News Feeds (RSS) https://www.nzherald.co.nz/property/news/article.cfm?c_id=8&objectid=12075071&ref=rss newsfeeds@nzherald.co.nz Fletcher outlines plans to make thousands of new homes Fletcher Building's house construction business will develop a new Auckland house-panel factory to make thousands of new residences, some for the Government's KiwiBuild.Ross Taylor, chief executive, said in Sydney this morning that... Thu, 21 Jun 2018 11:27:49 +1200 2018-06-21 11:27 +12:00 2018-06-21 11:27 +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/#respond 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/ 0 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/ 5 https://www.zillow.com/blog/mortgage-misconceptions-190742/ 2018-06-20 18:30 +00:00 2018-06-21 06:30 +12:00 https://www.nzherald.co.nz/property/news/article.cfm?c_id=8&objectid=12074697&ref=rss newsfeeds@nzherald.co.nz Diana Clement: Visitors look for extra details Letting property to holiday makers and short-term guests is becoming increasingly popular. But there is much more to the business than the property itself. Success on the short-term holiday market comes down to the host or hosting... Wed, 20 Jun 2018 23:00:07 +1200 2018-06-20 23:00 +12:00 2018-06-20 23:00 +12:00 https://www.nzherald.co.nz/property/news/article.cfm?c_id=8&objectid=12074696&ref=rss newsfeeds@nzherald.co.nz Catherine Smith: Perfection is an asset It's hard to imagine Chamon and Grayson Ford sitting still. The energetic couple bought their Northcote Point house in January 2015 with toddlers Declan and Elliot in tow, but somehow managed to transform the house and garden in... 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The sale presents an opportunity to design and construct new premises in the purpose-built business... Wed, 20 Jun 2018 09:19:48 +1200 2018-06-20 09:19 +12:00 2018-06-20 09:19 +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/#respond 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/ 0 https://www.zillow.com/blog/summer-smackdown-226582/ 2018-06-19 19:50 +00:00 2018-06-20 07:50 +12:00 https://www.nzherald.co.nz/property/news/article.cfm?c_id=8&objectid=12074112&ref=rss newsfeeds@nzherald.co.nz Overseas investment law change a potential $4b forestry earner boost: Jones An overseas investment law overhaul could boost forestry businesses and add about $4 billion to annual export earnings, says Forestry Minister Shane Jones.The Overseas Investment Amendment Bill, which a select committee reported... Wed, 20 Jun 2018 07:05:47 +1200 2018-06-20 07:05 +12:00 2018-06-20 07:05 +12:00 https://www.nzherald.co.nz/property/news/article.cfm?c_id=8&objectid=12073879&ref=rss newsfeeds@nzherald.co.nz Barry Soper: The effect of foreign buyer ban? Time will tell They talked until they were blue in the face that foreign buyers weren't stoking the residential property market in this country.But National made little headway, claiming in its own echo chamber that only around three per cent... Wed, 20 Jun 2018 06:00:00 +1200 2018-06-20 06:00 +12:00 2018-06-20 06:00 +12:00 https://www.nzherald.co.nz/property/news/article.cfm?c_id=8&objectid=12073910&ref=rss newsfeeds@nzherald.co.nz Recent Deals for Wednesday June 20 GroupM Fanshawe St tower The GroupM office building at 22 Fanshawe St, in the Auckland CBD, has been sold to Conrad Properties Group for $50m, in a deal brokered by Harold McCracken of Savills. The 12-level, 7796sq m building,... Wed, 20 Jun 2018 05:00:00 +1200 2018-06-20 05:00 +12:00 2018-06-20 05:00 +12:00 https://www.nzherald.co.nz/property/news/article.cfm?c_id=8&objectid=12073908&ref=rss newsfeeds@nzherald.co.nz Time for a change of ownership Brokers say a building for sale at Ohaupo, in the South Waikato, is unique for housing a clock retailer and a cafe under one roof.The Clock World shop and Longitude Cafe operate within a character brick building, constructed in... Wed, 20 Jun 2018 05:00:00 +1200 2018-06-20 05:00 +12:00 2018-06-20 05:00 +12:00 https://www.nzherald.co.nz/property/news/article.cfm?c_id=8&objectid=12073905&ref=rss newsfeeds@nzherald.co.nz Auckland metropolitan office vacancy dips Auckland's metropolitan office vacancy rate has edged downwards due to strong demand for new developments in the city fringe and suburbs, says a new research report. The latest Colliers Essentials report has found the overall metropolitan... Wed, 20 Jun 2018 05:00:00 +1200 2018-06-20 05:00 +12:00 2018-06-20 05:00 +12:00 https://www.nzherald.co.nz/property/news/article.cfm?c_id=8&objectid=12073705&ref=rss newsfeeds@nzherald.co.nz Hop, skip and jump to coast There was no mucking around when Brian and Bev Eden decided to move from South Auckland to Whangapar&#257;oa 14 years ago. On their first house-hunting excursion to the peninsula, they looked at a small selection of properties and... Wed, 20 Jun 2018 05:00:00 +1200 2018-06-20 05:00 +12:00 2018-06-20 05:00 +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/ 52 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.nzherald.co.nz/property/news/article.cfm?c_id=8&objectid=12068875&ref=rss newsfeeds@nzherald.co.nz Mountain View repair bill hits $43.6m, could set NZ record Owners of Auckland's 99-unit Mountain View apartment complex are paying nearly $44 million to fix leak, seismic, structural and fire protection issues and one expert says the bill could set a record for the amount spent on fixing... Tue, 19 Jun 2018 18:00:00 +1200 2018-06-19 18:00 +12:00 2018-06-19 18:00 +12:00 https://www.nzherald.co.nz/property/news/article.cfm?c_id=8&objectid=12073617&ref=rss newsfeeds@nzherald.co.nz Experts welcome anti-foreign buyer back-down Property and legal experts have welcomed changes to the Government's proposed anti-foreign crackdown, saying restrictions on new home building won't now happen.Connal Townsend, Property Council chief executive and lawyers Joanna... Tue, 19 Jun 2018 14:15:09 +1200 2018-06-19 14:15 +12:00 2018-06-19 14:15 +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/ 1 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/news/article.cfm?c_id=8&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.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.nzherald.co.nz/property/news/article.cfm?c_id=8&objectid=12073471&ref=rss newsfeeds@nzherald.co.nz Changes mooted for foreign house-buyer ban law Recommendations have been made to the Government's proposed foreign house-buyer ban which would see large-scale overseas apartment and hotel developers and buyers exempted.The Finance and Expenditure Select Committee has released... Tue, 19 Jun 2018 09:01:25 +1200 2018-06-19 09:01 +12:00 2018-06-19 09:01 +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/#respond 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/ 0 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.nzherald.co.nz/property/news/article.cfm?c_id=8&objectid=12073385&ref=rss newsfeeds@nzherald.co.nz Foreign buyer ban gets smoother edges, but critics still see problems Amendments to the government's foreign buyer ban, if introduced, would give overseas investors more leeway to put money into New Zealand housing developments.But opposition party critics said the changes don't go far enough, and... 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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/ 2 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.nzherald.co.nz/property/news/article.cfm?c_id=8&objectid=12073069&ref=rss newsfeeds@nzherald.co.nz Historic cottage left high-and-dry Albert Park's historic caretaker's cottage is on the move, but don't worry it's not going far.The 136-year-old heritage building has been hoisted two metres into the air in order to replace its crumbling foundations.The vertical... Mon, 18 Jun 2018 15:16:12 +1200 2018-06-18 15:16 +12:00 2018-06-18 15:16 +12:00 https://www.nzherald.co.nz/property/news/article.cfm?c_id=8&objectid=12072912&ref=rss newsfeeds@nzherald.co.nz Inside new 'prison cell' emergency housing units in West Auckland Nine emergency housing units originally compared to "prison cells" are about to open in West Auckland.The prefabricated dwellings were moved to a site on Great North Rd near Henderson at the end of last year and quickly attracted... Mon, 18 Jun 2018 11:37:47 +1200 2018-06-18 11:37 +12:00 2018-06-18 11:37 +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/ 2 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/ 3 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/ 2 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/ 5 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/#respond 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/ 0 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; max-width: 100%; width: 640px;" data-rid-id="154192" 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 - Woodsy escape or opulent patio?" src="https://www.riddle.com/a/154192?" width="300" height="150"></p> <section> <h2>Woodsy escape or opulent patio?</h2> </section> <section> <h2>Woodsy escape</h2> </section> <section> <h3>Opulent patio</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/3-7-Jester-Ct-NW-Olympia-WA-98502/119855546_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">fire pit</a>, <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/15856-Monte-Alto-Ter-San-Diego-CA-92127/83121905_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/ 1 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/#respond 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/ 0 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/#respond 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/ 0 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/ 2 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/ 1 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/ 7 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.zillow.com/blog/?p=203271 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/ZillowBlog/~3/Vn0kC9RCz1Y/ Home Improvement decorating DIY Personalize Your Space With a DIY Gallery Wall Curate a magazine-worthy gallery wall - with everyday masterpieces you already own. Sun, 03 Jun 2018 13:00:07 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/personalize-with-diy-gallery-wall-203271/#comments Douglas Calhoun <p>Blending interior design styles with a roommate or partner is all about including personal touches and pinpointing a shared interest or aesthetic. The floor-to-ceiling gallery wall we created for a special couple on the West Coast is a perfect example.</p> <p>Homeowner Lauren and her fiance Greg are taking a big step: cohabitation. They&#8217;re recently engaged, and Lauren is <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/getting-staying-organized-summer-202140/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">making space</a> for not only his furniture and accent pieces but also his style.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-203340" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/20160713_ErikHecht_DSC4610-sm-36e793.jpg" alt="20160713_ErikHecht_DSC4610 sm" width="800" height="534" /></p> <p>The active couple shares a love for food, wine and entertaining, so we set out to brighten the dining room.</p> <p>Graced with iconic Seattle views of the waterfront, seaplanes and hillside homes, the dining room connects the home&#8217;s <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/hygge-scandinavian-simplicity-210343/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">cozy living room</a> with the kitchen, from which we drew foodie inspiration for the gallery wall.</p> <div class="video-container"><iframe width="500" height="281" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/4yqxohYyDFM?feature=oembed&#038;enablejsonapi=1" frameborder="0" allow="autoplay; encrypted-media" allowfullscreen></iframe></div> <p>When creating a gallery wall, it&#8217;s a good idea to create a balance of organic shapes and square corners.</p> <p>On Lauren&#8217;s wall, vintage cookbooks, antique kitchen tools, and metallic shapes like street signs and decorative letters complement the <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/buy-grown-up-art-216868/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">framed art</a> and images, while a variety of shapes and sizes provides visual interest.</p> <h2>Make a game plan</h2> <p>Lay the items out on the floor so you can try different arrangements - without hammering a single nail.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-203330" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/20160713_ErikHecht_DSC4295-sm-4052a8.jpg" alt="20160713_ErikHecht_DSC4295 sm" width="800" height="534" /></p> <p>Once you&#8217;ve decided which items to include, trace their shapes on leftover wrapping paper or butcher paper, and then tape these templates to the wall to guide you in placing nails and hangers.</p> <p>For a final touch, include a small piece of furniture at the bottom of your gallery wall. A chest or bench anchors the whole scene and makes a lovely spot for a row of glasses or a flower arrangement.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-203342" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/20160713_ErikHecht_DSC4674-sm-fc046b.jpg" alt="20160713_ErikHecht_DSC4674 sm" width="650" height="974" /></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Related</strong>:</p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/passions-in-home-decor-226113/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">8 Ways to Incorporate Your Passions Into Your Home Decor</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/maximize-your-staycation-200670/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Prepare for the Ultimate Staycation</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/quiz-style-dream-bedroom-224122/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Quiz: What Style Is Your Dream Bedroom?</a></li> </ul> <p><em>Originally published August 18, 2016.</em></p> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=Vn0kC9RCz1Y:PSScBEWPTJw:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=Vn0kC9RCz1Y:PSScBEWPTJw:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> </div> https://www.zillow.com/blog/personalize-with-diy-gallery-wall-203271/feed/ 2 https://www.zillow.com/blog/personalize-with-diy-gallery-wall-203271/ 2018-06-03 13:00 +00:00 2018-06-04 01:00 +12:00 https://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=177608 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/ZillowBlog/~3/JLoCmumnub0/ Tips & Advice home buying second homes vacation homes How to Buy a Vacation Home in 5 Steps Turn your getaway daydreams into reality - this guide will walk you through it, step by step. Fri, 01 Jun 2018 19:18:40 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/5-steps-buying-vacation-home-177608/#comments Julian Hebron <p>Dream of owning a vacation home but find the idea of buying one too intimidating? It&#8217;s actually easier than you may think.</p> <p>Here&#8217;s a guide to help you analyze your options.</p> <h2>1. Match housing choices to your lifestyle</h2> <p>Many people assume they must own a primary residence before owning a vacation home, but that&#8217;s not necessarily true. What&#8217;s really important is matching your housing choices to your lifestyle.</p> <p>You may live in a city and want lots of space that you can&#8217;t afford there. You could rent a modest condo in the city and buy a large vacation home outside the metro area.</p> <p>Or you may live in a large country house and want to enjoy city life as much as you can. In that case, you could own your country home and also buy a vacation condo in the city.</p> <p>Either way, the financing and tax implications are almost the same.</p> <h2>2. Decide how you&#8217;ll use it</h2> <p>From a financing and tax standpoint, you need to consider how you intend to own and use your property. You have three options:</p> <ul> <li><strong>Primary residence</strong>. You can buy for as little as 3 percent down (if your loan doesn&#8217;t exceed $417,000), and you get significant homeowner tax benefits.</li> <li><strong>Second home</strong>. You can use your second home anytime you want, but lenders won&#8217;t let you rent the home. Buy for as little as 20 percent down, and qualify for the loan using your full primary residence cost plus your full second home cost. Mortgage rates and tax benefits are the same as primary residences.</li> <li><strong>Investment property</strong>. You can rent the home and use it when it&#8217;s not rented. Rates are .25 percent to .375 percent higher than second home rates, and your down payment usually starts at 30 percent. You qualify for the loan using your full primary residence cost plus your full investment home cost, but you can use rental income to help qualify. Tax treatment is less beneficial, but the extra income can help with affordability.</li> </ul> <h2>3. Understand the total cost of owning it</h2> <p>You can <a href="https://www.zillow.com/mortgage-calculator/house-affordability" target="_blank" rel="noopener">determine what you can afford in seconds</a>. Then you&#8217;ll <a href="https://www.zillow.com/pre-approval/#page=preapproval" target="_blank" rel="noopener">find a lender</a> to formally analyze the cash available for down payment, <a href="https://www.zillow.com/mortgage-rates/buying-a-home/closing-costs/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">closing costs</a> and reserves. You&#8217;ll also calculate the total monthly cost on your existing home (whether you rent or own), plus the total monthly cost on the vacation home.</p> <p>You also need to plan for personal budget items that lenders don&#8217;t use in their qualifying calculations:</p> <ul> <li>Gas, electric, cable TV and internet</li> <li>Furniture and housewares</li> <li>Travel costs to your vacation home</li> <li>Total cost of property maintenance items, like cleaning, landscaping and pool/spa upkeep</li> </ul> <h2>4. Review monthly and transactional cost line items</h2> <p>Suppose you live in San Francisco and want to purchase a home in the wine country of Sonoma County, CA, for $600,000. Here&#8217;s how much it would cost as a primary residence, second home and investment property.</p> <table style="height: 410px; width: 550px;" border="2" width="550"> <tbody> <tr> <td style="padding: 5px; vertical-align: middle; text-align: center; background-color: #1b5098; color: #ffffff;" colspan="3"><strong>Estimated monthly costs</strong></td> </tr> <tr> <td style="padding: 5x; vertical-align: middle;"></td> <td style="padding: 5px; vertical-align: middle; text-align: left;"><strong>Primary or second home</strong></td> <td style="padding: 5px; vertical-align: middle; text-align: left;"><strong>Investment property</strong></td> </tr> <tr> <td style="padding: 5px; vertical-align: middle; text-align: left;">Mortgage payment</td> <td style="padding: 5px; vertical-align: middle; text-align: left;">$2,223 (30-year fixed mortgage at 3.75%)</td> <td style="padding: 5px; vertical-align: middle; text-align: left;">$2,035 (30-year fixed mortgage at 4.125%)</td> </tr> <tr> <td style="padding: 5px; vertical-align: middle; text-align: left;">Insurance</td> <td style="padding: 5px; vertical-align: middle; text-align: left;">$100</td> <td style="padding: 5px; vertical-align: middle; text-align: left;">$100</td> </tr> <tr> <td style="padding: 5px; vertical-align: middle; text-align: left;">Property tax</td> <td style="padding: 5px; vertical-align: middle; text-align: left;">$600</td> <td style="padding: 5px; vertical-align: middle; text-align: left;">$600</td> </tr> <tr> <td style="padding: 5px; vertical-align: middle; text-align: left;"><strong>TOTAL ESTIMATED MONTHLY COSTS</strong></td> <td style="padding: 5px; vertical-align: middle; text-align: left;"><strong>$2,923</strong></td> <td style="padding: 5px; vertical-align: middle; text-align: left;"><strong>$2,735</strong></td> </tr> <tr> <td></td> <td></td> <td></td> </tr> <tr> <td style="padding: 5px; vertical-align: middle; text-align: center; background-color: #1b5098; color: #ffffff;" colspan="3"><strong>Estimated cash to close</strong></td> </tr> <tr> <td style="padding: 5x; vertical-align: middle;"></td> <td style="padding: 5px; vertical-align: middle; text-align: left;"><strong>Primary or second home</strong></td> <td style="padding: 5px; vertical-align: middle; text-align: left;"><strong>Investment property</strong></td> </tr> <tr> <td style="padding: 5px; vertical-align: middle; text-align: left;">Down payment</td> <td style="padding: 5px; vertical-align: middle; text-align: left;">$120,000 (20%)</td> <td style="padding: 5px; vertical-align: middle; text-align: left;">$180,000 (30%)</td> </tr> <tr> <td style="padding: 5px; vertical-align: middle; text-align: left;">Lender fees</td> <td style="padding: 5px; vertical-align: middle; text-align: left;">$2,500</td> <td style="padding: 5px; vertical-align: middle; text-align: left;">$2,500</td> </tr> <tr> <td style="padding: 5px; vertical-align: middle; text-align: left;">Title/escrow/inspection fees</td> <td style="padding: 5px; vertical-align: middle; text-align: left;">$3,500</td> <td style="padding: 5px; vertical-align: middle; text-align: left;">$3,500</td> </tr> <tr> <td style="padding: 5px; vertical-align: middle; text-align: left;"><strong>TOTAL ESTIMATED CASH TO CLOSE</strong></td> <td style="padding: 5px; vertical-align: middle; text-align: left;"><strong>$126,000</strong></td> <td style="padding: 5px; vertical-align: middle; text-align: left;"><strong>$186,000</strong></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <h2>5. Make an offer using a local real estate agent and lender</h2> <p>Many vacation properties are in specialized local markets, so it&#8217;s best to find local <a href="https://www.zillow.com/directory/real-estate-agents/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">real estate agents</a> and <a href="https://www.zillow.com/directory/mortgage-lenders/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">lenders</a>.</p> <p>Your real estate agent will clarify local transaction fees, taxes and commissions, as well as advise on local zoning and property rental rules. For example, the town of Sonoma doesn&#8217;t allow short-term rentals for vacation homes, but other towns in Sonoma County do.</p> <p>In destination areas, real estate agent commissions can be higher and can also be seller- or buyer-paid, depending on the area. Only a local expert can advise properly. And, of course, they will structure your offer for you and negotiate on all facets of the deal that are a priority to you.</p> <p>Likewise, local lenders will be comfortable with appraisals and lending in rural areas. Appraisals are more difficult in less populated areas because comparable sales can be old and hard to find.</p> <p>If you follow these steps, your closing will be a snap, and you&#8217;ll be relaxing in your vacation home before you know it.</p> <p><em>Top featured photo from Offset.</em></p> <p><strong>Related</strong>:</p> <ul> <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> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/tiny-home-getaways-216429/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">These 7 Tiny Homes Are the Perfect Summer Getaway</a></li> <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> </ul> <p><em>Originally published June 8, 2015.</em></p> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=JLoCmumnub0:SG3p5VLo-Ok:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=JLoCmumnub0:SG3p5VLo-Ok:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> </div> https://www.zillow.com/blog/5-steps-buying-vacation-home-177608/feed/ 3 https://www.zillow.com/blog/5-steps-buying-vacation-home-177608/ 2018-06-01 19:18 +00:00 2018-06-02 07:18 +12:00 https://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=226375 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/ZillowBlog/~3/JVMe-DgbTEw/ Home Improvement remodeling Test Your Home Improvement IQ With This Quiz Find out which home updates offer the biggest return on your investment. Fri, 01 Jun 2018 00:00:31 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/test-your-home-improvement-iq-with-this-quiz-226375/#comments Catherine Sherman <div data-rid-id="152552" data-fg="#0074E4" data-bg="#FFFFFF" data-auto-scroll="true">Do you watch house-flipping TV shows? Are you embarking on a major remodel for the first time? If you answered &#8220;yes&#8221; to either of these questions, this quiz is for you.</div> <div class="riddle_target" style="margin: 0 auto; max-width: 100%; width: 640px;" data-rid-id="152552" 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="Pop Quiz - Which Home Improvements Have the Biggest ROI?" src="https://www.riddle.com/a/152552?" width="300" height="150"></p> <section> <h2>Which Home Improvements Have the Biggest ROI?</h2> <p>If you&#8217;re not in your forever home, it&#8217;s a good idea to consider the resale value of common home updates. Take this quiz to test your home improvement IQ before picking up a sledgehammer. The latest findings may surprise you!</p> </section> <section> <h2>Which HIGH-END addition has a better return?</h2> </section> <section> <h3>Which replacement is a bigger bang for your buck?</h3> </section> <section> <h3>Which MIDRANGE remodel is a better ROI?</h3> </section> <section> <h3>Which outdoor addition has a better return?</h3> </section> <section> <h3>Which update is better for resale value?</h3> </section> <section> <h2>You&#8217;re Almost There!</h2> <p>Remodeling ROI isn&#8217;t always intuitive. To see bigger returns, you may want to research your options before doing a home update. You can find the latest remodeling cost data <a href="http://www.remodeling.hw.net/cost-vs-value/2018/" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> </section> <section> <h3>You&#8217;re a Pro!</h3> <p>Estimating remodeling ROI isn&#8217;t easy, but you have great judgment. For an even deeper dive, you can find the latest remodeling cost data <a href="http://www.remodeling.hw.net/cost-vs-value/2018/" target="_blank" style="background-color: #ffffff;">here</a>.</p> </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></iframe></div> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><em>Top featured image from Offset.</em></p> <p><strong>Related:</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/not-to-do-remodel-bathrooms-223520/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">What NOT to Do When Remodeling Bathrooms</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> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/budget-for-home-renovations-177504/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">How to Set a Home Renovation Budget</a></li> </ul> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=JVMe-DgbTEw:69_bNohhhg8:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=JVMe-DgbTEw:69_bNohhhg8:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> </div> https://www.zillow.com/blog/test-your-home-improvement-iq-with-this-quiz-226375/feed/ 18 https://www.zillow.com/blog/test-your-home-improvement-iq-with-this-quiz-226375/ 2018-06-01 00:00 +00:00 2018-06-01 12:00 +12:00 https://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=219656 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/ZillowBlog/~3/7ykO3U_v2Co/ First Person home buying Moving relocation We Bought a Home Sight Unseen (Here's What We Learned) When eager buyers snatched up our home just 24 hours after we listed it, we didn't have the luxury of checking out open houses to find our next place. Thu, 31 May 2018 13:00:31 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/buying-home-sight-unseen-219656/#comments Chris Stout-Hazard <p>"No. Absolutely not. Stop looking at those. Put your laptop away right now."</p> <p>This is how I talk to my husband, and I'm not proud of that. But having lived in three different houses during just six years of marriage, I was nervous to find him browsing real estate listings last summer. Can you blame me?</p> <p>Our moves haven't been around the block, either. From the booming (and baking) city of Austin, TX, to the bucolic and rural village of Sharon Springs, NY, to the New York City metro, we'd lugged our possessions across 2,000 miles of highways.</p> <p>Our houses had been equally disparate in style: an eco-friendly house in Austin, a 160-year-old <a href="http://www.zillow.com/blog/victorian-homes/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Italianate Victorian</a> in upstate New York, and a glass box on a mountain in New Jersey with a view of the Empire State Building.</p> <p>Now it was time to move again. While we'd enjoyed our adventures, <a href="http://www.rogerandchris.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">our growing business</a> and desire to be close to family pointed us in another direction: Nebraska. We got our New Jersey house prepared for sale, expecting it to spend a little time on the market. Instead, it sold within 24 hours. Oops.</p> <h2>House hunting from far away</h2> <p>Forced to act fast - with no time to fly to Omaha to view properties - we dug into home listings. We narrowed options down by budget and location, looked for houses that hadn't been updated (as designers, we'd do that ourselves), and pored over each photo to pick out details.</p> <p>I printed neighborhood maps and highlighted nearby restaurants and parks for our dog. We enlisted the help of my parents and hired a family friend as our real estate agent, sending them to tour houses on our behalf. Dad measured rooms while Mom toured the neighborhood. Any bit of information they could gather was invaluable.</p> <p>I finally walked through the house the day before closing. Roger was in New Jersey finishing <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/what-to-unpack-first-191909/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">packing</a>, and I had driven out in advance. In person, I could see where our homework prepared me - and what remained a surprise.</p> <p>The view out the windows, the way light played through the hallways, the "aroma" of a long-clogged garbage disposal - some things simply weren't captured by the photos we'd seen. The living room was smaller. The dining room was square rather than rectangular. The smelly, grimy kitchen, which had been a "sometime next spring" <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/budget-for-home-renovations-177504/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">renovation project</a>, immediately got bumped up to the top of the list.</p> <figure id="attachment_219736" style="width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><img class="size-full wp-image-219736" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Kitchen-small-374921.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="533" /><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">The kitchen, before renovation.</figcaption></figure> <p>All in all, we love our new home, and most of the surprises - from architectural details to friendly neighbors - have been pleasant ones.</p> <p>Would I recommend buying a house without having seen it first? I think it's doable with a little on-the-ground intelligence from people you trust. Will I do it again? Absolutely not. I've told Roger that we're never moving again. And this time - fingers crossed - I think he agrees with me.</p> <figure id="attachment_219734" style="width: 570px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><img class="wp-image-219734 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/about_rc-504581.jpg" alt="" width="570" height="300" /><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Chris (left) and Roger have left home shopping behind and moved on to planning renovation projects.</figcaption></figure> <h2>If you&#8217;re long-distance home buying</h2> <p>Buying a house sight unseen? Here are a few tips for lowering your stress level (a little):</p> <ul> <li><strong>Sketch it out</strong>. It's tough to wrap your head around the layout of a house from a handful of listing photos. Get a better sense of the flow by drawing a floor plan. If possible, get room dimensions to determine which furniture will have a place and what should be left behind.</li> <li><strong>Preview the views</strong>. Listing photos don&#8217;t always capture what you&#8217;ll see through the windows. For example, our dining room windows look out onto the neighbor's wood fence. Ask your real estate agent to snap photos looking through the windows and, if possible, record a short video up and down the street to help provide a sense of the surroundings.</li> <li><strong>Embrace the folder</strong>. A move brings chaos. You'll misplace your toothbrush, your phone charger and perhaps even your smallest child. At the same time, buying a home requires lots of very important paperwork that you absolutely must produce at a moment's notice. Do yourself a favor: Go to the office supply store and buy the most obnoxiously bright, neon green document folder they sell. Put all the essential closing documents in there, and keep it handy.</li> <li><strong>Take care of yourself</strong>. The first impulse may be to drop everything to focus solely on packing and preparing for your new home. That's important, of course, but don't neglect the routine activities that make life feel "normal" for you. If you go to the gym, keep going, even if you have to cut workouts short. Catch a movie or concert. Meet a friend for coffee. This is an overwhelming and demanding time, but continuing to do things you enjoy will make your move less overwhelming.</li> <li><strong>Brace for impact</strong>. Walking into an empty house, particularly after seeing carefully staged listing photos, can be disorienting. The most common reaction? "Wow, this bedroom looks so small!" The scale of unfurnished rooms is notoriously hard to judge. Don't freak out - once you get a few pieces of furniture in place, everything will feel more normal.</li> </ul> <p><em>Shopping for a home? Our <a href="https://www.zillow.com/home-buying-guide/start-here/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Home Buyers Guide</a> offers plenty of advice and tools. </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/home-buying-guide/long-distance-househunting/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Shortcuts for Long-Distance House Hunting</a></li> </ul> <p><em>Originally published July 28, 2017.</em></p> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=7ykO3U_v2Co:W4FMAZzuuFc:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=7ykO3U_v2Co:W4FMAZzuuFc:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> </div> https://www.zillow.com/blog/buying-home-sight-unseen-219656/feed/ 17 https://www.zillow.com/blog/buying-home-sight-unseen-219656/ 2018-05-31 13:00 +00:00 2018-06-01 01:00 +12:00 https://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=206191 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/ZillowBlog/~3/or9fuUXWEFQ/ Tips & Advice home buying Home selling The Counteroffer: Negotiating a Real Estate Deal A lot can happen between an initial offer and closing day. Meet the counteroffer ... Wed, 30 May 2018 13:00:04 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/negotiating-the-counteroffer-206191/#comments Jonathan Deesing <p>Buying a home is rarely as simple as making an offer and paying that offer out. Negotiations can go back and forth for weeks before the seller and buyer are both satisfied.</p> <p>The vehicle for this negotiation is the counteroffer - a vital and complex rejection and counter to an offer made by either party. Counteroffers are typically handled between real estate agents and are time sensitive.</p> <p>Selling or buying a home is more of a process than a transaction, so it's important to understand counteroffers before you make your first offer.</p> <h2>Why was I countered?</h2> <p>As a home buyer, if you make an offer below list price, the seller may choose to reject, accept or simply let the offer expire. If there are multiple offers, the listing agent will lay out the options for their client and then notify all buyers&#8217; agents of the choices.</p> <p>Sellers may also counter your proposed closing date. If they need to move out quickly, they may want to push it earlier. They may also ask to rent the property for a time after the settlement.</p> <p>Price and closing date negotiations are common from both parties, but there are even more reasons sellers can potentially get countered.</p> <p>The condition of the home is likely the biggest factor here. As home buyers conduct ongoing research into the home, any problems with the condition of the house can result in a counteroffer.</p> <p>If you've chosen to take appliances with you when you move, buyers may also look to negotiate for those.</p> <p>Appraisals are another reason for counteroffers. If an <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/home-purchase-appraisal-short-175418/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">appraisal comes in below</a> the agreed-upon sale price, it will affect the amount the mortgage company will lend to the buyer.</p> <h2>Negotiation power</h2> <p>When reviewing a counteroffer, it's important to have <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/buyers-agents-each-others-backs-198056/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">an experienced real estate agent</a> who can capitalize on your advantages in a negotiation. Both sellers and buyers can take steps to put themselves in an advantageous position through planning and smart counteroffers.</p> <p>Knowledge is power in negotiations, so try to glean as much information about the seller or buyer as you can. Your agent will also seek information from the other agent on your behalf.</p> <p>Sometimes sellers use the pending sale of their home to finance another, meaning they have a truncated timeline and could be more eager to make a deal. Similarly, buyers who have terminated a lease may be desperate for a place to live and more willing to negotiate.</p> <p>If you&#8217;re selling a home with known issues, anticipate how these problems may put you at a disadvantage during negotiations. A leaky roof may not be discovered until <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/negotiating-after-home-inspection-140771/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">after buyers order a home inspection</a>. Depending on the cost, they may ask the seller to either fix the roof or deduct the cost of a new roof from the sale price.</p> <p>These types of issues put sellers at a distinct disadvantage because they have to either pay for repairs, lower the selling price, or reject the counteroffer and hope the next buyer doesn't notice or care about repairs.</p> <p>This is why it's worth the money (around $500) to pay for an inspection before listing a house. Preparation can save you headaches and money down the road.</p> <h2>Responding to a counteroffer</h2> <p>If you've received a counteroffer as a buyer or a seller, carefully review every aspect. Real estate agents, apart from yours, are under no obligation to ensure you read the full contract. So make sure you read everything carefully before you sign.</p> <p>With each individual counteroffer, consider every aspect of the sale, including old and new information. If you made an offer above the list price, there is always the possibility for an appraisal to come in low.</p> <p>If you are responding to a counteroffer before an appraisal or inspection, keep those at the forefront of your mind. Prepare yourself for future counteroffers once they are completed.</p> <p>Whether you're selling or buying a home, establish a baseline for when you will walk away from a sale. As a buyer, you don't want to spend so much on a home that you move in with no cash for improvements and repairs. And as a seller, you should know how much you want to make off the sale.</p> <p>With a measured and informed approach, counteroffers can be your friend. Communicate often with your agent to let them know what you want from the sale, and never be afraid to <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/when-to-walk-away-home-purchase-192118/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">walk away</a> if things go south.</p> <p><em>Top featured photo from Shutterstock.</em></p> <p><strong>Related:</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/buyers-dont-waive-inspections-218444/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">The Huge Risk Home Buyers Take When They Waive Inspections</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/compete-with-cash-buyer-138674/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">How to Make a Competitive Offer Against All-Cash Home Buyers</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/3-steps-buying-your-next-home-183382/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">A 3-Step Plan for Finding and Buying Your Next Home</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 25, 2016.</em></p> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=or9fuUXWEFQ:w_9KAWsi5to:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=or9fuUXWEFQ:w_9KAWsi5to:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> </div> https://www.zillow.com/blog/negotiating-the-counteroffer-206191/feed/ 6 https://www.zillow.com/blog/negotiating-the-counteroffer-206191/ 2018-05-30 13:00 +00:00 2018-05-31 01:00 +12:00 https://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=159039 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/ZillowBlog/~3/6vXocOJxHnk/ Tips & Advice home buying home inspections 6 Home-Shopping Red Flags Even an Inspector Could Miss The home inspection should catch any deal breakers, right? Not so fast. Tue, 29 May 2018 21:21:00 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/6-problems-home-inspector-may-miss-159039/#comments Catherine Sherman <p>Bill Loden, president of the <a href="http://www.ashi.org/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">American Society of Home Inspectors</a> (ASHI), has been inspecting homes for the past 20 years. But he says some home headaches simply don&#8217;t reveal themselves during a standard inspection - and some are outside an inspector&#8217;s scope.</p> <p>&#8220;There are things homeowners think we can do, but we can&#8217;t,&#8221; he explained. &#8220;And honestly, most people don&#8217;t want to pay for [a specialist].&#8221;</p> <p>To get the most value from your home inspection, it&#8217;s important to know a few things even professionals might miss.</p> <h2>1. Partially blocked or damaged sewer lines</h2> <p>Some house problems don&#8217;t show up overnight, and a partially blocked or damaged sewer line often falls in this camp.</p> <p>&#8220;We&#8217;ll run water through the fixtures, but we&#8217;re there for a limited time,&#8221; Loden explained. &#8220;Two to four hours might not be long enough for the problem to reveal itself.&#8221;</p> <p>Inspectors will likely determine the type of drain pipe used and estimate its age. They may also look for trees or stumps near the sewer pipe that could cause damage. However, sewer-pipe scoping (sending a camera down the line) isn&#8217;t typically included in a standard inspection.</p> <h2>2. Failing HVAC equipment</h2> <p>Similar to damaged sewer lines, HVAC equipment can be fine one day and stop working the next.</p> <p>&#8220;If I check an air conditioner when temperatures are moderate, it can seem fine,&#8221; Loden explained. &#8220;But under stress, when<a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/summer-prep-for-your-home-226196/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"> temperatures shoot up</a>, it can fail.&#8221;</p> <p>Loden says inspectors can bring an HVAC contractor with them for the inspection, but typically it&#8217;s not worth the investment when you compare the cost of buying a new unit.</p> <p>&#8220;It will cost anywhere from $3,000 to $5,000 [to hire a contractor] and could take two to three days to complete,&#8221; he said.</p> <h2>3. Cracked heat exchanger</h2> <p>An area where you may want to pay for an HVAC contractor: an old furnace.</p> <p>&#8220;In my area in Alabama, we have a lot of package units [furnace/air conditioner combined] that sit outside. It&#8217;s not part of the standard inspection to examine the heat exchanger, but a lot of them develop cracks that can allow the indoor air to mix with combustion air that has carbon monoxide,&#8221; he explained. &#8220;You don&#8217;t want that in the house.&#8221;</p> <p>Loden recommends having an HVAC contractor examine the heat exchanger if a furnace is more than 10 years old.</p> <p>&#8220;If the HVAC contractor does find such a crack, by law they have to replace it before the furnace can be used again,&#8221; he said.</p> <h2>4. Electrical problems</h2> <p>Loden says the best way to think about a standard home inspection is a &#8220;visual inspection,&#8221; because when it comes to electrical issues, inspectors can&#8217;t always determine the problem&#8217;s source.</p> <p>&#8220;If I find a receptacle that doesn&#8217;t have ground, I know it&#8217;s disconnected somewhere, but I don&#8217;t know where,&#8221; he said. &#8220;You&#8217;re going to have to have an electrician find the disconnect in the system.&#8221;</p> <h2>5. Structural issues</h2> <p>Is the roof sagging, or is it part of your new home&#8217;s architectural style? Luckily, a home inspector should be able to tell.</p> <p>&#8220;All roofs - at least wood roofs - have some inconsistencies. A home inspector knows what&#8217;s normal and what&#8217;s not,&#8221; Loden said.</p> <p>However, when it comes to identifying how bad a problem is or how much it&#8217;s going to cost to repair, an inspector isn&#8217;t the right person to ask.</p> <p>&#8220;Because we&#8217;re not licensed structural engineers, we&#8217;ll<a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/home-improvement-hire-out-214858/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"> refer homeowners to one</a>,&#8221; Loden said.</p> <h2>6. Leaks</h2> <p>Leaks may not be there one day and show up the next. For this reason, inspectors might not initially detect them.</p> <p>&#8220;A lot of times we go into vacated homes,&#8221; Loden explained. &#8220;With the plumbing system not being used on a daily basis, any leaks may have dried up. And it may take a couple days after the water is turned on for the leaks to make themselves visible.&#8221;</p> <p>Loden recalls his own home inspection when it was pouring rain. &#8220;The roof was not leaking when I moved in, but six weeks later it was,&#8221; he said. &#8220;A home inspection is not a guarantee that the house won&#8217;t have problems in the future.&#8221;</p> <p>He says that the best thing you can do is carefully check the drains in cabinets before and during your move.</p> <p>&#8220;A lot of times homeowners place belongings under there. Sometimes they&#8217;ll pack them up after the inspection and bump the drain traps, causing them to start leaking. The same thing can happen when you move in.&#8221;</p> <p>At the end of the day, the key is to take precautions and make sure you find a <a href="https://www.zillow.com/directory/real-estate-services-inspection/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">certified inspector</a> who has been inspecting in your area for a long time.</p> <p>&#8220;They learn where failures are likely to occur,&#8221; Loden said.</p> <p><em>Top featured image from Shutterstock.</em></p> <p><strong>Related:</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/buyers-dont-waive-inspections-218444/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">The Huge Risk Home Buyers Take When They Waive Inspections</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/buying-new-construction-196960/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Asking These 6 Questions Can Save You Money When Buying New Construction</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/negotiating-after-home-inspection-140771/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">How to Negotiate Repairs After a Home Inspection</a></li> </ul> <p><em>Originally published September 5, 2014.</em></p> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=6vXocOJxHnk:y_j5cx_UGeg:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=6vXocOJxHnk:y_j5cx_UGeg:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> </div> https://www.zillow.com/blog/6-problems-home-inspector-may-miss-159039/feed/ 78 https://www.zillow.com/blog/6-problems-home-inspector-may-miss-159039/ 2018-05-29 21:21 +00:00 2018-05-30 09:21 +12:00 https://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=202731 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/ZillowBlog/~3/m1kxEeeHIgQ/ Tips & Advice First Time Home Buyers home buying Buying Your First Home? Plan for These Hidden Costs Get those rainy day funds in order - you're going to need them. Tue, 29 May 2018 13:00:55 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/hidden-costs-first-home-202731/#comments Jonathan Deesing <p>You're excited because you just found the perfect home. The neighborhood is great, the house is charming and the price is right.</p> <p>But if you're a first-time home buyer, you might find out that the price is pretty far from perfect.</p> <p>If you're shopping for your first home, prepare for additional - and often unexpected - home-buying costs. They catch many home buyers unaware and can quickly leave you underwater on your new home.</p> <h2>Expect the unexpected</h2> <p>For almost every person who buys a home, the spending doesn't stop with the down payment. <a href="https://www.zillow.com/home-buying-guide/homeowners-insurance/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Homeowners insurance</a> and <a href="http://www.zillow.com/blog/who-pays-closing-costs-140343/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">closing costs</a>, like appraisal and lender fees, are typically easy to plan for because they&#8217;re lumped into the home-buying process, but most costs beyond those vary.</p> <p>The previous owners of your home are the biggest factor affecting your move-in costs. If they take the refrigerator when they move out, you'll have to <a href="http://www.zillow.com/blog/buying-new-kitchen-appliances-193049/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">buy one to replace it</a>. The same goes for any large appliance.</p> <p>And while these may seem like a small purchase compared to buying a home, appliances quickly add up - especially if you just spent most of your cash on a down payment.</p> <p>You'll also be on the hook for any immediate improvements the home needs, unless you negotiate them as part of your home purchase agreement.</p> <p>Unfortunately, these costs are the least hidden of those you may encounter.</p> <p>When purchasing a home, definitely hire a <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/what-to-expect-when-youre-inspecting-100268/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">home inspector</a> (this costs money too!) to ensure the home isn't going to collapse the next time it rains. Inspectors look for bad electrical wiring, weak foundations, wood rot and other hidden problems you may not find on your own.</p> <p>Worse still, these problems are rarely covered by home insurance. If an inspector discovers a serious problem, you'll then have to decide if you still want to purchase the home. Either way, you'll be out the cost of hiring the inspector.</p> <h2>Consider the creature comforts</h2> <p>Another cost is your own comfort. It's easy to not think fully about what you&#8217;re expecting from your new home until after you move in.</p> <p>Are you used to having cable? If so, is your new home wired for cable? It's much harder to watch a technician crawling around punching holes in your walls when you <em>own</em> those walls.</p> <p>And if you&#8217;re moving from the <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/the-case-for-renting-168796/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">world of renting</a> to the world of homeownership, you'll probably be faced with much higher utility bills. Further, you could find yourself paying for utilities once covered by a landlord, like water and garbage pickup.</p> <h2>Plan ahead</h2> <p>The only ways to face the unknown and unexpected are research and planning. This starts with budgeting both before house hunting and throughout your search.</p> <p>Look at homes in your budget that need improvements, and then research how much those <a href="http://www.zillow.com/blog/budget-for-home-renovations-177504/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">improvements could cost</a>. Nothing is worse than buying a home thinking you can fix the yard for a few hundred dollars and then realizing it will cost thousands.</p> <p>There&#8217;s really no limit to how prepared you can be. Say you find a nice home that's priced lower than others in the area because of its age. You may save money on the list price, but with an older house, you could be slapped with a much higher home insurance payment, making the house more expensive in the long run.</p> <p>This is where preparation comes in. Research home insurance and property prices in the areas you're considering to make more educated decisions before you ever make that first offer.</p> <p>Clearly define how much you intend to put toward your <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/treasury-down-payment-assistance-214856/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">down payment</a>, and then look at how much cash that leaves for improvements and minor costs, like changing the locks. That way, when you find a house at the high end of your range, you'll know to walk away if it requires a new washer and dryer or HVAC system upgrade.</p> <p>Establish a rough estimate for as many costs as you can think of, and be extremely critical of homes at the top of your budget - otherwise, you could easily end up being house poor.</p> <p>Know your budget and plan ahead. Buying a home is a lot less scary when you know what you're getting into.</p> <p><em>Top featured photo from Offset.</em></p> <p><strong>Related:</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="http://www.zillow.com/blog/faqs-buying-home-insurance-201302/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Insurance FAQs for First-Time Home Buyers</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/buyers-dont-waive-inspections-218444/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">The Huge Risk Home Buyers Take When They Waive Inspections</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/weird-things-home-shopping-200991/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">3 Weird Things You Can Ignore When Home Shopping</a></li> </ul> <p><em>Originally published August 16, 2016.</em></p> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=m1kxEeeHIgQ:4K5GKAq-qfo:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=m1kxEeeHIgQ:4K5GKAq-qfo:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> </div> https://www.zillow.com/blog/hidden-costs-first-home-202731/feed/ 10 https://www.zillow.com/blog/hidden-costs-first-home-202731/ 2018-05-29 13:00 +00:00 2018-05-30 01:00 +12:00 https://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=218444 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/ZillowBlog/~3/c4SYJdfiLnY/ Tips & Advice home buying home inspections The Huge Risk Home Buyers Take When They Waive Inspections When you're trying to make your offer as attractive as possible, skipping the inspection may seem like a good idea. Here's why it's not. Wed, 23 May 2018 00:20:15 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/buyers-dont-waive-inspections-218444/#comments Brendon DeSimone <p>If you're buying a home in a competitive market and your offers keep getting beat out, you may be tempted to resort to desperate measures. In addition to offering more than the asking price or a quick closing, some buyers agree to waive inspections.</p> <p>This is never a good idea. The home may look OK to the naked eye, but it&#8217;s what's beyond the surface, or items that you can't identify as problematic, that cause <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/negotiating-after-home-inspection-140771/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">the biggest issues</a>.</p> <p>For example, the typical buyer won't be able to spot asbestos, nor will they see evidence of termite infestation or a leak inside the HVAC system.</p> <p>No matter how badly you want the property or how emotionally attached you are to it, you don&#8217;t want to buy a home without <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/what-to-expect-when-youre-inspecting-100268/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">having it thoroughly inspected</a>. Just imagine six months down the road, when you've closed on the sale and moved into your new home. You will kick yourself when you go to turn the heat on and realize it doesn't work - and the fix is $20,000.</p> <p>When you&#8217;re in the thick of a bidding war or in your seventh month of searching for homes, you might not be able to see or think clearly. Don't get caught up in the hoopla. Waiving an inspection can cost you a fortune. Here are some alternative solutions to satisfy your need to inspect, while remaining competitive.</p> <h2>Pre-sale inspection</h2> <p>If you love the home, inspect before you make an offer or sign a contract. Worst case scenario, you spend a few hundred dollars delving deeply into a home you don't purchase. Better to be safe than sorry.</p> <p>If you do inspect the home and it passes muster, then you can waive your inspection contingency because you've inspected already.</p> <h2>The seller's inspection</h2> <p>Often, the seller will have the property inspected before listing. They do this so that they can either iron out any issues in advance of listing, or so buyers know upfront exactly what they're getting.  It protects the sellers from future negotiations, and allows them to price the property correctly from the start.</p> <p>The only issue is that the inspector is liable only to the person who paid for and ordered the inspection. That is the seller. If that inspector missed something, you don't have any recourse.</p> <h2>Move quickly</h2> <p>Often there is a small window of time between when offers are due, and a deal starts to go forward. Sellers don't want to lose momentum, particularly when there are multiple offers.</p> <p>If the market moves fast and you need to get your offer in so quickly that there isn't time to inspect, pre-schedule an inspection for a day or two out. If you work with a good local agent, they will have relationships with an inspector who will do that.</p> <p>Writing a one- or two-day inspection contingency into your offer gives the seller comfort that they won't lose momentum if you walk away. You get peace of mind in the meantime.</p> <p>Don't get caught up in the drama of a bidding war. If you're getting frustrated, keep in mind the larger picture. You're purchasing the biggest asset of your life. Markets change, and you don't want to find yourself in a home you can't afford or, much worse, can't sell because of structural or engineering issues you missed by waiving inspections.</p> <p><strong>Related</strong>:</p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/5-things-homebuyers-and-sellers-should-know-about-credits-75395/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">5 Facts Home Buyers and Sellers Should Know About Credits</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/contingencies-home-buyers-bff-178123/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Contingencies: A Home Buyer&#8217;s BFF</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/strategic-moves-competitive-buyers-177184/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">3 Strategic Moves for Competitive Home Buyers</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 July 3, 2017.</em></p> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=c4SYJdfiLnY:N2Cm9AI6Xik:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=c4SYJdfiLnY:N2Cm9AI6Xik:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> </div> https://www.zillow.com/blog/buyers-dont-waive-inspections-218444/feed/ 40 https://www.zillow.com/blog/buyers-dont-waive-inspections-218444/ 2018-05-23 00:20 +00:00 2018-05-23 12:20 +12:00 https://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=202140 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/ZillowBlog/~3/6v2uL9nBLAk/ Home Improvement home organization Summer Getting and Staying Organized Through the Summer Between vacations, barbecues and pool parties, we can lose track of routines, projects and "stuff." Wed, 23 May 2018 00:14:32 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/getting-staying-organized-summer-202140/#comments DorothyTheOrganizer <p>Sometime about now in mid-summer we begin asking ourselves, "Why do things seem to be out of control? I planned on <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/preserving-mementos-kids-artwork-181918/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">organizing my photos</a>, painting that <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/diy-dresser-makeover-189711/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">cute dresser</a> I picked up at the <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/10-tips-for-yard-sale-197837/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">yard sale</a> last fall, and waking up without an alarm clock on Fridays. None of it has happened!"</p> <p>This scenario is all too common - and yet there is good news. It&#8217;s never too late to get and stay organized for the remainder of the summer.</p> <p>People tend to get busy with outdoor activities and become distracted by vacations, plus household schedules and routines tend to be different than during the school year. The most common areas that seem to spiral out of control are:</p> <ul> <li>Summer clutter</li> <li>Project procrastination</li> <li>Sleep routines</li> </ul> <p>Here are my tips for getting and staying organized through the summer.</p> <h2>Summer clutter</h2> <p>We&#8217;re conditioned to create traditions and rituals. We buy new outdoor furniture and decorations for our <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/set-up-patio-best-summer-ever-197719/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">backyard barbecue</a>, and bring friends and family together for camping trips chock full of new-fangled gadgets and equipment. We have family reunions and <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/stress-free-vacation-179677/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">summer vacations</a>.</p> <p>We&#8217;re used to buying, creating, and preparing for events - yet we don't really have a method or system to deal with the aftermath.</p> <p>It may be time to say goodbye to the stuff we buy &#8220;on the fly,&#8221; like walkie talkies for playful banter on road trips, floaties for the swimming pool,  collapsible picnic tables for the beach, croquet sets for the backyard, and rain ponchos for the fast-moving and sudden rainstorm.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-202335" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/shutterstock_282079589-94c93a.jpg" alt="shutterstock_282079589" width="800" height="613" /></p> <p>I recommend two steps for handling summer clutter:</p> <ol> <li>Collect all the summer clutter. Empty the souvenir bags, toiletry kits, suitcases, and backpacks. Get it all in one place.</li> </ol> <ol start="2"> <li>Evaluate it. I do this by using a value-based point system. Rate each item on a scale of 0 to 5. Zero means you have no real use for it in the future and don't like it at all. Five means you really love the item and can use it, or it brings you great joy to keep it.</li> </ol> <h2>Project procrastination</h2> <p>Often we feel more disorganized or confused about our perceived "free time" during the summer months. This can happen because we spend the first half of the year postponing projects until summer vacation.</p> <p>Each year we stack the projects-in-waiting for summer, and each year we seem to forget that we would really rather enjoy some time off in nature, traveling, or getting together with friends.</p> <p>If you want to reduce the pressure for yourself, release yourself from too many good intentions, like repainting the powder room; reading the stack of books you've collected; and that wishful photo-organizing project.</p> <p>Instead, pick just one project and focus on it. By making one project the priority, you can do little bits of it from time to time. So, instead of putting off the project and feeling badly that it isn&#8217;t getting done, break your priority project down into doing one small step per day.</p> <h2>Sample summer project</h2> <p>Want to paint that dresser? Allow yourself 13 "moments" to complete the project and never miss a bit of summer fun. Use this project breakdown to make any project fit in around your unpredictable summer schedule.</p> <p><strong>Painting a dresser purchased at a yard sale</strong></p> <ul> <li>Take a &#8220;before&#8221; picture: 30 seconds</li> <li>Make a list of supplies needed: 5 minutes</li> <li>Buy paint and supplies: 1 hour</li> <li>Stage the area where you plan to paint: 15 minutes</li> <li>Pull the drawers out of the dresser: 3 minutes</li> <li>Remove the knobs from the drawers: 10 minutes</li> <li>Sand the dresser and drawers: 35 minutes</li> <li>Wipe down the dresser and drawers: 10 minutes</li> <li>Paint just a drawer or two (repeat): 30 minutes</li> <li>Paint the frame of the dresser: 1 hour</li> <li>Re-attach knobs: 20 minutes</li> <li>Move dresser to preferred location: 20 minutes</li> <li>Take picture and post for friends to see: 3 minutes</li> </ul> <h2>Sleep routines</h2> <p>Most of us realize instinctively that sleep is important.</p> <p>"You know that babies and children need sleep to grow,&#8221; says Val Sgro, a professional organizer and author. &#8220;You know that an injured body heals itself faster with good sleep. You know that if you don't get enough sleep, you become sluggish and cranky, and you have trouble thinking straight. That old saying, &#8216;I'll sleep on it,&#8217; comes from the realization that the solution to a problem often seems to reveal itself after a good night's sleep.</p> <p>&#8220;Contrary to common belief, your brain does not rest when you sleep,&#8221; she continues. &#8220;It is often more active than when you're awake. It's busy - busy making sure it stays organized."</p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-202334" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/shutterstock_423608377-be3f61.jpg" alt="shutterstock_423608377" width="800" height="532" /></p> <p>And therein lies the key to getting and staying organized in the summer months. Though our sleep routines will likely be off kilter, it&#8217;s worth asking the question, "How will I be able to get seven or eight hours of sleep tonight? How will I fit it in?"</p> <p>Maybe you need to grab a mid-day nap or put yourself (not just the kids) to bed an hour earlier. Getting more sleep will help you make better decisions when you pack (and thus have fewer items to "buy on the fly" while traveling).</p> <p>More sleep means being more alert driving on road trips; consuming less sugar or caffeine for a mid-day boost; and showing up with an overall better outlook for the day. And in the middle of summer travel or hosting guests who are visiting for a week, that couldn't be a more welcome benefit.</p> <h6><em>All photos from Shutterstock.</em></h6> <p><strong>Related:</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/must-home-organization-tools-199343/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">7 Must-Have Home Organization Tools</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/10-tips-for-yard-sale-197837/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">10 Tips for Organizing an Irresistible Yard Sale</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/basement-attic-garage-storage-178348/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">5 Steps to Better Basement, Attic and Garage Storage</a></li> </ul> <p><em>Originally published July 28, 2016.</em></p> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=6v2uL9nBLAk:AHu0Tb1jxR4:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=6v2uL9nBLAk:AHu0Tb1jxR4:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> </div> https://www.zillow.com/blog/getting-staying-organized-summer-202140/feed/ 3 https://www.zillow.com/blog/getting-staying-organized-summer-202140/ 2018-05-23 00:14 +00:00 2018-05-23 12:14 +12:00 https://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=200670 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/ZillowBlog/~3/mu028pTV9MA/ Tips & Advice staycation Summer Prepare for the Ultimate Staycation Rule #1 of the best week off at home: Plan ahead. Tue, 15 May 2018 22:04:59 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/maximize-your-staycation-200670/#comments Sarah Pike <p>You don't need to stay in a hotel and play tourist to have a proper staycation. Look no further than your own home for a staycay dreams are made of.</p> <p>Make no mistake, an at-home staycation doesn&#8217;t just mean a lazy weekend on the couch. Turn your humble abode into a resort made for relaxation with a few days of planning and prep work.</p> <p>Here&#8217;s your guide to creating the ultimate staycation.</p> <h2>Tackle chores in advance</h2> <p>Sure, a hotel stay comes with amenities like maid and room service, but you can have a work-free staycay with a bit of planning.</p> <p>Make a list of chores you want to tackle a few days before your staycation begins. At the very least, cover the basics, like washing linens, dusting, and vacuuming.</p> <p>For an added level of sparkle, schedule some time to clean your windows. That way when you're staring out to your backyard garden or pool (aka your staycay resort spa), your windows will be as spic-and-span as those at a five-star bed and breakfast.</p> <figure id="attachment_200859" style="width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/12426-Landale-St-Studio-City-CA-91604/20024577_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><img class="wp-image-200859 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/staycation_bnb-1802e6.jpg" alt="Courtesy of Zillow Digs." width="800" height="534" /></a><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/12426-Landale-St-Studio-City-CA-91604/20024577_zpid/">Zillow listing</a>.</figcaption></figure> <p>Don't ruin your staycay by thinking about household tasks you should be doing. Better yet, for a totally chore-free staycay, consider setting aside extra cash for a housecleaning service to do the work for you beforehand.</p> <h2>Maximize your comfort</h2> <p>Maybe your home is already perfectly comfy and cozy. But for maximum staycation relaxation, why not add a few extra comfort elements to make your home feel like a luxury B&amp;B?</p> <ul> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><b>Adjust your lighting. </b>Look for soft, <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/home-automation-every-room-198909/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">ambient lighting</a> options to help create a calming environment. New lamps for bedroom and living areas, and candles for the master bath can completely change the mood of a space.</li> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><b>Add new rugs. </b>Soft, plush area rugs boost the comfort level of a room and make a cozy reading spot if you add a few floor pillows.</li> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><b>Buy new bedding. </b>For maximum luxury, invest in new bedding. Not only will it feel like you're truly on a vacay somewhere else, but new sheets are an added perk after your staycation comes to a close.</li> </ul> <h2>Create designated spaces</h2> <p>Think about what kind of environment will best help you reach <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/warm-up-to-cozy-spaces-191015/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">peak relaxation</a>. You can do a quick <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/bathroom-redo-without-remodeling-174027/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">makeover</a> of your bathroom to create a calming home spa, or carve out a quiet corner for a meditation or reading nook. Just think Zen.</p> <p>If a spa setting is more your style, look at bath pillows, aromatherapy candles, and bath oils. Or if you simply crave a reading corner, pick up some new reads that have been sitting on your wishlist for too long.</p> <figure id="attachment_226339" style="width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><img class="wp-image-226339 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/spa-bathtub-offset_163765-1-4b3bec.jpg" alt="spa-like bathtub" width="800" height="532" /><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo from Offset.</figcaption></figure> <p>Don't forget the kiddos: Create a designated craft or board game corner, or <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/budget-staycation-ideas-family-200404/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">come up with a few activities</a> they can enjoy during your staycay.</p> <p>Look outside for added comfort ideas, too. Whether you add a hammock, porch swing, or <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/how-to-plan-the-perfect-patio-195153/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">patio</a> furniture, look for ways to blend your staycay lounging with the great outdoors.</p> <p>If your family members are big fans of the outdoors, set up your camping gear in the backyard for part of your staycay, or try out a DIY firepit and enjoy fireside chats and <a href="https://youtu.be/qS50mZYBtxU?list=PLh1pT5iJrkNFpuhF-8tbEFpSXvXs8D_Kh" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">s&#8217;mores</a>.</p> <h2>Manage meals ahead of time</h2> <p>Just like with tidying up your home and amplifying relaxation spaces, you'll want to plan your meals ahead of time for a quality staycation.</p> <p>Don't waste precious relaxation time during your actual week off figuring out menus. Pick your favorite family recipes, plan which meals you&#8217;ll have delivered from favorite eateries, and knock out grocery shopping before your staycay begins. Bonus tip: When you do go on that grocery store run, pick up a few special snacks and treats for everyone.</p> <p>If you enjoy cooking, consider using some of your staycation time to make more intricate meals than you typically have time for - or bring in a local chef for a family cooking lesson.</p> <h2>Plan ahead to make it count</h2> <p>With a few well-planned tasks on your pre-staycation to-do list, you can turn your house into a staycay sanctuary. Map out what you want your staycation to be like and delegate tasks. Soon you'll be ready for a few days of ultimate relaxation - without ever having to leave your home.</p> <h6><em>Top photo from Shutterstock.</em></h6> <p><strong>Related:</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/budget-staycation-ideas-family-200404/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">9 Budget-Friendly Staycation Ideas for Families</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/set-up-patio-best-summer-ever-197719/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Set Up Your Patio for the Best Summer Ever</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/how-to-style-a-patio-dinner-party-197717/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Throw an Outdoor Dinner Party With a Beachy Vibe</a></li> </ul> <p><em>Originally published July 5, 2016.</em></p> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=mu028pTV9MA:SeunCACRetA:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=mu028pTV9MA:SeunCACRetA:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> </div> https://www.zillow.com/blog/maximize-your-staycation-200670/feed/ 9 https://www.zillow.com/blog/maximize-your-staycation-200670/ 2018-05-15 22:04 +00:00 2018-05-16 10:04 +12:00 https://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=178060 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/ZillowBlog/~3/XUHD-OyLivA/ Tips & Advice Moving relocation The Hidden Costs of Moving: 11 Extra Fees to Watch For While some extra services are optional, other charges are out of your control. Know what to expect when you get the final bill. Tue, 15 May 2018 15:00:21 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/additional-services-from-movers-178060/#comments Moving.Tips <p>Besides shipping your household items, most moving companies offer additional services for an extra charge. But it&#8217;s not always a matter of choice. Often, the circumstances of your move will necessitate a specific service, such as carrying your belongings upstairs if you move to a building without an elevator.</p> <p>Each moving company specifies the extra services it offers and sets the rates. While shopping around for movers, see which companies offer additional services that meet your needs and budget. When you receive a moving estimate, make sure it includes all the requested services, and double-check the conditions and charges before making any decisions.</p> <h2>Packing and unpacking</h2> <p>Packing is not only the most time-consuming task in the relocation process but also one of the most crucial aspects of the moving preparations. If you don't wrap and pack your cherished possessions properly, you risk damaging them during transit.</p> <p>If you can't dedicate enough time, or if you just don't have proper packing and padding materials, find a moving company that will pack for you. The movers will complete the task quickly and efficiently, and they&#8217;ll be liable for any damage.</p> <p>For delicate <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/buy-grown-up-art-216868/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">pieces of art</a> or other valuable and oddly shaped possessions, consider investing in crating - a packing service that places your items in custom-built wooden crates or cardboard boxes cut apart and form-fitted around each piece for better protection.</p> <p>Unpacking services are available upon request at an additional fee, usually calculated on an hourly basis. If you want the moving company to collect the packing materials and dispose of them, you will pay a disposal fee as well.</p> <h2>Furniture disassembly and reassembly</h2> <p>Your movers can dismantle your larger furniture, but you&#8217;ll have to pay for the service. However, if you aren&#8217;t sure how to properly disassemble a valuable piece, don&#8217;t risk ruining it while trying to separate the detachable parts. Your movers will have the required equipment and knowledge to do it without damaging anything.</p> <p>Once you reach your final destination, the movers can reassemble the furniture. You&#8217;ll have to pay for the service, of course, but it will allow you to jump in and <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/what-to-unpack-first-191909/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">start unpacking</a>.</p> <h2>Handling special items</h2> <p>Movers are not responsible for disconnecting or connecting electrical appliances. If you want them to take your devices to their rightful places and set them up, you&#8217;ll have to pay an extra appliance servicing fee.</p> <p>And many movers charge an extra fee if they need to handle extremely heavy and bulky items that require special packing and treatment, such as pianos, hot tubs, safes and pool tables.</p> <h2>Long carry</h2> <p>If the movers must park more than 50 to 75 feet from your new home&#8217;s entrance, the movers are not required to take the shipment inside unless you pay an extra fee. They will just unload the truck and leave, and you&#8217;ll have to find a way to move it all inside.</p> <p>If you want the moving crew to perform this service for you, you&#8217;ll have to pay an additional long-carry fee, which is based on the distance the movers need to carry your shipment from the moving truck to the residence.</p> <p>To avoid this extra fee, reserve a parking space directly in front of your new property for the delivery&#8217;s duration.</p> <h2>Climbing stairs</h2> <p>Many movers assess an additional flight charge for taking your household items up the stairs. The cost is calculated either per step or per flight of stairs.</p> <p>An elevator will partially solve the problem, but movers usually charge an extra fee if they have to wait for it. So, if possible, reserve an elevator in the building for the time when your belongings will be unloaded from the truck and moved to your new place.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter wp-image-226340" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/offset_674395-0cb5cc.jpg" alt="" width="801" height="534" /></p> <h2>Lowering or hoisting (rigging)</h2> <p>If your furniture doesn't fit through the doors or along narrow staircases and hallways, your movers may set up a rope-and-pulley system to take it through a window. This service comes at an additional price, and it&#8217;s only offered if the moving company has the specific equipment and skills required to perform it safely.</p> <h2>Exclusive use of the moving vehicle</h2> <p>Your household items may be loaded on the same truck with a couple of other shipments transported along the same route - especially when you&#8217;re moving across the country. Consolidating shipments helps moving companies deliver goods more efficiently and keep your final moving costs down.</p> <p>However, you may have to wait longer to receive your items, and there will be no guaranteed delivery day. If you don't want your household goods to be consolidated with other shipments, you may need to pay for the exclusive use of the moving truck.</p> <h2>Shuttle services</h2> <p>If a larger moving truck cannot access your property due to its size, the movers may use smaller vehicles to transport your items - but you&#8217;ll be charged extra for the service.</p> <h2>Split pickup and delivery</h2> <p>If your items must be picked up from several different locations, or if you need some of your belongings delivered at your final destination and others someplace else (such as a <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/pack-organize-storage-unit-201374/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">storage unit</a> or temporary housing), you&#8217;ll have to pay an additional fee for split pickup or delivery services.</p> <h2>Waiting time and re-delivery</h2> <p>If you can't meet the moving truck at your new property on the agreed date, the movers may charge a fee for waiting, or they may store your belongings at your expense.</p> <h2>Storage and warehouse handling</h2> <p>Storage-in-transit may be required if unexpected problems arise. The moving company will charge an extra fee, and the longer your belongings stay in storage, the more you will have to pay.</p> <p>Remember that any specialty services provided by third-party companies are not included in the standard relocation services, so they&#8217;ll incur additional charges.</p> <p>Additional services and their rates vary from one company to the next. Research all your options carefully, and make sure all the services you request and the charges your movers require are explicitly set in the mover's paperwork.</p> <p><em>All photos from Offset.</em></p> <p><strong>Related</strong>:</p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/how-to-choose-a-moving-company-171437/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Picking a Moving Company: How Do Your Choices Stack Up?</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/how-much-will-you-pay-to-move-91663/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">How Much Does It Cost to Move?</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/common-moving-nightmares-195663/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">3 Common Moving Nightmares (and How to Prevent Them)</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 June 12, 2015.</em></p> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=XUHD-OyLivA:xWgs09uuKlI:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=XUHD-OyLivA:xWgs09uuKlI:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> </div> https://www.zillow.com/blog/additional-services-from-movers-178060/feed/ 16 https://www.zillow.com/blog/additional-services-from-movers-178060/ 2018-05-15 15:00 +00:00 2018-05-16 03:00 +12:00 https://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=171437 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/ZillowBlog/~3/CEsYEGFddfY/ Tips & Advice Moving relocation Picking a Moving Company: How Do Your Choices Stack Up? A little research goes a long way toward ensuring your belongings are in good hands. Mon, 14 May 2018 16:49:41 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/how-to-choose-a-moving-company-171437/#comments Moving.Tips <p><em>By Manuella Irwin</em></p> <p>Selecting a moving company can be overwhelming. You probably have a few friends with recommendations, and there are plenty of movers' ads online and offline - but which company&#8217;s the best fit?</p> <p>The process of choosing a mover varies slightly, depending on what kind of <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/essential-moving-checklist-211636/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">move you&#8217;re planning</a>, but a few key factors are constant.</p> <h2>Licensed means safe</h2> <p>The first and most important point to investigate is the company's legal status. Movers may claim to be licensed and insured, but unless you can confirm that, don&#8217;t take it at face value.</p> <h3>In-state moves</h3> <p>Many states have rules and regulations to monitor household goods carriers at a local level. Usually the authorities responsible for overseeing intrastate movers are the state Department of Transportation or the Public Utilities Commission. Contact the relevant authority.</p> <h3>Out-of-state moves</h3> <p>Check with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), the agency that grants permits to all moving companies engaged in the interstate transportation of household goods.</p> <p>The FMCSA regularly executes safety, economic and legal compliance audits to protect consumers, and the data is available as a public record. The agency&#8217;s <a href="http://www.safer.fmcsa.dot.gov/CompanySnapshot.aspx" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Safety and Fitness Electronic Records System</a> allows you to check whether a mover is licensed and insured, as well as their inspection results.</p> <h3>Overseas moves</h3> <p>Ensure that the ocean transportation intermediary involved in the moving process is certified by the Federal Maritime Commission (FMC), the federal agency responsible for regulating U.S. international ocean transportation to protect U.S. consumers. Don&#8217;t even consider moving to another country without researching whether your chosen company has been approved by the FMC.</p> <h2>Reputation research</h2> <p>Once you verify a mover&#8217;s legal status, size up its reputation. Moving businesses spend a lot of money on advertising, so don't be an easy catch - remember that ads are skillfully designed to attract you and sometimes mislead you.</p> <p>Recommendations from other people who have experienced the difficulties of moving can be valuable and trustworthy. When you comb through reviews of movers, pay attention to comments about movers' attitudes throughout the entire moving process.</p> <p>Before dismissing a moving company just because someone had a bad opinion of it, note how the company tackled the problem. The customer who left the negative feedback might have been too picky. However, if there are too many bad opinions about the company, then you should steer clear of it.</p> <p>When gathering information on movers, see if they&#8217;re members of moving associations or if they have other special accreditations. Involvement in moving industry groups implies that the company has adopted an innovative approach to business and keeps up with what's happening in the industry.</p> <p>A strong presence in social networks is also a good indicator that the company keeps its lines of communication open.</p> <h2>Added-value services</h2> <p>By now you should have a list of licensed and trustworthy movers. So far, so good - but don&#8217;t stop there.</p> <p>Explore how crafty movers can be when it comes to disassembling furniture and electronics, packing items of extremely high value, providing <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/portable-moving-containers-205092/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">custom crates</a> to ensure safe transportation for works of art, or using a rigging system and a lift to hoist items through a window.</p> <p>Can the company provide professional cleaning service after the move is over? Does it have its own storage facility? Find out what other additional services are available - and at what price.</p> <h2>Red flags</h2> <p>If the company has no physical address, scratch it off the list. Ditto if the company doesn&#8217;t provide a written estimate after a home survey.</p> <p>Other red flags include asking for a large deposit in advance, giving an unrealistically low or outrageously high estimate, not providing you with the FMCSA booklet "Your Rights and Responsibilities When You Move,&#8221; or asking you to sign blank or incomplete documents.</p> <p>Bottom line: The more you research your movers, the better equipped you&#8217;ll be to make a good choice.</p> <p><em>Top image from Offset.</em></p> <p><strong>Related</strong>:</p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/how-much-will-you-pay-to-move-91663/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">How Much Does It Cost to Move?</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/essential-moving-checklist-211636/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Your Essential Moving Checklist</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/rental-search-what-to-expect-223926/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Looking for a New Apartment? Here&#8217;s What You Need to Know</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 23, 2015.</em></p> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=CEsYEGFddfY:71Ntb5tV7yY:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=CEsYEGFddfY:71Ntb5tV7yY:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> </div> https://www.zillow.com/blog/how-to-choose-a-moving-company-171437/feed/ 9 https://www.zillow.com/blog/how-to-choose-a-moving-company-171437/ 2018-05-14 16:49 +00:00 2018-05-15 04:49 +12:00 https://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=226261 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/ZillowBlog/~3/0aD6H3jbRpI/ Unique Homes unique homes This Tiny Home Is Ready for Outer Space – House of the Week The shape is inspired by a spacecraft, making this home truly out of this world. Wed, 09 May 2018 22:29:37 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/lunar-lander-tiny-home-226261/#comments Lindsay Cohen <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Ground control to Major Tom: Here's a home unlike any other we've seen.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">A lifelong architect went intergalactic to find inspiration for one of his latest designs: a tiny home shaped like </span><a href="https://www.nasa.gov/multimedia/imagegallery/image_feature_1445.html" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener"><span style="font-weight: 400;">a lunar lander</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">.</span></p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-226288" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/008A4637-0666ea.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="533" /></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Nestled on the banks of the Columbia River in central Washington, the roughly 250-square-foot home is hexagon-shaped, perched nearly 9 feet above the ground on three massive steel beams.</span></p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-226287" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/008A4625-f5cf23.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="533" /></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Inside, earthlings are greeted by an open floor plan. A breakfast nook has a porthole-shaped window overlooking the river and the hillside; a kitchen with stainless steel appliances provides space to cook up </span><a href="https://www.nasa.gov/audience/foreducators/stem-on-station/ditl_eating" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener"><span style="font-weight: 400;">a feast for an astronaut</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">.</span></p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-226277" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/3_008A4511-101ecb.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="450" /></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">A large geodesic dome skylight showers the room with sunlight.</span></p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-226278" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/4_008A4524-015860.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="450" /></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;"> Just off the bathroom, a deep-blue sink and cerulean-colored mirror have a Mid-Century Modern feel (appropriate, considering </span><a href="https://www.nasa.gov/audience/forstudents/k-4/stories/first-person-on-moon.html" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener"><span style="font-weight: 400;">humans first walked on the moon in 1969</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">).</span></p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-226279" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/5_008A4552-7e631d.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="533" /></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The bedroom sits down a small ladder and can comfortably sleep two people. </span></p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-226280" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/6_008A4558_2-c48192.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="450" /></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Upstairs, there's enough room for a small outdoor deck where you can gaze at area wildlife, including eagles and lynxes.</span></p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-226276" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/2_DSCF0443-1-49fca6.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="450" /></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">If the space reminds you of the tiny, well-intentioned living quarters of a boat, it's no coincidence. The lunar lander's owner and designer, <a href="http://multihulldesigns.com/index.htm" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Kurt Hughes</a>, is a boat designer by trade.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">He translated his three decades of boat building to home building - i</span><span style="font-weight: 400;">n fact, the wooden table in the dining nook is recycled from the Hughes' first sailboat.</span></p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-226283" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/008A4598-e1823d.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="800" /></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Beam us up, Scotty.</span></p> <p><em>Photos by Zillow&#8217;s Marcus Ricci.</em></p> <p><strong>Related:</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/seattle-spite-house-196265/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Here&#8217;s the Wackiest Tiny Home You&#8217;ve Ever Seen</a></li> <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/tiny-home-bouldering-wall-225558/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">You&#8217;ll Be Climbing the Walls of This Tiny Home – House of the Week</a></li> </ul> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=0aD6H3jbRpI:RCLObMpIwoM:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=0aD6H3jbRpI:RCLObMpIwoM:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> </div> https://www.zillow.com/blog/lunar-lander-tiny-home-226261/feed/ 2 https://www.zillow.com/blog/lunar-lander-tiny-home-226261/ 2018-05-09 22:29 +00:00 2018-05-10 10:29 +12:00 https://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=226246 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/ZillowBlog/~3/UFRSj64B25w/ Unique Homes unique homes Sleek Prefab Meets Rustic Red Barn – House of the Week If Don Draper and Joanna Gaines joined forces, you'd get this barn-inspired, energy-efficient prefab. Wed, 09 May 2018 21:55:46 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/sleek-prefab-meets-rustic-red-barn-226246/#comments Jamie Birdwell-Branson <p>At first glance, the home at <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/5-S-Ellsworth-Rd-Sharon-CT-06069/68576892_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">5 S Ellsworth Rd</a> in Sharon, CT, looks a little like an industrial shipping container. But <a href="https://www.curbed.com/2018/3/21/17146714/lynn-gaffney-sharon-ct-home" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">inspired by barns and sheds</a>, the architect designed a surprisingly warm, friendly space that's flooded with natural light.</p> <p>Thanks to floor-to-ceiling windows, the 2,100-square-foot home also shows off beautiful views of the 8-acre property.</p> <p>Constructed in 2005, the main living space of the home feels part Don Draper and part Joanna Gaines, mixing Mid-Century Modern style - clean lines, stark white paint, open floor plan and period furniture - with a rustic fireplace, wide-plank flooring and marine-grade plywood walls.</p> <div class="owl-carousel"><img width="800" height="533" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/1-9cea8d.jpg" class="owl-lazy" alt="" data-src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/1-9cea8d.jpg" /><img width="800" height="533" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/2-b35e63.jpg" class="owl-lazy" alt="" data-src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/2-b35e63.jpg" /><img width="800" height="533" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/3-0ad1cc.jpg" class="owl-lazy" alt="" data-src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/3-0ad1cc.jpg" /><img width="800" height="533" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/4-3a69e4.jpg" class="owl-lazy" alt="" data-src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/4-3a69e4.jpg" /><img width="800" height="533" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/5-c55571.jpg" class="owl-lazy" alt="" data-src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/5-c55571.jpg" /><img width="800" height="533" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/6-5af3e2.jpg" class="owl-lazy" alt="" data-src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/6-5af3e2.jpg" /><img width="800" height="533" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/7-0e0bf5.jpg" class="owl-lazy" alt="" data-src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/7-0e0bf5.jpg" /><img width="800" height="533" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/8-e84866.jpg" class="owl-lazy" alt="" data-src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/8-e84866.jpg" /></div> <p><em>Gallery and top featured image by <a href="http://rennicksonphotography.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Ren Nickson</a>.</em></p> <p>The kitchen is ultramodern and bright, with new stainless steel appliances and plenty of prep space, including a center island. Both the interior and exterior are bold and original, so it's no wonder it caught the attention of <a href="https://www.dwell.com/article/an-eco-friendly-connecticut-home-wants-dollar650k-aecdea1b" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Dwell magazine</a>.</p> <p>The property also has a 600-square-foot guest apartment, located above the garage directly across from the main house. It includes a sleeping alcove, kitchen, bathroom, living room, laundry, fireplace and  balcony.</p> <p>The home is currently <a href="https://www.williampitt.com/search/real-estate-sales/5-south-ellsworth-road-sharon-ct-06069-170058965-1875080/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">listed for $650,000</a> by William Pitt Julia B Fee Sotheby&#8217;s International Realty.</p> <p><strong>Related:</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/bubble-dome-home-226153/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Sleep Under the Stars in a Bubble Home – House of the Week</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/salvaging-a-family-barn-215734/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Haylofts to Hardwoods: How One Family Salvaged a Historic Barn By Hand</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/modern-stunner-middle-of-nowhere-225266/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Putting a Modern Home on the Map in the Wilds of Wyoming</a></li> </ul> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=UFRSj64B25w:9k0To8pC5xU:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=UFRSj64B25w:9k0To8pC5xU:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> </div> https://www.zillow.com/blog/sleek-prefab-meets-rustic-red-barn-226246/feed/ 7 https://www.zillow.com/blog/sleek-prefab-meets-rustic-red-barn-226246/ 2018-05-09 21:55 +00:00 2018-05-10 09:55 +12:00 https://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=226153 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/ZillowBlog/~3/rJJJwn_Qa0k/ Unique Homes unique homes Sleep Under the Stars in a Bubble Home – House of the Week It's the closest you'll ever get to living in nature without actually stepping foot outside. Mon, 07 May 2018 19:58:44 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/bubble-dome-home-226153/#comments Lindsay Cohen <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Why live on the bubble when you can experience life inside it?</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">It's an appropriate question to ponder while gazing at the forest from inside this </span><a href="http://www.outlierinn.com" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener"><span style="font-weight: 400;">unusual dome home</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;"> in upstate New York. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Made to maximize views while maintaining partial privacy, this geodesic bubble tent is equal parts </span><a href="https://en.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/glamping" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener"><span style="font-weight: 400;">glamping</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;"> destination and fishbowl. It's the perfect place to observe nature without fully immersing yourself in it.</span></p> <figure id="attachment_226160" style="width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><img class="wp-image-226160 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Dome-Interior-2-f3987b.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="533" /><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Copyright 2018 <a href="http://www.leoncato.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Leon Cato Photography</a>.</figcaption></figure> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Tucked away on a farm in Woodridge, NY, the dome is surrounded by a thicket of trees and sits just feet away from a greenhouse, a vegetable garden and a pond. </span></p> <figure id="attachment_226159" style="width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><img class="wp-image-226159 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Beach-071790.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="533" /><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Copyright 2018 <a href="http://www.leoncato.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Leon Cato Photography</a>.</figcaption></figure> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Ample windows offer views of the natural environment, and screened-in panels allow airflow but deter mosquitoes in the summertime.</span></p> <figure id="attachment_226181" style="width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><img class="wp-image-226181 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/04C0323-27baf8.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="534" /><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Copyright 2018 <a href="http://www.leoncato.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Leon Cato Photography</a>.</figcaption></figure> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Still looking to bask in nature? Two outdoor showers and a clawfoot tub allow you to scrub and soak near the sugar maples.</span></p> <figure id="attachment_226158" style="width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><img class="wp-image-226158 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/bathroom-605422.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="533" /><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Copyright 2018 <a href="http://www.leoncato.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Leon Cato Photography</a>.</figcaption></figure> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">An open-air kitchen and grill offer up the chance to dine alfresco. </span></p> <figure id="attachment_226164" style="width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><img class="wp-image-226164 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/outdoor-kitchen-64ed12.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="533" /><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Copyright 2018 <a href="http://www.leoncato.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Leon Cato Photography</a>.</figcaption></figure> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The home is currently available as a <a href="https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/1602932" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">short-term rental</a> in the Catskill Mountains, roughly 95 miles from the heart of Manhattan.</span></p> <figure id="attachment_226162" style="width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><img class="wp-image-226162 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/GA1_1090-1549a5.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="538" /><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Copyright 2018 <a href="http://www.leoncato.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Leon Cato Photography</a>.</figcaption></figure> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Bonus: Guests can interact with animals on the property (hello, goats!) and enjoy a recording studio, hiking trails or a weekly yoga class.</span></p> <figure id="attachment_226163" style="width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><img class="wp-image-226163 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/GardenDome-413318.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="533" /><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Copyright 2018 <a href="http://www.leoncato.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Leon Cato Photography</a>.</figcaption></figure> <p><em>Top featured image by George Apostolidis (<a href="http://www.georgeapostolidis.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">portfolio</a>, <a href="https://www.instagram.com/ga_photo/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Instagram</a>). </em></p> <p><strong>Related:</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/10-dreamy-adventure-yurts-224985/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">10 Yurts That Will Have You Dreaming of Your Next Adventure</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> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/dome-home-220586/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">A Dome Built By Hand – House of the Week</a></li> </ul> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=rJJJwn_Qa0k:mpQ_I_j1a3k:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=rJJJwn_Qa0k:mpQ_I_j1a3k:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> </div> https://www.zillow.com/blog/bubble-dome-home-226153/feed/ 6 https://www.zillow.com/blog/bubble-dome-home-226153/ 2018-05-07 19:58 +00:00 2018-05-08 07:58 +12:00 https://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=226068 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/ZillowBlog/~3/yZFSCbdIFhM/ Unique Homes Renting 10 Light, Bright and Beautiful Rentals Every day is like Sun-day when you've got rooms full of rays. Thu, 03 May 2018 23:40:58 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/light-bright-beautiful-rentals-226068/#comments Jamie Birdwell-Branson <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Everyone has a different list of must-haves for their new apartment: hardwood floors, an updated kitchen, or maybe a short walk to the train. One thing most renters can agree on is having ample natural light throughout. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Whether you live in a busy city center, out near the mountains, or in the middle of the plains, a room with a view and some natural light can make any space look spectacular. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Check out these 10 light, bright and beautiful rentals to inspire your next apartment search. </span></p> <h2><span style="font-weight: 400;">Natural sunlight with big city views</span></h2> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Take in the expansive city skyline and soak up some sun (at least in the summer months) in this Loop neighborhood apartment in </span><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homes/for_rent/condo,apartment_duplex,townhouse_type/41.886739,-87.631378_ll/42.026408,-87.541552,41.880873,-87.698622_rect/12_zm/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Chicago</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">.</span></p> <figure id="attachment_226078" style="width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/b/117-W-Wacker-Dr-Chicago-IL/41.886739,-87.631378_ll/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><img class="wp-image-226078 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Chicago-ecf6f3.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="448" /></a><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/b/117-W-Wacker-Dr-Chicago-IL/41.886739,-87.631378_ll/">Zillow listing</a>.</figcaption></figure> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">See more </span><a href="https://www.zillow.com/chicago-il/apartments/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Chicago</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;"> rentals. </span></p> <h2><span style="font-weight: 400;">Plenty of light in a winter haven apartment</span></h2> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Minnesota may not be exactly known for its sunshine, but you'll feel like it's spring all year-round in this </span><a href="https://www.zillow.com/b/the-m-on-hennepin-minneapolis-mn-B6HfpS/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Minneapolis</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;"> apartment's sun-soaked living space.</span></p> <figure id="attachment_226074" style="width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/b/the-m-on-hennepin-minneapolis-mn-B6HfpS/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><img class="wp-image-226074 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Minneapolis-a362a6.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="534" /></a><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/b/the-m-on-hennepin-minneapolis-mn-B6HfpS/">Zillow listing</a>.</figcaption></figure> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">See more </span><a href="https://www.zillow.com/minneapolis-mn/apartments/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Minneapolis</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;"> rentals. </span></p> <h2><span style="font-weight: 400;">Sunshine and cityscapes right outside your bedroom </span></h2> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The views and the natural light don't get much better than this </span><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/1100-Howell-Mill-Rd-NW-UNIT-910-Atlanta-GA-30318/108594283_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Atlanta</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;"> apartment bedroom, where you can see the city skyline right from your bed.</span></p> <figure id="attachment_226076" style="width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/1100-Howell-Mill-Rd-NW-UNIT-910-Atlanta-GA-30318/108594283_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><img class="wp-image-226076 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Atlanta-04b567.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="534" /></a><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/1100-Howell-Mill-Rd-NW-UNIT-910-Atlanta-GA-30318/108594283_zpid/">Zillow listing</a>.</figcaption></figure> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">See more </span><a href="https://www.zillow.com/atlanta-ga/apartments/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Atlanta</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;"> rentals. </span></p> <h2><span style="font-weight: 400;">Streaming sunlight in the mile-high city</span></h2> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">This </span><a href="https://www.zillow.com/b/acoma-denver-co-5XhvPz/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Denver</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;"> apartment living room has great views of the city and is flooded with sunlight (for nearly 300 days per year in Denver!).</span></p> <figure id="attachment_226075" style="width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/b/acoma-denver-co-5XhvPz/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><img class="wp-image-226075 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Denver-fdb6a3.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="547" /></a><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/b/acoma-denver-co-5XhvPz/">Zillow listing</a>.</figcaption></figure> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">See more </span><a href="https://www.zillow.com/denver-co/apartments/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Denver </span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">rentals. </span></p> <h2><span style="font-weight: 400;">Light, tranquil mountain views</span></h2> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">This </span><a href="https://www.zillow.com/b/midtown-360-orem-ut-65YyBK/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Orem, Utah </span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">apartment living room offers up an abundance of natural light as well as stunning views of the nearby mountains.  </span></p> <figure id="attachment_226072" style="width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/b/midtown-360-orem-ut-65YyBK/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><img class="wp-image-226072 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Orem-435ab5.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="530" /></a><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/b/midtown-360-orem-ut-65YyBK/">Zillow listing</a>.</figcaption></figure> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">See more </span><a href="https://www.zillow.com/orem-ut/apartments/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Orem</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;"> rentals. </span></p> <h2><span style="font-weight: 400;">Light-filled kitchen right on the water</span></h2> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">You'll be more than inspired to create chef-worthy dishes in this light-filled </span><a href="https://www.zillow.com/b/arthouse-seattle-wa-5Yy9f4/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Seattle</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;"> apartment kitchen, which just happens to have spectacular views of Puget Sound.</span></p> <figure id="attachment_226069" style="width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/b/arthouse-seattle-wa-5Yy9f4/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><img class="wp-image-226069 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Seattle-1964eb.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="534" /></a><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/b/arthouse-seattle-wa-5Yy9f4/">Zillow listing</a>.</figcaption></figure> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">See more </span><a href="https://www.zillow.com/seattle-wa/apartments/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Seattle</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;"> rentals. </span></p> <h2><span style="font-weight: 400;">Bask in sunshine in the Big Easy</span></h2> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Louisiana weather can change on a dime, but you can easily soak up the sunshine when it appears in this downtown </span><a href="https://www.zillow.com/b/the-beacon-at-south-market-new-orleans-la-65fz2G/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><span style="font-weight: 400;">New Orleans</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;"> apartment bedroom.</span></p> <figure id="attachment_226073" style="width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/b/the-beacon-at-south-market-new-orleans-la-65fz2G/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><img class="wp-image-226073 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/New-Orleans-898662.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="533" /></a><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/b/the-beacon-at-south-market-new-orleans-la-65fz2G/">Zillow listing</a>.</figcaption></figure> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">See more </span><a href="https://www.zillow.com/new-orleans-la/apartments/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><span style="font-weight: 400;">New Orleans</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;"> rentals. </span></p> <h2><span style="font-weight: 400;">Oceanside sunlight views</span></h2> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">This Pacific-side living room in </span><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/40-Oceano-Ave-APT-3-Santa-Barbara-CA-93109/2094395778_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Santa Barbara</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;"> has streaming sunlight as well as gorgeous views of the ocean.</span></p> <figure id="attachment_226070" style="width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/40-Oceano-Ave-APT-3-Santa-Barbara-CA-93109/2094395778_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><img class="wp-image-226070 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Santa-Barbara-ccbb7f.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="461" /></a><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/40-Oceano-Ave-APT-3-Santa-Barbara-CA-93109/2094395778_zpid/">Zillow listing</a>.</figcaption></figure> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">See more </span><a href="https://www.zillow.com/santa-barbara-ca-93109/apartments/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Santa Barbara </span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">rentals. </span></p> <h2><span style="font-weight: 400;">A living room flooded with light</span></h2> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Golden sunlight fills this </span><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/202-Walnut-St-1B-Kansas-City-MO-64106/2092361283_zpid/?" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Kansas City</span></a> <span style="font-weight: 400;">apartment living room, providing a tranquil escape from the bustling downtown.</span></p> <figure id="attachment_226077" style="width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/202-Walnut-St-1B-Kansas-City-MO-64106/2092361283_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><img class="wp-image-226077 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Kansas-City-9c1ef9.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="534" /></a><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/202-Walnut-St-1B-Kansas-City-MO-64106/2092361283_zpid/">Zillow listing</a>.</figcaption></figure> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">See more </span><a href="https://www.zillow.com/kansas-city-mo/apartments/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Kansas City</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;"> rentals. </span></p> <h2><span style="font-weight: 400;">Surging sunlight in the living area </span></h2> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">You can almost forget the freezing Pennsylvania temps when you see the sunlight bursting into this </span><a href="https://www.zillow.com/b/venice-lofts-philadelphia-pa-5XjMyS/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Philadelphia</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;"> apartment living area.</span></p> <figure id="attachment_226071" style="width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/b/venice-lofts-philadelphia-pa-5XjMyS/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><img class="wp-image-226071 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Philadelphia-aaa0b1.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="530" /></a><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/b/venice-lofts-philadelphia-pa-5XjMyS/">Zillow listing</a>.</figcaption></figure> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">See more </span><a href="https://www.zillow.com/philadelphia-pa/apartments/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Philadelphia</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;"> rentals.</span></p> <p><strong>Related</strong>:</p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/bring-color-to-rental-199611/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Creative Ways to Add Color to Your Rental</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/rental-search-what-to-expect-223926/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Looking for a New Apartment? Here&#8217;s What You Need to Know</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>&nbsp;</p> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=yZFSCbdIFhM:f-pUNfAFVpY:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=yZFSCbdIFhM:f-pUNfAFVpY:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> </div> https://www.zillow.com/blog/light-bright-beautiful-rentals-226068/feed/ 4 https://www.zillow.com/blog/light-bright-beautiful-rentals-226068/ 2018-05-03 23:40 +00:00 2018-05-04 11:40 +12:00 https://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=226196 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/ZillowBlog/~3/fTaKkQWUOLA/ Home Improvement home maintenance homeownership Summer 13 Simple Steps to Prep Your Home for the Best Summer Ever Take care of your home's hot-weather needs now, and you'll have more time for fun in the sun. Thu, 03 May 2018 20:05:48 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/summer-prep-for-your-home-226196/#comments Steve Asbell <p>Summer will be here before you know it, and you know what that means: Heat, hornets and yard work.</p> <p>If you're starting to miss spring already, fear not. Here are some quick projects to make your home and garden more comfortable and cost-effective this summer.</p> <h2>Inside the house</h2> <ul> <li><strong>Service the air conditioning. </strong>Nothing can ruin your day like a broken air-conditioning unit on a summer day, so keep it running smoothly by servicing it every spring. Every three months, change the filter, flush out drain lines with a cup of bleach, and ensure that the outdoor unit has room to breathe by keeping vegetation about an arm's length away.</li> <li><strong>Replace smoke detector batteries. </strong>You'd be surprised at how much peace of mind you'll get after knocking out this one little chore. Change all the batteries on the same day and remind yourself to do it again in six months. If your smoke alarms were manufactured 10 or more years ago, replace them entirely.</li> <li><strong>Rotate ceiling fan blades. </strong>Your ceiling fan may have a switch that changes the direction in which the blades turn. If so, make sure that the blades are spinning counterclockwise and pushing air down, rather than up.</li> <li><strong>Clean behind appliances. </strong>You've been putting it off for far too long. You're terrified of the horrors that await in the shadows of your kitchen, but it's time to put on some gloves, arm yourself with disinfectant cleaner and roll out the oven with a brave face.</li> <li><strong>Clean dryer vents. </strong>If your clothes come out of the dryer damp and musty lately, it's probably because the vent is clogged with lint - not only wasting energy, but posing a significant fire risk. To do it right the first time, purchase a vent-cleaning kit. Its flexible rod and brush attaches to your drill and will extract a puppy-sized mass of lint in no time.</li> <li><strong>Upgrade your thermostat. </strong><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/diy-install-thermostat-199727/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Replacing your existing thermostat with a 'smart' model</a> does more than save you money. They respond to your voice, divert cool air to occupied rooms, can be operated from your phone and might even give you a weather forecast at a glance before work.</li> <li><strong>Repot houseplants. </strong><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/repotting-plants-208011/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Give houseplants fresh potting mix</a> in spring when they're actively growing. Slip the mass of roots and potting mix out of the pot, gently tease apart the roots, remove rotted pieces and replace it with fresh and fertile potting mix. If the leaves are turning pale from too much direct summer sun, move them to a slightly shadier place.</li> </ul> <h2>Out in the yard</h2> <ul> <li><strong>Patch your lawn. </strong>If you wait too long to plant new grass seeds or sod, aggressive weeds will happily fill the gaps for you. Luckily, grass will quickly establish if you remove all existing weeds beforehand, amend with topsoil and keep the area irrigated for the first week or two.</li> <li><strong>Inspect gutters and downspouts. </strong>Fall isn't the only time to clean out the gutters, especially if you have messy trees nearby. Make sure that the gutters are soundly attached to your roof, seal any gaps with silicone caulk and remove any obstructions at the base of the downspout.</li> <li><strong>Inspect sprinklers.</strong> If you notice any clogged or broken sprinkler heads, shut off the water and dig a 2-inch diameter hole around the head. Unscrew the head from its riser and replace with a new one. If the head is merely clogged, remove the basket and rinse both it and the head in clean water. Reassemble the head and screw it onto the riser.</li> <li><strong>Get your mower up and running. </strong>Give your mower, string trimmer and other lawn equipment some TLC before the summer mowing season begins. After removing the spark plug, replace the air filters, change the oil, sharpen blades and give your equipment a good cleaning.</li> <li><strong>Remove hornet nests. </strong>If you have hornets, yellow jackets and paper wasps around your home, take steps to remove them now before they form a large, aggressive colony. You can play it safe by calling a professional, or spray nests at night when they're less active. Just be sure to wear protective eyewear, a mask, pants and long sleeves.</li> <li><strong>Clean the grill.</strong> Prevent flare-ups and cooking fires by giving your grill a good cleaning. Ideally you'd clean after every use, but you can start fresh with a grill brush, nozzle and wet rag. Now is also a good time to stock up on charcoal and make sure your tools are ready for grilling season.</li> </ul> <p><strong>Related</strong>:</p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/budget-staycation-ideas-family-200404/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">9 Budget-Friendly Staycation Ideas for Families</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/how-to-build-outdoor-shower-217661/" rel="nofollow">Good Clean Fun: How to Build an Outdoor Shower</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/choose-an-air-conditioner-180339/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">How to Choose an Air Conditioner</a></li> </ul> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=fTaKkQWUOLA:2f_63fT_qZY:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=fTaKkQWUOLA:2f_63fT_qZY:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> </div> https://www.zillow.com/blog/summer-prep-for-your-home-226196/feed/ 2 https://www.zillow.com/blog/summer-prep-for-your-home-226196/ 2018-05-03 20:05 +00:00 2018-05-04 08:05 +12:00 http://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=198942 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/ZillowBlog/~3/Z_Ynx9yGLH4/ Home Improvement gardening Do's and Don'ts of Summer Landscaping 11 tips that will save your garden, lawn and flowers ... not to mention your green thumb reputation. Wed, 02 May 2018 13:00:01 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/dos-donts-summer-landscaping-198942/#comments Steve Asbell <p>Whether you're dealing with California droughts, Midwest heat waves or Deep South downpours, summer can be a tricky time to garden. Here's what you need to know before leaving <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/all-about-cooling-your-home-180334/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">air-conditioned</a> comforts for a steamy backyard jungle.</p> <h2>DON&#8217;T: Plant cool-season vegetables</h2> <p>Generally speaking, it's a bad idea to attempt veggies like peas, lettuce, carrots and radishes in summer. They will quickly bolt in the heat, meaning they'll devote their energy to blooming and producing seeds, making the edible parts bitter.</p> <h2>DO: Plant hot-season vegetables</h2> <p>Take advantage of summer's sunshine by planting these heat-loving edibles:</p> <ul> <li>Okra</li> <li>Sweet potatoes</li> <li>Chili peppers</li> <li>Cowpeas</li> <li>Yardlong beans</li> <li>Eggplant</li> </ul> <p>Drought-tolerant okra produces prolific pods all summer long, and sweet potatoes make an excellent temporary ground cover, shading out weeds until the arrival of cold weather and harvest time.</p> <h2>DON&#8217;T: Water unless necessary</h2> <p>It's tempting to set the sprinklers on a timer, kick up your feet and consider it handled. But you don&#8217;t want to run sprinklers in a rainstorm, so water plants only when they&#8217;re newly planted or wilting and/or dropping leaves.</p> <h2>DO: Use drought-tolerant plants</h2> <p>Drought-tolerant plants are all the rage, and not just because they conserve water. Grow drought-tolerant plants because they're low-maintenance <em>and</em> because you're an average person with - you know - a life.</p> <p>That said, drought-tolerant does not mean you can plant it and forget it. Keep the soil moist until the plant takes off on its own.</p> <h2>DON&#8217;T: Turn your back on the garden</h2> <p>Because in summer, things can change in a heartbeat. Plants can succumb to pests, drought, wet soil or rot in a matter of days. Pay attention to weather forecasts, and watch for struggling plants.</p> <p>Use those pruners on any bullies that seem to be taking over less vigorous plants. When in doubt, rip it out.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-226232" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/offset_605687-1734ad.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="533" /></p> <h2>DO: Water deeply</h2> <p>Water like you really mean it, with a deep soak so that the water penetrates the soil without running off or evaporating in the summer heat. Watering deeply will also encourage deeper root growth, which helps plants (especially shrubs and trees) stay healthier and more drought-tolerant in the long run.</p> <p>Water in the root zone with a garden nozzle, a soaker hose, or just a hose and a full stream of water.</p> <h2>DON&#8217;T: Scalp your lawn</h2> <p>If you plan on turning your summer lawn into a putting green and you mow your lawn close, you'll be sorely disappointed by the results. (Unless you're willing to settle for a putting brown, that is.) Shortcuts mean less drought-tolerance, patchier growth, more weeds and shallow roots. When in doubt, cut high.</p> <h2>DO: Fertilize warm-season grasses</h2> <p>Give your lawn a pick-me-up to cope with the summer heat. Your local garden center should have a good selection of fertilizers to suit your region and/or lawn type. Fertilize according to label instructions, using a broadcast spreader, handheld spreader or drop spreader for even coverage. Generally speaking, don't feed on a hot day with temps above 90 degrees.</p> <h2>DON&#8217;T: Water in the afternoon</h2> <p>While it&#8217;s a myth that water droplets can magnify sunlight and burn the plants, watering in the hottest part of the day is still useless. Water quickly evaporates in summer, and many plants will go semi-dormant. Water in the early morning so the plants' roots have a chance to absorb moisture.</p> <h2>DON&#8217;T: Let weeds go to seed</h2> <p>Procrastinate all you want, but pull those weeds before they have a chance to bloom and go to seed, spreading their progeny all over <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/6-tips-for-spring-garden-planning-212368/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">your garden</a>. Don't settle for hand-pulling everything either. Use a hoe or cultivator for new weeds in loose soil, or a heavy-duty weeding tool, like a hori-hori knife, hook or mattock for tough, established weeds.</p> <h2>DO: Plant tropical bulbs</h2> <p>Much of your garden will slow down in the heat of summer, but tropical bulbs such as caladiums, elephant ears, cannas and gingers will only grow faster. Create a lush and jungly understory beneath shady trees by planting en masse, or use sparsely for architectural interest in <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/grow-a-container-garden-175537/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">container combos</a> and flower beds.</p> <p><em>Photos from Shutterstock and Offset.</em></p> <p><strong>Related:</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/can-houseplants-really-clean-air-220580/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Can Houseplants Really Clean the Air?</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/landscaping-new-construction-home-200207/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Landscaping a New Construction Home</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/create-gardening-workspace-218676/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Good to Grow: Creating a Custom Gardening Workspace</a></li> </ul> <p><em>Originally published June 16, 2016.</em></p> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=Z_Ynx9yGLH4:ldM-6lZd3uA:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=Z_Ynx9yGLH4:ldM-6lZd3uA:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> </div> https://www.zillow.com/blog/dos-donts-summer-landscaping-198942/feed/ 1 https://www.zillow.com/blog/dos-donts-summer-landscaping-198942/ 2018-05-02 13:00 +00:00 2018-05-03 01:00 +12:00 http://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=175537 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/ZillowBlog/~3/sNH1JsrhpF8/ Home Improvement gardening How to Grow a Spectacular Container Garden Beautify your space with a colorful and varied grouping of plants and pots. Tue, 01 May 2018 23:16:30 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/grow-a-container-garden-175537/#respond Steve Asbell <p>Designing and growing your own container garden is a lot easier than you think. It&#8217;s amazing how much you can accomplish with a well-chosen combo of pots and plants, from jazzing up your patio to growing herbs and vegetables in <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/make-small-space-work-181983/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">small spaces</a>.</p> <h2>Finding inspiration</h2> <p>Once you&#8217;ve figured out what you want from your container garden, it&#8217;s time to get inspired. Luckily, ideas are everywhere.</p> <p>If you're inspired by the prairies of the Midwest, recreate your own home on the range by pairing ornamental grasses and wildflowers with a rustic whisky barrel container.</p> <p>Want a tropical getaway? Fill a colorful pot with a ti plant, hibiscus and an ornamental sweet potato vine to trail over the pot&#8217;s edge.</p> <p>You can even grow creative combinations of herbs, fruits and vegetables, such as a pineapple plant with strawberries and thyme draped over the edge.</p> <p>For a quick burst of frost-resistant <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/6-tips-for-spring-garden-planning-212368/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">spring color</a>, use annuals like alyssum, petunias, dianthus and violas - and combine them with bold perennials or shrubs to add height and drama.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-226205" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/shutterstock_54590476-7fe5e6.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="531" /></p> <h2>Choosing plants</h2> <p>Since you&#8217;re trying to create the look of a real garden, use a variety of plants with colorful flowers and attractive foliage to build up layers of different heights. Usually container combinations use three different types of plants to serve as thrillers, spillers and fillers.</p> <ul> <li><strong>Thrillers:</strong> Dramatic and bold, these tall plants usually rely on foliage to become the focal point. Examples include yucca, ornamental grasses, cordyline and cast iron plant. In larger combinations, these plants can even be used as fillers.</li> <li><strong>Spillers:</strong> Draping over the edge of the pot, spillers create a softening effect. Spillers to consider include petunias, alyssum, ornamental sweet potato vine, creeping Jenny and dichondra. If it trails, you cannot fail.</li> <li><strong>Fillers:</strong> Full and flowery, fillers fill the space between plants. What you use depends on the size of the pot, so choose plants that won't grow taller than the plant you choose to be a thriller.</li> </ul> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-226206" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/shutterstock_68047720-874d25.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="533" /></p> <h2>Made in the shade - or sun</h2> <p>There&#8217;s more to choosing plants than just using those that look good together - they have to live well together, too. Some need full sun to bloom their best, while others will get burned unless they&#8217;re grown in shade.</p> <ul> <li><strong>Full sun:</strong> Needs more than six hours of sun daily. This category is the most versatile and includes most annuals, perennials, vegetables and herbs.</li> <li><strong>Part shade:</strong> Likes four to six hours of sun per day. Good plants for part sun include heuchera, impatiens, begonias and coleus, though these will also work in full shade.</li> <li><strong>Full shade:</strong> Requires less than four hours of sun every day. Caladiums, fatsia, ivy and most houseplants and foliage plants <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/houseplants-for-low-light-spaces-222066/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">thrive in low light</a>.</li> </ul> <h2>Watch your water</h2> <p>Another consideration when pairing plants for a container garden is moisture, though it's a bit easier to control than the sunlight you receive. If you have a hard time remembering to water your plants, grow drought-tolerant annuals, perennials and succulents.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-226208" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/shutterstock_708028822-6b2a4a.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="536" /></p> <p>An arrangement with a dramatic yucca surrounded by blooming portulaca and colorful sedum is low maintenance and high impact.</p> <p>You can also add peat moss or coir to your potting mix before planting to help the container retain moisture. Whatever you do, though, choose a container with a drainage hole so the water can escape without stagnating and rotting your plants.</p> <h2>Digging in</h2> <p>Creating a container garden is so easy that the youngest of kids can help do it.</p> <p>Here&#8217;s how to plant your container garden:</p> <ol> <li>Water the plants you'll be using so their roots won't get damaged during planting.</li> <li>Fill a container almost all the way to the top with potting mix, leaving just enough room for the plants and their roots.</li> <li>Knock the plants out of their pots, gently tease some of the roots apart and arrange them in the pot.</li> <li>Fill the gaps with more potting mix so it's level with the plants' soil surface. Remove any excess potting mix.</li> <li>Water thoroughly so the potting mix settles in.</li> </ol> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-226207" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/shutterstock_504932974-991cff.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="531" /></p> <h2>Care and feeding</h2> <p>In most cases, caring for your garden is as simple as watering the plants before they wilt, trimming stems to keep the arrangement tidy and, in some cases, removing spent blooms to encourage more flowers.</p> <p>However, if you plan on keeping your container combination together for more than one year, use a time-released fertilizer to keep plants healthy.</p> <p>When plants outgrow their space, just remove a few and fill the hole left behind with potting mix for the remaining plants.</p> <p>When flowers start to decline, replace them with new ones and fresh soil. When properly managed, a container garden can last for a very long time.</p> <p><em>All photos from Shutterstock.</em></p> <p><strong>Related</strong>:</p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/grow-a-container-garden-175537/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Keeping Pets Safe Around Plants</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/can-houseplants-really-clean-air-220580/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Can Houseplants Really Clean the Air?</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/3-step-houseplant-maintenance-196988/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">A Simple 3-Step Program for Houseplant Care</a></li> </ul> <p><em>Originally published May 6, 2015.</em></p> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=sNH1JsrhpF8:Jw3Aew75UxY:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=sNH1JsrhpF8:Jw3Aew75UxY:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> </div> https://www.zillow.com/blog/grow-a-container-garden-175537/feed/ 0 https://www.zillow.com/blog/grow-a-container-garden-175537/ 2018-05-01 23:16 +00:00 2018-05-02 11:16 +12:00 https://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=226113 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/ZillowBlog/~3/Tpy7VWXHiBo/ Home Improvement decorating 8 Ways to Incorporate Your Passions Into Your Home Decor Surrounding yourself with reminders of your hobbies and interests makes any space more meaningful. Thu, 26 Apr 2018 22:21:27 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/passions-in-home-decor-226113/#comments Moriah Simmons <p>Your home reflects who you are, and you're way more than a selection of tasteful paint and furniture. Why not celebrate your passions by incorporating them into your decorating? When your talents, skills, and hobbies are on display as a natural part of your decor, you feel more inspired and more at home.</p> <p>You don't have to re-make your life to incorporate your passions into your home decorating. In many cases, just a small change of storage or placement will make all the difference - and you may even save money because you're using items you already own.</p> <p>If something makes you happy, bring it out and let it shine.</p> <h2>Store your tools in arm's reach</h2> <p>Many creative hobbies come with beautiful tools. Don't hide your paintbrushes or yarn - show them off with pride of place!</p> <p>Make sure to put tools you use frequently in accessible places where you can grab them. Nothing's worse than being inspired to create and having to wrestle a guitar off the wall or extract a crochet hook from the back of a cabinet. A good rule is to keep anything you use once a week or more within easy reaching distance.</p> <h2>Display seasonal equipment year-round</h2> <p>Just because you can only ski a few months out of the year doesn't mean you forget about hitting the slopes. Keep your seasonal passions alive by keeping them in sight, but out of the way.</p> <p>Mount skis or fishing poles over a door in the off season. If you have space above kitchen cabinets, that's a great place for the gorgeous fondue set you only use in winter. You could even ceiling-mount a canoe paddle - or the whole canoe if there's room. The good thing about most seasonal equipment is that you use it outside, so you don't have to worry too much about interim storage.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-226143" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/offset_10136-e016bc.jpg" alt="" width="650" height="975" /></p> <h2>Put your talents to work</h2> <p>Give your creative passions room to shine in everyday life. If you're great at calligraphy, try writing a stylish meal planning list for your week, or a framed school checklist by the front door.</p> <p>Woodworkers can make anything from cutting boards to furniture. If you embroider, make your own cushion covers and embellished hand towels. Potters, once you fill your mug cupboard, branch out into making planters and wall hooks.</p> <p>For almost any art or craft, there's a practical application, so make it a fun challenge to find yours.</p> <h2>Bring the mass-appeal objects into the conversation</h2> <p>When you have an interest in common with someone, the conversation just flows. That's why it's great to have some pop-culture touchpoints in your living space. Items like framed vinyl albums give your guests an easy way to learn about your interests and start talking.</p> <p>Not everyone is going to be able to engage about your 19th-century Japanese chisel, but almost everyone who sees your framed program will remember the first time they heard about "Hamilton.&#8221;</p> <p>For a living room where you entertain friends, or a home office where you have clients, these objects can help create connections.</p> <h2>Let your collection tell a story</h2> <p>When you're a collector, every piece has a story. As a whole, the items in a collection tell a narrative of their own history and how they came into your life.</p> <p>Keep collections in a place of honor where the whole story can come together. Cabinets and display shelves are great for 3D objects like glassware, figurines, and curios, and albums are perfect for stamps, old photos, and ephemera.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-226139" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/shutterstock_1019028133-sm-2e79fc.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="564" /></p> <h2>Active items inspire action</h2> <p>If you need a little motivation to practice your passion, let your decor help inspire action. Match each inspiring object with the place you're most likely to need a boost.</p> <p>If you aren't feeling your usual gourmet self, display your antique bakeware in your kitchen. To help with writer's block, display your diploma, your first pitch acceptance letter, or special first editions of your favorite books over your desk. Hang athletic medals and photos of you at the finish line over the shoe bin near your entryway to encourage you to go for a run.</p> <h2>Match the vibe of the room</h2> <p>In general, keep the purpose of the room in mind when deciding where to display your prized possessions. Don't just go by where you have available wall space; take time to find the right fit.</p> <p>A shelf of antique clown toys can look great in an office or playroom, but might not feel restful in your bedroom. And your championship soccer cleats or a signed football may be perfect inspiration in your workout room, but they're less than appetizing hanging in the dining room.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter wp-image-226140" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/shutterstock_777748120-sm-3469bc.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="533" /></p> <h2>Mellow treasures set the mood</h2> <p>Some of your possessions are just for you, and spark special memories and feelings when you see or touch them. If you have an object that brings your comfort, place it according to how it makes you feel. Does that beach rock make you feel calm? Keep it by your bedside.</p> <p>If your grandpa's old pipe reminds you of how he taught you to read, keep in in a display case on a bookshelf or by your desk.</p> <p>These are just a few of the ways you can bring your passions into your home decorating. Hopefully these ideas inspire you to bring your most important possessions into your decor, so you can keep those passions alive in your daily life.</p> <p><strong>Related</strong>:</p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/digs/guides/design/7-home-decor-ideas/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">7 Ideas for Personalized Home Accents That Are All About You</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/quiz-style-dream-bedroom-224122/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Quiz: What Style Is Your Dream Bedroom?</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/hygge-scandinavian-simplicity-210343/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Get Hygge: Cozy Up to Scandinavian Simplicity</a></li> </ul> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=Tpy7VWXHiBo:u_yWEXytuI0:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=Tpy7VWXHiBo:u_yWEXytuI0:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> </div> https://www.zillow.com/blog/passions-in-home-decor-226113/feed/ 14 https://www.zillow.com/blog/passions-in-home-decor-226113/ 2018-04-26 22:21 +00:00 2018-04-27 10:21 +12:00 https://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=225313 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/ZillowBlog/~3/zVjRXuEeIvg/ Unique Homes treehouses unique homes Explore a Tiny, Tropical Treehouse in Hawaii What's better than a tiny home? One that's 15 feet up in the air and built for less than it costs to buy a new car. Fri, 20 Apr 2018 19:03:17 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/tiny-tropical-treehouse-in-hawaii-225313/#comments Lindsay Cohen <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">No one ever complains about Hawaii.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">That's one reason why Kristie Wolfe bought a piece of land there sight unseen. She went from spotting the overgrown, verdant lot on Craigslist to chatting with the owner to buying a plane ticket to clear the underbrush for building - all in the span of just two days.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"It could've gone a lot of awful ways, but I didn't see it until I had flown here to start building," Wolfe said. "I had never been to Hawaii, and I knew I wanted to build a treehouse, so I was thinking tropical."</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The vision for the 230-square-foot getaway came from sketches Wolfe drew on restaurant napkins. The Idaho native envisioned a lush, lofted escape with a 4-foot wraparound lanai for endless tropical sunsets and rainforest views.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Making that happen, however, would require a lot of hard work - and a chain saw.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"When we arrived, the first step was actually just finding the land. My road was so overgrown that we actually thought the end of the road was down the block," Wolfe chuckled. "After we actually established where it was, the next step was clearing a path so we could come through."</span></p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-225476" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/HiloTreehouse_133_20180130__DSC8406-f86101.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="1199" /></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Wolfe had good company for the build: She brought her mom along for the adventure. The two had worked hand in hand since Wolfe was a child and her mother flipped houses around town "before flipping was a thing," Wolfe joked. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">For this undertaking, they wanted to maximize every dime, so they used all of their precious luggage space for tools. That forced the duo to wear every article of clothing on the plane.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">They landed on the Big Island in a sweat.</span></p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-225467" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/HiloTreehouse_060_20180131__DSC8533-3b6ac4.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="534" /></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The budget, on the other hand, was something they could chill out about: $11,000 - cheaper than the price of a new car. With the half-acre lot cleared, Wolfe and her mother got to work, building the main living space 15 feet high up on stilts.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The duo recycled and upcycled everything they purchased. The 1970s vintage fern wallpaper came from Etsy, while the bed was cobbled together from scrap materials. </span></p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-225469" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/HiloTreehouse_075_20180131__DSC8467-dbec67.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="534" /></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Wolfe crafted the headboard out of a long shipping tube that originally held the home's window parts; she then covered it with a grass mat.</span></p> <p>The duo built an indoor-outdoor shower with tiles made out of cork. They added air plants for a true tropical vibe.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-225538" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/HiloTreehouse_087_20180131__DSC8552-744b0c.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="1199" /></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">With sun plentiful in the tropical climate, Wolfe installed solar panels to provide electricity to the home and a rainwater catchment for the toilet and the shower. There&#8217;s a copper-colored sink below latticed porthole windows that look out onto the forest.</span></p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-225541" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/HiloTreehouse_101_20180131__DSC8510-4dda91.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="1199" /></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">On the main entry level, she built a hanging bed.</span></p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-225464" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/HiloTreehouse_027_20180130__DSC8218-c4094e.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="534" /></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">At the last minute, Wolfe also built a pulley so guests have an easy way to hoist their luggage to the main area. (She jokes that the device should have been the first thing she installed, since it would have made construction much easier.)</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The entire home took 2 1/2 months to finish.</span></p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-225466" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/HiloTreehouse_056_20180131__DSC8529-d238ca.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="534" /></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">There's snorkeling and hiking nearby. The home is also near Hilo and Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, where Wolfe often travels to watch lava flow into the ocean.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"It looks like the end of the world," she said. "You can walk within feet of it, and it's absolutely hypnotizing. It&#8217;s kind of like a lava lamp - it looks like that, dropping off the cliff into the ocean, splashing and causing all this steam. It's one of the coolest things I've ever seen."</span></p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-225477" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/HiloTreehouse_135_20180130__DSC8413-791de5.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="534" /></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Wolfe just bought the lot next door and plans, eventually, to put something there.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"I had built a tiny house, and I wanted to do something different, and a treehouse seemed like a fun, totally unique place," Wolfe said. "I think everybody has wanted to stay in a treehouse. It just seems to fit a jungle."</span></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">This home is currently available as a <a href="https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/2615058" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">short-term rental</a>.</span></em></p> <p><em>Photos by <a href="http://www.erikhecht.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Erik Hecht</a>.</em></p> <p><strong>Related:</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/hawaii-summer-camp-home-223624/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">An Incredible Home in Hawaii That&#8217;s as Much Fun as Summer Camp</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/island-homes-223872/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">10 Island Homes That Will Warm You Up This Winter</a></li> </ul> <p>&nbsp;</p> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=zVjRXuEeIvg:x_iiDLtXZQs:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=zVjRXuEeIvg:x_iiDLtXZQs:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> </div> https://www.zillow.com/blog/tiny-tropical-treehouse-in-hawaii-225313/feed/ 6 https://www.zillow.com/blog/tiny-tropical-treehouse-in-hawaii-225313/ 2018-04-20 19:03 +00:00 2018-04-21 07:03 +12:00 http://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=180334 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/ZillowBlog/~3/lmg4AopY2iQ/ Home Improvement Everything You Need to Know About Cooling Your Home Chilling out this summer will be a breeze with these tips for getting the most out of your cooling system. Fri, 20 Apr 2018 18:22:42 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/all-about-cooling-your-home-180334/#comments BobVila.com <p>Summer may be lazy and hazy, but in many areas of the country, it's also a time of sweating and sweltering in scorching temperatures. To cope, homeowners employ a variety of methods to ensure a steady supply of cool, fresh air.</p> <p>These cooling solutions include a wide variety of fans and in-home ventilation systems, as well as some tried-and-true techniques from the days before air conditioning. Here&#8217;s how to keep your whole home cool this season.</p> <h2>The advent of air conditioners</h2> <p>By far the most common form of cooling in the U.S. is air conditioning, which can be found in more than three-quarters of all homes.</p> <p>Keeping the house comfortable this way, however, can be a costly investment in terms of both equipment and energy use - according to the <a href="https://www.energy.gov/energysaver/home-cooling-systems/air-conditioning" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">U.S. Department of Energy</a>, air conditioners use about 6 percent of all the electricity produced in the U.S., at an annual cost of about $29 billion to <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/hidden-costs-of-homeownership-2017-219659/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">homeowners</a>.</p> <p>So, it makes good sense to carefully evaluate your home's cooling options to select the right system to meet your needs.</p> <h2>Stay comfortable, spend less</h2> <p>No matter what unit or system you choose, adjusting your thermostat will make the biggest difference on your electric bill. Start by setting the temperature as high as you can while still comfortable, keeping the difference between indoor and outdoor temperatures as small as possible.</p> <p>Use the energy-saver mode on window units, and use programmable thermostats for multiroom or whole-house systems so your machines don't do extra work to cool the place when nobody is home.</p> <p>When you're ready to cool down, don't drop immediately to a cold temperature - starting that low won't speed up the cooling process, but it <em>will</em> make your machine work harder and expend more energy.</p> <p>If you want to offer your machine - and your energy bills - a little relief, proper ventilation in your home can certainly aid your cool-down efforts. Ventilation improves indoor air quality, removes moisture and odors, and exchanges stuffy indoor air for fresh, cool outside breezes.</p> <p>Start boosting your home's natural ventilation by opening doors and windows, especially in the evenings. Encourage airflow by installing ceiling fans, window fans and attic exhaust fans to push hot air outside and draw cooler air into your home.</p> <p>In the summer months, run <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/need-to-know-buying-ceiling-fan-203274/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">ceiling fans</a> in a counterclockwise direction, drawing cooler air up from the floor. A whole-house attic exhaust fan will pull hot air into the attic, where attic vents can dissipate the heat. Even positioning a few portable fans near windows or a basement door at night can draw the cooler air from these areas into the home.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter wp-image-226126 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/shutterstock_464413892-1-aa8a3b.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="533" /></p> <h2>Regular maintenance, maximum cool-down</h2> <p>Maximize the efficiency of your cooling efforts by performing proper maintenance.</p> <ul> <li><strong>Seal the deal</strong>. Make sure you have adequate insulation in the walls and ceilings to keep hot air out and cool air in. Caulk leaking windows and doors, and use draft "snakes" to cover the gaps at the bottom of these entry points. Adding aluminum blinds, insulated curtains or window tint film can block even more sunlight from heating things up during the day.</li> <li><strong>Change your filter</strong>. This quick and easy chore reduces the burden on your air conditioner, improves indoor air quality, and helps you - and your air conditioner - breathe easier. Check the filter once a month, and clear out any dust particles that might clog the system and force it to work harder and waste energy.</li> <li><strong>Clean the coils</strong>. An air conditioner's coils and fins on the outside of the unit should be kept unobstructed and cleaned regularly. Use a soft-bristle nylon brush to gently remove any debris, and hose off any leaves or caked-on dirt. Clean the inside coils using the soft brush attachment on your vacuum cleaner, or wipe them down with a soft, damp cloth.</li> <li><strong>Call in a pro</strong>. Even though you can DIY most home-cooling work, it&#8217;s still important to regularly call a reputable HVAC contractor. An annual system tune-up can keep your air conditioning system working efficiently.</li> </ul> <h6><em>Photos from Shutterstock.</em></h6> <p><strong>Related</strong>:</p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/lowering-your-utility-bills-217965/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Use Less, Save More: Energy-Efficient Tips for Lowering Your Utility Bills</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/how-to-paint-a-house-exterior-225714/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">How to Paint the Exterior of Your Home (the Easy Way!)</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> </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 August 18, 2016. Statistics updated April 2018.</em></p> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=lmg4AopY2iQ:_PDya5izTDE:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=lmg4AopY2iQ:_PDya5izTDE:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> </div> https://www.zillow.com/blog/all-about-cooling-your-home-180334/feed/ 7 https://www.zillow.com/blog/all-about-cooling-your-home-180334/ 2018-04-20 18:22 +00:00 2018-04-21 06:22 +12:00 https://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=226084 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/ZillowBlog/~3/zzS7QDeC_-U/ Unique Homes unique homes A 200-Year-Old Log Cabin That's Anything but Old-Fashioned – House of the Week This farmhouse-style home features a completely updated kitchen with a built-in espresso maker and a cozy sun room surrounded by wildlife. Thu, 19 Apr 2018 20:54:42 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/200-year-old-log-cabin-house-of-the-week-226084/#comments Jamie Birdwell-Branson <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Living in the country feels downright luxurious in this 200-year-old log home </span>bordering 7 acres of National Forest Service land. Located at <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homes/for_sale/65652299_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">585 Crystal Creek Rd</a> in Otto, NC, the farmhouse-meets-19th-century-cabin home is available for $449,900.</p> <p>The home boasts a sun-soaked living room with walls of windows and a hand-built stone fireplace that leads right to the covered deck area - perfect for lazy afternoons of bird watching or enjoying the forest scenery right from the comfort of your couch. (The current owners say they&#8217;ve attracted quite a group of humming birds over the years.)</p> <p>The luxury continues in the kitchen, where there&#8217;s a built-in espresso machine and a deep farmhouse sink.</p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The current owners worked with an architect to update the old log home, which had no heat, kitchen or &#8220;facilities&#8221; when they bought it. They built the connecting farmhouse, which houses the kitchen, master bedroom and 2 baths. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Featuring hand-hewn beams and pine floors recycled from an old factory, the finished product combines rustic architecture with a playful farmhouse look. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The home has a styled yet comfortable vibe, and designer details can be found everywhere, from the lighting to the sleek built-ins to the masterfully curated furnishings throughout.</span></p> <div class="owl-carousel"><img width="800" height="533" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/living-room-8af79e.jpg" class="owl-lazy" alt="" data-src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/living-room-8af79e.jpg" /><img width="800" height="534" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/3-Cabin-in-Carolina-alt-63bbba.jpg" class="owl-lazy" alt="" data-src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/3-Cabin-in-Carolina-alt-63bbba.jpg" /><img width="800" height="533" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/3-Cabin-in-Carolina-217c04.jpg" class="owl-lazy" alt="" data-src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/3-Cabin-in-Carolina-217c04.jpg" /><img width="800" height="534" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/4-Cabin-in-Carolina-d853e4.jpg" class="owl-lazy" alt="" data-src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/4-Cabin-in-Carolina-d853e4.jpg" /><img width="800" height="534" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/15-266a24.jpg" class="owl-lazy" alt="" data-src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/15-266a24.jpg" /><img width="800" height="533" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/17-8d9080.jpg" class="owl-lazy" alt="" data-src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/17-8d9080.jpg" /><img width="800" height="534" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/21-7927a0.jpg" class="owl-lazy" alt="" data-src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/21-7927a0.jpg" /><img width="800" height="533" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/22-copy-ee66a5.jpg" class="owl-lazy" alt="" data-src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/22-copy-ee66a5.jpg" /><img width="800" height="533" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/2-Cabin-in-Carolina-c2a0e7.jpg" class="owl-lazy" alt="" data-src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/2-Cabin-in-Carolina-c2a0e7.jpg" /><img width="800" height="533" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/5-Cabin-in-Carolina-03f885.jpg" class="owl-lazy" alt="" data-src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/5-Cabin-in-Carolina-03f885.jpg" /><img width="800" height="533" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/6-Cabin-in-Carolina-f34834.jpg" class="owl-lazy" alt="" data-src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/6-Cabin-in-Carolina-f34834.jpg" /></div> <p><em>The listing agent is <a href="https://www.zillow.com/profile/mattelliott79/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Matt Elliott</a>. Photos by <a href="http://mirrorlakephotography.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Bernie Coulson</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</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 a Cabin</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</a></li> </ul> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=zzS7QDeC_-U:vIml1Gm643s:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=zzS7QDeC_-U:vIml1Gm643s:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> </div> https://www.zillow.com/blog/200-year-old-log-cabin-house-of-the-week-226084/feed/ 4 https://www.zillow.com/blog/200-year-old-log-cabin-house-of-the-week-226084/ 2018-04-19 20:54 +00:00 2018-04-20 08:54 +12:00 https://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=226014 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/ZillowBlog/~3/71DH2H6BYII/ Unique Homes house of the week tiny home This Tiny Home Has Its Own Pizza Oven – House of the Week It only cost $15,000 to build this European-style tiny home with a custom wood-fired oven, soaking tub, his-and-hers closets and more. Tue, 17 Apr 2018 22:43:01 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/tiny-home-pizza-oven-226014/#comments Catherine Sherman <p>Forget waiting 45 minutes for the delivery guy to show up. In this custom tiny home, pizzas are ready in just two minutes!</p> <p>Empty nesters looking to avoid the burden of a big mortgage, Robert and Rebekah Sofia embarked on a 20-month journey designing and building a 221-square-foot home in Ocklawaha, FL. Most people would balk at the idea of putting a 800-degree wood-fired pizza oven in such a small space. But with layers of plaster, cement and a heavy metal door, it&#8217;s completely insulated.</p> <p>The Floridians were passionate about bringing a European flavor to their design and using recycled building materials. From the exterior corrugated metal to the cedar planks and doors - everything had a prior life. Best of all: The materials only cost $15,000.</p> <p>In addition to the pizza oven, there are amenities you might not expect in a tiny house: a big apron sink, outdoor soaking tub, formal dining room with a chandelier, a hangout music loft and his-and-hers closets.</p> <div class="owl-carousel"><img width="800" height="533" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/JJS-John-Jernigan-2017-92-12-7c055e.jpg" class="owl-lazy" alt="" data-src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/JJS-John-Jernigan-2017-92-12-7c055e.jpg" /><img width="800" height="533" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/JJS-John-Jernigan-2017-94-14-108edb.jpg" class="owl-lazy" alt="" data-src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/JJS-John-Jernigan-2017-94-14-108edb.jpg" /><img width="800" height="533" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/JJS-John-Jernigan-2017-100-15-8b4de5.jpg" class="owl-lazy" alt="" data-src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/JJS-John-Jernigan-2017-100-15-8b4de5.jpg" /><img width="800" height="502" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/JJS-John-Jernigan-2017-114-17-crop-bc546b.jpg" class="owl-lazy" alt="" data-src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/JJS-John-Jernigan-2017-114-17-crop-bc546b.jpg" /><img width="800" height="533" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/JJS-John-Jernigan-2017-9-2-e52018.jpg" class="owl-lazy" alt="" data-src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/JJS-John-Jernigan-2017-9-2-e52018.jpg" /></div> <p><em>Photos by <a href="https://www.jimjerniganstudio.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Jim Jernigan</a>.</em></p> <p><strong>Related:</strong></p> <ul> <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> <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/tiny-home-southwestern-ranch-219095/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Tiny Home With 100-Mile Desert Views</a></li> </ul> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=71DH2H6BYII:gidAq6SFFDM:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=71DH2H6BYII:gidAq6SFFDM:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> </div> https://www.zillow.com/blog/tiny-home-pizza-oven-226014/feed/ 14 https://www.zillow.com/blog/tiny-home-pizza-oven-226014/ 2018-04-17 22:43 +00:00 2018-04-18 10:43 +12:00 https://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=191728 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/ZillowBlog/~3/MJ8WZ04wVAE/ Unique Homes tiny homes The Family Treehouse: A Place to Come Together and Just Be Sometimes you have to lose the thing you love to realize how desperately you want it back. Mon, 16 Apr 2018 19:35:27 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/family-treehouse-191728/#comments Catherine Sherman <p>People keep showing up. Kids are racing across the suspension bridge and peeking through fairy doors. There are too many cooks to count.</p> <p>The Lucas family savors an afternoon together with no agenda and no timeline. Just a chance to be together in the place they love.</p> <div class="video-container"><iframe width="500" height="281" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/wkLvrxhAA2E?feature=oembed&#038;enablejsonapi=1" frameborder="0" allow="autoplay; encrypted-media" allowfullscreen></iframe></div> <h2>Making memories</h2> <p>When Kara Lucas was little, she kept busy building forts and playing pretend. But she didn&#8217;t have to use her imagination to dream up a magical place in rural Mississippi.</p> <p>&#8220;Even as young as 4, we were just amazed at this treehouse,&#8221; Kara recalls. &#8220;It was so big and secluded. This was the ultimate place to come and play.&#8221;</p> <p><img class="aligncenter wp-image-191867" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Historic-photos-17-4087bd-640x452.jpg" alt="Historic-photos-17" width="799" height="564" /></p> <p>With no construction or architecture background, Kara&#8217;s great-uncle Johnny Knight built the 1,200-square-foot marvel in 1971. With a bedroom, bathroom and kitchen, it wasn&#8217;t just a <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/building-backyard-fire-pit-219141/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">backyard escape</a>. It was his home - an artist&#8217;s residence in the trees.</p> <p>&#8220;I think for him it was more about being here and being part of nature,&#8221; Kara says. Johnny designed the treehouse to have eight sides and big windows so you can see in all directions. He used skylights to bring in as much natural light as possible.</p> <p>Some say the treehouse feels like a <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/castle-outside-nyc-216402/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">castle</a> with a moat, perched on a hill surrounded by a creek. Others say it&#8217;s like being in Neverland - a tree with a smiling face, a jolly garden gnome and a floating staircase welcome you to a world where you can always be a kid.</p> <p>Kara&#8217;s mom, Gloria, has fond memories of watching Johnny&#8217;s vision take shape.</p> <p>&#8220;When you walk in, it&#8217;s almost like an immediate peace,&#8221; she says. &#8220;It just feels so quiet and comfortable.&#8221;</p> <div class="owl-carousel"><img width="1024" height="683" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Treehouse-3-92ae97-1024x683.jpg" class="owl-lazy" alt="" data-src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Treehouse-3-92ae97.jpg" /><img width="1024" height="683" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Treehouse-6-b4324c-1024x683.jpg" class="owl-lazy" alt="" data-src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Treehouse-6-b4324c.jpg" /><img width="1024" height="683" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Treehouse-1-85c3c1-1024x683.jpg" class="owl-lazy" alt="" data-src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Treehouse-1-85c3c1.jpg" /><img width="1024" height="683" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Sign-1b4474-1024x683.jpg" class="owl-lazy" alt="" data-src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Sign-1b4474.jpg" /><img width="1024" height="683" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Front-door-2-356d86-1024x683.jpg" class="owl-lazy" alt="" data-src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Front-door-2-356d86.jpg" /><img width="1024" height="678" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Treehouse-front-door-a90ae2-1024x678.jpg" class="owl-lazy" alt="" data-src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Treehouse-front-door-a90ae2.jpg" /><img width="1024" height="678" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Treehouse-bedroom-73d19d-1024x678.jpg" class="owl-lazy" alt="" data-src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Treehouse-bedroom-73d19d.jpg" /><img width="1024" height="678" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Treehouse-loft-a103dd-1024x678.jpg" class="owl-lazy" alt="" data-src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Treehouse-loft-a103dd.jpg" /><img width="1024" height="683" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Family-9-c44a4d-1024x683.jpg" class="owl-lazy" alt="" data-src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Family-9-c44a4d.jpg" /><img width="1024" height="678" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Treehouse-great-room-2638b2-1024x678.jpg" class="owl-lazy" alt="" data-src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Treehouse-great-room-2638b2.jpg" /><img width="1024" height="678" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Treehouse-from-loft-90c480-1024x678.jpg" class="owl-lazy" alt="" data-src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Treehouse-from-loft-90c480.jpg" /><img width="1024" height="678" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Treehouse-kitchen-506d3f-1024x678.jpg" class="owl-lazy" alt="" data-src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Treehouse-kitchen-506d3f.jpg" /><img width="1024" height="678" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Treehouse-bathroom-4909bd-1024x678.jpg" class="owl-lazy" alt="" data-src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Treehouse-bathroom-4909bd.jpg" /><img width="1024" height="683" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Cooking-2-9ca580-1024x683.jpg" class="owl-lazy" alt="" data-src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Cooking-2-9ca580.jpg" /><img width="1024" height="683" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Cooking-1-59c957-1024x683.jpg" class="owl-lazy" alt="" data-src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Cooking-1-59c957.jpg" /><img width="1024" height="683" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Family-1-3ea4ac-1024x683.jpg" class="owl-lazy" alt="" data-src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Family-1-3ea4ac.jpg" /><img width="1024" height="676" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Treehouse-stairs-6a7694-1024x676.jpg" class="owl-lazy" alt="" data-src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Treehouse-stairs-6a7694.jpg" /><img width="1000" height="666" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Bridge-2_Resized-for-YouTube-0fce71.jpg" class="owl-lazy" alt="" data-src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Bridge-2_Resized-for-YouTube-0fce71.jpg" /><img width="1024" height="683" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Fire-pit-2-832f4e-1024x683.jpg" class="owl-lazy" alt="" data-src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Fire-pit-2-832f4e.jpg" /><img width="1024" height="683" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Family-4-6bc3ec-1024x683.jpg" class="owl-lazy" alt="" data-src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Family-4-6bc3ec.jpg" /><img width="1024" height="683" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Family-3-202d3c-1024x683.jpg" class="owl-lazy" alt="" data-src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Family-3-202d3c.jpg" /><img width="1024" height="683" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Family-2-67d301-1024x683.jpg" class="owl-lazy" alt="" data-src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Family-2-67d301.jpg" /></div> <h2>Saying goodbye</h2> <p>When Johnny passed away in 2003, the Lucas family thought their memories would be just that - something to remember.</p> <p>&#8220;It was really scary thinking that we might not be a part of this house again,&#8221; Gloria recalls.</p> <p>Luckily, the house sold to a family friend.</p> <p>&#8220;Of course we were sad about the sale of the house, but the previous owner, who was an artist herself, always made us feel very welcome,&#8221; Gloria explains. &#8220;We could come out anytime we wanted to, and we still felt like a part of the house.&#8221;</p> <p>The new owner welcomed the Lucas family into the home, but she also enhanced it. From blowing out the kitchen to adding a bird&#8217;s nest and a chandelier, she made the rustic treehouse an elevated retreat.</p> <h2>Second chances</h2> <p>By this time, Kara no longer lived in Mendenhall, MS. But the farther she moved, the more she missed the treehouse.</p> <p>&#8220;I live in a loft apartment in downtown Los Angeles,&#8221; she says. &#8220;There is constant noise. I hear police sirens, I hear firetrucks and I hear traffic. I think the balance to that is having something like this treehouse, where there&#8217;s none of that.&#8221;</p> <p>After checking Facebook on a whim, Kara saw that a childhood friend had shared a Zillow treehouse listing in Mendenhall.</p> <p>&#8220;When my meeting was over, I went home and texted my family members and said, &#8216;Does anyone know that Johnny&#8217;s house is for sale?&#8217; Immediately everyone responded back - I mean, our phones just blew up. Within about a half hour, my brother responded back and said, &#8216;I want it.'&#8221;</p> <p>By 10 p.m., Gloria had signed the contract.</p> <p>&#8220;If they wanted this treehouse, I wanted them to have this treehouse,&#8221; she says.</p> <p>While the space is small, she&#8217;s never regretted her decision to keep it in the family.</p> <p>&#8220;My advice for people wanting to <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/treehouse-tower-219804/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">live in a treehouse</a> is to just go for it,&#8221; she says. &#8220;If you have a dream, unless you go for it, it never happens.&#8221;</p> <p>&nbsp;</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/cabin-buying-tips-222101/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">What You Need to Know Before Buying Your Dream Cabin</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/10-dreamy-adventure-yurts-224985/">10 Yurts That Will Have You Dreaming of Your Next Adventure</a></li> </ul> <p><em>Originally published February 5, 2016.</em></p> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=MJ8WZ04wVAE:gBNh-8L-MbU:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=MJ8WZ04wVAE:gBNh-8L-MbU:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> </div> https://www.zillow.com/blog/family-treehouse-191728/feed/ 6 https://www.zillow.com/blog/family-treehouse-191728/ 2018-04-16 19:35 +00:00 2018-04-17 07:35 +12:00 https://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=210611 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/ZillowBlog/~3/RbiW9xnQc2Y/ Unique Homes fairy tale homes house of the week House of the Week: Snow White's Cottage in the Woods There's a wishing well that's the perfect backdrop for the owner to sing "Someday My Prince Will Come." Sun, 15 Apr 2018 21:17:34 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/snow-white-cottage-210611/#comments Melissa Allison <p>Mirror, mirror on the wall, which home is the fairest of them all? Why, Snow White&#8217;s house, of course!</p> <p>To see for yourself, check out this dead ringer for the Disney princess&#8217; cottage, where she lived with her seven dwarfs.</p> <p>The Olalla, WA, home was built with fairy tales in mind - but not just Snow White&#8217;s. The owner, Evonne Bess, calls an island on the property &#8220;Shrek Island.&#8221; And she suggests that plaster icicles hanging from the ceiling in two of her bedrooms are reminiscent of &#8220;Frozen.&#8221;</p> <p>&#8220;I call it &#8216;The Storybook Cottage,&#8217; but it does look like Snow White&#8217;s,&#8221; said Bess.</p> <p>She bought it half completed and commenced a great finishing project, plastering walls, installing carpet and <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/kitchen-remodeling-budget-216409/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">renovating the kitchen</a> and other rooms. Bess kept its character, though, including a two-story tree trunk that runs up the middle of the living area. She refers to it as &#8220;the wishing tree.&#8221;</p> <div class="owl-carousel"><img width="1024" height="682" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/2-dac5a3-1024x682.jpg" class="owl-lazy" alt="" data-src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/2-dac5a3.jpg" /><img width="1024" height="682" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/1-22-eed38b-1024x682.jpg" class="owl-lazy" alt="" data-src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/1-22-eed38b.jpg" /><img width="1024" height="682" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/2T5A7053-4aea7f-1024x682.jpg" class="owl-lazy" alt="" data-src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/2T5A7053-4aea7f.jpg" /><img width="1024" height="682" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/2T5A7030-77d847-1024x682.jpg" class="owl-lazy" alt="" data-src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/2T5A7030-77d847.jpg" /><img width="1024" height="682" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/2T5A7031-f74b89-1024x682.jpg" class="owl-lazy" alt="" data-src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/2T5A7031-f74b89.jpg" /><img width="1024" height="682" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/2T5A7033-5cd420-1024x682.jpg" class="owl-lazy" alt="" data-src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/2T5A7033-5cd420.jpg" /><img width="1024" height="682" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/2T5A7035-3f5e16-1024x682.jpg" class="owl-lazy" alt="" data-src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/2T5A7035-3f5e16.jpg" /><img width="1024" height="682" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/2T5A7036-725778-1024x682.jpg" class="owl-lazy" alt="" data-src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/2T5A7036-725778.jpg" /><img width="1024" height="682" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/2T5A7038-e419c4-1024x682.jpg" class="owl-lazy" alt="" data-src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/2T5A7038-e419c4.jpg" /><img width="1024" height="682" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/2T5A7057-e627bf-1024x682.jpg" class="owl-lazy" alt="" data-src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/2T5A7057-e627bf.jpg" /><img width="1024" height="682" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/2T5A7056-cf94e7-1024x682.jpg" class="owl-lazy" alt="" data-src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/2T5A7056-cf94e7.jpg" /><img width="1024" height="682" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/2T5A7055-feafa4-1024x682.jpg" class="owl-lazy" alt="" data-src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/2T5A7055-feafa4.jpg" /><img width="1024" height="682" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/2T5A7052-516242-1024x682.jpg" class="owl-lazy" alt="" data-src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/2T5A7052-516242.jpg" /><img width="1024" height="682" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/2T5A7047-088be1-1024x682.jpg" class="owl-lazy" alt="" data-src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/2T5A7047-088be1.jpg" /><img width="1024" height="682" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/2T5A7063-b7464e-1024x682.jpg" class="owl-lazy" alt="" data-src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/2T5A7063-b7464e.jpg" /><img width="1024" height="682" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/2T5A7062-4169fe-1024x682.jpg" class="owl-lazy" alt="" data-src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/2T5A7062-4169fe.jpg" /><img width="1024" height="682" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/2T5A7075-9f13aa-1024x682.jpg" class="owl-lazy" alt="" data-src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/2T5A7075-9f13aa.jpg" /><img width="1024" height="682" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/2T5A7050-f4cd00-1024x682.jpg" class="owl-lazy" alt="" data-src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/2T5A7050-f4cd00.jpg" /><img width="1024" height="682" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/29-f47a82-1024x682.jpg" class="owl-lazy" alt="" data-src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/29-f47a82.jpg" /><img width="1024" height="683" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/33-7e606c-1024x683.jpg" class="owl-lazy" alt="" data-src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/33-7e606c.jpg" /><img width="1024" height="683" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/24-4848f7-1024x683.jpg" class="owl-lazy" alt="" data-src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/24-4848f7.jpg" /><img width="1024" height="682" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/20-dbd72b-1024x682.jpg" class="owl-lazy" alt="" data-src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/20-dbd72b.jpg" /></div> <p>The 7.5-acre property enchants Bess, from &#8220;Shrek Island&#8221; to the wishing well and the hot tub and the <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/magical-treehouse-218770/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">treehouse</a> with the water wheel. Bess has been known to stand by the well singing Snow White&#8217;s &#8220;Someday My Prince Will Come.&#8221;</p> <p>The first impression of the estate, she said, might remind you of a beloved movie that&#8217;s not exactly a fairy tale - but still beautiful. &#8220;You drive through meandering woods and go across some bridges. You stop at the first bridge, and it looks like &#8216;Jurassic Park,'&#8221; Bess said.</p> <p>The 4-bedroom, 4.5-bath home was modeled by its first owner after a fantasy-style house in British Columbia called &#8220;The Fabled Cottage.&#8221; This version is much larger: Bess ran it as a bed-and-breakfast briefly, and the property has hosted more than a handful of weddings.</p> <p>&#8220;My son got married there last August,&#8221; she said. &#8220;I leaned more toward hosting weddings than a B&amp;B. I didn&#8217;t like making beds.&#8221;</p> <p><em>Photos by Mary Eklund.</em></p> <p><strong>Related:</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/family-treehouse-191728/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">The Family Treehouse: A Place to Come Together and Just Be</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/seattle-spite-house-196265/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Here&#8217;s the Wackiest Tiny Home You&#8217;ve Ever Seen</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/enchanting-mountaintop-cottage-224378/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">This Enchanting Mountaintop Cottage Embodies Coziness</a></li> </ul> <p><em>Originally published January 27, 2017.</em></p> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=RbiW9xnQc2Y:jZ9jINIU_gQ:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=RbiW9xnQc2Y:jZ9jINIU_gQ:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> </div> https://www.zillow.com/blog/snow-white-cottage-210611/feed/ 53 https://www.zillow.com/blog/snow-white-cottage-210611/ 2018-04-15 21:17 +00:00 2018-04-16 09:17 +12:00 https://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=187785 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/ZillowBlog/~3/loMulFEvKL4/ Home Improvement home organization Renting Roommates Roommate Relations: Making Smart Use of Shared Spaces Keeping the peace with your roomies can be as easy as setting expectations and giving everyone their own space. Mon, 09 Apr 2018 15:00:00 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/smart-use-of-shared-spaces-187785/#comments Sarah Pike <p>Renting a home with other people can be stressful. But with careful planning and clear communication, living with others doesn't have to lead to passive-aggressive notes and arguments.</p> <p>Whether you live with your sibling, your bestie or your significant other, try these tips for making smart use of those shared spaces.</p> <h2>Closets</h2> <p>What matters most when sharing <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/5-tips-to-declutter-in-a-day-215128/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">closet space</a> is equality. No, you don't need to make a line with tape on your closet floor (please don't). But you should stick to your designated areas.</p> <p>Hang vertical cloth shelves in the middle to store your shared towels and extra sheets, while also creating a closet divider. And when you toss your shoes in the closet, make sure they're on your side.</p> <h2>Cabinets</h2> <p>Maximize the cabinet space you're given by adding stackable wire shelving racks. In the kitchen, they&#8217;re great for storing plates on top and bowls below. And under your sink, you can put extra sponges, cleaning rags and garbage bags below with your cleaning spray bottles up top.</p> <p>Storage bins and plastic stackable boxes can also save the day - especially when it comes to bathroom storage. Put your skincare items in one and your dental products in another.</p> <p>These stackable boxes come in all sizes - the ones with more depth can fit your bulkier products, and the shorter boxes are better for smaller items, like your travel-size products.</p> <h2>Pantry</h2> <p>Once you place those stackable wire shelves in your kitchen pantry, you'll soon learn that labels and plastic bins rule.</p> <p>If you decide to share spices and other items like flour, vegetable oil and cooking spray, try arranging them in bins with labels that say "Shared." Use more labels to mark shelves and bins with each roommate&#8217;s name, if you think you'll all need the reminder.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-225995" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/spices-bffbba.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="533" /></p> <h2>Countertops</h2> <p>Decide with your roommates if it&#8217;s OK to keep items on the kitchen and bathroom counters. It may seem silly to discuss countertop space, but you'll be glad you did.</p> <p>Decide how many and which items you agree to allow on the counters. Does the toaster that you never use drive your roomie crazy? Are you okay with your BFF's curling iron always being on the bathroom counter?</p> <p>Air out your countertop pet peeves - you can always find ways to avoid potential disagreements.</p> <h2>The shower</h2> <p>Avoid any possible product mix-ups with a couple of shower caddies. Hang one over the shower head, and put another one (or two) with suction cups on the shower wall. Plus, storing your bath products in hanging caddies leaves the corners of your tub easy to clean.</p> <h2>Storage</h2> <p>If your place comes with its own storage space, try using a <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/sporting-goods-catchall-220812/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">tall shelving unit</a> and dividing the shelves equally among you.</p> <p>If someone ends up slowly taking over the unit, try putting your belongings in labeled plastic bins. If things really get out of hand, see if your storage buddy may be willing to pay a bit more in rent or utilities.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-225993" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/storage-fcf64a.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="532" /></p> <h2>Parking</h2> <p>Your apartment comes with a covered parking spot? Sweet! Oh, it only comes with one parking space? Not so sweet.</p> <p>Try rotating its use every week or month. Or make an arrangement saying that whoever uses the parking spot can pay more in rent each month. Another idea: The roommate with the covered parking spot could do more chores than the other roommates.</p> <p>The key is deciding as a team in advance what's fair - and sticking to it.</p> <h2>Pets</h2> <p>If one of you has a pet, how do you decide where the crate, toy basket, and food and water bowls go? It may make sense to put pet items in common areas, but the pet owner shouldn't assume all roommates are cool with squeaky toys all over the living room floor - no matter how cute that pup is.</p> <p>Just like you'd pick up your things from the living room, you'll want to pick up Fido's stuff, too.</p> <h2>Wall space</h2> <p>Don't hang your art in common areas without getting your roommates' opinions first. Turn decorating your walls into a roommate activity. Gather all the art and decorative wall items you want to hang, and have everyone choose their favorites.</p> <p>You can even turn it into a chance to get to know your roommates better. Have a cool story about where you got that tapestry? Got your favorite mural while studying abroad? Tell your roomies all about it - and listen to their stories, too. They may be willing to put up all of your wall decor once they know the meaning it holds.</p> <p>If all else fails, stick with similar color palettes, and decorate based on shared color groupings. Remember that what doesn't go up in the living room can go up in your room.</p> <h2>Space-saving lifesavers</h2> <p>You can use all the fancy <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/organizing-secrets-pros-know-204721/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">organization</a> materials you want, but sometimes the basics are best.</p> <ul> <li>Adhesive hooks are great for hanging towels when you need extra bathroom space - or for hanging keys in the entryway.</li> <li>Use shoeboxes to store smaller items like scarves, winter gloves and cosmetics. Label them to make everything easy to find, and you can even decorate them with wrapping paper to pretty them up.</li> <li>Toilet paper rolls are an organizational lifesaver when you have too many cords. Designate each type of cord within one roll, and label them so you never mix up your roommates' cords with yours again.</li> <li>Over-the-door hangers are essential for items like purses and coats. Or try an over-the-door shoe hanger on one side of the door, with your things hung on the other side for double the saved space.</li> <li>Under-the-bed storage containers are key for off-season clothing items or bulky boots that don't seem to fit anywhere else. Your roommate will thank you for the extra closet space.</li> <li>Fabric panels are an inexpensive way to divide a room for added privacy.</li> </ul> <p>Even if the people you live with are not quite as organized as you, rest assured that at least your belongings are contained on their shelves and in their assigned containers. Having smart shared spaces allows you to enjoy your time with your roommates without stressing over whose stuff is whose.</p> <p><em>Looking for more information about renting? Check out our <a href="https://www.zillow.com/rent/guide/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Renters Guide</a>. </em></p> <p><em>All photos from Shutterstock and Offset.</em></p> <p><strong>Related</strong>:</p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/10-tips-renting-with-roommate-204521/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">10 Tips for Renting with a Roommate</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/large-items-small-spaces-220378/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">&#8216;Where Should I Keep My&#8230;?&#8217;: Solving the Ultimate Small Space Dilemmas</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/top-10-home-organization-issues-206957/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">10 Ways to Conquer Clutter and Simplify Your Life</a></li> </ul> <p><em>Originally published September 9, 2016.</em></p> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=loMulFEvKL4:agrafCUYVZs:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=loMulFEvKL4:agrafCUYVZs:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> </div> https://www.zillow.com/blog/smart-use-of-shared-spaces-187785/feed/ 3 https://www.zillow.com/blog/smart-use-of-shared-spaces-187785/ 2018-04-09 15:00 +00:00 2018-04-10 03:00 +12:00 https://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=219095 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/ZillowBlog/~3/8Jw3XwwLXco/ Unique Homes house of the week ranches tiny homes waterfront homes Tiny Home With 100-Mile Desert Views - House of the Week Get the best of both worlds: sleek minimalist living on a rustic ranch. This tiny home near Santa Fe is the perfect escape from city life. Fri, 06 Apr 2018 23:02:08 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/tiny-home-southwestern-ranch-219095/#comments Lindsay Cohen <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Giddy up.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">You don't need to be a certifiable cowboy to appreciate <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/Middleton-River-Rnch-Villanueva-NM-87583/2094708731_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">this gentleman's ranch</a> about an hour outside of Santa Fe.</span></p> <div class="owl-carousel"><img width="800" height="600" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/201701418_27_800_600-5b8000.jpg" class="owl-lazy" alt="" data-src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/201701418_27_800_600-5b8000.jpg" /><img width="800" height="600" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/201701418_28_800_600-9263d6.jpg" class="owl-lazy" alt="" data-src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/201701418_28_800_600-9263d6.jpg" /><img width="800" height="533" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/201701418_1_3600_2400-11f0c0.jpg" class="owl-lazy" alt="" data-src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/201701418_1_3600_2400-11f0c0.jpg" /><img width="800" height="600" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/201701418_2_800_600-aa6c2d.jpg" class="owl-lazy" alt="" data-src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/201701418_2_800_600-aa6c2d.jpg" /><img width="800" height="533" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/201701418_7_3600_2400-014565.jpg" class="owl-lazy" alt="" data-src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/201701418_7_3600_2400-014565.jpg" /><img width="800" height="600" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/201701418_14_800_600-df23a8.jpg" class="owl-lazy" alt="" data-src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/201701418_14_800_600-df23a8.jpg" /><img width="800" height="533" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/201701418_13_3600_2400-5f1932.jpg" class="owl-lazy" alt="" data-src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/201701418_13_3600_2400-5f1932.jpg" /><img width="800" height="533" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/201701418_11_3600_2400-4db548.jpg" class="owl-lazy" alt="" data-src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/201701418_11_3600_2400-4db548.jpg" /><img width="800" height="533" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/201701418_8_3600_2400-6f65c9.jpg" class="owl-lazy" alt="" data-src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/201701418_8_3600_2400-6f65c9.jpg" /><img width="800" height="600" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/201701418_34_800_600-2574a7.jpg" class="owl-lazy" alt="" data-src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/201701418_34_800_600-2574a7.jpg" /></div> <h6><em>Photos courtesy <a href="http://marshalleliasphotography.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Marshall Elias Photography</a>.</em></h6> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The homeowners rounded up more than 1,000 acres of land in Villanueva, NM, and built a modern, 500-square-foot home of steel and glass to shelter them from the desert sun. The house incorporates contemporary touches, with an outdoor kitchen, skylight and large windows to let in the warm sunlight.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Having a minimalist living space on a grand piece of land is almost poetic for a place deeply rooted in big views and an outdoor lifestyle.</span></p> <figure id="attachment_219122" style="width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><img class="wp-image-219122 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/201701418_15_800_600-6c2d98.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="600" /><figcaption class="wp-caption-text"><em>Photo courtesy <a href="http://marshalleliasphotography.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Marshall Elias Photography</a>.  </em></figcaption></figure> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"When you come out to New Mexico and you're in a place where you don't see anything that's man-made as far as the eye can see, it really clears your brain," said Gary Bobolsky, the listing agent. "It's just kind of a way to look at the world - the way you're meant to be."</span></p> <blockquote><p>"You don't see anything that's man-made as far as the eye can see."</p></blockquote> <figure id="attachment_219125" style="width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><img class="wp-image-219125 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/201701418_40_800_600-118a58.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="600" /><figcaption class="wp-caption-text"><em>Photo courtesy <a href="http://marshalleliasphotography.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Marshall Elias Photography</a>.</em></figcaption></figure> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The home has a modern feel, and the exterior is made entirely of steel, making it resistant to the elements, Bobolsky said. The interior features a fireplace for when the temperature dips at night. There's also a full outdoor kitchen for al fresco dinners and stargazing at night.</span></p> <figure id="attachment_219109" style="width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><img class="wp-image-219109 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/201701418_2_3600_2400-a3816e.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="533" /><figcaption class="wp-caption-text"><em>Photo courtesy <a href="http://marshalleliasphotography.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Marshall Elias Photography</a>.</em></figcaption></figure> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Hardwood floors anchor the bedroom while sliding glass doors provide bedside views of the desert landscape. A stone path meanders from the home to the Pecos River, where a private dock provides waterfront space for afternoon picnics or siestas in the sun.</span></p> <blockquote><p>"The stars and the Milky Way are going to be out of this world at night. It's so vast and the air is so clear."</p></blockquote> <figure id="attachment_219120" style="width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><img class="wp-image-219120 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/201701418_13_800_600-9743a6.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="600" /><figcaption class="wp-caption-text"><em>Photo courtesy <a href="http://marshalleliasphotography.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Marshall Elias Photography</a>.</em></figcaption></figure> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The property also includes a 4,000-square-foot shop, perfect for storing hay, rounding up horses, or keeping farming equipment safe from the elements.</span></p> <figure id="attachment_219115" style="width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><img class="wp-image-219115 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/201701418_9_3600_2400-4c0b5b.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="533" /><figcaption class="wp-caption-text"><em>Photo courtesy <a href="http://marshalleliasphotography.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Marshall Elias Photography</a>.</em></figcaption></figure> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">But it's those nighttime views, Bobolsky said, that truly make this a retreat for modern-day cowboys looking to escape city life.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"It's in an area that's so rural that the stars and the Milky Way are going to be out of this world at night," Bobolsky added. "It's so vast and the air is so clear."</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"You've got 100-mile views," he continued. "It's kind of special like that."</span></p> <p>Gary Bobolsky of Sotheby&#8217;s International Realty carries <a href="http://www.sothebyshomes.com/Santa-Fe-Real-Estate/sales/0575864-Middleton-River-Ranch-Villanueva-NM-87583" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">the listing</a>.</p> <div class="video-container"><iframe src="https://player.vimeo.com/video/219165139?app_id=122963" width="500" height="281" frameborder="0" title="Middleton River Ranch, Villanueva, NM" webkitallowfullscreen mozallowfullscreen allowfullscreen></iframe></div> <h6><em>Video courtesy <a href="http://marshalleliasphotography.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Marshall Elias Photography</a>.</em></h6> <p><strong>Related:</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/9-fire-pit-designs-218839/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">9 Fire Pit Designs to Fuel Summer Fun (Plus One You Can Build Yourself!)</a></li> <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/ernesto-garcia-home-upgrade-215638/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Before &amp; After: A Lighter, Brighter Southwestern Home</a></li> </ul> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=8Jw3XwwLXco:lCyBY0AXqFU:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=8Jw3XwwLXco:lCyBY0AXqFU:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> </div> https://www.zillow.com/blog/tiny-home-southwestern-ranch-219095/feed/ 15 https://www.zillow.com/blog/tiny-home-southwestern-ranch-219095/ 2018-04-06 23:02 +00:00 2018-04-07 11:02 +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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