good neighbors share phone numbers</h2> <p>For such a connected age, you should really question why you don't have your neighbors' phone numbers. After all, what if they receive your package by mistake? What if the house floods while you're on vacation? Worse yet, what if you need a babysitter?</p> <p>If you feel uncomfortable bringing it up, ask during one of your cookie deliveries (you are following rule number one, right?) or right before a trip. Jot down your name, number and email address on a piece of paper and ask if your neighbor is comfortable sharing theirs.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-227750" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/GettyImages-664662771_800px-0e9443.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="533" /></p> <h2>4. Good neighbors help before they're asked</h2> <p>The neighbor who says, "Let me know if you need anything," probably isn't going to help whenever you actually need something. You, on the other hand, are a good neighbor and genuinely want to help out.</p> <p>To get ahead of the meaningless small talk, anticipate their needs. If they have kids and you're comfortable babysitting, tell them up front. If they're clearly struggling to mow <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/five-tips-spring-lawn-prep-213971/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">the lawn</a> during a heat wave, ask for the best time to stop by with your lawnmower.</p> <h2>5. Good neighbors are tidy</h2> <p>Even if you lack self-respect, respect the sensitive tastes of others and clean up your act.</p> <p>Keep the ironic lawn ornaments to a minimum. Keep trash receptacles hidden in the side yard, or better yet, the garage.</p> <p>Whenever you've finished gardening or landscaping for the day, put away your tools and bags of unused mulch. Rake the leaves and clean up grass clippings and all the other stuff your dad used to bug you about.</p> <p>And if it's not too much trouble, pressure wash and <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/how-to-paint-a-house-exterior-225714/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">paint your house</a> periodically.</p> <h2>6. Good neighbors mow the lawn</h2> <p>An unkempt and weedy lawn is embarrassing for your neighbors, so it should be embarrassing for you as well. Keeping it mowed every week or two is a good start, but it will take more than that to win the approval of the locals.</p> <p>Trim the edge of your lawn regularly, fertilize on schedule and keep weeds to a minimum. Keep your foundation plantings simple, neatly trimmed and topped off with mulch.</p> <p>If your neighborhood allows it, go the no-lawn method by planting swaths of low-maintenance, drought-tolerant ground covers. Crucially, don't overdo it on the sprinklers - especially when it's raining.</p> <h2>7. Good neighbors communicate</h2> <p>That old &#8220;good fences make good neighbors&#8221; quote had to come up at some point, right? A good neighbor must respect boundaries. That said, they should also be crossed when the fences themselves start losing pickets and falling over in a storm.</p> <p>Even if it's technically their fence, you might not be happy with the shoddy workmanship and resentment that you'll have to live with when they get around to fixing it themselves.</p> <p>Address shared interests like fences, drainage ditches and troublesome trees ahead of time so that you can work out a plan that both parties can agree to.</p> <p>Oh, and don't forget to bring cookies.</p> <p><strong>Related:</strong></p> <ul> <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> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/how-to-build-home-equity-226885/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">6 Smart Ways to Build Home Equity</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/choose-right-school-6-tips-parents-224336/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">How to Choose the Right School: 6 Tips for Parents</a></li> </ul> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=Q5kuThzHJhM:g-mYUU_ZRGM:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=Q5kuThzHJhM:g-mYUU_ZRGM:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> </div> https://www.zillow.com/blog/7-qualities-of-a-good-neighbor-227746/feed/ 4 https://www.zillow.com/blog/7-qualities-of-a-good-neighbor-227746/ 2018-07-19 18:35 +00:00 2018-07-20 06:35 +12:00 https://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=182407 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/ZillowBlog/~3/kz4HfashHIg/ Tips & Advice Moving neighbors 5 Ways to Get to Know Your Neighbors Whether you're a social butterfly or a homebody, getting friendly with the folks next door will make your new house feel like home. Thu, 19 Jul 2018 15:50:24 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/get-to-know-neighbors-182407/#comments Jessica Rourk <p>Leaving friends and neighbors behind can be the toughest part of <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/essential-moving-checklist-211636/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">moving to a new home</a>.</p> <p>These five tips will help you make connections and settle into your new community in no time.</p> <h2>1. Knock, knock</h2> <p>For an extrovert, walking over to a neighbor's home to say hello may feel like a no-brainer. But for more reserved personalities, this tried-and-true method usually requires a bit of a warmup.</p> <p>Start with a friendly wave as you drive by, then work your way up to a face-to-face introduction. Remember, timing is everything. You don't want to disturb your neighbors in the middle of dinner or while they're struggling to get a fussy toddler down for the night.</p> <p>Try to catch them when they're already outside, or aim for a weekend afternoon when everyone is much more likely to be relaxed and open to a brief, friendly chat.</p> <h2>2. Snail mail</h2> <p>Can't work up the nerve to knock on doors? In this age of electronic communication, a nice handwritten note can be a welcome surprise.</p> <p>Write a few lines for your closest neighbors, introducing yourself and inviting them over for a cup of coffee or cocktail at their convenience.</p> <p>Be sure to personalize each note by including a small conversation starter (e.g., the roses in front of your home are absolutely stunning! We're poodle lovers too!), then drop your letters at your neighbors' front door or in their mailbox.</p> <h2>3. Magic school bus</h2> <p>If you've got school-age children, accompany them to the bus stop for the first few days of class.</p> <p>You're likely to run into at least one other parent who can fill you in on both neighborhood and <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/choose-right-school-6-tips-parents-224336/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">school happenings</a> - and people love to talk about their kids, so you won't have to worry about awkward silences and finding common ground.</p> <p>Exchange contact info and invite the family over for some weekend fun.</p> <h2>4. Man's best friend</h2> <p>Our pets often are the friendliest members of the family, so let your four-legged companion break the ice for you.</p> <p>Dog parks are a natural spot for meeting new friends, both canine and human. You can also meet fellow pet lovers while walking your dog through your neighborhood - cleaning up any messes, of course.</p> <p>You can get recommendations for trails, vets and parks, as well as ask about any pet-themed meetups in the area.</p> <h2>5. Turn the page</h2> <p>Don't let the name fool you: Book clubs are as much about socializing as they are about reading.</p> <p>Check out your library or local bookstore for groups near you, or you can find one online. If possible, contact the host ahead of time to ask whether you should bring any refreshments (wine!), and come armed with a few key insights about the book and recommendations for the next session.</p> <p>Who knows? You could pick the next talk of the town.</p> <h2>Bonus: life of the party</h2> <p>Once you've made a few connections, team up to host a neighborhood block party. Volunteer to handle snacks and other logistics, and ask your more established neighbors to spread the word.</p> <p>Pick a seasonal theme - hot dogs and lemonade for <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/getting-staying-organized-summer-202140/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">summer</a>, cookies and warm cider for fall - and spend an afternoon meeting new friends and getting the inside scoop on the best places to eat and play near your new home.</p> <p>Before you call it a day, pass the torch to another neighbor and make the block party a new tradition.</p> <p><strong>Related:</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/7-qualities-of-a-good-neighbor-227746/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">7 Qualities of a Good Neighbor</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> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/neighbors-list-home-for-sale-207463/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">3 Things to Do When Your Neighbors List Their Home for Sale</a></li> </ul> <p><em>Originally published September 3, 2015.</em></p> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=kz4HfashHIg:83-pw6y_zi8:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=kz4HfashHIg:83-pw6y_zi8:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> </div> https://www.zillow.com/blog/get-to-know-neighbors-182407/feed/ 30 https://www.zillow.com/blog/get-to-know-neighbors-182407/ 2018-07-19 15:50 +00:00 2018-07-20 03:50 +12:00 https://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=224336 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/ZillowBlog/~3/V0vD5J2GUv0/ Tips & Advice home buying Moving relocation How to Choose the Right School: 6 Tips for Parents Find a school that makes the grade - all it takes is a little homework. Wed, 18 Jul 2018 16:22:29 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/choose-right-school-6-tips-parents-224336/#comments Cheryl Reid-Simons <p>If you're a parent, buying or renting a new home isn't just about where you'll tuck the kids into bed at night - it's also about where you'll send them off to school in the morning.</p> <p>So, how can you be sure your dream house feeds into your child's dream school? You're going to have to do some homework.</p> <h2>1. Go beyond the numbers</h2> <p>Every state's education department publishes an online "report card" for each district and school. But just as you wouldn't buy a house based solely on square footage or listing photos, you shouldn't select a school just for its test scores and teacher-to-student ratios.</p> <p>Dr. Steve McCammon, chief operating officer at Schlechty Center, a nonprofit that helps school districts improve student engagement and learning, cautions that most reported test scores are for English and math. They don't provide insight into arts or music programs or how well a school teaches critical thinking skills.</p> <p>The right school isn't something you can determine based on any statistics, numbers or even reputation, says Andrew Rotherham, co-founder of Bellwether Education Partners and writer for the Eduwonk blog.</p> <p>"Don't go where the highest test scores are or where everybody else says you should go," he says. "Different kids want different things. Go to the school that fits your kid."</p> <p>Adds Rotherham: "The most important things are what does your kid need and what does the school do to meet those needs. Whether you're talking public, private or charter, you can find excellence and mediocrity in all of those sectors."</p> <h2>2. Take a school tour</h2> <p>Just as you'd look around potential homes before signing a contract, you'll want to do the same with potential schools. Call and arrange to tour the school and observe.</p> <p>"Be suspicious of any school that isn't into letting you visit," says Rotherham. Some schools may say visitors are too disruptive, but he calls that a cop-out. "With some fairly basic norms, you can have parents and other visitors around without disrupting learning."</p> <p>Sit in on a class or two and take notes. You want to see students who are genuinely engaged, not wasting time or bored. It's OK for a classroom to have lots of talk and movement if it's all directed toward a learning goal.</p> <p>Schools should be relatively noisy places. McCammon says, "If you go into a middle school, and you hear no noises, I would be concerned that the principal is more interested in keeping order than in making sure kids are learning."</p> <p>Observe how teachers and administrators interact with the students and vice versa. Do they display mutual respect? "You don't need to be an education expert," says Rotherham.</p> <p>See if student work is on display. "A good school is a school where, regardless of grade level, student work is everywhere," McCammon says. "It means that place is about kids and their work."</p> <p>Talk to kids, too - they're the subject matter experts on their school. And if you have friends with kids in schools you're considering, ask them what they like and don't like about their schools. Kids won't try to feed you a line. "They're pretty unfiltered," Rotherham says.</p> <p>Check out the physical space, suggests National PTA President Jim Accomando. However, don't get caught up on the building's age and overlook the quality of the programs going on inside.</p> <p>Look for signs that the school community takes pride in the facility. It might not be pristine, but trash on the floors or signs of rampant vandalism are red flags. If you see something that seems off or odd, ask if there's a plan to address it.</p> <h2>3. Check out the community</h2> <p>Go to a school board meeting for clues about the district. Are parents there because their children are being honored or their work is being showcased? Or are they there because of a problem? Likewise, attend a PTA or PTO meeting, and chat with the parents there. They are likely the most involved "outsiders" and can share school challenges and successes.</p> <p>Another consideration: the makeup of the students. Chances are, if you opt for a neighborhood school, you'll find a certain similarity between your kids and their classmates, because there are probably a lot of similarities between you and your neighbors. But a school that has a diverse student body offers a big benefit.</p> <p>"We live in a diverse society," Rotherham says. "If you want to prepare your kids for what their lives are going to be like in this country going forward, it's important for them to have experience with diverse groups."</p> <p>Even if your child's school isn't particularly diverse, avenues like sports and music give them a chance to interact with students from different backgrounds.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-224347" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/school2-c09d86.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="533" /></p> <h2>4. Think long term</h2> <p>Today's first-grader will be heading to middle school before you know it. Unless you plan on moving relatively soon, be aware of the middle and high schools in your district.</p> <p>"If you pick a house because you love the elementary school, you'd better be psyched by the middle school and high school," Rotherham says. "Or have some kind of a plan" for post-elementary years.</p> <p>Of course, there is such a thing as planning too far ahead. The music prodigy wowing your friends at her third-grade recorder performance may decide she hates band and wants to focus on soccer by the time she hits middle school. Rest assured: If upper-level schools in your prospective district are about kids doing great work, they'll likely be a good fit.</p> <h2>5. Watch for boundary issues</h2> <p>Pay attention to the boundaries of prospective school districts. The houses across the cul-de-sac could be in a different school service area or even a different school district. And boundaries often change. To be sure, call the school district and give them the specific address you're interested in.</p> <p>Don't assume you can fudge an address or get a waiver to enroll your children in a school or a district that doesn't match your address. Things that were allowed last year may not be this year. If an individual school or district is at capacity, they will get very picky about enrollment outside of the school assigned to your home, which can lead to heartbreak if you find yourself on the wrong side of that boundary line.</p> <h2>6. Look for a place where you feel welcome</h2> <p>Whatever involvement you put into your child's school will pay off, says Accomando. "If you can be engaged at school, you will understand the pulse of what's happening there."</p> <p>He also says that doesn't mean getting sucked into a huge commitment. "You can read in your child's first-grade class. You can hand out water at a fun run or contribute something for a teacher appreciation party at the high school. And when you do, walk the halls and see what's happening."</p> <p>McCammon says good schools should welcome parents as volunteers and visitors. "Look for evidence of parents feeling comfortable and engaging with the school," he says. The principal should be someone you feel comfortable talking with if there's a problem.</p> <p>No matter how welcoming the school, it's natural to have some butterflies on the first day in a new school. Just as it takes time for a new house to feel like home, it takes time for kids to settle into a new school.</p> <p>Once they've found their way to the restroom without asking directions, made some friends and gotten to know their teacher, they'll be comfortable with their new learning home. And your research will have been well worth the effort.</p> <h6><em>Photos courtesy of Shutterstock.</em></h6> <p><strong>Related:</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/apartment-living-for-families-190147/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">5 Benefits of Apartment Living for Families</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/essential-moving-checklist-211636/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Your Essential Moving Checklist</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/house-hunting-with-kids-176504/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">5 Tips for House Hunting With Kids</a></li> </ul> <p><em>Originally published January 17, 2018.</em></p> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=V0vD5J2GUv0:5tDv_sHIOvE:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=V0vD5J2GUv0:5tDv_sHIOvE:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> </div> https://www.zillow.com/blog/choose-right-school-6-tips-parents-224336/feed/ 10 https://www.zillow.com/blog/choose-right-school-6-tips-parents-224336/ 2018-07-18 16:22 +00:00 2018-07-19 04:22 +12:00 https://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=227625 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/ZillowBlog/~3/lvzWCvRt4zI/ Unique Homes tiny homes unique homes This Rockin' Tiny Home Actually Doubles as an Amp – House of the Week Impromptu jam sessions are no problem when your house was built to rock and roll (literally). Tue, 17 Jul 2018 22:16:02 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/this-rockin-tiny-home-actually-doubles-as-an-amp-227625/#comments Jamie Birdwell-Branson <p>The road home was a long one for Asha Mevlana, lead violinist for the Trans-Siberian Orchestra&#8217;s West Coast tour.</p> <p>After a breast cancer diagnosis 18 years ago, Mevlana quit her job in public relations and moved to Los Angeles to become a professional violinist.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-227699" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/20180611_ERH2819-205624.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="534" /></p> <p>Mevlana not only successfully went into remission but also prospered in her music career, touring with acts like Dee Snider and Gnarls Barkley.</p> <p>After years on the road and storage units on each coast, Mevlana decided she was ready to downsize and plant roots somewhere unexpected: Fayetteville, AR.</p> <p>She made plans to build a <a href="https://www.ashamevlana.com/amplifiedtinyhouse/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">tiny house</a> in Arkansas on her brother's land. The build took only six weeks but produced spectacular results.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-227716" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/20180611_ERH2966-4e6d4a.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="557" /></p> <p>Mevlana's <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/tag/tiny-homes/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">tiny home</a> is separated into two pieces: a 400-square-foot main house and a 160-square-foot amplified trailer/studio/guesthouse on wheels that she can take <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/home-on-wheels-tips-220828/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">on the road</a>.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-227705" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/20180611_ERH2877-eef622.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="534" /></p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-227700" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/20180611_ERH2829-684a7c.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="594" /></p> <p>A large deck, which often serves as a stage, joins the two structures, and the amplified trailer is fully operable, ready for use with any electric instrument.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-227721" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/20180611_ERH2990-61932a.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="534" /></p> <p>Other unique features of this musician's haven are a cranking bike wheel that raises and lowers a pot rack, recycled denim soundproofing in the music trailer, and a garage door that serves as a window feature in the main house.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-227717" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/20180611_ERH2971-db0317.jpg" alt="" width="650" height="863" /></p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-227710" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/20180611_ERH2910-272de0.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="534" /></p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-227708" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/20180611_ERH2903-58fda8.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="534" /></p> <p>Mevlana said it's easy to embrace her minimalist lifestyle after all that she's been through over the years.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-227720" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/20180611_ERH2982-bc8bd7.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="534" /></p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-227712" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/20180611_ERH2931-483be0.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="609" /></p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-227715" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/20180611_ERH2946-a33a50.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="534" /></p> <p>"The experience with breast cancer really changed my life in so many ways, and one of those was life is not just about money and having things and collecting things," Mevlana said.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-227723" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/20180611_ERH3072-d143df.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="534" /></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/school-bus-family-227295/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">This School Bus Is a Tiny Home &#8230; to a Family of 6!</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/shipping-container-home-226679/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">This Double Shipping Container Home Has Twice the Delight – House of the Week</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/whimsical-cabins-227534/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Tour These Whimsical Cabins Made From Recycled Materials</a></li> </ul> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=lvzWCvRt4zI:JX4RQKJBd5o:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=lvzWCvRt4zI:JX4RQKJBd5o:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> </div> https://www.zillow.com/blog/this-rockin-tiny-home-actually-doubles-as-an-amp-227625/feed/ 5 https://www.zillow.com/blog/this-rockin-tiny-home-actually-doubles-as-an-amp-227625/ 2018-07-17 22:16 +00:00 2018-07-18 10:16 +12:00 https://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=207463 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/ZillowBlog/~3/NFjPdFyAm98/ Tips & Advice neighbors open houses 3 Things to Do When Your Neighbors List Their Home for Sale The sign just went up next door. How does your neighbor's impending sale affect you? Mon, 16 Jul 2018 21:23:21 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/neighbors-list-home-for-sale-207463/#comments Brendon DeSimone <p>Most people think their real estate concerns end once they've closed on and moved into their new homes. But when a neighbor's house goes on the market, there can be some important implications for you.</p> <p>Here are some tips for staying real estate aware.</p> <h2>1. Document important disclosure items</h2> <p>For the most part, good fences make good neighbors. But sometimes the folks on the other side of the fence don't cooperate, and unresolved neighbor conflicts tend to arise when one of the homes goes on the market.</p> <p>Have a property line dispute? Or an issue with a broken fence and you want the new buyer to know about it? While sellers in most states have a duty to <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/real-estate-disclosures-62807/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">disclose issues to potential buyers</a>, not all areas require this.</p> <p>Do your new neighbor-to-be a favor and alert the seller&#8217;s agent to anything the buyer needs to know about your neighbor&#8217;s property.</p> <h2>2. See things differently</h2> <p>Open houses allow buyers to spend some time exploring a home, but these events also present you with a chance to see your home from your neighbor's perspective.</p> <p>Once at a busy open house in San Francisco's Noe Valley neighborhood, an open house visitor made a somewhat obvious beeline for the back of the house. He immediately got on the phone and started talking with someone about where he was standing, giving orders to move left and right.</p> <p>It turned out this visitor lived in the home behind, and he was checking to see the neighbor's view into his home.</p> <p>The open house is your chance to check <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/how-to-paint-a-house-exterior-225714/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">your home's paint job</a> from the neighbor&#8217;s yard or simply to see your home from a different perspective.</p> <h2>3. Know and learn the market in real time</h2> <p>Typical sellers <a href="https://www.zillow.com/sellerlanding/claimyourhome/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">claim and save their home online</a>, but they also keep searches going after the fact. Why? To keep tabs on the market, <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/what-are-comps-179631/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">see the comps</a> and have a real-time sense of what's happening nearby.</p> <p>Just like when you were a buyer, knowing about the area and types of homes in the market is a good move for any homeowner. Take a neighboring home for sale as an opportunity to see what the market bears. You can also learn about the latest trends in home design.</p> <p>Speaking to a real estate agent can keep you informed of changes to property taxes or how assessments are changing in your town. A smart real estate agent, working their listing, will be an incredible resource to would-be clients down the road. Leverage their experience when your neighbor sells.</p> <p>Take note when your neighbor goes to sell their home. It's not just a time to nose around, but to document, inspect or learn from the home sale. Some homes get listed once in a lifetime - take advantage of the opportunity.</p> <p><strong>Related</strong>:</p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/get-to-know-neighbors-182407/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">5 Ways to Get to Know Your Neighbors</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/making-most-of-open-house-visit-151896/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Making the Most of an Open House Visit</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/quiz-renovate-home-or-sell-225199/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Quiz: Should You Renovate Your Home or Sell?</a></li> </ul> <p><em>Note: The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the opinion or position of Zillow.</em></p> <p><em>Originally published October 31, 2016.</em></p> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=NFjPdFyAm98:MY51eoCTQZk:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=NFjPdFyAm98:MY51eoCTQZk:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> </div> https://www.zillow.com/blog/neighbors-list-home-for-sale-207463/feed/ 4 https://www.zillow.com/blog/neighbors-list-home-for-sale-207463/ 2018-07-16 21:23 +00:00 2018-07-17 09:23 +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, 16 Jul 2018 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" style="margin: 0 auto; max-width: 100%; width: 640px;" data-rid-id="158672" 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="Opinion Poll - Colonial retreat or posh garden pool?" src="https://www.riddle.com/a/158672?" width="300" height="150"></p> <section> <h2>Colonial retreat or posh garden pool?</h2> </section> <section> <h2>Colonial retreat</h2> </section> <section> <h3>Posh garden pool</h3> </section> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p></iframe><em>Photos from Zillow listings: <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/123-Brush-Hill-Rd-Lyme-CT-06371/114454926_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Colonial retreat</a>, <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homes/for_sale/240525081_zpid" target="_blank" rel="noopener">posh garden pool</a>.</em>&nbsp;</p> </div> <div class="riddle_target" style="margin: 0 auto; max-width: 100%; width: 640px;" data-rid-id="158676" 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="Opinion Poll - Hamptons hideaway or spacious sanctuary?" src="https://www.riddle.com/a/158676?" width="300" height="150"></p> <section> <h2>Hamptons hideaway or spacious sanctuary?</h2> </section> <section> <h2>Hamptons hideaway</h2> </section> <section> <h3>Spacious sanctuary</h3> </section> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p></iframe><em>Photos from Zillow listings: <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/9-Cody-Way-Bridgehampton-NY-11932/248769216_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Hamptons hideaway</a>, <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/150-Ericas-Ln-Sagaponack-NY-11962/248769339_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">spacious sanctuary.</a></em>&nbsp;</p> </div> <div class="riddle_target" style="margin: 0 auto; max-width: 100%; width: 640px;" data-rid-id="158678" 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="Opinion Poll - Coastal luxury or palatial paradise?" src="https://www.riddle.com/a/158678?" width="300" height="150"></p> <section> <h2>Coastal luxury or palatial paradise?</h2> </section> <section> <h2>Coastal luxury</h2> </section> <section> <h3>Palatial paradise</h3> </section> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p></iframe><em>Photos from Zillow listings: <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/5-Shawkemo-Hills-Ln-Nantucket-MA-02554/87727986_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">coastal luxury</a>, <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/25220-Walker-Rd-Hidden-Hills-CA-91302/94684438_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">palatial paradise.</a></em>&nbsp;</p> </div> <div class="riddle_target" style="margin: 0 auto; max-width: 100%; width: 640px;" data-rid-id="158683" 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="Opinion Poll - Seaside stunner or lakefront lagoon?" src="https://www.riddle.com/a/158683?" width="300" height="150"></p> <section> <h2>Seaside stunner or lakefront lagoon?</h2> </section> <section> <h2>Seaside stunner</h2> </section> <section> <h3>Lakefront lagoon</h3> </section> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p></iframe><em>Photos from Zillow listings: <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/3036-E-County-Highway-30a-Santa-Rosa-Beach-FL-32459/2095474454_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">seaside stunner</a>, <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/7-Topping-Rd-Greenwich-CT-06831/58786715_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">lakefront lagoon.</a></em>&nbsp;</p> </div> <div class="riddle_target" style="margin: 0 auto; max-width: 100%; width: 640px;" data-rid-id="158685" 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="Opinion Poll - Mid-Century minimalist or historic harbor charmer?" src="https://www.riddle.com/a/158685?" width="300" height="150"></p> <section> <h2>Mid-Century minimalist or historic harbor charmer?</h2> </section> <section> <h2>Mid-Century minimalist</h2> </section> <section> <h3>Historic harbor charmer</h3> </section> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p></iframe><em>Photos from Zillow listings: <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/835-E-Spencer-Dr-Palm-Springs-CA-92262/18016774_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Mid-Century minimalist</a>, <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/93-S-Water-St-Edgartown-MA-02539/56028574_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">historic harbor charmer.</a></em>&nbsp;</p> </div> <div class="riddle_target" style="margin: 0 auto; max-width: 100%; width: 640px;" data-rid-id="158688" 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="Opinion Poll - Tropical waterfall resort or dreamy desert oasis?" src="https://www.riddle.com/a/158688?" width="300" height="150"></p> <section> <h2>Tropical waterfall resort or dreamy desert oasis?</h2> </section> <section> <h2>Tropical waterfall resort</h2> </section> <section> <h3>Dreamy desert oasis</h3> </section> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p></iframe><em>Photos from Zillow listings: <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/3682-Princeton-Pl-Boca-Raton-FL-33496/2094215224_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">tropical waterfall resort</a>, <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/1600-N-Via-Norte-Palm-Springs-CA-92262/18023493_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">dreamy desert oasis.</a></em></div> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><em>Top featured photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/3036-E-County-Highway-30a-Santa-Rosa-Beach-FL-32459/2095474454_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Zillow listing</a>.</em></p> <p><strong>Related:</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/summer-smackdown-226582/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Summer Smackdown: Which Home Is Your Favorite?</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/summer-prep-for-your-home-226196/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">13 Simple Steps to Prep Your Home for the Best Summer Ever</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/fire-pits-fireplaces-226493/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">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/ 84 https://www.zillow.com/blog/quiz-which-perfect-pool-is-cool-for-the-summer-227324/ 2018-07-16 18:49 +00:00 2018-07-17 06:49 +12:00 https://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=213862 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/ZillowBlog/~3/h554oj7IABs/ Tips & Advice Home selling neighbors When Selling a Home, the Neighbors Matter Getting on the neighbors' good side can be an essential part of your sales strategy. Sun, 15 Jul 2018 23:07:55 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/neighbors-matter-when-selling-213862/#comments Brendon DeSimone <p>Few sellers consider their neighbor's home when preparing to sell their own. Why would they? Their biggest concern is getting the soon-to-be-listed home painted, cleaned and landscaped for <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/tag/curb-appeal/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">great curb appeal</a>.</p> <p>But all that effort could be for nothing, if just one of your neighbors doesn't care much for appearances.</p> <p>If you find the neighbor's home unappealing, imagine your potential buyer's first impression. The fact is, your neighbor's unsightly property can diminish your own home's curb appeal, no matter how much you've done to improve it.</p> <p>The good news is, you have options - you&#8217;ll just have to plan ahead a bit. Here are some steps you can take to ensure your neighbors don&#8217;t cost you money when you sell your home.</p> <h2>Build good relationships</h2> <p>Even if you don't have a plan to sell now, it's good practice to maintain a friendly <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/get-to-know-neighbors-182407/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">relationship with the neighbors.</a> You never know when you'll need them.</p> <p>It's not uncommon for issues to come up during a sale. Problems regarding fence repair, retaining walls or easements can often bring a neighbor into your home sale process.</p> <p>Having a good relationship with your neighbor from the beginning will help to ensure their cooperation when you need them at a critical time in the home sale.</p> <h2>Keep them in the loop</h2> <p>If you plan to sell your home in the near future, it's a good idea to give the neighbors a heads-up well in advance.</p> <p>If you think you'll need assistance from a neighbor for whatever reason, it will be easier to approach them if you've given them notice. Knocking on their door to tell them you're selling and then requesting their cooperation right away won't help.</p> <h2>Offer to pay for improvements</h2> <p>It will be difficult to ask your neighbors to reseed their lawn, <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/how-to-get-rid-of-weeds-203261/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">pull their weeds</a>, change their fence or paint their door to help your sale. Ask them to pay for it, and you can expect resistance.</p> <p>If you need your neighbor to do some curb appeal work to help your sale, the money should come out of your pocket.</p> <p>On top of that, you can't force the neighbor to use your landscaper, painter or contractor, even if you're paying for it. It's their home, not yours, and you need to tread lightly.</p> <p>Although many neighbors will appreciate the offer to spruce up their home on your dime, others may be hesitant. Bullying them to work on your timeframe or within your rules won't help, and it could backfire once your home lists publicly.</p> <p>With luck, a home sale can proceed smoothly without the need to involve neighbors. But if you hope to sell in the future, understand that your neighbors' cooperation may be necessary.</p> <p>If you plan in advance, open the doors of communication and offer to make things easy, you're more likely to get what you want.</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 tips and resources.</em></p> <p><strong>Related</strong>:</p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/sellers-guide/first-time-sellers-guide/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">8 Essential Tips for First-Time Home Sellers</a></li> <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/expert-home-staging-tips-219625/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">5 Home Staging Tips From an Expert Flipper</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 March 20, 2017.</em></p> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=h554oj7IABs:HAaHaoU1J3I:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=h554oj7IABs:HAaHaoU1J3I:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> </div> https://www.zillow.com/blog/neighbors-matter-when-selling-213862/feed/ 20 https://www.zillow.com/blog/neighbors-matter-when-selling-213862/ 2018-07-15 23:07 +00:00 2018-07-16 11:07 +12:00 https://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=227295 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/ZillowBlog/~3/-Rp3PJGj6HE/ Unique Homes tiny homes unique homes This School Bus Is a Tiny Home ... to a Family of 6! With bunk beds for the kids, a master bedroom for the adults and a rooftop deck for all, one family is redefining the term 'on the go.' Fri, 13 Jul 2018 17:49:14 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/school-bus-family-227295/#comments Lindsay Cohen <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The wheels on the bus go round and round - and then might stop for family dinner, if you're Gabriel and Debbie Mayes.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">It may not be the dream for every family, but it's the one Debbie envisioned after seeing a video on Facebook a few years ago. It featured a couple who had converted a school bus and spent all their time on the open road, exploring the country.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"I immediately thought, 'Hey, we can totally do this with our kids. Why not?'" she recalled. "And so I brought the idea to Gabriel. It took a while to convince him."</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"Definitely took a while," Gabriel chimed in.</span></p> <figure id="attachment_227512" style="width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><img class="wp-image-227512 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/008A5465-f62360.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="533" /><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo by Marcus Ricci.</figcaption></figure> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">But the more the duo thought about the idea, the more it made sense. They felt disconnected as a family in a 5,000-square-foot home; downsizing would bring the family closer.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">4,752 square feet closer, to be precise. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"We were talking about that disconnection in our marriage, in our family as a whole, and just thought, man, if we&#8217;re gonna do anything adventurous, now would be the time," Gabriel said. "We were looking to reconnect, to do something crazy exciting with our kids, and just to take life and flip it upside down."</span></p> <p>So they bought a school bus to live in.</p> <figure id="attachment_227521" style="width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><img class="wp-image-227521 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/01-15-b417e6.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="533" /><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo by <a href="https://www.themayesteam.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">The Mayes Team</a>.</figcaption></figure> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The family of six - two adults, four kids - sought the help of an outside company when it came to finding the bus and designing the features. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Their priorities: separate sleeping areas for the kids and the adults (the master bedroom has a door that closes), space to entertain guests, and a kitchen with ample countertops. (They pulled that off by installing an under-the-counter fridge. It holds enough food for a week!)</span></p> <figure id="attachment_227515" style="width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><img class="wp-image-227515 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/008A5496-63608d.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="533" /><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo by Marcus Ricci.</figcaption></figure> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"We even went and taped out the design on the floor so we could walk through and see," Debbie said. "We did things like reduce the depth of the couch, reduce the depth of the [kids'] bunk beds. We knew aisle space would be way more important than them having that extra bed space. I was very intentional in designing all of the little areas to be functional. It&#8217;s down to the inches."</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Gabriel's only ask: a rooftop deck.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"I just had this vision of taking the bus, backing it up against the lake, opening up the skylight out of my bedroom, going up to the roof deck, and then sitting in my chair and just chilling," he said. "I just wanted this place where I&#8217;m secluded from the rest of the world and I&#8217;m overlooking just beautiful scenery."</span></p> <figure id="attachment_227612" style="width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><img class="wp-image-227612 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/image003-0d5e59.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="450" /><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo by Marcus Ricci.</figcaption></figure> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Buying and renovating the bus cost about $38,000 and took about five months. During that time, the family sold or donated much of what they owned and put the rest in storage. They hit the road in August 2017.</span></p> <figure id="attachment_227526" style="width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><img class="wp-image-227526 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/21294615_112366462794011_8939184977275256832_n-5cd43d.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="800" /><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo by <a href="https://www.themayesteam.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">The Mayes Team</a>.</figcaption></figure> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">On their first trip, the road hit back.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"I remember the day that I got in the bus. We had spent the whole day packing. Last thing goes on, the kids get on, we close the door, and I put it in drive and our home starts moving. I can&#8217;t fully explain how exhilarating that feeling was," Gabriel said.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"It was amazing but also did not go exactly how we had planned," Debbie added. "We got 300 miles into the journey, and the bus broke down on the side of the road. It was like, 'wah-wah.'"</span></p> <figure id="attachment_227514" style="width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><img class="wp-image-227514 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/008A5489-310038.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="533" /><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo by Marcus Ricci.</figcaption></figure> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The school bus - which they affectionately call "the Skoolie" - picked a patch of desert land in Oklahoma to break down. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">(Turns out it was also a piece of private land.)</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"We fed the kids lunch and tried to figure out what the heck we were gonna do, and a random stranger pulls up after we&#8217;d been there for a few hours, and he was like, 'You&#8217;re actually on my land.'" Debbie said. "But he had been a diesel mechanic."</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The stranger ended up building a part to get the bus moving. It's been pretty much smooth sailing ever since, from the mountains of Wyoming to the Bonneville Salt Flats of Utah.</span></p> <figure id="attachment_227528" style="width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><img class="size-full wp-image-227528" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/DSC_3043-87a944.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="1198" /><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo by Jen Hammer.</figcaption></figure> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Their biggest advice for others considering a home on wheels: Do the research. Find a builder or designer you can trust. In retrospect, they probably would've chosen a washer and dryer over installing a shower, but they have few other regrets.</span></p> <p>(And yes, of course, there are seat belts for all. The family designed the living space to hide the seat belts under the couch cushions when the bus is parked. The baby rides in a car seat. &#8220;They are able to buckle up safely,&#8221; Debbie said, about her kids. Anything that&#8217;s breakable gets packed away for when the bus moves.)</p> <figure id="attachment_227518" style="width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><img class="size-full wp-image-227518" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/008A5531-b59418.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="533" /><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo by Marcus Ricci.</figcaption></figure> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"To be able to have everything that you own as a family of six inside 248 square feet, knowing everything that you own is where it&#8217;s supposed to be - the amount of stress and anxiety really goes out the window," Gabriel said. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"Whenever you rid yourself of this desire to have things, it&#8217;s not that the desire goes away, it&#8217;s just that you just don&#8217;t have the space for it anymore,&#8221; he continued. &#8220;It causes you to start thinking on different levels. Now I just want to be intentional with my wife and be intentional with my kids. This massive weight is just gone."</span></p> <figure id="attachment_227516" style="width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><img class="wp-image-227516 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/008A5522-85f6cf.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="533" /><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo by Marcus Ricci.</figcaption></figure> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The kids were in public school in California during the year; this summer's adventures include plans to take the home down California's famous Highway 101 for a month. On tap: surfing, hiking and cycling as a family.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Eventually, the Mayes plan to park the bus and turn it into a short-term rental. They hope to find a forever home in the summer of 2019 and allow others to explore their tiny home on wheels.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"The kids feel like they&#8217;re on this massive adventure. Whenever you pull up to a location that&#8217;s surrounded by mountains or there&#8217;s a new waterfall to go explore or some trail just to go run down, you put the bus in park, and you open the door," Gabriel said. "Just to see their excitement … I&#8217;ve never experienced anything like that."</span></p> <figure id="attachment_227519" style="width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><img class="size-full wp-image-227519" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/P1000033-9f7858.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="600" /><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo by Marcus Ricci.</figcaption></figure> <p><em>Top featured image by Jen Hammer.</em></p> <p><strong>Related:</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/home-on-wheels-tips-220828/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Van? RV? School Bus? 6 Questions to Ask Before Choosing a Home on Wheels</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/school-buses-into-homes-205265/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Wild Ride: Turning School Buses Into Homes on Wheels</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/shipping-container-home-226679/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">This Double Shipping Container Home Has Twice the Delight - House of the Week</a></li> </ul> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=-Rp3PJGj6HE:E3YfEEvP-n8:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=-Rp3PJGj6HE:E3YfEEvP-n8:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> </div> https://www.zillow.com/blog/school-bus-family-227295/feed/ 1 https://www.zillow.com/blog/school-bus-family-227295/ 2018-07-13 17:49 +00:00 2018-07-14 05:49 +12:00 https://www.landlords.co.nz/article/6513/flawed-rental-policy-not-the-answer?utm_source=LL&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=Flawed+rental+policy+not+the+answer https://www.landlords.co.nz/article/6513/flawed-rental-policy-not-the-answer?utm_source=LL&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=Flawed+rental+policy+not+the+answer Flawed rental policy not the answer Renters United's plan to "fix" New Zealand's "broken" rental laws is poorly thought out and will negatively affect everyone, NZ Property Investors Federation executive officer Andrew King argues... Fri, 13 Jul 2018 06:00:00 +1200 2018-07-13 06:00 +12:00 2018-07-13 06:00 +12:00 https://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=227357 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/ZillowBlog/~3/P8L0cFEk9P8/ Home Improvement DIY Fixtures How to Replace a Ceiling Fan Old ceiling fan dating your room's look? Upgrade to a newer model - it only takes an hour or two! Wed, 11 Jul 2018 19:01:35 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/how-to-replace-a-ceiling-fan-227357/#comments The DIY Playbook <p>Some people love ceiling fans - others don&#8217;t care for them. But we can probably all agree that they&#8217;re incredibly functional, especially in the <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/all-about-cooling-your-home-180334/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">heat of summer</a>.</p> <p>If you don&#8217;t love the look of your ceiling fan, try updating to a more modern, sleek option. That way you get both function and fashion in your space, which is a win-win in our playbook!</p> <p>There&#8217;s no need to call an electrician for this project - installing a new ceiling fan is something you can do in less than an hour.</p> <p><strong>Supplies</strong></p> <ul> <li>New fan</li> <li>Screwdrivers (flat and Phillips)</li> <li>Voltage tester</li> <li>Ladder</li> <li>Wire cutters</li> <li>Wire caps</li> <li>A buddy</li> </ul> <h2>1. Turn the power off</h2> <p>This is by far the most important step for this project. To stay safe when working with the electrical wires, turn off the power to the ceiling fan.</p> <p>Turn the switch on and off, and use a voltage tester to confirm that there&#8217;s zero power running to the ceiling fan before you proceed.</p> <h2>2. Remove the old fan</h2> <p>You&#8217;ll need your screwdriver for this one - and a buddy to hold up the fan while you work. It&#8217;s an arm workout, so make sure your helper is ready to hold it as you quickly remove it.</p> <p>The process will depend on your fan&#8217;s model, but you&#8217;ll most likely start by removing the light fixture, the fan blades and then the base.</p> <p>Basically, start unscrewing pieces of the light and fan until you get it all off - just remember to snap a picture of how the wires were connected. Are they red to red? Black to black? Take a photo to help you translate those same wire connections to the new fan.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-4257" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/10/how-to-install-ceiling-fan-Zillow-7-6c4dbe.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="533" /></p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-4263" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/10/how-to-install-ceiling-fan-Zillow-13-6c4f3b.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="533" /></p> <h2>3. Install the ceiling bracket</h2> <p>Now it&#8217;s time to install pieces of the new fan. First up is the ceiling bracket. Use the screws that come with the new fan, and secure it into the holes on the electrical box.</p> <p>Bring the wires from the ceiling through the center hole. In our case, that was one white wire and one yellow wire (plus the green one on the ceiling bracket).</p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-4264" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/10/how-to-install-ceiling-fan-Zillow-14-a69126.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="533" /></p> <h2>4. Prep the fan</h2> <p>This next step will depend on the make and model of your particular fan, so follow the directions to assemble it correctly.</p> <p>For ours, we installed the canopy and download assembly, making sure to bring the wires all the way through. You may also need to grab your wire cutters and cut the wires a bit shorter at this point.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-4265" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/10/how-to-install-ceiling-fan-Zillow-15-a8dc5e.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="533" /></p> <h2>5. Attach canopy and wires</h2> <p>Bring your assembled fan base up to the ceiling, and hook it into the ceiling bracket. Most new fans have a feature that allows you to rest the fan on the bracket so you don&#8217;t have to hold the weight while connecting the wires. This will save you some serious arm pain!</p> <p>Once the fan is secure, connect your wires. We had three sets of wires to account for: wires from the ceiling, wires from the fan, and wires from the receiver inside the fan (which lets us use a remote control).</p> <p>First, we connected the ground wires from the ceiling, fan and ceiling bracket. Next, we connected the wires for the remote control - yellow to black, blue to blue. Finally, we connected the neutral wires (white to white) and hot wires (black to yellow).</p> <p><strong><em>Note:</em></strong><em> The wire colors may be different depending on your fan model and the wires in your ceiling.</em></p> <p>Use the wire caps to create secure connections. You don&#8217;t want any wires slipping out when you push it all up into the ceiling, so it's important to really twist on those wire caps.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-4266" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/10/how-to-install-ceiling-fan-Zillow-16-490d43.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="533" /></p> <p>We then tucked the wires neatly into the ceiling and screwed the canopy&#8217;s base into place.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-4267" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/10/how-to-install-ceiling-fan-Zillow-17-15712d.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="533" /></p> <h2>6. Attach blades</h2> <p>Time to make it look like an actual fan! Take your fan blades, and screw them into the canopy, following the directions for your particular model. We suggest placing a towel beneath the setup in case you drop any screws.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-4268" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/10/how-to-install-ceiling-fan-Zillow-18-55e9ba.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="533" /></p> <h2>7. Add the switch housing</h2> <p>You&#8217;ll most likely put your switch housing into place using screws. There will be a wire plug that goes from the upper to the lower switch housing. Make sure this connection is secure, because it&#8217;s what turns the fan on.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-4269" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/10/how-to-install-ceiling-fan-Zillow-19-e5c768.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="533" /></p> <h2>8. Add cover plate and turn on the power</h2> <p>We&#8217;re in the home stretch at this point. Simply put the glass cover over the housing kit until it clicks into place. Now it&#8217;s time to turn on the power and test the fan to make sure your hard work paid off.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-4270" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/10/how-to-install-ceiling-fan-Zillow-20-0f5f14.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="533" /></p> <p>Removing the old fan left us with a bit of damage on the ceiling. A simple patch and paint will make your ceiling look like new, and your updated fan will fit in seamlessly with your <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/passions-in-home-decor-226113/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">home decor</a>.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-4251" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/10/how-to-install-ceiling-fan-Zillow-21-247578.jpg" alt="" width="667" height="1000" /></p> <p>If you can change a light fixture, you can easily change a ceiling fan. All it takes is a free afternoon and a patient helper to get the job done!</p> <p><strong>Related:</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/new-look-kitchen-223288/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">7 Perfect Kitchen Upgrades for a New Look Without Remodeling</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/home-updates-every-10-years-222055/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">9 Updates Your Home Needs Every 10 Years</a></li> <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> </ul> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=P8L0cFEk9P8:VVVk7qrxrUs:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=P8L0cFEk9P8:VVVk7qrxrUs:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> </div> https://www.zillow.com/blog/how-to-replace-a-ceiling-fan-227357/feed/ 15 https://www.zillow.com/blog/how-to-replace-a-ceiling-fan-227357/ 2018-07-11 19:01 +00:00 2018-07-12 07:01 +12:00 https://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=227534 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/ZillowBlog/~3/7FAZsEkMWuA/ Unique Homes tiny homes unique homes Tour These Whimsical Cabins Made From Recycled Materials Some are off-grid. Others cost next to nothing to build. All are hidden among the trees, at the intersection of imagination and creativity. Wed, 11 Jul 2018 18:33:28 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/whimsical-cabins-227534/#comments Lindsay Cohen <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">If you're going to build cabins inspired by, salvaged from and built around old-growth trees, it is perhaps only fitting to do so in the aptly nicknamed Evergreen State.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Every summer, <a href="https://www.instagram.com/jacobwitzling/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Jacob Witzling</a>, a second-grade teacher near Boston, flies the 2,400 miles from Watertown, MA, to Olympia, WA, to build whimsical cabins out of old-growth cedar, fir and hemlock. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">He salvages lumber from demolished buildings, upcycles appliances and incorporates fanciful geometric shapes along the way, giving the cabins an imaginative, Seuss-like appearance.</span></p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-227559" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/WhimsicalCabins_PhotoByErikHecht_010_20170727__DSC2386-a0ef65.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="1067" /></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"I always like the notion of sculptures that people can live in, like homes being more than just a place to live. Maybe something like art," Witzling said. "I'm an artist."</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">It makes perfect sense, then, that Witzling's love for fanciful homes started with a book called &#8220;</span><a href="https://www.amazon.com/Handmade-Houses-Guide-Woodbutchers-Art/dp/0891040013" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Handmade Houses: A Guide to the Woodbutcher's Art</span></a>.&#8221;<span style="font-weight: 400;"> </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">His father owned the early &#8217;70s tome that Witzling fell in love with. </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">That - and the classic childhood inclination to simply build a fort.</span></p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-227551" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/WhimsicalCabins_PhotoByErikHecht_067_20170727__DSC2496-5035a3.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="582" /></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"I always made forts as a kid, you know, out of blankets and pillows and in the couch and stuff like that," he said. "I guess that's where it all started."</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">When Witzling moved to Olympia to attend college, a friend was living in a fantastical cabin in the woods. He saw it and was immediately hooked.</span></p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-227541" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/WhimsicalCabins_PhotoByErikHecht_020_20170727__DSC2320-c9239b.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="534" /></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Shortly after, Witzling decided to make a go of building similar homes. Without a budget, he rescued materials: old floors from a bowling alley that eventually became a cabin deck and granite countertops that were discarded from a construction site, among other things. He taught himself the basics along the way.</span></p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-227545" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/WhimsicalCabins_PhotoByErikHecht_031_20170727__DSC2355-bb0de7.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="1067" /></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"I didn't know what I was doing, and then when I built my first cabin, it was all recycled materials that I scavenged like a vulture," he remembered. "I built it. It was so tall and rickety and was going to fall down, I thought. But by the time I built my second cabin, I had a stronger grasp on what to do."</span></p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-227543" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/WhimsicalCabins_PhotoByErikHecht_028_20170727__DSC2340-79b632.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="534" /></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">In the decade since then, Witzling has built a number of tiny cabins in the woods, with each home having a footprint under 200 square feet. Some are completely off-grid - all honor the natural environment by using reclaimed or local wood. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">A few are even covered with moss, making them living, breathing works of art.</span></p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-227547" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/WhimsicalCabins_PhotoByErikHecht_044_20170727__DSC2462-81c2d1.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="600" /></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"I want them to meld into the environment. They're kind of like sculptures in a way - livable sculptures," he said. "I want them to accent and honor their environment. That's why I like to use the moss and the local wood, cedar and whatnot. It's your home, and it's in its home."</span></p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-227546" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/WhimsicalCabins_PhotoByErikHecht_040_20170727__DSC2422-3683a0.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="534" /></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Being calculated about sourcing the building materials also forced Witzling to think about his environmental impact. (He's lived in all of his cabins at some point.)</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"It forces you to be more intentional about stuff. I can't have dishes all over the place. There's no space for it," he said. "So you use your bowl, you clean your bowl, you put your bowl away. It's really rewarding to have to be intentional about stuff. I have to keep my two pairs of shoes in their little nest in the corner, because otherwise they take up too much space."</span></p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-227550" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/WhimsicalCabins_PhotoByErikHecht_059_20170727__DSC2445-6bd447.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="600" /></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">That doesn't mean he skimps on details. A recent build included an unusual cabin with an octagonal pyramid roof. The geometric space holds the lofted bedroom.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"I like it because no matter which way you wake up, you're looking outside," he said. "I always tell my students you can do things with math and that math is real. The world is built out of math. It's very fulfilling."</span></p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-227560" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/WhimsicalCabins_PhotoByErikHecht_012_20170727__DSC2393-f25eb1.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="1067" /></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">In addition to his students, Witzling has inspired an even larger audience of dreamers along the way, building a massive following on <a href="https://www.instagram.com/jacobwitzling/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Instagram</a>. He chronicles his projects and methods and shares insights and tips.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"Building things is really human. It's something people have been doing for thousands of years," he said. "I have ideas, and I just want to get them out there."</span></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/bohemian-cabin-220097/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">A Creekside Cabin, Rustic Treehouse &amp; Outdoor Canopy Bed – House of the Week</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/cabins-for-300000-or-less-222557/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">10 Cozy Cabins for $300,000 or Less</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/california-cabin-airstream-227077/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">This California Cabin + Airstream Combo Is a Mid-Century Must-See</a></li> </ul> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=7FAZsEkMWuA:PJ9wnQ5lI2w:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=7FAZsEkMWuA:PJ9wnQ5lI2w:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> </div> https://www.zillow.com/blog/whimsical-cabins-227534/feed/ 4 https://www.zillow.com/blog/whimsical-cabins-227534/ 2018-07-11 18:33 +00:00 2018-07-12 06:33 +12:00 https://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=227326 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/ZillowBlog/~3/sysk4dfRzfY/ Unique Homes A Treehouse Trio for Grown-Ups – House of the Week It's the treehouse escape you wanted as a kid - just swathed in luxury and more than 1,000 feet in the air. Mon, 09 Jul 2018 16:00:54 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/a-treehouse-trio-for-grown-ups-house-of-the-week-227326/#comments Jamie Birdwell-Branson <p>A trio of treehouses in Meadows of Dan, VA, combines the nostalgia of your <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/tips-for-building-a-treehouse-151900/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">childhood treehouse</a> with the sophisticated log cabin you've always wanted.</p> <p>Perched on treetops that overlook the Kibler Valley and North Carolina Piedmont, these warm, intimate spaces for two boast a private deck for savoring the exquisite views. All three treehouses offer rustic-chic interiors, but each is built to fit into its respective tree branches.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-227439" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Tree-House-3-637178.jpg" alt="" width="650" height="975" /></p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-227438" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Tree-House-7d865b.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="534" /></p> <p>The Barn Owl treehouse, aptly named for its bird's-eye view 2,700 feet off the ground, is built of aromatic cedar and features exposed beams, cedar-plank walls, and a cozy loft-like space with more than enough room for sleeping quarters and a small living area.</p> <p>The Cooper's Hawk treehouse spans two trees and overlooks the confluence of Roaring Creek and the Dan River from 1,300 feet aboveground. The wood-planked bedroom opens right up to the scenic deck via glass doors, allowing natural light to pour through.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-227436" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/IMG_5193-4e0839.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="533" /></p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-227435" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/IMG_4841-ac81bb.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="533" /></p> <p>Finally, the Golden Eagle treehouse was prefabricated in France by the famous treehouse architectural firm La Cabane Perchée. Built on the strong limbs of an old oak tree, Golden Eagle has an A-frame roof and exposed beams, and it even has enough space for a writer's desk.</p> <p>The treehouses are part of the <a href="https://primland.com/stay/tree-houses/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Primland</a> luxury mountain resort and are available to book on a nightly basis.</p> <p><em>Photos courtesy of <a href="https://primland.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Primland</a>.</em></p> <p><strong>Related:</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/tiny-tropical-treehouse-in-hawaii-225313/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Explore a Tiny, Tropical Treehouse in Hawaii</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/magical-treehouse-218770/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">House of the Week: This Magical Treehouse Happened By Accident</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/bohemian-cabin-220097/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">A Creekside Cabin, Rustic Treehouse &amp; Outdoor Canopy Bed – House of the Week</a></li> </ul> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=sysk4dfRzfY:m3REjRjkoqc:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=sysk4dfRzfY:m3REjRjkoqc:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> </div> https://www.zillow.com/blog/a-treehouse-trio-for-grown-ups-house-of-the-week-227326/feed/ 2 https://www.zillow.com/blog/a-treehouse-trio-for-grown-ups-house-of-the-week-227326/ 2018-07-09 16:00 +00:00 2018-07-10 04:00 +12:00 https://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=227330 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/ZillowBlog/~3/73WZxTA53Oo/ Unique Homes unique homes This Converted Van Is a Tiny Home on Wheels – House of the Week With a house on wheels, home is anywhere you park it - and life on the road is a family affair. Thu, 05 Jul 2018 16:53:11 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/this-converted-van-is-a-tiny-home-on-wheels-227330/#comments Moriah Simmons <p>In 2016, Jace Carmichael and Giddi Oteo upgraded from their first van home to a 2005 Freightliner Sprinter. The new van's from-scratch build-out allowed them to add a safe seat for their new baby, Juniper.</p> <p>Their goal isn't to live in the van - it's to live out of it. An 84-square-foot <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/vintage-airstream-remodel-221247/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">house that travels</a> with them means this family can live sustainably on a small budget and spend quality time in places like Mexico, Big Sur, and Yosemite and Zion National Parks.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-227333" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/DSC00594-82a99f.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="533" /></p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-227341" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/DSC01864-c46e2d.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="533" /></p> <p>Lightweight solar panels on the van's roof provide off-grid electricity, and multiple windows <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/solariums-and-sun-rooms-212435/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">let in sunlight</a>. Indoor-safe propane heaters keep the van warm on chilly nights.</p> <p>The kitchen is equipped with  an inset cooktop, a fridge and freezer, and woodblock countertops for meal prep.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-227344" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/DSC01872-1673cd.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="533" /></p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-227343" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/DSC01870-e541f8.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="533" /></p> <p>Across from the kitchen is a workbench where the couple make jewelry for their online business, <u><a href="https://www.carteo-handmade.com" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Carteo Handmade</a></u>.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-227338" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/DSC01861-b5a4c9.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="533" /></p> <p>The sleeping area boasts a king-size mattress with storage underneath, and pale wood closets line the walls. Bright white textiles and interior paint make the space feel light and airy.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-227334" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/DSC01857-656fed.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="533" /></p> <p>The van has water storage tanks and a 12-volt water pump for the kitchen sink. A composting toilet slides out from under the bed, and hot outdoor showers come courtesy of a solar tank on the roof.</p> <p>Keep up with this rolling home via <u><a href="http://www.ourhomeonwheels.co" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Our Home on Wheels</a></u>, where Jace and Giddi share their build book, along with van listings for other people who dream of making #VanLife their real life.</p> <p><strong>Related:</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/home-on-wheels-tips-220828/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Van? RV? School Bus? 6 Questions to Ask Before Choosing a Home on Wheels</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/california-cabin-airstream-227077/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">This California Cabin + Airstream Combo Is a Mid-Century Must-See</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/school-buses-into-homes-205265/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Wild Ride: Turning School Buses Into Homes on Wheels</a></li> </ul> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=73WZxTA53Oo:l2ZA1EklA3Y:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=73WZxTA53Oo:l2ZA1EklA3Y:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> </div> https://www.zillow.com/blog/this-converted-van-is-a-tiny-home-on-wheels-227330/feed/ 3 https://www.zillow.com/blog/this-converted-van-is-a-tiny-home-on-wheels-227330/ 2018-07-05 16:53 +00:00 2018-07-06 04:53 +12:00 https://www.landlords.co.nz/article/6504/tax-working-group-agrees-property-fairly-taxed?utm_source=LL&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=Tax+working+group+agrees+property+fairly+taxed https://www.landlords.co.nz/article/6504/tax-working-group-agrees-property-fairly-taxed?utm_source=LL&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=Tax+working+group+agrees+property+fairly+taxed Tax working group agrees property fairly taxed Claims that rental property is undertaxed are based on flawed assumptions and the Tax Working Group agrees, the NZ Property Investors Federation says... Wed, 04 Jul 2018 10:00:00 +1200 2018-07-04 10:00 +12:00 2018-07-04 10:00 +12:00 https://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=227310 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/ZillowBlog/~3/3ZytvS3Cl3A/ Tips & Advice home buying legal issues Renting What You Need to Know About the Fair Housing Act This landmark legislation passed 50 years ago - learn your rights and how to defend them. Mon, 02 Jul 2018 22:39:29 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/what-you-need-to-know-about-the-fair-housing-act-227310/#comments Jennifer Lyons <p>If you've searched for a new place to live recently, you've likely seen the Equal Housing Opportunity logo (an equal sign inside a house) on a landlord's, real estate agent's or lender's paperwork.</p> <p>But the Fair Housing Act is more than just a logo. It's a federal law designed to protect renters and buyers from discrimination.</p> <p>Here are some key points to know about the <a href="https://www.hud.gov/program_offices/fair_housing_equal_opp/FHLaws" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Fair Housing Act</a> when you're searching for a place to live.</p> <h2>What is the Fair Housing Act?</h2> <p>Also known as the Civil Rights Act of 1968, the Fair Housing Act was signed into law by President Lyndon B. Johnson just days after the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr., who had championed the cause for many years.</p> <p>The act prohibits housing discrimination based on race, color, religion, national origin, sex, disability and familial status (sex was added in 1974, and disability and familial status were added in 1988).</p> <p>At the time the act was signed, overt housing discrimination was a huge problem throughout the country, including the attempted segregation of whole neighborhoods and the outright rejection of qualified renters based on race and other factors.</p> <p>Today, much of the discrimination in the housing market is less obvious, but it's still an unfortunate reality.</p> <p>According to the <a href="http://nationalfairhousing.org/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">National Fair Housing Alliance</a> (NFHA), over 25,000 housing discrimination complaints were filed with the federal government and local and national fair housing agencies in 2017. Over half of the complaints were based on disability, followed by race at 20 percent.</p> <p>But these numbers reflect only <em>reported</em> incidents. The NFHA estimates that over 4 million instances of housing discrimination occur annually, but many people don't realize they've been discriminated against - or know what steps to take when it happens.</p> <h2>What does housing discrimination look like?</h2> <p>Most of the people you encounter in your home search, including <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/5-myths-about-real-estate-agents-227286/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">real estate agents</a>, sellers, landlords, property management companies and lenders, are bound to Fair Housing Act regulations and additional state and local laws, based on where you live or are looking to live.</p> <p>Fair Housing Act violations can occur in all phases of buying and renting, including in advertising, while you search, throughout the application process, in financing or credit checks, and during eviction proceedings.</p> <p>Here are a few examples of discrimination people in protected classes have encountered:</p> <ul> <li>A real estate agent tries to "steer" a buyer away from a certain neighborhood</li> <li>A landlord tries to avoid renting to someone by saying the unit advertised has been rented when it hasn't</li> <li>A property management company refuses to rent to a family with children or requires a higher <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/get-your-security-deposit-back-210363/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">deposit</a></li> <li>A landlord evicts a person of color for a reason they wouldn't evict a white tenant for</li> <li>A mortgage broker asks questions or requests excessive documentation from an immigrant couple that they wouldn't request from another buyer</li> <li>A lender charges a single woman a higher interest rate than what her credit score should dictate</li> <li>A landlord refuses to make reasonable accommodations for a tenant who is disabled</li> </ul> <h2>What do I do if I've been discriminated against?</h2> <p>If you've been discriminated against in any of the ways above, or if you suspect that other actions taken by a property manager, landlord, real estate agent, broker or lender may be discriminatory, there are many resources at your disposal.</p> <ol> <li><strong>File a report: </strong>File a complaint with the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) at <a href="https://www.hud.gov/program_offices/fair_housing_equal_opp/online-complaint" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">HUD.gov</a>. You can also file a complaint with local housing resources found through the <a href="http://nationalfairhousing.org/get-local-help/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">NFHA</a>.</li> <li><strong>Get more info from local housing agencies:</strong> You can find a list of local housing counselors at <a href="https://apps.hud.gov/offices/hsg/sfh/hcc/hcs.cfm" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">HUD.gov</a>. Besides answering questions about discrimination claims, these agencies provide home buyer education workshops, pre-purchase counseling and rental housing assistance.</li> <li><strong>Talk to an attorney: </strong>Like any other legal issue, when pursuing a complaint under the Fair Housing Act, it's smart to consult a lawyer.</li> <li><strong>Find people you can trust: </strong>If you experienced housing discrimination from your real estate agent, mortgage broker or lender, it's time to find a new professional to help you in your home search. Ask friends, family members and colleagues for referrals they know, like and trust. Remember - these real estate professionals are working for you, so their only concern should be finding you the home that's right for you.</li> </ol> <p><strong>Related:</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/millennials-diversity-housing-209688/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Our Racially Divided Housing Market Is Changing, Thanks to Millennials</a></li> <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/rent/guide/renters-rights/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Understanding Your Basic Rights as a Renter</a></li> </ul> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=3ZytvS3Cl3A:Bx6_T2yH4ow:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=3ZytvS3Cl3A:Bx6_T2yH4ow:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> </div> https://www.zillow.com/blog/what-you-need-to-know-about-the-fair-housing-act-227310/feed/ 3 https://www.zillow.com/blog/what-you-need-to-know-about-the-fair-housing-act-227310/ 2018-07-02 22:39 +00:00 2018-07-03 10:39 +12:00 https://www.landlords.co.nz/article/6501/is-vaping-a-new-risk-for-landlords?utm_source=LL&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=Is+vaping+a+new+risk+for+landlords%3F+ https://www.landlords.co.nz/article/6501/is-vaping-a-new-risk-for-landlords?utm_source=LL&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=Is+vaping+a+new+risk+for+landlords%3F+ Is vaping a new risk for landlords? With many cigarette smokers switching to vaping, does this pose a new risk for landlords? Dr Marewa Glover argues that it does not. Mon, 02 Jul 2018 11:00:00 +1200 2018-07-02 11:00 +12:00 2018-07-02 11:00 +12:00 https://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=192836 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/ZillowBlog/~3/O9R_nG0nF3s/ Tips & Advice Personal Finance The Do's and Don'ts of Home Equity Loans Home equity burning a hole in your pocket? You may want to think twice about that boat. Fri, 29 Jun 2018 18:33:51 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/dos-donts-of-home-equity-loans-192836/#comments Vera Gibbons <p>Home equity is a valued resource, and if you have it, you might be tempted to tap that wealth for other purposes. A home equity loan, which allows you to use your home&#8217;s equity as collateral, is a great way to do this. But depending on your personal situation, it may not be the right thing to do.</p> <p>Here's when a <a href="https://www.zillow.com/mortgage-learning/home-equity-loans/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">home equity loan</a> makes sense - and when it doesn&#8217;t.</p> <h2>DON&#8217;T: Fund a lifestyle</h2> <p>Remember when homeowners yanked cash out of their homes to fund affluent lifestyles they couldn't really afford? These reckless borrowers, with their boats, fancy cars, lavish vacations and other luxury items, paid the price when the housing bubble burst. Property values plunged, and they lost their homes.</p> <p>Lesson learned: Don't squander your equity! Look at a home equity loan as an investment - not as extra cash when making spending decisions.</p> <h2>DO: Make home improvements</h2> <p>The safest use of home equity funds is for <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/budget-for-home-renovations-177504/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">home improvements</a> that will add to the home's value. If you have a one-time project (e.g., a new roof), then a home equity loan might make sense.</p> <p>If you need money over time to fund ongoing home improvement projects, then a home equity line of credit (HELOC) would make more sense. HELOCs let you pay as you go and usually have a variable rate that&#8217;s tied to the prime rate, plus or minus some percentage.</p> <h2>DON&#8217;T: Pay for basic expenses or bills</h2> <p>This is a no-brainer, but it's always worth reiterating: Basic expenses like groceries, clothing, utilities and phone bills should be a part of your household budget.</p> <p>If your budget doesn&#8217;t cover these and you&#8217;re thinking of borrowing money to afford them, it&#8217;s time to rework your budget and cut some of the excess.</p> <h2>DO: Consolidate debt</h2> <p>Consolidating multiple balances, including your high-interest credit card debts, will make perfect sense when you run the numbers. Who doesn't want to save potentially thousands of dollars in interest?</p> <p>Debt consolidation will simplify your life, too, but beware: It only works if you have discipline. If you don't, you'll likely run all your balances back up again and end up in even worse shape.</p> <h2>DON&#8217;T: Finance college</h2> <p>If you have college-age children, this may seem like a great use of <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/how-to-build-home-equity-226885/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">home equity</a>. However, the potential consequences down the road could be significant. And risky.</p> <p>Remember, tapping into your home equity may mean it takes longer to pay off the loan. It also may delay your retirement or put you even deeper in debt. And as you get older, it will likely be more difficult to earn the money to pay back the loan, so don't jeopardize your financial security.</p> <p><strong>Related</strong>:</p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/rehabbing-home-costs-217979/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Rehabbing a Home? Be Ready for These 5 Costs</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/mortgage-misconceptions-190742/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">5 Mortgage Misconceptions Set Straight</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/negotiating-the-counteroffer-206191/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">The Counteroffer: Negotiating a Real Estate Deal</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 February 23, 2016.</em></p> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=O9R_nG0nF3s:vTKFKNoMW48:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=O9R_nG0nF3s:vTKFKNoMW48:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> </div> https://www.zillow.com/blog/dos-donts-of-home-equity-loans-192836/feed/ 85 https://www.zillow.com/blog/dos-donts-of-home-equity-loans-192836/ 2018-06-29 18:33 +00:00 2018-06-30 06:33 +12:00 https://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=227286 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/ZillowBlog/~3/0A3xPvOkchs/ Tips & Advice home buying Home selling real estate agents Don't Believe These 5 Myths About Real Estate Agents Do you need one? Do they pocket the whole commission? Let's set the facts straight. Fri, 29 Jun 2018 17:09:24 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/5-myths-about-real-estate-agents-227286/#comments Brendon DeSimone <p>Buyers and sellers often enter the market with misconceptions about real estate agents - how we work, how the process works and what the agency relationship is all about.</p> <p>It&#8217;s helpful to point out, without getting too far into the weeds, that in any one real estate transaction, there are most likely two agents: one for the buyer and one for the seller.</p> <p>Here are five myths (and five truths) about working with both buyer's and seller's agents.</p> <h2>1. Agents get a 6 percent commission, no matter what</h2> <p>Most people assume that their agent is pocketing the entire <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/how-much-commission-to-pay-224764/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">commission</a>. That would be nice, but it&#8217;s just not accurate.</p> <h3>Truth</h3> <p>First, it's helpful to know that the seller pays the commission, and they split it four ways: between the two brokerages and the two agents.</p> <p>Finally, the brokerage commission isn't fixed or set in stone, and sellers can sometimes negotiate it.</p> <h2>2. Once you start with an agent, you're stuck with them</h2> <p>If you're a seller, you sign a contract with the real estate agent and their brokerage. That contract includes a term - typically six months to a year. Once you sign the agreement, you could, in fact, be "stuck" with their agent through the term. But that&#8217;s not always the case.</p> <h3>Truth</h3> <p>If things aren't working out, it's possible to ask the agent or the brokerage manager to release you from the agreement early.</p> <p>Buyers are rarely under a contract. In fact, buyer's agents work for free until their clients find a home. It can be as quick as a month, or it can take up to a year or more. And sometimes a buyer never purchases a house, and the agent doesn't get paid.</p> <p>Before jumping into an agent's car and asking them to play tour guide, consider a sit-down consultation or a call, and read their online reviews to see if they're the right fit.</p> <p>Otherwise, start slow, and if you don't feel comfortable, let them know early on - it's more difficult to break up with your agent if too much time passes.</p> <h2>3. It&#8217;s OK for buyers to use the home's selling agent</h2> <p>Today's buyers get most things on demand, from food to a ride to the airport. When it comes to real estate, buyers now assume they need only their smartphone to purchase a home, since most property listings live online.</p> <h3>Truth</h3> <p>First-time buyers or buyers new to an area don't know what they don't know, and they need an advocate.</p> <p>The listing agent represents the seller's interests and has a fiduciary responsibility to negotiate the best price and terms for the seller. So, working directly with the selling agent presents a conflict of interest - in favor of the seller.</p> <p>An excellent buyer's agent lives and breathes their local market. They've likely been inside and know the history of dozens of homes nearby. They're connected to the community, and they know the best inspectors, lenders, architects and attorneys.</p> <p>They've facilitated many transactions, which means they know all the <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/6-problems-home-inspector-may-miss-159039/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">red flags</a> and can tell you when to run away from (or toward) a home.</p> <h2>4. One agent is just as good as the next</h2> <p>Many people think of &#8220;agent&#8221; as a generic term and that all agents are created equal.</p> <h3>Truth</h3> <p>A great local agent can make an incredible difference, so never settle. The right agent can save you time and money, keep you out of trouble and protect you.</p> <p>Consider an agent who has lived and worked in the same town for ten years. They know the streets like the back of their hand. They have deep relationships with the other local agents. They have the inside track on upcoming deals and past transactions that can't be explained by looking at data online.</p> <p>Compare that agent to one who's visiting an area for the first time and needs their GPS to get around. Some agents aren't forthright and might be more interested in making a sale. Many others care more about building a long-term relationship with you, because their business is based off referrals.</p> <h2>5. You can't buy a for sale by owner (FSBO) home if you have an agent</h2> <p>In a previous generation, sellers who wouldn't deal with any agents tried to sell their home directly to a buyer to save the commission.</p> <h3>Truth</h3> <p>Smart sellers understand that real estate is complicated and that most buyers have separate representation. And many <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/buying-for-sale-by-owner-home-204781/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">FSBO</a> sellers will offer payment to a buyer's agent as an incentive to bring their buyer clients to the home.</p> <p>If you see an FSBO, don't be afraid to ask your agent to step in. Most of the time the seller will compensate them, and you can benefit from their knowledge and experience.</p> <p><strong>Related:</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/understand-real-estate-agent-role-155884/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Understanding the Role of the Real Estate Agent</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/buyers-agents-each-others-backs-198056/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Why Home Buyers and Agents Need to Have Each Other&#8217;s Backs</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> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=0A3xPvOkchs:pQrUW3wci7c:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=0A3xPvOkchs:pQrUW3wci7c:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> </div> https://www.zillow.com/blog/5-myths-about-real-estate-agents-227286/feed/ 15 https://www.zillow.com/blog/5-myths-about-real-estate-agents-227286/ 2018-06-29 17:09 +00:00 2018-06-30 05:09 +12:00 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. Tue, 26 Jun 2018 22:58:57 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/2017/renters/wants-needs/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">88 percent</a> of shoppers search online listings based on how many bedrooms and bathrooms they need. 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/2017/renters/wants-needs/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">67 percent</a> of renters said that a safe neighborhood is a must-have, and 46 percent said the same about a secure building.</p> <p>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 <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/lease-agreement-negotiate-180207/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">open to compromising</a>.</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> <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/ 3 https://www.zillow.com/blog/5-things-to-look-for-in-a-rental-listing-227225/ 2018-06-26 22:58 +00:00 2018-06-27 10:58 +12:00 https://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=196567 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/ZillowBlog/~3/oq0-00GJQ-c/ Tips & Advice entertaining pets Entertaining With Pets: How to Keep Them Safe (and Sane) at Your Next Soiree Mind your party petiquette - don't leave your furry friends hanging. Fri, 22 Jun 2018 12:55:07 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/party-animals-entertaining-in-a-home-with-pets-196567/#comments Sandy Robins <p>Whether you throw a housewarming party or a backyard barbecue, it's important to understand that your pets may not share your enthusiasm for <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/clean-your-home-for-guests-207473/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">entertaining</a>.</p> <p>Despite the term &#8220;party animals,&#8221; many dogs and cats don't like raucous gatherings with strangers invading their space. Some pets get really spooked by unusual activity in the home - even moving furniture around can upset them.</p> <p>Try these tips for keeping your pets calm, cool and collected come party time.</p> <h2>Prevent great escapes</h2> <p>Party guests often leave front doors and outside gates open and unsupervised, which means that pets can slip out and run away. And by the time you notice their absence, several hours may have passed. This can happen during party setup too - especially if you have caterers or delivery people coming in and out.</p> <p>Both cats and dogs, even if they are microchipped, should wear a collar with an up-to-date ID tag on it. And before the party, check that your pet is wearing its collar. Often the collar comes off for a bath or a <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/winning-the-war-on-pet-hair-193501/https://www.zillow.com/blog/winning-the-war-on-pet-hair-193501/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">grooming session</a>, so double-check to be safe.</p> <h2>Give pets a private &#8220;party&#8221;</h2> <p>Many pets will be much happier and safer if you sequester them in a designated room or portion of your house, away from your guests. It's a good idea to do this during setup too.</p> <p>Give them their own "party" with lots of distraction toys and treat puzzles in the area where you&#8217;ve decided to confine them. Include food and water - and a litter box if you have a cat. Take your dog for a long walk beforehand so it can have a potty break.</p> <p>Once they&#8217;re settled in their playroom, put a note on the door telling guests not to open it because there are pets inside.</p> <h2>Tricks to reduce stress</h2> <p>If your pets are particularly anxious around noise and people, it may be a good idea to use a pheromone plug-in to help them relax.</p> <p>Pheromones are a substance that mother dogs and cats produce to calm their young. They help alleviate stress-induced behaviors, such as inappropriate marking, chewing and barking. Plug-ins need time to allow the pheromones to circulate in the room, so do this a couple of days in advance. They usually last a month.</p> <p>Another alternative is to consider a <a href="http://www.thundershirt.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">ThunderShirt</a> for your dog or cat. They come in all sizes, not to mention some fun patterns and colors too. They work by the swaddling principle that mothers use to calm babies and small children, and many animal behaviorists recommend them.</p> <h2>&#8220;Please DON&#8217;T feed me!&#8221;</h2> <p>If you&#8217;re entertaining on a small scale and don&#8217;t need to keep pets contained, make sure they don't eat any food you may have put out in advance.</p> <p>It's OK to politely ask your friends not to feed your pets at the table or outside - even if your four-legged pal begs. Some foods, such as onions and grapes, are toxic to cats and dogs. And it's not cute to give your pet a glass of beer. It can make them really sick.</p> <p>When you&#8217;re barbecuing, watch those bones and corncobs. They&#8217;re choking hazards for pets.</p> <h2>Hazards of post-party cleanup</h2> <p>Don&#8217;t let your guard down once your guests leave and you let your pets back out - they might <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/kitchen-deep-clean-189772/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">clean up</a> too! Make sure they don't get into the kitchen when your back is turned and help themselves to leftovers or raid the trash. Or, even worse, get into that box of chocolates a guest brought as a gift.</p> <p>Speaking of gifts, if you&#8217;re planning to entertain, it's a really good idea to give your pet a new toy. The novelty of something new will keep your dog or cat engaged while you&#8217;re with your friends.</p> <p>Taking proper precautions helps ensure that everyone enjoys the party, including your pets.</p> <p><strong>Related</strong>:</p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/keeping-pets-safe-around-plants-178902/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Keeping Pets Safe Around Plants</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/ensure-pet-good-resident-200664/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">4 Ways to Ensure Your Pet Is a Good Rental Resident</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> <p><em>Originally published May 25, 2016.</em></p> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=oq0-00GJQ-c:1N26EyTP5yQ:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=oq0-00GJQ-c:1N26EyTP5yQ:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> </div> https://www.zillow.com/blog/party-animals-entertaining-in-a-home-with-pets-196567/feed/ 2 https://www.zillow.com/blog/party-animals-entertaining-in-a-home-with-pets-196567/ 2018-06-22 12:55 +00:00 2018-06-23 00:55 +12:00 https://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=193501 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/ZillowBlog/~3/kqj31uA2PhQ/ Home Improvement Cleaning pets How to Win the War on Pet Hair A lint roller will help you win the battle - but you'll need a little more to win the war. Thu, 21 Jun 2018 16:58:47 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/winning-the-war-on-pet-hair-193501/#comments Sandy Robins <p>If you&#8217;re a pet parent, you know that shedding season is in full swing - and your allergies probably are too.</p> <p>About <a href="http://www.aafa.org/page/pet-dog-cat-allergies.aspx" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">30 percent</a> of people with general allergies also have allergic reactions to cats and dogs. People with pet allergies have sensitive immune systems that can react to harmless proteins in a pet's urine, saliva or dander. And while pet hair itself is not an allergen, it collects dander and harbors other allergens, like dust and pollen.</p> <p>The best way to fight the war on fur hypersensitivities is on two fronts: on the pet itself (through regular grooming) and around the home.</p> <h2>A tidy pet&#8217;s a happy pet</h2> <p>Dogs with healthy skin shed skin cells every 22 days. But a dog with unhealthy skin can shed cells as often as every six days, exacerbating the amount of shedding that occurs in the home.</p> <p>Start with a regular bathing routine. Most groomers suggest bathing your dog at least once a month - just use an organic hypoallergenic shampoo that&#8217;s gentle enough to use frequently. Of course, if your cat hates water (most of them do!), try grooming wipes specially formulated for feline fur. They&#8217;ll help remove loose hair and stop it from settling on your carpet and furniture.</p> <p>Regularly brushing your pets is essential to winning the pet hair war. Grooming should never be considered a chore. Think of it as a way to spend quality time with your pet.</p> <p>Ask your groomer for advice about the right tools and brushes for your pet, especially if it has long fur. The secret to successfully grooming a cat is to let it pick the place where it&#8217;s happy to sit and be brushed. It could be on your lap or on a <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/trends-in-kitchen-design-223881/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">kitchen</a> counter - just put down a mat or towel so they don't slide around.</p> <p>Dogs are usually happy to be groomed anywhere. Outside in the yard is a good option, because loose hair can fly around without remaining in the house.</p> <h2>Tools and tricks</h2> <p>Consider a powerful vacuum cleaner your new best friend. And it doesn&#8217;t have to be one specially labeled for pet hair to get the job done. It's all about doing your research to find a vacuum with the best suction  and a variety of tools for extracting hair from stairs, crevices and cushions.</p> <p>The simple (but effective) lint roller also plays an important role in hair pickup. Besides the standard-sized rollers used for personal use, check pet stores and online pet retailers for large sticky sheets designed to lift pet hair on a grand scale.</p> <p>And as part of your <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/10-tips-spring-cleaning-193638/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">seasonal cleaning</a>, remember to wash any throws, blankets and even pet beds that are popular snooze zones. For best results, wash these items monthly.</p> <h2>Food for thought</h2> <p>Finally, if you think your pet is shedding excessively and is also suffering from flaky skin, the cause could be what&#8217;s in the food bowl. Good nutrition is vital for all pets, because it ensures a healthy skin and coat, which means they&#8217;ll shed less.</p> <p>So you can, in fact, control your own allergies by ensuring your pet has a great diet. At the very least, it's worth a discussion with your veterinarian.</p> <p><strong>Related</strong>:</p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/ensure-pet-good-resident-200664/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">4 Ways to Ensure Your Pet Is a Good Rental Resident</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/guide-to-house-cleaning-222514/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">The 9-to-5er&#8217;s Guide to Keeping Your House Clean</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/keeping-pets-safe-around-plants-178902/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Keeping Pets Safe Around Plants</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 March 6, 2016.</em></p> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=kqj31uA2PhQ:7q211cLR5X0:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=kqj31uA2PhQ:7q211cLR5X0:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> </div> https://www.zillow.com/blog/winning-the-war-on-pet-hair-193501/feed/ 5 https://www.zillow.com/blog/winning-the-war-on-pet-hair-193501/ 2018-06-21 16:58 +00:00 2018-06-22 04:58 +12:00 https://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=200664 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/ZillowBlog/~3/Q9j7p8ou8Oo/ Tips & Advice pets Renting 4 Ways to Ensure Your Pet Is a Good Rental Resident Yapping, chewing, howling, scratching ... not in this home! Thu, 21 Jun 2018 12:55:20 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/ensure-pet-good-resident-200664/#comments Sandy Robins <p>Nobody likes living next to a yappy dog - or even a howling cat. And while a growing number of rental properties specialize in pet-friendly apartments and homes, it's understandable why both property owners and their leasing agents are skeptical about pets.</p> <p>Here are some quick tips to help your pet be a neighborly renter.</p> <h2>1. Get them certified</h2> <p>To really show your future landlord that <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/ensure-dog-is-a-good-neighbor-191675/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">your dog is a good resident</a>, consider getting a <a href="http://www.akc.org/dog-owners/training/canine-good-citizen/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Canine Good Citizen (CGC) certificate</a>. Offered by the American Kennel Association (AKC), this certification proves that a dog has received basic training and is well socialized around both people and other dogs - thus, less likely to cause disturbances.</p> <p>If your dog is currently working with a trainer, ask about this certification, as many trainers are also CGC certified. The AKC provides details about <a href="http://www.akc.org/dog-owners/training/canine-good-citizen/clubs/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">groups</a> in various states that also offer this certification.</p> <p>Additionally, get a letter of recommendation from a previous landlord about your pet's behavior. It can put you in a strong position to look at a wider variety of pet-friendly properties.</p> <h2>2. Keep them busy</h2> <p>Take your dog for a long walk or run before you go to work to leave them tired and happy - and content to snooze instead of scratching the front door or annoying the neighbors by howling nonstop.</p> <p>Separation <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/reducing-pet-stress-194719/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">anxiety and stress</a> often lead to bad behavior in your absence. Give your pets distraction toys to keep them busy, or leave on a TV or radio for a sense of companionship.</p> <p>Consider employing a dog walker to come once a day, or send your pup to day care. Even if it&#8217;s only one day a week, it's one day less of them being stressed because they&#8217;re home alone.</p> <p>A variety of calming products - such as plug-in pheromone diffusers and anxiety wraps like the ThunderShirt - may help reduce your pet's anxiety levels and prevent nonstop barking throughout the day.</p> <h2>3. Mind the felines</h2> <p>If you have a cat, get a large litter box and scoop it daily. Cats will go outside the litter box and pee on carpets if their box is dirty.</p> <p>Similarly, keep a variety of scratchers around the home. Cats usually like to scratch soon after they wake up from a nap, so place scratching posts close to a favorite sleeping spot. This will deter them from permanently damaging your woodwork and carpets.</p> <h2>4. Prevent pests</h2> <p>Summer is the height of flea and tick season. Make sure your pet has the necessary protection so they don&#8217;t bring fleas indoors to infest your home.</p> <p>Interestingly, fleas only spend 20 percent of their life span on a pet. They spend the rest of their time in your carpeting and furnishings - and they can be difficult to eradicate quickly. Plus, landlords will charge for this kind of pest control.</p> <p>Like with so many other things in life, prevention is key.</p> <p><em>Looking for more information about renting? Check out our <a href="https://www.zillow.com/rent/guide/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Renters Guide</a>. </em></p> <p><strong>Related:</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/keeping-pets-safe-around-plants-178902/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Keeping Pets Safe Around Plants</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> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/pampered-pups-216411/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Pampered Pups: Home Features Dogs (and Their Owners) Will Love</a></li> </ul> <p><em>Originally published July 13, 2016.</em></p> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=Q9j7p8ou8Oo:1vJZHt2lQoc:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=Q9j7p8ou8Oo:1vJZHt2lQoc:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> </div> https://www.zillow.com/blog/ensure-pet-good-resident-200664/feed/ 2 https://www.zillow.com/blog/ensure-pet-good-resident-200664/ 2018-06-21 12:55 +00:00 2018-06-22 00:55 +12:00 https://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=227077 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/ZillowBlog/~3/Q-_8cwzdxBA/ Unique Homes unique homes This California Cabin + Airstream Combo Is a Mid-Century Must-See Wine country? Yep. Private creek access? That too. Plus there's a sauna, an outdoor shower and a nearby beach. What more could you want? Wed, 20 Jun 2018 19:08:08 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/california-cabin-airstream-227077/#comments Lindsay Cohen <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Booking a flight to Sonoma in 3, 2 …</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Nestled among the redwoods there sits a restored, A-frame-inspired, Mid-Century Modern cabin. The exterior is the blue-green amalgam of shallow ocean waters after a storm; the interior, a rich, warm, golden wood that glows at night.</span></p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-227083" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/150211-3096-Edit05-fdf898.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="594" /></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">As if the creekside views, dreamy lofted bedroom and &#8220;</span><span style="font-weight: 400;">Mad Men&#8221;</span><span style="font-weight: 400;">-esque stand-alone fireplace weren't enough, this home also comes with private water access, a sauna and an outdoor shower. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Oh - and a 16-foot restored vintage Airstream. It</span><span style="font-weight: 400;">s interior, fabulous lemon yellow. </span></p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-227086" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/150211-3220-Edit10-a2dc5e.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="533" /></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">If it sounds like a mouthful, it's the brainchild of a Cazadero, CA, woman who wanted to create a dreamy getaway where every day felt like a Sunday. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"Sundays mean many things to many - to indulge in doing nothing, be enveloped in another's company, to read, relax and dream," she wrote. "Imagine if every day were a Sunday."</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;"><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-227087" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/150211-3421-Edit16-299c54.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="1200" /></span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The partially off-grid property (there's no cell service) is perched on the shores of woodsy Austin Creek. There are two bedrooms in the main house and an ample deck that opens up onto the water.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">A separate wood-paneled sauna seats four people comfortably, and an outdoor shower allows for an alfresco cool-down. Nearby hammocks are the perfect place for dozing under the stars.</span></p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-227085" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/150211-3204-Edit09-a2f6a9.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="533" /></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The ocean is about a 10-minute drive away. Wineries are also a quick trip in the car.</span></p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-227084" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/150211-3136-Edit06-862161.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="533" /></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The home is currently available as a <a href="https://www.vrbo.com/653263" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">short-term rental</a>.</span></p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-227088" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/150211-3481-Edit01-ee1b8f.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="533" /></p> <p><strong>Related:</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/fire-pits-fireplaces-226493/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Quiz: Which Summer Space Melts Your Heart?</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/a-frame-cabin-226361/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">A-Frame Cabin With Creekside Soaking Tub – House of the Week</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/tiny-tropical-treehouse-in-hawaii-225313/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Explore a Tiny, Tropical Treehouse in Hawaii</a></li> </ul> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=Q-_8cwzdxBA:XliQkMjUmY4:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=Q-_8cwzdxBA:XliQkMjUmY4:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> </div> https://www.zillow.com/blog/california-cabin-airstream-227077/feed/ 6 https://www.zillow.com/blog/california-cabin-airstream-227077/ 2018-06-20 19:08 +00:00 2018-06-21 07:08 +12:00 https://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=190742 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/ZillowBlog/~3/EDq_5s5imfs/ Tips & Advice home buying Mortgages 5 Mortgage Misconceptions Set Straight Looking for a home loan? Get your facts straight so you can proceed with confidence. Wed, 20 Jun 2018 18:30:38 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/mortgage-misconceptions-190742/#comments Julian Hebron <p>Getting a mortgage can be a breeze or a slog, depending on what you know about the process. To get organized and set your expectations properly, let&#8217;s debunk some common mortgage myths.</p> <h2>1. Lenders use your best credit scores</h2> <p>If you're applying for a mortgage jointly with a co-borrower, logic suggests that your lender would use the highest credit score between both of you.</p> <p>However, lenders take the middle of three credit scores (from Equifax, TransUnion and Experian) for each borrower, and then use the lowest score between both borrowers&#8217; "middle scores."</p> <p>So, if you had a middle score of 780, and your <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/joint-mortgage-credit-scores-224438/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">co-borrower</a> had a middle score of 660, most lenders would qualify and approve you using the 660 credit score.</p> <p>Rates are tied to credit scores, so in this example, your rate would be based on the 660 credit score, which would push your rate up significantly - or potentially even make you ineligible for the loan.</p> <p>There are exceptions to this lowest-case-credit-score rule. Most notably, if you have the higher credit score and are also the higher earner, some lenders will allow your higher credit score on the file - but this is mostly for jumbo loans above $417,000.</p> <p>Ask your lender about exceptions if you have credit score disparity between co-borrowers, but know that these exceptions are rare.</p> <h2>2. The rate you&#8217;re quoted is the rate you&#8217;ll get</h2> <p>Unless you're locking in a rate at the moment it's quoted, that rate quote can change. Rates are tied to daily trading of mortgage bonds, so most lenders' rates change throughout each day.</p> <p>Refinancers can often lock a rate when it's quoted - as long as you've given your lender enough information and documentation to determine if you qualify for the quoted rate.</p> <p>You typically receive a quote when you're beginning your <a href="https://www.zillow.com/mortgage-learning/pre-qualification-vs-pre-approval/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">pre-approval process</a>, but a rate lock runs with a borrower and a property. So until you've found a home to buy, you can't lock your rate. And while you're home shopping, rates will be changing daily, so you'll need updated quotes from your lender throughout your home shopping process.</p> <p>Rate quotes also come with an <a href="https://www.zillow.com/mortgage-learning/what-is-apr/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">annual percentage rate (APR)</a>, which is a federally required disclosure that shows what your rate would be if all loan fees are incorporated into the rate.</p> <p>This can make you think that APR is the rate you'll get, but your loan payment will always be based on your locked rate, and the APR is just a disclosure to help you understand fees.</p> <h2>3. Fixed-rate mortgages are always better than adjustable-rate mortgages</h2> <p>After the 2008 financial crisis, many borrowers started preferring 30-year fixed loans. For good reason too: The rate and payment on a 30-year fixed loan can never change. But the longer the rate is fixed for, the higher the rate.</p> <p>So before settling on a 30-year fixed, ask yourself this question: How long am I going to own this home (or keep the loan) for?</p> <p>Suppose the answer is five years. If you got a five-year adjustable rate mortgage (ARM) instead of a 30-year fixed, your rate would be about .875 percent lower. On a $200,000 loan, you'd save $146 per month in interest by taking the five-year ARM. On a $600,000 loan, the monthly interest cost savings is $438.</p> <p>To <a href="https://www.zillow.com/mortgage-learning/first-time-homebuyers-financing/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">optimize your home financing</a>, peg the loan term as closely as you can to your expected time horizon in the home.</p> <h2>4. Real estate agents don't care which lender you use</h2> <p>A federal law enacted in 1974 called the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act (RESPA) prohibits lenders and real estate agents from paying each other fees to refer customers to each other. So as a mortgage shopper, you're always free to use any lender you choose.</p> <p>But real estate agents who would represent you as a buyer <em>do</em> care which lender you use. They'll often suggest that you use a local lender who's experienced with your area&#8217;s nuances, such as local taxation rules, settlement procedures and appraisal methodologies.</p> <p>These areas are all part of the loan process and can delay or kill deals if a nonlocal lender isn't experienced enough to handle them.</p> <p>Likewise, real estate agents representing sellers on homes you're interested in will often prioritize purchase offers based on the quality of loan approvals. Local lenders who are known and respected by listing agents give your purchase offers more credibility.</p> <h2>5. Mortgage insurance is always required if you put less than 20 percent down</h2> <p><a href="https://www.zillow.com/mortgage-learning/private-mortgage-insurance/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Mortgage insurance</a> is a lender-risk premium placed on many home loans when you're putting less than 20 percent down. In short, it means your total monthly housing cost is higher. But you can buy a home with less than 20 percent down and avoid mortgage insurance.</p> <p>The most common way to do this is with a combination first and second mortgage - often called a piggyback - where the first mortgage is capped at 80 percent of the home's value, and the second mortgage is for the balance of what you want to finance.</p> <p><strong>Related</strong>:</p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/mortgage-bank-statement-review-224440/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">What Do Mortgage Lenders Review on Bank Statements?</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/home-ownership-two-names-mortgage-224435/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Who Owns the Home When Two Names are on the Mortgage?</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/get-a-mortgage-with-a-new-job-223707/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">How to Get a Mortgage and Change Jobs at the Same Time</a></li> </ul> <p><em>Originally published January 12, 2016.</em></p> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=EDq_5s5imfs:5HgSUeDChLc:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=EDq_5s5imfs:5HgSUeDChLc:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> </div> https://www.zillow.com/blog/mortgage-misconceptions-190742/feed/ 8 https://www.zillow.com/blog/mortgage-misconceptions-190742/ 2018-06-20 18:30 +00:00 2018-06-21 06:30 +12:00 https://www.landlords.co.nz/article/6494/correct-facts-on-tax-rental-properties-nzpif?utm_source=LL&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=Correct+facts+on+tax+%26+rental+properties+-+NZPIF https://www.landlords.co.nz/article/6494/correct-facts-on-tax-rental-properties-nzpif?utm_source=LL&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=Correct+facts+on+tax+%26+rental+properties+-+NZPIF Correct facts on tax & rental properties - NZPIF The NZ Property Investors Federation has produced research which shows that property investors pay their fair share of tax... Wed, 20 Jun 2018 11:00:00 +1200 2018-06-20 11:00 +12:00 2018-06-20 11:00 +12:00 https://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=226582 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/ZillowBlog/~3/ChlWH6f0eRQ/ Unique Homes unique homes Summer Smackdown: Which Home Is Your Favorite? Now trending: tiny homes, treehouses and more! From future-focused to fabulous prefab, who will win? Weigh in with your vote. Tue, 19 Jun 2018 19:50:54 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/summer-smackdown-226582/#comments Lindsay Cohen <p>They're 2018's biggest home trends! We've seen everything from an architect's <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/lunar-lander-tiny-home-226261/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">out-of-this-world getaway</a> to a <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/double-shipping-container-225660/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">shipping container home</a> you'll want to double down on.</p> <p>So what happens when these homes go head-to-head? Pick your favorite and check out the results!</p> <div class="riddle_target" style="margin: 0 auto; max-width: 100%; width: 640px;" data-rid-id="154656" data-fg="#0074E4" data-bg="#FFFFFF" data-auto-scroll="true"> <div class="riddle_target" style="margin: 0 auto; max-width: 100%; width: 640px;" data-rid-id="154656" 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="Opinion Poll - Which tiny home tickles your fancy?" src="https://www.riddle.com/a/154656?" width="300" height="150"></p> <section> <h2>Which tiny home tickles your fancy?</h2> </section> <section> <h2>Pizza oven tiny home</h2> </section> <section> <h3>Tiny home with bouldering wall</h3> </section> <p></iframe></div> </div> <h6><em><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/tiny-home-pizza-oven-226014/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Pizza oven tiny home</a> photo by <a href="https://www.jimjerniganstudio.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Jim Jernigan</a>; <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/tiny-home-bouldering-wall-225558/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">tiny home with bouldering wall</a> photo courtesy of <a href="https://www.tinyheirloom.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Tiny Heirloom</a>.</em></h6> <div class="riddle_target" style="margin: 0 auto; max-width: 100%; width: 640px;" data-rid-id="155296" 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="Opinion Poll - Which treehouse would you like to climb?" src="https://www.riddle.com/a/155296?" width="300" height="150"></p> <section> <h2>Which treehouse would you like to climb?</h2> </section> <section> <h2>Tropical Hawaiian escape</h2> </section> <section> <h3>Island treehouse tower</h3> </section> <p></iframe></div> <h6><em><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/tiny-tropical-treehouse-in-hawaii-225313/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Tropical Hawaiian escape</a> photo by <a href="http://www.erikhecht.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Erik Hecht</a>; <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/treehouse-tower-219804/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">island treehouse tower</a> photo by <a href="http://www.erikhecht.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Erik Hecht</a>.</em></h6> <div data-rid-id="155299" data-fg="#0074E4" data-bg="#FFFFFF" data-auto-scroll="true"> <div class="riddle_target" style="margin: 0 auto; max-width: 100%; width: 640px;" data-rid-id="155309" 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="Opinion Poll - Which A-frame gets an A-plus?" src="https://www.riddle.com/a/155309?" width="300" height="150"></p> <section> <h2>Which A-frame gets an A-plus?</h2> </section> <section> <h2>Pennsylvania mountain house</h2> </section> <section> <h3>Woodsy Washington cabin</h3> </section> <p></iframe></div> </div> <h6 data-rid-id="155309" data-fg="#0074E4" data-bg="#FFFFFF" data-auto-scroll="true"><em>Pennsylvania mountain house photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homes/for_sale/house_type/78524373_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Zillow listing</a>; woodsy Washington cabin photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homes/for_sale/WA/house_type/23647442_zpid" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Zillow listing</a>.</em></h6> <div data-rid-id="155309" data-fg="#0074E4" data-bg="#FFFFFF" data-auto-scroll="true"> <div class="riddle_target" style="margin: 0 auto; max-width: 100%; width: 640px;" data-rid-id="155686" 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="Opinion Poll - Which cabin would you like to get cozy in?" src="https://www.riddle.com/a/155686?" width="300" height="150"></p> <section> <h2>Which cabin would you like to get cozy in?</h2> </section> <section> <h2>200-year-old log house</h2> </section> <section> <h3>Tiny boho retreat</h3> </section> <p></iframe></div> <div data-rid-id="155686" data-fg="#0074E4" data-bg="#FFFFFF" data-auto-scroll="true"></div> <h6 data-rid-id="155686" data-fg="#0074E4" data-bg="#FFFFFF" data-auto-scroll="true"><em><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/200-year-old-log-cabin-house-of-the-week-226084/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Log house</a> photo by <a href="http://mirrorlakephotography.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Bernie Coulson</a>; <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/bohemian-cabin-220097/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">tiny boho retreat</a> photo by <a href="http://www.shidumelozada.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Shidume Lozada</a>.</em></h6> <div data-rid-id="155686" data-fg="#0074E4" data-bg="#FFFFFF" data-auto-scroll="true"> <div class="riddle_target" style="margin: 0 auto; max-width: 100%; width: 640px;" data-rid-id="155702" 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="Opinion Poll - Which fanciful home is most fabulous?" src="https://www.riddle.com/a/155702?" width="300" height="150"></p> <section> <h2>Which fanciful home is most fabulous?</h2> </section> <section> <h2>House inspired by Hobbits</h2> </section> <section> <h3>Rustic Texas yurt</h3> </section> <p></iframe></div> </div> <h6 class="riddle_target" style="margin: 0 auto; max-width: 100%; width: 640px;" data-rid-id="155702" data-fg="#1486CD" data-bg="#FFFFFF" data-auto-scroll="true"><em> </em></h6> <h6 data-rid-id="155702" data-fg="#1486CD" data-bg="#FFFFFF" data-auto-scroll="true"><em><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/hobbit-house-222609/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Hobbit house</a> photo by <a href="http://www.erikhecht.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Erik Hecht</a>; <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/10-dreamy-adventure-yurts-224985/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">rustic Texas yurt</a> photo by <a href="http://www.seanmathis.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Sean Mathis</a>.</em></h6> <div data-rid-id="155702" data-fg="#1486CD" data-bg="#FFFFFF" data-auto-scroll="true"> <div class="riddle_target" style="margin: 0 auto; max-width: 100%; width: 640px;" data-rid-id="155714" data-fg="#0074E4" data-bg="#FFFFFF" data-auto-scroll="true"> <div class="riddle_target" style="margin: 0 auto; max-width: 100%; width: 640px;" data-rid-id="155714" 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="Opinion Poll - Which homestead feels like home?" src="https://www.riddle.com/a/155714?" width="300" height="150"></p> <section> <h2>Which homestead feels like home?</h2> </section> <section> <h2>Rustic desert cabin</h2> </section> <section> <h3>Joshua Tree getaway</h3> </section> <p></iframe></div> </div> <h6><em>Rustic desert cabin photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homes/for_sale/2089547306_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Zillow listing</a>; <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homes/for_sale/2089322122_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Joshua Tree getaway</a> photo by <a href="https://www.pixellab.us/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Aaron Lyles/PIXELLAB Photography &amp; Design</a>.</em></h6> <div class="riddle_target" style="margin: 0 auto; max-width: 100%; width: 640px;" data-rid-id="155717" 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="Opinion Poll - Which historic home do you prefer?" src="https://www.riddle.com/a/155717?" width="300" height="150"></p> <section> <h2>Which historic home do you prefer?</h2> </section> <section> <h2>Virginia stunner</h2> </section> <section> <h3>Vermont Victorian</h3> </section> <p></iframe></div> </div> <div data-rid-id="155702" data-fg="#1486CD" data-bg="#FFFFFF" data-auto-scroll="true"> <h6 data-rid-id="155717" data-fg="#0074E4" data-bg="#FFFFFF" data-auto-scroll="true"><em>Virginia stunner photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homes/for_sale/house_type/94184300_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Zillow listing</a>; Vermont Victorian photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homes/for_sale/VT/house_type/115796837_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Zillow listing</a>.</em></h6> <div data-rid-id="155717" data-fg="#0074E4" data-bg="#FFFFFF" data-auto-scroll="true"> <div class="riddle_target" style="margin: 0 auto; max-width: 100%; width: 640px;" data-rid-id="155718" 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="Opinion Poll - Which future-focused home do you like more?" src="https://www.riddle.com/a/155718?" width="300" height="150"></p> <section> <h2>Which future-focused home do you like more?</h2> </section> <section> <h2>Lunar lander tiny home</h2> </section> <section> <h3>Double shipping container</h3> </section> <p></iframe></div> <h6 data-rid-id="155718" data-fg="#0074E4" data-bg="#FFFFFF" data-auto-scroll="true"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/lunar-lander-tiny-home-226261/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><em>Lunar lander tiny home</em></a><em> photo by Marcus Ricci; <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/shipping-container-home-226679/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">double shipping container</a> photo by <a href="http://www.jacquelinemarque.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Jacqueline Marque</a>.</em></h6> <div data-rid-id="155718" data-fg="#0074E4" data-bg="#FFFFFF" data-auto-scroll="true"> <div class="riddle_target" style="margin: 0 auto; max-width: 100%; width: 640px;" data-rid-id="155299" 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="Opinion Poll - Where would you rather sit surfside?" src="https://www.riddle.com/a/155299?" width="300" height="150"></p> <section> <h2>Where would you rather sit surfside?</h2> </section> <section> <h2>Outer Banks beach house</h2> </section> <section> <h3>California castle</h3> </section> <p><span data-mce-type="bookmark" style="display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;" class="mce_SELRES_start"></span></p> <p></iframe></div> </div> <div data-rid-id="155718" data-fg="#0074E4" data-bg="#FFFFFF" data-auto-scroll="true"> <h6><em>Outer Banks beach house photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homes/for_sale/house_type/247063534_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Zillow listing</a>; California castle photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homes/for_sale/house_type/15401495_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Zillow listing</a>.</em></h6> <h6><em>Top photo by <a href="https://www.pixellab.us/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Aaron Lyles/PIXELLAB Photography &amp; Design</a>.</em></h6> <p><strong>Related:</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/fire-pits-fireplaces-226493/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Quiz: Which Summer Space Melts Your Heart?</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/celeb-vacation-dream-home-201268/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Which Celeb&#8217;s House Is Your Vacation Dream Home?</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/sleek-prefab-meets-rustic-red-barn-226246/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Sleek Prefab Meets Rustic Red Barn – House of the Week</a></li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=ChlWH6f0eRQ:Crf2WP_w2Yc:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=ChlWH6f0eRQ:Crf2WP_w2Yc:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> </div> https://www.zillow.com/blog/summer-smackdown-226582/feed/ 377 https://www.zillow.com/blog/summer-smackdown-226582/ 2018-06-19 19:50 +00:00 2018-06-20 07:50 +12:00 https://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=201963 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/ZillowBlog/~3/xGI69Wgv3jw/ Tips & Advice Renting 'You're Throwing Money Away' and Other Myths About Renting Love flexibility? It may be time to rethink renting's bad reputation. Tue, 19 Jun 2018 13:00:54 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/3-myths-renting-201963/#comments Jamie Birdwell-Branson <p>Renting often gets a bad rap.</p> <p>It&#8217;s true that some aspects of being a renter are less than glamorous, but it&#8217;s not all bad. In fact, the number of renters is on the rise, and the traditional mindset about renting is changing.</p> <p>Let&#8217;s debunk three of the most common myths about renting.</p> <h2>1. You're throwing money away</h2> <p>Many people say that paying rent is like taking your money and throwing it away. While you may not be gaining equity in a home, you are paying for somewhere to call home, which is not the same thing as throwing your money in a trash can.</p> <p>And let&#8217;s not understate the value of avoiding <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/hidden-costs-of-homeownership-2017-219659/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">household maintenance costs</a>. Most rentals include upkeep and repair services, and some even include the cost of utilities.</p> <p>Additionally, buying a home may not be a wise financial decision for you right now. Maybe you live in an expensive housing market or you don't have quite enough saved for a down payment. Simply put, renting may be in your best financial interest.</p> <p>To find out whether <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/compare-renting-vs-owning-home-201408/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">renting or buying</a> is more financially viable for you, there are several <a href="https://www.zillow.com/rent-vs-buy-calculator/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">tools</a> available to help you make an informed decision.</p> <h2>2. You have no negotiating power</h2> <p>A common myth surrounding the landlord-tenant relationship assumes the landlord has all the power.</p> <p>Contrary to popular belief, renters have a lot of <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/lease-agreement-negotiate-180207/">negotiating power</a> when they sign a lease, says Tracy Atkinson, director of global marketing and relations for Goodman Real Estate in Seattle.</p> <p>"If you think you may be buying a house soon ask, 'Do you have a mortgage clause?' You can also ask about a job relocation clause. Simply ask, 'Can you work with me?' Each resident has the power to do that," she advises.</p> <p>The most important thing is to read the lease in its entirety to ensure you understand what you're signing. If you see terms you want adjusted, don't be afraid to ask.</p> <h2>3. It's difficult to get out of a lease</h2> <p>Another common misconception about renting is that it's hard to <a href="https://www.zillow.com/rent/guide/give-notice-break-your-lease/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">get out of a lease</a>.</p> <p>Though it's not advisable to sign a long-term lease when you know life changes are ahead, sometimes life throws us a curve ball. Whether you relocate for a job or your roommate moves out, sometimes it's necessary to break your lease.</p> <p>One option is to sublet your place. Check with your landlord or property management company to ensure that subletting is allowed, and get everything from both your landlord and the new tenant in writing.</p> <p>If you&#8217;re relocating, another option is to work with your property management company to find available units at a sister property or even in another state.</p> <p>Talking with your property manager and explaining your situation will always help you find the right solution for you, Atkinson says.</p> <p>Of course, there may be fees associated with breaking your lease no matter how you go about it, so be prepared for that expense.</p> <p><em>Looking for more information about renting? Check out our <a href="https://www.zillow.com/rent/guide/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Renters Guide</a>. </em></p> <p><strong>Related:</strong></p> <ul> <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> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/5-ways-to-score-a-lease-196907/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">6 Ways to Score a Lease in a Competitive Rental Market</a></li> </ul> <p><em>Originally published August 5, 2016.</em></p> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=xGI69Wgv3jw:Z4n0EoxaChA:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=xGI69Wgv3jw:Z4n0EoxaChA:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> </div> https://www.zillow.com/blog/3-myths-renting-201963/feed/ 57 https://www.zillow.com/blog/3-myths-renting-201963/ 2018-06-19 13:00 +00:00 2018-06-20 01:00 +12:00 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 Want to keep your garage tidy and take the hassle out of getting everyone's gear together for practice? This simple storage solution is a slam dunk. Mon, 18 Jun 2018 22:30:18 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 LeBron James of <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/tag/diy/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">DIY projects</a>. With all your 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;enablejsonapi=1" frameborder="0" allow="autoplay; encrypted-media" 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 <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/garage-storage-tips-153533/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">garage</a>.</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. You'll want the holes to be 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 be sure to 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 1x2s 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 catchall, MVP!</h2> <p>Grab your gear and organize the bins like you're Russell Westbrook going for another triple-double. 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><em>Originally published September 12, 2017.</em></p> <p><strong>Related:</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/garage-tricks-getting-organized-168713/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Regain Your Garage: Simple Tricks for Getting Organized</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> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/diy-weekends-work-213041/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">DIY Weekends That Work</a></li> </ul> <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/ 4 https://www.zillow.com/blog/sporting-goods-catchall-220812/ 2018-06-18 22:30 +00:00 2018-06-19 10:30 +12:00 https://www.nzherald.co.nz/property-infographics/news/article.cfm?c_id=1503298&objectid=12073000&ref=rss newsfeeds@nzherald.co.nz 'I thought I was going to have a nervous breakdown': Retiree on battle with Ng&#257;ti Wh&#257;tua over demolished home Once she decided retirement village life was for her, Sandra Pearce, 76, chose an Eastcliffe place in Auckland's Or&#257;kei, bought three years ago for $780,000."I thought I'd treat myself. I just loved looking out every single... Tue, 19 Jun 2018 09:04:30 +1200 2018-06-19 09:04 +12:00 2018-06-19 09:04 +12:00 https://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=226361 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/ZillowBlog/~3/0knOs027yQk/ Unique Homes unique homes A-Frame Cabin With Creekside Soaking Tub – House of the Week With a s'mores-ready fire pit and outdoor tub under the evergreens, this woodsy cabin was meant for soaking in summer's moments. Mon, 18 Jun 2018 18:35:46 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/a-frame-cabin-226361/#comments Lindsay Cohen <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Talk about a midsummer night's dream. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">When Ryan Southard and his wife, Val, moved from New York to the Pacific Northwest in 2013, they wanted a retreat from the hustle and bustle of their East Coast lives. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">They found their perfect escape in an A-frame nestled among the evergreens of Mount Rainier National Park and dubbed their little slice of heaven the <a href="http://www.littleowlcabin.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Little Owl Cabin</a>.</span></p> <figure id="attachment_227059" style="width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><img class="wp-image-227059 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/IMG_3354-f4f0d9.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="533" /><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo by <a href="http://www.ellie-lillstrom.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Ellie Lillstrom</a>.</figcaption></figure> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The couple spent about a year gutting and renovating the rustic hideaway, giving it a Mid-Century Modern feel. They hunted down vintage pieces at area flea markets, hung antique skis on the wall, and added pops of crimson to the paint and furniture.</span></p> <figure id="attachment_227062" style="width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><img class="size-full wp-image-227062" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/IMG_3413-931830.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="533" /><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo by <a href="http://www.ellie-lillstrom.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Ellie Lillstrom</a>.</figcaption></figure> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Built in 1976, the home has 2 bedrooms, including an upstairs loft with views of an old-growth forest. A second bedroom features custom-built bunk beds that can sleep up to three people comfortably.</span></p> <figure id="attachment_227061" style="width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><img class="size-full wp-image-227061" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/IMG_3393-c45620.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="533" /><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo by <a href="http://www.ellie-lillstrom.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Ellie Lillstrom</a>.</figcaption></figure> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Outdoors, a 200-square-foot deck and outdoor fire pit are perfect for endless summer nights under the stars. String lights illuminate a cedar soaking tub, and there's a hammock to nap on as you listen to the sounds of Coal Creek, just 20 yards away.</span></p> <figure id="attachment_226555" style="width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><img class="wp-image-226555 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Exterior-by-Ryan-Southard-961a70.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="600" /><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo by <a href="http://littleowlcabin.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Ryan Southard</a>.</figcaption></figure> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Sandwiched about 2 1/2 hours from both Portland and Seattle, the cabin is roughly 5 miles from one of the entrances to Mount Rainier. Hiking, skiing and wineries are all within driving distance.</span></p> <figure id="attachment_227063" style="width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><img class="wp-image-227063 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/IMG_3458-6b2f65.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="533" /><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo by <a href="http://www.ellie-lillstrom.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Ellie Lillstrom</a>.</figcaption></figure> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The home is currently available as a <a href="http://www.littleowlcabin.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">short-term rental</a>.</span></p> <figure id="attachment_227060" style="width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><img class="wp-image-227060 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/IMG_3372-d553cf.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="533" /><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo by <a href="http://www.ellie-lillstrom.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Ellie Lillstrom</a>.</figcaption></figure> <p><em>Top photo by <a href="http://www.ellie-lillstrom.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Ellie Lillstrom</a>.</em></p> <p><strong>Related:</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/200-year-old-log-cabin-house-of-the-week-226084/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">A 200-Year-Old Log Cabin That&#8217;s Anything but Old Fashioned – House of the Week</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/cabins-for-300000-or-less-222557/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">10 Cozy Cabins for $300,000 or Less</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/cabin-buying-tips-222101/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">What You Need to Know Before Buying Your Dream Cabin</a></li> </ul> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=0knOs027yQk:QIAs5Z6ks2E:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=0knOs027yQk:QIAs5Z6ks2E:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> </div> https://www.zillow.com/blog/a-frame-cabin-226361/feed/ 2 https://www.zillow.com/blog/a-frame-cabin-226361/ 2018-06-18 18:35 +00:00 2018-06-19 06:35 +12:00 https://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=148354 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/ZillowBlog/~3/BZQSGKlgSGE/ Tips & Advice curb appeal home remodel home seller tips home staging paint color 5 Myths (and 5 Truths) About Selling Your Home True or false: All real estate advice is good advice. (Hint: Well ... it depends.) Mon, 18 Jun 2018 14:15:36 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/5-myths-about-home-selling-148354/#comments Mary Boone <p>Everyone has advice about the real estate market, but not all of that unsolicited information is true. So when it comes time to list your home, you'll need to separate fact from fiction.</p> <p>Below we&#8217;ve identified the top five real estate myths - and debunked them so you can hop on the fast track to selling your property.</p> <h2>Myth #1: I need to redo my kitchen and bathroom before selling</h2> <p><b>Truth:</b> While kitchens and bathrooms can increase the value of a home, you won't get a large return on investment if you do a major renovation just before selling.</p> <p>Minor renovations, on the other hand, may help you sell your home for a higher price. New countertops or new appliances may be just the kind of bait you need to reel in a buyer. Check out comparable listings in your neighborhood, and see what work you need to do to compete in the market.</p> <h2>Myth #2: My home&#8217;s exterior isn't as important as the interior</h2> <p><b>Truth:</b> Home buyers often make snap judgments based simply on a home's exterior. Therefore, <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/budget-friendly-curb-appeal-194022/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">curb appeal</a> is very important.</p> <p>"A lot of buyers search online or drive by properties before they even enlist my services," says <a href="https://www.zillow.com/profile/BicDeCaro/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Bic DeCaro</a>, a real estate agent at Westgate Realty Group in Falls Church, VA. "If the yard is cluttered or the driveway is all broken up, there's a chance they won't ever enter the house - they'll just keep driving."</p> <p>The good news is that it doesn't cost a bundle to improve your home's exterior. Start by cutting the grass, trimming the hedges and clearing away any clutter. Then, for less than $50, you could put up new house numbers, paint the front door, plant some flowers or install a new, more stylish porch light.</p> <h2>Myth #3: If my house is clean, I don't need to stage it</h2> <p><b>Truth: </b>Clean and tidy is a good first step, but professional home stagers have raised the bar. Tossing dirty laundry in the closet and sweeping the front steps just aren&#8217;t enough anymore.</p> <p>Stagers make homes appeal to a broad range of tastes. They can skillfully identify ways to highlight your home&#8217;s best features and compensate for its shortcomings. They might, for example, recommend removing blinds from a window with a great view or replacing a double bed with a twin to make a bedroom look bigger.</p> <p>Of course, you don't have to hire a professional stager. But if you don't, be ready to <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/expert-home-staging-tips-219625/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">use some of their tactics</a> to get your home ready for sale - especially if staging is a trend where you live. An unstaged house will pale when compared to others on the market.</p> <h2>Myth #4: Granite and stainless steel appliances are old news</h2> <p><b>Truth:</b> The majority of home shoppers still want granite counters and stainless steel appliances. Quartz, marble and concrete counters also have wide appeal.</p> <p>"Most shoppers just want to steer away from anything that looks dated," says <a href="https://www.zillow.com/profile/drubloomfield/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Dru Bloomfield</a>, a real estate agent with RE/MAX Platinum Living in Scottsdale, AZ. "When you a design a space, you need to decide if you&#8217;re doing it for yourself or for resale potential.&#8221;</p> <p>She suggests that if you're not planning to move anytime soon, decorate any way you like. But if you&#8217;re planning to put your home on the market within the next couple of years, stick to elements that have mass appeal.</p> <p>"I recently sold a house where the kitchen had been remodeled 12 years ago, and everybody thought it had just been done because the owners had chosen timeless elements: dark maple cabinets, granite counters and stainless steel appliances."</p> <h2>Myth #5: Home shoppers can ignore paint colors they don't like</h2> <p><b>Truth:</b> <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/how-much-will-you-pay-to-move-91663/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Moving is a lot of work</a>, and while many home buyers realize they could take on the task of painting walls, they simply don't want to.</p> <p>That's why one of the most important things you can do to update your home is apply a fresh coat of neutral paint. Neutral colors also help a property stand out in online photographs, which is where most potential buyers will get their first impression of your property.</p> <p>Hiring a professional to paint the interior of a 2,000-square-foot house will cost about $3,000 to $6,000, depending on labor costs in your region. You could buy the paint and do the job yourself for $300 to $500. Either way, if a fresh coat of paint helps your home stand out in a crowded market, it's probably a worthwhile investment.</p> <p><strong>Related:</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/quiz-renovate-home-or-sell-225199/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Quiz: Should You Renovate Your Home or Sell?</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/listing-photo-dos-and-donts-157730/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">9 Listing Photo Do&#8217;s and Don&#8217;ts</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/updates-increase-your-home-value-218078/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Small Updates, Big Return: 5 Ways to Increase Your Home&#8217;s Value</a></li> </ul> <p><em>Originally published April 1, 2014.</em></p> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=BZQSGKlgSGE:UKltNhy1BXE:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=BZQSGKlgSGE:UKltNhy1BXE:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> </div> https://www.zillow.com/blog/5-myths-about-home-selling-148354/feed/ 21 https://www.zillow.com/blog/5-myths-about-home-selling-148354/ 2018-06-18 14:15 +00:00 2018-06-19 02:15 +12:00 https://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=226885 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/ZillowBlog/~3/Fisq3Y1Twls/ Tips & Advice affordability homeownership Mortgages 6 Smart Ways to Build Home Equity Want to create wealth through homeownership? Build equity. Fri, 15 Jun 2018 21:56:13 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/how-to-build-home-equity-226885/#comments Julian Hebron <p>Home equity is the percentage of your home's value that you own, and it's key to building wealth through homeownership. Let's take a closer look at how to build home equity without blowing your budget - and how to access it when you need it.</p> <h2>How much equity do you have?</h2> <p>Equity is easy to calculate when you first buy a home because it's basically your down payment. For example, if you put $11,250 down on a $225,000 home, your down payment is 5 percent and so is your equity.</p> <p>From 2016 to the first quarter of 2018, most first-time home buyers in the U.S. started with about 7-percent equity, according to Inside Mortgage Finance. This is encouraging because it shows you don't need to spend years saving for 20 percent down or more before you buy. Repeat home buyers started with more equity, at about 17 percent.</p> <h2>How to build your equity</h2> <p>Here are six ways your home can create wealth for you. Some require time, money - or both. A lender can help you decide what works best for you.</p> <h3>1. Let your home appreciate</h3> <p>Building equity through appreciation can take little time or a lot, depending on the market. With home prices going up like they have in recent years, appreciation has been a boon for many home owners.</p> <p><a href="https://www.zillow.com/research/april-2018-market-report-20030/">Zillow research</a> indicates that the median home value grew from $185,000 in April 2016 to $216,000 in April 2018. If you bought a home for $185,000 in April 2016 with a down payment of $12,950, your beginning 7-percent equity would have grown to 23 percent by April 2018.</p> <p>We calculate this by subtracting your current loan balance ($165,600) from your home's current value ($216,000). Then we divide the difference by your home's current value. One-eighth of this additional 16 percent equity is from paying down your <a href="https://www.zillow.com/mortgage-learning/">mortgage</a>, and the rest is market appreciation.</p> <p>If you waited two years and bought the same home in April 2018 with a 20-percent down payment of $43,200, you started off with 20-percent equity. You also used 3.3 times more cash to make the purchase. And here's the kicker: Your <a href="http://www.zillow.com/mortgage-calculator/">total monthly housing cost</a> would be the same - about $1,050 in both cases.</p> <p>This example illustrates two things:</p> <p>First, the power of home appreciation. It's a lot like buying stock and benefitting as its value goes up. But there's also a difference: While you'll pay capital gains on rising stock value, you're exempt from paying taxes on primary-home capital gains up to $250,000, or $500,000 for married couples.</p> <p>Second, waiting to "save enough" isn't the primary factor in determining if you can afford to buy a home. When it comes to qualifying for a loan, lenders do indeed look at your down payment. They&#8217;ll also want to know how much you'll have in cash reserves after closing. But there are lots of <a href="http://zillow.com/mortgage-learning/guide-low-payment-mortgages/">options for low down payments</a> that require minimal reserves.</p> <p>Your monthly budget is the primary factor lenders consider when deciding whether you can afford a home. Lenders will allow you to spend between 43 percent and 49 percent of your income on monthly bills, which is actually on the high side and could strain your budget.</p> <p>Since 2016, most first-time buyers have spent about 38 percent of their income on housing and other debt, which is a pretty safe cap for budgeting.</p> <h3>2. Make a larger down payment</h3> <p>You can do this but, as we've seen, waiting to save extra cash can go against your broader financial interests if you lose the chance to build equity through appreciation. Therefore, you must strike a balance among down payment, monthly budget and savings for other priorities. A good lender can provide rate and market insight to help you do this.</p> <h3>3. Use financial windfalls</h3> <p>Take advantage of work bonuses, family gifts and inheritances to pay down your mortgage. If you do pay down in lump sums, see if your lender will recalculate (or "recast") your payment based on the new, lower balance.</p> <h3>4. Make biweekly payments</h3> <p>Make mortgage payments every two weeks instead of once a month. Over the course of a year, this will add up to 13 monthly payments instead of 12. You'll build equity faster and shave five to six years off a 30-year mortgage. Just make sure your lender isn't charging extra for processing semimonthly payments.</p> <h3>5. Cut your loan term in half</h3> <p>Take out a <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/shave-years-off-your-mortgage-169704/">15-year mortgage</a> instead of a 30-year mortgage, and you'll build equity twice as fast. Two caveats here: You'll have a significantly higher monthly payment and, because of that, you may have a tougher time qualifying.</p> <h3>6. Make home improvements</h3> <p>New appliances or cosmetic features like paint are unlikely to increase value. Only big improvements like new kitchens, or additional bathrooms or other rooms will <a href="https://www.zillow.com/sellers-guide/home-improvements-that-pay-off/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">add meaningful value</a>. Make sure the cost of such improvements will create the added value you're looking for.</p> <h2>How to use your equity</h2> <p>You must borrow or sell your home to use your equity. The three most well-known ways to get to your equity through borrowing are a home equity line of credit (HELOC), home equity loan or cash-out refinance. <a href="https://www.zillow.com/mortgage-learning/heloc-home-equity-cash-refi/">Compare the pros and cons of each.</a></p> <p>Rates are rising right now, so these borrowing options might cost more in the future. Talk to your lender to determine the best approach for you.</p> <h6><em>Top image from Shutterstock.</em></h6> <p><strong>Related:</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/negotiating-the-counteroffer-206191/">The Counteroffer: Negotiating a Real Estate Deal</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/hidden-costs-first-home-202731/">Buying Your First Home? Plan for These Hidden Costs</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/6-problems-home-inspector-may-miss-159039/">6 Home-Shopping Red Flags Even an Inspector Could Miss</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> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=Fisq3Y1Twls:neJoFy5LysA:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=Fisq3Y1Twls:neJoFy5LysA:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> </div> https://www.zillow.com/blog/how-to-build-home-equity-226885/feed/ 26 https://www.zillow.com/blog/how-to-build-home-equity-226885/ 2018-06-15 21:56 +00:00 2018-06-16 09:56 +12:00 https://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=226492 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/ZillowBlog/~3/RqG1I1Zhxi8/ Unique Homes Look Inside America's First 3D-Printed Home What if a printer could solve the housing crisis? Thu, 14 Jun 2018 22:42:50 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/3d-printed-home-226492/#comments Catherine Sherman <p>More than one billion people are living without shelter across the globe. New Story - a nonprofit building homes in the developing world - is reminded of this problem every day.</p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">&#8220;We would go and look at where kids were being born into tents with mud and sewage that would rush through the dirt floor,&#8221; says New Story CEO Brett Hagler. &#8220;We learned that they couldn't really sleep at night, and would get sick just [because of] where they are.&#8221;</span></p> <p>When you consider the cost and time it takes to build homes, this problem isn&#8217;t just daunting - it&#8217;s insurmountable.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-226738" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/H2A8875-29b48e.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="533" /></p> <p>But 3D printing could be the silver bullet. ICON, a construction technologies company, designed a 3D printer to produce homes. A single-story home, with a total footprint measuring 600 to 800 square feet, can be printed in underserved communities in less than 24 hours.</p> <p>The cost? Just $4,000.</p> <p>&#8220;<span style="font-weight: 400;">3D printing can deliver a house - and I mean fully deliver ready to move in - for about 30 percent less than conventional building,&#8221; explains Jason Ballard, ICON&#8217;s CEO and cofounder.</span></p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-226736" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/H2A8903-998e8e.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="533" /></p> <p>About a year ago, New Story and ICON partnered to print 100 homes in El Salvador. To test the technology, they printed a prototype in Austin, TX this March. It&#8217;s the first site-printed, permitted 3D-printed home in the U.S.</p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"One of our favorite things to hear about as we unveiled it was, &#8216;Holy cow, I would live in that house,'&#8221; Ballard recalls. &#8220;</span><span style="font-weight: 400;">And that really made us feel like we had succeeded.&#8221;</span></p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-226734" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/H2A8809-82c199.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="533" /></p> <p>The prototype shows off what the technology can do - like printing curved walls and a sloped roof as easily as straight lines. The Austin home was printed in 47 hours, with the machine at quarter speed. ICON expects homes to be printed in 11 to 12 hours at full speed.</p> <p>The prototype was printed to last in a developing country, not just Texas. Made of concrete, it&#8217;s strong and cool enough to withstand extreme temperatures, hurricanes and even earthquakes. Bonus: Printing homes produces zero waste.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-226746" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/H2A8876_alt-c96a8c.jpg" alt="" width="400" height="600" /></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">&#8220;We wanted to make this feel like the kind of house you could feel proud to live in,&#8221; Ballard adds. Knowing concrete can feel stark and uninviting, they planned the design to incorporate lots of natural light. The windows, roof and doors were added after the printing was complete.</span></p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-226744" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/H2A8846_alt-f88983.jpg" alt="" width="400" height="600" /></p> <p>While the homes in El Salvador will be similar in size to the prototype, each design will be custom. New Story hosts workshops in each country they serve, asking families what they want in their future homes.</p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">&#8220;Unfortunately, they&#8217;re not used to being asked for their input and their opinions,&#8221; Hagler says. &#8220;But when it finally clicks that we not only care, but we&#8217;re actually going to implement what they say - it's really beautiful to watch."</span></p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-226748" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/H2A8825_alt-0c27ba.jpg" alt="" width="400" height="600" /></p> <p>Each home will have 1 to 2 bedrooms, a bathroom with a shower and toilet, and a living room. The rest is up for debate.</p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"It's about shelter, but it's also about dignity, respect and ownership of your home,&#8221; Hagler adds. </span></p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-226749" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/H2A8792-955df8.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="533" /></p> <p>If the printing goes well, more communities will follow.</p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"This really is a paradigm shift,&#8221; Ballard notes. &#8220;With this technology, we can imagine for the first time what it would be like to end homelessness as a lack of shelter."</span></p> <p><strong>Related:</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/double-shipping-container-225660/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">This Shipping Container Will Make You Do a Double Take</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/high-rents-homeless-221185/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Rising Rents, Stagnant Wages, and the Burden of Unstable Housing</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/research/homeless-ny-la-houston-tampa-16090/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Combating Homelessness in New York, Los Angeles, Houston and Tampa</a></li> </ul> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=RqG1I1Zhxi8:6S-6kvwrPmU:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=RqG1I1Zhxi8:6S-6kvwrPmU:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> </div> https://www.zillow.com/blog/3d-printed-home-226492/feed/ 11 https://www.zillow.com/blog/3d-printed-home-226492/ 2018-06-14 22:42 +00:00 2018-06-15 10:42 +12:00 https://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=226980 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/ZillowBlog/~3/3_MrHcvetKE/ Unique Homes tiny homes vacation homes 10 Tiny Vacation Homes for Sale Short on square footage but big on charm, these tiny vacation homes let you spend more time enjoying your vacation, and less time worrying about upkeep. Thu, 14 Jun 2018 20:06:22 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/10-tiny-vacation-homes-for-sale-226980/#comments Jamie Birdwell-Branson <p>The idea of living in a tiny home may not appeal to you for everyday life, but if you're in the market for a vacation home, a tiny house in a beautiful setting could be just the ticket.</p> <p>Compared to full-scale options, tiny vacation homes are easier to keep up and quicker to clean, which means you're spending more time enjoying your vacation location and less time worrying about maintenance.</p> <p>These 10 tiny vacation houses are all 600 square feet or less and ready to become your own private petite resort away from home.</p> <h2><strong>An itty-bitty beach bungalow </strong></h2> <p>If you're looking for a California dream beach bungalow, this tiny home in <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/1141-Cabrillo-Ave-Venice-CA--291/20450105_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Venice, CA</a> fits the bill. At just 520 square feet, this adorable cottage boasts 2 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms and a short walk to Venice Beach. The home is simple and stylish with an open-concept floor plan, acid-washed concrete floors, cedar-shake siding, and a large deck to enjoy those gorgeous California evenings.</p> <figure id="attachment_226989" style="width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/1141-Cabrillo-Ave-Venice-CA--291/20450105_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><img class="wp-image-226989 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Venice-CA-9038ae.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="534" /></a><figcaption class="wp-caption-text"><em>Photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/1141-Cabrillo-Ave-Venice-CA--291/20450105_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Zillow listing</a></em>.</figcaption></figure> <p>See more <a href="https://www.zillow.com/venice-los-angeles-ca/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Venice</a> homes for sale.</p> <h2><strong>A tiny houseboat that's swimming in charm</strong></h2> <p>Enjoy city scenery from calm lake shores in this stylish Craftsman-style houseboat in <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/1--Westlake-Ave-N-B3-Seattle-WA-98109/129517988_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Seattle</a>. This mid-century style houseboat has so many charming details housed in its 503 square feet, such as a custom stone fireplace, warm wood ceilings and floors, and a spacious kitchen with butcher block counters and a subway tile backsplash.</p> <figure id="attachment_226986" style="width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/1--Westlake-Ave-N-B3-Seattle-WA-98109/129517988_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><img class="wp-image-226986 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Seattle-3b0c2a.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="534" /></a><figcaption class="wp-caption-text"><em>Photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/1--Westlake-Ave-N-B3-Seattle-WA-98109/129517988_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Zillow listing</a></em>.</figcaption></figure> <p>See more <a href="https://www.zillow.com/seattle-wa/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Seattle</a> homes for sale.</p> <h2><strong>A pocket-sized retreat in the woods</strong></h2> <p>This rustic tiny cabin in <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/48-Kooskooskie-Rd-Walla-Walla-WA-99362/91578174_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Walla Walla, WA</a> is the perfect place to unwind in nature with your family, or the retreat you've always wanted to finish writing the Great American Novel. With exposed brick walls, wood planking on the walls, and hardwood floors throughout, this teeny cabin is the definition of classic.</p> <figure id="attachment_227024" style="width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/48-Kooskooskie-Rd-Walla-Walla-WA-99362/91578174_zpid/"><img class="wp-image-227024" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/ISu8676v4iel9x1000000000-26946b.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="600" /></a><figcaption class="wp-caption-text"><em>Photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/48-Kooskooskie-Rd-Walla-Walla-WA-99362/91578174_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Zillow listing</a></em>.</figcaption></figure> <p>See more <a href="https://www.zillow.com/walla-walla-wa/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Walla Walla</a> homes for sale.</p> <h2><strong>Tiny living in a California Craftsman</strong></h2> <p><strong> </strong>This cute Craftsman home in <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/3807-Richmond-St-San-Diego-CA-92103/16970376_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">San Diego</a> may only be 473 square feet, but it's chock-full of character and makes great use of its space thanks to the open-concept floor plan. The home has hardwood floors throughout, a small but functional kitchen with updated appliances, and a darling front porch with a built-in porch swing.</p> <figure id="attachment_226985" style="width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/3807-Richmond-St-San-Diego-CA-92103/16970376_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><img class="wp-image-226985 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/San-Diego-CA-db1376.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="533" /></a><figcaption class="wp-caption-text"><em>Photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/3807-Richmond-St-San-Diego-CA-92103/16970376_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Zillow listing</a></em>.</figcaption></figure> <p>See more <a href="https://www.zillow.com/san-diego-ca/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">San Diego</a> homes for sale.</p> <h2><strong>A mini cabin in the mountains</strong></h2> <p>Adventure is calling from this cozy cabin in <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/7158-State-Highway-194-N-Boone-NC-28607/102363092_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Boone, NC</a>. Surrounded by 35 acres of Southern Appalachian mountain land, this beautifully built 420-square-foot cabin has it all: an updated kitchen, a spa-like bathroom, and a spacious deck to get out and enjoy nature.<strong> </strong></p> <figure id="attachment_226981" style="width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/7158-State-Highway-194-N-Boone-NC-28607/102363092_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><img class="wp-image-226981 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Boone-NC-ccbeeb.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="600" /></a><figcaption class="wp-caption-text"><em>Photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/7158-State-Highway-194-N-Boone-NC-28607/102363092_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Zillow listing</a></em>.</figcaption></figure> <p>See more <a href="https://www.zillow.com/boone-nc/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Boone</a> homes for sale.</p> <h2><strong>Stylish but small in Louisiana</strong></h2> <p>Creative storage solutions and an upstairs sleeping loft make this 230-square-foot <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/251-Conner-Rd-Longville-LA-70652/123374227_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Longville, LA</a> home appear much larger than it is. And you&#8217;re guaranteed to see more than a few gorgeous sunsets from the home's cozy front deck.</p> <figure id="attachment_226984" style="width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/251-Conner-Rd-Longville-LA-70652/123374227_zpid/"><img class="wp-image-226984 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Longville-LA-687f03.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="359" /></a><figcaption class="wp-caption-text"><em>Photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/251-Conner-Rd-Longville-LA-70652/123374227_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Zillow listing</a></em>.</figcaption></figure> <p>See more <a href="https://www.zillow.com/longville-la/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Longville</a> homes for sale.</p> <h2><strong>A little luxury living in the Hamptons </strong></h2> <p>Forget the Hamptons&#8217; mansions - this tiny seaside cottage in <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/38-Lincoln-Ave-Southampton-NY-11968/32727103_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Southampton, NY</a> is every bit as chic as the big homes on the shore. There are so many small details that make this home special, from the Vermont pine floors to the bathroom light fixture, which was reclaimed from a ship off the Florida coast.</p> <figure id="attachment_226987" style="width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/38-Lincoln-Ave-Southampton-NY-11968/32727103_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><img class="wp-image-226987 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Southampton-NY-7f2e97.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="534" /></a><figcaption class="wp-caption-text"><em>Photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/38-Lincoln-Ave-Southampton-NY-11968/32727103_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Zillow listing</a></em>.</figcaption></figure> <p><strong> </strong>See more <a href="https://www.zillow.com/southampton-ny/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Southampton</a> homes for sale.</p> <h2><strong>A small beach hideaway in Florida</strong></h2> <p>A pretty Arts and Crafts-style exterior and a screened-in front porch are just a couple of reasons why this 600-square-foot <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/312-Lisette-Ln-NE-Steinhatchee-FL-32359/52615628_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Steinhatchee, FL</a> tiny home would make the perfect vacation getaway. Located just a short drive from the beach and with access to resort amenities like a pool, spa, and fitness room, this tiny home would be a great home base for all your beach and pool activities.</p> <figure id="attachment_226988" style="width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/312-Lisette-Ln-NE-Steinhatchee-FL-32359/52615628_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><img class="wp-image-226988 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Steinhatchee-FL-14dabf.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="533" /></a><figcaption class="wp-caption-text"><em>Photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/312-Lisette-Ln-NE-Steinhatchee-FL-32359/52615628_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Zillow listing</a></em>.</figcaption></figure> <p>See more <a href="https://www.zillow.com/steinhatchee-fl/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Steinhatchee</a> homes for sale.</p> <h2><strong>A lakeside tiny home in Minnesota</strong></h2> <p>This fully furnished log cabin in <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/Tbd-Gould-Gray-Rd-Brainerd-MN-56401/2089794167_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Brainerd, MN</a> is a lakeside haven for those who like to be right in nature. The 592-square-foot cabin is simple and small, but offers beautiful views of the lake and is just steps away from the sugar sand beach.</p> <figure id="attachment_226982" style="width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/Tbd-Gould-Gray-Rd-Brainerd-MN-56401/2089794167_zpid/"><img class="wp-image-226982 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Brainerd-MN-31ef86.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="469" /></a><figcaption class="wp-caption-text"><em>Photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/Tbd-Gould-Gray-Rd-Brainerd-MN-56401/2089794167_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Zillow listing</a></em>.</figcaption></figure> <p>See more <a href="https://www.zillow.com/brainerd-mn/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Brainerd</a> homes for sale.</p> <h2><strong>A mini Midwest lakeside retreat </strong></h2> <p>This tiny Stages Island home on Lobdell Lake in <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/Stages-Is-Linden-MI-48451/190230342_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Linden, MI</a> is the ultimate vacation home for those who want to unplug from it all. The home, which is only accessible by boat, offers lake views from every room and a large deck to enjoy sunsets (and maybe a lakeside cocktail or two).</p> <figure id="attachment_226983" style="width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/Stages-Is-Linden-MI-48451/190230342_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><img class="wp-image-226983 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Linden-MI-8c9f2c.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="600" /></a><figcaption class="wp-caption-text"><em>Photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/Stages-Is-Linden-MI-48451/190230342_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Zillow listing</a></em>.</figcaption></figure> <p>See more <a href="https://www.zillow.com/linden-mi/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Linden</a> homes for sale.</p> <p><strong>Related</strong>:</p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/tiny-home-packs-big-design-226254/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Industrial-Style Tiny Home Made for Outdoor Living</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/tiny-home-southwestern-ranch-219095/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Tiny Home With 100-Mile Desert Views</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/tiny-home-bouldering-wall-225558/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">You&#8217;ll Be Climbing the Walls of This Tiny Home</a></li> </ul> <p>&nbsp;</p> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=3_MrHcvetKE:L36e3wxWgbI:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=3_MrHcvetKE:L36e3wxWgbI:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> </div> https://www.zillow.com/blog/10-tiny-vacation-homes-for-sale-226980/feed/ 14 https://www.zillow.com/blog/10-tiny-vacation-homes-for-sale-226980/ 2018-06-14 20:06 +00:00 2018-06-15 08:06 +12:00 https://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=226679 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/ZillowBlog/~3/lmd7oEezrlk/ Unique Homes unique homes This Double Shipping Container Home Has Twice the Delight – House of the Week A landscape architect upcycled two shipping containers to build a beautiful home in the Big Easy. Oh, and did we mention there's a pool too? Tue, 12 Jun 2018 21:35:06 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/shipping-container-home-226679/#comments Lindsay Cohen <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">It's not every day that a home becomes a neighborhood draw. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">If you live in the historic, tree-lined Carrollton area of New Orleans, however, you might attract a bit of a crowd when you build your home from two massive repurposed shipping containers.</span></p> <p><img class="wp-image-226720 size-full aligncenter" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Seth-Elisabeth-0033-9e6d92.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="541" /></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Becoming a neighborhood sensation wasn't what landscape architect <a href="http://www.re-land.net/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Seth Rodewald-Bates</a> intended when he set out to design a home for him and his wife, Elisabeth. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">They'd fallen in love with the area, known for brass bands and bayou music, and found that their double-box design was so outside the box that it became a destination for the neighbors during the build.</span></p> <p><img class="wp-image-226698 size-full aligncenter" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Seth-Elisabeth-0011-1d6af7.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="538" /></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"Everyone was very curious," Rodewald-Bates said. "Some people thought it was a self-storage unit. One younger kid asked if it was going to [be an] Apple store, which was high praise in my mind."</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">While there's no Genius Bar in this home, you will find an open kitchen and living area. 14-foot ceilings and ample windows give the 775-square-foot space an airy feel.</span></p> <p><img class="wp-image-226705 size-full aligncenter" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Seth-Elisabeth-0018-359ae4.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="533" /></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">There are wide-plank wood floors throughout and dark granite countertops in the kitchen. Open shelving above the sink and stainless steel appliances add a modern touch.</span></p> <p><img class="wp-image-226710 size-full aligncenter" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Seth-Elisabeth-0023-14ed31.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="533" /></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Floating night tables maximize space in the bedroom, and bedside lamps in fire-engine red provide a pop of color.</span></p> <p><img class="wp-image-226688 size-full aligncenter" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Seth-Elisabeth-0003-35c742.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="533" /></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The true coup de grace is a pool perfect for those steamy NOLA afternoons. It's Rodewald-Bates' favorite feature of the home.</span></p> <p><img class="wp-image-226716 size-full aligncenter" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Seth-Elisabeth-0029-ab2745.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="533" /></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">An urban setting for a container home might seem a little unusual, but the house is scaled to fit the neighborhood, Rodewald-Bates added. Getting to the finish line, however, wasn&#8217;t always a given.</span></p> <p><img class="wp-image-226697 size-full aligncenter" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Seth-Elisabeth-0010-ce21fd.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="1200" /></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"The city was actually very reasonable to deal with, but financing was the biggest hoop to jump through," Rodewald-Bates said. "We went to either 8 or 10 banks with the plans, and none of them would even send them to their appraiser."</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"Make sure you have financing secured," he said, when asked about his biggest advice to others, "and remember that containers are designed for cargo, not people!"</span></p> <p><img class="wp-image-226719 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Seth-Elisabeth-0032-655d96.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="533" /></p> <p><i>Photos by <a href="http://www.jacquelinemarque.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Jacqueline Marque</a>.</i></p> <p><strong>Related:</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/buy-shipping-container-next-home-218693/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">How to Buy a Shipping Container (for Your Next Home)</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/double-shipping-container-225660/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">This Shipping Container Will Make You Do a Double Take – House of the Week</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/renovated-shotgun-house-218370/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">House of the Week: 12-Foot-Wide Slice of the Big Easy</a></li> </ul> <p>&nbsp;</p> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=lmd7oEezrlk:hIS-ZXQXWxM:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=lmd7oEezrlk:hIS-ZXQXWxM:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> </div> https://www.zillow.com/blog/shipping-container-home-226679/feed/ 7 https://www.zillow.com/blog/shipping-container-home-226679/ 2018-06-12 21:35 +00:00 2018-06-13 09:35 +12:00 https://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=226769 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/ZillowBlog/~3/V51cPvv4z4o/ Home Improvement decorating DIY A DIY for the Books: How to Get Custom Built-In Shelves on a Budget If you build it, books will come. (And plenty of compliments too!) Tue, 12 Jun 2018 21:28:56 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/built-in-shelves-hack-226769/#comments Aniko Levai <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Built-in shelves can take your room from boring to bespoke in a snap. Unfortunately, they can also come with a hefty price tag. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">But I&#8217;m going to share the insider secrets you need to <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/tag/diy/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">DIY your way</a> to rich results without breaking the bank. (Hint: The secret is starting with assembled bookcases, like the IKEA BILLY!)</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Check out this dramatic before and after:</span></p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-226770" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/before-after-f266ae.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="538" /></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">I still walk in sometimes and can&#8217;t even believe it&#8217;s the same room. Of course, there have been many other updates and projects to get this look, but the shelves definitely set the stage. </span></p> <p>Let&#8217;s get started!</p> <h2>Materials</h2> <p><b>Note: </b>Always measure first<span style="font-weight: 400;"> to get your supplies right. Our measurements were not exactly equal, with a width of 41&#8243; on one side of the fireplace and 43&#8243; on the other. But we compensated with our build-out around it, and it made no difference at all.</span></p> <ul> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Two <a href="https://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/30323353/#/00263850" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">BILLY bookcases</a></span><span style="font-weight: 400;"> with</span><a href="https://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/50279815/#/40263853" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener"><span style="font-weight: 400;"> extension,</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;"> or similar product</span></li> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Two 1&#8243; x 12&#8243; x 6&#8242; whitewood boards (for tops)</span></li> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Two 1&#8243; x 12&#8243; x 10&#8242; whitewood boards (for visible sides next to fireplace)</span></li> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Two 1&#8243; x 4&#8243; x 12&#8243; common boards (Each cut to length, then screwed into the wall studs flush behind each shelf for support.<span style="font-weight: 400;"> This compensates for the 1&#8243; difference in the whitewood boards and BILLY bookcase depth)</span></span></li> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><span style="font-weight: 400;">3&#8243; drywall screws to attach common board to studs</span></li> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Three 2&#8243; x 4&#8243; x 10&#8242; boards (for hidden sides next to walls and for header frame)</span></li> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Eight 2&#8243; x 4&#8243; x 11&#8243; pieces (to fill gaps between shelf and whiteboard on fireplace side)</span></li> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Four  4 1/4&#8243; x 1 1/8&#8243; x 9&#8243; plinth blocks of choice</span></li> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Four  4 1/4&#8243; x 1 1/8&#8243; x 4 1/4&#8243; plinth blocks of choice</span></li> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Four 15/32&#8243; x 3 9/16&#8243; x 96&#8243; strips of millwork molding (to cover the left and right edges of each shelf)</span></li> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Eight 1 1/2&#8243; x 2&#8243; x 1 3/8&#8243; 18-gauge steel brackets and nails</span></li> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Brad nails (or finish nails)</span></li> </ul> <h2>Tools</h2> <ul> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Miter saw or skill saw</span></li> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Brad nailer (recommended)</span></li> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Drill kit</span></li> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Tape measure</span></li> </ul> <h2>Let&#8217;s build!</h2> <ol> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Mark your studs, and screw the cut 1&#8243; x 4&#8243; common board to the wall and into the studs with the drywall screws, spaced every 6-12&#8243;. Space the strips a few feet apart from top to bottom to get the best support.</span></li> </ol> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-226781" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Billy-Bookcase-hack-f53612.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="534" /></p> <ol start="2"> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Cut out the crown molding, shoe molding and baseboard if needed.</span></li> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Press the bookcases flush to the strips on the walls, center them and attach the steel brackets to the bookcases and the strips screwed to the walls.</span></li> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Measure (ceiling to floor) the wall side where you want the outer edge of your shelf.</span></li> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Cut the 2&#8243; x 4&#8243; to length and attach to the wall.</span></li> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><span style="font-weight: 400;"> Measure (ceiling to floor) the fireplace side where you want the edge of your shelf.</span></li> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Cut the 1&#8243; x 12&#8243; whiteboard to length and attach using 2&#8243; x 4&#8243; blocks to hold the gap.</span></li> </ol> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-226782" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Billy-Bookcase-hack_-860e58.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="534" /></p> <ol start="8"> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><span style="font-weight: 400;"> Measure from the inside of the 2&#8243; x 4&#8243; to the inside of the 1&#8243; x 12&#8243; across the top of the bookcase. Cut another 2&#8243; x 4&#8243; to fit the space, and screw it in on each side.</span></li> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Measure and cut the 1&#8243; x 12&#8243; whiteboard designated for the top. Brad nail across the front first and then the side.</span></li> </ol> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-226783" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Billy-Bookcase-hack_2-a11bb3.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="534" /><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-226784" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Billy-Bookcase-hack_3-e578db.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="534" /></p> <ol start="10"> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Now place and brad nail the plinth blocks.</span></li> </ol> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-226785" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Billy-Bookcase-hack_5-98520c.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="534" /></p> <ol start="11"> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Next, measure and cut the millwork to length, and brad nail that into place.</span></li> </ol> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-226786" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Billy-Bookcase-hack_6-371561.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="534" /></p> <ol start="12"> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Arrange shelves as desired. I cut a few in half to make the vertical breaks and used another 1&#8243; x 12&#8243; to fill the remaining longer gaps to my liking.</span></li> </ol> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-226787" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Billy-Bookcase-hack_7-a88fd0.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="534" /></p> <ol start="13"> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Paint, stain and decorate as desired. Here&#8217;s our finished product!</span></li> </ol> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-226801" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/finished-a58697.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="533" /></p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-226789" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/DIY-Built-in-Bookcase-Place-of-My-Taste-6-of-11-fee936.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="1198" /></p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-226790" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/DIY-Built-in-Bookcase-Place-of-My-Taste-9-of-11-47dd8f.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="1198" /></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Now it&#8217;s time to invite your friends over to enjoy your upgraded space and spoil you with compliments on the fruits of your labor &#8230; manual labor, but it was worth it, right?! </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">These are pretty much guaranteed to be a clutch selling feature if you do decide to put your house on the market. In the meantime, I hope you love your new custom built-in bookcases as much as I love mine!</span></p> <p><strong>Related:</strong></p> <ul> <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> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/personalize-with-diy-gallery-wall-203271/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Personalize Your Space With a DIY Gallery Wall</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/3-decorative-rope-diys-224991/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Repurpose Your Rope: 3 Decorative DIYs to Try</a></li> </ul> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=V51cPvv4z4o:W3jQvCbERZc:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=V51cPvv4z4o:W3jQvCbERZc:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> </div> https://www.zillow.com/blog/built-in-shelves-hack-226769/feed/ 7 https://www.zillow.com/blog/built-in-shelves-hack-226769/ 2018-06-12 21:28 +00:00 2018-06-13 09:28 +12:00 https://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=226493 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/ZillowBlog/~3/aFhmFYXhxr4/ Unique Homes unique homes Quiz: Which Summer Space Melts Your Heart? It's a summer showdown: fire pits vs. fireplaces! Which outdoor hangouts will you choose? Tue, 12 Jun 2018 21:02:52 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/fire-pits-fireplaces-226493/#comments Lindsay Cohen <p>There are 93 days to enjoy this summer, which means 93 chances to chase fireflies, stick your toes in the sand or tell ghost stories under starry skies.</p> <p>Gather up the marshmallows, chocolate and graham crackers, and weigh in on which spaces you'd rather gather &#8217;round on a warm summer&#8217;s night.</p> <div class="riddle_target" style="margin: 0 auto; max-width: 100%; width: 640px;" data-rid-id="154038" 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="Opinion Poll - Slate gray standalone or stone-paneled sanctuary?" src="https://www.riddle.com/a/154038?" width="300" height="150"></p> <section> <h2>Slate gray standalone or stone-paneled sanctuary?</h2> </section> <section> <h2>Slate gray standalone</h2> </section> <section> <h3>Stone-paneled sanctuary</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></iframe></div> <h6><em>Photos from Zillow listings: <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/1530-238th-Ave-SE-Sammamish-WA-98075/48667204_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">fire pit</a>, <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/7702-196th-Ave-NE-Redmond-WA-98053/96704603_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">fireplace</a>.</em></h6> <div class="riddle_target" style="margin: 0 auto; 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max-width: 100%; width: 640px;" data-rid-id="154218" 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="Opinion Poll - Glass-enclosed fire pit or sunset stone display?" src="https://www.riddle.com/a/154218?" width="300" height="150"></p> <section> <h2>Glass-enclosed fire pit or sunset stone display?</h2> </section> <section> <h2>Glass-enclosed fire pit</h2> </section> <section> <h3>Sunset stone display</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></iframe></div> <h6><em>Photos from Zillow listings: <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/1155-Gaviota-Dr-Laguna-Beach-CA-92651/25557087_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">fire pit</a>, <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/128-Winding-Way-Ross-CA-94957/19273020_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">fireplace</a>.</em></h6> <p><strong>Related:</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/summer-prep-for-your-home-226196/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">13 Simple Steps to Prep Your Home for the Best Summer Ever</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> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/getting-staying-organized-summer-202140/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Getting and Staying Organized Through the Summer</a></li> </ul> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=aFhmFYXhxr4:Sv9yNyEnxkg:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=aFhmFYXhxr4:Sv9yNyEnxkg:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> </div> https://www.zillow.com/blog/fire-pits-fireplaces-226493/feed/ 93 https://www.zillow.com/blog/fire-pits-fireplaces-226493/ 2018-06-12 21:02 +00:00 2018-06-13 09:02 +12:00 https://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=195426 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/ZillowBlog/~3/fOaGburpJ1g/ Tips & Advice legal issues Renting Renters Beware: These Hidden Costs May Be in Your Lease Utilities, pets, parking, amenities - there may be more to your rent payment than you thought. Mon, 11 Jun 2018 13:00:47 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/hidden-fees-add-ons-in-lease-195426/#comments Avvo <p><em>By Leigh Raper</em></p> <p>The rental market is extremely competitive in many urban markets right now. According to the <a href="https://www.zillow.com/report/2017/renters/typical-american-renter/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Zillow Group Consumer Housing Trends Report 2017</a>, renters account for 37 percent of all households in America - or just over 43.7 million homes, up more than 6.9 million since 2005.</p> <p>This jump in the number of renters has put pressure on both tenants and landlords. Tenants are scrambling to find the right place, while landlords are trying to find the right price. And both parties are getting creative about how and when to spend their money.</p> <p>Renters sometimes forget their landlord is running a business too - until they sign a new or renewed lease, that is. Renters may discover that while the rent seems reasonable, the landlord has included itemized charges for utilities or other amenities that add up to a sizable bottom-line difference.</p> <h2>Power play</h2> <p>Utilities are not exactly a hidden cost, but they&#8217;re often overlooked by tenants eager to move into a new apartment or renew their current lease.</p> <p>Always factor utilities into the overall cost of the property. <a href="https://www.avvo.com/legal-guides/ugc/what-is-landlord-tenant-law" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Landlord-tenant laws</a> in each state govern how utilities can be billed, along with what recourse either party has in the case of missed payments or shutoffs.</p> <p>Sometimes utilities are in the landlord&#8217;s name and included in the overall rent charge. Other times, tenants are required to place the electric or gas bills in their names. (Many municipalities require the water and/or sewer accounts to stay in the landlord's name.)</p> <p>Then there&#8217;s third-party billing: situations where master meters serve an entire building, in which case the landlord splits the charges among all the tenants and bills them individually. Third-party billing makes sense for the landlord, who can advertise a base rental price but charge the utilities as an add-on.</p> <h2>City ordinances</h2> <p>Certain cities have clamped down on third-party billing, which they view as deceptive. In Seattle, for example, the third-party billing ordinance covers all residents living in buildings with three or more units. The ordinance was written to protect tenants from unscrupulous landlords who were fraudulently overcharging them.</p> <p>The <a href="http://www.tenantsunion.org/en" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Tenants Union of Washington State</a>, a nonprofit dedicated to education, organizing and advocacy for tenants, provides detailed information for renters about third-party billing and other important issues related to utility costs.</p> <p>Many of the best practices they recommend apply to all tenants, regardless of location:</p> <ul> <li>Ask questions about utility service <em>before</em> you sign a lease.</li> <li>Set up your utility accounts quickly.</li> <li>Pay utility bills promptly and keep documentation of all payments.</li> <li>Take steps to protect yourself with the landlord.</li> <li>Act immediately to resolve utility disputes.</li> </ul> <h2>Other "hidden" charges</h2> <p>There are other fees, besides utilities, that your landlord might charge. Some of these are optional add-ons determined by a certain tenant's particular situation, but others apply to everyone. Landlords in a competitive rental market might even increase these fees based on supply and demand.</p> <p>The add-ons can include <a href="http://www.avvo.com/legal-guides/ugc/renting-with-a-pet" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">pet fees</a> or a separate charge for parking. Some properties charge an application fee - whether or not the prospective renter is approved.</p> <p>Other properties, particularly condos or developments subject to homeowners associations (HOAs), charge move-in fees for tenant-occupied units. Amenities, such as cable TV or internet access, which are not considered utilities under most ordinances, might also be billed through an HOA or the landlord.</p> <p>Of course, this is all in addition to a security deposit and any rent you might have to prepay, like first and last month's rent due upon move in.</p> <h2>Have questions? Need help?</h2> <p>Advocacy organizations, like the Tenants Union in Seattle, operate around the country. These nonprofits offer help and information to renters.</p> <p>State agencies also provide information for both tenants and landlords. For example, Georgia's Department of Community Affairs publishes a <a href="https://www.athensclarkecounty.com/DocumentCenter/View/1170/Georgia-Landlord-Tenant-Handbook" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Georgia Landlord-Tenant Handbook</a> on its website. A quick internet search will yield similar results in most states.</p> <p>Sometimes, though, problems and questions can't be resolved with online information. That&#8217;s where consulting an expert can be a smart solution.</p> <p>Lawyers who <a href="https://www.avvo.com/landlord-tenant/legal-services" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">specialize in landlord-tenant law</a> not only are familiar with the underlying law in a given geographic region, but also have experience with the systems and processes that can efficiently and economically resolve disputes. Often, spending money for expert advice early on can yield big savings in the long run.</p> <p><strong>Related:</strong></p> <ul> <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> <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-insurance-required-win-209225/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Renters Insurance Required: A Win-Win for Apartment Owners and Tenants</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 April 8, 2016.</em></p> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=fOaGburpJ1g:TBxzf4-Ppjc:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=fOaGburpJ1g:TBxzf4-Ppjc:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> </div> https://www.zillow.com/blog/hidden-fees-add-ons-in-lease-195426/feed/ 1 https://www.zillow.com/blog/hidden-fees-add-ons-in-lease-195426/ 2018-06-11 13:00 +00:00 2018-06-12 01:00 +12:00 https://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=182791 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/ZillowBlog/~3/Ez7-p4LmHQ4/ Tips & Advice Moving relocation Everything You Need to Know About Employer Relocation Packages Moving for work? Make sure you know exactly how much help you can expect from your employer. Fri, 08 Jun 2018 20:45:07 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/about-employer-relocation-packages-182791/#comments Mary Boone <p>If your company has asked you to move to a new city or state for work, you're not alone. Each year, nearly seven million people in the United States relocate because of their jobs.</p> <p>Before you start packing boxes, it's important to know what your employer will and won't offer in terms of relocation assistance, and how that could affect both your move and your pocketbook.</p> <h2>Make no assumptions</h2> <p>Approximately 70 percent of U.S. companies offer relocation incentives for employees or new hires. If a relocation package isn't discussed with your offer, you'll need to start the conversation yourself. Ask for what you want, including all the services and compensation you'll need for your move.</p> <p>In 2012, companies spent an average of $19,303 to move a new hire renter and upward of $90,000 to move a current employee homeowner, according to the Worldwide ERC, the association for professionals who oversee employee transfers. Do your research to figure out what your move will cost, and make sure your relocation package is adequate. If it's not, see if you can negotiate changes.</p> <h2>Ask about extras</h2> <p>No two companies offer the same relocation packages. Some will cover just the basics, while others will transfer vehicles, provide cultural training, help pay closing costs or mortgage points buy down, or even provide employment assistance for an accompanying spouse or partner.</p> <p>If you're a homeowner being asked to relocate, you'll know you've hit the jackpot if your relocation package includes a Guaranteed Buy Out (GBO). With a GBO, the relocation company hires two independent appraisers prior to listing your home. If you're unable to sell the property on your own within a certain time period, the company will buy your home for the average of the two appraisals.</p> <h2>Doing it yourself</h2> <p>If your company's relocation package is of the barebones variety, you may want to explore your DIY alternatives.</p> <p>Moving all your household items using your own vehicle is the least expensive do-it-yourself option, but it comes with risks. Without professional packing and moving services, you increase the chance of your belongings being damaged. This option can be physically and emotionally draining, plus it can take a toll on relationships with friends and family you've asked to help. This type of move works best if your new home is not far from your old one.</p> <p>Another DIY option is renting a moving truck. A large-capacity truck is easier to load and unload than a car, and allows you to accomplish the task with fewer trips back and forth. In addition to the cost of renting the truck, you'll need to buy gas to get the vehicle from one place to another, and you may be required to purchase additional insurance.</p> <p>Self-service moving uses portable storage containers, and is a blend of DIY moving and professional moving. These services drop off large storage containers at your current residence. You pack and load the containers yourself, on your own timeline. When the containers are full, the moving company transports them to your new home or, if you&#8217;re not ready to move in just yet, they can take the containers to their warehouse, where they will store your belongings.</p> <h2>Tax implications</h2> <p>If your job requires you to relocate, your moving costs and the expense of traveling to your new location could be deductible if they meet certain IRS standards regarding distance and time worked after the move.</p> <p>Payments made directly by your employer to your moving company do not need to be reported on your W-2 form. However, if your employer gives you a lump sum payment to cover moving expenses, that money is fully taxable as earnings. Depending on the program specifics, either you or your company must bear the associated tax cost of including these amounts in your wages.</p> <p>Interpreting these tax laws can be complicated. Be sure to hold onto all your moving receipts and consult with your tax or legal advisor to ensure you stay on the right side of the IRS.</p> <p>Ask questions, do your research and seek out professional advice to make sure your move is a good one.</p> <h6><em>Top photo from Shutterstock.</em></h6> <p><strong>Related</strong>:</p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/get-to-know-neighbors-182407/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">5 Ways to Get to Know Your Neighbors</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/10-supplies-diy-movers-181702/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">10 Essential Supplies for DIY Movers</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/move-this-not-that-181357/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Move This, Not That: 10 Items to Get Rid of Before Your Next Move</a></li> </ul> <p><em>Originally published September 1, 2015.</em></p> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=Ez7-p4LmHQ4:05jW_abBpKA:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=Ez7-p4LmHQ4:05jW_abBpKA:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> </div> https://www.zillow.com/blog/about-employer-relocation-packages-182791/feed/ 2 https://www.zillow.com/blog/about-employer-relocation-packages-182791/ 2018-06-08 20:45 +00:00 2018-06-09 08:45 +12:00 https://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=185567 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/ZillowBlog/~3/IwdcSIAgZ-M/ Tips & Advice Renting The Top 5 Renting Nightmares and How to Face Them Renting can be a real dream - as long as you know how to tackle these common challenges. Fri, 08 Jun 2018 16:54:25 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/renters-5-biggest-nightmares-185567/#comments Jamie Birdwell-Branson <p>Renting offers its fair share of perks, but with great flexibility in your living arrangement comes a unique set of challenges - most of which are out of your control.</p> <p>Here are a few tips to help you face the top five renting woes.</p> <h2>1. Pest infestation</h2> <p><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/pests-bugs-out-house-202394/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Pests</a> can be an all-too-common occurrence for renters. They can hide in your drains, in your kitchen cabinets and sometimes even on your bed.</p> <p>To prevent pests in the first place, experts suggest keeping your home clean and properly storing all food. There are also many DIY remedies to get rid of pests, such as boric acid for roaches or apple cider vinegar for flies.</p> <p>Of course, you can always contact your landlord or apartment office to ask if they&#8217;ll hire an exterminator to do the job.</p> <h2>2. Noisy (or nosy) neighbors</h2> <p>While most neighbors will exchange pleasantries, you might have to occasionally deal with a neighbor that really pushes your buttons.</p> <p>A common neighbor squabble, of course, is noise. If your noisy neighbor is really bothering you, try talking to them directly, and see if they can keep noise to a minimum. Or you could work out a "noise schedule" of sorts, with designated quiet hours.</p> <p>If confrontation gives you the jitters, purchase a white noise machine, or try soundproofing your home by installing a simple weather strip underneath the front door.</p> <p>When an issue with a neighbor is about the property itself (for example, trimming a tree that straddles both properties), ask your landlord to send someone to fix it. If you decide to take care of it yourself, <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/good-landlord-renter-relationship-205908/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">ask your landlord</a> to repay you for any costs incurred.</p> <h2>3. Plumbing disasters</h2> <p>Do what you can to take good care of the plumbing while you&#8217;re living at the property. To prevent a major plumbing catastrophe, avoid flushing feminine products, diapers or paper towels.</p> <p>However, some plumbing problems are unavoidable - and they&#8217;re often an emergency. Contact your landlord immediately when you&#8217;re having an issue. If you don&#8217;t get a response right away, do a bit of research on your state's landlord-tenant laws to see if plumbing is one of the things that the landlord must maintain immediately.</p> <h2>4. Deposit battles</h2> <p>Deposits are a huge expense for renters. But as painful as they are to pay, they&#8217;re for the protection of the landlord, who may need to use the money to fix any damage that occurred while you lived at their property.</p> <p>However, a landlord cannot charge the tenant for excessive repairs, particularly for minor issues, like normal wear and tear on carpet, or fixing or replacing appliances that have worn out over time.</p> <p>If you truly believe that you didn't get the correct amount for your deposit back, you may have grounds for a lawsuit. Be sure to get a lawyer&#8217;s advice if you want to pursue a case.</p> <p>To <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/get-your-security-deposit-back-210363/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">get your entire deposit back</a>, sometimes the best offense is a good defense. When you move into a rental, take pictures of any pre-existing damage, or write it down on a move-in document that your landlord provides.</p> <p>Leaving the property spotless when you move out is also a great way to ensure that you get every penny back.</p> <h2>5. Unsafe surroundings</h2> <p>Living somewhere temporary should never mean that you don't feel safe. To secure your apartment, make sure the deadbolt is properly working when you move in, and lock your windows before you go to bed.</p> <p>If you want a little extra security, many companies offer wireless security tools that are easy to uninstall when you move, which makes it easier to get your landlord on board.</p> <p><strong>Related</strong>:</p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/light-bright-beautiful-rentals-226068/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">10 Light, Bright and Beautiful Rentals</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/smart-use-of-shared-spaces-187785/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Roommate Relations: Making Smart Use of Shared Spaces</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/large-items-small-spaces-220378/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">&#8216;Where Should I Keep My&#8230;?&#8217;: Solving the Ultimate Small Space Dilemmas</a></li> </ul> <p><em>Originally published October 20, 2015.</em></p> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=IwdcSIAgZ-M:rci01gkVmuA:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=IwdcSIAgZ-M:rci01gkVmuA:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> </div> https://www.zillow.com/blog/renters-5-biggest-nightmares-185567/feed/ 1 https://www.zillow.com/blog/renters-5-biggest-nightmares-185567/ 2018-06-08 16:54 +00:00 2018-06-09 04:54 +12:00 https://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=210363 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/ZillowBlog/~3/Wa2upl_kP4g/ Tips & Advice landlords Moving Renting 10 Ways to Make Sure You Get Your Security Deposit Back Nothing eases the pains of moving like a fully refunded security deposit. Make sure you get your cash back with these expert tips. Wed, 06 Jun 2018 17:09:43 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/get-your-security-deposit-back-210363/#comments Sarah Pike <p>Getting your security deposit back after you move may feel like an impossible feat, but it isn't. Remember that your security deposit is essentially your money, so not all hope is lost when it's time to move out.</p> <p>"It's the landlord's obligation to return [the deposit] at the end of the lease,&#8221; says Abbie Philpott with move-out company Pleased to Clean You.</p> <p>Here&#8217;s some expert advice for making sure your security deposit money goes back into your wallet - where it belongs.</p> <h2>Start planning when you move in</h2> <p>Take precautions when you move in to save time (and money) when you move out. To avoid getting charged for damage, use removable poster putty or removable hooks to <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/bring-color-to-rental-199611/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">hang things</a>, and use felt pads to protect wood floors from scratches.</p> <h2>Stay organized</h2> <p>You know all of those rental-related documents you received when you moved in? Olivia Joyce with end-of-tenancy cleaning company Move Out Mates suggests reading them thoroughly and keeping all of them in one place.</p> <p>"Research the proper procedures for ending your rental agreement, and comply with them," she says.</p> <h2>Document everything</h2> <p>Unfortunately, "fair wear and tear" is subjective.</p> <p>"I've seen cases in which landlords stretch this phrase to the limit," Philpott says. She urges tenants to photograph everything in the rental property to serve as proof of the property&#8217;s condition.</p> <p>While photo documentation is great, sometimes it's not enough.</p> <p>&#8220;<a href="https://www.zillow.com/video-walkthrough/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Take a video walkthrough</a> of the unit when you first move in and again when you move out," suggest John and Melissa Steele with Team Steele San Diego Homes.</p> <p>If the property manager tries to keep your deposit, your video will serve as proof that you kept the rental in quality condition.</p> <p>"It makes it very hard for them to argue with you,&#8221; the Steeles add. &#8220;It has helped us save a few hundred dollars, and it only takes a few minutes."</p> <p>Further, keep a record of each time you contacted your property manager to report maintenance issues. And whenever reporting maintenance requests, do so via email or through a reporting system that sends you a confirmation. This serves as proof for your record keeping.</p> <h2>Contact your landlord</h2> <p>Confirm how far in advance you need to <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/who-to-notify-when-moving-187286/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">alert your landlord about your move-out date</a>. While your rental agreement may already note this, a quick conversation serves as both a helpful confirmation and a courtesy to your landlord.</p> <h2>Clean thoroughly</h2> <p>In addition to the standard vacuuming and dusting, plan to do a serious deep clean if you want all of your deposit money back.</p> <p>&#8220;This means behind and beneath appliances, plus details like light switches, door frames and more,&#8221; says Joyce.</p> <p>And don't forget to confirm whether your rental property is required to be professionally cleaned. If so, keep your service receipt as proof for your landlord.</p> <h2>Move out on the same day as your roommates</h2> <p>If possible, coordinate a move-out day with your <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/smart-use-of-shared-spaces-187785/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">roommates</a>.</p> <p>"You don&#8217;t want to leave it up to your roommate to make sure the apartment is perfectly cleaned and ready for the next tenant,&#8221; says Seth Wanta, Chicago resident. &#8220;You also don&#8217;t want your roommates to move out before you, leaving any junk for you to clean up. Make it a team effort!"</p> <h2>Do a mock inspection with friends</h2> <p>Invite some trusted friends over and go through your <a href="https://www.zillow.com/rental-manager/resources/move-in-out-checklist/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">move-out checklist together</a>. You may be surprised by how many things you would have missed if you went through your checklist solo.</p> <p>Joyce suggests marking every damage or deterioration, because some of them are the landlord's responsibility, while others should be deducted from your deposit.</p> <p>Once you know who's responsible for what, you can fix any issue that occurred during your occupancy.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-226721" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/shutterstock_545045701_securitydeposit-d2978e.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="533" /></p> <h2>Have your landlord do a mock inspection</h2> <p>Ask your landlord to do an unofficial inspection before your move-out date. This not only helps you assess what needs fixing but also allows both of you to get on the same page about what needs additional cleaning or repairs.</p> <p>Give yourself a few days between this inspection and your move-out day so you have time to correct anything your landlord may be unhappy with.</p> <h2>Do necessary repairs</h2> <p>Small repairs like replacing light bulbs, filling nail holes and unclogging drains are small things that make a big difference.</p> <p>"They&#8217;ll take you no more than an hour to complete, but they&#8217;ll raise the general condition of the property," says Lauren Haynes, a supervisor with Star Domestic Cleaners. "The landlord will definitely appreciate the work done and will be less likely to claim deductions from the deposit."</p> <p>Additionally, Kristen Chuber with Paintzen advises painting a coat of the original paint color on any walls with scuffs or holes. Chuber suggests either going a DIY route for around $50 or hiring a service and asking for cheaper "whiteboxing" rates.</p> <p>"Depending on the condition of your walls, this could be more cost-effective than losing that money out of your deposit, especially if your rental is small," she says.</p> <p>And if you don&#8217;t have the funds for either option? "The next best thing I&#8217;ve seen is the Magic Eraser,&#8221; Chuber adds. &#8220;It&#8217;s been my BFF when it comes to getting rid of scuffs and marks."</p> <h2>Research local laws</h2> <p>It's illegal in most states for a landlord to keep your security deposit without explanation, so research <a href="https://www.zillow.com/rent/guide/renters-rights/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">renter&#8217;s rights</a> related to security deposits at the city, county and state level.</p> <p>Good starting points for this information are the websites of your state's attorney general and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. While your property manager should already be aware of these regulations, you should be too. <a href="https://www.zillow.com/rental-manager/resources/landlord-laws-regulations/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Landlord-tenant laws</a> exist to help you, but be your own advocate.</p> <p>Finally, while following these 10 suggestions will certainly go a long way, so does being nice. Patience and politeness are memorable qualities, especially if you live in a large apartment complex where plenty of other residents are moving out around the same time as you.</p> <p>If thinking about the process of getting your security deposit back is daunting, rest assured that it doesn&#8217;t have to be. With some planning and clear, considerate communication, you&#8217;re well on your way to getting your hard-earned deposit money back into your hands.</p> <p><em>All photos from Shutterstock.</em></p> <p><strong>Related:</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/5-ways-to-score-a-lease-196907/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">6 Ways to Score a Lease in a Competitive Rental Market</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/renewing-your-lease-217414/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Your Lease Is Up? Here Are 3 Good Reasons to Renew</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/renters-before-you-move-215860/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Renters: 5 Must-Do Tasks to Handle Before You Move</a></li> </ul> <p><em>Originally published February 14, 2017.</em></p> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=Wa2upl_kP4g:Ly7461B4oi0:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=Wa2upl_kP4g:Ly7461B4oi0:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> </div> https://www.zillow.com/blog/get-your-security-deposit-back-210363/feed/ 4 https://www.zillow.com/blog/get-your-security-deposit-back-210363/ 2018-06-06 17:09 +00:00 2018-06-07 05:09 +12:00 https://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=151900 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/ZillowBlog/~3/DusxIe3uAYI/ Home Improvement backyard DIY 8 Tips for Building Your Own Backyard Treehouse Summer's here - let the treehouse adventures commence! Wed, 06 Jun 2018 13:00:07 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/tips-for-building-a-treehouse-151900/#comments Catherine Sherman <p>Whether it&#8217;s sleeping under the stars, telling ghost stories or simply enjoying the great outdoors, <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/summer-prep-for-your-home-226196/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">summer</a> memories are best made in a treehouse.</p> <p>Summer&#8217;s start is the perfect time to build your own backyard treehouse. But before you grab a hammer and nails, check out these eight tips from the pros at <a href="http://www.o2treehouse.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">O2 Treehouse</a> and <a href="https://www.nelsontreehouse.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Nelson Treehouse and Supply</a>.</p> <h2>1. Find a good tree</h2> <p>Consider hiring an arborist to check the tree&#8217;s health and make sure it&#8217;s going to last. Find out which pests are associated with that type of tree.</p> <h2>2. Assess how much weight your tree can handle</h2> <p>Once you know, decide if you can suspend your structure or if you need additional supports.</p> <h2>3. Do your regulations homework</h2> <p>Make sure you&#8217;re within the <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/how-to-measure-your-homes-square-footage-92175/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">square-footage</a> limit outlined in your area&#8217;s building code. Sometimes the structure can&#8217;t exceed the height of the main residence.</p> <h2>4. Talk to your neighbors</h2> <p>If your treehouse is going to overlook your neighbors&#8217; backyard, they&#8217;ll likely have something to say about it. It&#8217;s better to be open and communicative with your neighbors because often, that respect is all they want.</p> <h2>5. Consider buying a kit</h2> <p>You can make the construction phase easier by purchasing special <a href="http://store.beinatree.com/pages/information-treehouse-hardware" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">treehouse hardware</a> or even a prefab treehouse kit. They typically cost thousands less than a custom design.</p> <h2>6. Design the interior like a boat</h2> <p>Remember that your tree will move with the wind. So if you hang a picture on the wall or place items on shelves, make sure they&#8217;ll actually stay put.</p> <h2>7. Use flexible and multifunctional furniture</h2> <p>Furniture that you can carry up in pieces and assemble in the treehouse is ideal.</p> <h2>8. Play with different patterns and textures</h2> <p>Things that are flat and 2D can have a big impact in a tree, and they&#8217;re easy to transport.</p> <p><strong>Related:</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/tiny-tropical-treehouse-in-hawaii-225313/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Explore a Tiny, Tropical Treehouse in Hawaii</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> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/magical-treehouse-218770/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">House of the Week: This Magical Treehouse Happened By Accident</a></li> </ul> <p><em>Originally published May 9, 2014.</em></p> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=DusxIe3uAYI:zq9Sb45GY-o:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=DusxIe3uAYI:zq9Sb45GY-o:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> </div> https://www.zillow.com/blog/tips-for-building-a-treehouse-151900/feed/ 4 https://www.zillow.com/blog/tips-for-building-a-treehouse-151900/ 2018-06-06 13:00 +00:00 2018-06-07 01:00 +12:00 https://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=201268 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/ZillowBlog/~3/ayUCzhYTSwQ/ Celebrity Real Estate Best of 2016 staycation Summer vacation homes Which Celeb's House Is Your Vacation Dream Home? From oceanfront beach cottages to resort-style estates, these celebrity-owned properties are what vacation-home dreams are made of. Tue, 05 Jun 2018 22:36:38 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/celeb-vacation-dream-home-201268/#comments Catherine Sherman <p>Being in the public eye can be taxing, so celebs tend to make their homes the ultimate in comfort and luxury. When they&#8217;re ready to retreat into peace and quiet, these homes are where they unwind away from the cares of the world.</p> <p>Which celeb&#8217;s R&amp;R style most aligns with the vacation home you&#8217;d want to buy?</p> <div class="riddle_target" style="margin: 0 auto; max-width: 100%; width: 640px;" data-rid-id="151319" 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 - Pick the Celeb Home of Your Staycation Dreams" src="https://www.riddle.com/a/151319?" width="300" height="150"></p> <section> <h2>Pick the Celeb Home of Your Staycation Dreams</h2> <p><span style="color: #222120;">These six spectacular celebrity homes each offer a different staycation experience. To find out which celeb is your leisure time match, choose the spots where you&#8217;d want to lounge, take a dip, and spend time with loved ones.</span></p> </section> <section> <h2>Dennis Miller&#8217;s Quintessential Beach Cottage</h2> <p><span style="color: #222120;">You can&#8217;t imagine a staycation that doesn&#8217;t include wading through the surf, watching the tide come in, and gathering shells on the beach. </span><a href="http://www.zillow.com/blog/dennis-miller-lists-beach-mansion-166922/" target="_blank" style="color: #3499c2; background-color: #ffffff;">Miller&#8217;s whitewashed Santa Barbara-area retreat</a><span style="color: #222120;">, which sold in 2015 for $19 million, brings all the best of coastal living.</span></p> </section> <section> <h3>LeBron James&#8217; Sleek Modern Marvel</h3> <p><span style="color: #222120;">Your ultimate stay-at-home experience: hanging out with a crowd of friends from the heat of the day straight through to the heat of the night. So it makes sense that you&#8217;re a fan of </span><a href="http://www.zillow.com/blog/lebron-james-lists-miami-estate-161086/" target="_blank" style="color: #3499c2; background-color: #ffffff;">the former Miami Heat player&#8217;s contemporary palace</a><span style="color: #222120;">, which is outfitted with 4,500 square feet of entertaining space. The home sold in August 2015 for $8.942 million.</span></p> </section> <section> <h3>Miley Cyrus&#8217; Charming Southern Estate</h3> <p>Who needs the city when you can retreat in the country? Long talks on a wraparound porch, pool time, horseback riding and big open spaces are calling your name. Luckily, country girl Miley Cyrus has the perfect spot: a <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/miley-cyrus-tennessee-220465/" target="_blank">rustic Tennessee estate on 33 acres</a>.</p> </section> <section> <h3>Walt Disney&#8217;s Desert Poolside Retreat</h3> <p>Your ideal at-home vacation starts and ends in the pool. And maybe the spa, too. You don&#8217;t need a fancy kitchen; you&#8217;d rather catch a few more rays than slave away on a meal. In true California style, <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/disney-home-now-for-sale-208903/" target="_blank">Walt Disney and his wife Lillian spent their twilight years in a mid-century home</a> primed for just that. People like you might call it the happiest place on earth.</p> </section> <section> <h3>Selena Gomez&#8217; Resort-Style Mansion</h3> <p>If you can&#8217;t stay at a resort, you pick the next best thing: a home packed with five-star amenities. <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/selena-gomez-texas-estate-212488/" target="_blank">Selena Gomez&#8217; 10,000-square-foot mansion</a> fits the bill. With a saltwater pool and rock slide, putting green and tennis court, this home will keep you busy and entertained. Bonus: it&#8217;s <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/4649-Saint-Laurent-Ct-Fort-Worth-TX-76126/70570153_zpid/" target="_blank">currently on the market</a>!</p> </section> <section> <h3>Jillian Michaels&#8217; Contemporary Beach House</h3> <p>The sand and surf are calling your name. Whether you love strolling along the beach or having a oceanfront campfire, <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/jillian-michaels-cuts-price-malibu-211328/" target="_blank">Jillian Michaels&#8217; Malibu beach house</a> is the place to be. A contemporary design with walls of windows invite panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean. All you have to do is sit up in bed to take in the natural beauty.</p> </section> <section> <h2>Which home is your style?</h2> </section> <section> <h3>Where would you rather relax?</h3> </section> <section> <h3>Which kitchen is sending your kind of vacation vibes?</h3> </section> <section> <h3>What&#8217;s your favorite way to enjoy the water?</h3> </section> <section> <h3>Which bedroom makes you want to spend a day in bed?</h3> </section> <section> <h3>Which activity seems like a fun way to pass the time?</h3> </section> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p></iframe></div> <div data-rid-id="151319" data-fg="#0074E4" data-bg="#FFFFFF" data-auto-scroll="true"></div> <div data-rid-id="151319" data-fg="#0074E4" data-bg="#FFFFFF" data-auto-scroll="true"><em>Beach cottage photos, including the top featured image, from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/3333-Padaro-Ln-Carpinteria-CA-93013/15877701_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Zillow listing</a> by Jim Bartsch. Mid-century pool pad photos from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/2688-S-Camino-Real-Palm-Springs-CA-92264/17740938_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Zillow listing</a>. Modern marvel photos from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/3590-Crystal-View-Ct-Miami-FL-33133/43856227_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Zillow listing</a>. Southern estate photos from Zillow listing. Resort-style mansion photos by <a href="http://www.realtyproshots.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Charles Lauersdorf</a>. Contemporary beach house photos by <a href="http://www.berlynphotography.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Simon Berlyn</a>.</em></div> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=ayUCzhYTSwQ:oqNpvOZwk1c:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=ayUCzhYTSwQ:oqNpvOZwk1c:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> </div> https://www.zillow.com/blog/celeb-vacation-dream-home-201268/feed/ 4 https://www.zillow.com/blog/celeb-vacation-dream-home-201268/ 2018-06-05 22:36 +00:00 2018-06-06 10:36 +12:00 https://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=219395 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/ZillowBlog/~3/ewYPYHF0WXg/ Home Improvement outdoor spaces Summer 9 Summer-Ready Pools to Daydream About You can practically smell the sunscreen and chlorine from here. Tue, 05 Jun 2018 21:19:41 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/9-pools-for-shark-week-219395/#comments Jamie Birdwell-Branson <p>If you can&#8217;t make it oceanside this summer, a cool and refreshing backyard pool is the next best place to be.</p> <p>Check out these nine gorgeous swimming pools - any of which would be perfect for a summer staycation.</p> <p>Sleek and modern with clean lines, this Los Angeles, CA, pool looks like the perfect place for a romantic midnight swim.</p> <figure id="attachment_226640" style="width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/346-N-Laurel-Ave-Los-Angeles-CA--48/20786315_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><img class="wp-image-226640 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/modern_pool-14df55.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="534" /></a><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/346-N-Laurel-Ave-Los-Angeles-CA--48/20786315_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Zillow listing.</a></figcaption></figure> <p>The high temperatures of St. George, UT, are no match for this chic desert pool with views of the mountains.</p> <figure id="attachment_226647" style="width: 801px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/4584-N-Painted-Sky-Dr-Saint-George-UT-84770/2096089525_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><img class="wp-image-226647" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/desert_pool-6d7757.jpg" alt="" width="801" height="534" /></a><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/4584-N-Painted-Sky-Dr-Saint-George-UT-84770/2096089525_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Zillow listing.</a></figcaption></figure> <p>Simple but luxe, this pool in Toluca, CA, has more than enough room to host friends and family for a summer pool party.</p> <figure id="attachment_226643" style="width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/4650-Forman-Ave-Toluca-Lake-CA-91602/20042288_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><img class="wp-image-226643 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/sunset_pool-b99901.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="530" /></a><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/4650-Forman-Ave-Toluca-Lake-CA-91602/20042288_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Zillow listing.</a></figcaption></figure> <p>Seamlessly blending into its tropical surroundings, this infinity pool in Longboat Key, FL, offers a luxurious place to relax at the end of a long day.</p> <figure id="attachment_219455" style="width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/5060-Gulf-Of-Mexico-Dr-KEY-FL34228-Longboat-Key-FL-34228/2138630809_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><img class="wp-image-219455 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Long-Boat-Key-FL-3e0688.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="529" /></a><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo from<a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/5060-Gulf-Of-Mexico-Dr-KEY-FL34228-Longboat-Key-FL-34228/2138630809_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"> Zillow listing</a>.</figcaption></figure> <p>In Johns Island, SC, the natural surroundings create a lush background for a few laps on those hot summer days.</p> <figure id="attachment_219465" style="width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/58-River-Marsh-Ln-Kiawah-Island-SC-29455/68382746_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><img class="wp-image-219465 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Kiawah-Island-SC-aab216.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="527" /></a><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/58-River-Marsh-Ln-Kiawah-Island-SC-29455/68382746_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Zillow listing</a>.</figcaption></figure> <p>This Santa Rosa Beach, FL, pool boasts its own built-in hot tub for ultimate relaxation.</p> <figure id="attachment_219471" style="width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/81-Coquina-Pl-Santa-Rosa-Beach-FL-32459/108592098_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><img class="wp-image-219471 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Santa-Rosa-Beach-FL-b28b29.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="534" /></a><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/81-Coquina-Pl-Santa-Rosa-Beach-FL-32459/108592098_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Zillow listing</a>.</figcaption></figure> <p>A tropical getaway or someone&#8217;s backyard? Who can tell! This pool in Key West, FL, oozes island charm.</p> <figure id="attachment_226644" style="width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/800-Georgia-St-Key-West-FL-33040/82079710_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><img class="wp-image-226644 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/palm_pool-3672e9.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="450" /></a><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/800-Georgia-St-Key-West-FL-33040/82079710_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Zillow listing.</a></figcaption></figure> <p>With a classic shape and design, this lakeside Seattle, WA, pool provides plenty of space to soak in the summer sun.</p> <figure id="attachment_219477" style="width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/8746-Sand-Point-Way-NE-Seattle-WA-98115/48873577_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><img class="wp-image-219477 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Seattle-WA-36190e.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="534" /></a><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/8746-Sand-Point-Way-NE-Seattle-WA-98115/48873577_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Zillow listing</a>.</figcaption></figure> <h6><em>Top photo from Offset.</em></h6> <p><strong>Related</strong>:</p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/how-to-build-outdoor-shower-217661/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Good Clean Fun: How to Build an Outdoor Shower</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/celeb-vacation-dream-home-201268/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Which Celeb&#8217;s House Is Your Vacation Dream Home?</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/getting-staying-organized-summer-202140/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Getting and Staying Organized Through the Summer</a></li> </ul> <p><em>Originally published July 24, 2017.</em></p> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=ewYPYHF0WXg:jInL41lAbk4:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=ewYPYHF0WXg:jInL41lAbk4:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> </div> https://www.zillow.com/blog/9-pools-for-shark-week-219395/feed/ 9 https://www.zillow.com/blog/9-pools-for-shark-week-219395/ 2018-06-05 21:19 +00:00 2018-06-06 09:19 +12:00 https://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=226254 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/ZillowBlog/~3/WplHiF5IJqo/ Unique Homes house of the week tiny homes Industrial-Style Tiny Home Made for Outdoor Living – House of the Week Step right out into nature with an oversized glass front door and a covered porch perfect for summer. Mon, 04 Jun 2018 18:35:19 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/tiny-home-packs-big-design-226254/#comments Jamie Birdwell-Branson <p>Tiny living means having to sacrifice some space, but the <a href="https://wheelhaus.com/model/roadhaus-wedge/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Roadhaus Wedge tiny home</a> by WheelHaus is truly an extension of the outdoors.</p> <p>Light and views of nearby foliage fill the small space through a wide, all-glass front door. Trapezoidal windows at the top of the house let in even more views of the wooded landscape, and a covered porch leads to an outdoor fire pit.</p> <figure id="attachment_226570" style="width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><img class="wp-image-226570 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/krafty_photos_wheelhause_zillow-2-00aab1.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="571" /><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo by Aaron Kraft of <a href="http://kraftyphotos.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Krafty Photos</a>.</figcaption></figure> <p>Inside, the high-end design details continue with rustic-style wood floors and tall ceilings adorned with wood planks.</p> <figure id="attachment_226565" style="width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><img class="wp-image-226565 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/krafty_photos_wheelhause_zillow-1-07eb23.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="533" /><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo by Aaron Kraft of <a href="http://kraftyphotos.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Krafty Photos</a>.</figcaption></figure> <p>Beyond the small living area and its fireplace, the kitchen is well-equipped for a home chef with butcher-block counters, a single burner, plenty of storage and a pegboard wall.</p> <figure id="attachment_226563" style="width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><img class="wp-image-226563 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/krafty_photos_wheelhause_zillow-5-7516a7.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="533" /><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo by Aaron Kraft of <a href="http://kraftyphotos.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Krafty Photos</a>.</figcaption></figure> <p>The bedroom may be petite, but surrounding windows let in plenty of natural light, making the space feel airier. The bathroom, on the other hand, is quite spacious, and features glamorous metallic subway tiles and a shower head that's hung high - perfect for those tiny-house dwellers who aren't so tiny.</p> <figure id="attachment_226571" style="width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><img class="wp-image-226571 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/krafty_photos_wheelhause_zillow-4-ee71e5.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="533" /><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo by Aaron Kraft of <a href="http://kraftyphotos.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Krafty Photos</a>.</figcaption></figure> <p>Designed in Jackson, WY, the industrial-style model home is built for the elements: harsh winds, heavy snow and hot summers. It comes in two tiny sizes - 160 or 240 square feet - for a base price of $76,000.</p> <p><em>Top featured image by Aaron Kraft of <a href="http://kraftyphotos.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Krafty Photos</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">This Tiny Home Is Ready for Outer Space</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/bubble-dome-home-226153/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Sleep Under the Stars in a Bubble Home</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/tiny-home-pizza-oven-226014/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">This Tiny Home Has Its Own Pizza Oven</a></li> </ul> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=WplHiF5IJqo:H_gSLV-k_9k:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=WplHiF5IJqo:H_gSLV-k_9k:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> </div> https://www.zillow.com/blog/tiny-home-packs-big-design-226254/feed/ 1 https://www.zillow.com/blog/tiny-home-packs-big-design-226254/ 2018-06-04 18:35 +00:00 2018-06-05 06:35 +12:00 https://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=204821 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/ZillowBlog/~3/O3VsrqRRZfk/ Tips & Advice home buying legal issues Mortgages second homes vacation homes Want to Rent Your Vacation Home? Beware These Lender Rules When it comes to financing your vacation home, not all loans are created equal - so choose wisely. Mon, 04 Jun 2018 13:00:28 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/renting-out-your-vacation-home-204821/#comments Julian Hebron <p>Ready to buy that ski cabin or lake house? Renting it out while you&#8217;re not using it is a great way to make it happen - but not so fast. Lender rules may not allow it, so here's what you need to know.</p> <h2>Different loans have different rules</h2> <p>The first step to <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/5-steps-buying-vacation-home-177608/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">financing your vacation home</a> is understanding what mortgages are available and their rules about renting:</p> <ul> <li><strong>Primary residence loans</strong>. These loans are the most favorable, and you'll get the lowest possible mortgage rates. These loans require you to move into the home within 60 days of closing and live in it for at least one year. After that, you're free to rent out the home.</li> <li><strong>Second-home loans</strong>. These loans have the same rates as primary residences, so your rate will be the lowest it can be, but down payments must be larger - most lenders require 20 percent down. You qualify for the loan using your full primary residence housing cost plus your full second home cost. You can use the home for family and friends, but lenders won't let you rent the home.</li> <li><strong>Non-owner occupied loans</strong>. Also called rental property loans, these loans offer rates .25 percent to .375 percent higher than primary residence or second home rates, and down payment requirements typically start at 30 percent. Your lender will let you know if you can use the rental income to qualify. These loans allow you to rent the home and use it when it's not rented.</li> </ul> <h2>Second-home loans come with restrictions</h2> <p>The best thing about a second-home mortgage is that the rates are the same as a primary residence mortgage. The worst thing is that you can't rent the home.</p> <p>This is an often overlooked provision of second-home loans, but it's the most important, because if you ever rent your vacation getaway, you&#8217;ll violate the loan&#8217;s terms.</p> <p>When you get a loan, there&#8217;s a document called the <a href="https://www.fanniemae.com/content/legal_form/3200.pdf" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">note</a>, which spells out the loan&#8217;s amount, rate, payments, and fixed versus adjustable periods. Depending on what state you live in, you'll also have either a mortgage or a deed of trust in addition to your note, which spells out additional loan requirements. (<a href="https://www.rocketlawyer.com/article/which-states-allow-deeds-of-trust.rl" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">See which states</a> use mortgages versus deeds of trust.)</p> <p>At first glance, a second-home mortgage or deed of trust seems like it has the same requirements as a primary residence. Provision 6 says you must move in within 60 days and live there for at least one year - then you're free to rent it out. Here's <a href="https://www.fanniemae.com/singlefamily/security-instruments" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">a sample</a>:</p> <p><img class="aligncenter wp-image-205241" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/SecondHomeOccupancy-6742ef.png" alt="secondhomeoccupancy" width="800" height="163" />However, there's an addendum - called a rider - in mortgages and deeds of trust that replaces this friendly requirement with a new, much more strict requirement saying that you can't rent out the home. Here's <a href="https://www.fanniemae.com/content/legal_form/3890.pdf" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">a sample</a>:</p> <p><img class="aligncenter wp-image-205242" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/SecondHomeOccupancyAddendum-c2a8c0.png" alt="secondhomeoccupancyaddendum" width="800" height="305" /></p> <p>This language, though hidden deep in the loan documents you'll sign before <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/who-pays-closing-costs-140343/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">closing</a>, makes two critical points:</p> <ul> <li>You can't rent the home.</li> <li>If you applied for a second-home loan and rent it out, your entire loan balance could be called due and payable by your lender.</li> </ul> <p>So, if you plan to afford a vacation home by renting it out, you can&#8217;t finance it with a second-home loan. But you&#8217;ll need to review non-owner occupied loan options with your lender to meet the objective of using and renting a home that's not your primary residence.</p> <p>As noted above, this means you'll need to put down a larger down payment, and your rate will be slightly higher. But it's a small price to pay for the flexibility of earning income off of a home that you also use for your own enjoyment.</p> <p><em>Top photo from Shutterstock.</em></p> <p><strong>Related</strong>:</p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/tips-long-distance-house-hunting-209421/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">How to Handle Long-Distance House Hunting Like a Champ</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/negotiating-the-counteroffer-206191/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">The Counteroffer: Negotiating a Real Estate Deal</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/friends-buying-vacation-home-215440/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">3 Steps to Buying a Vacation Home With Friends</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 4, 2016.</em></p> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=O3VsrqRRZfk:U30GLeOUj6k:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=O3VsrqRRZfk:U30GLeOUj6k:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> </div> https://www.zillow.com/blog/renting-out-your-vacation-home-204821/feed/ 2 https://www.zillow.com/blog/renting-out-your-vacation-home-204821/ 2018-06-04 13:00 +00:00 2018-06-05 01:00 +12:00 https://www.landlords.co.nz/article/6413/affordable-housing-in-auckland-now-doable?utm_source=LL&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=Affordable+housing+in+Auckland+now+doable https://www.landlords.co.nz/article/6413/affordable-housing-in-auckland-now-doable?utm_source=LL&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=Affordable+housing+in+Auckland+now+doable Affordable housing in Auckland now doable As a property lender, we believe a big part of our future will be backing affordable housing developments in Auckland thanks to the Unitary Plan which now makes them a lot more doable. 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Wed, 15 Nov 2017 00:00:00 +1200 2017-11-15 00:00 +12:00 2017-11-15 01:00 +13:00 https://www.landlords.co.nz/article/6322/october-results-a-mixed-bag?utm_source=LL&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=October+results+a+mixed+bag https://www.landlords.co.nz/article/6322/october-results-a-mixed-bag?utm_source=LL&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=October+results+a+mixed+bag October results a mixed bag Harcourts figures for October show a housing market that is slowing down, but still positive for investors according to CEO Chris Kennedy. 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Tue, 19 Sep 2017 12:00:00 +1200 2017-09-19 12:00 +12:00 2017-09-19 12:00 +12:00 https://www.landlords.co.nz/article/6218/rents-a-mixed-bag-across-new-zealand?utm_source=LL&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=Rents+a+mixed+bag+across+New+Zealand https://www.landlords.co.nz/article/6218/rents-a-mixed-bag-across-new-zealand?utm_source=LL&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=Rents+a+mixed+bag+across+New+Zealand Rents a mixed bag across New Zealand Year on year growth in rental prices has varied across the regions but the median rent hasn't budged in the last six months, according to the latest Trade Me Property Rental Index. Tue, 25 Jul 2017 10:02:25 +1200 2017-07-25 10:02 +12:00 2017-07-25 10:02 +12:00